Friday, September 30, 2016

Natters - Sept. 30 / Lucifer & Cat Toys


I still haven't started working on scanning and printing pics.  It bugs me a little that I can't get going on this, but on the other hand I am at least getting a lot of other little things done around here.  My mood is still good enough these days that I'm not feeling all pressured about these things.

Did my shopping today and bought myself something that I've been wanting, but also makes me feel like an old lady.  I bought a cardigan sweater.  For the past million years I've just worn boring old zip up hoodies when I need a bit more warmth.  I'm wearing my Vikings one to death lately and I don't want to ruin it.  I want to get as many years as I can out of that one.  So I noticed the sweaters today and I just grabbed one.  I don't know why it seems old lady-ish to me but it does.

Bought the Warcraft movie today.  When I saw the big center aisle display, I grabbed one without a second thought.  I'm looking forward to watching this again, along with all the extra stuff on the DVD.  Sucks that I can't play the game.  My computer just can't handle it anymore.  Casey's having a blast playing it on his custom built gaming computer though.  Kids and their money, I tell ya.

Bought this too, the first season of the TV show Lucifer.  I'd been interested in this when I first saw commercials for it last season.  Not sure why I didn't watch.  Maybe because hubby's always hogging the DVR with his millions of shows?  Then I forgot about it for a while, and remembered it again much later in the season.  I recorded one episode just to see if it was something I thought I might like, and I did enjoy it.  I put it on my Netflix list and then had to wait forever until the season was released on DVD.  I finally got the first disc last week and started watching . . . and was absolutely hooked.  I finally got the second and third discs the other day and started watching Disc 2 last night.  Oh my gosh, I love this show!  I decided to just buy the DVD set for myself and have already sent the Netflix ones back.

Some of you might now I have a fascination with angels, fallen angels, demons.  I've had conversations about angels with a couple waxy bloggy friends.  So of course Lucifer would catch my eye.  The show is flashy and sassy, has comedy because Lucifer is just so blunt and snarky, and of course the usual police drama.  I was thrilled to find though, that it does go into a lot more.  One of the episodes I watched last night had Lucifer's therapist (yes, don't ask) yelling at him about his past, about being God's favorite and why he was cast down.  To hear Lucifer screaming back his side of it was fascinating.  There is also stuff about his wings, and how if humans laid eyes on them all kinds of madness would befall them.  I am just totally loving this show!  And I'm bummed because, once again, I'm sure I'm the only one out of my circle of friends who watches it.

You should all start watching it!

So I saw this article online yesterday about how indoor cats who have to work for their food are healthier and happier.  I don't mean they have to scrub the toilet or take out the garbage.  I mean little activities and teasers where they have to knock the food out or work to get at it.  Minion and FattyCat love the little weeble wobble thing we got them.  Minion bats it around and Fatty pounces on the treats that fall out.  Well in the article I saw an activity board . . . 

I want one of these!!!  I forgot to look at Walmart this morning to see if they have anything like this.  I see them listed online all over, everywhere like Target, Walmart, Petsmart, Amazon.  They're $30-40, depending where you look.  This particular one is made by Trixie, a German company.  There is also this fun little video showing cats using the board . . .

They say it's great for older cats, to get them active again, and can even correct some annoying behaviors, which I think is what Minion needs.  He is like a naughty little toddler, always needing something to entertain him and being naughty if he's not getting any attention.  So yes, I really want to try one of these.

Do your cats have mind game toys?

Alrighty, hubby's gone to pickup or Friday night fish from the local place, so I'm going to go watch more Lucifer and work on the puzzle we started last night.

Happy Friday!

Friend Mail From Kevin!

The ever-generous Kevin has come through again!  He was able to get two of the Scentsationals fall scents that haven't come to my store, and he sent them to me, along with some other fun goodies.  That card on the left cracks me up.  "Off with his head!"  Not sure what you're trying to tell me, Kevin . . . lol

Peppermint Vanilla Macaroon - [no scent description]
This is the one I was wanting to find the most.  There has been so much talk about this among the wax community, not only because of the macaroon vs. macaron thing, but also because most people seem to be surprised that the scent is nothing like they expected.  Even knowing that going into this, I was indeed surprised by the scent.  There is a soft mint note but it's so muddied by vanilla and a strong but weird note that must be the m-cookie.  There is an almost plastic note in this.  I will set this aside until after Thanksgiving and then melt it to see if it blooms at all, but on cold sniff, no, not much of a fan.

