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About tielan

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  • Birthday 08/06/1976


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    sugar-slathered candy apple
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    Ambers, musks, vanilla, caramels. Mdm Moriarty, Misfortune Teller. Monsterbait Underpants. Voodoo Queen. Storyville.

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    Writing fanfic and original fiction, Organic Kitchen Gardening, Cooking good and tasty food, Reading urban romances and action-adventures with female protagonists.

    Current Fandoms: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pacific Rim, Jupiter Ascending.

    Past Fandoms: Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, NCIS, Merlin, Justice League Unlimited Cartoons, Battlestar Galactica.

    My feedback thread is here: http://www.bpal.org/topic/87165-feedback-for-tielan/
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  1. tielan

    discard imps

    I think these were decants from the Yules and Portraits: Discarded at first sniff Portrait of an Unidentified Man as Mphistopheles Liebeszauber Satan starting from the touch of Ithurle's spear Second Spring Meus Amor Aeternus Apple Cider Candied Apple La Femme De Satan Try on skin The Magic Cicle The White Witch The Sorceres Depart Pour Le Sabbat Blood and Judgement Well Commingled en garde the worst pill, once upon a time
  2. How does everyone feel about duct tape crafts? Any favorite patterns? I fear it would be something to collect dust and take up excessive space in my house. No, thanks. Are there any flowers you especially like? When I was 10, I was told that poppy was my birthday flower, and I've had a fondness ever since. Would you be interested in any cozies or cases (yarn o fabric, not hard cases) for tech stuff (phone, laptop' etc) or for cups/mugs/bottles or anything else similar. I tend to make my own covers and cases for tech, so no, thanks. Would you like Halloween or Day of the Dead themed ornaments or a "bunting"? No thanks. Are there witchees who would like book related gifts like a booklight, bookmark, bookseat or something for your reading gadget,like a cover or a light for example. Ooh, I'd love these, but I fear my witch is already spending crazily on postage! I make handmade journals, mini albums and similar items. Would my witchee be interested in something like that? Interested, yes. However, I have an excess of journals already, so probably not a good idea! What songs/music/artists/CD's do you like to listen to around Halloween? Same ones as I listen to the rest of the year? But if you have anything you think I'd like, make me a playlist on a thumb drive or something! Are you interested in leg warmers at all? not really. Is your Halloween style scary, cutesy, folksy, grotesque . . .? None of the above? I was really hoping to do a Halloween theme to our house, but I fear that won't be possible given that my stepbrother/stepsis-in-law's birthdays dinner is scheduled for that night. And I was really quite looking forward to the kids trick-or-treating... I bought the Portal board game last week & it came with a Portal 2 steam free download code. I already have the game on another console & it's one of my favorite series of all time. Soooo, would you want it? Don't play. Have you read The Martian? Or do you plan on watching the movie? So many of my friends loved it that I feel I should go see it. My interest was 'meh' before it hit the screens, though. NaNoWriMo - Pertaining to that, how does everyone feel about such things? Will anyone be participating? How about NaNo swag, is there any you want? Yes, I'm participating. Thanks, but no swag. (I'm so sorry I'm an awful swap participant.) Honey or beeswax products? Discuss. LOVE. Not sure it would make it through customs, though, and I have an awful lot of 'specialised' honey in jars that isn't being eaten at home. How do you feel about bumper stickers and car magnets? What do you like--cute, pretty, snarky, geeky/fandomy? Not big on them. I never know what to do with stickers - my mother's dislike of stickers on anything being transmitted across the thirty years since childhood. Do you have any phobia's that your Witch should be aware of? Tryptophobia, sort of. (the one with holes) It gives me creeps. Trading Post Weenies are live! Anything calling to you? I think I'd like to try one of the Hair Glosses: but probably not one of the Weenies, because I don't do dirt, leaves, blood, or pumpkin scents... Sorry! Speaking of nail things, it that time of year and I am doing my jamberry order, Would you want some Lovely Jamberry's for your nails? Thank you, but no. Do you like or want to try Marmite? No, we do Vegemite here in Aus, and it's quite good enough, thanks. Some folks have already said they do not want used nail polish. If you haven't already chimed in about that... would you be interested in a bottle of BPTP claw polish (in this case, either Event Horizon or Baku) that has been used for one manicure? Not bothered. Are there any DISCONTINUED (not LE) BPAL oils that you wish you had, or had a little more of? No. Is there anything fairly basic that you're always running out of and need to buy more of? No. Anything interest you from the recent Blooddrop update? No. How to you feel about foreign spices/flavorings? Love them. Dearest Witchee, can I get you anything from Shiro Cosmetics? I'm going to place an order soon and perhaps you are interested in some of their goodies? https://shirocosmetics.com(https://shirocosmetics.com) I am sincerely the boringest witchee that ever got witched. No, it's fine!
  3. tielan

    Switch Witch Ketchup #4

    how do you feel about online classes? Like, say, craftsy or creativebug? Or even lynda.com? I'm a member of Craftsy and I have a few classes there, but I keep forgetting to actually take them. What do we want from Paintbox Soapworks? Nothing, please. If I were to make you some art, would you prefer a frame that hangs or one that sits? And what color/style would you prefer? Hangs. I'd find somewhere to put it. How do you feel about gourmet marshmallows? I think it was someone on this forum who got me into gourmet marshmallows. *shakes fist vaguely at them* So delicious! So expensive! Are you a slatherer or a dabber? I would love to be a slatherer, but my skin can't take it. And the best notes on me are musks and ambers. The last time I slathered myself (Red Lantern; it was amazing) I came up in rashes for the next week. It didn't help that I was on holiday in the hot wet of Vietnam after the cold dry winter that Sydney had been experiencing. Talk to me, dear witchies, about tea. I know we've covered this a little, but I really need the nitty gritty here- not just companies you like and don't like (Teavana? Adagio? David's? Some tiny place?) but I also want to know the other stuff: top 3 flavors, loose or bagged, the kinds of tea accessories you use- or have always wanted. Be specific. Provide links if necessary. A few years back, I got an Adagio sample set of a Firefly tea set. It was WONDERFUL. And expensive. I certainly don't expect that. (I should order some of that myself, really.) I love black tea, flavoured and scented. Something that works with milk/cream and honey/brown sugar. (And I mean real milk/cream, none of this 'creamer' stuff. For the Americans: think of me as the kind of person who takes half-and-half with her tea, and stirs in a spoonful of honey - the tea is brewed strong and black and the cup is only half-full with it - the other half is the milky stuff. That's my kind of tea. (Yes, I'm a weird tea person.) Top three flavours? Earl Grey English Breakfast Lapsang Souchang Is there anything from ThinkGeek that you want??? (especially in the geek points section, 2400 points or under?) That squirming tentacle USB! The Death Star ice cube mold! The Newton's Cradle Fridge Magnet! I admit, I've always wanted the "all edges brownie pan". Must get that sometime.
  4. tielan

