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    Switch Witch 2019!

    My BPAL wishlist is linked in my signature, so if you have gotten here, you have probably been there as well.... Here's my Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.com/w/6D1ZI60Y3H6P Here's Modcloth (I know Modcloth's stuff is often expensive and sells out quickly, but I thought it might be helpful to give you an idea of what I like... no promises on updating this particular wishlist regularly during the round though) As for etsy, my faves are not public, so here are some examples of relatively-inexpensive stuff I like there: orgone pyramid, soutache earrings, more soutache earrings, even more soutache earrings, key earrings, 80s earrings, more 80s earrings, even more 80s earrings, poppy milk shower gel, blue sky necklace, infinity rainbow pin, rainbow resin ring size 6, crater lake socks (I know I said I didn't want socks, but just look at these!), cosmic jam pin, pastel shirt, neutral good pin, milk tea keychain, letter set. Maybe for the in-thread questions I'll try this thing out where folks sort their answers out by date... 9/20 Will do condensed versions of certain questions because I think my original questionnaire was pretty equivocal on certain topics. With that in mind, I don't do horror movies at all and am not really interested in owning movies in general, I don't have much of a use for knitted things (exceptions will be noted when appropriate), and I am definitely fine with used items, of which thrift store items are a large subset. So... what specifics does that leave... Future Primitive: The Cordwainer, Rook & Raven, Sparklebox, Sylph, Tombstone, and Marshmallow Eggnog sound like nice scents. As for actual products, I looked at the soap bars but many of them seem to be in scents that were not on the scent list. So I guess you can use your judgment about those, dear Witch! I can always use bar soap! Whipped soap seems promising too... again, any of the scents I listed, anything you think I'd like, or Opium Den. Out of yewberry's list of possible knitted items, the "Rikke Slouch Hat" does appeal to me. It probably wouldn't be worn often if I received it, since I wear warm hats approximately twice a year and already have at least two, but I would still like it. Rituel de Fille: So... I think I talked about my feelings about eyeshadow in my original questionnaire? The eye soot is definitely the best fit for me from this site. Looking at the ones listed, Cassiopeia looks the most amazing, but they all look pretty nice. Trying different skincare products from higher end, clean brands? Prettymuch only if they're face masks, I'm otherwise happy with my current skincare regimen (Lush: Coalface, Tea Tree Water, Grease Lightening, Vanishing Cream). Any interest in anything from Torrid, noting their "fangirl" and Halloween collections are updated? Probably going to have to come back to this one. I like that ridiculous kitty-eared corset, but I would never wear/use something like that these days (I wore stuff like that as outerwear when I was 19, but don't now that I'm 38... no judgement on others' behavior/presentation implied, just speaking for myself) so please don't get it for me! Update: Foxy boat neck top, size 2 Another foxy boat neck top, size 2 Alice in Wonderland dress size 1 Harry Potter constellation shirt size 2 Purple Rain shirt size 1 Grey Chevron sparkle pant, size 18 (these are quite expensive, so please don't feel obligated!) Nautical pant, size 18, would try either short or regular inseam ('') Brown ponte pant, size 18 ('') Black and Grey plaid pant, size 18 ('') Raglan skater dress, size 1 Shirt dress, size 1 Jersey fluted dress, size 1 Another jersey fluted dress, size 1 Lightning bolt shirt size 1 Pencil skirt, size 2 Anchor midi skirt, size 2 9/21/19 NEW QUESTION: I'll be going to Seattle, London and Paris during this round- anything you'd love to have from any of these locations? Anything would be great if it's in line with my already-stated preferences... the only specific thing I can think of is that we like medium-roast coffee... whole bean or ground are both fine. Is there anything you would particularly like from Japan? Stationary, bento supplies, a particular snack, etc. The fall flavors for kitkats this year are Chestnut, Sweet Potato and Apple Pie. All of the above are fine though I'm not sure I'd like apple pie kitkats specifically. As for other snax, I always mention Meltykiss chocolate treats and never get any... used to order them from jlist/jbox back in the day. Hope that helps! [Also, have updated the Torrid question above and the info about things I like on etsy.] 9/23 Liliths: Storge, Health Goth, My Tiger, Social Justice Paladin, and Utter Sophistication sounded best to me, I'd love decants. The last 2 are the most likely to work on me, I think. Lush: I'm interested in basically any bubble bar out there, they are probably your best bet. Bath bombs are okay too, I love Hi Ho Silver but am open to others as well. Any of the shower gels/jellies/slimes would be great (except for the Naked shower gel, not into that format), but my favorites of the currently-available ones are The Olive Branch and Rose Jam. For facial products Coalface is a pretty safe bet because my husband and I both use it. I currently use D'Fluff for shaving but would be interested in trying their other shaving products. Finally, the Silky Underwear dusting powder is also a favorite. Thinking about really good natural food stores like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods, if you could have ANY bath and beauty or body care items, what would you love? So I feel like I was pretty clear about this in my original questionnaire. I will reiterate that I can definitely use bar soap (preference to ones that are somewhat local to my Witch, in scents/with ingredients my Witch thinks I'd like), and also enjoy sheet masks (the single-use packaged face masks that are available everywhere these days). And I know I mentioned my love for nail polish and went into specifics about that as well. Also what kind of treats, snacks, foods, condiments, bulk items, teas, housewares from the same natural food stores would you love? Also, are there any particular sustainable kitchen or household items you would love to receive? I know I was pretty comprehensive about this stuff too in my original questionnaire. The only specific beloved snacks I can think of that I didn't explicitly mention in my questionnaire are dark chocolate covered blueberries (we usually buy containers of these at Trader Joe's, but just found out they are also available in the bulk section of my local grocery store), and the stuff that's usually sold as "Giant Peruvian Inca Corn" or similar. It's another thing that we usually buy at Trader Joe's (I think they call it "Inka Corn?") but I have also seen a similar product at Whole Foods. It is sort of like the classic gas station snack, Corn Nuts, but the corn is even bigger and usually just has salt instead of whatever weird flavorings that are usually on corn nuts. Hmm... if you have access to curry paste (red or green) that is NOT Thai Kitchen brand, that'd be cool... I can only get that brand easily, and it's a pale imitation at best of real curry paste. Bulk items: if you have access to nutritional yeast as a powder rather than flakes, that'd be cool... even the health food stores here seem to only have it in flake form these days, and I prefer it as powder because I put it on popcorn before popping (yes, I know I could just whirl the flakes in my spice grinder or food chopper, but that's an extra step). Finally, I do need a new flexible silicon spoon and silicon spatula for cooking/baking, but I'm pretty picky... for the spoon I like a slightly angled bowl (I hope that's what the wide part of a spoon is called, anyway) rather than totally straight, and for both I'd like the handles to not be humongous because they'd be going into a holder with various other implements. Hope that helps! (I may give some more thought to spices later, or may ask or wait for a Penzey's question, I haven't decided yet. So watch this space as usual!) 9/28/19 Does anything from Bird & Blend take your fancy? Again, I will really only use tea in bag form at this point, so I am looking at what is available in tea bags on the site. The Liquor-licious Licorice sounds nice. The Early Grey Creme sounds amazing. I would definitely try the Nearly Nirvana as well. Knitting questions have have been asked, but how about wash cloths, anyone need any? What colors?? No thanx. is there anything from World Market that tickles your fancy? Love World Market. I always buy a bunch of ridiculous snax there, but also enjoy some of their decorative and kitchen items. Use your judgement but I could easily do a shopping spree there, and I have a hard time buying less than $50 of stuff every time I go. I can't think of any particular items and brands other than Clearly Canadian and New York Seltzer, but I understand that you may want to get something less heavy than those since we're talking about items to be mailed. There's a special thing happening over at Rituel de Fille this weekend, where some gorgeous makeup items are coming back for just a couple of days. I'll be placing an order Sunday or Monday- anything that might strike your fancy, either from the special sale or from the site in general? (https://ritueldefille.com) Andromeda eye soot looks amazing. 