The creativity gene is strong on my mother’s side of the family. When it came to sewing, no one was more skilled than my mother. There was not a broken-down piece of furniture that could defeat her effort to restore it.
Suffice it to say that she excelled at the BIG projects that most people will not tackle. LITTLE craft projects were not her thing, but she did produce a few seasonal crafts. In the 1960s, she was a genius when she thought to make Easter egg candles using a real egg shell.
One Christmas ice candles were all the rage. Using a quart-size milk carton, she filled it with crushed ice and then poured in some melted red wax. When it hardened, she poured off the melted ice and peeled away the carton. Voila – beautiful candle ready for display on a slab of green Styrofoam with a sprig of holly.
That was a humdinger of creativity in the 1960s, but hardly Pinterest-worthy today.
Amy Johnson Crow continues to challenge genealogy bloggers and non-bloggers alike to think about our ancestors and share a story or photo about them. The challenge is “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.”
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