    Switch Witch Ketchup #3

    Blu-ray or DVD? Either/or. We have a Blu-ray player...we don't use it much. Game systems - console or computer? Mac/PC? Which console? Neither really, although we’re a PC household. Are you dressing up for Halloween and if so do you need any accessories for if? I’m in Australia, so we don’t really do Halloween, but some of the neighbourhood kids were trick or treating last year, just after we’d moved in, and I mentioned to my sister that we might receive trick-or-treaters this year. So we’re going to see about maybe setting something up this year. I have a rather nice Victorian/Edwardian dress in dark grey, with the appropriate dress up bits, and I have a bowler-esque hat with a teeny tiny feather in it. I'd kind of like something more elaborate. This is the pic of me in the dress back at Dragon*Con this year. Sorry about the awful white balance (or lack thereof). And I didn't have the hat with me at the time. Talk to me about bags, what kinds do you like? Sizes and styles? Ooh! Alas, any bags which I like are either ridic big or ridic expensive. (I’m sorry, dear Switch Witch, I have really expensive tastes) But for examples of bags I like, try these: The Amy Butler Weekender Bag The 241 Tote by NoodleHead: Both these versions were made by my friend Angie at GnomeAngel.com – I have the pattern for the 241 but I haven’t yet made it. Haven’t even bothered looking at making the Weekender Bag… Sew Sweetness is a designer who designs some lovely bags – I have a few of her pattern but, again, haven’t yet actually tried making them… The Aeroplane Bag: The Tudor Bag: As you can see, I’m a fan of large-sized tote-like bags, suitable to put everything into. What are your favorite fandoms and do you want to receive anything related to such? Right now, I’m pretty entrenched in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although that may change within the year. My favourite character is Maria Hill, then Melinda May, Skye, Helen Cho, Pepper Potts, with Wanda Maximoff, Jane Foster, Peggy Carter, and Natasha Romanoff after. I don’t particularly like Darcy Lewis – possibly the only person in the known universe who doesn’t. What are you planning to order from the Weenies update? I’ve joined a decant circle for the things I’d like. The Last Huzzah of the NY Renaissance Faire happens this weekend and I'm going! Is there anything you might want? (Besides a turkey leg, which won't ship well!) I have no idea what you get at NY RenFaires. And I suspect the weekend has already passed by and gone, so… Thanks. But, yeah, nope. Do you like comics or graphic novels? Any issues or collections you want to read? I do! I wouldn’t say no to the ‘filler’ pieces for the MCU, although none of them have Maria Hill (my favourite character in the cinematic universe – and yes, I know she’s in Civil War comics and X-Men and plenty of other titles, but I’m in the MCU and I came to the character from the MCU, not the comics.) Do you like fanfic? Would you like a story written for you as part of your gift? What characters/fandoms/pairings etc do you like? I would love fanfic. Except my favourite character is Maria Hill, and my favourite pairing is Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, and if you can write that, then I already know you, because there are only, oh, about 10 of us writing it at AO3. Where do you have wishlists at? If you could please link to them or to a post that links to them. (Amazon, Etsy, Think Geek, Pinterest, Sephora, Lush, BPAL/BPTP, Soap Box Company, everywhere and anywhere!) Amazon: http://amzn.com/w/1113OJE2Y6CS4 Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/au/people/tielan/favorites Book Depository: Let's say you have indicated interest in receiving a hand knitted item. What colors, exactly, do you like? If you could provide color swatches here or to pinterest (or something visual), that would help out a lot. Sox! Anything bright and colourful is good! Would you rather receive a bunch of little packages through the round, a couple of medium packages, or one big package at the end? Whatever is easiest for you, dear Witch! For those of us with out-of-country Witchees, would you be happy with receiving a few packages from local to you merchants (say, through Etsy or equivalent)? I can do that. I’d like at least one card/letter from you, however! Would Witchees like something from IKEA? (Or any other not always accessible by everyone store?) No, thanks. We have an IKEA pretty close, and I need to go back for some stuff. If/when you go to the mall, for which store(s) do you beeline? It used to be ‘bookstores’, but these days it tends to be “the store with the thing I came to get”. I shop very directly – a little window shopping, but mostly I’m here to pick up groceries, or get a new dress, or buy a new computer. I’m here for something; I get it, and then I get out. Do you receive any subscription boxes (julep, lootcrate, ipsy, birchbox, etc.)? Nope. I think they’re mostly centered in the US and I don’t really end up using the things that get sent in such boxes. But they do look very pretty! Do you like tarts/candles/incense? If so, what type of scents? We don’t do tarts or incense, although my sister LOVES candles. (I kind of expect her to burn the house down someday.) I like candles, I just don’t generally light them very often. Is there anything you wish you could have picked up from the Dragon*Con exclusives? No. I was at Dragon*Con and I looked over the stall but didn’t end up getting anything. Is there a GC you've been dying to try but haven't got around to yet? Nope. Sorry! The questionnaire asked about gold & silver jewelry, but how do you feel about copper jewelry? Do you like colorful jewelry, or do you prefer to keep it neutral? I love copper jewellery, have no problem with it. And I love colourful things. I can’t promise I’ll wear them, but I’ll try! We asked about decorating style, but are you interested in receiving decorations for your home? Are you interested in things that go on the wall or things that go on shelves? No, thanks. We have no wallspace left, and two adorable kitteh (Maladicta and Smokey) who jump on anything that isn’t nailed down, and wrestle it to death. (Smokey does, anyway; Maladicta waits until Smokey has checked that it’s okay to kick and pummel, and then she takes a turn when Smokey gets bored.) Office supplies hound? Pens, pencils, journals, any preference, or favorites? I shouldn’t. I have crazy numbers of pens, pencils, and journals. But I will ask for some nice letterstock. I try to write to my cousin once a week – she has breast cancer and things aren’t looking good. She can’t always answer emails or FB, but she likes receiving regular letters, so I try to remember to write her once a week. (I’ve been really bad at the regularity thing.) Talk to me about socks! Is there anything, dear, dear Witchee, that I can get for you from Sock Dreams? Anything from another place? Ankle socks, please. Cotton rather than wool, and bright colours would be nice. (Most of my socks are very staid.) I live near a huuuuge candy store. What kind of candy do you like? Gummies? Caramel? Chocolate? Sour? Sugar-free? ALL OF THE ABOVE. I love chewy caramels, nuts, fruity gums/jellies, and sours. I prefer dark chocolate, but a good quality white chocolate is a beautiful thing. I love truffles and pastille-filled chocolates and turtles and marzipan and… Don’t bother with sugar-free. If I’m going to go sugar-free, I’ll have a salad. (Mmm…salaaaaadd….) How do you feel about animal products? Not so much animal toys or food, but more like furs, paws, bones, etc. No, thanks. It’s not my style. Are you interested in receiving any restaurant.com gift certificates for your area? Thanks, but no. How do you feel about "toys" - stuffed animals and the like? Well, my cats love the beanie babies. I have a lemming called ‘Daniel’, a polar bear called ‘Aurora’, a bear called ‘Parka’, ,and an unnamed lemur. I also have a pony called ‘Teyla’, an unnamed Pittsburgh Steelers bear, and a yellow duck that was supposed to be a hot water bottle cover before Smokey decided he made an adequate resting place (‘Ducky’), and they all get dragged around the house, ending up in peculiar places (usually outside closed doors) because the cat has dragged them there as an offering to mummeh (who is steadfastly ignoring them in order to get Things Done).
  5. tielan

    wish list

    To try: Summer Lace Mourning Lace Black Silk About Midnight - Judgement rendered: vanillic sandalwood, holy balsam, cedar, and frankincense. Upon Man and Upon Beast - Dry patchouli and white sandalwood oozing with lesions of labdanum, wet red cherry, and opoponax. A Very Grievous Murraine - Brown musk, myrrh, and sun-baked leather afflicted by splotches of saffron and red musk. All the Dust of the Land - An infestation of Ceylon cinnamon bark, black patchouli, tonka absolute, bitter almond, and frankincense. Solid Wants:
  6. tielan

