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PBSW has their Yuletide Winter collection out sans candles (http://paintboxsoapworks.com/new-limited-edition/2020-yuletide-winter-limited-editions/) that are coming soon. Is there anything you'd like? Also any scents you'd like as candles when they come out?

I think I've had Sozzled before or something similar and really liked it.

It's not seasonal but I'm definitely interested in trying Perdita, which has a lot of my favorite floral notes.


If you like incense what type to you use? Stick/cone/loose?

No incense, thanks!


Do you have a favorite animal?

I love ALL the animals. Otters and all other mustelids (badgers, skunks, pine martens, weasels, etc.); sea creatures (manta rays, leafy sea dragons, mola mola/giant sunfish); camels/llamas; cheetahs and manuls/Pallas cats


Would you like gloves/mittens/scarf/winter hat?

I have so many beautifully knitted items from these swaps and will probably not be wearing that many this winter! I would definitely wear big comfy socks (size 9) or leg warmers (let me know if you'd need a size).


Loose/bagged tea?

I'll use either! I could also use an easy-to-clean tea infuser. I've got a couple of novelty silicone ones and a mesh tea ball but I've found that the kinds I have are just not easy to clean.


Would you be interested in trying out anything from Nocturne Alchemy Lab?

I've been able to try a few things from there that I liked! Anything that seems to fit with my preferred notes, absolutely.


Would you like a batch of home-made bath salts?



Anything catch your eye from Dandelion Chocolate?

The passionfruit jam, hot chocolate (intrigued by the green tea version), and I'll try pretty much anything!


What's a thing you always tell yourself you're going to get just for you but haven't yet? Name one thing under $10 and one thing over $10

This is a good question and tough!

Under $10 - See above about a better tea infuser!

Over $10 - An electric wax warmer or a milk frother


What's your favorite type of chocolate? (milk, white, dark, with nuts, with fruit, flavored chocolate, etc.)

I love milk chocolate turtles - caramel and pecans. Anything with nuts.
I don't mind white chocolate (and I like white chocolate with fruit, as long as it isn't peach or cherry).

I like dark up to about 70% but my husband will happily eat anything higher.


How do you feel about stationery? (letter sets, stickers, pens, etc.)

Blank note cards! Stickers are also fun. Sticky notes get used.


If you had to pick a favorite flavor (sweet, spicy, sour, savory, salty) what would it be?

Too hard to pick just one!!! I am definitely the type of person who likes weird flavor combos and mixes everything together on her plate. I've got a terrible sweet tooth though.


What's one food/flavor that you absolutely hate or dislike strongly?

Just one? There are a few things that I will go to great lengths to avoid: fish, tomatoes, licorice, almond extract. I also can't have kiwi or stonefruits.


For the purposes of this swap (not trying to start an international perfume debate), is honey a gourmand note?

I think someone else said that it can amp other gourmand notes, which I think is true. But I don't think it is one on its own. I prefer honey over more traditional "foodie" scents!


Thoughts about lovely bespoke cleansing scrubs a la Sugar Spider (https://sugarspider.shop/) or PBSW sorbets?

I have never even heard of Sugar Spider. So cool! Not interested in chocolate scents but I'd absolutely try anything else from there. I love PBSW sorbettos.


How about literary writing gloves?

Ugh yes. I love Storiarts and I've never bought anything from them before. In particular Shakespeare, Frankenstein, Secret Garden, Poe, Sherlock Holmes.


Tokidoki, anyone? Other cute kawaii goodness? Plushies, blind boxes, etc?

I had never heard of Tokidoki, haha. But I looked them up and the mermaid unicorns are maybe my new favorite thing. I do like tiny things - I have two type drawer shadowboxes with plenty of space on them.


Fun cloth masks? Holiday themed or no? Favorite style? 

I actually have *lots* of masks and hardly go out at all.


Journals or Sketchpads or Sketchbooks - yay or nay?

I have so many already!

Face masks (like the kind that come one to a package?

Sure! I do use them. I have sensitive, congested, acne-prone skin.

Anything from Sock Dreams?

I'd love to receive socks (footies or higher!) in natural fibers or at least a 70% natural fiber blend. My calves are 16" and my thighs are about 24". I'm fine with straight-sizing until it gets to a knee-high or taller and then I usually need plus sized.


Is there anything from The Netherlands you’d like to get, maybe some candy or snacks you never had, but you want to try? I actually have a lot of Dutch ancestry but know very little about what would be available there (we've been in the US since the 1600s...). I love stroopwafel and European chocolate and unusual flavored candies (but not licorice, which I know is popular there).

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Seven Spooky Nights

8/27/23 Would you like any of the following?   (Maybe just remove the things you aren't interested in?): Anything that doesn't have peaches in it! I probably wouldn't use the mugwort smudge stick but I'm not opposed.  Catnip (organic, from our property.  Dried in our dehydrator.) Canned food items Thick Huckleberry Syrup (or thin huckleberry jam -- it was kind of a fail for how thick/thin it is, but still tasty.  Has sugar.) Bluebarb jam (blueberry/rhubarb)  (has sugar.) Blackberry, Raspberry, or Strawberry Jam  (they have sugar) Possibly plum jam or butter (we can probably make it without ingredients you can't have -  if allergies) Apple Crips (dried apples with nothing added, not sure what kind of apples we'll do this year.  Usually honeycrisp.) Dried lavender I can do sachets or just some in a mesh baggie.  Sadly our lavender is too dry right now to do wands. Rose petal beads (if I manage to make enough, I'm gathering rose petals right now.)  I'll probably put them on a string unless I have time/energy for more. Rose Petal liqueur sample (has sugar.) Lavender Vanilla Bean liqueur sample (has sugar.) Mead sample (flavor depends on what kind of mead my son has made lately.  Can make it dry, semi-sweet, or sweet to your preference.)   Would you like me to knit you a hat, shawlette, cowl, or fingerless mitts?  No thanks! I have so much and am moving to somewhere much colder so in the process of evaluating my winter clothing stock. 🙂   How about a soap bag (knitted), washcloths, or tarot card bag? Soap bags, absolutely    Or maybe a gknitted Gnome?  Or bat?  Ghost?  Black Cat?  Voodoo doll?  Monster?  Or something else spooky?  I have lots of patterns.  Here is an example I did for the Gnome swap. Any of those things obviously!    If you want any knitted things -- color preferences?   Not particularly, although I'm not a huge fan of neons or pastels.    My mom has an etsy shop with project bags for knitting/crochet or what ever you want to use them for.  We could also make tote type bags, flat zipper cosmetic type bags, or boxy bags/dice bags.  Are you interested in this type of item?  I have all kinds of spooky fabric that isn't currently up on the shop if you look through the sold items.  https://twinklentwilight.etsy.com I think I'm all set for bags right now!    8/28/23   LUSH's Halloween collection drops 8/31.  I will be making an order.  Can I pick up something for you? I like their body and lip scrubs.    Which Surprise Items that will be at Dragoncon might you be interested in? Too late!   Would you be interested in dangle earrings or pendants made of dried roses (and other beads)? Oooh yes I'm intrigued.    How do you feel about stuffies that are sewn? Form or fabric preference? Love them. I love all the stuffies.   Teeturtle, anything look fun? No t-shirts please, but I am always fond of a ridiculous plush animal.    Haus of Gloi's first fall collection has dropped - anything you like? Anything in Persephone's Descent!   8/29/23   What about Paintbox Soapworks Fall scents? Nothing's jumping out at me this year.    How do you feel about CBD as an ingredient in something? Like a pain relief lotion or lip balm? I'm not opposed but I also find it doesn't do anything for me.     I'm getting into bookbinding! Is there a fanfic/book (I can try to get the text block in paperback and rebind it)/out-of-copyright book that you want hardbound all fancy? I'm fascinated by this idea. I feel like Macbeth would be a good seasonal choice!      8/30/23   Cellar Door's seasonal items are out.  Anything you need? Nothing's jumping but I do love candles.    Are you interested in anything from Grounds and Hounds?   They give back to rescue dogs and they have more items than just coffee.   Hot chocolate, apparel, stickers, mugs, dog toys and blankets, caramels, brewers, etc.  Listen I love anything that supports rescue dogs.   Anything from here?  The Halloween Collection is adorable.  Clothes That Fit - Snag US (snagtights.us) I love them all. I'm an F!     9/1/23   Moonalisa drops Halloween tonight. Huge list of scents.  What appeals to you?   (www.mooscents.com) I'm interested in Harvest Cake, Hocus Pocus, Seer,    Anything from here?   Halloween 2023 – Witch Baby Soap Nothing's jumping out at me    are there any particularly spooky reads you are interested in? Favorite horror author's with books you haven't read/don't own yet? Comic books included? I love spooky/gothic haunted house stories. My Goodreads account is up-to-date with everything I've read in the last several years.     I'm going to the MD ren faire this weekend - anything you like from faires? It's a large one with very strictly juried vending so  think higher quality goods ‐ teas, soaps, scents, arts, prints, etc. All the stuff honestly.    Favorite medieval or renaissance or fantasy creatures or imagery or legends? Mermaids! Snail cats! Other weird illustrated manuscript stuff.    Hey Swapee, you said you like gummy candy.  Have you ever had  the real deal Middle Eastern candy that " invented" gummy candy?  Made with real fruits & nuts & sooooo good.  I have a fabulous Middle Eastern grocery near where I work that has more than 20 flavors.  Would you like a box? If so, what kinds of fruits or berries do you like? Yes! Citrus and all the berries.    9/6/23   Are you a fan of vivziepop/helluvaboss? Anything from their merch store? No thanks!   Also, stickers? I have found lots of smaller local stores (including natural food stores) have been selling good quality stickers. And Halloween sticker packs in various craft stores. Preferred styles or general images (cats/flowers/celestial, etc). I love animal stickers (especially weirder animals) and plants.    Since it is Pumpkin Spice Season (during this swap), what is your Pumpkin Spice oppinion? Or just pumpkin? Or apple anything? Give me all the fall flavors.    How do you feel about taxidermy/bones/pinned bugs? Love but ethically sourced obvs!      9/7   Colourpop's Haunted Mansion collection dropped today.   If you're interested in makeup or skin care, are you interested in anything from Colourpop?  I don't really wear much makeup but I'm intrigued by the lip colors Hitch a Ride and Summoned Spirits.  https://colourpop.com/    




