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

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

My Treasure Chest – Part 3: What I Got For Christmas

a collection of gifts wrapped in Christmas themed wrapping paper (I’ll go into detail within the post). What can be seen is a large Kids &Co. multi-coloured large bouncy ball, a pink pig critter puff, a pink and yellow slinky, a large blue balloon filled with flour, a pink circle with raised dots on it and multiple zip-lock bags with telephone cord hair-ties inside them.

Photo courtesy of K. A. Cook

Image Description: a collection of gifts wrapped in Christmas themed wrapping paper (I’ll go into detail within the post). What can be seen is a large Kids &Co. multi-coloured large bouncy ball, a pink pig critter puff, a pink and yellow slinky, a large blue balloon filled with flour, a pink circle with raised dots on it and multiple zip-lock bags with telephone cord hair-ties inside them.

Not to sound like I’m bragging, but I got some awesome stuff for Christmas, some of it was Stim Toys and general stuff from Kim but I also wanted to include gifts I got from other people as well :D. I also wanted to include somethings I bought post-Christmas too.

Books: 
Image Description: from left to right, a copy of The Princess Bride (the novel) by William Goldman and a DVD of The Princess Bride. Image Description: from left to right, a copy of The Princess Bride (the novel) by William Goldman and a DVD of The Princess Bride.

I was so happy when Kim said they had a copy of The Princess Bride on DVD that they no longer wanted, I’ve been meaning to do a “Book VS Movie Review” for The Princess Bride for ages! My partner has never seen the movie or read the book, so I figured I could remedy at least one of those problems.

Image Description: a collection of four books, the books are The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce Image Description: a collection of four books, the books are The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce

Kim’s given me so many Tamora Pierce books, I’ve had to make a Book list so that I know which ones to read in order, but I’m really looking forward to reading them :).

Beaded Jewellery:
Image Description: two necklaces with black cord, four chrome-coloured small loops and a key ring with beads on them, from left to right, the first necklace has purple-orange-blue-orange-purple coloured beads. The second necklace has light blue-dark blue-purple-dark blue-light blue coloured beads. Image Description: two necklaces with black cord, four chrome-coloured small loops and a key ring with beads on them, from left to right, the first necklace has purple-orange-blue-orange-purple coloured beads. The second necklace has light blue-dark blue-purple-dark blue-light blue coloured beads
Image Description: from left to right, there are two necklaces with shorter cords that look like two cords intertwined together. The first one is a short brown cord with two brown cords intertwined together, with four gold-coloured small loops and a gold key ring with light blue-dark blue, green, yellow, amber and red coloured beads. The second one is a short black cord with two black cords intertwined together, with four silver-coloured small loops and pink-green-black-green-pink coloured beads Image Description: from left to right, there are two necklaces with shorter cords that look like two cords intertwined together. The first one is a short brown cord with two brown cords intertwined together, with four gold-coloured small loops and a gold key ring with light blue-dark blue, green, yellow, amber and red coloured beads. The second one is a short black cord with two black cords intertwined together, with four silver-coloured small loops and pink-green-black-green-pink coloured beads
Image Description: two necklaces with white cord, four chrome-coloured small loops and a key ring with beads on them, from left to right, the first necklace has green-yellow-pink-blue-pink-yellow-green coloured beads. The second necklace has white-orange-yellow-orange-white coloured beads. Image Description: two necklaces with white cord, four chrome-coloured small loops and a key ring with beads on them, from left to right, the first necklace has green-yellow-pink-blue-pink-yellow-green coloured beads. The second necklace has white-orange-yellow-orange-white coloured beads.

I love beaded jewellery, I especially love the rainbow and pink-green-black-green-pink beaded necklace (should be the second picture), while I like the texture of the black and white rat-tail cords, I love the texture of the shorter necklaces. I wore the rainbow necklace with one of my rainbow unicorn and narwhal t-shirts (pictured below) for Christmas Day.

