I have found out that here in the South second hand stores are not many… at least that’s the case here in our little town and its surrounding neighboring towns. We only have one thrift store to serve the entire community, and it is not that great. On the other hand, buying and selling antiques is a huge deal around here… there are as many antique shops as churches are. Interestingly, some of these ‘antique’ shops sell more than just antiques, and you'd find a lot of the same things found in common thrift stores, such as clothing, dishes, junk jewelry, books, home decorations and so on… they just call them “Antique Shops” here.
One of these little antique shops I often visit is packed full with beautiful glassware. And the cost is so reasonable you can splurge and buy as many different shapes and sizes as appeal to you. So I got me a few the other day...
Don't you just love giving things a different meaning to their original meaning or purpose? Oh I know I do! I love seeing life from a different perspective; study it from a total different angle; see it through some unique lenses and then apply it to my own life.
It is so much fun to be able to see beyond the conventional use of things and then, be unconventional, be creative. I didn't want to use my glassware for their specific uses in the kitchen, etc… instead, I turned them into lovely candle holders… ;)
Their weight and sturdy shapes make them perfect receptacles for the small tea lights.
I love the soft light of tea candles and glassware…
love how glass lets the light shine through ever so softly and romantic…
They look so beautiful lighten up in the evening...
Clean them up with hot, soapy water and a little vinegar if necessary to remove any whitish film and let them shine!
PS: I want to take the opportunity to say how much you all mean to me… and how much I enjoy listening to all of you as you offer a piece of advice on how to cope with this crazy southern heat, or what to do with a kinky garden hose… and I love it that because of you I know the names of the trees growing in my area, and I love it when you offer the name of that wildflower growing in my garden that I wasn’t able to identify, and share with me what you think that mysterious light beaming on the background of my photograph could be, or mean… how fun and constructive!
I’m always learning from you and when I’m reading your comments I like to imagine us sitting in some garden together… over a glass of iced lemonade; you talking, me listening; taking note, learning from you, sharing life just as it is. I don’t’ have words enough to say how much you all mean to me. Oh, and just so you’d know, I love to read your comments to my husband ;) “See—I’d say, that’s what we should do”, or “hear this one: “summer is a time to lounge indoors in air conditioning or outside in cool water, more industrious activity is taken up in winter”… or “depending on how far south you are, you will be surprised at how nice some of your plants will look in the early half of winter and you'll be able to tolerate being out doors”…
Love... love it all! ;)
And to those of you for whose uncertainties I don’t have the right answer—perhaps imagine once again that you truly are a child of God and that no matter what you are experiencing, you can always make contact with that Divine Love, Joy and Peace so that you may once again feel that child-like joy and wonder of the world? Wish you all the best!
Beautiful post Cielo and your glassware with the little tea lights are stunning. How they sparkle in the early evening. So glad you are enjoying the south after living up north.ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.
Aren't they beautiful... I love them too! Love the soft twinkling lights shining through the glass...Delete
Have a nice long weekend Mary!
Your new candle holders are so pretty and sparkly and I love the aqua glasses with the hydrangeas. Such a lovely tablescape.ReplyDelete
I can see why your heart skips a beat when you come home and catch sight of it. It is so charming and welcoming. All you special touches have only added to its magic, but I think that no matter what the improvement, its another adornment that is Cielo. Like the little gypsy putting on another bangle of scarf.
Sherry you're such special soul... always offering petals of joy to the air--that's what your words are to me... like a scattering of rose petals all over me.... thank you for being here my friend. I know that there may be days that are not as you want them to be, and yet I see the light in you... Really. You are an example to me and to every one who knows you. May you be blessed.ReplyDelete
So shimmery and lovely! I love the candles in those pretty crystal dishes... Your home shows your soul... And it is beautiful. I love seeing how you are creating a beautiful home... So different from your a House in the Roses ... But just as beautiful in an entirely different reality... It speaks of life moving forward...ReplyDelete
Thank you dear Gayla... nobody like you to be able to see the 'real' me through the spirit of my home. Love ya my friend!Delete
Hola Cielo. me encanta tu nueva casa blanca ,es tan hermosa o más que la otra, tu la llenas de magia con esa decoración maravillosa, a mi también me gusta mucho darle un uso distinto a las cosas . Un besoReplyDelete
Que gusto volver a verte querida Maca! Bienvenida!Delete
I love the way you used the glassware. I love glassware and dishes. The table looks so pretty with the tea lights in the glasses and the pretty "flower vases". I have to try that with the little glasses.ReplyDelete
We have had so much rain here my garden is looking better. That is one of the things that happens in the south that I love. The garden will start looking dry and then the weather cools off a bit and it rains and many flowers look better.
Renee... yes I too love it. And all that lushness and green. I won't change a thing ;)Delete