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vanillabean

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About vanillabean

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  • Birthday 06/11/1987

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    Womb Furie 2012
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    Favorite notes: Vanilla, honey, tea, raspberry, strawberry, other red fruits, light musk, sandalwood, cinnamon, incense Favorite blends: Tamora, Dorian, Tzadikim Nistarim Not-So-Favorite Notes: Heavy musk, heavy floral

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  1. vanillabean

    Peach VI (2016)

    I received Peach VI from two lovely nameless fairies whom I love to the moon and back for their kindness and generosity. In the bottle: Sweet, with something earthy to round it out. Not quite sandalwood, but a nice scent nonetheless. On, wet: This is the juiciest peach I have ever smelled. This is like, the juice running down your face after you bit into it. The sandalwood peeks in to say hi, and the pepper makes the whole thing a little spicy. I get no blackcurrant yet. Dry: The peach has calmed down to more of a "peach perfume note" but is still nice and juicy. The blackcurrant makes it sweet and almost candy-like. The sandalwood is dry and beautiful and keeps the whole thing from being too overwhelmingly fruity and sweet. And the pepper. Oh my, the pepper. The pepper transforms this from a summer scent into a fall one, adding some lovely sprinkles of spiciness that just tickle the nose. I love it.
  2. vanillabean

    The Lights of Men's Lives

    In the imp: Sweet and smoky goodness. Mmmmm. Wet on skin: Pretty much the same as in the imp, but with some of the beeswax coming through. Drydown: Perfection. Sweet, sultry, resinous, mysterious. LOVE IT. It doesn't have much throw or staying power on me though.
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    Mocking the Invisible World With Its Own Shadows

    In the imp: Foody lemon. Wet on skin: Mr. Clean, lemon edition! (though muted) Dry on skin: I think I really don't like ambergris. I love incense and sandalwood, even though I am getting neither from this blend. I don't smell anything remotely floral that could be wisteria. And the verbena has faded. So the smell that is making me want to scrub this off NOW NOW NOW must be the ambergris. No thanks.
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    Lust

    In the imp: Dragon's blood? Wet on skin: Ohai patchouli. Go away. You are making me smell like a mud puddle >.> Dry on skin: The ylang ylang is starting to peek out, giving this a sweeter feel. Eventually it takes over and smells like something sweet and floral with a dark and dirty undertone. I am really not sure how I feel about this one. The patchouli listened and went away, but it is almost going soapy instead? Hmm... into the "OK" box for now.
  5. vanillabean

    More SW Questions

    Anything from Villainess that strikes your fancy, either from their update or from the GC? A lot of the scents seem interesting, but I don't use bar soap much, and their perfume oils tend to smell a little off on me. Bath stuff is great. Don't use sorbetto stuff much. If I wanted to include something for your fluffball, what would be good, and what should I stay away from? No hard treats or toys. I have a dog that likes soft squeaky things. Would homemade treats be something you'd like for your dog/cat? No thank you 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). It was mine and my husband's one year wedding anniversary, so we celebrated that more than Canada day. 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? Maybe? It really depends on how it tastes and if it can be sent to Canada. I am not a fan of beer... so if it tastes anything like that (or in any way bitter or sour) then no thanks. Anything interesting from the new Paintbox Soapworks update for you? I think anything from them that I want is on my Etsy W/L Would you like to received a couple of french regional specialities like Crème de marrons (basically sweet chesnut purée with a hint of vanilla aroma - can be eaten as a spread or with yoghurt, used in pastries - although I demolish the stuff with a spoon, because I freaking love it), other preserves/sweet things, tapenade/rouille/aioli/dried tomato caviar/other kinds of savoury spreads and condiments? Sure! The puree sounds especially nommy. What one item would make your kitchen feel 'complete'? It can be anything - gadget, ingredient, art piece, furniture, etc. Hmm, though it is too much for SW, a stand mixer would be a huge step towards a complete kitchen. Also, more cookbooks or recipes and spices.
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    Lyonesse

    I could have sworn this had peach in it?? In the imp: Sweet and sand-like, and floral and yum. On skin: This is the perfume I would wear if I wanted a traditional perfume. It blends everything perfectly and just sings "sophistication" at me. The floral aspect to it is not overpowering in the least, and it is awesome. I still swear there is peach in there. This is going in the love pile.
  7. vanillabean

