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SW Halloweenie '11 Helpful Hints

Posted by StinkyPinky, 10 September 2011 · 16 views

Read on for my Switch Witch Q&A!

Hi future Witch! I'm so excited to be participating in SW for the first time. Although I may have some super long wishlists, and bottomless ideas for new items to try, it's the thought that counts, so no pressure! Creativity and thoughtfulness always count for so much more than spending $$$. :wub2:

I'd also like to note that although I love BPAL, I need to steer clear of items with too strong a scent, like candles or most traditional perfumes, and florals are pretty much out! Thanks for stopping by!

Social Media:
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Witchee, do you use a PC or a Mac?
Mac. [edit] please tell me what kind of computer you have, what peripherals you own (like the wireless trackpad, wireless vs/wired keyboard and mouse), and whether you're interested in Apple-related items (stickers, keychains, other things with the logo, etc).
I have a Macbook. An old one, a Macbook 3, and I'm not sure the size but I think maybe 11-inch. Yeah, I'm kinda dumb about my own computer =p. I don't use any peripherals. I'm not hugely interested in Apple stickers or the like, since I like Macs, but I'm not that into Mac culture. Unless we're talking makeup. :lol:



Is there a quote (or lyric or part of a poem) that really resonates with you or is your favorite?

"My car is limping, Dolores Haze,
And the last long lap is the hardest,
And I shall be dumped where the weed decays,
And the rest is rust and stardust."
- Nabokov, Lolita

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning-- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

"Is that not what you don't want me not to do?"
- Jerri Blank

What are you going to be for Halloween?
I've thought of doing a Viking costume but it's a challenge to find a plus-size outfit that would be suitable. I also kind of want to go as Rog and Virg, the "Lovahs" from SNL, with my bf, but he seems to think it's too obscure a reference...

How do you feel about nick-knacks?
Not too warmly.

Do you like going to the movies?
Yes, of course!

Do you like any anime?
Cowboy Bebop. I like Cowboy Bebop. A lot.

Do you have an E-reader/iPad/something similar that you need a cover/case for?
No. I have an iPhone 4 but I have a cute cover for it already.

What are your favorite restaurants?
Golden Era, Greens, and Papalote, here in SF. I like veggie places. I wish Doomie's Home Cookin' had an SF location. I also have a fixation for Voodoo Donuts in Portland, which is not a restaurant at all, but there you go.

how much do you like jewelry? like, if you were to get a shit ton of it during the round, how excited would you be?
A lot, but I have particular taste. Make that gaudy and particular. I am a Leo .

Do you need any boxes to store your smellies in? What would you store in said hypothetical box--imps, bottles, supplies, all of the above?
I sort of do need a nice little imp box. My collection is miniscule right now so it would be only a few imps and maybe a bottle or two for now.

Muppets: yea or nay?
Sure, to an extent. I'm getting excited for OPI's muppet holiday nailpolish collection! and I love Labyrinth.

How would you like to receive some of your Witch's favorite recipes, tailored to your likes/dietary restrictions? And specific wants?
Sounds interesting, but my kitchen sucks so I don't do a TON of cooking... But I might try some vegan and veggie semi-healthy recipes. And sweets.

Do you have an affinity for Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, The Far Side, and other comic strips? If so, which is your favorite?
I do love C&H, and Far Side is funny too, but I don't know if I need to own any more than I do.

Do you play any video games?
Not really, though I've become mildly addicted to Angry Birds. I'll play Katamari and We Love Katamari once in a while, and I've been known to play Cooking Mama, Mario Party and Defend Your Castle on wii. I own Epic Mickey but sadly haven't played it yet.

Favorite Mythological Creature?
Unicorn? Or narwhal, not that they're mythical. But they are fantastic!

Do you like hair things barrettes, headbands, flowers?
Yes, I love sparkly things. And I've been looking for a cute faux-flower for retro hairstyles.

If you were to receive a gift card, what places would you like to get one from?
Sephora or LUSH would have to top the list, but I'm open to something more creative!

Are you musical? Do you play an instrument, and if so, what? If not, what do you wish you could play or do?
I sing, I love singing jazz, broadway, Sondheim, great american songbook stuff. Also more modern stuff but I don't have as much training with that! I have 2 guitars but have never really learned to play. Both also need restringing.

Does anyone garden? And if you do, what do you grow? If not, would a starter garden kit be something you'd be interested in?
Gardening is more a long range dream, but it doesn't really fit my lifestyle right now.

Do you decorate for Halloween? Is your decorating taste elegant, kitschy and fun, or scary?
I don't really decorate.

From the 'Weenie Update....What are you most wanting to try?
I have decants on the way of pretty much everything I wanted to try, EXCEPT for The Gorobble, which I would actually love to sample.

Who's into nail polish? What colors/brands?
I love ZOYA, I love the Zoya Sunshine collection most but I only have Faye. OPI and China Glaze are cool too but I'm kind of a Zoya fangirl. Glitters and shimmer colors all the way for me! Oh, and I don't do crackles.

