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    By Silvertree

    Please be aware that we do not permit swap-related content on profiles or in blogs. Please post this content only in the For Sale, Swaps, and Wanted forums, or in the Wishlists topic. ~from Swapping 101  Thanks!
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Mainstream Perfumes Owned

In case you're curious (or you want to see what's available for decant), these are the mainstream perfumes in my collection. My favorite houses are Dior, Hermes, and Lolita Lempicka, with Jo Malone, Guerlain, and Thierry Mugler close behind. I'm also interested in trying more from Atelier Cologne, Etat Libre D'Orange, and Tokyomilk.

Atelier Cologne
Cedrat Envirant (mini)   Balenciaga
Florabotanica   Bvlgari
Mon Jasmin Noir   Chanel
Chance Eau Fraiche   Dior
Dior Addict (old version)
Dune
Miss Dior EDP (2015)   Givenchy
Ange Ou Demon Le Secret Elixir   Guerlain
Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basillic   Hermes
Kelly Caleche
Un Jardin en Mediterranee   Jimmy Choo
Flash (rollerball)   Jo Malone
Red Roses (mini)
Wood Sage and Sea Salt (mini)   Juicy Couture
Juicy Couture EDP (mini)   Le Couvent des Minimes
Eau des Minimes
Eau des Missions   Lolita Lempicka
Illusions Noires si Lolita Eau de Minuit
Lolita Lempicka EDP (new version)
L de Lolita Lempicka   NEST
Paradise   Queen Latifah
Queen   Rihanna
Rogue   The Body Shop
Smoky Poppy
White Musk Libertine   Thierry Mugler
Womanity
Alien Eau Extraordinaire   Tokyomilk
Dark: Tainted Love (rollerball)   YSL
Belle D'Opium

lizabelle

lizabelle

 

Complete List of BPAL Favorites

In case you want a really in-depth look at what I like and don't, here's everything that I've tried and would buy a full bottle of, basically. The only real distinction between "love" and "like a lot" has more to do with how much I see myself wearing them than actual like/dislike (although of course my favorite notes will more often be a "love").

GC:

Love:
Absinthe
Anne Bonny
The Apothecary
Baba Yaga
Baobhan Sith
Beer From the Marsh-Woman's Brewery
Black Forest
Black Rose
Bliss
Blood Kiss
Catherine
Dee
Defututa
The Dodo
Dorian
The Dormouse
Drink Me
Dwarven Ale RPG
Fae
Fire Of Love
Hades
Halfling
Hecate
Hetairae
Highwayman
How Doth the Little Crocodile
Les Bijoux
Les Infortunes de la Vertu
Lyonesse
Mania
Miskatonic University
Mouse's Long and Sad Tale
Namaste
New Orleans
The Obsidian Widow
Plunder
Poisoned Apple
Pontarlier
Raksasha
Shub-Niggurath
Stimulating Sassafras Strengthener
Two, Five, and Seven
Whip
Xiuhtecuhtli
Yggdrasil

Like a lot:
Aureus
Bien Loin D'Ici
The Black Tower
Cheshire Cat
Deadly Nightshade Honey
Djinn
Eat Me
Fenris Wolf
Hemlock
King of Hearts
Lady Macbeth
The Lights of Men's Lives
Lucy's Kiss
O
The Red Queen
The Robotic Scarab
Scherezade
Schrodinger's Cat
Snake Oil
Van Van
Voodoo

LE/Discontinued/etc.:

Love:
A Chattering Raven
Cancer 2007
Cancer 2016
Cherokee Rose SN
Dead Leaves, Chamomile, Red Roses, and White Tea
Devil's Night 2016
Fake News
Fireplace Cinders (2015)
In the Time of Plague
La Befana
Lady Una
Mari Lwyd
Palmyra
Pumpkin IV (2014)
Pure Applesauce
Recalcitrant Dragon
Third Charm
Umbra (disc. 2014)
Winter Jasmine SN

Like a lot:
Alice, the Reaper of Cruelty
Dead Leaves and Blackberries
Fizzy Jack O'Lantern
Four Seasons: Winter
Gingerbread, Red Fruits, and Sweet Jam
He Came in the Radiance of Paradise
Jolabokaflod
Mummeries and Straining-to-be-Memorable Passages
Mystical Aphorisms of the Fortune Cookie
Nasty Woman
Poor Monkey
Raspberry Sufganiyot
Texare

lizabelle

lizabelle

 

The Toxic Lake

One of Florida’s big concerns is Lake Okeechobee, the lake that should be sending water to the drying Everglades. Instead, it’s held poorly in place by dikes and canals, all of which need constant maintenance by the US Corp of Engineers and other groups. But now the lake has become very polluted by farms and development around Orlando. The polluted water that leaves the lake under controlled outflow has damaged the waters of the Treasure Coast and its tourist industry. And, BigAg, in the form of BigSugar, plays a role in this story with no easy fix.
Read the story by Kait Parker of The Weather Channel here:
www.toxiclake.com

thekittenkat

thekittenkat

 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2016

WINTER WONDERINGS
Do you celebrate Christmas? Another winter holiday?: Christmas
Do you decorate? Would you like to receive decorative items?: I work retail so I never really get to decorate - I'm too busy
What are your favorite things about winter/Christmas?: I love carols and dinners with loved ones and christmas lights and trees and snow and eggnog and wrapping presents and warm blankets and cuddling in front of the fire with my furbrats and other half.
What is your favorite Christmas/winter holiday memory?:
When I was a kid we had an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. We would decorate the crap out of that house, and there was a real fireplace we hung our stockings on. We always got a ton of snow and the 2 years we were there, Christmas morning was magical.   ALL ABOUT YOU
Allergies and dietary/lifestyle restrictions (if applicable): no allergies to food.
Favorite color(s): black, blood red, emerald green, amethyst purple, deep wine, chocolate brown.
Least favorite color(s): white, pink, yellow
Favorite Christmas snacks and treats: shortbread! ferraro roche chocolates, toffifee, clementines, marshmallow peanut butter squares, Turtles.
Do you like coffee, cocoa, and/or tea? I love coffee and tea. I use a french press for coffee and I adore David's Tea and other loose leaf kinds. I love all teas and prefer dark roast coffee (but would enjoy flavoured coffee also).
Favorite bath & beauty products: Lush is so my jam. Same with Villainess. I like scrubs and bath bombs and oils and bubble bars and massage bars. I don't like lotion or cream.
Favorite scents (both specific notes and perfume blends):
BPAL: GC - Alice, Anubis, Chimera, Dorian, Envy, Morocco, Old Demons of the First Class, SIn
LE - Antique Lace, Callisto (moons of Jupiter), Chokmah, Unseelie, Elf V4, Fetish.Goth, Gemini 2016, Tombeur, Pickled Imp, Ebon Night (TAL), Seduction IX (TAL), Lawn Gnome, De Vos' Unicorn, Snake Charmer (Orig), Bleep Censor, Tintagel
NAVA: Bastet, Eternal Ankh. Viktor Rolf SpiceBomb. Atelier: Vetiver, Vanille Insensee. Lush: Lord of Misrule, Karma.
NOTES: vanilla, lavender, musk (red can be iffy), honey, patchouli, frankincense, myrrh, blackberry, currant, chocolate, pine pitch, oak moss, ambergris and vetiver in small doses
Least favorite scents (both specific notes and perfume blends):
rose, violet, jasmine, lily, cedar, gardenia, ozone. Aquatic and Cold/winter scents are very hit or miss. I hate perfume like Chanel No.5.
Your favorite books/authors/genres: Neil Gaiman. Kelly Sue DeConnick. Warren Ellis. Jacqueline Carey. I love fantasy, horror, scifi, cheesy paranormal smut books, young adult, etc.
Your preferred book format (Kindle ebook, Kobo ebook, paperback, etc.)?: Book (but used books in good condition are loved).
Do you collect anything?: comics, books, Maneki-neko, Pop Funko Figures, Action Figures (mainly from tv shows/movies/comics I love), blurays, clothes, jewellery, Squishables, vintage and new LP's (I like stuff. srsly)
Your favorite fandom(s): : Harry Potter (Hufflepuff represent), Stranger Things (tv show), Labyrinth (movie), Marvel (specifically Captain America/Avengers movies and in comics Captain Marvel and Kate Bishop Hawkeye), Mad Max: Fury Road (movie) and The Flash (TV).
What are your hobbies?: reading, writing, singing, travelling, cooking, movies.
Would you like any supplies for your hobbies?: Spices and kitchen gadgets are always welcome.
What sort of music do you like?: I love all music except for Industrial, techno, country, death metal. I'm here on spotify if you want to see my playlists or bands I've been listening to.
*Are there any holiday albums you're looking forward to?: Nothing new - I own The Nightmare Before Christmas on vinyl and that was my big one. I do love the Grinch though (original cartoon, I hate the Jim Carrey live action debacle)
Do you have VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray?: I have dvd and bluray.
*Does your player of choice have region restrictions?: I'm in North America so region 1 is the norm (I have no idea if my blu ray player can play other regions, I know my PS3 can't)
Is there anywhere that you would like a gift card or online credit for?: Sure! Lush, the Lab or Post, etsy, villainess, sephora.
Things you could always use more of:
Do you wear nail polish?: Yes, but I don't believe you can send it via airmail so it might be out for me being international. I love OPI, BPTP, China Glaze and Orly. All colours except for red and pink and bring on all the sparkles and matte as well as pearl finish.
Would you like makeup?: sure! I love makeup.
*If you would like makeup, what sorts would you prefer?: lip gloss, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, blush, finishing spray, lip balm
*Any favorite makeup brands, colors?: I love urban decay, nars, too faced, benefit, sephora brand, body shop and NYX.
*Any hated/not-preferred makeup brands, colors, or products?: I have really irritable skin and can react to makeup and skin care product. If it's not on my fave list, please don't chance it.
Would you like holiday makeup, body, or nail gift collections (example: Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette or Glazed Apple Treat Box Gift Set from The Body Shop)?:
Sure! I love cranberry from the Body Shop, or Lush's holiday items (Lord of Misrule bathbombs) etc.
Personal clothing style: I love tights, cool pop culture tees (think RIPT), funky scarves, hoodies, yoga bottoms and tops, doc martens, running shoes, drape cardigans, tanks, boyfriend tees, oversized sweaters.
Do you like jewelry?: yes
*If so, what sort?: earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, nose rings - I love jewellery.
*What sizes and/or lengths do you prefer?: 7-8 ring, 7" wrist, 18-22" necklace
Would you enjoy receiving wearables (shirts, socks, shoes, arm/legwarmers, hats, etc.)?: yes
*Sizing on wearables: L-XL for tops, socks/shoes size 9, arm and leg warmers, average?? I wear a med-l in tights and my arms aren't skinny or thick.
Home style: modern with eclectic vintage and antique with pop culture pieces.
Would you appreciate decoratives or art for your home?: sure
*Are there any restrictions (no naked people, no breakables, that kind of thing)?: I have a small place so nothing super big for display or wall hanging and the furbrats are active so the less breakable the better.   Will you be having your birthday during this swap?: no
Would you be open to receiving handmade items?: yes of course (scarves and mittens! boxes for bpal!)
Would you like to be partnered with someone who likes handmade items?: I don't make anything but I could try to? Or try to buy handmade stuff.
Is there anything you definitely do NOT want to receive (things with nudity, profane language, etc.)?: Language is fine (I swear like a sailor) and nudity in a classic sense (old art for example) is fine - but nothing porn derived or cartoon.   Would you like your partner to spoil your S.O./child/cat/dog? What do they like?: It would be appreciated but it's not a requirement (in case you need ideas I have 2 cats and a fiance who stole all my trader joe cookies my switch witch sent me )
Are you comfortable receiving good/like new condition used items?: yes that's fine
What are five inexpensive things you always appreciate receiving? tea and coffee, funky pins (especially ones of my fave fandoms or bpal), lip balm (burt's bees or something handmade from etsy), chocolate, fridge magnets. And dish towels (funky,fun,colourful).   Is there anything we haven't mentioned that you'd like to share with your partner?: THANK YOU SO MUCH! Working retail means the holidays are really stressful and crazy for me. I can't wait to open your presents and look forward to (hopefully) making a new friend.   Please place your wishlists here:
ETSY

BPAL


I love crocheting, it's my favorite hobby. Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!?
YES PLEASE! I love blankets to inifinity and beyond and scarves in Canada are a necessity and I'm unsure what kind of sweater it would be but as long as it was kinda big and oversize (like an XL) I'd love it.

Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying?
I have lots of stuff I'd like to learn but zero time to do so. I'm still hoping to finish knitting a toque I started 5 yrs ago.

When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info?
I am fair and sensitive skinned. I have hazel eyes and naturally brown hair that gets coloured whenever I'm bored (it's currently like autumn right now - red hues and brown tones). I love funky and natural - Urban Decay is my fave line and while I love their Naked palettes, I equally adore my Moondust and Spectrum ones. I'm really in love with Sephora right now. But drugstore brands are cool too! NYX is great.

Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one?
Tiny apartment so no thank you. I love lavender and lilacs the best for flowers. Plus I have this weird thing for pansies. They're just simple and pretty.

How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations?
No thank you.

How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc).
Arm warmers and fingerless gloves, toques and cableknit socks are awesome.

What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try?
Dried fruit is a yes, I love apple leather and sun dried tomatoes are amazing. Jerky is welcome! I love beef and turkey jerky. I love cool mustards and jams.

Would anyone mind bath and body works items? Such as hand sanitizer, lotion, candles, car scents or soap?
I love the aromatherapy line from B&BW. Specifically the Lavender/Vanilla Sleep body wash or the Eucalyptus Tea body wash or the Sensual Black Currant Vanilla Body wash (I like body wash lol). I'm not a fan of anything else really aside from some of their candles, but shipping them to Canada is not cheap.

If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? (everything from prose to the specific selection of notes) :
I adore lavender and vanilla best - but black currant, beeswax, opoponax, benzoin and resins are great things to mix in.

I love drawing! Either fanart chibis on the tablet or portrait work in graphite pencil... but it's been a while..so I'd love to use this as an excuse to draw something for you! If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of?
Oh my gosh that would be great! Either medium is welcome, and I'd love something based on one of my fandoms in my questionnaire (Labyrinth, the Flash, Harry Potter, etc)

Christmas decor this year:
Sigh. I dunno. I'm hoping to get my tree up and I don't ever do a theme or a colour scheme, I love my tree covered in my hallmark ornaments, my old awful wooden ones I've had for years, treasured glass pcs from my fam etc. It's the same with my apartment. There's a lot of mismatched oddities that have special meaning to me, rather than out of a Martha Stewart Christmas magazine. I also have 2 cats so no plants or tinsel.

What's your shoesize? Would you like to receive socks?
Size 9 US and sure! Wool is itchy to me, unless it's merino and I love prints and colors.

I live in The Netherlands but I will visit England soon and might pay a visit to Germany. Anything special from here that you'd like to try?
I love London! Anything UK themed is great. My family is from Lancashire so anything from there would be cool so I can show my Grandpa.

Do you have any interest in Shakespearean swag (insult mugs, play themed lip balms, oodles of other possibilities) or general performing arts related goodies?
No thanks.

What is your favorite Christmas story - be it book, movie, cartoon - and if there are various versions, which is your favorite?
A Christmas Carol is important to me and I actually adore the muppets movie version the best. I try to watch it every year. Also, The Grinch who Stole Christmas (not the terrible Jim Carrey abomination but the Boris Karloff classic cartoon), Rudolph and Garfield's Christmas.

Do you have a preference for numbered packages or random selection?
I like the idea of them being numbered for some reason (but if my Snow Angel would like to leave it random, that's awesome too).

Do you have any external wishlists, Goodreads, or anything else that you might not have listed in your survey?
I have nothing else aside from ThinkGeek (which needs to updated). If my Snow Angel needs that, I'll update asap and email it through a mod. I am on Goodreads but I've not updated that in forever either

For books that are part of a series, do you have a strong preference for whether you receive them in order, assuming that any overarching plot is reasonably easy to pick up on and the main story is self contained?
In order please, I'm weird that way.

I make paper albums and journals. Would you be interested in receiving something like that? Would you like some other type of handmade paper craft?
You can never have too many journals.

I stalked your etsy and noticed you like gemstones in jewellery!
If yes, what's a list of your favorite semi-precious gemstones?
Garnet, moonstone, flourite, alexandrite, emerald, amber, labrodite, onyx.

What animals do you think are considered cute?
Foxes, cats and kittens, Corgi dogs, owls, chickadees, raccoons and otters.

You mentioned scarves in your questionnaire. Are you referring to a chunky thick keep-me-warm-in-a-snowstorm scarf, or a light and lacy could-be-warm-if-I-wound-it-a-hundred-times scarf?
Both are great. I wear indoor scarves for fashion and since I live in the arctic I need warm in snow scarves too.

Are you currently ISO any BPAL new or otherwise? What are your top 10 scents?
Wishlist in my sig but my top 10 scents are: Chokmah, Snake Charmer (original), Dorian, Alice, Fetish.Goth, Pickled Imp, Sin, Morocco, Tintagel and Unseelie.

My ISO's are: Unseelie, Tintagel, Molly Grue, Chokmah, Gemini 2016, Ebon Night (TAL), Callisto (Moons of Jupiter), Tattered Lace and Seduction IX (TAL).



Black Friday will be a thing during this swap, anything you might want that will be on awesome sale?
If anything I've mentioned is on super sale mode sure! We have BF here in Canada but it's nothing to the extant that it is in the US, so I'm unsure if any of the brands I've shown love for go on awesome sale.


How do you feel about sweeteners? Do you prefer sugar, stevia, sucralose, etc.? Anything in particular to avoid?
I only use real honey and real maple syrup, sometimes some agave nectar.

Games:
I am into video games for my 2DS and PS3 but I've already pre-ordered Pokemon Moon. I love Lego games for my PS3 and would love Lego The Force Awakens or Lego Marvel Avengers but only if it was on sale super cheap cause video games are expensive.

Would you be interested in:

- Dried honeycrisp apples - YES!

- Applesauce (with red hots for sweetness and cinnamon) no thanks

- Rose petal liqueur - I was already gifted some of this amazing stuff

- Blackberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, or Peach Jam - Blackberry please

- garlic dill pickles - no thank you (we make some every year from my grandfather's recipe)

- raw honey from bees on our property - yes please!

- Baked or homemade goods (rum balls, spritz cookies, peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, fudge, cranberry bliss bars, chocolate topped toffee, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, princess buttercups, chex mixes, trail mixes, etc.)
I think that baked goods might not always survive a post border crossing. If my Snow Angel is in Canada then I adore peanut butter cookies or marshmallow bars, pumpkin bread and brownies. If you're outside of Canada then chex mix or trail mix or something that might be less likely to get confiscated or have an expiry date.

- handsewn project bags or makeup bags? We do different sizes, some with zippers, some with draw strings. I can get all kinds of fandom type fabric like Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Nightmare Before Christmas, Hello Kitty, Harry Potter, My Little Pony, Star Wars, Mario Brothers, etc. I have some glittery bats, skulls, etc. too.
If you're interested, what size would you like and would you prefer drawstring or zipper
I'd love either type (drawstring or zipper) and I'd love any of my fandoms I mentioned in my sign up.

Cookbooks:
I tend to use the internet instead. I don't have room for cookbooks

To Read list:
I haven't had time lately to read anything which sucks. If my Snow Angel thinks I'd love a book based on my likes, go for it.

If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why?
Narrowing this done to 1 place is hard, but I've alway (since I was like 8) have wanted to see Ireland.

What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of? For example, I always love those silly expandable sponges.
I love toys for my cats (those annoying balls with bells in them are adored by my one cat, the other loves the little furry mice) and pens/sharpies/pencils etc.

Trader Joe's: YES PLEASE!!! TRADER JOE ALL THE THINGS. Seriously, I love cookie butter and cookies and biscotti and omg I wish we had TJ in Canada.


How do you feel about sweeteners? Do you prefer sugar, stevia, sucralose, etc.? Anything in particular to avoid?

sarandipitee

sarandipitee

 

SW Fall 2016 Part 2

Is there anything you would like to get from Japan?

