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To my lovely witch! I am having kind of a time of it this past week (fires/smoke in OR while also dealing with several medical appts/procedure this week). Should slow down next week. If I have not answered questions you are interested in, please check out any of my prior six or seven blog posts from prior rounds. I think a lot of these questions show up every year. :)




Does anything from Paintbox Soapworks catch your eye (http://paintboxsoapworks.com/)?

The book butters sound really good as my skin is so dry already! African soap or even the Tiger Bar soap sound intriguing. 


Does anything from the Trading Post's etsy page catch your eye (https://www.etsy.com/shop/bptradingpost)?

Shockingly, not right now.



Is there anything you want from Japan? Current kit kat flavors are... Salty Lemon, Salty Lychee, Sweet Potato, Chestnut and possibly still some Cookies and Cream Ice Cream or Strawberry Ice Cream from summer. Other than that, anime goods, cute stationery, other Japanese snacks, lay it on me!

I think all the odd KitKat flavors are curious. Cute pens are fun. I don't know anything specific, but enjoy being surprised. 


What are your favorite self-care items or activities? I'm especially curious about things that you hesitate to do/get because they feel like frivolous luxuries.

Hmmm...nail butters like LUSH Lemony Flutter or that one from PB Soapworks. My cuticles are very sad right now.



are you familiar with https://www.a-natural-alternative.com/ ?  Take a peak & let me know if you might like to try something. 

All of those soaps look amazing. I prefer natural soaps like this. Any that are moisturizing or exfoliating would be a bonus!



Would you like a face mask from one of my favorite artists? https://akumuink.com/collections/facemasks

The plague seeker face mask is cute (size M as opposed to S, I'd guess).


one of our fellow BPAL friends makes custom masks, Hakutaku Custom Masks on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HakutakuMasks/ ). Would anyone be interested in one of her masks? 

Oh! Fabrics #36 and 41 are so cute! Sure! 




Would you like anything from here? https://www.etsy.com/shop/TaterRoundsBeauty

Soy candles, like Black Philip, seem good (but heavy to ship?).



what are your feelings on home made/ home canned jams & pickles or syrups?  I even make things with berries I grow in my garden.  I make both brandied & bourbon cherries. Syrups good for cocktails, in lemonade or tea, flavors include Lavender, Lavender + Lemon, & Lavender + Vanilla.


YUM!!! ALLL of the cocktail syrups sound amazing. A friend once served a lavender infused drink, and I LOVED it. I think the lavender blends would be amazing, too!


Is there something that you're especially hoping to receive for this round?  For example, a brand you've heard of that you're especially wanting to try, or a certain "thing" that you really want but just cant bring yourself to buy for yourself?? 

Hmmm. I just got a new car (new to me, not brand new) and I always choose one static window sticker. Haven't chosen yet. If my witch thought she could pick one for me based on all my answers everywhere, that'd be cool! Also, I like to hang one decorative bit from the rearview mirror, and am not sure about that yet. Something witchy or natural would be nice.


Would you rather receive supplies/tools for your own craft/hobby or receive something you can't make yourself? 

Right now I don't have the space to dive into my hobby (plants/decorating plants with stones, etc.), but I'd love anything my witch makes!


Is there anything you'd like from Penzeys (https://www.penzeys.com/)? 

I love so much from them. We used to use a sandwich sprinkle we loved, but gave away when we were fully vegan for quite a long time. We're back to eating dairy and I do miss that.




Art and artists - anyone dig any of this? https://www.studiodesade.com/  (They also do masks, see here.)  

Very talented folks! I don't think it's for me.


If you knit/crochet/weave, would you like custom dyed yarn?  And if so do you have preference on weight, fiber, colors?

Do not knit, but I think it's awesome when people do!

what is one fun/frivolous thing for $20 or less that you’d enjoy?

The static cling window sticker mentioned above - maybe from Buffyverse?


If I sent you to a dollar store with $20, what would you walk out with?

I've never been. Can you believe it? Maybe some glass jars or a basket? Natural decor.




would anybody like a small cross stitch thing, like a patch or pin? or cross stitching notions like handmade needle minders?

