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About tdgnika

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    diabolical decanter
  • Birthday 11/16/1973


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    Madison, WI
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    Bakeneko, Bastet, Bengal, Bezoar, Blood Kiss, Dee, Fighter, Hellhound on My Trail, High Priest Not to Be Described, Mictecacihuatl, Rakshasa, Sin, Spanked, Thanatos, To Autumn, Winchester (from Haunt) Favorite Notes: Sandalwood, vanilla, musk, rum, spices, chai tea, rose (but only when its with something mellow - bad smell associations when it's alone), coffee shops (but not just coffee by itself), old bookstores Un-favorite notes: I don't care for linen notes (chemical/powder smell), foodie smells (except chocolate and a few others), orange, lemon, verbena, gardenia, peony, and patchouli when it's not tamed by other scents

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    Bibliophile, like woah. Baker & Maker. Dorky dog person. INTJ. Captain Planet. Give me the tea and no one gets hurt.
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    I'm coming up.


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  1. tdgnika

    #20 Love Oil

    In the imp: smells like rubbing alcohol and green-ness. Wet on the skin: alcohol, lemon, green-ness. Immediate dry down: Smells like a combination of old lady perfume, my Grandma's linen/medicine cabinet, and the horrible bubble bath I've been given as a gift. Definitely not for me.
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    I should love this, and I was excited to try it - Tobacco! Wood! Leather! Booze! All my favorite notes. Alas.... In the bottle, this smells like chemicals to me. I'm not sure which thing throws that smell - maybe the wood?? The leather being too raw? Smells... off. I let this age for several years after receiving it, hoping the off smell would temper with age, but it didn't. Wet on the skin, the same chemical smell, though getting a bit of the wood at first and then within the first few minutes the leather starts to come through. Hour or so later, it's a very raw leather smell. It would seem that I like my leather more aged. This one is, sadly, a pass for me.
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    Embalming Fluid

    In bottle: light and floral, definitely get the white musk and tea but the lemon doesn't yell. Seems promising. Wet on skin: The lemon is now there, but it still smells light. Lemon is broadcasting a bit. Dry down: A bit broadcast-y of lemon and floral. It's nice and doesn't shout lemon pledge and urinal cakes, like many of the other lemon scents tend to do on me. It's a nice, light, bright sense overall, but it's not awesome enough for me personally to keep.
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    Fair warning - I am really bad at identifying individual notes in scents. I have to admit, I did not like this at all, and I can't match the description with what I'm smelling. I usually can easily identify patchouli, but I get none of it in this. In the bottle: the cloying smell of commercial perfume counters Wet on the skin: A strange sweetness, something citrus-y On dry down: Back to the commercial perfume counters - Chanel No. 5 with a touch of sweetness, perhaps? I had to wash this off and was annoyed that I still kept getting whiffs of it.
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    The Night Hag Visiting The Lapland Witches

    In the imp, this smelled like cough syrup to me. My nose is weird. Wet on the skin, it smelled like fir trees. On dry down, it threw a sandalwood scent. I didn't get the darker resin scents that others describe.
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    Hippie Ghost

    In the imp, I sniffed and sniffed and smelled a pleasant sort of nothingness. On the skin, it went immediately to a very loud, emphatic soap smell that shouted and yelled. I'm guessing that's the "peasant blouse" aspect. Oddly, I picked up no patchouli at all, which is odd because I usually amp that horribly. I wouldn't expect a hippie to smell like soap.
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    Old Demons of the First Class

