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.

Arts and Crafts: It’s A Beadiful Life

Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners
Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners

This post is going to be about my progress on making the beaded jewellery/beaded fidget items for my giveaway. I still have a ways to go yet, but my progress thus far has been successful.

Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In the photo, there are two compartments empty: red pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads.
Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In the photo, there are two compartments empty: red pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads.

Maybe it’s just me, but there is something indescribably frustrating about those two empty slots, for most people, they probably wouldn’t even notice. But it bothered me, so I hunted high and low via Ebay for red pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads (with some additional trial and error), but finally, I found them. I now have a complete rainbow! Behold!

Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In this photo, the are two empty compartments mentioned in the previous photo have been filled with cranberry-red (it's more of a dark red really) pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads
Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In this photo, the are two empty compartments mentioned in the previous photo have been filled with cranberry-red (it’s more of a dark red really) pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads

Mwuhahahahah! Nothing can stop me now, except my terrible sense of organisation and procrastination tendencies, however, moving on… As I’ve completed my rainbow collection of beads, I’ve been able to make my Rainbow Beaded Lanyards (links below):

~Arts and Crafts: Beaded Lanyards

~Arts and Crafts: Beaded Lanyards Part 2

I’ve also been able to make my larger Bead Bracelets for the Zipper-lanyards (pictures below):
Image Description: A verticle picture of three 50 cm ring-binders from Daiso with beads. The first ring has red-themed beads, the second ring has blue-themed beads and the third ring has green-themed beads. The bead pattern is acrylic, transparent, pearl, hour-glass, glittery star-bead, hour-glass, pearl, transparent, acrylic.
Image Description: A verticle picture of three 50 cm ring-binders from Daiso with beads. The first ring has red-themed beads, the second ring has blue-themed beads and the third ring has green-themed beads. The bead pattern is acrylic, transparent, pearl, hour-glass, glittery star-bead, hour-glass, pearl, transparent, acrylic.

Here’s a picture of the red and blue bead-bracelets attached to the zipper-lanyards:
Image Description: The red-themed bead bracelet from the previous picture is attached to a red and yellow zipper-style lanyard and the blue-themed bead bracelet is attached to a blue and red zipper-style lanyard.
Image Description: The red-themed bead bracelet from the previous picture is attached to a red and yellow zipper-style lanyard and the blue-themed bead bracelet is attached to a blue and red zipper-style lanyard.

I’ve also made Bead Ring Necklaces. Here’s pictures of the rings:
Image Description: two silver 30 cm binder-rings from Daiso with green beads on them. From left to right, the first ring has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green. The second ring has the following beads: transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green.
Image Description: two silver 30 cm binder-rings from Daiso with green beads on them. From left to right, the first ring has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green. The second ring has the following beads: transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green.

Image Description: there are four silver 30 binder-rings from Daiso in the picture. The top two are red themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first top ring has the following beads:  transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The second top ring has the following beads: transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The bottom two are blue themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue. The second bottom ring has the following beads: the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue
Image Description: there are four silver 30 binder-rings from Daiso in the picture. The top two are red themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first top ring has the following beads:  transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The second top ring has the following beads: transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The bottom two are blue themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue. The second bottom ring has the following beads: the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue.

The hardest part of the Bead Ring Necklace was the little loops that go between the key-ring/split-ring and the rat-tail cord. In my case, I used black rat-tail cord for one set of necklaces, but I had to use Rainbow String I purchased from Lincraft for the second batch of necklaces, and I must confess, I do like the coloured string.

I’m just so glad I could find a use for the Rainbow String (I was super disappointed I couldn’t use it make beaded lanyards – no friction for sliding and I have a feeling I would eventually pull the beads past the knot at the end). Here’s pictures of the finished Bead Ring Necklaces:

Image Description: three bead-ring necklaces on black rat-tail cord with four chrome loops in between the rat-tail cord and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red), a blue themed bead-ring necklace (light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue) and a green themed bead-ring necklace (transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green).
Image Description: three bead-ring necklaces on black rat-tail cord with four chrome loops in between the rat-tail cord and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red), a blue themed bead-ring necklace (light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue) and a green themed bead-ring necklace (transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green).

Image Description: two bead-ring necklaces on a red Rainbow String and a dark-blue Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red) and a blue themed bead-ring necklace (transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue)
Image Description: two bead-ring necklaces on a red Rainbow String and a dark-blue Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red) and a blue themed bead-ring necklace (transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue).

