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Fall 2017 Switch Witch Q's and A's


Anyone like/want calendars or dayplanners?
--I have a pretty red leather Filofax my boss at the bank gave me for Christmas the year before I retired due to disability, but I mostly use the BusyCal app on my phone.
If you like stationery, do you like plain, colors, images, or specific DON'T LIKES?
--I love stationery! Plain, elegant, without a lot of frou-frou (unlike when I was younger...you know, in 2012. My favorite box was a soft blue with a pretty embossed feather at the top left corner. I don't like cutesy stuff for letter-writing, although notecards are a different matter, lol.
What about general desk stuff like cool colored paperclips and post it pads?
--Post-its are always handy!
Would anyone be interested in having any of Abigail Larson's artwork (either as a print or on something, like a pillow, blanket, or t-shirt)? https://society6.com/abigaillarson
--no, thank you.

Would you be into receiving hand made (crocheted, sewn, felted, chain maille, scale, or duct tape, in my case, depending on the item) dishclothes? Scarf/shawl? Hat? Bag? Anything? Colors? (Duct tape, chain maille, and scales come in colors.)
--oh, yes. I love things which are made specifically for me. I'd rather scarf than dishcloth, though.
Do you collect anything from SBUX like City Mugs, City Mug ornaments, City Cards, or Bearistas? If so, which do you need/want? Or would you like a City Mug or an ornament for fun?
-- no.
anybody want homemade fudge? I can do chocolate with or without nuts, peanut butter, and butterscotch.
--chocolate, with nuts!


do you collect the art cards that BPAL sends out? Any in particular that you are looking for or definitely don't need?

--Yes, but just as I receive them from the Lab. I really don’t know enough about what they release to know specifics.

Do you like this beautiful art, and she makes stickers and prints...SOOOO gorgeous: https://www.shannatr...om/paperprints/

--Very pretty.

Favorite animals or wild creatures or mythological creatures?

--Swans, peacocks

 Would you like any swag from the Depeche Mode concert? (pins, posters, shirts, program, dunno what they'll have!)

--No, thanks.


Are you interested in anything from Bath & Bodyworks? Which products and scents do you like? www.bathandbodyworks.com/

--No, thanks.

I am possibly going to a crystal / gem show tomorrow. I can't afford expensive gem stones, but...
What kind of crystals would you like?

--I have so many stones and crystals now I have to rotate them in and out of display, so maybe not right now.

Pumpkin or Zucchini bread?

--Either. Both.

What kind of homemade cookies are your favorite?

--Pecan Crispies.

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

--I have sensitive skin, and an absolutely awful reaction to mint and/or mint-scents, so no, thanks.

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

--Not really, but thank you.

Want some honey from the bees on our property?

--We buy local honey, both for our dogs and our own use, for anti-allergens. I know the science is still ‘out’ on this, but I swear it helps both my dogs and my daughter.

Would you like some homemade jam? I have blackberry, rose petal, strawberry rhubarb, peach, and cherry.

--oh, any of those! How lovely!

How about some homemade candied jalapenos with garlic cloves? I have regular and with habanero.

--I have the wussiest mouth of anyone born to Texas parents. I don’t think so, but thanks.

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

--I LOVE dried apples (actually any dried fruit), but especially your Honeycrisps!

Do you need any kind of dice bag, tote, project bag, cosmetic bag, pencil bag, or whatever? I have lots of bag patterns and fabric. We make bags under the name Twinkle N Twilight. 
Or how about a couple of pillowcases?

--A cute little pencil bag for my purse would be nice! I love the deep, jewel tone colors for accessories.


Would my witchee like this to warm up the fall coffee cup?? https://www.truelemo...gory-s/1871.htm

--If only they had a version with sugar rather than stevia…

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

--I only take showers these days.

What style/make/etc of phone do you have? What about size of tablet? Laptop? Would you like decals, skins, or cases for any of these?

--I have an iPhone SE, Amazon Fire 7, and a MacBookAir 15. I make my own kindle cases, and have skins/stickers/cases for the others already, so not at this time.


See's Candy. My absolute favorite. They have special Halloween candy..any of these pique your interest?? Cinnamon Apple Scotch Mallows, Pumpkin spice truffles, pumpkinspice lollypops, caramel apple lollypops, or any other of their chocolates, etc?

--salted caramels, maybe?

Are any witchees into coloring books?

--Oh, I love color books! We had a ‘girls’ gathering’ last Thanksgiving and I gave color books and crayons/colored pencils/markers to every attendee! It was so much fun, and I still go to my color books for stress relief. I can’t recommend it highly enough (I’m a bit of an enabler/proselytizer in this regard).
Witchees, is there anything that catches your eye at Animi Causa (
--This might come in handy these days: https://www.animicausa.com/shop/Personal-Accessories/Magnif-i-Pocket-Lighted-Magnifier/tpflypage.tpl.html

If I were to find an adorable autumnal/Halloween-y dish/flatware/etc. design, how many settings would be needed in your household?

--just 2.


Do you like Broadway shows/music? If so what are some of your favorites and/or ones that you hope to see or listen to eventually? Would you like merch from your favorite shows or CDs from shows you want to listen to?
--I am in total thrall to my Hamilton soundtrack, and I'm driving everyone around me crazy, lol. I am living for when the original cast DVD comes out...
I'm heading to NYCC in October! Is there anything I can get my Witchee while I'm there?
--If they have any Harvest Moon 2017...
I'm going to Edmonton Expo this weekend (It's Edmonton's version of comic con). Would a witchee like anything from there?
--maybe a little Wonder Woman thingy, like a key chain? I love the new movie!
Anything catch your eye from this site (globalgirlfriend.com)?
--I'm a sucker for long, pretty, colorful scarves (just not squares, because I'm not very handy with tying them attractively): https://www.globalgirlfriend.com/products/traditional-textile-woven-scarf
Do you have any favorite, lesser-known stores? Especially ones that sell hand-crafted or independently made items.
--I tend to shop on Etsy a lot, especially women-owned shops, and if they leave Etsy, I follow them. Like Paintbox Soapworks, for example.
Imagine you're going to the most gigantic art & craft show imaginable, and money is no object - what kind of things would you gravitate towards and probably spend money on? Include as specific as you want to get!
--I love pottery: vases, bowls, jugs, etc. Also vintage kitchen things from the 50s (like Fire King salt shakers, etc., especially what's known as "Gay Fad" pattern.

Are you interested in anything from Think Geek? http://www.thinkgeek.com
--I shop there mostly for my daughter and son-in-law, and sometimes for my husband.
Do you have something you wish you put on your original questionnaire/forgot to put/would like to add on to?
--I actually love anything I can tell the giver put time and thought into, whether made themselves or took pains to pick out something they knew I would love. The effort, to me, counts more than the monetary cost. I don't know if that came through in my questionnaire answers or not.
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 wish I could get back into the swing of things on the forum instead of Facebook; FB feels too big, too fast-moving, too...much. I miss the more connected, personal and welcoming feel of the forum.
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.
--50s chic: fruit crate labels, polka dots, that kind of thing, in my sun room. Bright, cheerful, and welcoming...
Aprons: Do you wear them, do you want one? Utility, decorative, cooking or crafting?
--Love them, as long as they fit around my round belly and butt. I like the kind with the bib front on a full half-skirt which ties in the back, preferably with pockets.
BTW, would my witchee be interested in something like this? (photo of black and white striped knitted doll)
--no, thank you.


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 mostly wear footies, thin cotton, in all colors.
Would you be open to previously-loved books?
--I mostly read eBooks now, and have given away boxes and boxes of my own books, keeping only copies of my Best Beloveds because I just couldn't bear a house without real solid books in it.

What about partial-full bottles of BPAL or BPTP?
--oh, yes!
So what are your favorite fandoms?
-- Doctor Who, Star Trek TOS, Harry Potter

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!
--I love lavender in all its forms!
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 like all kinds of divination, though my favorites are Tarot and runes. Always open to a new set of rune stones or sticks, but I think I have enough Tarot decks for the time being.
World my Witchee be interested in a Tarot or Astrology reading done personally?
--I do my own, but thanks.
Does my Witchee need any magical supplies?
--I'm pretty much set for now,
Would you be interested in any of the seasonal (or regular) soaps from Cellar Door Soap (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com)?
--this would be nice: https://cellardoorbathsupply.com/collections/elemental-essentials/products/lavender-soy-candle

Favorite gemstones?
opals, tourmalines, garnet, freshwater pearls
If you enjoy jewelry do you like discrete and elegant, flashy and gaudy, small and light, or large and chunky?
--discrete and elegant. My mom likes to drip turquoise from every finger, arm, lobe, and neck. I try to present a sort of restrained counterpoint.

Any love of pirates or SCA?
--only as far as "Talk like a Pirate Day" and dressing up for the local Ren Faire. I always wanted to join the SCA but when I had the energy, I didn't have the money or the time. Now I might get the money together, but instead of 3 kids I have 2 aging parents so no time or energy now either.
Is there anything you would like from Disney World?
--no thanks.
Are you a Potterhead? If so, to which house do you belong?
--oh, yes - Ravenclaw all the way!
How do you feel about chokers?
--I can't wear them, they choke me.

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?
--a fall theme (not Halloween) vertical door-type thingy would be welcome.

Do you live near a Trader Joe's? If not, are you interested in trying any of the numerous Pumpkin goodies they come out with this time every year?
--not really.
Do you like to cook and/or bake? Could you use any specific ingredients (spices, oils, salts, extracts, etc.) or kitchen utensils/gadgets?
--I can always use peppercorns!
I'm at Ocean City MD for bike week......would a witches want anything from here? Bike or beach related??
--a nice bit of driftwood (sized for decor on a shelf, not huge or anything) would be nice.
What is 1 thing you would love to see in your final box? Can be ANYTHING - your choice.
--a Jane Austen tenner from the UK.
Who would love some USPS eclipse stamps?
--My grandfather used to send us covers of the new releases when I was growing up, until he retired. He was postmaster of his town for almost 50 years.


Do any of you potential Witchees have any kitties, puppers, or youngling humans you want spoiled in your packages? What treats or toys do they like?
--I love my Westies dearly, but owing to allergies etc., no treats please, and they have more toys than a pet store already.
Is there any interest in any of the fragrance oils from the Nocturne Alchemy Weenies update?
--no thanks.
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)
--maybe this: https://blackphoenixtradingpost.com/shop/spinning-on-graves-perfume-oil/


Are you a gamer? If so, what games are you currently playing and is there any merch for that game you'd love to have?-
If you are a gamer do you have a steam/gamestop/amazon wishlist?
--I'm not a gamer.
How do you feel about the following scarf options (assuming you're into scarves)? Simple eyelet scarf Chevron scarf Lacy and fuzzy Skinny rib knit (extra long for lots of wrapping) Leafy!

--I like them all, but I think the simple eyelt scarf is my favorite.

Like beer? What styles most appeal to you?
Like booze? What kinds?
--since the only drinks I like are the ones where you can't even taste the liquor, I figure what's the point?
Like Wine? What kinds?
--the ones which come in cool bottles to keep.
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!
--I recently had my hair cut in short layers because it refused to be straight any more and I couldn't deal with the frizz any more, so no thanks.
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 can't handle horror movies. But I always watch A NIghtmare Before Christmas; Bell, Book & Candle; and Hocus Pocus,


Here's a great local soapmaker I love--y'all see anything you would like? https://littleseedfarm.com/
--not really.
What are your favorite/preferred Halloween/autumn icons/images? Any to specifically stay away from?
--leaves are my favorite. I don't like the stereotypical 'ugly' witch meme.
Do you eat candy, and if so would Halloween candy be welcome? Specialty candy from local or unusual sources? Chocolate?
--lemondrops are my long time favorite.
Do you want Fidget spinners, desk toys, or other frivolous things that you look at and decide you don't need enough to spend $ on but would make you happy to have?
--no, thanks.
Any zentangle lovers, people who would like to try it, or would you want a piece of someone else's zentangle art?
Any love of hair toys, clips, ribbons, fascinators, mini hats, etc?
--no, thank you. Hair isn't really long enough, and I don't wear hats gracefully, though I have tried.
What local goodies may be of interest? Local Honey, jams,candy?
--Jams and locally-sourced candy would be interesting!
Are you interested in any prescription services like serial magazines, Birch box, ipsy?
--no, thanks.
Would you like funky Halloweenie costume makeup like Gothic eyelashes, nail effects, black lipstick, etc.?
--no, thanks.
How do you like to listen to music? CD, 8 track tape, mix tape, Pandora or Spotify, I-tunes?
--I download mp3s and stream them via Sonos in the house, bluetooth from my iPhone in the car.
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?
--Kindle, thanks. Amazon gift card for more eBooks is always welcomed.
Candles, Incense, or wax tarts? Do you have favorite brands or Weenies scents for the home? Would you like to receive a wax tarts burner, incense burner, essential oils diffuser, or Halloweenie themed candle holders?
--Nag Champa wax tarts are cool, as is sandalwood incense.
Witchee: are you interested in crafting materials?
--not right now, thanks.


I'm in Japan, is there anything specific from here you would want?
--washi paper, or washi paper tape!
How do you feel about nail wraps?
--no nails to speak of, sadly.
if you were to receive something hand knit, what type of item would you like? hat, cowl, handwarmers, etc. and what color(s)?
- would you use knitted washcloths? a scarf? Are you allergic or sensitive to any fibers?
--I love hand warmers, scarves, cowls in cotton thread! Navy blue, burgundy, deep greens are all welcome.
If you could be ANY character from a film, TV show or book, who would it be and why?
--I'd like to be a shopkeeper in the Keltiad universe because this is my all-time favorite fantasy series, and it combines magic and science so very neatly, and still maintains a ren faire atmosphere.
If you could hop into a time machine and travel anywhere/anytime, where would it be and why?
--I wish I could speak in person with Eleanor Roosevelt, because she embodied the spirit of giving and humanity I'd like to emulate in my own life.
If you could invite 3 famous people to a BPAL meet and sniff, who would invite?
--Eleanor Roosevelt, Molly Ivins, and Hillary Clinton. I think we could have some interesting conversations while we tried scents.