    In the imp, this smelled like industrial cleaner. Since other folks mentioned neroli as having an orange scent, maybe that's it. Regardless, I was worried. Wet on the skin, a lovely woodsy smell, with a bit of the pepper. Dry on the skin, this is a nice, mellow, woodsy scent on me. A bit of spice. I'm really surprised when I look at what is in this one. It doesn't smell like clove or musk to me at all. I am so bad at identifying notes! I tried this again in 2018, not realizing I'd reviewed it before, and this is my new review: I should love this! In the bottle, strong musk and smells like commercial cologne. Wet on the skin - I get the musk but also the other scents. It's not smelling like cheap cologne anymore. On dry down - it's pleasant and the masculine, incense smell from the musk is really nice with that bit of pop from the pepper. But it's so subtle as to be barely there. I have to practically jam my nose into my wrist to get it. If I didn't know how awesome BPAL was, I would be blown away by this woodsy, incense-y scent. But, given the strengths of my other favorites, this one is too subtle to blip on the radar.
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    In the imp - smells like incense with a bit of sweetness. Wet on the skin - it smells like...I can't identify it. The scent is very familiar, and I'm guessing it's the galangal, based on other descriptions. Some smell from childhood that I can't identify. Fades to gone within an hour, sadly.
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    Wet in the imp (sniffed while I was in a big hurry, so probably not my most considered sniffing) - smelled like roasted nuts Wet on the skin - kind of worried, because it smelled like fir trees, which I don't normally go for. Almost immediately after a few moments and persisting into dry down, though, it smells like sandalwood and incense. Seems to be long-lasting so far. A definite keeper.
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    Autumn Cider

