**Things that I forgot to mention in my questionnaire - I've started a blog post with my "wishlist" since my Amazon and Etsy lists are more for me keeping track of things I want/hope to get for others. I will also always welcome decanting supplies (looking for alternatives to the usual slink/imp vials for accessibility reasons)!
Cross-stitched Halloween ornament? This sounds hella adorable!!
Are there any collage artists in the mix? I occasionally make postcard collages to send out! This would be lovely!
Dragon Con 2021 scents? I love a good peach scent, but I think Fuzzy Peach Sweater and Mug of London Fog and Peach and Sugared Oranges Slices speak to me most...But that Working Title one's got my attention for the name alone.
HP House? Not into this fandom and I don't like JKR.
Do you like any art from these two sellers? In general, I love a good pin and sticker, which these two artists look like they have!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CaitlinMcCarthyArt - AHH bury me in books! Athena, Artemis, Persephone, Freya!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BatinYourBelfry - oh I love so much here...!
Lightweight yarn-and-ribbon hairfalls - would you like a set in the colors and length of your choice? This would be cool but would this still look cool with my side shave? My favorite colors are noted in my questionnaire answers, and length... Maybe an inch past shoulder length at most.
Would you appreciate a skein of handspun yarn? If yes, what weight? What colors? How do you feel about beads? Any allergies to typical fibers? I'm not a fiber arts person, but wool makes me itchy. As for beads, I'm indifferent but I don't do much with them unless they're unique and on the larger size.
Do you like stickers? Patches? Buttons? Yes, yes, yes!
Do you spend time in the outdoors? Not enough but I enjoy it when I do.
Do you enjoy cooking and/or baking? Yes! Though I cook more than I bake.
The Paintbox Soapworks Weenie collection! Would you like anything? MMM Fairytale sounds delicious - bath streusel or the hair/perfume oil! G.O.A.T in hot process soap, bath streusel, or hair/perfume oil. I'd also consider sample size lotions of either scent.
The Pickety Witch is taking pre-orders for their new Halloween pins. Have any caught your eye? THAT TRICK OR TREATING BABY GOAT IS ADORABLE. I'm also really diggin' the vampire bat.
Would you like any wax melts, candles, whipped soaps, sugar whips (whipped soap/scrub hybrid), body butter sugar scrubs (moisturizing scrub), meringues (lotion), bath bombs, or bath rocks from Zeep? I'm down for bath bombs or bath rocks!
Does anyone like vintage Halloween? Sometimes as it depends on what it is.
It seems like a lot of shops’ Halloween lines have items related to the same standard fandoms, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Beetlejuice, Addams Family, etc. Do any of those (or other ones) particularly resonate with you? I actually don't care too much for any of those. Hocus Pocus actually annoys me a little because of how everywhere it is. Halloween for me is general spooky (black cats, witches, ghosts, corvids, supernatural things, don't get too gorey), much pumpkins and general fall/autumn things.
If you like tea, how do you want it delivered? Loose? Bags? Tiny little messenger pigeons (subject to availability)? Well, now I need it to be delivered by tiny, little messenger pigeons if it's available. I don't have a strong preference but pre-bagged does make it easier for me to take it places without needing to take extra gear.
How do you feel about atmospheric/novelty scents and novelty food items? Things like "new car candle" or "eyeball jawbreaker" or whatever. I love ridiculous things like this! I'm fine with most novelty scents, but I ask that you keep it to the smaller sizes (i.e. 4oz candle vs 8oz if you have such options). Novelty food items? I'm game for whatever you find interesting for me!
Would you prefer to receive ONE HUGE (more expensive) GIFT and 12 inexpensive ones, a few more expensive, or all about the same price? I'm sorry if I'm the worst with this answer, but it's whatever YOU are most comfortable with (even though we're all on the same budget). Do what speaks to you about me.
What are your fandoms, if any? I feel like I may have touched on this in my questionnaire but should I have forgotten, I love Hannibal, The Expanse, Criminal Minds and the CSI's series. Attack on Titan was the last anime I watched and enjoyed. Deadpool is my favorite sassy mercenary. Oh, and How to Train Your dragon!
Do you collect things like tarot decks? If so do you have a wishlist or a list of ones you already have? Would you like a silk tarot bag? I don't collect tarot decks but my best friend gifted me a beautiful Salvador Dali deck two years ago that I cherish deeply. A (large) bag for it would be delightful.
