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  1. Duck Mountain

    The Candy Butcher 2006

    Oh, cripes. Well, I was digging around in my imp box--more like imp suitcase--and found a decant of Candy Butcher that I must've picked up on one of my buying sprees (yes, I have a problem). Now I sort of wish I hadn't. Because this is very, very beautiful and now of course, very rare. It's a sort of perfumey chocolate that reminds me of what B&BW tried to accomplish with their Tutti Dolci Chocolate Fondue, but better. It stays more or less the same from wet to dry to faded, but that's not a bad thing in this case; all it means is that you get to savor it for longer. This is just about the perfect blend that doesn't give the impression you've just rubbed a chocolate bar all over your skin. Gorgeous.
  2. Duck Mountain

    2011 SW Questions & Help:

    All condiments and extra info will be here, or linked here. I know it's been stated in the SW thread, but just to reiterate, I really do not expect to get any of the expensive/rare things on my wishlists, they're simply a reference for what my tastes are! Updated - 9/20/2011 - More questions added! Edited some of the older questions to add more info, sorry for any tl;dr... Links: 2010 SW Q&A, BPAL wishlist, non-BPAL wishlist, Etsy wishlist, colors I like. Favorite etailers/stores: JetPens, Sock Dreams, ThinkGeek, Goth Rosary, Blizzard store, Incense Guru, Paintbox Soapworks, Valve Store (TF2/Portal), Nocturne Alchemy, Solstice Scents, Jinx. Favorite flavors/foods: Garlic, vanilla bean, avocado, lime, anchovies, truffles, white chocolate, coffee, raspberry, strawberry, fig, honey, hard candies, mints, gummies (mini gummi bears, cola bottles, sour belts), caramels, pumpkin, sweet tea, assam, PG Tips, korma, brie, Biscoff cookies and more. I collect: Pens, notebooks, pins, rings, smellies, stickers, Re-ment (Japanese miniatures), music. Other misc. things I'm a fan of: Rifftrax, dubstep, art deco, art nouveau, cheesy/racy/dark humor, words, radio shows (Brothers Faversham, Cabin Pressure), internet memes, road trips, nudibranchs, Renaissance art & sculpture. And the Q&A: Added 9/19: September 19th What strange misc. items would you love to receive that you just haven't gotten for yourself? I can't think of any right off the bat, but it's likely I will as soon as I walk away for a minute. If I think of anything I'll put it on my non-BPAL wishlist. 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? That'd be interesting, I've never had one before, just bog standard ones from the store - for colors, the ColourLovers link up at the top should give a basic idea of what I like. Both types of glitter are fine, though I will say I'm curious about crackle polishes. 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? Yeah, I'm definitely one of those people that always has tons of them (and subsequently loses one or two on any given day) - I don't so much like orange, since it tends to smell and taste fake (to me). Other citrus fruits are okay, and despite that I'm not a huge fan of eating chocolate, I love how it smells. Basically the same rules apply to everything else - if it's fruity or foody I'll take it! Any style is fine and I don't really have a favorite brand. Would you be interested in getting fountain pen inks or art supplies via JetPens and or DickBlick? Yes, I love JetPens! And Dick Blick, but I shop there less often. I keep thinking I should visit their brick and mortar store in my city, but it's a bit of a drive and subsequently I'm torn between that and paying for shipping, which I'm too cheap to do since the store's right there, and so on ad infinitum. 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? Ooh, that looks fun! How do you feel about getting art supplies in general? (copic markers, watercolor, brushes, paint, sketchbooks etc.) I'd love them! How do you feel about Threadless tshirts? I like most of the designs though I've never bought a Threadless tee before. 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 bag of chips and a drink. I'd save the rest for BPAL. Darling Witchee, would you enjoy farmer's market pickled veggies (green beans, garlic, asparagus, etc) or fresh canned peaches or something of that nature? Mm, I absolutely would. Do you prefer color or white photographs? Nature or abstract? I like them all. Would you be interested in something like this? https://lostcrates.com/how-it-works Yes! Amigurumi, yes or no? Yes! I have a question! What are some of your favorite paintings? (famous or undiscovered?) Feel free to link to examples! If you could have an image painted for you - sky is the limit - what would it be? A huge city floating in the sky above the clouds or anchored on some impossible rock formation. The city itself could look like Asgard (Thor movie) or Bioshock Infinite (dunno if all the floaty stuff has a name), or Dalaran (World of Warcraft). Or, anything with lots of spires and windy streets and all that jazz! Name your 3 favorite scents for candles Sandalwood/amber, foody (as in cakes, vanilla, chocolate, spices), fruity. Name your 3 favorite types/flavors of tea I have to pick just three? Blasphemy! Well, fine: PG Tips, Assam, Fruits of Summer (Twinings) September 18th 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? Yes - anything that fits my interests, or just a nice looking design that's not related to anything in particular, and I would love a custom design. In crewnecks I can wear a small or medium (M is probably safer), in ladies' between L and 2XL depending on brand. Measurements are at the top of the post. How do you feel about pumpkin scented things? Not perfume related, but soap, candles, etc... I love 'em - I was especially fond of B&BW's Perfect Autumn (I think that was the name, anyway) line a while back, I wish I'd stocked up on those candles. Has anyone else heard of or does anyone else love Glamourkin? I looked them up for the first time just now, they're very nice but I'm not sure I'd wear a pendant like that. 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. Fruit gums. *drool* I can't think of anything else in particular, but I love getting trinkets or food from around the world. Sock preferences? I like otks and thighhighs, though I've been admittedly getting chubby lately so...got the big calves and thunder thighs goin' on. I like the really short ones too for those rare occasions that I actually wear close toed shoes. Would you like/wear a pair of these? http://www.ravelry.c...rary/yoga-socks If so, what color? Sure - they look really comfy. Teal, dark brown or green. Is there anyone here who likes toe socks? You know, those socks with a place for each toe? They're okay. I wear them infrequently. September 17th Are you looking for a certain kind of DVDs to spruce up your collection right now? Sherlock, Hustle, Psych, Good Eats, How It's Made, Leverage (yeah, slightly obsessed with the con artist shows lately ). Does anyone like postcards? Is anyone willing to be a Nacho witch for postcards? Yes and yes! Anyone going to see any good concerts this fall? I haven't planned for any, but if I hear of some I might. Do you like Star Trek? Original TV series, films, spinoff series, etc? Favorite characters? I like it. Don't really have favorites, I like the original, Enterprise and the reboot. Witchee, would you like a framed photograph and of what? Sure - I like images of the horizon/sky, water, animals and still lifes. Added 9/16: September 16th Are you more prone to order out or cook at home? Would you be interested in cookbooks, kitchen utensils, and the like? If so, anything specific? Oh, I love cookbooks and cooking. Nothing specific, all of my stuff is kind of beat up, so be it a replacement or something new, it would be loved. New question: How do you feel about maple syrup? Great stuff. How do people feel about little pocket shrines, maybe something inspirational/motivational to keep in their purses/backpacks/whatever? I like the idea but am not sure how long one would last in my bag. Do you like Star Wars? Original Trilogy? Prequels? Spin-offs? Favorite characters? Used to, but not much anymore. I like General Grevious. I loved the (2D) Clone Wars miniseries, possibly more than any other part of the canon/media. Do you like beef jerkey, I know some may be vegatarian, but where I live beef is a staple and beef jerkey abounds. If so do you it really thin, hard and crunchy or thicker and softer. TBH I can't recall having thin and crunchy jerky, but I'd be open to trying it. Also do you like or racier ecards from time to time and do you need to be warned if something may be not safe to open at work. Just a [NSFW] would be nice - odds are I won't have time at work to check, but it never hurts to be careful. Doctor Who? Yay or nay? DW love! I have a couple spare Doctor Who stickers. If my witchee is a fan, would they like a couple Doctor Who stickers in their package? Hell yeah, I would. Anyone love Buffy/Angel? Never watched them. How would you feel about gummies? Like, gummy bears? Gummy werewolves? Gummy vampires? I love gummies. How would you feel