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Tired.. very... very tired

Meh - so very tired today.  Pretty sure its from staying up way, way too late last night. Trying to wake up but it's really not working well.  I have class in 30 minutes or so and I'm really hoping I can stay awake for it.  Hmmm looking at my desk, I feel a sidetrack coming on.  I really need to clean it and get ride of some of the junk on here.  Put earrings where they need to go and just a general clean up.  I would love to have space for a second monitor but that's not happening in this current desk configuration.  ah well back to pondering awakeness.

Renazuki

Renazuki

Let's try this and see if it works

Frustration is not being able to upload a picture in a forum or get the links to work.  I've done the copy paste of think picture link and I get a red error box saying nope you can't do that. So we'll see if this works - well fawk me.. after changing a setting.. >.> it works    

Renazuki

Renazuki

 

Updated questions

9/3 answers to moar questions  This should have me currently updated to the questions. Missed one! Anything from these Etsy shops? 
Kodiak Sea Charms -Very pretty but nothing for me here. 
Halloween Hill Studio – Think I will pass on these as well. 
Grave Markings Interesting but nothing that says buy me. I grow mugwort and it's harvest season. Would you like dried leaves for bathing or tea? Or a bound bundle for smoke cleansing?
Maybe for bathing that would be good.    I grow loads of other herbs and I'm drying them now. Any favorites you might like? Mint, basil, oregano, chives, lemon balm or others?
Catnip if you have it please for the boys.  Mint and lemon balm are other favorites, especially for tea.  I grew a huge load of onions and garlic. Any interest?
yes please!  Feathers? I have geese, ducks, peafowl, chickens and quail. So I collect their shed feathers and share them with people I like.
That’s awesome.  Hmm bet the boys might like them to play with?  I have four spoiled rotten cats. I grew a boatload of Green Shiso this year and plan to make a shiso pesto with it. Would you like some? (Nut wise it has pistachios) 
=o I don’t believe I’ve tried shiso, but I’d be willing to try the pesto.   I also plan to experiment with infusing it in vodka. I'm planning a plain shiso infusion and a shiso citrus infusion. If they turn out would you like some?
Yep! Would you be interested in this hand sanitizer dispenser/keychain that doubles as a light (its eyes light up when you press between its eyes!)?
lol oh yes please.  That sounds like my kind of dispenser/keychain If you're into tabletop games, what games do you already own, and/or what type are you interested in?
We have a few board games – monopoly, talisman, clue, cribbage, and cards against humanity.  We drag those out on Christmas Eve to play with whoever is left and drink lots of mead. This has not much to do with 13 nights but more vague ideas about my partner…. DO YOU LIKE TRUE CRIME STORIES? I find then spooky and like to watch some in the autumn in particular.
YES! Anne Rule has been a favorite in our house.   DO YOU LIKE SEASONAL MAGAZINES ON BAKING AND DECORATING?
uhm no not really.  When I bake it’s usually from a recipe from Gramma’s book or one I snagged from the net.  Attempting Welsh cakes this weekend. If you are enthused by the idea of receiving coffee, do you want whole bean or ground? AND do you have flavors that you like (or definitely hate and never want again)?
Just got a French press from an estate sale today.  I’m partial to Kona coffee in a medium roast – whole beans preferred but I’ll take ground as well. Would you be interested in some very size-inclusive tights? There are Halloween patterns, but also most colours under the sun, and are very comfy.
I don’t normally wear tights as I’ve got some chunky legs. But I am working on getting them more in shape.   What about indie chilli sauces/chutneys/jams? What type of chilli/spice level?
mmm Chilli sauces.. yummy! I love a raspberry/berry/jalapeno jam/jelly. I’m going to say about a medium on the heat.  In case anyone else shares a love for adorable tiny plushies, any interest in v soft and cute vegetable/fruit plushies? There are also small animals.
Plushie dragons! Anything here sound good to you? https://gryffonridge.com/
*blinks* oh jebsus.. we’ll be here all night… though the gourmet salt/sugars/peppercorns look amazing. So would you hate or be into more miscreant Halloween vibe decor - like wholesome figurines repainted, creepy dolls, goats with horns, (fake) animal skeletons, things in jars? Is anything too dark, morbid, or recoil worthy?
I think this would be a pass.  Do you use any sorts of semipermanent dyes or do anything fun/wild to your hair? are there any hair products you like?
I get my hair done every 8-10 weeks.  As Fall/Halloween arrives, Chi (the gal who does my hair) usually turns it a dark brown/black with heavy purple highlights. Spring/Summer is blonde with reds/brown highlights.   What about skincare? I am pretty into k beauty and am curious if others are interested in any aspects of this.
I hadn’t seen this, and it looks interesting.  I have sensitive skin and maybe this will help.  I don’t get breakouts on my face and for the most part not a lot of wrinkles.  Regarding tea, what type of tea do you prefer? Black tea, green tea, herbal tea? Any type of tea you really don’t enjoy? 
I love tea and drink a lot of it during the day – both hot and cold.  I prefer black teas, oolong, some herbals. Not a fan of the green or white teas.  When I buy it for me, I’ll get it loose leaf.  If I buy it for the house, then it’s going to be in tea bags/sachets.  I know I have a list out there for Dryad’s Tea.  I am a fan of breakfast teas as well as Earl/Lady Greys.  Cellar Door Bath Supply Co.'s Halloween & Fall collection is out (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com/collections/halloween-fall-collection😞 anything you might be interested in?
So long as it doesn’t have pachouli in it, it should be fine.

