Things Kim Has Made: Scented Vial Necklaces


Image Description: a title-picture with four black sewing-buttons in each corner, in the centre of the picture is the text “Things Kim Has Made” in rainbow word-art text.

~Stim Toy Box: DIY scented vial necklace tutorial

For my Birthday, Kim made me a Scented Vial Necklace, here’s an image of it.
Image Description: a small glass-vial with a plastic-stopper in the top, it has two-loops of dark-blue cord threaded through the small hole at the top of the stopper. The contents of the small glass-vial are Saxa rock salt crystals that have been died dark-blue, coated in white glitter and vanilla essential oil has been added to it.
It may not be clear from the photo, but when Kim added the white glitter to the died salt-crystals, the glitter changed from white to a blue-green colour, it’s super pretty and I enjoy the smell of vanilla almost as much as I enjoy all the lavender scented-items Kim has made for me.

When I stayed over at Kim’s, one of the many things Kim offered to show me how to make was the Scented Vial Necklaces (there’s a link to the tutorial at the top of the page). When we were Hunting and Gathering for craft supplies, Kim found these super helpful small plastic-containers that come with lids (they kind of look like small containers that restaurants sometimes use for packaging sauce a small amount of salad).

This meant that I could take a couple of scoops of the pre-coloured salt-crystals and add my own essential oils to it without contaminating the whole batch. To be honest, the glass-vials we used are small, so you probably won’t need more than a single tablespoon. I was also a little too enthusiastic with the glitter. In the pictures below, you may be able to see the glitter sticking to the bottom, which means there’s too much, although both Kim and I agree that there’s no such thing as too much glitter.

Image Description: a white hand holding a small plastic container that contains Saxa rock salt crystals that have been died green, coated in white glitter and Dusk's Breathe Easy essential oil has been added to it

This batch of salt-crystals has been scented with Dusk’s Breathe Easy essential oil.

Image Description: a white hand holding a small plastic container that contains Saxa rock salt crystals that have been died blue, coated in white glitter and lavender essential oil has been added to it

This batch of salt-crystals has been scented with lavender essential oil.

Image Description: a white hand holding a small plastic container that contains Saxa rock salt crystals that have been blended together with multiple colours of food dye, however, it's mostly a yellow-orange colour variation, they've been coated in white glitter and lemon essential oil has been added to it

This batch of salt-crystals has been scented with lemon essential oil.

Image Description: a white hand holding a small plastic container that contains Saxa rock salt crystals that have been died dark-pink/red, this batch doesn't have glitter on it and it's not scented

This is a batch Kim made, it doesn’t have any glitter or essential oils added to it, however, I was thinking of obtaining some rose essential oil and maybe a light-bulb shaped glass-vial from Ebay and/or Etsy (links down the bottom), IDK, I’ll see how I go.

The Finished Product:
Image Description: a small glass-vial with a plastic-stopper in the top, it has two-loops of light-blue cord threaded through the small hole at the top of the stopper. The contents of the small glass-vial are Saxa rock salt crystals that have been died light-blue, coated in white glitter and lavender essential oil has been added to it.
This is the lavender one, unfortunately I gave the other two to my mother and sister but forgot to take a photo of them. Kim informed me that they obtained the cord from Daiso, so I’ll have to do some investigating there. Although you could use any cord you have access to, I like this particular type of cord, it’s thin so you’ll need to double-up with it, but I like the feel of it and the range of colours available.

This is a picture of the vanilla vial necklace Kim made me and the lavender vial necklace I made myself.
Image Description: the picture contains two glass-vials with cord attached to them. From left to right, a small glass-vial with a plastic-stopper in the top, it has two-loops of dark-blue cord threaded through the small hole at the top of the stopper. The contents of the small glass-vial are Saxa rock salt crystals that have been died dark-blue, coated in white glitter and vanilla essential oil has been added to it. Next to that one is another small glass-vial with a plastic-stopper in the top, it has two-loops of light-blue cord threaded through the small hole at the top of the stopper. The contents of the small glass-vial are Saxa rock salt crystals that have been died light-blue, coated in white glitter and lavender essential oil has been added to it.

