Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Winter Candle Tip

When Kelly @ The Essence of Home mentioned her love of candles,  it made me think of how much I love candles, and something I do with mine, mostly in the winter. 




I also LOVE the smell of coffee, so I use coffee beans as a filler in my candle holders. 






Not only is it visually interesting...it smells soooo good!






Here, I used a real candle for "photographic purposes", but most of the time I use a flameless candle in the hurricane...for safety.






You can also use a little votive holder with the candle, as I do here.
Of course, I know you'd never leave candles unattended. :)


A one pound bag of coffee beans is enough for the large hurricane and the small square one.
Because I'm cheap thrifty, I buy the least expensive coffee beans I can find. I think these were about $4.50.
"Flavored" coffee beans, such as hazelnut, are lovely too, but usually more expensive.
It's really nice to come back from shopping and smell the fragrance of the coffee beans...even if there's no coffee brewing. 


Another thing I like is the color of the coffee beans used with cream colored or white candles.




Oh, sorry. Those aren't candles. I was going to photograph the shortbread cookies with a cup of coffee next to the candles...but someone ate the cookies before I took the other photo. 
Yum.. mmm. :)


Anyway, hope y'all like my Winter candle tip. 
It got "two thumbs up" from Hubby.
Hope y'all have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Babs


I'll be joining the fun with
Diann@The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday.
Kate@Chic on a Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt it Friday.
Also:
Check out Betsy Speert's Blog 
She's giving away one of her fabulous decorating books!! Enter for a chance to win at Kim's Savvy Southern Style.
Books I've written!!!!!!

33 comments:

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love the smell of coffee so I am sure it does smell good..and it looks good too!

Kelly said...

That is a great tip! Those cookies look mighty good too. No wonder someone ate them up. Ha! I ADORE the smell of coffee. Every morning as I open the container to fill my coffee maker, I take a deep inhalation of that wonderful aroma. It does me good! Thanks so much for the mention too!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Hi Babs, I love the idea of using the coffee beans in your vignettes and I bed it smells wonderful!
Barb

Olive Cooper said...

I love coffee and I know this smells wonderful.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Babs, what a great tip. I love to smell coffee. Now I will have to look for those cheap beans.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Babs, this is a wonderful tip! I can almost smell it through my computer! Thanks for sharing!

Diann said...

This looks beautiful! And I love the idea of using the coffee beans. I have some beans that I bought that I loved the way they smelled but, when I brewed them up I didn't like the flavor. Guess what I will be doing with them! Thank you for joining TTF and have a great weekend!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Great tip Babs, it looks so pretty!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That is a great idea. I'm so allergic to many fragrances but I love the smell of coffee so this would work for me! hugs, Linda

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, I bet this does smell good! And those cookies! Shortbread is my favorite! Do you have a good recipe?

XO,
Jane

Designs By Pinky said...

Great tip, but since I don't drinnk coffee...I know... I wonder what else might smell pretty. I am putting my thinking cap on now:):) XO, Pinky0

Sarah said...

Clever idea, Babs. I love the smell of coffee. ;-)

Martha said...

That is a great tip and I'll have to try it -- I DID get some beans at WS today for $4 something -- good beans too but they would work and are certainly cheap enough!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

You always do such great tabletop vignettes!

Alycia Nichols said...

I love the smell of coffee!!! I don't drink much of it anymore (the caffeine is not my friend in my old age!), but I still enjoy the toasty roasted fragrance wafting through the house! As a native Kansas Citian, I have long enjoyed the wonderful fragrance of Folger's coffee in the air anytime I go to the downtown area where a plant has been operational since the early 1900s. (Unfortunately, it is scheduled to close this summer with operations moving to Louisiana.) :-(

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I am a great coffee lover!!..I have a covered jar on my kitchen island with a candle and coffee beans too!..However, I never light it..just there for aesthetics, so I am going with your great suggestion to light the candle to smell the aroma of the beans!

LisaMende said...

i love coffee too and keep forgetting to do this! Thanks for the reminder!

Tricia said...

Love this idea! In fact, this may be the inspiration for an upcoming tablescape! Thank you for the tip!

Emreen said...

Oh Babs..how beautiful .. !!And Thats a lovely tip ! Inviting you to participate in the Ramsign giveaway at my blog ;-)

Donna said...

I love the smell of coffee, and this is a wonderful tip! Thank you!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I don't think there's a smell much better than coffee...it's so comforting somehow. This is an excellent tio and I have never seen it before. To present a first in blogland is quite an achievement! Hope your weekend is good. ~Ann

Debbie said...

I love the smell of coffee so this is right up my alley!

On Crooked Creek said...

Babs,
Candles and coffee...two of my favorite things! Thanks for the tip! Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!
Fondly,
Pat

CAS said...

That's a really lovely idea! I can almost smell your coffee beans...lol!

Sue said...

Hi Babs....what a great idea...I love the smell of coffee but since we don't drink coffee I never get to smell it..
did you make those wonderful looking cookies?

Richard Cottrell said...

i also like the smell of coffee, but do not like the taste. This is a very clever way your home fresh and inviting. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Kasia said...

What a neat idea! I adore a coffee smell so I might just try these!!! Thanks! :)

Hugs,

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

I'm a tea drinker, however, I LOVE the smell of coffee. Oh, coffee ice cream is one of my favs! I'll remember this tip, Babs....it's a good one. And those cookies - yum! Linda

Leslie's Garden said...

Love the coffee bean and candle idea! I can imagine how good it smells. Thanks for stopping by, I'm a follower, can't wait for your next post!

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

That a great idea! I remember a few years back when there were candles made with the beans in the bottom- but I think it was mostly for looks!
I love the aroma of coffee! We actually had a "coffee" man when I was a kid. He'd bring a 5 lb. bag once every two weeks and it smelled good to me even back then! Of course back then we had bread and milk delivered too!

Jo's This and That said...

What a great idea! I love the smell of coffee, you are a cleaver one joann

Sherry said...

That looks great and I bet it smells amazing. Great idea!
Sherry

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a great idea! I love coffee and the smell of coffee. I'm putting cheap coffee beans on my grocery list!!!