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My Candle Collection - Colors and Keepsakes Illuminate my Heart

Updated on August 24, 2017
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I have loved candles as long as I can remember.

As a child, we didn't burn candles very often. Mostly, it was if the weather was bad and my parents were worried about a power outage. Other than that, candles came out for special occasions, things like birthdays and Christmas.

Maybe that's why I love them so much having made such positive associations as a child. What kid doesn't love birthdays and Christmas?

Well, to be totally honest, I think I may love candles more now than I did then. I should. I'm surrounded by them. Follow along for a look at a tiny fraction of some of my favorite candles. Some are relatively new, many more are older.

Most of them were gifts from friends, family and students making each one as special to me as the person who gave it.

Image credits; Vix, also known as me. All images are my own original photographs.

Lord of the Rings tea light holder
Lord of the Rings tea light holder | Source

Do you like to decorate with candles?

A tiny light in the darkness warms the soul.

This and its twin were given to me as a matched set by my dear hubby for Christmas one year. They are based on the tree elves home in the movie "Lord of the Rings."

The globes are not the originals. They were very fragile and sadly one broke about two years ago.

It holds a tea light. I love how the light shines through the stairs that wind around the trunk of the tree.

Over the years its been in every room in the house, but currently they both are hanging out on the living room bookcases.

I like to decorate with candles because they smell great, are highly affordable, provide ambient lighting and just generally make me smile. How about you?

Candles cover the years in light.

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The two pillars in the back have two big brothers on another shelf. The set is almost 20 years old. I hardly ever burn these and never for long.This one has a twin. They were a Christmas present from Mr. Vix the year we moved into this house. It's based on the wood elves in LOTR.This was also a Christmas present and part of a set but from an old college buddy. It and one other are all that remain after 15 years.Fairy oil burner with tea light on cheap Wal-Mart candle plate.I love these so much, I have never lit them. They were a gift from Mom seven years ago.My smiling sun man here hangs out in the boudoir with this white pillar and some incense. Not far away is his twin. I like symmetry.This little darling was a gift from a friend at work for my birthday two years ago. It smells so good! The scent is "Granny baked apples."This was given to me by a paraprofessional eight years ago. On the back, it tells the celtic meaning of the name, mine, but not online ;).Wrought iron tea light mirror backed holder.
The two pillars in the back have two big brothers on another shelf. The set is almost 20 years old. I hardly ever burn these and never for long.
The two pillars in the back have two big brothers on another shelf. The set is almost 20 years old. I hardly ever burn these and never for long. | Source
This one has a twin. They were a Christmas present from Mr. Vix the year we moved into this house. It's based on the wood elves in LOTR.
This one has a twin. They were a Christmas present from Mr. Vix the year we moved into this house. It's based on the wood elves in LOTR. | Source
This was also a Christmas present and part of a set but from an old college buddy. It and one other are all that remain after 15 years.
This was also a Christmas present and part of a set but from an old college buddy. It and one other are all that remain after 15 years. | Source
Fairy oil burner with tea light on cheap Wal-Mart candle plate.
Fairy oil burner with tea light on cheap Wal-Mart candle plate. | Source
I love these so much, I have never lit them. They were a gift from Mom seven years ago.
I love these so much, I have never lit them. They were a gift from Mom seven years ago. | Source
My smiling sun man here hangs out in the boudoir with this white pillar and some incense. Not far away is his twin. I like symmetry.
My smiling sun man here hangs out in the boudoir with this white pillar and some incense. Not far away is his twin. I like symmetry. | Source
This little darling was a gift from a friend at work for my birthday two years ago. It smells so good! The scent is "Granny baked apples."
This little darling was a gift from a friend at work for my birthday two years ago. It smells so good! The scent is "Granny baked apples." | Source
This was given to me by a paraprofessional eight years ago. On the back, it tells the celtic meaning of the name, mine, but not online ;).
This was given to me by a paraprofessional eight years ago. On the back, it tells the celtic meaning of the name, mine, but not online ;). | Source
Wrought iron tea light mirror backed holder.
Wrought iron tea light mirror backed holder. | Source

Long lost in the darkest sea

sailors strained hard to see

a candle lit in the winter’s night,

a tiny light to guide them right.

A warm flicker in the window calling them home

until the call of the sea next bade them to roam.

Large candle holder with tea lights in the dining room.

Round spiral leaf tea light wall holder, large
Round spiral leaf tea light wall holder, large | Source

This was given to me by a dear friend about a decade ago. I played with the colors on the wall surrounding it in my photo editor, but the candle holder is in the image as it is in real life.

To burn or not to burn? - This is the question before us candle lovers.

