Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Mail From Julie

I received a fun package from longtime bloggy friend Julie the other day.  She was returning some DVDs and a book, which I was expecting, but she loaded up the box with lots of other fun goodies too.  There was a nice little note, and a yummy box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans.  Ever the Potter fan, she is.

These three items were super exciting to find in the box!  Oh how they made The Fall Slut's heart sing!  She'd recently shown me a glimpse of what Hobby Lobby already had out.  Craft stores are always a season ahead, but to see the stuff was both exciting and scary.  It's like, are we really that close to fall already?  lol  But these things, so sooo cute.  LOVE the crow!  He's sort of an inside joke to myself.

She included this fun Beauty and the Beast item.  It's an 'enchanted rose craftable paper figure' and I think I might actually put it together.  She must have gotten this when she saw the movie.  I, at 50 years old, have FINALLY learned the story of Beauty and the Beast.  I read the movie tie-in book recently and bought the DVD as soon as it came out.  I really enjoyed it!  What the heck took me so long?!

I was also really excited to find these in the box.  These are two large (5x6") background stamps that I can use in card making!  We'd talked a bit about them a while ago but then I'd forgotten all about that conversation.  The one on the right is like a screen or mesh type design.  I'm really curious to see how it will look once stamped.  My first thought was stamping it in pale gray and adding some sort of silly insect diecut to it, like a bug on a screen.  I don't know if I have any bug stamps though, or what sort of card it could be.  Anyone have any witty ideas?
 
And of course there was wax in the package, because that's what we do.
 
Americana Wafers (Rosegirls) - 'Hot Apple Pie and Blueberry Cobbler chunks are over poured with Vanilla Wafers.'
Oh yesssss, come to Mama.  I always mix up RG's Americana Wafers and Americana Smoothie.  I love them both but half the time forget they are two different things.  I used up my last piece of Smoothie the other day so I can't even compare them side by side now.  That's okay, because this one is like absolute heaven to me right now.  It's warm and cozy and homey and creamy and yummy and has just enough hints of fall from the apple pie notes to make me giddy.  And it's nearly 5 oz. so I'll get tons of enjoyment out of it.  Thank you, Julie!!!!

Pink Pistachio (Glitterati) - [no scent description]
I have enjoyed Glitterati wax when I've had it but the messiness of how soft it is always makes me shove it aside.  I already hate cutting wax so having to cut these big, soft, messy chunks is not something I look forward to.  Still, I'm always happy to accept gifted wax!  This one is interesting.  Sniff it once and I get nearly full strength almond scent.  Sniff it again and the Pink Sugar is there, strong and bold.  I'm quite curious to see what happens with melted, and might have to haul out the knife sooner rather than later.

Cranberry Mandarin (Timberwick/Hanna's) - 'Red currant, juicy orange, crisp cranberry, spices, and fresh apple.'
We had each gotten to try Hanna's Candlemart products earlier this year and she chose this scent that I had decided to hold off on.  She's sharing cranberry goodness with me, determined to rouse this Fall Slut from hibernation early.  This is nice, but more bright and zesty from the orange, and not quite the deeper fall type scent I'd thought it might be.  I'll melt it with my summer scents.

Lemon Blueberry Scone (Handmade in Florida) - 'Sweet blueberries and zesty lemons, blended with warm vanilla and fresh cream.'
Love me some lemon!  I've never tried Handmade in Florida wax, so this should be fun.

Spooky Apparitions (Lasting Scents) - 'Yummy pumpkin, two sugars, sticky marshmallows.'
Mmmm, dreams of fall continue . . .   The pumpkin is wonderful but I'm a bit leery because I detect slight hints of the plastic-y type of marshmallow that I'm just not a fan of.  We'll see how it goes though, when fall rolls around.

Cranberry Citrus Balsam (Lasting Scents) - [no scent description]
This is one of those perfect Christmas scents.  It's like a hot spiced punch drink scent for fall with just enough of that balsam note to kick it over to being a Christmas scent.  And she sent me two of these!  Thank you, thank you!  Can't wait to melt these this holiday season!

