Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Advent... minus a few days yet

As I shared yesterday I have been trying to arrange my advent candles as it is the first Sunday of Advent at the weekend.  Round one didn't really work!  I had an idea that I might try and use some tea lights one each day for the first week, two for the second and so on.


After some thinking though I realised that I would get through an awful lot of tea lights!!  So some further thought was required.  Last year, as in previous years I used candles in purple for the first two and last weeks, pink for the third week and a white candle for Christmas day.  Purple candles are now hard to find though in these parts it seems.  I did some reading and found that gold candles can also be used, and as I had some gold candles already that seemed to be the answer.


I love this bowl which takes four candles around the rim, so I added the gold candles.  With the addition of a red pillar candle in the middle - standing on a glass saucer for safety I might add - and some berry candle rings, I think that this will work.  We only light it for a little while and I will watch it carefully to make sure that the wax and flame stays well away from the candle rings!


As the arrangement is rather large and will be moved for meals I wanted something smaller to leave on the table so I added my old favourites.  These metal pinecone candle holders and some beeswax candles.



Overall I am happy with this arrangement, it looks pretty, and will function well each Sunday in Advent when we pause to light our candles.


So although decorating for Christmas is still some way off, and I haven't done the shopping that I should have, I have prepared for Advent, which is all about preparing for Christmas so perhaps the preparations can wait for just a few more days...

Amy

40 comments:

  1. I love popping over to see what your up to, I miss you when you don't post. Lovely candle display x

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  2. What a beautiful setting. I love it! I really don't think it matters the color. What matters is that you remember and celebrate. Blessings my friend, blessing.

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  3. Your Advent arrangement is just lovely, Amy. Thanks for the reminder that preparing for Advent is really what it's all about - it's too easy to get swept away with all the shopping malarky. Hugs, xx

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  4. We used to get a specially marked candle thatwe lit each day from my church when I lived in Yorkshire, it was a lovely ritual, but I haven't done it for years... I might have to sort something out for this year though after seeing your beautiful arrangement! Enjoy advent, x

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  5. Me too! I am thinking about advent also. Love this time of year. I think your final choice has worked well. I like it. Here's to lighting the first candle on Sunday x

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  6. Lovely arrangement, we haven't made an advent arrangement for a couple of years now with this & that going on.

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  7. Your arrangement is very pretty, Amy. I love these single candlesticks!

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  8. A lovely advent display, beautiful to look at, admire and my part of the world emergency lighting in case of a power cut, less so these days but we do tend to have at least one each year.
    Helen

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  9. I really like that arrangement Amy, and you've given me a great idea re the red candles and berry surrounds. We're having a mulled wine and mince pie party here just before Xmas and the red candles and berries would look great on the table! xx

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  10. Your table looks perfect now !!

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  11. Can't beat a proper Advent ring! Which reminds me.. . I must get ours out. We have usually used red and white candles for ours.

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  12. very nice and I love the black and the red that makes it festive.

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  13. Hello Amy

    I like your Advent arrangements, especially the red pilar candle in the centre. Amy, your metal pine candle holders are beautiful.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  14. Beautiful arrangement Amy it looks perfect, I haven't thought that far yet! :) xx

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  15. It hits the spot great stuff :-)

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  16. I don't do Advent but I love candles in winter adding a warm glow to the room

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  17. A lovely arrangement of advent candles, Amy. Lighting candles is such a special part of the Christmas countdown. Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xox

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  18. Dear Amy
    That arrangement is just perfect. I hope you all enjoy the candles when they are lit - they will be beautiful.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  19. I love your candles - they make a super table setting. I used to read a blog that was all about seasonal table settings - I should have taken notes for future use!!

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  20. Beautiful, and where on earth do you buy such gorgeous candle holders? Must keep my eyes peeled more often. Can't wait to see what you do at Xmas. Take care.

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  21. Hi Amy, your Advent arrangement is lovely, it's going to look gorgeous when it's lit. I especially like those beeswax candles. Enjoy what's left of the week.
    Jane xx

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  22. Amy, I love the Advent candle holder. Very beautiful. Enjoy the Thanksgiving Day!

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  23. What a beautiful arrangement, it will look even lovelier when it's lit. I really like the pine cone candle holder as well. I've been dotting candles about the place this week, I must remember to buy an advent candle. CJ xx

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  24. Your candle arrangements look very attractive - it is frightening how quickly Christmas is looming on the horizon.

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  25. Hi Amy, wow I love your arrangement for the advent candles, it looks so pretty! Enjoy the rest of the week.
    Julie

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  26. Pretty arrangement Amy and I love the pine cone candle holders, they're great. x

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  27. Beautiful displays. The larger candle holder is lovely and I love the cone holder too. X

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  28. Hi Amy! Nice arrangement! :)
    In Germany they use an advent wreath made from fir branches (decorated with candles)!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  29. Amy, how beautiful is your advent candle arrangement. I love that you follow the advent tradition each Sunday. The pine candle holders are very clever and attractive - what a great find! xx

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  30. That's so pretty. A wonderful arrangement.

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  31. Very pretty. Makes me think I really need to sort advent candles out this year. For some strange reason we never do it, it just doesn't occur to me, but I think it's time it did! Lil xx

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  32. Lovely arrangement, I really like the pine cone candle holders. Never seen anything like them before

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  33. hello amy,
    your advent arrangement is so beautiful.
    hugs regina

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  34. Your advent arrangement looks beautiful.

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  35. It looks really good, Amy, the red berries go really well with the candles. xx

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  36. I love your Advent candle arrangement, Amy. It's lovely and it's wonderful when you light the first candle today. x

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