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SW 2018 Part 2! Updated 10/18

Updated as of 10/18


10/17/18

I have a new question! I'll be headed to the PA RenFaire the end of this month. Is there anything you'd be interested in? http://www.parenfaire.com/faire.html(if you scroll down a bunch there's a list of merchants)
Don't hate me for this vague answer, but there's a lot that sounds interesting and fun. I'm a fantasy fan and a goth girl, so Ren Faires are pretty up my alley. Leather, corsets, swords, pretty shiny gem jewelry things, fae and fairy stuff, mead. Yeah. There's a lot. So anything you think that might fit into my overall style would be appreciated!


10/16/18

Are you a board game nerd like me? Is there a game you want right now?
Ummmm I just purchased my ticket/badge for a 5 day board gaming convention in Orlando next year. So yeah, I'm a fan of board games.
There's... a LOT of games i want to try. I've only started getting into board games in the past few years (always wanted to but didn't have money or folks to play with), so my collection isn't very big. It's easier for you to check out my gaming wishlist on Amazon (linked to in my SW blog) than it is to list them all here.


10/15/18

There are some really awesome spice shops in NYC. Would you like/need any herbs or spices? I love spices but currently have more than I can store right now!

Anything from this curiosity shop the type of thing that interests you? Dreadful Curiosities: https://www.facebook.com/pg/dreadfulcuriosities/photos/
Most of it. That’s pretty much right up my alley. I do get cautious about taxidermy because I like to know the source. Naturally found/killed bones is one thing but I don’t want to support killing just for display.

10/14/18

For those of us Switch Witches who ARE witches....if you have a Book of Spells would you like a page for it from your witch? Not right now.

What house were you sorted into? Slytherin, usually by a good bit, but sometimes tied with Ravenclaw. Ravenclaw is never far behind.

10/13/18


Is there something (either a specific item, or type of item, like bath/body, perfume, candy etc) you're really looking forward to or hoping to get? This is my question but I’ll answer it. I’m really excited and curious to see wahtever my Witch conjures up for me (see what I did there?) but I have to admit I am hopeful to be able to try/experience a new product from an indie bath/body/perfume/make up company that I haven’t tried yet. Ive really been getting into indie make up lately if that helps.

What's something you want or look at, but always talk yourself out of buying (or for whatever reason never purchase)? Nothing I can think of right now. I keep talking myself out of buying any more air plants because I always kill them. Does that count?

Are there any subscription/subscription style boxes you have an interest in? (This could be a very specific sub like sihaya or lootcrate or an idea/concept you're interested in without a specific company in mind, like "book related candles"). I like the idea, in a limited scope. It has to be items that are useful in some way. For example, I don’t really “get” the “Loot Crates”as a subscription, because it seems like a lot of *stuff* that wouldn’t get used, and while that’s nice foro a one time box I feel like a subscription would get overwhelming. But I like the idea of consumable sub boxes(coffee or tea or snacks around the world, although my dietary restriction makes that difficult). I love the Sihaya boxes. I think something that is seasonal, or a one time box with themed items really appeals to be the most.

Coffee or Tea? Both! But, coffee is my weak spot. It’s my source of morning energy, but also comfort. I drink both regular and decaf, and I love exploring flavors of both coffee and tea. Basically, yes, please. Unusual flavors, blends and single origins especially make me “yay”.

Anything from David's Tea(esp the new Halloween) that catches your eye? All of it. I don't mean that to be greedy, I'm just not fussy! The halloween teas all sound fantastic and the teaware looks great.

What are your DISO BPAL dreams? A bottle of The Last Unicorn
I’ve been able to get most of my DISOs. I’d love to try CC: Male and CC: Female. I’m curious about the laces I’ve missed: Krampus Lace, Red Lace, Shadow Lace, Amber Lace, Solstice Lace… but not sure I need a bottle (yet).



Are you interested in anything from Nerdlacquer? http://www.nerdlacquer.com/
Uhm. All of it? I’d never seen the site before, and looking at the site, it’s all really appealing. Shiny, glittery, multi color polishes appeal to me, so there’s more I’m interested in than not. I’m NOT interested in anything neon yellow or green (dark/medium greens good), pink, or orange.
The MYST colors catch my eye right now. Eco and Panther as well. The glossy af top coat.
Beyond the polishes themselves, the mani-cure-all kit, balm shells, glitterbalms, tinted lip balms, and clean up brush pique my interest.


Witch, if you read all this, my admiration! I know I'm long winded. I'm looking forward to meeting you! <3

Honor

Honor

 

SW 2018 Questions Part 1!

Answers to questions asked in the thread (aside from the questionnaire) until 10/13
(you can also find my answers here:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L18tjl_S2KxLkjo1hyF7SHrdmJHgXCLAzZ73X0sjVg0/edit?usp=sharing )

10/13/18

Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus? Both!

10/12/18

Spooky stuff! D'ya like... ghosts? Skeletons? Aliens? Bigfoot? Unsolved mysteries?
Ghosts and skeletons are fun halloween (and every day!) decor, but I’m not into like reading about aliens or bigfoot or anything.

Is there anything from the Lush christmas line that was just released that you're interested in? Twilight sparkle jar I’m most interested in. The shower scrub and shower lotion are interesting but I’m not too interested in the christmas scents.

Is there any scents from the more current releases you have been wanting to try (Weenies, Motherhood/Fatherhood)?
Basically all of the Dead Leaves scents. Nothing bottle worthy b/c the lab’s dead leaves can sometimes give me a headache(but not always, it’s weird). I also realized I’ve never tried Samhain (somehow??) and am curious about the Samhain chaos theory. From the Trading Post, I’m curious about the Red Masque atmos sprays.


How do you feel about buttons, pins, and badges? No thank you. I don’t have a place to put/display them.

10/11/18

Are you witchy or like witchy things like incense, sage, palo santo, crystals, tarot, altar supplies, candles, etc.? Whatcha like/need? I’m a kind of non-witch, lazy witch. I love the idea of rituals and spell craft but don’t do a lot of it. I can’t do incense, but I love tarot cards, have been wanting to collect more crystals, but in a functional form(jewelry/wearable/wands). Perhaps most helpful, I’ve been wanting to get back to using candles and anointing oils, so a set of colored candles and/or some TAL samples would be very welcome. I could use TALs for energy, creativity, work and prosperity(I’m hoping to change jobs/get a new job soon), as well as health(my S.O and I have quite a few health issues) and mental clarity/stress relief/calming.

Do you need decanting supplies? Sample vials? Pipettes? Standard labels? I don’t do a lot of decanting but I’ve been wanting to dabble in making my own blends, and creating body sprays/alcohol perfumes from my bpal, so small glass vials/bottles with sprayers and pipettes would be welcome

Can you link to your non forum wishlists/goodreads if you haven't already done so? Look at the top!

If you're a yarn user, what kinds of yarn do you like best? I’m very much a beginner knitter so I have no idea! I haven’t liked the acrylic yarns I’ve used, but they were also the cheap kind.

10/10/18

Let's get specific about this knitting thing! Do any of these items/styles appeal? I've numbered these so you can just reference numbers if you like!
The gradient asymmetrical wrap and dragon wing cowl are a big YES. They’d be helpful for my freezing cold office. Also yes to the Multi directional fingerless mitts. I don’t have a need for regular gloves or hats, and I think the sillies would just collect dust. (I already have too many stuffed animals and figs!)


If your witch was able to obtain digital media that you could not access (TV, movies, books, etc.), is there anything you have been in search of for quite a while? If yes, what devices do you use to play such (i.e. Windows, Mac, etc.)? I can’t think of anything right now.

Is there anything you want from Japan? Some kind of food, cute stationary, fandom merch, maybe you collect lucky cats, anything! Nothing in particular.


10/9/18

Are you interested in anything from Nerdlacquer? http://www.nerdlacquer.com/

Would you like a postcard from the fancy schmantsy St Pancras Renaissance hotel that I'm about to stay in several times over the next month?
No thanks.

Does anything catch your eye from Future Primitive, including oos things?
Oh lord. My last witch spoiled me by introducing me to Future Primitive and now I want to try MOAR! The stuff I'm interested in:
Products: Body cream, bar soap, whipped soap, conditioning hair rinse, shea bubbling scrubs (damask rose and yang yang), perfume.
Scents:Opium Den, Stone the Crows, Tombstone, The Gloaming, Surrender Dorothy, Corwainer, Rook and Raven, Gothica, Arabian Nights, Incantation,

I currently have Body Cream in scent OM

Speaking of OOS/Discontinued - Are there any old favorites from no longer operating companies that you would like if either anyone had a stash OR could find a reasonable dupe? I'd normally say "No", but I recently discovered Violette Market's "Hades" perfume. I've never actually smelled it, but it sounds like a perfect match for my Hades character in my Hades and Persephone novel. I've been trying to track some down and I'm afraid I never will.

Booze, yea or nay? Favorite kinds? Oh YAY! I'm good for all kinds, except beer (sadly. can't have it due to wheat/malt) and cider (just not a fan). Especially a fan of artistinal, botanical gins and specialty liqueurs (especially homemade, local varieties). Also mead, especially local mead!

