Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Holus Bolus Syrah!

While on my holiday travels, I was pleased to find this splendid thing in a shop in Santa Barbara: a local wine called Holus Bolus, and on the label - a fabulous octopus!

Sadly, since it was nearly $30 I couldn't justify bringing it home with me, so I don't have very good pictures. The back label was equally as intriguing as the front, with fanciful curlicue writing.

Seems it would be a lovely gift for the cephalopod-lover in your lie, though, yes? The online reviews make it sound delicious. Check out this gushing over the 2004: "Impenetrably dark, with glycerin legs practically jogging out of the glass, this dark berry concoction represents everything good in the world of the Central Coast Rhone Rangers. An impressive finish, oaky notes, and a soaring bouquet."

Buy it here. Apparently they only make a few hundred cases of each vintage!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Cuttlefish Revolution

I for one welcome our cuttlefish overlords.

Cuttlefish (xkcd)

See a larger version here.

Rollover reads: Unless the CS students finish the robot revolution before you finish the cephalopod one.

From: xkcd.com/520/

Happy Belated Cephalopodmas, everyone!

To celebrate, you can make your very own interactive squid! Build your squid and set him free here.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Cephalopodmas!

Cephalopodmas Banner


Today is 22 December, also known as Cephalopodmas. Have a Gibbous Cephalopodmas from us at Cephalopod Tea Party, and may it be filled with terror and tentacles! You might want to get your special squamate something fetid.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What spewed forth this tentacular progeny?



Cthulhu Spawn in Specimen Box (art by AlexCF)

The amazing AlexCF is a professional cryptozoological pseudo-scientific assemblage artist and illustrator. Pictured here are his "Cthulhu Spawn in Specimen Box" and "Cthulhu Specimen Box Revisited." Contained in the box are a series of bottled samples, rock samples, detailed notes, mad ramblings, diagrams, maps, a directional compass, pencil, and of course the spawn of Cthulhu, sealed within a specimen jar. See more of his work at his site, The Art of AlexCF.

Cthulhu Specimen Box Revisited (art by AlexCF)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Your very own Octo-Friend


Societysedso on Etsy makes and sells these brilliant little guys. The hinged legs are a stroke of genius, in my opinion. If you want something a little more portable, they come in necklace size as well!

Images © Amy/societysedso

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Blogging a Blog

It feels odd to blog about a blog post, but that's not stopping me. I have been alerted to a Cute Overload octopus post!
Oh yes, that's right. Here's the photo, don't dig it here, go see the original post by the official blog authority in all that is cute.

Monday, December 8, 2008

You Must Visit Xylocopa...

I'm in Tucson on a work trip right now, and coincidentally, cephalopod-hunting-special-agent Stache sent me a link to these amazing artists who work in carved and inlaid wood - Xylocopa. And they're based right here in Tucson!

Check out their Maple Octopus Necklace...

Teardrop Squid Earrings...

And best of all, Mad Scientist Alphabet Blocks.

Featuring beautifully detailed illustrations to accompany SteamTeam favorite themes, like "G is for Goggles" and "D is for Dirigible" and of course, "T is for Tentacle." Want!

Tea At 20,000 Leagues


"Tea At 20000 Leagues" is a hand-printed limited edition Gocco print by Etsy's SepiaLepus. How charmingly perfect for a Cephalopod Tea Party of your own! You'll find other treasures in her shop (including a few more with tentacles).

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tentacles Spotted in Etsy Treasury!


For the next few days, you can check out this lovely collection of items in the treasury Scarlet Embrace, put together on Etsy by ClockworkCrow. Etsy treasuries are collections of items put together by users to showcase their favorite items and themes.

Revenge of the Tako Nigiri

Sushi

"Sushi" by artist Daniela Uhlig. This warms the cockles of my little cephalopod-loving heart. See more of her work at her website or at lolita-art on DeviantART.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Coolest Office Ever

I will start with a preface. There is a company, in Oakland CA called Because We Can. Run by a brilliant husband and wife team, they make positively brilliant stuff from entire offices of decorations and furniture, to lovely and astonishingly affordable bits of furniture for your home.

I heard about them, however, because of a game studio in San Francisco, Three Rings, who thanks to Because We Can, have the single coolest office space the world has yet seen.
Done up to themes like 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, with everything from false hatch doors, robots in closets, and a bookshelf that's actually a hidden door to a plush meeting room that looks more like a gentleman's club house.


And did I mention the single best part? The SQUID SOFA? No? Severed tentacles from a giant squid attack make up a sitting area for meetings and games.

Complete with baby octopus bean bag pillows.


Oh yeah, this is going to be MY living room someday.


All images © Because We Can, and can be viewed on their website, http://www.becausewecan.org

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Octopus Chandeliers

Octo Chandelier (detail)

Adam Wallacavage has a splendid collection of Octopus Chandeliers. Above is the Dixie La Rue in Green and Black (detail). See more here.

Tentacle Couture Snipe

Somebody beat us to it, ladies. Sigh.

Via BoingBoing.

Cotton Print Cephalopods


If you've been wanting to make yourself an octopus wallet, clutch or purse...or possibly a quilt, duvet cover, or throw pillow...here's a great contender for fabric.


I'd been seeing this fabric showing up in a few Etsy shops as little purses, and went on a quest to find it for myself. Its called Mendocino and is by Heather Ross.

