I spent some time at the cottage the other day doing an inspection, weeding around the garden and waterproofing the wood stairs outside. When I took a break on the front porch, I saw a little centerpiece full of sand with incense sticks poking out of it.
I’ve used this idea before, but I thought it was worth re-posting. There’s something very simple, useful and “earthy” about this. You naturally don’t burn all the incense at once (can you imagine the intense perfume smell?), but you do burn one and let the rest just stay poking in place.
I was inspired by this look when I passed a Buddhist temple in Taipei, Taiwan a few years ago when I was on a book tour. They had a giant sandpit full of hundreds of these burning away. It was so intense and so amazing to see, that I thought a mini version would be appropriate for home.