Play Date with Sydney

13 Jul

Towards the beginning of June, I mentioned that the granddaughter of my friend, Bob, was coming to my home for a day of crafting, which she did on the last day of June.  Her name is Sydney and she’s one of the most wonderful kids I know.  Our day together was brilliant, funny and filled with magic, and I thought you might enjoy hearing about it.

I planned four activities for Sydney:

  • Create a faerie wand with a crystal tip from an oak branch
  • Create faerie dust from crystal chips
  • Create a faerie necklace using the faerie dust
  • Create faerie lip balm using the faerie dust

Bob selected an oak branch and prepared it for us by sanding it smooth and carving a hollow in the tip into which we would set the crystal.  Sydney selected a beautiful green chalcedony double terminated crystal that was tapered on one end for the tip of the want, and three colors of velvet ribbon for decoration:  black, hunter green, and midnight blue.  The hollow in the tip was too shallow to be of use and the branch was too small to use the smaller end crystal, so we used copper wire to secure the crystal to the wand.  One end of the wire is spiraled up and around the tip of the stone and into a sacred spiral, and the other end is also curled into a sacred spiral.  While I held the wand, Sydney decided to criss-cross braid the blue and black ribbons down the shaft of the wand, then finish the wand by spiraling down the wand with the green ribbon.  The result was magnificent!

Faerie Wand Next we headed for the kitchen to learn how to use a mortar and pestle.  Here’s Sydney wearing a pair of my reading glasses to protect her eyes should anything escape her mighty blows!

Safety Glasses We only had one mishap, and that was when we tried to crush a chip of Amazonite – and found out that Amazonite refuses to be crushed, even with a hammer.  Our first clue to that all was not well was when the mortar cracked and our second clue was when I pounded the Amazonite chips into my cutting board without leaving a scratch!

Cracked Mortar Amazonite is HARD!

Of course, this “cracked” us up into hysterics and just added to the fun.  We eventually created a beautiful, shimmery mound of white pixie dust that we funneled into a tiny glass vial with a proper cork (which we permanently secured with glue, this is wishing and calling pixie dust).  I used a green jade butterfly and copper to make a bail for the vial and Sydney chose to string it on a hunter green silk faerie necklace ribbon so she could wear it at different lengths.

Pixie Dust Necklace

Now began what I think was the most fun for Sydney because she was in charge of experimenting with scent and color as we made nearly 12 pots of lip gloss, all of them different.  Here is the recipe I created for her to make:

Coarsely chop or grate and/or measure your beeswax (vegans may use Carnauba or Candelilla Wax as an alternative to beeswax, we used prepared beeswax beads), and place in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup along with your faerie dust (optional), mineral coloring (optional), butters and carrier oils on top of a double boiler.

Gently melt the ingredients together over the simmering water. Make sure the water does not boil over into your oil mixture! One to two inches of water in the bottom of your pot will work nicely.

Once your wax mixture has melted, remove from burner, and add the essential oils. The essential oils will begin to dissipate when heated, so add more as needed.

When you are happy with the scent and all the ingredients are well combined, immediately pour the hot mixture into sanitized lip balm containers.

If the mixture cools too rapidly when pouring, simply reheat the mixture in your double boiler.

Allow the balm to cool completely (usually overnight) before placing the caps on your lip balm containers.

Lip Balm Base

1 1/2 teaspoons Rosehip Seed Oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Jojoba Oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Avocado Oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Shea Butter
1 1/2 teaspoons Cocoa Butter
1/2 teaspoon Honey (for sweet taste, if desired)
1 Tablespoon Beeswax
Generous Pinch of Faerie Dust
Small Pinch of Mineral Coloring (if desired)
10-15 drops essential oil

Essential Oil Ideas

  • Cinnamon: Spicy, warming. Use sparingly, as the oil is very strong.
  • Clove: Spicy, warming. Use sparingly, as the oil is very strong.
  • Ginger: Warm, spicy, and exotic. Great for winter blends. Use sparingly, as the oil is very strong.
  • Grapefruit: Fresh, uplifting, light citrus scent.
  • Lemon: Fresh, uplifting, citrus scent.
  • Lime: Fresh, uplifting, citrus scent.
  • Peppermint: Cooling, refreshing, and invigorating. Use sparingly, as the oil is very strong.
  • Spearmint: Cooling, refreshing, and invigorating. Use sparingly, as the oil is very strong.
  • Sweet Orange: Refreshing, uplifting, sweet, citrus scent. Blends well with many oils.

I let Sydney loose in my essential oil box and what she liked best were Allspice and Lime.  I also had some scents sold specifically for flavoring and scenting lip balm that she liked:  Bubblegum and Watermelon.  We used a pipette to transfer lip balm base to a small sake cup so she could experiment adding different scents, mineral coloring, and dried flowers (she saw my packet of larkspur – which she had read about in Nancy Drew – so I made up small dishes of dried larkspur, red rose, pink rose, hibiscus and cornflower for her to choose from).

Sometime during all of these proceedings we ate red velvet cake and flopped down on my bed to eat pizza and watch TV (yes, in that order, dessert before dinner, I know you’re scandalized!).  I was 10pm when Grandpa called to find out if I was actually going to bring Sydney back and then the fun hunt in dark woods began to find Grandmother’s house before the big bad Wolf ate us (ooops! wrong story!)…to find Grandpa’s house, which was finally accomplished when he talked us in by cell phone.  I had Bob cut us a fresh leaf of aloe and spread it on Syd’s back (she had a sunburn from going to Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter the day before) and then I headed home.

Necklace and Mickey Syd with Wand Necklace and Wand

I want to do it all over again!

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