So, have any readers attempted to make a scented vial necklace before? How did it go? What materials did you use? Let me know what you think about these in the comment section down below.

Links:
~Stim Toy Box: Scented Vial Necklace
~Piping Rock: Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
~Ebay: 10Pcs-Mini-Empty-Glass-Bulb-Vials-Charms-Wish-Bottles-Pendant
~Etsy: 8MM Mini Glass Vials With Silver Metal Caps,glass bottles, DIY Bottles,Wishing Bottle/(mini/ vial/ pendants/ glass/ charms/ bottles)

Stim Toy Review: Antsy Lab’s Fidget Cube

That’s right, my Fidget Cube has finally arrived! Mwuahahaha!


Image Description: a picture of a small brown cardboard-box sitting on my navy-blue and gold fleur-de-lis print couch.

Image Description: a picture of a small brown cardboard-box sitting on my navy-blue and gold fleur-de-lis print couch, however, in this picture the cardboard-box is open and you can see inside is two square objects covered in bubble-wrap, sitting on top of a packaging bag of air and a white piece of paper.

Image Description: two square objects covered in bubble-wrap sitting on my navy-blue and gold fleur-de-lis print couch, you can see inside the bubble-wrap a little to see a white and black fidget-cube inside each box.

Image Description: a plastic-casing with clear lid on top of a grey-coloured base. There's the black and white Fidget Cube sitting on a black piece of paper, the black piece of paper has white text printed on it with white arrows pointing to the different functions the Fidget Cube offers.

Image Description: a pale-white hand clenched around the black and white Fidget Cube with my navy-blue and gold fleur-de-lis print couch in the background.

Item: Fidget Cube (black and white design)

Category: Review/Feedback

Cost: Item = US $22.00 + Shipping and Handling = US $19.00 = Total US $41.00 or AU $57.07 (at the time of conversion)

Date of Purchase: 17/11/2016

Date of Delivery: 16/05/2017

Store: Antsy Labs (USA)

My Location: Australia

Review:

My Problems with the Fidget Cube:
~Shipping: I bought this halfway through November last year and it arrived on Tuesday, it’s almost exactly six months, and the frustrating thing about this was that the lengthy shipping period wasn’t mentioned until after I had already bought it. It’s especially frustrating as they sent me an email saying that my Fidget Cube would be delivered by April 1st at the latest. I suspect the lengthy wait-time is the reason why I’ve been sent two when I only ordered one.

~Contact: Communication with Antsy Lab was vague and mostly one-sided, it was clear that company had no planned or prepared for their received level of success, which is good for them (I am honestly glad their business is a success) but it’s not so great for anyone outside of the USA. It wasn’t until the April 18th that I received a fixed form of action, they had finally processed my order and had sent my package to me, but there wasn’t much I could do but wait for them to contact me as there wasn’t an active blog one could check for information or updates.

On the website, under their “Contact” page, they have three FAQ and answers, the Question “Where’s My Order?” is answered thus:
“Due to the incredible demand, Fidget Cube is currently backordered. We’re shipping thousands of orders daily and orders placed now will ship in approximately 1-2 weeks. Rest assured, orders will be shipped out in the order they were placed, so the fastest possible way to get Fidget Cube (and the only way to get Fidget Cube at this time) is through our site.”

I’m going to be cynical and assume those shipping approximates are for USA orders only. From my point of view, if this is such a problem, then the company needs to make their international shipping process more transparent, so that international customers can make more informed choices.

~Price: Putting aside the shipping fees and delivery problems, I’m still paying US $22 for a Stim Toy, the Fidget Cube is good but not US $22 level good and I feel for that price, the prism key-ring attachment should be a free accessory, not an optional extra. The Fidget Cube is tiny and expensive to replace and I am seriously scared of losing the most expensive Stim Toy I have ever purchased. To put things in perspective, I can order a Fidget Cube from Sensory Oasis for Kids for AU $12.95 (if I pick it up from the store). Am I encouraging people to purchase imitation Fidget Cubes? Absolutely not. I encourage, if possible, people to support a company that is making fidgets and stim toys designed to help Neurodivergent people, however, I am acknowledging the economic-reality that not everyone can afford to purchase items directly from Antsy Labs.

