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Plush Animals Inspired by Nature

Updated on February 23, 2015

A Gift Guide of Plush Birds & Bees, and a Frog or Two...

Nature and its surroundings has become part of my inspiration for creating stuffed animals. I love plush animals, both those manufactured by many fine companies, and those cleverly handmade by fiber artists.

Animals and birds, insects and fish, all abound in the flora and fauna of Nature. Let's take a walk through the woods and see what we can find, then bring nature indoors with a Plush version.

My favorite description of Nature comes from this Lord Byron quote:

"When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,

And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;

When the air does laugh with our merry wit,

And the green hill laughs with the noise of it."

-- Lord Byron.


Birds of a Feather... Stick Together!

Birds are winged, have two legs, and are warm-blooded, vertebrate animals that lay eggs. There are around 10,000 living species. They are found across the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Birds range in size from the 2 inch Bee Hummingbird to the 10 foot Ostrich. Information from Wikipedia.

Children recognize the word Bird and know what birds look like from an early age. Birds are a favorite part of nature to little ones.

Flying Friends in Plush

From realistic plush birds with authentic sounds licensed by Audubon to a child's favorite Big Bird from Sesame Street to the fun little Looney Tunes "Tweety-Bird", Amazon has a delightful selection of plush birds that appeal to adult collectors and children alike.

Northern Cardinal - Audubon Plush Bird (Authentic Bird Sound)
Northern Cardinal - Audubon Plush Bird (Authentic Bird Sound)

Audubon birds are available in many varieties. I like the Cardinal as it reminds me of my favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. :)


National Bird Day is January 5

The popularity of the Angry Birds Characters

Angry birds began life as a video game in 2009, based on a sketch of a wingless bird. The game was released by Apple in 2010 and became a runaway hit. It branched out to a variety of related video games and even a board game and a TV show. Merchandize from this popular bird now includes plush toys, music, books and films.

Angry Birds seem to appeal to all ages. My 5-year-old grandson is absolutely crazy about the Angry Birds and plays with them all the time.

David and his Angry Bird


International Owl Awareness Day

August 4th

Plush Owl
Plush Owl

Whoo Who... a Plush Owl

The latest version of my crocheted plush owl is Oliver, an Amigurumi version created in tan and brown yarn. He's happily sitting in a tree here in Savannah, Georgia! (Very rare to see him out in the daytime -- perhaps it's because he's a 'plushie'.) :-)

Oliver (you can call him Ollie) can be seen in several views at his perch at Coastal Crochet Crafts at Etsy.

Owls are Among the Most Popular in the Bird Family

And Adored in Plush Form

There are over 200 species of owls found in almost all parts of the earth. With their small beaks and wide faces and large forward-facing eyes with a circle of feathers around them, we find owls a most appealing creature. And nowhere else are they more popular than in 'plush' form.

In nature, owls come in fairly standard colors.... browns & tans, white, grey and black. Owls as stuffed yarn creations can be all sorts of whimsical colors.... for instance, pink owls are nice! :)

Real Owls come in nature's colors .... Baby nursery plush owls are more colorful. :)
Real Owls come in nature's colors .... Baby nursery plush owls are more colorful. :) | Source

Pink Owls? Blue & Green Owls? - Plush Owls Can Be Found in Any Color

Pink & Grey Owls
Pink & Grey Owls

Nature's Bee-u-tiful Bees!

Bee Sure to See What the Buzz is all About

My Pillow Pets Buzzy Bumble Bee 11"
My Pillow Pets Buzzy Bumble Bee 11"

The 'buzzing of the bees', in plush!

A 'Pillow Pet' is both a pillow for bedtime or naptime, and a plush pet once you close the velcro closure. This one is a cuddly Bumble Bee!

Honey Bee in Plush
Honey Bee in Plush

A Happy Honey Bee~

Handmade in Crochet

This honey bee would like to be a plush pet in a child's room instead of a worker bee in the beehive.

