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My catalog of answers below [Updated 9-19-19 - I SWEAR I WILL UPDATE THIS WEEKEND] for those who mentioned Yes to handmade items; what sort of knitted gifts would you love to receive? ie, socks, mittens, hat, cowl etc? Socks or scarfy/cowl/shawl type things are probably most likely to get good use in my life. And little creatures or fandom items would be awesome as well. Witch Baby Soap, a favorite of mine, just dropped their Halloween line! Is there anything there you'd like? Body Butters or soaps in Hallowmass, Banshee or Dead Man's Party Ive been feeling very autumny, and I stumbled across this artist, Camille Chew, on society6... she has such beautiful Halloween prints! Anyone know of any other autumn/spooky artists? I love that bag!! I will update if I think of anything specific. Would you be interested in any candles, wax melts, lip balms, or jewelry from Sihaya and Company? No thank you to wax melts and candles, but any of the B. Perry #PSLs, lotion, sorbetto or soap in Hocus Pocus or Ember and Mallow, any of the Wizarding lip balms, and the Spiderwebbed and Hummingbird Skull earrings are fabulous. Anything you'd love from Haus of Gloi? I love their pumpkin butter and bubbling scrubs. In terms of their autumn release, Hex, Blood Orange Marshmallow, Apple Milk, or Pumpkin Peach all sound good! Do you like stuff related to Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead? I love it, but I worry about whether or not it is respectful. How do you feel about homemade edibles? Do you have a preference for a kind? I.E. cookies, jams, etc, or something savory? Absolutely! I love homemade food goodies. Honestly anything listed is something I would love. would you like to receive something either Pagan or Vodou in nature? No thank you. For those of you that appreciate wax melts, are you interested in anything from Zeep's Halloween update (dropping Friday the 13th) or Willow Waxcraft's Falloween update (already released)? No thanks. Is there anything you would particularly like from Japan? Stationary, bento supplies, a particular snack, etc. Yes! Non-chocolate kit kat flavors, any fun sweets, little adorable toys that my daughter can steal. A fun bento box wouldn't be amiss either. what's your favourite animal (think, as a pattern on socks, bags, notebooks, etc) ? Bats, cats, owls, ravens, snakes. Are there any fandoms you’d like to receive items from? If so: are there any favorite characters you’d like to receive items from? Harry Potter (Luna, Ginny and Hedwig are my faves), Star Wars, Dr Who, Wonder Woman, MCU, NMBC Do you prefer solid soap bars or liquid soap/shower gels? Shower oils? Definitely not oils. I worry too much about slipping and don't usually have time to do more than actually clean myself. I will get the most use out of bar soap, but I also like shower gels and whipped soaps. Do you own a bath tub and would you like to receive bath products? Sadly no. What are your feelings about tee turtle tshirts? Any favorites? I LOVE their shirts. I'm an XL womens and I love the Incorgnito and Tortitude shirts. In the Halloween collection, I love the batty reading one and the glow in the dark bunny one. I might have seen a wallet I think that suits you, but also suits the halloween theme. Would you like to receive a wallet at all? Sure! Are there any BPAL’s you’re wishing to get your hands on? At this point, anything from this year that sounds like it's my thing would be good. Would you like a box to hold BPAL or other small items? What size box? Imps, a few bottles, a lot of bottles? I'm set for storage at the moment. Is there a specific type of socks you prefer? Wool, cotton, etc.? No-show, ankle, crew, knee, thigh-high? Cotton or super soft wool, ankle or knee high. Is there any oddball small thing you need or want but haven't gotten around to buying for yourself? I always need colorful paperclips, sticky notes, ponytail holders for my daughter. Favorite Monsters Gargoyles, vampires, skeletons Do you listen to any podcasts? Not really Do you have any favorite Halloween or scary movies? Nightmare Before Christmas, psychological horror generally, though I don't really watch much anymore. Are there any crystals or stuff like that, that really resonates with you? I like jewelry with crystal elements, but nothing on a spiritual level. Do you drink loose leaf tea? If not, would you be up for drinking loose leaf tea if you had an infuser? I do drink flavored loose leaf tea, especially chocolate or other dessert inspired blends. I am all set for infusers.