Fortunately, Stim Toy Box has created a post which lists Australian Retailers (in-store and online) where Australians can purchase a variety of Stim Toys:
~Stim Toy Box: Australian Stores that sell Stim Toys

I know my review sounds mostly negative, and I’m sorry if it comes across that way, because I do fact enjoy using the Fidget Cube. I enjoy the weight of it in my palm and while I like all the features, I enjoy the Roll (the small black ball near the black gears) and the Breathe (the worry-stone) features the most. It’s a good product, I just can’t recommend it to people living in Australia (or anywhere outside of the USA), especially when there are cheaper Stim Toy alternatives available.

Things Kim Has Made: Weighted Plushies and Bean-Bags


Image Description: a title-picture with four black sewing-buttons in each corner, in the centre of the picture is the text “Things Kim Has Made” in rainbow word-art text.

I’m finding that the My Treasure Chest series of blog-posts aren’t working for me, mostly because they end up being super long posts due to all the photos, which results in a huge list of photo items I have to describe. So, I figured if I break the Stim Toys down into smaller categories, that might make it more manageable. I have so many Stim Toys I want to talk about, but one of my favourite types are weighted items, like weighted soft toys or weighted bean-bags.

Image Description: a small bean bag made from grey, white and black tiger-print fur on one side and white-stars-on-purple flannelette on the other. It sits on top of light-grey and dark-grey striped blanket.

This is one is rectangle-shaped and it’s lavender-scented, I love the dual-fabric of this bean-bag, the white and black tiger-print fur is soft and fuzzy to touch, but I also like the feel of the white-stars-on-purple flannelette as well.

Image Description: a triangle-shaped bean-bag with a yellow tag at the end. The fabric is an olive green colour with brown monkeys printed on them.
Image Description: a triangle-shaped bean-bag with a green tag at the end. The fabric is orange with prints of Halloween creatures in numbered race cars. Think along the lines of Hanna Barbera Wacky Races meets The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Both these bean-bags are triangle-shaped and unscented, which is something I was super happy about. While I do enjoy and appreciate how Kim scents most of my items with lavender, the problem is that because those bean-bags are scented, I can’t take them outside the house, this is due to the fact that it could cause problems with people who have chemical sensitivities. While I like both of them, I’ve decided to put the second one in my on-the-go stim-toy-bag, the Halloween-style print is adorable and matches my Nightmare Before Christmas messenger-bag.

Image Description: a picture of Flossy (short for Fairy-Floss). Flossy is a light-pink chenille-duster that has had two black buttons and a red tongue attached, Flossy sits on top of light-grey and dark-grey striped blanket

This is Flossy (short for Fairy-Floss). Flossy is super soft to touch and if it weren’t for the fact I’m afraid of getting cat fur all over both of them, I’d probably carry Flossy and Contessa with me around the house (despite my best efforts, I still need to apply the lint-roller to Contessa on a regular basis). There’s just something incredibly soothing about patting Flossy, the lavender scent combining with the softness to make the process very stimmy and enjoyable.

If you’re looking into weighted plushies, I’d recommend a DIY attempt with a chenille duster or chenille mop-head. You can buy them online from K-Mart for AU $3 and as they’re cheap and easy to find, it doesn’t matter if you mess it up, you can always try again.

Image Description: a picture of Carrie. Carrie is a polar-bear weighted-plushie with a light-blue and pink party hat, pink blush-circles on both cheeks, wearing a stripped pink and green scarf with mulit-coloured triangles on her stomach. Carrie sits on top of a lime-green blanket.

