Give that a moment to sink in.
Yes. A platypus.
Lucky, I am what can be called "clever" and "resourceful" when I want to be, and I managed to create this with one part crafty-ness and one part engineering...
He's been named "Beethoven", he's the approximate size of an NFL football, he's very cuddly, and he's very loved by his new owner.
A posting of Beethoven's picture to my Facebook page started a huge outpouring of interest and links flying and requests for other bizarre animals (for example, narwhals). In the midst of the frenzy, it occurred to me that while I post a lot here about my costuming adventures, I'm pretty poor about posting my "Stuffie" adventures.
In the past, I've posted about Professor Bear, the Forest Nymph, and the Christmas Bears/Lion, but here are some things that I haven't posted about before...
A penguin, made for my Son for Valentine's day last year.
A fox, custom made as a prize for winning an Arts & Sciences challenge I put down.
A barn owl, version (A) and version (B). Version (A) read a bit more penguin-ish or baby owl-ish, which precipitated the need for version (B), which the intended recipient liked much better (and I agreed!).
This doll has a removable beard to create "Season One" (unbearded) and "Season Two" (bearded) Commander William T. Riker from "Star Trek: The Next Generation". It was a Valentine's day gift last year for my Beau.