Um......everything?? Seriously, I would love some textiles like silks and embroidered stuff, I covet a new fan (like the ladies in the old days used, fabric over sticks) mightily, I'd die over a Starbucks Japan mug, I love Pocky, seaweed snacks......much more but that's what I think of off the top of my head.....
  My favorite shortbreads are very rich and crumbly ones, not hard and dried. I like plain, vanilla, and lemon

Sock? I adore socks!! I can tell you I am moving away from shortie socks to crew length and knee highs. I just started working with/riding horses again, so a pair or two that are very heavily padded through the foot would be awesome, and can be worn on my motorcycle rides as well!!

I have a Fitbit Alta, sized small, and I just had to order a new strap because my original one broke. I'd love additional straps; I covet mightily the blush leather one that is Fitbit branded, but it's spendy. Etsy has some fun ones, and I'm sure Amazon/Ebay have some too!!!
  Sorry about that darlin'.....when my old laptop died, I lost all of my old files. Trust me, it was a sad moment here when I realized that.......
On Pinterest, I am the deazinn with the rainbow Zebra, the Zebra being the mascot of my rare orphan disease called Ehler Danlos Syndrome/hypermobility type.
On Live Journal, I am dea:underscore;zinn because it hates me.
On Instagram, I am zinndeanna because apparently I already made an account under deazinn, and lost it? And can't find the stinkin' password....

I am currently mostly on Facebook and Ravelry, though I will make a very concerted effort to keep up and answer questions here. Please feel free to poke me, or ask TwilightEyes, Coldie, or damn it the person who sent me the learn to knit kit and the dark snickers and the Dexter knitted lip balm cozy who's name I can't remember!!!!~

VoodooCatWoman it's so good to see you!!!!

Okay, a couple of answers now:   How do you feel about knitted stuff? Love, thanks!!
Fancy? Plain? Either is fine with me

What types of things do you like to wear? knitted shawls, small lap blankets, long long long scarves, especially woven scarves....really, anything! I do have two pair of knitted fingerless gloves that I wear a lot in the cold season.

I'm into beer. How 'bout you? Nope, but I am really intrigued by Mead and would love some samples of different types, the sweeter the better. Same goes for wine, my favorites are ice wines, which I adore. Also wines that are partially fruit nectars.
Styles?
And booze?

How do you feel about caramel? Love soft fluid caramels, chewy ones are really hard on my jaw. Same as gum. No go for my dislocating jaw, thanks!!
Salt or no? either
With chocolate or without? Is this a trick question? Chocolate!!!!

Would you be interested in home made food items? Yes to all of the below.....
- garlic dill pickles
- blackberry jam
- dried honey crisp apples
- applesauce (with or without red hots)
- elderberry syrup (with honey and apple cider vinegar - great for immune boosting)
- honey from our bees
- rose petal liquor (made with our own rose petals and everclear but diluted down a bit so it doesn't knock you over)
- baked goods of your choice, what do you like or dislike? I really don't like fruit in my baked goods, except for cranberries. I love nuts of all kinds, and chocolate.

Would you be interested in project bags/pouches? I love project bags, and really need a couple of larger ones for my never ending blankets.......

And to go along with the previous knitting question...
Are you allergic to any fiber or do you know what kind of yarn you prefer? (merino, merino cashmere, merino cashmere silk, 100% silk, 100% cashmere, merino nylon, BFL, BFL silk, etc. Or do you like acrylic?) All of the above. I especially adore angora yarn, but it's spendy and hard to find. I love silk, cashmere, alpaca. I don't like mohair. All kinds of wool are fine. I love knitting with cotton. Acrylic is okay if it's really soft.....there's a couple I like and I will find them and post them here if needed. I also bead my knitting, and can use 6/0 beads, preferably Japanese brands (they are the best) and I really like ones that glimmer, glitter and shine.....
9/14/16:

What are you interested in from the recent BPAL and BPTP updates? (Lilith, Lunacy, etc.) I'll get back to this one.....

Would you like hibiscus seeds? Yes!!



deazinn

deazinn

 

SW Fall 2016 Part 1

Witchee, would you like (would you wear?) a long wrap choker?
here's a random image of one I found on google: https://cdn.shopify....pg?v=1472662396

The one I would make for you would be done with pretty glass and/or semi precious stone beads. I can do any colors you choose, and I can use mostly tiny seed beads or chunkier beads or a combination of the two. So...what say you???

I vote yes please!!!!
  I only like Chocolate Pocky.......not any of the other flavors. With or without nuts is fine!

I also like low sodium jerkies.....started eating them as snacks with my finicky tummy!!


The Hierophant meads sound good....but I'm with Twi. I don't like beer, or hops. My favorite wine in the world is Ice Wine, with a very fruity slightly sweet sangria being the second. Even rieslings can be too dry for me.

Having said that, mead really intrigues me, and I'd love to try it.

Just so my Witch knows, I'm very intrigued by the Halloween Atmo Spray THE ACTOR ICHUMURA MEETING A CAT GHOST ATMOSPHERE SPRAY.
  Yep, I can provide Twi's old address no problem, and I'm open to minioning her, and a couple of others! I have addresses for some of my GUSPers.

Since we've lost Fabienne, if my witch can get their hands on: Girls Love Vanilla, Madame X or Gingerbread Whorehouse, I would be over the top excited!! I've never stored her perfumes, so I have no idea how they age. Anyone here know??

I got back from the doc's a little bit ago.....I apparently bruised my xiphoid process at the end of my sternum.....and, I have a sinus infection! Bleah!!

Thank you so much my beloved Witchee for the ecard and the sentiment! I actually have brownies and fudge both coming now, from my knitter friends in Ravelry and also GUSP'ers on Facebook. I think I'm good.

I also wanted to mention that I'm in a Tea Swap with my knitter group Ravelry, so please don't be sending me tea! I also still have some of my beloved apple Chai from last year. Oh! But, if it's out before the round ends, I do absolutely love the Stash Christmas Eve tea, and a box or two of that would be warmly appreciated. The mint in it helps my tummy, which is an added bonus, so I'm drinking a lot of it!!!

Brownies, the fudge kind, would not be turned away

I like flavor without a lot of heat.......the mild smoked chipotle and the smoked sweet cayenne sound really good. Nothing really over medium in the spice range as hubs is a super taster and can't handle any level of spice.

BDSM/Erotica; sure, I'm up for anything? With my illnesses and wonky energy levels because of them and the meds I take, I'm really hit or miss in the bed, and as I'm pretty visual, that would be fun and spicy for me. I very much tend towards the submissive to my much more dominant husband.

Weenies and NYCC scents.....I'm still pondering. Just got the holiday Lush catalog - some winners in there!!!
I'd really love some thick warm soft socks....not slipper socks though, the jellies on the bottom wig me anymore. I wear a Youth 4 size shoe, so adult size socks tend to be kinda big on me unless they are specifically for the smaller women's sizes.

I'm really into leggings right now, and they tell me that Walmart has some gorgeous fleece lined ones for under $8......I wear solid tops so pretty much any print on the bottom would work, and roses, skulls, sugar skulls, fall leaves would all work. I'm a solid 12 in pants right now, and don't want them skin tight. I have those already

I adore the Bee Folks, and get their honey on a regular basis. I am on my last jar of Cranberry Honey and would love a jar or two! It's my very top favorite and I go through 6-7 jars a year on average.

deazinn

deazinn

 

SW Fall 2016 - ThinkGeek things I love!

Think Geek? Oh bloody hell......I'm off to make a list! And here goes.....

Path to Polaris bracelet
R2D2 car charger
Star Wars planet glassware
Millenium Falcon hot/cold mug
R2D2 Power Station
Maurader's Map scarf
Firefly playing cards
Alice in Wonderland Pocket Watch scarf (I really heart this!!)
Dragonfly Gear Necklace
Walking Dead cuff me bracelet

Okay, that's all the sale stuff. As an aside, I need a 2017 calendar. I wanted to buy myself the Pinups and Pitbulls one, but with my overdraft situation, I have no monies......
Other fandoms for a cool calendar would be Firefly, Orphan Black, pitbulls in general, Monet, and anything by Michael Whedon.

deazinn

deazinn

 

12 Days of Christmas Swap 2016

Do you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, and if so would you like handmade firestarters or scenting bundles to throw on it? (think bundles of apple wood chips and cinnamon bark, or little wax/herb/paper bundles with a wick)
No I don't.

If you said you liked candles/melts/incense/etc., what are your favorite scents for such things?
I'm up for anything! Similar to my perfume note likes
Do you like to cook and would you be interested in cookbooks? If so, what kind?
Gluten free. Anything cool
Do you like games (board/card), and if so what kind and for how many players?
Not really

Would you be interested in:

- Dried honeycrisp apples No. Don't think customs would approve :-)

- Applesauce (with red hots for sweetness and cinnamon) No. As above

- Rose petal liqueur Sound intriguing

- Blackberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, or Peach Jam No thanks

- garlic dill pickles I would but again customs and probably a pain to ship internationally

- raw honey from bees on our property No, thanks

- Baked or homemade goods (rum balls, spritz cookies, peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, fudge, cranberry bliss bars, chocolate topped toffee, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, princess buttercups, chex mixes, trail mixes, etc.)
Feel free to request a certain type of favorite thing you like. I have a food handlers license and I will make sure everything is very sterile, I am ultra virgo about cleanliness. I will avoid allergens like the plague if you are allergic to certain things. I can do gluten free baked things and/or we could do sugar free if that is a must.
No thanks - as per customs comment above

- handsewn project bags or makeup bags? We do different sizes, some with zippers, some with draw strings. I can get all kinds of fandom type fabric like Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Nightmare Before Christmas, Hello Kitty, Harry Potter, My Little Pony, Star Wars, Mario Brothers, etc. I have some glittery bats, skulls, etc. too.
No thanks


- yarn, roving, batts, fiber? I have a LOT of really nice "farty" or "snobby" yarn in semi-solids, self striping, and gradients. Or I can make batts with our drum carder. I have roving and wool too if you spin. Or I have some handspun yarn in different colors/weights as well.
No thanks
- any cross stitch items like a small wall hanging or bookmark? I'm learning cross stitch and might be able to get a project done. I'm hip with inappropriate phrases... Sure!

- if you said you'd want a knitted item, are there any particular favorite patterns you'd like -
pinterest?
ravelry bundle? No knitted things. I wear short and t-shirts most of the year in tropical Queensland
  Bath and Body works? Always keen for anything. Am always in need of good body butters

I'm going to San Diego next week. Are there any souvenirs from there you'd like? How about any little souvenirs in general that you appreciate receiving?
Sure. If you like

What's your shoesize? Would you like to receive socks? 8 mans and always need socks

Stuff from The Netherlands, England, Germany, etc.:
Absolutely

Office supplies:
Sure. I love stationary

Spicy, cheesy, or sour snacks:
Yep

Would you like cooking ingredients, mixes, spices, oils, gadgets, etc.:
Yes I would

Soaps or bath gel?
Soap absolutely. I make my own but am about to run out

Candles, wax melts, incense?
Absolutely

Jewelry preferences:
Silver/silver-toned, or copper/bronze (I don't have any allergies or sensitivities).

Sweeteners:
No thanks.

Handmade items & homemade food:
Yes but nothing likely to get customs freaked out

Licorice?
Love liquorice

Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? If not, would you want some of their famous delicious treats? (Cookie butter - original or pumpkin spice!, sweet plantain chips, chocolate covered potato chips, etc)
Trader Joes doesn't exist here. If you want to, then sure

Do you have any interest in Shakespearean swag (insult mugs, play themed lip balms, oodles of other possibilities) or general performing arts related goodies?
Yes
What is your favorite Christmas story - be it book, movie, cartoon - and if there are various versions, which is your favorite? I don't have one!

Do you have a preference for numbered packages or random selection? Numbered!

Do you have any external wishlists, Goodreads, or anything else that you might not have listed in your survey? No I don't but I am always interested in learning about new authors.


For books that are part of a series, do you have a strong preference for whether you receive them in order, assuming that any overarching plot is reasonably easy to pick up on and the main story is self contained?
In order


what kind of collector are you? And do you have a log or a list somewhere away from the forum of the things you love, hate or already own?
Other than perfume, not anymore. Am keeping my possessions light in case I move city/country again

Christmas decor?
I haven't decorated for Xmas in years as I live alone but I love Christmas decorations

When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info?
NA

Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying?
I am in a craft free zone at the moment. Was making jewellery a while ago

I love crocheting, it's my favorite hobby. Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!?

I would if I live in a cold place but most of the year here is sticky and warm/hot

How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc).

Socks are OK for the few days of the year that get coldish or when I visit my family in New Zealand

How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations?

I am OK with them


What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try?

Nothing that wouldn't get through customs. Prefer savoury snacks but also love chocolate


If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why?
Wouldn't mind visiting Europe. Always love going to the US.

What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of?
Don't really frequent them

Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one?
I am a keen gardener and orchid grower but no plant/organic material, please.
Favourite flowers to look at touch: Orchids, Tall bearded irises, daffodils

Favourite flowers to sniff: Freesia, daphne

If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? (everything from prose to the specific selection of notes)
A custom blend would probably be patchouli, vanilla, frangipani, rum

I love drawing! Either fanart chibis on the tablet or portrait work in graphite pencil... but it's been a while..so I'd love to use this as an excuse to draw something for you! If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of?

Digital. Not entirely sure but I am sure it would be great!

galahad

galahad

 

12 Days of Christmas Swap!

I love crocheting, it's my favorite hobby. Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!?
I also crochet, so I would LOVE to have something someone else made for me!

Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying?
I am interested in learning how to make amigurumi, so patterns or supplies for that would be great.

When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info?
Fair and dry skin, auburn hair, green/hazel eyes. Style casual – whatever’s easy lol! Not so much into makeup for everyday, but I am currently lusting after one of these: https://www.stagemakeuponline.com/02-ST3/Ben-Nye-Silicone-Tool.html?ref=%2Fsearch%3Fdepartment%3Dbeauty+tools%3Abrushes+and+applicators

Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one?
I am too busy to remember to take care of indoor plants, so they tend to die. I do have an herb garden outside – I much prefer to use fresh herbs for cooking whenever possible. Favorite flower is a Sterling Silver rose. Not so much for the color, although it is pretty, but because they smell like I think roses are supposed to smell. Unfortunately, my Sterling Silver plant died, and I haven’t yet replaced it.

How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations?
Love them!

How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc).
Knit socks are awesome! I have to wear rubber boots a lot in the winter and I am always needing warm socks to wear in them! I love fingerless gloves. My ears get cold easily also, so ear warmers or ear muffs are always appreciated!

What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try?
Other than dried cranberries, which I adore, I am not really a fan of dried fruit or vegetables.
Love raw honey, and especially honeycomb!
Jerky is great, I don’t eat beef, but my kids and husband do, so pretty much anything is fine.
Love all kinds of jam. I had a bacon-pepper jam recently that was amazing!
I also live in the PNW, but anything that is local to you I would enjoy trying!


Would anyone mind bath and body works items? Such as hand sanitizer, lotion, candles, car scents or soap?
I can always use travel-sized lotions, my hands tend to dry out in the winter. I also go through a LOT of hand-sanitzers for my work. Something fairly neutral scented or vanilla is perfect, so it doesn’t clash with the BPAL I am wearing that day.

Any Lush showergel (or other product) you'd like to try?
I have never tried Lush, so that could be fun. I don’t use shower gel though, just soap.

If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? (everything from prose to the specific selection of notes) :
I was so lucky that my Witch in this round of Switch Witch actually had my dream scent custom-blended for me!

I love drawing! Either fanart chibis on the tablet or portrait work in graphite pencil... but it's been a while..so I'd love to use this as an excuse to draw something for you! If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of?
I am not a big fan of the chibi style. A pencil sketch of my horse would be cool to put up in my office. Or tropical fish – especially Clown Trigger, Mandarinfish or Moorish Idol.

Christmas decor this year:
Traditional/Victorian as usual. I’m so boring that way!

What's your shoesize? Would you like to receive socks?
Shoe size is 8-8 ½. I always appreciate socks, especially fun ones!

I live in The Netherlands but I will visit England soon and might pay a visit to Germany. Anything special from here that you'd like to try?
I don’t know much at all about The Netherlands, anything regional is always a lot of fun to receive. Tea and Cadbury’s from England is wonderful too, the ones they send here are just not the same.

Do you have any interest in Shakespearean swag (insult mugs, play themed lip balms, oodles of other possibilities) or general performing arts related goodies?
We are BIG Shakespeare fans in my house! Anything above would be awesome. We are also very involved in theatre locally – I am currently directing a production of Noises Off which opens in January and my husband is in a production of Other Desert Cities which opens this Friday.

What is your favorite Christmas story - be it book, movie, cartoon - and if there are various versions, which is your favorite?
The Polar Express, both the movie and the book.

Do you have a preference for numbered packages or random selection?
No preference, whatever my Snow Angel wants to do is fine by me!

Do you have any external wishlists, Goodreads, or anything else that you might not have listed in your survey?
All of my wishlists are in my survey.

For books that are part of a series, do you have a strong preference for whether you receive them in order, assuming that any overarching plot is reasonably easy to pick up on and the main story is self contained?
I am a little bit compulsive about reading things in order. I’m the same way with television series.

Do you like Steampunk? Would you be interested in any jewelry inspired by steampunk?
I do like Steampunk. Either earrings or hair ornaments would be most likely to be used frequently.

I make paper albums and journals. Would you be interested in receiving something like that? Would you like some other type of handmade paper craft?
I don’t keep a journal, so that would not get much use from me. Notepads however, are always appreciated.

Do you like licorice or would you like to try it? Would you prefer salt or sweet?
I love licorice! I tried the salted once, which was enough to learn that it is not for me. Sweet please!

BPAL wishlist updated?
Yes!

Do you like office supplies like pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, etc?
Yes to all the things!

How do you feel about spicy, cheesy, or sour snacks?
Love spicy, cheesy and sweet. Honestly, if I could live on cheese, I would.

Would you like any cook-able mixes like for soup or baked goods, cooking ingredients like spices, sugars, salts, oils, or cooking gadgets?
If it were homemade, I would use baking mixes. I’m kind of a soup snob, so I make all my soups from scratch, using fresh ingredients. I love getting spices, salts and oils! My kitchen is already stuffed to the gills with kitchen gadgets, lol!

Would you prefer bar soaps or bath gel?
Bar soaps, please.

Candles, wax melts, or incense - yea or nay?
Yea on candles, nay on the others. My husband is very sensitive to scents, so nothing too heavily scented is allowed. He does like lavender and I adore vanilla.

How do you feel about sweeteners? Do you prefer sugar, stevia, sucralose, etc.? Anything in particular to avoid?
I prefer sugar.

Would you be interested in:
- Dried honeycrisp apples Yes
- Applesauce (with red hots for sweetness and cinnamon) Yes
- Rose petal liqueur I WOULD LOVE THIS WITH A PASSION! Or even a recipe to make it myself!
- Blackberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, or Peach Jam Not so much on the peach, although my husband would love it. We all love blackberry, but I am the only one in the house who likes rhubarb.
- Baked or homemade goods (rum balls, spritz cookies, peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, fudge, cranberry bliss bars, chocolate topped toffee, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, princess buttercups, chex mixes, trail mixes, etc.) Feel free to request a certain type of favorite thing you like. I have a food handlers license and I will make sure everything is very sterile, I am ultra virgo about cleanliness. I will avoid allergens like the plague if you are allergic to certain things. I can do gluten free baked things and/or we could do sugar free if that is a must.Yes to all, especially: rum balls, fudge, cranberry bliss bars, chocolate topped toffee
- handsewn project bags or makeup bags? We do different sizes, some with zippers, some with draw strings. I could use a nice zippered bag to hold crochet projects.
- yarn, roving, batts, fiber? Yarn for crochet would be great!
- any cross stitch items like a small wall hanging or bookmark? No, thank you.
- if you said you'd want a knitted item, are there any particular favorite patterns you'd like? No preference.

If you said you liked candles/incense/etc., what are your favorite scents for such things?
Vanilla or lavender.

Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? If not, would you want some of their famous delicious treats? (Cookie butter - original or pumpkin spice!, sweet plantain chips, chocolate covered potato chips, etc)
I do have a TJ’s near me. I have never tried cookie butter, which I understand is heresy.

If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why?
So many places! I’ve been lucky to get to go to many wonderful places around the world already. I would love to go to Ireland someday. A large part of my heritage is from there, and it looks like such a beautiful place.

What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of? For example, I always love those silly expandable sponges.
I almost never shop in dollar stores, so I don’t even know what might be an option.

