tj-crochets

Cute crochet and the misadventures of babysitting a toddler who specializes in "technically not wrong". The ufo music box pattern is not mine, but the pattern and a kit are both available for sale on Lalylala's Etsy! Message me about commissions or suggestions of things to crochet! If you appreciate my crochet and the free patterns I post, you can support me at ko-fi.com/tjcrochets

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My little brother and I are having a debate and clearly the only way to settle it is to get input from other people. Does oatmeal count as a beverage? 

Thanks everyone for the input! The answers have been almost unanimous against oatmeal as a beverage, but I seem to have accidentally sparked the questions of “is oatmeal a soup” and, more generally, “is porridge soup?”

I am confused but delighted and will share my little brother’s thoughts on these new questions as soon as I can

Just got the notification that someone liked this post so here! Resurrecting the debate, and adding one further question: does cereal count as soup?

#I still maintain that oatmeal is not a beverage#but I don’t have a firm stance on the soup issue#because if you have to cut french onion soup with a knife to eat it why can’t oatmeal be a soup?

Okay first of all TJ why are you cutting french onion soup with a knife???? (first and a half of all the dog crammed under my desk and says hi)

second, cereal and oatmeal are totally soup… about the same way salsa is technically a fruit based salad and a bowl of chocolates and coffee candies or a mocha latte are bean salads, or ketchup and chocolate sauces both being smoothies or shakes so i mean, you’re right but don’t dwell to hard on it maybe for sanity sake???

third, i now get to ask my spouses about this and get their inputs and i would just like you to know that a similar question came up at dinner and there were mixed reviews… (on new years eve do we tell the kid “okay see you/we’ll wake you up NEXT YEAR”)

update from after asking husband: Oatmeal as beverage or soup, “not that I know of”
cereal as soup, “possibly…?” with a vague level of interest in what the fuck could have posessed me to ask him these questions.

I have actually never had french onion soup, but I’ve seen both my mom and my grandma (the one who isn’t my mom’s mom) eat french onion soup and use a knife to cut the cheese that’s kind of on top of the soup? French onion soup confuses me. (I say hi back to the dog!)

I agree with your second point but have a follow up question based on my cousin’s rant at grandma’s house one time: is chocolate sauce still a smoothie/shake if the chocolate sauce contains anchovies? 

My dad brought up a new potential food category we’ve missed. Is stew different than soup, and if so, is oatmeal more of a stew? And is chicken and dumplings soup or stew? (This started by my dad trying to claim all soup is a beverage, as evidenced by the guy he saw drinking soup through a straw, but you can’t drink chicken and dumplings through a straw)

Oh yeah, if anyone wants to filter out all these “is oatmeal a soup” posts, the tag I’ll be using is #the great oatmeal debate

Ahem.

Oatmeal, when made with milk is a dairy based soup not unlike cream of xxx. So in this case it’s cream if oats soup.

Water based is still soup, it’s just broth based.

Oatmeal is a porridge, because it’s starch based instead of veggie/meat based. Therefore, cereal is also a porridge, albeit a very thin one.

Ok, but consider: All three are soup!

@maximum-marrs I am absolutely going to start calling oatmeal “cream of oats soup”

@pea-gravel does that mean if someone makes a soup with rice in it that is heavy on the rice and light on the meat/veggies that it is technically a porridge? If you make chicken noodle soup with lots of noodles is it porridge with meat in it? If you add fruit to the oatmeal does that make it more or less soup-like?

Absolutely the only thing you can call out now.

My friend sent me this thread because of discourse I started involving olives. I didn’t know discourse like this could be so wholesome! Mine is officially cursed. Well done you!

@tj-crochets Y’know what, I’m going to say yes, because congee is a rice-based porridge that can/does have meat/eggs/whatever in it.

This is a hot take.

It’s not that everything’s soup… instead everything’s porridge?

@maximum-marrs Thanks! I have no idea how this ended up wholesome. I guess people are less strongly opinionated about soup than they are about olives? 