9/29: Not interested in tarot/oracle decks, or (makeup) pigment samples, unfortunately. In happier news, I was feeling bad about only mentioning things that'd be difficult to mail in the World Market question yesterday, but couldn't remember any specific products to list in addition. But then I remembered Crunchie, which I've bought there from time to time, so that's a thought, not that they don't have plenty of other interesting chocolate bars as well.... 9/30 Quotes I like: BKS Iyengar: "The hardness of a diamond is part of its usefulness, but its true value is in the light that shines through it." or one I dunno the attribution of: "If you find a solution and become attached to it, that solution may become your next problem." Not interested in coloring books, sorry. Adding to what I said in my original questionnaire about spicy foods: I know I addressed in my original questionnaire that I don't like things that are just spicy for the sake of spicy, so I think that should cover this? I do order my Indian food, etc., medium spicy, and enjoy eating plenty of salsa of various spice levels when I eat/cook Mexican food and such, but I don't enjoy eating stuff like hot wings or jalapeno potato chips or whatever, and generally only use Sriracha, Tabasco, etc. as recipe ingredients rather than adding them to finished dishes to up the spice level.  10/1: Also here to sing the praises of Greenwoodtree's penuche.... So for the boozy question, another one that I answered thoroughly in my original questionnaire. So yes, anything from hard cider to straight whiskey is cool with me, and ditto to the unusual variations. I/my household don't drink much though, like sometimes it takes us a month to go through a six-pack of beer or several years to go through a bottle of rum. The liqueur we go through the quickest is probably Frangelico because it gets added to milk, coffee, hot chocolate, etc., but we have an almost full good-sized bottle currently. And yeah, Weenies! So I couldn't request getting a handful of decants: Perfumes: The Listeners (sounds perfect!), Flesh of my Flesh, Pumpkin Spice Antikythera Mechanism (this one was mostly for my husband but I'm a bit curious too) Hair Gloss: Just a tiny decant of Picturesque Figures since I have more than a lifetime's worth of hair gloss already Atmo Spray: got an ounce of the Undead Home one, sounds amazing! But... second tier, of stuff I'm curious about but didn't spring for, so Witch, feel free to snag some decants for me if you'd like: Candy Corn Snake Oil Popcorn Ball Snake Oil (so curious!) Come Sister Sea of Wonders Sleeping Draught Anthocyanin 10/3 Yes, I'd love baked goods, caramels, and catnip. But still no on knitted/crocheted wearables in general, I'm afraid.... (And I just realized that there was a question from izile about whether anyone else does nail wraps... I personally don't.) Do you like to cook and do you need/want any spices for such pursuits? I might need to give some more thought to needed supplies. I know I could use some chili powder from Penzey's... I currently have/am running low on the Regular Chili Powder and Ancho Chili Pepper. I'd also try the Medium Chili Powder. But I'm sure there's other stuff.... What kind of vegan snacks do you like? And vegan chocolate...favorites? I'm pretty sure that some of the snax I've mentioned already are... "accidentally vegan," I think is the term... like the Giant Peruvian Inca Corn. And there's other stuff around that I enjoy like the bags of crispy spiced chickpeas and such. I did receive a plethora of vegan chocolate bars from a past Witch and yeah, some of them did seem to be a bit past their prime/dry, but that can be the case with the ones that include dairy as well. So I'm certainly not going to reject all vegan snax out of hand, but I'm not sure there's something specific that I've been leaving out.... How do you feel about salt? I don’t mean, like, salted nuts or potato chips. I mean straight-up salt, like alder-smoked finishing salt or Hana Flake sea salt. I do buy fancy salt from time to time, but I'm not really interested in flavored salt (smoked, spicy, etc.), and have a big bag of flake style sea salt already that I use for topping baked goods and such, so I'm not sure if I really need any right now.... About utilitarian needs or whatever, I know I've already mentioned some (like hand soap and some cooking utensils and such), so I should be covered there.... 10/7 So I thought of another thing that'd possibly fit in the spices/utilitarian area: vanilla bean paste. I needed some for a recipe awhile back and couldn't get any in my town, so just used extract. Again, I have access to the extract and the actual beans, so it's just the paste that I really need. On to questions: How do you celebrate Halloween/Samhain? We usually have a bowl of candy ready to hand out, but usually don't get trick-or-treaters, or only have one or two. Do you dress up? I wore cat ears to work last year, but other than doing something easy like that, I don't usually dress up these days. Would you like something for your costume? n/a And am I the only person left on the planet who wears socks? Another thing I was fairly descriptive about in my original questionnaire. To recap, I only wear socks ~10x per year and have a drawer overflowing with them. And I do have a couple of pairs of Halloween socks already, so that's probably enough for me. Are you interested in anything from Art Of Tea or Adagio Teas? Art of Tea: I'd try the "Pyramid Teabags" in Earl Grey Creme, White Coconut Creme, English Breakfast, Mint Green Tea, Orchid Oolong, or Jasmine Reserve. Adagio Teas: Would try teabags of Blueberry White or Oolong Goddess. I make light-weight hairfalls, doll-style, using a variety of fun stuff, like ribbons, lace and soft batting. Would you be interested in receiving a set in the colors of your choosing? No thanks. 10/8 How do you feel about enamel pins? Love them, hate them, slightly interested, totally indifferent? I do like them, and in my blog entry I even linked to a couple of specific ones that I like on etsy. If you see a different one you think I'd like though, go for it, dear Witch! I actually just bought a couple of new jackets last weekend, so I guess they need pins. 10/10 Witches and Witchees, what is your T-shirt/shirt of choice Size? Mens/unisex sizes: usually M, possibly L Womens sizes: usually L, possibly XL Juniors/babydoll sizes: usually XL, possibly XXL For example, in regular BPAL ladies' tees, I need an XXL, but in their tissue tees, I just need an XL. (If you're unsure, I'd go with the larger of the two sizes for each category) 10/12 Witchee, are you interested in any kinds of things from the Blood Moon Botanica update? The Breast Massage oil and the Pain/Healing salve sound interesting. also I took some beading classes and have been making bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Would you be interested in any? If so, how big is your wrist or how long would you like your bracelet? Any preferred styles of beads? a.I'm not against beaded items by any means, but would have to know more about the style of the items to know whether I'd wear them... there is a link in the question but since I'm not on Ravelry it doesn't work for me. So... maybe? b. This info was in my original questionnaire c. There are so many styles of beads that it would be hard to narrow things down. I guess the beaded earrings I wear most often are either seed beads, semiprecious stones, or mother of pearl type stuff, if that helps. 10/13 If I was to donate to an animal rescue on your behalf as the "lucyboo" component of this swap, is there one in particular that you would choose? To answer my own question just in case, I'm thinking maybe this one, though there are many other good choices. I got my sweet kitty Marisol there many years ago (summer 2002 I think), and we were the best of friends until she passed away 3 years ago. 10/15 Hmm... I think I already talked about Halloween candy but I can try to consider whether there is anything else should add. I like these things but as far as I can tell from googling, they aren't available in snack size this year, just in full size bars. I'd take a full size bar though! As for Lush Christmas stuff... wow, so many! Fly Me to the Moon Happy Chris the Camel Yog Nog or the shower gel version Holly Golightly Polar Bear Plunge Santas Workshop Golden Pear Shoot for the Stars Polar Bear Nose Jingle Bells Night Bloom Snowman Dreaming Don't let the Bells End 10/18 If you were my witchee, would you enjoy home made (canned) preserves? I'm going home to Can All The Things & I'm thinking some bananas foster butter/sauce might be a nifty thing for you. Yes please! Though I think my husband would probably hoard that butter/sauce if he found out about it.... 10/20 Las Vegas: I'm another person who hasn't been and isn't into gambling. Yes, I know there is a bunch of other cool stuff going on there these days such as good restaurants. But I don't really know how that'd translate to this swap. The only thing I can think of is a penholder/paperweight like this (I was wondering if there were Las Vegas themed ones and apparently yes because that's basically all that came up in my search even though I usually see them at beachy destinations) if you come across one.
