Thursday, July 14, 2011

Candlelight Aura and a Candle Giveaway

How far that little candle throws its beams!  So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~Shakespeare~




Oh, the aura, the romance and the warmth that candlelight evokes within.  I burn candles often.  I love company of flickering light or a steady, warm glow and the understated elegance that candles bring to every setting.  





 This week I'm taking you on a tour of some tablescapes past and showing a variety of the candles I've worked into them.
I always use Zest candles in my tablescapes so I'm especially excited to share a giveaway with you all.  

 For this tablescape of teal and brown transferware, I chose to use an antique wastebowl to hold a floating candle.


In a more rustic setting, a small glass jar holds wood chips and a tealight candle nestled down between them.  


Here, tealight candles are resting on an antique transferware saucer and inside a small, red wine glass.  I like using unexpected objects as candle holders.  


This pillar candle has a woven appearance and seemed to blend in well with the flowers, fruit, bull planter and the Spode transferware of pastoral scenes.



Here is a handpainted wine glass filled with golden beads and a single tealight candle.  


You might already know this if you've read much of my blog, but I have a thing with amber glass.  I can't get enough of the color, combined with candlelight.    To dress this votive holder up even more, I placed it on a beaded coaster on top of a polychrome transferware plate with amber and aubergine glass grapes on the side.  



This centerpiece was created using a swirled glass fitted with a votive candle inside and a beaded bottle cover laid over it atop a vintage glass compote.  This completed an elegant and romantic spot for two.



Candlelight glow seen behind the palest of lavender, in the form of an antique wine glass. 

These wire birds each holding a tealight upon their back, sets a mood of whimsy at this table.


Each setting at the table below had its own tealight candle.

...had to throw in a pic of Trev snatching some goodies...wow he looks so much older now.   


Tealight candles surround a centerpiece set atop an antique Spode brown transferware compote.  The vase belonged to my Great Aunt and Uncle.  There was a floral arrangement in it.  It made for an unusal centerpiece. 


Linden Fig Pillar Candles...these are some of my favorites.  They are subtly scented and have such a beautiful look to them with the center being white and then an outer cut-out layer in brown.  I think these are actually summer candles, but I like using them in the fall too, where they were the centerpiece at a Rural Scenes tablescape.



Here are my kiddos eating at this table

Spode Byron...you know, it's my favorite transferware...so I couldn't leave this setting out.  
The candelabra is filled with votive holders
This was one of my favorite Fall centerpieces I made with a little boy walking his dogs amongst a pumpkin patch.



I love Halloween and had soooo much fun decorating my dining room for Halloween last year.  The right candles played an important role.  Spider web luminary candles have a fun and eery glow!  They are another favorite Halloween candles that Zest offers.
These stacked skull taper candles are pretty cool too!

Brown Taper Candles  at an elegant, Fall setting.

And, of course there is a great selection of Christmas and holiday candles at Zest.  These silver snowflake ball candles added just the right ambience at my birdhouse table last year.

The soft glow of candles behind an etched glass



My Christmas Table with Mason's Vista

My bufett tables with metallic, Victorian  Pillar Candles laid out across a pretty runner and iced berries.

Our Valentines table was set to a musical theme with hand written, antique French sheet music and a violin centerpiece.  Each setting had an individual tealight candle at the corner of the music.


As you can see, there are lots of candles to choose from at Zest Candles. Now, let's get this giveaway going.  Zest Candles will give one box of floating candles to two winners.  The winners will get to choose which ones they would like to have shipped to them.
Zest Candles carries hundreds of varieties of candles for every occasion, large or small.

To enter:
 1st entry simply click on over to Zest Candle and choose your favorites.  Come back and leave a comment letting me know what they are and which floating candles you'd choose.
2nd entry, Leave another comment with the link if you tweet, FB or announce the giveaway on your blog.
3rd entry, Leave a comment to let me know you are a follower.

Anonymous commenters...please be sure to leave an email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner.
Two winners will be randomly chosen using the numeral generator at random.org on July 21, 2011.


You bring the candles, I'll bring the jar
We'll stay up late and stare up at the stars,
...If Only For A Few Hours
 (lyrics from one of Shawn's songs)







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81 comments:

  1. You set such a lovely table, talk about a feast for the eyes! I went to the Zest site and looked at the fall selection. There is a leaf candle that would really look great when the colors change, plus, I was looking at the great selection of Halloween candles. For floating, the scent of lavender is my favorite, so that is what I would choose. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. I like the small yellow floating candles. Would be great for my wedding! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

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  3. What a cool post highlighting all your candles. I would pick the gold flower floating candles...I have the perfect dishes they would go with. Have a good weekend...

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  4. All the tables are beautiful...my favorite is probably the teal, it seems to be a not often seen color in transferware.

    I do like the 3x3 inch pillars in white or ivory.

