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Octopus Ornament Roundup

Posted in christmas, decoration, sea with tags , , on December 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I decided to do an image odyssey to discover octopus ornaments, and quickly learned that they exist in all styles, colors and mediums! I apologize for not linking to the source on each of these (please drop the pic in a google image search if you want to trace it!). Have a look at some sweet, festive cephalopods:

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Sometimes I’m tempted to do “theme” trees for the holidays (perhaps it’s worth doing with a table top tree each year). I think a Sea Tree would be fabulous.
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Charm Villa Goldfish Teabags

Posted in products, sea with tags , on November 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

When I was little, I used to pretend the teabags in my mugs were fish, swirling them through the water to make them “swim” by pulling on the string.

Charm Villa has brought a piece of my childhood imagination to life with their goldfish teabags!

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I’m surprised more companies haven’t done this. It seems like the most natural design idea in the world to me!

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Charm Villa

Desktop Goodies 11/15

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, art, Books, candy coated nightmares, humor, sculpture, sea, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve always been fascinated by “visible” anatomy models. I finally have a kit, waiting to be built (it’s a real labor of love, as all the organs and parts are white and must be hand painted!). But I look forward to it. Here’s a classic:
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Is he dead in the back of your van?
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A lesser known medical condition…
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Maybe it’s just me, but not once in my life have I thought I’d like to “relax” by having my breasts vibrate.
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If you want to feel like a rainbow threw up on your bed, I’ve got the sheets for you! The lollipop (and satisfied smile) really makes this image.
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Gorgeous pulp art illusion.
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Octopus gargoyle! More buildings need these.
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One of the most breathtaking sand sculptures I’ve ever seen.
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This is a real book. Can you image, even in your wildest dreams, a more romantic title? Nevermind the fact that he appears to be strangling her.
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Wow. Ads have come a long way. Now they only imply that people hate the sight of you.
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Yes, please.
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Most of us probably walk around having no idea how adorable baby llamas are. Now you know.
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Caption contest: what is this bear telling her?
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Jellyfish Aquarium

Posted in decoration, home, products, sea, wish list with tags , , , , on November 9, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

High on my list of Useless Things I Still Want Even Though They’re Useless is a Jellyfish Aquarium.

Here is the version from The Sharper Image:
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Create a calm, tranquil environment in your home or office with our unique Jellyfish Aquarium. This maintenance-free environment features two lifelike artificial jellyfish, illuminated by 18 LEDs that change color with five different effects. Simply fill the tank with water, add the jellyfish, and turn it on.

Another on Amazon:

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And yet another (slightly less expensive despite having more jellies):

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I fear I would be transfixed by this for absurd amounts of time…but no complaints there.

Browse other posts involving jellyfish here.

Tim Lee

Posted in art, sea, skulls and skeletons with tags , , on November 2, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m under the weather today, but I wanted to do a quick on the “folk pop” art of Tim Lee.

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Kirk McGuire: Cephalopod Tables

Posted in furniture, home, sculpture, sea, wish list with tags , , , , on July 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Now THIS is how you hold up a pane of glass for a coffee table! Kirk McGuire has a series of bronze sculpture tables that add a dash of marine adornment to the home.

The octopus is definitely my favorite.
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But the giant squid is pretty great, too.
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And the leafy sea dragon is a bit more understated, which is nice if you don’t opt for the bold look of cephalopods.
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Hannah Faith Yata

Posted in art, sea with tags , on June 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Perhaps I’m lured into Hannah Faith Yata’s work by my Piscean tendencies. Many of her paintings depict odd subjects; half fish, half human or animal, interspersed with the natural world an industrial elements.

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I love the way she takes creatures apart in beautiful slices and spirals, and they simply merge with the either, sans blood and guts.
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Artist statement:
I make art inspired by everyday life: ideas on things that I see, I read, and documentaries that I obsess over. When I first moved to New York it really hit me how much garbage we generate. I grew up in the country sides of the southern United States where I was always surrounded by nature. Therefore, when I moved to the city I was mind blown by how much trash is generated and how many things are consumed. This motivates me to dig into large amounts of research on things that we do to ourselves and to our environment or order to sustain our standard of living. The pictures that began to form in my mind were ones of domination over nature, the struggle of animals in a changing world, and the effects of a changing world on the animals and humans. Women became the metaphor for mother nature as wild and sexual thing exploited and explored in my work, and animals became the subjects of examining abnormalities and evolution. Taking ideas that I had learned from ideas on feminism, I began to draw parallels in our ways of controlling and objectifying women to how we also think about the earth and it’s resources therein.

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Hannah Faith Yata

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