@pea-gravel awesome! 

Followup question! If liquid-y foods can be categorized as soup or porridge based on level of starch and what they’re made of, where do fruit smoothies fall on this scale? Because I think this means they’re soup. Also, mac and cheese? Soup? Porridge? Not liquid based enough to be either?

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The giant christmas scarf is done! Modeled by Brock, the giant toy solider my family has for some reason

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I dug out my old chain mail making supplies, and I found this bracelet! It was one of my first attempts at crocheting wire

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My little brother and I are having a debate and clearly the only way to settle it is to get input from other people. Does oatmeal count as a beverage? 

Thanks everyone for the input! The answers have been almost unanimous against oatmeal as a beverage, but I seem to have accidentally sparked the questions of “is oatmeal a soup” and, more generally, “is porridge soup?”

I am confused but delighted and will share my little brother’s thoughts on these new questions as soon as I can

Just got the notification that someone liked this post so here! Resurrecting the debate, and adding one further question: does cereal count as soup?

#I still maintain that oatmeal is not a beverage#but I don’t have a firm stance on the soup issue#because if you have to cut french onion soup with a knife to eat it why can’t oatmeal be a soup?

Okay first of all TJ why are you cutting french onion soup with a knife???? (first and a half of all the dog crammed under my desk and says hi)

second, cereal and oatmeal are totally soup… about the same way salsa is technically a fruit based salad and a bowl of chocolates and coffee candies or a mocha latte are bean salads, or ketchup and chocolate sauces both being smoothies or shakes so i mean, you’re right but don’t dwell to hard on it maybe for sanity sake???

third, i now get to ask my spouses about this and get their inputs and i would just like you to know that a similar question came up at dinner and there were mixed reviews… (on new years eve do we tell the kid “okay see you/we’ll wake you up NEXT YEAR”)

update from after asking husband: Oatmeal as beverage or soup, “not that I know of”
cereal as soup, “possibly…?” with a vague level of interest in what the fuck could have posessed me to ask him these questions.

I have actually never had french onion soup, but I’ve seen both my mom and my grandma (the one who isn’t my mom’s mom) eat french onion soup and use a knife to cut the cheese that’s kind of on top of the soup? French onion soup confuses me. (I say hi back to the dog!)

I agree with your second point but have a follow up question based on my cousin’s rant at grandma’s house one time: is chocolate sauce still a smoothie/shake if the chocolate sauce contains anchovies? 

My dad brought up a new potential food category we’ve missed. Is stew different than soup, and if so, is oatmeal more of a stew? And is chicken and dumplings soup or stew? (This started by my dad trying to claim all soup is a beverage, as evidenced by the guy he saw drinking soup through a straw, but you can’t drink chicken and dumplings through a straw)

Oh yeah, if anyone wants to filter out all these “is oatmeal a soup” posts, the tag I’ll be using is #the great oatmeal debate

Ahem.

Oatmeal, when made with milk is a dairy based soup not unlike cream of xxx. So in this case it’s cream if oats soup.

Water based is still soup, it’s just broth based.

Oatmeal is a porridge, because it’s starch based instead of veggie/meat based. Therefore, cereal is also a porridge, albeit a very thin one.

Ok, but consider: All three are soup!

@maximum-marrs I am absolutely going to start calling oatmeal “cream of oats soup”

@pea-gravel does that mean if someone makes a soup with rice in it that is heavy on the rice and light on the meat/veggies that it is technically a porridge? If you make chicken noodle soup with lots of noodles is it porridge with meat in it? If you add fruit to the oatmeal does that make it more or less soup-like?

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My little brother and I are having a debate and clearly the only way to settle it is to get input from other people. Does oatmeal count as a beverage? 

Thanks everyone for the input! The answers have been almost unanimous against oatmeal as a beverage, but I seem to have accidentally sparked the questions of “is oatmeal a soup” and, more generally, “is porridge soup?”

