Thursday, December 16, 2010

Custom Printed Candles

I originally started printing candles in 2009 when I printed the logo I created for our wedding onto our unity candle set {see photo below}. These images and/or text are heat printed into the wax of the candle ~ not a vellum overlay. I sell them on my business website (

It blossomed into many unity sets for other couples, baby announcements, and now memorial candles.

My first memorial candle was created this past April when my husband's 105 year-old maternal grandmother passed away. I created a large 4x9 ivory candle with sepia tones for my Mother-in-Law and her sister.

And this sweet one as a gift for my church's (denominational) District Superintendant, whose wife passed away after a long three year battle following a devastating car accident. Somehow I forgot to take a photo of the candle, but still have the artwork I created prior to printing. It was a black and white image on a white 9-inch pillar.

Dr. Berry loved it so much, he shared it with his Griefshare group at our church. One was ordered as a gift (black and white on a white candle) and another ordered by a Griefshare group member. This one was printed in Sepia tones on a marble ivory pillar. The acrostic on the backside encompassed his name and her feelings about him. He gave up his life in order for three passengers of the plane to live. A real hero!

I offered a discount to the Griefshare group. I feel blessed to play a very small role with their healing journey. While many choose not to burn the Memorial Candles, some choose to burn them as they say a prayer of thanksgiving on the anniversary of their loved one's passing or their loved one's birthday. It is whatever works with the healing process, and everyone is different with that.

These are some of the other items I've been busy with, which is part of why I was MIA for a bit. And... my sister, Kathi, and I have a store on Etsy. It is an eclectic mix of vintage and antique items, a lot of which came from our parents' estate (SILVER from the 1940s and 1950s!). The site is: created our shop banner and avatar and GRITS ~ because she and I are Girls Raised In The South!

Joy to you and yours this holiday season,

Oh By Gosh, By Golly... It's Beginning To Look A Little Jolly

Sorry to be MIA so long. Between the sinus infection that just won't go away and the holidays, time has slipped by. I was so on top of Fall and the decor to go with it and now way behind on posts for Christmas. Forgive me for that. There are so many cute posts all over blogland right now. I'm going to link up with The DIY Showoff at the bottom. Be sure to pop on over and view the fantastic blogs showing their craftiness this holiday season. Grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea and join me for a whimsical tour of our condo decked out for the holidays. I have no doubt I'll be re-arranging things up to Christmas Eve (except for the hearth and table), but you can see what I've done so far. This year, it is very whimsical.

It has been way too cold in Atlanta this December and we had icy conditions during rush hour last night, shutting down many of our highways and stranding commuters for hours. I was trying to be a good samaritan to one of our neighbors who is single. She turned into our parking area (we are in a condo community) and where you turn, it's sharp and it follows a hill. The ice was too much and she slammed into the curb. Thankfully, she was OK and a neighbor moved her car for her, but in my quest to help her, I stepped off the grass onto the asphalt and yep, you guessed it... my feet went out from under me straight up in the air. I landed on my backside and hit the back of my head. Today, I'm very stiff and moving around like a 90 year-old. I'm on pain meds, icing my head, and heating my back. The ice has thankfully gone away today. My doctor has said I most likely have a very mild concussion. Good grief, Charlie Brown! On with the post...

While I have not posted as I decorated, I have been working on a few projects. One project is a repurpose. I purchased 3 small waxed pumpkins around Halloween. Because they are waxed, they last so long. I painted the stems gold, painted the pumpkins with green acrylic paint (only Christmas color I had on hand) and added red bows. My 3 pumpkins are now 3 "ornaments" for display. Below are the Before & After...

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Here's one on display under our entry table. I also spelled out "Merry Christmas" with Scrabble tiles on the table. Purchased the game and all tiles for $2 at a recent thrift store visit with my sister, Kathi. No worries, my three pumpkins (um, I mean ornaments) will be tossed after the holidays.

Onto Reveal #2. It's simple and anyone can do it {just like anyone can paint pumpkins}. I took a 3-inch white pillar candle and some Christmas rub-ons. I did not know if rub-ons would work with the wax, but they did. I also added a rub-on (Ho, Ho, Ho) on another candle (no photo yet for that one). Here it is...

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And now our Mantel. Well... Our entire hearth, actually. I decided against re-using the wine bottles I used {remember my earlier post about them and they spelled out THANKS?}. I used 3 cylinder candle vases (the ones I used in the fall with the leaves and LED pillars). I found some sheet music online (O Holy Night), printed it landscape on vellum sheets (use fast draft setting to print on vellum and let dry), wrapped around each cylinder, and took glitter foam letters that spell J-O-Y. I decorated our garland with ball ornaments, put Christmas lights in the fireplace :), and set up the 2 pre-lit (white lights) porch trees my husband bought me on each side of the fireplace. I added blue lights since I had them already from a small group retreat.I told him it was my nod to his family's team, UNC. His alma mater is actually Auburn (War Eagle!). Our 3 stockings were also hung (we bought a matching one for our dog, Kiley, this year). No big tree for us (there's no room in our condo, really) and less for me to put up and take down. :) Notice the rub-on white pillar on the left side of the mantel?

And a close-up shot of the candles...

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Here's what I did for our table. Simple. Some tapestry placemats with a snow couple that say, "Let It Snow", white flour sack napkins, candles of all types, a Publix S&P shaker snow couple, a vintage santa & tree S&P set from my hubby's paternal grandmother and the table is set with her china and glasses. From the chande, I put candy canes and a few silvery ornaments hung from it (not in photo). I also decorated the top of our corner cabinet.

Ignore the gift bag behind the table. That thing tempts me everyday. It's for me from dear hubby. We have yet to move it with the other presents for family. My card writing stack is on top of the stool that I should have cleared prior to snapping the photo. :)

The coat closet doors even got decorated. I could not get far enough away for a full shot. I have 2 felt bags with snowmen hanging from the doorknobs. We are into snowmen, can't you tell?!? ;)

Our Sunroom even has a few added touches. A die-cut rustic reindeer over the door and the candlescape has three pearl candy canes hanging from the three candle sconces...

A few random chairs have been decorated...

The director's chair that holds a few blankets and some pillows now holds Snoopy, the Grinch, and Rudolph, too. Also provides extra seating, if needed.

And the rocking chair that my husband's AU blanket rests on is now holding 2 snowmen, Cupid (reindeer) a felt Merry Christmas bag and a girly Santa hat.

I even decorated my husband's toy chest from childhood (holds a few seasonal books and seasonal table linens now)...

And I love this cute little 14-inch rug I found at Target on the cheap. Where to place...where to place...

I'll add more photos when I finish the breakfast bar (it's a crafting area at the moment), our coffee table, and the chairs in the sunroom that my gift wrap supplies are blocking. :)

Thanks for reading my post and following my blog! You make me smile with your sweet comments and e-mails every time I open them. May your holidays be merry & bright...

Help a Stranger
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Light a Candle
Share Your Love
Sing For Joy
Lend a Hand
Pray For Peace

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May our Savior's love fill your hearts with joy this Christmas Holiday & always,