To my lovely witch! I am having kind of a time of it this past week (fires/smoke in OR while also dealing with several medical appts/procedure this week). Should slow down next week. If I have not answered questions you are interested in, please check out any of my prior six or seven blog posts from prior rounds. I think a lot of these questions show up every year.
Does anything from Paintbox Soapworks catch your eye (http://paintboxsoapworks.com/)?
The book butters sound really good as my skin is so dry already! African soap or even the Tiger Bar soap sound intriguing.
Does anything from the Trading Post's etsy page catch your eye (https://www.etsy.com/shop/bptradingpost)?
Shockingly, not right now.
Is there anything you want from Japan? Current kit kat flavors are... Salty Lemon, Salty Lychee, Sweet Potato, Chestnut and possibly still some Cookies and Cream Ice Cream or Strawberry Ice Cream from summer. Other than that, anime goods, cute stationery, other Japanese snacks, lay it on me!
I think all the odd KitKat flavors are curious. Cute pens are fun. I don't know anything specific, but enjoy being surprised.
What are your favorite self-care items or activities? I'm especially curious about things that you hesitate to do/get because they feel like frivolous luxuries.
Hmmm...nail butters like LUSH Lemony Flutter or that one from PB Soapworks. My cuticles are very sad right now.
are you familiar with https://www.a-natural-alternative.com/ ? Take a peak & let me know if you might like to try something.
All of those soaps look amazing. I prefer natural soaps like this. Any that are moisturizing or exfoliating would be a bonus!
Would you like a face mask from one of my favorite artists? https://akumuink.com/collections/facemasks
The plague seeker face mask is cute (size M as opposed to S, I'd guess).
one of our fellow BPAL friends makes custom masks, Hakutaku Custom Masks on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HakutakuMasks/ ). Would anyone be interested in one of her masks?
Oh! Fabrics #36 and 41 are so cute! Sure!
Would you like anything from here? https://www.etsy.com/shop/TaterRoundsBeauty
Soy candles, like Black Philip, seem good (but heavy to ship?).
what are your feelings on home made/ home canned jams & pickles or syrups? I even make things with berries I grow in my garden. I make both brandied & bourbon cherries. Syrups good for cocktails, in lemonade or tea, flavors include Lavender, Lavender + Lemon, & Lavender + Vanilla.
YUM!!! ALLL of the cocktail syrups sound amazing. A friend once served a lavender infused drink, and I LOVED it. I think the lavender blends would be amazing, too!
Is there something that you're especially hoping to receive for this round? For example, a brand you've heard of that you're especially wanting to try, or a certain "thing" that you really want but just cant bring yourself to buy for yourself??
Hmmm. I just got a new car (new to me, not brand new) and I always choose one static window sticker. Haven't chosen yet. If my witch thought she could pick one for me based on all my answers everywhere, that'd be cool! Also, I like to hang one decorative bit from the rearview mirror, and am not sure about that yet. Something witchy or natural would be nice.
Would you rather receive supplies/tools for your own craft/hobby or receive something you can't make yourself?
Right now I don't have the space to dive into my hobby (plants/decorating plants with stones, etc.), but I'd love anything my witch makes!
Is there anything you'd like from Penzeys (https://www.penzeys.com/)?
I love so much from them. We used to use a sandwich sprinkle we loved, but gave away when we were fully vegan for quite a long time. We're back to eating dairy and I do miss that.
Art and artists - anyone dig any of this? https://www.studiodesade.com/ (They also do masks, see here.)
Very talented folks! I don't think it's for me.
If you knit/crochet/weave, would you like custom dyed yarn? And if so do you have preference on weight, fiber, colors?
Do not knit, but I think it's awesome when people do!
what is one fun/frivolous thing for $20 or less that you’d enjoy?
The static cling window sticker mentioned above - maybe from Buffyverse?
If I sent you to a dollar store with $20, what would you walk out with?
I've never been. Can you believe it? Maybe some glass jars or a basket? Natural decor.
would anybody like a small cross stitch thing, like a patch or pin? or cross stitching notions like handmade needle minders?
Maybe a very small item that could be displayed in my home? I don't use patches or pins, but I do think tiny, snarky cross-stitching is fun.
Is there anything you'd like from the UK?
Escape from the tyranny of our government in the US? But seriously, you guys have so much amazing stuff. I don't know where to start.
Do you have a particular fandom you'd like stuff from?
BUFFY! And Angel, or Charmed. Twin Peaks.
How do you feel about tea? Preferences? Would you want anything from David's Tea (https://www.davidstea.com/us_en/home/), Steepologie (https://www.steepologie.com/), Bird & Blend (https://birdandblendtea.com/us_en/), or do you have a favorite tea maker to suggest? What about tea tools or cups?
I love tea! I have learned that I prefer herbal/no caffeine. Anything that might help me sleep would be a huge plus! Tools and cups are good, too, so long as they're fairly minimal, like my aesthetic.
How do you feel about fragrant things for the home like incense, candles, atmosphere spray?
Do love, though I try not to use paraffin wax (prefer soy or other). But, yes, please!
Do you share your home with any loved ones (human, feline, canine, etc.) who might enjoy a tiny treat too?
Husband and a 5yo, loud but belove Sphynx cat, Phoebe Buffay.
Does anyone like the prints or items from www.ElissaMarieCreative.com ? I have a few of her prints and the notebooks and they are quality!
Hmmm... I like the Make Magic print.
What about www.drawingsbynicole.com? Anything specific?
I don't think so.
Does anything from www.vapidlacquer.com stick out to you?
The soaps look beautiful. I'm trying to make the switch from gel to avoid waste for both hand soap and bathing.
I do pour painting/acrylic fluid art (with varying degrees of success, haha). Would you like a custom piece in colors of your choice (takes 3-4 weeks with curing, longer if you want it sealed, so it would arrive post-round if custom) or a piece already finished in my collection? I have mostly 12 x 12 and 10 x 10s right now. Pics available upon request!
Yep! Sounds exciting.
After enjoying looking at the links several others have put in the questions, I decided to add some of my own favorite independent artists who I enjoy supporting - so, what do you think of the goodies from these people? And specific items you love? Enjoy!
2) https://www.mineralgypsy.com I love the raw quartz and lemurian stones.
4) https://www.marikapaz.com/shop/ Shop is closed now.
8 ) https://www.hedgespokenpress.com
One of the things I do is make nifty things from sweaters that I cut up & upcycle into things like super warm mittens, arm warmers, striped arm warmers, cowls, teapot cozies, & French press cozies. I don't have a slipper I love yet, but I'm working on it. So, which of these things might you like? Give me some thoughts on colors you like & if for a teapot or press, I need to know a size.
Slippers out of these things sound most like they'd get use. I have a pair of mary jane style slippers (just knit with a piece that buttons over the top of my foot to keep them on. I get that you are not sure about slippers yet, though. Sounds fun!
I enjoy historical reproductions and am a fan of LBCC Historical Apothecary. Is there something in her store you might be interested in?
Cute, but I'm not sure.
Do you have a favorite art style/movement/artist?
I don't know, sadly. I am not well-versed. I like minimal, black and white (maybe with neutrals).
Who is your fashion icon(s)?
Hmmm...I really enjoy Dan Levy from Schitt's Creek.
What is your favorite mythological creature?
I loved unicorns since I was a babe. A couple years ago, they took on a negative association. I'm working on flushing that out, because I want to love them again.
is there anything you want from Lush?
Yep! Dream Cream, Blue Skies, French Kiss, and Sleepy are old faves. I enjoy so much of their stuff, but not the florals or overly foody scents.
Do you need any astrological work done, since thats one of my professions? Any particular areas you could utilize a consultation?
Wow. I know nothing, but am curious.
How do you feel about the homemade fudge I sell in my etsy shop? https://www.etsy.com/shop/HollysRainbow -particular preferences, flavors (consider I take special flavor requests all the time!)?
I feel great about it! I bet that chocolate peanut butter fudge would like to be in mah belly.
How do you feel about keto or sugar-free, low carb baked goods or treats??
Great! I have done a full keto diet and am now doing low carb (with the allowance for "regular" treats), but am definitely open to keto-esque ones!
Anything you'd like from Future Primitive: https://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk
Their things look lovely. I'm clueless. If you can deduce from my other preferences, I'm sure the products are fab!
Do you have an Etsy wishlist?
Think I'm under EML298 - https://www.etsy.com/people/eml298?ref=hdr_user_menu-profile.
I wanted to share this link to a soapmaker I love and ask if y'all see anything you would like from them! https://www.herbneden.com/
Yes! I'm trying to find soaps that are moisturizing (if possible). I try to use vegan body care, but I am open to bees wax and probably milks harvested ethically.
Nui Cobalt Designs perfumes...(just got her latest email): How about the scents being discontinued? The Critters? https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/collections/critters-2020?page=1
or other ones?
I stick to BPAL out of sheer desire to avoid another rabbit hole. I bet these are gorgeous, though, as is their maker!
I have a friend who does pet caricatures. He's done ones for all of my pets. Is this something you would be interested of for your pet(s)?
If he does mostly black and white art (maybe with one or two accent colors, then yes! My girl is black and white, so it fits!
Do you decorate seasonally/for holidays? Is there anything in particular you would like to that end?
I do, but I actually use clear glass, twinkle lights and pumpkins so one set of "holiday" decor can work from Halloween through new year's. I add black bits and skulls, but that's all season for me.
Would you like anything from House of Gloi, especially from their Autumn Update? (https://www.hausofgloi.com/collections/fall-1)
Ack! See answer to Nui Cobalt, above.
I know the tea question has been asked, but what, specifically, about Adagio teas?
Sure! Herbal, sleep blends, etc.
What about anything tempting from Dandelion Chocolate? (https://store.dandelionchocolate.com/pages/home)
Oh, my! Yes - I can't even pick one! They all sound divine, maybe except the sour cream one.
Would you, my dear Witchee, like anything from April Gloom? https://www.etsy.com/shop/AprilGloom (this is our @spookygrrrly - switch witch code coming soon to a spreadsheet near you.)
How about from https://twinklentwilight.etsy.com ? (This shop belongs to @twilighteyes - we can maybe crochet some of the unicorns that are sold out...)
Would you enjoy anything from my friend Brian's Etsy shop? https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrianSerwayArt?
Are you a sock person? If so what are your favourite kinds to wear? Do you have a sockdreams wishlist?
If you're not near one, is there anything from Trader Joe's you'd like?
How do you feel about local items from my city, like spicy (think chili) things or local coffee? The coffee is not spicy lol.
do you have good feelings about Funko Pop?
Candles! Anything from these places catch your fancy?
https://cantripcandles.com/collections (restocks Friday 9/18 at 9:00 PST)
Is there something from your fandom that popped up in another country you'd be particularly interested in? What, and what store?
Would you be interested in some boozy chocolates (or anything else) from https://www.chocolatemoonshine.com/ ?
Witchee, assuming you like home made/home canned condiment goodies, what is your spice level preference?
Would you be interested in anything from Cellar Door Bath Supply Co.?
Lilith are up! Is there anything from the release that you want? Decant or full bottles?
How would you feel about recipes?
Would anyone be interested in anything from Bucees?! It’s a magical giant beaver gas station/shop! It has spices, fudge, Knick knacks, all things Texas, candy, beef jerky, roasted nuts, and of course beavers! Most things like the fudge and nuts are made in house.
How do you guys store your decants so they are not a confused mess? If you've got a system, please share it.
I'm a knitter. I have some knitted washcloths done, and can knit up more. Would you like some? Also, if answered soon enough, I can maybe get a scarf done. Would you like one? What colors would you like? Thin or thick? With or without fringe? Are you allergic to any fibers - wool, cashmere, angora, alpaca?
C O N D I M E N T S
| 9/18/19 |
Would you like anything from Future Primitive? (It's fine to mention OOS things) https://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/
Scents: Rook & Raven + Sylph from the general catalogue; The Gloaming from the fall line | Products: most likely to use body cream, as I'm so.very.dry, but would be happy to try any of the products with the caveat that I don't use silicones on my hair.
Does anyone have a favorite horror movie that they love? Need a copy/DVD of?
No, thank you, for physical media. I'd love to try any digital movies you recommend!
Do you like smallish knitted stuff (hats, fingerless mittens, scarves, toys, etc. -- be specific!)?
I don't know what I'd do with him, but this is so cute! (I'd probably make him emerald green or white, but still: https://www.etsy.com/listing/635590910/witch-narwhal-crochet-pattern-witch?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=narwhal+witch&ref=sr_gallery-1-13&organic_search_click=1
Do any of these knitted items appeal to you?
Easy Fingerless Mittens - do love fingerless gloves
Odyssey Shawl - very intrigued by this. Have not worn something like this, but maybe I should? I'd make cooler, more contrasting tones (my color prefs die hard as in my ?aire)
Rikke Slouch Hat - hats make my curly hair even more crazy, but this one is adorable!
How do you feel about thrift store finds (assuming they're in good condition and have been thoroughly cleaned before shipping)?
Yup! Reuse for the win!
| 9/20/19 |
These are my questions, sooo.
I may have bought several full size Rituel de Fille makeup items in a frenzy over their whole vibe. If I tested something once or twice (and it can be sanitized), would you be interested?
Are you interested in trying different skincare products from higher end, clean brands?
Any interest in anything from Torrid, noting their "fangirl" and Halloween collections are updated?
What on the following list would you like to receive something related to (or have something donated to in your and Joni's honor?)
· animal rescue
This would be great!
I like pie!
· inappropriate candies (either in shape or in contents—ex., boozy candies, creatively shaped peanut brittle…)
This sounds like fun!!
I'll be going to Seattle, London and Paris during this round- anything you'd love to have from any of these locations?
All of those places sound marvelous, but I'm not sure I can think of anything specific to one of them. Anything you think would work would be most appreciated!
Is there anything you would particularly like from Japan? Stationary, bento supplies, a particular snack, etc. The fall flavors for kitkats this year are Chestnut, Sweet Potato and Apple Pie.
I do enjoy cute pens, but I only actually use ones made for comfort. Huh, those KitKat flavors sounds intriguing, but I can't actually imagine any of them.
| 9/22/19 |
Thinking about really good natural food stores like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods, if you could have ANY bath and beauty or body care items, what would you love?
Hmmm...I'm wanting to find a candle company that doesn't engage in animal testing (like Bath and Body Works, my old go-to). I also enjoy small tubes of hand cream cream for my purse, or any rich body creams for my very dry skin.
Also what kind of treats, snacks, foods, condiments, bulk items, teas, housewares from the same natural food stores would you love?
Oh my! Great questions. So many things. We are trying baking more, and different vanilla pastes have been interesting. Any kind of meat and fish free treat consistent with my ?aire is welcome.
Also, are there any particular sustainable kitchen or household items you would love to receive?
I have bought but then misplaced mesh bags for buying produce without having to use the grocer's plastic bags. I think they had tare weight on them. I had meant to get more of something like that.
| 9/23/19 |
Did anything catch your eye from the Liliths?