Cider House Donuts - [no scent description]
This was the other I was desperately wanting.  Someone had said it was an exact dupe of my beloved Cider Apple Fritters (from Better Homes & Gardens), so heck yeah, I wanted it!  In fact, I even bought another pack of the At The Fair duo pack just so I could compare.  And I don't think they're the same.  The Cider House Donuts is more of a straight up cinnamon-sugar donut, while the Cider Apple Fritters has a bit more moistness to it, and a wee bit of apple note.  I really like this Cider House Donuts scent though.  It doesn't really strike me a fall scent, but more of a anytime cozy bakery scent.

Apple Cider Donuts - [no scent description]
To go with the previous one is Tuscany Candle's Apple Cider Donuts.  This one is spicier than the Scentsationals one, and does have more of that cider note, with less of the donut note.  This one is bold and sassy.  I have melted this one already, and was impressed with the strength at first.  It was quickly and easily a strong scent throughout the room.  Unfortunately, it died down to very light after only an hour or so.  It was nice while it lasted!

Thankful Harvest - 'The delicious scents of vanilla and caramel.'
Either the scent description is not complete or the power of the label picture is strong because seem to get a nutty note from this.  The caramel is not overly sweet, but a little on the salty side.  This is not a sweet and creamy type scent.  It's a little dry, a little harder to take.  Mixing it with a little more vanilla might help.

Sweet Candied Apples - [no scent description]
I kept passing this one up as I was buying fall scents earlier this season.  Kevin has sent me a pack though, so I'm happy to be able to try it afterall.  This is not a caramel apple scent.  I have melted this already too and can tell you it is a very, very sweet apple scent.  It almost falls into that 'pretty' category.  The apple note is almost lost in whatever is making the 'candied' sweetness part of it.  Two cubes in my Glade hot plate warmer gave me lighter-medium scent.  It was nice for this one time but I'd probably skip this again in favor of actual caramel apples scents.

(House of Usher Wax) Freak Show - 'Fresh spun cotton candy with gooey toasted marshmallows.'
I'll need to melt this to get an accurate idea of the scent because on cold sniff I'm getting a lot of that skunky plastic note from the clamshell.  I do get a sweet scent behind that, maybe with almost a hint of strawberry.  Oh wait!  Ya know what?  I remember a couple years ago I was having problems with the marshmallow scent some vendors were using.  There was a harsh weirdness to it, and I wonder if that's what's going on here, seeing as there is 'gooey toasted marshmallow' in this.

(House of Usher Wax) Lugosi - 'Marshmallows, apples, and vanilla chai tea.'
The description of this sounds wonderful!  And on cold sniff it's pretty darn nice too.  It's such a curious blend of the tea and apple notes, working nicely together and then tucked into a soft creamy blanket of marshmallow.  I really like this!

(House of Usher Wax) The Black Cat - 'Imagine a truly magnificent rose fragrance kissed with a hint of peppermint, icy pear, frozen melon, and frosted musk.  Crisp, clean, and a hint of frosty fruit.'
I love that Kevin sent this Minion-y tart.  Minion doesn't look as evil as this cat on the label though, and he certainly doesn't smell like this.  LOL  I'm not sure how I feel about this scent.  It's different, for sure.  I do get enough of the rose to make me feel this isn't something I'll like, but the mint comes rushing so quickly behind it that I wonder if it might be okay afterall.  There is a healthy dose of musk, and general sweetness of fruit makes itself known as well.  I think hubby will like this, but I'm decided on this for myself.

Thank you so much, Kevin!
I'm so glad to be able to try those two elusive Scentsationals scents, and all the others you sent are just a super fun bonus.

Have you tried any of these scents?
Let me know your thoughts on them.





Melted - Scentsy / Casting Spells

Casting Spells - 'A bewitching blend of apple drizzle, roasted pears, and cinnamon bark.'

