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As much as I love buying prints and posters, I’m always on the lookout for different kinds of art to put on my walls. I like variety, and these incredible papercraft designs by The Paper Pony blew me away! The Etsy shop features intricate paper art inside shadowboxes, and they are highly detailed and so very, very pretty. I especially love the use of different textures. Their work features characters from Frozen, Game of Thrones (Daenerys and her dragons!), Doctor Who, Legend of Zelda, and many others. You can even commission a design if you don’t see your favorite franchise represented in their shop.

Each piece is made by hand so there will be slight variations – which I think makes this art even cooler. Turnaround time is 3-4 weeks.

Check out more beautiful papercraft shadowboxes after the break.

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It’s freezing and more or less miserable in several places across the globe right now. Snow’s been falling continually in my neck of the woods, but I’m trying to make the best of it. One way to brighten up the gray chill is by playing outside. A yard full of snow is like an empty canvas just waiting to be formed into sculptures, and characters from pop culture make perfect fodder. Check out our round-up of six geeky snow sculptures to get inspired!

Check out the chilling snow creations after the break.

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The characters of Hayao Miyazaki’s film are memorable. He’s weaved the kind of stories that stay with you and inspire you to create. In this case, it inspired Pixiv user marlboro to put together lush art nouveau style art for characters like Totoro and Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle. Each image is packed with details from the film it depicts, and it’s easy to get lost in them. Catbus in Totoro’s image is my favorite.

More beautiful pieces after the break.

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Fans of Totoro will want to add this house, designed by Goro Miyazaki, to their to-do list when they visit Japan. It’s a full-scale replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house from My Neighbor Totoro that was built for the 2005 World’s Fair held in Nagoya, Japan. Not only is the outside of the house designed to look perfect, but so is the inside, including little clothes in the drawers.

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Someone taught their cockatiel how to sing the theme song to “My Neighbor Totoro.”

All is very right with the world ;-)

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Take a mouse, add a character from sci-fi or fantasy, and mix well. If you follow that recipe carefully, you might end up with cute sculpted mice like the ones made by Quernus Crafts. The UK based company makes tons of handcrafted figurines featuring the likes of Malcolm Reynolds (Captain Whiskers to you), Harry Potter, Gandalf, and so many more.  I don’t have to words to express how precious they look! You can even commission them to make a mouse version of your favorite character.

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My Neighbor Totoro is one of those shows that is riddled with adorable. From Totoro to the Catbus – it’s constant oohing and aahing and squee’ing. It turns out that Catbus is cute in any form – even when he’s made from Lego bricks. Tomoyuki Wakata built the blocky version of the animated character, and the best part is that it actually moves. The tail waves back and forth and everything!

See more pics and a video of the Catbus in action after the break.

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Totoro is just adorable in this little animated music box that’s currently available for preorder. It plays music from the series and is due to ship this April.

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You can make this Totoro bedding set, complete with an adorable pillow face. It’s actually not quite as complicated as you’d think and is likely a project most aspiring seamstresses could manage. You start with collecting sheets or fabric in the textures and colors you want, then create a few simple templates, cut, stitch and you’re done.

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I don’t like snow, but this Totoro snowman is so freaking cute that I just want to curl up next to him and take a nap.

(via Miyazaki Fan Page)