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.
--I love Alicia's work, especially the earrings! She always puts them on sterling silver leverbacks for me because my hands can't handle the little stoppers which prevent the hook types from coming out of my earlobes. I like silver earrings best, and nothing longer than 1-1/2 to 2" at the most.
Would you like something hand sewn by your Witch? A dress, shirt, skirt, infinity scarf, something else?
--that would be wonderful, and very welcome.
Anyone want any kind of costuming accessories or makeup or odds and ends?
--no, thanks.

Are there any hobbies or crafts you've been thinking of trying, but haven't had the chance yet?
--not really. I'm rather physically limited (severe carpal tunnel and ensuing arthritis), as well time-limited because I am the sole caretaker of 2 aging and increasingly infirm parents. Plus the dogs.
Would you want to receive a custom spell kit or magical tea? If so, what purpose would you want it to be for?
--no, thanks. I have that personally covered.
Do you like poetry?
Anyone like handmade critters, stuffed animals, or custom repaints?
--swans or peacocks, or maybe westies?
Would you enjoy any designer/specialty yarn for your own craftyness?
--no, thanks.
Would anyone like a donation made in their name to a cause or charity?
--if that's what my Witch wants to do, please give to WestieMed or Habitat for Humanity.
Please provide wishes from the last two updates?
--Bluebonnet Single Note, Wild Honeysuckle Single Note, Harvest Moon 2017


Would you be interested in things from Future Primitive? (http://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/)
--No, thanks.
Are there any UK things you'd like to get?
--a Jane Austen £10 note.
Are you into podcasts? If so, what are your favorites? Would you like any merch related to any of them?
--Thistle and Shamrock. But I haven't even listened to that one in so long I'm not sure it's still broadcasting.
Would you like something from Nui Cobalt Designs (https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/)?
--no, thanks.
Or maybe some of Christina's lovely Halloween candles at Sihaya & Co. (https://www.sihayaan...lection-candles)?
--no, thanks.
ILNP? Who would love one of their awesome holos like MEGA or one of their amazing chromes? http://www.ilnp.com/
--no, thanks.


Do you enjoy stationery? I'm thinking cute/quality notebooks, washi tape, stickers, fun pens etc.
--I love washi tape.
Are you interested in anything from Cocoa Pink?
- Or Haus of Gloi?
--no, thanks.
Would you be interested in a Halloween wreath?
--if it were more fall-oriented, rather than Halloween. I'd like to have it up until time for Yule decorations.
Have you seen this: https://www.bustle.c...llection-80733? (Lush Halloween collection.) And what would you like?
--no, and nothing, thanks.

Are you interested in anything from the Moonalisa Halloween update?
no, thanks.
What are your coffee and/or tea preferences?
- Tea: black, green, herbal, flavors?
--Lady Grey
- Loose leaf or tea bags?
--Loose leaf.
- Anything specific you don't like?
--I don't care for green teas, and NOTHING with mint.
- Are you in need of any gadgetry?
my favorite 2-cup tea pot has a huge chip on the spout, and it's no longer made. So I'm kind of looking for another. It's hard finding a truly small teapot, though.

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?
--a small wooden box, decorated or not as my Witch decided, but just large enough for 7-8 bottles, would be wonderful.
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?
--no, thanks.
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...

What are your feelings about Scooby Doo?
--Not a big fan, but if I had to liken myself to a character, it would be Thelma.
How do you feel about indie makeup (read: loose eyeshadow, blush, highlighter)?
--I really don't use much make up, mostly a little Elf charcoal eyeliner because I seem to be losing my eyelashes.
I drink this stuff almost everyday would anyone else be interested in trying it out? https://www.criobru.com/
--Tried it back the early 2000's, and didn't really like it. I prefer tea.

Would you like one of the Halloween Teeturtle shirts?
--no, thanks.




Switch Witch Summer 2013 Q's & A's

(Newest additions will always be at the top of the post so my Witch won't have to keep scrolling down to see new content.)     Big Catch Up entry 6/24/13 Doctor Who? oh YES! Only not the villains so much - I love TARDIS or The Doctor. How much do you like lipbalm? not much Do you like and wear lipgloss? no For those of you whose wishlists contain only BPALs, are there any other perfume companies you like or would like to try out? Not really; I've tried a few other companies, but I always ended up giving away whatever I bought, so I stopped wasting my money. I just like BPAL. Your feelings on Adagio teas? I have more than I can drink now. What about coffee? Not a coffee snob; we tend to buy Folger's or Maxwell House, whichever is on sale. Who is your favourite female of all time? Historical, literary, ANYTHING, and why? Eleanor of Aquitaine; she was a nervy, opinionated and most importantly, educated woman in a time when women were more pawns or property than anything else. She was fiercely independent, and I read everything I can get my hands on about her. If you were a Disney princess you would be? I really despise Disney's princess culture, but if I must choose, I choose Merida. Seashell from Florida? I love shells! What craft project do you currently have on your docket or that you want to start? And that craft goodies would be welcome? I've been working on a personal scrapbook for so long...but most all my craft stuff is still packed in moving boxes, as it was the lowest priority of unpacking. After carpal tunnel syndrome/surgery/recurrence, scrapbooks and making cute little digital icons are about the only crafts I can still do. If you could have one rare bpal which one would you choose? I would love a decant of Azazel. Are you kinky? no Do you enjoy scented candles? Certain sizes that you like? What kind of scents or brands? DH really doesn't like scented candles, but I've managed to get him to like Nag Champa tarts. Thoughts about South Africa? Have you been here, would you like to go? Would you like to receive anything South African? Never been there, and it would be very interesting to visit some day. And sure, why not? Do you like Sockdreams? If so, what styles would you prefer? I love cotton socks! Do you need hair accessories? If so, what kind or color? no, thank you. What is your favorite shade of blue? Any shade is wonderful: I love deep sapphire blue, turquoise blue, cobalt blue, pale icy blue, and lovely happy Carolina blue -- I love blue! Every room of my house has blue of some shade in it. Do you have any kitchen gadgets (a SodaStream, a Kuerig/Tassimo) that you want mix things for? no, I have neither of those. If you were to start learning something new (intellectual or craft or hobby), what would it be? I would love to learn to play a bodhrán. What about candy? pecan pralines are my weakness, despite what I said in my questionnaire about diets and nonsense like that. Do you have an e-reader? What kind? Would you like to get ebooks? Kindle Fire, and I currently have (according to my calibre) 1,979 books. I think I'm good for now. If your witch is an extremely crafty sort, and she were to send all kinds of homemade foody goodies and handmade crafty stuff - what are items you would NOT LOVE to receive. Please don't hedge on this one...some of us are serious crafters and will be making most of what we send! I don't want things made of polyester (or other petroleum-based materials), or foods containing mint. That's about it - I love handmade things, and will cherish anything my Witch makes for me. Witchee dear, do you like video games? Are there any you want to play? Do you have a large library? Alas, I was never much of a gamer - Bejeweled on my iPhone is about the extent of my gaming wants. I tried, really I did, but I like Trivial Pursuit (the old-fashioned analog kind) better than video games. Do you have something you do, without fail, as a personal daily habit/ritual? I always write a bit in a little journal at night. Do you wear nailpolish? What colors do you tend to go for? What are your favorite brands? Are you open to trying indie brands? I don't wear polish except on my toes in the summertime, a nice medium matte red with lovely blue undertones. Name three BPAL scents you have tried, but are dying to get more of. Dormouse, Endymion, and just to throw a rare out there: LUES11 Do you still write real letters on nice stationary to people you like/love? only rarely; even my parents have an email printer now. Have you ever tried anything from Paintbox Soapworks? Which products or scents would you prefer? Sweet 100s is my all time favorite, thought Beet It is a close second. I wish I could get more of A Walk in the Woods, though - I finished off my last bar last year, and I miss it so much.   Do you like/have space to garden? If so, what do you grow? We have a lovely big yard, but I grow my herbs and grape tomatoes in handy planters on the deck. Do you like sample sized things? Think lipgloss, mascara, bodylotion, scrubs, mini candles, and so forth. no make up, but thank you anyway.   Have you tried Fortune Cookie Soap? What products or scents would you like? No, I don't know that one. Do you use solid soaps at all? If so, what kind do or don't you like? I love Paintbox Soapworks and Villainess. I don't like overly sweet scents for my soaps, and of course, nothing mint. Have you ever tried Cocoa Pink? If you are curious about it, what looks interesting to you? Yes. Do you like Lush? If so, what is your favorite product that is currently available, also, what is a product that you love but has been discontinued? Not really. Shiro cosmetics? Don't know them. Are there any companies, products, or items you boycott? Disney, ABC TV, Exxon, BP, Chik-Fil-A, Papa John's, and plastic food storage items. As I am in Japan, what sort of things would you like from there? I love washee paper! Witchee, do you cook? Do you do all the cooking? Is it a chore or a pleasure? I do the cooking for now, and it's more a chore for me than it is for Mr. Stellans, who will take over when he retires. Which reading level do you prefer to read in YA or Adult? Or even both? Both! I like strong, intelligent women characters in either genre, but no vampire fiction please. What colors/style is your kitchen decor? And do you entertain in your home? beachy blues and greens, vintage kitsch, and comfort. We do very informal entertaining for the most part. Are your ears pierced? Yes, twice in the lobes. Do you like stuffies/stuffed animals/art doll type thingies? If so, any particular type you'd love to get? Not really, thanks. Switch Witch is, of course, all about you.....but if your Witch was so inclined, are there wee little ones in your home that will get jealous and are just too young to understand why you won't share the love, who maybe need a touch of Witchee love all their own, to distract them while you hide all your lovelies?!? No, just me, the dogs, and Mr. Stellans. If you knew you were going to live comfortably for say 800 years, what profession, calling or project might you pursue with some of your extra years, which you imagine you may not do in the life that you have? Is there any thing - an object, a donation on your behalf, some research done for you, whatever - that your witch could do about this that you would like? And if you can't think of a present, would you rather she/he (I!) didn't either and confined themselves to things you are already involved in? I would teach. I would try to make children love reading and history as much as I do, and work to keep public education strong. Do you like bags? If so, what type (rucksack, clutch, shopping bag) colour and would you like/need a new one? my younger daughter gave me some double-handled metro shopping bags from Canada, and I love them! It would be lovely to have a couple more.   What's your favourite comfort food(snack or candy etc) and/or drink? Comfort food: oatmeal or grits, and milk. Would you like anything from an European country? Any particular food or goodies, magazines, books, whatever would be available to your witch in his/her country. I would love something indicative of where my witch lives. One of my favorite gifts is something which shares a little of her life/area with me. One witch sent me a desert rose, another smoked salt, and yet another iris bulbs. Things like that are always, always appreciated and cherished. What fandoms do you belong to? I'm a Browncoat, a Whovian, and a proud admirer of Miss Austen's works. What cheers you up?   Who or where would you most want to haunt? Who would you least want to be haunted by?   What question do you hate to answer?   What is the best compliment you have/could receive?   Do you like tarot cards, pendulums and rune stones etc? If so, what type?   Witchee, I know that SW isn't about what you get... but could you name one thing you would be heartbroken not to get and one thing you would be a-ok if it didn't make it in your box?   Is there anything small you try to collect from everywhere you visit?   Would you like something from Empire Edibles?   What are the three books you most want to read right now, and which you don't already have?   Is there a literary character you identify with? Even if it's not spot-on, just someone you found yourself having that "I identify with this" feeling?   What would you like from the most recent BPAL update? What are you planning on buying for yourself and what would you like to try?   Opinions on table top games, from cards and board games, to dice and rpgs. What do you like? What don't you like? Favorites? Any classics you like? Do you collect any?   What style is your sense of humour?   Is there anything from Australia you would like? eg: snacks (yes, you can ask for Tim Tams!), books, magazines, memorabilia?   Gift cards/vouchers - yay or nay? If you like them - which stores would you like one for?   Oh, yeah, by the way, peoples, do you have any problems with swearing or particularly off-color humor? Would you like to receive subversive crochet/cross stitch/ etc., or would this not get much love in your household?   Haus of Gloi did a Reverie update! Do any of them interest you? (Or anything else up currently?)   Would you be interested in someone writing out for you a favourite recipe, or finding or devising one which they think you'd like? If so, please provide your favourite ingredients, info on how you like to cook/store and use food, and any intolerances - unless all of these are in your questionnaire, or you don't like the idea. (I'm not saying I'd definitely do this, unless someone is keen, and it wouldn't be the only gift). I guess for other witches this might include something like a knitting pattern - not my thing but would you like that? Or indeed would you like a picture created for you (if so what kind) or a story written?   How big is too big...for something to hang on your walls? If I'm painting you a pretty picture, are there maximum dimensions that you have/prefer?   What is your favourite object, that you own, ignoring sentimental reasons for attachment? So I guess something you find beautiful, or fun, or incredibly useful.   Is there someone on the forums (within SW or not) who knows you really well and might be able to help with stalking?   Do you use waxmelts or tarts? If so, which ones do you prefer?   Do you enjoy drinking hot chocolate, and would you like stuff to make it with, or to add to it?   I have a feeling I will struggle with keeping my identity secret from my witchee. If you happen to find out who yours is, how much would it bother you?   Have you ever tried Spoonfudge? Would you enjoy it if your Witch would send you some? Which of the flavors would you like?   What's your opinion on Moonalisa? Any favorites or products you'd like to try?   Are there any BPALs that you loved the idea of, the imagery - whether artwork or description - but which didn't work out for you? (I'm asking because if they did, you might mention them elsewhere, but if not, the imagery might be helpful)   Is there a Quote that resonates with you, or that you particularly like a lot. Would this be something you would like artwork made of for your walls or a shirt/bag/scarf?   Also, STARBUCKS, Yay or Nay? Anything you particularly like?   Ninjas or Pirates?   Werewolves or Vampires?   Zombie or Cthulhu?   Do you welcome knitted items? If so, what would you like most? (amigurumi, washcloth, socks, shawl, shawlette, scarf, wrist warmers, hat, etc.) Do you have any favorite fibers? How about any fiber allergies? Favorite color for knitted items?   Do you want to receive one big package or a bunch of small ones? Digital stuff all at the end when the box should arrive or as we go?




