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Winter Fun Swap 2011 Questions

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November 12th

 

chile, yay or nay? (Example: I had a delicious dark chocolate bar the other day that had dried cherries and red chile....YUM! There are local cookies here that are shortbread type with chile. And of course, in NM we are famous for our chile ristras which are mostly decorative (though usually you could use the dried chiles if you wanted to).)

 

I do like spicy things, so I'd probably appreciate chile chocolate, especially with cherries!

 

November 11th

 

Let's talk about fruit! Do you like dried fruit or h ate it? Like some but not others?

 

How do you feel about cherries? Prefer the sweet or tart versions? Dried? Jam? Salsa? Hot sauce? BBQ sauce?

 

What is your general philosophy about patterns for accessories such as socks, scarves, and tights? Do you like solids? Stripes? Polka dots? Weird patterns like harlequin-type stuff? Any of the above?

 

November 10th

 

Would anyone else be interested in a soap dish or something like that?

 

I'd love a non-breakable one that has a way to keep the soap dry. I used to have a soap dish in my shower, but I knocked it off the side of the tub and broke it. :(

 

If your fox were to knit something for you, would it be a lacy shawl or a pair of socks?

 

I have plenty of socks, so I'd prefer a not-too-lacy shawlette personally - I wouldn't wear a full on lacy shawl because it's just not my style, but a shawlette that can be used like a scarf would be good.

 

Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, which house do you identify with, and why? Would you want knitted things/replicas/accessories in your house colours?

 

I do like Harry Potter. I already have a Gryffindor scarf that I knit. (I'd probably pick Ravenclaw, but my sister got that one and we needed a full set of houses.) I have a couple t-shirts as well, and that's probably enough for me.

 

Are there any Yules from *PAST* years that you're interested in trying? Including past winter inquisitions?

 

I got a decant of Mid Winter's Eve and I quite like it.

 

November 9th

 

Sooo. Yules. Those just happened. :P What are you interested in, Bunny?

 

I just sniffed a bunch at Seattle Will Call, and most of them were pretty bad on me. :( Honestly I only really like about 5% of the scents I try, and that's after weeding out several death notes. I have funky skin chemistry.

 

Do you like coin purses?

 

I have a really cute one.

 

November 7th

 

What are your opinions on traditional holiday cookie flavorings? I'm thinking anise and cardamom in particular.

 

I like both of those along with cloves, cinnamon, and many others.

 

Do you like artisan oils and vinegars?

 

Not especially.

 

Bunny, could you use a 2012 calendar, and, if so, do you like big monthly ones or the page-a-day type?

 

Please not a page-a-day, I think they're a waste of paper. My cousin once got me a "Green" page-a-day - what an oxymoron! I could use a bigger monthly one if my fox has an idea, but it's not a huge priority.

 

November 6th

 

Charity gifts? Either fair-trade type stuff, or virtual type gifts, like vaccinations or school supplies being bought on your behalf, or something along those lines?

 

I like to buy Fair Trade stuff when it's available. As far as donating to a charity, I usually donate my time but if my fox wanted to do something like that, I volunteer for PAWS, a local animal shelter / wildlife rehabilitation facility.

 

Bunny, are you interested in tarts from Two Timing Tart? What scents, if any, are you interested in?

 

I don't have a tart burner, and I'd probably prefer candles anyway.

 

Do you need any holiday recipies? Is there something in particular that you'd like baked or made for you? And for those of you doing the no sugar/low sugar, etc. thing these days, how about savory things?

 

I'm always up for more vegetarian holiday recipes. I love to bake myself, and I'd certainly appreciate baked goods from my fox. As for savory stuff, as long as it's veggie then I'd be up to try it, but I'm really more of a sweet tooth person.

 

Speaking about candles, how much do you look forward to the BPTP candles that will be launched on Etsy? I don't know if there will be other scents than the Samhain and Pumpkin Cookie one, but is there a specific one you are longing for?

 

I like candles, but I rarely remember to actually light them. :blush: That said, I think I'd like Pumpkin Cookie.

 

Does anyone have issues with gently used things like books, etc.?