Knitted stuff? Need/want anything specific? Colors? I will never say no to fingerless gloves of any length. My fingers get cold (but I can't type with regular gloves!). I also wouldn't mind a light shawl for the cold office. Dark purples, dark blues, dark greens, black, greys, and dark reds are all in my wheelhouse. I wouldn't mind something with teal or mossy green either.

Feelings re: Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland? Love it, hate it, meh it? I'm not a super fan, but I like it well enough. May more than meh?

Are you thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Any merch or pre-Nano supplies you might want? I am participating this year! I wouldn’t mind this year’s shirt (Large size). I’m also planning on buying the new version of Scrivener (Scriv 3) when it’s released for PC

I just recently discovered MoonMagic -jewelry with a focus on moonstones but also opals and labradorite. They currently have a sale. Anything that stands out to you? (moonmagic.com) Edit: This is also my own question. I promise I didn't put it here to get someone to buy me from it! I just made an order from here for myself. There still a bit I’m interested in. I’ve saved the ones I’m most interested in to my Amazon jewelry wishlist

Honor

Honor

 

SW 2017 Witch Specific Questions!

The thread has gotten pretty overwhelming, so I'm going to put Q's you've asked directly ( or Q's I think you might want to know the answer to) in this blog entry for your convenience.

Witchees, do you want anything specifically from this page? Mitts, hat, shawls, unicorn... http://iceweasel.net/switchwitch/   The Unicorns are ADORABLE but I don't need any more stuffed animals, really.   otherwise, the fingerless gloves all look lovely, and I could use some for work(the office is ALWAYS freezing).
Color/design wise, the "SFO Sky" mitts caught my eye.       - What are your top three most wanted DC'd or previous LE BPALs?   Goodness, this is hard. I think...   The Last Unicorn
Tiki King
?? Maybe De Sade?   This is hard for me because at this point I've gotten most of my holy grails (Glowing Vulva) and the really expensive DC/LE's don't appeal to me. I went on a BPAL hiatus for 5 years and I'm not really interested in tracking down all of the stuff I missed. I'm open to trying new things, but I'm not super crazy about tracking down much older stuff.

I've always wanted to try the Clockwork Couture scents (Male and Female).

I'd also LOVE to try the "Burning Books SN" that was released recently. But it was super limited I think, so it's probably hard to track. Still, those might give you ideas on what I like.

But, more than that, I now know that I absolutely need to get more Dorian, from like... two years ago.
I'm not sure if you're aware of the kerfluffle with Dorian. It went out of stock last year and just recently has come back. I have half of a very old bottle (12 years!) and while it's AMAZING, it's not quite the Dorian I remember. Right when it went OOS last year I wanted to buy a fresher bottle.

When it came back recently, I snagged a bottle but..it's not the same...at all. it's a lovely scent, but it's not Dorian.

On the other hand, a friend of mine has a bottle from about two years ago, and THAT is the scent I remember. So now...I'm on the hunt for Dorian from around 2012-2015.
 
- What are some things you do NOT want to receive?   Hm. I'm not opposed to much. Nothing edible that's not gluten free.
Things without a purpose (trinkets, etc). Trying REALLY hard to de-clutter.
Jewelry/Clothing/Home Decor/ in the colors of yellow/pink/orange.  
- what would you like from the Weenies updatus giganticus???
Surprisingly, there's only a few I feel really strongly about and really think I want, but quite a few that I'm very curious about and would really like to sniff and get a decant of. There's only one or two I'm really interested in a bottle of. I attached a text document so it doesn't clutter up the email too much.
I feel really bad about how long that is; please don't think I want or expect all of that. If you are able to get "sniffies" or half decants of anything, I am more than ok with that!


The ones I MIGHT be interested in a blind bottle of would be "Violent Gesticulations" ( for the scent description and the title) and " Chiroptophobia (Fear of Bats) "

I bought a decant of the Dead Leaves and Black Musk HG from the Trading Post, but there's (kind of thankfully) not much from the BPTP Halloween Update that I think I'm interested in.

Re: Scrivener and Writing Software, I can technically use Mac and PC, and I use Scrivener on both. I have a MacBook for work and I keep Scrivener on it in case I have a sudden fit of inspiration at work.
But all of my personal systems are PCs so it's probably safer to get me software for those.


Re: are you planning on moving any time soon, say within the next year? I've been wanting to move out to the Pacific NW for years now, and I'm currently trying to find a new job, and would be open to moving out to the PNW. This is part of my personal push to be more productive; I'm trying to find a new job AND finish a novel.

But that being said, realistically? I don't know if I'll be moving within the next year. So let's say that answer is a "probably not moving in the next year". (I guess I could win the lotto, which would have a greater chance of happening than me finding the perfect job and moving out there in the next year).

does anybody like anything from Solstice Scents? I LOVE their Jack and the Devil. http://www.solsticescents.com/

I've tried some of their scents before,as freebies from other trades and sales. I'm really interested in the "burnished glace", in any autumn scents you think I might like, based on my preferred scent notes.


Honor

Honor

 

SW 2017 Ketchup Questions - Complete up to Sept 20th!

Whew!

SW 2017 Follow Up Questions:


9/19 - 9/20

Do you have something you wish you put on your original questionnaire/forgot to put/would like to add on to?

For me, regarding the question on "Have you ever thought, "oh, I'm going to get myself one of those one of these days" but then never do? List 1 under $10 and 1 over $10."

I couldn't think of anything until now. So my answer to that would be:

Under $10: a charcoal or clay face mask, or something similar to deep clean pores and/or a nice pore refining/minimizing mask

Over $10: cute/gothy/artsy small cosmetic bag (around 4" x6"ish). I've been wanting and meaning to get one for my make up in my work bag but never manage to get around to getting one (or finding one I like) This might also be under $10.

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 love German Shepard Dogs, and my girl of 13+ years passed away in 2014. I still miss her. I used to collect GSD stuff but now I limit to really special/amazing pieces.

I've recently (past 2 years?) discovered my love for Corgis. I've been wanting one for a while but LIFE got in the way and now I'm not in a position to have one.
I adore them though.

I'm a cancer survivor. (Hodgkins Lymphoma). This has changed me and my life in many ways, some good, some bad. It's something I'm still working through.

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.


Victorian Goth, with a large dose of Spooky elements (think Haunted Mansion but a bit more elegant) with hints and nods to fantasy/RPG/nerdy elements

Are you interested in anything from Think Geek?
Boy, am I! I have a wishlist
http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/gimme.cgi?wid=81d582188&icpg=wishlist_share_81d582188

Aprons: Do you wear them, do you want one? Utility, decorative, cooking or crafting?
I have one, but I don’t wear it often because it’s a little too small. I really could use one, preferable utility but utility and cute is nice. Both cooking and crafting (or, I could use one for each)

9/18/17

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 the idea of fun socks in theory but find I don’t really wear them much in practice. I DO use knee highs to wear with my big ol’ gothy boots, but I’m not sure I need new ones yet. I have to wear sneakers 99% of the time due to really screwed up feet so I don’t get to wear fun shoes very often to go with the fun sock. All that being said I kinda do want more stripey knee highs, and would welcome comfy “house socks”. I don’t have a fiber preference.

Would you be open to previously-loved books?
Yes!

What about partial-full bottles of BPAL or BPTP?
No problem there at all either.

So what are your favorite fandoms?
e I don’t really “Super-Fan” About anything. Ever. But there are fandoms that I really like so here’s what I can think of:

I’m a fan of Monster High and the new MLP (don’t laugh!), I like Harry Potter but not a huge super fan.
Does Disney’s Haunted Mansion count as a fandom?
Disney in general
Star Trek (pre-JJ Abrams) and Star Wars.
D&D/DragonLance/Forgotten Realms



9/17/17

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!
Nothing from France that i can think of. I like lavendar but it can get a bit overwhelming/sharp to me. But anything with a nice soft lavendar would be nice!

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 use Tarot for writing actually (both as inspiration and to help me understand my characters and world better). I’m often on the look out for new cards, and i find it’s history fascinating. But I don’t really use Tarot for actual divination...

World my Witchee be interested in a Tarot or Astrology reading done personally? Hm. Maybe!

Does my Witchee need any magical supplies? No.

Would you be interested in any of the seasonal (or regular) soaps from Cellar Door Soap (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com)?
Honestly, i’m a little over whelmed at looking at so many new e-tailers and bath and body sites! I do love artisanal soaps and would like to try new companies and products. The Halloween and Fall collection look really interesting so surprise me! You can see my preferred scents in my main survey and can probably tell based on other scents I’ve picked.

9/16/17

Favorite gemstones? Garnets and bloodstones and Onyx (or Jet). I also like Hematite and tourmaline. Any of the semi precious stones that are dark red, dark purple, blue, dark green, and even tigers eye.
I’m also writing a story that uses Ametrine, so it might be nice to have a pendant with that.

If you enjoy jewelry do you like discrete and elegant, flashy and gaudy, small and light, or large and chunky? I tend to prefer themed, or elegant. Anything unique, but tend to prefer not anything too chunky or gaudy.

Any love of pirates or SCA? I enjoy the aesthetic and idea, but not really super crazy for it.

Is there anything you would like from Disney World? I am a fan of ANYTHING Haunted Mansion, but i do have an AP for Disney World.

