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Summer Switch Witch 2013 Questions

Sunday June 23/13   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?   There are a couple "I settled for less and it's more than enough" from a Fair to Midland song, and "eyes that speak whispering words and more" from a Sculptured song.   I'd probably like wall art or a bag or something for either. I don't know about a shirt or scarf, but if my witch is feeling creative I'd love to see whatever s/he comes up with.   Also, STARBUCKS, Yay or Nay? Anything you particularly like?   Yay. I go there sometimes for beverages on work breaks or on the way if I'm too lazy to fire up my espresso machine. I LOVE the city mugs from other cities, though I have the Seattle ones along with a few others (Portland OR and San Diego come to mind).   Is there someone on the forums (within SW or not) who knows you really well and might be able to help with stalking?   There are a few people from the forums who know me (many of the Seattle folks) but TwilightEyes probably knows me best.   If you happen to find out who yours is, how much would it bother you?   It wouldn't bother me at all. If my witch wants to reveal on day one I'd be perfectly happy to go on chatting and witching without hiding identities. In the past all my witches have revealed at the end of the round, though I did guess one beforehand - I wasn't totally sure until she revealed.   Do you use waxmelts or tarts? If so, which ones do you prefer?   Nope   Do you enjoy drinking hot chocolate, and would you like stuff to make it with, or to add to it?   Sure, I do love hot chocolate, though not so much in the summer.   Have you ever tried Spoonfudge? Would you enjoy it if your Witch would send you some? Which of the flavors would you like?   I haven't tried it. I'd give it a go, maybe chocolate mint or salted caramel.   What's your opinion on Moonalisa? Any favorites or products you'd like to try?   I have no opinion, I've never tried it.   Are there any BPALs that you loved the idea of, the imagery - whether artwork or description - but which didn't work out for you? (I'm asking because if they did, you might mention them elsewhere, but if not, the imagery might be helpful)   I can't think of any.   Saturday June 22/13   Put your mp3 player/online music/itunes/etc on random and list the next 10 songs here:   1. Credence - Opeth 2. Green Man - Type O Negative 3. Naked - Goo Goo Dolls 4. Golden Parachutes - Fair to Midland 5. In the White - Katatonia 6. Easy Trigger - 27 7. Pull - One of Us 8. Bug Eyes - dredg 9. Sword - Ashes Divide 10. Burden In My Hand - Soundgarden   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.   Probably my iPhone, I use it all the time - to listen to music and audiobooks, play Bejeweled on the bus, look up important facts, talk with friends, read my knitting patterns, etc.   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?   I'm so tempted to say "Nothing is too big!" but that's not really true. I think anything under 4 feet square would be fine.   Gift cards/vouchers - yay or nay? If you like them - which stores would you like one for?   I actually prefer that my witch picks something out for me, but if s/he prefers to send a gift card or can't figure out what I like I'm not opposed. I don't shop a lot other than groceries, so online stores are probably good.   Is there anything from Australia you would like? eg: snacks (yes, you can ask for Tim Tams!), books, magazines, memorabilia?   I do like Tim Tams!   Do you have any problems with swearing or particularly off-color humor?   Yes, I don't swear (though I don't mind if others do) but I wouldn't use or wear an item with a swear word on it. It's fine in books or music, but I'd prefer that it not be really prevalent. And I don't enjoy off-color humor.   What style is your sense of humour?   Dry and smart. I'm not a fan of slapstick or crude humor.   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 play board games with some of my friends sometimes - Betrayal At the House On the Hill, Arkham Horror, etc. I personally like Clue and Monopoly.   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?   I haven't even looked.   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?   This is probably influenced mostly by the fact that I just read it, but I think Elinor in Sense and Sensibility. I'm very logical and don't show my feelings much, like her, and I also have two younger sisters.   What are the three books you most want to read right now, and which you don't already have?   I get most of my books from the library or paperbackswap.com - I usually only buy them after I read them. But I'd really like "Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires" by Michael J. Bielawa, which I haven't found anywhere but Amazon.   Would you like something from Empire Edibles? (http://www.etsy.com/...s?ref=top_trail)   Sure!   Is there anything small you try to collect from everywhere you visit?   It's not really small, but I love the Starbucks mugs for the different cities.   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   I don't think there's anything I would be heartbroken without. I'd be fine without perfume oil, since I have a lot more than I use regularly, but I'm open to trying new things too so I'm fine either way. I guess the only thing I could really do without is knick-knack cluttery stuff. I am trying to keep my home less cluttered. But this does NOT include handmade stuff from my witch or his/her co-conspirators - that I want!   Do you like tarot cards, pendulums and rune stones etc? If so, what type?   Not particularly.   What fandoms do you belong to?   None really. I like many things that have fandoms, but I don't really consider myself a member of them.   What cheers you up?   Knitting with a cup of tea or my cats.   Who or where would you most want to haunt? Who would you least want to be haunted by?   Well, I always threaten to haunt my distant Morman relatives if they convert me after my death, but that probably wouldn't be very pleasant. Maybe I can be the ghost of a metal tour van or venue with lots of good concerts. I don't want to be haunted by anyone!   What question do you hate to answer?   "What's wrong?" Usually it's nothing or I'm just tired and my face looks kinda sad or angry if I don't have a facial expression. Then people don't believe me! If there actually is something wrong I probably don't want to talk about it!   What is the best compliment you have/could receive?   This one is hard. I guess seeing others knit my patterns is a pretty good compliment!   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.   Sure! If my witch has access to YA novels in Norwegian that would be fantastic! I speak quite a bit, but I'm only up to a very easy adult reading level or YA. And I'm always excited to get things from my witch's home country regardless.   Do you like bags? If so, what type (rucksack, clutch, shopping bag) colour and would you like/need a new one?   Yep! I mostly carry messenger bags, but I have quite a few. Plastic shopping bags are outlawed where I live, so I can always use reuseable ones as long as they're small enough to stash in my (admittedly large) purse. And I also knit so project bags - drawstring or zipper but please no velcro! - are great for that.   What's your favourite comfort food(snack or candy etc) and/or drink?   I LOVE 3:15pm Coffee Milk Tea. No, you may not have heard of it, but it's my favorite comfort beverage. I also have an unholy love of kettle korn.   Would you be interested in someone writing out for you a favourite recipe, or finding or devising one which they think you'd like? If so, please provide your favourite ingredients, info on how you like to cook/store and use food, and any intolerances - unless all of these are in your questionnaire, or you don't like the idea. (I'm not saying I'd definitely do this, unless someone is keen, and it wouldn't be the only gift). I guess for other witches this might include something like a knitting pattern - not my thing but would you like that? Or indeed would you like a picture created for you (if so what kind) or a story written? (sorry if this feels a bit Spanish Inquisition!)   I would love a recipe. Other than being a vegetarian (no meat or fish, but milk & honey & some eggs ok) I don't like sun dried tomatoes, lima beans, or bok choy much. Also, I don't like the taste of eggs, so a recipe with egg as a binder is fine (like cookies or cake or something) but anything that tastes eggy (like a quiche or flan etc.) is not preferred.   I would LOVE a picture or painting, I collect wall art from various people I know IRL or online. And I already design my own knitting patterns, but if my witch is so inclined that would be lovely. And a story or poem or song would be nice too. I'm happy to experience the output of my witch's crafty talents.   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've always thought that if I got tired of genetic research (unlikely!) I'd go into genetic counseling. That's still a possibility I guess. I would definitely travel to Australia and dive at the Great Barrier Reef, which I would love to do in real life but might not get to. I'd read a lot of books!   Is there any thing - an object, a donation on your behalf, some research done for you, whatever - that your witch could do about this that you would like? And if you can't think of a present, would you rather she/he (I!) didn't either and confined themselves to things you are already involved in?   Not particularly, I have plenty of interests and I'd be happy if my witch focused on those.   What colors/style is your kitchen decor? And do you entertain in your home?   Heh! You mean it's supposed to have a style or color? How about old beige appliance? I don't entertain much.   Are your ears pierced?   Yep! I have the bottom holes gauged to 12, and I don't wear dangly stuff in the higher ones cuz it interferes. I do wear studs, usually star shaped.   Do you like stuffies/stuffed animals/art doll type thingies? If so, any particular type you'd love to get?   I have some, but I'm not a collector. If they're handmade or otherwise very special then I'd like them, but I don't need random stuffed animals. I don't really like dolls and I hate clowns.   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?!?   Just the cats, and they don't expect anything.   Thursday June 20/13   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   Nope   How do you feel about traditional picnics (namely the intimate table for two variety)? Old-fashioned basket or something more utilitarian (cooler/insulated bag)?   They sound like a good idea in theory, but I rarely have one. I did once last summer, but we didn't have a basket and it was just me and a female friend.   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'm pretty different I think, though aren't we all?   On the one hand, I'm a bit of a goodie-two-shoes or prude according to some - I don't use swear words, and I'm scandalized by off-color humor. I've never smoked a cigarette or drank underage or done any illegal drug. I don't even drink now that I'm of age. I am very law-abiding. I like to keep my private life private. On the other hand, I listen to melodic death metal & doom metal, have tattoos, and dress in band shirts and jeans pretty much every day.   I'm a vegetarian. I knit - but not like the occasional scarf, I've knit over 200 pairs of socks and have published designs. I'm also a scientist, and people like to tell me how smart I am. (I guess it is probably true.) Oh, and I sang in a commercial as a child and am currently in an all-female choir that sings songs by Metallica, Muse, Guns 'N Roses, Heart etc. I don't wear makeup, and I don't dress in a very feminine way. A lot of people read me as gay, but I'm not. I have a driver's license, but I don't drive and haven't ever owned a car aside from an old beater I had for 2 weeks before it broke down, but that was when I didn't have a license yet. Overall, I think I'm just confusing.   Haus of Gloi did a Reverie update! Do any of them interest you? (Or anything else up currently?)   I don't know what they are, and I'm too lazy to look.   Witchee, do you cook? Do you do all the cooking? Is it a chore or a pleasure?   I do cook, and since the cats haven't figured it out yet I do all the cooking. It is sometimes a chore and sometimes a pleasure. I like to cook, but I also don't have a lot of time and it's hard when you get home and are hungry. But when I went on vacation in April my friend and I spent a large portion of the time cooking and had a blast!   Which reading level do you prefer to read in YA or Adult? Or even both?   Both! I will read pretty much anything with vampires - it need not be very good. I also like classics and newer well written things, though. And non-fiction about interesting things, especially science.   Wednesday June 19/13   If you could have one rare bpal which one would you choose?   Succubus! I love it and miss it so!   (Feel free not to answer, I know it's not a standard one!) Are you kinky?   Only the tiniest bit.   Do you enjoy scented candles? Certain sizes that you like? What kind of scents or brands?   I do enjoy them, but I don't burn them all that often because I'm afraid the cats will knock them over. I like citrus or foody / fruity scents.   Thoughts about South Africa? Have you been here, would you like to go? Would you like to receive anything South African?   I've never been there and don't know a lot about it. But I'd love to receive something neat from there!   Do you like Sockdreams? If so, what styles would you prefer? (You can also link your wishlist.)   Yep! I mostly wear ankle or regular length socks since my calves are HUGEMONGOUS and I can't fit in most knee highs. (I like the Sock It To Me Curvy ones, but I have pretty much all the colors already.) I love everything with stars.   Do you need hair accessories? If so, what kind or color?   I love little hair clips with the alligator teeth - I have a few from Claire's / The Icing. But I don't want any with big bows or flowers on them which is sadly the only ones they usually have. Other barrettes don't stay in my hair well. My hair is very fine and slippery and doesn't like to be styled.   What is your favorite shade of blue?   This is the perfect round because I ADORE blue. I like to say I've never met a blue I didn't like! That said, I lean towards teals or darker purpley-blues.   Do you have any kitchen gadgets (a SodaStream, a Kuerig/Tassimo) that you want mix things for?   Nope!   If you were to start learning something new (intellectual or craft or hobby), what would it be?   I've always wanted to do black and white photography and develop my own film. I keep telling myself I'll take a class someday when I have both time and money. I'm also really interested in metalsmithing (for jewelry).   What about candy? Do you have a sweet tooth?   Unfortunately I have many.   Do you have an e-reader? What kind? Would you like to get ebooks?   I do, I have an old Kindle I inherited from a friend. I have quite a few books for it, but I wouldn't mind getting a few more.   If your witch is an extremely crafty sort, and she were to send all kinds of homemade foody goodies and handmade crafty stuff - what are items you would NOT LOVE to receive. Please don't hedge on this one...some of us are serious crafters and will be making most of what we send!   If my witch is using fibers to craft with, I don't use silk (or other products that kill the animal like fur yarns or leather, etc.) And I'm vegetarian so that's something to watch out for with food. That said, I don't know that there's anything I wouldn't want to receive. I don't use blank books / journals much and keep getting them as gifts, but if it was handmade I would totally treasure it.   Witchee dear, do you like video games? Are there any you want to play? Do you have a large library?   I don't usually play video games, though I do have The Sims for my computer... I don't play it much, though.   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. )   Not really. I listen to music or an audiobook pretty much every day. I also sometimes read before bed, but not quite daily.   Do you wear nailpolish? What colors do you tend to go for? What are your favorite brands? Are you open to trying indie brands?   Only rarely, I wear gloves at work (in a lab) and they wreck nail polish almost instantly. The few I have are mostly Zoya and OPI.   Name three BPAL scents you have tried, but are dying to get more of.   I adore Succubus and was so sad that it was discontinued. I also love The Girl. I can't think of a third.   Do you still write real letters on nice stationary to people you like/love?   Yes I do! And I have a collection of slightly unusual or adorable stationery.   Have you ever tried anything from Paintbox Soapworks? Which products or scents would you prefer?   I've tried some of her sample size soaps - perfect for my guest bathroom but I have quite a few. I like her slip lotion, but I'd love to try one of the creams or body butters. Generally I like fruity or spicy scents.   Do you like/have space to garden? If so, what do you grow?   This is the first year I've had a little yard. So far I just have alpine strawberries, a dwarf Meyer Lemon, a hydrangea. a pansy, and a dahlia. Oh, and some mint. I got a box to make a little raised bed, but I haven't had time to set it up yet.   Do you like sample sized things? Think lipgloss, mascara, bodylotion, scrubs, mini candles, and so forth.   Yes, I do like to try things out, and I do a bit of traveling & housesitting so small sizes are good for that.   Have you tried Fortune Cookie Soap? What products or scents would you like?   Nope! I don't even know what I'd want to try. Not bar soap, but other stuff looks pretty cool.   Do you use solid soaps at all? If so, what kind do or don't you like?   I don't use them much and already have quite the supply.   Have you ever tried Cocoa Pink? If you are curious about it, what looks interesting to you?   Nope, I've only heard of it.   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 do like Lush, especially I Love Juicy shampoo. I don't know about discontinued stuff.   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 usually post a few of my interesting answers, and keep the rest on the blog. I like having my witchee answer on their BPAL or other blog so they're all in one place.   Anyone a fan of Shiro Cosmetics? Any particular products? Eye shadow pigments in general?   Never heard of them, but I don't really wear makeup.   Are there any companies, products, or items you boycott?   I boycott Walmart because of their music censorship policies among about a million other reasons. I avoid any dead-animal products like leather, emu oil, etc. and also animal testing.   As I am in Japan, what sort of things would you like from there?   I love cute stationery, but other than that I don't know! I've heard good things about Japanese knitting books, though I've never owned one. Apparently they're all charted so you don't need to understand Japanese.   Since FB and the FB Gusp group (and the BPAL Sorority which is quiet) have become gathering places...what are some of your favorite Facebook pages you like?   I am not really a fan of Facebook and don't go on there much. But I do have a page for my knitting designs so that's my favorite I guess!   Monday June 17/13   Dr Who?   Yes! I've only watched the new series, though, and I'm not up to date yet.   How much do you like lipbalm? Flavored or unflavored? What are your favorite brands and flavors?   I adore it. I like flavors, and my favorite is Unpetroleum orange, but other citrus or mint flavors wouldn't go astray. Once I had a dream that Unpetroleum started coming in a coconut flavor and I saw it at Whole Foods with my friend Rachel. For some reason I didn't realize it was a dream so a few days later I was walking down the street thinking "I'm so glad they make a coconut flavor now!" when I realized that it didn't actually happen.   Do you like and wear lipgloss? If yes, what colours?   Not a lot, but when I do I like subtle colors like natural pinks or not-very-red reds. I like shiny and sheer.   For those of you whose wishlists contain only BPALs, are there any other perfume companies you like or would like to try out?   I haven't tried many other perfume companies, and to be honest I have my hands full just with BPAL.   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 tried Adagio years ago but can't name any favorite blends. Overall I like chai and love to try new and different varieties. I love Two Leaves and a Bud.   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 only make espresso, and I'm pretty set on that.   Who is your favourite female of all time? Historical, literary, ANYTHING, and why?   Um... me? Actually I have no idea! This question is way too hard.   If you were a Disney princess you would be?:   Well, considering my name I suppose I would be the Little Mermaid. But personally I am more like Belle - I like reading and don't like annoying manly men who try to impress me.   Would you like a seashell from Florida?   Sure!   What craft project do you currently have on your docket or that you want to start? And that craft goodies would be welcome?   I'm always knitting lots of things - it seems that my in-progress items hover around 32 despite my efforts to cut down. I have tons of crafty supplies, so I don't really need any, but stitch markers are always appreciated! I also could use size 6 seed beads for knitted projects with beads.

stariel

stariel

 

