Sometimes when a girl spends her weekend routing out 300 plus cuts into a mirror frame, she needs tackle a small project to make her actually feel like a productive member of society. Projects like hanging a pair of garden lanterns from a tree branch.
I picked up the lanterns from my favorite local antique store, the School House Antiques Mall. I think one of them was $12 and another one was $18 for a whopping grand total of $30. I saw them and instantly fell in love with them. I try to limit myself to bringing home only one or two items each time I go to the store and it came down to these lanterns or a bamboo chair. But since Colby has officially cut me off on chair purchases, it was best for our relationship to adopt this pair instead.
I thought they would be cute hanging over by the hammock and adirondack chairs, where we could add a couple citronella candles to the lanterns and stop donating blood to the mosquito hoard that occupies our yard.
It was a quick hanging. We simply tied some sisal rope (it was leftover rope from the pulley shelf project) around the lanterns and looped them around the lowest tree branch in the area. Then Colby just raised and lowered them while I watched from afar until they were staggered properly. Because everyone knows that improper staggering is a lantern hanging faux pas! I kid! I kid!
It’s kind of hard to see the green guy since he blends in with the trees so well. But he’s there.
Okay…now let’s talk about how difficult it is to find small, not already in a large ugly container, citronella candles. Seriously?! Where are all the basic ol’ citronella candles?! My intention was to light some bug repelling candles in each of the lanterns since they already had a glass container in them just for that purpose. I searched high and low for citronella votives and this is the best I could do:
But turns out, they don’t really work and are meant only for very specific Off lanterns. Whoops! #citronellafail Live and learn.
Pssst…Okay guys, where do I find citronella votives? Bueller? Bueller?