Melting Pot

Randomosity

I’m currently waiting for some ibuprofen to hopefully kick in and work its magic on a nasty headache. J and I got my yard mowed this morning and after I got cleaned up after that I planned to study but instead fell asleep and when I woke up again had a terrible headache. Just trying to wait it out now so I can move on with my day and get that studying in as well as some housework that needs to be dealt with.

I’ve got some more cake pictures from work to share, as well. The wordpress app is giving me fits and keeps crashing when I try to add captions to the images. I don’t feel like fussing with the coding to manually add captions that way so I’ll just have to add text where the captions would go if captions were working properly.

Ribbon roses (a first for me, it took several tries before I got the hang of it and any actually made it to the cake)
Dinosaur egg cake (coworker did the shaping and base ice to teach me how to do that for future orders, and I decorated)

Customer had a specific image to be recreated on this cookie cake

Beach/flip flop cake

First stacked cake at work

Last minute basketball cake

100th birthday cake. The customer had specific rose placement they wanted and had me color match to a napkin for one of the colors. Which for some reason my phone photographed as being a red but it was actually a deep pink color.

Retirement cake (I should have made the clock a little smaller so “congratulations” would not get squished up a bit lol but it is a cute design they asked for)

99th birthday cake

This cake cracked me up. I both took and filled the order. There was a second cake to go with it that had been iced nicely and had borders and balloons on it. The customer asked for this one to basically look like a hot mess. It was for a retirement for someone with a reputation for being stingy with money.

The customer wanted a replicate of a cake one of my coworkers had done that coworker had shown her while coming up with ideas for the cake. Not too shabby.

I loved this one! Again I both took and filled this order. The customer wanted a field with a pond and a fence around the sides. She had little plastic horses she would add to it herself. I wish I could have seen it with the horses for the final look. The birthday girl was there when the cake was picked up and her whole face just lit up… absolutely loved that moment.

My sister sent me a card not too long ago. She makes beautiful hand made cards. Usually she sends them for various holidays but this one she sent “just because” and I must say the sentiment she chose for it was fitting for what I’ve been feeling and needing to hear these past few… er. Well. For a long time lol. But particularly in recent weeks.

If I can find a suitable frame I will be framing that card. I have another card she sent a couple years ago framed. I keep every single one, but do not frame all of them. I couldn’t afford frames for all of them and would have no wall space left to hang anything if I did that. Lol

Ok the app is now just giving me fits in general so I suppose that is all for this post. My headache has not eased up yet but I have things I need to do regardless.

Until next time. xoxo

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Beauty, Reviews

Product Review

As I mentioned recently, I have a new hair product review to share. This is a new product from Garnier: Fructis Treats 1 Minute Hair Masks

There are 5 formulas offered in two different size jars. (Though if stores in your area are like the stores in my area, good luck finding all five formulas and both size jars!) The formulas available are:

Banana to strengthen weak hair

Coconut to nourish dry hair

Avocado to smooth frizzy hair

Papaya to repair damaged hair

Goji to protect colored hair

Initially I got a sample of the Coconut formula from PinchMe. I loved it enough I went and bought a jar. I decided to try the Avocado one when I purchased. My hair loves to be frizzy and crazy so I figured that would be a good one to try out. I really want to try the banana one but haven’t found it in any stores yet.

Each of the hair masks is a 3-in-1 product (which seems to be a trend right now and is not the only such product from Garnier right now). The product can be used as a deep conditioning hair mask that works its magic in just 1 minute, a standard rinse out conditioner*, or a leave in conditioning treatment.

* According to the instructions this would be an apply-then-immediately-rinse scenario. Personally I always leave conditioner in my hair for the duration of my shower. As such, for me personally this means this product is just a 2-in-1. (Deep conditioning treatment and leave-in conditioner.)

I DID test it initially by leaving it for just 1 minute as instructed to see how it worked when used as directed as a 1 minute mask, and the next use I immediately rinsed so I could have an idea how it works when used as directed as a standard rinse out conditioner. It does perform as a typical conditioner when immediately rinsed out after applying – helps soften and detangle the hair a bit but honestly nothing spectacular as compared to a typical cream rinse. If left for 1 minute to use as directed for a hair mask – this is when magic happens! Even while my hair was still wet, when it usually feels dry (if that makes any sense?!) and fragile, after using this as a hair mask my hair felt soft and healthy. Once my hair had dried it was super soft and silky, and ridiculously shiny!

