Wednesday, February 10, 2016


After the FUN of processing the honey
from the Jenny Beezz ,
We look forward to dipping candles!! 

BEEZZ make wax
 to hold the Brood 
(baby beezz~larvae laid by
Queen Jenny) and HONEY 
for food  

This year one hive was 
abandoned leaving only
empty wax cones so we harvested
 it for the candle making! 

Isn't amazzing how perfect the cells are?

After the honey is extracted
the wax needs to be cleaned
and refined with water!

After it is rinsed 

it is melted it water over heat

The strainer removes 
dirt and debree

Then when it is cooled
the wax hardens and
floats to the top 
and becomes a cake
of wax and the water
is pored off

with pollen being 
under the wax cake
that must be scraped off

The process is repeated till
 the wax is nice and clean and yellow

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Weighing 11 pounds
and ready to make candles!!

Molly and Lotty helped too!


along with the doggies
all enjoyed a beautiful sunny day
(that happened to be Groundhog's Day
and we all saw our shadows too)!!

And Mr Stubbs rolled in the 
warm February sun!!

We hung a kettle with water
over a fire and added the wax cakes

As it melted and became liquid
we also made use of the fire and cooked our dinner!



After dipping and cooling,
and re~dipping several times
(and straitening) they took
shape and became quite desirable!!

And once the bottoms were trimmed
they were ready to burn!!
Bees wax burns clean and leaves 
no black residue or toxins in the air!! 

Mildred and Owen Mousiekin
enjoy making candles too!!!

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  1. How neat and so cute you have the mouse family doing the same thing!

  2. Linnie, I love how your mouse family are always doing the same activities as you are! Candlemaking looks like hard work! But I know you have the satisfaction of using something you've made. The fact that you even used your own bees' wax reminds me of Tasha growing her own flax to make linen.

  3. Oh Linnie, you have made some wonderful beeswax candles! Bravo! From start to finish you have done a wonderful job! I love beeswax candles and look for them on our travels. Mildred and Owen Mousiekin are having great fun copying you! So sweet! Have a wonderful evening, dear Linnie! xoxo ♥

  4. I JUST LOVE how the Mousekins always follow suit. Whatever YOU are doing, they do it too, and they are ALWAYS equipped with the proper materials to do so! HAHAHAHHAHHAHHHA


  5. Oh how lovely your candles are!

  6. What a chore from beginning to end....but what fun!! And from your own bees. You must feel such satisfaction we hole burning them! Bravo you two and thanks so much for SD haring! Enjoy the fruits of your hard labor. I must go find one of my beeswax candles to burn!!

  7. Oh my dear Linnie, you do live the life I only dream of. What a wonderful post you have shared. I have a couple of mousiekins begging to come live with you. I agreed they will be much more content with you and their sweet cousins. They will ship out soon. Blessings and hugs to you all

  8. Linnie,

    Your homemade candles are lovely! So much work goes into the process, but it must be quite satisfying to light your own homemade candles in the evening. I especially liked the pictures of you beside the campfire dipping the candles. Your scarf and dress are beautiful.

    May you have a blessed day!


  9. Linnie! How fun to see your process from start to finish-- bee to candle! So fun! Ive always wanted to make my own candles. Perhaps some day I will, when I dont have crazy little people under foot ;)
    Love seeing your photos, and love seeing the beautiful candles that came from your afternoon!~!

  10. Just found your blog - truly inspiring. Where do you find the time - phew.

  11. How absolutely fabulous! I am impressed beyond belief with this marvelous project you have taken on from start to finish, really, really loved it. Those candles are priceless now. I'm not sure I would ever want to light one, maybe once a year for a special occasion. I treasure any beeswax I have, but I never gathered my own, just purchased it for projects. That's what is so cool, these were your own little bees that gave it to you! Your artwork is just charming too, I assume that is yours? Great and wonderful job to you and Gary!

  12. How wonderful to watch the whole proces. I love beeswax candles they smell so sweet. Thank you very much for sharing the wonderful pictures.

  13. I just love those Mousekins! Again, they are always, always equipped for the task!!!!!

    LINNIE! How kind of you to visit me on my blog. I came back, but only one a month. Life is too busy! I hope you had a great Valentines? WE DID! We stayed home, and I cleaned the house! HAHAHAHAHHAHA....but it made for a cozy day inside.

    Well my dear, I hope that spring makes its way back to us soon so we can get out and enjoy the miracles of life's cycle. Praise be to GOD!

  14. Oh how I enjoyed this post! Your photos are just wonderful. I so love when you take us back to the good old days... I am sure you will enjoy burning those beautiful candles.

  15. Oh Linnie, I really enjoyed watching the process of candle making.. And from your very own bees!
    Is this your artwork here? It is simply beautiful.
    So sorry it took me so long to get back to you dear friend.
    Wishing you a lovely week.

  16. I don't know what I liked more....the wax making story (with great pix) or the little mousekins. They seem to be as busy as you! Lovely blog post.

  17. What a wonderful post! Hi, I'm visiting from The Art of Home-Making Mondays.
    I so enjoyed your pictures of the candle making. Having dipped candles as a docent at a local historical site, your post brought back such nice memories.
    Love the goats, too.
    Have a wonderful week!

  18. Love how you shared this process the old fashioned way with a large kettle! And however do you find the exact props for the mouse family??? Just too sweet. Thank you for sharing :)

    P.S. I just borrowed the Beekeeper's Bible from a friend and am enjoying it...

  19. Mary Sweet One!! Where is your Blog??
    I have missed it so!! XX OO

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