Monday, July 19, 2010

Dried beans + Candles = Weird

A few weeks ago while vacationing at the beach, I paid a visit to one of my favorite stores. I have never bought anything from them (it's all a bit over the top pricey), but I always take pictures. They hate me. On this particular visit, the simplest of details caught my eye and I loved the look. On most of the table tops and counters throughout the store, they were burning candles that were nestled in white, dried beans. The look was simple, yet elegant at the same time. I suppose I was so impressed with it because of my love for candles. It was a new, different, and cheap way of displaying them and I got a little excited. Probably too excited, but I cannot help myself when it comes to candles.
Then I got home and kind of chickened out because I started thinking it was weird. And then I started thinking that I was weird for thinking too much about dried beans and candles. But then I went into Anthropologie looking for clothes and came out instead with my confidence restored (and maybe a sweater as well). Guess who else burns candles in glass globes full of dried beans? So now I feel validated...if Anthropologie can do it, then so can I.
So I put them here... And here...And here...
Are you wondering how I painted the monogram on that candle? Check out my guest post over at Life in Grace for a tutorial.
Linking up today with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality, Making the World Cuter, and Sumo's Sweet Stuff. Great new friends, go check them out!

Amy

17 comments:

Shady Lady! said...

Amy - where did you find the font to print out that 3 letter monogram? I can never find any font that will accomplish that look & would love to try to make a candle. Love the beans!

Amanda said...

Why not! It's a MUCH cheaper alternative to river rocks and marbles, and looks just as nice!

Michelle said...

White beans look great! And I have used green lentils, black peppercorns, salt, brown rice and almost anything else in my pantry--currently have a candle nestled in corks and that's fun too...

sassy seamstress said...

can you bring some of those to the beach...with seaglass blue candles please??? :)

Jemsmom said...

Very cute!!! I have used candy corn and m&m's before! This looks great!

Kari said...

Looks good! I like the way the beans look against the candles :)

julie said...

hey amy! i had to laugh out loud reading your post! i get very excited over little details/ideas too! i am sure people think i am a little wierd! but nope! i am totally with you friend! i am liking the white bean thing! and guess what! i am going to copy! xo

Catherine said...

i love the candles! And, thanks for the comment. I wish I could get your sister into the atlanta show, but we aren't even there. The show room owners are working our booth for us. :( I could ask them how that works though and get back to you. I would LOVE to go! I'm such a first timer...can you tell? :)

Carmen said...

I think it's a great look. I might have to try that.

Kim said...

How funny, they look great!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

What a great idea (the beans)- I kinda like it! :) And I LOVE that monogram candle! :)

Carrie said...

Gorgeous! Love that monogram, too!

Steph S. said...

That really works! How classy looking :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) Yours is so calming and positive... I love it :)

Virginia Belle said...

Love this idea, they all look great! I'm especially obsessed with the monogram candle, it's gorgeous!

redefiningdecor.com said...

Very funny and very pretty..I am going to have to try this!

Gypsy Heart said...

I like using the white beans...and in the fall and winter, fresh coffee beans! Hmmm, smells delicious.

Glad I found your blog ~ it is beautiful. Stop by sometime and say hi.

Pat

Janna said...

Love that look! And after reading your tutorial, I'm thinking of doing that for our unity candle to tie in the monograms I'm using elsewhere!

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