    Master SW Question List

    Doctor Who? How much do you like lipbalm? Do you like and wear lipgloss? For those of you whose wishlists contain only BPALs, are there any other perfume companies you like or would like to try out? Your feelings on Adagio teas? What about coffee? Who is your favourite female of all time? Historical, literary, ANYTHING, and why? If you were a Disney princess you would be? Seashell from Florida? What craft project do you currently have on your docket or that you want to start? And that craft goodies would be welcome? If you could have one rare bpal which one would you choose? Are you kinky? Do you enjoy scented candles? Certain sizes that you like? What kind of scents or brands? Thoughts about South Africa? Have you been here, would you like to go? Would you like to receive anything South African? Do you like Sockdreams? If so, what styles would you prefer? Do you need hair accessories? If so, what kind or color? What is your favorite shade of blue? Do you have any kitchen gadgets (a SodaStream, a Kuerig/Tassimo) that you want mix things for? If you were to start learning something new (intellectual or craft or hobby), what would it be? What about candy? Do you have an e-reader? What kind? Would you like to get ebooks? 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! Witchee dear, do you like video games? Are there any you want to play? Do you have a large library? Do you have something you do, without fail, as a personal daily habit/ritual? Do you wear nailpolish? What colors do you tend to go for? What are your favorite brands? Are you open to trying indie brands? Name three BPAL scents you have tried, but are dying to get more of. Do you still write real letters on nice stationary to people you like/love? Have you ever tried anything from Paintbox Soapworks? Which products or scents would you prefer? Do you like/have space to garden? If so, what do you grow? Do you like sample sized things? Think lipgloss, mascara, bodylotion, scrubs, mini candles, and so forth. Have you tried Fortune Cookie Soap? What products or scents would you like? Do you use solid soaps at all? If so, what kind do or don't you like? Have you ever tried Cocoa Pink? If you are curious about it, what looks interesting to you? 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? Shiro cosmetics? Are there any companies, products, or items you boycott? As I am in Japan, what sort of things would you like from there? Witchee, do you cook? Do you do all the cooking? Is it a chore or a pleasure? Which reading level do you prefer to read in YA or Adult? Or even both? What colors/style is your kitchen decor? And do you entertain in your home? Are your ears pierced? Do you like stuffies/stuffed animals/art doll type thingies? If so, any particular type you'd love to get? 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?!? 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? Do you like bags? If so, what type (rucksack, clutch, shopping bag) colour and would you like/need a new one? What's your favourite comfort food(snack or candy etc) and/or drink? 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. What fandoms do you belong to? What cheers you up? Who or where would you most want to haunt? Who would you least want to be haunted by? What question do you hate to answer? What is the best compliment you have/could receive? Do you like tarot cards, pendulums and rune stones etc? If so, what type? 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? Is there anything small you try to collect from everywhere you visit? Would you like something from Empire Edibles? What are the three books you most want to read right now, and which you don't already have? 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? 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? 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? What style is your sense of humour? Is there anything from Australia you would like? eg: snacks (yes, you can ask for Tim Tams!), books, magazines, memorabilia? Gift cards/vouchers - yay or nay? If you like them - which stores would you like one for? Oh, yeah, by the way, peoples, do you have any problems with swearing or particularly off-color humor? Would you like to receive subversive crochet/cross stitch/ etc., or would this not get much love in your household? Haus of Gloi did a Reverie update! Do any of them interest you? (Or anything else up currently?) 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? 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? 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. Put your mp3 player/online music/itunes/etc on random and list the next 10 songs here: Is there someone on the forums (within SW or not) who knows you really well and might be able to help with stalking? Do you use waxmelts or tarts? If so, which ones do you prefer? Do you enjoy drinking hot chocolate, and would you like stuff to make it with, or to add to it? I have a feeling I will struggle with keeping my identity secret from my witchee. If you happen to find out who yours is, how much would it bother you? Have you ever tried Spoonfudge? Would you enjoy it if your Witch would send you some? Which of the flavors would you like? What's your opinion on Moonalisa? Any favorites or products you'd like to try? 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) 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? Also, STARBUCKS, Yay or Nay? Anything you particularly like? Ninjas or Pirates? Werewolves or Vampires? Zombie or Cthulhu? 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? 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? Do you have any symbols or totems that are meaningful to you? When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter? 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...)? What are the three BPALs you would most like to receive - one GC, one not-hard to find LE, and one HTF LE from your dreams? If you knit/crochet, what sizes of needles do you need? What styles of artwork do you like? If you cook, would you be interested in-hand made spice mixes/rubs? Would you like mexican vanilla or silver rings/necklaces? Is there anything from the Oddment Emporium (Conjure Oils Update) you would like? What is your favorite color? What is your favorite season? If you could live anywhere in the world and money was no object, where would it be? Do you have any long trips coming up? If so, could you use things to occupy yourself? I'm going to Jungle Jim's next week (it's basically a massive international food gasm in Ohio, look it up); would anything interest you? Name three things that you could use, but might not necessarily think to get for yourself? Would any witchee be interested in this comic? or any of her three comics? Does anything from the TP Etsy update interest you? I just found out Oreo is launching ones with watermelon flavor in the USA only. Is it something you would enjoy? What do you love about summer (even if it’s your least-favorite season)? For those of you who are big readers: Are there any books that just came out (like within the last two months) or are about to come out during this round that you're really looking forward to? I know there's been a question about favorite quotes but this is specific: Do you have a quote that's not more than, say, a dozen words long that you would like in a cross-stitch? 