Stocking Stuffers:

  • A single quail egg
  • Three hag stones
  • Box of communion wafers (unblessed, of course)
  • Clementines
  • Goats milk lotion for working hands
  • A 3’3 square of honeycomb
  • Small copper spoon
  • Vial of sea water collected in 1897
  • Spool of red thread
  • A handkerchief monogrammed with Johannes Vermeer’s initials
  • bundle of black wax candles
  • Packet of carrot seeds
  • Large Drop pearl earrings
  • Tinted beeswax (for your lips)
  • Charcoal sticks (for your etchings)
  • A warm letter (from me to you)

To anyone getting wisdom tooth surgery:
From my experience, here’s what I reccomend.
-Choose the person who accompanies you to your appointment wisely! They are going to be taking care of you for a few hours and you need someone who is compassionate and willing to help you.
-Milk! Once you are able to drink again, I recommend drinking lots of chocolate milk! If you don’t like chocolate, try strawberry or vanilla! (Yes vanilla milk exists) Flavored milks have lots of calories, which you need to heal (especially since your diet is restricted from the surgery). If you can’t drink lactose try almond, soy, goat or any other milk substitute. Just make sure it has those calories and tastes yummy! You’ll want that yummy taste to help you feel better after the surgery.
-Don’t use too much cotton. Once you pull the cotton swab out and its not completely soaked in blood, you don’t need to replace it again. The surgical site might ooze blood for up to 24-48 hours so if you taste a little blood, don’t freak. Although if you’re profusely bleeding after three or more gauzes, call your doctor or dentist.
-DONT DRINK FROM STRAWS OR BOTTLES! The suction will cause the blood clot to come out and will cause you to bleed more. If that does happen, call the dentist and follow their instructions.
-Eat soft, mushy, lukewarm or cold foods. Avoid spicy, super salty or acidic foods. I know, that’s not much fun, but here’s some stuff I like: Eggs (cooked any way), Potatoes (again, most ways are fine), cooked veggies (so they’re soft), pasta with butter (no tomato sauce), pierogis, raviolis (again, no red sauce), soup. Remember, all your cooked foods must be cooled down before you eat them. Ice cream, yogurt, pudding, jello, milkshakes, smoothies (try to avoid having seeds in your smoothies, you don’t want them to get lodged in your surgical wound), soft fruit (peaches, mango, plum, grapes, melons, etc.), cheese, soft un-toasted breads. Overall, keep it bland and not at an extreme temperature.
-Check your mouth using a mirror and a light for extreme bleeding or anything unusual, if you see anything that looks not good, call your dentist or doctor.
-TAKE YOUR MEDS ON TIME AND CORRECRLY! Trust me, these medicines are friends, they will keep your pain at bay. They may not get rid of all the pain, but they will subdue most of it.
-A little swelling and bruising is normal. To avoid major swelling, for the first 24 hours after surgery, place ice to the outside of your cheek where the surgery was performed on for 15 minutes and off for 15 minutes. After 24 hours, switch to heat.
-Sleep and lay down with your head elevated, it will stop blood loss.
-Don’t be worried if you’re still numb for a few hours. The Novocain processes different in everybody’s body. Sometimes it wears off in a half hour, sometimes it takes a few hours. But if you get really worried, call your dentist.
-Don’t exercise for two to three days after surgery, you risk unlodging the blood clot.
-Your mouth might have limited movement range after surgery, totally okay.
-If you get IV anaesthesia, you may be nauseas or have a headache after, this happens sometimes, just tell your surgeon and he’ll tell you what to do.
-Do something nice for yourself, take a soothing bath, get into your comfiest clothes, watch your favorite movie/TV show. TREAT YO SELF.

BUT REMEMBER! I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL! CHECK EVERYTHING WITH YOUR DENTIST/SURGEON! It’s better to be safe than sorry. Okay? Now take care of yourself, love you babies!


Cherry Jam + Goat’s Milk Ice Cream

Keith’s Black Market

I think living a year in the desert implies that somehow Keith had to go out for supplies, and I don’t think he stole them from the garrison : Which leads to Black Market shopping !