Gnome Swap 2023

Would you like to receive Girl Scout cookies and if so, what kind is your favorite? Thin Mints and PB patties/tagalongs/whatever they're called where you are    Would you like a Gnome amigurumi?  (smol knitted or crocheted gnome) Sure! -- if so, What gnome colors appeal to you?  (three-four colors please) I like forest neutrals  -- do any of these patterns appeal to you (I pretty much have all of them including the ones for humans but I'm not going to make a colorwork sweater for you, sorry.  I *might* make a hat or mitts if you like grey, blue, and red as shown because I already have that yarn.) I love them all but I have a soft spot for lady gnomes    How about Gnome tea towel(s)? yes    Would you like a cross stitched gnome picture / ornament? yes   What's your favorite way to experience Nature?  A hike in the woods, a day lounging on the beach, only as screen savers on your computer? total immersion. I don't want to sit on a bench, I want to lay in the grass. I don't want to lounge on the beach, I want to be in the ocean. I'm not into "strenuous" but I am into "engaging." I look for bugs and worms and tiny fish. I like naming the spiders in my yard.    what kinds of safety and environmental concerns need to be considered for your gnome so they can safely reside at your home? will they live outdoors so they need to be weatherproof (for what kind of weather)? will they be indoors and need to be pet or child-safe? do they need to be very tiny or capable of hanging on a wall? I don't have any restrictions on where my gnome could live so I'll leave this up to you! It does rain a lot and we get freezes and snow but I have many sheltered places where an outdoor gnome could live, as well as plenty of space inside.   How do you feel about zombie or other horror gnomes? I'm not inherently opposed but it probably wouldn't be my first choice for year-round gnoming? That might end up being a gnome that only comes out at Halloween.    Do you need any seeds? If so what varieties might you be interested in? Flowers, veg, herbs.. ? I'm too impatient for seeds 🤣   Would you like feathers from my Peacock, Gary (short for Gyrados)? Oh yes!   if BPAL is one of your treasures, which BPAL would you like the mostest?  (Maybe one that is available right now from BPAL and one Limited Edition/Discontinued?) The Rose and Yellow Snowballs are my favorites!   If you are a tea drinker, which (if any) of these teas tickle your fancy? Mango or Cinnamon Plum!    would you like a tiny hand drawn gnome picture? Of course!    Is homemade vanilla something you might like?  I have a "Mother Jar" that I can decant from.  These beans have been steeping for 2 years in a very nice bourbon. yes, yes, yes.    Are there any colors you would prefer your gnome not to have? nope, I trust the process!    If the creativity bites, would you possibly like a small embroidered gnome? Could be an ornament? Any gender preference or details you might like added (small mushroom, bee, heart or egg...)? I would like a gnome in whatever format you feel inspired to create or procure and I have a soft spot for lady gnomes and native-to-my-area (currently central VA) wildlife or aquatic creatures!    Do you have a need for cheese knife?  https://ototodesign.com/products/bert-cheese-knife? ok I love this thing so much!    I'll be in Seattle next week- any treat you might enjoy from the PNW? Spoopy/ Gothy things? Nice coffee beans? A Nirvana t-shirt...?   ALSO... The answer is pretty much always snacks! 
I'll be back in Disney World next month- anything you might like from Epcot or Hollywood Studios?   ALSO... Nothing I *need* but I like Disney ocean-related stuff - Little Mermaid, Luca, Moana, Lilo & Stitch - and also Star Wars. All the Star Wars. 
Would you be interested in a small copper nature totem that could nestle in your garden or amongst your plants? I believe that totems have specific spiritual meaning to the peoples who use them and would be uncomfortable with receiving a totem because that is not a part of my spiritual practice or cultural heritage unless that is part of your heritage and you are choosing to share it with me, in which case I would be honored. If you just mean statuary or decor without any spiritual attachment, then yes - I love decorating my garden with tiny friends.    Would you be interested in a decorative pillow or zippered pouch featuring a gnomely figure?  like this?  or a little coin purse? or please tell me to make this because oh my gods... OK I'm in love with the bird nest hat gnome!!! ❤️ If a pillow I would prefer very very tiny to be used as decoration, because that is probably something my dogs would eat if I tried to put it on a chair. I don't think I'd use the coin purse, sorry!    I have an angora rabbit and she's currently molting. Would you like rabbit fur for spinning, felting, or other crafty uses? She's freaking adorable but I probably wouldn't use it 🙂   Do you need any spices? I like spice mixes/seasonings that are local to you if you've got something cool (light on the black pepper, and no cilantro pleeeaaase) but I've got a Penzey's and a Spice & Tea Exchange within just a few blocks so I don't need anything.    How would you feel about gnome-inspired clothing? Socks yes, jewelry yes, accessories yes.    Horror con: Sorry, I was late to answer this one but it's not exactly my thing anyway. 🙂   Haus of Gloi launched their Valentine goodies today. Anything appeal? https://www.hausofgloi.com/collections/valentines-1Cutie Pie sounds like a scent I would enjoy!   Moonalisa: I've never tried them before but I'm in the market for a good hair detangler or leave-in conditioner! Looking at the list, I really love things with rose, lemon, and/or lavender. Jumping out at me: is definitely Ramo's Raspberry & Rose. Also interested in Lemon Poundcake, Poetry, Sweet Violet Nectar, or Vanilla Rose.    Nocturne Alchemy just released their Valentine collection.  Is there anything that strikes your fancy? Nothing really popping out at me from this one!   Are you interested in some of my homemade brown sugar shortbread? Oh definitely   Seeds? No thanks   So if I were to send you a plant, would you prefer an air plant or a succulent?? Either! I'm pretty good with succulents. I have yet to keep an air plant alive successfully but it's been a few years since my last try and I've much improved in my plant parenting skills since then.    Lupercalia: Edna St. Vincent Millay is one of my favorite poets, and these are a lot of my favorite notes, so Wandering Eye!    What is your favorite animal? I love all the animals but especially otters, cheetahs, llamas, Komodo dragons, aquatics (manta rays, leafy sea dragons, sharks)    Any candles you might like? Be sure to check her clearance for leftovers from Halloween! https://www.etsy.com/shop/TeresaLynnsSimpleLux  I burn a lot of candles so candles are always welcome even if hubs says we have too many. This is a very large catalog, lol - I don't like baked good scented candles and I can't handle anything with patchouli or tobacco. I do like almost anything else - coffee/tea, citrus, florals, aquatics, herbals. I didn't get to look through everything so this is not an exhaustive list but interested in: Soul of a Mermaid, Ca Sent Bon, Dirty Chai Latte or Chai Tea, Grapefruit Mint, Simmering Pot, Pets Welcome. 