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)? So, dear witchee, would you like some Tw*twaffle soap or scent or lotion? Has anyone asked about tattoos? Do you love them? Hate them? Have any? Want any? TAL update on etsy. Is there anything you want/need? Brown and Haley outlet - makers of Almond Roca and Mountain Bars - would you want anything from the outlet? I also have an Oberto jerky outlet local to me - any wants there? How do you feel about home-canned goods? Do you like BPTP clothing? What size do you wear of: Baby-doll T's Regular T's 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)? Following up on the Adagio question from earlier, what are you top five wishes, for teas and blends? Do you have anything that you do ritually, every summer? What are your top five wishes from ThinkGeek? Seen anything lately that makes you go OH HOLY FUCK THAT'S AWESOME!! ? Do you like audiobooks? If so, do you have/would you like to try Audible? (I'm an addict, myself.) Chocolate: Love? Hate? Allergic? If love, what are your faves? Do you like/wear makeup? If so what brands/colors/types? Is there anything special I could get you from New York City? I know the question about personal style was included in the questionnaire, but is there anything that could give your witch a better sense of your style/fashion or decoration preferences? Like tumblrs, pictures you like, websites, stores (or brands) you like or would like to be able to shop at and so forth? Would you like some detangling and very shiny hair gloss made by me (malibusbunny)? Does the idea of wearing a plant as jewelery give you the warm fuzzies or the heebie jeebies? 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? Do you want/need/like/collect journals? If so, do you prefer lined or unlined? How do you feel about glitter? does loose glitter make your skin crawl or would you bathe in it? Festival this week -- includes an "encampment" and an art faire. any interest in trinkety things from the encampment or cards/prints from local artists? Do you like Kickstarter? Are there any projects up that you really like? 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. 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. Dear witchee, I know Canadian chips can be different than others, how does "dill pickle" or "ketchup" sound Do you like puzzles? What kind? Jigsaw, word, etc? 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?
  8. 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? If it needs a frame... the smaller the better. (Frames are soooo expensive here.) No frame? 16x20 would probably be the max. 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. Completely free of sentimental attachment... I have a few. My computer. It is so useful, and while I wish I wasn't so dependent on it sometimes, it is just, wonderful. My e-reader. I still love paper books, but I am so happy to have an e-reader in my life. Gone are the days of hauling many books with me when I go places. My BPAL. It has the power to change my mood completely, even if I can't get out of bed. Pillows. Put your mp3 player/online music/itunes/etc on random and list the next 10 songs here: Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen Walk Tall - Cannonball Adderly Creep - Radiohead Primadonna (acoustic)- Marianna and the Diamonds Satellite - DMB Walking on Sunshine/Halo - Glee Turning Tables - Adele Food Chain - Eric Hutchinson Time Warp - Rocky Horror Soundtrack Is there someone on the forums (within SW or not) who knows you really well and might be able to help with stalking? Sadly, not really. But if you are friends with me on Facebook, you can message my hubby (he just asks that you identify yourself as my BPAL Witch) and ask him stuffs. He is very good at keeping secrets from me when it comes to spoiling me. Do you use waxmelts or tarts? If so, which ones do you prefer? I don't, but stick that baby in a jar with a wick, and I would love it. Do you enjoy drinking hot chocolate, and would you like stuff to make it with, or to add to it? Hot chocolate is my next favorite after tea, so I am all for things for it! I have a feeling I will struggle with keeping my identity secret from my witchee. If you happen to find out who yours is, how much would it bother you? My first round I had a witch who didn't reveal until the end, and it was so fun to be kept guessing the whole round. That said, if my witch revealed early, or I guessed, I would in NO way be disappointed. Have you ever tried Spoonfudge? Would you enjoy it if your Witch would send you some? Which of the flavors would you like? Oh. Dear. Lord. Never tried it. But it looks divine. Flavors.... Caramallow, Butter Y'all, Cinnamon That's How We Roll, Cookies and Cream, Salted Caramel, PB & J, Heavenly Buttercup, Peaches and Champagne, Raspberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Coconutty, Cinnamon Snap!, White Chocolate Roses, Sweet and Salty What's your opinion on Moonalisa? Any favorites or products you'd like to try? Never tried. Some of their perfumes and bath products look cool, but I can't see scent descriptions. 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) U. I love the idea of it, but on me it just smelled a little... off? 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? "When words fail, music speaks." "Next to silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible is music." "When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time." Also, STARBUCKS, Yay or Nay? Anything you particularly like? I like Starbucks, but I tend to go for blended drinks. Blended strawberry lemonade, decaf hazelnut frapp, passion tea lemonade. Mmmm now I want Starbucks... Ninjas or Pirates? Slight preference for pirates. Werewolves or Vampires? Neither and both. Depends on who is portraying them. Zombie or Cthulhu? Zombies. Definitely. Mind you I know nothing about the Cthulu-verse. 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? Oooh, knitted items are WIN! I like bamboo yarn, but really as long as it is fairly easy to clean I am easy. Straight wool might be an issue, but not sure. I have a lovely hat and fingerless gloves, but would welcome anything funky-ish. Wrist/arm warmers, leg warmers, big socks, scarves, shawls or shawlettes. For colors, jewel tones are great. Pretty much no white or brown and you are golden. 