Fall 2012 Halloween SW Q&A's

(Newest additions will always be at the top of the post so my Witch won't have to keep scrolling down to see new content.)   9/19   Do you have a forum buddy? Someone who knows you and/or your tastes well enough to answer questions on your behalf? just PM the Switch Witch account and of them will help you!   If you are on Livejournal, would you appreciate LJ stuff like paid time, custom userheads, stuff like that? If you are NOT on LJ but are on other sites that have similar paid-for services (Flickr, for example?) would you, and what are those sites/etc? No, thanks.   if you are into tarot, what is your favorite card? The Empress   would you like your own set of handmade rune stones or worry stones? I have several sets already, thank you.   Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cider, or none of the above? None, thanks - I make my own mocha mix and chai mix, and that's pretty much all we drink.   Gum, hard candy, soft candy, or none of the above? Horehound candy would be lovely.   Loose tea or tea bags? Do you need anything for your loose tea? (Filters, presses, etc.) None, thank you.   Do you do Goodreads or LibraryThing or a site like that? If so, can I see your to-read list, please? I have both, but both are sadly out of date.   9/18   Are you a gamer (of any sort - video, casual, tabletop) and are there any games you want? no, sorry.   Do you like coffee? If so, what kinds? Flavored, fancy, basic? Beans or ground? I make my own mocha mix.   Would a Starbucks gift card make you happy or do you prefer your local place? I don't like Starbucks.   Would you be interested in BPTP CANDY? no, thanks.   CUSTOM-Made Pottery?? yea or nay? coffee mugs, rustic or more elegant? a set of bowls? soap dish? bird feeder? something alltogether different? and lastly, good colors for glazes...? I think a deep teal soap dish would be awesome.   Songs that you keep meaning to buy but never get round to it? I pretty much buy songs when I like them, because my family keeps my iTunes account funded for birthdays, Mother's Day, etc.   Movies that you love but forgot to put in your questionaire? Would Game of Thrones count?   Name one movie you keep meaning to buy, but just never get around to getting? Can't really think of any.   Any favorite Bath & Body Works scents/products? I really can't stand B&BW   Haus of Gloi is offering custom perfumes - would you like one? What would your ideal blend be? No thank you.   Any Bath, Body or nutritional type items you would love to try from a Natural and Organic food store (similar to Whole Foods) that you don't buy because they are a bit too pricey? No.   Tell me of your taste preferences. Dry/sweet? Red/white? Lager/ale/porter/stout? Fruit? Spice? Hops? Sour (brettanomyces, etc)? I'm not much of a wine or beer drinker. I'm really not much of a drinker period, though a margarita in the summer tastes good.   are there any if MeiLin's books (e-book or print) you'd be interested in? No, thanks.   I'm about to be near a Lush store next week, is there anything you might like from there? No, thanks.   Witchee, will you be gone from your normal mailing address at any point during the round? Not to my knowledge.   Are you a Disney fan or does even thinking about Disney make your head hurt? If you're into Disney, would you like something from the Happiest Place on Earth ? I am boycotting all things Disney because of their use of the ABC network to broadcast conservative progaganda.   dear witchee, would you, could you use an electric candle warmer? i'm talking something like this. No, thanks.   Do you lust after some new socks/tights? No, thanks.   9/17   Ninjas or Pirates? Pirates.   I have an extra room spray and 2 extra bath oils (one Cephalopod, one Exhibit Hall Fatigue) from Dragon*Con - would anybody like a decant? No, thanks.   I live near a Mast General Store. It has lots of vintage-y toys, southern foods (jams, jellies, spices) and vintage candy. Is there anything I can get for you? Horehound drops would be awesome.   Do you have any Fall or Halloween traditions? I tend to commune with my beloved dead (my maternal grandparents specifically) on that day.   a) Are you OK with "special deliveries"? not if it involves any kind of singing/dancing/stripping etc. Is the address in your questionnaire the best place to reach you for said deliveries? yes c) If the delivery requires a phone number (as say, some florists do) would you be OK with that information being tracked down by your Witch or asked of you anonymously? yes   Would you be interested in beer, wine, or other specialty beverages from your Witch's area? No, thanks.   Are there any crafts/skills you've wanted to learn but haven't gotten around to? And if so, would you be interested in supplies and tutorials? I'm very limited in what I can do due to disability, so not at this time, thank you.   Who here would be happy to get a lil' sumthin sumthin from Adagio Teas? No, thanks.   Do you Ravelry? And if so, what's your handle over there? Would you be interested in gift patterns from your queue? I have an account (stellans) but I only got it so I could see everyone's projects. I never post there.   Who likes Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses? No, thanks.   Put your iPod/MP3 player/what-have-you on random and list the first 10 songs it plays! Posted this to the thread.   Witchee, what are your favorite quotes? No matter where you go, there you are. --Mary Engelbreit And pretty much anything by Jane Austen, Eleanor Roosevelt, or Marion Zimmer Bradley.   What's one random thing you really like and one random thing you really dislike? fine-point pens is the random think I really like, and the other side of the coin: I really dislike thick, clumsy-feeling writing instruments. They always make me write sloppily.   Are there any herbs that you haven't been able to lay hands on that I could send you? There's an herbal shop I really like here in NYC called Flower Powerthat has quite a wide selection. No, thanks.   If there are no "witchy" shops near you, is there anything I can pick up for you from Enchantments? No, thanks.   Some of your favorite artists? Classic and modern? Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Art Nouveau in general, and also the Impressionists Susan Seddons-Boulet, Judie Bomberger, Mary Engelbreit   If you could have an image or certain subject painted for you on any type of "canvas" (on a box, on paper, on a canvas, and so on) - could you point your witch to some of these images? I would like a framable version of The Empress tarot card.   Is there a GC scent that's been on your list for ages but keeps falling off the bottom of your order because of the LEs? I keep meaning to buy a bottle of Tombstone.   I've been getting into indie nail polish brands recently. What's your favorite indie brand of nail polish? Or what's your favorite mainstream brand of nail polish? Or are you not big on polish? Not much for nail polish, except the occasional pedicure in the summertime.   Stuffed things: yea or nay? No, thank you.   mix-in-a-jar? How to you feel about cookie or cake or soup mixes that come in jars and you just add, like, an egg or water or what have you? No, thank you.   I live near this very cool Retro store (you can order online too) - are there things from it that would make you squee if your witch sent them? No, thank you.   9/16   Marzipan? No, thank you.   Would you be interested in washable/reusable muslin “paper” towels (basically muslin squares hemmed around the edge)? Maybe in some sort of box to put on your kitchen or bathroom counter? Those would be nice.   Do you drink alcohol and if so, would you be OK with your witch sending you homemade infused vodka? Also, does your state allow alcohol to be shipped through the mail? No, thank you.   If you get me (or a fellow Aussie, if there are any playing this round) as a witch or witch's minion, would you like to try some Australian specialties, such as TimTams (delicious chocolately cookies), Caramello Koalas (koala shaped chocolates filled with gloopy caramel), Australian native spices or anything like that? No, thank you.   If your witch is a knitter, crocheter or sewer, is there a particular type of garment you would love to receive (hat, scarf, wrap, cowl, socks, fingerless gloves, arm warmers etc)? I would love dark navy fingerless gloves or scarf or hat in cotton (wool breaks me out, and I perspire too much for acrylic).   Is there anyone else in your house (kids, pets, partner) that would really appreciate a small gift being included for them in the switchwitchy haul so they don't feel left out? No kids, and I have to watch what my dogs eat (allergies); but DH is a kid when it comes to goodies.   Since it's been mentioned several times, and I've also offered to nacho witch some, would you you like to receive wild rice and or maple syrup? I promise to include recipe ideas with the wild rice. No, thank you.   I have 5 bushels of tomatoes sitting in the kitchen right now that are supposed to turn into red sauce tomorrow, so would anyone like a basic red sauce (spaghetti sauce) to make its way to them? No, thank you.   9/16/12 what are your "fandoms" and would you like a t-shirt from TeeFury if an appropriate one came up? Oh, I am a Whovian, a Browncoat, and a ST:TOS. But alas, I don't really wear tee shirts much any more, though I do love TeeFury's graphics.   Do you have an eReader and if so which one? Yes, a Kindle Fire   Do you like candles, or tart burners, or something? If so, what's your favorite scent to burn? Nag Champa tarts will always be welcome, because that's pretty much all I burn. But (looking ahead) pine/evergreen scented ones would also be welcome!   What kind of cuisines do you like? (I mentioned this in my ?aire but curious what my witch may like)And, what are your favorite restaurants? I love Tex-Mex, Italian, Southern/homestyle, and what passes for Chinese in this country. We haven't found our favorite restaurant around here just yet, other than the familiar chains like O'Charley's, Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel, Outback et al which are only fall-backs. But we will!   I'm from Canada - is there anything specifically a witchee might like that is only available here? I love maple sugar treaties and a jug of real maple syrup I received from lucyboo in a winter holiday swap was very much appreciated by both the mister and me.   [Are home made foods acceptable or does the idea of eating strange mailed food disturb you? I said not in the ?'aire but Mr. Stellans (who truly loves it when I play SW) made sad puppy eyes, so my Future Witch, please to disregard my diet comment.   I just gave you $20 and sent you into a "has everything" store ala Walmart and told you that you have to come out having spent it all, and none of it on anything you need. What would you buy? Be as specific as possible! Well, first off, I don't shop in Walmart (just a personal little boycott of mine) but in THAT SORT OF STORE, I would buy refills for my teeny little Xyron sticker maker because I'm always running out just when I need to make BPAL bottle toppers, and with whatever was left I'd buy cotton socks. Thin, black cotton socks. My favs. Weird, I know.   I live near a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Penzeys! What does your little heart desire from any or all of these places? I'm going to need to think about this because I don't really know what all they sell, since I've never been in any of these before.   Would you enjoy receiving cute but useful items like colorful kitchen utensils/gadgets, or bento supplies? (boxes, chopsticks, accessories, etc?) What about things like spice mixes (homemade, or Penzey's for example) I never say no to cute but useful kitchen stuffs!   Do you like cute, seasonal or fluffy PJ bottoms? Like they sell at Target, Old Navy (they have had cute Halloween ones!) If so, what size do you wear? These rarely fit me correctly, so it would really be a waste of my Witch's resources.   What kind of chocolate do you like? Nuts, no nuts, white,dark, etc? Milk, with nuts! (Oh, I know my ?'aire says I'm on a diet, but answered this anyway)   Do you like s'mores and s'mores-flavored things? Yes, I do. I'm a s'mores fiend, in fact.   What's the neatest freebie you've gotten? It can be cool or thoughtful or just totally unexpected, and not limited to BPALdom. When I joined BPAL.org, I already knew the Lab was in the habit of tossing in a few freebies (as I learned later: "frimps"), but it was when I started swapping and buying on the forum that I was blown away by one particular transaction: the seller sent me a double handful of imps, plus stickers and tea and candy. I couldn't believe it: all that goodness in a package and it wasn't a business, it was just a lovely person. I decided right then to pattern my own outgoing packages on that one - so to all my recipients, you have Andra to thank for it!




