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BPTP I have tried

In the interest of tidying my wishlist here's a list of BPTP I have already tried:

Aphrodite Erykine, Aphrodite Kypria, Apple Orchard, At Midnight With a Pumpkin Light, Autumn Grove, Behind the Scenes, Black Pomegranate & Black Currant, Chestnuts Roasting in an Open Pyre, Dia de Los Muertos, Discussion on the First Climb of Passion, Doc Constantine, Down the Rabbit Hole , East Indian Palace, Eat Me, Erebos, Exotic Bazaar, Fae Forest, Fainting Couch, Forsaken Rose Garden, Ghost Story, Harvest Festival, Holiday Argument Diffusing Spray, Honeyed Golden Musk, Rosewater & Red Sandalwood, Konditorei, Lady Fleming's Gingerbread, Lich's Laboratory, Mahogany Hall, Midnight in a Silent Grove, No One Heard Her Except the Sparrows, Okiya, Oil Paper Umbrellas, On Halloween, Queen's Croquet Ground, Painted Rose, Peach Blossom Incense, Phallus Festival, Pumpkin Spice Everything, Pumpkin Spice Flan, Pumpkin Tobacco, Samhain, Schwartzwald, Secrets of the Hanamachi, Skookoom House, Templum Victoriae, The Inn, The Place Wherein Love Grew, Triumph of Chastity, Triumphal Arch of Leaves & Flowers, Unspeakable Evil Temple

Hair Gloss
Apple Pie, Blueberry Cream Pie (more please!), Boo, Captain Lilith & Her First M.ate, Dead Leaves, Black Fig, Cacao & Copal, Dead Leaves, White Musk & Vanilla, Dorian, Enveloped in Silk*, Hollywood Babylon, Love Swing*, Marshmallow Cookie Pie, Moment in Time, Moon Reflected in Every Rice Paddy (more please!), Peach Pie, Peach, White Ginger & Cubeb, Pecan Pie, Portrait of a Young Woman with a Unicorn, Pumpkin Orange,Pumpkin Spice Everything, , Rose-Boughs & Rose-Roots*, Rose Red*, Scattered Flower Smells, Shub-Niggurath, Sleeping at the Feet of the Snow Queen, Snake Oil, St. Justina with a Unicorn, White Bees Swarming,




Fall Switch Witch 2014

September 10th
1. I wonder what a potential witchee would think about being bombarded with PUMPKINS in various formats. Because my current obsession just may last long enough to be of use in spoiling.....but I know wouldn't be appreciated by everyone. Would you appreciate it?!? Love all kinds of pumpkin! To eat, to wear & to look at...

2. I currently have a CSA and my significant other is perpetually out of town for work, so I've been doing a lot of canning and baking with my vegetables. How do people feel about canned good (pickles, salsa, etc) and vegetal baked goods (squash bread, zucchini bread). Sure!

3. Trading Post wants? samples of Morrocco Bath Oil & Snake Oil Hair Gloss, goblin squirts of Fae Forest, Okiya & Queen's Croquet Ground

4. What direct sellers do you not like and would prefer not to get things from? And also feel free to list any retail brands you really don't like. can't think of anything that I have a really strong dislike of (I've never tried any Avon or Mary Kay products & I wouldn't mind Yankee Candles etc. as long as my scent preferences are met)

5. How about y'alls coffee and tea preferences? In my questionnaire

6. Do you cook? Would kitchen accessories make you happy? Sure! I could really use a nice thick potholder (I like the quilted kind), some more measuring spoons, weenie/Fall themed kitchen towels (cotton please, I also like vintage-y looking prints of fruit & animals), or fun salt & pepper shakers.

7. How do people feel about creative endeavours? Would you like to receive one? Or supplies to make your own? What do you like? Drawings, stories, poems? Would be awesome!

8. What culture or country (doesn’t have to be modern) do you feel an innate connection with? What about it makes it special to you?

9. Is there any sort of art commission you would like: cartoony, pin-up, fantasy, realistic, etc? If so, what subject would you like drawn (a picture of you, a character, a loved one or pet)? Both my beloved black cats died in the past two years so something with a couple of cats together would be nice (one was built like an elegant siamese & the other was smaller & plumper with round eyes - their names were Pamplemousse & Max). It need not be realistic.

10. What do you find yourself doing for fun in your free time? What are your main hobbies and interests? I primarily read & bake with a bit of gardening, I've been dabbling with needle-felting, too. I spend time talking about & showing my kids insects, birds & animals we encounter, too.

11. Table-top gaming? If yes, what kind, edition, etc? Gaming accessories you long for? No thanks.

12. DVD movies or games that you wish would magically appear in your hands? Can they be used, through Amazon? totally fine with used - I have some on my Amazon wishlist

13. What kind of snacks or candy from other countries/states would you like to try? I love Japanese candy & trying regional things from wherever

14. Do you have a favorite internet meme, character or pop culture fandom?
Buffy, Star Trek, Cthulhu, LOTR, Sherlock; favorite characters: Spike, Anya, Giles, Spock, Worf, Legolas, Treebeard, Shelob, Gandalf

15. Do you have a Facebook profile (or other social media) that you are comfortable linking to aid your witch in stalking? Please note whether you are willing to add BPALers as friends. Not into social media

16. Anybody interested in something from RCCC, whether it's con-exclusive merch or from a particular exhibitor or artist? I like the tote bag & to my surprise, I actually know one of the artists: Jason Copland & I used to work together about 10 years ago in a Library, so supporting him by buying a postcard or something would be very cool.

17. How important to you is regular contact / chatter with your witch? I'm a medium contact type of gal but as long as you check in once before the end I'll be happy

18. Do you like puzzles/riddles/treasure hunts and that sort of thing? Somewhat, I'm better with word problems than math ones

19. If you were to receive music, would you want a physical CD or digital versions? Prefer CD but could do digital

20. What’s a current problem/annoyance you have that could be remedied but you haven’t had time to address it? Clutter & organizing issues

21. How do you feel about having some sort of trinket to carry around for good luck/wishes? i.e. a small figurine, symbol, card, coin… I would very much like something along those lines!

22. Are you superstitious about anything? Any things you can't have in your house for that reason--bad associations? Not really, I don't like zombies or gore, though

23. For the vegetarians and vegans: How do you feel about things (say, marshmallows or gummy candy) made with vegan gelatin or other typically-animal-derived-but-not-in-this-instance products? Not applicable

24. Ok, so we've covered pumpkin. How do you feel about the other fall classic – apples? LOVE APPLES!!!! Especially to smell

25. Do you have any fabric or skin-contact aversions? I don't like feathers or fur much & mohair irritates my eyes

26. How do you feel about Christmas/Yule ornaments? Love 'em!

27. How do you feel about Hello Kitty, and Hello Kitty accessories (including mugs, cups, etc)? Sure!

28. If you had a week free where you could learn anything, with no financial restrictions, what would you want to study? Ooo, how about glass-blowing...

29. Do you enjoy poetry? Who are your favorite poets and what type of subject matter do you like? I like Mary Oliver quite a bit though I hear her latest collection isn't that great

30. Would you enjoy receiving something related to a favorite Disney character? Sure - I like NMBC, Pirates of the Caribbean, Princess & the Frog, Frozen & the various villains & villainesses

31. How do you feel about cute things as decorations or accessories? (Example: Would you enjoy this stationery - or do you prefer elegant/creepy/neutral stuff?) I usually go more for elegant, vintage or creepy but those are pretty cute as is the Capuri Mono Bear. I also like the memo pads of Sentimental Circus Tea at the Castle, Fun Time of Ghosts & Kamio Animal Zombie (though I generally dislike zombies, this one I like - bunnies!)

32. What is something you'd really like to recieve from your witch? Please be as specific as possible - no, "Oh whatever she thinks is fine!" Nope - it's the unexpected things that are the most fun

September 14

33. Go to your music source of choice - on random or shuffle setting if possible - & share with us the 10 most recent songs/artists.

34. Tarot cards, rune stones and/or other divination tools yay or nay? Sure! I like quite a few Tarot card sets (I have a Rider-Waite one)

35. Do you have a Celeb crush? or someone who you just can't get enough of....other than your SO I'm quite fond of Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman,

36. Glitter? are you okay with it, or hate it like the plague? I don't mind it

37. If there was another time period other than now that described your style/aesthetics, what would it be? Late Victorian Romantic: Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite etc.

38. If you had to pick one or two quotes to live by, what would it be and why?

39. Do you prefer physical books? CD books? eBooks? If eBooks do you have preferred format, kindle/nook/kobo/PDF/ePub/ect? eAudio? I prefer physical books but like to read on my phone while commuting. I think format would have to be ePub (whatever Overdrive uses)?

40. Smut! Yes or no? If yes, what kink, er, kind? Tasteful nudity, any kind

41. Ebooks! Yes or no? Sure, see above question 39

42. If you were to get a custom bottle from House of Gloi made for you what notes would create your perfect blend?

43. If your witch were to take a photograph (or paint or whatever) of something just for you, what would it be? Landscape? Flower? Critter? Something to illustrate a favorite quote? As well as the black cats mentioned above, I like night skies, spooky trees, leaves

44. What is your favorite Halloween animal or other symbol/decoration? Black cats, pumpkins, spooky trees

45. Makeup, especially of the indie variety. Nail polish, nail wraps, eyeshadow, lipstick/gloss, etc. Y/N? Specific preferences (color, finish, product, brand, etc.)? I really like lipstick & coloured lipbalm (mauves & plums), glitter nail polish would also be fun (anything but red - I have enough of that)

46. How do you feel about profanity and off-color humor? I don't mind it

47. I make hairsticks...would you like/use them? It would be fun to have a pair

48. Does anyone here LARP? If so, what kind of LARP? And what kind of character do you play? Nope

49. Would you completely freak out if I sent you a chocolate covered scorpion or some other food oddity? This includes things like 'bacon powder' from thinkgeek.com. Not at all! I have boy children after all They would be totally intrigued by oddities & I'm pretty adventurous myself

50. This has kind of been covered, but, are you ok with receiving canned jam (from a veteran jammer!) and if so, what flavors would you like and not like? You bet! I generally like berries or red fruit things

51. Let's talk nail polish. What colors do you love? Hate? Which brands are you dying to try? Have you ever used indies? Do you like glitter? Any textures to avoid (glitter, sand, etc)? I like glitter - one of my favorites is OPI Simmer & Shimmer & it's almost gone

52. How do you feel about getting a special Halloween plushie? Would love it!

53. I'm in Japan, anything specific you might want from the land of the rising sun? Candy!

54. Are there any GC scents that you know you love, but for whatever reason, keep putting off buying bottles of? Everything in the bottle section of my wishlist!

55. I know not everyone likes Lush products, but if you do, which Lush items would you like to get from your Witch? I like the bubble bars (Comforter, Blue Skies) & shower gels

56. Is there anywhere (in the US) that you are dying to get away to? Also when would you be able to get away. Would this even be something you were interested in? If so, go look at the Southwest sale for routes and dates and times. Not applicable for me

57. If you are ok with receiving t-shirts, what size are you, do you prefer tissue tees, normal crew tees, babydoll etc? Sure - I'd love a tissue tee (L or XL depending on how it's cut, I prefer it to be a bit loose around the belly)

58. THINKGEEK! Who loves it - do you have a wishlist on there?? What are some things you are jonesing for on there for under $20? Lots of things - should really make a wishlist but won't have time today

59. Zombies, yes or no? Only if it's cute like in Plants VS Zombies

60. Would you like arm warmers/fingerless gloves? If so, what length? just beyond the wrist, almost to the elbow, full sleeves? Love some fingerless gloves! Just past wrist

61. Do you feel a particular affinity for a specific animal/s? cats, tigers, otters & if we can include birds - crows

62. Anyone have any Paintbox Soapworks loves? Lavender Truffle, Lemony Biscuit

63. How would you feel if your witch or a minion of your witch showed up in person at your house with goodies? Thrilled? Annoyed? Completely creeped out? I wouldn't be creeped out but I would be embarrassed about the state of my house

64. Do you have a ravelry account? Tell me about your yarn obsessions. Nope, not a knitter!

65. Sock Dreams, yay or nay? Yay!

66. Knitted items like scarves, shawls, dishclothes....yay or nay? Favorite fibers? Favorite colors? Yay! Love a scarf in a heather purpley mix

67. Is your Amazon WL up-to-date? More or less, I might add the odd thing still

68. If you were to receive handmade caramels, would it matter if they were made with raw cream (unpasteurized)? Not at all - bring them on!

69. Would you enjoy getting a sampling of quality incense taken from various sources? Are there types of incense you know you don't like? Would you want a burner for loose incense and a few charcoals to get you started with that, or would you rather stick to simpler types? I prefer Japanese incense; a burner would probably be asking for trouble with my cats & kids

70. I know we already had a question about needed kitchen accessories, but what about spices? You bet! Especially mixes & regional stuff

71. Would you like handmade stationary or cards? How about a quill pen? You bet! A calligraphy felt pen would also be fun

72. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being "gimme that ghost pepper!" and 1 being "oh, that's a bit too much black pepper for me" Where is your heat tolerance? Mild to medium, 3-6ish?

73. What is your favorite type of Halloween candy? Mini chocolate bars & marshmallow caramel pumpkins

74. Do you need or want any cosy footwear, like fluffy slippers, or slipper socks etc? I love slipper socks!

75. What do you most look forward to each Fall? Halloween & fallen leaves (the sight, smell & crunch of them)

76. What gadgets do you use in your everyday life and would you like a cool case for them - with your favourite fandom or artwork or saying? No thanks - I'm all set.

77. Are there any beauty accessories you need or would like? For example make-up brushes, facial brushes or eyelash curlers. I'm good

78. Would you be disappointed to get one big box, or would you prefer a bunch of little ones? And would you be disappointed if your witch actually had it together early and sent it to you sooner than later? Either would be good & not at all disappointed to receive it early

79. Stores are putting out their halloween PJs and undies! Would you be happy to get any in a package? And if so, what size? For PJ pants, do you like cotton or flannel? PJs would be fun - cotton or flannel, size large

80. Do you like M&Ms? I especially like the seasonal ones & the pretzel ones

81. How about wax melts? No thanks.

82. Would you like a subscription for Spotify? Sure!

83. What scents from the Lillith update would you like to try? Avunculus, Blueberry Picking, Lily Witch, (Not So) Penitent (Mini) Magdalene, The Heirophant & The Empress, Venustas

84. Would you be interested in receiving a box of sugar cube skulls? You bet!

85. Skin care routine? Fave cleanser? Toner? Moisturizer? What about body lotions? Any particular brand or scent? Lip balms? Yay or nay? I'm good for facial stuff but always happy to have lip balm or body butter

86. Is there anything you would like from Salem MA (mugs, keychains, postcards, etc.or witchy supplies like incense, candles, books)? Sure - anything!

87. Would you be interested in any of the items in LisaNut's etsy shop? I like the Ready for Winter scarf

88. Spiders (as in cute knit kind) yes or no? Yay!

89. Pillows (the mostly decorative type)? No thanks.

90. Any kind of bags - big, small, medium, purse, grocery, etc? I can always use grocery & tote bags

91. Is there anything special coming up in your life? My kids are finally going back to school now that the teachers have settled their strike

92. Which one scent would you want from each of the following updates: Metamorphosis, Lilith and GC? Eastern Comma or Question Mark; Venustas or (Not so) Penintent (Mini) Magdalene; Dorian or Dee

93. Are you interested in anything from NYCC? Samples of the Hairglosses! Also Daylight Kissing Her Wan Hair, Little Maggie

94. Would something from the Tokyo Game Show (e.g. postcards, fans) possibly interest you?

95. Would you enjoy any of these couple rings? Or anything from the same store's Halloween collection? Not the rings so much but many other things

96. If you imbibe at all ... preference between: wine/beer/cocktails and then glassware and/or bar-ware? cocktail gadgetry? Books on the subject/recipes? would you want sample bottles of local/regional/small batch craft spirits if they were home decanted and labeled? A regional or Halloween shot glass would be fun as would sample bottles of spirits

97. Would you like some chai, lemon, rose water or other flavored sugar cubes? You bet!

98. Jamberry nail wraps? No thanks, I mostly paint my toes.

99. If you had to choose one currently available book (used-but-obtainable counts if you do used) costing $20 or under for your Witch to buy for you, what would it be? The UK version of Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book, illustrated by Chris Riddell, would rock, should I happen to have a Witch who can easily access it. I totally do used!

100. Are there five things under $25 at Birchbox you would like? Royal Rose Simple Syrup in Cardamom Clove, Coastal Scents Step One Eye Primer, La Fresh Travel Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes, Benefit Benebalm or Posiebalm, Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Exfoliating Cleanser

101. Do you want anything from the Fatherhood update at the Post? A Stroll Through the Quarter, A Moment in Time

102. Street art! Into it? Not into it? Meh? I like some examples but not super into it

103. If you could only pick one note that you love (e.g. Vanilla, Orange, Lavender, Rose) & you could only wear/have perfume, etc in that note, what would it be? So hard to choose but I'll say Cinnamon

October 5th
104. What are you interested in from the NYCC exclusive list? Samples of the Hairglosses! Also Daylight Kissing Her Wan Hair, Little Maggie

105. Most anticipated "Weenie blends? Pumpkin I, Autumn - Overlooked My Knitting, Hallow- E'en 1914, Magnificent Autumn, Pile of Fallen Leaves, Pumpkin Spice Everything

106. Caffeine or no? And is this a health or preference? I like Caffeine!

107. Are you interested in anything from the MAC Rocky Horror or the e.l.f. Disney Princess make up collections?
Not really doing anything for me

108. I pass this shop every day, If you were my witchee would you like a custom chocolate bar? What would you choose?Plain, white or milk and with what? Oh fun! Milk w. raspberry & spekuloos; milk w. caramom & chopped pistachios; milk w. earl grey, apricots & almonds

109. Would you like to try chocolate covered Turkish Delight or flower flavoured things (Rose and Violet chocolates)?
You bet! I love Turkish Delight & rose or violet flavoured things!
110. For those of you who like Fantasy or play Dungeons and Dragons... would you be interested in a custom painted miniature? If so, what gender, race and class? Any preferences for a theme, color scheme, preferred weapons/armor, etc? Specific character description you would want me to try to hit? Sounds cool but no thanks

111. Are there any local or national charities that are close to your heart that you know would appreciate a donation in your name? Any animal, wildlife or child poverty, Cancer & Alzheimer's Research
112. I have two partial (Backup) bottles of some scents on your wishlist, Witchee. However, the labels aren't perfect, due to a tragic imp explosion. Would you still be ok with getting them? You bet! Labels are only important sometimes

113. Do you like incense? Or are you more of a fan of essential oil aromatherapy/fragrance oils a la Yankee Candle/B&BW? Or all of the above? What scents do you prefer for those kinds of things? Nag champa? Lemongrass EO for the house? What companies do you like specifically (if any) - links? Incense over fragrance oils & Japanese incense preferred. My Shoyeido wishlist: Hope, Peace, Creativity, Tranquility, Abundance, Inspiration, Gossamer, Fresh Coffee, Fresh Tea, Diamond & River Path

114. Trading Post Weenies are up!! What's everyone interested in? Most of the Atmospheres, Pumpkin Spice Everything Hairgloss

115. My mom has crocheted a bunch of little witch hats, would this be something you are interested in? Sure! I would use them

116. Are you interested in anything from my mom's Etsy shop? Skelly project bags are super cute! The dragonfly one, too

117. Are you interested in dried honey crisp apples or italian prunes? Ooo, honey crisps, please!

118. Do you need any travel mugs, coffee mugs, tea makers, rock sugar, coffee or tea syrups, etc? I can always use travel mugs & Starbucks has a beautiful blue ceramic siren mug right now that I covet
119. Is there anything from my shop that you might like, past or present?