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? My first round was the Fall 2012 round, and my lovely witch kept very high contact with me throughout with physical cards, e-cards, e-mails, etc. I LOVED IT. She sent small packages throughout the round, and then a larger reveal at the end, which was super awesome, but the thing is, whatever works for my Witch. If it will work for you to send small packages, go for it. If it works to send one big one, do eet. But one thing I ask is don't skimp on the contact please. I love hearing from you, an e-mail or an e-card or something just to say hi. I think that is what makes SW so special, is getting to know people. Do you have any symbols or totems that are meaningful to you? Music notes, butterflies (stylized, they are a symbol for fibromyalgia)... When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter? I generally cry. It makes me feel better to get the energies out. I also tend to escape a bit, either into a movie, a book or a video game. 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...)? Sure, though maybe no chocolate... and no diet please. What are the three BPALs you would most like to receive - one GC, one not-hard to find LE, and one HTF LE from your dreams? GC: O, Morocco, Dee, Dorian, Tamora, Roses Pearls and Diamonds, Lysander NHTF LE: Harlequin and Columbine, Smut, Harigata II, Dionysia, Variety Of Pleasing Amusements, L'engouement HTF LE of my DREAMS: Black Lace, Antique Lace If you knit/crochet, what sizes of needles do you need? The only thing I have ever knit was a scarf that is still on the needles because I don't know how to cast off. I think the needles are about an inch across. They are HUGE and I love it. But generally speaking, I don't knit (see note about casting off). What styles of artwork do you like? Black and white photography, abstract, watercolor... I don't really know... haha. If you cook, would you be interested in-hand made spice mixes/rubs? Not homemade, no. But storebought is fine, or the recipe for your favorite rub/mix would be awesome <3 Would you like mexican vanilla or silver rings/necklaces? OMG MEXICAN VANILLA *dies* Silver rings/necklaces would be awesome, but look at my username. I LOVES THE VANILLA. Is there anything from the Oddment Emporium (Conjure Oils Update) you would like? Added here What is your favorite color? Purple. Red (blue toned), jewel toned green. What is your favorite season? Summer, definitely. Also, fall. If you could live anywhere in the world and money was no object, where would it be? Somewhere with no snow and good health care. I don't know that I would move, but I would definitely travel a lot! Do you have any long trips coming up? If so, could you use things to occupy yourself? No overly long trips. Might have a few day trips. I generally just read or get forced into conversation with my family. Or sleep. Mmmm sleep. I'm going to Jungle Jim's next week (it's basically a massive international food gasm in Ohio, look it up); would anything interest you? Spice mixes, interesting candy, anything small and cool Name three things that you could use, but might not necessarily think to get for yourself? Hmm, toughie. The things I need that I don't buy are generally in the "I can't afford it" category. I could use new paintbrushes. Those don't have to be fancy. Mostly for watercolor work. I have been trying to find something to keep my legs from itching. I have mild eczema, and recently started moisturizing straight out of the shower which helped for a while. But it stopped and now they itch again. That is all I can really think of. Would any witchee be interested in this comic? or any of her three comics? They look interesting. I am just getting into comics/graphic novels. NB: I DO NOT read series out of order. For anything. Does anything from the TP Etsy update interest you? Not particularly. I just found out Oreo is launching ones with watermelon flavor in the USA only. Is it something you would enjoy? Not particularly. What do you love about summer (even if it’s your least-favorite season)? Getting to wear flip flops all the time! The funny thing is I like socks, I like shoes, but I hate wearing them. I take them off as soon as I have an opportunity to. For those of you who are big readers: Are there any books that just came out (like within the last two months) or are about to come out during this round that you're really looking forward to? I tend not to keep on top of new releases, since I very rarely buy books new. Used book sales! YAY! Though if you really want an answer to this, let me know and I will go peruse. I know there's been a question about favorite quotes but this is specific: Do you have a quote that's not more than, say, a dozen words long that you would like in a cross-stitch? I had one this morning! And now I can't think of it! NOOOOOO STUPID FIBRO FOG Also posted to blog... but I wanted to stay included here. 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)? Zachary Quinto falls into the "leave outside in the rain because YUM" category. I like Johnny Depp too. For shows I don't fandom but still enjoy, Grey's Anatomy is the only one I can really think of. So, dear witchee, would you like some Tw*twaffle soap or scent or lotion? I wish there was a bath melt thing of this. And a sample lotion would be awesome. Has anyone asked about tattoos? Do you love them? Hate them? Have any? Want any? I have a swallow on my upper back which has symbolism relating to my deceased grandpa. I want more. I want one on my inner wrist to do with peace, and something for fibro. TAL update on etsy. Is there anything you want/need? Emotional Healing oil. Brown and Haley outlet - makers of Almond Roca and Mountain Bars - would you want anything from the outlet? Yes. The things. I also have an Oberto jerky outlet local to me - any wants there? I adore jerky. I only eat the strip stuff, and I don't like peppered flavor. OMNOMNOM JERKY. How do you feel about home-canned goods? No home-canned goods, thanks Do you like BPTP clothing? Never owned any. What size do you wear of: Baby-doll T's XL? Regular T's M-L yoga pants I am a size 12-14, so whatever that translates to. What else do you love from the Trading Post site, and need to have? UGH Massage oil. Morocco hair gloss. 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)? DVD format. I like musicals, TV series, zombie movies, horror movies, and DISNEY/KIDS MOVIES! Following up on the Adagio question from earlier, what are you top five wishes, for teas and blends? Oh gosh. I like rooibos because it is caffeine free. rooibos cinnamon apple (no chamomile), rooibos earl grey, honeybush hazelnut In general, I like nuts and spice, some fruits (no blueberry please!). No licorice flavored things. Chai is always a win. Really, I like tea. I have some of my faves listed on my Amazon list to give you an idea. Do you have anything that you do ritually, every summer? Not really. When I was younger it used to be that I would go on vacation with my parents, but now that I am an adult and don't get the summers off, I tend to just make sure I have lots of outside time. Also, sandals. All the time. What are your top five wishes from ThinkGeek? http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ab3f/ -- These are SO fun. http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/eeef/ http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/cf9b/ - Super expensive but OMG NEED