Saturday, August 29, 2015

How to Make Candles Fit in Holders

Today's post is more about function than flair but ultimately, once you do it, you will be creating a better look and ambiance for your table.
I'm talking about how to make tapered candles fit properly in all types of holders. Credit for this candle tip goes to my mom who showed me what she does and it works so well, I wanted to share it with you.

Here's the problem...the candleholder you want to use has a hole that is too big for the tapered candles you have on hand.

Simply placing the candles in the hole will result in crooked candles which look terrible and cannot be burned safely.
 
 
So here is what you do. 
Grab some type of plastic cling wrap (food wrap).
 
Tear off a thin piece and double it over on itself. Then start wrapping it around the bottom of the tapered candle.
 
Adjust the number of times you wrap the cling wrap around and/or the amount until the bottom of the candle fits securely in the hole.
 
 
Now your candles will stand up straight and burn evenly and safely.  I've never had a problem but it is probably best not to burn the candle right down to the level of the cling wrap.
 
Here is an easy step by step picture to help you remember this tip.
 
Of course, you are going to encounter the opposite problem where the tapered candles are too big for the hole in the candleholder.  I haven't done a picture tutorial on that as all I do is take a paring knife and whittle the bottom of the candle until it fits.

 
With cooler temperatures soon upon us, you'll be wanting to create the cozy ambiance that only candles can provide and I hope you find these candle tips helpful. 
 
Do you have another method of making tapered candles fit properly in candleholders?
 
Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Sundays Down Under at Natasha in Oz
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Talented Tuesdays at Home Remedies
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Northern Nesting
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants
Thursday Favorite Things at Surroundings by Debi
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Pear Tablescape

Last Saturday morning, we had the idea that we wanted to catch up with some friends we haven't seen much this summer so we invited them over for dinner that evening. Fortunately, they didn't have other plans and accepted our invitation.

Naturally, I had to come up with a tablescape for the occasion but with the cooking to be done and a bit of house tidying, there wasn't a lot of time.  Whenever that's the case, I opt for my go-to centerpiece items - cylinder vases with inserts.
(Click here to see how to create these type of vases.)
 
Thinking fruits of late summer, I went with a green pear theme and placed one of these faux fruits in the bottom of each vase on top of some pebbles.
 
 A floating candle in the glass insert sits on top of green acrylic beads.
 
In between the vases, I placed these flowers in metallic pots which I took from here. They added the pop of colour the table needed.
 
The pear theme was carried on to the place settings.
 
A pear-green placemat, napkin and dinner plate along with a brown faux-weave charger and a white salad plate make up the place setting. Individual salt & pepper shakers and crackle glass candle holders add functional and decorative elements.

Faux pears serve as placecard holders.
 

And with that, the table was set, ready for guests to arrive.  On the menu was Chicken Rococo(cheddar cheese-filled chicken breasts), grilled prawns & scallops, rice, grilled veggies, broccoli, and green salad with chocolate cake for dessert.

 
Our friends arrived and we had a wonderful evening with lots of laughs and catching up on what's been happening with each other over the summer. The only bad part was that I didn't have much time to take many pics of the table.
 
Hopefully, I've captured the important details that might provide inspiration for you to create your own...

Do you have a go-to centerpiece for the times when last minute table décor is required?
Click here for more info on mine.
 
Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Sundays Down Under at Natasha in Oz
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Talented Tuesdays at Home Remedies
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Rosemary Lane
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants
Thursday Favorite Things at Surroundings by Debi
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Late Summer Etagere Decor


With summer whizzing by, I thought I'd do a bit of transition décor on the étagère in the living room. The display I created should work well for a late summer to early fall look. In case you don't know, an étagère is a stand with a series of open shelves for small objects.


The etagere I have has glass shelving but I wanted more of a Farmhouse look so opted to put decorative burlap (Michael's) on the shelves. 

Here's the completed décor but I'll take you through the items and vignettes I've put together shelf by shelf.
 
 
 I have a metal wall art piece (trees) wired on to the top of the etagere. It stays on there year round and provides a decorative background for whatever I put on the top shelf.
 
Brown pillar candles and a red fleur-de-lis vase sit to one side.
 
And on the other side, sits a wooden lidded box holding red taper candles.
 
The second shelf
 
I picked some of these brown-eyed Susan flowers from my yard and put them in a wire basket.
 
They were placed in mason jars tied with raffia.
 
A burlap sack of faux apples, pears and pomegranates sits beside a metallic pot and grapevine wreath.
 
This black lantern displays an apple candle.
 
The third shelf
 
This burlap sack is filled with faux Granny Smith apples.
 
In the middle of the shelf, a little bird looks out of this brown metal birdcage embellished with a burlap daisy.

This black rooster and another red vase sit on the other end.

 
The bottom shelf
 
Mr. D gave me this wonderful carved cross for my last birthday.  I set it in front of a woven basket.
 
This wire candleholder is the perfect spot for another faux red apple.
 
A lidded box with built-in clock showcases a couple books and faux boxwood wreath.  I placed a birch-covered vase and another metallic pot next to it.
 
The full view
 
 
 
Now that this area has been decorated with a late summer look, I've enjoyed spending time reading here.
 
The title of my book is fitting as the season winds down.
 
Are you hanging on to summer or ready to transition into fall?
 
Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Sundays Down Under at Natasha in Oz
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Talented Tuesdays at Home Remedies
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants
Thursday Favorite Things at Surroundings by Debi
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home