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Switch Witch 2018 Answers

Speaking of OOS/Discontinued - Are there any old favorites from no longer operating companies that you would like if either anyone had a stash OR could find a reasonable dupe?
The original Vanilla single note from The Body Shop (circa 1990.)

Booze, yea or nay? Favorite kinds?
yea! I love sweet meads, wines (especially ice wine and tawny port), ciders, liqueurs, hard alcohol (baileys, flavored vodkas, schnapps)... do not like dry meads, ciders, or wines. I like SOME beer, mostly stout.

Knitted stuff? Need/want anything specific? Colors?
I like knitted stuff but as I'm a knitter I am usually overflowing in knitted things and end up giving most away or selling them. If you really need to knit something for me I have a bundle on Ravelry called "Make for Me" (also Halloween / Vamp Swap) and I like dark colors like black, dark grey, dark wine/burgundy/black over red, dark purple. I do not like navy blue, white, beige, tan, yellow, orange, or usually pink.)

Feelings re: Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland? Love it, hate it, meh it?
I love Alice in Wonderland! I really like the original artwork (especially white rabbit wearing his heart tunic and Alice playing croquet with the flamingo and hedgehog.) I have fabric from Spoonflower with the artwork for making project bags.

Would you like a postcard from the fancy schmantsy St Pancras Renaissance hotel that I'm about to stay in several times over the next month?
Sure, I love receiving mail.

Does anything catch your eye from Future Primitive, including oos things?
Scents that sound lovely: Opium Den, Rook & Raven, Sylph, White Witch, Potages Cauldrons, The Gloaming, OM, Cordwainer.
Whipped soap, scrubs, bathing grains, body cream all sound good.

Are you thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Any merch or pre-Nano supplies you might want?
No, I do not enjoy writing in the slightest.

I just recently discovered MoonMagic -jewelry with a focus on moonstones but also opals and labradorite. They currently have a sale. Anything that stands out to you? (moonmagic.com)
Crescent Moon (moonstone) especially, but also Ellipse, Dropping wisdom (both in moonstone), and Orbit Teardrop (labradorite) -- oh, but none of those are on sale. Let's see, sales items.

Size 7 rings: Cosmic Daze, Moon Trance, Seahorses, White Virgin, Waves, Sky Energy,
Size 11 rings: Luminance
Moonstone Teardrop (loose)

Do you like quirky socks? Any preferred styles (ankle, thigh-high..)?
No, I rarely wear socks. Not at all from April - October and grudgingly during the winter under boots. I mostly only wear black socks unless I'm wearing converse in which I wear white or grey.

Are you interested in anything from Nerdlacquer?
Not as much as I'm interested in ILNP. There is a list of ILNP I'd love to try under SW Help link in my signature.

Let's get specific about this knitting thing! Do any of these items/styles appeal? I've numbered these so you can just reference numbers if you like!
1, 2, 4, 10, 11 -- if I happen to have a knitter as a witch, I actually have somebundles on Ravelry - "Make for me" or "Halloween or Vamp Swap" with items I'd be interested in having someone make for me. Please don't make me things off of my wish list or out of my queue, those are things that I want to make.

If your witch was able to obtain digital media that you could not access (TV, movies, books, etc.), is there anything you have been in search of for quite a while? If yes, what devices do you use to play such (i.e. Windows, Mac, etc.)?
I'd love the Robert Anton Wilson Illuminatus Trilogy, Shroedinger's Cat, and The Historical Chronicles of the Illuminati (three books starting with The Earth Will Shake) on mobi or epub. I actually have a huge list of books that I'd like on audio or mobi

Is there anything you want from Japan? Some kind of food, cute stationary, fandom merch, maybe you collect lucky cats, anything!
yummy kit kats! Also Nightmare Before Christmas stuff!

Are you witchy or like witchy things like incense, sage, palo santo, crystals, tarot, altar supplies, candles, etc.? Whatcha like/need?
Low smoke incense, palo santo, crystals, altar supplies, ritual / chime candles, yes. I have some altar supplies on my amazon wishlist (I think under house/home) -- altar bell, altar chalice, some altar cloths in different colors (need red), can always use chime candles, TALs, etc. I'm waiting on my Last Unicorn tarot deck (kickstarter) as well as The Wise Dog tarot (I can wait to see which card my dog gets - I paid for one of my dogs to be in the deck) and I just received a Game of Thrones tarot deck for my birthday, so I think I'm set there. I put what kind of crystals/gemstones I like in my SW questionnaire.

Do you need decanting supplies? Sample vials? Pipettes? Standard labels?
I could use vials but I'm good on pipettes and labels.

Can you link to your non forum wishlists/goodreads if you haven't already done so?
Mine should all be linked on the spreadsheet and in my signature. Some of them are linked from SW Help (in my signature.)

If you're a yarn user, what kinds of yarn do you like best?
I have a yarn wishlist on The Loopy Ewe and Knit Picks (both linked in SW Help) as well as some yarn on my Amazon list (under Fiber Arts) and on Etsy. I love plain merino as well as merino/silk/cashmere. Gradient yarns are my favorite but I love semi solid colors too. I don't like variegated yarn. I do love me some self striping but I think I have more than I can ever knit at this point unless you find some in worsted or DK. (no fingering) For shawls I like fingering yarn but everything else I'd prefer DK or Worsted. Twisted Fiber Arts is one of my favorite yarn dyers but they are super expensive.

Spooky stuff! D'ya like... ghosts? Skeletons? Aliens? Bigfoot? Unsolved mysteries?
I like skeletons, gargoyles, and bats. No ghosts, witches, aliens, zombies, werewolves, etc. I live in the Pac NW so of course we have bigfoot everything but I'm not especially a fan.

Is there anything from the Lush christmas line that was just released that you're interested in?
I think I already added those to my SW Help, ahaha. I'd love some more Sleepy lotion (I guess not the Christmas line, it's around on year, but I went through 6oz of it this spring and could use some more.) Interested in the Snow Fairy body spray and the Snow Fairy body conditioner as well as the Sleepy shower gel. I love Butterbear (one of my favorite Lush scents) and wouldn't mind trying the Puddy Holly.

Is there any scents from the more current releases you have been wanting to try (Weenies, Motherhood/Fatherhood)?
I haven't been able to get anything from most of the releases in the past couple of years. I'd REALLY like No DNA Test Required. I think I've added things to my wishlist and ISO though, and I'll keep those updated.

How do you feel about buttons, pins, and badges?
I never really used to be a fan but lately I've been getting pins .. I don't really have any place to PUT them though (I don't carry a bag with me anywhere, ever, unless it's a project bag and I'm going to be knitting. I don't wear a jacket because I'm always too hot.) So they're all stuffed in a canister.

Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus?
I've never seen Hocus Pocus but I do love me some Practical Magic.

Does anything from either of these shops interest you?
The Stitchety Witch cross stitch creations and patterns
No thank you!

Black Abbey Studios (http://www.blackabbeystudios.com/store) art w/ a gothic tendency
-- ooh, I love Midnight in the Garden. Also Faithful Friend, King Puck, and Triggers.

Is there something (either a specific item, or type of item, like bath/body, perfume, candy etc) you're really looking forward to or hoping to get?
Whatever my Witch wants to send! I would love to get some of the Liliths (BPAL/BPTP) or some of the Shihaya scents in Sorbetto (especially Ember & Mallow or Sisterhood of the Moon) - I wanted to buy some but I'm saving my monies for swaps and dog food. There is a bunch of LE Nocturne Alchemy that I'm interested in as well. But I'm not expecting to get anything in particular, I'm always surprised!

What's something you want or look at, but always talk yourself out of buying (or for whatever reason never purchase)?
Everything, haha! The Sihaya / Paintbox Soapworks stuff I mentioned above, Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends tea, ILNP (nail polish - the mega hologram), rituel de fille samplers... I'm sure I could think of more. I usually just add them to my cart, laugh at the price and add to my wishlists instead, and then try not to obsess about them.

Are there any subscription/subscription style boxes you have an interest in?(This could be a very specific sub like sihaya or lootcrate or an idea/concept you're interested in without a specific company in mind, like "book related candles").
I love the Forest Nui Cobalt boxes and have seriously considered the Sihaya until I read the scent notes of what is included and then meh out. (I did win a contest from her instagram where I received some leftovers of various boxes and those were lovely. I do love Sihaya candles so much! I can only burn them very very occasionally and have to wear a respirator but I can still smell them through it. Usually it's too much of a hassle to wear the disposable respirators so I don't do it very often. (sorry - tangent - I would love some non-disposable respirators in gothy fabric or black and some replacement filters.) Things like witchy / crystal / tea / pig / dog boxes are all cool. I unsubscribed from bark box because I couldn't afford it anymore but Zuul loves getting it.

Coffee or Tea? I love both but right now I'm only doing k-cups for coffee (I also do some k-cup tea) and I have SO MUCH loose lea tea. I just found a 32oz ingenuitea at a local store for $20, so I'm going to go buy that. I do have two teapots without filters so I could use a gold filter or something to set down in those while I'm brewing. I can always use more egyptian licorice mint tea and the traditional medicinals "breathe easy." My favorite coffee k-cups are the Death Wish (regular death cups and odin.) My favorite tea capsules are Harney & Son (Paris, Hot Cinnamon Spice, and Peppermint - that's all they had in stock and I have tons) but other flavors might be fun. I have some tazo chai and english breakfast too.

Anything from David's Tea(esp the new Halloween) that catches your eye?
Their spooky tin is super cute! The organic stormy night!! The peanut butter cup sounds intriguing. Also the color changing mug is so cute! But I really don't need more mugs (she says, eyeing the BPTP/BPAL mug, haha.) Oh, and the maple matcha sounds lovely. (My favorite teas are black, matcha, and sometimes green or white but I don't especially love other kinds.)

What are your DISO BPAL dreams?
No DNA test required for sure. The Liliths on my wish list.

For those of us Switch Witches who ARE witches....if you have a Book of Spells would you like a page for it from your witch?
That would be awesome, I love the big scrapbook spellbook from Practical Magic. I have horrible writing and am not talented in the way of putting together something like that.

What house were you sorted into?
Pottermore sorted me into Hufflepuff which I disagree with because I think I'm more of a Ravenclaw/Gryffindor. But the Honey Badger is my spirit animal, so there's that.

There are some really awesome spice shops in NYC. Would you like/need any herbs or spices?
I really don't have a NEED for more herbs/spices since I've been taking advantage of all of the Penzey specials and I've also stocked up on medieval spices.

Anything from this curiosity shop the type of thing that interests you? Dreadful Curiosities: https://www.facebook.com/pg/dreadfulcuriosities/photos/
Nothing with fur (or scary clowns) but any of the skulls would be cool. I have two ravens and a coyote as well as sheep.

Are you a board game nerd like me? Is there a game you want right now?
I haven't really played a lot of board games lately and I don't really have anyone to play with right now since I'm isolated out in the middle of nowhere and all of my friends are on the other side of the state in Seattle (or scattered across the world!) That being said, I would love to play Cards against Humanity and I backed Unstable Unicorns Control & Chaos (but I don't have the regular deck.) I have the NSFW version of Exploding Kittens but expansion packs are cool.

I have a new question! I'll be headed to the PA RenFaire the end of this month. Is there anything you'd be interested in? http://www.parenfaire.com/faire.html (if you scroll down a bunch there's a list of merchants)
Wow, it looks like a huge faire! I am jealous, I love going. I usually get things like birch beer, mead, torques, pirate coats, silver toned buttons with celtic knots (especially dogs/ravens/horses/hippocampus), any kind of roses (metal/feather/leather/whatever), pottery, etc. I have a nice belt, dagger, wooden tankards, table knife (maybe a fork/spoon?), shoes, garb, pouches, drinking horns, etc. I love the huge lightweight blankets or tapestries that you find at renn faires, would love one with a horse knot in blue/purple/black. Dragons are good too or witchy things, celtic knots in general, whatever. There are so many cool things at faires that I wouldn't even know where to start for wishes without seeing things.

would you like a crocheted doll related to one of your interests?
I already have a super cute pit bull one from dixiehellcat! (But it's packed up somewhere with most of my belongings. I feel like this is my life, living with most of my things packed up for years and years. I adore amigurumi but I really don't have any place to put such things right now.

Would you want me to put a collection of rocks/gems together for you? And if so, is there anything you'd want me to focus on? (health, peace, protection, creativity, love, etc...)
I have quite a few but can always use more! I need health, luck, wealth, peace/peaceful home, protection, love, .... doesn't everyone? Also luck with my legal matters (divorce hearing) coming up in December.

Are you interested in anything from this store? https://www.tafilu.com/stores/witches
Any of the hoodies in black (or charcoal grey) would be fun, especially the hollow eve riding group, heart with skeleton hands, paw readings, resting witch face with the bat, or the skeleton horse!! I like oversized things so a 2 XL would probably be good. The long sleeved tee's in a 3x would probably work too, again black or charcoal grey.   Is anyone interested in the New update?
I am so lusting after Snake Oil Cream Soda and the Samhain prototype. I added all of the new things I'm interested in to my Wish list and ISO.

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Switch Witch 2018 Questions Master List

10/25/18   Is anyone interested in the New update?   10/21/18

Are you interested in anything from this store? https://www.tafilu.com/stores/witches

10/19/18

would you like a crocheted doll related to one of your interests?

Would you want me to put a collection of rocks/gems together for you? And if so, is there anything you'd want me to focus on? (health, peace, protection, creativity, love, etc...)



10/17/18

I have a new question! I'll be headed to the PA RenFaire the end of this month. Is there anything you'd be interested in? http://www.parenfaire.com/faire.html(if you scroll down a bunch there's a list of merchants)

10/16/18

Are you a board game nerd like me? Is there a game you want right now?

10/15/18

There are some really awesome spice shops in NYC. Would you like/need any herbs or spices?

Anything from this curiosity shop the type of thing that interests you? Dreadful Curiosities: https://www.facebook.com/pg/dreadfulcuriosities/photos/

10/14/18

For those of us Switch Witches who ARE witches....if you have a Book of Spells would you like a page for it from your witch?

What house were you sorted into?

10/13/18

Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus?

Does anything from either of these shops interest you?
The Stitchety Witch stitch creations and patterns
Black Abbey Studios art w/ a gothic tendency

Is there something (either a specific item, or type of item, like bath/body, perfume, candy etc) you're really looking forward to or hoping to get?

What's something you want or look at, but always talk yourself out of buying (or for whatever reason never purchase)?

Are there any subscription/subscription style boxes you have an interest in? (This could be a very specific sub like sihaya or lootcrate or an idea/concept you're interested in without a specific company in mind, like "book related candles").

Coffee or Tea?
Anything from David's Tea(esp the new Halloween) that catches your eye?

What are your DISO BPAL dreams?

10/12/18

Spooky stuff! D'ya like... ghosts? Skeletons? Aliens? Bigfoot? Unsolved mysteries?

Is there anything from the Lush christmas line that was just released that you're interested in?

Is there any scents from the more current releases you have been wanting to try (Weenies, Motherhood/Fatherhood)?

How do you feel about buttons, pins, and badges?

10/11/18

Are you witchy or like witchy things like incense, sage, palo santo, crystals, tarot, altar supplies, candles, etc.? Whatcha like/need?

Do you need decanting supplies? Sample vials? Pipettes? Standard labels?[

Can you link to your non forum wishlists/goodreads if you haven't already done so?

If you're a yarn user, what kinds of yarn do you like best?

10/10/18

Let's get specific about this knitting thing! Do any of these items/styles appeal? I've numbered these so you can just reference numbers if you like!



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

Is there anything you want from Japan? Some kind of food, cute stationary, fandom merch, maybe you collect lucky cats, anything!


10/9/18

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

10/8/18

Speaking of OOS/Discontinued - Are there any old favorites from no longer operating companies that you would like if either anyone had a stash OR could find a reasonable dupe?

Booze, yea or nay? Favorite kinds?

Knitted stuff? Need/want anything specific? Colors?

Feelings re: Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland? Love it, hate it, meh it?

Are you thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Any merch or pre-Nano supplies you might want?

I just recently discovered MoonMagic -jewelry with a focus on moonstones but also opals and labradorite. They currently have a sale. Anything that stands out to you? (moonmagic.com)

Do you like quirky socks? Any preferred styles (ankle, thigh-high..)?

10/7/18

Would you like a postcard from the fancy schmantsy St Pancras Renaissance hotel that I'm about to stay in several times over the next month? (Witches, I'll happily send one to your witchee if they would like it)

Does anything catch your eye from Future Primitive, including oos things?

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Winter Solstice Swap 2017

Are there decants that you wished you ordered but didn't? Things you wish you had ordered more of?
I haven't been able to afford Liliths yet, let alone Weenies or Yules... But I'm going to try to get Liliths before they go down. My wishlist is up to date with Weenies and Yules.

Are your Amazon, Etsy etc wishlists up to date?
They should be. Amazon has priority settings so please sort high to low; I wish we could do that with Etsy.

how do you feel about animated films?
I used to be way more into anime but I'm not really anymore. My son has stolen all of my Ranma 1/2 dvds. I still watch some disney and pixar movies occasionally. NMBC is love! I watch Coraline once a year or so. My current fave animated movies besides NMBC are Brave and How to Train Your Dragon.

Is there a book you've always meant to read, but never got round to it?
Sure, but I have them already. My amazon book wishlist is very up to date; the books I really want are marked as very high or high priority. I put lots of inexpensive kindle books on there too.

If you've expressed an interest in candles, do you prefer unscented or scented and if the latter, what scents?
Sorry, I've answered so many similar swap questions that I can't keep track of which is which anymore! I love beeswax pillars like the ones from Big Dipper Waxworks (not rolled beeswax, I prefer poured.) Candles with intent would be fine! I do prefer pillars over jars because wick placement is usually better in pillars. Scent wise I like things like Vanillas, spices (clove, cardamom, cinnamon in small amounts), woodsy, bayberry, smoky, incense, marshmallow, patchouli, resins, tobacco, lavender, geranium, sandalwood, rose, etc. and lean towards essential oil types of the scent. For example, I think the yankee candle lavender smells nothing like actual lavender. There are some candles on my etsy and amazon wish lists - there are some Witch City Wicks, Dark Candles, etc. that I have been lusting over but I can't justify spending monies on them.

Do you like windchimes or other similar tinkley noisemakers?
I would love some gargoyle windchimes. (I have some unicorn ones and some that I inherited from my grandmother. Most of the ones that I long after are probably too expensive.) I still kind of lust over a small gargoyle guardian bell (I think there is one on my amazon wishlist, they're meant to put on motorcycles.) If you were to find something cool like that, it would be great. I wouldn't say no to a tibetan singing bowl for my altar.

Do you/would you like Christmas/holiday music? If so, any particular genres or styles?
I already have a lot of Christmas holiday music from my favorite bands so no thank you.

Do you have a Goodreads? Is it useful for my stalking purposes?
I do have a goodreads but I don't think it would be useful for stalking purposes. My amazon would be more useful. (I like librarything better than goodreads but it still isn't completely updated because most of my books have been packed up for 15-20 years. Link is in my SW help.)

Are there any holiday movies or shows you would particularly love to get your hands on?
Maybe some of the nostalgic rudolph christmas animated movies? (Year without a Santa Claus)

Would you prefer your nourishment to be literal (i.e., actual food) or representative?
Totally up to you. Bath/body, food, whatever.

In terms of actual food, are you comfortable with homebaked goodies so long as potential allergens are not involved?
yes!

Do you have favorite holiday foodstuffs?
Last year I received a homemade christmas pudding and it was SO GOOD. I need the recipe! And then I bought some sticky toffee pudding from World Market and that was delicious too.

Are you adverse to burning things as part of your sacrifice?
Would rather not unless it's meant to be burnt (incense, candles, paper.)

So how do you feel about teas? Would you be interested in getting some for your "nourishment" part of your gift? If so, are there particular companies you love or have always wanted to try? Special varieties you like- holiday blends, or decaf or solid standards like Earl Grey or Sencha?
I have so much tea it isn't funny. I wouldn't ever say no to Mariage Freres though.

And what about tea accoutrements, like rock sugar, nice honey (I have a fabulous apiary that is literally 6 blocks from my house!), a special spoon?
I always love locally sourced honey. I could use a really large (32oz) teavana perfectea maker.

Or maybe coffee is more your thing? And would you want your beans whole or ground (if ground, what grind do you like?)
I'm good on coffee I think, unless you have a super special blend you want to share with me. I usually prefer whole bean but I am not sure I'll be able to find my grinder or my french press. The only coffee maker in the house right now is my dad's keurig.

Scented candle lovers: do you have a favorite store/brand?
Indie companies are love. I'd love to try Witch City Wicks or Dark Candles (there are some on my bath / beauty / fragrance amazon wishlist for a hint of what kind of fragrances I like.) I just ordered a bunch of candles from Sihaya and Co. because she was having a secret menu sale so I finally get to try those. I was hoping to get some for swapping but they aren't guaranteed to be mailed until the middle of december. Oops.

Favorite/Least favorite bath products (e.g. do you like scrubs, bar soap, gel)?
Favorites: shower gel, salt/oil scrubs
Least favorite: bar soap (because I make it and I have about 500 bars.)

No SLS or parabens, trying to avoid phthalates. My skin is uber dry from thyroid issues and also breaks out really easily.

What sounds are comforting for you? Any that bring up good memories?
Hoofbeats, saddle leather creaking, horse tails swishing, neighing. (Yes, I miss my horses.) I have lots of white noise generators on my phone and I use those to sleep when I'm away from home. At home I have a noisy air cleaner to provide white noise.

Do you like and use christmas/other celebration decorations, baubles and the like?
I used to buy a purple, iridescent, sparkly, or some kind of mystical creature (dragon, unicorn, grotesque) every year for my tree but haven't done that lately. My ex didn't really like having a real tree. I doubt we'll have a real tree this year either because I'm staying with my 70-something parents and they have a little fake tree that they like to put up. My mom already has all of the decorations she needs (and more.) I'm always sad that they don't have a fireplace - so no good place to hang stockings. (Yes, I still do a stocking for my kid who is almost 30 and for my parents, and they do one for me.) I have one of those aluminum trees with a disco light in storage somewhere with all of my Christmas decorations.

Would YOU like to receive a singing bowl?
Yes!

Would you mind receiving a pre-loved book (one in good condition)?
I have a really hard time reading physical books because of my eyes. My contact prescription is too strong to read things. I do all of my reading on my ipad these days with either ibooks or the kindle app.

How do you feel about fruitcake, assuming that I can make it without any stated allergens?
We just made cherry almond fruitcake today! That's the only fruitcake I've ever had that I liked.

How about rum/whiskey/bourbon balls (these are no-cook, so the alcohol is still pretty potent)?
Heck yeah!! But I don't like walnuts.

What is your favorite store-bought holiday treat?
such a hard question. maybe the chocolate covered peppermint joe-joes from trader joes? I already bought a couple of boxes though and I had two boxes leftover from last year since R wasn't around to eat them all. (Amazing how much longer my treats last without someone else to eat them all.) I'm having a hard time thinking of winter holiday treats... I can think of valentine day treats (cupcake royale's "Death Cake") but the brain fog is blocking my thoughts right now. oh! I was going to buy some Sticky Toffee Pudding from World Market but they didn't have any so we might attempt to make our own this year. Most of the "store bought" stuff I used to get was from local bakeries/stores/grocery stores, I miss all of my Seattle stores.

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12 Days of Christmas 2017

12 Days of Christmas 2017 -- you can also read my answers from Switch Witch and 13 Days of Halloween 2017 in my blog if you want.

Are you coveting anything currently available from Haus of Gloi?
I'm super sad that my Rose City pumpkin butter is almost gone (and I don't see it on the site anymore - it was rose and patchouli.)
* Snow Wolf, Turkish Delight, would love of a sample of Haus Amber and Nefarious Gingerbread Man. (Pumpkin Butter and any of the scrubs.)
* Pomander, Fir Boughs and Incense, Serenity (butter bombs)
* Candy Cane, Butterscotch (lip balm)
* For perfume only, the birthday ambers are on sale and I was wanting to try Amber & Rose, Amber & Incense, or Amber Noir. The Fall Black Musks are killing me, I love black musk. I'm most interested in Black Musk & Nag Champa, Black Musk, Leather & Rose, Black Musk, Anise & Vanilla. I've never smelled their black musk though, so I hope it's good!

Are you coveting anything from the Paintbox Soapworks update that just happened?
Sorbetto or bath streusel only: Winter Stories or Figs in Honey. (no lotions or soap please.) I do love her goat milk body cream and wish she would make the lavender honey scented again. There are plenty other of scents on there I'd love too.

Are you coveting anything from Cocoa Pink?
- Scent wise: Black, Black Marshmallow, Black Vanilla, Black Velvet, Black Widow, Broomstick, Come-hither, Cozy Blanket, Fear of Ghosts, Genevieve, Lipstick Stains, Marshmallow, Monster in the Walls, Naughty, Sensory Deprivation Tank, Stanley Hotel, The Upside-Down, Vanilla on the Rocks, Vanilla Rose,
- Product wise: ShampPink shampoo, dermabrasion sample, I'm 29 serum, either the coco mango or the voluptuous body butters, linen spray, sugar scrub. No perfume please.

How do you feel about pomanders?
They smell good - I used to make them for people.

How do you feel about savor soaps?
No bar soap for me please. I am not really a fan of whipped soap either, but I do like sugar scrubs so I added some of those to my etsy wishlist. I added some whipped soap too, but mostly for the scents that I liked, not for the whipped soap itself.

Or Perfectly Posh?
No thank you.

Do you have feelings about fruitcake? We're talking whiskey soaked homemade fruitcake, not a brick in a festive tin.
So I've only ever had one fruitcake that I liked -- cherry almond fruitcake (with pears, marzipan, and amaretto.) I usually beg my mom to make me one every year.

Any strong nail polish and/or makeup preferences?
I don't usually wear nail polish (except for BPTP polish!) but I have some on my etsy list that changes color (I'm a sucker for color changing things) and I'm really intrigued by ilnp. (Raven, Abyss, Moonstone, Birefringence, Westwing, By Nightfall, Ava, Walking Home, Missed Calls, Deja Vu....) Makeup wise, I only wear prescriptives foundation and powder. I love black eyeliner that won't smudge or smear (I've been using Stila smudge stick and kat von d tattoo liner but both of those still run a little.) I just got two lippies in another swap but I can always use more (light 'blue leaning' plums/rose.) I don't wear brown, yellow, gold, beige, or cream. I'm into silver, black, grey, purple, blue. Sometimes reds/greens but not often. I have a ton of loose eyeshadows but rarely wear them. I could use some good mascara.

Favorite animals?
Not in any particular order: Bats, pibbles, friesian horses. Mythological: hippocampus, unicorn, gargoyles/grotesques, toothless.

Do you have a strong preference for consumables (soaps, candles, food, etc.) over other stuff?
I have a strong preference for things that are useful as opposed to things that just sit. Games, shirts, foods, yes! (no bar soap please.)

Would you be interested in Colorpop?
The only palette that calls to me is the Yin to your yang. For lippies, I like Ice Cube, Sauce, Baewatch (ugh, I hate the name though), and the Amethyst crystal balm. Black eyeliner.

Would you like any holiday music? if so, do you prefer a CD or MP3?
No thank you.

Do you like toffee or fudge?
Fudge yes, but no nuts or anything in my fudge. Love butterscotch or peanut butter! Plain chocolate is awesome too but my mom makes that, as well as toffee, every year.

How do you feel about amigurumi (little crochet stuffies...animals, characters, ornaments, etc.)?
I like them! (We make and sell them on our etsy store.) My most favorite one ever was a pit bull amigurumi that was gifted to me.

If I were to crochet you something wearable, do you have any preferences? Do you like hats, scarves, gloves, other? And would you prefer something fun and whimsical (e.g. fox face hat or owl mittens), something delicate and pretty (e.g. lacy wraps or scalloped boot cuffs), or just something like a basic, no frills beanie or cowl? Do you have a Ravelry account and a list of favorite patterns?
I really don't like most crocheted wearables, I prefer knitted. I am on Ravelry as misstwilight and I do have some bundles under my favorites called "make for me." Please don't make anything out of my general favorites.

What kind of hot drinks do you like, and if tea or coffee or cocoa or cider or alcohol, give specifics?
Lately I have been mostly using the keurig to make coffee and tea (or using cold brew coffee.) I do have some coffee beans and tea on my amazon "edibles" wishlist. I like black tea, especially flavored or cinnamon, and mint tea - especially with licorice. (I hate chamomile.) I love sweet hard cider, especially JK Scrumpy and Ace's pumpkin cider. Ghiradelli Double Chocolate cocoa and Vosges Parisian drinking chocolate are my favorites. Alcohol wise, I like just about everything but mostly things like amaretto, baileys, kahlua, sinfire, vanilla vodka, marshmallow vodka, etc.

What kind of candles do you like, scent, etc?
Vanillas, spices, woodsy, smoky, incense, marshmallow, patchouli, resins, tobacco.

Mixes or seasonings for the kitchen?
I'm probably pretty good on spices since I don't cook much.

What is something new in your life that you wish you had more "things" for?
Probably my altar. I could use an altar cloth and some other items.

We do a lot of baking and holiday good ridiculousness around here...house specialties include lebkuchen (flourless, they're mostly nuts, spices, candied fruit), marzipan, butter caramels (flavored or plain), shortbread crisps, and savory cheese shortbread. Any of these sound appealing?
Nothing with nuts please. (It's a texture thing - I like nut butters though.) We do caramels too but I'd love to taste yours, especially flavored! Mmmm savory cheese!

What are your top places to get a gift card from?
ooh, hard to say. Smellies wise: BPAL/BPTP, Moonalisa, Nocturne Alchemy. Food wise: Panera, MOD Pizza, Qdoba/Chipotle, Trader Joes Otherwise: Amazon, Twisted Fiber Art, The Loopy Ewe, Paradise Fibers, Fresh from the Cauldron (etsy), Teeturtle, ThinkGeek, Costco. I'm sure I could think of more but really anywhere would be a treat.

Which holiday symbols/themes do you like the best (or least)? Such as Santas, snowflakes, reindeer, etc.
KRAMPUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also snowflakes.

Do you like puzzles?
I play a lot of puzzle games on my ipad but I don't do anything that requires me to hold a pen/pencil and I no longer do jigsaw puzzles (no place to put them, all of our tables are covered in other projects like cutting boards for fabric, sewing machines, etc. plus one table to eat at.) I went from a huge house, to sharing a basement, to having one small room, so my stuff is pretty crammed in here.

Do you have a strong preference for numbered packages vs randomly picking with maybe a few hints along the way?
Nope. Either way is fine.

Are you jonesing for any particular BPAL right now? Anything you are just dying to try, even just a sniffie?
Beautiful Macabre, Mummies of Mexico City. (for sniffing)

How do you feel about the following flavors/ingredients:
Coconut? I like coconut chips and toasted coconut, coconut oil for cooking, coconut sugar for baking, but I'm not really a fan of things like mounds or almond joy.
Mint? I love mint tea (especially combined with licorice root.) Mint frangoes are sometimes good, but otherwise I'm not a huge fan of mint and chocolate, it has to be something I'm in the mood for.
Lavender? I love lavender everything. We made lavender vanilla liqueur this year, as well as cordial for lavender lemonade.
Rosewater? Also made rose petal liqueur, rose jam, etc. Nom!
Cardamom? Yes.
Candied citrus peel/marmalade? My mom received some homemade candied orange peel in a recent ravelry swap and they were SO GOOD. Yes. (not a fan of marmalade though.)
Anything to absolutely avoid? flavor wise, I'm just having a hard time thinking of what to absolutely avoid beside things like mincemeat, pecan pie, lutefisk, things with nuts or marshmallows (texture, not flavor), etc.  
Would you like anything crafted for the storage or transport of the BPAL? (Travel imp containers, boxes for 5mls, bottle cozy, etc.)
I use ammo boxes and mint tins for imps and I have tons of boxes (both travel and storage) for bottles, so I'm good there. I wouldn't mind wall display type things for BPAL though! Like nail polish racks or coffin shaped shadow boxes with bpal sized shelves? Someday I am going to order the BPTP wall sconce for bpal bottles.
If so, do you prefer them to be plain or decorated? Either or!
If decorated, are there any motifs or art that you'd particularly like? I love celtic knots (ravens, dogs, horses, ferrets, just knots), swirly things, nightmare before christmas, bats, corvids, gargoyle/grotesques, skulls/calaveras, eye of horus/ankhs, krampus. More on the darker/gothy side.

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Switch Witch Fall 2017 Question Master List

10/5/17

would any witchees be interested in NASA swag? I'm now super-close to Marshall Space Flight Center and will be visiting the space center with my kiddo pretty regularly. If so, what would you like? Clothes, a mug, magnets, a plush Snoopy wearing a flight suit?

does anybody like anything from Solstice Scents? I LOVE their Jack and the Devil. http://www.solsticescents.com/  
10/3/17

Witchee, would you like anything from the Trading Post Halloween update? https://blackphoenixtradingpost.com/category/weenies-2017/

10/1/17

Awesome farmer's market by my house. They have a local honey stand (which also sells things made from local honey like Propolis tincture!); there's a small apothecary and she additionally makes soaps and hand-made, hand-poured scented candles; plus a guy that makes an array of BBQ and Hot Sauces. Does ny of this appeal? Would you like anything from my local farmer's market?

Smolder Cosmetics. Do any of their products (glitter, eye dusts etc) appeal to you? https://smoldercosmetics.com

Anything from Strobe Cosmetics (http://strobecosmetics.com)?

How would you feel about getting Hello Kitty stuff?

Would you like to get some favorite recipes?

Would you like anything from my shop? https://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaNut?

9/30/17

Would you like anything from the Haus of Gloi Fall Part II update? https://www.hausofgloi.com/pages/halloween-scent-list

9/27/17

How do you feel about these little guys? I think they're adorable and kind of want them all, but especially the ghost and pirate ones. https://lovemomiji.com/shop/limited-editions

9/26/17

Witchees, do you want anything specifically from this page? Mitts, hat, shawls, unicorn... http://iceweasel.net/switchwitch/

What are your top three most wanted DC'd or previous LE BPALs?

What are some things you do NOT want to receive?

is there anything from here that you might be interested in getting a print (or pillow/make-up case/etc) of?
http://www.blackabbeystudios.com/store

Claire's has some super cute Halloween stuff. In the style of Haunted Mansion - black lace collars, lace and sparkle masques and the like. A few items in Dias de los Muertos style. Would you be interested in such things?

Would you be interested in anything from Orange Thyme? https://shoporangethyme.com/ If so, which products/scents/flavors?


9/25/17

Anyone like/want calendars or dayplanners?
If you like stationery, do you like plain, colors, images, or specific DON'T LIKES?
What about general desk stuff like cool colored paperclips and post it pads?

Would anyone be interested in having any of Abigail Larson's artwork (either as a print or on something, like a pillow, blanket, or t-shirt)? https://society6.com/abigaillarson

Does anything catch your eye from Ten Thousand Villages? http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/

Would you be into receiving hand made (crocheted, sewn, felted, chain maille, scale, or duct tape, in my case, depending on the item) dishclothes? Scarf/shawl? Hat? Bag? Anything? Colors? (Duct tape, chain maille, and scales come in colors.)

Do you collect anything from SBUX like City Mugs, City Mug ornaments, City Cards, or Bearistas? If so, which do you need/want? Or would you like a City Mug or an ornament for fun?

anybody want homemade fudge? I can do chocolate with or without nuts, peanut butter, and butterscotch.

do you like spicy foods? I am currently addicted to these suckers and want to send you some buffalo ridged kettle potato goodness (https://www.billygoatstl.com/shop/1lb-kicker)

what would you like from the Weenies updatus giganticus???


9/24/17

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

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

Favorite animals or wild creatures or mythological creatures?

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

Is anyone interested in the new Resistance scents that the Lab just released (Take a Knee and SN: Flor de Maga)?

Is anyone here into zero waste, plastic free living, urban homesteading, or any simplicity/minimalism-esque lifestyles? If so, could you use any tools or equipment?

9/23/17

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

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

Pumpkin or Zucchini bread?

What kind of homemade cookies are your favorite?

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

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

Want some honey from the bees on our property?

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

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

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

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

9/22/17

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

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

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

9/21/17

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

Are any witchees into coloring books?

Witchees, is there anything that catches your eye at Animi Causa (https://www.animicausa.com/shop/)?

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


9/20/17

Do you like Broadway shows/music? If so what are some of your favorites and/or ones that you hope to see or listen to eventually? Would you like merch from your favorite shows or CDs from shows you want to listen to?

I'm heading to NYCC in October! Is there anything I can get my Witchee while I'm there?

I'm going to Edmonton Expo this weekend (It's Edmonton's version of comic con). Would a witchee like anything from there?

Anything catch your eye from this site (globalgirlfriend.com)?

Do you have any favorite, lesser-known stores? Especially ones that sell hand-crafted or independently made items.

Imagine you're going to the most gigantic art & craft show imaginable, and money is no object - what kind of things would you gravitate towards and probably spend money on? Include as specific as you want to get!

9/19/17

Are you interested in anything from Think Geek? http://www.thinkgeek.com

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

Any additional misc. information about yourself you want your Witch to know? (I think this was on the survey, but again if there's something that you forgot...)

If you could decorate your house (or one room) in any one theme, what would it be? Your answer can be as simple ("Star Wars" or "Baroque" or "Modern"), or complicated or a combination (e.g. Victorian Gothic) as you feel best fits.

Aprons: Do you wear them, do you want one? Utility, decorative, cooking or crafting?

BTW, would my witchee be interested in something like this? (photo of black and white striped knitted doll)

9/18/17

It seems like there's a question about socks on the questionnaire, but I don't think it got down to this level: Do you wear them? Any particular style (crew length, knee high, anklet, boot, etc.) or fiber (wool, cotton, bamboo anything but wool, etc.) preference?

Would you be open to previously-loved books?

What about partial-full bottles of BPAL or BPTP?

So what are your favorite fandoms?

9/17/17

I'm in France at the moment, is there anything here you might like? I'm in Provence, the land of lavender, so if you like that flower in particular just say so!

are you into divination? What kind(s) do you currently do? Do you want more books and/or tools for that type (e.g. new tarot cards, new runes)? Is there a new type of #divination you've been meaning to try, and if so, are you looking for the tool, a book on the subject, or both?

World my Witchee be interested in a Tarot or Astrology reading done personally?

Does my Witchee need any magical supplies?

Would you be interested in any of the seasonal (or regular) soaps from Cellar Door Soap (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com)?

9/16/17

Favorite gemstones?

If you enjoy jewelry do you like discrete and elegant, flashy and gaudy, small and light, or large and chunky?

Any love of pirates or SCA?

Is there anything you would like from Disney World?

Are you a Potterhead? If so, to which house do you belong?

How do you feel about chokers?

9/15/17

Here's a few questions from me: Would you like some Halloween or other themed decor in the form of a banner, something like this http://www.etsy.com/...n-decor-vintage? If so, would you prefer a traditional style or a vertical door type?

Do you live near a Trader Joe's? If not, are you interested in trying any of the numerous Pumpkin goodies they come out with this time every year?

Do you like to cook and/or bake? Could you use any specific ingredients (spices, oils, salts, extracts, etc.) or kitchen utensils/gadgets?

I'm at Ocean City MD for bike week......would a witches want anything from here? Bike or beach related??

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

Who would love some USPS eclipse stamps?


9/14/17

Do any of you potential Witchees have any kitties, puppers, or youngling humans you want spoiled in your packages? What treats or toys do they like?

Is there any interest in any of the fragrance oils from the Nocturne Alchemy Weenies update?

Is there anything you want from the trading post (or trading post etsy) that is available to order right now? (Fatherhood, Puppers, normal GC things)

9/13/17

Are you a gamer? If so, what games are you currently playing and is there any merch for that game you'd love to have?-
If you are a gamer do you have a steam/gamestop/amazon wishlist?

How do you feel about the following scarf options (assuming you're into scarves)? Simple eyelet scarf Chevron scarf Lacy and fuzzy Skinny rib knit (extra long for lots of wrapping) Leafy!

Like beer? What styles most appeal to you?

Like booze? What kinds?

Like Wine? What kinds?

Would you be interested in a set of hand-made hair falls? It's something I do for fun and I can make any length and do an array of colors!

For those who watch certain movies every year for Halloween, what are those movies, whether horror or not? Any favorite horror movies that aren't necessarily on the annual-viewing list? How do you feel about fan-made merch for these movies?

9/12/17

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

What are your favorite/preferred Halloween/autumn icons/images? Any to specifically stay away from?

Do you eat candy, and if so would Halloween candy be welcome? Specialty candy from local or unusual sources? Chocolate?

Do you want Fidget spinners, desk toys, or other frivolous things that you look at and decide you don't need enough to spend $ on but would make you happy to have?

Any zentangle lovers, people who would like to try it, or would you want a piece of someone else's zentangle art?

Any love of hair toys, clips, ribbons, fascinators, mini hats, etc?

What local goodies may be of interest? Local Honey, jams,candy?

Are you interested in any prescription services like serial magazines, Birch box, ipsy?

Would you like funky Halloweenie costume makeup like Gothic eyelashes, nail effects, black lipstick, etc.?

How do you like to listen to music? CD, 8 track tape, mix tape, Pandora or Spotify, I-tunes?

Do you prefer reading on Kindle or actual book? What kind of books do you like? Would you like to be surprised with a scary, classic, horror book?

Candles, Incense, or wax tarts? Do you have favorite brands or Weenies scents for the home? Would you like to receive a wax tarts burner, incense burner, essential oils diffuser, or Halloweenie themed candle holders?

Witchee: are you interested in crafting materials?



9/11/17

I'm in Japan, is there anything specific from here you would want?

How do you feel about nail wraps?

if you were to receive something hand knit, what type of item would you like? hat, cowl, handwarmers, etc. and what color(s)?
- would you use knitted washcloths? a scarf? Are you allergic or sensitive to any fibers?

If you could be ANY character from a film, TV show or book, who would it be and why?

If you could hop into a time machine and travel anywhere/anytime, where would it be and why?

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

Do you like and/or want anything from Elements and Artifacts? You can be vague like "yes" or "no" or name specific past pieces you coveted or current ones you love, whatever works best.

Would you like something hand sewn by your Witch? A dress, shirt, skirt, infinity scarf, something else?

Anyone want any kind of costuming accessories or makeup or odds and ends?

9/10/17

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

Would you want to receive a custom spell kit or magical tea? If so, what purpose would you want it to be for?

Do you like poetry?

Anyone like handmade critters, stuffed animals, or custom repaints?

Would you enjoy any designer/specialty yarn for your own craftyness?

Would anyone like a donation made in their name to a cause or charity?

Please provide wishes from the last two updates?



9/9/17

Would you be interested in things from Future Primitive? (http://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/)

Are there any UK things you'd like to get?

Are you into podcasts? If so, what are your favorites? Would you like any merch related to any of them?

Would you like something from Nui Cobalt Designs (https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/)?

Or maybe some of Christina's lovely Halloween candles at Sihaya & Co. (https://www.sihayaandcompany.com/collections/halloween-collection-candles)?

ILNP? Who would love one of their awesome holos like MEGA or one of their amazing chromes? http://www.ilnp.com/

9/8/17

Do you enjoy stationery? I'm thinking cute/quality notebooks, washi tape, stickers, fun pens etc.

Are you interested in anything from Cocoa Pink?
- Or Haus of Gloi?

Would you be interested in a Halloween wreath?

Have you seen this: https://www.bustle.com/p/heres-every-product-in-lushs-massive-halloween-collection-80733? (Lush Halloween collection.) And what would you like?

9/7/17

Are you interested in anything from the Moonalisa Halloween update?

What are your coffee and/or tea preferences?
- Coffee: whole beans or ground?
- Flavor and roast preferences?
- Tea: black, green, herbal, flavors?
- Loose leaf or tea bags?
- Anything specific you don't like?
- Are you in need of any gadgetry?

9/6/17

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

Who is into K-Beauty (Korean beauty products like sheet masks)
- What are your faves if you are?
- If you aren't would you like to try something?

What are some NEW things you've gotten interested in this year? Could be anything, from a new hobby, new genre of book, new healthy way of living, new fav brand of whatever...

9/5/17

What are your feelings about Scooby Doo?

How do you feel about indie makeup (read: loose eyeshadow, blush, highlighter)?

I drink this stuff almost everyday would anyone else be interested in trying it out? https://www.criobru.com/

9/4/17

Would you like one of the Halloween Teeturtle shirts?
https://www.teeturtle.com/collections/halloween?page=1







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My Fall 2017 13 Days of Halloween answers

9/14/17

Do you like to read seasonally, or do you like to read whatever whenever?
I have a large queue of books to read and review. :/ So please no books.

9/13/17
Would you like to receive a scarf or hat?
As I said in the question about knitted things, I don't wear scarves (unless they are super special that I picked out, sorry) and the only hats I wear are newsboy type caps, but again I am really picky and would probably need to pick it out and try it on.

9/12/17

Do you want wax melts?
I wouldn't say no - but I rarely rarely rarely use them. Like once a year, if that.

9/11/17

I'm in Japan, is there anything specific from here you would be interested in?
Mmmm fun flavored kit kats!!! (I can get green tea and strawberry here.)

I'm in The Netherlands. Is there anything from The Netherlands/Europe that you're interested in?
I have no idea since I've not been there on what is available. Chocolate? Yarn?

Bath & Body Works - love them or hate them? If the former, fave product types?
Well, all of their stuff has SLS's and they are definitely not phthalate or paraben free so pretty much a hard pass on any of their bath or skin products. I don't mind their candles and wall flowers (sometimes. Usually scents are much too overpowering and perfume-y but the vanilla scents are ok, although I'm totally sick of vanilla bean noel.) I really wish they still did the honey lavender pillow spray. I hate chamomile but I might be interested in the lavender pillow spray if it actually smells like real lavender. edit: I was just in there for shopping for swaps and their new Lavender Cedar wall flowers are great! Maybe the sprays too -- the Vanilla Patchouli and the Lavender Cedar. (I think they have both pillow sprays and room sprays.)

how would you feel about receiving a hand-painted container for your bpal and/or other treasures? if you are on board with that, would you want a big wood box (~50 bottles), a small wood box (~20 bottles) or a tin for carrying imps around?
I'm good on containers, I use the IKEA FIRA 9 drawer boxes and while they're full, I have another one left to build. But I'm trying to destash my collection since it's pretty much beyond life expectancy so I'm hoping to never build that one. I also use tea chests. Now if I could get someone to paint these IKEA chests for me that would be the best ever. I'm not an artist. I have have plenty of tins for travel purposes. I'm no fun, sorry!

Now, if you wanted to send me a hand painted container for something else, I'm your girl!! I have one of the (newly available again in the US) IKEA MOPPE chests and I'm using it for my witchy stuff, but I could definitely use a couple more. Their drawers are much too tall for BPAL bottles and aren't as deep, but they're great for chime candles, incense, sage smudges, etc. (3 drawers on top, 2 in the middle, and a wide one on the bottom.) They're about $14 so pretty reasonably priced, and they're pretty light - just bulky, so no idea on the shipping. But if you happened to be in Seattle or whatnot, I'll be traveling there in October and I'm sure you could find a minion to meet up with me.

if you were to receive something hand knit, what type of item would you like? hat, cowl, handwarmers, etc. and what color(s)?
As a knitter, I am already overflowing with hand knit things. I don't wear hats, cowls, or scarves normally. I loathe triangle shaped shawls. If you're a knitter, you're probably friended with me on Ravelry (or you can go look at my profile) and see my favorites and other details like what I like color, yarn, and pattern wise. I have some bundles called "Make for Me" and some swap specific bundles for halloween/vampire swaps that I would be delighted to receive things from.

Nail wraps - yay or nay? Would including a small manicure set to go with them help?
No thank you. I have a friend who does jamberry and is always pushing their stuff at me. I bought some once to shut her up but I've never used them.

9/9/17

Disney? I like going to disneyland and would love to someday go to disneyworld...
If so, any favorite characters? Bambi (what, I like deer), Eeyore (what, I have depression too), Mèrida is best princess imo but I doubt I would purchase anything specifically to do with her? I also grew up as a tomboy riding horses and stuffs, although I currently have no archery things. The compound bow and targets were left behind with the ex. Also Scottish. <3 <3 <3 Oh yeah, I always forget that NMBC is Disney. NMBC FTW! I have tons of NMBC stuff and collect the cookie jars. I could really use some more PJ's, mine have a hole worn in the bottom.
And to be more specific about Disney: How do you feel about Beauty and the beast? I like the movie(s)? The first one came out after my son was born (I think The Little Mermaid came out right before? I didn't name my son after the movie, but my friend named her daughter Ariel and my son was named Eryk.) At one point we had to stay in a small apartment between one house being sold and waiting for the new house to be ready to move into and Beauty and the Beast was the only vhs tape we had... my poor son got to the point where he was saying "NO BEAST! NO BEAST!" I still tease him about that. I kind of want to make a lace pattern based on the photo of the windows from the recent movie. Also I love that Gaston is incredibly gay.

And what about Harry Potter related items?
Well, I mean it depends on the item. I have all kinds of Harry Potter related yarn and patterns because it's something consumable that I can use. There are some cute Harry Potter clothing items from Torrid that I drool over. ALWAYS speaks to me and I have a mug that I keep makeup brushes in that says ALWAYS on the side and has a doe on the other. I would LOVE to go to Harry Potter world and I do enjoy receiving owls and chocolate frogs. I kind of drool over the Harry Potter lootcrate (and Firefly and ....) Dunno if lootcrate has relaxed women's babydoll type sizes, probably not. I don't wear regular men's t-shirts, I'm much too curvy and they don't fit me comfortably.

Pokemon? Any favorites?
I used to play Pokemon Go on my phone when I still paid for it, but I can't afford it anymore. Other than that, no. My son was really into Pokemon when he was little. (He's 27 now.)

Is there any thing, category, or brand from which you would absolutely NOT like to receive things (ie., you're overrun with candy corn, you don't do scents outside of BPAL, or if you ever see another Stephen King item, it will be too soon)?
* Bar soap. Please $deity, no bar soap. (unless you make it! then please bring ALL OF YOUR SOAP.) I make soap and I have SO. MUCH.

* I also don't need any tealights, I buy those unscented by the 100's.

* Also no books, physical or electronic, unless I specifically request them. Please ignore my Amazon book wishlist, it's mostly there for me at this point.

* no socks. I rarely wear socks and I am very picky about them when I do. I have super large feet so most women's socks don't fit me anyway.

* coffee mugs. I have boxes and boxes of starbucks city mugs because I used to collect them, but I'm considering getting rid of them all. The only mugs I would want would be a 20oz mug with a lid so bugs didn't get in it, but something that is machine washable.

What kinds of art/art medium do you most enjoy, or would you most like to receive, in the context of this swap?
I do have room to hang things on the wall since all of my other artwork is packed up and in storage. I collect grotesques and gargoyles. I have an artwork section on etsy too if you want to look at the kinds of things I like.

9/9/17

What rares are you dying to try?
There are a ton of eclipses and liliths that I'm going to miss out on - just updated my wish list with them. Goth Queen and Snake Oil Jelly Donut both come to mind. Blue wig spray? I JUST GOT SOME SNAKE OIL JELLY DONUT, WOO WOO.

Do you like comic books and/or graphic novels?
I do, or I used to when I could see, lol. Sandman, Watchmen. I have the first Lucifer graphic novel on kindle.

9/8/17

Are you ok with homemade food?
Yes, as long as you follow proper food handling techniques (I have a food handling certificate so hopefully people will be comfortable receiving from me) and - well, I'm really picky about non-GMO, no corn syrup, no red dye 40 or food dyes if possible, organic stuffs only. I also can't have nuts or dried fruit right now because of my kidneys. Or sodium. Or too much protein. :/ I'm not supposed to have coffee, chocolate, or dairy, but I would die without my daily coffee with cream. I figure all things in moderation but am still trying to follow the guidelines when I can. I'm not actually on a diet restriction YET, just guidelines. One more test next month to see how things are. But my GFR has been in the 40's which is third stage kidney disease and one level above dialysis. My GFR *should* be above 90.

If you are ok with decorations, do you have a preference for table-top, wall hanging, or window decorations?
I'd have to have wall hanging since I am staying with family while going through my divorce (god this is dragging on forever, it's been almost a year since I moved out of his place) and I only have one small room and no table space. I'd rather not cover the window since it is very small and my dog likes to look out it. I do love the halloween bottle containers (without corks, the ones that actually fasten so you can really use them) that come in different colours with cool bottle toppers and labels. Michaels had some really cool ones with bat or skull toppers. My mom got me a bunch of these for my birthday so I'm pretty much set...
I also kind of have an animal skeleton collection going. I have a raven, rat, small pug type dog, and larger floppy eared dog. I'd love a bat or cat!

How do you feel about stationary and/or papercrafting supplies?
I absolutely do not ever write anything except jotting a super small note down (my hands don't work properly - sometimes it's hard to knit or mouse) but I like spooky washi tape with skulls or bats!

How do you feel about kitschy/silly Halloween jewelry?
I feel like no fun! I don't wear even nice jewelry except my scent locket or occasionally another necklace or pendant. Sometimes rings/bracelets/anklets but right now I'm very swollen from kidney problems. So I'm sorry, but no.

Would you be interested in a Halloween wreath?
If you were to make it, sure! I love black and purple, skulls, bats, ravens... I'm a huge NMBC fan. absolutely no brown, red, orange or country cute type stuff, gothy only for me. I like the two black and white ones but not the one with coloured balls. I even have a wreath hanger on my door.

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My Fall 2017 Switch Witch answers

10/5/17   would any witchees be interested in NASA swag? I'm now super-close to Marshall Space Flight Center and will be visiting the space center with my kiddo pretty regularly. If so, what would you like? Clothes, a mug, magnets, a plush Snoopy wearing a flight suit?
Nothing springs to mind.   does anybody like anything from Solstice Scents? I LOVE their Jack and the Devil. http://www.solsticescents.com/
I have tried some of their scents but haven't found anything that works for me. I'd rather have NAVA, BPAL, Moona, Haus of Gloi, or Cocoa Pink.   10/3/17

Witchee, would you like anything from the Trading Post Halloween update?
III. MY SECRET DEEDS Hair Gloss
IV. HEARKENING TO THE DEATH WATCHES IN THE WALL Atmosphere Spray
VI. LOUDER! LOUDER! LOUDER! Bath Bomb

10/1/17

Awesome farmer's market by my house. They have a local honey stand (which also sells things made from local honey like Propolis tincture!); there's a small apothecary and she additionally makes soaps and hand-made, hand-poured scented candles; plus a guy that makes an array of BBQ and Hot Sauces. Does any of this appeal? Would you like anything from my local farmer's market?
I love local honey and things made from honey. No bar soap. Love candles. Iffy on the BBQ/Hot Sauces because sodium. If no salt/sodium, I love hot sauces, especially jalapeno sauces.

Smolder Cosmetics. Do any of their products (glitter, eye dusts etc) appeal to you? https://smoldercosmetics.com
I'm sure they do (especially sparkly) but I have a ton of indie makeup that I've never even opened.

Anything from Strobe Cosmetics (http://strobecosmetics.com)?
Again with the not wearing makeup for a year.

How would you feel about getting Hello Kitty stuff?
No thanks, too pink and cheerful. I'm all about Gloom Cookie and Emily the Strange and darker things.

Would you like to get some favorite recipes?
What I can eat is pretty limited so unless they are kidney failure diet recipes, probably not.

Would you like anything from my shop? https://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaNut?
No thank you, I don't see anything that catches my eye.

9/28/17

Haus of Gloi Fall II update?
I already answered this below (9/8) when the announcement first came out. I put the list of what I'd like from Fall Update 2 there.


9/27/17

How do you feel about these little guys? https://lovemomiji.c...imited-editions
I really don't have a place for stuff like that.

9/26/17

What are your top three most wanted DC'd or previous LE BPALs?
Goth Queen, Resin Cast Meat Skull, F54

What are some things you do NOT want to receive?
* Bar soap. Please $deity, no bar soap. (unless you make it! then please bring ALL OF YOUR SOAP.) I make soap and I have SO. MUCH.
* I also don't need any tealights, I buy those unscented by the 100's.
* no socks. I rarely wear socks and I am very picky about them when I do. I have super large feet so most women's socks don't fit me anyway.
* hair clips, barrettes, pins, etc. (I shave my hair on the sides/back and spike/tease it on top.)
* sodium
* nuts/dried fruit

is there anything from here that you might be interested in getting a print (or pillow/make-up case/etc) of?
http://www.blackabbeystudios.com/store
No, sorry, I didn't see anything I had to have.

Claire's has some super cute Halloween stuff. In the style of Haunted Mansion - black lace collars, lace and sparkle masques and the like. A few items in Dias de los Muertos style. Would you be interested in such things?
No thank you.

9/25/17

Anyone like/want calendars or dayplanners? I could use a 2018 calendar but don't feel obligated. Last year I received a cool Sugar Skull one in my 12 days of christmas swap.
If you like stationery, do you like plain, colors, images, or specific DON'T LIKES? I don't want stationery, thank you.
What about general desk stuff like cool colored paperclips and post it pads? Nope, I need zero desk stuff. Someone got me like 20 cool post it note pads and I've been giving them away like crazy because I rarely ever write anything. In a former life like 20 years ago I was once a secretary and I have SO MUCH desk stuff from that time period including note pads I still haven't used. I have boxes of pens, pencils, tape, paperclips, colored paperclips, purple file folders, etc. And then I worked at Microsoft and raided the office closet and had EVEN MOAR desk stuff that was all thrown in a box to take with me when I left. I still use my microsoft stapler.

Does anything catch your eye from Ten Thousand Villages? http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/
I looked at the sale section and was attracted to some of the iron and stone things and then saw they were over $70 after being marked 50% off, and closed the window. Then I reopened it at looked at other things but anything I'd want is much too expensive.

Would you be into receiving hand made (crocheted, sewn, felted, chain maille, scale, or duct tape, in my case, depending on the item) dishclothes? Scarf/shawl? Hat? Bag? Anything? Colors? (Duct tape, chain maille, and scales come in colors.)
I need more bags like I need a hole in the head since we make them, but if you need to hand craft things for SW - I totally get it. I need to do it too. I have a list of knitted and crocheted things I'd like to receive in my Ravelry Bundles (there is one called Make for Me and another called Vampire/Halloween swap.) I'll try to add sewn and hand made things to my Pinterest when I have a moment.

Do you collect anything from SBUX like City Mugs, City Mug ornaments, City Cards, or Bearistas? If so, which do you need/want? Or would you like a City Mug or an ornament for fun?
I'd love the little city mug ornaments or a city card from your city!! As I said in the thread, you can probably just ask for a card and they won't make you load money on it.

Would anyone be interested in having any of Abigail Larson's artwork (either as a print or on something, like a pillow, blanket, or t-shirt)? https://society6.com/abigaillarson
Enablers!! Yes, this is the kind of artwork I like. My top would be Dark Unicorn (!!!!), Little Bat, Krampus and Perchta, and Unkindness of Ravens (grey) but there are many more I like. Unfortunately the Dark Unicorn and Little Bat are very limited to what they come on. Dark Unicorn as a big print or a tote, Little Bat as a stainless travel mug or a tote. Would also take throw blankets, rectangular pillows, beach towels, ipad skin, iphone hard case, tote bags... I added a bunch of things to my amazon lists.

Anybody want homemade fudge? I can do chocolate with or without nuts, peanut butter, and butterscotch.
Mmmmmmmmmm fudge. Holly made me some peanut butter fudge last year and it was awesome!!! I can't have nuts or nut butters so maybe just regular or butterscotch? I'm supposed to limit chocolate but I'm pretty good at limiting myself to a small amount every day. I usually have to freeze things so they won't go bad before I can eat them.

what would you like from the Weenies updatus giganticus???
I updated my wishlist and ISO with what I'm interested in. There's only two bottles (the bold ones) that I'm super excited about - I'd rather have Eclipses and Liliths first before they go down. I really hope Liliths are up until November.... bank account needs time to regenerate.

9/24/17

do you collect the art cards that BPAL sends out? Any in particular that you are looking for or definitely don't need?
No, not really. I have some extra original run Carnaval cards if anyone needs.

Do you like this beautiful art, and she makes stickers and prints...SOOOO gorgeous: https://www.shannatr...om/paperprints/
Those are awesome! I love Corvid Love the most with The Dahlia Tree second.

Favorite animals or wild creatures or mythological creatures?
Hippocampus, equines in general (especially Friesians), unicorns, corvids, ferrets, rats, bats, pibble and lurcher type dogs, dolphins, do gargoyles count as mythological creatures?, hedgehogs, deer.

Would you like any swag from the Depeche Mode concert? (pins, posters, shirts, program, dunno what they'll have!)
YES I WANT EVERYTHING. But I won't have the monies so I'll probably get a shirt or a necklace or something.

Is anyone interested in the new Resistance scents that the Lab just released (Take a Knee and SN: Flor de Maga)?
I'm not really interested in either of those scents, although maybe a decant of Flor de Maga would be interesting. I googled it and some people say it smells like jasmine, others that it smells like Champagne.

Is anyone here into zero waste, plastic free living, urban homesteading, or any simplicity/minimalism-esque lifestyles? If so, could you use any tools or equipment?
We do what we can but it's tough since my dad doesn't have the same mindset and is always buying crap. I would love beeswax food wraps, unpaper towels, plastic free food storage, etc.!!

9/23/17

Are you interested in anything from Bath & Bodyworks? Which products and scents do you like?
I don't use any of their stuff that goes on skin so I never take advantage of the free things, but I don't mind their candles, wall flowers, room spray, pillow spray, etc.
- I like the lavender cedarwood, vanilla patchouli, frosted cupcake, exotic coconut, fireside marshmallow, honey vanilla, mahogany teakwood... any of the sweet vanilla/mashmallow scents. (I have a 3 wick candle in Winter Night and like that too.) No pumpkin please.

What kind of crystals would you like?
Anything purple, blue, green, pink, red, white, black... I got a little set of tiny crystals in bottle for making mojo bags (because I needed citrine and since that's yellow, it's not something I would normally get.) I don't have any labradorite and I always welcome quartz, aqua aura, amethyst, hematite, auralite 23, fluorite (especially with a balanced amount of green/purple/white.)

Pumpkin or Zucchini bread? I'm not really supposed to have squash but I've been eating zucchini bread. I figure the amount of squash in it is negligible. I make the Smitten Kitchen pumpkin bread and its soooo good.

What kind of homemade cookies are your favorite? anything chewy, I don't like crisp/crunchy/crumb makers. Snickerdoodles, pumpkin chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, pretty much anything. Princess Buttercups were my favorite but not supposed to have peanut butter. Sparkly unicorn poop cookies! (My mom used to make those for me, basically sugar cookies. WUT. I'm over 40, but that doesn't mean I'm too old for Unicorns.) I love spritz, especially almond flavored.

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

Want some honey from the bees on our property?
I want all of the local honey.

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

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

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

9/22/17

Would my witchee like this to warm up the fall coffee cup?? https://www.truelemo...gory-s/1871.htm
That sounds good! I'm not a HUGE fan of hot apple cider but once in a while is great. I have some teavana tea that tastes like apple cider too. nom nom.

do you like to take baths? if so, do you like oils, salts, things that fizz, all of the above, none of the above?
I take baths very very infrequently, I'm mostly a shower person. But I do love me some bath stuffs once in a while!! Yes to oils, salts, things that fizz.

What style/make/etc of phone do you have? What about size of tablet? Laptop? Would you like decals, skins, or cases for any of these?
I have an iphone 6+ but it's not currently activated so I only use it as a camera, watch, and at places that have wifi... I have a purple otter case for it, so I'm all good there. I have an ipad air 2 (I think) and I recently bought a new case for it but I don't like it very much. It has the tri-fold thing that doesn't work very well on my pillow. I'll have to figure out what my old one was; I bought it at the verizon store when I purchased my ipad ages ago and don't remember the brand or model but it made a hard flat surface and the ipad itself was the stand instead of the case folding, if that makes any sense at all. Worked much better for reading in bed. (I use my ipad mostly as a kindle reader, movie watcher, or web surfer from bed or the couch.)

9/21/17

See's Candy. My absolute favorite. They have special Halloween candy..any of these pique your interest?? Cinnamon Apple Scotch Mallows, Pumpkin spice truffles, pumpkinspice lollypops, caramel apple lollypops, or any other of their chocolates, etc?
No pumpkin spice anything, no lollypops, not especially fond of apple flavored things (except actual apples.) I do love some of their other chocolates like the brown sugar truffles and the buttercream truffles. chocolate covered caramels, molasses chips... the "nuts and chews" box (except I'm not supposed to have nuts, boo.)

Are any witchees into coloring books?
No, sorry.

Witchees, is there anything that catches your eye at Animi Causa (https://www.animicausa.com/shop/)?
They have super cute kitchen things but I try to avoid "plastic" and "metal" - without other information on materials I'm dubious. I mean, is it BPA free? Stainless? What?

If I were to find an adorable autumnal/Halloween-y dish/flatware/etc. design, how many settings would be needed in your household?
I was lusting over the skulls and vines from Fiesta but way too expensive plus I'm staying with family so don't need my own right now, it would just be packed up until I get back on my feet and find my own place (if that ever happens, what with all of my health issues. sigh.) I could use one really large platter that is suitably flattish for putting on my altar and using it to group things (candle holders, crystals, goblets, etc.) I was going to do the skulls and vines but they don't offer a large enough plate/platter.

9/20/17

Do you like Broadway shows/music? If so what are some of your favorites and/or ones that you hope to see or listen to eventually? Would you like merch from your favorite shows or CDs from shows you want to listen to?
Some. I've seen Phantom. Would have liked to have seen Wicked. Don't really need any CDs and can't think of what merch I'd need. I already have music for Phantom, Cats, and various ALW stuff. (Although Repo The Genetic Opera is really more my style...)

I'm heading to NYCC in October! Is there anything I can get my Witchee while I'm there?
YES PLEASE. I found a fairy for the con exclusives that I want. Do they bring Dolly Kei to regular cons or just anime ones? Some of the other unreleased scents might be fun. I have The Beldam but I think there are some unreleased Coraline and other scents that they take to cons. I have the three Steampunky airship ones. Honestly, I probably want Eclipses and Liliths more though.

I'm going to Edmonton Expo this weekend (It's Edmonton's version of comic con). Would a witchee like anything from there?
Ummm maybe? I have no idea what is there. When I go to cons I end up buying artwork or bidding on it anyway. Each piece speaks differently to me. You could look at my etsy or pinterest artwork categories to see what I'm attracted to. I love games too... I have Exploding Kittens but I'd love expansions or Cards Against Humanity (although I really don't have anyone to play with. I could always take it to Seattle when I visit and make people come over and play.)

Anything catch your eye from this site (globalgirlfriend.com)?
No, sorry.

Do you have any favorite, lesser-known stores? Especially ones that sell hand-crafted or independently made items.
Lots of stuff on etsy. I'm lusting over a bunch of Fresh from the Cauldron yarn. Also KnitCircus yarn OMG. And Twisted Fiber Art makes lovely yarn. WHAT I LIKE YARN. But yes, I definitely prefer indie hand crafted stuff over stuff from big box stores. My friend Sara runs The Sticky Wrapper and makes excellent caramels, she also does bath bombs under another name (Skinful Essentials) but she doesn't have a lot listed in her store right now.

Imagine you're going to the most gigantic art & craft show imaginable, and money is no object - what kind of things would you gravitate towards and probably spend money on? Include as specific as you want to get!
I'd probably gets tons of yarn. And possibly wall art and jewelry (even though I never wear it. I'm always attracted to sparkly shiny gems and crystals.)

9/19/17

Are you interested in anything from Think Geek? http://www.thinkgeek.com
Yes, I have a wishlist linked to my SW Help. AND OMG PRINCESS BRIDE TRAVEL MUG AND GAMES.

Do you have something you wish you put on your original questionnaire/forgot to put/would like to add on to?
Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm don't remember right now?

Any additional misc. information about yourself you want your Witch to know? (I think this was on the survey, but again if there's something that you forgot...)
Not that I can remember right now. (where's that remembrall?)

If you could decorate your house (or one room) in any one theme, what would it be? Your answer can be as simple ("Star Wars" or "Baroque" or "Modern"), or complicated or a combination (e.g. Victorian Gothic) as you feel best fits.
Either super gothic castle or something out of Skyrim. gargoyles, grotesques, grey stone, plush velvet hangings.

Aprons: Do you wear them, do you want one? Utility, decorative, cooking or crafting?
I have some aprons packed up with the rest of my stuff somewhere (a black one with a skeleton - I had a bones/skull/skeleton theme going in my kitchen.) I can't find my hair cutting apron so something like that might be useful since I still cut hair once a month or so. (It would need pockets. Like the BPAL apron would probably be perfect.)

BTW, would my witchee be interested in something like this? (photo of black and white striped knitted doll)
Stuffies and plushies and knitted dolls would die a horrible death by Zuul here. She would shake and shake and shake and rip and tear and eviscerate gleefully.

9/18/17

It seems like there's a question about socks on the questionnaire, but I don't think it got down to this level: Do you wear them? Any particular style (crew length, knee high, anklet, boot, etc.) or fiber (wool, cotton, bamboo anything but wool, etc.) preference?
No socks please.

Would you be open to previously-loved books?
No books please.

What about partial-full bottles of BPAL or BPTP?
Those are always fine.

Fandoms?
I would totally wear hoodies or use things that are related to my fandoms. Fabric would be especially fun (I already have a good amount of NMBC, MLP, Doctor Who, and some Zelda and GoT fabric.) Also YARN - I have so much yarn on my etsy wishlist that is related to Supernatural or one of my other fandoms.

Patrick Rothfuss' King Killer Chronicles!!!! I have the middle piece for a TAK game that was sold last November (can wear as a piece of jewelry, etc.) but could really use the board, pieces, instructions, etc. for TAK. The Tinker's Packs (https://thetinkerspacks.com/) has clothing, cards, jewelry, calendars, etc. They also have Dresden stuff. And artwork. And BPAL. (I already have all of those BPAL but I love going over to that website and lusting over all of the hoodies and jewelry, even if I don't normally wear jewelry.)

Also love LOTR, Zelda, NMBC, Firefly, Harry Potter, Buffy, Princess Bride, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who (especially Weeping Angels), MLP (not as much, but a little), Guardians of the Galaxy, V for Vendetta, Doctor Horrible, Twin Peaks, Red Dwarf, Supernatural, Stranger Things, Dresden Files, etc. There are SO MANY I am forgetting - I don't remember them until I look at a website and then squee in joy over something. My NMBC pj bottoms died so now I have some Groot PJ's.