Do you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, and if so would you like handmade firestarters or scenting bundles to throw on it? (think bundles of apple wood chips and cinnamon bark, or little wax/herb/paper bundles with a wick)
No functional fireplaces or pits here. We do have an outdoor gas grill, so wood chips for smoking might be fun.

Thinking about your package arriving and unwrapping, would you prefer more foody items or more non-foody things?
A mix, I guess. Whatever my Snow Angel wants to send me will be loved.

Name a handful of things you would LOVE to see in your 12 Days gifts!
I could actually use some stitch markers, since I am getting back into crochet and I don't have any.

Do you like to cook and would you be interested in cookbooks? If so, what kind?
I kind of collect cookbooks, especially really old ones - I enjoy reading about ancient and historical recipes. I kind of have my eye on Alton Brown's recent book, Everyday Cook. And I always love getting personal recipes - holiday cookies or slow cooker recipes especially.

Do you like games (board/card), and if so what kind and for how many players?
My husband isn't a big fan of games, and Avery takes after him. Two player games for me and Antonio would be awesome, so we can have fun without those two party poopers!

What animals do you think are considered cute?
Horses, cats, otters, foxes (especially fennec foxes), seals, dolphins

Would you like to receive a photography print? My pictures are mainly of animals or landscapes. What would you prefer? Any favourite animals you'd like to receive a picture of? Would you also like to receive postcards? You can view some of my pictures on http://www.by-ellen.com
Those are so beautiful! I love the foxes, and the landscapes, though I prefer the ones without human structures in them.   What are your most wanted BPALs?
I have been so lucky recently to get a lot of the ones I was most keen on. I have a possible swap pending for some Stekk, which I would love to get my paws on. Yellow Pumpkin Floss and Reapers Gonna Reap, which I have been holding off ordering until the next update. In the realm of "in your dreams!" I'd love some Macabray or The Unicorn.


Wench457

Wench457

 

12 Days of Christmas Swap Questions (TOP UPDATED FOR 2017)

Updated 11/8/17

These are in order form when they were posted in the group! If it's too weird let me know and I'll switch it around.

Are you coveting anything currently available from Haus of Gloi?
I'm looking at the sugar scrubs! Anything in Egnoggin', mama's porridge, turkish delight, and winter divinity sound so amazing from the yule drop.
Also will take the above in lip balms and I'm looking at the candles too!

Are you coveting anything from the Paintbox Soapworks update that just happened?
Anything foodie in their scrubs.


Are you coveting anything from Cocoa Pink?
I'm cocoa pink'd out right now haha. I mean I'll take anything foodie, but I've ordered a lot from them recently.
Do you have feelings about fruitcake? We're talking whiskey soaked homemade fruitcake, not a brick in a festive tin?
YESSSSS. FRUITCAKE ME.

Any strong nail polish and/or makeup preferences?
Anything super pretty and bright for the nail polish, I'll wear just about anything in this realm. I kind of only wear glitter (like the loose glitter) and lipstick for the make up section! I mean I keep my skin clean, but make up? ehhhhhhh. *lazy*

How do you feel about pomanders?
I didn't know what these were! They're SO cute so yes!

How do you feel about savor soaps? https://www.etsy.com/shop/savor
A big YES to all of this! Anything sweet foodie -- I'll try anything from here. I always try a store once haha.

Or Perfectly Posh?

http://www.perfectly.../?cgid=products
Nothing really FLIES out at me, but! I also won't say no to them either. There's some intriguing stuff on here, but it's kind of overwhelming to my sleep deprived self.

Favorite animals?
Wolves! Foxes! Ravens! Dogs! (Yes they need the exclamation point behind each of them).

Weird question, but it's on my mind: Do you have a strong preference for consumables (soaps, candles, food, etc.) over other stuff?
I don't really have any preference! I enjoy noms during the holiday season

Would you be interested in one of the Colorpop pallets?
If so, which one would you LOVE to have?
Anything else from Colorpop?
https://colourpop.co...=manual&filter=
The pony palette is adorable! Nothing else is really catching my eye right now though.


Would you like any holiday music? if so, do you prefer a CD or MP3?
Right now I prefer MP3s! I don't really listen to too much holiday music, but I don't mind listening to it. I go through spotify for everything now though!

Do you like toffee or fudge?
BOTH.

Are you interested in anything from my etsy shop? https://www.etsy.com...winklentwilight (bags, stuffies, hats, fingerless mitts, lefse cozies...)
I love all of your stuff, Miss Shari! Especially the fingerless mitts. I hate having my fingers trapped.

What kind of hot drinks do you like, and if tea or coffee or cocoa or cider or alcohol, give specifics?
Sweet teas (like super fruity teas), I don't like the herbal teas at all or anything moderately bitter. Same idea for cider and alcohol nothing super bitter, as sweet as it can come. Cocoa is a love every time. And I hate coffee.

What kind of candles do you like, scent, etc?
I'm not a HUGE fan of candles, so please don't get me too many! but I like the foodie ones ~~

Mixes or seasonings for the kitchen?
Mmmm, surprise me? I'll use it if I get it, but nothing comes to mind right now.

What is something new in your life that you wish you had more "things" for?
o_o Time?!
Nah, my projects vary so much so it's hard to predict.

We do a lot of baking and holiday good ridiculousness around here...house specialties include lebkuchen (flourless, they're mostly nuts, spices, candied fruit), marzipan, butter caramels (flavored or plain), shortbread crisps, and savory cheese shortbread. Any of these sound appealing?
All of these sound AMAZING. Please send them all my way even if you're not my person haha.

Do you have a strong preference for numbered packages vs randomly picking with maybe a few hints along the way?
I like numbered packages! I don't mind random, but numbered packages give me a sense of direction and hopefully I won't spoil anything along the way haha.

Are you jonesing for any particular BPAL right now? Anything you are just dying to try, even just a sniffie?
Nothing in particular that isn't already on my wishlist. Anything foodie! Blackcurrant sufganiyot and frostbitten dorian are ones that I'm keeping my eye on for reviews though.

How do you feel about the following flavors/ingredients:
Coconut? anything in coconut!
Mint? I'm not a huge mint fan, but anything choco-mint can't go wrong.
Lavender? ehhhhhhhhhh.
Rosewater? Second one for the ehhhhhhh group, but not as eh as lavender if that makes sense.
Cardamom? I have no strong feelings for or against cardamom.
Candied citrus peel/marmalade? Yes please! I love the citrus everything.
Anything to absolutely avoid? Anise. Bleck.

Would you like anything crafted for the storage or transport of the BPAL? (Travel imp containers, boxes for 5mls, bottle cozy, etc.) If so, do you prefer them to be plain or decorated? If decorated, are there any motifs or art that you'd particularly like?
I would love one! Decorated would be best, and anything from my favorite animals or maybe a skull? Gothic!
Keep going for my 2016 answers! I'll leave them here in case they help anyone. <3

Updated: 11/23/16

I love crocheting, it's my favorite hobby. Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!?

I adore crochet and handmade items! My favorite would definitely be a scarf/cowl or a lap blanket; my dogs tend to ruin sweaters with their rough paws and nails.

How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc).

I actually hate knit socks! I can never wear them for more than 5 minutes. Though everything else is fair game.

How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations?

AMIGURUMI!! ALL OF THESE!! I am TERRIBLE at making these, but I would love to collect them! And yes fandom based would be AWESOME! (Pokémon, adventure time, nightmare before Christmas, doctor who and so on? YES!)


What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try?

They all sound appealing! I've got no food allergies, so I will try anything at least once. * I'm unhelpful*


If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why?
I've always wanted to go to Japan! I think it'd be amazing to go there, do the tourist thing of exploring the sites, squealing over anime and just learning history and a little of the language would be amazing. Also South Korea is super appealing; I'm a recent re-convert into the Kpop scene so I'm eating it all up right now and a friend of mine would love for me to go with her one year. Maybe?!

On the other hand I also have always wanted to go to Scottland/ Ireland/ England. I think it'd be wonderful to do a month long tour of all the cities, go shopping and just zip around and (again) learn about the local history and customs! I know I was only supposed to do ONE but there's so much of the world that I haven't seen that it's way too hard to choose just one!

What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of?
Dollar stores! I always love going to see what new trinkets they have, nothing in particular. I definitely use the dog toys they have there; I don't feel as bad when my beasts destroy them.

Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one?

I'm a plant murderer but I adore plants; I tend to stick to hardier things such as succulents. They seem to be okay with my neglect. My favorite flower is the rose, but I've killed so many I don't want to grow them anymore! I also love venus fly traps, but not *quite* a flower. OH! And Birds of paradise! Literally my favorite flower in the entire world; they're not very smelly but they're gorgeous.

Favourite flowers to look at touch: Birds of paradise! I always take a ton of pictures when I pass them at longwood.
Favourite flowers to sniff: Jasmine, roses, cherry blossoms, angel's trumpets and sometimes daffodils.
If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? (everything from prose to the specific selection of notes)

A custom blend would probably be a different, sweeter version that involves Dragon's blood in some way. I would like maybe a Smaug based perfume too! that would be AMAZING. (like of perfumes based on dragons from old books; the most famous ones!)

I love drawing! Either fanart chibis on the tablet or portrait work in graphite pencil... but it's been a while..so I'd love to use this as an excuse to draw something for you! If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of?

Most likely traditional of mythological creatures! Or maybe animal chibis?! I love hanging pictures of animals everywhere. (My future fursona will be a Wolf/Dragon hybrid if you want to have fun with that one.)

what kind of collector are you? And do you have a log or a list somewhere away from the forum of the things you love, hate or already own?

I collect randomly. I don't really complete collections unless it's only a few items I need to collect. Or if it's a book series I can see myself reading over and over again in the future. If I don't feel like I'm going to reread it then I normally don't buy it as a rule. (But its happened where I've ignored this rule). See my pinterest, facebook and goodreads for ideas on what I like. See below for pinterest, I'll be posting my goodreads on my sig.

https://www.pinteres...racosilverwolf/


When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info?

I'm . .. medium tone? The only think I really use is special effects make-up, eye shadow and lipstick. FUNKY. As funktastic as possible.


Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying?

I'm open to a lot of things! Try me! Or see my pinterest link above for ideas.


Would anyone mind bath and body works items? Such as hand sanitizer, lotion, candles, car scents or soap?

I like it! Especially the hand sanitizers-- i use them at work.

Any Lush showergel (or other product) you'd like to try?

I love me some Lush! Currently have a GIANT bottle of happy hippie so I'm good on that.

Do you like licorice or would you like to try it? Would you prefer salt or sweet?

Sorry I can't stand licorice.

I live in The Netherlands but I will visit England soon and might pay a visit to Germany. Anything special from here that you'd like to try?

Oooh! Anything interesting!

BPAL wishlist updated?

None created so far, but I'm going to try to create one soon!

Do you like office supplies like pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, etc?

Yes! But stick to black ink for pens. I can't really use any other color.

How do you feel about spicy, cheesy, or sour snacks?

Ooh any snacks are good! Maybe not something super spicy, but light spice is good. (Can't handle the spice!)

Would you like any cook-able mixes like for soup or baked goods, cooking ingredients like spices, sugars, salts, oils, or cooking gadgets?

Sure! Again, I'm open to anything. The stuff I have I use through it so It doesn't matter if I have extra.

Candles, wax melts, or incense - yea or nay?

Yea to all three. I don't really use candles that much so I'm not *super* interested, but I don't mind getting them.

How do you feel about sweeteners? Do you prefer sugar, stevia, sucralose, etc.? Anything in particular to avoid?

Regular sugar is fine. I'm sensitive to the fake stuff.

Would you be interested in:
- Dried honeycrisp apples YES!!
- Applesauce (with red hots for sweetness and cinnamon) Yes? I'm intrigued by the red hots.
- Rose petal liqueur Oooh sounds good!
- Blackberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, or Peach Jam All of these!
- Baked or homemade goods (rum balls, spritz cookies, fudge cranberry bliss bars, chocolate topped toffee, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, princess buttercups, chex mixes, trail mixes, etc.) Feel free to request a certain type of favorite thing you like. I have a food handlers license and I will make sure everything is very sterile, I am ultra virgo about cleanliness. I will avoid allergens like the plague if you are allergic to certain things. I can do gluten free baked things and/or we could do sugar free if that is a must.
Ooh I'm game for anything in this list. I have no food allergies so go for it.
- handsewn project bags or makeup bags? We do different sizes, some with zippers, some with draw strings. I can get all kinds of fandom type fabric like Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Nightmare Before Christmas, Hello Kitty, Harry Potter, My Little Pony, Star Wars, Mario Brothers, etc. I have some glittery bats, skulls, etc. too. If you're interested, what size would you like and would you prefer drawstring or zipper? What colors/theme? (most things that are on jo-anns web site, we can get locally.) Surprise me! I have no preference.
- yarn, roving, batts, fiber? I have a LOT of really nice "farty" or "snobby" yarn in semi-solids, self striping, and gradients. Or I can make batts with our drum carder. I have roving and wool too if you spin. Or I have some handspun yarn in different colors/weights as well. Oooh?? Sounds interesting!
- any cross stitch items like a small wall hanging or bookmark? I'm learning cross stitch and might be able to get a project done. I'm hip with inappropriate phrases... Book marks! Ahh!
- if you said you'd want a knitted item, are there any particular favorite patterns you'd like - pinterest? ravelry bundle? How about favorite colors for whatever you'd like? See my pinterest link above

If you said you liked candles/incense/etc., what are your favorite scents for such things?

I really like sweet scents for melts and candles, dragons blood for incense are my FAVORITES. But I won't say no to anything else.

Do you have any interest in Shakespearean swag (insult mugs, play themed lip balms, oodles of other possibilities) or general performing arts related goodies?

If it's related to musicals I'll be ALL OVER those things.

What is your favorite Christmas story - be it book, movie, cartoon - and if there are various versions, which is your favorite?

Nightmare Before Christmas!

Do you have a preference for numbered packages or random selection?

I have no preference.

Do you have any external wishlists, Goodreads, or anything else that you might not have listed in your survey?

I'll be posting my info momentarily in my signature.

For books that are part of a series, do you have a strong preference for whether you receive them in order, assuming that any overarching plot is reasonably easy to pick up on and the main story is self contained?

MUST BE IN ORDER!! I get upset when I read them out of order, or even if I TRY to read them out of order.

Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? If not, would you want some of their famous delicious treats? (Cookie butter - original or pumpkin spice!, sweet plantain chips, chocolate covered potato chips, etc)

I have one about 5 minutes away from my house. I love their goodies, so I wouldn't say no to them.

What's your shoesize? Would you like to receive socks?

US 9-9.5, and I love some socks.

Do you like Steampunk? Would you be interested in any jewelry inspired by steampunk?

Yes x1000! I'm in the process of designing an outfit, so if it goes along with BPTP's clocket, all the better.

Christmas decor?
I love christmassy stuff! My favorite type of ornament are those based off of disney characters or animals.

Jewellery?
Of course! I dislike rings because I always lose them, but anything else i adore.

Are you currently ISO any BPAL new or otherwise? What are your top 10 scents?

See my wishlist for any ISOs!
And top ten is HARD. I'm going to split them into GC, LEs and BPTP. (they are in no particular order, just whenever I think of them).

GC:
Dorian
Dragon's Blood
Dragon's Milk
Snake Oil
Bon Vivant
Baobhan Sith
Chokecherry Honey
Bliss
Lemon Scented Sticky Bat
Sherlock Holmes

D/C'd GC:
Black Opal
Antique Lace

LE:
Bitches Love Unicorns
Vamp Goth
Gothabilly
Thomas Sharpe
Theodosius the legerdemain
Pip
Velvet Pink Kitty
King Mandarin SN
Sanguinem Menstruum
Snake Charmer Res.

BPTP:
Pink Wig Spray
Dorian HG
Snake Charmer HG
Peach Pulped Frankincense HG
Peach and strawberry pulp B.O.
Snake Oil HG / B.O.
Boo HG
Blueberry Cream Pie HG/ Atmos
Chastity with the Unicorn HG
Sharing the Cake HG
Velvet Pink Kitty Hg
(Shhh, I know that's 11, I just can't decide)

Black Friday will be a thing during this swap, anything you might want that will be on awesome sale?
I'm not sure?! I need to look at flyers!

Do you like to cook and would you be interested in cookbooks? If so, what kind?
I don't have much time to cook, but I ADORE cooking when I can. Asian style cookbooks are always welcome, maybe some healthier ones? (Like lets stay away from the Guy Fieri cookbooks).

Do you like games (board/card), and if so what kind and for how many players?
I can always do with a pack of playing cards with a fun design on the back. Cards against humanity? Things like that.

If you have a Goodreads "to read" list, are those mostly books that you do not have and would like copies of, or are those mostly books that you already have piled on your shelves/lurking in your e-reader?

Mine are all things I've picked up from Goodreads itself, so 99.9% of them are ones I don't have! If you're my snow angel, you can get a friend to PM me any book questions! I am NOT picky though.

If you said you liked candles/melts/incense/etc., what are your favorite scents for such things?
Foodie! All foodie melts! I'm new to Supertarts but I'm loving looking at almost all of their clams. So lovely. Incense I can't do because people in my household are allergic and candles I can't be trusted with.

Do you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, and if so would you like handmade firestarters or scenting bundles to throw on it? (think bundles of apple wood chips and cinnamon bark, or little wax/herb/paper bundles with a wick)
Woah that's so cool! Definitely! I have both fireplace and a fire pit.

You mentioned scarves in your questionnaire. Are you referring to a chunky thick keep-me-warm-in-a-snowstorm scarf, or a light and lacy could-be-warm-if-I-wound-it-a-hundred-times scarf?
Both, either?! Depends on my outfit.

Would you like to receive a photography print? My pictures are mainly of animals or landscapes. What would you prefer? Any favourite animals you'd like to receive a picture of? Would you also like to receive postcards? You can view some of my pictures on http://www.by-ellen.com

Wow how beautiful! I would love them. I have pictures and posters packed on my walls, but I always rotate.

What are your most wanted BPAL's?
Ahahaha. That's a lot;
Chokecherry Honey**
Rivet Goth*
Cake Smash**
The Vine**
Blood Popsicle*
Wezwanie*
Red Lace
Aizen Myoo **
The Phantom Calliope *
The Harp of Cnoc Ichosgar *
Picture Book and Pleasure Toys *
Slippery Poppy Ticture
Crypt Queen
Titania
Menacing Ionosperic Research Instrument
Milk Chocolate and Matcha Green Tea Ganache Truffle
Eight Views of Actors in their Dressing Rooms
Silver Phoenix
Philomneides
Lilith *
Snow Bunny
The Bride*
Midwinter’s Eve **
Nahemoth *
Sticky Eyeballs and Floppy Entrails
Strawberry Sufganiyot ***
Venus Verticordia
Peach IX*
Flowers cleave apart*
There is a garden in her face*
Peach VIII **
Lustration (Panacea)
Under the Mosquito Netting
Tiki King***
Tiki Queen ***

* denotes desire, and if there's anything foodie, jasmine-y or generally floral. Honestly I'll try anything at least once.

1) Thinking about your package arriving and unwrapping, would you prefer more foody items or more non-foody things?
I'd like a mix, but I have no real preference. I won't be disappointed if I get more of one than the other.


2) Name a handful of things you would LOVE to see in your 12 Days gifts!

New scents, tarts and things! does NOT have to be BPAL, but I love trying new things and expanding my scent profile. Other than that I'd be thrilled with whatever my snow flake picks up for me.

If I were go get my shit together to actually bake before December 7, would you have any interest in fruitcake?
Yes! As long as it's home baked, it's LOVELY.


If I were still feeling the alcoholic spirit and decided to make boozy chocolate balls of some sort, do you have a preference for bourbon, rum or Irish whiskey?

Ooh! I prefer rum but I'll be willing to eat any.


Dracosilverwolf

Dracosilverwolf

 

12 Days swap 2016

Hello Snow angel please ask if you need any specific answers, I'll try to answer all the questions here.
I love crocheting, it's my favorite hobby. Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!?
Scarf or cowl would be great a lap blanket would end up cat blanket,

How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations?
Cute but likely to be destroyed by the semi-feral feline that lives in my house.

How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc).
All of the above I like and would wear.

What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try?
Crunchy fruit or veg- yummy, honey or jam no thank you, jerky -no, vegetarian. I've never been to the West coast, so very happy to try anything local to you.

If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why?
New Zealand, I love mountains, trees and waterfalls- it looked amazing in the LOTR films. I have flying so am unlikely to ever go there.