It's a rare day that you'll find Scentsy here on my blog.  This was gifted to me though, by someone who is brand new to the wax world and doesn't know any better, someone I work with who gets a kick out of mocking me for being a Crazy Candle Blogger.  Rest assured, I will be putting together a little assortment of approved wax to get this person on the right track!

Anyway, when I saw the scent description of this I thought it would be something I'd really like.  When I actually received the wax and sniffed it though . . . no.  There is a strong smoky note in this, and you know I don't like those smoky types of scents.  What is it coming from?  Are those 'roasted pears' on fire?  I'm not sure, but that smoky note smacked my nostrils first and foremost.  That note is still there when warmed but the fruit notes are at least trying to come out more.  I did get a bit of sweetness, I think more pear than apple, and a bit of warmth from the cinnamon.  I think this would be a nice early fall scent if that smoky note wasn't there.  Sadly, the smoky note killed this one for me.

I melted 0.7 oz. worth in my Glade hot plate warmer and lighter-medium scent.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Natters - Sept. 29 / Movie Star!


I had wanted to post the past two days but wow, those two days of work were crazy and by the time I got home I was just wanting to fall into bed.  I was busy busy busy, which makes the days go faster and keeps my mind occupied, but it was also physically draining.  I don't know how many times I said "I'm getting too old for this," those two days.  I can lend you all my wisdom, people, but can you please let me sit down in peace for two minutes first?

Yesterday was kind of interesting.  There was a film crew in the plant, getting footage for a marketing video that's being put together.  We had to sign waivers and everything.  They had three or four cameras, shooting anything and everything, from all angles.  They had lights set up in the office, maybe for little interview bits or something?  Or maybe just storing them there because they weren't needed, I don't know.  A lot of people were having fun with it all.  Of course, some people had to be all dramatic about it and make a big deal about how they didn't want to be in it.  I hope we'll see the end result some day!  (And yes, I was filmed.)

Fall is absolutely, 100% here now.  Our furnace has been kicking on quite regularly at night now, with our temps getting down into the upper 40s.  The thermostat is still set a little low, but it's cozy to have the beast in the basement coming on now and then on these chillier days.  Daytime temps have only been in the 60s for about a week now.  Leaves are really starting to change.  The cornfields around our house, that I see each time I look out my window here by the computer, are a lovely fall tan color, ready to be picked.  Hubby and I will have to go chop a few stalks for some yard displays before the farmer gets out there to start harvesting!

I'm super excited about October coming!  I'm anxious to get my Halloween stuff out and start dipping into all the pumpkin goodies I've been accumulating in my shopping!  Of course, I have to work this weekend so my decorating probably won't happen until October 4th.  Well, unless I start doing it tomorrow.  Hmmm.

So, in an effort to try and work in the backlog of haul items that have yet to be posted, I'm going to show you a few more things.  I first saw these when I was still fully feeling the cardmaking thrill, before Project Life ever entered my mind.  I'd been watching a haul video of some sort and the person mentioned a company called Lawn Fawn.  The name just grabbed me with its cuteness.  And then the papers she showed had me drooling.  Well then my cardmaking interest tanked (again) and my interest in Project Life started.  I thought I no longer needed fun papers like this because I'd be using the card sets.  But no, plenty of people make their own little cards and things for pocket scrapbooking so I was like, heck yeah!

These are 6x6 inch packs of paper.  I did shop around online and got these for $4.60 each at scrapbookpal.com.  This is the fall pack.

Christmas pack.

Winter pack.

While looking around I'd also come across this pack, which is Bokeh style . . . whatever that is.  I mean, it's that dotty, fuzzy, snowflake-y look, but just what is 'bokeh'?  I'll have to look it up.  Anyway, this is the In The Snow pack, and of course looks Christmas-y.

And this In The Dark pack, which will be good for Halloween things.

I'm not usually one to throw extra things into my cart to get a free shipping deal but when I saw I was only $2.00 away, I went snooping around the site for something small and cheap.
Not a very good picture, sorry, but I chose these two small packs of bling.  I love using the clear gem stones on cards so I assume I'll probably use them if I make my own pocket scrapbooking cards.  I got a pack of the clear stones and a pack of the small pearls.  I've never used the pearl types.  I'd like to find enamel dots, like all the awesome crafters use.