Are you a Potterhead? If so, to which house do you belong? I am always torn between Syltherin and Ravenclaw

How do you feel about chokers? Love them. Don’t wear them enough.

9/15/17

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?
Nah. Not really my style.

Do you live near a Trader Joe's? Yes. If not, are you interested in trying any of the numerous Pumpkin goodies they come out with this time every year? If you can find any gluten free, sure! It's difficult to get to my TJ's.


Do you like to cook and/or bake? Could you use any specific ingredients (spices, oils, salts, extracts, etc.) or kitchen utensils/gadgets?
Yes! I love specialty salts and oils (like infused). I’ve long wanted to buy “nice” spices, but never get around to it or can justify it to myself.


I'm at Ocean City MD for bike week......would a witches want anything from here? Bike or beach related?? No thank you

What is 1 thing you would love to see in your final box? Can be ANYTHING - your choice.
??? Something handmade.

Who would love some USPS eclipse stamps? No, thanks


9/14/17

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?
The Kitties will never say no to treats. The two orange oafs (Famine and Squeaker) and Ivy cat have no treat preference. Squeak will eat damn near anything.

Our girl Pest (short for Pestilence) sadly has kitty cat IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disorder) and can’t have any treats with chicken, beef, or grains. We’re not 100% sure what sets her off, but those three seem to be at the top. Any “allergy” treats should be ok, and she can have venison and duck. Unfortunetly, we can’t find many treats that she likes.

ALL of the kitties love cat nip.

Is there any interest in any of the fragrance oils from the Nocturne Alchemy Weenies update?
I’m not super familiar with NA, but it seems their food stuff works very well with me, whereas many others do not.
I think decants might be preferred at this time if possible.

I hadn’t looked at their update until now and this is what caught my eye:

Witch Fog
Deathly Delights
Bela
Vincent
Vampire Chocolate Bat
Hallowcats
Enchanting Mermaidens
Every Pumpkin counts

Hex
Vampire Vanilla Bat
Headless horseman
Sisters of the Moon
Curse: Mummy Tomb Incense
Black Amber Rose burgandy

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)
Yes! I’m interested in trying various
Liliths (preferably decants): Wednesday's Child is Full of Woe
My Little Themysciran Princess
Zip Line

Also nail polishes of:
Gothic Black
Bilquis
Laura
Shadow Moon

HG (can be decants, I don’t use a lot of HG):
La Roue de Malheur
Coconut, Vanilla Bean and Tiare
Dorian
White Tea and Sage

Atmos sprays:
Okiya
Lich’s Lab

Misc:
(Super Wishlist items.)
Triple Dagger Bracelet
A little lunacy ID case
Bat Woman ID case
Triple dagger IMP case


9/13/17

Are you a gamer?
Yes!
If so, what games are you currently playing
Errr. I tend to be a casual player of video games, and will play a bit and then leave it alone.
Right now I’m playing Hearthstone, RIFT (the MMO), Armello, and various Zelda games on the DS

I also like casual hidden object games
Also currently playing several D&D tabletop RPGs. I have a wizard, a sorcerer, and a druid characters.

Also a big fan of board games/RPG/Strategy games.

and is there any merch for that game you'd love to have?-
Anything Zelda. It’s more nostalgia for me, but a favorite.

If you are a gamer do you have a steam/gamestop/amazon wishlist?
Steam and Gaming Amazon wishlists are in my original survey

How do you feel about the following scarf options (assuming you're into scarves)? Simple eyelet scarf

Yay! I like the style and the lightness of it works well for Florida.
Chevron scarf

Not a fan of that many colors/multi color. Might be nice in monochrome, or chevron strips
Lacy and fuzzy

The delicate weave would make a really neat etheral fairy type shawl or capelet. Could also see this in black/dark red as a gothic fairy look.
Skinny rib knit (extra long for lots of wrapping)

I already have a lot like this.
Leafy!
Ohhh! This would work well for a druid or fae look (both of which I am a fan). I’d love to do a druid or fae cosplay one day..and this would work! SO yes, I like it.

Like beer? What styles most appeal to you? I used to love dark, rich, bitter beers. Unfortunately, these are no go on a gluten free diet.

Like booze? What kinds? Liquors, yes. No beers. Prefer Gin, but a good vodka is nice too. I don’t like super sugary drinks, but i do like craft cocktails and fun or unusual flavors. I love a good smokey mezcal (although i can’t drink it straight), but prefer only silver tequila. I like whiskey, but i’m finding that it often sets off my gluten response.

Like Wine? What kinds? Mostly Reds, but I don’t know too much about wines. I like smokey, oaky, vanilla, berry flavors, but don’t like too dry (if that makes sense). I like Pinotage and tend toward red blends. I’m a pretty big fan of the “Apothic” wines.

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!
Yes! I love falls, but never got around to getting myself a pair. They were always a bit intimidating, either the cost or putting them in. I do have thin hair, which makes it difficult to secure them.

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 have to admit Hocus Pocus is the family favorite, every year must watch. I like a lot of the older Halloween movies, but not a huge fan of most horror. Aside from being open to ANYTHING Hocus Pocus themed, there’s no merch I can think of.

9/12/17

Here's a great local soapmaker I love--y'all see anything you would like? https://littleseedfarm.com/

Looking through the site there’s a lot I’d like to at least try(sample sizes?). The elasticizer serum, the soap bars (skincare set might be nice to try), charcoal scrub, lip salves, and even the beard oil for the S.O. (his goatee is also stiff!)

What are your favorite/preferred Halloween/autumn icons/images? Any to specifically stay away from? Since Halloween and Fall are among my favored seasons and decor, it’s easier to state what I don’t like/what to stay away from. I really don’t dig Halloween stuff that is: gorey/excessively gory/gross/disgusting (but anatomical type items, like diagrams, skulls, etc are very welcome) and anything really kitchsy and silly. I kind of hate silly Halloween stuff.

Do you eat candy, and if so would Halloween candy be welcome? Specialty candy from local or unusual sources? Chocolate?
I really like unusual, specialty and “foodie”/”Artisinal” candies. (E.g. Vosges) But..as always, they gotta be gluten free, which is difficult. Chocolate is my favorite candy. My favorite non-chocolate candy is gummies.

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?
Not at this time.

Any zentangle lovers, people who would like to try it, or would you want a piece of someone else's zentangle art? I think it’s cool in theory but I’m not sure I’d actually do it and not sure about the art...if the colors worked, maybe?

Any love of hair toys, clips, ribbons, fascinators, mini hats, etc?
My hair is super thin, so most clips don’t work with in. I’m a fan of fasincators and mini hats (like on a headband)

What local goodies may be of interest? Local Honey, jams,candy?
Honey! I also love local jams, as long as they’re gluten free. Really, any gluten free food.

Are you interested in any prescription services like serial magazines, Birch box, ipsy?
Probably not. When it comes to makeup and jewelry I can be very selective. I know what i like. I do like the idea of some of the more unusual prescription services, but also am trying to cut down on “things” in the house. There WAS a Disney Haunted Mansion box that was making rounds a while ago that I would’ve bought (it sold out by the time I was aware of it) and I might be interested in a (gluten free) foodie box or books.

Would you like funky Halloweenie costume makeup like Gothic eyelashes, nail effects, black lipstick, etc.? Probably not. While I am gothic and tend to prefer halloween make up, I’m also kind of particular and much of the halloween costume make up doesn’t apply well or look good on me. The only exception is nail stuff. I LOVE halloween nail effects.

How do you like to listen to music? CD, 8 track tape, mix tape, Pandora or Spotify, I-tunes? Anymore, Pandora and Spotify are how I listen to music. I can still play CDs, but mp3s on a USB work too.

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?
Both. I like that Kindle books don’t take up space, but when it comes to any kind of reference material, I prefer being able to flip through. I don’t really dig gore horror, but I AM a fan of “classic” fantasy, sci fi and horror. I tend to prefer Lovecraftian type horror.


Candles, Incense, or wax tarts? Yes. All of the above.

Do you have favorite brands or Weenies scents for the home?
I used really love “Dark Candles” but haven’t bought from them in a while. I am a fan of Yankee Candle too, but would like to support small, indie businesses.

Would you like to receive a wax tarts burner, incense burner, essential oils diffuser, or Halloweenie themed candle holders? Yes! I lost several of my holders across multiple moves when I was younger. I had some really neat halloween tart burners and diffusers that were lost.

Witchee: are you interested in crafting materials? Yes! Well, kinda. I already have a lot, and have put myself on a buying hiatus buuuut if someone were to find something neat and fun (and related to what I already make) well then i wouldn’t say no.



9/11/17

I'm in Japan, is there anything specific from here you would want?
If possible, any gluten free goodies. I went to Japan before I was gluten free, and i miss all the fun baked goods, and candy. (I really miss kit kats!)

How do you feel about nail wraps? I’ve never used them! I did discover press on nails that actually looked good recently. As long as the wraps are easy to put on, I’d love to try.

if you were to receive something hand knit, what type of item would you like? hat, cowl, handwarmers, etc. and what color(s)? Handwarmers! Or even, wrist warmers! I live in Florida, so hats and scarves just don’t get used much, but my office is ALWAYS cold. I do also love hoods and cowls, even if I don’t get to use them often. Colors: black, dark "jewel tones" (deep/dark reds, purples, blues, greens), also blue/greens. No pastels please.