Yes. From Fatherhood, I nabbed a couple decants but missed Go Hawks!, which I would enjoy testing. From Beth, the following would be fun to test:
All My Friends Are Turning Green
And Sing, And Sing
That Villain Romeo
Would you like anything from Lush?
Why have they never made one of their forum perfumes in Blue Skies or French Kiss? I love those bubble bars so much, but no bath in our current place. I do love Buffy the Backside Slayer, Dream Cream, and actually lots of their stuff that's not overly floral or foody.
| 9/26/19 |
Is there anything kind of weird and niche about which you feel this way, fellow witchees?
Hmmm, I will need to ponder this. Can't think of anything offhand, yet I have that sense that I'm missing something.
Kickstarter (and similar): Any thoughts, witches?
In theory, I like them. My experience has been iffy. For example, I just got a postage due notice for over $22, for a KickStarter I joined. Really? I paid shipping.
would you like a crocheted doll related to one of your interests? Huh. I can't think of anything off the top of my head, though I've seen some "ugly monster" dolls done by some forumites at times that seem so cute!
Would you want me to put a collection of rocks/gems together for you? And if so, is there anything you'd want me to focus on? (health, peace, protection, creativity, love, etc...) Oh, that sounds fun! I'm just recently learning about stones. I have picked up a couple medium to large (?) pieces of quartz and rose quartz, because I like how they look. I'd love to learn more! Hmmm...health would be good?
I have a new question! I'll be headed to the PA RenFaire the end of this month. Is there anything you'd be interested in? http://www.parenfaire.com/faire.html(if you scroll down a bunch there's a list of merchants) I want funnel cake! Lol. Do they even have that at Ren Faires? A friend of mine went to a carnival recently and posted a pic of it on FB. NOM! Anyway, I am not familiar with any of this, but you have a lot of info about my preferences and if something I've said suggests I'd enjoy something here to you, I bet you're spot on!
Are you a board game nerd like me? Is there a game you want right now? Not for a while.
There are some really awesome spice shops in NYC. Would you like/need any herbs or spices? I'm just starting to experiment with Penzey's Spices, and am enjoying that. I like to spice salads, veggies, and cheesy things. No meats.
Anything from this curiosity shop the type of thing that interests you? Dreadful Curiosities: https://www.facebook.com/pg/dreadfulcuriosities/photos/ The white plates with skulls or other bone designs on are interesting to me.
For those of us Switch Witches who ARE witches....if you have a Book of Spells would you like a page for it from your witch? I am uninformed byt curious about *actual* witchery.
What house were you sorted into? Hufflepuff per University of Cambridge research quiz, but then I just took the official Pottermore one, and I am Ravenclaw.
Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus? Probably Practical Magic.
Does anything from either of these shops interest you? While my style used to be completely fitting to this, I have been more geared towards light colors and themes in the last few years. I really appreciate the creativity and stories behind the art, especially the rat with the engagement ring. The Stitchety Witch stitch creations and patterns Black Abbey Studios art w/ a gothic tendency
Is there something (either a specific item, or type of item, like bath/body, perfume, candy etc) you're really looking forward to or hoping to get? Not specifically. I enjoy the fun and thoughtfulness of this!
What's something you want or look at, but always talk yourself out of buying (or for whatever reason never purchase)? Sofa.
Are there any subscription/subscription style boxes you have an interest in? (This could be a very specific sub like sihaya or lootcrate or an idea/concept you're interested in without a specific company in mind, like "book related candles"). No, thank you. well, unless it was for my dog or cat.
Coffee or Tea? Yes, please. Anything from David's Tea(esp the new Halloween) that catches your eye? I would like to try their things! I like herbal teas mostly, without caffeine.
What are your DISO BPAL dreams? I love original Antique Lace. The new release isn't the same on me. Such is life. The Lick It! candle from years back was amazing.
Is there anything from the Lush christmas line that was just released that you're interested in? I love LUSH. I enjoy all the Sleepy line items *except* the massage bar they release due to the weird sparkly powder inside it (at least, it was there last year). I also enjoy LUSH Pud, Christingle, Candy Mountain, the vanilla bear stuff, and am curious about Holly Berry.
Is there any scents from the more current releases you have been wanting to try (Weenies, Motherhood/Fatherhood)? I think I put some in my w/l for the ones I didn't buy full bottles of... I liked Puppet Kitty the best of my full bottles.
How do you feel about buttons, pins, and badges? Cute, but I don't need any.
Are you witchy or like witchy things like incense, sage, palo santo, crystals, tarot, altar supplies, candles, etc.? Whatcha like/need? I am uninformed but curious about actual witchery,
Do you need decanting supplies? Sample vials? Pipettes? Standard labels? No, thank you.
Can you link to your non forum wishlists/goodreads if you haven't already done so? I'm eml298 or my real name any place I have one. Don't think I've updated any in a while. I used to keep Amazon updated.
If you're a yarn user, what kinds of yarn do you like best? I find yarn beautiful but only have use for finished products given my lack of knowledge and skill.
Let's get specific about this knitting thing! Do any of these items/styles appeal? I've numbered these so you can just reference numbers if you like! #11 Little Kindness Monster is really cute!
If your witch was able to obtain digital media that you could not access (TV, movies, books, etc.), is there anything you have been in search of for quite a while? If yes, what devices do you use to play such (i.e. Windows, Mac, etc.)? I would like a new audiobook series to listen to, or HIIT videos to work out with.
Is there anything you want from Japan? Some kind of food, cute stationary, fandom merch, maybe you collect lucky cats, anything! I know there are cool candies that are often specific to Japan. Not sure of specifics?
Are you interested in anything from Nerdlacquer? Wow! Had never heard of them before. Pretty stuffs! I would possibly enjoy an Iconoclast: Flash Gordon with Vultan (the pinky mauve neutral) and silver/white, pink/violet shimmer...but, how do you apply the glitter if it's not premixed? (I'm pretty basic in my polish skills, methinks!)
Speaking of OOS/Discontinued - Are there any old favorites from no longer operating companies that you would like if either anyone had a stash OR could find a reasonable dupe? Huh. I would be very thrilled to find a candle that smelled and burned like Puddin's Lick It! candle from years back. (Now, I mostly diffuse EOs, but I bet that'd change if this existed.) That's not exactly what this question is asking, but it's what came to mind.
Booze, yea or nay? Favorite kinds? Yes. Bourbon, white tequila, smooth vodka.
Knitted stuff? Need/want anything specific? Colors? I have a pair of mary jane style slipper socks that I would love to have a "dupe" of. I love them to death.
Feelings re: Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland? Love it, hate it, meh it? I feel positively about it.
Are you thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Any merch or pre-Nano supplies you might want? I never knew about this until just now! Sounds fun!
I just recently discovered MoonMagic -jewelry with a focus on moonstones but also opals and labradorite. They currently have a sale. Anything that stands out to you? (moonmagic.com) I <3 moonstones and labradorites. All my bloodmilk pieces are such. And this is a new site to me, too! Nice! I notice the Moon Trance ring and White Virgin ring.
Do you like quirky socks? Any preferred styles (ankle, thigh-high..)? Yes, but not too bright. I love fuzzy socks to sleep in. Given that I am of the plus size variety, I don't enjoy socks that are tight on my ankles. Sock Dreams had a sock called "space dyed terry shorties" that I loved, for example.
Would you like a postcard from the fancy schmantsy St Pancras Renaissance hotel that I'm about to stay in several times over the next month? (Witches, I'll happily send one to your witchee if they would like it) Why not?
Does anything catch your eye from Future Primitive, including oos things? Their stuff looks beautiful. I'd love to try anything within my typical scent preferences. I'd be most open to body moisturizers, soaps, and bath stuffs (as opposed to hair stuffs or wax melts).
Do you like colouring? I like the idea of coloring, but I am not sure I'd actually DO the coloring. Maybe I would?
Can you list your wishlists please? Mine are linked in my sig. They are not up to date. I'll work on that. I have an Amazon w/l under my real name.
If you like Lush, are there any UK-only things you're desperate to get? I don't know of anything currently. However, I do not keep up with the LUSH Kitchen over there. If they've ever released anything in the Blue Skies or French Kiss scents (or if they ever do), then I need that. I also recognize I'd probably know if they had. This is more of a pipe dream comment than one based in reality. (But WHY haven't they made a French Kiss perfume??? OR Blue Skies? )
Crochet goodies yes or no? If yes, what kind of goodies? I have seen some amazingly beautiful crocheted scarves, gloves, fingerless gloves, etc., that I would love! On the other hand, I have received (from my MIL) some more traditional/country-styled items that I am completely not compelled by. So, I guess I'd say YES - and assume it's likely the case that BPALista style is quite likely to coincide with my own. (Most of the pics I've seen of pieces I love are actually in the SW threads and on BPALista FB pages.)
Do you have any allergies to animals/smoke/food etc? I don't have any actual medical allergies to these things. I say this because my doc told me people can't actually be allergic to cigarette/cigar smoke. So, whatever people CAN be to that stimulus, I am. (I *hate* it, and it makes my nose run/stuffs me up.)
Graphic novels: I *want* to be into graphic novels. That said, I'm a huge Buffy fan, and have had a few of those waiting for me to read for a couple years, and they're yet to be cracked. This is an unclear answer only because I am unclear. The interest is there. It's the motivation that's questionable.
Nail Polish: I go through phases where I keep my nails painted, and then don't do it for months. I recently purged the CND gel nail system/lamp/hoard I had due to nail damage (well, before my last move seven months ago). I have some new Zoyas, and am quite intrigued with the BPTP claw polishes, though I have yet to pick up any.
BPTP: I say, yes, please! I am a huge fan. I have found that, although I purchase atmos, I just don't seem to use them. I am more of a candle or essential oil person. Otherwise, I think I use pretty much all the categories of Puddin's treats. Favorites have been Blueberry Peppermint bath oil, UGH massage oil, Patchouli Clove massage oil, Lick It! candle, but there are a ton of others I've enjoyed greatly.
Nail Wraps: Probably not.
Teas/Spices/Spice Rubs/Specialty Ingredients from a local tea & spice shop? Yum! No rubs for meat other than fish, please. I need to educate myself about decaffeinated teas. I like fruity ones, I think, but know very little about them. I think I've covered tea in either the questionnaire and/or a prior blog entry (those are still up if you want to see my prior answers!). I have equipment for loose tea and also love bags!
In Regards to loose/bagged tea: I got ahead of myself! Both are good. For a bit there (possibly with the last SW answers), I was leaning more towards bags. I have since procured a Manatea infuser, so given how cute he is, I would enjoy loose tea. (We also found our other infuser while KMing our home.) Bags are great, too.
Speaking of spices - where's your spicy/heat threshold? (scale of 1 - 10 - 1 being nothing more than black pepper, 10 being ghost pepper+) Hmmmm...I think I'd be a 5, but Mr. EML298 says I'd be a 3.5-4. To clarify, I enjoy spice, to include a typical "medium" salsa. That said, at some ethnic restaurants (i.e. truly ethnic and not bastardized American versions), I have to take mild because their version of medium blows my mouth out. Does that make sense? Clear as mud, probably.
Preferred book format? Physical, PDF, Kindle, etc? Great question. Given our recent KMimg (KonMari - Marie Kondo's tidying process), I'm not extremely keen on more physical possessions I'd likely use once. However, this isn't written in stone. Anyway, digital is probably better for me. I have an iPad, which reads ePub, PDF, etc. I can also grab the Kindle app for kindle formatting. I suppose I prefer digital.
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Would you be interested in any handmade critters? Stuffed animals, knit or crochet beasties, or anything remotely similar? If so, please give an example or five Sure! I like unicorns, octopus, elephants, BPTP-type beasties - are some called yip-yips?
Since this is the Spring Fools' round, is there anything that goes with the theme of April Fool's Day or spring that might be fun to add to your package? Flowers (seeds, real, or handmade) prank-related items, a court jester's cap? Feel free to be creative and crazy with this one! I'm obsessed with learning more about air plants. I got some stuff to make a terrarium but have no little plants and am unsure how to go about getting them.
Pet owners - would you like any kind of toy or supply for your pet? Sure!
Geek paraphernalia! Almost everyone here has SOME sort of geek-love, whether it is Harry potter, Horror movies, graphic novels, science, etc. So would you be interested in any kind of items related to your geek-ish interests? I saw a little Groot dancing Popko (or something) figurine once that I know is geek-ish, but I am not even a fan of that geekhood! I think I take things item by item!
Any yarn, plastic, metal, or fabric sensitivities? Nope!
would you like pretty stationery/note cards, etc, for writing snail mail? I wish I thought I'd actually write snail mail, but I don't seem to do it. I'm trying to get myself to be more organized with a paper planner, so stickers for that are somewhat intriguing, as well as some cute decorated paperclips I've seen people use for that purpose.
If you could have any BPALs right now (GC, LE, HTF) what would they be? Give examples of at least a few of each category I still haven't really updated the BPAL w/l in a while. I don't know that I need that much.
Any places you would like gift cards from? Amazon, LUSH, Torrid, and Target are places I shop fairly frequently. I also really enjoy Starbucks.
Do you wear make-up? Any brands you like? Color preferences? Occasionally - mostly Urban Decay, Too Faced, and some NYX.
Junk food and candy? I like these things, unfortunately.
Witchee, regarding your fave TV shows, would you be interested in the associated DVDs? Fan books? Hmmm...probably not at this point.
Do you need any items for your kitchen (linens, gadgets, cooking supplies, etc.)? I can't think of anything specific, but if my witch found something s/he thought I could use, I'm open to that!
Gardens/plants: I am dreaming of spring, dear witch: Do you like plants? Do you have any? Indoor potted plants? A balcony bed? A yard? Do you want/need anything? Yes! Many are poisonous to cats, so I've had to edit. I'm now obsessed with getting into airplants that can be inside terrariums that my can cannot get into, thus removing the cat problem and allowing my love of plants to resume!
As of Thursday, March 3 8:30 PM
If I were to make you something based on one or more interests mentioned in your Q'aire/blog, would you prefer something you could wear, something that hangs on a wall, or something that sits on a shelf (or couch or wherever) ? Hmmm - this is hard! I don't mean to be indecisive, but all of these sound nice! Maybe something on a wall, if I have to pick? But, I don't feel very strongly in any direction.
Are you in need of BPAL storage? Not really, but when I see cool options, I always think I'd like them! So, I could incorporate them! BPAL is the one area of my life I'm continuing to feel comfortable with collecting.
Hi, witchee! Do you like candles? Incense? Wax melts? Love candles, but not paraffin wax. So, I use soy, beeswax, other types of wax, etc. I love the ideas of incense and melts, but find that I don't use them too much.
BAGS! Do you like/want/need any kind of bags? Purses (big, small, medium), storage type bags, totes, re-usable grocery bags, make up or craft supply bags . . . anything? And if so, please give as much info as possible about type, color, use, fabric, etc I don't really *need* any more bags, but I would enjoy small bags for things like cosmetics in my purse, etc. Other than not being a huge fan of leather, I'm pretty open to fabrics (and ignorant about types). In terms of colors, this would probably be consistent with all my regular color preferences.
