NECK & NECK

April 30, 2010

To mom, with love!

Looking for a present to give your mum? Don’t miss  Martha Stewart’s website, is full of ideas to give your mum! Here is our NECK & NECK selection, which one do you prefer?!

                                                           

Special Delivery for Jewelry
Are you giving Mom earrings on her big day? For an unusual presentation, pin them through a beautiful, fresh green leaf that can double as your gift card.
Choose a large, dark variety — one from a hosta (shown), a lily of the valley, or an iris, for example — and write your note with a thin-tipped paint pen in a light color.

 

Flower-Arranging Gift Kit
Your favorite gardener will appreciate a kit for arranging flowers that she can use again and again. Pack all the essentials inside a jar that’s attractive enough to double as a vase. Include a floral frog to keep stems in place, floral clay to anchor the frog, shears, a floral preservative, and a stem stripper for removing leaves from woody stems.

 

Teacup Lights

Antique teacups that have lost their saucers still make sweet gifts when fitted with candles.

Tools and Materials
Nested pans
Partially burned candles
Candy or candle thermometer
Tongs
New wicking
Teacups
Wick sustainers
Wooden skewers

Teacup Lights How-To
1. In a small pan set over a larger pan of simmering water, melt down old candles; clip the thermometer to the upper pot, and keep temperature at about 185 degrees. Remove old wicks with tongs.

 2. Cut a piece of wicking to the cup’s height plus 2 inches. Clamp one end to a wick sustainer; tie the other end around a skewer. Dip wicking and sustainer into melted wax to coat them. Remove and stick sustainer to cup’s bottom.

 3. Pour in the wax, stopping 1/2 inch below the cup’s rim. Allow wax to set, about 1 hour. The candle will harden with a well in the center. To even it out, use another skewer to prick a circle of holes about 1/16 inch deep around the wick. Pour in melted wax until surface is 1/4 inch below rim. Cut wick.

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