120. What are 6 GC scents & 6 others that you would be interested in as imps?   121. Lush just released holiday stuffs. Any interest? Hot Toddy, Rose Jam & So White shower gels,

122. Any chocolate loving witches want something from this place? The Blackberry & Ginger bar sounds amazing!




Fall 2012 Switch Witch

A work in progress...   Do you like s'mores and s'mores-flavored things? - Sure!   What's the neatest freebie you've gotten? It can be cool or thoughtful or just totally unexpected, and not limited to BPALdom. - I've received so many awesome goodies but I'm always thrilled when I get something handmade unexpectedly even little things like origami or a bookmark   Would you enjoy receiving cute but useful items like colorful kitchen utensils/gadgets, or bento supplies? (boxes, chopsticks, accessories, etc?) What about things like spice mixes (homemade, or Penzey's for example) - yes & yes! I love cooking & baking. In terms of spice mixes, I'm curious about Old Bay Seasoning & Zatar (I think this might be the Zhug seasoning I've been searching for!!)   Do you like cute, seasonal or fluffy PJ bottoms? Like they sell at Target, Old Navy (they have had cute Halloween ones!) If so, what size do you wear? I'd love some! something soft preferrred in size L (or xl if they fit small)   What kind of chocolate do you like? Nuts, no nuts, white,dark, etc? - pretty much all kinds! the weirder, the better   I live near a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Penzeys! What does your little heart desire from any or all of these places?- We have Whole Foods, but not Trader Joe's or Penzeys - I'd be excited about teas, snacky foods, candy & spice mixes   Are home made foods acceptable or does the idea of eating strange mailed food disturb you? - Perfectly acceptable!   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! - I'd buy some fun, patterned, thin cotton socks, tea & mini chocolate bars   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 like Greek, Indian & unusual pizza; favorite restaurants are White Spot, Subeez, the Boathouse & Griffins at Hotel Vancouver for special occasions   I'm from Canada - is there anything specifically a witchee might like that is only available here? - since I'm also in Canada there's not much I can't get myself but I've been looking for a herbal tea called "Vie en Rose" from Four O'clock Tea (which is a Canadian company) that I can't find anymore & regional specialties are always fun to get   what are your "fandoms" and would you like a t-shirt from TeeFury if an appropriate one came up? - Buffy, Star Trek, Star Wars, Cthulhu, LOTR, Sherlock   Do you have an eReader and if so which one? nope   Do you like candles, or tart burners, or something? If so, what's your favorite scent to burn? - small candles preferred, I like spicy, pumpkin or apple & combinations thereof   Marzipan - Sure!   Muslin reusable squares - you bet - I need to wean myself from my paper towel dependence!   Do you drink alcohol and if so, would you be OK with your witch sending you homemade infused vodka? Sure!   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? I can get TimTams here but unusual flavours would be welcome like chocolate mint & native spices would also be of great interest   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)? - ooh, fingerless gloves would be awesome!   Is there anyone else in your house (kids, pets, partner) that would really appreciate a small gift being included for them in the switchwitchy haul so they don't feel left out? - My kids would love stickers/tattoos & I will no doubt end up sharing any edibles I get   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. - Nom & Nom!   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? - More Nom!   Would you be interested in having a bat adopted in your name? Absolutely! I love watching them.   How would you feel about a taste of (insert witch location here) box? - Totally!   Some of your favorite artists? Classic and modern? I like the Pre-Raphaelites & classic children's illustrators (Rackham, Kay Nielsen, Dulac etc.), also Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Susan Seddon Boulet, Ursula Vernon   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 like images of the night sky (especially with a crescent moon) or black cats or leaf patterns or silhouettes of skeletal trees   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? Fae or Perversion   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? - I only do my toenails but I like sparkly & vivid colours   Stuffed things: yea or nay? Yay!   New Question: 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? - Sounds fun!   Would you be interested in beer, wine, or other specialty beverages from your Witch's area? - Sure but I bet customs would have a fit!   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'd love to try making the felted pumpkins that are on my etsy list, haven't tried it before so would need supplies   Who here would be happy to get a lil' sumthin sumthin from Adagio Teas? Absolutely!   Do you Ravelry? And if so, what's your handle over there? Would you be interested in gift patterns from your queue? Not a knitter     I live near this very cool Retro store (retrodrygoods.com) (you can order online too) - are there things from it that would make you squee if your witch sent them? -Love all the cute tea towels (and the candy)!   Who likes Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses? I can't remember if I liked these or not...   What does your kitchen look like? Colors/style? It's a fifties house but not a very interesting kitchen - I like to accessorize with things that are blue, green, yellow or cherry red   Witchee, what are your favorite quotes? I'm in a Terry Pratchett kind of mood: "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it." --Terry Pratchett, Diggers   “She walked quickly through the darkness with the frank stride of someone who was at least certain that the forest, on this damp and windy night, contained strange and terrible things and she was it.” ― Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters   “Juliet's version of cleanliness was next to godliness, which was to say it was erratic, past all understanding and was seldom seen.” ― Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals   “Any fool could be a witch with a runic knife, but it took skill to be one with an apple corer.” ― Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum   Put your iPod/MP3 player/what-have-you on random and list the first 10 songs it plays!   - Asking for flowers - Kathleen Edwards - Ziggy Says - Ziggy Marley - Lumberjack - The Good Lovelies - Set Fire to the Rain - Adele - Pollywog in a Bog - Barenaked Ladies - Painting by Chagall - The Weepies - Do You Realize - The Flaming Lips - Coffee Stain - Sarah Harmer - Immigrant Punk - Gogol Bordello - Another Sunny Day - Belle & Sebastian   What's one random thing you really like and one random thing you really dislike? like insects; dislike dog poo   Are there any herbs that you haven't been able to lay hands on that I could send you? There's an herbal shop I really like here in NYC called Flower Power (flowerpower.net) that has quite a wide selection. I think I'm good.   If there are no "witchy" shops near you, is there anything I can pick up for you from Enchantments? Not in dire need but prosperity & peaceful home stuff is always welcome   Hey Witchee! I want to send you a delivery. It could be cupcakes from a local bakery, it could be a singing hugging bear-a-gram, it could be a bouquet of flowers. But it will be something that you need to be there to receive. a) Are you OK with "special deliveries"? *waggles eyebrows* B..) Is the address in your questionnaire the best place to reach you for said deliveries? 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? a) sure yes C) sure   What are some things you are OK with receiving gently used or homemade, and some things you absolutely do not want if they are gently used or homemade?okay with most things except used hats, used socks & fur squicks me out   And now a new question: I live near a Mast General Store (mastgeneralstore.com). It has lots of vintage-y toys, southern foods (jams, jellies, spices) and vintage candy. Is there anything I can get for you? cool! the various butters (apple, pumpkin, strawberry) look good as does the Castle sauce & the wooden folk toys   Do you have any Fall or Halloween traditions? We carve pumpkins, decorate, go trick-or-treating with the kids & I also set up a small ancestor shrine & light some candles   Ninjas or Pirates? Aarr!   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? yes, please!   Witchee, would you like it if I made you a "mix tape" of songs that I think you might like? And if so, would you prefer mp3 or CD format? So much! (cd preferred)   I know it is totally the wrong season (for most of us), but do you like/have space to garden? If so, what do you like to grow? roses, herbs, dahlias & scented flowers   I'm about to be near a Lush store next week, is there anything you might like from there? I like shower gels & bubble bars but also have a store nearby so am not desperate   Songs that you keep meaning to buy but never get round to it? anything from Voltaire's Ooky Spooky   Movies that you love but forgot to put in your questionaire? Muppets!   Any favorite Bath & Body Works scents/products? I like White Citrus & Honey Autumn Apple shower gels & most of the Fall candle offerings   Haus of Gloi is offering custom perfumes - would you like one? What would your ideal blend be? can't think of anything right now that wouldn't duplicate what I already have - maybe something warm & spicy with a sandalwood base   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? drawing a blank   OK, so those of you who said you wouldn't mind receiving (sneakily packaged!) beer or wine: Tell me of your taste preferences. Dry/sweet? Red/white? Lager/ale/porter/stout? Fruit? Spice? Hops? Sour (brettanomyces, etc)? red wine, pale ale or honey lager   Witchee, will you be gone from your normal mailing address at any point during the round? nope   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 quite like going into the Disney store   dear witchee, would you, could you use an electric candle warmer? no thanks   Do you lust after some new socks/tights? you bet!   are there any of MeiLin's books (e-book or print) you'd be interested in? cookbooks!   Are you a gamer (of any sort - video, casual, tabletop) and are there any games you want? not really   Would you be interested in BPTP CANDY? Oh, yes!   Do you like coffee? If so, what kinds? Flavored, fancy, basic? Beans or ground? I like French Roast & wouldn't mind trying a Pumpkin Spice flavour, beans or ground   Would a Starbucks gift card make you happy or do you prefer your local place? Happy!   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...? Yay! A mug, bowl or soap dish would be awesome, rustic blues & greens or perhaps something autumnal   Do you have a forum buddy? Someone who knows you and/or your tastes well enough to answer questions on your behalf? I've had coffee/mini meet'n'sniffs with Ishtar & Moonjelly   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   A question, witchees: if you are into tarot, what is your favorite card? The Empress   And another question: would you like your own set of handmade rune stones or worry stones? Totally!   Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cider, or none of the above? All   Gum, hard candy, soft candy, or none of the above? Not really into gum   Loose tea or tea bags? Do you need anything for your loose tea? (Filters, presses, etc.) either, slight preference to bags, I have what I need for loose tea   If you like tea, what kinds? See SW Help   Do you do Goodreads or LibraryThing or a site like that? If so, can I see your to-read list, please? see my amazon list   Zombies; Yay or Nay? Nay - I'm not a fan of gore. Skeletons are fine though.   If you have cats, do they like catnip toys? If you have doggies, would they like a super-reinforced canvas toy with a squeaker in it? Catnip fiends   If you have kids, what are they into? Lego, Playmobil, Star Wars, Narnia, werewolves, pirates & knights   How do you feel about wearable knitted lace? Shawls, wraps, and the like? I think it's lovely but don't wear wraps or shawls often - perhaps a scarf?   Looking at the warehouse, I notice that our lovely Greenwoodtree is able to do chart readings and/or forecasts at a very reasonable rate. Is this something you would want? You bet!   I live in Japan. Anything you would be interested in from there? nifty candy   Candy Corn: yes, no? Not really a fan   WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH YOUR ASS OFF!!! movies, comedians, black humor, your partner, a comic strip? what? Cakewrecks, Eddy Izzard, comics: Unshelved, Lio   You are meeting up with someone on a casual lunch/early afternoon thing. This person is someone you want to impress/look good for (for whatever reason, not necessarily romantic, and not necessarily for business either). What would you look like, given the contents of your wardrobe/etc? Either a vintagey dress or jeans/black pants with a flowing bohemian top & the full makeup & jewellery that i don't bother with when I'm simply being Mom-around-town   You are to be let loose in a clothing store of your choice, to pick a full outfit, down to the shoes, the accessories, etc. and things would be altered to fit you if needed. What store would that be, and what would you look like? Hehe, I seem to have my best luck at Value Village (though I sometimes do well at Reitmans, too). I like to wear embroidered Indian-style tops (not the really long tunics, the shorter hip-length ones) or loose-but-fitted patterned short sleeves with dark pants & black flat sandals or chunky black ankle boots   You open a box from the post office to reveal the 3 things you want most right now. What are they? (caveats: size doesn't matter, but they have to be tangible/buyable). labradorite earrings, a long sleeved black tee with Red Riding Hood from SurLaLune FairyTales & a bottle of Jareth   The end of this month I'm going to Scarefest, the big horror and paranormal con in Kentucky. (www.scarefest.com) If I were your witch, is there anything you would like from there (skull jewelry, art prints from an artist that catch your eye, etc), or anyone whose autograph or photo or such you would dig? no thanks   What is your holy grail "I'd kill to just have one drop in an imp" bpal scent? Pumpkin King or Voodoo Queen   Are there any existing Weenies that you have your eye on, but haven't gotten around to getting? Getting lots of decants but Halloween in Innsmouth & Miskatonic Library have really piqued my interest (I'm waiting excitedly for the BPTP update)   if you wear earrings, do you have pierced ears? yes   My new job is at a consignment store where we have all kinds of designer brands for very reasonable prices. Are there designer clothes/purses/sunglasses that you desire/love? (Give some indication as to your "style" as well. For example, do you like bohemian-style frocks in lavender? Crossbody purses in black? Sunglasses that are round and bug-like?) Not really up on designer stuff but I like a nice Coach purse (black, blue or purple) or Pandora bracelet charms   I realize that we had a similar question in the ?aire, but I need you Witchee-s to list at least 5 items, each ranging $20 and under from Amazon.com or Walmart.com. Our amazon doesn't have much more than books on it but from a department type store I'd get some mascara, licorice, chips, cotton underwear & some packages of Lego mini figures   In the meantime, let me know what you like to do on the Internet to kill time. Flash games? What are your daily websites/blog visits, or favorite YouTube videos? Bookshelves of Doom, Go Fug Yourself, Foodess, notalwaysright   And what are your favourite characters from your fandoms? Spike, Anya, Giles, Spock, Worf, Darth Vader, C3PO, Legolas, Treebeard, Shelob, Gandalf   My Little Pony no thanks   Lip balm - tube or tin? Tube, please, my current favorite brand is Long Winter Soaps on etsy   Would you like to receive a journal or sketchbook? How about other pretty paper goods like post-its, notepads, bookmarks, letter paper/envelopes? sure! I mostly use little notepads & post-its with designs on the paper   Are you interested in audiobooks? If so, any specific titles? 'Coraline' read by Neil Gaiman was pretty awesome   Bar soaps with some scrubby bits, yes or no? sure!   Do you need any small electronic gadgets like flash drives and the like?I could use a flash drive   Would you like a pair of knitted socks? sure!   Do you have any use for knitted dishcloths, facecloths, etc, especially if they were fandom related? Sure!   Do you subscribe to any sample boxes, and if so, which ones? Would you like to receive some samples? I kind of like getting samples but I'm not sure if I would use the products enough to make it worthwhile   Do you have a problem with nudes??? If not, do you prefer male or female? No problem, nudes are dandy! either gender fine   Paintbox Soapworks: Interested in anything from her? I added a couple of things to my etsy wl: Punkie night sample set, Weenie soap collection, Indian Summer & Miss Ada soaps   are there any other e-tailers you're desperately wanting to try? if so, any specific items/scents/etc? can't really think of anything...   ThinkGeek: anything interesting to you on there? Tentacle Fingers, Star Wars family car decals - I'll be adding to this when I have more time   What's one thing you want, right now, that you're having difficulty finding? that tea I mentioned above & Bali's Best tea candy (any flavour)   Who here is going to be picking up JK Rowling's new book on Thursday? nah, I might read it eventually but not really that keen   What do you do to take care of yourself when you're having a rough day (sick, life not going your way, whatever)? tea, crunchy treat, book, cat on lap or a ginormous nap   favorite and least favorite baked goods?favorites: both macarons & macaroons, florentines, interestingly flavoured shortbread, chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips & dried cranberries or cherries, ginger cookies, oatmeal cookies (as long as there's coconut involved); least fav: things involving raisins, figs or dates   what size T-Shirt do you wear (standard AND babydoll)? generally a large in either, though babydolls are sometimes tricky & may require an Xl   I found a fantastic little shop while traveling that had unusual jellies and jams. Would you be interested in trying something like Georgia Moonshine Jelly or TOE Jam (each letter stands for some kind of fruit, I don't remember which ones) or something similar? How about homemade jam in general? oh, yeah!   Would you be interested in homemade herbal remedies and tinctures? You bet! I'm all out of echinacea tincture & would love to try something for sore throats   Owls? Sure! I think barn owls are beautiful   Do any of Villainness' Soap Box exclusive scents interest you, especially any of the Smooches/Whippeds? whipped in Autumn Gala & Proserpina   Puddin' just put a shitton of old Lunacy shirts on the BPTP Etsy! Any ones interest you? Whirling Wind Moon, Moon of Ice, Long Night Moon in sz L   Witchee, do you want anything from the Haunt update coming up on 10/3? I know it might be too early to say, but if you could look at the preview on the night of 10/2 and let me know if you want anything... I try to buy a bottle of Winchester every year & love Pumpkin Lavender soap but I'll have to see what the offerings are...   Gardening? Yup! Though I have to say, I haven't been motivated in to doing much in the way of Fall cleanup out there yet   Cookie Butter? I'd like to try it since Spekuloos is one of our store-bought cookie staples   Do you use or would like to try loose eyeshadow pigments? I like them but don't use eyeshadow very often   Is there anything you might want from the latest update (Lab or TP)? I'm getting a buttload of decants - anything I'm interested in but didn't get will be on my wishlists shortly   What's a new company to you that you most want to try a product from or what would be a new product to you that you most want to try (make-up, perfume, or bath/body)? More Haus of Gloi - specifically Ghost Puffs perfune or pumpkin butter   If you like necklaces, what are some symbols or images that you would love to have a necklace depict? (ex. spiders, skulls, hearts...?) I don't have anything with a leaf motif or black cats   If you had a fairy for NYCC, what exclusive scent would you kill to own? Badgers, Nymphes de Pave, Miss Jenny & Mrs Lewis   What do you think of Shiro Cosmetics Halloween Collection? (www.shirocosmetics.com) I like the look of the lip stuff the most but there's some appealing purple shadows, too (Alkahestry, Elite Four)   The Godiva Halloween Collection? oh my! Pumpkin truffles or Pumpkin caramels or choco-covered pretzels   Would you be interested in comic books and if so what ones do you read or what genre of comics are you interested in?   WITCHEE, DO YOU WANT ANYTHING FROM CALIFORNIA? can't think of anything   IngenuiTEAs? perhaps? seems like a good idea   Honeycrisp "Apple Crips" (Dried honeycrisp apples, nothing added.) Nom!   Design a tea? oooh fun! almond cinnamon black tea or plum spice oolong   FusionSweets? Nom! Love to try the caramels & marshmallows   Witch City Wicks? Black Bat, Poison Apple, Pumpkin Head, Sleepy Hollow, Sugar Skull, Witches Broom, tealights in Autumn Magic or Orange Clove (clearance section)   Poe Day? Dark Del merch in general? Haunted Palace & Pit & Pendulum are coveted but not essential (same with more Tattered Lace)   Kombucha? no thanks   Are you dressing up for Halloween, Witchee? If so, is there anything you're looking for to complete your costume? Yes - I haven't decided whether to be a Faery Queen or Ice Queen but could use a adult size tiara or crown in silver   Do you need any accessories for your smartphone (case, skin, etc)? nope! I'm smartphone-less




