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Not a gaming nerd, but I loved Penny Arcade (although I don't follow as much as I used to). Anything from the Rain Slicked Precipice of Darkness, or the noir-ish/horror Alice, or Lovecraft inspired games would be awesome sauce!


If you have any Chaos Theory bottles on your wishlists, would you mind getting bottles on several days of this swap?


I don't have any CT's on my wishlist, and I have CT Woods for this year...aside from that - sure, I'll gamble! (except for foodie scents, please)


If you listed wearables - what sizes?


I'm small/medium, not especially curvy. 34/29/38 with a 30 inseam


Are your forearms skinny or bulky?




What kind of items would you like to get that are not available in your country?


All kinds! Especially edibles, but I love trying new things of all kinds


How do you feel about yarn/wearables? Ok with wool as long as it's soft? And any particular things on your wish list as far as knit items go? (Headbands for fall/winter, cowls, fingerless mitts, mittens, socks, etc)


Headbands, no - they won't stay on, And I like access to my fingers, plus it doesn't really get that cold here, so no mittens. But the rest? Bring it on!


How do you feel about home baked cookies? Is there anything that should be left out (nuts, milk, eggs, gluten, etc)?


I'm veggie, but no restrictions aside from that. Yes, to baked goods!


How do you feel about recieving pens? If you like them, do you have a prefered stroke size (ie: do you prefer a thick or fine stroke)? Any prefered colors (assume the sky is the limit here)?


Colors! Pens! Yes! I sometimes zentangle, so superfine point felt tips are appreciated.


If you are a tea lover, are there any companies or vendors that you would particularly like to try (etsy, teavana, republic, stash, adagio, etc)?


I don't really do tea. I like tea, but pretty much do coffee for my caffeine needs. Although some spicy herbals might be nice for Fall evenings.


Dearest swappee, have you seen the launch of this year's Yankee Candle Boney Bunch line as well as other Halloween items from there? Are there any you'd particularly like to get? The adorbs tart warmer? The taper candle holder, perhaps?


I just checked Yankee Candle, and all those are *adorable*. Especially the Steampumpkin, and Spellbound.


What are your favorite tv shows, movies, topics of geekery, famous persons, specific objects (like tarot or harpsichords), memes, cultures etc. that you would like to receive items themed around?


I also follow Welcome to Nightvale, and would be happy to get any of their swag. Also Gunnerkrigg Court or Girl genius. I don't really follow TV in any kind of fandom way. Movies - early Tim Burton, though, *huuuuuuuge fan.* This includes Nightmare Before Christmas. Anything after Sleepy Hollow, though, not so much.


Lovecraft-inspired things are also objects of personal cult worship. :)


add: Literary and knit/crochet themed stuff (especially with clever humor) are totally welcome.


If you've said you like coffee: Do you prefer whole beans or ground? Do you like flavored coffees?


I used to do whole bean, but my grinder broke so I need ground (neither terribly gritty or fine, as we use a temperamental espresso maker). I prefer very dark roast, and good single origin beans like Ethiopian or New Guinea. But flavored coffees work, too. :D


Are you a soap only, shower gel only, or an either works person? If you like soap, are you particular about type? (all natural, no glycerine, created on a full moon using the blood of virgins, etc)


Shower gels are good - so is soap, but not glycerins, please, they dissolve too fast.


Is there an item that you would like but you never seem to buy for yourself as other things often take preference (darn those bills)?


Nail polish and stitch markers. :) My etsy list has some of my favorites.


If you listed you like books: what kind of books? What are your favorites? Do you also like the "English classics"? Are there any books or writers that you really don't like?


I'm not a fan of romance novels, or anything by MC Beaton or Debbie Macomber. I do, though, love the Jane Austen Mysteries and the Beatrix Potter mysteries (I'm up to the Chaucer mystery on Austen and have the first 5(?) of the Potters). My English and Russian classics are well covered.


What are your favorite musicians, favorite singers or bands? Anything or anyone you really don't like?


The usual suspects of The Cure, Siousxsie, Depeche Mode, NIN, etc. I also love every project Maynard has been involved in. Placebo...oh, so many kinds of music. Except Rap, Hip Hop, House, etc. Or Country.


Do you like Japanese/Korean snackies? If so do you prefer sweet/savory or both? That would be "yes". Actually, I would dearly love to get my mitts on some chili for making kim chee (the stuff I use now is hhhhhhoooooot. Good, but hot, and I think kim chi is supposed to be spicy, but not render your tongue unusable hot?) and fermented chili sauce for bibimap. Yes, I love making my own fermented stuff. :)


Do you prefer light lotions or thick butters and do you like scented or unscented? Again the answer is "yes". I use both.