Mulled Wine (CFTKR) - 'An apple cinnamon type "wine" that will make you dream about sitting in front of a fire on a cold winter's night.'
Since Julie is a pro at ordering from Candles From The Keeping Room, she got me this bag of Mulled Wine that we'd talked about.  Sadly, it's nothing like I thought it would be.  Maybe once melted it will be more full bodied?  Right now it's rather light and flat, and dry.  Bummer.

Yum Yum Buttery Rum (CFTKR) - 'Vanilla simmered in rum, topped with fresh cream and just a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon.'
I also had her grab me a bag of this scent.  This one is also light on cold sniff but I think I'll really like this one.  It does remind me of those good ol' Butter Rum Lifesavers.  I'll have to plop one of these in the warmer and see if it becomes even more yummy.

And that is my fun filled happy mail from Julie!
I'm always amazed at her generosity.

Thank you again, Julie!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18 - A Few Cards

 I forgot to show this yesterday.  This was the birthday card I made for Ty.  Pretty simple, huh?  Well, hey, that's blue embossing powder at least.  LOL!  It was sort of a joke because Ty is one who just does not care about cards and admits he throws them out as soon as he looks at them.  That crushed my soul when he said it last year.  I refuse to *not* give cards though, so I went minimalist on this one.  He did laugh, and knew why it was this way.

Some other cards I've made lately . . . 

A very rushed birthday card for a young girl.  I think it turned out okay, but I need to get over this putting it off till the last moment thing.  I need to just keep making cards so I have a stash to choose from when I need one for something.

Looks similar to two anniversary cards I've made and shown, but this one is for a former coworker's wedding.  They have a princess and hero theme to their invitations, and I worked their wedding colors (purple and teal) into the design too.  I discovered I don't have any wedding sentiments though!  I have 'congrats' and 'best wishes.'

I absolutely love how this one turned out!  I used colored pencils and although I was very frustrated with how long it took to color that day, I really was impressed with how the card as a whole came out looking.  This was my mom's birthday card.  I even used my new little gift card slot dies on the inside to hold her gift.  She loves cardinals so I made the bird red, and she gets a kick out of Minion so I had the kitty resemble him.

I was trying to come up with a Father's Day card for hubby's dad but we both agreed this just isn't his style.  (We ended up buying him one of those sassy humor cards.)  I do like this card though, and will just set it aside in my tiny stash for now.

Hubby and I played around with watercolor techniques today.  I've always hated watercolor painting, have never been good at it, and haven't even done it since I was in elementary school or so.  Hubby said he's never really been good at it or fond of it either.  One of the card makers I follow does a lot of watercolor painting in her videos and, of course, makes it look so easy.  I also discovered that if you heat emboss the image you want to paint, the embossed lines sort of make little fences, making it easier to keep the colors where they need to be.  I've been itching to try it and since we had nothing else going on today, hubby agreed to experiment with me.

I discovered some things.  Several of the card makers I follow have said they don't like working with black embossing powder because it gets everywhere and shows up much more obviously if you have stray specks.  Yep, I certainly found that out.  I also found out that the black doesn't give as much of a raised, shiny effect.  At least not with this powder I used.  There is a bit of shine but it sort of just made the lines thicker, more bold.  It also seems to want to reactivate and blur a bit when the wet paint was near it.

The white worked fine, although I do need to practice heat embossing more in general.

I did use watercolor paper but it was just cheapie stuff from Walmart.  And the paints themselves were just cheapie Crayola watercolors, again from Walmart.  The brushes were just small, old, generic things we'd already had on hand.

I had a lot of fun doing this!  I really like the look I got from it, and I wasn't even trying all that hard.  This was totally just a 'Let's see what happens!' experiment.  Hubby was a little frustrated, but he has not watched the videos like I have.  He was using less water and trying for more specific shadowing and blending.  They all look pretty good for noobie beginners though!

