Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pumpkin candles for Thanksgiving table centerpiece.



Prescott and Prescott Valley are located about 5,000 feet above the "valley of the sun"  Phoenix and surrounding towns and cities. Here in the north country, we are still part of the desert with prickly pear cactus plants growing next to pine trees. But we do have 4 real seasons and right now, the  local farms are having pumpkin festivals and selling pumpkins galore at the farmers' markets. Our pumpkin candles are perfect to complete your fall centerpiece table setting. The 3" medium size are shown in the brass kettle in our photo. The 4.25" size can also be used as a floating candle or on a candle plate as a "novelty" pillar.    
Pumpkin Floating and table candles for Thanksgiving!

We have been making these #pumpkin candles for years and they are lovely candles for displays and gift baskets all through the fall and Thanksgiving.
We suggest adding a few sprigs of greenery from your garden for a natural accent and look for a vintage kettle or bucket as your container for the floating candles. Remember, the candles only burn a diameter in the center of the candle and the heat goes straight up so be sure there are no over-hanging flowers or garlands right above the lit candles. Pumpkin candles are a lovely choice for fall weddings for a classy, country feeling.
We like to say that Armadilla Wax Works is the "first name in floating candles" because we design and make so may different candles - for fall, holidays, weddings and spring settings.
All of our candles, colors and fragrances are coordinated so that your displays and gift ideas "go together" easily. Be sure to check out the complete fall collection that includes acorn and fall leaf floating candles as well as scented Autumn Spice and Orange Cinnamon candles.
You can count on quality American made craftsmanship from a candle company founded, and still owner operated, since 1971. 
Autumn Spice - a n amazing fragrance blens in the perfect fall color.Floating pumpkin candles for your Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gorgeous fall colors ~ fall in love with fall candles!

http://www.candlefactorystore.com/color-spot-fall-collection/

Add a spot of color and candlelight to your fall centerpiece decor with beautiful autumn colors in 3" round floating candles and 15 hour votive candles.


You CAN create a wonderful centerpiece with a few simple choices.
Start with a few glass cylinders or other glass shapes you might have in the kitchen.
 
Fill with room temp water to the level you want.
Add a few silk or natural accents to the water or around the containers.
Gently add floating candles to the water, light and enjoy! 
 
Looking for just a little color and candlelight here and there? Look to votive candles in fall colors for those little accents. All of the candles made by the Armadilla Wax Works are hand crafted and solid color throughout - not over dipped. The fall collection includes unscented fall leaves, votives, round colour spots, acorns, pumpkins, sunflowers and maple leaves. So much fun!
Everybody loves warm fall colors and candlelight to welcome family and friends. Thanks for choosing quality candles made in Arizona by the Armadilla Wax Works since 1971.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Simple elegance - tips for creating a floating candle centerpiece with round floating candles.


http://www.candlefactorystore.com/bulk-floating-round-candles/

The fall season brings to mind special times for family and friends. A simple dinner at home or a special anniversary can be the highlight of the week with a few candles on the table. The warm glow of candles makes us feel welcome.

 'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.
 "Simple Gifts" was written in 1848 by Elder Joseph while he was at the Shaker community.
 
Tips for creating a floating candle centerpiece ~  choose a container - glass offers a clean fresh look and amazing unexpected reflections through the water and the glass. If you have cylinders as in the photo above, that's great but you can choose something right out of your kitchen - a water glass or a fruit bowl are lovely.
Personalize ~ Add a few accents like glass beads or marbles, a cutting from the garden or a piece of a silk flower garland - yes - silk flowers work great because silk is a durable fabric and the piece can be used time and again.
Next, add room temperature water - remember that when you add the candle it will displace some of the water and the level will rise a bit. 
Pinch the wick and gently lower the candle into the water. Light and enjoy! Simple!
At the end of the evening (never leave a burning candle unattended) pour out the contents of the container and the remains of the candle will flow out as well. Dry off the container and start fresh the next time.

The combination of the candle flames and the water is so unique - opposites that work so well together. Looking for a simple way to show how much you care may indeed include something as simple as candlelight on the table. Romance is always in style!
An old friend had the following message made in to a bumper sticker and he used to hand them out at trade shows "Focus and simplify". Always a good thought. 

Just to let you know, here at the Armadilla Wax Works we are working on a new fall color palette for fall leaf and round floating candles. Check back soon for photos of the new candle colors!
 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Peace through music, and candlelight.

With our recent blog post about our new Orchid Floating candles and exotic places, travel and meeting new people is on our minds especially this time of the year. 

If you have not heard about the non profit organization, Playing for Change, let me introduce you.
Founded in 2002 by Mark Johnson with the simple idea of peace and connecting the world through music.The foundation is "dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world, and creating hope and inspiration for the future of our planet."



The link on the logo below will take you to the web site and where you can choose from and listen to 94 episodes of incredible music played by musicians from all over the world. Recorded on street corners, in alleyways, on roof tops, fields and studios, you will fall in love with the music. Playing for Change "Connecting the world through music." Enjoy ~ and join! 






http://playingforchange.com/episodes/


 Let's talk about floating candles! The magic, of floating candles on the water, is in the combination of natural elements - fire and water. The flame seems to dance before our eyes and the water reveals surprising and amazing reflections.
 