Here is where I shall keep my questions. I shall keep my questions here. Updated 9/19/18 What is your favorite thing about Halloween? I answered this pretty thoroughly in my survey, I think, but kind of everything. I love celebrating with my kids and being able to buy animal skeletons at Target and the flavors and just really kind of all of it, other than not being terribly into orange and brown. I'm more of a black and purple halloweenie. Would you like a Halloween-themed cross-stitch piece of art done by your partner? If so, do you prefer something practical, like a cross-stitch dishtowel or table runner, or something to be hung on the wall? I would love this - something useful like a dishtowel (or bathroom towels) would be most beloved, as I have a wonderful house with very little usable wall space. Are you coveting something from the Lilith release? I've ordered everything I super duper wanted, but there are a few that I was on the fence about in my wishlist, but hey, I'll list them here too: Absurd Origin Story; Blue Blankie; Don't Tell Me Heaven is Under the Earth; Let Your Indulgence Set Me Free; Meditation Buddy; Scorched Marshmallows; Senator Barrial; Spontaneous Argumentation; Suffragium; The Queen of Hel; The She-Goat; The Storm; Theaomai; Have you seen the Haus of Gloi Fall update? Does anything from that tickle your fancy? I am BPAL only for oils, but I would definitely be interested in trying bubbling scrub, pumpkin butter, hair oil (would probably use for either Mo and/or cuticle oil) or soaps in Apple Milk, Blood Orange Marshmallow, and Cozy Pumpkin! The Maple Vanilla soap sounds lovely too. Enamel pins - yay or nay? Sure, but they will likely be stolen by my little hooligan. Would you appreciate handknits? Any preference (socks, hats, cowls, mitts, etc) Always. Socks and arm warmers would probably get the most use, although a cowl could be cool as that's something I don't have at all. What kind of local goods do you like to pick up/try when you visit somewhere new? I usually look for magnets, local honey or jams or other limited reach local foodstuffs. I also love trying regional alcohol specialties, particularly whisk(e)y. Do you like to cook or bake, and if so, would you like any cooking accessories, mixes, or ingredients? Absolutely! I particularly love silly holiday themed spatulas and sprinkles and such. There's a bit about this in my questionnaire as well. Pumpkin Spice: ALL THE THINGS! Do you like Day of the Dead goodies? I love skulls and such, but I feel weird about the cultural appropriation aspects of a lot of Day of the Dead stuff as I have no cultural or spiritual connection. That said, I have received lovely items from folks who *do* have that connection in the past. Sorry for being complicated. How do you feel about homemade edibles? Not just baked goods, but fruit butters, jams and such-like? Do you prefer savory or sweet or yes? All of them nommy in my mouthy. I am a total sucker for apple and pumpkin and other butters this time of year. If you have a specialty, savory or sweet, I would LOVE to try it. Quirky Socks: Goodness yes! I especially love silly Halloween themed socks, either ankle or knee length. Stuff from Japan: Sure! My daughter and I both love Hello Kitty and Tokidoki and are suckers for any sort of mystery plushy sorts of things. I also adore the different flavors of kitkats you can get there and similar snacky goodies. Yankee Candle: Sure, subject to the limits in my questionnaire. I do have a fondness for Yankee - my husband used to live close to their factory store in Western MA and we would go there all the time when he was in grad school. Bath and Body Works: Another weakness of mine - I have a bad tendency to get matching shower gel and lotions there in foodie / fruity scents. I'd also love fall scents in their foaming hand soap. Of the latest updates, Empress, Liliths, Jester, Emperor what are your wants and desires? Recent LES from this year, what are your wants and desires? My wishlist is up to date in this respect. What about Disney? If you like Disney, what are your favorite characters? I love Nightmare Before Christmas and the Muppets, but am not that into traditional Disney characters. I do like some of the Villians line, especially Maleficent and Ursula. Star