I am confused but delighted and will share my little brother’s thoughts on these new questions as soon as I can

Just got the notification that someone liked this post so here! Resurrecting the debate, and adding one further question: does cereal count as soup?

#I still maintain that oatmeal is not a beverage#but I don’t have a firm stance on the soup issue#because if you have to cut french onion soup with a knife to eat it why can’t oatmeal be a soup?

Okay first of all TJ why are you cutting french onion soup with a knife???? (first and a half of all the dog crammed under my desk and says hi)

second, cereal and oatmeal are totally soup… about the same way salsa is technically a fruit based salad and a bowl of chocolates and coffee candies or a mocha latte are bean salads, or ketchup and chocolate sauces both being smoothies or shakes so i mean, you’re right but don’t dwell to hard on it maybe for sanity sake???

third, i now get to ask my spouses about this and get their inputs and i would just like you to know that a similar question came up at dinner and there were mixed reviews… (on new years eve do we tell the kid “okay see you/we’ll wake you up NEXT YEAR”)

update from after asking husband: Oatmeal as beverage or soup, “not that I know of”
cereal as soup, “possibly…?” with a vague level of interest in what the fuck could have posessed me to ask him these questions.

I have actually never had french onion soup, but I’ve seen both my mom and my grandma (the one who isn’t my mom’s mom) eat french onion soup and use a knife to cut the cheese that’s kind of on top of the soup? French onion soup confuses me. (I say hi back to the dog!)

I agree with your second point but have a follow up question based on my cousin’s rant at grandma’s house one time: is chocolate sauce still a smoothie/shake if the chocolate sauce contains anchovies? 

My dad brought up a new potential food category we’ve missed. Is stew different than soup, and if so, is oatmeal more of a stew? And is chicken and dumplings soup or stew? (This started by my dad trying to claim all soup is a beverage, as evidenced by the guy he saw drinking soup through a straw, but you can’t drink chicken and dumplings through a straw)

Oh yeah, if anyone wants to filter out all these “is oatmeal a soup” posts, the tag I’ll be using is #the great oatmeal debate

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My little brother and I are having a debate and clearly the only way to settle it is to get input from other people. Does oatmeal count as a beverage? 

Thanks everyone for the input! The answers have been almost unanimous against oatmeal as a beverage, but I seem to have accidentally sparked the questions of “is oatmeal a soup” and, more generally, “is porridge soup?”

I am confused but delighted and will share my little brother’s thoughts on these new questions as soon as I can

Just got the notification that someone liked this post so here! Resurrecting the debate, and adding one further question: does cereal count as soup?

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My sister’s Christmas present in progress! She wanted a giant scarf with random black and white stripes, but with more white than black. I’m using computer generated random numbers to pick stripe length, with white stripes between 3 and 6 rows long and black stripes between 2 and 4 stripes long. The scarf is about nine inches wide and six feet long so far, and I’m going to keep crocheting until I run out of this yarn

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The church where I volunteer to work with kids decided to burn some incense to try to make a room smell better (the room is mildew-y because water leaks under the door) but all they accomplished was expelling me from the church for the day 

(I have asthma and the incense set off an asthma attack)

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Hey! I want to crochet some winter-holiday-related things, but so far all I’ve come up with is a merry christmoose. I grew up in a vaguely christian family, so the only winter holiday I really know is christmas, but I don’t want to leave the other holidays out. What winter holiday things would you like me to make?

Thanks everybody! For the things you’ve suggested I make, I have a few more questions below the cut. I know it can be irritating and exhausting answering the same questions over and over, but I genuinely don’t know what to google to get answers for this and also don’t think people often ask about the potential religious implications of detachable crochet candle flames, so I’m hoping these questions are okay?

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I’m Jewish (although not super observant) and I also crochet, so I’ll try to answer your questions, but again, I’m definitely not the most knowledgeable about this sort of thing so if anyone else knows better than I do, please correct me. To answer your questions:

1. Making a dreidel is definitely okay. They’re basically a toy specific to that holiday, and aren’t super religiously linked. I’d think that making a menorah would also be okay, but I’m less confident on that one. It’s kinda like a specificities designed candle holder? If anyone else has any ideas, please chime in.