    switch witch questions #2

    What is your BPAL "Holy Grail"? I don’t think I have one. Most of the time if I want something, I go hunting for it and I buy it. So I have ridiculous rares which I paid ridiculous amounts for, but…I have them. Maybe some more aged Madame Moriarty? But I could just buy some now and hold onto it for a few years so… Analog or Digital? Or Both? Digital. Mostly. What scents from other perfume companies are you really wanting to have in your collection and or are just really wanting to test? Companies like NAVA, Arcana, Solstice Scents, Possets, Haus of Gloi etc.....? I’m BPAL only. Do you have an affinity for any specific animals? Cats and Dragons. Kitchen Needs or Wants? Hm. A new basting brush would be lovely. Makeup! Do you like it, would you want some? If so what brands do you like to wear? I like makeup, but I have all the stuff I can handle (and it’s rather more than I even bother using most of the time): I’m an ‘eyeliner and lip gloss at most’ kind of woman. Chocolate fiends ahoy! What kind of chocolate do you like? Do you like any other things in it or just plain good ole chocolate? Dark chocolate, up to 85%, with fruit. Single origin cocoa beans make a world of difference to the flavour! And we have no trouble getting Lindt or other Swiss/Belgian brands here in Australia – but I’d be interested in US-based darks and single-origins (if you can afford it; if you can’t, really, don’t push yourself out!) Would you be opposed to receiving a ton of Halloween themed items? A ton? No. A few? I can do that. I’m still debating my feelings about things like Candy Corn and Halloween Peeps, though! Would you be interested in any special little thing I might be able to pick up from the Great Lakes Bat Festival this Saturday? Both Janell Cannon (author of Stellaluna and other kids' books) and Fiona Reid (illustrator for lots of animal field guides) will be there, so would you possibly be interested in something like an autographed copy of Stellaluna or one of Cannon's or Reid's other books? Or something from the Organization for Bat Conservation, like a shirt or other swag? Hm. I have various friends with kids, so if you don’t mind me passing it on to those kids, I’m happy to gift them on! Otherwise, don’t worry. What items from the Weenie update interest you, should you have to option of getting anything as a gift from your Witch??? Would you be ok with decants, or bottles? I’m getting decants of these in a circle: The White Witch 2015 The Sorceress The Magic Circle Départ Pour Le Sabbat (Aufbruch Zum Hexensabbat) Liebeszauber La Femme de Satan Portrait of an unidentified man as mephistopheles Satan Starting from the Touch of Ithuriel’s Spear Second spring I pretty much went through looking for red musks and ambers. And contemplating getting this in a bottle, although I'd like at least one decant... Candied Apple SN What's your favorite scary movie? I don’t do scary movies. Not even mock-scary.
  7. tielan

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Does anyone know if Ebay purchases can be combined with a Lab order, particularly for international shipping to Australia?
  8. tielan

    Switch Witch 2015

    Just when I thought I'd gotten out of this... Pumpkin? As in, actual Pumpkin or pumpkin-flavoured or pumpkin-scented? I’m in Australia, so we’re not huge on Halloween, although I’m seriously considering it since the neighbourhood kids do a bit of trick or treating and we’d only just moved in last year… Also, anything fresh-ish isn't going to make it down here okay. Pumpkin-flavoured is fine. Pumpkin-scented, probably not so much. Booze? Yes, please! (Not sure it would get through Australian customs, though!) Want anything from Yellowstone? Be it postcards, key chains, shot glasses, pint glasses, or huckleberry what have you? Postcards! Always will take postcards! I know there is a question about "decorating style", but if you're comfortable, could you should us some photos of your spaces? For those of us who like to art and craft, it can be nice to have a visual sense of decorating style! House and garden pics are in this album here. For those of you who don't drink alcohol, can you specify if you live with any drinkers or ever have alcohol on hand for guests, vs. abstaining and preferring not to have it around at all? I drink alcohol, so not a problem. Are you a fan of the TV show Penny Dreadful? Nope. Me and TV shows are not even kissing cousins. Although if you think I should watch it, I’ll try and give it a go. Keep in mind I don’t have Netflix or cable (see: in Australia), so my access is basically limited to commercial TV (I think the USians call it ‘network’), and illegal downloads. What are your coffee and tea preferences? Do you prefer one, the other, both, or neither (and if it's neither, what about things like hot cider and cocoa)? Loose leaf or bags, whole bean or ground? Is caffeine OK? Any gadgetry you're in need of? Any brands or flavors that you particularly love, loathe, or want to try? I love coffee – single-origin, ground, and bold if you’re inclined that way, but, really, don’t bother if you’d rather not because the stuff I like is inevitably expensive. (I have expensive tastes. This is okay, I can afford to have expensive tastes. I do not expect my Switch Witch to be able to afford it!) I love tea, but there’s been issues before with herbal teas. Someone on the BPAL forums once sent a teabag of apple-flavoured tea by a commercial supplier, with the teabag sealed in a little pouch. Australian customs read that it was tea and opened the box. They read that the tea had seeds in it, and opened the little tea pouch. I’m kind of surprised they didn’t pick the seed out – I guess they decided that it wasn’t viable. The short version: herbal teas with seeds in it are not kindly taken by Australian Customs and Excise. But I'd love to try your black and green and white teas! (But I recommend checking first when you buy tea that the tea company you're buying from aren't already in Australia.) What's your sense of humor like? Do you enjoy puns? Play on words? Dirty humor? Dry humor? Who are some of your favorite comedians? Dry, witty, droll, a touch dirty. Avoid scatological humour or things involving humiliation of minorities/underdogs - sometimes it's amusing watching ignorance, but there's always a cringe factor, too. Word plays are generally great, and situational humour. XKCD. Cunning satire - Lord of the RPGs. Damn You Autocorrect. Do you like board games? If so, which ones? Traditional or more unique? (like Settlers of Catan, Small World, Red Dragon Inn, etc) I love board games, but I don't play them much anymore - my friends are scattered through Sydney and we're not much for board games. If we do have weekends away, we're more likely to play games like FLUXX and Cards Against Humanity. Is there anything that you specifically do NOT want to receive? We're a small house with limited space and we're still learning how to manage the space we have, so probably not any fussy knick-knacks that I'll need to put somewhere and look after, please? Plain or fun socks? Fun, of course! Name one (or as many as you would like) thing you would like to learn more about? Finances, investment, business. I don't because it's hard going and not my mental area. But I'd like to be more fiscally aware than I am. What one thing you would like to do more of? Write. Garden effectively. Convert my house to be more eco-friendly: red-worm composting toilets, grey water usage for the toilet and the garden, water tanks to develop rain catchments. The house was built back in the 1960s and while it's not horrendously unconvertible, it's still pretty difficult and expensive. What are some things that fascinate you? Or, What would you like to know more about? ...so many things not half enough time. Sorry! Would you like any cookie butter (just to be clear, store-bought, not home-made, and does contain wheat since it's, y'know, cookie butter)? I have no idea what cookie butter is, but I don't think it would get through Aussie Customs and Excise. Is there any particular piece (or pieces) of art (painting, photograph, etc) that speaks to you in some way? I can't think of them right now. I love the drawn art of my friend What kinds of things would you like from the Lilith BPAL or BPTP update (or are you joining a decant circle?) I've joined a decant circle to get the scents I want. Do you want to received knit or crocheted items? If so, could you describe or even link to a couple of items similar to what you would like to receive? Not really, please! Would you like anything from Lush? I believe I covered this in the questionnaire. I love their bath bombs. Do you prefer hand-made or store-bought? Depends what the item is. If it's a badly made sweater, I'll take store-bought over hand-made. But if it's really nice home-made sweater, I'd much rather that! SPICY! Scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "oh, that's a bit too much black pepper for me" and 10 being "ghost pepper? scorpion pepper? I laugh at these! I love as much heat as you can throw my way!" Where are you? I'm probably a 6 or 7 - I like to taste it - piquancy, but I want to be able to feel my tongue and mouth afterwards.
  9. L'Essence de le Ardeur - roses that turn to powder on my skin - sell. Joyful Moon - very delicate, fruity/floral - I like how it starts and I have a fondness for this so I'm keeping it. Seraglio - starts off almond turns to roses and musk pretty fast, but not powdery roses. Black Death - tobacco, musk, heavy scent, rather masculine, but I don't think it's worth keeping.
  10. tielan

