December is finally here!! I’m so happy. Massive apologies while my blog is still looking normal. I’m going to make up a new banner today and hopefully my laptop will stay on long enough for me to properly update everything on my page. If not then we’re just going to be not super Christmasey for a few days lol. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
From my advent calendar from Eli I got these chocolates, and a robe for our elf Buddy. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
From my activity advent calendar was a word search. I found it very easy but these are nice since it also doubles as a coloring page. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
I didn’t get any pictures of what Buddy was doing today because he was playing hide and seek! He did leave me a little present though! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
Before I begin with this new post a little disclaimer. My laptop hasn’t connected to the internet for a very, very, very long time. We bought an antenna for my laptop that allows it to connect to wifi, which worked for about a month and now it no longer works 😦 So when I turn my laptop on it connects to the internet for like 10 mins and then I have to restart it so it will connect for another 10 mins, it’s a massive pain.
Thankfully in my package from my Mom she sent me my wireless keyboard so it’s allowing me to be able to keep posting here, but on my iPad! But because of this my posts might look weird! just because I’m limited to what I can do on my iPad so I apologize if things look bad or weird. Hopefully this won’t be for too long, I plan to buy another antenna soon! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends!! A big chunk of this blogs posts will be from yesterday but I just wasn’t able to post about it because I was figuring out this whole new blog setup thing. If any of you like diapers, ABU is having a big sale for Black Friday, including my art on a shirt, so go and take a peek! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
I’m pretty much already in a Christmas mood so it felt super weird to be playing a game for Thanksgiving. For me Thanksgiving is more of a fall / Halloween thing (For us Canadians it’s in October- and the UK doesn’t celebrate it at all) as opposed to a Christmas holiday which is what American Thanksgiving feels like to me. But I had lot’s of fun yesterday playing the Thanksgiving event on Animal Crossing!! I did feel that it was super short though, and I really wasn’t a big fan of the furniture that you got from it either. I prefer a more kiddish Thanksgiving aesthetic haha. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
Here is all of the food from our Thanksgiving feast! There was even enough leftovers for me to share some with my pets. I wish I could have shrimp IRL again. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
Lot’s of the villagers wanted to help out with the Thanksgiving cooking, here they are hard at work! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
Christmas has started! I was very surprised, I didn’t think that anything would happen until December. Buddy our Elf came and left me a letter with some chocolate, and when I woke up this morning Eli has put out my “advent calendar” up! Every bag is a treat for each day, this is my first time ever having a calendar that isn’t just one of those cheap $1 chocolate ones. I got Eli a special coffee calendar too so every day he gets a fun coffee. I’m so excited for December 1st! If you guys would like me to post here every day with what I got from my calendar please let me know and I will! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
Anyone who knows me knows I used to love Coke, sadly I can’t drink it anymore and now I only have water and iced tea. Fun cups make this a lot better and less sad for me, so I have really bee into finding and collecting nice ones to use especially correlating with the different holidays! We found out about this snow glove cup from Costa but every time we checked it was sold out. Today they actually had it!!! This cup makes me feel so happy, it feels so magical for Christmas time. I’m very excited to drink out of it. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
While we were out we noticed that they put up a big Christmas tree in town! Hopefully we can find the time to go on more walks especially at night and start seeing all the Christmas lights up. I wish that it wasn’t Corona so we could spend a night in Edinburgh like we had originally planned to do in December, they have a really nice Christmas market there. We did it once the year I was stranded over here for Christmas. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
Our last trip to the shops for our Christmas decorations since we have very little. I think it will just be that way this year, we have 3 ornaments for the tree lol. But next year it should be easier to decorate!
I got a countdown activity book, so every day is a countdown calendar for a little activity like a coloring or puzzle, and an Elf On The Shelf coloring book. I will try to hold out and not use it until December lol. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
I have brought down my “Christmas teddies” from the nursery to hang out with us downstairs!
Royal (the horse) is Christmas to me, because I bought him when I went to The Royal Winter Fair with my Mom last November which was one of the last things we did together. I really enjoy going to the fair and I hope that I can go sometime again. He is not very cuddly though, a very thin and skinny teddy, more so for decoration.
Noel (the sloth) was a gift last year from Eli for Christmas! Sloths are one of my favourite animals and this guy is so cute to me because he reminds me of E.T. He is definitely in my favourites list for teddies (but I have lot’s of favourites lol). ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
Are you starting to get into the Christmas spirit? Have you wrote a letter to Santa? Do you know what you’re asking for for Christmas?