Winter Fun Swap 2011 Questions

November 12th   chile, yay or nay? (Example: I had a delicious dark chocolate bar the other day that had dried cherries and red chile....YUM! There are local cookies here that are shortbread type with chile. And of course, in NM we are famous for our chile ristras which are mostly decorative (though usually you could use the dried chiles if you wanted to).)   I do like spicy things, so I'd probably appreciate chile chocolate, especially with cherries!   November 11th   Let's talk about fruit! Do you like dried fruit or h ate it? Like some but not others?   How do you feel about cherries? Prefer the sweet or tart versions? Dried? Jam? Salsa? Hot sauce? BBQ sauce?   What is your general philosophy about patterns for accessories such as socks, scarves, and tights? Do you like solids? Stripes? Polka dots? Weird patterns like harlequin-type stuff? Any of the above?   November 10th   Would anyone else be interested in a soap dish or something like that?   I'd love a non-breakable one that has a way to keep the soap dry. I used to have a soap dish in my shower, but I knocked it off the side of the tub and broke it.   If your fox were to knit something for you, would it be a lacy shawl or a pair of socks?   I have plenty of socks, so I'd prefer a not-too-lacy shawlette personally - I wouldn't wear a full on lacy shawl because it's just not my style, but a shawlette that can be used like a scarf would be good.   Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, which house do you identify with, and why? Would you want knitted things/replicas/accessories in your house colours?   I do like Harry Potter. I already have a Gryffindor scarf that I knit. (I'd probably pick Ravenclaw, but my sister got that one and we needed a full set of houses.) I have a couple t-shirts as well, and that's probably enough for me.   Are there any Yules from *PAST* years that you're interested in trying? Including past winter inquisitions?   I got a decant of Mid Winter's Eve and I quite like it.   November 9th   Sooo. Yules. Those just happened. What are you interested in, Bunny?   I just sniffed a bunch at Seattle Will Call, and most of them were pretty bad on me. Honestly I only really like about 5% of the scents I try, and that's after weeding out several death notes. I have funky skin chemistry.   Do you like coin purses?   I have a really cute one.   November 7th   What are your opinions on traditional holiday cookie flavorings? I'm thinking anise and cardamom in particular.   I like both of those along with cloves, cinnamon, and many others.   Do you like artisan oils and vinegars?   Not especially.   Bunny, could you use a 2012 calendar, and, if so, do you like big monthly ones or the page-a-day type?   Please not a page-a-day, I think they're a waste of paper. My cousin once got me a "Green" page-a-day - what an oxymoron! I could use a bigger monthly one if my fox has an idea, but it's not a huge priority.   November 6th   Charity gifts? Either fair-trade type stuff, or virtual type gifts, like vaccinations or school supplies being bought on your behalf, or something along those lines?   I like to buy Fair Trade stuff when it's available. As far as donating to a charity, I usually donate my time but if my fox wanted to do something like that, I volunteer for PAWS, a local animal shelter / wildlife rehabilitation facility.   Bunny, are you interested in tarts from Two Timing Tart? What scents, if any, are you interested in?   I don't have a tart burner, and I'd probably prefer candles anyway.   Do you need any holiday recipies? Is there something in particular that you'd like baked or made for you? And for those of you doing the no sugar/low sugar, etc. thing these days, how about savory things?   I'm always up for more vegetarian holiday recipes. I love to bake myself, and I'd certainly appreciate baked goods from my fox. As for savory stuff, as long as it's veggie then I'd be up to try it, but I'm really more of a sweet tooth person.   Speaking about candles, how much do you look forward to the BPTP candles that will be launched on Etsy? I don't know if there will be other scents than the Samhain and Pumpkin Cookie one, but is there a specific one you are longing for?   I like candles, but I rarely remember to actually light them. That said, I think I'd like Pumpkin Cookie.   Does anyone have issues with gently used things like books, etc.?   No, as long as it's something reasonable like a book and not panties.   Are you a big ol' nerd for any particular subject? Science, math, linguistics, etc? Or particular authors/fandoms?   I am a scientist, and a crazy knitter, but I don't really consider myself a nerd. I'm interested in science because of work (and in general) but I'm not your typical "nerdy" scientist person.   Bunnies, how do you feel about lemon-flavored items, like lemon marmalade, lemon curd, lemon pound cake, or lemon cookies?   Love! Lemon is one of my favorite flavors.   fingerless mittens or full mitts?   I'd like some fingerless mitts, especially if they're longish and cover a lot of the fingers without covering the fingertips (like, not ending at the top of the palm).   November 4th   reveal, yes or no?   I'm planning to reveal and I hope my fox does too!   Any favorite cuddly characters?   Not really.   Moxie Nouveau groupon?   I got one for myself.   what's your favourite colour?   Blue! I also like purple (especially blue-purple), silver, grey, and black.   Your favourite gemstone?   Sapphire or other blue stones.   Your favourite animal (real or imaginary)?   I love cats and tropical fish, and bats, and horses... I like a lot of animals.   And do you have any intense phobias?   I don't like clowns or most dolls, but it's not really a phobia. But I'd prefer you didn't send me clown stuff. I have a semi-phobia of spit, but I can't imagine how or why you'd send that, so stay away from photos of drooly dogs or other animals and we should be good. Other than that no.   Are you Nano-ing this month, bunny? If so, how would you feel about merch/donations to the cause?   Nope!   Do you like/need boxes for perfume/knicknacks?   My bottles are fitting nicely in their box, but I wouldn't mind a box for storing imps if my fox has found a good solution.   November 2nd   Is there any particular holiday DVD that you don't have that you would like to own?   Nope!   How do you feel about superheros? Are you a Marvel or DC fan? Do you have a favorite hero?   I am ambivalent about superheros.   Would my bunny like anything in particular from Lush? I do have access to an actual Lush store, and also wouldn't mind ordering retro items online.   I do like their stuff, though I don't take baths too often and I already have a little stock of bath bombs. I love the I Love Juicy shampoo and use it often, but I have about half of a big bottle right now.   would you like a Paintbox from Paintbox Soapworks? If so, which scents?   I stlll have little soaps from my last one that I haven't tried yet. I really don't use much bar soap.   Do you have kids (or kid-like pets) who your fox may want to take into account, either in terms of a little extra goody or simple safety?   I have two cats (one of them actually just stepped on the keyboard alerting me to this question by typing letters after it!) and they'd love little toys or treats but they don't really need them.   How do you feel about honey/beeswax? Would you like any?   I like honey quite a bit, and love beeswax candles!   Are you a Trader Joe's fan, who either doesn't have a store nearby or just loves their stuff and has a wishlist?   I do like Trader Joe's, but I have one pretty close.   The Paintbox Soapworks Yules are up, or at least round one is (updates coming throughout the week). Interested in anything?   Snoggin' sounds interesting, but I'm a bit worried it might be too boozy. I do like mint, so White Snow, Bright Snow might be good. And Comfort and Joy sounds promising other than the wine. I need little sniffies!   If I were to place ONE LAST Weenie order, (uh, which I will) what would you want me to include for you?   Autumn Cider! It's really the only one that was good on me this year.   Will you be away for any part of the round?   At this point I have no plans to be away except for maybe next weekend, and even if I did it would likely only be for a couple days.   Anyone else with an Etsy store and a member of Tradeaholics (or you could join) and interested in bartering for gifts for their bunny? Everything in my shop is up for trade.   I don't have a shop, but if someone is interested in trading me something for a knitted accessory for their bunny, we could probably work something out!   What type of books do you like? Dying to read anything?   Well, according to the librarian I like "stories of individuals struggling, but not always overcoming mighty forces, often evil".   We have this thing where you can fill out an online request for your next 5 books based on what you like, and that's how the librarian described my taste. But, to be fair, the books he suggested sound really good!   I actually have a big pile of books that I haven't read yet, but if my fox thinks I'll really like something I'd definitely be open to it.   If you like Christmas music (or any other holiday music, for that matter), what kind of style do you like? Traditional? Modern and poppy? Indie?   Not really. I like choral versions of traditional Christmas songs (carols etc.) but I wouldn't listen to it outside a live performance that occurred within a week or so of Christmas. (I get really annoyed by how Christmas stuff has now overlapped Halloween practically. It's not even Thanksgiving, no Christmas until December 1st at the earliest!)   Do you enjoy things that taste like roses? For example chewing gum, turkish delight, delicious goo that you eat by the spoonful out of a glass jar (and they all taste of rose. Yes, we have all these in Greece.)   I'm not a big fan of floral flavors, but I do like Turkish Delight in fruity flavors.   Also, same question about mastic. Would you be interested in trying it out? (If yes, any preferences? for example you wold prefer to try the chewing gum, the turkish delight, an Easter bun (I can go hunting, some companies make them all year round although it's not the same as the bakery Easter ones ), the raw resin itself, anything?)   I have no idea what mastic tastes like, but I'd give it a try as long as it's vegetarian!   i live in the city of the chicken wing. if i were to send you something savory, what's your heat tolerance (or sweet and heat for that matter).   Well, I don't eat chicken wings, but for other savory food items, I do like spicy stuff and sweet + spicy. I like my spice medium-hot. Spicy enough that it tastes spicy, but not so much that the hot flavor overwhelms everything else.   If your fox/bunny were to gift you with a giftcard from anywhere, as in any store foodwise, music wise etc. what giftcard would you like?   Maybe Amazon, since a friend is probably giving me a used Kindle and I could get books for it. I go to Starbucks occasionally, so a card from there would definitely get used. And I do love Sock Dreams!   If I were to send you chocolate is there anything I should avoid as in nuts, cherries etc.? Also, what are some of your favorite holiday candies?   I would love nuts or cherries, or both! Avoid bacon (obviously). I like nuts, fruit, and especially marzipan in my chocolate.   Does anything from Fusion Sweets interest you?   I can't have caramel because of my braces, and marshmallows usually have gelatin, so probably not.   Interested in anything from the Elements and Artifacts Yule update?   It's pretty, but I don't wear much jewelry.   October 30   Dear Snow Bunnies: Do you do a Christmas tree? If yes is it themed or specially colored or do you just have all different ornaments and such?   I don't do a Christmas tree.   Would you like a special ornament?   As long as it's not specifically Christmas, I could hang it somewhere in my house year-round!   Tim Tams. Yay or nay?   Yay! So far I've just tried the original and caramel (maybe Dulce de Leche?) flavors. I'd love some more exotic ones.   I know some people are squicked out at the idea of eating things that other people make, or the thought of deep fried cookies sends them into cardiac arrest. If you were my fox, would you like to receive some homemade goodies, or would you prefer that your goodies came from the store?   I have no problem eating things that my swap partner makes for me (or someone else, I suppose!) as long as they're vegetarian! But the thought of deep fried cookies does make me pause.   Would any Bunny like to receive Holiday serving bowls, trays, platters etc...? Winter/Christmas or Thanksgiving/Fall themed?   I live in a 1 bedroom apartment and don't usually entertain, plus my dishes came with a few serving pieces so I think I'm set.   My lovely fluffy Snow Bunny, would you like a bodyscrub made by me? If so, what scent(s) would you like, if you had to think along the lines of essential oils? And would you prefer sugar or salt? A dryer scrub or one that's more oily/moist?   Sure! I'm a big fan of citrus scents, and I'd go with moist but not too oily - my skin is pretty oily other than my legs.   Dear snow bunny, do you like candles? if yes, then what kind? scented (what scents), unscented, what colors, do you like them plain/painted on the outside/with decorations attached to the surface/sculpted?   Yes, though I have to remember to light them more often! I like foodie scents, especially fruit and baked goods - citrus is probably my favorite. I have a lemon bar one that's pretty fantastic. And I'd love them if they were decorative, though I'd probably save them for display rather than burn them. Last year I got some beautiful handmade Halloween candles with Jack O' Lantern faces and I have them on display all year!   Also what do you think of little soaps? I know most people don't use soaps nowadays but I love the chocolate/vanilla/cocoa/butter/sugar combo scents that I see at beauty stores   I usually have a little soap in my bathroom for handwashing, so I do use them but not very quickly. I also have quite a stock, so I don't really need any but if my snowflake is inspired to send me a special one then it will be used eventually.   Socks! Slippers! Do you love them or not really wear them? If you love them, do you also love Sock Dreams?   I adore socks, I have many that I've knit and wear them most of the winter. I'm also a big fan of novelty socks, though knee high and OTK ones usually don't fit because I have really big calves.   I don't really have slippers, though I've been thinking that it might be nice to have some cozy ones to wear around the house so my feet don't get cold. If they had enough of a sole to be able to go out and get the mail (a short walk down some outside stairs, no walking on dirt!) then that would be a plus too.   Would you wear something like this if your Fox were to knit you one? If so, what color? http://www.ravelry.c...gap-tastic-cowl   I'd give it a try! I don't know if that particular cowl is really my style, I have a smaller one that I wear a lot in the winter, though.   talk to me of coffee. Whole bean? Ground? Flavored, not flavored? Decaf, whole caff? Favorite roasters? Drip, french press, keurig? BRING ON THE TEA?   I don't have a coffee-making apparatus at home, but I will drink mochas at coffee shops. I do make tea often, and especially enjoy chai!   Who else here loves or would like to try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics? If so, what would you like?   I don't really wear makeup, but if it's a lip gloss / balm or a skincare thing I'd be willing to try it.   Anybody into nail polish? Any color or formula preferences?   I almost never paint my nails, it doesn't work well with my job.   If you found a $50 bill on the ground and were to place a Lab order, what would be in it? (And shipping is free through the magical BPAL unicorn!)   I'd get another bottle of Autumn Cider, cuz it's yummy. And some imps off my wishlist maybe? I'm at the point where I have lots of stuff to test but don't really need any more bottles of my fave GCs. Although a backup Snake OIl wouldn't hurt...   October 29th   So... someone has gifted you a $20 gift card from Walgreen's to ONLY use on things for yourself. No necessities here. What do you buy?   A scented candle maybe, some face washing cloth things - I like them when I'm too lazy to splash water around and clean it up at night , film for my camera, a candy bar.   I live near a brick and morter location for a really, really good spice store. would you use cooking spices and if you would, what would you need? (it's penzey's if you want to google it).   I have most of the ones I use regularly (chili powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cumin, basil, oregano, cardamom, bay leaves, etc.) but if you want to send me a recipe and it has a weird spice then I'd love some.   Do you like knitted goods? If so, what would you like, what colors, and do you have any sensitivites or preference when it comes to type of yarn (ex: wool: yay or nay? do you prefer machine washable materials? do you not care?)?   Of course I do, I'm a knitter! My favorite colors are blue, purple, black, grey, and some greens (bluer is better than yellow. As far as fiber, I don't use silk or other fibers that require killing the animal (possum etc.) but wool is OK. It doesn't have to be machine washable, I handwash a lot of stuff already.   hey swap partner...could you use a new mug?   I love mugs! I especially love the Starbucks mugs from different cities with the light blue building drawings on them. If my swapper has a Starbucks nearby and can still find them in stock I'd love one.   Is there any sort of regional food/drink/treat you miss or have always wanted to try?   I like regional treats / candy, but I can't think of anything specific.

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Halloweenie Switch Witch Questions Part Deux

I ran out of room, so start here with 10/5!   October 20th   Do you need any winter wear, witchee?   I'm fairly well stocked, but I wouldn't mind some flip-top or fingerless mitts / handwarmers so I can still have finger access for iPhone usage.   I've read something about a Event Exclusive called Pumpkin Hard Candy (if someone knows the details, shout it out because I am still searching). Are you interested in this scent? How desperate are you for it?   I'm guessing this was the freebie for costumes at Will Call? If my witch happens to have gotten one and doesn't love it, I'd love to try it. I would have been at Will Call in Costume, but unfortunately I had a killer migraine and couldn't take painkillers because I was having surgery on Friday. Going back to the question about winter wear, are there any colors you would prefer not to have?   My color preferences for this are the same as most everything... I love blue, purple, grey, and black. Some greens are ok, and that's pretty much it.   October 14th   Do you like scary books? What's the best/scariest thing you've ever read?   It depends on what kind of scary. I like vampire books, though many of them aren't scary nowadays. I like books like Silence of the Lambs that are about a semi-realistic kind of scary, and I loved The Graveyard Book, which I suppose is "scary" for kids. I've read and enjoyed some Stephen King, but The Shining scarred me for years (granted I was 9 when I read it) so nothing *too* scary.   October 13th   Are you interested in anything in the latest round of Lab auctions on eBay?   I haven't looked, and I think I'd better not.   What favorite song(s) would you think would translate into a cool or unique scent?   Well, Black #1 mentions her perfume smelling like burning leaves, but I wouldn't want to smell like that. None of my favorite songs really evoke a scent to me, but Bleak (by Opeth) would at least be a neat name.   Anyone interested in VApothecary's Halloween update?   No idea who this is.   Interested in anything from the Beaver Moon Lunacy update?   I haven't looked.   I sent you with $20 into a drugstore/Walmart (nothing too fancy/imported/expensive, just your average selection), and you are restricted only to the candy aisle. What would you blow it on?   I'm a fan of York Peppermint Patties, Snickers, Almond Joy, Reese's Pieces... I like the fancy chocolate, but I like drugstore stuff fine too sometimes. I love Red Vines and Milk Duds too, but I can't eat them at the moment due to braces.   October 11th   What is your favorite kind of cookie?   Most kinds! I especially love chocolate chip, molasses ginger, and snickerdoodles - but overall the most important thing is that they're soft cookies. Crunchy ones just aren't usually my thing... other than shortbread - I love shortbread! Oh, and biscotti, and...   How many boxes are you hoping for?   Whatever is convenient for my witch, I've already gotten two separate gifties, so any more would be more than generous. In the past I've had witches that save most for the last box, and some that distribute more evenly. Anything is fine!   How do you feel about loose leaf tea in baggies? I mean, I have a TON of loose leaf, would it be okay if I send you samples in some zip lock baggies? Or is that something that would squick you out?   I'm fine with it as long as they're labeled.   How would you feel about getting a custom poster with your favorite quote on it and some cool graphics? I'm an architecture student and can print posters (provided I make them) at pretty much any size using Adobe Illustrator at a low price. Also if you would be interested in this, what quotes would you like?   I think it would be nice, especially if it had some graphics involved as well. Some of my favorite song lyrics:   "Just watch the stars tonight as they disappear" "I settled for less and it's more than enough" "eyes that speak whispering words and more"   October 9th Is there anything you would want from NYCC, something you'd like your witch to ask me to pick up?   Yep, James Marsters. (Seriously, no not really.)   The best thing I ever ate...:   This probably changes all the time. I don't know, I quite liked Phad Khing from my favorite now-defunct Thai place.   October 6th   Do you like liquorice? If so, hard or soft? Sweet or salt? Normally salted or so salt it pulls your face into a fishy shape? And which shapes do you like?   I like black Panda licorice, though I'm not usually fond of most others. I like Red Vines! Unfortunately I'm not really allowed to eat either because of my braces. (When they come off I'm going to get a *bucket* of Red Vines, but that probably won't be for almost a year!) Mac using witchees, what computers do you use? What peripherals/accessories do you have and what would you LIKE to have? What do you use your computer for?   I have a Macbook that I use mostly for traveling or watching DVDs in bed. I don't have any peripherals, and no accessories besides a little zip soft bag that I got with it. I don't even know what I can get!   Do you like listening to audiobooks? Would you like to receive one, and if you would, what sort of audiobook would you like--or is there a particular audiobook you've been meaning to get?   I love audiobooks! I usually download them from the library, so I've got a pretty good selection. I can't think of any that I've been meaning to get but haven't been able to.   October 5th Are there any DIY / Crafty / Free / Budget items you'd love to get but haven't noted yet? (Or, maybe you'd just like to emphasize something you may have only noted in passing?)   If my witch is crafty, I'm always up for a crafty something. I do have a small collection of paintings from friends and acquaintances, so if my witch does visual art to hang on the wall type thing (or framed photos!) I'd love some.   Do you own a DSLR camera? Are you interested in a minky camera strap like these? What about anything from Photojojo?   I only wish! I want a minky anything - like a throw blanket for me!   Is anybody else into film photography? Interested in receiving film, supplies, etc from Lomography?   I do have a Holga 135 that I got recently and an old Canon film SLR. I'd love film or some kind of cool attachment for my Holga if my witch is so inclined.   Are you musically inclined? Do you play an instrument or sing? If so, what?   In my dreams I'm going to learn to play the electric bass so I can be the cute girl in a metal band. In real life I sing, and recently joined a choir!

