gimme s’more

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Fall weather makes me want to sit around a bonfire and roast s’mores with my closet friends.  In a best-case-scenario, we’re sitting below a starry sky with caramel swirl marshmallows and ghiradelli chocolate.  We listen to Lorde on the stereo until the sun comes up, and then we take the canoes out to watch the sunrise on the water. Image
Sounds like a perfect weekend, right?  It’s based on actual plans for an upcoming cabin weekend, but, as for now, I’ll do my second favorite fall activity: read inside while I listen to the rain fall in the streets.  In this best-case-scenario, I’m drinking mulled apple cider and surrounded by candles. Image
Jon and I took a drive out to the country to see the changing leaves, and the trip inspired me to make fall-inspired mason jar candles.  Perfect for keeping me company while I’m reading on rainy days.  If you’re interested, the process is detailed below:
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Fill the outer rim of a mason jar with fall leaves:
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I used double-sided tape to secure a candle wick at the bottom of a mason jar:Image
My wick stood straight for the majority of the project, but toward the end I secured it between two knives:
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I melted soy wax in a microwave-safe bowl:
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And then poured the wax into the mason jar and around the candle wick.  When the wax dried, the candle looked like so:
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cracks let the light shine in

the cabin trip concluded with a game of apples-to-apples on the boat and a bonfire under the stars.  as i watched the flames dance below the night sky, i started thinking about how grateful i was for the weekend: the time with family and friends, the easy laughs, the consistent sunlight, and the leisurely days.  thinking about gratitude and starlight reminded me of the leonard cohen quote, “there is a crack in everything, and that is how the light gets in.”  suffering, by definition, is painful, but the experience allows us to develop our capacity for gratitude and joy.  overcoming hardship allows us to see the value of small things with fresh eyes, and to be thankful for the simple, pleasant things in life.

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