Winter Holiday Fun Swap ?'s and A's

November 11th Let's talk about fruit! Do you like dried fruit or hate it? Like some but not others? I like dried apples, apricots and cherries the best, but generally any dried fruit will not go to waste.   How do you feel about cherries? Prefer the sweet or tart versions? Dried? Jam? Salsa? Hot sauce? BBQ sauce? Sweet for me, please, and I love the dried ones best.   What is your general philosophy about patterns for accessories such as socks, scarves, and tights? Do you like solids? Stripes? Polka dots? Weird patterns like harlequin-type stuff? Any of the above? Any of the above!   November 10th Would anyone else be interested in a soap dish or something like that? I have several already, thanks.   If your fox were to knit something for you, would it be a lacy shawl or a pair of socks? shawl, but maybe a bit more than lacy?   Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, which house do you identify with, and why? Would you want knitted things/replicas/accessories in your house colours? Everytime I take a sorting test, I end up in Ravenclaw -- and that suits me just fine, LOL. And sure to the accessories, why not?   Are there any Yules from *PAST* years that you're interested in trying? Including past winter inquisitions? I'm good, thanks.   November 9th Sooo. Yules. Those just happened. What are you interested in, Bunny? Oh my word, the Yules look pretty good! Must gets for me: Rose Red, Midwinter's Eve, Midnight Mass, Autumn & Winter, Woods in Winter, Peacock Queen... these are all past favorites, so I'm pretty sure I'll love this year's incarnations. There are several in the Frankenstein and Little Match Girl lines I'm wanting to try as well. All I can say is "Thank goodness for decant circles!"   Do you like coin purses? I have a leather one which belonged to my great-grandmother (and she wrote her name in ink on the inside back, even better!) which is still in amazingly good shape.   November 8th Do you prefer dark or milk chocolate? I know dark chocolate is better for me, and I try to eat it, but milk chocolate is my preference. And at this time of year, Terri's Chocolate Orange is my traditional favorite Yule gift - except last year, when Mr. Stellans left his shopping too late and couldn't find any.   November 7th What are your opinions on traditional holiday cookie flavorings? I'm thinking anise and cardamom in particular. Oatmeal-Raisin are my preferred cookie, if any.   Do you like artisan oils and vinegars? yes!   Bunny, could you use a 2012 calendar, and, if so, do you like big monthly ones or the page-a-day type? I'm all set for 2012!   November 6th Charity gifts? Either fair-trade type stuff, or virtual type gifts, like vaccinations or school supplies being bought on your behalf, or something along those lines? That would be fine, if my Fox wishes.   Bunny, are you interested in tarts from Two Timing Tart? What scents, if any, are you interested in? Nag Champa is my favorite tart scent.   Do you need any holiday recipes? Is there something in particular that you'd like baked or made for you? And for those of you doing the no sugar/low sugar, etc. thing these days, how about savory things? No recipes needed, and around here, pecan pralines and peanut brittle are our favorite holiday candy. Cheese straws or sausage-cheese balls are always welcome too.   Speaking about candles, how much do you look forward to the BPTP candles that will be launched on Etsy? I don't know if there will be other scents than the Samhain and Pumpkin Cookie one, but is there a specific one you are longing for? Not really, no.   Does anyone have issues with gently used things like books, etc.? No issues at all! If it weren't for gently used, I wouldn't have half what I do.   Are you a big ol' nerd for any particular subject? Science, math, linguistics, etc? Or particular authors/fandoms? I'm a grammar nerd, and linguistic nerd (I love words!), and history nerd. I'm a h-y-u-u-u-u-u-u--g-e fan of "Firefly," Doctor Who, and Star Trek (the original), and I love urban fantasy authors like Charles de Lint and Emma Bull, and Neil Gaiman.   Bunnies, how do you feel about lemon-flavored items, like lemon marmalade, lemon curd, lemon pound cake, or lemon cookies? I do love lemon snaps!   fingerless mittens or full mitts? fingerless, please.   November 4th   reveal, yes or no? I plan to at this moment, and I hope my Fox will also!   Any favorite cuddly characters? Not really; when I was growing up, I had so many baby siblings and various pets that toy cuddlers weren't needed.   Moxie Nouveau groupon? No, thank you.   what's your favourite colour? Blue.   Your favourite gemstone? aquamarine (not blue topaz) or opal.   Your favourite animal (real or imaginary)? Swan.   And do you have any intense phobias? I can't handle being out at night by myself. I don't go out after dark at all now that Jimmy's not home. Also bugs of any kind, including arachnids.   Are you Nano-ing this month, bunny? If so, how would you feel about merch/donations to the cause? No, I'm not.   Do you like/need boxes for perfume/knicknacks? No, I'm good, thanks.   November 2nd   Is there any particular holiday DVD that you don't have that you would like to own? I'm embarrassed to admit this, but... Santa Clause 3. Mr. Stellans just loves these movies, and I keep forgetting to get a copy of it so we always have to Netflix it. I'm a sucker for most holiday DVDs, but for some reason this one keeps hitting a blind spot.   How do you feel about superheros? Are you a Marvel or DC fan? Do you have a favorite hero? I don't really have a favorite superhero, but my favorite hero Is Malcome Reynolds.   Would my bunny like anything in particular from Lush? I do have access to an actual Lush store, and also wouldn't mind ordering retro items online. No, thank you.   would you like a Paintbox from Paintbox Soapworks? If so, which scents? I have lots and lots of Paintbox soap that I am working my way through already, but I would love to have another bar of A Walk Through the Woods (sadly discontinued).   Do you have kids (or kid-like pets) who your fox may want to take into account, either in terms of a little extra goody or simple safety? I have 3 dogs (West Highland White Terriers) and one cat (tiger tabby). The dogs aren't allowed any treats which contain any kind of grains which rules out most commercially produced stuff, and Miller (the cat) isn't a cat nip lover. He does like feathery things though.   How do you feel about honey/beeswax? Would you like any? I like honey and beeswax, but I don't need any.   Are you a Trader Joe's fan, who either doesn't have a store nearby or just loves their stuff and has a wishlist? I've never been in one, but I hear good things.   The Paintbox Soapworks Yules are up, or at least round one is (updates coming throughout the week). Interested in anything? Not this year.   If I were to place ONE LAST Weenie order, (uh, which I will) what would you want me to include for you? Silver Apple of the Moon.   Will you be away for any part of the round? Only briefly over Thanksgiving (the actual day), that's all for now.   Anyone else with an Etsy store and a member of Tradeaholics (or you could join) and interested in bartering for gifts for their bunny? Everything in my shop is up for trade. Don't have a store.   What type of books do you like? Dying to read anything? I'm a sucker for 'cozy' mysteries with an interesting female protagonist. I have a pretty long book wish list at Amazon (see wishlist link in my sig file).   If you like Christmas music (or any other holiday music, for that matter), what kind of style do you like? Traditional? Modern and poppy? Indie? I love the traditional music.   Do you enjoy things that taste like roses? For example chewing gum, turkish delight, delicious goo that you eat by the spoonful out of a glass jar (and they all taste of rose. Yes, we have all these in Greece.)   Also, same question about mastic. Would you be interested in trying it out? (If yes, any preferences? for example you wold prefer to try the chewing gum, the turkish delight, an Easter bun (I can go hunting, some companies make them all year round although it's not the same as the bakery Easter ones ), the raw resin itself, anything?)   i live in the city of the chicken wing. if i were to send you something savory, what's your heat tolerance (or sweet and heat for that matter). No heat, please! My poor mouth has turned into a weinie over the years.   If your fox/bunny were to gift you with a giftcard from anywhere, as in any store foodwise, music wise etc. what giftcard would you like? Amazon, please!   If I were to send you chocolate is there anything I should avoid as in nuts, cherries etc.? Also, what are some of your favorite holiday candies? No mint, please!   Does anything from Fusion Sweets interest you?   Interested in anything from the Elements and Artifacts Yule update? I love Alicia's silver leverback-style earrings, pretty much any of them.   October 30   Dear Snow Bunnies: Do you do a Christmas tree? If yes is it themed or specially colored or do you just have all different ornaments and such? We do 2 trees: a regular green one with all different kinds of ornaments, from homemade to keepsake, and a little 4-foot aluminum tree with one of the color wheel thingies, decorated in small varie-colored glass balls, because that's what Mr. Stellans had in his childhood.   Would you like a special ornament? sure! I'd put it on the traditional tree with my other treasures.   Tim Tams. Yay or nay? Nay.   I know some people are squicked out at the idea of eating things that other people make, or the thought of deep fried cookies sends them into cardiac arrest. If you were my fox, would you like to receive some homemade goodies, or would you prefer that your goodies came from the store? If my Fox wishes to cook or bake for me, I would be grateful. I would also be grateful if my Fox shops for me as well.   Would any Bunny like to receive Holiday serving bowls, trays, platters etc...? Winter/Christmas or Thanksgiving/Fall themed? No, I'm all set. Believe me.   My lovely fluffy Snow Bunny, would you like a bodyscrub made by me? If so, what scent(s) would you like, if you had to think along the lines of essential oils? And would you prefer sugar or salt? A dryer scrub or one that's more oily/moist? Sugar scrubs for me, please, and I would dearly love a moist woodsy- or lavender-scented scrub.   Dear snow bunny, do you like candles? if yes, then what kind? scented (what scents), unscented, what colors, do you like them plain/painted on the outside/with decorations attached to the surface/sculpted? I mostly use tarts and tea lights, Nag Champa scented are my favorites.   Also what do you think of little soaps? I know most people don't use soaps nowadays but I love the chocolate/vanilla/cocoa/butter/sugar combo scents that I see at beauty stores I have lots of soap, including sample sizes (of Paintbox and Villainess, my favorites!), thank you.   Socks! Slippers! Do you love them or not really wear them? If you love them, do you also love Sock Dreams? I have lots of slippers, thanks to gifts from kids, LOL.   Would you wear something like this if your Fox were to knit you one? If so, what color? http://www.ravelry.c...gap-tastic-cowl A dark navy hooded cowl would be great.   talk to me of coffee. Whole bean? Ground? Flavored, not flavored? Decaf, whole caff? Favorite roasters? Drip, french press, keurig? BRING ON THE TEA? whole bean, regular caf, any flavor but hazelnut, and I have a French Press.   Who else here loves or would like to try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics? If so, what would you like? No, thanks.   Have you tried anything from Cocoa Pink and if so, what products and scents do you like or would like to try? No, thanks.   Anybody into nail polish? Any color or formula preferences? No, thanks.   If you found a $50 bill on the ground and were to place a Lab order, what would be in it? (And shipping is free through the magical BPAL unicorn!) Could the magical BPAL unicorn also find me a bottle of LUES11? Probably not, though. OK, I'd probably use it on the upcoming update because I'm almost sure to want the Lunacy and Anniversary releases.   October 29th   So... someone has gifted you a $20 gift card from Walgreen's to ONLY use on things for yourself. No necessities here. What do you buy? No Nonsense black footies (the light weight mostly cotton ones), new eyelash curler, and probably something chocolate, caramel, and salted. And maybe a easy home decorating magazine if there's any extra. ETA: I forgot I'd also get (if I could) Yes to Tomato lip balm and Liquid Crystal deodorant (that last is getting a little hard to find, darn it).   I live near a brick and morter location for a really, really good spice store. would you use cooking spices and if you would, what would you need? (it's penzey's if you want to google it). I love good spices! Favorites are sweet curry, cloves, vanilla powder, sweet basil (since mine is now gone until spring), and cinnamon. I usually buy from The Spice House, but this place looks good too! Oh, and I love different salts! A lovely Switch Witch once sent me smoked salt from the Northwest which I loved so much I used it up post-haste!   Do you like knitted goods? If so, what would you like, what colors, and do you have any sensitivites or preference when it comes to type of yarn (ex: wool: yay or nay? do you prefer machine washable materials? do you not care?)? Love knitted goods, but no polyester, wool or mohair please! It needs to be cotton yarn for me, and I'd love to have a dark navy hat and/or mitts.   hey swap partner...could you use a new mug? Nope, I'm good!   Is there any sort of regional food/drink/treat you miss or have always wanted to try? I really enjoyed the smoked salt sent me by a lovely person in another circle swap, which was made in her area of the country. I love it when swap partners share something cool from their region! I can't really think of anything specific though.




Fall 2011 SW ?'s through October

October 12 I sent you with $20 into a drugstore/Walmart (nothing too fancy/imported/expensive, just your average selection), and you are restricted only to the candy aisle. What would you blow it on? Almond Rocha.   Are you interested in anything in the latest round of Lab auctions on eBay? Oh, Voodoo Queen of course!   Interested in anything from the Beaver Moon Lunacy update? Batty, but that's about it. And I'm thinking maybe a decant of Batty would do.   What favorite song(s) would you think would translate into a cool or unique scent? "Into the West," by Annie Lennox (from The Lord of the Rings soundtrack)   Anyone interested in VApothecary's Halloween update? No, thank you.     October 10/11 How many boxes are you hoping for? I really don't have any expectations; it's totally up to my witch.   How do you feel about loose leaf tea in baggies? I mean, I have a TON of loose leaf, would it be okay if I send you samples in some zip lock baggies? Or is that something that would squick you out? That would be all right with me.   How would you feel about getting a custom poster with your favorite quote on it and some cool graphics? If this is something my witch loves to do, then great.   What is your favorite kind of cookie? gingersnaps!   October 9th Is there anything you would want from NYCC, something you'd like your witch to ask me to pick up? Not this year, thank you.   The best thing I ever ate...: boiled shrimp at Murrells Inlet, SC   October 8th If you are my witchee, would you want some homemade chilli jam? sure!   October 7th Do you like listening to audiobooks? Would you like to receive one, and if you would, what sort of audiobook would you like--or is there a particular audiobook you've been meaning to get? I keep meaning to get the rest of the Harry Potter books on CD (my car has a player); I have Sorceror's Stone only so far.   Mac using witchees, what computers do you use? What peripherals/accessories do you have and what would you LIKE to have? What do you use your computer for? I've been a very happy Apple Inc. customer since the purchase of an Apple IIC. We (as a family) have owned several different Macs from their first introduction, but now I use a lovely 15" MacBook Pro. I have a lap desk thingy to keep it off my lap, and a little USB hub I keep plugged in to handle the various things I occasionally use (flash drive, CueCat for adding books to LibraryThing, iPod/iPhone sync cable, the external hard drive I use for Time Machine backups). I think that's about all the peripherals I use, at least that I can think of right now. I do need to get a travel case for it some day (purse style, I think, maybe red?).   And what do I use my computer for? Everything. Srsly. I mean it. I find more recipes online than I do in cookbooks; I know more about my kids' and grandkids' lives thanks to their being on Facebook than ever I knew just from phone conversations or the very rare letter; I find out about breaking news; I keep up with increasingly dear and valued internet friends; I shop; and I have my creative outlet --making BPAL scent icons-- thanks to my computer; my husband and I talk at least once a day via Skype, which is so much better than just a phone call; I find out how to get to where I wish to go IRL thanks to Google Maps; and any information I might need (from who played second lead in an obscure movie to the atomic weight of salt) is easily found online. I love my Mac, and even without online access, I would still love my computer - it organizes my life: I have a calendar of my appointments and/or important happenings; databases full of what books I own, or wish to own, movies, perfume, music, even the food I have on hand, all of which sync from my computer to my iPhone so that I can prevent buying duplicates when out and about. I write letters (email as well as snail mail) on my computer, and it also operates as a calculator occasionally, albeit a very expensive one. I store all the digital photos I take on my computer, and keep track of which I've shared with whom. One of these days I hope to figure out how to use an older MacBook + huge external hard drive to rip and store all my movie and TV show DVDs for replay directly to my TV, instead of using a DVD player.   October 6th Do you like liquorice? If so, hard or soft? Sweet or salt? Normally salted or so salt it pulls your face into a fishy shape? And which shapes do you like? I like the "Red Vines" or Twizzlers type of licorice only, the cherry-flavored.   October 5th Are there any DIY / Crafty / Free / Budget items you'd love to get but haven't noted yet? (Or, maybe you'd just like to emphasize something you may have only noted in passing?) I can't think of anything, but that just means I'd appreciate anything you made!   Do you own a DSLR camera? Are you interested in a minky camera strap like these? What about anything from Photojojo? My digital camera (now) is a little Canon Elph PowerShot SD600 (used to be my daughter's, she gave it to me recently when she got a new digital Rebel), which lives in one of the red velvet BPTP bags a scent locket arrived in. I also looked a the Photojojo site, but didn't see anything for me.   Is anybody else into film photography? Interested in receiving film, supplies, etc from Lomography? No, thank you.   Are you musically inclined? Do you play an instrument or sing? If so, what? I have a piano, and took lessons many, many years ago. I also played the clarinet from junior high through high school (marching band geek). I enjoy singing (second soprano) in community groups, but haven't in a while.   October 3rd Does anyone else like collector Barbies? No, thank you.   What small everyday items would you like, that you keep forgetting to get? a squeegee to clear my bathroom mirror! I always forget I need one, until the next time I do.   Tarot Love tarot decks, have A LOT of them.   Tell me about something you like, and why you like it. I have this bracelet I bought from an Etsy vendor, which I just love. It makes me happy to wear it, so it gets chosen a lot. Here's the picture of it: I love the way it feels as I move my wrist; it's very light weight, and quiet, and the shell buttons are so pretty. I love the colors of the complementary beads the artist used in this bracelet. Probably the most expensive thing in this bracelet was the silver toggle fastener, which just proves jewelry doesn't have to cost a lot to make someone happy.   If you're the MMU type of Witchee, what Geek Chic Cosmetics tickle your fancy? None, thanks.   Would any witchees be interested in Quinn Popcorn? The maple sugar/sea salt sounds intriguing...   October 2nd Who likes silly items from Archie McPhee??? Not this round, please.   Nocturne Alchemy's NAlloween Pt. 2 update is live here! (And for a few days, last month's update too.) What do you want? Nothing, thank you.   What are you drooling over from the Sock Dreams Halloween stuff? Nothing, thank you.   Luck charms? I have a piece of clear quartz which goes everywhere with me.   Does anyone want anything from... here...? No, thank you.   For those of you that like candles, do you like stuff from Yankee Candle? And if you had to choose, tarts or candles? tarts, please. Mr. Stellans has allergies and incense smoke aggravates them, so it's tarts for me. I'm currently obsessed with Nag Champa.   Would you be interested in getting a custom necklace from here? I like long necklaces (24" or longer) because my neckline is full of BPTP scent locket.   Is there a movie you want so badly that you don’t own now? The Fifth Element. I'm not sure why I haven't bought it yet, I think it just slips my mind until the next time I'm reminded of it.   Is there a song on Itunes that you haven’t downloaded yet? My Witch just gifted me with an iTunes gift certificate, so I'm good.   Is there a rare book you’ve always wanted?     Is there anything you want to buy yourself but have been too embarrassed (R rated or pg)? Not really.   Have you seen the Lush holiday update? Do you like the look of anything from there? No, thank you.   if you were my witchee, would you want some of my hot nuts my candied nuts my nuts covered in butter and brown sugar candied walnuts? Sure!   October 1st Is there anything you either didn't like or had never heard of that you're now curious to try thanks to the discussion in this thread? I don't think so.   Reveal? Most of the time, I do.   Would you be interested in the #occupywallstreet scent? Bought some, thank you. Like I said in my questionnaire, if an LE comes up that sounds like I'd like it, I'm going to go ahead and get it.   Do Paintbox Soapworks' Goat's Milk Hand and Body Creams sound like something you'd like to try? not right now, I've got so much lotion and creams I'm afraid some will go off before I can use them.