Do you like rocks/crystals? What colors kinds? Would you like them in bead format (holes drilled?) I love shiny rocks and crystals! I love ones that look like an oil slick. My latest is a Purple Labradorite Palm Stone from Realm & Reason. I find moonstone, onyx and smokey quartz to be really pretty, but I also just love most things purple.
My mom has an etsy store - she makes bags. Do you love anything from it? These bags are so cute and look great for me to stow away my knick knacks (or plethora of makeup). I'm drawn to the Ravens & Bats, She Blinded me with SCIENCE, and the Bones prints.
Let's say you want something knitted. What are you most interested in? Shawl or amigurumi/toy (I love octopuses, cuttlefish, otters, chipmunks, hamsters).
*What colors would you prefer said knitted object in? Either true to what they are in real-life or some take on the bisexual flag colors! My favorite color is purple so shades of purple would work, too.
*Stripes, gradient, semi solid, variegated? No preference!
*What type of yarn would you prefer? Whatever is softest! I don't usually know which that is but I feel like cashmere, silk, and tencel fall under that category. My eczema-prone skin likes to be pampered lol.
Are you interested in receiving any of the following homemade / home dried / home canned goodies?
Dried Honey Crisps (I LOVE apple crisps!!)
Dried elderberries (wildcrafted)
Canned any variation of plum or peach jams/goodies - I particularly love peach!
Any of the homemade liquer/brandy
Open to zucchini or pumpkin bread - I do not have a favorite recipe for either as I personally do not make either. Generally I love a lot of the autumn spiced baked goods.
How do you feel about oracle decks? I don't know enough to have an opinion, so let's pass altogether lol.
Would you like witchy/ritual oils/sundries? Any limitations (e.g. deities you won't work with)? No, thank you!
Is there anything you would like to try from the UK specifically? (e.g. Lush exclusives) Oh, I'd be down for any Lush exclusives! I totally forgot about those.
Oh, and are you into astrology? I dabble but not like up to my eyeballs deep in it.
What size shoe do you wear (inc wide/narrow, etc)? Women's US 7 regular.
Do you like/would you want to receive comic books? Any favorite genres or characters? Yes! I like sci-fi, Deadpool, horror. I'm not too picky. I appreciate a good story.
Would you like a palm stone, or anything else, from Haute Macabre? WOULD I EVER YES. Stones I love are moonstone, celestite, obsidian, sodalite, ruby kyanite, lapis lazuli, rainbow fluorite, and any of the quartz. The spheres are extra cool to me! I also love note/greeting cards, i.e. the moth ones.
What's your favorite flower? I love lilies and roses.
What's you favorite woodland creature? Chipmunks and squirrels...but I think river otters might fall into this category (if so, definitely otters).
Do you prefer receiving a big box with all of your goodies, or is it okay if one or two things are shipped directly to you separately (with notice!!) for customs/shipping cost purposes (i.e. if there's something customs might not allow in from the States that can be shipped from within your country)? I'm fine if some things were shipped directly and separately, as long as there's a note for me to connect two and two together... Otherwise I'm gonna sit here and be confused but thrilled that I have a secret admirer???? But yeah, go for it if shipping separately saves on shipping or whatever.
Would you like a fabric face mask? If so, do you prefer a dome shape or a pleated shape? Sure! I prefer the dome-shaped versus pleated. I do have a strong preference for those with the nose-wire as that has helped with keeping it from fogging up my glasses.
Can I interest you in cleanser, sheet masks, moisturizer, sample things etc etc.? Or a general pampering package? What is your skin type? I'm open to sample-sized skincare! Sheet masks, definitely yes! Pampering package, also yes. I have eczema so I'm a sensitive dry type. I could also use new SPF moisturizer - my favorite has been long discontinued (algenist's sublime blurring moisturizer) and I'm still struggling with finding a new replacement.
Anything from ChocolateStoryBook etsy? OH MY GOODNESS, YES. Chocolate Strawberry, Churros, Banana Split are the top three I'd love to try!
Anything interesting from either Hexennacht or Mr. Hex? Definitely the perfume oils!
Hexennacht wishlist: Hannibal Loves Clarice, Black Cherry Fizzy Soda, Sleep Paralysis, Kona Mocha.
Mr. Hex blends that I love more of: Catatonic (Lush Twilight dupe), YKW? IDEK (discontinued Hexennacht), Thundercat (Demeter Thunderstorm dupe), and I'd love to try the Lost Kitty body oil (TF Lost Cherry dupe).