Telephone-cord Hair-ties:
Image Description: six telephone-cord hair-ties; a blue one with small pink crosses, a robin’s egg blue one, a purple one, a pink one, a telephone cord that looks like a peppermint candy and a red one. Image Description: six telephone-cord hair-ties; a blue one with small pink crosses, a robin’s egg blue one, a purple one, a pink one, a telephone cord that looks like a peppermint candy and a red one.
Image Description: six telephone-cord hair-ties in black. Image Description: six telephone-cord hair-ties in black.
Image Description: six small telephone-cord hair-ties, with one coloured with red and blue with the rest coloured blue and white or pink (it kind of looks like pink). Image Description: six small telephone-cord hair-ties, with one coloured with red and blue with the rest coloured blue and white or pink (it kind of looks like pink).
Image Description: two groups of telephone-cord hair-ties from left to right, group one is four small telephone-cord hair ties; two are orange and purple, one is red and blue and one green and purple. Group two features three telephone cords grouped together; a pink one, a yellow one and a green one. Image Description: two groups of telephone-cord hair-ties from left to right, group one is four small telephone-cord hair ties; two are orange and purple, one is red and blue and one green and purple. Group two features three telephone cords grouped together; a pink one, a yellow one and a green one.
Stim Toy Box: miniature silver-coloured deep-fry chip basket
Stim Toy Box: a horde of telephone cord
I love these and I love to wear telephone-cord hair-ties that match my shirt and beaded-jewellery necklace, for example: blue shirt, blue beaded-jewellery necklace and three or two blue telephone-cord hair-ties on my wrist (though I prefer three, I sometimes have to settle for two, depending on colour availability)

Fake Kinetic Sand:
Image Description: a small clear Tupperware container filled with green fake kinetic sand. Image Description: a small clear Tupperware container filled with green fake kinetic sand.
Image Description: a small round container filled with blue fake kinetic sand Image Description: a small round container filled with blue fake kinetic sand.
Image Description: a clear zip-lock bag with a colourful collection of fake kinetic sand moulds and tools. Image Description: a clear zip-lock bag with a colourful collection of fake kinetic sand moulds and tools.

My partner and I bought a kinetic sand-kit for his god-children (although technically he is only the godfather to one of the children) as a Christmas present, however, I pretty much spent the whole time playing with it instead while my partner and the children fired water pistols at each other. It’s fucking brilliant! I can’t wait to get back home and play with my own fake kinetic sand kit, although I truly recommend a medium-large tray and a clear work-space.

Miscellaneous Fidgets:
Image Description: a small pink and yellow slinky Image Description: a small pink and yellow slinky
Image Description: a pink rubber-circle with raised dots on it. Image Description: a pink rubber-circle with raised dots on it.
Image Description: a two pack of pink and yellow play-doh Image Description: a two pack of pink and yellow play-doh
Image Description: a pink and blue Liquid Motion Bubbler. Image Description: a pink and blue Liquid Motion Bubbler.

Another slinky to add to my collection, which is great, and the pink circle is apparently a dog-chew-toy but it does feel good to run my fingertips over the raised dots. More pink and yellow themed play-doh, which is always good, but I’ve found that I often use the Liquid Motion Bubbler to either measure time or help me refocus when I need take a break or just relax.

My expanding collection of Piggies:
Image Description: A small furry purse that resembles a pink pig Image Description: A small furry purse that resembles a pink pig
Image Description: Tiny figurine of a pig that is pink and yellow Image Description: Tiny figurine of a pig that is pink and yellow
Image Description: Two pink sponges in the shape and form of pigs with pink fronds. Image Description: Two pink sponges in the shape and form of pigs with pink fronds
Image Description: Two pink sponges in the shape and form of pigs with pink fronds exiting them with a small coin purse in the shape of a pig just beneath them. Image Description: Two pink sponges in the shape and form of pigs with pink fronds exiting them with a small coin purse in the shape of a pig just beneath them
Image Description: A critter-puff in the shape of a pink pig. Image Description: A critter-puff in the shape of a pink pig

Aren’t they all adorable? I already had the coin purse in the fourth picture but now that I have the trifecta of Daiso piggies, I can probably use them to summon the Hogfather (maybe?), they are adorable regardless. The little figurine is a little fragile so it was wrapped in bubble wrap and, me being me, I spent more time playing with the bubble-wrap than with the figurine (I fucking love bubble-wrap). But I put the figurine inside one of the sponges, then put that sponge inside a coin purse, resulting in a Turducken of Piggies.

Stress-balls and Fidgets:
Image Description: a large dark-blue balloon filled with flour sealed in a clear-plastic zip-lock bag. Image Description: a large dark-blue balloon filled with flour sealed in a clear-plastic zip-lock bag.
Image Description: a small rubbery yellow stress-ball with a winky face and pink woollen hair Image Description: a small rubbery yellow stress-ball with a winky face and pink woollen hair
Image Description: a black and white patterned soccer-ball. Image Description: a black and white patterned soccer-ball.
Image Description: a colourful collection of small bouncy balls in a clear plastic zip-lock bag Image Description: a colourful collection of small bouncy balls in a clear plastic zip-lock bag
Image Description: a large Kids & Co. Bouncy ball that looks like multiple bits of colourful plastic string interwoven together to form a large ball (like a colourful bouncy ball of twine). Image Description: a large Kids & Co. Bouncy ball that looks like multiple bits of colourful plastic string interwoven together to form a large ball (like a colourful bouncy ball of twine)
Image Description: A perfectly formed Rubric cube with the red, blue and yellow sides showing Image Description: A perfectly formed Rubric cube with the red, blue and yellow sides showing
Image Description: Two spikey balls, from left to right, a blue spikey ball and a green spikey ball Image Description: Two spikey balls, from left to right, a blue spikey ball and a green spikey ball
Stim Toy Box: Xie Wei Sports Toys
Stim Toy Box: mini sports/prickle balls