    In the imp, it smells like sweet apple juice, and I was a little worried it would be too sweet and foodie. Wet on the skin, smells like wonderful apple cider with clove. It smells like the Amish stores in Ohio at Christmastime that I remember as a kid. On dry down, it smells like spiced cider with more variety of spices than just the clove. Doesn't last more than a couple hours, but it's definitely worth keeping.
  11. I noticed on my witchee's list that links to wishlists were broken. So, I'm including them here. Please don't think you have to buy me anything off my wishlists - it's just to help give you some ideas. http://amzn.com/w/37M6OL5HRAG3T http://www.kaboodle.com/tdgnika/the-big-kaboodle-list-of-doom.html http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/gimme.cgi?wid=81d1a3987 Also, I'm woefully behind on questions, so I've pasted the questions here with a marker for myself with where to resume. Link to past SW questions Condiments: Whatever that question was about shades of blue, I don't actually like many blues, but I do like midnightblue2 (hex #000033), darkslategray4 (hex #528B8B0), and blue bird (hex #4973AB) from this website: http://www.december.com/html/spec/color3.html Anything from Villainess that strikes your fancy, either from their update or from the GC? I don't follow their releases much, so I don't. If I wanted to include something for your fluffball, what would be good, and what should I stay away from? My cats like cat nip, and my dogs like treats that are small. Would homemade treats be something you'd like for your dog/cat? Definitely, for my dogs! As long as they're small or easily crumbled for my toothless girl. My cats have such finicky stomachs, that I probably wouldn't give any to them. If you get a long weekend this weekend... what are you doing with it? Staying in? Going out? Family? Friends? If you don't get a long weekend, are you OK with that, or a little sad? (If you are Canadian, apply this to last weekend). I attended a funeral and painted my house. Today, I am nursing my injuries. It was kind of sucky, but I'm glad it's all done. Would you be interested in getting a kombucha starter and instructions on how to use it to easily make your own fermented, probiotic tea drink? I'd definitely try it. I tried making viili (fermented yogurt) and it died a stinky death, but my sourdough starter is going well. Anything interesting from the new Paintbox Soapworks update for you? I can't figure out which things are part of the update, but I do have some of her stuff on my Etsy wishlist. What about recycled sari silk yarn, witches and witchees? Wouldn't have much use for it. Sooo, the Blooddrop update (Aviary and Summer Simplicities). Anything you'd like from there? Not familiar with their stuff. DEAR FIBER AND YARN PEOPLE: I am going back to Paradise Fibers today. They have like almost every type of fiber roving and dye and stuff available. If you're a spinner and have any fiber wishes, what would you like? Dyed or natural? Do you need dye? colors? brand? I'm not a spinner. Spinning makes me dizzy. Every package has to have something blue in it. Blue can also be used to describe more risque humor...how would you rate your general sense of humor? Are you strictly PG-13, R-rated, NC-17? I would say that nearly anything goes. I like my humor dark, twisted and subtle. I will say that if it's overly sexual, I don't find it funny - doesn't usually offend me, it just seems excessive. Do you like puzzles? What kind? Jigsaw, word, etc? All of the above! Logic puzzles, jigsaw, word puzzles, love them all! I know Canadian chips can be different than others, how does "dill pickle" or "ketchup" sound? Not very good, I'm afraid. If you were getting a custom Haus of Gloi blend, what four notes would you choose? Summer notes listed here and you can click through to the whole list from there. http://www.hausofglo...er-single-notes I'm afraid none of the summer notes usually work on me. But, from the whole list: vanilla bean, sandalwood, leather and leaf pile. QUESTION! Do you like Kickstarter? Are there any projects up that you really like? I'm not familiar enough with any current projects to really know. QUESTION! If you have an Etsy wishlist, what are your top 5 favorite things on there? The price is unimportant, not because I'm rich, but because I'd like some inspiration. Practical thing: http://www.etsy.com/listing/128993380/ceramic-french-butter-dish-keeper-black?ref=col_view Because every car I ever own should have one of these: http://www.etsy.com/listing/154389521/eat-the-rude-hannibal-lector-vinyl-car?ref=col_view Because my love for this has already been established as fact: http://www.etsy.com/listing/75489373/the-englishman-luxury-glycerin-soap?ref=col_view Because it's funny: http://www.etsy.com/listing/68096798/retro-vintage-beware-pickpockets-and?ref=col_view Even though it's sold, it's so awesome and evil-cute: http://www.etsy.com/listing/83823123/she-bakes-poison-apple-pies-halloween?ref=col_view Festival this week -- includes an "encampment" and an art faire. any interest in trinkety things from the encampment or cards/prints from local artists. That sounds lovely! How do you feel about glitter? does loose glitter make your skin crawl or would you bathe in it? Glitter just becomes something my dogs may eat. I'm afraid I don't like glitter. Do you want/need/like/collect journals? If so, do you prefer lined or unlined? I don't really use journals much, I'm afraid. Does the idea of wearing a plant as jewelery give you the warm fuzzies or the heebie jeebies? Um, a bit of the heebie jeebies. I don't think I would actually wear it. Gourmet popcorn, yes/no? What do you like: glazed, savory, candied? Nuts or not? Any flavors you wouldn't like (like Bacon CHeeseburger, Pizza, Watermelon, Root Beer Float, Hot Chili Dark Chocolate)? Or if any of those sounded interesting, how weird is weird enough? I'll be honest, those flavors sound way too weird to me. Caramel corn, kettle corn or popcorn with nuts sound good though. Question: I make my own hair gloss, would you like some detangling and very shiny hair gloss made by me? This is a 'cone