about a totally original Gela-skin for your laptop/iPod/phone? Stickers? Decals? I have a gelaskin for my very old iPod, but do not need others. Regular ol' decals and stickers though, I would love! Since this is a Halloween round, what's your Creepy threshold? Are you a cartoon bats and smily pumpkins person or a skulls-and-bones the-dead-are-rising kind of person? Are your fairytales dark or Disney? I like cute-creepy as much as actually creepy, to a certain extent. I'd rather you not make cutouts of the monsters from Amnesia: The Dark Descent and arrange for them to pop out of my box, for example. (Actually now that I think about it, that would be a fantastic idea...) Are your ears pierced, Witchee? Do you have any other piercings? Would you like to receive any items of jewelry for these piercings? I have two piercings in one ear and just one in the other, and sure, earrings would be cool. How do you all feel about Whoopie Pies? This is the first time I've heard of these, they sound great though, especially with some sort of pumpkin spice flavor? September 15th Interested in anything from Lush? Not really. I used to be but I'm not finding much there that I'm interested in anymore. Do you blog? Would you like a header for your blog, a layout, etc? I do not. I have a tumblr but all I do is post pictures. Would you be interested in a handmade bookmark? I would love it, as long as it's not too thick and clunky. Do you like chex puppy chow or muddie buddies? Would you want to get some from your witch / nacho witch? I'm not enthused about them but I might nibble on some. I could share with my roommate. How would you feel about receiving a Groupon deal for something in your local area? If there is anything you WOULDN'T like, mention that also. I absolutely would! I'm not very outdoorsy, and I don't go to spas, high end places (restaurants/shops), clubs or bars, so if that leaves anything... Do you like real sugar skulls? Things with sugar skull designs? Well, what I was told is that the real ones aren't for eating, but if they are, so much the better. I do love them, edible or not! Who here adores meringue? It's so sweet I wouldn't eat a lot, but I love it. Added 9/14: September 14th Can you sum yourself (whether it be personality, life's goals, ethics, whatever) in 10 words or less? I might, but I'd have to think for quite a while about it... How about little bottles of booze? Ya wanna? What kind? I don't drink much, so that's actually the perfect amount, haha. Any kind would be cool, though I like sweeter and girlier drinks. What are your views on fudge and brownies? (Also, if you live in a warm place, where the fudge might melt, that'd be helpful to know. Or, if you're diabetic and fudge is death, that'd be useful to know, too.) They're all right. I bake other stuff from scratch but I tend to just get brownie mix (the extra moist and fudgy kind) 'cos I'm not so picky about them. Also, what about mochi? Love it, hate it, baffled by it? Love it, especially with kinako. Anything from the update ya'll are liking? Honey Pumpkin Stout & Sugar Skull Soaps, Candied Pumpkin. Does anyone like kimchi? I love it! Would you be interested in a sample box (from somewhere like Birchbox or loosebutton)? Sure! You have to place a Lab and Trading Post order. Right fuckin' now. No spending limits. What do you buy? Aside from 'ten of everything' - probably the luchador/RAINN scents specifically and some other LEs. General stocking up sort of thing. Paintbox Soapworks - anything you're interested in, in general or from the latest update? Avast, The Queen is Dead, This Charming Man, Indian Summer, Smiling Jack, Gold/Frankincense/Myrrh, The Englishman, Pick-a-Duck - all sound amazing! Do you guys have any sports that you follow obsessively? How about favorite teams and/or athletes? Nah. How do you feel about notebooks/journals/stationery? Anything you need or particularly like? Ooh, I love them. I browse JetPens more than any sane person should. Does confetti/glitter make you angry or fill you with glee? In manageable amounts it's all right. If I know it's there in advance I'll just open the package outside. I know, no fun. Fabulous witches and witchees, perhaps you all could note of you've received MeiLin's goodies? Or if you want? I don't recall, which means probably not, so sure! How do you feel about stuffed animals/plushies/general soft, cuddly things? If you like them, what kind of animals would you be interested in? I have several, and I like them but don't know if I have room for much more. Maybe little ones? How interested would you be on somewhat personalized bottle cap labels? Like these that I did? Not really, I like writing my own. When you're miserably sick (*sniffle, cough!*) what are the things that comfort you the most? A big mug of hot tea, cozy pajamas and some light fare on tv (or my computer) to watch or do - rewatching old movies or playing casual games most likely. What constitutes ultimate luxury to you? (go crazy!) A multi-storey house with tons of separate rooms for all of the things I'd collect, being such a luxuriously rich person and all , definitely a library and gallery, maybe a smaller room for my smellies, a huge kitchen and a personal chef. 'Course I'd shoo them out when I wanted to do it on my own, which I would, because I'd have a fully stocked pantry and top of the line appliances. Oh, and I'd probably have some pets too, like a Welsh corgi and a rainbow boa. Am I sounding delusional enough yet? What do you really NOT want? Lipstick and yarn. The former, I don't wear, and the latter, I probably wouldn't use and I'd feel bad just having it sitting there when there are many deserving yarnies it could go to. Unless it's part of a kit or something, that I'd probably try. September 13th How would you feel about kitchen towels and other similar household objects, if they are pretty or a souvenir? Sure! I like practical stuff. How did you dress up for your last party or compulsory-formal-dress occasion? Jeans and a nice shirt? I don't recall, actually! Don't go to those often. Do you enjoy puzzles/riddles? (Cryptograms, Sudoku, Crossword, Jigsaw, etc) Yes, I certainly do. September 12th Would you like to receive e-books? And if so, in what format? I don't have an e-book reader, so alas no. If you have kids, would you be interested in getting things for them? And if so, what are they interested and what sizes are the wearing now? I don't, no. Would you be interested in a felted handbag? Do any of these styles appeal to you? http://tinyurl.com/3o2epzl (there's at least one guy-friendly style, too!) Ooh, 15 looks lovely. Are there are patterns, motifs, etc that you especially like? I like art deco-y stuff. I'm a nerd so I like some game/comic related emblems, I think I mentioned them below. Witchee, would you be interested in having a special tea cup/coffee mug/glass to drink out of? I sure would! If you're a tea drinker, is there any specific tea you would like to receive, not just the kind/flavor but also the type/packing--i.e., tea bags, loose tea, compressed, etc? I love all kinds! Added 9/13: I am fond of the thrift. Do you mind lightly used goods? Please be specific! For instance, I'm a little squicked by used clothing, but I don't mind any other used goods (i.e. books, glassware, games, DVDs, whatever.) I agree on the clothing part - outerwear and accessories are probably all right. Other stuff is perfectly fine! Do you have an Etsy shop? Do you know of any Etsy shops that are Switch Witch friendly? I don't (well, I have an Etsy account, but I just use it to favorite stuff), and the only SW-friendly shop I know of is tarty's. Would a gift or a postcard from Disneyland make you squee with delight or puke into your mail box? I'm not a huge Disney fan but they do have some cute characters. what are your favorite types of Halloween candy? Nothing in particular. I like fudge skulls but they seem hard to find somehow. Gummies? Do you prefer soap or shower gel? Please give examples of your favorite scents or brands. Soap, as I don't have a loofah and they tend to fall apart on me when I have used them in the past. Scrubs tend to stick together well enough to use without, I think. I like foody, spicy, resinous and fruity scents - basically anything that I'd like in a perfume. How do you like your chocolate? For example with nuts, mint, peanut butter, caramel? Mint and caramel. Beads! Do you use them? Would you want some? What sorts of beads do you like? They're pretty and all but I probably wouldn't use them, I'm not so good at making jewelry. Anyone here like caramels? Sea salted caramels?!?! Oh, yes please! Would you like a hand dyed or hand painted scarf or wrap or other item? If so, what colors/designs/fabrics do you like? That would be really nice - I like feathers, wings, swirly designs, words, music, that kind of thing. This was a question before, but does anyone here like stones? Just pretty polished stones for use in whatever purposes? They're pretty but I don't know if I'd have a place to put them. September 10th What #1 actor, director, author and/or musician are you obsessed with? At the moment? Robert Glenister. I just started watching this show he's on, Hustle, and aaah. I just want to have coffee with him and a chat and go shopping for old books and we can be friends, right? Right? (So adorable.) And really it doesn't hurt that his character is undoubtedly the coolest on the show. Same goes for Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Evans. Are you interested in anything from the Villainess Bad Apples update? Oh yes, it all looks good! Just Right and Discord especially. 