What traditions (family, holiday, or otherwise) are important to you?
I'm not a very traditional girl. Though I like New Years traditions, like eating "lucky" foods like noodles or black eyed peas, drinking champagne, and kissing at midnight.

What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters?
I really want to try the Sandman series, it's practically the only Gaiman I've never tried. Most comics don't interest me unless they're really special/unusual.

When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter?
Miyazaki movies, Strangers with Candy or another favorite dvd on TV, maybe a hot tea, or hot chocolate or coffee if it's early enough. Waste time looking at makeup blogs/forums. Cuddles with cats help too.

Is there a particular myth/folktale/legend/fairytale/godstory that you're drawn to?
I love traditional fairy tales and folk tales. I've gone through a Greek Myth thing in the past, still find the mythology semi-interesting.

Do you like to burn incense? If so, what are your favorite kinds...sticks? cones? resins? What are your favorite scents?
There's only one. Nag Champa, in sticks. I actually shun all other kinds.

Do you like knitted goodies? If so, what would you like and what colors?
Can't have too many scarves or gloves in solid bright pink, black or grey. A knitted or crocheted beanie/beret/cap might be nice too...

Dream candle? Scent, color, type (tealight, votive, pillar, jar, etc.), throw.:
Let it be known, scented candles are off-limits for my house! Soap is ok though, if it's natural and not too strong.

Would you be interested in homemade edibles that are NOT sweets? Any specifics?
Sure, as long as it's veg friendly. Oh, and my list of can'ts: Walnuts, peanuts, olives, kiwis and bananas are not my friends.

Witchee, do you have any symbols or totems that have special meaning for you?
I dream of tiny owls, I kind of collect mini owls as well.

Is anyone fond of programs like Adopt a Tree/Highway/Library/Manatee/Acre of Rainforest/etc?:
I love BestFriends, and their animal "adoptions" have been a go-to for gifting friends in the past.

Are you interested in anything from the Villainness Bad Apples update?
Yes, that all looks amazing!

If you have a pet, would he/she/they like to receive a treat or a toy as a gift? Does your pet have any dietary restrictions or other preferences w.r.t. said treat?
I'm sure cat toys of the catnip/ribbon/string variety could be put to good use in these parts! We're all taken care of on the treat end of things, however.

Would you like to receive a mix-CD from your Witch?
Yes. I love these!

What are your top three "I want to try them but I think I'll never get to try them" (or, "I've tried them and I want moar moar moar, but I don't think I'll ever get any") scents/bath oils/sprays?
Anything Monsterbait-related.

Do you like coffee or tea? Would you be interested in trying some different types?
I love tea (in bags)! Numi, Celestial Seasonings and Traditional Medicinals are my current faves. I don't make coffee at home though.

Are there any CDs/Albums you've been wanting but haven't bought yet? What format do you prefer? (i.e. mp3, actual cd, record, etc)
Yes, I have a multitudinous Amazon music wishlist. CD or mp3 both suit me fine.

Is there a particular artist and piece that you would like a print of? If so, what is your max size that you could spare on your walls?
I like Van Gough's Starry Night, but I'm not desperately in need of wall art.

If you are into beauty and makeup related stuff, what kind of stuff do you like? What is your skintone and hair color? Are there any beauty products you've wanted to try but just never purchase?
I have a serious makeup problem. MAC, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Tarte and NARS are favorites that come to mind. I have way too much lip gloss because I am a sparkle addict. For this same reason I also have a lot of mineral eyeshadows and glitters.
Medium-fair skintone, warm, with pink undertones. Dark brown hair and eyes.
I always think it'd be neat to have a shimmery cream highlighter or multitasking item like NARS The Multiple, but I've never picked one up.

If your witch were going somewhere on a vacation during the round, would you want a little souvenir?
Sure, I am all set for keychains though.

Witchee, are you a fan of musicals? If so, which ones?
I like this question! I love all Sondheim, though Into the Woods might be my favorite. I'm a huge Bernadette Peters fan. I was a pretty big RENT-head in high school. I loved The Drowsy Chaperone, I like Miss Saigon and Cabaret and Kiss Me Kate, and Little Shop of Horrors and Porgy and Bess and Chicago, and Evita and Gypsy and West Side Story and... oh boy, I better stop now.

I am fond of the thrift. Do you mind lightly used goods? Please be specific!
Used books are totally fine, as long as they don't have a mildewy smell (allergies). I am totally down with used DVDs. I love some vintage pieces enough to wear on occasion, but still generally don't do used for clothing items.

Would a gift or a postcard from Disneyland make you squee with delight or puke into your mail box?
That could be fun! Not super into disney but I do like Alice in Wonderland, The Sword in the Stone, Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia and Labyrinth.

What are your favorite types of Halloween candy?
I like candy corn but it's quite hard to find a vegan version, without gelatin. Fruity/cherry flavor candies like jelly beans are good. I also like caramel, and chocolate mint candies that are gelatin-free.

