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Would you be interested in a cross stitched Halloween ornament?

OMG yes. I don't have a tree, but something I can hang on the wall would be perfect! I like... hmmm something like pinned insects would be awesome! 


Are there any collage artists in the mix?   I would LOVE to curate one of spooky autumn goodness if my person were to be interested!

I do not currently do collage, but I am always up for trying new things!

Have you seen the Dragon con list?  & would any of them appeal to you?

Hmm. these sound good! FUZZY PEACH SWEATER AND A MUG OF LONDON FOG, VANILLA WAFERS AND PEACH CREAM, and PEACH BRANDY SNAKE OIL (sorry they are all caps, I'm just copying and pasting from the email)


Which Harry Potter house are you? 
Slytherin (and I'm an INTP and an ennegram type 5w4 if you are into those, ha)


I make beautiful and very lightweight yarn-and-ribbon hairfalls - would you like a set in the colors and length of your choice? If yes, name up to four colors and length in inches! Remember- this can be part of your Halloween costume! 

Ah, I don't think I would wear any, sorry! 


Would you appreciate a skein of handspun yarn? If yes, what weight? What colors? How do you feel about beads? Any allergies to typical fibers?

I don't do any yarn work, sorry! I do love beads though!  


Do you like stickers? Patches? Buttons?

OMG yes! I loooooove enamel pins in particular. And I do have a binder for my sticker collection, hah


Do you spend time in the outdoors?

Not really! The most would be like, my little balcony/container garden, the pool, or maybe the beach


Do you enjoy cooking and/or baking?

I do enjoy cooking! I haven't really tried baking yet but I am up for anything food and food-making wise! I would love to get some spices


The Paintbox Soapworks Weenie collection went live today! Would you like anything?

Ooo I like bar soaps and lotions! For scent, G.O.A.T. sounds the best to me!


The Pickety Witch is taking pre-orders for their new Halloween pins (estimated ship date: early September). Have any caught your eye?

OMG PINS YES. I actually already have their May Queen, but that May King Goat!??! I LOVE IT


Zeep's Spooky Collection drops some time next week. Here's the scent list. Would you like any wax melts, candles, whipped soaps, sugar whips (whipped soap/scrub hybrid), body butter sugar scrubs (moisturizing scrub), meringues (lotion), bath bombs, or bath rocks from Zeep?

Hmmm... I think I would like a meringue, candle or sugar scrub/whip, and these scents are the most interesting to me: Boo-nilla scream, 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Frankencake, Season of the Witch


Does anyone here like vintage halloween?

I love vintage halloween! old beistle stuff looks so cool


It seems like a lot of shops’ Halloween lines have items related to the same standard fandoms, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Beetlejuice, Addams Family, etc.  Do any of those (or other ones) particularly resonate with you?  Hmm... not those in particular, but I do love horror movies in general. In particular I like Hannibal Lecter stuff, Midsommar and Hereditary, The Shining, and American Psycho (those would be the horror movies I like enough to have a fandom for). I never got into the popular 80s slashers, though (like Friday the 13th or Nightmare in Elm Street). 


How do you feel about atmospheric/novelty scents and novelty food items? Things like "new car candle" or "eyeball jawbreaker" or whatever.

I love atmospheric scents! I also love novelty and kitsch and weirdness so this idea feels suited to me!


If you like tea, how do you want it delivered? Loose? Bags? Tiny little messenger pigeons (subject to availability)?

I can do either! If it’s loose I put it in bags, ha. I do drink coffee (and hot chocolate) much more often than I drink tea, though


Would you prefer to receive ONE HUGE (more expensive) GIFT and 12 inexpensive ones, a few more expensive, or all about the same price?

Hmmm… here’s my answer from Switch Witch: “I suppose I do have a preference for... "new information?" I like the social interaction, learning about new things and the surprise factor more than like... the "niceness" of the gift. So I suppose my preference is for several smaller, less expensive things that are new to me! Also, I consider anything custom and handmade amazingly awesome new information and interaction (and like something Hannibal themed would be treasured forever). But please don't stress out! I understand that I may be someone you've just "met" through the internet and it will be hard to get me the perfect thing. I love all gifts! I am genuinely a "it's the thought that counts" person.” That said, if you have an idea for a bigger gift, go for it! I love to see your idea(s)!