 

No, as long as it's something reasonable like a book and not panties. ;)

 

Are you a big ol' nerd for any particular subject? Science, math, linguistics, etc? Or particular authors/fandoms?

 

I am a scientist, and a crazy knitter, but I don't really consider myself a nerd. I'm interested in science because of work (and in general) but I'm not your typical "nerdy" scientist person.

 

Bunnies, how do you feel about lemon-flavored items, like lemon marmalade, lemon curd, lemon pound cake, or lemon cookies?

 

Love! Lemon is one of my favorite flavors.

 

fingerless mittens or full mitts?

 

I'd like some fingerless mitts, especially if they're longish and cover a lot of the fingers without covering the fingertips (like, not ending at the top of the palm).

 

November 4th

 

reveal, yes or no?

 

I'm planning to reveal and I hope my fox does too!

 

Any favorite cuddly characters?

 

Not really.

 

Moxie Nouveau groupon?

 

I got one for myself. :blush:

 

what's your favourite colour?

 

Blue! I also like purple (especially blue-purple), silver, grey, and black.

 

Your favourite gemstone?

 

Sapphire or other blue stones.

 

Your favourite animal (real or imaginary)?

 

I love cats and tropical fish, and bats, and horses... I like a lot of animals.

 

And do you have any intense phobias?

 

I don't like clowns or most dolls, but it's not really a phobia. But I'd prefer you didn't send me clown stuff. I have a semi-phobia of spit, but I can't imagine how or why you'd send that, so stay away from photos of drooly dogs or other animals and we should be good. Other than that no.

 

Are you Nano-ing this month, bunny? If so, how would you feel about merch/donations to the cause?

 

Nope!

 

Do you like/need boxes for perfume/knicknacks?

 

My bottles are fitting nicely in their box, but I wouldn't mind a box for storing imps if my fox has found a good solution.

 

November 2nd

 

Is there any particular holiday DVD that you don't have that you would like to own?

 

Nope!

 

How do you feel about superheros? Are you a Marvel or DC fan? Do you have a favorite hero?

 

I am ambivalent about superheros.

 

Would my bunny like anything in particular from Lush? I do have access to an actual Lush store, and also wouldn't mind ordering retro items online.

 

I do like their stuff, though I don't take baths too often and I already have a little stock of bath bombs. I love the I Love Juicy shampoo and use it often, but I have about half of a big bottle right now.

 

would you like a Paintbox from Paintbox Soapworks? If so, which scents?

 

I stlll have little soaps from my last one that I haven't tried yet. I really don't use much bar soap.

 

Do you have kids (or kid-like pets) who your fox may want to take into account, either in terms of a little extra goody or simple safety?

 

I have two cats (one of them actually just stepped on the keyboard alerting me to this question by typing letters after it!) and they'd love little toys or treats but they don't really need them. ;)

 

How do you feel about honey/beeswax? Would you like any?

 

I like honey quite a bit, and love beeswax candles!

 

Are you a Trader Joe's fan, who either doesn't have a store nearby or just loves their stuff and has a wishlist?

 

I do like Trader Joe's, but I have one pretty close.

 

The Paintbox Soapworks Yules are up, or at least round one is (updates coming throughout the week). Interested in anything?

 

Snoggin' sounds interesting, but I'm a bit worried it might be too boozy. I do like mint, so White Snow, Bright Snow might be good. And Comfort and Joy sounds promising other than the wine. I need little sniffies!

 

If I were to place ONE LAST Weenie order, (uh, which I will) what would you want me to include for you?

 

Autumn Cider! It's really the only one that was good on me this year.

 

Will you be away for any part of the round?

 

At this point I have no plans to be away except for maybe next weekend, and even if I did it would likely only be for a couple days.

 

Anyone else with an Etsy store and a member of Tradeaholics (or you could join) and interested in bartering for gifts for their bunny? Everything in my shop is up for trade.

 

I don't have a shop, but if someone is interested in trading me something for a knitted accessory for their bunny, we could probably work something out!

 

What type of books do you like? Dying to read anything?

 

Well, according to the librarian I like "stories of individuals struggling, but not always overcoming mighty forces, often evil".