wars? YES! Leia, Rey, Yoda, droids generally other than C3P0 who I find annoying. Also porgs were the most brilliant decision ever and I adore those little space puffins with all my heart. And what about Harry Potter? Whats your favorite house and/or favorite character? I am all about all the HP. I am a Ravenclaw through and through (Slitherclaw if we're talking hybrid houses). Fave characters are Luna Lovegood, Hermione and I am a total puppy shipper (Sirius/Remus). (FWIW, my family already owns a lot of HP stuff - scarves for every house but Slytherin, a Ravenclaw mug and water bottle, robes for me and my wee Hooligan Hufflepuff, a stuffed Hedwig and Pidwigen...which is not to say we wouldn't welcome more. ) Do you like honey/honey products? Would you like flavored oils or vinegars? Answering these together because my answer is absolutely yes to all of these. Do you have any interest in fun tees or other goodies either related to your fandoms or otherwise from TeeTurtle or similar sites (https://www.teeturtle.com/)? Absolutely! I prefer women's cut, 2XL for tees. Generally, darker is better in terms of color. Do you have a favorite musical, opera, playwright or other theatrical or performing arts interest for which you might like interesting goodies? I am pretty set on this score in that I have easy access to merch along these lines. Do you have any desire/need for a new umbrella? I always need more small collapsible ones as my children seem to have discovered some sort of portal that devours all umbrellas in the immediate vicinity. Any desire for mugs - travel or otherwise? How about water bottles? I am pretty set for ceramic mugs. I can always use more travel mugs if they are both cool and diswasher safe. Same for water bottles. Could you use any BPAL storage? Bottles or imps? I am set personally, but I did realize the other day that my little hooligan is developing a bit of a collection herself that is currently scattered across her dresser, so if you are feeling crafty and felt like making a bottle box in an Owl/MLP/HP-Hufflepuff theme, I would happily regift to her (otherwise I have to do it myself ) Do you like incense, palo santo, sage, etc? Please no. Even smelling incense in the package these days can trigger my migraines, which teenager me would find tragic, but there it is. I will be going to Son of Monsterpalooza this weekend. Anything look interesting? I can't think of anything offhand, but if there are cool creepy jewelry vendors, that could be cool. Wax tarts? No thank you. How do you feel about literal pumpkin *spice* - i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger - as a flavoring (the inclusion of pumpkin is not essential in my plotting)? How about those flavors combined with chocolate in some mystery form? I am all over this concept (literally). If you like/want books, do you have a goodreads or other place where you discuss your favorite books? Would you be interested in a spooky Halloween compilation or a classic halloweenie/autumnal book like Ray Bradbury's The Halloween Tree or Something Wicked This Way Comes? I would love a new weenie compilation (now that I think about it, that's not the word I want, but wev). Hat with pompom or no: I don't have a strong preference, although without is probably slightly more likely to be worn on the regular. I definitely embrace the silly, so if the hat is just screaming for some sort of embellishment, go for it. Top 3 Weenie Wants: In terms of things I did not already order for myself: The Hag (I wishlisted this last year and it almost jumped in my cart this year, so this is def. a top wish) The Goat and the Vine Pomegranate Grove: Morocco
UPDATED 11/18 I love crocheting, it's my favorite hobby. Can I make you a scarf/cowl/sweater/lap blanket to keep you wintery-warm!? Absolutely! I am not much of a cowl wearer, but otherwise, bring on all the homemade goodies, especially since yarn-craft and I do not get along. How do you feel about knit socks? (Plain stockinette, lacework, cables, etc). Are there any other hand knit items you'd especially like? (Mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, etc). Yes please! Fingerless gloves are another desire of mine. How do you feel about amigurumi (i.e. little crochet toys), either characters from a fandom, wee animals, or as decorations? I don't really have feelings about them, to be honest, which is a good excuse to show me why they