Image Description: one bead-ring necklace on a green Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. The bead-ring necklace has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green
Image Description: one bead-ring necklace on a green Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. The bead-ring necklace has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green.

I’ll be going into Footscray and Daiso on Thursday to pick up a few bits and pieces, I’ll need to wait for a few things to come in the mail (such as the strawberries – they take forever to arrive, but they’re worth the wait) and I should be set. I’m actually kind of surprised I’ve managed to make/obtain most of the prizes before the start of March. I expected to running around like a headless-chook through out March (and maybe a little into April if I’m being honest). It could all still go horribly wrong, but thus far, things are looking good.

Links:
Image Description: site header reading “Abstruse Arcana Neurodivergent Arts and Crafts” featuring vector images of a green tape dispenser, a sewing needle, a sewing pin with a red head, a yellow measuring tape, a brown paintbrush, a light tan bandaid, an embroidered red flower and a blue and brown striped round plush thing that looks something like a bean bag.
~Abstruse Arcana Neurodivergent Arts and Crafts: Bead Ring Necklaces

The Diverse Books Reading Challenge 2017: Prizes

Image Description: a title photo with the words Diverse Books Reading Challenge 2017: Prizes displayed in rainbow-coloured text with four red roses in each corner of the picture

Image Description: a title photo with the words Diverse Books Reading Challenge 2017: Prizes displayed in rainbow-coloured text with four red roses in each corner of the picture

List of Possible Prizes:

Image Description: from left to right, a Blue bubble-wand, a Green bubble-wand and a Pink bubble-wand

Image Description: from left to right, a Blue bubble-wand, a Green bubble-wand and a Pink bubble-wand

1 x Bubble Wand (1 x Pink, 1 x Green and 1 x Blue)

Unfortunately due to the to the nature of Australia Post, I’m going to have to bubble-wrap the ever-loving fuck out of these items (Yay! An Excuse to buy excessive amounts of Bubble Wrap), but its better than the alternative.

Image Description: from left to right, a blue and red zip-lanyard and a yellow and red zip-lanyard

Image Description: from left to right, a blue and red zip-lanyard and a yellow and red zip-lanyard

1 x Zip Lanyard with large beaded-circle (1 x Blue and Red, 1 x Red and Yellow, 1 x Pink and Green)

I bought these from Daiso and I have yet to obtain the pink and green one, however, this can be easily fixed. The end result will hopefully look something like this. I’m not sure if I’ll use wooden beads, I’ll probably just use the ones I’ve already got, but I do have some large star beads with a metallic sheen to them (I got them from Lincraft), but I’ll see how I go.

Image Description: from left to right, a green-purple-red-yellow transparent Tangle Jr and a various-shades-of-purple Tangle Jr

Image Description: from left to right, a green-purple-red-yellow transparent Tangle Jr and a various-shades-of-purple Tangle Jr

1 x Tangles Jr each (1 x Red/Pink tangle, 1 x Blue Tangle, 1 x Green Tangle)

Kim went above and beyond the call of duty and was able to travel to both of their local Toyworld Stores and obtain more Tangles on my behalf (here’s a link to their post). Tangle Jr (or any type of Tangles really) are super difficult to obtain in Australia, so I figured from the very beginning I had to involve a Tangle Jr in my giveaway.

Image Description: three black and white snake puzzles from K-Mart

Image Description: three black and white snake puzzles from K-Mart

1 x Black and White Snake Puzzle

I was hoping to get my hands on the Stationery Gift-Bags at K-Mart, which contain bigger snake puzzles, but unfortunately my local K-Mart sold out of them. It also means I’ll have to put all the Stim Toys in a Daiso Shoe Bag instead (picture below).

Image Description: from left to right, a small pale-pink bag with flowers and bunnies printed on it. Next to the pale-pink bag is a dark-pink with multicoloured hearts printed on it

Image Description: from left to right, a small pale-pink bag with flowers and bunnies printed on it. Next to the pale-pink bag is a dark-pink with multicoloured hearts printed on it

Image Description: three large Kids &Co. multi-coloured large bouncy balls

Image Description: three large Kids & Co. multi-coloured large bouncy balls

1 x Kids & Co. multi-coloured large bouncy ball

Kim bought me one of these for Christmas and I love it, it’s roughly the size of my palm, which makes it easier to catch and bounce in comparison to my smaller bouncy-balls. It’s bright colours makes it easier to focus on and it turns out problems with fine motor skills are a Neurodivergent thing, so I figured it should be included.