How do you like your chocolate? For example with nuts, mint, peanut butter, caramel?
No thank you to peanut butter and most nuts, yes to caramel and mint, oh my yes to raspberry or cherry. Also I don't care for chocolate that's too much on the dark, bitter side, but I like both milk and dark. :yum:

Anyone here like caramels? Sea salted caramels?!?!:
I don't care for salt in with my sweet. Call me old-fashioned (or sugar-addicted). I do like a good milk or coconut caramel though!

Do you prefer soap or shower gel? Please give examples of your favorite scents or brands.I usually stick to bar soap, only because it's cheaper. I love Pacifica Brazilian Mango Grapefruit, or almost anything in a citrus scent for soap. I got the "Treat" Goblin Inquisition last Halloween, and the Villainess soap that came with that was quite lovely. In the past, I have enjoyed shower gels from Philosophy and LUSH, in any green/citrus variety.

Beads! Do you use them? Would you want some? What sorts of beads do you like?
I don't do any beading so not much use for beads, even though I enjoyed it when I was 12 or so. But not so much now. :wink:

This was a question before, but does anyone here like stones? Just pretty polished stones for use in whatever purposes?
I don't have any use for these, sadly.

Do you work/study at a desk and enjoy interesting or cute office supplies?
I do have a desk at work, but not a very large one, so I have very little extra space to put cute items, except for maybe very mini ones.

Do you enjoy any outdoor activities? Do you have a favorite form of "exercise"?
I'm not really the outdoors-y type. I would say I like dance classes, yoga and/or pilates as exercise, but I haven't been able to do much of the sort ever since I broke my foot last year. :ugh:

Would you be interested in a felted handbag? Do any of these styles appeal to you? http://tinyurl.com/3o2epzl
I have lots of handbags and totes, so I wouldn't have any real use for one I'm afraid.

I am a creative writing major with a fair bit of time on my hands, though, and I was just curious as to whether or not there would be any interest in works of writing? Short stories/flash fiction and the such?
This could be interesting.

And another question; anyone like anything in particular from Think Geek?
nothing I really need. Unless you count this:
http://www.thinkgeek...s/science/8ed4/

Would you like a hand dyed or hand painted scarf or wrap or other item? If so, what colors/designs/fabrics do you like?
sounds nice but I go for warm & fuzzy over painted & silky.

Would you like to receive e-books? And if so, in what format?
I can't do these.

Are there are patterns, motifs, etc that you especially like?
I like houndstooth. And sometimes stars, or hearts. Oh, and skullz :skull:

Witchee, would you be interested in having a special tea cup/coffee mug/glass to drink out of?
Sure, I use mugs a lot.

If you're a tea drinker, is there any specific tea you would like to receive, not just the kind/flavor but also the type/packing--i.e., tea bags, loose tea, compressed, etc?
bags only for me! I like black and herbal more than white and green.

How did you dress up for your last party or compulsory-formal-dress occasion?
For my birthday party last month, I wore a grey tank top with sparkly silver studded designs, black pants, and my grey Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shoes by Melissa. And my teal crystal tarina tarantino cocktail ring. I also wore my MAC Hello Kitty lashes. woot.

How would you feel about kitchen towels and other similar household objects, if they are pretty or a souvenir?
Sure, this sounds practical.


What are your views on fudge and brownies? (Also, if you live in a warm place, where the fudge might melt, that'd be helpful to know. Or, if you're diabetic and fudge is death, that'd be useful to know, too.)
:yum: Just no nuts, and we're talking. Vegan is always good too. Fudge? I've had pumpkin before and it was, dare I say, hella delicious. Oh, and I'd say it doesn't get super hot in norcal.

Also, what about mochi? Love it, hate it, baffled by it?
Only like it with ice cream.

Do you enjoy puzzles/riddles? (Cryptograms, Sudoku, Crossword, Jigsaw, etc)
Crosswords are ok but not something I spend time doing intentionally. Neither are jigsaws. Sudoku is not my thing. I don't even know what a cryptogram is - some kind of word puzzle? :eek:

Can you sum yourself (whether it be personality, life's goals, ethics, whatever) in 10 words or less?
Dude.

Does anyone like kimchi?
Not so much.

Would you be interested in a sample box(from somewhere like Birchbox or loosebutton)?
Sure. Birchbox looks neat.

You have to place a Lab and Trading Post order. Right fuckin' now. No spending limits. What do you buy?
Cost is no object huh? :umm: Lab: full size bottles of everything on my wishlist - two each of Lemon Scented Sticky Bat and Sprinklecake. Imps of Jersey Devil, Katharina, Aunt Caroline's Joy Mojo, Cockaigne and March Hare.

Trading Post: Candied Pumpkin. :lovestruck: Yoga pants, Belladonna, XL. Hair Gloss in Snake Oil and White Tea & Sage. Soap in Honey Pumpkin Stout and Sugar Skull. Little squirt of Okiya. Hey, I can dream.