Would you like some delicious coffee? If so, do you prefer whole bean or ground? If ground, what grind? Also, light or dark roast? Flavor preferences? Yes! Whole bean or course grind for a french press. I prefer medium to dark roasts. I would kill for a good chocolate cherry coffee again, but I'm open to most things!
I may be going to the Renaissance Fair this weekend, any Ren Faire goodies you may like? Sure! Whatever that speaks to you of me 😄 I can't think of anything specific. I'm always curious to see what things make people think of me.
I always go to my town's local Farmer's Market and they have booths selling things like candles, Gourmet Pickles, Flavored Oils and Vinegars, dog treats (like bones and animal feet), honey, and bath products. Would you like any of these things? Yes, yes, yes! No flavored vinegars though. I love it when people share their local goods with me, especially since we're not traveling a lot right now.
Do you have a preference for numbered packages for each night of the swap vs randomly selecting from unlabeled goodies? I do not, but if there's something I should definitely open up first before something else, please leave a note somewhere! There's a good chance I might have to do that for the goodies that I'm packing.
If you didn't say much about your reading preferences in your survey but would be interested in receiving books, can you elaborate a bit? My favorite books/series are Dune, The house of the Scorpion, The Expanse (series and the novellas), and I just finished The Empress of Salt and Fortune! (Absolutely love it, so much so that I just gifted a copy to a friend recently.) I believe I may have also elaborated a bit in some answers from my Spring cleaning swap (link in my sig) so you can browse there too for ideas.
Are you interested in cocktails, be it recipes, infusion kits, tools, supplies, specialty bitters? Tiki cocktails!
*Is there something that you definitely prefer to not receive in any category (anything to avoid if you hadn't/forgotten to mention)?* Water bottles because I'm kind of picky about those and I have enough currently. Headbands - my head/hair never quite looks right in them. Dark oudh like that in BPAL's Ganymede makes me sick. We don't really use beverage koozies in my house. And please keep the glitter to a minimal!
*Are there patterns/prints (more guidance than general Halloween/Autumn) you like for things or are you open to whatever I may find that speaks to me?* My favorite sports teams' prints are fair game. Otter themed prints/patterns that are in the autumn/spooky season? yes! I'll take autumn leaves over pumpkins, but I can appreciate a good jack-o-lantern. I always find glow-in-the-dark things fun. Ooh vintage prints would be cool! Bats, black cats, crows/ravens/corvids - I love.
Any significant other or other special person? Like if I wanted to send you specialty cocoa for a date night, would that be OK? That would be so sweet, whatever it would be! My main squeeze is the hubs, but I do have date nights with my best friends whenever we're in the same town.
If you happened to list some favorite fandoms earlier, would you also name your favorite character(s) from those fandoms? Obviously Hannibal and Will Graham, lol. I adore Naomi, Camina Drummer, and Amos from The Expanse. Gritty is my lord and savior. Deadpool is my favorite sassy mercenary. I'm not sure who my favorite is from BTS, Jin or Jungkook. Oh! Supernatural - I love everything (for the most part) about this show!
Do you have an Amazon link? Can you post it?? I don't have one that's useful for this swap, but I did make a blog post that should suffice!
if you are a knitter/crocheter, are you over on Ravelry? If so, what’s your user name there?? I'm neither of those.
I make homemade fire ciders, would that be of interest? Non-alcoholic and they are quite fiery. I'd try these!
Are you interested in getting other BPAL items besides perfume, like hair gloss, bath oils or T-shirts? Absolutely. I've actually been eyeing the honey and mischief HGs. I prefer the men's/unisex size small in shirts though.
So partner, would you be interested in a Frankenbag done in Halloween prints? uh, YEAH THAT SOUNDS SO FUN AND COOL.
*Y'all with furbabies... Are there any food allergies/sensitivities or quirks to know about? I don't currently have any furbabies or pets for that matter. Except for the occasional cricket that finds its way into our home.
How do you feel about (ethically sourced) butterfly / moth art (in a jar or shadowbox)? Uh, I'd fckin' love this! I find moths to be cuter but I do appreciate a gorgeous butterfly specimen.
I may have preemptively picked out 2 Halloween-themed mugs with cute matching spoons, before I knew who my match was going to be! So I leave it to you: Bat, or Cat? Bat! lmao this was me shopping this weekend figuring I'll just take a gamble since my match was very behind on questions until maybe twelve hours ago (and well after I've done the bulk of my sourcing of things). All is well though!