Other than that, we didn't do much today.  Hubby got some Father's Day gifts from the boys and me, and went to see his own dad for a bit.  (My own father died way back in 1987.)  I did laundry and played a decent amount of Wizard101.
And we just had a very nice, relaxing day.

Did you celebrate the fathers in your life today?
Do you enjoy watercolor painting?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 17 - Birthdays & Crafty Stuff

We had two birthdays in the family today.  My mom turned 81, and Ty turned 26.  I remember when my mom visited in the hospital the morning after Ty was born, she said, "Well that was the nicest birthday present anyone could have given me."  It took me a moment to realize what she was talking about!  The day he was born was kinda crazy and believe me, I wasn't even remembering at that time that it was my mom's birthday.  But yeah, their shared birthday today.  We didn't do much.  I'd given Mom a card and gift the last time I was over there because I wasn't sure if I'd get back today.  Ty worked today but stopped over for a bit afterwards.

Hubby and I did some running around today.  We ended up getting a water dispenser.  You know, one of those with the big five gallon jugs of water on top?  This one dispenses cold AND hot water.  That will be awesome for hot chocolate in the colder months.  We're trying to give up soda, which we drink way too much of around here.  Hubby's been doing alright on this but I haven't been able to stick with it . . . yet.  Now is not the time to quit for me, not with all the chaos at work.  It's like I get so worked up that I just need by comfort.  I've cut back though!  Baby steps, baby steps.

I mentioned last night (?) that I've accumulated a few more crafty items, so I'll do a quick little haul here for those who are interested.

Decided to try this glue that all the cool kids are suddenly raving about.  It's cheaper than the popular Tombow Mono that I use, but I like that I can just pick some more Tombow up at Walmart when I need some and not have to place an order.  Still, it'll be fun to try this and see what all the fuss is about.

Got a jar of black embossing powder.  All the cool kids seem to hate working with black powder, they say it gets everywhere, but I still want to try it.  I've played around a little bit more with embossing and really do like the look of it.  Haven't actually used *this* yet though.

How stinkin' cute are these leopards?!  I saw them in someone's haul video and immediately ordered a set of my own.

One of the crafters I follow was doing a destash and had some retired Lawn Fawn items, so I scooped up two.  This one is some cute background stamps.  If you can't tell, one set is hearts, one is music notes, and one is stars.

This is the other I got from the destash.  This is a Christmas set but doesn't it look like Jack Skellington's face (Nightmare Before Christmas) up there in the upper right???  I crack up every time I see this online, and now I have it for myself.

I'd been looking for something else in Walmart's craft section when I came across their stencils.  I've been looking at stencils on the main craft site I order from, so when I saw these I was all "Hmmm."  There are three pages with four sections on each, four different designs.  You can see the designs there on the packaging.  Each section/design area is a nice size for card backgrounds.  I'm really excited to try this idea out.  I need to get some little sponge thingies first though.

And finally, I bought my very first Copic markers.  These are like the holy grail of markers in the crafting world.  They're very expensive.  They must be super fantabulous if EVERYONE uses them, right?  Quite frankly, they intimidate me.  But still, all the cool kids make it look so easy and achieve such wonderful looks.  Plus, there is a 25% off sale going on right now so I decided to try with this one little tiny pack.  It has three blendable colors from the same color family.  Good way to practice without investing tons of money, I guess.  I know there are certain papers that are preferred for Copic coloring and I *think* I have a small pack of some, but when I tried them out just on regular white cardstock I wasn't wowed.  I was more like "Really?  What's all the fuss about?"  I guess I'll try them on the 'correct' paper though and see if the magic happens there.  I even thought about maybe taking a Copic class.  Yes, they have classes for using these markers.  That's how intimidating they are.

That's about it for today.  I'm going to log onto Wizard101 for a while before bed, and then go read more about Mark, who was making out with his rescued beloved when I left off last night.  Hehe!

Anything exciting happen with you on this Saturday?