rich blend, not the least bit natural. That sounds wonderful! I live near the Brown and Haley outlet - makers of Almond Roca and Mountain Bars - would you want anything from the outlet? For nut-haters, they have nutless Roca For the no-sugar folks they have sugar-free as well. I've not had those things, but I'd try them. I also have an Oberto jerky outlet local to me - any wants there? I don't like jerky. How do you feel about home-canned goods? Yum-tastic! What size do you wear of: Baby-doll T's - XXL Regular T's - L or XL, depending if it's men's or women's sizes yoga pants - XL or XXL (mostly to get enough length) Also, what is your favorite lunacy (or non-lunacy) T-shirt that you don't already own? I don't have any lunacy t-shirt. I think the sizes run a bit small for me? I do really like the Alchemist's Local black long-sleeved one. Or other clothes from BPTP? I do like the yoga pants. What else do you love from the Trading Post site, and need to have? Is there a particular movie genre that you like (Fantasy? Drama? Romantic Comedy? Musicals? TV-Series, etc), and what format would you prefer: DVD, Blu-Ray, or something in the cloud (like Amazon, iTunes, Flixster, etc)? I like sci-fi, horror, suspense, superhero movies, and thrillers. I don't like to really own movies, though. -Following up on the Adagio question from earlier, what are you top five wishes, for teas and blends? chai, blackberry, ginger peach, christmas, and tiger eye -Do you have anything that you do ritually, every summer? Farmer's market, ice cream at the student union, outdoor movies on the student union terrace -What are your top five wishes from ThinkGeek? http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f141/ - XL http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/a231/ - XL http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f106/ - XXL http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/b3b2/ - XL http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/12d8/ - XXL Do you like audiobooks? If so, do you have/would you like to try Audible? (I'm an addict, myself.) I listen to Audible on the commute to and from work. Chocolate: Love? Hate? Allergic? If love, what are your faves? Love! Moderately dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate with nuts, chocolate and peanut butter. Do you have any long trips coming up? If so, could you use things to occupy yourself? Nope, my dogs do not let me vacation. Does anything from the TP Etsy update interest you? TP? I just found out Oreo is launching ones with watermelon flavor in the USA only. Is it something you would enjoy? Yuck! I don't like Oreos. If you don't consider yourself in a "fandom" (and I get that ... I don't really go overboard on my liking of any TV show/Movie/etc), are there any TV shows or Movies that you really like and/or watch regularly or any actors/actresses you wouldn't leave standing in the rain (unless you like looking at them sopping wet, in which case ... well, nevermind)? Nathan Fillion, the TV show Hannibal, Walter from Fringe (though not in a sexy way ), Sherlock, The Avengers, Donal Logue, Philip Seymour Hoffman So, dear witchee, would you like some Tw*twaffle soap or scent or lotion? I can't find a description of it, so I don't know. Has anyone asked about tattoos? Do you love them? Hate them? Have any? Want any? I have two - one back piece that reaches from the bottom of my bra to the top of my underwear, and shows a woman with water for hair, wings (for air), wearing only a vine, and standing in fire, with the quote "I am here to live out loud." I have another small blackwork piece on my shoulder - I need to get it touched up or added to - it's a peace sign with a heart around it, a rising sun, and an anarchy symbol. There are a few more that I'd like to get - still have to design them. If you knit/crochet, what sizes of needles do you need? For the tiny amount of crocheting that I do, I'm set for needles. What styles of artwork do you like? Art nouveau, interesting portrait photography, Rene Magritte, Bolshevik-era-style posters If you cook, would you be interested in-hand made spice mixes/rubs? Definitely, as long as they're not spicy (cayenne spicy, I mean) Would you like mexican vanilla or silver rings/necklaces? Hell yes! The Conjure Oils update (http://conjureoils.com/emporium.htm) looks absolutely fabulous...I didn't know she made soaps and candles and whanot. Is there anything from the Oddment Emporium you would like? The ones that otherwise look interesting have patchouli in them. What is your favorite color? Chocolate brown What is your favorite season? Autumn - the leaves, the smell, the pumpkins, Halloween, the colors, the crisp note in the air. If you could live anywhere in the world and money was no object, where would it be? I do very much love Madison. But, if I had to choose, New Orleans' Garden District (with very good air conditioning), or the Tuscany region of Italy (I don't even know why - I've never been there - it just seems lovely) Do you have any symbols or totems that are meaningful to you? A rising sun, or a sun in general. When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter? Eat ice cream, though I'm trying to break the habit of using food for my mood. Play some World of Warcraft. Walk one of my dogs. Read a good novel while I drink some tea and listen to jazz or classical. Would you like if your witch sent a regional pop/soda? If so, what type (Root beer, creme soda, cola, citrus-flavored, chocolate-flavored, etc...)