Being a serious design lover doesn't mean all design has to be serious. In fact, I often find that the spaces and designers I love the most are the ones that take the unserious seriously, the ones that make room in their homes and their hearts for that big kid that lives inside all of us. Personally, I've never been one to hide my inner child, especially when it comes to my love for monsters, sci-fi, and all things scary... and when those things combine with handmade, I can barely contain myself (totally explains my FaceOff and Creature Shop addictions!).
So when I stumbled across Yetis & Friends while deep in a late-night Etsy hunt, the little Melissa inside me lost her freaking mind. A wickedly creative twist on the faux taxidermy trend, Yetis & Friends sells handmade mounted yeti heads to, according to their Etsy shop, "impress your party, decorate your den, and strike fear into the hearts of the chaotically evil."
After audibly squealing with delight at their cheeky shop ("Adventure crafted by hand!") and monster stories (see below), and mentally ranking which one of their kooky creations would be mine (ALL MINE), I found myself trolling (see what I did there?) their Tumblr, which unleashed whole new piles of nerd bounty for me to devour. Behind-the-scenes shots, works in progress, and even more background on each yeti's unique story abound. If you're hard into handmade creature geekdom like I am, head over to Yetis & Friends for a serious fix... but be beware of what lurks there, just waiting for your inner child to come out and play.
"The Alp originates from the mountainous regions of Austria and Germany and is known for stepping on small farm animals, putting stinky diapers back on children, and sitting on your chest while you nap."
"Shoe Cobbler’s Kobold. Imagine a tiny little man with a super long beard and minimal clothing who talks in a high-pitched squeak and follows you around offering to re-tie your shoes 5 times a minute. Oh Kobold , you dummy."
"One of the smaller creatures found in the Salt Flats of the Witch Ditch. The Jackalope spends much of its time searching for food. Its chubby cheeks are capable of storing enough food to last for weeks. They are solitary creatures, so prefer to build nests alone, and are very finicky about their possessions. If it catches you stealing any of its carrots it will cry and wail for hours."
"Grumble Bocks are giant quadrupedal grazers that are valued for their wool. Grumble Bock milk is also the main ingredient in Grumble Pie, a popular peasant dish, and BockleHop, a common albeit lousy drink. In fact, they are so valued amongst Civettians that it's illegal to slaughter one without the crown's approval. "
"Spotted Beasts are nature's garbage disposals. If you've ever lost a boot on a hike or woken up to find a package of beef jerky missing, chances are high a Spotted Beast ate it. The Beasts will often stalk inexperienced travellers in hopes of gaining a free meal."
"Schwarzwald Yeticorns aren't particularly smart. But when working together, they have been known to plunder shipments of coins to fill their hungry bellies. In fact they will eat anything that resembles coins. For instance washers, bolts, flat rocks, and hockey pucks."
"Because the coat of Blizzard Beasts is so thick, they sometimes prefer to sit in the snow and wait out the storm rather than seek shelter. In heavy snow storms it can occur that they become completely invisible and it's not uncommon that clumsy travellers take a wrong step and go on a surprise rodeo ride."
See what I mean? Heart eyes.
All monster descriptions and images via Yetis & Friends