Can you sum yourself (whether it be personality, life's goals, ethics, whatever) in 10 words or less?
Hopeless romantic nerdy stealth-pagan with a wicked sense of humor. (Stealth-pagan counts as one word, dammit.)
How about little bottles of booze? Ya wanna? What kind?
Oooooooh. Sure! I like rum, vodka and tequila mostly, but also like various liqueurs and stuff.
What are your views on fudge and brownies? (Also, if you live in a warm place, where the fudge might melt, that'd be helpful to know. Or, if you're diabetic and fudge is death, that'd be useful to know, too.)
I like them just fine, but do not have a burning desire to have any currently. We make brownies and cake and stuff fairly regularly at my house.
Also, what about mochi? Love it, hate it, baffled by it?
What is mochi...? Oh. Hmm. I don't know, never had it.
Anything from the update ya'll are liking? BPTP UPDATE.
Nothing I need.
Does anyone like kimchi?
Not sure I've ever had any, truthfully.
Would you be interested in a sample box(from somewhere like Birchbox or loosebutton)?
Sure, it would be interesting. Especially if there's eyeshadows involved.
You have to place a Lab and Trading Post order. Right fuckin' now. No spending limits. What do you buy?
From The Lab: Bottles of Maiden, Suspiro, Ghosts In Love, Le Revenant, Titania, Jailbait, and October.
From the Trading Post: Atmosphere sprays in Cathouse, Alchemical Laboratory, Exotic Bazaar, Fae Forest, and the Orchards of Hell. Bath oils in Morocco and Castitas. Hair gloss in Honey.
Paintbox Soapworks - anything you're interested in, in general or from the latest update?
I've never tried any Paintbox products. But I would totally try some! I like the looks of: Gingermilk, The Olive Tree, The Man In The Moon, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, Sweet Cheeks, Indian Summer and The Queen is Dead (I am uncertain about the leather/smoke notes, but it sounds intriguing!).
Do you guys have any sports that you follow obsessively? How about favorite teams and/or athletes?
YES. I am a HUGE hockey fan, and I follow the Carolina Hurricanes relentlessly.
How do you feel about notebooks/journals/stationery? Anything you need or particularly like?
I love them. Especially stationary. I hoard it.
Does confetti/glitter make you angry or fill you with glee?
I teach arts and crafts during the summer. I hate it AND I am helpless to resist it. Gimme!
Fabulous witches and witchees, perhaps you all could note of you've received MeiLin's goodies? Or if you want?
I have not read any of MeiLin's stuff, though I'm familiar. I'd give it a go.
How do you feel about stuffed animals/plushies/general soft, cuddly things? If you like them, what kind of animals would you be interested in?
I LOVE THEM. Any animal, except for...things with too many legs. No.
how interested would you be on somewhat personalized bottle cap labels? Like these that I did?
I'm good, thank you though.
How would you feel about kitchen towels and other similar household objects, if they are pretty or a souvenir?
Sure, why not. Roosters?
How did you dress up for your last party or compulsory-formal-dress occasion?
My best friend's wedding. I had this knee-length black chiffon skirt with an ivory embroidered detailing, an ivory sweater with pearl buttons (it was in December), strappy black heels, pearls, classic makeup (red lip, smoky eye), curled hair. It was kind of epic.
Oh! I just remembered! More recently was Laurel the Woodfairy's wedding. I wore a brown/ivory/coral floral print dress (flutter sleeves, mid-calf-length, wrap bodice) with pearls, brown leather sandals, and soft gold-brown eyes and a coral lip.
Would you like to receive e-books? And if so, in what format?
Yesss. Epubs preferable.
If you have kids, would you be interested in getting things for them? And if so, what are they interested and what sizes are the wearing now?
I do not have any spawn. But I work with kids, and fairytale books, storybooks, etc...yeah, I will not turn those down. Oh, how I miss camp.
Would you be interested in a felted handbag? Do any of these styles appeal to you?http://tinyurl.com/3o2epzl (there's at least one guy-friendly style, too!)
Um, yes. I like...
#3. I like the detailing especially.
#5. But I'd want brighter colors or else black.
#6. OMG LOVE. I love the stripes and the COLORS.
#7. It is crazy and possibly frightening and my cats will think it is an animal that needs to be attacked and I WANT IT.
#8. I think I'm attracted to the stars in this one. PRETTY.
#10. I like messenger bags, I like purses with long straps. My current bag is this purpley striped cross-body thing with llamas on it that I got at this Hispanic cultural festival in Philadelphia.
#15. I like the long straps.
Clearly I have a lot of feelings about these bags.
Are there are patterns, motifs, etc that you especially like?
Hearts, celestial things, swirls, that kind of filigree look with the curls and stuff, birds, feathers, watercolor designs...if that makes sense? I like a lot of abstract designs.