This is Carrie, named in honour of Carrie Fisher. Kim informed me that they found Carrie in the Christmas themed section in K-Mart. I find this marketing campaign rather questionable, I mean, New Years Eve themed I could possibly understand, but Christmas themed? How the fuck is pink and green Christmas-themed? Regardless, this doesn’t make Carrie any less adorable, in fact it’s probably a good thing as I’m not a big fan of Christmas-themed things.

Image Description: a collection of weighted plushies sitting in an upright position on my navy-blue and golden fleur-de-lis patterned couch. From left to right, Daisy (yellow hedgehog sponge from Daiso), Carrie (a questionable Christmas-themed polar-bear), Contessa (pink-cat plushie with a yellow crown), Poppy (pink hedgehog sponge From Daiso) and in the center is Flossy (a light-pink chenille-duster with two black buttons and a red tongue attached)

Links:
~Eldritch Esoterica: Creatures From The Gutter
~Eldritch Esoterica: A pale-pink Creature From The Gutter emerges
~Eldritch Esoterica: DIY Stim Toy Collection
~Stim Toy Box: DIY Stim Toys Master Post One
~Stim Toy Box: DIY Stim Toys Master Post Two
~Stim Toy Box: Three Fat Quarters of Fabric from Lincraft
~The Spruce: How to Make a Bean Bag by Sherri Osborn
~Mama OT: DIY No-sew Bean-Bags

Stim Toy Review: Squishy Rainbow Cake

a triangular slice of white layer-cake with rainbow-coloured layers (pink, orange yellow, light blue, purple) with a layer of multi-coloured sprinkles on top of the cake.
Image Description: a triangular slice of white layer-cake with rainbow-coloured layers (pink, orange yellow, light blue, purple) with a layer of multi-coloured sprinkles on top of the cake.

Item: Squishy Rainbow Cake, dimensions are 14 x 9 x 8 cm, here’s a picture for scale:
Image Description: the background is a mottled-pink door, in the foreground is a white hand holding a triangular slice of white layer-cake with rainbow-coloured layers (pink, orange yellow, light blue, purple) with a layer of multi-coloured sprinkles on top of the cake.
Image Description: the background is a mottled-pink door, in the foreground is a white hand holding a triangular slice of white layer-cake with rainbow-coloured layers (pink, orange yellow, light blue, purple) with a layer of multi-coloured sprinkles on top of the cake

Category: Review/Feedback

Cost: AU $10.45 (Shipping Fees: AU $0.00)

Date of Purchase: 29/03/2017

Date of Delivery: 10/04/2017

Store: Banggood (located in China)

My Location: Australia

Review:
One of the things about this stim toy is that it’s huge! The photo on Banggood doesn’t prepare you for the actual size (or maybe this just me and my poor spacial awareness). This stim toy is also highly squishable and slow rising, however, there are a few problems. Before I opened the package it came in, I could smell the strong scent of plastic, so I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who is smell-sensitive.

There’s also the problem with the fact that the sprinkles aren’t permanently attached to the top of the cake, so they keep falling off and, as there’s a small hole in the packaging somewhere, the sprinkles keep escaping the plastic bag the cake came in. Unfortunately, due to the choking hazard this presents, I honestly can’t recommend this item as a stim toy, even though it is very squishy and visually appealing.

My Treasure Chest – Part 4: The Sum of Our Parts

Image Description: a small blue and silver chest with a handle and silver press-studs along the edge of the box on both sides. On the main body of the chest is swirling silver designs and silver Asian-style Dragons in flight against a blue-fabric background.
Image Description: a small blue and silver chest with a handle and silver press-studs along the edge of the box on both sides. On the main body of the chest is silver designs and silver Asian-style Dragons in flight against a blue-fabric background.

Unfortunately, I’ve kind of fallen behind with My Treasure Chest series and as I need to get Part 5 written and all the images described, this post will probably come across as rushed, so my apologies in advance for that.
Image Description: a 50 gram packet of assorted coloured acrylic beads with the title,
Image Description: a 50 gram packet of assorted coloured acrylic beads with the title, “Assorted Coloured Beads” up the top of the packet, with red sections at the top and bottom of the package with clear plastic in the middle. There’s illustrations of various coloured pencils at the bottom of the package.
Location: Currently, you can find these at Toyworld (Highpoint Shopping Centre, Footscray) for a AU $1 per packet.
Purpose: Crafting. Primarily, I use these for making beaded lanyards and beaded jewellery, but feel free to use them however you want.