Handmade in crochet using yellow and black acrylic yarn, this happy Honey Bee measures 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide across her body (not counting her legs). Her wings are done in white yarn. She is softly filled with new polyester polyfil. Her features are embroidered in yarn and embroidery thread. She can be found in the Etsy shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts.

Beyond Plush

Interspersed throughout these delightful furry forest friends in plush, you might find a few 'related' items to play and enjoy with your plush friend.


Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Fly Away Home!

Lady Bugs are very small insects, and are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, head and antennae. Lady Bugs are found worldwide and they are generally considered useful insects as many species feed on pests in gardens.

Most children know the "Ladybug! Ladybug! Fly away home..." nursery rhyme and think Lady Bugs are cute and fun. Fly with me below and see some Lady Bugs in Plush!

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Red Lady BugYellow Lady BugOrange Lady Bug
Red Lady Bug
Red Lady Bug | Source
Yellow Lady Bug
Yellow Lady Bug | Source
Orange Lady Bug
Orange Lady Bug | Source

A Handmade Lady Bug in Crochet

Featured in the Etsy shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts

This is a sweet little red Lady Bug Plushie, very squeezable and hugable and just the right size for little hands.

Did you know that Lady Bugs in nature come in orange & yellow, as well as the well-known Red?

Your Child and Lady Bug Plushie..

Can Read a Lady Bug Book Together!

In the storybook Ten Little Ladybugs, one by one, ten tactile bugs disappear. Where did they all go? Young ones will love finding this out as they feel their way through the sturdy, colorful pages of this innovative book. The cute critters provide a hands-on learning experience and the rhyming text reinforces the counting concept.

*Reading Level: ages 4-8. Not recommended for children under 3.

Mr. Turtle round and low

I know why you move so slow

You carry such a heavy load

Moving your house down the road.

Amigurumi Plush Turtle in Crochet
Amigurumi Plush Turtle in Crochet | Source

Nature's Turtles...

Make Great "Plush" Pets

One of Nature's most popular animals, especially with children, is the Turtle! Turtles come in many sizes, from the gigantic Sea Turtles to the tiny little baby turtles found in ponds. This crocheted version is just such a 'baby!'

This Amigurumi turtle toy created by Tara, an Australian crafter, can be found in her Etsy Shop Tara's Joy Toys.

May 23

is World Turtle Day!

Florida Box Turtle
Florida Box Turtle | Source

Turtles are Terrific!

Especially in Plush

From the largest turtle, the leatherback sea turtle, to the tiniest turtle in the world, the speckled turtle of South Africa, turtles fascinate children.

How The Turtle Got His Shell - A Golden Book Selection for babies and toddlers

How the Turtle Got Its Shell
How the Turtle Got Its Shell

How did the turtle get its shell? This darling 24-page Golden Book for babies and preschoolers gives answers to that question, plus cool facts about turtles.



A caterpillar is the larval form of some insects, such as moths and butterflies. They are also known as the 'leafworm' and also called an inchworm due to their characteristic looping gait. In the agriculture world, they are considered plant pests, but kids love them all fuzzy and cute. And they look adorable designed in a cute and/or cuddly way, such as this colorful caterpillar shown here. :)

Colorful Caterpillar in Plush

Crocheted Caterpillar
Crocheted Caterpillar

Cute as a plush toy is this Cuddly Caterpillar created in teal and white, making it perfect for a new baby gift or to decorate a baby boy's room.

Created by a crochet crafter on Etsy, Caterpillar has five (5) sections all crocheted together in alternating teal & white yarn.. Features include teal eyes and a pink mouth, with teal 'antennae' on the top of the head. Each segment following the head has little 'feet' in yarn.

Baby Toy Caterpillar measures about 14 inches long and is 3" across and 3" high. It's very soft and cuddly! It can be found in the Etsy Shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts

Plush Caterpillar by Melissa & Doug - Colorful and Cute

Melissa & Doug Longfellow Caterpillar - Rainbow-Colored Stuffed Animal With 32 Floppy Feet (over 2 feet long)
Melissa & Doug Longfellow Caterpillar - Rainbow-Colored Stuffed Animal With 32 Floppy Feet (over 2 feet long)

Super-soft plush caterpillar has a huggable, flexible body that drapes over shoulders or a lap. There are 32 floppy feet on its colorful multi-color body and is over 2 feet long overall.


