Otterday! And Open Thread.

Are you feeling gifty? Or just after a treat for yourself? I went looking for otter stuff this past week, and thought I’d share what I found. I can’t vouch for any of these stores or items, I just thought they looked neat.

Firstly, this furry otter hand puppet comes from Otter Bay Gifts.

furry brown and cream otter puppet on a wooden log

This nine-piece wooden sea otter puzzle, also from Otter Bay Gifts, is six puzzles in one, depending on which side of the puzzle cubes you’re looking at.

nine wooden cubes make a puzzle of a sea otter.

This sea otter pendant/charm is from Marty Magic.

charm of an upside down otter grasping an abalone shell

Coffee time? This supersized sea otter mug is from the Cafepress store of DC Nature Photography.

white mug with a photo of a sea otter on it

I really liked Otter Bay Gifts – here’s a brass doorknocker!

brass doorknocker has a sea otter resting on waves.

From Star Bright Books, a picture book called Good Night, Little Sea Otter.

Good Night, Little Sea Otter book cover with floating mother and baby sea otters under a night sky

Cufflinks, perhaps? These Celtic-patterned gold cufflinks are from goldsmith Grant Logan.

yellow gold cufflinks with a Celtic knot pattern incorporating a stylised otter picture

Do you have a water feature in your garden? Maybe a stone otter statue would fit in? From Garden4Less.

pale grey stone garden statue of a river otter

And to finish with more fur – here’s a plush otter from Kritters In The Mailbox.

brown and white plush river otter

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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12 replies

  1. I love the pendant.
    When I haven’t been doing tech things I’ve been spending most of yesterday/today reading obituaries and reminiscences of Ruth Park. What an author.

  2. Just caught up on the Melbourne blogosphere and discovered that most of my Melbourne blogger circle totally accept the “Julian Assange framed by evil lying women” frame (and all the associated false-rape myths along with it). Heartbroken.

  3. tigtog – thanks for the links.

  4. Staggering under a few illness-and-death whammies. Wondering if there is a DVD in the whole world fluffy enough for what I need right now.

  5. Spent forty minutes in Target deciding on the merits of various Lego kits for a five year old. I decided on the one with the sea plane, pilot and beacon and fire extinguisher.

    My Christmas shopping is almost done!

  6. Caught up with someone we love this weekend, who has their addictions under control at the moment.. and oh how very lovely it is to see them straight and sober and happy.

  7. I’ve founded a new Flickr group, New Feminine. This is based on The New Feminine, which I thought was pretty cool, but the founder seems to have vanished from the ‘net and not shared admin status with anyone, meaning it’s now full of sexualised images of women, which it was designed to challenge.
    If you’re a Flickr member and portrait photographer, and you’re interested in challenging the Flickr meaning of “feminine”, feel free to sign up.

  8. Staggering under a few illness-and-death whammies. Wondering if there is a DVD in the whole world fluffy enough for what I need right now.
    Same here. Want to do anything but plan dinners and bake shortbread right now. Feels really odd buying gifts and wreaths, going to parties and funerals in the same week.

  9. The Amazing Kim: yeah, exactly.
    Monsters Inc. was the DVD chosen, incidentally. And it was only barely fluffy enough.

    • I was too distracted over the weekend to offer sympathies and condolences, Mary and TAK. Apologies for my remiss-ness. Such things do hit harder/weirder at this time of year because of this huge cultural construction we have around “the holidays” (which make soooo much more sense in the northern hemisphere winter, playing up the festival of lights over the long dark nights, which only redoubles the dissonance for us Southrons).

  10. Sorry for also being remiss Mary and AK. I wish you both strength.

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