If you mentioned aversions to any common Halloween decor items (skeletons, witches, spiders, etc.), how encompassing is that? Specifically, is a "kid friendly" drawing of that same item on a piece of decor (like, a book cover or wrapping paper) still a preferred pass? A kid-friendly drawing would be fine.
Would you be interested in receiving a never-used eyeshadow palette from Notoriously Morbid (gothy colors) and/or a never-used eyeshadow palette from Pretty Vulgar (romantic neutrals)? I'd prefer the Notoriously Morbid one, but open to either. I can't even recall if I have any neutral palettes, but I've only ever reached for such shades when I've been asked to do someone's makeup for special occasions.
Are you interested in anything specifically Japanese I could get for you here (doesn't necessarily have to be Halloween themed)? For example, are you a fan of the anime Demon Slayer and want merch? Are you interested in trying some fun kit-kat flavors? Do you need a new set of pretty chopsticks? I love weird/fun kit kat flavors!!! I would LOVE to get my grubby hands on more of the wasabi one! It was such a wild thought but man, it was so good. Any of my friends or family who have gone to Japan always come back with something Pikachu-related for me. I'd love an Oshawott plush though, just to switch things up. I'd love JRock merch - Dir En Grey has been a long time favorite of mine, next up is the GaZette. I'm also just a sucker for cute things. (No chopsticks unless it's hilariously Pikachu-themed.)
In the meantime- there is an excellent chance teeturtle will have a sale in time for this swap: anything (particularly tshirts or socks) that appeal? Sizes? I have a soft spot for the otter things! And I love the reversible octopuses or axolotls. I think I'd be a medium in the women's shirts, and socks are fair game! You can never have too many fun pairs of socks, right?
Also, the Haus of Gloi Fall Part 1 drops soon, anything here you like? I'm not sure. I haven't been wow'd but this house but I'm open to trying new things if you find something that lines up with what I like... I'd be interested in any form of the perfumes or candles. I've also just discovered that they have a black cherry soda soap and I need this.
Could you use a journal or sketchbook? I'd love a watercolour sketchbook! But I'm open to regular journals or sketchbooks
Do you need BPAL storage? Imps? Bottles? Kinda sorta? My imps/decants are starting to run wild...
Do you wear socks? What kind? No show, ankle, knee high, over the knee? Fibers? Yes! Ankle or crew socks! I don't think I have a fiber preference but wool might be a little too warm for where I am.
*Do you have a favorite candy(ies) [or prepacked individual snacks] that you wouldn't mind filling up your box as packing material? Or teas/coffee blends you'd enjoy? If you prefer none of this, that's fine too! I've bubble wrap scraps out the wazoo, much to hubby's dismay, lol.
Me? I love Hi-Chews (we love the cola & ramune ones, but I love most of the fruits), M&M's, gummy cola bottles, peach rings... I do love me a good dark chocolate...and chocolate covered cherries or raisins! I haven't found these in a while, but milk chocolate covered BANANA gummy bears! yes, only the banana gummy bears.
How do you feel about fancy marshmallows? Uhm, I love marshmallows. Gimme.
We've asked about candy, but let's talk specifically about gummies. Do you like crazy shapes, sweet/sour? I don't think I care that much about shapes but I tend to prefer sweet over sour.
Anything from these Etsy shops?
Kodiak Sea Charms - these are all so pretty! Silver is my preferred metal, earrings or necklace works for me (plain glass with no charm). Also very not opposed to a jar of pretty sea glass.
Halloween Hill Studio - too ghoul for school sticker!
Grave Markings - the glow cat skull pin or cat skull vinyl sticker! Blindfold, Ram, or the She's Coming to Get You prints.
What about the Mutter Museum's gift shop? UMLAUT, UMLAUT, UMLAUT. But I also love postcards, regular cards, earrings, the wood rib cage necklace. I love this museum even though there's a few things there that do weird me out (that wall of skin ailments is so fascinating but sometime gross lmao).
I grow mugwort and it's harvest season. Would you like dried leaves for bathing or tea? Or a bound bundle for smoke cleansing? (Its said to be excellent for divination or lucid dreaming, but do not use if pregnant.) Oh, neat! I'd love it for tea or bathing! I'm definitely curious about it on chicken.
I grow loads of other herbs and I'm drying them now. Any favorites you might like? Mint, basil, oregano, chives, lemon balm or others? I love mint and basil! Maybe some chives too... Is lemon balm like lemongrass...?
I grew a huge load of onions and garlic. Any interest? I'll never turn down some good garlic.
