Feeling the need for a little Frida Kahlo in your life? Candle budget shrinking after the Christmas spend-a-thon? One of my favorite – and cheap looks – is the Mexican religious votive, a tall candle poured into glass, emblazoned with garish religious scenes or pictures of the Virgin of Guadeloupe. Available at many local supermarkets, the candles retail for around $1 and are designed to be very long burning. And I mean LONG burning.
Buy them in bulk for the colorful pictures and scatter throughout the house. At these prices you can have bunches. I have these votives in my entry, flanking my fireplace, on windowsills, and on my patio (the tall glass makes a nice windbreak). They create a Sante Fe/Tucson kind of feel and the religious iconography adds a folk arty, naive note.
And if you want to say a prayer before lighting, why not? It certainly won’t hurt.