2. A menorah is a candle holder that holds 9 candles total, 8 on the same level and 1 raised higher than the others, known as the shamosh, which is used to light the other candles. The shamosh is typically either in the middle or on the right side. The candles are lit night by night with one more each night (so one + shamosh on the first night, two + shamosh on 2nd and so on) from right to left.

3. Definitely okay if they have smiley faces and the flames are detachable! Typical colors for Judaism would be blue and white, with flame colored flames being totally fine. If you want to be traditional, the menorah could be silver, but nowadays menorahs come in all shapes and sizes (I have one that featurez the animals on Noah’s ark as the candle holders). The only major thing to stay away from is yellow stars of David because of the history of them.

4. A dreidel is a top with 4 sides, each with a specific Hebrew letter on it. The letters are an acronym for “a great miracle happened here/there” in hebrew, so if you want to make one I’d suggest looking that up. If you need it, I have a book with all of the Hebrew letters charted on graph paper in various fonts. You can have as many or as few dreidels as you want.

5. I’ve never heard of a dreidel dragon so be creative! Honestly a dragon that hoards dreidels sounds awesome.

6. I think you covered everything.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

As another jew I’m going to say I agree with all of this. I would say probably don’t try to sell them but making to share or as gifts would be perfectly all right. And faces on the candles of the menorah itself are pretty common for toys so no problem there. Also while blue and white are traditional candles can be any color. I’m quite fond of rainbow ones myself.

Also I definitely want to see a dreidel dragon

@evecrochets and @exponential-crafts thank you so much!! 

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:O HOW DO I MAKE VOID CAT??

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Void Cat 2.0, now with extra void!

I have the pattern up on ravlery for free here:
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/void-cat

The example pictures there are for a fluffier cat, but Void Cat 2.0 was made with velvet yarn and mirror buttons

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Hey! I want to crochet some winter-holiday-related things, but so far all I’ve come up with is a merry christmoose. I grew up in a vaguely christian family, so the only winter holiday I really know is christmas, but I don’t want to leave the other holidays out. What winter holiday things would you like me to make?

Thanks everybody! For the things you’ve suggested I make, I have a few more questions below the cut. I know it can be irritating and exhausting answering the same questions over and over, but I genuinely don’t know what to google to get answers for this and also don’t think people often ask about the potential religious implications of detachable crochet candle flames, so I’m hoping these questions are okay?

1. Is it okay for me to crochet a menorah or a dreidel if I’m not Jewish? I know some religious symbols are like religion specific but don’t know which ones

2. What are the must-haves of a menorah? All I know is it’s a candle-holder that holds seven candles and I think one of the candles has to be taller and/or higher than the others

3. If I crochet a menorah and crochet candles to go with it, is it okay if the candles have smiley faces? Is it okay if the flames are detachable? Are there any yarns or yarn colors I absolutely shouldn’t use?

4. I know a dreidel is a top, but like what is a dreidel? What are the essential parts that make them a dreidel instead of any other kind of spinning top? Are they something you can have just one of or do they usually come in sets?

5. Is a dreidel dragon like a specific thing or would that be a dragon that hoards dreidels, because someone suggested that and I love making dragons but I don’t know what that is

6. Are there any questions about this that I don’t know to ask but should ask before I start crocheting?

Thank you!

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Hey! I want to crochet some winter-holiday-related things, but so far all I’ve come up with is a merry christmoose. I grew up in a vaguely christian family, so the only winter holiday I really know is christmas, but I don’t want to leave the other holidays out. What winter holiday things would you like me to make?

