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Switch Witch 2015



Want anything from Yellowstone? Be it postcards, key chains, shot glasses, pint glasses, or huckleberry what have you?

I'm not a big collector of things, but I'll be happy to get a postcard. I've no idea what huckleberry tastes like, but I'm down to try some. :)


I know there is a question about "decorating style", but if you're comfortable, could you should 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!

I covered that in my questionnaire, but my decorating style right now is "cardboard box" as I'm living in the house of a semi-hoarder and there's barely room for me in my room, let alone stuff.


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?

No problems with booze in the house. It's great for cooking and baking and mulling for Thanksgiving/Christmas!

Are you a fan of the TV show Penny Dreadful?

I *watch* it, but I don't know that I'm a fan, as such. But if you want to send something Dorian/Lily/Creature related I'd probably like it. :)
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?

Caffeine preferences are fairly well covered in the ?aire.

As for gadgetry: While I'd love love love a new burr grinder, my mother would probably kill it like she did the last two. :( Other than that, we're covered. Cocoa can be good, as long as it's not some version of Swiss Miss.

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 like most comedy as long as it's not racist, sexist or otherwise mean spirited. I loved Robin Williams and George Carlin back in the day (80's-mid 90's), early early Dana Gould, Richard Wright, Lewis Black, Doug Stanhope's first 2 specials, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, A Bit of Fry and Laurie (from the early 90's), Bill Bailey & Dylan Moran, Rowan Atkinson's Black Adder and his live comedy specials (Mr. Bean can stay behind). I also adore QI, which I mentioned somewhere.

Dry, acerbic, self-deprecating, offbeat, surreal, sarcastic, punny (as long as it's clever/intellectual/unexpected). Dirty and Graveyard humor's fine, as long as it doesn't violate what I said above.

Do you like board games? If so, which ones? Traditional or more unique? (like Settlers of Catan, Small World, Red Dragon Inn, etc)

I'd like to like board and card games, but I have no one to play with.

Is there anything that you specifically do NOT want to receive?

Candy corn, marshmallow peeps, anything from Starbucks (well, maybe a mug, if's it's nicely decorated), meat or meat flavored things (we're veggies) unless it's for the dog. Oregon or Tazo chai mix.

Plain or fun socks?

Either! For plain socks - black. Black, black, calf length or longer. For fun socks...whatever! Please no ankle socks, unless they're meant to be slippers.

Name one (or as many as you would like) thing you would like to learn more about?

Everything? Seriously, I'm like a magpie with the shiny shiny things to learn. Languages, occulty things, mythology, neuroscience, comparative religion, oceanography. Cooking, baking, needlefelting, sewing, leathercraft,beading, wire wrapping, coding. All the things!

What one thing you would like to do more of?

Again, everything? Super specific, though, yoga and Tribal Fusion belly dance. I miss taking classes.

What are some things that fascinate you? Or, What would you like to know more about?

See above. :P


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)?

Never had it, but I'm down to try.

Is there any particular piece (or pieces) of art (painting, photograph, etc) that speaks to you in some way?

Van Gogh and Maxfield Parrish. The Decadent and Art Nouveau movements. But I love most art in person. I've been to a few art museums and I just love to stand and marvel.

What kinds of things would you like from the Lilith BPAL or BPTP update (or are you joining a decant circle?)

Not in a circle because funds. But Walking the Prime Meridian, Ghost Revelry, Blood and Judgement and Vast Similitude Liliths, and Once Upon a Time and Catch Me Dad Fatherhoods sound lovely. I'd be down with sniffies of any of them, just to have the pictures. :)

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?

Love them! I'm noraknickers on ravelry, which is also on the master spreadsheet. Lots of stuff in my favorites (for ideas), and some stuff on pinterest. :)

Would you like anything from Lush?

I have no idea. I have a couple of things I buy "regularly" (like, once a year) from Lush, and the rest of the time I have no idea what's in their catalog. Cocoa butter bars might be nice...and I think they sell make-up powders? Flying Fox is probably my favorite smell, followed by Karma. I don't do baths, so no bath bombs or melts.

Do you prefer hand-made or store-bought?

Whatever is easier for my witch! I mean, I love the handmade stuff, but if it's easier to buy, I'm down. If, OTOH, you love to craft...craft it up!

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?

In the middle. I love me some spicy, but I do have limits.