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Halloweenie SW Questions

October 3rd Does anyone else like collector Barbies?   Not particularly.   What small everyday items would you like, that you keep forgetting to get?   I need a little pill box, something cute.   Tarot   I used to have tarot cards, but I gave them to my mom. Tell me about something you like, and why you like it.   Uh... I like lots of things. Mostly I like knitting, because it's relaxing but also makes awesome stuff. And I'm good at it!   If you're the MMU type of Witchee, what Geek Chic Cosmetics tickle your fancy?   I don't know what this means, so I'm probably not.   Would any witchees be interested in Quinn Popcorn?   Yep! I love love love popcorn! Did you know you can pop regular popcorn in a plain paper lunch bag and add whatever awesome (dry) seasonings you want?   October 2nd   Who likes silly items from Archie McPhee???   I don't really, and if I did I could go there!   Nocturne Alchemy's NAlloween Pt. 2 update is live here! (And for a few days, last month's update too.) What do you want?   *closing eyes*   What are you drooling over from the Sock Dreams Halloween stuff?   So much of it looks awesome, but I have monster calves and very tiny feet, so the knee highs almost never fit me.   Luck charms?   I don't have any, but I wouldn't be opposed.   Does anyone want anything from... here...?   I think this is the etsy cake one? No, because the lady seems like kind of a weirdo and doesn't list ingredients anywhere. For those of you that like candles, do you like stuff from Yankee Candle? And if you had to choose, tarts or candles?   I don't have any stuff from Yankee Candles, but I've heard they have cute Halloween stuff! I prefer candles.   Would you be interested in getting a custom necklace from here?   I don't know where, but a custom necklace sounds nice. Is there a movie you want so badly that you don’t own now?   Nope, I think I've pretty much got what I want.   Is there a song on Itunes that you haven’t downloaded yet?   Nope, I'm old fashioned and buy CDs.   Is there a rare book you’ve always wanted?   Not specifically, but I'd love a nice hardcover edition of Alice In Wonderland with nice pictures.   Is there anything you want to buy yourself but have been too embarrassed (R rated or pg)?   No, I'm G-rated.   Have you seen the Lush holiday update? Do you like the look of anything from there?   Yes, and how come they have Holiday and not Halloween?!? I do like Lush bath stuff, but I have one locally and I don't take baths all that often, I'm more of a shower girl.   if you were my witchee, would you want some of my hot nuts my candied nuts my nuts covered in butter and brown sugar candied walnuts?   For sure!   October 1st   Is there anything you either didn't like or had never heard of that you're now curious to try thanks to the discussion in this thread?   York Batty! And I have searched and only found pumpkins. (Yes, I realize they probably taste just like normal ones.) Also Haunt Lip Lusts.   Reveal?   I hope my witch reveals, but I'll try to be understanding if s/he doesn't. I'll definitely reveal.   Would you be interested in the #occupywallstreet scent?   No, I think it would smell awful on me.   Do Paintbox Soapworks' Goat's Milk Hand and Body Creams sound like something you'd like to try?   Sure! I have some sitting in my etsy cart that I'm trying to resist. I think I'd like Avast or Gingermilk.   September 30th   Is there a magazine that you DON'T read because you can't find it near you, but wish you could?   Nope Describe your sense of humour.   Clever and dry. I think Frasier is funny, along with some British comedy and Jane Austen. The most recent thing that completely cracked me up was the episode of the IT crowd when Richmond went to a funeral in corpse paint, though, so I guess you can throw weird / dark in there too. Do you like reusable grocery bags? If so, do you like the kind that fold up (ie Chico Bags?)   I do! I often forget to put them back in my bag, though. The Halloween ones on Chico Bags are pretty cute! I'm about to make an order from Sephora (nothing off of my wishlist, witch, so don't worry about that). Is there anything for you that you would like to accompany my order, if you're my witchee?   Nah, I don't use much from Sephora.   Witchee, would you like anything from this particular Haunt update?   The only Haunt I ever got was Orange Blossom Tea perfume, which I adore! Some of the lip lusts look good, like Caramel Popcorn or Pumpkin Cake.   Who's interested in Halloween: Montreal?   Looking at the notes, I don't think it would work for me.   You get a package in the mail containing 3 things you have really wanted more than anything else you've mentioned so far in this thread. (they are all reasonably priced of course! ~$20 or less apiece). What are they?   1. Halloween socks and/or undies - I love Halloween themed clothing, throw blankets, etc. and use them year round! 2. some BPAL my witch thinks I'd like to try - I've been horrible about keeping up with the updates, so anything new I probably haven't sniffed 3. a good book   how do you feel about hemp? jewelry, soap, etc?   Hemp jewelry is ok, and I don't mind it as an ingredient in bath / body products, but I don't like the smell.   September 29th   What kind of purse do you prefer? Leather, cloth? over the shoulder or crossbody, or something that can do either? Do you like bold bright prints with fun things, or monochrome, solid colours?   No leather please! I vastly prefer crossbody and use my Queen Bee Trucker bag almost every day. I've wanted a black simple but well-made messenger for a while that I can put patches / applique on.   julep maven monthly boxes:   Doesn't sound like my kind of thing.   Your favorite restaurant or type of food to eat out. Would you use a restaurant.com voucher? Groupon?   I love Thai and Indian food, but I keep an eye on both of these myself.   Like commercial socks?   I have tons of handknit socks, but I do wear commercial socks in the "off season" or when I'm too lazy to do my sock laundry. Especially if they have stars!   What kind of bear is best?   Hmm... I'd say gummy bears, but they're usually not vegetarian.   Is anyone interested in reading The Night Circus?   I just got a download from deazinn, so I'm going to read it very soon!   Hershey's Pumpkin Spice kisses?   No thanks, I don't like the non-chocolate flavored ones.   I have a not-so-secret love for The Broship of the Rings. Are there any prints from her store you'd like?   They're kind of cute.   Who here likes Stephanie Pui-Min Law's artwork?   I hadn't seen it before, but some are kind of pretty.   Do you drink wine?   Nope!   Is it just me who is nervous at revealing herself to her witchee, and finding out who her witch is?!   Finding out at the end and revealing are some of my favorite parts!   Witches, did you lament NOT getting one of the condom case/imp cases that got released with the courtesan series???   Nope!   I recently saw candy corn in non-candy corn flavors like CHOCOLATE and CARAMEL APPLE. It's not a fancy brand, I just saw it in the drugstore, but who here would like something like that?   No thanks. Candy corn usually has gelatin or animal glycerin, and even if it doesn't it's a little too sweet for my taste. Though I did have quite an ordeal knitting myself some candy corn striped socks, so I like it in theory!   September 28th   JONES SODA CO has LE soda packs for The Guild, Buffy, D&D, So Cute, etc. Would you be interested in these, Witchee?   Maybe the Buffy ones! I got some of their Halloween flavors several years back, which was fun.   It's Banned Books Week! Are there any books on the list you'd be interested in checking out?   I've read a few of them. Catcher In the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird are favorites, though not on the list this year. Off this year's list I've read:   2. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie - I took a class with him in college, it was great! 5. "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins 10. "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer   I've been meaning to read Brave New World and Nickel & Dimed.   I have just been enlightened to (Tokyomilk Dark Lip Elixirs). Are these flavors relevant to your interests?   Salted Caramel might be nice. I'm not into boozy or smokey flavors, though.   September 27th   What is something people are always surprised to learn about you?   I think it depends on what context they meet me in. People who meet me professionally or through knitting are often surprised to learn that I listen to metal. People that meet me through music are often surprised to learn that I knit or that I'm "smart" (a scientist).   So who else watched Babylon 5?   Not me!   If you had to decide what your stripper name was, what would it be?   The pet / street version would be Blackie Shorewood, which probably works fine as I don't plan to be a stripper.   Sooooo Witchees, have you ever taken that particular personality test? If so, are you an Analytical, a Driver, an Expressive or an Amiable?   I haven't taken it.   Is anyone else afraid of or creepy out by dummies/puppets/Muppets/etc? Other things you're squicked/freaked by that's best left by the wayside?   I'm not a fan of dummies, most dolls, or monkeys.   what level of contact were you hoping for?   I was hoping for medium, and so far it looks as if I got that.   Your favorite restaurant or type of food to eat out. Would you use a restaurant.com voucher? Groupon?   I'm a big fan of both Thai and Indian food. I have some vouchers for my favorite places, though.   Are there any local museums/attractions you keep never getting around to going to?   Yes, I really keep meaning to go to the Experience Music Project, and I've heard it's really cool, so I don't know why I still haven't done it!   September 26th   Is there any kind of international candy you love or would like to try?   I got Thornton's Choccies apricot and oatmeal flavor once in a swap and loved them. I'm pretty much up for trying anything!   What is something totally random (yes, that thing that just popped into your head) that hasn't been covered by any previous questions?   I don't think I've told my witch yet that I have a magnet board and collect cute magnets.   Is there any cheesy/non-cheesy Canadian stuff you'd be interested in?   I can't think of anything specific.   If you were to go here and create your very own chocolate bar, what might it have in it?   Fruit and nuts maybe? I'm a fan of most nuts (especially almonds, hazelnuts, and cashews) and most dried fruit.   Is there anything you're wanting from LPMP?   Not sure what that is.   say you stumbled into Camp Half Blood (or whatever the Roman camp ends up being named <bounces in anticipation>), which god claims you?   Probably Athena - I think wisdom and useful arts fit me quite well.     September 25th   Stuff you've been meaning to do:   Go through and get rid of some clothes I don't wear and other stuff like that, my apartment is too cluttered and I think I should finally do something about it.   Would you be interested in regional jams, jellies, or other preserves?   For sure! I'm a huge fan of jams, currently I have peach that I made, blackberry from my friend's mom, and strawberry lime. I'm always up for more.   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?   Mostly I just crash into bed. I do have a sleeping playlist on my iPhone that I listen to (it rotates different music) and I wear PJs - I have an affection for sort of teen-themed PJs... I have skull pants, and cow jumping over the moon ones, and some with skulls and stars, and candy corn boxers, and candy cane fleece ones, and some with frogs that have eyelashes and wear lipstick.   Are you interested in today's/any recent Tee Fury shirts?   I've never looked at them.   Princess Bride? Yay or nay?   Nay. I've seen it and it's ok, but it doesn't do much for me.   What's your favorite classic fairytale, witches   I like Sleeping Beauty, mostly because of the spinning wheel.   September 24th   how do you feel about ethical animal fiber, i.e. wool and the like?   I'm fine with wool / alpaca / angora etc. types of animal fiber, but I don't do silk or possum or other fibers that require killing the animal.   What about little wee creatures for your desk or mantel?   If they're especially cute! I'm trying to cut down on the clutter, but at the same time I do like cute stuff.   Look down. What are you wearing, right now?   black jeans and a grey shirt from Threadless with a star looking through a circular telescope that shows the world and then points back at itself, a white gold star necklace and a silver star bracelet   Kerchiefs?   No thanks.   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?   This is actually the case, so I'm answering questions and then I'll sit down with a Dexter DVD and knit.   September 23rd   Is there anything you'd like from the Mütter Museum Store?   the magnet skeleton is kind of cool   I just noticed that Cocoa Pink has 5 ml Perfume Atomizers. Yay or nay? Scents you would like? Scents you would NOT like?   I've never tried any of them!   what's your favorite kind of pizza?   black olive and mushroom!   who are your style/fashion icons? post pics if you want!   I don't have much fashion, and definitely no icons. I just wear jeans and t-shirts.   Are there any food items you're craving/aren't able to find around your area?   Thornton's choccies from the UK... other than that I can find most things.   September 22nd   If you're interested in a handmade pouch/cover for an item you have (phones, tablets, books, keys, kettles...), what would your ideal pouch/cover have? Design, material, additional functionality/features like pockets or lights or secret hidey-holes?   Sure, I always need zippy type things to hold junk in my bag (I have a bunch of random stuff (ibuprofen, nail clippers, files, toiletries, toothbrush etc.) all in one zippy pouch that's hard to find stuff in. Or my iPhone could use a cover maybe, though I usually have it in my pocket. I like secret hidey-holes.   Would you like a photo collage based around your interests/favorite colors/favorite themes?   sure!   If you're crafty, are you interested in spoonfeather? And if so, what things there delight your eyes?   I have no idea what that is, and when I googled it I couldn't find it.   Colors! What are your favorite colors and what colors do you not like? Pictures and links, people!   I love blue! Pretty much all blue.   What is your favorite word?   syltetøy - it means jam in Norwegian but I think it sounds like a superhero   What are the feelings on arm warmers? Color, style, texture, length?   I don't have any, but I'd be up for some. Probably not very long, but something to bridge between sleeve and pocket would be good.   Do you like tarts? tealights? jar candles? votives?   I like candles of all kinds, though I don't burn them as much as I probably should! I don't have a tartburner.   What's your favorite flavor? Sour, sweet, bitter, salty?   Probably sweet.   So, are there any online gaming witchees who covet purchasable in-game items or other gamer-y stuff? (yup, geek question)   I'm not much of a gamer, though I do have a Molehill Empire.   Anyone doing anything cool for Mabon (or the start of fall, if you aren't pagan?   I was visiting family and at a Sheep & Wool festival this weekend. Also when it turns to October I always listen to Type O Negative's October Rust album.   What is your favorite coffee blend at Starbucks? If you don't have one, what is your favorite roast of coffee?   I don't make coffee at home, though I hope to get an espresso machine soonish.   September 21st   Cthulhu: yay or nay?   Nay,.   Is there something that you wish you could do, but you keep putting it off?   Go paintballing!   Put your current mp3player, winamp playlist, what have you, on shuffle, list the first 10 songs:   1. Will I Arrive ~ Katatonia 2. Wicked Game ~ H.I.M. 3. What Difference Does It Make? ~ The Smiths 4. Youth Overrided (Live Acoustic) ~ Cave In 5. The Patient ~ Tool 6. Her Silence ~ Sculptured 7. Are You There ~ Anathema 8. Death Whispered A Lullaby ~ Opeth 9. Green Man ~ Type O Negative 10. Head Like a Hole ~ A.F.I.   Witchee, have you made (or are you planning to make) any Lab or Trading post orders soon? And if you did (or plan to), you should share what you're getting   I'm getting Autumn Cider and I want Sprinklecake so I'll probably order that one, other than that no.   Do you have any interest in rocks? Not like, polished colorful stones.. but like... rocks. With geologic significance!   Sure!   If your witch were to knit you a scarf/shawl/cowl, which would you prefer, and what features would you want? Would you prefer something light and drape-y or thick and warm? What kind of colors would you prefer? Do you have any fiber allergies or preferences?   I like things that are warm because I don't usually wear scarves if it's not cold. Color-wise, blue, purple, black, and grey / silver are always good. I don't do silk or other kill fibers (like possum, fur yarn), but other than that I have no fiber allergies.   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.   Done in thread!   Do you like/own/wear/want fairy wings or something of the like?   I have some wings like the ones that Drew Barrymore wears in Ever After which went with my prom dress. I'd like smaller ones maybe, or bat wings.   How do you feel about terrariums?   I don't have much feeling about them.   What's your favorite horror movie?   I'm more into psychological / thriller type movies. I like The Silence of the Lambs and Let the Right One In.   If your witch was the practical type and wanted to include one or more of your everyday essentials, what would those include? I'm talking about the bath products, lotions, face lotions, teas, food, etc that you really use every day.   I use oil-free facial sunscreen every day, I like the Neutrogena SPF15 one but right now I have Alba, I'm not too picky about brand as long as it's oil free. I love fun kinds of body wash and have many, I Love Juicy shampoo, I can always use more hand lotion for work, I eat food every day (hee) but usually different ones. And I do love tea but my witch already sent me some!   Jane Austen .. Yay or Nay?   YAY!   I put up quotes I love in my office and studio to get me going, They range from goofy to sarcastic to inspirational... Are you interested in a hand painted quote? Do you have one in mind, or a topic in mind?   I do like some quotes about stars or a few lyrics from my favorite bands.   Do you like period or period-styled paraphernalia? Stuff like postcards, notecards, jewelry, office supplies, what-have-you?   Maybe... I generally like notecards / postcards and I like ones that look kind of vintage.   If you like manga, comics, and/or graphic novels, what is it about them that you like, in general? The story, the art/style, etc?   Not much of a fan.   If you could choose a Smack, what would it have in it?   Lemon Meringue, Tropical Fruit, Coconut Milk, Fresh Squeezed Citrus   if you could have a salon scent made, based on any artwork(s) what would it be?   Starry Night!   Are you scientifically curious and/or process-oriented? Would you like a project-type gift that allowed you do do something like make soap from scratch, take and (nontoxic-ly) develop photographs using a pinhole camera, use plant dyes on yarn or fabric, etc.?   I'm a scientist, so yes! I'd love to learn to develop photographs the traditional way, and I'd love to make soap. I've done some natural dying of yarn before.   What's 'your' song/your theme song?   I have lots, but I love Say When by Fair to Midland   What would be your superpower?   Teleportation! It's so multi-functional.   Witchee, would you like a gently used BPAL tshirt?   Sure, I've never had one.   Do you like homemade snack mixes? I know Puppy Chow was mentioned in a previous question, but what about healthier and more natural type snacks like granola or trail mix? You can put a lot of delicious and fun things into trail mix, yeah? If you say "Sure, I'd love some!" what kinds of things do you like/not like in those kinds of snacks, ie coconut flakes, raisins, certain nuts (allergies??), candy, etc. Give us your list of DO's and DON'Ts!   Sure, I like all kinds of nuts, coconut, chocolate or especially butterscotch chips, dried fruit (not super-crazy about raisins, though I do like them, but I'm a huge fan of dried cranberries, apricot, and mango)   Do you like charm bracelets? If you had a bracelet, what sort of charms would you want on it? Favorite hobbies, symbols, whatever?   I don't have one, but I'd be up for it, though dangly stuff doesn't work so well with my job.   September 20th   Would you like any ecotools makeup brushes? They're kinda one of my favorite things ever, and they're animal-friendly and the handles are bamboo. And to top it all off, they work really well for applying makeup.   I don't really wear makeup.   Do you like Legos? Especially mini-fig key chains, Lego block keychains, small Lego sets, etc?   I like Legos ok, but I'm not a huge fan of them. As a child I used to have a Lego man who I named Little Tim, he was my favorite.   Since the previous question about "what would you buy from the Lab if you had unlimited funds, etc" left WAY too much to the imagination with no limitations (my answer was pretty much BUY ALL THE THINGS!), what would you do if you found a $50 bill on the ground and a nagging voice in the back of your mind told you that you HAD to spend it on BPAL or else face Death. Also, say they had free shipping (LOL) so don't factor that in. What would you get? And spend it all! Or as close to $50 as you can get.   I'd get: Sprinklecake: $20 Snake Oil Soap: $8.50 Smokestack Nail Polish: 9 Santa Eulària Des Riu: 17.5   (OK, I'm cheating, I'll pay the extra $2!)   Are there any characters that you love or identify with?   I can't think of any off the top of my head. My favorite Disney character as a child was Maleficent, but I wouldn't say I *identify* with her!   A question! If you are crafty, what's your personal art style? I'm not talking just about what art you like to look at, but what kind of art do you like creating? Do you have a "process" while you're creating beauty?   Well, I knit a lot of socks, but I wouldn't say I have an "art style" - though I am obsessed with twisted stitch cables. Are there any Arcana Weenies that you MUST HAVE?   *closes eyes* not looking!   So what say you? IS an "unexpected" visit/in-person witching OK?   Not unexpected, but I'd meet my witch / witch minion for coffee or something. September 19th   What strange misc. items would you love to receive that you just haven't gotten for yourself?:   Usually I get strange misc. items for myself if I want them... and I can't think of any at the moment other than Halloween socks!   How do you feel about franken polish? Are you okay with all chemicals, or would you prefer 3 free? Would you want glitter or holographic glitter? What colors would interest you?   I don't paint my nails much, though I do like glitter.   Dear witchee, how do you feel about lip balm? Favorite style (twist up tube, pot, tube with wand, etc.)? Favorite flavors? Flavors to avoid? Favorite brand? Do you need more right now or are you set? Are you one of those people who could never have enough lip balm even though you have a bowl on your dresser overflowing with them and 10 in your purse and an order for more on the way?   I do have tons of lip balms, but I still love them. I like the twist up tubes or ones with wands. Generally fruity flavors (especially citrus) and mint are good. I'd have to say my favorite is Unpetroleum. I prefer natural / not animal tested / and vegan if possible (though I'm ok with beeswax).   Would you be interested in getting fountain pen inks or art supplies via JetPens and or DickBlick? (I know I have a wishlist on JetPens and just love using fountain pens in my artwork)   I don't use them for artwork, but I do think fountain pens are really cool!   -For those interested in watercolors, how would you feel about getting a palette filled with paint from my watercolor tubes but not getting the paint tube itself? (kind of like this but without the covers for the compartments and bigger http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream)   I don't paint.   -How do you feel about getting art supplies in general? (copic markers, watercolor, brushes, paint, sketchbooks etc.)   I'm not much into the visual arts.   -How do you feel about Threadless tshirts?   I love them! I just ordered 8 when they were having their $10 sale.   If you were turned loose in a basic drug store (CVS, Walgreens - a pharmacy with attached mini-mart, basically!) with a $20 bill, what would you pick up?   Hmm... some candy (the ones by me even have pretty quality chocolate usually), cute postcards to send to my friends, a candle, stationery I don't need... that would cover it.   Darling Witchee, would you enjoy farmer's market pickled veggies (green beans, garlic, asparagus, etc) or fresh canned peaches or something of that nature?   Certainly! I like strange jam - I found rhubarb mango at my farmer's market last year and it was fabulous!   Do you prefer color or white photographs? Nature or abstract?   Both and both!   would you be interested in something like this? https://lostcrates.com/how-it-works   It seems interesting, but I have plenty of blank books.   Amigurumi, yes or no?   If it's the heavy metal dude or a Halloweenie animal / character!   I have a question! What are some of your favorite paintings? (famous or undiscovered?) Feel free to link to examples!   I'm a big fan of Starry Night, Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes, Escher, Dali...   If you could have an image painted for you - sky is the limit - what would it be?   A night sky with stars, because I love stars. Maybe from a solar system perspective with planets.     September 18th   Do you wear t-shirts? Are there particular things you like on them? Would you like one designed by your Witch? And, if you don't mind saying, what size t-shirt do you wear?   I do wear t-shirts, mostly with bands that I like. I get a mens L usually.   How do you feel about pumpkin scented things? Not perfume related, but soap, candles, etc....   I like them, especially if it's pumpkin pie!   Has anyone else heard of or does anyone else love Glamourkin?   Never heard of it.   If you had an international witch, is there anything you would like from the UK? (Or Australia, Belgium, France any other country we have witches from.   Ever since a UK swap partner sent me Thornton's Choccies (apricot and oatmeal, I believe) I have longed for more. They came in a bag and were delicious. I am also a big fan of Tim Tams.   Dear witchee, if you answered 'Mac' to the Mac/PC question previously issued by another participant, please tell me what kind of computer you have, what peripherals you own (like the wireless trackpad, wireless vs/wired keyboard and mouse), and whether you're interested in Apple-related items (stickers, keychains, other things with the logo, etc).   I have a macbook, the 13.3 inch black one. I don't have any thing other than the computer, a zippy case, and a power cord. I don't think I need apple logo items.   SOCK PREFERENCES?   Would you like/wear a pair of these? http://www.ravelry.c...rary/yoga-socks If so, what color?   I've never seen the use of socks that don't cover my whole foot.   Is there anyone here who likes toe socks? You know, those socks with a place for each toe?   I'm not a big fan. I do, however, LOVE random socks. I have with with bread with PB and bread with jam holding hands, Halloween ones, hedgehogs, etc. etc.   September 17   Are you looking for a certain kind of DVDs to spruce up your collection right now?   Not really, I get most DVDs from Netflix and then if I love and adore them I buy them, but that's rare.   Does anyone like postcards? Is anyone willing to be a Nacho witch for postcards?   I love postcards! I'd be willing to be a Nacho witch for postcards too.   Anyone going to see any good concerts this fall?   Yes! I'm going to see Agalloch and Opeth/Katatonia. Probably more, but that's what I have tix for at the moment.   Do you like Star Trek? Original TV series, films, spinoff series, etc? Favorite characters?   Never watch it, except for the tribble one.   Witchee, would you like a framed photograph and of what?   Sure, especially if it's one my witch took. I'm flexible as to what.   September 16th   Are you more prone to order out or cook at home? Would you be interested in cookbooks, kitchen utensils, and the like? If so, anything specific?   I like to cook at home, but I also like to eat out. I'm always up for vegetarian recipes - especially ones for a crock pot! I got a little personal-size crock pot as a gift, and I don't know what to make in it!   New question: How do you feel about maple syrup?   Love it!   How do people feel about little pocket shrines, maybe something inspirational/motivational to keep in their purses/backpacks/whatever?   I'm not sure, I wouldn't be opposed but it doesn't sound like anything I really need. Although a decorated tin for storing little things (like knitting stitch markers) would be nice.   Do you like Star Wars? Original Trilogy? Prequels? Spin-offs? Favorite characters?   Nope. I think I've seen at least parts of the original three, but they're not really my style.   Do you like beef jerky, I know some may be vegetarian, but where I live beef is a staple and beef jerky abounds. If so do you it really thin, hard and crunchy or thicker and softer. (OK that borders on obscene)-   As a vegetarian, no.   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.   Uh... I'm a bit of a prude, so no thanks.   Doctor Who? Yay or nay? (please don't make me cry by saying nay)   Yay! I've only seen the newer series, but so far I've liked it all.   I have a couple spare Doctor Who stickers. If my witchee is a fan, would they like a couple Doctor Who stickers in their package?   For sure!   Anyone love Buffy/Angel?   Love it! I have it all on DVD.   How would you feel about gummies? Like, gummy bears? Gummy werewolves? Gummy vampires?   Gummies are not often vegetarian friendly, and even so I'm probably not supposed to eat them cuz of my braces.   How would you feel about a totally original Gela-skin for your laptop/iPod/phone? Stickers? Decals?   They look fun! I have an iPhone 4 and a honkin' big Dell laptop as well as a more normal-sized macbook.   Since this is a Halloween round, what's your Creepy threshold? Are you a cartoon bats and smily pumpkins person or a skulls-and-bones the-dead-are-rising kind of person? Are your fairytales dark or Disney?   I like cartoony and mildly creepy. Not zombie faces dripping with gore (pretty much not gore) but realistic skeletons / spiders are fine. I love vampires and bats, like spiders, werewolves are OK, and I'm not a zombie fan.   Are your ears pierced, Witchee? Do you have any other piercings? Would you like to receive any items of jewelry for these piercings?   I have 4 piercings in each ear, 3 x regular and 1 x cartilage. I usually only wear studs in the middle two, and the bottom ones are gauged to a 12 or 14. The top ones I just leave the same rings in - they're too much of a pain to switch out, though some little half-circle or small barbel ones with screw ends would be fun... but they have to be small, 18 or 20 gauge.   How do you all feel about Whoopie Pies?   I've never had one. I seem to think they have marshmallow, which is often not vegetarian (gelatin), but if not I'd love to try one.   September 15th   interested in anything from Lush?   I love I Love Juicy shampoo, but I'm set for a while. I don't have any of their body washes at the moment, though... I like the liquid ones in some yummy scent!   Do you blog? Would you like a header for your blog, a layout, etc?   I do have a knitting blog, and I would love a header or layout if my witch is so inclined. You can see it here: http://stariel.blogspot.com   Would you be interested in a handmade bookmark?   Sure, especially if it's out of a sturdy material. I have some nice paper ones, but I don't want them to get bent, so I just use old scraps of paper and receipts.   do you like chex puppy chow or muddie buddies (ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate chips, PB, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, chex cereal)? would you want to get some from your witch / nacho witch?   Yes! I can't usually do Chex Mix because it has Worcestershire sauce, which has anchovy, but sometimes I make it myself with soy sauce instead. And Muddie Buddies sound great!   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.   No thanks, I keep an eye on Groupon, so I would probably buy it if it was interest to me.   September 14th   Can you sum yourself (whether it be personality, life's goals, ethics, whatever) in 10 words or less?   I'm going to think on this one.   How about little bottles of booze? Ya wanna? What kind?   No booze, thanks!   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.)   Sure! Our weather is pretty mild so I don't think it would melt or freeze.   Also, what about mochi? Love it, hate it, baffled by it?   LOVE! I have mango mochi bits that I put on ice cream, which I found at a local Asian market. I love red bean in mochi too.   Anything from the update ya'll are liking? BPTP UPDATE   I haven't checked.   Does anyone like kimchi?   I think I remember liking it the one time I tried it.   Would you be interested in a sample box(from somewhere like Birchbox or loosebutton)?   No thanks.   You have to place a Lab and Trading Post order. Right fuckin' now. No spending limits. What do you buy?   All the foody Halloweenies, because I usually like those. And a t-shirt cuz I don't have one yet.   Paintbox Soapworks - anything you're interested in, in general or from the latest update?   I have a slip and a few soap samples and like them, but nothing specific.   Do you guys have any sports that you follow obsessively? How about favorite teams and/or athletes   I don't do sports.   How do you feel about notebooks/journals/stationery? Anything you need or particularly like?   I have way too many blank notebooks / journals. I do like stationery, but I also have a lot of it so not unless it's really special. I saw a dark Alice In Wonderland themed set once and didn't buy it, I've regretted that for years!   Does confetti/glitter make you angry or fill you with glee?   Glee!   Fabulous witches and witchees, perhaps you all could note of you've received MeiLin's goodies? Or if you want?   I haven't gotten any, the cookbooks sound interesting.   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 them, but I have many. Halloween themed ones would be nice, I have a couple of the Starbucks Halloween bears.   how interested would you be on somewhat personalized bottle cap labels? Like these that I did?   I'd be interested, I don't have labels on most of my bottles cuz I'm lazy.   When you're miserably sick (*sniffle, cough!*) what are the things that comfort you the most?   I like to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea, some Netflix, and if I feel well enough some knitting. Also, ramen!   What constitutes ultimate luxury to you? (go crazy!)   Mostly time to do things for myself, as I'm pretty busy. A day where I didn't have to do any normal everyday stuff and could have time to do what I want! Complete with chocolate, maybe a mani/pedi, some delicious food I don't have to cook or clean up after...   Or a trip to Australia, you know, whatever.   What do you really NOT want?   The following is a general list - if you have one of these items but it's especially special in some way (handmade by you, something you think would be perfect for me), then please go ahead.   bar soap, blank books / journals, knick knacks, makeup, most bath products   The following I just really don't want:   sticky candy (braces, can't eat it ), booze   September 13th   How would you feel about kitchen towels and other similar household objects, if they are pretty or a souvenir?   As long as they're functional then sure!   How did you dress up for your last party or compulsory-formal-dress occasion?   Thankfully I was a bridesmaid in a wedding and had my dress (long dark purple) picked out for me. I wore my own shoes, which I thought were cute but the other bridesmaid made fun of.   Do you enjoy puzzles/riddles? (Cryptograms, Sudoku, Crossword, Jigsaw, etc)   Not especially.   Witchee, would you be interested in having a special tea cup/coffee mug/glass to drink out of?   I have a lot of mugs, but if it's really special then yes! I also have a mini-collection of the old style (blue and white) Starbucks mugs, so if you can find one for your city and it's not Indianapolis or Seattle then I'd love it!   September 12th   Would you like to receive e-books? And if so, in what format?   I don't have a reader, though I can use Kindle for iPhone, but it's really small. I'd prefer audiobooks.   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?   No kids   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!)   If it's something my witch makes, I'm more of a messenger bag girl myself.   Are there are patterns, motifs, etc that you especially like?   Yes, STARS!!!   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?   I have a collection of different types of chai, and generally prefer those with black tea. I'm fine with bags or loose, I use both.   September 11th   I am fond of the thrift. Do you mind lightly used goods? Please be specific! For instance, I'm a little squicked by used clothing, but I don't mind any other used goods (i.e. books, glassware, games, DVDs, whatever.)   Not used underwear or other "intimate" clothing, but otherwise I'm good with pretty much anything.   Do you have an Etsy shop? Do you know of any Etsy shops that are Switch Witch friendly?   Nope.   Would a gift or a postcard from Disneyland make you squee with delight or puke into your mail box?   Neither, I'd be fine with it but not particularly excited... unless it had Nightmare Before Christmas or Maleficent on it!   what are your favorite types of Halloween candy?   Lots of kinds! Now that I've heard of Peppermint Batty I'd love to try one. I like a tiny bit of candy corn, but only if it's vegetarian friendly. Other than that, I just like having small versions of my normal favorites.   Do you prefer soap or shower gel? Please give examples of your favorite scents or brands.   Shower gel. I like fun ones with fruity or foody scents. Currently in my shower I'm using a grapefruit one from Origins, an almond one from Lush, a strawberry one from Philosophy, and a blackberry one from Ulta.   How do you like your chocolate? For example with nuts, mint, peanut butter, caramel?   All of the above! And marzipan! (but not chewy caramel, I can't eat it cuz of braces)   Beads! Do you use them? Would you want some? What sorts of beads do you like?   I don't generally use them, but I'd like them in already-beaded form.   Anyone here like caramels? Sea salted caramels?!?!   Yes, but I can't eat them cuz of braces.   Would you like a hand dyed or hand painted scarf or wrap or other item? If so, what colors/designs/fabrics do you like?   Sure, I like blue, blue purples, black, grey, and stars!   This was a question before, but does anyone here like stones? Just pretty polished stones for use in whatever purposes?   Maybe a couple, I don't have any specific use for them but they sound kinda nice.   And another question; anyone like anything in particular from Think Geek?   Yes! TARDIS mug! http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/mugs/e5c5/   Pinterest, do you have boards you want to share or are you following anyone with great boards you want to share?   I have a pinterest http://pinterest.com/stariel/   September 10th   What #1 actor, director, author and/or musician are you obsessed with?   I'm reading a variety of books at the moment and I'm not really obsessed with any author currently, no actor either... but I am obsessed with Katatonia, Fair to Midland, and Opeth if we're talking music.   are you interested in anything from the Villainness Bad Apples update?   Maybe, I haven't looked. I do like apple scents, especially spicy ones.   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?   I have two cats, and they'd love to receive either toys or treats. They like pretty much anything, though they do really like Greenies for treats.   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?   Succubus! I only bought one bottle before it was discontinued and it's probably my favorite BPAL ever. I also love The Girl, which is very hard to get. As for sniffing, I'm lucky enough to live near enough BPAL people that are more obsessed than I am so I've sniffed lots of good stuff. Including one of the moons that smelled like grapefruit (can't remember which) which I adored.   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 plenty of free wall space! I like lots of stuff from The Black Apple on etsy, and I'd also love to have a nice print of Starry Night.   If you are in to beauty and makeup related stuff, what kind of stuff do you like? What is your skintone and hair color? Are there any beauty products you've wanted to try but just never purchase?   I'm not into makeup.   Do you like coffee or tea? Would you be interested in trying some different types?   I drink coffee out, but tea at home. I'd be interested in trying different kinds, but I don't tend to like teas with a bitter flavor. I am a fan of English Breakfast, flavored black teas, chai, and some herbal teas.   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)   Nope, I just preordered the new Opeth album, so I think I'm set at the moment.   Are you going away for any part of this round?   Not as far as I know, if I did it would only be for a weekend max.   Would you like to receive a mix-CD from your Witch?   Sure! I'm pretty picky about music, but I am always trying to discover new bands to love.   If your witch were going somewhere on a vacation during the round, would you want a little souvenir?   I'd love a postcard! And i have a magnet board so a souvenir magnet would be nice too.   Do you enjoy any outdoor activities? Do you have a favorite form of "exercise"?   I do like hiking sometimes, though I'm not too hardcore. I love to swim, but that's usually in an indoor pool. I like to casually kayak / canoe sometimes too, though I haven't in a while.   Any witchee's with a ravelry account have any favourited patterns that cost money that would be a welcome gift?   I don't have any currently, my knitting queue is pretty full!   Do you work/study at a desk and enjoy interesting or cute office supplies?   I do have a very cluttered desk where I hang out at my computer, and an equally cluttered one at work. I enjoy interesting pens and stationery!   Witchee, are you a fan of musicals? If so, which ones?   Not particularly.   September 9th   Do you like to burn incense? If so, what are your favorite kinds...sticks? cones? resins? What are your favorite scents?   No, it makes me sneeze.   - Harry Potter - a fan? If so, what house are you?   Yep, I think I'd be either a Gryffindor or a Ravenclaw, I've gotten both depending on the quiz.   - If you were to receive a gift card, what places would you like to get one from?   iTunes might be nice, I occasionally buy fun apps for my phone, or Amazon, or some B&B etailer you like!   Is there a particular myth/folktale/legend/fairytale/godstory that you're drawn to?   No   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!   n/a   If you could see anything, what would it be? Can be a person, an event, a landmark or monument, an object, etc. And it doesn't have to be on this planet, or in this time period, or in this reality!   I want to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef before it's gone, in reality. In unreality I'd like to see a star die.   When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter?   I come home and spend some quality time with my friends Netfilx and Knitting.   What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters?   I don't really read comics.   Are you musical? Do you play an instrument, and if so, what? If not, what do you wish you could play or do?   I sing in a choir. In my dreams I play bass in a metal band, because it only has 4 strings so how hard can it be?   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 do not have any yard/dirt at my home, but I have a couple of houseplants.   Do you decorate for Halloween? Is your decorating taste elegant, kitschy and fun, or scary?   I don't really decorate for Halloween, but I have my Halloween candles, Starbucks bears, and other Halloweenie stuff out all year! Including a Jack o' Lantern fleece blanket on my couch, candy corn boxers for PJs, and two Halloween t-shirts along with a plethora of socks that I wear regardless of the season.   Witchee, do you have any symbols or totems that have special meaning for you?   No   Is anyone fond of programs like Adopt a Tree/Highway/Library/Manatee/Acre of Rainforest/etc?:   I don't know much about them.   September 8th   From the Weenie Update....what are you most wanting to try?   I haven't even looked... I think I should before it's Will Call and I'm overwhelmed.   Who's into nail polish? What colors/brands?   I'm not because it would be nearly impossible to keep on at work - I wash my hands all the time, wear gloves, and use ethanol and sometimes acetone... ugh, labs!   Is there a quote (or lyric or part of a poem) that really resonates with you or is your favorite?   There is a lyric from the Fair to Midland song "Say When" which I've almost contemplated getting as a tattoo, but I'm not really into word tattoos: "I settled for less and it's more than enough"   Also in the Sculptured song "Her Silence" there's a lyric "eyes that speak whispering words and more" which has been the title of my livejournal for a while.   Dream candle? Scent, color, type (tealight, votive, pillar, jar, etc.), throw...   I love candles, but rarely burn them. Spicy foody scents, tropical fruit scents, or citrus scents are all big hits with me. I once saw a candle that smelled like Nag Champa, and I kind of regret not buying it.   Do you like knitted goodies? If so, what would you like and what colors?   I love knitted goodies! I knit tons myself (mostly socks) but I'd still be open to receiving some if my witch wants. Lately I'm starting to really like shawlettes and cowls, and I love pretty much any shade of blue, black, silver, and blue-purples.   Would you be interested in homemade edibles that are NOT sweets? Any specifics?   Uh... maybe? I don't know what, but if my witch has an idea I wouldn't be opposed.   What GC do you live in mortal terror of the lab discontinuing, but never get around to buying?   Well Succubus is already gone. I have bought my mortal terror ones already (Dorian! Snake Oil! Lolita!). I think Maenad is the only GC currently on my wishlist that I don't own.   Yo, yarnies! Do you Ravelry? If so, who are you over thar?   Yup, I'm stariel there too.   Social Media?   I don't do much, though I am on Plurk and Twitter, same name as here.   Do you have wishlists for non-BPAL e-tailers? And if so, could you provide a link or a list?   No   Witchee, do you use a PC or a Mac?   Both, though mostly a PC. I have a Mac laptop, though.   What is your favorite animal?   Probably a cat. I also love horses and snakes.   What are you going to be for Halloween?   Ack, I don't know! I'd better figure it out!   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 don't wear much jewelry, though I would certainly use a special item if I received it, but I do love wall art - especially original pieces. I have a few from friends and generous forumites! I love stars!   How do you feel about nick-knacks?   I don't generally like them. My apartment is already quite cluttered, and I'm trying to get rid of the feeling that I have to keep everything because "somebody gave it to me" - which is how I got most of the clutter I don't adore. If it's something my witch really thinks I'll love then go for it, but otherwise I'd prefer not.   What traditions (family, holiday, or otherwise) are important to you?   It's funny, I don't really have any specific traditions that I can think of. Birthday cake, but that's pretty standard. Pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but that's mostly because I love baking and eating it.   Do you like going to the movies?   Yes, when I find one that I want to see! Strangely that's not as often as one might think, but I usually go a few times a year.   What are your favorite restaurants?   There is this fantastic vegan Chinese place in Seattle called Bamboo Garden that serves fake meat dishes, which I adore. I'm also a huge fan of Thai food (several favorites there) and Indian food, though I'm a bit more picky there.   Do you play any video games?   no   Do you like any anime?   no   Do you have an E-reader/iPad/something similar that you need a cover/case for?   no   how much do you like jewelry? like, if you were to get a shit ton of it during the round, how excited would you be?   I like it ok, but when I wear it I tend to put something on and then wear it for ages. I took all mine off for surgery in March, and so far the only stuff that's found its way back on is earrings, and I took it off nearly 6 months ago!   How would you like to receive some of your Witch's favorite recipes, tailored to your likes/dietary restrictions? And specific wants?   Sure!   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 have a couple boxes already, but a box with some kind of divider for imps would be very useful. I have a couple for bottles and one little one for imps but it doesn't have dividers.   Muppets: yea or nay?   They're ok.   Do you have an affinity for Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, The Far Side, and other comic strips? If so, which is your favorite?   Not really.   Favorite Mythological Creature?:   Hmm... 20 years ago I would have said a pegasus-unicorn! Now maybe a basilisk?   Do you like hair things barrettes, headbands, flowers   I've just been starting to occasionally wear barrettes, but sadly my hair is very fine and slippery and it's hard to find ones that stay in. I got a couple from Claire's that are hinged ones like an alligator clip with some teeth and those work ok.   Expanding on the hair question - does anyone like those flower clips for the hair that are big right now??   I have no idea what these are.

