I make beeswax candles. I make them to sell at craft shows – one-ounce tea lights and three-ounce votive candles in steel holders – but I also make them (half-ounce tea lights in re-used metal cups) for home use as light offerings for my various gods and ancestors. I made some the other day using a slightly different mold (¾oz rather than ½oz) and experimenting to see whether I could still burn them in my recycled foil cups or not (hint: yes – but only if I “hug them in” before they’re fully hardened, otherwise they spill a little bit).
Regardless, in an ideal week, that means 13 candles to get everybody (gods, ancestors, and honey pots) fed. Fifty-seven dozen tea lights per year (or just shy thereof).
I do this because (a) I can, (b) it’s way less expensive to make them myself than to buy them from a store (where beeswax tea-lights run about $1 each), and (c) because I don’t like paraffin.
Yeah, I’m a snob. I get that.
But I feel like feeding my People with a paraffin tea light from the grocery store is a bit like grabbing an egg-mc-muffin for them; while making the candles myself, out of beeswax no less, is like making them a home-cooked meal from local, sustainably-farmed ingredients, with all four food groups included. Either way, they’re getting fed. But the latter means that they’re also receiving the end-product of my skills, time, attention, and energy. And I think that makes a difference.
So that’s my super-quicky PBP13 post for this week.
Meliad the Birch Maiden.
 I’m deliberately picking on the erf-mc-nerf here because they actually make me feel a little sick, even though they’re… reliable… in their horribleness and frequently better than nothing. We go through months at home where we’re traveling every weekend and it’s easier to grab breakfast on the road than to wake up enough to make something similar (scrambled eggs on toast, with or without cheese and marmite)
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