What is your BPAL "Holy Grail"?

Halloween in the Misk U Library - received an imp in a swap and I *love it*. I love almost all the Lovecraftian scents (except Misk U, sadly)
Analog or Digital? Or Both?

Mostly digital. I think I have a tape player somewhere - but where *exactly* is anybody's guess. We do have a VHS player, so movies could be analog. My car has a CD player, so those are fine.

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've been wanting to try ZOMG Smells! Girl Genius line, but the Lab and Post always take my money first. :P


Do you have an affinity for any specific animals?

Not really - I just love the animals! Furry or scaly, swimming or crawling or flying. I'm an animal fan.

Kitchen Needs or Wants?

No needs, but (I think I mentioned before) big muffin tins and silicone molds in fancy shapes (or even muffin liner shapes) would be most welcome

Makeup! Do you like it, would you want some? If so what brands do you like to wear?

I wear it sometimes. I'm very interested in trying Espionage Cosmetics particularly.

Chocolate fiends ahoy! What kind of chocolate do you like? Do you like any other things in it or just plain good ole chocolate?

Dark chocolate all the things! Especially über-dark chocolate, like 80-90%. Almonds, orange, spices and chilis are welcome additions.

Would you be opposed to receiving a ton of Halloween themed items?

Maybe a half ton? :D


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?

Probably late answering this, but yes, totally!

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?

Arg! The Weenie update just killed me! Any Dead Leaves, The Magic Circle, The Witches Sabbath, October. I mean - I want half the update (the other half is too foody or has death-notes), but I'll list those in particular. Decants is peachy with me unless you're dying to give away a bottle :laugh:

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?

Probably the BBC production of The Woman in Black, not the movie which came out a few years ago. I love to watch ghost stories, classic monster films, Nightmare Before Christmas, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, plus A&C Hold that Ghost


Blu-ray or DVD?


Game systems - console or computer? Mac/PC? Which console?

Computer games. I have a steam account.

Are you dressing up for Halloween and if so do you need any accessories for if?

Not dressing up, alas.

Talk to me about bags, what kinds do you like? Sizes and styles?

I can always use more knitting project bags - there are some in my etsy favorites to give an idea. Aside from that, I like bags with pockets - lots of pockets, and I like bags I could use for an overnight stay, if one came up last minute.

What are your favorite fandoms and do you want to receive anything related to such?

I don't really have a fandom as such...although thinking about it, maybe Nightmare Before Christmas and Invader Zim. Actually, you could probably get me almost anything Jhonen Vasquez related and I'd mini-flail, at the very least.

What are you planning to order from the Weenies update?

I might (depending) run a decant circle for Post Weenies, but unless my finances get a huge injection I'm not likely to order much from the Lab Weenies. At most I might order a decant or two.

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!)

Again, probably too late, but I love Renn Faire stuff! You know, whatever might have struck your fancy. Even stickers (if they had such).

Do you like comics or graphic novels? Any issues or collections you want to read?

Locke & Poe sound intriguing. Gris Grimly? I'm fairly out of the loop and everytime I step into the comic shop the sheer variety makes me huddle in the corner.

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?

I've no objections to fanfic, but I'm not really fan enough to appreciate it. But if you want to write me something I'll be happy to read it!

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!)

Amazon, etsy...my Lab/Post wishes are in my sig. I think I have a wishlist for SockDreams? I'm too lazy to keep wishlists elsewhere. :P


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.

Not a fan of uterine pink or navy blue...aside from that I've no real preferences.

Would you rather receive a bunch of little packages through the round, a couple of medium packages, or one big package at the end?

Whatever is easiest for my witch. :)

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)?


Would Witchees like something from IKEA? (Or any other not always accessible by everyone store?)

I have no idea, honestly. Aside from the ubiquitous jokes about their furniture I don't know much about them.

If/when you go to the mall, for which store(s) do you beeline?

Back in the 80's I beelined for Judy's and Contempo Casuals. In the 90's it was Hot Topic. I don't think I know what's in a mall anymore. Aside from Lush, of course.

Do you receive any subscription boxes (julep, lootcrate, ipsy, birchbox, etc.)?

I did julep for awhile, but cancelled as I do think it's possible to have too much nail polish. Unless it's holographic or multichrome, that is. I've been eyeing the Black Box ( http://www.blackboxsubscriptions.com/ ), and if I ever can count on having an extra $20/month I may give it a try. :)

Do you like tarts/candles/incense? If so, what type of scents?

