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Ted’s Tip No. 192

For a cozy dinner table, use a variety of candle heights to add instant mood. Try tall tapers mixed with lower varieties along with super low tealights. A flicker of light will be wherever your eye lands.



Floating Candles

Funny how you forget about things and then they pop back into your thought process after many years. Such is the case with floating candles. Ages ago we used to float candles in our bathtub when we had a party to add a bit of fun glow in the bathroom. Fast forward to now. The guest bathroom at Hawthorne was in need of a little sparkle when we hosted gatherings, so floating candles came to the rescue. They let off the prettiest light floating about the water. Just an unexpected little visual treat for visitors.




can·dle·lightˈ kandlˌlīt/ noun

dim light provided by a candle or candles. “we dined by candlelight”

No matter how you define it, the flicker of candlelight, such a glorious thing. Year round really, but this time of year especially, candles being lit flickering about adds an instant warmth & intimacy to a room/table. 

Be it a smattering of votive candles, tapers or a scented variety in a glass container, they instantly add a specialness to the every day.



Ted’s Tip No. 125

Lighting a few, or many, candles for your evening dinner elevates the experience. Even if is as simple as take-out, the flickering light adds a specialness to the meal.



Ted’s Tip No. 98

Lighting a few, or many, candles is the quickest way to add a bit of mood & ambiance when setting a table.




For a relaxing or for a romantic eve, try lighting a variety of candles. Votives, tapers, tealights, as well as a scented candle in a container. Either have all the lamps off or on the lowest setting. You will instantly find your heart rate dropping a few beats as the mood you have set is incredibly inviting as well as relaxing. Turn on jazz or classical music. Enjoy a meal or just enjoy the beauty you have created.



Simple Daily Rituals

20131218-050024.jpg I have spent the last 4 days in bed, hit by this nasty upper respiratory bug that has been going around. I am mid-way thru my antibiotics, and last eve was the first night since Friday I felt up to having dinner at the dining table or even lighting a few candles. It got me thinking about our daily rituals and how important they are to our mental, physical & spiritual health. Sitting at the dining table comforted by a hearty meal and soothed by the flickering candlelight, I was gently reminded how much this all means to me each day. Simple rituals. The act of setting a table, if even ever so simply. The act of striking a match to bring flame to a few candles. Even though it had only been a few days, I had missed those small daily acts. I felt boosted just being able to resume them. We all have so many wonderful daily rituals that fill our days, and at this busy time of year, it is good to be reminded of them. To savor them–for they add meaning & richness to our day, and ultimately our lives.



The Ritual of Lighting a Candle

20130929-060216.jpg Yesterday was such a rainy day. At one point when I was working the Market shop, I looked outside and thought I had never seen it rain so hard in Seattle. It has been quite a week and I could not wait to get home, light candles, and be enveloped in the warmth of home.

20130929-060544.jpg Lighting candles to me almost becomes a meditation. The striking of the match, bringing that flame to the wick, creating more flame, light and warmth.


20130929-060900.jpg While many would think it a chore (there are quiiiite a few candles to be lit) I find it incredibly relaxing. It clears my head. Candle light feeds my soul. A simple act that brings so much joy.