http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/7957/ http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ed6b/ -- Way too much for a Witchee to spend. But it is in my top 5 things I want from TG. Seen anything lately that makes you go OH HOLY FUCK THAT'S AWESOME!! ? http://www.etsy.com/listing/123235066/biolojewelry-neurotransmitter-necklace?ref=col_view -- As someone who suffers from depression, necklaces like this are awesome to me, though 16 and 18 inches would be too short I think. There is another company that makes and sells them for like, $90, so seeing an alternative made me SO happy. http://www.etsy.com/listing/108030241/simple-spoon-necklace?ref=col_view -- Spoon necklace to go with the spoon theory for chronic illness. Another necklace that made me go OMG YES. Do you like audiobooks? If so, do you have/would you like to try Audible? (I'm an addict, myself.) I can't do audiobooks, personally. I tend to always try to multitask and then I miss out on the story. So it is good old readable books for me. Chocolate: Love? Hate? Allergic? If love, what are your faves? Love chocolate. Not a huge fan of super dark or white. I like it nice and milky, with ALL THE THINGS in it. Nuts, caramel, cookie bits, pretzels, hot sauce. It is all good. Do you like/wear makeup? If so what brands/colors/types? I do. Urban Decay, Nyx, Mac. I like pretty much all colors except for CRAZY WILD. I have porcelain skin and blue eyes. Is there anything special I could get you from New York City? Nothing specific that I can think of, but if you see something for me, go for it! I know the question about personal style was included in the questionnaire, but is there anything that could give your witch a better sense of your style/fashion or decoration preferences? Like tumblrs, pictures you like, websites, stores (or brands) you like or would like to be able to shop at and so forth? My etsy, my pinterest, both linked in another blog post. Would you like some detangling and very shiny hair gloss made by me (malibusbunny)? Because my hair is so fine, I am gonna say no. It gets greasy if I look at it funny, so I would hesitate to use a hair gloss methinks. Does the idea of wearing a plant as jewelery give you the warm fuzzies or the heebie jeebies? (For me, warm fuzzies, but they don't ship to Canada. Sadface) 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 love savory gourmet popcorn. Though the hot chili dark chocolate is intriguing. I also like popcorn spice for my own popcorn. MMMMM POPCORN. Do you want/need/like/collect journals? If so, do you prefer lined or unlined? LOVE journals. Prefer lined, but unlined can be turned into art projects How do you feel about glitter? does loose glitter make your skin crawl or would you bathe in it? I like sparkly things, and loose glitter in the sense of "it fell off of something" is ok. But please no handfuls of glitter. It is hard to clean up. Festival this week -- includes an "encampment" and an art faire. any interest in trinkety things from the encampment or cards/prints from local artists? Sure! I like artsy things Do you like Kickstarter? Are there any projects up that you really like? I haven't really looked at Kickstarter, since they don't support Canadian projects (yet. SOON!) 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. This Necklace All the pashminas ever. One of my fave BPALs Art/Quote This purse 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. I have a few on my Amazon wishlist... but I will post them here for giggles. In no particular order of wanting... - Sandalwood, Rose, Apple, Ylang Ylang - Coconut, Ginger, Sweet Cream, Brown Sugar - Mahogany, Vanilla Bean, Strawberry, Bergamot - Leather, Frankincense, Clove, Red Musk - Honey, Honeysuckle, Tonka, Blood Orange Dear witchee, I know Canadian chips can be different than others, how does "dill pickle" or "ketchup" sound Love these both, but am also Canadian so can get them in abundance. Do you like puzzles? What kind? Jigsaw, word, etc? Adore puzzles. Sudoku, crossword, jigsaw, logic, and hidden object. ALL LOVE 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 tend to get pretty off-color with people I know. My husband and I make some pretty hilariously naughty jokes. But when dealing with people I don't know, I am pretty PG-13. I warm up pretty quickly, but generally I tread on the side of caution. And when other people who don't know me super well make extremely off-color jokes, I tend to get uncomfortable. I am 100% not OK with anything sexist, anti-gay, racist, etc.
  9. Basic Info Birthday: June 11 Pets: Dog, senior - Chico (a pomeranian toy poodle cross) Children: none Religious orientation: Generally spiritual in an Agnostic sense. Favorite Holiday: Oh gosh... I don't know if I have one. Occupation/Major in school: Office Manager *snore* Though the office supplies are fun. PENS AND PAPER AND PENS! Living arrangement (by yourself, with roommates, etc): I live with my husband in a small apartment. We are looking at buying our first home later this year. Livejournal/Blog/Website: http://writtenpermission.wordpress.com & http://floriessence.tumblr.com & http://pinterest.com/erincathryn/ Organizations/Causes/Activities (Things you belong to or causes you believe in): anti-bullying, feminism/equality, wildlife preservation, Fibromyalgia research, Chron's & Colitis research BPAL Favorite BPAL oils: Tamora, Dorian, Snow White 2010, Lysander, Copulating Mice, Dionysia Favorite notes: Vanilla, honey, coconut, peach, wood, red fruits, incense, light florals, leather, clove Favorite non-BPAL perfumes: I loooooove Violette Market and Nocturne Alchemy Least favorite notes: Heavy patchouli or vetiver, heavy aquatics Least favorite non-BPAL perfumes: The last time I tried Villainess, the carrier oil smelled like Crisco on me If Beth made a custom blend for you, what would the notes be, and what would you want the label art to look like?: Hmm. This is a tough one. I am not too fussed about labels, I haven't gotten into that aspect of collecting. Vanilla, incense, leather, sugar, clove and a touch of coconut. Yes. Good. Clothing & Jewelry Hair type: Chin length, dirty blonde, extremely fine, falling out due to meds Skin Type: Porcelain, oily but dehydrated. Allergies (specifically B&B related): I am allergic to cats, which is important if things are coming from a cat-containing house. Other things to avoid: I tend not to use a lot of scented hand lotions or body washes. Tub, shower or both?: For time's sake, I tend to shower mostly. But I like me a good bath. Favorite bath & beauty products: Makeup (NYX, MAC, open to other brands), Aveeno body lotion (I have insanely dry legs), Shower spritzers, which are like bath bombs but for the shower. Um... I like BBW candles. Lush is always nice, but I find a lot of their lotions greasy. Clothing Style/Fave garments: Comfort is key. I like tank tops without shelf bras, LOVE SCARVES. My Pinterest has a fashion board. Favorite clothing colors/colors to wear: Jewel tones, black... pretty much anything but white, because I am a