Inspiration to Illumination: More About Candlelight Graces and Winter Luxuries

Yesterday I posted about these Winter Luxuries & Candlelight Graces

on our Frugal Luxuries blog

I made a promise to tell you more about them...

from Inspiration to Illumination!

Here's how this idea was born out.


I was rummaging through my tea cupboard

looking for ways to bring light to an ordinary day...

when I spied these teacups. (Below)

Note: I sought out cracked and chipped cups for this little project.

I still had the tart pans in mind from my

Magic Mason Jar project a few days ago...

(see post below)

I thought it would be fun to see if the tart pans would work well

in conjunction with the tea cups...

and came up with this look (below).

A tea cup atop a vintage tart pan.

I perched it on this log~slice that Mike had cut for me a few months

ago for our Thanksgiving buffet table.

(By the way, if you haven't already,

you need to see all the creative

things Clarice at "Storybook Woods"

does with these little log slices.)

I then began thinking about some crystal coasters I had

in my craft pantry (see below)

and began playing around to see how they looked with the teacups.

When I put them beneath the cups,

as with the tart pan above,

they too imparted a romantic, pedestal-ed look!

I then took out my Dollar Store Candles

and the Earthquake Wax/Adhesive Stick~Em Putty

and rolled little bits of it into tiny balls and

tucked them inside the center of the teacups...

firmly pressing my candles atop the putty until they were quite secure.

This is what makes the candles stand upright!

A Note of Caution:

While we've been doing this in our kitchen for years

(using all manner of holder) with no problems,

I wouldn't advise you to leave any candle unattended...

especially wispy yet charming little lights like these.

Even still,

they are lovely on the table during a meal

and they brighten~up a dark kitchen while I'm cleaning and/or cooking

...and add charm when the girls and I are

sharing a story and a pot of tea!

Here's a closer look a the tea cup atop the crystal pedestal

(formerly known as a crystal coaster).

If you'd like to see the original post click HERE!