Yule Cat

Are there any currently available BPAL scents that you would love a bottle of? Check my sig!    Is there anything you're eyeing from Paintbox Soapworks' winter update? I don't even know how to decide! I love their wax melts, oils, sugar scrubs, and soaps. I'd love any of this year's scents except Joulupukki or Schwarzwald.    Would you like anything from Cellar Door (they do soaps and candles)? Big fans of soy candles here: Frozen Lakeshore, Holiday Nights, White Pine Wonderland    Anything of interest from Luvmilk? (Milky Monday, their version of Black Friday, is on 11/7!) I would be interested in Aphrodite's Embrace or Mermaid Tears    Crocheted Granny shawl. Yes or No? Preferred colors? (this one is pressing, I would need to start soon) Yes, I'd like that. Darker oceany colors I think? Blues and greens?    BPal wax melts? I have TKO and Red Velvet Cake, Would bundle up a few for you to try of one, or both if you like. I'd be interested in trying TKO.    Are you interested in boozy homemade fruitcake?  I would like to try this as long as it didn't contain the things I'm allergic to!    How about booze itself, specifically, moonshine whiskey infused with spices and fruits?  Yes, yes.    Brown sugar shortbread? "Plain" buttery or flavored? Favorites include lavender and chocolate orange, but I could definitely do a holiday spice or peppermint batch or two.  Anything but chocolate orange.    Interested in anything from Odins Daughter?  I'm not really a "ritual" person but I'm very intrigued by the candles.    And tacking on to this question for others in reference to Em, I make infused vodkas! The one I am most proud of right now is a spiced hibiscus liqueur. I make this as a jelly, too. As far as the Liqueur, We have been making an autumn Moscow Mule with it, and the other day I made a Mai Tai! Its yummy!  Yesssss.    If I can find the recipe, I want to make my grandmas Orange Slice Cake. Its a super yummy cake but a bit difficult to make as far as cutting up all the oranges. If you would like a mini cake IF I make it, lemme know!  I'm not a coconut fan but I do LOVE oranges and nuts.    I do molasses gingerbread cookies, as well as hot cocoa cookies, florentines and butterballs. Any of those sound good? OR homemade chocolate fudge? I can do peppermint, coffee or orange additions, with or without nuts. All of those sound good except the chocolate orange.    My favorite incense store is Good Earth Mercantile, any interest for an incense from them? I don't use incense, sorry!    Are you a cotton candy fan? Would anything from Chocolate Storybook interest you? I do not like cotton candy but I do love chocolate and caramels.    Body Scrubs from CarolinaOrganicsSC are AHHHHMAZING! Any interest? Ok I love literally everything here. I don't use a lot of bath bombs so probably just about anything else.    House of MetalWorks has super cute and dainty gold-filled stacking rings in my price range! If this interests you, include ring size! These ARE super cute but I don't wear rings (not even my wedding ring, lol).    What size do you typically wear in sweaters/sweatshirts? 
I'm really hourglass-y and this varies SO MUCH according to brand, cut, and material so I'm really hard to buy for. I have sweaters and sweatshirts in my closet in sizes from L to 2X. I've got a 48" chest and a 38" waist. If this is for pajamas/wearing around the house/general coziness I'd say go for a 2X. If this is meant to be fitted or worn in public I'm probably not the right recipient, thanks. 🙂   Several questionnaires mention joy in receiving homemade baked goods. What are your favorite holiday baked goods? Cookies, Cakes, Fudge? Other?  Cake is my least favorite. I love cookies, though I don't really eat sugar cookies (my husband will though, happily, if that's your specialty!). Fudge is always beloved in our house.   Are you into peanut butter cookies? If yes, would you enjoy them with creamy or crunchy PB? I cannot express how much I love peanut butter. All the peanut butter. Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods. Generally I'm a crunchy PB gal (the crunchier the better) but for cookies it doesn't matter.    I am thinking of making flavored sugar. What are flavors you would NOT enjoy out the following:  I would enjoy all of those flavors! I do make my own vanilla sugar so that would probably be better in a mixed flavor sugar, but I definitely wouldn't say no to it even on its own.    Would you like anything from Witch Baby Soap? (Make sure to check the Throwback Thursday section of the website; they bring back a few things every Thursday!) I love a rich creamy body scrub. I'm really intrigued by the Love body scrub with the apple puree but there are lots of things on there I'd like to try!    Pickety witch has the yule offerings up, including Yule Cat pins (black or white) and ornaments.  Which do you love most? Black cat, ornament!    IF YOU LIKE COFFEE --- Do you like any specific roast more than another? Light? Dark? Medium? Breakfast Blend? I'm a medium to light roast coffee drinker and do not drink dark roast (super taster, it's way too bitter). But my husband drinks dark roast, so regardless anything will be drunk!    House of Gloi Yule update: Rosy Cheeked is one of my favorite scents of ANYTHING in the whole world and I always use it up immediately when I get it, so straight up anything in that.    Teeturtle: No t-shirts please. I like the plushies though! The reversible Christmas tree octopus and the jack-o-lantern spider and mercat are all stupid cute.    Is anyone else here an Erin Morgenstern fan??  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/711842/the-phantomwise-tarot-by-erin-morgenstern/ . Yes!    Anything from the Lunacy You are eyeballing?  Nothing particularly jumping out at me this time.    What kind of cat representations do you like?  Realistic?  Modern/abstract?  Cartoony? TBH I love all the cats. 




