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Switch Witch - Fall 2019

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Future Primitive: oooo Four & Twenty Blackbirds Body Cream or whipped soap, or Witch Cake, or maybe Tythe Barn


Do you like smallish knitted stuff (hats, fingerless mittens, scarves, toys, etc. -- be specific!)?  Yes, but I'm covered up in hats and scarves, but arm warmers (especially long ones) or the possibility of hinged/flip-top mittens could be cool!


  1. Easy Fingerless Mittens pretty cute

  2. Pfeilraupe Asymmetrical Scarf cute, but no thanks

  3. Odyssey Shawl OK, I know I have too many scarves, but this shawl is awesome!

  4. Close to You scarf  no thanks

  5. Rikke Slouch Hat  no thanks

  6. Simple Yet Effective Cowl no thanks

  7. Knitted Pumpkins No thank you

  8. Little Bear Stuffy No thank you


NEW Question:  How do you feel about thrift store finds (assuming they're in good condition and have been thoroughly cleaned before shipping)?  (I'm totally fine with a great thrift store find!)


*I may have bought several full size Rituel de Fille makeup items in a frenzy over their whole vibe. If I tested something once or twice (and it can be sanitized), would you be interested?   Sure, I don't mind things that have been cleanly tested a couple of times.


*Are you interested in trying different skincare products from higher end, clean brands?  Yes! I've been slowly creeping into Korean skincare, but WOW there is SO MUCH to learn! 


*OH, and any interest in anything from Torrid, noting their "fangirl" and Halloween collections are updated?  No thanks, I'm not in their size-range.


*What on the following list would you like to receive something related to (or have something donated to in your and Joni's honor?)

·         animal rescue

·         pie

·         dogs

·         bears

·         turtles

·         inappropriate candies (either in shape or in contents—ex., boozy candies, creatively shaped peanut brittle…)


-- I'm good with donations being made towards animal rescue, dogs, bears, and turtles. If they find a way to ship me pie, I'm also good with that, though that sounds like a lot of trouble! and I am DOWN for inappropriate candies (especially boozy!, but not offended by "creatively shaped" either, as long as it tastes good!) 


*I'll be going to Seattle, London and Paris during this round- anything you'd love to have from any of these locations?

-- I'm all about local/regional specialties! Like, Seattle has a crazy lot of local distilleries, and I don't think ANY of that stuff makes it to the east coast! If a sample dram or pint made of a local whiskey or liqueur (I hear Sound Spirits has a great cacao liqueur!) that would be epic!  Or I know that the EU has cosmetics that the FDA hasn't approved (like sis is currently in Paris and is picking me up a daily facial sunscreen that is not only 1/3rd of the cost as the US version, but has the EU-approved sunscreen in it that the FDA won't let in the country) - stuff like that you can just get at a Monoprix is great! For London, I haven't been in nearly 40 years, and am largely clueless, but similar ideas? I know there's no more REAL Cadbury in the US anymore, it's all produced by Hershey and re-branded (and not anywhere near as good). I also have been told that there are certain London-based "biscuits" that beat the pants off any cookies in the US.  


*Is there anything you would particularly like from Japan? Stationary, bento supplies, a particular snack, etc. The fall flavors for kitkats this year are Chestnut, Sweet Potato and Apple Pie.

-- I've developed a strange interest in the creatively flavored KitKats. Would also be interested in cool Japanese skin-case, like facial masks. I have also just heard about "retro osuimono" (?? It looks like someone made dried soup mix impossibly adorable and tasty). 


*Thinking about really good natural food stores like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods, if you could have ANY bath and beauty or body care items, what would you love?

- - I don't know those brands/lines well enough to be specific, but I am out of a nice smelling, deeply moisturizing body lotion and/or creme. 


*Also what kind of treats, snacks, foods, condiments, bulk items, teas, housewares from the same natural food stores would you love?