9/17/17

I'm in France at the moment, is there anything here you might like? I'm in Provence, the land of lavender, so if you like that flower in particular just say so!
I love lavender! France is also the land of magical tea - I have a very extensive tea wish list from Mariage Freres and Damman Freres on my Amazon edibles wish list. I have way too much tea but I'd never say no to tea from Mariage Freres. The butterscotch is to die for.

are you into divination? What kind(s) do you currently do? Do you want more books and/or tools for that type (e.g. new tarot cards, new runes)? Is there a new type of #divination you've been meaning to try, and if so, are you looking for the tool, a book on the subject, or both?
I haven't been active doing it for many years - I'd love a new set of Tarot or Runes. I have a vampire set somewhere. OMG THE LAST UNICORN TAROT SET KICKSTARTER. (dies)

9/16/17

Favorite gemstones?
I think we covered this in the original questionnaire? I'll paste my answer from that. anything blue, purple, grey, or black. I flove Alexandrite (especially with a deep purple and a good blue color change as opposed to pink/green), tanzanite, amethyst, hematite, moonstone, opal, etc. Not necessarily for jewelry but I have some auralite 23, celestite, snakeskin agate, spirit quartz, aqua aura, etc. I love Ellensburg's Blue Agate.

If you enjoy jewelry do you like discrete and elegant, flashy and gaudy, small and light, or large and chunky?
No flashy, gaudy, large, or chunky. But not tiny either.

Any love of pirates or SCA?
yes, I like dressing up and going to the local Ren Faire (they even have a pirate weekend.) I wouldn't mind playing more with SCA but I just don't have the energy; I have a bunch of friends in Seattle who are in it and I loved going to their events and feasts. I have a great medieval cookbook (The Bors Hede book of cookry) that we make stuff from all the time... My son used to wear his pirate hat ALL THE TIME in public. He's already 7' tall so stands out anyway...

Is there anything you would like from Disney World?
All of the Nightmare Before Christmas!! I'd love more canisters and bowls/plates. No coffee cups though unless they are both 1) ceramic and 2) have a lid to keep out flying bugs (no plastic please.)

Are you a Potterhead? If so, to which house do you belong?
All of the quizzes put me in Hufflepuff, which kind of used to annoy me, but the Honey Badger IS my spirit animal.... plus I'd totally be like Newt if I could. So I guess that's ok. (I despise yellow though, so really only the slytherin colors are good unless you're going with blue/silver as Ravenclaw, but it SHOULD be blue/bronze, ugh.) Send me all the chocolate frogs.

How do you feel about chokers?
Too tight? I'm old and getting that fat neck/chin thing and chokers just emphasize it.

9/15/17

Here's a few questions from me: Would you like some Halloween or other themed decor in the form of a banner, something like this http://www.etsy.com/...n-decor-vintage? If so, would you prefer a traditional style or a vertical door type?
Sorry, but that style is SO NOT ME. I absolutely loathe orange and brown - and have zero place for banners since I'm staying with other people. Also we live in trumpland and the people around here are super judgy about halloween things, so I try to keep all of my bats and skulls in my room.

Do you live near a Trader Joe's? If not, are you interested in trying any of the numerous Pumpkin goodies they come out with this time every year?
I live near a Trader Joes so I'm good. I have already tried the chocolate mousse pumpkins to see if they would be something I could ship to a witchee. They're not sealed or packed well enough unfortunately (too fresh bakery type things) but damn they're good. Also I loathe pumpkin spice so please don't get me anything "pumpkin" flavored, bleah. I like REAL pumpkin but squash is one of the things to limit with kidney issues. I might have to have some pumpkin bread anyway. (A reminder, I can't have nuts or dried fruit either.)

Do you like to cook and/or bake? Could you use any specific ingredients (spices, oils, salts, extracts, etc.) or kitchen utensils/gadgets?
I like to cook and bake but my dad is really weird about food, and the fridge and kitchen being his. He's ALWAYS in the way and I just prefer no drama so I stay out of there as much as possible. no gadgets please, there would be fights over where to put them since everything is HIS. Parents have a very well stocked spice cabinet and I've already bought most of the medieval spices I need except for a few. (Spikenard, cassia buds, cubebs, poudre forte, poudre douce. You can get the latter two at World Spice Merchants in Seattle. Spikenard is finally back in stock at Rose Mountain Herbs but they were out of cubebs. I think Starwest Botanicals has cubebs or maybe they could be found at an indian or international grocery. Most of the prices on Amazon for them are way too high.) No salts please, can't have salt with kidney issues. I'm probably good on oils. I love honey flavored vinegar if you can find that anywhere but it's probably on the spendy side (and most of the salads I do these days come with their own dressing, which is what I would use it for.) I could use a 32oz PerfecTea maker (Teavana) but not really a super priority.

I'm at Ocean City MD for bike week......would a witches want anything from here? Bike or beach related??
ummm sure, I love beach glass and shells and sand dollars and stuff.

What is 1 thing you would love to see in your final box? Can be ANYTHING - your choice.
Lots of love! Ok, I have had some flashes of things I *REALLY* want. The Princess Bride travel mug from ThinkGeek. Canon Sweet Hots (mild) -- they don't sell them anywhere around here but you can look up what retail stores carry them on their website. Doh! That part of their webpage is broken. It looks like they've changed owners and are now located in New Mexico. If you have a store around you that sells them, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a jar or twenty. (*wink*) I guess I could just order some off of their website but I never think about it and I hate paying $9 shipping for just a couple of things.

Who would love some USPS eclipse stamps?
ooh, me me me

9/14/17

Do any of you potential Witchees have any kitties, puppers, or youngling humans you want spoiled in your packages? What treats or toys do they like?
I have Miss Zuul (pupper) and I'm sure she would love to be spoiled (although she already is...) I feed grainless treats and nothing that comes from China. Prefer no chicken jerky. She has her own section on my Amazon WL "For the Pups". She adores squeaky toys but they have to be really hardcore indestructible or she'll kill them immediately.

Is there any interest in any of the fragrance oils from the Nocturne Alchemy Weenies update?
Heck yeah. I added those to my SW Help list (in my signature) already. I'm probably way more interested in those than in the BPAL halloweenie update, sad but true. Probably because they're a new thing for me.

Is there anything you want from the trading post (or trading post etsy) that is available to order right now? (Fatherhood, Puppers, normal GC things)
In my ISO and Wishlist! I REALLY want Wednesday's Child (bottle) and decants of Granite and Pickle. I wonder when Liliths are going down, I hope not until November.

9/13/17

Are you a gamer? If so, what games are you currently playing and is there any merch for that game you'd love to have?
- Yes, I love games! I'm playing Ultima Online, Diablo III, and Skyrim. I have a WII but I'd love to get a Wii U and the new Zelda games for that. Merch? Not so much really. Some Zelda things are cute but they would have to be something useful? I haven't seen much Skyrim stuff I like except for pint glasses, but meh, I don't really need glasses. I'm not big on knick knacks or stickers. Unless I want them.

If you are a gamer do you have a steam/gamestop/amazon wishlist?
- I think there are games on my amazon wishlist (under GAMES) and I have a very small Steam wishlist. Oh! I have a wishlist on GOG.

How do you feel about the following scarf options (assuming you're into scarves)?
I don't want any scarves, thank you. I *do* love long skinny shawlettes that are kind of like scarves but aren't. It's a semantics thing maybe.

Like beer? What styles most appeal to you?
I like stouts occasionally and sometimes some ales (not IPA), but normally I don't drink beer. I do love me some sweet hard ciders though.

Like booze? What kinds?
Pretty much all kinds... I have huge bottles of baileys, kahlua, whipped cream vodka, sinfire, amaretto, and malibu rum. Could use fun flavored vodkas or whatever. (no fruit or bacon. Maybe other vanilla type flavors?)

Like Wine? What kinds?
Sweet meads, ice wine, and tawny port. Aesir Mead in Everett, WA is fantastic but I'd try sweet (no dry please) mead from any small meadery. (I've tried everything from Sky River and Chaucers, which seem to the be the ones sold in grocery stores. I'm local to Heirophant so I've tried all of their stuff. There is another in Tukwila, Washington that I've bought some bottles from but haven't cracked them open yet. Also have some "mead" from Ireland (Bunratty) but it's actually pyment since it has both honey and grapes. Mead just has honey.) I'd actually love cool local honey to make mead with. and maybe some kind of more in depth instructions on making the best mead, what equipment you need, yeast, etc.

Would you be interested in a set of hand-made hair falls? It's something I do for fun and I can make any length and do an array of colors!
I'm hopeless at attaching them since my hair is shaved on the sides/back so I'm not even sure they would work. (Plus I never go anywhere.)

For those who watch certain movies every year for Halloween, what are those movies, whether horror or not? Any favorite horror movies that aren't necessarily on the annual-viewing list? How do you feel about fan-made merch for these movies?
Practical Magic, Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton), Nightmare Before Christmas. I don't know that I'll be able to watch them this year since my movies are all packed up and out in a shed somewhere while I'm staying with family. Favorite movies not on the halloween list? Well, yes, lots, but. Princess Bride! Lord of the Rings. Guardians of the Galaxy. Stardust. Harry Potter. I'd love fan-made things.


9/12/17

Here's a great local soapmaker I love--y'all see anything you would like? https://littleseedfarm.com/
products: Liquid soap, sugar scrub, body oil, elasticity serum. (NO bar soap)
-- my son would LOVE the beard oil. Maybe in bourbon.
scents: lavender, rosemary mint, rosemary patchouli

What are your favorite/preferred Halloween/autumn icons/images? Any to specifically stay away from?
Bats!! Also skulls, sugar skulls, ravens. Please no orange pumpkins, witches, ghosts, zombies, spiders, etc. Black and white pumpkins are good. velvet purple or blue pumpkins are good (with black or silver stems.)

Do you eat candy, and if so would Halloween candy be welcome? Specialty candy from local or unusual sources? Chocolate?
I eat candy... Halloween candy is ok. Prefer chocolate. I have lots of specialty chocolate on my amazon edibles list. Moonstruck, Frans, Seattle Chocolates, Dolfin, Vosges, Rittersport, all good. Your local places would be fun to try! Just no salted caramels since I am not supposed to have salt. (believe me, there is so much sadness over this.)

Do you want Fidget spinners, desk toys, or other frivolous things that you look at and decide you don't need enough to spend $ on but would make you happy to have?
No knick knacks or things that are super frivolous and take up space. I have SO MANY desk toys that are all packed up and put away because I have zero room.

Any zentangle lovers, people who would like to try it, or would you want a piece of someone else's zentangle art?
I am not an artist. I wouldn't mind a piece of someone else's art, especially if it came to me in fabric form so I could make bags with it.

Any love of hair toys, clips, ribbons, fascinators, mini hats, etc?
Nope, my hair is usually shaved on sides/backs and teased/spiked on top.

What local goodies may be of interest? Local Honey, jams,candy?
I always love to try local honey (from beekeepers or markets only please, not from grocery stores.) Wouldn't say no to jams (although we have SO MUCH JAM and I can't have peanut butter, so I haven't been eating any - but it would be an excuse to make scones, nom nom nom) and candy! I love going to farmer's markets and sampling things.

Are you interested in any subscription services like serial magazines, Birch box, ipsy?
Forest Nui Cobalt's crone boxes, yes! And Shihaya's boxes! Any kind of cool indie box thing with candles, incense, bath and body stuff, etc. Loot crate! Bark Box! No magazines and I'm not super into make up or nail polish. I don't know what else in in birch box or ipsy.

Would you like funky Halloweenie costume makeup like Gothic eyelashes, nail effects, black lipstick, etc.?
No, thank you. Not right now since I am a hermit and never leave the house anymore.

How do you like to listen to music? CD, 8 track tape, mix tape, Pandora or Spotify, I-tunes?
Very rarely I listen to music in my car on CD or my ipod. (itunes.)

Do you prefer reading on Kindle or actual book? What kind of books do you like? Would you like to be surprised with a scary, classic, horror book?
Kindle, but I really don't want any books right now. If you REALLY wanted to get me a book, I have tons to choose from in my Amazon wishlist. Please sort by priority. Unless they are marked as VERY HIGH or HIGH, I probably already have them but have just put them on this list to remind me to look for them in one of my boxes in the sheds or I want to read them again so I look for them at the library. Edit: I went through and moved/deleted tons of things from my amazon book wishlist. There is some other stuff in there that isn't too expensive that I wouldn't mind having.

Candles, Incense, or wax tarts? Do you have favorite brands or Weenies scents for the home? Would you like to receive a wax tarts burner, incense burner, essential oils diffuser, or Halloweenie themed candle holders?
I really like the Black Magic scent from Yankee Candle but it doesn't look like they have it this year? I also like Witches Brew (but I have like four huge jar candles from years past that I haven't even lit yet) and I'd be up for trying Haunted Hollow. The Fragrance Spheres would be fun. I have plenty of wax tart burners (electronic and tea light), diffusers, etc. Don't really need any candle holders - I used to sell for PartyLite and I have 50 boxes of candles and holders packed up in the barn. Now if I saw a super cute votive or pillar holder with bats or ravens or skulls, I would probably cave and want it. I mostly burn only votives, pillar candles (3" diameter), 3-wick pillar candles (8-9" diameter), or jar candles. I used to make candles for Sweet Spirit (and my own company) and really would like to start making my own again. I adore candles from Big Dipper Candles in Seattle, they make all beeswax candles (and one of the dogs that I fostered works there.) Just the plain beeswax or maybe Rapture or Lavender. or beeswax candles from anywhere! I have some candles on my amazon wishlists.

Witchee: are you interested in crafting materials?
Yes, I have wishlists for The Loopy Ewe, Knit Picks, and a "crafting material" wishlist on Amazon. Oh, and etsy of course.

9/11/17

I'm in Japan, is there anything specific from here you would want?
I like the awesome kit kats! (I can get green tea and strawberry flavored here. Any other flavors would be fun!) I dunno what else, whatever you think I might like. I used to collect Starbucks Bears and City Mugs so Japan only things might be fun.

How do you feel about nail wraps?
I have a friend who is always pushing jamberry at me and I finally bought some (over a year ago) to shut her up but I've never used them and don't even know where they are after moving. I was not excited about all of the fussing with putting them on. I was kind of eyeing the Nightmare Before Christmas ones last year but did not buy them.

if you were to receive something hand knit, what type of item would you like? hat, cowl, handwarmers, etc. and what color(s)?
- would you use knitted washcloths? a scarf? Are you allergic or sensitive to any fibers?
As a knitter, I am already overflowing with hand knit things. I don't wear hats, cowls, or scarves normally. I loathe triangle shaped shawls. If you're a knitter, you're probably friended with me on Ravelry (or you can go look at my profile and see my favorites and other details.) I have some bundles called "Make for Me" and some swap specific bundles for halloween/vampire swaps that I would be delighted to receive things from. I don't use knitted washclothes right now (I usually do when I have my own place but I have zero room to store things.) I hate acrylic, please don't make me anything with acrylic or send me any acrylic yarn. I'm not fond of cashmere or BFL either. My favorite fibers are merino or merino and silk, although I've come across some really nice merino, cashmere, silk yarns. Right now I prefer DK or Worsted weight yarn unless I'm planning on making a shawl in which case I prefer fingering. Oh colors -- I love black (sorry, I know it sucks to knit with black if your eyes are going), gradients especially, jewel tone blues (no navy), purples, greens, reds. Especially with black over them, like MadTosh's tart. White is ok in a gradient, like white to purple or white to red. No pastels or neons.

Do you like and/or want anything from Elements and Artifacts? You can be vague like "yes" or "no" or name specific past pieces you coveted or current ones you love, whatever works best.
Yes, I have some in my etsy favorites under jewelry. I have a sugar skull, two different bats, a silver rose leaf, and some amethyst pieces from her.

Would you like something hand sewn by your Witch? A dress, shirt, skirt, infinity scarf, something else?
It's a very nice gesture, but I don't wear scarves and I think anything else would be too difficult to fit without a seamstress taking measurements. My mom sews and we have a company making cosmetic and project bags. Occasionally we make medieval costumes or clothes.

Anyone want any kind of costuming accessories or makeup or odds and ends?
I hardly ever wear anything except eyeliner and eyebrow powder (I have to draw on eyebrows since I don't have any and my tattoos are fading.) I have realized that I don't have any good lipstick, so some lippies would be welcome. I like blue leaning plums. I could use really good mascara - I have really long blonde eyelashes but they aren't very thick. Most mascara clumps on me and makes a mess. I have contacts so I probably need water soluble.

9/10/17

Are there any hobbies or crafts you've been thinking of trying, but haven't had the chance yet?
I have been sent honey to make mead, but I haven't had the chance to do it yet. I also have recently acquired a very small amount of knitted blanks for yarn dyeing and need to do that. I have a small assortment of things to start doing stitch markers, but I need more supplies and some learning. I have items to do needle felting but again with the learning. I also have a few things to do cross stitch but my eyes have gotten so bad that I feel like I can't see -- time to go to the optometrist again.

Would you want to receive a custom spell kit or magical tea? If so, what purpose would you want it to be for?
Money and prosperity in general are always good, happiness, good luck, health, clear thinking. Something (I typed someONE haha!) to mend a broken heart and move on.

Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends Tea I'm interested in, for example:
Adam and Eve Tea
All Father
Beltane
Cauldron of Rebirth
Come to Me (Come Hither Mojo box would be awesome)
Cry on my Shoulder
Fiery Wall of Protection
Florida Water
Follow me Boy
Hecate
Imbolc
Lammas
Road Opener
Run Devil Run
Samhain
Santa Muerte
The White Witch
Triple Fast Luck
White Magic
Woman in Red
Yule

Do you like poetry?
Sure, some. I have plans for some poetry mitts some day.

Anyone like handmade critters, stuffed animals, or custom repaints?
Any plushies are likely to be killed by Zuul; she gleefully eviscerates them. Custom repaints on MLP are fun though! I love the Doctor Horrible and Cthulhu ones I've seen.

Would you enjoy any designer/specialty yarn for your own craftyness?
*looks over at huge yarn wishlists on etsy and TLE* I would think that speaks for itself! I am admittedly kind of a yarn snob and I buy mostly indie yarns. Twisted Fiber Arts is one of my favorites but they're getting to be out of my price range unless I buy from destashes on Ravelry. Fresh from the Cauldron is awesome, I have a ton of things from her on my yarn wishlist. It's all kind of spendy though!

Please provide wishes from the last two updates?
I will, precious, I will! It'll go in my ISO post that is linked to my wishlist (in my sig.) UPDATE - I have UPDATEd my wishlist with the last UPDATE wishes.

9/9/17

Would you be interested in things from Future Primitive? (http://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/)
I'd be up for trying any of the bath, body, or hair items -- just no bar soap please. None of the Autumn scents look good to me but I found a scent list under the bath grains and I'm interested in: Bell Book & Candle, Festival, Rook & Raven, Sylph, and White Witch.

Are there any UK things you'd like to get?
All the chocolate! I like things like Curly Wurly bars and probably whatever local truffles or chocolate. Local tea is fun although I have *so much* tea it isn't funny. I don't really know since I haven't ever visited the UK except for a short layover in the airport. Whatever you think I'd like! (My friend was just in Ireland and brought me back some some bottles of mead and some different kinds of chocolate and fudge with beer and whiskey in them. nom!)

Are you into podcasts? If so, what are your favorites? Would you like any merch related to any of them?
No, sorry. I'm interested in Nightvale but not enough to dink around with podcasts.

Would you like something from Nui Cobalt Designs (https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/)?
I would love one of the holiday crones crate boxes, incense, oils... I'll have to do a more in depth look and give a list. I love her talismans and incense but the talismans are spendy and I have respiratory issues, so incense probably isn't the best thing for me even though I love it. Bath salts?

Or maybe some of Christina's lovely Halloween candles at Sihaya & Co. (https://www.sihayaandcompany.com/collections/halloween-collection-candles)?
I've been mooning over those, har har!! I'd love Sisterhood of the Moon. I would have liked one of the Athena boxes but I couldn't justify spending $80 on myself when it's Switch Witch time!

ILNP? Who would love one of their awesome holos like MEGA or one of their amazing chromes? http://www.ilnp.com/
I really don't wear nail polish that often on my hands BUT OMG. I like:
Raven, Abyss, Moonstone, Birefringence, Westwing, By Nightfall, Ava, Walking Home, Missed Calls, Deja Vu....

9/8/17

Do you enjoy stationery? I'm thinking cute/quality notebooks, washi tape, stickers, fun pens etc.
I have issues with my hands not working and I find it really hard to write anything (so I rarely even include notes in packages, I suck!) so no pens or notebooks or anything like that for me please. I do love and USE spooky washi tape (bats, skulls, etc.) when mailing out BPAL because it's easier to get off the bubble wrap and then people can re-use the bubble wrap instead of throwing it away but I'll be honest - I have enough washi tape to last me for over a year. Stickers are more of a meh but if they were really cute and to my taste, I would use them. I love bats and skulls and snarky unicorns.

Are you interested in anything from Cocoa Pink?
- Scent wise: Black, Black Marshmallow, Black Vanilla, Black Velvet, Black Widow, Broomstick, Come-hither, Cozy Blanket, Fear of Ghosts, Genevieve, Lipstick Stains, Marshmallow, Monster in the Walls, Naughty, Sensory Deprivation Tank, Stanley Hotel, The Upside-Down, Vanilla on the Rocks, Vanilla Rose,

- Product wise: ShampPink shampoo, dermabrasion sample, I'm 29 serum, either the coco mango or the voluptuous body butters, linen spray, sugar scrub. No perfume please.

- Or Haus of Gloi?
- Scent wise for bath products (not perfume), I'm interested in Grimoire and The Horseman. And non halloween, I've always wanted to try the Haus Amber. Also Cozy Sweater, Lavender Sugar, Moon Dog, A Place in Space all sound good.

- For perfume only, the birthday ambers are on sale and I was wanting to try Amber & Rose, Amber & Incense, or Amber Noir. The Fall Black Musks are killing me, I love black musk. I'm most interested in Black Musk & Nag Champa, Black Musk, Leather & Rose, Black Musk, Anise & Vanilla. I've never smelled their black musk though, so I hope it's good!

- Product wise: No soap or hair gloss please. I like their lip balms (no chocolate or coffee, prefer vanilla/honey/rose/lavender/mint), pumpkin butter, sugar exfoliant, and would be happy to try the candles and bathing dust. I would like to try the butterbombs in vanilla amber or marshmallow. Maybe Sleepy Time but I'm not sure what scents are in it yet since the Fall Part II isn't up until October.

Would you be interested in a Halloween wreath?
If you were to make it, sure! I love black, black and white, black and blood red, black and purple, (but no red and purple together - white is ok with black & ), skulls, bats, ravens... I'm a huge NMBC fan. absolutely no brown, yellow, orange or country cute type stuff, gothy only for me. I like the two black and white ones but I don't like the one with little balls all over it.

Have you seen the (Lush Halloween collection.) And what would you like?
ALL THE THINGS. I love Lord of Misrule but I still have a large shower gel from last year. Goth fairy shimmer bar? I do love their bath bombs, perfume, shower gel, powders, greased lightning, angels on bare skin, and some of their moisturizers. I like their rose, jasmine, patchouli.. pretty much everything really. (except the lip stuff, I don't need any of that. I prefer tubes and non-tinted for lip balm.) My favorite scents are Blue Skies & Fluffy Clouds, Twilight, Lust, Candy Fluff, Snowcake, Rose Jam, Butterball, Silky Underwear, Tramp, etc. (I haven't liked any of their plain vanilla scents like vanilliary.)


9/7/17

Are you interested in anything from the Moonalisa Halloween update?
- Scent wise: Cedarwood & Patchouli, Mad Heriot's Parlor, Witch Wood, The Witching Hour, Rumpkin (I don't usually like pumpkin, but I do like pumpkin & lavender.) Also curious about: Conjuring Room, Dusty Attic, Forever~ and ever, and ever, Come Play With Us,

- Product wise: 4in1, Butter Rich Cream, Bath Brew, Carpet Fresh, Dusting Powder, Room Spray, Sugarload Scrub, Sugar Scrubby Scrub, Milk Bath, Lip Butter (Burnt Sugar, Maple Sugar, or Butterscotch Marshmallow), and the scented candles. I also like her perfume. (But no soap, potion lotion, or hair gloss please.)

What are your coffee and/or tea preferences? Organic when possible.

- Coffee: whole beans or ground? Whole bean (except I don't know if I can find my grinder or my french press.) Since moving here, I have been using the Keurig. I really like Peet's and Seattle's Best K-Cups but my family already buys those so not really a priority.

- Flavor and roast preferences? Sumatra, Hazelnut, Toffee. Dark roasts usually.

- Tea: black, green, herbal, flavors? Black. I've been using Harney & Son's tea capsules for the Keurig in Hot Cinnamon Spice, Paris, and Peppermint because I don't usually feel good enough to wait for water to boil and tea to steep. I have about 6 book sized boxes full of tea that I couldn't fit in the house, so really I don't need any tea. I do need to brew some rose flavor, ginger peach, or licorice mint every so often though.

- Loose leaf or tea bags? Again, I've been using the Keurig. Otherwise I'd do loose leaf.

- Anything specific you don't like? I don't particularly like anything besides black tea (especially flavored) except for the mint/licorice blends (Aveda Tea is SO GOOD) and a few Traditional Medicinal blends like Breathe Easy.

- Are you in need of any gadgetry? I could actually use one of the LARGE perfect tea makers from teavana (the 32oz?) - I have a smaller one but I use 20oz + mugs so it doesn't fill them. I really do NOT need coffee mugs unless you can find a ceramic 20oz size with a lid. I love my Weeping Angel mug from Think Geek that has a nice ceramic lid on it - there are so many little flying bugs around here that they land in my tea, so I ONLY use mugs with lids but I prefer the ceramic ones. I'm trying to avoid plastics but stainless or glass is also ok if dishwasher safe; I'm liable to break glass and stainless seems expensive which is why I ask for ceramic. Think Geek also has a Zelda mug with a lid AND HEY, it's BACK IN STOCK!! Um, I'm tempted to get it but I will refrain. Edit: I had to buy something that wasn't on sale in order to use my $10 off. Now I wish I'd waited because PRINCESS BRIDE STUFF WAS RELEASED TODAY. I MUST HAVE THE PRNCESS BRIDE COLORING CHANGING TRAVEL MUG. MUST. HAVE. There is a 20% off link on my facebook.....


9/6/17

How would you feel about receiving a hand-painted container for your bpal and/or other treasures? I'm good on containers, I use the IKEA FIRA 9 drawer boxes and while they're full, I have another one left to build. But I'm trying to destash my collection since it's pretty much beyond life expectancy so I'm hoping to never build that one. I also use tea chests. Now if I could get someone to paint these IKEA chests for me that would be the best ever. I'm not an artist. I have have plenty of tins for travel purposes. I'm no fun, sorry!

Now, if you wanted to send me a hand painted container for something else, I'm your girl!! I have one of the (newly available again in the US) IKEA MOPPE chests and I'm using it for my witchy stuff, but I could definitely use a couple more. Their drawers are much too tall for BPAL bottles and aren't as deep, but they're great for chime candles, incense, sage smudges, etc. (3 drawers on top, 2 in the middle, and a wide one on the bottom.) They're about $14 so pretty reasonably priced, and they're pretty light - just bulky, so no idea on the shipping. But if you happened to be in Seattle or whatnot, I'll be traveling there in October and I'm sure you could find a minion to meet up with me.

Who is into K-Beauty (Korean beauty products like sheet masks) Um, I have no idea what these are. I was always a tom boy and -- even though I went to beauty school -- never really learned a lot about how to put on makeup. Beauty school was all about the hair, which I am extremely comfortable with perming, colouring, and shaving. *giggle*
- What are your faves if you are? See above.
- If you aren't would you like to try something? I have super oily skin so I try to moisturize multiple times a day, but my skin is also really sensitive and breaks out at the drop of a hat. Good moisturizer is my number one need. So far the "Kiss My Face" ones seem to do the best (besides the ones I can't afford, like LUSH or Bobby Brown!) I'm one of those organic if possible, phthalate free, no parabens, etc. people. But Grocery Outlet gets leftovers from Whole Foods and Co-ops, so I buy a lot of organic lotions and creams there for $1-3.

What are some NEW things you've gotten interested in this year? Could be anything, from a new hobby, new genre of book, new healthy way of living, new fav brand of whatever...
I've finally been bitten by Nocturne Alchemy and made my first purchase last December right before they closed the shop. I love all of their vanillas I've tried and would love to try their ambers, like Eternal Ankh. I have Black Musk, Ember Vanilla, Vampire Vanilla Bat (from a swap), Hygieia (from a swap), Crystal, Crystalline, Kobalt, Pyramid Vanille, Gothic, Lavender Dolphin (a gift and I LOVE IT SO MUCH), and Vanille Noir (another gift - the one that made me decide to try them!) I received a sample "vile" of Tomb of the Undead and I love that too. I love all of them except Gothic - even though it had perfect notes, it just doesn't scream to me. So would definitely love to try more!! I'm a huge fan of vanilla, musk, patchouli, sandalwood, amber, etc. I put a huge list of what sounds good in my SW Help link.

I was sent some honey and yeast to make mead - I'd love more instructions on how to do this and what kind of equipment I need. (I need a lot of hand holding!)

Also this year we have discovered that my kidneys may hate me, so new ways of eating are happening. Basically I'm not supposed to eat anything that I like.

9/5/17

What are your feelings about Scooby Doo?
Um, I used to watch it as a kid and I might have even seen the movies but I don't think I would buy any merchandise or do cosplay or anything.

How do you feel about indie makeup (read: loose eyeshadow, blush, highlighter)?
I love indie makeup! I have tons of eyeshadow but I rarely have an opportunity to wear it. I haven't really worn makeup for at least a year since I've been staying here in the middle of nowhere. I know zero people in this city and don't ever go anywhere. I can always use good mascara as long as it doesn't bother my contacts. I have really really long eyelashes but they're a light color so hard to see without mascara. I never wear blush. I prefer having ultra pale skin but I might have tanned a little bit out here. O_o (My foundation has SPF but since I haven't been wearing it...) I could use some lipsticks! I like blue leaning plums.

I drink this stuff almost everyday would anyone else be interested in trying it out? https://www.criobru.com/
Sounds lovely! I love drinking chocolate and the roast is intriguing. (I'm probably not SUPPOSED to with my kidney weirdness but I haven't officially been put on food restrictions yet.) Not the pumpkin spice -- NEVER the pumpkin spice. (shudder) The cinnamon one sounds good, the cherry tobacco one sounds fabulous, any of the more chocolate tasting ones would be to my preference.

9/4/17

Would you like one of the Teeturtle Halloween shirts?
OMG those are so cute. I think the relaxed woman's 2x would work for me. I love:
* Dia de los Unicorns
* NIGHT FURY GLOW IN THE DARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
* Stabby the Unicorn (not halloween, not the pink one)
* Nevermore (not halloween)
* Prickly on the inside (not halloween)
* Dangerous (not halloween)
* Batty for You
* Murder of Crows
* Resting Witch Face
* I <3 Candy Corn
* Bat-O-Lantern
* Unicorn-O-Lantern
* Werewolves for Change
* Stabbing Pumpkins
and like 5,000 more. All the unicorns, bats, ravens, hedgehogs, groot... Driver picks the music, haha!! I love the Supernatural ones too. THERE ARE TOO MANY.

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Solstice Swap & 12 Days of Christmas Swap answers

Solstice Swap:

If I made some ephemeral art that was meant to be burned as the sacrifice, would you have a safe place to do that (a fireplace, a backyard, a bbq grill lol)? Nothing big, maybe 6 inches tall.
Yes, I have places to burn ALL THE THINGS. Or just something small. We actually have a large bonfire area and a grill. No fireplace.

Would you want something from this website for your "light"?
Sorry, they are not really my style.

Would people want a relaxing CD or a recording of the rainforest, or are people looking for things like mix CDs or something from a favorite artist?
I kind of liked the idea someone had of wind chimes or bells. I'm really picky about my music unless it's on my wishlist. I do have music on my wishlist though! I don't mind getting thumbdrives or cds with mp3s.

Would you, Snowflake, be interested in getting a bracelet or pendant necklace as a "charm" for banishment or protection or shifting energy or bringing in luck? If so, what's your preference (bracelet, necklace pendant), size (wrist size, chain length), what metals to you prefer (copper, sterling silver?), and what colors /stones do you have an affinity for?
I like about 19" length in necklaces and would need about 8" for a bracelet. I am allergic to everything metal except (for sure) sterling silver and surgical steel. I would love charms for protection, luck, job finding, school decision making, monies, romance/life partner finding, friend finding, what-to-do-with-my-life knowing, etc. (I know! I want so much! How about lottery winning? That goes under luck and monies, right??) I might use a charm more if I could anoint it with skin safe oils and if it had a long enough cord (rat tail cord or soft leather?) to just put off and on over my head. I don't mind bracelets but I VERY RARELY wear any jewelry at all except my BPTP scent locket. I do have a protective charm in my car hanging from my rearview mirror (that I acquired in a Switch Witch swap!) I'm planning on making mojo bags for monies, protection, beauty, romance, etc. so charms to go in or on the outside of those would be fun. I have an affinity for blues, purples, greys, blacks. Tanzanite, alexandrite (prefer blue/purple - not pink/green), amethyst, hematite, moonstone, opal/black opal, sapphire, aqua aura, azurite, iolite, kyanite, sodalite, fluorite, obsidian, onyx, black spinel, black tourmaline, snowflake obsidian, tourmalinated quartz, black star sapphire, etc.

So, are you the type that likes no color added at all, natural colorants and herbs, or rainbow glitter bombs ?
I don't mind color added as long as it on the natural side. No phthalates, SLS, parabens, pro. glycol, -cones, etc. Prefer no glitter. Glitter is the herpes of the craft world. Mica is ok. Herbs are ok if they're almost totally pulverized so they don't clog our septic system or drains. I'm ok with coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, etc. I don't have any allergies that I'm aware of to essential or fragrance oils other than sometimes I get contact dermatitis if I apply oils in the same exact area too many times in a row. I have to switch it up.

What's the best format to send you a whole music playlist (instead of an album)? Do you have a service you already use? Would you like it on a USB, iTunes, Spotify, etc?
I'm kind of picky about my music as I think I said before... I wouldn't mind getting music on my wish list. either on mp3 or on cd.

Since one of the options for the sacrifice is an item to give away, I'm curious if there are any people, organizations, or causes that you like to give something away to? It could be anything - a charity you wish you could donate to, a stranger you see at the coffee shop who you've always wanted to do something nice for, an obnoxious coworker you'd like to receive one of those glitter-by-mail packages, whatever.
I support some pibble rescue groups but I'm no where near them to give them anything and I rarely leave the house. I know some people who are deserving of some poop by mail anonymous packages... but those aren't really a sacrifice.


12 Days of Christmas Swap

I love crocheting, it's my favorite hobby. Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!?
Please, no crochet wearables. Amigurumi and stuffies are cute in crochet and I have quite a few in my favorites lists on ravelry. Blanket would be cost prohibitive with my yarn tastes. I actually have quite a few crocheted afghans from my grandma that I don't have room for, so I would say no on the blanket.

How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations?
If you take a look at my ravelry favorites ("halloween or vamp swap" and "make for me" bundles) you'll see that I feel like you should make amigurumi for me, yes indeed. *nods sagely*

How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc).
Sadly I do not really like knit socks that much and I received a pair in one of my last ravelry swaps. I don't wear socks at all for more than half of the year and when I do wear socks, they are black. And I have huge feet so you really don't want to knit socks for me anyway. But again, if you look at my ravelry favorites, I have two bundles with I would LOVE to get (halloween or vamp swap bundle and "make for me" bundle.) there are many options there! I am a picky bitchcake and I'm not afraid to say it. I mostly prefer shawls (really long and skinny-ish but not scarves. But not those triangle shaped things either.) and fingerless mitts. But on mitts I really need you to use very stretchy cast ons and bind offs as I have huge hands too. (I blame the nordic ancestors.) My preferred cast on is Jeny's Stretchy Slipknot Cast On and my preferred bind off is Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, But as long as it's stretchy, we're good! I have measurements on ravelry linked to my profile.

What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try?
- I love and adore honey! We usually have bees here at parents all summer from local beekeeper, and I tried beekeeping briefly in Seattle but my (wild) hive moved out and I never ordered any of my own bees. The beekeeper stiffed us this year and didn't give us the promised honey and honeycomb in exchange for keeping his bees here. I adore jerky but try to avoid corn syrup so I end up doing things like krave or my (previously local) butchers "made in house" jerky. I miss Bavarian Meats in pike place market - love their landjaeger. I have lived in Seattle the majority of my life but I am in Eastern Washington with parents right now until life is back on track. This is the home of the huckleberry things. I've lived in Denver, Dallas, and Toronto briefly as well. Would kill to have a place close to me that sells canons sweet hots (mild.) sadly mostly in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, etc. I make my own dried fruit and veggies, so I'm good there.

If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why?
The U.K. Because. (I have always just felt an affinity with Wales, Scotland, Ireland, England, etc. I'd love to visit Glastonbury Tor, Stonehenge, Hadrian's Wall, Bath, Loch Ness, etc. Now if I could just meet a nice non-alcoholic Scottish boy and move there, I'd be super happy.)

What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of?
Canadian dollar stores have the best dog squeaky toys, so we go there when we're in Canada, eh. Otherwise I usually go to the dollar store for stuff like the little sieves/screens that fit into the sink drain. They're the best for dumping out tea leaves and coffee grounds into so the water runs out and you can then pop the grounds/leaves into the garbage. My parents don't have any of these and I didn't bring mine with me from my ex house.

Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one?
My mom especially likes wave petunias. I love scented geraniums (not zonal), lavender, and fragrant purple roses. Although I'm partial to grandifloras, we have some lovely rugosas that we harvest the petals from and make rose petal liquor, jelly, syrup, etc. I make lavender wands/bottles and harvest the lavender for cooking too. (at one point I had over 50 rose bushes and 11 varieties of lavender but then we had to move.) Really I like any herb that is useful for rituals, edible, medicinal, or fragrant. I don't usually purchase flowers that are JUST pretty. Pretty and fragrant? Sold. I could use mugwort, hyssop, and rue especially - we have none of those. I'm sure we could germinate seeds. I forgot to get cuttings of my geranium before it froze. *sigh* Could use some more sage and beebalm too. Oooh -- I especially love purple and black bearded irises (they have a fragrance usually!) We only have yellow (ick!) and one purpley pink color. We're in Zone 5b: -15F to -10F. I don't think we need any gardening stuff per se though. I do love seed bombs with wildflowers and things as well, I could throw some in the pasture by the road... But they would need to be very drought resistant since we don't have water out by the road. I'd love sweet peas, carnation, chocolate cosmos, phlox, ....

oh! I'd love to have some carnivorous plants. We bought a venus fly trap this summer but it perished. Maybe a pitcher plant or a sundew?

I *HAVE* catnip, catmint, two varieties of mint at least (peppermint and spearmint I think), maybe one variety of lavender, wooly thyme, normal looking thyme, russian sage, asiatic lilies, california poppies, peonies, yellow and pink rugosas, yellow and light purple bearded iris, petunias, feverfew, parsley, rosemary, dahlias, zinnias, honeysuckle (two kinds), rhubarb, chives, raspberries, blueberries, pansies (black!), orchids, christmas cactus, mini rose bush, lilacs (two kinds.) Um, I'm not sure what else since I just moved here this month. It's my parents place so really things are not "mine". But I could plant things and take cuttings or divide later.

If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? (everything from prose to the specific selection of notes)
It would need vanilla, patchouli and lavender at the least. Maybe some black and/or red musk and/or siberian musk. Leather and/or Tobacco? Label art with my pit babies or a friesian? I'm not a word smith, so the prose would have to be a quote or a passage from something. But I also have major brain fog, so I can't think of anything off the top of my head.

I love drawing! Either fanart chibis on my tablet (ok it's my daughter's but still) or portrait work in graphite pencil... but it's been a while..so I'd love to use this as an excuse to draw something for you! If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of?
Well, you can see what kind of artwork I like from my Pinterest art page. All of my art is in storage and I don't really have room for a lot more. But I do have a ton of IKEA fira 9 drawer chests that need to be painted and decorated. Wish I could have you come paint those for me!

When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info?
I don't wear very much makeup. My skin breaks out very easily so I only wear prescriptives full coverage liquid makeup in the lightest yellow/orange ecru shade. (not very often. On a daily basis I only use eyebrow powder and eyeliner (stila smudgestick or kat von d liquid eyeliner, black.) I don't have any actual eyebrow hair, just tattoos but they are pretty faded so I draw on eyebrows over them. hypothyroid = no eyebrows. I have t-zone skin, yay. Yes, my skin is extremely sensitive. I need to remember to moisturize 4-5 times a day so I can get control over the oily... I had it all normalized and then my life was disrupted and I stopped moisturizing. (And I could use more good moisturizer but its so expensive! I got a bunch of bobby brown when I had a friend who worked at nordstrom and I've used LUSH too but I'm out of both of those. Right now I'm using Kiss My Face but I think it is clogging my pores.) Eyes are hazel. Hair color is mousy brown/grey naturally but it is usually colored violet-black, dark burgundy/red, or some other color. It's usually shaved on the sides/back and long spiky/teased on the top (ala Robert Smith.) I really super need a hair cut right now because it's actually about 2-3" of grow out everywhere. I could use mascara. Style = lazy goth.

Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying?
I think I am covered right now. I have a lot of new supplies for new crafts that I need to accomplish now! Maybe different colors of embroidery floss for doing cross stitch?

Christmas decor? (not exactly sure what this question is looking for exactly? Do we decorate? What is our theme and colors? That kind of thing?)
I just moved in with family and we did not decorate for Halloween (weep) and I'm not sure how much we are going to decorate for Christmas. Hopefully at least a tree! My tree ornaments are all over the place. I bought some last year at World Market -- a purple dragon, some horses, but I can't remember if I got a sparkly unicorn. I love iridescent, glitter, shimmery things. Purple, blue, and silver. My mom gives me Hallmark ornaments every year in whatever collection, so I have all of the rocking horses (mini and regular) and I think all of the Pony for Christmas. Last year I think I snagged some Hallmark NMBC ornaments too. It would be cool to have a whole NMBC tree that I could put up at Halloween and leave up until Christmas but it might have to wait until I have my own place again. I'm always eyeing the black bare branch trees at craft stores... I know I have one of those vintage aluminum Christmas trees with a color wheel that goes under it. In storage of course.

what kind of collector are you? And do you have a log or a list somewhere away from the forum of the things you love, hate or already own?
I'm a hoarder type of collector. I have a huge list on scentbase but it isn't complete because I hurt my tailbone and back and wasn't able to sit at computer for very long for a few years, so didn't keep on top of updating scentbase. I do have a spreadsheet that is current but it isn't public. I could attempt to put it on google drive, but I've broken their spreadsheets before with the amount of data contained...

Would anyone mind bath and body works items? Such as hand sanitizer, lotion, candles, car scents or soap?
I DO NOT use B&BW lotion, gel, perfume, anti-bac, etc. I DO use their hand soap but I'm trying to stay away from microbeads (deep cleansing) and I don't like the foaming soap that much - however, they do have a small amount of "creamy luxe" soap that I'd love in Vanilla Snowflake and I would also love to try the Energy and Stress Relief soaps.. I would love some pillow spray in lavender/vanilla (no chamomile.) I also use the wall flowers, three wick candles, and room sprays. I could use a new wall flower - I really want the bats night light/wall flower but they might be sold out by now. A snowflake would be cool though. Or the black embossed scroll.

Scents that interest me for room spray/3 wick candles/wall flowers:
Twisted Peppermint
Vanilla Snowflake
Iced Vanilla Woods
Vanilla Balsam
Holiday (maybe? As long as it's apple wood, not apple. I don't want fruit smelling things.)
Black Tie
Cinnamon & Clove Buds (maybe? Winter is a little over powering. So not if it's close to Winter.) Oops, my mom already has this.
Fresh Balsam
Smoked Vanilla
Evergreen
Marshmallow Fireside
Winter Rose
Peppermint Marshmallow
Mahogany Teakwood (high intensity)
Cinnamon Pinecone (again, not if it's too overpowering.)
Vanilla Coconut
Vanilla/Lavender sleep

Any Lush showergel (or other product) you'd like to try?
I do love me some Lush. I'd love Twilight, Silky Underwear, Snow Fairy/Candy Fluff, Snowcake, etc. shower gels (I also love the Lord of Misrule and Rose Jam but I stocked up last year and still have some. And I have enough Fairy Dust powder too.) Could use some Greased Lightning. Maybe the Mr. Sandman dusting powder if it is mostly lavender and not heavy on the chamomile. The snowfairy "fun" looks interesting - it's like a pliable bubble bar? Maybe a small bit of snowcastle soap. Bubbly shower gel looks interesting. I love their solid green sugar scrub. Mmmelting marshmallow moment, ceridwens cauldron, snow angel, and floating island all look lovely. If snow angel is the same scent as the cocoa butter bath bomb, then I LOVE that scent. (I could use some more facial moisturizer but it looks like it's pretty expensive!)

Do you like licorice or would you like to try it? Would you prefer salt or sweet?
I've had salty licorice and it's good in small doses but not my favorite. Licorice in general is not my favorite. My mom on the other hand loves sweet black licorice.

I live in The Netherlands but I will visit England soon and might pay a visit to Germany. Anything special from here that you'd like to try?
I have a ton of tea and chocolate on my amazon "edibles" wishlist (from England and France!) I'd love chocolates, tea, whatever else you think I might like! Germany has Wollmeise yarn...

is you BPAL wishlist updated?
Indeed. I have not gotten any Liliths, Unicorns, or Weenies yet. Sniff.

Do you like office supplies like pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, etc?
No, I am boring. Sticky notes maybe if they are SO COOL that I MUST have them (like the coffin shaped ones I have - but unfortunately their "sticky" part is AWFUL and I have to tape them on things!) I use my BPAL pens a lot, they're my favorite. Do not use pencils, stationery, highlighters, etc. Maybe if I went back to school I would feel differently. I do like washi tape, I use it to wrap bubblewrap around bpal bottles & imps. I'm always looking for washi tape with bats, gargoyles, crows, skulls, etc. (I have lots of skulls right now.)

How do you feel about spicy, cheesy, or sour snacks?
cheese!! ALL THE CHEESE! I love garlic/dill curds, cheddars, fresh cheese with jalapenos in it (used to get some every week at the farmers market in seattle), gouda (both hard and creamy), parana, cotswald, sage darby, parmesan, mizithra, romano, havarti, mozza, etc. I like mildly spicy things, like candied jalapenos or mild canon sweet hots. Not so much on the sour, more about the savory.

Would you like any cook-able mixes like for soup or baked goods, cooking ingredients like spices, sugars, salts, oils, or cooking gadgets?
I wouldn't mind mixes but most of the ones I've gotten from places like World Market haven't been very good. I love spices, sugars, salts, vinegars, etc. but we have a TON of things and I don't know that I need anything. All of my spices are out in the garage because there wasn't room in the house with my parents spices... Don't really need any cooking gadgets right now. I can always use green tobasco sauce. I do, when I have my own place, have a skeleton themed kitchen and a NMBC cookie jar/container collection. I have a skeleton hand oven mitt, skeleton apron, bone shaped silverware, serving set, and salad tongs, skull cookie jars/salt & pepper shakers, skull measuring cups, skull measuring spoons, spatulas with skulls on them, skull wine stopper, skull bottle opener, etc. I would welcome more skeleton/skull kitchen things for when I actually get my own place again. I love sugar skulls and have some sugar skull kitchen stuff on my amazon wishlist (either in cooking/kitchen or housewares area.)

Would you prefer bar soaps or bath gel?
I would rather not receive any bar soap unless I specifically request it because I have boxes and boxes of it. (I'm a soaper.)

And really, I have a ton of bath gel and sugar scrubs too. But that doesn't mean I'd hate to get more because hoarder... especially Lush.

Candles, wax melts, or incense - yea or nay?
I'd love more ritual candles and beeswax candles (pillars or votives.) And some really good japanese stick incense. I always love loose incense/resins for charcoal burners. I don't need any wax melts but I keep eyeing the ones at Paintbox Soapworks and Two Timing Tart.

Jewelry - any preference about length of necklaces, earrings, etc?
I don't really wear any necklaces or jewelry - although I would like to get my ears gauged a little since they need to be repierced. I have some ideas on my amazon wearables wish list. If I wear necklaces, I like around 18-19". I mostly wear stud earrings but my lobes are SO THICK that most studs are too short and the earring ends up being too tight on my ear and getting infected. Right now I haven't worn earrings for ... six months? a year? So once I save up some monies, I'll see about getting them pierced with an actual hollow needle since my original piercing was done in the early 80's with a gun.

How do you feel about sweeteners? Do you prefer sugar, stevia, sucralose, etc.? Anything in particular to avoid?
I avoid sweeteners like the plague. I prefer raw sugar if possible. Definitely avoiding corn / corn syrup. Stevia is ok.

Do you have any interest in Shakespearean swag (insult mugs, play themed lip balms, oodles of other possibilities) or general performing arts related goodies?
No mugs of any kind please. I just moved in with family and all of my kitchen stuff, which includes about five or six HUGE BOXES OF MUGS, is all packed up and out in a shed. I do love lip balm but I am a little picky on ingredients. I'm not really into performing arts swag. I'm such a curmudgeon!


What is your favorite Christmas story - be it book, movie, cartoon - and if there are various versions, which is your favorite?
Hm. Nightmare Before Christmas? I usually watch Elf every year. I like the old Rudolph animated with Bumble. Bumble is awesome. I haven't watched that for years and years though. I'll watch silly movies like The Holiday or Love, Actually if they're on. Christmas with the Kranks is ok, mostly watched that for Jamie Lee Curtis. Christmas Story is kind of silly, I finally watched that a couple of years ago to much protest by my then DH.


Do you have a preference for numbered packages or random selection?
Whichever is best for you!


Do you have any external wishlists, Goodreads, or anything else that you might not have listed in your survey?
Yes, they are all in the SW Help link in my signature and/or in the link that says Switch Witch Stalking & Services spreadsheet. Believe me, there is probably way more there than you need.


For books that are part of a series, do you have a strong preference for whether you receive them in order, assuming that any overarching plot is reasonably easy to pick up on and the main story is self contained?
I absolutely start at the beginning of a series.

Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? If not, would you want some of their famous delicious treats? (Cookie butter - original or pumpkin spice!, sweet plantain chips, chocolate covered potato chips, etc)
I have a Trader Joes. I do not like cookie butter, I do not like pumpkin spice ANYTHING (ick, ptooie), no plantains, no potato chips... Give me ALL OF THE CHOCOLATE COVERED PEPPERMINT JO JOS, those babies are like crack. I like their PB&J chocolate bars too. I really do like way too many things from Trader Joes... so dangerous to go in. Their pub cheese with jalapenos? I could eat the whole thing (heated up) in one sitting.

What's your shoe size? Would you like to receive socks?
Man, I am just no fun. No socks please. I have super huge feet and I tend to just purchase black mens socks. All of my sizing info is in my ravelry swaps area (link to which is in switch witch stalking spreadsheet in my signature.)

Do you like Steampunk? Would you be interested in any jewelry inspired by steampunk?
I am fine with steampeak as long as we stick to silver/black and no brown/copper. However, again, I am not a big jewelry wearer. *sad face*

I make paper albums and journals. Would you be interested in receiving something like that? Would you like some other type of handmade paper craft?
No journals, albums, stationary, or anything that would require me to write on it. I have a really hard time writing; my hand motor skills/flexibility when it comes to gripping things is very poor. I wouldn't mind cute note cards or "thanks for the swap / thanks for the purchase!" cards (with either my forum names (TwilightEyes/MissTwilight) or forthcoming etsy shop name. (which I still haven't come up with.)

Are you currently ISO any BPAL new or otherwise? What are your top 10 scents?
Yes, those would be in my ISO post which is linked from my wishlist. *grin* I think I have my top scents already listed in my profile.

Black Friday will be a thing during this swap, anything you might want that will be on awesome sale?
... no idea. I usually avoid Black Friday and do Cyber Monday. I know that the Lab/Post usually has a treat if you order something and I'd love to have the treat, but it wouldn't come in time. I'm really more in the swap for friendship and happy then for "getting stuff" and I would be happy with homemade or handmade things.

Do you like to cook and would you be interested in cookbooks? If so, what kind?
I like to cook when I have my own place... It is kind of crowded here and someone is ALWAYS in the kitchen so it kind of drives me nuts. I might have some cookbooks on my amazon wish list though.

Do you like games (board/card), and if so what kind and for how many players?
I like games. I'd love cards against humanity or exploding kittens. I think they are both on my amazon wishlist.

If you have a Goodreads "to read" list, are those mostly books that you do not have and would like copies of, or are those mostly books that you already have piled on your shelves/lurking in your e-reader?
I think on my "to read" list on goodreads, it is mostly things that I own but haven't read yet. My amazon list is a much better indicator of what I want, especially if you list it by priority. And I actually read everything on my ipad, so I would have no problems looking .mobi or .epub files that came in email or on a thumb drive....

Do you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, and if so would you like handmade firestarters or scenting bundles to throw on it? (think bundles of apple wood chips and cinnamon bark, or little wax/herb/paper bundles with a wick)
I do not have either a fireplace or a fire pit, we just have an area where we burn dead fall and things. Sadly I do not need any firestarters or scenting bundles right now, they would just sit and gather dust until it was nice enough outside to sit by a fire again. It's the rainy season and snow will be here soon.


You mentioned scarves in your questionnaire. Are you referring to a chunky thick keep-me-warm-in-a-snowstorm scarf, or a light and lacy could-be-warm-if-I-wound-it-a-hundred-times scarf?
If I mentioned a scarf it was that I'm a knitter and I have relatives who are knitters and everyone always buys or makes me scarves and I do not need one at all, thank you. I have all of the scarves. Light, lacy, thick fabric, thin fabric, wide, thin, long, short, knitted, striped, solid, designs, silk, wool, etc. Really, stop with the scarves.


Would you like to receive a photography print? My pictures are mainly of animals or landscapes. What would you prefer? Any favourite animals you'd like to receive a picture of? Would you also like to receive postcards? You can view some of my pictures on http://www.by-ellen.com
The web page didn't work for me, I got a grey screen with some different options at the top, but no photos. It's ok, I don't have room for any more artwork right now since I have downsized from a 4500 square foot home to a small basement to one room. All of my artwork is packed up right now.   If I were go get my shit together to actually bake before December 7, would you have any interest in fruitcake?
I am not really a fruitcake fan, but one of my friends sent me a recipe for pear/cherry/almond/marzipan fruitcake that uses amaretto. And it was really good. (it was really hard finding dried pears though.) But the traditional kind of fruitcake? Um... probably not.   If I were still feeling the alcoholic spirit and decided to make boozy chocolate balls of some sort, do you have a preference for bourbon, rum or Irish whiskey?
Mmmmmmm boozy chocolate! We usually do rum balls but I'd be up for whatever! I might have to try using some Sinfire or something this year ... cinnamon chocolate boozy balls. We're going to make some bailey's fudge in the next couple of days. (we = my mom. I will probably just watch since I am still sick.)

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My Fall 2016 Switch Witch answers

10/19/16

Do you subscribe to any boxes? What kinds of things do you like from them?
I used to subscribe to barkbox but the Monkies would immediately destroy and hoard any toys from it (we were still working on his resource guarding) so it was more stressful than fun. Now that it is just Zuul and she isn't as hard on toys, it would be fun to get Barkbox again (but of course I can't afford it right now.) I would love the Firefly lootcrate. I used to get two different "sample" boxes (that I can't remember the name of) but I didn't think it was worth the money and I never purchased anything full size from any of the samples. There are some cool yarn/knitting monthly boxes (and yay brain fog, I can't remember the name) and I was kind of interested in the monthly witchy boxes (Crone box?) that had incense and herbs and other things in it. I think I shared them on facebook and then promptly tried to forget about them so as to avoid temptation.

Any makeup/body/skin type stuff you'd like to get samples of?
Not really. My skin is very very picky and almost everything makes it break out (right now it's breaking out just from the change in water and humidity.) And I rarely wear any makeup other than eyeliner (stila smudgestick mostly) and eyebrow powder (since I have no eyebrows, only tattoos - and they're getting really faded so I use them mostly as a guide for where to draw my eyebrows. yay thyroid.) Mascara samples might be fun though since I should probably wear that once in a while. My eyelashes are very long naturally but are kind of light in color so are sort of invisible unless i wear mascara.

10/18/16

ThinkGeek is having a big Halloween sale. Anything catch your eye?
I have a wishlist there (link under SW help.)
- annoyatron pack
- link shield backpack
- critical hit cookie cutters
- game of thrones cookie cutters
- skull ice cube mold
- critical hit ice mold
- Death Star ice mold
- Tardis robe
- groot mask (my son is 7' tall and I keep telling him he needs to be groot for Halloween)

10/16/16

Ginger, or Spearmint flavor?
Ummmm depends on what? I love ginger chews and gingerbread *especially pumpkin ginger bread* and stuff. But for things like gum? Probably spearmint. I've had ginger lip balm and I would probably prefer mint in that category too. So..... um... is that helpful?

10/11/16

Are there any commercial candles/tarts/tealights in scents you like? Bath and Body Works, or Yankee Candle?
I would love a Black Magic candle from Yankee but I think they only come in one size this year. Otherwise I am pretty set on candles as per my previous answers. Not that I would ever be unhappy with any but I have about 20 three wick candles still in boxes and a HUGE box full of pillars, tapers, votives, tealights, etc. The only thing I am short on is actual beeswax candles (I prefer candles similar to what Big Dipper Wax Works carries) and ritual candles, especially figurines. I don't need any tarts. I COULD use a bath and bodyworks wall flower plug in since I have about 20 unused scents for that brand.

10/10/16

Witchee, would you like (would you wear?) a long wrap choker?
No, thank you. I have a fat neck (boo) and no longer wear chokers (or much jewelry except my scent locket.)

10/8/16

I'd love to commission a piece of art for you. Would you be interested in a custom piece? What kind of picture/what subject matter?
I do like her unicorns and MLP. I don't really have a ton of room right now but anything related to my dogs is always welcome. They are my precious babies. I have lots of photos on my flickr and instagram pages for what they look like in RL...

10/4/16

Would any witchees be interested in strawberry, pumpkin & apple, or milk flavor Pocky?
My son would probably love some!

10/3/15

Though I've been playing with sculpee lately and like making sort of character or fandom inspired bead/pendants, would that be something you'd like or have use for?
My son makes jewelry and he is house Targaryen... I'm Stark. I would probably only have use for VERY SMALL charms/beads for making stitch markers. These gargoyle ones on etsy (that I already have!) are the perfect size. He might have a use for larger beads on necklaces. And I would love for my son or my mom to receive things too.

10/1/16

Erotica or BDSM - yay or nay, and if yay, what kinds of things?
Normally I would say ALL THE TOYS AND ROPE YES AND LOCKS AND... but since I'm going through divorce, I'm not going to need any toys for a while... Books are ok.

My local farmers market has a pepper specialist who makes dried pepper powders. Would you like some and if so what level of spicyness.
I love chipotle and smokey peppers with low to medium heat. And jalapenos. My favorite tobasco is the green, so I like flavor over heat I guess. And yes, all of the herbs and spices and salts and peppers! I have a couple of empty grinders too.

9/28/16

Tarot cards/oracle decks - yay or nay?
Yay -- and I would really like a rune set. I had one but an ex took it.

If yay, do you already have any?
I have a vampire set. And a really old rider-waite set somewhere in storage.

Which ones?
I really like the Phantomwise deck and any deck with gothy, gargoyle, or maybe unicorn type artwork.

Cryptozoology/cryptids (Big Foot, lake monsters, chupacabra, etc.) - yay or nay?
meh.

If yay, any favourites?
Well, I am in Bigfoot country.

9/25/16

I'm a honey affecionado (I really love honey) and our renn Faire has a local honey booth we go to every year and our trip is coming up. Anything from http://www.beefolks.com/default.aspsuit your fancy in particular (honey or otherwise since they have other products?)
oooh. The Cotton, MeadowMaple, Killer Bee... really any of them. I love honey in my tea but I have super light to super dark honeys that I really love... so. Pretty much anything to do with honey and I'd be happy. I love honey stix too! I'm going to have to learn how to make Mead....

Any other renn Faire goodies in general? I have a friend who is a wood carver there and they make adorable geeky pins amount other things and Harry Potter wands? Here are the artisans there: http://www.rennfest.com/general-information/artisans
I love consumables or things I can use! Mead, Henna (for body, not hair -- I prefer premixed), silver colored celtic-y shawl pins, silver colored celtic buttons, maybe beads, wire, charms, etc. crafting making (my son makes jewelry and I need to start making stitch markers), cross stitch things, yarn, etc. I do love celtic-y wall hangings/tapestries/blankets with Epona (horse), raven, dog, ferret, or just knots. Purple or blue! Herbs for soap making or using in ritual workings. Maybe some crystals or stones for my planned altar. I need an altar cloth too. And maybe a small ritual candle holder. I can always use colored sand and self igniting charcoal, loose incense/herbs for burning, etc.

No soap or candles please, I have bins and bins of soap still. And lets not talk about the candles...



9/24/16

The second part of the Haus of Gloi update is live tomorrow (the 25th)- is there anything you're interested in?
- Butter Bomb in Burnishing Amber, Marshmallow, or Sleepy Time.
- Lip Balm in Pumpkin or Maple Sugar. Would love their regular balm (Sale!) in Wild Rose.
- Fall Sugar Scrub in Hex, Pumpkin Queen, or the Horseman.
- Valentine's Pumpkin Butter in Come Hither (Sale!) or Summer Pumpkin Butter in Marshmallow Rose (sale!)
- Summer Refresher in Chillax (Sale!)
- I've always wanted to try their Haus Amber. Probably in Sugar Exfoliant.

I'm going to the NY Renaissance Faire tomorrow- anything you'd like me to look for?
I love Faire! I'd usually be on the look out for cool celtic silver colored buttons (I found some really awesome celtic hippocampus ones once), shawl pins, mead, henna kits, etc. I love the huge celtic horse or celtic knot ... blankets? They're kind of thin. I have two different celtic horse ones but I'd love a purple horse one. Or just purple and black celtic knots. Or dogs/ravens/ferrets.

Do you celebrate Mabon? Would you like "witchy" or pagan decorations and objects? For example, pentacle wall hangings, mabon poppets, corn dollies, ritual candles, etc?
I do need more ritual candles. But as far as decorations and dust catchers or knick knacks, no no no.

Anyone hankering for Craftsy (http://www.craftsy.com) classes? Through tomorrow all classes are $20 or under.
I think I'm good on Craftsy classes right now. I tend to be able to find free youtube classes on most things that I'm interested in learning. Except for advanced brioche techniques, which I already have a craftsy class on.

Would you be interested in any of the following: jigsaw puzzles; puzzle books (like word searches or crossword puzzles or suduko); coloring books; card games; board games? Feel free to elaborate on preferences for any of the above!
I'd kind of like CAH. I'm not sure I have anyone to play it with though. I don't have a need for any coloring books, jigsaw puzzles, puzzle books, etc. I do most of that thing on the computer. There might be some board games I'm interested in - I'd have to go look at a store. But again with the lack of people to play with when I'm moving out to the middle of nowhere.

9/23/16

Would you be interested in Kings Game by Lisa Millraney?
I've already purchased it.

Would you like any brown paper bags of "seconds" from Seattle Chocolates?
Heck yeah. My favorite are the San Juan Sea Salt truffle bars and the JCoCo Agave Sesame but I haven't tried all of the JCoCo yet. The sea salt one might be good!

Elements & Artifacts has a fall/halloween collection up? Anything catch your eye?
Most of the items I like are over $100 and really I don't wear a lot of jewelry anymore except for my BPTP Phoenix scent locket. I love the ribbon wrap bracelets but I have an 8" wrist so things don't always fit me well, even wraps. The rings are gorgeous but too small. The Vampire Queen (bat and amethyst) is super cute but I would need the chain extended to a 20".

And speaking of shops from BPAL folks, any favorites in the stores on the SW Stalking and Services Spreadsheet
I'll have to look and update.


9/22/16

Would you like some hair falls? I can make a single (ponytail) or double (for pigtails). Short, long, types of yarns, ribbons? Extra things (buttons, beads, wire wraps? Colors/color combinations? Stuff to avoid?
I love the idea of hair falls ... I have one pair of double hair falls but I can't ever put them on right or make them work. I like long, double, ribbons, yarns (no acrylic but otherwise don't care on type) - purples, blues, and blacks would be nice. I would need instructions on how to use them. Definitely not a priority since I'm moving out to the middle of nowhere and probably won't be going anyplace where I would need hair falls for a year or more unless my life changes drastically.

9/21/16

Do you have an Etsy wish list, and if so, what's your user name there?
All links to various off site wish lists are in my signature under the link "SW Help". My scentbase if woefully out of date. I hurt my tailbone and back a couple of years ago and couldn't sit by a computer comfortably so I got REALLY far behind in updating my BPAL on there.

Tokyo Milk? Yea or Nay?
I have some of their clove lip balm and love it! I'm kind of full on perfumes and lotions right now and I really do prefer balm in a tube. I just couldn't resist the clove.

would you like notebooks or journals? Utilitarian or fancy? Lined or blank? Tell me of your stationery lustings.
I have zero interest in notebooks, journals, stationery, etc. I still have blank notebooks from grade school and pretty stationery that I have never used. I have a hard time writing anything legibly. Electronic all the way!!! (although I also have sealing wax and sealing wax stamps because I like the IDEA of cool letters being exchanged. I just don't ever do it.)

What are your tea and/or coffee preferences? Loose leaf / whole bean or bagged / ground? Do you have a favorite type? Flavor? Retailer?
Well, I am moving back in with my parents (ACK) and I don't think I will have my french press available, so that leaves me with keurig and verismo makers. I would love some anniversary blend for the verismo. I like Starbucks Via too.

As for tea, I generally prefer loose leaf as it is higher quality. But I could really use some more licorice mint tea. There are some great organic blends out there but most of them come bagged so that is fine. I have tons of tea on my amazon edibles wish list.

If you could receive one handmade item - everything from knitted or crocheted gloves and scarves to sewn bags to fanart or original art, what would you prefer?
So hard to say - I can knit, crochet, and sew - so really not my priority. But I don't have a place for any more art either. I will think about it. Maybe a sewn project bag. I can always use more project bags. And pillow cases.

What are your favorite fandoms, if any?
Red Dwarf, LOTR, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Nightmare Before Christmas, Game of Thrones!!!, ummm will have to think of more. Oh, yeah, Guardians of the Galaxy! Buffy! Firefly! There are so many but I have a lot of brain fog... sorry!

Skincare- do you use a particular routine? What products would you absolutely not use?
Almost everything makes my skin break out. I use Kiss My Face moisturizer. I use Prescriptives makeup and serums. I like Lush Greased Lightning. I would not use most other things.

Bath/shower products?
I use mostly non-sls products if possible and I love oily salt scrubs. I have sugar scrubs too. Villianess, Paint Box Soapworks, Haus of Gloi, Cocoa Pink, Arcana, etc. I do have a bunch of Lush shower gel. I actually have a tub at the parents house so I can take baths!!!

BPTP products? Pre-owned okay?
Yes, yes.

Essential oils and aromatherapy oils- yay, or nay?
I love essential oils! Aromatherapy oils too but please make sure no phthalates.

Favorite animal?
For...what purpose? It really depends. I love horses (especially Friesians), pit bull type dogs, dolphins, bats, rats, corbies, I am sad because while packing today I dropped my bat talisman necklace (moonstone carved bat) and it split in half. *sniff* HEY MY PATRONUS IS A BAY MARE.

Twilight Alchemy Lab oils?
yes please. I need Block Buster, Road Opener, Black Rage, Brittle, Spiritwrack, STFU, Foundation of Fortune, Brass Balls, King Solomon's, Aegis, Confusion, Countermagick, Fiery Wall of Protection, Flying Devil, Jinx Removing, Crucible of Courage, Magnet, Ouroboros, Veils & Mist, Venus, Charisma, Aunt Caroline's Money Draw, Gainful Employment, Steady Work, Showers of Gold, Servare, Power, Peaceful Home, Protection, Money, LaFlamme, Helping Hand, Uncrossing, Vigor, Sever, Blessing, Annoiting Oil - Exodus Version, Libertas, Sunlight, Discipline, Bright Fortune, Golden Graces Money Drawing, Friendship, Blessing Spray, 13 Horizons spray....

I'd really love some Conjure Bags too. Beauty Bag and/or Money Draw Bag.


9/20/16

Authors - Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter. Heard of them? Love them, hate them, or eh?
Never heard of them. I mostly like epic fantasy or sci-fi books. Also I am going blind right now so I prefer ebooks only -- I really need the adjustable font option..

Knitted things. Specifically scarves/cowls and shawls.....grabby hands or not? Favorite colors? Are you allergic or sensitive to any textiles, ie wools, cashmere, nylon, metallic threads, mohair, alpaca? Knitted washcloths? For the kitchen or for the bath? And again, colors??
I think I already answered this - I have 500 scarves, so unless it is on my "make for me" favorites on Rav, I probably do not want a scarf. I don't wear cowls unless they are huge huge infinity cowls (I have a fat neck and can't stand tight things.) I don't like triangle shaped "shawls" - I do like circular, half circle, crescent, and really long and skinny but with pointy ends, which differentiates them from scarves IMO.

My favorite colors for knit wear is black, grey, and gradients. I like jewel tones and black overdyes. Purple, Red, Blue, Green, Black, Grey. If you check out my yarn stash on Ravelry you'll get an idea of what I like.

I do not want anything acrylic. Cashmere pills, so meh. I prefer Merino, Merino Nylon, Merino Silk, Silk, etc. I do like Merino Cashmere Silk because it seems like the silk keeps the cashmere in line. Silver threads are ok but not my favorite. Prefer no mohair or alpaca because it seems itchy in here tonight.

Washclothes are ok, for either kitchen or bath. Same colors.

As far as colors go, I loathe orange, yellow, brown, cream, beige, anything that could be construed a shade of orange, yellow, or brown. Please god no, keep them away. chocolate and beef jerky should be brown, though, I'll give you that.

I love mitts but I will say that you absolutely NEED TO USE A STRETCHY CAST ON AND BIND OFF. I have very large hands. I prefer Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off and Jeny's Stretchy Slipknot Cast On. Both can be found with a web search or on ravelry.

Candles or wax melts/wax tarts?
Honestly the only candle I have my eye on right now is the Black Magic candle from Yankee. It smells SO GOOD. I want everything in that scent. Otherwise... I not only used to be a PartyLite consultant and make candles for Sweet Spirit Candles, but I also make candles at home. So I have about 500 candles. I wouldn't mind receiving candles molds, wicking, candle wax, candle scent, etc. Or soapmaking supplies. Or GC's to places like Brambleberry. I'm hoping I can set up a soap/candle workshop at my parents place and maybe open an etsy store. I also do bath bombs, scrubs, and lip balm. So yes, supplies would be awesome. (picky about what kind of chemicals are IN the supplies though, especially scents, and try to do mostly organic and non Phthalates/SLS.)