Fall 2011 Switch Witch

Many questions to answer! September 23rd     Is there anything you'd like from the Mütter Museum Store?   I just noticed that Cocoa Pink has 5 ml Perfume Atomizers. Yay or nay? Scents you would like? Scents you would NOT like? - Sure! Black Cat in the Pumpkin Patch, Halloween in Dublin, Naughty Gingerbread, Naughty Pumpkin, Spiritueuse Double Vanilla, anything pumpkin or apple   what's your favorite kind of pizza? - pesto with shrimp or chicken & I used to be able to get one with potato & thyme that was delish   who are your style/fashion icons? post pics if you want!   Are there any food items you're craving/aren't able to find around your area? - I'd be pretty happy to have dark chocolate mint Tim Tams again   September 22nd   If you're interested in a handmade pouch/cover for an item you have (phones, tablets, books, keys, kettles...), what would your ideal pouch/cover have? Design, material, additional functionality/features like pockets or lights or secret hidey-holes? - ipod cover, perhaps   Would you like a photo collage based around your interests/favorite colors/favorite themes? - Sure! prefer something not too large   If you're crafty, are you interested in spoonflower? And if so, what things there delight your eyes? - so many awesome designs! I think the Spooky Gothic & Sugar Skulls ones are really cute as well as the one with all the insects but I'd probably just admire & not use them though     Colors! What are your favorite colors and what colors do you not like? Pictures and links, people!   What is your favorite word? - I can think of a few: rumpled, onomatopeia, parapluie   What are the feelings on arm warmers? Color, style, texture, length? - I like the look but probably wouldn't wear them (I actually like to wear 3/4 sleeves because I tend to get too hot rather than chilly), a pair of fingerless gloves in something soft would be more my thing   Do you like tarts? tealights? jar candles? votives? - tealights or votives preferred   What's your favorite flavor? Sour, sweet, bitter, salty? - sweet & salty   So, are there any online gaming witchees who covet purchasable in-game items or other gamer-y stuff? (yup, geek question) - no thanks!   Anyone doing anything cool for Mabon (or the start of fall, if you aren't pagan? - lighting candles, gathering a Fall bouquet   What is your favorite coffee blend at Starbucks? If you don't have one, what is your favorite roast of coffee? - French Roast (& Pumpkin Spice Lattes)   September 21st   Cthulhu: yay or nay? - Yay yay!   Is there something that you wish you could do, but you keep putting it off?   Put your current mp3player (I am the anti-apple, so no ipod ), winamp playlist, what have you, on shuffle, list the first 10 songs: Flogging Molly - Devil's Dance Floor Gogol Bordello - Immigrant Rock Blind Boys of Alabama - Uncloudy Day Toots & The Maytals w. Bonnie Raitt - True Love is Hard to Find Sarah Harmer - Basement Apartment REM - Superman Voltaire - Vampire Club Bauhaus - Ziggy Stardust Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros- Redemption Song Kathleen Edwards - Back to Me     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   Do you have any interest in rocks? Not like, polished colorful stones.. but like... rocks. With geologic significance! - sure!   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? -   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.   Do you like/own/wear/want fairy wings or something of the like? -that would be a cool thing to have!   How do you feel about terrariums? - no thanks!   What's your favorite horror movie? - not a huge horror fan but I liked the Others, the Sixth Sense & have a great fondness for Vincent Price   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. - Noxema, bagels, coffee, tea, apples, lip balm   Jane Austen .. Yay or Nay? - Yay (preferably w/o zombies)   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? - Love one! "All the freaky people make the beauty of the world" - Michael Frante, is something I have stuck in my head right now or something from Terry Pratchett would a fairly safe bet   Do you like period or period-styled paraphernalia? Stuff like postcards, notecards, jewelry, office supplies, what-have-you? - you betcha!   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? - not crazy about the Manga I've read (willing to be enabled!), I have all the Sandman series, some of the Books of Magic, enjoy Courtney Crumrin, have to like both the story & the style   If you could choose a Smack, what would it have in it? - I love Villainess' Smacks, by far my favorite scrub product! I really enjoyed Berry Patch, Spice Trade, Vanilla & Woods together & would like to mix up Berry Patch x2, Lemon Meringue & Buttercream   if you could have a salon scent made, based on any artwork(s) what would it be?   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.? - Sure!   What's 'your' song/your theme song?   What would be your superpower?   Witchee, would you like a gently used BPAL tshirt? - you bet! There's a number I missed out on   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 - sure! No yellow raisins, please or banana chips   Do you like charm bracelets? If you had a bracelet, what sort of charms would you want on it? Favorite hobbies, symbols, whatever? - I do! Something seasonal or Halloweenie would be very cool   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. - sure! A mini Kabuki would be a great thing to have   Do you like Legos? Especially mini-fig key chains, Lego block keychains, small Lego sets, etc? - Love a Lego figure key chain as would my kiddos   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.   Are there any characters that you love or identify with?   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?   Are there any Arcana Weenies that you MUST HAVE?   So what say you? IS an "unexpected" visit/in-person witching OK?       September 19th   What strange misc. items would you love to receive that you just haven't gotten for yourself?:   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?   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? - yay, lip balm! prefer twist-up tubes & no peppermint flavor, please   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)   -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)   -How do you feel about getting art supplies in general? (copic markers, watercolor, brushes, paint, sketchbooks etc.) - sure!   How do you feel about Threadless tshirts? - I like!   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? - some kind of candy & perhaps some socks   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? - I like both, nature with slight preference to b&w   would you be interested in something like this? https://lostcrates.com/how-it-works   Amigurumi, yes or no? - yes!     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   Name your 3 favorite types/flavors of tea   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?   How do you feel about pumpkin scented things? Not perfume related, but soap, candles, etc.... - oh yes!   Has anyone else heard of or does anyone else love Glamourkin? - awesome! I added some to my etsy wishlist   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.   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).   SOCK PREFERENCES?   Would you like/wear a pair of these? http://www.ravelry.c...rary/yoga-socks If so, what color? - interesting... blue, grey or purple   Is there anyone here who likes toe socks? You know, those socks with a place for each toe? - they're amusing but would I wear them?   September 17th   Are you looking for a certain kind of DVDs to spruce up your collection right now? - Nightmare Before Christmas, Finding Nemo   Does anyone like postcards? Is anyone willing to be a Nacho witch for postcards - yes & I would   Anyone going to see any good concerts this fall? - doubt it   Do you like Star Trek? Original TV series, films, spinoff series, etc? Favorite characters? - yes, original & DS9   Witchee, would you like a framed photograph and of what?     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? - I get takeout once in a while but mostly cook at home, would love recipes etc.   New question: How do you feel about maple syrup? - yum! It's readily available here though.   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) - that would be cool!   Do you like Star Wars? Original Trilogy? Prequels? Spin-offs? Favorite characters? - I prefer the original (fave characters: Chewbacca, Yoda & Darth Vader) but my kids love the Clone Wars (Anakin, Asoka, Obi-Wan, General Grievous)   Do you like beef jerkey, I know some may be vegetarian, 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) - I like beef jerky (& my DH loves it), thin preferred   Also do you like more racier ecards from time to time and do you need to be warned if something may be not safe to open at work. - Sure! (but it would be a good idea to let me know if NSFW just in case)   Doctor Who? Yay or nay? (please don't make me cry by saying nay) - Yay! but I haven't seen more than a few episodes of the last few years   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? - Sure!   Anyone love Buffy/Angel? - Yes! Especially Spike, Giles, Anya & Lorne   How would you feel about gummies? Like, gummy bears? Gummy werewolves? Gummy vampires? - Gummies are awesome, not a huge fan of sours but my kids would eat 'em if I got some   How would you feel about a totally original Gela-skin for your laptop/iPod/phone? Stickers? Decals?   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 like creepy but not gore (or zombies), I don't mind cute as long as it's not cutesy, dark fairytales preferred   Are your ears pierced, Witchee? Do you have any other piercings? Would you like to receive any items of jewelry for these piercings? - ears only, I had my nose pierced once upon a time but it wasn't happy about it so I took it out   How do you all feel about Whoopie Pies?     September 15th   interested in anything from Lush? - I really wish I'd managed to stock up on Blue Skies shower gel before they discontinued it , I'd love to get a chance to sample small amounts oof all the different citrusy shower gels so I could figure out if I'd like them, I dig bubblebars & would like to try the massage bars   Do you blog? Would you like a header for your blog, a layout, etc? - Nope!   Would you be interested in a handmade bookmark? - You bet!   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? - sounds good! sweet or savoury   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.   do you like real sugar skulls? Things with sugar skull designs? - I've never even seen a real one & would love to   Who here adores meringue? - I do! especially with chocolate & nuts in it or citrus peel ( I often give chocolate & orange peel ones as Christmas cookies)   September 14th   Can you sum yourself (whether it be personality, life's goals, ethics, whatever) in 10 words or less?   How about little bottles of booze? Ya wanna? What kind? - Sure! liqueurs or rum, vodka   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.) - fudge & brownies are yum!   Also, what about mochi? Love it, hate it, baffled by it? - doesn't really appeal   Anything from the update ya'll are liking? BPTP UPDATE - I have ordered decants galore from both updates, am planning on getting bottles of Pumpkin Princess, Apple Cider & Candied Pumpkin when I have more funds   Does anyone like kimchi - nah   Would you be interested in a sample box(from somewhere like Birchbox or loosebutton)? - Sure!   You have to place a Lab and Trading Post order. Right fuckin' now. No spending limits. What do you buy?   Paintbox Soapworks - anything you're interested in, in general or from the latest update? - I have a few soaps on my etsy wishlist (Smiling Jack, Indian Summer, Lavender Truffle) & would love to try small amounts of the slip & sorbets   Do you guys have any sports that you follow obsessively? How about favorite teams and/or athletes - moderate hockey fan (Canucks) but I don't need anything   How do you feel about notebooks/journals/stationery? Anything you need or particularly like? - love little notebooks with designs on the paper   Does confetti/glitter make you angry or fill you with glee? - It's fine but doesn't inspire great passion either way   Fabulous witches and witchees, perhaps you all could note of you've received MeiLin's goodies? Or if you want? - haven't received any, would totally dig the cookbooks   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? - I would like (preferably small): cthulhu or mythological animals (dragons, griffins etc), octopi, black cats, pumpkin creatures   how interested would you be on somewhat personalized bottle cap labels? Like these that I did? - very interested   When you're miserably sick (*sniffle, cough!*) what are the things that comfort you the most? - tea & books & warm blankie, cat in lap   What constitutes ultimate luxury to you? (go crazy!)   What do you really NOT want? - not a big fan of feathers or real fur     September 13th   How would you feel about kitchen towels and other similar household objects, if they are pretty or a souvenir -   How did you dress up for your last party or compulsory-formal-dress occasion?   Do you enjoy puzzles/riddles? (Cryptograms, Sudoku, Crossword, Jigsaw, etc) - I quite like crosswords & word search things   Witchee, would you be interested in having a special tea cup/coffee mug/glass to drink out of? - oh yes!       September 12th   Would you like to receive e-books? And if so, in what format?   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?   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!) - those are nice! I would get the most use out of the unisex ones, though the bubble bags are really cute   Are there are patterns, motifs, etc that you especially like? - paisley, stars & moons, leaves, chintz type flowers   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? - lots on this in my Switch Witch Help   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 love second hand! Clothes are fine but no undies, fur, feathers or hats please   Do you have an Etsy shop? Do you know of any Etsy shops that are Switch Witch friendly? - don't have one   Would a gift or a postcard from Disneyland make you squee with delight or puke into your mail box? - it would be okay   what are your favorite types of Halloween candy? - mini chocolate bars, peanut butter or caramel filled pumpkins   Do you prefer soap or shower gel? Please give examples of your favorite scents or brands.   How do you like your chocolate? For example with nuts, mint, peanut butter, caramel? - I went into embarassing detail about this in Switch Witch Help   Beads! Do you use them? Would you want some? What sorts of beads do you like? - yes! I love czech glass & leaf & flower shapes   Anyone here like caramels? Sea salted caramels?!?! - I adore caramels, especially salted or in unusual flavours     Would you like a hand dyed or hand painted scarf or wrap or other item? If so, what colors/designs/fabrics do you like? - you bet! scarf preferred   This was a question before, but does anyone here like stones? Just pretty polished stones for use in whatever purposes? - yup! I was the kid who got holes in her pocket from all the rocks she picked up everywhere   And another question; anyone like anything in particular from Think Geek?   Pinterest, do you have boards you want to share or are you following anyone with great boards you want to share? - I don't think so     September 10th   What #1 actor, director, author and/or musician are you obsessed with?   are you interested in anything from the Villainness Bad Apples update?   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? - my cats are all catnip fiends   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?   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?   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?   Do you like coffee or tea? Would you be interested in trying some different types?   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) - cds   Are you going away for any part of this round? - nope   Would you like to receive a mix-CD from your Witch? - I would love one! Some of my favorite stuff is from mixed cds from past Switch Witches   If your witch were going somewhere on a vacation during the round, would you want a little souvenir? - Sure!   Do you enjoy any outdoor activities? Do you have a favorite form of "exercise"? - I just walk alot - I wouldn't mind a beginners bellydancing dvd   Any witchee's with a ravelry account have any favourited patterns that cost money that would be a welcome gift? - can't knit   Do you work/study at a desk and enjoy interesting or cute office supplies? - yes & I would   Witchee, are you a fan of musicals? If so, which ones? - enable me!     September 9th   Do you like to burn incense? If so, what are your favorite kinds...sticks? cones? resins? What are your favorite scents? - I pretty well only like Japanese incense like Shoyeido but I'm a bit intrigued by Juniper Ridge   - Harry Potter - a fan? If so, what house are you?   - If you were to receive a gift card, what places would you like to get one from?   Is there a particular myth/folktale/legend/fairytale/godstory that you're drawn to?   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! - not for me   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!   When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter?   What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters?   Are you musical? Do you play an instrument, and if so, what? If not, what do you wish you could play or do?   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?   Do you decorate for Halloween? Is your decorating taste elegant, kitschy and fun, or scary?   Witchee, do you have any symbols or totems that have special meaning for you?   Is anyone fond of programs like Adopt a Tree/Highway/Library/Manatee/Acre of Rainforest/etc?:       September 8th   From the Weenie Update....what are you most wanting to try?   Who's into nail polish? What colors/brands?   Is there a quote (or lyric or part of a poem) that really resonates with you or is your favorite?   Dream candle? Scent, color, type (tealight, votive, pillar, jar, etc.), throw...   Do you like knitted goodies? If so, what would you like and what colors?   Would you be interested in homemade edibles that are NOT sweets? Any specifics? - sure! I like chutneys, pickles & medium salsas   What GC do you live in mortal terror of the lab discontinuing, but never get around to buying? - I'd hate to lose Perversion, Fae or Nemesis before I get bottles   Yo, yarnies! Do you Ravelry? If so, who are you over thar? - not a knitter   Social Media? - nope, still resisting   Do you have wishlists for non-BPAL e-tailers? And if so, could you provide a link or a list?   Witchee, do you use a PC or a Mac? - Mac at home, PC at work   What is your favorite animal?   What are you going to be for Halloween? - I'd like to be a wicked queen (I wish I could find a cheap adult-size tiara) or the Queen of Air & Darkness or something along those lines   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.)   How do you feel about nick-knacks? - I like 'em!   What traditions (family, holiday, or otherwise) are important to you?   Do you like going to the movies?   What are your favorite restaurants?   Do you play any video games? - I used to play Diablo exclusively but once in a while will play Wii with my eldest (Pirates of the Caribbean or Indiana Jones Lego)   Do you like any anime?   Do you have an E-reader/iPad/something similar that you need a cover/case for? - I only have an iPod   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? - pretty damn excited   How would you like to receive some of your Witch's favorite recipes, tailored to your likes/dietary restrictions? Any specific wants? - sure would!   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?   Muppets: yea or nay? - big yea!   Do you have an affinity for Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, The Far Side, and other comic strips? If so, which is your favorite? - Like Calvin & Hobbes & The Far SIde, for strips currently running, I really like Unshelved, Cul De Sac & Lio   Favorite Mythological Creature?: - griffins, dragons, trolls   Do you like hair things barrettes, headbands, flowers   Expanding on the hair question - does anyone like those flower clips for the hair that are big right now?? - not really