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    What do you wear to a Renaissance Festival?

    The Caterpillar immediately springs to mind....
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    Finding a BPAL fragrance for myself

    There are lots of past discussions about masculine and gender-neutral scents, I might try to come back and link to some of them if I get the chance (*EDIT* here is the obvious one, linking to the last page since it's most likely to refer to currently-available stuff). If I personally think about scents that fall somewhere in between gender neutral and masculine but aren't citrus/floral, I think of Antikythera Mechanism and Tombstone (it's too close to bedtime to try to go through the contents of my husband's imp box, but I wanted to at least mention a couple of actual scents). But of course this is all heavily dependent on skin chemistry (for example, Tombstone is somewhat sweet on me so would lean more neutral than masculine, but some people get just cedar shavings from it), so I concur with the folks who have recommended trying a variety of scents.
  4. Seconding the Aeolopile and A Countenance Forboding Evil, my husband wears both of those.
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    Recommendations for a single man

    How about: Vicomte de Valmont Dee Dracul Wilde These are some scents that I got for my husband early on in his BPAL journey that are sort of "like traditional cologne but better." Obviously he's not single, but he did know who Blair Underwood was when I asked....
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    Smells like a basement or cellar

    It Sifts from Leaden Sieves was smelling very "dad's garage" to me the other day and I'm thinking that might be the same as some folks' basement/cellar....
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    Recommendations for my husband?

    I'll try to look for the thread about masculine scents after this because there are a bunch of suggestions there (the funny thing is, I'd definitely consider "Golden Priapus" unisex, but YMMV obviously). I first ordered imps for my husband several years back so some stuff has been discontinued, but I know these were among them: Vicomte de Valmont Titus Andronicus Dracul Dee (this one in particular is sort of like "Old Spice but better") Wilde EDIT: Here's the thread I was talking about, I'm linking to the most recent page.
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    Switch Witch '18 -- Hi Witch!

    My BPAL wishlist is linked in my signature, so if you have gotten here, you have probably been there as well.... Here's my Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.com/w/6D1ZI60Y3H6P Here's Modcloth (I know Modcloth's stuff is often expensive and sells out quickly, but I thought it might be helpful to give you an idea of what I like) etsy is unfortunately another story. My etsy faves are not public, so I can just try listing some ~$30-&-under things I like there... polyester shirt, bat toy (purple, not keychain), leaf ring, moon towel, fluorite crystal, bee you brooch (pastel), fuerza candle (whatever color), dangle studs (12), cosmic ray pin I guess this is as good of a time as any to say that I will try to semi-ignore questions that I've already addressed thoroughly in my questionnaire, or that don't apply at all. I can do a little collection of the topics here just for quick reference though (and dear Witch, if you need more info, just let me know): possibly interested, but covered thoroughly in my original questionnaire: alcohol not interested, whether or not mentioned in original questionnaire: knitted items (yes, I guess the little bat toy I linked to on etsy is a knitted item, but it can be the exception that proves the rule, right? I already have a plainer small black knitted bat but that very cute one on etsy just really caught my eye!), socks, NaNoWriMo, re-watching or owning movies. On to actual questions I've actually answered... I just recently discovered MoonMagic -jewelry with a focus on moonstones but also opals and labradorite. They currently have a sale. Anything that stands out to you? I like the Moonlighters earrings, Edged Lustre silver/moonstone ring, Petite Double silver/labradorite ring. From the sale, I like the Knowing Eye necklace and the Moon Eclipse ring. Are there any old favorites from no longer operating companies that you would like if either anyone had a stash OR could find a reasonable dupe? I waited awhile to answer this one because I was giving it some thought. As sometimes happens, this led to another question. So I remembered a couple of super-glittery nail polish brands I used to be into, Nerdlacquer and Rainbow Honey. I wanted to make sure I correctly typed whether the company names were one word or two words, and lo and behold, Nerdlacquer is back. So I'll do a separate question about that. But I do miss Rainbow Honey's glittery nail polishes. Once I have a blog post for this round, I can update this question if I think of anything else. Are you interested in anything from Nerdlacquer (nerdlacquer.com)? I personally would like (sorry for weird formatting, I wanted to leave the special character in the first product name): Strålen Monstres Grootslang Phaya Naga Take A Look, It's In A Book! from the Vintage Archive: All of Time & Space, Pinin' for the Fjords, Hyperspace Bypass, Exterminate, The Lando System, Batcave, The Quantum Bluniverse Hanna Nazi Punks F... Off I Just Do Eyes Shut Up, Wesley * mini quads are also available for $18, where one gets 4 mini nail polishes to try. I ordered one from Nerdlacquer back in the day, and definitely wouldn't mind trying the things listed above in mini-form St. Pancras Renaissance hotel postcard? Why not? Future Primitive? Soap: Gringotts, Potages Cauldrons, The Gloaming, Cordwainer, Cracked Coconut, Rook & Raven, Rose Cardamom, White Witch Whipped Soap: Cordwainer, Rook & Raven, Orange Coconut Mallow, Sylph Bubbling Bathing Grains: Bell Book & Candle, Cordwainer, Orange Coconut Mallow, Rook & Raven, Sparklebox, Sylph Feelings re: Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland? Love it, hate it, meh it? Somewhere in between "meh" and "love," which I guess would be "like?" I think I usually say that if the Alice in Wonderland themed thing seems like something I'd like based on my other interests/preferences, go for it. Are you witchy or like witchy things like incense, sage, palo santo, crystals, tarot, altar supplies, candles, etc.? Whatcha like/need? I am low-key witchy I guess. I mean, at least I'm not not-witchy.... In my Switch Witch '18 blog I've already linked to a crystal and a candle that I like, so I guess that fits this question. I also enjoy stick incense, but I already have a large amount of it because the Witch I had last year sent me the motherlode. My favorite incense by far is the classic sampler from https://incense.net/ . Lush-xmas? Puddy Holly Yog Nog Yule Log Rudolph Snow Fairy Cold-pressed soap The North Polar Bear Left the Tap on for the Northern Lights soap and, y'know... if you're already there and all, I also like non-yule items such as Ectoplasm shower cream, Happy Hippy/Plum Rain/Olive Branch shower gels, and the Rose Jam bubbleroon. Does anyone have a favorite source for vintage or handmade jewelry? I dunno if it makes sense to answer this like it is about me, but on etsy I like Katofmanycolors (in case my Witch is peeping this, I especially