? I'm not much of a soda drinker. Ninjas or Pirates? Pirates Werewolves or vampires? Vampires Zombie or Cthulhu? Both Do you want to receive one big package or a bunch of small ones? Digital stuff all at the end when the box should arrive or as we go? Whatever you prefer is fine. Do you welcome knitted items? If so, what would you like most? (amigurumi, washcloth, socks, shawl, shawlette, scarf, wrist warmers, hat, etc.) Do you have any favorite fibers? How about any fiber allergies? Favorite color for knitted items? I don't know think I'd find amigurumi very useful, and I don't think I'd want a knitted washcloth. My hair does not do well with hats. But, socks, shawl, shawlette, scarf, or wrist warmers all sound lovely. Wool is too itchy for me. But, other than that, I don't have any fiber preferences. Is there a Quote that resonates with you, or that you particularly like a lot. Would this be something you would like artwork made of for your walls or a shirt/bag/scarf? My two favorite quotes are: "There is always a way." and "If you are not for yourself, who will be?" Also, STARBUCKS, Yay or Nay? Anything you particularly like? I do like Starbucks chai tea, but I tend to go for the smaller, local coffeeshops more often. Is there someone on the forums (within SW or not) who knows you really well and might be able to help with stalking? Apple and Yewberry If you happen to find out who yours is, how much would it bother you? Not at all. I'm terrible at guessing, so you're probably safe. Do you use waxmelts or tarts? If so, which ones do you prefer? I don't. I can't be home when I burn smelly stuff, though I burn incense when I'm gone. But, unattended flame with cats and dogs - not so much. Do you enjoy drinking hot chocolate, and would you like stuff to make it with, or to add to it? I do enjoy hot chocolate. As long as it doesn't have cayenne, or mocha flavor or mint in it, I'm on board. Have you ever tried Spoonfudge? Would you enjoy it if your Witch would send you some? Which of the flavors would you like? I haven't tried Spoonfudge, but I tend to like my fudge either straight chocolate, with nuts, with peanut butter, or with cinnamon. What's your opinion on Moonalisa? Any favorites or products you'd like to try? I've not heard of them before. But, in perusing their website, some of the shampoos, the hair conditioner, and the sugar incense look interesting. There's a number of scents that look interesting - lots of spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc) ones, chai tea ones, and woodsy smoke ones, though she uses patchouli in a couple that look otherwise intriguing. Are there any BPALs that you loved the idea of, the imagery - whether artwork or description - but which didn't work out for you? (I'm asking because if they did, you might mention them elsewhere, but if not, the imagery might be helpful) I have a horrible memory for BPAL names and descriptions, I'm afraid. what is your favourite object, that you own, ignoring sentimental reasons for attachment? So I guess something you find beautiful, or fun, or incredibly useful. Hmmm...I guess I'd say my laptop. It's the computer I use at work, the computer I often use for leisure. Because it's a laptop, it grants me freedom to work in a lot of places. It has a BPAL sticker on it, and an Urban Honey sticker for my friend's honey CSA. Either that, or my bamboo spoons. I use them to stir bread dough, cookie dough and the custard mixture for ice cream. How big is too big...for something to hang on your walls? If I'm painting you a pretty picture, are there maximum dimensions that you have/prefer? I don't think I actually have maximum dimensions. I have several blank walls in the house, so it's pretty much a blank slate. Gift cards/vouchers - yay or nay? If you like them - which stores would you like one for? Sure - hmm...maybe ThinkGeek.com or SockDreams.com or Cost Plus World Market? Is there anything from Australia you would like? eg: snacks (yes, you can ask for Tim Tams!), books, magazines, memorabilia? I'm not sure of what I like that is specifically Australian. Do you have any problems with swearing or particularly off-color humor? Not at all. What style is your sense of humour? Dark, dry and sarcastic. Opinions on table top games, from cards and board games, to dice and rpgs. What do you like? What don't you like? Favorites? Any classics you like? Do you collect any? Love them all. I don't get a chance to play RPGs anymore, but I do still get together to play board games with friends. I really like 7 Wonders, Agricola, and the ones put out by the people who make Last Night on Earth. What would you like from the most recent BPAL update? What are you planning on buying for yourself and what would you like to try? I haven't looked. I seldom permit myself to spend money on myself. Is there a literary character you identify with? Even if it's not spot-on, just someone you found yourself having that "I identify with this" feeling? Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. And the lead character from Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees. What are the three books you most want to read right now, and which you don't already have? Oh, so, so many. Would you like something from Empire Edibles? (http://www.etsy.com/...s?ref=top_trail) Not looking, not looking! Tasty spice and tea things.......aaaaaaaaahh! Is there anything small you try to collect from everywhere you visit? Not really, besides food. Witchee, I know that SW isn't about what you get... but could you name one thing you would be heartbroken not to get and one thing you would be a-ok if it didn't make it in your box? (i.e. do you REALLY want perfume oil of some sort, or would you be totally heartbroken if there was no Lush in your box, etc. I think if there was no love, no thought put into it. I played one round several years ago, and my witch sent me one package full of almost expired stuff from Lush, where she worked, no note, some of it opened. It was so hastily thrown together and there was no care or personal touch involved. Do you like tarot cards, pendulums and rune stones etc? If so, what type? I do. I use tarot more than runes, and I've never played around with a pendulum before. What fandoms do you belong to? I don't know if I "belong" to any, but I really like Firefly (Browncoats!), Hannibal, Star Trek, most J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon stuff. I'm not rabid about any of them, but I really like them. What cheers you up? Watching an episode of Sherlock. Playing World of Warcraft. Going for a hike in a lovely marsh across town. Who or where would you most want to haunt? Who would you least want to be haunted by? I think I would haunt the Garden District in New Orleans. I would least want to be haunted by my father (who is still alive, mind you, but when he dies.) What question do you hate to answer? I hate answering questions about my Smart Car. I never would have bought the thing had I known how many random people would stop me in parking lots to ask me stupid questions. What is the best compliment you have/could receive? If someone is bowled over by one of my baked goods. Would you like anything from an European country? Any particular food or goodies, magazines, books, whatever would be available to your witch in his/her country. There were these carmelized cookie/cracker things I had in Ireland that were delicious - kind of like gingersnaps. Otherwise, whatever! Do you like bags? If so, what type (rucksack, clutch, shopping bag) colour and would you like/need a new one? I seldom use bags, so I'm afraid not. What's your favourite comfort food(snack or candy etc) and/or drink? The easy ones are ice cream or chocolate cookies. If I am looking for a more in-depth, kick-back and relax kind of thing, I get fancy chocolate milk, wheat thin style crackers and some good provolone cheese. Would you be interested in someone writing out for you a favourite recipe, or finding or devising one which they think you'd like? If so, please provide your favourite ingredients, info on how you like to cook/store and use food, and any intolerances - unless all of these are in your questionnaire, or you don't like the idea. (I'm not saying I'd definitely do this, unless someone is keen, and it wouldn't be the only gift). I guess for other witches this might include something like a knitting pattern - not my thing but would you like that? Or indeed would you like a picture created for you (if so what kind) or a story written? (sorry if this feels a bit Spanish Inquisition!) A recipe sounds lovely. I'd love some interesting flavor variations on sourdough bread - I keep making the same base recipe over and over. I'd love a step-by-step guide on safely making and canning various tomato sauces and jams. If you knew you were going to live comfortably for say 800 years, what profession, calling or project might you pursue with some of your extra years, which you imagine you may not do in the life that you have? Is there any thing - an object, a donation on your behalf, some research done for you, whatever - that your witch could do about this that you would like? And if you can't think of a present, would you rather she/he (I!) didn't either and confined themselves to things you are already involved in? I always have said that the only way I could finish my reading list is to become a vampire and, thus, immortal. I think I would go to library school, but the current economic climate is not the time to be getting involved in library science. What colors/style is your kitchen decor? And do you entertain in your home? Red and black - devils. We seldom entertain because of barky dogs. Are your ears pierced? Yes. Do you like stuffies/stuffed animals/art doll type thingies? If so, any particular type you'd love to get? No, I'm afraid not. They'd just be dust collectors that my dogs would steal and chew on. Switch Witch is, of course, all about you.....but if your Witch was so inclined, are there wee little ones in your home that will get jealous and are just too young to understand why you won't share the love, who maybe need a touch of Witchee love all their own, to distract them while you hide all your lovelies?!? Nope, no little ones here. Do you read literature/culture blogs or websites of any kind? I'm thinking about anything that would help a putative witch to get a sense of what your current tastes in books, movies, games, genres, approaches to culture and literature and so forth are. Hmmm...that's tough. Since I work with the internet, I don't spend a lot of leisure time on the internet. I do read slate.com on occasion. How do you feel about traditional picnics (namely the intimate table for two variety)? Old-fashioned basket or something more utilitarian (cooler/insulated bag)? It's hard for me to sit on the ground for extended periods - hooray for 70-year-old joints in a 39-year-old body! So, I'd picnic, but it'd have to be while I'm fishing or hiking - moving around. If you were put in a room with 100 random other people the same age and sex as you, from your country, in what way do you think you would be different from the average? I think I answered this on the forum and gave some semi-accurate answer. I differ from others because not only do I think dogs are cuter than kids, I don't have kids and don't plan on any. My tastes run very dark. Things that some people are grossed out by, disturbed by, are some of my favorite things (I'm thinking specifically of horror movies, Hannibal Lecter, etc). I usually root for the bad guy in movies, but seldom in life. I'm an giant introvert and never seem to get enough alone time. Haus of Gloi did a Reverie update! Do any of them interest you? (Or anything else up currently?) I'm not familiar with Haus of Gloi, but I'd be open to being enabled. Witchee, do you cook? Do you do all the cooking? Is it a chore or a pleasure? I cook and do most of the cooking. It's both a chore and a pleasure, depending on the day. I'd love to have more free time to cook more elaborately. Which reading level do you prefer to read in YA or Adult? Or even both? I usually read adult works, but I did enjoy Hunger Games, The Wrinkle in Time series, etc. If you could have one rare bpal which one would you choose? I don't actually keep track of which BPALs are rare or not. There might be some on my wishlist - I don't have any idea. (Feel free not to answer, I know it's not a standard one!) Are you kinky? Not so much these days, which is kind of sad. Do you enjoy scented candles? Certain sizes that you like? What kind of scents or brands? I do like them - tapirs, pillars... pretty much all sizes. I like similar scents that I like in my BPAL scents as well as some of the "clean" scents like linen. Thoughts about South Africa? Have you been here, would you like to go? Would you like to receive anything South African? I'd love to go. Hell, I'd love to go everywhere. I'm not familiar with things