Paintbox Soapworks - anything you're interested in, in general or from the latest update?
I've never checked out her stuff before. Looks pretty though.

Do you guys have any sports that you follow obsessively? How about favorite teams and/or athletes
No, and def. not obsessively. I'm not much for sports. Though I am somewhat partial to the SF Giants, and wouldn't entirely rule out a comfy Giants sweatshirt or the like for occasional wear, if one came my way.

How do you feel about notebooks/journals/stationery? Anything you need or particularly like?
Sure, I think there's some stationary on my amazon wishlist. I tend to like the kawaii/Tokidoki/Hello Kitty style for this type of thing. I actually have a large stash of unused notebooks from the Japanese stationary store, come to think of it, so maybe I don't need any of those.

Does confetti/glitter make you angry or fill you with glee?
Glee, but it is hard to clean up! Unless we are talking about makeup (in which case, squee!) and not loose things in a package/envelope. But, as someone else on the board mentioned I, too, would prefer that any decoration-type goodness included in envelopes be biodegradable.

How do you feel about stuffed animals/plushies/general soft, cuddly things? If you like them, what kind of animals would you be interested in?
Not something I have much room for. Although I might make an exception for one of these

How about little bottles of booze? Ya wanna? What kind?
Not my first choice, but I might not say no either.. Just no spiced rum, please.

Witchee; interested in anything from Lush?
I love Lush! I can't use bath stuff. But I like their Vanishing Cream moisturizer, Rehab & I Love Juicy Shampoo, Dark Angels cleanser, and Sexy Peel Soap. I seem to remember their lip balm being nice too.

What do you really not want?
-Rum balls, or any sweets that are rum flavored.
-Spiced rum.
-Red Panda licorice (I like black though!)
-Marzipan.
-Strong floral scented products.
-Bath & Bodyworks brand stuff.
-Fur, leather or similar animal-derived items - cruelty-free is my preference!
-Also prefer to use paraben-free products.
-Mineral oil/petroleum products.
-Action figures or toys of that nature - just no use for these.
-Candles. I think I covered everything :tongue:

How interested would you be on somewhat personalized bottle cap labels?
No thanks. I only have one bottle. :cry2:

Would you be interested in a handmade bookmark?
Sure, but I already have a lot of these, because I tend to lose them.

What constitutes ultimate luxury to you? (go crazy!)
The perfect cup of tea or coffee drink. And somewhere nice and quiet to enjoy it.

Do you blog? Would you like a header for your blog, a layout, etc?
No, thanks.

Do you like chex puppy chow or muddie buddies?
Doesn't really sound like my thing. I don't like PB.

How would you feel about receiving a Groupon deal for something in your local area? If there is anything you WOULDN'T like, mention that also.
Oh, what a clever idea. I may be stealing this. Yes, I like Groupons, especially for restaurants with a lot of veggie options, or places for tea/cocktails/dessert. Facials, haircuts and hair styling are good, I don't really get mani/pedis though, and no waxings either. And I wouldn't want to do something like skydiving, as someone else pointed out. so I guess no extreme sporting type activities. Or plastic surgery deals, like the one I saw yesterday :wacko2:


Witchee: How would you feel about a totally original Gela-skin for your laptop/iPod/phone? Stickers? Decals?
Sure, I have a MacBook 3, I think it's an 11 inch? But not totally sure. Also have an iphone 4 but it has a silicone case already...

Witchee: How would you feel about gummies? Like, gummy bears? Gummy werewolves? Gummy vampires?
Gummies contain gelatin, so no. Unless you find me vegan gummies that are tasty and delicious, then I will love you forever.


Doctor Who? Yay or nay? (please don't make me cry by saying nay)
Yaaaayyy! I am caught up to the end of season 5 I think.

How do people feel about little pocket shrines, maybe something inspirational/motivational to keep in their purses/backpacks/whatever?
Hm.. I don't consider myself religious or spiritual, so probably not. Unless it was an extraspecial work of art that one wouldn't need to be "spiritual" to enjoy...

Since this is a Halloween round, what's your Creepy threshold? Are you a cartoon bats and smily pumpkins person or a skulls-and-bones the-dead-are-rising kind of person? Are your fairytales dark or Disney?
I do like dark fairytales, but grinning pumpkins are more my speed than swaying corpses, as far as Halloween aesthetics go...

Do you like Star Wars? Original Trilogy? Prequels? Spin-offs? Favorite characters?
Eh. The 4th installment was pretty good, I'm not really into it though.

Anyone love Buffy/Angel?
Nah.

Also do you like or racier ecards from time to time and do you need to be warned if something may be not safe to open at work.
Hee hee. No one can usually really see over my shoulder, but better let me know if it's NSFW just in case!

