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Winter Holiday Fun Swap ?'s and A's

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November 11th

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

I like dried apples, apricots and cherries the best, but generally any dried fruit will not go to waste. :)


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

Sweet for me, please, and I love the dried ones best.


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?

Any of the above!


November 10th

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

I have several already, thanks.


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

shawl, but maybe a bit more than lacy?


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?

Everytime I take a sorting test, I end up in Ravenclaw -- and that suits me just fine, LOL. And sure to the accessories, why not?


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

I'm good, thanks.


November 9th

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

Oh my word, the Yules look pretty good! Must gets for me: Rose Red, Midwinter's Eve, Midnight Mass, Autumn & Winter, Woods in Winter, Peacock Queen... these are all past favorites, so I'm pretty sure I'll love this year's incarnations. There are several in the Frankenstein and Little Match Girl lines I'm wanting to try as well. All I can say is "Thank goodness for decant circles!"


Do you like coin purses?

I have a leather one which belonged to my great-grandmother (and she wrote her name in ink on the inside back, even better!) which is still in amazingly good shape.


November 8th

Do you prefer dark or milk chocolate?

I know dark chocolate is better for me, and I try to eat it, but milk chocolate is my preference. And at this time of year, Terri's Chocolate Orange is my traditional favorite Yule gift - except last year, when Mr. Stellans left his shopping too late and couldn't find any.


November 7th

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

Oatmeal-Raisin are my preferred cookie, if any.


Do you like artisan oils and vinegars?



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

I'm all set for 2012!


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?

That would be fine, if my Fox wishes.


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

Nag Champa is my favorite tart scent.


Do you need any holiday recipes? 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?

No recipes needed, and around here, pecan pralines and peanut brittle are our favorite holiday candy. Cheese straws or sausage-cheese balls are always welcome too.


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?

Not really, no.


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

No issues at all! If it weren't for gently used, I wouldn't have half what I do.


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

I'm a grammar nerd, and linguistic nerd (I love words!), and history nerd. I'm a h-y-u-u-u-u-u-u--g-e fan of "Firefly," Doctor Who, and Star Trek (the original), and I love urban fantasy authors like Charles de Lint and Emma Bull, and Neil Gaiman.


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

I do love lemon snaps!


fingerless mittens or full mitts?

fingerless, please.


November 4th


reveal, yes or no?

I plan to at this moment, and I hope my Fox will also!


Any favorite cuddly characters?

Not really; when I was growing up, I had so many baby siblings and various pets that toy cuddlers weren't needed. ;)


Moxie Nouveau groupon?

No, thank you.


what's your favourite colour?



Your favourite gemstone?

aquamarine (not blue topaz) or opal.


Your favourite animal (real or imaginary)?



And do you have any intense phobias?

I can't handle being out at night by myself. I don't go out after dark at all now that Jimmy's not home. Also bugs of any kind, including arachnids.


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

No, I'm not.


Do you like/need boxes for perfume/knicknacks?

No, I'm good, thanks.


November 2nd


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

I'm embarrassed to admit this, but... Santa Clause 3. Mr. Stellans just loves these movies, and I keep forgetting to get a copy of it so we always have to Netflix it. I'm a sucker for most holiday DVDs, but for some reason this one keeps hitting a blind spot.


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

I don't really have a favorite superhero, but my favorite hero Is Malcome Reynolds.


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.

No, thank you.


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

I have lots and lots of Paintbox soap that I am working my way through already, but I would love to have another bar of A Walk Through the Woods (sadly discontinued).


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 3 dogs (West Highland White Terriers) and one cat (tiger tabby). The dogs aren't allowed any treats which contain any kind of grains which rules out most commercially produced stuff, and Miller (the cat) isn't a cat nip lover. He does like feathery things though.


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

I like honey and beeswax, but I don't need any.


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've never been in one, but I hear good things. :)


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

Not this year.


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

Silver Apple of the Moon.


Will you be away for any part of the round?

Only briefly over Thanksgiving (the actual day), that's all for now.


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.

Don't have a store.


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

I'm a sucker for 'cozy' mysteries with an interesting female protagonist. I have a pretty long book wish list at Amazon (see wishlist link in my sig file).


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?

I love the traditional music.


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.)


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


i 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).

No heat, please! My poor mouth has turned into a weinie over the years.


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?

Amazon, please!


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?

No mint, please!


Does anything from Fusion Sweets interest you?


Interested in anything from the Elements and Artifacts Yule update?

I love Alicia's silver leverback-style earrings, pretty much any of them.


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?

We do 2 trees: a regular green one with all different kinds of ornaments, from homemade to keepsake, and a little 4-foot aluminum tree with one of the color wheel thingies, decorated in small varie-colored glass balls, because that's what Mr. Stellans had in his childhood.


Would you like a special ornament?

sure! I'd put it on the traditional tree with my other treasures.


Tim Tams. Yay or nay?



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?

If my Fox wishes to cook or bake for me, I would be grateful. I would also be grateful if my Fox shops for me as well. :)


Would any Bunny like to receive Holiday serving bowls, trays, platters etc...?

Winter/Christmas or Thanksgiving/Fall themed?

No, I'm all set. Believe me.


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?

Sugar scrubs for me, please, and I would dearly love a moist woodsy- or lavender-scented scrub.


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?

I mostly use tarts and tea lights, Nag Champa scented are my favorites.


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 have lots of soap, including sample sizes (of Paintbox and Villainess, my favorites!), thank you.


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

I have lots of slippers, thanks to gifts from kids, LOL. ;)


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

A dark navy hooded cowl would be great.


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

whole bean, regular caf, any flavor but hazelnut, and I have a French Press.


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

No, thanks.


Have you tried anything from Cocoa Pink and if so, what products and scents do you like or would like to try?

No, thanks.


Anybody into nail polish? Any color or formula preferences?

No, thanks.


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!)

Could the magical BPAL unicorn also find me a bottle of LUES11? Probably not, though. OK, I'd probably use it on the upcoming update because I'm almost sure to want the Lunacy and Anniversary releases. :)


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?

No Nonsense black footies (the light weight mostly cotton ones), new eyelash curler, and probably something chocolate, caramel, and salted. And maybe a easy home decorating magazine if there's any extra. ETA: I forgot I'd also get (if I could) Yes to Tomato lip balm and Liquid Crystal deodorant (that last is getting a little hard to find, darn it).


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 love good spices! Favorites are sweet curry, cloves, vanilla powder, sweet basil (since mine is now gone until spring), and cinnamon. I usually buy from The Spice House, but this place looks good too! Oh, and I love different salts! A lovely Switch Witch once sent me smoked salt from the Northwest which I loved so much I used it up post-haste!


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?)?

Love knitted goods, but no polyester, wool or mohair please! It needs to be cotton yarn for me, and I'd love to have a dark navy hat and/or mitts.


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

Nope, I'm good!


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

I really enjoyed the smoked salt sent me by a lovely person in another circle swap, which was made in her area of the country. I love it when swap partners share something cool from their region! I can't really think of anything specific though.

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