Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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

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