It comes in a few different sets of colors, and is available at various fabric websites - HERE for example. A really cute set for all your cephalopod (and mermaid and sea horse) decorating and sewing desires!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Literary Tentacles

20,000 Leagues under the Sea (pop-up)

Following the release of his spectacular Moby Dick: A Pop-Up Book, paper-crafting genius Sam Ita gives Jules Verne’s engrossing undersea story, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, an equally unique and amazing presentation. Ita literally takes graphic novels into another dimension with breathtaking designs that pop, flaps that lift, parts that move, and art that astonishes. There’s nothing like it out on the market.

You won’t believe your eyes as you join Captain Nemo on an unforgettable adventure: submarines, sea monsters, and even the lost city of Atlantis (complete with ancient artifacts, temples, and columns) rise from the page as if emerging from the waves. Take a 3-D look inside Jules Verne’s visionary submarine; sit with the sailors at their lobster-laden table; pull a lever to move the diving gauge; and face a giant squid as its slippery tentacles attack the Nautilus and her crew.


Baby's First Mythos

Spawned from the mind of horror king and Origins award winner C.J. Henderson, Baby's First Mythos is a lavishly illustrated tome that blasts your child's soul as it teaches them their ABC's - Mythos-style! A foreward by Dr. Robert M. Price, Ph.D., professor of both theology and philosopy, founder & editor in chief of Crypt of Cthulhu, executor of the Lin Carter estate, current head of Lovecraft's KLM club (the worlds first professional sci fi/horror club).

Friday, November 28, 2008

Crooked Critters - Plush by Lana Crooks

Mr. Money Bags, sculpture and photo © Lana Crooks

Someone recently showed me Lana Crooks art book, and I was completely blown away by her amazing soft sculpture. And what is her favorite topic? Cephalopods! Made in all sorts of themes and looking soft and cuddly, there's an octopus with a skull, a peg legged squid contemplating the sushi made from his missing limb, a squid hugging a plush diver, and oh so much more!
Stop by her blog: http://crookedart.blogspot.com/
For info about shows, and lots of images of new plushes.

You can also browse her website: http://www.crookedart.com
The Ambergris Express, sculpture and photo © Lana Crooks

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Octopus at Curtain Road in London

Octopus at Curtain Road

This giant octopus was spotted in the Shoreditch area of London. Inflatable and made to catch passing wind drifts, the octopus moves in sync to appear as if it's alive and grappling the building.

Via MAKE.

Homage to Cuttlefish and Tea

Tea is, very probably, my favorite beverage in all the world. I spotted this mug at a faire I was vending at and forced friends to watch my booth while I scuttled giddily over to purchase myself one. They are made by Chandra Beck, of Ezme Designs.

And, if you're like me, and think that jelly fish are almost-not-quite-but-very-nearly as excellent as cephalopods, you can pick up a matching jelly fish cup called the "Ursala" to have a lovely oceanic set.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Rarely-seen Magnapinna Squid with "Elbows" Filmed

Magnapinna Squid (video still)

A Shell oil remotely operated vehicle in the Gulf of Mexico caught footage of this amazing squid on 11 Nov 2008! See video here.

Based on analysis of videos not unlike the one captured at the Perdido site, scientists know that the adult Magnapinna observed to date range from 5 to 23 feet (1.5 to 7 meters) long, Vecchione said. By contrast, the largest known giant squid measured about 16 meters (52 feet) long. And whereas giant squid and other cephalopods have eight short arms and two long tentacles, Magnapinna has ten indistinguishable appendages that all appear to be the same length. "The most peculiar structure is that of the arms," said deep-sea biologist Bruce Robison of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. Referring to the way the tentacles hang down from elbow-like kinks, Robison said: "Judging from that structure, we think the animal feeds by dragging its arms and the ends of its tentacles along the seafloor as it drifts slowly above it."

A Magnapinna squid swims about 11,090 feet (3,380 meters) underwater off Oahu, Hawaii, in 2001:
Magnapinna Squid

Pocky



So, swimming in my Sea of Beads is Pocky, my latest foray into beaded geekery. Made with size 15 seed beads, Pocky is only 3 inches long. Each leg is about 1 1/2 inches.

Estee's House of Fine Squid Hats

Tentacle Purple

Mantled Down


Flickr artist mikest hosts "Estee's House of Fine Squid Hats: Cephalopod Über Kopf." Mantle can be made in contrasting colors, and two of the tentacles double as cozy mittens! See more of his tentacular hats here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikest/tags/squidhats/.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Octo-Duchess!

Here at the Cephalopod Tea Party we're planning to scour the inter-webs for all things octopus-ish, squidly, and tentacled for your enjoyment.

Therefore, behold the Octo-Duchess in all her glory!

There are many reasons to love Austin photographer Darla Teagarden, but in my opinion, this picture is at the top of the list.

Darla makes all her props and does all the art direction for her amazing photos. Her work can also be seen in the shop of one of my favorite Etsy sellers, Louise Black.

This portrait, aside from being simply stunning in its concept and beautifully executed, has given me the inkling of a costume idea that could come to fruition if I ever have an excess of time and money.

Oh, my kingdom for a corset with tentacles! One can dream...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Suction Cups and Tentacles

Welcome to Cephalopod Tea Party, a blog dedicated to a love of tentacled sea creatures! Some people shop for certain themes, when they feel like splurging a bit - some people look for kittens, or birds, or horses, or bunnies...

Well here at Cephalopod Tea Party, we look for octopuses and squids and cuddlefish and nautilus! And we want to show what we find to everyone else who shares our fascination with tentacled mollusks.

Enjoy!