Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Melted - Torch and Key / Gothic Kiss

Gothic Kiss - 'Dark red strawberries kissed with light musk, juicy peaches and hint of sandalwood.'
 I really liked this on cold sniff back in my August 2016 haul post.  Now that I've finally gotten around to melting it though, not so much.  I think that sandalwood and musk finally showed up in the warmed version, while the cold version had more of the fruit notes.  I still got a lot of the strawberry scent, but it's more like a dark berry type scent and not a happy days of summer juicy strawberry type.  That sandalwood and musk combo are like a strong veil over the sweeter fruit notes.  There is something almost powdery about it all.  This is probably a great body product scent.  I just didn't care for it as home fragrance.

I melted this 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had strong scent.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Natters - Jan. 30 / Computer & Internet Whining

Well, I'm back on my old computer.  I thought I was getting used to the newer one but there are still so many things about all the changes that bother me, and things I just can't get sorted out.  I realized I was starting to avoid things like email and blogging because I can't figure out all the fancy new bells and whistles that make up Windows 10.  The email program is nothing like what I'm used to, and I haven't found one I like yet.  (I've tried four, I think.)  The photo editor (that I would use for all my blog pics) is nothing like what I'm used to, and seems to have five extra steps for every little thing I try to do.  The old one I'm used to just opened the photo, had simple one-click options right there on the same screen, and saved your changes as you clicked to the next pic.  Just *everything* is SOOOOOO flippin' different that it has this old dog twitching.  If things were slightly shifted and updated, that would be fine, but Windows 10 seems to have thrown out everything familiar and come back with some user unfriendly monster.

The main reason I've switched back for the moment though is that stupid Windows 10 keeps trying to do some monster update and it's sucking up all of our internet, to where no one can do anything internet-y on any other device in the house.  And there is no option to stop or ignore updates in the bossy new Windows 10 monster.  So, I'll be lugging the computer over to Ty's one of these days to use his much better internet connection to get that stupid update done.  Until then, I've switched back to my old computer.  I can see just how slow this old one is now, having been on that other one for almost two weeks.  It's frustrating having to wait for things to load, or having some things just not load at all (like most graphics in email now), but at least all the things I need are here and familiar once again.

We got a new modem/router.  Finally!  I think I mentioned I'd gotten that other one but it didn't have a phone line connection spot, right?  Turns out it's much harder to find the kind that do have that phone line DSL connection, and the ones you do find are not the high end, high speed ones.  I ended up ordering the only in-stock one I could find at the time.  We received it Saturday and I hooked it up.  All the directions and everything said it would work with our internet provider and that it's a simple auto-configure setup.  Except, of course none of that proved true for me.  Someone was telling me I need to call my ISP to let them know about the new modem so they can 'find' it on their end.  Nothing in the directions or online said anything about that, and you know I dread calling tech support of any kind.  I actually rage quit and let the whole no-internet-mess sit for a while because that was more desirable than the thought of dealing with any customer support.  Eventually I did manage to get my ISP in live chat on my phone (probably sucking up all our data).  She was no help at all except for accidentally stumbling across the answer to the problem.  Turns out the password on record on their end for the old modem was not the password I had on record here.  Once I realized that difference I was like 'Nevermind, totally not helpful tech support.  I just figured it out myself.'  So, tried again with the correct password and -tada!- it worked.

And there is absolutely no difference in our internet quality or speed.

Wonderful.  Casey pointed out though, "Well at least we won't be paying the rental fee any longer," which is good, I guess.  But still.  NO improvement?  Oh well, what did I expect when our internet has always been so limited living in this very rural area?

That's about all that's been going on with me lately.  There has been work drama but ranting about it won't change anything.  My sleep has been up and down and all over the place.  I can't shake this lingering cold or whatever it is.  It's like the start of a cold that won't progress.  Is it allergies?  I don't know.  I'm getting quite tired of it though.  And I really REALLY need to get to the eye doctor to get some new glasses.  I think I'm going to get a pair of 'readers' this time because that's another reason I've been avoiding internet stuff, the fact that I just can't read the screen worth a diddly anymore.  I do have bifocals on my current glasses but to have to constantly tip my head up and back to read the screen through that tiny lower part of the lenses causes eventual headaches and dizziness.  But of course, something like going to the eye doctor is something that I just keep putting off.  Whyyyyyyy?

So anyway, that's my little whiny update.  Now I have to head over to my mom's as I do each week.  Hopefully she doesn't want to go shopping because our temps have dropped back down to single digits and I'm just kinda feeling like worn out poopy blahness.

Wish me luck!
And tell me something more uplifting than what I've got going on!

Melted - Satin Suzie Scents / Butter Cup

Butter Cup - 'This fragrance is a buttery cookie scent with hints of gingerbread.'