I’ve been meaning to post here for a few days, but knowing this is no longer a safe place from being stalked on makes it hard. At least on Twitter you can have a locked account – but I would prefer to post over here rather than on Twitter. I no longer feel like I can talk freely or express my emotions on here anymore. I wish there was some way to limit a blogs visibility to followers only. But I know if I give into this it will just give them what they want, success in making me feel scared and anxious, so I will try my best to power through it and forget about them, for good. I’m so lucky to have my partner during these times, to reassure me that these things are being done just to make me scared and because I fall for them. I need to work harder to be stronger and not as maluable to others needs, and not so gullible to give everyone a second chance. I’m making a promise to myself that this is the last time I will ever acknowledge their stalking methods again, if I take away the attention and the reaction then I take away exactly what they want. Which is what I tell myself every time something happens with them but this time is going to be the last, I want to be in control of my life and online spaces again. Along with my partner I’m so grateful for my friends Marina, and Rory’s support to, who both re-assure me this situation isn’t okay, especially having to deal with online stalking themselves. I love you both! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
I know Animal Crossing has faded out for a lot of people but since it’s how my partner and I met it’s always been a big thing in my life. Even before we met, I’ve been playing the games ever since Gamecube and they have always been my favorite games ever. I’ve had a super hard time focusing on work lately, (probably as a result of constantly over-working myself lol) and have been spending some time trying to take down my Halloween decorations and re-design some aspects of my island. My island will always be a W.I.P because I’m constantly moving things around to fit my tastes or different visions. If there’s any interest in seeing some of my town let me know and I will post some pictures of that here!
A villager I really dislike finally moved out, so I took the opportunity to go island hunting. I usually forget to do this when a villager moves out. This was my first time villager hunting ever since the start of the game! Here is who I ended up meeting.
Since it’s nearing Christmas time and I’m trying to make sure I have lot’s of winter and Christmas decorations in my island (if you have any please send them to me !!) I thought that Erik would be perfect, since he’s a reindeer. So he is the newest villager on Isla Nublar! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
Note: All these pictures and things all happened on Friday, I just haven’t posted about it until now.
Since things had been pretty cruddy I was able to get a Happy Meal which was exciting because we have McDonalds very rarely – only when they have toys that I like. Right now they have Mr.Potato head ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
I have been really excited for Christmas so Eli let me use my Christmas cup early. I know that December is still ages away but I’m ready to start Christmas things now. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
I colored a picture for our Elf that Eli sent off on his way to work this morning. Elf on the shelf is one of my favourite things about Christmas because it gives me something happy and exciting to wake up to every morning! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
I am trying very, very hard to be good and not make this blog Christmas themed until December…… who knows how long I can wait
I use the block button very liberally, since Twitters mute feature very rarely works. I know it can hurt to be blocked, but I’m always open to talking about it. Most of the time I just literally block the stuff I don’t wanna see, post something I don’t like, close with someone I don’t get on with, political view I don’t agree with, anti-babyfur tweets, it could literally be anything. Twitter is enough of a hellhole and I’d rather just not habe to deal with the crazy that comes along with that. Don’t take it personally! Its just for my sanity lol. After being on this site for years and dealing with faaar too many bad people, this has been the best for my mental health. I haven’t had a single issue since taking this approach and I’ve been using it off-Twitter too. All I can offer is my reassurance from stranger to stranger on the internet that a block doesn’t mean “I hate you” or “you’re a bad person”. Don’t let my Twitter account or anyone elses ruin your good time, curate your space!
Also for clarification, there is only one single person I’ve ever blocked every follower of there’s from. And it’s because recently they made the choice to start stalking me off of Twitter, even going as far as adding my Facebook. If you are a person blocked because you are friends with them, I’m sorry if you find it upsetting but I need to do it for my own safety and mental health. I very rarely do this unless I’ve been given no other choice. This is after ages of my partner and I begging them to stop contacting me, earlier in the year they disrespected this one last time by adding me on Facebook and lying and saying it was a fake account (despite it being very real – when they re-activated the account thinking I wouldn’t notice but the friend request was still there). Which is fine, but when you’re 30 years old and haven’t been friends with someone for years it’s a little much. Please don’t ask me who, I’m against harassment and I’m against callouts. I know they’re sending their friends to stalk me now because they can’t. I’m afraid to leave my house alone because they work in our fucking neighbourhood lmao. I wish I could get some sort of restraining order but that requires physical threat, which there’s none of, just stalking.
I’m sorry to bring drama here but holy shit I’m so fucking tired of it, go away, Brambles. Please.
If you read this and thing “is this about me” it probably is, and not in a personal way, because I think that we are all guilty of these behaviours and actions at some point or another. And I realize that this is going against the entire point of this blog post but I can’t keep my mouth shut on this topic any longer, it’s draining to keep seeing online in my friend circles.
