November 25, 2009

Fire And Ice.

This is the time of candles. I light them every day, in multitude of candle holders, through out my house and even outside. My favorite ones are almost all made for tealights. I like these for many reasons, but mostly as tealights in Scandinavia are very popular and readily available. They are very safe, or as safe as a candle alight can be and can burn for many hours, without having to be constantly watched. We have many different kinds, any that can burn for four hours all the way up to eight hours. The eight hours ones are very much in use in the winter when the evenings are dark and the nights very long.

I have many candle holders that are my favorite, but the oldest one is the most beautiful by far. It is called "Snowball" and is made by the Swedish glasswork company called Kosta Boda. It is suppose to imitate a ball made of snow, or rather ice and it certainly looks that way. Particularly when a lit candle is placed within, it looks like fire within ice. I love the light it spreads and I love the originality of the design, that is so very Scandinavian in its elegance.

It was the first candle holder ever to hold a lit candle when I moved away from home. It has been with me everywhere and have been in use in every home I ever lived in.


Tom said...

I love candles and candlelight although I've never seen any like these. You're right about fire and ice and the pictures are beautiful!

Hopefully I can find something similar around here.


MsTypo said...

Very pretty. :) I love that it's a snowball for a candle. Cute! :)

The nicest candle holders are always those pretty tea light ones. :)

Kat_RN said...

Lovely. Candles warm the sole, as well as providing light. We use them here quite frequently.

Nessa said...

That's a really beautiful candle holder.

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Unknown said...

Wow. What a beautiful candle holder. I love it! I love lighting candles in the fall too! The whole house smells like Christmas : )

Gal Friday said...

That Kosta Boda "Snowball" candle holder is going on my Christmas wishlist...for one day?? I can just imagine what the effect is when seen in person and lit with a candle inside it!

Brian Miller said...

very cool. i like how the uneven cut of the glass plays with the flame...hope you have an amazing day!

Sumandebray said...

It looks like a crystal ball with magical power

maybe it does have magical power.. :)

Lynne said...

What a lovely candle holder, no wonder it has been everywhere with you. I too just love candlelight.
Thank you for your lovely comments.

Unknown said...

that is a beautiful beautiful candle holder. I love the luminous light is produces. WOW! A ball of fire.

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Julie Hibbard said...

Gorgeous!! I can't wait to come to your home see your beautiful garden, sit by the fire and enjoy the coziness of the candlelight!
And...I want to meet Batcat!
Hope your week is going well my friend!

G said...

That is so beautiful! No wonder it's a treasure. I've started lighting candles each evening too.

Helen McGinn said...

It is absolutely beautiful.

Bhushavali said...

Loved this candle holder I must say... Its a beautiful piece... Really looking like snowball...

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Tongue Trip said...

i have a gene dedicated to candle fetish and yes im a big time tealights lover. i have them everywhere in the house. i wish for blackouts can you belv because i wish for the warm glow in the dark but them Bombay rarely has electricity cut out. your candle holder indeed looks like a ball of ice. `tamsoma jyotirgamaya'! thats Sanskrit for lead me from darkness to light! keep the candle burning. :)

sprinkles said...

What a beautiful candleholder! Looks like it gives off a lot of light too for being so small.

I collect candles of all sizes and shapes. Don't light them often because I want them to last forever.

My favorite candleholder is an angel cupping her hands. The candle goes in her hands. It's very pretty!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Watching and smelling a candle just seems to melt the day's worries away.

steviewren said...

Tea lights are my favorite too, for the same reasons you list. I'm afraid of burning my house down. Whenever I get low on tea lights I make sure to stock up on them at Ikea. They have a big bag for cheap.

Betsy Brock said...

That is beautiful! I can see why it's a favorite of yours!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Your candleholder is so lovely! I love the way candlelight transforms a room. Thanks for sharing!

Hilary said...

Lovely photos, Z. I love the shadows your candle casts.. and the glow on the table's surface. Just beautiful. :)

Unknown said...

You do a beautiful job posting your Blogs, Zuzana! What a creative person you are and with such a warm soul! Happy Thanksgiving! :D)

Maria said...

Delightful post and pictures.

Zuzana said...

thank you, glad you too like this interesting candle holder, always happy when you stop by.;)

thank you; soon you will too light many candles when you relocate to Scandinavia.;) xo

thank you. Yes indeed, candles are in constant use in my home during fall and winter.;) xo

thank you and a Happy Thanksgiving to you too.;) xo

=Life with Kaishon,
thank you for your lovely comment and for stopping by.;) I too love the scent of Christmas.;)

so happy to hear that you like it this much.;) I hope one day it will be able to spread light in your home.;) xo

I agree, that is hat I like about it too, plus the fact that it looks like ice.;) Thank you and likewise.;)

so right you are, it indeed does.;) I have to find out if it is indeed magical as well.;)

thank you and likewise. ;) And yes, it has been one of the few things that went with me everywhere.;) xo

a ball of fire; very appropriate indeed.;) Thank you so much for always finding the time to stop by.;) xo

yes, please, you are welcome at any time.;) Thank you for your always optimistic and kind words.;)

thank you; this one would fit so well in your little contemplative corner.;) xoxo

thank you, so kind of you to stop by.;) xoxo

thank you and yes indeed, the name does it justice.;) xo

=Tongue Trip,
I think many of us love candles as there is something ultimately escapist and calming to look at a burning flame. Additionally, the light they create is very pleasant. Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment.;)

thank you.;) And yes, I remember last week you wrote that you have many candles, but collect them, as you do not light them.;) I find that very intriguing.;) I have never looked at a candle as anything to save, but always as something to use.;) Always happy when you stop by.;) xo

I agree, it is very calming, thank you so much for your visit.;) xo

yes of course, you can get them at IKEA: As otherwise tealights are not that common in the US, right? At least they were vey difficult to find in large packing when I lived in NC.;) Only small scented ones that cost a lot of money.;) xo

thank you, glad you like it too.;) xo

=C or V,
thank you very much, glad you like my oldest candleholder.;) xo

thank you dear friend.;) I agree, the shadow or the ring of light around it is stunning, I think so too.;)) Always so happy when you visit.;) xo

thank you, you are always so very kind in your comments.;) I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving too.;))

thank you so much dear friend.;) xo

S. Susan Deborah said...

How nicely you have described yourself in the 'about me' column. I love candles too.

Shall follow you hereafter and celebrate your reflections.

Joy always,

Gal Friday said...

I found out there is a U.S. brach of Kosta Boda and signed up to be sent a mail order catalog.

Gal Friday said...

er, I meant to type "branch", not brach...

Zuzana said...

thank you so much for your kind words and for finding this place interesting, I am very flattered.;) xoxo

that is so great! I am so excited to see if you will like anything that they offer, you have to let me know!;)) xo