Spring 2011 Switch Witch extras

Late May/early June 2011, I wasn't able to squee about my final package from my Witchy because the IGI thread was already closed. So here it is:   I received an unexpected Switch Witch package the other day! What a lovely surprise - I'm sure the international postal people hung on to it for a while, just because. Picture here Inside was some great paper goods: a bookmark printed with Gouldian finches (so vivid!), 2 BPAL postcards I haven't seen before & a pretty postcard of the Sunset over Sydney Harbour with a note from my dear Witch. There was also some other awesome BPTP swag - the coveted white BPAL pen & an Underworld Cup pin (yay!) - Some very nice Emma Page jewellery: sparkly earrings & a silver heart pendant with a chain - awesome Australian Redback Spider socks (officially the coolest socks I own!) - Hand Balm in Tranquil Sleep from Lathers & Lights (very soothing) - a nice selection of imps: Al-Azif, Bohun Upas, Casanova, Lorelei, Night Raven & Psyche - a whole bunch of sweet origami cranes, stars & hearts!   Thanks so much for all the goodies!   Here's a picture of my first package: viola! .   March 25   Are you interested in trying Super Villainess (from Villainess - the birthday scent that was just released tonight!) and if so, which item do you like the most? (Soap, Whipped, Smooch, Extrait, Smack...) - probably just the soap & a perfume sample (though I do like the Whipped product, it's a lot of lotion to use up if I don't like the scent - I'm looking at you, Just Desserts...)   If I were to order you a Smack, which four notes would you like? - my favorite so far has been: Berry Patch, Spice Trade, Vanilla Bean & Incense, though Sugared Roses, Spice Trade, Red Woods & Raspberry Plum was pretty awesome, too. I've been toying with the idea of a rosy, citrusy combo for summer but am a little afraid of it going wrong - Sugared Roses, Lemon Meringue, Buttercream ...)   Would you enjoy receiving a knitted gift from your witch? If so what would you be interested in (scarf, hat, wrist / handwarmers, socks, etc.) and in what colors? - I've been lucky enough to receive scarves from a couple of my past Witches ( blows smooches at Galahad & Baitu) & the wonderful stariel once knit me some fabulous socks (gentle glomp) so I feel like I shouldn't expect anymore handknit bounty but anything would be welcome   March 23   Easter Candy - do you like it? If so, what types? - I'm fond of all things Lindt (come here, leetle bunnies & carrots!) & Cadbury Mini Eggs (even though they sell them year round, I still like getting a big bag at Easter & scarfing it down by myself), I saw some Cadbury orange -marshmallow eggs that I'd like to try. I'm also pretty keen on peanut butter filled things.   What scent(s) are you petrified of getting DC'd? - Dorian (I have a back-up, but still), Perversion, Lady Una, Marie, Faith, Nemesis (for my DH)     March 22   Violette Market Update is up. Do you covet anything from it? - I wouldn't mind trying the Lost Woods of Killarney & the Morrigan. The Turkish Delight from the Yules caught my eye more than anything from the current update   What is your favorite type of wine? Would you be interested in trying something new? In that case, is there anything you really DONT like? Ooooo how about dessert wines? - I'm not crazy about really dry wines but will try anything! I mostly drink reds (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz) & the occasional glass of dessert or ice wine   March 21   What three things are you craving right now? milk chocolate, warm vanilla milk with cinnamon & cardamom, some crusty rosemary bread with butter   paper goods, anyone need? including resume paper, and formal stationery as well as casual cards. - I can always use more cards & cute notepads!   What is a scent that you've been trying to find even a sample of for a very long time to no avail? (What bottle would you die to get your hands on - even a partial?) - samples of Sybil, Pumpkin King & Gypsy Queen (even sniffies!), Bottle-wise: either Hunger Moon or Sky-typing with Chem-trails would make me really happy   Is there anything in your life that you'd like advice or a "selfhelp" book for?: (ie finances, eating healthier, meal planning) - de-cluttering & cleaning house ,*sigh* the will is just not there   March 19   If your Witch lived near you, would you be happy or creeped out to get a "coupon" for a service like cleaning help or babysitting or dogwalking or coffee out with your Witch or something like that? Would you be creeped out if a local minion personally delivered a package to your house from a far-away Witch? - Nope, wouldn't be creeped out. I'm always happy to meet another BPALista but would prefer a bit of prior notice if someone's gonna show up at my house   Let's say I have a pair of something you collect, would you like one of them and we have matching things? - You bet!     March 18   Do you like poetry? - Yes, I do. (I was an English major, remember).   What types of scents do you like to scent your home? Which do you totally avoid? - like foody, fruity & spicy, florals can be iffy   What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters? - I really like Jill Thompson (characters: Scary Godmother & Delirium) & Ted Naifeh (GloomCookie, Courtney Crumrin) but haven't been trying to keep up on what they're doing   How do you feel about nail polish? What colors do you like? Sparkles? - I'm a toenail decorator only. I like glittery reds & purples, wouldn't mind finding a nice sparkley blue or deep orange   Household/kitchen goods/gadgets? - pot holders! and a decent pastry cutter would be nice   Ok geek check - what sort of geeky things do you do? Do you read comics/graphic novels? Are you obsessed with something (a TV show maybe?) Do you work in a geeky field? Do you play rpgs like Dungeons and Dragons? Would you like gifts related to any of these?   - I have all the Sandman graphic novels & some others but don't really collect them in general. I'm quite fond of Buffy (would enjoy Spike & Giles stuff) but am not as obsessed as some people & haven't really been enjoying the new comics. Not a D&D player but totally loved hacking & slashing my way through Diablo I & II. I do happily work in a library & know way more about LOTR & Greek & Norse mythology than I need to. I'm a bit of a Lovecraft officinado, too & have always wanted a stuffed Cthulhu.   Do you have a favorite fabric? If someone were to make you a fabric item, would you prefer it be out of any fabric? e.g. velvet, satin, silk, cotton, bamboo??? Would this change if it were an article of clothing vs. a bag/pillow/blanket/somethingelse - I like velvet a lot or cotton, blanket would be best in something soft & cozy   Anything with the Worm Moon update that you're already lusting after? - I have decants ordered & was lusting after the shirt but talked myself out of it   March 17   Would you want an invite to a site that is invite-only ex. Diaspora, Demonoid, etc. If so, what? - Can't think of anything   Pillows? What size/designs/colors would most interest you? - I like floral or paisley patterns or solids in sage green, cranberry or cobalt, any size   purses? bags? What style/colors? - I'm always game for a new cloth shopping bag or book bag especially if it's not canvas coloured (beige)   Decorative scarves for hair and/or creative accessorizing? What colors? - Sure! Blues, purples & greens & combinations thereof   Would you like anything from Starring Fragrances. They make awesome hair stuff, natural deodorant, and home fragrance (and a ton of other stuff, those are just my favs)? - I had a sample of the sugar scrub in Gangster's Moll that was pretty delicious. I'd be into small sizes of shower gel & room sprays, too in anything foody/spicy.   March 16 or those who like lipgloss, lipstick, tinted balms, etc, what colors do you wear (and warm? cool?) and do you prefer something sheer or more opaque? How do you feel about shimmer? - mostly cool colours like plum, dark pink, sheer or opaque, shimmer is good but not essential   Are there any fancy/gourmet/special herbs or spices that you'd love to receive? ie: good quality vanilla or other extracts, vanilla beans, saffron, lavender, etc. - I'm good for most things but used to be able to get a spice mix called Zhug that I can't find anymore & I'm interested in trying Old Bay, vanilla bean paste would be nice   What's your favorite animal? Or is there one that's particularly significant to you? - cats, crows & ravens, otters, hedgehogs, tigers   If you were able to get a vintage or prototype bottle from the upcoming West Coast Will Call, which one would you want? - Cake Smash v3 or Victorian Rose Milk or Underpants (mostly to share 'cause I only have a third of a decant) or La Befana   DVDs, Blu-Ray, both, neither? - dvds, please   Sock Dreams? What kind? (anklets, footies, etc.?) - anklets or mid-calf   Since this is a price capped round, would you rather get one "big" thing or lots of "little" things or don't care? - whatever my Witchy desires to do is fine by me   Do you like pirate-related things? - Yar!   Soaps? Be specific: if there are BPAL soaps you want to try or are dying for more of, tell all here! Also, any other companies people like or love? Villainess, maybe? Or Lush? What flavors??? - I've tried all the BPAL soaps but would be happy to have more Gingerbread Poppet, Shub or Snake Oil (pieces are fine), I'm quite fond of Villainess & have quite a few listed in my Switch Witch Help. I'd be especially interested in ones that are Soap Box Co. exclusives (Masala, Autumn Gala, Proserpina) 'cause I'm unlikely to ever order from them since Canadian shipping is over $20. Lush is easy for me to get.   What periods of art do you love most? Like, if someone was going to get you a tapestry or a box or some other item, what period would you want it to most resonate with? the pinks and golds of Rococo? the clean geometry of Art Deco? The romanticism of Art Nouveux? The strange lines of Cubism? - I'm fond of Art Nouveau (I think it's all the swirly bits)   Would you like caffeinated lollipops?: http://www.lollyphil...cks-caffeinated - ooh! nom nom. I generally like coffee flavoured things   Copied CD's or DVD's? - I'm okay with it if they're hard to come by   I'm going to Disneyland in a couple of weeks, is there anything I can get you? - Nightmare Before Christmas stuff is always good or Finding Nemo   March 15   Booze? Yay or Nay? what kinds? - yay but probably too expensive to ship. - Cider, red wine, pale & honey ales, Calvados, sometimes liqueurs like Chambord, Grand Marnier, Baileys, Mozart Gold   Steampunk inspired items? Yay or nay? - Yay!   Do you like amurigami dolls? - Yes! Chewbacca is adorable! The black metal dude is hilarious!   Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies - who wins? Which do you love most? - Pirates, all the way!   Do you like wearing things in your hair? If so, what kind (snap clips, scrunchie, headband, etc), how big & crazy (lowkey, bigger the better), and colors. - I'm kinda picky about hair accessories - scrunchies in velvet or patterned/tapestry fabric would be a safe bet though   Piercings? - ears?? - elsewhere? - ears only (7 holes but wear rings in all but the lowest which are the ones I change up daily)   Chocolate. With stuff in it? Are you more a plain chocolate lover, a chocolate and normal items lover (normal items being nuts, fruit, caramel) or do you like weird stuff in your chocolate? (weird stuff being curry, chilis, balsamic vinegar, floraly things) - Bring it all on!   March 14   surprise! the world has given you the day off. You hear that, no chores, responsibilities, or budget you have to follow. What would you do in those 24 hours? - there'd be a whole lot of napping & eating out going on (can you tell I'm feeling a little burnt out? )   Do you have any blogs you regularly read? - Neil Gaiman, FoodLibrarian, Bookshelves of Doom, Cakewrecks, Go Fug Yourself, Smart Bitches/Trashy Books, King Arthur Flour Baking blog   Do you need another bpal box? If so what would your fantasy one look like? - I've been lucky enough to have been gifted a couple of fabulous ones already but could use one just for my rose scents (would have to have voluptuous old-fashioned roses on it, of course, on a dark background)   Do you enjoy gardening? If so, what kind of stuff do you grow? Vegetables, flowers? - heirloom veggies (esp. tomatoes), herbs & smelly flowers are my faves   Social Networking sites: I'm still resisting   favourite artists or specific paintings? - I guess I like illustrators best: Arthur Rackham, Brian Froud, James Christiansen, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Ursula Vernon. I'm also drawn to paintings of the night sky with the moon & stars   March 13   how about mix CDs? - love 'em!   Hey, how do folks feel about little e-goodies, like links to stuff your witchee likes? (articles online, pix, fic, etc) - love 'em!   Tim Tams? Yes or no? Chocolate Creme, Caramel, or Dark Chocolate? - I can buy them locally but would be interested in trying any unusual flavours that we wouldn't see - like Dark chocolate mint, yum!   Is there any "classic" literature (Hemingway, Dickens, Elliot, Bronte, Hugo, Wilde, etc.) that you would like to add to your collection? - I have some Kipling & other stuff on my Amazon list   candles and/or aroma melts: yay or nay? - yay, candles!   Get your music player, what are the first 13 songs on Random? - lately, I've only been listening to Sarah Harmer's new album, Oh Little Fire   Astrological charts and interpretation/ reports? - You bet!   So how does everyone feel about receiving ebooks? - I don't have a device   March 11   Would you rather have HUGE list of things your witchee wants to try or just a highlight list? - huge makes it easier as long as there is also some ranking going on   March 10   Baked Goods? Yea Nay? - Yay!   If not Baked goods and you are changing eating habits..a book of recipes perhaps that will help the new eating lifestyle? - Recipes are awesome!   If you were to make an order RIGHT NOW (Not that any of you will make any bpal orders until SW is over, because you do NOT want to mess up any plans your witch might have!) What would you order (from lab, forum, DD, TradingPost, etc) - I'd love a bottle of Kuang Shi or Marie or Fae & some Nemesis for my DH (I may have to get myself a Worm Moon t-shirt, too, because it's adorable!)   What level of nudity are you fine with on items? Ex: none, tasteful, erotica - I like it fairly tasteful   I know the ?airre asked about gently used books and if you like garage sales, but would you like other kinds of gently used items that may have come from a garage sale? - You bet! I'm always at the thrift store   Do you like cooking seasonings, like the kind you can get in ounce sizes? If so, things you'd love to try out? - I'm set for most things but I'd love to try something regional from my Witchy's area or some kind of spice or herb mix they think is great   Do you like any particular kinds of green or black teas or coffees that could also be gotten in bulk? - I like French roast coffee but I'd rather not get too much of one kind of tea at once because I like variety   Favorite snack foods (and can they be from bulk section as well?) - Of course: gummis (especially Haribo), licorice, chocolate-covered pretzels, peanut butter- filled pretzels, yam chips, sesame rice crackers




Valentine Shotgun Switch Witch 2010

Switch Witch Questions - Valentine's Shotgun Round 2/16 If you were to give up something for 40 days, what would it be and why? - It wouldn't hurt me to lay off the french fries for a while, so my pants fit better   2/14 Are you following the Olympics? What's your favorite sport to watch? Would you be interested in merch? - no thanks, I'm at Olympic central here so I can get whatever I'm interested in   2/13 These are a few of my favourite things: ...? - Kitties, my kids, chocolate, tea, coffee, napping, fragrant flowers, big pile of books   2/12 I love to decoupage/collage boxes and notebooks. If you were my witchee, would you like one? What colors/themes would you want it to have? Find cute pictures--inspire me (and other crafty witches)! - You bet!   2/11 If you could have one "unselfish" wish (but personal) what would it be? - That my sister's cancer continues to stay in remission   2/10 If you had to choose SHOES or PURSES? - Purses but I need shoes more If you could have 5mL of ANY ONE BPAL scent, what would it be? - Monster Bait: Underbed or Sybil Loose tea or bagged tea? Or both? - Both, slight preference to bagged   2/9 Who are your fantasy five? - Colin Firth, Spike,   2/8 Are there any books you particularly want to read that you don't mind being 2nd hand (or 3rd or 4th )? Anything on my WL can be used Do you like gardening,growing vegetables, house plants? Need any small tools, seeds, labels? - no houseplants but I'm always game for seeds & trowels Are there any soundtracks you'd be interested in getting a copy of? - Grosse Point Blank   2/7 Do you have any personal heroes / heroines and why? Are there any languages or countries that you're really interested in? If you could be in any fictional universe, what would it be? (Harry Potter, Firefly, Lord of the Rings, Silent Hill, wtv) 2/6 If you were a student at Hogwarts, what house would you be in? -Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw What animal would your Patronus be? I'm a space junky. Love anything galaxy, space, star, etc related. I'm even getting a milky way tattoo one day. And I am a total Star Trek geek. Anyone else? Sure - I'm quite fond of Star Trek in most of its incarnations Severed fingers? -Um, probably not If you like tea, what are your favorite kinds? Fruity, sweet, chai, plain, black, green, red, white? - Fruity, chai & black (is that plain tea?)   2/5 How do you feel about handmade stuffed animals? - Cool! Are there any accessories you'd really like? (Keychains, little purses, etc.) -A new keychain would be fun What are your favorite animals? - cats, tigers, otters Is there anything you've had to give up that you really miss or want back? Maybe something a witch could help out with?   2/4 Are you opposed to vegan baked goods? Or baked goods in general? - Baked goods are swell What's your favourite flower? -roses, lilies & dahlias For those that have dogs, if I were to knit them a sweater, what colour would you like it to be?- Kitties don't like clothes too much Lip balm: Yay or nay? If yay, what are your favorite kinds (brands, consistency, whatever)? -Yay! I quite like My Lipstuff (so many flavors!) & ones that are a bit tinted How do you feel about home-canned goods, like pickles, jelly, preserves, stuff like that. -Nom! OPI Alice in Wonderland set? - I'd like the blue but I think it's a no-no to mail nail polish to Canada Hair stuff? Clips and things, do you need any? -Sure!   2/3 I custom mix nail polish, a process called 'frankening'. If you were my witch, would you enjoy a custom 'franken', based on whatever colors/theme you chose? - That would be cool Since everyone is spending the same amount of money on this swap, would you be interested in seeing the cost breakdown of each item in your package? -If my witch wants to Do you like keys? - Yup! The older looking the better Do you like guessing who your witch is, or would you prefer to know? Do you mind knowing? -I'd like to know but don't mind trying to guess If it's going to be obvious who your witch is, would you rather she played the ninja and sent one big box at the end, or smaller packages along the way? - Either is good What color are your eyes? - Greenish blue or blue grey depending on the light & what I'm wearing If you had to choose a color for a nightie to sleep in what color would it be? -Purple or blue   2/2 Would you like or accept an energetically-charged item or gift? Something that had power poured into it? If so, do you have a particular purpose that you'd prefer? (Love, protection, money, etc.) - That would be cool: energy, peace, protection, abundance would all be great Do you have any significant upcoming events in your life you'd like something for? -Nope Ooooh! BPAL's beloved alicia_stardust is having a contest! If you're my Witchee, would you like a chance to win these earrings? -You bet! How are we feeling about burlesque? -It's not something I'd take part in but I can appreciate it Is there anything you're lusting after in the Villainess update? -Raspberry Swirl & I'm sad there's no Miss Edith smooch or whipped   1/26-2/1 What is everyone's take on Valentine's Day? - Chocolate is always welcome My husband was well trained in his youth & always produces gifts & cards appropriate to the occasion Do you like traditional Valentine's Day colors (red, pink, white, more?) ? - Red or dusty rose A Favorite love poem? What's everyone's favorite semi-obscure (or underappreciated!) animal? - coatis What is your favorite sign that spring is coming? - snowdrops & other early bulbs Do you like hand-knit Things? - Oh, yes! For those of you with pets, would you like pet things? Toys, treats, etc? -Sure - catnip toys are always a hit What's your favorite Love Story? Would anyone like receiving naughty/sexy things? Who on the thread likes attending Ren Faires, SciFi/Comic Cons & the like? And do you dress up for them? -I've never been to anything like that but could get into it if I went with the right friends Do you need any accessories for your phone, computer, mp3 player, etc.? - not really What are your feelings on gently used CDs/DVDs? - Fabulous First five songs on the "Top 25 Most Played" list on iPod. - Joe Strummer - Redemption Day, Bauhaus -Ziggy Stardust, Rancid - Timebomb, Soundgarden - Outshined, Hard Rock Miners - Black & Blue Would you like a mix cd from your witch? -Oh yes! Are you interested in receiving gifts representative of Witch's country or culture? - You bet! Do you like candy? What kinds? -Oh yes, see Switch Witch Help for specifics Do you play WoW? - Nope Would you like one of those Plush Microbes? - Sure: they do amuse me What are your feelings on Mardi Gras? - not a local tradition but I do like the colours green & purple together Would you like homemade sewn stuff? Any fabrics to avoid? -You bet: anything is fine Do you need any kitchen-related gadgetry? - I'd love an egg timer in the hour-glass style - I can't seem to find them anymore Do you like incense and/or scented candles, and are you able to burn them in your home? If so, what kinds of scents do you like? - Japanese incense preferred & spicy fruity candles - See Switch Witch Help for specifics Boxes? For Bpal (bottles and/or imps) or otherwise. - I thought I was all set & then tried to fit something else in the box I've been using for my rose scents & couldn't, so I guess I could use another Would you use a natural sea sponge? - Sure Are you interested in bacon chocolate? - Yes! I'm most curious Coffee, hot chocolate, or tea? - All Would you like some of my favorite recipes? -Yes! Would you like posters, pictures, art? -Sure! But not super large Would you like soaps? Especially from Paintbox? And ESPECIALLY the Valentines Special Edition Soaps?? - I wuv soap & am rather curious about Tartchef's beet soap & Black Heart & This Charming Man New question--I'm calling this "could never happen in a million years": Your Witch is perusing the wares at a local yard sale. S/he looks down and sees [insert impossibly rare item that you've always wanted but could never afford] with a $5-10 sticker on it. Sheepishly s/he takes it to the guy behind the folding table. "Do you know what this is?" s/he inquires. The gentleman states that it belonged to his mother/sister/grandmother/Great Aunt Beulah and he thinks it's for, like, hair or something. With a trembling hand, s/hes pays the man and heads home with the inconceivable riches. So, what is this unobtainable miracle your Witch found? -A Daum or Galle vase, something in Royal Winton's Sweet Pea pattern, an Arthur Rackham print or book Do you like salted caramels? Oh, yeah! Imagine that someone hands you their wallet and sends you into a really good bakery. They have everything, from breads to brownies, cookies to croissants, anything you could imagine, and you're allowed to pick out five things for yourself. What do you pick? - Rosemary olive oil bread, Apple, caramel & thyme foccacia, chocolate florentines, raspberry mousse torte & a cranberry pear galette (I'm pretending my two favorite bakeries are one) It gets asked every round but sockdreams? - Of course! Do you like alcoholic beverages? If so, what is your preference (beer, wine, liquor...)? - Pale ale, red wine, cider, Grand Marnier & Frangelico would just about cover it Are you into steampunk? - Sure