What are your fandoms, if any?

Hannibal (TV). Like, super obsessed.


Do you collect things like tarot decks?  If so do you have a wish list or a list of ones you already have?  Would you like a silk tarot bag?

I do! I haven’t complied a list of the ones I own though (I own quite a few)… but I would LOVE a silk tarot bag! I do think I have some decks on my amazon wishlist


Do you like rocks/crystals?  What colors / kinds?  Would you like them with holes drilled (either as a pendant - you'd need to stick a bale in, or a bead?)

I love green rocks! But I’m cool with any neat rock. I like fossils! I prefer them undrilled. I put them on my shelf of “neat rocks.”


My mom has an etsy store - she makes bags.  Do you love anything from it?  We can also do box bags, draw string bags, dice bags, etc. and if you want a different type of material or a different fabric pattern, I'm open to links to specific things.   (yes, we have harry potter things.  We bought most of it before JKR showed herself to be a twat since we buy lots of bolts at the same time - yes, we have a whole room stuffed full of fabric.)

Oooo dice bags! I have a huge collection of dice so I would use that, haha. Those yip yip aliens are amazing! Pattern-wise I like the Grady twins or the neon tarot.


How do you feel about oracle decks?

Sure! I collect all sorts of decks. But I don't have a lenormand deck surprisingly! I would love one of those


Would you like witchy/ritual oils/sundries? Any limitations (e.g. deities you won't work with)?

Yes, but no incense please! I prefer to go deity-less though, more secular pagan. Leaning towards, ancestor and earth, passage of time and working on myself 


Is there anything you would like to try from the UK specifically? (e.g. Lush exclusives)

OMG. probably? hahah caramel shortcake from sainsburys haaaa. local food! 


Oh, and are you into astrology?

not really?  but I know that I am a sag (with a pisces moon and an aries rising). 


What size shoe do you wear (inc wide/narrow, etc)?

7.5, or 8


Do you like/would you want to receive comic books? Any favorite genres or characters?

Loooove comic books. My favorite superhero character is David Haller (Legion) but I literally have like, every comic with him in it. Other than that, my favorite comic book character is probably Loki. Oh, the Endless! Anything Sandman or Death related. My favorite comic book writer is Alan Moore. I prefer horror comics generally. I'm a bit of an edgelord HA


Would you like a palm stone, or anything else, from Haute Macabre?

OOO I love allllll of that stuff. I am like trying to choose something but i LOVE IT ALL


What's your favorite flower(s)?

Jasmine, ferns


What's you favorite woodland creature?

foxes, but my husbands like round birds (rounder the better!) and penguins 10x more than I like foxes


Do you prefer receiving a big box with all of your goodies, or is it okay if one or two things are shipped directly to you separately (with notice!!) for customs/shipping cost purposes (i.e. if there's something customs might not allow in from the States that can be shipped from within your country)?

I am totally OK with things shipped directly to me!


Would you like a fabric face mask? If so, do you prefer a dome shape or a pleated shape?

I would! I use them at work. Pleated I think. 


I have a literal stockpile of skincare products.  Can I interest you in cleanser, sheet masks, moisturizer, sample things etc etc.?  Or a general pampering package? What is your skin type?

OMG yes. I have acne and aging skin (i'm 37). I looove sheet masks. 


Would you like some delicious coffee? If so, do you prefer whole bean or ground? If ground, what grind? Also, light or dark roast? Flavor preferences?

Fuck yeah delicious coffee. I am good with either whole bean or ground. A dark roast. 


I may be going to the Renaissance Fair this weekend (if not this weekend then soon and multiple times), any Ren Faire goodies you may like?

Aw, I miss the ren faire! I like the jewelry and art objects. Something viking, or italian renaissance (something that goes with the red and white of my assassin's creed outfit). Or witchy


I always go to my town's local Farmer's Market and they have booths selling things like candles, Gourmet Pickles, Flavored Oils and Vinegars, dog treats (like bones and animal feet), honey, and bath products. Would you like any of these things?

