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switch witch help - fall 2012

wishlists: amazon: http://amzn.com/w/1IXHS1IHZR3CI etsy: http://www.etsy.com/people/joyfulgirl26/favorites?ref=si_fav   Do you like s'mores and s'mores-flavored things? uh, so yes: i love s'mores, as long as they are gelatin free.   Would you enjoy receiving cute but useful items like colorful kitchen utensils/gadgets, or bento supplies? (boxes, chopsticks, accessories, etc?) What about things like spice mixes (homemade, or Penzey's for example)? yes yes and yes. my kitchen rug and towels are lime green with black accents. and i LOVE any and all spice - EXCEPT carraway/rye/fennel flavors. they will ruin anything for me.   What's the neatest freebie you've gotten? It can be cool or thoughtful or just totally unexpected, and not limited to BPALdom. i've been to burning man 3 times, so this question is VERY hard for me to answer (BM is a gift economy). i got a really neat scrabble tile pendant from burning man this year that i really love. it has a picture of the man on one side and the letter L on the other side (my first name is liz).   Do you like cute, seasonal or fluffy PJ bottoms? Like they sell at Target, Old Navy (they have had cute Halloween ones!) If so, what size do you wear? i love PJ bottoms, but i like the more scrubs-fabric type ones than the fluffy ones. i wear either a small or a medium, depending on the brand and store.   What kind of chocolate do you like? Nuts, no nuts, white,dark, etc? dark! no nuts! fruit and other flavorings (sea salt!) are fine, but nuts weird me out in my chocolate.   Are home made foods acceptable or does the idea of eating strange mailed food disturb you? totally love home made foods...just no meat, poultry, fish or gelatin (including, unfortunately, real lard for pie crusts). plz and thx.   I just gave you $20 and sent you into a "has everything" store ala Walmart and told you that you have to come out having spent it all, and none of it on anything you need. What would you buy? Be as specific as possible! eyeliner, eyeshadow, maybe a cute necklace. oh and a brownie. cause i love brownies.   What kind of cuisines do you like? (I mentioned this in my ?aire but curious what my witch may like)And, what are your favorite restaurants? greek, thai, indian, japanese, creative vegetarian comfort food. chain restaurants i like: carrabba's, cheesecake factory, red robin (mmm, veggie burgers), PF changs, noodles and co.   I'm from Canada - is there anything specifically a witchee might like that is only available here? maple flavored things are good!   What are your "fandoms" and would you like a t-shirt from TeeFury if an appropriate one came up? i am obsessed with star trek, all flavors, but i have a deep and abiding love and respect for katherine janeway from voyager. my captain! also, sailor moon, anything and everything neil gaiman,   Do you have an eReader and if so which one? i have an old school kindle. love it.   Do you like candles, or tart burners, or something? If so, what's your favorite scent to burn? i love candles and i have two oil burners. i love berry, citrus, greenery and vanilla-y scents, although i will burn pretty candles of any scent (or unscented).   Marzipan? yah, def   Would you be interested in washable/reusable muslin “paper” towels (basically muslin squares hemmed around the edge)? Maybe in some sort of box to put on your kitchen or bathroom counter? i dig that idea. reusable is good.   Do you drink alcohol and if so, would you be OK with your witch sending you homemade infused vodka? Also, does your state allow alcohol to be shipped through the mail? i love me some vodka. i do not know if indiana has specific laws on this. i will have to investigate.   If you get me (or a fellow Aussie, if there are any playing this round) as a witch or witch's minion, would you like to try some Australian specialties, such as TimTams (delicious chocolately cookies), Caramello Koalas (koala shaped chocolates filled with gloopy caramel), Australian native spices or anything like that? um, i am 100% on board with anything and everything aussie!   If your witch is a knitter, crocheter or sewer, is there a particular type of garment you would love to receive (hat, scarf, wrap, cowl, socks, fingerless gloves, arm warmers etc)? oh, i am quite a knitter myself...i have quite a knack for knitting myself whatever goodies i want, so i'll pass on this one.   Is there anyone else in your house (kids, pets, partner) that would really appreciate a small gift being included for them in the switchwitchy haul so they don't feel left out? my sweetie loves dark chocolate and botan rice candy. my kitty loves anything catnip.   Since it's been mentioned several times, and I've also offered to nacho witch some, would you you like to receive wild rice and or maple syrup? I promise to include recipe ideas with the wild rice. yes and yes!   I have 5 bushels of tomatoes sitting in the kitchen right now that are supposed to turn into red sauce tomorrow, so would anyone like a basic red sauce (spaghetti sauce) to make its way to them? absolutely!   How would you feel about a taste of (insert witch location here) box? love this idea!   Last year, my wonderful witch Alethia adopted a bat for me from batworld.org, a bat rescue and sanctuary. Bat's World Would you be interested in having a bat adopted in your name? aww, sure! i'm a huge animal lover...what a sweet idea.   Some of your favorite artists? Classic and modern? i love monet, escher, picasso, klimt, alex grey (LOVE his work on tool albums)...doing a swap with empresspixie got me interested in mucha as well...so pretty!   If you could have an image or certain subject painted for you on any type of "canvas" (on a box, on paper, on a canvas, and so on) - could you point your witch to some of these images? i love pictures of trees. branches, leaves, birds in them...all trees basically. also anything star trek (see above) or BPAL related (my oil storage box has the BPAL double cross/infinity symbol on it)   Is there a GC scent that's been on your list for ages but keeps falling off the bottom of your order because of the LEs? anne bonny, goblin and bordello spring to mind. also i can always use backups of nocnitsa, white rabbit, cleric and snake oil!   Nail Polishes? i have the nice ladies at the salon shellac my nails for me every few weeks, so i'm good on nail polish.   Stuffed things: yea or nay? gonna go with nay. i start feeling obligated to them and they just take up space.   Mix-in-a-jar? How to you feel about cookie or cake or soup mixes that come in jars and you just add, like, an egg or water or what have you? oh yes...all about it!   Would you be interested in beer, wine, or other specialty beverages from your Witch's area? i lurve red wine...cab sav =   Are there any crafts/skills you've wanted to learn but haven't gotten around to? And if so, would you be interested in supplies and tutorials? i need to get better at crochet. all i've done is edging on sweaters. i'd also be interested in beading and resin work. and yes, supplies and tutorials are welcome!   Who here would be happy to get a lil' sumthin sumthin from Adagio Teas? i like tea. berry flavors, greens and decaf blends especially.   Do you Ravelry? And if so, what's your handle over there? Would you be interested in gift patterns from your queue? yes/joyfulgirl26/hell yah!   I live near this very cool Retro store (you can order online too) - are there things from it that would make you squee if your witch sent them? not super into retro - although i do like candy!   Who likes Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses? wow, i can't say as i've tried them! i like pumpkin and chocolate though.   What does your kitchen look like? Colors/style? dark wood cabinets with brushed aluminum handles. black appliances. dark wood floors. granite-look countertops (black/brown/pink/tan). dark wood pub table. bright/lime green towels and rug. bright green/red/blue rug under the table. silver placemats. black candle holders and white taper candles on the table. kind of a mish-mash, but also bright and modern looking.   