Friday, July 9, 2010

The Romance of Candles

I have a weakness for candles. They create romance and cast a warm glow where electric light cannot.
The candle above is one of three hanging from our Mulberry Tree, casting the only light to dine by at our outside table.

I have plans to bring electricity to this area, but then again the warmth from the candles is just so wonderful.

Doing a little research, I found out that Egyptians were the first to use wicked candles, as far back as 3000 BC!

Lately, I've been giving candles like this one as gifts. I just wrap a glass votive with upholstery webbing, and tie it with twine. There are many on our table to be used for candlelight dinners.

Speaking of gifts, this adorable beehive lantern was a gift from fellow blogger and friend Laurie from Bargain Hunting With Laurie. She sent it to me "just because." Yep, that's how she is!
Isn't it darling!

Another candle gift are these four hand painted votives given to me by my friend Teresa for my birthday.
They are perfect on the bathroom ledge in our Wine Country house. They smell wonderful too!

I like how these candles light up the vintage painting on the mantle. These candles are wrapped in cork, letting just enough light to shine through.

This mercury glass candle is one of my favorites. It is highlighting the old photo of me with my Dad, circa 1954!

Candles have become very popular. We incorporate them into our decor, but they also symbolize so much more than that. Light a candle and you have created instant romance.
Candles are used in many religious ceremonies from communion to weddings.
They represent joy, sadness and sacrifice.
I can't have enough candles in my life! Today, I showed just a few of my favorites.....

I'm linking up to Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.
On Saturday, I'm linking up to Laurie at Bargain Hunting With Laurie for Favorite Things Saturday.
Thank you Ladies for hosting!

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Unknown said...

I'm such a sucker for candles as well, especially when their highlighting pictures of little girls with their daddies.

Loving your posts,


Dining Delight said...

I'm a candle-a-holic and loved your post! You have many beautiful candles displayed in terrific ways. The night pics are great! It is so true that the lighting of a single candle adds instant ambiance! Thanks for sharing!


The Charm of Home said...

Love this candle post! I too have loved using candles. I adore your alfresco meal with the PB mason candles. They were perfect!
Have a great weekend.

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I was just today thinking of doing a post on candles only. This is beautiful. I love candles to. I usually have at least one burning in my office just for fragrance alone, but you're right...they instantly create romance.
A line from one of my poems, "casting warmth of fragile glow" sums up candles for me.

Delores, I loved your previous post to with all the Stone walls. I read all of your posts but don't always comment as time doesn't always permit. I always look forward to seeing what you do!

Oh, loved the laundry post to! I have a tablecloth laying over my dryer and washer also! Your laundry room is darling!

Have a great weekend,


Anonymous said...

Oh such inspiring images.. I simply love candles as well.. and have them lit for the weekends for sure.. They are so relaxing.. and helps you destress.. :-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post!!!

a quiet life said...

this little light of mine, let it shine, let it shine~

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Oh they are all so pretty I really love them outside! Enjoy your weekend!

savvycityfarmer said...

girlfriend ... we must be twins!!!
everything you write about strikes a chord in me!!!

thsnks for those extra large pictures

wink wink

Unknown said...

Oh, I miss candles. The pictures are so pretty!!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I also love candles. I have some in every room - mainly for decor.
Have a great weekend.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Inside and outside candles lend a beautiful ambience. I especially love the picture of you with your dad...these are the things in life that are priceless. I have been enjoying your blog for a long time and clicked on your follower button today. Always a beautiful blog.
Thank you.

Anita Diaz said...

Beautiful post!! Yours always are. I too love candles and I have used them forever it seems whether in "style" or not. Everything is just beautiful inside and out!

Kathysue said...

Delores all of your candles are placed in the perfect places. I am a candle nut also. I always have candles lit at night in my home, especially in the winter. I can always tell when it is time to change things up around here for the winter when I find myself humming and light more candles, it seems to coincide with football season for some reason. Love seeing all of your, the ones hanging on the tree are so special and create a wonderful mood,Kathysue

Debby said...

I love candles. But be careful in blowing them out. Actually don't blow them, snuff them. I blew out one a couple years ago and it exploded back into the melted wax. I had small burns all over my face but esp. my eyes. And to top that off I burned my eye. Very painful. Be careful.

Fabulously French said...