Image Description: There are three packets of chrome coloured key-rings/split-rings, in each packet there are five key-rings/split-rings.
Image Description: There are three packets of chrome coloured key-rings/split-rings, in each packet there are five key-rings/split-rings.
Location: Kim got these for me from Yen Huot Gift Shop (18A Paisley Street, Footscray), I think they’re about AU $0.80 a packet? They have gone up since I’ve been there.
Purpose: Crafting. Primarily, I use these for making beaded lanyards and beaded jewellery, but feel free to use them however you want.

Image Description: a large red balloon sealed inside a transparent-plastic zip-lock bag.
Image Description: a large red balloon sealed inside a transparent-plastic zip-lock bag.
Purpose: This balloon serves as a squishing stim toy. It’s filled with play-dough, Kim managed to get the play-dough in there (somehow?) using a funnel, I think…? It’s very squishable but it’s a firmer squishable texture in comparison to the balloons filled with flour.

Image Description: a small yellow bandanna.
Image Description: a small yellow bandanna
Purpose: To wear on one’s head

Image Description: a package of Baby Solutions Shaped Teether in the shape of a strawberry.
Image Description: a package of Baby Solutions Shaped Teether in the shape of a strawberry
Purpose: This is a chewable baby teether, so it’s main purpose is for being chewed (I suppose). You can obtain these from K-Mart and perhaps certain Coles Supermarkets.

Image Description: a two-wired bead maze set into a round wooden base. The base is painted yellow with an outline of a teddy-bear in orange paint. The two wires are blue and orange; the blue wire goes straight across while the orange wire twirls in two circles. Both wires are strung with red, yellow, blue, orange and green wooden beads.
Image Description: a two-wired bead maze set into a round wooden base. The base is painted yellow with an outline of a teddy-bear in orange paint. The two wires are blue and orange; the blue wire goes straight across while the orange wire twirls in two circles. Both wires are strung with red, yellow, blue, orange and green wooden beads.
Purpose: To entertain. Kim thought my niece would enjoy this, although I must confess, my niece appears to enjoy the squishy caterpillar more (pictured further down).

Image Description: a small squishable grey dolphin with eyeballs pointing in different directions.
Image Description: a small squishable grey dolphin with eyeballs pointing in different directions.
Purpose: Honestly, not entirely sure, I think it’s one of those bath toys you can purchase from K-Mart (they come in little plastic bags). Kim meant it as a joke gift as people have this habit of giving me generic dolphin-themed gifts. Now, I’m not a marine biologist, but I’m fairly certain that a dolphin is not supposed to have eye-balls pointing in different directions, but my niece doesn’t seem to mind.

Image Description: from left to right, two square crimped biscuit cutters, the first one is larger and pink and the second one is smaller and orange.
Image Description: from left to right, two square crimped biscuit cutters, the first one is larger and pink and the second one is smaller and orange.
Purpose: I think Kim intended these as moulds for Kinetic Sand, but the pink one is definitely too big for sand, however, they work well for making shortbread biscuits.

Image Description: a packet of Macron Erasers inside a transparent zip-lock bag.
Image Description: a packet of Macron Erasers inside a transparent zip-lock bag.
Purpose: they are squishable, however, they are also scented, which is why Kim passed them onto me (Kim is awesome at finding adorable stuff, it’s their super power)

Image Description: a white and robin's egg-blue My Little Pony with blue eyes and bright-orange mane and tail.
Image Description: a white and robin’s egg-blue My Little Pony with blue eyes and bright-orange mane and tail
Purpose: Unfortunately, due to a lack there of storage space, Kim had to cull their herd of My Little Ponies and gifted me with this one, this one is currently sitting on my bookcase (near my collection of piggies), reminds me of the first episode of Daria, “Like a herd of wild ponies, running free across the plains.”