My favorite way to use this product, however, is as a leave-in conditioner. Why? Because I get the same results as when I used it as a mask, but I can use much less product, so the jar will last a lot longer!

And did I mention this stuff smells amazing? Because it does!

Here are pictures of the entire contents of the label around the bottle, for those who care to see more information about the formula and the ingredient list:

I do not often use Garnier products – they honestly just do not tend to appeal to me much and the other products I have tried in the past (be it hair care or skin care) have been “meh” at best. They have totally nailed it with this one, though! I’d definitely recommend checking them out if you are in the market for a good deep conditioning treatment, or an awesome leave-in conditioner.

Until next time. xoxo

Art, Saturday Somethings

Saturday Somethings

I have been enjoying a 3 day weekend. I had some errands to deal with as well as studying, but I’ve made some time for some new artwork. I’ve been feeling down lately. Mr. Anonymous has been planted firmly in my mind for some reason the past several days and I can’t seem to get him out of my head. (Which I only now realized is why I have been eating like a pig the past several days too. Of course. Emotional = binge eating.) Like the last drawing I did I also used a line from a song… this one being a line from Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn. Which is, on the whole, a rather fitting song for the whole Mr. Anonymous situation.

I also started a new crochet project (because clearly I don’t have enough unfinished knit and crochet projects lying around…) but with how my hand hurts it is going to be a LONG time before I finish it. Two days worth of working on it, I’ve a mere 5 rows done. It’s a top down type shawl, that starts with just a handful of stitches and each row the stitch count goes up. So it is still just a tiny little thing, right now. Hopefully I can actually work on it, and other projects I have basically abandoned, over the following months and actually finish some things up.

Until next time. xoxo

Melting Pot, Sunday Somethings

Sunday Somethings

It will be another short work week for me this week, and I assume the next several weeks will be much the same as it’s reached the summer slowdown – things won’t pick back up again till around September. The bad part of this obviously is what it means for my ability to pay bills and set aside what little precious bits I can for larger upcoming expenses and desires like taxes, fencing the yard, car inspection etc. But the good part is it gives me more time to study so hopefully I can get caught up to where I want to be with my schoolwork. Once I can get to the point where I’m done with the studies and doing the externship, that’ll help me out a bit with my finances even during the slow times at the grocery store.

My brain isn’t cooperating with me in figuring out the timeline but I have now had Princess for about 2 years (give or take a bit, I’m truly not sure but it’s definitely been more than one year but less than three) and just a bit ago I walked into my bedroom to get something and she’s lying on my bed resting. She looked at me when I entered and as I walked past her I reached out to pet her a bit. And it occurred to me just how far she’s come since she has been my dog. When I reached out to pet her, she didn’t flinch or back away from me at all, rather she lifted her head and leaned into it to enjoy the brief show of affection. When I first got her, she was absolutely terrified of everything and I had to be slow and cautious about giving her attention, giving her the time to come to me for it rather than just giving her attention such as I did just now. Back then even when she would come close, as soon as I would move to actually pet her she would back away from me. Her previous owners were not *completely* neglectful with her… But they were not kind to her either. They kept her fed, watered, and sheltered… But that was it. She was more often than not confined to a far too small crate kept hidden under a table (where she often stayed by choice, thinking that was simply where she was meant to be), and she was often yelled at and hit when she wasn’t in the crate because in her times out of the crate she would be naughty. But her behavior that earned the yelling and hitting from her previous owners was not her fault – she was a dog being a dog, that nobody had taken the time to train and teach the rules of the house. When I got her, Princess was a skittish, fearsome, distrusting dog who would slink around low to the ground, tail between her legs, looking for small confined places to hide and always expecting the worst. Now she’s a happy, comfortable, trusting, affectionate girl who has free run of the house and walks around tall and proud and happily wagging her tail. (Like my Rascal who I have had since she was a pup. So I have two happy girls.) Princess still has her moments when she is naughty and tests my patience, but on the whole she’s a good girl and thinking back on how she was treated previously and how she was when I first got her… It makes me happy that she’s got a good, happy life now and she can know not all humans are going to be mean to her. I’m not sure of her exact age but she is an older dog, 8-10 if not a bit older. I don’t like to think too much about her age. But I do think of it sometimes, and I do think how glad I am that though the first part of her life was sad, her later years get to be happy. ❀🐢🐢