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? Want to try: 1. Storyville 2. The Confectionary 3. Crypt King Luckily at the rate I go through them I don't think there's anything yet that I have a burning desire to hoard, as long as I have at least a partial bottle. Maybe Love's Philosophy or Snake Charmer would be fantastic to have a bit extra of, but really I'm not worried. 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? Pretty much anything by Mucha. I'll make room, seriously. 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 like mineral/loose eyeshadows though I have to admit I use them very rarely. I just like the colors. I have dark hair and fair skin, I guess. Do you like coffee or tea? Would you be interested in trying some different types? Ohhh yes. Both. Finally bought a french press recently, so much easier and better than those drip ones. I'd love to try new types! 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) The (new) Tron soundtrack, any Ratatat or Gnarls Barkley album. And I like mp3s, makes it easier - though I do find a charm in getting hardcopies (so to speak). Are you going away for any part of this round? Nope. Would you like to receive a mix-CD from your Witch? Yes, absolutely! If your witch were going somewhere on a vacation during the round, would you want a little souvenir? Sure, that'd be lovely! Do you enjoy any outdoor activities? Do you have a favorite form of "exercise"? Not really. If anything I'll do a bit of aerobics indoors, workout videos and all that. Any witchee's with a ravelry account have any favourited patterns that cost money that would be a welcome gift? I'm not a yarnie, sorry. Do you work/study at a desk and enjoy interesting or cute office supplies? Ooh yes. JetPens is a veritable trove of stuff to drool over. Witchee, are you a fan of musicals? If so, which ones? Not particularly. I just happen to like certain songs from them, like Popular from Wicked, nearly all of Les Mis, and The Lady's Paying from Sunset Boulevard. September 9th Do you like to burn incense? If so, what are your favorite kinds...sticks? cones? resins? What are your favorite scents? Sticks / cones are easier - anything that stands upright. I've got some charcoal discs and I like how pungent resins and loose incense are, but it is a bit inconvenient so I don't go for it nearly as often. I love Fred Soll and Nippon Kodo - I think one of our own forumites also had a shop, and the scents were great, but I can't recall their store name and they may have had to close. It was a while ago, and my memory is failing me right now. Harry Potter - a fan? If so, what house are you? Sort of. I like Slytherin but I am probably a Hufflepuff. :c If you were to receive a gift card, what places would you like to get one from? Gosh...Amazon would be nice and easy, Villainess and Nocturne Alchemy I think, both also sell gift cards, as do JetPens and Sock Dreams. Is there a particular myth/folktale/legend/fairytale/godstory that you're drawn to? Not particularly. 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 don't do any of those, but I have OCs. I'll have to tidy up the profiles for posting. 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! Pretty much any fantasy / sci-fi world. Warhammer / 40k would be interesting, if enormously dangerous. Discworld would be nice too. Nearly any part of Europe during the Renaissance. When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter? Crank up the music, watch a movie or just play some vidyagames. Or all three at once. What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters? I like xkcd, Looking For Group and Penny Arcade. Non-webcomics, One Piece, Toriko, Kongoh Banchou, Eyeshield 21, Yakitate! Japan and others. Are you musical? Do you play an instrument, and if so, what? If not, what do you wish you could play or do? I can play the piano and clarinet - wouldn't mind learning violin someday, but just don't have the time lately. 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? I don't, but I sure would be interested. Do you decorate for Halloween? Is your decorating taste elegant, kitschy and fun, or scary? Not a lot of festivities in this neighborhood, so I don't really decorate. Witchee, do you have any symbols or totems that have special meaning for you? Not particularly. I like some logos and such from games, but they're not particularly close to my heart or personal. Is anyone fond of programs like Adopt a Tree/Highway/Library/Manatee/Acre of Rainforest/etc?: I haven't really participated before. September 8th From the Weenie Update....what are you most wanting to try? Pumpkin Princess, Sonnet D'Automne. I think I've already got decants of these on the way though. Who's into nail polish? What colors/brands? China Glaze sexy in the city, Orly's halleys comet and it's not rocket science. Those are the only ones I have (wow, completely misread this question when I was first answering it) but those are the types of colors I like. Is there a quote (or lyric or part of a poem) that really resonates with you or is your favorite? Can't think of any just at the moment... Dream candle? Scent, color, type (tealight, votive, pillar, jar, etc.), throw... I'd have to say a jar candle. Nice strong throw. Something with amber, patchouli, honey, vanilla, sandalwood, tonka, cocoa, etc. Do you like knitted goodies? If so, what would you like and what colors? Legwarmers, armwarmers or a scarf. My favorite colors are at the top of the post! Would you be interested in homemade edibles that are NOT sweets? Any specifics? Sure, I'll try anything! What GC do you live in mortal terror of the lab discontinuing, but never get around to buying? Wilde, Dorian, Black Opal. To be honest I do have 5mLs of them but backups would be terrific too. Yo, yarnies! Do you Ravelry? If so, who are you over thar? I am not and do not. Social Media? Not on it much, sorry. Will add to the stalking & services spreadsheet if I do. Do you have wishlists for non-BPAL e-tailers? And if so, could you provide a link or a list? I'll get around to it, I promise, haha. I'll post them here, at the top, when I do! Witchee, do you use a PC or a Mac? PC. I like customization. What is your favorite animal? Snakes, rats, cats, dogs, birds of prey. What are you going to be for Halloween? Dunno yet. 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? Hrm, the Assassin's Creed logo, Chaos (Warhammer 40k) or Horde insignia. I'm a gigantic nerd, yeah? Maybe some swirly designs or geometric shapes / patterns, or something Escher-like would be cool as well. How do you feel about nick-knacks? I like them, but not too many - not sure when I'll have to move next. What traditions (family, holiday, or otherwise) are important to you? Ehm. Don't really have any. I try to get friends together every few weeks, that's about it. Do you like going to the movies? Yeah, once in a while, I almost always try to go matinees though as it's way more affordable. What are your favorite restaurants? Diners. Do you play any video games? Lots! Do you like any anime? Manga trumps anime for me. I'm a fast reader (I think) and I can always go back and look at the pretty pictures! Do you have an E-reader/iPad/something similar that you need a cover/case for? Nope. 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 like jewelry, but wouldn't say that I need a ton of it. How would you like to receive some of your Witch's favorite recipes, tailored to your likes/dietary restrictions? And specific wants? I'd love to! 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? Imps more so than bottles - I've got a ton but they're all kind of jumbled in boxes and jars. Muppets: yea or nay? I haven't watched it enough to say. Do you have an affinity for Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, The Far Side, and other comic strips? If so, which is your favorite? Fox Trot! Favorite Mythological Creature? Gryphons, other cute critters. Do you like hair things barrettes, headbands, flowers Nah, I don't use much aside from regular hair elastics. Expanding on the hair question - does anyone like those flower clips for the hair that are big right now? No thanks.
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    The Witching Time of Night

    This is all dewy, clingy petals with a hint of greenery - I can't pick out notes very well, but this appears to be the sort of floral that somewhat works on me. Not as well as Arkham, but the absence of jasmine in this is already a plus. I'm not sure how often I'll wear this, as it's almost too heady and perfumey, but it's quite pretty.