 The name of this one always throws me off.  I always think of it's buttercup flowers, or at the very least something bright and light and fun.  Nope.  It's a very lovely bakery scent.  Actually, this could almost go into my Christmas stash category because of the gingerbread tone.  The butter cookie notes are a little more thick and heavy than a regular sugar cookie scent, and provide a nice bed for the familiar notes of gingerbread.  This is a warm, cozy scent.

I melted this 0.8 oz. freebie sample tart in my tea light warmer and had strong scent.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Melted - Satin Suzie Scents / Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea - 'Spicy chai tea with sweet sugar cookies.'

This was nice, but I did not love it.  There is a nice spiced cookie type scent first and the tea notes come dashing in at the end, sort of like an aftertaste.  I always expect chai tea scents to have that creamy, warm depth, but if they aren't latte or don't have cream involved, they are more of a thin, pretty scent.  The spice lends itself to the bakery notes of the sugar cookie, which the tea notes, well, just tea.  Again, a nice scent but not enough to wow me.

I melted this 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong, long lasting scent.  I started this in the morning, maybe 9:00am, and still had scent, although a bit lighter, when I turned the warmer off at 9:00pm.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Loot Crate - Wizarding World Box / Jan. 2017

I received my second Wizarding World subscription box from Loot Crate recently.  Yay!  I was so excited to tear into this, and am excited to show you all too, so let's just jump right in.

I'd forgotten some teasers about this box.  One was something about time, and another was something about an appearance of a legend or something like that.  So right off the bat when I opened the box I saw this time-turner symbol.

I was excited to see another Funko Pop figure.  I haven't even done anything with the one I got in the previous box yet.  I'm just not sure where to display them.  Maybe if I ever get my library done I'll put all my Potter stuff on the shelves.  But anyway, this one is Luna Lovegood.  I love this character!  Other ones going around in the boxes are Sirius Black, Ron at the Yule Ball, or Hermione at the Yule Ball.

Aha!  A time-turner necklace!  This is pretty neat.  It's on a cloth-y or suede type cord, it's quite solid and heavy, and the center part does turn but the outer 'knobs' do not.

This Prophecy Pin is also quite hefty.  I've been impressed with the stuff in these boxes so far because I guess I was just sort of expecting cheap and flimsy items with a popular name attached.  Not so!  This pin is 2x2 inches and the detail is very crisp and nice.  The center orb thing is slightly domed and is a pearlescent swirls inside.

This Deathly Hallows pocket watch is also of nice heavy quality.  The description on the info paper says it 'features three legendary icons from wizarding mythology,' although I don't remember enough of the story offhand to recognize or remember what they might be.
A look inside the pocket watch.  It really does work too.

I was excited to see this fun pair of socks included!  These look like Gryffindor colors, so I wonder if people who selected other houses in their profile got different colors?  I'll have to snoop around online and see.

I had thought the teaser about the legendary character would be something with Dumbledore.  I was surprised and quite touched to find it was Snape.  This is a black t-shirt, and I will wear it proudly.  I absolutely loved Professor Snape.  *sniffle*

I really liked this box!  Once again, I don't know what I'll do with most of the stuff, but it's all so fun and neat to see.  If nothing else, I have gifts to give to some of my Potter friends, or maybe I could do a Potter themed giveaway at some point.

If you are subscribed to this Wizarding World box, did any of your items differ from mine?
If you're not subscribed, which item got you the most geek-excited?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Maple Fudge

Maple Fudge - 'Rich and warm blend of warm maple, chocolate, with walnut crunch and sugar sprinkles.'
 I really liked this one.  It reminds me of the Better Homes & Gardens maple butterscotch blend that I love, but this is a little easier to take.  That BHG one can be quite potent.  The chocolate note in this is minimal, which is good because I'm not a big fan of chocolate in home fragrance.  This is more of the sweet, creamy, gooey notes.  It reminds me of sweet caramel.  It's a dessert type of sweet scent, not a candy type.  Very yummy and kind of cozy.

I melted this 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had a nice medium-strong scent.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Natters - Jan. 25

We've had a Winter Weather Advisory since last night, running all day today.  Predictions varied quite a bit but I think for our area they were guessing around 4+ inches of snow.  It's been snowing all day but it's also been warm enough that a lot of it was melting when it hit the ground.  I'd say we did get several inches though.

I took some pictures this morning . . . 
I love the third one.  Click on it to see the larger version.  I might have to use that for things like my Facebook pic or desktop background.