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 16 - Fatty Fairies

Another crazy day at work.  Well, the first several hours were pretty mellow for me because I was a machine operator today instead of my usual job.  It's quite a nice change of pace to just worry about one machine, one job, sit down for a while in between tasks.  Normally it's go go go, be ten places at once and do twenty things because you're everybody's bitch.  Ugh.  So yeah, it was nice at first, then it just all went to crap and I ended the day just as crabby as any other day.  At least it's Friday and I have three days off now.

Lynx (aka Fattycat) has been off the potassium supplement for two days now and it seems like there is an improvement in him already.  I thought maybe I was crazy.  I mean, geez, we thought stopping the powder would just make it easier for him to eat his food.  We didn't think there would be some obvious difference in health and behavior.  So I looked it up, just to see what side effects might be associated with potassium supplements and was floored by what I saw.  Muscle weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite.  Well, he'd lost weight and was looking rather skin and bones-ish again, he wasn't eating as much, he was sleeping all the time and very blah when he was awake, and he was wobbly.  So yeah, pretty much all could be side effects from the potassium powder.  So yeah, it could be safe to see there actually is a noticeable difference in him now without it.  He already looks a little more hydrated, he's awake more and alert during those times.  He's social.  Yes, I think stopping this powder was a good choice.

Got a couple small packages in the mail, so hopefully I'll get a little crafty haul posted tomorrow.

I'm off to bed now to read about my new fairy boyfriend, Mark.

Who is your current dreamy fantasy fling?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 15 - Quickie


Work is such a mess these days.  A second supervisor gave notice today.  What does that say, when our supervisors are abandoning ship??  They're giving $100 bonuses for the weekends just to try and get people to volunteer to work.  That place is a hot mess and it's to the point that it's almost amusing because we keep wondering how much worse it can possibly get, and because we're watching things crumble farther up the ladder now.  All we can do is shake our heads.

I did manage to do some reading on my breaks at work today.  Yay!  I really do like Mark in this series.  He's half fairy, half Shadowhunter.  I kinda wish there would be a companion book or series about just his story.

Not much else to write about this evening.  A quickie post is better than nothing though when I'm trying to get back into the habit of daily natters.

How was your Thursday?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 14 - Flowers, Cats, and Kings

We have a ton of lilies blooming along the south side of our house.  It looks to cool having so many, so bright along the house.  We suck as weeding and all that gardening stuff so the flowerbed in general doesn't look all that great.  This pic, from this angle, doesn't show the real mess.  LOL  But another cool thing is that all of these came from just one or two bulbs.  (Are lilies bulbs?)  Hubby had originally planted them in another bed but moved them over to this one after a couple years.  They've been in this bed for a couple years now, and multiplying like crazy!  There are a bunch of smaller, pink-white ones down at the other end of the bed.  Wish we could get the tulips to do better in this bed.  We planted some, but I think we need to plant a whole bunch more.

 This fuzzy Mr. Fattycat has been causing some drama here lately.  He's been getting *really* picky about his food that we mix his medicine in, and sometimes refuses to eat it.  He's not been getting full doses of his medicine because of it and he's been losing weight and sleeping a lot more again.  He's on a thyroid pill and a powdered potassium supplement for his kidneys.  The powder has a really strong scent to it and we're sure that's what turning him off.  The vet said today that we can stop giving the powder if we want, because his "levels" at his bloodwork check in December were not at a point where we needed to do anything yet but because there had been a slight change he though starting the supplement might help.  He said if Fatty's not eating though, it's a problem.  So we decided to stop the powder supplement this evening, and we'll see how he does.  Hopefully he'll start eating better, and it should help make sure he's at least getting the full dose of his other medicine because he won't be turning up his nose at that food.

Ty was here today, stopped in after working till noon at his second job.  He just wanted to hang out for a bit, catch up on news and stuff.  He ended up staying for supper.  We were talking about Casey's last drama.  *sigh*  Yes, it never ends with that boy.  So the crazy roommate finally left and everyone rejoiced at the thought of peace returning to our lives.  Nope, Casey immediately invited his other friend to move in and that friend immediately started having his new girlfriend stay over.  Not just staying over for the night but staying for days on end, and being there when no one else is.  THAT part needs to stop, and we've all told Casey to put his foot down immediately.  Ugh.