This is Halloween 2022

I just have to start this ....Cellar Door just posted their Halloween goodies - I love their scents, soaps and candles - which of these might you fancy? https://cellardoorbathsupply.com/collections/halloween-fall-collection?_kx=wJHWHTN2OASY0k5c5ZR301X0_-q-0iaglCjL2XDqO-E%3D.SE8AhX Most interested in the lavender pumpkin, Halloween hootenanny, or Holland Hard Cider!    If you'd like handmade knit items, are you good with soft wools or do you prefer acrylic only?  Natural fibers like cotton or bamboo or linen; I'm allergic to sheep's wool unfortunately.    Are there any items you'd love for fall/halloweenie? (Ie mittens, hat, fingerless mitts, cowl, legwarmers) Arm or legwarmers are always appreciated but I do have a lot of knitwear already!    Anyone fancying the new Paintbox Soapworks or Witch Baby Soap Halloween launches? I love PBSW (especially the sorbettos) but there's nothing in the Halloween launch that particularly caught my eye. I've never tried Witch Baby soap but I'm open to it!    What about Bath and Body Works? I don't go out of my way for them but I don't hate them either, lol. I do like the hand sanitizers and the thick texture of the body butters.    Would you be interested in an adult Halloween coloring book? I recently backed on kickstarter for one by a local gothic art market near me and it's due in during the swap period. 
 I have a lot of coloring books and don't use them very often. 
no. I never color.    What are some OCYL brands you've been wanting to dabble in?  I'll try anything!     I know a lot of us are witchy and have deeply held beliefs about the materials we use as part of our practice. If you're one of those individuals, are there certain herbs, crystals, etc that you do not want to receive?  I'm not witchy.    When you have a distinct preference for one holiday over another, What are some cross over items that actually work for both? I leave my Halloween decorations up forever, lol. But pumpkins, bats, cats, fall leaves, apples, all good for the whole fall season.   One question (that is actually several questions) -- Local honey? Infused/flavored honey? Local infused/flavored honey with Southwest notes (jalapeno, other pepper, mesquite, acacia)? I have too much (local to me) honey already but infused honeys are fun!    Would you enjoy spooky stationary? I don't really use much stationary.    Do you have any interest in spooky squishmallows? I'm not opposed but I'm not a collector.    Does anything from JiJi Knight spark your interest? Yes! More the costume/witchy ones and less the goth or explicit.    Any spooky/weenie DVDs you're missing and would like in your collection? NMBC? the Crow? An old Hammer film? Dark Shadows? The Omen? Sleepy Hallow Probably not! I watch a lot of Halloween shows but we don't really use DVDs anymore.    I just got the email that the Ectogasm Halloween Collection is live. Does anything interest you? https://www.ectogasm.net/collections/halloween These are SO CUTE. The vintage cat, the Freak in the Sheets, Bird of Paradise skull, the bloody waitress, Evil as Heck are my favorites!   On a scale from Paprika Is a Heatwave to Let Me Eat a Peck of Pickled Ghost Chiles, how spicy is too spicy, and how spicy is just right? This is a tough one! I can handle things that are very spicy as long as they are also oily or tempered a bit with sweetness but "drier" spices are hard. I try to describe it as I want spiciness that sits on my tongue, not that gets caught in the back of my throat. So like Sichuan food I can eat VERY spicy (and give me all the Sichuan peppercorns, which are my absolutely favorite) but Indian food not so spicy. That said, I don't care for the flavor of reaper, scorpion, or ghost chilis because I think they all taste dusty and usually stick to habaneros because I actually like the taste.    I make lightweight hairfalls- would you be interested in some? Either to incorporate into a costume or just for your own year-round use? If so, name your colors and preferred length, and if you have any fiber allergies you want me to take note of! I don't think I would wear it, thanks anyway!    I love making stickers!! If I could design you some stickers, what would you love to have? It could be halloween themed or not! All the animals.    Homemade canned and baked and concocted goodies? Any aversions?   Absolutely. No peaches please!    If I could make you some of my fudge, what would you prefer? Any fudge. All the fudge.   Are you open to trying different indie perfume houses if I find a scent that I think you'd enjoy? Sure!    Would you be interested in a bag like we sell in our etsy shop?    https://twinklentwilight.etsy.com - if so, but you don't see fabric you like maybe link to some photos of fabric you like? - we can do small box bags or pencil / cosmetic / notions type bags too.  or with a drawstring on top instead of a zipper. - you don't HAVE to use them just for knitting/crochet, you can use them for cross stitch or even not as project bags. Ok the Firefly one is my favorite because that quote is an annoying important part of my vocabulary.  I think you sent my cats one of the yip yips awhile ago! They love him and have eaten his eyes.    If you are a yarnie, are you interested in a ceramic yarn bowl?  I have an extra Harry Potter (I know, I know) one from Lennymud that I bought before the whole JKR debacle and it didn't profit her in any form anyway.  I believe it's Gryffindor themed. I wouldn't use it.    If you are a yarnie, I'd love to gift some yarn from my stash so give me an idea of colors / weight / material / yardage you'd like.   I've started weaving and one of the nice things about tapestry weaving is I can use relatively small amounts of yarn that would be waste for knitters or crocheters, and I can find ways to use almost anything.    Are you interested in trying some of our "thunder butter"?  It's like tiger balm or icy hot, but with herbs, beeswax, cayenne or ghost pepper, menthol, wintergreen.  cbd version or no? I still have some from last time lol    I need to inventory our canned goods but do you like things like peach jam, cardamom plum jam, peach butter, plum butter, pickles, applesauce with nothing added, applesauce with red hots, dried apples or pears, bread and butter pickles, dill pickles, blackberry jam, huckleberry jam, candied jalapenos?   Anything but peaches! The cardamom plum jam was SO DELICIOUS and you should send that to everyone. We ate it with roast duck.    Any interest in things from our garden like dried mint, catnip, lavender, rose petals, dill weed or dill seeds, sage, rue, mugwort, rosemary? Anything!   How about alcoholic things like rose petal liqueur, lavender vanilla bean liqueur, various flavors of mead (chocolate orange, strawberry mango, whatever my son is making)? Anything!    Pumpkin bread or zucchini bread?  How about blueberry zucchini bread with a lemon glaze?    Yes!   I make specialty simple syrups. You can use them in teas or cocktails (and desserts).  How do you feel about a Hibiscus simple syrup? I use 2 ounce bottles for these so its just a fun amount.  Yes!    Format for tea? e.g. teabag vs loose Either   Do you like spooky themed tights? If so, what are your measurements? I don't wear tights very often   Pls post your book wishlist! My book wishlist is horribly outdated on Goodreads (sig) because I keep it mostly on Audible and there's no way to share it there. But Goodreads will do a good job of showing you the kinds of things I like to read and have read (I've recorded pretty much everything I've read since 2015, and a lot of what I read before that), and I'm open to anything. 
ETA: I updated my Goodreads wishlist a bit so hopefully it will be more helpful now!   Would you like to receive a 2D collage art piece? What overall vibe would you be into? (spooky, autumnal, whimsical, eerie, lovely, occult, bizarre, smutty etc.?) TBH the art I most love to receive is the art that people like to make though blatantly gory, violent, or explicit is not my favorite (I do appreciate a good sexy pinup though).    Do you like rocks/gemstone jewelry? Prefer polished/smooth rocks or raw/rough? Any favorite stones, rocks, colors that you'd like? I do, though more for the science and not because I believe in any particular mystical properties. Raw are my favorite, and I like all of them!    Any interest in the August releases that got announced today? https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-tag/august-2022/ Animals at the Bottom of the Sea sounds like it was made for me specifically    I am going to Dragon Con for the first time! Which of these BPALs do you want? https://us4.campaign-archive.com/?u=50266fc02a3b75767125e0ed2&id=9bf4d797e8 No thank you because peaches are my greatest enemy but I hope you have a lot of fun!    Would you like any decor from Say Target, Homewood, or William and Sonoma?   Sure! I prefer things that are sturdily made and will last from year to year. Indoor or outdoor!    My peacock is molting his tail feathers, would you like some? Um yes of course.   I'm learning embroidery. Is there a simple motif or symbol (like a pumpkin, a black cat, flowers, spider web…) you might like hand embroidered? I've loved watching you post on FB! Bats, cats, spiderwebs, flowers, whatever you feel like making!   Would you like either a basket or a tablemat (that works as a place to put hot dishes as well as being decorative). Oh definitely.    August Tea's fall  sale starts tomorrow, 20% off everything on the site with code FALL20.  Is there anything you would like to try, my Pumpkin? https://august.la Most intrigued by the pumpkin caramel and the sage mint.    Would you like a Pyrex 4-cup Nightmare Before Christmas bowl with lid?   (Can also get Star Wars and various Disney ones.) Yes! Or Star Wars or Disney princesses.    Luvmilk's seasonal goodies are out.  What would you like?   https://www.luvmilk.com/mm2022.html#/ I love a good dusting powder.   