These are all great, but I’m quite fond of the Kids & Co. multi-coloured bouncy-ball (it’s from K-Mart), I’ve already had a good play with it at home, it’s larger size makes it easier for me to catch. I really like the spikey balls as well as as the soccer ball.

Special Confectionery from Holland:
Image Description: two boxes of confectionary from Holland that is put on toast, you will need to ask Kim for more details, links will be provided. Image Description: two boxes of confectionary from Holland that is put on toast, you will need to ask Kim for more details, links will be provided.
According to Kim, you sprinkle the chocolate flakes on freshly buttered toast and is most delicious when the chocolate flakes are softened (but not melted completely). Kim has also informed me that they can be found in specialised Delicatessens but the expiry date might be a bit iffy, although they’re still good even if they are past their expiry date.

Christmas Presents I Received From Brendon:
T-Shirts From Tee-Turtle:
Image Description: a black t-shirt with a unicorn waring shades with a rainbow in the background, with doughnuts and slices of pizza floating in the background Image Description: a black t-shirt with a unicorn waring shades with a rainbow in the background, with doughnuts and slices of pizza floating in the background
Image Description: a blue t-shirt with a mermaid riding a unicorn side-saddle with the text 'I live in my own reality' printed beneath Image Description: a blue t-shirt with a mermaid riding a unicorn side-saddle with the text ‘I live in my own reality’ printed beneath
Image Description: A blue t-shirt with a unicorn and a narwhal posing in front of a rainbow with the word 'YASSSS' printed in rainbow text underneath them Image Description: A blue t-shirt with a unicorn and a narwhal posing in front of a rainbow with the word ‘YASSSS’ printed in rainbow text underneath them
*SQUEEE!* Brendon got me these from Tee Turtle, he’s amazing :D. I wore the unicorn and narwhal t-shirt with the rainbow beaded-jewellery necklace (pictured above) on Christmas Day.

Random Stuff I Bought:
Image description: two necklaces made from seven coral-pink and maroon-red hexagonal silicone beads strung onto and coral-pink and maroon-red cord with a black breakaway clasp. The necklaces are a clear plastic zip-lock storage bag with a silver ring for hanging on a hook. The barely-visible silver text on the bag reads “clothing and co”. Image description: two necklaces made from seven coral-pink and maroon-red hexagonal silicone beads strung onto and coral-pink and maroon-red cord with a black breakaway clasp. The necklaces are a clear plastic zip-lock storage bag with a silver ring for hanging on a hook. The barely-visible silver text on the bag reads “clothing and co”.
Stim Toy Box: seven aqua hexagonal silicone beads
Kim recommended these on their Stim Toy Box blog (they got an nice aqua coloured one), I was aiming for pink, but these were the closest I could find. I’ll see how these go for use as a subtle Fidget. I also bought some other stuff from K-Mart such as a pink make-up blending sponge and a watermelon plushie for Kim (although I will be the first to admit the fact that the watermelon plushie does look a little demonic). I was tempted to purchase a Munchy (for myself) but I refrained and got some play-do instead.

Stim Toy Box: Snake Puzzles
I bought two small snake puzzles from Smiggle and a blue-pink-purple snap-bracelet with spikes on it (I’m currently wearing it on my left wrist beneath my pink-orange-and-yellow telephone-cord hair-ties), every time my partner snaps it onto my wrist, I giggle, it just feels so enjoyable to hear the snapping sound combined with the pressure sensation (I know that sounds weird, but I don’t really care).

So yeah, that was my Christmas, I hope my readers also had an awesome (and below 30 degrees) Christmas and if you want to talk about Stim Toys or Christmas gifts (or both), let me know in the comments section.