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    2010 SW Questions & Help:

    Saved for posterity. 2010 SW: So what do you want from Paintbox Soapworks' Yule release? I haven't looked yet. Would you like a box filled with Christmas/Yule treats? Sure! Darling Witchee, are you in on this NaNoWriMo craziness? Would you like motivational pings/writing instruments/lovely blank books in which to pen your masterpiece? I am not, since I am v. bad with words. But, I do like blank books and pens and such. Did you know BPAL is on etsy with leftover trunk show bottles? Would you like any of them? Ooh, yes, though I haven't looked there either so I'm not sure which are available. Do you prefer lip balm in a tube or tin? Either one is good. What are you most interested in from the Yule update? Also have been too busy to look. If you were my witchee, would you want to receive Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, or wouldn't that be your cup of classics? Neutral-feeling. Would you like some homemade snack mix? Sounds good to me! So....let's say that you're my witchee, and you have an affinity for widgets. Let's also pretend that I sent you one of these widgets, but in a form that has a very special personal significance to me. Would you find that to be touching (in a "Yay, now I'll always use this and think of my witch!" way) or tacky (in a "My witch is making this all about her!" way)? In the 'think of my witch' way, definitely! Have you had a chance to try Halloweenies? If so, which ones are you really really in love with this year? Not particularly, alas. I think I've tried only Boo. It was okay on me. Do you prefer scented or unscented lotions/moisturizers? Scented. Today I got one of the Starbucks Halloween Bearista Bears - it's dressed like a werewolf! Is this something witchees might like? I have too many plushies already, unfortunately. Are you interested in Halloween costumes for your pet(s)? Don't have any (yet). Would you want your witch to reveal herself? How? Only if s/he wants to. I came home with some Dungeon Crawl and some Bedbugs yesterday. If you were my witchee, would you want some of either/both? Enough to try, maybe? Did you forget anything fun/interesting or find something new and exciting? Phew, not at the moment, but I'm rather braindead as of this very late catch-up. Would you like to receive international magazines, even if you don't speak the language it's written in, just to ogle the pictures or for the novelty of it? If yes, what kind of magazines, or what magazines in particular? Yes, probably fashion, art or models (the toy kind). If you were my witchee, would you mind a gift certificate where you'd have to do it old school style and mail it in with your order form? Any form of certs is great! Do you have a preferred weight of yarn to work in? Lace, sock, worsted, bulky, handspun with variation? Not a yarnie, so nope. Anyone like little seasonal decorative wreaths? Like gravevine wreaths embellished with silk flora, etc.? Hm, I'm not sure I'd have space to hang one up. Do any witchees need a Snuggie? No, thanks. So, who here loves pomegranates? Are the good as a fruit, a flavoring or just a scent? Any form, really! Villainess has an update. Anyone wanting anything from it? Hee, I love Vness. Just about anything non-heavy-floral. How are all the witchees fixed for purses--lunchbags, etc? I have a lunchbag that's very handy, but I'm open to bags. And I've been meaning to get those cloth snack bags off etsy... Would you like a sugar skull decorated by your witch? Or do you like sugar skull stuff in general? Sure do! Is there one scent that is your goto for comfort on a bad stressful day? Like the perfume equivilent of a security blankie? Dorian, Egyptian Goddess (Auric Blends) and weirdly enough, Wilde. Also foodies. Is there something just super random you like/enjoy/want/are ogling that has not been and will not be covered by any other questions, because it's just that WEIRD? Can't think of it atm, if I do... Just curious, but if your witch was to make an amigurumi critter (or other plushie) just for you, what would it be? A bunny, a fox or...a cat? Snake? I don't know, I love a ton of animals. Would you want a local/tourist item from your witch? Like a t-shirt, mug or shot glass? No t-shirts if you please - I have far too many. A mug though would be very welcome. Okay, who wants NAlloween and some Vampire Apothecary goodness? Always! NA doesn't get nearly enough love (from me), on my present budget. Venomous Villains? Don't know what/who they are... Last Unicorn? Haven't seen it. Do you collect stones/rocks? I'm talking like "semi" precious stones, ie moonstone, bloodstone, quartz ect. Are there any that you're looking for at the moment? Are you in need of a stone but don't know which kind? I don't really collect them, but they are very pretty. I think I have all of one or two at the moment. What's your favorite Halloween Music? None in particular. Do you have a deviantart print wishlist or favourites list? Not at the moment. Is there anything from Blooddrop that you want to try? GC? Halloween update? I've never tried anything from them. What kind of shoes do you need/want? What size shoes do you wear? Would you mind gently used shoes? Flip-flops, haha. Apart from those I tend to have...err, expensive taste in shoes. Do you like paper dolls (new or vintage) or coloring in books? I think they're pretty, but have no particular preference. Do you like weird scary things as traditionally girly fashion items like heels and handbags? Neutral. What song is on heavy rotation for you right now? Stuff by MrVoletron on Youtube (/nerd). Do you like garlic? Do you REALLY like garlic? Would you want to try some really unusual garlic stuff, like garlic cheese or garlic fudge or garlic chocolate, etc., etc., etc.? I love garlic. Like, a lot. And I'll try almost anything. Can I talk to you about the living dead? How do you feel about Zombies? I liked Zombieland, but in general I'm meh about zombies and zombie games / films / whatever. If you happened to be my Witchee, is there something you'd like from the Arcana Halloween update? I love Arcana, but don't know what they have up. How many bottles of BPAL do you have? More than I care to count just at the moment. /eep Is there any exercise program that you're interesting in learning? Meditation, Yoga, Pilates, Belly Dancing, Zumba ect? Or if you do any of these (or anything else sport related) are there any things you need/want? Candles, music, mats, water bottles ect? It'd probably spur me to start working out, which I desperately need to do, though I don't have my eye on any in particular. Anyone else into Emily Autumn? Not really. I know of her but am not sure I have heard much of her music. What's on your walls? Please show us up to three paintings/posters/whatever. If you love a painting so much that you would steal (to watch it with your greedy eyes) one, please share. Um. TF2 posters. P: Do you like Girl Scout cookies? What kind? Samoas and thin mints! What's your take on homemade apple butter? Want some? That sounds amazing, so yes. I wondered if my witch or any witch would enjoy things like nice pens to draw with or anything similar? Sure! Does anyone do altered books? Would you be interested in old books to alter? Any type or title in particular? I don't do it myself, so...not sure. Did someone ask about incense yet? Would you like some? Something to store or burn it in? What scents? What form? I love incense - Nippon Kodo and Fred Soll are my favorites. Oh, and IFI's Honey Dust. Any oddball free things you collect or would want saved for you? I don't think so, no. Who likes hair toys, and if so what kind? I use plain elastics and big clips - pretty regular stuff. Does any art we may send need to be child safe, either in the actually safe sense or the non X rated sense? Nope! In the knitted/crocheted things area, would you want wrist warmers, 1/2 gloves, a neck warmer(the kind that pretty much just goes around your neck and maybe fastens instead of being long and loose like a scarf), slippers, or hats? Sure, any would be great. How do you feel about altered/recycled/upcycled items of clothing or accessories? I'm fine with 'em. What do you wish you could make/craft if you had the know-how and supplies? Specifically, which particular items? Amigurumi, maybe, or embroidery. Is there anything you would like from Conjure Oils general catalogue or the new updates that isn't already on your wishlist? I have Solstice, but I'd love to try anything else. Anyone need address/phone type books? Nah - I usually keep that stuff on my Google account. Are there any particular movies, tv shows or cd’s that you’ve been meaning to buy for years but just never got round to getting? Would you mind a gently used dvd/cd if your witch had it or could get it? Um, I can't think of any at the moment, but I wouldn't mind gently used things. Would you like a custom/altered toy either from a seller or from your witch (like My Little Pony, or a Barbie or any particular toy that can be changed?) Barbies, maybe not so much - I think MLPs are really cute though. Do you like the candy apple, candy corn or pumpkin spice kisses? Never tried them, but they sound good. Anne Taintor, anyone? Never heard of her. Which web comics do you enjoy? Penny Arcade, Looking For Group, three panel soul, Awkward Zombie. If I were to knit a scarf, would you prefer a skinny one, or a wide one? A short one, that when wrapped once around your neck will just tuck under your jacket, or a long one, at least to your waist? I love both for different occasions. Don't like scarves? Would a rectangular shawl or triangular shawl be more to your taste? I prefer scarves, actually. I feel like I'd mess up a shawl. How do you feel about recipes? Love 'em. What kind of a cook/baker are you? An...amateur? Are you happiest calling for delivery or microwaving a lean cuisine, Or will Food Network be asking you to host