Fall 2011 SW Thread ?s of September

September 30th   Witchee, would you like anything from this particular Haunt update? no, thank you.   Who's interested in Halloween: Montreal? I am, and I ordered a bottle - Witch, like I told you, I will just about always order the LEs which come along, because of their potentially limited window of availability.   You get a package in the mail containing 3 things you have really wanted more than anything else you've mentioned so far in this thread. (they are all reasonably priced of course! ~$20 or less apiece). What are they? Good questions!   1. This Westie thing, and thank you who ever pointed this link out! 2. An Air Element bracelet like this 3. A Ravenclaw scarf like this, or really, almost anything Ravenclaw, LOL!   how do you feel about hemp? jewelry, soap, etc? I have no problem with hemp products, though I do find it a bit scratchy when used in jewelry. I think William Randolph Hearst was a jerk for demonizing it just to keep his profit margin high. I despise yellow journalism.   September 29th   What kind of purse do you prefer? Leather, cloth? over the shoulder or crossbody, or something that can do either? Do you like bold bright prints with fun things, or monochrome, solid colours? I like leather, over the shoulder usually, although I'm a little intrigued by the arm-held handbags currently in style because they seem so... Queen-Mother-ish somehow. I like monochrome solid colors usually, though a splash of something bright and fun is sometimes good.   julep maven monthly boxes: I'd probably not appreciate most of the contents, and whoa, the price!   Your favorite restaurant or type of food to eat out. Would you use a restaurant.com voucher? Groupon? We like Mexican food a lot, and seafood. Neither Groupon nor restaurant.com is active here though.   Like commercial socks? Answered in my ?'aire already.   What kind of bear is best? My favorite toy as a toddler was an Andy Panda bear.   Is anyone interested in reading The Night Circus? After reading one review where it was described as 'like reading a travel brochure while high as a kite,' I don't think so. It also sounds a bit too much like the "Twilight" style for my taste.   Hershey's Pumpkin Spice kisses? No, thanks. I'm a chocolate almond or cherry Kisses girl.   I have a not-so-secret love for The Broship of the Rings. Are there any prints from her store you'd like? Not my thing.   Who here likes Stephanie Pui-Min Law's artwork? I'm glad I bought her tarot deck, and I have a print of her Libra illustration.   Do you drink wine? very occasionally; since I usually like drinks that don't taste like alchohol, it's almost a 'what's the point' kind of thing where I'm concerned.   Is it just me who is nervous at revealing herself to her witchee, and finding out who her witch is?! I'm always nervous about this!   Witches, did you lament NOT getting one of the condom case/imp cases that got released with the courtesan series??? No, 'cause I did.   I recently saw candy corn in non-candy corn flavors like CHOCOLATE and CARAMEL APPLE. It's not a fancy brand, I just saw it in the drugstore, but who here would like something like that? No, thanks.     September 28th   JONES SODA CO has LE soda packs for The Guild, Buffy, D&D, So Cute, etc. Would you be interested in these, Witchee? Yes! I'd love a set of The Guild sodas.   It'sBanned Books Week! Are there any books on the list you'd be interested in checking out? I've read all the ones which interest me, Witch.   I have just been enlightened to THESE. Are these flavors relevant to your interests? No, thank you.   September 27th   What is something people are always surprised to learn about you? It usually surprises people to learn I'm Pagan.   So who else watched Babylon 5? At the time it was on, we didn't have the channel it was shown on. I plan to try watching it one of these days.   If you had to decide what your stripper name was, what would it be? Based on first pet/street, mine would be Mitzi Croxdale (we moved around a LOT when I was growing up and this is the earliest street name I remember).   Sooooo Witchees, have you ever taken that particular personality test? If so, are you an Analytical, a Driver, an Expressive or an Amiable? Expressive   Is anyone else afraid of or creepy out by dummies/puppets/Muppets/etc? Other things you're squicked/freaked by that's best left by the wayside? Do not like any of these except Muppets, and I am totally squicked out by any kind of bugs/spiders, and clowns.   what level of contact were you hoping for? High.   Your favorite restaurant or type of food to eat out. Would you use a restaurant.com voucher? Groupon? I enjoy what passes for Mexican food here in TN, and I don't think there's any Groupons which work here. I don't know about restaurant.com.   Are there any local museums/attractions you keep never getting around to going to? I never got to go to Biltmore House, but I will...I will.   September 26th   Is there any kind of international candy you love or would like to try? I've heard Cadbury's in the UK is miles ahead of what is sold in the US under the same name. I'd love to try some Nuts and Fruit Cadbury's to see for myself.   What is something totally random (yes, that thing that just popped into your head) that hasn't been covered by any previous questions? Um...absolutely nothing popped into my head except to think "what???"   Is there any cheesy/non-cheesy Canadian stuff you'd be interested in? My daughter pretty much has this covered, thank you.   If you were to go here and create your very own chocolate bar, what might it have in it? oh my gravy, this is a great site! OK... I'd love a dark chocolate bar with cayenne, pecans, caramel rice, sea salt, and cherries.   Is there anything you're wanting from LPMP? No, thanks.   say you stumbled into Camp Half Blood (or whatever the Roman camp ends up being named <bounces in anticipation>), which god claims you? I tried to get into Percy, but the first book just didn't grab me, and I didn't even finish it. But I would hope Juno would claim me.       September 25th   Stuff you've been meaning to do:   1. Organize my scrapbook stuff (long overdue. 2. Sort the magazine clippings into folders. 3. Get all the recipes I've printed out from the net sorted into binders. 4. Finish tagging, renaming, and sorting the icons I uploaded to the BPAL Icon Collection on Flickr.   Would you be interested in regional jams, jellies, or other preserves? Of course!   Do you have any bedtime rituals? Is there any particular product you have to apply or a certain shirt you wear or an act you perform to get you in the "bedtime" mood? I always take a shower, put on my nightgown, and lay out what I'm going to wear the next day. Pond's cold cream on the face, the night's Lunacy, and a glass of ice water on the night stand, and I'm ready to sleep.   Are you interested in today's/any recent Tee Fury shirts? I am holding off of tee shirts until I lose weight.   Princess Bride? Yay or nay? Oh, so much YAY!   What's your favorite classic fairytale, witches East of the Sun and West of the Moon   September 24th   how do you feel about ethical animal fiber, i.e. wool and the like? I'm fine with it in theory, but I can't wear wool.   What about little wee creatures for your desk or mantel? Not this round, please.   Look down. What are you wearing, right now? lilac cotton nightshirt   Kerchiefs? sure, why not?   It's the weekend, and you find yourself without a single chore or responsibility for a few hours. Right this very moment, what's the one thing you would do if you could do anything? To be honest, since it's just me, the cat and the dogs right now, I can do pretty much anything I want, when I want.       September 23rd   Is there anything you'd like from the Mütter Museum Store? I looked through the whole store and I didn't see anything, but thanks.   I just noticed that Cocoa Pink has 5 ml Perfume Atomizers. Yay or nay? Scents you would like? Scents you would NOT like? no, thank you.   what's your favorite kind of pizza? Papa John's Tuscan 6-cheese   who are your style/fashion icons? post pics if you want! Helen Mirren; I love how she dresses to suit herself. Also Brooke Elliott (star of "Drop Dead Diva"), who is a full-figured woman who dresses impeccably most of the time. It makes me smile to see her outfits.   Are there any food items you're craving/aren't able to find around your area? Pink Peanut Patties (I think these are only available in TX, if at all still).   September 22nd   Would you like a photo collage based around your interests/favorite colors/favorite themes? That would be neat.   If you're crafty, are you interested in spoonfeather? And if so, what things there delight your eyes? I don't know what this is, and if there was a link, it didn't copy to lioness' blog.   Colors! What are your favorite colors and what colors do you not like? Pictures and links, people! This was covered in the ?'aire: jewel tones are my favorites.   What is your favorite word? serendipity, both to say and for what it means.   What are the feelings on arm warmers? Color, style, texture, length? I prefer fingerless mitts, 100% cotton, dark navy blue   Do you like tarts? tealights? jar candles? votives? nag champa tarts!   What's your favorite flavor? Sour, sweet, bitter, salty? Sweet and salty together.   So, are there any online gaming witchees who covet purchasable in-game items or other gamer-y stuff? (yup, geek question) no, thank you.   What is your favorite coffee blend at Starbucks? If you don't have one, what is your favorite roast of coffee? I'm so boring; I just like medium roast regular coffee.     September 21st   Cthulhu: yay or nay? Lovecraft's work confuses me, but yay.   Is there something that you wish you could do, but you keep putting it off? Too complicated to get into.   Put your current mp3player (I am the anti-apple, so no ipod ), winamp playlist, what have you, on shuffle, list the first 10 songs:   Georgia On My Mind, Ray Charles Layla, Eric Clapton Tears Of Love's Recall, k.d. lang Lily Of The West, The Chieftains & Mark Knopfler Lights Out, Johnny Winter Four Doors to Elfland, Emerald Rose Break On Through, The Doors Telephone Song, B.B. King La Vanidosa, The Iguanas Lush Life, Queen Latifah   Witchee, have you made (or are you planning to make) any Lab or Trading post orders soon? And if you did (or plan to), you should share what you're getting. I bought some Halloweenies: Samhainophobia 2011, October 2011, The Ta-Ta, and Halloween:Las Vegas. I usually only buy LEs until after Switch Witch.   Do you have any interest in rocks? Not like, polished colorful stones.. but like... rocks. With geologic significance! I love rocks.   If your witch were to knit you a scarf/shawl/cowl, which would you prefer, and what features would you want? Would you prefer something light and drape-y or thick and warm? What kind of colors would you prefer? Do you have any fiber allergies or preferences? I do love scarves or hats, or fingerless mitts, light and drape-y, as long as it's made of cotton, please. I can't handle wool or linen, and really don't care for acrylics.   If you have a pet, could you please post a photo of it? I really need to see what your pet, if you have one, looks like. 3 dogs pictured in order: Abbie, Sadie, and Charlie and 1 cat, Miller.     Do you like/own/wear/want fairy wings or something of the like? No, thank you.   How do you feel about terrariums? I love them.   What's your favorite horror movie? I don't like horror movies at all.   If your witch was the practical type and wanted to include one or more of your everyday essentials, what would those include? I'm talking about the bath products, lotions, face lotions, teas, food, etc that you really use every day. I like bar shampoo (lavender, rosemary, grass scents preferred); I use Pond's cold cream at night; for lotion, I use Villainess Ennui Whipped; bath soap preferences are Paintbox Soapworks Sweet 100s, Beet It, and Walk in the Woods, or Villainess Signature Villainess. I drink mainly Earl Grey or Bengal Spice tea. I love dried fruits, especially cherries and apricots.   Jane Austen .. Yay or Nay? Very much 'yay!' I refer you to my avatar...   I put up quotes I love in my office and studio to get me going, They range from goofy to sarcastic to inspirational... Are you interested in a hand painted quote? Do you have one in mind, or a topic in mind? This is a cute idea! I like quotations by women, such as:   --I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. --Rebecca West --I prefer the word "homemaker" because "housewife" always implies that there may be a wife someplace else. --Bella Abzug --I think it's about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we've been voting for boobs long enough. --Clarie Sargent, Arizona senatorial candidate --Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths. --Lois Wyse --I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves. --Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley The search for human freedom can never be complete without freedom for women. --Betty Ford --I have a brain and a uterus and I use them both. -Pat Schroeder --If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one. --Dolly Parton   Do you like period or period-styled paraphernalia? Stuff like postcards, notecards, jewelry, office supplies, what-have-you? Oh, yes. I love Jane Austen period stuff.   If you like manga, comics, and/or graphic novels, what is it about them that you like, in general? The story, the art/style, etc? I like stories. I only collect Firefly and The Guild, however.   If you could choose a Smack, what would it have in it? These layers in order: Suede, Incense, Suede, Vanilla Bean   if you could have a salon scent made, based on any artwork(s) what would it be? Christina's World, by Andrew Wyeth   Are you scientifically curious and/or process-oriented? Would you like a project-type gift that allowed you do do something like make soap from scratch, take and (nontoxic-ly) develop photographs using a pinhole camera, use plant dyes on yarn or fabric, etc.? No, thank you.   What's 'your' song/your theme song? "I Feel the Earth Move" by Carole King   What would be your superpower? Invisibility.   Witchee, would you like a gently used BPAL tshirt? No tshirts for me, please.   Do you like homemade snack mixes? I know Puppy Chow was mentioned in a previous question, but what about healthier and more natural type snacks like granola or trail mix? You can put a lot of delicious and fun things into trail mix, yeah? If you say "Sure, I'd love some!" what kinds of things do you like/not like in those kinds of snacks, ie coconut flakes, raisins, certain nuts (allergies??), candy, etc. Give us your list of DO's and DON'Ts! My only "DON'T" is no mint. I absolutely love 'sweet and salty,' like Tootsie Rolls and popcorn, for instance.   Do you like charm bracelets? If you had a bracelet, what sort of charms would you want on it? Favorite hobbies, symbols, whatever? One of these days I'd love a silver charm bracelet with a Westie, a cat, a pentacle, a libra glyph, a Scottish thistle, a book, scissors, and something symbolizing BPAL.   September 20th   Would you like any ecotools makeup brushes? They're kinda one of my favorite things ever, and they're animal-friendly and the handles are bamboo. And to top it all off, they work really well for applying makeup. I have a couple of sets of good brushes, including the eco-friendly kind, so I don't need any more, thank you.   