-- I am low on office snacks and teas! (and my Graze box has been discontinued!), so while I'm not generally a fan of your usual "trail mix" blends, I do generally like to keep dried fruits and roasted nuts around the office for mild "healthy-ish" snacking. Some all-time favorites are sunflower seeds (especially chocolate coated), dried mango, pineapple, and coconut flakes (all without sugar on the outside), honey-roasted any-nut, but LOVE pistachios, peanuts, pecans, walnuts.. will eat almost any nut, though if roasted and/or lightly salted.  As for loose leaf teas, I have an Adagio Tea wishlist (it's a good guide to see what kind of flavors/combos I'm into). 


*Also, are there any particular sustainable kitchen or household items you would love to receive?

-- I've been really curious about those reusable beeswax wraps/covers that are supposed to replace plastic wrap. 


*Did anything catch your eye from the Liliths?

-- Nothing bottle-worthy, but I wouldn't mind a decant of Bits of Birnam Woods, an maybe sniffies or partials of Justice for Mary, You're a Daisy if You Have, and Con Questions. 


*Would you like anything from Lush?

--Note a huge Lush fan these days - but curious about these new naked shower oils, like Coco Loco, and I did used to love the Rose Body Conditioner


*DragonCon carpet earrings* - thanks, I’m into D*Con, but I don’t have any piercings at all.


Do you have an Etsy/Goodreads/Amazon or anything else wishlist you’d like to share?  Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/7KANCDM0KO7J?ref_=wl_share 

 Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/people/Izile?ref=hdr-fav 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/southeatsnorth/   

Adagio Tea  https://www.adagio.com/wishlist/295335/

Think that's most of them.
And what’s your preferred wrist/necklace size?  don't wear bracelets much, necklaces I take anything from a choker (14") to a drop (18")
Does anything from Bird & Blend take your fancy?  I do lurves me some fancy tea!  Can use the Adagio list and see if there's anything that lines up similar in flavor.  I just got over a cold so I have majorly depleted almost all my tea stores except for the utilitarian/basic blends.


Knitting questions have have been asked, but how about wash cloths, anyone need any?  What colors??  No thank you.


 is there anything from World Market that tickles your fancy? I don't think I've been in there in years, so no idea.


There's a special thing happening over at Rituel de Fille this weekend, where some gorgeous makeup items are coming back for just a couple of days. I'll be placing an order Sunday or Monday- anything that might strike your fancy, either from the special sale or from the site in general? (https://ritueldefille.com)  - tempting, but I really have waaaaayyy too much make-up already!


How do you feel about tarot or oracle decks?  Would you be interested in any (for artwork or for mystical purposes)?  New or used?  I have been gifted 2 over the years (the Stephanie Pui-Mun Law deck, and just recently the Last Unicorn deck) so I feel like I've got plenty of decks at the moment. 


Would pigment samples from companies like M.A.C. or Notoriously Morbid tickle your fancy? If so, what colors catch you eye?   No thanks, I have more than I can ever use right now.


Spicy foods: I am a pansy when it comes to heat, I've literally had too much black pepper be too hot. 


Coloring books: Some of the really intricate adult ones look really nice, I had a postcard coloring book that is almost full. I don't it much, but sometimes it's a nice relaxing way to be "creative" when I feel like I'm completely blocked up.


Do you have a favourite saying or quote?  A few, I'm a quote-fiend.  "For I have loved the stars to dearly to ever be fearful of night" is definitely in the top 3, as is "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you odd." - Flannery O'Connor - I am generally a fan of wit and quips as well. (and almost anything ever said by Anthony Bourdain, esp. “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.”


 A few questions have been asked about knitted items--are crocheted equivalents acceptable?  (crocheted fingerless gloves, shawls, etc.)  Any fiber issues?  Yes, equivalency is acceptable, and no fiber issues (though I prefer to avoid things like polyester and acrylic, unless their recycled/repurposed). 


Nail Polish: Do you need or want some?  If so, what colors and brands are you interested in? 

-- I'm doing more nail wraps these days than nail polish (Espionage Cosmetics, specifically. Like my nerdy manicures!) I've been eyeing We Envoke Thee, Orion (or Eagle) Nebula, Faerie Lace, and Headmaster's Phoenix.


Does anyone else do nail wraps?


What about postcards? Postcards from cool places (whether I've been there or not - just not NYC please) are very welcome! 