I managed to watch two hours of my beloved Ludwig movie yesterday, on the anniversary of his death.  Hubby came home then and doesn't care for this film so I didn't bore him with the other two hours.  I was glad to find I still love this movie.  I'd thought maybe after my break from watching it obsessively that I'd find it horrible when I eventually saw it again.  Nope!  Still love it!  There *are* some cringe-worthy things about the movie but, I don't know, I just love it to pieces.
Thank you again, Kevin.  This has turned out to be one of the best gifts I've ever received.

I'm off to read now before bed.  I'm slowly plugging away at that beast of a Shadowhunters book.  I'm frustrated that I'm only reading in small little chunks but things have been just hectic enough that I don't get much read on my breaks at work, and by the time I get to bed I'm too tired to read.  Hopefully this snails pace doesn't kill how I feel about the story.  So!  Let me get this posted and go try to read!

Do you have favorite flowers blooming around you?
Have you had a special needs pet?
Do you want to watch Ludwig with me??


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Natters - June 13 / Goodbye Wax Blog!

King Ludwig II died on this day 131 years ago, back in 1886.

Although I do feel that's worth mentioning, it's not what I came here to post about.  I've decided to make some bloggy changes. I'm stepping away from wax blogging and going back to the daily journal type of thing that this blog originally was.  This blog actually started as a journal on MySpace way back in very early 2007, or possibly even before that.  It was meant to be a way for out of town family members to keep up on the news back home.  I moved to this blog in May 2010 and have been plugging away ever since.  Things have changed as my interests and ambitions have changed but wax blogging has been my longest running 'phase' and has seen the most action and success.  Seems funny that I'd give that up then, huh?

Things change though.  A handful of small incidents have opened my eyes to some things and helped me come to this decision.  I'll still melt wax and buy Walmart wax and order from the few tried and true vendors I've come to love.  Maybe I'll do haul posts, or maybe I'll just mention whatever scent I'm loving at the moment now and then in a Natters post.  But I'm not going to try and be informative anymore, or try to keep track of new products or anything like that.  If I happen to see something that interests me, maybe it'll get mentioned.

Yep, I'm going back to what I seem to enjoy most, and that is the Natters posts.  People have told me it's a cozy place to be, like sitting around the kitchen table with coffee and a friend, like something "my grandma" would blog.  I'll probably lose some followers, but maybe new ones will stumble across this humble little place.  I guess we'll just see how it goes.

I hope you'll stick around!
And now I am going to sit down and watch my beloved Ludwig movie to remember the real King Ludwig II on this anniversary of his mysterious and sad death.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Melted - Mainstays / Sweet Sangria

Sweet Sangria - [no scent description]

I really enjoyed this one.  It's along the lines of the hot spiced punch scents I fell so in love with last fall but this is a bit lighter for summer.  This is fruity and juicy, I do get the orange note, but it's warmed by a bit of soft spice.

I melted this entire 1.25 oz. pack in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong, long lasting scent.  These little Mainstays packs continue to impress me!

I would gladly buy this scent again.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Melted - BHG / Summer Fruit Medley

Summer Fruit Medley - [no scent description]

I said in my cold sniff notes that this was like a grapefruit scent but with something dragging it down.  It didn't get any better when warmed.  It is a bright, citrus-y scent more along the lines of grapefruit than of orange or lemon, but there is just something right smack in the middle of it all that killed it for me.  It was like smooth note amid the zesty perkiness.  Was it from berries?  I'm not sure.  But it didn't work for me, reminding me instead of cheap gas station bathrooms or urinal cakes.  Hubby and Casey both liked this scent though.  I guess they're more used to urinal cake scents.  lol

I melted two cubes (about 0.8 oz worth) at a time in my tea light warmer and had strong scent.  Too bad I just did not like the scent.