Fall '09 Switch Witch

******9/17***** Are you into 80s movies (like i am ) if so, which are your favorites and who are your favorite characters? Do you like Villainess soaps? What are your favorite scents? Birth Rite, Krakatoa, Ginger Snapped, Kill Switch Do you mind artificial colors in your food? Not really Who wants hair pretties?(headbands, barrettes, pony-o's, scrunchies, bobby pins, hair clips, etc) Sure! If you were my witchee, would you like any of the scents/sizes that are available on clearance? I am on an origami crane kick recently, so I wonder if anyone will be interested in origami crane earrings, origami crane in a glass vial (~1.2cm wide) phone charm/pendant or just a container filled with cranes of different sizes. you bet! How do you feel about clothing/accessories made from animals? Anti-fur, leather, shells, etc.? Does even faux wig you out? Fur would squick me out a little but the others would be fine How do you deal with stress? What's your favorite way to unwind? Reading, listening to music, puttering in the garden, having a big nap You're given the opportunity to apprentice at any trade (or craft) of your choosing for the period of one year. Your mentor may be any currently living person. Which field of study would you choose, and who would be your mentor? ******9/16***** Who is musically inclined? What instruments (voice counts) do you play? Would you enjoy sheet music? Favorite musicals? Which of the seven deadly sins is most likely to be your undoing? Sloth or Gluttony Anyone want a nickname and embroidered headband from PandaBite? No thanks I have seen a lot of yankee candles haters..... personally i like yankee candle (some of them, anyway). do you or don't you, and if not, what candles do you like? this assumes you like candles. otherwise, what specific home fragrance do you use? I don't mind Yankee Candle Would a "gift" donation to one of the organizations/causes you support be a great gift, or a lame gift? great! ******9/15***** Does anyone have any symbols they consider to be personally significant or talismanic? Are there any Gods, Goddess, or other mythological figures of whom you're particularly fond? Super villain or vigilante? Which would you like to be? Which would you like to receive? What mythical or fantastic race of creatures (dragons, unicorns, griffins, elves, dwarves, faeries, etc.) do you most identify with, and why? How do you feel about Dia de los Muertos? Are you interested in sugar skulls? Catrina (or other) skeleton figurines? Do you have a favorite poem or poet?   ******9/14***** For the crafty people out there: would you prefer something crafted or crafting supplies? Either! Slight preference to something crafted but not everyone is so inclined Can you use pill boxes, a hard ID case, coin purse, etc? I don't really need any but I do like these sort of things Any songs you are desperately into at the moment ? What's autumn like in your neck of the woods? What do you love and/or hate about it? It's usually nice in September & gets steadily cooler & crisper - we get a nice show of leaves unless the rains start early What's your favorite product(s) at Trader Joe's? I've never had anything from them - there aren't any here If you're caught in front of the tv, what are you watching? kid's shows or History Channel Any Amy Brown art fans? Somewhat - I seem to be drawn to the ones where the clothes & hair are streaming off to one side like Cloak of Stars or Passage To Autumn How do you feel about Halloween music? (mix CDs, what have you)I'd like some! Who else is reeeeeally looking forward to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland? Kinda. I've seen too many versions that were overly wacky & made me cringe Is there a store that you love which does not have a location near you (but that has a physical presence somewhere, not just online? Why do you love it so much? I used to love going to Vancouver Kid's Books when I lived right in Vancouver - they have a ton of cool books with mini staff reviews & awesome stuffed animals (I will forever covet the enormous gryphon puppet) Lolcats....yeah or nay? Yeah! What is your favorite creepy folk story or legend? The Wendigo freaked me out, too! If your witch were to either write something for you or put together a collection of ghost stories, would you rather have it in writing, recorded as an oral telling, or both?Both would be very cool! If you had the funds to comission an original painting for yourself, what would it be of? What would it be like - colors, size, style? Something mysterious in cool dark watery colours ******9/12-13***** What's something you're really looking forward to in the semi-near future? What fictional character do you most identify with and why? Could you use a 'travel' imp case? How many should it hold? I have several but I do like them, 5-6 imps is enough As a witchee, would you prefer to have many little packages sent to you throughout the round with a not-so-big final package or fewer things throughout the round with one huge final package to seal the sweetness? I enjoy getting a few packages but none of them need to be huge! What is your idea of the perfect evening at home? Kids early to bed, big fat book & munchies or my DH & I watching & discussing a show together Are you on any social networks (MySpace, Twitter, LJ, Facebook, Bebo,etc)? Not really my thing What kind of socks? thin black cotton, or thicker cotton grey/blue heather-type blend How often do you update your wishlist?Fairly often - after getting new stuff or if there's an update May I help you fill out your costuming wardrobe (assuming you costume)? I'd love some pointy elf ear tips (& adhesive), horns or a fanciful leather mask So, who has a store or ETSY shop or knows of a shop of a fellow BPALer that everybody needs to check out? Who are your favorite artists/illustrators/art periods? What's your stance on cranberries? fond of them Do you mind receiving used (in good condition, of course) CDs or DVDs? Used is good! Do you have a crush on anyone famous? Do you have a crush on any literary characters? Would you like fanfiction or fan art based on this/these people? I like Colin Firth, Alan Rickman & Johnny Depp so Darcy, Snape & Captain Jack Sparrow material would be fun You're at home, or out, and you want a snack. Something that will get you through to the next meal, or through to the end of school or what ever. What do you grab? usually cereal, yogurt or a sandwich, sometimes popcorn or chips Do you have a favorite bpal bottle art? I love Harvest Moon '05 & its pumpkin with spindly legs - actually most years the Weenies & Yukes are pretty appealing, Rose Moon '07 with its silver phoenix made of roses is also lovely Are there any decants from the Halloweenies, Literary Vampires, Gris Grimly, or Hellboy that you would be interested in receiving? I've ordered an embarrassing amount of decants   ******9/11***** There has been a lot of talk about chocolate, but none about Candy! What is your favorite Candy? What candy do you hate?I like licorice, toffees, caramel, tootsie rolls, fruit (esp. black currant or raspberry) or floral (rose, violet) flavoured hard candy. Not a huge fan of sours, marshmallows or lemon/lime. Do you have a Blu-Ray player? Nope Do you have any objections to receiving downloads?Is your internet connection fast enough for you to download large files like music easily?Are there any songs, albums, movies, or TV shows that you can't find/haven't been released that you want? I wouldn't object but things would have to be Mac compatible (& fairly idiot proof) %20******9/10***** Are you interested in things like home remedies for ailments, cleaning solutions, etc.?Sure! If you do any kind of craft, could you use supplies? What kind: knitting needles, yarn, amazing fabric, pinking shears, cool thimbles or pincushions, jewelery making supplies, beads, etc.? I'd love a fun pincushion & beads or findings are always welcome What's your favorite pain-relief remedy or ritual? Ibuprofen or tylenol & a nap Do sounds make you happy? What ambient noises make you smile? I love the sound of rain (especially to fall asleep to), my kids & cats snoring, waves, birds, bees humming - wind actually makes me a bit nervous since I've always lived in places with large trees around & bits do fall off When you receive your SW packages... do you like receiving things that are individually wrapped inside? or unwrapped? or both? Doesn't matter too much, I'll whichever my witch feels like doing Of course, we're all going to be grateful no matter what our witches give us, but for the record, what is your anti-present? Tell us something that you think your future witch might give you that you absolutely, unequivocally DO. NOT.WANT. can't really think of anything What BPAL scent have you never tried but always wanted to? What scent have you tried and LOVED, and haven't been able to get more of and why? I'd love to try Pumpkin King & Bat of Wealth & have more than my decant of MB:Closet I know we're all scent sensitive here. What are your favorite non-perfume smells? Day in the life stuff? Fallen leaves, freshly ground coffee, baking bread (actually all baking sends a nice waft), baby head (right now there's a hint of vanilla from the yogurt that he smeared in at lunch ), clean sheets, wet pavement, roses & herbs Coffee drinkers, what types of beans do you like?Kona, Sumatra, Kenya..etc. How do you like them roasted?Do you like flavors, such as hazelnut, vanilla, etc. in your coffee? whatever's in Starbucks' French Roast suits me fine; no flavored coffees please Who has a birthday falling in this round? not I For those of us who like chocolate, do you like anything in your chocolate, like fruit, nuts, or for the more daring among us, chilies?Oh yes! Praline, toffee, sea salt, coffee, cocoa nibs, ginger, nuts & seeds, chili & other spices (even curry & I especially like cinnamon & cardamom), lavender, fruit (except raisins), orange peel Are there any childhood shows/movies/games/books/etc. that still hold a really special place in your heart?Muppets & 1970's Sesame Street, Mr Dressup, Friendly Giant, the Munsters ******9/9***** Superpower? If I send you whole spices or coffee beans, would you be able to grind them or would you prefer them pre-ground for your convenience? I have a coffee grinder but not one for spices For the tea and coffee drinkers: Opinion on tea and/or coffee-related accessories/etc?(Teaware, sugar crystals, infusers, tea chests, etc) How do you take your coffee (or tea)? Black or with cream and/or sugar? I like accessories! (Whether I need them is another matter) I take my coffee with milk & my black tea with milk & sugar, some herb/fruit teas require honey Restaurants you'd like a gift certificate to on Restaurant.com? I'm not in the US In our perfect world it is chocolate and...? more chocolate! Some coffee would also be acceptable How do you scent your home: tarts, reed diffusers, BPAL, candles? candles, homemade room sprays & occasionally incense What's your favorite dessert treat? Ice cream? Cake? Pie?Fudge brownie cake with pie flavored ice cream on top? Creme brulee Do you believe we control our destiny, or does our destiny control us? A bit of both What one thing that is missing from your life would you like to have above all else? Order winning over chaos in my home ******9/8***** What was your favouritest job ever, and why? I quite like my present job (helping people find material on Art & History topics at a Public Library, some data entry & fact checking) but enjoyed it more when I was in another department with staff who were more social & outgoing Which three albums would you take to your apocalypse bolt hole and how would you power the generator? What GC scent have you been putting off getting since it'll "always be there"?Snake Oil, Morocco, Perversion or Fae -but I made sure I have a backup of Dorian & Shub   %20******9/7*****%20 Any cooks? Could you use anything cooking related? Aprons? Cookbooks? Measuring Cups? Recipes? Herb/Spice containers?Fancy Spices?Dish Towels? Cocktail napkins? Amazing Beaded Pot Holders?(like from our very own Pottersville!) Something else? I like kitchen stuff & could use some new pot holders actually - mine are either burnt or irretrievably grubby What's your favorite candy to stock up on at Halloween? mini Mars bars & O'Henrys What are your phobias? heights, flying, driving What is your favourite flower (or plant)? I'm liking autumny things at the moment: asters, mums, sunflowers, dark coloured dahlias Duct tape purses and wallets and things are pretty darned cool. Who else thinks so? They're kinda interesting An anonymous benefactor gives you $500 (or an equivalent amount of money in your currency of choice) with the following stipulations. You must spend all of it within a week: any money left unspent must be returned. You must spend at least half of the money on yourself. You may not use it to pay off debts or bills of any kind. What do you do with the money? Take my sister out for a fabulous lunch/dinner & day of spoiling for her 50th birthday which is this October Who likes coloring books? Sure! Are you an avid reader? What's your favorite book/series?Sure am! A lot of the series I follow, I no longer buy because there's too many of them (Terry Pratchett} or I no longer love them but still want to find out what happens (Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris). I can't seem to go wrong with Patricia Briggs, though Do you have a Good Reads profile?If so, make with the link! If you don't have one, go make one! It's right here but I just started so there's only a few books so far ******9/6***** You're in the kitchen at the end of a pay period and groceries are pretty scarce. Do you take the five ingredients you find first and make something fabulous, or do you order take out? Take-out usually occurs on payday; fortunately my kids like mac & cheese & ramen with veggies If you could decorate/redecorate any 1 room in your home, what would it be and how would you decorate it? I'd love to give my house the fab retro 50's kitchen it never had Any rabid sports fans out there? What teams do you root for? Canucks (though I should resent them - my DH is the rabid fan, I've joked in the past about being a hockey widow) What's your favorite animal? (You can have more than one.) cats, otters, tigers This is how the world ends... zombie apocalypse, robot uprising, alien invasion, return of the elder gods... which doomsday scenario do you prefer (or make your own!)? Elder gods! In the year 2525... if man is still alive... what sort of future do you imagine? (apologies to anyone who gets that song stuck in their head!) I suspect mankind won't be around Do you believe in magic (or magick, if you prefer)? What does it mean to you? Yes, I think the natural world is pretty amazing & mysterious & I believe in the interconnectedness of things. I feel it's kind of arrogant to think we know all that can be known about the universe. If you found the puzzle box from Hellraiser, what would you do with it? ( and would you be able to resist playing with it? ) I probably could resist because I'm naturally cautious (though I would want to have a good look at it) ******9/5***** Do you like pinup art/images? Yes, but don't need any What are your plans for Halloween? Have you made any yet? Do you have any traditions? I take my eldest Trick or Treating (I may or may not dress up myself) while my DH stays home & gives out candy. He carves the pumpkin that always goes outside our door. I often set up a small ancestor/remembrance shrine with photos of loved ones & a candle Who are your BPAL forum buddies? You know, people I could conspire with to Witch you! my former witches have all been excellent What is your favorite color? tied between blue & purple Any other steampunk fans/lovers? I like! Describe your ideal picnic lunch. Where would you go? Who (if anyone, and yes there can be multiple people) would accompany you? What sort of food would you take? And, of course, if a picnic lunch sounds like a horrible idea, feel free to say so! I'd get an assortment of fabulous sandwiches, foccacia & desserts from Terra Breads in Vancouver & treat my friends under the huge trees at Jericho Beach enjoying the incredible view of the mountains ******9/4***** Any Gamers here? What kind? Board games? RPG? Miniature? MMORPG? Fraid not Is anyone playing this round of SW into ABJ? (asian ball jointed dolls) Not for me What is your favorite Halloween icon? black cats & pumpkins Imagine that you're given a shoebox-sized time capsule, and you are asked to put any number of items in the box that symbolize who you are. The items can be may be anything you can imagine, and money is no object, but they must fit within the box. Which items do you choose? A dried rose & sprig of rosemary, a couple of favorite books, some perfume, favorite jewellery bits, some recipes, various photos, figurines of a a warrior, a knight & a monkey (for my DH & kids) some plush or ceramic black kitties with everything wrapped in a velvet shawl Are you involved in any long-term, ambitious project? something like decorating your house or saving for a trip to the other end of the world, for example. Never-ending home fix-ups & yard work Favorite kind or take out kinda burger? Whats your burger preference? Veggie,meat or ???? I do get beef cravings sometimes: Monty's mushroom burger from White Spot or A&W's Mozzaburger; otherwise I'm a chicken burger gal What's your favorite childhood toy? my sister had an awesome replica of the Disney castle from the 60's with little plastic figures that I adored (I never wanted to be a princess though) If you have a pet, what kind of gifts would be good for them? major catnip addicts, also like foam balls Do you Tweet? What is your Twitter name? nope Are you on Ravelry? What is your Ravelry name? nope   ******9/3***** What are everyone's favorite Halloween-y/Autumn-y/spooky movies? Are there any you don't own but would like to? I'd love Nightmare Before Christmas, Scary Godmother & Rocky Horror Are roasted pumpkin seeds and home made chex mix the best fall snack foods, or what? as long as they're the savory versions What's your favorite pie, my dear SW's? I like making apple & pumpkin - both spiced with cinnamon & cardamom & a touch of vanilla What kinda socks ar you wearing tonight? Too warm right now but last week I had on some thick cotton blend house socks Do you like socks? Blankets? Wrist warmers? Arm warmers? Headband? Shawl? Or what kind of knitted thing would you love the most? anything but I doubt a headband would get much use How do you feel about ghost stories? Do you like to tell the old tales around a campfire? Read true accounts on the web way past your bedtime? Do you like to pick up a good anthology of Poe stories on a blustery day? Or is all that too scary for you? I've always loved to read ghost stories (true accounts & Poe would be welcome, too!) Who here is LOVING Warehouse 13? I haven't seen but it sounds like it's my kind of thing Nother question! Coffee or Tea? Love both! Interested in locally produced products? Food, skincare or both?Olive oil? Lavender oils or soaps? Love regional products of all sorts, don't need olive oil thanks to last switch witch (quimerula!) & I do like lavender (particularly combined with orange) Does anyone in here wear a lot of dangly earrings or collect pendants of all kinds?? How about hair clips or pony tail band things? yes to all What is your favourite historical period? Hard to choose: Medieval, Regency, Victorian, Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt & China, 1920's What other hot beverages everyone likes for fall? pumpkin spice latte, baby! Did you order anything from the most recent update? Bottles of Lamb's Wool, Pomona & Falling Leaf Moon, a gazillion decants & a Falling Leaf Moon tee Vampires or Werewolves? Or some other monster? slight edge to vampires What sort of odd or regional foods do you crave? I sometimes crave german foods from my childhood like Rotkohl or Schnitzel




