I was wishing for a bright and cheerful fire in the fireplace this morning, but the weather is still just a tad too warm for that. Y'know those fancy fireplace candle holders that the stores sell for outrageous prices? I always thought those to be a beautiful way to cheer up your fireplace during the warmer months. But who wants to drop $50+ for a candle set-up? See? See what I did this morning?!! Oh, I just can't tell you how much it tickles me to see bright flickering flames in the middle of our living room (and it not be that the house is about to burn down.)
Remember that one of my monthly goals for August is to go through the magazine bin and pull out wanted articles (keepers) and recycle the rest of the magazines? See sidebar. Well, I've been working on that. Son needed the bin to carrying things to college so the last of the magazines are occupying the dining room table right now.
So, I found a photo in one of the decorating mags (which I kept and used when trying to decide how to plan our new home and gardens) that used a clever and CHEAP alternative to get candles into your fireplace.
See? (I used the flash for this photo so that it lights it up enough to show you.) So simple. Just set some candles on a PLATE and set that on the fireplace grate. It doesn't look tacky at all. All you can see is the soft flickering glow at the top of the candles. Very clever. And I didn't even have to buy a thing. (Hey, Annette! Notice anything familar about those candles?) They are from my brother's wedding years ago. (All of my family has a hard time getting rid of things. Her mom made them. There were a lot of candles for centerpieces. These survived and I ended up scavenging them from my mother's basement.)
So, I'm finding little joys around the house this morning. I'm not even letting the weird video chair that is sitting in the middle of the living room irk me. How can I when this scene is the result?
A cat curled up in front of the fire; such a lovely sight (if you look for the loveliness and not at the weird chair or the cheap plate.)