But yeah, I'm becoming addicted to paper packs.  Now I just need to get busy making use of them!

I *still* have not actually started any Project Life pages.  Today was supposed to be about scanning and printing old pics so I can get started, but a million other little things keep getting in the way.  Like having to go get a bulb for my headlight, which went out a few days ago.  And like mowing the lawn which had gotten pretty long and shaggy after neglecting it for various reasons.  And then I wanted to be sure I got a Natters post up today, so now I have and maybe now I can get going on the pictures.

Maybe . . . 
 
Any everyday inconveniences cutting into your fun time lately?


Melted - Sweet Fixations / Apple Harvest

Apple Harvest - 'Apple mixed with fruity notes and touches of spice.'

I've had this one several years in a row now.  Sweet Fixations and apple scents are staples in my fall stash.  This one is somewhere between a basic juicy apple scent and a more warmly spiced fall cinnamon-apple.  It's bright and apple-y, for sure, maybe something like a macintosh, but the spice is softer, only a touch of it to just slightly warm it up for fall.  I'd describe this as a girlie version of a traditional cinnamon-apple.

I cut this tart in half and had 0.8 oz. worth going in my Glade hot plate warmer, and 0.8 oz. in my tea light warmer.  I had these going in adjacent rooms and had medium-strong scent.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Melted - Better Homes and Gardens / Fall Into Autumn

Fall Into Autumn - 'Golden acorns and crisp green apple combine with warm notes of smooth applewood and red cedar nestled with aromatic leaves, white orchard pear and gently spiced harvest berry.'

 This is probably the most interesting scent for me this fall.  My cold sniff notes when I bought this said this reminded me of a spiced cranberry punch.  More recently, I saw Amanda C. describe it as having pine in it.  So I finally hauled it out and melted some today.  I loved it . . . but as a Christmas scent.  LOL!  I agreed with Amanda that there was a pine note in there.  I was away from the house for a while this morning and my first thought upon returning home and coming into the house was 'Oooh, Christmas-y!'  Now I look at the description and there is no mention of pine.  Doh!  But it *seems* like pine.  I still swear there is a strong, tart and juicy cranberry note, and since the description says 'harvest berry,' I could still be right.  There is brightness and cheer in this scent, an outdoorsy feel too, like a sunny but chilly day.  Whether you see it as a cool fall day with apples and cedar, or a cold winter day leading up to Christmas with pine and cranberry is up to you and your nose.  For me, Christmas all the way, and I'm saving my last two cubes to see if I still feel that way in December.

I melted two cubes (0.8 oz.) worth in both my Glade hot plate warmer and my tea light warmer and had medium-strong scent that traveled well throughout the house and lingered after the warmers were off.

Let me know if you've had this, because I'm so curious to know how other people see this one!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Melted - Scentsationals / Warm Apple Pie

Warm Apple Pie - [no scent description]

A very nice, cozy scent for fall.  There is a nice cinnamon-apple note dripping with the sweet brown sugar syrupy from the filling, all wrapped up in a warm buttery crust note.  This is great for the later days of fall when things are really starting to cool off because the apple notes are not bright and juicy, but warm and more bakery instead.

I melted two cubes at a time (0.8 oz. worth) in my Glade hot plate warmer and in my tea light warmer, and had medium-strong scent from each.

Friend Mail From Amanda C.


I was totally surprised by a package from Amanda C. recently.  Of course I tore into that sucker and was smiling ear to ear when I saw what was inside.  I was immediately drawn to the card, wondering 'Did she make this?!'  Turns out her mom made it and wanted me to know that there are indeed still people out there who enjoy making, sending, and receiving good old fashioned snail mail cards.  

And then I opened the item wrapped in tissue paper and couldn't believe the festively fall drink cozy Amanda had made!  She even had it on a plastic reusable cup, and inside were to equally festive drink mixes . . . apple cider, and chai latte.