Image Description: A pale white hand holding a pale-pink squishable strawberry. Around the wrist are three telephone-cord hair-ties, a pink one, an orange one and a yellow one.

Image Description: A pale white hand holding a pale-pink squishable strawberry. Around the wrist are three telephone-cord hair-ties, a pink one, an orange one and a yellow one.

1 x Squishy Strawberry each

For some reason, this Squishable Strawberry has kind of become my thing, I even have a strawberry mascot for my blog.

Image Description: A cushion in the shape of a pale-pink strawberry with a cute smiley face and gold-coloured seeds

Image Description: A cushion in the shape of a pale-pink strawberry with a cute smiley face and gold-coloured seeds.

I’ve done a review of these as Stim Toys and, just like the Tangles, I felt as though these Strawberries should be included in the giveaway (you can purchase these items from Ebay and Banggood). To my knowledge, the colour selection is random, so I won’t know what colour they will be until they arrive, however, knowing my luck it’s most likely that all the Strawberries will be dark pink.

Image Description: a long beaded-lanyard made with dark-blue rat-tail cord with a chrome key-ring/split-ring and lobster-claw clasp connected at the end. The beads are a rainbow spectrum of colours with three different types of beads per colour (acrylic-pearl-glitter). The colour spectrum is pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple with an orange bead at the end as a stopper

Image Description: a long beaded-lanyard made with dark-blue rat-tail cord with a chrome key-ring/split-ring and lobster-claw clasp connected at the end. The beads are a rainbow spectrum of colours with three different types of beads per colour (acrylic-pearl-glitter). The colour spectrum is pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple with an orange bead at the end as a stopper.

Image Description: a short beaded-lanyard make of pink rat-tail cord with a bronze-coloured key-ring/split ring and lobster-claw clasp at the end. The beads are a rainbow spectrum of acrylic beads with a pale-pink heart-shaped bead as a stopper. The colour spectrum is hot-pink, pale-pink, red, orange, yellow, green, dark-blue, light-blue, purple

Image Description: a short beaded-lanyard make of pink rat-tail cord with a bronze-coloured key-ring/split ring and lobster-claw clasp at the end. The beads are a rainbow spectrum of acrylic beads with a pale-pink heart-shaped bead as a stopper. The colour spectrum is hot-pink, pale-pink, red, orange, yellow, green, dark-blue, light-blue, purple

2 x Beaded lanyards (one long, one short)

Now, the beaded lanyards pictured above are ones that Kim has made for me, so mine probably won’t be as good as I’m just starting out, however, I have ordered the various required items from Ebay, so hopefully by the end of March, all the prizes will be completed and ready to ship out. I’m planning on the long beaded lanyard being rainbow themed, like this:

Image Description: a long beaded lanyard mad of black elastic with a rainbow spectrum of beads. The beads are a pattern of three different types of beads. The first one is acrylic, the second one pearlized and the third is transparent. The colour sequence is white, pale-pink, hot-pink, orange, yellow, green, light-blue, dark-blue and purple.

Image Description: a long beaded lanyard made of black elastic with a rainbow spectrum of beads. The beads are a pattern of three different types of beads. The first one is acrylic, the second one pearlized and the third is transparent. The colour sequence is white, pale-pink, hot-pink, orange, yellow, green, light-blue, dark-blue and purple.

I would also like add that if a winner of the giveaway would prefer a pride-themed long beaded lanyard instead, that can be accomplished. The winner would have to tell me which pride style they would like and it also might take a little longer for the package to be shipped out, but that’s a small detail. At this point in time, I almost have a full rainbow in terms of colour and type, but the two gaps I have will soon be remedied.

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

2 x Bead Ring Necklaces (one long necklace made with black rat-tail cord, one short bead ring necklace made with rainbow string)

Now, Kim made these ones for me as a Christmas Present, so my ones won’t be the exact same colours, but hopefully it’ll be the same sort of style. I’ll go into more details about this in another post (I’ve also included a link on how to make these in the links section below), but I found out that while I couldn’t use the rainbow string to make beaded lanyard, however, it might be possible to use the rainbow string as short Bead ring necklaces, I’ll make a separate post dedicated to making stuff with beads, although I would like to point out I’m a complete noob at these things.