Links:
~Eldritch Esoterica – “Ambiguous Pieces: outfitting and equipping nerdy stimmers since 2016.”
~Stim Toy Box – Homepage
~Stim Toy Box: Australian End of Year Sales Stimmy Round Up!
~Princess Aspien: What I Got For Christmas (YouTube Video)

My Treasure Chest – Part 3: Squish

A collection of Stim-toys, I will go into greater detail within the post; but there's play-doh, telephone chord hair-ties and hedgehog frond sponges
Yet another Stim-Toy post, I quite enjoy writing up these posts and I can only hope my readers also enjoy this kind of thing (especially with Christmas coming up).
Links to check out before we begin:
~Eldritch Esoterica: Stim Toy Wishlist
~Eldritch Esoterica: Open Hostility and Critter Puffs

Image Description: left to right, a squishable red apple, in the center a small squishable duck, on the right-hand side a small square slice of tofu with green on the top (I should also like to add that the tofu square is also squishable)
I bought these for Kim over E-bay, I managed to get free delivery for them (which is great) but they take ages to arrive *incomprehensible noises of frustration*. But I suppose the bulk of the enjoyment stems from the anticipation of the thing rather than the thing itself.

Image Description: frond sponges that look like hedgehogs, from right to left, a orange hedgehog frond sponge and a yellow hedgehog frond sponge
I was hoping to get a trifecta of pink-orange-and-yellow hedgehog sponges, but I could only get the orange and yellow at the Highpoint Daiso, I’ll have to check the Melbourne CBD Daiso (I’ll find the pink eventually).

Image Description: two four packs of play-doh in multiple colours
Now, my local Target is having a “special” on play-doh, little individual tubs for $2 and two packs for $4, but I noticed the four packs for $7, so I grabbed a couple for Kim. So, now is probably the time to stock up on play-doh, especially since December is fast approaching. I’m the type of person who truly hates crowds and thus do most of my Christmas shopping either at my local bookstore (who I can order books from via email) or buys gifts via online shopping, if you’re the same as me, I’d probably recommend shopping on a Tuesday as most of the time Tuesday is a quiet day.

Image Description: a large pink bubble wand from Target
I bought this from Target as well for $1, they have other colours such as yellow and blue, just in case readers are not as enthusiastic about pink as I am. I don’t know how this colour-theme occurred, but the colour pink appears to be slowly but surely taking over my house.

Image Description: a lanyard made of a rainbow scale of beads and pink cord
I really like these lanyards, I currently have this pink one attached to one of the zippers on my Nightmare Before Christmas messenger bag, the cord is a little tight for moving the beads up and down, but it’s perfect for rolling, this way I can play with the lanyard on my way to work.

Image Description: left to right, a yellow/green Yoobi coin purse and a blue Yoobi coin purse
I love the feel of these, the only problem with them is that they’re small on the inside, however I’m sure I’ll find a purpose for them, even if’s just to put them on my hands and make zombie impressions at my partner. For those who have an Office-works nearby, you can also buy Yoobi stationary from the Office-works website, and then select the “click and collect” option.

Image Description: two sky-blue moulds for fake kinetic sand
Image Description: two sky-blue moulds for fake kinetic sand
Kim recently gave me these, and these are fake kinetic sand moulds (or at least I assume that’s what they are),

Image Description: a packet of fake kinetic moulding clay
Kim also recently gave this to me, it’s fake kinetic clay, it’s like fake kinetic sand except more stable and less inclined to go absolutely everywhere, it was fascinating to watch Kim pull it apart and put it back together again.

Image Description: a shiny plain-black tray
I bought the plain black tray for $2.80 from Highpoint Daiso, they had round ones there, but I prefer a rectangle shaped tray, it’s kind of like I’m creating a brightly-coloured zen-beach thing, despite the fact that I hate the beach (I know, an Australian who hates going to the beach, it doesn’t gel with the national stereotype, but I assure you, it makes perfect sense to me).

Image Description: a collection of squishy foam objects in a bag and a chrome metal wrong with three foam objected embedded on it
Kim got me these and I can’t help but think that they look like squishy slices of pizza or squishy slices of watermelon.

Image Description: a collection of squishable fish in a white plastic net
I bought two packs of these on Kim’s recommendation from the Coles Supermarket I work at for $4.35 each, when I was asked by a college why I was buying squishable fish, I went with my prepared excuse that I was buying them for my niece, which is technically true as I did intentionally buy a pack for my niece (I also bought her a set of cute pj’s), but yeah, fishes shall be squished.

Image Description: a collection of telephone-cord hair-ties
Kim got me these from K-Mart and I’ll probably use them as bracelets, I only have one telephone cord on one wrist at the moment and would prefer to have three on each wrist (which probably sounds silly, but it’s what I like)

Image Description: three bouncy balls, left to right, one that's red and yellow, one that's pink and white, one that's blue and green swirls.
Bouncy Balls! Oh What Fun We Shall Have!

