My wonderful honey is so sweet, he loves some of the new things that I’m doing with candles around here and wanted me to make sure I take pictures and post them and the instructions on my blog.
Here’s the story behind these things.
Ok, let me tell you first of all where I got this idea. In our old church, before we moved, our women’s ministry had quarterly “homemaking” nights…..where the more domestically trained ladies would share their skills with everyone. I had taught a couple of these nights, and loved that, but I REALLY loved when some of the ladies would share their flare for decorating. I can cook anything, create recipes from seemingly nothing, but decorating is a HUGE challenge for me. I have “two left thumbs” when it comes to decorating. It just isn’t “my thing”. So anyhow, one night, my friend Tiffany was sharing simple yet elegant centerpieces for the table. One of her ideas was to use a large bowl, vase, jar, whatever, and place a pillar candle in the center and fill around it with candies, beads, coffee beans, etc and then use that with flowers, etc. So a couple of weeks ago, we bought some flavored coffee beans to try…..the coffee was NASTY NASTY NASTY tasting, so I pulled the beans out of the freezer and was trying to figure out what to do with them. Then this memory came back. When D got home that night and saw the candles and smelled the aroma of the coffee beans (they smelled heavenly, just tasted gross!) he was very impressed and told me I had to blog on it 🙂 Now this idea does work equally well with candies and beads and things of that sort. I don’t know if I would do this with a pillar candle because as you can see if you look closely at the photo you can see green globs of wax…..this was from putting a votive candle in there, and it melted all into the coffee beans making it kind of a mess. I’m using tea lights and it is working REALLY well! Although one of the short pillar candles that I had didn’t melt all the way to the bottom, it was made in such a way that the wick came in to the center from the side, so it wouldn’t melt all the way to the bottom. I don’t know if that is common with pillars or not?
Ok, this next idea was born from necessity 🙂 I have some neat little dishes from Pampered Chef, and while I do use them for serving , I love to use them also for decorating. If you look at the picture directly above this you will see that I have some long narrow pieces and they are just “an unth” too narrow to hold tea light candles without them tipping. But this is a perfectly sized candle holder for my kitchen window sill, as well as the countertop in the front bathroom. SO, I was trying to figure out one morning how to hold the candles still, and I thought about sand. I didn’t have sand, but I did have salt and quite a bit of it. So I put salt into the dish, and then placed the candles in…..problem perfectly solved! AND it looks really nice! The two middle pictures I added the salt just for decoration….isn’t it pretty?
Now for a tip if you love using candles as much as I do and you use votives in the little glass votive holders. To clean out the melted-on wax, simply place as many of the votive holders as will fit into a small sauce pan and pour water AROUND (but not into) the holders to about 1/3 of the way up the holders. Place pan of water onto stove and let it come to a boil. The wax will melt and be easy to pour out into the trash (I always pour into a container then throw into trash so as not to cause my trash bags to melt) or be wiped out with a paper towel. I then run them through the dishwasher to clean the soot and all from them. Works great!
Another candle tip…..if you spill melted wax onto something or it splashes onto your wall, stove, oven, etc (don’t ask!!!!) a great way to clean it all up without ruining your nails by scraping it (I told you not to ask! :)) is to use a blow dryer on high heat and heat the wax a little at a time and wipe it with a paper towel. Continue doing this a small space at a time until you have it all cleaned up…..it really does go quickly, even when it is over a large space! (See, I told you not to ask 🙂 hehehehehe )