Fabulous post, I love candles and have them all over the house. I am a firm believer that a girl can never have too many candles nor love her daddy too much! I am just a Daddy's girl at heart.

Bon week-end a toi,

Leeann x

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Delores,
My favs are the ones in your yard. I choose candles over electricity any time for light. We're never without them here as well. Nice gifts from friends you've shown too. Happy weekend, isn't this weather just the best?

gena said...

Beautiful ! I love using candles as well, just the right amount of light sometimes. For my son's wedding rehearsal dinner I purchased 24 mini canning jars and I'm planning on hanging them all around the patio with tea lights ( I bought battery operated ones for safety ). I also always have a candle going in front of the Blessed Mother - what can I say - I'm a Catholic Spaniard - it's what we do - lol !

thanks for the great post !

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Delores, I love all your candles and the different ways you have used them. How sweet of Laurie to send you that beehive candle holder. What a great idea using the webbing to cover them in. Going to have to copy that idea. I almost bought some webbing the other day. Guess I will go back and get it. Have a great weekend.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I took the glass shades from a old chandy and made the candle lights , it is a great way to have a glow in the garden ect. Love your ideals.

Sixpence and A Blue Moon said...

Finding your blog is like finding the best candy store around - It's beautiful and...delicious.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful post. The candlelight images are wonderful.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Delores, I'm glad you are enjoying my little gift, but you failed to tell that you had sent me a wonderful gift first! (That's just the way YOU are.) The candle glow on the painting over your fireplace is magical. I love the color the candles cast through the cork. Of course, your jar candles over the outdoor table are so perfect, and I love that precious photo of you with your dad. Thank you for linking such a beautiful post to Favorite Things. laurie

Anne said...

These are so lovely and beautifully scattered around your house. It is the little things, like lighting candles, that make our homes so welcoming and warm. Your post reminded me I don't light mine often enough. Have a nice weekend!

Cindy said...

Absolutely LOVE being a follower! We seem to have similar styles!

Have a great weekend,

Tracy F. said...

I love candles, too! Pretty post!

xinex said...

Your outdoor dinner with the candles look so romantic and so peaceful. I love candles too, I have them all over. I just love the glow...Christine

A 2 Z said...

Hi Dolores,

As women we all love candles it seems. I'm also one of them. They create such a wonderful mood. I love what you did outdoors. I also love their smell. I have the same container as your mercury candle. I bought mine in Qatar. I use it to put make-up brushes LOL. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.


Draffin Bears said...

Beautiful blog, you have and just discovered it via Sixpence.
I love candles too and all the beautiful photos you have shared here.

Happy weekend

Natasha in Oz said...

This is one of my favourite posts! I also love candles and your pictures are not only beautiful but also very inspiring. Thank you for such a great post!

Best wishes,

Shellbelle said...

Love candles, especially outdoors, they create the perfect ambience for kicking back and just relaxing after a long day.

That beehive lantern is gorgeous!

Lemon Lane Studio said...

I love the simplicity of the candles hanging outside. The sand base just adds to the element of romance. I bought a few little hanging candle jars in the dollar bin at Target and I think I'll use that idea. Have a lovely weekend.

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

Hi Dolores!

A wonderful post about candles! And you have so many lovely ones. I love candles too and they are one ofthe few things you can put around your house that everyone can afford and it will change the whole feel of that area.

Suzy said...

Your post makes me want to go light a candle :-) Just beautiful and reminds me I have many sitting around unused.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

D, Tate is my maiden name. My niece that just got married was a "Reese", she is going to name her first child Reese, boy or girl. I love that name! Thanks for visiting.

{oc cottage} said...

Ohhhhhhhh so pretty!

m ^..^

Michelle@ A Full Cottage said...

Love the picture of you with your dad, it looks so good in the candlelight. I also really like the way you have them grouped in the last photo, where did you get the floral ones?

:) Michelle

Allison said...

Beautiful post, Delores. The candles are all so gorgeous and the lighting.....beautiful! I have candles lit around the house on a daily basis. Something about them is so peaceful, soothing and romantic. I also keep one lit on my dresser in memory of my mother who I lost to cancer. You are so creative with your webbing wrapped votives. Love those! Lovely, lovely post, Delores.

Terri~terrileeauthor said...

Who doesn't love the romance of candles? I have so many candles, there really is no need for electricity !!! But somehow I always find room for just one more :)

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