I would love some spices! I also use bar soaps


Do you have a preference for numbered packages for each night of the swap vs randomly selecting from unlabeled goodies?

No preference. Whatever you like!


Let's say you want something knitted.  What are you most interested in?  (hat, fingerless mitts, scarf, shawl, cowl, infinity scarf, shawlette, gnome, doily, coffee mug cozy, talisman bag, dice bag, soap sack, washcloth (I have a pattern with the leviathan cross for bpal), amigurumi / toy, bracelet, cuff, necklace, other?)   (Can you link to a photo of what you envision or a pattern on ravelry?  Or put it on pinterest or something if you have that.)

I would love a bag! A soap sack also sounds awesome. An amigurumi/toy that's like, hannibalish would be treasured! 

* What colors would you prefer said knitted object in? probably... chartreuse. i loooove that color

* Stripes, gradient, semi solid, variegated? I like the look of variegated knits

* What type of yarn would you prefer?  ("wool", BFL, merino, merino/silk, merino/silk/cashmere, merino/cashmere, just silk, just cashmere, tencel (non-animal, plant based), other?   I also have non-dyed organic wool (mill spun) from our own sheep - finnsheep and shetland.  The finnsheep is dark brown (sun bleached black sheep from Sarge and our two black ewes we can't tell apart so they're ewe 1 and ewe 2) or a lighter silvery beige (from freckles) and the shetland is white.  (we just call her shetland.  They're mom's sheep, she should have named them, lol.)  Most of my stripy yarn is either merino or merino cashmere.) OMG from your own sheep!? that sounds AWESOME. the lighter silvery beige from freckles

Are you interested in receiving any of the following homemade / home dried / home canned goodies?  (just erase the ones you don't want when you answer to make it easy?)

(see list in this post under spoiler because long)

any of the canned (star anise plum sounds good!), any of the liqueurs, and zucchini bread


Anything from here? ChocolateStorybook on Etsy

Ooo those all sound good! I would choose the churro one


I have been enjoying the incense from here hand-dipped incense sticks | Hexennacht and here Hand-dipped incense sticks | Mr. Hex (mr-hex.com)  Any thing interesting from either site?

Ooo hexennacht! I can't do incense but I do have some perfume from there (I already have Hannibal Loves Clarice, heh). Interested in Moloko Plus, Hygge, Ambre d'Or, Golden Milk. From Mr. Hex I like: Lord of Meows-rule, Copawcabana


If you didn't say much about your reading preferences in your survey but would be interested in receiving books, can you elaborate a bit?

Very interested in receiving books! Weird bits of history and true crime are safe bets. But I would be love to see what books YOU love and want to share with me


Are you interested in cocktails, be it recipes, infusion kits, tools, supplies, specialty bitters?

Oh, yes please!



Is there something that you definitely prefer to not receive in any category (anything to avoid if you hadn't/forgotten to mention)?

Not really. I'm easy! 


Are there patterns/prints (more guidance than general Halloween/Autumn) you like for things or are you open to whatever I may find that speaks to me?

The scarier the better. But whatever speaks to you! 


Any significant other or other special person? Like if I wanted to send you specialty cocoa for a date night, would that be OK? I am making up the cocoa part, but you get my drift.



I would love to request folks to to put their wish list in this thread and link in their signature. I would love to decant from my oils if I have any my person is looking for!

I have a spreadsheet in my sig! its pretty massive haaaaaa. the ones in red/bright red are the ones I am looking for in particular


If you happened to list some favorite fandoms earlier, would you also name your favorite character(s) from those fandoms?

Hannibal Lecter, hehehehhhh. But I also love Mulder and Scully



Do you have an Amazon link?  Can you post it?? 

I have one in my sig


if you are a knitter/crocheter, are you over on Ravelry?  If so, what’s your user name there??

I am not a knitter/crocheter, sorry!




I make homemade fire ciders, would that be of interest? Non-alcoholic and they are quite fiery. 

That sounds exactly like what I want to try!


Are you interested in getting other BPAL items besides perfume, like hair gloss, bath oils or T-shirts?

