Running the Softie Awards was fun, especially getting to see all the wonderful, creative softies. But with over 2500 entries, some of my favorites didn't make it into the top 5.
So over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to feature some of the non-finalist, but fabulous toys that I think deserve some extra face time! If you want to pick ONE of your favorites from the 2500 on the flickr group that didn't make the finals, include a link in the Comments and tell me why you like it - and I'll try and feature it in an upcoming post. Please suggest one other than your own. :-)
From the Functional category:
This is an animal jigsaw puzzle - a kangaroo with her joey, a koala, wombat, penguin, chick, platypus and echidna (that's a spiny anteater), emu and possum.
And here are all the pieces and the 'board' they fit together on. Isn't this a great idea?! It's by Little Miss Scruffy.
This is a simple amigurumi, but I love the green hair and the photo set up...like he works at Home Depot. Let's give him a big hand for taking time off to enter the Softie Awards...by kpwerker
Well this is amazing....these steaks glow governed by an 'arduino board running pulse with moderation software'....or so says the creator Bekathwia. I don't know how that works, but I think this is a very cool mash up of softie + technology. Entered in the Food category.
This designer was a Softie Award Winner with a long-legged bird, but I also love this guy - Humpty Dumpty by abbyjane. He was entered in the Wilcard category.
As you can see, this is a really simply bear pattern, but the detail is what makes him so special - the look in his face is so wistful and I love the body fabric and the tinsel around his muzzle - I haven't seen tinsel used much like this and a little unexpected sparkle is always nice...by Sweet Pea Illustrations.
What are your favorite non-finalists? Please feel free to leave a comment.