March 15, 2006

Ya Gotta Hate When That Happens

I had a little candle "incident". And I'm not very happy about it.

Oh - I didn't burn down the Little Blue Cracker House - don't worry. But it still ticked me off.

I'll be honest. With everything going on this past week or so, and given the fact that I'm at home all day, I've been smoking a bit more than normal. Kinda like a chimney.

And it's just too cool to open up the house. Yeah - it's not smellin' so sweet in Tammi's World right now. And that makes me CRAZY.

So - I've been lighting candles. THERE'S a surprise. Now I haven't been paying all that much attention, just in the past few days. It seems I was in some kinda funk and just didn't notice. But the other day - yeah, I noticed alright.

So a lighting we a-go.

Now - my larger candles are all from Pier 1. I love the herbal scents - dusky, homey, warm. Those I find at Pier 1.

Well damned if they haven't been blowin' out on me. And I don't mean the wicks. The sides. Blowing holes in the sides of the candles. That means wax is running off the holders, onto my furniture and eventually onto my floor.


Now - before you tell me I should be paying more attention please remember, I'm alone here. No kids, no dogs. I don't usually have to worry about my candles doing this - never. So, you can imagine my extreme displeasure as I walk through my house to see wax drippings everywhere.

I got almost all of it off/out. I still have the table cloth on the little table in my office to work on - but frankly at this point, I could give a rats ass.

But what I want to know is WHY. Why, Pier 1, am I suddenly having these problems with your candles? This does not make me happy - and believe you me, you would MISS my business.

Posted by Tammi at March 15, 2006 10:48 AM

I guess NOT lighting the candles just never appeared as an option, huh?

Posted by: Ogre at March 15, 2006 02:35 PM

Most of the pier 1 candles are sold as decorative items only, my dear.Wax is not of a good enough consistency to burn (or so I'm given to understand) Yankee candles, on the other hand, are meant to be burned, and release more scent when they do. I burn the pier 1 candles but I put them on a plate when I do.

As far as the wax: Scrape off as much as you can. Fold up some paper towels and put paper towels on top of cloth/whatever. Iron wax through paper towel. Wax will soak into the towel and out of your tablecloth/whatever. be careful with then iron.

Posted by: og at March 15, 2006 03:56 PM

Yeah, be careful with the iron. You might not want to leave it on all the time. By yourself or not. Sometimes, you can be in a house full of people and still be alone. Candles or not. Good luck on the wax job.;)

Posted by: RedNeck at March 15, 2006 04:52 PM

Remember the iron should be warm, not hot. You want to melt the wax, not burn the material.Move the iron over the paper towel. After the wax melts onto the paper towel exchange it for a clean one until there are no more signs of wax. I keep all candles on tile squares or glass. The wicks usually need trimming before each lighting. Know you knew all this it just got away from you this time. I too like Pier One's candles, and the scentless candles are great for the dining table.

Posted by: wc at March 15, 2006 07:22 PM

Pier 1 would miss your business?

Hell, the entire US economy would tank if you stopped buying candles :-D

Posted by: Harvey at March 15, 2006 08:45 PM

i have the same problem with Pier 1 candles, but i always have. but they smell so good! especially the mango peach. a towel works as well as a paper towel, i hear.

Posted by: sarahk at March 17, 2006 10:00 AM