- would you use knitted washcloths? Probably not. Don’t use washclothes really.
a scarf? In the winter, so not often. I wouldn’t mind a very light, gauzy scarf or cowl.
Are you allergic or sensitive to any fibers? Not that I know of.

If you could be ANY character from a film, TV show or book, who would it be and why?
Polgara. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polgara_the_Sorceress) She's beautiful, confident, a bad ass and has a sharp tongue.

If you could hop into a time machine and travel anywhere/anytime, where would it be and why? The future. I’m a spoiler (not for others tho)...anxious to know how things end. There are parts of the past that would be interesting to see… the time before man, the beginning of man, the domestication of the wolf (no really!). I’d love to see cities like Rome and Babylonia...cities that were bastions of civilization and technology (At their time).

If you could invite 3 famous people to a BPAL meet and sniff, who would invite?
Beth, Ted, and Lilith.


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.
Yes.

Would you like something hand sewn by your Witch? A dress, shirt, skirt, infinity scarf, something else? Sure! I live in Florida, so items that are breezy and cool are a plus. I love dresses and skirts, and I like the look of “deconstructed” or altered tshirts.

Anyone want any kind of costuming accessories or makeup or odds and ends?
Although I am always looking out for new accessories and odds and ends for costumes and crafting, there isn’t anything specific that immediately comes to mind


Honor

Honor

 

SW 2017 Additional Q&A (Ketchup!) Part 1

Questions from 9/4 to 9/10:
(I can get the formatting for my answers to paste nicely so you can also see my answers here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h4GB1X3sLuS7IhMiOe9RdV7LpHQVbL5IMq0AfDWEimQ/   I'm still working on it!)
  9/10/17

Are there any hobbies or crafts you've been thinking of trying, but haven't had the chance yet? Leatherworking and metal crafting

Would you want to receive a custom spell kit or magical tea? If so, what purpose would you want it to be for? Maybe? I love the idea of spells and magic, but must confess, my heart and full belief isnt in it. I do love rituals and things with purpose and intention. If I were to receive or pursue something like this it would be for purposes of: creativity, insight/wisdom, career prosperity (I hate my job, and dont really want to pursue the Career I have a Masters in. Id love to be a full time writer, but it doesnt seem to be possible) and general financial prosperity,

Do you like poetry? Ehhhh Im very very particular about it.
Anyone like handmade critters, stuffed animals, or custom repaints?
Maybe? Im trying to reduce things in the house that dont serve a purpose: stuffed animals, statues, etc. But, if its an especially creative or novel interpretation, or something that I really love (wolves, bats, science-y) I would be interested and make an exception.


Would you enjoy any designer/specialty yarn for your own craftyness? Yes, but! Knitting and yarn craft is at the bottom of my to do craft list.

Would anyone like a donation made in their name to a cause or charity? Sure!
In addition to the charities listed in my initial survey, I also support the American Diabetes Association.

Please provide wishes from the last two updates?
Im good on most of the updates. There are some things from this years Liliths that Im interested in trying (decants would be preferred):
BPAL:
Cemetary Creep
Daybreak
Do All the Good You Can
The Goddess of Mischief
Spectral Flower Girl
Vampire Princess

BPTP:
Wednesday's Child is Full of Woe
My Little Themysciran Princess
Zip Line




9/9/17

Would you be interested in things from Future Primitive? (http://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/)
Short answer: Yes! Ive never heard of them before, and browsing the site, theres a lot I have interest in. I feel like it would be too much to list everything, so lets just say Id love to try something!
I have dry skin, especially on my hands, so I cant have enough high quality lotion.

Are there any UK things you'd like to get? Nothing in particular that I think of, though I do love a good tea!

Are you into podcasts? If so, what are your favorites? Would you like any merch related to any of them? I dont absorb information well in the audio channel, so podcasts and audio books dont really work for me.

Would you like something from Nui Cobalt Designs (https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/)?
Theres so much to see! The jewelry designs overall are lovely, so anything in my preferred colors (and without nickel) would be lovely. Nothing in particular stands out to me.
The candles, oils and teas all look and sound lovely, but Im not deeply into magickal rituals so I fear I wouldnt use them properly.


Or maybe some of Christina's lovely Halloween candles at Sihaya & Co. (https://www.sihayaan...lection-candles)?
Yes. All of them. I mean, I dont expect all of them,but everything on this link sounds amazing. If I had to chose one, the scent of Sisterhood of the Moon is especially good.


ILNP? Who would love one of their awesome holos like MEGA or one of their amazing chromes? http://www.ilnp.com/
Holos, Chromes, Glitter...yeah! I just ordered Americas New Gods Becoming Thunder and Zorya P nail polishes from BPTP so I dont need holos or glitter in those tawny golds. I would love any polish in a shimmery/glittery/holographic dark puple, green, red, black and grey.


9/8/17

Do you enjoy stationery? I'm thinking cute/quality notebooks, washi tape, stickers, fun pens etc.
Yes! I recently started handwriting letters to friends and doing correspondence. I also really just love fun paper and pens and noteboos.

Are you interested in anything from Cocoa Pink?
- Or Haus of Gloi?
Ive never tried Cocoa Pink, but would love to!
Of Haus of Gloi, their perfumes dont work well on me and the whipped soaps are drying on me, but I am interested in bubbling scrub, the pumpkin butter and candles.

HoG scents from the Halloween collection Im interested in: Samhain, Hex, Grimoire, Spider Silk, The Horseman.   Would you be interested in a Halloween wreath?
Yes! I used to make them myself but find them to be a huge pain in the ass. I used to have a raven feather wreath that has long since been too damaged to keep and I miss it.

Have you seen this: https://www.bustle.c...llection-80733? (Lush Halloween collection.) And what would you like?
All of the bath bombs sound interesting, but I dont take baths TOO often. The lord of misrule especially. The other bath bombs LOOK neat but without scent description Im not sure.

All of the soaps look great, and the black rose lip tint in the container.

9/7/17

Are you interested in anything from the Moonalisa Halloween update?
I didnt even know about it until now! Oh my goodness. Ive never tried Moonalisa, so I just listed the Halloween scents that sound good to me.

Here are the scents Im interested in:
All Hallows Eve
Bayou mist
Blue ASpic 2015
Cassandra's Cauldron
Conjuring Room
Dusty Attic
Gilded Bat
Haunted Home
Mabon
Mad Heriot's Parlor
Sweetgrass amd S,ple

All of the scents from the "Green Witch" Collection

And the forms:
Alcohol perfume, argan oil sprayable shine, butter rich cream, cocoa cream, misters(!), room spray, soap bars, candles, perfume oils

Of course, I dont expect all of them! But those are what sounded interesting to me, and that I would use. I am especially interested in the misters.

What are your coffee and/or tea preferences?
- Coffee: whole beans or ground? Ground, because while I have a grinder, its not the best.

- Flavor and roast preferences? Medium to Dark roast preferred. I dont like flavored coffees too much because most of the time, it just tastes bitter or funny to me. I find I prefer African coffees. Really loving cold brew lately.

- Tea: black, green, herbal, flavors? Any all. I love tea. It just has to be gluten free (some teas contain barley/malt).
- Loose leaf or tea bags? Either, but I have strainers for loose leaf
- Anything specific you don't like? When it comes to tea, I dont think so

- Are you in need of any gadgetry? A nice grinder for coffee would be nice. It doesnt have to be expensive, just good enough to be consistent

9/6/17

How would you feel about receiving a hand-painted container for your bpal and/or other treasures?
- would you want a big wood box (~50 bottles), a small wood box (~20 bottles) or a tin for carrying imps around?
Yes, please! I have a small box, but a large box, or small tin for imps would be perfect!

Who is into K-Beauty (Korean beauty products like sheet masks)
- What are your faves if you are?
- If you aren't would you like to try something?
I havent gotten into the K-Beauty trend yet, so dont know anything about brands. Im a little hesitant to go outside of my usual skin care products, as my skin can be sensitive, and I cant have anything with wheat, barley, malt, rye or any of its derivatives. Wheat protein is often used in face lotions..

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 finally started cosplaying! Ive always wanted to, and finally did it! Ive also been interested in board games for a while, but this past year I was really able to get into it, buying, playing, and researching games, including deck builders. Ive recently discovered the joy of fountain pens, and am starting to do handwritten correspondence.

9/5/17

What are your feelings about Scooby Doo? Not a fan tbh.

How do you feel about indie makeup (read: loose eyeshadow, blush, highlighter)?
I love supporting indie brands, especially if they are female run. But, I have a LOT of eyeshadow already, and still havent gotten the trick of using loose shadow. Im starting to get into highlighters and lipstick now. Glittery and iridescent is a plus.

I drink this stuff almost everyday would anyone else be interested in trying it out? https://www.criobru.com/
Ive been really interested in this stuff for a while now, actually! I love my coffee, but I thought it might be a nice change.

9/4/17

Would you like one of the Halloween Teeturtle shirts?
https://www.teeturtl...alloween?page=1

Eep! Yes pls!
I kind of love all of them. I use Halloween to shop for my every day clothes, honestly.
I tried to narrow down to the ones I like best: Spellbound, Howl at the moon, Murder of Crows, Testing Witch Face, Wake me When.., Something Wicked, Tis the Season, Kitten of Death

Honor

Honor

 

Switch Witch 2017 Initial Survey Answers!