Here's a question. I make handmade journals/albums/smashbooks/junk journals. Would you be interested in anything like that? I tend to be a pretty digital person these days.
If you like Harry Potter stuff, what house do you belong in? If you like Game of Thrones, what family? I do like HP, but haven't seen but the first movie. I don't know the answer to this question. I meant to get to GoT, but haven't yet.
What's your favorite animal/totem? Would you be interested in a small figurine of said animal from this etsy user? Unicorn, elephant. Sure!
Anything exciting to you in PBSW's Spring Collection? I haven't seen it, but I'm not opposed to my witch selecting something if s/he was so inclined.
Witchee, are you interested in this kind of music (it's one of my favorites)[Tartanic - uncivilized]? I'm not very informed about this, but it is interesting.
Oh dead Witchee, how do you feel about Sakura Matsuri? Do you like Green Tea and Sakura flavored desserts/treats? Decorations or jewelry with a cherry blossom theme? Not sure about this - maybe not a huge amount?
Hey, witchee! If I were to send you a garment, what size would I send? I tend to be 24/3x in tops or 26/3-4x in pants.
3/4/16 Missed this question a few days ago:
What style of bag from here (if any) would you like? You can easily narrow down the choices on the side menu - but I only want to know the style, not the pattern! The clutch looks cute - seems like something I could use for cosmetics and small tools in my purse. http://eu.baba-store...bags-and-purses
It's Hottie Friday, witches and witchees! Name a famous crush or five Hmmm... Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds; Mitch Pileggi/Skinner on X Files; Alyssa Milano's character on Charmed; Spike from Angel/Buffy
Also - what are the last 5 songs that appeared on your random or shuffle music list Harold Budd, Lisa Gerrard, Brian Eno, Robert Rich are constantly on shuffle here.
I hope this works as a good place to display updated shipping information. It'll keep me from having to update two threads.
Swaps/Sales beginning 2/20/2011:lilium: Joyful Moon (Lunacy August 2010) - $20 (shipped Th 2/24/11) Penance: Krampus (Yuletide 2006) - $17.50 (shipped Th 2/24/11) hbcarter2: Luna (Metamorphosis: The Moths) - $20 (shipped Th 2/24/11) GodivaSyndrone: Rosy Maple (Metamorphosis: The Moths) - $20 (shipped Th 2/24/11) Prosperity of a Country (Lupercalia 2010) - (shipped) Clockwork Couture: Female & Skytyping with Chemtrails (Black Helicopters; 1x) - $20 Enyalios (Lupercalia 2010: Ode to Ares; 1x) - $17.50 Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah (Yuletide Toy Drive 2010) ~ possibly pending: MUA Lady Lilith (Forum Only: The Salon) - $25 ~ possibly pending: MUA Lilith and the Jarocho (Forum Only June 2009) - $17.50 ~ possibly pending: MUA Mlle. Lilith, Fortune Teller (Forum Only September 2009) - $17.50 ~ possibly pending: MUA Sunbird (Neil Gaiman, w/ chapbook) - $45 ~ possibly pending: MUA The Gladdener of All Hearts (Forum Only September 2008) - $17.50 ~ possibly pending: MUA The Volstead Act (C2E2 Exclusive) - $20 ~ possibly pending: MUA The White Lady of Durand Eastman Park (NY Comic Con 2010) - $20 ~ possibly pending: MUA Champagne and Absinthe (Retail New Year's 2010/11 Exclusive) ~ possibly pending: MUA Champagne and Opium (Retail New Year's 2010/11 Exclusive) ~ possibly pending: MUA Freak Show (Carnaval Noir; 70%) ~ possibly pending: MUA Gypsy (Metamorphosis: The Moths; 90%) ~ possibly pending: MUA Hermes Trismegistus VR (Cobwebs 2009) ~ possibly pending: MUA
Shipping Information (Zip Code ~ Delivery Confirmation number): 60586-6269 ~ 0496 9011 7930 3609 1923 31558 ~ 0496 9011 7930 3609 1930 36115 ~ 0496 9011 7930 3609 1947 Germany (customs #) ~ LC83859336US7
NOTE 7/9/10: I shipped all remaining packages on Friday 7/9/10. I also brought home my new puppy (whom I had fallen in love with during multiple half-day visits) on Thursday night. So, while I would normally have entered the DCs when I got home Friday, I instead immediately became Puppy Mom. Thus, by the time you are seeing these DCs today, your packages have likely flown most of the way to you!
NOTE 7/7/10: Apparently my head is just not screwed back on after my vacation. I went to the PO today and shipped off four more packages. My iPhone would not function long enough to tell me the address info for Faeu and claw polishes by the time I got to those packages. (Ever since I downloaded iPhone OS 4.0, my phone has been crippled.) SO, I will get to the PO AGAIN either tomorrow or Friday with those two and the Canadian package. I could not make it there in time to ship international again today. :sigh:
NOTE 7/6/10: So, I packed up oils, sprays, claw polish, bottle tape, baggies, bubble wrap, packing tape, and three mailers today. Three. Three for nine packages. Well, okay - I packed the spray in the small box I had. Of course, I got to the PO *right after* they closed, so since the box is on its way to Canada it didn't get to go anywhere. I drove like a bat out of hell to get people their smellies, and my dumb ass forgot to pack mailers in my packing bag. SO, I'm very sorry all nine packages did not go out today. I tried, and will try again tomorrow if at all possible! I had hoped to get to the PO's APC on 7/5, but was back from vacation late. So, please remember that weekdays are hard for me due to work (as stated in my terms on my swap page), but I will do my very best!
PENDING/SHIPPED: JULY tarotgirl ~ 413 US Miller vs. CA (LE) ~ paid 6/30/10; SHIPPED 7/7/10 / 7/9/10 tailoredshirt (lj) ~ BPAL Hod Resurrected & Sapphics (LE; Love Poems) + Arcana Filthy Viking 5mls ~ paid 7/2/10; SHIPPED 7/6/10 becca_blueroses (lj) ~ BPAL Banshee Beat 5ml ~ paid 7/2/10; SHIPPED 7/6/10 alouette-sparra (lj) ~ BPAL Bat-Woman 5ml ~ paid 7/2/10; SHIPPED 7/7/10 luredbyvenus (lj) ~ BPAL Anti-Saloon League 5ml (insured) ~ paid 7/2/10; SHIPPED 7/7/10 sakuratart (lj) ~ BPAL Loli Goth x 2 & Cake Smash 5mls ~ paid 7/2/10; SHIPPED 7/7/10 wriorprincess87 (lj) ~ BPTP Sakura atmosphere spray ~ paid 7/3/10 SHIPPED 7/9/10 lbfury3 (lj) ~ BPAL Banshee Beat & Corazon 5mls ~ paid 7/3/10; SHIPPED 7/6/10 edenssixthscent (lj) ~ BPTP Blood Countess and Embalming Fluid claw polishes ~ paid 7/3/10 SHIPPED 7/9/10 lockwoodsdream ~ Faeu Boulanger 5ml ; SHIPPED 7/9/10
JUNE 2010 swaps/sales - I did not post one day's DCs as the receipt was lost in a pile. GeekGoth (Bat's Day 2010 exclusive) ~ SHIPPED VictorianaGoth (Bat's Day 2010 exclusive) ~ SHIPPED Sky City (After; Irredeemable; Chicago Exclusive) ~ SHIPPED benthic ~ Glitter Resurrected 2006 ~ SHIPPED 6/14/10 *Lady MacBeth claw polish (75% full) & Midnight on the Midway claw polish (used for 1 mani) ~ SHIPPED 6/14/10 Midnight Aeval ~ Banshee Beat & Gothabilly 5mls ~ SHIPPED 6/17/10 secret special gal ~ Arcana Sweet Milk (single note) & Tammany Hall 5mls + Alhambra soap~ SHIPPED 6/17/10 *Graveyard Dirt 2008 ~ SHIPPED lj ~ BPAL HTF/LE decants/imps/sniffies + BPAL Bathtub Gin 5ml (C2E2 Exclusive) ~ SHIPPED 6/19/10 uaskygal (MUA) ~ BPAL But Men Loved Darkness Rather Than Light (Yule 2009) ~ SHIPPED 6/19/10 DeniseBar ~ Black Amber & Black Coconut SN 5ml, Burlesque 5ml, The Sweet Trade 10ml REQUEST FOR SHIPMENT on 7/15 PotniaTheron ~ BPAL Black Lace (recent DarkDel release / blue background; unopened back-up) & Arcana Devilish 5ml ~ SHIPPED 6/27/10 CaudaPavonis ~ BPAL Midway Res & Stinky (tested 2x) 5mls ~ SHIPPED 6/27/10 moonjelly ~ Raven Moon ~ SHIPPED 6/27/10 *Arcana Byzantium 5ml + Devilish & Dreaming in Midwinter soaps ~ SHIPPED 6/27/10 CitizenBree ~ Pink Snowballs 5ml ~ SHIPPED 6/30/10 FieryRedhead ~ Heavenly Love and Earthly Love ~ SHIPPED 6/30/10 unlaced ~ Chaste Moon 2010 5ml ~ SHIPPED 6/30/10 WhatTheThunderSaid ~ Raven Moon & Silas Ruthyn 5mls ~ SHIPPED 6/30/10
MAY 2010 swaps/sales itrittipoe ~ Arcana Queen Crossbones & Sturm Drang 5mls + BPAL Black Death SHIPPED 5/12/10 NeonGreen ~ Spawn of the She-Demon (Dark Delicacies) SHIPPED 5/12/10 chinkee21 (lj) ~ BPAL Shirafuji & Ü (Mutter Museum) 5mls SHIPPED 5/12/10 LaLaLaLaLemon ~ BPAL Hod Resurrected (unopened) & Signior Dildo 5mls SHIPPED 5/12/10 heywilma ~ BPAL Ü (Mutter Museum) SHIPPED 5/17/10 djaeno ~ BPAL Giant Squid SHIPPED 5/17/10 spiresinthesnow ~ BPAL The Wrestler SHIPPED 5/17/10 Roccamanamana / epiphany ~ BPAL Sky City Before & The Wrestler SHIPPED 5/17/10 lbfury3 ~ Citadel of Awesome + Thriambus atmosphere sprays ~ RECEIVED
SHIPPING INFO: (There were two additional shipping days between 6/9 and 6/27, and I need to get the receipts to update DC #s.)
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1. I wonder what a potential witchee would think about being bombarded with PUMPKINS in various formats. Because my current obsession just may last long enough to be of use in spoiling.....but I know wouldn't be appreciated by everyone. Would you appreciate it?!?
Do want pumpkin in food, smells, and possibly in decor if "modern pumpkin" vs. "country pumpkin."
2. I currently have a CSA and my significant other is perpetually out of town for work, so I've been doing a lot of canning and baking with my vegetables. How do people feel about canned good (pickles, salsa, etc) and vegetal baked goods (squash bread, zucchini bread).
Pumpkin bread is NOM! I love salsa...I am not as aware of jams/jellies/pickles as some others, so not sure! OH – and I didn’t put this in my post on the forum, but I also prefer bread without nuts – especially walnuts.
3. Trading Post wants?
Yes, please! I have some items in my w/l (linked in my sig on forum). It hasn’t been updated in a while. Guess I need to do that (I have many lists that need updating, it seems! I would sell my right arm for Blueberry Peppermint bath oil or a Lick it! Candle. I did not expect to like either of those, ordered one of each and they sat for like a year before I used them and discovered it was love….and they were long gone. Have never seen either on the Post’s etsy or for sale or swap since. L
4. What direct sellers do you not like and would prefer not to get things from? And also feel free to list any retail brands you really don't like.
I haven’t found anything from Avon or Mary Kay that wowed me, but if my Witch thought something was compelling, I’d sure try it! Similarly, I haven’t tried many of the listed brands. I am pretty careful to buy cruelty-free, so that eliminates some stuff. It’s fairly important to me with beauty products, makeup, and home fragrance, especially, since I consider these luxuries and feel icky about someone suffering for me to smell good, etc.
5. How about y'alls coffee and tea preferences?
I really enjoy both. I want to be a cool, loose tea person, but the bags I’ve bought tend to sit in the drawer longingly watching the tea bags fly out time after time. I’m in love with Pumpkin Spice Lattes (w/ soy, if you must know), despite having hated them with fiery passion when I first tried them years ago. At home, my most recent coffee habit is my Nespresso Lattissima Plus. I never thought I’d go with one of these types of machine, but the espresso is good as is the frothed milk, and it’s cheaper than Starbucks (though not cheap, per se). I’ve been favoring Peppermint Mocha creamer of late, though I used to be a plain flavor person. I do not care for buttery flavored coffees/teas, which limits many caramel varieties. Funny that my scent preferences mirror this – though butter up baked goods and bread all you want!
6. Do you cook? Would kitchen accessories make you happy?
I read Coldie’s comment about wooden kitchen items with something occult or witchy – or something otherwise enticing- burned into it, and I thought, “do want!” So, yes! J (Though to be clear, it doesn’t have to be that specific thing!)
7. How do people feel about creative endeavours? Would you like to receive one? Or supplies to make your own? What do you like? Drawings, stories, poems?
Yes, please!! Keep in mind that if it’s going to sit out in my home, I prefer cool to warm colors and do not really get down with country style décor. Other than that, the sky is the limit!
8. What culture or country (doesn’t have to be modern) do you feel an innate connection with? What about it makes it special to you?
I think this will sound weird, but here goes. Since I started working at the VA (with vets with PTSD), I’ve become quite interested in military culture. Although I never imagined this for my career, I fell in love with helping these folks who risked their lives for mine. I hate war, and still do after seeing the consequences – both emotional and physical – every day, but I LOVELOVELOVE our troops. I want to find something that is neither cheesy nor cliché to put in my office to reflect this, but I haven’t seen it yet.
Also, there’s something about “two spirits” in Indian culture that I always mean to learn more about. I’ve somehow ended up leading advocacy for transgender vets where I work, and I think learning more about that particular culture would be cool.
9. Is there any sort of art commission you would like: cartoony, pin-up, fantasy, realistic, etc? If so, what subject would you like drawn (a picture of you, a character, a loved one or pet)?
I have had the good fortune to commission (via swap) several pieces of art from amazing and talented forumites. I love every single one. I have often picked BPAL label, website, or otherwise related symbols or scenes. I am never disappointed in the result!
10. What do you find yourself doing for fun in your free time? What are your main hobbies and interests?
I usually “read” (listen to audiobooks), cuddle while watching tv/movies with the boy, overly research every single thing on the interwebs, or do things like organize my BPAL. We recently bought an old hutch from CL with the intent of sanding/priming/painting it. That’ll be the first remotely creative thing I’ve done in a long time (and I’ve never done anything of this kind). I also recently purchased embroidery thread with the intent of making friendship bracelets like I did in high school.