Are your ears pierced, Witchee? Do you have any other piercings? Would you like to receive any items of jewelry for these piercings?
I have a lot of ear piercings and a cartilage piercing (and a retired industrial :( ), but most earrings give me a bad reaction these days. I have a 14-gauge (center) lip piercing, in case you just happen to come across some awesome lip bling that's not to be missed. I have a stud style in right now, but I've sort of been meaning to put my seamless ring back in. For like, a year, I've been meaning to, but I can't do it at home, so it's kind of a pain to go in and have them change it at a shop. Anyway.

Are you more prone to order out or cook at home? Would you be interested in cookbooks, kitchen utensils, and the like? If so, anything specific?
Order out. I have a lot of cookbooks already and a fairly equipped kitchen, but it's also tiny and I don't like spending time there. So I do cook but I prefer to eat out. Am I being helpful, Witch? :P

How do you feel about maple syrup?
I feel good about it.

I have a few things that I do every Switch Witch round, would you find that boring and unoriginal?
Well, it's my first time, so I'd never be the wiser!

Do you like beef jerky?
I mentioned I'm a veggie, but for the love of Mike, keep it away!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhh! I don't even like soy jerky.

How do you all feel about Whoopie Pies?
A vegan version sounds good :D Not something I'd make myself though.

Are you looking for a certain kind of DVDs to spruce up your collection right now?
Woody Allen movies are my obsession. The ones on my Amazon dvd wishlist represent the ones I do not currently own. That whole wishlist has movies pretty much prioritized if you are looking for ideas... I sort of collect dvds but those are more or less what I don't have and want to own someday.


Does anyone like postcards? Is anyone willing to be a Nacho witch for postcards?
I would be willing to try!

Do you wear t-shirts? Are there particular things you like on them? Would you like one designed by your Witch? And, if you don't mind saying, what size t-shirt do you wear?
I like v-neck t-shirts and I wear a lot of the American Apparel ones. My favorite of these is a grey Whispertown 2000 one. Oh, and I have a Kidrobot owl Dunny tee that's pretty neat and glows in the dark.. But, I would probably wear any v-neck shirt that I got. I usually wear XL, sometimes L.

Witchee, would you like a framed photograph and of what?
This is not the top thing on my list, not really sure... think I might prefer posters to photos. Unless it was a super cool unusual photo.

How do you feel about pumpkin scented things? Not perfume related, but soap, candles, etc....
Sure! Just no candles, as you'll have noticed by now, dear witch! If you're still reading, thanks for your time :boogie: !

SOCK PREFERENCES?
I like cute socks, ankle length or lower please, unless it is a plus-size sock. I have the mighty calves of doom :eek: I love Betsey Johnson socks, to give you an idea of the colors and patterns I tend to favor, sock-wise.

Is there anyone here who likes toe socks? You know, those socks with a place for each toe?
Nah.

Has anyone else heard of or does anyone else love Glamourkin?
Never heard of. Maybe I'll look it up and get back to you...

Do you like Star Trek? Original TV series, films, spinoff series, etc? Favorite characters?
Meh, TNG is pretty good, and I liked the feature film reboot. I'm not in the "fandom."

Would you like/wear a pair of these? http://www.ravelry.c...rary/yoga-socks If so, what color?
While they don't make me squee with joy, I would consider a pair for dance class someday. Probably in a basic color like black or grey.

How do you feel about franken polish? Are you okay with all chemicals, or would you prefer 3 free? Would you want glitter or holographic glitter? What colors would interest you?
I do strongly prefer 3-free formulas. I have seen photos of some amazing silver holo-and glitter- frankens, and I did admire the artistry that went into it! I love all the colors of the rainbow, but warm and neutral shades suit me best. And I am counting silver as neutral =D

If you were turned loose in a basic drug store (CVS, Walgreens - a pharmacy with attached mini-mart, basically!) with a $20 bill, what would you pick up? Only $20.00 to blow huh? Probably a fresh new toothbrush and some new Pronamel Gentle Whitening, as I always need to restock that frequently. Then I might stalk the nailpolish aisle for new and unusual colors, and might pick up a Sally Hansen blue or purple duochrome. With whatever was left, I'd see if that drugstore had any bags of Sour Patch Fruits or Watermelons (totally better than regular Sour Patch Kids). A SmartWater and maybe some mini-Altoids (these are gelatin-free for some reason), tax, and that should about do it!

Would you be interested in getting fountain pen inks or art supplies via JetPens and or DickBlick?
Nah, thanks.

How do you feel about getting art supplies in general? (copic markers, watercolor, brushes, paint, sketchbooks etc.)
Not really my thing. I am not skilled in the visual arts anywhere beyond stick figures; I'm more into the performing arts side. In fact I'd much rather have some of the sheet music or an acting book from my Amazon wishlist, to that end.

How do you feel about Threadless tshirts?
I like them but I wish they did V-necks. I'd love a cool hoodie from there though.

Darling Witchee, would you enjoy farmer's market pickled veggies (green beans, garlic, asparagus, etc) or fresh canned peaches or something of that nature?
Sure, just no onions. I keep meaning to sign up for one of those organic produce box delivery services that wasn't too expensive, but who can remember to do that kind of thing...