that are specifically South African, but I'm sure I'd be open to it. As long as it's not a vuvuzela. Do you like Sockdreams? If so, what styles would you prefer? (You can also link your wishlist.) I love sockdreams! I like the arm warmers that have thumb holes, as long as they're not wool. And I like ankle socks and knee socks, just not over the knee. Do you need hair accessories? If so, what kind or color? I have a big mass of long hair, so only really big hair ties and barrettes work for me. Big wide headbands are good too. Do you have any kitchen gadgets (a SodaStream, a Kuerig/Tassimo) that you want mix things for? Nope. I lust after a KitchenAid stand mixer, but don't get me that! If you were to start learning something new (intellectual or craft or hobby), what would it be? Oh gosh, that's a long list. I'm going to be co-running a learning venue that holds little classes. The first one I'm going to teach is on the Japanese tea ceremony, and I'm taking one on bookbinding from my co-runner person. I want to learn a lot of stuff about making my own food - like making peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, that sort of thing. What about candy? Do you have a sweet tooth? I tend to prefer chocolate, but I think that would melt this time of year. Do you have an e-reader? What kind? Would you like to get ebooks? I have an Android tablet. I know I can read books on it, but I'm not entirely sure how to get them. But, I'd love to be enabled. I also listen to books on Audible while I ride the bus to work (I get motion-sick if I read on the bus). I've started listening to the Dresden Files books, and am really liking them so far. If your witch is an extremely crafty sort, and she were to send all kinds of homemade foody goodies and handmade crafty stuff - what are items you would NOT LOVE to receive. Please dont hedge on this one...some of us are serious crafters and will be making most of what we send! Oh this would be awesome! The only things I would prefer not to receive are: anything wool (itchy), toffee, white chocolate, hot sauces and spicy stuff, and malted milk balls. Witchee dear, do you like video games? Are there any you want to play? Do you have a large library? I do like video games. I play a fair bit of World of Warcraft, and I have played some of the Silent Hill games and Portal / Portal 2. I really like the survival horror genre. I usually play on my PC. I have a Wii, but don't use it much because I don't really like it as a gaming platform. Do you have something you do, without fail, as a personal daily habit/ritual? (Examples: pen-and-paper journal keeping, tea/coffee drinking, morning yoga, nightly bedtime reading. I'm kind of thinking on things that would be dear to you and might need small supplies or could use certain extras. ) Drinking tea is a daily ritual for me. I have chai tea as soon as I get to work - kind of puts me in the mindset of working - and I have black tea in the afternoon. I'm trying to get in the habit of riding my exercise bike in the mornings. Do you wear nailpolish? What colors do you tend to go for? What are your favorite brands? Are you open to trying indie brands? I'm afraid I seldom wear nail polish. The few times I do, I tend to wear very dark colors. I think my last batch got too old and I threw it out. Name three BPAL scents you hav tried, but are dying to get more of. Bengal, Hellhound on my Trail, and Mictecacihuatl Do you still write real letters on nice stationary to people you like/love? I do sometimes send blank notecards to people (well, they start blank, but I write on the inside) Have you ever tried anything from Paintbox Soapworks? Which products or scents would you prefer? I just got my first order from there, and would love to try more. I really like The Englishman. I like Blackbird too. The Queen is Dead had too much honey scent for me. I ordered soaps the first time, but other items would be great too. Do you like/have space to garden? If so, what do you grow? I finally do! I've only planted rhubarb so far, but will be putting in raised beds with chicken wire to keep the rabbits out and plan to plant veggies and herbs. We're planning on fruit trees, berries and chickens too. Do you like sample sized things? Think lipgloss, mascara, bodylotion, scrubs, mini candles, and so forth. Sure, it's a painless way to try things. I hate wasting stuff, so it's nice to try things without the risk of having a huge amount I don't like. Have you tried Fortune Cookie Soap? What products or scents would you like? I don't know what that is. Have you ever tried Cocoa Pink? If you are curious about it, what looks interesting to you? I don't know what that is. Do you like Lush? If so, what is your favorite product that is currently available, also, what is a product that you love but has been discontinued? I do like it, but I'm not terribly familiar with what they have. I have some on my Kaboodle list. Anyone a fan of Shiro Cosmetics? Any particular products? Eye shadow pigments in general? Not familiar with them, but I tend to wear eye shadows in shades of brown. Are there any companies, products, or items you boycott? Wal-Mart, and I'm trying, with limited success, to avoid Monsanto stuff. As I am in Japan, what sort of things would you like from there? I'd love to try some different teas or interesting herbs and spices. Since FB and the FB Gusp group (and the BPAL Sorority which is quiet) have become gathering places...what are some of your favorite Facebook pages you like? Punk Rock Homesteading is my favorite. What craft project do you currently have on your docket or that you want to start? And that craft goodies would be welcome? I am considering trying my hand at crocheting the skull shawl that is on my pinterest craft board. I'm a little intimidated by it. Other than that, most of my projects of late are either on the computer or related to baking / canning / food prep. I'm taking a cake decorating class in July, and I'm planning to learn to can this summer. And I make sourdough bread weekly. And I'm taking a bookbinding class in late July or early August. Hmmm...I think I have too much going on.
  12. tdgnika