I always have a candle burning or essential oil warming in soy wax flakes, and need a lot of time to myself to balance out the intensity of working with trauma each day. So, making my space at home uncluttered, calm, and serene is a big hobby.
11. Table-top gaming? If yes, what kind, edition, etc? Gaming accessories you long for?
Haven't done that for years. Not sure why, or if I’d change it…?
12. DVD movies or games that you wish would magically appear in your hands? Can they be used, through Amazon?
We got rid of almost all physical media some years back. We only kept fave TV complete series or a few movies (like the ones listed on my initial ?aire. I am not opposed to used things, but I’m also not sure obtaining physical media is a top priority to me.
13. What kind of snacks or candy from other countries/states would you like to try?
I am very uninformed about this, though I am sure there are MANY. I got some candy bar from an Australian forumite once and LOVED it, ….and now, of course, I have NO idea what it was!
14. Do you have a favorite internet meme, character or pop culture fandom?
I love Nightmare Before Christmas items in some iterations. We have a few “Halloween” serving pieces for parties that are “whenever” for us. J I have a few Harvey’s Seatbelt bags (HOW has my love for these not come up before?!) in various prints (NOT the pastel-y one) to illustrate this, too.
I LOVED tokidoki x LeSportSac when it was released, especially the devil character, but I did not use leather at the time, and LSS did (on stupid, tiny trim). I’ve recently gotten a few of the little “tokidoko unicorno” figurines – the camo print one and Sakura – but there’s a new series out now and the metallic one is so cute! (I’m not a big figurine collector, but I thought my guys (vets I treat) would love a little toy unicorn in camo. J
15. Do you have a Facebook profile (or other social media) that you are comfortable linking to aid your witch in stalking? Please note whether you are willing to add BPALers as friends.
I filled out the spreadsheet in someone’s sig – maybe TwilightEyes? I have some of these, but don’t use them much. Created a Facebook profile because my SIL begged me, but used pets’ names at the time. It’s Loki Mokka.
16. Anybody interested in something from RCCC, whether it's con-exclusive merch or from a particularexhibitor or artist?
I’m guessing I would be, but I’m totally ignorant about this. J
17. How important to you is regular contact / chatter with your witch?
I love hearing from my witch – but also totally understand that people are busy and that SOME people have a hard time with it.
18. Do you like puzzles/riddles/treasure hunts and that sort of thing?
Sounds really fun, but I might feel stupid if I couldn’t figure it out…?
19. If you were to receive music, would you want a physical CD or digital versions?
Digital preferred, but no music goes unappreciated with exceptions noted in initial ?aire.
20. What’s a current problem/annoyance you have that could be remedied but you haven’t had time to address it?
Stoopid management @ work? Federal bureaucracy?
For me personally, motivating myself to keep up the house the way I want it is hard. Getting myself to exercise when I REALLY need to – impossible – and then I feel bad…for years.
21. How do you feel about having some sort of trinket to carry around for good luck/wishes? i.e. a small figurine, symbol, card, coin…
22. Are you superstitious about anything? Any things you can't have in your house for that reason--bad associations?
No, I guess not, now that I think about it.
23. For the vegetarians and vegans: How do you feel about things (say, marshmallows or gummy candy) made with vegan gelatin or other typically-animal-derived-but-not-in-this-instance products?
This won’t sound right of my pescetarian-self, but I turn a blind eye to this kind of thing – even when it’s not vegan. I used to be die-hard, but it was too much work/pressure for me.
24. Ok, so we've covered pumpkin. How do you feel about the other fall classic – apples?
I love apples, but my husband LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVES apples. No apple left behind over here!
25. Do you have any fabric or skin-contact aversions?
Nope! I hate to have dry skin, but once I moisturize, I don’t have any skin issues!
26. How do you feel about Christmas/Yule ornaments?
I copied Twilight Eyes here because her answer made me smile: I would love NMBC, unicorn, gargoyle, pibble, or equine type ornaments. I have a blue/purple/silver theme.
27. How do you feel about Hello Kitty, and Hello Kitty accessories (including mugs, cups, etc)?
I like HK if she’s paired with devil horns or other ironic things at times. I wouldn’t cry without HK.
28. If you had a week free where you could learn anything, with no financial restrictions, what would you want to study?
Put me on an island with some amazing personal trainer who would force me to get off my butt and learn motivation! Dolvett Quince? (lol)
29. Do you enjoy poetry? Who are your favorite poets and what type of subject matter do you like?
I think I like the idea of poetry more than reading it – though I’ve not read any since college. So, maybe I don’t know if I like it or haven’t read something I’d actually choose?
30. Would you enjoy receiving something related to a favorite Disney character?
Nightmare Before Christmas!
31. How do you feel about cute things as decorations or accessories? (Example: Would you enjoy this stationery - or do you prefer elegant/creepy/neutral stuff?)
I probably wouldn’t use stationery. I tend to type. I do like décor, though I’m more a minimalist/curator than a collector of ALLTEHTHINGS. I like creepy/gothic – like a haunted castle, not like the $1 Halloween store creepy (though this kind of stuff can be fun in its own right, I decorate year round with the former, and wouldn’t with the latter). J
32. What is something you'd really like to recieve from your witch? Please be as specific as possible - no, "Oh whatever she thinks is fine!"
I would love something that either my Witch made or had a really good story behind why s/he got it. I love the idea of a small totem/token to carry, hang from my windshield, put it on my care or in my purse, or digital image for my phone – basically something I’ll have around for a while that always reminds me of this fun Witchery!
33. Go to your music source of choice - on random or shuffle setting if possible - & share with us the 10 most recent songs/artists.
I do lists of shuffles of any/all of the stuff from these folks:
Dead Can Dance
Red House Painters
Black Tape for a Blue Girl
The Cure (love the album “mixed up” most)
And when I just need to:
Melissa Ferrick (Drive – sexiest song I’ve ever heard)
34. Tarot cards, rune stones and/or other divination tools yay or nay?
35. Do you have a Celeb crush? or someone who you just can't get enough of....other than your SO
My TV boyfriend is Shemar Moore from “Criminal Minds” – the character more than the actor. Ally Sheedy’s character in “High Art” is my movie girlfriend – minus the drugs. Also, I wouldn’t turn away Dean from “Supernatural” or Spike from “Buffy” or “Angel” – come on, they save the world all the time!
36. Glitter? are you okay with it, or hate it like the plague?
37. If there was another time period other than now that described your style/aesthetics, what would it be?
Gothic castles outfitted in timeworn woods, melting ivory candles on big black iron candlesticks, big beds with fluffy covers, and surrounded by mountains covered in creepy trees surrounded by some form of water – that’s my place. J
38. If you had to pick one or two quotes to live by, what would it be and why?
I wish it weren’t still true, but a line from an Ani DiFranco song has always stuck with me: “smile pretty and watch your back.” I also like Gandhi’s “be the change you wish to see in the world.”
39. Do you prefer physical books? CD books? eBooks? If eBooks do you have preferred format, kindle/nook/kobo/PDF/ePub/ect? eAudio?
I’ve been digging audiobooks for a few years now. It makes getting to and from work less icky! I’d like to try more eBooks. I have a MacBook, iPhone, and iPad. J
40. Smut! Yes or no? If yes, what kink, er, kind?
I have never ventured into this, but would like to. Teach me? J
41. Ebooks! Yes or no?
Yes, prefer the ones for my Apple fangirl-hood.
42. If you were to get a custom bottle from House of Gloi made for you what notes would create your perfect blend?
Huh – good question! I don’t know their stuff well, but the notes I put on the original SW ?aire…?
43. If your witch were to take a photograph (or paint or whatever) of something just for you, what would it be? Landscape? Flower? Critter? Something to illustrate a favorite quote?
Landscapes of water, mountains, towering trees – no people; OR people doing unexpected kind acts; OR horses (not saddled)/ironwork/old buildings/ my Witch’s own creative idea?
44. What is your favorite Halloween animal or other symbol/decoration?
Another copy from TE – we share taste: Bats, ravens, gargoyles, skulls...
45. Makeup, especially of the indie variety. Nail polish, nail wraps, eyeshadow, lipstick/gloss, etc. Y/N? Specific preferences (color, finish, product, brand, etc.)?
I’ve kind of over-collected. I most prefer Urban Decay and Too Faced. I probably don’t need much more.
46. How do you feel about profanity and off-color humor?
Love freedom of expression!
47. I make hairsticks...would you like/use them?
Yes, but right now my hair is in a shorter bob, so it’d be a wait until it grows back out kind of thing!
48. Does anyone here LARP? If so, what kind of LARP? And what kind of character do you play?
49. Would you completely freak out if I sent you a chocolate covered scorpion or some other food oddity? This includes things like 'bacon powder' from thinkgeek.com.
These are probably better saved for someone else.
50. This has kind of been covered, but, are you ok with receiving canned jam (from a veteran jammer!) and if so, what flavors would you like and not like?
Sure – though my jam experience is about as deep as grape and strawberry. I’m probably not a super-creative jam person.
51. Nail polish! Meaganola kinda covered this above, but I want to ask a little more in depth. Let's talk nail polish. What colors do you love? Hate? Which brands are you dying to try? Have you ever used indies? Do you like glitter? Any textures to avoid (glitter, sand, etc)?
I used to be a big toe polish person, and actually bought the special light thing and several bottles of shellac to combat the fact that fingernail polish chips on my first day no matter who does it or what brand. (I have ridged nails that flip out at edges…just not good.) The shellac worked, but I’ve done it ONCE in three years. LOL
52. I make little monster plushes, from felt and yarn and buttons. How do you feel about getting a special Halloween plushie?
While I’ve been on a big decluttering spree lately and feeling guilty wanting to get rid of nice plushie gifts (from beloved jellycat – UK retailer), I’ve ALWAYS coveted the Post’s biggercritters and ALWAYS miss them. This sounds fun! J
53. I'm in Japan, anything specific you might want from the land of the rising sun?
Probably! But, teach me? (In other words, I’m uninformed.)
54. Are there any GC scents that you know you love, but for whatever reason, keep putting off buying bottles of?
I need to update this list for myself, too! How about I do so and post to the thread and/or this blog when I have?
55. I know not everyone likes Lush products, but if you do, which Lush items would you like to get from your Witch?
I use Dream Cream lovingly. J For my face, I like Celestial, Full of Grace serum, and Skin Drink. I loved Sonic Death Monkey and the Blue Skies gel variations they used to release once a year, but they’re no more. L Olive Branch is nice. Their soaps dry me out, but I like Buffy TBS and seem to enjoy some of their shampoos and conditioners (Veganese, the beer shampoo, American Cream come to mind). Don’t get to take baths much, unfortunately. Also, if Blue Skies or French Kiss were ever made into perfume instead of all that pink candy and honey stuff, both my husband and I would bathe in the former, and I love the scent of the latter.
56. Is there anywhere (in the US) that you are dying to get away to? Also when would you be able to get away. Would this even be something you were interested in? If so, go look at the Southwest sale for routes and dates and times.
Wow! This is an unexpected question! I’ve wanted to go to Maine my entire life. My Mom always wanted to visit Bar Harbor, but never did…and she passed away when I was 18. I need to go for her. I have no idea when that would be, though. Seems like fall might be nice.
57. If you are ok with receiving t-shirts, what size are you, do you prefer tissue tees, normal crew tees, babydoll etc?
While I am interested, most Ts I like aren’t made in my size. I’d order eleventy billion from the Post if I could. L I wear an 18/20 from Lane Bryant if the style runs looser, or 22/24 top if not. I’m used to losing out in this arena. I tried a larger crew (men’s style) from the Post, but it was too baggy where I have shape and just made me look even bigger. I do better with knits that flow rather than act boxy.
58. THINKGEEK! Who loves it - do you have a wishlist on there?? What are some things you are jonesing for on there for under $20?
Did I mention that tokidoki unicornos are adorable? They also once had this butterfly (fake, obviously) or firefly light thing in a jar that I liked.
58b (adding this because apparently some ?aires don't have this one and my numbers don't match others, and I'm obsessisve about matching). Ok, is my witchee as obsessed with sock dreams as I am?
See my answer to #57. My legs and Sock Dreams sizes don’t match in so far as I’d love the thigh high warm socks for winter, but… L However, I did once get a pair of super soft normal height socks WITHOUT the dreaded tight ankle piece (they stood up enough on their own without falling down in a puddle) and I love them!
59. Zombies, yes or no?
Probably not? However, I'm never watched the famed tv show. Maybe it would persuade me...? Meh.
60. Would you like arm warmers/fingerless gloves? If so, what length? just beyond the wrist, almost to the elbow, full sleeves?
They're so fun! Up to elbow, maybe?
61. Do you feel a particular affinity for a specific animal/s?
Real ones: horses with long flowing manes (or really, any mane), wild-looking "domestic" cats like Maine Coons, Savannahs, elephants are cool - basically, I love animals. Fantasy: unicorns - but more the "realistic looking" ones than overtly cartoony
62. Anyone have any Paintbox Soapworks loves?
Never tried, but have been curious!
63. How would you feel if your witch or a minion of your witch showed up in person at your house with goodies? Thrilled? Annoyed? Completely creeped out?
Fun! I always wish I knew people in real life as cool as BPALers...seems I have a hard time meeting folks with similar interests as mine at work, where I am much of the time! Plus, if my Witch sent a real person, I'd know they had to be in the BPAL mafia to finagle something that intricate.
64. Do you have a ravelry account? Tell me about your yarn obsessions.
No - I've seen some really cool yarn, but the only thing I'd know to do with it is give it to the cats, or fantasize that I knew someone who knew how to make it into something other than a bunch of really cool yarn.
65. Knitted items like scarves, shawls, dishclothes....yay or nay? Favorite fibers? Favorite colors?
Yes, please! Anything anyone creates artistically sounds awesome! I envy that others can do that! Hmmm...I haven't really used a shawl, per se, but I'd be willing to try one. Things for kitchen - yes! I like black/blue/gray/white (including patterns of these colors) the most (Witch, are you tired of reading that yet?) - BUT, I also enjoy some other jewel tones at times, like purples, emeralds, reds.
66. This wont apply to most of you, but I'm having a hard time contacting my witchee. If you were to receive handmade caramels, would it matter if they were made with raw cream (unpasteurized)?
Interesting! I wouldn't have really known the difference, but now that I do, I'm curious! Bring on the raw!
67. I know we already had a question about needed kitchen accessories, but what about spices?
I like spice. Bring it! We recently discovered vanilla paste for cooking instead of vanilla extract. We got madagascan vanilla, so it adds this smokiness to the food. I'd be interested to try a non-smoky vanilla paste or bean now. That said, I'd be open to any spice my Witch thought was fitting!
67b. Is your Amazon WL up-to-date?
Probably not. I mean, I don't think there's anything there I wouldn't like, but I haven't checked it out in a long time!