Renazuki

Renazuki

 

8/25 Answers for the 13 Days swap

8/25 answers I make homemade fire ciders, would that be of interest? Non-alcoholic and they are quite fiery. 
It sounds very interesting but I think we’ll pass on the fire ciders.     Are you interested in getting other BPAL items besides perfume, like hair gloss, bath oils or T-shirts?
It should be on my BPAL list – I can always to do with another BPAL black t-shirt 2xl   I do quilting along with everything  else.  So partner, would you be interested in a Frankenbag done in Halloween prints?
Sure why not – I know the amount of time a quilter puts into projects.  My step-mom makes quilted items.      Y'all with furbabies... Are there any food allergies/sensitivities or quirks to know about? i.e. no grain or your baby doesn't like eating say pumpkin. Or that your furbaby refuses to wear costumes, accessories. Is there a toy type they love or won't ever touch? Things of that sort.
I have four cats.  The boys love catnip and catnip toys.  The absolute favorite cat toy (4 out of 4 cats agree on this) is the mousies made from rabbit fur.  I cannot keep them in stock as the boys either destroy them – better the toy than furniture or they lose them under things.   I may have preemptively picked out 2 Halloween-themed mugs with cute matching spoons, before I knew who my match was going to be! So I leave it to you: Bat, or Cat? (I'll keep the other  )
Cats! ❤️ love the kitties   NEW QUESTION -- If you mentioned aversions to any common Halloween decor items (skeletons, witches, spiders, etc.), how encompassing is that? Specifically, is a "kid friendly" drawing of that same item on a piece of decor (like, a book cover or wrapping paper) still a preferred pass? 
pretty much good to go on the Halloween décor. I’m not fond of spiders but a décor item isn’t going to freak me out.   Would you be interested in receiving a never-used eyeshadow palette from Nororiously Morbid (gothy colors) and/or a never-used eyeshadow palette from Pretty Vulgar (romantic neutrals)?
Ok – neutrals would probably be best.  I have brown eyes, pale skin ( go go UK mutt), and most days blonde hair.  Right now there’s a bit of red streaked through it.   I live in Japan. Are you interested in anything specifically Japanese I could get for you here (doesn't necessarily have to be Halloween themed)? For example, are you a fan of the anime Demon Slayer and want merch? Are you interested in trying some fun kit-kat flavors? Do you need a new set of pretty chopsticks?
O.O (squees like a fangirl) pretty chopsticks are always nice. FFXIV or FFXV merch would be awesome.  Cowboy BeBop… yas… or even if you can find it 3x3 Eyes or Mermaid Scar or Pet Shop of Horrors. Death Parade is another favorite as is Fairy Tail.  I have anime cels from Kenshin, DBZ, Fushigi Yugi, and others...   Could you use a journal or sketchbook? 
I can always use a journal.  I like to keep a journal of teas I’ve tried so I know what to get next time or what wasn’t up to taste. Same for flowers on the deck – mostly so I can remember what I bought and if I can more of them for say the back yard.     Do you need BPAL storage?  Imps?  Bottles? 
Maybe something to organize them. Most of the imps I have are currently sitting in a large box with a wizard on top.     Do you wear socks?  What kind?  No show, ankle, knee high, over the knee?  Fibers?
Socks are usually mid calf – I have some thick calves.  Mebbie have Miss Twilight send me a PM about a measurement?  I like cotton for the summer and wool for the colder months.   Do you have a favorite candy(ies) [or prepacked individual snacks] that you wouldn't mind filling up your box as packing material? Or teas/coffee blends you'd enjoy? If you prefer none of this, that's fine too
I am very much a chocoholic and a proper addiction to Molted Milk Balls.  Tea – black or oolong, if it’s a blend Breakfast Teas are good (love the Irish and Scottish Breakfast teas), as are Earl Grey and/or Lady Greys.  Please no black licorice… I love it but I can’t have it for a while.  It raises my blood pressure to unsafe levels.   I'm going down the Shore for a few days! Any treats you'd like from a cute beach town- salt water taffy? Fudge? Wrist fans? Tie-dye beach dress...?
Taffy or fudge.  Just please no black licorice (see above). My folks used to live down at Ocean Shores and at Christmas they would bring back a couple of pounds of assorted taffy for the Christmas Eve White Elephant.  That would get stolen several times.   How do you feel about fancy marshmallows?
Love’em.  I make marshmallows at Christmas as gifties.   We've asked about candy, but let's talk specifically about gummies. Do you like crazy shapes, sweet/sour? 
mmm gummy bears… chocolate covered gummy bears… yes please.  Om nom nom… not a huge fan of the sour gummies.