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Spring 2011 SW Questions 3/23 to 4/2

April 2   Maple Candy/syrup?   I already have a bottle of the fabulous maple syrup mentioned, so I think I'm good. I don't use it all that often, but it's great to have when I make waffles (rarely) or sometimes I put it on my oatmeal. Maple candy is a little too sweet for me.   So, someone on the IGI thread posted about some prints she received from this artist: http://www.etsy.com/shop/pinkytoast. I love everything! Would you like anything from there?   Not really my style.   Stones?   I like pretty rocks... I used to have a rock polisher!   Animals that creep you out?   I don't really like monkeys or other primates. I think it's because they look almost human but not human, I think they're kind of creepy.   Clowns?   I mentioned this in the thread, I don't like clowns.   March 30   Do people like Roller Derby? If so, would you want anything from that sport? Like memorabilia or anything?   I do like it. I'm not hardcore enough to play, plus I can't skate to save my life! But I have a few friends who do and I've seen a few of the Rat City bouts, plus I have Rat City underwear.   March 29   Would you be squicked if I made you something with a kiss print that was made with my actual lips? (The ones on my face!) I solemnly swear I don't have mono, Ebola, or any sort of French disease. Bubonic plague is still on the table.   Maybe a little.   What is the coolest thing you have recently bought or been given that wouldn't exceed the price cap?   I haven't been doing much shopping for myself, and people have mostly just given me candy, so I'm pretty set on that!   March 25   So Witchees, do you enjoy pre-1970 movies? If so, who are your favorite actors/actresses?   I do. I like a lot of old Alfred Hitchcock movies, and Wait Until Dark, and To Kill A Mockingbird, and one of my faves... Arsenic and Old Lace. I don't know that I have any specific favorite actors, but maybe Gregory Peck and... I don't know, Audrey Hepburn?   Are you interested in trying Super Villainess (from Villainess - the birthday scent that was just released tonight!) and if so, which item do you like the most? (Soap, Whipped, Smooch, Extrait, Smack...)   I think it has too many dealbreaker notes for me.   If I were to order you a Smack, which four notes would you like?   Fresh Squeezed Citrus Coconut Milk Pomegranate Fig Tropical Fruit     Would you enjoy receiving a knitted gift from your witch? If so what would you be interested in (scarf, hat, wrist / handwarmers, socks, etc.) and in what colors?   I knit a lot myself (mostly socks), but I would appreciate any knitted gift from my witch! I don't wear hats other than when it's cold, though.   March 23   Easter Candy - do you like it? If so, what types?   I don't have any particular favorites.   What scent(s) are you petrified of getting DC'd?   Dorian and Lolita! I already had Succubus go away

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Spring 2011 SW Questions 3/10 - 3/22