I have more tarts than I can use right now too, unless there are Yankee Black Magic tarts in which case, yes please.

I could maybe use a new wall flower plug in thing from Bath & Bodyworks though.

9/19/16

Speaking of snarky, who's a fan of The Mincing Mockingbird?
Who? What?

Do you decorate for Halloween all year? If not, what level of decor do you have for Halloween?
I decorate with skulls, gargoyles, NMBC, bats, coffins, tombstones, all year. I do not use pumpkins, witches, spiders, ghosts, zombies, etc. Right now I am moving though so I really need no knick knacks or decorations. Once I get moved in (in the next couple of weeks) I'll update if anything changes.


Indoor/outdoor Halloween decorations? What do you do, and what would you prefer to receive?
Nothing really please. I have way too much stuff right now and am feeling very overwhelmed. If it changes when I get moved in, I'll say something.


What's your preferred Halloween decor style: classic/traditional (skulls, pumpkins, bats), kitchsy/cute, retro, elegant/Victorian, horror/macabre?
I'm more gothy or victorian I guess. But I am full up on decor. Please no knick knacks.

What's your candy preference?
I wouldn't say no to peanut butter cups and kit kats and such things. I like mostly high quality chocolates but can't resist halloween candy in small doses.

Does anyone like fleece character hats? Like these? http://wonderlandonline.storenvy.com/collections/354444-anime-video-games/products/13089516-pusheen-like-fleece-hat What kinda characters would you like to see?
Oh, sorry, not so much. I only wear newsboy type hats with a brim. And not usually knitted ones.

9/18/16

Who here is a Raging All THINGS HARRY POTTER fan?
I don't know about RAGING but I do love me some Harry Potter. I've seen all of the movies and read all of the books multiple times except for the supplemental books on my Amazon wishlist. I've had someone bring me a chocolate frog once and I would LOVE to have more. I would love to try the other treats as well.

Do you like things with Pumpkin (or Pumpkin Spice?)
I love things like pumpkin scones, pumpkin bread, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, etc. and I've had some pumpkin pie almonds that were scrumptious but I don't like "pumpkin spice" lattes... so probably a no to pumpkin spice popcorn, bark, coffee syrup, cocoa mix, etc. (Plus trying to avoid dyes, corn syrup, non-organic stuffs, etc.)

9/17/16

Is there anything you would like to get from Japan?
- I do love interesting flavored kit kats but I've had orange, hazelnut, banana, green tea, and oreo locally. Would love to try Pumpkin Pudding and Red Bean. We have a really good international food district and asian specialty stores that carry a ton of pocky and other snacks.
- I love honey and black milk tea and also lavender and jasmine. I have never seen rose milk tea, but that would be fabulous. Doh, got some!!!
- I know they have a lot of Nightmare Before Christmas stuff so I wouldn't mind getting something that is usable and not a pin/keychain/coffee cup/knick knack. I collect NMBC cookie jars and cannisters.
- Gothic Lolita stuff is always cool and fun, especially black/purple. Ooh, also Japanese incense.
- yarn!
- silky things to dye, spices, whatever!
- japanese boozahol?

Would you object to re-using of clean mailing materials?
No I wouldn't object. I reuse bubblopes and bubble wrap. And tissue paper if it isn't ripped.

9/16/16

Is there anything you'd particularly like to get from the UK?
I love Cadbury crunchies and curly whirlies. There are other UK chocolates I'd love to try, I think there are some on my Amazon wishlist. I love tea but I think most of the tea on my wishlist is from France. But maybe you could get it in the UK? I'd be up for trying whatever chocolate and tea. I love clotted cream! Spices/herbs? Yarn?

Socks/sockdreams/etc:
I'm kind of meh on sockdreams because I have huge feet. And I'm a knitter. And I'm a plus size. I know they have a very small plus size section but I rarely wear tights or any socks except black. And most socks that are made for women don't fit me. I usually just buy plain black men's socks. (I do love me some Spanx tights though.)

Anyone a nail polish fan? What colored interest you?
I don't really wear polish on my finger nails and I'm set for polish on my toe nails.


9/15/16

How do you feel about knitted stuff?
As I am a knitter, I love knitted things. I do not love crochet things unless they are toys/blankets. Please no crochet wearables.

Fancy? Plain?
I don't mind lace. But I do not wear cowls, hats, or scarves and I don't like shawls that are triangle shaped. (yes, I am a picky bitchcake.)

What types of things do you like to wear?
I love fingerless mitts and shawls (boomerang, bias, crescent, circular, half circle, long/skinny but not "scarves" - pointy ends, etc.) If you're a knitter, you're probably on Ravelry and you can look at my wishlist there - I have "Bundles" in my favorites called "MAKE FOR ME" and "HALLOWEEN OR VAMP SWAP" that has projects or patterns that I'd love to have made for me.

I'm into beer. How 'bout you?
No no no no no But I do love me some hard cider. But not dry or semi sweet - the sweeter, the better. The Ace Pumpkin Cider is good and I love JK Scrumpys.

And booze?
yes yes yes yes
I love (sweet!) mead, dessert wines such as port or ice wine (sweeter, the better), amaretto, baileys, rum, vodka, flavored stuff, butterscotch schnapps, etc. I have super huge bottles of kahlua, malibu rum, and whipped cream vodka so I'm set there. The best mead I've had recently is from Aesir Mead in Everett, Washington. Their fireweed was to die for. I'd love GC's for them. Or the Groupon that they usually have going. (Only problem would be scheduling it since I am moving to Eastern Washington by October.)

How do you feel about caramel?
yes yes yes - but fair warning, I try to avoid corn syrup. So only really high quality snobby type caramels or homemade without corn syrup. I try to avoid GMO's and do mostly organic food.

Salt or no?
yes yes yes

With chocolate or without?
with chocolate is good but without is ok too. I try to do fair trade/organic.

Would you be interested in home made food items?
I love homemade items but I don't like nuts in my baked goods. I like nuts on their own though - except walnuts. I hate walnuts. And again, I try to avoid corn syrup, food dyes, etc. and I do mostly organic and non-gmo - especially wheat/flour.

Would you be interested in project bags/pouches?
I don't think you can ever have enough project bags. Even though I have about 50.

And to go along with the previous knitting question...
Are you allergic to any fiber or do you know what kind of yarn you prefer?
I tend to not like BFL as much. Or llama/alpaca/cashmere/angora.
I love merino/nylon and merino/silk. Merino/cashmere/silk seems to be ok too, less pilling because of the silk content.

Would you want a quilted pot holder?
Since I am living with my parents and they have tons of pot holders already, I wouldn't really get any use out of it.

Do you have any prefered flavour of shortbread?
vanilla or lavender. But shortbread isn't my favorite.

9/14/16:

What are you interested in from the recent BPAL and BPTP updates? (Lilith, Lunacy, etc.)
BPTP stuffs:

1oz of:
Portrait of a Young woman with Unicorn hair gloss
Saint Justina with the Unicorn hair gloss
The Sharing of the Cake between the Lion and the Unicorn hair gloss
Lilith's Hair Gloss

bottles:
Samhain Hair gloss******
Goofin' at Stonehenge perfume someone said this smelled like grass, so not a priority
Tag-Upon-Avon perfume
The Serpentine Perfume



BPAL stuffs:

decants:
A King Pursued by a Unicorn
Allegory of Chastity
A Little More Tea
Plush Viscera
Texare
The Twelfth
The Wolf and the Rattlesnake

bottles:
Cruxifixion
De Vos' Unicorn
Of the Unicorn
Boticell's Unicorn
Unicorn and Ram ***
Funerary Papyri
Good Morning, London
Heavenly Spark
Lilith and the Four Sons of Horus
Motherhood
My Little Grotesque
Outlaw ***
Reapers Gonna Reap ***
Spider Witch
The Devil Will Find Work for Idle Hands
The Library of John Dee
Waiting
Single Note: Coconut Meat

Would you like hibiscus seeds?
yes!

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Switch Witch Fall 2016 Question Master List

10/19/16

Do you subscribe to any boxes? What kinds of things do you like from them?

Any makeup/body/skin type stuff you'd like to get samples of?

10/18/16

ThinkGeek is having a big Halloween sale. Anything catch your eye?

10/16/16

Ginger, or Spearmint flavor?

10/11/16

Are there any commercial candles/tarts/tealights in scents you like? Bath and Body Works, or Yankee Candle?

10/10/16

Witchee, would you like (would you wear?) a long wrap choker?

10/8/16

I'd love to commission a piece of art for you. Would you be interested in a custom piece? What kind of picture/what subject matter?

10/4/16

Would any witchees be interested in strawberry, pumpkin & apple, or milk flavor Pocky?

10/3/16

Though I've been playing with sculpee lately and like making sort of character or fandom inspired bead/pendants, would that be something you'd like or have use for?

10/1/16

Erotica or BDSM - yay or nay, and if yay, what kinds of things?

My local farmers market has a pepper specialist who makes dried pepper powders. Would you like some and if so what level of spicyness.

9/28/16

Tarot cards/oracle decks - yay or nay?
If yay, do you already have any?
Which ones?

Cryptozoology/cryptids (Big Foot, lake monsters, chupacabra, etc.) - yay or nay?
If yay, any favourites?

9/25/16

I'm a honey affecionado (I really love honey) and our renn Faire has a local honey booth we go to every year and our trip is coming up. Anything from http://www.beefolks.com/default.asp suit your fancy in particular (honey or otherwise since they have other products?)

Any other renn Faire goodies in general? I have a friend who is a wood carver there and they make adorable geeky pins amount other things and Harry Potter wands? Here are the artisans there: http://www.rennfest.com/general-information/artisans


9/24/16

The second part of the Haus of Gloi update is live tomorrow (the 25th)- is there anything you're interested in?

I'm going to the NY Renaissance Faire tomorrow- anything you'd like me to look for?

Do you celebrate Mabon? Would you like "witchy" or pagan decorations and objects? For example, pentacle wall hangings, mabon poppets, corn dollies, ritual candles, etc?

Anyone hankering for Craftsy (http://www.craftsy.com) classes? Through tomorrow all classes are $20 or under.

Would you be interested in any of the following: jigsaw puzzles; puzzle books (like word searches or crossword puzzles or suduko); coloring books; card games; board games? Feel free to elaborate on preferences for any of the above!


9/23/16

Would you be interested in Kings Game by Lisa Millraney?

Would you like any brown paper bags of "seconds" from Seattle Chocolates?

Elements & Artifacts has a fall/halloween collection up? Anything catch your eye?

And speaking of shops from BPAL folks, any favorites in the stores on the SW Stalking and Services Spreadsheet
9/22/16

Would you like some hair falls? I can make a single (ponytail) or double (for pigtails). Short, long, types of yarns, ribbons? Extra things (buttons, beads, wire wraps? Colors/color combinations? Stuff to avoid?


9/21/16

Do you have an Etsy wish list, and if so, what's your user name there?

Tokyo Milk? Yea or Nay?

would you like notebooks or journals? Utilitarian or fancy? Lined or blank? Tell me of your stationery lustings.

If you are ok with knitted things, what colors do you like?
If striping, what two (or more) colors together?
If you want yarn, what colors do you want?
--- A color palette would be lovely if you use Pinterest. Or just want to post palette photos in your blog.

Are you interested in fabric? Again, what colors, what themes, etc.

What are your tea and/or coffee preferences? Loose leaf / whole bean or bagged / ground? Do you have a favorite type? Flavor? Retailer?

If you could receive one handmade item - everything from knitted or crocheted gloves and scarves to sewn bags to fanart or original art, what would you prefer?

What are your favorite fandoms, if any?

Skincare- do you use a particular routine? What products would you absolutely not use?

Bath/shower products?

BPTP products? Pre-owned okay?

Essential oils and aromatherapy oils- yay, or nay?

Favorite animal?

Twilight Alchemy Lab oils?

9/20/16

Authors - Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter. Heard of them? Love them, hate them, or eh?

Knitted things. Specifically scarves/cowls and shawls.....grabby hands or not? Favorite colors? Are you allergic or sensitive to any textiles, ie wools, cashmere, nylon, metallic threads, mohair, alpaca? Knitted washcloths? For the kitchen or for the bath? And again, colors??

Candles or wax melts/wax tarts?



9/19/16

Speaking of snarky, who's a fan of The Mincing Mockingbird?

Do you decorate for Halloween all year? If not, what level of decor do you have for Halloween?

Indoor/outdoor Halloween decorations? What do you do, and what would you prefer to receive?

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

What's your candy preference?

Does anyone like fleece character hats? Like these? http://wonderlandonline.storenvy.com/collections/354444-anime-video-games/products/13089516-pusheen-like-fleece-hat What kinda characters would you like to see?


9/18/16

Who here is a Raging All THINGS HARRY POTTER fan?

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


9/17/16

Is there anything you would like to get from Japan?

Would you object to re-using of clean mailing materials?

9/16/16

Is there anything you'd particularly like to get from the UK?

Socks/sockdreams/etc:

Anyone a nail polish fan? What colored interest you?


9/15/16

How do you feel about knitted stuff?
Fancy? Plain?

What types of things do you like to wear?

I'm into beer. How 'bout you?
Styles?
And booze?

How do you feel about caramel?
Salt or no?
With chocolate or without?

Would you be interested in home made food items?
- garlic dill pickles
- blackberry jam
- dried honey crisp apples
- applesauce (with or without red hots)
- elderberry syrup (with honey and apple cider vinegar - great for immune boosting)
- honey from our bees
- rose petal liquor (made with our own rose petals and everclear but diluted down a bit so it doesn't knock you over)
- baked goods of your choice, what do you like or dislike?

Would you be interested in project bags/pouches? I usually make flat bottom round pouches with a pocket inside and a drawstring. Possibility of embroidery if we still have the huge commercial machine.

And to go along with the previous knitting question...
Are you allergic to any fiber or do you know what kind of yarn you prefer? (merino, merino cashmere, merino cashmere silk, 100% silk, 100% cashmere, merino nylon, BFL, BFL silk, etc. Or do you like acrylic?)

Would you want a quilted pot holder?

Do you have any prefered flavour of shortbread?

9/14/16:

What are you interested in from the recent BPAL and BPTP updates? (Lilith, Lunacy, etc.)

Would you like hibiscus seeds?

Off-color needlepoint?

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Switch Witch Fall 2015 Question Master List

9/17/15

Pumpkin?

Booze?

Want anything from Yellowstone? Be it postcards, key chains, shot glasses, pint glasses, or huckleberry what have you?

9/18/15

I know there is a question about "decorating style", but if you're comfortable, could you should us some photos of your spaces? For those of us who like to art and craft, it can be nice to have a visual sense of decorating style!

9/19/15

For those of you who don't drink alcohol, can you specify if you live with any drinkers or ever have alcohol on hand for guests, vs. abstaining and preferring not to have it around at all?

Are you a fan of the TV show Penny Dreadful?

What are your coffee and tea preferences? Do you prefer one, the other, both, or neither (and if it's neither, what about things like hot cider and cocoa)? Loose leaf or bags, whole bean or ground? Is caffeine OK? Any gadgetry you're in need of? Any brands or flavors that you particularly love, loathe, or want to try?

What's your sense of humor like? Do you enjoy puns? Play on words? Dirty humor? Dry humor? Who are some of your favorite comedians?

Do you like board games? If so, which ones? Traditional or more unique? (like Settlers of Catan, Small World, Red Dragon Inn, etc)

Is there anything that you specifically do NOT want to receive?

Plain or fun socks?

Name one (or as many as you would like) thing you would like to learn more about?

What one thing you would like to do more of?

What are some things that fascinate you? Or, What would you like to know more about?

9/20/15

Would you like any cookie butter (just to be clear, store-bought, not home-made, and does contain wheat since it's, y'know, cookie butter)?

Is there any particular piece (or pieces) of art (painting, photograph, etc) that speaks to you in some way?

What kinds of things would you like from the Lilith BPAL or BPTP update (or are you joining a decant circle?)

Do you want to received knit or crocheted items? If so, could you describe or even link to a couple of items similar to what you would like to receive?

What thing do you want to do (or get) but you keep putting off for one reason or another?

9/21/15

Would you like anything from Lush?

Do you prefer hand-made or store-bought?

SPICY! Scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "oh, that's a bit too much black pepper for me" and 10 being "ghost pepper? scorpion pepper? I laugh at these! I love as much heat as you can throw my way!" Where are you?

What is your BPAL "Holy Grail"?

Analog or Digital? Or Both?

What scents from other perfume companies are you really wanting to have in your collection and or are just really wanting to test? Companies like NAVA, Arcana, Solstice Scents, Possets, Haus of Gloi etc.....?

9/22/15

Do you have an affinity for any specific animals?

Kitchen Needs or Wants?

Makeup! Do you like it, would you want some? If so what brands do you like to wear?

Chocolate fiends ahoy! What kind of chocolate do you like? Do you like any other things in it or just plain good ole chocolate?

Would you be opposed to receiving a ton of Halloween themed items?

9/23/15

Would you be interested in any special little thing I might be able to pick up from the Great Lakes Bat Festival this Saturday? Both Janell Cannon (author of Stellaluna and other kids' books) and Fiona Reid (illustrator for lots of animal field guides) will be there, so would you possibly be interested in something like an autographed copy of Stellaluna or one of Cannon's or Reid's other books? Or something from the Organization for Bat Conservation, like a shirt or other swag?

What items from the Weenie update interest you, should you have to option of getting anything as a gift from your Witch??? Would you be ok with decants, or bottles?

What's your favorite scary movie? Or movies, either way. If you don't like horror, what are your favorite movies to watch this time of year?

9/24/15

Blu-ray or DVD?

Game systems - console or computer? Mac/PC? Which console?

Are you dressing up for Halloween and if so do you need any accessories for if?

Talk to me about bags, what kinds do you like? Sizes and styles?

What are your favorite fandoms and do you want to receive anything related to such?

What are you planning to order from the Weenies update?

The Last Huzzah of the NY Renaissance Faire happens this weekend and I'm going! Is there anything you might want? (Besides a turkey leg, which won't ship well!)

Do you like comics or graphic novels? Any issues or collections you want to read?

Do you like fanfic? Would you like a story written for you as part of your gift? What characters/fandoms/pairings etc do you like?

Where do you have wishlists at? If you could please link to them or to a post that links to them. (Amazon, Etsy, Think Geek, Pinterest, Sephora, Lush, BPAL/BPTP, Soap Box Company, everywhere and anywhere!)

9/25/15

Let's say you have indicated interest in receiving a hand knitted item. What colors, exactly, do you like? If you could provide color swatches here or to pinterest (or something visual), that would help out a lot.

Would you rather receive a bunch of little packages through the round, a couple of medium packages, or one big package at the end?

For those of us with out-of-country Witchees, would you be happy with receiving a few packages from local to you merchants (say, through Etsy or equivalent)?

Would Witchees like something from IKEA? (Or any other not always accessible by everyone store?)

If/when you go to the mall, for which store(s) do you beeline?

Do you receive any subscription boxes (julep, lootcrate, ipsy, birchbox, etc.)?

Do you like tarts/candles/incense? If so, what type of scents?

Is there anything you wish you could have picked up from the Dragon*Con exclusives?

Is there a GC you've been dying to try but haven't got around to yet?

The questionnaire asked about gold & silver jewelry, but how do you feel about copper jewelry? Do you like colorful jewelry, or do you prefer to keep it neutral?

We asked about decorating style, but are you interested in receiving decorations for your home? Are you interested in things that go on the wall or things that go on shelves?

Office supplies hound? Pens, pencils, journals, any preference, or favorites?

Talk to me about socks! Is there anything, dear, dear Witchee, that I can get for you from Sock Dreams? Anything from another place?

I live near a huuuuge candy store. What kind of candy do you like? Gummies? Caramel? Chocolate? Sour? Sugar-free?

9/26/15

How do you feel about animal products? Not so much animal toys or food, but more like furs, paws, bones, etc.

Are you interested in receiving any restaurant.com gift certificates for your area?

9/27/15

How do you feel about "toys" - stuffed animals and the like?

9/28/15

Did you see the eclipse last night? How do you feel about astrological events, like eclipses? Any interest in the Blood Moon Eclipse scent from BPAL?

Witchee's, how tall are you? And perhaps, what's your arm span (from wrist to wrist)?

How do you feel about the 4 elements? Or are you more of an Asian 5 elements person? Do you feel strongly about any of the elements, like a connection or a preference?

How do you feel about bento boxes? Is it something you would use if you were to get one?

Scarves, shawls or cowls? Mittens, gloves, fingerless mitts or wristlets?

how do you feel about online classes? Like, say, craftsy or creativebug? Or even lynda.com?

9/29/15

What do we want from Paintbox Soapworks?

If I were to make you some art, would you prefer a frame that hangs or one that sits? And what color/style would you prefer?

How do you feel about gourmet marshmallows?

Are you a slatherer or a dabber?

Talk to me, dear witchies, about tea. I know we've covered this a little, but I really need the nitty gritty here- not just companies you like and don't like (Teavana? Adagio? David's? Some tiny place?) but I also want to know the other stuff: top 3 flavors, loose or bagged, the kinds of tea accessories you use- or have always wanted. Be specific. Provide links if necessary.

Villainess is putting out brand new stuff for the first time in a while (as opposed to bringing back former lines). Sooo.... who wants it?

LOST TRACK OF DATES. I SUCK.

10/2-10/3

How does everyone feel about duct tape crafts? Any favorite patterns?

Are there any flowers you especially like?

Would you be interested in any cozies or cases (yarn o fabric, not hard cases) for tech stuff (phone, laptop' etc) or for cups/mugs/bottles or anything else similar.

Would you like Halloween or Day of the Dead themed ornaments or a "bunting"?

Are there witchees who would like book related gifts like a booklight, bookmark, bookseat or something for your reading gadget,like a cover or a light for example.

I make handmade journals, mini albums and similar items. Would my witchee be interested in something like that?

What songs/music/artists/CD's do you like to listen to around Halloween?

Are you interested in leg warmers at all?

Is your Halloween style scary, cutesy, folksy, grotesque . . .?

10/5/15

I bought the Portal board game last week & it came with a Portal 2 steam free download code. I already have the game on another console & it's one of my favorite series of all time. Soooo, would you want it?

10/6/15

Have you read The Martian? Or do you plan on watching the movie?

NaNoWriMo - Pertaining to that, how does everyone feel about such things? Will anyone be participating? How about NaNo swag, is there any you want?

Honey or beeswax products? Discuss.

How do you feel about bumper stickers and car magnets? What do you like--cute, pretty, snarky, geeky/fandomy?

Do you have any phobia's that your Witch should be aware of?

Trading Post Weenies are live! Anything calling to you?

10/7/15

Speaking of nail things, it that time of year and I am doing my jamberry order, Would you want some Lovely Jamberry's for your nails?

10/8/15

Do you like or want to try Marmite?

Some folks have already said they do not want used nail polish. If you haven't already chimed in about that... would you be interested in a bottle of BPTP claw polish (in this case, either Event Horizon or Baku) that has been used for one manicure?

10/9/15

Are there any DISCONTINUED (not LE) BPAL oils that you wish you had, or had a little more of?

Is there anything fairly basic that you're always running out of and need to buy more of?

Anything interest you from the recent Blooddrop update?

10/10/15

How to you feel about foreign spices/flavorings?

10/12/15

Dearest Witchee, can I get you anything from Shiro Cosmetics? I'm going to place an order soon and perhaps you are interested in some of their goodies? https://shirocosmetics.com (https://shirocosmetics.com)

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Switch Witch Fall 2015 Q&A

Pumpkin?
Please don't buy me all of the pumpkin spice things like twinkies/kisses/m&m's, etc. I won't drink PSL's from SBUX because the ingredient list is a horror show. I *do* like the Pumpkin Pie Almonds from World Market, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin soups, etc. (Panera has a really tasty seasonal soup plus they scored an A on having good ingredients and no antibiotics in their meat, etc., I might be eating there more often if I can afford it. They use real pumpkin in their PSL too, I might have to try one.) I love Teavana's Pumpkin Spice Brulee tea but I'm totally set on that.

I normally don't like pumpkins for decorating in the house either since I loathe orange but Violetchaos had a cute white pumpkin with a black face drawn on it that I kept wanting to steal and I have seen decorative pumpkins at Target and Joanns that aren't horrible (black and white or black and purple.) But really I have no place to set stuff like that right now. We do carve actual pumpkins every year if we can. The other half is supposed to be gone until November this year so I might be doing any corn mazes and pumpkin carving by myself.

Booze:
I'm all about the vodka, rum, baileys, flavored liquors, tawny port, and mead mead mead mead mead mead mead. and ice wine. Buttery Nipples are one of my favorite drinks. And Lemon Drops. I've made my own amaretto and kahlua and such. I should try infusing some vodka - rose and lavender would be interesting to me. Oh, I do like hard cider. I usually get the Ace's Hard Pumpkin Cider from World Market. The Angry Orchard crisp and cinnful (sinnful?) apple cider is ok too but not my favorite. I like the sweet meads and ciders (should be obvious since I am also an ice wine/port fan) and not dry ones. Kthx. (There is a cider place by my parents called Twilight Cider Works that I have a few bottles from. The last one is a peach. Nom nom! And I live not too far from sky river meadery but I find most of their things to be so-so. There are some more meaderies that have opened up that are farther north than I feel like going by myself but maybe when I have money and my mom is visiting since most of my friends either have kids or seem unable to do anything without their other half.)

Want anything from Yellowstone? Be it postcards, key chains, shot glasses, pint glasses, or huckleberry what have you?
I'm not really a trinket person. Washington is overloaded with Huckleberry stuff too (especially the Spokane area where my parents live) so I'm probably good on that. A postcard?

I know there is a question about "decorating style", but if you're comfortable, could you should us some photos of your spaces? For those of us who like to art and craft, it can be nice to have a visual sense of decorating style!
I am not comfortable showing photos of my spaces. I sold my beautiful house and my other half sold his as well and we moved in to the mother-in-law apartment of his dad's house after his mom passed. This place hasn't been updated since the 60's as far as I can tell. The carpet is orange, beige, yellow squares in the basement (my space) with wood paneling on the walls and the upstairs has orange carpet. BoyFlame's father has since passed away so we have started updating the house but it is going VERY slowly as my other half is out of town most of the year for business. We've pretty much gotten as far as painting all of the walls with killz (except the wood paneled areas) and painting the kitchen, upstairs bedrooms, and downstairs bedroom. But the downstairs bathroom and floors need a lot of work!! It's humiliating for me to have people visit because I am so ashamed of the floors. If I had my way, I would have grey or purple leaning white walls and a dark grey purple or grey carpet. I have black furniture (table, couches) and a grey granite and black computer desk. I do have some antiques that are a medium brown wood color that I do not especially like. But I'm not going to change them because antiques. I have a nice grey/black marble top bistro table with a black iron base and matching chairs. I have grey "black out" curtains with light purple gauzy curtains under them. Royal purple velvet duvet cover and another purple silk one. A few Nightmare Before Christmas comforters and sheet sheets. (yes, I'm 12.) Tons of gargoyles, which are all a nice stone grey color. So basically you're looking at minimal white, grey, black, and some purple. I like blues and dark reds too but am not drawn to them as much. Our bedroom, however, has blue and silver walls because blue is supposed to help you sleep better. (Purple is bad for bedrooms because it causes too much brain activity or something, say the "experts." So much for my purple sheets and duvet covers!) My kitchen is painted a dark wine color and I have a skeleton/skull theme (skeleton bone apron, skull and NMBC cookie jars, bone shaped silverware, skull wine toppers, skeleton hand salad tongs, etc.) I have a bunch of stuff from World Market on my pinterest that is inexpensive and would go well with my kitchen. I always try to go to Target at Halloween to buy some of the pyrex round bowls w/lids that have bats on them. BATS!

Here is some of my artwork that I have yet to put on the walls but will soon. You probably can't tell from the small photo, but the one with the crow has a cthulhu-esque creature in the mists behind the crow. The purple alien one has a lot of eyeballs and tentacles (on the frame too! This is the original oil painting by this artist; she sells prints of this painting on her etsy site.) I got it because of the tentacles and purple/blue. The horse is very steampunk. I grew up with horses (showing and gaming) and am a horse freak. The purple and blue tribal dragon was given to my son for his birthday although I originally bought it for me. (MY COLORS!) The wavy color line ones are also original paintings that were done by my friend Wendi Dunlap.


For those of you who don't drink alcohol, can you specify if you live with any drinkers or ever have alcohol on hand for guests, vs. abstaining and preferring not to have it around at all?
I drink alcohol.

Are you a fan of the TV show Penny Dreadful?
Meh. I've watched a few episodes but couldn't get into it.

What are your coffee and tea preferences? Do you prefer one, the other, both, or neither (and if it's neither, what about things like hot cider and cocoa)? Loose leaf or bags, whole bean or ground? Is caffeine OK? Any gadgetry you're in need of? Any brands or flavors that you particularly love, loathe, or want to try?
I used to work for a coffee/tea company (for 8 years!!) but now I am unemployed due to my health, weep. I drink both - I start with coffee in the morning and switch to tea in the afternoon and evening.

I make coffee in a variety of ways - I have a burr grinder, so I like whole bean. I use the toddy system to make cold brew, sometimes french press if I'm feeling awake (HA HA this rarely happens), and if I'm really lazy I use my verismo. If I'm SUPER lazy I just buy the cold brew at the grocery store and pour it into my cup... (that is what I'm having right now - some chocolate Stumptown.) I'm not picky about roasts if it's something that tastes good. Some coffees are better for cold brew, others for french press. Please NO DECAF.

I do like cider and cocoa but I'm super picky on ingredients. I prefer drinking chocolate but I rarely make it because the process is so lengthy and time consuming.

Prefer loose leaf but I'll do tea bags if something isn't available loose leaf. (Loose leaf tea is generally a higher quality.) I really prefer organic but I'll take Whittard, Mariage Frères, Dammann Frères, etc. There are tons on my Amazon edibles wishlist and on Pinterest. Would love to try more Davids tea. Please do not send me Adagio, I have tried multiple times and it just seems bland and boring to me. I prefer black and flavored black. Sometimes flavored green or jasmine. I have an insane love for licorice mint tissanes, like Aveda's comforting tea or Yogi's egyptian licorice mint.

What's your sense of humor like? Do you enjoy puns? Play on words? Dirty humor? Dry humor? Who are some of your favorite comedians?
I read Christopher Moore. I enjoy puns but I'm not super punny myself. I have the mind of a dirty 12 year old. I'm so dry that most people don't either get my jokes or realize I'm joking. (I don't watch comedians though, so no idea.)

Do you like board games? If so, which ones? Traditional or more unique? (like Settlers of Catan, Small World, Red Dragon Inn, etc)
I'm slowly collecting CAH (I join the Holiday Bullshit every year) and it might be fun to have exploding kittens, but the problem is that you need people to play games with and I'm really isolated being both aspergers and having chronic pain and respiratory issues. I don't go places very often and people are too busy to come over here (plus I hate having company - see the paragraph about my house being gross.) So... yeah. I'd really love to go on the JoJoCruise and play games. And I need to learn Magic again. Maybe I could get a job at Wizards of the Coast since they're like 15 minutes away. I do always lust after things like Nightmare Before Christmas monopoly editions and such but they would never get used. It's not like I'm going to have more kids ever (my son is 25 and doesn't live here! I gave him all of my RPG stuff. Cyberpunk, Shadowrun, Paranoia, AD&D, Vampire the Masquerade, etc. books. And an edition of Talisman because I like torturing people.)

Is there anything that you specifically do NOT want to receive?
- Bars of soap or solid soap of any sort (I only use solid soap to wash my hands in ONE bathroom and we use liquid soap everywhere else. I use shower gels or scrubs in the shower. Plus I make soap - so I have boxes and boxes of unused soap that I just can't use fast enough. And people are always always giving me soap bars so I have a couple boxes of Lush, Villainess, Paintbox Soapworks, and other soap too. Sigh. The exception would be cold or hot process soap that you made yourself, like Yewberry's soap. But please no melt & pour or other bar soap.
- Scarves. I'm a knitter and people are always giving me scarves! No! Stop! I have 5,000! I seriously don't have room for them all and have started donating them.
- Hats. I don't wear any kind of hat except a news boy type cap.
- Halloween decor like ghosts, witches, orange pumpkins, spiders, black cats. (Bats, skulls, ravens, gargoyles, skeletons, etc. are good - I never put them away.)
- Baked goods with walnuts. I hate walnuts. Sorry!!! I really just don't like nuts in baked things as a rule - it's a texture thing.
- Key Chains
- Lanyards
- Coffee mugs (unless it's on a wishlist. I have so many coffee mugs that I have to double stack them. I have more packed away out in the shed.)
- makeup or nail polish
- I feel picky now but I don't want people to waste postage, time, and effort on things I'll probably donate or give away. HOWEVER, if something that I said I didn't want is on a wishlist, be sure I would like to receive it. What? I'm inconsistent.

Plain or fun socks?
As long as they're black or black & (color) striping, they should be ok. I prefer thicker over thinner. Would love hand knitted socks. My measurements are linked in my Ravelry profile.

Name one (or as many as you would like) thing you would like to learn more about?
I'd like to go back to school but I don't have any money, so I need to learn more about applying for grants. (There is no way I'll do a loan that I have to pay back for the rest of my life.) But that isn't really a fun switch witch sort of thing. I'd like to do more needle felting, cross stitch (except I'm going blind), etc. I need to learn how to make stitch markers. And expand my soap making repertoire.

What one thing you would like to do more of?
exercise. horse back riding. cooking. (obviously I can't count.)

What are some things that fascinate you? Or, What would you like to know more about?
I'm fascinated by ... um... video games? I love to go to renn faires except they are usually too hot, too crowded, and getting too commercial so as I get older and fatter the appeal lessens more and more.

Would you like any cookie butter (just to be clear, store-bought, not home-made, and does contain wheat since it's, y'know, cookie butter)?
hells no. Nasty. *shudder*

Is there any particular piece (or pieces) of art (painting, photograph, etc) that speaks to you in some way?
Most art that I'm interested in is linked in the "art" area of my etsy favorites or on pinterest (or both.) Too many things speak to me. (I'm a weeper and I cry at the drop of a hat over sad, happy, anything.)

What kinds of things would you like from the Lilith BPAL or BPTP update (or are you joining a decant circle?)
From BPTP I am interested in hearing reviews of En Garde (I don't like rum scents, so it depends on how overpowering the rum is.) Looks like I'm doing a decant circle that will include most of the Liliths other than the BPTP ones, so I'm probably set.

Do you want to received knit or crocheted items? If so, could you describe or even link to a couple of items similar to what you would like to receive?
I'm not a fan of crocheted items unless they are amigurumi or an afghan. I do like knitted items but as I said earlier, no hats or scarves please. You can see the items I love in my Ravelry Favorites. Unfortunately there are quite a few there for inspiration, not that I want people to make for me. I'll try to go through and make some bundles of "things you can make for me" - I do have a bunch already tagged Vamp Swap for a vampire swap I'm in. I also have yarn in there that I would like to get my hands on...

What thing do you want to do (or get) but you keep putting off for one reason or another?
Go back to school, exercise, knit more, cook, go through all of my BPAL and cull the herd, etc. I've been avoiding the world and playing video games.

Would you like anything from Lush?
I always like things from Lush (except bars of soap, ha ha!) Unfortunately most of the stuff I want is expensive. I could use more Greased Lightning, I like the green solid sugar scrub. I rarely hardly ever take baths so would prefer no bath bombs or bubble bars. No massage bars either please. Or their lip balm or scrub. (I'm such a curmudgeon!) Love the dusting power and would like to try the vanilla one but also love the Silky Underwear. I have Lush stuff on my Amazon bath and beauty wish list. Oooh the Lord of Misrule is something I've wanted to try! Added to Amazon list.

Do you prefer hand-made or store-bought?
It depends on the thing and on how good the person making it is... There are some things that are just better when purchased and other things that are totally better when hand-made.

SPICY! Scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "oh, that's a bit too much black pepper for me" and 10 being "ghost pepper? scorpion pepper? I laugh at these! I love as much heat as you can throw my way!" Where are you?
I prefer things with a lot of flavor but not necessarily a lot of heat. Green tobasco sauce for example. Tangy and savory. I usually get my thai and indian food "mild" or "one star". I can probably do 50,000-100,000 on the scoville scale but I usually prefer more like 5,000-50,000.

What is your BPAL "Holy Grail"?
Well, to me "Holy Grail" means something unobtainable, so I'd have to say Formula 54 or Pumpkin King.

Analog or Digital? Or Both?
I usually buy cds and rip them if I want to add them to my ipod. Sometimes I'll buy single songs if there is a sale or something.

What scents from other perfume companies are you really wanting to have in your collection and or are just really wanting to test? Companies like NAVA, Arcana, Solstice Scents, Possets, Haus of Gloi etc.....?
All of this info is in my "SW Help" link in my signature. I do NOT like possets. I don't like most Haus of Gloi stuff because it seems like almost all of it contains either foody, fruit or floral and my favorite scents are resins, musks, spices. I like really good vanilla scents but nothing there has caught my eye. If it has, I have added it to my wish list. I have some Solstice Scents, NAVA, Mara Fox Love Potions, etc. and I really don't like most of them. I do like Arcana and I have a good amount of things on my wishlist. The number one Arcana I would like is Queen Crossbones. I love the Arcana hand cream too. I like Cocoa Pink's shampoo (especially the Princess Poo), their scrubs and their extremely huge list of vanilla type scents. And their marshmallow is glorious. I love Villainess but again I have a hard time finding something I REALLY like because of the fruit/floral aspect. I like decadence. I love the smacks and am out of my rose/vanilla layered one (2x rose, 2x vanilla bean.) I would LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE more Moonalisa items in Bohemian Velvet. I had the shower gel and it's gonnnnne. I need more!! (I still have potion lotion and I don't really like it, so please no potion lotion.) I find the Moonalisa lip balm to be too oily as well; I feel like it needs more beeswax and a heavier butter. I've had things from violette market and was meh about them.

Do you have an affinity for any specific animals?
I like most animals but I especially love bats, ravens, pit bulls, horses (especially friesians and andalusians/lusitanos) and ferrets. I've owned rats too and mine were super sweet but I don't love vermin rats or rats in general. Just pet rats. I've always wanted a pocket pig (a real one, please don't send me pig figurines or stuffed pigs because those are not my thing. I want a real actual pet pig. But not enough to encourage backyard breeding, pig mills, or fad breeding by purchasing one.) Also I would prefer not to be sent rubber bats, rats, or little feathered ravens because people have beat you to that about 500 times. ) One of my most precious possessions is a little amigurumi black and white pit bull that looks like Miss Lela, who passed away this year in July at 18 years old. I also love whales and dolphins. As for mythical creatures, I love equine ones of all sorts but especially the hippocampus.

Kitchen Needs or Wants?
Too many to list. I have a whole section on my amazon list devoted to this category. My kitchen has a skull/skeleton theme. I have bone shaped silverware, skull cookie jars and salt/pepper shakers, skeleton arm salad tongs, skull bottle stopper, skull bottle opener, skeleton apron, etc. And NMBC cookie jars, cannisters, mugs, and bowls. (I would love more NMBC bowls/plates.) I'm pretty set on coffee mugs (I have so many that I have two huge boxes packed up and stored and the rest are scattered between the upstairs and downstairs kitchen, stacked two high, and I still don't have room for them all, seriously, don't get me mugs.) Things I'd like off the top of my head are the skull themed measuring spoons and measuring cups from world market, I think those are pretty inexpensive. I also can not have too many pyrex bowls (with lids) that have bats on them. I try to buy some every halloween. Sorry, I know I answered this under decorating style too - I'm in so many swaps right now that I can't keep track of which questions I have answered in which swaps.

Makeup! Do you like it, would you want some? If so what brands do you like to wear?
I wear prescriptives brand foundation and powder. Stila eyeliner (it's the only one I've found that doesn't run or disappear, I have very oily skin.) I could use some new moisturizers but most of the ones I want are really expensive. I don't actually wear makeup that much; if I'm just going to the store I'll do my eyebrows and eyeliner. If I'm going somewhere fancy or a club, I'll do full face. Usually I don't even leave the house so I do nothing except moisturize.

Chocolate fiends ahoy! What kind of chocolate do you like? Do you like any other things in it or just plain good ole chocolate?
I like creamy dark and milk chocolate. I'm kind of a chocolate snob but I've found relatively inexpensive alternatives. I love the Vosges Naga bar (I think they've changed the name to indonesian curry and coconut or something much harder to say), Moonstruck salted caramel nut bars, most things from Fran's (especially the chocolate covered salted caramels), imported cadbury crunchies and curly whirly, Dolfin bars (flavors are on my Amazon edibles wishlist), some of the World Market brand sea salt bars (the curry and the coconut), trufflepig peanut butter truffle bars, etc. I don't like Chocolove. I'm not super crazy about Seattle's Chocolates but the San Juan Sea Salt bar is ok. I can eat the Trader Joes peanut butter & jelly bar. Rittersport with hazelnuts or almonds are ok in a pinch. Milka (if imported) is ok. Nothing from Hersheys/Nestle/etc. please. (I do stoop to eating peanut or almond M&M's occasionally. The horror!)

Would you be opposed to receiving a ton of Halloween themed items?
No, not really opposed. I buy lots of Halloween themed items and I don't ever take them down - skulls, gargoyles, tombstones, bats, ravens, purple lights, etc. As I mentioned earlier though, no black cats, spiders, ghosts, zombies, witches, orange pumpkins, etc. There are some cool dog and raven skeletons at World Market / Target, and a cute sugar skull type dog statue at Target that I am eyeing. (all inexpensive.)

Would you be interested in any special little thing I might be able to pick up from the Great Lakes Bat Festival this Saturday? Both Janell Cannon (author of Stellaluna and other kids' books) and Fiona Reid (illustrator for lots of animal field guides) will be there, so would you possibly be interested in something like an autographed copy of Stellaluna or one of Cannon's or Reid's other books? Or something from the Organization for Bat Conservation, like a shirt or other swag?
Yes to hoodie, stickers, bag. No to other apparel or swag.

What items from the Weenie update interest you, should you have to option of getting anything as a gift from your Witch??? Would you be ok with decants, or bottles?
OMG. DOOMED. EDIT: NEVER MIND, I AM DOING A DECANT CIRCLE. BUT I LEFT MY NOTES HERE SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT I LIKE/DON'T LIKE.

Heres what Im interested in. HA HA HA. Good thing these are available until after christmas? Maybe I can sell a kidney?

Samhain (of course)

Second Spring
Drifting leaves tinted in the bold reds of pomegranate and currant, the golds of amber and honey, russet myrrh, a touch of cypress-green, and crisp patchouli-brown.
(iffy on the fruits and depends on how heavy the leaves are, but amber, honey, myrrh, patchouli are all win.)

The Unquiet Grave
Frozen white roses, frankincense, white gardenia, white sandalwood, and vanilla orchid.
(iffy on the gardenia.)

Dead Leaves and Tobacco
Dead Leaves, Bourbon Vanilla, and Myrrh
Dead Leaves, Frankincense, and Copal
Dead Leaves, Honey, and Oudh
Dead Leaves, Red Musk, and Neroli
(I seriously just want to dump all of these dead leaves into the same bottle.)

Not all that crazy about apple but would like to sniff these:
Apple I
Apple with hay absolute, oats, honey, cream vanilla, and goats milk accord.

Apple III
Appalachian black apple with sweet tobacco and patchouli, orange blossom, vanilla champaca, lavender, and white honey.
(Freaking orange blossom will ruin it for me but hope springs eternal.)

Apple IV
Red apple with blackcurrant bud, black clove, and vanilla bourbon.
(I love all of these notes except apple, which I only like - not love.)

Candied Apple
Clown White
Polyester Spiderweb
(just to see what they smell like.)

A Phantasmagoria: Scene Conjuring Up an Armed Skeleton
Wig powder, amber-perfumed leather gloves, and rose petals with a sliver of oak bark and cauldron smoke.
(wig powder? everything else is a huge yes.)

A Witch Riding on a Dragon
Blackened tonka, patchouli, dragons blood resin, and scorched oak.
(depends on HOW scorched the oak is.)

Départ Pour Le Sabbat (Aufbruch Zum Hexensabbat)
Bourbon vanilla, sweet red patchouli, oudh, goats milk accord, and white honey.
(win!)

Liebeszauber
Honey, rose petals, and carnations a drop of blood red clover, cubeb berries, and vanilla cream.
(more win!)

The Magic Circle
Vanilla-infused frankincense and clary sage with 7-year aged patchouli, jasmine sambac, honey myrtle, and oudh.
(all win, except maybe the jasmine and myrtle.)

The Sorceress
An evocation incense of frankincense, styrax, lavender buds, mastic, and white sandalwood mingled with moonflower, violet absolute, tuberose, and dark musk.
(violet absolute, you would try to ruin it.)

The Witches
Pumpkin cream, honey, vanilla sugar, and smoked vanilla bean.
(depends on how overpowering the pumpkin is.)

The Witches Sabbath
Burgundy and champaca resin with immortelle, leather accord, wine-soaked red fruits, rose geranium petals, red patchouli, guttering candles, and smoke.
(yes!)

La Femme de Satan
Red musk and cacao with clove, caramelized tobacco, aged patchouli, red currant, black leather, and vanilla-infused amber.
(depends on how juicy red the currant is and how overpowering the cacao.)

La Ronde du Sabbat
Oman frankincense, black clove, and tobacco tar.
(yes!)

Pan Twardowski and the Devil
Brown leather, bay leaf, tobacco leaf, lavender, and oudh.
(yes!)

Portrait of an Unidentified Man as Mephistopheles
A debonair lavender fougere cloaked in smoky red musk, red mandarin, and oakmoss.
(yes!)

Satan Starting from the Touch of Ithuriels Spear
Golden amber, carnation, blackcurrant, aged black patchouli, red musk, and vetiver.
(hm, vetiver could kill it.)

Satan Summoning His Legions
White leather and cypress-tinged white musk with cardamom, smouldering incense, Ceylon cinnamon and white sandalwood.
(cypress might ruin it)

What's your favorite scary movie? Or movies, either way. If you don't like horror, what are your favorite movies to watch this time of year?
During the fall I usually try to watch Practical Magic, Sleepy Hollow, Nightmare Before Christmas, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Lost Boys, Sweeney Todd (who am I kidding, I watch that ALL YEAR LONG), Harry Potter movies (also all year long), Addams Family, Sean of the Dead, Corpse Bride, Coraline, Edward Scissorhands, The Crow.

I'd really like to watch the Phantom of the Opera with Gerard Butler. You know, I don't think I've ever seen Young Frankenstein. I've seen Beetlejuice once (michael keaton bothers me in that.) I should really expand my Halloween selection.

This fall I'm DVR'ing a lot of TV shows... Gotham, Doctor Who, Scream Queens, Agents of SHIELD, Minority Report, The Muppets, How to Get Away with Murder, Heroes Reborn, Ash vs The Evil Dead, Limitless, Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, American Horror Story: Hotel, The Walking Dead, The Flash, ... I'd watch The Vampire Diaries except that I missed the last season and I don't think I have enough space to DVR the whole thing and keep everything else. I still need to catch up on Gotham, The 100, and a few other shows that I gave up on. (Totally gave up on Once Upon a Time.) This is really weird for me because I don't normally watch TV at all and I prefer to marathon shows. Edit: NO MORE DVR, too expensive. so I guess I'll have to try to watch them real time or later on demand.

Blu-ray or DVD?
I don't have a blu-ray player or game system with blu-ray, so it's DVD.

Game systems - console or computer? Mac/PC? Which console?
I have a wii (but need to upgrade because it keeps freezing on netflix), an xbox 360 (rarely gets used but sometimes I use it for netflix when I can get a live subscription from some of my friends that work at Microsoft - except that it lives upstairs and I live downstairs.) Mostly PC (some of the games I play are only available on windows but I'm a UNIX girl at heart.) I prefer Skyrim and Diablo on the PC because the controls on the xbox are too wonky.

Are you dressing up for Halloween and if so do you need any accessories for if?
Don't know if I'll dress up but I'm thinking I need a Weeping Angel outfit. I have pinned how to do greyscale makeup but I'm lazy so if I did it, probably a mask. And maybe the greyscale on my hands and neck. I need wings and a grey dress/robe/thing/gown. Not that I would expect anyone to get them because I'd have to try on the dress and wings are a bit cumbersome to ship and probably expensive (or detailed in the making, or both.)

Talk to me about bags, what kinds do you like? Sizes and styles?
Don't use purses. My mom makes cool upsized bags from feed bags and sells them on etsy. She also makes felted ones. And project bags for knitting. I'm pretty set on bags. Not that I would be upset if I received more cool bags for grocery shopping (although I have like 50 of them, seriously, my other half keeps taking them out of my car because they take up the whole back seat - I have some really nice canvas-y type ones from Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Metro Market, QFC, etc. as well as the cheapo ones from trade shows with various logos.) I love drawstring project bags big enough for a decent size project and would never say no to ones with cool fabric (Princess Bride, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, etc.) I can always use decent sized backpacks or messenger bags too, I think I pinned some. I also have some bags on my Think Geek wishlist like the new black handbag of holding (I would use it for knitting supplies.)

What are your favorite fandoms and do you want to receive anything related to such?
Love Firefly, Buffy, NMBC, LOTR/Hobbit, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Grimm, Game of Thrones, Princess Bride, Zelda, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman (especially Delirium and Death, but the Endless in general - I named all of the machines on my network after them), etc. I love receiving useful things with such themes such as what I've already mentioned or things such as what I have on my pinterest, etsy and amazon wishlists. I do prefer things to be useful over merely decorative but other than that, I'm sure there are tons of things out that that I'm unaware of! It's funny, I don't wear a lot of jewelry but I do find myself wanting the "Godsend" symbol from Heroes, the "Key" from Grimm, etc. I would totally hang those in my car or wear them occasionally. I'm thinking I might just need more tattoos instead. BUT WOULD I REGRET IT LATER? I have a lot of fandom related knitting patterns and some knitting books.

Something I forgot to put in my initial answers on the application: I have been collecting charms for a "pandora" style bracelet. I have a tardis and a weeping angel. I would LOVE to receive charms related to my favorite fandoms!! And I need the bracelet part too, ha ha! (I can't seem to add JUST the bracelet to my Think Geek wishlist, which is where I got the charms.)

What are you planning to order from the Weenies update?
I'm running a circle so I will hopefully be able to smell everything before I decide what I'm ordering.

The Last Huzzah of the NY Renaissance Faire happens this weekend and I'm going! Is there anything you might want? (Besides a turkey leg, which won't ship well!)
Honey root beer and birch beer won't ship well either... (well, we have a vendor who does those at our local ren faires anyway. I always bring home a couple of bottles.) I forgot to get mead this year. I'm always up for mead!!!

Do you like comics or graphic novels? Any issues or collections you want to read?
Any that I'm interested in are on my Amazon wish list. I do prioritize things as well. Please don't get me anything that is marked LOW or LOWEST (unless you get a super good deal on it; those are there for my benefit so I can find them used someday maybe.) Off the top of my head, I would love the illustrated versions of Princess Bride and Stardust. And The Last Unicorn comics. I'm sure I have a ton of Sandman things on there too.

Do you like fanfic? Would you like a story written for you as part of your gift? What characters/fandoms/pairings etc do you like?
I'm not really into fanfic.

Would Witchees like something from IKEA? (Or any other not always accessible by everyone store?)
I have an Ikea locally but I'm always on the lookout for 9 drawer FIRA boxes. (they're discontinued, weep.) I also have a Trader Joes. The things not accessible that I'm probably most interested in are will call pick up for special will call only type stuff.

If/when you go to the mall, for which store(s) do you beeline?
I don't go to the mall unless I need something specific and then I beeline to that store... Usually only things like Torrid, Hot Topic, Sephora, Teavana, Lush, Nordstrom, Origins, B&BW, Yankee Candle.

Do you receive any subscription boxes (julep, lootcrate, ipsy, birchbox, etc.)?
No. I really kind of want the Bark Box for the dogs and the Loot Crate for me.

Do you like tarts/candles/incense? If so, what type of scents?
Yes to tarts and candles (but not tealights - I love votives, pillars, jars, etc. I think I mentioned that I could use some ritual candles as well but maybe that was another swap since I'm in three active ones right now), no to incense. Yes to wall plug ins (the refills from B&BW) and to oil burner oils.

Anything on my extensive favorite scents is good for candles/tarts - I just updated my wish list and profile so that they matched. I added dislikes to my wishlist.

For candles I don't mind fruity but I still tend to go for vanilla, spiced vanilla, buttercream, marshmallow, woody, smoky, resiny, spicy, foresty, rose, lavender, sandalwood-vanilla, sandalwood-coconut, witches brew (yankee candle) and I'd LOVE try the new halloween yankee candle scent. It was sold out online.

I do the wall plug ins from B&BW (Wall flowers?) but I only have one plug in. I could use another just plain one.

I love the electric tart burner that Tarty is selling on her site, Paintbox Soapworks.

Is there anything you wish you could have picked up from the Dragon*Con exclusives?
I joined Deek's decant circle and have not received any of my items yet, so I can't say which ones I'd want.

Is there a GC you've been dying to try but haven't got around to yet?
Well there aren't a whole lot I haven't received an imp of at one time or another, but I would like a bottle of Goblin (it's out of stock right now.) There are quite a few I'd like to have decants or imps of, those are on my wishlist (see signature.)

The questionnaire asked about gold & silver jewelry, but how do you feel about copper jewelry? Do you like colorful jewelry, or do you prefer to keep it neutral?
No copper or bronze or anything other than stainless steel or sterling silver. I've tried colored titanium jewelry and those made me break out and the color flaked off, so either they weren't really titanium (just painted) or I'm allergic to that too. I have a lot of jewelry type things on my etsy jewelry category so you can get an idea of what I like but honestly I almost never wear jewelry. I really need some new stud earrings but they really need long posts because my stupid lobes are so thick.

We asked about decorating style, but are you interested in receiving decorations for your home? Are you interested in things that go on the wall or things that go on shelves?
I love gargoyles/grotesques (that hang on walls) and wall sconces but I don't need any knick knacks. Super cool magnets would be ok. Huge throw pillows (I use them as lap desks), lap blankets. I do have a huge selection of things for the Home on my Amazon wishlist (one of the ones on the side called Furniture and Home. There are a ton of halloween decor type things on there that I would like of like that are knick knacks. ha!)

Office supplies hound? Pens, pencils, journals, any preference, or favorites?
I can't write very well so I prefer not to receive any type of journal or writing implements please.

Talk to me about socks! Is there anything, dear, dear Witchee, that I can get for you from Sock Dreams? Anything from another place?
meh. I think I talked about this in the previous question about fun or plain socks. I have huge feet, muscular calves, and fat thighs so I feel like a lot of stuff never fits. I'll go look at Sock Dreams and if there is anything that catches my eye I'll use the universal amazon wishlist deal and they will be saved to my "wearables" list. I wouldn't mind receiving hand knitted socks - my measurements are all linked to my ravelry profile.

I live near a huuuuge candy store. What kind of candy do you like? Gummies? Caramel? Chocolate? Sour? Sugar-free?
Most of the candy type things I'm interested in are either pinned to my Pinterest (Eat Me board) or on my Amazon wishlist (Edibles section.) edit: and on my etsy food favorites.

How do you feel about animal products? Not so much animal toys or food, but more like furs, paws, bones, etc.
I kind of have mixed feelings about this as we have raised animals for food and we try to use all of the parts if possible (rabbits, chickens, turkeys, steers, goats.) I own fur (inherited), leather jackets, belts, shoes, etc. I have a huge bag of buckskin that is from my grandfather. It's super buttery soft and I need to figure out what to make with it. It's mostly scraps but maybe enough for shoes/gloves/hat (although not really what I'd want to make.)

How do you feel about "toys" - stuffed animals and the like?
I like amigurumi (crocheted toys) or small knitted toys but in reality I don't have much room for anything like that and it's possible that they would be eviscerated if my dogs got a hold of them while I was not looking.

Did you see the eclipse last night? How do you feel about astrological events, like eclipses? Any interest in the Blood Moon Eclipse scent from BPAL?
I saw bits of it but didn't sit outside and watch the whole thing. I kept checking on it though. Shared some photos from my family and friends on facebook. My other half, R, goes back to California tomorrow after being home for a week and my brother's birthday is going to happen while R is out of town (R will be gone until November) so we took brother out for birthday dinner.

Love astrological events and how it's easier to keep track of them through BPAL...

Someone might have already ordered the Blood Moon scent since she had some PayPal balance from selling other BPAL. Thinkingshe might order the lunacy too after seeing reviews on how awesome it was.

Witchee's, how tall are you? And perhaps, what's your arm span (from wrist to wrist)?
Um, I'm about 5'6" and arm span is approximately 57" if I'm measuring it myself like I would for a shawl. (I like my shawls and wraps much longer than that if this pertains at all.)

How do you feel about the 4 elements? Or are you more of an Asian 5 elements person? Do you feel strongly about any of the elements, like a connection or a preference?
Um, I'm not really into the elements per se? My zodiac sign, Virgo, is earth. I'm a Metal Dog on the lunar zodiac calendar (Autumn and night time are definitely mine, I match up pretty well there. People describe me as "hypervigilant". But I also meet a lot of the virgo things.) I've never felt super close to earth, more to water. And the animals I like best were supposed created by Poseidon (horses! hippocampus!)

How do you feel about bento boxes? Is it something you would use if you were to get one?
No thank you!

Scarves, shawls or cowls? Mittens, gloves, fingerless mitts or wristlets?
No scarves or cowls please. I don't like triangular shaped shawls - I like long skinny crescent or boomerang shawlettes, circular shawls or wraps/stoles. No mittens or gloves. I wear fingerless mitts. I have all kinds of things in a "make for me" bundle under my ravelry favorites.

how do you feel about online classes? Like, say, craftsy or creativebug? Or even lynda.com?
I don't really like online classes, sorry! Too much back and tail bone pain!

What do we want from Paintbox Soapworks? (or their etsy site.)
Pretty much the only thing I would want are the sorbettos and/or tarts -- unless she gets more of the heavy goat milk body cream in a jar in lavender honey. (No slip, that doesn't work for my skin.) Oh, and the tart warmer. I will say that I have am NOT short on scrubs - I have about 10+ in my closet to still use, and a have a few boxes of tarts, so these are super NOT a priority.

Would like to try scents of tarts/sorbettos in:
- Afternoons + Eiderdowns
- Candyfloss
- The Englishman
- Halcyon
- Libby and Lavender
- Smoky Jack
- Whiskers

If I were to make you some art, would you prefer a frame that hangs or one that sits? And what color/style would you prefer?
I don't have any room for anything that sits so hang it is! I like black or silver frames. Not sure about style, usually boring. *wink*

How do you feel about gourmet marshmallows?
Meh. I'm not a huge fan of marshmallows except for the scent in Cocoa Pink stuff. *wink* I don't mind them on drinking chocolate or in smores but I prefer the vegan style. Although "fudge" made with the marshmallow creme is pretty good.

Are you a slatherer or a dabber?
depends on the scent. I would say more in between.

Talk to me, dear witchies, about tea. I know we've covered this a little, but I really need the nitty gritty here- not just companies you like and don't like (Teavana? Adagio? David's? Some tiny place?) but I also want to know the other stuff: top 3 flavors, loose or bagged, the kinds of tea accessories you use- or have always wanted. Be specific. Provide links if necessary.
I have already said that I prefer loose leaf tea as that is generally higher quality. I listed companies I like/don't like.

Prefer stainless steel, glass or ceramic over plastic accessories. I'm trying to do away with any plastic things I have that are food making or storage related. I don't like "tea ball" infusers, I prefer this kind. I also have an ingenuitea (but ugh plastic) and a glass pot with a plastic infuser (which I never use the infuser part of, because plastic.) The glass pot is great for "blooming" tea though. I have a Tardis (chrome colored) teapot and metal infuser but they are brand new, purchased during a huge sale, and I might gift them to someone else in a swap at some point. Never opened, sitting in my storage area. I would love a cast iron pot but I worry about the quality of the ones from World Market since they have a big warning that you are not supposed to actually use them on a burner or get them hot (maybe the paint quality is really bad?)

The top three blends I would like to try are all on my Amazon edibles wishlist - Whittards 1886 blend (and a few other Whittard blends, all available from Annies Tea Time in California), Butterscotch from Mariage Freres, and anything on my list from Damman Freres (unfortunately I don't know where you can get Mariage or Damman in the US anymore. The Tea Cup here in Seattle used to carry them before going out of business.)

Villainess is putting out brand new stuff for the first time in a while (as opposed to bringing back former lines). Sooo.... who wants it?
Way ahead of you. I already added to my Pinterest.

How does everyone feel about duct tape crafts? Any favorite patterns?
No thank you!

Are there any flowers you especially like?
Mostly extremely fragrant flowers. Roses (especially blue and black ones. Grandiflora, floribunda, rugosa, whatever. Love Potion, Sterling Silver, Taboo, Purple Tiger, etc. The more fragrant the better. I had over 50 bushes before I moved.) Stargazer Lilies. Lavender (I used to have 11 varieties before I moved.) Chocolate cosmos is fun. Scented geraniums. Gardenias except it isn't humid enough here so mine never bloom. Jasmine of all sorts. I have mostly herbs and things for bees/butterflies in my little tiny container garden - Bee balm, salvia, many varieties of mint, sage, basil, oregano, lavender, thyme, lemon verbena, etc.

Would you be interested in any cozies or cases (yarn o fabric, not hard cases) for tech stuff (phone, laptop' etc) or for cups/mugs/bottles or anything else similar.
No thank you, I've already made all of the ones I need.

Would you like Halloween or Day of the Dead themed ornaments or a "bunting"?
No buntings or ornaments. I don't have room for knick knacks or hanging banners/bunting/ornaments. I do like day of the dead themed things as you can probably tell by my Pinterest (I KNOW, they're in my Halloween group, but it's named that because of NMBC! I know they're not Halloween stuffs! *hangs head*)

Are there witchees who would like book related gifts like a booklight, bookmark, bookseat or something for your reading gadget,like a cover or a light for example.
Please no bookmarks. I don't use them and I keep getting them gifted to me. I seriously have a box of bookmarks (metal, laminated, paper, with yarn, ribbons, beads, etc.) I mostly use my ipad for reading these days. So I don't need a light or anything. (I have a huge ott lamp right above my couch area that I use to knit so if I'm reading a hard copy book, I just use that.)

I make handmade journals, mini albums and similar items. Would my witchee be interested in something like that?
I think I already mentioned that I do not want any journals or paper items or recipe cards or notebooks or pens or pencils or ... sorry! can't write! sucks!

What songs/music/artists/CD's do you like to listen to around Halloween?
It doesn't really ever change for me. I'm lucky if I ever change the cd in my car since I don't carry my huge book with me. Sometimes I remember. Usually not. In which case it's radio or sometimes I'll plug my phone in. But I lost my itunes hdd and haven't bothered trying to recover it yet (I'm thinking maybe it was the computer that died - system board - and not the hdd but I'm just too unmotivated to look into it. I haven't even bothered hooked up my new printer that has been sitting here in a box for months. So, um, long story short, I haven't loaded any new music on my phone in ages either. And I'm too lazy to bring my ipod unless I'm going on a long trip although nowadays I'll just listen to an audio book on audible.

Are you interested in leg warmers at all?
No.
Is your Halloween style scary, cutesy, folksy, grotesque . . .?
Sugar skulls, skulls, skeletons, bats, gravestones, gargoyles/grotesques. But this is normal for all year, it isn't halloween specific... We carve pumpkins. I have an actual coffin out in the shed that sometimes we use for decor in the front yard but the past 5-6 years we haven't done anything. So I would say more Gothy. Definitely not folksy. I'm all black, silver, purple or red. None of this orange/brown autumn crap. *wink* But not really cutesy or scary. I mean, I like cutesy cthulhu stuff (pink! stuffed!) but other people might consider that sinister.

I bought the Portal board game last week & it came with a Portal 2 steam free download code. I already have the game on another console & it's one of my favorite series of all time. Soooo, would you want it?
I have not played Portal. Would it work as a steam download for my PC? I think the only steam game I currently play is Skyrim. But I would be interested in trying it!

Have you read The Martian? Or do you plan on watching the movie?
Other half is out of town so no movies for me in theatre. Maybe we will see if when he is back but most likely will wait until available on redbox and I have a free rental code. Not really my type of book to read either.

NaNo: Pertaining to that, how does everyone feel about such things? Will anyone be participating? How about NaNo swag, is there any you want?
No thanks, I loathe writing. I do like reading though!

Honey or beeswax products? Discuss.
As a beekeeper I love honey! But I am sincerely grossed out by overly processed and contaminated honey that is sold in grocery stores and will only get honey directly from beekeepers. (Honey is one of those things that the FDA doesn't regulate or test and there is a lot of it dumped on our market by other countries because the other country won't allow it to be sold there because of all the poison and chemicals in it! Seriously! Scary shit!) I don't currently have bees; I need to order a queen and drones. But I have the suit and hives and etc. My parents usually have bees on their property and receive honey and honeycomb in exchange. I love ethically sourced beeswax, again preferably directly from the beekeepers.

How do you feel about bumper stickers and car magnets? What do you like--cute, pretty, snarky, geeky/fandomy?
I have some on both my Amazon and my etsy lists. Would love some Firefly ones! I like fridge magnets too. I'm more snarky geeky fandomy.

Do you have any phobia's that your Witch should be aware of?
Not especially. acrylic yarn? walmart? lack of coffee?

Trading Post Weenies are live! Anything calling to you?
I love the skull mug and am lusting over the Goodbye perfume (with the spirit board) and wouldn't say no to the Yes perfume either. But so expensive. I'd kind of like to try the Dead Leaves, Patch, Warm Musk, Honey HG but I'm afraid of the dead leaves note. I'm thinking that October room spray would be nice once in a while, but maybe not nice enough to get a whole bottle of.

Speaking of nail things, it that time of year and I am doing my jamberry order, Would you want some Lovely Jamberry's for your nails?
I only paint my toenails, so no thank you. The only thing I would put on my fingernails would be strengthener, which I do need.

Do you like or want to try Marmite?
Isn't that a large squirrel??? (oh, no, wait, that's Marmot!) No thanks, I'm good. I think I can get marmite here at World Market if I so desire.

Some folks have already said they do not want used nail polish. If you haven't already chimed in about that... would you be interested in a bottle of BPTP claw polish (in this case, either Event Horizon or Baku) that has been used for one manicure?
I have already purchased all of the BPTP polishes I wanted, I think the same day they came out.

Are there any DISCONTINUED (not LE) BPAL oils that you wish you had, or had a little more of?
Bitch, Grr, and I never got to try Ugh. And of course Loviatar, Black Opal, Antique Lace, De Sade, Blood Countess, March Hare, Yvaine, Fairy Market (the Stardust perfumes were my first purchase in 2007.) Maybe an imp of Tintagel.

Is there anything fairly basic that you're always running out of and need to buy more of?
I go through the new iphone/ipad cables pretty fast but I get them at Frys for $5 or so. Lighters/matches for candles. (I used to collect matchbooks. I wonder what happened to them all? Probably out in my shed.) Lip balm (but I'm pretty picky on balm and try to get all natural/organic stuffs.)

Anything interest you from the recent Blooddrop update?
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Vanilla Marshmallow Sugar Bar
Goodnight Pumpkin Sugar Bar

And these sound good too (but I definitely don't need more perfume):
Ankou - Dry amber, black musk, soft Autumn spices, Somalian myrrh, labdanum, Bourbon vanilla, and lavender.
Elegy - Ceremonial musk, Indian sandalwood, Somalian myrrh, sweetened clove, tea rose, vanilla, and American lavender.
Misfortune - Vanilla tea darkened with anise.
Pumpkin Musk - Rich pumpkin spices, amber, a blend of black musks, wood notes, myrrh, patchouli, and sweet clementine.
Santa Meurte - A beautiful, deep fragrance of warm, red musk, deep labdanum, tobacco, marigold, ginger, sweet davana, and the reddest blood red rose.

How to you feel about foreign spices/flavorings?
I love them! I would like to cook more thai, indian, greek, etc. So far I've only done Indian and it's pretty easy (and to be honest, we have a lot of international markets and indian specific groceries around so finding spices isn't very tough.) I love different gourmet sugars and salts as well. I need a mortar and pestle for all of my whole spices - I know I have one somewhere but it's packed out in one of the three sheds with the majority of my belongings so kind of in limbo.

Dearest Witchee, can I get you anything from Shiro Cosmetics? I'm going to place an order soon and perhaps you are interested in some of their goodies? https://shirocosmetics.com (https://shirocosmetics.com)
I don't wear a lot of cosmetics unless we're going out but I added some to my pinterest.

