i bought this awesome pin-cushion from elizabeth brennick at etsy - i love it! i am much less likely to leave pins lying around. it's a little hot for august, but it's great. and the penguin comes off the cuff with elastic if i need it somewhere else.
she still has owls and whales available. are owls the new octopi? when i looked up "owl pin" on etsy i got 12 pages of items! octopi (octopuses?) are suddenly the hipster design, featured in knitted, crocheted, sewn, and felted form. see the article on craftzine for more.