Thank you so much, Amanda!  It was unexpected, for sure, and it sure did put a smile on my face.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Natters - Sept. 26 / Drama and Cards


Natters!  Yes, Natters!  Man, you don't know how I've been itching to get into a regular Natters routine.  I've been busy with a lot of little distractions lately which has kept my mood pretty decent.  But I still fall into that old habit of putting off writing until I get so far behind.  Like, I have tons of haul items that I haven't even shared because it was starting to seem like 'Is that all she does, buys endless cheap crap?'  Now I don't know if I should just skip it and move on, or maybe sprinkle some in here and there along the way.  What do you think, peoples?

So what's been happening?  Well, work is still a mess but my other little projects and things have kept me from dwelling too much on that.  It appears now that we might NOT being going back to regular eight hour shifts.  Ugh!  I did not want it when they first announced it, mainly because it's convenient to help my mom on my days off.  But then the more I thought about it, the more eight hours sounded like it would get rid of some of my biggest stresses at work, which in turn make work much easier to deal with.  I'd even talked to my sister-in-law about helping with my mom if I couldn't do it as much on my eight hour schedule.  She said she'd help.  So everything was set in my mind and I couldn't wait to switch, then I heard last week Friday that it looks now like the change won't happen afterall.  Whaaaaaaat?!

There is family drama all over the place for me.  Not me and my menfolk, but my mom and my siblings.  I get so frustrated and impatient with my mom these days because she just assumes we'll do anything and everything for her.  She's become way too settled into her "It's easier if you just do it," mindset, that she doesn't even try to do most things anymore.   I mean things like simply going to get her own mail, or calling to make a doctor appointment, or things like that.  And now there is a situation with one of my brothers, and my mom can't understand why my other brother (who is already doing so much for her) doesn't get things done for him.

Let me clarify that a bit.  TroubledBrother is now homeless.  He's living in his truck in my mom's driveway.  She let's him in her apartment during the day to use the bathroom, eat, watch some TV, but he cannot live there.  TroubledBrother got himself into this mess because there is a weirdness about him.  He doesn't function well in society, won't go shopping for himself, won't go to a doctor or anything, won't get out and look for a job.  He's kept jobs that others have managed to get for him, but won't go look for himself.  He doesn't ask for help, and refuses it when offered by hiding behind locked doors of wherever he's living.  Well, he's unemployed as of very early this year, and evicted from his apartment as of a week ago.

My mom buys him food and lends him money, and has been for some time now, even before the eviction.  She keeps dumping everything else on HelpfulBrother, like trying to get him on welfare, trying to get him jobs, trying to get him to a doctor and whatnot.  My mom does not tell TroubledBrother so-n-so is hiring, or so-in-so has a room to rent.  No, she tells HelpfulBrother to go call about so-n-so for TroubledBrother, and then gets cranky when he doesn't drop everything and do it.  I got quite snippy with her today while I was over there because she was mad about HelpfulBrother not having called a place yet.  I said, "He shouldn't have to!  [TroubledBrother] can freakin' call himself!"  My mom reacted like I'd slapped her or something, and I felt bad for a moment but then no, I knew I was right.  She said "You know he [TroubledBrother] won't do it,"  and I said "Well then it's his own damn problem.  [HelpfulBrother] doesn't need to do every freakin' thing for him!  He's already doing enough!  [TroubledBrother] has nothing to do all day.  There's no reason he can't drive down the road and get the number."  (There is a cheap motel nearby that he could probably stay at.)

So yeah, it's to the point that I dread going to my mom's each week because it's all so ridiculous.

But on to lighter subjects . . . 

Project Life!
No, I have not rage-quit yet.  I haven't actually started yet either but that's because I was waiting for my new printer and the theme packs of cards that I'd ordered to get here.  Those things all arrived over several days last week, and I thought I'd show you.  I don't know if any of you are even interested in Project Life or pocket scrapbooking (the generic term) but maybe new readers will be drawn in because of it, so here we go!

This is my new baby, the Canon Pixma MG6820.  It's an all-in-one type, with printer, scanner, copier, and I think maybe fax?  I don't need a fax machine so I don't care if it's actually on this one or not.  It's a wifi type too, so you can print right from your phone or whatever device.  Well, as long as it's Apple based, I think.  My phone is not.  I haven't checked online to see if there is any work-around for that.  Doesn't matter at the moment though.  You can also just take the memory card out of your camera or whatever, pop it into the slot (bottom left corner) and print from that.  And it prints pictures of amazing quality!!!  I got it with Project Life in mind, but I think this will come in so handy for just printing off pics in general.  (Remember my Snapfish fiasco last year?)  I suppose the ink will go fast, but so far it hasn't run it out nearly as quick as I'd thought it would.