Image Description: three gel ice packs, one orange pack and two blue-green packs

Image Description: three gel ice packs, one orange pack and two blue-green packs

1 x Gel Ice Package each

This one was a bit of a last minute addition, perhaps to make up for the fact that I ordered a couple of pencil-cases off Ebay and it turns out they’re scented items.

Image Description: there are two pencil-cases in the picture, from left to right, the first one is a pink Smencil Buddies - Rainbow Sherbet Pencil Case and the other is a green Smencil Buddies - Watermelon Pencil Case

Image Description: there are two pencil-cases in the picture, from left to right, the first one is a pink Smencil Buddies – Rainbow Sherbet Pencil Case and the other is a green Smencil Buddies – Watermelon Pencil Case

While I don’t have a problem with the way the pencil-cases smell, in fact I think they smell delicious, however, I’m trying to avoid scented items and slime for this giveaway (there are far too many variables involved in scented-items and slime).

So Yeah… Those are my potential prizes on offer for my Disability Give-away, pretty cool eh? Tell me what you think in the comments section below, also feel free to tell me what your favourite type of stim toy is :).

Links:
Stim Toy Box: Gel Ice Package

Stim Toy Box: An Ambiguous Quest For Tangles

Practically Safe: Beaded Lanyard Tutorial

Stim Toy Box: Chain Tassel Bag Charms

Stim Toy Box: Snake Puzzles

Stim Toy Box: Blue Gift Set Stationery Set

Stim Toy Box: Squishy Strawberry

Abstruse Arcana ~ Turtorial: Bead Ring Necklace

The Diverse Books Reading Challenge 2017: Disability Read and Review Give-away

Image Description: A title picture with the text 'Diverse Books Reading Challenge: Disability R&R Giveaway' in large rainbow text with clip-art pictures of strawberries and roses in the corners of the picture
Image Description: A title picture with the text ‘Diverse Books Reading Challenge: Disability R&R Giveaway’ in large rainbow test with clip-art pictures of strawberries and roses in the corners of the picture
Image Description: A pink and purple coloured button with the text 'Read Diverse Books 2017' in white text with the word 'Diverse' written in rainbow coloured text. there is also the white outline of a clip-art picture of a laid open book
Image Description: A pink and purple coloured button with the text ‘Read Diverse Books 2017’ in white text with the word ‘Diverse’ written in rainbow coloured text. there is also the white outline of a clip-art picture of a laid open book

What’s This All About?
Read Diverse Books is running a Diverse Books Reading Challenge. Chasing Faerytails and Read.Sleep.Repeat decided to embrace the Reading Diverse Books challenge but also create a monthly theme. The theme for March is Disability and I wanted to host a give-away and award a prize to the top three people who manage to Read AND Review the most books that come under the Disability category

Who is eligible to participate in the give-away?
Unfortunately, due to the absurd shipping and handling fees, only those who live in Australia and New Zealand will be eligible for this competition (sorry about that).

Are there Prizes?
Well yes; it wouldn’t be much of a give-away without them. There will be a first, second and third prize for the top three people who manage to Read and Review as many books as possible within the month of March (so midnight 1st of March until 23:55 pm on the 31st of March)

What kind of prize will you be offering?
The prize will be a package of assorted Stim Toys (I’ll make a separate more detailed post about this later). The prizes will be theme orientated, for example: there will be a package of red stim toys, blue stim toys and green stim toys. At the end of March, I’ll contact the winners and notify them and get them to pick which colour-theme they’d prefer.

How or Where can I find Books about Disability?
Disability In Kidlit have put together a list of recommended reading, here’s the link for it:
Disability In Kidlit – Honor Roll
Chasing Faerytails and Read.Sleep.Repeat have put together an awesome book list as well, here’s the link for it:
Chasing Faerytails & Read.Sleep.Repeat: Diverse Reads 2017 Reading List

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: Disability In Kidlit has published a review on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (here’s the link to the book review) and due to the problematic nature of the book, I will be excluding this book from the competition. Should anyone ignore/defy this and post a link to their review on my give-away page, the link will be removed and they will be disqualified from the competition.

Shout-Out:
Kim is busy doing their own thing, but they were a big inspiration and assistance for this project, so I just wanted to send out a big thank you, readers should check out their links

Let The Reading Begin 😀

Links:
Disability In Kidlit
Read Diverse 2017 – A Reading And Book Review Challenge For Bloggers!
Chasing Faerytails – Announcing the 2017 Diverse Books Reading Challenge!