like this) and urbanlegend (I really like these though they are a bit pricy). Is there anything you want from Japan? Some kind of food, cute stationary, fandom merch, maybe you collect lucky cats, anything! I like green tea kitkats quite a bit, and I also like the Meltykiss chocolate I've tried in the past. Things have kind of dried up on the penpal front so I guess I don't need any stationery really, but I would still like cute/weird stickers even though I likely don't have much of a use for them. Sanrio-wise I'm a Chococat/My Melody type. San-X-wise, I like Kutusita Nyanko. If I think of anything else, I can update in my blog. Do you need decanting supplies? Sample vials? Pipettes? Standard labels? Wouldn't mind some pipettes. How do you feel about buttons, pins, and badges? They are fine and I have some? I don't wear them often or change them out often on the few garments I have them on though. I think I linked to one I like in my blog... but since they are usually relatively inexpensive, if you find one you think I'd like, it's up to you.... Is there any scents from the more current releases you have been wanting to try (Weenies, Motherhood/Fatherhood)? Hmm... here we go with a time-consuming one. So, I've gotten or requested decants from all of these releases that I thought I had a good chance of liking, but there's usually a "second tier" of things I'm curious about but not sure enough to even get a decant for myself. Breaking it down: Weenies: Illimitable Dominion Over All (I just smelled this at a meet&sniff and it was lovely!), Jacob w/the Daughters of Laban, Lithograph of a Mountain Goat, Midnight Bonfire, Pomegranate Grove: Snake Oil, Pumpkin Musk & Black Oudh, Ruhende Ziege mit Kitzchen, Studie Einer Ziege. Fatherhood: tried Family Resemblance at the same meet&sniff, it was pretty nice so I wouldn't mind owning some. Motherhood: Wouldn't mind more Don't Tell me Heaven is Under the Earth. Spooky stuff! D'ya like... ghosts? Skeletons? Aliens? Bigfoot? Unsolved mysteries? Not hugely into that stuff. I mean, there are some cute things out there with ghosts/skeletons, so I don't want to discount them entirely though. My fave cryptid is probably Mothman... I saw a cool "Mothman is my copilot" sticker on a car yesterday, in fact. What are your DISO BPAL dreams? Oh, you don't wanna know. I will dig that up from last year's blog just in case though. Goth Queen The Laughter of Loki Coffee or Tea? Okay, I know I talked about this in my original questionnaire, let me see if I can think of anything else important on this subject though. My household does drink coffee. Whole-bean and ground are both fine. We prefer medium roast rather than darker roasts. The only flavored coffees we really like are cinnamon and coconut (have only tried this separately but I guess I'd try them together if that exists). As for tea, I think I've already said that bags/sachets are much preferred to loose tea, but I'll mention it just in case. I don't think I want stuff from David's Teas... I was briefly excited that they had Cream Earl Grey but then I saw that people were majorly upset that they had changed the formulation so I decided I'd better steer clear. I do like the Cream Earl Grey from Capital Teas though (looks to be out of stock in sachets at the moment). Are there any subscription/subscription style boxes you have an interest in? Would like to subscribe to one for Japanese treats and such. I know Bokksu is one, I'm sure there are others. *EDIT* I remembered another one, the Kizuna box. Is there something (either a specific item, or type of item, like bath/body, perfume, candy etc) you're really looking forward to or hoping to get? Whatever my Witch thinks I would like would be great. If I really have to pick something, I guess bar soap? I mean, nice ones are everywhere and they usually aren't that expensive, and I don't have a huge stash of it right now, so that would definitely work if that helps. Hmm... long paragraph incoming... I'm still updating the semi-ignored topics section above, so I almost put this near that section because it goes back to the original questionnaire rather than the in-thread questions, but then I decided to just put it here. Anyway, the original questionnaire mentioned under $10 and over $10 things we wanted. I will use this opportunity to ask for cooking and baking related stuff because there hasn't really been a question about that yet. So from Penzey's I'd like some Bold Taco Seasoning, or Sandwich Sprinkle, or Special Seasoned Sea Salt. I prefer jars to bags, and jars of all of those are less than $10. You could also get me some Vietnamese Cinnamon or vanilla extract from Penzey's, I go through those really quickly (the Vietnamese cinnamon is under $10, I think vanilla extract is slightly over, so it can count as the over-$10 part of this question. I'd rather have either double-acting or Mexican vanilla extract than the regular single-acting one). My mind then turns to extremely fancy sprinkles from a website I just discovered. They are just under or just over $10 depending on the amount and type. I like Little Prince, Purple Pony Party, Dark Rainbow, Smitten Kitten, Starry Night, and Blue Tinsel. Hope that helps since I didn't answer that question in my original questionnaire! So it looks like there was a question about spices. I guess I already mentioned some things in my last huge paragraph. The only other thing I can think of is sumac, I've been wanting some of that since I have a few recipes that call for it. Dreadful Curiousities: The framed "vintage Halloween" stuff with cats/bats is pretty cute. The other stuff pictured is not really my style. Alchemy & Dust: I'd wear these earrings, I like these too. When I was looking over my original questionnaire recently, I saw that I said that if there wasn't a Haus of Gloi question, I'd address this in my blog, so I guess I need to do that as time is short. From the Fall II section, I'd like White Lodge soap, or the whipped soap in Spider Silk or Cozy Pumpkin. From the Fall section, I'd like Cozy Pumpkin soap. Looking at soap listed by product, Violet, Warm Mahogany, Coconut Jasmine, and Orange Ginger Patchouli sound nice. board games: So I think I have some Trivial Pursuit related stuff on my Amazon wishlist? Would also consider Perquackey (Amazon usually has it used for okay prices). Otherwise I'm really not a board game person. RenFaire: I'm prettymuch always interested in bar soap, earrings, and stick incense from Renaissance Faires. But like I said, I have way too much stick incense right now so I don't really need any unless it's from Devonshire/incense.net (I know she sells at some faires up north, but not sure about that one). So the other two things, maybe? Otherwise, usually there are cool wooden boxes for sale too, but I usually think they are too expensive for me. So I guess I'm saying, use your judgment, Dear Witch...
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    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    I'd suggest searching in this whole topic of Lush comparisons. I did a search within the topic on "rose jam" (using the quotations) and there were several results. It would be even easier to search that topic for Karma since that is just one word! My personal GC suggestion for Rose Jam would be Spellbound, but YMMV.
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    Corvidae?

    Blacker than the Raven Wings of Midnight was a neat one.