Do you prefer color or white photographs? Nature or abstract?
I'm inclined to say color and nature, but I guess it would depend on the individual photo.

oh WITCHEE (not that i have you yet) would you be interested in something like this? https://lostcrates.com/how-it-works
Sounds cool, but pens, notebooks and the like are more my BF's speed than my own. :lol:

Dear witchee, how do you feel about lip balm? Favorite style (twist up tube, pot, tube with wand, etc.)?
Twist up tube would be at the top of the list. Although wand is fine when gloss is concerned.

Favorite flavors? Mint, lime, vanilla, cherry, coconut
Flavors to avoid? Coffee
Favorite brand? Badger Balm, the big fat sticks of the cocoa butter variety. Alba makes some nice ones too.

Do you need more right now or are you set? Are you one of those people who could never have enough lip balm even though you have a bowl on your dresser overflowing with them and 10 in your purse and an order for more on the way?
Uh, yeah, I think I'm one of those.

Would you like any ecotools makeup brushes? They're kinda one of my favorite things ever, and they're animal-friendly and the handles are bamboo. And to top it all off, they work really well for applying makeup.
Sure, eco-friendly is always good. I could use a foundation brush...

Do you like Legos? Especially mini-fig key chains, Lego block keychains, small Lego sets, etc?
Eh, not really.

I may be going to the Chiles & Frijoles Festival this weekend. . .Interested?
Pass, thanks!

What are some of your favorite paintings? (famous or undiscovered?) Feel free to link to examples!
I like Mark Ryden, Magritte, Klimt, Van Gough, Hopper, and Banksy. I'm beginning to like Khalo a lot more, ever since watching Frida this year (sad but true).

Are there any Arcana Weenies that you MUST HAVE?
I've never tried Arcana. So, no. lol

Amigurumi, yes or no?
Probably not, though I think it's cool people do it.

So what say you? IS an "unexpected" visit/in-person witching OK?
Hm. At the risk of possibly getting murdered, that might be ok, with some warning. But I'm not home much, and you might confuse my bf. I haven't actually mentioned SW to him yet...

A question! If you are crafty, what's your personal art style? I'm not talking just about what art you like to look at, but what kind of art do you like creating? Do you have a "process" while you're creating beauty?
This question makes me miss acting class and singing lessons. :sad: :violin:

Is there something that you wish you could do, but you keep putting it off?
Buy two new bumpers for the car. :umm:

Sooo...Cthulhu: yay or nay?
I have no personal connection to lovecraft or cthulu... though the icon is rather cute. :cthulhu:

Witchee, have you made (or are you planning to make) any Lab or Trading post orders soon? And if you did (or plan to), you should share what you're getting ;)
That's classified information, although if I really love any of my weenie decants I'm considering placing an order for what I can't live without.


Do you like charm bracelets? If you had a bracelet, what sort of charms would you want on it? Favorite hobbies, symbols, whatever?
I like the ones over at so-charmed, but they cost one million dollars. :(

Do you like period or period-styled paraphernalia? Stuff like postcards, notecards, jewelry, office supplies, what-have-you?
Sure. I like Art Deco, some Victorian/Art Nouveau, some Mod stuff.. depends on the item really. I also enjoy Mad Men.

If you could choose a Smack, what would it have in it?
Harvest Peach sounds great.

What's your favorite horror movie?
Something cheesy and campy, like Maximum Overdrive.

Are you scientifically curious and/or process-oriented? Would you like a project-type gift that allowed you do do something like make soap from scratch, take and (nontoxic-ly) develop photographs using a pinhole camera, use plant dyes on yarn or fabric, etc.?
I usually prefer to leave it to the pros. Who also have bigger workspaces.


I just noticed that Cocoa Pink has 5 ml Perfume Atomizers. Yay or nay? Scents you would like? Scents you would NOT like?
Probably not, since I would prefer a body butter or scrub from CP if anything. But I like their lighter, fruity smells, the other stuff is usually overpowering and upsets my bf's migrains =(

Is there anything you'd like from the Mütter Museum Store?
Haha, probably not. I wouldn't mind visiting it someday though. EDIT: I forgot they sell BPALs :blush: duh. Victorian Garden sounds nice but I would only want a sniffie/sample size. Which probably doesn't exist but yeah.

What is your favorite coffee blend at Starbucks? If you don't have one, what is your favorite roast of coffee?
I only drink their espresso and tea drinks. I'm not really invested in coffee selections.

So, are there any online gaming witchees who covet purchasable in-game items or other gamer-y stuff? (yup, geek question)
No thank ya


What would you think of this (with a matching scarf)?
Cute but not something I would wear, honestly.



how do you feel about ethical animal fiber, i.e. wool and the like?
I don't think I would have a problem with ethically sourced wool/animal fiber. Thank you for caring, witch! :D



Would you be interested in region jams, jellies, or other preserves?
I love tasty jams and marmalades. Sounds good.



Are there any local museums/attractions you keep never getting around to going to?
Great America, SF MOMA and the De Young.