Arts and Crafts – Hunting and Gathering

Image Description: a title-post picture with the words 'Arts &Crafts' written in the centre in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners
I love Stationery, it is my greatest weakness, there’s just something about hunting and gathering for Stationery items (most likely the illusion of productivity) that is both enjoyable and calming for me. The problem with Stationery is that once all the required items are assembled, that means I have to begin the desired project, which can be problem when you’ve perfected the art of obtaining items for said project but usually fail when it comes to actually completing the project.

For example: I really wanted to get into Book Binding or Book Making, I love blank notebooks and it would be awesome if I could just make my own blank notebooks. But then I found out you actually need to be talented at sewing to make books, and I am truly awful at sewing, so all of my book-binding equipment has been sitting in a canvas shopping-bag inside my Room of Laundry for several months, dusty and forgotten, until I start riffling through my bookshelf (where my guide to making handmade books is) and I wonder what happened to my Book Making equipment.

But, this time, I’m fairly certain I’ve found a hobby that is both Crafty, doesn’t rely on Sewing to complete and is possible for me to obtain all the required tools and items. I am talking about Beaded Jewellery, specifically Bead Ring Necklaces.

Image Description: site header reading “Abstruse Arcana Neurodivergent Arts and Crafts” featuring vector images of a green tape dispenser, a sewing needle, a sewing pin with a red head, a yellow measuring tape, a brown paintbrush, a light tan bandaid, an embroidered red flower and a blue and brown striped round plush thing that looks something like a bean bag.
Kim has set up a new WordPress-blog called Abstruse Arcana: Neurodivergent Arts and Crafts and the first post is a tutorial on how to make Bead Ring Necklaces, which I’m hand-flappy excited about it as I’ve been wanting to make Bead Ring Necklaces for ages now. So, this post will be going through the items I purchased in order to make Bead Ring Necklaces, where I bought them and how much they cost (and maybe some random items thrown in for good measure).

Image Description: a medium sized white box with a rainbow-spectrum of polka-dots decorating the outside with a bright-red lid on top
Image Description: a medium sized white box with a rainbow-spectrum of polka-dots decorating the outside with a bright-red lid on top
Item: a medium sized white box with a rainbow-spectrum of polka-dots decorating the outside with a bright-red lid on top
Purchased From: The Reject Shop (Ballarat)
Amount: AU $4
I’ll be using this box to store all of my bead-related items inside of, isn’t adorable? I just love polka-dots but especially rainbow polka-dots.

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Image Description: a 500 gm bag of pony beads from Lincraft in mixed-colours
Item: a 500 gm bag of Pony Beads
Purchased From: Lincraft (Bendigo)
Amount: AU $12.99
These aren’t the doughnut-shaped pony beads but rather they are shaped more like an hour-glass (I think, I’m not entirely sure, I could be wrong). Kim uses these beads on my Pink Drawstring Dice-bag they made for me.

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Image Description: Hoopla Sweets Collection pink plastic lunch-box with snap-on lid. The lunch-box has clip-art pictures of an ice-cream-on-a-stick with a smiley face, a doughnut-with-pink-icing also with a smiley face and an ice-cream-cone with blue-gelato and a smiley face. There are also clouds and a rainbow.
Item: pink plastic lunch-box with a snap-on lid
Purchased From: Aldi (Bacchus Marsh)
Amount: AU $3.99
I figured if I was going to buy a large bag of beads I would need somewhere to store them and, as you’ll be able to tell further down, I enjoy purchasing matching/themed items. The Hoopla Sweets Collection of stationery was pink and looked adorable (how could I possibly resist?)

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Image Description: a pink plastic lunch-box containing a 1 LB (435.59 gm) bag of Pearlized Pony Beads in mixed colours.
Item: a 1 LB (435.59 gm) bag of Pearlized Pony Beads
Purchased From: Riot Art & Craft (Bendigo)
Amount: AU $19.99
While I like transparent Pony Beads and glittery Pony Beads, if I had to pick just one type, it would be the pearlized Pony Beads, I am a sucker for shinny objects.