are awesome! (This is as good a time as any to mention that I forgot to include Ghostbusters on my list of beloved fandoms.) What kind of snacks do you like? Does dried fruit or crunchy dried vegetables sound appealing? Do you like (raw) honey? Jerky? Jam? What sort of local products do you like to receive as gifts? If you're familiar with products in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything specific you'd like to try? I love dried fruit/veg/nut combos. I love honey, like good jerky, jam is fab. The only thing that jumps out at me from PNW that I wouldn't want is salmon anything. Otherwise, I love to try local snacks, bread mixes, that sort of thing. If there's one place you could go in the world, where and why? I really want to go to Australia and New Zealand. Truly, I want to go everywhere, but that's my next big desire. What sort of dollar store items do you always get a kick out of? I inevitably get distracted by the wall of tacky jewelry, but I never actually buy anything. Do you like to receive plants or gardening stuff? Do you grow plants? What's your favourite flower, if you have one? I would not want gardening stuff or plants. I generally prefer not to receive things I will inevitably kill. Calla lilies are my favorite flower. If you had a custom perfume/beauty/bath product made for you, what would it be and what would the scent description look like? (everything from prose to the specific selection of notes) Something spicy/creamy/red musky. Text would be a silly bit of poetry. I love drawing! Either fanart chibis on the tablet or portrait work in graphite pencil... but it's been a while..so I'd love to use this as an excuse to draw something for you! If you could commission an art piece, would you choose traditional or digital artwork- and what would it be of? I...have no idea. Sorry, that is totally unhelpful. Maybe sketches of my kids? Have we already answered questions about Christmas tree themes for this year? We always do a tree, but it's not themed. Generally, we do a combo of modern bright colors, ornaments from my childhood, things my kids have made, souvenirs from vacations, and whatever characters my kids are currently into. When it comes to makeup, what is your coloring? Fair, dark? Sensitive skin? Eye color? Hair color? Style....funky, natural? Any additional makeup info? Fair with ruddy cheeks. Blue eyes. Dyed dark red hair. Makeup style is definitely funky - if I want to look natural, I just don't wear makeup. Otherwise, I usually do a bit of powder foundation, vibrant eye shadow crayon and black or blue/black mascara (note I DO NOT need more black mascara). Then a red or berry or burgundy lip color. I don't wear blush or lip liner or usually eye liner, although I will play with that sometimes. I am always in the market for more bold eye or lip colors, nail polishes (glitter is good) and could legit use a "glue" for loose powder shadow. Is there any craft or hobby that you are interested in trying? There's nothing I'm particularly jonsing for at the moment, but I've been a little curious about needle felting if there's an all inclusive kit you like. My daughter also loves crafty stuff, so things we could work on together would be fun. Would anyone mind bath and body works items? Such as hand sanitizer, lotion, candles, car scents or soap? I love their lotions and shower gel and some of their specialty spa stuff. I also love their candles, perhaps a bit too much. Any Lush showergel (or other product) you'd like to try? I sort of collect their showergels, mostly from The Kitchen. So if there's anything you'd like to try, now's the time to tell! My fave Lush products are their bath products, which I have no current ability to use, sadly. I don't care for their soap at all, their shower gels are okay. I do love me some Lemony Flutter, though. Do you like licorice or would you like to try it? Would you prefer salt or sweet? ALL THE LICORICE!!! I generally prefer sweet, but like salty if it is combined with something sweet (Nemi gave me some chocolate covered salty licorice last year that was AMAZING.) I live in The Netherlands but I will visit England soon and might pay a visit to Germany. Anything special from here that you'd like to try? Magnets, jewelry, local sweets and candy are among my travel related loves. is you BPAL wishlist updated? If not: please do! I will try to get that taken care of ASAP. Do you like office