Witchee, what are your favorite quotes? "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." – Buddha   "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain   Put your iPod/MP3 player/what-have-you on random and list the first 10 songs it plays! (disclaimer: my music library is a mess, so i disliked this exercise, lol) gratitude - ani difranco sexy boy - air policy of truth - depeche mode julie with - brian eno when the world is running down - the police pushit - tool america - simon and garfunkel life in technicolor - coldplay better off dead - ice cube untitled 1 - sigur ros   What's one random thing you really like and one random thing you really dislike? like: sex (...hey, it was the first thing i thought of!) dislike: breaking a nail   Are there any herbs that you haven't been able to lay hands on that I could send you? There's an herbal shop I really like here in NYC called Flower Power that has quite a wide selection. nope, thank you!   If there are no "witchy" shops near you, is there anything I can pick up for you from Enchantments? oh wow, they're expensive, but the carved candles are amazing! i love the descriptions for house blessing, solar blast and bast.   Are you OK with "special deliveries"?/Is the address in your questionnaire the best place to reach you for said deliveries?/If the delivery requires a phone number (as say, some florists do) would you be OK with that information being tracked down by your Witch or asked of you anonymously? sure/yes/yes   Do you have any Fall or Halloween traditions? nope. i start knitting for christmas presents. that's about it.   Ninjas or Pirates? pirates. arrr.   I have an extra room spray and 2 extra bath oils (one Cephalopod, one Exhibit Hall Fatigue) from Dragon*Con - would anybody like a decant? yah, def!   What are some things you are OK with receiving gently used or homemade, and some things you absolutely do not want if they are gently used or homemade? i am totally a-ok with things like craft supplies, home goods, etc. that are gently used (yay goodwill!). homemade...the sky is the limit! i love any and all homemade/handmade stuff.   I live near a Mast General Store. It has lots of vintage-y toys, southern foods (jams, jellies, spices) and vintage candy. Is there anything I can get for you? anything edible is good. toys - in my experience - just collect dust.   Witchee, would you like it if I made you a "mix tape" of songs that I think you might like? And if so, would you prefer mp3 or CD format? yeah def! just no violent rap music or country, plz and thx!   I know it is totally the wrong season (for most of us), but do you like/have space to garden? If so, what do you like to grow? i do not have space to garden. i wish i did.   I'm about to be near a Lush store next week, is there anything you might like from there? omg omg omg. handy gurugu is my most favorite hand cream of all time, and i am nowhere NEAR a lush store, so i would LOVE to get some of this. i am also generally a lover of bath bombs, body scrubs, massage bars, body butters, lotions...all things lush really! (i will add that i got a jar of "charity pot" and really disliked the smell, but other than that i've never smelled anything i didn't love from lush.)   Songs that you keep meaning to buy but never get round to it? i think ani difranco has a new album that i haven't picked up yet...   Movies that you love but forgot to put in your questionaire?/Name one movie you keep meaning to buy, but just never get around to getting? v for vendetta   Any favorite Bath & Body Works scents/products? not a big b&bw fan.   Haus of Gloi is offering custom perfumes - would you like one? What would your ideal blend be? i have no experience with this company. i'd give it a shot though. woodsmoke, mahogany and clove sounds delightful. i'm apparently in an autumn mood today.   Any Bath, Body or nutritional type items you would love to try from a Natural and Organic food store (similar to Whole Foods) that you don't buy because they are a bit too pricey? flax seed oil/vegetarian omega 3 oil. i like to put it in my smoothies but i never remember to get any.   Are you a Disney fan or does even thinking about Disney make your head hurt? If you're into Disney, would you like something from the Happiest Place on Earth ? i'm a fan of jasmine from aladdin, but i have a soft spot for ariel too. my sweetie is OBSESSED with tinkerbell (which is hilarious, cause he's 6'3" and 250lbs, bald head, tattoos, nose ring, etc....then he loves fairies, rofl). we went to disneyworld last year and had a grand time.   Do you lust after some new socks/tights? oh yes, oh yes! but i am kind of specific and picky. i like knit knee highs, over the knees, legwarmers and tights. but i REALLY dislike traditional nylons (even incute colors or interesting patterns) and sheer tights. fishnets (and interesting variations on the fishnet theme) are freaking awesome and i can never have enough. and i love neutrals (grey, black and brown) and jewel tones (specifically blues and greens).   Are you a gamer (of any sort - video, casual, tabletop) and are there any games you want? i used to be a huge playstation/xbox person (mostly RPGs, FF7, FF9, chrono cross, fable, etc.)...then i was a huge WoW person. now i don't really do much computer gaming. i play scrabble sometimes, and the occasional board or card game with friends. i recently played cards against humanity and LOVED it. it's on my amazon wishlist.   Would you be interested in BPTP CANDY? omg. duh.   Do you like coffee? If so, what kinds? Flavored, fancy, basic? Beans or ground? i do love coffee of all shapes and sizes, but i really love well done dark roasts a few select flavors (vanilla and caramel both come to mind) . i dislike starbucks (it tastes burnt to me, boo), but i love seattles best, dunkin donuts, even mcdonalds is pretty yummy. i do have a keurig at home, so if you're wanting to send me coffee, k-cups are the way to go. i love green mountain's k-cups.   Would a Starbucks gift card make you happy or do you prefer your local place? starbucks is cool with me. even though i'm not a huge fan of their coffee, i love their chai and hot chocolate-y drinks in the fall and winter and they have good snacks.   CUSTOM-Made Pottery?? yea or nay? coffee mugs, rustic or more elegant? a set of bowls? soap dish? bird feeder? something alltogether different? and lastly, good colors for glazes...? oh man, i LOVE this idea but i am swimming in more mugs than i know what to do with. and i'm pretty set on all the dishes and bowls i need...so no, unfortunately, not right now.   Do you have a forum buddy? Someone who knows you and/or your tastes well enough to answer questions on your behalf? hrm...not sure. i feel like glambie is a pretty good buddy of mine (she's so freaking awesome). reallyzeb is a friend of mine on LJ, so she knows the inner workings of my sick brain a bit. also my childfree swap buddy earlier this year was empresspixie, so she knows a bit about me from that.   If you are on Livejournal, would you appreciate LJ stuff like paid time, custom userheads, stuff like that? If you are NOT on LJ but are on other sites that have similar paid-for services (Flickr, for example?) would you, and what are those sites/etc? yeah, paid LJ time would be wonderful!   A question, witchees: if you are into tarot, what is your favorite card? i do not know anything about tarot, although i'd be interested to learn someday.   And another question: would you like your own set of handmade rune stones or worry stones? sure!   Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cider, or none of the above? wow, that's a tough call. i only drink coffee in the morning. in the evening, i could be torn between tea, hot choc, cider and decaf...depending on the type of day i'm having/time of year/what i've been eating, etc. i keep a large stash of green and herbal teas, as well as hot chocolate at home.   Gum, hard candy, soft candy, or none of the above? i like ice breakers lemon cube gum. it is my absolute favorite. i also love soft candies (airheads freaking rule) but i have to be careful cause lots of them have gelatin. i like hard candy but i have sensitive teeth so sometimes that gets painful.   Loose tea or tea bags? Do you need anything for your loose tea? (Filters, presses, etc. i prefer bags for the sake of clean-up, but i do have the means to make loose leaf tea if you come across something really spectacular. i don't think i have need for any tea accessories right now.