Renazuki

Renazuki

 

Answers for the Swap

I hope this helps - questions with answers Would you be interested in a cross stitched Halloween ornament?  =o yes please   Are there any collage artists in the mix?   I would LOVE to curate one of spooky autumn goodness if my person were to be interested!   Nope haven't had an interest in collages but go for it. Have you seen the Dragon con list?  & would any of them appeal to you? They might –   Which Harry Potter house are you? 
Gryffindor more likely which is funny because I do identify with the Slytherins not as evil or mean but with the ambition and thinking before leaping .. at least as I get older xD   ·         Changed Answer to the Nail Polish.  I do wear it for pedicures, on my fingernails not so much xD Do you like any art from these two sellers? They are local artists and I will probably pick up some stuff for myself soon!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/CaitlinMcCarthyArt  It's interesting but prolly not for me https://www.etsy.com/shop/BatinYourBelfry  That's pretty cool looking and more my style   though I do love this guy: https://impsandmonsters.com/product-category/artprints/     Local guy in Seattle   the other missed questions >.> Would you appreciate a skein of handspun yarn? If yes, what weight? What colors? How do you feel about beads? Any allergies to typical fibers? =o yes please. A heavier weight say either DK or Worsted... beads.. Hmm haven't had the pleasure of knitting with beads. So far no allergies to fibers. Not a fan of cashmere.
Do you like stickers? Patches? Buttons?  Yes to Stickers and buttons.. ooo and pins! Not a big fan of patches xD Do you spend time in the outdoors? As little as possible only because I burn way way too easily. Do you enjoy cooking and/or baking? Yes 😃 love to bake and cook. I love to make cookies. Just got an Air Fryer and have been having a blast with it. 8/15 The Paintbox Soapworks Weenie collection went live today! Would you like anything? Uhm just found this and put together a wishlist for it.   The Pickety Witch is taking pre-orders for their new Halloween pins (estimated ship date: early September). Have any caught your eye? Surprise me?  I haven’t even looked at it but Dragons are always a bonus  Zeep's Spooky Collection drops some time next week. Here's the scent list. Would you like any wax melts, candles, whipped soaps, sugar whips (whipped soap/scrub hybrid), body butter sugar scrubs (moisturizing scrub), meringues (lotion), bath bombs, or bath rocks from Zeep? I like bath bombs, candles are always nice.  The only caveat is please nothing with patchouli in it.   Does anyone here like vintage Halloween?   It seems like a lot of shops’ Halloween lines have items related to the same standard fandoms, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Beetlejuice, Addams Family, etc.  Do any of those (or other ones) particularly resonate with you? The Nightmare Before Christmas has always been a fav as has Addams Family.   How do you feel about atmospheric/novelty scents and novelty food items? Things like "new car candle" or "eyeball jawbreaker" or whatever. I think I’ll pass on those ^^  If you like tea, how do you want it delivered? Loose? Bags? Tiny little messenger pigeons (subject to availability)? I prefer the loose leaf but teas in bags are just as acceptable.    Would you prefer to receive ONE HUGE (more expensive) GIFT and 12 inexpensive ones, a few more expensive, or all about the same price? It’s entirely up to you my Dear Swapper.  I will be very happy with what you send me unless you put in patchouli xD 
What are your fandoms, if any? Oh jebsus… we’ll be here forever and a day. I am a huge fan of the Final Fantasy franchises.  The mind just went blank.. The Sandman is one of my all time favorites as is St. Germain – Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.  Anime/manga Black Butler, Bleach, Angels of Death, Death Parade, Fairy Tail, just to name a few.  I think my absolute fav is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I will watch that repeatedly. and then there’s the John Wick Franchise. Yas… and Labyrinth. Do you collect things like tarot decks?  If so do you have a wish list or a list of ones you already have?  Would you like a silk tarot bag? I have a couple tarot decks, I like them for their artwork. I’m pants at trying to use them Do you like rocks/crystals?  What colors / kinds?  Would you like them with holes drilled (either as a pendant - you'd need to stick a bale in, or a bead?) I do like rocks/crystals.  I am very partial to blood red Garnets – birthstone and they make me happy.  I like tiger’s eye and onyx.  Pendant is fine or just the pretty shinies as is.   