This is the 'Home' theme pack from American Crafts, and contains 40 cards.
(These packs come with a variety of 4x6 and 3x4 cards, some for journaling and some just for decorating.  Click any of these pics for larger versions, to see more details.)

'Travel' pack from American Crafts, 40 cards.

'Football' pack from American Crafts, 40 cards.

'Cats' pack from American Crafts, 40 cards.

'Americana' pack from American Crafts, 40 cards.

'Fall' pack from American Crafts, 60 cards.

'Christmas' pack from American Crafts, 40 cards.

'Winter' pack from American Crafts, 60 cards.

I'd ordered this thinking it was another Christmas pack.  I was surprised to find this set contains 100 cards, comes in a neat little box, and contains cards for a large variety of holidays!  It is called 'Holiday Edition' so I suppose yeah, that does make sense.  Duh me.  There are cards for Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Valentines, Halloween, and so on.  Pretty cool!

I also have those two other packs I'd bought, plus a Halloween pack that I'd bought digitally and had to print out myself.  If I can figure out how to show that collection, I will in a different post.

Now to get going on some actual Project Life work!

How are you all doing in these lovely early fall days?

Melted - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Cinnamon Garland

Cinnamon Garland - 'Crisp fresh bayberry infused with spicy ground cinnamon. So warm and inviting. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
 
I had this last year (post is here) and it was funny because when I started melting it in fall I stopped and saved it for Christmas.  This year on cold sniff it struck me as more fall-like than Christmas so into my fall stash it went.  And this time when I melted it, it didn't really strike me as fall-like OR Christmas-like!  lol  Last year I thought it was soooo perfect for the holidays, like that Christmas in a craft store type awesomeness.  This year it just seemed like a rather boring dry cinnamon scent.  It was still very nice, but this year it just didn't strike me as all that exciting.  I often don't even post about scents I've already posted but this one had me chuckling about the complete change of opinion.
 
I melted half of this tart (0.5 oz. worth) in my Glade hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Melted - Better Homes & Gardens / Apple Brandy Cider

Apple Brandy Cider - [no scent description]

This is an interesting scent, and hard for me to describe.  First of all, I don't know if brandy has a distinct scent, but if it does I think it's probably pretty noticeable in here.  There is just something I can't quite pinpoint.  It's a spiced apple cider type scent but that sort of fermented note that comes with cider is muted.  Oddly enough, there is an almost creamy note coming from somewhere.  And there is a hint of a peppery note that I confuses me.  But it all works nicely together to make this intriguing fall scent.

I melted two cubes (0.8 oz. worth) in my Glade hot plate warmer, and two in my tea light warmer and had medium-strong scent from each.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Melted - Scentsationals / Baked Orchard Apple

Baked Orchard Apple - [no sent description]

Early fall (September) is a 'no pumpkins yet' time for me, so I tend to do a lot of apple scents.  This one was okay but not really fall-like to me.  There wasn't much of an apple note, but was instead much heavier with something more bakery, like butter or something doughy.  I would have liked those shy apples to push themselves to the forefront.

I melted two cubes (0.8 oz. worth) in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Melted - Lasting Scent Candles / Fried Pie

Fried Pie - 'Fried apple pie dusted with powered sugar.'
 
This was smelled delicious on cold sniff but while warmed some sort of heavy butter note came through and nearly drowned everything else out.  It wasn't enough to kill the scent for me but it really did take away from that fall feeling of warmly spiced apples.  I didn't get a powdered sugar, or much of a pie crust type note.  This was more of the pie filling type, with the apples, soft spice, and gooey brown sugar syrup.  That part of it was really nice, until that buttery note took over.
I melted half of this tart (1 oz. worth) in my Glade hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.

[This was a gift.]

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Melted - Scemtsationals / Apple Bobbin'

Apple Bobbin' - 'Fresh, crispy apples.'