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Switch Witch Fall 2014 Q&A

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?!? I like white pumpkins but otherwise I am not very pumpkin oriented. I do love me some pumpkin brulee from Teavana but I haz some and I get a discount. Not all pumpkin teas do it for me, and I'm more of a salted caramel latte girl over pumpkin spice latte anyday.   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). YES PLEASE. I love dill pickles and garlic! And salsa! and pumpkin bread! and zucchini bread! I don't like walnuts though. Please no bread with walnuts.   3. Trading Post wants? Yes, yes, I have those. I think I have put them in my wishlist (see signature) but I also have a wishlist on the trading post.   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. I don't like "My Lip Stuff". Ummmm retail brands I'm not sure of enough of them to list what I don't like. I apologize for being super picky but I try to stick to organic type things so I do most of my shopping locally at the co-op or whole foods.   5. How about y'alls coffee and tea preferences? I think I have covered this in other places but please no coffee since I don't make it at home (except in my verismo and very rarely in a french press) unless it's super special that I must make in my french press RIGHT NAO. I love loose leaf top shelf tea - I do mostly black and I love flavored. Occasionally I find an herbal that I love (like the Aveda "tea" -- and the Yogi "Egyptian Licorice Mint" is less expensive and pretty much the same thing except not loose leaf, so I do that one too but I'm usually too cheap to buy it!) I have tons of tea on my Amazon wish list under edibles. I especially love french tea (Mariage Frères and Dammann Frères.) Someone sent me some of the MF "butterscotch" tea and I've been hoarding it ever since. They also sent me some black tea flavored with anise (from Germany) and I'm hoarding that too.   6. Do you cook? Would kitchen accessories make you happy? I don't get to cook that often (except for the dogs, they are fed raw so I have to "cook" for them every day.) But I do have a ton of kitchen accessories on my amazon wishlist under housewares or something.   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? I do like creative endeavors but my wall space is at a premium. I'm kind of meh on stories and poems just because of time constraints.   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? I love to read books about the Matter of Britain (arthurian mostly with some holy grail stuffs thrown in - mostly fiction.) I've always loved Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and England. Don't know why, I've never been there. But I also really love celtic knots, especially ravens and epona. And weasels.   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)? I have to admit that I would totally love more photos or paintings of Jake and/or Lela. Jake passed away on May 31st at 12.5 years old. Miss Lela is 16-17 or older (no idea how old exactly since I rescued her as an adult, but she came with vet records dating back to at least 1998) and still going strong although her face is more white than black now.   10. What do you find yourself doing for fun in your free time? What are your main hobbies and interests? I usually read for fun. Or knit while watching tv/movies with the other half (I only watch tv if I'm watching it with him.) If I had a horse, I'd go horseback riding but sadly I do not. I wish I had time to take the new pibble to agility. I'm a fairly solitary person and being an introvert, I need a lot of down time.   11. Table-top gaming? If yes, what kind, edition, etc? Gaming accessories you long for? Haven't done that for years. No time or energy.   12. DVD movies or games that you wish would magically appear in your hands? Can they be used, through Amazon? There are some games I am interested in - the remake of Gabriel Knight (20th anniversary? egads I am old!) and some other GOG.com games that are ancient but have been converted to run easily with DOSbox. (I can do it myself but I am lazy!) (I broke down and bought the Gabriel Knight remake.)   13. What kind of snacks or candy from other countries/states would you like to try? I'm sure there are things from Australia that I haven't tried. Interesting flavors of Tim Tams for example. I love weird flavors of Kit Kats from Japan but no more green tea ones, I can get those here. And I've had chocolate and caramel Tim Tams and don't need more of those. I really love Canon's Sweet Hots (mild/medium) but I can't find them locally. I would eat those on hot dogs and hamburgers because SO GOOD.   14. Do you have a favorite internet meme, character or pop culture fandom? I collect NMBC cookie jars... Nothing else springs to mind. I don't really need ALL the NMBC things (because there are SO.MANY) but when I go to Disneyland I am guilty of shopping in the NMBC shop for sweatshirts, pajamas, bowls, cups, etc. I have salt & pepper shakers and the "nightshade" jar but I missed out on the other kitchen jars like Wormwood. I like functional things.   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. Yes, it is linked to the SW social media spreadsheet in my signature.   16. Anybody interested in something from RCCC, whether it's con-exclusive merch or from a particularexhibitor or artist? Not without seeing what they have... but I am a geek so it could be a lot of things.   17. How important to you is regular contact / chatter with your witch? I love hearing from my witch!   18. Do you like puzzles/riddles/treasure hunts and that sort of thing? When I have the time! I used to go geocaching a lot.   19. If you were to receive music, would you want a physical CD or digital versions? Either. I have both a CD player and ipod dock in my car.   20. What’s a current problem/annoyance you have that could be remedied but you haven’t had time to address it? Finding a new job? Getting my health insurance figured out?   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… Something to hang in my car would probably be better (although I already have a bunch of hanging things in my car. An Ankh, a wire wrapped amethyst pendant to ward off stupid people, a jolly roger air freshener...) I can't carry things at work (except for my chap stick, I would die of chapped lips without it!) and I don't carry a purse. I have a small wallet that I put in my pocket.   22. Are you superstitious about anything? Any things you can't have in your house for that reason--bad associations? Not especially.   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 vegetarian or vegan but I do try to avoid GMOs, corn syrup, unnecessary food coloring and dyes, nitrates (BUT SO GOOD), MSG, etc.   24. Ok, so we've covered pumpkin. How do you feel about the other fall classic – apples? I flove honey crisps but otherwise am meh on apples. My mom usually gets honey crisps and dries them for us.   25. Do you have any fabric or skin-contact aversions? Yes, I break out in a rash from many types of metals (except surgical steel and silver) and sometimes perfumes. This can happen with yarn that is next to my skin too so I try to stick to merino silk or merino silk cashmere for skin closeness.   26. How do you feel about Christmas/Yule ornaments? I would love NMBC, unicorn, gargoyle, pibble, or equine type ornaments. I have a blue/purple/silver theme.   27. How do you feel about Hello Kitty, and Hello Kitty accessories (including mugs, cups, etc)? No thanks!   28. If you had a week free where you could learn anything, with no financial restrictions, what would you want to study? Sleep. From behind closed eyelids. Um, seriously though, I'm not sure. Maybe veterinary. Maybe computer networking. If I could go to the UK and study some cool history or to Egypt, I'd be down with that too.   29. Do you enjoy poetry? Who are your favorite poets and what type of subject matter do you like? Not super big into poetry.   30. Would you enjoy receiving something related to a favorite Disney character? NMBC! Jack and Zero are my favorites.   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 am not sure what stationery this is referring to, but I can't write well or very much because my hands are usually swollen up or not working properly, so pencils/pens/stationery is out.   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!" I don't like to ask for specific things, y'know? I think that my wishlists are rather extensive already and should give a good picture of the kinds of things I like.   33. Go to your music source of choice - on random or shuffle setting if possible - & share with us the 10 most recent songs/artists. 1. Abney Park - Breathe 2. Emilie Autumn - The Art of Suicide 3. Depeche Mode - Precious 4. The Cure - Lullaby 5. Muse - Super Massive Black Hole 6. Nightwish - Nemo 7. Information Society - Land of the Blind 8. Tori Amos - Crucify 9. Echo And The Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar 10. AFI - Miss Murder   34. Tarot cards, rune stones and/or other divination tools yay or nay? Rune stones are cool. My son stole mine I think. I have some cool Vampire tarot cards from Yewberry, one of my precious Witches.   35. Do you have a Celeb crush? or someone who you just can't get enough of....other than your SO My SO *IS* a Celeb, so doesn't that count? I generally like people in particular movies or settings and not all across the board. Jamie Campbell Bower is pretty cute though. Way too young for me! But he can sing too! (I'm weird, I probably only like him because he was in Sweeney Todd. I like Johnny Depp too, but mostly in Tim Burton things. I was totally in love with Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge.)   36. Glitter? are you okay with it, or hate it like the plague? It's the herpes of the craft world! Keep it away!   37. If there was another time period other than now that described your style/aesthetics, what would it be? Some time when castles and velvets/silks were all the rage. Except I wouldn't want to have to wear a dress and a corset ALL the time.   38. If you had to pick one or two quotes to live by, what would it be and why? “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind!” (There is some controversy about where this phrase originated.) Winter is Coming.   39. Do you prefer physical books? CD books? eBooks? If eBooks do you have preferred format, kindle/nook/kobo/PDF/ePub/ect? eAudio? I like both physical and kindle (mobi) or if necessary, epub. Lately I've been getting OMG MUST HAVE books in both physical AND kindle. That way my first edition pristine signed books stay nice.   40. Smut! Yes or no? If yes, what kink, er, kind? Sure. BDSM. Ponyplay.   41. Ebooks! Yes or no? Yes, prefer mobi or epub.   42. If you were to get a custom bottle from House of Gloi made for you what notes would create your perfect blend? I would have to go look. I have looked before but have never been inspired to actually purchase.   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? Jakey Jake? Miss Lela? I really like some of the pit bull art with an inspirational quote on Etsy but they are like a bajillion dollars. It would be cool to have photos of my own dogs with quotes. And of course I can't find those pieces of artwork now that I go look but I managed to add a bunch of other pibble stuff to my list. *facepalm*   44. What is your favorite Halloween animal or other symbol/decoration? Bats, ravens, gargoyles, skulls...   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'm not super into makeup (although my other half is) but I am always looking for true waterproof black eyeliner (liquid or stick) -- right now I'm using Kat Von D's INK but it still manages to smudge. I've tried the Stila smudgeproof too but it also smudges. I have really oily skin.   46. How do you feel about profanity and off-color humor? I drop the f bomb constantly.   47. I make hairsticks...would you like/use them? I don't have the slightest idea of how. My head has been shaved on the lower half (back/sides) the majority of my life (longer/blended/asymetrical on the top and teased/spiked a lot. Think Robert Smith-ish.) It's grown out since the fall and I haven't shaved it back off only because I have a bunch of hair gloss and I like sniffing my hair. I suppose I could shave it all off except a long tail and just do hair gloss on that....   48. Does anyone here LARP? If so, what kind of LARP? And what kind of character do you play? No. I used to play RPG's and we were around and playing when Vampire: The Masquerade first started up with the Camarilla. But I has no time and I'm not that social. One of my BFF's plays every Saturday. I wish I had that kind of social energy.   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. I would not like these things.   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? Yes! I like normal-ish flavors. Blackberry, strawberry.. I'm not big on blueberry jam although I like blueberries in general (especially in baking.) I do better with lists instead of having to come up with things (haven't had any coffee yet.)     51. Nail polish! Meaganola kinda covered this above, but I want to ask a little more in depth. 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 don't wear nail polish, although my other half does. I do wear polish on my toe nails and I really need a nail strengthener for my nails - the sanitizer water at work KILLS my hands and nails. And we're constantly wiping things down with sanitized cloths so my skin is covered with that crap all day.   52. I make little monster plushes, from felt and yarn and buttons. How do you feel about getting a special Halloween plushie? I have a lot of little plushies and while I like them, I really don't have any room to put such things and they are in danger of monkeys killing and eviserating them. But I would probably still take one.   53. I'm in Japan, anything specific you might want from the land of the rising sun? I think I answered this in another swap recently but I'm too lazy to go find my answer right now. I'm good on green tea kit kats since our local asian store carries them often. I can't think of anything, I would need examples since I don't know what is available.   54. Are there any GC scents that you know you love, but for whatever reason, keep putting off buying bottles of? I actually keep a list on my spreadsheet (under tab named "future orders") in case I need a couple of things to round up my order for free shipping. It contains Mr. Prenderghast, Crowley, Aziraphale, Marquis de Carabas, Rat Speakers, The Buggre Alle This Bible, Thieves' Rosin, Rogue, Black Rose, The Ifrit (Gaiman - American Gods) and more Snake Oil.   55. I know not everyone likes Lush products, but if you do, which Lush items would you like to get from your Witch? I have some on my Amazon bath & body stuff wishlist. I am very sad I missed out on the Rose Jam shower gel. I use the Twilight shower gel too but am running out. Unfortunately those are LE things and no longer available. I could use more Silky Underwear. No bath bombs or bubble bars please, I rarely get to take a bath. We have plumbing issues so our shower drains really slowly and gets nasty super quick, so I have to clean the bathrub REALLY well before I will immerse my body in that thing. Showers are different, I only have to clean the bottom of the tub where my feet touch. I like honey scents so I wouldn't be adverse to "It's Raining Men" but I think I have tried a sample and wasn't all OMG MUST HAVE NAO about it. I just bought more Flying Fox so I'm good there. I'll have to go look... but I have tons of Lush stores around me so I can get what I want other than I'm usually broke.   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. I can usually get away with enough notice. I know the other half wants to go to Las Vegas for SEMA (first week of November) and I have people to stay with in Las Vegas, so that could be fun. I love going to Disneyland in October when the NMBC decor is up.   This is super awesome and generous! I'll go look at the SWA site when I am done with birthday shenanigans so it might not be until next week - too much stuffs to do today.   57. If you are ok with receiving t-shirts, what size are you, do you prefer tissue tees, normal crew tees, babydoll etc? My thyroid died in the last year (I personally think I've had thyroid issues my whole life but it was finally bad enough that they started medicating me this spring) so I have gained a TON of weight and really am not interested in t-shirts at this time. Except for the Everyday is Halloween shirt from BPTP. Babydoll, largest possible size.   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? I have a wishlist linked under SW Help in my sig. It needs to be updated, sorry. I will try to get around to updating it.     59. Zombies, yes or no? I like watching The Walking Dead but otherwise I am probably a no to zombies.   60. Would you like arm warmers/fingerless gloves? If so, what length? just beyond the wrist, almost to the elbow, full sleeves? I like wrist warmers but I'm a knitter so I have a bunch, and I'm really picky about the yarn used. I like them to be very long over my fingers and then come down about 4-5" past my wrist.   61. Do you feel a particular affinity for a specific animal/s? Like besides pitbulls and horses? Ferrets, ravens, bats, rats, dolphins.   62. Anyone have any Paintbox Soapworks loves? Yep. They have their own section on my etsy favorites.   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 home! I don't answer the door - none of our friends or people we actually know would ever knock on our front door, ever. (They just come straight into the house, most of them have keys. And they don't use the front door. Of course they have to be able to get past the monkey first, who will literally take them out if he doesn't know them. Sometimes even if he does know them; accidents have happened involving foreheads colliding and the human always ends up the worse for wear. The dog is never phazed. Hint: never bend down to pet a Sonic Death Monkey as he is leaping up to kiss you.) So I would probably be annoyed if someone knocked on my front door and it wasn't FedEx or the mailman. I have the UPS guy, Jeremy, trained to bring things to the back door. He is able to ellude the monkey.   64. Do you have a ravelry account? Tell me about your yarn obsessions. Yes, yes I do. I'm misstwilight. I believe it says that in my profile. I am mostly obsessed with indie yarn, especially Tri'Coterie but good luck getting anything directly from them. You might be able to find something in a destash. I also have a large amount of Fresh From the Cauldron on my etsy wishlist. I'm really into semi-solids and gradients right now. Twisted Fiber Arts is another great store, I've been wanted le Cirque and Phantasm for a goodly amount of time. They are really expensive though so I wouldn't expect my Witch to buy such things. $25 is kind of the low end. Malabrigo OTOH is relatively inexpensive and I love it as well. There is a bunch on my Loopy Ewe wishlist which is linked from SW Help. I'd even be up for trying some skeins of Dishie from Knit Picks (I seem to make a lot of dishclothes for BPAL and other swaps) or some of their other yarn for making blankets or toys.   65. Ok, is my witchee as obsessed with sock dreams as I am? Nope. I rarely find anything on their website that I want and their plus size stuff is really limited.   66. Knitted items like scarves, shawls, dishclothes....yay or nay? Favorite fibers? Favorite colors? No scarves please. I'm good with shawls or shawlettes but I prefer long and curved, no traditional triangle shapes. Fav fibers are Merino Cashmere Silk, Merino Silk, Merino, Silk... I like Merino Tencel too. I'm kind of meh on just MCN or cashmere lately. Favorite colors are black, purple, and blurple.   67. Is your Amazon WL up-to-date? yes.   68. If you were to receive handmade caramels, would it matter if they were made with raw cream (unpasteurized)? Nope. ALL THE CARAMELS.   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 don't burn incense - not because I don't like it, but because I don't want my dogs to have to breathe it and also because my other half is allergic.   70. I know we already had a question about needed kitchen accessories, but what about spices? I can always use fun salts and spices!   71. Would you like handmade stationary or cards? How about a quill pen? I think this was covered already. My right arm (and I'm right handed) is in various states of completely useless numb to pins & needles and problems holding things. I can't write well and wouldn't use stationary or cards.   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? I like mild peppers like jalapenos and chipolte tobasco sauce. I'm not sure where that is on the heat tolerance scale but I'm not into spicy things other than when I have mexican food. Sometimes I like tobasco with my ketchup for grilled cheese or fries.   73. What is your favorite type of Halloween candy? The magical kind that will taste AWESOME and make me lose weight! No? Hm. I actually try to avoid most "grocery store" chocolate but I would still eat kit kats, 100 grand bars, peanut butter cups, etc. I bought some caramel apple milky ways just to see what they tasted like, but I'll be sending the majority of them out in swap packages.   74. Do you need or want any cosy footwear, like fluffy slippers, or slipper socks etc? I could use some more pajama socks I guess; I can't seem to find mine since the other half cleaned the laundry room...   75. What do you most look forward to each Fall? cooler weather! We always go to the corn mazes and get pumpkins. kettle corn! pumpkin sling shot! whee!   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? I have an iphone 3... but it stopped charging today so I might have an iphone 6 soon... yes, I'd love a case! Doctor Who or Game of Thrones or NMBC!   77. Are there any beauty accessories you need or would like? For example make-up brushes, facial brushes or eyelash curlers. A really good pair of tweezers with scissor type handles. Ones that actually can grasp a very fine hair.   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? I'm good with whatever!   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? Unless you're buying men's sizes, don't bother! I've gained so much weight. pout. Last time I bought pj/running pants, I had to go to the men's section because the women's weren't large enough.   80. Do you like M&Ms? In small quantities. I like the peanut ones more which is weird because I don't usually like peanuts themselves. Although I do like peanut butter with honey. So .... YMMV.   81. How about wax melts? Yes!   82. Would you like a subscription for Spotify? Meh?   83. What scents from the Lillith update would you like to try? Too many!!!   84. Would you be interested in receiving a box of sugar cube skulls? I actually have some but I wouldn't say no to more! I think they are on one of my etsy wish lists.   85. Skin care routine? Fave cleanser? Toner? Moisturizer? What about body lotions? Any particular brand or scent? Lip balms? Yay or nay? I was told to only use cetaphil as a cleanser, so that's what I'm using. It's mostly worked, my skin has stopped being all red and breaking out. I've been using various Kiss My Face moisturizers (lavender, honey, patchouli.) I really like the Bobby Brown moisturizers but I can't afford them. I don't currently have a toner but something for oily skin would be nice. I've used the Lush "Greased Lightning" for spot breakouts and it works nicely. I like Prescriptives things - moisturizer and makeup - but I think they're online only these days. I love lip balm but I'm picky about the texture. Haunt is awesome and I have some Better Botanicals on my Amazon wish list. I usually buy my lip balm locally at Whole Foods or the local co-op but Burt's Bees is a little too hard and not buttery enough.   86. Is there anything you would like from Salem MA (mugs, keychains, postcards, etc.or witchy supplies like incense, candles, books)? I always love candles (although I have a HUGE trunk full...) No mugs please, I have about 50000000 mugs. Don't need any keychains. Postcards are always fun!   87. Would you be interested in any of the items in LisaNut's etsy shop? They're all cute but not really my style or colors.   88. Spiders (as in cute knit kind) yes or no? Prefer not.   89. Pillows (the mostly decorative type)? Yes, I always use a "lap pillow" and could use a new one. I love bat pillows and I think I have pillows on my etsy list -- ones with ravens or game of thrones things.   90. Any kind of bags - big, small, medium, purse, grocery, etc? I would never say no to cool project bags, grocery bags, lunch bags, etc. My mom does upcycled grocery bags from dog/cat food and feed, I'm always stealing those.   91. Is there anything special coming up in your life? Not really.   92. Which one scent would you want from each of the following updates: Metamorphosis, Lilith and GC? Metamorphosis: Little Metalmark Lilith: (Not so) Penitent (Mini) Magdalene, Amicitia, or Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha GC: Black Rose   93. Are you interested in anything from NYCC? Yes, but I have a fairy.   94. Would something from the Tokyo Game Show (e.g. postcards, fans) possibly interest you? The what?   95. Would you enjoy any of these couple rings? Or anything from the same store's Halloween collection? I like some of the things but I don't wear a lot of jewelry. Charms that I could use in my knitting would be fun. Some sari wraps would be cool but not orange!! I have some cool couples rings on my etsy wishlists but they are different than this website.   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? cocktails, glassware, sample bottles yes yes yes. gadgetry, sure if it's really cool. books would be ok.   97. Would you like some chai, lemon, rose water or other flavored sugar cubes? chai! rose! yum!   98. Jamberry nail wraps? No, I don't do nail art or paint my nails. My nails are ruined.   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? Probably one of the pet remembrance journals from my amazon wish list.   100. Are there five things under $25 at Birchbox you would like? 1. Royal Rose simple syrup in Rose or Cardamom Clove 2. Kusmi Tea Paris - Sweet Love 3. Kusmi Tea Paris - Prince Vladimir 4. Kusmi Tea Paris - Be Cool 5. Løv Organic Metal Tin tea - Love is Good   101. Do you want anything from the Fatherhood update at the Post? A Moment in Time. Maybe "Playing Tag..."   102. Street art! Into it? Not into it? Meh? I have some but I really don't have any good places for art so meh.   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? Vanilla.   104. What are you interested in from the NYCC exclusive list? I already have a fairy.   105. Most anticipated "Weenie blends? I usually get Samhain because it's one of my favorites. I'm really poor this year though.   106. Caffeine or no? And is this a health or preference? Yes.   107. Are you interested in anything from the MAC Rocky Horror or the e.l.f. Disney Princess make up collections? I'm not into makeup but my other half would love whatever you send. Especially pinks.   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? Yum! Probably Milk. Rose, cardamom. or anise, fennel, liquorice... or lavender cardamom. 109. Would you like to try chocolate covered Turkish Delight or flower flavoured things (Rose and Violet chocolates)? I love rose and lavender flavored things but I don't like nuts in things like turkish delight usually. (well, I'd probably be ok with almonds or pecans but I hate walnuts.)   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? 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? Some actual pibble rescue places.   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? Sure!   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? PUMPKIN SPICE EERYTHANG. What companies do you like specifically (if any) - links? I like incense but I don't burn it because other half is allergic and I don't want dogs to be forced to breathe it. I don't really use oil burner scents that often unless they are super natural (aveda, origins.) Essential oils basically. I love rose but of course rose absolute is worth its weight in gold. Patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood. Sometimes fir/pine. The other half doesn't like foodie scents very much.   114. Trading Post Weenies are up!! What's everyone interested in? All of the atmosphere sprays, some of the hair glosses... oi.   115. My mom has crocheted a bunch of little witch hats, would this be something you are interested in? This was my question, I already have one! 116. Are you interested in anything from my mom's Etsy shop? This was my question. I already get tons of things from her shop. 117. Are you interested in dried honey crisp apples or italian prunes? This was my question. I'm already getting some.   118. Do you need any travel mugs, coffee mugs, tea makers, rock sugar, coffee or tea syrups, etc? This was my question. Nope, I works there.

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SWITCH O'WEEN QUESTIONS

11/7/13: Would you be interested in getting a kit of sorts to learn how to do a craft or make something, with some basic starter materials and instructions? And if yes, what sorts of things would you be interested in learning? How to do origami, or glass etching, or cross-stitching, or card making, or knitting, or crocheting, or cheese-making, or mushroom growing, or whatever?   11/5/13: If your Witch were to create a cookbook of recipes she thought you'd like, would you be interested in that sort of thing? And if so, what sort of recipes would you be interested in?   10/31/13: Are there any GC scents that you love, but for whatever reason, you keep putting off buying bottles of?   10/30/13: Do you want to be an early accepter or would you prefer your reveal later in the swap, say maybe closer to the deadline?   10/29/13: Is there anything you would like from the Blooddrop Halloween update?   Do you prefer to receive whole coffee beans or ground? Also, if you like flavoured blends, what sort of flavours? (caramels, nuts, chocolate, etc.)   How do you feel about robots?   10/28/13: Are you interested in anything from the Haus of Gloi yule update on November 3rd? Which products and which scents?   If I made fairy, dragon or butterfly wing earrings, would you wear them? If so, which would you prefer?   10/27/13: How do you feel about nail polish? If you like it, are there any brands or colors in which you are interested?   What about makeup? What brands do you prefer and which products would you most enjoy receiving?   10/26/13:   Your feelings on Adagio teas: If you've never had anything from them, would you be open to trying them? If you HAVE had them and like them, name some favorites blends.   Do you like video games? Are there any you want to play? Do you have a large library?   Name three BPAL scents you have tried, but are dying to get more of.   Have you ever tried anything from Paintbox Soapworks? Which products or scents would you prefer?   Do you like/have space to garden? If so, what do you grow?   Gift cards/vouchers - yay or nay? If you like them - which stores would you like one for?   Seen anything lately that makes you go OH HOLY FUCK THAT'S AWESOME!! ?   Name five small things you could use, but might not think to get for yourself?   Is there anything from a farmer's market you might like?   10/25/13: Do you have any upcoming away time I should be aware of, for shipping purposes?   Would you like anything from Sock Dreams?   10/24/13: Is there anything in the Miskatonic Valley Philharmonic update that you're interested in?   Is there anything my mom's etsy shop that you're interested in?   10/23/13: Are you okay with semi-spicy foods right now? I'm thinking like curry or chipotle? If you were to choose a chili powder would you go Hot, Medium, or Mild?   If you were this mystery witch's witchee, would you be interested in Spoonfudge (http://www.spoonfudge.com/) or any other such "ordered online" sweet?   Also - Double checking everyone's baked goods status. Home-made baked goods or other food stuffs OK?   Is there anything you'd like from Lush, witchee?   If you like earrings, what kind? Dangly earrings, hoops, studs - what kind do you like? How long do you like your necklaces? Or would you prefer to just get a pendent, so you can size the chain yourself?   If I were your witch and were to paint you something, what would you absolutely love, what would you feel ambivalent toward, and what would you not like to see or receive?   10/21/13: Are there any craft project/s you are working on now that you need supplies for? Or rather, is there a craft project you've been wanting to do but need stuff to start?   What do you think of hair sticks? Would you like a set?   Is there anything you'd really like to have/try from Trader Joe's, or any other popular-but-not-available-everywhere store?   Would you rather have something fun or practical?   Witchee, would you like a set of Cards Against Humanity?   10/20/13: Table Games - do you play them? If so, which ones, and which versions, and are there any goodies you might like related to them?   Witchee, are you in need of any particular spices?   10/19/13: If you were my witchee, would you be interested in anything from my store or something similar? (Nut-made by LisaNut on etsy.)   Say your witch works at a used bookstore. what kinds of things might you like from there? cool old pulp fiction paperbacks? tarot cards? (we have those.) a dr who pen? books about haunted cemeteries in seattle? you may have all of these things:) oh, and also movies. and cds.   Witchee, the Haunt Halloween update goes live tomorrow! When it does, please post right away and let me know your dreams and wishes!   I've got some canned goods put up -- mostly jams/jellies, some apple butter, some applesauce. Want some? If so, what kind(s)?   How feel you about lip balms, glosses, and lipsticks? Any particular favourite scents/flavours? Any favourite makers/sellers?   Since wishlist links never seem to work in forum mail, won't you please re-post your wishlist links here, so they're readable?   10/18/13: Are you a fan of anything that you would like a tshirt of? If so, what size would you wear?   Do you love, hate, or are indifferent to.....pumpkin flavored things?   Dear future Witchee, did you get anything from the Beaver Moon or Weenie updates that I need to know about, so I don't accidentally repeat anything?   Name some DVDs you wouldnt mind receiving, or are they on an Amazon list?   Do you want anything from Starbucks or Teavana? Tea, tea makers, rock sugar, tea tins, coffee, via, via refreshers, mugs, tazo tea...?   10/17/13: Halloween Candy, Decorations, and Costume supplies - What kind are your idea of FUN and which ones would you thoroughly dislike?   WHAT traditions to you partake in for Halloween? Knowing what you do our how you decorate or how you celebrate?   10/16/13: Hey, Witchee, it's getting cold. Socks, scarves, hats or arm warmers?

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My Switch O'Ween Q&A

SWITCH WITCH HELP <--- clickie   Hey, Witchee, it's getting cold. Socks, scarves, hats or arm warmers? Socks and wrist warmers. I only wear page boy type hats and I have like 500 scarves so PLEASE GOD NO SCARVES. (Unless they're silk or can be used as a table runner or something.) Wraps, yes. Love wraps. As far as knitted items go be aware that my skin is really uber sensitive (probably from wearing so much perfume; I get contact dermatitis at the drop of a hat) so please only buttery soft merino, silk, cashmere, or a combo. No acrylic or scratchy wool. My feet aren't as sensitive so bfl or merino are both fine (some nylon content in socks is excellent.)   Halloween Candy, Decorations, and Costume supplies - What kind are your idea of FUN and which ones would you thoroughly dislike? Decorations yes! But no ghosts, pumpkins, or witches... I love bats, gargoyles, ravens, skulls and I decorate all year round with those.   I'm super picky about my chocolate and candy... but maybe reese's peanut butter cups would be ok. I've been craving chocolate and peanut butter lately. (I'd really prefer Newman's peanut butter cups but I don't think they make halloween bags of candy? I try to stick to organic/fair trade.)   As far as costume supplies, I'd love a nice weeping angel mask and wings... and something to make my skin weeping angel color. I saw that Hot Topic had nasty plastic weeping angel masks but I'd love a full head one. In case you're crafty and know how to make masks.   WHAT traditions to you partake in for Halloween? Knowing what you do our how you decorate or how you celebrate? We usually dress up in our (normal to us) fetish type gear and go out. It's the only night of the year that the other half feels comfortable being in "public" while dressed up like a pony. Yeah, probably TMI, but you asked.   Are you a fan of anything that you would like a tshirt of? If so, what size would you wear? I usually only wear babydoll type shirts in XXXL or XXL if they're stretchy. I love Nightmare Before Christmas, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, etc. and I would wear shirts for all of the above. I have a lot of shirts on my Amazon and Think Geek wishlists. Edit: and Firefly, but I don't like brown (which sucks!) so no brown shirts. I prefer black, grey, or dark purple.   Do you love, hate, or are indifferent to.....pumpkin flavored things? Usually I'm not super crazy about pumpkin flavored things in general, but I LOVE pumpkin bread and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I've been known to have the occasional Pumpkin Spice Latte but I don't HAVE to have one. And right now Teavana has an oolong tea that is FANTASTIC -- Pumpkin Spice Brulee. I bought some last week and I've already emptied the bag. But I get 30% off at Teavana so unless you also get a discount then it would make more sense to send me a GC instead of buying me something.   Name some DVDs you wouldnt mind receiving, or are they on an Amazon list? I think my Amazon DVD list is private because I don't usually buy DVD's new... And I'd like to get a PS3 / blu-ray player, our dvd player upstairs just died so now we have to watch dvd's downstairs. Our tv's are ancient so they don't work with most blu-ray players. And a new tv just isn't in our budget or a priority right now because the dishwasher ALSO stopped working (it's been a bad month, everything electrical is breaking except for (knock on wood) our computers, and ...yeah. The other half is leaving for Argentina a week from today and won't be back until late December. So his pay for doing shows in Argentina won't be home until he comes home. He's supposed to get a partial advance soon and I have to budget all of the bills from it and my future pay checks, so things are going to be lean around here. I might have to sell a bunch of bpal and yarn in order to buy new fun bpal and bptp things. Sorry, ketchup burst there. Things that I would like that I don't have yet * Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon version) * The Year Without a Santa Claus / Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey / Rudolph's Shiny New Year * The Original Television Christmas Classics (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town/Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns/The Little Drummer Boy/Cricket on the Hearth) * Joe Versus the Volcano * Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)   Dear future Witchee, did you get anything from the Beaver Moon or Weenie updates that I need to know about, so I don't accidentally repeat anything? Not yet!! We're totally broke and I think my credit card doesn't have any room on it for anything else. gulp. But I *WANT* both of the BM's (AHAHAHA, what, I'm 12) and the single note. So I will probably attempt to find some way to order them. Even if it means I have to pimp out the other half. And I already have everything from the Halloweenie update because I do decant circles. I DON'T have anything from the BPTP update yet but I plan on getting everything I want... someday... edit: I am also doing a BPTP circle so I have everything now. and I also ordered both Beaver Moons and the new single note. And I'm doing a Philharmonic circle, so I have all of those too. I hope the Yule and Inquisition are small..   If you were my witchee, would you be interested in anything from my store or something similar? (Nut-made by LisaNut on etsy.) You have all kinds of awesome things but nothing that is really my style.   Say your witch works at a used bookstore. what kinds of things might you like from there? cool old pulp fiction paperbacks? tarot cards? (we have those.) a dr who pen? books about haunted cemeteries in seattle? you may have all of these things:) oh, and also movies. and cds. Yes yes yes. dr who pen, sci-fi/fantasy, movies, cds. My amazon list is pretty extensive except for the cd's and movies. I wish LibraryThing would document movies and albums along with books.   Witchee, the Haunt Halloween update goes live tomorrow! When it does, please post right away and let me know your dreams and wishes! I saw some entries for Halloween things when I was updating my amazon wish list (because I still have wishes for Haunt Lip Lust!) I'd be interested in any yummy lip lust, shower scrubs, perfume, or body glossing that sounds like it would be up my alley. Usually she has too much fruit, floral, or chocolate but every once in a while there is something I MUST HAVE. I love lavender, honey, vanilla, spices, amber, patch, woods, incense. Gloaming is a favorite but I'm set there for perfume and body scrub but I could use more body gloss of that and I'm almost out of my other one too... Roma? I'll have to look.   Ok, update is up!!   I'm interested in...   Lip lust in: cask, pumpkin cake, caramel apple Skin glossing oil in: incantare! Winchester, gloomy Sunday, hobgoblin, claw & cobblestone Sugar polish in: incantare, Winchester, tell the bees, hobgoblin, claw & cobblestone Perfume in: incantare, gloomy Sunday, Winchester   I've got some canned goods put up -- mostly jams/jellies, some apple butter, some applesauce. Want some? If so, what kind(s)? Apple butter, applesauce, jams/jellies -- all are good!!   How feel you about lip balms, glosses, and lipsticks? Any particular favourite scents/flavours? Any favourite makers/sellers? I like lip balm and I have a bunch of my amazon wish list under the bath and beauty section. Haunt, Better Botanicals, and I'd like to try some Tokyomilk Dark Lip Elixirs.   Since wishlist links never seem to work in forum mail, won't you please re-post your wishlist links here, so they're readable? Mine are all in the "SW Help" link in my signature. I have links to Amazon, Etsy, The Loopy Ewe, Think Geek, Soapbox Company, Scent Addict (THEY STILL HAVE STUFF LEFT. IT'S ALL HALF PRICE.) And a couple other things. My Amazon wishlist has TONS of stuff on it added with the Universal Wishlist adder, so for things like Haunt, Lush, etc. - they're all there!   Table Games - do you play them? If so, which ones, and which versions, and are there any goodies you might like related to them? Meh. I would love playing games if I had people to play with. My games are all packed up and out in a shed with the majority of my stuff (books, gargoyles, bearistas, mugs, depression glass, candles & holders, candle and soap making equipment, unicorn collectibles... someday I'll get to unpack!) long story short (too late), no, not right now.   Witchee, are you in need of any particular spices? I would like some pumpkin pie spices and I could use some pure vanilla. Any spices I need are in my amazon wish list in either edibles or kitchen & cooking. Honest, my wishlists are EXTENSIVE! Mostly so I don't forget what I need because I have a horrible memory. I would never say no to fancy salts and a new salt grinder. I'm out of everything except pink and normal.   Are there any craft project/s you are working on now that you need supplies for? Or rather, is there a craft project you've been wanting to do but need stuff to start? I always always always need more knitting needles (I am waiting to start two knitting projects but I had to order more needles first; I already ordered them though - from The Loopy Ewe. I have a knitting needle selection on my wishlist there that specifies sizes and brands/types. My favorites are Hiya Hiya SHARP and ChiaoGoo Red Lace. I usually use 24" - 32" for cable length. You can buy them almost anywhere - Amazon, etsy, most knitting places. I just bought from The Loopy Ewe because I have some credit there so I didn't have to spend any money, not necessarily because they were the best price.   I'd also love some really cool fabric -- especially Nightmare Before Christmas, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, etc. - to make knitting project bags. A yard would probably make about three or four bags.   What do you think of hair sticks? Would you like a set? No, I would have no idea how to use them but more importantly my hair is normally shaved on the sides/back. (it's "long" right now, meaning that it has about 3" of grow out from sides/back and 10" or so from top of the head. Not really long enough for even a pony tail. Maybe a dork knob if I used a lot of gel.)   Is there anything you'd really like to have/try from Trader Joe's, or any other popular-but-not-available-everywhere store? I live by a Trader Joes so I'm good there.   The thing that I have been wanting ever since I moved away from Texas (I was only there about five months before fleeing) are more Cannon's Sweet Hots (mild) - haven't been able to find them anywhere locally for purchase - no one on Amazon even sells them. The mild are not hot, they're mostly sweet. They're really good on hot dogs and burgers.   Don't mistake my unholy love for the Cannon's as a love of hot peppers. I don't really like hot spicy things, my favorite Tobasco for instance is the green - which is more tangy than hot. I like pepperoncini and jalapenos on my sandwiches and pizza but these are usually pickled. Fresh jalapeno really varies in heat too, I prefer the mild ones. Garlic on the other hand, one can never have enough of.   I'm a huge fan of savory food. I also love garlic, dill pickles & dill relish, garlic stuffed green olives, peppadews, cornichons, kalamata olives, most salami/summer sausage, KRAVE jerky, beef jerky in general, CHEESE!, mead, tawny port, ice wine, rosemary/garlic crostini type crackers, crusty bread (especially baked with kalamatas or rosemary), fresh apples/pears/grapes, dried cherries and cranberries, almonds, pecans, jams/jellies that are odd flavors like rose, lavender, jasmine, pepper (habanero raspberry or jalapeno jelly or whatever), etc. I also go through a ton of honey. How is this all relevant to this question? Well, I don't know what kind of popular but not available everywhere stores are out there unless they are local to me, so if you have a store that has these kinds of things as a specialty -- then yes, nom nom nom. (I can buy everything I listed locally except the Cannons but it's fun to have local pickles/jams/honey/jerky/etc. from other places.)   Would you rather have something fun or practical? I'm a virgo. Fun and practical are the SAME THING.   Witchee, would you like a set of Cards Against Humanity? um, I have no idea what this is but if it's fun I suppose so? Maybe I could convince the other half to play games with me at some point?   Are you okay with semi-spicy foods right now? I'm thinking like curry or chipotle? If you were to choose a chili powder would you go Hot, Medium, or Mild? We used the hottest possible chili powders for making our muscle rub (it's kind of like Icy Hot, but all natural ingredients and made in tune with the lunar cycle) but as far as me eating it, I am a huge wimp right now and only put teeny amounts of chili powder in with my mashed avocados (along with salt, garlic, and cumin. NOM NOM NOM.) But I don't like peppers in my chocolate or sweet things (except savory jams and still like those on the milder side...) and mild. I like milder peppers.   If you were this mystery witch's witchee, would you be interested in Spoonfudge (http://www.spoonfudge.com/) or any other such "ordered online" sweet? I haven't ever had their chocolate and I am kind of a chocolate snob, so I don't know? I used to like Milka bars but even those taste waxy and nasty now. Although the drug store had a special on Moonstruck chocolate and I bought a couple of those (they're from Portland) and it was GOOD. Seattle Chocolates isn't the highest quality but they're ok. Vosges Naga is one of my favorites and I love Dolfin.   Also - Double checking everyone's baked goods status. Home-made baked goods or other food stuffs OK? As long as you're super anal about being clean and sanitized... I get squicked out if I find hair in my food.   Is there anything you'd like from Lush, witchee? This is pretty thoroughly covered under the bath/beauty wishlist on Amazon. I need SO MUCH but unfortunately most of the stuff I want is UK only (gentle lentil shampoo, fairy sugar scrub, never too busy to b beautiful, see my Amazon wishlist!) but there is stuff available locally that I want too.   If you like earrings, what kind? Dangly earrings, hoops, studs - what kind do you like? How long do you like your necklaces? Or would you prefer to just get a pendent, so you can size the chain yourself? This is somewhat covered under the original questions and under the wearable wishlist on Amazon. I usually only wear studs (but I have thick lobes so they have to have long posts) or body piercing spirals/half circles/whatever is cute (not hoops because I suck at getting the bead in), I'm allergic to everything except sterling, surgical steel, titanium. My neck size is what.. 16", so I need necklaces that are at least 21-22" and if the clasps aren't silver, I'll break out from the clasp itself let alone the rest of the necklace. I don't need any pendants unless they are on my wishlist, I usually only wear my scent locket. I could use more silver chains.   If I were your witch and were to paint you something, what would you absolutely love, what would you feel ambivalent toward, and what would you not like to see or receive? Love: Gargoyles, ravens, bats, my dogs, friesians, dark purple/blue swirly things (anything you see on my Pinterest or etsy favorites..) Ambivalent or not like: er, oranges, yellows, browns? I would need to look at something specifically really because my whims can vary greatly.   Is there anything in the Miskatonic Valley Philharmonic update that you're interested in? I'm doing a decant circle so I'm all set!   Is there anything my mom's etsy shop that you're interested in? I LOVE the shopping bags and project bags but since it's my mom, I just get them from her of course. I keep hinting that she needs to make me a werewolf hat, but I have the pattern.. I suppose I could just make one for myself.   Do you have any upcoming away time I should be aware of, for shipping purposes? Possibly for Thanksgiving week (Mon-Fri), maybe longer. Maybe not at all since the other half freaked out about leaving the house unattended.   Would you like anything from Sock Dreams? They sometimes have cute things that I like. I usually wear capri & sandals (no socks) during the summer and BDU's with black socks and fluevogs/converse/docs during the fall/winter/spring. Sometimes I wear my handknit socks. But I rarely wear shoes that show off socks... I need to get some cute mary janes.   Your feelings on Adagio teas: If you've never had anything from them, would you be open to trying them? If you HAVE had them and like them, name some favorites blends. I was gifted little tins of four of the Doctor Who teas last round. And while I will drink them, none really grabbed me and made me drink them every day like the Pumpkin Spice Brulee from Teavana or the Butterscotch tea from Mariage Freres (on my amazon edibles wishlist), the latter of which I'm hoarding for special occasions because it is SO GOOD. I need to contact my friend in Germany and have her send me some more Anise tea too. She sent me a HUGE BOX of tea and I dutifully tried them one by one, and the Anise was the only one I was totally crazy about. I prefer black tea as the base and I love rose, chocolate/fruit (chocolate raspberry, chocolate orange, chocolate strawberry, etc.), pumpkin spice, butterscotch, anise.... for herbal teas I'm totally in love with licorice mint and Aveda's "tea" (which has basil, licorice, and mint.)   Do you like video games? Are there any you want to play? Do you have a large library? I have a wii (that isn't working very well, I need to upgrade to a wii u), an xbox 360 (which is mostly used for netflix/hbo go right now) and I'd like a ps3 but mostly to watch blu-ray. Most of the games I play are on the PC, which I should change because right now it hurts to sit at the computer but not to sit at the couch. On the PC I have Skyrim (with Dawn Guard), Diablo III, Ultima Online, and a ton of old games that I play with DOS BOX. I loved Infocom Text Adventure games growing up, as well as the Ultima series and then the Sierra On-Line series like King's Quest, Space Quest, Quest for Glory, Gabriel Knight, etc. I love the Zelda games on the wii.. I wish those would come out faster. Once I've finished the game then I don't really want to play again, although I finished Twilight Princess three times I think. Oh! There are a bunch of cool games for the ipad that I'd like -- but I have to upgrade to a better ipad first since I have the original one. pout.   Name three BPAL scents you have tried, but are dying to get more of. Lady of Pain, Brom Bones, The Traveler.   Have you ever tried anything from Paintbox Soapworks? Which products or scents would you prefer? Yes! I'd like the large size of the Honey/Lavender body butter. Everything else is in it's own category on my etsy favorites. I prefer the scrubs over everything else but I would like to try one of the slips in a sample size. Please don't send me soap; I make soap and I have more than I can use.   Do you like/have space to garden? If so, what do you grow? I wish! I used to have 50+ rose bushes that I knew all of the names of, 12 varieties of lavender, multiple varieties of rosemary, thyme, basil, etc. I mostly grow edible things that are also ornamental but I'd like a vegetable garden as well. I'd love to do a knot garden.   Gift cards/vouchers - yay or nay? If you like them - which stores would you like one for? Yay! Ummm amazon is always awesome. Paintbox Soapworks is always awesome.   Seen anything lately that makes you go OH HOLY FUCK THAT'S AWESOME!! ? Sadly, no, the winning lottery ticket has not been in my pocket yet.   Name five small things you could use, but might not think to get for yourself? That's kind of the problem ... if I can't think to get them for myself, then I can't think of them now! er, I could use some salad greens, avocado, pomegranate vinegar, salt grinders (wish I could find my mortar/pestle, it's packed up in the shed somewhere), other salad goodies... but other than the grinders and vinegar, they probably wouldn't travel well. I picked up a bunch of pomegranate seeds (all ready to eat) at costco so I was thinking of making salad with them. I should just snack on them too. Er, um, I'm hungry so I'm thinking of food, um.. three more things.. I can't think of anything that would travel well. bath mats, towel sets, etc. are kind of big and spendy. a BPTP coffee mug? BPTP pens? oh, new ipad/iphone usb cords and a wall plug in charger!   Is there anything from a farmer's market you might like? local honey, dill pickles, rose/lavender/tasty jams or chutneys, umm things that would travel well. Locally I get cheese curds, veggies, fruit, spiced blackberry wine, salad greens, fish, baked things, juice, vinegar, etc.   How do you feel about nail polish? If you like it, are there any brands or colors in which you are interested? I don't wear nail polish although I do wear toenail polish occasionally. Any nail polish would most likely be absconded with by my son or my other half (what? goth boys wear nail polish!) Any polish I get needs to be 3F free (or whatever the new term for it is.)   What about makeup? What brands do you prefer and which products would you most enjoy receiving? I usually only wear prescriptives base/powder so I have to order it online which is a pain. I could use some more eyebrow powder (I apply with a brush) and I could always use new fun eye shadows. I had a whole list on my Amazon site from evilshades but it looks like they went out of business. I like greys, silvers, blacks, dark purples, burgundy. I like them sparkly and shimmery, not matte. (again, I'm 12.)   Are you interested in anything from the Haus of Gloi yule update on November 3rd? Which products and which scents? Me me, pick me! Here's my wish list:   Bubbling Scrub, Emulsifying Scrub, or maybe Pumpkin Butter in: - Snow Wolf - Three Treasures   BUTTERBOMBS: Sugar Cookie Silver Fir Sugar Plum Holy Incense   LIP BALMS: Gingerbread Peppermint Sugar Cookie Brown Sugar & Pear Hot Toddy   If I made fairy, dragon or butterfly wing earrings, would you wear them? If so, which would you prefer? Are they studs? As stated multiple times, I only wear studs or body piercing jewelry. And I only wear sterling, surgical steel, or titanium. I would totally wear dragon stud earrings though.   Is there anything you would like from the Blooddrop Halloween update? dang enablers.   Chai Tea Cold Leather Library Long Black Veil (hopefully the vetiver isn't overpowering) Tabac Wild Myrrh   Lavender Honey flutter Pumpkin & Honey flutter   Roses & Shadows sugar polish   Do you prefer to receive whole coffee beans or ground? Also, if you like flavoured blends, what sort of flavours? (caramels, nuts, chocolate, etc.) I prefer whole beans since you should REALLY use ground beans within a week and you should never ever freeze coffee. But I mostly use my Verismo coffee maker. I do have a coffee grinder and a french press though if you have an absolute FAVORITE coffee that cannot be missed. I do like flavored coffee, I am a HEATHEN. But it must be from a good roaster, none of that mass produced grocery store stuff. I like cinnamon/hazelnut, chocolate, irish cream, chocolate with fruit (chocolate orange, chocolate cherry, chocolate raspberry, etc.), ummm things like that. The best flavored coffee I ever had was in a little hole in the wall coffee shop across from my hotel somewhere in upstate New York when I had to fly there from Denver to train SysOps at our call center. The little cities there were deserted; I swear I was the only person staying in the HUGE awesome hotel. I had a huge suite - like bigger than apartments I've rented - with a kitchen, living room, HUGE freaking bedroom with walk in closed, huge two part bathroom, dining room, reading room. It was freaking cheap too. What is up with places in upstate new york where no one lives anymore? I wanted to move there; there were so many cute shops and awesome fall scenery. Sorry, off on a tangent there.   How do you feel about robots? I'm totally not into robots or automatons. Even if I have read some steampunk.   Do you want to be an early accepter or would you prefer your reveal later in the swap, say maybe closer to the deadline? Whatever works best for my witch is fine!   Are there any GC scents that you love, but for whatever reason, you keep putting off buying bottles of? Well, I keep putting off buying bottles of Druid, Bard, Mr. Prenderghast, Witchblade, Sara Pezzini, Crowley, Aziraphale, The Ifrit, Rat Speakers, Marquis de Carabas, tons more Neil Gaiman scents, more Rogue, Robotic Scarab, London, Spellbound, Hellfire, imps of Vial of Holy Water and Thieves' Rosin .. and that's all I can think of. Plus whatever is on my wishlist.   If your Witch were to create a cookbook of recipes she thought you'd like, would you be interested in that sort of thing? And if so, what sort of recipes would you be interested in? I don't actually cook a lot. I do have a collection of recipes that I absolutely love but.. yeah, rarely do I cook them. The other half asks for my chicken tacos and that's about it. Otherwise he likes grilled meat. I would be interested in really yummy recipes that don't require a ton of prep. And maybe garlic soup.   Would you be interested in getting a kit of sorts to learn how to do a craft or make something, with some basic starter materials and instructions? And if yes, what sorts of things would you be interested in learning? How to do origami, or glass etching, or cross-stitching, or card making, or knitting, or crocheting, or cheese-making, or mushroom growing, or whatever? yes, cross stitch!

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Beat the Blues Switch Witch - Summer 2013