Witchee, would you be interested in having a special tea cup/coffee mug/glass to drink out of?
I tend to hoard coffee mugs, especially if they're really pretty or have quotes or something. My FAVORITE mug is this cheap travel mug I got at Walmart, because you can change out the internal liner so there are infinite possibilities for the design.
If you're a tea drinker, is there any specific tea you would like to receive, not just the kind/flavor but also the type/packing--i.e., tea bags, loose tea, compressed, etc?
I like any kind of tea. I do not like cherry flavoring so much, or blueberry (in teas at least), but I will try anything, especially floral teas. Black tea with rose? Mmmm.
I am fond of the thrift. Do you mind lightly used goods? Please be specific! For instance, I'm a little squicked by used clothing, but I don't mind any other used goods (i.e. books, glassware, games, DVDs, whatever.)
I am a poor college student. I do not mind the thrift.
Do you have an Etsy shop? Do you know of any Etsy shops that are Switch Witch friendly?
I do, but I do not currently have anything for sale.
Would a gift or a postcard from Disneyland make you squee with delight or puke into your mail box?
“OMG I GOT MAIL MOM I GOT MAAAAAAIL SOMEONE LOVES ME! IT'S MAIL WITHOUT WIIIIINDOWS! MAAAAAAIL! OMG IT'S FROM DISNEY YAY OMG I LOVE DISNEY!”
-a reenactment of what actually happens every single time.
what are your favorite types of Halloween candy?
Caramel bullseyes, lemon things, those strawberry candies, wee little fun-sized packages of anything. I do not care for licorice (but I do like Twizzlers).
Do you prefer soap or shower gel? Please give examples of your favorite scents or brands.
These days, soap. Wylde Ivy is where it's at for me. I just bought bars of her African Vanilla Bean, Sweet Oat and Nectar soaps. I like soaps that are either warm and sweet and rich or soft florals, because I want them to compliment whatever perfume I'm wearing.
How do you like your chocolate? For example with nuts, mint, peanut butter, caramel?
If it's chocolate, I will eat it. I like sexy chocolate, like chocolate with spices or lemon or other unusual flavors. Nuts are good, caramel is amazing. I mean, chocolate is chocolate, dude.
Beads! Do you use them? Would you want some? What sorts of beads do you like?
I am not allowed to go down that aisle unsupervised in Michaels anymore. I tend to buy things. Oh, beads. Why are you so shiny.
(I like beads, yes. Gemstones especially.)
Anyone here like caramels? Sea salted caramels?!?!
Would you like a hand dyed or hand painted scarf or wrap or other item? If so, what colors/designs/fabrics do you like?
Suuure! I don't care about designs, but I like bright colors, black and silver together. I tend to gravitate toward blues/greens/purple, but I love reds and oranges too. Fabrics: whatever feels pretty.
This was a question before, but does anyone here like stones? Just pretty polished stones for use in whatever purposes?
And another question; anyone like anything in particular from Think Geek?
Oh my god. ALL THE THINGS.
Pinterest, do you have boards you want to share or are you following anyone with great boards you want to share?
I don't have a ton of stuff on there now, but I go on a pinfrenzy every couple of days or so. http://pinterest.com/cielamara/domesticity/
What #1 actor, director, author and/or musician are you obsessed with?
Catherynne M. Valente.
are you interested in anything from the Villainness Bad Apples update?
I haven't looked! I will go look.
Discord sounds pretty.
If you have a pet, would he/she/they like to receive a treat or a toy as a gift? Does your pet have any dietary restrictions or other preferences w.r.t. said treat?
Sure! I got some crocheted catnip mousies in a swap last year and my cats LOVED them.
What are your top three "I want to try them but I think I'll never get to try them" (or, "I've tried them and I want moar moar moar, but I don't think I'll ever get any") scents/bath oils/sprays?
I am on the hunt for the perfect creamy/milky/honey smell. I keep finding new and exciting ones.
In terms of rares? Someone frimped me a decant of Frost Moon and it was the most beautiful thing ever. I want it so. Also, the old Chaste Moon. I hoard what I've got and I weep a little when I put some on.
Is there a particular artist and piece that you would like a print of? If so, what is your max size that you could spare on your walls?
Josephine Wall. I love her artwork. But the plaster that makes the walls in my house doesn't hold things very well.
If you are in to beauty and makeup related stuff, what kind of stuff do you like? What is your skintone and hair color? Are there any beauty products you've wanted to try but just never purchase?
I like shimmery eyeshadows, peachy-coral blushes, and am on an eternal quest for the perfect lip stain. There are Stila lipstains I'm dying to try.
Do you like coffee or tea? Would you be interested in trying some different types?