Maybe a very small item that could be displayed in my home? I don't use patches or pins, but I do think tiny, snarky cross-stitching is fun.




Is there anything you'd like from the UK? 

Escape from the tyranny of our government in the US? But seriously, you guys have so much amazing stuff. I don't know where to start. 


Do you have a particular fandom you'd like stuff from?

BUFFY! And Angel, or Charmed. Twin Peaks.


How do you feel about tea?  Preferences?  Would you want anything from David's Tea (https://www.davidstea.com/us_en/home/), Steepologie (https://www.steepologie.com/), Bird & Blend (https://birdandblendtea.com/us_en/), or do you have a favorite tea maker to suggest?  What about tea tools or cups?  

I love tea! I have learned that I prefer herbal/no caffeine. Anything that might help me sleep would be a huge plus! Tools and cups are good, too, so long as they're fairly minimal, like my aesthetic. 


How do you feel about fragrant things for the home like incense, candles, atmosphere spray?  

Do love, though I try not to use paraffin wax (prefer soy or other). But, yes, please!


Do you share your home with any loved ones (human, feline, canine, etc.) who might enjoy a tiny treat too?  

Husband and a 5yo, loud but belove Sphynx cat, Phoebe Buffay.



Does anyone like the prints or items from www.ElissaMarieCreative.com ? I have a few of her prints and the notebooks and they are quality!

Hmmm... I like the Make Magic print. 


What about www.drawingsbynicole.com? Anything specific?

I don't think so.


Does anything from www.vapidlacquer.com stick out to you?

The soaps look beautiful. I'm trying to make the switch from gel to avoid waste for both hand soap and bathing.


I do pour painting/acrylic fluid art (with varying degrees of success, haha). Would you like a custom piece in colors of your choice (takes 3-4 weeks with curing, longer if you want it sealed, so it would arrive post-round if custom) or a piece already finished in my collection? I have mostly 12 x 12 and 10 x 10s  right now. Pics available upon request! 

Yep! Sounds exciting.


After enjoying looking at the links several others have put in the questions, I decided to add some of my own favorite independent artists who I enjoy supporting - so, what do you think of the goodies from these people? And specific items you love? Enjoy!

1) https://www.catcoven.com/

2) https://www.mineralgypsy.com          I love the raw quartz and lemurian stones.

3) https://www.redbubble.com/people/thelatestkate/shop

4) https://www.marikapaz.com/shop/                  Shop is closed now.

5) https://www.faunwood.com

6) https://www.shannatrumbly.com/

7) https://fiddlersgreenzine.com

8 ) https://www.hedgespokenpress.com


One of the things I do is make nifty things from sweaters that I cut up & upcycle into things like super warm mittens, arm warmers, striped arm warmers, cowls, teapot cozies, & French press cozies.  I don't have a slipper I love yet, but I'm working on it.   So, which of these things might you like?  Give me some thoughts on colors you like & if for a teapot or press, I need to know a size.

Slippers out of these things sound most like they'd get use. I have a pair of mary jane style slippers (just knit with a piece that buttons over the top of my foot to keep them on. I get that you are not sure about slippers yet, though. Sounds fun!


I enjoy historical reproductions and am a fan of LBCC Historical Apothecary. Is there something in her store you might be interested in?

Cute, but I'm not sure.




Do you have a favorite art style/movement/artist? 

I don't know, sadly. I am not well-versed. I like minimal, black and white (maybe with neutrals).


Who is your fashion icon(s)? 

Hmmm...I really enjoy Dan Levy from Schitt's Creek. :)


What is your favorite mythological creature? 

I loved unicorns since I was a babe. A couple years ago, they took on a negative association. I'm working on flushing that out, because I want to love them again.

is there anything you want from Lush?

Yep! Dream Cream, Blue Skies, French Kiss, and Sleepy are old faves. I enjoy so much of their stuff, but not the florals or overly foody scents.


Do you need any astrological work done, since thats one of my professions? Any particular areas you could utilize a consultation?

Wow. I know nothing, but am curious.


How do you feel about the homemade fudge I sell in my etsy shop?  https://www.etsy.com/shop/HollysRainbow -particular preferences, flavors (consider I take special flavor requests all the time!)?