switch witch help - part 2 - fall 2012

Do you do Goodreads or LibraryThing or a site like that? If so, can I see your to-read list, please? i don't, sorry   Who would like to have a postcard with lovely picture of a New Orleans something sent to your witchee by your faithful servant, A. Minion? sure! i love new orleans! i fell in love there once upon a time in 2001...   Zombies; Yay or Nay? meh.   If you have cats, do they like catnip toys? If you have doggies, would they like a super-reinforced canvas toy with a squeaker in it? gawain LOVES catnip. no doggies.   If you have kids, what are they into? whew, no kids.   How do you feel about wearable knitted lace? Shawls, wraps, and the like? i'm down. big lace shawls are one of the few things i don't have the patience to knit myself (socks are the other).   Looking at the warehouse, I notice that our lovely Greenwoodtree is able to do chart readings and/or forecasts at a very reasonable rate. Is this something you would want?   For those who like tea, what sorts of tea do you like? herbal/bedtime/relaxing type teas, green teas (flavored and non), berry flavored black teas   Candy Corn: yes, no? ungh, tough one. i can eat probably 10 pieces of candycorn before i start feeling sick, but those 10 pieces are SO GOOD.   I live in Japan. Anything you would be interested in from there? i do love japanese papergoods of all kinds. so lovely and delicate.   WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH YOUR ASS OFF!!! movies, comedians, black humor, your partner, a comic strip? what? oh, i suppose i like random (and sometimes dark) humor. a softer world is a comic strip i really like. XKCD is often really great as well. i also have penny arcade, sinfest, cyanide and happiness, PvP and least i could do on my comics feed. passive aggressive notes regularly cracks me up. oh and the "haters gonna hate" meme reduces me to a giggling mess.   The end of this month I'm going to Scarefest, the big horror and paranormal con in Kentucky. If I were your witch, is there anything you would like from there (skull jewelry, art prints from an artist that catch your eye, etc), or anyone whose autograph or photo or such you would dig? hrm, i really dislike horror and i'm too much of a skeptic to really get into paranormal type stuff, so i'll pass on this one.   You are meeting up with someone on a casual lunch/early afternoon thing. This person is someone you want to impress/look good for (for whatever reason, not necessarily romantic, and not necessarily for business either). What would you look like, given the contents of your wardrobe/etc? black slacks, bright teal top with satin trim, black sweater/jacket, black heels and my usual jewelry (teal spiral gauged earrings, silver chakra bracelet, silver serpentine ring). and either snake oil, leather phoenix or pteropus leucopterus, depending on the person i'm meeting and how i want to be perceived (sexy, sophisticated or fun - in that order).   You are to be let loose in a clothing store of your choice, to pick a full outfit, down to the shoes, the accessories, etc. and things would be altered to fit you if needed. What store would that be, and what would you look like? oh jeez...this is a tough one. i'd have to go with either the limited or banana republic, i think. and result would be a polished look, without being frumpy or boring - pops of color (plum, teal or emerald), interesting accessories and a little bit of sass.   Earrings i mentioned in the questionnaire, but i have stretched ears (4-6 gauge range) and i love twisty, spiral-y, dangly gauges. i refuse to wear normal (wire/post) earrings and always wear gauges to my (professional) job...even with a suit. i love them!   You open a box from the post office to reveal the 3 things you want most right now. What are they? (caveats: size doesn't matter, but they have to be tangible/buyable). a new couch (really, my current loveseat is falling apart), a nice string of pearls (maybe black pearls!), an interesting wooden ring   What is your holy grail "I'd kill to just have one drop in an imp" bpal scent? wow, i'm not sure i have one of those. i consider luna negra, mme moriarty and pteropus leucopterus to be my holy grail scents, though. coiled serpent, cleric, eat me and snake oil are my GC holy grails - i consider myself lucky to have HGs in the GC!   Are there any existing Weenies that you have your eye on, but haven't gotten around to getting? i put in a weenie order (which i'm anxiously awaiting!), but i left out a few with the intention of reading reviews, including: boo, sugar skull and third charm...i'm also waiting to see what the other half of the weenies are (is that still happening?) and the BPTP weenies.   My new job is at a consignment store where we have all kinds of designer brands for very reasonable prices. Are there designer clothes/purses/sunglasses that you desire/love? (Give some indication as to your "style" as well. For example, do you like bohemian-style frocks in lavender? Crossbody purses in black? Sunglasses that are round and bug-like?) oh hrm...i'm not really into purses or sunglasses. i carry a knitting bag and wear my burning man sunglasses all the time my style? uh...hrm. yogi/burner chic?   I realize that we had a similar question in the ?aire, but I need you Witchee-s to list at least 5 items, each ranging $20 and under from Amazon.com or Walmart.com. uh...hrm. a garlic press. hot chocolate (specifically this kind: http://www.amazon.com/Cocoa-Amore-French-Vanilla-10-Ounce/dp/B0058M8SD6/). uh...washi (paper) tape in a cute, colorful pattern. uhh...uhhh, shit that's only 3, i'm in trouble. um. a bottle of nailtiques 2 plus nail protein. VEGETARIAN gummy vitamins (the vegetarian part is hard to find, but they're out there).   My Little Pony... Cute or meh? you know, i have a feeling that FIM is probably amazing. unfortunately, i haven't found the time or motivation to actually watch it. i loved MLP when i was little, but i would feel kind of weird sporting any MLP stuff now that i'm out of the loop. so i'd go with "cute, but not for me".   Let me know what you like to do on the Internet to kill time. Flash games? What are your daily websites/blog visits, or favorite YouTube videos? LJ, BPAL, google+, burning man forums, pinterest, ravelry...god, ravelry is a huge time sink for me. thankfully i've forcefully extracted facebook from my life, otherwise i might still be spending a bunch of my time on there. ugh.   Lip balm - tube or tin? TUBE. DEATH TO THE TIN CARRIERS! (j/k...but seriously, i like tubes better)   Would you like to receive a journal or sketchbook? How about other pretty paper goods like post-its, notepads, bookmarks, letter paper/envelopes? journals and sketchbooks = awesome. stationery sets or packs of blank cards = totally awesome. post-its and bookmarks probably won't get much use from me.   Are you interested in audiobooks? If so, any specific titles? no thanks...i don't spend enough time in the car to make them worthwhile.   Bar soaps with some scrubby bits, yes or no? no, please. my skin is kind of sensitive to scrubby bits...my little poof works just fine!   Do you need any small electronic gadgets like flash drives and the like? hrm...nope, i don't think so!   Would you like a pair of knitted socks? i just bought myself a ton of cute socks from sockdreams (courtesy of *you*, my wonderful witch!), so i think i'm set for now.   Do you have any use for knitted dishcloths, facecloths, etc, especially if they were fandom related? nope, i'm all set.   Do you subscribe to any sample boxes, and if so, which ones? Would you like to receive some samples? (perfume, eco/"green," skin care, hair, music downloads, cosmetics, soap...) nope, not really my thing. i try to keep my skin, makeup and hair routine *very* minimal, so samples just tempt me to buy stuff i don't really need.   do you have a problem with nudes??? not at all, nudes are great.   Male or Female? either/both!   Paintbox Soapworks: Interested in anything from her? oh! i'd never seen this! avast & indian summer both look lovely...i could use body scrubs or lotions. (no soaps please, i already have too many!)   What's one thing you want, right now, that you're having difficulty finding? good, cheap, felt-able wool roving. i need like POUNDS of it (i make hand felted dreads) and for some reason i just can't find any for a reasonable price right now. BLARGH. also, energy + motivation to go work out. i have no trouble doing a regular yoga practice, but for some reason getting my ass in gear and going to the workout center has really difficult for me the past month or so.   are there any e-tailers you're desperately wanting to try? if so, any specific items/scents/etc? i'm trying to stick with BPAL for now. i'm open to trying other things, but there's nothing i'm seeking out.   Owls? yah man, owls are pretty great. in college, my sister had one of those owls you put on your roof to scare things away. for some reason we named it anal paul and it was our mascot for drinking nights. i do not remember how either of those things came to be. but yeah. anal paul the owl.   think geek: oh, here is my star trek nerdiness... http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/d255/?srp=12 http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/cc96/?srp=22 (!!!!) http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e584/?srp=27 omg lots more other things, but nothing i should have. it's all shiny, but it'll just collect dust.   What do you do to take care of yourself when you're having a rough day (sick, life not going your way, whatever)? knitting, yoga, tea or hot chocolate, sex, star trek, a china mieville novel, some sigur ros, ani difranco or imogen heap, maybe a shopping trip or a massage if i've got cash laying around.   Who here is going to be picking up JK Rowling's new book on Thursday? not me. i dig HP, but i have a ton of other authors i'm nutty about.   favorite and least favorite baked goods? faves: chocolate chip cookies, macaroons AND macarons, white or yellow cake with buttercream frosting, lemon bars, cream cake, banana bread (NO NUTS!), whoopie pies, oreo anything, cheesecake least faves: anything with nuts (nut flours like almond flour are ok, i just don't like big chunks of nuts in my baked goods) with the notable exception of pecan pie, anything flavored with anise   what size T-Shirt do you wear (standard AND babydoll)? standard - small or x-small babydoll - small or medium if its a particularly shrink-y brand   I found a fantastic little shop while traveling that had unusual jellies and jams. Would you be interested in trying something like Georgia Moonshine Jelly or TOE Jam (each letter stands for some kind of fruit, I don't remember which ones) or something similar? How about homemade jam in general? i like jams on my toasts. i approve of this idea.   Would you be interested in homemade herbal remedies and tinctures? sure, i'd give it a whirl!   gardening? sadly, no. i live in a 2nd story apartment, so i have no ground space to do any gardening.   Witchee, do you want anything from the Haunt update coming up on 10/3? I know it might be too early to say, but if you could look at the preview on the night of 10/2 and let me know if you want anything... oh hrm...not familiar with haunt. empire skin gloss looks pretty nice. nothing else is really catching my eye...   Do any of Villainness' Soap Box exclusive scents interest you, especially any of the Smooches/Whippeds? oh these look nice...i'll have to pass on the soaps, but i'd definitely try whipped or smooches in autumn gala, jack o, kill switch, proserpina or xia! although wow, the non-exclusive ones look great too...candy floss, cocoa berry cream cheese, crushed, decadence and jai mahal all look delightful!   Puddin' just put a shitton of old Lunacy shirts on the BPTP Etsy! Any ones interest you? i'm not much into t-shirts (more tank top + a drapey sweater or hoodie type gal), so i'll pass on those. the designs are lovely though!   Is there something(s) that you consider too spendy or too frivolous for you to buy for yourself, but that you actually want? ungh, yeah. a lovesac couch. i inherited a brown chenille loveseat from my sister after i lost all my furniture in my divorce. it is falling apart and is massively uncomfortable. i sat on a lovesac couch at the mall last year and fell. in. love. but they're like $3-4k. UNGH. cannot. justify.   Do you use or would like to try loose eyeshadow pigments? sure sure! i like dark, smoky colors, silvers, plums, aquamarines, etc. cool colors = good for this blue-eyed, pink-skinned gal.   Lab/TP update? i already got myself bottles of beaver moon, vetiver, monastery and boo. so don't duplicate my efforts, witch! but...BUT...i'd love to try any and all of the pumpkins...they all look amazing.   and from BPTP: any of the pumpkin flosses would likely get play too (i got a bottle of red, but i have a feeling i would use a second...). also any of the atmos or candles...they all look totally incredible! also...i've had bad luck with bath oils before (they cause my chest to break out)...buuuut...i think i would be willing to be careful and/or sit up in the tub for red velvet truffle...for reals.   Haunt? wow, palmist, winchester, cloak all look lovely! oh hrm, looking at the new stuff too...fates indeed looks amazing, as does cask!   If you had a fairy for NYCC, what exclusive scent would you kill to own? well, i'm a happy peaceful hippie, so i don't think i'd *kill* anyone...but badgers looks awfully nice. so does con cramp massage oil!   What do you think of Shiro Cosmetics Halloween Collection? oh, i dig all of this - i also dig the NMBC theme AND the fact that this stuff is vegan & cruelty free...excellent!   Godiva? chocolate good. /grunt   Apple Crisps? sounds delish!   California: nope, i think i'm set.   IngenuiTEA? it's a good idea, but i'm not sure i'd use it and i have limited storage space in my kitchen.   Comics: i'd love anything from the sandman series or v for vendetta. i know those are more graphic novels, but there it is.   Fusion Sweets? looks like most of these either have gelatin or would hurt my teeth (caramel and hard candies = ow. )   Do you want anything from Dark Delicacies or any of the Poe scents? i didn't see anything i *must* have.   kombucha? i have not had good experiences with kombucha thus far, so i will pass.   Are you dressing up for Halloween, Witchee? If so, is there anything you're looking for to complete your costume? newp!   Do you need any accessories for your smartphone (case, skin, etc)? newp!