Hello Witch! I look forward to meeting you!

Here's my answers from the original questionnaire, for your easy reference:
Switch Witch 2017:
SW 2017 Initial Questionaire Answers - Public

Forum Name: HonorAlexandria
Full Name: Jessica Wunder

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Basic Info
Birthday: April 6
Pets: 4 cats! Pestilence, Famine, Squeaker, and Ivy.
Children: No children
Religious orientation: No religious affiliation/Atheist
Favorite Holiday: Halloween
Occupation/Major in school: Molecular Biology/Microbiology; Biology
Living arrangement (by yourself, with roommates, etc): Living w/ Significant Other
Livejournal/Blog/Website: Blog: thegirlandthewolf.com
Organizations/Causes/Activities (Things you belong to or causes you believe in):
Not an active member, but causes/organizations I believe in and support
American Cancer Society, Defenders of Wildlife, ASPCA
BPAL
Favorite BPAL oils: (in no particular order) Absinthe, Embalming Fluid, Dorian, Whip, Black Lace, Glowing Vulva, The Last Unicorn, The High Ranking Courtesan, Tiki King, CP: Insects, Dusky Shroud, Morocco, Haute Macabre, As Above, So Below, DeSade
Favorite notes: all Musks, rich woods, rich vanillas, teas, leather, night-blooming flowers, amber, oakmoss, tobacco, chocolate, coffee (but BPALs coffee note doesn’t usually work for me), roses (but my skin amps this, so have to be careful), “green” notes, aged patchouli
Favorite non-BPAL perfumes: No particular perfumes, and I haven’t tried many non-BPAL, but in general I like what I’ve tried from Possets and NaVa. Oh! I do REALLY love NaVa’s “Nag Champa Seahorse”
Least favorite notes: Jasmine, cedar (I like it but it turns to pencil shavings on me), powdery-notes, ozone (I love it but it doesn’t work on me), cassia carnation, anything powdery
Least favorite non-BPAL perfumes: I haven’t tried too many outside of BPAL. Haus of Gloi perfumes tend to be kind of plastic-y and don’t last long on my skin.
If Beth made a custom blend for you, what would the notes be, and what would you want the label art to look like?
This is a hard one. I have a lot of ideas for scents I’d like to try. But if I had to pick one(especially one evocative of me) it might be something along the lines of:
Dark musk, black tea, Leather and Oakmoss, sweetened with vanilla amber, black rose and a touch of sugar, and a hint of cognac. (Would that even work?). I’m not sure about the art. The teenager in me would want a darkly beautiful sorceress type woman. Adult me isn’t so sure.
Lifestyle
Style/home decoration style:
Dark colors/black. Gothic, Halloween and fantasy elements, themes, motifs. Skulls, bats, ravens are all great. I don’t really like goofy, kitchy or silly Halloween decor. Silly pumpkins are cute, but not around my house. Dark woods and metal are preferred colors. Also! I love coffee. A lot.
Favorite decorating colors:
Black, silver, dark woods (mahogany, cherry, etc), dark purple, dark reds
Things you collect: Wolves, BPAL (hah!), Fantasy related items, Coffee. Used to collect Monster High dolls but I’ve stopped. Trying to keep “items” down as our living space is small.
Favorite music: Goth/Synth(VNV Nation, Convenant, A23, Wolfsheim, Cruxshadows, siouxsie and the banshees, etc), some Industrial(Aesthetic Perfection, NIN, Imperative Reaction, some Ministry, Wumpscut, etc) , 80s (Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, etc) , some EDM/Trance, mixing of classical/instrumental with other genres (e.g. Lindsey Stirling), “Steampunk” (e.g. Abney park), classical, “Epic” movie soundtracks (Antti Martikainen is great!)
Least favorite music: Most hip hop, rap, country, folk
Vegetarian/Vegan?: (Please be as specific as possible to reduce confusion!)
No, but see below…
Other food restrictions:
Gluten intolerance/Celiac (this includes barley and malt, as well as oats that are not certified gluten free)
Artificial sugars and sugar substitutes (this includes sugar alcohols, splenda, etc).
Favorite flavors: Coffee! Vanilla, chocolate, berries, citrus, cream
Favorite foods/drinks:
Foods: uh. Most anything. Love different kinds of cheeses, and a good charcuterie/fruit, cheese, meat plate will make my evening. Fresh fruits. Tacos! Sushi.
Drinks: Coffee. Cold brew coffee is my favorite. Also teas (especially iced). Sangria, and any light, fruity refreshing drinks. Don’t like things that are very sugary. I’m a fan of craft cocktails, with Gin being my standard go to. I like whiskeys, but have to be careful as some are not gluten free.
Favorite authors/genres:
Genres: Fantasy, YA fantasy, some Sci Fi, Manga. Any books on writing or reference books for writing are high on my list too (As I’m attempting to write a novel and doing world building). Mythology reference. Science books.
Authors: This is hard. I don’t know that I can list favorite authors. There are authors I’ve read a lot of, and authors that I haven’t read much of but want to read more of. I’m also terrible at remembering names. Here are the ones that are at the forefront of my mind/reading list at the moment. I’m providing these partially to give an idea of what I read in general. Feel free to make suggestions/extrapolate/show me new authors based on this:
David Eddings( I own almost all of his books), Weis/Hickman(DragonLance), Terry Brooks, RA Salvatore, Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling HP Lovecraft, Diane Duane.
This may be helpful: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/11593125
Reading wishlists:
Fiction: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/XLIWKO1C39KY/ref=cm_wl_list_o_4
Non-Fiction: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3AYUYHBS1987P/ref=cm_wl_list_o_5
Writing/Reference:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/181NPXFMN8RN/ref=cm_wl_list_o_6
Least favorite authors/genres:
Stephanie Meyer and E.L James.
Otherwise there’s not any that stand out in my mind. I think GRR Martin has good ideas, but is not a very good writer.
Religious and Westerns would be the only genres I can think of that I have no interest in reading. Oh, and self help type books.
Books/authors you'd like to read, but haven't yet:
Brandon Sanderson, Mercedes Lackey(have read some, but not much, want to read more),Garth Nix(The Old Kingdom series). Also old classics fantasy sci-fi (War of the Worlds, The Time Machine etc. There’s a lot of classics I haven’t read!) I’ve never read the Wheel of Time series and I’m not sure how to feel about that.
I’m interested in the new Marissa Mayer book (Heartless) as I liked her previous serious.
Recently, I’ve been curious about the “Red Queen” series by Victoria Aveyard and “The looking Glass Wars” by Frank Beddor.
How do you feel about receiving gently used books as gifts?
No problem!
Favorite stores (including clothing stores):
Hard to answer, especially for retail stores I don’t really have any absolutely favorite stores. I’m kind of all over the place. I shop at Target a lot (sadly). I am a big Starbucks and Teavana fan. Sephora and Ulta are favorites. Yankee Candle, Hot Topic, Lunchbox, and BlackMarket mineral are places that I sometimes will find stuff I like.
Favorite online stores (including B&B stores):
Another hard to answer. I use Amazon A LOT these days. Some online stores that I like (and wish I could shop at more): Pyramidcollection.com, BPAL/BPTP of course, ThinkGeek, Villainess, Heavy Red, Retroscope, Black Milk, UrbanDecay,, Threadless, TeeFury are some that come to mind.
I don’t expect to get things from these places, some of them are pretty pricey. But it does give an idea of my style and things I like.
I’ve been interested in Paintbox Soaps, but have yet to try them.
Magazines you subscribe to: None
Magazines you like, but don't subscribe to: None
Favorite movies: Favorite” questions are so hard for me, because I have a bad memory. This is more “films I remember enjoying”: Wonder Woman(!), Avengers (and pretty much all of the Marvel films), the LOTR films, Crimson Peak, Disney films (especially the “Renaissance” films: The Little Mermaid through Atlantis), Star Wars, Star Trek (not the new franchise), Jurassic Park (yes, the original) ?? I don’t know!
Favorite TV show(s): Agents of Shield, Lucifer, Once Upon a Time (Seasons 1-2 at least), Dark Matter, Sherlock, Librarians
Hobbies/crafts done: Paper crafting, scrapbooking, jewelry crafting, painting, knitting, sewing (Starting to do cosplay) a little bit of everything!
Clothing & Jewelry
Hair type: Short, thin. Auburn/red (dyed)
Skin Type: Fair/pale, sensitive, dry.
Allergies (specifically B&B related): Nickel. Wheat/Gluten (in some lotions and hair products)
Other things to avoid: None.
Tub, shower or both? Both, usually shower.
Favorite bath & beauty products: Loved the BPTP soaps when they were available, and the Villainess produts. I haven’t experimented much with indie BB products but I do love “fancy” soaps and such. I would like to try new products!
Clothing Style/Fave garments: I tend for comfy and basic, although I do really love elaborate styles (I just don’t have the time). For reference, much of what’s in the Pyramid collection fits my every day style. Lip Service is a reference for my night/club/going out style. Love skirts, bell sleeves(And bell bottoms), I love dresses and skirts, but I’m not really into “girly” styles. (If that makes sense).
For reference: https://www.pinterest.com/girlnamedwinter/my-style/
https://www.pinterest.com/girlnamedwinter/
https://www.etsy.com/people/WunderWolfDesigns/favorites
Favorite clothing colors/colors to wear: Black is a favorite.I am “goth”. Dark jewel tones, gray, blues/greens, and some earth tones are my next preference.
Type(s) of jewelry worn: I don’t wear much jewelry day to day, but I do like having pieces for going out, and more recently for costume pieces (cosplay, and belly-dance). I tend to wear necklaces, some bracelets, ring on occasion. I do love the “slave” bracelet/ring combinations. No earrings. I do have my belly button pierced. I prefer silver, or silver colored metals (steel, platinum, etc).
Ring/wrist/collar size: Ring: 7/8 Wrist: 6.25” Collar: 13.5”
Jewelry - gold or silver? Silver! No gold.
Do you have any allergies to metal? Nickel! I can wear jewelry containing nickel for small periods of time, but not more than a few hours so I generally don’t buy it. Steel and Sterling Silver are best.
I also don’t wear earrings anymore(my ears were very sensitive to nickel).
Favorite gemstones: I love garnets and onyx. I seem to prefer the gemstones and minerals that are less favored and non-precious: tigers eye, malachite, tourmaline, opal, etc.
Sock/Shoe Size: 8 women, wide
Random Questions:
- On a scale of 1-5, how organized are you?
3? I like to organize things, and the idea of being organized. My home, however, does not reflect that. I do love lists and list making
- Where, outside of the U.S. would you love to visit? (if you're international, this can be anywhere)
London, Germany, Scandinavia and New Zealand are my “travel here next” destinations.
-Where, inside of the U.S. would you love to visit?
Seattle again. New England. I also love the idea of visiting the different biomes in the US; deserts, forest, coastal areas.
-Favorite City in the US/World?
Not sure. I haven’t visited enough to say! I did really love Seattle and the Northwest coast in general.
- Do people tell you that you act older, younger, or your age?
Older, all my life. My mother used to say I was 12 going on 21.
-If I gave you a toy gun with flashing lights, would you hide and start shooting people from around corners OR would you thank me on the IGI thread and then quietly donate it (a niece, Oxfam, Goodwill, wherever)? (there are no wrong answers for this, so don't be afraid to answer honestly)
Both! I’d mess with the cats, friends, coworkers first for a little bit. Then donate it. I’m trying to not have so many little things that don’t have a purpose. Our house is smallAnd of course, visit the IGI to thank.
- What animal do you feel like the most? Wolf
- Your favorite feature about yourself:
Physically: My cheekbones and eyes. Before I gained weight, my waist and hour-glass shape. (Curse you corticosteroids!).
Personality: My dark humor. My ability to be both pragmatic and creative.
- Do you live in a neighborhood or in the middle of nowhere?
Neighborhood.
-Have you ever thought, "oh, I'm going to get myself one of those one of these days" but then never do? List 1 under $10 and 1 over $10.
I can’t think of anything right now, which means I will as soon as I submit this.
UPDATE!
Under $10: a charcoal or clay face mask, or something similar to deep clean pores and/or a nice pore refining/minimizing mask