    John Barleycorn

    Barley, beer, blood, and whiskey. In the imp, I smell a cloying alcohol sweetness – probably the barley and beer. Wet on the skin, oddly enough, it smells very strongly of lilacs. Really. Fades to a bland floral. What a strange one.
  13. tdgnika


    Sadly, there was nothing peaceful about this on me. In the imp, I get a bit of lemongrass over the other scents. Wet on the skin, it's throwing rose and lemon pretty heavily. On dry down, it just won't stop screaming rose with a little help from the lemongrass cheerleader. Citrus and old lady's bath salts - yuck. Tried to wash it off with no luck. Blech.
  14. tdgnika


    This scent proves what I already know to be true - I am AWFUL at identifying individual notes. I've been trying imps given to me from my wishlist without looking at the description to remind myself why they were on my wishlist, and I wouldn't have guessed any of these scents. In the imp, a bit of that chemical, fake perfume-y smell I don't like. Wet on the skin, it smelled like a pleasant, light flower, perhaps a bit of Lily of the Valley - maybe that's the rosewood?? Or the violet?? Who knows. On dry down, it went to the generic incense smell (must be some of the musks or the sandalwood that make it do that) and then my skin ate it.
  15. tdgnika


    In the imp, this is all orchid in the imp, and the first day I smelled the imp, I put it back in my box, not wanting to risk a heavy, floral scent. On the day I braved it, the smell in the imp and smell of it wet on my skin are totally different. Wet on the skin, I get a light wood smell. Patchouli is usually all dorm-room hippy, and I don't like it, but this is a much lighter wood note, like a light sandalwood or balsa. Started throwing that wood smell after about an hour, which I'm not crazy about. On dry down, the wood has faded back but isn't gone entirely, more floral has come forward. It's a really nice, light smell balanced well between wood and floral. Not sure if I'll keep it or not - I don't wear light florals much and already have more than I'll probably ever wear. But, my late kitty was named Oberon, so there's a sentimental thing... Decisions, decisions.