What's 'your' song/your theme song?
I originally had trouble answering this question, but I think it might be "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys. At least that's what I wish it was.

JONES SODA CO has LE soda packs for The Guild, Buffy, D&D, So Cute, etc. Would you be interested in these, Witchee?
No thanks on that! I can't really handle drinking Jones'.

Is anyone interested in reading The Night Circus? I just stumbled upon it and I am practically salivating I want it in my hands so badly!
It's on my book wishlist!

Umph! I have just been enlightened to THESE. Are these flavors relevant to your interests?
Oo, those look.. decadent... Cherry Bourbon and Clove Cigarette are intriguing. I can't stand cigs but yet have always liked the smell of cloves. :lol: Coco Noir looks yummy too :yum:


What kind of purse do you prefer? Leather, cloth? over the shoulder or crossbody, or something that can do either? Do you like bold bright prints with fun things, or monochrome, solid colours?
I have a Kidrobot bag printed with various Dunnys that I really, really love, and have used every day for years. I like unusual bags. Sometimes I daydream about buying a big bright green or metallic pewter faux leather tote/satchel. I like a lot of hardware on bags too.

You get a package in the mail containing 3 things you have really wanted more than anything else you've mentioned so far in this thread. (they are all reasonably priced of course! ~$20 or less apiece). What are they?
1. A gift certificate to TheMiseryLoveCo or Paintbox on etsy
2. Jenny and Johnny merch
3. Hello Kitty barrettes, such as these
That's my answer, today anyway... :lol:

how do you feel about hemp? jewelry, soap, etc?
I have tried hemp lip balm before but didn't like the smell or texture. If it didn't have a smell I would be fine with it as an ingredient in personal care items. Not so into hemp jewelry.

The Possets Halloween update is also live; does anything in the update strike your interest?
I haven't tried these, so I should probably pass...

Witchee, would you like anything from this particular Haunt update?
I don't know! I tried finding it on the website and never could. I haven't really looked at Haunt before, so..

Do you like reusable grocery bags? If so, do you like the kind that fold up (ie Chico Bags?)
I could use something that would fit inside my purse!

Who’s interested in Halloween: Montreal?
Sounds fun; I'd try it.

Describe your sense of humor.
I like Patton Oswalt a lot.

Do you drink wine?
I try to stay away, as red especially does weird things to my skin and tends to give me headaches. I make exceptions for champagne though. :twisted:

Would you be interested in the #occupywallstreet scent?
I absolutely support the cause, but patchouli is my hated note of death ™ :(

Do Paintbox Soapworks' Goat's Milk Hand and Body Creams sound like something you'd like to try?
I wish it came in unscented. :(

The Brutally Honest Personality Test?

Pollyanna- INFP

33% Extraversion, 53% Intuition, 20% Thinking, 40% Judging

...You're a good listener and someone who wants to avoid conflict. You genuinely desire to do good.

Of course, these all add up to an incredibly overpowered conscience which makes you feel guilty and responsible when anything goes wrong. Of course, it MUST be your fault EVERYTIME.

yeah... :mellow:

Reveal?
Mayyybeee... I'd like to be friends!





How many boxes are you hoping for?
I honestly don't have a number in mind. Whatever works for you. Please don't inconvenience yourself for my sake! Even just one will be very exciting for me. I'm sure I will be equally excited to receive anything you might send me, but I definitely won't be let down if I get one special box at the end of the round. I'm mostly looking forward to seeing if I can figure out your secret identity... :whistle: :ninja:




:cheer: Team Pink Cupcake! :heart: Team Sugar Skull! :skull:

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Switch Witch Questionnaire

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Basic Info
Birthday: August 6, 1983
Pets: 2 cats – Squirrel, and Chairman Meow
Children: Nope!
Religious orientation: Atheist Jew
Favorite Holiday: New Year’s Eve
Occupation/Major in school: was a Theatre major, now a Customer Service Mgr. at a nonprofit.
Living arrangement: Live with bf of nearly 8 years (anniversary coming up 11/1/11) and 2 cats/bears
Livejournal/Blog/Website: http://the-zander.livejournal.com/
Organizations/Causes/Activities (Things you belong to or causes you believe in):
Environmental activism, equality, animal rights, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animals Asia, BestFriends... you get the idea! Also love the arts.

BPAL
Favorite BPAL oils: Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Miskatonic Valley Spring Training, Candy Corn Coated Candy Apple, Beaver Moon
Favorite notes: Citrus, vanilla, lavender, bergamot, apple, mint
Favorite non-BPAL perfumes: Demeter Sanrio collection, Demeter Waffle Cone
Least favorite notes: Patchouli, tobacco, aquatic anything, strong florals like gardenia
Least favorite non-BPAL perfumes: Most of the commercial synthetic ones, patchouli oil, Estee Lauder Pleasures
If Beth made a custom blend for you, what would the notes be, and what would you want the label art to look like? Earl Grey tea - bergamot, lavender, black tea and citrus, with a lavender label with little steam clouds on it or something.