    Going through the imps

    I have a ridiculous number of imps, gleaned over the course of three or four years of buying ,swapping, and collecting. Tried this evening from the bottles: - Peacock Queen: faded really fast - Silentium Amortis: same Onto the sale pile, I think. A couple of imps that faded really fast and I put them in the 'sale/giveaway' pile. And then a few of the stronger rare scents. - Doc Buzzard: I'm liking the woody/amber smell - it is a very masculine scent. Doesn't change much once it's on my skin. And it's HTF so of course this one would suit me. I'll have to see if anyone would swap for a Storyville, or maybe a Voodoo Queen - Gypsy Queen: found an imp of it - naturally, after I'd sold the bottle: not as good a scent as Doc Buzzard, more subtle, incensy, but it's fading to green. Wait, the amber's coming back in again. A bit more subtle than I like. I'd rather the steady solidity of Doc Buzzard. I've decided I'm not going to keep things just for their rarity. If i can swap them for things that suit me, so much the better. I did find half an imp of Formula 54. It's rather nice. But, frankly, I have buckleys of getting that...
  11. tielan

    it has been entirely too long

    So, after three or so years of absence, I've come back. Older, wiser, and rather less smelly than before. But that's okay, because I'm in the process of refining my preferences and finding out what works with my skin these days. I've come to learn my scents: an amber base with tobacco and a touch of sweetness. So far, the three scents that are kickers are: Mdm Moriarty, Red Lantern, and The Soldier. The first two more than the second. Except that I just sold my bottle of Mdm Moriarty for a song. Yes, a song. Kicking myself from here to neverland. And seeking a new bottle. Which i might have to swap some super-rares for, alas. Oh well, I was only going to sell them anyway. Speaking of which, I have to find out how much people are paying for certain super-rares these days. I am quietly hoping that I haven't recently sold some rares to on-sellers, because that's depressing. Otherwise, I'm trying to deplete my collection, the major difficulty being that a) nobody wants to pay postage, the scents I have are not scents people are looking for. GRARGH.
  12. tielan

    Red Phoenix

    Tried some of this on my skin this morning after a couple of years' of not using perfume oils. Started off smelling really delightful - nice rich musk, with the cassia, patchouli, and tobacco coming out clear and strong. Two hours later, it's pretty much turned to powder. Might be the musk, might be the patchouli. (My skin's never been great on the woods.)
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    Glowing Vulva Bath Oil