Feathers? I have geese, ducks, peafowl, chickens and quail. So I collect their shed feathers and share them with people I like. Uh, yes, please! I love cool feathers!
I grew a boatload of Green Shiso this year and plan to make a shiso pesto with it. Would you like some? (Nut wise it has pistachios) I'd love to try shiso pesto! My parents grow the purple one, but I never thought about trying it as pesto.
I also plan to experiment with infusing it in vodka. I'm planning a plain shiso infusion and a shiso citrus infusion. If they turn out would you like some? Uh, yes please!
Would you be interested in this hand sanitizer dispenser/keychain that doubles as a light (its eyes light up when you press between its eyes!)? This is adorable but I don't think I use a consistent bottle of hand sanitizer that would fit it... It's unbelievably adorable though.
If you're into tabletop games, what games do you already own, and/or what type are you interested in? I'm okay in this department!
DO YOU LIKE TRUE CRIME STORIES? I don't mind them.
DO YOU LIKE SEASONAL MAGAZINES ON BAKING AND DECORATING? I don't mind them but I don't seek them out.
Would you be interested in some very size-inclusive tights? I'd enjoy some cozy tights!
What about indie chilli sauces/chutneys/jams? What type of chilli/spice level? oooh yes! On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being just barely and 5 being my pants on fire - we like at least a 3.
In case anyone else shares a love for adorable tiny plushies, any interest in v soft and cute vegetable/fruit plushies? There are also small animals. YES. SO MUCH YES.
The Polish Pickup/Indie Pickup is live for wishlisting, and will ship in time for this swap (this year). Anything strike your fancy? So much! Bath bombs are always a hit here, I like jewelry, and all the polishes are so pretty - I don't think you could go wrong with whatever you decide on.
Anything here sound good to you? https://gryffonridge.com/ hooooboy gimme some fancy salts or the fruit sugars! We *are* running low on a good ancho chile powder though... Really open to any of the culinary blends for poultry, beef or pork.
Hayden Evens Art has released some new Halloween and Disney-themed prints and stickers. Do any spark your interest? Nah, nothing's vibin' with me.
So would you hate or be into more miscreant Halloween vibe decor - like wholesome figurines repainted, creepy dolls, goats with horns, (fake) animal skeletons, things in jars? Is anything too dark, morbid, or recoil worthy? Pass on the creepy dolls but I've been loving some of the repainted wholesome figurines. I do like jar specimens but nothing too big, something that fits on a small shelf would be ideal. I hate that I can't think of what would be too dark until I see it, lol.
do you use any sorts of semipermanent dyes or do anything fun/wild to your hair? are there any hair products you like? Yes! I have front sections bleached and dyed blue and fiery orange. I'm looking for a better blue or purple dye brand that would last longer... Manic Panic has been great in vibrancy but does not last long in my hair despite cool/cold washes once a week. Otherwise I don't really use much else in terms of hair products. Sometimes a smoothing spray, BPAL HGs.
what about skincare? i am pretty into k beauty and am curious if others are interested in any aspects of this. I have a pretty established routine and set of products. I do enjoy K-Beauty! I love their sunscreen products that wear better in my opinion.
Regarding tea, what type of tea do you prefer? Black tea, green tea, herbal tea? Any type of tea you really don’t enjoy? I think I'm a dominantly black tea drinker, but cold drinks will usually be white or green teas... I don't drink a lot of herbal blends unless it's like the sleepy time ones!
Cellar Door Bath Supply Co.'s Halloween & Fall collection is out: anything you might be interested in? oh my GODS Once Bitten sounds AMAZING - give that to me in both soap and candle forms! Pumpkin Chai latte, October Road, and Autumn apple fest also sound right up my alley; and I think I'd love those as candles...but I won't turn down soaps, lol.
are you interested in eco-friendly menstrual products? LORDY YES. I've actually been trying to find some more reusable pads!
Bath and Body Works? I know this is a bit of a love em or hate em company, but I really love their foaming hand soaps and scented hand sanitizers and my kids like their body wash, so I'll be placing an order with the next good sale. Anything that catches your eye? LMAO BBW discontinued all of my favorite products and scents. (give me back my warm milk and honey foam bath, and the sleep aromatherapy line in lavender cedarwood!!) Though I am eyeing that old fashioned cider donut candle....
I'm making homemade applesauce this weekend with apples I picked last weekend. I'm going to try my hand at canning for the first time (got my mom, the experienced canner, on speed dial lol) If I succeed would you like a jar? Sure! I'd love to partake in your success.