A nice juicy apple scent always makes me think of fall, whether there is spice or caramel with it or not.  This one seems to imply it's just a nice juicy apple scent, but I swear there is caramel in this too.  The caramel is a softer note behind the happy, sweet apples but it's there, I'm telling ya!  I really like this one and since my other beloved caramel apple scent is nowhere to be found anymore, this could stand in as its replacement.

I melted two cubes (0.8 oz. worth) at a time in both my Glade hot plate warmer and my tea light warmer, and had strong scent each time.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Melted - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Pumpkin Apple Butter Caramel

Pumpkin Apple Butter Caramel - 'We have blended our delicious pumpkin pie with our amazing Apple Butter Caramel. Can you say yum! A Homespun Original House Blend.'
This sounds amazing but, sadly, I did not like this one at all.  I couldn't even leave the warmer going more than about a half an hour.  On cold sniff I had detected that salty note that I just don't care for, but thought it might not be all that strong.  Warmed though, that salty note grew and grew, and when mixed with the sort of sour tang note you get from pumpkin sometimes, it was just gross to me.  To top it all off, I was getting hints of something smelling like burning rubber, like when a belt runs hot in a small engine or something.  I know other people are crazy about this scent, but for me it just didn't work.
I melted half of this tart (about 0.8 oz worth) in my tea light warmer and had strong scent.  Too bad I just didn't like it.
[This was a gift.]

Friday, September 16, 2016

Melted - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival - 'The essence of the autumn harvest season, juicy red apples, tart cranberries and warm cinnamon leaf. A B&BW “Harvest Gathering” type duplication.'
 This was a great scent for these early days of fall, not too heavy, not too spicy, and not yet pumpkin-y.  It's not quite as moist or juicy as a spiced punch type of scent would be but that's what it reminded me of.  The apples and cranberries blend together seamlessly with tartness and sweetness.  The spice warms the scent but is not overwhelming or harsh.  Just a really nice early fall type blend.

I split this tart and had 0.8 oz. worth going in two Glade hot plate warmers in adjacent rooms, and had a stronger side of medium scent.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Melted - Warm Ups / Apple

Apple - 'This fruity and clean scent is a crisp blend of bergamot, apple peel, wild berry, leafy greens, macintosh, red delicious, freesia, lily of the valley, musk, cedar leaf, and clove.'
This is one of those new ideas in scented wax, oil soaked foam-type shapes.  Julie received some last year and was kind enough to share one with me so I could try too.  Since it was apple scent, of course I waited till fall rolled around again.
This was a very pretty and sophisticated apple scent, definitely not just your simple juicy Macintosh!  I had no idea what the scent description was while I had this warming but I knew for sure it was way more than just apple.  It's slightly floral and 'green,' with just a wee tiny hint of warmth from soft spice.  The actual apple note is rather minimal.  This was nice but bordered verrry closely on the 'too pretty' type that I don't care for.
This is a 0.4 oz. little flower shape but that doesn't really matter because it does not melt.  It's some sort of felty foamish type material that holds its shape.  It is soaked in the fragrance oils but still, it is not wet or messy.  It feels a little moist when handling it but did not leave residue or wet fingertips.  The scent was a healthy medium in my tea light warmer.  I had this going last night for about four hours (one tea light) and even after cooling and sitting all night, the cold scent when I picked it up out of the warmer is probably still as strong as when I first put it in yesterday.  I'm guessing I could easily get another 'melt' out of this.  It was so handy to just pick the little shape up out of the warmer and pop it back into the little ziploc baggie.  No freezer method, no scraping the dish, nothing.
If you're curious about these little foam smellies, check out the site . . . 
[This was a gift.]

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Natters - Sept. 14 / Fall Decor Tour


Hello!  I wasn't sure I was even going to do this post because most of the stuff is the same as last year, and the year before, and so on . . . all in the same spots again.  Also, my house is not anything blog worthy.  It's old, not updated, and usually dirty.  Trying to take pics of the lovely fall decor without giving a real idea of how it looks in the room is sometimes pointless.  In the end though, I want to try and break my current state of frazzledness and get back into the blogging swing, so here goes!

The display on the end table by the window in the corner of the living room this year features the new additions of the solar fox that's too wobbly to stay outside, and one of the snake plants that I'd bought earlier in the year and that Minion has finally gotten tired of chewing the edges of.