    I got this in a decant circle back when the bath oil first came out and never tried it. Am I late or am I late? Yes, I'm late. But I finally tried a dab of this in my bath and I kind of regret not getting a full bottle of it the first time! I smell amazing. Sweet but not sugary, and the cream is definitely there. The amber is doing amazing things on my skin, and the lotus and teak are anchoring it with that hint of freshness that keeps it from getting too musty. So nice.
  14. October 6th Do you like liquorice? If so, hard or soft? Sweet or salt? Normally salted or so salt it pulls your face into a fishy shape? And which shapes do you like? I loathe liquorice flavoured candy. Avoid! Avoid! Avoid! Mac using witchees, what computers do you use? What peripherals/accessories do you have and what would you LIKE to have? What do you use your computer for? I use a PC. Do you like listening to audiobooks? Would you like to receive one, and if you would, what sort of audiobook would you like--or is there a particular audiobook you've been meaning to get? Not huge on audiobooks, although they’re pretty neat. If you’d like to send me one, then why not? Surprise me! [u ][b]October 5th[/b] [/u] Are there any DIY / Crafty / Free / Budget items you'd love to get but haven't noted yet? (Or, maybe you'd just like to emphasize something you may have only noted in passing?) Not that I can think of. Alas, my tastes run to champagne on a beer budget... Do you own a DSLR camera? Are you interested in a minky camera strap like these? What about anything from Photojojo? No DSLR. Is anybody else into film photography? Interested in receiving film, supplies, etc from Lomography? Nope. Are you musically inclined? Do you play an instrument or sing? If so, what? I used to play the piano, flute, and tuba. Now I just sing in church. October 3rd Does anyone else like collector Barbies? I admit, I had a yen for these when I was in my twenties - and still do! I don’t mind ball-jointed-dolls, either. What small everyday items would you like, that you keep forgetting to get? ...I can’t remember. This is why I haven’t gotten them yet. Oh, egg rings? *laughs* Tarot I don’t do tarot, but there’s a part of me that would love a pack if the art on them was good! Tell me about something you like, and why you like it. I like playing hockey (field hockey) because it’s a team sport, I can be competitive and aggressive, and yet I can gear back and just have fun too! And the women I play with are awesome and it keeps me fit! If you're the MMU type of Witchee, what Geek Chic Cosmetics tickle your fancy? Not an MMU type of witchee. Would any witchees be interested inQuinn Popcorn? Oh, why not? October 2nd Who likes silly items from Archie McPhee??? No idea what that is. Nocturne Alchemy's NAlloween Pt. 2 update is live here! (And for a few days, last month's update too.) What do you want? Nothing, please! What are you drooling over from the Sock Dreams Halloween stuff? Uh, nothing. Luck charms? Nope. Does anyone want anything from... here...? I want the whole shop! Unfortunately, they don’t deliver to Australia. For those of you that like candles, do you like stuff from Yankee Candle? And if you had to choose, tarts or candles? I rather like the Yankee Candles! And I prefer candles to tarts! I have several tarts that were gifted to me in previous Witching Rounds, but I have nothing to melt them in! Would you be interested in getting a custom necklace fromhere? Oh yes! Is there a movie you want so badly that you don’t own now? Captain America. Because it’s adorable. Is there a song on Itunes that you haven’t downloaded yet? Nope. Is there a rare book you’ve always wanted? Nope. Is there anything you want to buy yourself but have been too embarrassed (R rated or pg)? Nope. Have you seen the Lush holiday update? Do you like the look of anything from there? Don’t follow Lush updates. if you were my witchee, would you want some candied walnuts? Oh man, YES! October 1st Is there anything you either didn't like or had never heard of that you're now curious to try thanks to the discussion in this thread? Not that I can think of! Reveal? Yes, please! My last two Witches didn’t reveal themselves (at least, not that I could find in their letters/cards) and I would have liked to get to know them better. Would you be interested in the #occupywallstreet scent? Not really.
  15. September 17th Anyone going to see any good concerts this fall? Haven’t been to a concert in years! Do you like Star Trek? Original TV series, films, spinoff series, etc? Favorite characters? I never watched any of the TV series, but I loved the movie. My favourite character is Uhura, and I love the way they worked the Uhura/Spock thing into the movie. Witchee, would you like a framed photograph and of what? Framed photographs make me think they have to be kept. Postcards are easier. [uSeptember 18th[/u] Do you wear t-shirts? Are there particular things you like on them? Would you like one designed by your Witch? And, if you don't mind saying, what size t-shirt do you wear? T-shirts are awesome. Funny/clever/geeky ones are plus-one awesome. One designed by my Witch would be plus-a-million awesome! I’m usually a size 10-12 Australian/UK, which is probably about an 8 US. The BPTP t-shirts I get are usually Small and Babydoll (I like the v-neck, or something that isn’t up around my throat), although I have a long waist, so they’re usually a bit on the short side... How do you feel about pumpkin scented things? Not perfume related, but soap, candles, etc.... Not an enthusiast of pumpkin scented stuff. Has anyone else heard of or does anyone else love Glamourkin? Never heard of it. If you had an international witch, is there anything you would like from the UK? (Or Australia, Belgium, France any other country we have witches from. I would love anything from anywhere. Local stuff (with a story behind it) is always very very cool! Dear witchee, if you answered 'Mac' to the Mac/PC question previously issued by another participant, please tell me what kind of computer you have, what peripherals you own (like the wireless trackpad, wireless vs/wired keyboard and mouse), and whether you're interested in Apple-related items (stickers, keychains, other things with the logo, etc). Samsung NC20 netbook, with an apple keyboard and a baby mouse. I’d love a mousepad, actually. One can never have too many mousepads. SOCK PREFERENCES? Would you like/wear a pair of these? http://www.ravelry.c...rary/yoga-socks If so, what color? Not a huge Is there anyone here who likes toe socks? You know, those socks with a place for each toe? There may be people who like toe socks around here...but they are none of them me! September 30th[/b] Witchee, would you like anything from this particular Haunt update? Don’t collect Haunt. Who's interested in Halloween: Montreal? Not I. You get a package in the mail containing 3 things you have really wanted more than anything else you've mentioned so far in this thread. (they are all reasonably priced of course! ~$20 or less apiece). What are they? Marshmallows from FusionSweets on Etsy how do you feel about hemp? jewelry, soap, etc? I love the Body Shop’s hemp lip balm, hand cream, and foot balm - but I already have these, so no need for more! September 29th What kind of purse do you prefer? Leather, cloth? over the shoulder or crossbody, or something that can do either? Do you like bold bright prints with fun things, or monochrome, solid colours? Long strap that I can wear crossbody, but not so long that I can’t rest my hand on it when it’s hanging down (I hate fishing for stuff in my purse). If leather or synthetic leather look, then black; if cloth then any bright colour. julep maven monthly boxes: Whu? Your favorite restaurant or type of food to eat out. Would you use a restaurant.com voucher? Groupon? I’m not in the US, so this voucher doesn’t apply. The Australian version is probably Spreets. Like commercial socks? Sure! I’m size 7 Australian (38 UK?) and I like them ankle-length. What kind of bear is best? Teddy bear. Is anyone interested in reading The Night Circus? Yes. Hershey's Pumpkin Spice kisses? Love ‘em. I have a not-so-secret love for The Broship of the Rings. Are there any prints from her store you'd like? I like her art. I’d get any of the ones with female characters. Especially Eowyn. Who here likes Stephanie Pui-Min Law's artwork? I do! I kind of wish she had more Asian women in her graphics - I adore this ‘self portrait’ - http://www.epilogue.net/cgi/database/art/view.pl?id=19362 - but it’s still good. Do you drink wine? Do I drink wine, or do I drink...wine? Is it just me who is nervous at revealing herself to her witchee, and finding out who her witch is?! Probaby not. J Witches, did you lament NOT getting one of the condom case/imp cases that got released with the courtesan series??? Not really. I recently saw candy corn in non-candy corn flavors like CHOCOLATE and CARAMEL APPLE. It's not a fancy brand, I just saw it in the drugstore, but who here would like something like that? We don’t get candy corn at lal, so any flavour is good! September 28th JONES SODA CO has LE soda packs for The Guild, Buffy, D&D, So Cute, etc. Would you be interested in these, Witchee? Probably wouldn’t get through customs. It'sBanned Books Week! Are there any books on the list you'd be interested in checking out? The Hunger Games. I have just been enlightened to THESE. Are these flavors relevant to your interests? Nope. September 27th What is something people are always surprised to learn about you? That I’m a computer programmer. They think I’m too chatty and socially cluey to be a geek. So who else watched Babylon 5? I have the first two seasons from a friend...haven’t watched it. If you had to decide what your stripper name was, what would it be? Priscilla Boundary. And I would work it, baby! Sooooo Witchees, have you ever taken that particular personality test? If so, are you an Analytical, a Driver, an Expressive or an Amiable? Nope. Don’t really have time to take it either. Is anyone else afraid of or creepy out by dummies/puppets/Muppets/etc? Other things you're squicked/freaked by that's best left by the wayside? Not