What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of?
I don't ever go into pound shops unless I need a stack of birthday cards for giving out at work. I can't think of anything else i would pick up.

Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one?
I love plants and flowers for indoor and out. I'm constructing an outdoor fern garden this year, having discover the snails don't decimate them, unlike a lot of the flowers I'd like to grow. I like old fashioned flowers, wild flowers, not keen on modern roses, dahlias etc. At this time of year I really enjoy the late daisies;heleniums, rudbeckias, asters and cone flowers, plus Japanese anemones.

If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? (everything from prose to the specific selection of notes) Perfume, soap or body cream, I think it would need some amber or maybe some patchouli as they are my top two notes, they probably don't go so well together. My favourite ever scent is Tramp from Lush so something along those lines would be good or maybe a snowy scent for winter,

I love drawing! Either fanart chibis on my tablet (ok it's my daughter's but still) or portrait work in graphite pencil... but it's been a while..so I'd love to use this as an excuse to draw something for you! If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of? I don't know, I'm really bad at this type of question- i just like things when I see them. The stuff I have collected on Pinterest is mainly Botanical art: https://uk.pinterest...l-illustration/

When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info?
Fair usually 01 on a scale that starts 00, sensitive, blue eyes, blonde hair- natural plus a few unnatural ginger stripes!
Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying?
Nothing new- no more time.
Christmas Decor:
Home made things, weird things like bats and spiders on the tree, natural things-bringing in the green.- Must be able to withstand cat attack.

What kind of collector are you? And do you have a log or a list somewhere away from the forum of the things you love, hate or already own?
I started a Scentbase list years ago and a spreadsheet- have been out the loop for a couple of years now- stopped collecting more- I have many boxes to sort out sometime.
Any Lush showergel (or other product) you'd like to try? I sort of collect their showergels, mostly from The Kitchen. So if there's anything you'd like to try, now's the time to tell!
I pop into Lush every couple of weeks - I like the bubble bars, Karma and blue skies. I picked up some new Tramp shower gel from the kitchen recently.
Do you like licorice or would you like to try it? Would you prefer salt or sweet?
I used to be a regular visitor to the Netherlands so I have tried lots of licorice- I like the salty stuff but don't love it, there are lots of other dutch goodies i like more.
I live in The Netherlands but I will visit England soon and might pay a visit to Germany. Anything special from here that you'd like to try?
I love treats from Netherlands/ German like marzipan or chocolates, speculaas/biscuits
is you BPAL wishlist updated? If not: please do!
I have updated, however as I have been out the loop for a while it's mainly older things on there.
Do you like office supplies like pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, etc?
I do, I have loads of pens, markers and highlighters, I can always use sticky notes and I always like to receive pencils, especially the souvenir ones from different places around the world.
How do you feel about spicy, cheesy, or sour snacks?
Spicy good , cheesy good. sour not so good
Would you like any cook-able mixes like for soup or baked goods, cooking ingredients like spices, sugars, salts, oils, or cooking gadgets?
Spices would be lovely, herbs and oils are good too. I wouldn't use salt or sugar mixes.I can't think of any gadgets I need.
Would you prefer bar soaps or bath gel?
Bar soaps.
Candles, wax melts, or incense - yea or nay?
Yea! I do have quite a collection already- I do use them up - just not as quickly as I acquire them
Jewelry - any preference about length of necklaces, earrings, etc?
I've had lots of allergy issues this year so must be metal free. I've actually stopped wearing jewellery for the last few months due to problems.
Dried honeycrisp apples,Applesauce (with red hots for sweetness and cinnamon),Rose petal liqueur,Blackberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, or Peach Jam, Home baking
I would be up for trying any of these.- as long as it's veggie.
Handsewn project bags or makeup bags?
I could use one of these to take my contact lens stuff to work.
Yarn, roving, batts, fiber?
Would be wasted on me - sorry
If you said you liked candles/incense/etc., what are your favorite scents for such things?
Nothing too foody or floral I like green, spicy and incense-y candles
Do you have any interest in Shakespearean swag (insult mugs, play themed lip balms, oodles of other possibilities) or general performing arts related goodies?
I don't have a special interest, but I wouldn't be opposed to anything of this nature.
What is your favorite Christmas story - be it book, movie, cartoon - and if there are various versions, which is your favorite?
Gremlins?? i'll add something more suitable if I can think about it for a while.
Do you have a preference for numbered packages or random selection?
Whatever my Snow Angel prefers!
Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? If not, would you want some of their famous delicious treats? (Cookie butter - original or pumpkin spice!, sweet plantain chips, chocolate covered potato chips, etc)
As before, happy to try anything new.
What's your shoesize? Would you like to receive socks?
UK size 7,EU 41, I think this about 9 US, yes socks are always useful, ankle length preferred
.I'm going to San Diego next week. Are there any souvenirs from there you'd like? How about any little souvenirs in general that you appreciate receiving?
I like little souvenirs, magnets, pencils, tea towels from wherever you are.
Are you currently ISO any BPAL new or otherwise? What are your top 10 scents?
I would like to try some of the newer BPALs - i haven't researched what looks good yet- I'll try and catch up. My top 10 changeable, my lasting favourites are Banshee Beat, Pallas Athene, L'estate, Dolly Kei, French Tobacco SN, One of my Vanilla chaos, the rest change.
Black Friday will be a thing during this swap, anything you might want that will be on awesome sale?
Not a thing in the UK - our sales are in January.
Do you like to cook and would you be interested in cookbooks? If so, what kind?
Low carb/vegetarian
Do you like games (board/card), and if so what kind and for how many players?
Wouldn't use these.
If you have a Goodreads "to read" list, are those mostly books that you do not have and would like copies of, or are those mostly books that you already have piled on your shelves/lurking in your e-reader?
I did start a Goodreads list- it is way out of date- I have huge plies of books to read and a Kindle full - so anything listed to read is probably in my possession
Do you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, and if so would you like handmade firestarters or scenting bundles to throw on it? (think bundles of apple wood chips and cinnamon bark, or little wax/herb/paper bundles with a wick)
Sadly I have neither of these.
You mentioned scarves in your questionnaire. Are you referring to a chunky thick keep-me-warm-in-a-snowstorm scarf, or a light and lacy could-be-warm-if-I-wound-it-a-hundred-times scarf?
Either of these sound fabulous
Would you like to receive a photography print? My pictures are mainly of animals or landscapes. What would you prefer? Any favourite animals you'd like to receive a picture of? Would you also like to receive postcards? You can view some of my pictures on http://www.by-ellen.com
These are lovely photos Nemi- I sailed the Wadensee many years ago and have many happy memories of the islands and harbours full of sails.I love your kingfishers too.
What are your most wanted BPAL's?
All in my wishlist, I think they are probably all too rare and HTF now.I just have the list for swapping purposes.
1) Thinking about your package arriving and unwrapping, would you prefer more foody items or more non-foody things?
A mixture probably- really I'm so happy with any swap parcel. I will love whatever you send dear snow angel.
2) Name a handful of things you would LOVE to see in your 12 Days gifts!
See above-whatever you send. If it helps ( no expectations though) something woolly, something edible, something bath/body or smelly- actually all gifts make me glad.

mimosa

mimosa

 

Solstice Swap

Question 1: If I made some ephemeral art that was meant to be burned as the sacrifice, would you have a safe place to do that (a fireplace, a backyard, a bbq grill lol)? Nothing big, maybe 6 inches tall. Absolutely!

Question 2: Would you want something from this website for your "light"? They're local to me and do beautiful work and I get a 20% discount. ha ha So if you see something you love, speak up. http://www.curiouscustoms.com/homey/ They are lovely! Particularly any of the items (the nightlights are very reasonably priced) with hummingbirds or pine trees/cones.

Would people want a relaxing CD or a recording of the rainforest, or are people looking for things like mix CDs or something from a favorite artist? I don't really listen to natural sounds. I do listen to CDs though and mentioned in my questionnaire the types of music that I listen to.

Would you, Snowflake, be interested in getting a bracelet or pendant necklace as a "charm" for banishment or protection or shifting energy or bringing in luck? If so, what's your preference (bracelet, necklace pendant), size (wrist size, chain length), what metals to you prefer (copper, sterling silver?), and what colors /stones do you have an affinity for? That would be cool. I have no metal preferences but would perhaps prefer a bracelet. I have average sized wrists I think?   I think my snowflake will be receiving homemade by me bath and body products. So, are you the type that likes no color added at all, natural colorants and herbs, or rainbow glitter bombs ? I generally prefer natural colourants and herbs but I do love me some glitter!

What's the best format to send you a whole music playlist (instead of an album)? Do you have a service you already use? Would you like it on a USB, iTunes, Spotify, etc? I don't have anything that I already use I'm afraid but a USB would be fine.   Since one of the options for the sacrifice is an item to give away, I'm curious if there are any people, organizations, or causes that you like to give something away to? It could be anything - a charity you wish you could donate to, a stranger you see at the coffee shop who you've always wanted to do something nice for, an obnoxious coworker you'd like to receive one of those glitter-by-mail packages, whatever.   The caretaker at the school I work at is trapped in an extremely difficult situation. I can't go into any details, but I know that he puts a brave, cheerful face on for us every day, even though it is causing him such distress underneath. He is a wonderful person and looks out for all of us. I wish I could do something to take him away from it all but perhaps a nice gesture for him will help to bring a little light to his day.   Would anyone be interested in things that are traditional for energy cleansing and spirit clearing like a small bell, drum, cymbals, etc.?
Not so much for me, but I am on the lookout for a bell with the perfect sleigh bell ring to it! Not easy to find.

Nicorah

Nicorah

 

🌲☆12 Days of Christmas 2017☆🌲

🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲 2017 QUESTIONS   How do you feel about the following flavors/ingredients: Coconut? Yes Mint? Yes Lavender? Sure Rosewater? Maybe Cardamom? Yes Candied citrus peel/marmalade? Yes Anything to absolutely avoid? I like alot of things but needs to be vegan. Would you like anything crafted for the storage or transport of the BPAL? (Travel imp containers, boxes for 5mls, bottle cozy, etc.) If so, do you prefer them to be plain or decorated? If decorated, are there any motifs or art that you'd particularly like? Someone made a bottle softcase that was SO CUTE! I would love that for travel. Really, any kind of storage would be appreciated.   Do you have a strong preference for numbered packages vs randomly picking with maybe a few hints along the way? I have done swaps here with both unnumbered and numbered, and definitely prefer numbered if that's not too difficult. It doesn't have to climax or anything, but it's more fun for me that way...   Are you jonesing for any particular BPAL right now? Anything you are just dying to try, even just a sniffie? Yes, I think I updated my bpal wishlist last week to include the latest things i'm wishing for. Just ignore the rares~   We do a lot of baking and holiday good ridiculousness around here...house specialties include lebkuchen (flourless, they're mostly nuts, spices, candied fruit), marzipan, butter caramels (flavored or plain), shortbread crisps, and savory cheese shortbread. Any of these sound appealing? Yes, I'm totally into all of these, even better if they are vegan What are your top places to get a gift card from? BPAL and BPTP Which holiday symbols/themes do you like the best (or least)? Such as Santas, snowflakes, reindeer, etc. I would say Vintage/Retro for sure since we have the aluminum tree and the old world decor. Crystals and lots of sparkle. We also have some evil looking gnomes and Norse/Nordic/Celtic type decor that came from Norway etc.   Do you like puzzles? I do like puzzles, but we do not have a place to work on them so I would have to say no. If they are the handheld puzzles, everyone around here loves those.   What kind of hot drinks do you like, and if tea or coffee or cocoa or cider or alcohol, give specifics? I LOVE teas, mostly milk oolong, dirty chai, and I getting more into Matcha. I don't drink coffee at all, and love cocoa and mulled cider. I also ADORE sweet wines and cordials like Riesling, Moscato d"Asti, Port, an limonchello.   What kind of candles do you like, scent, etc? My favorite candles are woodsy, creamy fig, and earthy smoky vanillas. Mixes or seasonings for the kitchen? I'm crazy for spices, black salt, saffron, barbeque sauce, and Sambal Olek   Are you interested in anything from my etsy shop? https://www.etsy.com...winklentwilight OH yes, these are so cute. I think the ones with the zippers would be best for me and I adore japanese fabrics.   How do you feel about amigurumi (little crochet stuffies...animals, characters, ornaments, etc.)? These are so cute, but not as an ornament. I have to use super lightweight things on my old tree. I love amigurumi dragons and bats the most.   If I were to crochet you something wearable, do you have any preferences? Do you like hats, scarves, gloves, other? And would you prefer something fun and whimsical (e.g. fox face hat or owl mittens), something delicate and pretty (e.g. lacy wraps or scalloped boot cuffs), or just something like a basic, no frills beanie or cowl? Do you have a Ravelry account and a list of favorite patterns? I don't have a Ravelry account unfortunately, but armwarmers would be excellent!   What is something new in your life that you wish you had more "things" for? Are you coveting anything currently available from Haus of Gloi? I love Moon Dog pumpkin butter, hair oil and soap, also if the Yules are released early enough, I'm crazy about Three Treasures if that gets released again and I want to try Old Tannenbaum, Ye Olde Cake of Fruit, and Wintervale if that comes back. I do not care for the scrubs or perfumes unfortunately.   Are you coveting anything from the Paintbox Soapworks update that just happened? I'm not a fan of their soaps unfortunately, but i'm curious about the scrubs.   Are you coveting anything from Cocoa Pink? I just placed a pretty big order from CP so i'm good, but I can always use more linen sprays and/or Ends with Argon Benefits. I'm not really a fan of her shampoos but I'd like to try Soulmate.   Do you have feelings about fruitcake? We're talking whiskey soaked homemade fruitcake, not a brick in a festive tin. Yes, if its vegan - sorry, you're gonna see this alot   Any strong nail polish and/or makeup preferences? Makeup is pretty simple, but I do stain my lips, wing my eyeliner sometimes, use mascara, cream eyeshadow, claw polish in grays, mauves, indigo, and pale pink, and lip shine. For bath goodies, I like both whipped soap and bar soap equally, along with scrubs. Spray or pouring body oils, hair oils and detanglers.   *Lipstick – I’m a lipstick junkie! I’m open to trying anything but prefer creamy mattes that aren’t drying. *Mascara – I’m open to trying colors! My hands down fave is Lancome Hypnose. Second fave is the much cheaper Loreal Paris Voluminous *Nail Polish - Love neutrals, greys, blues, golds, silvers, browns and halos stuff. *Eyeshadow – I only use crème eyeshadows, love dark pinks, sparkling browns, and golds. *Eyeliner - I like to use liquid eyeliner in dark teal, brown and black. My main concern is smudging, so if you know of a fab one that doesn't budge bring it on. How do you feel about pomanders? I made so many of these in grade school! I'm sure my family was completely over me and my pomanders. I'm open to them, and would find a place to hang one maybe.   How do you feel about savor soaps? Cute stuff! I'm stunned by the sheer amount of people making indie bath products these days. There's always a new one to discover. The cherry things are appealing to me, really i'm open to trying new things.   Or Perfectly Posh? If there's something you love, share it with me, but i'm always a bit wary of consultant sites.   Favorite animals? I love so many different animals, but animals around the house or on socks and such probably lions, black cats, alpaca, owls, and swans. Weird question, but it's on my mind: Do you have a strong preference for consumables (soaps, candles, food, etc.) over other stuff? Honestly, I don't need any more knick-knacks but I don't want to disappoint. An blown glass ornament for the tree would be amazing tho. I collect the Old World Christmas ornaments, the stranger the better. I don't think I really answered this question tho Would you be interested in one of the Colorpop pallets? Anything else from Colourpop? I cannot do powdered eyeshadow, but am super curious about the liquid colors they are releasing this month. Would you like any holiday music? if so, do you prefer a CD or MP3? I collect vinyl, so if anything records are preferred. We love John Coltrane and other jazzy holiday collections. I've got a few on my Amazon wishlist if you want to check it out. Do you like toffee or fudge? YES, i'm making both of these this year tho.   What is something new in your life that you wish you had more "things" for? Not a new thing, but quality pens and other art supplies are always welcome.   🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲 QUESTIONNAIRE   WINTER WONDERINGS Do you celebrate Christmas? Another winter holiday?: We decorate the house with a tree, presents, stockings, elves, wreaths, candles, yule logs but it’s more about the ritual rather than religion.   Do you decorate? Would you like to receive decorative items?: We put up a vintage silver aluminum tree with all glass ornaments and a spinning color light wheel. I decorate the fireplace and mantle mostly with crystals, woodland creatures and gnomes. We have a few lights outside with live garland around the door and a wreath with bells.   What are your favorite things about winter/Christmas?: The food! I love the cookies, pies, candies, tamales, hot cocoa and more!!!   What is your favorite Christmas/winter holiday memory?: Driving across state from south Texas through a 3 hour blizzard with frozen windshield wipers on Christmas eve. When we reached my mom’s place, the flakes were still falling. The next morning, the snow was deep and perfect. We built the largest snowman of our lives-it felt like we had driven to the north pole. It was the last Christmas before my Mother had a massive, life changing stroke. ALL ABOUT YOU Allergies and dietary/lifestyle restrictions (if applicable): I am vegan but please don’t worry about it too much.   Favorite color(s): Deep, Black-Blue, Purple Greys, Parchment, Silver, Citrine, Orchid and Pearl.   Favorite snacks and treats: Pecans, Pistachios, Cocomels, Vegan Tamales, Trader Joe’s Goodies, Hot Cocoa, Italian Wedding Cookies.   Favorite bath & beauty products: Alchemic Muse is my hands down favorite! Cocoa Pink, BPTP Bath Oil, some Lush, Future Primitive, Moonalisa, Valhalla, Cellar Door, I have VERY sensitive skin and cannot do anything with a bunch of chemicals.   Favorite notes: Vanilla Musk, Bourbon Vanilla, Tuberose, Black Vanilla Bean, Black Lily, Amber, Vanilla Amber, Sweet Pea, Opium, Spun Sugar, Rare Woods, White Pearled Leather, Fur, Sandalwood, Vanilla Orchid.   Least favorite notes: Smoke, maple, ozone, violet, dirt, blood, metal, butter, cheese, peach, pumpkin.   Your favorite books/authors/genres: Favorite book genres: dystopian, horror, fantasy, books that take place in an "original world" Favorite book theme: poetic/gothic/romantic style writing, magical realism Favorite authors: John Steinbeck, Hermann Hesse, Elizabeth McCracken, Brom, Arthur Golden, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Katherine Dunn, Tom Robbins, Kazue Ishiguro. Salinger, Moomintroll and graphic novels like My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris.   I have a long list on Goodreads. The books that are “would like to read” I do not own yet. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11567200-jennifer-wallace   Your preferred book format (Kindle ebook, Kobo ebook, paperback, etc.)?: I prefer actual books over ebooks but I also have a Kindle if you want to share something only in that format. Do you collect anything?: Deer figurines, minerals and gemstones, cactus, tarot cards, orchids, bpal, black cameos, art books, art supplies, windchimes, records, japanese tea bowls and cups. Your favorite fandom(s): Wes Anderson, Twin Peaks, Game of Thrones, Studio Ghibli, Mark Ryden. What are your hobbies?: Jewelry Making, Gardening, Painting, Sewing, Flower Arranging, Ceramics.   Things you could always use more of: Antique/Vintage beads, crystals, cloth napkins, head scarves, cream eyeshadows, beautiful notions like silk threads, brocade ribbon and ink pens for drawing.   What’s your personal clothing style?: T-shirt and Jeans, Maxi dresses, Eclectic bohemian hippy child yoga free spirit with a big splash of goth. What jewelry (if any) do you like to wear?: Rings, Bracelets, Earrings, Long Necklaces. What sizes do you wear (t-shirts, socks, rings, etc.)?: *Sizing on wearables: I wear a ladies t-shirt in MEDIUM, size 9 shoe, rings from size 7 - 8 Will you be having your birthday during this swap?: No. it is June 27th. Would you be open to receiving handmade items?: Absolutely. Would you like to be partnered with someone who likes handmade items?: That would be fine, but I cannot promise I will make anything. Is there anything you definitely do NOT want to receive (things with nudity, profane language, etc.)?: I am open to anything except maybe a dildo that spins and plays christmas music.   Would you like your partner to spoil your S.O./child/cat/dog? What do they like?: Sure! I have a 17 year old daughter Lula that is crazy about all things Japanese and games. Happy to get things for my Pomeranians too.   Where else can your partner stalk you?: https://www.facebook...757181231196534 https://www.instagram.com/jenjin8/ https://www.pinterest.com/jenjin8/ Are there any wishlists you’d like to share with your partner? Link here: https://www.etsy.com...orites/wishlist http://a.co/6qfBXMW Is there anything we haven’t mentioned that you’d like to share with your partner?: I love numbered gifts, so you choose in which order I open things. If you have any questions about things I like or simply want to chat about the season, feel free to ask. Looking forward to sharing more with you.   🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲 2016 QUESTIONS What kind of collector are you? I love gemstones, crystals, vintage/antique black glass, vintage fawns, silver spoons, bells, vintage trims, tarot cards (new), glass paperweights, matchbooks, postcards, incense burners, candles, vinyl records, tea bowls, expresso cups and board games. Lush shower gels: YES! UK LUSH carries things we can't get in the US! Gels: PLUM RAIN (ESPECIALLY) Grass, Calcas, Uluru, Twilight, Supertramp, Freeze, Aura Saudis, Snow-Showers, Sno-Cake, Hot-Toddy, Ponche, 29 High Street, Back for Breakfast, Avoshower, Comforter, Blue Skies (bubble bath), Ginger (Bad ASS), Tramp, Fruity Beauty, Karma. Licorice: Yes, but NO salted licorice. Stuff from The Netherlands, England, Germany, etc.: YES! rocks and minerals, trolls, little boozy Delft Blue KLM house bottles, patches, keychains, fridge magnets, espresso cups, salt/pepper shakers really anything~ Office supplies: asian papers, small elegant scissors, gel white ink pens, wax stamps, ink stamps, ink pads. Spicy, cheesy, or sour snacks: savory, herby, or spicy! Would you like cooking ingredients, mixes, spices, oils, gadgets, etc.: Sure! I love small things for the kitchen especially antique/vintage items still in good shape. Soaps or bath gel? I adore soaps of all kinds but they need to be as natural as possible. Brands I LOVE are Hot-Pour Paintbox Soapworks, Cellar Door (gimme all those yule bars), Haus of Gloi, Future Prim, Solstice Scents whipped soaps are divine. Candles, wax melts, incense? Candles and incense, I do not use a wax melts. I am VERY picky about my incense and really on use Shoyeido or Three Kings Incense. Jewelry preferences: Silver Rings, very light weight earrings, wrap bracelets, long necklaces. Sweeteners: Sugars only. Any kind of SUGAR~brown sugar, pink sugar, sugar cubes, crystal sugar, cane sugar, coconut sugar. YES gimme all the sugar I CANNOT do any sort of artificial sweetener and do not enjoy Stevia. Handmade items & homemade food: Yes! I love salsa and hotsauce, pickles, and vegan baked goods.   Shakespearean swag: Love teenytiny bra knives, long heavy stockings, masks, and hair combs. Favorite Christmas story: Nightmare before Christmas Numbered packages or random: Whatever is easiest for you but numbered is definitely more fun. Goodreads or other wish lists: https://www.goodread...w/list/11567200 includes a to-read wishlist. Books in a series-- in order? In order only.   Trader Joe's: I have one here and I love the almond stuffed olives, nuts, cookies, peanut butter cups and butterscotch salted caramels. Shoe size: 9   Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!? Yes, but it will need to be lightweight. I am in Texas and I do prefer natural fibers to synthetic.   How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations? Adorable! I also really LOVE felted animals especially woodland type creatures.   Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favorite flower, if you have one? Yes, but no seeds please. My favorite flower is Peony with Magnolia and Hydrangea as runners up.   How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc). If they are like house slippers, that would be amazing. I also really really love fingerless gloves and arm sleeves. YES~   What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try? Nuts of all kinds, Honey is fine, NO JERKY unless it is VEGAN (which I do love). Jellies, Maple Syrup, Crisps and Taffy all win with me. I also LOVE vegan Cocomels. NOM~ I loVE all kinds of dried fruits especially mango, figs, dates, cherries and sweet potato chips in terms of veggies. What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of? Jazzy reading glasses, fancy cocktail napkins, stationary, paper, art supplies, scissors. If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why? I would love to travel to Barcelona, Spain. I find the history, arts and culture incredibly fascinating! Paris would probably be no. 2   If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? Well, right now I am wishing for the perfect cold weather floriental fragrance. I'd love a deep, black orchid floriental with spicy resins, softly wooded incense, and a drop of silver, frosted vanilla.   If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of? I love hand painted vintage portraits, volcano and landscape paintings and if digital, Waterhouse images definitely thrill me. When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info: Fair with freckles, sensitive skin and light blue eyes. I have black eyebrows with strawberry blonde hair. I'm mostly an earthy, fairy type chick and tend to wear lots of black, flowing stuff in cotton mostly. I do love a good graphic girl tee too! In terms of makeup, I prefer natural colors mostly but do a fairly heavy eyeliner swipe on my upper eyelid. For nail polish, I enjoy light pinkish grays, dark matte blueish purple and silvers but nothing too glittery. I love creme eyeshadows, matte lipsticks and creamy blush. I am collecting eyeshadows from Makeup Geek. Would love to try Limecrime stuff and I do like a flash of color in my mascara and eyeliner.   Christmas decor this year: Aluminum tree with hand blown glass ornaments, I put all my crystals out, lots of mercury glass candle holders and a few gnomes and such. I am very picky about my Yule decor and prefer more items that are silver, pearlescent and crystal. Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying? I am planning to take a precious metal clay class next spring. Question for the group! Would anyone mind bath and body works items? Such as hand sanitizer, lotion, candles, car scents or soap? Please, no BBW items for me. They definitely give me a headache. Cross stitch? Sure. Knitted items? I love arm sleeves Steampunk? It's cool but really not me. Paper journals? Unlined paper preferred. Socks? Long knee socks best or even thigh high. Cookbooks? YES! I love vegan cookbooks for baked items, pizza etc. Candle scents? LOVE DARK CANDLES!!! My fave for the holiday is GRAVE BLANKET. This is my most favorite commercial candle to give you an idea: http://shop.nordstro...-candle/3734465 Also love snowy scents and sugar cookie. I did find a couple Yankee Candles I actually liked this year, the Glistening Leaves and Golden Pumpkin are glorious! Games? Board Games and we also have a PS3 Raw honey? No thank you. Jam? Apricot, Raspberry, Strawberry are my faves. Garlic dill pickles? Um, I love spicy sweet the most. Rose petal liqueur? Yes yes yes! Applesauce? Also a yes Yarn? Sure, I love wool yarn. Dried honeycrisp apples? YES ISO BPAL? Lilith: My Little Grotesque Weenies: Boo Top 10 fave BPAL? Shadows and Reflections Mother Ghost Insects Mrs. Valentine Owl Moon Madame Moriarty (original) Volcano in Springtime Love and Sleep Poor Monkey Ava Do you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, and if so would you like handmade firestarters or scenting bundles to throw on it? (think bundles of apple wood chips and cinnamon bark, or little wax/herb/paper bundles with a wick) YES! FIREPLACE and outdoor fire pit. What animals do you think are considered cute? Panda, Fox, Owls. Koala. Favorite flowers to sniff: Peony, pansy, carnation, stock. 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲

Jenjin

Jenjin

 

Solstice Swap Answers

I'll be posting my answers to additional questions for the 2016 Solstice Swap here!   :waves: Hello Snowflake!

Question 1: If I made some ephemeral art that was meant to be burned as the sacrifice, would you have a safe place to do that (a fireplace, a backyard, a bbq grill lol)? Nothing big, maybe 6 inches tall.   Yep. We have a little patio, and a backyard that I would feel safe doing this with.
  Question 2: Would you want something from this website for your "light"? They're local to me and do beautiful work and I get a 20% discount. ha ha So if you see something you love, speak up. http://www.curiouscustoms.com/homey/   Oh wow. I love pretty much all of the designs, I don’t know that I could narrow down to a few designs. We don’t have a lot of horizontal space so I think nothing standing, but any of the hanging lanterns or wall scones would be very much loved.   If I had to narrow down design wise, any of the geometric designs would be lovely.  
Question 3: Would people want a relaxing CD or a recording of the rainforest, or are people looking for things like mix CDs or something from a favorite artist. I am flailing around on this one.   While I love ambient sounds, especially rainstorms and forests, I must admit I don’t use CDs too often and when I do it wouldn’t be for that purpose. But a relaxing set of MP3s or digital download would be nice, especially if i could play it on my phone at night.   Question 4: Would you, Snowflake, be interested in getting a bracelet or pendant necklace as a "charm" for banishment or protection or shifting energy or brining in luck? If so, what's your preference (bracelet, necklace pendant), size (wrist size, chain length), what metals to you prefer (copper, sterling silver?), and what colors /stones do you have an affinity for?   I love this idea but I don’t wear much jewelry, partially because I’m allergic to nickel (so it’d have to be solid silver or pure copper) and partially because i’m a klutz and hard on jewelry, so if it’s delicate I would’nt wear it.   But I do love chunky bangle bracelets so something like that would be loved. My wrist size is
I tend to prefer stones and colors that are darker; black, deep reds, blues, greens. I also love stones that are “complex”, and contain inclusions. Turquoise, cats eye, agate. You might get some good ideas for the kind of stones i like from some of my etsy favorites.
(You can find a link to my etsy wishlist in my signature)

Honor

Honor

 

Solstice Swap Answers

Question 1: If I made some ephemeral art that was meant to be burned as the sacrifice, would you have a safe place to do that (a fireplace, a backyard, a bbq grill lol)? Nothing big, maybe 6 inches tall.

I have places to safely burn things, but I don't know how I would feel about burning someone's art, regardless of intention. I could give it a shot, though?

Question 2: Would you want something from this website for your "light"? They're local to me and do beautiful work and I get a 20% discount. ha ha So if you see something you love, speak up. http://www.curiouscustoms.com/homey/

I think that the cloud wall sconce and the patterns on the sun and waterwave lanterns are beautiful, but I would not want anyone to spend that much on anything for me. If those came in a nightlight, that would be awesome.

Would people want a relaxing CD or a recording of the rainforest, or are people looking for things like mix CDs or something from a favorite artist.

I'd love a relaxing or contemplative CD. I have a lot of nature ambiance CDs already, so maybe not so much that. Mix CDs are always welcome, or music recommendations. Someone mentioned windchimes in the thread, and-- as awesome as they are-- my habitat eats them. We get really high winds out here on kind of a regular basis, so any wind music thing would have to live indoors.

Would you, Snowflake, be interested in getting a bracelet or pendant necklace as a "charm" for banishment or protection or shifting energy or brining in luck? If so, what's your preference (bracelet, necklace pendant), size (wrist size, chain length), what metals to you prefer (copper, sterling silver?), and what colors /stones do you have an affinity for?

I am always interested in shiny things, especially jewelry shiny things. Anything that also has properties is a welcome bonus.
Wrist size is average? 7", I think. I prefer necklaces be either really short or really long. Midlength things tend to either bounce on-- or become wedged in-- my cleavage. Yes, I have been clocked in the teeth by my own necklace on occasion. So many sad pandas.
I like copper and brass, silver is great so is gold. I like the metallic color that is somewhere between brass and rosegold. The list of beloved stones would be *really* long, but apatite, moonstone, labradorite, fluorite, unakite, kabamba jasper, carnelian, chalcedony, sugilite, prehnite, bloodstone, clear quartz, and opals are just a few. I like blues and greens a lot, and things that look like clear water droplets, or milky and translucent stones. Stones are awesome, and seashells, and metal, and colored glass, gum wrappers... I'm a magpie.



Usagi

Usagi

 

Solstice Swap & 12 Days of Christmas Swap answers

Solstice Swap:

If I made some ephemeral art that was meant to be burned as the sacrifice, would you have a safe place to do that (a fireplace, a backyard, a bbq grill lol)? Nothing big, maybe 6 inches tall.
Yes, I have places to burn ALL THE THINGS. Or just something small. We actually have a large bonfire area and a grill. No fireplace.

Would you want something from this website for your "light"?
Sorry, they are not really my style.

Would people want a relaxing CD or a recording of the rainforest, or are people looking for things like mix CDs or something from a favorite artist?
I kind of liked the idea someone had of wind chimes or bells. I'm really picky about my music unless it's on my wishlist. I do have music on my wishlist though! I don't mind getting thumbdrives or cds with mp3s.

Would you, Snowflake, be interested in getting a bracelet or pendant necklace as a "charm" for banishment or protection or shifting energy or bringing in luck? If so, what's your preference (bracelet, necklace pendant), size (wrist size, chain length), what metals to you prefer (copper, sterling silver?), and what colors /stones do you have an affinity for?
I like about 19" length in necklaces and would need about 8" for a bracelet. I am allergic to everything metal except (for sure) sterling silver and surgical steel. I would love charms for protection, luck, job finding, school decision making, monies, romance/life partner finding, friend finding, what-to-do-with-my-life knowing, etc. (I know! I want so much! How about lottery winning? That goes under luck and monies, right??) I might use a charm more if I could anoint it with skin safe oils and if it had a long enough cord (rat tail cord or soft leather?) to just put off and on over my head. I don't mind bracelets but I VERY RARELY wear any jewelry at all except my BPTP scent locket. I do have a protective charm in my car hanging from my rearview mirror (that I acquired in a Switch Witch swap!) I'm planning on making mojo bags for monies, protection, beauty, romance, etc. so charms to go in or on the outside of those would be fun. I have an affinity for blues, purples, greys, blacks. Tanzanite, alexandrite (prefer blue/purple - not pink/green), amethyst, hematite, moonstone, opal/black opal, sapphire, aqua aura, azurite, iolite, kyanite, sodalite, fluorite, obsidian, onyx, black spinel, black tourmaline, snowflake obsidian, tourmalinated quartz, black star sapphire, etc.

So, are you the type that likes no color added at all, natural colorants and herbs, or rainbow glitter bombs ?
I don't mind color added as long as it on the natural side. No phthalates, SLS, parabens, pro. glycol, -cones, etc. Prefer no glitter. Glitter is the herpes of the craft world. Mica is ok. Herbs are ok if they're almost totally pulverized so they don't clog our septic system or drains. I'm ok with coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, etc. I don't have any allergies that I'm aware of to essential or fragrance oils other than sometimes I get contact dermatitis if I apply oils in the same exact area too many times in a row. I have to switch it up.

What's the best format to send you a whole music playlist (instead of an album)? Do you have a service you already use? Would you like it on a USB, iTunes, Spotify, etc?
I'm kind of picky about my music as I think I said before... I wouldn't mind getting music on my wish list. either on mp3 or on cd.

Since one of the options for the sacrifice is an item to give away, I'm curious if there are any people, organizations, or causes that you like to give something away to? It could be anything - a charity you wish you could donate to, a stranger you see at the coffee shop who you've always wanted to do something nice for, an obnoxious coworker you'd like to receive one of those glitter-by-mail packages, whatever.
I support some pibble rescue groups but I'm no where near them to give them anything and I rarely leave the house. I know some people who are deserving of some poop by mail anonymous packages... but those aren't really a sacrifice.


12 Days of Christmas Swap

I love crocheting, it's my favorite hobby. Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!?
Please, no crochet wearables. Amigurumi and stuffies are cute in crochet and I have quite a few in my favorites lists on ravelry. Blanket would be cost prohibitive with my yarn tastes. I actually have quite a few crocheted afghans from my grandma that I don't have room for, so I would say no on the blanket.

How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations?
If you take a look at my ravelry favorites ("halloween or vamp swap" and "make for me" bundles) you'll see that I feel like you should make amigurumi for me, yes indeed. *nods sagely*

How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc).
Sadly I do not really like knit socks that much and I received a pair in one of my last ravelry swaps. I don't wear socks at all for more than half of the year and when I do wear socks, they are black. And I have huge feet so you really don't want to knit socks for me anyway. But again, if you look at my ravelry favorites, I have two bundles with I would LOVE to get (halloween or vamp swap bundle and "make for me" bundle.) there are many options there! I am a picky bitchcake and I'm not afraid to say it. I mostly prefer shawls (really long and skinny-ish but not scarves. But not those triangle shaped things either.) and fingerless mitts. But on mitts I really need you to use very stretchy cast ons and bind offs as I have huge hands too. (I blame the nordic ancestors.) My preferred cast on is Jeny's Stretchy Slipknot Cast On and my preferred bind off is Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, But as long as it's stretchy, we're good! I have measurements on ravelry linked to my profile.

What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try?
- I love and adore honey! We usually have bees here at parents all summer from local beekeeper, and I tried beekeeping briefly in Seattle but my (wild) hive moved out and I never ordered any of my own bees. The beekeeper stiffed us this year and didn't give us the promised honey and honeycomb in exchange for keeping his bees here. I adore jerky but try to avoid corn syrup so I end up doing things like krave or my (previously local) butchers "made in house" jerky. I miss Bavarian Meats in pike place market - love their landjaeger. I have lived in Seattle the majority of my life but I am in Eastern Washington with parents right now until life is back on track. This is the home of the huckleberry things. I've lived in Denver, Dallas, and Toronto briefly as well. Would kill to have a place close to me that sells canons sweet hots (mild.) sadly mostly in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, etc. I make my own dried fruit and veggies, so I'm good there.

If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why?
The U.K. Because. (I have always just felt an affinity with Wales, Scotland, Ireland, England, etc. I'd love to visit Glastonbury Tor, Stonehenge, Hadrian's Wall, Bath, Loch Ness, etc. Now if I could just meet a nice non-alcoholic Scottish boy and move there, I'd be super happy.)

What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of?
Canadian dollar stores have the best dog squeaky toys, so we go there when we're in Canada, eh. Otherwise I usually go to the dollar store for stuff like the little sieves/screens that fit into the sink drain. They're the best for dumping out tea leaves and coffee grounds into so the water runs out and you can then pop the grounds/leaves into the garbage. My parents don't have any of these and I didn't bring mine with me from my ex house.

Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one?
My mom especially likes wave petunias. I love scented geraniums (not zonal), lavender, and fragrant purple roses. Although I'm partial to grandifloras, we have some lovely rugosas that we harvest the petals from and make rose petal liquor, jelly, syrup, etc. I make lavender wands/bottles and harvest the lavender for cooking too. (at one point I had over 50 rose bushes and 11 varieties of lavender but then we had to move.) Really I like any herb that is useful for rituals, edible, medicinal, or fragrant. I don't usually purchase flowers that are JUST pretty. Pretty and fragrant? Sold. I could use mugwort, hyssop, and rue especially - we have none of those. I'm sure we could germinate seeds. I forgot to get cuttings of my geranium before it froze. *sigh* Could use some more sage and beebalm too. Oooh -- I especially love purple and black bearded irises (they have a fragrance usually!) We only have yellow (ick!) and one purpley pink color. We're in Zone 5b: -15F to -10F. I don't think we need any gardening stuff per se though. I do love seed bombs with wildflowers and things as well, I could throw some in the pasture by the road... But they would need to be very drought resistant since we don't have water out by the road. I'd love sweet peas, carnation, chocolate cosmos, phlox, ....

oh! I'd love to have some carnivorous plants. We bought a venus fly trap this summer but it perished. Maybe a pitcher plant or a sundew?

I *HAVE* catnip, catmint, two varieties of mint at least (peppermint and spearmint I think), maybe one variety of lavender, wooly thyme, normal looking thyme, russian sage, asiatic lilies, california poppies, peonies, yellow and pink rugosas, yellow and light purple bearded iris, petunias, feverfew, parsley, rosemary, dahlias, zinnias, honeysuckle (two kinds), rhubarb, chives, raspberries, blueberries, pansies (black!), orchids, christmas cactus, mini rose bush, lilacs (two kinds.) Um, I'm not sure what else since I just moved here this month. It's my parents place so really things are not "mine". But I could plant things and take cuttings or divide later.

If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? (everything from prose to the specific selection of notes)
It would need vanilla, patchouli and lavender at the least. Maybe some black and/or red musk and/or siberian musk. Leather and/or Tobacco? Label art with my pit babies or a friesian? I'm not a word smith, so the prose would have to be a quote or a passage from something. But I also have major brain fog, so I can't think of anything off the top of my head.

I love drawing! Either fanart chibis on my tablet (ok it's my daughter's but still) or portrait work in graphite pencil... but it's been a while..so I'd love to use this as an excuse to draw something for you! If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of?
Well, you can see what kind of artwork I like from my Pinterest art page. All of my art is in storage and I don't really have room for a lot more. But I do have a ton of IKEA fira 9 drawer chests that need to be painted and decorated. Wish I could have you come paint those for me!

