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Fall 2017 Switch Witch Q's and A's




Anyone like/want calendars or dayplanners?
--I have a pretty red leather Filofax my boss at the bank gave me for Christmas the year before I retired due to disability, but I mostly use the BusyCal app on my phone.
If you like stationery, do you like plain, colors, images, or specific DON'T LIKES?
--I love stationery! Plain, elegant, without a lot of frou-frou (unlike when I was younger...you know, in 2012. My favorite box was a soft blue with a pretty embossed feather at the top left corner. I don't like cutesy stuff for letter-writing, although notecards are a different matter, lol.
What about general desk stuff like cool colored paperclips and post it pads?
--Post-its are always handy!
Would anyone be interested in having any of Abigail Larson's artwork (either as a print or on something, like a pillow, blanket, or t-shirt)? https://society6.com/abigaillarson
--no, thank you.

Would you be into receiving hand made (crocheted, sewn, felted, chain maille, scale, or duct tape, in my case, depending on the item) dishclothes? Scarf/shawl? Hat? Bag? Anything? Colors? (Duct tape, chain maille, and scales come in colors.)
--oh, yes. I love things which are made specifically for me. I'd rather scarf than dishcloth, though.
Do you collect anything from SBUX like City Mugs, City Mug ornaments, City Cards, or Bearistas? If so, which do you need/want? Or would you like a City Mug or an ornament for fun?
-- no.
anybody want homemade fudge? I can do chocolate with or without nuts, peanut butter, and butterscotch.
--chocolate, with nuts!


do you collect the art cards that BPAL sends out? Any in particular that you are looking for or definitely don't need?

--Yes, but just as I receive them from the Lab. I really don’t know enough about what they release to know specifics.

Do you like this beautiful art, and she makes stickers and prints...SOOOO gorgeous: https://www.shannatr...om/paperprints/

--Very pretty.

Favorite animals or wild creatures or mythological creatures?

--Swans, peacocks

 Would you like any swag from the Depeche Mode concert? (pins, posters, shirts, program, dunno what they'll have!)

--No, thanks.


Are you interested in anything from Bath & Bodyworks? Which products and scents do you like? www.bathandbodyworks.com/

--No, thanks.

I am possibly going to a crystal / gem show tomorrow. I can't afford expensive gem stones, but...
What kind of crystals would you like?

--I have so many stones and crystals now I have to rotate them in and out of display, so maybe not right now.

Pumpkin or Zucchini bread?

--Either. Both.

What kind of homemade cookies are your favorite?

--Pecan Crispies.

Could you use a muscle rub? (We make ours on the lunar cycle and it has menthol, wintergreen, habanero, cayenne, olive oil, st. john's wort, arnica, beeswax, calendula, and ginger. It tingles. We call it "Thunder Butter". If you have really really super sensitive skin, I would recommend against it. And don't take a hot shower or open all of your pores before using it.)

--I have sensitive skin, and an absolutely awful reaction to mint and/or mint-scents, so no, thanks.

Interested in trying some of our rose petal (rose petals, sugar, everclear) or lavender vanilla bean (lavender, vanilla bean, vodka) liqueur?

--Not really, but thank you.

Want some honey from the bees on our property?

--We buy local honey, both for our dogs and our own use, for anti-allergens. I know the science is still ‘out’ on this, but I swear it helps both my dogs and my daughter.

Would you like some homemade jam? I have blackberry, rose petal, strawberry rhubarb, peach, and cherry.

--oh, any of those! How lovely!

How about some homemade candied jalapenos with garlic cloves? I have regular and with habanero.

--I have the wussiest mouth of anyone born to Texas parents. I don’t think so, but thanks.

I didn't dry any apples this year but I was thinking of heading over to Green Bluff and seeing if any honeycrisps are left. I have a commercial dehydrator so let me know if you are interested in any "Apple Crips" (as voodoocatwoman calls them!) I wash, peel, core, and slice before dehydrating. 

--I LOVE dried apples (actually any dried fruit), but especially your Honeycrisps!

Do you need any kind of dice bag, tote, project bag, cosmetic bag, pencil bag, or whatever? I have lots of bag patterns and fabric. We make bags under the name Twinkle N Twilight. 
Or how about a couple of pillowcases?