Over $10: cute/gothy/artsy small cosmetic bag (around 4" x6"ish). I've been wanting and meaning to get one for my make up in my work bag but never manage to get around to getting one (or finding one I like) This might also be under $10.

- How do you feel about boi witches?
I’m still not even sure what is meant by this…
- Do you like garage sales (boot sales)?
Sometimes good for rare finds or deals,but I get a bit squicky about buying second hand furniture and such.
- I like to slather my food in …:
Nothing. I do like sauces and condiments, but nothing I use all the time.
- State fairs or carnivals?
Carnivals!
- You throw caution to the wind and runaway to join a traveling circus. What job would you want ( a main performer, a side show, a behind the scenes spot, etc) and why?
A performer, I think. In this fantasy world I am pretty and talented enough to BE a main stage performer. While I’m an introvert and very self-conscious, I do enjoy performing.
At the same time, I enjoy being behind the scenes and “running the show”. Either would work.
- What mythical or fantastic race of creatures (dragons, unicorns, griffins, elves, dwarves, faeries, etc.) do you most identify with?
I love elves, but I myself am not very elf-like. In terms of identifying, I am most likely a Dragon. Or a Were-Wolf
- Imagine that you're given a shoebox-sized time capsule, and you are asked to put any number of items in the box that symbolize who you are. The items can be may be anything you can imagine, and money is no object, but they must fit within the box. What do you choose?
(I’m terrible at these things) Coffee, one of my coffee mugs(maybe my NanoWriMo cup, or one of my Halloween mugs), the tag from my German Shepherd Sascha(who has now passed away), one of my shiny d20, a wolf statue/figurine/image, a leather bound journal/spellbook, a beautiful writing quill, a zebra 201 pen (my favorite functional pen to write with), one of my favorite Fantasy books(David Eddings The Belgariad, perhaps, or Terry Brooks Magic Kingdom for nostalgia), A Diane Duane Star Trek: TOS novel, silver DNA charm, a “magic ring” (said anything we could imagine. I wish I could have a magic ring), My Nintendo 3DS loaded with all of the Zelda games, a beautiful shimmery black bellydance hip scarf, a map of the Universe (or at least the known Universe so far

- Do you need storage boxes/bottles/containers? Decorated or Plain?
Yes! Either - boxes, containers, bags. Decorated or plain.


- The world has given you the day off. You hear that, no chores, responsibilities, or budget you have to follow. What would you do in those 24 hours?
Write! Escape to a cabin in the middle of the woods, preferably during fall, with no internet (but basic amenities: electricity, hot water, coffee) and work on my writing (and perhaps some photography)
- Do you like steampunk & if so what kind of steampunk item would you most like to receive?
Yes! I’m not sure what I’d most like to receive though. My Steam Punk wardrobe, accessories and paraphernalia is very very small. Really, anything would be great, whether jewelry or even steam-punk life-accessories (USB keys, etc).
- Do you have an Etsy shop?
Yep! Although it hasn’t been active in a little bit.
WunderWolf Designs:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/WunderWolfDesigns
And, for reference, my etsy favorites and wish list:
https://www.etsy.com/people/WunderWolfDesigns/favorites
- Would you like to receive baked goods, if so what kind?
While I’m supposed to stay relative low-carb, I wouldn’t mind a surprise. That said I love baked goods, but they must be gluten free, which includes being made in a gluten free facility. I’m very sensitive to cross contamination. So homemade baked goods aren’t something I can do (unless you are also celiac and have a completely gluten free kitchen). Companies like Outrageous baking (http://www.outrageousbaking.com/ ) with dedicated kitchens are fine.
- What is something totally random (yes, that thing that just popped into your head) that hasn't been covered by any previous questions?
????
Notes (Here's where you can add additional information you'd like your Switch Witch to know!):
Shirt size! Medium/Large, although I am a bit large chested (38DD).

I hope this doesn’t sound presumptive (although the instructions said wishlists are helpful!) but for reference, here are my various wishlists. These are wishlists from all over my interests (so there are some pricey items). I certainly am not suggesting any of these items are purchased, but rather I hope they give an idea of what i’m interested in, like, etc.

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/people/WunderWolfDesigns/favorites
General Wishlist (simliar to Amazon): http://www.wishlistr.com/agirlnamedwinter/
Steam: http://steamcommunity.com/id/honoralexandria/wishlist

Amazon
[i like to organize my Amazon lists so there’s a few]
Amazon (general) https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2PI7NLX2GC5ZT
Amazon (crafting stuff) https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3024CQYA3WF37
Amazon (fiction) https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/XLIWKO1C39KY
Amazon (games) https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3OMGJQR32MBXB
Amazon (non-fiction) https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3AYUYHBS1987P
Amazon (kitchen and cooking) http://a.co/iypR8eD
Amazon (Non-Amazon items) https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2FWFP7QBUMI76
Amazon (Writing) https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/181NPXFMN8RN
Amazon (Beauty) https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3VR6261ITF8S3
(for the cosmetics list, this is more for me to keep track of things I'm interested in, not to buy on Amazon.. There's a lot of stuff from like Kat Von D, LUSH, Urban Decay or other well known cosmetic companies that I wouldn't trust Amazon sellers and wouldn't buy these items on Amazon)

Think Geek!: http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/gimme.cgi?wid=81d582188&icpg=wishlist_share_81d582188
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/girlnamedwinter/


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Solstice Swap Answers

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

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

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SW Q&A

Hello dear Witch!

Thank you again for the lovely card! I agree, I myself wouldn't have the patience for something like tatting. I envy those that can!

For your question about handmade crafts and local festivals: it's difficult for me to say without seeing or knowing what will be there. But, I do love hand crafted items. I appreciate the unique nature of things that are created and crafted with love and intention. While i can't think of anything in particular (Wait...maybe something), if you see something that matches my interests or colors that is handmade I'm sure I'll love it.
If I’m honest. I’d love the idea of a handmade ceramic coffee mug, but my significant other says I’m not allowed to have more mugs unless i get rid of one. (But it’s not like he’s going to notice a new one. HAH!). I love many of my mugs, but I don’t have many that are wide or very big. I also have a current obsession with mug cakes (gluten free of course) and there are only two mugs in the house that are wide enough to make them in. So, do what you will with that information. I also looooveee the idea of hoods and capes, but in Florida, there’s not much opportunity to wear them.