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    Cozy scents

    Hmm. Well, I was thinking Wulric before you said lavender didn't count. Maybe Unicorn & Ram?
  12. Witch! Hopefully you've seen my first entry. I've decided to make a second entry since that first one was really long. So here goes... What style/make/etc of phone do you have? What about size of tablet? Laptop? Would you like decals, skins, or cases for any of these? I just got a Samsung Galaxy S7... as in, yesterday! Before that, I didn't even have a smartphone. I have some kind of iPad through work, but I don't know exactly which type. And I'm really tired now so I'm probably not going to measure my laptop right now, though I think I did in my SW blog entry from last year. I can try to update this entry with information about the work iPad and my laptop's measurements. But I had to get kind of a goofy case for my phone yesterday because the store only had 3 in stock. I looked at cases on etsy and I like these 3: Geometric, Geometrical, Mountains. So anyway, interested.... Do you need any kind of dice bag, tote, project bag, cosmetic bag, pencil bag, or whatever? I have lots of bag patterns and fabric. We make bags under the name Twinkle N Twilight. Or how about a couple of pillowcases? I don't think I'd use a dice bag or pencil bag, but the other things sound nice. Let me know if you are interested in any "Apple Crips" (as voodoocatwoman calls them!) I wash, peel, core, and slice before dehydrating. Sure. Would you like some homemade jam? I have blackberry, rose petal, strawberry rhubarb, peach, and cherry. I personally would eat everything but the peach, but my husband would like it, so any of these would be fine. Want some honey from the bees on our property? Sure. Interested in trying some of our rose petal (rose petals, sugar, everclear) or lavender vanilla bean (lavender, vanilla bean, vodka) liqueur? Sure, but small amounts. Could you use a muscle rub? (We make ours on the lunar cycle and it has menthol, wintergreen, habanero, cayenne, olive oil, st. john's wort, arnica, beeswax, calendula, and ginger. It tingles. We call it "Thunder Butter". If you have really really super sensitive skin, I would recommend against it. And don't take a hot shower or open all of your pores before using it.) Definitely. Pumpkin or Zucchini bread? Zucchini, as pumpkin would have to have something else going for it too since I'm not the hugest pumpkin fan ever. I'm actually curious to try chocolate zucchini bread because I only make a "very zucchini" type that has 3 cups of zucchini in it and no chocolate. I am possibly going to a crystal / gem show tomorrow. I can't afford expensive gem stones, but... What kind of crystals would you like? Not sure. Wouldn't mind something paperweight-ish (I just mean like, something that would sit by itself on a table rather than only looking good with a bunch of other similar stuff) if you see something you think I'd like. Are you interested in anything from Bath & Bodyworks? Which products and scents do you like? www.bathandbodyworks.com/ Okay, I took a look. I like the Mentha stuff decently, you could get me the bar soap, lip balm (not lip shine or lip tint, those don't work as well for my purposes), or bodywash/shower gel (I forget which one it's classifed as, but I'm sure you know what I mean). Other thoughts: candles: would try spiced coconut, lavender cedar, or clove varieties bodywashes/shower gels: almond milk, cocoshea coconut, cocoshea honey, magic in the air, sensual amber, french lavender & honey Favorite animals or wild creatures or mythological creatures? Too tired to look up my past answer to this that I usually just copy and paste every year. I think I say hedgehogs/bees/deer/foxes if I remember right (can update if I left something out). I also like axolotls lately. I don't usually want stuff with mythological animals unless I link to something specific or you see something very like something I've already shown interest in, BUT... the mascot of my new (since 8/1/17) workplace is the unicorn. Trying to roll with it, I got a shiny necklace that said "UNICORN" like a nameplate or something but then I broke it the first day I wore it to work. The thing is, we're supposed to be like tough intimidating unicorns and not cutesy delicate ones (and the color scheme is like a medium blue and white, not like a fun rainbow). So I kinda felt like I had to mention that since mythological animals were brought up. Ten Thousand Villages: contessa earrings panorama earrings dynasty earrings cats tea towel dish carrier coconut soap dove garland Would anyone be interested in having any of Abigail Larson's artwork (either as a print or on something, like a pillow, blanket, or t-shirt)? The categories mentioned don't particularly appeal to me, but some of the tote bags look nice, like performers, dark unicorn or cats of ulthar. I already talked about stationery, but I can answer a couple of other questions that were related: Anyone like/want calendars or dayplanners? We have several wall calendars in the house so that's a thought. I'm not really into ones with inspirational messages or cute animal photos if that helps. What about general desk stuff like cool colored paperclips and post it pads? Sure, those would work, I use them both at home and at school. Weenies are live! anything you are lusting after? Yes, a few! I am going to get myself decants of I Heard Many Things in Hell, The Mournful Influence of the Unperceived Shadow, and Nebulaphobia. Dear Witch, You could get me decants (or even half-decants, honestly because I'm mostly just curious about these) of (in rough order of how interested I am): Cinnamon Chai Cupcake Pumpkin Spice Snake Oil Pumpkin Spice Cathedral Pumpkin Spice Opium Poppy Dead Leaves, Coconut, & Champaca Dead Leaves, Tuscan Leather, White Amber, & Mimosa Blossom Dead Leaves, Violet Candy, & Sugar Crystals What are your top three most wanted DC'd or previous LE BPALs? Well, you asked for it. Our Lady of Pain (I have a bottle already, still about 75% full, but haven't been able to locate a backup because they get snapped up super-quickly) Goth Queen (might even be for sale on the forum right now because there's a sales post that mentions it, but I haven't been able to look because the sales post also mentions the word "lace" and apparently pages with that word are blocked at my work ) The Laughter of Loki (all I have is a decant that I paid about $10 for... I wish I wasn't too hipster-y to get this when it came out) Freshly released! Who wants it? I can't be the only one! (Ask Baba Yaga by Taisia Kitaiskaia) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1449486819/ Hmm... maybe. I think I used to read this column on the Hairpin website back in the day. And... it looks like I missed a couple of pertinent questions somewhere along the way: If I were to find an adorable autumnal/Halloween-y dish/flatware/etc. design, how many settings would be needed in your household? I guess two if possible so that my husband could join the fun. But if you find something that there's just one of, that'd be fine too. Starbucks collectibles: I don't think I've ever bought anything from Starbucks other than drinks, though once in awhile I admire the tchotchkes. But I don't think I really need/want any of that stuff right now unless you find the thing that you know is absolutely perfect for me or something. I'd use a Starbucks gift card though... I mean, I only go once a month or less, but am always surprised by how much the drinks cost since I only get fancy stuff there as it's an occasional treat and not an every-day sort of thing. *Just a note that I edited the Bath & Body Works question above* *Also, I thought of some possibly-under-$10 things I'd like... I think I said I'd come back to that in my original questionnaire. I just finished up a jar of Penzey's Taco Seasoning, but maybe I'd go for their Bold Taco Seasoning next time instead... it's pretty inexpensive still. Another small thing I need is page flags to use to mark recipes. Currently I just tear up post-its but obviously it'd be nicer/easier to have something that was already in small strips to use. Would you be interested in anything from Orange Thyme? https://shoporangethyme.com/ If so, which products/scents/flavors? Yep, the interesting lip balms seem to be sold out right now. Out of the sold