Image Description: a mini tsum-tsum of Disney character Piglet, small pink piglet, from the book series and animated cartoon series Winnie-The-Pooh.
Purpose: the mini tsum-tsums are great for on-the-go stim packs, they’re small, soft and fuzzy and can easily fit in a hand-bag or messenger-bag. If you’re interested in more information on Disney Tsum-Tsums, Kim has a tag dedicated to these plushies.


Image Description: a rainbow coloured (purple, blue, red, pink, green) squishable caterpillar
Purpose: To squish (obviously), however, this item has a strong plastic-y smell, so Kim offered it to me. It has the same texture and feel as a critter-puff, here’s a link with more information on how to obtain one.

Image Description: a small green plastic car with red plastic wheels and a white tag attached to the car with text displayed Tough Toys - Mini.
Image Description: a small green plastic car with red plastic wheels and a white tag attached to the car with text displayed “Tough Toys – Mini”.
Purpose: These are are a good texture stim, the wheels feel good across my skin and it feels good across certain surfaces. More information provided here.


Image Description: a transparent glass jam-jar filled with white slimy liquid, it kind of looks like there’s small grains of rice combined with the white liquid.
Purpose: I suspect this was a slime experiment conducted to gain knowledge for Kim’s Great Slime Quest, I think it’s Toothpaste Slime? I’m not entirely sure.

Image Description: a heart-shaped glitter-studded clear plastic popper made of thick pink plastic.
Image Description: a heart-shaped glitter-studded clear plastic popper made of thick pink plastic.
Purpose: These are supposedly large poppers, but they don’t work very well (at all in fact), however, I tend to use this to hold beads for when I’m making beaded lanyards or other beaded jewellery, it can hold a substantial amount. Here’s a link for more information on Stimtastic poppers.

Image Description: a packet of thin rubber/silicone bracelets in multiple colours.
Image Description: a packet of thin rubber/silicone bracelets in multiple colours.
Purpose: Pressure stimming, which is actually a big thing for me (mental note: look into DIY binders), however, these bracelets tend to be a loose on my wrists. I’m fairly certain you can obtain these items from K-Mart. It’s good for me to have a collection of loose and tight telephone-cord hair-ties and bracelets, this is because I often have RSI due to my day-job and I don’t think it’s recommended to have tight objects around my wrists when they’re sore.

Image Description: a transparent-zip-lock-bag with four multi-coloured bouncy balls, two red mini-prickle-balls and a pink dinosaur-prickle-ball.
Image Description: a transparent-zip-lock-bag with four multi-coloured bouncy balls, two red mini-prickle-balls and a pink dinosaur-prickle-ball.
Purpose: Fidgeting stims, I cackle everything I bring out my ever increasing collection of bouncy balls (I keep my large Kids & Co rainbow-string bouncy ball in my on the go stim-toy-bag), the reason for such a large collection is because I’m easily prone to losing things and these are cheap and easy items to replace, although I do try to avoid losing my hoard of bouncy balls (I should probably try keeping them in a separate glass jar).


Image Description: a small number puzzle with a pink background and border.
Purpose: Fidget stimming, this type of number puzzle can easily be found in the toy section/puzzle section/board-game section in the K-Mart and Target toy departments

Image Description: a transparent plastic container used for holding business cards (or at least I think that's what it is).
Image Description: a transparent plastic container used for holding business cards (or at least I think that’s what it is).
Purpose: To print out and hold business cards presumably, also so I can say “It’s Business Time!” (while wearing business socks) whenever I feel like it.



Image Description: From left to right, a hedgehog sponge from Daiso with dark-pink fuzzy/nubbly chenille material in place of quills, the pink hedgehog-sponge is named Poppy. Next to Poppy, there is another a hedgehog sponge from Daiso with neon-yellow fuzzy/nubbly chenille material in place of quills, the yellow hedgehog-sponge is named Daisy.
Purpose: These hedgehog plushies make great weighted-lap-pads (even though they are on the small side), these ones are also scented with lavender essential oil so they’re stimmy to touch and smell. I really enjoy gathering them around me in bed when I type in bed all snuggled up and warm under the covers.