Do you like Legos? Especially mini-fig key chains, Lego block keychains, small Lego sets, etc? Not really; I stepped on too many in the middle of the night when my children were young to have much appreciation for them now, LOL!   Since the previous question about "what would you buy from the Lab if you had unlimited funds, etc" left WAY too much to the imagination with no limitations (my answer was pretty much BUY ALL THE THINGS!), what would you do if you found a $50 bill on the ground and a nagging voice in the back of your mind told you that you HAD to spend it on BPAL or else face Death. Also, say they had free shipping (LOL) so don't factor that in. What would you get? And spend it all! Or as close to $50 as you can get. I just realized my bottle of The Penitent Magdalen in almost empty, and I need another, so that would be 1; I'd also get a bottle of The Dormouse, which brings the total to $45.50, so that's what I'd get.   Are there any characters that you love or identify with? I love Elizabeth Bennett from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice, Aeron Aoibhell from Patricia Kennealy-Morrison's "The Copper Crown," and from Elizabeth Scarborough's book, "Last Refuge," I love Chime Cincinnati.   A question! If you are crafty, what's your personal art style? I'm not talking just about what art you like to look at, but what kind of art do you like creating? Do you have a "process" while you're creating beauty? I like pasting little bits of paper together to make pretty things for my scrapbook. This usually involves patterns, good scissors, acid-free adhesive, pretty acid-free paper, and archival ink pens (Sakura Pigma Micron pens are my favorites, they come in several sizes but I like 005, 01, and 002 best).   Are there any Arcana Weenies that you MUST HAVE? Gosh, I have hard enough time keeping up with BPAL!   So what say you? IS an "unexpected" visit/in-person witching OK? I wouldn't mind if they give me a heads-up so I can be sure to be here.     September 19th   What strange misc. items would you love to receive that you just haven't gotten for yourself? I have the hardest time thinking of things like this, I'm so sorry, Witch! I'll try to see if I can come up with something.   How do you feel about franken polish? Are you okay with all chemicals, or would you prefer 3 free? Would you want glitter or holographic glitter? What colors would interest you? I really don't use nailpolish all that much; I answered this in the ?'aire.   Dear witchee, how do you feel about lip balm? Favorite style (twist up tube, pot, tube with wand, etc.)? Favorite flavors? Flavors to avoid? Favorite brand? Do you need more right now or are you set? Are you one of those people who could never have enough lip balm even though you have a bowl on your dresser overflowing with them and 10 in your purse and an order for more on the way? I'm pretty much set for lip balm, thank you.   Would you be interested in getting fountain pen inks or art supplies via JetPens and or DickBlick? (I know I have a wishlist on JetPens and just love using fountain pens in my artwork) ooooh! I'm getting re-interested in fountain pens! I used to have a nice one which my grandfather used (the kind with the lever to fill from a bottle) but it got misplaced during a move. I never got another true fountain pen, and this would be cool.   For those interested in watercolors, how would you feel about getting a palette filled with paint from my watercolor tubes but not getting the paint tube itself? (kind of like this but without the covers for the compartments and bigger http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream) I wish I were artistic enough for this, but I'm just really not. Words are more my medium.   How do you feel about getting art supplies in general? (copic markers, watercolor, brushes, paint, sketchbooks etc.) I decorate my journals, but usually with snippets from magazines, ribbons, that kind of thing more than personal drawings, because I cannot draw. Even my stick figures aren't recognizable.   How do you feel about Threadless tshirts? I don't wear tshirts.   If you were turned loose in a basic drug store (CVS, Walgreens - a pharmacy with attached mini-mart, basically!) with a $20 bill, what would you pick up? I usually make a beeline for the school supplies: notebooks, crayons, pens, that kind of thing. I'm a sucker for school/office supplies.   Darling Witchee, would you enjoy farmer's market pickled veggies (green beans, garlic, asparagus, etc) or fresh canned peaches or something of that nature? Oh yes!   Do you prefer color or white photographs? Nature or abstract? nature, please, and I like color or black/white.   would you be interested in something like this? https://lostcrates.com/how-it-works This seems really cool, but whoa - $38/month?!?!   Amigurumi, yes or no? I'm not sure what this is - is it animé? I'm not much for animé.   I have a question! What are some of your favorite paintings? (famous or undiscovered?) Feel free to link to examples!     If you could have an image painted for you - sky is the limit - what would it be?     Name your 3 favorite scents for candles Nag champa, nag champa, and nag champa.   Name your 3 favorite types/flavors of tea Bengal Spice Chamomile Earl Grey     September 18th   Do you wear t-shirts? Are there particular things you like on them? Would you like one designed by your Witch? And, if you don't mind saying, what size t-shirt do you wear? I love t-shirts, but I don't wear them because they do not look good on me at all, and if they are large enough, they are always crew-neck type, which makes me feel choked.   How do you feel about pumpkin scented things? Not perfume related, but soap, candles, etc.... No, thank you.   Has anyone else heard of or does anyone else love Glamourkin? Don't know what it is.   If you had an international witch, is there anything you would like from the UK? (Or Australia, Belgium, France any other country we have witches from. If my witch is international, I would love something indicative of where they live. Actually, this holds true for US witches as well.   Dear witchee, if you answered 'Mac' to the Mac/PC question previously issued by another participant, please tell me what kind of computer you have, what peripherals you own (like the wireless trackpad, wireless vs/wired keyboard and mouse), and whether you're interested in Apple-related items (stickers, keychains, other things with the logo, etc). I have a MacBook Pro (17" black), and I wouldn't mind Apple swag.   SOCK PREFERENCES? thin, light-weight cotton only, please.   Would you like/wear a pair of these? http://www.ravelry.c...rary/yoga-socks If so, what color? I really don't see the point of socks which leave your toes bare, so no, thank you.   Is there anyone here who likes toe socks? You know, those socks with a place for each toe? No, my big toe gets lonely.   September 17th Are you looking for a certain kind of DVDs to spruce up your collection right now? I think this is covered in my questionnaire, but if you need more, dear Witch, let me know.   Does anyone like postcards? Is anyone willing to be a Nacho witch for postcards? Mail of any kind is always good. And I'm willing to be a postcard Nacho Witch for any who ask! I live where Casey Jones, the engineer, has a museum in his honor, and only an hour away from Graceland.   Anyone going to see any good concerts this fall? No.   Do you like Star Trek? Original TV series, films, spinoff series, etc? Favorite characters? I've loved Star Trek since it first began broadcasting the year I was in the 6th grade. I took part in the massive write-in campaign to NBC protesting its imminent cancellation and shove to the side in favor of Laugh-In. Sulu was always my favorite!   Witchee, would you like a framed photograph and of what? Swans! or Roses!   September 16th Are you more prone to order out or cook at home? Would you be interested in cookbooks, kitchen utensils, and the like? If so, anything specific? Cook at home, and yes to all your questions! As to something specific, I know there's some things but right now my mind is blank.   New question: How do you feel about maple syrup? Love the real thing, despise the imitations or what big companies try to pass of as maple syrup.   How do people feel about little pocket shrines, maybe something inspirational/motivational to keep in their purses/backpacks/whatever? (Like these: http://www.art-shrin...cketshrines.htm) Love. These. Want. One.   Do you like Star Wars? Original Trilogy? Prequels? Spin-offs? Favorite characters? It's ok, but I prefer Firefly, Doctor Who, and Star Trek.   Do you like beef jerkey, I know some may be vegatarian, but where I live beef is a staple and beef jerkey abounds. If so do you it really thin, hard and crunchy or thicker and softer. (OK that borders on obscene)- We love jerky around here.   Also do you like or racier ecards from time to time and do you need to be warned if something may be not safe to open at work. No warning needed, but if something is 'racy,' I'd rather be for a good joke or something, not just racy to be racy. Weird, I know.   Doctor Who? Yay or nay? (please don't make me cry by saying nay) Love Doctor Who! I was introduced to the Doctor as Christopher Eccles, and I love David Tennant and now Matt Smith's incarnations. I'm only just now beginning to meet the earlier incarnations, but I jones mightily for a long Doctor-style scarf.   I have a couple spare Doctor Who stickers. If my witchee is a fan, would they like a couple Doctor Who stickers in their package? Oh my yes!   Anyone love Buffy/Angel? Seen all the shows and enjoyed them, but I'm not a 'lover,' per se.   How would you feel about gummies? Like, gummy bears? Gummy werewolves? Gummy vampires? No gummies for me, please. The consistency squicks me out (in a way jelly beans will never do).   How would you feel about a totally original Gela-skin for your laptop/iPod/phone? Stickers? Decals? I love Gela-skins, so yes!   Since this is a Halloween round, what's your Creepy threshold? Are you a cartoon bats and smily pumpkins person or a skulls-and-bones the-dead-are-rising kind of person? Are your fairytales dark or Disney? I get nightmares all too easily, but by the same token I like dark fairy tales sometimes. *shrug* I really don't like gore movies, nor am I good with things popping out at me. And my imagination works overtime to scare me more than any movie could, but I don't like scary movies anyway.   Are your ears pierced, Witchee? Do you have any other piercings? Would you like to receive any items of jewelry for these piercings? My ears are double-pierced, and as long as the earrings are pure precious metal (either gold, silver, platinum or at least surgical steel) send them on, yay. BUT...due to hand problems, I have a hard time with little thingies like post earrings and those little stopper things people wear on French hooks. I usually just wear either leverbacks or hoops. How do you all feel about Whoopie Pies? I'd rather have the original Moon Pie, frankly. Or cupcakes.     September 15th interested in anything from Lush? No, thank you.   Do you blog? Would you like a header for your blog, a layout, etc? I only write occasionally on LJ, so this wouldn't be something I really need.   Would you be interested in a handmade bookmark? I love bookmarks!   do you like chex puppy chow or muddie buddies (ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate chips, PB, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, chex cereal)? would you want to get some from your witch / nacho witch? Yes! (Forget anything you might read elsewhere about diets or something. Srsly. Forget. That.)   How would you feel about receiving a Groupon deal for something in your local area? If there is anything you WOULDN'T like, mention that also. There really isn't anything in my area that Groupon works on, but thanks anyway.   September 14th   Can you sum yourself (whether it be personality, life's goals, ethics, whatever) in 10 words or less? I want to leave the world better for having lived. How about little bottles of booze? Ya wanna? What kind? Maybe kahlua, or Baily's Irish Cream. Not really a big drinker, but those are good every now and then.   What are your views on fudge and brownies? (Also, if you live in a warm place, where the fudge might melt, that'd be helpful to know. Or, if you're diabetic and fudge is death, that'd be useful to know, too.) Oh my word, Mr. Stellans and I love fudge and brownies. But we are both Type II diabetics, so... oh, what the heck. We'll ration it out. YES. Please.   Also, what about mochi? Love it, hate it, baffled by it? Baffled. I will have to google it...   Anything from the update ya'll are liking? BPTP UPDATE Not really, once I missed out on Crypt King (pomegranate is one of my favorite notes.)   Does anyone like kimchi? I have tried it, and just couldn't develop a taste for it.   Would you be interested in a sample box(from somewhere like Birchbox or loosebutton)?   You have to place a Lab and Trading Post order. Right fuckin' now. No spending limits. What do you buy? Lab: Antony, Old Scratch, Ranger, Rogue, Bow & Crown of Conquest, Crowley, Persephone; BPTP: one each of any locket I don't have yet.   Paintbox Soapworks - anything you're interested in, in general or from the latest update? Beet It, Walk in the Woods, Sweet 100s are my favorites.   Do you guys have any sports that you follow obsessively? How about favorite teams and/or athletes Not really. How do you feel about notebooks/journals/stationery? Anything you need or particularly like? I'm starting to get back to handwriting my journal rather than digitally keeping one. So blank books would be welcome! I like spiral bound best so they can lay flat while I write in them, and I sometimes like to 'redecorate' the covers.   Does confetti/glitter make you angry or fill you with glee? I really dislike getting glitter/confetti in packages or letters because it's so hard to clean up and I have animals whom it may physically harm.   Fabulous witches and witchees, perhaps you all could note of you've received MeiLin's goodies? Or if you want? I've received (and given!) MeiLin's writings! And while I am in awe of her skills, I'm not much for eroticism, though I feel it is a nice thing to have in the world for others' enjoyment.   How do you feel about stuffed animals/plushies/general soft, cuddly things? If you like them, what kind of animals would you be interested in? No, thank you. I have 3 stuffed animal destruction machines residing here, and I hate cleaning up all that fluff.   how interested would you be on somewhat personalized bottle cap labels? Like these that I did? This is such a lovely idea - but I do my own using the icons I enjoy making.   When you're miserably sick (*sniffle, cough!*) what are the things that comfort you the most? A book, a snuggly, and a warm critter or 4 snuggled up to me.   What constitutes ultimate luxury to you? (go crazy!) A self-replenishing bank account.   What do you really NOT want? make-up, knick-knacks, or BPAL storage boxes. Don't use the first, don't want to pack for moving the second, and have enough of the third.   September 13th   How would you feel about kitchen towels and other similar household objects, if they are pretty or a souvenir? I have absolutely no objection to useful objects!   