out ones, Earl Grey, Lavender Sweet Orange, Sweet Milk & Clove, and Vanilla Coffee sound cool. For currently-available, I guess I'd pick Orange Clove. Would you like anything from the Haus of Gloi Fall Part II update? Cool, it's finally up! I kept checking earlier and seeing "page not found" and wondering if it was just me. So, I'd try the whipped soap in Blood Orange Marshmallow, Ghost Puffs, or Spider Silk I know the Butterbombs go ridic-fast but I'd be into Amber Vanilla, Leaf Pile, or Sleepy Time Finally, Cathedral Park sounds like a nice candle ​Witchee, I have a small but awesome farmer's market by my house. They have a local honey stand (which also sells things made from local honey like Propolis tincture!); there's a small apothecary and she additionally makes soaps and hand-made, hand-poured scented candles; plus a guy that makes an array of BBQ and Hot Sauces. Does any of this appeal? Would you like anything from my local farmer's market? VioletChaos! I've had the pleasure of being VioletChaos' Witchee twice already, so I doubt this question is for me this time, but... I think I've already been pretty clear about wanting to try local honey and liking soaps and candles. Not sure about the BBQ or hot sauces... being a Texan, I'm kinda well stocked already when it comes to those two condiments. Even so, if there's a barbecue sauce that you are sure I'd love, I'll give it a try. ​Witchee, I'm about to place an order with Smolder Cosmetics. Do any of their products (glitter, eye dusts etc) appeal to you? https://smoldercosmetics.com Desert Nude, Sensual, and Sterling dusts look pretty nice. But I only wear eyeshadow a handful of times a year and already own several colors, so I'm not sure if it would make sense for me to receive them? Witchee, would you be interested in anything from Strobe Cosmetics (? Druid looks pretty neat, as do Fit for a Queen and Sea of Ghosts. But... see my prior answer about how often I actually wear eyeshadow. Also, How would you feel about getting Hello Kitty stuff? Fine I guess. I've been buying HK merchandise occasionally for 20+ years at this point, so I don't need a bunch more of it, but one or two interesting things would be fine. Witchee, would you like anything from the Trading Post Halloween update? https://blackphoenix...y/weenies-2017/ Sure... I'd just decided on a couple of decants to get for myself (and maybe a bath bomb), but realized I'd sort of overlooked the Pomegranate Clove bath oil, which could actually be really nice. So that's a thought! Would any witchees be interested in NASA swag? Wouldn't mind a shirt or magnets. I also remember my husband really liking things that said "Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory" if that helps. The new 13 isn't so much my thing, but the Lunacy sounds very nice. Trouble is, I don't really wear the super-foodie scents that I have, even when I love them. So it probably wouldn't make sense for me to have a bottle, but it would be cool to try a decant.
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    Switch Witch '17: It's Happening

    INTRO: Here's my Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.com/w/6D1ZI60Y3H6P Here's Modcloth (which hopefully I'll update soon... I know Modcloth's stuff is expensive and sells out quickly, but I thought it might be helpful to give you an idea of what I like) etsy is unfortunately another story. My etsy faves are not public, so I can just try listing some ~$30-&-under things I like there (etsy is having a sale as I type this, so it's possible the prices may be slightly higher by the time you look, sorry)... black spinel hoops, poppy seed earrings, triangle hoops, cat shoelace charms, red stone ring, cat ring, popcorn lip balm, grey holo polish, nocturn alley candle. Oh, and I should mention... I actually enjoy answering the in-thread questions and copying/pasting them here, but I may ignore questions if a.] I've already written a detailed response about them in the initial questionnaire (which I think applies for things like coffee/tea preferences) or b.] they are about something I'm not interested in at all and have already indicated as such (so that would apply to questions about things like DVDs or nail wraps, which seem common). However, Dear Witch, please don't hesitate to ask for more information/clarification if you need it, I'll be happy to help. Do you enjoy stationery? I'm thinking cute/quality notebooks, washi tape, stickers, fun pens etc. Sure! Here's a place I order stationery from sometimes: Kawaii Gifts. Are you interested in anything from Cocoa Pink? - Or Haus of Gloi? Cocoa Pink: Wow, too many scents! I guess I'd give the Whipped Dream or Voluptuous Body Butter a try. From a quick scan, Genevieve, Phantom Kiss, and Sensory Deprivation Tank sound like they could be promising scents. Haus of Gloi: I have tried their soaps, lip balms, and pumpkin butter before and I like them all. But I think I'm good on everything other than soap, and the soaps always seem to be sold out now. Oh, the Cozy Sweater candle sounds nice though, so maybe that? Would you be interested in a Halloween wreath? I definitely would as long as it's not overly Nightmare-Before-Christmas like one of the pictured ones is. Are you interested in anything from the Moonalisa Halloween update? I'd try the "4in1" product... maybe the Full Moon scent would be good? What are your coffee and/or tea preferences? Skipping as answered thoroughly in original questionnaire! How would you feel about receiving a hand-painted container for your bpal and/or other treasures? - would you want a big wood box (~50 bottles), a small wood box (~20 bottles) or a tin for carrying imps around? Big box or small box would work. Who is into K-Beauty (Korean beauty products like sheet masks) Not my thing. What are some NEW things you've gotten interested in this year? Could be anything, from a new hobby, new genre of book, new healthy way of living, new fav brand of whatever... Nothing comes to mind though I'm sure there's something... I can come back to this later in my blog I guess. What are your feelings about Scooby Doo? I guess it's sort of fun to make fun of, but even that seems overdone at this point, so I've probably already given enough info here. How do you feel about indie makeup (read: loose eyeshadow, blush, highlighter)? I don't wear blush or highlighter, and I feel like the way I usually receive loose eyeshadow is the opposite of user-friendly (it's usually in a tiny baggie and I don't really want to mess with that). If you have some loose eyeshadow you think I'd like and it's actually in a little pot or whatever, I wouldn't mind receiving it. I drink this stuff almost everyday would anyone else be interested in trying it out? https://www.criobru.com/ Sure, that sounds very interesting. Would you like one of the Halloween Teeturtle shirts? I think I already mentioned liking the Dia De Los Foxes one and the women's relaxed fit. I guess size-wise XL would be safest... from the measurements it looks like an L would fit, but someone said they run small, so I guess I'd err on the side of caution. New question: Sooo... have you seen this!? And what would you like? Yes, I saw that on facebook awhile back. I'd try any jelly bomb or bubble bar listed. Would you be interested in things from Future Primitive? Their soaps all sound quite nice, so sure, I wouldn't mind trying them. Are there any UK things you'd like to get? My husband mentioned a travel guide to Wales? Whenever I get this question, the only thing I think of is Crunchie. New question: Are you into podcasts? If so, what are your favorites? Would you like any merch related to any of them? No, I still don't really know what they are even though people have tried to explain them to me at least twice. So they must not be for me. New question: Would you like something from Nui Cobalt Designs? Or maybe some of Christina's lovely Halloween candles at Sihaya & Co.? Nui Cobalt: Justice, Liberty, and Health candles sound nice. Sihaya: Scrying Stone and Sisterhood of the Moon candles sound nice. ILNP? Who would love one of their awesome holos like Mega, or beautiful chromes?? They all look really lovely. Ava is catching my eye today, but really any of them! * I am not really a hobbies, crafts, or socks person, but I think all of that is covered in my initial questionnaire. Would you want to receive