I’ve got a new hair care product I will be reviewing soon once I have used it a couple more times. I’m excited to share about it – I kind of planned to do that post today but then Princess and I had our moment and it got me thinking about her so I wanted to post about her instead, and throw in some other random bits to make it a Sunday Somethings post. Won’t hurt to use the product a couple more times before reviewing, anyway. Hint: if you follow me on Twitter you might already know the product line in question though not the specific product. πŸ˜‰

I got a box of goodies from my dad yesterday in the mail. He sent some containers for my lunches in what he now refers to as being “my color” as he knows it’s a color I like that I have tried to use as my main color for my kitchen and all kitchen related tools and gadgets. (The light turquoise/aqua color of my KitchenAid mixer.) He also sent some cute silicone ice cube trays that make pineapple shaped ice cubes, a bottle of vanilla extract (he knew I am almost out), a bottle of Heinz mayonaisse (hilariously enough… he knows I love it but can’t always find it in the store, and his timing was impeccible as I literally just used up the last of my previous jar a couple days ago), some absolutely adorable tea infusers (more on those in a future post), and a fresh herb keeper set which has two countertop containers you place fresh herbs in and they are supposed to help keep the herbs fresh longer than traditional methods of storage. The set also included an herb knife, an herb stripper, and 3-bladed herb shears. (I’ll share more about this in a future post as well, but it will be a while till I get to this one.) I have an awesome, thoughtful dad and I love him so much!

I did a new drawing last week which is far, far from my best work. But I had the idea in my head for months, courtesy of frequently listening to Bon Jovi in the car. (My “driving” music consists of a lovely mix of 80s, 90s, country, and a few random songs of other genres/more current music I don’t normally listen to but maybe like a song here and there. If you wonder which category Bon Jovi falls under, it would be the “have lots of their music” category not the “eh, don’t like it usually but this one song is awesome” category lol.) I usually do larger images because it’s hard for me to get details in on smaller images but this one required I make the components of the overall image smaller… So in that regard it honestly isn’t that good. And then when I added the lettering I was dumb and went straight in with ink rather than pencil and for some reason I made a letter differently than I normally do and I messed up the paper (which is a thinner paper than I usually use to draw but I was trying to save money and got a cheaper sketch pad) trying to get rid of it so I could redo it. I’ll probably revisit this drawing in the future, with a larger sketch pad so I can make all the individual components bigger and more detailed and so I can *not* screw up the lettering. But… shrug. It’s the only artwork I have completed lately. I’ve several other drawings I’m working on but none that are anywhere near done.

Well with that said, it’s currently about 9:30 and I have been up since 5 and had a busy morning doing some cleaning up inside and some yardwork outside but I didn’t eat breakfast yet and I’m starting to get hungry so I’m off to figure out what I want to eat. I hope y’all have had a great weekend and that your upcoming week is a good one.

Until next time. xoxo

Melting Pot

Randomosity

My little mini vacation is coming to a close. I haven’t gotten as much done as I had planned to, but I got a fair bit done and am pleased. My first day I woke up early and went for a run, then spent the rest of the day cat napping and doing small tasks during the awake times. Day two I focused on catching up on the house cleaning and got some studying done. Day three I attempted another run, however my legs protested far too much. I tried to walk instead but even that was too much. I again spent the day on some clean up and organization efforts and studying. I also took down the ceiling fan I recently ordered – it worked fine for a very brief amount of time after J so kindly installed it for me but then it started making a terrible racket that drove me bonkers and I discovered not all the speeds worked so I contacted the seller to set up a replacement. Today I took said fan to the UPS store so it can be on its way back to the seller, got my grocery shopping done, have done some of the everyday clean up that life requires, studied yet some more, and now that the day is winding down I’m focusing on relaxing since tomorrow it’s up before the sun and back to work.

My sister and her family are moving to a house of their own so she’s been busy cleaning up their apartment and trying to organize things for packing up later in the summer. I decided to help her clear out some things the only way I can from a distance: I ordered a TON of yarn from her. πŸ˜‚ Like almost $300 worth of yarn a ton. Which she was kind enough to give me a discount on so I got it all for free. I loved the colors, she just wants as much stuff gone as possible. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement. 😜 Not that I don’t already have enough yarn to last a lifetime, especially given my hand issues that prevent me from being able to knit or crochet too much these days. My sister plans to shut down her yarn business at the end of the year* though so I just didn’t want to take chances on the beautiful colors not being available anymore down the road and she truly just wanted to move some stuff out so…

* She has said this the last couple years but not done it so I don’t know if she’ll truly shut down or not. She gets fed up with it because she doesn’t get enough sales for it to be worth it (which is baffling to me because her yarn base selections are fantastic and her colors are truly gorgeous and her prices more than fair) but then on the other hand she truly enjoys dyeing yarn. Time will tell if she actually shuts down or keeps on going.