Image Description: a black and white checked snake puzzle in a plastic box
I’ve never played with a snake puzzle before, apparently you can obtain these from K-mart for $1, but you can also get coloured ones from Smiggle (but they’re more expensive at Smiggle).

My Treasure Chest – Part 2: A Study in Pink

Image Description: Pink box with rows of coloured tape decorating the outside of it. In front of the pink box is a wide variety of stim toys, mostly pink in colour, I will go into greater detail further down the post.

Before I begin, I would like readers to check out these links first as I’ll be using these posts as references:
~Eldritch Esoterica: ‘Fuzzy Coin Purse’ and ‘Fuzzy Pencil Case’ made by Yoobi
~Eldritch Esoterica: Hairy Tangle
~Eldritch Esoterica: Two Worm-like Stuffed Plushies
~Eldritch Esoterica: Squishy Plastic Bath Toys
~Eldritch Esoterica: A Horde of Telephone Cord
~Eldritch Esoterica: Stim toy/jewellery wishlist

Today’s post is going to be centered around Stim toys as I received another box of homemade Stim Toys from Kim. I’ll go through all the items in the box individually:

Image Description: Left to right, a small yellow rubber lizard which is also kind of sticky and a larger pink rubber lizard
These toys remind me of the lizard toys you can find at the National Geographic shop (I loved going to my local National Geographic store as a small spawn). So while I like the pink one and love to watch it’s flickering tail as I move it about (or pretend to have it crawl up my partner’s arm, much to his chagrin), I’m not sure on the yellow sticky lizard. Will have to experiment more.

Image Description: A green, yellow and orange tangle all coiled up inside it's box
For those who have been following Kim’s Stim toy Review posts (for those who haven’t, check this link here and the link up the top of the page), you may have noticed Tangles are a staple feature and there’s a reason for that, they are so interesting to play with (though I only have one tangle so far). It’s small and easy to put in my messenger bag and travel around with. In it’s expanded form:
Image Description: a green, yellow and orange tangle free from it's boxy prison in the shape of a rectangle
It’s diverse and there’s multiple ways you can twist and undo it. You can also take it apart, piece by individual piece, and put it back together. The tangle is one of my favorites thus far and I take it with me everywhere.

Image Description: top to bottom, a bright-pink cylindrical slinky in an arch shape with a smaller star-shaped pink and yellow slinky
I love slinky toys, I already have a rainbow coloured slinky which is made of thick plastic (so it’s easy to feel the weight of it in your hands) the bright pink slinky is made of lighter/thinner plastic so it feels different, but a good kind of different. I also like the star-shaped slinky a lot too, it’s compact in size, so it’s easy to put in my Stim Toy bag and take with me.

Image Description: I don't know what the technical name for this is, but I'm going to call it little Styrofoam balls gelled together with green sticky stuff
Kim showed this to me and I kind of got the same impression about this gooey Styrofoam-ball stuff that I get from fake kinetic sand, it could potentially be a lot of fun to play with, but it’s guaranteed to make a great big mess (I can just see little Styrofoam-balls going absolutely everywhere). So I figured I’d get a separate mess-tray from Daiso before I test this one out. But, I would like to point out that Baby Robot does a video on Harmful Stims, and mentions these gooey Styrofoam-balls and fake kinetic sand as one of their prefered stims.

Image Description: top to bottom, a long dark-blue string key-chain intertwined with a rainbow spectrum of beads, a lighter-blue string with a metallic rainbow spectrum of beads and a small chrome circle with pink-white-purple-white-pink beads
I really love these, the beads and strings are interconnected, you can push the beads along the string like a rainbow progress-bar you can hold in your hands. You can also roll the beads around in circles. Thus far, I really seem to enjoy the beaded stim toys, I take these items with me everywhere in either my handbag (which goes inside my messenger bag) or inside my Stim Toy bag (which also goes inside of my messenger bag, the Stim Toy bag is a new development). I hate going to doctor appointments and having to sit in the waiting room, surrounded by the constant barrage of noise, but I was able to pull out my beads and force myself to focus on getting the beads from one end of the string to the other.

Image Description: fake kinetic sand with three bright pink kinetic sand molds, they resemble miniature pots for tiny plants
As with the gooey Styrofoam-balls , I have been itching to get the fake kinetic sand out and play with it, especially now that I have a small pink container and and small yellow container of it. However, I know the moment I open these container, I will put sand and crap absolutely everywhere, courtesy of my ultra clumsiness. So, I’m going to head into Daiso and get a specially designated tray for it (“You’ll need a tray”).