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Image Description: Hoopla Sweet Collection Stationery Pencil-case. The pencil-case is pink and has clip-art pictures of an ice-cream-on-a-stick with a smiley face, a doughnut-with-pink-icing also with a smiley face and an ice-cream-cone with blue-gelato and a smiley face. There are also clouds and a rainbow
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Image Description: The insides of the Hoopla Sweets Collection pencil-case. It’s pink with a couple of sections of netting to separate the two halves of the pencil-case.
Item: a pink pencil-case
Purchased From: Aldi (Bacchus Marsh)
Amount: AU $4.99
I bought this with the intention of using it for Beads and bead-related stuff, like storing cords and things inside, but now I’m not so sure. Oh well, I’ll just have to use it as a pencil-case, Mwuhahahaha

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Image Description: a pink Snack Container 400 mL that I obtained from K-Mart
Item: a pink Snack Container
Purchased From: K-Mart (Melton)
Amount: AU $2
I have about three of these snack containers (one from K-Mart and the other two from Aldi) and I thought I could use them for specialised beads, such as some star-beads I bought from Lincraft but also some glittery star-beads I bought off of Ebay. I thought I could use them for the ends of Bead Lanyards, however, I should probably figure out how to make Bead Ring Necklaces first (it goes cart THEN horse, I need to remember that).

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Image Description: a pink Crofton Snack Container 400 mL that I obtained from Aldi
Image Description: a pink Crofton Snack Container 400 mL that has been separated into it's three parts, from left to right are lid/top, bottom of the container and the opaque in-between layer
Image Description: a pink Crofton Snack Container 400 mL that has been separated into it’s three parts, from left to right are lid/top, bottom of the container and the opaque in-between layer
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Image Description: a pink Crofton Snack Container 400 mL that has been separated into it’s three parts, from left to right are lid/top, bottom of the container with pink Pearlized Pony Beads and the opaque in-between layer
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Image Description: a pink Crofton Snack Container 400 mL that has been combined into two parts, bottom of the container with pink Pearlized Pony Beads inside and the opaque in-between layer on top of the pink Pearlized Pony Beads (I’ve taken this picture to show scale and dimensions)
Item: a pink Snack Container
Purchased From: Aldi (Bacchus Marsh)
Amount: AU $2.49 each
Now this is one of the snack containers I bought from Aldi. I’ve placed the pink pearlized Pony Beads in the container to demonstrate size and scale of the containers. They look small and I was almost afraid they would be too small to store Pony Beads in, but they surprised me. If desired, you can fit two colours from a large mix-colour bag of Pony Beads.

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Image Description: a 100 packet of Rainbow Strings obtained from Lincraft
Item: a 100 packet of Rainbow Strings
Purchased From: Lincraft (Bendigo)
Amount: AU $4.99
I thought I might be able to use these to make Beaded Lanyards but I think these might be too thin, not sure, I’ll have to find out.

Image Description: there are two items in the photo, from left to right, the first item is a packet of Hair Elastics in pink, yellow, white and blue. The second item is a packet of hair bands in brown hair-bands with silver-sparkles mixed in and black hair-bands with silver-sparkles mixed in.
Image Description: there are two items in the photo, from left to right, the first item is a packet of Hair Elastics in pink, yellow, white and blue. The second item is a packet of hair bands in brown hair-bands with silver-sparkles mixed in and black hair-bands with silver-sparkles mixed in.
Item: Hair elastics and hair bands
Purchased From: Daiso
Amount: AU $2.80 each
I also bought these with the intention of using them to make Bead Lanyards, however, I think these might be a little too thick. I won’t know for certain until I attempt it, I shall keep readers posted on my progress.

Image Description: A small bronze-coloured clutch-purse with various brown key-ring accessories attached to it.
Image Description: A small bronze-coloured clutch-purse with various brown key-ring accessories attached to it.
This was given to me as a Christmas/Birthday gift ages ago, I don’t use it at all, however, I have re-purposed it to hold jewellery I no longer want to use such as a bracelet with dolphins on it (how do people get the impression that I like dolphins? I’m not saying they’re bad, I just don’t have any interest in them). I thought I might be able to use them as stoppers on lanyards or general decoration for Bead Ring Necklaces.