March 22   Violette Market Update is up. Do you covet anything from it?   I'm not really sure what that is, and I try to stick with BPAL for perfume since I can't even keep up with that!   What is your favorite type of wine? Would you be interested in trying something new? In that case, is there anything you really DONT like? Ooooo how about dessert wines?   I don't drink.   March 21   What three things are you craving right now?   nachos, more wearable pants, sleeping in my own bed on my stomach again! (post surgery I have to sleep at a 30-45 degree angle on my back, so I'm on the couch propped up with pillows)   paper goods, anyone need? including resume paper, and formal stationery as well as casual cards.   I have a lot, but if you find some absolutely perfect stationery I wouldn't say no.   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?)   I want to try WKAP Blackberry Jam and Scones - I probably could find it if I tried hard enough, but I haven't.   Is there anything in your life that you'd like advice or a "selfhelp" book for?: (ie finances, eating healthier, meal planning)   No thanks.   March 19   If your Witch lived near you, would you be happy or creeped out to get a "coupon" for a service like cleaning help or babysitting or dogwalking or coffee out with your Witch or something like that? Would you be creeped out if a local minion personally delivered a package to your house from a far-away Witch?   Meeting my witch for coffee or something would be fun! A personally delivered package is probably fine, especially if I know the minion (I know my witch has already sent some stuff to me through Twilight). Cleaning coupons etc... I'm not sure. As much as I'd like *anyone* else to clean my house, it does seem slightly creepy.   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 cute!     March 18   Do you like poetry?   A bit. It's not something I read all the time, though.   What types of scents do you like to scent your home? Which do you totally avoid?   I like fruity / foody or spicy scents usually, I avoid anything boozy or outdoorsy, woods and most florals.   What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters?   I don't really read comics.   How do you feel about nail polish? What colors do you like? Sparkles?   I don't usually paint my nails, since it's not really compatible with work. (Wearing gloves all day does a number on nail polish!)   Household/kitchen goods/gadgets?   If there's something you think I could use... I wouldn't mind some nice measuring spoons, I just have some plastic ones from a friend.   Ok geek check - what sort of geeky things do you do? Do you read comics/graphic novels? Are you obsessed with something (a TV show maybe?) Do you work in a geeky field? Do you play rpgs like Dungeons and Dragons? Would you like gifts related to any of these?   I'm not a very good geek. I work in science (genetics research) but am otherwise pretty much not geeky.   Do you have a favorite fabric? If someone were to make you a fabric item, would you prefer it be out of any fabric? e.g. velvet, satin, silk, cotton, bamboo??? Would this change if it were an article of clothing vs. a bag/pillow/blanket/somethingelse   A friend got a blanket at her baby shower out of something which I think is called Minky - it's so super soft! I think a pillow or little throw blanket out of that would be awesome, especially if it comes in non-baby colors.   Anything with the Worm Moon update that you're already lusting after?   I haven't even looked!   March 17   Would you want an invite to a site that is invite-only ex. Diaspora, Demonoid, etc. If so, what?   I can't think of any.   Pillows? What size/designs/colors would most interest you?   I could use a couple extra pillows for my couch... it's kind of a dark slate blue color.   purses? bags? What style/colors?   No thanks, I have plenty.   Decorative scarves for hair and/or creative accessorizing? What colors?   Not really my style.   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)?   In general, I have far too many bath products, but if you want to get me anything like that hair stuff is probably the one I need most.   March 16   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 like clear gloss or slightly tinted to a pinkish / reddish color, but nothing too noticeable.   Are there any fancy/gourmet/special herbs or spices that you'd love to receive? ie: good quality vanilla or other extracts, vanilla beans, saffron, lavender, etc.   If my witch wants to send me a recipe and it needs anything strange, then sure! Otherwise I have most of the things I use most often.   What's your favorite animal? Or is there one that's particularly significant to you?   Probably a cat, I like their independence - I'm much more a cat person than a dog person. I also love tropical fish just for their awesomeness and looks.   If you were able to get a vintage or prototype bottle from the upcoming West Coast Will Call, which one would you want?   It already happened, and I'm not sure what was there anyway.   DVDs, Blu-Ray, both, neither?   I have a DVD player, but I also have Netflix and rarely buy DVDs.   Sock Dreams? What kind? (anklets, footies, etc.?)   I love socks, though I wear handknit ones most of the year. Stripey knee highs that work for very large calves (I have tiny feet and my calves are about 16" around) or cute normal height socks with stars are always appreciated.   Since this is a price capped round, would you rather get one "big" thing or lots of "little" things or don't care?   Whatever my witch wants to do is fine, though I will say that I'd rather have useful things than knick knacks. If you want to blow most of the budget on something nice you'll think I love then that's fine, quantity doesn't matter to me.   Do you like pirate-related things?   Not especially, they're ok.   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 hardly use bar soaps, and I have quite a little stash to get through so this probably isn't necessary.   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 like Impressionist art, and I like photography, and Dali.   Would you like caffeinated lollipops?: http://www.lollyphil...cks-caffeinated   No thanks.   I'm going to Disneyland in a couple of weeks, is there anything I can get you?   Statistically this probably doesn't apply, but something neat with Maleficent might be cool...   March 15   Booze? Yay or Nay? what kinds?   Nay   Steampunk inspired items? Yay or nay?   If you think I'd like it then go for it, but I don't have any special affection for Steampunk   Do you like amurigami dolls?   Sometimes... this is my favorite ever (totally worth a look) Norwegian Black Metal Guy   Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies - who wins? Which do you love most?   Of the three I'd have to pick pirates, though really I choose vampires. I don't like zombies and am ambivalent about ninjas.   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.   Nope, other than plain ol' hair bands.   Piercings? - ears?? - elsewhere?   I have 4 piercings in each ear, the bottom ones are gauged to a 12   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 like chocolate mint, or with stuff (orange, most fruit, nuts, caramel but I'm not supposed to eat caramel because of my braces). I'd try weird stuff as long as it's vegetarian.     March 14   surprise! the world has given you the day off. You hear that, no chores, responsibilities, or budget you have to follow. What would you do in those 24 hours?   I'd quick fly to Australia, go scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef (in my dreams I don't need certification) and eat some Tim Tams.   Do you have any blogs you regularly read?   A bunch of knitting blogs.   Do you need another bpal box? If so what would your fantasy one look like?   I'm actually doing quite well on boxes now!   Do you enjoy gardening? If so, what kind of stuff do you grow? Vegetables, flowers?   I don't have any place to garden, but I have a lot of indoor plants at work - we have huge windows.   Social Networking sites:   I'm not really into them. I'm stariel on Ravelry and last.fm, and I have a Facebook but I rarely use it and it's only for friends / family.   favourite artists or specific paintings?   I love Starry Night, of course, and I'm a fan of Dali.   March 13   how about mix CDs?   I'm pretty picky about music, but I'd give it a listen.   Hey, how do folks feel about little e-goodies, like links to stuff your witchee likes? (articles online, pix, fic, etc)   If my witch fines one s/he thinks I'll really like, then great. Otherwise I'm not a big fan of them in general.   Tim Tams? Yes or no? Chocolate Creme, Caramel, or Dark Chocolate?   Sure! Any is fine.   Is there any "classic" literature (Hemingway, Dickens, Elliot, Bronte, Hugo, Wilde, etc.) that you would like to add to your collection?   I think I'm doing OK there, I usually get it for free as an ebook on my iPhone or from Librivox.   candles and/or aroma melts: yay or nay?   Candles are good, I don't have a tart melter.   Get your music player, what are the first 13 songs on Random?   I'll just cheat a bit and look at what's been playing while I write all these - I have my iTunes on random:   1. #1 Crush ~ Garbage 2. Say When ~ Fair to Midland 3. 6 Underground ~ Sneaker Pimps 4. Ice Monster ~ Minus the Bear 5. Kill Caustic ~ AFI 6. Waking Up Beside You ~ Stabbing Westward 7. A Smart Kid ~ Porcupine Tree 8. Parabol ~ Tool 9. Hardwire ~ Metric 10. Black Balloon ~ Goo Goo Dolls 11. Change (In the House of Flies) ~ Deftones 12. Hush ~ Tool 13. Dope Hat ~ Marilyn Manson   I must say that's uncharacteristically calm for me.   Astrological charts and interpretation/ reports?   No thanks.   So how does everyone feel about receiving ebooks?   I don't have an ebook reader, but if it's PDF I can use it on my iPhone. I know MeiLin mentioned cookbooks and I'd definitely be interested in those.   March 11   Would you rather have HUGE list of things your witchee wants to try or just a highlight list?   A big list! (And I'm a hypocrite, because mine is small because I don't keep up with updates. I want to try pretty much anything sweet and fruity, with tea notes, or spicy.   March 10   Baked Goods? Yea Nay?   Sure, though keep in mind I'm only one person and I'd like to maintain my waistline.   If not Baked goods and you are changing eating habits..a book of recipes perhaps that will help the new eating lifestyle?   If you have a favorite cookbook I'd be open to it. I'm vegetarian and rather uninspired (I make my 12 or so favorite things all the time).   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 haven't a clue. I don't order much because I feel like I have lots of BPAL and I should pay attention to what I already have.   What level of nudity are you fine with on items? Ex: none, tasteful, erotica   None to very tasteful, like classic art kinds of things. I'm a bit of a prude.   I know the ?airre asked about gently used books and if you like garage sales, but would you like other kinds of gently used items that may have come from a garage sale?   As long as it's something non-gross (i.e. not underwear, stuff that's hard to clean).   Do you like cooking seasonings, like the kind you can get in ounce sizes? If so, things you'd love to try out?   Not unless there's a specific something to make with it.   Do you like any particular kinds of green or black teas or coffees that could also be gotten in bulk?   I'm a fan of English Breakfast and I like some fruit flavored black teas. I don't really like green tea, and I don't make coffee at home.   Favorite snack foods (and can they be from bulk section as well?)   I don't do a lot of snacking, and most of the candy stuff I probably am not supposed to eat with my braces anyway.

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Valentine Swap Questions 1-13 to 1-25

1-13 Would you prefer a poem or romance novel & what type of romance novel?   I don't read much in the way of romance novels, though I have read some very trashy vampire ones just for fun. Any good paranormal one that isn't too romancey would be good - I just read Soulless and really enjoyed that. Poetry is good too!   How do you feel about burned mix cds (good time for mood music *giggle*)?   I already have an anti-Valentine playlist that I listen to, since I pretend to be bitter and single. (I am single, just not actually bitter.) But I'd take a listen if my cupid wants to make me a mix CD!   Do you have metal/ jewelry allergies?   I generally try to stick with silver or surgical steel for earrings, since I have had reactions in the past, I'm just not sure what metals they were.   1-14   Do you bake/would you be interested in baked goods or related mixes?   I do bake and would love baked goods, though keep in mind that I live alone when choosing the quantity. (I'm still eating cookies sent by a minion of my winter SW - luckily they freeze well and she packaged them in three smaller airtight containers!) I usually bake for work meetings since then I can foist most of it off on my coworkers.   1-15   Do you like cute stationery, stickers, note cards, stuff like that?   Love it! I have quite a bit of stationery, but I do use it up. I'm a big fan of stickers too.   Do you like tea? If so, do you prefer your tea loose or in tea bags?   I do like tea, mostly herbal tea and flavored black teas, and especially chai! Loose or bagged is fine, I use both kinds regularly.   Would you enjoy some loose beads for your own crafts, or any other crafty bits?   I don't really do any beading, though I did long ago... I occasionally use beads in knitting, but those are sort of specific to the project. I'm pretty set on yarn crafty supplies, but I am just learning to machine sew, so if there are any small useful things I'd be happy to get them! So far I have a sewing machine, a large pin cushion, cheap straight pins, and a cheap seam ripper.   Would you rather get things all together or in a couple of doses?   Whatever is best for my Cupid is fine with me, it's such a short time frame and shipping is expensive.   Kid/Parent/church lady safe or not?   I don't have any children and live alone, and I'm not a church lady. But I am a bit of a prude, so mildly risque is fine, totally out there is probably not!   Length of necklace, size of bracelet, post or dangle earrings preferred?   I am lazy, so I rarely change jewelry. I've been wearing the same necklace most days for months, and I generally sleep in it / shower in it etc. I do like the length (it's a little pendant on a 19" chain) My wrist is just under 6.25" circumference, and the base of my hand isn't much bigger, so 7" or less is probably best. I mainly just wear small post earrings - I have larger ones in my bottom ear piercing - but those are gauged to 12, so as far as "regular" earrings go they're confined to my top two holes in each ear, and there isn't a ton of room.   Stuffed critters or other things of the cuddly variety?   Love them! Though I already have many, so I'll invoke the "if it's special" rule. If it's handmade or seems just perfect for me, then I'll gladly have it, but there's no need to go buy me yet another stuffie.   Would you mind receiving an in person delivery from your Cupid?   I think it would be fun, but you'd have to find a secret way to make sure I'm at home... that rarely happens.   For those who don't do jewelry/have a prohibitive amount of metal sensitivities, etc., would you prefer something like a keychain charm or other little ornamental thing?   My keychain is a bit full at the moment, but I do switch things out now and again (especially since things knocking around with my keys tend to break after a while).   For you chocolate lovers - do you like yours plain or with nuts? If nuts are good, which kind?   Either, though I do love chocolate with nuts. Almonds and hazelnuts are some of my faves, but coconut is also good (and not exactly a nut...)   Do you like hot cocoa?   Yes! I do like it! Oh, I forgot to mention in my questionnaire, but if you send something like hot cocoa, I'd like the full sugar variety without artificial sweeteners... they don't like me much. I really like mint and caramel flavored ones too.   Does anyone have any strong objection to gently used items?   Nope used is fine, aside from the obvious gross exceptions (like undies).

stariel

stariel

 

SW Questions 10/20/10 to 11/1/10

11/1/10 Would you like a box filled with Christmas/Yule treats?   No thanks, I'm not really big on Christmas. But if they're edible, I don't care what holiday they represent!   Darling Witchee, are you in on this NaNoWriMo craziness? Would you like motivational pings/writing instruments/lovely blank books in which to pen your masterpiece   No NaNoWriMo for me!   10/29/10 Did you know BPAL is on etsy with leftover trunk show bottles? Would you like any of them?   I didn't know, but then I looked and they didn't look like anything I really "needed" plus I'm sure they're gone now.   10/28/10 Would you prefer to have your final package before Halloween or have a reveal package at the end of the round?   I'd like more witchiness til the end of the round - it doesn't need to be more stuff, as my witch has sent me plenty, but I want to save the reveal for close to the end if that's ok with my witch.   Do you prefer lip balm in a tube or tin?   Tube, I hate getting it under my nails. But I have a lip brush for must-haves that are in tins.   10/21/10 What are you most interested in from the Yule update?   I dunno, I am so bad at checking these things. I think I need to go back to Knows Perfume and sniff if they still have the stuff.   10/20/10 If you were my witchee, would you want to receive Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, or wouldn't that be your cup of classics?   I don't know, maybe...   Would you like some homemade snack mix?   Sure, as long as it's vegetarian friendly!   Knitterly Witchees, would you like a yarn bowl?   I usually knit on the go, and a yarn bowl might not be a good idea with the cats. They are lovely, though!

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stariel

 

SW Questions 10/9/10 to 10/18/10

10/18/10 So....let's say that you're my witchee, and you have an affinity for widgets. Let's also pretend that I sent you one of these widgets, but in a form that has a very special personal significance to me. Would you find that to be touching (in a "Yay, now I'll always use this and think of my witch!" way) or tacky (in a "My witch is making this all about her!" way)?   I think it would be great.   Have you had a chance to try Halloweenies? If so, which ones are you really really in love with this year?   I haven't tried any, but some of the more foodie ones (especially Ginger Skulls) sound fun.   Pocket shrines! Would you like one, made for a particular obsession of yours?   Maybe... the example posted in the thread looked cute.   10/14/10 Do you prefer scented or unscented lotions/moisturizers?   I prefer scented. I usually use lotions at night and BPAL in the morning, so they don't often conflict.   10/13/10 Today I got one of the Starbucks Halloween Bearista Bears - it's dressed like a werewolf! Is this something witchees might like?   Hey, it's my question! I already have one!   Are you interested in Halloween costumes for your pet(s)?   As fun as I would find it, I have a feeling the cats wouldn't put up with it at all. So no, unless it's a festive collar.   10/12/10 Would you want your witch to reveal his/herself? How?   I would love to know who my fabulous witch is at the end of the round.   10/9/10 I came home with some Dungeon Crawl and some Bedbugs yesterday. If you were my witchee, would you want some of either/both?   I'd love to try either if you think I might like them.

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stariel

 

SW Questions: 10/4 - 10/7/10

10/7/10 Did you forget anything fun/interesting or find something new and exciting?   I don't think so...   10/5/10 Would you like to receive international magazines, even if you don't speak the language it's written in, just to ogle the pictures or for the novelty of it? If yes, what kind of magazines, or what magazines in particular?   Sure, if they're something you think I would like!   would you have interest in any of the new Christmas stuff from Lush?   Sure, I love LUSH stuff! But I have one close by, so if it's hard for you to get then don't bother.   Oh, witchee-poo... if there was one bottle you could have from the NYCC exclusives, what would it be?   I haven't looked. I'm trying to avoid falling in love with very limited editions.   If someone were to make you one of the items in this post which would it be?   #3   If you were my witchee, would you mind a gift certificate where you'd have to do it old school style and mail it in with your order form?   Nope, fine by me.   10/4/10 Do you have a preferred weight of yarn to work in? Lace, sock, worsted, bulky, handspun with variation?   Definitely sock, as that's what I knit most of. Worsted is good in blues and purples for my ongoing fabulous blanket project. Handspun is great on that one too!   Anyone like little seasonal decorative wreaths? Like gravevine wreaths embellished with silk flora, etc.?   No, I don't really have any place to put a wreath.   Do any witchees need a Snuggie?   No thanks!

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stariel

 

SW Questions 9/26 through 10/1/10

10/01/10 So, who here loves pomegranates? Are the good as a fruit, a flavoring or just a scent?   Yes, all the above. I don't have a *huge* love for them, but I do like them quite.   Haunt Update?   I know nothing about Haunt.   9/30/10 Villainess has an update. Anyone wanting anything from it?   I already used my witch's GC to order from Villainess, but that's ok, I think I shall try the ones I have before getting more.   how are all the witchees fixed for purses--lunchbags, etc?   I would love a lunch bag! I'm trying to bring my lunch more regularly to save money and eat healthy, and currently it's just in a drawstring ripstop nylon knitting bag. A "real" lunch bag would be fun.   Now, I have a question for you. About notes. Which are your favourite ones? Do you have a kind of "note top ten?" Anything that works particularly well on you? Do you have a perfume category (foody, floral, aquatic, musky) that you favour? And are there any notes you have never tried, but think would work well on you?   Some of my favorites are neroli / mimosa / orange blossom, other fruity notes, almond, spicy notes, etc. I don't really have a top 10, I just noticed that many of the things I like have those notes. Tea is good too, I love Dorian! In terms of categories, I generally flavor foody and fruity - definitely not floral or aquatic or woody. Some musk is ok (like Snake Oil) but I like it sweet.   Would you like a sugar skull decorated by your witch? Or do you like sugar skull stuff in general?   Sure! I have some sugar skull shoes that are pretty cute, but not very seasonally appropriate so I wear them mostly during the summer.   9/29/10 Is there one scent that is your goto for comfort on a bad stressful day? Like the perfume equivalent of a security blankie?   No, not really. I do like Zarita, but that's more for association reasons.   What are you going to be for Halloween?   I don't know, now I'm getting stressed!   Is there something just super random you like/enjoy/want/are ogling that has not been and will not be covered by any other questions, because it's just that WEIRD?   No, not really.