Image Description: a bright-pink eraser in the shape of a string currently folded into a vague pretzel shape
This apparently an eraser, though I doubt I will use that for the intended purpose, it can be tied up like a pretzel or knotted, which is good because I’m sort of good at undoing knots and tangles, I mean, it may take me a while, but it’ll be done.

Image Description: two small bath toys, left to right, a purple and robin's egg blue water-can and a a yellow and pink flower with a bright-pink pot. you can use them to blow at people or yourself.
If you’ll check out the link above titled “Squishy Bath Toys”, you’ll be most informed. I’ve noticed that the water can is easier to squish than the flower, but both are good for puffing air (my cat’s expression when I puff air at him is most amusing). These also might make great toys I take with me when I visit my sister and my niece. My sister has already begun to amass a collection of Rubber Duckies, which of course gives me the impulse to add to this collection. Thus far, I had contributed a green NVida Rubber Duck, which does look a little odd along side the other standard yellow rubber duckies of various sizes, so I’ll have to get more colourful rubber duckies or other bath toys (you know, so the green one doesn’t feel lonely).

Image Description: a bright yellow bouncy ball
I love bouncy balls, I was obsessed with them as a kid and as a teenager (I hate hacky-sack: far too much hand eye co-ordination involved), bouncy balls, on the other hand, are brightly coloured and usually easy to track where they land, providing you don’t throw them too hard (try not to throw them too hard, I know this can be difficult to gauge, also don’t play with them at train stations or near train tracks).

Image Description: a small diamond of soft fuzzy fabric
Lincraft where having a special and Kim was able to pick up some fabric. I quite enjoy it; it’s so fuzzy!

Image Description: a bright-pink nubbly Yoobi coin-purse
I really like this a lot, I love the texture of it but also the bright pink colour, which makes it easy to find in my messenger bag, in fact I’ve been looking into buying some more, but unfortunately my local target doesn’t have them, I’ll have to check my nearby K-mart instead, which might be better for me as it’s open twenty-four hours and I can use my discount card there as well.

Image Description: It's not obvious from the photo, which is a photo of a tube made of cloth, but there's a round object in the tube and you can push it around in a loop
This is interesting, not just because it take mental effort to find the small round object and push it around, but the fabric is *flannelette (like the shirts). I adore fresh cotton sheets on the bed, when I’ve just applied fresh sheets and I’m climbing into bed at the end of the day, I have to resist the urge to roll around in the bed, which I know sounds super weird, but meh. Flannel sheets are good, flannel pj’s are also good, but I can’t wear flannel pj’s with flannel sheets (it just doesn’t work).

Image Description: a small rectangle-shaped teal-coloured fuzzy bean-bag scented with citrus essential oil
I love the smell of this one, *it’s apparently lavender scented (I have a purple one with stars which smells like lavender). I like to keep it in a separate bag to keep the scent for as long as possible.

Image Description: Nubbly Hedgehog cleaning sponge (from Daiso) that's been filled with stuffing and scented with citrus-scented essential oil. It has an adorable little happy face
I love hedgehogs, they are freaking adorable, and hedgehogs are also amazing little critters. They’re nocturnal and they live underground and because of their protective quills, they can pretty much do whatever they want. In fact, if a snake is foolish enough to venture into a hedgehog’s den/nest, the hedgehog can essentially chase down it’s prey and attack the snake when it’s been exhausted. Did I mention they are freaking adorable? So yeah, I love this little Hedgehug plushie, it has a cute little smiley face on it and little hands (and it’s also *lavender scented). The fronds though are my favourite part, they’re very much like the Yoobi coin-purse fronds, and it’s very soothing to run for me to run my hands over it (usually in a back and forth pattern).

Image Description: Two smiley-face stress-ball facing off against each other

“This Couch ain’t big enough for the two of Us.”

Not sure if I mentioned this last time, but Kim gave me another smiley face stress-ball, I intend on amassing a horde of them and perhaps taking a photo of them with the caption “We Are Legion”, although I’m sure it’s been done before.

The Tag describes the item as

This is Squishy

Now, Kim didn’t give me this, I’ve had Squishy for years, but I figured seeing as Squishy is bright pink, mentioning Squishy would work with the theme. Now the fun part about Squishy is that you can put all of Squishy’s arms and legs into their torso (which is pretty amusing), then you thump the torso and the limbs all pop out *manic laughter* It’s great.