Sweet, sweet nectar of life. I like any and all coffees and teas. We have a Keurig here, so if you have any interesting k-cups (my favorite is that magical island coconut stuff, my god that stuff is like crack to me) I would love to try them. We do also have a traditional coffeemaker. And teabags, loose tea, whatever. I will drink the hell out of it.
Are there any CDs/Albums you've been wanting but haven't bought yet? What format do you prefer? (i.e. mp3, actual cd, record, etc)
I want...Armin van Buuren's “Mirage” album because it's awesome. I only have one of Vienna Teng's albums (Warm Strangers) but I want the others, desperately. Mp3s work best. Otherwise I am currently satiated on known musical wants, but I love, love, love new music.
Are you going away for any part of this round?
Would you like to receive a mix-CD from your Witch?
Sure! Just please tell me what the songs/artists are so if I get really obsessed with something I can go hunt down more like it. Y'all just don't even understand how I get about music.
If your witch were going somewhere on a vacation during the round, would you want a little souvenir?
I don't think I'd be all “YOU WENT AWAY AND DIDN'T BRING ME ANYTHING BACK?! Y U NO LOVE MEEEEEE?” but if I got one I'd be all “OMG YOU ARE AMAZING AND I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER!” because, well, I just get excited like that.
Do you enjoy any outdoor activities? Do you have a favorite form of "exercise"?
I would live at summer camp if I could, does that answer any questions about my love of the outdoors? As far as exercise...I love to swim and I like tennis/pingpong/badminton.
Any witchee's with a ravelry account have any favourited patterns that cost money that would be a welcome gift?
That would require me to actually be good at knitting.
Do you work/study at a desk and enjoy interesting or cute office supplies?
My bed is my desk, but ohhhh, lawdy, do I have an office supply fetish. If I weren't living at home and in a room too small for a desk, my desk would be epic. I settle for just collecting and hoarding colored pens. I legitimately use them, too! LOOK: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gqaoKPPbluQwCbtN9ocxMg?feat=directlink
Witchee, are you a fan of musicals? If so, which ones?
OMG YES. SO MANY. Um...my top three are...The Secret Garden, Miss Saigon, and probably Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I have been to productions of all of three. SO AMAZING.
Do you like to burn incense? If so, what are your favorite kinds...sticks? cones? resins? What are your favorite scents?
I don't usually burn incense because so much of it doesn't actually smell perfumed, it just smells like smoke. If there were incense that smelled like something delicious, I would be down. As for kinds, doesn't matter.
- Harry Potter - a fan? If so, what house are you?
Ish. I'm a little over Harry Potter, but I'm a Ravenclaw.
- If you were to receive a gift card, what places would you like to get one from?
B&N, probably. Wylde Ivy, or Bathed & Infused. Lush. Yankee Candle.
Is there a particular myth/folktale/legend/fairytale/godstory that you're drawn to?
Well, I'm a devotee of Freyja, so Norse mythos is pretty important to me. Fairytales, however...the Snow Queen is my favorite of all time, along with the Wild Swans and the Steadfast Tin Soldier.
If you RP, tabletop, forum, or otherwise... Do you have any original characters you'd like to see art of? If so, please give information! Even if it's a link to a web page or a profile or picture!
I have before, but I'm not currently gaming with anyone. But I would love art of the Snow Maiden, or the Snow Queen, or anything like that!
If you could see anything, what would it be? Can be a person, an event, a landmark or monument, an object, etc. And it doesn't have to be on this planet, or in this time period, or in this reality!
I struggle with really broad questions like this. Ummm. Neptune from space. Sarah Brightman in concert. Canova's Cupid e Psyche. Istanbul. Byzantium.
When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter?
I tend to wallow in the bath and then lock myself in my room with music and a book.
What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters?
I like some webcomics. Questionable Content, xkcd, Narbonic, which is now ended. I have the first two volumes of Narbonic, but not the rest. I'm not really into actual comics-comics that much, but there are a few I've considered reading.
Are you musical? Do you play an instrument, and if so, what? If not, what do you wish you could play or do?
I sing and have for years! I am a soprano and the one who usually gets picked to sing the really crazy high descants when they occur. I play a tiny bit of piano and I would really like to learn to play the violin.
Does anyone garden? And if you do, what do you grow? If not, would a starter garden kit be something you'd be interested in?
Yesss! I love to garden! I don't get to grow much because I'm not home during the summers, but I love herbs (especially fragrant/medicinal/culinary ones) and LILIES. I love to grow things from seed in particular.
Do you decorate for Halloween? Is your decorating taste elegant, kitschy and fun, or scary?
Not really. I do burn some candles for the Samhain aspect of it. I think I probably would if the other people in my house got into it, but they don't. I do love harvest-themed decor though.
Witchee, do you have any symbols or totems that have special meaning for you?
Birds--geese and falcons. Cats. Runes. My astrological glyphs—Gemini for my sun, Cancer for my moon and ascendant. Fir trees. Lily of the valley. Treble clefs.