Summer '08 Switch Witch

***7/15*** Who knows about wizard rock and wants more? Who doesn't know but wants to? Sure, why not? What's the wallpaper/screensaver on your computer? Dulac's Little Mermaid at home & pics of my kids at work Do you like Sugar Ray (the band not the boxer)? Not really a fan ***7/14*** Would you be interested in receiving some pasties from your witch? Hehe! I don't think i'd wear them though How did you get your forum name? One of my passions is growing antique roses. Alte Rosen means old roses in German which is my background & default second language. I came up with it to use on a gardening forum & then never joined. I thought it was applicable because I came to BPAL looking for a signature rose scent (though I very quickly found other goodies ) Anything from the trunk show? Protos of Dorian & MB:Underbed would rock Anything from the newest ebay listing? Maybe Hunger Moon "If I could be I would be ____________ for a day." Fill in the blank. Hmm - still thinking about this one ***7/13*** What are your favorite types of baked goods? How would you feel about candied citrus peel, chocolate-covered or not? Would you be interested in the mix version of the baked goods or perhaps a spice mix, something along those lines?Right now I'm really into shortbread for some reason & I love reverse chocolate chip cookies (white chocolate chips in dark chocolate dough). I'd totally be into candied citrus peel & mixes Have you found any new loves since the beginning of the round that you wished you'd known to include on your questionnaire? Can't think of anything... ***7/12*** Question...do you fret or take it personally when your witch or witchee gets too quiet? Like they figured you out and don't like you? Not really. I usually figure Life gets in the way. I've always been lucky enough to have witchees who squeed with enthusiasm even if they didn't post much in the thread. Having said that, I'm a bit unnerved to have a completely ninja witch this round. I haven't heard a peep but I'm trying to wait & see what happens before I get anxious. Do you try to figure out who your witch is? Do you want your witch to give you clues? I usually have no idea, clues would be fun Who has a Kindle? If you do, would you like a Kindle gift card, Kindle accessories, etc. as a gift? Whadda you need? I'm not keen on replacing books with electronic formats & feel like I spend enough time looking at screens already but can see the benefits for people while traveling etc. (Wow, that sounded curmudgeonly ) What about other electronics (Blackberries, iPhone, etc.)? Do you need any accessories, etc. for those? I don't even have a cell phone atm ***7/8*** I've recently been listening to Rasputina's 'O Perilous World' album and am particularly enamored by '1816: the Year Without a Summer'. So I'd like to know if my witchee likes Rasputina, and would like any music by them? Sure! ***7/6*** What new scents from the update are calling your name? I ordered Berry Moon & a few must-have new Alice imps - everything else of interest will go on the wishlist I have easy access to Asian candies, tropical fruits(mangosteen, mango, durian, jackfruit) flavored biscuits/chips/snacks, dried tropical fruits, Japanese/korean/taiwanese cosmetics brands and music/CDs. Is there anything you will like from Singapore or Asia in general? Anything! ***7/3-5*** Do you play any musical instruments? Which ones? If not, are there any you'd like to learn? Dismal piano lessons when young turned me off learning music & I don't think I have much aptitude for it either Are you partial to any kind of comedy? I'm pretty easily amused What did you do for the 4th and/or the holiday weekend? Went for High Tea as a friend's birthday celebration - nom! Partials, samples, sniffies? Yes, Please! Have you read anything by China Mieville, Neil Gaiman or Charles de Lint? If so, what? Like/dislike...?? I'm a big fan of Gaiman & de Lint & have read nearly everything by them; I'd be into reading some Mieville Other than books/cds/dvds are there any "things" that you collect or symbols which you have an affinity for? Lots - I'm pretty sure I covered this in my questionnaire but if not: leaves, crescent moon, ourobouros, World Tree, black cats, pumpkins Do you like musicals? What have you seen? What do you want to see? Any you'd like to own? I kind of like them but haven't ever sought them out - I'd like to see Spamalot, the Producers & Repo the Genetic Opera What are your thoughts on J.R.R. Tolkien? I'm fond but not a rabid fan-girl If you answered that you would like recipes, are there any national or ethnic cuisines you prefer or don't prefer? I like most things (though I'm sick of sushi since it's my DH's favorite food) What's your favorite summer activity? Barbequeing? Also splashing around in water & eating, bit of gardening Would you like a recipe booklet (homemade) for homemade smoothies and shakes? Always love recipes! What's your favorite vacation spot? I love riding the ferry & visiting Vancouver Island or my sister's place on the coast Would you like anything nostalgic? Things you loved from their childhood or maybe things you've always loved that were from a time before your own? I like many vintage things (50's & earlier) - childhood fun stuffs would be from Sesame Street, Banana Splits, Muppets or original Star Trek ***7/2*** What styles of jewelry do you like? Bold and funky? Delicate and dainty? Short necklaces, long ones, chokers? Bracelets or anklets? I mostly wear stuff that is scaled a bit large because I'm tall & have large hands etc. & dainty would look silly not to mention I'd be afraid of breaking it. However I often do like my jewellery to have fine details or filigree so I don't think bold & funky is accurate either. Dunno what category would fit. I like necklaces of all lengths & bracelets but don't wear anklets. Does my witchee like hats, a floppy summer sun hat or something more stylish? Would you like a hand knit cap or hat? I have lots of summer hats but am always game for more What kind of shopper are you? Do you make a budget? Planner, or compulsive? Do you like to buy what's new, special offers, only the usual? Somewhat a planner (compulsive list maker) but still impulsive & not good at budgeting ***7/1*** Non-melting candies....what are your favorites? Most fruity ones (though not partial to lemon & lime) & unusuals like violet, rose & milk What are you happiest about (besides SW)? What makes you feel good this summer? Any summer? Smelling the flowers & hanging around outside. My little fella has just started walking & it's amusing watching him wobble around the yard. Do you like coffee and/or wine? Yes! What are your thought on World Market? Never been but it sounds like my kind of place If you are a dog lover, or gigantic dog nerd like I am, would you like any breed-related items from this site? If so, which breed(s)? I enjoy other people's dogs but wouldn't want one of my own. A witch wants to cheer you up. What are we cheering you up from? In other words, what are the most pressing problems you're facing right now? I'm pretty stressed about my eldest starting kindergarten in September & all the childcare/work logistics are compounded by my procrastinating tendencies. I'm having trouble with organizing my life now that I'm back at work even though it's only part-time. On the plus side, I've lost all my extra baby weight cause I don't have time to snack! Something (not Fly Lady) to motivate me to de-clutter & clean would be much appreciated Who out there is equally challenged and would appreciate icons/banners as witchy gifts? Totally! Lip balm? Sure! Love to try Haint or Bunnybutt Apothecary's tinted rose sugar one What's that one thing you keep meaning to get but keep forgetting or passing over? I badly need new shoes & sandals ***6/30*** Have you any desire to read Hannibal? Already read it & don't need to own it If your witch goes to Convergence (or is bestest friends with someone, same thing), is there anything you'd love to have? Being able to try anything would be lovely Are you freaking out over any of the discontinued scents, dear fellow Witches? I wouldn't have minded a bit of Severin for the DH but not freaking out For those candy loving witchees. Are there any 3 that u love and would like more of? Anything Lindt, British toffee with chocolate, Violet pastilles And, are there any 3 that u just cannot stand and would not like any of? Not too fond of Skittles, Jolly Ranchers & chocolate-covered raisins Do you have an electric stove, and would you like a bowl and tarts to use the residual heat (and for extra safety)? Good idea! What is your favorite classic fairy tale or children's story ? the Snow Queen, Seven Ravens, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Thomasina, Pish Posh Said Heironymous Bosch, Where the Wild Things Are (okay, I'll stop now ) What of the summer update (Egyptian, Lawn Ornaments, etc.) appeals most to you? I have Lawn Ornament decants on the way, I'd love to try Smoky Moon & the Egyptians With all this talk of chocolate, do you prefer milk or dark? Milk or dark with stuff inside, also like good white chocolate   ***6/29*** Do you like coconut? Yes! Puddin' posts ebay sales of older stuff every now and then - what of the current lot are you dying for? Hellion, Humbug & Mi-Go but sniffies would suffice! Do you tweet? Nope What kind of mythology are you interested in? All kinds! I was pretty into Greek, Egyptian & Norse as a kid but would like to learn more about Indian, African, North American, South American, Asian, Polynesian, Eastern European - you name it! ***6/28*** Which flavors are you interested to try from the Chocolate Research Facility? I didn't have the patience to explore the site but I'd love to try anything with tea, cardamom or rose Do you wear makeup or nail polish? Need brushes, containers, storage, mani/pedi supplies? What colors and brands do you like? I only wear polish on my toes (purples & deep reds - like to get a nice iridescent blue or green). I've been meaning to get some of the paler foundation samples from PinkQuartz Minerals on etsy & some synthetic brushes Do you like shiney hanging porch decorations like windchimes or those things that spin and swirl in the wind? Sure! Hair adornments? I usually have my hair in a ponytail but would love to try other things Is there any infomercial product you're dying to try even though you know it probably sucks? Actually there was something but since I can't remember what it couldn't have been that important What are your favorite websites (besides this one, and the online shops you listed in your questionnaire)? cakewreaks, bookshelves of doom, go fug yourself, smartbitches trashybooks, We have so many talented witches and they really need to promote themselves more so, if you made something by hand for a previous witchee or have an etsy store or some other outlet for hand made goods, will you post it here with pictures or links? Or, if you want to brag on a previous witch's talent, this is the place for that as well. I have received some awesome things but don't have pics, alas. If you could make your perfect scent (or at least most desired at the moment!) what would be in it? I like a bit of fruitiness when it's warm, so right now I'm loving Le Befana (sugar, berries & with hint of violet) & my CTV Snake Oil with strawberry - maybe something with tea & berries or plum? And I'm always game for spices especially with fruit such as mulled apple cider So would anyone like to receive some original, or very much loved recipes from his/her witch? Definitely! List things you DO NOT need any more of: stuffed animals (exceptions made for mythological beasties) ***6/27*** Is there something that would offend you if you received it in your mail/gift/email)? (as in profanity, a bad words in an email/card/music ... or a card or something with a scantily dressed man/woman pictured on it, crude/immature humor tshirts, etc ...) I doubt it - not easily shocked or offended except by meanspiritedness which I'm not likely to encounter here What do you like to snack on? depends what I'm craving - chips (plain, salt & vinegar, rosemary, sweet potato), popcorn, veggies & ranch dip, hummous, artichoke dip, chocolate, caramels/toffee, licorice, Haribo gummis, cookies, fruit, ice cream What is the color scheme you use most when you decorate? greens & blues mostly with a bit of red & purple If you have music or DVD's on your wishlist, do you mind getting a burned copy? How about if it is original packaging but previously used? Or do you only want it new? New is not necessary Who is your favorite artist? What are some of your favorite pieces of their work? Can't go wrong with Arthur Rackham or the Pre-Raphaelites; also I've been searching for an Amy Brown image of a plump faery baking that I once saw but now can't find Are you a candles person, incense person, or just a BPTP spritzer for room scents? mostly candles & homemade spritzer (I can't use BPTP ones), a little incense goes a long way with me though I do like it on occasion What is your favorite latin or faux latiny phrase? Carpe Diem   ***6/26*** How are you doing for BPAL storage? Need any boxes? I have some but always am game for more Is there any place you've visited where you feel like you left your heart there? I'd love to visit Italy & France again What one item would you just love to have that is made by a Switch Witch? so many awesome things Is your abode a palace covered in fur, a disaster area, or a neat freaks delight? Disaster area covered in cat hair Are there any phobias you have that you absolutely, positively, do NOT want anything from your witch referencing? My phobias aren't easily triggered Are you a good witch or a bad witch? I try to use my powers for good, but... What kind of a car do you drive and would you want something you could use in your car? Rear view mirror charms, steering wheel covers (a new thinkg for the knitters ), car blessing medicine bags We have a silver Mitsubishi Outlander & charms would be nice Do you want to know when you have something coming in the mail, or would you rather it be a complete surprise? Both are good! What is your mailbox situation? My mail carrier will leave largish things on the porch if I'm not home or I can pick them up at the PO if a signature is required   ***6/25*** Are you interested in Tarot or Tarot art? Yes! What would you think of soap samples/shampoo bar samples? (I believe the latter can be used as soap if you are not shampoo bar inclined). Or other sample sized bath/beauty products, for that matter? I wuv samples! I would really love to try some shaving bars (soap with clay in them) & shampoo bars What about burnables as in candles, tarts and/or incense? candles & incense preferred over tarts Who knits? Do you also spin and dye? What supplies, that you wouldn't buy for yourself, would you just love to have for that activity? Not a knitter Do you like coffee? Whole bean or ground? Bold/Medium/Mild roast? Oh yes! Dark roast, either whole or ground So you have enough socks and wraps... (shush, VCW!) Are there any other knitted goods you might like? Lap blanket? Fingerless gloves? Arm warmers? Little knitted animals? Silk scarf? Head band? Wrist cuff? Dish cloths? Yes, please! ***6/24*** Are you obsessed with honey? If so, is there a particular kind you like best? Spun honey, flavored honeys, certain types of honey....etc. Love honey, the more unusual the better What are your favorite materials? Or material things? Some people like jewelry, some like woods, some plants... Wood, stone, glass though I craft mostly with paper Is there anything you've been wanting to learn that your witch might be able to help you with? Posters, yes or no? Not much wall space What are your favorite animals? Or, what animals resonate strongly with you? cats, tigers, black panthers, otters, crows, ravens Are there any historical figures you are particularly interested in - say, that you'd enjoy reading about, or movies, etc.? What, if anything, are you earwormed with right now? the Backyardigans - Hold on Tight (serves me right for buying the kiddo a cd) What scent are you wearing right now, if any? Litha 06 ***6/23*** Anyone reading an amazing book right now? Julie & Julia was amusing What socially responsible site would you recommend to ALL Witches? kiva.org or heifer international What is your favorite anime, or if you don't like that what is your favorite animated series? Do you like villains that are funny because they are meant to be, or are you like me and love the villain that just can't seem to get his evil schemes to work? Not a big anime fan but perhaps I could be converted Tea. How do you feel about it? Adore! would my future witchee like to receive steampunk style jewelry? Sure! I'd especially like a bracelet or scent locket Does your feline like catnip?And how! They even notice if I drink tea with a tiny amount of catnip in it & have destroyed every catmint plant I've tried to grow (& that's only related to catnip!) Salt soap bars (soap made with a large quantity of salt, like salt-scrub-in-a-bar)? Ooo I like! How would you feel about homemade jelly/jam from home-grown berries? Homemade dill pickles? Made from cukes, beans, snap peas, baby zucchini? Love jam & pickles! ***6/22*** Based on Prior Carnivale act prototypes...which one are you truly excited about? I'm not sure - I'm happy to wait & see Would it bother you if you are not the first person to receive the same gift? Imagine a Witch who always sends her favourite book, for example. Not at all Pets: What do you have, and do they need/want anything? Cats in triplicate, they'd love one of those feather wand toys Does anyone play video games? What platform(s)? Are there any new or vintage games you would like? We have a PS2 Twilight fans, would you be interested in any products from this Etsy seller? If so, add the items you like to your Etsy favorites and make sure your wishlist is posted somewhere for your witch. not an enormous fan but those scents sound appealing Are you in need of decanting supplies, wand caps, or other scent-related paraphernalia? Yes please! Not wand caps or pipettes, but I can use some vials & reducers ***6/20-21*** Are there any single notes (likely non bpal) that anyone is dying to have/try? I'm good net flick or the likes gift subscriptions? A month of Netflicks vs a DvD? Sure My fiance sent me an early dvd rip of Coraline that he was given up and I was wondering if anyone would like a copy of it? Gods, yes! Do you collect dolls or miniatures? What kind? Do you like to get new clothes or items for them? No really though I have couple of Lisa Snellings Ratbags (the Lovecraft & Halloween ones) If you were to make a seasonal mix CD for this summer, what would you name it? Hot Damn! Would you like any recycle/upcycle supplies for your crafting? Sure! Is there a program you might have missed or show you love which is gone from the airwaves which might be found (or burned) for you by a Witch? see Amazon wishlist Do you play any online games, like World of Warcraft? If so, what server do you play on, what's your character's name, etc.? Don't have the time Would anyone like bath bombs or bath melts scented with one of their favorite Bpal scents? YES Would you like homemade cinnamon buns or sticky buns? Yum Is there anyone here that likes Hello Kitty or any other Sanrio Characters? Chococat or something Goth or Punk would be amusing Any non NZ or Aus witchee that I get gets Tim Tams, OK? I'm okay for Tim Tams. I can get them here & find them a bit too sweet anyhow ***6/19*** For non-US witches: is there anything from the US you'd love that you can't get where you live now? Milky Ways! How many potential witchees have an iPod, or download MP3s? I have an iPod ***6/18*** Are there any of the BPTP bath oils you adore (particularly ones that you cannot get anymore). What about the room sprays? I haven't tried that many bath oils. I liked Luxuria & am looking forward to trying my Warrior Queen decants. No BPTP room sprays for me, please - there's something in them that makes me headachey How would you feel about an ultra-girlie shawl or wrap in summer-weight (lace)? Those are gorgeous! I would love such a thing What would you think of hand-dyed items? Cool! So, I hear you don't like lacy wraps! How do you feel about hand-knit socks? would love ***6/17*** What kinds of crafts does everyone either enjoy making or enjoy getting? I make cards, beaded earrings & bath products and I enjoy getting anything Do you have a certain type of handmade item that you love to collect? Socks, boxes, jewelry, dolls etc? jewellery, boxes, mugs Clearly, vegans are not into soaps with honey or milk, etc. But, if you're NOT a vegan how would you feel about soaps made with emu oil? Squicked out/concerned about animal cruelty, or willing to try them? I'd try it!