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stariel

 

SW Question Catch-up 9/18 to 9/25 2010

9/25/10 If you could make a scent that represents where you live (or have lived), what would be the ingredients?   I am awful at this type of question! If I didn't have to wear it, I think a nice rainy-smelling woodsy kind of scent for Seattle would be good. But if it was for me I suppose I could go more foodie with scents of Pike Place Market like coffee, roasting nuts, and those delicious little vegan donuts. But not the flying fish, I don't want to smell like dead fish.   Are you in need of Roller bottles or anything of the like?   I have never worked out how the roller bottle is supposed to work... but maybe if it came with instructions on how to fill it!   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?   Maybe an anthropomorphic star?   Would you want a local/tourist item from your witch? Like a t-shirt, mug or shot glass?   I'd take a mug or t-shirt! In fact, I once got PIFed a Starbucks mug from Indianapolis and I use it all the time. I even got a Seattle one to match. The ones with the blue line drawings of the city - I certainly wouldn't mind another city!   Okay, who wants NAlloween and some Vampire Apothecary goodness?   Thankfully I don't know what this is and I don't think I'll go look. The BPAL is enough!   Venomous Villains?   Also not sure what this is.   Last Unicorn?   I think I have heard this is a book? Not sure what the question was, though.   Who is your fav Disney Villain/villainess? How about hero/heroine? (doesn't have to be specifically Disney though)   I loved Maleficent as a kid, I wanted to be her for Halloween but I never did. I don't know that I particularly loved any of the heroines, although I liked the Little Mermaid because of the shared name.   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?   Nope   What's your favorite Halloween Music?   I usually listen to Type O Negative's "October Rust" album as soon as it turns to October - so Friday! And then I have a playlist with all of my Halloweenie songs with things like ghosts, monsters, etc in the title.   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?   I try to stay away from things other than BPAL, it's just overwhelming. If there's something my witch thinks I would love I'd certainly try it, but I probably won't go look.   What kind of shoes do you need/want? What size shoes do you wear? Would you mind gently used shoes?   I really need some sneakers. I used to wear Adidas Sambas, but decided not to buy shoes with leather anymore and my new vegan sneaks aren't quite as comfy. (Probably because they're not old!) I'm not sure what I will do about this situation.   Do you like paper dolls (new or vintage) or coloring in books?   No, not really.   Do you like weird scary things as traditionally girly fashion items like heels and handbags?   Hmm... do you mean like a coffin handbag or something? Heels with spiders? I like them in theory but I don't really use heels or handbags much.   What song is on heavy rotation for you right now?   I actually try to avoid having songs on heavy rotation with an ingenious group of iTunes playlists, but if pressed I'll say In The White by Katatonia.   Are you coveting any of the NYCC atmospheric sprays?   I don't even know about them, and that's ok with me!   If you could get any one thing hand-painted from your witch, what would it be and what would be on it?   Probably wall art of a night sky or stars - I collect original art and I have a few pieces from friends and a couple other forum members.   Would you (assumin' you're a yarnie) be interested in a naturally-dyed yarn that's designed to very gradually fade with washing?   That sounds very interesting!   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.   I got boxes to store my imps and bottles and a scent locked from syrenemyst which was fab as I didn't have any of those at the time. I've had witches send me handmade caramels (yum, but sadly I can't eat them anymore) and I really appreciated the bunch of GC imps a witch sent me once because it has given me lots to try - I haven't finished yet, even! But really I've gotten lots of great gifts! Handmade jewelry and stitch markers... the list goes on and on.   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 do like garlic, but maybe not that much.   Can I talk to you about the living dead? How do you feel about Zombies?   I am ambivalent about them, though I do like Plants vs. Zombies and have it on my phone.   9/20/10 If you happened to be my Witchee, is there something you'd like from the Arcana Halloween update?   Once again, I haven't looked.   How many bottles of BPAL do you have?   Hmm... probably about 40? A small box and a bit of overflow.   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? Candles, music, mats, water bottles ect?   Not really.   Anyone else into Emily Autumn?   I don't know her.   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.   I'll have to get back to this one in the thread.   do you like Girl Scout cookies? What kind?   My favorites are Samoas, but I also like Thin Mints and Trefoils, and the lemon creme ones that they used to have but I think they're gone now.   What's your take on homemade apple butter? Want some?   Sure, I'd take some!   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?   Not very much. I do like Neil Gaiman and have read a lot of his stuff. I don't need any gifts related to it.   Soaps : do you like them? What brands? What scents? Anything you're dying to try?   I don't usually use bar soap other than in my bathroom as hand soap, so I haven't done a lot of looking.   I wondered if my witch or any witch would enjoy things like nice pens to draw with or anything similar?   I don't draw, but I do write letters and I would love nice / interesting pens for that.   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.?   Stitch markers are always great! I like ones with thin and small rings since I'm usually knitting socks. The ones with an earring closure that you can clip to stitches and move around are very helpful as well.   Does anyone do altered books? Would you be interested in old books to alter? Any type or title in particular?   I don't.   Did someone ask about incense yet? Would you like some? Something to store or burn it in? What scents? What form?   I don't burn incense, it makes me cough and sneeze.   Any oddball free things you collect or would want saved for you?   Nope, can't think of any.   9/18/10 Who likes hair toys, and if so what kind?   I don't really "do" my hair, I just wear it down or in a ponytail most of the time. It doesn't like to "do" anything it doesn't want, and I'm too lazy to make it.   Does any art we may send need to be child safe, either in the actually safe sense or the non X rated sense?   I don't have any children around so small pieces and such are fine, but I'm also a bit of a prude so "child safe" in the nudity / X-rated sense is good.   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?   Wrist / hand warmers, neck warmers, or slippers would be appreciated - especially if the slippers weren't slippery and could be used on hard floors. I already have quite a few hats, but wouldn't mind more.   How do you feel about altered/recycled/upcycled items of clothing or accessories?   Fine by me!   Is there anything you want from the Violette Market update?   I haven't looked.   What is your favourite habitat and climate to live in? How about to visit? (ie. forest, canyons, mountains, by the beach; temperate, tropical...)   I love the weather here in Seattle. It's very temperate and there are lots of trees and water around to look at. Nice and pretty. Boston was too extreme climate-wise for my taste. I don't think I'd want to travel somewhere really tropical because I'm usually hot, but maybe in the off season when it's cooler.   What do you wish you could make/craft if you had the know-how and supplies? Specifically, which particular items?   I have forever wanted to weave a scarf with my leftover bits of sock yarn. I don't have a loom, so I've thought about taking a class, but it just hasn't happened yet.   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?   I haven't looked.   Anyone need address/phone type books?   No, I just got a cute one not too long ago.   Which web comics do you enjoy?   I usually read xkcd, but that's about it. I read Diesel Sweeties for a while too... Metal Steve is my boyfriend.

stariel

stariel

 

Halloweenie SW Questions 9/15 to 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'd like to have Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and I have all of Firefly and not Serenity. Used is fine!   Is there anything from the Possets' Hallowe'en update you're lusting after?   Nope, I don't pay attention to non-BPAL.   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?)   I used to love My Little Ponies, so a cute altered one (especially star-themed) would be fun. I also have a (replica) Blythe and wouldn't mind something cute for her - she's neglected and in her original outfit.   Do you like the candy apple, candy corn or pumpkin spice kisses?   Never tried any of them!   Anne Taintor, anyone?   Some of them are pretty cute!   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?   I tend to like rather skinny (no wider than 8") and long-ish scarves.   Don't like scarves? Would a rectangular shawl or triangular shawl be more to your taste?   A shawl would also be nice, I prefer the smaller shawlette types that one can wear as a scarf since a full shawl isn't really my style.   How do you feel about recipes?   I love them! Even if I never try them they're fun to think about, and I do need more favorites. Veggie friendly please, of course.   What kind of a cook/baker are you?   Most of the time I just throw something together for dinner because I don't want to spend too much time. But I do love to bake - usually I do it for occasions where I can make other people eat most of it!   Are you happiest calling for delivery or microwaving a lean cuisine, Or will Food Network be asking you to host their new program?   Neither, I think. I do like to cook, but I often don't have time or want to go to the effort - especially cleanup! - just to feed one person so I'll make something simple. (Also I have to eat the resulting leftovers for days in a row!) But then sometimes I get really into it.   If I send you something home made would you like the recipe for it?   Of course!   If you are someone who doesn't want baked goods sent, would you like a collection of some of my favorite recipes?   Either baked goods or recipes are fine.   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?   Sure.   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?   I like chai a lot, and herbal "teas". Some flavored teas are pretty good, but I have a low tolerance for anything bitter.   How do you feel about silly, funny knick-knack, dollar store stuff, stickers, magnets etc? Would you like receiving that kind of stuff or rather not?   Maybe magnets, I have a magnet board. Probably not knick-knacs.   Is there a specific book you've been wanting to get but haven't found the time or the opportunity to?   I'd like the second Bones book, Death du Jour, I read the first and I have the third but not that one (oh, used book stores...)   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?   Nope!   Are you open to receiving things that are not on your wishlist, maybe something your Witch thinks you might like?   Of course, things picked by my witch are very special, and half the time at least I have no idea what I would like.   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?   Of course!   OK, I know that lots of folks love socks. Do you have a preference of length? Materials? Patterns?   I adore socks. I have about a billion handknit ones that I've done, and a few from friends. I also like cute cotton socks, especially with stars or Halloween ones. I generally stick with regular length or little anklets... I have very muscular calves and have trouble finding any taller ones that fit well.   How do people feel about word magnets?   I have a set on my fridge, but I rarely do anything with it. Right now it has my sister's "poetry" from when she visited last.   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?   I love the cloak that Christina Ricci wears when she's riding the horse in Sleepy Hollow - I want that. picture here   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.   Sure, if it's something my witch thinks I'll like / use.   What are you guys going to be aiming for in the Inquisition? Or do you just plan on ordering individual items?   I don't have any Inquisition plans yet. I did it for Warrior Queens, but it didn't work out so well.

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Halloweenie SW Questions - 9/13 to 9/14/10

Chocolate or other types of candy?   There are all kinds of candy that I love but can't currently eat due to braces. Pretty much anything gummy / caramel, sticky (jelly beans, red vines) or crunchy (toffee *sob*) is out. Chocolate is pretty safe, but I also adore Reese's Pieces and York Patties.   For tea drinkers, do you prefer loose leaf or tea bags?   Either! I do loose often at home, tea bags when I'm lazy or at work.   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?   I have about 1 bazillion pairs of handknit socks (literally over 100, I'm pretty sure). However, if you knit socks and want to knit me some, FEEL FREE! I rarely wear hats, and I've knit a few myself so I'm pretty much set there. Scarves are fine, I have a few but it's nice to switch them out. I'm a bit hesitant about shawls. I'm knitting my first two - one is a shawlette, and I'm planning to wear it more like a scarf, the other was just because I took Jared Flood's class and had to knit Girasole. It might end up being a couch decoration.   Is there a TV, movie or literary character that you are a lot alike, or would like to be alike?   Hmm... well I see a lot of myself in Bones, but I'm not that socially inept.   Is there anything you need for your kitchen, ie measuring cups, spoons, grater, ect?   I think I'm pretty much set there... my mom was horrified that I didn't have a lemon juicer, but honestly I don't think I've ever needed one!   Music, DO you prefer Live or Studio? Edited or explicit?   I prefer studio, because it sounds more polished, unless it's something you can't get non-live. Explicit is fine, I don't like censorship.   If you are an animal lover, is there a specific type/breed that you love most?   I love cats and tropical fish.   Also flowers and plants- If you like flowers/plants, do you have a favorite(s)?   Irises are my favorite flower.   Do you have a favorite quotation? Song lyric? Book passage? WhateverthehecktheycalltheanonymousregionalwisdomthingiePROVERB! that word.   "I settled for less and it's more than enough" - it's from my favorite Fair to Midland song Say When. They're my new favorite band.   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)   Well, I'll always take more Succubus! I have some of that though, and have certainly tried it. Um... the bubblegum-smelling prototype of Lolita? I know it's a longshot.   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.)   I have no children, hypothetical or otherwise.   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   Um... not really. I don't read fanfic and I'm not really into the amusing videos / cat macros.   What would your last meal be if it could be anything in the world (sky is the limit, drinks too, the whole shebang)   Well, if I'm going to die and don't have to feel the pain of eating too much... Wait! It can be small plates! OK, I want mattar paneer from my favorite Indian place with chai. Then some Phad Khing from my fave Thai place and some Thai iced tea from a different Thai place. Then I want vegan Chinese from Bamboo Garden, blackberry pie made by my mom, kettle corn... Oh, and bubble tea!   NaNoWriMo?   Nope!   what interests you from the latest lab update?   I don't know, I'm a bad person and haven't looked yet.   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?   Yay, though I have a lot. I once saw this sort of "dark" Alice In Wonderland stationery and I didn't buy it and I have regretted it ever since. I'm in for cutesy or whatever - all stationery is good!   Would you like homemade preserves (e.g. marinated vegies, pickled onions, chilli jam?)   Sure!   If you've got stuff on your BPAL wishlist, would partial bottles be okay?   Of course, I need to update it, but I'm pretty sure I haven't gotten any of that stuff. I do have it listed by things I'd like to try (imp or partial is great) and things I want a bottle of (partials are still good!)   Would you like something you have to make yourself?   Maybe... if you think I can do 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?   Whatever is better for you, anything made by my witch will be extra special.   Who is your favorite soap etailer?   I don't have one.   What about vintage decoration items, teacups, etc?   Uh... I don't know. With the cats I can't really display breakable things much.   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?   Whatever is easier / cheaper for my witch is fine, but I do prefer them spaced out. I like to spread out the joy, and when I get a huge box at once it can be overwhelming. I feel like I appreciate things more immediately (like when opening the box) when they're more spread out, but large packages are like the gift that keeps on giving as I remember / discover even more gifties!   What kind of make-up do you wear? What colors? Is there anything you'd like to try but haven't yet?   I don't wear make up. Occasionally lightly tinted lip gloss, but that's about it.   Who would be on your top 5 (IE famous people you’d date/have relations with )   Alexander Skarsgård Heath Ledger, but only if he wasn't dead Davey Havok Anders Nyström James Marsters   Do you crave many Ecards and contact or are you okay with little contact from your Witch?   I think my witch has done just great so far! Once every week or so is fine by me.   Do you have a place where you list all the BPAL you have or have tried?   I have a spreadsheet, but it's not public... maybe I should make it a google doc... ok, here it is: https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B5mvwH8ieAbgYzg2OGRlNzQtNDhjNC00NzBjLWIxOTUtOWE2MGFjZTRhMGY0&hl=en&authkey=CJ7I78MH   Do you like maple sugar candy?   I don't know that I've had it.   What is your position on the chocolate & bacon flavor combination?   As a vegetarian, no.   If you are a tea-drinker do you need a tea-cozie for your pot?   My teapot is tiny and thus does not sit full very long, so it's probably fine.   Go to your spice cabinet, what are the three most used spices?   cinnamon, chili powder, cumin   Microsoft or Apple?   Both! I have had PCs all my life, but I have an iPhone and am getting a coworker's old MacBook to try my hand at the world of Macs.   Where was your last vacation? What did you like most?   I haven't had a real vacation in a while - my last one was probably going to Madrona FIber Festival last February. I stayed in a hotel with my friend which was lovely, and we knit, spin, and bought yarn all weekend. But it's not all that far from home, just about an hour south. I really liked not having to do any of my normal home stuff, I guess.   Would you appreciate receiving handwritten letters and/or postcards (anonymous or not)? How about sending them?   Yes!   Do you hate any food things with a passion??   Meat, but I think that's covered by the vegetarian thing. Lima beans, but they're an unlikely witch gift. And I don't like eggs, but they're ok in baked goods and I doubt my witch would send them any other way.   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?   That would be fine.   Do you like journals/notebooks/sketchbooks?   I like them, but I have a lot. If it is very special and/or handmade by my witch / with-collaborator that would be great, but I'd prefer my witch didn't buy any for me.

stariel

stariel

 

Halloweenie SW Questions, 9-11 to 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?   Sure! here it is!   Any countries you're interested in?   Norway! I speak Norwegian pretty well and studied abroad there in college.   Would you enjoy homemade bath products (bath salts, fizzies, etc.) and/or linen sprays? Esp. if scented with some of your favorite BPAL scents?   Sure! I'd love any of those, especially if it's BPAL scented.   If you witch made you something and it didn't come out just right, would you still want it?   Sure I would, it doesn't have to be perfect.   Are you a foodie?   I do like to cook, especially bake, but I'm not really a "foodie". I do like foodie scents as well, since it seems the question has swung that way.   Any sports fans in the house? What's your favorite sport/team/player?   Nope!   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 don't really decorate for holidays, but I do like Halloween decorations... I keep them around all year!   Cake truffles? If YES! Cake/icing/chocolate type?   Uh... sure, why not? I like coconut, chocolate, vanilla, and German Chocolate cake.   are you interested in mini bottles(under 100ml for hand luggage) of bath and body products?   I don't travel all that much, but I wouldn't mind trying small sizes of things.   Vampire shows, literature, etc? Yay or nay?   YAY! I love pretty much all vampire stuff - from Twilight to Interview With the Vampire to True Blood (show and books). I've liked vampires since I was a kid, and I still do!   If you play console video games, what game systems do you have and what games would you love to have?   I don't have any consoles.   How do you all feel about flowers and plants? Flower and plant seeds? Drawings of flowers or plants? Pressed flowers?   I don't really have any outdoor area to grow plants, but seeds for house plants are good - I have a plant collection at work.   How do you feel about marzipan?   LOVE IT!   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?   Succubus (I've been so sad since it was discontinued, and I'm afraid to wear it because it will get used up ), The Girl, and Metal Phoenix   Are there any international treats that you love and have a hard time finding?   I love the apricot oatmeal Thornton's choccies, if my witch happens to be in the UK or had collaborators there.   Is there anything from the 'Ween BPTP update that you would like but haven't ordered for yourself?   I haven't ordered anything from the Halloween update on BPAL or BPTP, so anything you think I'd like is safe! I'll try to get some sniffing done sometime soon.   If you are a crafter, would you like to receive supplies from your witch (beads, fabric, yarn/roving etc?)   Sure! I knit mostly, and always appreciate nice yarn, especially if it's blue!   Find your iPod (or other MP3 device), put it on shuffle/random. What are the first five songs to come up?   OK, I did a true shuffle of *all* my music on my computer, not just my iPod which is weighted towards my more favorite music...   1. Blackheim's Quest to Bring Back the Stolen Autumn ~ Diabolical Masquerade 2. Goodbye ~ Gravity Kills 3. Till He Arrives ~ White Willow 4. Credence ~ Opeth 5. Wealth ~ Katatonia   OK, fine, peer pressure I'll do 10!   6. Till Fjälls ~ Vintersorg 7. Whatever That Hurts ~ Tiamat 8. Down In a Hole ~ Alice In Chains 9. Sulk ~ Radiohead 10. Stripped Away ~ Ashes Divide   Funny, the above are very heavily skewed towards the Scandinavian...   Soundtracks you'd like?   Can't think of any off the top of my head.   If you could see one concert right now, who would it be?   I'm going to see Katatonia next week which is pretty much my life dream! Other than that, probably Amorphis or Opeth again.

stariel

stariel

 

SW Questions 9/5/10 - 9/10/10

Would you like a bag of dried Honeycrisp apples?   Sure, though I'll probably just jump TwilightEyes and steal them since she's local. If you can persuade her to present me with one, that would be great!   If you were to receive a knitted item (such as a scarf, hat, etc), what colors would you like? And do you have any sensitivities/allergies to any materials?   I love blues and blue-purples, grey and black are also good along with some greens. As for materials, I don't wear silk or any "kill fibers" like possum. I prefer natural fibers, but I'm fine with blends that contain synthetic (like wool / nylon). Wool, alpaca, bamboo, angora, tencel, cotton, cashmere, etc. and blends are fine!   Gift Certificate: physical or email?   Either is fine by me, if it's online then email is probably the most convenient.   Favorite Yankee Candles? Or other brands scents?   I do like scented candles, but I've never really gone for Yankee Candles. They're often too strong and just not my type of scent. I'm a fan of citrus scents and tropical fruits (like coconut or mango) as well as spicy (cinnamon, clove) things. Candles that smell like baked goods are always appreciated.   would you like a zuni animal fetish? And if so, what animal?   No thanks.   And how does everyone feel about glow in the dark radishes?   Amusing, but I probably wouldn't wear them.   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?   I do occasionally go to Starbucks, so that wouldn't be bad. I'd love to try some of the online B&B things everyone talks about like Vilianess, and there's always Sock Dreams... I love yarn, so GCs to yarn stores would be lovely. My favorite local one is The Fiber Gallery, and while they don't do online GCs, they know me very well (I used to work there) and I'm sure they'd hold on to a GC for me if my witch wanted to buy one and let me know. I do shop at Target sometimes too, but I usually buy more practical stuff there, so I'd just as well spend my own money.   Cake or Frosting?   Definitely cake, I'm not a big fan of frosting.   What movie scared the bejeezus out of you as a child?   My parents did a pretty good job of keeping me away from scary movies, but I did see part of an episode of Murder She Wrote once that had this woman who was afraid of the color red and that freaked me out. Plus, I still hate red!   Name a couple of sites you frequent other than this one   ravelry, Google Reader to read blogs, Molehill Empire to play a silly gardening game   Do you like the Muppets? Which is your favorite?   They're ok, I'm not a huge fan but I like them well enough. I do like Animal.   If you could have any creature (real or imaginary) as a pet, what would it be?   Hmm... A pegasus unicorn? And I could ride it and it would fly around? That would be awesome!   Comfort Rereads?:   The Giver, Harry Potter   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 won't be gone for more than a day or two as far as I know. In general I'd love it if my witch would tell me when to start looking for a package - often it will get delivered to the apartment manager since I'm not home during the day and I need to know if I should go bug her. (She's very good about giving me my packages, but a lot of times I don't get home til late.)   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 in school, but my work in genetics requires a lot of learning and I think it's interesting! I'd also love to learn to sew and weave, because obviously I don't have enough fiber-related hobbies already.   What animal would your daemon be? Alternately, your patronus.   I think my daemon would be a cat, but I didn't take the quiz. I would like my patronus to be a Dementor because that would just be funny.   What's YOUR favorite word?   In Norwegian it's syltetøy - it means jam but I think it sounds like a superhero. I'm not sure what my favorite English word is...   Steampunk, yay or nay? If yay, what part appeals most?   I'm not really into it.   Do you have a special symbol or totem that is meaningful to you?   I love 5-pointed stars, but I wouldn't really call them "meaningful" so much as just pretty.   Do you need a box for your bpal bottles? Your imps? Your something else to put in a box stuff?   Yes, all of the above! Bottles would be awesome as would imps. I guess I don't really need a box for other stuff, I have quite a few little ones that aren't big enough for BPAL.   If you could be any person, being, or animal from Fantasy what or who would you be?   I dunno... a mermaid?   If you could go back to any point in time, where, when, why?   Hmm... off the top of my head, I'd like to go back to Seattle around when grunge music started, but at my current age. I was actually here at the time, but not old enough to know about it. Since I still like a lot of the music (and other music from the same point in time) it would be really great to see some of the bands before they broke up / members died / etc.   Favorite Halloween Candy/Treat?   Just minis of normal candy (Almond Joy, Snickers, Kit Kats), I guess. Reese's Pumpkins are good!   What are your favorite baked goods/homemade treats?   I love cookies, especially soft ones like molasses ginger and chocolate chip and snickerdoodles... but when I bake cookies I usually eat more of the dough.   Would you be interested in an astrology birth chart?   No thanks.   Socks? Sock Dreams? Anyone?   I knit tons of socks, so I wear handknit socks most of the winter. But I do like novelty cotton socks - especially Halloween themed or ones with stars. On a slightly different note, I would love any witch who sent me Halloween themed underwear!   What is something you use to comfort yourself when feeling yucky, depressed, or in pain?   I'll usually sit down with my knitting and a movie and a cup of hot chocolate or tea. Reading is also good, but only if I'm reading something light / happy.   Favorite Halloween/Scary movies/books   I love Nightmare Before Christmas and I have it and Sleepy Hollow on DVD. I don't watch really scary Halloween movies. Actually, I should clarify... I like psychological thriller type scary movies (Seven, Silence of the Lambs) but not gory stuff. I read The Graveyard Book when it first came out and adored it, but sadly most of the BPAL scents had too much dirt for me.   COMIC BOOKS. Do you read them? Are there any series you like, or some you would like to try?   No, not really. I have a few of the Serenity ones that I got as a gift but that's about it.   Warm drinks?   Yes! I like hot chocolate, tea, and cider. Plus if my witch happens to live near an Asian market that sells 3:15pm Coffee Milk Tea, I would adore some! There is a place sort of close to me that has it, so no need to go to great lengths.   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?   This is kind of a hard question. In general I really like the blue/purple color family, so if we're talking about a very similar item but in a totally different color than probably not. If it's similar both in item and color than probably so! Often with the types of items I favorite, the shops will have the same item again (maybe not exactly, but very close) and in that case then it's awesome! I'll try to keep my etsy wishlist up to date.   Do you wear make up?   No, though I do wear clear or lightly tinted lip gloss.   Disney movies, Yay or Nay, and favourites if you do like them?   They're ok. I like some of the really old ones, or at least I did when I was a kid, like Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and The Little Mermaid. I also really like some of the collaborations with Pixar, and Nightmare Before Christmas.   Do you have A VCR, DVD Player or Blue Ray or a combo of the three?   I have a VCR and a DVD player.   Would you like custom icons as a gift?   Uh... sure!   What is your favourite snack food, something you could grab any time?   I'm actually not that much of a snacker, but I do like kettle corn.   Ebooks   I don't have a reader, though I occasionally read on on my iPhone. Generally audiobooks or regular books are a better bet.   Nail Polish:   I very rarely paint my nails... probably not even in the past year.   Soft/plushy things:   Only if they're really special. If it's handmade or something "perfect" for me then by all means, I do adore the stuffies. But I have a lot already too.   What hobby/craft would you like to learn how to do?   Weave! Also sew. Also I have dreams of learning to do photography and develop my own B&W film.   For those who decorate for Halloween, do you prefer cute decorations or creepy ones?:   I like cute ones, though cute interpretations of creepy (like cute skulls, cute spiders) are good too. And I leave Halloween stuff around all year!   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?   Sure! Napkin rings are probably a no-go since I don't actually use them or have people over to dinner. But oil burners or just a little sculpture thingie or a candle / votive holder would be great!   how do you feel about mortars and pestles   I don't really have any feelings about them.   Is there anything you have a phobia of, or that would make you go "squick" if you saw it in a package?   I really don't like clowns or things that look like meat / dead animals (like those plastic chickens with all the feathers plucked off). But bugs / snakes / spiders and most of the "normal" phobia things are fine!

