Category Archives: Toys

It Sounds Like Your Worst Nightmare (But It Isn’t): Lego-Shaped Slippers

Lego Slippers

Source: Think Geek

The greatest fear on the Internet – stepping on a Lego brick, just got taken to a whole new level, but it’s not as scary as you might think.

Although Lego slippers sound like the interwebs edition of iron maiden torture device, they are in fact a rather comfy set of footwear to get your tootsies into. Coming under the official name of Building Brick Slippers, Lego slippers serve as a necessary protection against stepping on a real thing. Continue reading

Slipper Sunbed

Slipper-Shaped Sunbeds: This Summer’s Craziest Invention

The summer is coming, so it’s time to lay off the hard work and get some swimming done! And after you treated yourself with a good dive or two, there’s nothing better than an instant switch to lazy mode and a few minutes to just soak up some sun on the sunbed.

Slipper Sunbed

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Posh Pet Bed pEi Pod

Two peas in a pEi Pod

Two peas in a pEi Pod

“I am very little. Careful! Don’t step on me. You never have to walk me. I don’t bark. I don’t ask for much, but just because your shoe box says Jimmy Choo doesn’t mean I want to sleep in it.”

So reads the copy for the pEi Petite – a small round egg for your pet rabbit to sleep in. Inspired by a doodle of a happy cat emerging from an egg, pEi Pods are meant to imitate the cave-like sanctuaries animals love without disturbing the feng shui of their human’s living space.

Lap of of cat luxury

Lap of of cat luxury

What do you think? Are these animal beds purrrfect, or over the top? Let us know in the comments.

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(HEAVY) Hop Art at the Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel in Toronto, Canada is known for being a “hotbed of culture”. During a recent stay there, one of our FH2P editors noticed a eye-catching collection of hop art out on the roof.

'Concreatures' on the roof of the Drake Hotel

‘Concreatures’ on the roof of the Drake Hotel

(Image Source: Drake Hotel website)

The collection, ‘Concreatures at My Window’ is by Toronto-born artist Ross Bonfanti are made by casting the insides of plush animals dolls.

Hello, there!

Hello, there!

The result of his artistic manipulation is a piece that emotionally engages us with memories of stuffed childhood friends. However, while their concrete form literally ‘solidifies’ these memories for us, there’s something about the transformation from colorful plush to hard stone that’s a little unnerving.

I'm not even sure what this one is.

I’m not even sure what this one is.

So, folks – is it cute, creepy, or just the right amount of both?

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Pinsperational Bunny Crafts

About a week ago, we posted this simple rabbit-related D.I.Y project on our Facebook.  What started as an innocent crafting curiosity soon became a crafting frenzy, and we realized there was only one place to go that would quench our thirst for cute do-it-yourself, bunny-earred curios: Pinterest.  We’ve scoured the “online pin-board” photo sharing site for our favorite bunny crafts, and came up with 5 favorites. (Click on the images to go to the blog post for instructions, &c.)

For those of you with sewing chops, might I suggest this sitting bunny plush from Mairuru

For those of you with sewing chops, might I suggest this sitting bunny plush from Mairuru

Is anyone else's mouth watering just looking at this project from the Mommy Savers archive?

Is anyone else’s mouth watering just looking at this project from the Mommy Savers archive?

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Hare Raising Rabbit Artwork: An Interview With Victor Huang

We love cute stuff, we love weird stuff (uh, have you seen our Cthulhu slippers?), and we love rabbits. So when we happened upon the hop art of toymaker Victor Huang, we knew we had to feature his work on From Hop to Pop. Lucky for us, Victor is not only quick on the draw email-wise, but also a super neat guy.

When you’re finish reading the interview, be sure to check out his Vickangaroo Etsy Store or his website, Vickangaroo Toy Company.

Cutey widdle cuddwy bunnies!

Cutey widdle cuddwy bunnies!

H2P: If you could be so kind, would you tell us a bit about yourself (age, location, artistic background)?

VH: I am twenty-four years old, located in Chicago, Illinois. In November 2007, I taught myself how to sew and have since been challenging myself and attempting to advance my skills as a toymaker. I am also an aspiring printmaker and illustrator.

H2P: Can you talk about the significance of the rabbit as a muse? How did this develop and what triggered it?

VH: I was born in 1987, which according to the Chinese zodiac is the year of the rabbit. Compassionate, creative and ambitious are traits of rabbits in the zodiac and I’d like to imagine that there is some truth to the description. I am certain that I would not be who I am today if it were not for Bugs Bunny; not only the cartoon character but also the twelve inch tall stuffed toy version that has stood as a friend and accomplice for my entire childhood. He has survived torn limbs and ears and while others have gotten lost he has traversed the country at my side. He now sits comfortably in line with the half dozen other stuffed animals, retelling the same stories to his compatriots for the last decade. It may be time for him to see the world once more!

"Hey, man, what's wrong? You're looking a little green..."

“Hey, man, what’s wrong? You’re looking a little green…”

H2P: Likewise, is there something about the rabbit in particular that you value (as opposed to other animals)?
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