I’ve very much enjoyed getting to spend time with my girls the last couple of days. It’s going to be a mighty sad little paycheck and that sucks but I have missed getting to have time to snuggle and hang out with them. They have been happy about all the snuggle time as well. 😊

I was delighted to see some corn on the cob from a local farm at the store this morning – the only time I’ve ever seen such fresh corn was back in Pittsburgh at the local farm’s market. None of the grocery stores have ever had such fresh corn though even the ones who sold “local” produce (they used the word local very liberally) so it was a pleasant surprise. It looked like it had just been cut this morning. I’ll be having some with supper tonight for sure and can not wait!

I’ve also spent my day with hints of a migraine. Luckily I caught it early and the migraine formula headache pills I have were effective enough to at least keep it from getting too bad but it’s lingered on the edges of my head all day. Hopefully a good night’s sleep tonight will take care of that so that tomorrow at work can be tolerable.

And with that I am off. I’ve laundry to finish up and it’s about time to make supper.

Until next time. xoxo

Cake Decorating, Melting Pot

Randomosity

I’ve actually got two days off in a row this week. Hoping to catch up on the house cleaning with today but my hand/wrist is throwing fits a bit more than usual. I’ll accomplish what I can. I’ve got a ceiling fan being delivered later that I’ll have to put up in my bedroom. Well, I’ll try anyway. Again, hand throwing fits; I may not be able to get it installed.

Princess seems to be feeling better, for which I am grateful. She must have had a bug or something. I worry about my girls. I learned the other day that one of my coworkers used to do pet portrait paintings and she is thinking of doing so again. I will have to find out how much she would charge for that. I might like her to do paintings of both girls, as well as one of Jenna.

I was able to make a cake recently to practice stacked cakes. I realized too late that: boxed mix cakes have changed since the last time I used them – they’re MUCH too soft if you’re going to be doing anything besides a basic layer cake; I only had one icing bag left so decorating the way I originally planned was not going to happen; and I also accidentally added a bit too much cream to my icing so it was too soft for much of anything decoration-wise anyway. So I finished the cake, decorated it with sprinkles, then once I was sure I could say as far as the actual stacking/assembly I had done a suitable job I cut it into individual servings, packed it into a disposable container I wouldn’t need back, and took it to J so he could leave it in the break room at work. That way I didn’t have to worry about all those (yummy) calories winding up on my waist line. All things considered it was not a stellar cake, but it served the intended purpose.

Since I am on the subject of cake already, I thought I would share some of my cakes from work. Some (most) were for orders, while others were for the self service sales floor freezer.

Kitty cupcakes

I left the name off this one because we were not sure it was spelled correctly on the order form. The name was added later when it was picked up and the name was verified.

My coworker left this one for me to fill specifically because she knows my history/enjoyment of photography

Amusing gender reveal cake
A bit blurred thanks to a smudge of icing on my phone that I didn’t notice at the time, but I quite liked my little birdy

Truth be told, I could have done better on this one but it was called in at the last minute and I was very near the end of my shift and still had to take my mandatory 30 minute lunch break so I had to rush. They requested balloons and an inscription and threw the teddy bear request in at the last minute. So I made the teddy bear holding balloons. Thought that was a cute way to fill both those requests for the cake. Not bad for something thrown together in 10 minutes with zero advance planning, but I do wish I’d had more time to devote to it to make the teddy bear better.

This one is by far my favorite cake EVER! The customer didn’t know at all what she wanted when she came in to order for a baby shower. As we talked and I thought it over I knew what I wanted to do but it was busy and I never got a chance to draw what I had in mind for whoever filled the order, the form simply had my written and not too terribly specific notes. (“Use pink white and purple, roses with greenery, baby booties in each corner”) Luckily it worked out to where I got to fill the order, so I was able to do exactly what I had envisioned with it. My manager was there when it was picked up (I was not) and she later told me that the customer had been SO happy with it and the customer was pleased with how I had done my job both for taking and filling the order and had made sure to let my manager know I had done a great job all around. 😊 Y’all know me, I’m super hard on myself about things and so very rarely actually look at something I have done and am truly happy with it. This one though, I truly, absolutely love!

My hand tells me I’ve blogged more than enough for today so I’m off.

Until next time. xoxo