When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info?
I don't wear very much makeup. My skin breaks out very easily so I only wear prescriptives full coverage liquid makeup in the lightest yellow/orange ecru shade. (not very often. On a daily basis I only use eyebrow powder and eyeliner (stila smudgestick or kat von d liquid eyeliner, black.) I don't have any actual eyebrow hair, just tattoos but they are pretty faded so I draw on eyebrows over them. hypothyroid = no eyebrows. I have t-zone skin, yay. Yes, my skin is extremely sensitive. I need to remember to moisturize 4-5 times a day so I can get control over the oily... I had it all normalized and then my life was disrupted and I stopped moisturizing. (And I could use more good moisturizer but its so expensive! I got a bunch of bobby brown when I had a friend who worked at nordstrom and I've used LUSH too but I'm out of both of those. Right now I'm using Kiss My Face but I think it is clogging my pores.) Eyes are hazel. Hair color is mousy brown/grey naturally but it is usually colored violet-black, dark burgundy/red, or some other color. It's usually shaved on the sides/back and long spiky/teased on the top (ala Robert Smith.) I really super need a hair cut right now because it's actually about 2-3" of grow out everywhere. I could use mascara. Style = lazy goth.

Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying?
I think I am covered right now. I have a lot of new supplies for new crafts that I need to accomplish now! Maybe different colors of embroidery floss for doing cross stitch?

Christmas decor? (not exactly sure what this question is looking for exactly? Do we decorate? What is our theme and colors? That kind of thing?)
I just moved in with family and we did not decorate for Halloween (weep) and I'm not sure how much we are going to decorate for Christmas. Hopefully at least a tree! My tree ornaments are all over the place. I bought some last year at World Market -- a purple dragon, some horses, but I can't remember if I got a sparkly unicorn. I love iridescent, glitter, shimmery things. Purple, blue, and silver. My mom gives me Hallmark ornaments every year in whatever collection, so I have all of the rocking horses (mini and regular) and I think all of the Pony for Christmas. Last year I think I snagged some Hallmark NMBC ornaments too. It would be cool to have a whole NMBC tree that I could put up at Halloween and leave up until Christmas but it might have to wait until I have my own place again. I'm always eyeing the black bare branch trees at craft stores... I know I have one of those vintage aluminum Christmas trees with a color wheel that goes under it. In storage of course.

what kind of collector are you? And do you have a log or a list somewhere away from the forum of the things you love, hate or already own?
I'm a hoarder type of collector. I have a huge list on scentbase but it isn't complete because I hurt my tailbone and back and wasn't able to sit at computer for very long for a few years, so didn't keep on top of updating scentbase. I do have a spreadsheet that is current but it isn't public. I could attempt to put it on google drive, but I've broken their spreadsheets before with the amount of data contained...

Would anyone mind bath and body works items? Such as hand sanitizer, lotion, candles, car scents or soap?
I DO NOT use B&BW lotion, gel, perfume, anti-bac, etc. I DO use their hand soap but I'm trying to stay away from microbeads (deep cleansing) and I don't like the foaming soap that much - however, they do have a small amount of "creamy luxe" soap that I'd love in Vanilla Snowflake and I would also love to try the Energy and Stress Relief soaps.. I would love some pillow spray in lavender/vanilla (no chamomile.) I also use the wall flowers, three wick candles, and room sprays. I could use a new wall flower - I really want the bats night light/wall flower but they might be sold out by now. A snowflake would be cool though. Or the black embossed scroll.

Scents that interest me for room spray/3 wick candles/wall flowers:
Twisted Peppermint
Vanilla Snowflake
Iced Vanilla Woods
Vanilla Balsam
Holiday (maybe? As long as it's apple wood, not apple. I don't want fruit smelling things.)
Black Tie
Cinnamon & Clove Buds (maybe? Winter is a little over powering. So not if it's close to Winter.) Oops, my mom already has this.
Fresh Balsam
Smoked Vanilla
Evergreen
Marshmallow Fireside
Winter Rose
Peppermint Marshmallow
Mahogany Teakwood (high intensity)
Cinnamon Pinecone (again, not if it's too overpowering.)
Vanilla Coconut
Vanilla/Lavender sleep

Any Lush showergel (or other product) you'd like to try?
I do love me some Lush. I'd love Twilight, Silky Underwear, Snow Fairy/Candy Fluff, Snowcake, etc. shower gels (I also love the Lord of Misrule and Rose Jam but I stocked up last year and still have some. And I have enough Fairy Dust powder too.) Could use some Greased Lightning. Maybe the Mr. Sandman dusting powder if it is mostly lavender and not heavy on the chamomile. The snowfairy "fun" looks interesting - it's like a pliable bubble bar? Maybe a small bit of snowcastle soap. Bubbly shower gel looks interesting. I love their solid green sugar scrub. Mmmelting marshmallow moment, ceridwens cauldron, snow angel, and floating island all look lovely. If snow angel is the same scent as the cocoa butter bath bomb, then I LOVE that scent. (I could use some more facial moisturizer but it looks like it's pretty expensive!)

Do you like licorice or would you like to try it? Would you prefer salt or sweet?
I've had salty licorice and it's good in small doses but not my favorite. Licorice in general is not my favorite. My mom on the other hand loves sweet black licorice.

I live in The Netherlands but I will visit England soon and might pay a visit to Germany. Anything special from here that you'd like to try?
I have a ton of tea and chocolate on my amazon "edibles" wishlist (from England and France!) I'd love chocolates, tea, whatever else you think I might like! Germany has Wollmeise yarn...

is you BPAL wishlist updated?
Indeed. I have not gotten any Liliths, Unicorns, or Weenies yet. Sniff.

Do you like office supplies like pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, etc?
No, I am boring. Sticky notes maybe if they are SO COOL that I MUST have them (like the coffin shaped ones I have - but unfortunately their "sticky" part is AWFUL and I have to tape them on things!) I use my BPAL pens a lot, they're my favorite. Do not use pencils, stationery, highlighters, etc. Maybe if I went back to school I would feel differently. I do like washi tape, I use it to wrap bubblewrap around bpal bottles & imps. I'm always looking for washi tape with bats, gargoyles, crows, skulls, etc. (I have lots of skulls right now.)

How do you feel about spicy, cheesy, or sour snacks?
cheese!! ALL THE CHEESE! I love garlic/dill curds, cheddars, fresh cheese with jalapenos in it (used to get some every week at the farmers market in seattle), gouda (both hard and creamy), parana, cotswald, sage darby, parmesan, mizithra, romano, havarti, mozza, etc. I like mildly spicy things, like candied jalapenos or mild canon sweet hots. Not so much on the sour, more about the savory.

Would you like any cook-able mixes like for soup or baked goods, cooking ingredients like spices, sugars, salts, oils, or cooking gadgets?
I wouldn't mind mixes but most of the ones I've gotten from places like World Market haven't been very good. I love spices, sugars, salts, vinegars, etc. but we have a TON of things and I don't know that I need anything. All of my spices are out in the garage because there wasn't room in the house with my parents spices... Don't really need any cooking gadgets right now. I can always use green tobasco sauce. I do, when I have my own place, have a skeleton themed kitchen and a NMBC cookie jar/container collection. I have a skeleton hand oven mitt, skeleton apron, bone shaped silverware, serving set, and salad tongs, skull cookie jars/salt & pepper shakers, skull measuring cups, skull measuring spoons, spatulas with skulls on them, skull wine stopper, skull bottle opener, etc. I would welcome more skeleton/skull kitchen things for when I actually get my own place again. I love sugar skulls and have some sugar skull kitchen stuff on my amazon wishlist (either in cooking/kitchen or housewares area.)

Would you prefer bar soaps or bath gel?
I would rather not receive any bar soap unless I specifically request it because I have boxes and boxes of it. (I'm a soaper.)

And really, I have a ton of bath gel and sugar scrubs too. But that doesn't mean I'd hate to get more because hoarder... especially Lush.

Candles, wax melts, or incense - yea or nay?
I'd love more ritual candles and beeswax candles (pillars or votives.) And some really good japanese stick incense. I always love loose incense/resins for charcoal burners. I don't need any wax melts but I keep eyeing the ones at Paintbox Soapworks and Two Timing Tart.

Jewelry - any preference about length of necklaces, earrings, etc?
I don't really wear any necklaces or jewelry - although I would like to get my ears gauged a little since they need to be repierced. I have some ideas on my amazon wearables wish list. If I wear necklaces, I like around 18-19". I mostly wear stud earrings but my lobes are SO THICK that most studs are too short and the earring ends up being too tight on my ear and getting infected. Right now I haven't worn earrings for ... six months? a year? So once I save up some monies, I'll see about getting them pierced with an actual hollow needle since my original piercing was done in the early 80's with a gun.

How do you feel about sweeteners? Do you prefer sugar, stevia, sucralose, etc.? Anything in particular to avoid?
I avoid sweeteners like the plague. I prefer raw sugar if possible. Definitely avoiding corn / corn syrup. Stevia is ok.

Do you have any interest in Shakespearean swag (insult mugs, play themed lip balms, oodles of other possibilities) or general performing arts related goodies?
No mugs of any kind please. I just moved in with family and all of my kitchen stuff, which includes about five or six HUGE BOXES OF MUGS, is all packed up and out in a shed. I do love lip balm but I am a little picky on ingredients. I'm not really into performing arts swag. I'm such a curmudgeon!


What is your favorite Christmas story - be it book, movie, cartoon - and if there are various versions, which is your favorite?
Hm. Nightmare Before Christmas? I usually watch Elf every year. I like the old Rudolph animated with Bumble. Bumble is awesome. I haven't watched that for years and years though. I'll watch silly movies like The Holiday or Love, Actually if they're on. Christmas with the Kranks is ok, mostly watched that for Jamie Lee Curtis. Christmas Story is kind of silly, I finally watched that a couple of years ago to much protest by my then DH.


Do you have a preference for numbered packages or random selection?
Whichever is best for you!


Do you have any external wishlists, Goodreads, or anything else that you might not have listed in your survey?
Yes, they are all in the SW Help link in my signature and/or in the link that says Switch Witch Stalking & Services spreadsheet. Believe me, there is probably way more there than you need.


For books that are part of a series, do you have a strong preference for whether you receive them in order, assuming that any overarching plot is reasonably easy to pick up on and the main story is self contained?
I absolutely start at the beginning of a series.

Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? If not, would you want some of their famous delicious treats? (Cookie butter - original or pumpkin spice!, sweet plantain chips, chocolate covered potato chips, etc)
I have a Trader Joes. I do not like cookie butter, I do not like pumpkin spice ANYTHING (ick, ptooie), no plantains, no potato chips... Give me ALL OF THE CHOCOLATE COVERED PEPPERMINT JO JOS, those babies are like crack. I like their PB&J chocolate bars too. I really do like way too many things from Trader Joes... so dangerous to go in. Their pub cheese with jalapenos? I could eat the whole thing (heated up) in one sitting.

What's your shoe size? Would you like to receive socks?
Man, I am just no fun. No socks please. I have super huge feet and I tend to just purchase black mens socks. All of my sizing info is in my ravelry swaps area (link to which is in switch witch stalking spreadsheet in my signature.)

Do you like Steampunk? Would you be interested in any jewelry inspired by steampunk?
I am fine with steampeak as long as we stick to silver/black and no brown/copper. However, again, I am not a big jewelry wearer. *sad face*

I make paper albums and journals. Would you be interested in receiving something like that? Would you like some other type of handmade paper craft?
No journals, albums, stationary, or anything that would require me to write on it. I have a really hard time writing; my hand motor skills/flexibility when it comes to gripping things is very poor. I wouldn't mind cute note cards or "thanks for the swap / thanks for the purchase!" cards (with either my forum names (TwilightEyes/MissTwilight) or forthcoming etsy shop name. (which I still haven't come up with.)

Are you currently ISO any BPAL new or otherwise? What are your top 10 scents?
Yes, those would be in my ISO post which is linked from my wishlist. *grin* I think I have my top scents already listed in my profile.

Black Friday will be a thing during this swap, anything you might want that will be on awesome sale?
... no idea. I usually avoid Black Friday and do Cyber Monday. I know that the Lab/Post usually has a treat if you order something and I'd love to have the treat, but it wouldn't come in time. I'm really more in the swap for friendship and happy then for "getting stuff" and I would be happy with homemade or handmade things.

Do you like to cook and would you be interested in cookbooks? If so, what kind?
I like to cook when I have my own place... It is kind of crowded here and someone is ALWAYS in the kitchen so it kind of drives me nuts. I might have some cookbooks on my amazon wish list though.

Do you like games (board/card), and if so what kind and for how many players?
I like games. I'd love cards against humanity or exploding kittens. I think they are both on my amazon wishlist.

If you have a Goodreads "to read" list, are those mostly books that you do not have and would like copies of, or are those mostly books that you already have piled on your shelves/lurking in your e-reader?
I think on my "to read" list on goodreads, it is mostly things that I own but haven't read yet. My amazon list is a much better indicator of what I want, especially if you list it by priority. And I actually read everything on my ipad, so I would have no problems looking .mobi or .epub files that came in email or on a thumb drive....

Do you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, and if so would you like handmade firestarters or scenting bundles to throw on it? (think bundles of apple wood chips and cinnamon bark, or little wax/herb/paper bundles with a wick)
I do not have either a fireplace or a fire pit, we just have an area where we burn dead fall and things. Sadly I do not need any firestarters or scenting bundles right now, they would just sit and gather dust until it was nice enough outside to sit by a fire again. It's the rainy season and snow will be here soon.


You mentioned scarves in your questionnaire. Are you referring to a chunky thick keep-me-warm-in-a-snowstorm scarf, or a light and lacy could-be-warm-if-I-wound-it-a-hundred-times scarf?
If I mentioned a scarf it was that I'm a knitter and I have relatives who are knitters and everyone always buys or makes me scarves and I do not need one at all, thank you. I have all of the scarves. Light, lacy, thick fabric, thin fabric, wide, thin, long, short, knitted, striped, solid, designs, silk, wool, etc. Really, stop with the scarves.


Would you like to receive a photography print? My pictures are mainly of animals or landscapes. What would you prefer? Any favourite animals you'd like to receive a picture of? Would you also like to receive postcards? You can view some of my pictures on http://www.by-ellen.com
The web page didn't work for me, I got a grey screen with some different options at the top, but no photos. It's ok, I don't have room for any more artwork right now since I have downsized from a 4500 square foot home to a small basement to one room. All of my artwork is packed up right now.   If I were go get my shit together to actually bake before December 7, would you have any interest in fruitcake?
I am not really a fruitcake fan, but one of my friends sent me a recipe for pear/cherry/almond/marzipan fruitcake that uses amaretto. And it was really good. (it was really hard finding dried pears though.) But the traditional kind of fruitcake? Um... probably not.   If I were still feeling the alcoholic spirit and decided to make boozy chocolate balls of some sort, do you have a preference for bourbon, rum or Irish whiskey?
Mmmmmmm boozy chocolate! We usually do rum balls but I'd be up for whatever! I might have to try using some Sinfire or something this year ... cinnamon chocolate boozy balls. We're going to make some bailey's fudge in the next couple of days. (we = my mom. I will probably just watch since I am still sick.)

twilighteyes

twilighteyes

 

Christmas Swap Help

Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!?
Absolutely!

Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one?
Yes, I would love something like that. I'm currently trying to keep a couple of herbs and a miniature rose alive. I do love roses.

How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc).
No mittens and I probably wouldn't wear hats. But socks are good, and I love fingerless gloves.

What kind of snacks do you like?
Cheese, nuts, olives, peppers, jerky . . . Whatever doesn't have a lot of sugar or carbs right now would be awesome, especially with the holidays!

What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of?
No idea . . . Sometimes I find really fun decorations for the holidays there. And I can always use battery-powered candles.

If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why?
I'd go back to London!

If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like?
I would love a hair gloss, maybe with very good vanilla.

If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of?
Either, probably a literary theme.

When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info?
Fair with sensitive skin, green eyes, long brown hair. Picky about cosmetics, but I do like nail polish if I can get it to stay on! I don't do artificial nails or eyelashes.

Christmas decor this year:
Just moved into a new apartment, so I don't know how much I'm going to have handy *to* decorate. (I have some space, though.) I do still get a kick out of Charlie Brown Christmas decorations, no matter how cheesy they get. I love retro, old-fashioned, Victorian, pretty much anything . . . Are there Gothic Christmas directions? Also, I need more Krampus in my life.

Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying?
I don't have a ot of time for new crafts and hobbies, although I've been thinking about making candles. (Random, I know!)

Would anyone mind bath and body works items? Such as hand sanitizer, lotion, candles, car scents or soap? I use the sanitizer all the time. I have a lot of their lotions already, but hand soap, candles, sprays, and their lip care items.

Any Lush showergel (or other product) you'd like to try? I sort of collect their showergels, mostly from The Kitchen. So if there's anything you'd like to try, now's the time to tell! I adore their "Silky Underwear" and "T for Toes" has just about saved my relationship! There are a lot of Lush products I haven't tried, however, including showergels. I can't use bath bombs right now, but anything for the shower is great.

Do you like licorice or would you like to try it? Would you prefer salt or sweet? Not crazy about licorice itself, although Possets' Liza and Venus Black are two of my favorite scents ever.

I live in The Netherlands but I will visit England soon and might pay a visit to Germany. Anything special from here that you'd like to try?
I can't think of anything . . . Except maybe airline tickets!
is you BPAL wishlist updated? If not: please do! I just updated. Still waiting on most of my Halloween and Lilith decants, however, so that could change.

Oh, and maybe, just in case, I should answer my own question! As far as sweeteners go, stevia is my friend right now. I can also do Splenda/sucralose about twice a week. Sugar alcohols in very small doses are also OK.

mountainwitch

mountainwitch

 

12 days of christmas 2016

Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!?
Most yarny things are too hot for me to wear. A hat or fingerless gloves/mittens will be nice though! But please no itchy yarn.

How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations?
Yes!   Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one?
no sorry. Plants will probably die in here. Because I forget to water them, but also because my cats like to eat them.

How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc).
I'm not interested in handknitted socks, but I love fingerless gloves/mittens or a nice hat.   What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try?
No jerky (I'm a vegetarian) but yes to all the others.   What kind of snacks do you like?
what not? chocolate, nuts, all sort of savory snacks. As long as it's vegetarian.

What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of?
I love dollar stores! But there isn't something in particular I'd like to buy there.

If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why?
One place only??? Noooo not possible. Places I've never been that I'd like to travel to: New Sealand, Iceland, Australia, India (to see Tigers in the wild!), Sumatra (also because of the tigers there, but also Orangutans!).
Places I've already been to that I love most: Costa Rica (nature and animals!), Thailand, Vietnam, Norway.
If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like?
That'd not easy! Patchouli blueberry maybe...

If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of?
Traditional artwork. I love Kingfishers so a Kingfisher painting or figurine would be awesome.

When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info:
I have a light skin. My hair is brown most of the time, though at the moment it's dark reddish/purple. It's an a-symmertrical bobline that's too short for any accessories. I have blue eyes.

Christmas decor this year:
None, sorry!

Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying?
No.   Question for the group! Would anyone mind bath and body works items? Such as hand sanitizer, lotion, candles, car scents or soap?
Yes! But no hand sanitizers or car scents, won't use that.   Homemade food?
No, sorry   Handsewn bag?
Only as a shopping bag. I'm very picky on handbags.   Cross stitch?
Nope, sorry.   Knitted items?
Ehr it isn't knitting.. But I really like those crochet skull armwarmers.   Steampunk?
Yes!   Paper journals?
Wouldnt use them I'm affraid   Socks?
Yes! EU size 41/42   Cookbooks?
Nope   To read list?
I'm not that much of a reader, sorry.   Candle scents?
Posted my favorite notes in my q'naire   Games?
No.   Raw honey?
No   Jam?
Never eat jam, sorry.   Garlic dill pickles?
Yes! But please no gherkins or (string)beans.   Rose petal liqueur?
Yes yes yes!   Applesauce?
Also a yes   Yarn?
No, own too much of that.   Dried honeycrisp apples?
Yeeeeeesss!   Christmas decor this year?
None   Licorice?
As long as its vegetarian so no gelatin.   Office supplies?
Sure   Bar soaps or bath gel?
Bath or shower gel! Sort of collect them. But nothing against soap bars, like them too.   Candles, wax melts or incense?
Never incense. I like candles or wax melts, but I have too many of them so I'd say no.   Sweeteners?
I prefer not. i prefer real sugar/maple syrup/honey as a sweetener.   Shakespearean swag?
No   Fave christmas story?
Nothing I could think of.   Books in series in order?
Yes, always in order.   Trader Joe's?
We don't have those shops here so surprise me!   Spicy/cheesy/sour snacks?
I like spicy or cheesy. No sour snacks or candy please.   Preference numbered packages or random selection?
Numbered! Would be too hard for me to make a choice myself   ISO BPAL?
This years Halloween: Apple X, Honeyed Apple
Lilith: Spider witch
Also listed some on my Pinterest board.   Top 10 fave BPAL?
Aaaarhg that's difficult! I'll list some of my favorites, in no particular order:
Snake Oil
Winter solstice lunar eclipse
Aizen Myoo
Rosy Maple
Miskatonic university
The worst pillow
Velvet unicorn
Sjöfn
Australian copperhead
De vos unicorn
Bitches love unicorns
All the dust of the land
In brightness and in joy
Samhain
Third charm   Do you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, and if so would you like handmade firestarters or scenting bundles to throw on it? (think bundles of apple wood chips and cinnamon bark, or little wax/herb/paper bundles with a wick)
No, don't have that   What animals do you think are considered cute? Kingfishers, cats, dogs, gecko's, foxes, chameleons, owls, tigers, lions, birds of all sorts, polar bears. But I actually like all animals...   If you have a Goodreads "to read" list, are those mostly books that you do not have and would like copies of, or are those mostly books that you already have piled on your shelves/lurking in your e-reader?
I don't have a Goodreads account.   Perfume wishlist (asked through DM):
Drink me
Eat me
All souls
Shadow in the elevator
Edith cushing
Black moths
Bewitched
Ligeia: Incipient Madness
Metamorfosis: eastern coma
Venustas
Very pink surprise cake
Jezebel
O
Spellbound
Rakshasa
Lush: Amelie Mae (was on sale last week, but I forgot! And when I came, it was sold out :'(   Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one? No thank you   Favourite flowers to sniff: I'm not that much into flowers scents. But I do like the smell of rose and lavender.   Thinking about your package arriving and unwrapping, would you prefer more foody items or more non-foody things?
Whatever my snow angel decides!   Name a handful of things you would LOVE to see in your 12 Days gifts!
I like receiving things that aren't available here. Local snacks or candy. Or other things that I just can't get over here. Other than that: I trust my snow angel will make this swap awesome! So I trust everything you choose to give me will be the best!   If I were go get my shit together to actually bake before December 7, would you have any interest in fruitcake?
Sure! If it survives shipping...   If I were still feeling the alcoholic spirit and decided to make boozy chocolate balls of some sort, do you have a preference for bourbon, rum or Irish whiskey?
Nope please don't. I'm not that much into booze anyway, but I hate chocolate combined with it.

Nemi25

Nemi25

 

Snow Angel Q&A

Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!?
Absolutely. I would love this. Especially a lap blanket or sweater. Or a cowl for my pup.   Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one?
Wow, I love plants and gardening, so yes. My favorite flowers are peonies and african violets.   How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc).
I feel really good about knit socks and beanies.

What kind of snacks do you like?
My typical snack is granola, muesli, or crackers and cheese.

What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of?
No idea, but I'm down for a surprise!

If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why?
Currently, Alaska. I would die to see the Northern Lights this year.   If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like?
It would be a perfume, with heavy tobacco notes, vanilla or honey, and apple.   If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of?
Traditional, something spooky or abstract.   When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info?
I am fair, with olive toned skin. Not sensitive skinned. Green eyes. Brown hair. I like minimal makeup, but with impact. I've been obsessed with Kosas lipstick lately and gold/bronzey eyeshadow.   Christmas decor this year:
Very forest-y.

Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying?
Any. I am always interested in learning new crafts and taking up new hobbies.

Do you like office supplies like pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, etc?
Oh yeah, love. All of the above. I can't get enough of .38 pens. OMG and magnets! And thumb-nails!

How do you feel about spicy, cheesy, or sour snacks?
I am so into all of those. Especially the cheesy spicy ones. Hot cheetos? Calling my name.

Would you like any cook-able mixes like for soup or baked goods, cooking ingredients like spices, sugars, salts, oils, or cooking gadgets?
Yes...Spices are my jam. And jam. And soup, and sugars, and seriously anything. I'm getting so hungry now.

Would you prefer bar soaps or bath gel?
I would have answered gel, but that was until someone mentioned Paintbox soaps in another topic. So both?

Candles, wax melts, or incense - yea or nay?
Yay to all, with preference leaning to incense and candles.

Jewelry - any preference about length of necklaces, earrings, etc?
I can't wear necklaces because they weigh too heavily on my previously broken collar bone, even the dainty ones, but I treasure beautiful earrings.

How do you feel about sweeteners? Do you prefer sugar, stevia, sucralose, etc.? Anything in particular to avoid?
I prefer sugar, nothing to avoid.

Bath & Body Works:
I love their candles and am a huge sucker for marshmallow, woodsy scents, and assorted pumpkins.   Lush shower gels:
Rose Jam!!!! Or the honey one.   Licorice:
Sure do.   Stuff from The Netherlands, England, Germany, etc.:
Oh my yes!!   Handmade items & homemade food:
Yes and yes! I will eat all of your home treats. Homemade dog treats???   Shakespearean swag:
Hm, no. I was always more of a John Ford girl.   Favorite Christmas story:
Twas' the Night Before Christmas   Numbered packages or random:
Your choice!!   Goodreads or other wish lists:
I don't have either, but I love surprise books. I read pretty much anything.   Books in a series-- in order?
Eh, unimportant.   Trader Joe's:
I don't have one near me and I am obsessed with cookie butter.

Shoe size:
7-7.5

n0menclature

n0menclature

 

12 Days of Christmas - questions!

Updated 7th November!

is your BPAL wishlist updated? If not: please do!
It's mostly updated, but I'm currently going through the long list of scents that were released while I was out of the hobby - mostly between mid-2012 and earlier this year - and making the mega-long list of things I'd love to sniff. I really enjoy trying many things, rather than hunting down specific ones to wear forever, so there are certainly plenty of things off the list that I'd enjoy a chance to test.

Are you currently ISO any BPAL new or otherwise? What are your top 10 scents?
Ummmmm ... Top 10 (not really in order):
Blackberry Jam & Scones
MVJBA Pancake Breakfast
Butter Rum Cookie
Blood Kiss
Perversion
#7wordstory: Sloth
Anne Beany
Monster Bait: Bloody Mary
Sugar Skull
Anthesteria
but... I wear a lot of different scents, and if you asked me in a few days time I imagine half of that list might be totally different!

I'm particularly ISO a bottle of Le Pere Fouettard, and really keen to try Mother Shub's Squamous Sea Salt Caramel Cookies, Streets of Detroit, Gáttaþefur, Pottaskefill in particular, as well as Rum-Soaked French Tonka, French Vanilla & Madagascan Vanilla Rum SNs. Those are the ones I'd be most interested in blind bottles of, right now!

Black Friday will be a thing during this swap, anything you might want that will be on awesome sale?
I dunno enough about Black Friday to answer that question, I'm afraid! I think it's different here...

What's your shoesize? Would you like to receive socks?
Size UK 6, most of the time. Socks are great if they're cotton
Do you have any interest in Shakespearean swag (insult mugs, play themed lip balms, oodles of other possibilities) or general performing arts related goodies?
Yeah, though I prefer plays to read than play-associated stuff, I think.

What is your favorite Christmas story - be it book, movie, cartoon - and if there are various versions, which is your favorite?
Muppets Christmas Carol. 100%. All the way.

Do you have a preference for numbered packages or random selection?
Either is good!

Do you have any external wishlists, Goodreads, or anything else that you might not have listed in your survey?
Nothing that's particularly up to date, I'm afraid. I want to read all the books on this year's Man Booker shortlist, though, if that's helpful.

For books that are part of a series, do you have a strong preference for whether you receive them in order, assuming that any overarching plot is reasonably easy to pick up on and the main story is self contained?
I would definitely prefer to read things in order where possible

Would you be interested in:
- Dried honeycrisp apples - sure!
- Applesauce (with red hots for sweetness and cinnamon) - yes please
- Rose petal liqueur - I'd love to try some
- Blackberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, or Peach Jam - definitely
- Baked or homemade goods - sure, if you can avoid my allergies, which are many and varied, but particularly nuts & wheat...
- handsewn project bags or makeup bags? - honestly not really - I have a handmade dice bag from a dear friend and not much need for any others
- yarn, roving, batts, fiber? - nice cotton yarn would be amazing, especially chunky stuff or variegated stuff, as I can't find any anywhere!
- any cross stitch items like a small wall hanging or bookmark? - inappropriate wall hangings please. Bonus points if suitable for a work office where swearing is fine but naked people are definitely not...
- if you said you'd want a knitted item, are there any particular favorite patterns you'd like - I guess a shawl or some gloves, but I don't have any ideas for patterns I'm afraid!

If you said you liked candles/incense/etc., what are your favorite scents for such things
Not a huge incense burner, but I like warm spicy scents in candles.

How do you feel about sweeteners? Do you prefer sugar, stevia, sucralose, etc.? Anything in particular to avoid?
I think I have no particular feelings about sweeteners!

Do you like office supplies like pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, etc?
YES. Good pens are everything.

How do you feel about spicy, cheesy, or sour snacks?
Hungry spice depends on how spicy, cheesy is almost always good, sours less so.

Would you like any cook-able mixes like for soup or baked goods, cooking ingredients like spices, sugars, salts, oils, or cooking gadgets?
Cooking ingredients interest me, but cookable mixes often have stuff in that I can't eat, sadly. Good, weird salt is something I would love.

Would you prefer bar soaps or bath gel?
Neither, I'm afraid, due to my temperamental skin.

Candles, wax melts, or incense - yea or nay?
Candles for preference, but I'm not massive on them.

Jewelry - any preference about length of necklaces, earrings, etc?
Not really - I wear all sorts, it just depends on the outfit!

Any Lush showergel (or other product) you'd like to try? I sort of collect their showergels, mostly from The Kitchen. So if there's anything you'd like to try, now's the time to tell!
I'm interested in their massage bars and hair stuff! Bath & shower things no, because of the skin, but the massage bars seem like I'd be able to use them and I'd love to try one.

Do you like licorice or would you like to try it? Would you prefer salt or sweet?
Nah thank you, I have tried it and naaaaaah

I live in The Netherlands but I will visit England soon and might pay a visit to Germany. Anything special from here that you'd like to try?
I live in England so I'm good for British stuff, but stollen is a Thing I Like Even Though I Shouldn't Eat It...

Do you have a spreadsheet?
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tPrDdW-fgyq8C-hBA7_uumBL9_p2BC5EV2ixzWd-vs0/edit?usp=sharing&authkey=CKDvxJIM
It's a bit... intense.

I love crocheting, it's my favorite hobby. Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!?
I love soft feely things, but it depends on the yarn you're using. Cotton yarn is always a safe option but lots of other things can set off my eczema.

How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations?
<3 them, but again the yarn is sometimes an issue.

How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc).
I would love a pair of cotton yarn fingerless gloves! I also like socks but have never had a hand knit pair that didn't make my feet itch

What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try?
I like salty things! No nuts, but I really love all sorts of other salty snacks - I was once given a packet of home made pork scratchings and they were the tastiest thing. Dried fruit sounds good - I have a secret love for the dried cranberries & raspberries coated in thick yogurt you get in Pret over here... Honey and jam are occasional treats too. Jerky I don't have enough experience with to know whether or not I love it!

If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why?
I'd go back to Australia for a while. I loved living there, and I miss my friends over there.

What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of? For example, I always love those silly expandable sponges.
See, I've not been to enough dollar stores to know the answer. If they're generally like pound shops over here, then garden stuff is often a good bet - I love getting seeds & bulbs to grow, bonus points if they're a bit of a mystery - or stationery, pens & pencils, daft cards to send on to people.

Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one?
I have a small back garden for the first time in my life, this year, and I grew tomatoes and raspberries and wildflowers. Now I'm hunting for interesting herbs I can plant in the middle to make a gorgeous herb garden. I think my favourite flower is probably forget-me-nots or irises, and I love the way honeysuckle and jasmine smell - though I'm not so keen on floral scents.

Christmas decor?
I am decorating for Christmas but I'm hoping it will be all reusable things except for the candles. It will be a secular Christmas, and probably silver and red, but since I've been out of the country so much recently I barely own any decorations...

When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info?
I don't wear makeup because of my skin conditions - it just completely dries me out. Very occasionally I wear bright eyeliner and a touch of mascara, but only once or twice a year.

Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying?
I'm just starting to try oil pastels, but I am rubbish at drawing... I want to try glass blowing, making silver jewellery, and falconry. Those are hard things to put in a flat rate shipping box, I realise.

If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? (everything from prose to the specific selection of notes)
Oooooh. Smoky, foody, with a little bit of fruit. I guess vanilla, vetiver and jam would probably feature in some form... It would probably have a description related to journalism or mental health. Or both.

I love drawing! Either fanart chibis on the tablet or portrait work in graphite pencil... but it's been a while..so I'd love to use this as an excuse to draw something for you! If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of?
Traditional artwork, I think, and probably a drawing of a group of friends and I. Or our tabletop game characters!





mazaru

mazaru

 

12 Days of Christmas 2016

Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!? I would adore a cowl or lap blanket!!

Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one? no, I am not into planting or gardening at all. I kill anything I have, no matter how hard I try not too. But, I love Tiger Lilies, they are my favorite flowers.

How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc). not for me, thanks.

What kind of snacks do you like? I am willing to try new things, just nothing with bugs.


What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of? I can't think of anything, really.

If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why? Scotland. I've just always felt drawn there, ever since I was a kid.

If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? I have absolutely no idea. Something foodie, with cinnamon and vanilla, maybe

If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of? probably something traditional, maybe something with my dogs or my kid

When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info I am not a big makeup wearer. Usually just mascara and a red lip or gloss

Christmas decor this year: we are continuing Halloween at Christmas time.

Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying? not right now. I have about 6 I work on at any given time, my husband would probably kill me if I try anything new at this point lol

syrenemyst

syrenemyst

 