really, but I’d rather not receive a moppet or anything. what level of contact were you hoping for? I’m happy with what I got. Are there any local museums/attractions you keep never getting around to going to? Not really. September 26th Is there any kind of international candy you love or would like to try? Any and all! What is something totally random (yes, that thing that just popped into your head) that hasn't been covered by any previous questions? Honestly? I’d love a fanfic. EPICFIC for either Stargate Atlantis (Teyla, John/Teyla), Sanctuary (Kate, Will/Kate), or *coughs* Harry Potter (Harry/Luna). Actually, I’ve just started HP NextGen shipping (someone shoot me, like, now). Is there any cheesy/non-cheesy Canadian stuff you'd be interested in? I always love maple syrup things. J If you were to go here and create your very own chocolate bar, what might it have in it? ...It’d probably be chocolate covered salted caramel. That’s all. Is there anything you're wanting from LPMP? I’m getting you’re not meaning Lembaga Penjaminan Mutu Pendidikan which is the Indonesian Educational Quality Assurance Council... say you stumbled into Camp Half Blood (or whatever the Roman camp ends up being named <bounces in anticipation>), which god claims you? Lady Hsi Wang Mu - the Chinese Mother Goddess of the West. Or possibly Amaterasu - Japanese Sun-Goddess, although I’m not of Japanese descent. September 25th Stuff you've been meaning to do: My taxes. Tidy my room. Build a chicken tractor to help weed and fertilise my garden. Would you be interested in regional jams, jellies, or other preserves? I would. But probably so would Australian Customs if they thought that anything had seeds in it that might affect our crops or native flora and fauna. Do you have any bedtime rituals? Is there any particular product you have to apply or a certain shirt you wear or an act you perform to get you in the "bedtime" mood? I read to get me to sleep. Whatever else happens, I have to read myself to sleep or else I don’t sleep. Are you interested in today's/any recent Tee Fury shirts? Sure! Anything Joss (Buffy, Dr. Horrible, Serenity), anything BSG, anything recent Dr Who... Princess Bride? Yay or nay? Yay. What's your favorite classic fairytale, witches Classic? I’m not sure. Cap-O-Rushes, perhaps? Kind of Cinderella, only with less fairy godmothers. I like the fairytales that get turned on their head - An Ordinary Princess, Dealing With Dragons, etc. In the Disney Heroine range, I really love Mulan. September 24th how do you feel about ethical animal fiber, i.e. wool and the like? Fine with it. Fine without it. What about little wee creatures for your desk or mantel? No, please. Nothing that will gather dust. Look down. What are you wearing, right now? Blue jeans, a t-shirt that reads “I fight like a girl” with a silhouette of a woman in a dark forest with blood dripping off her swords. Kerchiefs? More things to gather dust, I’m afraid. No. It's the weekend, and you find yourself without a single chore or responsibility for a few hours. Right this very moment, what's the one thing you would do if you could do anything? Sleep. September 23rd Is there anything you'd like from the Mütter Museum Store? That Crime Scene scarf looks pretty awesome! I just noticed that Cocoa Pink has 5 ml Perfume Atomizers. Yay or nay? Scents you would like? Scents you would NOT like? No, thanks. what's your favorite kind of pizza? Super Ssupreme - everything and the kitchen sink. who are your style/fashion icons? post pics if you want! Anyone who manages to co-ordinate their clothing, accessories, and jewellery. I’m a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal. For snark, though, fugly.com always does the trick. Are there any food items you're craving/aren't able to find around your area? Only the Fusion Sweets marshmallows - Lychee Rose, Rose, Lemon Meringue, Raspberry Lemonade, Lavender, and Tickled Pink Strawberry. September 22nd If you're interested in a handmade pouch/cover for an item you have (phones, tablets, books, keys, kettles...), what would your ideal pouch/cover have? Design, material, additional functionality/features like pockets or lights or secret hidey-holes? I would love a cover for my Sony Reader 350. The 6” screen? Any design is fine so long as it can be closed tight/fastened so the Reader doesn’t fall out into my bag, and the colours are bright. Would you like a photo collage based around your interests/favorite colors/favorite themes? No - but I’d take a graphic wallpaper - it’s a nice thought. If you're crafty, are you interested in spoonfeather? And if so, what things there delight your eyes? Spoonflower fabric, you mean? Colors! What are your favorite colors and what colors do you not like? Pictures and links, people! Any strong, saturated colours. I hate muddy colours when that’s all there is to the colour scheme - it’s got to have at least one colour that really pops and drags all the other ones in together. What is your favorite word? ‘Fiddlesticks!’ Okay, I have lot of favourite words, but ‘fiddlesticks’ is definitely one of the fun ones - along with ‘tarradiddle’, ‘inconceivable’ (a la The Princess Bride), and supercalifragilisticexpialadocious. What are the feelings on arm warmers? Color, style, texture, length? I have no feelings on arm warmers and would prefer not to receive them. Do you like tarts? tealights? jar candles? votives? I have some tarts, but I haven’t really used them. And I’ve still got unused candles lying around the place - no need for any more, honest! What's your favorite flavor? Sour, sweet, bitter, salty? Sweet-salty, or sweet. So, are there any online gaming witchees who covet purchasable in-game items or other gamer-y stuff? (yup, geek question) Not a gamer. Anyone doing anything cool for Mabon (or the start of fall, if you aren't pagan? Nope. What is your favorite coffee blend at Starbucks? If you don't have one, what is your favorite roast of coffee? I like the pumpkin spice latte that you can get in the fall, and the cinnamon spice latte that they sell around Christmas. September 21st Cthulhu: yay or nay? Nay. Is there something that you wish you could do, but you keep putting it off? Go to Asia? Put your current mp3player (I am the anti-apple, so no ipod ), winamp playlist, what have you, on shuffle, list the first 10 songs: Hymn - Bond Gothic Power - X-Ray Dog I Won’t Say - Hercules Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Stranger - OAR Smile (Lily Allen) - Glee cast Chemical Heart - Grinspoon Faith of The Heart - Russell Watson Almost Lover - A Fine Frenzy The Wizard And I - Wicked Witchee, have you made (or are you planning to make) any Lab or Trading post orders soon? And if you did (or plan to), you should share what you're getting I’m not collecting very much right now unless I see something I really want. I wasn’t planning to order anything. Do you have any interest in rocks? Not like, polished colorful stones.. but like... rocks. With geologic significance! Not really. J If your witch were to knit you a scarf/shawl/cowl, which would you prefer, and what features would you want? Would you prefer something light and drape-y or thick and warm? What kind of colors would you prefer? Do you have any fiber allergies or preferences? Scarf, long, thin and drapey, I like the synthetic feather ‘wool’ rather than ‘real wool’ - I find most woolens really itchy. Something in strong reds, oranges or pinks - fire colours. If you have a pet, could you please post a photo of it? I really need to see what your pet, if you have one, looks like. I had a cat for fourteen years but she died earlier this year. We’re thinking of getting some more, but none yet. Do you like/own/wear/want fairy wings or something of the like? Heh. No. But what I’ve always wanted is a pair of skeletal metal-feather steampunk wings... Yeah, I know... How do you feel about terrariums? I’ve always wanted to make a Macquarium! *geeks out* What's your favorite horror movie? I hate horror movies. My nerves can’t take it. If your witch was the practical type and wanted to include one or more of your everyday essentials, what would those include? I'm talking about the bath products, lotions, face lotions, teas, food, etc that you really use every day. Dear Witch, a small jar of a black tea blend of your choice would be awesome. Something that can be drunk with milk and sugar. Just make sure there aren’t seeds in it, or Customs will probably open the package. Jane Austen .. Yay or Nay? Yay. I put up quotes I love in my office and studio to get me going, They range from goofy to sarcastic to inspirational... Are you interested in a hand painted quote? Do you have one in mind, or a topic in mind? Sure! Encouragement towards success is a big issue for me right now, so I would love these. Do you like period or period-styled paraphernalia? Stuff like postcards, notecards, jewelry, office supplies, what-have-you? Ooh! Notecards, office supplies, and post-it notes are always useful! If you like manga, comics, and/or graphic novels, what is it about them that you like, in general? The story, the art/style, etc? Ideally a comic or graphic novel would have both. But mostly I like the speculative aspects of storytelling - the could bes, might have beens, may bes, and should bes. I believe that stories are how we teach ourselves to cope with the world and the things we don’t know - which is why it’s important to have diversity in main characters, that different people are seen to be taking the lead and struggling, and that it’s not the white male character who’s always the one fighting while everyone else gets cast as a victim. If you could choose a Smack, what would it have in it? ...Smack? if you could have a salon scent made, based on any artwork(s) what would it be? Mucha - The Moon And The Stars: The Moon: http://www.artsunlight.com/NN/N-M0016/N-M0016-067-the-moon-from-the-moon-and-the-stars-series.jpg Mucha - Times of the Day: Night’s Rest http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_j9VUmBswTWg/TTZpZ5Av6wI/AAAAAAAAAWY/hehPpMkdtR0/s1600/Art-Alphonse-Mucha-Night%2527s-Rest-The-Times-of-the-Day-Series.jpg Are you scientifically curious and/or process-oriented? Would