NEW Spring Candle: Geranium

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Rounding out our Spring launches is this delicate, new Geranium candle!

Soft rose geranium blended with uplifting bergamot & clary sage. Cheerful and pleasing to the eyes on a spring afternoon, geraniums are said to uplift and soothe with their refreshing floral scent. A dash of fragrant fruit and a hint of musky clary sage round out this blend.

Combining natural soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and pure scents, Linnea’s Lights clean-burning candles are carefully hand-poured in small batches.

- Soy wax, fragrance oil, cotton wick, glass
- Handmade in the USA

Available for purchase, here.

Sprung for Spring

Image courtesy of Flour Shop

Image courtesy of Flour Shop

I think we can all agree it’s been one long winter and I’ve been looking for signs of Spring wherever I go. I can JUST begin to make out the tips of a few green buds beginning to peek out in the garden here and I’m so looking forward to seeing some colorful blooms.

In the meantime, I came across these cheerful rainbow cakes by the talented Flour Shop and thought it was just the pop of color I needed today! Don’t they cheer you right up?

I’m also excited to see our new Spring/Summer 2014 collection begin to hit shops. Geranium, Eucalyptus and Persian Lime are all available now! Such lovely pick-me-ups, I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

Happy Spring!

A Special Spring Candle Pour for Terrain

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Here is sneak peek of what we have going on in the studio this week. We’re hard at work on a special project soon to be at terrain, just in time for Spring!

We are loving the finish on these gorgeous, extra-large bubble glass vases. They will be filled to the brim with our delicious Spring scents like Persian Lime, Fresh Grass and Heirloom Tomato as triple-wick candles and available exclusively at terrain soon. Stay tuned!

NEW Spring Candle: Persian Lime

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Just as in nature the flora and fauna seem to undergo a rebirth each Spring, so too do we crave a seasonal reawakening as the days grow longer. To celebrate the season of renewal, Linnea’s Lights has released three new scents for spring. The first I’d love to introduce you to is our new Persian Lime candle.

Bright and effervescent, this candle blends tart lime with crisp grapefruit and rich notes of vetiver. Combining natural soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and pure scents, Linnea’s Lights clean-burning candles are carefully hand-poured in small batches.

- Soy wax, fragrance oil, cotton wick, glass
- Double wick
- Scent: Persian Lime
- 9 oz.
- Handmade in the USA

Available for purchase, here.

Candles Off Main Explores Our Summer Scents

We were thrilled to see a fun new video posted by our friends at Candles Off Main, featuring a few of their favorite spring and summer candles from Linnea’s Lights. See which scents were at the top of their list and then pick up a few from their well-stocked e-shop!

What fragrance  of ours do you enjoy most in the spring and summer months?

Bring the Garden In

Image courtesy of Saipua

As Spring quickly moved on to Summer, the flowers in the yard have been in full bloom. Apartment Therapy recently posted a very timely piece with some lovely ideas for bringing the garden in,  and they were also kind enough to include us in the piece. With so many floral scents in our line, you’ve got some wonderful ways to freshen up the home for summer!

Try some of our favorites:

New! Wild Fern

New! Peony

Magnolia

Tuberose

Smile for Indiana

Image courtesy of United State of Indiana

I’ve been feeling a ton of Indiana love with Spring in the air, and I recently stumbled across this sweet “Smiling Indiana” poster from a local company called United State of Indiana. It really sums things up nicely, doesn’t it?

Smile. You’re home.

The poster is available here for a very reasonable $15 if you’re feeling the Hoosier love too.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Spring Reading

Painting by Richard Emil Miller: Reading in the Garden

One of my favorite activities in Spring is to curl up with a book in my garden. After spending so much time inside during winter, it feels so wonderful to have a little sun on your face while you enjoy a good read. Everything is in bloom and I am always compelled to choose books that act not only on my imagination but that fill my senses with beautiful language and inspiring ideas. Here are some of my favorites:

Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay is one of the finest American Poets. Her poem “Renascence” is one of the most beautiful meditations on the rebirth of nature and self that I have ever come across. This is a real treat on a Spring afternoon.

The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout

A magical tale of generations of women living in the beautiful Spice Islands of Indonesia.

Middlemarch by George Eliot (Marianne Evans)

If you haven’t gotten around to reading this one yet, you should put it at the top of your list. A portrait of provincial life that manages to turn the everyday joys and disappointments of small time life into one of the most beautiful and intelligent novels ever written. Keep your journal close, because this novel is full of quotes that will stay with you long after you finish.

What is at the top of your Spring reading list?

For mixing, matching, traveling and gifting

Good things come in our small packages

Linnea’s Lights Mini Votives: 15 hour burn time

With Spring and Summer around the bend, I look forward to some weekend trips out of town. One of the first things I pack are a selection of our smaller candles in my favorite scents like Cashmere, Ocean and Sweetgrass. Petite but as powerful as our traditional size candles, our mini votives come in a variety of classic Linnea’s Lights scents. Without taking up much space at all, they make great hostess gifts if you’re staying with friends or family, or perfect if you just want to make a new space feel like home! They can be lit alone or try combining different scents together and enjoy a unique atmosphere.

Our mini votives are available online at Urban Farmhouse for just $15. Which scents will you bring on your next trip?

Easter Centerpieces & Deviled Eggs

Photography by Kessara Dhana, taken at the Linnea's Lights Studio

With Easter prep in full swing, we’ve been dyeing our eggs and decorating the house for our Sunday guests. For the centerpieces, I’ll use a sprinkling of our new Spring candles: Wild Fern and Peony. Gently scented for the season, I love the way the cream-colored candles in our glass votives look against the classic pastel dyed eggs.

We’ll inevitably have eggs leftover and it’s got me craving Deviled Eggs. After some research, the Deviled Egg has a much richer history than I imagined. Long before they were set out at dinner parties by 1950′s hostesses, they enjoyed popularity all over the world. The Deviled Egg has its origins in Ancient Rome, with the first recipes coming from 13th century Andalusia. Originally they were stuffed with things like raisins and sweet herbs. The term “deviled” comes from the 18th century term that referred to foods that used spices or condiments with a lot of heat. There are different versions of Deviled Eggs all over Europe, Romania, Sweden and Russia. Here is a recipe for one of my favorite versions, Russian Stuffed Eggs:

Ingredients

  • 1 Dozen large eggs
  • 2 to 6 oz smoked salmon
  • 4 to 6 oz of mascarpone cheese or other cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • salt, nutmeg and pepper to taste
  • *1 tablespoon mayonnaise (optional)
  • A sprinkling of paprika

How to make it

  • Boil a dozen eggs for 10 minutes and cool completely
  • Slice eggs in half (long way) and remove yolks
  • Smash yolks and mix in salt, nutmeg, and pepper
  • Process the smoked salmon and mix with the eggs yolk
  • Mix with the Mascarpone cheese and * Mayonnaise and parsley chopped
  • Re fill eggs with yolk mixture and garnish with parsley or olives
  • Sprinkle with Paprika.

Enjoy & happy Easter!