Thursday, July 17, 2008

My...And So I Did...posting for the day!

Many times in the Fall, I enjoy putting candles in jars and arranging them on the porch steps or in the flower beds. They make such a warm homey glow when lit.
This Summer I've enjoyed lighting candles in this "flower garden". I get candles at yard sales and thrift stores, or after Christmas clearances when they are cents on the dollar, so I enjoy lighting them and using them a lot. There is almost always a candle lit in our home.
They look so pretty casting their glow in the evening.

How could our neighbors do such a thing? They were throwing these fabulous flower pots away. There they were languishing beside the street and trash bins, begging me all the while in a very loud voice, "Rachel, please come rescue us!" There were TWO of them. How could I resist? I asked our neighbors just to make sure they REALLY WERE getting rid of these two prestigious vessels for soil.
"Why sure!" they said. "Take 'em." SO I DID. My heart was pounding with excitement. I think it will take about 50lbs of potting soil to fill them. I don't have that right now, but I'm enjoying them anyway. The ferns look so pretty nestled down inside, but come to think of it, I think I'll go out and set a brick over in the bottom to raise the potted fern up just a bit. What do you think? When I have soil, I would love to have them bursting with color!

Our teenage sons were coming home after dark with one of Daniel's two best friends...the one mentioned in the previous post. I had the light on for them...well the candlelight that is. Yes, when they pulled in the drive, there were these candles casting a rosy glow across the porch and steps. No, I don't know what they thought. Remember they are teenage boys. I may never know. Maybe they realize that's just what Mom does. Or yet again, it may be one of those things I'll hear about years later. Who knows? But I like to light them, the candles that is, and SO I DID.
Have a wonderful day.
Love, Rachel


Esther said...

What a sweet thing for you to do to have candles lit when the guys got home! Those kinds of things will play back in their minds in years to come to give them a sense of 'home.' It's no wonder they love being with you and their dad so much! You show them your love even in small ways!

Have a great day!
Love, Esther

countrygirl3031 said...

What a wonderful idea...I never think of putting candles outside. I have them all over the inside of the house.

I love the pots...and I'm with you, sometimes I wonder how people can throw away such cool treasures!


TinaTx said...

I think the candles look great! I'm a candle person myself (although I don't have any in the flowerbeds - yet!)
Great score on the big flower pots. I have a couple on the back porch that I have to put a brick in the bottom so I can put 'hanging baskets' in them. Works great!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

That looks nice! Lyle got me a pair of candle "lanterns" for Mother's Day that hang on the fence. We enjoy the candlelight in the evening, too. I'll have to take a picture. I just don't think about the camera much after dark.

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Hi Rachel..
Just so pretty .. love pink candles and on your porch yet, how sweet..
I have one out on my picnic table and sometime go out there at night and admire it.. all alone knowone else(:) LOL.. it is still nice..
hugs, Patty

Kim's Treasures said...

So pretty! Love candles inside and outside! Lucky you to find such nice pots in the trash...nothing better than free treasures...especially really pretty ones!
Have a good day!

Marie Antionette said...

Teenage boys may surprise you.My grandson sometimes comments on some pretty I might have.I love your butterfly bush you have .Of course I love all your plants.But I never can get over how the little flowers look like butterflies. Hugs Marie antionette

Sharon said...

It all looks so pretty Rachel! I love it! I love the painted cement floor! It is absolutely gorgeous. I'm so glad you rescued those pots!

Have a great day!

Hugs, Sharon

Brook said...

Beautiful idea Rachel. I'm sure the guys noticed the candles and liked them too. So perfect!


Garage sale gal said...

Hi Rachel,
I love the pots. My neighbors had a very pretty green rug in their trash not too long ago and I recycled/rescued that.It's in the family room. :) It shows the dog hair, but still love it. Fun idea with the candles. Come visit me sometime. Warmly, Deb

donnie said...

Dear Rachel,
Beautiful pictures, beautiful words of wisdon and your post. For the last many days I have read them but just didn't write anything.
I praying for you and your friend. Hang on tightly to God and His promises. We have no hope without Him.
Love you, Donnie

Marina Capano said...

Hi!What a wonderful idea...I love its!
visit me anytime...

KEITH said...


Dana said...

You are such a smart girl to pick up your outdoor candles at such "thrifty" prices! I never thought of placing them in amongst the flowers--what a sweet sight that must be. Guess I'll be looking for candle holders that will work in my little front flower bed!
Have a great weekend! Dana

Claudia said...

I love the candles and what a great find you have in those pots! They already look fabulous, but when you have them bursting with color - wow!

Have a great day,

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a sweet post Rachel! I cant believe you got those wonderful pots for free! I love the idea of candles in the garden :) I have been looking for a candolier for my big tree back by my garden arbor. You just made me want one even more!


Joyce on her Justified Journey said...

I just loved this post and had to laugh about the teenage boys and what they may have thought. I have one of those too, (a teenage boy) and they are certainly unique creatures. I've worked very diligently on mine for years - though one could never tell. You are so funny. Those pots are beautiful! A great catch!!

At Home Redesigns said...

I love the idea of lighting candles like that outside. So pretty!