--A cute little pencil bag for my purse would be nice! I love the deep, jewel tone colors for accessories.


Would my witchee like this to warm up the fall coffee cup?? https://www.truelemo...gory-s/1871.htm

--If only they had a version with sugar rather than stevia… :sad:

do you like to take baths? if so, do you like oils, salts, things that fizz, all of the above, none of the above?

--I only take showers these days.

What style/make/etc of phone do you have? What about size of tablet? Laptop? Would you like decals, skins, or cases for any of these?

--I have an iPhone SE, Amazon Fire 7, and a MacBookAir 15. I make my own kindle cases, and have skins/stickers/cases for the others already, so not at this time.


See's Candy. My absolute favorite. They have special Halloween candy..any of these pique your interest?? Cinnamon Apple Scotch Mallows, Pumpkin spice truffles, pumpkinspice lollypops, caramel apple lollypops, or any other of their chocolates, etc?

--salted caramels, maybe?

Are any witchees into coloring books?

--Oh, I love color books! We had a ‘girls’ gathering’ last Thanksgiving and I gave color books and crayons/colored pencils/markers to every attendee! It was so much fun, and I still go to my color books for stress relief. I can’t recommend it highly enough (I’m a bit of an enabler/proselytizer in this regard).
Witchees, is there anything that catches your eye at Animi Causa (
--This might come in handy these days: https://www.animicausa.com/shop/Personal-Accessories/Magnif-i-Pocket-Lighted-Magnifier/tpflypage.tpl.html

If I were to find an adorable autumnal/Halloween-y dish/flatware/etc. design, how many settings would be needed in your household?

--just 2.


Do you like Broadway shows/music? If so what are some of your favorites and/or ones that you hope to see or listen to eventually? Would you like merch from your favorite shows or CDs from shows you want to listen to?
--I am in total thrall to my Hamilton soundtrack, and I'm driving everyone around me crazy, lol. I am living for when the original cast DVD comes out...
I'm heading to NYCC in October! Is there anything I can get my Witchee while I'm there?
--If they have any Harvest Moon 2017...
I'm going to Edmonton Expo this weekend (It's Edmonton's version of comic con). Would a witchee like anything from there?
--maybe a little Wonder Woman thingy, like a key chain? I love the new movie!
Anything catch your eye from this site (globalgirlfriend.com)?
--I'm a sucker for long, pretty, colorful scarves (just not squares, because I'm not very handy with tying them attractively): https://www.globalgirlfriend.com/products/traditional-textile-woven-scarf
Do you have any favorite, lesser-known stores? Especially ones that sell hand-crafted or independently made items.
--I tend to shop on Etsy a lot, especially women-owned shops, and if they leave Etsy, I follow them. Like Paintbox Soapworks, for example.
Imagine you're going to the most gigantic art & craft show imaginable, and money is no object - what kind of things would you gravitate towards and probably spend money on? Include as specific as you want to get!
--I love pottery: vases, bowls, jugs, etc. Also vintage kitchen things from the 50s (like Fire King salt shakers, etc., especially what's known as "Gay Fad" pattern.

Are you interested in anything from Think Geek? http://www.thinkgeek.com
--I shop there mostly for my daughter and son-in-law, and sometimes for my husband. :wink:
Do you have something you wish you put on your original questionnaire/forgot to put/would like to add on to?
--I actually love anything I can tell the giver put time and thought into, whether made themselves or took pains to pick out something they knew I would love. The effort, to me, counts more than the monetary cost. I don't know if that came through in my questionnaire answers or not.
Any additional misc. information about yourself you want your Witch to know? (I think this was on the survey, but again if there's something that you forgot...)
--I wish I could get back into the swing of things on the forum instead of Facebook; FB feels too big, too fast-moving, too...much. I miss the more connected, personal and welcoming feel of the forum.
If you could decorate your house (or one room) in any one theme, what would it be? Your answer can be as simple ("Star Wars" or "Baroque" or "Modern"), or complicated or a combination (e.g. Victorian Gothic) as you feel best fits.
--50s chic: fruit crate labels, polka dots, that kind of thing, in my sun room. Bright, cheerful, and welcoming...
Aprons: Do you wear them, do you want one? Utility, decorative, cooking or crafting?
--Love them, as long as they fit around my round belly and butt. I like the kind with the bib front on a full half-skirt which ties in the back, preferably with pockets.
BTW, would my witchee be interested in something like this? (photo of black and white striped knitted doll)
--no, thank you.