Didn't do much today.  Had a bit of a crabby morning because my mind was racing with things that don't need worrying about right now.  I'm also fighting a cold or something.  The past two nights have been choppy sleep, stuffy nose waking me up, and today I'm just feeling so blah and tired.  I did take an hour nap this afternoon, and that seems to have helped a bit.  There were some computer problems this morning and I ended up switching back to my old one just to check some things.  Turns out I've been on this newer one long enough now that I cringed when I went back to the old one for that little bit.  LOL  Still not happy with the email program situation on this one though.  *grrrr*

I made brownies and two kinds of muffins today!  Okay, yeah, they were cheater kinds that you just dump out of the package and add whatever minimal ingredients, but hey!  I baked today!

I thought I'd maybe get into the craft room today but my blahness kept me from it.  I did play a bit of Skylanders but didn't accomplish anything in-game.  Again, my mind was elsewhere.  I did get one crafty thing in the mail though!
Remember the cute Harry Potter stamp set I'd gotten back around Christmas?  Well look who they have out now!  Officially it's called Grand Wizard because, well, you know they can't use the actual name be we all know who that's supposed to be.  How stinkin' cute?!  And I love that the flames can be stamped in a solid color OR and outline.  You know how I'm digging the colored stamping right now.

Vikings is on right now but I'm not watching.  We're DVRing it and will watch it later.  We'll also record Suits, which returns tonight.  And we're going to try The Magicians, which we've both been intrigued by whenever we see commercials for it.  I know we've missed a ton of that, like maybe the whole first season . . . ?  But oh well, we'll watch an episode and at least see what we think.

Minion's being uber pesty right now, and my cold cooties are acting up, so I'm off to try and read for a bit and hopefully get some decent sleep.

How do you deal with cold cooties?

Melted - Satin Suzie Scents / White Cake

White Cake - 'Freshly baked white cake.'

 This was not what I expected a 'freshly baked white cake' to smell like.  This has quite a strong almond extract note.  I suppose there could be almond extract in the white cake, but it's almost the main note in this.  There is cake action in the background, sort of like a sponge-cake type and not a sweet, moist, frosted type.  It's a fairly simple scent but if you don't like almond you'll probably want to stay away from this one.

I melted this 1.5 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong, long lasting scent.
I continue to be impressed with Satin Suzie Scents.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Natters - Jan. 24

Well, I'm starting to feel a little more normal again.  I've managed to stick with this newer computer so far and am getting used to it.  I finally got caught up on email and bloggy stuff, as far as I can tell.  We don't have a new modem/router yet but I do know which one I'll be ordering at least.  I'll probably do that tomorrow.  I managed to get through the mail and clutter on my desk, and just got several little things done that now have me feeling like I can breathe again.  And it's so weird because I don't know how it all seemed to get away from me.

I went to my mom's today and didn't even feel rushed.  Even had enough patience this evening to watch The Secret Life of Pets and last week's episode of Vikings.  The pets movie was cute but didn't wow me in any great way.  The Vikings episode seemed rushed.  I already knew they boys would catch up to the king, and I knew what would be done to him, but it still seems so quick.  Where is the story going to go from here?  I suppose there will be ongoing squabbles with Bjorn and Lagertha vs. the other sons of Ragnar.  Is it enough to hold my attention any more?  We'll see, I guess.

Suits returns tomorrow night!  I'd almost given up on that show too but now I'm quite curious to see where it goes now with Mike and Rachel, and all the things that happened in the mid-season finale.

I still have two (three?) episodes of Lucifer to watch since that show returned recently.  Maybe tomorrow I'll get to them since I have no plans.

We have a winter storm moving in tonight again.  They're saying freezing drizzle (again) before it turns to snow and we get 3-5 inches in this area.  Bleah.  This is getting old.  It's been nice for the past many days, with temps around 40, melting off most of that icy snowy mess we got last time.  Now we're going to get it all over again and the temps will drop back down to the 20s.

Nothing crafty to report this time.  I'm anxious to do it but not getting too upset about it at the moment.  I saw the cutest dragons stamp and die set today!!  The usual place I order from doesn't have it in stock right now.  Tomorrow I might look around to see if any other craft sites have it in stock.  There is a castle die cut set that would go nicely with it too but I'm mainly wanting the stamp set right now.

A boring little post tonight but just wanted to hop on for a quickie update.
I'm off to read my book now, which is waaaaay better than that other one that I gave up on.

How is your week going?
Tell me what movie or show you watched most recently.

Melted - Lasting Scents / Banana Apple Muffins

Banana Apple Muffins - '(LSC Original Mix) The delicious aroma of banana muffins with diced apples and brown sugar crumbles.'
 On cold sniff this was slightly more fall-like to me because enough of the apple came through.  The warmed scent seems to be more banana, and the scent overall lost that hint of fall vibe for me.  I love a good banana bread type scent but it must have been the apple that kept me from loving this.  It became a little, I don't know, more like the muffin batter instead of the baked end result.  The notes got a little muddied together, like a rich moistness was involved.  An okay scent but I much preferred the cold sniff version and probably would not get this again.

