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Totoro manages to be cute no matter what he’s doing – even if it’s sleeping with an open mouth and snoring. A new Dozing Totoro plush captures the furry creature while he’s snoozing and sawing some logs. It’s adorable but also a little weird. And the noise of the snoring in the video was enough to scare my cat.

See the plush in action after the break.

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DIY Totoro Baby Bouncer

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When blogger Cation Designs started shopping for merchandise for her soon-to-be-born baby, she realized that baby stuff is both kind of generic and very expensive. She found a used Snugabunny bouncer for a great price that was suitable, but she didn’t care for the bunny and bird theme. She brainstormed and came up with a much cooler look for the baby accessory: Totoro! She covered the existing cushion with an adorable Totoro and turned the birds into soot sprites.

Check out more images – including a before picture – after the break.

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Just when I think I’ve seen all the mash-ups in the world, the internet produces a more awesome one. The talented James Hance came up with this Firefly and Scooby-Doo combo, and it’s fabulous. All the choices are perfect, but I especially adore Wash as Shaggy and Inara as Daphne. I’d go hunting for ghosts with this crew any day.

And it’s not the only fantastic mash-up Hance created recently. Check out his My Neighbor Totoro and Star Wars combo after the break.

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Hayao Miyazaki may have retired, but his characters will live on forever. They are the sort of creations that inspire others, and artist Richard J. Evans decided to pay tribute to Studio Ghibli by creating a pixelated spin on some of their characters. He’s taken familiar faces from My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and more. I’m surprised by how well this style of art suits the characters and stories. It makes me want an 8-bit Studio Ghibli video game!

See more of the neat series after the break.

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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.

See more pictures after the break…

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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 ;-)

Enjoy it after the break.

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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.

Check out more cuteness after the break.

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