Friday, December 10, 2010

Snowflake floating candles

The first time I saw a real life snowflake I was 24 years old.

My husband and I had taken our family on holiday up north for Christmas.  I had our eldest daughter on my hip while hubby was pushing our youngest in a stroller down an empty Prescott Az sidewalk.  
The cold that day was something I had never before experienced.  And certainly not prepared for as our winter wear consisted of jeans and hoodies.  Being a native of the low desert..and sure it gets cold in the valley but desert winter will cut through you, this winter chill seemed to seep in to your bones and stay there forever.

I was turning to my husband to say "it's time to go" when I saw the tiniest paper snowflake flutter around in between us and then another and then a larger one.  I looked to my daughter who had her face burrowed in my jacket and saw a few of the pretty flecks laying softly on top of her brown mop of hair. When I went to pull it off to show her, it vanished at my touch.  She looked up at me accusingly, wondering why was pulling at her hair when one fell on her eyelash.

It was surreal and lovely and enchanting.

It was but a moment and then the snowflakes disappeared only to be replaced by blobs of snow falling faster and faster. At which time my daughter was getting excited and her eyes where nearly bulging from her head at the sight of all that snow, she was begging to be let down so she could build a snowman and snow angle.  At the tender age of four those where things she saw in cartoons and said as much as she began scooping up the mushy white stuff along with the dirt and gravel from the walkway.  By the time her and her dad were done their snowman was more twigs and rocks and leaves than snow but she was thrilled.

On our drive home we talked about how we both wished we had a camera.   And instead of driving immediately to the house we detoured in to a Best Buy and bought one.  Connived that with that in hand we would never again miss out on preserving those little moments in time.

It was with that camera that I took this picture. And every-time I make these little snowflake candles I remember so clearly her brown eyes looking up at me and that tiny, yet perfectly formed snowflake kissing her eyelash.

Capturing winters artful kisses in wax is a pleasure.  These little candles aren't as tiny as real snowflakes, they measure about two inches in diameter and are 5/8 inches thick.
Burn time 2 hours.
I add a sprinkling of candle safe iridescent glitter on top and you should see how the flame bounces of it as it glows.  Something my camera skills aren't able to capture.

If your planning a winter wonderland wedding or a New Years bash these would make great reception table centerpieces, buffet and mantel decor and gifts. 

If you are in need of a larger snowflake candle don't worry I got ya covered.
Measures 2 and 3/4 in diameter and are 3/4 inch think
Burn time is 4 hours

These are a perfect size for the tall cylindrical vases and would look beautiful grouped in three of varying sizes.

Fill vases with water and add seasonal foliage like spruce and pine cuttings, pine cones, cranberries and top it all off with a snowflake candles for a lovely yet simple and elegant centerpiece

Snowflake candles as well as more winter holiday candles are available on our website and etsy store
Glowlite Candles online
Glowlite Candles on etsy

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