Weenie Wishes: - I'm mostly safe, but if my Witch had ordered decants or 1/2 decants or sniffies and wanted to pass them on, these are ones I'm curious to test. 

  • Song of Autumn V - curious, maybe decant
  • Song of Autumn IV - curious, maybe decant (or sniffie)
  • Dead Leaves, Green Cognac, and Tea Roses - curious, maybe decant
  • Dead Leaves, Cacao, and Sandalwood - curious, maybe partial decant or sniffie
  • Dead Leaves, Blue Lilac, Black Currant, and Black Orchid - maybe sniffie
  • Voluptuous Wantonness - curious - maybe decant
  • The Sleeping Draught - curious - maybe decant
  • A Look of Peace - curious - maybe decant
  • Popcorn Ball Snake Oil - just a sniffie or partial decant maybe
  • Les Heures de la Nuit - curious, decant
  • Fall, Leaves, Fall - curious, maybe a decant
  • Dusk in Autumn - curious, maybe a partial decant or sniffie


Nocturne Alchemy:  no thanks


I am infamous for baking (shortbreads savory and sweet, poundcake, various cookies and bars), butter caramels (flavored or plain), and catnip.  Are any of these relevant to you or your household?

-- Yaaaaasss! I love all the baked goods, sweet and savory shortbreads, poundcake, butter caramels.. all of it.. probably not the catnip though.


Do you like to cook and do you need/want any spices for such pursuits?

-- I LOVE to cook, I write my food blog and I am a cookbook hoarder. I do keep a pretty thoroughly stocked spice cabinet, though.  I have not been able to find Aleppo (or aleppo-style) pepper, however! It was a favorite, I used it all up, and now (for obvious reasons) it's a bit hard to track down. 


Would you wear any of these? (because I'm that nuts that I would try to make one in a month) 

Fern , Nuada, Manannan, Duleek Abbey  or an infinity scarf or tube cowl tall enough for a hood (like this scarf or this cowl for shape example)?


--Oh, a couple of them are cute, but open-weave knit stuff isn't very warm for me (and the winters here are cold, and the wind is very strong (I work right by the river, too)), and I have sooo many hats already.


Do you have any utilitarian needs for everyday life? Things that would help or that you've been needing or wanting for work or whatever?


-- boring stuff...  more silky (good for hair) pillow cases, a table runner for the kitchen table (that I can FINALLY eat at!), a 20oz (or larger!) cup with lid/straw for work (we have a Bevi machine and I drink ssooooo much seltzer now!  The 16oz cup I have right now makes me get up to get refills way too frequently. Also, one of those over-the-faucet kitchen shelves. Like a plank of wood with legs, 22" wide, 4" deep, 7-12" high.. I've had a helluva time finding anything remotely similar anywhere! I've also had a really hard time finding a simple/plain 6"x9" picture frame for a piece of art. 


Gotta ask: What kind of vegan snacks do you like? And vegan chocolate...favorites?

-- Not really into the vegan thing, unless it's something that's naturally vegan, like dried fruit/nuts.  I don't have any favorite vegan chocolates, though I have had some high quality chocolate from South america that doesn't contain dairy just because it has like 3 ingredients, and it's like 85% dark. 


How do you feel about salt? I don’t mean, like, salted nuts or potato chips. I mean straight-up salt, like alder-smoked finishing salt or Hana Flake sea salt.

I love me some fancy salts! I have a small/dwindling sampler set I bought in Barcelona, and I have long-ago used up my lemon salt.  Not so much into smoked salts, though. 



How would you describe your crafting style? Whimsical & Cute?  Elegantly modern?  Totally Traditional?

-- Eclectic? I don't do cute much, though I like it in some others (Dragons & Beasties like), but I guess all my fantasy art that's NOT cutesy would fall under whimsical?  I don't really fit well into categories, I don't think? elfy-elegant, cottage-traditional? 


So....we are about to process a metric f*ton of green tomato relish, which is basically bread and butter pickles but with sliced green cherry tomatoes.  Is this relevant to any witchees?