a custom spell kit or magical tea? If so, for what purpose would you want it to be made? I need people to talk to and I need my job to become reasonable (as in, there's too much work to go around right now and not enough guidelines), could you help with either of those? Do you like poetry? I may be over-thinking this question but I'm having trouble figuring out what it's getting at, as most people like some sort of poetry, be it rap lyrics, Robert Frost, or Rimbaud. I do like some poetry but I can't think of any poetry-related items that I would like to obtain right now. Anyone like handmade critters, stuffed animals, or custom repaints? The first 2 things sound okay, maybe not the last one. Would anyone like a donation made in their name to a cause or charity? Last year I mentioned the Lilith Fund and my Witch made a donation there, still a worthy cause for sure. Please provide wishes from the last two updates? Some of us, some where, somehow can obtain those desired scents! Hmm... which last 2 updates? From the BPAL Liliths I wouldn't mind decants or 1/2 decants of Storyboard: Julius Caesar and Vampire Princess since I was curious about them but didn't get them, but I wasn't really interested in anything from the BPTP "Dog Days" one. Hoping for BPTP Liliths soon! Question! I'm in Japan, is there anything specific from here you would want? I'm one of the many fans of green tea kitkats. I also really like Meltykiss Chocolate... I've tried some of the unusual flavors before like Milk Tea and liked them. I've already mentioned liking Japanese stickers and stationery and such. And... I do like My Melody and Chococat Sanrio-wise, and these kitties San-X-wise. I live in too warm of a climate for most knitted items... about the only thing I can think of that I'd actually get use of would be something like a cup cozy or whatever (like, a thing that goes on a hot mug or travelcup so that it's easier to hold... I bought a past swap partner a cute one from etsy before), and I'd be pretty open about color/style for that sort of thing... I mean, not neon colors I guess, but whatever else should be fine. Elements & Artifacts: silver squirrel earrings apparition necklace Here's a great local soapmaker I love--y'all see anything you would like? https://littleseedfarm.com/ The deodorant cream sounds interesting -- I'd try any of the scents. The liquid soap sounds nice in anything but the patchouli scent. For bar soaps, the "Bearwalker Beer Bar" sounds great, as does the Cocoa Spice. What are your favorite/preferred Halloween/autumn icons/images? Any to specifically stay away from? Though I no longer actually like to eat candy corn, I like it as a decor theme. I also like the usual cats/owls/skulls/bats/spiders (rough order of preference), especially if glittery. Also, someone mentioned the recent prevalence of eyeballs in Halloween decor. I'm all for that -- I have eyeball socks (which I actually wear even though I wear socks less than 10x/year) and eyeball washi tape already, other items would be welcome. I haven't really seen Halloween wolves yet (they were also mentioned earlier), but I do like wolves, foxes and such, so those would be welcome too. I'm not really into gory/grotesque things though, and I abhor zombies! Do you eat candy, and if so would Halloween candy be welcome? I know I talked about candy a lot in my original questionnaire, so I'm just answering the Halloween part of this. Halloween candy that is in line with preferences stated previously is fine. I do also like the special orange kitkats that come out for Halloween and the thing that's kind of like Hershey's cookies&cream but with little orange bits or whatever (to be clear, in this sentence I'm talking about orange color and not orange flavor, but I do like orange-flavored chocolate anyway so if some shows up that'd be fine too). Do you want Fidget spinners, desk toys, or other frivolous things that you look at and decide you don't need enough to spend $ on but would make you happy to have? Maybe if you find something you think I'd really like. I technically have at least 2 offices (though they're sort of shared), and neither of them have huge amounts of knickknacks. Any zentangle lovers, people who would like to try it, or would you want a piece of someone else's zentangle art? It sounds neat but I probably wouldn't try it because I am very busy and therefore very lazy on the odd occasion that I'm not busy. Wouldn't mind a piece of someone else's art if you think I'd like it. Any love of hair toys, clips, ribbons, fascinators, mini hats, etc? I wish I still wore stuff in my hair but I just don't. I have a drawerful of cool barrettes and such and maybe wear one once or twice a year. What local goodies may be of interest? Local Honey, jams,candy? All of this sounds great. I especially love honey and have never received any in a swap. Are you interested in any subscription services like serial magazines, Birch box, ipsy? I know there are some for Japanese snacks, I'd be interested in those. Would you like funky Halloweenie costume makeup like Gothic eyelashes, nail effects, black lipstick, etc.? Probably not but I'm always up for wacky shades of nail polish (just not like the sand-textured or crackle stuff or whatever). Candles, Incense, or wax tarts? Candles or incense (stick not cone for incense), not wax tarts. Petz: I got a kitten this summer and he would love just about anything (he has all manner of toys, but currently his favorite is a small bouncy ball... he's also just starting to appreciate catnip since that takes awhile). My dog, on the other hand, mostly likes stuffed squeaky toys. If you are planning to send edible treats (which are the only thing my other cat, who is somewhat elderly, might enjoy), please only send a small amount since I'm not sure how the animals will like them and we don't give out treats super-often. Post Liliths: Just pre-ordered decants of My Little Themysciran Princess and Spinning on Graves. Others I'd be interested in trying are Wednesday's Child... and Zip Line. Trader Joe's: There are a few of these stores within 30 minutes to an hour of my house, but I don't really consider that to be very close I guess. Just went to one a week or so ago (before that it had been several years) and it turns out that I really love this Peruvian Corn stuff. The question specifically asked about pumpkin stuff though and pumpkin really isn't my thing to be honest. But if you see something else at Trader Joe's you think I might like, go for it! Is there anything you want from the trading post (or trading post etsy) that is available to order right now? Sure! I use the bath oils as a sort of bodywash-enhancement, so I go through them fairly quickly these days. From the BPTP etsy I wouldn't mind trying the Bloodbath one, and on the main BPTP site bath-oils-wise I would mind the Morocco, Hedonism, Intensity, Invidia, Luxuria, Patientia, or some more Snake Oil (I do have a little bit of Snake Oil bath oil, but I'm running really low). Would also take an XXL v-neck of the Irretrievable Time shirt. Who would love some USPS eclipse stamps? me! Do you like to cook and/or bake? Could you use any specific ingredients (spices, oils, salts, extracts, etc.) or kitchen utensils/gadgets? Yes indeed, I could use all kinds of weird stuff. Ingredients-wise: ground flaxseed, nutritional yeast (powder form), hemp seeds (ones that would be legal in Texas, to be clear! ), gochujang, harissa, ras al hanout, za'atar, um... are you sorry you asked? Gadgets... maybe a mandoline? I'll edit this in my blog if I think of more. I'm at Ocean City MD for bike week......would a witches want anything from here? Bike or beach related?? We have an old Holden Beach souvenir that we need to replace, I asked my husband to look up what it's called and it's called something like a "souvenir waterglobe pyramid pencilholder" or a "cone floating paperweight pencilholder." So if you find one of those, that would be great! Would you like some Halloween or other themed decor in the form of a banner, something like this http://www.etsy.com/...n-decor-vintage? If so, would you prefer a traditional style or a vertical door type? I don't really like the one linked to, but the Trick or Treat one from the same etsy shop is okay. I think traditional would be better than vertical-door. If there are specific fragrance oils or products