I only heard of tarts this year, and I still haven't seen one, nor do I have a burner. But I'd be open to trying them. Candles are nice, provided they are heavy enough the cats can't tip them over. I do like a good incense. Back in the day I used these ( http://shop.birchbayaromatics.com/Nightspell-16-Pack-Wands-S4-NIG.htm ) to perfume my hair after a shower. I also liked their Jasmine and Egyptian Musk.

Is there anything you wish you could have picked up from the Dragon*Con exclusives?


I did get decants of Renoir's Still Life and Still Life with Silver Goblet, Walnuts, etc. Renoir in particular just kills me with how good it is. I wouldn't sneeze at an atmo, either.

Is there a GC you've been dying to try but haven't got around to yet?

Trading Post specific - Hair Loosened & Soiled Mid Orgies and Beautiful Implacable Tyrant. Any of the Walking District atmo's. With the number of imps I've acquired I've got a lot of Lab covered. (And I haven't actually gotten a chance to *try* most of those.)

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'm down with copper. Most of my jewelry is neutral, but I wouldn't mind branching out into color.

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?

As they said at Alice's Tea Party: "No room!"
Office supplies hound? Pens, pencils, journals, any preference, or favorites?

I *love* office supplies. Click pencils, pens (fine tip gels - black preferred, unless it's a funky color like purple or forest green), journals. I also tangle on occasion so super fine (micro) point felt tips are welcome, too. Any color.

Talk to me about socks! Is there anything, dear, dear Witchee, that I can get for you from Sock Dreams? Anything from another place?

I do have a Sock Dreams wishlist, under Psuke I think. Post socks would be welcome, too.

I live near a huuuuge candy store. What kind of candy do you like? Gummies? Caramel? Chocolate? Sour? Sugar-free?

Old fashioned! Like the sticks in cellophane, gummies, ginormous lollipops. I also like gummi worms, runts, jelly bellies and chocolate covered dried fruit and espresso beans.


How do you feel about animal products? Not so much animal toys or food, but more like furs, paws, bones, etc.

I am deeply divided on this. As a one-time pagan and shamanism student I respect the power of such items? Even if it's mostly sub/un/conscious? However, I'm not really down with taking a life strictly for adornment. Things like feathers, or antlers, that don't require killing an animal to harvest is okay. And found items (provided they are properly cleaned, of course!) are also fine.
Are you interested in receiving any restaurant.com gift certificates for your area?

No thank you. We just don't eat out that often.

How do you feel about "toys" - stuffed animals and the like?

If they'll fit on the bed, okay. :)


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?

I missed the eclipse, alas. I was working. I do appreciate astrological events, and the Blood Moon eclipse blend sounds amazing!

Witchee's, how tall are you? And perhaps, what's your arm span (from wrist to wrist)?

I am 5'4" and 57" wrist to wrist, or so says my tape measure.

How do you feel about the 4 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?

I like the 4 elements. I don't know much about the Asian elements, although what I have read in connection with Chinese astrology sounds intriguing. I'm mostly a water baby, element-wise.

How do you feel about bento boxes? Is it something you would use if you were to get one?

I have a couple, buried in a cardboard box with most of my kitchen stuff. But I don't really pack lunches anymore

What do we want from Paintbox Soapworks?

Halcyon & Cypress lotions looks nice.

If I were to make you some art, would you prefer a frame that hangs or one that sits? And what color/style would you prefer?

Any art would sit in the garage along with my other beloved posters until I have someplace to hang them - sitting or hanging.

How do you feel about gourmet marshmallows?

Oooo, those look tasty! (but not the macarons)

Are you a slatherer or a dabber?

A decided dabber

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?

Oooo, the Honeyleaf Whipped and Saltleaf or Fireleaf Oil look interesting.


How does everyone feel about duct tape crafts? Any favorite patterns?

I don't anything about duct tape crafts...except wallets, and those don't usually have enough pockets for me. But (as some one mentioned), if you've made it, I'll probably treasure it anyways. :)

Are there any flowers you especially like?

I guess I wonder why you ask? I love flowers generally, and I'd really love to plant some more jasmine (I accidentally killed the very young one we had)...but I don't particularly care for anything such as flower prints. Not so much for the pressed flowers, either...except something like preserved flower jewelry. I used to have a set of dried rosebud and crystal earrings and necklace I loved (the rosebuds eventually disintegrated).

