Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tentacle Pendant Necklace Series

Dark and wondrous, Silent Cheesecake Designs showcases wearable art and curio jewelry, inspired by the natural world. The work of this Los Angeles-based artist features preserved insects, dried flowers, bones, pearls and sea creatures. (All specimens are collected safely and humanely, as outlined in the shop owner's profile.) From octopus tentacles in curio vials, venus flytraps in silhouette pendants and cocktail rings made of bone and glass, Silent Cheesecake offers beautiful and unique accessories for those with a curious sensibility. Having recently received one of the insect curio vial necklaces as a gift, I can say from experience that the work is beautiful, meticulous, and all around just cool.

You can see the full list of all octopus/sea creature jewelry here.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Looking for a Cephaloblogger

Photo © Copyright 2008 Nonsense News

Dear readers, you may have noticed that its been quiet around here. Well a number of our bloggers have recently embarked on new and exciting life adventures, that have left them with much less time for blogging. So the Cephalopod Tea Party is looking for a new intrepid blogger to add to our 'staff' of volunteers. Someone who would like to share their love of cephalopods with the internet. If anyone would like to become a blog contributor, email us, ideally with a few readable complete sentences and some enthusiasm!

the suddenly overwrought staff

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cephalopod Baby Goods!

I've been dreadfully remiss in my duties as a CTP blogger, and my only excuse is the growing bun in my oven. Having made hearty promises over on my main blog not to devolve into only baby-related posts, and finding it very very hard ~ be warned, I'm about to take shameless advantage of this blog for a round-up of Cephalopod Baby Goods.

Beautiful Baby Model is the adorable Aniko, daughter of Dr. Insectus

Crocheted Cuttlefish, by JPolka

Madame and Monsieur print, by Ashley G.

Recycled Octopus Blanket, by Twirls and Twigs

Inky Birth Announcement
, by A Girl Named Stella

Red Octopus Onesie
, by Tiny Vessel Apparel

Octopi and Kelp Hand-Dyed Burp Cloth Set
, by LaundryMonster

Galaxy Blue Organic Baby Hat with Octopus, by The Cotton Cupcake Shoppe

Okay, okay, I'll have mercy and stop... but it's pretty hard to resist baby goodies!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

In Loving Memory

It is our sad duty to share with you the news that Paul, the physic octopus, has passed away at the age of 2 1/2 years. As you may remember Paul correctly predicted the outcome of all seven of Germany’s games in the World Cup.

Long time friend of the CTP, Justina Kochansky (Articulate Matter) created this image as a memorial, and we're passing it along. Rest in Peace, Paul.

photo © Justina Kochansky, Articulate Matter.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Letter of recognition from a cuttlefish

Artist Heather LeMay writes: "Did you know the historical Artist's sepia ink was originally made from ink of the Cuttlefish?" in the description of this fantastic illustration.
We did Ms LeMay, but we think everyone else should get to find out too! Prints are available on Etsy (linked from the image).

Monday, September 13, 2010

22 Giant octopus kites - because 21 just isn't enough!

Thanks to Cliff for posting this on Facebook so I can put off work to post it here! If you go on to the quieter part 2, you will notice that the giant octopi are surrounded on the outer edges by some wee little ones. Maybe next year they'll get up to 23, and I'll remember to show up in person...

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tiny cephalopods with venom you can't freeze

A bit late on the uptake I know. But in case you don't follow us on Twitter, its really our duty to mention (even a week late) the discovery of this tiny octopus from Antarctica. Its venom works in sup-zero temperatures. Maybe some day we'll be posting about the medicine someone has derived from this itty bitty cephalopod.

Photo: An Adelieledone polymorpha, one of the four newly discovered octopus species. Credit: University of Melbourne / Reuters (taken from LA Times Article linked above)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

For Everyone watching the world cup

A two-year-old octopus oracle has predicted a German win over England in the latest round of the World Cup. Or, if you're an England fan - the headline reads "octopus predicts English loss". Never underestimate the power of the cephalopod.

EDIT: We just thought you should know, the octopus was right. In case you weren't watching, Germany 4, England 1.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pardon out absence

Our bloggers are currently sorting out a variety of technical issues - we apologize for the silence. In the mean time. Look. Shiny.

octopus -chair

Octopus's House, Undersea


Ah ha, you fell for it! Made you look!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Adventures of Tadly Waldorfington

The Adventures of Tadly Waldorfington - Episode 00 from Scott Benson on Vimeo.

Animated by Scott Benson, in a joint project with Bethany Hockenberry - you can get plushies...and watch adventures (well, so far, adventure singular). Thanks, Scott, for sending us an email and sharing your work!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pacific Giant Octopus on Stellanova Jewelry

Tammy Stellanova's desire to be an artist is rooted both in her longtime fascination with the living form (she has a degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz) and her passionate love for comic books and other graphical narratives.

Tammy makes wondrous jewelry inspired by the spirit of the 19th century at Stellanova Jewelry: A Catalogue of Naturalist Curios. Her Pacific Giant Octopus pendant is shown above, but be sure to browse the catalogue for her Nautilus and other delights. Follow her on Twitter: @enolarama.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Girl with Pink Tentacles

I just posted a feature on the delectable work of Gayla Partridge of 666 Photography over at my main Musings blog, but I always have to save the appropriate images for our tentacle-centric tea party.