supplies like pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, etc? I particularly love pens in all sorts of colors and sticky notes. How do you feel about spicy, cheesy, or sour snacks? Sure! I particularly like cheesy.. Would you like any cook-able mixes like for soup or baked goods, cooking ingredients like spices, sugars, salts, oils, or cooking gadgets? Absolutely! Would you prefer bar soaps or bath gel? I marginally prefer soap, just because I'm more likely to grab it to use. Candles, wax melts, or incense - yea or nay? Candles are fine, although I am kind of drowning in them. Please no incense or wax melts. Jewelry - any preference about length of necklaces, earrings, etc? The bigger and bolder the better. I do not wear post earrings, though. Otherwise, in terms of length, anything goes. Sweeteners: I don't do artificial sweeteners.Honey, agave, other actual sugar alternatives are fine. No stevia or stuff like that though. Handmade items & homemade food: Absolutely! Shakespearean swag: This is my question, so I am pretty well set, but yes, I do love me some random Shakespeare. Favorite Christmas story: A Christmas Carol all day long, the book, adaptations, everything other than the Jim Carrey version. Numbered packages or random: Whatever you prefer, Snow Angel. Goodreads or other wish lists: Everything is in my swap help blog entry linked in my sig.. Books in a series-- in order? If books are pretty much standalone, like Discworld or a lot of police procedural series, I am cool with random entries. For anything that is truly serial and the series is meant to tell a full story together, then I want them in order. Trader Joe's: I have one super close but I never actually go there, so it is fair game.(I love cookie butter ; -) Shoe size US womens 8, socks are wonderful I'm going to San Diego next week. Are there any souvenirs from there you'd like? How about any little souvenirs in general that you appreciate receiving? I can't think of anything SD specific, to be honest, but see above re my usual souvenirs. Do you like Steampunk? Would you be interested in any jewelry inspired by steampunk? I yes and yes! The biggest catch is a lot of steampunk jewelry I see is very gold/bronze based. I make paper albums and journals. Would you be interested in receiving something like that? Would you like some other type of handmade paper craft? I have so many journals that I never get around to using, so I should probably pass. Are you currently ISO any BPAL new or otherwise? What are your top 10 scents? I a not ISO anything in particular right now. I will try to get my wishlist updated ASAP. I listed a lot of my faves in my survey, I think. Black Friday will be a thing during this swap, anything you might want that will be on awesome sale? I'm sure there will be some deals on movies or games that are up my alley, but there's nothing specific I can think of (I tend to avoid any offline black Friday shopping). Homemade stuff specifics: Would you be interested in: - Dried honeycrisp apples Yes - Applesauce (with red hots for sweetness and cinnamon) Yes - Rose petal liqueur Yes! - Blackberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, or Peach Jam Yes! - garlic dill pickles Yes - raw honey from bees on our property Yes! - Baked or homemade goods Always. Of particular interest from the list are rum balls, cranberry bars, fudge and trail mix. If you make extra fab brownies or breads, that's cool too. - handsewn project bags or makeup bags? If you have thematic fabric or the desire to make something that fits with my fandoms, that would be super, but I don't really need them in general. Of particular interest would be Harry Potter, Doctor Who, NMBC, MLP. Bigger bags that could hold some of my daughter's huge MLP collection would actually be pretty fab. - yarn, roving, batts, fiber? No thank you. - any cross stitch items like a small wall hanging or bookmark? Bookmarks, dishtowels, pillows, other usable things would be great. I don't have much wall space for hangings, though. - if you said you'd want a knitted item, are there any particular favorite patterns you'd like - I have no idea and am not on ravelry or relevantly on pinteroist. I am not real big on cable-knit or that sort of classic texture, though. For some reason, I now have an image of some sort of cephalopod texture and would be all over something like that, though. In terms of colors, any of the jewel