horrible snob about white. And I am messy. Type(s) of jewelry worn: Necklaces, both simple and fun. Bracelets if I am going out fancy-like. No rings. Earrings occasionally, but my ears are wicked sensitive. Ring/wrist/collar size: Ring (sz 6-8 will fit on some finger), wrist (approx 6-7 inches), neck (the longer the better, I don't wear chokers) Jewelry - gold or silver? Silver in color, please. Do you have any allergies to metal? My ears do not like anything other than actual gold/silver. But bracelets and things are fine in other metals. Favorite gemstones: I like sparkly things. Sock/Shoe Size: 8 - 8.5 Lifestyle Style/home decoration style: Mostly modern with some classic thrown in. Pinterest has a board. Favorite decorating colors: ALL THE COLORS. We aren't in our house yet, so it is pretty open. Things you collect: Nothing really. Wanna start me on something? Oh. Teacups! Favorite music: I like easy listening type stuff (Eric Hutcherson, Carly Rae Jepsen, jazz, broadway soundtracks, etc) Least favorite music: Heavy metal, country Vegetarian/Vegan?: (Please be as specific as possible to reduce confusion!) Nope! Other food restrictions: No artificial sweeteners please. At all. Also prefer caffeine free options for tea etc. Favorite flavors: cinnamon, chocolate, fresh fruit, baked goods, raspberry, strawberry, coconut, almond Favorite foods/drinks: Chai tea, gourmet food, sushi, cucumber, bubble tea, slurpees, potato chips, scones, chicken wings, cinnamon buns, ice cream Favorite authors/genres: Historical fiction, general fiction, horror, mystery/thriller, fantasy, sci-fi Least favorite authors/genres: Straight romance, westerns, military Books/authors you'd like to read, but haven't yet: http://www.goodreads...n?shelf=to-read - though I own a BUNCH of those... so feel free to ask me. How do you feel about receiving gently used books as gifts? I feel absolutely FANTASTIC ABOUT IT Favorite stores (including clothing stores): Book stores (any Canadian, I also have a Sony E-reader which reads epub books only... no Amazon ebooks), Lush, MAC makeup, David's Tea, Rietmans, Ricki's Favorite online stores (including B&B stores): Etsy, Lush, BPAL of course, ThinkGeek, Jinx (for WoW nerdgear), ModCloth, UncommonGoods, Violette Market, Nocturne Alchemy Magazines you subscribe to: None at the moment Magazines you like, but don't subscribe to: Anything writing related (Writers Digest, Writer's Magazine, etc), cooking magazines Favorite movies: V for Vendetta, Rent, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Avatar, absolutely anything Disney Favorite TV show(s): Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Lost, Friends, Grey's Anatomy Hobbies/crafts done: Cardmaking, World of Warcraft, Rift, other general crafts, cooking (I LOVE new recipes), reading, writing Wishlists BPAL Wish List (including SW/SF Help): Will update in my signature Other website Wish lists (amazon.com, etc): Will update in my signature Random Questions: - On a scale of 1-5, how organized are you? Can I give myself a negative score? No? 2. - Where, outside of the U.S. would you love to visit? (if you're international, this can be anywhere) Italy, Paris, back to the Caribbean all the cliche'd places of yore. - Do people tell you that you act older, younger, or your age? Older. -If I gave you a toy gun with flashing lights, would you hide and start shooting people from around corners OR would you thank me on the IGI thread and then quietly donate it (a niece, Oxfam, Goodwill, wherever)? (there are no wrong answers for this, so don't be afraid to answer honestly) I would proudly stand in the open with that baby a-waving, shooting everything in sight. Bonus points if it makes sounds! - What animal do you feel like the most? This question always stumps me. I have no idea. - Your favorite feature about yourself: Eyes. Always eyes. - Do you live in a neighborhood or in the middle of nowhere? Apartment block in a neighborhood. -Have you ever thought, "oh, I'm going to get myself one of those one of these days" but then never do? List 1 under $10 and 1 over $10. Under $10: A travel pillow. Over $10: A new everyday hat to wear when I don't feel like washing my hair. - How do you feel about boi witches? Boy witches are warlocks. *sagenod* - Do you like garage sales (boot sales)? Sometimes. I have limits on what I will buy used. - I like to slather my food in …: Chocolate, gravy or hollandaise sauce. Whatever is most appropriate. - State fairs or carnivals? Call me a crazy Canadian... but aren't they the same thing??? Regardless, for health reasons I generally steer clear. - You throw caution to the wind and runaway to join a traveling circus. What job would you want ( a main performer, a side show, a behind the scenes spot, etc) and why? Main performer. I used to do musical theatre and I miss performing a great deal. Or I would want to work with animals. Or I would want to do makeup. - What mythical or fantastic race of creatures (dragons, unicorns, griffins, elves, dwarves, faeries, etc.) do you most identify with? Not actually knowing the lore behind a lot of these creatures and going purely with what the media has put into my head. Elves. Or faeries. Or unicorns. - Imagine that you're given a shoebox-sized time capsule, and you are asked to put any number of items in the box that symbolize who you are. The items can be may be anything you can imagine, and money is no object, but they must fit within the box. What do you choose? A spent WoW game card, some paper scraps from card making, a handful of wedding photos showing myself my hisband and our families, some loose tea, an empty imp, a book or two, a Disney movie, a saxophone reed, some old sheet music, a piano key or two, something chocolate, a logic puzzle book, dried flowers, a game piece from any of the zillions of board games I have, my d20, a stuffed animal, a dog collar, a sparkly shoe. - Do you need storage boxes? Always. - The world has given you the day off. You hear that, no chores, responsibilities, or budget you have to follow. What would you do in those 24 hours? With no budget I would go to the spa for a full day of all the relaxation ever. If I could convince the world to let my husband have the day off too, I would take him with me. I would eat the most extravagent food I could find and rent out an entire movie theatre to watch something. I would go shopping and buy clothes, tea and things for the home. And then I would top it all off with some video games and reading. Because you can never have too much video games and reading. - Do you like steampunk & if so what kind of steampunk item would you most like to receive? I am just getting into seampunk. I like surprises. - Do you have an etsy shop? I do not. - Would you like to receive baked goods, if so what kind? No thank you. - What is something totally random (yes, that thing that just popped into your head) that hasn't been covered by any previous questions? Did I mention I like sparkly things? I did? Oh good. Also, I have a chronic pain disorder (fibromyalgia).
  10. vanillabean

