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Obsessed: Et Al Designs Votive Holders

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Spring has not even sprung in New York yet, but my desk has already seen a wealth of daffodil blooms grace its surface in billowing arrangements. I am fond of any species from the narcissus genus, as these bright, cheerful flowers signal the hopefulness of winter's thaw—I always find the first batch just as I ache for the year's first warmer winds.

Before I happened upon a bunch at the market this year, however, these lovely ceramic candleholders in the flower's shape have been doing the trick. Good for flickering votives or longer stems of wax and wick, these hand-shaped ceramic beauties from Et Al Designs are versatile in table arrangements and attractive on their own. The contrast of their neutral matte exteriors (I particularly love the grey—surprise!) and gilded insides is especially pretty with a candle burning inside.

While no one is quite sure which came first, the Greek myth of Narcissus or the genus name of this happy bloom, I can certainly see why the beautiful daffodil is linked with a love of one's reflection. I think I'll keep these out year-round.

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