It seems like there's a question about socks on the questionnaire, but I don't think it got down to this level: Do you wear them? Any particular style (crew length, knee high, anklet, boot, etc.) or fiber (wool, cotton, bamboo anything but wool, etc.) preference?
--i mostly wear footies, thin cotton, in all colors.
Would you be open to previously-loved books?
--I mostly read eBooks now, and have given away boxes and boxes of my own books, keeping only copies of my Best Beloveds because I just couldn't bear a house without real solid books in it.

What about partial-full bottles of BPAL or BPTP?
--oh, yes!
So what are your favorite fandoms?
-- Doctor Who, Star Trek TOS, Harry Potter

I'm in France at the moment, is there anything here you might like? I'm in Provence, the land of lavender, so if you like that flower in particular just say so!
--I love lavender in all its forms!
are you into divination? What kind(s) do you currently do? Do you want more books and/or tools for that type (e.g. new tarot cards, new runes)? Is there a new type of #divination you've been meaning to try, and if so, are you looking for the tool, a book on the subject, or both?
--I like all kinds of divination, though my favorites are Tarot and runes. Always open to a new set of rune stones or sticks, but I think I have enough Tarot decks for the time being.
World my Witchee be interested in a Tarot or Astrology reading done personally?
--I do my own, but thanks.
Does my Witchee need any magical supplies?
--I'm pretty much set for now,
Would you be interested in any of the seasonal (or regular) soaps from Cellar Door Soap (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com)?
--this would be nice: https://cellardoorbathsupply.com/collections/elemental-essentials/products/lavender-soy-candle

Favorite gemstones?
opals, tourmalines, garnet, freshwater pearls
If you enjoy jewelry do you like discrete and elegant, flashy and gaudy, small and light, or large and chunky?
--discrete and elegant. My mom likes to drip turquoise from every finger, arm, lobe, and neck. I try to present a sort of restrained counterpoint. :laugh:

Any love of pirates or SCA?
--only as far as "Talk like a Pirate Day" and dressing up for the local Ren Faire. I always wanted to join the SCA but when I had the energy, I didn't have the money or the time. Now I might get the money together, but instead of 3 kids I have 2 aging parents so no time or energy now either.
Is there anything you would like from Disney World?
--no thanks.
Are you a Potterhead? If so, to which house do you belong?
--oh, yes - Ravenclaw all the way!
How do you feel about chokers?
--I can't wear them, they choke me.

Here's a few questions from me: Would you like some Halloween or other themed decor in the form of a banner, something like this http://www.etsy.com/...n-decor-vintage? If so, would you prefer a traditional style or a vertical door type?
--a fall theme (not Halloween) vertical door-type thingy would be welcome.

Do you live near a Trader Joe's? If not, are you interested in trying any of the numerous Pumpkin goodies they come out with this time every year?
--not really.
Do you like to cook and/or bake? Could you use any specific ingredients (spices, oils, salts, extracts, etc.) or kitchen utensils/gadgets?
--I can always use peppercorns!
I'm at Ocean City MD for bike week......would a witches want anything from here? Bike or beach related??
--a nice bit of driftwood (sized for decor on a shelf, not huge or anything) would be nice.
What is 1 thing you would love to see in your final box? Can be ANYTHING - your choice.
--a Jane Austen tenner from the UK.
Who would love some USPS eclipse stamps?
--My grandfather used to send us covers of the new releases when I was growing up, until he retired. He was postmaster of his town for almost 50 years.


Do any of you potential Witchees have any kitties, puppers, or youngling humans you want spoiled in your packages? What treats or toys do they like?
--I love my Westies dearly, but owing to allergies etc., no treats please, and they have more toys than a pet store already.
Is there any interest in any of the fragrance oils from the Nocturne Alchemy Weenies update?
--no thanks.
Is there anything you want from the trading post (or trading post etsy) that is available to order right now? (Fatherhood, Puppers, normal GC things)
--maybe this: https://blackphoenixtradingpost.com/shop/spinning-on-graves-perfume-oil/


Are you a gamer? If so, what games are you currently playing and is there any merch for that game you'd love to have?-
If you are a gamer do you have a steam/gamestop/amazon wishlist?
--I'm not a gamer.
How do you feel about the following scarf options (assuming you're into scarves)?