And yeah, I know, Daisy flowers are white not yellow, so technically I should have named Daisy something else, like Sunny (short for sunflower) or some other yellow flower, but Daisy stuck for some reason and I was absolutely determined that my hedgehogs should have matching/connected names, so now I own a collected of weighted-plushies with ultra-feminine names. It’s not a bad thing per say, it’s more that this is a situation I did not envision. In fact, it’s only recently that I’ve noticed the fact that Poppy has legs, but Daisy doesn’t have legs (something I felt a bit guilty about).

There are more items in this particular collection, but this post is already super long and I’ve decided to write a separate post focusing on the beaded items as a Arts & Crafts post, honestly I’ll be super surprised if anyone actually manages to get to the bottom of this post. I’ve trying to write this post for days and brain has not been the most helpful in this regard (I know it shows).

So, just in case this isn’t obvious (because sometimes I get caught up in the excitement of discovering new stim toys), I just wanted to iterate how grateful I am for all of this, but also how I’m supremely grateful for having someone like Kim in my life. Thank you Kim, thank so much and I’m sorry if my gratitude doesn’t show clearly enough.

Stim Toy Review: Unexpected Surprises

Image Description: from left to right, a robin's egg blue gift box wrapped with robin's egg blue ribbon, a pink gift box with navy blue ribbon tied around it, a light-pink polka-dotted-box with dark-pink ribbon tied in a bow on top
Image Description: from left to right, a robin’s egg blue gift box wrapped with robin’s egg blue ribbon, a pink gift box with navy blue ribbon tied around it, a light-pink polka-dotted-box with dark-pink ribbon tied in a bow on top

This year I’m going to attempt to write one Stim Toy Review per month, this is to make sure I pace myself, I have the unfortunate habit of over-committing and biting off more than I can chew, but it’s also to make sure I limit my impulsive online-shopping tendencies.

How it’s going to work is that I’ll post a review of a single item on Tumblr and hopefully remember to post a connecting link here on my WordPress-blog, however, there are times when I want to review multiple Stim Toys at the one time and Tumblr isn’t really conductive for long posts. So long posts or posts involving two or three Stim Toys will be reviewed on my WordPress-blog instead.

Also, as a possibly related side-note, I’ve been adding Alt-text to all my pictures, but when I test it with Chrome, it doesn’t show up. On one hand, my laptop is currently using XP as an operating system, so that might be the reason it’s not showing up, however, if anyone could give me some feedback on the Alt-text involving the pictures, I’d super appreciate it.

On Tumblr, Stimtastic were having a Give-Away and Kim sent it my way, I entered thinking I didn’t have a hope of winning but I enjoyed reading all the text on people’s special interests (it was super fascinating to see so many different varieties but also to notice how some of them interconnected).

Much to my surprise, I was selected as the winner of the give-away, and I wanted to talk about the items in detail:
Image Description: plastic bead lanyard in varying shades of green and purple with a silver bead at the end
Out of all the possible variations of Stim Toys, Beaded Item such as jewellery and lanyards are my favourite (second favourite would be Squishy Items). I have attached beaded lanyards to both my main bags (a Nightmare Before Christmas Messenger-bag and a black-white-and-red backpack), coloured co-ordinated of course, and I love playing with beaded necklaces that Kim has made for me. So naturally, this stim toy is my favourite of the collection.

Image Description: a rubber bracelet that says 'Keep Calm and Keep Stimming' on the outside
I really like the teal colour of this, unfortunately my wrists are already occupied and I often find that rubber bands like these tend to be a little too loose for me.

Image Description: silver chewable bangle bracelet

Image Description: silver chewable bangle bracelet on a white arm, resting loosely around the wrist

Image Description: silver chewable bangle bracelet on a white arm, pushed roughly half-way down the arm, this is as far as it can go on my arm
As demonstrated in the second picture, the chewable bangle bracelet is loose around my wrist but it is flexiable in nature, I have a feeling chewable bangle bracelets aren’t going to work for me, I think that chewable necklaces might be the better direction for me to go in.

