Ah, the beauty of summer, with its never ending warm, sunshine filled days that entice us to take the long way home and drink in the cocktail of colors. Where annuals and perennials conspire with wildflowers to present us with a symphony of sights that are in a constant state of transformation is where I have chosen to reside. In fact, I have become so enraptured with this season, I have all but forgotten to share it with you.
‘Tis the season to bring the indoors out, and enjoy every moment from dawn till dusk and beyond. So, as the sun disappears and gives way to the cool breezes that usher in starry nights, Irwin and I like to add our own brand of illumination: candlelight.
What can be more enchanting on a tranquil summer evening than the warm glow of candlelight?
We know only too well how instrumental candles are in setting the proper mood either indoors or out during any season, but candlelight outdoors during summer is absolutely sublime.
It is the season of infinite possibilities so use your imagination. Many found objects in your home can be the perfect vessel for a candle or tea light. An old lantern that we purchased our first summer in the house sits along side an inverted vintage capiz shell lampshade that houses a candle.
While we employ a variety of candles, we particularly love using tea lights because they are small and can be placed in a wide array of vessels. Additionally, these short burning beauties are readily available and extremely inexpensive.
We have a collection of glasses that we taped and frosted ten years ago for a family event. We continue to enjoy them especially during the summer.
And a vintage silverplate bowl we picked up at a tag sale many years ago has served a multitude of uses, most recently as a candle holder.
Vintage Silverplate shedding new light
And until a better solution comes along, it is absolutely necessary to integrate citronella candles into the mix.
Citronella helps take the bite out of a summer evening
The possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination. So make the most of every evening,
and this weekend, as the fireflies make their special brand of magic in the moonlit sky, make a little magic of your own and create a Midsummer Lights Dream.