So yeah… That’s my Stim Toy collection thus far, if readers want to comment or talk about their preferred type of stimming or  what their favourite type of stim toy is, the comment section is just down below and feel free to tell me. Also, I was thinking that articles on Stim Toys are great and some readers will prefer these discussions in text format, but I was also thinking about demonstrating with stim toys or discussions with Stim Toys in video format. Which one would be preferred? Video or Text? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Also, unrelated side note, the blog Everything Esty is doing a free Christmas Printables blog-post, unfortunately it’s a Northern-Hemisphere-centered idea of Christmas (so if you’re an Australian like myself, the snow-people and snow-flake images will induce eye-rolling), but I found a few of them helpful.

Links:
~Fuck Yeah, Stimming! – What Is Stimming?

~Fuck Yeah, Stimming! – Types of Stimming

~The Stimming Checklist: So, what is Stimming?

~Baby Robot: The Joy of Stimming (Youtube video)

~Amythest Schaber: Ask an Autistic #1 – What is Stimming? (Youtube video)

~Amythest Schaber: Living Atypically – Self-Injurious Stims (Youtube video)

~The Aspie World: Hand Flapping and Stimming (Youtube video)

My Treasure Chest – Part 1: Beads

Image Description: Purple box with rows of coloured tape decorating the outside of it. In front of the purple box is a collection of homemade stim toys (I'll go into greater detail within the post).

Before I begin, I would like readers to check out these links first as I’ll be using these posts as references:

~Eldritch Esoterica: I had a little birthday money.
~Eldritch Esoterica: Bead Ring Necklaces
~Eldritch Esoterica: This is my on-the-go stim toy collection
~Eldritch Esoterica: ‘Fuzzy Coin Purse’ and ‘Fuzzy Pencil Case’ made by Yoobi

Image Description: One jar of fake kinetic pink sand
Fake kinetic sand looks fascinating, so I’m eager to get this out have a play with it, although I do hesitate because of the “mess + super clumsy = bad” factor.

Image Descrption: left to right, three balloons (pink-yellow-pink), two of them filled with flour (pink) and one of them filled with rice (yellow)
I’ve had rice balloons before but not flour balloons and I must confess, while I enjoy the rice, I like flour better

Image Description: a small yellow container of play-do with a pink lid.
Play-do is great, I loved play-do as a kid as my mum would hand make us some for my sister and I, but I hated the play-do at school because the fact that so many other kids had played with it, so my own special collection should be great.

Image Description: A plastic container with bubble-making solution
I loved blowing bubbles as a kid, in fact one of the few family moments I have with my older brother, my younger sister and both my parents before they divorced (I had to be about four or five) all having fun together involved blowing bubbles. I went into the kitchen and somehow knew to combine the detergent with water, whisk it about and use a small wire molded into the shape of a circle to blow bubbles. The solution was okay, but after my father improved it by adding more detergent, the bubbles were significantly better. Much fun was had by all.

Image Description: Left to right, a plastic tube filled with liquid pink glitter and silver stars with a pink ribbon on top, as well as a plastic tube filled with liquid green glitter and silver stars with a green ribbon on top.
I do enjoy watching the silver stars shift from one end to another, but it’s easily distracting/time consuming as it takes a while for the stars to shift from end to another.

Image Description: a pink plastic bag with a small make-up/blush brush inside
I loved playing with my mother’s make-up brushes as a kid, not so much the make up though, I can’t stand the feel of foundation on my skin

Image Description: A small yellow container filled with rice.
I’m assuming this is to shake around. I haven’t really used this one.

Image Description: There's a necklace with a black cord and a pink-yellow peace symbol
It does indeed make a nice thwap sound when you bend it back. I was thinking of attaching it to my bag, but not sure how yet.

Image Description: Left to right, four telephone-cord hair ties. The first three telephone cord hair-ties are transparent pink, yellow and orange. The fourth one is opaque pink telephone cord.
I wear these on my wrists all the time now (three transparent pink-orange-yellow on one wrist and the opaque pink telephone cord on the other wrist), in fact, I’ve had customers ask me where I got them from (you can get them from K-Mart). The pink is a little more stretched the orange and yellow, but I’ll work on it.

Image Description: There is a thick textured pink rope object that functions clip
I like the texture of this one, I like to run my hands over the woven fabric and it feels really satisfying

Image Description: small purple bean bag with white stars all over it, scented with lavender oil.
I love the smell of lavender, but I keep this in a separate bag to retain it’s smell.

While I’m aware I’m an allistic (non-autistic) person, I wanted to write a few blog-posts about Stim Toys, specifically these Handmade Stim Toys that Kim made for me to help with novel research. Now, there’s actually pretty valid reason for Kim to have made all of these Stim Toys by hand, it may sound obvious but handmade Stim Toys are a lot cheaper and it turns out it that store-bought Stim Toys are rather expensive, and there’s the problem with accessibility. For example: if an autistic Australia wanted to purchase an item such as this:

Item Description: metal bracelet that resembles a bike chair with blue on the outside of the bracelet.