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***5/12*** What's on your dresser? A truly enormous pile of clothes & a wee corner with a jewellery holders, boxes & makeup Is there anything you would love to have burned to DVD? Older things, for instance? Muppets! Something with John Cusak would also be fun - I just realized I don't have any of his movies What BPAL do you really want but always forget to buy? Shub-Niggurath ***5/10*** Who here is really into Twilight? it's ok - I've only read the first book & liked it well enough but haven't read any more or seen the film what's your favorite time wasting game (computer, phone, or rl)? Diablo was my one true love as far as games go but I can easily read blogs for hours what's the best birthday gift you've ever received, and why? One year I had an awesome birthday where it was sunny & I spent the day at my sister's on the coast. My Mum gave me a lovely oriental rug & my brother had made me a big stained glass piece, both of which I treasure. My DH is usually more into Xmas presents but the year our first son was born right before my b'day & Mother's Day, he got me a nice garnet necklace & a fantastic jewellery box from a local craftsman made of mutiple woods with a heart motif which was awesome. ***5/7*** Is there anything that would shock or offend you if you received it in your mail (or email)? I doubt it! What field of study or corner of trivia gets you all excited and causes you to ramble on at length until you realize everyone else is just staring? I can get really excited about good food I've cooked or eaten & then rave about it. I love my roses & other heirloom plants & fortunately have some like-minded friends who don't mind gardening monologues. I can also go on at great length about books, folklore & mythology. I also know a ridiculous amount about tattoos & tattooing for someone who isn't inked. If you were to design your perfect BPAL, what would it smell like? It doesn't have to exist yet. cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, plum, musk, blackberry & tea with hints of rose, patchouli, sandalwood, lemon vanilla, clove & cardamom. Are there any flavors of coffee/mochas that you like? Or teas? I think I've covered this pretty extensively in my Q & non-BPAL wishlist And what shade/brand of lipstick? MAC Desire & Odyssey are my faves; plum, mauve & burgundy are my shades Do you have any preferences on lip glosses or balms? Shimmery, flavored, etc? Shimmery & with some colour would be nice Do you use Burt's Bees products? Or would you like a scent REALLY heavy on honey? I like honey! If you were to get some hand-painted art, what is something you would like? Flowers, animals, leaves/trees, mythologcal creatures ***5/6*** What e-tailer are you most curious about but haven't tried yet? Cocoa Pink, Gudonya, MoonaLisa, Blooddrops What have you read recently that was so good you want to enable people with it? I really enjoyed Lament by Maggie Stiefvater What TV shows have you wanted to watch, don't own or have on hand, and would you like to get into? What format(s) do you prefer? I'd love to see True Blood, Dexter & Pushing Daisies, dvd preferred. ***5/2*** If I happened to put together a gift basket for you, what is the one thing that absolutely should be included (excluding chocolate, since I think that's a given.) Something smelly, something pretty, something tasty - these are all pleasing! Movies sci-fi, fantasy, period drama with fabulous costumes, kid's stuff like Monsters Inc., Toy Story, Jumanji Favorite Sweets chocolate, licorice, caramels & blackcurrant or floral flavoured (like roses or violets) candy would be really cool since it's kind of hard to find What kind of art styles do you love? Any artists in particular? the Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau, some faery stuff (Rackham, Froud etc.), Ursula Vernon Do you cook? Would you like some 'local' recipes? I do & I totally would! Suncatchers, hanging crystals, mobiles, dangly things? Yay or Nay? Sure!   So, who wants knitting? What especially would you like? Measurements of applicable body parts? Love it! I'm a scarf/shawl wanton & have size 10 feet Who wants handspun/hand-dyed yarn? I don't knit but love looking at pretty yarn on etsy Who wants hand-dipped candles? Oh, yes! Who wants handmade soap? Scented or unscented? Always have room for more preferably scented




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]WINTER SWITCH WITCH 12/31 Who is your favorite villain of all-time? Spike 12/30 Does anyone like Valerie Anands books?Or her Pseudonym Fiona Buckley...? Never tried her If you could subscribe to every magazine you wanted, money no object, what would your list of magazines that would decorate your coffee table be? I used to love British home decorating & antiques mags like Traditional Homes, Period Living, BBC Homes & Antiques What plans does everyone have for NYE? Home with the DH & kiddos, glass of wine, snacks & a book or dvd Who is interested in the room sprays? esp. from the inquisition? I'll be getting decants of the Inquisition, so the other ones would be of more interest Who's a Disney fan? Cartoons, theme parks, or just general stuff? *shrug* except for Nightmare before Xmas 12/26 Do you like mythical/fantastical creatures? Which ones? gryphons, dragons (especially asian), sea serpents, non frou-frou mermaids, ents & dryads Do you like caramels like coconut lime? Salted? I caramels, the odder the flavour; the more intrigued I am Do you speak any languages besides English? How fluent are you? Would you be interested in literature in a foreign language - phrase books, fiction, childrens stories? semi fluent in German (if we're talking about commonplace things using the informal address form) but I understand it very well when it's spoken, I can read magazines & children's novels fairly comfortably. I can read some French & understand it somewhat (though the Quebecois accent is hard!) but not really speak it anymore despite years of French in school. I took a bit of Latin & would love to have Winnie Ille Pu What's your favorite animal? cat   What's on your keychain?A chunky pewter cat charm that's very tactile-y pleasing (smooth & rounded) but kind of large & heavy so I often end up taking my house key off so I can put it in my pocket Wrist/arm measurements: 6 1/4 around wrist, 10 below elbow 12/18 Question to all the knitters out there, what size knitting needles do you use the most? Not a knitter, sigh 12/17 How do you feel about winter-themed but not really holiday type decorations? Things like snowflakes and fake icicles and the like? I quite like them Do you have a personal 'Good Luck' charm? Maybe you have a goddess figure to remind you of your Inner Goddess, or maybe you have a beautiful Cross to represent your faith...Or maybe you wear a Hand of Fatimah for protection....That kind of thing. I don't really use anything charmwise - which is kind of strange given my love of trinkets & symbolism 12/16 If you were to attend Hogwarts, into which House would you be sorted? Last time I took the quiz I ended in in Hufflepuff, to my chagrin (made me feel dowdy) Would you be interested in some knitted wire jewelry, like this? those are nice! This is kind of a getting-to-know-you-type-thingie, but I always find it illuminating--what's on your computer desktop? Images? Color scheme? Dulac's Little Mermaid   12/15 What do you collect...besides BPAL? Books, spoon jewellery, little vases - I used to collect vintage dishes with roses & chintz patterns but made myself stop once I had kids & no safe place to keep them 12/14 Anyone a fan of Goddess art? I love images of women, in beautiful poses, strong women, powerful women (No- Not Hilary ROFL) I like dark, vampire types too, not *too* dark- okay for general consumption type art too. I like Susan Seddon Boulet & some Amy Brown Anyone else a Luis Royo fan? Not really What are your favorite websites (i.e., the ones you visit every day, or almost every day)? Neil Gaiman's blog, BPAL forum, Flickr, etsy How do you feel about Lush? Anything you want to try? fairly fond (especially if someone else is buying ) - always happy to try a new bubble bar How do you feel about home made lip balm, salt or sugar scrubs, soap, bath salts, etc? yes, please! if you were to receive a hand-knitted item, what color(s) would you prefer AND are there any types of yarn that you just cannot handle (e.g. wool, llama, etc.) jewel tones, black or grey but watch out for angora as it irritates my eyes with its tiny wayward little hairs 12/13 What is one REALLY expensive, completely outrageous thing you would LOVE to get but totally don't expect to ever get from anyone? a nicely restored heritage house LOL (yeah right - well you asked), big bottle of Calvados or Chambord, BPTP locket, curio cabinet, apothecary chest Do you like coffee mugs? Travel or stay at home? How big? Do you like ones from Starbucks? Yes, both (prefer stainless for travel), medium to large, sure If you drink coffee, do you like whole bean coffee or prefer ground? What grind? What roast (mild, medium, bold, extra bold)? Do you like flavored coffee? mmm, fairly fine ground dark roast - I usually buy French roast but am willing to experiment & do have coffee grinder if need be, not a big fan of flavored coffees unless there are those syrups or liquor involved Do you like tea? What kinds of tea (green, red, white, black, decaf, herbal infusions)? Feel free to get specific on brands and tea types. Loose or bagged? Do you need any kind of tea accessories? Pots/cozys/presses/strainers? I like many kinds of tea - prefer flavored black or fruit infusions (see SW help for particulars) I'm pretty good for accessories unless some sort of glass strainer setup catches your eye What is your favorite hot chocolate or drinking chocolate? Do you need Vegan or no? Not vegan & would love to try something really good - like the ones that have actual ground chocolate in them Do you need any decanting supplies? Pipettes? Vials? How about any wand caps? Roller bottles? Some spray bottles (for oils mixed with alcohol?) I'm ok for wand caps but wouldn't mind a few reducers & would love some 2 ml roller bottles   12/12 I wanted to ask a question: are there any rare (or even uber-rare) scents that you'd really like to try? Pumpkin King,Hellhound, L'Autunno, Champagne & Roses, Ho Ho Ho Does your forum name have a special significance? Refer to something or someone you admire? Reflect your interests? Come on, spill! One of my passions is growing antique roses. Alte Rosen means old roses in German which is my background & default second language (not French - bad non-bilingual Canadian!) I came up with it to use on a gardening forum & then never joined. 12/11 What's your favorite texture? super soft or velvety What's one luxury item you want to pamper yourself with but haven't yet? a nice warm flannel nightgown that's not hideous (as all the inexpensive ones seem to be) Do you prefer arm warmers to the wrist, to the base of the fingers, or half fingered? I'm not sure - I've never worn any (yet) Any favorite cartoon characters? Disney, Sanrio, etc? Scary Godmother Have you (or maybe the younguns in your family) been exposed to the Webkinz craze? nope Who's your favorite playwright? Tom Stoppard? I'm drawing blank on this one at the moment Anyone into physical activities? ...is there anything you do as a sport/hobby in which you might need equipment? No - I mostly just walk around Are there any witchy type supplies you're in need of, or would like to try etc.? Herbs, smudge sticks, resins, tarot/oracle cards, incense burners, pretty tools, stuff like that? sure! any of the above & maybe some candles for prosperity or If you are a fan, who were your favorite Buffy and Angel characters? Spike, Giles, Faith, Anya Do you like Shakespeare? Which plays? Yes, more the tragedies/histories (MacBeth, Hamlet, Richard III) than the comedies & I always enjoy a good Shakespearean insult 12/10 Question for the Class: Favorite Musical? I'm not really up on musicals but Spamalot piques my interest How do you like your chocolate? White, milk, bittersweet, as dark as possible? Plain, with flavoring, with chunks of stuff in? Fairly traditional, or weird and experimental? I really like the weird & experimental with flavoring & chunks but also enjoy a good plain milk or dark & sometimes white chocolate hits the spot Favorite animals? Least favorite? domestic cats, Tigers, otters, crows, ravens - can't think of any I really don't like   How do you feel about Heifer International? Or do you have other favorite charities not mentioned in your application? Heifer is great! So for all witches of the shimmying types- would you like tassel belts/jingle belts/ ect and if so, how big are your hips? Not a bellydancer or belt wearer 12/9 What are 3 places that you'd like to visit, or re-visit? Great Britain, Greece, re-visit Italy Literary erotica. Who doesn't love it? Smut can be fun! Are you planning on buying anything off your BPAL wishlist during the round? I'll be getting Snake Charmer & possibly decants if they come my way but unlikely to mind about having duplicates Do you read graphic novels/comics? Which ones? Fables, Books of Magic, Sandman (have 'em all), excited about Dresden Files & latest Angel & Buffy Which witches would want Bpal boxes? Or imp cases? always welcome How about a short - or longer - piece of fanfic? sure - prefer humorous What is the weirdest and/or most practical thing you are not buying for yourself right now? The thing that you probably should be buying, but have been putting off in lieu of something else? decent shoes & boots Would you like handmade piece of calligraphy as a gift? Yes! What jewelry are you wearing now? What jewelry do you wear everyday-or do you change jewelry all the time? I have 5 silver hoops in my ears that I don't remove & 2 other earrings that I change. I tend to wear the same pair for a while (unless they really clash with my clothes) & then switch to another. I always wear my white & yellow gold wedding band & my spoon ring next to each other on my left hand & vary the ring on my right hand. Chia Pet, do you need one? Some things are best admired from afar Houseplants and/or things to put them in: thoughts? I kinda like houseplants but tend to really neglect them & my house has no suitable windows (they would either fry or get zero sun) Do you like baskets, jars and other interesting containers? Filled or Empty? yup! either     12/8 Who are your forum friends, person or people your witch can contact for ideas? Former Witches: JennyGardener, delicate_fangs & Aevalin were all spot-on when it came to spoiling me What cartoons did you grow up watching? Any animated shows you still watch? Looney Tunes, mostly as a kid. I watch the Simpsons once in a while & a million kid's shows now due to my 4 yr old (Franklin, Backyardigans, Dora, Diego, Roly Poly Olie are his particular faves & I don't mind them) Do you like honey? Will you like to try creamy honey with black sesame or with cinnamon powder? Those sound awesome What is the biggest problem or sad thing in your life? Of course, I mean the saddest or worst thing you can confess here. Because I have a fairly young baby, it's a struggle to get anything done or muster the energy to leave the house more than a couple of times a week. I'm a poor housekeeper at the best of times & right now my house is embarassing me to the point that I dread people coming over. It's not just the dirt but the crap everywhere - clutter is too mild a term. I'm also a bit concerned about my little guy - he's healthy & bright but in the lower percentile for weight & size, so we've been seeing the doctor more often than I'd like (Thank god for Canada's socialized medicine, though!) What fashion item or style do you like, but never wear? Cool footwear! My buckled stompy boots have been retired but I like seeing other people's Fluevogs etc. I need a new pair of Blundstones but I hate being uncomfortable while breaking them in. Do you like to cook? if so, what? Would you like things like spices, cookbooks, recipes, tips? I love cooking & baking but don't have a lot of time for it now, so fairly simple but tasty ideas would be great. I've also been searching for a spice mix called Zhug that I can't find any more. Do any of you like puzzle books? Sure! But no math/sudoko please   12/6 I love Christmas music even though I'm pagany -- how about you? Yes! Anyone else have a sudden and unexpected favorite BPAL lately? Phantom Calliope is hitting all the desired cold weather spice & fruit notes right now It's cold outside - what are your favorite drinks to keep yourself warm and cozy? coffee, tea, hot chocolate (Starbucks Salted Caramel ), mulled wine Would my potential Witchee be up for some music stuff they'd never heard before if they couldn't understand the words? Absolutely! 12/5 What kind of candy/sweet treat would you like to receive? Chocolate! Followed by anything! I likes me some candy. Would you personally rather get handmade jewelry or the beads to make something? Either would be nice It seems like there are quite a few knitting witches, so I assume they are on the Ravelry forum as well. If so, what are your names on there so I can stalk you? sadly, I've never learned to knit Speaking of which, how many Browncoat witches do we have?? And if you are, would you be interested in getting a Kaylee parasol? If not, would you be interested in getting a paper parasol hand painted with your favorite colors? These are cool but it would probably get ruined by my marauding cats or kid Is there any time during the holidays (or the rest of the round) when you'll be away from home for a significant period and it'd be best not to send anything by mail? I'll be home To make up for the fact that I probably won't be able to send my witchee homebaked goodies, will Tim Tams in any number of varieties be an acceptable replacement? Sure! I'd like to try 'em - we have lots of British sweets in shops around here but not Aussie ones Hand beaded jewellery, yay or nay? Yay! Which witches would like hair accessories: clips, scrunchies, hairsticks, headscarves, etc? sure! On a similar note, who likes yarn? What kinds/colors/weights/fibers? Handspun? Glitter? Funky art yarn made from shredded jeans, fake flowers, lace, sequins, and the tattered souls of your enemies? Other craft supplies you desperately want more of and can't live without? I'm not a knitter, so paper type craft supplies would be more useful to me, though jewellery stuff might be nice, too   Anyone else a total nerd like me and would like DnD/Roleplay stuff (Dice, minis, books, corny tees, etc.)? not for me, thanks How do people feel about unusual ornaments? As in, for holidays other than Christmas? I'd be into receiving some Question: who would like a pair of handknit socks? Size? Color preference? Cabled, ribbed (for your pleasure), stranded colorwork, etc.? I haven't had handknit socks in years - I miss the ones my Omi (grandma) used to make for my Dad. Every time she sent a bunch in a parcel, my sister & I would descend like jackals & my mum would portion them out. I like medium thickness & mid-calf length & wear a size 10 shoe How does everyone feel about steampunk? It's kinda new to me but I think it's pretty cool Since we're talking about warm winter wearables, who likes hats? Mittens? Arm warmers? Yes, please If your witch were to send you cookies, what kind of cookies would you like? I'm not a huge fan of raisins but other than that anything goes! Who likes tshirts? What about homemade tshirts? Like with transfers I made myself.... Absolutely! 12/3 Would you like to receive ATCs (artist trading cards) or would you prefer something more usable, like bookmarks or something? Either would be cool 12/2 What witch would like a cloak? Me, me, me!




More Switch Witch Qs (Autumn'08)

***10/6*** If you had to chose one BPAL scent and only ONE to have forever what would it be? EVIL question! I'd probably choose Dorian for its versatility - I always like it (often wear at bedtime) & it can be worn anywhere without feeling inappropriate, but Mme Moriarty, Clemence, Lady Una & Montresor would be in the running, also. ***10/4*** Who here likes Betty Page? I like her but don't need any likenesses How about original Trek Characters? Spock! If you were my witchee, would you like a jar of home made apple butter? This is assuming it turns out good... Sure! I'm not sure if I've ever had it ***10/1***   ***9/25*** Speaking of historical fiction, how does everyone feel about Sherlock Holmes? I'm quite fond of Sherlock Holmes & the Mary Russell books (I think the author Laurie R King is great) Favorite cartoons or animated films?Loony Tunes, Warner Bros, Nightmare before Christmas (& Tim Burton's Vincent short) & Charlie Brown are all I can think of right now Your take on the election? In other words, would you enjoy campaign related gifts, or prefer to stay neutral? I'm Canadian, so, no thanks. We have Federal & Provincial elections coming up next month, too, so I have more than enough campaigning to deal with now Villains you sympathise with, or are interested in boinking?I'm also in the Spike camp & think Jason Isaacs is drool-worthy as Lucius Malfoy & the horrible fellow he played in the Patriot (no sympathy, just think he's hot). I like Snape because I adore Alan Rickman. Your stance on the all important peanut butter issue: crunchy? creamy? allergic? chocolate? maple? go directly to nuttella, do not pass go? I prefer crunchy & though I try to make healthy choices usually, I hate mixing the natural kind together & always end up throwing it out, so I go with my childhood brand, Kraft. I've never come across maple, but it sounds tasty. I like Nutella, too, but rarely buy it because the kidlet doesn't like it & the DH would probably eat it all with a spoon in one sitting. Who here likes to read historical fiction? If you do, what eras/people/countries intrigue you the most? Sure! Medieval, Regency & Victorian are usually enjoyable ***9/24*** What sort of colors do you currently wear? Do you want to branch outside that? What would you like to try? Was this an eyeshadow question? If so, I usually wear peachy, golden shades, but would like to try some blues, greens & purples. MAC virgin? My favorite lipstick brand (I live in Desire & Odyssey) but I've never tried any of the other products for some reason 9/22*** About incense: do you like sticks or loose incense? Have you got one of those devices to burn loose incense over a bit of charcoal? Prefer sticks -though I like the idea of loose incense & nuggets of resin, it wouldn't work well in my household right now What's everyone's favorite fairytale and what are your favorite versions of it? Of the traditional fairy tales, as a kid I really liked Frau Holle (a variant of Toads & Diamonds), the Snow Queen as well as the Seven Ravens, the one where the girl cuts off her little finger & uses it as a key (yeah, I was a bit morbid). So how many imps/decants is officially 'you have gone overboard and your Witchee is going to expire from scent overload'? no such thing Who needs a recipe box? Perhaps - but then I'd have to organize & print out my recipes instead of reaching into a drawer of crumpled paper I've been meaning to get a binder & clear sleeves for all my copied recipes ANYONE ELSE want a home-made cookbook? oh yes! ***9/19*** How does everyone feel about really green gifties? I was thinking of giving my witchee some of my handy-dandy "paper" towels (hand-sized, washable muslin squares--kinda like ultra-cheapo cloth napkins) good idea! What craft (or crafts) have you been wanting to try but have no idea where to start? blown glass would be so cool & I have failed to learn to knit at least three times Would you appreciate some tunes in future packages? yes, to any tunes! Polish goodies! Who wants them? Baked goods, candies, kielbasa, pirogies, magazines, you name it? candies or baked goods nom nom ***9/18*** How do you avoid popping an item for yourself into an order you're placing for your witchie? with great difficulty unless I have them shipped directly Underpants? Do you like them? What's your style? Size? I'm pretty picky & prefer to buy my own What is your favorite? What tea would you love to try but haven't because of price or difficulty to get? I like mostly like black teas & herbals (I just happened to update my wishlist this weekend) BPTP Room Sprays...your thoughts? love to try any of them Would you like to receive baked goods from your Witch? And if so, are there things you WOULDN'T like?sure! not a huge fan of raisins ***9/16*** How do you decide what to put in which package for your Witchee or how many packages to send? I just group things together as seems appropriate & send til I'm done If you were my witchee, would you be terribly offended if I sent you a box containing project "experiments" or random miscellaneous pretty bits of brainstorming that I thought you might like/wear? it would be fun to receive such things   ***9/14*** Update - I liked the last Blood Moon but didn't love it & don't look that good in white so I can safely skip that part. I quite like the Moonbeast shirt but don't need it at the moment. I'm getting decants of the two breakfast scents but couldn't find any offered of the fan pack scent (hint, hint)   Perfume: cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, plum, musk, blackberry & tea with hints of rose, patchouli, sandalwood, lemon vanilla, clove & cardamom. In real life, I probably smell like baby spit-up, coffee & cinnamon apple crisp with the faintest hint of cat pee   Wizard of Oz - I like the movie but am not that much of a fan   Paper coffee cups: on occasion   ***9/13*** Do you like Mystery Science Theater 3000? Have you tried out (and if not, would you be interested in doing so) its weird little brother, RiffTrax? haven't seen it though it looks entertaining ***9/12*** What will you like from Singapore? Candies? Food? Asian crafts/toys? anything - I'm not very familiar with Singapore's culture or products What is everyone's "luck" item? don't really have anything - I feel "off" if I go out without my jewellery however Do you like art deco/nouveau - style prints? yes, slight preference to Art Nouveau - I especially like photos of AN architectural details What is one thing that, if you received it in the middle of all the hubbub, would make you smile and take your mind off of all you have to do for a bit? emails, e-cards, mail & packages all thrill me How do you feel about Hello Kitty? 'tis okay in small doses   9/11*** Legwarmers? Armwarmers? no thanks - I lie! Sock Dreams has some with a cherry blossom pattern that are beautiful. What makes everyone stand out from the Switch Witch herd? not sure... I identify with most of the folks, maybe I'm a bit more timid than some... how about that I was a punk rocker as a teen but now no one would ever guess If you are into the original Nintendo system, what 3 games would you want that you don't have? not into What is your favorite category of the GC? Ars Amatoris, Bewitching Brews, Wanderlust ***9/10*** Stance on Joss Whedon and his enterprises? Like quite a bit but not blind to the flaws Has anyone tried ice wine before? Do/did they enjoy it? It's a tad sweet but tasty nonetheless What other perfume companies (besides bpal) have you been curious about? CB:IHP, Arcana, Mythos Does anyone here do anything with grave rubbings? never have Would you enjoy art based on original Graveyard photography? Yes! What's in your Netflix or Blockbuster queue, do you want any new Netflix/Blockbuster friends, if so how do we find you on there? don't have either ***9/9*** Do you play a musical instrument? no What do you think of Irrelevant Disturbing and Surreal Crawdad Dream? Love it? Hate it? Kicking yourself for not getting a bottle? Like it but am ok with just one bottle How do you feel about trinkets? You know - tiny toys or doodads that serve no purpose than to be cute, take up space and make us smile. Love them or waste of money? quite fond of them - remember I described my decor as cluttered in the questionnaire Can melty things be shipped to you, or will they be in puddles by the time you open the package? should be okay Who likes pirates? Yes - Arrgh! What are your feelings about Dia De Los Muertos? don't celebrate it but love the idea & think the figurines are charming What do you think about the Nightmare Before Christmas? very fond of it If candy is sent, would you prefer small amounts to a Halloween sized bag? happy with either Do you like notes in your soaps or bath stuff that you don't like in your perfumes? If so which? can stand a bit more floral in soap form - don't mind lavender & lily of the valley/muguet in soap but not as perfume, also quite like using chocolate and coffee products but not wearing them Do you like floral soaps or bath stuff? If so, what florals work and what don't? like roses & violet the most, not crazy about gardenia & other white florals but jasmine is ok ***9/8*** How do y'all feel about honey and maple? And different flavored honey, not just the standard kind? nom nom, especially love to try unusual honey What is your favorite thing to do on a cool fall day? walk in the crunchy leaves, collect some chestnuts for the cat who loves to play with them, do some baking, plant bulbs & muck about in the garden