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  5. Ahhhhh the post was wonderful...even if there were no giveaway!!! I so enjoyed all of the tables!
    I would love to enter the giveaway too....there is no place to purchase the floating candles in our area, so I would love to be able to get some in LOTS of colors :^)
    Thank you for a chance to win,
    Jaybird

    jbmusik at yahoo dot com

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  6. What gorgeous table settings! I love each color of your transferware! Even left-overs would taste good served at your tables!! I would love to enter your candle giveaway--I am a follower. I looked at the Zest floating candles--the fall leaves are so pretty! Thank you for introducing the candle line!
    fnelson1@comcast.net

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  7. I like the tealights especially because they are so versatile. I love the way you have nestled them down in various containers with beads or wood chunks and such. Floating gel candles are intriguing.

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  8. I am a follower. I loved seeing all the beautful table settings. I would LOVE to have all of your transferware!!!! I am also glad to see the new house is coming along, so different than the first photos!! Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  9. I would choose the clear gel floating candles. I also like the white scroll pillar. Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  10. I would choose the clear gel floating candles. I also like the white scroll pillar. Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  11. What could be more beautiful than those floating roses!

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  12. Oh, my goodness! What lovely tablescapes! You are so good and have the most gorgeous dishes!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. You have gorgeous tablesettings and have given us all great ideas for using candles. Lovely!

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  14. Your tables are beyond belief beautiful! You are so talented!!
    I love pretty much every candle Zest offers...lol!
    I fell completely in love with the Bark Pillar candle. It is at the top of my favorites!!
    And if I won I would choose the 2-inch lavendar floating candles. I am in the process of redecorating my master and lavender is the accent color. These floating candles would be the icing on the cake!
    -april

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  15. I am also a follower!
    Thanks so much for such a fun giveaway!
    -April

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  16. I just tweeted your giveaway @aprilabramyan

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  17. What a great post! You have such clever ways of presenting candles.
    So Shawn is a talented writer too! Is there anything you two don't do well?
    ~ Sarah

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  18. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to enter this give away so good luck to everyone else. I just wanted to tell you how much I loved looking at all of your previous posts with all of your gorgeous transferware. The Christmas table looked so beautiful!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

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  19. It was great seeing all these lovely pictures again! I especially like the statue of the the boy with the dogs! At Zest Candles I love the round black floating candles! Perfect with my black and white transferware and Wedgwood!

    Pat
    PersonallyByPat.com

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  20. I posted a link to your Candle Giveaway blog on my PersonallyByPat Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/PersonallyByPat/131940646858953#!/pages/PersonallyByPat/131940646858953?sk=wall

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  21. I love all of your transferware dishes and am a follower of Nancy's Daily Dish!

    pat@PersonallyByPat.com

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  22. Oh my heavens!
    What GORgeous table settings! Wow! You took my breath away!
    I too love the brown transferware hunting scene plates. Also love how you show that your family actually eats off of them too! :)
    You have such a knack for settings. So nice to find you this morning, Nancy!
    Your newest follower,
    Alison

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  23. Nancy, Your tablescapes are above divine! Love, love,love every one of them and the dishes are to die for! I love the blue blueberry jar candles. they are gorgeous.

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  24. I would love to have a set of the square silver floating candles!

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  25. You set such enviable tables, Nancy. This would have been a delightful "candle" post w/o the giveaway. I took a look at Zest candles and really like the bright ones in the jar with the metal lid. I'm always a sucker for floating candles, too.

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  26. I am a follower - I forgot to say, I'd probably chose the sage or aqua floaters.

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  27. First, I have to say, I absolutely LOVED all of your pictures. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!

    I checked out the Zest website and they have SO many gorgeous candles. I'd have to say that I would pick the pink gel floating candles if I won. Though, I think the maple leaf and candy cane floaters are awesome too!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    lysa@fatfreecandles.com

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  28. i love the purple gel floaters..so cute

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  29. I really like the 3" Clear Gel Floating Candles

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  30. i love the clear sage green floating candles. i would really love to put them in my bedroom. thanks for the chance.

    i dont have anyone these account i am on facebook as tamiya veree shane thanks

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  31. I tweeted this giveaway https://twitter.com/#!/astroqueen67/status/92068768133550080 Holly Swint (astroqueen67@hotmail.com)

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  32. Shared this giveaway on FB http://www.facebook.com/holly.hennessyswint/posts/250806054945027 Holly Swint astroqueen67@hotmail.com

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  33. I love the 3 inch pink floating rose candles, the 3 inch ivory rose floating candles, and the oak leaf floating candles.

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  34. I'm a follower, Nancy.

    Blessings,
    Marilyn

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  35. lovely candles and place settings, thanks for sharing and hope you have a fun pink weekend!

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  36. wow you have amazing table settings with your candles at your house! Too nice to touch!
    If I win I would love the square purple floating candles :)
    Jayne Lenderink
    jlenderink@yahoo.com

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  37. I am a new follower via GFC!
    Jayne Lenderink

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  38. shared on twitter:
    https://twitter.com/#!/Jaycandies/status/92288847035113472

    jlenderink@yahoo.com

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  39. ShARED ON faCEBOOK:
    http://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ffatfreecandles.com%2Fblog%2F2011%2F07%2F15%2Ffree-zest-candles-giveaway-ends-720-u-s%2F&t=Free+Zest+Candles+Giveaway+%28ends+7%2F20%29+U.S.

