Wednesday, December 21, 2011

By Candlelight

Sometimes when it's dusk, I love to have a candle burning out here on the porch. There's something about the candle glow that warms the space and my heart. And especially at Christmas, with all the cuddly blankets and quilts, the sunporch becomes a little "nest".

This is my wire carrier that I have used for my Halloween Candy Corn candleholders for the last few years. I think the candy corn was at least 2 years old, so it was time to say good-bye! I wanted to try something new for Christmas.

I have a fixation on peat pots,
(like many of you arty gals in blogland)
and they were beggin' for some holly and boxwood.

I used a small plastic "baggy" and put a little water in it to keep the greens moist, then smooshed it into the bottom of the peat pot. I only had two matching candles, and that turned out to be "a good thing". Then I added a couple of itty bitty Shiny Brites for some sparkle. But...this post comes with a disclaimer, as I found the hard way that polyester Christmas ribbon is not fireproof !

If you look closely you can see some charred edges of ribbon.

...a quick save by scrunching up the ribbon toward the middle.

This is my little green chair that was part of a set of table and chairs
that my mom and dad bought for my second birthday.
(yep, it's beyond vintage, and just plain old!)

and since it was getting dark, I tried the carrier out on my dad's old dresser,
which holds my conservatory here in the sunroom.

The old painted concrete lambs are part of my garden collection.

so now I've learned to enjoy the candlelight,
but if I get too fancy, I need to have a fire extinguisher close by!

Nothing like a little excitement!

I'll be joining in for these parties:

No Minimalist Here for Open House Party
My French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
2805 for Potpourri Friday
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
LaurieAnnas Farmhouse Fridays
Stuff and Nonsense for Fridays Unfolded
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
Funky Junk for Saturday Night Special
Shabby Art Boutique for Simply Christmas

See ya tomorrow for 

lots of Christmas hugs,


  1. Your sweet little green chair is precious

    love seeing the candle burning also

    Merry Christmas

  2. What a pretty vintage look! That little green chair is so sweet!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. It looks so pretty! I have candles going everynight around here lately. I adore your garden sheep - they are just so sweet.

  4. I love candlelight Debra. There is something so warm and peaceful about it. It's perfect with the cozy and festive decor of your sunporch.

  5. It looks so pretty, Debra! I especially like it over by your conservatory. I understand they make some flameless candles that are quite realistic when they flicker now. That might be a way to go for your carrier.

  6. That is really pretty, but I would be so worried that the greens would catch on fire.

  7. There is nothing so relaxing as to let yourself be mesmerized by the flame of a candle. Your sunporch looks lovely!

  8. Dear Debra, as I am taking some dayes away from blogging,-my little family coming home! --- I want TO WISH YOU A MOST HAPPY CHRISTMAS,-
    I have been facinated over your beautiful blog tellings, this year-and love to visit with you- I look forward seing you again after christmas, dear friend.
    Your conservatory, and sweet chair are beautiful -and love the dresser.
    Hugs and love, Dorthe

  9. Debra that looks so pretty! I love the soft glow of candlelight. Merry Christmas!! Martina

  10. What a gorgeous vignette Debra! Just beautiful! And I LOVE the chest and the conservatory!! LOVE them!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Lou Cinda :)

  11. All I can say is that if your conservatory for some reason comes up missing...don't look here for it!! :) Love it and all your other photos too. Be careful with those candles! That sounds like something I would do. {I actually set fire to our kitchen table and now we don't use the middle leaf because it is black and charred. eek!!}

  12. now we know. Polyester ribbon + ugly Christmas sweater x flames = H2O at all times.

  13. Really beautiful!! Love how you are using your Dad's old dresser.

  14. I love your style, its perfect, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  15. Your candlelight pictures are lovely, Debra!

    May you have a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!

  16. One of my favorite combinations at Christmas is greenery and candles! I just added some mercury glass candle votives to my decorations. Candlelight is so pretty at night. I really love your tablescape on the white dresser too.

  17. A sweet vignette and I love the little lambs near by. Have a very Merry and (safe) :) Christmas.

  18. Beautiful! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  19. Hi Debra, I have a similar carrier and never thought of using it for candles. Very creative and I love the look. Thanks for linking to my party and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  20. Debra,
    As I read your first paragraph, I was a bit fearful of a fire in the home. Thank goodness you caught the ribbon BEFORE disaster struck! I, too, enjoy candles burning in our home. I have learned to use a few battery ones...not the same, I know...but much safer as I age! Ha!The ambiance of a burning candle adds the warmth to a home that matches nothing else. Carefully, enjoy the holiday season...and Merry Christmas as all is Merry and Bright on the sunporch!

  21. Isn't it wonderful this time of year to just light some candles and chill? I received some new candles this year for Christmas and have yet to burn them, perhaps tonight:) Have a blessed day dear Debra! HUGS!

  22. I love candles this time of year too. Enjoyed all your photos

  23. What a wonderful setting you have for a quite Christmas night. What I love most is your red tartan collection.

  24. Kelly @ Craft Until Your Art's ContentDecember 22, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    The candles look so lovely sitting on your hutch,

    Merry Christmas


  25. Debra this is absolutely breath taking. I love all of your vignettes. There is nothing like beautiful candle light enhancing the scene. Merry Christmas my dear. I hope you can share this wonderful post at our What's It Wednesday linky party.


  26. There's something to be said for candle light... it makes everything appear more magical.

    I'd love it if you'd consider linking this post to my Simply Christmas Inspiration party ~

  27. Very nice..the candles do make a wonderful glow and feel of warmth. Merry Christmas!

  28. Very pretty Debra! I want to get some of the peat pots and try them for spring. I love your sun room! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  29. I am OBSESSED with that carrier(?) on top of your dad's old dresser ... and those concrete lambs! Oh. my. Worddd! How snuggly to have a sun room full of cozy blankets and quilts ... just lovely.


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