19 posts tagged Plush
19 posts tagged Plush
Any animal that resembles a muppet is automatically awesome in our books. The unusually plush and clam-like fish in this video, shot at a Japanese aquarium, is called a Starry Handfish or Red Batfish. It looks like something dreamt up by The Jim Henson Company, but it’s a very real fish found on the continental shelves of the Indo-Pacific oceans at depths of between 50 and 400 m. They grow up to 30 cm (11.8 in) long and would probably make fast friends with Animal.
As plush dinosaurs go, this little green Tyrannosaurus rex is pretty freaking cute. That is, until you find out that he was handmade on the International Space Station by NASA astronaut and mechanical engineer Karen Nyberg. A toy dino made in space? By an astronaut? Yep, that’s not just cute, that’s completely awesome.
Karen made the toy during moments of downtime on the ISS using the velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers onboard the space station. The adorable dinosaur was sewn together using needles and thread that the industrious astronaut brought aboard herself. To stuff it she used scraps of an old t-shirt. We love his pudgy green belly.
And here’s the icing on the cake: Karen made this toy for her 3-year-old son - who, as soon as he receives this awesome gift, will have some of the best little kid bragging rights ever: owner of the first and (for now) only toy made in space.
It seems we have a new addition to the Department of Awesome Parenting.
The city of Warsaw, Poland recently received an awesome visitor in the form of a gigantic plush teddy bear. This cheerful artistic intervention, entitled The Cuddly, is the work of Iza Rutkowska of Poland’s Forms and Shapes Foundation.
Warsaw is a city full of solemn monuments commemorating wartime experiences or social and political issues. Iza conceived the idea for this project when considering how the city’s numerous stone monuments blend so well into their surroundings that they are all but forgotten by the city’s inhabitants.
Rutkowska’s enormous teddy bear is placed in different parts of the city, including beaches, parks, and plazas. In each location passersby are invited to interact with the bear. Some climb on him, some hug him, some lounge on his belly to enjoy the sunshine along with The Cuddly's comfy company. He is Warsaw's answer to My Neighbor Totoro.
Visit Designboom to view more uplifting photos of The Cuddly hanging out all over Warsaw.
The world needs more unicorns. We love them so much that we’ve created items that transform cats (and evil cats) and people into magical unicorns. So we were thrilled to learn that Rena Dearden of Cottonwood, Arizona is also working to make the world a more awesome and magical place. Rena creates custom plush unicorn horns for both ponies and horses. They are available for purchase in a variety of colours and accents through her Etsy shop, RusticHorseShoe.
[via Laughing Squid]
If it were possible to crossbreed actual cattle with plush toy cows, you might end up with something like this. These awesome cows are completely real. They aren’t wearing fuzzy pajamas or photoshopped. They also aren’t one specific breed of cow. They’re fancy show calves:
"They are show calves, a cross between two different high-quality breeds, bred for bovine show-business. That means that apart from their genetic characteristics, owners go out of their way to make sure the cows look their best. Special feeding, basic manners training and grooming are all part of the show calf world, and believe me when I tell you a lot of effort goes into styling cattle…. Show calf trimming is also considered an art form among cattle enthusiasts, as it gives the animals that Photoshop-like boxy shape."
There you have it. These cows are bred, fed, groomed, primped, and preened to look fluffy and fabulous. We sure would like to pet one.
Photos via Lautner Farms
[via Oddity Central]
Who’s ready for another Geyser of Awesome field trip? This time we want to go to the Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaidō, Japan. And to get there we want to ride the Asahiyama Zoo train because the seats are furry and shaped like animals - two-headed animals with wide, staring eyes. It’s just the right combination of cute and creepy.
“4 days of 8-10 hours of work, 5.5m of minky and a couple wounds later Pinkie is now complete. She stands at about 55” (4.5ft) from her hooves to the hightest part of her mane and weighs a whooping 15lbs. As pictured, she can stand unaided thanks to some cushioning foam inside of her (to learn how I did it check this journal: [link]). Her eyes and cutie mark are satin stitched instead of machine embroidered because they were too big for my embroidery machine. The lines and details in her mane were also satin stitched.”
And just in case you’re wondering (because we’ll admit we were) this prodigious Pinkie Pie cannot support a person’s weight (that would required a solid internal frame). She’s meant for cuddling, not riding.
Visit the MagnaStorm DeviantART gallery to view more of Elise’s amazing plush creations.
British photographer Tom Broadbent has been working on an awesome on-going series of portraits, entitled At Home With the Furries, for which he photographs members of the Furry subculture as they go about their daily lives. Dragons do their laundry, gryphons eat cereal for breakfast, gargoyles take showers and so on.
"Broadbent captures some of these “furries” at home, engaging in the same mundane tasks we’re all familiar with — just a little bit more fuzzily."