My Candle Collection - Colors and Keepsakes Illuminate my Heart
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.
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.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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.
Which candle type do like best?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.