'Froggy Went A-Courtin...'

Frog on bough
Frog on bough | Source

Green Tree Frog - "Ribbit"

As defined in Wikipedia, frogs are amphibians characterized by long hind legs, a short body, webbed digits (fingers or toes), protruding eyes and the absence of a tail. Frogs are widely known as exceptional jumpers. They are often semi-aquatic, but can move easily on land.

Ask a child to describe a frog and he'll tell you a frog is Green and can 'jump', and he'll 'demonstrate by 'jumping' like a frog while chanting "ribbit, ribbit".

Flopsie Flavio Frog by Aurora Plush

A funny floppy frog
A funny floppy frog | Source

Crocheted Frog

A big floppy, full of fun Frog for the enjoyment of children.

This cute frog is hand-crocheted in acrylic yarn in two shades of green with black & white yarn frog eyes. Frog is filled with soft polyfil stuffing. He reminds me of a famous frog named Kermit! :)

Frog measures 22 inches long and 5 inches wide. He sits about 8 inches tall. His arms are 11 inches long and his legs are 15 inches long. His arms and legs are jointed, made in 3 pieces each, and are fun to pose.

Floppy frog is a very hugable plush animal and fun to have around. He's found in the Etsy Shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts.

More Plush Animal Stories...

Phillip the Funny Frog
Phillip the Funny Frog | Source

My Frog Story

In the Intro I showed you a picture of a Plush Frog. Now I'd like to introduce him. His name is Phillip and he was hand-crocheted by me. This is his story....

Phillip's skin is green as grass

And he loves to jump and splash.

Phillip the Frog is handmade and is my interpretation in crochet of one of Nature's favorite creatures.

Phillip is a funny frog

He wears a great big smile

He's happy and playful

And would like to stay with you awhile.

Phillip has hopped away to a new home, but can be created 'just-for-you' upon request. :-)

Save the Frogs Day!

Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. For more information, check out their website Save the Frogs Day

Our Nature Walk is Done for Today

Hope You Enjoyed It

Phillip the Funny Frog and I would like to thank you for taking this "Walk through the Woods" with us. We've enjoyed our Nature Walk among these plushies inspired by nature, and hope you have too.

© 2010 Wednesday-Elf

Come tell me your favorite part of Nature!

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    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks for visiting, Favored. Happy you liked my nature-inspired animals.

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      Fay Favored 

      3 years ago from USA

      The Caterpillar is so cute, but when I saw frog I knew I had to pin this for my niece. They are all so good.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      You are one of my biggest fans of my handmade crochet, Mouse, and I appreciate it. Thanks for your visit.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks, Susan (BuckHawk). I got the idea for the colorful owls from a customer who ordered 3 in different colors for her newborn's nursery she decorated in an owl theme. :)

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      4 years ago

      Oh, my - those owls are something! How imaginative you are. Nature is always worth sharing with the indoors and I think I may have to share those cute owls with my granddaughters.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      Oh, I love that Lord Byron quote! All of the little plush animals are adorable, but I especially love your handmade crochet animals.

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      4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Redneck Lady Luck: I love crafting in themes, A-Redneck, and nature provides such wonderful inspirations. I agree with your daughter; I think ladybugs are so cute.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I like frogs, bumblebees, and ladybugs. These items are so cute they would be adorable gift ideas for family and friends. My oldest daughter has a fascination for ladybug items and she can just never get enough.

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      5 years ago

      Oh! I love plush animals! So many adorable nature inspired plush animals to consider. They are all awesome!

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      6 years ago

      I absolutely love all the crocheted animals. How adorable that catepillar is!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      This page is always so much fun to stop by!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      6 years ago

      I love plush! These nature inspired plush animals are awesome!