{Wardrobe/Tentacles/Photo: Gayla Partridge / Makeup/Hair: Lisa Naeyaert / Model: Mia}

I'm speechless, really. Everything about this image is perfect. You know you'll want to see more from Gayla.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sealife and silver tiles

Every now and then, I do a search for cuttlefish on Etsy, because they happen to be my favorite cephalopod and they are far to under-represented in items I could purchase. Today's search yielded these lovely designs by Lemurgirl.

In her other shop she sells lovely pottery, and you can see the ceramics influence in these great tile designs. And come on, a cuttlefish AND a bigfin squid? What more could a cephalopod fan ask for?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Cephalopods prefer higher resolution!

According to scientists, and this article on, octopuses really can tell the difference in that picture quality!

Researchers from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science found that by playing video on a liquid crystal high definition televion for gloomy octopuses (Octopus tetricus), they could accurately see how the animals reacted to prey (a crab), a new object (a jar), and a potential predator (another octopus), responses usually only seen in the ocean.

Read the full article here!

If that link doesn't work, try this one.

Image via and their article on Octopus tetricus.
Quoted text ©
2010 via

This article was recommended by Patty! Thanks Patty. If you have something you think we ought to tell the world about, check out the EMAIL link at the top of the right column! Now CTP has an email address all its own, no more clicking to authors profiles to find someone to send your wonderful suggestions and comments to.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Call of Chthulu - the film

Sure there aren't that many tentacles actually in the trailer, but we all know they're there in the background like a feeling of impending doom. Thanks to Mr. Cassidy for sharing this with me - the way youtube is meant to be shared - outdoors on an iphone!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Follow @CephalopodTea on Twitter!


Hey, cephalopod peeps! The Cephalopod Tea Party blog is now on Twitter: Also, have a cuttlefish photo, because we loves them.

The Most Beautiful Yet Deadly Octopus on Earth

Blue Ringed Octopus

From the article on the Environmental Grafitti blog: Beautiful and delicate as the coral itself, the four known species of blue-ringed octopus are largely nocturnal, spending their days nestled like land mines in makeshift nests – usually sea shells, but since the advent of man, these flexible invertebrates have made fruitful use of bottles and also cans. Unlike many sea creatures its size (the largest grow to about 57cm), the blue-ringed octopus has been known to become quite aggressive when its seclusion is disturbed – say, by the foot of a clumsy human. It will retract its arms to make its sharp beak protrude in an attempt to discharge one of nature’s most deadly poisons – the deadly toxin tetradodoxin.

Tetradodoxin is the same deadly ingredient found in the flesh of the pufferfish. In the blue-ringed octopus, it is generated by bacteria that live symbiotically within the host creature’s salivary gland. Following a bite, the toxin will usually kill a human – a being many times the size of the octopus – in a matter of minutes. No effective antidote is yet known. The octopus uses its beak to crack the carapace of crustaceans and the shells of mollusks, afterwards injecting its deadly saliva into the prey’s body. It will suck the soft flesh through the hole it has made, leaving behind an empty shell.

Even amidst the endless variation of the animal kingdom, rarely has death been packaged so attractively. Like many of its relatives in the group Cephalapoda (literally meaning ‘head foot’, due to the apparent body structure of octopodes, squid and others), the blue-ringed octopus boasts a flamboyant colour scheme that changes according to its mood. The meanings of cephalapod colouring are complex and not always well understood, though scientists are slowly coming to the conclusion that they are part of a sophisticated communication system that operates between these intelligent animals.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Human-Faced Cephalopods by Scott Radke

I just wrote up a post on the incredible sculptures of Scott Radke on my main blog, and was pleased to discover a fair number of his creations are of a cephalopod-ish nature.

(Squid #1, 2008)

For more of Radke's critters, check out my post Pretty and Dirty Together, or rummage about on his lovely Web site.

(Octopus #3, 2006)

Amazingly expressive and rife with tentacles. What more could we wish for?

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Curious Sofa

I think Anthropologie hates me...because they have just stocked the most incredible sofa in the world, and made it completely unfathomably out my price range.

And there is incredible inky indigo tentacle wallpaper, too.

And if that's not enough, there are squid drapes, as well.

I die of want. Via the always wonderful Steampunk Home...

Friday, February 26, 2010

New Cephalopod Lover.

Teary-eyed congratulations to CTP friend and fellow Etsy Steam Team member In Sectus, who just welcomed a new little girl to her family, sweet Aniko...

Clearly she's already got impeccable taste!

In Sectus' shop is a bit quiet at the moment, but well worth a visit when it's back up and running...

Monday, February 22, 2010

Adventure of tentacles and type.

Just sharing this image, which drifted to me via a friend. Part of a very creative ad campaign for the Prague based Anagram Bookshop. If anyone knows when this ad campaign came out, let us know because I sure don't!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

And We Mean *Giant* Squid Necklace

Via Laughing Squid...

Paris-based jewelry design team Hanna Bernhard has created a truly giant squid necklace, over a foot long.

Can't say it's my cup of tea, but it sure is big. More rhinestone cephalopods and an interview with the artists here.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Photographic Art of the Tentacle

A friend recently linked me to the stunning photography of Elisa Lazo de Valdez.

In this series of black and white photographs, the artist uses the female form and the tentacles of an octopus to create beautiful and unique compositions. You can check out the full series of prints in her Etsy Shop!