--I like them all, but I think the simple eyelt scarf is my favorite.

Like beer? What styles most appeal to you?
Like booze? What kinds?
--since the only drinks I like are the ones where you can't even taste the liquor, I figure what's the point?
Like Wine? What kinds?
--the ones which come in cool bottles to keep.
Would you be interested in a set of hand-made hair falls? It's something I do for fun and I can make any length and do an array of colors!
--I recently had my hair cut in short layers because it refused to be straight any more and I couldn't deal with the frizz any more, so no thanks.
For those who watch certain movies every year for Halloween, what are those movies, whether horror or not? Any favorite horror movies that aren't necessarily on the annual-viewing list? How do you feel about fan-made merch for these movies?
--I can't handle horror movies. But I always watch A NIghtmare Before Christmas; Bell, Book & Candle; and Hocus Pocus,


Here's a great local soapmaker I love--y'all see anything you would like? https://littleseedfarm.com/
--not really.
What are your favorite/preferred Halloween/autumn icons/images? Any to specifically stay away from?
--leaves are my favorite. I don't like the stereotypical 'ugly' witch meme.
Do you eat candy, and if so would Halloween candy be welcome? Specialty candy from local or unusual sources? Chocolate?
--lemondrops are my long time favorite.
Do you want Fidget spinners, desk toys, or other frivolous things that you look at and decide you don't need enough to spend $ on but would make you happy to have?
--no, thanks.
Any zentangle lovers, people who would like to try it, or would you want a piece of someone else's zentangle art?
Any love of hair toys, clips, ribbons, fascinators, mini hats, etc?
--no, thank you. Hair isn't really long enough, and I don't wear hats gracefully, though I have tried.
What local goodies may be of interest? Local Honey, jams,candy?
--Jams and locally-sourced candy would be interesting!
Are you interested in any prescription services like serial magazines, Birch box, ipsy?
--no, thanks.
Would you like funky Halloweenie costume makeup like Gothic eyelashes, nail effects, black lipstick, etc.?
--no, thanks.
How do you like to listen to music? CD, 8 track tape, mix tape, Pandora or Spotify, I-tunes?
--I download mp3s and stream them via Sonos in the house, bluetooth from my iPhone in the car.
Do you prefer reading on Kindle or actual book? What kind of books do you like? Would you like to be surprised with a scary, classic, horror book?
--Kindle, thanks. Amazon gift card for more eBooks is always welcomed.
Candles, Incense, or wax tarts? Do you have favorite brands or Weenies scents for the home? Would you like to receive a wax tarts burner, incense burner, essential oils diffuser, or Halloweenie themed candle holders?
--Nag Champa wax tarts are cool, as is sandalwood incense.
Witchee: are you interested in crafting materials?
--not right now, thanks.


I'm in Japan, is there anything specific from here you would want?
--washi paper, or washi paper tape!
How do you feel about nail wraps?
--no nails to speak of, sadly.
if you were to receive something hand knit, what type of item would you like? hat, cowl, handwarmers, etc. and what color(s)?
- would you use knitted washcloths? a scarf? Are you allergic or sensitive to any fibers?
--I love hand warmers, scarves, cowls in cotton thread! Navy blue, burgundy, deep greens are all welcome.
If you could be ANY character from a film, TV show or book, who would it be and why?
--I'd like to be a shopkeeper in the Keltiad universe because this is my all-time favorite fantasy series, and it combines magic and science so very neatly, and still maintains a ren faire atmosphere.
If you could hop into a time machine and travel anywhere/anytime, where would it be and why?
--I wish I could speak in person with Eleanor Roosevelt, because she embodied the spirit of giving and humanity I'd like to emulate in my own life.
If you could invite 3 famous people to a BPAL meet and sniff, who would invite?
--Eleanor Roosevelt, Molly Ivins, and Hillary Clinton. I think we could have some interesting conversations while we tried scents.