I would not buy this again, but then zesty scents just aren't my thing.  I'm sure plenty of people would find this to be a wonderful summer scent.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Haul - Kim's Tarts / Wax

I wanted to order a bit of wax recently but wasn't in the mood for trying to figure out who was open and who had what in stock, so I went totally old school and ordered from Kim's Tarts.  Her prices are still super budget friendly at $1.50 for a 3-pack of scallop tarts.  You won't get any fancy packaging or beautiful works of wax of art from Kim's Tarts, but you'll get some good ol' work horse scented wax.  Her scent list is extensive but you won't find any fancy blends in whatever the current rage is.  I was a bit bummed to see her TAT is now up to 2 weeks (it used to be only a couple days) but that 2 weeks is still far better for impatient people like me than, well, 6+ months.

I just picked some random scents to have on hand for summer.

Let's take a look!

Watermelon - 'The amazing aroma of a ripe juicy watermelon.'
 Gotta have watermelon scent for summer, right?  This is nice.  On cold sniff, if I hold it right under my nose it seems a bit powdery and candy-like, but if I hold it farther away it seems much more juicy and real.  Interesting.  I'm curious to see which version shows up when warmed.

Country Blessings - 'A burst of wonderful scents: gala apples, garden sage, sweet persimmon, eucalyptus, fresh basil, anise seeds, clove buds, sweet vanilla bean and crushed pecans give you a breath of sweet cleansing fresh air!'
This is interesting.  While I can see melting this as a fall scent I think it would work fine for anytime of year.  There is a slight hint of something almost cider-ish, which brings fall to mind, but the sage and eucalyptus and those things really make their presence known as well.  It's sort of sweet, sort of herbal, sort of warm and cozy.  Very interesting!

Blueberry Lemon Sugar - 'A luscious blend of Meyer lemons and juicy blueberries loaded with sweet sugary crystals. Add to this yummy blend, hints of orange, wild berries, concord grapes, pineapple, strawberries and even tinier traces of rose and violet and finished with a sweet sugary vanilla base. Sweet and rich with a tart twist.'
I didn't pay much attention when I ordered this, just saw blueberry and lemon and was like 'Mmm, yeah.'  Not sure what I was expecting but this isn't it.  LOL  I think I was figuring on something warm and foodie, like blueberry muffins with a lemon twist.  Ha, nope!  This is very light and bright, sort of watery, with the orange and florals coming through the most.
Stress Relief - 'You will love this version of this popular BBW Type.  Relieve stress after a long day, with this aromatherapy blend of lavender and sage, eucalyptus and spearmint, fresh ozone and dry down woods.'
I don't know if these aromatherapy type things really work.  I've never been a believer but geez, I could use all the help I can get in stress relief lately!  I never think of myself as a lavender fan but there is something comforting about this scent.  This reminds me of handcrafted soap, and reminds me of my grandma.  Usually comments about lavender and grandmas are joking insults but I'm sincere on this one.  My very first thought when I sniffed this was of my grandma, who I loved dearly.  So maybe that right there is stress relief?!

Vineyard - 'This is a sweet, luscious blend of red and white grapes freshly crushed with a tangy bottom note!'
There was a Better Homes & Gardens scent a couple years ago called Napa Valley Escape that I loved.   I don't think I saw it last year, and I don't know if it's out this year but I'd like a ton of it if I find it again.  So anyway, I thought maybe this would be something nice along those lines.  Sadly, this doesn't really compare to what I remember.  This is not as deep and dark, and has a weird sort of rubbery note lurking about.  There is a nice grape note once you get past that weirdness, so I'm hoping it clears up when warmed.

Plum Crazy - 'Rich, vibrant plums, raspberries, cranberry, citrus, apple, strawberry....a smorgasbord of rich, ripe fresh berries! Hints of vanilla, honey and rum complete this oil!'
I remember having Plum Crazy from Sweet Fixations and really like it.  I really can't say if these might be the same scent because it's been a while since I've had the SF one, but this is pretty nice.  This kinda reminds me of a grape scent, but with some dark oompf added.  It's very sweet, but again it has a darker, more adult vibe to it.  Not quite candy-like, but not quite hot cider punch type either.