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My friend gave me this chain mail ball! It’s like the ultimate fidget toy and now I want to dig out my old chain mail making supplies and make some more of them

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I was at Home Depot with the kidlet I babysit today and he really wanted to go look at the garden section, so we did. As we walked through the doors, there was a huge display of flowers, and the lady standing next to it almost dropped the cactus she was holding laughing because I told him “Those flowers are called poinsettias! They’re actually kind of poisonous, so don’t eat them”

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I wasn't sure if it was okay to send you a DM but YES the hat thing is personal and it's actually become a strange habit of mine that my husband and wife get a chuckle out of cause our 5yo is picking it up. I just set things that aren't a hat on my head all the time now, and have done for several years. "It's a ha-, NO! IT'S A HAT NOW."

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It’s absolutely okay to send me DMs but I like asks too! 

That sounds adorable!! I love how little kids pick up on things. I’ve been babysitting the same kid since he was one and he’s in kindergarten now, and over the years I taught him to begin pretend sword fights by saying “en garde!”, that you can get people to stop tickling you by holding your hand in front of you in the stop position and saying “begone!”, and that when thinking you can tap your finger on your chin and say “hmmm”

Okay, so only the thinking one wasn’t completely on purpose, but my mom has worked with little kids pretty much my whole life, and she showed me you usually only have to model that behavior once or twice before a little kid picks up on it and then it’s SO CUTE all the other adults they do it around will reinforce it by laughing or saying aww.

Super understandable to respond publicly unless someone asks it not be??? I am the same way, tbh. And I love that you shared another story w/ kids in response to mine! Young’uns are the best, man. 

Little man just hit kindy this year and it’s been great to watch him do well with so many things that he struggled with in the past or do silly things he picked up at school. 

“En garde!” I can’t stop giggling, because my godkids and their aunts and uncles all do this bc my aunt is a world-class fencer and went out of her way to make sure everyone she could teach learned to sword fight. She’ll fence with her daughters on days they have important meetings or interviews that day!! And watching her fence with my goddaughter is fantastic because they’re about the same height (Taura is eight, mind you) and it’s always a ferocious battle, and the girl’s gonna be strong enough for sabers instead of foils soon!! :heart_eyes:

In other news my kid likes to tell our dog “Your ear’s broke!!!” and then chase her around until her ear is flipped the right way. Tina is a hound, so her ears being flipped out doesn’t hurt her, it’s just really comical. 

Awesome! I so agree, kids are the best.

That’s so cool!!! My cousin is a competitive fencer too, but the kidlet and I don’t really know how to sword fight, he just likes to try lol. That sounds so so fun and maybe next time my cousin’s out here I’ll see if she’d be willing to teach me and the kidlet some fencing! Uh, if his parents are okay with me encouraging his “hit things with sticks” instincts. 

Ahhhh so cute!!

I get to babysit again tomorrow, and the church where I volunteer (I’m not particularly religious but they needed help with kids) is having a toy drive for kids age 2-5, so I’m taking the kidlet to walmart and first we’re going to attempt a scavenger hunt but then I’m going to introduce him to the concept of a budget and have him help pick out toys to donate that are within that budget. My dad’s contributing the toy drive money and is giving me a little extra to let the kidlet pick out some candy for helping lol

Good luck! That might be a little hectic! Fwiw if you want any suggestions if it doesn’t work out so well, My lil dude’s in preschool and I have a few ideas I can offer up! Scavenger hunt sounds like a lot of fun, tbqh. 

One of the things I’ve learned with my kid was just making sure he understands what is and is not acceptable to hit and to understand the force he applies behind something, whether he’s throwing a tennis ball for the dog or pretending to karate chop me away because I was acting like a tickle monster while buckling him into his booster seat after school when I picked him up. 

There’s something magical about watching little kids suddenly grasp the capabilities and limits their tiny forms have. It’s hysterical to see my goddaughter fencing with her dad and then just take advantage of being three feet shorter than him by taking him out at the knees. Even funnier when one of her brothers (triplets!!), who’s blind, just sort of casually walks around people because he’s just “nope, no touchie” and is so careful to listen around him to be so astutely aware of what’s going on. I mean, it’s also hilarious to watch their oh so graceless brother walk right into the ottoman as he’s carrying the bag of chips and he keeps the bag upright so it doesn’t spill but watching his face become one with the fabric.

kids, man. 