Image Description: Clip on earrings with silver color interlocking rings
Image Description: Clip on earrings with silver color interlocking rings clipped on my ear (to show scale)
I love these as Fidgets, I constantly play with the sleepers already in my ears, however, I have my fears. These are clip-on ear-rings, which means the possibility to fall off, then me frantically searching for the other half (while trying not to panic) then practically crying with frustration when I can’t find it immediately,the despair at concluding that the second ear-ring is “Lost Forever To The Sands of Time” like all the other things (then the joy when I find it located somewhere random). I’d like to avoid all of that, especially since I already have a collection of ear-rings missing their other half. So, as I have access to the Connected Community HackerSpace (located in Hawthorn, Victoria), I will alter these so that their connected to sleeper ear-rings, should be simple enough for me to do (I’ve made a hammer out of metal before so this should be doable). Besides, I’ve been meaning to get a second set of ear-piercings for a while now.

Image Description: black and white yarn poof ball
This one feels nice, but I have the feeling I would need to attach it to something so that I don’t lose it, which is simply a matter of when not if. The only challenge here is that I have absolutely no sewing skills whatsoever, however, by some element of twisted coincidence, I happen to have a few friends who are very talented and proficient with sewing that I can ask for assistance.

Image Description: cinnamon scented vial necklace
I really like this, the cinnamon crystals (is that the right word?) smell lovely but I can see them being slightly overwhelming or over-powering for others. The little canisters are tiny but I think it might be possible to put dried herbs or powdered herbs inside of the canisters (if that’s preferred), for example: I adore the smell of rosemary and basil (together or separate is good).

I also had my mother over the other day so that she could give me my Christmas present and I couldn’t help but take the opportunity to show her all the awesome stuff that Kim got me for Christmas as well. As my mother enjoys colouring-books as a way to relax and meditate, I figured my mother would be more likely to understand the appeal, and it turns out she did, in fact my mother appears to enjoy using fake kinetic sand almost as much as I do:

Image Description: A black lipped-tray with yellow fake kinetic sand in a pile at one end and moulded piles at the other end of the tray. In front of the tray is a zip-lock bag filled with pink sand castle moulds and a blue caterpillar mould. Behind the tray, there is a tofu squishy with on top pink lurking behind the kinetic sand.

My mother did all of this

My mother also loved my collection of Squishes, in fact, I have ordered for her a Squishy Tofu and Squishy Strawberry. I plan on doing a video with Fake Kinetic Sand, but I believe I’m going to need a bigger tray and a tripod to hold my camera. It seemed a little surreal (in a positive way) to talk about Stim Toys with my mother and watch her play with and solve one my Smiggle Snake Puzzles.

I have also ordered some Chewable Necklaces from Stimtastic, I intend to give one of them to my sister as she has spoken of getting chewable jewellery but I figured it might be easier if I get it for her and see how my niece reacts to it, because right now my niece has the unfortunate habit of grabbing and yanking on any nearby items of jewellery and attempting to eat them.

This may only be amusing to me, but I can’t help but giggle at the slow-but-steady infiltration of Stim Toys into my family lives, Mwuhahahaha. Today, my family, Tomorow, the world.

Links:
Ambiguous Pieces (Tumblr)
~Stim Toy Review – Kawaii Macaron Squishy
~Stim Toy Review: Food For Thought
~Stim Toy Review: Squishy Peach

Stim Toy Box (Tumblr)
~Snake Puzzles
~Beaded Animals
~The Pink Conspiracy
~Squishy Fruit Toys
~A necklace made from seven aqua hexagonal silicone beads strung onto an aqua cord with a black breakaway clasp

Eldritch Esoterica (Tumblr)
~Pink Drawstring Dice Bag
~Large and Mini Drawstring Bags For Dice
~Rainbow Bead Bracelets
~Peyote-stitched bead-woven rectangle made from pony beads