68. I have reason to believe my witchee may enjoy getting some good quality incense - not the kind that is synthetic perfume sprayed onto blanks, or blanks dipped into perfume, but the real deal made with herbs and resins and what not. I have much of this real deal incense, in all forms - loose, rolled sticks, cones, etc. Some from Japan, India, Tibet, made in America with various occult underpinnings.......Would you enjoy getting a sampling of quality incense taken from various sources? Are there types of incense you know you don't like? Would you want a burner for loose incense and a few charcoals to get you started with that, or would you rather stick to simpler types?
Interesting question! I used to use incense in college. I bought a lot of Fred Soll upon joining the forum years back, but we never burned much. I don't know why. Several months ago, I spent a LOT of time reading about the charcoal/loose incense thing and watching youtube videos about it, and then never did anything. I guess that means I'm interested but uninformed?
Changing my numbering now to match my person's list that I copied! I think my two questions I labelled B are actually just in a different order than hers.
71. Would you like handmade stationary or cards? How about a quill pen?
This *sounds* really cool, but I'm not really a pen and paper gal anymore (which may be sad?).
72. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being "gimme that ghost pepper!" and 1 being "oh, that's a bit too much black pepper for me" Where is your heat tolerance?
Interesting question....I think I'm probably around 5.
73. What is your favorite type of Halloween candy?
Pumpkin flavored Hershey's kisses for the win! I just tried these for the first time last year. In terms of more traditional Halloween candy, I do like candy corn, though I rarely actually buy it. I love chocolate, but don't really love lots of added nuts except for things like Snickers, or almonds. I'm not huge on mallow/creme filled items, but I do love Peeps!
74. Do you need or want any cosy footwear, like fluffy slippers, or slipper socks etc?
I love cozy socks and slipper socks. I just have to cater to not buying particular tight ankles, because I don't like that.
75. What do you most look forward to each Fall?
I love cool to cold weather, so that! The colors are beautiful in places where fall happens. In Portland, it just rains. I love snuggling under blankets, fires (inside or out), and hot drinks.
76. What gadgets do you use in your everyday life and would you like a cool case for them - with your favourite fandom or artwork or saying?
I *just* got an iPhone 6+ after epic battles with Verizon, and I use my 15" MacBook Pro daily. I love cases, and would certainly not scoff at a cool one!
77. Are there any beauty accessories you need or would like? For example make-up brushes, facial brushes or eyelash curlers.
I do not need anything here, as I am covered. However, if my witch loves something and really wanted to share it, I would not mind.
78. Would you be disappointed to get one big box, or would you prefer a bunch of little ones? And would you be disappointed if your witch actually had it together early and sent it to you sooner than later?
I can answer this one easily! I'm flexible! I think lots of little treats can be fun, but I also think a big box can be like my own little hallo-christmas!
79. Stores are putting out their halloween PJs and undies! Would you be happy to get any in a package? And if so, what size? For PJ pants, do you like cotton or flannel?
I love these things, but again, sizing is important for me (unfortunately, I guess). I typically go with 3x now in big box stores, 2x (on top sometimes)/ otherwise3x @ Old Navy Plus, or 22/24 in Lane Bryant
80. Do you like M&Ms?
Yes! I love regular, peanut, mint, pumpkin - haven't tried some of the more unusual flavors, though!
81. How about wax melts?
I have quit this habit. I get a little OCD with collections, and this is one I nixed...(though I still see shops I never bought from and get curious). I tend to use soy wax flakes and essential oils (or BPAL) if I am not using candles.
82. Would you like a subscription for Spotify?
Spotify rocks! I have the free one, but upgraded would be awesome!
83. What scents from the Lillith update would you like to try?
I haven't looked - am I fired from being a BPALer? Will have to check!
84. Would you be interested in receiving a box of sugar cube skulls?
That's one of the cutest things I've ever seen! I wonder if I'd be able to use it or just stare at it?! (This is obviously a first world problem!) Cute!
85. Skin care routine? Fave cleanser? Toner? Moisturizer? What about body lotions? Any particular brand or scent? Lip balms? Yay or nay?
My face is crazy picky about products, unlike the rest of my body. I typically use one of the LUSH cleansers like Angels on Bare Skin (or the Christmas analogue), or recently Ive tried Philosophy Purity Made Simple - no conclusion yet. Toner - been using either LUSH's Breath of Fresh Air or Eau Roma. Moisturizer - LUSH Celestial or Skin Drink only (from LUSH), and recently trying Philosophy Hope in a Jar for Dry Skin. OH! I *must* use a serum - LUSH Full of Grace has been great, and I'm recently trying Philosophy something in a blue bottle.
86. If you happen to be my witchee, would you be interested in any of the items in my etsy shop? You can favorite them on etsy or mention the specifics in your blog https://www.etsy.com...f=hdr_shop_menu
Nice stuff!! I tend not to use hats, and even though I like scarves, they tend to sit unused much of the time. I wish I used them more, because I've got some very pretty ones! I do sometimes use the big square scarves people use all day long (I so don't know the name of these), but the ones for warmth are left behind - maybe because I'm so hot-natured?
87. Is there anything you would like from Salem MA (mugs, keychains, postcards, etc.or witchy supplies like incense, candles, books)?
I like this kind of stuff in general (except keychains - I use one from the Post so I'm covered), but I don't know what to name specifically from there. So, yes?
88. Spiders (as in cute knit kind) yes or no?
Huh...wouldn't have thought of this, but sure! I bet my kittehs would claim!
89. Pillows (the mostly decorative type)?
I like these. Caveat: they need to be washable, and/or the case needs to be washable with an insert that can have an allergy cover. (I have dust mite allergies and bedding/pillows much be washed somewhat regularly.)
90. Any kind of bags - big, small, medium, purse, grocery, etc?
I've got a bag problem. So, yes, I love them. I don't *need* bags, but I have a hard time turning them away. I don't have many soft cotton or canvas bags for when I don't want to carry my (normal) heavier Seatbelt bag purse.
91. Is there anything special coming up in your life?
Well, our anniversary is 11/24. We were married in 2008, though we'd been together 4.5 years, and lived together 4 years at that point. We also consider 5/23/03 our anniversary (when we began dating), so we have two!
11/17 was when my Mom passed away (in 1993 when I was 18). My husband's birthday is also that day. (What are the odds?) So, it's always a bittersweet day, but one that is special.
92. Which one scent would you want from each of the following updates: Metamorphosis, Lilith and GC?
Yikes - I SO need to catch up on all the BPAL new additions. I don't know!? Will do this weekend and update here or on my w/l (linked in sig) and make a post that I did so. Have now discussed Lilith in #105ish below.
93. Are you interested in anything from NYCC?
Yes - same as # 92. also in some question down below now
94. Would something from the Tokyo Game Show (e.g. postcards, fans) possibly interest you?
I don't know anything about this, so I can neither confirm nor deny.
95. Would you enjoy any of these couple rings? Or anything from the same store's Halloween collection?
Huh. These are cute. I may not have immediately gravitated toward them, but I can imagine being intrigued by them on someone else. From the Halloween Collection, I like the Lady Skull keychain, Jack Skellington sweater clip (never had a sweater clip!?), Ouija Board necklace, and think pretty much all of the bracelets are rad.
96. If you imbibe at all ... preference between: wine/beer/cocktails and then glassware and/or bar-ware? cocktail gadgetry? Books on the subject/recipes? would you want sample bottles of local/regional/small batch craft spirits if they were home decanted and labeled?
No to beer, sometimes to wine, and I prefer liquor - typically vodka with a sweet mixture like Diet Ginger Ale + grenadine. I don't drink often, and I don't drink more than two drinks per episode unless the moon is out of whack or something. If my Witch finds glassware they love, I'm open to it, though it's not something I would have immediately thought of. I am open to small batch spirits with the understanding that maybe I'll find something I love - though it will likely not be beer (anything is possible!).
97. Would you like some chai, lemon, rose water or other flavored sugar cubes?
Never had such a thing! Sounds fun! I think lemon would be good - though so might the others?
98. Jamberry nail wraps?
While I think painted nails are awesome, I literally haven't painted mine in 2-3 years. This would likely go unused on me. I've been trying to get myself to use the shellac kit I bought. I have an awesome dark shiny blue I want to try!
99. If you had to choose one currently available book (used-but-obtainable counts if you do used) costing $20 or under for your Witch to buy for you, what would it be?
I've been pretty good with audiobooks lately, but until I picked up with them a few years ago, I hadn't read for fun since beginning of grad school (2000). Grad school reading killed hobby reading. Since I've been out, haven't gotten back in the groove. SO, I might really like this, but I have no idea what...sorry that's not helpful. :\
100. Are there five things under $25 at Birchbox you would like?
*Bodum Bistro S&P grinder ~ white
*Sabre Paris Serving Spork ~ lapis blue
*Askinosie Chocolate Natural Cocoa Powder
*Pink Pewter Sheridan Headband
*Sarahpotempa Darby Hair Clips (set of 4)
101. Do you want anything from the Fatherhood update at the Post?
Yes - same as #92 down below now!
102. Street art! Into it? Not into it? Meh?
I've seen some Banksy that looked intriguing. I'm not overly aware of this, but I think some is compelling.
103. If you could only pick one note that you love (e.g. Vanilla, Orange, Lavender, Rose) & you could oYes! nly wear/have perfume, etc in that note, what would it be?
Probably vanilla - but not boozy/buttery vanilla.
I have been loosely following Girasol's master question list, so I'm wingin' it here.
I have now edited my "additional info" into girasol's numbering structure. Because of the OCD.
104. What are you interested in from the NYCC exclusive list?
I am thankful to have an NYCC fairy. I think I'm most excited for the red apple hair gloss, which I did order. I'm curious about the green apple one, though, which I didn't order, so I wouldn't hate to try that one.
105. Most anticipated 'Weenie blends?
I ordered some Weenie and Lilith decants, but forgot to ask for a decant of the Knitting one. Also, I know I'll be buying (at least one of each) bottle of Pumpkin Spice Everything and Bonfire single notes, but haven't bought any as of yet.
In terms of the Post Fatherhood update, here's what I wrote in my post on the SW thread just to keep it all in one place:
I'm not a huge foodie-scent person, but some of these sound very intriguing based on the other notes. I'd be interested to try (decants/partial decants):
A Stroll Through the Quarter
Morning in New Orleans
possibly Pralines and Powdered Sugar
but I'm pretty sure I need a bottle (or decant, really would just love to try it!) of A Moment in Time.
106. Caffeine or no? And is this a health or preference?
Love coffee and tea! Try to limit myself to two total - typically a cup of coffee in the morning (sometimes with multiple espresso shots), and maybe a cuppa later. I have recently succumbed to acknowledging decaf coffee has a place in the world, which makes me aware I am aging (since I scoffed at it when younger). I never touch 'energy' drinks (this was added after copying from girasol and realizing this may be helpful).
107. Are you interested in anything from the MAC Rocky Horror or the e.l.f. Disney Princess make up collections?
Probably not. I've been down the roads of all the cosmetics companies, and for reasons of either animal testing status, interaction with my skin, or some other random reason, I've ended up sticking with the ones I mentioned in my ?aire. (Though I do love RH and the Disney villains in general. )
108. I pass this shop every day, If you were my witchee would you like a custom chocolate bar? What would you choose? Plain, white or milk and with what?
Yes, please, to chocolate! I like dark or white (and will eat milk - especially in classic candy bars), so I'm easy in that regard. I am pickier about fillings, as I probably gravitate toward "less is more" in that regard. I'd say that the following would work for me:
fruit: raisins, banana, apple
nuts: almonds, praline, hazelnuts
spice: any except licorice
Adding: saw someone mention they prefer crunchy to squishy - this is true for me! Also, combinations of spice with crunch sounds nom, too!
109. Would you like to try chocolate covered Turkish Delight or flower flavoured things (Rose and Violet chocolates)?
This would probably not be my first choice.
MY WITCH'S SPECIFIC QUESTIONS:
1) I see that you might like to try something from Paintbox, but you also don't like bar soap that much. Anything specific that you'd like?
I like the idea of soaps, but they all seem to dry me out. If Paintbox soaps were moisturizing enough, I could like them. How helpful is that? (Sorry!) I think lotions/creams, scrubs, and possibly shaving soaps could be interesting! I just ran out of my shaving stuff (or, have one or two uses left).
2) I was checking out the Tokidoki Unicornos and I noticed that they are sold randomly. Are you cool with the random selection or are you waiting for Metallo specifically?
Random is fun!
3) Would you like essential oils, or is that something you prefer to choose yourself? Any on your wishlist? Favorite brand?
Yes! I've been mostly buying NOW brand from Amazon, generally due to their being inexpensive. I have a few Aura Cacia that I started with. I don't feel particularly committed to any brand, and would be happy to be introduced to one I haven't tried yet. I don't think I've gotten and frankincense yet, or myrrh - both of which I enjoy. I have the NOW mint, but am curious to try a different one - either different brand or type of mint (possibly wintergreen or...?).
So, I'm LATE! I know I haven't been joined in for the fun in the past week and a half. We've been getting settled in our new place and I've hit the ground at a sprint at my new job. HOWEVER, I've got Fridays off. So, Witch ( ), know that I'm more prolific Friday-Sunday than during the week. However, I will do my best to respond to any message sent directly to me on the forum, via e-mail, etc., in case you need a quicker response!
Booze? Sure, but I prefer clear liquor to brown. (This is not entirely true, as I enjoy Kahlua, etc. What I meant is that I don't do much in the way of whiskey or whatever the other typical brown liquor is. I prefer sweet drinks or things like mojitos.) I mostly drink "mid-range" vodka (though I don't drink too often). I don't really enjoy beer, but am learning about wine.
Want anything from Yellowstone? Be it postcards, key chains, shot glasses, pint glasses, or huckleberry what have you? This sounds fun - not something I would have thought of, but I'm open to most anything!
I know there is a question about "decorating style", but if you're comfortable, could you show us some photos of your spaces? For those of us who like to art and craft, it can be nice to have a visual sense of decorating style! Sure! At the end of this weekend, I'd be happy to take a pic or two. We're finishing a few things this weekend. 9/19/15
For those of you who don't drink alcohol, can you specify if you live with any drinkers or ever have alcohol on hand for guests, vs. abstaining and preferring not to have it around at all? Do drink. So does Mr. EML298. Are you a fan of the TV show Penny Dreadful? I *want* to be a fan! This is one I've been meaning to watch with excitement, and just haven't gotten to in the midst of the crazy moving lately (twice in past year).
What are your coffee and tea preferences? Do you prefer one, the other, both, or neither (and if it's neither, what about things like hot cider and cocoa)? Loose leaf or bags, whole bean or ground? Is caffeine OK? Any gadgetry you're in need of? Any brands or flavors that you particularly love, loathe, or want to try? I really enjoy both, though I drink coffee every morning and only take the time to have tea much less frequently. I enjoy hot cider and cocoa, though don't often take the time - not sure why. I should. Tea in bags is more likely to get used due to ease of use, though if I had some good loose tea, I've got cute strainers. Whole bean coffee is good - we've got a great grinder - though we use ground, too. Caffeine is great for 1-2 cups in the AM. In the past two years, I've learned to appreciate decaf in the afternoon and evening after making fun of its existence for years. I'd love to learn about really great espresso (beans), as well as what a great home espresso machine would be (yes, high end is okay). We mean to buy one, but get lost with all the choices and I keep using Nespresso. (lol) I like bold coffee, love Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha-ish stuff, and have Sugar-Free Vanilla Soy Lattes (made with my machine) most regularly.