you like a project-type gift that allowed you do do something like make soap from scratch, take and (nontoxic-ly) develop photographs using a pinhole camera, use plant dyes on yarn or fabric, etc.? I’m more design and goal-oriented: the processes aren’t so important as the finished product. What's 'your' song/your theme song? Right now I’m listening to the Battlestar Sonatica (by Bear McCreary): I think that could do for a themesong in my quieter moments. Otherwise, ‘24’ by Jem. What would be your superpower? The ability to strike down with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my sisters... Oh, wait. Um. Telekinesis? Witchee, would you like a gently used BPAL tshirt? I would! Do you like homemade snack mixes? I know Puppy Chow was mentioned in a previous question, but what about healthier and more natural type snacks like granola or trail mix? You can put a lot of delicious and fun things into trail mix, yeah? If you say "Sure, I'd love some!" what kinds of things do you like/not like in those kinds of snacks, ie coconut flakes, raisins, certain nuts (allergies??), candy, etc. Give us your list of DO's and DON'Ts! No trail mix. Australian Customs will take it. Do you like charm bracelets? If you had a bracelet, what sort of charms would you want on it? Favorite hobbies, symbols, whatever? I have an Italian charm bracelet somewhere. (I think it’s Italian.) But I haven’t worn it for years... September 20th Would you like any ecotools makeup brushes? They're kinda one of my favorite things ever, and they're animal-friendly and the handles are bamboo. And to top it all off, they work really well for applying makeup. No thanks. Do you like Legos? Especially mini-fig key chains, Lego block keychains, small Lego sets, etc? I love Lego! Since the previous question about "what would you buy from the Lab if you had unlimited funds, etc" left WAY too much to the imagination with no limitations (my answer was pretty much BUY ALL THE THINGS!), what would you do if you found a $50 bill on the ground and a nagging voice in the back of your mind told you that you HAD to spend it on BPAL or else face Death. Also, say they had free shipping (LOL) so don't factor that in. What would you get? And spend it all! Or as close to $50 as you can get. I’d buy The Lion at the BPAL Etsy shop, and The Ecstacy Of St Therese. Are there any characters that you love or identify with? Disney’s Mulan Stargate SG1: Sam Carter Stargate Atlantis: Teyla Emmagan Sanctuary: Kate Freelander Buffy/Angel: Faith (particularly S4 Faith) Justice League: Wonder Woman A question! If you are crafty, what's your personal art style? I'm not talking just about what art you like to look at, but what kind of art do you like creating? Do you have a "process" while you're creating beauty? Bright and strong - good contrast, popping colours. Geometric shapes and things that deceive the eye (like straight lines appearing to be circles in the kaleidoscope quilt pattern url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/seldear/6186849515/][/url] Kaleidoscope QAL top: Santorini Sun And Sea by SelDear, on Flickr Are there any Arcana Weenies that you MUST HAVE? Nope. So what say you? IS an "unexpected" visit/in-person witching OK? Absolutely! September 19th What strange misc. items would you love to receive that you just haven't gotten for yourself?: I’d have to think about that one. How do you feel about franken polish? Are you okay with all chemicals, or would you prefer 3 free? Would you want glitter or holographic glitter? What colors would interest you? Not really into nail polish, and I prefer ‘natural’ colours. Dear witchee, how do you feel about lip balm? Favorite style (twist up tube, pot, tube with wand, etc.)? Favorite flavors? Flavors to avoid? Favorite brand? Do you need more right now or are you set? Are you one of those people who could never have enough lip balm even though you have a bowl on your dresser overflowing with them and 10 in your purse and an order for more on the way? Love lipbalm, but don’t need any, thanks. Would you be interested in getting fountain pen inks or art supplies via JetPens and or DickBlick? (I know I have a wishlist on JetPens and just love using fountain pens in my artwork) I would love fountain pen inks or art supplies! Just for writing, mind - I’m not that great an artist. -For those interested in watercolors, how would you feel about getting a palette filled with paint from my watercolor tubes but not getting the paint tube itself? (kind of like this but without the covers for the compartments and bigger http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream) Not really a watercolour person. -How do you feel about getting art supplies in general? (copic markers, watercolor, brushes, paint, sketchbooks etc.) Sketchbooks would be nice. I’m not much of an arty person. -How do you feel about Threadless tshirts? Love them! If you were turned loose in a basic drug store (CVS, Walgreens - a pharmacy with attached mini-mart, basically!) with a $20 bill, what would you pick up? A nice moisturiser with sunscreen (don’t really have a brand right now, just using plain sorboline), and any Turkish Delight they happen to hav earound the place. Darling Witchee, would you enjoy farmer's market pickled veggies (green beans, garlic, asparagus, etc) or fresh canned peaches or something of that nature? Would I enjoy it? Absolutely! Would it get through customs? Not a chance in hell! Do you prefer color or white photographs? Nature or abstract? Depends on the photograph. I love either. would you be interested in something like this? https://lostcrates.com/how-it-works That looks quite fascinating - yes! Yes, I would! Amigurumi, yes or no? No idea what it is. I have a question! What are some of your favorite paintings? (famous or undiscovered?) Feel free to link to examples! Anything by Mucha. It’s the Art Nouveau period that really gets me, although I love the art in a bunch of other periods, too. If you could have an image painted for you - sky is the limit - what would it be? Heh. I’d find someone who could do a Mucha-style portrait of Mulan, all dressed up for war. The style would be very traditional Chinese, and in bold, bright martial colours. Name your 3 favorite scents for candles Rose, amber, and vanilla. Name your 3 favorite types/flavors of tea: Chai, Earl Grey, and Osmanthus. ------------------------------------------------------------------- 8th Sept From the Weenie Update....what are you most wanting to try? LA CALAVERA CATRINA : The Lady of the Graveyard! Autumn leaves, wild roses, bourbon vanilla, dry chamomile, and a bouquet of bright chrysanthemums and Mexican marigolds. LE REVENANT: A shroud of gardenia, narcissus, and sandalwood with ambrette seed, white cognac, muguet, davana, and white musk. THE GLITTERING APPLE OF THE STARS: Heirloom Malus, ylang ylang, white and blue musks, crystallized vanilla, tiare, frangipani, and bergamot. MUSE OF THE NIGHT: Muse of the Night, Luis Ricardo Falero. A soft, resinous indigo musk with black currant, ylang ylang, Tunisian jasmine, opoponax, rose otto, benzoin, Tahitian vanilla bean, and opium tar. NIGHTMARE: Vanilla-soaked linen accord with lavender, opium poppy, Moroccan jasmine, golden amber, white honey, and blackened fruit gums. A NOCTURNAL REVERIE: Violet musk and oudh with black amber, ambergris, agarwood, black currant, dark musk, fig, and lavender incense. HYGEIA:Red musk and red amber, sweet incense, Mysore sandalwood, tobacco absolute, golden musk, orris root, frankincense, and helichrysum. PALLAS ATHENE: Antiqued amber, cumin, saffron, frankincense, Atlas cedar, myrrh, mandarin, Ceylon cinnamon bark, and osmanthus. Who's into nail polish? What colors/brands? I’d actually love a bottle of OPIs ‘Barefoot in Barcelona’. I’ve been looking for a bottle of Estee Lauder’s ‘English Toffee’ for over ten years now, but I don’t think they sell it in Australia anymore - I’m not even sure they make it! It was a wonderful pink-brown colour that looked pink in some lights and brown in others - even one of my male housemates back then noticed it. Is there a quote (or lyric or part of a poem) that really resonates with you or is your favorite? I presently have: He rides across the nation The thoroughbred of sin He got the application You just sent in It needs evaluation So let the games begin A heinous crime, a show of force A murder would be nice of course Bad Horse! Dream candle? Scent, color, type (tealight, votive, pillar, jar, etc.), throw... Really thick roses. Although I don’t really need any candles right now. Do you like knitted goodies? If so, what would you like and what colors? Ooh. A scarf or socks are always good! In red-purple, or blue - maybe blue and gold? Would you be interested in homemade edibles that are NOT sweets? Any specifics? Interested, yes! Would they get through customs...probably not. What GC do you live in mortal terror of the lab discontinuing, but never get around to buying? None really. Yo, yarnies! Do you Ravelry? If so, who are you over thar? Not a yarnie and I don’t Ravelry. Social Media? Mostly Twitter these days, Blogspot, some LiveJournal - mostly for fannish stuff and a little RL. Do you have wishlists for non-BPAL e-tailers? And if so, could you provide a link or a list? Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/people/tielan/favorites?ref=si_fav Witchee, do you use a PC or a Mac? PC - Samsung NC20 netbook What is your favorite animal? Dragon! But in RL, a cat. So independent and fluffy and adorable. And I miss my cat who died four months ago. What are you going to be for Halloween? I haven’t decided, but an American friend is holding a Halloween party here in Sydney so I have to think of something to go as! If you could have a piece of oil painting jewelry (pendant, pair of earrings, or ring) with absolutely anything painted on it, what would it be? Poppies. Bright red with thick black centres, brilliant and bobbing. How do you feel about nick-knacks? Got too many of them already, would prefer not to have any more. What traditions (family, holiday, or otherwise) are important to you? Christmas - traditionally when we get to see the relatives and cousins with whom we’re close. Do you like going to the movies? Not really. I like watching things with people, though, so I’ll invite people over for movie days or TV show days. What are your favorite restaurants? I rather like the high-end fusion-y ones - but anything that has sharp, crisp flavours or thick, melding spices blended together. Do you play any video games? ...does Angry Birds count? Do you like any anime? Not really. I love the design and graphics of them, I just never found anything to hook me in. Do you have an E-reader/iPad/something similar that you need a cover/case for? Ooh, yes! I have a Sony E-Reader 350. how much do you like jewelry? like, if you were to get a shit ton of it during the round, how excited would you be? I love jewellery! Unfortunately, I usually forget to wear it. So unless it’s fine filigree steelwork flowers, I’m not likely to be wearing it. How would you like to receive some of your Witch's favorite recipes, tailored to your likes/dietary restrictions? And specific wants? I would love it! I love to cook! Do you need any boxes to store your smellies in? What would you store in said hypothetical box--imps, bottles, supplies, all of the above? Not in need of any boxes - I can paint and decorate my own boxes. Muppets: yea or nay? Yay! Do you have an affinity for Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, The Far Side, and other comic strips? If so, which is your favorite? Calvin and Hobbes, oh yes! And I love The Far Side’s dry take on ridiculousness. Oh, I recommend B&E Favorite Mythological Creature?: Dragon! Specifically the Chinese dragon, but dragons generally. Do you like hair things barrettes, headbands, flowers Not really, unless they’re very unusual... 9th Sept Do you like to burn incense? If so, what are your favorite kinds...sticks? cones? resins? What are your favorite scents? I’m not much of an incense burner. - Harry Potter - a fan? If so, what house are you? Yes, I guess. At least, I’ve writtne fanfiction for it. Probably Ravenclaw. Possibly Slytherin - I have a ruthless and cunning streak to me that’s rather practical and bloodless. - If you were to receive a gift card, what places would you like to get one from? Something I could use in Australia? I’d rather not receive a gift card, actually. It’s very bloodless - I’d rather something that you’d put time and effort and thought into. Is there a particular myth/folktale/legend/fairytale/godstory that you're drawn to? Persephone in the Underworld: how did a daughter of daylight come to live in the darkness with Hades? Did she come to love/desire him as he wooed her? What did she think as she walked in the fields of the dead and met with the heroes of old, saw the forgetful and lost in the Fields of Lethe, watched the punishments meted out in the Pit of Tartarus? If you RP, tabletop, forum, or otherwise... Do you have any original characters you'd like to see art of? If so, please give information! Even if it's a link to a web page or a profile or picture! I write characters, but I don’t want art of them. If you could see anything, what would it be? Can be a person, an event, a landmark or monument, an object, etc. And it doesn't have to be on this planet, or in this time period, or in this reality! I’d like to fly on a dragon in the skies of Pern. Or travel to Atlantis through the Stargate in Cheyenne Mountain. I’d like to fly a Viper Mark II from the Galactica’s flight deck. Or stand on the observation deck of the Justice League’s Watchtower... When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter? Snuggle down under a comfy quilt, read a familiar, happy novel or story with chocolate to hand - or something buttery and pastry-y. What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters? I used to read the X-Men range - from around 1997-2001. I loved Jean Grey and Jean/Scott, Rogue and Rogue/Gambit, and Ororo and Ororo/Forge. Around 2004, I started watching the animated series of Justice League and fell in love with Wonder Woman and Batman and Bats/Wondy. I never really got into the comics, but I do love the characters and the fanfic that gets written about the animated versions of the Justice League. Oh, and I love the Batclan, with Babs as Oracle and Cass Cain as Batgirl and...see, this is why you should never get me started in comic books! Basically, I love the female superhero characters. Are you musical? Do you play an instrument, and if so, what? If not, what do you wish you could play or do? I guess I am. I did 10 years of piano, 6 years of flute, and 2 years of tuba. Not sure I could play the tuba anymore, but I’ve always wanted to learn oboe! I love classical music - specifically symphonic stuff in the ‘Classical’ or ‘Romantic’ periods - although stuff for Concert Bands are pretty amazing. Does anyone garden? And if you do, what do you grow? If not, would a starter garden kit be something you'd be interested in? Okay, I love gardening - I’m planning on starting a Permaculture garden with chickens, a wormfarm (already have) and compost - but there’s no point in sending me a starter garden kit, because Australia is draconian about what’s allowed into the country and seeds are definitely a no-no. However, some Australian seed sites are: Do you decorate for Halloween? Is your decorating taste elegant, kitschy and fun, or scary? In Australia, so we don’t really have Halloween. However, if you want to open a conversation with me about possible costumes, I’d be happy to talk! Witchee, do you have any symbols or totems that have special meaning for you? The dragon is my ‘totem’ - I was born in the Chinese year of the Fire Dragon, under the Western zodiacal sign of Leo. My mum got me a personal chop with my Chinese Name on it, and a dragon engraved into the side. Is anyone fond of programs like Adopt a Tree/Highway/Library/Manatee/Acre of Rainforest/etc?: I believe in programs like Kiva - and the philosophy of The Saviour Of The World Is A Twelve Year-Old Girl. 10th Sept What #1 actor, director, author and/or musician are you obsessed with? None, really. I tend to like individual works, or admire certain people - Joss Whedon and Terry Pratchett in the drama/comedy realms of TV and books (respectively) are kind of amazing, and JJ Abrams shows are MADE OF EVIL TWISTEDNESS AND ANGST, plus I adore certain female actresses (Rachel Luttrell, Grace Park, Agam Darshi, and Zoe Saldana comes to mind), mostly because they’re so often given so little to work with, but do they work it, baby? Oh yes, baby, they work it! But I wouldn’t say ‘obsessed’... are you interested in anything from the Villainness Bad Apples update? Nope. Never collected Villainess and trying not to add to the BPAL collection. If you have a pet, would he/she/they like to receive a treat or a toy as a gift? Does your pet have any dietary restrictions or other preferences w.r.t. said treat? My cat died earlier this year and we haven’t gotten around to getting a new one. So, no, no pet things please. What are your top three "I want to try them but I think I'll never get to try them" (or, "I've tried them and I want moar moar moar, but I don't think I'll ever get any") scents/bath oils/sprays? Oh geeze. Parker Lily, Aqua Vitae V2, and Stargazer Lily SN. Yes, I know. Is there a particular artist and piece that you would like a print of? If so, what is your max size that you could spare on your walls? Almost anything by Alphonse Mucha. If you are in to beauty and makeup related stuff, what kind of stuff do you like? What is your skintone and hair color? Are there any beauty products you've wanted to try but just never purchase? I suck at makeup. I buy it and forget to use it, and then just end up using very basic black and gold eyeliner. That’s about it. Do you like coffee or tea? Would you be interested in trying some different types? Coffee, yes. Tea...you have to be really careful - any kind of viable seeds will get the package torn apart by Australian customs. I once had them pull apart a ‘green apple tea’ teabag by Twinings cos they thought it might have viable apple seeds in it. Are there any CDs/Albums you've been wanting but haven't bought yet? What format do you prefer? (i.e. mp3, actual cd, record, etc) I haven’t bought CDs/albums in years. Are you going away for any part of this round? Nope. Would you like to receive a mix-CD from your Witch? Ooh, yes, please! That’s how I tend to get most of my music these days - someone making me a mix-CD! If your witch were going somewhere on a vacation during the round, would you want a little souvenir? Postcards only - I have no real need of knick-knacks to clutter up the already-cluttered room! Do you enjoy any outdoor activities? Do you have a favorite form of "exercise"? Hockey! (That’s ‘field hockey’ to the Yanks and Canuckistanis. We’re not big on ice hockey down here.) I play in a local hockey competition during the winter (it’s too hot in summer), and a short summer hockey competition in late spring/early summer. I regularly go to the gym - at least twice a week, sometimes three, and I’m thinking of upping it to four. I mostly do Body Pump, which is great for not only burning fat, but also strengthening muscle. When hockey stops, I’ll take up Body Jam which is a choreographed dance class, and now that there’s a Body Step class available, I think I might take one of those, too. Any witchee's with a ravelry account have any favourited patterns that cost money that would be a welcome gift? Not a knitter. I can do (roughly) rectangular things like scarves, but not much more. (Admittedly, I’ve never tried.) Do you work/study at a desk and enjoy interesting or cute office supplies? Post it notes! Pretty letter paper! Funky A4-size sheets on which you can print out (or write out) letters. I love stationary. Witchee, are you a fan of musicals? If so, which ones? Oh yes, I’m a fan of musicals! Wicked is definitely one of the best, but I have soft spots for Chicago, most Disney musicals, Mamma Mia, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis...oh, so many musicals over the years! Oh, yeah, and almost any showtune sung on Glee... (They make the damn things so catchy - I download the songs...I don’t even watch the show!)