    Carnal

    In the vial: Sweet and bright without being astringent. There is definitely fruit in here and something a little more grounded. (At the time of putting it on I couldn't remember the notes) On skin: Mmmmmm this is sweet and sophisticated in all the right measure. I could see this being a great everyda.... HEY WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE GOING, PERFUME?! GET BACK HERE AND LOVE ME! I love this, but it vanished darn near instantly. If I stick my nose riiiiight up to my wrist and inhale like mad, I can get a whiff of orange, but nothing else. WHY DO ALL THE THINGS I LOVE BETRAY ME?! NB: The short staying power could be because I tend to heat-amp my oils with my blow-drier. But I didn't blow-dry my hair today. So I will keep this and try it again.
  11. vanillabean

    NB for my Witch

    If there is something you want to get me that absolutely WILL NOT ship to Canada, I have a US address I can give you, it just means that it will be longer getting to me, as I will have to wait for my mom to be down in the states to pick it up (the next time she will be down is in July, and then not sure when after that).
  12. vanillabean

    Black Lace

    So I tried this out last night. In the imp it smells exactly like I thought it would from the description. Smoky, boozy and sweet. When I put it on my skin, instantly it turned into bug spray. Woohoo! I am safe! I won't fall in love with a scent I can't get anymore. Right? RIGHT? Wrong. Wearing, it morphed back into a sweet and slightly smoky/musky thing of wonderful elegance. I LOVE IT. *cherishes the imp she has forever*
  13. Doctor Who? I have only watched like, four episodes of the 2005 stuff. I like it so far, but not a diehard fan. How much do you like lipbalm? I adore lipbalm, like, tons. Do you like and wear lipgloss? Generally I find it too sticky for me and stick to balm or stick. For those of you whose wishlists contain only BPALs, are there any other perfume companies you like or would like to try out? *pulls out a scroll* *unrolls it* *it extends halfway around the equator* I will update my wishlist soon, but the short answer is yes. Your feelings on Adagio teas: I don't think I have ever tried them, but I ADORE loose tea. OMNOMNOM. What about coffee? No coffee, please. Coffee flavored things are OK, but I don't drink straight coffee. Who is your favourite female of all time? Historical, literary, ANYTHING, and why? Ooh. This is a toughie, and nothing is standing out. But if I think of anything, I will let you know! EDIT: I like Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, because they are both just, amazingly real people in a world that is trying to force them to be someone else. If you were a Disney princess you would be? Probably Belle from Beauty and the Beast, just because that is my favorite Disney movie. Seashell from Florida? Sure! What craft project do you currently have on your docket or that you want to start? And that craft goodies would be welcome? I really want to make things for the home. I have a whole Pinterest board of crafty things. Craft supplies are always welcome, but especially scrapbook papers and punches and things. And paintbrushes. If you could have one rare bpal which one would you choose? I don't know much about the rare side of BPAL. I like Spanked Revisited, and Dionysia which are on the newer side of rare, but I am open to whatever. Also, Black Lace. Are you kinky? Sometimes? Do you enjoy scented candles? Certain sizes that you like? What kind of scents or brands? I love BBW scented candles. Nothing too terribly floral (though lilac is always a win) and most linen scents give me mad headaches. Fruit and spice are always safe. Also, I can't find my candle warmer Thoughts about South Africa? Have you been here, would you like to go? Would you like to receive anything South African? Never been, don't know much about it, but am always happy to get things from far-off places. Do you like Sockdreams? If so, what styles would you prefer? Never bought anything from Sock Dreams, but I like fun socks and opaque tights. Do you need hair accessories? If so, what kind or color? I have fairly short hair, so no ties. Fun clips or (ouchless) headbands welcome! Not picky on color. What is your favorite shade of blue? ALL THE SHADES! FIFTY SHADES OF BLUE! (Color is good) Do you have any kitchen gadgets (a SodaStream, a Kuerig/Tassimo) that you want mix things for? I do not. If you were to start learning something new (intellectual or craft or hobby), what would it be? I want to learn new art techniques. I am in an art class right now via a MOOC program. I want to know more about different painting techniques. Intellectually, I would love to learn a different language. I also want to learn how to blend perfumes. What about candy? I have a mad sweet tooth. The sweeter the better. And I LOVE CHOCOLATE. Do you have an e-reader? What kind? Would you like to get ebooks? I have a Sony e-reader, and I would LOVE to get ebooks for it. They need to be ePub format though, NOT KINDLE/AMAZON 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! I am still a little squicky on homemade foodstuffs. I am waffling a bit on it, but I think I would still rather not have homemade foodstuff. But knitted things, crafty things, photography, jewelery, etc are all MOST welcome. <3 Witchee dear, do you like video games? Are there any you want to play? Do you have a large library? I LOVE video games, but I don't get to play much due to funds. I have a Steam account (_vanillabean), and I own WoW with all expansions, Rift, Neverwinter, Guild Wars 2, and Diablo 3. I am most active in the first two. I would love to try BioShock, Mass Effect or any horror games. (All for PC) Do you have something you do, without fail, as a personal daily habit/ritual? I read before bed. If I am feeling particularly anxious, I have a cup of tea. I take naps pretty much daily. 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 am getting into wearing nail polish again. I tend to go for shimmery colors (not out and out glitter chunks). I don't like super dark colors, but I like saturated colors (bright purples and blues, etc). I like pastel neutrals as well. My favorite brand right now is Essie, and I have a few Sephora by OPI as well. I am totally open to trying new brands, as long as they aren't too finicky! Name three BPAL scents you have tried, but are dying to get more of. Hmm, goodness. I think I will have to update this one later once I go through my stash. UPDATE: Dionysia, Morocco, O Do you still write real letters on nice stationary to people you like/love? Occasionally, yes. Mostly to my husband, but I will write the rare letter to family too. I LOVE stationery. Especially pens and paper/journals. Have you ever tried anything from Paintbox Soapworks? Which products or scents would you prefer? My wonderful witch from last round, Gateau, got me a Halloween sampler of her soaps and a scrubby. I haven't even worked through all of the soaps! While I love the product, I would probably stick to the bath streusel or sample sizes of the lotions I can slip into my purse. Do you like/have space to garden? If so, what do you grow? I don't have space outside, but if the seeds would keep or if it is something that can grow inside without trouble, cool! Do you like sample sized things? Think lipgloss, mascara, bodylotion, scrubs, mini candles, and so forth. I love them! Especially sample lotions, because then I can throw them in my purse easily. Have you tried Fortune Cookie Soap? What products or scents would you like? Never tried it, but there looks like a lot of stuff there I would like! Especially bubble baths and room sprays, etc. Do you use solid soaps at all? If so, what kind do or don't you like? I prefer liquid antibacterial soap for hands, and body wash in the shower. I need really good moisturizing stuff because of mild eczema. Have you ever tried Cocoa Pink? If you are curious about it, what looks interesting to you? Never tried it, but I like bath products and perfume! I can't see scent descriptions though 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 Lush, but I have two where I live, so I can easily get it myself. I find a lot of their lotions go greasy on me. Shiro cosmetics? Never tried them, but would be willing to. Nothing exceedingly crazy or it won't get worn. Neutrals are always good, as are purples and muted blues and greens. Are there any companies, products, or items you boycott? Not that I can think of? I mean, enviro friendly and animal friendly is always better, but I am not the most educated person on who tests how... sadly. No Abercrombie & Fitch. As I am in Japan, what sort of things would you like from there? KITKATS PLEASE! Witchee, do you cook? Do you do all the cooking? Is it a chore or a pleasure? I cook sometimes, though I am more of a baker. My hubs does more of the cooking. For me, because of chronic pain, it is more of a chore than anything, though I am always looking for new recipes! Which reading level do you prefer to read in YA or Adult? Or even both? I like both, but YA needs to be on the more sophisticated side or I get bored/frustrated. What colors/style is your kitchen decor? And do you entertain in your home? My kitchen is an apartment galley style kitchen. I wouldn't say no to some tea-towels or cloths, but we don't have a specific color scheme. We don't really entertain because LOLAPARTMENT, but we want to. Are your ears pierced? Yes, but they are also super sensitive. Do you like stuffies/stuffed animals/art doll type thingies? If so, any particular type you'd love to get? I like stuffies. I used to collect them, and then my mom slowly made me get rid of my collection. Think more teddy bear and less oogly moogly. 