I melted this 1.3 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong, long lasting scent.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Melted - Lasting Scents / Lemon Ginger Snaps

Lemon Ginger Snaps - [no scent description]

I was having such a crabby day, but when I plopped this in my warmer and smelled that lemon, oh my, I couldn't help but smile.  The lemon part was sweet, just a bit tart, and thick and creamy.  It reminded me of the lemon filling in the little pies I get in Walmart's bakery section.  Mmmm!  The rest of the scent provides a very lovely bed for that yummy lemon, with just a bit of warming spice and some soft bakery notes.  A fabulous scent, but didn't seem to last very long.

I melted this 1.2 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had wonderfully strong scent for the first couple hours, but then it faded, and was pretty much gone by about six hours.  It used to be that I was fine if something only lasted about four hours because I used to use my tea light warmers a lot more, and I used to love changing scents throughout the day.  I've gotten spoiled lately though by some vendors who seem to have scents that last all darn day, and I'm using my Glade warmer almost all the time now, so I'm just not changing stuff as much.  So anyway, for this to fizzle out was a bummer.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Natters - Jan. 20

This week has been a blur for me.  Missing that one day of work because of the icy weather has really thrown me off track.  Also, I hadn't been online much for the past many days, so everything just feels so weird.

Yesterday I decided to try switching computers again.  Mine is old and slow and getting slower.  So many of the updates couldn't even be applied for whatever reason, and it was stalling while loading sites more and more often.  The email program wouldn't display pics/graphics anymore.  It was just a dying mess.  We've had an old, but newer than mine, spare computer sitting on the other desk for months now, ever since Casey finally got his custom built one up and going.  I'd tried switching over to the spare one probably three times in the past couple months and always ended up switching back to my old one.  That whole 'Change is bad!' thing kicks in every time.  The newer computer has Windows 10 so it's all weird and different to me.  The newer computer does not have the same email program that I'm used to so trying to get used to the one it does have was driving me nuts.  Just all these little things that if I was patient and took the time to get used to, would be fine.  But nooooo, change is bad, and I'd switch back to my rickety old puter.

Like I said, yesterday I decided to try switching again.  I was determined to stick with it, and it's over 24 hours later now and I'm still on the newer one.  Things are getting more comfortable and familiar as I figure out how to set things up closer to what I'm used to.  The email program is still a sore spot but I think we'll get there.  This newer old machine is definitely faster, and does not stall on the sites my old one had problems with.  Things might be looking up!

So today yesterday I also decided to try and figure out what to do about our crappy internet.  I do not want to switch providers but I figured there must be something we could do to improve things.  The modem/router is ancient, the original one they installed way back DSL first came to our rural area.  Casey and I had been reading that the ones internet providers use are usually the cheapest, weakest, slowest ones available.  Thinking about the rental fee we've been paying on this outdated thing all these years, yeah, we could have bought two or three top of the line models by now.  So to the internet provider website I went!

I knew that would be a waste of time because I've tried to accomplish things on that site before and gotten nowhere.  Of course I wasn't getting anywhere again this time, and it was all just making me irate.  So I hopped over to their Facebook page and posted a mildly unfriendly message.  No surprise that a super friendly and helpful representative replied right away and we took the conversation to private messages.  We're going to return this ancient modem/router and buy our own.  Friendly and helpful James is having a shipping label sent to me.

I bought a new modem/router today while I was in town shopping anyway.  Casey and I had done some research and I thought I knew what I was getting.  Brought it home, sent a message to friendly and helpful James but got a reply from friendly and helpful Mike today, and then went ahead and tried to hook the new black box up.  Except, wait a minute . . . it doesn't have the right kind of connector spot on it.  This one was for cable internet, using a coax connection.  Doh!  We need a phone line DSL connection.  Well crap.  So I packed it all up in a fit of anger and drove back to town.  They let me return it without problems, and I went to pick out a different one.  Only, you guessed it, there were none for phone line DSL.  Of course there weren't!  I drove back home in another fit of anger and started looking online.  I have one marked on Amazon now but I'm going to wait and see if Casey's friend, who works at Best Buy, can check and see if they carry any there.

Soooooo yeah.  My mind is a blur because I haven't done any of my normal things for the past however many days.  And now it's my weekend to work.  I guess maybe that could help me get back to feeling normal.  Maybe.  Hopefully.

Emerald City is about to start so I'm going to go watch that, and then head up to bed to read for a while.

By the way, we have a new president now.  Did you know?