 

We have this thing where you can fill out an online request for your next 5 books based on what you like, and that's how the librarian described my taste. :lol: But, to be fair, the books he suggested sound really good!

 

I actually have a big pile of books that I haven't read yet, but if my fox thinks I'll really like something I'd definitely be open to it.

 

If you like Christmas music (or any other holiday music, for that matter), what kind of style do you like? Traditional? Modern and poppy? Indie?

 

Not really. I like choral versions of traditional Christmas songs (carols etc.) but I wouldn't listen to it outside a live performance that occurred within a week or so of Christmas. (I get really annoyed by how Christmas stuff has now overlapped Halloween practically. It's not even Thanksgiving, no Christmas until December 1st at the earliest!)

 

Do you enjoy things that taste like roses? For example chewing gum, turkish delight, delicious goo that you eat by the spoonful out of a glass jar (and they all taste of rose. Yes, we have all these in Greece.)

 

I'm not a big fan of floral flavors, but I do like Turkish Delight in fruity flavors.

 

Also, same question about mastic. Would you be interested in trying it out? (If yes, any preferences? for example you wold prefer to try the chewing gum, the turkish delight, an Easter bun (I can go hunting, some companies make them all year round although it's not the same as the bakery Easter ones XD), the raw resin itself, anything?)

 

I have no idea what mastic tastes like, but I'd give it a try as long as it's vegetarian!

 

i live in the city of the chicken wing. if i were to send you something savory, what's your heat tolerance (or sweet and heat for that matter).

 

Well, I don't eat chicken wings, but for other savory food items, I do like spicy stuff and sweet + spicy. I like my spice medium-hot. Spicy enough that it tastes spicy, but not so much that the hot flavor overwhelms everything else.

 

If your fox/bunny were to gift you with a giftcard from anywhere, as in any store foodwise, music wise etc. what giftcard would you like?

 

Maybe Amazon, since a friend is probably giving me a used Kindle and I could get books for it. I go to Starbucks occasionally, so a card from there would definitely get used. And I do love Sock Dreams!

 

If I were to send you chocolate is there anything I should avoid as in nuts, cherries etc.? Also, what are some of your favorite holiday candies?

 

I would love nuts or cherries, or both! Avoid bacon (obviously). I like nuts, fruit, and especially marzipan in my chocolate.

 

Does anything from Fusion Sweets interest you?

 

I can't have caramel because of my braces, and marshmallows usually have gelatin, so probably not.

 

Interested in anything from the Elements and Artifacts Yule update?

 

It's pretty, but I don't wear much jewelry.

 

October 30

 

Dear Snow Bunnies: Do you do a Christmas tree? If yes is it themed or specially colored or do you just have all different ornaments and such?

 

I don't do a Christmas tree.

 

Would you like a special ornament?

 

As long as it's not specifically Christmas, I could hang it somewhere in my house year-round!

 

Tim Tams. Yay or nay?

 

Yay! So far I've just tried the original and caramel (maybe Dulce de Leche?) flavors. I'd love some more exotic ones. :D

 

I know some people are squicked out at the idea of eating things that other people make, or the thought of deep fried cookies sends them into cardiac arrest. If you were my fox, would you like to receive some homemade goodies, or would you prefer that your goodies came from the store?

 

I have no problem eating things that my swap partner makes for me (or someone else, I suppose!) as long as they're vegetarian! But the thought of deep fried cookies does make me pause. ;)

 

Would any Bunny like to receive Holiday serving bowls, trays, platters etc...? Winter/Christmas or Thanksgiving/Fall themed?

 

I live in a 1 bedroom apartment and don't usually entertain, plus my dishes came with a few serving pieces so I think I'm set.

 

My lovely fluffy Snow Bunny, would you like a bodyscrub made by me? If so, what scent(s) would you like, if you had to think along the lines of essential oils? And would you prefer sugar or salt? A dryer scrub or one that's more oily/moist?

 

Sure! I'm a big fan of citrus scents, and I'd go with moist but not too oily - my skin is pretty oily other than my legs.