my Witchee would like from any of the OCYL Fall updates, it would be good to add those to their blog, ketchup, or signature. This is a really broad question since there are so many companies, so I think I can only really give general guidance (I mean, there have already been specific questions about a few companies [such as Lush] and I tried my best for those, but I don't really think I can do it for every company). So... in general, I'd like to mention that I don't really wear OCYL perfume oils, or at least not more than once or twice a year. So if there is one decant from another company you think I'd really like, go ahead and include it, but I probably wouldn't use up a bottle from another company or try many decants. Otherwise... I think this question mentioned Yankee Candle which I don't really think of as an indie brand, but... I do like some of their gourmand type scents like Vanilla Cupcake and Peppermint Bark and such, so I wouldn't mind something in that vein I suppose. This has also sort of been mentioned but what are your favorite homemade treats? For shippable things, cookies/brownies are good bets, I guess. Favorite gemstones? Garnet, moonstone, labradorite, lapis, opal... and my birthstone is ruby but since it's literally the most expensive thing there is, I don't expect you to get me rubies. Are you a Potterhead? If so, to which house do you belong? Mildly. And I'm an almost completely even split between Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, I'm afraid. I alternate between the 2 pretty evenly when I take the usual quizzes, and on the "more scientific" recent quiz I took that took into account personality research, I was... 39.7% Ravenclaw, 39% Hufflepuff, 19.8% Gryffindor, 1.6% Slytherin. How do you feel about chokers? I don't really wear the ones I own so they probably aren't a good bet. I'm in France at the moment, is there anything here you might like? I'm in Provence, the land of lavender, so if you like flower in particular just say so! I'd especially like culinary lavender (like, to use in baking and such), but whatever is good, really. If you enjoy jewelry do you like discrete and elegant, flashy and gaudy, small and light, or large and chunky? Um, it depends on what mood I'm in! Would my Witchee be interested in a Tarot or Astrology reading done personally? Sure. I don't do divination myself (not since I was a teenager, anyway), but I still appreciate it. And I've been wanting to get my chart done for years so that'd be especially great. I know all of the specific time and place and such stuff about my birth so can provide that if needed. Does my Witchee need any magical supplies? I don't think so but I can try to think of if there are any TAL oils or the like, and update in my blog if so. Would you be interested in any of the seasonal (or regular) soaps from Cellar Door (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com)? Aw yeah! I even mentioned them in my initial questionnaire. I'm especially interested in Almond Vanilla, Acadian Driftwood, Good Vibrations, Lavender, Lavender Pumpkin, Merry Manhattans, Midnight Mocha, Once Bitten, Orange Clove, Pumpkin Chai Latte, Tobacco+Oakmoss, and Sandalwood+Amber. Partial BPAL bottles are fine. Are you interested in anything from Think Geek? Hmm... this is an interesting one. A past Witch got me a giftcard or whatever from them and their policy was really weird and caused me to be overdrawn for awhile (my purchase went very slightly over the giftcard amount but their policy, at least last year, was to freeze $50 from the bank account no matter the actual amount of the charge, which wasn't cool when I needed to get a couple of things at the grocery store right before payday and had had only about $20 in my account, not over $50). So I might enjoy actual items from there, but please no giftcards as I'm not messing with that again. So anyway, here are some fairly-reasonably-priced things you could purchase/procure for me if you'd like: Pikachu apron Mixology Cocktail Shaker Jiji coin purse Highball glass If you could decorate your house (or one room) in any one theme, what would it be? Going to take the easy way out here and say mid-century modern aprons: Yep, I wear an apron sometimes, and I'm trying to do so more often when I'm cooking or baking. The one I have is fine but nowhere near new. I guess I like more feminine ones that are still functional for cooking/baking (i.e., no problem with ruffles or cutesy prints or etc, but the material shouldn't be especially flammable or extremely flimsy or whatever). Do you like Broadway shows/music? If so what are some of your favorites and/or ones that you hope to see or listen to eventually? Would you like merch from your favorite shows or CDs from shows you want to listen to? Can't think of any though I don't think I dislike the entire genre. I'm heading to NYCC in October! Is there anything I can get my Witchee while I'm there? Ironically, BPAL's Broadway scent sounds really nice. Of course I dunno if I'd like it enough for a bottle, but I'd love a decant. I know they were on offer at Crown and Tulip. I just realized - I'm going to Edmonton Expo this weekend (It's Edmonton's version of comic con). Would a witchee like anything from there? I... don't know what they have at those, I've been ignoring the fandom questions because I'm not really "fannish." But if you see something you think I'd like, sure! - Anything catch your eye from this site (globalgirlfriend.com)? Wow, apparently yes! Will probably go back to this site for Christmas-wish purposes! raindrops top huipil sling bag (in multi) envelope clutch beaded coin purse (not teal) loop beaded earrings (in grey) teardrop earrings (in Zambezi) swallow and stone earrings sky collection earrings (any color) rococo earrings peridot earrings beaded bracelet (in arrow) daybreak earrings citrine square earrings blue crush earrings sacred mark soap (lavender coconut or chai masala) trunk scrub soap (cocomango) drinking chocolate nepali woven dish towel (blue) waxcloth apron bees dish towel dot dish towel - Do you have any favorite, lesser-known stores? Especially ones that sell hand-crafted or independently made items. I usually plug Devonshire Organics at some point during Switch Witch, so I guess this can be that time. I have been buying stick incense from them for at least 15 years and feel like nothing else compares (apparently the Vatican agrees since their incense is used there). My favorite is the general incense wand sampler, but I also order the "woodsy" or "cathedral" ones sometimes for winter. Imagine you're going to the most gigantic art & craft show imaginable, and money is no object - what kind of things would you gravitate towards and probably spend money on? Include as specific as you want to get! Well, when I go to art/craft shows or Renaissance festivals with my normal limited budget, I always end up buying earrings and bar soap, so that's a first thought. I also gravitate toward stick incense. Pricier things that catch my eye at times but that I don't buy would include the fancy wooden boxes or cutting boards (usually with different colors/patterns of wood), and the fancy coffee cups at pottery places... but I'd still want the coffee cup(s) to be regular shape and not with weird dents or globs of fake crystals or dragons or whatever as I keep seeing those on etsy and wondering how somebody would actually drink out of them. See's Candy. They have special Halloween candy..any of these pique your interest?? Cinnamon Apple Scotch Mallows, Pumpkin spice truffles, pumpkinspice lollypops, caramel apple lollypops, or any other of their chocolates, etc? I checked out the "Fall Gifts & Treats" on the site, and the Sweet Harvest Box, Brittle & Crunch, Orange Krispys, Orange & Chocolate Wafers, and Autumn Delights sound amazing. And... after we get Witchees I'm probably going to start a second entry because this is already so long! Witch! Nice to see you! Like I said earlier, I will probably start a second blog entry for any new questions.
  14. neptuneanblues

    BPTP & BPAL Layering Combos!

    Lycanthrope Brown hair gloss seems to go really well with Crowley, just sayin'!
  15. neptuneanblues

    Traveling with BPAL

    I am sure there are probably some helpful suggestions in this traveling with BPAL discussion...
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