No thank you, not a fan of bread and butter pickles (or any of the "sweet-ish" varieties, more like a classic kosher dill, or maybe dill-garlic pickle-person)


How do you celebrate Halloween/Samhain?  Do you dress up?  Would you like something for your costume?  And am I the only person left on the planet who wears socks?

We don't have trick-or-treaters, but I like to dress up, maybe go out to some bar/party, and I love my witchy plant socks from Sockdreams (I've nearly worn out my Belladonnas and Devils Breathe!) Hoping to head up to the Great Pumpkin Blaze up the Hudson River at some point this fall (having a hard time getting sith to commit to a date...) - something for my costume? I dunno... I haven't even figured out which costume I might be doing. Probably depends on how cold it will be.

Are you interested in anything from Art Of Tea or Adagio Teas?

Yes! I am low on the tea front these days, all varieties. I have an Adagio wishlist (in blog), but am not brand loyal. I'm all over the place for styles, though  mostly do black, green, herbal, and blends (not so much into rooibos/red, or many white teas). I like both classic whole leaf green varietals, but also things like "chocolate mint" (in green or black tea), or fruity/floral (pomegranate rose was a fav a few years ago), or chai-like or spicy for fall/winter - not a huge fan of bergamot or earl grey though.  

I make light-weight hairfalls, doll-style, using a variety of fun stuff, like ribbons, lace and soft batting. Would you be interested in receiving a set in the colors of your choosing?

Tempting.. but I honestly don't think I'd wear them anymore at this phase in my life.


And a quick question here--I'm going to this amazing looking event on Saturday--does my witchee see anything they might be interested in?  https://www.facebook.com/events/903999316607440/ (the Oddities Market)

I love an oddities market! I've always dreamed that one day, if I ever own a home, I'll have a "wizard's study" which will be a mix of real natural items (porcupine quills, antlers, maybe some bone or bone-replicas) with really realistic gaffs (like Sarina Brewer's taxidermy griffons and capricorns, or what look like butterflies in shadow boxes, until you get up close and see the thorax is a fairy) - so that people who visited wouldn't know where the line was between real/fake.  I obviously don't have the space for the larger items right now, but if my witch found me a cool thing like some porcupine quills, or an inexpensive/small butterfly in a box, or a cool looking bit of shed antlers (prefer that kind to the kind with the skulls attached 0.0), something like that -  that would be awesome


Enamel Pins: I like them way too much, they are becoming a problem, I am running out of hats and jackets to put them on.  I have a lot of the BPAL ones, a couple from Unstable Unicorns (game), and just got an Asexual Pride Unicorn head at D*Con as a gift from a friend. - I've seen some cool witchy ones on etsy, too! (I also like small buttons and patches). 


Sockdreams:  https://www.sockdreams.com/wishlist/shared/index/code/fRHVFxuY0opntpPmq9d2XTCa8A67sXJz/


What is your T-shirt/shirt of choice Size?

I normally prefer t-shirts that are specifically woman-shaped (not boxy unisex, they just hang on me all wrong, and I have enough sleep shirts), though baby-dolls are tricky because I am long of torso and baby dolls almost always end up showing 3-4" of midrift. I mostly take Smalls these days, though occasionally if something runs REALLY small/tight I could do a medium.  re: preferences, when possible, I like v-necks, and any color other than black (I just have SO.MANY. black tees).  (The old tissue tees of BPTP in Small are *PERFECT* I have a Bitches Love Unicorns tee in small, and it's nice, but still a little droopy/baggy where I rather it wasn't on my long-lanky frame)


OCTOBER LUNACY!  I know turn around time is unlikely, but just saying (JUST SAYING), dear Witchee, did anything catch your eye?

Moonflower & Orris was the only one I'm digging


If I was to donate to an animal rescue on your behalf as the "lucyboo" component of this swap, is there one in particular that you would choose? 

I am particularly fond of Hooved Animal Humane Society, (HAHS), I learned about them as a kid collecting Breyer Horses, and they're still going.  And internationally a UK friend tipped me off to Prince Fluffy Kareem (I know, funny name).  Not domesticated, but I also have supported International Animal Rescue (especially their work in Indonesia with Orangutan).

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