Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Plethora of crochet patterns

In her Wunderkammer shop on Etsy, jpolka offers crochet patterns for just about every cephalopod you can think of, and some other sea life as well. Anyone handy with a crochet hook should hop over and check them out, who can resist a big plush cuttlefish?
And if something simple more your speed, check out her blog for a lovely pattern for a teeny tiny little octopus!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Collection of Japanese Paintings of Cephalopod Toys

Roly-poly toy // Bottom: Bell/whistle (both from Aichi prefecture, 1932)

The Ningyo-do Bunko Database is a huge online collection of watercolor paintings by Kawasaki Kyosen (1877-1942). The collection consists of over 5,000 still-life images of antique toys and folk crafts from across Japan, including a few lovely octopus-themed items.
[Nota Bene: The text is all in Japanese.]

Via Pink Tentacle.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Tentacle to Rest Upon

There are many reasons to love Anthropologie (although I can never afford anything there)... and I found another one today: this reversible linen octopus pillow by Thomas Paul.

It's got the same design on the back side in reverse, and there are whale pillows, tall ship pillows and anchor pillows in the same style to complete your nautically-themed couch.

If I had $118 to spend on a pillow, it would surely be this one.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

USB Squid

What safer way to store your files a squid? Sarai0989 makes and sells darling little felt USB jump drive covers in her Etsy shop. Available with or without a USB drive inside.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Japanese Cephalopod-Inspired Playground Structures

Japanese cephalopod-inspired playground structures! See more here.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


My friend Darcy Vasudev is a brilliantly talented henna artiste... behold this amazing henna tattoo of an octopus she did for a very hip customer.

Check out more of Darcy's work at her Web site Henna Lounge, or on her Flickr page.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Lovecraft and I-40

The power of Cthulhu is awakened in a small midwestern town by a couple of bored teens and a library book from the restricted section. While everyone's favorite cephalopod-diety is more an omnipresent power then a character - the artist Fiona Staples slips a tentacle into the layout now and then, to remind you who is really in control of the situation.
Its written by Aaron Williams and running for 6 issues. If you go and buy them, maybe it will run for more!

This post is dedicated to our 'arch-nemesis' Canadian Cave of Coolness. This proves nothing CCoC...nothing.