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Summer Sprite Swap Answers *,*

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1) Does anything, scent and / or product-wise, catch your eye from the Haus of Gloi summer drop? (https://www.hausofgloi.com/collections/summer) [you're free to pick stuff NOT from Summer as well, of course! ;) ]
Beguiled, The Briar Path, Cottage Flowers, Azure Dragon, and Zephyr sound wonderful-- and perhaps Selkie (I'm a sucker for Selkies).  I'm not too familiar with their B&B stuff, but am always open to scrubs, soaps, and would be happy with samples of perfume or hair oil, too.

2) Yes, the rumors are true- I'll be in Paris this summer! Tell me up to five things you'd be happy to get from there, including any specific teas from Dammann Freres, my favorite french tea shop! (https://www.dammann.fr/en/#)

  First off, bony voyage!  I hope you have an exceptionally amazing time, VioletChaos!

Answering the question:  Any of the jasmines, Jardin du Luxembourg, and Osmanthe D'Or jumped out at me.  So many gorgeous-sounding teas...

 

I recently discovered Khamilaluna and plan to place an order soon to get a present for my roommate. Is there anything you'd like from them?

O.O All of the body creams, One Starry Night, Tangerine Dreams, Island Nectar, and Oatmeal Strawberry soaps, the Raspberry and cucumber scrubs. Bookmarking this site now... 

 

Early July, I will also be taking a trip, but to nowhere so flashy as Paris.  I'm going back to the woods.  However, middle of nowhere Mississippi does have one advantage - I can probably do some wildcrafting while I'm home.  Dear Swapee, is there any small gift from mother nature that you'd like me see if I can source for you from old forests?  Obviously no promises; but if I don't know what to look for, I certainly won't find. 

That sounds wonderful.  Hope you have a vibrant, wonderful time reconnecting!

After thinking on it, if there were anything to catch your eye out there that you felt "Oh, that would be cool for Usagi!" then I would like that. Otherwise, if you happened across a plant or tree seed that would survive hot, hot summers, and fairly cool winters, I would love to try to grow something from native to there-- non invasive, of course. Please don't send Kudzu.  While I'm pretty sure the desert would fry it, better not to risk that... 😉 Although, a wildcrafter kudzu food or B&B thing might be cool.  It's seems like an interesting plant.

  Also, pictures.  Pictures of the nature would be lovely.

 

 

Also, second question, ring sizes, obviously fingers are all different sizes, even on the same hand - do you wear rings on all your fingers? how about a range smallest to largest? 

I mainly wear rings on my right middle finger, pointer, and ring, and left middle finger.  Occasionally I were a ring on my right pinkie. I think I did a range in the questionnaire... But, more specifically:  pinkie 5.5-6, ring 7, middle and pointer 8?  I think my thumb is an 8.5, just to have all the digits on there.  

 

If your Sprite were to gift you magical items or workings... a) Would you be interested in that? b) If so, what intention(s) would you appreciate most?

a) Yes, that would be awesome, and b) healing, strength, adaption, perseverance-- not necessarily for me, but for the environment and my plants and trees in particular.  Our effect on the environment and the weather pattern fall out has been a bit stressful on the living things around here. 

Would you be interested in a set of (rpg) dice? If so, what colors/aesthetic?

Is it wrong that I don't tabletop, but would love some dice?  The more-sided the merrier! I would love any dice in clear or translucent, with things inside.

 

 

What's your favorite creature?

Nature: Hedgehogs, cats, bats, California roof rats, seals, otters, sea dragons, jellyfish, PYGMY HIPPOOOOS; I met the most adorable tiny bearded dragon in Petsmart today... I like animals, in general.

Supernatural: Dragons, Kelpies, Frank, and most of the other Beasts in the Fantastic Beasts movies,

Humanoid supernatural: Mermaids, Selkies, Domovoi, Rusalka, Dryads, Naiads, Nereids, Fae.  I'm very much Faerytale people positive.

