December 5th

** Welcome to my little Christmas blog! Here you'll find something Christmassy every single day until the big celebration on 25th of December! Some of the things I have created myself and some have been made by you, my dearest readers!
Thank you and Happiest Holidays!**


Sometimes the most beautiful things are just the simplest to create, and all you need to make them is already around you - nothing needs to be bought. That's the case with the perfect candle holder created by fantastic Pam from Hortensia. I couldn't have agreed more when she said that candles and lights play a huge part in her Christmas decorations. That's no surprise that these little candle holders are this pretty as Pam creates most beautiful things, and you can see even them more closely here.

You'll need:

glass tumbler or jar with as straight si
des as possible
double-sided tape
anything you like for decoration:
paper of fabric flowers
greenery (especially Rosemary smells won
derful it when gently warms up)
and my version has old lace

When you have chosen your glass or jar, attach double-sided tap
e around the top and the bottom. Then lay the beads onto you palm. If you lay them on paper, it can get stuck into the tape, and if you use a plate for instance, beads may (will) roll everywhere. Roll the glass along the beads and they'll stick into the tape. Press firmly just to make sure.

Go around the whole glass, until the tape is covered with be
and you're done!

Once you have light in your candle, be careful, never leave it unattended or around small children. With more delicate decorations such as paper flowers or just to be extra careful you can always use led candles.

I made my set of four advent candle holders with a bit of hand cro
cheted lace. I just measured the glasses, cut long enough pieces of lace and taped them into glass. I placed a piece of double-sided tape on one end of the lace first, placed it to glass, and then did the same with the another end. I put the lace ends slightly one on the other. If the idea of cutting handmade lace hurts you (it did me at first) you can use industrial-made, but I made these glasses to be used on every advent from now. Today is the second so light to two candles.

Thank you so much Pam!


Today's the winner-drawing time for Viv's beautiful holly-corsag
e! Thank you so much for all of you who commented! There were many red&green-fans like myself, but white, cold, silver, purple and pink and blue had friends too. All sound equally lovely!

And since today's beautiful candle holders were by Pam, it was just perfect to pick up the winner from one of Hortensia-creations! I wrote all your names into pieces of paper (and numbered them from 1-13), put them into Pam's pretty fabric pot, and one wa
s picked...

.. And the winner is: ANNE ! Congratulations! I will contact
you soon and pass your details to Viv, who will ship the corsage to you!

Happy 5th December!


P.S. A little remainder still: my other, the little snowman giveaway is still going on, so if you liked the scarf and haven't commented yet, please do so now! And an extra note still: all the beaded candle holder-pictures were taken by Pam, thank you so much!


Anonymous said...

What a great idea from Pam and all made from things readily available to hand. i like those sort of crafts where you don't have to rush out to but something you need!
I love your lace version too, two candles lit already, goodness we're halfway there!!
Congratulaions to Anne, I'll get her corsage posted ASAP!!
Happy Sunday Mia!!
Vivienne x

Jane said...

Good morning Mia, thank you for such a lovely candle post,Pam is very creative, I shall take a peep at her blog later. I too use candles all year round but at this time of year they give such an extra coziness indoors. Your advent candles are a great idea with the lace...beautiful.
Well done Anne winning Vivienne's beautiful corsage!
Our snow is beginning to melt here, it has been stunning but I suppose we do need to get out and about again.
Enjoy your Sunday,
Love Jane x

Mia said...

Hello Viv!

I'll be e-mailing you Annes's details as soon as she gets back to me.

And yes, it's the second advent already, and I have SO MUCH to do still...

Happy Sunday to you, too, Viv!


Mia said...

Good Morning, Jane!

I also use candles almost all year round, and on spring/summer opt for led ones mostly. I love my lace candle holders, somehow they look like snowflakes to me...

...I am preparing tomorrow Independence Day's decorations now, you'll see them tomorrow!

Happy Sunday!


Pam said...

Thank you for showing the candle holders Mia; the lace is a great effect and one I'm going to use myself.
Such a shame about the corsage! But congratulations to Anne. Hmmpf.
Am looking forward to all the rest of the Christmas posts - and I hope Mr Postman delivers something very, very soon.
P x

Mia said...

Hi Pam,

And A HUGE THANKS still once for sharing! I loved showing your creations here, and oh how i love my lace-ones, too!

And there's still yet an another giveaway to go (and who know even more to come?) so it might be your turn next time :) And the Mr.Postman REALLY should pay you a visit soon!!!

Happy Sunday!


Jill said...

Congratulations to Anne.

Love those pretty candle holders :0)

Jill x

Mia said...

Hi Jill,

Wonderful to have you visiting me here again!

Happiest Sunday!


Anne said...

Thanks Pam and Mia for sharing this idea. I will decorate

some candleholders this week.Love the beads AND the lace both.
This is my "lucky" weekend. I'm looking forward to getting your package, Viv! Thanks for everyone's good wishes.

Anne at PlumCreek22

Teje said...

Hi Mia! Your advent candles with the old lace are so beautiful!
Have a lovely time with all your wonderful Christmas creations!
xxx Teje

Mia said...

Congratulations still once, Anne!

And happy and crafty week - Christmas will be here very soon!


Mia said...

Hi Teje,

Thank you for your nice comment! I think I am making beaded-candle holders too, those Pam's are so pretty!

Mukavaa jouluvalmistelu-viikkoa ja ihanaa Itsenäisyyspäivää huomenna!

Terkuin Mia

Helen Philipps said...

Lovely candle holders - both the beaded and the lace! How pretty they look, yet what a nice simple idea!
Have a great week, Mia!
Helen x

karen said...

Congratulations to Anne. I love your
decorated votives I have done the same as you with thin gold lace but last year I made some with twisted wire and beads. Its very simple but pretty. All our snow has gone - 10 inches vanished overnight in heavy rain - boys very upset as you can imagine. Karen X

pebbledash said...

Those little crocheted lace candle holders are so pretty!

Mia said...

Thank you, Helen!

And wonderful, crafty and Christmassy week to you too!


Mia said...

Oh Karen,

I am so sorry for the snow :(

But your candle holders sound wonderful!

Happy and SNOWY (I hope it snows a lot!) week for you and the boys!


Mia said...

Hi Pebbledash,

Wonderful to have you visiting!

I hope you enjoy my December-posts to come - happy almost-holidays!


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