Friday, December 12, 2014

Melting Basket 21 & Reviews

Tarts I would repurchase from the last basket include: RG Cinnamon Glazed Oranges bright and perky oranges paired with spicy hot cinnamon, RG  Cinnamon Pinecones, SMT Icecream Scoop Bread/Honey Gingerbread kicking myself for not ordering this recently, CFTKR Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, CFTKR Santa Claw, CFTKR Spiced Orange, CFTKR Sugared Strawberry Spruce.

CFTKR- Cranberry Balsam
CFTKR- Christmas Cabin
CFTKR- Deck The Halls <3 gift
CFTKR- Primitive Wishes <3 gift
iheartwax- Rosemary Mint Vanilla <3 gift
Better Homes & Gardens- Snowy Winter Woods <3 gift
Better Homes & Gardens- Frosty Winter Nights <3 gift
SMT- Frosty Pine
SMT- North Woods Christmas
SMT- Winter Berry
Butterfly Lane- Pumpkin Crunch Cake <3 gift
Ten Digit Creations- Cinnamon & Balsam 
Rosegirls- Peppermint/Vanilla Bean Noel/Christmas Past
Rosegirls- Gingerbread Man
Front Porch- Home for the Holidays & Sweet Pine Noel

Pine forest home here I come! If you would like to know about anything in particular more in depth just let me know! 

Sugared Strawberry Spruce from Candles From the Keeping Room really wowed me. I was skeptical of how strawberry and spruce would meld but I should have known better than to doubt Carol's mad magic skills with her superb strawberry. The fresh realistic strawberry and out of doors evergreen paints a picture of a wild strawberry patch, the berries glowing like small red rubies, thriving in a clearing cradled by spruce trees sparkling with snow. Once I discovered the beauty of this ol' gal the bittersweet realization that it was my only one came upon me. But better to have smelt than to never have smelt at all. Right? Please say yes. Oh! Yes, this one threw strong and about 4-5 hours. Loved it. Repurchase.

Santa Claw from Candles From the Keeping Room is a tart sweet and delectable enough to even make Oogie Boogie sit up and be nice to old Sandy Claws. It reminded me of flaky pastries drizzled with honey and frosting. Actually, after reading Scorpio Races, I bet this is what November cakes smell like. Yum. There was little to no spice detected. Repurchase.

I fell in love with this book initial at Books-A-Million and knew it had to sit on my fabric cabinet next to my much loved book page wreath. Have you found any unexpected treasures while browsing the stores for gifts recently? 


  1. I love the wreath, photos and book initial on top of your fabric cabinet! It looks great!
    That Fresh Picked Strawberry is something else, isn't it. I love it with the spruce too :)

    1. Thanks! I have been into bookish decorations lately.

      You're telling me! I will be rationing my bag of FPS for a long time. I still can't get over how great it married with spruce. Truly amazing.

  2. OMG, that book page wreath, did you make it yourself? It's absolutely gorgeous, I have never see anything quite like it!

    1. Isn't it awesome?! My friend Tricia made it for me! Here is her post with directions, she says it is pretty easy!

    2. Michelle.. I found quite a few book page wreath's for sale on etsy :)

  3. I need to know about your book page wreath also!!

    Happy to hear you loved Sugared Strawberry Spruce! And yes, better to have smelled than not to have smelled at all ;)

    1. pardon my grammer.... smelt not smelled


      Tricia says it is easy! She also has a post with other bookish crafts <3

      Thank you so VERY much for making Strawberry Spruce happen Lynda. My nose will have treasured that for a long time to come.

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  4. Aww so glad you still love your wreath!! Love your "J"! Very cool!

    Making the wreath isn't hard (as long as supplies are cooperating, LOL) but it is time consuming -- takes a lot of patience!

    Looks like you got quite a haul in your basket! :-)

    1. I do!! Thank you so much for it. I *almost* picked you up a P but I wasn't sure how the librarian in you felt about cutting books. :-)

      Yep! Christmas all up in this basket!

  5. Hahaha! It is hard, but I have to cut and/or rip apart books (not good ones though) to make the wreaths, so I'm getting used to it! :-)