burning man

warning: i am about to wax poetic. sorry, it's a subject i'm passionate about.   i make no secret about the fact that i am indeed, a burner. i am also highly involved with organizing the (slowly) growing burner community in my hometown of indianapolis, i do volunteer coordination for the great lakes regional burning man event (lakes of fire), i act as a black rock ranger during big burn, AND i organize a small group of folks (15-20) into a theme camp for the big burn.     whew.   i think that's my favorite thing about it...it is DEEPLY immersive, and it's not afraid to suck you in like whoa. it's not just a festival i go to. it's not just an amazing way to discover new, interactive art. it's not just an opportunity for me to push myself mentally, physically and emotionally to survive a week in the desert. it's not just a drug and adrenaline fueled week of dancing and debauchery. it is all of those things, to be sure, but it is also a mindset and a challenge to myself in my daily life.   it has given me the time and space to learn to be true to myself, and to listen in the quiet moments to discover what that truth is. it has inspired me to create, and to enable others to create. it has provided me a community, a family of crazy fucking people who drive me nuts and fill me with love and wonder at the same time. it has introduced me to new people, new places and new skills that were hiding just beyond what i already knew.   since i started going (3 years ago), i've been to dozens of burner events, and each one has engaged me deeply and then left me changed. so i guess that's what it boils down to...   the thing i love most about burning man is that it pulls me in and then changes me. and it lets me decide for myself what that change is going to look like. it's empowering and humbling and incredible.   thanks, witch, for inspiring me to write about this. it's brightened my day more than you know.  




Joyfulgirl's Switch Witch Questions


Witchee, would you like anything from the Trading Post Halloween update? https://blackphoenix...y/weenies-2017/
i'm kind of bummed, but honestly, nothing is calling out to me.


Awesome farmer's market by my house. They have a local honey stand (which also sells things made from local honey like Propolis tincture!); there's a small apothecary and she additionally makes soaps and hand-made, hand-poured scented candles; plus a guy that makes an array of BBQ and Hot Sauces. Does ny of this appeal? Would you like anything from my local farmer's market?
oh yah, that all sounds lovely!

Smolder Cosmetics. Do any of their products (glitter, eye dusts etc) appeal to you? https://smoldercosmetics.com
cool stuff, but i'll pass, thanks!

Anything from Strobe Cosmetics (http://strobecosmetics.com)?
no makeup, thanks.

How would you feel about getting Hello Kitty stuff?
oh, fun! i like hello kitty.

Would you like to get some favorite recipes?
oh yes, for sure!

Would you like anything from my shop? https://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaNut?
cute stuff! but i already have a bunch of cowls i've made myself, so nothing i need to have!


Would you like anything from the Haus of Gloi Fall Part II update? https://www.hausofgl...ween-scent-list
nothing's jumping out to me right now.