Let’s say you and your friend have a falling out, for whatever reason, and you’re no longer friends. You’ve had a conversation about it and have mutually decided that it’s best that you’re no longer apart of each others lives. If this is the case, or even if it wasn’t mutual, if you are no longer in someones life, and they are not causing you active harm directly you need to stop looking at their online profiles. I’m guilty of this, it’s hard, it’s really hard to do this! But for your own sanity, you really, really need to. You will be so much happier. If you don’t have the self-control, download a blocker attachment to your web browser, anything. You can figure out a way to do it. You’re just participating in emotional self harm doing that to yourself. This person is no longer in your life for a reason, wether it was by your choice or by there’s, you need to respect this and just stop.
Another thing you need to do is stop talking about this person, sub-tweeting, sub-posting, whatever the hell you want to call it. Again, I am guilty of doing this, I know that it’s hard not to do, but you need to stop. The people who follow you don’t want to see it, your friends don’t want to see it, and the person you’re talking about certainly doesn’t want to see it. What is the goal you are trying to accomplish? Are you trying to hurt your ex-friend? If you feel so strongly that you need to inflict pain on someone else as “revenge” or “because they deserve it” you should be taking a break from making online friends and participating in online spaces. Friends are constantly coming and going, it’s just apart of life. If you wish to hurt others you are no better than the person you are deeming as bad, and in most cases both parties are just as guilty. Try and think of what you did wrong in the situation and not just the other person, you might be surprised to find that your behaviour was just as harmful to them. Are you doing it to vent and release these feelings? That’s totally normal and healthy, we all need to vent. But you should be writing these feelings down in a private journal, or if you really feel like you need to post them online, onto a private account that has no followers that nobody could ever read. By keeping talking about the person you’re not friends with you are just furthering your own pain and suffering for absolutely no reason.
I know you’re thinking “oh no who did you have a falling out with??” nobody actually! I’m in a really great place with all of my friends and people I hang out with online. I am just tired again of seeing this stuff all over Twitter, it seems to come hand in hand with this idea that if a person does something they are permanently bad. If you read this blogpost and feel some sort of tugging or nagging in your head, I plead with you to stop doing these horrible things to yourself. You can do better, do it for yourself.
I know you’re thinking what everyone is thinking and being annoyed about right now “but it’s too early for Christmas”buuuuuut I propose the idea to you that not everyone lives in America and some people have already had their Thanksgiving ages ago or don’t have one at all 😉 This was the first year in my life without a Thanksgiving which was super weird and took away from the Fall / Halloween feelings for me last month slightly, but there was no point in trying to cook a turkey considering Eli is vegan and there’s no way I could eat that much food on my own. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
I was honestly ready to start with the Christmas stuff November 1st and even more so the farther into November we get. We’re going to be getting our Christmas tree tomorrow and hopfeully some decorations but we’re not allowed to put anything up until after December 11th (Eli’s birthday). Once December 1st hits though I am 100% bringing my Christmas teddies, coloring books, activities, ect out. This year has been a mix of the best and worst years ever and I think we all deserve to have some Christmas cheer and something to look forward to. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
Now onto Christmas gifts. My original plan was to get Christmas cards made and mailed out to all of my friends, but since everyone is now international that would cost around £40+ just to get cards sent out which is something I just can’t afford, which makes me sad because I would like to give my friends gifts, I’m sorry. I will try my best but I still need to see what I’m working with, I don’t have a reliable income so it’s a lot harder for me to put such a large amount aside for that kinda stuff. Then my other idea; which was make everyone art, but that also will take away from my income so I don’t know if I will be able to do that either. So if you’re my friend please just know I love you, even if I may not be able to send something or give you something. It doesn’t mean that I care about you any less or anything like that. I know it’s not soon to Christmas yet but it’s something I’m already worrying about. I think I’ll put up a general journal where people can reply with their refs and things so when I have the time I can start drawing people gifts. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
I asked about pre-claims and you guys said yes, so here we go!
❤️Price does not include shipping, shipping is an additional cost 🧡Shipping within the United Kingdom only 💛Payment isn’t needed until they’re ready to be mailed out 💚Claiming is free! 💙If for whatever reason you would like to claim a teddy and not want it weighted, only washed, let me know and we can work that out. If they’re not weighted that would allow me to ship outside of the UK
🛑DISCLAIMER: I have not yet recieved these teddies in the mail, so in the event that one of them were to turn up in un-salvageable condition (highly unlikely) they would no longer be turned into a Crayon Critter
I now run a teddy rescue! This has been something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time. I was tired of seeing people buy up stuffed animals from thrift stores and selling them for 5x the price because they’re “rare” ( I’m fine with re-selling, do what you need to do, but I do feel that sometimes people go overboard and then there’s nothing left for those who the thrift stores are left for, people who can’t afford these things brand new ). With lot’s of other people starting shops up of their own like this I decided to make one for myself that was different than all the others
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛 My goal is to end the stigma towards adults who enjoy toys and my main goal is to be affordable to everyone! Which is something I feel like the world really needs, especially now. I have had a few people asking how I plan to keep them affordable and how I determine each Critters price. I will be charging the cost I buy the teddy for (I’m only looking to buy ones under £10 to keep it affordable), £3 for the art, and then shipping! I am not running this adoption centre to make a profit, after everything once the teddy has been cleaned up, weighted, hand sewn, and had art drawn for them I will be making zero profit. I will actually be charging less than I should since I am not adding in the cost of sewing materials, labor, or the packaging for shipping – not to mention the art they will come with is heavily discounted too. This is going to be a labour of love, not a job or a source of income for me. I want to help others
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛 I roam the thrift store (if I can) or eBay and pick out the most suitable Crayon Critters to refurbish. Then your new friend is rescued from a home who no longer needs them, they enjoy a relaxing spa day in the bath to wash away and previous dirt or grime on them. After being hand sewn & weighted their birth certificate is made and they await their forever home!
