Yes. XD At the sight of cool new seals and scrolls, that grin will spread across his face without him even noticing. After all, seal crafting is one of his favorite things. Relish the moment, it doesn’t happen too often.
Arashi pictured here is 13
(I will be posting a timelapse of this eventually)
~ Versailles Castle, France • Sorry for the lack of news my lovelies ! I was at Versailles yesterday, one of my favorite “famous” places in France !! I took few pics so there is a long post with some of them, to share my visit with y’all ! ♥ Well, I don’t live really far from this Castle but it was years since I’ve visited it, and It was such a great day… ;; w ;; ♥ Look at all this gold, and all the details !! Oh my. It always makes me cry. Of course It gave me the wish to sketch some new things for my Human Tama Royal!AU hahahakfg so… Be prepared !
Depression is one of those things that I thought I had figured out. I would think, “If I do this and this and that I’ll be okay”. And yet it has creeped back up my spine and taken over my brain to the point where … it just takes all my energy to appear normal. Get out of bed, go to work, and be just the right amount of social to not make people turn on you and think you’re just being a moody bitch. It’s appalling, really, how in public, us girls are supposed to be all cheery and bubbly all the damn time. It’s exhausting.
Anyway. For my sisters and tumblr fam who have dealt or deal with depression, tell me a thing that helps you or something that comforts you. A favorite thing, a happy thing, a funny thing. I know that there’s not a magic cure, and I do take medication, but I think what I need is some new ideas, or reassurance that I’m not the only one who’s felt/feeling like this, and perhaps a different method that just helps to relieve the moment, because there’s good days and bad days, but also good hours and bad hours and I’m at a place where it’s just moment to moment. And if I can have more good moments than bad … more good hours than bad … and more good days than bad, I can feel like myself again and not a mopey stranger inhabiting my body. Gain momentum. Get unstuck. Have some energy to make some real changes.
I really wanted a Scentsy Buddy (a plush with a zipper for scent packs)... but they have a plush supporting Autism speaks. :( My favorite sensory thing is plush things and smells... any ideas?
As far as I’m aware, only sales of that plush contribute towards A$. However, if you don’t want to touch a company that has any connection with A$, I absolutely do not blame you - it’s all about our individual comfort level, and we have the right to feel good about the stim toys we buy.
If you don’t want a weighted plush, the simplest solution is to literally drop essential oils on a plushie/soft toy you already own. Some essential oils like lemongrass are yellow-tinted and will stain; other essential oils, like lavender, tea tree or peppermint, are clear and won’t stain. (I’ve been dropping lavender on my pillow at night, to help me sleep, for four or five years. You wouldn’t know it to look at my pillow or pillow case.) If you want to change the scent, wash the toy and add a new oil. (My pillow case does not smell of lavender after machine washing, and I use fragrance-free laundry powder.)
If you want more info on which essential oils don’t stain, I’ll gladly go through my oil collection and swatch test them for you, but I’ve been dropping lavender oils on my weighted soft toys to refresh their scent and there is absolutely no staining. None. Do use pure essential oils and not oils blended with a carrier oil, though, or else you might make your toy tacky or greasy to touch.
(Note: I have no idea about the stainability of perfume/fragrance oils when dripped on fabric, because I don’t use them. Can anyone advise on this?)
The other options involve using weighted heat bags inside a plush animal case, very similar to the Scentsy toys. These toys are a cover designed to contain a rice or wheat bag that you remove, microwave and then replace, so they’re ideal for the switchable scent pack function.
I checked out Amazon, but I was having trouble finding toys with the removable pouch, since that is part of the function we want here. I’d recommend checking out your local department store. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, it may be harder to find these as you’re moving out of cold weather. My local department stores, albeit with less stock, did have them throughout the summer just gone, so I’d consider it worth a look.