Merlot Wine - 'This fragrance oil has velvety nuances of plums, apples, red raspberries and strawberries which combine with a light alcoholic and spicy background.'
I must have really been on an adult-fruity kick when I placed this order.  I like this one because it's deep and dark and fruity.  It's warm.  It does have that alcohol note that I often don't like but it's not overpowering in this.  This is not at all a happy fruity scent.  It's a much more sophisticated, adult scent.
Lemon Sugar - 'A refreshing blend of tart lemons mixed in a light whipped cream topped with sweet vanilla crystals!'
Me and my lemon scents, huh?  This one is a bit deceiving.  I was expecting a bright, sweet lemon scent.  This is very warm, almost bakery like.  And doesn't even strike me as lemon bakery.  There is an almost nutty note to it.  Was there a mix up?  Why is this label hand written?  We'll never know the answers to these mysteries but I'll go ahead an melt this anyway, just to see what it turns out like.
Honey Buttered Rolls - 'Sweet golden honey surrounds the rich bakery tones in this gourmand treat, as hints of warm cinnamon and ginger bring a hint of a spiced accent to the scent. Rich, creamy vanilla undertones add sumptuous sweetness to this fabulous bakery confection.'
 I'm all about bakery scents, so this sounded right up my alley.  On cold sniff I get a gentle cinnamon note mixed with some soft bready notes.  It seems rather flat on cold sniff.  Hopefully it blooms when warmed.

Banana Caramel Cupcake - 'A hint of almond adds sweetness to this delightful dessert scent. Fresh ripe banana blends with sweet caramel and ground cinnamon for a rich, warm sensation. Sweet vanilla bean balances with butter cream at the base of the scent, supporting this fabulous creamy sensation.'
 I've had this scent from a variety of vendors over the years and for a while it was my absolute favorite.  It's been some time since I last had it, so I happily ordered this for old time's sake.  I really hope it's more true when warmed because on cold sniff there is a plastic note blocking the sweet yumminess I'm familiar with.

Fruit Slices - 'An array of citrus fruit sprinkled with sweet sugar crystals.'
This was a freebie with my order.  It's quite nice, a sweet and juicy citrus scent without the strong zesty note.
Katie Perry - Killer Queen Type - 'Notes of dark plum, wild berries and bergamot are mingled with intoxicating red velvet flower, plumeria, jasmine, cashmeran and patchouli with hints of praline make this a scent fit for royalty.'
 This was another freebie in my order.  I'm not familiar with the actual Katie Perry fragrance so I have no idea how true this is to that, but I can say this scent is not for me.  It's obviously a perfume-y scent, which I don't care for in home fragrance to begin with.  I do get some of the sweet berry notes which tease me, making me think I might like this scent, but then I go back for another sniff and all the other floral and heady notes take over.  Bleah.  Nope, just not for me.

Island Hibiscus - 'Floral notes of hyacinth, jasmine and gardenia blend with a hint of light musk and amber to round out this intoxicating blend.'
A third freebie, I pretty much wrote this one off immediately upon seeing the name.  I am not a floral fan.  Surprisingly though, I kind like this!  It's a sweet floral, reminding me very much of lilac.  I even had hubby sniff this without telling him what it was and he thought lilac too.  Does hibiscus really smell like lilac??

That is my order from Kim's Tarts.  I ordered on Tuesday, May 16 and received it on Friday, June 2.  As mentioned, the 3-packs of scalloped tarts cost $1.50.  That is the only option on the site, no other shapes, no singles or 6-packs or anything like that.  Each tart weighs about 0.8-1.0 oz.  Shipping was $5.75.  I will say that I am absolutely not a fan of two staples that are used to close each little cello bag.  She used to package them stacked, with a colorful ribbon closing each bag.  These came in a more shallow box though, so maybe she went with the more flat packaging to fit in the cheaper shipping box.  Still, I'm happy with this work horse wax order.

Are you familiar with Kim's Tarts?
Does hibiscus smell like lilac??
Does anyone know if Napa Valley Escape is still around???