Yes! I don't wear t-shirts often though




So partner, would you be interested in a Frankenbag done in Halloween prints?



Y'all with furbabies... Are there any food allergies/sensitivities or quirks to know about?

I've got no furbabies


how do you feel about (ethically sourced) butterfly / moth art (in a jar or shadowbox)

Sounds perfect! 


I may have preemptively picked out 2 Halloween-themed mugs with cute matching spoons, before I knew who my match was going to be! So I leave it to you: Bat, or Cat?





If you mentioned aversions to any common Halloween decor items (skeletons, witches, spiders, etc.), how encompassing is that? Specifically, is a "kid friendly" drawing of that same item on a piece of decor (like, a book cover or wrapping paper) still a preferred pass? 

No aversions, give me all the spooky

Would you be interested in receiving a never-used eyeshadow palette from Nororiously Morbid (gothy colors) and/or a never-used eyeshadow palette from Pretty Vulgar (romantic neutrals)?

AMAZING. I would love them!




I live in Japan. Are you interested in anything specifically Japanese I could get for you here (doesn't necessarily have to be Halloween themed)? For example, are you a fan of the anime Demon Slayer and want merch? Are you interested in trying some fun kit-kat flavors? Do you need a new set of pretty chopsticks?

Anything gudetama! 


there is an excellent chance teeturtle will have a sale in time for this swap: anything (particularly tshirts or socks) that appeal? Sizes?  

My husband would absolutely love the TAUNTAUN MEETS PORG shirt in a men's large


Haus of Gloi Fall Part 1 drops soon, anything here you like?  https://www.hausofgloi.com/blogs/blog/fall-lineup-2021

ooo I love Haus of Gloi's pumpkin butters! Blood Orange Marshmellow. Some handmade soap in Cozy Pumpkin would also be welcome! 




Could you use a journal or sketchbook? 

Maybe a sketchbook?


Do you need BPAL storage?  Imps?  Bottles? 

Sure! I love boxes and storage of any kind


Do you wear socks?  What kind?  No show, ankle, knee high, over the knee?  Fibers?

Not really, but I do wear pantyhose! If I did wear socks it would b no show or ankle. 


Do you have a favorite candy(ies) [or prepacked individual snacks] that you wouldn't mind filling up your box as packing material? Or teas/coffee blends you'd enjoy? If you prefer none of this, that's fine too! 

Gummies of alllll sorts!


I'm going down the Shore for a few days! Any treats you'd like from a cute beach town- salt water taffy? Fudge? Wrist fans? Tie-dye beach dress...?

Fudge is always welcome!


How do you feel about fancy marshmallows?

I will definitely eat them!




We've asked about candy, but let's talk specifically about gummies. Do you like crazy shapes, sweet/sour? 

I love all of them. Seriously like crazy for them. I don't think I've never not eaten all of the gummies I've gotten. Crazy shapes would be fun! Crazier the better. Freak me out! 


Anything from these Etsy shops? Kodiak Sea CharmsHalloween Hill StudioGrave Markings

Kodiak Sea Charms: blue seaglass pendant

Halloween Hill Studio: Halloween Ghoul (the ghost one)

Grave Markings: ooo! I already have the live deliciously pin. I like the pink snake and the ram print.


What about the Mutter Museum's gift shop? 

OMG my favorite! One of those places where literally anything would make me happy, with a preference for the books and jewelry. I do like the "spit spreads death" design haha. I do already have Umlaut. 




I grow mugwort and it's harvest season. Would you like dried leaves for bathing or tea? Or a bound bundle for smoke cleansing? (Its said to be excellent for divination or lucid dreaming, but do not use if pregnant.)  its also a digestive bitter and tastes great on chicken.

Ooo I would LOVE homegrown items! 


I grow loads of other herbs and I'm drying them now. Any favorites you might like? Mint, basil, oregano, chives, lemon balm or others?

Ooo! I don't think I have lemon balm. 


I grew a huge load of onions and garlic. Any interest?

Always can use some onions and garlic! I seriously use some everytime I cook

Feathers? I have geese, ducks, peafowl, chickens and quail. So I collect their shed feathers and share them with people I like.

