Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Fun Series - Acts of Kindness

This road leads to a tea room in our neighborhood.
This is a hard topic. I'm not one to draw attention to things I do for others. I know it's good to share the good you put into the world, but I feel like I'm tooting my own horn so to speak. I do not think ill of those who do share their own good deeds, but I cannot do it for myself. I prefer to remain quietly in the background.

How, then, shall I participate in this post? By telling the acts of kindness I've seen in this world!

Lasting Scent Candles - Sweet Embers

Scent Description: Marshmallow, warm fire, amber, woods and magic.

Weight Melted: 0.7 oz

Location of Warmer: Kitchen, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 5/5 Please slather me in this. Sweet and creamy marshmallows roasting over a fire with a hint of musky woods and, as proclaimed in the scent description, magic. Is it possible to lace wax with illicit substances? Because that's what I think happened here.

Warm Sniff: 5/5 No surprises once melted, except I swear I started seeing dragons and fairies and craved more once the scent burned out...

Scent Strength: 1.5/3

Scent Throw: >3/3 This filled the entire kitchen/dining room, hallway, office, and entryway.

Melting Power: 5/5 I got 8 and a half hours of strong scent from half of a tart cup.

Repurchase: Yes! All joking aside, this was a very delectable and almost addicting scent. I will buy it every time I see it and happen to be in the market for more wax.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Glitterati - Pumpkin Soufflé Cinnamon Donuts

Scent Description: Pumpkin, butter, cream, sugar, and spice/none available.

Date Received: September 5, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.5 oz

Location of Warmer: Living room, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4/5 This is one heavy-on-the-cinnamon blend! Think a very sweet, almost honeylike cinnamon with just a hint of creamy pumpkin.

Warm Sniff: 4/5 The cinnamon dies down a little, letting the pumpkin really shine. I quite enjoyed snuggling up with some coffee and a book while this melted.

Scent Strength: 2.5/3

Scent Throw: 3/3 This filled the entire living room.

Melting Power: 4/5 I got about 7 hours of scent from 1/5 of a chunk.

Repurchase: Definitely! Now that I've finally warmed up to cinnamon scents, I find myself gravitating towards them more and more. Cinnamon and pumpkin? Please sign me up.

Fall Fun Series - Pumpkin Leaves Cinnamon Broomsticks

I'm bad at making choices. Especially when it comes to autumn. My favorite thing? Can I say everything? The atmosphere? The crisp air whipping multi color leaves around while pumpkins, scarecrows, and a whole variety of fall and Halloween themed decorations that pop up around the neighborhoods? Hay mazes and scarecrows?

Every day passes and I get a little more upset that my fall decor hasn't arrived. I want to take pictures to help illustrate what I love about fall! I can't do that outside of my home. Halloween isn't a big thing here in Korea. Some Halloween festivities are slowly becoming bigger in Seoul proper, but it's more geared towards those who wish to dress up, drink, and be merry. Trick or treating and decorating one's home still isn't a thing, especially in the area I live in.

Back to the original post topic! I absolutely love pumpkins. If I had to pick one thing, it would be the pumpkins. I love searching for the perfect pumpkins to buy and put on display. I love decorating the pumpkins and letting someone else cut the pumpkin up (I'm a hazard to my own well being, remember), and loading that pumpkin up with candles to complete the Jack-O-Lantern look. When I was a poor college student with no place to put a pumpkin, I loved the pumpkin themed festivities that occurred in the video games I played, letting me live vicariously through a pixelated world that did not take up space in my real world living environment.

Please don't forget to visit these other lovely ladies participating in this fall series and see what their favorite thing about fall is!

Amanda at Thrifty Polished
Jessica at The Meltdown Blog
Lauren at LoloLovesScents
Sandra at Finger Candy
Stephanie at Imperfectly Painted
Sunnee at Our Sunny Life

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fall Fun Series - Hanji (한지) Halloween Pencil Holder

This post is a bit late. I underestimated how long this project would take from start to finish (about 60 hours). Oopsie. Anyway, here's my contribution to today's Fall Fun Series post: a Halloween themed Hanji pencil holder!

First, I may have to explain Hanji a little. Hanji is a traditional handmade paper from Korea, typically made from Paper Mulberry (dak) trees. Lots of functional and artistic pieces can be made using a combination of Hanji, a sort of cardboard/wood base, and some hanji paste (it's corn starch paste, or wallpaper paste). This craft is used to make lots of exquisitely beautiful pieces, my favorite of which simulate wood grains and staining by using a combination of black hanji paper, wrinkled layers, and a bleach water solution.

I'm not nearly that complex in my hanji crafting, so we'll settle for a very un-Korean version of this craft. Since I also promised a step-by-step process of this several months ago, I'm going to go ahead and make this a two-in-one post. Will that make it long? Very likely. Am I sorry? Only partially.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Vintage Chic Scents - Little Briar Rose

Scent Description: Green apple pomegranate cotton candy frosting.

Date Poured: February 3, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.9 oz

Location of Warmer: Kitchen, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4/5 A sweet and candylike apple scent.

Warm Sniff: 4/5 No surprises once melted. The apple scent was light but noticeable. If you're not an apple fan this would be a good scent.

Scent Strength: 1/3

Scent Throw: >3/3 This filled the kitchen/dining area, hallway, office, entryway, and part of the living room.

Melting Power: 4/5 I got about 6 and a half hours of scent from a quarter poinsettia.

Repurchase: Yes! I loved this scent. It was right up my alley in terms of sweet candy goodness, but light enough that it didn't suffocate me with its sweetness.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fall Fun Series - Fall Music, Movie, and Book!

I'm a bit behind on this series. I'm still waiting on some fall decor in the mail, so who knows when that post will be up. I'm not much of an apple fan, so I skipped that post. Basically I'm glad this is a very relaxed series, otherwise I would have to step out.

Candles From the Keeping Room - Bendels Fig Type

Scent Description: A dupe of Henri Bendel Fig-a rich mediterranean Fig with sweet jasmine, spicy aise and sensual sandalwood. A fabulous green and spa type.

Weight Melted: 1.0 oz

Location of Warmer: Kitchen, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4/5 I was surprised when I read the scent description. This hit me as a very minty-woody scent, similar to BBW's Balsam & Cedar.

Warm Sniff: 4/5 No surprise, except for the knowledge that this does not match the scent description on Carol's website.

Scent Strength: 2/3

Scent Throw: 3/3 This filled the entire kitchen/dining area, hallway, and office.

Melting Power: 3/5 I got about 4 and a half hours of scent from this melt. Pretty impressive, considering it's almost 4 years old and has been through many moves and storage systems. <_<

Repurchase: Eh? If I see it, I'll probably pick it up just because it was pleasant. I wouldn't make an order just for this scent, though.

Stop & Chat: September 9-15 - Yatap-dong (야탑동), Chuseok (추석), and More!

This past week has been another whirlwind of activities. Get your food and/or drink of choice, because it's a long one!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Haul: Glitterati Mystery Box List 2016

This box snuck up on me. I'd completely forgotten about hopping on the list until Janine tagged me on Facebook in the call up post. I'm not one to say no to some Glitterati, so off to pay my invoice I hopped! Let's oogle some wax together, shall we?

I paid my invoice on August 20th and the box was shipped on August 25th.