their new program? I prefer to cook when I have time, but sometimes having a tight schedule necessitates breaking out the frozen stuff. If I send you something home made would you like the reciepe for it? Yes! If you are someone who doesn't want baked goods sent, would you like a collection of some of my favorite recipes? That would be awesome since I get together with friends every week or two and we do a big dinner party. How about home made mixes or kits? Kind of like the cookie in a jar thing, where you would need to add the perishable ingredients? Sure! If you are a tea lover, what are your flavor preferences? Green? Black? Herbal (I know, technically those are NOT teas, but tisanes)? Flavored blacks/greens? Black, usually - flavors are good too. My favorites include fruity black teas like Twinings' Tastes of Summer, and more spiced ones like Bigelow's Eggnog'n. How do you feel about silly, funny knick-knack, dollar store stuff, stickers, magnets etc? Would you like receiving that kind of stuff or rather not? I'd rather not. Maybe like, one or two things. But I have lots of stuff lying around as it is. Do you read mangas/watch animes? Which ones? Do you have a particular favourite? Would you like to receive managas or anything related to them? Watch, no; read, yes. One Piece is my undisputed favorite - but in general I like any comics that have a healthy element of comedy and aren't primarily romance or drama. And no, I wouldn't mind getting stuff related to it, collectibles or whatever - as for the actual books, the only series I would collect are Iron Wok Jan and City Hunter, since they're out of print. Are you open to receiving things that are not on your wishlist, maybe something your Witch thinks you might like? Yep, feel free to surprise me! If you have something on a wishlist that we could craft INSTEAD of buying, though it might not end up identical to the wishlist thing, would it be okay to craft it instead? Obviously we don't want to copy anyone else's design, but if we can replicate the flavour or intent that you like without stepping on toes? Certainly! OK, I know that lots of folks love socks. Do you have a preference of length? Materials? Patterns? Over the knee or thigh highs are preferable, and I like most patterns. Horizontal stripes I tend not to wear though. (Fat calves, and all.) Do you have a favorite quotation? Song lyric? Book passage? WhateverthehecktheycalltheanonymousregionalwisdomthingiePROVERB! that word. None that come to mind at the moment. What is a bpal scent that you've been dying to try for awhile but just can't find? (A scent where even a tester would do) F54, to see what all the hype's about! Or, Chewing Little Bits of String. Let's say, hypothetically speaking, that you have some children/spawn (1 or more), and, hypothetically speaking, your witch would like to spoil them a little but knows nothing of kids these days. What do they like or dislike? Also is there anything a (sane) adult might think they would like that you don't think is appropriate for whatever reason? (I'm thinking of things like temp tattoos, make up, things that make noise, or anything else that might be bad for non-obvious reasons.) I don't, so...nothing. Is there anything you would like that can be delivered over the internet? Things like fanfic recs, cat macros, mp3s you are looking for, how-to or amusing videos, things like that Sure, I love all of the above! What would your last meal be if it could be anything in the world (sky is the limit, drinks too, the whole shebang) I couldn't say for sure, but it'd probably include milk tea, a nice cheese course, caviar, yellowtail sashimi, fried rice, spicy wontons, patatas fritas with garlic aioli, and a white/dark chocolate raspberry mousse. And maybe some more hearty food like ribs or potato gratin. And croquettes. And curry. Drat, now I'm hungry... Chocolate or other types of candy? Prefer gummies and hard candy. For tea drinkers, do you prefer loose leaf or tea bags? Either is fine. I usually use bags for convenience, but do want to try loose leaf. If you would enjoy something of a knitted persuasion, do you have a preference on type of thing? Since making a scarf for someone who has 10 might be a smidge excessive? Also, how do people feel about shawls? I'm not sure I'd wear a shawl, but anything else would be cool! Is there a TV, movie or literary character that you are a lot alike, or would like to be alike? People tell me I'm like this one tv character whose name I really don't remember right now. Nor what show she's from. Umm. Is there anything you need for your kitchen, ie measuring cups, spoons, grater, ect? Erm...only bigger appliances, at this point. :c Music, DO you prefer Live or Studio? Edited or explicit? Either one, and explicit. If you are an animal lover, is there a specific type/breed that you love most? Mm, not really. Also flowers and plants- If you like flowers/plants, do you have a favorite(s)? Not particularly. Do you crave many Ecards and contact or are you okay with little contact from your Witch? I'm okay with both. I love hearing from my witch, but during this round I know I'll be really busy and don't want to not be able to answer ecards / emails / whatever. But if you wanna send me more I'll do my best to keep up! Do you have a place where you list all the BPAL you have or have tried? Yes, it's in my bpal blog - I'm still working on it, though. Do you like maple sugar candy? Yes! What is your position on the chocolate & bacon flavor combination? I've never tried it, but would be open to. If you are a tea-drinker do you need a tea-cozie for your pot? I don't have a teapot, so no. Go to your spice cabinet, what are the three most used spices? Sea salt, pepper and probably a tie between paprika and cayenne. Microsoft or Apple? Microsoft. I don't mind Apple (and have some of their products) but I prefer my PC, which has Windows on it. Where was your last vacation? What did you like most? Madrid, and the food and the architecture and the everything! Would you appreciate receiving handwritten letters and/or postcards (anonymous or not)? How about sending them? I'm not good at writing, but I would try my best 'cause I like sending and getting mail. Do you hate any food things with a passion? Not particularly...I'll shy away from yellow mustard and ketchup, but sometimes I'll still put them on things. Would you be opposed to receiving a digital version (via email) of a magazine you like but don't subscribe to...you know, in the interest of saving a tree? Sure would - only I don't know if the magazines I like come in digital versions. Hrm. What interests you from the latest lab update? Hm, I think my wishlist is up to date. Everything I'm interested in that I know of should be there. How do you feel about stationery, like nice pens or notepaper? And if you're in favor, do you prefer classic/contemporary or cutesy stuff? I like all kinds. Would you like homemade preserves? Sure. If you've got stuff on your BPAL wishlist, would partial bottles be okay? Absolutely yes. I use my oils very slowly and like to change them up a lot, so partials would be awesome. Would you like something you have to make yourself? Assuming I'm not too clumsy to make it without breaking it, sure. (Which is probably the reason I'm not crafty to begin with, as I can easily imagine myself wrecking hours of work with a slip of the hand. The horror!) Say you were my witchee, and I found things on your wishlist that I could totally make. Would you want me to make it? Or would you rather it be purchased for you? Made would be great, handcrafted things have a certain charm. Who is your favorite soap etailer? Villainess. What about vintage decoration items, teacups, etc etc? I'm not sure I have much of a place to put them, but I think they're lovely! With regards to your gifts, would you prefer your presents' awesomeness evenly spread out (several packages of pretty terrific things) over the round or a slow build-up of awesomeness (going up from pretty cool things to something super-duper cool at the end) to go out with a bang? Do you have a preference? Whatever my witch wants to do, or whatever's easier. What kind of make-up do you wear? What colors? Is there anything you'd like to try but haven't yet? Lip balm and occasionally eyeliner. Haha. Sometimes a gloss or something...I've tried those powdered/mineral eyeshadows, which I think are pretty, but I can hardly be arsed to wear them. Who would be on your top 5 (IE famous people you’d date/have relations with)? No one, I'm not into dating or 'relations', haha. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go to last.fm immediately and create an account! Download the scrobbler! Link us to your account! If you reject this assignment, maybe just tell us what your mp3 player says you listen to a lot? Derr...maybe later. Any countries you're interested in? Hm, I think I covered this in the 'where would you like to travel' question. Would you enjoy homemade bath products (bath salts, fizzies, etc.) and/or linen sprays? Esp. if scented with some of your favorite BPAL scents? I sure would. If you witch made you something and it didn't come out just right, would you still want it? Absolutely! Are you a foodie? Yes! Food-wise and fragrance-wise. Any sports fans in the house? What's your favorite sport/team/player? I don't follow sports aside from watching the World Cup. For holidays, do you decorate? Would you like decorative stuff, weenie or otherwise? If so, do you lean towards the elegant, the crafty/folksy, or the more, erm, campy? No, I don't. Do you like journals/notebooks/sketchbooks? Yes, though I already have a lot...I sort of collect them, I guess. Cake truffles? If YES! Cake/icing/chocolate type? Sounds good to me - I like moist (ha) cakes (yellow/white/red velvet), cream cheese icing, white chocolate. I'm not really a chocolate fan, to be honest. Even in desserts, I prefer it used sparingly or not at all. (Though I have been known to decimate boxes of Godiva choccies in the past. /embarrassedcough Not that I'm asking anyone to send me something that expensive, mind!) Are you interested in mini bottles(under 100ml for hand luggage) of bath and body products? Sure. I don't travel much but I do occasionally stay over at friends' places and whatnot. Vampire shows, literature, etc? Yay or nay? Neutral / ambivalent. The only vampire related thing I like / liked is Bite Me (webcomic). If you play console video games, what game systems do you have and what games would you love to have? Gamecube, DS, Wii, PS2 and I often use my friend's PS3. Um...can't think of any games I'm really jonesing to play lately. Oh, I guess I was always curious about Mario Sunshine. Maybe I'll add more later? If there was a third sequel to Katamari Damacy, I'd be very interested too! How do you all feel about flowers and plants? Flower and plant seeds? Drawings of flowers or plants? Pressed flowers? I like those vintage (I am probably overusing this word) drawings of flowers and plants with their scientific names written next to 'em. Is there a a word for that? I don't do any gardening though. How do you feel about marzipan? I don't think I've ever tried it... If you could have 3 BPAL bottles fall (gently) out of the sky right this second that you've been looking for or pining for - which 3 would they be? MB: Underpants, Now Winter Nights Enlarge and...gosh, I don't know. Maybe one of the BPTP scents. Are there any international treats that you love and have a hard time finding? Not any ones that I know the name of... Well, I do know the name but I don't know how to romanize it...let's just say 'no', for simplicity's sake. eta: Oh! Wait, there is one - those mini Haribo gummi bears. Love 'em to death. And...and Biscoff cookies. Though I don't know if those are so much 'international' as much as 'I'm just too lazy to order them'. Is there anything from the 'Ween BPTP update that you would like but haven't ordered for yourself? I'm curious about all the scents except for the licorice one. Like lots of other folks it's a very iffy note on me. If you are a crafter, would you like to receive supplies from your witch (beads, fabric, yarn/roving etc?) I am not, so no. I like pretty beads, but they are liable to just sit there in a jar and look pretty rather than being made into anything! Find your iPod (or other MP3 device), put it on shuffle/random. What are the first five songs to come up? Okay, I cheated a bit and these are the first five ten songs I liked the sound of (as I tend to never ever delete music, even those I'm no longer interested in): 1. Circus he Youkoso - Hirasawa Susumu 2. Penny Lane - The Beatles 3. A Tenuous Place - Eminence Symphony Orchestra 4. Earth - Jesper Kyd 5. Revolution Deathsquad - Dragonforce 6. Drunken Lullabies - Flogging Molly 7. En Salon Mexico - Copland 8. Mothmen - Naked Empire 9. Storm Coming - Gnarls Barkley 10. 2MD - Flight of the Conchords Soundtracks you'd like? Can't think of any that I don't already own, honestly. If you could see one concert right now, who would it be? Aw, why the tough questions? Probably Acidman, Daft Punk, m-flo, Flogging Molly, X Japan or any symphony/orchestra. Would you like a bag of dried Honeycrisp apples? Sure! If you were to receive a knitted item (such as a scarf, hat, etc), what colors would you like? And do you have any sensitivies/allergies to any materials? Black, teal, blue/green, dark red / orange, gray. Anything except pink, purple or pastels, basically. Some fibers make me itchy, but I can get used to 'em. Gift Certificate: physical or email? Either is fine! Favorite Yankee Candles? Or other brands scents? Amber Sunset, which I think is discontinued though. I like YC, as well as a ton of other etailers. Would you like a zuni animal fetish? And if so, what animal? Certainly - they look very cool. Fox, bird or snake I suppose? And how does everyone feel about glow in the dark radishes? Ambivalent. What places to do you visit that you'd like a gift card to? Starbucks, Target, Wal-Mart, B&N, a favorite restaurant or clothing shop? Any of the above would be welcomed, haha. There aren't any restaurants I frequent, and the only places I go clothes shopping are the clearance racks at American Eagle and Hot Topic, Nordstrom Rack, and discount stores (Ross, TJ Maxx, etc). Cake or Frosting? Wait, but don't they usually come together? What movie scared the bejeezus out of you as a child? Wasn't allowed to watch them, so none I guess. Name a couple of sites you frequent other than this one. Livejournal, occasionally Gaia Online (shame!) and some other avatar or forum based sites. I'm everywhere! (Mad scientist cackle here.) Do you like the Muppets? Which is your favorite? Never watched them. If you could have any creature (real or imaginary) as a pet, what would it be? All of them. No, just kidding. A hippogriff maybe. Comfort Rereads?: Any of my Pratchett books, some of my comics. Will you be going out of town during the round, or is there any other time during the round when it would not be ideal for you to receive a package from your witch? Nope. I'm on campus all day Monday through Thursday, but it's a pretty safe neighborhood (re. leaving parcels on the doorstep). If you are in school now, what classes are you taking? Does anything you are currently studying really interest you? (if you are not in school, is there anything you are trying to learn?) I like IT, but aside from that what I am studying is quite boring! What animal would your daemon be? Alternately, your patronus. No clue, honestly. I like lots of different animals, but don't feel that any one particularly represents me. What's YOUR favorite word? Too many to list! Steampunk, yay or nay? If yay, what part appeals most? Yes! I like all the little mechanical bits and the whole slightly anachronistic atmosphere. I don't have anything really steampunk-y at the moment, sadly. Hoping to collect some accessories eventually though! Do you have a special symbol or totem that is meaningful to you? Sigh, I rather wish I did. If I did it'd probably be something related to art, music, food or videogames/computers, if you need a general theme? Haha. Do you need a box for your bpal bottles? Your imps? Your something else to put in a box stuff? I love boxes and containers, for bpal or otherwise. If you could be any person, being, or animal from Fantasy what or who would you be? Something that could shapeshift! Or, like, a super smart person! If you could go back to any point in time, where, when, why? The Renaissance, and anywhere in Europe. No particular location or reason, I just think it'd be fun. Favorite Halloween Candy/Treat? Fudge skulls. I can't remember who makes them, but I found them once three or four years ago and haven't seen them again since so I suppose they might have been discontinued. Otherwise, nothing special - I like gummy candy and hard fruit flavor candy generally. And pop rocks. And cotton candy, and pixy sticks, and...what were we talking about, again? What are your favorite baked goods/homemade treats? Chewy snickerdoodles, confetti cake, anything moist / chewy really. Damned if I can make them myself, but there you go. Would you be interested in an astrology birth chart? Sort of. Not hugely excited, but I'd be curious. Socks? Sock Dreams? Anyone? I love Sock Dreams. c: What is something you use to comfort yourself when feeling yucky, depressed, or in pain? A favorite movie, cup of tea, ice cream, or some casual gaming. Not at all once, necessarily! Favorite Halloween/Scary movies/books None. What would the name of your custom blend be? The description? No idea on the name, but I'd probably choose one of my online handles or one of my favorite words (if you couldn't tell, I'm fairly indecisive). It'd probably have a little blurb of "a bittersweet, cozy blend reminiscent of a faded memory - " followed by the notes (as in the questionnaire). I'm not much of a writer, ha. COMIC BOOKS. Do you read them? Are there any series you like, or some you would like to try? Some, yes. My absolute favorite has to be One Piece. I also like Polly & the Pirates, Deadpool, and other random, weird, assorted things. Um. Probably not wise to get me started on this. Warm drinks? Yes! Tea, cocoa, cider, etc. When you go to an etsy wishlist, it will tell you what things are sold. If you click on the sold item, sometimes it will give options that are similar to what was sold, but not identical, would you like the similar item or prefer not to get it at all unless it's the same item? How picky are you? Depends on the 'thing', I guess? I don't think I'm picky. Do you wear make up? Does lip gloss count? Do you have A VCR, DVD Player or Blue Ray or a combo of the three? Only have a DVD player. Would you like custom icons as a gift? I'd like to say yes but truthfully I probably would not use them. What is your favourite snack food, something you could grab any time? Cheese, chips, salami, dried fruit, cup noodles, cookies, jerky. Ebooks? I don't have a reader, so no. I like the feeling of having a real book anyway. Nail polish: I have all of three bottles (Orly Halley's Comet, It's Not Rocket Science; China Glaze Sexy in the City) right now, and I rarely use them, but I do so love pretty colors, so a 'maybe' for me. Soft/plushy things: I already have several. I like the hand-sewn bat shaped cupholders I saw in a previous IGI thread though - but I don't count those as plushies really. Someone mentioned amigurumi, which I do like and also don't consider typical plushies. What hobby/craft would you like to learn how to do? I like playing with yarn and beads and all manner of shiny fiddly things. I used to have a bag of cheap ol' yarn and crochet hooks around here, but they're long gone, haha. Maybe I'll pick up crochet or knitting or embroidery in the future, but I'm not sure I have time at the moment. Are you into Austen's books? They're okay. Do you read Tarot cards? If