Saturday, January 1, 2011

Light Up The New Year with Fire and Ice!!

Happy New Year!! We will be outdoors tonight enjoying some fireworks on New Year's Eve. We will be watching them from a dear friend's beautiful outdoor patio. I was trying to come up with a wonderful hostess gift and decided to make some Ice Sculpture Luminaries.
I have always been fascinated by the the combination of Fire and Ice. I love the warm ambiance it creates. Of course they can be made with just water, but I love the rustic feeling the addition of evergreens and pinecones bring. Here is a wonderful how to pictorial I found:
You need two bowls, one much larger than the other. Fill 1/3 of the large bowl with water. Add pinecones and evergreens.
Place the smaller bowl inside the larger bowl
Weight the smaller bowl down with a large rock. Freeze several hours outdoors or in your freezer - it's been so cold that for us outdoors works fine!!
To unmold run warm water over the larger bowl to release ice sculpture. Add a candle and enjoy!
Happy New Year, my friends!! Looking forward to sharing even more wonderful things with you in 2011!!
(photos Southern Living & Bolig)


  1. THOSE are simply beautiful. They make you stay in the moment to appreciate them! Stunning!

    A beautiful and bountiful Twenty~eleven to you!

  2. Great idea! They look so festive.Happy new Year!

  3. How gorgeous...want you to be my guest!! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!!

  4. The ice luminaries are fantastic. It looks like there is a star shape in the center. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

  5. so pretty! Happy New Year!!!!

  6. Hi Gina - Those are gorgeous. Thanks for the tips. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  7. Absolutely awesome post! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year.

  8. Love your fire and ice luminaries. You also have snow still. It has rained here and we lost all our.
    Simply beautiful.

  9. Just love this idea! b would love to try it some time. Hope you had a wonderful time. With such ambiance it had to be fun! Happy New Year. Mona

  10. Love your luminaries, thanks for sharing.
    Happy new year!

  11. Very fun idea! I will have to try it at our ski condo.
    Mary Ann

  12. What a lovely idea for a hostess gift! I am definitely going to have to do that and with our temperatures here in Ontario I could freeze anything outside. I just found your blog and I Love it!

  13. These look lovely! We did this a couple of winters ago, forgot about that! They are really nice!
    Happy New Year!

  14. I keep seeing these but have never made one! I think I'll give it a try!!! XO, Pinky

  15. Hi Gina,
    I came accross to your blog while trying to find a wooden chandelier in order to create for a furniture shop... I am so happy finding you, every page is so interesting and beautiful...You will be on my favorite list from now on...
    Have a very creative and a happy new year...

  16. Happy New Year to u ...I Love the luminaries very much... Great to visit ur Blog...

  17. Great ideas!!!! Bet your neighbor loved em! Keep the great posts coming!!!!! Happy 2011! Maryanne xo

  18. Love how you made these. I've done them with balloons, but then it would be hard to embellish them, and done them with the premade molds. I like this idea the best. Anything free is good, and I love the rounded shape they have. Here's wishing you and your family a blessed and prosperous 2011!

  19. Such a cool idea!
    Happy 2011 Gina.

  20. Great idea, thank you for this post and a Happy New Year 2011 regards Juergen

  21. Gina- Love the ice sculptures!

    A Very Happy New Year to you!


  22. What a cute idea! I love anything with candle light so you know this is up my alley!
    Lila Ferraro

  23. I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia - I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
    You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it.
    Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!

  24. Hi Gina, I linked you on my blog today ... you can read why here:


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