I am working on making bath bombs.  Would you be willing to try my creations?  How about wax tarts?  What type of scents do you favor? I would! Anything in my scents preferences. I love citruses and green grassy scents, but during the fall and winter I like cranberry/wine.    What kinds of home smell good things do you like? (I.e. incense, candles, wax melts, felt scent balls, essential oils, linen spray) Obsessively burn candles. Just getting into wax melts.    Dang (or good!), another serious question -- Shampoo and/or conditioner bars and if so, for what type of hair (dry, fine, oily, curly, normal)? Shampoo bars no, conditioner bars yes - my ends tend to be dry.    Hello all, I have a question. I make things from old sweaters. If I were to make you a set of arm warmers/ fingerless mitts, what color(s) & style would you like? Options- Long or short? Solid - one fabric Stripes- bands of colors sewn together- like fun black & red, black & purple etc.  I currently have some nice cashmeres. I would definitely be interested in a set of non-sheep's wool and I'm not at all picky about style or color, if that's an option, but otherwise no thanks!    I've got a bunch of small round labels perfect for bpal 5ml label lid art! Name your top 5-10 scents that you'd love to have lid art made for! Just as a fun little extra in your package if desired  (Could also work for other companies with lids just like the BPAL bottles) I probably wouldn't use them, I'm afraid   I'm going to Disneyworld in late September! I'll be going to all four parks and attending both the Not-So-Scary Halloween Bash and Epcot's Food and Wine Festival. Is there ANYTHING from Disney that you would like? Is there something you collect that perhaps you'd enjoy a Disney version of (tea, socks, enamel pins, plushies etc etc etc)???  Oh I like Disney stuff! My favorite Disney movies are Lady and the Tramp, Oliver and Company, Lion King, Lilo and Stitch, and Moana. And Star Wars, which I guess counts now, lol.    Do you wear nail polish, and if so, would you like some? What colors or finishes?  I threw out a lot of old nail polish recently so definitely could use some new ones! I like bright colors and glitters.    I'm going to the farmer's market tomorrow, and there are lots of great vendors. Would you be interested in soap or chapstick or bath/body products?  I know this is late but I am very pro-farmers market stuff. I use a lot of lip balm especially.    Would you be interested in a tumbler like these? If so, what theme would you like it to be? Glitter or no glitter? What color do you want the liquid to be or would you prefer the blood drip look?  I am trying to reduce plastic usage especially in food containers so I probably wouldn't use it, thanks.    How do you feel about ribbons?  Is there anything in particular you are looking for if you'd want some?  What about ribbon remnants?  Colors/textures? Yes ribbons! I can use them for weaving if they're at least a couple feet long. I also wear them in my hair and add them to costumes.    Would you be interested in any skincare items?  Anything you would not want? Definitely, anything that is SLS free.    New question: Is anyone else interested in the latest Sphere & Sundry release? https://sphereandsundry.com/offerings/bpals-of-exalted-venus-ii/ Or other S&S offerings? I don't really "believe" in these kinds of things so they are probably wasted on me, but I'm not opposed to them either.    Do you have any interest in trying my infused moonshine whiskey? I've been thinking of experimenting with autumn spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) and maybe a chocolate chai.  Uh that all sounds amazing.    Any interest in spooky shape wax melts in your favorite candle scents? (What are your favorite candle scents?) Yes! I like rich berries, apples, or orange spice in the fall (nothing too "baked good" heavy - I definitely prefer fruit and spice scents and not vanilla/bready/cakey scents) and evergreen scents in the winter.    How about lotion bars? I've never tried one but I would!    Bird and Blend tea just did their Autumn drop! Anything look good to you? https://www.birdandblendtea.us  (Also, if you're not a pumpkin person, I invite you to check out the rest of their offerings, which are always exceptional!)     I am 100% a pumpkin person and would drink any of these.    Arcana Craves halloween drop! Anything catching your eye? https://arcanacraves.com/ I'm actually more interested in the layering notes! Blue Amber, Ginger, Grapefruit, Seaweed, Ultraviolet, Lavender    I feel like with some of the witchy/seasonal stuff it might be helpful to know everyone's signs.  If you're interested in that kind of thing, what's your sign?  This isn't really my thing, except that I'm an Aquarius which people who do care tells me is not surprising?    Would you like anything from The Pickety Witch? (I'm going to the Vegas Oddities and Curiosities Expo next weekend, and she's vending there, so it may not matter if an item is in stock or not on the website!) https://www.thepicketywitch.com/ Ok, I'm obsessed with those Hands of Arachne earrings.    so these nail polishes keep showing up on my instagram and they are kinda vampy--do you wear polish and do any of these float your boat?  NOTE I have never worn Holo Taco stuff so cannot vouch for quality just the vibes are super witchy 🙂 https://www.holotaco.com/collections/dark-rainbow-collection These are really cute!   I have another new question! Favorite bands/artists? Perhaps you'd be interested in a DIY patch to sew onto your jacket/pants/bag or maybe pins or a sticker or anything DIY-ish? I don't really do patches but stickers/pins are always welcome. I'm very into classic rock: the Beatles, Genesis, the Who, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Sting    oooh I am reviewing my switch witch help answers from 2017 and was reminded of Lush--there used to be a big Lushie/BPALista crossover at one point.  Is that still the case?  If so dearest pumpkin are you a Lushie?  Is there anything from Lush you are coveting?  Their halloweenie stuff is out here: https://www.lushusa.com/halloween/?cgid=halloween&pmid=604&start=0&sz=28 I don't turn their stuff down but I don't spend my own money there. They are extremely anti-zoo and as a conservation educator and former zoo employee I've got some problems with them.    Because clothing sizing is so notoriously random &&& my idea of cute may be entirely different from your cute... sock dreams?  yea or nay?  Anything in particular catch your eyes? I don't think I've ever gotten anything from Sock Dreams so I'm really not sure!    I have been buying soap from https://rockytopsoap.com for at least a decade as they are unscented and less likely to affect which perfume I pull out.... I realize they are not colored and swirly and as pretty but they tend to be super hydrating and luxurious.  Do you have any interest in these? Oh definitely! I'd try anything but I especially like a good kitchen soap - something scrubby with coffee, etc. for after cutting garlic and so on.      Nocturne Alchemy just dropped their Halloween 2022 limited collection! I am popping in here to see if anything would strike the fancy of my pumpkin? 😁 https://nocturnealchemy.com/collections/limited-collection/products/new-halloween-2022-limited-collection Orangeblossom Wine!    Here's a question... there's sooooooo many on here about tea but for my fellow coffee gals... do you prefer whole bean or ground??  if there's a choice how do you like your coffee ground?? Whole bean please! The hubs is a coffee snob and he just grinds enough for each day.    Look at Cat Coven's site and tell me what you see that appeals - she is one of my favorite Halloweeny artist's, and makes awesome things. I like supporting her work. https://www.catcoven.com/collections/new-arrivals I straight up love all of this and just supported her kickstarter.    Are you interested in any art supplies? If so, what kinds and colours?  Interesting yarns for weaving. Craft kits, especially those I could do with a 9-year-old. 
What are your fave smells for incense, and do you have a preference for format (cones, stick, loose without needing charcoal, loose that needs charcoal)? No incense please and thank you! 🙂
Anything catch your eye from this super cool queer creepy-cute style UK artist? https://www.abprallen.co.uk/  I love the messages but most of them are unfortunately not my aesthetic! I do like the Art Nouveau Lesbian print and the "In Sappho We Trust" sticker!    Pls say more about your book preferences if you haven't already! Esp. regarding fiction. I went into pretty good detail in my survey so this one's probably not for me, but let me know through the organizers if you need help!    My dear pumpkin, are you right-handed or left-handed (in the context of most everyday tasks)? I'm right-handed. 