What's your sense of humor like? Do you enjoy puns? Play on words? Dirty humor? Dry humor? Who are some of your favorite comedians? I think I'm pretty funny. I enjoy all of the types of humor listed. I work with soldiers, sailors, and marines, so whatever language filters I had are now gone. Favorite comedians....hmmm, I loved Eddie Murphy back in the day (mid '80s/'90s), maybe not so much this century. Seinfeld.
Do you like board games? If so, which ones? Traditional or more unique? (like Settlers of Catan, Small World, Red Dragon Inn, etc) I haven't played any in a LONG time, though I'm not opposed.
Is there anything that you specifically do NOT want to receive? I can't really think of anything. I would not enjoy sports-related things, ball caps, general style crew neck t-shirts (due to my body and their shape entirely not meshing), or black licorice.
Plain or fun socks? Oh, fun socks! I like to wear my fuzzy socks to work! That said, I just moved to Maine and don't really have any very warm socks. My problem with socks is that, with plus size legs, the ankle part doesn't feel comfortable if I pull them up. I've found that Bath and Body Works shea socks and Old Navy fuzzy sleep socks are great. I've found other brands that work, and have meant to try some of Sock Dreams' choices, but have put it off.
Name one (or as many as you would like) thing you would like to learn more about? Essential oils. I'd love to have access to someone to give me specific input about home DIYs once we're back in a house (and not a rental)...really, I want to learn more about painting your own space, rehabbing furniture, etc...it's just that at the moment I have nowhere to pursue that! (We do not have a garage or our own yard.)
What one thing you would like to do more of? CALM myself. Enjoy reading (not just audio books) - I used to be an avid reader. Then, grad school happened, and I've never gotten back into it successfully. Reading was such a CHORE then, that something about sitting down to read words on paper still feels like work.
What are some things that fascinate you? Or, What would you like to know more about? Makeup artistry. Body positivity. Tattoos. I read a lot about these things, but don't wear the lovely makeup I have much, have yet to get a tattoo, and am only beginning to make progress on the body positivity thing.
Would you like any cookie butter (just to be clear, store-bought, not home-made, and does contain wheat since it's, y'know, cookie butter)? I've never had it, but I like cookie dough. It sounds like it would be good...?
Is there any particular piece (or pieces) of art (painting, photograph, etc) that speaks to you in some way? Lately, several paintings (or figural representations) of wings have spoken to me. I think perhaps I feel they somehow connect me to loved ones for whom I will always grieve.
What kinds of things would you like from the Lilith BPAL or BPTP update (or are you joining a decant circle?) Yikes. I've read about it and think several things sound really good. I've taken no action. I feel paralyzed a bit lately with BPAL. It's funny - when I had no money, I had all the BPAL, and ordered all the time; now, I am more financially solvent, but I am so busy that I'm having difficulty prioritizing that (for me) very long ordering process. I've not joined any circles. I will come back to this question and/or put some specifics in my w/l when I update it this weekend.
Do you want to received knit or crocheted items? If so, could you describe or even link to a couple of items similar to what you would like to receive? Yes! I do not knit. I have never learned, but I am fascinated by some of the patterns I see or items I see posted.
What thing do you want to do (or get) but you keep putting off for one reason or another? Take time to catch up on BPAL. Really. I have decants from LAST Halloween and Yule that are still in their unopened packages...bottles that I've never tested. The moves have just gotten me STUCK. I need to get our art hung. However, the landlords here are NUTS about hanging stuff on the wall so I'm paralyzed. I want a cool window cling (maybe a triquetra or a graphic related to Supernatural?) for my car that I've now had over a year and still haven't decorated. I typically always get one awesome cling whenever I get a new car. I want a cool makeup/cosmetic bag. I loved this one, especially that the brushes are in a separate area and have little holders for each brush, but really?? The price??
Would you like anything from Lush? Yes, please. I love their patchouli and am intrigued by the new one (I think "Lord of Misrule"?). I used to be near four LUSH stores, but haven't been for most of the past seven years. My all-time faves are Blue Skies... (gel, bubble bar - anything), French Kiss bubble bar (though anything - why don't they have more French Kiss stuff), Olive Branch (though I'm stocked), and my facial holy grails are Celestial cream and Full of Grace serum bar. I haven't gotten any Angels on Bare Skin in a while, and I'm curious about Kalamazoo. I'm not really a fan of all the florals and candy stuff.
Do you prefer hand-made or store-bought? This is tricky for me. In theory, I prefer hand-made. That said, I'm not crafty and, unfortunately for me, my small social and family network isn't either. So, I typically end up going a store-bought route. I'm very INTRIGUED by hand-made, though, and I often see posts on BPAL forum or BPAL FB groups of hand-made stuff and feel a bit twitchy that I don't have access to that stuff. I've commissioned a few things via the forum for swaps that I love - decorated BPAL boxes handmade jewelry, and paintings, to be precise.
SPICY! Scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "oh, that's a bit too much black pepper for me" and 10 being "ghost pepper? scorpion pepper? I laugh at these! I love as much heat as you can throw my way!" Where are you? Hmmm...5? In the past, I'd have said 7 or 8. Then I learned what HOT really means. I like some spice, but I'm not a hero.
What is your BPAL "Holy Grail"? Antique Lace, sadly. Fortunately, I also have some realistic loves! Dorian anything is always a winner
Analog or Digital? Or Both? Huh. Both?
What scents from other perfume companies are you really wanting to have in your collection and or are just really wanting to test? Companies like NAVA, Arcana, Solstice Scents, Possets, Haus of Gloi etc.....? I don't know, to be honest. I tried a few HoG a while back. Their customer service and packaging were phenomenal, but I just didn't get hooked by the products. I'm a little on the OC (Obsessive-Compulsive) spectrum (not clinically), and when I get "into" something, I kind of want ALL of it. This happened with Arcana - I started buying so much of it, I had to let it all go. (This is a little odd, eh?) So, I try to limit myself to one or two brands for most types of products. That said, I would be willing to try some of these other companies - especially if one of them had something close to Antique Lace!
Do you have an affinity for any specific animals? I love horses - the contradiction of the size and grace of them. I want a pet unicorn. I love golden retrievers and look forward to a time when my lifestyle would be fit for one. I am a sucker for the face of a French Bulldog or Persian/Exotic Shorthair cat, but I worry about their breathing. My new obsession is Lykoi cats. And we'll have one in the next four months.
Kitchen Needs or Wants? More cabinet space?? We just moved into the smallest kitchen we've had in about seven years. That said, I LOVE Halloween terry (ish) dish towels. I usually buy Target's annual offering, but didn't see anything spectacular this year. Just got a dining table I love (first time in years), and would love a pretty runner for it. (It's a black oak 72" rectangular table with ornate legs from Restoration Hardware - Grand Baluster Rectangular Extension Dining Table + 18Th C. Louis XV Side Chair.
Makeup! Do you like it, would you want some? If so what brands do you like to wear? Yes, and I have a ton from Urban Decay. I don't wear it as often as I'd like.
Chocolate fiends ahoy! What kind of chocolate do you like? Do you like any other things in it or just plain good ole chocolate? Oh, I love chocolate. I like dark, milk, and white (might love white the most but am the most picky about it, if that makes sense). I don't really want fruit or gooey, drippy syrup stuff in my chocolate. That said, I enjoy many types of nuts, caramel (yes, I know it's drippy!), nougat, hazelnut, you name it!
Would you be opposed to receiving a ton of Halloween themed items? NOT AT ALL! Was I shouting? Sorry.
Would you be interested in any special little thing I might be able to pick up from the Great Lakes Bat Festival this Saturday? Both Janell Cannon (author of Stellaluna and other kids' books) and Fiona Reid (illustrator for lots of animal field guides) will be there, so would you possibly be interested in something like an autographed copy of Stellaluna or one of Cannon's or Reid's other books? Or something from the Organization for Bat Conservation, like a shirt or other swag? I think I already missed this given I'm answering 9/27. But, it looks cool!
What items from the Weenie update interest you, should you have to option of getting anything as a gift from your Witch??? Would you be ok with decants, or bottles? OMG. I glanced at the update but haven't made any decisions. I promise, Witch, I will do that today (9/27), and I will update my w/l (linked in sig).
What's your favorite scary movie? Or movies, either way. If you don't like horror, what are your favorite movies to watch this time of year? Hmmm...I really like scary movies. I prefer ones that are scary without ALL TEH GORE, but I don't avoid those, either. I don't see enough scary movies. I like to watch Nightmare Before Christmas this time of year. I have watched Amityville Horror and Poltergeist 345239659834 times, though not in the past few years. That reminds me I should do it!
Blu-ray or DVD? We have both. Blu-ray, I guess, for better quality. However, some stuff isn't released on Blu-Ray. Honestly, we download most of what we watch. I buy the very favorite things only on hard copy. Does my witch have suggestions? I'd love them!
Game systems - console or computer? Mac/PC? Which console? LOL. I'm not a huge gamer, though my other half is! He plays mostly computer games, though we have several consoles (PSIII, PSII, for sure). I am embarrassed to admit that I got dragged into playing Candy Crush on my phone, and a few other less popular games. It's a good distraction.
Are you dressing up for Halloween and if so do you need any accessories for if? Probably not. We're new here and I wouldn't know where to go.
Talk to me about bags, what kinds do you like? Sizes and styles? I love bags, of all kinds. I'm obsessed with finding a reasonable dupe for the Anya Hindmarch cosmetics bag (think I linked it somewhere already). Those should cost $10-$25ish, right? That price makes me laugh! But, I love that the brush compartment is separate AND has elastic holders for the brushes, all in one bag. / Otherwise, I *try* to find non-leather bags. I have quite a few Harvey's Seatbelt bags, including several NBC/Jack Skellington prints. I enjoy Reisenthel totes for home things. I'd like a smaller cosmetic bag for things like lip balm, ibuprofen, eyerbrow comb, etc, in my purse. I like bags I can hang over my shoulder easily, or possibly use crossbody (not necessary). I do not end up using bags with a short strap drop often. I loved the tokidoki x LeSportSace collab some years back. And, it's leather, but my large Botkier Howard Street satchel is my go-to. I've had it for years and was happy to score it used on Bonanza. (I could go on and on...)
What are your favorite fandoms and do you want to receive anything related to such? Hmmm...BPAL. Okay, so you know that. I lovelovelove Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Twin Peaks, X-Files, and Supernatural. I don't have much related swag, though I've pondered "inspired" jewelry or those FUNKO Pop! figures, but haven't gotten in there yet. I have the first two books (seasons 8 and 9, I think?) of Buffy comics, but haven't picked up any additional. I'm trying to say I'm open to this, just not very educated.
What are you planning to order from the Weenies update? See answer to similar question above - I'll update my w/l in sig today! (I have to review first.)
The Last Huzzah of the NY Renaissance Faire happens this weekend and I'm going! Is there anything you might want? (Besides a turkey leg, which won't ship well!) Oh, yea - missed it, but sounds fun!!
Do you like comics or graphic novels? Any issues or collections you want to read? See fandom answer above.
Do you like fanfic? Would you like a story written for you as part of your gift? What characters/fandoms/pairings etc do you like? Have always been curious, but never actually delved into this. I'm not opposed to this. Any of my fave TV shows would work!
Where do you have wishlists at? If you could please link to them or to a post that links to them. (Amazon, Etsy, Think Geek, Pinterest, Sephora, Lush, BPAL/BPTP, Soap Box Company, everywhere and anywhere!) BPAL, Amazon, etsy - all need updating - will work on today! I should have a LUSH one!
Let's say you have indicated interest in receiving a hand knitted item. What colors, exactly, do you like? If you could provide color swatches here or to pinterest (or something visual), that would help out a lot. Oh, yay! Black, grey (charcoal), blue (like cobalt or electric), maybe hints of white or light gray for contrast? I also enjoy dark purples or greens at times. I will see about swatch pics...
Would you rather receive a bunch of little packages through the round, a couple of medium packages, or one big package at the end? I would be thrilled with either! As long as I have some idea my Witch is out there before the end, I'd be thrilled with however he/she wishes to do things!
For those of us with out-of-country Witchees, would you be happy with receiving a few packages from local to you merchants (say, through Etsy or equivalent)? Yep!
Would Witchees like something from IKEA? (Or any other not always accessible by everyone store?) I'm dying for a white Kallax or a large BIGARRA plant pot, but both of these are EXCEEDINGLY heavy and not suitable for witchery.
If/when you go to the mall, for which store(s) do you beeline? I hate going to the mall anymore, but when I do, it's typically to Bath and Body Works to use a coupon (for a candle or candle holder), LUSH (if there is one), Sephora, or to return something ordered via mail to Lane Bryant.
Do you receive any subscription boxes (julep, lootcrate, ipsy, birchbox, etc.)? Nope! If one was cruelty-free, maybe that'd be fun! I've seen some cool vegeterian snack box mentions here and there that have tempted me.
Do you like tarts/candles/incense? If so, what type of scents? Yes! I think tarts are more work than I typically will go for, so I've mostly stopped with them. I bought a bag of soy wax flakes, so I add oil to those - either fragranced, BPAL, or essential. I don't use paraffin wax, but any other kind is good! I prefer minty scents for home - fresh, but not "laundry." Right now, I'm burning a Twisted Peppermint candle from Bath and Body Works. My husband just asked about it, and said, "That's mint?!? It smells like smoky fruit. LOL. Exactly. My FAVORITE was the BPTP "Lick It" candle from (I think) two Yules back. I'd never liked that scent, but took a chance on the candle and realized I LOVED it too late to get more. (Same thing happened with Blueberry Peppermint bath oil.) BPAL/BPTP mint is special. Is there anything you wish you could have picked up from the Dragon*Con exclusives? Gosh, I actually had a fairy and have not even touched my package yet. I know, that's sad. I'm so behind. Is there a GC you've been dying to try but haven't got around to yet? I'm sure! I'll updated list soon! Any new GCs in the past two years probably fall into this category.
The questionnaire asked about gold & silver jewelry, but how do you feel about copper jewelry? Do you like colorful jewelry, or do you prefer to keep it neutral? I think copper is interesting. I like colorful, but "limited" color. My normal palate is (are you tired of this, yet?) black, grey (charcoal), blue (darker blues), mixed with whites/light grey for contrast. I also enjoy natural textures (wood, stones, etc.), and sometimes dark hues of purple and green.
We asked about decorating style, but are you interested in receiving decorations for your home? Are you interested in things that go on the wall or things that go on shelves? Oh, sure! I love decorating. And, either would be grand!
