I used the candles to pray for myself, to pray for family, to pray for friends. I used the candles when I meditated. I used the candles to illuminate the way as I tried to finish my poetry book on time. Although I am still editing, I am finished with part one of the book. To make a long story short, the candles are very special to me.
I didn't want to just throw them away after I was finished. Though their use for burning had been over, an idea popped into my head. As a child, I recalled hearing so many stories about Mary and roses that the fondness simply attached itself to my heart for years and years. With a little quick thinking, I found a wonderful and very easy way to not only keep the containers the candles were in, but also a way to decorate.
A quick trip to Amazon provided me with the "roses". They are wooden rosebuds made of shaved birch-wood I just got them in the mail this past Saturday. Though they're much smaller than they appeared in the pictures, they're vibrant and wonderful artificial decorations. Since they are so small, I will probably be getting more to fill my "vases". Since they're only about $9.50 per order, I don't mind shelling out a little dough to decorate my room (and possibly other rooms of the house) with these wonderful flowers.
After a few re-arrangement sessions, I finally found one I was most comfortable with. Though they're somewhat obstructed my my origami jar and my grandma's photo, I can't help but glance over and adore the buds from my desk. :-) I'm looking forward to my second order to create a vibrant decoration. Maybe I'll hang a picture over the roses.