Summer Swap Sprite

1) Does anything, scent and / or product-wise, catch your eye from the Haus of Gloi summer drop? (https://www.hausofgloi.com/collections/summer) I love their bubbling scrubs. I'm also starting to collect wax melts since I finally got a wax melter (... could use another...). Citrusy scents like Zazz in the summer and Imp and Satyr from the regular collection are my favorites. Candles and hair oils always welcome as well, in the same kinds of scents. 

2) Yes, the rumors are true- I'll be in Paris this summer! Tell me up to five things you'd be happy to get from there, including any specific teas from Dammann Freres, my favorite french tea shop!  Ooooh, I like snacks. Teas (mostly herbal - roses, apples, hibiscus - I'm also intrigued by the Chamomile Sage and Turmeric teas). Tiny tiny original works of art.    3) I recently discovered Khamilaluna and plan to place an order soon to get a present for my roommate. Is there anything you'd like from them? Definitely the mango coconut scrub is most intriguing to me.    4) Early July, I will also be taking a trip, but to nowhere so flashy as Paris.  I'm going back to the woods.  However, middle of nowhere Mississippi does have one advantage - I can probably do some wildcrafting while I'm home.  Dear Swapee, is there any small gift from mother nature that you'd like me see if I can source for you from old forests?  Obviously no promises; but if I don't know what to look for, I certainly won't find.  I like tiny things that fit on my letterpress shelves - beautiful seeds, a lovely dried flower, that sort of thing.   5) Also, second question, ring sizes, obviously fingers are all different sizes, even on the same hand - do you wear rings on all your fingers? how about a range smallest to largest?   (like, for me, I can't do thumb - rest are fine, though I don't tend to wear much on my pinkie, pinkie would probably be a 5.5, then 6.5-7, and index is probably 7.5-8)  I can't wear rings because of severe eczema, I'm afraid. 😞 I don't even wear my wedding ring.    6) If your Sprite were to gift you magical items or workings... a) Would you be interested in that? b) If so, what intention(s) would you appreciate most?  If my Sprite understands that I do not personally believe in magic/spell work. I like beautiful things that are made with love and care, especially when they were made specifically for me, but it's about the sense of joy and peace I get from that and the appreciation of others' personal and cultural beliefs. If you're ok with that, Sprite, then I'm totally ok with receiving these things.    7) Would you be interested in a set of (rpg) dice? If so, what colors/aesthetic?  I definitely own too many dice already, lol   😎 What's your favorite creature? Um, I love all creatures. Really. My favorites lean toward the aquatic but I'm very hard pressed to choose a favorite. I like oddballs like anteaters, painted dogs, manuls/Pallas cats, all the mustelids, Komodo dragons, but really everything. Hoofstock and primates are my least favorite. Mythical creatures - mermaids/selkies/aquatic shapeshifters   9) Do you like reading comics? If you haven't really read 'em, would you be interested in receiving a few that match your book genre preferences? I do! Saga is my favorite of all time. Rat Queens. Sandman. Anything by Alan Moore. Definitely interested in receiving comics/graphic novels.    10) I'm headed to Puerto Rico in July - anything particularly interesting you would like from there? Snacks. Local art.    11) Would you be interested in receiving a small bottle of home infused whiskey aged from commercially produced moonshine? Any particular flavors you might enjoy (examples include orange chai or cinnamon chocolate or hot peppers)? Yes always. Anything that fits my flavor preferences.    12) Would you be interested in homemade shortbread that fits your flavor preferences? Indeed.   13) If your birthday is during the swap, how are you planning to celebrate? Not it. 😉   14) How do you celebrate relevant spiritual holidays in this time period? Sometimes I am invited to spiritual gatherings for friends' faiths, but I am an atheist.    15) Anything you want from the UK? Snacks! It's too hot to mail chocolate though. Doctor Who stuff. Anything from the UK for dogs, since my dog is an English setter and very proud of her UK heritage.   16) Seeds, y/n? My garden is almost entirely US native plants so probably not unless you're in the US mid-Atlantic region and have some natives to share.    17) Are you interested in skincare/shampoo/conditioner? Yes as long as it doesn't contain SLS.    18) Are you interested in tights? If so what thickness, style, and size? Probably not, thanks!    19) Do you use tarot decks? Would you like to receive more - and if so, can you list the ones you already have? I do not use tarot decks for anything except the occasional writing inspiration. I have a Lord of the Rings deck and a Celtic deck. I do appreciate the artwork which I find inspiring.    20) What do you think of the art on this website? https://www.printisdead.co.uk/  I like it! I like plague doctor imagery (although I strongly prefer it to not include references to COVID, thanks). I love flowers, especially orchids. I like living animals better than animal skulls, but I do like human bones in memento mori style pieces.    21) Loose leaf or bagged tea?  Either is fine   22) I make arm warmers.  I make them from sweaters I thrifted.  They can be all one color, or stripes of different colors.  They can be long, to the elbows, or shorter. If you would like a pair, tell me your favorite colors.  Solids are more generally elegant, Stripes can be as wildly funky as you wish.  Long?  Short?  Cashmere?  Tell me your fingerless mitts arm warmer dreams.  I would love arm warmers - long, short, any colors - BUT I am very allergic to sheep's wool and do not like artificial fibers so I'm limited in what I can wear.   23) PBSW summer collection:  Hammocks and Holystones was clearly made specifically for me, in any format. Why yes, I would like to smell like a margarita. Osage Orange and Yacht Rock also definitely line up with my preferred notes. I just wanna smell like summer all the time.    24) Would you possibly like a simple hand embroidered piece? If you would like this is there a simple favorite flower or summer symbol, like a bee? Ah yes! I love tea towels, tote bags, or just wall hangings. I love all flowers so it's very hard to choose. I also love insects, though I prefer our native bumbles over honeybees. Spiders, beetles, anything.    26) What kind of sprite would you prefer? A ninja or to know the ID right away? Either way! You do you, sprite!   27) Are you ok with shunga label art (bpal?)  It's not a style I seek out on my own but I'm not offended by it or anything.    28) Farmer's Market Season:  If it's within my flavor/etc preferences I will love ANYTHING from your local market. That's actually my preferred form of goodies - locally made stuff to you. (I do like pretty much any nut better than cashews but I'll still eat cashews (and my husband loves them) - peanuts, pecans, and walnuts are my favorites).  29) I dye yarn. Is custom yarn of interest to you? Ooh, anything fun. I really only use yarn for weaving so all sorts of colors and textures are great.    30) Portugal or Berlin:  Always snacks. Always art.    31) My friend makes cool art with garbage, is there anything here you might like?https://www.garbageforgood.com/ I love ALL of this!    32) Would you like items related to your astrological sign and if so what is it? I'm an Aquarius - I don't feel any particular attachment to my astrological sign but I'm not opposed either. I don't really know anything beyond that I'm an Aquarius.    33) Are there any Korean or Japanese food/craft/self-care items you would be interested in in receiving? I like snacks and skin care!    34) Is there anything for your garden or houseplants that you need, or would like (tiny, hand thrown cachepot for a prized astrophytum, etc.), or are you proudly black thumb and shun any plant that isn't resin? I like orchids and carnivorous plants and succulents, I can always use more orchid pots!    35) How many books is too many books? Is that a thing? lol   36) Plushies  I like plushies, especially of unusual animals!    37) Penzey's?
I live two blocks from a Penzey's 🙂 I wish they offered a jar recycling or bring your own container option. At this point I just use them for the blends that I really like and vanilla, and get the rest of my spices elsewhere.   38) Knitted Washcloths Definitely. Also my cat likes to sleep on tiny (like tea towel sized) blankets so if you felt so inclined to make something a little larger lol    39) Chocolate I love chocolate. I love chocolate so much. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, doesn't matter. Caramel and/or nuts are my favorite. But it's consistently in the 90s and sunny here at this point so would need to be packed with ice packs probably. I also love nuts and caramels on their own.    40) Bumper stickers or magnets for a car?  Magnets are good but no stickers please!   41) Japanese fashion items:  It's probably pretty clear from my original survey but I will always always always wear hair pins. This is a good place to note that for cultural pieces, particularly wearables like kanzashi, it is especially important to me that they 1) come from independent creators from that culture and are not mass market, 2) are more "neutral" and not culturally specific designs (flowers yes; fans or foodstuffs probably no),  3) contain no kanji, and 4) are not overly showy. As a white American I think there's a pretty nebulous line between appreciation and appropriation and I try to err on the side of caution. The exception to all of this would of course be if you are from the culture in question and are generously gifting me something from your own culture, in which case I will always happily and humbly accept whatever you want to share!    42) CBD-infused bath products? I would definitely use them if you sent them, but CBD tends to have little to no effect on me so feel free to not spend the extra money on CBD versions, haha.    43) Kitchen colors My kitchen itself is cherry wood, black countertops, and stainless steel. I don't have much of a "real" color palette - I specifically bought my Le Creuset in a mismatch of colors. Teals, greens, blues fit in well anywhere in my house, and we've got a VERY LARGE print of Le Chat Noir hanging in our kitchen so that shade of red also works!    44) Scarf/shawl/wearables colors?  Like with household items, rich ocean-y colors are always a safe bet. (here's a good example! https://cleverchameleon.com.au/jewel-tone-triangles/) Also a lot of woodsy colors (https://stitchpalettes.com/palette/forest-greens-spa0201/). I don't wear neons, pastels, or pale colors as a rule. (This is my winter coat: https://www.torrid.com/product/her-universe-doctor-who-tardis-blue-hooded-fit-flare-woolen-trench-jacket/11950246.html)    45) One big box or a couple?  Oh this is totally up to you!    46) How close to final deadline?  Also totally up to you! Heads up though that it looks like I'll be out of state from August 19 to August 28 and then again from September 2-5. I'll have my packages held at the post office so as long as you mail USPS everything should be fine, but might not want to send anything perishable in a package that is likely to arrive during that time! 🙂     47) I am afraid to send chocolate in this heat.  What other things might you enjoy? Gourmet lollipops?  Handmade Marshmallows (not by me LOL)?  Flavored cotton candy? other ideas? Yes, yes, yes. I LOVE lollipops and other sour candies but really I just have a horrible sweet tooth so anything.    48) do you have any reservations about wearing leather, like in an accessory??  Nope    49) So I took a "viking knitting" class (which is really wire weaving) and can now make necklaces and bracelets.  Would you be interested in either one?  UM YES I just got a sage green Viking dress for ren faire wear sooooo anything would be lovely. I love the toggles, especially anything ocean or nature themed. I love all, but especially the chonky. I like to mix metals so I am totally open to artistic inspiration. 