Thanks! I’ll always take suggestions of good toys/games for preschoolers, because even if we don’t end up getting them to donate for Christmas I might get them later to update my babysitting backpack. If you have any good little kid book recommendations, I’d love those too! I’m always looking for more good kid books.

Yeah, it’s a work in progress. The kidlet never hits me anymore like he did when he was little*, and when I was babysitting him two or three times a week he pretty much didn’t hit anyone, but his dad is very like “boys will be boys!” and someone in the kidlet’s life thinks it’s funny when he hits himself :/ 

*my rule was if he hits me, the dog, the cat, or anyone else on purpose he’s in timeout. If he hits on accident but hard enough to hurt he’s not in timeout but I am done with the game and usually set myself a “not playing” timer, so he can keep playing but I won’t play with him for a few minutes. If he hits with a toy on purpose or after I warn him not to do that (like don’t throw those blocks, they could hurt if they hit someone kind of warning) we’re done playing with that toy for the day. Once he knew I meant it and would enforce it, hitting pretty much stopped. 

Yes! Watching kids learn is the best. My favorite is teaching toddlers how to jump. All the not-jumping stages are hilarious and adorable and when they finally get it they are so excited!!

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Hi, I love your stuff it's so cute and warm looking. Theres a pattern I bought from etsy i think you would like. It's a dragon pattern for crafty intentions!

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Thank you, and thank you so much for thinking of me! I actually do have that pattern lol 

It’s been half done in a basket in my room for more than a year now, I think? The head/body/tail are done so I just have to make the limbs. If crafty intentions is the designer I’m thinking of, all their stuff is amazing! Very large, very complex, and very very cool

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Void Cat 2.0, now with extra void!

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I wasn't sure if it was okay to send you a DM but YES the hat thing is personal and it's actually become a strange habit of mine that my husband and wife get a chuckle out of cause our 5yo is picking it up. I just set things that aren't a hat on my head all the time now, and have done for several years. "It's a ha-, NO! IT'S A HAT NOW."

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It’s absolutely okay to send me DMs but I like asks too! 

That sounds adorable!! I love how little kids pick up on things. I’ve been babysitting the same kid since he was one and he’s in kindergarten now, and over the years I taught him to begin pretend sword fights by saying “en garde!”, that you can get people to stop tickling you by holding your hand in front of you in the stop position and saying “begone!”, and that when thinking you can tap your finger on your chin and say “hmmm”

Okay, so only the thinking one wasn’t completely on purpose, but my mom has worked with little kids pretty much my whole life, and she showed me you usually only have to model that behavior once or twice before a little kid picks up on it and then it’s SO CUTE all the other adults they do it around will reinforce it by laughing or saying aww.

Super understandable to respond publicly unless someone asks it not be??? I am the same way, tbh. And I love that you shared another story w/ kids in response to mine! Young’uns are the best, man. 

Little man just hit kindy this year and it’s been great to watch him do well with so many things that he struggled with in the past or do silly things he picked up at school. 

“En garde!” I can’t stop giggling, because my godkids and their aunts and uncles all do this bc my aunt is a world-class fencer and went out of her way to make sure everyone she could teach learned to sword fight. She’ll fence with her daughters on days they have important meetings or interviews that day!! And watching her fence with my goddaughter is fantastic because they’re about the same height (Taura is eight, mind you) and it’s always a ferocious battle, and the girl’s gonna be strong enough for sabers instead of foils soon!! :heart_eyes:

In other news my kid likes to tell our dog “Your ear’s broke!!!” and then chase her around until her ear is flipped the right way. Tina is a hound, so her ears being flipped out doesn’t hurt her, it’s just really comical. 

Awesome! I so agree, kids are the best.