My mom has an etsy store - she makes bags.  Do you love anything from it?  We can also do box bags, draw string bags, dice bags, etc. and if you want a different type of material or a different fabric pattern, I'm open to links to specific things.   (yes, we have harry potter things.  We bought most of it before JKR showed herself to be a twat since we buy lots of bolts at the same time - yes, we have a whole room stuffed full of fabric.)  I’m all about getting new knitting project bags.  😃   roses, ravens, celtic knots, beloved dragons.   Let's say you want something knitted.  What are you most interested in?  (hat, fingerless mitts, scarf, shawl, cowl, infinity scarf, shawlette, gnome, doily, coffee mug cozy, talisman bag, dice bag, soap sack, washcloth (I have a pattern with the leviathan cross for bpal), amigurumi / toy, bracelet, cuff, necklace, other?)   (Can you link to a photo of what you envision or a pattern on ravelry?  Or put it on pinterest or something if you have that.)  amigurumi, hats, handwarmers, scarf is just fine, would love socks but I have a size 9 foot and some hefty calves .
T-bag with PomPoms , Triangle Hat , Hat with Earflaps, Wristwarmers, Yip Yips I have. I also have a "Halloween Moogle" from Final Fantasy.  So dragons and such are perfect.
* What colors would you prefer said knitted object in? Dark colours please – blues, purples, green, even a dark red. * Stripes, gradient, semi solid, variegated? Surprise me ^^ * What type of yarn would you prefer?  ("wool", BFL, merino, merino/silk, merino/silk/cashmere, merino/cashmere, just silk, just cashmere, tencel (non-animal, plant based), other?   I also have non-dyed organic wool (mill spun) from our own sheep - finnsheep and shetland.  The finnsheep is dark brown (sun bleached black sheep from Sarge and our two black ewes we can't tell apart so they're ewe 1 and ewe 2) or a lighter silvery beige (from freckles) and the shetland is white.  (we just call her shetland.  They're mom's sheep, she should have named them, lol.)  Most of my stripy yarn is either merino or merino cashmere.) Sounds good except for the cashmere.   Are you interested in receiving any of the following homemade / home dried / home canned goodies?  O.o the dried honeycrisp yes please, dried catnip (for the boys of course), and dear gods yes.. the rose petal liqueur.  It’s freaking amazing by itself or with some soda water.  Plum Brandy would be tasty!  8/16/21   How do you feel about oracle decks? Sure I’ll add them to the collection  Would you like witchy/ritual oils/sundries? Any limitations (e.g. deities you won't work with)?  No limitations.  I lean towards Bast, Anubis and learning more about The Morrigan  Is there anything you would like to try from the UK specifically? (e.g. Lush exclusives) Uhm, I’ll defer to your judgement. Oh, and are you into astrology? Pretty much what I know is I am a Caprius – Capricorn cusped with Aquarius. I share a lot of those traits. But more than willing to get a chart done.  Lemme know if there’s any information you need besides a birth date.   What size shoe do you wear (inc wide/narrow, etc)? 9 wide, extra wide if I can find them   Do you like/would you want to receive comic books? Any favorite genres or characters? Manga is on the amazon list Huge Dr. Strange fan. Would you like a palm stone, or anything else, from Haute Macabre? I may have to look this up but I’ll leave it to your best judgement  What's your favorite flower(s)? Purple roses aka sterling silvers are my favorites. But I also love white roses, forget me nots, flowers from bergamot,  blue columbine, pretty pansies, dianthus, carnations.   What's you favorite woodland creature?  Uhm Owls, ravens, wolves, and lynxes.  Do you prefer receiving a big box with all of your goodies, or is it okay if one or two things are shipped directly to you separately (with notice!!) for customs/shipping cost purposes (i.e. if there's something customs might not allow in from the States that can be shipped from within your country)?  Again – if it’s easier for you to ship it to me directly, I’m good with it.  If it’s all together Fab, if not no worries.   Would you like a fabric face mask? If so, do you prefer a dome shape or a pleated shape?  I would love some new fabric face masks.  The dome ones are very comfortable.  The pleated ones my husband wears because of his beard.   I have a literal stockpile of skincare products.  Can I interest you in cleanser, sheet masks, moisturizer, sample things etc etc.?  Or a general pampering package? What is your skin type?  I have sensitive skin so if it’s good enough for a baby. If you have product for the super sensitive that would be awesome.  

