The fun of having two blogs, is every now and then, things I want to blog about fit on both of them, and it’s almost a flip a coin thing to decide which blog gets what post. Normally, I would keep the post to just one of the blogs, but I’m going to cheat a little today, and share a post on both. This project is more in line with my sustainable living blog, but it also involves WAX, which is one of my 26 materials…and if you’ve been keeping count, with only 7 projects of 26 completed, and only 13 weeks left in the year, I kind of need as many bonus projects as I can muster!
As a rule, we don’t have a lot of “storage waste”. When the children were at school, I would pack their lunches Bento style, with lots of little containers holding their snacks and bits and peices, and mama-made “wrap wraps” for the days they had wraps instead of sandwiches. We even had refillable squezy pouches for yoghurt. When it came to lunch boxes, we had the zero-waste thing down pat.
At home, however, we weren’t quite as good. I would use containers for things like leftover grated carrot from making lunches, or for storing sandwich meat after it was open, but when it came to leftovers i particular, it was just easier to grab the clingwrap and stick it in the fridge on it’s plate, rather than muck around with transferring to containers during the mad evening rush of trying to wrap up dinner, direct traffic flow through the kitchen as everyone stacked away their dishes, getting kids in showers, getting kids in beds, getting the kitchen cleaned up, etc etc etc…general mum life stuff that had me picking the path of least resistance when it came to getting my chores done.
I had come across the idea of beeswax wraps, but I had used (or decluttered?) the chunk of beeswax I had once had (considering I had bought it for making lip balm in a swap many moons again, it really shouldn’t surprise me that I no longer had any on hand!), and so it kept being pushed back and back and back, in the too hard basket, for one day when I had time to try and source wax.
Then, earlier in the year, a giveaway popped up in one of the homeschooling groups I’m a member of. The aim of the game was to guess how many bee-trips it took to make the amount of wax needed to make wraps, and the prize was a DIY kit to make 5 wraps – the wax blend bar, 1 large peice of organic fabric, 2 medium pieces, and 2 small pieces. With Miss Butterfly completely obsessed with bees, I was keen to win it for her, and gave it a guess…and I was thrilled to be named the winner. After stalking the postie, we were soon the proud owners of a very funky Bee Folk wrap kit.
The actual making was super easy, and not overly time consuming either. I found we had a little bit of wax left over so I have stashed that for running repairs, or even I’m thinking of grabbing a charm square from my stash to make a micro-wrap for things like carrot sticks, or the end of cucumbers. We have been using our wraps constantly since we made them, so they probably are due for a freshen up, but we do love them muchly. I can’t remember the last time I bought gladwrap – we do have the last of a roll in the drawer, but it almost never gets used, so we’ll call that a win.
Today, we are gearing up for the long weekend. I’m busting out some admin work, and then getting stuck into cleaning my craft room while the kids clean their school room. I should do some spring cleaning. I need to run some errands. Camp gifts are in progress so I’m hoping to get time to work on those as well. There’s also a little matter of a double header Blogtober kicking off on MONDAY that I was hoping to get ahead on but have done nothing more than note down some post ideas, so I need to get cracking on writing and scheduling. An easy afternoon as the weekend is promising to be chock full of planting and caravan renovations…a fun kind of productive. Happy long weekend, friends, I hope you have a great one!