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛 To keep these friends as affordable as possible while starting out we weight them with uncooked rice. This means that international shipping is not available. Because of the rice you must be careful to not submerge your Crayon Critter in water; if you need to wash them please use a spot cleaning method with a damp cloth instead
Crayon Critters are currently only available to those living in the United Kingdom – international shipping fees would ruin the entire point of this shop which is to remain affordable. If you live in the US and are looking for a shop like this please check out LilSproutCare on Twitter & Etsy (I am not affiliated with this shop). Crayon Critters are intended for persons 18+, you are free to purchase a Crayon Critter for someone under this age but minors themselves are not allowed to purchase them (due to the fact that minors cannot have PayPal accounts and one of the main goals of this shop is to end the stigma of adults carrying around and enjoying toys)
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛 Crayon Critters Adoption Centre is run by me! I also do the unique art that comes with each Crayon Critter to help bring them to live and introduce them into their new home. I have found weighted teddies to help me a lot with mental illness and physical pain and wanted to make a shop that would be affordable for everyone! Weighted products can often be extremely expensive to buy ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
I’m so happy to finally have launched this! I’m very sorry to those of you who are not on Twitter and want to see these. I could consider setting up a Telegram channel for them if there is any interest? Let me know your thoughts!
At the start of lockdown Eli and I decided that we would try to make an office out of the spare room in the attick to get out of the habit of both of us doing our work on the couch. We both got a desk from Ikea and the people who last lived here left a computer chair behind which is what Eli is using. I’ve been hoping that having a seperate work area will help me de-stress and having a place where I just do work (instead of doing my work where I also relax) will help with my “need to work constantly” mentality. If I’m ever doing anything besides working I feel incredibly guilty like I’m wasting time and recourses that I could be using to make money, which is something I never felt when I worked at a “normal” job like Walmart. It consumes me pretty much constantly and stopped me from doing a lot of the things that I love like coloring or playing Animal Crossing.
Today I got some mail! Thankyou so much to whoever sent me this drawing stand + pencil charger from my wishlist. There was no note with it but if it was you let me know so I can draw you something 💙
Now all I need is a chair and I can finally start working at a desk instead of the couch
I’m a few days late to posting this but I had one of the best Halloweens ever so I want to post about it anyways; even if it is a few days late 😃 It was one of those rare few days where nothing happened and it was totally stress free. Which was something I really needed and I’m so happy my partner and I were both able to have. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛
At the beggining of the month I got both Eli and I these Halloween Squishmallows which we now use as our pillows every night 😋 He got the skeleton named Stix and mine is the vampire who I’m just going to call Dracula (very original).
Saturdays are usually stressful so we had decided originally to celebrate Halloween only on the Friday. However we ended up celebrating on both Friday and Saturday! Since our original plan was Friday we had a special Halloween themed dinner – ghost shaped (but not really) chicken nuggets! It was also my first time trying roast potatoes.
We watched lot’s of movies on both Friday and Saturday. We also played the Halloween Animal Crossing event! Here’s the Halloween bucket that Eli made me. He made it so nice and it looked really cool, I want to try and keep it in tact so I can use is at as a permanent decoration somewhere.
On Saturday night I had this really nice Pumpkin Halloween bath bomb from Lush. It smelt really nice and made the bath super orange. 🛁
After the bath I had my Halloween hot chocolate which was something I bought in September and have been looking forward to having all month. It was really nice! I hope that Galaxy makes a version that I can have for Christmas ☕️
One of my Halloween candies came with tattoos so I decorated Twilight with them.
Here is the page I made in my journal for Halloween!
Despite lockdown coming back, and nothing being normal at all, for some reason I had an amazing Halloween. Things have sucked pretty bad lately and having a nice Halloween has really helped me with feeling better. It makes me really excited for November to start and then on to Christmas!