Dr Who? Yes please!   How much do you like lipbalm? Flavored or unflavored? What are your favorite brands and flavors? I love lipbalm! I *always* have a tube of lipbalm on me. Always. If I don't have one, I feel like I might perish from chapped lips. (If you've ever played the Infocom text adventure game "Leather Goddesses of Phobos", you might remember that you come across someone who PERISHED OF EXACTLY THIS!!!) ahem.   I actually have a lot of lip balm in the "Bath, Body, Fragrance" section of my Amazon Wishlist.   Normally I don't like balms that are not in a tube, but I would be interested in trying Clove Cigarette, Dead Sexy, and/or Absinthe from Tokyomilk Dark Lip Elixirs.   My favorite EVER lip balm is Better Botanicals Ayurvedic lip balm in Cardamom or Rose & Mint. They used to carry this brand at my local co-op but stopped for some reason.   I love Haunt and Bunny Butt Apothecary.   Favorite flavors? I usually tend to buy things with descriptions such as Honey, Lavender, Rose, Cardamom, Clove, Chai, Bubble Gum, etc. I like vanilla and candy type flavors too. I don't especially gravitate towards fruits. No chocolate or caramel please, my boyfriend hates chocolate fragranced bath & body products. *sniffle*   Please note that I loathe and detest "My Lip Stuff". PLEASE for all that is un/holy don't buy anything for me from them. I bought from them once and I ended up giving or throwing away everything.   Do you like and wear lipgloss? If yes, what colours? Not really -- it usually feels too sticky and tacky if it's a "gloss". Once in a while I'll get something because it's sparkly or shimmery, usually light colors. I'm not a super "natural" color person, so I'll do blue, purple, black, white, etc. Some times I like natural-ish plums. I tend to like my pink/red things with a blue tone. I loathe orange, yellow, and brown in any form (clothes, makeup, yarn, shoes, furniture, cars, etc.) I've had my eye on the "More Synth" Glitter Lipstick from evilshades.com but it doesn't look like their website is working right now.   For those of you whose wishlists contain only BPALs, are there any other perfume companies you like or would like to try out? I especially want to try more Carnival Wax but it's pretty spendy. I've tried a lot of other companies. I do NOT like Possets. I'm kind of meh about Violette Market and Haus of Gloi. I love Arcana and Villainess! I have some wishlists for other companies on my SW Help -- there is a link in my signature. I'm sure there are some scattered in my Amazon list too.   Your feelings on Adagio teas: If you've never had anything from them, would you be open to trying them? If you HAVE had them and like them, name some favorites blends. And if you had them and dislike them, can you name a few *other* tea companies you're into? I've had Adagio... and I just wasn't impressed. I used to do the circular tea swap so I've tried quite a few of their blends. And ever since they had a huge problem with bugs in their tea? Their name just makes me cringe. *shudder*   I work for a coffee & tea company and since I have talked to our tea buyers & tea experts it's hard not to be snobby about tea - but on the other hand I'll drink lower grade inexpensive, like the Tazo Awake or Twining's Irish Breakfast, English Breakfast, or Prince of Wales. Good solid black teas, boring, but I do drink them everyday.   I also have a bunch of Republic of Tea blends - jasmine, queen of hearts (black rose), ginger peach, some winter fruit blends, chocolate orange, chocolate strawberry (bought it before I realized it was a rooibos but it's not actually that bad), etc. I used to really like them but the last couple of tins I've bought haven't been really great so I don't know if the quality has gone down in the past 15 years since I started buying them or what.   Now what I'd REALLY like? French tea!! Mariage Frères!!! I really love their Butterscotch tea in an almost orgasmic fashion. It smells just like Lush's Butterball, seriously. It's SO good with some cream and honey. I have some, but because it is SO good and not available locally (that I'm aware of), I only drink it for very special occasions. I'd really like to try their Cardamome, Anis, Black Orchid, Parsifal, and Phenix. There are links for all of these under my Amazon "edibles" wishlist. The other french tea company I like is Dammann Frères. I used to have a bunch of teas linked from Amazon but it looks like they recently changed their URL, so all of those are invalid now. I love black tea with rose, vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, caramel, licorice/anise, cardamom, etc. (um, not all together.) I'll go through their website and add some more things to amazon when I have a chance.   I have a friend in Germany that I used to send coffee to and she would send me back tea. She sent me an Anise tea that I adore and love, so that's another on my hoard list.   Another lower price tea that I love is the "Yogi" Egyptian Licorice Mint. Nom! I also adore Aveda's "Tea". Another good low cost tea I like is the plain "Good Earth" tea (the original blend WITH caffiene) as well as their Vanilla Chai.   Starbucks just bought Teavana so I'll probably be trying some more of their tea now that I'll get a discount.   I used to have a have bag of Lapsang Souchong but I haven't been able to find it. I also love me some smoky Russian Caravan.   Mostly I like black, flavored black, and smoked black. And I do like tissanes sometimes: mint blends, especially when mixed with licorice. Lavender, basil, rose - all good flavors. And black based chai; I think the Tazo chai is actually one of my favorites because it has a lot of anise in it. Although if we're going to extend to boxed tea, then Oregon Chai is my favorite. Their Chai Nog is pretty good too, but obviously that's seasonal.   Please don't send me any rooibos or white tea. Sometimes I like flavored green (coconout pouchong!) but I really do prefer black.   I'm very sad that our awesome local tea shop, The Teacup, closed down. They imported Dammann Frères and had my favorite Russian Caravan. weep. They were selling online but their facebook has MANY people whining about how they haven't got their order, so I haven't ordered from them online.   What about coffee? Would you like to get coffee send to you? Whole bean or ground? What are some varieties and/or flavors you enjoy? I actually don't drink a lot of coffee at home. When I do, I usually use my Verismo. The only other coffee makers in the house right now are my french press and my Toddy -- I need another espresso machine. I do have a grinder, so whole beans are best. I wouldn't say no to someone's absolute favorite-est coffee that they wanted to share but I don't want anything in large amounts - I have a 1 cup, 5 cup, and 8 cup french press but I'd probably make it for the 1 cup. (If making anything with my Toddy I have to use a full pound, but Toddy is a cold process which takes 12 hours and I usually use coffees that are designed specifically for iced.) I do like flavored coffee too; when I was in New York on business there was this little coffee shop across from my hotel that had brewed flavored coffee every morning. I really liked their chocolate orange and irish cream. I also like cinnamon hazelnut. And when I lived in Toronto, Second Cup always had a bunch of flavored coffee made. Some people think I'm a heathen for liking flavored coffee (yes, I work with people who are MUCH snobbier about coffee/tea than I am.)   Who is your favourite female of all time? Historical, literary, ANYTHING, and why? Um. Dunno. Half to think about it.   Would you like a seashell from Florida? I think I'm good on seashells right now.   If you were a Disney princess you would be? Belle. She has a horse and a library!!! Or Merida. She's got a horse too! And she's as wild as I was when I was that age. I was never as polite and feminine as Belle.   What craft project do you currently have on your docket or that you want to start? And that craft goodies would be welcome? I have lots of knitting projects in my queue and I don't even want to count how many are WIP... only two that I'm actively working on, one at work and one at home.   I would like to learn how to match stitch markers, so I could use some tools for that.   If you could have one rare bpal which one would you choose? Probably Pumpkin King, Noir, or Formula 54. I know, I know. HAHAHA!   Are you kinky? Me and the other half are indeed.   Do you enjoy scented candles? Certain sizes that you like? What kind of scents or brands? I use mostly votives, jar candles and pillar candles (anywhere from 3" to 6" in diameter. I used to make candles and I've sold candles so I'm kind of a candle snob. I haven't tried Witch City Wicks but I understand that the proprietor is a BPAL forum member (and I think Switch Witch?) so I'd be willing to give them a go. I'm not a huge Yankee Candle fan, but I DO love their patchouli halloween scent (Witches Brew.) I like scents like vanilla, spiced plum, spicy in general, leather, musk, patchouli, sandalwood, etc. Probably all of the same notes I'd like in perfume.   Thoughts about South Africa? Have you been here, would you like to go? Would you like to receive anything South African? I have not been and I probably wouldn't put it as my first choice of places to go. I have no idea what they have that I would want.   Do you like Sockdreams? If so, what styles would you prefer? They're ok. I'm a plus size and I don't dress up a lot so really I don't go wild about their things. I knit my own socks...   Do you have any kitchen gadgets (a SodaStream, a Kuerig/Tassimo) that you want mix things for? I have a Verismo and no, I don't really need anything for it.   Do you need hair accessories? If so, what kind or color? I could use some more hair spray! (it's on my amazon wish list.)   What is your favorite shade of blue? I like jewel tones and darker colors. Tardis blue is good, sapphire, royal, etc. I tend to go towards purple/red/primary blue and less towards yellow/green blues.   If you were to start learning something new (intellectual or craft or hobby), what would it be? Making stitch markers! I could use a new career as well.   What about candy? Do you have a sweet tooth? Sadly, yes. Lately I've been hungry for peanut butter chocolate (wtf?) and have become addicted to the Trader Joes PB&J chocolate bars. I also love chocolate covered caramels, especially with sea salt. I love "sea foam" - one my favorite candy bars is the Cadbury Crunchie (imported from the UK) and I also love their Curly Wurly. My other chocolate favorite additive is CURRY. The Naga bar from Vosges is SO GOOD. Dolfin's Hot Masala bar is awesome too. And World Market has some decent chocolate bars with curry in them.   Do you have an e-reader? What kind? Would you like to get ebooks? I do read ebooks on my ipad in a variety of e-readers. Someone just gifted me all of the Southern Vampire Mysteries (except the newest one. Is it out yet?) and the Dexter as well as the Shadowhunters. I'd kind of like all of the Wheel of Time, Harry Potter books, Anne Rice, Robin Hobb, and various other books that I have in physical format already but are either in storage or I read them so often that I'm wearing out the physical books.   If your witch is an extremely crafty sort, and she were to send all kinds of homemade foody goodies and handmade crafty stuff - what are items you would NOT LOVE to receive. If my witch makes it, I'd like to receive it!   do you like video games? Are there any you want to play? Do you have a large library? My wii is on it's last legs. I do have an xbox 360 (but hardly any games for it) and I play PC games like Ultima Online, Skyrim, Diablo III, etc. As far as console games go, I love things like Zelda, Mario Bros, etc.   Do you have something you do, without fail, as a personal daily habit/ritual? Examples: pen-and-paper journal keeping, tea/coffee drinking, morning yoga, nightly bedtime reading. I'm kind of thinking on things that would be dear to you and might need small supplies or could use certain extras. I drink usually one cup of coffee (usually 1 shot with steamed milk) and then I drink tea the rest of the day (usually hot but sometimes iced.) I read everyday and reading before I fall asleep is a must. I snuggle with my puppies everyday. I could always use more ingenuiTEAs or similar tea brewers.   Name three BPAL scents you have tried, but are dying to get more of? Mopsfledermaus! I wouldn't say no to more Zmey Gorynych either. Otherwise feel free to check out my wishlist, linked in my signature.   Do witches prefer the answers posted here, but a more cherry-picked number of questions answered, or a more exhaustive list posted in the blog, which means posting here much less? I'm fine with my Witchee posting on his/her blog.   As I am in Japan, what sort of things would you like from there? We have pretty good import places here but I'm always down for Green Tea and other flavored kit kats! I think all we have is cookies & cream.   Do you wear nailpolish? What colors do you tend to go for? What are your favorite brands? Are you open to trying indie brands? I wear toenail polish once in a while but hardly EVER wear it on fingernails. However, my other half does... he likes reds, pinks, purples, greens, blues, gray/black, etc. My fav brands are OPI and BPAL. We'd be up for trying whatever.   Do you still write real letters on nice stationary to people you like/love? Maybe once a year. I have some awesome and fantastic stationary though, I should write more.   Have you ever tried anything from Paintbox Soapworks? Which products or scents would you prefer? Yes -- see my etsy wishlist. I'm waiting for her to make some more body butter in some of the non-floral/non-fruit scents. She said July 1st! MY BODY BUTTER IS READY NOW! The honey & lavender.   Do you like/have space to garden? If so, what do you grow? Not really; I did get some tomatoes, carrots, and lettuce seeds and I'm sprouting them right now. I have some planters that I could put stuff in. The dirt in our backyard isn't super great for growing things since it was filled with "tailings" instead of nice top soil.   Do you like sample sized things? Think lipgloss, mascara, bodylotion, scrubs, mini candles, and so forth. No, not really. I usually regift anything like that. Well, I might burn mini candles or use mascara. But samples in packets get regifted. Sometimes I save samples in little bottles for travel.   Have you tried Fortune Cookie Soap? What products or scents would you like? No, I'd rather not receive soap.   Do you use solid soaps at all? If so, what kind do or don't you like? I do, but I have a lot of soap right now and don't need more bar soap (I make it!) I can almost always use more liquid hand soap -- I need to start making that next. The other half doesn't seem to use bar soap (sigh) so I'm always running out of the liquid hand soap.   Have you ever tried Cocoa Pink? If you are curious about it, what looks interesting to you? I have a gift certificate from last round that I haven't used yet. I tried to use it during a sale but it wouldn't work -- by the time they applied it my account the sale was over so I was pissed and didn't use it. Next time they have a sale I might try again. I like scrubs and was considering some of their shampoo.   Do you like Lush? If so, what is your favorite product that is currently available, also, what is a product that you love but has been discontinued? I used to love the Candy Fluff body powder. I also love the Silky Underwear powder. I could use some more Ocean Salt or Angels on Bare Skin. I'll add more things to my Amazon B&BW list if I come across any.   Oh, anyone a fan of Shiro Cosmetics? Any particular products? Eye shadow pigments in general? Never looked at them. I don't wear a lot of makeup. I'm sure my other half would love to try some though; he likes loud and bright colors.   Are there any companies, products, or items you boycott? (For example: some folks boycott Nestle, MicroSoft, cashews, Kraft, and so on.) I don't eat a lot of "grocery store chocolate" like Hersheys, Nestle, etc. I try to avoid any P&G things, anything with SLS, etc. I will not buy pet food or treats that were made or processed in China. Since I no longer live with an activist it's difficult to stay on top of what to boycott.   If you were put in a room with 100 random other people the same age and sex as you, from your country, in what way do you think you would be different from the average? I have almost nothing in common with people who are the same age & sex as me. I'm a computer geek; I was programming before I was 12 and was a Unix Sys Admin in my 20's. I started calling BBS's when I was 12. I'm not into makeup, clothes, books geared towards women, a lot of jewelry, or most things geared towards women. The exception would be knitting and perfume. Perhaps horses/horseshowing and dogs/agility although most women I know prefer cats. I don't think babies are cute and I don't like children much. I hate it when people use babies/kids as their online images. I'd much rather look at ferrets, rats, snakes, dogs, weeping angels or pretty much anything. Yeah, sure, I'm smart (I guess that's above average based on the mental giants that I observe at the DMV, grocery store, etc.) and I have the depression to go with it. Whee! Oh, and we're into kinky fetishy stuff and like to wear pvc/rubber/corsets and go to clubs. And I prefer to decorate with NMBC, skulls, and gargoyles. Probably average for most goth/bpalers but locally most people my age would shun me as a freak.   How do you feel about traditional picnics (namely the intimate table for two variety)? Old-fashioned basket or something more utilitarian (cooler/insulated bag)? I love picnics! Either basket or coolers. Unfortunately my other half isn't into things like that. I do use insulated bags to take my lunch to work in; I like bags that will fit a good size leftovers box in....   Haus of Gloi did a Reverie update! Do any of them interest you? (Or anything else up currently?) I'm not super into Haus of Gloi -- I ordered from them once and they sent me the wrong thing. They resent the wrong thing again. And again. And again. (seriously) before finally getting it right the fifth time. Their items don't stand out any more than other places and unfortunately most of their scents either have fruit or floral notes so there isn't a lot I'm interested in. Once in a while they have scents that make me perk up, but I can't be bothered to order again. Not that their customer service wasn't friendly; it was totally wonderful and they definitely tried to make it right. I just have too many veins with needles in them already, y'know?   Do you read literature/culture blogs or websites of any kind? I'm thinking about anything that would help a putative witch to get a sense of what your current tastes in books, movies, games, genres, approaches to culture and literature and so forth are. I read certain groups in Ravelry every day. I'm going through a depression/apathy period and my tailbone is damaged, so I don't sit at the computer much. I use my ipad from the couch but I'd rather read than websurf.   Witchee, do you cook? Do you do all the cooking? Is it a chore or a pleasure? I do cook occasionally. It's both a chore and a pleasure.   Which reading level do you prefer to read in YA or Adult? Or even both? I do mostly adult but there are a lot of YA books I like. The Rick Riordan, JK Rowling, etc.   What colors/style is your kitchen decor? And do you entertain in your home? Useful? Our walls are cranberry but I have all kinds of black and purple things. I only do chrome, nothing brass/copper/gold toned. Right now we do NOT entertain; R inherited the house from his dad and it needs to updated in the worst possible way. Cabinets, knobs, carpet, lighting.. the works. But he is resistant to changing anything because it's the house he grew up in and his parents are both dead. So I've kind of given up. My only kitchen theme is skulls and bones. I have skeleton hand salad tongs, skull cookie jar with matching salt & pepper shakers, silverware that is shaped like bones, etc.   Are your ears pierced? yes. multiple times.   Do you like stuffies/stuffed animals/art doll type thingies? yeah, some. I don't really have room for anything like that though and it's likely my dogs will grab and eviserate them. I collect Starbucks Bearistas but I don't have any place to put them so most of them are packed up and stored.   If you knew you were going to live comfortably for say 800 years, what profession, calling or project might you pursue with some of your extra years, which you imagine you may not do in the life that you have? I'd probably do more traveling and exploration in the UK and Europe. And attempt to figure out time travel and teleportation.   Is there any thing - an object, a donation on your behalf, some research done for you, whatever - that your witch could do about this that you would like? And if you can't think of a present, would you rather she didn't either and confined themselves to things you are already involved in? I'm all about donations to pit bull rescues. We do charity events with our monster truck any time we can afford it. I'd love to have research done on getting hats embroidered with our logo and finding cool things to market for our monster truck, better prices on t-shirts (4 color logo), etc.     Would you be interested in someone writing out for your a favourite recipe, or finding or devising one which they think you'd like? If so, please provide your favourite ingredients, info on how you like to cook/store and use food, and any intolerances - unless all of these are in your questionnaire, or you don't like the idea. I guess for other witches this might include something like a knitting pattern - not my thing but would you like that? Or indeed would you like a picture created for you (if so what kind) or a story written? I'm pretty good at finding my own recipes and patterns. The only recipe I haven't been to find is one that I remember I used to make when I was a kid. It was called "Crazy cake" and you mixed all of the ingredients in the cake pan. I would love to have pictures, stories, etc. Picture wise, I love my dogs insanely, I miss my DEW ferrets (dark eyed white), I love Friesian horses. Or something with my ponyboy (fetishy) would be fun. Story wise, something fetishy/erotic about a naughty pony boy would be amusing.   Switch Witch is, of course, all about you.....but if your Witch was so inclined, are there wee little ones in your home that will get jealous and are just too young to understand why you won't share the love, who maybe need a touch of Witchee love all their own, to distract them while you hide all your lovelies?!? I have dogs and a boyfriend. They'd probably both like treats. The boyfriend probably likes girly things more than I do (especially fetishy girly things.) And by this, I mean he wears them. The dogs are grainfree so things like dried liver or grainless cookies are good. I won't feed them anything made or processed in china, so please don't send things like chicken jerky as most of that is from china.   Do you like bags? If so, what type (rucksack, clutch, shopping bag) colour and would you like/need a new one? I don't really need any bags. My mom makes project bags for knitting (or whatever) and I have a ton of reusable grocery and book bags. I could use cool ass FABRIC for more project bags... I bought some from Spoonflower and was totally underwhelmed with their lack of quality.   What's your favourite comfort food(snack or candy etc) and/or drink? For comfort food I like stuff with cheese. Lots and lots of cheeeeeeeese (gromit!) Smothered burritos, cheese smothered lasagna/rigatoni/spaghetti. Nachos. cheesy (romano) garlic mashed potatoes (ala Buco di Beppo.) Comfort drinks? Tea, thai iced tea, some kind of tasty espresso drink or frap. Or mead! Muahaha! I love Glögg and tend to buy bottles from Ikea or World Market during the winter season. I'd love more if you live in a place where it's available year round.   Witchee, I know that SW isn't about what you get... but could you name one thing you would be heartbroken not to get and one thing you would be a-ok if it didn't make it in your box? (i.e. do you REALLY want perfume oil of some sort, or would you be totally heartbroken if there was no Lush in your box, etc) It'd be great if you didn't send bar soap (unless you make soap! If you make soap, I'd love to try yours.) I'd like to get contact and love from my Witch; but as far as material goods go, no, it's up to them on what they can afford to send or where their skills lie in crafting.   Would you like anything from an European country? Any particular food or goodies, magazines, books, whatever would be available to your witch in his/her country? I would love tea from france (see question about tea), imported Cadbury's chocolate (curly wurly or crunchies!), or whatever my Witch loves.   What fandoms do you belong to? Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, LOTR... mind just went blank.   What cheers you up? Making other people happy, little notes that tell me people are thinking about me, my dogs, tea, good smelling things, reading, packages in the mail (hee hee!)   Who or where would you most want to haunt? Who would you least want to be haunted by? I wouldn't want to haunt or be haunted by anyone/thing really. Unless I was murdered, then I'd haunt the FUCK out of the person who murdered me!!   What is the best compliment you have/could receive? Er... um... I dunno? People compliment me on my eyes, hair, clothes, shoes, voice, dogs, boyfriend (haha!) I think ANY compliment is worthy, however, I like compliments on style and actions more than on what genetics or luck provided me with.   Would you like something from Empire Edibles? Sure! I added a few things to my edibles etsy list.   What are the three books you most want to read right now, and which you don't already have? The newest Southern Vampire Mystery: Dead Ever After. The Daylight War: Book Three of The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett. The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman (signed would be AWESOME! He'll be in Seattle on 7/2 but they're sold out. Pout. I can probably still get a signed copy from the bookstore that has him here though.) Um, my friend here went and got me a book. I hope that doesn't mess up any plans. I'll change the third book to SHADOWS by Robin McKinley.   What question do you hate to answer? Here or in general? I hate to answer any questions in person, because then I'm being forced to interact. Especially how are you feeling, what are you up to, what did you do for..., etc.   Is there anything small you try to collect from everywhere you visit? I used to collect cool matchbooks from places I visited. I collect Starbuck's City Mugs and Bearistas.   Is there a literary character you identify with? Even if it's not spot-on, just someone you found yourself having that "I identify with this" feeling? Sure. So lately, and don't be alarmed, I've been identifying a lot with Dexter. Mostly because I feel like a fake human being - all of my responses and emotions are LEARNED and I'm sure I still don't get them right. But it isn't because I kill people, it's because I'm aspergers. I really wish I laughed a lot more and could smile at people. I hate doing tech support because I have to pretend to be sweet and friendly and nice. (Although I *am* genuinely helpful at least.)   What would you like from the most recent BPAL update? What are you planning on buying for yourself and what would you like to try? None of the new ones look that exciting to me except the new single note - sweet pea. And I'll probably buy that myself. (bought and arrived already.) The bath oils do sound interesting though.   Would you like a painting? I wouldn't say no to a painting if that is your specialty, Witch. I do love artwork. Maybe I could find a place to put it upstairs... our house is just in this weird state of flux. It's still mostly decorated and filled with R's dad's stuff, and R's dad passed away two years ago!! I kind of wish we could sell the house and move to a place that would be "ours" instead of "his/his parents" because I feel like he doesn't want to change much.. and a lot of it is mostly that we don't have the time or money to redecorate. Most of my artwork (include framed) is out in the shed in storage. *sniff*   Would you like a story written for you? Um, not so much into stories. Unless they're erotic/fetishy. *ahem* And that could be weird coming from a Switch Witch, y'know. Unless you were comfortable with it, in which case I'm comfortable with it.   Opinions on table top games, from cards and board games, to dice and rpgs. What do you like? What don't you like? Favorites? Any classics you like? Do you collect any? I gave most of my RPG stuff to my 23 year old son who runs campaigns. I still have Talisman and I bought another copy of it for my son. Yeah, it's a broken game system but I have such fond memories of playing it in my teens... I like games but the other half doesn't seem to be into them so we never play. I have older games like monopoly, scrabble, boggle, mastermind, pictionary, cranium, etc.   do you have any problems with swearing or particularly off-color humor? Fuck no.   Would you like to receive subversive crochet/cross stitch/ etc., or would this not get much love in your household? I'm not really into crochet or cross stitch... but something framed and subversive would be amusing.   What style is your sense of humour? twisted?   Is there anything from Australia you would like? eg: snacks (yes, you can ask for Tim Tams!), books, magazines, memorabilia? mmmm tim tams. I can get the caramel and chocolate ones here (the real ones, imported, at our local Australian Pie Company!) But I'd love specialty flavors. and the koala carmellos?? and maybe some of the other australian candy that I've heard so much about.   Gift cards/vouchers - yay or nay? If you like them - which stores would you like one for? Sure. For any stores I like! Paintbox Soapworks, Amazon...   Do you like tarot cards, pendulums and rune stones etc? If so, what type? I have a fascination with runes and runestones. I have some nice gemstones that were made into pendants and are inscribed with runes. I have a couple of decks of Tarot but I don't use them much. I love the artwork in The Phantomwise Tarot.   How big is too big...for something to hang on your walls? If I'm painting you a pretty picture, are there maximum dimensions that you have/prefer? We have some large open spaces upstairs. I don't think anything you would want to pay to ship to me would be too large.   what is your favourite object, that you own, ignoring sentimental reasons for attachment? So I guess something you find beautiful, or fun, or incredibly useful. I don't know. My computer? ipad? couch? car? My ingenuiTEA? My kettle? I have a lot of useful favorite things that get used every day. *grin* iphone? heating pad?   Put your mp3 player/online music/itunes/etc on random and list the next 10 songs here: Camouflage - Your Skinhead is the Dream Skinny Puppy - Assimilate Tori Amos - Winter Coldplay - Clocks The Crystal Method - Comin' Back Dead Can Dance - The Carnival is Over Delerium - Silence Clan of Xymox - A Day Depeche Mode - When the Body Speaks The Mighty Lemon Drops - Where do we go from Heaven?   If you happen to find out who yours is, how much would it bother you? Not so much.   Is there someone on the forums (within SW or not) who knows you really well and might be able to help with stalking? You could hit up my knitting buddies -- Stariel, Deazinn, Turtlejen, Elka, Yewberry, etc. Stariel is local if you need local witch help. So is Yewberry. VioletChaos used to be local and was my Witch last round. Coldfire was one of my Witches too. All of my Witches have done great jobs! If you're on Ravelry, you can hit up Winterblizzard. She comes over 1-4 times a week and feeds my dogs while my other half is in Mexico and I'm working.   Do you use waxmelts or tarts? If so, which ones do you prefer? I do - but I don't have a lot. What I'd really like is an ELECTRIC tart warmer! I don't use my tart warmer much because then I go through tealights like crazy. I have some tarts from Alternative Breeding (before they changed their name - I have Dirty Vanilla, Eternal Hunger, and Hell's Kitchen), Yankee Candle (Midsummer's Night, Rose, Leather, pine?) and PartyLite (homemade cookies, holiday spices, halloween night). I'd love to try tarts from other companies.   Do you enjoy drinking hot chocolate, and would you like stuff to make it with, or to add to it? I do like it but I'm picky about my drinking chocolate. I really like the Vosges La Parisienne (and I think I'm set there.) If I'm making a mocha then I use Scarffenberger cocoa (sweetened or unsweetened) and I'm TOTALLY out of that. I also use Ghiradelli Double Chocolate and I might be out of that too. I think I still have some of the Theo cocoa but I'm not super impressed by Theo ... which sucks because they're local. I have TRIED to like drinking chocolate with chili peppers but as much as I want to, I don't.   Is there a Quote that resonates with you, or that you particularly like a lot. Would this be something you would like artwork made of for your walls or a shirt/bag/scarf? Too many quotes and yet not enough to think of right now. I know I have the "Riddle of Strider" on my etsy wish list. Something like that would be cool. I'll try to think of some quotes. Poke me if I haven't updated by July. *wink*   “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”   Also, STARBUCKS, Yay or Nay? Anything you particularly like? Yay, of course! But since I work there, I get a discount. So if you want to Starbuck me, a gift card would be the most useful. (And did you know you can send Starbucks ecards to people? Or buy a card online and have it sent to them? Check out the webpage.)   Do you want to receive one big package or a bunch of small ones? Digital stuff all at the end when the box should arrive or as we go? Whichever is easier for my Witch. It's nice to be showered with a bunch of boxes because hey, who doesn't like getting packages in the mail? But postage can add up so if it's more necessary to send one box at the end, that works too.   Have you ever tried Spoonfudge? Would you enjoy it if your Witch would send you some? Which of the flavors would you like? Don't know what this is.   What's your opinion on Moonalisa? Any favorites or products you'd like to try? I have never tried Moonalisa.   Are there any BPALs that you loved the idea of, the imagery - whether artwork or description - but which didn't work out for you? Hellhound on my Trail for sure. Wanted to love it, waited for it to age, loved the artwork, but my chemistry just didn't work with it.   Do you have any symbols or totems that are meaningful to you? Ankh, Eye of Horus, and various celtic knots (favorites are ones with Epona (horses), Ravens, Ferrets, Hippocampus, and Pit Bull type dogs.) I don't know that I have a totem (I'm assuming we're talking about spirit animal or animal familiar) but I feel most drawn to horses, ravens, ferrets, dolphins, bats, and of course my pit bulls.   When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter? Doggie snuggles, special tea, blankie & fluffy pillow sprayed with atmosphere/linen spray, chocolate.   Would you like if your witch sent a regional pop/soda? If so, what type (Root beer, creme soda, cola, citrus-flavored, chocolate-flavored, etc...)? I don't usually drink carbonated beverages. I drink water (or water with Starbucks Refreshers popped into it), tea, and espresso drinks. Very rarely I'll have something carbonated if the restaurant has one of the 100 flavor coke machines; then I'll have vanilla and lime coke or vanilla and raspberry. I like cream soda too, and Jones Soda blue raspberry or bubblegum. But I won't purchase them normally. The only time I go crazy over something carbonated is at the annual Renn Faire; I always stop and get the birch beer. I have my own bottles that I bring so I can take some home with me.   What are the three BPALs you would most like to receive - one GC, one not-hard to find LE, and one HTF LE from your dreams? GC- Joy or Peace (TAL) LE- The Rose in the Deeps of His Heart or Our Lady of Pain Rare- Voodoo Queen, Formula 54, Noir, or Pumpkin King   If you knit/crochet, what sizes of needles do you need? Specific needles I want are favorited on etsy. I'd like some Red Lace Chiaogoo or Hiya Hiya Sharps (the RED LACE and the SHARP are a VERY important part - I only like sharp tipped needles) in US0, US1, US3, US5, US10 the most. And any other sizes between 2 and 9 are welcome. For the 0-5, I prefer 24" cable and for 6-10 I prefer 32" cable.   What styles of artwork do you like? Eh, I was never an art major so I fail at describing what I like. I have a bit of art favorited on Etsy though (and on Pinterest) so if you look at that, you'll hopefully get an idea of what I like.   If you cook, would you be interested in-hand made spice mixes/rubs? Sure!   Is there anything from the Oddment Emporium you would like? VOLUPTUARY is the only one that I'm interested in on first glance.   What is your favorite color? In general, blurple. To wear as clothing, black or grey. Unless we're talking docs or converse or fluevogs, in which case black, purple, blue or burgundy.   What is your favorite season? Fall.   If you could live anywhere in the world and money was no object, where would it be? Probably somewhere in Scotland or Ireland. Or maybe I could live on a yacht and then visit wherever I wanted. (I think the dogs would be displeased about having no grass though - we'd have to put in a fake lawn to play and do business on. And where would my horses live???)   Do you have any long trips coming up? If so, could you use things to occupy yourself? I'm actually going to Spokane on Monday (other side of the state, around a 4.5+ hour drive.) Miss Lela is going to get a tooth cleaning on Tuesday and make sure that none of her teeth are broken - she's been acting really weird, shaking and panting, and my vet here looked her over and did bloodwork. Can't find anything wrong. So she's on an antibiotic now in preparation for teeth fun. To get her teeth done over there is about the same as having the bloodwork done here. *shakes head*   I'm going to Jungle Jim's next week (it's basically a massive international food gasm in Ohio, look it up); would anything interest you?Did you say food?? Well, I love food! I love HONEY. I get it in one gallon buckets from my mom's local apiary and I HAD honeybees but they all moved out or died. (They were wild anyway; I have a hive and all of the equipment now - I just need to order some bees.) I love tea! I think I've already answered the tea question - so French tea? Sign me up! I love me some summer sausage and beef jerky. I wonder if they have any Sweet Hots? I've been looking for those since I lived in Dallas but haven't been able to find any. I eat those with hamburgers, hot dogs, salmon burgers, etc. SO GOOD. I WOULD LOVE YOU FOREVER. I also love green tabasco sauce, so anything in that vein of hot sauces would be welcome. I love Clove Candy (see edibles wishlist on Amazon) and it sounds like they have a huge candy selection. So, yeah, food. Yum.   Name three things that you could use, but might not necessarily think to get for yourself? Compost bin for the yard, 30 gallon garbage cans, mostly stuff that is too hard to ship probably. I thought of something earlier and now I can't remember. Oh, I keep forgetting to get hair spray so I have to wear my hat every day.   Does anything from the TP Etsy update interest you? I didn't really see anything new? Anything that interests me from Etsy is on an etsy wish list. Updated yesterday and today for the TAL update.   I just found out Oreo is launching ones with watermelon flavor in the USA only. Is it something you would enjoy? That sounds nasty and I don't normally buy Oreos (usually I try to stick with the organic/natural section) but I would probably try one.   If you don't consider yourself in a "fandom" (and I get that ... I don't really go overboard on my liking of any TV show/Movie/etc), are there any TV shows or Movies that you really like and/or watch regularly or any actors/actresses you wouldn't leave standing in the rain (unless you like looking at them sopping wet, in which case ... well, nevermind)? Dr. Who, Firefly, Buffy/Angel, True Blood, Dexter, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Grimm, Once Upon a Time, Heroes, Vampire Diaries (Damon is pretty hot), Boardwalk Empire, The Cumberbatch Sherlock, Red Dwarf, Dr. Horrible, Walking Dead, Lost, Supernatural (in progress on netflix)... - I started watching Hannibal but haven't watched it for a while now, it's piling up on the DVR. I watched all of the first American Horror Story mostly for the rubber suit. I have Big Bang Theory in my queue to watch. As for movies, I have movies that I have seen like 4000 times. Princess Bride, So I Married an Axe Murderer, the Harry Potter movies, X-Men, Hellboy, Nightmare Before Christmas, Sweeney Todd, Moulin Rouge, etc. I love animated films (both anime and not). Wallace & Gromit. I like Pixar and Disney films (I'm sure Disney is the devil, but whatever. I like going to Disneyland too.) Joss Wheden. Tim Burton. I love most of the comic book based movies; Tank Girl, Batman, Iron Man, Spiderman, etc. I like the new Star Trek movies.   So, dear witchee, would you like some Tw*twaffle soap or scent or lotion? No, my boyfriend doesn't like "foodie" scents so my favorite vanilla ones are his limit. No chocolate or waffles or other sweet foods. (I'm not especially into fruity smelling lotions or soaps either.)   Has anyone asked about tattoos? Do you love them? Hate them? Have any? Want any? I only have one (unless you count my tattooed eyebrows and eyelids); a Gargoyle sitting on a wall sconce. He's on my right calf. I'd like more but I need the right artist to help me and of course I'd need to decide. I've thought about cyber/steakpunk pit bulls, friesians, more gargoyles, ravens, bats. I'd like to get some little ones; ankh, eye of horus, etc.   I live near the Brown and Haley outlet - makers of Almond Roca and Mountain Bars - would you want anything from the outlet? For nut-haters, they have nutless Roca For the no-sugar folks they have sugar-free as well. You must live by me, because I'm pretty sure I like close(ish) to the outlet as well, and omg, no. I really don't like their chocolate.   I also have an Oberto jerky outlet local to me - any wants there? I'm also close to the Oberto outlet, so no. I'm good.   How do you feel about home-canned goods? Yum!   Do you like BPTP clothing? I do have a lot of BPTP shirts but I haven't actually worn one for maybe a year because I've gained a lot of weight. So please don't get me any.   What size do you wear of:   Baby-doll T's XXL Regular T's I don't wear regular t's except oversize ones to bed sometimes. (usually I just wear a camisole and pj bottoms to bed.) yoga pants Haven't ever worn their yoga pants or any yoga pants.   Also, what is your favorite lunacy (or non-lunacy) T-shirt that you don't already own? um, I think I bought Raven Moon.. so I'm good. Or other clothes from BPTP? I want more sweatshirts and lighter weight hoodies! I already have the BPTP hoodie and I wear it all the time like a coat.   What else do you love from the Trading Post site, and need to have? I want back up bottles of all of the Our Lady of Pain sprays!! I actually have a Wish List at BPTP.   Is there a particular movie genre that you like (Fantasy? Drama? Romantic Comedy? Musicals? TV-Series, etc), and what format would you prefer: DVD, Blu-Ray, or something in the cloud (like Amazon, iTunes, Flixster, etc)? I love dark gothy stuff and if it's musical (NMBC, Sweeney Todd, Repo) - that's ok. I wish I had a blu-ray player but our tv's are ollld. so I guess dvd.   Following up on the Adagio question from earlier, what are you top five wishes, for teas and blends? I think I already went over that on the tea question. My ultimate would the Mariage Frères butterscotch tea and other things I already talked about. I love black tea with Anise. I love black tea with roses. I'd really like more Russian Caravan or Lapsang Souchong. I'm almost out of my Aveda tea and I'm totally out of the Yogi Egyptian Licorice Mint. I go through Prince of Wales/English Breakfast/Irish Breakfast like there is no tomorrow. Ok, I think that's more than five.   Do you have anything that you do ritually, every summer? We used to have a BBQ/fireworks display every year but my boyflame is in Mexico this year and on his way back he is doing a Fourth of July monster truck show in the Los Angeles area. *sniff* I like to try to go to the County and State fairs every year. And we used to go out on our boat and waterski all day and then hit Ivars or Kid Valley for dinner, but we didn't boat at all last year because of the new monster truck business. Traditions are in flux right now.   What are your top five wishes from ThinkGeek? P0wnies shirt. anything else on my wishlist.   Seen anything lately that makes you go OH HOLY FUCK THAT'S AWESOME!! ? Not really.   Do you like audiobooks? If so, do you have/would you like to try Audible? (I'm an addict, myself.) I'm not really an audiobook person. I used to check them out from the library and put them on my ipod to listen to while I drive... but I haven't done that for a while. (I think I have all of the Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Wheel of Time on mp3...) Since I have to drive for 4.5 hours on Monday and then back on Friday, a couple of audiobooks might be ok. But I can't for the life of me think what I'd want.   Chocolate: Love? Hate? Allergic? If love, what are your faves? Love! But I am snobby about chocolate to some degree. I don't do hersheys/nestle/mars M&M. I love IMPORTED Cadbury Crunchies, Curly Wurly, and Fruit & Nut. And the Carmello. I love the Vosges Naga Bar (but I'm not terribly fond of some of their other bars.) Lately I've been loving the Trader Joe's PB&J bar. World Market has some interesting curry bars that I've been getting - and the coconut sea salt. The Chuao Honeycomb bar is ok. I might try the Bacon Maple one sometime. I really miss the Dolfin brand bars that one of our local snobby grocery stores used to carry; I'd get their jasmine tea bar and their hot masala bar. Milka bars are awesome, either plain milk or with hazelnuts. I have chocolate bars on my Amazon edibles wish list if you need more inspiration. I love milk chocolate with almonds or almonds & raisins. Or just plain if I'm in the mood. I love chocolate salted caramels. I was really addicted to the Seattle Chocolates San Juan bar for a while (salted caramel, toffee, milk chocolate.) I don't really like chili in my chocolate although I really WANTED to. Rittersport is pretty good; hazelnuts or almonds, dark or milk. Godiva is ok, the salted caramel. I don't like "NewTree" chocolate, just throwing that out there. I'm not especially fond of the Theo chocolate either, which sucks because they're local to Seattle. I do like our local Dilettante chocolates, but mostly the sauces (dark chocolate ephemere and caramel) and hand dipped truffles (not the truffle creams or meltaways - and really, I'd have to pick out my own. and they're really expensive.) And dragees - chocolate covered cherries, blueberries, apricots and strawberries are always tasty. But they're local, I can get that anytime. Usually costco will have Dilettante gift baskets. I'd be open to trying some chocolate that is local to my Witch!   Gourmet popcorn, yes/no? What do you like: glazed, savory, candied? Nuts or not? Any flavors you wouldn't like (like Bacon CHeeseburger, Pizza, Watermelon, Root Beer Float, Hot Chili Dark Chocolate)? Or if any of those sounded interesting, how weird is weird enough? I'm not actually a huge popcorn fan. The smell of microwave popcorn is the first thing that made me barf when I was pregnant (and a chicken fast food place outside was the second) and ever since then I've actively disliked popcorn and fried chicken. 23 years later I'm starting to get over the chicken part (not that I eat fast food, and especially not fast food chicken.) If my mom makes caramel popcorn balls I'll usually have some - or if we're at the pumpkin patch and they have kettle corn? I'm all about the kettle corn. I'll eat popcorn at movies once in a while. I generally won't eat popcorn from tins though so it doesn't matter what flavor. Sorry, I am no fun!   would you like some detangling and very shiny hair gloss made by me? This is a 'cone rich blend, not the least bit natural. I don't have very much hair! I shave mine on the sides & back and I tease it on the top, so detangling and gloss is the last thing I want!! I've been considering growing it out again -- I haven't shaved the sides for a while and I bet it's JUST long enough to put extensions or dreads in. But I haven't decided... shaving it off would be cheaper.   I know the question about personal style was included in the questionnaire, but is there anything that could give your witch a better sense of your style/fashion or decoration preferences? Like tumblrs, pictures you like, websites, stores (or brands) you like or would like to be able to shop at and so forth? All of my pertinent links are on the spreadsheet. As for clothes, I mostly wear TDU's (Twilight Dress Unit) which are black BDU or black capri pants, either docs/fluevogs/converse or summery sandals, and cami's with a zip up lightweight hoodie or with a pullover hoodie. I've gained a lot of weight (like up to 10 inches in my waist, cough choke) so most of my corsets and fetish gear don't fit right now (boo) so I'm on a no clothes buying diet until I work some of it back off.   I saw you have a cat - would it be okay for me to add something for them in a package? Do they like mousies, crunch/soft treats or 'nip? I don't have a cat. The dogs wouldn't mind treats though. They have their own section on my Amazon wish list (on the left - "for the pups") -- no treats that were processed or made in China please. And Miss Lela is allergic to grains, so things like dried liver made in the USA are probably safest. We have a couple of local places that sell grainless cookies too.   Do you like earrings? Any particular style appeal to you? (hoops, chandelier style, pretty beads etc.) As stated on my initial Q&A, I only wear studs or body piercing type jewelry (hoops, spirals, half hoops, whatev.) I have examples of what I like on my Amazon wish list (on the left, probably under wearables?) and on my etsy favorites.   Do you like/wear makeup? If so what brands/colors/types? I wear mostly just foundation, powder, eyebrow powder and eyeliner. I could use more mascara. When we go out to a club then I'll wear eyeshadow too, rarely do I wear blush. (PALE. It's all about the PALE.) My other half wears a full face of makeup way more often than I do. Think drag queen and all about the sparkly. I wear prescriptives foundation/powder and I think my last mascaras have been MAC or Prescriptives. I have all sorts of eyeshadow; loose minerals from various people on etsy, pressed from MAC (Maleficient from the Villainess line!), Urban Decay, etc. Sometimes I do Origins liner or MAC liner. I'm always looking for an actual smudge proof black pencil liner that will STAY but I've never found one. I have a couple different kinds of black liquid liner. I could use more brow powder; the kind I had isn't made anymore. My brows are tattooed but they're light; it's more like a template to draw on the eyebrows with my eyebrow brush. I usually get my brows tinted when they're being threaded but it doesn't seem to last for more than a week. I had evilshades.com on my wishlist for all kinds of fun lip/eye things but their website doesn't work anymore. I like shimmery and glittery eyeshadow in purples, blues, greys, blacks, pinks. I don't wear beige or brown of any sort (except brow powder!)   Is there anything special I could get you from New York City? Ummmm. Pizza and bagels? Grinders? Fun tea or coffee?   Do you want/need/like/collect journals? If so, do you prefer lined or unlined? I don't write anything at all if I can help it (you wouldn't be able to read it if I did) and I don't draw, so journals are something that sit on a shelf and look pretty.   How do you feel about glitter? does loose glitter make your skin crawl or would you bathe in it? I like glitter in my soap and I use some shimmery body sprays once in a while (or shimmery body dusters) - one of my Lush bath bombs just glitterbombed my bathroom. sigh. But loose glitter in general? notsomuch. glitter gel, glitter eyeshadow, etc. are all good. My other half is always stealing my glitter gel and eyeshadow. Think drag queen glittery.   I know Canadian chips can be different than others, how does "dill pickle" or "ketchup" sound? We actually have dill pickle and spicy ketchup Lays chips here. I see them at Fred Meyer. I used to LOVE ketchup and dill pickle chips but then I noticed that I felt really sick and headachey when I ate them. Finally figured out I have an MSG sensitivity, and unfortunately most flavored chips have MSG in them. So.... no chips for me. You wouldn't believe all of the stuff in normal grocery stores that contains MSG. Another reason I shop mostly for natural brands and at my local co-op, trader joes, whole foods, the farmers market, etc.   If you were getting a custom Haus of Gloi blend, what four notes would you choose? Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Amber or Rose, Patchouli, Clove, Vanilla Bean or Leather, Woodsmoke, Red Musk, Clove or Leather, Anise, Clove, Vanilla, or Lavender, Anise, Vanilla, Clean Musk or... Their rose lip balm interests me, as does their Rose City pumpkin butter.   Do you like Kickstarter? Are there any projects up that you really like? I'm all for kickstarter and indiegogo. I don't follow any projects though, so dunno!   If you have an Etsy wishlist, what are your top 5 favorite things on there? The price is unimportant, not because I'm rich, but because I'd like some inspiration. 1. The Mr. Tea teapot & creamer/sugar. I WILL HAVE ONE SOMEDAY. Hopefully she restocks soon. (I already have a Mr. Tea teabag holder.) 2. The Guardian of Hopes & Dreams is one of my favorites but I already have about three of him in the small size. 3. The Dr Who converse and messenger bag (Timey Wimey in blues & purples!) 4. The Lovers painting from the Phantomwise tarot deck 5. Either the swirly trees or any of the raven photos/paintings.   Festival this week -- includes an "encampment" and an art faire. any interest in trinkety things from the encampment or cards/prints from local artists Sadly I haz no room for trinkety things or much artworks. sadface.   Does the idea of wearing a plant as jewelery give you the warm fuzzies or the heebie jeebies? No thanks!   Anything interesting from the new Paintbox Soapworks update for you? YES. She just stocked Honey Lavender body butter JUST FOR ME! I have a whole section on Etsy just for Paintbox Soapworks with the scents I'd like to try.   What about recycled sari silk yarn, witches and witchees? I wouldn't say no, but I already have a bunch and no idea what I'm going to make with it!   Sooo, the Blooddrop update (Aviary and Summer Simplicities). Anything you'd like from there? Ooh. Black Heron actually sounds awesome. Orchid or Teak summer simplicities. Honey, Pink Vanilla, and Wild Lavender Spring simplicities.   Every package has to have something blue in it. Blue can also be used to describe more risque humor...how would you rate your general sense of humor? Are you strictly PG-13, R-rated, NC-17? I have a very dark sense of humor and I'm good with raunchy. But I still want it to be witty, y'know?   Do you like puzzles? What kind? Jigsaw, word, etc? Yub. I have some box puzzles on my ThinkGeek wishlist. I like jigsaw puzzles but I haven't done them in forever -- most of the puzzles I do online these days. I loved games like 7th Guest, 11th Hour, Shivers, etc. that had a lot of puzzles.   If I wanted to include something for your fluffball, what would be good, and what should I stay away from? grainless or made in china -- avoid! I'm sure my dogs would love a new small planet dog orbee ball. especially the pink and blue.   Would homemade treats be something you'd like for your dog/cat? As long as they are grainless/gluten free, sure!   If you get a long weekend this weekend... what are you doing with it? Staying in? Going out? Family? Friends? If you don't get a long weekend, are you OK with that, or a little sad? (If you are Canadian, apply this to last weekend). I had to take Miss Lela to get her teeth cleaned in Eastern Washington. I didn't even go see fireworks, I was asleep before dark.   Would you be interested in getting a kombucha starter and instructions on how to use it to easily make your own fermented, probiotic tea drink? no thanks!!   Anything from Villainess that strikes your fancy, either from their update or from the GC? yes yes yes. Decadence Whipped! And I could use another smack that is just Rose Rose and Vanilla Vanilla. Or one that is rose, leather, smoke, and vanilla. I wanted to try their Bourbon Vanilla whipped/smooch but I don't see them on the website anymore??

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Nightmare Before Christmas swap Q&A

favorite candles, companies and/or candle scents? I used to sell PartyLite and I still really like the Colonial Candles of Cape Cod. They burn sooo nicely and all the way down to a nub. Their votives rock because they liquify completely and when they're done, I just have to take out the little metal wick holder and wipe it out. No scraping out wax or headaches.   I also really love Big Dipper Waxworks, they have some AMAZING scents in their pure beeswax candles.   REALLY like the Midsummers Night and Witches Brew Yankee candles. I'd love some of the Witches Brew car jars or a big pillar or jar candle.   I have some candles on my etsy wish list but I don't really know what quality they are. I'm willing to try them!!   I'm also a chandler so I do pour my own candles once in a while when I have time.   I prefer votives, jar, or pillar candles. No dinner candles or tealights please; I'm stocked up on those!!   I'm pretty much a general candle whore and will accept most top shelf type candles. Don't really want any dollar or grocery store type candles, I'm sorry that I'm such a picky biotch.   I love patchouli, rose, vanilla, sandalwood, amber, resins, clove, cardamom, pine/spruce, lavender, leather, honey... In candles I don't mind fruit - spiced plum, cranberry, peach, strawberry, etc.   favorite kinds of tea (flavors, companies) My amazon edibles wishlist has my favorite tea companies/blends on it.   I would LOVE LOVE LOVE tea from mariagefreres.com - especially the butterscotch. It's like crack! It smells just like Lush's butterball bath bombs, srsly.   I could use another ingenuitea and wouldn't be adverse to trying the teavana tea maker of the same type so I could compare.   My tea company here in Seattle that sold Dammann Frères tea closed, but their tea is scrumptious too.   In general, I love loose leaf flavored black tea. No rooibos please. Sometimes I like a good flavored green (like coconut pouchong) but in general I drink black. I like flavors like vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, chocolate orange, chocolate raspberry, rose, maple pancake, pumpkin spice, etc. I also like smoky tea like a good Russian Caravan or Lapsong Souchong.   I'd love to try tea from new places! I'm not a huge fan of either teavana (because of their hard sales techniques in stores) or adiago but my mind is easily changed by fabulousness.   any of the Villainess autumn or winter soaps appeal? Another soap company you'd like more? I actually do not want bar soap. Please do not send me any. I'm a soaper and I have WAY too much bar soap.   Liquid hand soap? Sure! Whipped, smooch or smack? Bring it on!   I need to go check out the Paintbox Soapworks yule update but I do have many things of this variety already in my etsy and amazon wishlists. I have a wishlist at SoapBox Company too. See my SW Help link.   Any of the bpal Halloween scents you wished you'd gotten? Any Yule scents you're hoping to see come back? I'm good with weenies; I run decant circles so I have pretty much everything. As far as yules, I did get to sniff protos at Will Call and I always look forward to Snow White. I'm really looking forward to the new Coraline bottles and any new Yules. Especially BPTP atmosphere sprays!   Do you have a general swap-related help post somewhere? Yes, I have links in my signature. SW Help has links to thinkgeek, soapbox co, etsy, amazon, the loopy ewe, etc. There is also a link to my bpal wishlist, the SW Q&A, and another link to the Switch Witch Spreadsheet which has links to facebook, twitter, pinterest, last.fm, pandora, etc. etc.   Do you have Etsy/Amazon wishlists linked somewhere? see question above.   Do you have a Tumblr/Pinterest you'd share with everyone (these can be really informative as to style?) see question above the question above.   Do you like knitted items? I am a knitter! Of course I like knitted items. I really don't like scarves or triangular shawls though. I do love wraps and long skinny shawlettes, wrist warmers, socks, etc. I'm an MCN (Merino Cashmere Nylon), MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk), and Merino Silk fan. I will say that I am a fiber snob and I mostly purchase indy yarn. But I'm ok with high quality LYS yarn too; I do have a lot of Malabrigo because it's such a buttery soft wool. I'll do Cascade 220 for felting or hats, but nothing that will touch my skin please. Please no yarn from Michaels or Jo-Anns (except things like cotton for washcloths!)   Words, Numbers or Spatial manipulation? video games including any of the above.     I'm in Japan, anything that would interest you from there? Sure! I have a green tea kit kat already (NOM NOM NOM) but I wouldn't say no to MOAR. I used to do a ton of origami and wouldn't be adverse to paper, but honestly I live really close to huge awesome asian supermarkets with excellent book & paper stores attached as well as dishes and cookware. They have a very large selection of origami paper and many times they'll have the imported kit kats and other goodies. I've never seen Green Tea ones there though, so I'm very thankful to have gotten to try one. I'm also pale and would be very interested in super pale foundation. I've never been to Japan so I don't know what to ask for.   Your package must contain "-A 'Sugar Plum' (ie a sweet treat)." With that in mind, what are some of your favorite sweet treats?   I am definitely a food and chocolate snob most of the time. I mostly shop at Whole Paycheck..er..Foods, co-ops, or snobby grocery stores, so there you go.   My amazon list (edibles section, my wishlist is all broken up into categories) has quite a few things I like on it.   I love clove flavored hard candy (drops or sticks.)   As far as chocolate bars go, I don't like white chocolate and I don't like plain chocolate (dark or milk.) Chocolate should contain almonds, curry, dried fruit (berries/raisins), crystallized ginger & chai spices, salt, toffee…   I love imported Cadbury Crunchies, Curly Wurly, Fruit & Nut bars. (there is a company that makes/distributes Cadbury in the states, but it is NOT the same. Imported only please! I used to make a semi-regular pilgramage to World Market for these but for some reason World Market no longer imports them. Sad face.   Dolfin bars are excellent, I really love their jasmine, green tea, earl grey, lavender, rose, hot masala, etc. Vosges Naga bar is wonderful. I like the Rittersport milk or dark with whole hazelnuts or almonds. I love Milka chocolate in Alpine milk (IKR? It's plain and I'll eat it!) or with hazelnuts.   I love clove, cardamom, rose, and lavender flavored things. Anise is yummy too but I'm not a fan of "black licorice" candy per se. Anise fudge though? Yum.   Honey? Om nom nom. I love love love honey. My mom is close to an apiary and we buy their honey by the 1-5 gallon buckets. (I actually had honeybees for a while but they were wild and moved out. pout. I still have all of my beekeeping equipment and hive; I just need to buy some bees. And have time to plant a bunch of good pollen producers for honey!)   Any sweets you don't like?:   I really try to avoid corn syrup. I don't like Hersheys or Nestle or most of the common "grocery/drug store" low end chocolate or chocolate candy, sorry. (well, Seattle is pretty sophisticated and sells high end chocolate along with low in the grocery stores, so YMMV.)   Do you have an eReader, and if so, which kind? Would you be interested in eBooks, and if so, how about a list of your favorite authors/books?   I don't have an actual eReader specifically but I use the kindle app on my ipad and iphone. I can also use ibooks, play books, etc. I think the formats are the most important - I can use .pdf, .mobi, .epub, and .prc.   I have never ever purchased ebooks. There are SO MANY free ones! I actually prefer a hard copy (I have quite a huge book collection with many hard back first edition signed books.) Used books are fine, though! And I would love to read Meilin's books.   I really wish that when you purchased the hard copy of a book that you had the option to get the digital book for free; like they do with Blu-Ray. Half the time you get the dvd AND digital copy too. Stupid book companies and their proprietary formats! It's like the war of VHS/BETA revisted... AGAIN.   Anyway, that is why I don't purchase them. Plus it's just not as comfortable to hold my ipad; the edges dig in and hurt my hands since I have the heavier first gen. I have no plans to get a kindle or other ereader.   I just discovered a new (to me) candle company, Witch City Wicks. Does anything you see there tempt you? See my etsy wish list. Yeah, their plain jars are not super inspiring but I'm sure I can soak the labels off if necessary and wrap with a gothy ribbon or something.   What about desires (limited edition or not) from Black Phoenix Trading Post? Any BPTP wish list items are either in my "wishing" wish list, my scentbase wishlist, or my etsy wishlist (or all three.)

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Switch Witch Q&A - Fall 2011 Round #2

Pfft. Ran out of room at the other entry.   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. My animal photo collection on Flickr. Right now I only have three dogs - Jake Blues, Miss Lela, and Howie. Most of the thumbnails below are linked back to their source (flickr) so you can go look at the rest if you want.   Jake & Lela:   Jake: Jake Blue's Dogster page Jake wanting to play Switch Witch. Or Warlock.   Miss Lela: Miss Lela's Dogster page. there is even has a video on Lela's page of Ella the foster pup trying to kick Miss Lela's butt. (Ella fails.)   Howie: Howie's Dogster Page   Do you like/own/wear/want fairy wings or something of the like? FAIRY wings?! ha! I have BAT WINGS!!! But I wouldn't be against more wings. Things to wear to Burning Man parties or whatnot if nothing else.   How do you feel about terrariums? um? Not so excited. It would depend on the terrarium.   Identify with? Willow to some extent. We're both huge geeks and I did spend most of my high school days playing with computers. And boys, also geeks. I had a boyfriend whose handle was "The Bronze" but of course that was YEARS before Buffy came out. Also sort of identify with Luna - people don't get me and I'm fairly dreamy and easily distracted when not on the computer.   What's your favorite horror movie? Something dorky like Waxwork or April Fool's Day. Or Evil Dead!!   Sooo...Cthulhu: yay or nay? YAY!!! My Cthulhu Evil Elixir water bottle is sitting right here next to me.     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? I'd love a cover for my ipad! I could use a skin (I like the ones that are on my amazon wishlist) but a case would be awesome too, maybe something knitted or crocheted and then felted? I love skull n crossbones, celtic knots, bats, whatever. purple... black.. A little pocket for my headphones would be awesome.     Colors! What are your favorite colors and what colors do you not like? Pictures and links, people!   What is your favorite word? Too many choices.   What are the feelings on arm warmers? Color, style, texture, length? Yes! But I really prefer long wrist warmers as opposed to arm warmers. So they have to go up over your hand and have a thumb. Kind of like fingerless gloves except totally without the fingers. Knitted, of course, cashmere would be the best but merino cashmere or merino silk is ok too! Length - no further than my elbow. Preferably shorter, maybe halfway down the arm.   Do you like tarts? tealights? jar candles? votives? I like unscented tealights, love tarts and jar candles and votives and pillars and 3 wick pillars and and and and candles. yes. candles.   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) I still have a bunch of Ultima Online accounts but I don't play much anymore. So although there are things available to buy that I waaaaaaant, I also kind of don't want since I don't play much.   Anyone doing anything cool for Mabon (or the start of fall, if you aren't pagan? I wish!! Wish I were going to the Michaelmasse feast at Camlann this year. It's October 1st, I still have time!! Maybe I can convince some friends to go. And the All Hallows Feast.... *whimper* Rose petal pudding!!   Is there anything you'd like from the Mütter Museum Store? I heard someone mention skeleton magnets... I already have all of the BPAL that the museum carries.   I just noticed that Cocoa Pink has 5 ml Perfume Atomizers. Yay or nay? Scents you would like? Scents you would NOT like? Sure. I haven't ever ordered from Cocoa Pink but I love vanilla type scents.   what's your favorite kind of pizza? My favorite in the WORLD was Atlantic Street Pizza -- the spicy red sauce, fresh garlic, pepperoncinis, sun dried tomatoes, and pesto. Sometimes I'd mix it up with some kind of meat or artichoke hearts or olive or mushrooms or pineapple or whatever. Sadly the owner of Atlantic Street passed away (young!!) and it is no longer open. Next fav is Pagliaccis but they are so expensive that I rarely order from them. They have a wonder pear pizza in the fall (COMING UP!) and I had their fig pizza last week that was AMAZING. I love their salads too. And their gelatto. (THANKS, NOW I'M HUNGRY.)   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? Cannon's Sweet Hots! The mild!   Is there anything you like or would like to try from Bath & Body Works? I would love more wall flower refills and I use their pump hand soap (not the creme and not the foam, just the regular "Deep Cleansing" or the "Hand Washes".) OMG I just looked at their halloween section. Too cute! I love the purple frosted cupcake candle with the skull & crossbones. And many other things.   Wall flower Refill or scent-portable : Marshmallow fireside, Autumn, Spiced Cider, Autumn Apple, Fresh Balsam, Twilight Woods, Warm Vanilla Sugar, Frosted Cupcakes, Eucalyptus Mint, Lavender Vanilla, Jasmine Vanilla, Lavender, Orange Ginger, Vanilla Verbena, Exotic Coconut.   Deep Cleansing Soap: Coconut Lime Verbena, Warm Vanilla Sugar, Exotic Coconut, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Caramel Apple, Creamy Pumpkin, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Hand Washes: lavander, lemon zest, coconut, eucalyptus spearmint, jasmine vanilla, lavender vanilla, orange ginger, black currant vanilla   Pillow Mist: Lavender Vanilla or Eucalyptus Spearmint. Wish they still had their "honey" pillow mists.   Room Spray: Eucalyptus Spearmint     how do you feel about ethical animal fiber, i.e. wool and the like? I prefer merino and ethically sourced cashmere. (My mom had cashmere goats!)   What about little wee creatures for your desk or mantel, like this? Aww, so cute! I used to have the House of Mouse "Edward Scissorpaws" on my Etsy favs but he kept falling off. Look, he is back in stock! And while I would definitely love him and squeeze him and call him Edward... he might have to come live at work because home is a MESS.   Look down. What are you wearing, right now? The usual TDU's (Twilight Dress Unit.) Black BDU's, a black cami, a black NMBC sweatshirt, and a purple velvet newsboy type hat. No shoes or socks.   Kerchiefs? No thanks. I have a few like that already (hand knitted of course) and I never wear them.   It's the weekend, and you find yourself without a single chore or responsibility for a few hours. Right this very moment, what's the one thing you would do if you could do anything? Realistically? Sleep or read. Oh wait, that's what I did THIS weekend! If I could do *anything*, I would have energy and go traveling. Helicopter or small plane ride, horseback riding, a jaunt to universal studios or dizzyland (only to see the NMBC decor), up to Alaska for dinner...     Do you have any bedtime rituals? Is there any particular product you have to apply or a certain shirt you wear or an act you perform to get you in the "bedtime" mood? Tea and a book. And doggies snuggling at my feet. I generally have to turn on the fan for some white noise. I do usually apply a bedtime scent but I don't have a particular one that I HAVE to use unless I am having a really hard day, in which case I use something like TKO, Baku, White Light, Peace, etc. We won't speak of the hitachi, whomever mentioned that.   Are you interested in today's/any recent Tee Fury shirts? Nay   Princess Bride? Yay or nay? YAY! I have the book and probably 2 or 3 different copies of the DVD. I had it on laserdisc but sold it when I sold my LD player. All of my friends can recite it verbatim.       Is there any kind of international candy you love or would like to try? Wine Gums!! (even if they are mostly corn syrup I would still like to try them.)   What is something totally random (yes, that thing that just popped into your head) that hasn't been covered by any previous questions?   Is there any cheesy/non-cheesy Canadian stuff you'd be interested in? Sure! Maple sugar, maple syrup...   If you were to go here and create your very own chocolate bar, what might it have in it? I am not really into that because I'd want to taste their chocolate first and make sure it was up to par. The chocolate itself is the most important part of the bar and no offense, but some place where you can "design your own" strikes me as a novelty type thing and I wouldn't think they would use as snobby a chocolate base as I'm used to. Plus I can get chocolate bars I really love locally.   Is there anything you're wanting from LPMP? From what?   say you stumbled into Camp Half Blood (or whatever the Roman camp ends up being named <bounces in anticipation>), which god claims you? I kind of like Poseidon because - hello, HIPPOCAMPUS!!! and Pegasus!! and dolphins!! Roman gods might be different.

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Switch Witch Q&A - Fall 2011 Round

September 8th   From the Weenie Update....what are you most wanting to try? I've tried a bunch already at will call -- hoping there will be even more at this next will call in September. I actually think I'm most excited about the two Forum Only scents -- Sprinklecake and Halloween: Las Vegas.   Who's into nail polish? What colors/brands? I'm not super into nail polish, but my TOES are always painted. My son just stole my Blood Countess BPTP polish, so I'd like some more of that.   Is there a quote (or lyric or part of a poem) that really resonates with you or is your favorite? Yes -- many. But I can't think of anything right now except the funny ones like from Monty Python, The Tick, or Princess Bride. *facepalm*   Dream candle? Scent, color, type (tealight, votive, pillar, jar, etc.), throw... I really love the Yankee halloween patchouli scented candle. And their other black candle that smells like men's cologne -- midsummer night or something. I actually make my own candles as well and have worked as a chandler for Sweet Spirit Candles. I used to sell PartyLite and have a METRIC ASSLOAD of 3 wicks, votives, tealights, etc. But I still wouldn't say no to more snobby candles. Because... flove. I even have the candle lamps that take utility candles. I am not picky about color, although I prefer them in my favorite decorating colors (black, white, grey, purple, blue, wine, etc.) I like a HUGE throw. I love pillar, jar, votive, three wick... I don't like scented tealights as much because I generally only use tealights for tart warmers and I don't want the smell of the tealight to compete with the smell of the tart.   Do you like knitted goodies? If so, what would you like and what colors? Heck yeah! I love wrist warmers and long pointy shawlettes (especially like Hitchhiker or any of Martina's patterns. She is awesome with the really long shawls.) I like black, purple, blurple (blue-purple)..   Would you be interested in homemade edibles that are NOT sweets? Any specifics? sure! pickles, jam, beef jerky... and sweets too. Maybe if I had more options for non-sweet edibles? My mind is a blank.   What GC do you live in mortal terror of the lab discontinuing, but never get around to buying? The Velvets and pretty much anything on my wishlist, especially the TAL's, I could really use some TAL's right now.   Yo, yarnies! Do you Ravelry? If so, who are you over thar? I answered this already in my initial submission, but I am misstwilight. I am a complete yarn snob hoar.   Social Media? Pretty sure I answered this on my initial submission as well. twitter = mstwilighteyes, livejournal= miss_twilight   Do you have wishlists for non-BPAL e-tailers? And if so, could you provide a link or a list? I included my wishlists on my initial submission (amazon, etsy, thinkgeek, etc.) and there are links in my signature as well (wishing & sw help, then click on sw help.)   Witchee, do you use a PC or a Mac? I use a PC. I'm a unix geek but I also have windows 98, windows xp, windows vista, and windows 7. and an ipad. and an iphone.   What is your favorite animal? I can only have ONE?! I love Friesian horses (and horses in general), bully breed dogs, ferrets, bats, rats, corvids...   What are you going to be for Halloween? Like I think that far ahead?   If you could have a piece of oil painting jewelry (pendant, pair of earrings, or ring) with absolutely anything painted on it, what would it be? (If you prefer wall art instead, same question as above.) I would know when I saw it... I have many examples of artwork that I admire on my etsy favorites list. I'm drawn towards dark gothy things and love celtic knots. Again with the corvids, ferrets, horses, bully breeds...and gargoyles!   How do you feel about nick-knacks? meh. I have very limited space that is already completely filled with knick knacks and perfume bottles.   What traditions (family, holiday, or otherwise) are important to you? All of my traditions are important to me! They help me keep track of the time of year if nothing else. In the fall I love to visit my favorite corn mazes, carve pumpkins, etc.   Do you like going to the movies? Yes and no. I like to go on weeknights when no one else is around - I really am uncomfortable around a lot of other people and I get grumpy if someone is kicking my seat or blocking my view. or talking/crunching loudly.   What are your favorite restaurants? My favorite large party restaurant is Buca di Beppo. I love various Indian, Thai, Ethiopian, and Mexican restaurants too.   Do you play any video games? Sadly, yes. I have played Ultima Online for over 10 years, I love the Zelda games (started on Nintendo, last played Twilight Princess on the Wii). I have been known to play Guitar Hero occasionally.   Do you like any anime? Yes, but I haven't watched anything new ... new being like the last 15 years.   Do you have an E-reader/iPad/something similar that you need a cover/case for? I could use a case for my 1st gen ipad and I need some screen cling covers for my iphone.   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? It really depends on the jewelry. I have some jewelry in my etsy favorites. If it were from Stardust I would probably be pretty excited. I am NOT excited about dangly earrings, I only wear studs.   How would you like to receive some of your Witch's favorite recipes, tailored to your likes/dietary restrictions? And specific wants? I *really* don't cook very much. I'd rather have something cooked and sent to me.   Do you need any boxes to store your smellies in? What would you store in said hypothetical box--imps, bottles, supplies, all of the above? I would die for more 9 drawer Ikea FIRA boxes. Or 5 drawer. Or any of the FIRA models. Or heck, I could use some more tea boxes. I have a few small boxes on my etsy wish list.   Muppets: yea or nay? Murdered muppets, yay!   Do you have an affinity for Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, The Far Side, and other comic strips? If so, which is your favorite? I enjoy Calvin & Hobbes but I don't have any special affinity for any of them.   Favorite Mythological Creature?: Hippocampus, Unicorn.   Do you like hair things barrettes, headbands, flowers I have a few gothy hair things on my etsy wish list. I could probably use some more hard headbands with teeth.   Expanding on the hair question - does anyone like those flower clips for the hair that are big right now?? Right now my head is almost shaved so I really don't need any hair clips.     September 9th   Do you like to burn incense? If so, what are your favorite kinds...sticks? cones? resins? What are your favorite scents? Yes! I would love to try more of the TAL incense; I have the Samhain: Sabbat incense. I can do loose/resins, cones, sticks, whatev. I might need some more self igniting charcoal and a bowl of sand though... I love all kinds. Patchouli, sandalwood, nag champa, nightspell, amber resins, all kinds of resins.   - Harry Potter - a fan? If so, what house are you? Yes. And I'm pissed that Pottermore put me in HUFFLEPUFF. I wanted Ravenclaw or Griffindor. Pissed enough that I want to delete my account. *grumble stomp stomp gnash gnash*   - If you were to receive a gift card, what places would you like to get one from? Amazon is always a winner. Couldn't complain about Villainess, Scent Addict, Soap Box Company, or many other stores either.   Is there a particular myth/folktale/legend/fairytale/godstory that you're drawn to? ALL of them? I really enjoy reading the re-written fairy tales and I collect the colored fairy tale books. Oh, and I collect Arthurian fiction.   If you RP, tabletop, forum, or otherwise... Do you have any original characters you'd like to see art of? If so, please give information! Even if it's a link to a web page or a profile or picture! I used to play a lot... some of my characters are now immortalized as test characters in GURPS Cyberpunk. I don't think I need any artwork of them.   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! Probably ancient Rome, Green, Egypt, and Britain. And Alexander the Great's horse. And lots of gargoyles on churches and structures in Europe.   When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter? I curl up on the couch with a book, tea, and my snuggly doggies.   What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters? I really would like The Last Unicorn comic series as well as The Guild. And I'd love to have the hard cover graphic novel collections of Sandman.   Are you musical? Do you play an instrument, and if so, what? If not, what do you wish you could play or do? I used to play flute and violin. I started on Guitar but never took actual lessons and then my son stole my guitar back. I've always wanted to be able to play the piano.   Does anyone garden? And if you do, what do you grow? If not, would a starter garden kit be something you'd be interested in? I would love to have my garden back. At one time I had over 50 different types of roses (mostly purple and all fragrant) and 11 different types of lavender. I love herbs. I want to have a nice knot garden, shade garden, night garden, kitchen garden, rose garden, butterfly garden, and of course a vegetable garden. I have a bunch of "seed bomb" kits on my Etsy favorites. I think I need to get a bunch of wildflower seeds to sprinkle everywhere in the woods... we have a lot of full shade and partial sun areas. No full sun. And since I hope to get some more honeybees, I need a bee garden too. And something for the hummingbirds.   Do you decorate for Halloween? Is your decorating taste elegant, kitschy and fun, or scary? I think my decorating is fun but my brother's (soon to be ex) wife always found it scary, so really I guess it depends on your religion and perspective.   Witchee, do you have any symbols or totems that have special meaning for you? Ankh, Eye of Horus, corvid (totem), wolf (totem), horse (totem), horse celtic knot, raven knot, ferret knot. I love swirls. Again, you will see some of the symbols in my favorites on etsy. I am at least consistent.   Is anyone fond of programs like Adopt a Tree/Highway/Library/Manatee/Acre of Rainforest/etc?: meh. Not really my cuppa.   September 10th   What #1 actor, director, author and/or musician are you obsessed with? I'm not really obsessed with anyone per se. I do like to look at cute actors such as Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, etc. I love Depeche Mode, especially Martin Gore. Lately I've been getting into Abney Park. Author wise, I love Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and many others.   are you interested in anything from the Villainness Bad Apples update? I want them alllll in candle form. *sigh*   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 dogs are on a grain free diet so that is their only restriction. They have their own wishlist section on my Amazon list.   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? I missed out on all of the Bat's Day scents this year, so those are high on my list.   Is there a particular artist and piece that you would like a print of? If so, what is your max size that you could spare on your walls? I have lots of prints on my etsy favs but I don't really have a lot of room to hang *anything* right now.   If you are in to beauty and makeup related stuff, what kind of stuff do you like? What is your skintone and hair color? Are there any beauty products you've wanted to try but just never purchase? I'd love a GC for Prescriptives but otherwise, my skin is totally sensitive and I'd prefer to buy my own things (unless I have it linked to my Amazon wishlist in which case, feel free!) Exceptions would be things like your favorite long lasting eyeliner (pencil, creme, liquid) in black or dark purple, mascara, eye shadow, etc.   Do you like coffee or tea? Would you be interested in trying some different types? I really prefer tea these days. I drink mostly black tea but I wouldn't say no to wonderfully flavored greens. Not a big fan of rooibos or white. I do like herbal teas to an extent but I dislike chamomile with a passion.   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) MP3 or actual CD. I'd love some Abney Park albums or any new albums by Electronic, The Cure, etc. I believe I have a CD section on my amazon wish list.   Are you going away for any part of this round? Dunno yet. I'd LIKE to go to Disneyland for Halloween but since we had a bunch of emergencies this summer/fall already, I am teh broke.   Would you like to receive a mix-CD from your Witch? I am pretty picky about my music but I have received some really nice mix cd's from BPAL folks, so I can't say NO.   If your witch were going somewhere on a vacation during the round, would you want a little souvenir? Well, it depends on where they're going and what the souvenir is. Postcards? Sure! Trinkets? Not unless I specifically collect them, such as NMBC or Gargoyles. Or if they are something that I would absolutely love.   Do you enjoy any outdoor activities? Do you have a favorite form of "exercise"? I go boating, quad and dirt bike riding, do agility with my dogs, huge fan of horseback riding, geocaching, hiking, etc. Wish I had a swimming pool because that and horseback riding are my fav exercise.   Any witchee's with a ravelry account have any favourited patterns that cost money that would be a welcome gift? Oh yes they would be welcome. I have a lot of patterns in my queue that are "Wishlisted".   Do you work/study at a desk and enjoy interesting or cute office supplies? I do have a job in cubicle land and I love cube toys!   Witchee, are you a fan of musicals? If so, which ones? meh. Musical movies? Broadway shows? I like music from a few but I'm not an uber fan of any.   Do you have an Etsy shop? Do you know of any Etsy shops that are Switch Witch friendly? My mom is setting up an Etsy shop right now - mostly spinning/knitting/crocheting friendly. Most etsy shops seem to be Switch Witch friendly, I've never had a problem with buying things for my Witchees.   Would a gift or a postcard from Disneyland make you squee with delight or puke into your mail box? I would totally squeal if it was NMBC or PotC related! Oh! And the Haunted Mansion! Anything Gothy is cool. I'll pass on the Twilight Tower knick knacks though. I bought the Mad Hatter tea when I was there in May. I would love to try some of the other Disneyland tea or cocoa. And their candy bars were the CUTEST but I didn't buy any for myself. I'm a huge Eeyore fan too.   I am fond of the thrift. Do you mind lightly used goods? Please be specific! As stated previously, I really like used books. I'm ok with antiques and things that can be thoroughly cleaned. I forgot to mention that I collect Starbucks Mugs, Starbucks Bearistas, and Neodymium glass, the latter being mostly depression era so found at second hand and antique stores. Not so hot about used clothes, shoes, undergarments, etc.   September 11th   what are your favorite types of Halloween candy? The Cadbury Mini import bags from World Market! As far as "grocery store" chocolate (which I am too snobby to eat except around halloween or easter, haha) I like Kit Kats, 100 Grand bars, the caramel covered apple pops, almond M&M's, Reese's peanut butter cups (although I prefer the Newman's peanut butter cups), etc. I can't think of anything else. I'd have to go walk through the candy section at Target.   Do you prefer soap or shower gel? Please give examples of your favorite scents or brands. Shower gel, emulsifying sugar scrubs, and really oily salt or sugar scrubs. I love the scrubs from Arcana, Paintbox Soapworks, Villainess, and Haus of Gloi. I'm trying to do no-SLS but I haven't found any really exciting shower gels without it and I still have a ton of LUSH shower gels, although I am out of Tramp.   as far as soap bars go, I do love soap bars -- BUT I am a soaper and I make my own.. and I have a closet that is so full of soap that the soap is going bad. Especially the LUSH soap. I just can't use it fast enough. So *please* do not send me soap, I am still trying to use my huge stash. I need to start giving it away!!   How do you like your chocolate? For example with nuts, mint, peanut butter, caramel? Ohhh why must you ask this question now when I am feeling chocolate deprived?? My tastes go back and forth depending on stress and hormone levels. Chocolate bar wise: I love the "Naga" bar by Vosges Haut Chocolate, the "Hot Masala" bar from Dolfin (and their jasmine tea bar too, yum!), the peanut butter bar and the mint bar from Truffle Pig, the Cadbury Fruit & Nut bar, Crunch Bar, & Whirly bar (but it has to be the import -- not the fake Cadbury from Hersheys), the Seattle Chocolate Company "San Juan" bar or truffles (salted chocolate), anything from Cocoa Velvet but especially the rose caramels, Godiva's salted milk chocolate caramel bar, Milka milk chocolate bars, Rittersport milk or dark chocolate with whole hazelnut bars, Frango mints, the Honeycomb from Boehms (local), Fran's chocolate especially the salted caramels. That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I also really really love drinking chocolate and cocoa (mostly the snobby kind, like the Vosges Parisian but also the Salted Caramel hot cocoa from World Market and Ghiradelli double chocolate cocoa. And Scharfenberger sweetened cocoa.) I have a ton of chocolate bars, chocolate truffles, caramels, drinking chocolate, etc. on my etsy favorites and on my amazon wishlists. My favorites are really the smaller batch snobby stuff, especially small local places. I don't normally eat Hersheys or Sees unless I am desperate for chocolate and it's right in front of me or the only thing available. Frango, Cadbudy (imported only!), Milka, Ghiradelli, Godiva, and Lindt are bigger companies but I think they are ok to good quality and I will definitely eat those. I am not so found of Dagoba anymore since they were bought by Hersheys but sometimes I'll get one of the Dagoba Chai bars to see if the quality has gone back up (it hasn't yet.)   Beads! Do you use them? Would you want some? What sorts of beads do you like? I don't really use beads. I have some yarn, beads, and crochet hook to make a scarf with but I am unmotivated about starting the project. Maybe someday I'll learn how to make jewelry and stitch markers after which I will want tons of skull and gargoyle beads.   Anyone here like caramels? Sea salted caramels?!?!: FLOVE CARAMELS. Especially sea salt! As you will notice if you look at my etsy favorites.   Anyone like anything in particular from Think Geek? Yep, I included my Think Geek wishlist on my sign up questions and it's also linked from my SW Help page.   Would you like a hand dyed or hand painted scarf or wrap or other item? If so, what colors/designs/fabrics do you like? I would love a huge wrap or table covering/runner. I love black, purple, blue, wine, grey... designs? swirlies! celtic-y! As far as fabrics go, I love things that easy to wash (assuming table runner/covering) but I also love natural fibers (acrylic = ick!) so... cotton? I do actually hand wash a lot of things too, so other natural fibers are also great. Silk, cashmere, wool.   Does anyone here like stones? Just pretty polished stones for use in whatever purposes? I do! And I love gemstones too.   September 12th   If you have kids, would you be interested in getting things for them? And if so, what are they interested and what sizes are the wearing now? My son is 21 and doesn't live with me. But he DOES love BPAL... he even has a scent locket.   Would you like to receive e-books? And if so, in what format? Yes!! I have the kindle application on my iphone and ipad, but I also have ibooks. I can use .mobi and .pdf for sure.   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!) ooh! I love felted bags. My favorites are 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 15 and ESPECIALLY 12!!! DOMUKIN!!! I have a huge book of patterns for crafting felted bags but it seems I prefer to have people make them for me.   Are there are patterns, motifs, etc that you especially like? I love swirls - like Tim Burtonesque type swirls. Celtic knots.   Witchee, would you be interested in having a special tea cup/coffee mug/glass to drink out of? Perhaps, rabbit, perhaps! I do collect Starbucks city mugs so I have like 500 coffee mugs. But occasionally I find other mugs that I MUST. HAVE. Like one with a bat on it from Fred Meyer -- had to have. And the "Mr. Tea" ones from Etsy? Again, must have. Would especially love a special glass to drink out of.   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? Honestly, I am a bit of a tea snob. I would REALLY REALLY like OMG LOVE YOU FOREVER if you sent me some Butterscotch tea from Mariage Frères or tea from Dammann Frères. (see edibles section on Amazon wishlist.) I like loose tea but sometimes I use bags (although the tea snob in me screams "LOWER QUALITY! LOWER QUALITY!" Sometimes you just gotta drink tea from a tea bag -- and I like a lot of tea that comes in bags, so ... I have to shove my inner tea snob into the corner and tape her mouth shut a lot.) I really could use some more gold filters (see amazon wishlist) to steep tea. I do work for an extremely large coffee & tea company so I have access to a lot of tea, but nothing as tasty as Mariage and Dammann. I drink mostly black tea. I love flavored -- butterscotch, chocolate, anise (!!), cardamom. I have some wonderful chocolate chili from a friend in Germany. She also sent me some Anise and I LOVE IT TO DEATH. She's the evil enabler who originally sent me the Butterscotch Mariage that I would LOVE to get more of. I'm hoarding my small amount like crazy. I also love the Aveda tea, Egyptian Licorice Mint yogi tea (I'm totally out! It's on my amazon wish list!), and sometimes I get a hankering for coconut flavored black or green tea (but I'm totally stocked on those, thanks.) We have a really nice tea store or two in Seattle - sometimes The Tea Cup on Queen Anne has Dammann tea. Sadly, since I work graveyard, it is hard to get there during business hours. I also love rose flavored black tea, jasmine pearls, mint, lavender... I could use some more Good Earth tea too (the original flavor, not decaf.)   September 13th   How would you feel about kitchen towels and other similar household objects, if they are pretty or a souvenir? I'm all over kitchel towels!   How did you dress up for your last party or compulsory-formal-dress occasion? I don't really do formal dress. Most of the parties I attend are either full blown fetish-goth wear (in which case I wear a leather corset, black skirt, leather boots) or very casual, in which case I wear BDU's or something.   Do you enjoy puzzles/riddles? (Cryptograms, Sudoku, Crossword, Jigsaw, etc) Not especially. I play with some online or on my ipad/iphone but I'm good with what I've got.   Can you sum yourself (whether it be personality, life's goals, ethics, whatever) in 10 words or less? Nope. It would take a lot more than 10 words!   How about little bottles of booze? Ya wanna? What kind? Heck yeah! I am obsessed lately with Honey flavored things. And Vanilla flavored things. And I love Butterscotch schnapps & Irish cream (buttery nipples!!)   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.) YES PLEASE. But NO NUTS. I can't stand crunchy things in my fudge or brownies.   Also, what about mochi? Love it, hate it, baffled by it? I can take it or leave it. Every once in a while I'll buy Mochi in the freezer section at our local Uwajimaya (usually red bean or green tea.)   Does anyone like kimchi? Er.. I don't know! Can you believe I haven't tried it?   Would you be interested in a sample box(from somewhere like Birchbox or loosebutton)? I have no idea what those are.   Anything from the update ya'll are liking?   You have to place a Lab and Trading Post order. Right fuckin' now. No spending limits. What do you buy? Sprinkle cake, Halloween: Las Vegas, more Samhain Incense, the Samhain Sabbat TAL oil, hair gloss (snake oil, honey, frankincense clove), the bath brews, and pretty much every single thing from the BPAL Halloweenies and BPTP. I'll have to go add to my wishlist when I have a free moment.     Paintbox Soapworks - anything you're interested in, in general or from the latest update? I don't have anything from the latest update, I love sorbetto.     Do you guys have any sports that you follow obsessively? How about favorite teams and/or athletes? Nope. NOt into sports. I am "forced" to follow Monster Truck Racing (I guess that's a motorsport) because my DBF drives "Captain USA" as a back up driver. I don't mind watching equestrian sports.   How do you feel about notebooks/journals/stationery? Anything you need or particularly like? Don't really need.   Does confetti/glitter make you angry or fill you with glee? In between. It doesn't make me angry, but I don't hug it to my chest and dance around with it either. I do like glittery makeup, hair gel/spray, etc. Would prefer not to be glitter bombed by loose glitter in packages.   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 like weird and unusual ones or amigurumi. I have some plush monsters from Monster Nursery, an amigurumi pit bull that dixiehellcat made for me, assorted ferrets, bats, etc. I have one of those cute pink cthulhu's with the big eyes on my amazon wishlist. They sell them at Dark Delicacies -- I squeed when I saw them.   how interested would you be on somewhat personalized bottle cap labels? Sure! Except I have about 1500 bottles so how would you choose which to label?   When you're miserably sick (*sniffle, cough!*) what are the things that comfort you the most? Jamba Juice "Cold Buster" smoothies, Tea, books, fire, soup, sleep, sometimes movies, snuggly doggies, luxury socks (cashmere!), long hot baths with BPAL oil, blankie, fluffy pillows, and someone waiting on me hand and foot. OMG and the "Kiss my Face" brand "Cold & Flu Soothing Bath & Shower Gel" is the BOMB. I'd really like to try the BPAL Panacea blend ELIXIR XI: OOF too. I use GRR and BITCH a lot.   What constitutes ultimate luxury to you? (go crazy!) Well, having my own private island, jets, helicopters, servants, servants for my servants, servants for my dogs, a stable full of friesians, and more money than I could spend in 10 lifetimes. Not having to wait line, excellent food, clean high thread count sheets, being pampered and spoiled. Having people be POLITE to you! (Seriously, customer service is dead.) Cashmere, Mead, Tawny port, high quality chocolate and truffles, really good cheese, etc.   What do you really NOT want? Scarves and soap. Unless of course they are the best scarves in the world that were made by you in my yarn and color choices. Or the soap is my most favorite scent and was made by you. Or is Snake Oil soap. Or soap on my wishlist. Or made by Yewberry.   interested in anything from Lush? I have a love and hate relationship with LUSH. I love a ton of their scents though, and would like to try some of their perfume. And I love their shower gel scents but dislike that they are SLS. I could use some more Ocean Salt and some more moisturizer since that didn't make me break out (I don't remember what kind, it's on my amazon wishlist under bath and beauty.) I love bath bombs and sugar scrubs - I haven't bought anything from Lush since last holiday season. Oh, I love the Silky Underwear powder too. And T for Toes. Would like to try the Vanilla powder. I'll add things to my Amazon wish list as I see them. FOR ALL THAT IS HOLY, PLEASE NO SOAP THOUGH.   * I like beets in soup, such as borsht. I've never had them roasted, I might like them. I love other roasted veggies, especially carrots. I don't like beets steamed or boiled, or at least I didn't when I was a kid. (I used to try to hide them in my glass of milk.) But really, why do we bring up beets for every single switch witch round? Paintbox Soapworks still has the Beet It scent, just saying. I have it in Sorbetto in my shower RIGHT NOW.   * I like the "petite" brussel sprouts from Safeway (safeway brand -- what is it called, president's choice?) - they are tiny and succulent and not bitter. I don't like really large tough bitter brussel sprouts.   * I like anchovies in my caesar salad. Sometimes on pizza. And I love kippered snacks on crackers.   * I like black licorice but the ikea salted fish shaped licorice is a little too much, kthx. I'm not really a huge licorice fan when it's the candy stuff filled with corn syrup but give me some anise flavored black tea and OM NOM NOM. anise caramel, anise fudge... In other words, please don't send twizzlers or anything with corn syrup as a main ingredient. I would be tempted to eat them but I really don't want corn syrup-y candy.   * I am *not* a fan of marzipan. I will take most anything rose, lavender, jasmine, or cardamom flavored. I love the rose and jasmine pastilles!   * I am not a fan of nuts in my chewey things, except for turtles and pralines and things that are *supposed* to have nuts. (ie, I don't like aplets and cotlets - those are like turkish delight, right? - because they have nuts in them. It could just be that I loathe and detest walnuts.) But keep the nuts out of my cookies and baked goods, kthx.   * I like mushrooms.   * I love olives, especially garlic stuffed olives and kalamatas.   * I like goat cheese. And blue cheese. And cotswald. And gouda of all types. CHEESE, GROMIT! I especially love salad with fruit and cheese. Like apples, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, strawberries, etc. with blue cheese, goat cheese, or whatever pairs properly with said fruit. And candied pecans. (I think I am hungry right now.)   * I like raisins in oatmeal raisin cookies. I don't like them in cinnamon rolls. ptooie. I second the golden raisins; I use those in my broccoli salad. And OMG SO GOOD IN THE MORROCAN COOKING. And in indian food.   * I like ginger. I like pickled ginger, fresh ginger, ginger chews. Nom! (Not so much the Ginger from Gilligan's Island, though.)   * I like fresh mango! And dried mango but prefer to stay away from sulfites as mush as possible. Which sucks because I LOVE summer sausage, ham, beef jerky, bacon, etc. But where I can avoid sulfites, I do, and there is dried mango available without it. We used to get canned mango in Panama (my uncle was stationed there for a long time. I got to visit.) NOM NOM NOM.   * salted caramels and chocolate = yes. But I am kind of a chocolate/caramel snob, I readily admit it. Please don't buy me a bug of kraft caramels. *makes face* hand made caramels are the nom! especially the ones without corn syrup.   * Sugar Skulls -- I've never had a "real" sugar skull, but I don't think I would eat it. I would happily accept the Vosges chocolate "Sugar skulls" or the skull lollipops.   * garlic - yes please. fresh, roasted, in goat cheese, in chocolate chip cookies, pickled, garlic garlic garlic. I miss the garlic festival that one of our italian restaurants used to have every fall. Garlic chocolate chip cookies, garlic cheesecake (goat cheese), roasted garlic, garlic oil on pasta, NOM NOM NOM.   * pumpkin -- YES. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin risotto (with oyster mushrooms!), baked pumpkin used as a shell for soup, pumpkin curry, gimme gimme.   * spinach - yes! cooked, raw, baked in things, yes yes. I love it on pizza, in salads, in spanakopita, mmmm.   * Not a meringue fan.   * Cilantro is FTW. I would put cilantro on everything if I had it handy. I love it in sandwiches (raw), on pizza, in salsa, on mexican food, I use it when cooking anything that takes The Holy Trinity as a base (or mirepoix, soffritto, etc. depending on cuisine type.) I use it in broth. with corned beef & cabbage. indian food, thai food, rice. It's SO versatile!!   * cupcakes are full of win. But I prefer spice, chocolate, lavender, etc. to plain vanilla/white. although I'll take vanilla buttercream frosting any day of the week over chocolate. I think the chocolate frosting is usually too heavy. Around here we have Cupcake Royale and Trophy Cupcakes that are my fav places, as well as Sugar Rush Baking Company.   * Avocado - yes. especially mixed with cumin, red pepper, and garlic. Or with cilantro, onions, tomatoes, and lime juice.   do you like chex puppy chow or muddie buddies (ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate chips, PB, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, chex cereal)? That sounds yummy!   Would you be interested in a handmade bookmark? It depends on what it's made of. Flat paper or fabric? sure. The metal ones with beads? Not so much. I tend to just use a thick cardstock type paper bookmark most of the time. usually a postcard or something.   Do you blog? Would you like a header for your blog, a layout, etc? No thanks. But my mom could use a banner for her etsy store.   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. Er, I usually buy whatever Groupons I want. Same with Restaurant.com -- when there is 90% off sale I get the GC's for all of the restaurants that I like. My suggested would be to just make a SOOPER SEKRIT switch witch e-mail address (gmail is free!) and send me questions about a particular item and I can say yea or nay.   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 usually order out. I do make the dogs their own raw diet so I could use more measuring cups and measuring spoons.   I am also on Team Mead and Team Honey. Seriously, I am down to about 3 bottles of mead. ACK! Thank goodness my mom brought me another gallon of honey in August, I was running out. I go through honey like woah. I would never say no to honey. This includes honey scented perfumes!! I haz a sad that all of my honeybees moved out of my cottonwood tree but I have my own hive now and we will hopefully get our apiary going someday. I have a full beekeepers suit and other necessities. I just need to order some bees. I would love to try a new variety of mead and honey! I haven't ever had Avovado Honey and I love trying unusual ones.     Does anyone like postcards? Is anyone willing to be a Nacho witch for postcards? Yep. I put on the Stalking/Services spreadsheet that I'd be happy to be a postcard minion. I love receiving post cards too.   How do people feel about little pocket shrines, maybe something inspirational/motivational to keep in their purses/backpacks/whatever? That falls into the range of knick-knacks for me. I don't carry around a lot of stuff and don't want to carry around a lot of stuff. I already have enough with my ipad, knitting, lip balm, etc. However, again, if it were completely customized for me with gargoyles, purple, grey, stripes, NMBC or whatever, I would probably squee like a little girl over it. So YMMV.   How do you feel about maple syrup? Yes! I don't like fake-y syrup like Aunt Jemina or whatever it is that people use. I only use real maple syrup. (and I don't shop in large grocery stores, I stick to co-ops and small natural ones most of the time, so I am really behind on normal grocery store food.)   Do you like Star Wars? Original Trilogy? Prequels? Spin-offs? Favorite characters? I am old enough that I can say I watched them all when they were new in theatres. I would watch them again, and I have. Many times. But I am really not the hugest fan of Star Wars OR Star Trek but I don't hate them either.   I have a question, mainly general, and not witching related, but I have a few things that I do every Switch Witch round, would you find that boring and unoriginal? It's not like the entire package is the same all the time, but there are a few things that I try to include in every SW package I've done. It's not boring and unoriginal. It's TRADITION! (Wait, wait, he always waves at the gate.)   Doctor Who? Yay or nay? (please don't make me cry by saying nay) I'm watching it on Netflix right now! (starting with the ninth Doctor.) I get bored at work and watch a lot of Netflix.   If my witchee is a fan, would they like a couple Doctor Who stickers in their package? Sure! And someone mentioned Game of Thrones! Yes yes!   Do you like beef jerkey, I know some may be vegatarian, but where I live beef is a staple and beef jerkey abounds. Flove beef jerky but not pepper. Regular, teriyaki, brown sugar, go for it. If it's encrusted in pepper? Not so much.   Also do you like or racier ecards from time to time and do you need to be warned if something may be not safe to open at work? I do actually do most of my updating and stuff at work, so if there is nudity I should probably be warned.   Team Tofu? yes. I usually prefer to get tofu over meat at mongolian places and love tofu in my soup at thai places. I'm not vegetarian now but I was one for many years. I'm open to lots of tofu things.   Anyone love Buffy/Angel? me me me. Wedon fan here. Firefly, yes!   Witchee: How would you feel about gummies? Like, gummy bears? Gummy werewolves? Gummy vampires? Most gummies are full of corn syrup, so that is a no no no.   Witchee: How would you feel about a totally original Gela-skin for your laptop/iPod/phone? Stickers? Decals? There is a TIPPR deal right now for skinit.com that I am seriously contemplating purchasing ($15 for $30 worth) because I want NMBC, PotC, and Alice skins for my laptop, ipad, and iphone. I haven't ever looked at Gela skin because Skinit already has the perfect ones. There are, like everything else in the world that I want, on my amazon wishlist. I'm a virgo. I organize. Anything I see that I want? I use the universal wishlist button and stick it on my Amazon wishlist. Seriously. And the wishlist is all broken down into categories.   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? Please no pumpkins. I am not a fan of orange. And I don't really like cutesy ghosts but I'll take anything raven, bat, or skull related, cutesy or not. I collect gargoyles and display gargoyles & skulls all year long; our boat is named The Jolly Roger complete with accompanying graphics. The DBF is named Roger and is incredibly positive and upbeat, so really it just fits. I love decorating with gravestones too. And I have skull cookie jars, salt & pepper shakers, skeleton hand salad tongs, silverware shaped like bones, etc. ALL YEAR. I collect NMBC stuffs and when I was at Disneyland I *really* wanted the Nightshade jar. Maybe I'll pick it up when I go back to California this October. My fairy tales are both dark and disney. Maleficent! How can you go wrong with black, purple, and dragons? I have Maleficent MAC makeup stuff.   Are your ears pierced, Witchee? Do you have any other piercings? Would you like to receive any items of jewelry for these piercings? Yes, I have double piercings in my ear lobes (I had more up to the top of my ear but I let them all close.) And my tongue is pierced. I'd kind of like to do my nipples again but the first time they never healed and it was a pita always cleaning the crusties off and adjusting my jewelry 500x a day (I'm sure people thought I was just playing with myself.) I wouldn't say no to another tongue barbell since I only have one that is plain surgical steel. I have a TON of cool body piercing wishes on my Amazon wishlist, sizes included. Other than that, I only do studs in my ears so please no dangly earrings of any sort (unless they are on my wishlist specifically.)     How do you all feel about Whoopie Pies? meh.   Are you looking for a certain kind of DVDs to spruce up your collection right now? I am always looking for my fav movies on DVD. I have a huge amazon DVD wishlist and I don't mind getting burned dvds.   Anyone going to see any good concerts this fall? I have never seen Duran Duran (GASP, I know since I loved them growing up) and my BFF is giving me two tickets for next Friday! woo!     Wonderland tea I purchased some of the Wonderland Mad Tea Party blend when I was at Disney in May. I'd love to try some of the other Disney tea blends, but I'll be (hopefully) going back in the last full week of October so if I don't receive any before then, I'll probably buy some for myself. Now... if my Witch could somehow hook me up with a reservation to Club 33 (HA HA HA! I KNOW! But I saw some people mention in the Disney thread that their company has a membership... so it can't hurt to ask. I'd like to see how they've changed from 20 years ago when I was last there!) or hook me up with some discounted 1 day passes to Disney and Universal, that would ROCK. I can get slightly discounted passes from "perkspot" but it's really not that great of a discount.     oh WITCHEE (not that i have you yet) would you be interested in something like this? https://lostcrates.com/how-it-works Er, no. Thanks.   how do you feel about lip balm? Love it!   Favorite style (twist up tube, pot, tube with wand, etc.)? - I prefer the regular size tubes. I hate the little tiny tubes that Haunt has. Oval or round are both ok. No tins please.   Favorite flavors? - In the Better Botanicals I like the Rose Mint, Ginger, or Cardamom. Otherwise I generally like honey, rose, chai, vanilla, jasmine, and I can deal with mint. Lime might be fun.   Flavors to avoid? - Chocolate in general. Not a huge fan of orange, grape, cherry, strawberry, or most fruit when it comes to B&B scents.   Favorite brand? - Lately my favorite brands are Bunny Butt Apothecary (in my etsy wishlist) and I would LOVE some of the Better Botanicals Lip Balm, which I have linked in my Amazon Bath & Body wishlist. Better Botanicals is one of my FAVORITE EVER but my co-op no longer carries it. I can deal with Burt's Bees honey lip balm. I have a bunch of tubes from "The Morbid the Merrier" on my etsy favorites as well; they used to have the tiny tubes but it looks like they have regular ones now. I'd like Haunt if they didn't have the tiny tubes. I haven't tried Haus of Gloi balm but I was eyeing their Rose flavor. I'm also really interested in trying the vanilla rose cacao lip balm from Flying Bird Botanicals (favorited on etsy) along with their drinking cacao.   Brands to avoid? - I *just* bought some Starborn Alchemy balm and it is grainy. Ick. I hate grainy lip balm. It's also on the "Too slick" side for me; I like buttery over oily. I also DO NOT LIKE "my lip stuff" - again, they are too slick & oily with not enough solid butters or beeswax or something.   Do you need more right now or are you set? - yes I need more!   Are you one of those people who could never have enough lip balm even though you have a bowl on your dresser overflowing with them and 10 in your purse and an order for more on the way? - I usually order a bunch and then order more when I'm on the last tube. But I don't think I could have enough unless by some chance it didn't have any preservatives and the oil went bad.     Would you be interested in getting fountain pen inks or art supplies via JetPens and or DickBlick? - No thanks   How do you feel about getting art supplies in general? - Not interested unless by "art supplies" you are including yarn or knitting supplies.     How do you feel about Threadless tshirts? - No thanks.     If I were to let you loose with $20 in a drug store (CVS, Walgreens, etc - basically a pharmacy with an attached mini-mart), what would you get? - I rarely set foot in such places since I generally get things in bulk at Costco or shop at Co-ops. If I do stop by it's usually because I NEED cough drops or cold medicine, feminine products (although I usually make the boy go buy them for me, srsly!), anti-perspirant,a card for someone, or something that might be on sale such as Fair Scone mix or Pike Place Market tea. (Our Bartells always has interesting food things on sale. My favorite is the Pacific Creamy Tomato Soup that comes in a box.) If someone wants a particular kind of halloween or christmas candy then I tend to go in to a drug store. Or, duh, if I need a prescription of some sort. The last time I went into a drug store it was to purchase an eyeglasses screwdriver because my frakkin fairly freaking expensive sunglass screws keep unthreading. I need to put some super glue on them and screw them in with that. Most of the drug stores around here don't have B&B products that the co-ops have. Or high end chocolate. Although Bartells does carry the Seattle Chocolate Company stuff, and their San Juan bars/truffles are pretty good.   Darling Witchee, would you enjoy farmer's market pickled veggies (green beans, garlic, asparagus, etc) or fresh canned peaches or something of that nature? Dill pickles and garlic! Yum! Although from experience, things like this are really heavy and hard to mail so I would understand if I don't get any. I love honey from markets too. And rose or lavender jelly! The West Seattle Farmer's market has spiced blackberry wine -- I keep wanting to go get (another) bottle but it's soooo hard to get to West Seattle by 11am on Sunday.   Do you prefer color or white photographs? Nature or abstract? As a framed photo? I probably prefer black/white. I have a bunch favorited on etsy if you want to look. But again, I don't really have room for artwork right now. I wish I could put a bunch up -- it would be things like gravestones, gargoyles, crows, skeletal winter trees, etc.   I may be going to the Chiles & Frijoles Festival this weekend. I'm not really sure what all I'll find (doesn't that sound promising), but I'm guessing lots of chiles and pinto beans and related things. Interested? Er. If they have the sweethots type chilies, yes!     Amigurumi, yes or no? YES... as you can tell by my Ravelry Queue & favorites, assuming you have stalked me that far.   What are some of your favorite paintings? (famous or undiscovered?) Feel free to link to examples! How about favorite prints? Omar Rayyan's "The Favorite" Jasmin Becket-Griffith's prints, especially the Notre Dame fairy/gargoyles such as The Secret of Notre Dame. I wish that Phantomwise still had her black/white tarot series in the etsy shop because I have always coveted The Lovers. There are some awesome etsy artists who do Pit Bull stuff to benefit rescue, such as this one. I've always liked Michael Parkes' Gargoyles. I was lucky enough to see the Van Gogh exhibit at the Smithsonian when I was visiting some friends in DC in 1999 or thereabouts - my favorites were Starry Night over the Rhone and Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette. Starry Night is nice too but isn't my favorite; I do like the swirls and colors but I wouldn't really want a print of it. I have a cool framed print from winning a contest at PhotoWOW. Here's Jake modeling with it, since it is of him! I'm sure there are more but that is just what I can think of now.   If you could have an image painted for you - sky is the limit - what would it be? Hm. Hard to say. I love all sorts of things. Maybe my dogs looking at gargoyle-y with bat wings. This is my one of my favorite photos of Jake and Lela from a Bev Sparks photoshoot (www.dogphotography.com.) I've been considering ordering a much larger print of it (I only have a small photo.)   Would you like any ecotools makeup brushes? I'm pretty set right now for makeup brushes.   Do you like Legos? Especially mini-fig key chains, Lego block keychains, small Lego sets, etc? Nope.   Three Favorite Kinds of Tea: Pretty sure this has been asked and answered already, but THIS WEEK it is: 1. Mariage Freres BUTTERSCOTCH black tea. 2. Aveda "The Tea" 3. Anise flavored black tea. (If we're talking about bubble tea, I prefer the Honey Milk Tea. Or Lavender. Or Jasmine. Or Rose. I like tapioca pearls.)   Three Favorite Scents of Candles THIS WEEK. 1. Witches Brew from Yankee 2. Spiced Vanilla from Colonial Candles of Cape Cod (aka PartyLite) 3. Patchouli. (See #1.)     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. Sprinklecakes and Halloween: Las Vegas. Maybe an imp or two of the new GC's.   Thai & Ethiopian. I like Pad Thai just fine but my favorite noodle dish is Phat Si Io (also, Pad See Ew or Pad Si Ew) -- I freaking love the huge soft hand shaved noodles that most (good) places use.   I also flove (vegetarian) ethiopian food. My favorite place ever is a little hole in the wall in Denver - they had the BEST ethiopian coffe and coffee ritual. I had a favorite place in Dallas too, I can only remember the name because it seems to be super common for Ethiopian places -- Queen of Sheba. (The Queen of Sheba in Seattle is not a place I will go again. ptooie.)     So what say you? IS an "unexpected" visit/in-person witching OK? I would say no. Sometimes it's hard for me to get myself into a frame of mind in which I am able to be social with other people. And my house sucks, I don't really ever want anyone to see it unless I have lots of time to clean first. It takes me a long time to let my walls down enough to be comfortable with someone unless they get me drunk, in which case all bets are off. (Or if I have a security blanket, sometimes in human form, with me.) I guess I am sometimes really good at pretending that I don't have social anxiety but... I do. Usually Will Call is a safe bet if you want to meet me, although I am not usually being social, I am usually being a minion and fetching things. Although if you wanted to meet AFTER the round at Knows Perfume or for coffee or drinks, that would be cool. Especially if I could drag my boyfriend or other people along to ease my anxiety.     Is there something that you wish you could do, but you keep putting it off? Of course! Go back to school is one. Skydiving. Dancing. Exercising!! Traveling. Knitting ALL the things. Cleaning. Painting the upstairs and getting new carpet. Putting away or getting rid of all of the things in the house that we don't want that belonged to R's dad. Unpacking the shed with all of MY belongings and getting them put away in the house, especially my books, bookshelves, and gargoyles. Planting a knot garden. Getting more roses. Fixing the yard so the soil would be good enough for herbs/roses. Acquiring a horse again. More quad riding. Getting my motorcycle endorsement. Learning to play piano and/or guitar. Winning the lottery. Being more social. Going to Farmers Markets. Painting my BPAL boxes or having someone paint them for me. I could go on and on and on. All I really do is work, sleep, work, sleep, watch netflix, occasionally knit, read, and sometimes go out on weekends when I'm not sleeping or reading.     Put your current mp3player (I am the anti-apple, so no ipod ), winamp playlist, what have you, on shuffle, list the first 10 songs: How about the LAST 10 songs from my iphone shuffle? (ok, 11 because I can't count and went back too far.) 1. Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars 2. Duran Duran, The Chauffeur 3. David Bowie, China Girl 4. Crowded House, Chocolate Cake 5. Coldplay, Clocks 6. The Art of Noise, Close (to the Edit) 7. The Cure, Close to Me 8. Tears for Fears, Closest Thing to Heaven 9. Kate Bush, Cloudbusting 10. Depeche Mode, Comatose 11. The Crystal Method, Coming' Back   Do you have any interest in rocks? Not like, polished colorful stones.. but like... rocks. With geologic significance! I like druzy quartz type rocks... geodes... sometimes I pick up cool rocks. I like gemstones, polished or not. But just like a hunk of basalt? er. not unless it had some personal meaning.   If your witch were to knit you a scarf/shawl/cowl, which would you prefer, and what features would you want? Would you prefer something light and drape-y or thick and warm? What kind of colors would you prefer? Do you have any fiber allergies or preferences? I like super elongated scarf shawls. Like Hitchhiker or Trillian! I think most of Martina's patterns are elongated. I prefer purple, black, blue, blurple. I am allergic to acrylic. I prefer merino, merino cashmere, merino silk, etc. I am a total yarn snob. (Ignore the non-snobby yarns on there from Michaels or Jo-Anns, most of those were gifts or things I'll use for people who don't mind non-snobby yarn.)     AND DANG IT. THIS ENTRY IS FULL!! I HAD TO MAKE A SECOND ENTRY!!

