August 11, 2010
This was a birthday present this year from my wife. I don’t typically wear belt buckles but, clearly, I need to start…at least on special occasions. As soon as my thumb heals enough to allow me to operate a belt again, I’ll be taking it for a spin.
“Squid Attack” is described thusly…
Resin-coated digital print, set in a antiqued nickel tone round-cornered metal buckle. Standard sized to fit most belt leathers. Made with Neves in Oklahoma City. About 3 x 2”. $24
July 1, 2010
This is my friend Alison, and she is showing off her sweet double-bar cuff bracelet by ModCloth. POW!
This one is silver, but it is also available in antique gold. Did you know it’s only $15.99? IT IS!!! Buy it from ModCloth
Also available: My Pet Octopus Necklace
March 1, 2010
My wife makes her Indie Squid Kid debut!
Back in the end of December when I did my Xmas Roundup, I left out one important gift—Ryn’s nautilus necklace!
You might recognize this necklace if you are familiar with the work of Sheryl Westleigh (aka Noadi) or if you saw my 2009 Holiday Shopping guide. While I was composing that post, Ryn saw the photo of the nautilus pendant and let out an excited SQUEEE! I knew then and there, that I couldn’t let anyone else buy it.
Speaking of Noadi’s fabulous cephalopod creations, check out this video showcasing her new line of steampunk-themed jewelery!
December 29, 2009
We had a marvelous Christmas here at ISK headquarters, and if you celebrate I hope you did too! This year was Kid Indie Squid Kid’s first Christmas, and even though he is a little too young to know what was going on, it was still very exciting. Family came to us, so we didn’t have to worry about traveling with the baby, and that turned out to be ideal, because I seem to have the virus and/or secondary bacterial infection that WILL NOT DIE.
It will come as little surprise that there were a number of cephalopods underneath our Christmas tree. Here’s a rundown of all the loot…
- Imaginext 3-Headed Sea Dragon Gift Set
- Imaginext Ocean Squid
- Arkham Horror: Innsmouth Horror Expansion (by Fantasy Flight Games)
- orange googly-eyed plush octopus
- Young Mad Scientist Alphabet Blocks (by Xylocopa from ThinkGeek)
- polymer clay tentacle pendent/ornament (by bunny X productions)
Well, I think that’s it for now. I’ve been unplugged for a week so I got to ease back into things, you know?
December 10, 2009
Back at the beginning of November, Cephalopod Tea Party held a contest to celebrate reaching 100 followers. To enter the contest, you needed to tell them your favorite cephalopod and why, send them a drawing of a cephalopod, and let them know your favorite CTP post. There were three separate prizes awarded, two twisty tentacle pins and a “pirate and tentacles” mini-print, and, long story short, I WON!!! (Via random selection, I’m pretty sure, but I think my entries were pretty good…) They plan to post the winning entries eventually, so my submission will remain shrouded in mystery for now.
My prize was one of the pins, and I opted for the tie tack option. The pin is made of cold cast bronze and is cast from an original sculpture by CTP contributor Sarah Dungan. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because I featured Sarah’s Industrial Fairytale Etsy shop in last week’s Holiday Shopping Guide.
You can see more of Sarah’s work at sarahdungan.blogspot.com.
December 3, 2009
Once again we turn our sights on Etsy.com, the nexus of all things creative and crafty on the Internet. A search for “squid jewelry” (for example) currently returns over 400 results, but I’ve isolated three sellers that epitomize the kind of awesome cephalopod jewelry that abounds on Etsy.
Noadi’s Art (www.etsy.com/shop/noadi)
Sheryl Westleigh creates amazing polymer clay and mixed media jewelry and sculptures, and I think she loves cephalopods almost as much as do. (OK, probably more!) Her shop has tons of great items in multiple styles and color variations, so if any of these pieces have sold, I’m sure you will be able to find something every bit as good. Not every thing in Noadi’s shop is cephalopod-related—look for trilobites, horseshoe crabs, and even a festive holiday platypus!
Industrial Fairytale (www.etsy.com/shop/industrialfairytale)
Sarah Dungan is an illustrator, animator, and creator of some fabulous steampunk jewelery.
She is also one of the contributors to Cephalopod Tea Party!
Octopus Me (www.etsy.com/shop/OctopusMe)
If you are looking for something a little more high-end, how about sterling sliver (and sometimes gold) jewelry made from real octopus tentacles? Here are a couple of examples, but there are many, many more in the shop!
Free shipping on all items until Sunday, December 7th.
September 26, 2009
July 24, 2009
Here’s another birthday present from last year—the awesome Octopus Field Bag by Deadworry, a small independent print shop from Florida.
Here are the specs from the Deadworry Etsy store:
Octopus design hand screened on 100% cotton canvas; heavy enzyme-washed; cotton webbing straps; front flap with antique brass turn buckles; inside hanging zippered pocket.
Color: Smoke Grey
The octopus design is also available on men’s t-shirts.
But wait! There’s more!
And last, but not least, the enigmatic Octo-Owl!