I feel great about it! I bet that chocolate peanut butter fudge would like to be in mah belly.


How do you feel about keto or sugar-free, low carb baked goods or treats??

Great! I have done a full keto diet and am now doing low carb (with the allowance for "regular" treats), but am definitely open to keto-esque ones!




Anything you'd like from Future Primitive: https://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk

Their things look lovely. I'm clueless. If you can deduce from my other preferences, I'm sure the products are fab!

Do you have an Etsy wishlist?

Think I'm under EML298 https://www.etsy.com/people/eml298?ref=hdr_user_menu-profile.


I wanted to share this link to a soapmaker I love and ask if y'all see anything you would like from them! https://www.herbneden.com/

Yes! I'm trying to find soaps that are moisturizing (if possible). I try to use vegan body care, but I am open to bees wax and probably milks harvested ethically.


Nui Cobalt Designs perfumes...(just got her latest email): How about the scents being discontinued? The Critters? https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/collections/critters-2020?page=1

or other ones?

I stick to BPAL out of sheer desire to avoid another rabbit hole. I bet these are gorgeous, though, as is their maker!




I have a friend who does pet caricatures. He's done ones for all of my pets. Is this something you would be interested of for your pet(s)?

If he does mostly black and white art (maybe with one or two accent colors, then yes! My girl is black and white, so it fits!


Do you decorate seasonally/for holidays?  Is there anything in particular you would like to that end?

I do, but I actually use clear glass, twinkle lights and pumpkins so one set of "holiday" decor can work from Halloween through new year's. I add black bits and skulls, but that's all season for me.

Would you like anything from House of Gloi, especially from their Autumn Update? (https://www.hausofgloi.com/collections/fall-1) 

Ack! See answer to Nui Cobalt, above.


I know the tea question has been asked, but what, specifically, about Adagio teas? 

Sure! Herbal, sleep blends, etc.


What about anything tempting from Dandelion Chocolate? (https://store.dandelionchocolate.com/pages/home)

Oh, my! Yes - I can't even pick one! They all sound divine, maybe except the sour cream one.




Would you, my dear Witchee, like anything from April Gloom? https://www.etsy.com/shop/AprilGloom  (this is our @spookygrrrly - switch witch code coming soon to a spreadsheet near you.)


How about from https://twinklentwilight.etsy.com ?  (This shop belongs to @twilighteyes - we can maybe crochet some of the unicorns that are sold out...)


Would you enjoy anything from my friend Brian's Etsy shop? https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrianSerwayArt?

Are you a sock person?  If so what are your favourite kinds to wear?  Do you have a sockdreams wishlist?


If you're not near one, is there anything from Trader Joe's you'd like?


How do you feel about local items from my city, like spicy (think chili) things or local coffee? The coffee is not spicy lol.


do you have good feelings about Funko Pop? 


Candles! Anything from these places catch your fancy?

https://cantripcandles.com/collections (restocks Friday 9/18 at 9:00 PST)






Is there something from your fandom that popped up in another country you'd be particularly interested in?  What, and what store?


Would you be interested in some boozy chocolates (or anything else) from https://www.chocolatemoonshine.com/ ?




Witchee, assuming you like home made/home canned condiment goodies, what is your spice level preference?  

Would you be interested in anything from Cellar Door Bath Supply Co.? 




Lilith are up! Is there anything from the release that you want? Decant or full bottles?


How would you feel about recipes?  


Would anyone be interested in anything from Bucees?! It’s a magical giant beaver gas station/shop! It has spices, fudge,  Knick knacks, all things Texas, candy, beef jerky, roasted nuts, and of course beavers! Most things like the fudge and nuts are made in house. 




How do you guys store your decants so they are not a confused mess?  If you've got a system, please share it. 




I'm a knitter.  I have some knitted washcloths done, and can knit up more.  Would you like some?  Also, if answered soon enough, I can maybe get a scarf done.  Would you like one?  What colors would you like?  Thin or thick?  With or without fringe?  Are you allergic to any fibers - wool, cashmere, angora, alpaca? 


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