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Switch Witch Spring 2011 Q&A

Baked Goods? Yea Nay? Yes please!   If not Baked goods and you are changing eating habits..a book of recipes perhaps that will help the new eating lifestyle? I really prefer my recipes online (allrecipes.com is my favorite) so I can change quantities, print them out, get them dirty, etc. Or view them on my ipad while I'm cooking! I'd love Meilin's e-books for crockpot recipes and garlic and other things!   Here's a question 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 would probably order Lemon Scented Sticky Bat or some of the BPTP Courtesans. And Spanked. And anything that I haven't ordered yet, like the new LE bath oils and room spray.   Do you like cooking seasonings, like the kind you can get in ounces sizes? If so, things you'd love to try out? I'm pretty set on seasonings right now but maybe some really interesting ones would be fun? I always see all of the different colored/variety salts and speciality things but don't purchase them.   Do you like any particular kinds of green or back teas or coffees that could also be gotten in bulk? I usually prefer black tea. My favorite right now is an anise black tea that my friend sent me from Germany!! I'm sure it could be purchased in a larger size (mine is 2oz?) but I'm not sure where from. I usually buy my teas in smallish quantities from the yummy local tea stores.   Favorite snack foods (and can they be from bulk section as well?) Lately my fav snack foods are the fruit/nut mix from Costco. Except I pick out the walnuts because I really don't like them! But the dogs do. I also do a lot of cheese (cotswald, sage darby, or something else tasty in the snobby cheese section), crostini, and sliced sausagey things. Or chips and mango peach salsa. Or ... another thing the BF brought home -- Cadbury's Mini Eggs!! OM NOM NOM. And beef jerky. And the crunchy green beans from Trader Joes.   What level of nudity are you fine with on items? It depends on the item I guess! I have no room for artwork yet, but when I do I will probably be getting BDSM themed artwork for the bedroom. In which case nudity is perfect.   I know the ?aire 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? I fine with gently used items of almost everything. Underwear or socks? No thanks!   Would you rather have HUGE list of things your witchee wants to try or just a highlight list? Everything. The more you have on your list, the more likely it is that I will have it!   Tim Tams? Yum! The black forest ones were spectacular and so were the toffee ones. The chocolate creme ones I'm iffy about. Caramel is good.   If someone were attending Disney on Ice (Toy Story 3) with a bunch of Girl Scouts, would you want a patch/souvenir? No thank you.   E-goodies? Er?   Mix cd's? I still have about 6 mix cd's that I haven't listened to yet from other sources. I'm really picky about my music I guess.   Is there any "classic" literature (Hemingway, Dickens, Elliot, Bronte, Hugo, Wilde, etc.) that you would like to add to your collection? I downloaded about 500 onto my kindle application on my iphone/ipad. All freeeeeeeeeeee!   So how does everyone feel about receiving ebooks? I *would* actually like the Song of Ice and Fire and the Wheel of Time books. Because I read those over and over and over and over and my first edition copies are going to be destroyed.   candles and/or aroma melts: I don't actually use melts that much (I would like a melt warmer that you PLUG IN, rather than one that you put a tea light in) but I would never say no to more candles and melts.   Get your music player, what are the first 13 songs on Random? (This is my LastFM channel since my ipod is at home.) Covenant - We want Revolution VNV Nation - Illusion Dead Can Dance - The way an Eel Feel Eels Dave Gahan - Kingdom (Digitalism remix) Martin Gore - Never turn your back on Mother Earth XTC - Mayor of Simpleton Thomas Dolby - Radio Silence The Cure - Close to Me Apoptygma Berzerk - Love to Blame Depeche Mode - Strangelove Minerve - Clear Bruderschaft - Forever Anything Box - Carmen   LiveJournal: miss_twilight Twitter: mstwilighteyes Ravelry: misstwilight FaceBook: I'm on the GUSP page and the TeamBPAL Fan page. You'll know my real name when you get my form.   Do you need another bpal box? If so what would your fantasy one look like? Sadly I could use a couple more. I have a couple nine drawer Ikea Fira and four tea boxes but I'm spilling out everywhere. My fantasy one is on my etsy wishlist! http://www.etsy.com/listing/46068735/mamas-little-secret Would love another nine drawer Ikea fira but the last time I saw them on ebay they went for $60+ plus like $25 S&H. Ikea has discontinuned them for some odd reason.   Do you have any blogs you regularly read? Anything that shows up on my google reader...   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? probably sleep. I never seem to get enough sleep. oh wait, no budget? like I am rich? I would probably shop online at yarn stores, bpal, villainess, etc. and then go to europe. or do the shopping on the plane to europe.   Astrological charts and interpretation/ reports? would be cool except I don't know what time I was born.   Do you enjoy gardening? If so, what kind of stuff do you grow? Vegetables, flowers? Lavender, sage, rosemary, thyme (no, not the song!), mint, etc. Many varieties of all. Love edibles. Used to have about 75 different types of roses but had to move and leave them all behind. Where I'm living now doesn't have enough sunlight or soil that is well drained enough for herbs or roses. *sniffle* I love anything that is highly scented. Dianthus, chocolate cosmos... I love bonsai (I had a 30 year old bonsai wisteria but when it turned into a stick in the window - I kept it outside of course - my "then new puppy" Jake chewed it off. Would love to grow veggies, but again - water table is WAY too high and not enough sunlight.   Booze? Yay or Nay? what kinds? I prefer tawny port, ice wine, and sweet mead. vanilla rum or vodka. starbucks cream liquor. butterscotch schnapps. baileys. girly drinks.   Steampunk inspired items? Yay or nay? yes, but prefer silver/pewter over bronze/copper/gold. have a lot of steampunk inspired patterns to knit. have many steampunk items on my etsy wishlist. need goggles.   Favorite Artists - Jasmine Becket-Griffith's Notre Dame fairy/gargoyles. Omar Rayyan's "The Favorite", "Croquet", "Fluffy", and "The Faerie Child". (all on my etsy favorites!) I have some artwork (originals) from my friends, some prints from Van Gogh, Patrick Nagel, Gorey, and varied artists. I don't usually like EVERYTHING by one artist, it's more like one or a few piece wills speak to me and I'll want just those. Love artwork with ravens, bats, friesians, pit bulls, gargoyles, hippocampi, dark and gothy, celtic, etc. Would love some really nice BDSM pony artwork or large framed photo prints.   Do you like those little crocheted dolls? You know the ones! They have a Japanese name! GAH! If so, who needs to be emulated as one? Yes, I like Amigurumi. A Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow) Amigurumi would be cute! I have the most darling pit bull one from dixiehellcat!! I have a ton of patterns for various amigurumi on my ravelry and Loopy Ewe wish lists.   Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies - who wins? Which do you love most? I love pirates the most. They should smell the best too, like the sea and sky, wood, leather... (I expect my pirates to bathe regularly and not drink too much rum.)   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 have mostly shaved hair but I do wear a plastic toothy headband to keep my bangs out of my eyes at work and I have some barettes/clips on my etsy favs. I would love to have more dreadfalls -- need a big wide cloth headband and some goggles to go with them. I have some black and white yarn dreadfalls but they are really heavy and don't stay on well. colors? black, purple...   Piercings? - ears?? - elsewhere? I had five holes in my ears (two in the lobes on each side and one up at the top) but I took them all out except one in each lobe. They're probably healed by now - I might need to get them repierced. I'd kind of like to get my nipples done (again) but then I think about how they never would heal. Oh! And my tongue is pierced. I keep forgetting about it since I don't really notice it. I have all sorts of body piercing jewelry on my amazon wishlist. Otherwise I don't really like dangly earrings, I only wear studs and the types of things on my wishlist.   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) I am really bored with plain chocolate. I like interesting flavors in mine. I LOVE the Vosges Naga bar and the Dolfin Hot Masala -- CURRY! Love the Dolfin green tea jasmine. Don't really enjoy chili in my chocolate so much. I do like fruit and nut bars, caramel, lavender, rose, etc. Would love to try the Vosges italian truffles with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, etc. I'm pretty snobby about my chocolate except for the Cadbury's Mini Eggs for easter. OM NOM NOM.   For 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? I don't really wear a lot of tint or gloss, mostly just lip balm. Shimmer is ok! It's all about consistency for me... I don't like a balm to be sticky (gloss) or too slick. I do like the Lip Venom even though it's on the sticky glossy side. One of my favorite balms lately is Bunny Butt Apothocary (I get mine through the Soap Box Company.) I have been lusting over getting more from Better Botanicals for a while; they used to carry them at our local co-op but I can't find them anywhere (except online) now.   What's your favorite animal? Or is there one that's particularly significant to you? I don't have just one! Ravens, bats, Friesians, pit bull type dogs, ferrets...   DVDs, Blu-Ray, both, neither? Eventually I'll upgrade to Blu-Ray so I've started collecting them already.   Copied CD's or DVD's? Arrrrrr!!   I'm going to Disneyland in a couple of weeks, is there anything I can get you? *drools and makes grabby hands at NMBC items!! (Nightmare before Christmas!)*   Sock Dreams? What kind? (anklets, footies, etc.?) yes! no footies, plz. I would kind of like some sock garters for thigh highs since my bpal socks tend to slip down. Y'know, the kind that go around at the top of the sock, not a garter belt. I like stripey socks but I like my socks to be a little on the thick side since I wear a lot of converse, docs, and unisex fluevogs. I don't wear very many girly shoes so thin socks tend to get holes immediately. I also prefer natural fibers to acrylics (I don't mind having a little nylon for stretch, but I prefer socks to be 70-80% natural fiber.)   Since this is a price capped round, would you rather get one "big" thing or lots of "little" things or don't care? I prefer quality over quantity (especially for things like candles, chocolates, yarn, etc.) but I believe you can find a lot of small reasonably priced things that are high quality. So I'll leave it up to my Witch! I'm hoping to do a lot of smaller yet high quality things for my Witchee because I think it's fun to get lots of little packages. But you know, it's also (for me at least) about the contact and knowing someone is getting to know you and paying attention to you. What? Attention hoar?? Sometimes I don't feel chatty back but I like being poked, even if it's just saying hi. Postcards and e-mail don't cost that much!   Do you like pirate-related things? But of course! I love going to Archie McPhee and getting a ton of pirate-y things. I have the lunch box, apron, bath curtain, bath mat, garbage can, pirate devil duckies, mints, air fresheners, etc.   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 will admit that I would like to try the Snake Oil soap, as well as the one I can't pronounce.. Otherwise my soap coffers, as it were, are overflowing with bar soap. I make bar soap myself so I usually have a good supply on hand. (HA HA) I'm even totally good on shower gel. I would, however, love to have more scrubs, both oily sugar/salt and cleansing ones, like smacks. I love the Arcana scrubs, Villainess scrubs and smacks, Paintbox Soapworks Sorbettos (I have quite a few on my etsy list!), etc.   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 was always the science geek, not the art geek. So sorry, I am not into periods and don't have any interest in knowing art by period or genre or whatever. I know what I like when I see it and I like a LARGE variety of things. But I'm pretty consistent with my likes and I think I've already stated them enough times and given examples of some pieces I like, pointed people to my etsy favs, etc. I tend to like things with hues of silver, grey, black, blue, purple, dark green, dark red/wine/burgundy, bluish pinks, etc. I am not a fan of *anything* that is mostly copper/bronze/gold/yellow/orange/brown or pastels. This goes for jewelry, clothes, yarn, art, cars, mugs, boxes, tapestries, etc. -- really it's pretty universal.   Would you like caffeinated lollipops? No thanks! I actually mostly stopped drinking coffee and only do a couple of mugs of tea a day. I don't really want to jack up my caffiene levels.   Would you want an invite to a site that is invite-only ex. Diaspora, Demonoid, etc. If so, what? No idea what those are. But if you think I'll like them, sure.   Pillows? What size/designs/colors would most interest you? I use a lot of "lap pillows" to rest my ipad/books/laptop/whatever on, and I usually have a pillow between my knees when I'm curled up on the couch. Plus the dogs and boyfriend are always stealing my pillows. So... large to cover the lap and firm to hold up things. Black, purple, silver are the ones that interest me most. It might be easier to look at what kind of pillows are available at places like Michaels or Joanns and then send a pillow case to fit such a beast, though. I don't think the pillows themselves are usually very expensive. I have pillows with Ravens and such on my etsy wish list.   purses? bags? What style/colors? I really like Namaste knitting bags in Eggplant or Black. But they're pretty spendy.   Decorative scarves for hair and/or creative accessorizing? What colors? No thanks, I'm a knitter, my friends are knitters, my family has knitters. Some have looms and do woven scarves. So I get a LOT of hand knit and hand woven scarves as gifts and I have a TON. Plus I'm more into shawlettes (smaller shawlettes worn as scarves) right now and I'm super picky about my yarn (yes, I am a yarn snob.) I guess this is a push button topic for me because people just don't get it and I keep getting store bought mass produced scarves (not hand made) as gifts. While I appreciate that someone thought of me and wanted to get me a gift, this is not it. Please! (The only exception would be really nice silk scarves that someone hand dyed for me or the HUGE scarves/stoles that are mostly black with purple, blue, or red celtic knot motifs that people sell at Renn faires or farmer's markets.) Of course if you really wanted to send me a hand knitted or hand woven scarf, those I would gladly accept. But I could probably use hand knitted socks or wrist warmers more. Anything hand made or dyed is accepted with glee.   Would you like anything from Starring Fragrances. They make awesome hair stuff, natural deoderant, and home fragrance (and a ton of other stuff, those are just my favs)? If you love them and you think I would love them, I am open to trying whatever! With the exception of natural deoderant, that stuff never works for me.   Do you like poetry? I'm picky.   What types of scents do you like to scent your home? Which do you totally avoid? The boyflame hates foody scents and cinnamon type scents (I weep!) but plain vanilla seems to be ok. Even though I have a ton of the BPTP room sprays I don't use them a lot except on pillows and clothes; I don't want my dogs to have to smell them all the time and hurt their noses.   What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters? I'd love the Sandman collections in hardback... but those are way over the price range. And probably don't count as comics at that point. See below. Delerium is one of my favorite characters.   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?   What kind of geeky things do I do? I play computer games... I've been playing Ultima Online for 11 years+ now? I love old dos computer games (infocoms, sierra, the ultima series, etc.) I downloaded monkey island 1&2 on my ipad and finished the first one while my boyfriend was away for the weekend. I knit! That seems less geeky and more mainstream these days though. I still call BBSes (well, now we telnet to them!) I haven't scripted for a while but I *can*. I would like to get more into camera geekery (my dad is the hugest camera geek on the planet and is always giving me his cast offs but I don't know much about them and haven't really taken the time to learn.) I organize all of my books, cds, perfume, etc. and document it all on spreadsheets, scentbase, librarything, etc. Did I mention that I'm Aspergers? I think that is probably the definition of geek. I used to go to all of the Sci Fi conventions but that dropped off because I moved away to Texas, then Colorado, and just kind of got out of the habit. Plus getting older = less energy & more responsibilities. sigh.   I don't read comics anymore.. I did read a lot of them growing up. I love graphic novels though. I think I don't like reading comics because they are too short and my attention span is much much much longer. Same reason I don't like to watch TV (except on dvd/netflix/on demand) - I don't like being interupted with commercials.   I'm not "obsessed" with anything geeky (am I??), for TV right now we are watching Dexter (streaming on netflix, again for me on S1/S2, first time for the boyflame), just finished watching all of Lost on Netflix streaming. Started to watch Dead Like Me but the bf didn't like it. I have all of Twin Peaks on dvd and most of Red Dwarf (up to S5?) and have been watching Red Dwarf streaming from Netflix at work since the BF doesn't like british humor (WTF?) When True Blood comes back on I'll have to watch that every time a new episode is out. oh!! And I'm very excited about A Game of Thrones coming to HBO next month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love those books. I want a Game of Thrones "Winter is Coming" girly babydoll with the raven!! I saw some on the HBO Store website.   I have worked in a geeky field as tech support or unix system admin since 1991 or so.   I used to play RPG's... D&D starting in 4th grade (that was before it was AD&D ), Cyberpunk, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulhu, Paranoia, Paladium, etc. I met people when I lived in Toronto because I (1) called bbses and (2) played RPGs. Being a hot girl didn't hurt!! Some of my characters are used as NPC's in some Cyberpunk games and many of my Torontonian friends are listed as test players in the GURPS cyberpunk (I was as sick as a dog for many months and couldn't test with them.) Played Vampire: The Masquerade when it first came out and was part of the Seattle Camarilla originally but that didn't last too long because I couldn't stand most of the other people. I gave all of my game manuals to my son who is in college now and running many campaigns. He has tried a few of his campaigns out on me and Pixiepetal (my friend Lisa, she has an account here on bpal.org but doesn't read or post much.)   I do love geeky toys, I have a talking Tick doll, many Sandman & NMBC dolls & figurines, etc. I just don't have a lot of ROOM for things like that right now, so most of them are packed up in storage.   Anything with the Worm Moon update that you're already lusting after? Everything of course. I'll know more after Will Call tonight.   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? No, I wouldn't be creeped out. I'm usually one of the local minions delivering things!! However I do have a lot of depression and anxiety, so I'm not always "up" for going out and being social.   Household/kitchen goods/gadgets? I could use another Swissgold Tea Filter. Anything I want is under my "Cooking" wishlist on Amazon. Ninja cookie cutters.. Skull & Crossbone egg/pancake mold... skeleton hand condiment set.. bone spreaders.. skull cupcake pans.. all edges brownie & lasagna pans.. ingenuiTEA tea maker, electric kettle, just to name a few. I can always use measuring cups and spoons.   Do you have a favorite fabric? If someone were to make you a fabric item, would you prefer it be out of any fabric? Silk and velvet are definitely favorites. Really high thread count cotton for pillow cases. It depends on the item?? However, if it were yarn-y, my favorite would be MCN (merino cashmere nylon) for non-socks, and merino with a little nylon for socks. or Merino-silk blends. Or heck, merino silk cashmere blends.     Let's say I have a pair of something you collect, would you like one of them and we have matching things? That would be super sweet! When I was younger the "best friend" matching rings/necklaces/whatever always intrigued me but I was a loner and didn't have a best friend to share such a thing with. My horse wasn't really interested.   What three things are you craving right now? Right now? I'd like a cupcake, a winning mega millions ticket, and to go home and go back to bed. I guess that's not really "craving" other than the cupcake.   paper goods, anyone need? including resume paper, and formal stationery as well as casual cards. no thanks.   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?) Pumpkin King or Noir, just to see what the fuss is about.   Is there anything in your life that you'd like advice or a "selfhelp" book for?: (ie finances, eating healthier, meal planning) Nah. I would have said Beekeeping for Dummies if asked last week, but I already bought it.   Violette Market Update is up. Do you covet anything from it? Haven't even looked. I haven't been able to afford new Villainess or Arcana from the latest updates and am not really a huge Violette Market fan. Easier just not to look.   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? Favorite type of wine is ice wine and tawney port (I think I already answered this somewhere.) With mead being my favorite really, although it's mead - not wine. Close enough!! I have tried to get more into wine and will work with my wine snob friends and do pairings with dinner or with fruit/cheese/bread/chocolate and I tend to like those, but I really just don't drink very often. I wish I could have more wine with "dinner" but since I work graveyard I can't have anything with dinner (breakfast?) and I don't feel like drinking a glass of wine when I get home at 8am. So I have it on special occasions. I have some lovely huckleberry mead that I've been saving. For staples I usually get Chaucers Mead, Warre's Warrior Special Reserve Port, Graham's "Six Grapes" Port, etc. mostly because these are plentiful and inexpensive. I can't remember which ice wines I buy, I would recognize the bottle. I usually buy from Costco or from the grocery store because, again, inexpensive. When I visit my friends in Portland who run Cocoa Velvet, I usually go along to the wine tastings that they participate in - they do pairings with their chocolate. The farmer's market has a booth with delightful spiced blackberry wine that I adore. I'd be up for trying something new, especially a new dessert wine.   Easter Candy - do you like it? If so, what types? I love the Vosges chocolate bunnehs (especially Naga but I haven't looked to see if they have that flavor this year, I can just get the candy bar after all.) Cadbury mini eggs!!! Starburst jelly beans.   What scent(s) are you petrified of getting DC'd? Snake Oil! O. Most of my favs are LE anyway (sigh.) Usually the GC's I love are for more than just scent: Baku, GRR, Bitch, TAL's, etc. so it would be really bad if any of those were to disappear.

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Switch Witch Q&a - Halloween Round 2010

(most of the other questions were updated in the thread -- poke me if you want me to post them here!)   9/29/10 Is there one scent that is your goto for comfort on a bad stressful day? Like the perfume equivilent of a security blankie? Probably some of the TAL's -- energy, white light, bastet's laughter, anthelion, peace, etc. I am only decants of them (except anthelion) and would love to have 5ml's.     What are you going to be for Halloween? That would require PLANNING! I always want to be Frank the Bunny but I don't have enough money to afford the outfit.   9/25/10 If you could make a scent that represents where you live (or have lived), what would be the ingredients? The Pacific NW is a myriad of scents, the most prominent being GREEN and RAINY from September to July. But there are many many more depending on where you hang out. I would add clove (clove cigarettes and oil mixed with henna on hands/skin), roses (the rose garden), lavender (tons of lavender farms), honey (lots of beekeepers; I had honey bees in my back yard in a hollow cotton wood tree!), apples (tons of apple orchards!), chocolate (I know many Seattle based chocolate companies), coffee (duh!), patchouli (lots of hippies!), sandalwood (tons of incense stores), and wow -- I'm not sure this would smell good.   Are you in need of Roller bottles or anything of the like? I wouldn't mind a couple of small roller bottles, especially in cobalt, purple, or green! Ooh. And maybe some larger ones for my bath oil since I don't actually use it as bath oil very often.   9/24/10 Just curious, but if your witch was to make an amigurumi critter (or other plushie) just for you, what would it be? I have a ton listed as Favorites in my ravelry queue. The fabulous Dixiehellcat made me a pitbull (!!!!!!) I'd like a equine type creature, hippocampus, ferret, cthulhu, or whatever!   Would you want a local/tourist item from your witch? Like a t-shirt, mug or shot glass? I would love local 20z "City mug" from Starbucks! Or a Bearista with your city name! I collect Starbuck's City Mugs and Bearistas. I don't wear t-shirts very often, so no shirts please. I do wear zip up hoodies!   Okay, who wants NAlloween and some Vampire Apothecary goodness? I'm not going to look. LA LA LA LA. Those don't exist! Hush!   Venomous Villains? Yes! But I already ordered mine. Of course if you were determined to shower me with MORE how could I say no? I ordered most of the Maleficent line except the lip stuff. Which I am kind of now wishing that I ordered.   Last Unicorn? ZOMFG yes.   Who is your fav Disney Villian/villianess? How about hero/herione? (doesn't have to be specifically Disney though) I like Maleficent -- how can you go wrong with black, purple, and dragons?? Was the new Tim Burton "Alice in Wonderland" disney? I really liked Alice in this movie, especially how she didn't feel that she needed a man to be successful or happy. Too many Disney heroines equate men/love with happiness/success. Although I did like Belle in Beauty and the Beast initially since she (1) knew how to handle a horse properly (2) was a book worm and (3) wasn't interested in the guy just because he was hot and had muscles. Don't get me wrong, I love men and my boyfriend. But my goals were never just to get married and pop out kids. Which probably explains why I'm still not married.   9/23/10 Do you collect stones/rocks? I'm talking like "semi" precious stones, ie moonstone, bloodstone, quartz ect. Are there any that you're looking for at the moment? Are you in need of a stone but don't know which kind? I love love love gemstones. I would like some stones that are beneficial in overcoming depression, sloth, anxiety, etc. and promote happiness and energy.   What's your favorite Halloween Music? Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack. And "Everyday is Halloween" by Ministry, although I suppose it's an everyday song.   9/22/10 Do you have a deviantart print wishlist or favourites list? No.   Is there anything from Blooddrop that you want to try? GC? Halloween update? No. See part about no more veins for more addictions.   What kind of shoes do you need/want? What size shoes do you wear? Would you mind gently used shoes? I would feel weird if someone bought me used shoes and new shoes that I like would be too expensive. I think I answered the shoe size question in my original questionnaire but I'm a US size 10 womens. I mostly wear Fluevogs and Converse. I have a pair of Birkenstocks for loafing around the house and a pair of slip on sandals that I wear all summer. I wear aquasox and tevas when boating.   Do you like paper dolls (new or vintage) or coloring in books? No thank you.   Do you like weird scary things as traditionally girly fashion items like heels and handbags? I loathe heels with a passion, mostly because I can't walk in them and they hurt. I like knitting handbags but otherwise prefer messenger bag type bags. But yes, I like my traditionally girly things to be either geeked or gothed up big time.   What song is on heavy rotation for you right now? Winter by Tori Amos. And Crucify by the same artist.   Are you coveting any of the NYCC atmospheric sprays? YES. But I think I have a fairy.   If you could get any one thing hand-painted from your witch, what would it be and what would be on it? A box would be sweet. Gargoyles, friesians, bats, ravens, pit bulls.. purple and black and grey. I'm easy.   Would you (assumin' you're a yarnie) be interested in a naturally-dyed yarn that's designed to very gradually fade with washing? Er. I don't know? What would I make with it? Would it fade to white? I hate white.   If you have played before, what are some of the most memorable things you've gotten? What really made you go WOW? If you haven't played, same thing, but not limited to SW. Friends! I loves the people. Things are just things. But I have a super box that is painted with purple and grey in kind of a celtic knot pattern, love! And socks and arm warmers! And a cool pendant that I have in my car to ward off stupid people! A cool yarn bowl! Silver snowflakes and cookie cutters! TOO MANY COOL THINGS.   9/21/10 Do you like garlic? Do you REALLY like garlic? Would you want to try some really unusual garlic stuff, like garlic cheese or garlic fudge or garlic chocolate, etc., etc., etc.? I love garlic! I used to always go to this italian restaurant's garlic festival and have garlic chocolate chip cookies, garlic cheesecake (not really cheesecake, but shaped like one -- goat cheese with tons of garlic!) om nom nom! I eat it raw, roasted, cooked...   Can I talk to you about the living dead? How do you feel about Zombies? Meh, zombies. I have a Zombie Haiku book that I treasure because it's from our beloved VoodooCatWoman and I've downloaded World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide.. but not really a HUGE fan of zombies.   9/20/10 If you happened to be my Witchee, is there something you'd like from the Arcana Halloween update? I have already purchased a few bottles (or preordered from SoapBoxCo.)   How many bottles of BPAL do you have? Um. I'll have to look when I get home since I destashed quite a bit. Scentbase still claims around 1200 regular sized bottles.   Is there any exercise program that you're interesting in learning? Meditation, Yoga, Pilates, Belly Dancing, Zumba ect? Or if you do any of these (or anything else sport related) are there any things you need/want? I'd kind of like to learn yoga, maybe belly dancing (I already have some cd's and books), and lots of martial arts of various types.   Candles, music, mats, water bottles ect? candles are good but I'm a little snobby about them. I like really high quality candles that are smooth and melt nicely.   Anyone else into Emily Autumn? Who?   What's on your walls? Please show us up to three paintings/posters/whatever. If you love a painting so much that you would steal (to watch it with your greedy eyes) one, please share. Honestly, I don't have any of my own art on my walls (except a calendar and a few framed photos of my dogs) because we were living in the basement MIL apartment of the BF's dad.. and dad had all of his framed photos of planes everywhere. He passed away in May but we haven't taken anything down yet... eventually we will take it all down, get rid of the nasty wood paneling and sheetrock, mud, paint, etc. And then I have a ton of gargoyles that will probably go up on the walls and *some* framed art, mostly made by my friends like the ones on Slumberland.org that say "collection of S. Walker".   do you like Girl Scout cookies? What kind? Yes. Samoas and Thin Mints.   What's your take on homemade apple butter? Want some? Yum! Sure!   9/19/10 Do you read/like fantasy? What kind of books or authors do you love? Which one would you like to read? Would you like gifts related to it? I luuuuuuuuuv fantasy. Epic. Fantasy. I have most of the fantasy that I read except for the unreleased ones. Although I have pre-ordered the new Terry Pratchett book already, I am WAITING on pins and needles for a bunch of the unreleased books on my amazon wish list, all are marked HIGH PRIORITY.   Soaps : do you like them? What brands? What scents? Anything you're dying to try? Yes, I like soap. But I make my own cold process hand milled soap so I don't ever purchase any.   I wondered if my witch or any witch would enjoy things like nice pens to draw with or anything similar? I don't draw. Nice pens are probably wasted on me but I do love purple pens that write smoothly.   For those who are yarnies, would you like other-than-yarn witchery? Hooks, needles? Preference of material? Do you use/would you like handmade stitch markers, etc.? YARN!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need some blocking wires and pins. I can always use more gothy stitch markers or cute stitch markers with gargoyles, bats, skulls, pit bulls, or whatnot. I prefer stitch markers in a range of sizes from needle size 2 up to 11.   Does anyone do altered books? Would you be interested in old books to alter? Any type or title in particular? Nah.   Did someone ask about incense yet? Would you like some? Something to store or burn it in? What scents? What form? I love incense but I have a TON of it and never burn it because the other half coughs and chokes pathetically.   Any oddball free things you collect or would want saved for you? No.   9/18/10 Who likes hair toys, and if so what kind? eh, my hair fluctuates between being shaved and awkward to do anything with. The only hair toys I really love are dreadfalls.   Does any art we may send need to be child safe, either in the actually safe sense or the non X rated sense? Dog safe but not child safe.   In the knitted/crocheted things area, would you want wrist warmers, 1/2 gloves, a neck warmer(the kind that pretty much just goes around your neck and maybe fastens instead of being long and loose like a scarf), slippers, or hats? I love wrist warmers! I don't really like cowls so much, even the ones that fasten instead of just slipping over the head, and I have a few already since I knit, my mom knits, my friends knit, etc. Slippers might be fun, I have some felted slipper patterns in my favs on Ravelry. I don't wear knitted hats. I could use a knitted headband maybe! Lately I've been into little shawls worn around the neck like scarves.   How do you feel about altered/recycled/upcycled items of clothing or accessories? Not really one way or another. It depends on the item I suppose? I love reusing cute little tins for things but when someone says upcycled clothing, I think of Regretsy.   Is there anything you want from the Violette Market update? Haven't looked. I have been gifted things from Violette Market but I haven't purchased any on my own and really, do I need another drug?? I'm out of veins! And Money!   What is your favourite habitat and climate to live in? How about to visit? (ie. forest, canyons, mountains, by the beach; temperate, tropical...) I like temperate bordering on cool. We have all sorts of fun things in Washington and I like it all - mountains, desert, rain forest, ocean, other forest, plains, canyons...   What do you wish you could make/craft if you had the know-how and supplies? Specifically, which particular items? There are a lot of sweaters that I want to knit. Oh, wait, I have the supplies and know-how, just not the time. Um. Hm. Maybe things like Saddles. Oh, and I'd love to do silversmithing and make lockets and rings.   Is there anything you would like from Conjure Oils general catalogue or the new updates that isn't already on your wishlist? Nope.   Am I alone in this, or is there a Book Fair/Comic Con scent you're dying to get your paws on, too? YES. The one coming up at the Book Fair. *whine*   Anyone need address/phone type books? No, thank you.   9/17/10 Are there any particular movies, tv shows or cd’s that you’ve been meaning to buy for years but just never got round to getting? Would you mind a gently used dvd/cd if your witch had it or could get it?? I have Red Dwarf seasons 1-5 and would like the rest. I'd love Ranma 1/2! There are a lot of movies that I would like to have on DVD but of course I can't think of them off the top of my head. I love used dvds (or burned.)   Is there anything from the Possets' Hallowe'en update you're lusting after? Please don't buy me any Possets.   Would you like a custom/altered toy either from a seller or from your witch (like My Little Pony, or a Barbie or any particular toy that can be changed?) MY LITTLE PONY! I'd love a My Little Cthulhu pony! And altered Breyer Horses into Hippocampus or Friesians are favs of mine. Barbies would be ok if they were altered into something severely BDSM related.   Do you like the candy apple, candy corn or pumpkin spice kisses? I don't really like Hersheys but I'd be willing to try small samples of odd flavors.   Anne Taintor, anyone? Who?   Which web comics do you enjoy? I used to read "Not Wild, Just Crazy" and "Something Positive". And something about the Devil's Panties. But I don't read web comics anymore, just don't think about it.   9/16/10 If I were to knit a scarf, would you prefer a skinny one, or a wide one? A short one, that when wrapped once around your neck will just tuck under your jacket, or a long one, at least to your waist? My mom always makes me super long skinny ones so I have a lot of those. I'd actually prefer shawlettes or a big shawl. Or a rectangular wrap that is wide enough to wear like a shawl but could also double as a head covering or scarf.   Don't like scarves? Would a rectangular shawl or triangular shawl be more to your taste? Yes.   How do you feel about recipes? I need someone to cook them for me.   What kind of a cook/baker are you? One that doesn't ever spend time cooking or baking if possible.   Are you happiest calling for delivery or microwaving a lean cuisine, Or will Food Network be asking you to host their new program? No one delivers to where I live, but I don't eat most prepackaged food from the grocery store either. Usually we eat out or I have to cook. Or we grill.   If I send you something home made would you like the recipe for it? Sure.   If you are someone who doesn't want baked goods sent, would you like a collection of some of my favorite recipes? WHAT? WHO WOULDN'T WANT BAKED GOODS???   How about home made mixes or kits? Kind of like the cookie in a jar thing, where you would need to add the perishable ingredients? Meh. I would probably NEVER use it, honestly.   if you are a tea lover, what are your flavor preferences? Green? Black? Herbal (I know, technically those are NOT teas, but tisanes)? Flavored blacks/greens? Black. Flavored is good. I have enough black coconut right now, but I love smoky teas, and ZOMG I'd love some more butterscotch black tea from Mariage Frères in France. I love many blends from The Tea Cup in Seattle!     9/15/10 How do you feek about silly, funny knick-knack, dollar store stuff, stickers, magnets etc? Would you like receiving that kind of stuff or rather not? Eh, I have enough clutter and no place to put it all.   Is there a specific book you've been wanting to get but haven't found the time or the opportunity to? I have a stack of books to read (YAY!) -- Just started Bite Me by Christopher Moore.   Do you read mangas/watch animes? Which ones? Do you have a particular favourite? Would you like to receive managas or anything related to them? Are you open to receiving things that are not on your wishlist, maybe something your Witch thinks you might like? I have watched Anime. No, I don't need anything related to Anime except possibly dvds. Sure, if my witch thinks I might like something, bring it on!   If you have something on a wishlist that we could craft INSTEAD of buying, though it might not end up identical to the wishlist thing, would it be okay to craft it instead? Obviously we don't want to copy anyone else's design, but if we can replicate the flavour or intent that you like without stepping on toes? Sure! Especially food!   OK, I know that lots of folks love socks. Do you have a preference of length? Materials? Patterns? I like cotton, MCN (merino cashmere nylon), merino/silk, ... I like longer than ankle but not all the way up to my knee. I'm open on patterns.   How do people feel about word magnets I have tons of them and no place to put them, so no, please god no.   If you could have any costume, or if you aren't into costumes, necklace or other accessory, from any movie character, what would it be? Dang. I can't think of anything exciting off the top of my head. Most of the time I'd need the person's body to go with the costume or accessory!!   How do you feel about samples/decants of things other than BPAL? Soap slices, lotion/scrub/shower gel decants, single use make-up/beauty products, etc. Meh. I can take or leave them.   What are you guys going to be aiming for in the Inquisition? Or do you just plan on ordering individual items? I want a set of both Trick and Treat and then single items including the pumpkin one, licorice bats, ginger skulls, and the root beer trick one. Yes, I'm too lazy to go look right now.   9/14/10 Chocolate or other types of candy? Mmmm snobby expensive chocolate! Most other candy is loaded with corn syrup which I am trying to avoid, but I would probably nom it down anyway because I'm weak like that. I would love to try Wine Gums or interesting candy from other countries.   For tea drinkers, do you prefer loose leaf or tea bags? Loose leaf is generally higher quality tea but I use tea bags too.   If you would enjoy something of a knitted persuasion, do you have a preference on type of thing? Since making a scarf for someone who has 10 might be a smidge excessive? Also, how do people feel about shawls? Shawls! Shawlettes! Socks! Wrist warmers! Yay!   Is there a TV, movie or literary character that you are a lot alike, or would like to be alike? again with the question I would have to think about.   Is there anything you need for your kitchen, ie measuring cups, spoons, grater, ect? I could definitely use more measuring spoons. My local Target had a place for purple ones but they were SOLD. OUT. *weep*   Music, DO you prefer Live or Studio? Edited or explicit? Studio. Explicit is fine.   If you are an animal lover, is there a specific type/breed that you love most? Friesian horses, Bully breed dogs.. Love ferrets too. Ravens, bats...   Also flowers and plants- If you like flowers/plants, do you have a favorite(s)? Lavender (I had 11 different varieties in my yard at one time), roses (especially purple extremely fragrant roses like Royal Amethyst, Love Potion, Sterling Silver, etc.), scented geraniums, most scented herbs. I have a purple hibiscus bush in the yard. Love butterfly bushes. Anything that butterflies like and that bees can use the pollen from for honey. I love night blooming flowers. Jasmine. Honeysuckle. Wisteria. I would LOVE to have a mimosa tree. I love all types of mint, thyme, rosemary, sage, catnip, etc. I need a huge herb knot garden!! And a hedge maze!   Do you have a favorite quotation? Song lyric? Book passage? WhateverthehecktheycalltheanonymousregionalwisdomthingiePROVERB! that word. Again, hard for me to come up with things without extensive thinking.   What is a bpal scent that you've been dying to try for awhile but just can't find? (A scent where even a tester would do) Noir? Pumpkin King? ha ha ha!!!   Let's say, hypothetically speaking, that you have some children/spawn (1 or more), and, hypothetically speaking, your witch would like to spoil them a little but knows nothing of kids these days. What do they like or dislike? Also is there anything a (sane) adult might think they would like that you don't think is appropriate for whatever reason? (I'm thinking of things like temp tattoos, make up, things that make noise, or anything else that might be bad for non-obvious reasons.) My child is 20 and doesn't live with me, but if you wanted to spoil him I could send his address. He loves to get mail, has bpal and a scent locket, role plays, etc.   Is there anything you would like that can be delivered over the internet? Things like fanfic recs, cat macros, mp3s you are looking for, how-to or amusing videos, things like that I hesitate to google what a cat macro is. MP3's are always good. Amusing videos are good.   What would your last meal be if it could be anything in the world (sky is the limit, drinks too, the whole shebang) Another thinking question. This is bad at night when I'm in the middle of doing a software conversion and just want to bang out some questions and people keep interupting me!! lol. Um, probably some kind of meat roasted in honey and spices, spiced mead, fresh fruit, crusty bread, triple cream brie and lots of other cheese, deep dark rich chocolate, port... or maybe I'd crave something else that night. My food tastes change depending on time of month or day or mood or what I've had to eat lately or season or..   NaNoWriMo? No.   9/13/10 Do you crave many Ecards and contact or are you okay with little contact from your Witch? I chose in my Q&A that I would like a high to medium contact witch, so hopefully I was matched appropriately!   Do you have a place where you list all the BPAL you have or have tried? I try to keep it up to date on Scentbase.   Do you like maple sugar candy? It's good, I'll eat it, but I'm not super crazy about it.   What is your position on the chocolate & bacon flavor combination? It's not something that you eat when you're craving chocolate. But really the bacon just adds a salty smokiness to it! I have the Vosges bacon-chocolate chip pancake mix in my wishlist, for example.   If you are a tea-drinker do you need a tea-cozie for your pot? No, sorry. Most stuff that I want or need, srsly, is on my extremely extensive amazon wish list.   Go to your spice cabinet, what are the three most used spices? Tarragon (for salmon), granulated garlic, pepper.   Microsoft or Apple? Microsoft for PC's. But I do have an ipod, an iphone, and I'd like an ipad. But I don't really like itunes.   Where was your last vacation? What did you like most? Vacation? What's that?? I can't even remember where my last "vacation" was. We travel for business (monster trucks) but... I am going to say that the last time I went somewhere fun was the monster truck show in Portland, Oregon. Because I got to go stay with my super wonderful friends who run Cocoa Velvet (chocolate truffle/caramel company) for the weekend!! And I learned to make ganache. I love them dearly and love Portland. We went to some wonderful tea places (The Tea-Zone and more), super snobby chocolate places, some fetishy stores for valentine's day shopping, super awesome hole in the wall ice cream places, and they made cheese fondue for me, which I had never had. The only fly in the ointment was that it was Valentine's Day that weekend. (but they made me heart shaped pancakes for breakfast!!)   Would you appreciate receiving handwritten letters and/or postcards (anonymous or not)? How about sending them? I love getting postcards! I like getting handwritten letters too, but e-mail is just fine.   Do you hate any food things with a passion?? I don't like scallops... I don't really like lima beans either.   Would you be opposed to receiving a digital version (via email) of a magazine you like but don't subscribe to...you know, in the interest of saving a tree? I don't subscribe to magazines. Don't really want a digital version either!   what interests you from the latest lab update? I run decant circles so I've already ordered everything from the lab update except for the forum only scents, which I will probably order on the next full moon.   How do you feel about stationery, like nice pens or notepaper? And if you're in favor, do you prefer classic/contemporary or cutesy stuff? I love pens and office things but I don't really have a plane for stationery/notepaper. Pens I can find a place for.   Would you like homemade preserves (e.g. marinated vegies, pickled onions, chilli jam?) YUM. PLEASE. I loooove pickles. I just picked up lavender jelly at the farmer's market and am going back for rose jelly.   If you've got stuff on your BPAL wishlist, would partial bottles be okay? yes!   Would you like something you have to make yourself? I do a lot of make-it-myself and love it!   Say you were my witchee, and I found things on your wishlist that I could totally make. Would you want me to make it? Or would you rather it be purchased for you? It really depends on the item. Food? Sure! Jewelry? Of course! Soap/bath stuff? Bring it on! Yarn? Heck yeah!   Who is your favorite soap etailer? I make my own soap! I am my favorite soap etailer! (giggle) I rarely use soap from other companies. Tarty sent me a sample from Paintbox Soapworks and it was lovely! I have some Villainess that I need to open and try.   What about vintage decoration items, teacups, etc etc? vintage gargoyles FTW! teacups? um. I only use 20oz mugs and I have about 500 of them since I collect the Starbucks City Mugs.   With regards to your gifts, would you prefer your presents' awesomeness evenly spread out (several packages of pretty terrific things) over the round or a slow build-up of awesomeness (going up from pretty cool things to something super-duper cool at the end) to go out with a bang? Do you have a preference? I would like the slow build up but since I already received a huge Villainess GC which was totally awesome, we've started off with a bang!! And I'm not complaining!   What kind of make-up do you wear? What colors? Is there anything you'd like to try but haven't yet? I just switched from Prescriptives to M*A*C. I just pre-ordered all of the Venomous Villians that I want so really I'm pretty set with makeup. I'm not a huge makeup person really (I rarely wear eyeshadow and am horrible at applying it) but I'm always looking at the "smoky eye" tutorials and I could probably use some really nice makeup brushes, especially for eyes. I like black/grey/purple eye pigments/shadows. I don't like matte; I love the frost and glittery shimmery ones.   Who would be on your top 5 (IE famous people you’d date/have relations with ) Without actually meeting them, no idea - personality is SO much more important to me. Based on just looks, accents, and roles? Vin Diesel, Gerard Butler, Alan Rickman (in his younger days), Ewan McGregor, Martin Gore. Not in any particular order.   9/12/10 Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go to last.fm immediately and create an account! Download the scrobbler! Link us to your account! If you reject this assignment, maybe just tell us what your mp3 player says you listen to a lot? But I already have a Pandora account! Fine, I created an account and did all of that. http://www.last.fm/user/misstwilight/   Any countries you're interested in? I have been to Spain and Italy -- LOVED THEM. Next I'd like to visit the UK, Germany, France, etc. The boyflame wants to go to Australia.   Would you enjoy homemade bath products (bath salts, fizzies, etc.) and/or linen sprays? Esp. if scented with some of your favorite BPAL scents? Yes!!   If you witch made you something and it didn't come out just right, would you still want it? Of course! I'm not perfect and sometimes I make mistakes in my knitting or whatnot. I'm also a virgo and overly critical of my work.   Are you a foodie? I think so!   Any sports fans in the house? What's your favorite sport/team/player? The only sports I watch are canine/equine: dressage, 3 day eventing, grand prix horseshow jumping, agility, etc. The boyfriend mostly watches Monster Trucks (motorsports! it's a sport!) and since he's a driver, I have to say that my favorite is Captain USA. Or he'd pout.   For holidays, do you decorate? Would you like decorative stuff, weenie or otherwise? If so, do you lean towards the elegant, the crafty/folksy, or the more, erm, campy? I would like to start decorating now that we have the house to ourselves. I need to dig out the halloween stuff! I don't like crafty/folksy per se. I like more elegant/gothic?   Do you like journals/notebooks/sketchbooks? I have some friends that make beautiful coptic stitch journals and leather covered journals. I love them! But I don't draw or write in journals so they are wasted on me.   9/11/10 Cake truffles? If YES! Cake/icing/chocolate type? I have no idea what these are, but I like cake and I like truffles. I prefer dark chocolate. I like buttercream icing? Not sure what my options are!   are you interested in mini bottles(under 100ml for hand luggage) of bath and body products? I don't really travel a lot, so no. I tend to "save" things like that for "someday" or "just in case" until they go bad and I have to toss them.   Vampire shows, literature, etc? Yay or nay? Meh. Disliked Twilight (and they RUINED MY NAME and my business name!) But I watch True Blood and have read the Sookie Stackhouse books.   If you play console video games, what game systems do you have and what games would you love to have? I have a wii and an xbox 360. I wish there were more Zelda games - I started playing Zelda 20+ years ago. Finished Twilight Princess. Want another.   How do you all feel about flowers and plants? Flower and plant seeds? Drawings of flowers or plants? Pressed flowers? I wish I had a gardener to come plant a ton of lavender, roses, herbs, etc. I would have a knot garden, a huge rose garden, and all sorts of themed gardens (shakespeare, night, butterfly, etc.) But our yard is not really set up for any of this and I'm unsure where to begin (and get overhwhelmed just thinking about it, yay autism!) so... um... no. I kill plants in the house. I have no place really for drawings, art, or pressed flowers. I do use dried flowers sometimes in sachets (mostly lavender and rose petals.)   How do you feel about marzipan? ick.   If you could have 3 BPAL bottles fall (gently) out of the sky right this second that you've been looking for or pining for - which 3 would they be? Queen of Spades, F54, Pumpkin King. Well, you asked! More realistically: Yvaine and any of the BPTP World Cup scents since I missed them all.   Are there any international treats that you love and have a hard time finding? I love Mariage Frères butterscotch tea. A friend in Germany sent me some and I've been hoarding it ever since! I love yarn from other countries as well, prefer merino - or at least soft squishy yarn. If anyone was able to go to the Wollmeise store in Germany, zomg!   Is there anything from the 'Ween BPTP update that you would like but haven't ordered for yourself? I haven't ordered anything yet but I'll probably get one (at least) of everything if I can afford it.   If you are a crafter, would you like to receive supplies from your witch (beads, fabric, yarn/roving etc?) Yarn is always welcome but I am super snobby about it; most anything you could buy in a Jo-Ann's or Michaels is not yarn I would want. I do have yarn options on my amazon wishlist if you want to get me yarn!   Find your iPod (or other MP3 device), put it on shuffle/random. What are the first five songs to come up? Sea of Sin (Depeche Mode), Black Metallic (Catherine Wheel), Sunday Bloody Sunday (u2), The Carnival is Over (Dead Can Dance), Down in it (Nine Inch Nails)   Soundtracks you'd like? I have most of the soundtracks that I like and can't think of any I want.   If you could see one concert right now, who would it be? I have the feeling I'm getting to old and curmudgeonly for concerts. I see Depeche Mode every time they come to town but I no longer enjoy standing up throughout the concert or the hard seats, crowds, lines, etc. So I'd really rather not see a concert.   9/10/10 Would you like a bag of dried Honeycrisp apples? I'll have plenty, thanks! (tee hee!)   If you were to receive a knitted item (such as a scarf, hat, etc), what colors would you like? And do you have any sensitivies/allergies to any materials? Blurple! Black! Grey! Stripey! I'm allergic to acrylic (ok, not REALLY, but.. eew.) My favorite yarn right now is MCN (merino cashmere nylon) and I live merino/silk combos too.   Gift Certificate: physical or email? email is awesome. I'm all about the instant gratification.   Favorite Yankee Candles? Or other brands scents? I love the Witch's Brew patchouli seasonal yankee candle scent. I have some Yankee Candle things in my Amazon Wishlist under the bath and beauty area.   would you like a zuni animal fetish? And if so, what animal? Raven, Coyote, Deer, Bear are the ones I probably need the most, meaning wise.   And how does everyone feel about glow in the dark radishes? no thank you.   What places to do you visit that you'd like a gift card to? Starbucks, Target, Wal-Mart, B&N, a favorite restaurant or clothing shop? Starbucks, Amazon (I have Prime), M*A*C cosmetics, The Loopy Ewe (yarnz!), Soap Box Company, Scent Addict, Villainess, Haus of Gloi...   Cake or Frosting? I am so boring, I know, but it really depends on the cake and frosting. I like really moist, rich cake with buttercream frosting. And I try to have a good proportion of each in every bite.   9/9/10 What movie scared the bejeezus out of you as a child? Night Wing. Kind of funny since I like bats and vampires. I think Jaws might have frightened me as well, but I actually wanted to LEAVE the theatre during Night Wing.   Name a couple of sites you frequent other than this one Ravelry, Echo Bazaar, Twitter, UniCreatures, Flickr, various blogs and shopping sites.   Do you like the Muppets? Which is your favorite? I'm not especially into the Muppets also I watched them millions of years ago when I was a kid. My fav were probably Animal, Beaker, and Swedish Chef.   If you could have any creature (real or imaginary) as a pet, what would it be? I'd love to have more ferrets (but I can't afford the vet bills, litter, etc. and don't have energy to clean litterboxes) and I'd like to have a horse again (a Friesian, Andalusian, or Warlander) but again -- not enough money or energy right now. Imaginary: a winged ferret, dog, horse, would be most awesome.   Comfort Rereads?: Harry Potter, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, Robin Hobb's Fitzchivalry books (starting with Assassin's Apprentice).   Will you be going out of town during the round, or is there any other time during the round when it would not be ideal for you to receive a package from your witch? I don't think we're going out of town during the round.   If you are in school now, what classes are you taking? Does anything you are currently studying really interest you? (if you are not in school, is there anything you are trying to learn?) I'm not currently in school but I'm considering going back for network engineer certification and maybe some other certs.   What animal would your daemon be? Alternately, your patronus. Favorites would be raven, ferret, pit bull, or friesian. I still love deer, bats, and dolphins too. But I haven't really read up on which would be good daemons. A friesian for my patronus would be fun.   What's YOUR favorite word? Mine? Probably depends on the day. Today: .  Steampunk, yay or nay? If yay, what part appeals most? Yay, except for the sepia tones/copper/bronze/brown. Ick. Corsets, of course. And gears.   9/8/10 Do you have a special symbol or totem that is meaningful to you? Lots. Ankh, Eye of Horus (or Wedjat), Ravens, Epona symbols, Celtic knots of all types but especially with dogs, horses, ravens, and ferrets.   Do you need a box for your bpal bottles? Your imps? Your something else to put in a box stuff? I could use another 9 drawer Fira box from Ikea but they are discontinued!!! I have extra ammo boxes for my imps so I don't need any more.   If you could be any person, being, or animal from Fantasy what or who would you be? That requires more thought and brain power than I have right now.   If you could go back to any point in time, where, when, why? That requires more thought and brain power than I have right now.   Favorite Halloween Candy/Treat? vanilla tootsie rolls and caramel apple pops. But one a year of the latter is enough, really. otherwise I snack on the mini-chocolate bars of all types (except mounds/almond joy, ick) but especially 100 grand, kit kat, twix, whatchamacallit. I look forward to the chocolate skulls from Vosges Haut Chocolat. Love kettle corn and look forward to going to the corn mazes and pumpkin patches in order to get some!!   What are your favorite baked goods/homemade treats? Brownies (with no nuts). Lasagna with lots of spicy italian sausage, dry cottage cheese instead of ricotta, tons of melted cheese... cookies (oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, snicker doodle, peanut butter, thumbprint, gingerbread, sugar, spritz... you name it!)   Would you be interested in an astrology birth chart? I have always been interested in having mine done but I don't know my birth time.   9/7/10 Socks? Sock Dreams? Anyone? I have one pair of hand knitted socks and would love more!! Otherwise I usually wear basic black socks that are a little more on the thick side. I rarely wear thin socks as those don't go too wear with my unisex fluevogs/docs/converse. Would love stripey socks (ala GothSocks type yarn.) Can't wait to knit a pair of Merino Cashmere socks!   What is something you use to comfort yourself when feeling yucky, depressed, or in pain? Tea, scent, warm soft blankies, books, and my pups snuggled with me.   Favorite Halloween/Scary movies/books Anything Tim Burton. I like campy-horror films too.   What would the name of your custom blend be? The description? No idea. I have a really hard time coming up with good names and descriptions. See Aspergers Syndrome.   COMIC BOOKS. Do you read them? Are there any series you like, or some you would like to try? I would like the Sandman absolute books (on my wishlist on amazon!) I haven't read comics in forever and not sure that I have patience for the format anymore. Graphic novels I can get into sometimes.   Warm drinks? yes! I drink a lot of tea (mostly black tea with cream and sugar.) love mulled mead.   9/6/10 When you go to an etsy wishlist, it will tell you what things are sold. If you click on the sold item, sometimes it will give options that are similar to what was sold, but not identical, would you like the similar item or prefer not to get it at all unless it's the same item? How picky are you? It really depends on the item. If I have pumpkin bread or salted caramels on my list and those are sold, I sure wouldn't mind getting pumpkin bread or caramels from some other seller! But if it's a particular piece of art, scent, jewelry, etc., then I'm more picky...   Do you wear make up? Yes. I used to wear Prescriptives but since they have gone out of business I switched to MAC. Waiting with baited breath for the Venomous Villains; I need most of the Maleficent line.   Disney movies, Yay or Nay, and favourites if you do like them? Yea for Disney movies! My favorite animated ones are Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin and... NMBC!!!! Loved Pirates of the Caribbean of course.   Do you have A VCR, DVD Player or Blue Ray or a combo of the three? We have a VCR/DVD combo but the VCR portion doesn't work so well. Hoping to get Blu-Ray but I think we need to upgrade our tv first.   Would you like custom icons as a gift? Not high on my list of wants but I wouldn't turn it down either.   9/5/10 What is your favourite snack food, something you could grab any time? probably chips and mango/peach salsa with cream cheese.   Ebooks sure, but I'd prefer free ones or pdf format. I don't have an ipad or a kindle yet, but I do download free kindle books and read them on my iphone or computer.   Nail Polish: I'm not hugely into nail polish. I'm waiting for the BPTP purple to come out and have Smokestack and Blood Countess. I have some nice OPI polish but I mostly wear it on the toes. I *rarely* wear polish on my fingernails.   Soft/plushy things: I have some soft plushy cthulhu things on my wishlist...   What hobby/craft would you like to learn how to do? Needlefelting and spinning. I have supplies for needlefelting.   For those who decorate for Halloween, do you prefer cute decorations or creepy ones?: Creepy cute.   Also, as part of the cute-or-creepy question, would you want hand made, molded, glazed (by yours truly!) ceramic decorations (napkin rings, potporri/tart warmers, etc) to add to your stock? I have enough candle powered tart warmers. I don't need any napkin rings. I love handmade items and beautiful glazed things. Gargoyles especially. Ravens are good. Maybe a functional bowl?   how do you feel about mortars and pestles I have a marble mortar/pestle packed up somewhere!   Is there anything you have a phobia of, or that would make you go "squick" if you saw it in a package? I don't have any real phobias I guess. I wouldn't appreciate it if people sent me feces, urine, bugs, etc.   9/4/10 Are you into Austen's books? Nope, haven't ever read any. I did recently download a few free Austen books in the kindle format for my iphone but they're pretty far down on the list. I have seen some of the movies based on the books.   Do you read Tarot cards? If not, would you be interested? No, I don't read Tarot Cards. I'm too autistic to do things like that! I love some of the artwork though.   So for those of you who are into Harry Potter at all, which house do you think you'd be sorted into? Gryffindor or Ravenclaw.   What, if anything, is your guilty TV watching pleasure? True Blood is the only show that I watch regularly (and Hung, simply because it's on right before or after.) I did watch Breaking Bad because someone gave it to me on a thumb drive. Otherwise I usually watch movies or Netflix streaming through my wii. Since getting Netflix streaming, I've watched all seven seasons of Buffy, re-watched Firefly, watched five seasons of Lost (six isn't streaming yet), all of Sanctuary that was available (two seasons?), and now I'm watching Angel. Occasionally I watch Legend of the Seeker (not really certain what time/channel it's on so that is hit or miss.) Oh, I watched all of The Riches on hulu.   If you cosplay or need a costume for your bellydance/burlesque hobby (or any other hobby which needs dressup/different from your normal wear), is there anything you need/want for it? Don't really dress up anymore (man, I'm getting OLD) except for fetish gear and halloween. Can't think of anything I want/need that isn't on one of my wishlists.   Celebrity crush?: I love Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge but not so much otherwise. My boy is a celebrity of sorts (local, small fanbase) - does that count?? oh! I've had a crush on Martin Gore forever (member of depeche mode. Love his voice.)   Knitted things?: YES PLEASE   What about [mixed or otherwise] DVDs? sure   DVDs: Do you prefer widescreen or formatted? widescreen   Music: Any preference towards MP3 or CD? both are fine. I listen to cds in my car and my ipod in the house (and in the car if I remember to bring it.)   Do you like scented tarts? yes! I really would like an electric tart burner, though.   Lip balms? I'm pretty picky about my lip balm. For instance I do NOT like balm to be too "slick" and therefore I can not stand the balm from "my lip stuff". I have some lip balm on my amazon wishlist under Bath, Body, & Fragrance. I do make my own lip balm but I'm out of tubes.   Do you have any body mods? If so, do you need any new jewelry, o-rings, plugs, etc (and if so, what size, length, etc)? Do you like pro-body mod stickers? I do need new body jewelry. It's on my amazon wishlist under wearables. Gauge and size info as well as color/type of beads is in the comments on the wishlist.   Booze. Do you drink it, would you like some I do drink booze! I like sweet mead, ice wine, vanilla vodka or rum, malibu rum, goldschlager, butterscotch schnapps, baileys, starbucks cream liquor, etc.   What is your favorite artist or art style? (including if you have links to favorite pictures/paintings/photographs) That requires more thought and brain power than I have right now.     9/03/10 Hallowe'en plans? We usually dress in fetish gear of some sort combined with a halloween costume and hit the clubs. The boyfriend usually wins the costume contests and I must endure having our photo taken 5,000 times.   Mix CDs? Usually I say NO but scarletgenesis made me some pretty cool mix cds. I'm pretty picky about my music.   Girlyness level? I answered this in the thread, I'll have to find it.     9/2/10: Gifts for other household members / pets? It's now just the boyflame, three canines, and myself. The boyfriend would probably love baked goods (he nommed down MotherKat's chocolate chip cookies from a PIF in record time) but the canines have a special diet in which they do not get any grains and I prefer to only do beef and fish proteins. So the safest thing anyone could get them, food wise, is probably just freeze dried beef liver or lung. But they love their planet dog orbee balls! I have toys and stuff for the dogs on one of my amazon wish lists and I love people who spoil my babies.   Home made goods? yes please! I don't like nuts or crunchy things in my caramels/fudge/cookies/brownies but I do like flavored nuts on their own. (It's a texture thing.) My aunt in Texas used to always send us huge bags of pecans in different flavors -- cinnamon sugar or whatnot. om nom nom! Love pumpkin seeds too! and salted caramels!!   Are you someone who'd rather have lots of small testers of different things on your wishlist, or would you rather have one or two "big" things? I'm not sure that I even necessarily need bpalz, but I'm ok with whatever my Witchee wants to do. My tester list is pretty small and is going to get smaller because we now have a BPAL retail location here in Seattle where I can go sniff and test things. Note to self: go edit wishlist.   Names on other sites: If you add me, tell me who you are or I'll probably block you. I don't like "Twilight" fans adding me willy nilly. IT WAS MY NAME FIRST. twitter: mstwilighteyes (and sorrow_spider for those of you playing echo bazaar.) livejournal: miss_twilight ravelry: misstwilight unicreatures: miss_twilight facebook: http://www.facebook.com/X.swalker.X   would you like to receive Groupons or similar deals/gift certificates from your Witch? Er, no idea what those are. I am going to be a party pooper and say no.   How about tshirt/bottoms sizes? Wasn't this covered in the SW questionnaire? I don't like t-shirts unless they are sleep shirts. I do wear babydolls (XXL) and camis (also XXL). I can't imagine that anyone would be purchasing bottoms for me!