BPALentines Questions

Tell me what kinds of coffee you like- whole bean? Grind? (If grind, what type?)  What notes of coffee do you like?
I tend to like coffees that are described as chocolatey or caramely or nutty. Caffeine or decaf. Whole bean. Flavors are good but I tend to avoid fruity ones. I like warm spices, hazelnut, that sort of thing. Best if you have a local roaster!   Jewelry?? Types? Sizes? Styles? Colors? I like plant/animal-themed. I wear hair jewelry and earrings more than anything but also always love a matched set.     What are your favourite colours? Are you happy with Valentine's themed colours? Patterns? Pinks are not my favorite but I don't mind them when blended with other things!  I do swap out some of the art and things like tea towels and stuff in my house for the seasons so some Valentine's themed patterns/colors are fine!    Would you be interested in anything from Ravenstone? I love anything with animals/insects/plants on it. Also tiny things - fossils, stones, etc - that I can set on my minatures shelves.  
Do you have any interest in journals, planners, habit trackers, etc.? No thanks! 
Do you have a goodreads account or somewhere that tracks which books you've already read/own? (I'm especially curious if you'd like a copy of American Gods, as I have a spare that needs rehoming): Goodreads in my sig, very active though doesn't necessarily track what I own vs what I've read (lots of my "reading" is via audiobook.) I do indeed own a copy of AG though! 
What kind of tea do you like? Type (loose leaf vs bag), and also flavors? We'll drink anything here! I don't drink much straight black tea but the husband will if I don't.  
Would you be interested in anything from https://snagtights.com/, I keep meaning to try their tights! I'm probably a size F. I'm up for anything!    Are you interested in secondhand oracle/tarot decks? No thanks!    What category of makeup (and what shades) are you most interested in? I don't really wear much makeup but nail polish (wacky colors are fine) or sample size lipsticks are always welcome!  
Are you interested in ritual oils (e.g. Twilight Alchemy Lab stuff)? If so, what kind of intentions/magic resonate with you right now?
No thanks!   
Are you interested in incense? What formats?
No thanks!   
Super specific, but pls note if you are a fan of Taylor Swift... She's fine and I don't actively dislike her, will occasionally bop to her music but am definitely not a "fan."   Favorite colors: Blues, purples, teals, ocean colors, forest colors. Not big on pastels and neons.    Things from Mexico:  Spices, seasonings, hot sauces! Just no cilantro please lol    Hats or mittens:  I have so many hats and mittens so no thank you!   Are you into citrus/ fruity scents? Yes yes yes. Citrus especially. I would like to smell like orange juice or lemonade all the time.    Which florals are a yes/no? Death notes? I'm pretty ok on all florals but I love rose, peony, lilac, and orchid the best.    Are you into Skincare/haircare? Sheet masks/cleansers/hair masks? False lashes? I'm not obsessed but I do use sheet masks and hair masks! I wouldn't say no to false lashes but I only wear the magnetic (liner) kind because I can't use the glue.    Does honey work with your skin chem? Buttercream? Honey yes. I avoid baked goods foodie scents so a no on buttercream-heavy scents but they're usually fine when mixed with fruit.    If you said "yes" to OCYL, which houses have you been dying to try? Which ones aren't compatible with your skin chem? I don't have any preferences!    Do you have a personal motto or favorite quote that you would like incorporated into either some stationery/notecards, or done up in calligraphy? "Fear is the mind-killer." (Dune) because I'm a nerd. "When the sun comes up I will leave without a trace; the world was mine today." (Enter the Haggis)   




12 Nights of Christmas 2021

Is there anything you forgot to put on your Qs you wish you had? I think I forgot to mention what I collect. I like llamas, camels, otters, and teeny tiny things I can put on my letterbox drawer shelves.    If you were down with knitted or crocheted items: do you prefer a wearable or amigarumi? If wearable, is there something you’d really like? If amigarumi anything you love? Amigarumi are the best! Especially really strange ones. I've got a couple of platypuses that friends have made for me (it's a running joke that I don't really believe in them...) and would find it very funny to get more.    Teeturtle is having one of their megasales - any tshirts, or whatever, that strike your fancy? Size/fit? Socks are always good but I have way too many t-shirts.    What is the best book you've read recently? I read so many books and tend to like all of them! I just read Why Fish Don't Exist by Lulu Miller and really liked it. I've been in the dredges of horror lately (it's spooky season!) with some Justina Ireland and Alma Katsu. Caitlin Doughty's books are always favorites of mine but I have all of them. Just discovered Stephen Graham Jones and I'm obsessed!    What are some examples of decorations you would enjoy? Twinkly lights, woodland animals, garlands.    Is there any kind of accessory or product you'd want for your hair? I use barrettes and hair ties and big poofy scrunchies and hair sticks.     What is your jewelry style? Delicate, nature-y, very Art Nouveau. Or ridiculous animals.    Are you interested in fandom themed items based on the movies/shows you're into? Definitely!     Are you interested in spicy sauces/jams etc? Oh yes absolutely in fact this is exactly the sort of thing I like to receive!   Are you interested in Thai snacks? e.g. Thai brand crisps, wafer roll type things, savoury small crackers Sure!   I make light-weight yarn-and-silk-ribbon hair falls. Would you be interested in getting some? I probably wouldn't wear a big one but I have a mermaid/siren renaissance festival outfit that could use some accessories in subdued ocean colors (nothing too bright!).    What are your favorite animals or mythical creatures? I love all animals. Really. The running joke is that I think platypuses are mythical beasts so my friends give me platypus things. I love otters and other mustelids (badgers, weasels, skunks), all ocean creatures (particularly manta rays, leafy sea dragons, mimic octopuses, sharks, manatees), llamas and camels, and cheetahs and rhinos. I also love mermaids.    I actively support Defenders of Wildlife and am curious if any of these would be of interest?   https://gifts.defenders.org/wildlife-adoptions?price=20-30  There are many animals on there that I love!!   I'm candying citrus peel this year. Oranges, mostly. Is that something you would like? Chocolate dipped? What about homemade caramel sauce? I'm not fond of fruit plus chocolate so no on the chocolate dipped, but I will DEVOUR plain candied citrus peel. Also a resounding yes to caramel sauce.    Do you like adult coloring books at all and if so do any of the ones from this store strike your fancy? https://70eastbooks.com/collections/coloring-book-1?page=1 I am not really a coloring book person, I'm afraid.    how do you feel about solid perfumes? I'm a fan!    Is there anything in particular you'd want from the UK? Dog-themed UK things are always funny here because my dog Amelia is an English setter and very proud of her heritage.   Are you ok with paper books at all? Personally I prefer them.   Do you already have expansion packs for your fave card games? I don't think I listed my favorite card games but we own and are big fans of Coup (and we have the Reformation expansion) and Love Letter.    Are you interested in perfume samples/decants, or only full sizes? Either!    Are you interested in oracle decks?  Maybe? If they had really pretty artwork or some kind of interesting mechanism to them, but they aren't really something I use normally. That said, I've been known to draw tarot cards for writing inspiration so I'm not ruling it out.    How about wax melts? Sure!   are you interested in a muscle rub that is similar to icy hot but is homemade by us? Yes! CBD is kind of wasted on me (it doesn't seem to affect me at all) so save yourself the expense and send me the non-CBD version lol    How about some home grown organic cat nip? My cats would love this!   How do you feel about fruit infused sugar/syrup? Oh they'd absolutely get used   How do you feel about candied quince? Yes! 




13 Nights 2021!

Oh my gosh, so many questions. I'm going to attempt to answer them all and keep them here: 