Image Description: Zutter Bind-It-All Book Making Kit in pink.
Image Description: Zutter Bind-It-All Book Making Kit in pink.
Image Description: Inside of the Zutter Bind-It-All Book Making Kit. From left to right, a crafting-scalpel, a 30 cm metal ruler with cork on the back of it, a thick white object  and it's about as long as the metal ruler (I think the kit said it was for flattening pages, I'm not entirely sure), then there's a mental cylindrical object that looks like a pen but when you open it there's a sharp metal pokey-bit at the end (I think it's a scribe for indenting), then there's a clickey black-ink pen, a small pink measuring tape, and spare scalpel-blades in a little plastic box.
Image Description: Inside of the Zutter Bind-It-All Book Making Kit. From left to right, a crafting-scalpel, a 30 cm metal ruler with cork on the back of it, a thick white object  and it’s about as long as the metal ruler (I think the kit said it was flattening pages, I’m not entirely sure), then there’s a mental cylindrical object that looks like a pen but when you open it there’s a sharp metal pokey-bit at the end (I think it’s a scribe for indenting), then there’s a clickey black-ink pen, a small pink measuring tape, and spare scalpel-blades in a little plastic box.
Image Description: Inside of the Zutter Bind-It-All Book Making Kit. There's a small pair of pink-handled scissors, a small pair of pink-handled pliers and a small pair of pink-handled needle-nose pliers.
Image Description: Inside of the Zutter Bind-It-All Book Making Kit. There’s a small pair of pink-handled scissors, a small pair of pink-handled pliers and a small pair of pink-handled needle-nose pliers.
Item: Zutter Bind-It-All Book Making Kit
Purchased From: Amazon (online)
Amount: I dunno, I’ve completely forgotten.
I bought this off Amazon ages ago (or at least four years ago), however, unfortunately Amazon no longer sells it. The closest I could find that also does international shipping is the Zutter Bag-A-Bind Tote, for some unexplainable reason most of the Book Binding/Book Making equipment that Zutter sells via Amazon is all pink.

Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. It also has pictures of various lures on the front of it.
Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. It also has pictures of various lures on the front of it.
Image Description: the back of a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. I took this photo so readers could see the size of the compartments. There's four compartments down and six compartments across.
Image Description: the back of a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. I took this photo so readers could see the size of the compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across.
Item: an opaque white plastic lure-box
Purchased From: K-Mart (Melton)
Amount: AU $10
Kim recommended this purchase and where to find it (thank you) and I’m sort of annoyed with myself because I have the sinking suspicion I should have bought two, however, one should be enough for now. I plan on going down by type (for example: transparent beads, glittery beads, pearlized beads and hour-glass beads), then across by colour (for example: red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple and pink). Although it only has six compartments across so I may need to place pink and purple beads in the snack containers for the time being. I’ll figure it out eventually.

Image Description: a pair of split-ring pliers with black handles
Image Description: a pair of split-ring pliers with black handles
Item: a pair of split-ring pliers with black handles
Purchased From: K-Mart (Melton)
Amount: AU $3.00
I know that my Bind-it-all kit looks like it has a pair of needle-nose piers attached to it, but I figured I’d get an extra pair just in case they’re too small to use.

Unfortunately, I have yet to be able to find Key-rings/Split-rings (you know, the key component to the entire thing) despite traveling to various arts and crafts stores, but I shall not give up, not when I’m this close. I’ll keep readers posted on my progress.

Havering: End of Year Survey for 2016

Image Description: a black and white photo of a pile of books with a pair of glasses on top
Number Of Books You Read: 16 out of 20
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: IDK, my list for this year is a bit all over the shop

Best Books of 2016:
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Unfortunately, I don’t have a book I can place above all the other books, this year was a little chaotic for me.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Image Description: book cover of Beneath A Darkening Moon by Keri Arthur
Beneath A Darkening Moon by Keri Arthur – I didn’t have high expectations going into the book but there were some really questionable elements involved I hadn’t anticipated and I was left quite disappointed with the way the Unfortunate Implications were handled, or rather weren’t handled.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Image Description: book cover of In The Woods by Tana French
In The Woods by Tana French – I had gone into this book with high expectations, Tana French was highly recommended to me, but the first book in the series was surprisingly meh and I felt the ending was a bit of a cope-out, but as Tana French is a best-selling author, I’m guessing that’s just me.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Image Description: book cover of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I bought this for my younger sister (although it was a copy of the book with the movie-version as the cover, which I truly detest, but moving on), she seemed genuinely interested in it and I figured the movie was something she and my father could watch together (my father is major history enthusiast).
Image Description: book cover of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I got this for my younger brother for Christmas last year and he began to read it immediately, which is unusual because my younger brother isn’t a big reader, I also got him a copy of Gemina for this Christmas.