Do you like and/or want anything from Elements and Artifacts? You can be vague like "yes" or "no" or name specific past pieces you coveted or current ones you love, whatever works best. :)
--I love Alicia's work, especially the earrings! She always puts them on sterling silver leverbacks for me because my hands can't handle the little stoppers which prevent the hook types from coming out of my earlobes. I like silver earrings best, and nothing longer than 1-1/2 to 2" at the most.
Would you like something hand sewn by your Witch? A dress, shirt, skirt, infinity scarf, something else?
--that would be wonderful, and very welcome.
Anyone want any kind of costuming accessories or makeup or odds and ends?
--no, thanks.

Are there any hobbies or crafts you've been thinking of trying, but haven't had the chance yet?
--not really. I'm rather physically limited (severe carpal tunnel and ensuing arthritis), as well time-limited because I am the sole caretaker of 2 aging and increasingly infirm parents. Plus the dogs.
Would you want to receive a custom spell kit or magical tea? If so, what purpose would you want it to be for?
--no, thanks. I have that personally covered. :smile:
Do you like poetry?
Anyone like handmade critters, stuffed animals, or custom repaints?
--swans or peacocks, or maybe westies?
Would you enjoy any designer/specialty yarn for your own craftyness?
--no, thanks.
Would anyone like a donation made in their name to a cause or charity?
--if that's what my Witch wants to do, please give to WestieMed or Habitat for Humanity.
Please provide wishes from the last two updates?
--Bluebonnet Single Note, Wild Honeysuckle Single Note, Harvest Moon 2017


Would you be interested in things from Future Primitive? (http://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/)
--No, thanks.
Are there any UK things you'd like to get?
--a Jane Austen £10 note.
Are you into podcasts? If so, what are your favorites? Would you like any merch related to any of them?
--Thistle and Shamrock. But I haven't even listened to that one in so long I'm not sure it's still broadcasting.
Would you like something from Nui Cobalt Designs (https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/)?
--no, thanks.
Or maybe some of Christina's lovely Halloween candles at Sihaya & Co. (https://www.sihayaan...lection-candles)?
--no, thanks.
ILNP? Who would love one of their awesome holos like MEGA or one of their amazing chromes? http://www.ilnp.com/
--no, thanks.


Do you enjoy stationery? I'm thinking cute/quality notebooks, washi tape, stickers, fun pens etc.
--I love washi tape.
Are you interested in anything from Cocoa Pink?
- Or Haus of Gloi?
--no, thanks.
Would you be interested in a Halloween wreath?
--if it were more fall-oriented, rather than Halloween. I'd like to have it up until time for Yule decorations.
Have you seen this: https://www.bustle.c...llection-80733? (Lush Halloween collection.) And what would you like?
--no, and nothing, thanks.

Are you interested in anything from the Moonalisa Halloween update?
no, thanks.
What are your coffee and/or tea preferences?
- Tea: black, green, herbal, flavors?
--Lady Grey
- Loose leaf or tea bags?
--Loose leaf.
- Anything specific you don't like?
--I don't care for green teas, and NOTHING with mint.
- Are you in need of any gadgetry?
my favorite 2-cup tea pot has a huge chip on the spout, and it's no longer made. So I'm kind of looking for another. It's hard finding a truly small teapot, though.

How would you feel about receiving a hand-painted container for your bpal and/or other treasures?
- would you want a big wood box (~50 bottles), a small wood box (~20 bottles) or a tin for carrying imps around?
--a small wooden box, decorated or not as my Witch decided, but just large enough for 7-8 bottles, would be wonderful.
Who is into K-Beauty (Korean beauty products like sheet masks)
- What are your faves if you are?
- If you aren't would you like to try something?
--no, thanks.
What are some NEW things you've gotten interested in this year? Could be anything, from a new hobby, new genre of book, new healthy way of living, new fav brand of whatever...

What are your feelings about Scooby Doo?
--Not a big fan, but if I had to liken myself to a character, it would be Thelma.
How do you feel about indie makeup (read: loose eyeshadow, blush, highlighter)?
--I really don't use much make up, mostly a little Elf charcoal eyeliner because I seem to be losing my eyelashes.
I drink this stuff almost everyday would anyone else be interested in trying it out? https://www.criobru.com/
--Tried it back the early 2000's, and didn't really like it. I prefer tea.

Would you like one of the Halloween Teeturtle shirts?
--no, thanks.


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