tones I mention in my survey, especially black/gray/purples/teal. If you said you liked candles/incense/etc., what are your favorite scents for such things? I love anything evergreeny this time of year, or spicy foody kind of scents. Do you like to cook and would you be interested in cookbooks? I do cook, but I have a lot of cookbooks. I do love quirky fannish ones, though. I have Dining with the Doctor. Do you like games (board/card), and if so for how many players? Yes! I would particularly be interested in games that can be played with 2-3 players as well as larger groups. If you have a Goodreads "to read" list, are those mostly books that you do not have and would like copies of, or are those mostly books that you already have piled on your shelves/lurking in your e-reader? I have tried to break down what I have and what I want via an "on-my-shelves" sub-category. Anything on my to-read list that is not so marked is something I would be happy to receive, whether it specifically says "want a copy" or not. Do you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, and if so would you like handmade firestarters or scenting bundles to throw on it? (think bundles of apple wood chips and cinnamon bark, or little wax/herb/paper bundles with a wick) Technically we have both fireplace and a metal fire bowl thing, although we have never used the former and rarely use the latter. I wouldn't necessarily be opposed, but these sound like the sort of thing I would acquire and never remember to use. What animals do you think are considered cute? Penguins, owls, birds generally, bats, lizards, seals, and I have a fondness for arctic animals specifically - white foxes, wolves, polar bears, etc. You mentioned scarves in your questionnaire. Are you referring to a chunky thick keep-me-warm-in-a-snowstorm scarf, or a light and lacy could-be-warm-if-I-wound-it-a-hundred-times scarf? I don't think I did, actually. But generally, I like big shawl like winter scarves more than light lacy scarves. I stalked your etsy and noticed you like gemstones in jewellery! If yes, what's a list of your favorite semi-precious gemstones? Sapphires, garnets, moonstone...honestly, I care more about color and overall style than gemstones themselves. And what is your ring size in US? I really would prefer not to receive rings. Sorry! I can barely wear my wedding and engagement rings anymore, let alone others. Would you like to receive a photography print? My pictures are mainly of animals or landscapes. What would you prefer? Any favourite animals you'd like to receive a picture of? Would you also like to receive postcards? These are beautiful, but outside of owls or birds that I could share with my daughter, I really don't have wall space right now. Thinking about your package arriving and unwrapping, would you prefer more foody items or more non-foody things? Non-foody, please. Some food items are wonderful, but I would prefer that less than half be treats, thanks! Name a handful of things you would LOVE to see in your 12 Days gifts! Jewelry, books, a mix cd of seasonal music, fun sparkly decorations, socks or arm warmers... Grabbing this from the thread, but I also love fandom blind bags, incl. Lego! Anybody else pay attention to Solstice Scents? Nope. I am a BPAL only gal and do not wear anything else. If I were go get my shit together to actually bake before December 7, would you have any interest in fruitcake? My own question, so the YES I LOVE IT answer can probably be assumed, but yes, I love fruitcake - even the stereotypical brick - but especially people's different recipes. I go pretty much gaga over any holiday fruit bread - panatella, stollen, etc. If I were still feeling the alcoholic spirit and decided to make boozy chocolate balls of some sort, do you have a preference for bourbon, rum or Irish whiskey? I have no real preference. In terms of drinking, I lean toward whiskeys, but all the booze is welcome over here.
Em- posted a blog entry in Maps and LegendsRather than trying to trot out info every time I do a circular swap, it has occurred to me that a meta-post covering the basic places where I have wishlists and other relevant info might be useful. BPAL Books: Goodreads, Bookmooch (very neglected), useful discussion hereabouts Other Stuff: Amazon, Etsy, Sock Dreams, Think Geek Swap Questions: 2015 13 Nights of Halloween, 2015 Spring Cleaning, 2014 13 Nights of Halloween, 2011 Snow Bunny