Ooo! I would love a quail feather. Or any neat looking feather. 


I grew a boatload of Green Shiso this year and plan to make a shiso pesto with it. Would you like some? (Nut wise it has pistachios) 

YES please!


I also plan to experiment with infusing it in vodka. I'm planning a plain shiso infusion and a shiso citrus infusion. If they turn out would you like some?





Would you be interested in this hand sanitizer dispenser/keychain that doubles as a light (its eyes light up when you press between its eyes!)?  (see photo here)

Hmmm... that is so cute but probably not, sorry!


If you're into tabletop games, what games do you already own, and/or what type are you interested in?

ohhh.... I have a lot! OMG. I would need a 2 player game, or a trivia game for more players that is about... actual trivia? But we have LOTS of Trivial Pursuit. Like 6 of them. But not the Horror one! I would love the horror one. I like deck building games (I have the Star Trek ones, Legendary Aliens and X-files ones), other card games like Gloom (i have basically all of gloom though). I do NOT have any of the "Forbidden" games, and I would love to try one! I also love polyhedral dice, and my husband looooooves Magic the Gathering. 











If you are enthused by the idea of receiving coffee, do you want whole bean or ground? AND do you have flavors that you like (or definitely hate and never want again)?

Either way (whole or ground) is fine. I am OK with flavors, but prefer without. 




Would you be interested in some very size-inclusive tights? There are Halloween patterns, but also most colours under the sun, and are very comfy.

Yes I would! Anything but blue or navy. 


What about indie chilli sauces/chutneys/jams? What type of chilli/spice level?
Yes, and very spicy! 


In case anyone else shares a love for adorable tiny plushies, any interest in v soft and cute vegetable/fruit plushies? There are also small animals.

Small animals! Preferably a small round birb. 


The Polish Pickup/Indie Pickup is live for wishlisting, and will ship in time for this swap (this year). Anything strike your fancy? (It's not just nail polish...there's jewelry and bath scrubs and wax tarts and all manner of things. It's fun!)  https://polishpickup.com/

Oooo! looove polish. I tend away from pinks and reds. I prefer... greens, purples. If I were to choose one I would choose A Treat to the Little Witch. 




Anything here sound good to you? https://gryffonridge.com/

OOOMMMGGG AMAZING. Anything! Any of the curries, and in particular I would like to try their Chinese Five Spice. 


Hayden Evens Art has released some new Halloween and Disney-themed prints and stickers.  Do any spark your interest?

ooo cute! I would looooove the What We Do in the Shadows one! 


So would you hate or be into more miscreant Halloween vibe decor - like wholesome figurines repainted, creepy dolls, goats with horns, (fake) animal skeletons, things in jars? Is anything too dark, morbid, or recoil worthy?

Nothing is too dark or morbid. Get weird with it.


do you use any sorts of semipermanent dyes or do anything fun/wild to your hair? are there any hair products you like?

I do! My hair has been a not natural color for years, ha. I try out everything! Maybe something for wavy hair for a product?


what about skincare? i am pretty into k beauty and am curious if others are interested in any aspects of this.

Oooo! Anything skincare! I got some acne and aging skin. I follow r/skincareaddiction




Cellar Door Bath Supply Co.'s Halloween & Fall collection is out (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com/collections/halloween-fall-collection😞 anything you might be interested in?

Oooo I love bar soaps! In particular, I would prefer Once Bitten. 


Regarding tea, what type of tea do you prefer? Black tea, green tea, herbal tea? Any type of tea you really don’t enjoy? 

Herbal teas, and then black teas. A straight green tea I don't do too well with, but I have liked a mango green tea haha




are you interested in eco-friendly menstrual products? There are some beautiful gothic print reuseable pads I'm looking at specifically.

yes! I will try that out. 




Bath and Body Works? I know this is a bit of a love em or hate em company, but I really love their foaming hand soaps and scented hand sanitizers and my kids like their body wash, so I'll be placing an order with the next good sale. Anything that catches your eye?

Hmmm... I went in a B&BW recently, and I would absolutely use a handsoap. I have my own stash of hand santizers though! I liked their... uh, a pumpkin waffle scent! 

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