Clothing & Jewelry
Hair type: Dark brown, thick, wavy-ish
Skin Type: Medium/fair, sensitive
Allergies (specifically B&B related): My bf is chemically sensitive, so no heavy synthetic fragrances, I try to aim for fragrance free B&B products when possible
Other things to avoid: Animal products
Tub, shower or both? Shower!
Favorite bath & beauty products: Lip balm, body lotions and scrubs, or anything at all from Pacifica, Lush, Avalon Organics, EO, Philosophy, etc.
Clothing Style/Fave garments: Eclectic, different depending on the day. Sometimes a little retro glam, often a little skater/stoner/slacker, sometimes a little trendy depending on the day. I wear hoodies a lot, and Vans most days off. Also love Havaianas and Melissa brand shoes.
Favorite clothing colors/colors to wear: Bright blue, turquoise, hot pink, fuchsia, purple, jewel tones, grey, and black.
Type(s) of jewelry worn: Tarina Tarantino (my FAVE, collect her pieces), Betsey Johnson, Sorrelli. I have a thing for plastic jewelry but I like some more classic stuff, as long as it’s sparkly. I have a lip piercing too, hee.
Ring/wrist/collar size: Ring size: 7.5, medium wrist, average collar
Jewelry - gold or silver? Silver!
Do you have any allergies to metal? I can’t do most earrings these days.
Favorite gemstones: Opal
Sock/Shoe Size: 9 1/2

Lifestyle
Style/home decoration style: Cramped space, with modern (/IKEA) and vintage touches, I collect books, DVDs and Kidrobot Dunnys, to name a few things.
Favorite decorating colors: Blue, grey, brown, silver, red
Things you collect: see above. Also makeup.
Favorite music: I’m obsessed with all things Jenny Lewis related, I love the Pixies, Elliott Smith, The Beatles, Beck, Bjork, Otis Redding, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, the list goes on...
Least favorite music: R&B, modern country, modern reggae
Vegetarian/Vegan?: (Please be as specific as possible to reduce confusion!) Strict vegetarian, wannabe vegan
Other food restrictions:
Favorite flavors: Chocolate, citrus, strawberry, peach, mint, chai tea
Favorite foods/drinks: Veggie Asian and Italian food, cake, vodka tonics, tea, soft serve/frogurt, grapes
Favorite authors/genres: Gaiman, Adams, Murakami, Lewis Carroll, magical realism, sci-fi, plays, humor
Least favorite authors/genres: Romance, true crime, religious/spiritual
Books/authors you'd like to read, but haven't yet: A gazillion - don’t know where to start. I should read more Toni Morrison other than Sula. The Night Circus. A Moveable Feast. Diary of Frida Khalo.
How do you feel about receiving gently used books as gifts? great!
Favorite stores (including clothing stores): Sephora, LUSH, Nordstrom
Favorite online stores (including B&B stores): Etsy, Torrid, B and Lu, Zoya
Magazines you subscribe to: none :werewolf:
Magazines you like, but don't subscribe to: BUST
Favorite movies: Brain Candy, Spirited Away, Ghost World, Lost in Translation, 100 million others
Favorite TV show(s): Kids in the Hall, Strangers w/Candy, Arrested Development, Dr. Who, Home Movies, The Office, Cosby
Hobbies/crafts done: Not that crafty. I consider reading, singing, theatre, shopping, watching movies and going to shows my hobbies, along with a passion for makeup art.

Wishlists
BPAL Wish List (including SW/SF Help):
http://the-zander.li...com/334838.html
Other website Wish lists (amazon.com, etc):
http://www.amazon.co...=cm_wl_rlist_go


Random Questions:
Random Questions:
- On a scale of 1-5, how organized are you?
2-3 at home, but 4-5 at work.

- Where, outside of the U.S. would you love to visit? (if you're international, this can be anywhere)
Prague, Italy, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Scotland, Ireland…

- Do people tell you that you act older, younger, or your age?
People don’t comment on it much.

- What animal do you feel like the most?
Cat sometimes, other times, bunny.

- Your favorite feature about yourself:
Sense of humor

- Do you live in a neighborhood or in the middle of nowhere?
I live on (lower) Haight St. in SF, where there’s plenty to entertain me. It’s a nice little ‘hood.

- If you were a tree, what would you be and why?
I’d be a pot plant. Because I love pot. There I said it.

-Have you ever thought, "oh, I'm going to get myself one of those one of these days" but then never do? List 1 under $10 and 1 over $10.
Under 10: new nail clippers
Over 10: Blazer

- Has a stranger ever told you that you did something really well? What was it?
Sing :blush:

- Do you like garage sales (boot sales)?
No.

- I like to slather my food in …:
Lime or lemon juice! Especially Thai food... mmmm...

- State fairs or carnivals?
Nah.

Notes (Here's where you can add additional information you'd like your Switch Witch to know!):

First timer here! Just wanted to try participating.




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