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      6 years ago

      I so enjoyed our nature walk accompanied by all the precious plush animals. Phillip your plush frog is delightful!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      In celebration of Friendship Day 2012, I am returning to some of my favorite lenses for fun, sharing and renewed blessings :) Friends Still Make it All Worthwhile!

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Cute lens - the frogs are probably my favorite. :)

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      6 years ago

      Your crocheting is amazing!

    • zentao profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens. I like plush animals (have my own on superhero characters) great in depth lens here. Awesome looking stuff

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      7 years ago

      I was wondering when I'd see a frog stuffed animal on Squidoo tonight, enjoyed yours!

    • jadehorseshoe profile image


      7 years ago

      Another charming lens.

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      7 years ago

      I love those owls of yours in the trees....returning with a nature inspired blessing!

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      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      Your crochet designs are fabulous. What talent!

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      7 years ago

      So very cute!

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      7 years ago

      I love the turtle. This would make a wonderful gift for any child or an adult who is a fan of turtles.

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      7 years ago

      Those owls are adorable! Wonderful stuff!

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      7 years ago

      wow, great cuddly toys, I would never be able to make them!

    • KANEsUgAr profile image


      7 years ago

      The frog, and owls are so adorable. I love it.

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      Christine Hulme 

      7 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Have just returned from a lovely walk through the woods and found you lens. I loved it- especially loved Phillip the frog. You are a very talented squidmaster! Reminds me of when I knitted Beatrix Potter's characters some years ago, they still sit on top of my cupboard.

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      7 years ago

      Hey! Thanks heaps for recommending my Funky Friends Factory soft toy patterns! : )

      I am always inspired by nature - and it's an honour to be incluided here!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      7 years ago

      Inspired by nature and created by an elf... I love it! the frog is my favorite.

    • pkmcruk profile image


      7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Absolutely wonderful and great fun - beautifully and creatively presented as always - but which one to buy first!

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      Sara Duggan 

      7 years ago from California

      Love this lens. Your crochet work is great. I love all your little animal friends. :)

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      oh my goodness, my daughter is going to want the lady bug!

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      Indigo Janson 

      7 years ago from UK

      I came back with an angel blessing for this wonderful lens -- I hoped it would be leprechaun magic but your clocks have changes so I'm too late!

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      7 years ago

      Lady Bug in croket is my favourite. You are so creative.

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      7 years ago from Oz

      Awwww this is a very cute lens, glad I found it. I love them all =) --- Blessed ---

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      Moe Wood 

      8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Very cute. Especially that mini ladybug!

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      8 years ago

      Joyful and inspirational- love that Lord Byron poem that opens this lens. Thumbs up!

    • RaintreeAnnie profile image


      8 years ago from UK

      Gorgeous!! My fave ...may be the robin-probably as we have had a little guy visit us every day during this snowy weather and he was really cheery to us! However as i look again I love so many of them. Great well presented page :)

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      8 years ago

      Wow!!!These are soooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love them!!!!!!!!! Great job!!!!! 10 stars!!!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh goodness, I loved the robin and the owls and then the frogs are beyond cute!

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      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Love the frog although it was a hard choice because they are all so well presented! Blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      8 years ago from Iowa

      Love the little robin. So cute.

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      8 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens, your creativity and design was unique and a great way to showcase Phillip and all his adorable friends! - Kathy

    • howdoyouspellst profile image


      8 years ago

      I love these adorable snugglies. I love nature sounds... rain, wind, quiet snow... Nature is lovely.

      Great lens, thanks!

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      8 years ago

      The colors! I love what nature provides for us to see. But, I love what you provided here. Great color layout in your lens. I also love your crochet work. It has been fun.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Beautifully done. I love the frog you led with!

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      8 years ago

      Thumbs up to nature! I love it!...those owls are TOO CUTE! I love their big eyes...My fav part of nature is learning new the other night me & my family heard this horrible barking sound from the woods behind our house...sounded like a wounded dog...after MANY youtube searches we found the exact's called a Vixen Scream and comes from the male red fox when he wants to mate ;o) ...thanks for popping into my jam lens...I appreciate it!

