Monday, February 22, 2016

Melting Basket 60: And a Potter painting bug...

Wax tarts from the last basket I would purchase again involve: PFOP Avobath, CFTKR Juniper Berry and Cedar, Zeep Avo All Over, SMT Rose Jam/Pink/Mallow Noel,  RG Rosegirls Garden/Raspberry/VBN, Valhalla Vanilla Luxe, Nag Champa.

CandyPanda- Uluru
Pocket Full of Peonies- Karma
Pocket Full of Peonies- Dirty
Pocket Full of Peonies- Porridge
Vintage Chic Scents- Mamma Mia!
The Bathing Garden- Alice Dressed in Gold
Zeep- Olive Tree
TSTWB- Pink Sugar (not sure if this vendor is still open)
Country Lane Keepsakes- Warm Winter Vanilla Sugar <3 gift
Lasting Scent Candles- Pink Petit Fours
Lasting Scent Candles- Island Relaxation <3 gift
Sniff My Tarts- Sweet Lavender Marshmallow Cake/Marshmallow Noel/Pink Coconut
Rosegirls- Rose Jam
Up The Creek- Rose Jam/American Cream/Marshmallow Bean Noel
CFTKR- Pomelo Sage
CFTKR- Fresh Picked Strawberry
CFTKR- Jill's Strawberry Cream Filled Jelly Roll
CFTKR- Summer Strawberry Taffy
CFTKR- Amish Quilt <3 gift

I must be ready for fruity, sweet and floral. I wanted strawberries and Lush dupes. If you would like me to review any of these in depth please let me know!

I have had a rough past couple of weeks. If you are a regular reader, you might have noticed a few skipped days. I lost my mojo and have been desperately trying to climb back out of a funk. I had a bout of wanting to leave social media, the blog, work, everything. Not a fleeting, "I am discontent" but a very strong, very real and lasting urge. I knew in the back of my mind not to make any decisions in this state of mind but I did go ahead and leave Twitter, many wax groups and stopped blogging for a couple weeks and ran on previously written or hastily prepared posts for the most part. I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel again and I am going to try to keep limping along until I get my groove back. 

In the meantime, I have been painting again and that helped me immensely to pull my heart back from the blue place. My dear friend Ashley is having her second boy and I offered to paint her the Hogwarts house crests for his nursery. It had been so long since my paint brushes had been wet that I forgot the meditative quality of this act. I now have two more larger canvases ready for paintings for the girls. Savanna requested Mew in space and Scarlette wants sealife with candy. Those sound slightly Dali-esque but shall be fun to undertake. 

While the paint supplies were out, my two year old Hogwarts Tom's needed a facelift. I painted Ashley some Maurader's Map Tom's years ago and decided I needed some Harry Potter ones for myself. I chose a mishmash of things to illustrate on them. 

The acrylic paint holds up pretty well but does need a touch-up about once a year to remain vibrant. They get dirty from frequent wear but I hand-wash them to increase longevity. 

Nothing says nerd alert like Harry Potter shoes. I kind of want to paint some Sherlock or London ones next. If you could have Tom's painted in any theme what would you choose? Leave a comment below!


  1. I love you and I hate knowing you've hit a tough spot. You will pull through it, you're so incredibly strong sis ��

    1. I know it will pass, it is just waiting for it and hoping I don't act rash while in it.

      I love you. Miss you.

  2. Glad you're coming out of your funk, Julie! You're such a sweetie, I would HATE to see you leave altogether!
    Those shoes are everything! I'm not talented like that (at all), but if I was....Nightmare Before Christmas TOMs. Definitely.

    1. Thanks Liz. I am trying to keep blogging through it. I got a few posts ready Saturday so those will ride me over for the week.

      Nightmare Before Christmas! Yes! On purple or black? Or orange?

  3. The shoes, wow. <3

    I am right there with you, I took a mental health day today. Last week in Ohio, halfway through Day 1 of training with the person I am replacing, I called to see if I could still take the temp job but didn't hear back. So I have the same strong urge to quit now to truly focus on a preparing to relocate. I don't know where I would go and like you, am hesitant about doing anything drastic in this mental state, but am coming to the conclusion that I don't have the disposition to handle the situation I am being put in.

    1. Jean. <3

      I hope the day off helped. You deserve it. I also hope you got the answers you need today about what steps to take next. Praying and wishing the ideal job is right around the corner for you. Keep me posted.

  4. Ooooh, so many good ones this week! TBG Alice Dressed in Gold, PFoP Dirty, and VCS Mamma Mia! please!

    Those Hogwarts crests are fantastic! I'm glad you were able to pick up a brush again and enjoy some peace of mind in the activity. I'm sorry that you've fallen into a rough patch. I'm always here if you need to vent or just want someone to talk to! You're not alone <3

    Those shoes are fantastic! If I could have mine painted in any theme (besides HP because let's face it that would win hands down) it would be something video game themed. Just a hodgepodge of things from the various video games I grew up playing. I feel like that and HP are the bread and butter of my childhood.

    1. Sure thing, Liz! I would be happy.

      Thank you. It is a comfort to know I can hit you up. <3

      Yes! I wish I had read HP on my childhood but I didn't pick it up until after I graduated college. I did not realize you were a Potter fan too! How cool!

    2. I had to think... The bread and butter of my childhood was Jim Henson and The Baby Sitters Club.