stariel

stariel

 

Switch Witch Questions - 9/2 To 9/4

Booze. Do you drink it, would you like some? No thanks, I don't drink.   Do you like scented tarts? I don't have a tart warmer, I like candles though!   Lip balms? Love them, but some of my past SPs have stocked me up with quite a few. But if they are special ones then by all means!   What is your favorite artist or art style? Hmm... I like Starry Night, and pretty much anything with stars. Also I like Escher. And if my witch is an artist I would love wall art by them - I have a collection of original paintings / drawings.   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 have 2ish tattoos and 8 piercings - 4 in each ear. Mostly I don't change my jewelry much, but any star stud earrings are greatly appreciated as long as they're not super-tiny (I saw some the other day that looked like they would pull through the hole!) or super huge, because as you can guess with 4 earrings the ear real estate is a bit cramped. My lowest holes are gauged to a 12 and I love the dangling spiral metal earrings.   DVDs: Do you prefer widescreen or formatted? Widescreen!   Music: Any preference towards MP3 or CD? Either is fine, though I almost never listen to actual CDs so MP3s are great if it saves you blank CDs.   So for those of you who are into Harry Potter at all, which house do you think you'd be sorted into? Probably either Ravenclaw or Gryffindor, I've gotten both on different quizzes.   Are you into Austen's books? I've liked most of the ones I've read, but I haven't done all of them yet.   Do you read Tarot cards? If not, would you be interested? I used to have a deck long ago, but I never got that into it.   What, if anything, is your guilty TV watching pleasure? I barely watch TV, and when I do mostly on DVD or instant watch from Netflix. Maybe The L Word?   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? I don't have any dress up hobbies.   Celebrity crush?: It was Heath Ledger, but then he had to go and die. Now Alexander Skarsgård.   Knitted things?: I am a knitter, but I'd love to receive knitted things too!   What about [mixed or otherwise] DVDs? Uh... mixed DVDs? Sure, I guess...   Hallowe'en plans? I don't have anything planned yet.   Mix CDs? Sure, if you think we have similar taste in music. I'm pretty picky.   Girlyness level? It's funny, a lot of people are posting about how they're not that girly and I think they sound much more "girly" than I am! I don't own a blowdryer, and I don't wear makeup other than (usually untinted) lip gloss. I only dress up on special occasions. I guess if you think that crazy socks are girly I could be a little bit, otherwise not much at all. I almost always wear crew neck band t-shirts - unisex ones at that - and jeans. I also generally wear mens / unisex sneakers, though it can be hard to find them in my tiny size. I do have longish hair, but I don't style it much beyond wearing it down or in a ponytail, and I don't have fancy hair accessories. The only really girly thing I wear is my underwear, and that's generally pretty functional rather than decorative too.   Baked goods: Sure, as long as they're vegetarian!   Gifts for other household members: My other household members are cats and fish. The fish don't really need gifts, and the cats don't get treats often, so they're plenty stocked up. They wouldn't mind toys I'm sure.   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 have a ton of imps I haven't gotten around to testing yet, so if possible I'd rather have "big" things. I'm open to imps too, though!   social networking usernames, ie twitter, facebook, livejournal, ravelry, anything else: I'm stariel on ravelry, twitter, and livejournal - though that one's friends locked, if you add me just tell me who you are on BPAL. My Facebook is reserved for people I know IRL, and I don't really update it frequently anyway.   would you like to receive Groupons or similar deals/gift certificates from your Witch? No Groupons thanks, I check them for my area and I'd get one if it was something I really wanted. But gift certificates to an online store you think I would like are welcome.   How about tshirt/bottoms sizes? Sadly clothing is pretty much out. Because of surgery I'll hopefully be having in the spring (preventative mastectomy and reconstruction) I have no idea what size I'll need.

stariel

stariel

 

Fall SW Questions - 9/24 - 10/7

What are your thoughts on Incense?   I don't burn incense, as it often makes me cough or sneeze, though I do like the scent of Nag Champa. I'd much rather burn scented candles or oils.   What about handbags/totes/clutches?   I have quite a few - a big and a small Queen Bee bag and a Namaste bag along with a Lexi Barnes bag (the 2nd two are generally knitting bag companies). Of course, if it was a really special bag with stars...   Are there any particular movies you want on DVD?   Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but I feel like I already said that...   What about stickers??   I love stickers, but I have a lot so unless you find some perfect ones it's not necessary.   Do you just need anything from the Possets update?   I'm staying away so I don't spend *all* my money on perfume. For now it's just BPAL.   Suppose I have a bottle of something you (my witchee) really wants, and I want to share it with you. Would you like a rollerball bottle made from oil in my own bottle in it?   Sure! I actually really like rollerball bottles for application, but I'm not sure how one goes about putting oil in one...   Comic books or graphic novels?   I'm not a big fan. I have a couple of Owly and some of the Serenity ones.   Getting Dressed up for Halloween?   I want to, but I don't know what I'm doing. I'll probably end up using my black velvet cloak to form some sort of costume - that's what I usually do when I don't plan ahead. I really want to be Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, but my attempt to make a dress with my mom last year was sort of a disaster.   New BPAL Update?   I haven't looked at it that much yet - I'm still trying to get caught up with the Halloweenies!   Homemade holiday treats?   I'm a big fan of pumpkin pie / bread / creme brulee, even cheesecake! I don't know about fruitcake, I hate the taste of alcohol so I definitely wouldn't want a boozy one, and those little dyed bits of dried "fruit" freak me out! But maybe a nice homemade non-boozy one would be nice...   Green tomato stuffs?   I've never had anything green tomato, though I've been told I must try fried green tomatoes. I do like some tomatoes, but only the really good ones - not those big ones that are kind of mushy and grainy, those gross me out!   Scarves?   I have quite a few scarves that I've knit or others have knit for me, and I generally only wear scarves when it's cold out. But if my witch found me a beautiful warm scarf I'd certainly wear it!   What movies do you want to see that are at the cinema?   I dunno, I'm excited for New Moon and I kind of want to see Whip It, but that might wait for DVD. I haven't really been paying attention to what's out.   What are your top 5 bath & beauty products that you "can't live without?"   1. Lush "I Love Juicy" shampoo & conditioner (I get different kinds) 2. some yummy smelling shower gel / body wash - I rotate between kinds 3. hand lotion - essential since I wash my hands many many times a day due to working in a lab - I like the Aveeno stuff 4. yummy bath stuff (bath bombs, melts, bubble bath) 5. lip balm - I really love the tangerine flavor of Unpetroleum, but I'm open to almost anything   Disney   I'm don't really feel much about Disney. I like Sleeping Beauty a lot (mostly cuz of Maleficent) but I haven't kept up to date on the newer movies. Pretty much anything past The Lion King I didn't see, except the Pixar ones.   Bacon   Obviously no, since I'm a vegetarian. I am a little confused by the whole bacon craze, but whatever.

stariel

stariel

 

Fall SW Questions 9/18 to 9/23

Do you wear lip gloss/lip balm? If so, what flavors/scents?   Yep! My favorite is the Unpetroleum tangerine flavor. I got a bunch of lip balms from my first witch with all kinds of cool flavors, so I'm pretty set at the moment.   What is one thing you constantly keep with you that you constantly loose?   Lip balm. But I usually find it again.   What are your favorite fruits?   I like lots of fruits. Kiwi, blackberries, apricot, nectarine, orange (but only peeled, not cut), apples (but only cut), pineapple, plums... I think I like most fruit, but not papaya. That's the one that tastes like perfume / soap, right?   If Beth made a perfume called "switch witch" what notes would be in it?   I'm never any good at these questions, but someone above said grapefruit and that sounded awfully yummy! Grapefruit, orange blossom... I don't know what else.   What is your favorite cookie type?   I like to eat cookie dough more than actual cookies. That said, I'm a big fan of molasses cookies, snickerdoodles, and lemon flavored sugar cookies. And oatmeal. And... Well, most cookies. Mexican wedding cookies are not my thing, though, and I'm not a big fan of cookies with jam. Oh, there is this chocolate cherry cookie at a local chocolate shop / cafe, it is delicious!   If i were your witch, and I wanted to make you a spell or mojo bag, would you be into that? or would you want it for a certain element? or would you want it for something more personal- and what might that be?   No thanks.   Are you a Miyazaki fan? Do you have all the films you like, or is your collection missing one? Is there any merchandise you want?   I haven't seen any of his films as far as I know, though I gather by previous answers that Spirited Away is one - I have that from Netflix right now. We'll see if I like it.   Lusting over anything from the Trading Post lately?   Nothing in particular. I think the scent lockets are beautiful, but I have yet to decide which one I would want. And I'm a little wary of the sizing on the t-shirts.   Fetish?   I'm not really sure what one is... so I guess no.   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?   Either is fine. I check my mail every day that it comes, and packages usually get left right in front of my door anyway.   But my witch already gave me a heads up that something might be going in the mail! So witch, I will be away Monday and Tuesday next week so if perchance it does come that fast, never fear, my apartment manager will pick it up and put it in my apartment! But I won't be home to squee until Wednesday night.   Do you drink alcohol? Wine, beer or liquor? What is your favorite wine/beer/mixed drink?   I don't drink. In fact (and I probably should have put this on my questionnaire) I hate the taste of alcohol. I don't even like boozy scents - though I know I put that in my ?aire. It even ruins things for me that you supposedly can't taste it in. So please, no rum cake, no truffles flavored like liquor, and please-oh-please no actual alcohol!   Who collects ACEOs/ATCs?   Not me.   Switch Witches, which shoes do you own that are your favorite? What are your "daily drivers"?   I've been wearing Adidas Sambas for many years, and I love them, but recently I decided to try to only purchase vegan shoes as my old shoes wear out. But then I had a crisis of conscience and thought maybe it would be better to buy *used* shoes, even if they're leather...   But if anyone has suggestions for vegan sneakers (and not just plain canvas ones like Keds or Converse) let me know! I also have a few pairs of Docs, and I used to wear them every day in high school, but they're just not that comfortable! I don't know how I did it!   If you could describe yourself in 5 words, what would they be?   independent, friendly, spontaneous, snarky, and happy   Do you collect new/used stamps? Will you like to get stamps on your mails?   No, I tried to collect stamps when I was a kid but I never really got into it.   Any WKAP you're excited about?   I've been trying not to look. I wouldn't mind trying the Blackberry and Scone one.   How do you feel about stationary? (pens, notepads, cards, pencils, etc.)   I love it, but I have a lot. But if you find Alice In Wonderland stationery I really want some! Or if there's something super cute.   The New update is next week.....Is everyone ready for the Yules and everything else in store?   No! I just got my CnS for the Weenies, end of summer, and Lillith stuff that I ordered. Thankfully I think the Yules won't be for me, if last year was any indication.   Cake or death?   I have no idea what this is and can't be bothered to go look, cuz I'm tired!   Are there any foreign food products that you'd love to get or to try?   I think I already mentioned Thornton's Choccies (in the oatmeal and apricot flavor!) Other than that, I managed to acquire Tim Tams last round so there's nothing I can think of off the top of my head. But I'm always interested in trying new things as long as they're vegetarian!   Tea lovers, loose or bag? Paraphernalia?   Either is fine. I have a sort of collection of different types of chai from different places, so that might be fun. And I have a few accouterments for tea, like a very nice mesh strainer cup thing, but I am trying to find a teapot. Even a link to a nice one would be lovely if my witch knows these kinds of things.   Would you object to anonymous postcards (real ones) from your witch before the big reveal???   I object! My witch has already sent two, and I'm deeply offended.   Of course I don't object, and thanks for the most recent one, witch!

stariel

stariel

 

Fall SW Questions - 9/16 - 9/17

Who is musically inclined? What instruments (voice counts) do you play? Would you enjoy sheet music?   I sing. I used to sing in choirs and small ensembles and such, but now I mostly just sing to myself or on Rock Band. I attempted to play piano as a young child, and flute in elementary school, but they just didn't take. I also had an ex-boyfriend who tried to teach me guitar, but I have a lot of trouble with getting my hand around the neck. I have little hands! That was also my main problem with flute.   Favorite musicals?   I'm not a big fan of musicals... they're ok but not really my thing. In 3rd grade I was obsessed with Phantom of the Opera and got to see it live, but now I'm over that. I do like the Buffy musical, though.   Which of the seven deadly sins is most likely to be your undoing?   I always have trouble remembering all the sins! I just looked them up. Well, I hope it can be greed, because I would like to accumulate some wealth! But I think if I ever accumulated a lot of wealth I would use it to benefit society.   I have seen a lot of yankee candles haters..... personally i like yankee candle (some of them, anyway). do you or don't you, and if not, what candles do you like? this assumes you like candles. otherwise, what specific home fragrance do you use?   I don't know... there are a lot of their fragrances that I probably wouldn't like, but that's true of most things. I don't really care either way, but if you do want to get me scented candles or home scents I like fruity (especially citrus or tropical) scents and spicy / foody scents.   Would a "gift" donation to one of the organizations/causes you support be a great gift, or a lame gift?   There aren't really any organizations that I regularly support - mostly I just give to whichever I feel like when the opportunity arises. And I'm more likely to donate time than money, since that's what I have more of at this point in my life. I'd like to echo a previous poster (can't remember who at the moment) and say *please* do not donate to PETA on my behalf. I disagree with them on many points and don't want to support them.   Are you into 80s movies (like i am ) if so, which are your favorites and who are your favorite characters?   Not in particular, though I do like some of them, like Ferris Bueller's Day Off.   Do you like Villainess soaps? What are your favorite scents?   Never tried them. I don't usually use bar soap, but I hear there are scrubs and those sound yummy!   Do you mind artificial colors in your food?   Nah, I don't mind. Just as long as they're not carmine / cochineal which is a bug.   Who wants hair pretties?(headbands, barrettes, pony-o's, scrunchies, bobby pins, hair clips, etc)   I wouldn't mind scrunchies / pony-o's as I do sometimes put my hair up. In fact, if I don't decide to cut a bunch of it off I'll be putting it up more frequently! But I don't really used the rest. Barrettes, while I wish they would work, always fall out of my hair. Same with clippies!   Big Dipper Wax Works: If you were my witchee, would you like any of the scents/sizes that are available on clearance?   I didn't go look at the site, but I love the smell of plain beeswax.   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.   No thanks, I wouldn't wear them and I don't really need more decorative stuff. As cute as these things are, I have nowhere to put them!   How do you feel about clothing/accessories made from animals? Anti-fur, leather, shells, etc.? Does even faux wig you out?   Please don't send it to me. Well, shells are OK, but I don't think I'd *wear* anything with shells anyway... Faux is ok, except most faux fur does wig me out - if it looks real. I do have a coat from high school that looks like someone skinned a muppet, and that's ok.   How do you deal with stress? What's your favorite way to unwind?   I like to knit or read, take baths with bubbles and such, or just take a nap.   You're given the opportunity to apprentice at any trade (or craft) of your choosing for the period of one year. Your mentor may be any currently living person. Which field of study would you choose, and who would be your mentor?   Hmm... well I don't know. I have this idea that jewelry making (like silversmithing) would be really awesome to learn. Not enough to actually go and do it, mind you. Oh, and photography. I've always wanted to get into black and white photography and developing. It just sounds so interesting! I don't know of any specific mentors for either of those, though.

stariel

stariel

 

SW Fall Questions - oops, I forgot 9/10

Are you interested in things like home remedies for ailments, cleaning solutions, etc.?   I feel like I answered this before... But sure, cleaning solutions would be good.   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.?   I knit a *lot* but I also have a lot of yarn. If you find some fabulous sock yarn I certainly wouldn't be opposed, though!   What's your favorite pain-relief remedy or ritual?   I usually take a couple of Excedrin, drink a lot of water, and go back to bed for a bit. It usually works.   Do sounds make you happy? What ambient noises make you smile?   I like the sound of my kitties purr-snoring. So cute!   When you receive your SW packages...do you like receiving things that are individually wrapped inside? or unwrapped? or both?   When I send packages I don't usually individually wrap because I don't like the wasted paper, even though it is fun to unwrap gifts. Also cuz I'm lazy. So witch, if you really love to wrap things then go for it. If you don't then it's fine with me if you just throw them (gently) into a (well-packed) box.   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.   I think I mentioned this in my questionnaire, but I have a lot of empty blank books, so I don't need more unless they're really special. Same with bath products, though I always make an exception for Lush or some etailer I haven't tried (which is all of them).   But I think I didn't mention monkeys. I don't like them. I don't think they're cute. They kind of creep me out. Please no monkey toys / pictures of monkeys / etc. Clowns too!   What BPAL scent have you never tried but always wanted to? What scent have you tried and LOVED, and haven't been able to get more of and why?   I've always wanted to try Fee, cuz it just sounds interesting but nearly impossible to get. I've been fairly lucky in finding bits more of things I love, but I also haven't tried anything *that* rare. But if you find me some Succubus I will be so happy! I only have one bottle and haven't found more since it got discontinued.   I know we're all scent sensitive here. What are your favorite non-perfume smells? Day in the life stuff?   I like the smell of rain on the sidewalks. Also citrus fruits.   Coffee drinkers, what types of beans to you like? Kona, Sumatra, Kenya..etc. How do you like them roasted? Do you like flavors, such as hazelnut, vanilla, etc. in your coffee?   I don't really drink coffee.   Who has a birthday falling in this round?   Not I!   For those of us who like chocolate, do you like anything /in/ your chocolate, like fruit, nuts, or for the more daring among us, chilies?   Fruit, nuts, or chilies would all be fun. But no bacon!   Are there any childhood shows/movies/games/books/etc. that still hold a really special place in your heart?   I had this board game called Catfish Bend. I loved it but most of the pieces had gone missing, but then I lucked out and found a brand new (well, late 70s / early 80s new) still wrapped one on eBay. Woohoo!

stariel

stariel

 