Do you like small crossbody bags? Yes! I've been using a shoulder bag because it was the one with the best pockets, but I generally prefer cross-body.


Do you have a birthday during the swap?


Nope, I'm practically a Christmas baby.




I like most nuts, though I don't usually seek them out for munching.


Do you collect anything?


One might be tempted to say books or kitchen stuff, since that comprises about half the stuff I own. Okay, combined about 80%. Vegan cookbooks have been my latest thing - I've been eyeing Gina Henshaw's book, or Chocolate Covered Katie's. I wouldn't turn my nose up at Practically Raw, or Teff Love, either. Aide from that, though...no, not a collector. Too much to dust!


In books, movies, art, etc., are there any common horror themes (demonic possession, clowns, serial killers, spooky/evil children, zombies, insect infestations, mutilation, etc.) that you really don't want to see?


I'm not big on most modern horror, I think it overplayed. I like ghost stories and psychological horror. The BBC (tv) Woman in Black is a great example. Not the movie - the movie was ridiculous. Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House of a Thousand Corpses and the like...just no.


Question: Wishbones, and designs with them ? Yay or nay?


I have no idea what that is. No real wishbones, I'm sure the dog would eat it the moment my back was turned.


Are there any general catalog/easily found/not crazy expensive BPAL bottles you'd love to get your hands on?


Of the GCs I've tried I'm very fond of Jolly Roger, Black Forest and Smokestack and some of the honey scents. I also wouldn't mind Atmo Sprays such as Fainting Couch and Queen's Croquet Ground. Or testers of The District.


Alcoholic beverages in your goodies-- yay or nay-- if yay, what kind?


In goodies? Sure. Not picky, as long as it's not overwhelming and fits the food.




No, please no.


Hey, Pumpkin! How do you feel about lounge pants/pajama pants?


Love lounge pants! Not so much pyjama bottoms, unless they're the kind that can masquerade as regular pants.


Do you have long, medium, or short hair? What kids of hair accessories do you like to use?


Long...really long. And slick. I do ponytail holders almost exclusively as buns and braids are the only hairstyles that stick. I used to have fancy bun holders, but the sticks that hold them in place keep breaking. Combs just fall right out. OTOH, I will occasionally wear tiny butterfly clips when I'm trying to be fancy.


If you have an Etsy favorites list, are all of the things on the list things you'd be happy to get, or are some of them gift ideas for other people, or stuff that you've already bought and loved but don't need more of, or for any reason not something you'd want to get in this swap?


My etsy wishlist/favorites is all for me...and its all stuff I haven't yet bought.


Do you own a wax/oil burner? (If no, would you like one?)

I don't...and sure. An oil burner would be especially welcome.

Incense, y/n?




If you said that you are interested in books (or DVDs or any relatively big standalone sort of item), would you be okay with having multiples of such items spread over a couple of days, or would you prefer 13 distinct themish packages?

Either is fine.


How into the day themeing mentioned in the first post are you? All themed? A few maybe if they are fun? Not at all?

Whatever my little pumpkin wants to do is fine.


Speaking of DVDs - are you interested in receiving movies and if so, what sort?

I'm actually kind of picky on movies, and we have *lots* of them here already. OTOH, a new copy of 30's to 70's horror might not be amiss (I think we've about worn out our tapes).


Back to the books - if you said you would like books, would you prefer I send you, say, my favorite Halloween anthology or something else spooky/scary, or something off your wishlist/want-to-read on goodreads?

Yes please!.


Process question: Do you want to know who is sending to you right away, or would you prefer to be surprised on the last day, to the extent possible? Likewise, do you have a preference for specifically numbered packages or for reach in and grab according to your fancy?

Whatever my witch wants ;)


Would you be interested in solid perfume? What about lip balm?


Depends on the perfume, but otherwise, sure. And lip balm is good.


There was a lot of mention of not wearing costumes/not being allowed to at workplaces. Would you be interested in goth style or Halloween-themed(pumpkins, ghosts,etc.) normal clothes to wear instead, and what would be suitable?




Day of the dead/ Dia de los Muertos stuff?