not, would you be interested? I have a deck or two floating around here somewhere that I haven't touched in ages...I don't think I will use them much. I think they're interesting, but I'll leave that sort of interpretation to other people. So for those of you who are into Harry Potter at all, which house do you think you'd be sorted into? I like the Slytherin and Ravenclaw colors, but HP quizzes usually put me in either of the other two houses, alas. What, if anything, is your guilty TV watching pleasure? Reality shows. I liked the photoshoots from ANTM, and...that's basically it. If you cosplay or need a costume for your bellydance/burlesque hobby, is there anything you need/want for it? I don't, so nothin'. Celebrity crush?: Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Robert Glenister, Chris Hemsworth, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp (only in PotC though), Alan Rickman, Christoper Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Catherine Zeta Jones, Angelina Jolie, Justin Long, Alton Brown, Misha Collins, Jensen Ackles, Patrick Warburton. A very, um, loose definition of 'crush' here. Knitted things?: I'd love them! What about DVDs? I already have, in one format or another, most of the shows / movies that I like, but am not averse to more. Do you prefer widescreen or formatted? Either one is fine - I tend to have a slight preference for widescreen, but it really doesn't matter. Music: Any preference towards MP3 or CD? Nope! Do you like scented tarts? Tarts and candles, love 'em. I already have tons honestly, but I wouldn't mind more (despite my family's growing alarm). Ahem. Lip balms? I also already have more than I'll use, but I suppose I wouldn't mind them either. Booze. Do you drink it, would you like some? I like it, but I can't drink much. I prefer sweeter drinks (port, fruity cocktails). What is your favorite artist or art style? Renaissance, baroque, rococo, and so on - anything from those eras or movements generally makes me happy in my pants (I'm particularly fond of still life, and mythological/historical paintings and sculpture, and...), as well just about everything art deco and art nouveau. I also like Hokusai, Toulouse-Lautrec, Magritte, Rockwell, Rothko and Escher (forgive the hodgepodge of names, I must admit I don't 'get' a lot of modern art so I tend to be increasingly picky the more contemporary the period). As far as non-fine-art goes - okay, so comic book artists - I really like Eiichiro Oda, Kubotite, CLAMP, Oh! Great, and Murata Yusuke. Vintage and cute things are awesome, too! Hallowe'en plans? None so far. I'm not very social and there are never trick or treaters around here. Mix CDs? Sure, I love discovering new music! Girlyness level? I appreciate expensive shoes, bags, clothes and perfume, but also never wear makeup (seriously, I have manymany lip balms and one tragic, worn and battered eyeliner), am blind to the concept of romance/flirting/relationships, and would rather win a shopping spree at Fry's than at Macy's. You decide. Baked goods: Yes, please! Gifts for other household members: I'll share edibles with my mum, but otherwise she's too picky and practical to use things she didn't buy herself. Certainly she's never used any of my gifts... Are you someone who'd rather have lots of small testers of different things on your wishlist, or would you rather have one or two "big" things? I'm happy with anything! I think the majority (or all) of my wishlist would be easy to rehome, whether it's a bottle or an imp / decant. Social networking: I have a bunch of accounts but hardly touch any of them. Would you like to receive Groupons or similar deals/gift certificates from your Witch? Sure! If they're to places like World Market or big stores with a lot of variety that'd probably be best - activities are usually too cost prohibitive, coupon or no. Restaurants would be okay, but I really don't eat out that often. How about tshirt/bottoms sizes? I usually take a small in crew necks, or an XL in babydolls. I don't mind if they're a little bigger either, since I'm tall and I'm willing to have my clothes a little baggy if they cover more. I'm not sure about bottoms, maybe a 12 or 13? I'm about 37 - 33 - 42" anyway, and usually wear lowriders. That was probably not helpful at all, sorry.
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    Non-Bpal Wishlist

    This is for my own reference mostly, as well as a 'I like [this kind of stuff]' help for my witch if needed. Or for anyone who would like to swap for BPAL with non-BPAL stuff - I'm open to that too. I usually wear a size L through 2XL (to be safe) and am about 38 - 33 - 44". Updated 9/14/2011 - Added some info. Misc: Valve Store: Pretty much anything TF2 or Portal related is . TF2 Trading Cards TF2 Logo Mug Aperture Labs Mug Weighted Companion Cube Plush TF2 Bonk tee Portal 2 Orange tee Portal Cake is a Lie tee Clockwork Couture: Engineer Shirt III L Ladies' Plus Sized Walking Skirt XL Bath/Body: Conjure Oils: Testers preferred. Black Cat Crossed My Path - Black vanilla, blacker amber and blackest patchouli, sugar peach, midnight musk and sweet cream. Guardian Angel - Thirteen vanillas, butter cream, angel food cake and layers of heavenly coconut cream. Snake Eyes - Candy floss, cinnamon leaf, smoked chili pepper, aged oak, tobacco and rich golden honeycomb. Achocolypse - White chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate truffle, cocoa nibs, rich cocoa butter and a splash of vanilla bean liqueur. A Strychnine Kiss - Sparkling pomegranate wine, white patchouli, vanilla musk, pink gardenia and amber incense. Cyanide Crumpets & Nightshade Jam - Toasted crumpets slathered in almond butter and seeded blackberry and nightshade berry jam. O Caffeine! - A butter cream vanilla cupcake drizzled with caramel sauce and served with espresso and a devilish grin. Sweet Death - An orgasmic Ménage à trois of dark chocolate, milk chocolate and cocoa absolute merging with three vanillas, balsam peru, osmanthus and sexy musk. Man's Ruin - Cracked leather, bourbon whiskey, honeyed tobacco and the lingering scent of danger and her perfume. Flapper - Smoky, sexy vanilla suede, hootch and a trail of Oriental sandalwood make this scent not only the bee's knees, but quite possibly the cat's pajamas as well. KNJR on the Dial - Ozone from old vacuum tubes, a glowing walnut wood cabinet, a crackling fire and hot chocolate evoke times long passed. 23 Skidoo - A lingering, sensuous, resinous, signature scent featuring Haitian vetiver and black myrrh. Injureale - Injureale is what you get when Gin and Ginger Ale work their magic together in a tumbler with ice. Nocturne Alchemy: I have a pretty good success rate with NA, so I'm quite willing to go for full or partial bottles. Please feel free to try me on anything not listed, as it's all I can do to keep up with BPAL LEs much less those for other companies. Nokturne Nokturne2 Nokturne: Sapphire The Curse II Temple Nocturne Alchemy Incensia SAEX A Memory of Hope Selket Venom Love of Bastet Queen Amber Princess Amber Baby Horus - NA New Year 2010 Baby Tut - NA New Year 2010 Possets: Sadly, Possets stuff doesn't usually work on me, but I love some of the descriptions, so testers would be optimal. Mary Shelley Punch & Cookies The Big Black Cat Glee High Tea Solstice Scents: Testers, partials, all are fine. Spellbound Woods Cenobite Monster Mash Inquisitor Nag Champa Pharaoh Astral Temple Cocoa Mallow Black Leather, Red Lace The Sages Athenaeum Travelers Amber Enchanted Forest Sandalwood Vanilla Anubis Scrying Smoke Villainess: Birthrite in any shape or form. Testers of the following: Antihero Byzantium Canaan Decadence Dulces en Fuego Embargo Friction Ginger Snapped Jai Mahal Krakatoa Paradise Misplaced Pyromania Scintillating Shanghaied Villainess ZOMG: Squees or testers preferred, as I've never tried anything of theirs before. Xocolatl Lassi Come Home Smoky Black Chai Lola Lola's New Dress Swift-Tuttle's Shiny Butt Tom Kha Candied Head Candy Mechanic Roziere Love-Pie Spacebat Red Empress Sugar Dragon Starring Fragrances: Burlesque Dancer - Sweet vanilla deepened by musk, brandy, and tobacco. Hints of the oak stage, the carnation of her perfume, and anise for a mysterious aura. The Candy Store Girl - Red liquorice, bergamont, sweet orange, a little caramel, a light touch of vanilla. The Debutante - A rich, sweet blend of French vanilla, pralines, juicy Southern peaches and pears, marshmallow fluff all atop mounds of sweet yellow poundcake. The Golden Gal - Vanilla sandalwood perfume, a hint of tobacco smoke from her cigarette, in between sips of her coconut rum. The MILF - Thick vanilla frosting, tonka beans, coconut cream, caramel cookies, hints of spicy Mexican cocoa, and a burst of luscious blood orange. The Teen Queen - Sticky sweet cotton candy, strawberry flavored lip gloss and a shot of coconut rum. Agent - Lemon laced black tea leaves. golden honey amber, and exotic woods. The Bombshell - A sultry blend of crushed Madagascan vanilla beans, hints of white orchids, honeyed woods, tossed with raspberries and blackberries. Gangster's Moll - Sexy vanilla cologne, rich bourbon, a hint of sweet tobacco and a French vanilla finish. The Indie Movie Star- Rich sweet sandalwood touched with the soft essence of freshly cracked coconut, sweet peach, and soft fruits. Scream Queen - Run for your life in this berry confection popping with sweet pink bubblegum and vanilla ice cream topped off with a mixed berry compote! The Secret Agent - This top secret scent is rich with golden honey, subtle spice, explosive orange, and a fiery burst of Moroccan rain. The Temptress - Laced in sultry sandalwood, enticed with dark rich vanilla, kissed with warm sweet caramel, and caressed with pure coconut milk. The Villainess - Black vanilla beans, Tonka vanilla and whispered rumors of resinous sultry sugar! The Vixen - Deep dark cacao laced with honey with the essence of smokey woods atop a bed of golden amber.