Melted - Satin Suzie Scents / Nutmeg & Ginger

Nutmeg & Ginger - 'Freshly ground spicy nutmeg and bold ginger meet in this wax to create a heartwarming, welcoming scent.'
 Liz featured her thoughts on this recently over on her blog so I decided to dig mine out and see how I felt about it.  I really liked it on cold sniff but not nearly as much once it was warmed.  Cold, it seemed to have a little more depth and leaned more towards bakery, like oatmeal cookies.  Warmed though, it took on that sort of dry feel that plain spice scents often have for me.  It was a little more sharp or harsh too.  I didn't hate the scent, but it was disappointing and I probably won't order this one again.

I melted this 1.4 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent.  I left the warmer on for about half of the day and still had scent when I shut it off for the night.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Haul - Simon Says Stamp / Lawn Fawn

I'd mentioned in my recent haul post that some stamp and die sets had come back into stock and my evil enabler waxy peeps all encouraged me to go ahead and get them while they were there.  Turns out I'd never thought to even check at different craft supply sites for them.  Duh me.  They'd probably been in stock all along elsewhere.  Point of this is that I went ahead and ordered.

This is the Dad + Me stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn.  It's geared towards Father's Day but I'd seen some pretty cute Christmas cards made using the animals, and I've heard mention that it's a good set for masculine cards in general.

There is also this Mom + Me set that I got.  Again, geared towards Mother's Day but could also be used for birthdays or possibly even new baby cards.  Look how the mommy fox and owl are holding their babies.  How cute is that?

After I'd gotten that simple little birthday stamp last time, a little internet research showed me that Lawn Fawn releases a birthday stamp each year around their company anniversary.  Well of course the collector in me needed to get all the years!  Luckily I found all the ones I was missing right there at Simon Says Stamp.  This is Year Two.

Year Three

Year Four

Year Five.
I already had Year Six, and now I've seen the sneak peek of Year Seven, along with a ton of new things that will be released soon.  Man oh man, there are some cute things in this upcoming release!!!

While I was at the Simon Says Stamp site I decided to go ahead and get this Perfect Pearls set.  I don't know too much about this product yet, just that I've seen it used in a couple videos and thought it looked pretty neat.  It's sort of along the lines of embossing powder, where you stamp the ink on and put the powder over it.  With these powders though, you're done right there.  With heat embossing you use a heat gun to melt the powder into a slightly raised plastic end result.  This powder I got just leaves a smooth, sort of shimmery finish.  I got the metallic set but there are a lot of other, regular color/finishes too.  Maybe I'll hate these.  Maybe I'll love them.  Guess I won't know until I try, right?

That's all I got for now.  Every time I think I'm done, that I have way too much and don't even use them enough, something else presents itself and I end up ordering again.  Part of me is getting anxious about it, thinking I just need to stop.  Another part of me though, is telling me to get it while I can so I can enjoy it all later.  I think I need to get my butt busy making cards more often and justifying these purchases in my own mind.  Or even do some Project Life stuff with these fun things, which I *have* been having the urge to get started on.  Perhaps I'll get this posted and go see what I can do!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Netflix & Chill

Netflix & Chill - '(SF Blend)- Kick back to the relaxin' blend of dreamsicle, mango slices, and pomegranate.'
 This was a new scent in December and I got it because I was trying all the new ones.  This is another really sweet and candy-fruity one.  It's probably my least favorite of all the sweet ones I've highlighted recently.  There is a sharper edge to this than the others had, *almost* hinting at being fizzy.  It's a little darker, more adult in it's sweetness, if that makes any sense.  The pomegranate must be strong in here.  It was okay to try but I probably wouldn't get this again.
I melted this 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had light-medium scent.  That was shocking because it's quite bold on cold sniff.  But no, it remained quietly in the background for several hours and then I forgot all about it.  Or maybe it faded away.  I'm not even sure.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Natters - Jan. 17

Oh, hi!  How have you been?  Things were getting back to normal around here and I was getting back to feeling pretty good, and now today has thrown a kink into my routine again.  We had a Winter Mess Storm move through last night, which left us mainly with ice.  Schools and businesses were closing early yesterday and closed today.  Portions of highways were closed because there were so many accidents.  There were general warnings that if you didn't have to go anywhere you should just stay home.  So we did.  Casey called in last night, and hubby and I called in this morning.  Temps hovered right around the freezing mark and just over, so it was foggy and just super wet all day.  As the sun came up and the day went on, that coat of ice melted and turned everything to a big floody mess.
Pretty ugly, huh?  Winter in Wisconsin is not always glistening and beautiful.

We just had a very lazy day, played a lot of Skylanders, and I puttered in the craft room.  I've made three cards in three days!  That might not sound like much but considering I have trouble getting going on it, I'd say that's a good start.  It's still frustrating because I'm just not doing it enough to master the skills and get more efficient.  I'd been all excited to try and make cards for a Valentines card drive for St. Jude's but I don't think it will happen this year.  It's still something I want to eventually take part in though!