[12 Days of Christmas] Circle Questions

CIRCLE QUESTIONS : 12 Days of Christmas ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・° 彡 ☆彡☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・° 彡 ☆彡☆.。.:*☆ **Dear Snow Angel, I want to start off by writing an apology in advance. I write a lot, and often, I write too much. I so very sorry you have to get through much walls of text ;-; ♡ celestia ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・° 彡 ☆彡☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・° 彡 ☆彡☆.。.:*☆           I love crocheting, it's my favorite hobby. Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!? SCARVES!! I collect scarves!! My favourite ones are suuuuuuuuuuper long, soft and plush x3 mmmm .. Maybe a hooded scarf? part scarf part cowl? love a white/off-white/ivory/cream post-apocalyptic inspired design like this! but maybe with your twist on it in crochet? ;D   How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc). I dont particularly wear socks but.crotchet lacework wrist cuffs like these - the kind that flare to accommodate the hand? ;D WHY VERY YES, ID LOVE A PAIR..IMMENSELY **cant contain excite* ... maybe ...if we're going with my other aesthetic, a post apocalyptic theme, "trashy and raw" like this, something to fit a similar aesthetic? with knit instead? buckle straps? I have two very different styles x3   How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations? I COLLECT THESE. YES YES AND YES , ALL MY YES!! SAN-X's NYAN NYAN NYANKO CAT (kitties hiding in food)!! Fat, round, white chibi unicorns !! But you know what? If I'm to be honest with you...a giant amigurumi Poro would be my ultimate wish. I actually collected nyanko cat amigurumi from knitting friends to attach to scarves or incorporate them into giant headpieces/head accessories (like headbands) or necklaces. Most of my amigurumi gifts are the size of an outstretched hand..so quite large but I have many uses for smaller sizes ones too!   What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try? Dried pears! Dried jackfruit! Dried mango! Dehydrated/freeze-dried yoghurt (awww YESSSS my favourite!) , fruit leathers, freeze dried strawberries, Crunchy dried vegetables sound absolutely delightful! I It all sounds good to be honest, I dont know what local products exist in my own demographic, let alone in yours- but it all sounds very much like a YES PLEASE Although raw honey and jam are yesses, I think that might be too cost ineffective for my Snow Angel. If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why? Ive travelled to quite a few countries, and frequently still travel between three, so going any one place I can, inevitably always ends up being home. I did a round the world trip during my student exchange as part of my university undergraduate experience. Aside from my home in Australia, Ive been to quite a number of countries each in both Europe and Asia, and have also seen parts of Canada and the USA. A lot of the time, the globetrotting is mostly visiting friends and family. As such, ill assume this question asks which one place wed like to visit ;D   I'd love to go to see the Hanami season, specifically in Kyoto, Japan. Seeing the cherry blossom festivals there during March/April has been a longstanding dream of mine. Sakura/cherry blossoms are my absolute, favourite florals! I appreciate most of Japanese culture and do mean to visit eventually with my non-biological twin on our first trip, catching up but its the one place in the world Id really like to visit. All that pink, all that nature, all that culture- and all the noms!! *___*   What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of? Is there any white pearlescent aquarium gravel to fill out some clear acrylic holders for my make-up brushes? I've love metallic gold sheen or light muted rose pink too! Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one? This March, for my daughters 5th birthday we'll be re-purposing a wooden children's sandpit and convert it into a little mini outdoor herb and vegetable garden ;D so while Ive never received plants or gardening stuff, Im definitely a firm yes! I love a lot of flowers!! My scent profile includes an abundance of, albeit sweet, florals! I love them so much Ill have to group my favourites. Favourite flowers to look and touch: cherry blossom/sakura, carnations, sweet pea calla lilies, orchids, and tulips (and julstjärna (poinsettias?) Favourite flowers to sniff: cherry blossom, carnations, sweet pea, vanilla orchid, lilacs   If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? (everything from prose to the specific selection of notes) Excluding the desire for my own custom perfume decanter (not enough crystal makers out there!) I'd probably most want the only product I constantly wear- perfume. I have a holy grail custom perfume in one of my signature links that describes a pink/golden/ethereal scent. I've only currently been able to separate the two..but If somehow they could be combined into one glorious pink.gold.ethereal scent, that would be my ultimate custom blend. I imagine the general feel of this scent to share similarities with BPAL Haloes, to have a similar warmth and sweetness without the apricot note, more vanillic, golden, ethereal white, and perhaps even delicately pink-tinged. Altogether a very different scent, only a similar vibe. If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of? I'd love an oil painting or digital line-art, anime styled chibis of my little family as a portrait. .. Maybe a chibi portrait of my two children? ;D I'll upload a picture shortly.. maybe it's doable... but if it isn't, stick figures are okay too... just make it large enough for me to frame, because I'll treasure it no matter what! When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info? Make-Up Profile: I'm fairly light skinned, warm undertones- I have what people call "creamy asian skin". it's not ivory cream like my youngest, and not buttery caramel like my oldest.. I'm kind of in between them... maybe a C2 MAC Face and Body and NC25 during Spring and an NC20 during winter. I have blue-green eyes, pitch black hair, light Asian complexion. My make-up style is either super smoky and gothic (per post-apocalyptic style) or lolita/hime gyaru neutrals, pink/gold/rosegold/ivory- and that's only when I dress up. I rarely wear make-up anymore, and have since traded in favour of my BPAL/NAVA colllections (even my commercial perfumes get neglected in favour of them).   Aesthetic style: My "normal" clothing style is mostly chiffon, fine mesh, lace and silk A-line dresses, fitted at the waste or completely shapeless (read: OSFA), flowy materials that do not crinkle easily, floral appliques, fine rhinestone accents, fine glitter and thread (not the cheap sparkle), semi-matte sheen. My favourite clothing brand is a Japanese lolita fashion brand called Mary Magdalene. They produced my favourite, coats, especially A-line/flared coats with fitted waist/corsetted back, which I own in both wine/bordeaux and pink colorways, and a lot of my favourite dresses here (OP) and here (JSK). My other favourite clothing brand is called Demobaza and is post apocalyptic clothing aesthetic style. I also love h.naoto (Blood) and wear a lot of Liz Lisa.   Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying? The hobby I'm most interested in trying involves learning to record and edit videos into professionally presentable YouTube clips of my family's silly, daily antics. I have decent video recording equipment (a DSLR-> Canon 7D), decent audio recording equipment (Audio Technica AT2035 which use for streaming online games)... and i'll have a great CPU to handle all the power once I take my desktop in Australia to Sweden... but...I haven't actually tried it yet. I'm a little apprehensive of failing...because it's something I really love doing for fun but carries a lot of potential threat.   Christmas Decor? Do you Decorate? What is your theme and colours? On Decor (General): Our Christmas Tree (Julgrön) is snow white in colour to reflect the winter solstice which is widely celebrated in Sweden where I live (haha Christmas is just called Jul..or well, Yule), and we have neon rainbow christmas led lights which curl around it. When the room lights go out and the led lights go on, we get an amazing blinkage of dancing rainbow colours reflecting off the white of the tree...and the tree ends up looking pinky-purple. It's glorious! We all put a massive paper star in the main window *julstjärna" and candolier's underneath it, and also in in every other window we can possibly find.   On Decor (Family Tradition): Every year, those celebrating or visiting our little family during the Jul (Yule) period is invited to bring a spherical christmas bauble decoration. It can be any size, colour, design... it is supposed to be a representation of your identity staying with us over the Yule period. The only request is that it is a spherical/round bauble. Each year we hope to grow it by adding to the tree, to reflect each visitor's identity and personality. In this way we like to "welcome" extended friend and family together as a whole "family" on the tree... like a non-proverbial family tree!   On Theme: Our Yule theme decor mainly comprises cute crystal/swarovski glass woodland, fae, and fantastical creatures (deer, fawn, hummingbirds, rabbits, foxes, squirrels, butterflies, unicorns...and to some extent, fairies, and dragons). These all match the rest of the room theme colours due to being made from frosted or faceted crystal and glass. Together with our massive white tree, it is my attempt to reflect the Swedish celebration of the winter solstice, or midwinter (midvinter) aspect of Yule - that is, the focus on nature (ahaha... Yule Logs, Hearths... etc) - and also hence my particular addition of woodland creatures to the decor (a favourite theme of mine). It has a warm and mysigt (cosy) kind of feel during the light hours of the day- and transforms into a rainbow light spectrum (kind of my butchered take on the Aurora Borealis) when it turns dark at 3pm. I wanted to keep an epic Christmas feel (which for me is seeing our indoor christmas light show at night LMAO), but I also wanted to be able to make it look classy for everyday too.   On Colour: Yule in my family here means LOTS of rose gold, crystal white, frosted white, crystal glass, and light cream. The decorations are placed to make it look like a more glorious version of the same colour theme. We have a giant paper star in the window (ours is gold this year) and a candolier thingy that all Swedish households have in their window... ours is white and simple but eventually we'd like to get one a little more special to improve our theme- like an elk and deer/fawn or other woodland creatures.   I do have to be practical about decorating... I don't want clutter and I definitely don't want to feel pressure to take down decorations so I like stuff to match beyond Christmas... and be "okay" well into March. We're always busy with the kids and work, there's only my partner and myself taking care of the kids when they're out of kindy. Snow Angel, please don't feel discouraged if this is too difficult.. that's the position I'm finding myself in too ...which is why the main celebration room is still incomplete! haha ...I included a themeboard to hopefully help make more sense out of it all. What kind of collector are you? And do you have a log or a list somewhere away from the forum of the things you love, hate or already own? I'm an excessively scrupulous collector. I only buy what's on my wishlist and I do lots and lots of research for months before I decide to put something on it. I love making lists! I love planning! I have spreadsheets (current collection) on MS Excel/Google Spreadsheets, a transaction log (tracking my sales/swaps) on MS Excel, and databases (end/final collection) on Scentbase/Google Docs. I'm that kind of crazed, obsessive, and manic collector...but I share! and I enable! And I really like to chat and help others achieve their collection goals too! Would anyone mind bath and body works items? Such as hand sanitizer, lotion, candles, car scents or soap? I am stocked up on most of these, and don't really use the others   Do you like licorice or would you like to try it? Would you prefer salt or sweet? ;-; I come from a country of liquorice lovers... but I am not one of them Sorry!   Is your BPAL wishlist updated? I update almost weekly! It is the only collection hobby I have with a set goal, so yes, it is often very up to date ;D Do you like office supplies like pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, etc? I love San X Nyanko Kitty (Japanese kitties hiding in food, lol) stationary (writing sets, mechanical pencils in .5mm) but I don't really need anything else to be honest I'm all stocked up. How do you feel about spicy, cheesy, or sour snacks? ;[ I'm making a conscious effort to cut down and minimise this for the sake of my 4 year old, who is trying to copy everything I eat. And I would rather that she eat towards a healthier lifestyle...than one of junk food... having said that, I accept all the candy! ALL OF IT! I'm not perfect ;[ Would you like any cook-able mixes like for soup or baked goods, cooking ingredients like spices, sugars, salts, oils, or cooking gadgets? Cooking gadgets are most welcome! Kyaraben stamps are my current focus of interest, but kitchen gadgets that are fae or whimsical and have a very clean or intricate aesthetic- something like magic wand salt and pepper shakers, Cool Jewels ice cube tray, and other nifty little aesthetically pleasing kitchen gadgets. If you have good cooking hacks (they could be used as cooking gadgets hahaha) they'd be super useful to me too! Would you prefer bar soaps or bath gel? I don't use bar soal or bath gel- I do use body wash though, I don't really care what I'm using because it all goes down the drain. And I hate seeing great smelling things go down the drain. Candles, wax melts, or incense - yea or nay? I already have a stockpile of candles, and don't like using the other two. I'm sorry Jewelry - any preference about length of necklaces, earrings, etc? Length: hmm I like my necklaces to be about 24" unless it's teething jewellery for my bub, then 36" ! Earrings: I don't really have a preference.. but I'm super picky with what I wear as I don't tend to change it up like normal people ;[ I wear quite spendy, quality investment pieces because I'm not really "change it up". Of course, motifs of woodland creatures (deer, fawn, rabbits) or fae/fantastical creatures (unicorns, fairies, dragons) will be treasured greatly ;D ..especially in sterling silver or enamel.   How do you feel about sweeteners? Do you prefer sugar, stevia, sucralose, etc.? Anything in particular to avoid? Just sugar please (white sugar, brown sugar, unrefined sugar, rock sugar etc). I don't buy into the other stuff.   Would you be interested in: Home Cooked Food: CHEWY BROWNIES! Maybe a non-top-secret-family-only guarded recipe? ;-; I have no ideas for what to cook this Christmas. Handsewn Project Bags: Would a purple dinosaur shaped bag be super hard and out of the question? My four year old loves all shades of purple (the more the better!) and she loves T-Rex the most but appreciates anything remotely shaped like a dinosaur Cross-Stitch: Anything Kindred (from League of Legends) related.I love their phrase: Never One Without The Other. Here are perlers of the masks worn by Kindred (a LoL champion) . I imagine something to this effect as a cross-stitch might look more doable than just showing you a picture of the champion itself. DX   If you said you'd want a knitted item, are there any particular favorite patterns you'd like - pinterest? ravelry bundle? How about favorite colors for whatever you'd like? For some reason I always gravitate to amigurumi when knitted items are mentioned- Amigurumi Poro ? (a critter from League of Legends) ;D Id love to collect all kinds of Poros! I LOVE POROS! Ive just never started.. other than that, I dont really wear knitted items L   If you said you liked candles/incense/etc., what are your favorite scents for such things? I like candles but I have plenty. I dont use incense. I try not to light both as I have two small children who are entranced and overly curious by things that burn, and things than can burn.   Do you have any interest in Shakespearean swag (insult mugs, play themed lip balms, oodles of other possibilities) or general performing arts related goodies? Sorry, not really, but I am super grateful you asked! The most I have is a lolita JSK (dress) called 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' inspired from the Shakespearean play of the same name, but other than that and other Shakespearean inspired chiffon painting dresses in lolita dresses, I don't really hold much of an interest, even though the swag must be awesome!   What is your favorite Christmas story - be it book, movie, cartoon - and if there are various versions, which is your favorite? I wrote a super long answer to this, but it got deleted before I could post- so I'll just say 'Musavise'. It's a Norwegian secular song about a mouse family preparing Christmas Eve and the mother constantly reminds the children about a mouse trap and to be mindful of it while the festivities are being prepared. I do appreciate all the moral-motive stories that occur during Christmas but morals and thought-provoking stories about cause and effect should not only be a Christmas occurrence, ;P ..I like to think of Yule in a more secular manner.. Given that I have an incredibly, religiously diverse immediate and extended family, this is pretty much why I don't only lean heavily towards one aspect of it...and probably why I have trouble coming up with a favourite Christmas story.   Do you have a preference for numbered packages or random selection? I'd love them numbered so my daughter can feel involved picking them out with her "super awesome counting skills". Do you have any external wishlists, Goodreads, or anything else that you might not have listed in your survey? To be completely honest with you, the external wishlists not listed in the survey have more to do with big ticket items such as the CPU wishlist I'm currently building from, which is why I've elected to skip them. I'm getting most/all the parts during the Black Friday sales in Australia before I head back to Europe. I'm seriously really excited about it though, and I can't help sharing the happiness!   More on topic, a lot of my wishlists not included in the questionnare/survey, focus on stuff my kids.... such as..stuff to make with them (scrapbooking tools, dessert ideas) and Hime Gyaru fashion which I wear a lot of when not wearing Lolita (which has been for a while!). For books that are part of a series, do you have a strong preference for whether you receive them in order, assuming that any overarching plot is reasonably easy to pick up on and the main story is self contained? I prefer books suitable for reading to my children. So I would prefer receiving them in order to minimize confusion as English is not their first language (but I'm working on making it an equal native!)   Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? If not, would you want some of their famous delicious treats? (Cookie butter - original or pumpkin spice!, sweet plantain chips, chocolate covered potato chips, etc) There are a grand total of 0 Trader Joe's where I live. I won't lie, I'm not a huge fan of these and the appeal of non-consumables is far more greater than something from you which I won't be able to treasure long term, dear Snow Angel.   What's your shoe size? Would you like to receive socks? My shoe size is UK 7 / US 9... I don't wear socks, and have plenty of sockettes for my ballet flats, so thank you for the offer but please no   Do you like Steampunk? Would you be interested in any jewelry inspired by steampunk? I like the fashion but it is not my aesthetic. In regards to jewelry, I'm more into cute and fantastical motifs- deer/fawn, fairies, rabbits, kitties...so if you found a way to incorporate them into the steampunk aesthetic, maybe something along the lines of a steampunk inspired hummingbird (or other petite bird breed) flying inside a cogwheel? Either way, I'd think you were a genius of sorts!   I make paper albums and journals. Would you be interested in receiving something like that? Would you like some other type of handmade paper craft? Oh my! ..Such a lovely skill and talent you have! I'm starting my scrapbooking journey with my eldest so papercraft is welcome! We haven't bought anything yet.. I'm letting her see all the options and to have her slowly deliberate her decision (youngest is currently more interested in eating it all so nothing for her yet haha). If you had access to thick GSM paper, a paper album for all the scrapbooking would be PERFECT!   Are you currently ISO any BPAL new or otherwise? I make ISO hunting my mission to help unite scents with forever homes ;D I'm currently searching for my last, elusive BPAL scent, 'Elf v4'. It's probably my only HTF DISO left. Even my extended ISO isn't very big because I only wear BPAL and NAVA vanillas...I try not to actively search out super HTF rares because not only are they hard to find, they are also out of my budget. Because of this, I generally only dedicate scents as DISOs when I am mentally and financially prepared to take the hit, but I keep holding out hope that I'll be able to find another amazing swapper. I have lucked out on rare occasion...so who knows? x3 I guess if I were to make a current D/ISO within my own current budget, it would look a bit like this: DISO ✿ Elf v4 ✿ XCDL13   ISO ✿ Voyeurs Among the Cherry Blossoms (I think I'm entering a swap for this soon, yay!) ✿ NAVA Kobalt SL ✿ NAVA Crystallne SL ✿ NAVA Eternal Ankh ✿ Mrs. Dunbar ✿ Reapers Gonna Reap ✿ Spirit of the Komachi Cherry Tree   What are your top 10 scents? I love BPAL so much so this Top 10 entirely comprises this company. I only wear BPAL and NAVA vanillas and won't use other perfume oils. I guess that should make my Top 10 easy, right? Nope. I struggled WAY TOO MUCH with this question in the past that I ended up writing about it in my signature...twice, under two links!! My official Top Ten and Scent Profile are both in my signature. This Top Ten does not follow the same format as my official Top Ten and has been reformatted to reflect two distinct and equal categories (LE and GC insead of Everything Else and GC). It no way reflects everything I believe deserves to be in my Top Ten and I lament at the thought of some that got cut out. I am also expecting some new arrivals soon, but I tried really hard for you.   Limited Edition/Limited Exclusive ✿ 1.) Elf v4 ✿ 2.) L'Estate ✿ 2.) Amaterasu v3 ✿ 3.) Black Lace ✿ 4.) Serving Fish ✿ 5.) Reflected Vulva ✿ 6.) Ava ✿ 6.) Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending ✿ 7.) The Girl ✿ 8.) Celeste ✿ 9.) Volcano in Springtime ✿ 10.) Clockwork Couture: Female   General Catalog/Discontinued/Permanent Collection ✿ 1.) Antique Lace ✿ 2.) The Spirit of the Komachi Cherry Tree ✿ 3.) Haloes ✿ 4.) Fairy Market ✿ 5.) Titania ✿ 6.) Morocco ✿ 7.) Dorian ✿ 8.) Katharina ✿ 9.) Alice ✿ 10.) Yemaya   TL;DR: ALL THINGS Golden, Pink, and some scents black - but have a golden feel. I primarily gravitate towards Sugary/Creamy/Honeyed Floral and Vanillic scents   Black Friday will be a thing during this swap, anything you might want that will be on awesome sale? I'm really looking forward to the Black Friday sales because I'd really like to get some computer peripherals! If you're from the US and can fairy some things over, I'd love to piggy back some things (because realistically, Black Friday sales for me are the best and most realistic opportunities for me to buy big ticket items I've been saving up months/years for, such as our Thule Coaster XT. I'm really excited I finally get to buy it!! haha) Items 1-3 in the list below are all the things already being budgeted for purchase. I just wanted to share my excite for Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales ;O;!! Everything else is only speculative because I have no idea if they will even be part of the Black Friday sales.   ✿ 1.) SteelSeries Apex M800 Wired Gaming Keyboard ✿ 2.) Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse (RGB version) ✿ 3.) Asus NVIDIA GTX 1070 Strix (1.63 Ghz/1657 clockspeed) ✿ 4.) Pokemon Trading Card Game Booster Packs (any of the 3.99 ones haha) ✿ 5.) League of Legends $10 RP or $25 RP card on EUW (Summoner name: celestja) ✿ 6.) Pop! Vinyl Figure: Jinx ✿ 7.) Final Fantasy XV on PS4 Pro (PAL) ✿ 8.) League of Legends: Lulu Figure   Do you like to cook and would you be interested in cookbooks? If so, what kind? YES! I collect dessert cookbooks from all over the world in their native language ;D So far I have French, Swedish, German, Australian, Malaysian, Chinese, and HongKongese (lol). I'd also be super thrilled to receive a tasty dinner cookbook for beginning home chefs so my partner can get the hang of making easy and healthy (but delicious, please) family meals.   Do you like games (board/card), and if so what kind and for how many players? We are certainly a game-heavy household- and are mostly console (PS4, gamecube), social (tablet/mobile), and PC gamers To answer your question, yes to both! 3-4 players unless we have guests over, then obviously more. We're a gaming household We recently started buying boardgames for my eldest daughter to join in. I like strategy games (like Risk), creative/competitive children-friendly games like Rapidough or this Swedish trivia card game (name escapes me) which involves a gridded map and multiple tiered questions about a specific zone in the country which you had to guess the location for. I also love some of the new card games popping up on Kickstarter (Exploding kittens?)...Does the Pokemon TCG count DX ...We play and collect that as a family, too! The rest of the family want to start collecting Pokemon everything.   If you have a Goodreads "to read" list, are those mostly books that you do not have and would like copies of, or are those mostly books that you already have piled on your shelves/lurking in your e-reader? I don't All the books I read are from literary groups and Scholastic reading lists...for my children. So any of these books which send a nice and clear message or moral are just as appreciated. 'Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes' and 'Don't Forget the Bacon' are two current family favourites.     What animals do you think are considered cute? I think woodland creatures are cute, especially fawn, deer, rabbits, butterflies, hummingbirds, then of course, kittens, lambs, and can't forget unicorns !! I love these all so much, I own a majority of them as prints and motifs in lolita dress designs.   Do you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, and if so would you like handmade firestarters or scenting bundles to throw on it? (think bundles of apple wood chips and cinnamon bark, or little wax/herb/paper bundles with a wick) No fire anything here please. The only fire we're starting is the one that eventually lights 4 candles on the Advent calendar so that the room isn't a blackout during dinner   Do you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, and if so would you like handmade firestarters or scenting bundles to throw on it? (think bundles of apple wood chips and cinnamon bark, or little wax/herb/paper bundles with a wick) No fire anything here please. The only fire we're starting is the one that eventually lights 4 candles on the Advent calendar so that the room isn't a blackout during dinner   You mentioned scarves in your questionnaire. Are you referring to a chunky thick keep-me-warm-in-a-snowstorm scarf, or a light and lacy could-be-warm-if-I-wound-it-a-hundred-times scarf? Either material sounds great! I love chunky knit, I love lacework, and hey- I love lacework knit!! - the only caveat is that it needs to be soft to the touch (I can't wear scratchy fabrics, my skin irritates too much to ignore), and be long enough to wind-a-hundred-times. Not even kidding! I love LONG scarves. If you are skilled with the needle, and could make something like this hooded super-long assassin scarf (in black) [1], I'd love you forever. Here is another example [2] ..and here is too [3] (all from the same brand, Demobaza)   Would you like to receive a photography print? My pictures are mainly of animals or landscapes. What would you prefer? Any favourite animals you'd like to receive a picture of? Would you also like to receive postcards? You can view some of my pictures on http://www.by-ellen.com These are absolutely dear and precious! It would be an absolute treat to own a signed, monster-size print from your collection of the fallow deer, wolf or bluethroat, as a centerpiece frame for the living room wall. I couldn't find the exact filename to differentiate from the others, so I screenshotted the ones I specifically connected with. I love the fallow deer the most as a subject, but the way this particular fox was shot against the framing of those branches and the balance of the foreground greenery...and the depth from the the background flora... fantastic!   What are your most wanted BPALs? It's kind of hard to answer this because my most wanted BPAL are generally the ones that I'm still struggling to hunt down enough of. Elf v4, Jingo Kogo v6, Fée, Cherry Blossom SN, and XCDL 13. The not-so-rares include L'Estate, Serving Fish, Spirit of the Komachi Cherry Tree, Voyeurs Among the Cherry Blossoms, and Black Lace (2007 teal label). I do have a sufficient supply of the rest, so I've resisted as much as I can to not list them for this question.   Thinking about your package arriving and unwrapping, would you prefer more foody items or more non-foody things? ]I would most certainly prefer non-foody things, I suppose... because I cherish the idea of making any gift I receive, live forever... and edibles simply cannot honor that. Of course, I cannot say the same for my kids and man lol.   Name a handful of things you would LOVE to see in your 12 Days gifts! BPAL. NAVA vanillas, something to do with both my kids (which I now suspect you are doing, and am beyond ecstatic!), , a sewn super long hooded scarf like this in black (or a super long knitted/crochetted/lacework etc one with amigurimi attached to it which might take forever so don't listen to me), kyaraben for making food art, nyan nyan nyanko cat stationary, nyan nyan nyako cat amigurimi, a dessert cookbook from your country, memorabilia from League of Legends, Pokemon, and/or Final Fantasy, a glass fawn paperweight .. I've just listed everything here on this blog, haven't I... I guess pretty much anything on this list with thought put into it! I didn't want to miss stuff in case you made stuff not in this answer. I'll love anything you give me, snow angel! As long as there is thought behind it! Because that connects me with you and makes everything incomparably, more special! [/color]     You mentioned the possibility of including a photo of your children. Can you please either post one in your blog or send one to me here? OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMG!! My snow angel contacted me! HI!!! I included two photos (one via email and a separate one here), because a mother cant waste an opportunity to show off her children ;p   ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・° 彡 ☆彡☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・° 彡 ☆彡☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・° 彡 ☆彡              

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