Switch Witch Ketchup Autumn '08

***9/7*** Favorite animals - domestic cats, Tigers, otters, crows, ravens Caramels or unusual chocolate - yes please!! delicate_fangs sent me some Fleur de Sel caramels in the Winter Round & they were divine I also took part in the chocolate swap & discovered that not only do I like chili & chocolate, especially if there's other spices like cinnamon involved but that I just really like chocolate of all kinds A lot. Munsters vs Addams family Both! I watched the Munsters religiously as a child but also really enjoy the Addams family cartoons Tea stuff I love it but don't necessarily need any more Pet treats & toys The kitties are crazy about catnip anything & would probably have fun with those feather on a bendy stick things Birthdays I like to keep things mellow & usually request my Mum to take me out for lunch & my DH to take me out for dinner (so basically, I have a plan to eat all day long) Tarts? I don't have a burner so I haven't tried any but I'd be game Burned CD's/DVDs? Sure! ***9/6*** What one (or two, if you really must) BPAL bottles are you most longing for? I'd love to find a bottle of Autumn (Salon), Devil's Night If you could have dinner/drinks/coffee with any 3 living people that are not your family/friends already, who would they be-? Jane Yolen, Neil Gaiman & Charles deLint ***9/5*** If you could bring back any TV show from cancellation what would it be? Angel, Dresden Files I wonder if my witchee would like a blanket type thing. Would you? I'm all set for blankies, thanks What's your favorite "I know it's bad for me but I can't help myself" treat? potato chips, chocolate, cinnamon buns/croissants & I'm always game for pizza Very important question: Are you planning on buying anything off your BPAL and/or other wishlists during the round? I may buy Lunacies or specials if they appeal but will always let Witchy know (I've ordered Lilith Victoria & Lady Lilith) Do you wear a watch? If so, what kind/style? I need a new watch, actually - I usually go for a silver face & black strap but would love to find something black & purple or with a picture on the dial or something kind of gothy for a change. Perhaps my witch could point me toward a retailer? How do you feel about having a donation made in your name to something?If you like that idea, what types of organizations/groups would you want the donation to go to? Grand idea! So many good causes - I'd let my Witchy choose. ***9/4*** What is your favorite art movement and/or style? ie impressionist, surrealist, art nouveau, etc. I'm very fond of art nouveau & the Pre-Raphaelites Do you have a case for your mp3 player/digital camera? If you would want one, what size is your digital device? I'm already covered For tea drinkers, do you bag it or prefer loose bag usually but I have strainers if need be Does the weather change where you are, as in, does it get cold in the winter? Anyone need homegrown scarves, hats, mittens, etc? Absolutely! Who are your forum buddies? People you know well enough online or IRL to help your Witch pick out stuff for you? I think my previous Switch Witches (JennyGardener & delicate_fangs) would be good for advice since they sent excellent prezzies in earlier rounds. IRL, I've had coffee a few times with Ishtar ***9/3*** My questionnaire is chock-a-block with ideas for Witching me on the cheap, and without sending "stuff for stuff's sake". And I just came up with another one--make me a Pandora, Finetune, or Last.fm station you think I might like! What manner of affordable Witchery might you covet? I'd like almost anything Does your cell phone have a place to attach charms? no If you drink coffee (and make it yourself) do you use a French Press, regular filter basket coffee maker, Espresso Machine, Percolator? cone-shaped filter What movie soundtracks (or scores) do you love? I'd love to find the one for Grossepoint Blank How do you scent yourself? Do you layer soaps, moisturizers, etc. or do you go straight to slathering your bod with BPAL? I like to use complimentary soaps & lotions & often put BPAL in unscented lotion Do you/how do you scent your world? Candles, incense, diffusers, potpourri? None of the above?Candles & occasionally incense BPAL is such a scent-ual experience. What are your other tactile, aural, or olfactory pleasures? I love velvet & chenille scarves/garments, the feel & smell of fresh washed bedding & have mostly fragrant plants in my garden ***9/2*** How do people feel about receiving baked goods/kits to make said goods? Or other cooking items? Would you enjoy oil or vinegar flavored with herbs grown at home? Strange and exotic spices with recipes to try? Cookies made with carnation petals? Yes, to all of the above What are your pet's names, and what are they named for? Our two black cats, Pamplemousse & Maximillian, have names chosen just because we liked the sound (my husband named the grapefruit & she's regal looking but quite goofy so it fits). The grey & white cat, Grendel, is a fighter & bully so naming him after Beowulf's monster was appropriate. ***9/1*** Who here is a complete, over the top, Alice In Wonderland fanatic? I'm quite fond of the book & illustrations (but not the Tea Party scents, unfortunately). That tea set someone linked to was great! Are you a Trekkie? If so, which series do you prefer? Do you have a favorite character? Somewhat, my favorite series were DS9 & Voyager but favorite characters are Spock & Picard (with a girl crush on Sevenofnine) Do you have phobias? heights, flying, driving, crossing big bridges, maggots How do you like your mix CDs? Random? Stuff you know you'll like? Either Would you rather get food or jewellery? Both are very desirable Do you like children's toys, such as jacks, those little things you tilt around to get the ball in the right hold (wtf are those called?), the aforementioned caplet dinosaurs, cap guns, etc? I have a great fondness for wind-up toys (tin or otherwise) English candy/tea/marmite or other stuff that you love and can't easily get outside of England? violet or blackcurrant flavoured candy Fanfic as a gift* - yay or nay? Your fandom? Slash preferences?*well, a virtual gift obviously. You know what I mean. Sure! I'd prefer it to be somewhat humorous, though. Harry Potter, Buffy, Star Trek, LOTR, Lovecraft Any beaders here? Need beading supplies? small children = not currently beading Do you like making up your SW packages around a theme, or prefer to mix it all up? sometimes themed, more often a mix Band-aids: do you like the fun and funky ones? Very much! What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you? an inexperienced doctor led me to believe I might have cervical cancer (fortunately it was nothing)   ***8/31*** What is everyone's favorite Halloween song?! I loved the Monster Mash as a kid, also This is Halloween from Nightmare Before Christmas How many of mah fellow witchies play video games? Platform? Do you like used games? What kind of music (genres, please) do you like? 60's rock, world music, grunge Have any of you ever received a book from a Witchy and loved it so much you ended up buying a copy for a later Witchee? I've received several nice books but haven't bought more copies, yet What kinds of eye shadows do we all like? sparkly/opalescent mineral - searching for a great mauve/lilac/purple, also like copper, teal & smokey blue (I have blue-grey eyes) Do you like lip balm? If so, do you like tinted, glossy, sparkly, pearly or just plain lip balm? tinted in plum or anything really (not huge fan of peppermint flavored) What are some of the SW gifts/finds from past rounds (or you can just name a gift in general that you found for someone if this is your first round!) that you are the most proud of in terms of your sleuthing skills? And, secondly, what is something you've been searching for but just can't find? Jill Thompson's Scary Godmother t-shirt or magnets ***8/30*** Do you knit/crochet? Do you need any supplies? - nope Who here has an etsy shop? not me What are your two favorite etsy shops? Are you active on any other boards/forums? If so please specify where and your username there. - I only use Live Journal for the decant circles. ***8/29*** What would you tell yourself 6 months in the past about 2008 so far? it won't be too bad but hire someone to complete some of those household projects you've been asking DH to do & save yourself a lot of aggravation If you had one minute of fame, what would you do/say in the spotlight? I would probably turn bright red & mutter something incoherent Robots versus zombies: who wins? Mr Roboto What would zombie say? Brains! Where are a few of your favorite places? rocky beaches by the ocean, woods with lots of evergreens, Rome, San Francisco Out of curiosity, all the fall babies who are celebrating their birthdays during the round - who are you, and when is your bday? N/A What is one (only one) object that you collect, that totally goes against your personality or beliefs? can't think of anything Are you a soap addict? Anything you like to avoid in soaps (goat's milk, lye, dyes, etc...) or any particular scents you like or brands you want to try? - Addict? Oh Yes -see SW Help wishlist Do you like kilts and would you wear one? - like but wouldn't wear BoiWitches? Question for you both.....Hath any of thou own a Kilt? What's your favorite book? can't have just one! What size socks do you wear? How about hat size? I have large feet (10) & a big head (22 in) Do you read comics? Which ones do you love and which can't you stand? Sandman, Books of Magic, Castle Waiting, Courtney Crumrin, Scary Godmother - don't care for Manga Symbols that are meaningful to me? crescent moon, ourobouros, world tree, leaves By nature are you a morning lark or a night owl? more a middle of the day person What's your favorite type of music to hear live Celtic Favorite Seasonal Drinks- cider & pumpkin lattes, I also crave spicier tea than usual ***8/28*** Crossword puzzles? Other pencil puzzles? I like doing crosswords occasionally Favorite artist? modern: Ursula Vernon (Beelzebear,Elder Clean, Wolf & Fireflies) James Christensen Favorite poet? Mary Oliver Halloween. Do you like it kooky or creepy? - Both Reserved or Raunchy? - Both, it depends on the company Earth, Wind, Fire or Water? - Earth Tea or Coffee in the morning? - It used to be tea but after having kids it's strong coffee Fruity snacks or chocolate? - Both & together Would you accept art? -Yes! Antiques or Brand New? - Both with slight preference for antique What keywords do you use when searching for items for yourself on Etsy? I usually just browse the newly added section Are there any of y'all who are allergic/sensitive to having natural fibers on your skin? - Angora/mohair gets in my eyes What was your favorite ghost/scary/campfire story growing up? the Hitchhiker one Bugs? Do you like 'em or not? I do, except maggots squick me out i haz no imp storage. do you? Kinda but it's nothing fancy ***8/27*** If you have a garden/planter box, what do you grow? lots of herbs, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, roses, dahlias, poppies & many nice smelling perennials What incense scents do you prefer? Shoyeido for the win! cinnamony sandalwood & patchouli Do you decorate for Halloween? What sort of decorations? Dress up for Halloween? decorate with pumpkins & lights mostly, some years I dress up & others I don't Bats, cats, skeletons, monsters, vampires, witches or what other ghoulies do you prefer? black cats, witches & skeletal trees are my favorites & I have a soft spot for Cthulhu Do you like horror flicks? I love Vincent Price but not modern horror Who here prefers stylus and ink to ballpoint? Anyone invested time and effort into calligraphy or proper Victorian writing? no What about stationery? Need some? What styles do you like? I like pretty patterned paper ***8/26*** What is one item that you've wanted forever, could have afforded, but have never gotten and why (haven't you gotten it!)?Hmm...there's a few things listed on my sw help list What Halloween scent are you most looking forward to? - The Pumpkins & Fearful Pleasure (I have decants of the Pumpkins & bottles of Samhain & Fearful Pleasure on the way) Tattoos! Do you have em? Do you want em? Whatcha got or getting? - I've been contemplating getting one for 20 years but can't commit to a design Reduce - REUSE - recycle. Do others feel the same? - Yes What is your favorite crafting supply? I like making cards so blank cards/envelopes in different colours & hole punches in fun shapes Weigh in...Are you right or left-handed? - Lefty Any period of time that you love? ancient Greece, ancient China, Middle Ages, Regency & Fin de Siecle ***8/25*** What's your favorite part about Fall? - the smell, crunchy leaves, heirloom apple varieties Do you like office/school supplies? If so, what is your favorites?- fun pens, notepads, sticky notes What's your favorite Halloween candy? - little chocolate bars. I hate candy corn & molasses taffy, but am curious about the seasonal Hershey kisses. Will you be participating NaNoWriMo? If so, is there anything you'd like to have for that? - nope, not taking part ***8/22*** Where does everyone like shop for witching goodness? Etsy, local shops What is your favorite pumpkin goodness? - Soup, roasted seeds, bread & pie as well as BPAL's Pumpkin Patch #1 & #4 (2005/06) & Pumpkin Queen.




Rose smellies

I'm a big rose fan & am still searching for the ultimate scent in that category. I have over 40 very fragrant varieties growing in the garden (mostly old roses & David Austins) & find perfume hard to measure up to the real thing. Having said that, Beth has a huge number of rose blends and anyone (except the absolute rose-haters) is sure to find several to their liking.   Some of my notes on the rose scents I've tried: GC London - pretty tea rose, a classic (my imp is different than the aged bottle I acquired which has an acrid background or bitterness to it - rather disappointing) Two,Five & Seven - rather sharp & overwhelming Marie - lovely rose & violet Harlot - sweet, faint & powdery, couldn't sense the cinnamon Rose Cross - love the rose & resin combo, like an old moss rose Persephone - juicy rose with a berry finish Zombi - couldn't sense the rose in this, only the dirt which turns spicy & ginseng-like: neat! Moon Rose - aquatic, green-tinged rose, not my thing Black Rose - too heavy for me Blood Rose - nicely sultry & fruity, then gets sharp & the rose disappears under the dragon's blood Whip - sharp rose & the leather note turns my stomach Seraglio - rose, almond & orange work together wonderfully on me Rakshasa - rose, patchouli & sandalwood: a really nice blend if you like strong woody notes Eve - perfumy, honey & sharp rose: changes to honey & apple blossom, a bit musty Knave of Hearts - caramel with hint of black currant & fleeting rose Maiden - nice & spicy but the carnation gave me a headache Viola - sweet & pretty: seems kind of innocent & young, girly? The Rose - similar rose as Rose Red but not as strong or long-lasting, nice for when RR seems like too much Snooty Rose - I would have guessed there's cedar in this - the sandalwood is not behaving, perhaps aging will help Miller's Daughter   LE/Unimpables Rose Moon - bright tea rose, hint of other florals, bit too fresh Pulcinella & Teresina - too much resin for me, I smelled like pine sap Victoria - sweet tea rose, hint of lily & musk, a bit soapy Rose Red '07 - bright juicy rose with a hint of earthy honey ('05 is a bit earthier, both are fabulous ) Libra '07 - lovely fruity(cherry) rose, not as tart as Persephone Parlement of Foules - nice: sweet rose with raspberries. This is my #1 - the rose blend I wear the most Peacock Queen '07 - tea rose, a bit sharper than London Silentium Amoris (DC) - rose & ylang ylang, I had high hopes but the rose is too sharp for my tastes Hope - sweet (duh, sugared rose) like the rose in Harlot/Lucy's Kiss but much stronger, little bit powdery Queen of Clubs - strong dirt note fades to nice berries, roses far in the background Tabula Smagdarina - like P of Foules with slightly sour wood note Lady Luck Blues - honeyed floral with spiced rose, lovely skin musk finish April Fool - citrusy rose with touch of green, rosy berry finish Katrina von Tassel - sweet Hope-like roses with cream, honey not very noticeable; this one can feel a bit thick & cloying sometimes Autumn (Salon) - rosy, then autumnal smoky leaves, hint of apple (this one is so very me - must track down a bottle) Blasphemare Reliquary - bubblegum, powdery rose with a sharp edge RETEST Eustephanos - very sweet, thought there was honey & peach in it (actually pomegranate), rose in background contributing to general sweetness RETEST Pothon Meter - interestingly spicy, pepper combining with something to become almost gingery, not very sweet or rosy but very enjoyable Unity Set 1) Red Rose - not very rosy on me, strong tobacco/fir combo with the Indian musk is a bit harsh 2) White Rose - fruity & creamy (hint of coconut?), not super rosy either but very nice 3) Combined - very nice, complex Gwyneth - sweet coconut & sage, bit of a sharp floral/rose note, goes to harsh cleaning product (orchid & lily= nasty on me) Chaos Theory IV CMXVII - soft roses & lilies, spicy floral, bit too powdery Last Rose of Summer - a woody rose that works on me! Madeline Maud Ruthyn The Masque



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