I whipped this one together the other night after hubby mentioned it was our friend's birthday today.  I was like 'Hey!  I can use those circles I ordered!'

I made this for a YouTuber I follow that just had her first baby the other day.  I thought she was one who had a PO box listed in her info but when I went to get the address for this I found she doesn't.  I'll probably just hang on to this now.  Look at that 'oh joy' part!  Successful embossing!  I was so happy with that!  It's lighter than I'd expected but I think it still works.  I resisted the urge to add extra sparkle or sequins because I think that light lettering needs all the focus it can get.

And I made this one today.  Not sure who it will go to yet.  One of you might find it in your mailbox!
I'm loving using the embossing folders for the designs in the paper.  I said I wasn't going to order any more tools but I'll have to eat those words because I think I want more embossing folders.  I did order those other stamp sets we'd been talking about in comments recently, and thought I'd be done ordering for a while but then Lawn Fawn started sneak peeking their upcoming new release yesterday and yeah, there are things I need.  *sigh*  There is a kitty set, and new spring colored plaid themed set of papers (like the fall and winter ones I already have), as well as six new ink pad colors.  Yes, I will be ordering.  When will this madness stop?  lol

In entertainment news, I gave up reading this book I'd gotten for my birthday.  I tried to just soldier on because I was curious about where the story would go but, well, the storytelling was crappy.  It's choppy and weak.  There are too many characters, and the main character is very inconsistent.  The story jumps around, seeming to switch gears out of nowhere, and too many random events were thrown in.  I had high hopes going into it but no, just couldn't do it.  I managed to push myself to the halfway point of the book before finally giving up.  Oh well, they can't all be winners.

Are you guys watching that new show, Emerald City???  Oh my gosh, I love it!  It's a modern, and much darker retelling of the Wizard of Oz.  It is definitely not your colorful, singing munchkins tale of old!  There is a whorehouse/opium den in this one, run by none other than the Wicked Witch of the West.  The other witch does not get killed by a house dropping on her but by a bullet to the forehead instead.  Toto is a large, snapping and snarling German Shepard police dog.  I love it.  Oh, and the Wicked Witch of the West is not wicked yet but I see how she's already being driven to it and you just kinda have to feel bad for her.  You should all watch it so we can talk about it!!!!!

Lucifer returned last night to finish its season.  We have it recorded but haven't watched it yet.

We're two or three episodes behind on Vikings now.  I lived in fear each week for the past season that Ragnar would die and I'd lose interest in the show.  Well, he's died and that strong urge to watch is gone.  I'm not completely giving up on the show because I do want to see how the sons progress and avenge his murder, but a huge part of the draw is gone for me now.

Sleepy Hollow is back now too and I haven't had much of an urge to watch that one either.  Main character Abby died at the end of last season so it seems sort of pointless to go on, but the show was renewed so there must be something interesting to keep carrying it forward.  We have those recorded too.  I'll just need to sit down and watch all of these one day.  Maybe once I finish playing Skylanders I will be able to do that.  My game is something like 93% complete, so it shouldn't take much longer.  We're just trying to go back over spots we missed now, just trying to completely complete it.

Alrighty then, this is where I'll leave you.  I have to do dishes and pick up around the house a bit after our lazy day, then I'm off to read for a while before bed.

What is your biggest time suck at the moment?

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Unicorn Poop

Unicorn Poop - '(SF Blend) - Bubblegum, cotton candy, and fruit candies.'
Another of the new scents in December, and another really sweet and happy scent.  I don't like this as much as Bowl of Cereal from the other day though.  This one is more candy-like, along the lines of Skittles or Starbursts.  There is a slight hint of the bubble gum dancing around in it but it's more of a fruit candy scent.
I melted this 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and was surprised to find it only had medium scent at best.  Most of the time it was just a subtle background hint of candy.  Every once in a while I'd get a more powerful dose of rainbow colored sweetness.  Overall though, too light.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Melted - Kitty's Konfections / Virgin Who Can't Drive

Virgin Who Can't Drive - 'Cotton candy and iced lemon cookie.'

I am not familiar with the vendor Kitty's Konfections, and don't understand the humor or what this scent name is referencing, but I sure did like the scent.  It was sweet and creamy, almost like a lemon cheesecake more than cookies.  This was a bright and happy scent with just enough hints of bakery to keep it cozy.

I melted this 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong, long lasting scent that traveled well to adjacent rooms.

[This tart was a gift.]

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Bowl of Cereal

Bowl of Cereal - '(SF Blend)- The best bowl of cereal ever with fruit loops, lucky charms, fruity pebbles and boo berry.'