 

Do you like reading comics? If you haven't really read 'em, would you be interested in receiving a few that match your book genre preferences?

Yes, I like reading comics, graphic novels, manga, manwha, and most anything with either pretty pictures or interesting stories. Yes, I would love comics I have not read-- though I do have a significant backlog of manga right now.

 

I'm headed to Puerto Rico in July - anything particularly interesting you would like from there?

Wow!  Have a wonderful trip! I would love to see pictures of the beaches, or the plants.

Would you be interested in receiving a small bottle of home infused whiskey aged from commercially produced moonshine? Any particular flavors you might enjoy (examples include orange chai or cinnamon chocolate or hot peppers)?

If it would be good to bake or cook with, certainly, your suggestions sound aromatic and lovely.

Would you be interested in homemade shortbread that fits your flavor preferences?

I *would*, but we are heading into the warm time of year-- and by warm I mean hovering in the 110* for weeks at a time. Anything that is meltable will likely melt before I can get to it. :(   On reflection, please, no shortbread.

 

 

If your bday is during the swap, how are you planning to celebrate?

My birthday is not during the swap, just a lot of unbirthdays. ;) 

 

Likewise, how do you celebrate relevant spiritual holidays in this time period?

I'll be marking Midsummer.

 

Anything you want from the UK?

I would, but those things are rather meltable (see: Cadbury's Marvelous Creations jelly popping candy bar).  If, for some reason, you happen into a Tesco, I would adore a box of their Blackberry Nettle tea/infusion, if they still carry it.

 

Seeds, y/n?

Seeds are always a yes.

 

Are you interested in skincare/shampoo/conditioner?

Skincare: always.  Shampoo and Conditioner: no, thank you.

 

Are you interested in tights? If so, what thickness, style, and size?

Footless tights, or leggings, sure.  I think M/L, US. I'm open to all styles. Although for styles, nothing with nudity?  I went to work with cherubs on my leggings once, and the children kept asking why I had a naked baby on my tights.

 

Do you use tarot decks? Would you like to receive more - and if so, can you list the ones you already have?

I love tarot decks and oracle cards.  I have Dragon Tarot, Faery Wicca, Old Path, Wildwood, Llewellyn, Golden Art Nouveau, Egyptian, an Ancient China themed one (some of these are packed up, and I don't remember their official titles), some generic ones from Barnes &Noble.  I've probably missed a couple. 

 

What do you think of the art on this website? https://www.printisdead.co.uk/

The aesthetic is gorgeous.  I like the Black Cat, Starlight Witch's Cat, and the Star Mushrooms the best.

 

Is loose leaf tea good, or do you prefer bagged?

Loose leaf tea is great.  But bagged is fine, too.

 

I make arm warmers.  I make them from sweaters I thrifted.  They can be all one color, or stripes of different colors.  They can be long, to the elbows, or shorter.

If you would like a pair, tell me your favorite colors.  Solids are more generally elegant, Stripes can be as wildly funky as you wish.  Long?  Short?  Cashmere?  Tell me your fingerless mitts arm warmer dreams.

That is so cool!  My arm warmer collection has been going unloved for a while.  But fingerless gloves/mitts would be awesome for winter.  I'm open to all the colors, or stripes.  The one thing is they would need to be machine washable on warm. 

 

6/2/22

 

PBSW Summer collection is live!!!  Anything catch your eye?

Scents:

Crystalcore

Hammocks and Holystones

Red Cow

The Longest Day

 

and from the not summer collection:

Wayfinder

Capybaras and Yuzu

Rhuby

 

formats:

soaps, sorbetto, oil.  Sample or full-size, both awesome.

 

 

6/4/22

 

It's farmers market season in town and I have loads of lovely local artisans to shop from. Would you be interested in items from any of the following?
 