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Image Description: book cover of Every Breath by Ellie Marney
The Every Series by Ellie Marney – I’m looking forward to reading this series in 2017

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
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The Ministry of Curiosities series by C.J. Archer – An Australian author writing about necromancy and steam-punk, sounds great 😀 I look forward to reading this series in 2017

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Image Description: book cover of Game Day by Miriam Sved
Game Day by Miriam Sved – I have zero interests in sports, and I don’t usually read Contemporary, but I had to read this one for a University class and it was the one I suppose I had the least mixed feelings about (despite the fact that I have little to no interest in the subject). To me, this is a book for people who are not me and need someone to highlight some of the problems that emerge from Australia’s fanatical football culture.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Image Description: book cover of Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley – fast paced narrative and engaging realistic characters with some tough emotional baggage to deal with, highly recommended.

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Image Description: book cover of Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss – It’s an editing resource so I’ll probably read it again.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Image Description: book conver of Sapphire Skies by  Belinda Alexandra
Sapphire Skies by Belinda Alexandra – The cover and the fact that it’s written by an Australian author was the primary reason I picked it up.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Image Description: book cover of Crooked Words by K. A. Cook
Darius from the short story Certain Eldritch Artifacts in Crooked Words by K. A. Cook – Darius is the reason I investigated this book in the first place, and it’s so great to see his character development here, in comparison to how he is in The Unnatural Philosophy of Kit March, go check it out if you’re a fan of the Fantasy genre like I am

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Image Description: book cover of Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beloved by Toni Morrison – Although technically I haven’t finished it, Toni Morrison is one of the most poetic novel writers I’ve ever read, she possesses an amazing awe-inspiring skill with words.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Beloved by Toni Morrison – it’s just one of those books you have to read

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Image Description: book cover of Sweet Damage by Rebecca James
Sweet Damage by Rebecca James – I had meant to read this for ages and only got around to reading it this year

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
Unfortunately I didn’t have one outside of a few one-liners from Bossypants by Tina Fey

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White with 105 pages
Longest: The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson with 660 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Probably a tie between The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood and Did She Kill Him?: A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic
by Kate Colquhoun, I just didn’t expect those books to end the way that they did.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I don’t have one this year, but I like all the couples in Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
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Tina Fey’s relationship with her dad as described in her memoir Bossypants

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Crooked Words by K. A. Cook – I’ve read other short stories of Kim’s and enjoyed them.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Image Description: book cover ofComing of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia by Amra Pajalic and Demet Divaroren
Probbably Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia by Amra Pajalic and Demet Divaroren – I picked this book purely because my associates from Professional Writing and Editing recommended it to me. I’ve met Amra Pajalic via my Professional Writing and Editing course and Demet Divaroren is now teaching subjects from the Professional Writing and Editing course.

22. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Loaded
Loaded by Christos Tsiolkas – it’s an interesting story structure and it’s written without any speech tags and in a simple style, but that doesn’t mean the subject is simple, in fact, it’s very complex.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Image Description: book cover of The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood – I just didn’t like the ending of the book, although that may have been the author’s intention.

Book Blogging
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Happy Indulgence – an Australian book-review blog

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
Probably Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
My Bruno’s Farewell post, I was so anxious about the night leading up to it and on the night (pretty much pacing around the house for an hour before Kim and their mother were due to pick me up), I was certain I would mess it up somehow and I was mildly worried Bruno wouldn’t like the post, but of course he liked it

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Again, Bruno’s Farewell Evening at The Twilight School

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
I actually managed to have some great comments and referrals on Twitter this year. Also, all of my pictures of Things Made By Kim all get liked and receive positive comments on either Facebook or Instagram, I honestly can’t ask for more than that.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Getting the balance between blogging, work and university. But hopefully this year things will be easier.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Game Day by Miriam Sved (which I find a little confusing)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
The Editing Process of Self-Publishing – I put so much effort into that post

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
We Need Diverse Books and Disability in Kidlit

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I tried reading 20 books this year, but unfortunately I only managed to read 16. I’m involved in a few Reading Challenges like the Australian Women Writer’s challenge and the RMFAO Genre Challenge. This year I’m also going to merge the 2017 Diverse Books Campaign into my blog as well (because I clearly have too much time on my hands)

Looking Ahead To 2017
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
Image Description: book cover of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Image Description: book cover of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardener – It sounds fascinating

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
I’m hoping to finish a few series this year, like the Coroman Strike series, the Every Series and the Skulduggery Pleasant series.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I’m hoping to complete reading at least 24 books and have a rough draft of my next book ready by the end of the year

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Image Description: book cover of History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – Although I haven’t read this book yet

Links:
~The Perpetual Page-Turner: 7th Annual End Of Year Survey – 2016 edition!!

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)