That’s so cool!!! My cousin is a competitive fencer too, but the kidlet and I don’t really know how to sword fight, he just likes to try lol. That sounds so so fun and maybe next time my cousin’s out here I’ll see if she’d be willing to teach me and the kidlet some fencing! Uh, if his parents are okay with me encouraging his “hit things with sticks” instincts. 

Ahhhh so cute!!

I get to babysit again tomorrow, and the church where I volunteer (I’m not particularly religious but they needed help with kids) is having a toy drive for kids age 2-5, so I’m taking the kidlet to walmart and first we’re going to attempt a scavenger hunt but then I’m going to introduce him to the concept of a budget and have him help pick out toys to donate that are within that budget. My dad’s contributing the toy drive money and is giving me a little extra to let the kidlet pick out some candy for helping lol

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Also Ty ty ty for reminding me i needed to add those tags I don't know why it always slips my mind to tag that stuff!!

Answer:

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tj-crochets:

You’re welcome! It slips my mind too, and I don’t really know what tags other people use to blacklist things, so I just try to include stuff in the tags that the blacklist might pick up on? I was going to include that tooth story in the body of the post but then realized some people get really squicked out by dentistry talk to I moved it to the tags

I read your tags and I did not feel judged by your phrasing at all jsy are made aware <3. I have accidentally hurt someone in the past with discussion of dental work, so that’s why I was so upset with myself. If it’s brought to my attention, I try and continue tagging something, because you’re mom’s right. Do no further harm

And yeah, it’s unavoidable by the nature of triggers being very personal to the individual and that person’s trauma that they can’t all be accounted or tagged for. A lot of people on tumblr have a special interest and love for snakes and I have had to ask a few times for people to tag them. If they don’t want to or feel they can’t remember to, that’s super okay and i let them know that they aren’t losing a follower out of a malign purpose and wish them well, unfollow and move on! 

You are also very correct in saying everyone is in charge of their own mental health. <3 

Basically what I’m saying is, you are so wonderful and thoughtful, and so is your mom, and I hope you both have a good day, and all the people she works with do too!!

Thank you so much!!! 

I so appreciate that that’s your attitude toward other people tagging! I’ve seen other people be harassed for not tagging other people’s triggers and it’s kind of a sucky situation for all involved. In an offline equivalent, I have asthma and my biggest asthma trigger is perfume and essential oils, so I don’t go in stores that sell perfume or scented lotion. There is nothing they can do to make their stores accessible for me, and that’s okay! Like if you don’t like snakes you probably shouldn’t follow a herpetology blog, and that’s okay too!

Thank you so much, I hope you have a good day too! I’m going to tell my mom what you said and it is going to make her day <3

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Question:

Hi there! Where do you find the little black button eyes for your plushies? Your work is fantastic btw! Thanks much!

Answer:

tj-crochets:

Hi! Thanks! I mostly use safety eyes (except the eyes for the skeleton bean and the Death of Rats).

My nicer eyes are from here: 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlassEyesOnLine

But I make stuffed animals in such quantities that I usually get cheap eyes in bulk from amazon:  
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BW9JJBY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Craft stores will also usually have good safety eyes, either in the “custom doll house and a few doll-customizing accessories” section or the “felt, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes” section but they are SO EXPENSIVE in craft stores. Okay, individual packs are probably five bucks or less, but you get like three pairs of eyes instead of ninety pairs of eyes. 

The nice eyes will always work and usually have a longer post and a stronger washer; every container of cheap eyes I’ve bought has at least a few eyes that are too scratched up or poorly made to use, some washers break, and the posts are usually shorter. So far, the broken eyes/broken washers ratio has mostly worked out, but just assume you’re going to find some of the eyes unusable. Or save them to be monster eyes!

I’ve heard some people swear by 6060 eyes (a seller on etsy and with their own store) but I’ve never used them.

Thanks for asking! If I can find where I put them, I have some really cool buttons I’m going to turn into eyes that I’ll share on this post too

I found the eyes! And I realized it’s difficult to take pictures of mirror buttons when you don’t want to be in the picture

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