Is anyone fond of programs like Adopt a Tree/Highway/Library/Manatee/Acre of Rainforest/etc?:
Sure! I'm pretty interested in conservation efforts.
From the Weenie Update....what are you most wanting to try?
I've requested decants of Ghosts in Love and Le Revenant. I am especially excited about Ghosts In Love.
Who's into nail polish? What colors/brands?
I like nail polish, but my nails often go unpainted because I work with my hands so much. I think if I had a better manicure kit I'd keep them painted more. I like shimmery, iridescent colors best.
Is there a quote (or lyric or part of a poem) that really resonates with you or is your favorite?
There's a constantly revolving door in my mind for song lyrics and stuff, but there are two poems that really just bring me to my knees. “Fairytales” by Shu Ting and “Camomile Tea” by Katherine Mansfield. The former has a pair of couplets that I actually used for my calligraphy project (aww, yeah!) in graphic design in high school:
The heart may be tiny
But the world's enormous.
The world may be tiny
But the heart's enormous.
Dream candle? Scent, color, type (tealight, votive, pillar, jar, etc.), throw...
I am indifferent to color. For types of candles, it depends—am I simply burning it or is it going on my altar? If it's going on my altar, I want a pillar. Otherwise, jar. Now, as for scents, I like things like...
Any of the Yankee Candle foresty blends. The snowy pine smell brings me to my knees.
Harvesty blends...not the foody things, but like, apple smells, pomegranate, leafy smells.
And lily of the valley.
Do you like knitted goodies? If so, what would you like and what colors?
Oh, my, yes. I would LOVE a hat/scarf combo in like, a white/icy-blue/silver combo, because my coat is a winter white and it looks MEGA-cute on me.
Would you be interested in homemade edibles that are NOT sweets? Any specifics?
Sure, why not?
What GC do you live in mortal terror of the lab discontinuing, but never get around to buying?
I don't believe there are any. Maiden, perhaps, but I've just not yet gotten around to getting a bottle of that. Or Titania. I'd cry if there was no Titania.
Yo, yarnies! Do you Ravelry? If so, who are you over thar?
I think I have a Ravelry account...if so, it's cielamara.
FB, LJ, Dreamwidth, Twitter. Cielamara on all.
Do you have wishlists for non-BPAL e-tailers? And if so, could you provide a link or a list?
Thinkgeek up there.
Witchee, do you use a PC or a Mac?
What is your favorite animal?
What are you going to be for Halloween?
A novelist. NaNoWriMo starts at midnight.
If you could have a piece of oil painting jewelry (pendant, pair of earrings, or ring) with absolutely anything painted on it, what would it be?
(If you prefer wall art instead, same question as above.)
How do you feel about nick-knacks?
I am a magpie. I can't help myself.
What traditions (family, holiday, or otherwise) are important to you?
The ones foremost in my mind are camp traditions. Arch songs, serenade...the keeping of ashes from campfires, the songs we sing. Also, my spiritual traditions—a ritual every Friday night (Friday = Freyja's day).
Do you like going to the movies?
What are your favorite restaurants?
Chain restaurants: Red Lobster, On The Border, Macaroni Grill, Carrabas.
Do you play any video games?
Not really. I do love the Sims, but my other computer is currently borked and I can't play.
Do you like any anime?
Not really, but I did let one of my friends show me this one anime before I left PA that I liked. Breakblade?
Do you have an E-reader/iPad/something similar that you need a cover/case for?
I have a Nook! The original. I like my current cover, but I wouldn't turn down another.
how much do you like jewelry? like, if you were to get a shit ton of it during the round, how excited would you be?
I would be ecstatic.
How would you like to receive some of your Witch's favorite recipes, tailored to your likes/dietary restrictions? And specific wants?
I love recipes! I would like more sneaky vegetarian recipes. My parents are more likely to let me cook vegetarian if the lack of meat isn't obvious.
Do you need any boxes to store your smellies in? What would you store in said hypothetical box--imps, bottles, supplies, all of the above?
Actually, yes. If I buy any more bottles at all I won't be able to fit them all in the box they're in. I have like...between 20 and 40 bottles, I don't know the exact count. I'd probably just keep the bottles and a handful of imps.
Muppets: yea or nay?
Do you have an affinity for Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, The Far Side, and other comic strips? If so, which is your favorite?
Nah. I do like Archie comics, though.
Favorite Mythological Creature?:
Do you like hair things: barrettes, headbands, flowers?
Yes. But I have a lot of hair and it is aggressive, so they need to be fairly sturdy. I like sparkly or unusual hair things, and I really love big, ridiculous bows.
Expanding on the hair question - does anyone like those flower clips for the hair that are big right now??
I don't know. I'd have to see one to find out.