Would you be interested in any cozies or cases (yarn o fabric, not hard cases) for tech stuff (phone, laptop' etc) or for cups/mugs/bottles or anything else similar.

I'd love a belt I could use for carrying my water bottle on long walks...aside from that I also use hard cases for gear because I drop my tech stuff *way too often*, and I drink my caffeinated beverages too fast for them too get cold. :D

Would you like Halloween or Day of the Dead themed ornaments or a "bunting"?

We usually do garlands for Christmas, but heck - why not?

Are there witchees who would like book related gifts like a booklight, bookmark, bookseat or something for your reading gadget,like a cover or a light for example.

I have a booklight, but can anyone really have too many bookmarks? And a bookseat or cookbook holder would be *awesome*.

I make handmade journals, mini albums and similar items. Would my witchee be interested in something like that?

Oooo, those are lovely!

What songs/music/artists/CD's do you like to listen to around Halloween?

I don't really change my listening habits nowadays...but we used to love listening to Vincent Price's recordings of ghost stories and poems.

Are you interested in leg warmers at all?

Not nearly cold enough where I am. Arm warmers, though...

Is your Halloween style scary, cutesy, folksy, grotesque . . .?

Mostly vintage cute. Well, retro, We've got decorations from the mid-70's on...mostly Hallmark, when Hallmark was da *bomb* for decorations (and little gift books and such). Tabletop haunted houses (or additions for such) would be most welcome.


Have you read The Martian? Or do you plan on watching the movie?

I have not read The Martian...didn't even know it was a book! Am planning on seeing the movie - probably this week (10/10/2015)

NaNoWriMo - Pertaining to that, how does everyone feel about such things? Will anyone be participating? How about NaNo swag, is there any you want?

I will probably do NaNoWriMo again...and will fail miserably at reaching 50k words (again), but that's okay. Swag is awesome!

Honey or beeswax products? Discuss.

Probably not honey - we don't really do honey. Beeswax stuff though - sure!

How do you feel about bumper stickers and car magnets? What do you like--cute, pretty, snarky, geeky/fandomy?

I used to have an amazing bumper sticker collection on my old car - snarky philosophical and funny. I got comments and once I got a letter left on my windshield! My current car is totally nude.

Do you have any phobia's that your Witch should be aware of?

I dislike the (mental) texture of lotus pods overlaid on human skin. Also spit and vomit. Aside from that, not really.

Trading Post Weenies are live! Anything calling to you?

I was going to do a circle, but given how slow they are moving, decided to forego. I did get one of each Weenie Claw Polish, a the Neroli Dead Leaves HG and October atmo. I wouldn't mind a decant of the Honey Dead Leaves, On Halloween atmo or Brainstem Lollipop.


Speaking of nail things, it that time of year and I am doing my jamberry order, Would you want some Lovely Jamberry's for your nails?

I've never done nail wraps, but sure, why not? Halloween/Christmas themed, especially


Do you like or want to try Marmite?

I love Marmite!

Some folks have already said they do not want used nail polish. If you haven't already chimed in about that... would you be interested in a bottle of BPTP claw polish (in this case, either Event Horizon or Baku) that has been used for one manicure?

Used polish is fine and dandy. Those colors (especially Event Horizon) would be awesome.


Are there any DISCONTINUED (not LE) BPAL oils that you wish you had, or had a little more of?

Not that I can think of

Is there anything fairly basic that you're always running out of and need to buy more of?

Ummmm...polish remover? Cotton makeup pads?

Anything interest you from the recent Blooddrop update?
I'm not familiar with them...I guess if you see something interesting, I'll try it! Pumpkin Musk and Motor City Pie look interesting?

How to you feel about foreign spices/flavorings?

I think I mentioned this in a nother swap - but I'd really love some asian chilis (fermented and otherwise) - especially the kind used for making Kim Chi. The only korean chili I found was outrageously hot, and so my Kim Chi was, too. Good - but really hot. Also, the kind used for making bibimap sauce. And yuzu things! I think I might commit grievous bodily harm for a fresh yuzu (ummm, mostly because I'd love to see if I could sprout a seed). And/or citron (not the buddha's hand, I can find that - the outrageously large lemon shaped citron).


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