How do you feel about these little guys? I think they're adorable and kind of want them all, but especially the ghost and pirate ones. https://lovemomiji.c...imited-editions
cute, but they're expensive for what they would end up being at my house - toddler fodder!


Witchees, do you want anything specifically from this page? Mitts, hat, shawls, unicorn... http://iceweasel.net/switchwitch/
the big shawl is pretty!

What are your top three most wanted DC'd or previous LE BPALs?
black lace
monster bait: closet
snakes in the pumpkin patch (although that could change if pumpkin spice snake oil is as amazing as i think it might be)

What are some things you do NOT want to receive?
dollar store type stuff - i'm always tempted, but unless it's consumable, it'll just sit around and collect dust at my house.

is there anything from here that you might be interested in getting a print (or pillow/make-up case/etc) of?
nothing's really jumping out at me.

Claire's has some super cute Halloween stuff. In the style of Haunted Mansion - black lace collars, lace and sparkle masques and the like. A few items in Dias de los Muertos style. Would you be interested in such things?
the haunted mansion stuff sounds fun - not totally my everyday style but fun to play will. i'll pass on the dias de los muertos stuff.

Would you be interested in anything from Orange Thyme? https://shoporangethyme.com/ If so, which products/scents/flavors?
nothing's calling my name. the peony/rose and rosemary/mint oils look interesting but of course they're sold out.


Anyone like/want calendars or dayplanners?
i do all this through my phone, laptop, outlook and google calendars, so i'm good.
If you like stationery, do you like plain, colors, images, or specific DON'T LIKES?
i'm not super big into floral-y stuff. geometric, paisley and ornate designs are good.

What about general desk stuff like cool colored paperclips and post it pads?

Would anyone be interested in having any of Abigail Larson's artwork (either as a print or on something, like a pillow, blanket, or t-shirt)? https://society6.com/abigaillarson
oh i like the travel mugs - the black/white and red/white stripes, the la luna and toil and trouble are all adorable!

Does anything catch your eye from Ten Thousand Villages? http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/
oh it all looks amazing. i can't even pick one thing!

Would you be into receiving hand made (crocheted, sewn, felted, chain maille, scale, or duct tape, in my case, depending on the item) dishclothes? Scarf/shawl? Hat? Bag? Anything? Colors? (Duct tape, chain maille, and scales come in colors.)
i love beautiful hand-knit shawls in lacy patterns. i've never had the time/patience to make one for myself but they're so lovely.

Do you collect anything from SBUX like City Mugs, City Mug ornaments, City Cards, or Bearistas? If so, which do you need/want? Or would you like a City Mug or an ornament for fun?
i do not collect anything, but a city mug from my witch's city sounds fun!

anybody want homemade fudge? I can do chocolate with or without nuts, peanut butter, and butterscotch.
um dude yes. no nuts, but yes to everything else!
do you like spicy foods? I am currently addicted to these suckers and want to send you some buffalo ridged kettle potato goodness (https://www.billygoa...shop/1lb-kicker)
i love jalapeno kettle chips and sriracha sauce.

what would you like from the Weenies updatus giganticus???
oh yes. i'm eyeballing Dead Leaves, Black Plum, bitter clove, and oudh, Dad Leaves, Violet Candy, and Sugar Crystals and probably multiple backups of Pumpkin Spice Snake Oil
oh and the sugar skull BO and HG from the post - and probably some stuff from the post too, TBD!


do you collect the art cards that BPAL sends out? Any in particular that you are looking for or definitely don't need?
i don't collect them myself, so no. nothing i'm needing

Do you like this beautiful art, and she makes stickers and prints...SOOOO gorgeous: https://www.shannatr...om/paperprints/
wow, these are lovely, but i don't really have any where i would put a print. maybe a sticker though - i love the ones with deer.

Favorite animals or wild creatures or mythological creatures?
cats, deer, dragons

would you like any swag from the Depeche Mode concert? (pins, posters, shirts, program, dunno what they'll have!)
holy shit i love DM. maybe something small, like a pin?

Is anyone interested in the new Resistance scents that the Lab just released (Take a Knee and SN: Flor de Maga)?
yah, take a knee looks great!

Is anyone here into zero waste, plastic free living, urban homesteading, or any simplicity/minimalism-esque lifestyles? If so, could you use any tools or equipment?
that all sounds great, if i was single again i might be pretty into it. it's so hard with a toddler though.


Are you interested in anything from Bath & Bodyworks? Which products and scents do you like? www.bathandbodyworks.com/
i like vanilla bean noel from them - that's about it. i don't think it's out yet though. but i'm open to trying new stuff!

I am possibly going to a crystal / gem show tomorrow. I can't afford expensive gem stones, but...
What kind of crystals would you like?
ooh - pretty agate slices, geodes, crystal points, etc. all sound nice!

Pumpkin or Zucchini bread?
pumpkin! although i like both!

What kind of homemade cookies are your favorite?
oh man, so hard to choose. i like pretty much any, as long as they don't have chopped nuts in them (nut butters are fine!).

Could you use a muscle rub? (We make ours on the lunar cycle and it has menthol, wintergreen, habanero, cayenne, olive oil, st. john's wort, arnica, beeswax, calendula, and ginger. It tingles. We call it "Thunder Butter". If you have really really super sensitive skin, I would recommend against it. And don't take a hot shower or open all of your pores before using it.)
i've tried tiger balm before and it's pretty meh for me, plus my skin is sensitive, so i'll pass.

Interested in trying some of our rose petal (rose petals, sugar, everclear) or lavender vanilla bean (lavender, vanilla bean, vodka) liqueur?
omg, for sure.

Want some honey from the bees on our property?
yes, yes and hell yes!

Would you like some homemade jam? I have blackberry, rose petal, strawberry rhubarb, peach, and cherry.
gahd, those all sound incredible.

How about some homemade candied jalapenos with garlic cloves? I have regular and with habanero.
the regular sounds great for sauces and cooking!

I didn't dry any apples this year but I was thinking of heading over to Green Bluff and seeing if any honeycrisps are left. I have a commercial dehydrator so let me know if you are interested in any "Apple Crips" (as voodoocatwoman calls them!) I wash, peel, core, and slice before dehydrating.
yes, i love these! i have a small dehydrator, but a friend is borrowing it right now, so i'd love some!

Do you need any kind of dice bag, tote, project bag, cosmetic bag, pencil bag, or whatever? I have lots of bag patterns and fabric. We make bags under the name Twinkle N Twilight.
cosmetic bag is definitely needed. and maybe a needle case for my traveling knitting projects.

Or how about a couple of pillowcases?
my hubs is picky about our bedsheets, so i'll have to pass on that.


Would my witchee like this to warm up the fall coffee cup?? https://www.truelemo...gory-s/1871.htm
ugh, can't handle stevia.

do you like to take baths? if so, do you like oils, salts, things that fizz, all of the above, none of the above?
yes, and all of the above!

What style/make/etc of phone do you have? What about size of tablet? Laptop? Would you like decals, skins, or cases for any of these?
i have an iphone 6s, but i have a nice case + matching pop socket, so i'm good there. i am not allowed to put anything on my laptop, cause it's a corporate device. poo.


See's Candy. My absolute favorite. They have special Halloween candy..any of these pique your interest?? Cinnamon Apple Scotch Mallows, Pumpkin spice truffles, pumpkinspice lollypops, caramel apple lollypops, or any other of their chocolates, etc?
oooh these sound awesome - except the chocolate, which i have to limit due to migraines. the rest all sounds absolutely delicious.