 

Dear snow bunny, do you like candles? if yes, then what kind? scented (what scents), unscented, what colors, do you like them plain/painted on the outside/with decorations attached to the surface/sculpted?

 

Yes, though I have to remember to light them more often! I like foodie scents, especially fruit and baked goods - citrus is probably my favorite. I have a lemon bar one that's pretty fantastic. And I'd love them if they were decorative, though I'd probably save them for display rather than burn them. Last year I got some beautiful handmade Halloween candles with Jack O' Lantern faces and I have them on display all year!

 

Also what do you think of little soaps? I know most people don't use soaps nowadays but I love the chocolate/vanilla/cocoa/butter/sugar combo scents that I see at beauty stores

 

I usually have a little soap in my bathroom for handwashing, so I do use them but not very quickly. I also have quite a stock, so I don't really need any but if my snowflake is inspired to send me a special one then it will be used eventually.

 

Socks! Slippers! Do you love them or not really wear them? If you love them, do you also love Sock Dreams?

 

I adore socks, I have many that I've knit and wear them most of the winter. I'm also a big fan of novelty socks, though knee high and OTK ones usually don't fit because I have really big calves.

 

I don't really have slippers, though I've been thinking that it might be nice to have some cozy ones to wear around the house so my feet don't get cold. If they had enough of a sole to be able to go out and get the mail (a short walk down some outside stairs, no walking on dirt!) then that would be a plus too.

 

Would you wear something like this if your Fox were to knit you one? If so, what color? http://www.ravelry.c...gap-tastic-cowl

 

I'd give it a try! I don't know if that particular cowl is really my style, I have a smaller one that I wear a lot in the winter, though.

 

talk to me of coffee. Whole bean? Ground? Flavored, not flavored? Decaf, whole caff? Favorite roasters? Drip, french press, keurig? BRING ON THE TEA?

 

I don't have a coffee-making apparatus at home, but I will drink mochas at coffee shops. I do make tea often, and especially enjoy chai!

 

Who else here loves or would like to try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics? If so, what would you like?

 

I don't really wear makeup, but if it's a lip gloss / balm or a skincare thing I'd be willing to try it.

 

Anybody into nail polish? Any color or formula preferences?

 

I almost never paint my nails, it doesn't work well with my job.

 

If you found a $50 bill on the ground and were to place a Lab order, what would be in it? (And shipping is free through the magical BPAL unicorn!)

 

I'd get another bottle of Autumn Cider, cuz it's yummy. And some imps off my wishlist maybe? I'm at the point where I have lots of stuff to test but don't really need any more bottles of my fave GCs. Although a backup Snake OIl wouldn't hurt...

 

October 29th

 

So... someone has gifted you a $20 gift card from Walgreen's to ONLY use on things for yourself. No necessities here. What do you buy?

 

A scented candle maybe, some face washing cloth things - I like them when I'm too lazy to splash water around and clean it up at night ;), film for my camera, a candy bar.

 

I live near a brick and morter location for a really, really good spice store. would you use cooking spices and if you would, what would you need? (it's penzey's if you want to google it).

 

I have most of the ones I use regularly (chili powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cumin, basil, oregano, cardamom, bay leaves, etc.) but if you want to send me a recipe and it has a weird spice then I'd love some.

 

Do you like knitted goods? If so, what would you like, what colors, and do you have any sensitivites or preference when it comes to type of yarn (ex: wool: yay or nay? do you prefer machine washable materials? do you not care?)?

 

Of course I do, I'm a knitter! My favorite colors are blue, purple, black, grey, and some greens (bluer is better than yellow. As far as fiber, I don't use silk or other fibers that require killing the animal (possum etc.) but wool is OK. It doesn't have to be machine washable, I handwash a lot of stuff already.

 

hey swap partner...could you use a new mug?

 

I love mugs! I especially love the Starbucks mugs from different cities with the light blue building drawings on them. If my swapper has a Starbucks nearby :lol: and can still find them in stock I'd love one.

 

Is there any sort of regional food/drink/treat you miss or have always wanted to try?

 

I like regional treats / candy, but I can't think of anything specific.

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