The Rod Homestead (I love this one I helped fund her commercial kitchen)

Well, now I'm hungry! :lol:  The Raspberry Blood Orange and Grenadine simple syrups sound amazing.

Working Class Coffee

Their mission statement is awesome. I don't see anything that catches my eye.

Philly Nuts

Pine nuts would be awesome.

222 Creations

 Very cute, but probably would not wear

Carol's Epiphany

The stamped raven and tree pendants are beautiful, and the little flower baubles; I'm intrigued by the idea of a leather ring.  But I probably would not wear these.

 

6/5/22

 

 

I am learning to do embroidery. Would you possibly like a simple hand embroidered piece?

Wow!  Embroidery is such a great skill.  I'm in awe of anyone with the patience and the skill to work a fine hand. 

If you would like this is there a simple favorite flower or summer symbol, like a bee?

If you were so inclined,  I'd love a tiny embroidery-- stars, or waves or a little sprig of this:

Persicaria maculosa (lady's-thumb smartweed): Go BotanyWhy is it so big?!!

 

 

What kind of sprite would you prefer? A ninja or to know the ID right away?

Dear Sprite, your spriteliness is entirely up to you.  You need to be comfortable and have fun, too.

While I'd love to know specifically whom to thank at the end of the swap, if being a ninja is what your heart desires, I am content with putting oodles of gratitude out into the universe to an anonymous person (I wanted to use the word 'oodles'; it's not around much anymore).

 

6/6/22

 

Are you ok with shunga label art (bpal?)

I am fine with shunga art-- unless it is on wearables.  In which case,  I'm fine with it on other people, but would not get use out of it, because I work with children, and that would not end well (see: cherub leggings above).  I will, one day, have a poster of the Dancing Koi label, because it it awesome and makes me laugh.

 

I dye yarn. Is custom yarn of interest to you?

Yes.

- If so, colors? I have various weights of wool, sport and dk cotton, cotton thread in 3/2 and 5/2, and light fingering weight bamboo rayon that dyes like a dream

All the colors!  But especially blue-greens and golden yellows.  Oo, or orange... or maybe ultraviolet... So, yeah.  All the colors. ;)

Any fiber is great, though I admit a special fondness for bamboo. 


My European travels are expanding! Anything you want from Portugal or Berlin???

Probably nothing that would travel well.  But, if you happen to be my Sprite, then I would love for you to find and try the famous Portuguese custard tarts that the nuns make (pais de nata, if tarts are your thing, otherwise nevermind) and then tell me what you thought of them.  Most important of all, have an amazing adventure!

 

My friend makes cool art with garbage, is there anything here you might like?
https://www.garbageforgood.com/

 

That is so cool! I might like a pin.  Or if there is an artist bio brochure about how your friend started and why they create their art this way,  I'd love to have something like that to take to school and show the kids.  Some of them already do upcycling kinds of things, and I think your friend and their vocation would be really inspirational to a lot of them.

 

 

6/8/22

 

Would you like items related to your astrological sign and if so what is it?

Sure, I like the little bow and arrow for Sagittarius,  or if you make/find something with the constellation on it,  that's awesome, also-- or, like, your interpretation.  That would be cool!

My birthday is December 16, so there's also some people that say my sign is really that secret caduceus sign(Ophiuchus) that they put in between Sagittarius and Capricorn because of a change in astronomy since astrological signs were invented(or something like that).

I'm a Sheep/Ram in Eastern,  and I do love sheep (I think sheep are tied with geese for my favorite farm animal).

On more unusual signs:

I'm not sure of my Mayan sign, because it tells me different things depending on the site.  I was either a crocodile, or possible a peacock.  Those are two *very* different things. :rofl:  

My Babylonian sign is, apparently, Pabilsag, and the symbol(Anzu-bird) is described as something like Frank from Fantastic Beasts-- which I am totally cool with.

 

What do you think of plushies? 

I love plushies, all kinds of plushies.