Are any witchees into coloring books?
yah! i love the mandala/geometry style adult coloring books!

Witchees, is there anything that catches your eye at Animi Causa (https://www.animicausa.com/shop/)?
lots of cute stuff, but nothings jumping out at me.

If I were to find an adorable autumnal/Halloween-y dish/flatware/etc. design, how many settings would be needed in your household?
oh jeez. at least 8. that's probably not a good idea right now with a little one though, unless it's plastic or something else unbreakable.


Do you like Broadway shows/music? If so what are some of your favorites and/or ones that you hope to see or listen to eventually? Would you like merch from your favorite shows or CDs from shows you want to listen to?
i liked rent, but that's really the only one i've ever seen live.

I'm heading to NYCC in October! Is there anything I can get my Witchee while I'm there?
omg, yes, the bath oil and both the apple marshmallow perfume and HG!!

I'm going to Edmonton Expo this weekend (It's Edmonton's version of comic con). Would a witchee like anything from there?
i don't think so.

Anything catch your eye from this site (globalgirlfriend.com)?
ooooh, yes! what a great site! i love the pouches - i would totally carry makeup or other goodies in one of those gorgeous little numbers! the copper rings and bracelets are pretty incredible as well. the unity necklace and world tribe bracelets are lovely. i do already have some recycled bead jewelry, so i'm good on that front. the bath and body stuff all looks amazing.

Do you have any favorite, lesser-known stores? Especially ones that sell hand-crafted or independently made items.
i do, but they're local places mostly - my local new age shops and boutiques.

Imagine you're going to the most gigantic art & craft show imaginable, and money is no object - what kind of things would you gravitate towards and probably spend money on? Include as specific as you want to get!
things knit from bright, thick, squishy yarn. handmade candles or bath and body stuff made with local ingredients.


Are you interested in anything from Think Geek? http://www.thinkgeek.com
oooh, pretty much any of the star trek jewelery or pins. the game of thrones ladies tanks (a girl has no name and "i drink and i know things") are amazing.

Do you have something you wish you put on your original questionnaire/forgot to put/would like to add on to?
i don't think so?

Any additional misc. information about yourself you want your Witch to know? (I think this was on the survey, but again if there's something that you forgot...)
i don't think so!

If you could decorate your house (or one room) in any one theme, what would it be? Your answer can be as simple ("Star Wars" or "Baroque" or "Modern"), or complicated or a combination (e.g. Victorian Gothic) as you feel best fits.
i kind of have 3 different answers - my personal room? witchy/yoga. a family room? steampunk-y. play room for my son? star trek.

Aprons: Do you wear them, do you want one? Utility, decorative, cooking or crafting?
i do wear them, but i already have 3 of varying styles, so i don't really need another one.

BTW, would my witchee be interested in something like this? (photo of black and white striped knitted doll)
it's cute, but not super my style, and my toddler would likely destroy it.


It seems like there's a question about socks on the questionnaire, but I don't think it got down to this level: Do you wear them? Any particular style (crew length, knee high, anklet, boot, etc.) or fiber (wool, cotton, bamboo anything but wool, etc.) preference?
i like all lengths. i'm fine with any material as well.

Would you be open to previously-loved books?

What about partial-full bottles of BPAL or BPTP?
sure, of course!
So what are your favorite fandoms?
star trek, studio ghibli, the avengers (black widow specifically), lord of the rings, game of thrones/asoiaf.


I'm in France at the moment, is there anything here you might like? I'm in Provence, the land of lavender, so if you like that flower in particular just say so!
oh some lavender does sound lovely!

are you into divination? What kind(s) do you currently do? Do you want more books and/or tools for that type (e.g. new tarot cards, new runes)? Is there a new type of #divination you've been meaning to try, and if so, are you looking for the tool, a book on the subject, or both?
i'd love to try it, but i've never done it before, so i'd need some beginner level information and/or training.

World my Witchee be interested in a Tarot or Astrology reading done personally?

Does my Witchee need any magical supplies?
sure! small goddess statues, altar candles, TAL oils, etc.

Would you be interested in any of the seasonal (or regular) soaps from Cellar Door Soap (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com)?
sure! quite a few of these look lovely. i'd say my regular note preferences apply!


Favorite gemstones?
emeralds (my engagement ring is an emerald), rubies (my birthstone) and blue sapphires (my favorite color)

If you enjoy jewelry do you like discrete and elegant, flashy and gaudy, small and light, or large and chunky?
somewhere between elegant and chunky.
Any love of pirates or SCA?
not particularly.

Is there anything you would like from Disney World?
nothing specific.

Are you a Potterhead? If so, to which house do you belong?
i like harry potter ok. i always sort into gryph. i'm not like a fanatic or anything but i enjoyed the movies.
How do you feel about chokers?
pretty ok - not super excited about them, but they're ok.


Here's a few questions from me: Would you like some Halloween or other themed decor in the form of a banner, something like this http://www.etsy.com/...n-decor-vintage? If so, would you prefer a traditional style or a vertical door type?
yah, super cute! i'd use either style!

Do you live near a Trader Joe's? If not, are you interested in trying any of the numerous Pumpkin goodies they come out with this time every year?
i live right near one, thanks though!

Do you like to cook and/or bake? Could you use any specific ingredients (spices, oils, salts, extracts, etc.) or kitchen utensils/gadgets?
i do like to cook and bake. spice or herb mixes of all kinds are welcome!

I'm at Ocean City MD for bike week......would a witches want anything from here? Bike or beach related??
no thanks!
What is 1 thing you would love to see in your final box? Can be ANYTHING - your choice.
some kind of baked good or candy. i have a wicked sweet tooth.
Who would love some USPS eclipse stamps?
ooh sure!


Do any of you potential Witchees have any kitties, puppers, or youngling humans you want spoiled in your packages? What treats or toys do they like?
i have 2 cats who love catnip, and a 2 year old son (ethan) who loves trucks and construction equipment (despite my best efforts to give him a broad mix of girls, boys and gender-neutral toys...he loves heavy machinery!)

Is there any interest in any of the fragrance oils from the Nocturne Alchemy Weenies update?
i've never been into NA - i've received a few frimps and empties and none of them were really up my alley.

Is there anything you want from the trading post (or trading post etsy) that is available to order right now? (Fatherhood, Puppers, normal GC things)
i really need some TKO massage oil, as mine is almost gone and i use it for bedtime at least once a week - alas, it's out of stock. maybe it'll come back soon? i would maaaybe check out the pillory or wednesday's child. i don't really use hair glosses, i've never been able to get them to work for my hair.


Are you a gamer? If so, what games are you currently playing and is there any merch for that game you'd love to have?-
i used to play world of warcraft and it completely consumed my life for 4+ years, so i've kind of backed away from gaming. i do enjoy board games, but more family type games than serious campaign type stuff.

If you are a gamer do you have a steam/gamestop/amazon wishlist?
i have a few board games on my amazon wishlist - the link is in the stalking spreadsheet.

How do you feel about the following scarf options (assuming you're into scarves)? Simple eyelet scarf Chevron scarf Lacy and fuzzy Skinny rib knit (extra long for lots of wrapping) Leafy!

i like the first one the best and then probably the chevron. the others i could take or leave for my personal style. but hey, i made a wisp for my mother in law a few years ago!

Like beer? What styles most appeal to you?
i love dark beers, porters and stouts, however, i have to limit my intake due to migraine triggers.

Like booze? What kinds?
yah! i like good vodka and margaritas!

Like Wine? What kinds?
i like some white wine occasionally (pinot grigio), but like beer, i have to limit my intake because migraines.