One thing I have been thinking that I would like more of lately is form fitting, long tees. Being in Florida, tshirts are the best for our hot weather(and I am allowed to wear them at work). BUt it's really hard to find tshirts that look nice. I've been really wanting more long, tissue style tees that are fitted for women and in pretty colors. Nothing bright, but muted shades of blues, greens, purples. And of course, grey/black.
That will probably be difficult to find and I don't want you to go out of your way. I just bring it up in case you see something.

To address NanoWrimo: Yes!
Heheh. That is, i'm going to try to do it this year! The last time I tried Nano was in 2014, but my beloved German Shepherd passed away on Nov 14th. And then last year i had cancer. >.<
I was successful in 2013 though! Although I made it to 50k words, the story/novel wasn't finished! (About 1/3 of it got cut anyway). So this year I want to do a modified Nano, where I don't start something new, but aim to finish the story from 2013. There's no set word count for me, although reaching 50k again would be nice.

I love the Nano theme this year too.

Sorry if these answers are super long. I am not concise as a writer. :/

I hope you're doing well Witch! I love hearing from you. Thank you! <3

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SW 2016 Ketchup Round 3! (Final entry)

This will be the last blog post for ketchup I think. All of the questions after this will be added to my big Google document here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AFR_HSlpnbVyQIscmNF9gjKXC6yna9md-bzBvOKNrb8   Witch, you can also ask me questions anonymously through that document!

9/23-9/28 Elements & Artifacts has a fall/halloween collection up? Anything catch your eye?
Surprisingly, not at the moment. Much of what I'm seeing is earrings which I don't wear. And speaking of shops from BPAL folks, any favorites in the stores on the SW Stalking and Services Spreadsheet?
HollysRainbow (Greenwoodtree) mentions gluten free baked goods. Nothing is listed, but i'm always interested in GF baked goods.
Haus of Gloi update is live; is there anything you're interested in?
I like their bar soaps, and would love to try the soft bubbling scrub and pumpkin butter. Their oils are very hit and miss on me, so decants/sample vials would be best. The whipped soaps seem to be very drying on me skin.
The scents I'm interested in are: Hex, Samhain II, Persephone’s Decent, Spider Silk, The Horseman, Cozy Pumpkin
Coloring Books? I already have 3 I barely use, although I am lusting after the Disney Villains and Poe coloring books.
Would you be interested in Kings Game by Lisa Millraney
Possibly. I can't seem to find it in a Google search (??). If it's within the scope of my preferred reading (in my original questionairre) then sure!
Do you celebrate Mabon? Would you like "witchy" or pagan decorations and objects? For example, pentacle wall hangings, mabon poppets, corn dollies, ritual candles, etc?
I do not. I'm Atheist, although I had pagan leanings when I was younger. I appreciate many of their holidays and symbolism. There are some items I might display but I can be rather particular about that though (it has to hold particular meaning or significance to me), so probably best to avoid these for me.
Anyone hankering for Craftsy classes?
Not currently.
Would you be interested in any of the following: jigsaw puzzles; puzzle books (like word searches or crossword puzzles or suduko); coloring books; card games; board games?
I love puzzles. I don't have many jigsaw puzzles, although I don't have much space to do them. I have some puzzle books already, so while i wouldn't say no to one, I have several I've yet to get through. Same thing with coloring books.
Card games and board games are my main "jam", as I can play them with others. My Amazon wishlist has several games I'm currently interested in, but I'm open to new suggestions.
Would you like any brown paper bags of "seconds" from Seattle Chocolates?
It looks like they have gluten free items, so anything in that section would be fine.
Anything from http://www.beefolks.com suit your fancy in particular (honey or otherwise since they have other products?)
All of the honeys sound amazing, so any of those would be fine. The mead kits look interesting, as does the honey dust and sticks.
Any other renn Faire goodies in general? Here are the artisans there: http://www.rennfest....mation/artisan Nothing in particular (it's a bit much to go through right now)

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SW items for sale/trade/swap

If you're looking for BPAL scents for your Witchee, here's a list (with some other misc items) that I have available:   http://tinyurl.com/zsrwpct

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Ketchup Part 2

(9/19-9/22)
Do you decorate for Halloween all year? If not, what level of decor do you have for Halloween?
ALL YEAR

Indoor/outdoor Halloween decorations? What do you do, and what would you prefer to receive?
Indoor only for me, we don't have much space for outdoor decor (and I have enough outdoor decor sitting in storage)

What's your preferred Halloween decor style: classic/traditional (skulls, pumpkins, bats), kitchsy/cute, retro, elegant/Victorian, horror/macabre?
classic (skulls and bats) and elegant

What's your candy preference?
I prefer dark chocolate to milk, and I love flavored chocolates. Outside of that I have a fondness for gummies, and marshmallows.

Speaking of snarky, who's a fan of The Mincing Mockingbird?
I am not familiar with this at all  
Candles, wax melts/tarts?
I love candles and scented melts. I was obsessed with scented candles before I found BPAL. However, I tend to prefer wax melts/tarts because i find the scent lasts longer and is more prominent throughout the house/room. With burners/warmers, i don't have to worry about the open flame catching catch tails on fire (burners/warmers that use tea lights/flame are fine, since the flame is covered by the wax holder).
That being said; most of of warmers and burners are now buried in a box in the bottom of my storage unit. I lust after the Yankee candle halloween offerings every year.

Etsy:
My etsy shop and wishlist are in my original questionaire, and in my "wishlist quick reference" link in my signature.  
Tokyo Milk? Yea or Nay? I LOVE Tokyo Milk scents. But for one reason or another, I never buy them for myself. I can't think of any one scent in particular so anything from them would be lovely I think.

if you're a writer type, would you like notebooks or journals? Utilitarian or fancy? Lined or blank? Tell me of your stationery lustings.
Any all. No really. I LOVE notebooks and journals. I no longer buy them for myself because I haven't used the ones I currently own, but i won't ever say no to new journals. I am always lusting after them. I don't have a preference for utilitarian or fancy because both have a "place" for me. I love gorgeous, fancy 'books, but feel like i have to reserve them for "Special" content that is worthy of them. Pretty and fancy ones are the ones I used to buy. So I need more "plain" and utilitarian books for everyday scribbles and writings. I really love a lot of the dual use notebooks popping up on kick starter, as well as the notebooks with magnetic pages.


If you want yarn, what colors do you want?
I’m very torn on this. I barely learned how to knit last year, and have not really done much since. But I enjoyed doing it and would eventually like to do more. I already have a bunch of yarn i’m not currently using but I love discovering new brands, new yarn types and color combinations. So maybe if you find something that you think I would absolutely love, or even yarn with a pattern.
To answer the color question, jewel tones, black, greys, and blue/green tones. I do really love yarn that is multiple colors or “ombre”. 


A color palette would be lovely if you use Pinterest. Or just want to post palette photos in your blog.

Here: https://www.pinteres...color-palettes/

Authors - Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter. Heard of them? Love them, hate them, or eh?
I am not familiar with them at all. A quick google search shows that I may be interested in their work though.
Are you interested in fabric? Again, what colors, what themes, etc.
Similar to the yarn answer. I have many, many ambitions to make things, but little time and energy. However, I am a sucker for halloween fabric, especially “Elegant halloween” (damask patterns, etc). 


If you could receive one handmade item - everything from knitted or crocheted gloves and scarves to sewn bags to fanart or original art, what would you prefer?
I don’t think I have a preference. I’d love to receive handmade items…I think that’s one of the aspects about this I’m looking forward to the most. Art, gloves (fingerless are best), bags, any of it would be wonderful.

What are your tea and/or coffee preferences? Loose leaf / whole bean or bagged / ground? Do you have a favorite type? Flavor? Retailer?
COFEE. Coffee, coffee, coffee! I do like tea quite a bit as well,but coffee is a comfort drink for me. I’ve been trying to cut down on my caffeine intake, but it’s hard to find good decaf, so a high quality dark roast decaf would be nice.
My coffee preferences run toward dark, bold blends. Cold brew is my default during the summer, and pour over or french press is my favorite for hot in autumn/winter. i do also have a Starbucks Verismo machine. A medium/coarse grind works best with those methods.   For tea, decaf blacks would be good. I do like most tea, but I am partial to blacks, earl grey varieties, and anything with a creamy note. 

What are your favorite fandoms, if any? SO MANY. This is really hard for me to answer, especially since i go through phases. maybe ask me about a specific fandom either through a nacho witch, or email my s.o.  
Skincare- do you use a particular routine? What products would you absolutely not use?
i have problematic skin (sensitive in general, and i have hormonal/inflammatory cystic acne) so I have a regime down pat, but it’s long and complicated. It would be best not to get me any facial skin care products as what i have now works best, and I have to be careful with gluten which can hide in many different forms when it comes to face products. So best to avoid this. 

BPTP products? Pre-owned okay? I have enough bath oils for now I think. I’ve recently discovered hair gloss, but my hair is so thin, a little goes a long way so I don’t need a whole bottle. I am interested in their atmosphere sprays, and the soaps (if they ever get back). There’s also several clothing and accessory items I’m interested in. Except for the soap and clothing, pre-owned is ok for me   Essential oils and aromatherapy oils- yay, or nay? These tend to be too strong and headache inducing for me so I think nay.