Office supplies hound? Pens, pencils, journals, any preference, or favorites? I love office supplies. Pens are always fun, and lately I'm looking for cool file folders to hold frequently used patient questionnaires, etc. I like the designs of the Nate Berkus collection at Target, but I'm always wishing it was silver or gunmetal instead of gold everything.
Talk to me about socks! Is there anything, dear, dear Witchee, that I can get for you from Sock Dreams? Anything from another place? Yes! I dream of super long socks for plus size calves, legs! I'm in Maine now, and don't have proper socks. I also can never have enough fuzzy sleep socks. No tight ankles, though.
I live near a huuuuge candy store. What kind of candy do you like? Gummies? Caramel? Chocolate? Sour? Sugar-free? I like candy. I don't like licorice for the most part, except Twizzlers. (Oddly, I don't hate it as a perfume note.) I like all the things listed above. I saw a Ouija (board) mint box (kinda like Altoids) once, didn't buy it, and now can't find it anywhere. Wish I could find that!
How do you feel about animal products? Not so much animal toys or food, but more like furs, paws, bones, etc. My answer to this may be odd. I like the LOOK, but I wouldn't buy/use REAL ones. FAUX is the way to go for me. I have lots of faux fur in my decor scheme (in terms of pillow covers and throw blankets). Maybe not paws. I have bone-shaped candle holders and kitchen serving things from cool Halloween lines I've found - cast in metal.
Are you interested in receiving any restaurant.com gift certificates for your area? Hmmm...I doubt there are any from my area. It's kinda desolate.
How do you feel about "toys" - stuffed animals and the like? This is a tough one. I think they're adorable, and I LOVE them! However, I've recently (for the past couple of years) been really strongly filtering through the amount of belongings we have. We've moved a lot and I've just gotten a bit more of a handle/filter. So, I'm not necessarily looking for more stuffed animals. That said, if you MAKE them, I WANT them! I've seen some absolutely gorgeous pressed wool animals and other BPAL-critter type animals that I've coveted from afar. The more evil, the better!
Did you see the eclipse last night? How do you feel about astrological events, like eclipses? Any interest in the Blood Moon Eclipse scent from BPAL? No. Generally intrigued. Yes - just ordered a bottle - my first order in months from the Lab! (I'm at work and a patient cancelled.) I know I've been a bad witchee and did not update my BPAL w/l this past w/e as I said I would. Tonight?
Witchees - how tall are you? And perhaps, what's your arm span (from wrist to wrist)? I am 5'5.5" and in the interest of your not having to wait a hundred years for me to have my husband measure my arm span, I'll say that I have average length arms. If anything, I find that sleeves are sometimes a tad shorter than I'd like them to be (though this is not universal).
How do you feel about the four elements? Or are you more of an Asian 5 elements person? Do you feel strongly about any of the elements, like a connection or a preference? Ignorant. Intrigued, but ignorant. I know this is a thing, and I know I love being near bodies of water, am drawn to but scared of fire, and love being in the outdoors in cold areas - hate the heat. Teach me, dear Witch, if this is your thing!
How do you feel about bento boxes? Is it something you would use if you got one? This is a great question. I think some of them are super cute. I bought a large Zojirushi cylindrical one several years ago and have yet to use it. However, I would probably use the smaller, cuter ones for storage of smaller, cute objects.
Scarves, shawls, or cowls? Mittens, gloves, fingerless mitts, or wristlets? Wow - yes, yes, intrigued but somehow think they accentuate my larger chest. Probably not, ok, yes please!, and sure.
How do you feel about online classes? Like, say, craftsy or creativebug? Or even lynda.com? Intrigued, but to be fair, I probably wouldn't use it. I learn better when I can interact, and be hands-on. I also got burned out on learning when I finished grad school five years ago. Keeping up with CEs is about as much as I'll do at this point.
What do we want from Paintbox Soapworks? OMG. I'm totally uninformed, but intrigued! Moisturizing creams/lotions/hair products are generally a safe bet for me.
If I were to make you some art, would you prefer a frame than hangs or one that sits? And what color/style would you prefer? Hmmm...probably hang, though not by a strong margin! I like dark, moody things. Black, grey, blue, etc with some green or purple are typically my go-to schemes.
How do you feel about gourmet marshmallows? I feel very good about this. Very, very good. I tried a lavender-flavored thing this past summer, and it made me more intrigued by floral confections than I ever thought I'd be. Vanilla's always awesome, too!
Are you a slatherer or a dabber? Hmmmm....I know others have said this, but I slather when supplies are abundant, and dab when they are low.
Talk to me, dear witchies, about tea. I know we've covered this a little, but I really need the nitty gritty here- not just companies you like and don't like (Teavana? Adagio? David's? Some tiny place?) but I also want to know the other stuff: top 3 flavors, loose or bagged, the kinds of tea accessories you use- or have always wanted. Be specific. Provide links if necessary. OMG. I am not very tea-informed. My current go-to is the Yogi Aveda Tea dupe (Licorice Mint, I think). I also enjoy Sleepy Time. I would like to have more berry teas (decaf) that are good with a bit of cream. In face, I'd love any decaf teas that are good with a bit of cream. I don't love bitter tea, but I don't want it to be SWEET. I want to be able to say more, but I truly don't know. I have infusers/strainers (what's the word?) for loose tea, but haven't used them much (am happy to do so). What else can I say?
Villainess is putting out brand new stuff for the first time in a while (as opposed to bringing back former lines). Sooo.... who wants it? Me. I enjoy her smooches, whipped!, and the exfoliating bar soaps. For perfumes (at least thus far), I prefer BPAL. I don't think I've tried other products.
ETA (this is for when I add links or pics after the fact....so, it could be on the same day or later than the date of the last question answered above - in other words, it will always be at the bottom of this entry, even if I updated questions after this.): 9/27/2015 - This is an awesome pair of fingerless gloves, and an example of something I'd love to wear!
NOTE: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, WILL CLEAN UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE <3
ORIGINAL entry 9/9: Anything here: http://paintboxsoapworks.com/ look like something you'd like to try (assuming that you're not already ordering it)? I am completely uninformed. I have been gifted some lovely soaps which smell amazing. I find I just don't reach for bar soap. I enjoy scrubs but haven't been using as much lately. I do love all sorts of rich creams for body or face, but don't currently have a bathtub worth a bath product.
Do you like stuff related to Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)? Lovely notion and practice from a beautiful culture. Yes, I'd love to learn more!
Handknit items: Sure! I love the texture, and I've seen several amazing examples knitted by BPALers. I live in Maine, so scarves, gloves, socks, or basically anything for warmth would be welcome.
Are there any fandoms or specific collectible genres you would appreciate things of/for(ex: you collect shot glasses, or the ninth Doctor is your bae)? I love unicorns. Also, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Twin Peaks, X-Files. I've checked out those Funko things before and almost brought Spike home, but just didn't quite get there.
Do you have a favorite Fall/Halloween symbol? I love organic items like leaves, branches, stones...those can be fall-related, I suppose. I love skulls or skulls and crossbones, gargoyles, and things like Hello Kitty wearing horns (though I am not a huge HK fan, typically. Odd.).
First, talk to me about soaps- do you like them, and what kinds of scents/lather/varieties do you like? As much as I have tried to use bar soap, I always gravitate back to liquid/shower gel. Part of it is the water puddles under bar soap, and part is that they are SO drying. (I have D.R.Y. skin.) I know there are probably some great bars out there I haven't found with some kind of milk or something that would defeat the dry, itchy feeling on my hands other bars leave. If you know that bar, I'd be interested in it. I like the idea of less waste from packaging.
Second, tell me about teas! Favorites? Anything you'd like to try? Tea is something I always WANT to be more expert about, but I'm so not. I do drink Sleepytime fairly often. I enjoy herbal/fruity blends with a bit of cream in cooler weather. I am a coffee-in-the-morning person, so I normally don't want tea with caffeine, though I occasionally have chai. How's that for ambiguous?
Lastly, I go to Renn Faire- is there anything from there you might like? I like Renn Faire, but can't think of something offhand. If you can, great!
What Weenie of years past are you seeking from the lab? The only pumpkin that has ever really worked for me was Marshmallow Pumpkin from the Post several years back. I've got a couple bottles. I am always excited for Weenies, because I love the themes and ideas, but I am not a foodie blend person EXCEPT for Midway and the aforementioned Pumpkin. That often rules out many Weenies. I love the apple in Snow, Glass, Apples, so I suppose there could be SOME apple blend that would work. I haven't fallen for the ciders, though.
Are you a shawl wearer- and if you don't wear one now, would you? Not generally, but I could be.
Tell me about LUSH- do you like them? If so, what are some of your favorite things from there? Particularly fond scents or products? Stuff you can't stand? I have several blog posts from prior SWs in my blog, and I think I've answered this in detail somewhere (at least once or thrice). However, I love Blues Skies and French Kiss, and if they ever made anything other than bubble bar for FK I'd buy a vat (current bathtub isn't worth bathing in). Blue Skies gel was recently done in LUSH Kitchen, and we stocked up. I have used LUSH Full of Grace and Celestial daily for years, and recently picked up the cleanser in a jar - Kalamazoo. Dream Cream is love. There are others, but I do NOT love all the super foody/candy/floral stuff.
Stuff from Japan? Probably? I don't know what, though.
Pumpkin Spice or No Pumpkin Spice? In my coffee or food, YES, please! On me? No, thank you.
Milk, white, and/or Dark Chocolate? Yes! We tend toward dark because we both love it, but I enjoy white, too, and many of the peanut butter chocolates I find are with milk, which is fine. (Solid bars - dark or white, other types of things - whatever!)
Do you like Yankee Candle? Anything you want from there? I enjoy Witch's Brew scent, but I don't use paraffin candles. Have they developed a soy or veggie blend yet? I don't use tarts. I do think some of their Halloween stuffs are cute, but I'm not into that Boney whatever couple they have. I currently have nothing in my home from them, for context.
Trading Post Goodies? The Lilith just released with Dorian, lavender, and snow - or something like that - sounds heavenly. Never to be found again: Lick It! candle or Blueberry Peppermint bath oil, but that's not Weenie-like or likely in general. Other Liliths sound interesting. I always love the pens. Who am I kidding? I enjoy most Post items.
Bath and Bodyworks? I was loyal to their candles and such for a long time, but they are no longer cruelty-free, and that's important to me.
Tell me of your Sock Dreams, please! Oh! Space Dyed Terry Shorties - these are the BEST socks I've found for some warmth, fitting in my shoes, and being friendly to plus sized ankles. LOVELOVELOVE. And I have but the one pair. I would love more (in cool colors, black). I am open to any socks that aren't mean to my ankles.
i'd like to make some baked goods, would you like some? And if you have any food allergies what can I use as a substitute? Yes! No allergies, and I'm not the world's biggest fan of nuts, though I occasionally enjoy them in baked goods if they are not overly generous in the present. I do enjoy almonds.
Anything special you want from the Target dollar spot? Funny you should ask! I've been meaning to go check them out for pumpkin!!! <3 I've found some cute stuff there! I'm guessing I'll find something with skull and crossbones since Halloween is approaching. Yes?
missed questions, 9/11, + new questions: So, in this swap, you open a goodie every day. I have seen this gift direction done several different ways, but I am interested in which you are most keen to do. Would you rather: I'm borrowing Emma's answer, because it fits! - It's of course, up to my pumpkin, but I really really like the strictly numbered system!
The Witch is In/Out sign? Being a therapist, I initially thought this'd be cute hanging on my door to indicate whether I'm available. Of course, I can't hang anything on my door, so...maybe not? It's really cute, though, and if I was in private practice, I'd definitely use it!
I live in The Netherlands. If there's anything in particular that you'd like to get from here, now's the time to tell! I'm sure there are many thing, but I am naive to them. Surprise me?
I'm sort of collecting Lush showergels. Regular collection, but also many Kitchen items. Are there any showergels you'd like to try? I'd be happy to make you samples! I've covered LUSH preferences pretty well in several questionnaires in my blog. I've got plenty Olive Branch, Blue Skies, Snowcake, Sonic Death Monkey. If it's not foody or overly floral, I'd probably like it!
What is your stance on Glitter? It's pretty when it's contained, not when it's all over me or my furniture.
Also, if you have a Goodreads or other online reading log, does it include a wishlist? Otherwise, is it safe to assume books on the 'to-read' section are wishlist items? Or are you less into keeping a physical copy of the book, and instead prefer to turn to the awesomeness of the library to get your to-read need accomplished. I don't have one. I have mostly professional books on my Amazon w/l if you'd like to be bored. Lol.
how about art? (Small/mailing safe sizes, course) Yes, provided you noted the part about colors that live in my house (or, at least general preferences). Actually, some of my very favorite things in my home have been born from my BPALista buddies. So, YES! Bring it on, if that's your thing! (My poor pumpkin will not get to benefit from personalized art, unless she wants stick figures. )
Tea lovers, what do you like from Whittard? I know nothing of Whittard, but I have addressed tea in another question - I'd love all the herbal decaf you want to teach me about, and if you have a strong recommendation about a caffeinated tea that is good with cream, I'd try it!
Dearest Pumpkin - how much are you wedded to wishlists, say I have some read once books which I think you might like based on what you've read in the past, but there is nothing of the sort on your current Goodreads "to read" list? I think extrapolating from my w/l is reasonable. Especially since I've no Goodreads list.
How do you feel about reading series out of order? Obviously not in situations where the subsequent books are part of the same story arc where you will be totally lost and frustrated if you haven't read all of them, but say, standalone stories which are technically part of a series and which might obliquely reference past books, but not in such as way as to spoil the plot of the book which I happen to have in my possession that you might like. I would like to be a person that wouldn't mind reading things out of order, but I am not. I like order.
Would you be interested in a Halloween themed short story anthology? I think I might!
Is there a limit to the number of books you'd like to receive? I'm open to reading, but I would not probably want very many physical book - maybe 2 or 3 max. I am not into physical media after my huge purge/decluttering.
Have you read Movies in 15 Minutes by our very own Cleolinda? Would you like to? I have not read it. My brief search suggested it's parodies of movies. I think I'd enjoy it if it was a parody of movies I actually watch/have watched, but not so much if it was focused on movies depicting subject matter that does not interest me. How's that for a muddy answer?
What kind of phone do you have? I just splurged for the iPhone 7. I'm currently with an iPhone 6S plus. I wanted to go smaller. I've had the big one for two years (since it came out), and I don't need it. And, coincidentally, a big part of that decision was based on my desire to have cute cases. Many of the cute ones I see are not made for the larger size, and that just pissed me off.
Have you seen the horror film The Babadook? If so, did you like it? Would you want something Babadook-themed? This sounds familiar, but I think I must've just seen the ad. I don't think I actually saw the movie. Why not?
Those who are amenable to yarnie things--ok, two questions: Any undesirable fibers (wool allergy, vegan so no critter hair at all, etc.)? and how do you feel about cowls/infinity scarves? I like things made of yarn, especially since I cannot make them myself. That said, I have a pretty particular aesthetic (more modern than tradiional/country). I have seen many gothic pieces on Facebook and in threads like these from BPALers who do art that I covet. With scarves, etc., the longer the better for me. I like chunky, cuddly stuff.