Would you be interested in a set of hand-made hair falls? It's something I do for fun and I can make any length and do an array of colors!
uh, yes. i have several sets of wool dreadlocks that i've made, so this is right up my alley.

For those who watch certain movies every year for Halloween, what are those movies, whether horror or not? Any favorite horror movies that aren't necessarily on the annual-viewing list? How do you feel about fan-made merch for these movies?
i like the nightmare before christmas. other than that, i really don't get into movies much in general, let alone halloween movies.

Here's a great local soapmaker I love--y'all see anything you would like? https://littleseedfarm.com/
oh yes, honestly everything looks lovely!

What are your favorite/preferred Halloween/autumn icons/images? Any to specifically stay away from?
skulls, bats, ravens, witchy stuff. i try to stay away from día de muertos images and icons since that's not my culture to borrow from (as beautiful as it is!). i kind of like glam-witch themed stuff.

Do you eat candy, and if so would Halloween candy be welcome? Specialty candy from local or unusual sources? Chocolate?
oh yes. for sure. and i LOVE locally sourced stuff! note: due to it being a big migraine trigger, i can only have a limited amount of chocolate, but i still like it.

Do you want Fidget spinners, desk toys, or other frivolous things that you look at and decide you don't need enough to spend $ on but would make you happy to have?
no - unfortunately my team was recently moved to an open floor plan with very, very limited desk space, so i don't really have room on my desk for anything frivolous anymore. i have to utilize every square inch wisely already!

Any zentangle lovers, people who would like to try it, or would you want a piece of someone else's zentangle art?
i have never done it, but it looks like it could be fun!

Any love of hair toys, clips, ribbons, fascinators, mini hats, etc?
yah, sure! i don't wear them often, but they're fun accessories for special occasions!

What local goodies may be of interest? Local Honey, jams,candy?
yes, yes and yes. i would love anything specific to a witch's local area!

Are you interested in any prescription services like serial magazines, Birch box, ipsy?
i'm kind of weird and picky about makeup, so probably not that. i did graze for a while and enjoyed that though!

Would you like funky Halloweenie costume makeup like Gothic eyelashes, nail effects, black lipstick, etc.?
i have so little patience for makeup anymore, and my nails don't take paint or wraps or stickers very well, so i'll have to pass on this.

How do you like to listen to music? CD, 8 track tape, mix tape, Pandora or Spotify, I-tunes?
podcasts on my phone. for purchased music, i typically use itunes or amazon music.

Do you prefer reading on Kindle or actual book? What kind of books do you like? Would you like to be surprised with a scary, classic, horror book?
i'm equally ok with either kindle or physical book. audio books are best for me though, since my commute time is pretty much the only time i ever get alone. i'm not into scary or horror books - i typically like epic fantasy and sci fi. my good reads link is in the stalking spreadsheet, and i believe i listed my favorite authors somewhere below.

Candles, Incense, or wax tarts? Do you have favorite brands or Weenies scents for the home? Would you like to receive a wax tarts burner, incense burner, essential oils diffuser, or Halloweenie themed candle holders?
yes, yes and yes. wax tarts get the most use in my house, but i do use all 3. i have 2 wax tart burners already (one candle and one plug in), so i'm set there. i would love a diffuser or halloween themed candle holder!

Witchee: are you interested in crafting materials?
yes! i am always happy to get yarn, but i will also use stickers, washi tape, fun scrapbooking paper, etc.

Do you want wax melts?
definitely! i typically like foody/sweet/musk scents on my body, but i enjoy more neutral, herbal scents for wax melts!
How do you feel about nail wraps?
unfortunately they're a no-go for me. my nails are weirdly shaped, so wraps tend to peel off right away...and i'm a perfectionist, which is a really bad combination when it comes to nail wraps, lol.

Please provide wishes from the last two updates?
little photojournalist
snowball fight
valuable, powerful, deserving
the goddess of mischief

If you were to receive something hand knit, what type of item would you like? hat, cowl, handwarmers, etc. and what color(s)? i would love a black slouchy beanie. it's one of those things that i always think "oh, i'll knit one for myself when i have time" and then i never have time.

If you could be ANY character from a film, TV show or book, who would it be and why?
captain janeway from star trek voyager, because she was an amazing leader and captain. or maybe daenerys targaryen. because she's a badass in pretty much every way.

If you could hop into a time machine and travel anywhere/anytime, where would it be and why?
i would travel into a future that hopefully looks like star trek? i'm not sure it would exist (especially given humanity's current trajectory), but i so want it to.
If you could invite 3 famous people to a BPAL meet and sniff, who would invite?
ani difranco, natalie portman and patrick stewart

Do you like and/or want anything from Elements and Artifacts? You can be vague like "yes" or "no" or name specific past pieces you coveted or current ones you love, whatever works best.
oh yes! i love her stuff and have a few of her items in my etsy wishlist.

Would you like something hand sewn by your Witch? A dress, shirt, skirt, infinity scarf, something else?
sure! something like a scarf would probably be safest, but i'm open to whatever!

Anyone want any kind of costuming accessories or makeup or odds and ends?
not particularly at this point. i'm really picky and weird about makeup.


Are there any hobbies or crafts you've been thinking of trying, but haven't had the chance yet?
i'd love to get into welding or woodworking, but i honestly don't have time. even just finding time to knit and read is hard enough with a 2 year old running around. =/

Would you want to receive a custom spell kit or magical tea? If so, what purpose would you want it to be for?
oh yes! finding/rediscovering myself, rekindling my sex drive, being a more effective communicator, strengthening my relationship with my hubby and/or helping my kid sleep through the night (these sleep regressions are brutal!)

Do you like poetry?
some, yes. i recently bought milk and honey by rupi kaur and i absolutely love it. so that style, i like. and i'm an ani difranco fan, so i have her book of poetry, which (disappointingly) only has a few poems which aren't also songs/spoken word tracks of hers.

Anyone like handmade critters, stuffed animals, or custom repaints?
no thank you - toddler would be upset if he couldn't play with them and if he could play with them, he'd destroy them.

Would you enjoy any designer/specialty yarn for your own craftyness?
oh definitely! i love bright colors and jewel tones. i'm a huge fan of malabrigo.

Would anyone like a donation made in their name to a cause or charity?
for sure! black lives matter the southern poverty law center or the ACLU.


Would you be interested in things from Future Primitive? (http://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/)
oh yes! this is glorious! i don't even know where to start, it all looks so amazing!

Are there any UK things you'd like to get?
i'm sure there are things, but i don't know what. sweets from other countries are always welcome!

Are you into podcasts? If so, what are your favorites? Would you like any merch related to any of them?
i love several music podcasts. opulent temple, the melodic sessions by prototype202, deeper shades of house. i also have enjoyed hardcore history and i've just recently got into radical candor for my job. i think any of them really do merch, so i'll pass.

Would you like something from Nui Cobalt Designs (https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/)?
oooh, their candles are awesome! chill, energy, grounding, health, the diplomat (omg this looks incredible!).

Or maybe some of Christina's lovely Halloween candles at Sihaya & Co. (https://www.sihayaan...lection-candles)?
all 3 of these sound fantastic.

ILNP? Who would love one of their awesome holos like MEGA or one of their amazing chromes? http://www.ilnp.com/
oh i totally love this, BUT i have the shittiest nails in existence. i've never successfully been able to keep nail polish on them for more than about 18 hours without a set of acrylics on, and since those ruin my nails real bad, i just don't do nail polish. these are gorgeous though!


Do you enjoy stationery? I'm thinking cute/quality notebooks, washi tape, stickers, fun pens etc.
yes! definitely! i can use all these things at work for taking notes.