Favorite animal? Wolf.

Twilight Alchemy Lab oils? I’ve long had an interest, but never enough to make the plunge. I’m an atheist, although i had pagan/wiccan leanings when I was younger. I really like the idea of using oils as part of a ritual and intention. So, I’m interested but not enough for a whole bottle of anything. Decants of the oils used for removing blocks, increasing prosperity and opportunities, and anything to help with creative ventures would be good. 


Hair Falls?
Another slightly complicated answer for me. (Sorry witch!). I LOVE falls. Always have. I long envied girls in the local goth scene that had them. But I have very thin hair, and there’s just not much for the falls to hold on to. The most I was able to do in the past were yarn falls, which were cute, but i prefer the cyber look. Currently my hair is slightly thicker (but still thin) and short, so there’s really nothing to hold onto. I’m still growing my hair out though, so if you have a way to make falls that will hold onto thin hair, I’d love something! Black/red, black/white, black/green and black/purple are my favored color combinations for this. 


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Ketchup!

Questions that were added/asked in the SW Forum Post:


Hibiscus seeds?
No thank you. We have a hibiscus plant that has utterly taken over the backyard.


Off-color needlepoint?
Yes please. I have a pretty wicked sense of humor. *waggles eyebrows*

What interests you from the latest (pre-Halloween) update?
More than I expected! I’m very interested in all of the current Lunacy offerings: Leda, Coconut Meat SN, Starstruck: Libra
From the Lilith/Motherhood update:Scents I'm curious about and want to try (decants would be excellent):
"A Little More Tea"
"Baby’s First Krampuslauf"
"Connecting Flight"
"Good Morning London"
"Heavenly Spark"
"Little Lady Frankenstein"
"O The Joy of My Spirit!"
"Stonehenge at Dusk"
"Texare"

Scents I'm pretty sure I want/would buy:
Reapers Gonna Reap
Spider Witch
The Great Python Snake

From the Trading Post:
I'd love to try:

Lilith's hair gloss
Tag Upon Avon
The Great London Spaghetti Hunt

and i'm pretty sure I "need"
The Serpentine


Like beer? What kind? Booze?
I used to love a good dark Stout, but unfortunately being gluten free that’s not really an option. I’ve not yet found a gluten free beer I really like, because they tend to be very light. But I am open to gluten free craft beers! Just be careful that they aren’t “gluten removed” beers. Those aren’t really gluten free and will make me sick.

Most liquor is gluten free, but if there’s added colors or flavors you may want to check. This is a really handy list/guide that’s up to date:
http://urbantastebud.com/gluten-free-alcohol-list/

If it’s something homemade like everclear with added herbs or flowers, it should be fine as long as barely, malt, and wheat aren’t included.
Malt beverages (like wine coolers) are NOT gluten free and no good.

My preferred liquor is Gin. I used to hate it, so now I love it, but I’m a bit of a snob. Hendricks is my absolutely favorite. I also love flavored liquors. I tend to prefer fruity or floral but not sweet, drinks. I have a fondness for cordials and liquers.

Knitted items? Type?
I love the idea of knitted stuff, but being in Florida there’s not much opportunity to wear them. Loose knit and knitted “lace” would be best. I do have a thing for fingerless gloves as most indoor venues (including my office) are kept freezing cold to combat the heat. I tend to prefer jewel tones and/or earthy colors (muted, sea-blues and greens and grays).


Caramel?
Love it. Salted. With Chocolate. With Marshmallow. With fancy flavorings. It’s just gotta be gluten free (it usually is).

Would you be interested in home made food items? Yes, as long as they are gluten free/made in relatively gluten free area. (I know regular kitchens can’t be totally gluten free, but as long as it’s not near bread or flour or anything).
Also! If something contains apple, just let me know so I don't let the significant other have it. (He can't tolerate apple)

YES!!! To all of the below, especially rose petal liquor.
- garlic dill pickles
- blackberry jam
- dried honey crisp apples
- applesauce (with or without red hots) maybe no red hots
- elderberry syrup (with honey and apple cider vinegar - great for immune boosting) YES! I love elderberries and elderflowers
- honey from our bees
- rose petal liquor (made with our own rose petals and everclear but diluted down a bit so it doesn't knock you over)
- baked goods of your choice, what do you like or dislike?

Baked goods are pretty much out, unless your kitchen is completely gluten free.

Would you be interested in project bags/pouches? It depends on the size and shape. Drawstring pouch bags maybe not, but something like a side bag, messenger bag, purse, yes!

Are you allergic to any fiber or do you know what kind of yarn you prefer? No allergies here! I’ve not had enough experience with yarns to have a preference, except all of my experience with acylic is that it’s been really itchy. I have no issue with animal fibers.

Would you want a quilted pot holder? (for me no because i make them)
Actually I need pot holders, of different sizes, so yes!


Do you have any prefered flavour of shortbread?
I have a fondness for shortbread of any flavor. Earl Grey and Lemon are favorites, but again, it's gotta be gluten free, and made in a gluten free kitchen.


Is there anything you'd particularly like to get from the UK?
I'm not sure. I don't think so? Maybe tea?
Socks/sockdreams/etc?
Yes! I've been wanting more funky socks, and some more knee highs but I'm not sure exactly what I want. Stripes are always good. I'm also on the look out/in need of "sock tape" or something that will keep knee highs and high socks from slouching. I haven't looked at the sockdreams site in years though so I don't know what I want anymore.

Is there anything you would like to get from Japan?
I'm not sure. I really miss Japan (I visited in 2007) but now that I'm gluten free I can't really partake in the food goodies. I like anime but there's nothing immediate that comes to mind that I'd want.

Do you like things with Pumpkin (or Pumpkin Spice?)
Yes!!

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SW Halloween Notes Part 2

I've been pretty scattered lately, but I though this might help you:

I'm a big Disney fan. I have an annual pass for DisneyWorld in Florida, and my favorite thing to do is go for a few hours, ride a few rides and people watch. My favorite ride is the Haunted Mansion (I am obsessed with the wallpaper) and my favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast (I'm very excited for the new live version!). I have a soft spot for Atlantis though, because I think it's really underrated.

If you're crafty, I really love unique and hand crafted items. These don't have to be limited to physical objects though. Digital items or art is good too!

On that note; I don't have any of the cute image "signatures" I see many folks have now. I have the ability to make them in Photoshop but not the time. So if you're really good at such a thing, go for it!

I have a current obsession with mug cakes. I think they're marvelous.   I love maxi dresses. Love them. They're perfect for my shape, and for Florida weather

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SW Halloween 2016 Notes: Part I

Got this idea from neptuneanblues (if you're reading this, thanks! )

My brain has a bad habit of freezing whenever I need to pull information out of it. So, even though it took me 2 hours to fill out my SW questionnaire, I found myself thinking of things I wish I had included, long after I'd submitted it.

So, some random bits of information that may, or may not,be of help

I'd like more funky socks
I love pumpkin spice (And I don't care how "basic" it makes me)

I love coffee but also tea

I'm kind of a foodie and love unusual salts, spices, etc

Dark Chocolate is king in my book. The darker the better, although I think I hit my limit at 85%
I miss my german shepherd dearly (she passed away 2014) but I've become enamoured with Corgis. I desperately want one, but I have to wait until my energy levels are more stable. Until then I am ok collecting and looking at Corgis

I'm 1 year post chemo, and 18 months cancer free from Hodgkin's Lymphoma.My hair is still growing back, and it's cute but still short, and kinda floppy. I am finally comfortable putting color in it again. I used to have crazy colored hair for years before.

Although I don't do it for a living, my heart belongs to science, especially biology/molecular biology. I was supposed to go for my Master's in Molecular Biology after getting my Bachelors, but life and things, and it didn't happen. Now, I'm setting my sights to be a full time writer. (I really, really REALLY hate my current job). I'm not sure if I'll ever get to do Bio research, but it still fascinates me. I still want to learn as much as I can about it, and I love anything science/bio related.

Even though I'm aspiring now to be a full time writer, I've always been a "writer". I have an unhealthy love of notebooks and pens (and office supplies in general).

I love games of all types, and enjoy all manner of video games, but I've recently become enamored with "Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure Games" (really, puzzle games, I don't really like the hidden object part as much). My energy and cognitive functions are still pretty low, and these are great because they're interesting and challenging but not taxing. I've played all of the "Dark Parables" games except the most recent. (as an example of what I'm talking about)

I can't keep plants alive to save my life (Except for the mint that won't die) but I love having them around!

I love Fall clothes, but being in florida never get to really wear them. I am hoping to live in a cooler climate, more permanently, one day!

If you want to be sneaky and see if I'd like something or get more info, you can message my significant other, john at: steppsensei(at)gmail
Be sure to tell him it's for the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Swap, or he may think it's spam.

I've included my SW answers as a link in my signature. The link leads to a google doc that I've kept open for editing. If you want to ask me additional questions, you can add them to the bottom. Because the document is set to "anyone with the link" you don't need a Google account to access it, and if you do have a Google account and are logged in, it still registers you as anonymous.

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