Anything from here?  ChocolateStorybook on Etsy  I think this will be a pass.  

Would you like some delicious coffee? If so, do you prefer whole bean or ground? If ground, what grind? Also, light or dark roast? Flavor preferences? Love the smell of coffee and love Kona Blend when I can get it (usually on Kauai) .  Our household for the most part is Tea/Drinking Chocolate. So thank you but not this time.      Moar Questions 8/18 I may be going to the Renaissance Fair this weekend (if not this weekend then soon and multiple times), any Ren Faire goodies you may like? I’m going to the local Renn Faire this weekend.  I’m always up for soaps/trinkets/mead/pins.   Small carved things are always fun plus… anything dragon. I always go to my town's local Farmer's Market and they have booths selling things like candles, Gourmet Pickles, Flavored Oils and Vinegars, dog treats (like bones and animal feet), honey, and bath products. Would you like any of these things?  I also go to the local Farmers’ Market.  We found a hidden gem in Maple Valley.  I like to try new things – pickles, flavored oils/vinegars.  Caramels either with sea salt or with a hit of heat like a little chipotle. Honey/jams are always good especially honey comb ❤️ but I know that can be sticky to transport. Bath bombs are prolly best. Do you have a preference for numbered packages for each night of the swap vs randomly selecting from unlabeled goodies?  I’ll leave that up to you.   If you didn't say much about your reading preferences in your survey but would be interested in receiving books, can you elaborate a bit? O.o for the most part I read fantasy books, a smattering of science fiction and try to leave the non-fiction alone.  Mystery novels are good finished up the Lord Meren Series by Lynda Suzanne Robinson.  Those would be fab as an e-book since I have them as soft covers. Slayer of Gods I think is the only I’m missing. Other books are the Deryni series.  A hard to find but much beloved book is the Lord D’Arcy book – three tales in one.    Are you interested in cocktails, be it recipes, infusion kits, tools, supplies, specialty bitters?   Cocktail recipes are always a good thing.  Tools/supplies not so much.  Is there something that you definitely prefer to not receive in any category (anything to avoid if you hadn't/forgotten to mention)? What are five inexpensive things you always appreciate receiving? Post/notecards/stationary, tea, fun stickers, bookmarks, new/strange candies or snacks, small candles   Are there patterns/prints (more guidance than general Halloween/Autumn) you like for things or are you open to whatever I may find that speaks to me?  Dragons, gargoyles, uhm snowflakes (don’t listen to Twilight Eyes about snow dances Minter is Coming!), castles, knights, roses, ravens, wolves…. Steampunk items Any significant other or other special person? Like if I wanted to send you specialty cocoa for a date night, would that be OK? I am making up the cocoa part, but you get my drift. There is my beloved DH – Bill.  I’m always up to share treats with him. Do you have an Amazon link?  Can you post it?? Pretty sure it’s in the signature but here we go: amazon wish list
if you are a knitter/crocheter, are you over on Ravelry?  If so, what’s your user name there?? Yep, I pretend to knit xD I'm probably at the intermediate range of knitting.  Renazuki

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