There would normally be a larger candle of some sort in the center of this coffee table display.  I didn't buy any new fall ones this year and was not ready to get a pumpkin scented one out yet, so it was just these festively fall votive holders with flickering fake tea lights in them for the picture.

More flickering fake tea lights behind this cute floral-in-wheelbarrow that hubby picked from Menards many years ago.  I can never find a good place for this thing, so it's one of the few things that moves around from year to year.

Hanging over the ancient bookcase that now holds DVDs (in the previous pic) are shelves that hold a large portion of hubby's shotglass collection.  Years ago there was a large picture of the boys at Christmas hanging in that center space but I eventually took that down and the space is usually blank.  Since I couldn't find a spot for this new fall sign (from Dollar Tree), I just put here.  I don't like it though.  It's not noticeable enough.

The usually decor spot in the corner of the living room, with the three sparkly leaves bought at Walmart last year, and the felt wreath bought at Target last year.

A St. Vinnie's thrift shop find last year or the year before, this sits on a small cabinet outside the bathroom door.

My fall fox rock, gifted from Julie, in its proud spot on the top shelf of my computer desk in the former dining room.

The buffet in the former dining room is usually the central decorating spot.  This set up is a little different this year but the only new thing is the sign on the wall (from Dollar Tree) and the crow pick (from Julie) in the display on the left.  Oh, the plant is new too, another of the snake plants Minion has finally stopped biting.  Would you like a piece of fall edition candy?

The usual wooden sign, from Fleet Farm many years ago, on the little shelf in the kitchen.
 
Below that little shelf is this counter display.  The sign is new this year, from Dollar Tree.  The apple bucket is being used as a pencil cup and was from Walmart last year.  And the pumpkin toothpick holder was from Dollar General last year.

Both of these are new this year and they're also in a spot that's never gotten decorations before.  This is the final snake plant, and a super cute fall totem type thing that I ordered from LTD Commodities.  These are in the corner of the kitchen counter top that has always been cluttered before by the Keurig machine or other kitchen gadgets.  We sold the Keurig and simplified the counter tops, so there was blank space in this corner now.

A different style of the totem thing, also ordered from LTD, sits on top of the fridge.

I got these two large vinyl clings at Dollar Tree last year.

I usually have my really nice Etsy bought table runner here but it has pumpkins on it and this year I decided I was going to wait till November to get that out.  In its place I've put this fall themed kitchen towel.  That charger plate has been around for many years.  The candle is from Moeggenborg Sugar Bush many years ago.  And the napkins are from Target Dollar Spot a year or two ago.

This is the inner door in our 'mud room' that leads into the kitchen.  The scarecrow banner on the left is a few years old, from Walmart (I think), and the scarecrow welcome sign on the right is new, from Dollar Tree.

This cute wreath is similar to one that I'd had for probably fifteen years that I was heartbroken to have to throw out this year.  I must have put that one away damp last year because it was moldy when I pulled it out this year.  So, I had to buy this cute little guy at Walmart.

(Click the pic for a larger version if you're interested.)
That's the new wreath on the right side of the door, and on the left is the same metal wreath I've had for a few years now.  My old boy and girl scarecrow door greeters are still there on the left but they might get tossed this year because they have some mold from the wreath.  Hubby said put them out, see if the sun and rain clean them up.  On the floor to the right of the door is a fake floral display that looks so nice there but is really wobbly and weak.  At the front, the base of the steps, there are two new mini scarecrows on each post.  There is a fall garden flag to the right.  And you'll notice the white, orange, and black containers with fake flowers that I made many years ago.

Another pic of the porch, you can also see the scarecrow on the right side of the porch in this one.

And finally, this is at the back corner of the house, my newest decorating spot.  That little porch is newer, and this corner of the house is very plain.  While coming back from the bank one day, I realized that while on the road traveling that direction, it's this back corner of the house you notice most from the road, so why not decorate here?  (The front part of this side of the house is blocked by trees, if looking from the road.)  So I've started getting a few things for this little area.  The crows and scarecrow head are from Menards, and the garden flag is from Walmart.

This is how we're looking at The Fall Slut's house this fall.

Do you decorate for fall?