This was one of the new scents in December, so I grabbed it.  I never got into the Fruit Loops scent craze of a few years ago.  I didn't dislike it, just thought it was boring.  My tastes have been changing lately, craving old school scents, and as I melted this one I really liked it!  It's very candy-fruity, like the Fruity Pebbles is the strongest note.  That slight grain cereal note is there but all that happiness from the fruity tones it down.  This is not super powdery sweet like some candy scents are, but it's way more candy-like than it is fruit-like.  It does not have juicy notes like summery fruit blends.  This one is quite nice, being right in between.

I melted this 1.6 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had medium strength scent.  I would have liked it a bit stronger but who knows, maybe any stronger would have been too much with all that sweetness.

I would buy this again.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Christmas Money Haul - Pt. 4 / Simon Says Stamp

I finally used up the last of my Christmas money and of course it went towards stamps and dies.  I'd also added a bit of money to the pot from winning second place in a little football we'd had going.  Woohoo!  Like I mentioned in a recent Natters post, I've decided to focus the money on stamps and dies again instead of the tools and papers I'd been spending money on before.

This isn't a huge haul, but I went for things that will have bit more broad range use.  Well, hopefully.
All of these products are Lawn Fawn brand but purchased through Simon Says Stamp because there was a $5.00 off code.

This stamp set covers quite a range of sentiments and occasions, and should come in quite handy.

This set can also be used for a range of occasions, just by mixing and matching the words, and even adding them to sentiments from other sets.  I'm really being drawn to stamps the do more color instead of just outlines, so these circles really called to me.  I've seen some really cute birthday and simple greeting type cards done with happy colored circles.  I'm looking forward to playing around with this!

I'm not overly crazy about this cake in particular but the fact that it stamps the color, not the outline is what sold me on it.  Also, it's a birthday set, which I needed.  I suppose the cake could be used on wedding cards too.  AND, I don't think I've ever seen this on the Lawn Fawn site so I was excited to find and grab this.  I would like to eventually have ALL of the Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.

I got this for them camper more than anything, and have my brother and his wife in mind for it.  They are very much into camping so I could maybe do a fun anniversary card for them with this.  I also have a friend at work who loves camping, so I could do a birthday card for her.

I don't remember seeing this one on the Lawn Fawn site either.  It was small and cheap so of course I grabbed it.  And it's another one for the birthday category.  Win win!

That's it, the last of my Christmas money hauls.  Of course this won't be the last of my hauls though.  Oh, heck no!  There are already some sets that have been sold out that just came back in stock so I'm chomping at the bit, trying to decide if I should order them now or take a chance and wait for a while.  Hubby's already picking on me, saying "You'll get 'em.  You know you will."

Maybe I will.

What fun thing have you bought most recently?

Melted - Satin Suzie Scents / Roman Numeral V

Roman Numeral V - 'Lemon biscotti & brown sugar.'
 I don't know what the odd name of this one is in reference to.  Someone let me know.  I'm just curious.  Or maybe it's nothing.  Anyway, this seems like it would be a wonderful lemon bakery scent.  You know I'm all about lemon scents!  I just couldn't do this one though.  That salty caramel note is there.  Is it from the brown sugar?  Is biscotti salty?  I don't know, but it's there and my nose and brain have become weirdly sensitive to that saltiness.  The lemon note is very light, barely there against the bakery notes.  I tried to let this go, hoping it would tone down, but after and hour I gave up and turned off the warmer.  Bummer.

I melted this 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent for that hour I had the warmer turned on.

There are probably plenty of people who would like this scent but it just didn't work out for me.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Lemon Pistachio Cake

Lemon Pistachio Cake - '(SB Blend) - Sweet and tart lemons folded into yummy pistachio cake.'

This was a new Sweet Fixations scent in December and I looooove me some lemon scent so of course I got it.  And boy oh boy, this does not disappoint.  On cold sniff I got a distinct nutty note but once warmed it all smoothed out into a delicious lemon bakery scent.  The lemon is sweet, not tart and cleaner-like.  The bakery notes are warm and cozy.  It reminded me of something like a lemon pound cake, not too sweet.  I will absolutely be buying this one again.

I melted this 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had a comfortable medium-strong scent. It faded to a lighter medium after about six hours, but was still nice.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Natters - Jan. 11 / Updates

Well, my coworker that I wrote about last night . . . passed away last night.  We all knew it was coming but it was still a blow to hear it had actually happened.  When Casey and I got home from shopping this morning I found messages on my home phone, my cellphone, AND an email from PlantManager, all telling me to call him.  Casey then mentioned he'd gotten a text from another of our coworkers while we were in the store, telling him OldGuy had passed, but he didn't want to tell me in public.  Good thing cuz yes, I cried.  They're going to announce it in our pre-shift meeting tomorrow morning, but I think everyone has already heard by now.  Still, I'm skipping that meeting for my emotional well being.  lol

It's very weird to think this chapter is over.  It's very weird to think I will no longer have that huge amount of stress at work.  My blood pressure would start to rise between 2-2:30pm because I knew he would be arriving soon, and it would be a constant battle to make it through the final four hours of my shift.  It's so weird to think that is done now.  It *should* be relaxing now, but it will be bittersweet.