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Switch Q&A: Fall 2009

What are everyone's favorite Halloween-y/Autumn-y/spooky movies? Are there any you don't own but would like to? Nightmare Before Christmas!!! I own it. Maybe multiple times. I also like pretty much anything Tim Burton (his all count as spooky, right?) Y'know, Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, Sleepy Hollow, etc. etc. Harry Potter reminds me of Autumn for some reason, so I usually watch those all again. I am open to other Autumn-y or Spooky movies. I don't usually watch "thrillers" much anymore... when I was younger I watched the whole Halloween / Nightmare on Elm Street / Friday the 13th / Night of the Living Dead / Hellraiser, etc. type movies but not so much anymore. Waxworks was (is?) on On-Demand so I started watching that the other night. I guess I still like campy dorky movies at least. So maybe I would like WaxWorks, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, those kinds of things. Or whatever else. I'm easy. I have: Sleepy Hollow, NMBC, Edward Scissorhands, Lost Boys, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Brothers Grimm, Underworld (maybe?), Sean of the Dead (LOVE. IT.), all of the Harry Potter movies, Coraline, Planet Terror, etc.   Are roasted pumpkin seeds and home made chex mix the best fall snack foods, or what? Um, sure. (What is home made chex mix?) As long as we aren't doing corn syrup or MSG -- om nom nom.   what kinda socks ar you wearing tonight? Boring black socks from The Gap. I seriously need a lot of new socks, but I have humongous feets at size 10.   Whats your favorite pie, my dear SW's? Um. Pie. Pie is my favorite pie. Chocolate cream, kahlua cream, pumpkin (with lots of spices!), berries of any sort but especially marionberry, cherry, apple, rhubarb, meat (fenberry -- chicken and cranberry, broccoli & cheese, turkey), key lime... BRING ON THE PIE. Ok, I'm not really found of meringue.   PIE VIDEO ---> Want Pie Now! Me Like Pie! Pie is goooood! Mmmmm Pie! Mmmmmm. Pie. pie pie pie pie pie pie pie. PIE!!! When come back bring pie!   Do you like socks? Blankets? Wrist warmers? Arm warmers? Headband? Shawl? Or what kind of knitted thing would you love the most? I personally would love some hand knitted socks or a shawl or a blanket or wrist/arm warmers or... yeah, anything. I knit ... but all of my items go away to other people.   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 am not very good at telling tales. I have a slight lisp (pierced tongue didn't help that, uh uh.) I'm Aspie, so I tend to talk in a monotone. I can't remember all of the good details or I remember too many and bore people. Plus I'm really shy anyway. I don't like to talk if I can help it. If I'm in a social situation where I have to talk, I *can*, but I tend to overcompensate. But anyway. See, I babble on and on and on... *cough* ahem. I like Poe stories. I like Lovecraft stories. I'm not sure that I've ever found anything that actually "scares" me. Things that bother me: torturing animals. I don't want to read about that or see videos of it. It's too real and it happens too often. I like to LISTEN to spooky stories around the campfire though. Or in a parked car in a really dark area in the middle of nowhere at the dead of night! And I like to jump out and scare people too. Lately I am on the same kick as everyone else -- zombies. I just downloaded the Zombie Survival Guide from Wattpad onto my iphone. But that isn't scary... it's more amusing.   Warehouse 13 Have not seen. The only thing I watch on TV is True Blood. I *could* watch it on Hulu or thewb.com if it's really really good. Convince me!   Coffee or Tea? I like both. I am in both the tea and coffee swaps. For tea: mostly black. But there are some green teas, herbal infusions, etc. that I love love love. I like flavored black and green tea. Tea with lemon. Tea with milk. Tea with honey. (depending on the tea of course.) Not really huge on the red (rooibos) or white teas. Oh, and I loves jasmine tea and black chai. Lately my tea kick has been chocolate raspberry with honey and cream. And Russian Caravan (I'm out! Gasp! I neeeeed more!!) Or at night, the Aveda tea or Sweet Dreams from the Teacup. For coffee: Flavored coffee. Espresso. Lattes. Mochas. French press. Clover. Pretty much everything except drip. Because I don't have one of those.   Olive oil? yes! flavored is good too. Olive oil soap is lovely. I make a lot of cold process olive oil soap.   Lavender? yes! I used to have 11 different kinds of lavender bushes but now I only have one. And it mostly died last winter but I gave it a chocolate coated miracle pill and it mostly revived. But it still needs some time... When it gets going again I'll make lavender wands from the stems and flowers. I love lavender oil, soap, sachets, eye pillows, wands...   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? Have your witch see me. I don't wear anything except studs. And I haven't changed these studs in three or four years. I only take them out to clean them. And I usually only wear my scent lockets, so I am not really needing any pendants. (I could use some new chains.)   What is your favourite historical period? What, I can only have one?? Mine are places AND times... Ancient Egypt and Arthurian (fictional, yeah yeah.) oh! of course! I love reading about Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece too. I love mythology. And I love the Judith Tarr historical fiction stuff.   Did you order anything from the most recent update? Um, yes, pretty much everything since I run decant circles.   i know someone already asked about tea and coffee, but i want to know what other hot beverages everyone likes for fall? Mulled mead. Caramel Apple Cider. Hot drinking chocolate (I am a chocolate snob, I use the kind that has to be mixed with milk and whisked forever. sorry.)   What sorts of odd or regional foods do you crave? I would like to try these fabled Tim Tams. And I had some jars of chiles that I used to get when I lived in Dallas. I would LOVE more chiles. I will update with the brand. They are sweet chiles. In a jar. Edit: I FOUND THEM. Cannon's Sweet Hots. Mild please.   Vampires or Werewolves? Or some other monster? Yes, please.   Any Gamers here? What kind? Board games? RPG? Miniature? MMORPG? I like board games, RPGs, MMORPGs... but I don't have a lot of time to play games so haven't for a while.   Is anyone playing this round of SW into ABJ? No.   favorite kind or take out kinda burger? whats your burger preference? veggie,meat or ???? I haven't tried 5 Guys yet -- my boyfriend and his friend went to the one that opened by our house and said it was NASTY. I try not to do a lot of "take out"... But I have to admit that I love Red Robin Banzai Burgers. And I also love morningstar farms black bean patties and garden burgers of all kinds.   Whats your favorite childhood toy? Does my horse count? I had lots of Breyer horses too. Um... toys. Hrm. My computer? I had an atari 2600.. and then a 400, and an 800, and a commodore 64, TRS-80, and an 8088 pc... (I am a geek, sorry.)   Imagine that you're given a shoebox-sized time capsule, and you are asked to put one item in that box that symbolizes who you are. It may be anything you can imagine, and money is no object, but you are limited to one item, and it must fit within the box. What item do you choose? I don't think there is any one object that could symbolize who I am. There are objects I have an affinity with or that could be metaphors, but they would be really one dimensional portrayals. Sorry. I guess my imagination doesn't stretch far enough. I blame it on the Aspergers.   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. Sure. I like to call it "Life". And then there is "Career". There is also "Raising Child" and "Domesticating Boyfriend". And of course, "Education". Ok, I am not so funny. Hmm. My most pressing goal is paying off all of my debt and then saving to buy a house again.   If you have a pet, what kind of gifts would be good for them? I'm completely anal about what I'll let my canines have. Mostly because Miss Lela is extremely allergic to many many things. No grains! None! They get beef lung, beef tendons, beef heart, beef liver, all sorts of yummy raw things (I try to stick to fish and beef -- the cool proteins. Hot proteins tend to make her break out.) They get fed a home prepared raw diet. Yes, I cook every day -- for my dogs. Not for us. I don't have time to cook for us. So... the easiest treats to get that they can have are probably dried beef lung or liver. Or the "bully sticks". But if you want to give them toys, I'd love Planet Dog orbee balls (small) or squeaky toys and more squeaky toys.   Would any witches be interested in home-made sewn type crafts? If so, what type? (e.g. tote bags, pillowcases, laptop covers, etc..) Yes! I like pillow cases, knitting bags, imp bags, critters, whatever! (I don't have a laptop and therefore do not need a laptop cover.)   Any other steampunk fans/lovers? Not rabid, but yes.   Interested in locally produced products? Yes!   What's your favorite color? Purple and Black.   Describe your ideal picnic lunch. Where would you go? Who (if anyone) would accompany you? What sort of food would you take? My ideal picnic lunch would be something like in "Emma" although with my friends, not hers, and not wearing really confining dress. And not with the snarkiness making one person sad. (We're all snarky at each other and laugh.) I would arrive on a friesian. I would prefer food that doesn't fall and try to splatter my shirt or pants. Fruit slices (apple and pear!), grapes, blueberries, greens tossed with a little oil and vinager (eaten with your fingers), cheese slices or cubes, rosemary/black pepper/asiago or other flavored crackers, pickles, crusty bread with brie and butter, salami and sausage slices or chunks, cold cuts, hummus (garlic... black bean... all sorts of yummy hummus flavors), olives (black, kalamata, or green stuffed with garlic or other yummy things), pitas, the little medieval cookies that I get at Camlann, sausage hedgehogs, pasties or little hand held meat/fruit pies or piroshky, roasted nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans), petit fours, iced tea, water, or wine. Possibly chocolate truffles and mead or ice wine for dessert. basically nothing that needs further preparation, a plate, or utensils (except the wine, although I supposed everyone could have their own bottle.) Everything you want can be carried on a slice of bread or pita and is mostly for snacking in between playing games with the dogs, people, and horses. (ok, that is more like an all day event, but... if you're going to do something, do it all out.)   Do you like pinup art/images? Not really.   Who are your BPAL forum buddies? You know, people I could conspire with to Witch you! Little Goat and Stariel I actually see in person somewhat frequently as they're both knitters and in Seattle. I've been Natcho'd with the COOLEST Jester Tentacle Bag hand knitted by the fabulous LunaLiquid and would beg on my knees for more things knitted by her or Stariel. Stariel knits socks... she's FAST! And they're awesome!! Coldie might have some ideas too. But really, you could probably conspire with just about any of us to Nacho Witch anyone else.   What are your plans for Halloween? Have you made any yet? Do you have any traditions? I haven't made any plans. Usually we go out to a fetish ball. My male half usually wins whatever costume contest they are having. He is much hotter than I am.   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? Hm. A copy of Shakespeare's "Much Ado about Nothing" (dvd or book - could be included on the thumb drive I suppose), a small friesian statuette, a small gargoyle, a bottle of bpal (probably snake oil), a skein of malabrigo and a knitting book (either Pretty in Punk, Dominknitrix, or Anticraft), a thumbdrive (with all of my favorite mp3s, audio books, and maybe a recorded message from myself, some of my favorite recipes and knitting patterns, videos of my dogs and of boyfriend and his monster truck), a magnet (espresso! euphoria without the unsightly track marks!), a lavender wand, a chunk of alexandrite, a friendship bracelet, a skull & crossbones air freshener from archie mcphee, a small zen rock garden, an origami crane, and photos of me and: my dogs, ferret, horses, son, boyfriend.   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? The first five ingredients I find are actually what I have to feed to the dogs (they get a home cooked meal) so I would be ordering out. (and by ordering out, I mean I would have to get in the car and go find something to eat. No one delivers to where I live.) Dogs have to eat first.   Do you believe in magic (or magick, if you prefer)? What does it mean to you? Thank you for the ear worm. *eyeroll* Um, sure.   Any rabid sports fans out there? What teams do you root for? No, I pretty much dislike most sports and the frenzies spawned by them. The only kind of sports I like to watch are ones I have participated in, such as horse or dog related sports. Grand Prix Horseshow Jumping & three day eventing, gaming, agility, etc. I don't like horse racing or dog racing. My boyfriend is involved in motorsports so I spend way too much time going to events that he is driving in.   what's your favorite animal? (you can have more than one.) Friesians (horses), Bully Breeds (dogs), Silver ferrets (white or silvery grey with black eyes, not albinos), ravens, dolphins, bats, rats...   If you found the puzzle box from Hellraiser, what would you do with it? ( and would you be able to resist playing with it?) Do I *know* it's the puzzle box from Hellraiser? In that case get it AWAY. Otherwise -- ooh puzzle box!! What's inside??   what's your favorite candy to stock up on at halloween? Vanilla tootsie rolls. I like the caramel apple pops too, but I don't stock up on them per se... although I did buy a couple of bags last year and gave them out with swaps. I like the 100 grand bars too.   What are your phobias? Erm. Nuclear war? I don't especially like being unable to move while having bugs on me. Bugs are ok if I can move and get away from them or take them off of me, but being unable to move and aware that they are on me is nasty.   What is your favourite flower (or plant)? Blue roses (they're really purple/lavender in color, but the term is "blue".) Sterling Silver (yeah yeah, it has genetic issues and bad ratings, but I love the color and fragrance!), Love Potion, Purple Tiger, Royal Amethyst, etc. Anything fragrant and purple, give it here. I'll also take really fragrant and not purple, such as Fragrant Cloud or Fair Bianca (white old english double ruffled rose that smells like myrrh.) I used to have 50+ rose bushes at my previous house - all extremely fragrant.), Lavender (I had 11 types of lavender, sniff), Lilacs, Butterfly Bushes, Chocolate cosmos, mint of all kinds, thyme of all kinds, purple basil, oregano, cilantro, pretty much all herbs, Stargazer or pink oriental lilies (the fragrant kind), large bearded irises (batik is my fav, they smell like grape), dianthus and carnations (love their spicy scent), hyacinth (I can usually smell them across the yard!), scented geraniums (I like the weird scents, like cinnamon, etc. scented geraniums come in all sorts of scents!), any ... pretty much anything that is extremely fragrant in a good way. (I hate daisies -- they smell like dog poop to me. I don't buy non-fragrant rose bushes or other plants.)   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? That would partially pay for one of the monthly bpal orders. If I had any left over, I'd probably invest it in vials, bubble mailers, labels, ink, and pipettes. Because I go through a flat of 2k vials in about 8 months.   Duct tape purses and wallets and things are pretty darned cool. Who else thinks so? I use duc[k/t] tape for other things... *cough* so while the boyflame might like a duc[k/t] tape wallet, I don't really want one. Sometime I might make the duc[k/t] tape bullwhip, though. http://skiptomylou.wordpress.com/2008/05/2...-tape-bullwhip/   Are you an avid reader? What's your favorite book/series? I think I answered this in the form I sent in, but YES. I love George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Neal Stephenson, JK Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, and many many others. I just re-read the Kushiel series, the Sookie Stackhouse series, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and am currently re-reading Snow Crash. Then I might reread The Diamond Age or continue with the Zombie Survival Guide, haven't decided yet. I downloaded the Zombie Survival Guide and world War Z to Wattpad on my iphone and started the first one, but haven't really gotten into it. Wattpad is the greatest thing ever next to the Library. I have the Kindle App for my iphone too, but I prefer to download the free books from Amazon that I haven't read yet (tons of classics!!!) I've read one Jasper Fforde book and have the rest of them on my wishlist. I've downloaded most of the Naomi Novik books but have only read 1-3 (Temeraire.) I also have most of the Obernewtyn Chronicles but haven't started reading them yet. Same goes for the Chronicles of Elantra. I loved the original DragonLance series as well as the Drizzt Do'Urden books. (Now my son loves them.) I am very sad that Robert Jordan passed away (and didn't finish his Wheel of Time series - waiting for Brandon whats-his-name to finish the last book.) I used to read a lot of L.E. Modesitt, Jr. but haven't started his new Imager series yet. I think I've read everything Terry Goodkind has out (as well as watching Legend of the Seeker, the only exception is the newest book - The Law of Nines) as well as Terry Brooks (except the newest book, A Princess of Landover. But the Landover books weren't my fav.) My Amazon wishlist has a TON of books but if you want to get me anything, please keep in mind that I don't mind getting USED books and that I do prioritize. If the priority is low, I have already read it but it was borrowed from the library or something. If it's medium, I'm kind of "meh" about it. I mostly have it there as a placeholder so I don't forget to look for it at the library. Sadly most of the High or Really High things are either unreleased or expensive.   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? Something else? I love to cook, but as I say every round, we have a kitchen the size of a postage stamp. I have a counter that is about 8.5x11". I have a very small fridge that is filled with ingredients to make food for the dogs. I rarely rarely ever cook anymore (except for the dog food.) I sold my house, BF sold his house, and we moved into the MIL basement of BF's father's house when BF's mom died. BF's father is diabetic and smokes, has major heart and breathing issues, blood sugar issues, etc. So we are there to keep an eye on him and help him out with things. I doubt we will move into our place until after BF's dad passes. Which could be next week or could be 20 more years. So... most of my kitchen stuff is packed up in boxes in the shed (along with the majority of my possessions) and I really have no place for kitchen stuff. I have two huge boxes full of spices that I never get to use. I have a ton of cookbooks that I never get to use. I would gladly accept home made treats of any sort, though. The only thing I make in my kitchen on a regular basis (besides dog food) is tea. I could probably squeeze in a scented teapot trivet. And I suppose dish towels and dish clothes. I could use some little tiny cutting boards that are just big enough to cut an apple on.   Who likes coloring books? ... not really, no. Unless it is full of cool horses or celtic knotwork.   Do you have a Good Reads profile? No, I have a Library Thing catalog and profile, and an Amazon wishlist. And Kaboodle. And tons of other ones. Do I really need more profiles/lists?   What was your favouritest job ever, and why? This is a hard one. I really liked working at Microsoft because of the people. Hated the job itself (tech support.) Liked the company. Hated being a temp. I really liked working at Mosaix (maker of unix boxes/digital switches/software that run call centers) because of the people and the job (unix sysadmin) but got offered more money at MCI to come be their personal unix sysadmin. MCI/Worldcom was an awesome job, work and money wise, but it was in Denver so I had to commute home to Seattle on the weekends or whenever I could. And I had to pay rent in Denver and mortage at home in Seattle. And I didn't really know anyone in Denver and no one sat around me at the office. All of the people who used my unix boxes and my two call centers were in St. Louis or Upstate NY, so I had to travel to train them (which I liked. Upstate NY in the fall is purty!) If it had been in Seattle instead of Denver, it would have been my favorite job evah (except for no people in the office, but that was ok, I played a lot of online games from the backbone of the internet, bwahaha.) I have been self employed and enjoyed that (selling PartyLite candles, making my own candles and soap, and selling Virtual items and gold for online games over eBay) but didn't make enough money as I was only motivated enough to sell things when I actually needed to pay bills rather than all the time. I really enjoyed working as a Chandler for Sweet Spirit Candles (it was a fun part time job!) Except the owner was a jerk. I liked the other people that worked there though, and I love being around and making candles. Wicking wasn't my fav though. They went out of business because the new owners didn't know a thing about running one. Current job - I enjoy the company and the people, but I don't like the work itself. I took this job at a major paycut in order to get my foot in the door --- and then the economy took a dump. So while I've been here two years, I'm just now getting to move to another position that is really just more of the same and at the same pay rate. boo hoo. Someday I'll get off the phones again. I hate talking on the phone. I'm used to RUNNING the call centers, not being a call center agent. Bleah. I like the benefits, though. om nom nom, coffee!   Which three albums would you take to your apocalypse bolt hole and how would you power the generator? Albums? I don't have a record player. I would have to take my ipod or computer. I cheat. But right now I would say... Depeche Mode: Playing the Angel, New Order: Substance, and Dead Can Dance: Into the Labyrinth. I would power it probably with dogs and a treadmill. Dogs like to run. I could run on it too.   What GC scent have you been putting off getting since it'll "always be there"? TKO. Serpents with Glittering Eyes and Forky Tongues. Black Opal (beneathglass stole mine.) Antique Lace.   Are you interested in things like home remedies for ailments, cleaning solutions, etc.? Sure. I have a big book of Garlic remedies.   If you could decorate/redecorate any 1 room in your home, what would it be and how would you decorate it? The bathroom or the kitchen. They would become much larger and would get a nice floor that could be mopped instead of having CARPET. Really, wtf -- carpent in the kitchen or bathroom? It's disgusting. I have to put down rugs over the carpet so I can wash them continually since I don't have a carpet cleaner. *shudder* Both would get paint that could be washed instead of this nasty flat paint. The bathroom would get a new shower unit LIKE THIS!!! The kitchen would get more cabinets, counter space, and a dishwasher. And a decent stove. And a larger fridge. I could finally have room for an espresso maker and a toaster.   How do you take your coffee (or tea)? Black or with cream and/or sugar? Depends on the coffee or tea, really. I like Chocolate flavored black tea with cream and honey. I like some black tea with just honey. I like most herbal infusions (except Tazo Passion, that one is TART and requires sweetener!) and flavored green tea with no sweetener or milk. Sometimes I like tea with lemon, so obviously no cream there! I like black tea and london fog lattes. So... for black tea = depends on my mood. I take them sweetened OR sweetened and whitened. Coffee: I like lattes -- so milk and a flavor, usually a thick syrup like caramel or chocolate (or cocoa powder and sugar that I mix up myself, like the scharffenberger. I try to avoid anything with corn syrup.) But if I'm doing french press or a tasting, I'll just have it straight black in a little demitasse. Clover I generally do cream and sugar with.   Do you believe we control our destiny, or does our destiny control us? I'm not really a determinist, no. I'm not sure which philosophical theory I believe in. I think more along the lines of infinite possible universes and they are split each and every time a decision is made.   What one thing that is missing from your life would you like to have above all else? Financial stability? *cough* A friesian? Not having Asperger's syndrome? A PhD? Our own place to live where no one smokes?? Too many, too many. I would probably like to have the ability to be closer to people. I feel like, and have always felt like, there is a huge wall between me and everyone else. No one understands me and I can't understand other people. Would be nice to have a soul mate or best friend that I could laugh with. I need more laughter. I love my boyfriend dearly but sometimes I feel like we don't understand each other well enough.   What's your favorite dessert treat? Ice cream? Cake? Pie? Fudge brownie cake with pie flavored ice cream on top? Hm. Depends on the mood!! I love pumpkin cheesecake, haagen-dazs "hawaiian lehua honey & sweet cream" ice cream, moist chocolate cake (or cupcakes), spice cake, kahlua cream pie, key lime pie, marionberry pie and vanilla ice cream, chocolate mousse, home made chocolate chip cookies, pepperidge farm double chocolate milanos, chocolate truffles (especially cocoa velvet or vosges), salted caramels... and rhubarb crisp! peach cobbler! apple crisp! I'm so not picky.   In your perfect world it is chocolate and...? Not men. Men are hairy and I don't like hair in my chocolate. Unless you wax the guy first and give him a good buffing so no extra skin is peeling off, keep the chocolate off of him. Plus, good chocolate needs to be tempered... so just melting and pouring it on someone would be wrong. WRONG. Now if the guy was just DELIVERING chocolate... that is different. Bring THAT on. My perfect chocolates lately have been with anise, or rose caramel, or salted caramel, or orange caramel, or peanut butter truffle, or scotch truffle, or kahula truffle, or.... um. anything that Cocoa Velvet sells is good. Most of the truffles at Vosges are good (I really want to try the italian selection -- cheese and chocolate! olive oil! vinegar! interesting.)   How do you scent your home Tarts, reed diffusers, BPAL, candles? yes please. I really want an electric tart/oil warmer so I'll probably get that eventually. Right now I have candle powered tart and oil warmers, a reed diffuser, lots of candles (colonial candle of cape cod mostly), etc. And I have lots of bpal room sprays.   Secret Power: Time Stop would be nice. I could handle invisibility or teleportation as well.   For the tea and coffee drinkers: Opinion on tea- and/or coffee-related accessories/etc? I wouldn't mind having some air & light tight containers for tea or coffee beans. I would like a new espresso machine and coffee grinder (ha ha!) -- we are having a sale right now though, so I could get one if that were my priority. I don't have any place to put one at home. *weep* I can always use tea filters (I use the Swiss Gold tea filters.) And I can always use more honey for tea... I go through 12lb buckets like there is no tomorrow.   If I send you whole spices or coffee beans, would you be able to grind them or would you prefer them preground for your convenience? I have a burr grinder and a mortar/pestle and access to many commerical grinders at work. I am probably good on spices since I have two super huge boxes of them and no room to cook. Although I wouldn't turn my nose up at the hard to find medieval spices for when I get together with my friends (at THEIR house, lol) to cook fenberry pye, crustade lombarde, erbowle, and the like. om nom nom.   new question, because I'm learning how to sew - if you do any kind of craft, could you use supplies? What kind? knitting needles, yarn, amazing fabric, pinking shears, cool thimbles or pincushins, jewelery making supplies, beads, etc.? There is a gargoyle pincushion on etsy that has been on my wishlist foreva. I can always use more yarn (see Kaboodle wish list for ideas. No acrylics please.) I'd love to learn how to make chainmaille and do wire wrapping, so books or supplies or both on that would be wonderful. I could use some crochet hooks for amigurumi. I'm learning how to needle felt, so maybe some roving or books (on my amazon wishlist even) on needle felting would be helpful. I'll always accept really cool fabric (bats! gargoyles! unicorns! cute dogs! preferably in blacks & purples rather than black & orange (thinking halloween stuff.) I could always use more fabric (felt or muslin or whatever) to put inside my scent lockets. I like to make critters and would welcome cute embellishments (buttons, button eyes, safety eyes, cool gemstones, beads, fabric, yarn (wool for felting critters - not superwash), etc.) I could always use more little retractable tape measures since I can never find mine!! And I can always use stitch markers (see etsy wishlist) but I really needle some resized for US 11. (most of the etsy sellers are willing to do that if you convo them.)   What's your favorite pain-relief remedy or ritual? right now I'm popping muscle relaxers, vicodin, and prescription strength naprosyn. I wish I had a hot tub. If I could get anyone to do it I would love to have some of my mom's "Thunder Butter" rubbed on my hurty muscles but the boyfriend hates the stuff. *weep* (it's made out of beeswax, menthol, super hot cayenne pepper, wintergreen, and a few other things. Kind of like a natural version of icy hot. It is started when the moon is waxing and is finished on or about the full moon. Or something like that.)   Do sounds make you happy? What ambient noises make you smile? Almost all of my fav music makes me happy. Wind chimes, bird noises (especially ravens/crows), horse noises (blowing, neighing, snorting, tail swishing, galloping, trotting, walking, trumpeting, whateva -- I have a Robert Vavra CD full of music intersposed with horse noises. I practically lived on my horse from age 5-18), (sighing, trilling, low woofing, snoring, sleep yipping. but only MY dogs -- other uncontrollable dog noises from outside of the house irritate me), waterfall noises (I have a few tabletop waterfalls but they're packed away in the shed), I used to have a breaking glass noise on my NeXT machine (mmm black NeXT cubes!), raindrops, wind through the trees, kitties purring and trilling, guinea pigs squeaking and squealing, ratties squeaking, , people laughing...  when you receive your SW packages...do you like receiving things that are individually wrapped inside? or unwrapped? or both? I loved the way that my SuperWitch Coldie wrapped my packages all individually with paper that was obviously MADE FOR ME (purple! iridescent! sparkly!) and in awesome little mesh bags. That was totally awesome for the reveal!!! But I don't mind receiving things unwrapped. So... emphasis on the first, but the latter is ok too. It's not like I'm going to complain...   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. Bar soap (unless you made it!) Dangly earrings. My Lip Stuff lip balm. Anything Gold colored. Also no orange. I'm not real fond of yellow either. Or brown. Don't really need any more hand lotion or body lotion. Nooo Credit card or any other bills (except possibly dollar type bills! ha ha!) NO Dog or cat poop. (Or any other kind of poop, thx!) Empty bpal vials that once contained perfume (empty ones that have never contained perfume are ok!) I do like empty bpal BOTTLES if I don't already have a photo of them (see my flickr account plz.)   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? never tried... um... some of the panaceas. some that I have tried and loved, skadi. I'll have to think about more when I have my spreadsheet in front of me.   I know we're all scent sensitive here. What are your favorite non-perfume smells? Day in the life stuff? I love the smell of horses, saddle leather and oil, puppy breath, coffee beans, freshly zested orange rind, my boyfriend (I love to burrow into his side of the bed because it smells like him), woodsmoke on a crisp evening, baking goods, apple cider vinegar (and other kinds of vinegar), dill and anything pickled with dill, fresh bread (I drive by a bread factory on my way home every morning), christmas trees, baked apples with cinnamon and cloves, pomanders I make by putting cloves in oranges, beeswax, honey, aveda tea, the "garage smell" our garage has (it reminds me of my grandfather's garage), hay bales, mixed grain that we feed to horses and livestock... I could probably think of more. I'm very scent oriented.   who has a birthday falling in this round? *grumbles about hers starting two days before the round's official start.*   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? I have tried all of the Vosges bars (bacon, chiles, curry coconut, etc.) and my favorite is the Naga (curry coconut). I actually don't eat a lot of chocolate "Bars" because that is just too much at one time. I prefer truffles and I think I have already answered what kind I like in many of the other questions. But yes, I like stuff in my chocolate. Almonds and pecans if there are nuts. (and there are always nuts around here... *cough*) I eat maybe one truffle every three days, but sometimes I forget about them and go a few weeks without having any and then I feel bad because the truffles are starting to bloom and I must eat them before they go bad, and then I'll have a couple.   Are there any childhood shows/movies/games/books/etc. that still hold a really special place in your heart? Narnia books, Felix Salten books, Walter Farley & Marguerite Henry books (Black Stallion and Misty of Chincoteague), anything with Wesley Dennis illustrations, Disney movies, many many more... Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Yearling, Trumpet of the Swan, A Cricket in Times Square, Island of the Blue Dolphins.... As for games, I loved Clue (board game). And Nethack (pc). And Pitfall (atari 2600). The Wizard and the Princess was the first "text adventure + graphics" game I played (on the Atari 400.) We started playing D&D in 1978 or 79. I loved (and still love) other text adventures such as "Adventure" and the infocom games (Zork, etc.) Most of the games I played were solitary or with my horses since I didn't get along with my brother.   There has been a lot of talk about chocolate, but none about Candy! What is your favorite Candy? What candy do you hate? Every once in a while I get a craving for bottle caps. Or Spree. or Riesen. I would have to say that my favorite candies are probably salted caramels, though. I don't really "hate" any candy but I don't generally eat "hard" candies. Oh, I know, I really really dislike "whoppers". ugh. And anything sour.   Do you have a Blu-Ray player? Only if you count the xbox 360!     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? My internet connection is pretty fast. I'd like the rest of Red Dwarf on dvd (I have Season 1, 2, 3, and 4.) And I'd like the "american" Red Dwarf pilot, and the newly released stuff too. I would love to have the Twin Peaks pilot (I have Seasons 1 & 2 on dvd.) I used to work for HMV (His Master's Voice) so I have a ton of records and cds... what I don't have but want, I can generally find and download in a few minutes. So I'm good music wise.   What's something you're really looking forward to in the semi-near future? It was my birthday, but now that is over. (Was Saturday the 12th!) *sigh* I was fairly sad that most of my family did not say anything to me (my mom wrote me e-mail from Yellowstone park, ha) and only three friends said anything. I got more Happy Birthdays in the Switch Witch thread than anywhere else. Yes, feeling sorry for myself now.   What fictional character do you most identify with and why? Eeyore. I'm Aspie. I speak in a monotone. I have major depression. I'm usually somewhat glum (although I try not to show it in person.)   Could you use a 'travel' imp case? How many should it hold? I have some travel imp cases in my favorites list on etsy.   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 really like lots of little packages (or a few little packages, or whatever) with one large reveal at the end. The last round was totally awesome up until the end, when my Witch revealed in e-mail and I had no final package -- not that I needed anything else because she spent waaay too much money, but it felt really anticlimatic. I would have rather she held off on at least one of the packages and sent at the end with a reveal.   What is your idea of the perfect evening at home? I like it to be somewhat cool weather so I can have candles, fire, tea, blankies, and snuggling with dogs and boyfriend.   Are you on any social networks (MySpace, Twitter, LJ, Facebook, Bebo, etc)? If so, make with the links! Are you open to new friends? yes, I've already answered the question about lj, twitter, and facebook I think but didn't provide links. facebook: http://www.facebook.com/miss.twilight twitter: http://twitter.com/mstwilighteyes lj: http://miss-twilight.livejournal.com/profile myspace: http://www.myspace.com/twi   IF YOU FRIEND ME, please write me a note and say who you are (switch witch / bpal group) or I'll likely block you.   What kind of socks? black or purple or blue or knitted with self striping black/purple or black/white or whatever. NOT NYLONS. Real socks. Preferably not "thin".   How often do you update your wishlist? Whenever I see something I NEED want or when I buy something.   May I help you fill out your costuming wardrobe (assuming you costume)? Are there articles you are seeking to enhance your a) Halloween costume, Renfest attire, c) Cosplay, d) Steampunk accouterment? meh. I don't know what I'm going to be for Halloween. I could use a cool renfest overdress, corset, and chemise but those are spendy.   Who are your favorite artists/illustrators/art periods? Dunno. I like certain work by Van Gogh (Starry Night, Starry Night over the Rhone, Cafe Terrace at Night, etc.) I like certain work by Kim Reasor (the coca cola sign in the snow on the bottom of archive 2.) I have a few pieces of art by Wendi Dunlap (the ones on this page that say "Collection of S. Walker"). I love Jill Thompson's artwork with the young Endless (Sandman / Neil Gaiman.) And many others but have to save post now and go home from work.   What's your stance on cranberries? I take cranberry PILLS so I don't have to deal with the nastiness of cranberry JUICE. I don't drink juice with added sugar or corn syrup. Pure cranberry juice is the NASTY. But I like cranberries that are dried (especially covered in chocolate), and I love them cooked with savory dishes. I make something called "Cranberry Chicken" which is fabulous, and of COURSE "Fenberry Pye" (fenberries being cranberries) that has chicken and medieval spices. om nom nom! Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks (yes, I have the recipe!), I even like jellied cranberry in the can.   Do you mind receiving used (in good condition, of course) CDs or DVDs? Nope, I don't mind. Bring 'em on!   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? Does my boyfriend count? He's not really "famous" but he is kind of a local celebrity to a very small niche.... (Monster Truck driver.) Sure, I'd like funny fan art based on my boyfriend. bwahaha. Even fan fiction. He'd get a kick out of some kind of bdsm fiction in which he is the sub/bottom. Crush on literary characters? hmm. I guess I don't get crushes on literary characters. Am I weird?   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? Chips and salsa usually. But it could be cheese and crackers. Or peanut butter and crakers. Or a protein bar. Or olives. Or dried fruit. Or landjaeger/wieners from Bavarian Meats. Or all of the above.   Do you have a favorite bpal bottle art? Hmmm I love The Lady on the Grey. I'm a horse fanatic. I really like Black Butterfly Moon too. And many many others.   Are there any decants from the Halloweenies, Literary Vampires, Gris Grimly, or Hellboy that you would be interested in receiving? Nope, I run decant circles so I have waaaay too many decants. Unless something is specifically on my wishlist as a decant (to fill a bottle or to test), I'm probably good.   For the crafty people out there: would you prefer something crafted or crafting supplies? Both!! I love to get things crafted by other people!! But I can always use yarn, scissors, stitch markers, measuring tape, or whatnot.   Can you use pill boxes, a hard ID case, coin purse, etc? I have a hard ID case slash imp box on my Etsy favorites. I don't really need any pill boxes or a coin purse, but if they're ultra cool and ME, I'm sure I can find a use for them doing duty as something else.   Any songs you are desperately into at the moment? I've been listening to the new Depeche Mode album a lot (Sounds of the Universe.) And Garbage (the first album.)   What's autumn like in your neck of the woods? What do you love and/or hate about it? It's lovely and cool and rainy. The leaves have a good color change mixed in with the evergreens. I don't like that it usually rains on Halloween night. Or when the piles of leaves get too sodden to kick or leap about in.   What's your favorite product(s) at Trader Joe's? probably the chocolate covered candy cane joes. Not the regular candy cane joes -- the chocolate COVERED ones. om nom nom.   If you're caught in front of the tv, what are you watching? I usually only watch movies or True Blood. Sometimes Cash Cab.   Any Amy Brown art fans? I like her stuff that has horses on it! And stripey stockings! But I don't really consider myself a huge fan and I don't collect her art.   How do you feel about Halloween music? (mix CDs, what have you)? meh. I'm really pretty picky about my music and I only listen to it in the car.   Who else is reeeeeally looking forward to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland? *jumps up and down waving her arms*   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? There is a clothing store in Vancouver BC where the owner is also the designer. She makes a lot of club and renaissance-type clothing and dresses. She has her sewing machines there at the store and will alter things ON THE SPOT for you. I LOVE THAT STORE.   Lolcats....yeah or nay? yay! When I talk with my friend Brandioch we generally end up im'ing back and forth in lolcat. or texting. or even talking that way.   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? I'm not especially into ghost stories, so however it was done would be fine.   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? I like blues, purples, silvers, blacks -- I would probably get something of my dogs. Or a friesian. or a starry sky and mountains / forest / lake / castle with dogs in foreground or something. <shrug>   Does anyone have any symbols they consider to be personally significant or talismanic? Well, I have symbols I am attracted to. The wedjat (or Eye of Horus), the ankh, epona symbols (especially the horse triskele celtic knot), raven triskele... I have a white weasel rampant that I use on my soap labels (Iceweasel!), ummm I think I have more but I can't seem to think right now.   Are there any Gods, Goddess, or other mythological figures of whom you're particularly fond? Epona of course. Eris and Loki, I have a fondness for tricksters (and ferrets.)   Super villain or vigilante? Which would you like to be? Which would you like to receive? Vigilante. V, for example. If I'm getting a real live one though, I'd prefer he not have burns all over his body so maybe not V.   What mythical or fantastic race of creatures (dragons, unicorns, griffins, elves, dwarves, faeries, etc.) do you most identify with, and why? Unicorns (I have a huge collection), gargoyles and grotesques. Unicorns have always just seemed sorrowful and solitary to me. Same with gargoyles and groteques.   How do you feel about Dia de los Muertos? Are you interested in sugar skulls? Catrina (or other) skeleton figurines? Meh, really. I could go either way, but I don't celebrate this or really know much about it and I wouldn't buy anything for myself.   Do you have a favorite poem or poet? Yes, but once again, I can't think of them.   What is your favorite creepy folk story or legend? Wow, I just have zero brain power and can't think of any creepy folk stories that I would consider a "favorite".   Who is musically inclined? What instruments (voice counts) do you play? Would you enjoy sheet music? I used to sing and play violin and flute. No longer. No sheet music for me. I started guitar a while back but then my son wanted to learn it, so I gave him my guitar. Would someday like to learn guitar and piano but don't see that happening. Closest I get right now is Guitar Hero on the Wii.   Favorite musicals? I don't see a lot of musicals. Most recently in the theatre I saw the musical dance version of Edward Scissorhands. I would LIKE to see Wicked. Dixiehellcat is a sweetie and sent me Spamalot. Moviewise I really enjoy things like the new Moulin Rouge (I LOVE Ewan McGregor in this movie), Sweeney Todd, Repo the Genetic Opera, Nightmare before Christmas, etc.   Which of the seven deadly sins is most likely to be your undoing? Probably Sloth. Or Lust. Maybe Greed. Heck, I think all of them might take a hand.   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? Tativa was my coffee swap witch and sent a couple of the special halloween scent that is black (patchouli?) -- it's SUMMER YUMMY!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE. I really like the black one that smells like Drakkar too. Midsummer Night's Dream?   Would a "gift" donation to one of the organizations/causes you support be a great gift, or a lame gift? Would be spectacular!!! My last Witch donated to Bad Rap in my name. There are some more local Pit Bull groups in Seattle that could use some donations, though. Please don't donate to PETA in my name. PETA has a vendetta against Pit Bulls. We hateses PETA.   Are you into 80s movies (like i am ) if so, which are your favorites and who are your favorite characters? Sure! I loved John Hughes films. I have Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, 16 Candles, Better off Dead, and a few others. I would like Pretty in Pink and whatever else I don't have. I'd love the Monty Python films on dvd or blu ray.   Do you like Villainess soaps? What are your favorite scents? I like the Whipped and the Smack. The Smooches I am not sure about, I think I like the Arcana scrubs better. I don't want any bar soap of any kind. Favorite scents? I have some birth rite burn and it is ok. I have or have had whipped in jai mahal, decadence, autumn gala (gone), smashing (gone), and a few others. I think I have the ones I'm interested in trying on my SW Help page so I won't go into it again here.   Do you mind artificial colors in your food? I try to avoid things like food color, msg, corn syrup, etc. but sometimes it can't be avoided so while I WILL consume it on occasion, I'd rather not have it dumped into my food.   Who wants hair pretties?(headbands, barrettes, pony-o's, scrunchies, bobby pins, hair clips, etc) I am thinking of chopping all of my hair off again. But if I don't do that, then I do use things like the scunci headbands with teeth to keep my hair out of my face.   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. My desk is already covered in cranes as that is one of the origami that I can make with my eyes shut. (I used to make origami for about 2 hours every day, going through my books and picking out new ones and then practicing all the base folds and stuff. But that was about 10 years ago. I can only remember the crane. My origami paper and books are in storage, I have no room for that sort of thing right now.)   How do you feel about clothing/accessories made from animals? Anti-fur, leather, shells, etc.? Does even faux wig you out? I wear leather. I'll wear fur if it's cold enough. (Seattle is not cold enough.) I don't really like fur as a fashion statement, though. I don't really like shells either.   How do you deal with stress? What's your favorite way to unwind? I usually deal with stress by drinking tea, reading, ignoring everything I possibly can, and sleeping a lot. I have been sleeping almost 24x7 recently because I am very stressed out about bills.   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? If money were no object and the "Trade" or "craft" was something fun to do and not a career that I would be locked into, it would probably be aromatherapy and perfume/soap/candle crafting (of which I already do some) and the other would be horse training/riding/breeding, specifically friesians, lusitanos, or andalusians and dressage. I don't have any particular mentors in mind. I'd also like to do yoga and some martial arts. If I could, I'd have Michelle Yeoh or Jackie Chan. Or maybe Chuck Norris.   Do you wear lip gloss/lip balm? If so, what flavors/scents? Yes, I always have lip balm on me. But I HATE HATE HATE lip balm that is applied with a finger or that is too slick, such as that web company that sells nothing but lip balm. what are they called? "my lip stuff", yes, that's it. DON'T send me any of their lip balm unless you don't mind if I give it away immediately. My favorite is on my kaboodle page along with the flavors that I like. The Better Botanicals "ayurvedic lip balm" in cardamom or rose-mint. I also like honey flavored... vanilla... no chocolate, please. I have been wanting to try the Haunt lip lust (and many other Haunt products.) I have some of the Bunny Butt lip balm in honey and it is fabulous.   What is one thing you constantly keep with you that you constantly loose? Lately, my temper. Or my mind. Over the years it has been my sunglasses but since I've had to start paying $150-200 for each pair suddenly I don't break or lose them as much.   What are your favorite fruits? Honey Crisp apples, nectarines, plums, honey tangerines, strawberries, melon (honey dew, water melon, cantaloupe), mangos..   If Beth made a perfume called "switch witch" what notes would be in it? I think that it would be different for each season and there would have to be a whole section called Switch Witch with different categories. There would be Ninja Witch and Nacho Witch for starters... different ones for different types of Witches and Witchees. Halloweenie/Fall round would of course be the scents of the season, depending on what you celebrate. If you're not a Halloween Witch/ee, your scent might be more of the falling leaves, tang of ice in the air, wood smoke, crisp autumn apples, and the like. If you are a Halloweenie, maybe mix in some chocolate, candy, or caramel?   What is your favorite cookie type? The ones that are cookies. bwahaha. If I'm BUYING cookies, probably the pepperidge farm double chocolate milanos. If I'm MAKING cookies, I would say snicker doodles, peanut butter, sugar (with lemon) and buttercream frosting, oatmeal raisin, and the best -- chocolate chip. I really love spritz cookies too. almond or rum flavored. or mint.   Do you drink alcohol? Wine, beer or liquor? What is your favorite wine/beer/mixed drink? yes. I prefer girly drink drunk. usually I get a lemon drop because those are easy. favorite shot is buttery nipple... or china white.. or purple hooter... or chocolate cake... my favorite wines are either tawny port (at LEAST 20 years) or ice wine. I can sometimes stomach "beer" if it's guiness, terminator stout, or ruby ale. But usually I would rather have water or ice tea than drink beer. And I love mead -- but it has to be damn fine mead. Chaucer's is an acceptable brand.   Do you like to find out there's a package on the way or to receive a tracking number to stalk, or do you prefer surprise packages? I like to stalk them so they don't sit in the mailbox and rot. I've had chocolates melt into little puddles because I didn't know they were coming... and the upstairs occupant (Rog's dad) is mostly disabled and has a hard time getting out to the mailbox. I work nights, so I don't usually get up until 7 or 8pm, so that is when I get the mail.   If I were your witch, and I wanted to make you a spell or mojo bag, would you be into that? And, if you were, would you want it for something like love, prosperity or luck? Or would you want it for a certain element? Or would you want it for something more personal- and what might that be? I have no idea how to use spell or mojo bags, so probably not.   Would you object to annonomous postcards (real ones) from your witch before the big reveal??? I love postcards!! Or any mail!!   Do you collect new/used stamps? Will you like to get stamps on your mails? I love getting interesting stamps on my mail. I just purchased two sheets of the Simpsons stamps, even though I didn't really need any more stamps. Just because they are fun! I love fun stamps! I do cut or soak off stamps and put them in my "stamp collecting" drawer. Which hasn't been gone through for years. and years. and years.   For you tea drinkers, are you partial to tea bags or loose tea? Loose tea is usually much higher quality, so that is what I purchase. But tea bags are ok too. I could really use some Russian Caravan. And if you have a tea store with Chocolate Rose or Chocolate Raspberry... feel free to send some my way!!   are there any foreign food products that you'd love to get or to try? I have never tried these fabled Tim Tams or Humbugs.   Have you ever considered paper bead jewelry? I really don't wear a lot of jewelry. I do like rose bead jewelry... mostly because you can scent it.   Cake or death? Is it the Death of Rats? Terry Pratchett's Death? Neil Gaiman's Death? No? Then cake.   The New update is next week.....

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Switch Witch Answers: Summer 09

What kinds of crafts does everyone either enjoy making or enjoy getting? Do you have a certain type of handmade item that you love to collect? Socks, boxes, jewelry, dolls etc? I love making soap, lip balm, sugar or salt scrubs, bath bombs or fizzy bath salts, knitted items (preferably worsted weight), etc. Sadly I don't have a workshop right now for the homemade bathy goods and I am knitting very slowly. *sigh*   I love baking too, but don't have a kitchen large enough to actually work in. Soooo I love to receive homemade cookies or zucchini/pumpkin bread type things!! om nom nom.   Boxes - I actually have a box collection thing going (mostly cedar/jewelry boxes) but most of them wouldn't fit the precious. So yes please!   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? (The woman I buy them from uses the whole emu. She sells the meat, sells the feathers, and uses the oil to make soap.) I also make my own soap so I have some that is getting up on two years old that I need to use. And I have a ton of soap from doing "decant" circles (Villainess, Arcana, etc.), as well as a metric load from Lush. I need no more soap. Please. I hate using really old soap, and having a two year back log means that it will be really old by the time I get to it. Unless you are sending me liquid hand soap, in which case, please send boxes and boxes because the boyflame goes through that sh*t like there is no tomorrow. (I use the bar soap.) But other than that, no, I am not squicked out by Emu oil.   Are there any of the BPTP bath oils you adore (particularly ones that you cannot get anymore). What about the room sprays? I really wanted to try the Valentine's Day oils, especially Incendia, but my bank account was too borked at that time. But really just a small 1oz sample is the best. I have pretty much all of the other bath oils except Frenum and Invidia. I adore the Snow White and Lupanar room sprays. I would love to try the prototype room sprays, but just goblin squirts up to 1oz are good, I certainly don't need a whole 4oz bottle. I have sniffed all of the GC room sprays and have squirts of the ones I like.   How would you feel about an ultra-girlie shawl or wrap in summer-weight (lace)? I love shawls and wraps. I started making an Ishbel with Malabrigo Sock (want to do both the scarflette and wrap size) but I am too busy making things for other people so stuff for myself never gets done.   what would you think of hand-dyed items? Something like the blue/purple/black in a silk scarf -- zomg.   How do you feel about hand-knit socks? I have never owned a pair of socks that were hand knit for me. And if it didn't take so long, I would totally knit myself a pair. So if someone knitted me some -- omg. What a goddess.   is there anything from the US you'd love that you can't get where you live now? I would like to try these fabled Tim Tams. Nothing else comes to mind.   How many potential witchees have an iPod, or download MP3s? I have the 80gb ipod video that was new just before the iTouch came out. (it's crammed full.) and I have an iphone. So both of course have videos and music on them. I used to work for HMV (His Master's Voice), so I have a TON of cd's and vinyl... I have at least 500 gigs of music on just this computer and then I have an external hard drive. And I'm not done ripping everything yet. Short answer: I can probably provide other people with lots of music. I don't need any myself.   Ok, for all you shower people, would you like BPAL scented soap? Or how about BPAL scented massage bars or solid scrub bars? As I've already said, I make soap. I don't need any more soap unless it is liquid hand soap. And then I would want to hoard it and not let the boy use it if it were BPAL scented (THE PRECIOUS!!) Something that would be interesting is BPAL scented liquid laundry soap... I have recipes for that, maybe I'll try to make some.... I have four or five massage bars from Lush that just end up going bad since it's like pulling teeth to get the boy to massage my back. But something that I *would* like would be scented glitter hair or body bars.   Do you collect dolls or miniatures? What kind? Do you like to get new clothes or items for them? I used to collect Breyer horses. They had saddles and bridles. Does that count? (they are all packed up out in the shed with most of my belongings.)   My fiance sent me an early dvd rip of Coraline that he was given (pretty sure it's not been released yet, but I sometimes have a hard time keeping up) and I was wondering if anyone would like a copy of it? Coraline FTW! If it's good quality, then hell yes.   If you were to make a seasonal mix CD for this summer, what would you name it? I am sooo unimaginative / creative. I guess it would depend on who I made it for (I don't make cd's for myself...) If it were for my boyfriend, it would be something like "Big Rog's Backyard Amphitheatre Outdoor Summer Concert Extravangazapalooza" or something dorky. All of his cd's start with "Big Rog's", natch, and our little Costco gazebo was killed by the odd Seattle snow... so he decided to BUILD a new gazebo. It is seriously large enough to use as a concert stage. It looks like we should have concert lighting up in the roof trusses. He is hoping to have it finished by the 4th of July (we always have a huge party here) and he wants to get a laser light show dealie for it. *facepalm* Halp.   Would anyone like bath bombs or bath melts scented with one of their favorite Bpal scents? sure. Someone PIF'd me with some Queen Crossbones (Arcana) bath bombs and they are... um. THE BOMB! ha.   Would you like homemade cinnamon buns or sticky buns? homemade from scratch, yes! mmmm.   Is there anyone here that likes Hello Kitty or any other Sanrio Characters? I do like Hello Pitbull but I don't think Hello Pitbull is Sanrio licensed... I don't know if Sanrio does bats or goth kitties?   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.? I still play Ultima Online after 10+ years. I play on Pacific. My main character is somewhat well known and is.. (prepare to be shocked...) Twilight Eyes. I run the guild "House Iceweasel" (wzl) and we are the Alliance leader of a group. Allies are "Legends of Pacific" (LOP), "Old School Thieves" (Os.), and "The Grizly Hand of Death" (GHOD). I'm currently a beta tester for the new expansion, "The Stygian Abyss". I used to make my living selling online gold/items for this game until eBay decided that only THEIR game (Second Life) could have virtual items sold on their auction system, so then I had to go find a real job. What? Me? Bitter? Obviously I don't play as much now as I did when it was my job so I'm down to three accounts from ~ten. Four if you count my son's account.   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? Would love to have all of Red Dwarf. (I think I have seasons 1-4 on DVD.) Also would like True Blood season 1. And maybe The Prisoner.   Would you like any recycle/upcycle supplies for your crafting? sure!   Are there any single notes (likely non bpal) that anyone is dying to have/try? Hmm. I would like to try Stargazer Lily and Red Musk. I wouldn't say no to any single notes so I could see what the lab's version smells like. I am curious about things like opopponax, linden blossom, mallow, cream or sweet milk, fig, copal, different kinds of sugars (brown sugar, sugar cane, etc.), musks (black, blue, red, honey, grey, purple, chinese, egyptian, kasmiri, amber, africian, etc.), amber (ambergris, black, brown, egyptian, golden, grey, nepalese, peruvian, red, rose, smoky, tunisian, white, sudanese, etc.), sandalwoods (arabian, asian, black, yellow, green, egyptian, golden, indian, oriental, red, white, etc.), patchoulis (black, blue, africian, egyptian, golden, haitian, indian, indonesian black or red, africian, red, white, etc.)   And what would you witchees think of a net flick or the likes gift subscriptions? A month of Netflicks vs a DvD? I have a hard time finding anything to put in my queue with those kind of subscriptions. If there is a new release that I must have, I rent it from the $1 machine.   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? Right now I have two dogs. Jake Blues and Miss Lela. They are pretty spoiled... so "need"? Probably not. Want? They always want squeaky toys but those have to be either kevlar or a really tough rubber. (I'm at work so I don't have the brand in front of me that I buy.) They also like the small size of the Planet Dog "Orbee" balls. Miss Lela has major allergies so she only gets grainless food/treats.   Based on Prior Carnivale act prototypes...which one are you truly excited about? Sadly nothing leaps to mind.   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. I'm sure everyone is tired of hearing about me whine that Twilight stole my name and blah blah blah. As much as I loathe and hate that SM named the first book "Twilight", I did read the series and see the movie. But I'm not a huge fan girl. It does tickle me to have "my" name on items once in a while, though. Short answer: meh.   Are you in need of decanting supplies, wand caps, or other scent-related paraphernalia? I usually buy my vials by the flat (2000) but the last place I purchased them from was horrible (Madina?) and half of the vials had warped tops and leaked. So yes, I could use more vials. I can always use more wand caps and pipettes too. And I wouldn't mind having some purple rollerballs.   Does your feline like catnip? I don't have a feline.   Salt soap bars (soap made with a large quantity of salt, like salt-scrub-in-a-bar)? This is different enough from soap that I wouldn't mind receiving some.   How would you feel about homemade jelly/jam from home-grown berries? As long as there is no corn syrup, sure. I like most kinds of jam (prefer jam over jelly) and also adore apple or pumpkin butter.   Homemade dill pickles? Made from cukes, beans, snap peas, baby zucchini? I prefer cucumber dill pickles, but trying beans and snap peas would be interesting as well. We usually do cukes with dill, garlic, hot peppers, and grape leaves. The grape leaves are supposed to make the cukes crunchier or something. I didn't get to do any last year and my sister in law doesn't do them until October, so there would be squeeing and om nom noming.   would my future witchee like to receive steampunk style jewelry? I prefer silver only type jewelry. I think I have a few steampunk pieces on my etsy wishlist (rose bracelet, skull locket, hippocampus pendant) etc. but it is difficult to find silver only steampunk jewelry. weep.   Tea. How do you feel about it? I work for a coffee/tea company, so I drink a lot of tea. I prefer black teas although I have some fabulous tangerine green and coconut green. There are a few herbal teas that I'm in love with, such as the Aveda tea and a similar tea from the Tea Cup called "Sweet Dreams". Love Pumpkin Spice black tea. Lately I've been on a Russian Caravan kick, so would love to try those from your local tea place. (RC is usually a smoky black tea.) I don't especially like Chamomile or a lot of herbal infusions (Passion from Tazo and the others I listed are exceptions.) Don't especially like Rooibos. Not particularly fond of green unless it is flavored. I love Jasmine tea, though. And lately I've been having a lot of "Chocolate" flavored tea that is scrumptious. Would love to try some Chocolate chai. Strong black tea that I can add milk and honey to is my staple, really. And I drink a lot of really strong black iced tea. I can go for either unsweetened or sweet (if made with real sugar.)   what is your favorite anime, or if you don't like that what is your favorite animated series? Ummm probably Ranma 1/2. I'm not really into anime. I have some old stuff. Vampire Hunter D, Totoro, Nausicaa, Demon Hunter Yohko, Princess Miyu, Spirited Away, etc. Favorite animated series... probably Earthworm Jim and The Tick.   What are your favorite animals? Or, what animals resonate strongly with you? Well, there are the obligatory gothy animals that I would love anyway: Bats, Ravens, etc. are LOVE. I have always had a strong bond with horses (especially Arabians, Friesians, and Andalusians. And being monochromatic, I prefer blue/steel grey and black horsies), ferrets (silvers make me squee), rats (blue hooded rats make me squee), and of course my bully breed dogs (blue dogs, again, make me squee). (But if anyone were to get me any kind of bully breed art, I prefer full ears. I do NOT like cropped ears on Bullies or anything that glorifies fighting.) And I've always wanted to play with dolphins or whales too. Am I weird that it isn't just the animal, but it's the COLOR that really attracts me as well as the shape? I mean, I have loved all of my ferrets, rescue rats, horses, rescue dogs, etc. regardless of color, and all the creatures I love make my head turn when I see one -- but certain colors give me whiplash. Personality has a lot to do with it too of course. If we going to get into fantasy animals, I like winged bully dogs, winged rats (FLIEDERMAUS!), thestrals, unicorns, hippocampus, etc. You will see all of these represented in some way on my etsy favorites.   Posters: I also have zero room for posters of any kind. All of my framed (and unframed) artwork is boxed up and out in a shed. They haven't seen the light of day for probably 10 years now. *weep* And I have about 50 of those HUGE posters that take up a whole wall. And since I used to work for HMV (music store), I have a ton of band related posters and swag.   Chips: I don't really eat potato chips. I am sensitive to MSG and a lot of "flavored" chips have it. (as well as most soup, boxed dinners, etc. I shop a lot at Whole Foods and some local co-ops, as well as cook from scratch often.)   Are there any kinds of books you collect? Arthurian! Otherwise I'm mostly Fantasy, Cyberpunk, Sci-Fi. I have a lot of books on roses and herb gardens, building knot gardens and topiaries, rock walls, ponds, etc. as well. And cookbooks. And knitting books. Feel free to peruse my LibraryThing catalog (although it only contains a mere fraction of what I have since most of my stuff is packed in boxes out in the shed(s).)   Are you obsessed with honey? If so, is there a particular kind you like best? Spun honey, flavored honeys, certain types of honey.... etc. zomg, I love honey. I buy local honey in the 5 gallon buckets and I STILL RUN OUT. Srsly. I would love to try all sorts of your local honey. I love light, dark, medium.... I don't think I have tried sage or avocado. *puppy dog eyes* I am not so much into creamed honey, although I will purchase it if it is the only medium available in a flavor I want.   Do you like villians that are funny because they are meant to be, or are you like me and love the villian that just can't seem to get his evil schemes to work? I like Villians because they get the hottest clothes and hairstyles. Usually.   Woods? I love trees. I like woody incense (sandalwood!) I'm not sure that I have a favorite tree. I usually try to grow Ginkgo trees but they perish. I have a large Empress of China (or is it Chinese Empress) that I adore because it has hanging purple flower clusters. Flowering dogwoods are nice. Aspens are lovely. I especially like trees with black/dark purple leaves. Oh, wait, used in wood art?? I prefer black, white, and purple. I have some pirate-y wooden mugs that incorporate those colors of woods but I'm guessing they are stained... I picked up some 'wood art' in Italy that is amazing -- a large framed horse totally made out of different colors of inlaid wood (my mom is holding onto that for me.) And of course jewelry boxes. I don't really like "Brown" or "tan" or "beige".   Any part of art history/ style of art that you can't get enough of? (eg: Baroque, ancient Egyptian, Victorian, steam punk, modern?) I love Egyptian and Roman or Greek type things. I have some little table top fountains that have Egyptian motifs and I love plaster/resin sconces/wall sculptures that are Roman/Grecian. I still have about 10 framed Patrick Nagel prints from the early '80s. ha. I would sell them all if I could get anything for them -- the only one I would keep is "Montana" (the one with the horse.) That was the only one I wanted in the first place and everyone just figured I liked Nagel and KEPT BUYING ME PRINTS. I would like a print of a piece of art featuring a girl blowing bubbles on a roof next to two gargoyles, and one of the gargoyles is leaping off after the bubbles. I can't remember the artist name off the top of my head. (But again, I have no place to put it.)   Is there anything you've been wanting to learn that your witch might be able to help you with? ooh. chainmail type jewelry and wire wrapping stones/gems (or making spirals) to make pendants, rings, necklaces, etc.   Obsessions: BPAL (duh), yarn, my dogs, gargoyles, neodymium glass, reading, tea, my boyfriend. I like sleep a lot too. And chocolate. And caramels. And chocolate covered caramels, especially sea salted.   Are there any historical figures you are particularly interested in - say, that you'd enjoy reading about, or movies, etc.? I've always been interested in The Matter of Britain/Arthurian genre and have collected a sizable library of books referencing such, although quite a lot of it is fiction/fantasy.   Did I miss a question about beer? Beer - um.. not my favorite. I vastly prefer girly drink drunk. If I *have* to drink beer, it is usually either a stout (Guiness is ok or McMenamins Terminator Stout) or I found one ale that I like (McMenamins Ruby). I don't exactly go out sampling so I could probably find more but I don't really drink very often. I also like birch beer, if that counts.   anyone reading an amazing book right now? I just finished Raymond Feist's "Rides a Dread Legion" and it was better than expected. (I try to get as many advance reading copies as I can through LibraryThing and this was one of them.) Now I just need to write a review... Now I have moved on to the third book in the Kushiel series. (Chosen? You'd think I could remember but they all kind of blend together.) I still have a few books that I'm in the middle of reading on my iphone kindle or wattpad apps. The third book in the Temeraire series (Black Powder War) and some others.     Are you interested in Tarot or Tarot art? I have a bunch of Tarot art favorited on Etsy. So I guess that is a yes. But it is more this artist that I like rather than it is Tarot related, if that makes sense. I used to be interested in Tarot, but I'm more interested in letting other people do the readings and me watching. I have a deck somewhere. I have been reading about card games played with Tarot decks and I'm interested in learning those! But they mentioned in a fairy tale book I was reading, so could be totally fictional. I forgot about it until just now.   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 would love to try some non-sls shampoo or shower gel samples! Enable away! The economy thanks you! (but I don't need bar soap. REALLY.)   What about burnables as in candles, tarts and/or incense? I would like tarts!! I have some Alternative Breeding on my non-bpal wishlist, and some Villainess. And I'm up for whatever other brands you like since I'm blissfully unaware of most of them. Incense I LOVE but my boyfriend is allergic to smokey-ness so I never burn it. I should dig it out of storage and start burning it outside in the morning when he is gone. Candles, I LOVE. I have a ton of things to make candles but no workshop at the moment so ixnay on the andlemakingcay. And although I have a huge steamer trunk full of votives and tealights, and another huge trunk full of votives, tealights, dinner candles, and pillar candles, and I have a STACK (or two) of 3-wick candles (both tall and short) against the wall, I mean really -- can you have enough candles? And I have some jar and bowl candles too. Did I mention that I used to not only have my own business making candles (on hold at the moment), but I was also a Chandler at Sweet Spirit Candles? And before that I sold candles for PartyLight.   What are your favorite materials? Or material things? Some people like jewelry, some like woods, some plants... I'm not really big into jewelry, I will admit. I love plants but we are in a basement. I am not sure what my favorite materials or material things are, but I will tell you that it is NOT a telephone. I hate telephones right now.   do you like old, old, OLD books? I'm talking the kind of books you see on the shelves at your grandparents house. Spines cracked, a few loose pages here and there.. I personally love the history of them. I love really old books! I have quite a few old leather bound books. I look for old Felix Salten books whenever I'm in an antique store. Or other interesting children's books or poetry. Or whatnot. Old old old books with awesome line art illustrations are especially fun because... public domain! (assuming not republished.) That means we can make rubber stamps or something with the art sometimes. (Yes, one my close friends owns a rubber stamp company, "Rubber Trouble".) And look! A gargoyle stamp on sale! She sells them unmounted so prices are very reasonable. Just in case people like rubber stamps. Sorry, diverged there a bit. I tend to do that.   Recipes? I really don't have room to cook. Plus the boyflame is extremely picky. We do a lot of flat iron steak, salmon, chicken tacos, things that can be grilled... I cook roasts in a crockpot every once in a while, so really easy crockpot recipes are welcome. Maybe some more interesting recipes for fish or salmon (to grill) that don't take a lot of prep space/time. I have just enough prep space for a small cutting board and that is it. But if you have a favorite recipe to share, please do. I will make an extra effort to make it sometime, even if it has stuff in it that the boy doesn't like. (one of my favorite things is Cranberry Chicken but he won't eat it, so I make it at the parent's place when I visit there.)   If you could make your perfect scent (or at least most desired at the moment!) what would be in it? I had a blend of lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood lotion called "Sweet Earth" that I LOVED. I used to get it at a local farmers market. I've never been able to duplicate the scent.   My most perfect scent ever was the Vanilla single note from The Body Shop. They discontinued it and went with a vanilla blend perfume instead. I still have a teeny bit left from 1989 and I treasure it like gold. Of course it reminds me of the time that I had it as well (see Toronto 1988-1990) so that probably has something to do with it.   List things you DO NOT need any more of: BAR SOAP. Nail polish. Keychains. Coffee mugs. Hand lotion.   What are your favorite websites (besides this one, and the online shops you listed in your questionnaire)? The ones I keep open in my tabs are: hotmail, gmail, ravelry, facebook, ebay, flickr, livejournal, windermere (house hunting), amazon, unicreatures, dragon cave, bpal, bptp, scent addict, soap box, villainess, blooddrop, little knits, lime and violet, etc. I generally visit hulu if I'm bored at work and need some background sound while I knit. Sometimes I visit my pandora radio station but not often. I also use moviefone and dvdexpress.net a lot (for local movie watchings.) Once in a while I'll look at craigslist if I need something specific and want to check local availability/prices, or if I'm getting rid of something. See also freecycle. And I visit kaboodle and etsy once in a while if I'm bored or need to update wishlists. Sometimes I'll catch up on cute overload or I can haz cheezburger. And once in a while I read Neil Gaiman's journal. And I'll check on some other websites: slumberland.org, beaconhillblog.com, d23radio.com... I can't think of them all!   What do you like to snack on? Dried fruit (I still have a bunch of dried apples left from the fall harvest.) Nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews.) Cheese (I love gouda, different kinds of cheddars, sage derby, cotswald, parano... I like flavored goat or feta style cheeses to spread on crusty bread or rosemary crackers.) Olives (black, kalamata, and green garlic stuffed). Grapes, cherries, fuji or honey crisp apples, honey tangerines. I love salami and cured meats but not sulfites. (sigh) Cold cuts. flavored crostini (rosemary, garlic, black pepper and asiago.) Garlic or black bean hummus and little pitas. Carrots, celery with peanut butter, pea pods, grape tomatoes, other fresh veggies... (I prefer to snack instead of eating large meals.) A lot of times I'll come home and not have energy to do anything except some peach/mango salsa (With cream cheese added) and tortilla chips. Once in a while I have a piece of chocolate or a salted caramel. Once in a while I get the Terra veggie chips. Or I'll pick up some Veggie Booty.   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'd like to add that I have decided I am offended by some things after all. Dog fighting, animal cruelty, animal research, hate (anything racist, or aimed towards bi/gay/lesbian, fat jokes, etc.) Not especially interested in scantily dressed women (men are ok!) I don't mind profanity (I use it all the time.)   What is the color scheme you use most when you decorate? I prefer greys/blacks for permanent fixtures and jewel tones (Burgundy, purple, blue, green) for highlights. So my desk is grey, couch is black, etc. Comforters are black or black & grey. Towels, candles, sheets, throw pillows, blankets, etc. in jewel tones.   Is there any infomercial product you're dying to try even though you know it probably sucks? Not especially, since I don't really watch tv or infomercials. But I did run across a huge display of infomercial things at Frys, and they have a WHOLE STORE fill of them at the "Supermall" in Auburn, Washington.   Do you wear makeup or nail polish? Need brushes, containers, storage, mani/pedi supplies? What colors and brands do you like? I wear makeup and I polish my toes but not fingernails. I have to "draw on" my eyebrows because my tattoos are getting too light. I have eyeliner tattooed on as well but it isn't thick enough for me, which kind of irritates me since I paid to get it done so that I wouldn't HAVE to put on eyeliner every day. I use prescriptives base and powder, mac or prescriptives mascara, and I have various eye shadows/pigments/powders/minerals/whatever in mac (from ralenth), urban decay, fresh minerals, and some other stuff that people gave me. I don't usually buy makeup myself and during the workweek I only wear foundation, eyeliner, eyebrows, and powder. I rarely do eyeshadow and am horrible at it. I was watching Priscilla, Queen of the desert the other night and totally wishing I had their eyeshadow skillz, yo. I don't need containers/brushes/storage/or mani-pedi stuff. I have a ton that is still in original packaging. I like black/grey/silver/purples.   Do you like shiney hanging porch decorations like windchimes or those things that spin and swirl in the wind? yes!! I love windchimes. And shiny things. And I like porch lights too (like christmas lights, except I keep them up all year.) I have two sets of windchimes, purple lights, hanging plant baskets, and some japanese lanterns hanging on my porch (which is our "front door" since we live in a daylight basement although it's in the back yard. It's under a huge deck so I have lots of room to hang things.)   Hair adornments? I like headbands to hold my hair back out of my face but that will let my bangs flop over or go behind my bangs. This is the first time in 20 years that I've had "long" hair (usually it's shaved on the sides/back) so I'm not really savvy on what to do with clips and such.   Which flavors are you interested to try from the http://www.chocolateresearchfacility.com/? Their website gives me anxiety.. dripping chocolate, ughhh! Also food imported from China scares me. So no thank you! (I know it is impossible to avoid using things imported from China but I do try to avoid it as much as I can, sorry.) However, the flavors that sounded interesting (for your curiousity's sake): Rose with rose petal, cardamom with almond, irish cream, jasmine, lavender, earl grey, rose hip, spiced tea.   If you want to buy me chocolate, please consider Cocoa Velvet. They're a small family business in Oregon and I know the people who own and run it. They handcraft everything themselves. I also like Dagoba (the chai bar only), Dolfin (specifically their jasmine, hot masala, and cardamom bars) and I have other chocolate wishes on my kaboodle wish list like Vosges. I am a bit of a chocolate snob. Sorry.   Favorite artists and favorite pieces of their work? I don't really have any favorite artists in which I really like ALL of their work. I have favorite pieces of course.   I like Van Gogh's "skull with burning cigarette" and (of course) Starry Night. And Starry Night over the Rhone. And Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night .   I like "Gargoyles" by Michael Parkes. (And Athena. And Deva.)   I love photographs or other artwork of gargoyles, grotesques, crows, wrought iron, celtic crosses in graveyards, capitals, cloisters, etc. black and whites especially.   I have a lot of bully breed dog artwork favorited on etsy.   I have some treasured artwork done by my friends as well: http://slumberland.org/gallery.html, I have the originals for "Almost almost blue" and "stars 12/24" (and her page even notes that! ha. that makes me giggle.)   I have always wanted a raven beaded doll from Megan Noel (one of my local Seattle BBS friends.) She does some awesome coptic stitch and beaded journals. And I like some of her purple/blue stuff and raven drawings. And the http://www.megannoel.com/blackamuletpurse.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">black beaded amulet purse</a>!   I have some prints somewhere that I brought home from the Smithsonian, and some framed artwork that I brought home from Italy.   I also have a few pieces related to The Cure and Depeche Mode.   And as I've mentioned already, people have gifted me with a ton of Patrick Nagel prints but I would sell most of those in a heartbeat. I love the simplicity of them but my favorite is Montana and that is the one that I would keep.   I love a lot of classics, such as the Hunt of the Unicorn (often referred to as the Unicorn Tapestries.)   I love a lot of local art and sculpture that I see in the dealers room at Sci-Fi conventions. I have a piece I really love of a "were unicorn" -- she is a unicorn in on of the matted cells and a woman (with a small nub horn) in the other.   I collect a lot of wall sconces and grotesques/gargoyles but I don't know that I have a favorite artist that sculpts them. My favorite pieces are the Fledermaus and Guardian of Hopes and Dreams.   Do you like coconut (to eat)? Not especially by itself. I love it in chocolate or thai food or toasted coconut with ice cream...   Puddin' posts ebay sales of older stuff every now and then - what of the current lot are you dying for? Hellion mostly.   Do you tweet? I have a twitter account but I don't use it a lot.   What kind of mythology are you interested in? Celtic, Greek, Roman, Egyptian.   What's that one thing you keep meaning to get but keep forgetting or passing over? One thing? I have a list of BPAL GC's that I want but don't get because most of the time I only have money to get the LE's. (TKO, Mme. Moriarty, Pickled Imp, TAL: Bastet's Laughter, etc.)   With all this talk of chocolate, do you prefer milk or dark? Depends on what it is blended with. I like dark chocolate if it is blended or covering other things. I don't actually eat chocolate straight up nowadays anymore come to think of it... if I eat a bar it is usually a blend (chai, jasmine, masala, fruit, nuts, etc.)   What is your favorite classic fairy tale or children's story? I think I prefer the retold fairy tales. the "classics" were all stolen and changed from the originals and not for the better. Favorite children's story -- hmm. Maybe "God Bless the Gargoyles" (that isn't a classic, is it?) I have things like Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Island of the Blue Dolphins, A Cricket in Times Square, The Trumpet of the Swan, The Wind in the Willows, Little House on the Prairie series, Narnia series, The Hobbit and LOTR, Dr. Suess books, etc. that I made my son read about 10-15 years ago.   Do you have an electric stove, and would you like a bowl and tarts to use the residual heat (and for extra safety)? I do have an electric stove but I'm afraid the bowl would break because I would be stupid and put it on the burner while it was too hot. I would like a tart burner though.   What of the summer update (Egyptian, Lawn Ornaments, etc.) appeals most to you? I already have the Summer Garden Series (lawn gnome, pinwheel, flamingo.) I would like to try the Iteru bottles but haven't wanted to purchase yet because one is dirt and the other sounds aquatic. Haven't gotten the Feast for the Greatly Revered Ones yet, would like to try that one as well. But so far, Flamingo is my fav.   Are you freaking out over any of the discontinued scents, dear fellow Witches? Not really, but I would like to sniff Madrid and Succubus. And I kind of want a bottle of Severin. But I am resisting!! Sad, I love Mimosa (our friends have a mimosa tree and it is fabulous!) and that seems to be the note in common for all of the discontinuations except for Severin.