If you want the switchable scent pack function, for different scents, you’ll likely need to make or buy packs of a similar size to swatch them out, and either scent those packs with essential oils or fill them with a scented filler (dried herbs, lavender heads) in addition to stuffing or something weighted (rice, seeds, grains, soup mix, dried beans, poly pellets). You can scent rice very easily by tossing it in a container (an old ice-cream tub works well) and adding a few drops of oil, and I’ve scented plastic poly pellets the same way with no problems. I’ve also mixed poly/soft toy stuffing with dried lavender heads with no problems, just by layering: one layer of stuffing, one layer of lavender, etc.
The wheat packs, if you make several, are no different from a bean bag (two tutorials linked on this post). Cut two pieces of fabric the size of the bag inside the toy (usually a rectangle or a square), sew or glue up three edges, fill with scented rice or wheat or weighted pellets (if you’re not going to heat it, it doesn’t matter what you use) and sew or glue closed the fourth edge, making a sealed-shut pocket. Since it goes inside the toy, it doesn’t even have to be neat - just keep your stitches small enough that the inside filler can’t come out. The seams can be as messy as you like!
You can also refresh this pouch with a few drops of essential oil, and because it goes inside the toy, you can even use those oils that stain, as you won’t see the inner pouch.
If you don’t mind rustling plastic, you could even use several ziplock bags to contain the scented filler. I’d recommend using the thinner, cheaper kind, as the smell of the oil will seep through the plastic more easily. (I never find one ziplock bag to contain scent all that well, but the cheaper ones are much worse at it, which is what we want!)
Either way, it’s a little involved if you want to have the multiple scent options. Just dripping a toy with essential oils is the easiest, but it will still involve the purchase of several oils. (This said, oils last a long time and you can use them for scented necklaces, slimes, burning in oil burners, bean bags, personal care, cleaning…) The heat-up pocket plush toy will require sewing or gluing, and the purchase of fabric (or ziplock bags), bag fillers and oils. I can’t find a way that’s less complicated, because I don’t think perfumes and body sprays will last as long as essential oils, in terms of the filler or plush toy holding the scent.
If anyone has any suggestions, or a supplier for something similar that isn’t Scentsy, by all means, suggest away!
a good scent thing that isn’t oils are
tea bags! they never stain and last a super long time I have a little
pocket I’ve sewn on teddy bear that sits in my bed with a tea bag in it
and it works great! if you can’t sew or just don’t like it you can get
Velcro or just glue
Oh, very cool thought! It’d be so easy to remove and replace different tea bags from the heat bag soft toys! Thank you!
Also, if you don’t have the spoons or
motor function to sew or glue your own bean/rice bags, you can use those
little zipper wallets. Just make sure the zipper is entirely plastic
(no metal) if you’re going to microwave it. If you can’t find one like
that, you can always use a sock and fill it up, tie it off, microwave
it, and put it in the plushie.
I bow before your genius. Seriously. Very, very good suggestions. Especially the sock one, because that’s so simple and accessible. Thank you.
And now you have been asking my name so that you could fit some letters on the floor of the empty lanes of this page.
I could tell you I am a poet but the words I try to write still cut me with its edges and I hardly remember the texture of it when I wake up aghast in the middle of the nights.
I could tell you I am a poet but the only thing I sip from the ink that flows is the courage which still doesn’t quest this fear of breathing.
My mouth still tastes like the defeat I swallow every night just to keep a new page next to my pillow for the fresh battle I wake up to. I can count my good days with my fingers and still all I use it for is to write something better this one more time. My spine still shapes the regret like my favorite cup I drink tea in. The tips of my fingers still peel the flesh every time I console myself for being human. I still pull my hairs in a bun big enough to stop all my thoughts in the dark roads of my head. Some days I sit on the horizon just to know what grey feels like.
There are days when my eyes don’t rain enough to wash away all the sins my nightmares are all about and I still put on my pen to make the images immoral. I can’t fork the grief out of my chest and the only thing my lungs house are often the things I never talk about. I am a box of phobia that hides behind the whitespace of metaphors and often the words I use don’t do justice to the abyss my mind is all about.