Fall SW Questions 9/11 to 9/15

Does anyone have any symbols they consider to be personally significant or talismanic?   I have a great love of / obsession with five-pointed stars. Not for any significant reason that I know of, but just because I've loved them for at least 13 years now.   Are there any Gods, Goddess, or other mythological figures of whom you're particularly fond?   Look at the grammatical correctness of this question! Um, no, not particularly.   Super villain or vigilante? Which would you like to be? Which would you like to receive?   You know, when I was a little kid I always wanted to be Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty... until The Little Mermaid came out.   What mythical or fantastic race of creatures (dragons, unicorns, griffins, elves, dwarves, faeries, etc.) do you most identify with, and why?   Ooo, I guess mermaids. And, actually, that was pre-The Little Mermaid. I was obsessed with Splash as a kid.   How do you feel about Dia de los Muertos? Are you interested in sugar skulls? Catrina (or other) skeleton figurines?   I have some canvas sugar skull mary janes, but other than that no.   Do you have a favorite poem or poet?   I can't think of one off the top of my head. I read waaaaay too much poetry when taking a creative writing class in high school   For the crafty people out there: would you prefer something crafted or crafting supplies?   Either is great! If you have a different craft than mine I would *love* something crafted. Yarn is always good too, though I have lots.   Can you use pill boxes, a hard ID case, coin purse, etc?   Sure! Pill boxes would make great stitch marker boxes too. I used to have a hard ID case that I loved, but now I could use it to carry all the extra cards (for grocery stores and frequent buyer and such) that are crowding my wallet! And I love cute coin purses since my New Year's Resolution a couple years ago was not to throw change in the bottom of my bag.   Any songs you are desperately into at the moment?   I've been desperately into Into the White by Katatonia, Stained Silver by Cave In, and Say When by Fair to Midland for about a year now.   What's autumn like in your neck of the woods? What do you love and/or hate about it?   Here it's usually pretty nice. Leaves change, it gets crisp but not too cold, and sometimes it rains but I don't mind it. I like the overcast days better than the sunny ones anyway.   What's your favorite product(s) at Trader Joe's?   Oh, I adore Trader Joe's! I have easy access, so my witch shouldn't feel like s/he has to get me anything there. The chocolate covered raisins and the chocolate orange sticks are awesome. I also love the frozen steel cut oatmeal cuz I'm weird.   If you're caught in front of the tv, what are you watching?   Probably Bones, The Closer, Psych, or House. Or reruns of Law and Order while I knit.   Any Amy Brown art fans?   I like her stuff ok, but I just don't think it would fit much in my house. Though I don't know, if there was one with blue and stars that would be cool...   How do you feel about Halloween music? (mix CDs, what have you)   I have a playlist for Halloween, but most of it isn't *really* Halloween music besides Black #1 by Type O Negative and a cover of Halloween by AFI. The other stuff is mostly just thing with "ghost" or "monster" or something in the title. I don't know... I'd give it a shot. Oh, also the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack. I play that for Halloween too.   Who else is reeeeeally looking forward to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland?   I'm interested... mostly to see Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.   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?   Hmm... not really. There's an awesome bar in Cambridge, MA called River Gods that I love for the atmosphere, and I don't even drink!   Lolcats....yeah or nay?   Usually nay.   What is your favorite creepy folk story or legend?   I don't have one. I'm not really into creepy stories.   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?   Either, but I'm not a big fan of ghost stories.   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've actually gotten to do this before from a friend I went to high school and college with - he's a good artist. I sort of gave him free rein except I told him I wanted blue. It's a painting of a blue sky with white stars and a hilly landscape in front of it with a rocky monument type thing on the horizon. My sister's best friend also painted me a sheep similar to the one in The Little Prince that is hanging in my knitting corner.   If I got to do it again I'd request something in the same vein as Starry Night - a swirly sky with stars. Maybe something in the foreground but I don't know what. And something fairly large so I could hang it over my couch as a centerpiece.   What's something you're really looking forward to in the semi-near future?   I'm traveling to New York for the Sheep & Wool festival in October and visiting some friends in Boston. I'm excited for that!   What fictional character do you most identify with and why?   I don't really know. I used to (and sometimes still do) identify with Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye - not the pompous jerk part or all the swearing, but because I think underneath he's just someone who is growing up and seeing the world appearing to change around him when really he's just changing himself. I know I still feel that way sometimes when I have to do something particularly "grown up" and scary or make big decisions. It's like the world is changing so fast and leaving you behind, but then you realize that really the world is pretty much the same and it's *you* who is changing. And you don't feel ready to be an adult. But I think I finally realized that most people feel that way sometimes - it's not like adults have all the answers. That's when I felt really grown up. And there's a little window into my brain!   Could you use a 'travel' imp case? How many should it hold?   I rarely travel with imps, but maybe that's because I don't have an easy way to carry them! I don't know, 4? 5?   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 like many little packages because it can be overwhelming to get a huge box of wonderful all at the end, but I understand that shipping prices can be high, so whatever works best for my witch is fine!   What is your idea of the perfect evening at home?   Curling up on the couch with some nice beverage (chai if it's cold, iced coffee milk tea if it's hot) and my kitties and my knitting and watching a good movie or TV show while I knit. Alternatively reading a lovely book.   Are you on any social networks (MySpace, Twitter, LJ, Facebook, Bebo, etc)? If so, make with the links! Are you open to new friends?   I do have a Facebook, but I don't usually add people who aren't my "real life" friends. Plus I hardly ever use it. I have a twitter (I'm stariel there too) but it's locked - if you want to follow me just leave a note about who you are and I'll add you. Otherwise I have a Plurk that's mostly public.   What kind of socks?   I love socks! I have a lot of crazy socks, both store-bought and hand knit. Mostly I like ankle socks for summer and normal size socks for the rest of the year. I don't usually wear knee-highs or anything higher because I have enormous muscular calves. I am so not kidding.   How often do you update your wishlist?   Whenever I find out about something I just must try, or try an imp and decide I want a bottle.   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?   I really want to be Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas for Halloween. I don't have anything appropriate. I seem to recall I knew someone with a Sally dress but now I can't remember who it was. I might just give up and make my black velvet cloak into a costume again. I don't costume for anything else.   So, who has a store or ETSY shop or knows of a shop of a fellow BPALer that everybody needs to check out?   I think most the ones I know have been listed.   Who are your favorite artists/illustrators/art periods?   I like Dali and Escher a lot. I also like impressionist landscapes like Monet. Oh, and Starry Night, of course.   What's your stance on cranberries?   I love them dried, love them in scones, and love fresh cranberry sauce if it's not too sour. But not from a can, ugh!   Do you mind receiving used (in good condition, of course) CDs or DVDs? (I know this question was on the questionnaire about books, but I didn't see one for DVDs or CDs.)   Not at all! In fact, if you have a copy of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind sitting around unloved I'd love it - I always forget to get that one.   Do you have a crush on anyone famous? Do you have a crush on any literary characters? Would you like fanfiction or fan art based on this/these people?   I used to have a crush on Heath Ledger. Now I sort of have a crush on Peter Petrelli from Heroes. Oh, and Legolas. And Eric Northman from the Sookie books... because a tall blond with long hair who's also a viking *AND* a vampire? I even speak Norwegian! But I'm not really into fanfiction.   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?   I usually have a stash of granola bars. The chewy kind with fruit and nuts.   Do you have a favorite bpal bottle art?   I don't have / haven't seen that many LE bottles. I like Zarita the Doll Girl.   Are there any decants from the Halloweenies, Literary Vampires, Gris Grimly, or Hellboy that you would be interested in receiving?   I'm already getting quite a few of the Halloweenies. The Literary Vampires didn't really seem my style but I'd be open to trying them. I haven't even looked at the others.   There has been a lot of talk about chocolate, but none about Candy! What is your favorite Candy? What candy do you hate?   I think most of my favorite candy has chocolate. I can't usually do gummies because of gelatin. Oh, Red Vines! Totally obsessed with them. But not Twizzlers, those are totally different and I don't like them. I like candy corn in moderation. I'm sure I'll think of something later.   Do you have a Blu-Ray player?   Sadly no. I don't think my TV would even do it justice.   Do you have any objections to receiving downloads? Is your internet connection fast enough for you to download large files like music easily? Are there any songs, albums, movies, or TV shows that you can't find/haven't been released that you want?   I'm not really into illegal downloads. I do have a fast internet connection, though. I do really like mix CDs, I feel like those are more a "taste" of artists and then if I like them I can go buy more.

stariel

stariel

 

Fall SW Questions: 9/9

Super power?   I always say teleportation - because it's a useful form of transportation, defense mechanism, and party trick. But thinking about it just now, I might have to change my answer to the non-traditional superpower of seeing myself the way others see me. Not physically - I guess "perceive" is a better word. It would be so helpful in establishing relationships of all varieties and knowing who to avoid and even changing the way you act around certain people if they're taking it wrong. Like, if I had known that my friend from high school had a secret crush on me and wasn't exactly kidding with all the joking flirting... I probably wouldn't have joke-flirted back.   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 do not have a grinder of any kind.   For the tea and coffee drinkers: Opinion on tea- and/or coffee-related accessories/etc? (Teaware, sugar crystals, infusers, tea chests, etc) How do you take your coffee (or tea)? Black or with cream and/or sugar?   I have a neat mesh thing for loose tea that is shaped like a cup and sits in the top. I don't have much else besides mugs, though. I don't drink coffee at home. I drink some tea with milk and sugar, some not. I drink my "coffee" in mocha form.   Restaurants you'd like a gift certificate to on Restaurant.com?   I looked at the Seattle ones a while back and don't remember seeing anything that thrilling.   In your perfect world it is chocolate and...?   Marzipan! Or nuts.   How do you scent your home: tarts, reed diffusers, BPAL, candles?   I have scented candles and an oil burner that takes tealights. I don't use them all that often, though. I'm actually not sure how tarts work...   What's your favorite dessert treat? Ice cream? Cake? Pie? Fudge brownie cake with pie flavored ice cream on top?   Creme brulee! I also like cookie dough quite a bit. And kheer.   Do you believe we control our destiny, or does our destiny control us?   I believe we control our destiny somewhat through our choices, and the rest is up to chance.   What one thing that is missing from your life would you like to have above all else?   My own home. I mean, I have an apartment, but I'd like to own a home that I planned on staying in for a good while so I could feel truly settled and start a saltwater fish tank and such.   That or possibly a significant other. I'm actually pretty happy being single, but at the moment there's the non-boyfriend and the whole undecided state of our non-relationship is more annoying than just being single. But I like him so I'm having trouble getting rid of him.

stariel

stariel

 

Fall SW Questions: 9/5 to 9/8

What was your favouritest job ever, and why?   Hmm... I've had lots of interesting jobs. I think the most fun is probably working in a yarn store (I've had two different yarn store jobs) but it doesn't pay that well. Most of my science jobs - including the current one - have been pretty awesome.   Which three albums would you take to your apocalypse bolt hole and how would you power the generator?   This is way too hard of a question. But I will just put down the 3 that I couldn't live without at this very moment and hope that I never get stuck in an apocalypse bolt hole.   AEnima ~ Tool Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True ~ Fair to Midland The Spear of the Lily is Aureoled ~ Sculptured   Of course, that doesn't include any bands with female vocals, which is sad. But I don't think I could live without any of those.   What GC scent have you been putting off getting since it'll "always be there"?   I made the mistake of doing that with Succubus. I got one bottle but didn't get a backup. But currently? Whatever is on my wishlist. Fae is one I know.   Are you interested in things like home remedies for ailments, cleaning solutions, etc.?   I like home-made cleaning solutions, but I'm usually too lazy to make them if they take much work.   Any cooks? Could you use anything cooking related? Aprons? Cookbooks? Measuring Cups? Recipes? Herb/Spice containers? Fancy Spices? Dish Towels? Cocktail napkins? Amazing Beaded Pot Holders? (like from our very own Pottersville! ) Something else?   I like to cook! I don't wear aprons, though maybe I should to avoid the little bits of cookie dough that always get stuck on my shirt when I use the mixer. I could use measuring spoons, but I have plenty of cups. Vegetarian recipes / cookbooks are always appreciated. I wouldn't mind some cute dish towels either - I seem to have lost some during the move and they weren't cute anyway.   Are you an avid reader? What's your favorite book/series?   I read some, lately it's been nonfiction and semi-trashy vampire books for contrast. I used to read more, but then I got really into knitting and started doing that more.   What's your favorite candy to stock up on at Halloween?   I don't really stock up. I usually have some candy at home, but it takes me a while to eat it. I do love Almond Joy though, and those mini Snickers are just the right size!   What are your phobias?   I don't think I technically have any phobias, but I do have an intense dislike / disgust about spit. It's inconvenient when around drooly dogs and/or children. Just thinking about it, or someone making spit sounds, makes me feel nauseous. I even get super grossed-out about my own spit.   What is your favourite flower (or plant)?   I have this strange affinity for jade plants. I would say that irises are my favorite flower - because of the color.   Duct tape purses and wallets and things are pretty darned cool. Who else thinks so?   My best friend has had one for years now and he loves it. I just got a custom wallet made a few months ago so I'm all set on the wallet front, though.   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?   Well, I'd buy an Xbox 360 and Gold Live subscription so I can watch Netflix movies on my TV. Plus Rock Band and a mic so I can play it with my Boston Rock Band people. Then I'd probably get some BPAL and a lot of yarn, and some presents for my friends and family.   Who likes coloring books?   I haven't colored in a long time. This might sound weird... but I don't like crayons. It's because they never come out looking "even" when you color with them. Yes, I'm weird.   Do you have a Good Reads profile? If so, make with the link! If you don't have one, go make one!   Yep, here, but I don't usually update it.   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?   I always have a few things around that are quick and easy for when I'm feeling lazy or having a grocery emergency. So I'd probably end up having chili or mac & cheese or ramen or a veggie burger.   If you could decorate/redecorate any 1 room in your home, what would it be and how would you decorate it?   Well, I'm still in the process of decorating. I suppose it's ongoing. I do need to get a bed frame and a bedside table for my bedroom. And then there's my knitting nook that currently only has a lamp - I just got a rug at IKEA but I haven't put it down yet. I need a chair for there. But I'm not really good at decorating. I just go with the strategy of blue and throwing stuff together.   Any rabid sports fans out there? What teams do you root for?   Nope.   What's your favorite animal? (You can have more than one.)   I love tropical fish! I don't have any right now, though. And I'm also a big fan of cats, because they're cuddly but also independent most of the time. As for non-pet animals: crows, squirrels, non-poisonous snakes, and bats.   This is how the world ends... zombie apocalypse, robot uprising, alien invasion, return of the elder gods... which doomsday scenario do you prefer (or make your own!)?   Um... I dunno. I'm going to go more boring and say that an asteroid hits earth, plunging it into an ice age.   In the year 2525... if man is still alive... what sort of future do you imagine? (apologies to anyone who gets that song stuck in their head!)   What song?   Hmm, well I think we should definitely have teleports. Or at least really really fast cheap travel.   Do you believe in magic (or magick, if you prefer)? What does it mean to you?   Not in the traditional sense. I believe there are many amazing things that aren't explainable with our current knowledge - I guess that's sort of like magic.   If you found the puzzle box from Hellraiser, what would you do with it? ( and would you be able to resist playing with it? )   I haven't ever seen that movie, but I think bad things happen if you open the box? I'd probably destroy it if possible. And I would definitely be able to resist playing with it.   Do you like pinup art/images?   Not really.   What are your plans for Halloween? Have you made any yet? Do you have any traditions?   No plans yet. I'm hoping to find some fun way to spend it - last year I just sat around the house I think.   Who are your BPAL forum buddies? You know, people I could conspire with to Witch you!   Well, bryghtrose introduced me to BPAL and the forum... now I live 3000 miles away and see littlegoat and Thursdae and twilighteyes and some other Seattle BPALers for meet & sniffs.   What is your favorite color?   BLUE!!!!!   Any other steampunk fans/lovers?   I'm not exactly clear on what it is, even after looking it up. I've seen some cool stuff, but I don't know that it's really me.   Describe your ideal picnic lunch. Where would you go? Who (if anyone, and yes there can be multiple people) would accompany you? What sort of food would you take? And, of course, if a picnic lunch sounds like a horrible idea, feel free to say so!   I'd bring a bunch of my friends and make iced tea and lemonade and cookies and cute little sandwiches and fruit and yummy cupcakes and then we could just sit around and knit after lunch (or read or nap for the non-knitters). But it would be somewhere with lots of shade and not too hot because I'm not really a fan of the sun or the heat. Maybe I should get a parasol. Oh, and because it is the ideal picnic there wouldn't be any bees trying to get into the food!

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Fall SW Questions: 9/3 and 9/4

What are everyone's favorite Halloween-y/Autumn-y/spooky movies? Are there any you don't own but would like to?   I have and love Nightmare Before Christmas, and Sleepy Hollow has lovely costumes. I don't really watch gory or most horror movies, but I do like suspense and crime movies.   Are roasted pumpkin seeds and home made chex mix the best fall snack foods, or what?   They sound delicious, though Worcestershire sauce (in most Chex mix recipes) has anchovies. But you know, it tastes just fine with soy sauce, I can vouch!   what kinda socks are you wearing tonight?   I'm just wearing little cotton anklets that are bright green and yellow striped, because I desperately need to do sock laundry. I handwash my handknit socks.   Whats your favorite pie, my dear SW's?   I love pie! Especially pumpkin - last year I made 4 different kinds before Thanksgiving and "tested" them with my family to determine which was the best for the real Thanksgiving.   Do you like socks? Blankets? Wrist warmers? Arm warmers? Headband? Shawl? Or what kind of knitted thing would you love the most?   Yes! I probably wouldn't wear shawls unless they're squishable to a scarf size, but I still think they're lovely. I knit lots of socks myself, but I wouldn't say no to more. And arm warmers might be fun - I don't currently wear them but I'd give it a shot.   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'm not really into them, but I don't really mind them either. Except The Graveyard Book - that is fabulous!   Who here is LOVING Warehouse 13?   Never heard of it.   Nother question! Coffee or Tea?   I only drink coffee out, but I like tea a lot (especially chai) and make it at home often.   Interested in locally produced products? Food, skincare or both?Olive oil? Lavender oils or soaps?   Sure!   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?   I don't wear dangly earrings or pendants much. I don't wear hair clips cuz my hair doesn't really "do", but I do use pony tail bands.   What is your favourite historical period?   This one is pretty decent. But I think I want Victorian clothes.   What other hot beverages everyone likes for fall?   I love flavored hot chocolate, especially mint!   Did you order anything from the most recent update?   Nope! I'm sniffing Weenies this weekend hopefully, and then I'll probably order some.   Vampires or Werewolves? Or some other monster?   Vampires! They're so hot... I think it's the neck biting thing.   What sort of odd or regional foods do you crave?   Hmm... I don't really know. I once had a knitting swap buddy in England that sent me apricot and oatmeal Thornton's Choccies. Those were perhaps the yummiest candy ever.   Any Gamers here? What kind? Board games? RPG? Miniature? MMORPG?   I wouldn't really consider myself a gamer, but I do like board games and... Fluxx! the best game ever!   Is anyone playing this round of SW into ABJ? (asian ball jointed dolls)   I had to go look them up. I have a Blythe - a remake - and a similar Asian doll without the color-changing eyes, but the ones you're asking about seem to have normal sized bodies (not tiny bodies and huge heads). I got mine to knit clothes for, but have I gotten around to it? Of course not!   What is your favorite Halloween icon?   I am a fan of pumpkins (both carved and un-), black cats, and BATS!   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?   I'm stealing the idea of an iPod of my favorite music, that is just fabulous. Also some handknit socks, because knitting is my big hobby. Something sciencey to depict my job - maybe some tubes and a pipet. And then some blue star stuff, a few photobooth strips of me with friends because I collect them, maybe some BPAL imps. That's probably it.   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.   I have my 101 in 1001, that's sort of an ambitious project. Especially the part about buying a home... that may or may not happen within the time, but it's a goal I'm working towards.   Favorite kind or take out kinda burger? Whats your burger preference? Veggie,meat or ????   Well, naturally I only eat veggie burgers, being a vegetarian and all. There's this great burger place called Red Mill near my house that has amazing veggie burgers and also the yummiest creamsicle flavored shakes... I might have to go there this weekend.   What's your favorite childhood toy?   I have this little stuffed animal named BooBoo that I got when I was very young. I used to take him everywhere, and he had many adventures like the time I dropped him off the 2nd floor of the mall (it's open in the middle) and a nice man on the first floor brought him back to me up the escalator. Or the time we went swimming and his poor little arm ripped off. We could never figure out what he was and my mom claimed he was a groundhog. But then last December I was on a train to visit my family and we got stuck for a couple hours when our engine broke down. I was talking to this girl next to me and somehow the subject came up and I said I had seen this picture of a mink and BooBoo has a mink face, but that he doesn't have a tail. Voila! He is an ermine! I never would have guessed, it took a broken down train over 20 years later to figure out poor BooBoo's identity.   If you have a pet, what kind of gifts would be good for them?   I have two cats, and they'd enjoy toys or treats. Or just the box you send my gifties in, I'm sure they'll love that.   Do you Tweet? What is your Twitter name? I'm stariel there too. Are you on Ravelry? What is your Ravelry name? And I'm also stariel on Ravelry.

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