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Switch Witch answers -- Christmas '08

What witch would like a cloak? Mmm cloaks!   Would you like to receive ATCs (artist trading cards) or would you prefer something more usable, like bookmarks or something? After thinking about this some more, I am guessing I would use ATC's as bookmarks in my knitting/reading books and perhaps display them in my cubicle at work.   Who likes tshirts? What about homemade tshirts? Like with transfers I made myself.... I like Babydolls! But not t-shirts.   If your witch were to send you cookies, what kind of cookies would you like? I love just about everything -- but no nuts, and no divinity. I *heart* chocolate chip, sugar, snickerdoodle, thumbprint, peanut butter, spritz, lebkuchen, krumkake, etc.   Since we're talking about warm winter wearables, who likes hats? Mittens? Arm warmers? Probably wouldn't wear mittens. Love long wrist warmers! Would love to try arm warmers! I kind of want a kittyville hat. But I already bought yarn to make my own although I suppose I could make one for my housemate instead. I'm making a devil horn hat for my boyfriend... someday.   Question: who would like a pair of handknit socks? Size? Color preference? Cabled, ribbed (for your pleasure), stranded colorwork, etc.? I wear a size US 10 women's shoe. I would LOVE stripey socks (black and purple would be my fav, with black/pink or black/white as back ups. I've totally been eyeing the self striping sock yarn lately.) Otherwise just black is good. Cables and other things are up to the knitter!   How does everyone feel about steampunk? There are some steampunk books on my Amazon withlist and Steampunk jewelry on my Etsy wishlist... I like the art involved. But I tend more towards vampgoth, cybergoth, mopeygoth, etc.   How do people feel about unusual ornaments? As in, for holidays other than Christmas? I don't really have any place to put ornaments but that doesn't stop me from filling my wishlist with NMBC ornaments on Etsy!! I'm hoping to have a tree this year but am not holding my breath.   Anyone else a total nerd like me and would like DnD/Roleplay stuff (Dice, minis, books, corny tees, etc.)? I started playing D&D in 4th grade (early '70's) and then playing Cyperpunk, Call of Cthulhu, Paranoia, etc. I don't really play anymore unless my son (18.5 years) has a campaign he needs tested (but since he lives across the state, this isn't very often.) I love corny tee's from Think Geek, though. Most of my roleplaying is now done online nowadays.   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? YARN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My stash is on flickr and ravelry to give an idea of what I like. I like pretty anything that is not acrylic. Silk, alpaca, llama... I was sent some Wollmeise and it fabulous! And someone also sent me some malabrigo -- omg. so so soft. I need more of this to make a nice cowl and matching wristwarmers!!! Handspun is fab too!! I can do without glitter. Funky art yarn might be ok -- I like the ribbon yarn sometimes if it is really soft. I am all about the texture - I like it smooth, silky, or soft.   Which witches would like hair accessories: clips, scrunchies, hairsticks, headscarves, etc? Anything NMBC, I like. Really wouldn't know how to use hairsticks. Don't need or use scrunchies. I have some clips, but again, I am hopeless. I usually just put my hair back with a headband if it's getting in my way. I have this headband with teeth that I slide in and it holds the hair back pretty well, but they tend to snap after a while. (I must have a big head!)   Hand beaded jewellery, yay or nay? silver, black, purple, blue wire and/or stones/beans -- oh yes please. love gargoyle and skull beads too.   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? Um, yum!   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? Ummm maybe for a weekend. Hard to say. But even if I'm gone, there are still people here at the house to get the mail.   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? Not really, sorry.   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? ravelry = misstwilight   Would you personally rather get handmade jewelry or the beads to make something yourself? handmade jewelry!! I adore wire wrapping and spirals.   What kind of candy/sweet treat would you like to receive? I *love* clove flavored candy -- jellybeans and hard candy sticks. Any kind of snobby chocolate bar is yummy (lately I've been a big fan of Dolfin. And I love the Chai Dagoba bars.) Anything from Cocoa Velvet!!! Lately I am craving pumpkin or pumpkin gingerbread.   Would my potential Witchee be up for some music stuff they'd never heard before if they couldn't understand the words? eh, I am pretty picky about my music.   It's cold outside - what are your favorite drinks to keep yourself warm and cozy? I love drinking chocolate but am too lazy usually to make it. If I had an espesso machine so I could steam milk, I would probably make it more. I also love caramel apple cider, toffee nut lattes, and tea!! If a special occasion: mead, heated spiced mead, buttery nipples, tawny port..   Anyone else have a sudden and unexpected favorite BPAL lately? Yes! I was frottled from the lab with Angeronalia from Yule 2007. When I was decanting for my circle, I couldn't stop sniffing it!! I need to get out my bottle from last year and start using it now that it has aged!!   I love Christmas music even though I'm pagany -- how about you? I really like pop artists doing Christmas music -- Bono, XTC, Sting, Annie Lennox, Erasure, etc.   Do any of you like puzzle books? I love to play puzzles on the computer or especially within computer games (Shivers, 7th Guest, etc.) but not so much in books.   Do you like to cook? if so, what? Would you like things like spices, cookbooks, recipes, tips? Yes, but I have zero room to cook in my "kitchen" or to store anything.   What fashion item or style do you like, but never wear?knee length skirts, stripey tights, high boots. I am too lazy and usually only wear jeans or bdu's unless I'm going to a club.   What is the biggest problem or sad thing in your life? Of course, I mean the saddest or worst thing you can confess here. My biggest gripe... oh god. That I have aspergers and, worse, major depression. Because of it, I lost my really fabulous job as a System Admin and then 911 happened and most of the tech jobs disappeared. I worked from home for seven years. I had to sell my house. Then my boyfriend's mom died and he decided he wants to stay with his dad until his dad passes. So my boyfriend sold his house too. So until his dad passes away, we are living in a MIL apartment in the basement of his dad's house. We have ZERO room to cook or to have most of our belongings. We have one room that the comptuers/tv/couch/kitchen are in, a tiny bathroom, and a small bedroom that can only fit the bed, a nightstand, and a small dresser. The walls have dark wood paneling and the floors are stick down squares of carpet on cement (hardly any padding). I can't even steam clean the carpet without ruining it. The bathroom has holes in the walls and some rot. All of his dad's "artwork" is still covering the walls downstairs even though we've lived there for ... four years? So no room to put any of our things. Very depressing, but at least I have a place to live. (We have plans to put in carpet and redo the bathroom but money has been too tight.) Then we made the mistake of inviting one of my friends to stay with us until she got a job and her own place. Which should have been only a month or two. That was almost a year ago and we are still supporting her financially and... let's just say this place is too small for two people, let alone three. I am extremely stressed out by having no privacy, have missed a ton of work, am always sick, etc. So -- yeah, the living and money situation, not so good.   Do you like honey? Will you like to try creamy honey with black sesame or with cinnamon powder? I love honey! I love trying flavors in small amounts. I don't usually use creamy honey (I just don't eat that many sandwiches...) unless it is in my tea. Right now I have some creamy lavender honey that is fab in tea.   What cartoons did you grow up watching? Any animated shows you still watch? I grew up watching things like Star Blazers, Hanna Barbara, Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo, etc. I still like to watch animation -- I just saw Bolt last weekend. I love Pixar! I have some Disney movies on dvd (Bambi, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, Lion King), Nightmare Before Christmas (of course!), The Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach, some Anime (Vampire Hunter D, Ranma 1/2)... what else do I have. Toy Story, Bugs Life, Shrek, Wallace and Gromit...   Who are your forum friends, person or people your witch can contact for ideas? You could try contacting Pixiepetal on the forums. She is currently staying with us. Right now we are not getting along so well though.   Do you like baskets, jars and other interesting containers? Filled or Empty? I like jars and interesting containers (filled, preferably) but unless they are filled with useful things, I don't really have any room at all. Most of my belongings are packed up in storage since moving into our current place.   Houseplants and/or things to put them in: thoughts? I am thinking that although they rock, houseplants would be too costly to ship. Same with things to put them in. I would like some more spider plants but as I live in a basement, I am afraid they would just die again. I have lucky bamboo and a geranium at work. At home (inside) I have a corn plant, christmas cactus, wandering jew, pothos, and a few unidentified plants. Most of them are from my grandmother's estate. My spider plants that moved with me from my other house all perished. I really don't have much room for any more plants.   Chia Pet, do you need one? No thanks.   Boxes, baskets, etc.? I love wooden boxes, especially of a size for perfume bottles!! Baskets are not as preferred -- I have a ton of baskets that don't see any use.   What jewelry are you wearing now? What jewelry do you wear everyday-or do you change jewelry all the time? Right now I am wearing my Carnival Phoenix locket, a pair of amethyst earrings (my boyfriend had them made especially for me as a Valentine's Day gift), and a pair of diamond stud earrings. I pretty much wear these every day. If I'm getting dressed for a club I'll usually add some rings or knuckle armor pieces and maybe a bracelet. When I am wearing shorts (ie, summer), I usually wear an anklet too.   Would you like handmade piece of calligraphy as a gift? Sure!   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? I am being bad by NOT purchasing new contacts or glasses (my glasses are currently broken and I have maybe one pair of contacts left before I'm out.) I have been putting it off because... I am broke! And perfume is more important for some reason!   How about a short - or longer - piece of fanfic? Sure, why not?   Which witches would want Bpal boxes? Or imp cases? I am set for imp cases but I am out of room in my bottle boxes. Although if someone decorated an imp case for me that would also rock -- I just have blue and smoke colored ammo boxes (100 count) that are semi-transparent.   Do you read graphic novels/comics? Which ones? Sandman! Not much else.   Are you planning on buying anything off your BPAL wishlist during the round? Erm. I might have to get the Arcana holiday special one that is on there. But planning, no. If something goes up for a really good price on eBay or the forums that isn't to say I wouldn't jump at it!   Literary erotica. Who doesn't love it? I prefer more femdom bdsm erotica. pony play is good too. The boyfriend goes nuts over such things!   What are 3 places that you'd like to visit, or re-visit? I really want to go to the UK. Would love to go back to Italy or Spain. Maybe Greece?   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 really into the shimmying.   How do you feel about Heifer International? Or do you have other favorite charities not mentioned in your application? Not sure what Heifer Intl is and too lazy to look it up right now. Favorite charities would be PBRC, Bad Rap, or any other Pit Bull rescue/education charities.   Favorite animals? Least favorite? For images? I love bats, dolphins, unicorns, thestrals, ravens/crows/corbies, amstaff/pit bulls, friesians, ferrets, etc. For having as companions, I have loved rats, ferrets, amstaff/pit bulls, horses. I have fantasies about having a talking pet raven but not sure the reality would live up to it -- I don't like cleaning cages!! Which is one of the reasons I no longer have rats or ferrets. Least favorite animals?? ummm do insects count?   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 prefer milk, bittersweet, and dark dark dark. Although I did just have some pretty decent white chocolate (a skeleton, served in pieces, in his coffin) from Moonstruck Chocolates. I love chocolate with almonds and raisins. I love chocolate with orange flavor. I love chocolate with sweet curry & coconut (ie, Vosges Naga bar or the Dolfin Hot Masala bar.) The Dolfin bar with jasmine tea is to die for. Dagoba Chai bar is one of my favorites. The bacon Vosges is not horrible but not really my cup of tea. What I *don't* especially like are things like Hershey bars or Palmer's "chocolate". I am a snob, what can I say?? I will lower myself by consuming kit kats, peanut butter cups, 100 grand bars, or other such small bars if they are around on Halloween. Whole Foods has some awesome caramel and chocolate truffles that just melt in your mouth! I am pretty sure they are the Whole Foods brand (yes they are, I finally looked.) Also: I would like to make a plug for www.cocoavelvet.us -- my friend's chocolate company. Their chocolates are SO. GOOD.   Question for the Class: Favorite Musical? Wicked, Sweeney Todd, NMBC (it has music!). I use the term loosely. I also like some classics -- Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, Willie Wonka... I really like some of the music from Phantom, Cats, and other ALW productions.   Do you like Shakespeare? Which plays? Yes. Much Ado About Nothing.   If you are a fan, who were your favorite Buffy and Angel characters? Not a fan. Don't watch a lot of tv at all, actually.   On nut intolerance - does it include things like almond/coconut oil bases and essential oils in perfume oils, skincare products, scented candles and the like? I don't have a nut intolerance.   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? I can always use herbs/spices/things that are good for incorporating into soap for color, texture, or other properties. I use things like poppy seeds, rose hips, rose petals, lavender flowers, oatmeal, sea salt of all types, maple sugar, raw sugar of all types, clays, etc.   Anyone into physical activities? For instance- I'm training to become a Combat Archer in the SCA, and something I would use would be an Archers glove...is there anything you do as a sport/hobby in which you might need equipment? Oh! I received a WII fit for my birthday -- just the balance board. I would love yoga mat and other accessories for it.   Who's your favorite playwright? I'm an unwashed heathen who didn't attend university and isn't into high faluting sort of things. No, really, I like plays.. but I am bad with names.   Have you (or maybe the younguns in your family) been exposed to the Webkinz craze? No and no thank you!   Any favorite cartoon characters? Disney, Sanrio, etc? Eeyore, The Tick, Earthworm Jim (Peter Puppy!), Bambi, Jack Skellington, Bolt, Wallace and Gromit, Spirit (horse), Ren & Stimpy..   Do you prefer arm warmers to the wrist, to the base of the fingers, or half fingered? I prefer longish wrist warmers -- like to mid arm. And half fingered. I haven't ever had arm warmers but it seems like it would be cumbersome to have things going over my elbow. I might feel claustrophobic. Although I guess if there were t-shirt material it would be better? They look so awesome that I lust over them.   What's one luxury item you want to pamper yourself with but haven't yet? I am so wanting to try the Villainess smooch, whipped, and perfumes. And Blood Drops perfumes and other fun things. I have majorly dry hands during winter.   What's your favorite texture? mmm... For tactile -- something really soft. Suede and suede silk. My dog's ears.   Alright witches, who is ordering the Moon of the Terrible oil? *raises hand* Since last December I have ordered every single lunacy. Usually two or more.   Does your forum name have a special significance? Refer to something or someone you admire? Reflect your interests? Come on, spill! I have used the name Twilight or Twilight Eyes since 1986. Been active online since 1984 or so. Twilight Eyes is from a book by D. Koontz .. someone with Twilight Eyes had foreknowledge of sorts and, of course, purple eyes. I had purple contacts for quite a while, starting in 1986 or so. Since then, most people know me as Twilight and my business name incorporates Twilight into it. I am not very happy about the Twilight series stealing "my" name!!   I wanted to ask a question: are there any rare (or even uber-rare) scents that you'd really like to try? I want to know everyone's BPAL holy grail! Pumpkin King, Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (? - from the DD Trunk Show), Orange, Dark Chocolate, Mitzvah, Monster Bait: Closet, F54. I had a sniffie of Gypsy Queen but I would really like a testable amount. Same with Storyville. I really really want a bottle of Underpants.   What would your reaction be to receiving something like this? A Batsirani doll Sorry, but they are very much not my sort of thing and I have very limited space. I don't have room for all of the things that I love insanely let alone for other things.   What is one REALLY expensive, completely outrageous thing you would LOVE to get but totally don't expect to ever get from anyone? A Friesian!!! Or a Lusitano, Warlander, or Andulsian...   Do you like coffee mugs? Travel or stay at home? How big? Do you like ones from Starbucks? I have too many! If anyone needs anything from sbux for their witchee, please give me a shout.   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? I would love to try whole coffee beans from your local coffee places. I prefer espresso roast or bolds. I love flavored coffee too -- Orange Chocolate or Black Forest! I love Cinnamon Hazelnut too.   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 love all kinds of tea but especially jasmine, chai, and black breakfast-y teas. I like both loose and bagged - I use a gold foil filter but would really like a bodium tea pot (it has a little strainer insert for loose leaf that you can remove after brewing) or one of the tea "presses" that spits the leaves out at the bottom so they don't steep after the recommended time. (I don't think it is really a press - you aren't supposed to "press" tea like you do coffee.) I have an iron tea pot somewhere but I think it is packed up. I really wish I could find it. I welcome all sorts of your favorite teas.   What is your favorite hot chocolate or drinking chocolate? My favorite is the Parisian from Vosges, or the Double Chocolate from Ghiradelli. Scharffenberger has some lovely cocoa as well that I used to use exclusively to make mochas at home but that and the Vosges are too expensive to buy all the time. I saw some awesome looking single origin drinking chocolates at Whole Foods yesterday -- I might have to go back and check them out when I'm awake. I welcome your favorite hot cocoa or anything you think I might enjoy.   Do you need any decanting supplies? Pipettes? Vials? How about any wand caps? Roller bottles? Some spray bottles (for oils mixed with alcohol?) I would love some purple roller bottles and more small atomizers!   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.) I love black, purples, blues... look at my etsy list and the yarns that I drool over for color iteas. My favorite scarf is a black mohair knitted doublestrand with a purple/blue silky ribbon. I wear it everywhere. I have some purple pastaza wrist warmers but the pastaza seems too itchy for my wrists -- I think it is because they are breaking out from perfume sensitivity and that makes them wool sensitive too. I have dreams of knitting a cowl from malabrigo worsted merino, a kittyville hat (superwash wool is fine), and silk wristwarmers. I have my eye on the snake belly gauntlets from knitty and other arm warmers but I am too busy to make anything for myself! I am making things for everyone else! So yes, I would love to receive knitted things. But if it going on my wrists, no scratchy wool! And please, no acrylic material at all. It makes me cringe.   How do you feel about Lush? Anything you want to try? I have access to many things I loooove lush. I love just about everything except for their lip stuff.   Do you want to try the Will Call only Champagne scents? I was lucky enough to have someone pick up some for me to share, so no worries, I am covered.   Would you please share your favorite e-card site? I am so horrible with e-card sites. I need to know your favorite so I can steal it for my own!   Do you play on-line games? Which one and which serever? Do you need any funds/equipment/help adventuring? I play Ultima Online on the Pacific shard. I also play Puzzle Pirates on the Viridian Ocean. I have everything I could ever use or want in UO. I rarely play puzzle pirates unless I am bored at work.   Do you have traditional holiday movies you like to watch? I usually do NMBC a few times from October to December. Because it's both Halloweenie AND Christmas! I wish I had the original Rudolph, Frosty, Nestor, Charlie Brown, and other animated shows I used to watch every year when growing up. I think I have way more Halloween traditional movies than Christmas!! I adore "Gremlins", "Elf", "Scrooged", "Die Hard". I've never seen the "Muppet's Christmas Carol". I finally saw the "Polar Express" for the first time last year. Never seen "It's a Wonderful Life". Or "Miracle on 34th Street". Or "A Christmas Story." Srsly. I need to expand my horizons big time.   What are your "guilty pleasures" type movies? That you really secretly like but don't like to admit to it? *cough* I like things like "13 going on 30", "Hitch", "The Wedding Singer", "Never Been Kissed", etc. Ok, not so goth... but I can't help it. I also cry at the DROP of a hat, especially if it involves dogs. I cried like a little girl during "Sweet Home Alabama" when Reese was in the pet cemetary talking to Bear at his grave. I just about cried multiple times during Bolt because Pet Rescue and abandonment is a huge button for me. I also loved the newer "Moulin Rouge". I really like dorky movies like "Zoolander" and "Don't Mess with the Zohan" ...   Do you collect anything...BESIDES BPALs. I am a PACK RAT. I collect gargoyles and grotesques, unicorns, NMBC stuff (especially the cookie jars), candles (or you would THINK I collect them -- I have about 20 3-wick candles stacked by the wall and 1 huge wooden chest full of votives, pillars, and dinner candles, and another steamer trunk full of votives, tealights, and jar candles. I love candles, I used to be a PartyLite representative, I've worked for Sweet Spirit Candles as a chandler and I still make my own candles at home! -- don't ask about all of the boxes of PartyLite candle holders and accessories...srsly.) I collect Starbucks City Mugs, Starbucks Bears, books(!!!!!), yarn (someday I'll get around to using my stash, really!), neodymium glass (especially depression era -- Tiffin Twilight, Heisey Alexandrite, Fostoria Wisteria, etc. -- this is glass that is a lavender color under incandescent light but turns blue under florescent. I even have a few PartyLite candle holders that are neodymium), I love ravens, fleidermaus', pit bulls, ferrets... I would like to be able to collect more artwork but I have no place to hang anything on the walls right now. All of my framed artwork is living in storage, along with my gargoyles, unicorns, curio cabinets, books, mugs, bears, neodymium, etc. Oh, and I have a ton of rubber stamps and stamping accessories but I prefer more obscure and not horribly girly rubber stamps -- gargoyles, pit bulls, horses, unicorns (my favorite is my punk unicorn), bats, ravens, etc. Although I do have some cutesy stuff too.   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 have a hand made vase that has a goddess depiction but I purchased it mostly because it was purple and I loved the swirly handles. I don't really collect art of women -- although I really do like some of the fantasy art like Amy Brown and I have some really old Patrick Nagel prints from the '80s that are in storage that I would sell in a heartbeat if I could get anything for them. I would love to start collecting more BDSM (femdom) art but I think I would prefer men in submissive poses. I wouldn't mind if there was a woman in there as well, but I prefer mostly faceless art (if they are photographs) if that makes sense.   Anyone else a Luis Royo fan? I like some of the more masculine art, especially with the horses.   What are your favorite websites (i.e., the ones you visit every day, or almost every day)? ravelry, bpal.org, facebook, etsy, flickr, livejournal, ebay, gmail...   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? I usually have something like stonehenge, solar eclipse, sweeny todd, nmbc, stardust movie backgrounds (from the movie website!), a friesian, my dogs, or something else near and dear. Right now work is NMBC and home is a blaze of different blue and black colors. I always use the "Lilac" color scheme on any computer (windoze computers) that I have a profile on.   Would you be interested in some knitted wire jewelry, like this? OOOH SHINY! But not dangly earrings, I would never wear them.   If you were to attend Hogwarts, into which House would you be sorted? Probably Griffindor or Ravenclaw. How can we know for sure! Only the sorting hat would tell us! I like Ravenclaw's colors better.   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 usually have a wedjat (wadjet/eye of horus/eye of the moon/eye of ra/udjat) around (bookmark, necklace, earring.) I also have many ankhs ("nile key", giggle) of all shapes and sizes.   Question for the class: How do you feel about winter-themed but not really holiday type decorations? Things like snowflakes and fake icicles and the like? Love! I love snowflakes! Especially snow flake cookie cutters. Dang, that is another thing that I kind of collect -- interesting and unusual cookie cutters! I have a monster truck (my boyfriend is a monster truck driver so when he is lucky, I make them cookies!), unicorns, lizards, dogs, bones... and I've always wanted snowflake ones but it is one of those things I always put on christmas wishlists but don't ever get. hee. (Not a huge priority, especially since I rarely make cookies anyway.) (See, I'm a pack rat!)   I'd like to know wrist size, circumference just below the elbow, and most importantly; what kind of fiber can you tolerate/not tolerate. Please be more specific than non-itchy wool. Alpaca, merino sheep's wool, silk, acrylic, stainless steel, you name it. Wrists, 7". Circumference below elbow, 11.5". I can't tolerate very many things on my arms/wrists -- super soft merino MAYBE (I haven't tried any on my wrists), baby or supersoft alpaca, bamboo, silk... lately my arms and wrists have been super irritated and itchy (probably from perfume!) I can not stand acrylics -- they make a funny noise and just touching them makes me squick out. I love noro kureyon but sadly not on my wrists.   Question to all the knitters out there, what size knitting needles do you use the most?: Probably a 10. I used my 50's for the first time over the weekend to knit a throw blanket. Took four hours. Sweet!!! I'll be making more of those!!   Keychain: Car key, house key (my key has Eeyore graphics on it), siren logo, and alarm fob.   What's your favorite animal? that is soooo hard to answer!! I love ferrets (especially silvers), rats (blue hooded! elephant ears!), bats, ravens, horses (especially friesians), my dogs (AmStaffs, blue is my favorite)... dolphins!   Do you speak any languages besides English? How fluent are you? Would you be interested in literature in a foreign laguage - phrase books, fiction, childrens stories? I took German and ASL in school but I'm not very fluent in either. I've always kind of wanted to learn Welsh and Latin. Maybe Children's stories in a foreign language would be my speed -- but probably too hard!!   Do you like mythical/fantastical creatures? Which ones? Heck yeah. Unicorns (not cutesy necessarily, although I have a ton of the Lennox "Love's" unicorn collection), gargoyles/grotesques, hippocampus, hippogriff, griffin, dragons to a lesser extent, thestrals, etc. Anything in horse form or close to is love!!   Do you like caramels like coconut lime? Salted? I don't think I've ever met a caramel I didn't like. Lately I've been very fond of anise caramels but am dieing to try ones such as gingerbread, egg nog, earl grey, lavender, rose, etc.   Who's a Disney fan? Cartoons, theme parks, or just general stuff? I have to admit that I do love going to theme parks, including disneyland. I have a special place in my heart for Bambi (I always loved deer and the Felix Salten books, although ripped to shreds by Disney, were among my favs), Eeyore (aspie! total aspie!), and of course NMBC. I think my fav "newer" (I still think of them as newer) animated disney films are The Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin. And Mulan is ok. And of course I love POTC!! Some of my friends are total Disney fanatics and know EVERYTHING about the park... I just shake my head. I have been to Club 33 because I have a friend who has a membership, that is probably the crowning point of my Disneyland trips.   Who is your favorite villain of all-time? Mmm villians!!! I always loved Maleficent.. because black, purple, and dragon FtW!!!! Snape.. because Alan Rickman is hot as Snape.   Do you use candles much? If so, do you like unusual, pretty, funny or weird candles? Scented or unscented? Any particular type? I loooove candles. I like highly scented candles but not ones that will make me sneeze, so not especially synthetic smelling... if that makes any sense. I use mostly votives and pillars. I prefer my votives to liquify completely while burning so that it consumes all of the wax and I don't have to scrape! Pilllars I prefer to be "huggable" so again all of the wax is consumed. I don't like the ones that are too hard and crack when hugged or that make a big hole in the center. (I tend to burn them for 1 hour per inch of diameter so that they liquify all the way to the edges.) I am a part time chandler but without a workshop at the moment. I love intention candles too. I have been really wanting to try candles from Big Dipper Wax Works -- a local Seattle beeswax candle company. Someone that works there, Fleur, adopted one of my foster bullies. He gets to go play in the chandlery while Fleur works! I always see their candles at Whole Foods but I'm usually too broke to purchase. Rapture or Rejuvination aromatherapy or just plain honey beeswax is awesome. The holiday "spice" looks awesome. Votives, pillars, glass, tins, what-eva.     Do you like incense? Any particular type or scent? I have sooo much incense but I can't burn it in the house. Boyfriend allergic. So I never use it anymore. *weeps*

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Switch Witch Questions - Halloweenie 2008

Notes: I have Asperger's Syndrome, major depression and anxiety, and especially social anxiety. So sometimes I disappear for a while to sleep and avoid computers and people. I try to stay out of forums when I am depressed so I don't whine.   Where does everyone like shop for witching goodness? Mah first time.   What is your favorite pumpkin goodness? pumpkin bread (and pumpkin ginger bread), pumpkin cheesecake, baking sugar pie pumpkins with olive oil and serving soup in them.   What's your favorite part about Fall? Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, kettle korn, NMBC, decorating, cooler weather, changing leaves, parties, spices.   Do you like office/school supplies? If so, what is your favorites? gel pens, silver pens, sharpies, sticky pads, anything purple or scented   What's your favorite Halloween candy? caramel apples, caramels, vanilla tootsie rolls, dark chocolate ghiradelli squares... I really like chocolate hedgehogs (from Rogers in Victoria BC) and hard candy sticks or candy canes flavored like Clove. *nom nom nom*   Will you be participating NaNoWriMo? If so, is there anything you'd like to have for that? No   What is one item that you've wanted forever, could have afforded, but have never gotten and why (haven't you gotten it!)? "New Rock" boots... because there isn't any place local to try them on and their store in Las Vegas was closed the one time I went there. I could order them from Fashion Nation in Denver and have them shipped to me, try them on, ship back if they don't fit, etc. but that is so much work!! My boyfriend went that route so I just eye his enviously.   What Halloween scent are you most looking forward to? fearful pleasure   Tattoos! Do you have em? Do you want em? Whatcha got or getting? I have a gargoyle on my right calf. would like more -- an ankh somewhere, maybe one of my dogs (or both), alice in wonderland playing croquet with a flamingo and hedgehog, friesian, bats, ravens, friesians, more gargoyles..   Reduce - REUSE - recycle. Do others feel the same? Yes.   What is your favorite crafting supply? Rubber stamps, origami paper, yarn.   Weigh in...Are you right or left-handed? right   Any period of time that you love? arthurian   If you have a garden/planter box, what do you grow? Right now I am growing what was given to me free by my friend who teaches horticulture at a high school: mint, thyme, basil, tomatoes, peppers, catnip, ivy, butterfly bush, oregano, alyssum, geraniums, lavender, lilacs, etc. When I had my own house I had over 60 varities of roses, 11 of lavender, and tons of herbs and highly scented flowers. I like useful, edible, or scented plants. Ornamental, not so much. I always harvested and dried herbs, rose petals, etc. to use in my soap or for making scented pillows or other items.   What incense scents do you prefer? I used to burn all kinds of resin and stick incense but my boyfriend is allergic to just about everything so I no longer burn any. *weep*   Do you decorate for Halloween? What sort of decorations? Dress up for Halloween? I do try to decorate for Halloween -- I have mostly candle holders (black cat tealight holder, some tealight haunted houses and trees, spider web shades for tealight lamps, etc.) We always carve pumpkins. I like to get corn stalks, bales of straw, and do scarecrows in the yard if we are motivated. We have a coffin (real) that we put out in the front yard with an arm or something hanging out. Yes, we usually dress up and of course have to go out to the goth and fetish halloween nights.   Bats, cats, skeletons, monsters, vampires, witches or what other ghoulies do you prefer? Do you like horror flicks? Bats, skeletons, gargoyles, maybe some black cats. yes.   Who here prefers stylus and ink to ballpoint? Anyone invested time and effort into calligraphy or proper Victorian writing? Used to, but they never get used now. I type. And send electronically most of the time.   What about stationery? Need some? What styles do you like? Not really, unless it's for rubber stamping.   Crossword puzzles? Other pencil puzzles? I am good at them, but do not like to do them much. I play games on the computer, not with a pencil.   Favorite artist? Local. and hard for me to pin point. Most of the art I own is made by friends. I did enjoy the Van Gogh exhibit at the Smithsonian.   Favorite poet? Again, most of the poetry I own was written specifically for me or collections by people I know.   Halloween. Do you like it kooky or creepy? Both!! Creepy moreso I guess.   Reserved or Raunchy? I am totally both -- but it depends who I'm with. If I don't know (or like) people, I'm pretty reserved.   Earth, Wind, Fire or Water? Earth, then Water.   Tea or Coffee in the morning? Tea at home, coffee at work.   Fruity snacks or chocolate? chocolate covered fruit, especially apricots and raisins!!! or frozen chocolate covered bananas.. or chocolate dipped strawberries... or just chocolate. except honey crisp apples, which are to die for.   Would you accept art? um, yes.   Antiques or Brand New? antique wood furniture (such as steamer trunks and cabinets) and depression glass, yes. antique couches, not so much.   What keywords do you use when searching for items for yourself on Etsy? "twilight -edward -cullen -stephanie -meyer -bella -jacob -forks", twinkle, gargoyle, bat, raven, pit bull, friesian, jolly roger, nmbc, etc.   Are there any of y'all who are allergic/sensitive to having natural fibers on your skin? I prefer natural fibers over synthetic.   What was your favorite ghost/scary/campfire story growing up? Don't think we had these. I went to a bible camp that sang non-scary songs around the campfire. And my parents didn't tell scary stories when we went camping (with a camper or to a cabin.) I feel so deprived.   Bugs? Do you like 'em or not? ick! bugs! they have their place -- outside.   i haz no imp storage. do you? I use ammo cases.   What would you tell yourself 6 months in the past about 2008 so far? Quit making the same mistakes over and over. And buy more Mead Moon, dang it.   If you had one minute of fame, what would you do/say in the spotlight? btdt a few times (usually with my horse). I prefer not to be in the spotlight. depends on the issue -- nowadays I'd probably defend pit bulls or something.   Robots versus zombies: who wins? Robots.   What would zombie say? unnnhhh   Where are a few of your favorite places? Book stores, tea and coffee shops, chocolate shops, stonehenge, barns, feed stores, dog supply stores, snoqualmie falls, woods with lakes or rivers, the pacific ocean, rain forest on the olympic peninsula (see woods with lakes or rivers), leavenworth... I really like everywhere we went in Italy and Spain and would love to go back. And I really want to visit Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, etc.   Out of curiosity, all the fall babies who are celebrating their birthdays during the round - who are you, and when is your bday? Me me! September 12th.   What is one (only one) object that you collect, that totally goes against your personality or beliefs? Depression glass (and neodymium glass in general) doesn't really fit my personality but I collect it!! Tiffin Twilight, Heisey Alexandrite, Duncan Dawn, Canterbury Heatherbloom, Fosteria Wistera, etc.   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? Yes... but I have so much soap because I make my own. I prefer non-detergent soaps (ie, cold process hand made). Goat milk is good. Shea butter and cocoa butter are good. Olive oil based are good (but preferably milled two or three times or they are really really soft.)   Do you like kilts and would you wear one? Yes! I'm right by Utili-kilts! But I've never bought one for some reason. I would totally cross dress in a ulti-kilt.   What's your favorite book? I can't choose ONE... Harry Potter series or the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.   What size socks do you wear? How about hat size? size 10? that is my shoe size. I don't wear hats anymore. Unless I'm in a horse show or wearing a knitted hat. Or I have some tweed "newsboy" sort of hats that I wear if my hair looks like crap and I'm in a hurry.   Do you read comics? Which ones do you love and which can't you stand? No, but I do read graphic novels. Sandman! Watchmen! I have a set of "Amethyst" that someone gave me, because my domain name for a long time (until I caved and sold it) was amethyst.com.   Symbols that are meaningful to me? To you or to me? To me: Ankh, wadjet (eye of horus), celtic knots (raven, epona, ferrets, dogs), claddagh...   By nature are you a morning lark or a night owl? night owl   What's your favorite type of music to hear live, rather than recorded? acoustic   What is your favorite autumnal-seasonal drink? mulled / spiced wine & mead, caramel apple cider   Do you knit/crochet? Do you need any supplies? Yes, more knitting than crocheting. Always.   What are your two favorite etsy shops? Let's say strangeling and meinoel (one of my friends) although I have quite a few "favorite sellers" on my list.   Are you active on any other boards/forums? If so please specify where and your username there. Yes. My user names are almost ALWAYS Twilight, Miss Twilight, or Twilight Eyes. I've been using that name since 1986. (Been online since 1984.) LJ - miss_twilight, ravelry - misstwilight, etsy - misstwilight, facebook - shari walker, myspace - shari walker (miss twilight screen name), *added* miss_twilight on librarything. Added my THINK GEEK wishlist too.   What is everyone's favorite Halloween song?! This is Halloween (NMBC)   How many of mah fellow witchies play video games? Platform? Do you like used games? Me! WII, XBOX 360, PC. Used games, yes! I like racing games and fantasy -- Zelda. I play Ultima Online. I still love DOS games (infocoms, nethack, etc.)   What kind of music (genres, please) do you like? Darkwave, industrial, gothic.   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? mah first time.   What kinds of eye shadows do we all like? shimmery or sparkly! matte is boring. urban decay, mac, smashbox, bare minerals. anything with good lasting power that doesn't irritate my contacts.   Do you like lip balm? If so, do you like tinted, glossy, sparkly, pearly or just plain lip balm? Yes, I am addicted to lip balm. I prefer plain because I haven't found any sparkly or pearly lip gloss type things that doesn't get gummy or nasty -- or make my lips chapped. My favorites right now are the Burt's Bees honey and the clove. If I could FIND THEM FOR SALE locally, I'd get the Ayurvedic Lip Balm by Better Botanicals in Rose-Mint or Cardamom.   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? mah first time   And, secondly, what is something you've been searching for but just can't find? a type of green chili (in a jar) that we used to buy in Texas. I'll have to go home and grab the jar to get the brand name. They were sooo good on hot dogs and hamburgers.   Who here is a complete, over the top, Alice In Wonderland fanatic? Does me wanting to get a tattoo with Alice make me a fanatic? I have some cool AiW computer games too -- I should dig out my boxes from the shed and see if I can find them.   Are you a Trekkie? If so, which series do you prefer? Do you have a favorite character? Ugh, I loathe and detest Star Trek. Probably because my dad and brother forced me to watch it in the 70's and I was quite the sullen child when bombarded with things that I don't enjoy (yay Aspergers!)   Do you have phobias? Not especially... unless it involves things crawling on me. If I'm, for example, in a moving car and a spider leaps on me, I'll freak because I can't get away. If I can just brush it off me or move away from it, it's fine. But enclosed space with things crawling on me? No thank you.   How do you like your mix CDs? Random? Stuff you know you'll like? Stuff I know I'll like genre wise.   Would you rather get food or jewellery? I rarely wear jewelry so I would guess food. Unless it's a super cool anklet or bracelet or something.   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 shop at Archie McPhee. I have all the kiddie toys I could use and more.   English candy/tea/marmite or other stuff that you love and can't easily get outside of England? Some chocolate (we usually order it from England via web site, see chocolate thread) and I really used to love Cadbury's chocolate but the stuff here in the states is NASTY. My favorite - Flake and Fruit & Nut. And Carmello.   Fanfic as a gift* - yay or nay? Your fandom? Slash preferences?*well, a virtual gift obviously. You know what I mean. Sure! Harry Potter, Song of Ice and Fire. Slash preferences? Um, not a huge slash reader but have read some for amusement. Not sure of question.   Any beaders here? Need beading supplies? Negatory.   Do you like making up your SW packages around a theme, or prefer to mix it all up? No idea, mah first time.   Band-aids: do you like the fun and funky ones? Yes! As noted above, I shop at Archie McPhee so I get pirates, devil ducks, black cat, unicorns, etc. Yay! I almost wish I got cut more so I could wear them.   What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you? Being almost run over by car full of people, then threatened with a switch blade by a pregnant girl, yelled and screamed at by said group of people, and then backhanded by big guy -- in broad daylight at Green Lake park in Seattle. They wanted my parking place but I wasn't leaving yet -- just letting my car cool off with the doors open. Let's just say that they all went to jail. And then they kept saying it was my fault because I was obviously racist and they shouldn't have come to a "white" area. *boggle* OH. Yeah. And I used to work for a bank. When I was at a branch installing some software for the manager, they were robbed. That was scary. Especially since the gun went off and someone fell to the floor - everyone thought they were shot. The guy was trying to zip the bag of money closed with the gun in his hand when the gun went off. After that he ran out the back door with money flying everywhere behind him. And then we were interviewed for hours and hours by the FBI. Good times.   How do people feel about receiving baked goods/kits to make said goods? Or other cooking items? I love baked goods but I don't eat splenda or other artificial sweeteners. I prefer organic when possible. And hopefully everyone uses sanitary cooking practices!!   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? It would depends on how the carnations were grown -- no pesticides!! But yeah, I love exotic spices and cool recipes. Oil and vinegar flavored with herbs is fun.   What are your pet's names, and what are they named for? Jake Blues should be obvious -- he just needs a brother named Elwood. Lela was already named when I adopted her and she knew her name, so no changing it. Howie was dropped off by the local ACO at the boyfriend's house and he howled for three days straight (and then lost his voice), so was dubbed How(l)ie.   How do you scent yourself? Do you layer soaps, moisturizers, etc. or do you go straight to slathering your bod with BPAL? I use aveda shampoo usually, which is all scented with essential oils in a blend ("pure-fume") - the blend depends on what shampoo you're using, or you can personalize one. Then I use scented shower gels (usually Lush) but I haven't noticed that they actually stay on my skin -- I can never smell them after I get out of the shower. I usually use a Lush powder (silky underwear or candy floss) OR a BPAL bath oil after the shower, depending on how I feel. Then depending on what I put on (oil or powder), I pick some scent to wear on my wrists and inside elbows. Sometimes neck. And I usually wear honey or vanilla scented hand lotion.. sometimes coconut.   Do you/how do you scent your world? Candles, incense, diffusers, potpourri? None of the above? I use candles, essential or perfume oil in my ultrasonic fountain, essential or perfume oil mixed with water on a burner (is this a diffuser?), sachets in drawers with clothes, bpal room and linen sprays, etc. I used to use incense but my boyfriend is allergic to smokey things.   BPAL is such a scent-ual experience. What are your other tactile, aural, or olfactory pleasures (I was going to say, "And let's keep it clean", but what's the use fun in that?!?) I like to curl up with soft fuzzy blankets/slippers, so I like my house and room to be somewhat on the cool side. Love to have my shoulders and neck massaged but only if using the right kind of oil, otherwise my skin chafes easily. Hmmm aural... most sounds bug me except white noise, unless I am listening to them purposely (like music I like or watching a movie.) If someone else is listening to music or watching a movie and I can't get away from it, I get very very angry and tense. Part of my asperger's syndrome I think. And I am very very scent oriented, so I almost always have to be scented or have a candle burning or my fountain on. But nasty scents make me throw up very easily. I love fresh cold air when you can smell snow or wood smoke, warm nights when the honey suckle or jasmine is drifting through the air...   If you drink coffee (and make it yourself) do you use a French Press, regular filter basket coffee maker, Espresso Machine, Percolator? I use a french press or a "Toddy" cold brew system. Unless I'm at work, in which case I use the espresso machine. Someday if I have a larger kitchen I'll get another espresso machine for home -- my previous boyfriend took mine when we parted ways.   What movie soundtracks (or scores) do you love? NMBC!!!! Tank Girl, Some Kind of Wonderful, V for Vendetta, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, almost anything by Danny Elfman, Wedding Singer, Hackers... that is all I can think of without looking at my mp3 files. (I thought of another one -- Pan's Labyrinth!)   what kind of indulgences do you really really want, but can't seem to make yourself buy? Maybe out of character, or a part of yourself you're busy denying? HALLOWEEN (and other holiday) DECORATIONS!! artwork, jewelry, rose bushes, herbs, a bicycle, a motorcycle, a smart car, new clothes & accessories, a new computer, wii fit, rock band, gargoyles, cd's, dvd's, un-necessary makeup, etc. I pretty much only buy dog food, dog treats, dog toys, BPAL, gas, food, and pay bills. And decant supplies, shipping supplies, etc.   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 have no idea what Pandora, Finetune or Last.fm are. If I'm going to listen to music online, I usually either remote into my home computer and listen from there or I listen to one of my friend's radio stations (www.d23radio.com or the like.) I have a hard time being enabled with new music. Affordable witchery -- I like all sorts of hand made things, notes, post cards, e-mail, links, whatever. I'm easy.   Does your cell phone have a place to attach charms? No, I have an iPhone.     What is your favorite art movement and/or style? ie impressionist, surrealist, art nouveau, etc. not really into art enough to know the different movements or styles off the top of my head.   Do you have a case for your mp3 player/digital camera? If you would want one, what size is your digital device? yes, I have cases.   For tea drinkers, do you bag it or prefer loose I like both! I prefer bags for ease of clean up but fresh loose tea in an air tight container is less likely to be stale.   Does the weather change where you are, as in, does it get cold in the winter? Anyone need homegrown scarves, hats, mittens, etc? I'm a knitter and know way way too many knitters who are always giving me things, so I'm quite covered (literally) with scarves, hats, mittens, etc. The only thing I really want that no one has made me yet is a Kitty hat. (knitted hat with kitty ears.)   Who are your forum buddies? People you know well enough online or IRL to help your Witch pick out stuff for you? Pixiepetal on the forums (she is a very quiet lurker) lives with me and we've known each other since high school (so for over 20 years now, dang we're old.) She should have an inkling of what I like.   If you could bring back any TV show from cancellation what would it be? Don't watch TV. I would kill it all. Well, ok, maybe I would bring back Red Dwarf or Twin Peaks. I was unhappy with the Twin Peaks ending.   I wonder if my witchee would like a blanket type thing. Would you? Blanket type thing? I <heart> NMBC blankies. And any blanket that is soft and fuzzy.   What's your favorite "I know it's bad for me but I can't help myself" treat? Chocolate or sugar in general.   Very important question: Are you planning on buying anything off your BPAL and/or other wishlists during the round? I think I am planning on getting lunacies, halloweenies, and carnavals before they are gone.   Do you wear a watch? If so, what kind/style? No. I like time pieces that clip onto things but otherwise I have a computer or a phone, I don't really need a watch attached to me as well. Plus I'm allergic to all sorts of metal.   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? Any animal organization (preferably a bully breed rescue) that is a NON KILL SHELTER (humane society is a kill shelter) and something not affiliated in any way with PETA (they want to exterminate pit bulls specificially and companion animals in general.) So something like BAD RAP or PBRC would be fantastic.   What's your favorite animal? mythical or?? Unicorns for mythical, and a toss up between horses (friesians)/ferrets/pit bulls/dolphins for non.   What one (or two, if you really must) BPAL bottles are you most longing for? Underpants, Pumpkin King   If you could have dinner/drinks/coffee with any 3 living people that are not your family/friends already, who would they be-? I'm pretty anti-social with high social anxiety. I would rather not be in a situation where food was involved with people I don't know, let alone half of the people I know. Drinks or coffee might be ok because alcohol might relax me a bit and coffee can be short and quick (think god for 2-4oz cups.) That being said... Neil Gaiman, Emma Thompson, Martin Gore.   If you have pets, is there a SPECIFIC toy they like to play with; brand and size? Is there a treat/cookie they eat? What brand and size? Jake and Lela both like Jolly Ball brand Romp & Roll balls, large size. (Ball with a rope through the middle.) Lela likes Planet Dog orbee balls (tennis ball sized.) For cookies, they eat Plato Smart Dog Treats in salmon or duck. For training I do Simon and Huey tiny training treats. I used to do garlic and honey but I don't think they make those anymore. They love their Bully Sticks (natural dried beef tendon, not really a "brand" associated with them.) My dogs can't have a lot of wheat, corn, grains, etc.   What's your ringtone? Precious by Depeche Mode   Just to throw a silly question out there...Munsters or Addams Family, y'all? Addams Family   What think you about receiving tea accessories and/or miscellany (like mugs, cups, saucers, strainers/filters, honey, natural sweeteners [like stevia])? I collect Starbucks City Mugs (20 oz) but otherwise have enough mugs, strainers, filters, etc. I can never have enough honey though -- I get it locally by the gallon. I think I have two gallons right now... but my boyfriend still buys me more when he has to drive across the state.   How do you feel about copies of music or dvd's that your witch might have that you might enjoy? Not just mixes, but whole copies? Archival copies are wonderful.   Say, witches, I have a question about birthdays. do you expect/rely on other people to plans birthday outings and activities? No, I'm the one who does all of the planning in my relationship it seems.   Tarts? Yes/no? I have a partylite aroma-melts burner. If that burns tarts too, sure.   I'm wondering if my witchee would like to try these types of things (like the caramel with sea salts or chocolates with chilis/bacon/salt etc.)? I have probably tried most of them! Fran's Sea Salt caramels are the best, imo. Boehm's does a good chili pepper/chocolate. Vosges for chili pepper hot cocoa and bacon/chocolate bars (in the shape of flying pigs even.)   How do y'all feel about honey and maple? And different flavored honey, not just the standard kind? Honey and... maple? Um. I like real honey and real maple. So I would guess it would be ok? I love all types of honey. Creamed honey goes wonderfully on sandwiches, although I prefer it not to be "flavored" (no espresso, strawberry, etc.) -- the different pollens are fine of course. I prefer darker honey, but not black. Black is good to cook with, but I have a huge container of it right now. My least favorites are probably clover or alfalfa, just because they are so common around here. Wormwood isn't bad.   What is your favorite thing to do on a cool fall day? Horseback riding or geocaching with the dogs and then curl up by the fire with a good book, some tea, and the snuggly dogs. (the latter is my favorite thing to do just about anytime. although sometimes it's the fan instead of a fire.)   Who likes pirates? My boyfriend's name is Roger. Back in the day (15 years ago?) he drove a monster truck called the Pirate Pete. Our boat is named "The Jolly Roger". Yes, we like pirates.   What are your feelings about Dia De Los Muertos? I'm from the Pac NW and haven't ever really celebrated it and I know next to nothing about it.   What do you think about the Nightmare Before Christmas? If you have read the rest of my questions you will know that I LOVE it.   Do you play a musical instrument? Does Guitar Hero count?! I have played the flute and the violin. And was in chorus for many years. I've always wanted to play the piano but never had lessons. I taught myself guitar a few years back but then the person who gave me the guitar wanted it back.   What do you think of Irrelevant Disturbing and Surreal Crawdad Dream? Love it? Hate it? Kicking yourself for not getting a bottle? It's ok, I neither love nor hate it. I bought two bottles and traded one away for some inquisition stuff.   If candy is sent, would you prefer small amounts to a Halloween sized bag? It depends on the candy! A whole bag of vanilla tootsie rolls? sure! A whole bag of hard candy mixture? meh.   Do you like notes in your soaps or bath stuff that you don't like in your perfumes? If so which? Hm, not that I can think of.   Do you like floral soaps or bath stuff? If so, what florals work and what don't? I really like rose soap and buttercream (but it has to be a good genuine rose - synthetic stuff not so much.) Flying fox works for me well too (jasmine, ylang, honey?), various lush bath bombs that I'm sure have florals but I can't think of any off the top of my head. Right now I have some triple milled french lavender soap out.   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? I don't do either Netflix or Blockbuster. I don't have a lot of time to watch movies or tv... when I do rent one, they're only $1 / night at work or the grocery store. When I DID do Netflix and Blockbuster trials, they just didn't have enough movies on theirs lists that I found interesting (that I didn't already own.)   Would you enjoy art based on original Graveyard photography? HECK YEAH. (See Etsy favorites.)   What other perfume companies (besides bpal) have you been curious about? NOOOOOO no enabling!!! I get possets and cobalt blends frimps all the time in swaps and I pretty much pass them on immediately... I am AFRAID! AFRAID I TELL YOU. I did get an ebay lot with some CB, Possets, and Arcana (with a bunch of BPAL of course). I really like the Arcana one. And I'm kind of curious about "the girls love vanilla" (is that possets? I can't even remember because I run screaming -- I don't have any more veins!!)   Stance on Joss Whedon and his enterprises? I enjoyed Firefly. I watched it all in one (or two or three) sitting(s) from my friend's dvds. I think I missed a few episodes because of passing out. I may someday make a Jayne hat. I didn't watch any of his other shows.   Has anyone tried ice wine before? Do/did they enjoy it? I *love* Ice Wine and Tawny Port.   Does anyone here do anything with grave rubbings? The only time I've done grave rubbings have been for scavenger hunts. (Bruce & Brandon Lee and Jimi Hendrix are all close to me.)   Legwarmers? Armwarmers? I wear wrist warmers!   What makes everyone stand out from the Switch Witch herd? This is my first round, so I am not sure?   If you are into the original Nintendo system, what 3 games would you want that you don't have? I never had the original nintendo. I had the original atari 2600 (and the 400 and 800, which is when I started programming, before we got the 8088 pc.) Now I have a WII and an XBOX 360. And a Super Nintendo and SN64. I always want more Zelda games.   What is your favorite category of the GC? Neil Gaiman, Stardust.   How do you feel about Hello Kitty? I like the skeletal hello kitty look-a-like... I prefer gothy things really. Like Lenore the little dead girl. And Emily the Strange.     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? I watched MST3k every once in a while. Not a big TV fan. Not really interested in weird little brothers....   What will you like from Singapore? Candies? Food? Asian crafts/toys? Starbucks Bears!! From all over the world for that matter.   What is everyone's "luck" item? My dogs. Especially Jake. Too bad he isn't lucky for HIMSELF! (Torn CCL on both back legs, poor guy. Now he has metal plates and is BIONIC!)   Do you like art deco/nouveau - style prints? Um. I'm a comp sci major, not an art major. All this talk of styles is not within my personal dictionary.   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? A smile from my boyfriend.   What would a perfume based on you small like? Vanilla, patchouli, sandalwood, lavender, and teeny bit of rose and clove.   Who here likes Wizard of Oz things? Not I. Although I would like to have the movie on dvd. I used to love it when I was a kid -- I am told tales of how I wanted to change my name to Dorothy. *shudder* I also enjoyed Wicked and Son of a Witch. I never did read all of the original W of O books but would like to someday. You can see from my library thing that I am collecting all of the children's books that my parents didn't have the money to purchase for me.   Do you often drink take away coffee in paper mugs? Actually, no. I make free espresso drinks (or french press, or toddy) at work, and I use my personal ceramic mugs. Sometimes I'll make a press or toddy at home but usually at home I just drink tea. I have lots of 16 & 20oz "to-go" travel mugs and one of the starbuck's grande sized ice drink travellers (clear, double walls, lid, straw) for days off. I also have seasonal mugs, both ceramic and travel. I'm about to get out of all of the halloween mugs.   Blood Moon update: I am ordering Blood Moon and I already ordered two each of the forum only scents. I'm ordering at least one each of the new MVJBA's for the Ravelry group.   How do you decide what to put in which package for your Witchee or how many packages to send? I am new -- so I am hoping to learn!!   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? Offended?? Not at all!!!   How do you avoid popping an item for yourself into an order you're placing for your witchie? What??? Self restraint?? What is that??   Underpants? Do you like them? What's your style? Size? Um, Yes? But I don't think I would feel comfortable having people other than my boyfriend give me underwear.   What is your favorite? What tea would you love to try but haven't because of price or difficulty to get? One of my favorite teas is the Aveda tea. It's so spendy that I don't get it very often (I'm out right now.) My staple is just orange pekoe with honey.   BPTP Room Sprays...your thoughts? YUM!   Would you like to receive baked goods from your Witch? And if so, are there things you WOULDN'T like? mmmmmmm baked goods!!! I don't like things with nuts in them.   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) in a kitchen-friendly decorative box, but I didn't want to seem preachy ("Stop using paper towels, you environment destroyer!"). Would y'all use something like that? I'm one of *those* people that shops at co-ops and whole foods. So yes, I would probably use those. I also knit my own dish clothes and use those instead of paper towels.   What craft (or crafts) have you been wanting to try but have no idea where to start? I have all of the items to get started on paper making ... screens, clamps, trays, towels, food processor, herbs, scents, colors, books... but I've never gotten off my butt and actually DONE it. I also have almost everything to get started with Stained Glass (patterns, glass, cutter ... just need the soldering iron and a workshop!!)   Would you appreciate some tunes in future packages? And if so, do you care if you get any CDs or mp3s you might have all ready? Or would you be able to find a way to post a list of things you're (a) looking for, or ( b ) all ready have? I have over 500 gigs of mp3 files. *gulp* I used to work in the music business and have thousands of cds that I ripped. Most of my newer stuff is mp3 only though. So, I don't know - tunes, not so good. I am overloaded in tunes. What I *need* is to be able to hook my ipod to my car stereo.   Polish goodies! Who wants them? Baked goods, candies, kielbasa, pirogies, magazines, you name it? I've never had polish candies. I love kielbasa! Never had pirogies -- are they like piroshky? I love the local piroshky (salmon, om nom nom) and borsht.   About incense: do you like sticks or lose incense? Have you got one of those devices to burn lose incense over a bit of charcoal? I have tons of stick, cone, spiral, and loose incense, as well as a sand bowl and self activated charcoal to burn loose incense and resins on... but I don't ever burn incense anymore because I have slight asthma and my boyfriend is allergic to just about everything under the sun. And now that summer is over, I won't be hanging around outside burning it either. What I use now as my favorite is an ultrasonic fountain/mist maker with essential oils in the water. The boy isn't allergic to most high quality EO's if they are not floral. (and the picture is NOT the one I have, but it IS the one I want!)   What's everyone's favorite fairytale and what are your favorite versions of it? Ooh Ooh. I love retold fairy tales. It would be REALLY hard to pick out my favorites. I shouldn't even have to mention Neil Gaiman because I think everyone on here knows about him by now. Stephen Brust's "The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars" is a sort of retelling of a Hungarian traditional fairy story. "Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary" by Pamela Dean is a retelling of a traditional Scottish ballad. Tam-Lin by Pamela Dean is excellent too, and of course "Snow White and Rose Red" by Patricia Wrede. One of the most haunting, I think, is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty called "Briar Rose" by Jane Yolen. Gregory Maguire's "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" (Cinderella), "Mirror Mirror" (Snow White), "Wicked" (Wizard of Oz.. ok not a fairy tale but close). I love Robin McKinley's "Deerskin" (Donkeyskin), "Spindle's End" (Sleeping Beauty), "Rose Daughter" (Beauty and the Beast), "Beauty" (Beauty and the Beast)... and of course I have the erotic "Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" series by Anne Rice (writing as A. N. Roquelaure) as well as tons of others. Sadly most of my books are in storage so they don't show up on my LibraryThing. Let's just say that when my library was together, I had a few bookshelves dedicated to fairy tales and a few more to "The Matter of Britian" (Arthurian lore.) And then all of my Cyberpunk, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and a small smattering of graphic novels (mostly Neil) as well as a teeny bit of "horror".   So how many imps/decants is officially 'you have gone overboard and your Witchee is going to expire from scent overload'? What? Overboard? Overload? Is that possible?   Who needs a recipe box? not me. I store recipes on the computer *or* on 8x10 in my binder with clear coated pages to slip the paper into to protect it from splashes and spills. (I is messy.) Or I use books. Not that I cook much right now since we moved into a MIL basement apartment with no counters in the kitchen and therefore hardly any working space to cook. I usually end up balancing things on the sink rim and they inevitably fall on the floor or into the sink and I curse and stomp up and down and give up. But the dogs are happy.   ANYONE ELSE want a home-made cookbook? I wouldn't say no! It would be kind of fun to have everyone submit their favorite recipes and do a BPAL or Switch Witch cookbook.   Favorite cartoons or animated films? NMBC (duh!), Ranma 1/2, James and the Giant Peach, Wallace and Gromit, Shrek, just about anything Pixar. The Tick! Earthworm Jim!   Your take on the election? In other words, would you enjoy campaign related gifts, or prefer to stay neutral? No politics or religion please.   Villians you sympathise with, or are interested in boinking? Mmm villians. I usually like female villains and am not really interested in boinking them or any other fictional characters (I guess I'm weird), but Alan Rickman is awesome in many roles, including Snape. I can sympathise with that character since I was always the outcast at school and spent all of my time with my horses instead of other people. Later figuring out that Aspergers exists helped some but it doesn't really make up for anything.   Your stance on the all important peanut butter issue: crunchy? creamy? allergic? chocolate? maple? go directly to nuttella, do not pass go? Creamy peanut butter, preferably roasted peanuts sweetened with honey. I go for the organic. I don't do corn syrup. I don't think I've had peanut butter with maple! I don't really like hazelnuts, so no nutella.   Who here likes to read historical fiction? If you do, what eras/people/countries intrigue you the most? I like Judith Tarr's historical fiction / fantasy. My fav is Arthurian though.   What sort of colors do you currently wear? Do you want to branch outside that? What would you like to try? I wear mostly black. I like wearing mostly black. Sometimes I wear white shirts. Sometimes I wear blue jeans. Sometimes I wear dark blue, dark purple, or pink. But mostly black.   Speaking of historical fiction, how does everyone feel about Sherlock Holmes? I've never actually read any. I have played a Sherlock Holmes infocom game....

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