Every poem I try to write turns into a battle I try to hide the melancholy of and yet I have not fully known what a battle feels like even after years of writing. I swallow the blood that rushes from the insides of my mouth for holding sad words for too long and the only thing I know today is to vomit them on page before I run out of time.
I am a graveyard of the hands I didn’t hold tight enough and these words still shake when I write about them and I have now learnt what eclipses are all about. I smell like the forgotten moon on the dark fortnight and I still carry empty lines in my pocket just to stick it to the windows of my night when the lights of stars aren’t bright enough to light up the page.
I could tell you I am a poet but the itching of being here today speaks otherwise. So if some day your really ask me my name, I would tell you, I am not a poet, yet. Call me warrior.
Everyone’s favorite spirit medium! Maya has been on my list for a long long time. it’s great to finally cross her off my list, though I wouldn’t mind making another to try out some other ideas. Each new doll teaches me new things for next time.
Want a plush of your own? Contact me for info! I’m willing to make just about anything with a decent reference. Or check out my finished dolls for sale here!
RULES: Copy this post into a new text post, remove my answers and put in yours. When you are done, tag up to 10 people and also tag the person who tagged you… and most importantly, have fun!
A) Age: 17
B) Biggest fears: Death, being hated, and saying stupid shit
C) Current Time: 9:52 PM
D)Drink you last had: Water
E) Every day starts with: The snooze button
F)Favorite song at the moment: “Sad" by Bo Burnham (or lots of things by Lindsey Stirling)
H) Hometown: (Personal)
I) In love with: Animals, family, food
J) jealous of?: People who really have a dream. Something they’ve always known they’ve wanted
K) killed someone?: Nope
L) last time you cried?: When we had to put my dog to sleep two years ago 😭
M) Middle name: Andrew
N) siblings?: One older brother, two older sisters
O) one wish?: A dragon. I would like a dragon
P) person you last called/texted: My oldest sister
Q) question you’re always asked?: What do you want to do with your life? (I have 0 idea)
R) reason to smile: Funny jokes, awkward situations, and doing things that are fun/fulfilling
S) song last sung?: I actually watched Hercules the other day and kinda sang along with the songs in it
T) Time you woke up: 11:20 (I’m on vacation don’t judge me)
W) worst habits?: Procrastination and laziness
X) X-ray you’ve had: Twice. Once when I broke my ankle in gym class, once when I fell down the stairs and hurt the other one just as badly (I’m very graceful)
Y) your favorite food: Pasta. Just most kinds of pasta. Any kind of pasta really XD
Z)Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Since there’s so many new folks around, hello! It’s lovely that you’re all here to share in my adventure, my very very gay adventure. Couple of things that are good to know:
The Sidebar has helpful links:
-Writing: Breaks down how my tags for writing work, good for finding a full series.
-FAQ: Not as comprehensive as I would like but eh. There’s some basics there.
I am always accepting things!
-If it’s a request, especially a photo or video in submit, please leave a note saying it’s a request, or else I’ll just think you’re showing me something neat.
-Feel free to send me links to your favorite stories or art or whatever because I love finding new things.
I am a mess of a person with no set plans
-So no, I don’t have a queue or update schedules or any of that. I write what I feel like or what people tell me they’d like more of/request. If I don’t answer your ask/messages right away, I will still get to them! I probably am either stuck or sleeping.
The McDonald’s french fry
is unbelievable. When you bite into it, you think: It’s so tasty, it
can’t be real. As soon as it gets cold, it turns to lard and flubble. I
mean, have you ever tried to eat a McDonald’s french fry that’s gone
cold? That’s one of the circles of hell. The gulf between the warm,
fresh, lightly salted McDonald’s french fry and the cold McDonald’s
french fry is as great a gulf as any I know. - Viggo Mortensen, Esquire magazine (x)