  • Its basically a regular market but since VLD is in the future I can only imagine a greater difference between living areas like Pidge’s neighbourhood or the south of the town, much nearer to the desert thus a little less preserved.
  • Keith went there on Hoverbike but parked it a mile away so that no one would stole it.
  • I’m convinced he had some googles glasses. Boy is aware of sandstorms, please give him google glasses.
  • You can find anything in there, from goat milk to prohibited books, and alcohol and cigarettes and stuff.
    • “Basically Earth Swap Moon Unalu markets.” 
    • “Coran No.”
    • “Actually he’s right.” 
  • The really shady stuff is going on when you enter the backstores. Most of the street is full of open-air arrays and kids trying to empty your pockets.
  • Keith shoplifted once. He nearly lost his hand once the owner found out and never did it ever again.
  • The owner is a though guy and they ended up being friends,tho. Keith would sharpen his knives for free and the shop-owner would repair his boots.
  • He got his jacket when exchanging his garrison uniform. 
    • No regrets.
  • There’s this one old, like, really old Asian lady Keith knows. He can’t tell where she’s from (Taïwan ? But she said she was born in Bankok ? And raised in Singapour ? Actually she’s Mongolian.) and she used to talk to him in Chinese at first.
    • When he bought his third load of premade noodles for much more than the real price, she ended up asking his name. He brought her rabbits from then on, and she washed his hair sometimes.
  • Keith worked a month or so for the blacksmith and that’s how he learned to make DIY explosives (”We don’t sell swords anymore, kid.” Keith was sad.).
  • The only affordable alcohol he actually likes is the fireball they exchange for cool rocks he found -they’re blue opals.
    • The tenant is probably what Keith would call a big sister because she taught him how to speak basic spanish and always poured him double of tequila.
    • When Lance found out Keith actually understood his pick-up lines in Spanish he got so red Keith snorted his goo.
  • No one is actually mean, the black market is called like that because you don’t pay with money but with goods. Keith usually brings stuff he found in the desert, aloes or cacti fruits, animals he caught or that one weird ass ring.
    • “Keith if you can buy guns and drugs for the low low price of someone’s eyeball, it is mean. “
  • The upstairs of the shops are usually houses or business offices. One is a box ring and Keith won half of his fights.
    • How many is half ?
    • 32. 32 is half.
    • No one used bet on the scrawny kid from nowhere at first. 
    • They miss their Red Dragon now.
  • Keith used to go once a week or so, and misses the hot steam of the woks and the warm smell of the air.

Have a whacky art, anon! Thanks for askingg!!

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etsyfindoftheday | halloween extras | 10.28.17

halloween soaps by bsweetsoap

Espresso is such a love. Unfortunately, before coming to Animal Place in April, Espresso was exploited on a small goat dairy farm for the milk she produced after each time she gave birth. 

The market for goat dairy may be growing, but the goat dairy industry is no less cruel or heartbreaking than the cow dairy industry. 

Want healthier, kinder milk? Choose plant-based, always. #NotYourMomNotYourMilk

(Photo by Cathe Moody)

Faerie Food

Stories speak of faerie food and delights that are undeniably delectable, but bring strong consequences to humans. Faerie food is said to taste like Wheaten-bread, mixed with wine and honey.

Some (supposed) examples of faerie food include:

  • Flower petals.
  • Dogwood fruit.
  • (Fae) cheese.
  • Small cakes and other pastries. 

If one is in the realm of the faeries and is offered food and drink - it would be wise to kindly decline. Tales tell of numerous outcomes that can occur: 

  • Trapped - The person who eats or drinks something will be either trapped in the faerie world forever, or temporarily. If one is trapped temporarily, when they come back to the human world, time may have fast forwarded quickly (it could be a few hours, days, or centuries).
  • Appetite corruption - Faerie food is more appealing than human food, and thus whenever the person tries human food again, it will taste like dust or otherwise unsavoury. It is also said that the human will be forever hungry and never satisfied after meals.
  • Control - Eating the food could allow an entity (reputed to be a ruler of some sort), to take control of the human. This could be dangerous if the entity is tyrannical or malevolent. 
  • Shapeshifting - Eating the food could result in a permanent change of form (animals, humanoids, etc) or an uncontrollable state of continuous shapeshifting over time.

When faeries eat their food, they do not do so physically. Rather, they consume the toradh (spiritual essence of the food). However, it is said that when they eat physical food, it may include:

  • Barley meal.
  • Poisonous mushrooms.
  • Goat milk.
  • Silver weed roots.
  • Heather stalks.
  • Toadstools.

etsyfindoftheday 4 | FRIDAY FRENZY | 11.10.17

mini soap doughnuts by bsweetsoap

glycerin and goats’ milk soaps are shaped into the cutest, yummiest little doughnut shapes! choose from chocolate- or strawberry-dipped, vanilla glazed, and more!! nom nom.