Well, maybe I can make up for my absence a little....
Here is a little tutorial for beaded candle holders. My pictures are not the greatest, but these really do look nice when they are lit. And the project couldn't be simpler. With your help - kids could easily do this to make Christmas gifts.
To make these, you will need a straight sided glass candle holder. You can find these cheap at craft stores.
You will need microbeads and the double stick sheet adhesive that is used with them.
You will also need your image of choice stamped on vellum.
For my holders, I used Adenville from justjohanna because I wanted a village in the snow. I also did a holder with the Snow Friends stamp from Great Impressions.
(the tutorial is a bit of a mix because I was not too organized with the pictures!)
Color the back side of your stamped vellum image with markers and cut out around it, leaving a little border.
Remove the top layer of the sticky film. Place your colored image on the sticky film marker side down - positioning it as you wish.
Roll the candle holder in the microbeads all the way around. Then roll the candle holder on a firm surface to really adhere the beads. The sticky film is really sticky and once the beads are on, they really stay put.