from the MisfitMenagery
When it comes to real live taxidermy, I can get a little squeamish. Once, my husband and I were vacationing in Switzerland and arrived at one of our hotels late one night. Little did we know that each of the rooms had unique themes, and after being lead through the windy paths that made up the hotel complex in the dead of night, we were presented with our “hunting” themed room. I entered the room first and let out a shriek. Animal skulls and unfinished pelts hung from every corner of the room. Not the best room choice for a vegetarian and her animal-loving husband. The hotel itself was beautiful though, so we carried on, but there was one wall in particular I could not bring myself to look at the entire stay. My husband kept commenting morbidly that the skulls reminded him of our skinny little rat terrier back at home.
So why then, do i find stuffed animal taxidermy so amusing? I mean, isn’t it still at least signifying a dead animal? It may be, but there’s something I like about markers of the upper crust, items that would be found in hunting lodges or country estates, translated into materials and brought into places we can all enjoy.
That’s what first drew me to faux taxidermy plushies. Years ago, we purchased a “stuffed” unicorn to mount on our walls. I can’t remember the details of the purchase or who created it, but these days, you can find plenty similar stuffed animals on etsy. MisfitMenagerie, for example, offers standard fair such as deer, goats, and rabbit heads. Aircreatures mixes it up with some made up animals like the Giraffelephant (pictured) or Mr. Dear-Moose-Stachio.
from Good Evening
However, these taxiplushie wall hangings from Japan kick up the absurdity a notch (via Kickcans & Conkers). They revolt against their passive, humiliating position as human trophies, instead making their escape by leaping through the wall. They’d make a perfect accompaniment to the unicorn we bought, which I plan on hanging in Archie’s room (side note: We’ve been embarrassingly slow at decorating his room. Perhaps more decorating blog posts like this can kick me into gear).
I’ve been meaning to write a post on playmats for a while. I’ve learned that creating a safe, contained space to play is pretty important. In Archie’s eight short months, we’ve already reconfigured rooms multiple times to accommodate his developing abilities. Right now one of our favorite spaces to play is in his room on the Tadpoles Playmat Set.
We originally bought this mat for our outdoor patio, but found that every night, all the pieces of this interlocking mat would blow away. At the same time that we discovered this mat wouldn’t work outdoors, Archie started sitting. This also meant he started falling, so we quickly brought this mat inside to pad his play area.
It turns out, as an added bonus, this mat is composed of puzzle pieces. Archie loves these. They’re kind of one of his favorite toys. He likes to pull off the edges of the mat, take the center rings out, wave them in the air, chew on them, throw them–basically anything he can think to do with them.
So, when I saw these felt rug designs with laser cut removable pieces from Polish based designers Youlka Designs, I immediately thought of how much Archie would love them. Right now, the squishiness of the rubber Tadpoles mat probably suits him well, but I’m already looking around for more fun rugs for when he gets a bit older, and this would definitely be on the list (if they had a retailer in the US). These rugs retain the puzzle fun, but in shapes (cars, jungle animals, roosters) that can encourage more imaginative play.
(via little. lovely.)
Archie is growing up and out of his bathtubs. We started with the Fisher-Price Whale of a Tub. However, once he started standing, that tub proved pretty unsteady as he’d pull himself up and over the edges to play with the tub drain.
Now he’s moved onto the EasyWalker Flexi Bath. I like this bath for many reason. First of all, it’s much more safe. With the water weighing it down, there’s no way Archie can tip this over. Also, with higher walls, he’s not climbing out of it (yet). Finally, it’s BPA free, so I can feel better about him soaking in it every night.
Archie likes it because it’s bigger. And bigger means more room for toys! He’s moved on from the Elegant Baby rubber duckies to the Boon cups, and those are enjoyable for now. But when it comes time to upgrade again, I have my eyes on the Big Game Water Floater by Materia, a Portugues designer working with cork. These simple, elegant little floaters are sure to capture any kid’s imagination during bathtime play.
(via Josh Spear)
With Archie getting more and more into both plushies and stacking toys, I have my eye on this hippo stacking toy by Lilliputiens, which seems to have it all–bright colors, a range of interesting shapes, stacking, and softness. Plus I obviously have a pechant for hippo-themed toys. Plus, a pirate hippo? How cute is that? And finally, blue and orange are my absolute favorite color scheme. It’s how we painted Archie’s room!
I came across this Chigo Playthings wooden phone in a store yesterday and was blown away. Imported from Japan, the price was a little hefty, so I had to talk myself out of buying it. However, I’m sure I’ll be thinking about it for a while, as I will the other unique designs that I found on at the Chigo website.
Archie loves anything he sees me using a lot–my phone, my iPad, keys, etc.–so it would be cute for him to have his own little version. I did try that with remotes, however that experiment failed. In fact, today ohdeedoh posted about an analog iPad made from a magnetic dry erase board. Maybe that will work when he’s a bit older!