Would you buy a candle just for show and not light it so it would last?

Sometimes, the smallest things mean a great deal.

Vine wrapped candle gift from a student
Vine wrapped candle gift from a student | Source

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One of my favorite students gave me this for Christmas two years ago.

It was extremely thoughtful of him.

As you can see, I'm not taking any chances on anyone lighting it hence the wrapper on the candle itself, still.

Teddy likes candles too.

Teddy likes candles too.
Teddy likes candles too. | Source

I'm such a kid at heart. Mr. Vix sent me flowers for Valentine's Day one year. This bear came with the flowers and was hugging them like he's hugging the candlestick now. The flowers didn't last, but he did.

Smells sensational!

Smells like coco peppermint heaven!
Smells like coco peppermint heaven! | Source

Hmm. After looking at my own photographs, it occurs to me I seem to collect books and DVDs as well as candles. This Peppermint Mocha dream was a gift from the parent of a student last Christmas. I miss seeing her. We got very close.

A candle that changes smell, how cool is that?

Fairy light
Fairy light | Source

Actually, it's an oil warmer, but it uses a tea light candle.

Fairies and candles have always seemed to go together to me.

I love seeing my fairy light up. I've had her so long she's like part of the family. I really should work on getting her a buddy, or maybe a boyfriend. That male fairy below is so adorable!

I love this but it weighs a ton and takes up a boatload of space.

Floor stand candelabra from Mr.Vix
Floor stand candelabra from Mr.Vix | Source

Still, the fact that the old man not only thought of me but went out of his way to get it when opportunity presented for no reason other than he thought I would like it makes it priceless. The flowers are just woven around it and not attached in any way. At Christmas, we like to change them out for draping garlands and beads.

It had a matched candle in the middle until recently... the hazards of raising a new kitty ;).

Green Garland scented candles always put me in the Christmas mood.

Various height green pillars and crystal ball
Various height green pillars and crystal ball | Source

Off season and right before the holidays they can get pricey depending on where you go. I like to load up on these the day after Christmas. Two or three years ago I got them at 75% off and stocked up.

The history of candles presented by TLC

Did you know caveman used candles made from animal fat and twisted plant fiber wicks set in rocks with depressions? It's kind of cool if you think about it. I'm always hearing about new and improved. I guess I'm old school. I say if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

Don't get me wrong, animal fat is stinky. I'm just saying it's not that hard to whip one up.

Probably the most famous song with a candle in it to date.

Candles are used in significant ceremonies for a reason. They symbolize our lives. Some burn bright, some softly flicker but each has a life of it's own that is unique, just like us.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @asereht1970: Thank you very much. People collect all kinds of weird stuff, for me it's candles. :) God bless.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Nice lens. Beautiful pictures of candles.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you. :) I thought I was the only one that did that. There's something about the most special ones that makes me refuse to light them as well. God bless and most happy squidding.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Lovely candle lens! I enjoyed the journey through your collection, poetvix! I have a pretty one as decoration from a friend's wedding that I refuse to burn :) It's a cute little set.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @ghoststorylover: Me, too. I have seen what I call stacked ones. They are multi layered affairs in jars. I've only found them in layers of three so far, i.e. three different scents but was thinking I bet I could make one with more layers. I may give it a go. God bless!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      I love candles! I love the idea of the one that changes smells!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Susan300: It was a hoot! I love fairs. Thanks for dropping in. God bless.

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      Susan300 4 years ago

      Thanks for being part of the 2013 Squidoo County Fair! :)

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @GrammieOlivia: Thanks :) God bless!

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      Nice collection, shine on!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Lovely collection. I think candles and candle holders are the perfect gift any time of the year (and for any occasion). They represent all the right things (light, warmth, illumination, memory, romance, and more).

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @steadytracker lm: I'm loving the fair :). I know the only once a year thing is part of why they are so special but still I often wish they went on all time.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @TwilightLurker: Ah, you are so right. Candles do make the holidays. Thank you so much for your most kind comment. God bless and most happiest of squidding to you and yours both now and most especially for the upcoming holidays.

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for entering this lens in the 2013 Squidoo County Fair.

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      TwilightLurker 4 years ago

      I love the glow that candles give off and the scents that they fill a room with! Especially around the holidays. There's nothing quite like lighting candles around a room that's full of family and friends on say Thanksgiving or Christmas. Scented candles are so much more effective as opposed to the stuff that comes out of a can, plus they just add so much to the décor of a room. You've got such an attractive collection of candles and it's obvious how much you value them. Great pictures, great lens!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @anonymous: Thank you. I know I'm more than a little too old for it, but I still keep my bears :).

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like Teddy holding the candle!