Monday, March 8, 2010

My Version Of Tracy Porter Candles

I think we can all agree that you never know where inspiration is going to come from.  This week I was browsing AtticMag and this is what Allison had written about:

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Love ‘em!  Until I found out that these little candles are $42.00 for the set of three.  Mmmm, too much for me {especially for three little candles}.  The old brain started grinding.  I knew that I could find similar images and make my own.

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These images are from Karen at The Graphics Fairy’s other blog ~ The Background Fairy.  These are blog banners! 

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I only found the two, so I printed one of the blue bird banners in mirror image, so it would look a little different with the bird on the opposite side.  I found a set of alphabet stickers that I had and they had little tiny stickers within it.  I found one little crown sticker. I put that on one of the birds.

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They were a little too big for regular votive candles and I didn’t want to cut away too much of the image.  That meant a trip to the dollar store to get the small size prayer candles. 

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I put these together the same way I did my other ones here.  Just to go over it quickly, here is what you need.

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I find it easier to do this with the candles on their side.  I put some Mod Podge on the paper and then on the candle and roll it.

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If you do one mirror image, like I did, make sure you turn your candle otherwise the image will be the wrong way on the candle.   I’ll need to trim up a little bit of the paper once they dry.

Here’s my version {still drying}.  I think I will look for a couple of crown stickers, like the one I used on the one graphic, and add them to the other two candles.

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Not bad ~ three candles for $3.00!

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Linking up to

Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy

Make Your Monday at Twice Remembered

It’s So Very Creative at It’s So Very Cheri

DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land

Be Inspired at Room to Inspire

Make It Yours Day at My Backyard Eden

Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous

 

59 comments:

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

What an awesome idea Kathy, I love it! I would never have thought to use those banners as a candle wrap but it works perfectly and so pretty! I could even see this used by someone that makes their own candles to sell, they could print their company name and the candle scent in the center of the label.
Oh, and I love the little crown too! Thanks so much for linking this one up today for "Brag Monday".

Karen

Paula said...

Kathy you are a genius!! Those are adorable & they look like you paid $42.00!!
thanks for sharing your creativeness:)

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Could those be any cuter!!

Samantha2818 said...

Your candles look great and to be honest I much prefer the ones you made over the ones that inspired you!

Red Door Home said...

They look great as always. You are so clever!

Mary Lou Rutledge said...

I used to use those banners and have them on my computer! You could personalize them before printing them...Can't wait to make some!

Patti said...

These turned out fabulous...thanks for viviting Pandora's Box...hope you'll come back for a visit

Becolorful said...

Love Tracy Porter but haven't seen much of her stuff lately. Thanks for reminding me of her designs I will be googling her work. Thanks for sharing your clever idea.

Carol Mae said...

Your little candles turned out so cute, love them. Many Smiles, Carol Mae

One Cheap B*tch said...

Those are great! My dollar store doesn't have ANY prayer candles?!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Very clever! I love how they turned out.

~ Tracy

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Get out! What a great job, they would fabulous! Enjoy them...Janell

Diana by Lagoa Design Studio said...

So cute candles!!!

Manuela@TPOH said...

Very cute Kathy! That was clever of you to use a blog banner! I'm going to have to go take a look at what she has.

You know, Tracy Porter has a blog, a catalog and a newsletter. She also makes videos for her site.

Manuela

CosmoGirl Carla said...

You are always a source of inspiration! I've had my little DT prayer candles sitting here in my craft room for weeks now trying to decide what I'm going to do with them - cover with s'book paper, fabric, ribbon???? I'm so "craft-lifting" your idea, Kathy!!!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

These are really great! Such a great idea....they look like you could find them in Anthropologie. Love them!!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Not bad at all! I love Graphics Fairy. Her site is a little treasure trove. You used your treasure well :).

Lou Cinda said...

SHUT UP!! These look amazing!! Better than the other ones!!

What a great idea you had!!!

Lou Cinda :)

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

great idea! These are absolutely wonderful! Thanks so very much for sharing...

AB HOME Interiors said...

I think you need to join me in the corner and take up drinking! hehe Totally amateur question-How'd you get your name on the photos!? Thats great! I need to learn this.

Heather@PixieDust said...

they look so great and i really love the crowns!!

Heather said...

Adorable...love how you made your own version for so much less! Thanks for sharing.

Jane said...

Kathy, these are FABULOUS...I love them! That's it, you've inspired me to modge podge something I don't know what! Can you believe I haven't used this product yet?

sissie said...

Kathy,
You are so clever. I love your candles.
I can't get over how you always inspire me.
I am going to go for candles tomorrow.

hugs
Sissie

Leanne said...

