The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
Finnabee and I did some leaf waxing the other day.
Every once and a while I see ideas floating around (on Pinterest or elsewhere) that demonstrate that certain folks make the leaf-waxing process more difficult than it needs to be. Now, I’m not saying that my leaves are the best. I’m just saying, as your humble, New Englander friend, that you don’t have to get too complicated in order to have waxy leaves.
Step 1. Gather leaves. Being in NE certainly helps.
Step 2. Put each leaf between two sheets of wax paper and press down with a hot iron. The waxier your paper, the better. You should see the wax get melty and pool up a little, like this:
You also want to be strategic about how you use your paper up. If you start with your first leaf in the middle of a big sheet of wax paper, you are going to lose a lot of the waxiness when your iron goes down over the better part of it. Instead, use the sides of your paper and work your way around, using the middle of the paper for your later leaves. I mean, unless you’re looking to burn through wax paper at an accelerated rate. The key here is that the best results come from fresh, untouched wax paper melting onto your leaves.
It doesn’t bother your iron. At least, that’s never been an issue with me. I grew up doing this.
Step 3. Remove your leaf and use it for any decorative/gift purposes you have in mind, or just to enjoy having its color preserved!
I have to say that, as simple and fun as this is, I seem to find that it doesn’t work as well as it did when I was a kid. I recall them being shinier. Maybe my wax paper just isn’t up to par.
Any secrets to add in the comments, Mom?
This week’s links!
- You know how I’m interested in healthcare reform and price transparency in medicine. I was fascinated to hear, via Samaritan Ministries, about The Wedge of Healthcare Freedom, a new movement to help doctors and providers connect directly to patients and thereby sidestep the mess that our government has gotten us into.
- Lessons from a Boy About to be Canonized – just a few sentences to sum up this young man’s martyrdom are all that is necessary to be deeply moved. The author provides some reflection about how we should be raising our children to follow Jose Sanchez del Rio’s example.
- A light and interesting perspective on the occasional need to back off; a fun piece with some reality (from a mom with eight kids!) thrown in: Suzuki Method Uberparenting.
- Just for some fun: GIFS that demonstrate the cleverness of Japanese wood joinery.
- And, probably the top read for this week, from Public Discourse (Anthony Esolen alert!): Pronouns, Ordinary People, and the War Over Reality. I’m often reminding myself to take pride — and help others take heart — in being the type of ordinary, simple person who can go ahead and identify the emperor as naked. This piece is one of those reads that helps bolster such resolutions.
- Did you catch yesterday’s post about Auntie Leila’s latest book being now available on Kindle? God Has No Grandchildren: A Guided Reading of Pius XI’s encyclical Casti Connubii, On Chaste Marriage. (If you get our posts by email, you might have only seen the version with the wrong links, grrr…. click now for corrected linkage!) As of now, it is only available as an ebook. You can read it on any device that supports a Kindle App. Only $3.99!
- And did you further read her article in Crisis Magazine this past week? If not, catch up now: A Family-Friendly Guide to Sex Education. By family-friendly, she means sex education belongs in the family. There are links to important documents in this article, especially this one: The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality. For two good articles about this document, go here and here. Please share this article far and wide — we’ve forgotten that this delicate responsibility of teaching children about life and love belongs in the family!
- Auntie Leila is answering questions about the topic of sex education in the comments of this post.
In the Liturgical Year:
- Today is the feast of St. Theresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church!
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