 

Are there any Korean or Japanese food/craft/self-care items you would be interested in in receiving?

Tea, candy, spices, furikake-- always interested in trying new things.  I'm going to try to make Kongjang, so if you happen to know of particularly spectacular dried black soybeans somewhere, please let me know. ;)

 

Is there anything for your garden or houseplants that you need, or would like (tiny, hand thrown cachepot for a prized astrophytum, etc.), or are you proudly black thumb and shun any plant that isn't resin?

For my garden, solar light things are always cool, metal or ceramic plant name picks, hardy bulbs or seeds, squirrel deterrent ( :lol: )... As far as houseplants go, hangy things or hooks, tiny blibbets to decorate pots (I've got some itty bitty hedgehogs and figurines that hang off the lips of pots). I would love to say plants or cuttings themselves, but the extent to which they would be horribly dead by the time they got here is just way too cruel for that.  I ordered my wish list rose in May (when it was only in the 80s), and the box-- when I opened it, direct from our awesome UPS person (so this is totally not on them)-- had a waft of what I would describe as infrared sauna air come out of it.  Thank goodness rugosas are so hardy. 

 

How many books is too many books?

There is no such thing as too many books, only not enough space.

 

 

6/13/22

 

I’m knitting up washcloths right now. Would you like some?

Sure!  I like to wash things... my face, the dishes.  So long as they are washable, they will be appreciated. :thumbsup:


any spices you need/want?  I’m fleshing out a Penzey's order!

I have no experience with Penzey's, but always appreciate spices.  And from the sound of comments, they are fair trade and ecologically mindful. I am totally down.

 

Your feelings on chocolate?  Milk chocolate, Dark chocolate, White chocolate? with or without nuts? How about truffly goodness?  

I love chocolate, but not Hershey's. Unfortunately, chocolate will not survive the mail this time of year, unless it is in a jar.  Tempering can only protect it so far, sadly.

 

Do you want anything for your vehicle? Like bumper stickers or magnets?

No, thank you.

 

There is a Japanese street fair this weekend I'm going to try and hit up.  Sadly I can't send you any fresh/hot treats from the food vendors; but there's often a lot of little other kinds of treats - any interest in Japanese fashion-ish items? (kanzashi hair pins, and other things made form old kimono fabric, fans, tenugui, etc?)

Anything with kimono fabric sounds awesome! Or anything with maneki neko.  Most importantly, just go and have fun; stay hydrated, eat a taiyaki or a shave ice, and enjoy yourself!

 

 

I am afraid to send chocolate in this heat.  What other things might you enjoy?

Gourmet lollipops?  Handmade Marshmallows (not by me LOL)?  Flavored cotton candy? other ideas?

Any of the above sound awesome (particularly cotton candy), dried fruit or fruit leather, dry goods mixes to make my own thing once it arrives, spices, Koolaid packets, recipes for your favorite sweet treat.  I am pretty good with anything that won't be destroyed by a 120* mailbox.

 

do you have any reservations about wearing leather, like in an accessory??

Leather is fine. 

 

So I took a "viking knitting" class (which is really wire weaving) and can now make necklaces and bracelets.  Would you be interested in either one? 

IF SO

What color wire would you like?  (silver, gold, copper, blue, purple, yellow, green orange, black, turquoise, pink, so many colors.)   I have THIS PACK among others.

What length would you want (on either or both?)

1) that looks *awesome*.  2) any color is fine, but if you are asking, copper, orange, and blue-green would top my list. I'm not sure about lengths, anything beyond 7.5" should fit somewhere?

 

What kind of fasteners do you like best (lobster claw, toggle clasp, magnetic?) and color of fasteners?  (silver, gunmetal, copper, gold?)

 - some of the toggle clasps come in cool shapes.

magnetic is cool, or hook and eye. But anything, really.

Do you think a larger chunky one like a torc or a slimmer one?  I can draw the wire down to different sizes with my draw plate.

either/or.

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