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Hibiscus floating candle for pool or pond.
Ceremonial floating candles in India.
 












Floating candlelight on the water is not a new idea. Often used for ceremonies and celebrations around the world, candle light is a symbol of love and peace as it offers light and warmth and a quiet time to reflect. In our busy, information-rich age, sometimes it's a good idea to "unplug" and light a candle, sing a song, you know, "chill". We hope that our candles help you to do that now and then.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Where I travel, I find the exotic. New Orchid floating candles for a tropical paradise setting.

Floating Orchid Candles

"Travel changes people. It broadens perspectives and teaches new ways to measure quality of life. Many travelers toss aside their hometown blinders. Their prized souvenirs are the strands of different cultures they decide to knit into their own character." A frequent face on the PBS channel, Rick Steves' travel philosophy is woven into his travel guides and TV programs.
 
With a keen sense of discovery and imagination - our new Orchid floating candles have been created from a series of trials and errors, over the last several weeks, until we reached a mix of skilled technique and surprisingly wonderful random watercolor-like swirls of color. Currently we are offering these two color patterns and a choice of UNscented or lightly scented with our lovely new Jacaranda Tree Blossom fragrance.
 
In case you are wondering about the image tacked to the window frame, we pay compliments to the lovely Dorothy Lamour, the "sarong queen" who was always featured in the delightful musical comedy films of the 1940's with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. 
 
 
Sandra has opened the mold to discover the beauty of the candle she poured a few hours ago. 
 
Discover? Yes ~ it takes time for the wax to cool and harden until the mold can be opened to reveal the candle. 
 
Each one will look slightly different because of the techniques and timing she has mastered with swirling different colors and temperatures of wax in to each mold. 
 
 Need a larger size for the pool or pond? Check out the Waterlily, Lotus luminary, Hibiscus and Rose Blossom sizes.
 
One of our master candle makers, Sandra proudly displays her work at the candle factory - a beautiful bouquet of orchid floating candles. 
 
Hand crafted in every detail, orchid flower candles are made to delight you and your guests. 
 
You are hereby cordially invited to create your own centerpiece masterpiece with Orchid floating candles. 
Armadilla Wax Works is the "first name in floating candles" because all of our designs are originals, made in the candle factory in Prescott Valley, AZ.
 
Looking for an exciting gift? Choose Orchid Floating candles!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Patio parties this summer? Floating pool candles are the perfect accent.

Planning a few patio, deck, backyard, gazebo, greenhouse, lakelet, puddle, bayou, lagoon parties this summer?

When we get together for parties or special events to celebrate or commemorate, we all look forward to seeing friends and family and catching up on life. Creating these events falls to the event planner - everyone has one or two of these people in their circle - thankfully! People who love people, love to create a memorable time for everyone - images to save in scrapbooks or share on smartphones. 
What makes these events memorable is just seeing each other and the feeling that all are welcome.
As the sun sets, and we settle in to our favorite spot on the couch or deck chair, isn't is a nice touch to see a few candles glowing around the table or floating in the pool? Candlelight is a thoughtful touch.


Floating candles have been around for some time but the Armadilla Wax Works' candle factory is really the first name in floating candles. Why? Because we make so many designs ~ from flowers to round discs to reusable luminary designs. Yes. The #floating pool candles in the lovely photo above are the "Deco" shapes that are 5.5" all around and are illuminated from within by a votive candle. This is one of two shapes you'll really love because you can use them on a table top centerpiece or as shown around and in the pool. Be sure to see the Lotus shape - so beautiful. (Just be sure to turn off the filters, etc during the party.) Be sure to visit the web site to watch a short video on how we make these wax luminarias. We may not be the best at videos, but you can be assured the candles will be beautiful for the party. 
We know you will be happy with our candles - made in the USA since 1971. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Floating Rose Candles for centerpieces, receptions and thoughtful gifts.

Floating Rose Candles
Roses are the most popular flower in the world. They have held that stature for a long time as the painting of roses dates back to the bronze age. (?)
The list of occasions when roses are included is simply endless.

New from the Armadilla Wax Works candle factory in Prescott Valley are the detailed floating rose candles in two sizes, 6 colors and offered with garden rose scent or unscented.
 
Choose SCENTED ~ with a wonderful garden rose scent ~ when you want to bring the aroma of the rose garden indoors, the Garden Rose fragrance will fill the room.

Choose UNSCENTED ~ for color and candlelight ~ when you want lots of gorgeous floating rose candles without fragrance, on occasions when entertaining a large number of guests in a banquet setting.

Design your garden party with floating candles as the centerpiece, hostess gifts, wedding attendants' thank you gifts...

Plan your party! Can you even begin to imagine a Kentucky Derby Day party without bowls of Garden Rose floating candles? We can’t. 

Choose a lovely glass container and add room temperature water. Pinch the wick and gently lower the candle into the water. Light and enjoy your beautiful centerpiece. Long burning candles will last the length of your party. Mix and match colors for a bouquet of color and dancing candlelight. How easy is that?!