Are you interested in anything from Cocoa Pink? Or Haus of Gloi (note: HoG has only released half of their autumn/Halloween stuff because it's been too warm in Portland for them to make whipped soaps, so there will be more in probably a week or two, and there will likely be more scents as well as products at that time)?
- ALL THINGS COCOA PINK. black marshmallow is my favorite. body scrubs and any of their lotions/body butters are beloved. fear of ghosts, snow flurries and warm mittens look amazing, too.
- the foody house of gloi things look lovely!

Would you be interested in a Halloween wreath?
yes, definitely!

Have you seen this: https://www.bustle.c...llection-80733? (Lush Halloween collection.) And what would you like?
i've seen it now. the following look lovely: bewitched, hedgewitch, lord of misrule, any of the pumpkin stuff and the goth fairy bar.


Are you interested in anything from the Moonalisa Halloween update? - i've never tried anything of theirs. hocus pocus sounds nice, and their pillar candles are gorgeous!

What are your coffee and/or tea preferences?
- Coffee: whole beans or ground? - either/both. i make french press and cold brew both, so i would use either.
- Flavor and roast preferences? - i don't like suuuuper light roasts, but i'm otherwise open to all kinds of things.
- Tea: black, green, herbal, flavors? - i prefer herbals. i can only really have caffeine in the morning, and then i prefer coffee, so i like herbal/relaxing teas in the evening.
- Loose leaf or tea bags? - either/or. i have a tea ball, so i could use loose at home.
- Anything specific you don't like? - i don't really like stevia leaf, which is used to sweeten a lot of teas.
- Are you in need of any gadgetry? - nope! i have ALL THE THINGS for brewing!


How would you feel about receiving a hand-painted container for your bpal and/or other treasures? - this was my question, i have several boxes i've painted myself, so i'm good on big boxes. i wouldn't mind something for imps though!
- would you want a big wood box (~50 bottles), a small wood box (~20 bottles) or a tin for carrying imps around? - see above

Who is into K-Beauty (Korean beauty products like sheet masks) - i honestly have no idea!
- What are your faves if you are? - n/a
- If you aren't would you like to try something? - sure!

What are some NEW things you've gotten interested in this year? Could be anything, from a new hobby, new genre of book, new healthy way of living, new fav brand of whatever...
- i've gotten into witchcraft/paganism. i've been atheist/agnostic since graduating from HS (i was raised supercatholic) and have been into buddhism and some hinduism through yoga. i see this new budding interest as another step down that path. i've created a little altar and have started doing some very newbie level work (charging moon water, etc.).
- i've also been recently motivated to do some visual art projects for burning man. i've been to burning man before and done some interactive type projects, but this is the first time i've (ever?) felt motivated to make something physical/visual. we'll see how it goes!


What are your feelings about Scooby Doo?

How do you feel about indie makeup (read: loose eyeshadow, blush, highlighter)?
my daily makeup routine is brow brush, mascara, blush and burts bees balm. so i probably wouldn't have any use for eyeshadow or highlighter.

I drink this stuff almost everyday would anyone else be interested in trying it out? https://www.criobru.com/
i mean...i'd try it. i'm highly addicted to my morning cup of coffee (and the caffeine that comes with it) but i'm open to new stuff!


Would you like one of the Halloween Teeturtle shirts?
they're cute, but i rarely wear t-shirts, so i'd pass on one of these.

Adding 13 day questions here too:
Are you okay with homemade food?

If you are okay with decorations, do you have a preference to table-top, wall hanging or window decorations?
i'm good with all. i'd prefer not super breakable though, because toddler.

How do you feel about stationary and/or papercrafting supplies?
i'm good with them! i use nice notebooks and pens at work for taking notes. i have done papercrafting in the past (cards, scrapbooks, wedding invitations, etc.) and probably will again someday once toddler is a little less destructive.

How do you feel about kitschy/silly Halloween jewelry?
i'm pretty picky about jewelry and really only want high quality stuff that i can wear for a long time - not necessarily expensive, but not typically kitschy or silly either. so i'll pass!

Would you like a Halloween wreath?

What rares are you dying to try???
i don't have a whole lot that i'm really dying to try. i've been very lucky with fairies and catching new/limited releases early enough to get in on them. i guess silkybat would be nice to try!

Comic books:
erm, i really enjoyed sandman, but that's pretty much the only graphic novel i've ever read. i've wanted to check out v for vendetta but have never read it. i tried to read watchmen and i wanted to like it, but the level of violence really really bothered me, so i had to give it away.


If so, any favorite characters?
merida. <3

And to be more specific about Disney: How do you feel about Beauty and the beast?
it's cool. not my favorite by any means.

And what about Harry Potter related items?
i love HP, but i'm not deep enough into the fandom that i'd rock any branded stuff.

Pokemon? Any favorites?
i played Go for a while and it eventually pissed me off so much i quit, so no, lol.

Is there any thing, category, or brand from which you would absolutely NOT like to receive things (ie., you're overrun with candy corn, you don't do scents outside of BPAL, or if you ever see another Stephen King item, it will be too soon)?
noise-making toys. ugh.

What kinds of art/art medium do you most enjoy, or would you most like to receive, in the context of this swap?
oh man, hard question. i'm a knitter, so i love handmade/handknit stuff. i also love home decor and artwork when it's thoughtfully selected and/or handmade. but i ALSO love homemade baked goods, treats and candies. so i have no idea!

Bath & Body Works - love them or hate them? If the former, fave product types?
i like vanilla bean noel ok. everything else i'm kind of "meh" on.

Question! I'm in Japan, is there anything specific from here you would be interested in?
i don't even know where i'd start answering this question. nothing crazy - maybe some fun japanese stickers and/or sweet stuff.

Would you like to receive a scarve or hat?
i'm a knitter myself, but i always appreciate knit items that i don't have to make myself!

Question - If you said that you liked knitted things and possibly wrist warmers, what do you think about these colors?
i love the purple/grey/black colorways!

If you wanted a hat, what do you think about this? It's a really dark blackish burgundy:
love scrunchie beanies! and the color looks good to me!

Questionnaire copy/paste below (with some updates):

Basic Info
Birthday: 7/30/1981
Pets: 2 cats, lottie and gawain
Children: 1 son, ethan (almost 2)
Religious orientation: nontheist pagan buddhist yogi
Favorite Holiday: halloween!
Occupation/Major in school: IT project manager
Living arrangement (by yourself, with roommates, etc): i live with my husband chris and our son
Livejournal/Blog/Website: i'm _last_serenade_ on livejournal
Organizations/Causes/Activities (Things you belong to or causes you believe in): black lives matter, immigrant support, ACLU, planned parenthood, universal healthcare, LGBTQ+, i'm basically a bleeding heart liberal/socialist.

Favorite BPAL oils: black lace, monster bait: closet, cleric, elf, eat me, the coiled serpent, a peculiar spirit, snow glass apples, snake oil
Favorite notes: black/aged patchouli, foodie vanilla/cake, tea, incense of all kinds. leather and tobacco are great in limited amounts or as accent notes.
Favorite non-BPAL perfumes: black marshmallow by cocoa pink, dulce de leche by savor
Least favorite notes: i struggle with florals. one or two floral notes in a blend tend to be ok, but floral heavy scents just don't work on me. i'm not a huge fan of vetiver either
Least favorite non-BPAL perfumes: bestla was a heartbreaker for me, as was seven word story sloth (that's how i discovered i REALLY disliked vetiver)
If Beth made a custom blend for you, wh



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