How did you dress up for your last party or compulsory-formal-dress occasion? I wore this in black, with a diamond clip which belonged to my grandmother in the v-neck of the over-gown and her diamond earrings, and low black slingbacks. I enjoyed myself a lot, because this dress was so comfortable and fun to dance in! (This was at the last fundraiser for Madison County CASA, the event we call CASAblanca).   Do you enjoy puzzles/riddles? (Cryptograms, Sudoku, Crossword, Jigsaw, etc) Not any more, really.   Witchee, would you be interested in having a special tea cup/coffee mug/glass to drink out of? A very sweet former Witch (Scotchgrrl, Fall 2009) gave me a cup I am still using, one she painted herself, with a swan on one side and Icon Queen on the other. Shorter answer: yes.   September 12th Would you like to receive e-books? And if so, in what format? I have a Kindle II (and no plans to upgrade as long as this one works and I can find stuff to put on it), and I always welcome new reads.   If you have kids, would you be interested in getting things for them? And if so, what are they interested and what sizes are the wearing now? My children are grown with children of their own; in fact, my oldest grandchild started high school this year. All I have at home now are four-footed children.   Would you be interested in a felted handbag? Do any of these styles appeal to you? http://tinyurl.com/3o2epzl (there's at least one guy-friendly style, too!) These are cute as they can be, but I use a Healthy Back Bag to keep my back from giving me problems. Plus it has dragonflies on it. Plus it has lots of inner pockets for stuff. I love having a place for everything.   Are there are patterns, motifs, etc that you especially like? Stars and/or swans. Always.   Witchee, would you be interested in having a special tea cup/coffee mug/glass to drink out of? As I said in the question about knick-knacks, maybe not this round so there's a bit less to pack and move.   If you're a tea drinker, is there any specific tea you would like to receive, not just the kind/flavor but also the type/packing--i.e., tea bags, loose tea, compressed, etc? Loose is my preferred tea mode now, please.   September 11th   I am fond of the thrift. Do you mind lightly used goods? Please be specific! For instance, I'm a little squicked by used clothing, but I don't mind any other used goods (i.e. books, glassware, games, DVDs, whatever.) I'm with you in everything you said!   Do you have an Etsy shop? Do you know of any Etsy shops that are Switch Witch friendly? I hope the SW player who keeps up with this will post the links!   Would a gift or a postcard from Disneyland make you squee with delight or puke into your mail box? I actually boycott all things Disney for reasons which don't belong in this thread.   what are your favorite types of Halloween candy? I actually like those cheap peanut butter kisses.   Do you prefer soap or shower gel? Please give examples of your favorite scents or brands. I go into this in a bit of detail on my ?'aire.   How do you like your chocolate? For example with nuts, mint, peanut butter, caramel? Yes. --Except to the mint. No mint. *shudder*   Beads! Do you use them? Would you want some? What sorts of beads do you like? I'm not as able to make jewelry any more, so these would more than likely be wasted on me.   Anyone here like caramels? Sea salted caramels?!?! Love. Them.   Would you like a hand dyed or hand painted scarf or wrap or other item? If so, what colors/designs/fabrics do you like? Yes! Swans and stars would be my favored design, and non-itchy natural materials, please.   This was a question before, but does anyone here like stones? Just pretty polished stones for use in whatever purposes? I love polished stones; in fact, I keep a nice wooden bowl of them just for stress relief.   September 10th   What #1 actor, director, author and/or musician are you obsessed with? I'm not really obsessed with anyone in that way.   are you interested in anything from the Villainness Bad Apples update? Not this time.   If you have a pet, would he/she/they like to receive a treat or a toy as a gift? Does your pet have any dietary restrictions or other preferences w.r.t. said treat? Oh my goodness, my dogs adore meat treats but I don't let them have anything from China. Two of my dogs are sensitive to grains, no I keep only meat treats for them (jerky, freeze-dried, etc.), and no rawhide. My cat loves catnip, and all kinds of toys. Caution: anything for the cat must also not be dangerous to the dogs, as Miller is always leaving his toys around and the dogs eat them.   What are your top three "I want to try them but I think I'll never get to try them" (or, "I've tried them and I want moar moar moar, but I don't think I'll ever get any") scents/bath oils/sprays? 1. Looking Glass bath oil; 2. Holly King v6 3. LUES11   Is there a particular artist and piece that you would like a print of? If so, what is your max size that you could spare on your walls? I love Mucha (especially the Spring-Summer-Winter-Autumn, and work like them); I also like Klimt's Hygeia and The Kiss; and pretty much all of Susan Seddon-Boulet's goddess prints (I do already have Bastet, Isis, Diana, The High Priestess, and Lady of the Lake, though).   If you are in to beauty and makeup related stuff, what kind of stuff do you like? What is your skintone and hair color? Are there any beauty products you've wanted to try but just never purchase? I'm really not much into beauty/makeup any more, though I will occasionally throw on some mascara and lipstick...very occasionally, however.   Do you like coffee or tea? Would you be interested in trying some different types? I'm really cutting back on caffeine, though maybe a nice herbal blend would be nice. No mint, though.   Are there any CDs/Albums you've been wanting but haven't bought yet? What format do you prefer? (i.e. mp3, actual cd, record, etc) I'd like to have Adele's CD, and I prefer mp3's personally since I put all my music on my iPod and can get much, much more in that format.   Are you going away for any part of this round? Mr. Stellans' and my birthdays are the first week of October, and we were planning to go somehere but that is very much up in the air now. Other than that slight possibility, no.   Would you like to receive a mix-CD from your Witch? I always like these!   If your witch were going somewhere on a vacation during the round, would you want a little souvenir? Under regular circumstances, yes, but since I am going to need to get this house ready to sell and to pack for moving, not this time.   Do you enjoy any outdoor activities? Do you have a favorite form of "exercise"? I am not good outdoors when it's hot, which is most of the time in this region.   Any witchee's with a ravelry account have any favourited patterns that cost money that would be a welcome gift? no.   Do you work/study at a desk and enjoy interesting or cute office supplies? I could really use an adjustable self-inking date-stamper.   Witchee, are you a fan of musicals? If so, which ones? I love musicals! The last one I saw in person was Cats in Atlanta (and yes, we dressed up!), and the one before that was Phantom of the Opera. I like all sorts of musicals, old and new.       September 9th Do you like to burn incense? If so, what are your favorite kinds...sticks? cones? resins? What are your favorite scents? I love incense, but it aggravates Mr. Stellans' allergies, so I stick to tarts for my atmosphere-scenting (nag champa is my favorite).   Harry Potter - a fan? If so, what house are you? Huge fan, HYUGE. And I'm Ravenclaw, baby! (and it may be sacrilege, but I actually prefer the movie's change to blue and silver for the Ravenclaw house colors rather than the book's blue and bronze. I like silver best ALWAYS.)   If you were to receive a gift card, what places would you like to get one from? Amazon!   Is there a particular myth/folktale/legend/fairytale/godstory that you're drawn to? Silver Apples of the Moon, Golden Apples of the Sun - so you can imagine how thrilled I was at this year's Halloweenie Update!   If you RP, tabletop, forum, or otherwise... Do you have any original characters you'd like to see art of? If so, please give information! Even if it's a link to a web page or a profile or picture! I don't.   If you could see anything, what would it be? Can be a person, an event, a landmark or monument, an object, etc. And it doesn't have to be on this planet, or in this time period, or in this reality! I would dearly love to see the 7 Worlds of Keltia, especially the Throne World of Erinna.   When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter? Either share a smooch with my DH, or a cuddle with one or more 4-legged babies.   What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters? I have a lot of favorite web comics, like xkcd, Simon's Cat, Questionable Content, Unshelved, and Hyperbole and a Half. I also like print comics, which I read online mostly now anyway: Bizarro, Mutts, Rhymes with Orange, Six Chix, Mother Goose & Grimm, Pardon My Planet, Sylvia, Pooch Cafe, Doonesbury, Non Sequitur, FoxTrot Classics, Pickles, Cul de Sac, Arlo and Janis, Over the Hedge, Pearls Before Swine, and Brewster Rockit (not a mis-spelling, trust me).     Are you musical? Do you play an instrument, and if so, what? If not, what do you wish you could play or do? I took piano lessons when younger and still fumble around a little; I played the clarinet for 2 years in junior high and 4 years in high school, but don't miss it at all. I really wanted to play the drums but my parents said they couldn't afford the drum kit (and I didn't know the school provided everything except the sticks!)   Does anyone garden? And if you do, what do you grow? If not, would a starter garden kit be something you'd be interested in? I love to grow herbs, but it has to be outside because there's no place in my current house which gets enough sunlight for growing them indoors. Every year I grow parsley, lavender, sage, basil, rosemary, oregano, and thyme. I also love to grow tomatoes: cherry or grape tomatoes are my favorite, and this year I tried Roma tomatoes as well, but think I'll stick with cherry or grape tomatoes next year.   Do you decorate for Halloween? Is your decorating taste elegant, kitschy and fun, or scary? I don't really decorate for Halloween. (blasphemy, I know.)   Witchee, do you have any symbols or totems that have special meaning for you? Moon symbols, my personal astrological signs (Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon, Taurus Ascendent), and stars are my favorite symbols. The swan is my personal 'totem.'   Is anyone fond of programs like Adopt a Tree/Highway/Library/Manatee/Acre of Rainforest/etc?: I love programs like this, and am very active in them.   September 8th From the Weenie Update....what are you most wanting to try? All of the Silver Apples of the Moon, Golden Apples of the Sun blends, but I only ordered decants for 3: Green Apple of Venus, Glittering Apple of the Stars, and Silver Apple of the Moon.   Who's into nail polish? What colors/brands? I use Opi 25 Colorful Years on my toes, but that's about it.   Is there a quote (or lyric or part of a poem) that really resonates with you or is your favorite? Rather cliché, but I've always loved Frost's "The Road Not Taken."   Dream candle? Scent, color, type (tealight, votive, pillar, jar, etc.), throw... Nag Champa tarts!   Do you like knitted goodies? If so, what would you like and what colors? I would dearly love a set of dark navy hat, scarf, and mitts. Or any of the three separately.   Would you be interested in homemade edibles that are NOT sweets? Any specifics? Dried fruits of any kind are always welcome, and veggie chips would be most appreciated as well.   What GC do you live in mortal terror of the lab discontinuing, but never get around to buying? Wolf's Heart, Dragon's Eye, Sin and Old Scratch.   Yo, yarnies! Do you Ravelry? If so, who are you over thar? I have an account there (stellans) but I only joined so I could see pictures other yarnies post there.   Social Media? I'm stellans everywhere except Twitter, where I'm 'stellanss' because my name was taken already. However, I'm not active on Twitter much any more because between BPAL.org, Facebook and LJ, Twitter was just too much.   Do you have wishlists for non-BPAL e-tailers? And if so, could you provide a link or a list? I think I put all this on the questionnaire already, but my Witch has problems with the links or needs further input, s/he need only ask.   Witchee, do you use a PC or a Mac? I'm a Mac user. Since the days of the Apple IIc, I've been a faithful Apple Inc. consumer.   What is your favorite animal? I love my dogs and cat, so I'll say Dog and Cat.   What are you going to be for Halloween? I'll be remembering my dearly departed.   If you could have a piece of oil painting jewelry (pendant, pair of earrings, or ring) with absolutely anything painted on it, what would it be? (If you prefer wall art instead, same question as above.) I'm extremely partial to Libra insignia. Or stars. Or swans.   How do you feel about nick-knacks? I generally have no problems with them, because some of my favorite memories are brought forth by seeing something or other, but since we're going to be moving shortly after the New Year (fingers crossed!) it's probably not a good idea to increase my collections right now.   What traditions (family, holiday, or otherwise) are important to you? Family gatherings on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are about it now that my children are grown and gone.   Do you like going to the movies? There are only a few movies I find it necessary to see in the theater, and one of those story lines is finished (the Harry Potter one). Most of the time we can wait for either DVD or streaming. To be honest, the bedbug epidemic has me all squicked out about theaters.   What are your favorite restaurants? A local favorite: The Flatiron Grill.   Do you play any video games? no, I never got into them much. I do have Bejeweled on my iPhone, but I don't even play that much any more since getting the Kindle reader.   Do you like any anime? Not really.   Do you have an E-reader/iPad/something similar that you need a cover/case for? I have a Kindle II, but I have faux leather case for it already which is just fine.   how much do you like jewelry? like, if you were to get a shit ton of it during the round, how excited would you be? I would be very excited, because I do love jewelry more than is good for me.   How would you like to receive some of your Witch's favorite recipes, tailored to your likes/dietary restrictions? And specific wants? Love it!   Do you need any boxes to store your smellies in? What would you store in said hypothetical box--imps, bottles, supplies, all of the above? I don't need any more boxes, thanks to the generosity of past witches!   Muppets: yea or nay? Yay to watch, nay to own.   Do you have an affinity for Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, The Far Side, and other comic strips? If so, which is your favorite? I love Calvin & Hobbes, and I think my children are clubbing together to get me that huge collection which has languished on my Amazon wish list for lo, these many years!   Favorite Mythological Creature?: Dragons!   Do you like hair things barrettes, headbands, flowers I wear my hair in a short easy-care bob, and don't really use hair things.   Expanding on the hair question - does anyone like those flower clips for the hair that are big right now?? No, thanks.




