Saturday, December 22, 2012
Candlelight at Christmas Time
Do you collect things that tickle you only to tuck them away for future use? Or
perhaps have you bought things that you thought for sure would work in your
home only to find out not so much?? I have. This wooden tool carrier? Bought
at a country auction while living in Iowa. Never used. The tallest blue ball jar?
My mother bought this for me, years ago, at a yard sale in Connecticut for
$5.00! One that has visible air bubbles in the glass verifying its antiquity.
Used on occasion but not often enough. Two items that were placed in the far
reaches of my storage cupboard. Until this holiday season!
I was inspired to combine these items together to create a charming little
touch of holiday spirit. Using Annie Sloan Clear Wax, I rubbed down the old
wood of the carrier to bring out its richness. Just a light touch was all that
was needed to bring it back to life. As the carrier was divided into six sections
I knew that each would be perfect to contain a blue ball jar. Problem was, I
only had two.
I needed four more to complete this display. Do you hear me shouting
"road trip"? Yes, I knew exactly where to find more and that took me to
another visit to Old Green Shutters Antiques. I was not disappointed!
With six blue jars tucked in their respective places, I was now ready to
dress it up with some finery. To add some pizazz!! As these were destined to
hold votive candles, I didn't want to use fresh greens, as perfect and lovely as
it would have been. Instead, I used a spray of "greens" that had touches of
"snow" and pinecones... perfect for that homey feel! The addition of two long
pieces of rusted wire meandering throughout was the last little touch.
Next? The votive candles. They needed to tall enough to have their flame
visible through the greens and over the side of the carrier and yet not too tall
as to risk something catching on fire. Yikes! Not such a merry thought! AND
the candles needed to be contained so that, as the wax melted, it wouldn't
become a major disaster with wax needing to be scraped from the bottom of
the jars. Hmmmmm....
My solution? I offer two. At PierI, they have glass votive holders for 50 cents.
Frugal me loved that price! Place a short votive candle inside and all will work
just fine. My other suggestion is something I found at Pottery Barn. Taller
votive candles already in their own glass holders. A set of sixteen (burn time:
14 hours) for $29. Frugal me gasped but bit the bullet! And see how they work
Ok .... one new decorative element added to my holiday decor! Ready to
be lit at night creating a warm, Christmas-y glow!! Turn off the lights, honey,
and let's snuggle up!!