  Cross-stitched Halloween ornament? Oh definitely Are there any collage artists in the mix? I just de-stashed a bunch of stuff so I don't think I'm looking to add anything more right now  Dragon Con 2021 scents? Cutie Dragon and Dragon Sneeze are exactly the sorts of scents I wear all the time.   HP House? I'm a Hufflepuff who is heartbroken by JKR. I refuse to give her any more of my money.  - This said, I'm obsessed with mustelids and have been since I was a kid. I own a lot of badger (and otter and weasel) related things and still wear them very happily.  Do you like any art from these two sellers? I love pretty much everything from both of them. https://www.etsy.com/shop/CaitlinMcCarthyArt - I have a wall of weird/creepy portrait-style art in my house set up like a family portrait wall so these are right up my alley. Mermaids, Brigid, Edward Scissorhands, Lydia and Beetlejuice, Laszlo and Nadja, pretty much all of them https://www.etsy.com/shop/BatinYourBelfry - Love all of this too!!  Lightweight yarn-and-ribbon hairfalls - would you like a set in the colors and length of your choice? I wouldn't wear a large one as a regular fall but would wear a small one that I could pin on like a hair wrap or braid/bun weave in. Very flexible about colors but no neons or yellows. 🙂 My hair is about 20" long from the nape of my neck.  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? I can't wear wool but it's ok in yarn since I am trying to learn tapestry weaving! Any kind of fun yarn is fine.  Do you like stickers? Patches? Buttons? No patches but yes to stickers and buttons.  Do you spend time in the outdoors? Yes!  Do you enjoy cooking and/or baking? Yes!  The Paintbox Soapworks Weenie collection! Would you like anything? All the G.O.A.T. lol  The Pickety Witch is taking pre-orders for their new Halloween pins. Have any caught your eye? ahhhh the baby goat and the kitten 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 love whipped soaps and sugar scrubs and any combination of the two. Also candles. I burn a lot of candles.  Does anyone like vintage Halloween? Yes!! Cats and adorable witches in particular. 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? I love: Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, Addams Family, Nightmare Before Christmas, Sabrina (old or new or comic!), What We Do in the Shadows. Plus cats and bats and spiders.  If you like tea, how do you want it delivered? Loose? Bags? Tiny little messenger pigeons (subject to availability)? Any of the above, slight preference for pigeons.  How do you feel about atmospheric/novelty scents and novelty food items? Things like "new car candle" or "eyeball jawbreaker" or whatever. I'm always up for anything ridiculous. Would you prefer to receive ONE HUGE (more expensive) GIFT and 12 inexpensive ones, a few more expensive, or all about the same price? Oooooh this will not be helpful but I'm cool with whatever works for you! I mentioned in my survey that my preference for inexpensive things is consumables/not a lot of plastic stuff, so as long as that works for you I'm totally fine with whatever!  What are your fandoms, if any? I've gotten less and less obsessed with things over the years; Harry Potter broke me. But am a big fan of: Star Wars, Doctor Who (I'm not caught up and am currently still in the Matt Smith era; David Tennant is my Doctor but I have a dog named Amelia Pond). Jurassic Park. My favorite superheroes are the Scarlet Witch and Deadpool.  Do you collect things like tarot decks?  If so do you have a wishlist or a list of ones you already have?  Would you like a silk tarot bag? No, I don't.  Do you like rocks/crystals?  What colors kinds?  Would you like them in bead format (holes drilled?) I like fun tiny things that I can put on my letterpress drawer shelves and that includes cool rocks and crystals, but am not a ~crystal~ person.  My mom has an etsy store - she makes bags.  Do you love anything from it? Doctor Who! Also my cats would love a yip yip.  Let's say you want something knitted.  What are you most interested in?  Plushies mostly 🙂 Are you interested in receiving any of the following homemade / home dried / home canned goodies? Anything but peaches, honestly! I love homemade stuff.  How do you feel about oracle decks? No thanks!  Would you like witchy/ritual oils/sundries? Any limitations (e.g. deities you won't work with)? No thanks!  Is there anything you would like to try from the UK specifically? (e.g. Lush exclusives) Nothing specific but I do like snacks from other countries. Oh, and are you into astrology? No What size shoe do you wear (inc wide/narrow, etc)? Women's US 7 regular. Do you like/would you want to receive comic books? Any favorite genres or characters? Yes! I like sci-fi, Deadpool. I'm not too picky. I appreciate a good story. Would you like a palm stone, or anything else, from Haute Macabre? Palm stones not so much, but I like things with interesting shapes and textures! What's your favorite flower? Orchids and roses. What's you favorite woodland creature? River otters, pine martens, badgers - mustelids in general!  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)? 100% ok with this!  Would you like a fabric face mask? If so, do you prefer a dome shape or a pleated shape? I've got a lot of pleated ones and am trying to get a few more dome shapes, preferably with nose wires!  Can I interest you in cleanser, sheet masks, moisturizer, sample things etc etc.?  Or a general pampering package? What is your skin type? Definitely, especially in sample sizes. I have very sensitive, fairy, acne-prone, oily skin.  Anything from ChocolateStoryBook etsy? I don't like traditional cotton candy (only maple fluff) but I'll try anything and I'm very by the fruity/sour flavors!  Anything interesting from either Hexennacht or Mr. Hex? I've never tried either but:  Hexennacht wishlist: Golden Milk and Pineapple Dole Whip Cream Soda both sound amazing  Mr. Hex blends that I love more of: Calico, Catsuma, Nose Boop 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? Whole bean, medium or light roast, I like nutty flavors but any kind of coffee will be used in my household!  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 love faire stuff in general!  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? any. all of those things. stuff produced locally to you is the best!    Any significant other or other special person? Like if I wanted to send you specialty cocoa for a date night, would that be OK? Definitely!    Is there something that you definitely prefer to not receive in any category (anything to avoid if you hadn't/forgotten to mention)? I think I mentioned everything!    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? I like leaves - especially maple leaves. Spiders, bats, cats. But I think I'd also be ok with whatever speaks to you. I'm not really into Day of the Dead stuff unless it is a part of your culture which you wish to share with me. 

  I make homemade fire ciders, would that be of interest? Non-alcoholic and they are quite fiery. Definitely!   Are you interested in getting other BPAL items besides perfume, like hair gloss, bath oils or T-shirts? No shirts thanks, but definitely usable stuff!    I would love to request folks to to put their wish list in this thread and link in their signature. I would love to decant from my oils if I have any my person is looking for!  Mine is there 🙂 Link   Do you have an Amazon link?  Can you post it?? I don't keep one, sorry. 😞 
if you are a knitter/crocheter, are you over on Ravelry?  If so, what’s your user name there?? I am not    So partner, would you be interested in a Frankenbag done in Halloween prints? I am always in need of tote bags. Yes, yes I would.    Y'all with furbabies... Are there any food allergies/sensitivities or quirks to know about?  It's not an allergy but my setter is the pickiest dog I know. She spits out peanut butter and pepperoni . She spits out anything peanut butter flavored. The boxer mix doesn't care though!    how do you feel about (ethically sourced) butterfly / moth art (in a jar or shadowbox) I'm fine with this!   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?  that's fine    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)? I wear makeup so infrequently it would probably be wasted on me.    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  ) Oh dear I love them both but I guess bat??    We've asked about candy, but let's talk specifically about gummies. Do you like crazy shapes, sweet/sour? yes, yes, yes. i love all the gummies.    Anything from these Etsy shops? Kodiak Sea Charms, Halloween Hill Studio, Grave Markings I love sea glass, and the halloween dog stuff from Halloween hill studio!    What about the Mutter Museum's gift shop? I've been before and have some things from there already. I do love books and prints.    Beach town treats: taffy!    How do you feel about fancy marshmallows? yes!    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? I can't think of anything specific but I do love Pokemon (Team Rocket and Meowth) and my favorite anime is probably Soul Eater. And I love candy and fun Kit-Kats!    In the meantime- there is an excellent chance teeturtle will have a sale in time for this swap: anything (particularly tshirts or socks) that appeal? Sizes? socks are a yes!    Also, the Haus of Gloi Fall Part 1 drops soon, anything here you like? I like their scrubs   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'm not picky! I just love candy.    Could you use a journal or sketchbook? no thank you!    Do you need BPAL storage?  Imps?  Bottles? no thank you!    Do you wear socks?  What kind?  No show, ankle, knee high, over the knee?  Fibers? any kind, but my shins are thick. 🙂 Preference for mostly- or 100%-cotton or bamboo    8/27/21   I grow mugwort and it's harvest season. Would you like dried leaves for bathing or tea? dried leaves would be lovely!    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? I promise any of them would be used in our house. 🙂   I grew a huge load of onions and garlic. Any interest? also would love these    Feathers? I have geese, ducks, peafowl, chickens and quail. So I collect their shed feathers and share them with people I like. yes!    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)  also yes!    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? yes! to all the food stuff!    8/28/21   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!)?  um this is the cutest thing ever.    If you're into tabletop games, what games do you already own, and/or what type are you interested in? I own way too many to list, but we are fans of co-op games that can be played with only two people     8/29/21    DO YOU LIKE TRUE CRIME STORIES? not particularly    DO YOU LIKE SEASONAL MAGAZINES ON BAKING AND DECORATING? sure!    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)? whole bean! I don't love fruit-flavored coffees   8/30/21   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. sure! I wear a size 2x/18 in bottoms    What about indie chilli sauces/chutneys/jams? What type of chilli/spice level? yes, and SPICY. 
  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. i like tiny animals and am less interested in fruits or veggies (except as dog/cat toys, because it's too cute when they carry them around)   The Polish Pickup/Indie Pickup is live for wishlisting, and will ship in time for this swap (this year). Anything strike your fancy? (It's not just nail polish...there's jewelry and bath scrubs and wax tarts and all manner of things. It's fun!)  https://polishpickup.com/ I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by looking at the website, but I do like all of those things   8/31/21   Anything here sound good to you? https://gryffonridge.com/ we LOVE spice blends and fancy salts and sugars in our house as long as they don't contain cilantro.    Hayden Evens Art has released some new Halloween and Disney-themed prints and stickers.  Do any spark your interest?: they are all very fun!    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? just no clowns thanks   do you use any sorts of semipermanent dyes or do anything fun/wild to your hair? are there any hair products you like? I'm not interested in dye but I do always appreciate new hair decorations or the latest "here is an accessory that will make it look like you did something fancy with your hair even though you're actually lazy"    what about skincare? i am pretty into k beauty and am curious if others are interested in any aspects of this. I'm not particularly knowledgeable but am always happy to try new stuff      9/2/21   Cellar Door Bath Supply Co.'s Halloween & Fall collection is out (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com/collections/halloween-fall-collection😞 anything you might be interested in? we burn a LOT of soy candles in our house    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 prefer herbal teas but anything will be used in my house   9/4/21   are you interested in eco-friendly menstrual products? There are some beautiful gothic print reuseable pads I'm looking at specifically. no ty    9/6/21   Bath and Body Works? I know this is a bit of a love em or hate em company, but I really love their foaming hand soaps and scented hand sanitizers and my kids like their body wash, so I'll be placing an order with the next good sale. Anything that catches your eye? I can't use a lot of their stuff because of allergies but I like their hand sanitizers and lip balm. 



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