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Halloween Countdown: Parasite Specimen

Posted in craft, creatures, halloween, monsters with tags , , , on October 3, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This homemade parasite specimen is one of the finest examples of DIY prop crafting I’ve ever seen.

parasite specimen 3

The creator gives a small comment:
This was sculpted out of polymer clay and painted with acrylics. The detail work was done with dental tools and some custom texture stamps. I added the gore just to dress up the photos a bit. It’s essentially lumpy gravy- cornstarch and water mixed with some food coloring and heated up until it gels.

parasite specimen 4

I don’t know about you, but I think the goopy red stuff is a very nice touch. A shiny, slimy luster makes any parasite look its best.
parasite specimen 1

parasite specimen 2


Aligator Condiment Holder Set

Posted in creatures, home, products, wish list with tags , , , on September 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I received a text message from one of my dearest friends, showcasing this fantastic Alligator Condiment Set.


Pottery barn is marketing this as a Halloween product…but to me, it’s an all year kind of thing (hell, I’d put this on a wedding registry). There’s a matching alligator skull that hold a bowl!

Does anyone actually own this set?

Mythic Articulations

Posted in anatomy, creatures, monsters with tags , , on August 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Mythic Articulations creates made to order 3D printed skeleton models of mythological cryptids. Even the packaging is brilliant.


The sad fairy is beauitful.

And the dragon is my favorite.


Cererbus (completely badass…the chains are a nice touch):

Mythic Articulations

Skeleton Crow and Disfigured Duck

Posted in creatures, halloween with tags , on August 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My favorite time of year is rapidly approaching! Halloween items are starting to pop up, and I want to share my two favorites from Grandin Road this year.

The caged skeleton crow is a fantastic, unique decoration, don’t you think?



Next, “Disfigured Duck.” I’m entertained by this random choice of undead water fowl, AND its odd, almost inappropriate title.


Eyeball in the mouth. Nice touch.

I encourage you all to share your favorite Halloween links with me (I’ll credit you, naturally)!

Marcus DeSieno: Parasite Portraits

Posted in creatures, photography, science with tags , , on August 5, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Marcus DeSieno has created a series of what I like to call Parasite Portraits. It is tempting to anthropomorphize these hungry little creatures, isn’t it?

Big smile…

About the artist: Marcus DeSieno is a native of Albany, New York and is currently pursuing his MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida, expected to graduate in 2015. His work is concerned with the history of science and exploration in relation to the history of photography, often employing the use of antiquated photographic process combined with contemporary technologies to engage in a critical dialog about the evolution of photographic technology and the ontological nature of the photographic medium itself.



Parasite Portraits

IRO Fiber Art

Posted in craft, creatures with tags , on July 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

IRO Fiber Art has the most beautiful collection of handcrafted butterflies and moths.


The colors and textures are fantastic (click to enlarge). Each one is so unique…




IRO Fiber Art

Katerina Plotnikova

Posted in creatures, nature, photography with tags , , on July 1, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Katerina Plotnikova has an awe inspiring collection of nature photographs that show a profound connection between man and the animal kingdom.


I believe this work is done under the supervision of qualified animal trainers, but is entirely real and involves very minimal retouching in post production. While I do love some amazing modern surrealist photographers, there is something raw and stirring about the relative lack of digital manipulation.


Animals can be such a beautiful healing force (during my long hospital stays this past year, I was happy to see animal therapy becoming mainstream). I look forward to returning home to NY when more medically stable, so I can be around cats again…and my loved ones can laugh at the absurd languages and songs I inevitably invent the moment I’m put near fuzzy things.




Katerina Plotnikova


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