Anyway, on to other things so I don't sit here mope another tear soaked novel.  I've been rethinking my plans about my card making.  I'd been diving into it, putting money into it, following what the cool kids in the paper craft world do, and a bunch of little things the past few days have me coming to a screeching halt.  Some of the things I've ordered have proven to be a waste of money and I'm kicking myself for it now.  I mean, I knew these things weren't needed but I thought they'd at least make life easier.  Ha, right.  Maybe it's just cuz I'm still a noob and sort of fumbling in all areas of this craft but dang, I'm wishing I'd just put my money into cute stamps instead.

Markers have been one of the problems for me.  When I decided to go ahead and dive into this and start getting stamps and dies and tools, I sort of assumed I'd go ahead and invest in Copic markers too.  I purposely didn't buy any because I was waiting to see if Santa would bring any.  He didn't, but I knew I'd have Christmas money to spend and was pretty sure it was going to go towards Copic markers.  When Christmas was done and it was time to spend that money, I hesitated, then started rethinking the whole marker thing.  I watched videos about the different big name markers and thought maybe I should try one of the less expensive ones.  Then I scaled it back even more and thought I should just try a small pack of one of the lesser ones.  So I down graded my choice A LOT and got an eight (or ten?) pack of Tombow Dual Brush Markers.  I knew these couldn't really compare to Copic but I thought it would still be fine for the level of crafting I'm at right now.  So I finally sat down and played around with them a bit the other day and was SO disappointed to find that they don't work anything like I thought they would, or like they appear to in the videos.  They're very nice markers but I couldn't do blending or shading to save my life.  It was so weird to find that a super inexpensive set of markers from Korea that Liz had sent me are the best markers I have on hand for blending and shading.  I was chatting with her online that day that I discovered all this and she's going to send me another, larger set.  It's so funny that this set will cost more than ONE Copic marker probably costs.

As I experimented with my markers, I did take into account that my cardstock is not one of the recommended brands.  Different card makers prefer different cardstock but there does seem to be some difference in them depending on what you're using it for.  Apparently some are better for coloring with alcohol markers (Copics) and some are better with all other types of coloring.  I did wonder if maybe my paper was just too cheap for the Tombow markers to work properly.  I was pretty sure I'd seen the recommended brand at Walmart in the artist supplies section, so that's one of the reasons Casey and I went shopping this morning.  But nope, I was incorrect.  That paper is not there.  I know I can easily order it online but I came to the conclusion that if my cheap markers work on my cheap paper, and that's the level of expertise I'm at, maybe I should just stick with it for a while.  Having decided that, I even went to look at sets of Crayola markers, which we still have a few of from when the boys were young, and which I really do like.  I found a set of 64 for about $12 at Target.  I didn't get them yet but it's nice to know they are readily available and cheap.

I also struggled big time yesterday with trying to make ANYTHING card-wise.  I'm super anxious to get going on Valentine's and Easter cards.  A family member's birthday if Feb.1 so I was really wanting to get a card made for that.  Yet when I sat down to create, I froze like a deer in the headlights.  It was like I was overwhelmed by having too much stuff, yet not enough of the things I wanted at that moment.  I struggled to get over the creative hump, sifting and sorting through stamps and dies and papers, just hoping something would present itself.  In the end, our of desperation to just get something done, I went with a very simple design again and quite liked the result.  I whined to hubby that I should just accept that simple is probably going to be my style.  Then I got all frustrated with all the money I've put into fancier things.  I decided what's left of my Christmas money will go towards cute stamp sets and not worry about all the fancy papers and tools.  So after my emotional morning and some time to settle down, I placed my final Christmas money order and it's all stamps and that can be used for a variety of things like birthdays, anniversaries, and so on.  And now I can't wait to get them, and to try and get back on track with card making but on an easier to manage level.  Hopefully!

I'm also having a strong urge to get going on my Project Life albums.  Finally!  So I spent some time this evening sorting and gathering photo files into my organizing folders here on the computer.  I need to print out photos for my regular photo albums anyway now that the year is done, so it was a chore that needed doing regardless.  But now things are ready for me to also print things out for Project Life pages too.  I'm really looking forward to getting these next two days of work out of the way so I can have the weekend to play around with crafty things!  Knock on wood and fingers crossed that things mellow out and I'm actually able to do it!

For now though, it's off to bed to try and read a book that I'm really struggling with.  I'm curious about the story but the storyTELLING is so weak and horrid.  Ugh.

What good things happened to you on this rotten weather Wednesday?