Those are so great! I actually like yours better, especially for the price. The little crown is perfect. I'm going to have to make some. I'm in love with birds.

Amanda said...

those are great! I can't wait to follow you. Your blog is fantastic.

Jane said...

Hi Kathy,
The candles look great. I just bought an old book with nothing but drawings of birds. I 'm going to steal your idea with some of those images. Thanks!!
Jane

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love those--that's using your head to use the headers!

Embellished Bayou said...

So cute! I love the birds.

Donna, The Decorated House said...

Those turned out so darn cute!
Donna

kim said...

Wow, those look great. What an inspiration that is to see you turn those plain candles into something that lovely.

Angie said...

These are gorgeous! You have the best ideas!

vignette design said...

This is fabulous! I'm thinking of all my scrapbook paper that could be cut and applied to glass votive candles like this. I just made something similar today, using upholstery webbing glued around the glass. You have inspired me!

all thingz related said...

I like YOURS BETTER!
~Bridgette {allthingzrelated}

"m" said...

Very cool! Hers sort of matched the bird theme in PB this spring, but I agree with many others...I like your vintage banner ones better! Thanks for sharing!

jenjen said...

I love that Kathy!!! What a fun project.

{I just realized that you aren't on my sidebar since my blog redo, so I put you back on. I lost all of my widgets and blogs so it's taking me a while to rebuild everything..}

I hope you are having a great week!

XOXO
Jen

GypsyNurse said...

Kathy.. thanks so much.. I used to have that header too!!
Smiles~
Cat

Marie said...

Kathy, I love how your brain works! You have more creativity and imagination than most anyone I know, I always love seeing what you are working on and need to spend more time on others blogs like yours. :)

Creations from my heart said...

Love it! it's so funny, I just took some photos to post of some votives I recovered. I love the smell of candles, but hate to see the label on the jar. My husband thinks I'm nuts.
Blessings...Sherry

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Kathy, that is wonderful! I love those birdie candles, and the price is unbelievable. Way to go! Linda

Kate said...

Yes, better than the ones that inspired you! To respond to your sister's comment (right?), we have the prayer candles here in Portland, OR at many grocery stores, especially ones that serve a Latino/a population. Also in odd little discount stores like BiMart, etc. You do have to peel the holy pictures off. Hope you find some. Kate

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Kathy, your candles turned out great! What a great way to dress them up. I'm really into birds right now, especially since spring is almost here. Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog today! Kristen

Kristens Creations said...

Oh yes, you asked about the bunny...I ordered him at Dallas market in January. The name of the company is Fantastic Crafts. They might have an online store. Thanks!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Love this scathingly brilliant idea~! and I'll just go ahead and admit I intend to be a serious copycat.. I'll be sure to link back here for folks to see yours when I do mine..
I truly adore this idea.
thanks for visiting me and leaving such kind comments.
Sonny

Elizabeth @ Southern Comfort said...

I am in LOOOOVE! Thanks for sharing such a great post. I can't wait to see what I can come up with for some spring decor :)

Room to Inspire said...

Hi Kathy, What a cleaver way to recreate these gorgeous candles - and for $3! Very inspiring - thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today!

Chelsea

Grace said...

This idea is great...I actually prefer the birdies on your candles opposed to the $40 ones...they are just too sweet! I can see these with maybe a few little sparkly jewels glued on the outside too! Great job!

Blessings, Grace

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Bravo! Great job, Kathy!

Your versions are just as nice as the "over-priced" ones! And, I so prefer the price of yours! ;)

Goes to show, where there's a will...and creativity...there's a way!

~Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

I love how these turned out! Good thinking! I prefer your version to the inspiration piece!!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Oh my gosh, how cute!

m ^..^

Maria Killam said...

Wow those could be great presents too! Love them!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Kathy~Those turned out great! I never would have thought to have used blog banners. I love the Graphics Fairy!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

Love the Decor! said...

Love those!!
The graphics fairy is a great resource!!

Meg said...

Wow, TONS of comments on this! I'll add to it. Great job, and so easy! Love the birds. Very cute!

EnchantedBella said...

That is so awsome. My emagination is running wild with all the different ideas. So many ways to use this project. Thanks

Rebecca

The Thriftress said...

These candles turned out great. Just beautiful!
Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog! Love those comments!
Sarah

ClassiclyAmber said...

Oh this is so sweet. I love birds and I love your idea for these candles! I may just have to try something similar one of these days~! =-)

Kim said...

That is one cute idea, Kathy!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your candles are so beautiful!! It is so awesome that they only cost three dollars!!

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