Valentine’s Day Crayons!!

Valentine’s Day will be here in a couple of weeks (yes, it’s right around the corner). And to get ready for the big day I decided that instead of regular Valentine’s Day cards for my son’s preschool class, I figured it would be fun to make heart shaped crayons.

So I figured I’d share it with you guys and hope you enjoy yourself as much as I did. 😀

What you’ll need:

Cake or cookie pan.

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(Got this one at Target today) 😀

Several boxes of crayons. Any brand will do, but I’m a Crayola girl at heart. So I bought three boxes.
Sharp scissors (just in case).
A can of PAM (so that the crayons don’t stick to the pan).

Step One: Take the paper off the crayons. I tried doing it without scissors but you gotta hand it to Crayola, that paper is STUCK there pretty good. I got my sharpest pair of scissors and cut a line straight through the paper and it popped right off. There might be a tiny film of glue left behind but it’ll melt off in the oven.

Step Two:

Spray the pan with a bit of PAM. Use some paper towel to wipe up some of the excess.

Step Three:

Take 4 crayons and break them into each heart. You can group them by color or you can have rainbow crayons with any leftover crayons you find around the house. Have fun.

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Step Four:

Put the pan with the broken crayons in the oven. I put it at 350 degrees and it melted within a few minutes.

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Step Five:

Once the crayons have melted take the pan out of the oven (very carefully because the crayons are now liquidy) and put the pan in the freezer so that the crayon wax will harden a lot faster. This will take about ten minutes.

Step Six:

Take the pan out of the freezer and your heart shaped crayons are ready to go. 🙂 FYI If you have a cake pan like the one I got, the crayons won’t pop off easily. So you might have to bang the pan against the counter a few times. Just remember to use a bit of PAM and hopefully they won’t break while you take them out of the pan.

Enjoy!!

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I guess I’m weird…

This is something that has been running through my head over the past few days and I keep trying to find the right words…so instead of perpetually searching I’m just gonna write down whatever comes to mind and see where it takes me.

A few days before Christmas I decided to dye my hair purple. It was something I used to do at the drop of a hat before I got married and had kids (before I started infiltrating this thing called ‘normal’). I loved changing the color of my hair. Amethyst purple. Peacock blue. Fire engine red. Sea foam green. Cotton candy pink. Although my all time favorite? You guessed it…purple. It was how I expressed myself. It’s how I let the world know how I was feeling. You know what I mean? But then I got married and decided that it was time to grow up. Stupid. I know that know. But I figured since I was spending time around soldiers, generals and their wives I may as well look the part and not embarrass my husband. So I stopped dyeing my hair. Then I had a baby. Another reason to look the part of someone’s mommy and not like I work at Hot Topic. I have a hard time enough as it is getting the other mom’s to talk to me and maybe even be friends with me, let me not make it even harder for myself by being…myself. Sigh. Fast forward a few years of this nonsense called normal…

Enter depression. And trust me this isn’t just about the hair. This was many years of suppressing my own personality. Don’t let anyone know how freakin’ weird I actually am. You know what I mean? Then a couple of years ago I decided to take two ‘fuck-it’ pills and not even bother trying. I needed to find my own people. Where they were, I had no idea. But I was going to find them.

And thanks to my awesome BFF ladytairngire I found the Written Remains Guild. At the time they hadn’t even invited me to be a member of their guild (which I still think it’s amazing by the way) but it was nice to finally find a group of people where I could be myself. I didn’t have to hide the fact that I like Hello Kitty and Tokidoki. I didn’t have to hide the fact that I was obsessed with fairy tales (some people even find this trait endearing). I didn’t have to hide the fact that I was writer (yes, there are people out there that know me as a persona and don’t know that I’m a writer). I didn’t have to hide at all. I could just be myself. And it was awesome. It was great to be able to talk about books I was reading. Projects I’m working on. Weird dreams I have. Ideas for stories. And finally someone who laughed at my stupid jokes.

It’s funny. Even after all these years I was still trying to fit in somewhere. And I finally have found a place that just for me. 🙂 Writers. My people. Sigh. Makes me happy just to think of our monthly breakfast meetings. No one batted an eyelash when I debuted my purple hair at the last meeting. It was almost like they were expecting me to do something like that.

When I dropped of Mason at school? Each of his four teachers took turns picking him up in the morning (I drop him off at school he’s in preschool) just so they could see my hair. It took them three days but they all got a turn to look at the weird mom. 🙂 It’s okay. I don’t mind. At least I’m happier with myself these days. I still have my days where I don’t wanna get out of bed. My depression isn’t going to go away just because I’m finally at peace with myself and who I am as an individual, but at least it’s getting easier to face the world. At least I’ll teach my kids that it’s okay to be yourself even if no one else understands. Because you will always find a group of people (no matter how small) that like you just the way you are.

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My hair a few days after Christmas.

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My hair a few days ago. Gonna go back to purple as soon as I get my new hair dye in the mail. 🙂

Keep dreaming…

The world needs dreamers. People who create. Writers, artists, photographers, sculptures and everything in between. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like what you do isn’t important or like it doesn’t matter. Because it does. Keep dreaming. Keep creating. Otherwise this world would be so incredibly bleak.