    Jayne Bontekoe Lenderink
    jlenderink@yahoo.com

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  40. What lovely table settings you have created. I would choose the pink roses floating candles.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  41. I just became a follower & would love to win the pink roses floating candles.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  42. Wow Nancy!! What a collection of gorgeous table settings!! Absolutely love all of your transferware~ so incredible!! Thanks for sharing this at FNF :)

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  43. From the Zest Candle website, if I were lucky enough to win, I would choose the 1 3/4" Blue Floating Candles.

    Thanks for the giveaway. ~Pauline

    dod@rogers.com

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  44. I tweeted about your giveaway:

    http://twitter.com/#!/bullittmilner/status/92506220879032320

    dod@rogers.com

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  45. I am following your blog publically with Google Friend Connect. GFC ID: dod

    dod@rogers.com

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  46. Still a happy follower! Your vignettes are inspired, as usual. Cherry Kay

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  47. Hi Nancy, I always love your brown transferware table settings and all the fun and imaginative ways you've used the candles and votives. Thanks so much for sharing all the inspiration.
    xo Debra

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  48. Nancy, How wonderful to see your family enjoying a meal at your beautiful table!
    The Zest candles are lovely!! I'd have a hard time choosing between the soft, pink roses and the maple leaves for fall! Thanks for all the beauty you share!

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  49. I love the 1 3/4" Metallic Bronze Gold Floating Candles. They would be perfect for any occasion.
    cleaningrhouse at yahoo dot com

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  50. What an overview!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration!


    Thanks SO MUCH for joining the summer "Vintage Video"!

    xo

    Sandy

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  51. I like the gold ball and I'd liek the Ivory floating candles
    kidpack05 at yahoo dt com

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  52. i follow gfc kidpack05 at yahoo dt com

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  53. http://twitter.com/#!/kidpack05/status/93166438789025792
    kidpack05 at yahoo dt com

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  54. Oh, so many beautiful tables Nancy! I love the candle that looks like a blue ornament. Love the Spode too. Thanks for linking it up!
    Sherry

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  55. I love love love the Metallic Bronze Gold Floating Candles and Light Rose Floating Candles <3

    xyoulovekarlene@gmail.com

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  56. i am a gfc follower xyoulovekarlene

    xyoulovekarlene@gmail.com

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  57. Wow, what a wonderful way to stroll down a memory lane of magnificent posts!

    - The Tablescaper

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  58. I like the Metallic Gold Ball Candles and Hot Pink Ball Candles!

    natalie9103@hotmail.com

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  59. I like the clear light rose floating candles! very pretty and the clear is a unique touch. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Autumn
    silverroses2 at hotmail dot com

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  60. I am a follower gfc!
    autumn goehring
    silverroses2 at hotmail dot com

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  61. Some of my favorites are the halloween drip pillar candles. I especially like the purple ones. As far as floating candles...i really like the Clear sage green floating candles.

    sleepyheadedmom at gmail dot com

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  62. i follow with Google friend connect.

    sleepyheadedmom at gmail dot com

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  63. Two of my favorites are the 4 x 8 inch and the 4 x 6 inch Ivory Flameless Pillar Candles.

    I like the 1 3/4 inch Metallic Gold Floating Candles.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  64. I follow via GFC: allibrary.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  65. Hi Nancy,
    I love the glow of candle-light too..it really is pretty..I loved the candy cane floating candle's..The clear red gel ones were just as sweet. A fun giveaway :)
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

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  66. Hi Nancy,
    I am a follower....

    Elizabeth

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  67. Hi Nancy its me again...I posted about your giveaway on my sidebar :)
    Hugs, Elizabeth

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  68. any of the hot pink color

    trustjesus7771 at yahoo dot com

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  69. gfc follower
    trustjesus7771 at yahoo dot com

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  70. I like the pearl white floating candles and if I could choose I would actually choose flameless candles. Don't have to worry about fire or allergies.

    crazymom6@juno.com

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  71. I just love them.
    Its really awesome.
    The floating candles are so beautiful and cute.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  72. Dear Nancy!Thank you for inspiration )Could you be so kind to tell me where I can buy such beautiful red wine glasses?) Thank you in advance!!!!

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    1. Thank you! Which red wine glasses are you referring to? I think there are three different photos shown. Most are vintage but two of them might be able to be found if you let me know which ones. Thanks!

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    2. Nancy, I mean the 4th photo) Gratefully, Irina from Moscow

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    3. Nancy, hi! I mean red glasses onth 4th photo)

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    4. Oh, okay...well I will have to ask my Mom about them. They are some that she bought when I was a little girl and I just wound up with them. I am not even sure what brand they are. My best guess is to look on Ebay or the internet and search for Ruby Glass though this is definitely more red than a lot of ruby glass is, which I think is more cranberry colored. I will ask my Mom though and see if she remembers what company might have made them.

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    5. Thank you)I hope she remembers)

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