So who likes incense? and is there a preferred scent? and cones or sticks? Would you like a burner for it? I love the idea of it, but as it turns out, the smoke just gets me too much (in a not good way) - even the lower smoke varieties. Thus, I stick to non-paraffin candles and essential oil diffusing for home fragrance. (Or atmo sprays, very occasionally.)
Motherhood update? I'm adding Fatherhood here, too, because I never answered (I don't think). Oh good grief. So much. I have worked hard to minimize (are you tired of hearing reading this from me yet?), but this update looks good. BPAL ~ Motherhood Want to sniff but pretty sure it'd be more the experience than for wearing: Baby's First Krampuslauf Connecting Flight Dinnertime at the Diviner's Hut Funerary Papyri Lilith and Sekhmet My Little Grotesque Plush Viscera The Devil Will Find Work for Idle Hands The Twelfth The Wolf and the Rattlesnake? Waiting Think I might love it: Good Morning, London Motherhood Reapers Gonna Reap Outlaw Texare BPTP ~ Fatherhood Want to sniff but pretty sure it'd be more the experience than for wearing: Goofin' at Stonehenge Places, Everyone The Great London Spaghetti Hunt Think I might love it: Lilith's hair gloss Tag-Upon-Avon Guessing I'll need 11billion bottles The Serpentine
Note to my witch: I'm also doing the 13 Nights swap, and some of these have come up. I'm gonna copy and paste. Also, there's a lot more info in that blog entry - and the ones from prior years!
I'm a honey affecionado (I really love honey) and our renn Faire has a local honey booth we go to every year and our trip is coming up. Anything from http://www.beefolks.com/default.asp suit your fancy in particular (honey or otherwise since they have other products?) Hand cream, lip balm, and maybe a flavored honey that'd be good in tea or cocktails? Somewhere in one of these questionnaires I described a drink I had with lavender-infused honey and vodka that was fantastic!
Any other renn Faire goodies in general? I have a friend who is a wood carver there and they make adorable geeky pins amount other things and Harry Potter wands? Here are the artisans there:http://www.rennfest....mation/artisans Oh my! Thats a LOT of links! I am guessing there are quite a few things that would interest me, Witch, but I am sorry to say I don't have time to click into all of those right now and still get you my answers right now (though it'd be fun to explore later!). I think I've been fairly detailed in some other questionnaires. If you get a sense of "me" from that, and you see something you think I'd like, you're probably right!
The second part of the Haus of Gloi update is live tomorrow (the 25th)- is there anything you're interested in? I have tried some things and while I love the aesthetic and the customer service, I don't think their bases and my skin are a good match.
I'm going to the NY Renaissance Faire tomorrow- anything you'd like me to look for? I like idea of Renn Faire and have enjoyed some in my life, though years back. Can't think of anything specific, but I've given lots of preferences in the SW ?aire this year and all my prior entries.
Do you celebrate Mabon? Would you like "witchy" or pagan decorations and objects? For example, pentacle wall hangings, mabon poppets, corn dollies, ritual candles, etc? Hmm...I am uneducated here. I like the aesthetics of "witchy" stuff, but I have no knowledge and therefore it may be lame for me to use them? I could learn? I am curious.
Anyone hankering for Craftsy (http://www.craftsy.com) classes? Through tomorrow all classes are $20 or under. I missed this one, I think. However, I would be interested in learning some basic wood cutting skill so I could build small tables or, say, BPAL storage boxes.
Would you be interested in any of the following: jigsaw puzzles; puzzle books (like word searches or crossword puzzles or suduko); coloring books; card games; board games? Feel free to elaborate on preferences for any of the above! I enjoy strategy games and puzzles, but prefer them to be electronic. I use apple products, but there's a PC in the house.
Would you be interested in Kings Game by Lisa Millraney? I love the idea of supporting a fellow BPALer - sure.
Would you like any brown paper bags of "seconds" from Seattle Chocolates? Um, you had me at chocolate.
Elements & Artifacts has a fall/halloween collection up? Anything catch your eye? I like this viking pendant in blue/water and these earrings.
And speaking of shops from BPAL folks, any favorites in the stores on the SW Stalking and Services Spreadsheet Lots of things there are interesting. Surprise me! 9/22/16
Would you like some hair falls? I can make a single (ponytail) or double (for pigtails). Short, long, types of yarns, ribbons? Extra things (buttons, beads, wire wraps? Colors/color combinations? Stuff to avoid? So, I *want* to be a person who has a place to wear something like this. But, instead, I am mostly at home and at the (conservative) hospital where I work. I worry that it'd be so beautiful but I'd have nowhere to wear it.
Do you have an Etsy wish list, and if so, what's your user name there? Oh! I'm EML298 on etsy. Not recently updated, but you can get ideas/themes for sure!
Tokyo Milk? Yea or Nay? Love the aesthetic, didn't have the best luck with using them.
would you like notebooks or journals? Utilitarian or fancy? Lined or blank? Tell me of your stationery lustings. Hmmm...I used to love them, but now I tend to do digital stuffs. I *do* enjoy fun pens, and have to write a lot at work (notes that get shredded once I enter documentation in medical record, but the pens make me happy while doing it and sometimes start conversations that feel safe with new patients).
If you are ok with knitted things, what colors do you like? Black, white, blue, gray - primary for me. Purples and greens are also allowed. If striping, what two (or more) colors together? Black and white? Black and blue? If you want yarn, what colors do you want? Beautiful yarn would be wasted on me. I have no yarn skill. I'm sure my cats would like to play with some leftovers? Their favorite toys are wool balls. --- A color palette would be lovely if you use Pinterest. Or just want to post palette photos in your blog. I'm Elizabeth Lat on pinterest, and I do have some home decor type things there.
Are you interested in fabric? Again, what colors, what themes, etc. See above. Fabric made into something? Great. Not so? Not so much.
What are your tea and/or coffee preferences? Loose leaf / whole bean or bagged / ground? Do you have a favorite type? Flavor? Retailer? I know this may be irritating, but I have answered this question in detail multiple times in other questionnaires on my blog. tl:dr; = bring on the coffee (caff or decaf) and (predominantly decaf/herbal) tea.
If you could receive one handmade item - everything from knitted or crocheted gloves and scarves to sewn bags to fanart or original art, what would you prefer? Probably original art. I have several paintings I treasure from BPALers (swaps). I have seen some gorgeous, goth-y crocheted (or knitted, do I even know the difference) items by TwilightEyes and others. I have culled my BPAL collection down so much (350-400 bottles) down to about 50-55 now, and I dream of a beautiful wooden box to put them in with round holes to hold each bottle in place (so they don't all slide around when I take one out), but have no idea where to find such a thing.
What are your favorite fandoms, if any? Buffy + Angel predominantly. I love Charmed, X-Files, and Twin Peaks, but never ventured outside only watching the shows.
Skincare- do you use a particular routine? What products would you absolutely not use? Would not use products tested on animals or overly floral fragranced items. Do use LUSH Full of Grace serum + Celestial daily. I need HIGH octane moisture x 1million in a serum and a moisturizer for my face. I'm flexible with cleansers. Would be open to other products if they fit the above characteristic.
Bath/shower products? Yes. (?) I use LUSH gels (mostly The Olive Branch + Blue Skies. I've used Hot Toddy, and recently gotten but not opened Snowcake and Sonic Death Monkey (the latter of which I diabolically love and has been discontinued). I use a Foreo Luna Mini to clean my face, and a poof to scrub with.
BPTP products? Pre-owned okay? Yep. Yep.
Essential oils and aromatherapy oils- yay, or nay? Yes to essential. Very picky about blends made from fragrance (other than BPAL) that are NOT essential oil blends. Not so picky with anything essential oil.
Favorite animal? Unicorn? Narwhal? Horse? I want a golden retriever, and have a Sphynx and a Lykoi. I like them a lot!
Twilight Alchemy Lab oils? Curious. Uninformed. Don't do rituals, but am curious and intrigued by the mindfulness aspect.
Authors - Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter. Heard of them? Love them, hate them, or eh?
Knitted things. Specifically scarves/cowls and shawls.....grabby hands or not? Favorite colors? Are you allergic or sensitive to any textiles, ie wools, cashmere, nylon, metallic threads, mohair, alpaca? Knitted washcloths? For the kitchen or for the bath? And again, colors??
Candles or wax melts/wax tarts?
Speaking of snarky, who's a fan of The Mincing Mockingbird? Cute! I wasn't familiar with this, but I DO like snark!
Do you decorate for Halloween all year? If not, what level of decor do you have for Halloween? We do have some pieces *meant* for Halloween that are out all year (i.e. skulls). We have additional things we put up for Halloween only - I'd say we do mild to moderate amounts, and more gothic in nature than kitschy.
Indoor/outdoor Halloween decorations? What do you do, and what would you prefer to receive? We have no yard as we are renting an apartment currently, so indoor only.
What's your preferred Halloween decor style: classic/traditional (skulls, pumpkins, bats), kitchsy/cute, retro, elegant/Victorian, horror/macabre? I suppose classic! Skulls and bats for the win!
What's your candy preference? I don't love jelly inside of things, and I am not a fan of all.nuts.all.the.time, but I do enjoy peanut butter flavored/filled things, almonds, and most chocolate delights. I like sweet/sour things and I do like candy corn at this one time of year. I think I'm pretty flexible with candy!
Does anyone like fleece character hats? Like these? http://wonderlandonline.storenvy.com/collections/354444-anime-video-games/products/13089516-pusheen-like-fleece-hat What kinda characters would you like to see? Cute, but not for me.
Who here is a Raging All THINGS HARRY POTTER fan? I love the aesthetic of Harry Potter, but I have only seen two of the movies and not read the books yet. So, I *like* related stuff, but I'm not informed about it?
Do you like things with Pumpkin (or Pumpkin Spice?) Yes.
Is there anything you would like to get from Japan? I'm sure there is, but I don't know what. I've seen cute stationery, but I don't write letters. So, pens? Teach me!
Would you object to re-using of clean mailing materials? I encourage it, and do this myself!
Is there anything you'd particularly like to get from the UK? Probably? But I don't know what. If it fits with the preferences I've entered, I will love anything you choose!
Socks/sockdreams/etc: From 13Nights answer: Oh! Space Dyed Terry Shorties - these are the BEST socks I've found for some warmth, fitting in my shoes, and being friendly to plus sized ankles. LOVELOVELOVE. And I have but the one pair. I would love more (in cool colors, black). I am open to any socks that aren't mean to my ankles.
Anyone a nail polish fan? What colored interest you? Yes, but I have a lot. I prefer cool tones, generally dark blue or black. However, I am interested in that neutral - what is it? Hail Satin or something like that from the Post.
How do you feel about knitted stuff? Fancy? Plain? Sure! I love the texture, and I've seen several amazing examples knitted by BPALers. I live in Maine, so scarves, gloves, socks, or basically anything for warmth would be welcome. Second answer (related question about yarn): I like things made of yarn, especially since I cannot make them myself. That said, I have a pretty particular aesthetic (more modern than tradiional/country). I have seen many gothic pieces on Facebook and in threads like these from BPALers who do art that I covet. With scarves, etc., the longer the better for me. I like chunky, cuddly stuff.
What types of things do you like to wear? Comfortable with an edge, mostly black and white with some blue.
I'm into beer. How 'bout you? No! Styles? None. And booze? Yes, mostly clear ones. Vodka is my fave when I drink (which isn't that often), but I do enjoy other liquors for special kinds of drinks.
How do you feel about caramel? Very, very good. Salt or no? Either! With chocolate or without? Both/either. I do not love it with fruity, goopy stuffs.
Would you be interested in home made food items? - garlic dill pickles - I'm not sure I'd be into this, though it sounds curious. - blackberry jam - I like jam, but I don't love a lot of seeds in my jam. - dried honey crisp apples - NOM! - applesauce (with or without red hots) - I like apples in all forms. Never had with red hots. - elderberry syrup (with honey and apple cider vinegar - great for immune boosting) - Not sure about this. - honey from our bees - I like honey. Someone recently put lavender-infused honey in a cocktail, and it was brilliant. - rose petal liquor (made with our own rose petals and everclear but diluted down a bit so it doesn't knock you over) - This sounds interesting - kinda like the lavender-infused liquor in the drink with the lavender-honey I just mentioned! - baked goods of your choice, what do you like or dislike? (Pasted from 13Nights) Yes! No allergies, and I'm not the world's biggest fan of nuts, though I occasionally enjoy them in baked goods if they are not overly generous in the present. I do enjoy almonds. I like moist as opposed to dry baked goods (i.e. sticky as opposed to cakelike brownies). I like cookies. I probably like much that you might bake.
Would you be interested in project bags/pouches? I usually make flat bottom round pouches with a pocket inside and a drawstring. Possibility of embroidery if we still have the huge commercial machine. - Hmmm...not sure.
And to go along with the previous knitting question... Are you allergic to any fiber or do you know what kind of yarn you prefer? (merino, merino cashmere, merino cashmere silk, 100% silk, 100% cashmere, merino nylon, BFL, BFL silk, etc. Or do you like acrylic?) Oh! I covered this above - no allergies! I like non-itchy fibers. I like to be able to machine-wash things due to dust allergies.
Would you want a quilted pot holder? Sure - so long as it leans modern or gothy-y (think Nightmare Before Christmas) in nature as opposed to traditional/country. I'd love it!
Do you have any prefered flavour of shortbread? Oh! I've only ever had butter, I guess.
What are you interested in from the recent BPAL and BPTP updates? (Lilith, Lunacy, etc.) (from 13Nights) Oh good grief. So much. I have worked hard to minimize (are you tired of hearing reading this from me yet?), but this update looks good. BPAL ~ Motherhood Want to sniff but pretty sure it'd be more the experience than for wearing: Baby's First Krampuslauf Connecting Flight Dinnertime at the Diviner's Hut Funerary Papyri Lilith and Sekhmet My Little Grotesque Plush Viscera The Devil Will Find Work for Idle Hands The Twelfth The Wolf and the Rattlesnake? Waiting Think I might love it: Good Morning, London Motherhood Reapers Gonna Reap Outlaw Texare BPTP ~ Fatherhood Want to sniff but pretty sure it'd be more the experience than for wearing: Goofin' at Stonehenge Places, Everyone The Great London Spaghetti Hunt Think I might love it: Lilith's hair gloss Tag-Upon-Avon Guessing I'll need 11billion bottles The Serpentine Would you like hibiscus seeds? I have horrible light in the few windows in this apartment in Maine. Thus, while I generally would love them, I may not be able to provide the best environment *unless* they don't need a ton of light.
Off-color needlepoint? I don't know what off-color means. I have seen a few cool needlepoints, and if you can make a not-country one, so be it! ETA: so, post-anesthesia brain has worn off. Yes - bring on the inappropriate humor!