In Pushing Boundaries, Beth and Mary have a matching pair of stim-bracelets like these, Beth’s bracelet is blue while Mary’s bracelet is red

From a website like StimTastic, if the item was $25 to purchase, the autistic Australian would most likely be paying $25 in postage and handling as well, so that’s roughly $50 all together. It’s one of the reasons I rarely use Amazon (that I have no idea how to use their E-Book system, I find it confusing as fuck but perhaps it’s designed for kindles only, IDK, clearly another post for another time).

In comparison, Kim’s Homemade Treasure Chest probably cost (all together) most likely $20 to $25 (at a rough estimate) with Contessa (a weighted plushie filled with beans and rice and scented with lavender) being the most expensive item.

Image Description: weighted plushie that possibly looks like a bear, a dog, a bear-dog, or a cat. Light pink in colour with a yellow crown on her head, with yellow blush circles on both sides of her cheeks and little yellow circles on her stomach and a little tail

This is Contessa

The collection is rather large and fascinating, but the ones I wanted to focus on today were my beaded items.
Image Description: a white cord with three chrome-coloured loops, within those three loops is a small metal loop one might use to store keys on, on the loop are five beads with the colour scheme of red-brown-amber-brown-red
The first item, the beaded necklace on a white chord, I enjoy using all the time, I tend to place my thumb in the metal loop and roll the beads across my thumb. But I also like to hold the loop in my hands and roll the beads with my fingers. Unfortunately, I’ve developed the bad habit of ripping out my hair, I find it difficult to stop, however I find my beaded necklace is a good distraction.

Image Description: There are two items in this picture. Left to right, Item One is a chrome metal object that functions as a metal clip, sometimes used for keys or attaching to bags. It has a metal loop one might use to store keys on. It has six beads on the metal loop, the colour scheme is dark pink-light pink-light pink-yellow-yellow-dark pink. Item Two is a small metal loop, one might confuse it for a child's bracelet, it has eleven beads, the colours are a variant mixture of pink and yellow but the beads are also a mixture of solid plastic and transparent plastic
I like to roll the beads on the bead bracelet as well, in fact I’ve been able to use both the bracelet and the necklace as anti-distraction/focus tools, like when my partner was lining up at the RACV store to receive an International Driver’s Permit (for our upcoming trip to Slovenia), I was able to sit down in a waiting chair and play with my bracelet, it was rather soothing (especially since it took ages for the RACV store to serve my partner).

Also, just before I left for Slovenia, I was visiting my sister and mother at my sister’s place and my six month old niece required a distraction, cue the bracelet! I was then able to use the bracelet as a distraction/focus tool (“Look over here, look at the pretty bracelet.”). I was able to use the bracelet like an abacus, shifting the beads from one side to the other, something my niece seemed to enjoy watching while my mother fed her.

While I was in Slovenia, we had friends take us around and look at touristy stuff (more on this later), but our guides also wanted to catch up with friends that they hadn’t seen in a while. I didn’t really know these friends of friends, I was also unable to speak Slovenian (though a couple of them could speak English, although we were often in a group situation were only one or two members of the group could speak English).

So in order to keep myself awake at the dinner table (which was often a problem), or when I had no one to talk to, I would either play with my necklace or bracelet and that helped with my social anxiety, I felt calmer when I had something to focus on.

Also when I was frustrated with how the day was progressing or perhaps not progressing, I had something to help calm me down. When on holiday, I need to know what we’re doing at the beginning of each day, as in “Today we’re going to a see a church and visit a nearby playground for children”.

I don’t mind doing these things just as long as I know that’s what we’re doing (maybe that’s just me, my partner is the exact opposite, he’s quite happy not having an itinerary or a schedule). So yeah, I’m quiet happy with the beaded necklace and bracelet, would definitely recommend.

Then there’s my weighted plushie Contessa. I rather fond of her, I enjoy carrying her around the house (though I’m careful to keep her away from my cat and water), I also love the way she smells like lavender and although the smell has slightly worn off, lavender is very soothing for me. I often have Contessa either on my lap as I’m typing or on my laptop-support table that I got from IKEA.

However, Kim did mention in one their Stim Toy posts that they don’t take scented objects outside the house because of people with chemical sensitivities or chemical allergies (which is super important to remember).

So, if readers would like to talk about what type stim toys they enjoy (homemade or otherwise) and how they use them, please feel free to leave a comment in the section. Or if there’s a particular stim toy people would like to mention, feel free to leave a link in the comment section.