Does anything from this shop catch your eye? https://www.etsy.com/shop/DebaucherousBathBody


I lrecently learned I love whipped soap, and some of their lotions look interesting (dollface bettie, red queen's rage, funhouse, beware the kraken)


Dear Pumpkin: Do you have aversions to any animals or insects?


Not really. Used to hate slugs, but they don't really bother me anymore.


How do you feel about canned foods like jams and things along those liNES?



How do you feel about stickers (and stationery in general)?

Stationary is good. Don't really use stickers, though.


How do we feel about fibercrafting (knit, crochet, etc.)? wearables? crafted critters? If you would like a scarf or something similar, would you like it to be themed, like fall colors, or have a skull or other halloweenie motif/border?

Covered hats, I think in my ?aire, crafted critters are awesome! I never wear scarves. Cowls, yes, and themed is fine.


What makes you feel pampered?

a long bath and having my toes painted after!

We've covered what critters you don't like, but what about the critters that you DO like? What are your favorite animals/creatures, real or imagined?

foxes, owls, ravens, dogs, octopuses, the list is fairly long as there aren’t many animals I do not like, real or imagined!.


Canadian stuff: Sure


Paintbox Soapworks: Not familiar with them, but why not?


Is there is any TAZO tea you have a hankering for? Zen, Awake, Passion, China Green Tips, Vanilla Roibois, Calm, Refresh? (tea bags in a tin? How about any Teavana tea? (loose tea)



Not a big tea drinker, but seasonal herbals might be nice.

How about Starbucks coffee beans? If so, ground (and for what kind of filter) or whole bean? How about Starbucks coffee via (italian, columbia, anniversary, vanilla latte?) or Iced coffee via (caramel or regular?) Fruit flavored via (berry hisbiscus, cool lime, strawberry lemonade?) Pumpkin Spice Latte ? The fruit flavored vias are good. Anything else from Starbucks/Teavana? Syrups, honey, whatever?

No Starbucks, please.

Starbucks K-cups or Verismo pods?


Coffee/tea travel mugs or ceramic home mugs?


Seasonally decorated, maybe - otherwise we're good on mugs.


Coffee maker (french press) or tea steeper?


I'm set on those, thanks. :)


How would you feel about a gently-used card game? For example, something I may have purchased several years ago and maybe played with my daughter *twice* before she became a moody teenager, and too cool for card and/or board games?


Alas, I have no one to play with


Name at least one thing that you really wouldn't like to receive in your package.

dead animals or real body parts? Books by Debbie Macomber(sp?) or MC Beaton?


I have eyeshadow pigments which have been decanted from--as in the powder tapped out into another container,never used directly. (I don't use very much makeup, though I love it, so I keep shadow pigments clean so I can safely share.) Would a jar of pigment handled thus bother you or are you ok with cosmetic-type stuff that has not been directly touched?

No worries



Does anyone especially like or want anything from cost plus/world market?

They have all kinds of awesome stuff! Although I miss the days before they became the ethnic Bed, Bath & Beyond.


Does anyone need any small kitchen items or utensils?



Dearest Pumpkin- do you have a preference of edible/drinkable vs. non edible items in your package? Would you prefer your package heavier on one side or the other?

I like edibles, but not necessarily a whole box of them.


Any guilty pleasures? TV show you're embarassed to admit you like? Musical group/preference that seems out-of-place for you?


Sleepy Hollow, Once Upon a Time first season. Kimberly Trip for music.



Are there any scents from the Lilith update you would like ? Any other you are looking for ?


Lilith updates are too foodie/candy/pastry for me.


Do you like Hello Kitty?


I am amused by the Hello Satan spin off, but not overly fond of Hello Kitty


Would you be interested in gently used BPAL tees going back several years and/or 80s/90s goth-industrial-generally morbid tees all in crew neck/Men's style, size M - L, all black or dark gray?


I would love them! I'm getting into t-shirt refashioning, so size is not an issue.


How do you feel about superheroes?


I am totally meh about them


How do you feel about Star Wars, especially extension universe comics?


Again, 'meh'


How extensively have you sampled the Lab's Weenie wares? Any past releases you are dying to get your hands on? Years you missed?


Last year was my first Weenie Year. Loved White Witch and Samhain. I also have some Pumpkin Patches decants from previous years that have been gifted/frimped. Pumpkin II of 2006 I know I love, and also Marshmallow Pumpkin Fluff Bath Oil (have an imp). Most of that is on my wishlist - but I'd love to get my hands on more of the Lovecraftian Weenies. I have a decant of HiMUL, but I gather there were others and I'd love to try them!


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