Let there be light
It's that time of year when the sun sets a little earlier than we like and we long for spring to arrive. On these evenings I light candles to bring a warm glow into the house as the sun is setting. Scented or unscented, large or small, all alone or in a beautiful votive. I am always attracted to candles when shopping, it seems I can never have enough. I do use them, so I feel justified with the amount I have stored in my cupboard.
I wanted to share a few things that I have found useful when purchasing and using candles. First things first...finding the right candle. They are out there in all sizes and certainly in every price range. You don't have to spend a fortune to have a long lasting, beautiful candle. I look for soy candles. They tend to last longer and they burn evenly down to the very end. It's so frustrating when you spend good money on a candle only for it to funnel in the middle and be somewhat useless and wasteful. I am a huge fan of Homegoods. I find amazing deals and they always have a good selection of soy candles. I don't get too hung up on the color of the glass the candle is in as I often hide the larger candles in another vessel. One of my favorite alternative candle holders is a cache pot. Just place enough dried beans in the bottom to raise the candle high enough so that it is flush with the cache pot which will allow the light to glow.
When it comes to tea lights, I recently discovered a long burning option at Michaels. I don't know why I never focused on that before! You will pay about the same price for for a box of 50 that you would pay for the bag of 100 that don't last as long. It just allows you to enjoy the light longer without changing the tea light half way through an evening.
Finally, my sister introduced me to a company called Glassybaby. Beautiful hand-blown glass in every color imaginable that can be used as a candle holder or a drinking glass. Each candle has a name and they make great gifts. You can choose one by the name or the color. Start a collection! Don't be put off by the price ($50) they are as sturdy as they are beautiful!