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      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Excellent finds! You've featured some excellent products. I like anything turtle related, so I think that would be my favorite part of this page.

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      Samantha Devereux 

      8 years ago from Columbia Mo

      I absolutely Love your little owl!

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      8 years ago

      This is such a sweet lens and it is so well presented. I love these little guys. Any child would love one of these toys till it ragged. Very nice to give this a big Thumbs-up!

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      8 years ago

      I love Phillip and all the other cute plushies. Lensrolled to Unique Frog Stuff.

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      8 years ago

      I love all of your nature-inspired plushies. I'll always be a kid at heart when it comes to plush toys. Beautiful lens!

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed this. I just went to our cottage last weekend and nature has its own unique hold on the mind.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Really cute selections!

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      8 years ago

      How very Cute! I love all the plush toys that you have shown... And your handmade!! I really don't know how to make them soo cute!! You are really good at this... :) Great lens Pat!

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      8 years ago from U.S.

      I also think it's a cute lens :-) It's given me a couple ideas for gifts -- Audubon plush birds (with sound!) for my birding mother.

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      8 years ago

      Phillip is could you part with him? LOL...this is a super cute lens!

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      Lynne Modranski 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      Cute! Here's a link to a couple more frogs and ladybugs:

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I love looking at your lenses. If I were a kid (and I really still am), I'd want to have a bunch of your lady bugs all over my room.

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      8 years ago

      An attractive lens. Well done. Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      These little plushies just make you grin! Love the Robin and Hummingbird ones. Great choices for nature lovers.

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      rewards4life info 

      8 years ago

      A very nice nature inspired plush presentation here. I'll lensroll this lens to my nature inspired posters page. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      8 years ago from Croatia

      This is beautiful piece of work! You did great job presenting all these cute natural plushies!

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Very cute frog. Some day I want to make little crocheted animals. I have a few. I am so attracted to them. Visited your nice Etsy shop.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      8 years ago from Quezon City

      Pat, you have put together such an adorable collection of nature-inspired plushies! I want to OWN each one of them, they are too cute. Philip the frog too is simply precious. I love the overall mood of this lens *blessed*

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      8 years ago

      I want to squish the plushies! This lens is incredibly fun and I bet it's a great resource for parents when birthday time come around :-)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Welcome to the South Carolina Group

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      8 years ago

      I love the way you present your story about your crochet plushies.

      And Philip is adorable.


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      8 years ago

      Oh, this is such a cute lens!! I love the ladybugs!! You crochet beautiful and it was so nice to meet Phillip, excellent!!

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      8 years ago

      Precious! Nancy gave our granddaughter some of the Audubon birds when she was little. Now at 7, she and her Poppy still practice listening and identifying the sounds of the birds! A treasured gift!

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      A big thank you to 3 special Squid angels for finding this story worthy of your 'blessings'. You are very much appreciated!

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      8 years ago

      I can't see any reason this adorable plushies lens would be caught in spam. Now way, No how! You have done a superb job with your presentations. Make this your 3rd blessing!

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      8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Children will love these nature inspired plushies, and I'm sure lots of adults too. Great gift ideas.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      I have several of the birds that have natural sounds that we got at the Living Desert gift shop. They really do sounds just like the particular bird. MY favorite is the Eagle. I love Phillip and if I had a little one anymore I would surely want to add him to their collection of plushies. Blessed by an Angel for a beautiful presentation.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      I know I am probably too old to still love plush animals, but, alas, I find they are second only to the real thing. After 25 yrs. of marriage, my husband still brings me stuffed animals and I still love every one of them:) Beautiful lens! Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens.

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      8 years ago

      I would say that I love the lady bugs. My all time favorites!


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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great looking lens for some wonderful Nature-Inspired Pushies. I don't know how I missed this one but glad I found it.

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      8 years ago

      I really like the nature theme and how you tied the real pictures with the plushies.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      These plushies are adorable and I simply love Phillip and your sweet little ladybug. What a fun place to find nature-inspired plushies.


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