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?!? I have no kids. 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? Hmm, writing is a big one, as is Fibromyalgia research (as it is really under-researched and under-funded). I haven't really mentioned it on these forums before, but I would love to learn to do what Beth and Co. do. (i.e. blending beautiful perfume oils for the masses) If my witch could find me a book on how to blend perfume oils, or even some internet articles... I would be floored. And last but not least, keeping art and music alive in schools and the community. Also, I want to learn how to decant my oils. Do you like bags? If so, what type (rucksack, clutch, shopping bag) colour and would you like/need a new one? I use re-useable bags for grocery shopping, and can always use more of those. I need a new purse, too. *flies off to etsy to wishlist some purses* What's your favourite comfort food(snack or candy etc) and/or drink? Chai tea is a big one. The spicier the better, and caffeine free. I also tend towards sweeter stuff when I am in need of comfort. I just finished my jar of Cookie Butter the amazing Gateau got me last round, but I found an acceptable dupe in Grand Forks (since I don't live too far from there) called Biscoff Spread. It isn't the same, but it will do since there isn't a Trader Joes within reasonable distance. 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. I am really open (within the scope of other questions answered re: flavors not liked etc) to receiving new and exciting things from far off places! What fandoms do you belong to? Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV, not movie), Harry Potter, Disney, general gamer geekdom, general reading geekdom What cheers you up? A good cup of tea, good food (whatever I am craving, but generally ice cream or chocolate or cake), a talk and a snuggle with my husband and dog, a round of video games and a good book. And of course, BPAL. I have found that smelling good changes my whole outlook on things. Who or where would you most want to haunt? Who would you least want to be haunted by? Who - I would haunt my husband, romantically of course. In the "I don't want to be without him" way. Where - a library. Definitely a library. Least want to be haunted by? I can think of any number of specific people from my past who I am done with having around. But for the most part I would say I wouldn't want to be haunted by anyone except my husband in the same romantic way. What question do you hate to answer? I find questions about myself hard to answer since I don't have that much confidence. No questions that have been asked so far have been too bad, though. What is the best compliment you have/could receive? Being complimented on my writing. Being told I am a good person, and/or a good friend. I have a hard time believing compliments because of my low self esteem, but those are a few of the ones I really appreciate and that hit me at the core. Do you like tarot cards, pendulums and rune stones etc? If so, what type? Not so much, though I used to have a quartz focus stone to wear on a chain that broke (the stone, not the chain). I'd love one of those again. Or worry stones. 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 think I would be sad if my Witch didn't try to get to know me outside of my blog posts. I know it can be tough with e-mails and stuff, and not wanting to reveal, but I got spoiled my first time doing SW, and I loved having someone who really tried to connect with me on a personal level. Is there anything small you try to collect from everywhere you visit? I collect pins from musical theatre shows etc. Not so much from places, but from events. I do tend towards more modern designs, though (as an FYI). So my POTO pin is just the mask. I also have Wicked. Oh! And the specialty programs. I collect those. Would you like something from Empire Edibles? OMG THIS LOOKS GOOD. But alas, it might not be feasible shipping overseas if I get a UK Witch. But... just in case... TeaRuffles, Rose Garden Fudge, Summer Cup Strawberry & Pimms Fudge, Fudge de Siècle, Empress of India Fudge What are the three books you most want to read right now, and which you don't already have? My top three books I already own, so I will go with three I don't own. Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal || The Reincarnationist by M.J. Rose || Oink: My Life With Mini Pigs by Matt Whyman 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? I actually really identified with Hazel from Fault in Our Stars. Being chronically ill, John Green really nailed some of the issues. 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? Nothing I would buy for myself, but Aurelia, Calocyclas, Desmonema and Epibulia look interesting in a "I-Might-Like-To-Try-That" way. 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? I have a few on my Amazon wishlist. What style is your sense of humour? Witty, sarcastic, downright goofy, and silly animals. Is there anything from Australia you would like? eg: snacks (yes, you can ask for Tim Tams!), books, magazines, memorabilia? I can get Tim Tams here, and they are NOM. But I would love postcards or pictures of animals or scenery. Anything really... Gift cards/vouchers - yay or nay? If you like them - which stores would you like one for? Definite yay! Sock Dreams, various perfume companies, etsy, Starbucks, Kobo Books, Sony book store, Chapters... Please no Amazon, as I don't shop there for myself Oh, yeah, by the way, peoples, do you have any problems with swearing or particularly off-color humor? Would you like to receive subversive crochet/cross stitch/ etc., or would this not get much love in your household? Hmm. I am kind of on the fence about this. I would love a cross-stitch that says "I am a delicate fucking flower", and I would display it... but I wouldn't display anything with the C word. In general, I am ok with a little swearing, as long as it isn't directed at me. Haus of Gloi did a Reverie update! Do any of them interest you? (Or anything else up currently?) In my wishlist. 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? In short, yes to all!! I don't knit, though. But a recipe, even a family one, or a picture/photograph, or a story. These are all awesome ideas! I have some art on etsy favorited for style reference. Story can be up to the person. And as long as it isn't extremely regional or finicky, the sky is the limit with a recipe! Just no artificial sweeteners, and I am not keen on tomato or zucchini.
  14. vanillabean

    Street Festival

    In the imp: Sweet and juicy with a hint of woods (which is awesome because I don't remember seeing any woods in the note list?) Wet on skin: Oh no! As soon as this hit my skin it turned into cherry cough drops! Uggggh. Dry on skin: Thankfully the cherry cough drop phase didn't last long. This very quickly turned into something sweet and a little dusty (in a good way) with some warmth and spice. Mmmmmm. *hugs wrist* I like you.
  15. vanillabean

    Salomé

    In the imp: That whole "So almond-y, it is fruity" scent. Wet: But... but.... Where did that almond go? *whimper* As soon as I put it on, it lost all almond scent, and went almost dusty. Dry: This is sandalwood, right? Not cedar? Because all I can smell is walk-in-closet. Another one for the "try it later before I trade it away" pile.
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