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    Pet Magah Bird

    Very bright and fruity in the vial, turns into faded spice on my skin. The guava seems to stand out in the wet stage(s), later on it flits nervously between peppery coconut and violet-and-caramel. If you're like me and usually can't stand violet, you might give this a try - it's very light and tempered by the other notes to boot. It still smells the same as in other violet-containing blends I've tried, it just doesn't smack me in the face right off the bat. Overall impression: It's nice, but I won't need a bottle and may even swap away the decant. I'm glad I was able to try it, though.
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    I'm having a hard time with this one, since by all accounts the notes should all work on me - and do, satisfactorily - but it's not as incredible as I was hoping. This may be due to the fact that I'm congested at the time of writing, but I did want to get my first impressions down before I forget. Wet - Kind of sweet, almost cocoa-y. Dry - The amber turns a bit powdery and comes to the forefront, and it loses the hint of sweetness. Really not able to detect much else - a tiny bit of carnation, maybe, but this isn't the amazing sandalwood-amber I thought it might be from the description. I'll definitely retest this when I can breathe properly, but whether or not it works, I'll probably hang on to my decant.
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    Rose Cross

    Much prettier in the vial (soft warm rose), on my skin it becomes much heavier on the frankincense - not that this is a bad thing - but then the whole thing becomes very sour / bitter. Not much to say except it just doesn't work on me.
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    Floral on the imp, and even more so on my skin. Definite no-go on this one, which is a little disappointing admittedly, since all the notes sounded so good. I get the wood and amber later on, but by that time it's faded so much I'd have to reapply, which would kind of defeat the purpose. I don't know if aging will help, but this is so boring on me anyway that I'm not keen to wait.
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    Cake Smash

    I was a little congested when I first tried this, but as far as I could tell, it's Exactly What It Says On The Tin. The frosting is more prominent than the cake by far, but both are present and accounted for - now, I can't claim to be good at picking out notes, but SO and Dorian at least are so distinctive that it doesn't take much. Snake Oil provides a resinous, syrupy base, with the vanilla from Dorian and something else I can't put my finger (nose?) on, if for no other reason than I'm just not that familiar with Constantine. But, there it is. As a foody/resin/musk lover, this is gorgeous. I think it calls for a bottle (if possible).
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    I wanted to love this - not so much from the description but from the notes. Imp: Creamy spicy goodness. Wet: Agh, the booze is here with a bloody vengeance - certain types of booze go to rot on me and this seems to be taking a turn that way. Drydown: So the whiff of almost-rancid-wine has (thankfully) just gone - but now I'm getting a lot of cinnamon. Overwhelmingly so. Dry: More cinnamon. Slightly tempered by the milk / honey, but not enough. Final verdict is - nothing noteworthy. It was delicious in the imp, but very meh on me. A scent locket might work. I also think this would be nice over Hand of Glory.
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    Phew, finally dug this out to test. Bottle: Sweet, refreshing, but warm - in a 'having melon sorbet after lunch in the middle of a flower garden in full bloom' sort of way. Wet: Okay, so much for that. Drydown: As I suspected, violets all the way. It's not as imposing as other blends have been - maybe, due to it being violet leaf, which I don't recall trying before. It morphs a tiny bit once fully dry, but mostly straddles the line between 'rargh violets' and 'powdery rose', and occasionally just fades into nothing. I'm sure it's nice on whose who have chemistry that doesn't amp florals unpleasantly; I should be so lucky. This can go to a new home.
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    Stuff I've Tried.

    B = Full or partial bottle(s) wanted! R = Would like to retest (partial imp/tester). S = Was especially bad. Updated 9/13. Listed a bunch willy-nilly, I've honestly not been home long enough to sit down and organize. Erm, still have to add a ton, though. If something's marked as wanting a bottle, it could be either that I currently only have imps, or that I want a backup. If it's the latter, I may be more picky when swapping, since I'd rather try new scents for now. Sorry to be confusing, haha. (And of course, not all my bottle wants will be feasible, but hey, might find a replacement somewhere!) ARS AMATORIA: Bordello Brisingamen Depraved Kabuki ® Lolita Maiden Muse O Rapture Satyr Snake Oil ( Vixen ARS DRACONIS: Dragon's Blood Dragon's Bone Dragon's Milk Dragon's Musk Dragon's Tears Ladon CARNAVAL DIABOLIQUE: Pickled Imp ( Hand of Glory ( Theodosius ( Candy Butcher ( UNSORTED: Love's Philosophy ( Boo (2009?) Agape Lost His Nurse ( Chintamani-Dhupa Harp of Cnoc I'Chosgair Mag Mell ( White Chocolate, Strawberry & White Pepper Ingenue Sugar Skull 2004 ( Sugar Skull 2005 Sugar Skull 2006 Teatime in Roswell Spicebush Swallowtail Luna Gypsy Monarch Serpents With Glittering Eyes and Forky Tongues ( The Tell-Tale Heart City in the Sea Pink Phoenix Red Phoenix Purple Phoenix Inez ( Hellhound on my Trail Toad Hall Al-Araaf Three Witches Egg'd Mailbox ( Vanilla Bean SN Fig SN Pineapple SN White Sandalwood SN ( Silver Phoenix Iron Phoenix Tabula Smaragdina Two, Five, and Seven Black Phoenix Boomslang ( Australian Copperhead Phantom Calliope Cake Smash ( Wolf Moon (?) Tamora ( Fae ( Antique Lace ( Imp Black Tower Wilde Hellcat Grog ( Gluttony Manhattan Mother Shub's Spiced Lait de Chevre ( Mother Shub's Toothsome Banketstaaf Katrina van Tassel The Witching Time of Night Pumpkin Patch #3 2008 Desdemona Cheshire Cat ®
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    Testing an aged imp. In the imp / wet: Dry powdery bubblegum, straight out of the package. Drydown: For a few minutes, I get a blast of syrupy lollipop flavor. Almost too strong. Later: A surprisingly pleasant cherry and cinnamon scent. Doesn't seem to be able to decide if it should go plastic or not, but thankfully seems to be holding. I can sort of imagine the perfume mentioned in the description, but it's a reach, not something that's made explicit (to my nose, anyway). This is not the fresh fruit you'd get out of, say, Yemaya or Fruit Moon, but it's not bad, just a bright, candy-sweet scent. It could be more, but not on me. I'll probably hang on to my imp but wouldn't order more.
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    Veil was part of my recent 'give the florals a chance' campaign. Unfortunately, all it does is remind me of why I boycotted them in the first place...in the vial, it's actually a mildly warm, balanced blend. Nothing stands out and it's pleasant though not noteworthy. On my skin - not so much. After the first few seconds, it turns into a sharp, heady, bitter violet-lilac concoction and I had to wash it off. Then I spilled the imp all over myself, my desk, and the floor. Evidently I'm being chastised for having an 'oh god hissss get it off' reaction to the lab's floral blends - not my fault, I'd like them if I could!