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BPAL REVIEWS I'VE POSTED (click on oil name):   X = Didn't Work For Me 1-5 *, with ***** being just below signature scent rating = signature scent no * = judgement reserved   11/27/11 #occupywallstreet**** 03/13/09 13 February 2009** 04/19/09 13 March 2009** 06/26/11 13 May 2011 04/25/09 413 US 15/Miller vs California*** 05/17/09 Abhisarika** 02/12/09 Agapé**** 05/09/07 Aglaea*** 01/26/10 Agony of Longing*** 04/12/09 Al-Araaf* 05/03/07 Alice* 03/28/07 All Saints 2006 03/09/07 Amsterdam*** 03/13/07 Anne Bonny*** 06/04/09 Antimony v9***** 03/07/07 Antique Lace X 11/15/09 Aperatos Eros*** 07/05/09 Aphrodite v7* 04/01/09 April Fool*** 03/22/09 Aries 2007** 03/11/07 Ave Maria Gratia Plena X 08/07/09 B340 X 07/07/09 Baba Yaga v7*** 03/18/07 Bakeneko X 05/18/09 Baobhan Sith**** 03/13/07 Bastet X 05/11/09 Bat of Good Death* 05/15/09 Bat of Health* 05/14/09 Bat of Longevity*** 05/13/09 Bat of Virtue* 05/12/09 Bat of Wealth***** 03/03/07 Bayou X 04/29/07 Bearded Lady** 07/23/09 Berry Moon*** 05/04/07 Bess**** 07/17/09 Binah* 03/09/07 Bitter Moon*** 03/05/07 Black Dahlia*** 04/08/10 Black Death* 06/02/09 Black Lace***** 03/13/07 Black Moon** 09/30/09 Black Orchid*** 03/12/07 Black Phoenix X 05/26/07 Black Rose* 05/01/09 The Black Swan*** 06/02/09 Blood Moon 2005**** 06/03/09 Blue Moon 2007** 01/19/07 Bluebeard* 06/21/09 Boadicea X 02/08/09 Bony Moon*** 11/07/09 Bow & Crown of Conquest 11/08/09 Brom Bones*** 04/23/07 Buck Moon** 03/01/07 Budding Moon** 11/12/09 C. Auguste Dupin**** 06/07/11 Cabaret.Goth X 01/19/07 Calliope** 06/20/09 Cancer 2007*** 02/19/10 Candles Moon*** 05/23/09 Carnaval Diabolique*** 08/29/09 Carnivale*** 03/19/07 Caterpillar*** 03/17/09 Catherine*** 07/14/09 Centzon Totochtin**** 07/08/09 Cesky Krumlov v1*** 07/25/08 Chaos Theory IV: CLXXI*** 08/01/08 Chaos Theory IV: CXLVI*** 08/28/08 Chaos Theory IV: DCCXXXIV*** 08/19/08 Chaos Theory IV: DCCXCIX**** 08/24/08 Chaos Theory IV: CMXLVII**** 04/24/09 Chaos Theory V.1: Dorian CCXI**** 03/22/09 Chaos Theory V.3: Penitence XXXIX*** 04/22/09 Chaos Theory V.4: Snake Oil LXXXVII**** 06/06/09 Chaste Moon**** 04/07/10 Chaste Moon 2010* 06/14/07 The Cheshire Cat*** 03/12/07 Chrysanthemum Moon X 03/06/09 Chypre***** 09/29/09 Circe X 02/26/07 Coiled Serpent, The*** 03/27/07 Cold Moon X 03/24/07 Come To Me 11/29/09 Conservatory Tableaux X 04/20/10 Croquet** 11/03/09 Crowley**** 09/30/11 Crypt King**** 04/28/07 Dark Delicacies* 05/20/09 Darkness* 11/30/09 Daylilies at the Bottom of the Stairs** 02/03/09 De Sade 09/27/09 Dead Man's Hand**** 05/06/09 Death and Life Completed 05/04/09 Death of the Grave Digger 06/11/11 Death.Rock X 11/21/09 Deep in Earth*** 03/30/07 Delirium** 03/02/07 Depraved**** 04/06/09 Destroying Angel* 11/06/11Devil's Night 2011 X 03/03/09 Doc Buzzard*** 12/05/09 Doc Constantine*** 09/04/07 Door 13 06/07/09 Dragon Moon 2006*** 08/07/07 Dreamland*** 02/28/10 Dublin* 05/21/09 E Pluribus Unum** 05/09/10 Egg Moon**** 08/06/07 The Emathides X 03/07/07 The Empress** 06/03/07 Eris** 08/11/07 Eshe, *** 05/20/07 Et Lux Fuit*** 05/22/09 Fairy Market 06/11/11 Fetish.Goth**** 04/03/09 Florence** 03/13/07 Flower Moon** 04/07/09 Flower Moon 2009 10/11/07 The Forbidding Foyer X 05/07/09 Fox Fires on New Year's Eve at the Garment Nettle Tree at Oji*** 06/30/11 Fuwa Bansaku in Ruined Temple with Black Monster on Umbrella**** 05/08/09 Garden Path with Chickens** 04/05/07 Gaueko**** 12/27/09 Geek** 05/24/09 Gemini 2007**** 06/11/09 German Expressionist Horror*** 02/28/07 Ghagiel 08/06/09 Ghosts of Arroyo Seco Bridge*** 06/10/09 Giallo X 06/08/09 Gibbous Moon**** 05/19/09 Gladdener of All Hearts* 05/24/10 Goassamer v3*** 05/09/09 Great He Goat**** 03/14/07 Greed*** 06/23/07 Gypsy Queen**** 09/01/11 Hagsgate**** 10/27/11 Halloween: Brooklyn**** 10/11/11 Halloween: Las Vegas X 10/26/11 Halloween: Los Angeles X 10/08/11 Halloween: Montreal X 10/25/11 Halloween: San Francisco**** 04/27/09 Haloes 05/27/09 Hanami** 06/19/07 Harlot*** 03/20/07 Harvest Moon 2005*** 06/10/09 Hay Moon X 05/02/09 Heavenly Love & Earthly Love** 07/09/09 Hermes Trimegistus v2** 03/28/07 Hetairae** 06/18/11 Hochelaga X 03/18/07 Holiday Moon**** 06/23/09 Hua Mulan** 03/13/07 Hunger Moon X 03/26/07 Hungry Ghost Moon** 09/13/09 Hunter Moon 2007**** 07/30/09 Hurricane**** 07/15/09 Hymn to Proserpine* 05/25/09 I Married a Vampire From Planet X X 09/30/09 Iago*** 05/05/07 The Ides of March 2007** 04/11/09 Ides of March 2009*** 07/03/11 Io** 06/12/09 J-Horror** 03/11/07 Jabberwocky*** 05/26/09 Jacob's Ladder 2008** 03/05/07 Jezebel** 08/28/07 Jezirat al Tennyn** (rev. 3/08) 11/24/09 Jonathan Harker** 12/01/09 Joyeux Noel X 06/08/09 June Gloom 2009*** 05/30/07 Kalahantarika** 05/17/07 Kanishta* 05/28/09 Kataniya, The Clockwork Woman** 03/10/07 Kindly Moon*** 03/07/09 King of Spades X 06/12/11 Kitty 05/29/09 L'Estate X 04/23/07 La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente 04/27/07 La Fee Verte*** 11/05/11 La Mort: Mon Ironie Depasse Toutes les Autres 11/26/09 La Mort Qui Danse** 04/28/09 La Vague*** 05/01/07 Ladon**** 05/28/07 Lady Luck Blues* 12/20/11 Leather Phoenix**** 04/15/09 Lenore (Demon In My View release)*** 05/31/09 Lilith and the Jarocho**** 06/21/07 Litha*** 06/07/09 Litha 2009 X 11/13/07 Long Night Moon**** 03/23/07 Lotus Moon 02/26/07 Loup Garou** 11/09/09 Loviatar*** 04/26/09 Lucifer**** 05/05/09 Lucretia** 04/09/11 Lucy's Kiss* 05/21/07 Luna** 03/22/07 Luperci '07*** 03/30/07 Lycaon** 08/08/11 Ma'at v17*** 05/30/09 Madeline*** 04/25/10 Malediction*** 01/30/10 Malignant Dreams of Cthulhu in Love*** 03/12/09 Malkuth**** 04/04/09 Manila X 03/10/09 Mantis** 06/07/07 The March Hare X 06/05/09 Marcilla*** 03/28/09 Marianne**** 03/05/09 Marie*** 09/13/09 Mary Read*** 04/14/09 The Masque (Into the Maelstrom release)*** 03/17/07 Milk Moon 2005* 05/14/07 Milk Moon 2007* 04/20/09 Minotaur**** 01/04/10 The Moon x 06/14/11 Moon of Horses*** 04/16/09 Morella*** 03/19/09 Morgause 02/28/07 Moscow** 11/05/09 Murder of Crows**** 03/05/09 Mystery X 09/06/09 Nagarjuna X 03/04/09 Naiad *** 08/16/09 Nanny Ashtoreth 01/19/07 Nanshe X 03/18/09 Nefertiti*** 11/28/09 Nephilim*** 07/18/09 Nero*** 03/10/07 Netzach 06/14/11 Ninon X 03/21/07 Oborot* 10/10/11 October 2007, 2010, 2011***** 05/10/07 One to Tie, Two to Win*** 01/19/07 Oneiroi 04/11/09 Ouija 06/26/11 Paladin** 03/01/09 Pandora X 05/19/10 Panther Moon**** 03/12/07 Paris** 04/29/09 Parsifal*** 11/23/09 Peach Moon**** 04/30/09 Peacocks** 03/21/07 Peitho X 03/06/07 Penthus* 03/29/07 Peony Moon*** 05/15/07 Persephone**** 03/06/07 Phantasm 05/22/09 The Phoenix**** 01/30/11 The Phoenix in Autumn** 05/15/07 Pink Moon 2005 04/23/07 Pink Phoenix X 04/17/09 the Pit and the Pendulum**** 04/24/09 Planting Moon***** 05/10/07 Poisson d'Avril** 05/07/07 Pontarlier*** 05/01/11 PPH-08 X 03/29/09 Prague*** 04/18/09 Premature Burial*** 07/10/09 PX72 (Cobwebs Prototype)**** 03/24/07 Queen* 03/25/09 Queen Gertrude*** 03/23/09 Queen Mab X 07/27/07 Queen of Hearts*** 09/04/07 The Queen's Salon** 01/12/10 R.M. Renfield X 04/11/10 Ra*** 10/01/09 Rage*** 03/21/07 Rapture* 10/25/09 Raven Moon**** 01/22/11 Red Lace*** 11/10/09 The Red Rider***** 01/26/09 Red Rose** 04/07/09 The Rose** 06/03/07 Rose Moon ** 04/22/07 Rose Red***** 06/10/07 Sacred Whore of Babylon* 08/31/09 Sacrifice*** 11/22/09 Sagittarius 2007* 05/16/07 Saint-Germain X? 04/08/09 Santa Muerte 06/17/07 Selkie*** 11/08/11 Sentimental Initiation*** 03/08/09 Shadow*** 03/08/07 Shadow Witch Orchid*** 03/01/07 Silentium Amoris ** 03/07/07 Sin*** 08/04/07 Singing Moon ***** 03/12/09 The Sleeper X 03/11/07 Sleepy Moon* 06/18/09 Smoky Moon** 03/22/07 Snake Oil*** 09/05/07 Snow Angel X 03/06/07 Snow Moon***** 06/01/09 The Snow Storm***** 03/11/09 Spectre*** 06/09/09 St. John's Eve** 06/11/11 Steam.Goth X 03/21/07 Storm Moon X 05/10/07 Strawberry Moon* 05/30/09 Strawberry Moon 2009*** 01/03/10 Strength**** 03/25/08 Sugar Moon* 03/25/08 Sugar Moon* 05/03/09 Sunflower* 04/24/07 Suspiro* 03/29/07 Swank*** 03/31/09 Sybaris**** 06/04/09 Symmhakhia X 05/27/07 Tamamo-no-mae** 05/06/07 Tanin'iver**** 06/25/11 Tattered Lace*** 09/28/09 Tears X 07/11/09 Tetramorph* 04/11/11 Thunder and Blazes*** 06/17/07 Thunder Moon X=me/**=Mr. Stellans 04/05/09 Titus Andronicus* 05/16/09 Toad Hall*** 06/06/09 Tombstone**** 06/23/09 Tomoe Gozen** 11/13/11 The Triumph of Death*** 03/19/07 Tushnamatay* 03/15/07 Tweedledum** 03/20/07 TwentyOne** 03/20/09 Twisted Oak Tree***** 04/23/09 Two, Five & Seven 06/16/11 Une Folle Enterprise* 03/02/09 Unseelie X 05/02/07 Urd *** 06/11/11 Vamp.Goth X 06/14/09 Velvet Bandito*** 06/15/09 Velvet Nudie** 06/17/09 Velvet Panther*** 06/16/09 Velvet Pink Kitty* 06/19/09 Velvet Tiger*** 06/18/09 Velvet Tiki X 03/30/09 Venice*** 03/09/07 Venus** 05/23/07 Verdandi*** 06/14/11 Veronica** 11/16/09 Vice X 06/17/11 Ville-Marie X 06/15/11 Virginia*** 12/03/09 Vishpala** 03/21/07 Vixen*** 11/27/09 Western Diamondback**** 01/01/10 Whirling Wind Moon X 03/15/07 White Moon* 10/21/09 White Rider 01/26/09 White Rose 03/08/09 Windy Moon*** 07/23/09 Winter of Our Discontent**** 01/27/11 Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse*** 06/01/09 Wolf Moon 2004** 03/02/07 Wolf Moon 2007*** 05/11/07 Yemaya*** 05/25/07 Yerevan, Old Yerevan*** 11/04/11 The Zoom X