Moscow-based artist Nastasya Shuljak has grown up in nature, enjoying the natural world around her. Now, she's creating miniature wool sculptures of small animals and other cute creatures, and her rich childhood is really visible in her works. Plants sprout from the heads of natural spirits. Polar bears, foxes, and other critters look as if they've just stepped out of a magical wonderland... Shuljak's 42.5K followers as well as her clients can't get enough of her adorable toys, and it's easy to understand why. It's impossible not to smile when you're meeting them.

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Andrew Yarke
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2 weeks ago

SOOOOOOO CUUUUUUUTE

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Shuljak's transformation into a full-time toy designer began when she was still a theater artist and art teacher. "About 10 years ago, just before New Year's, I received an unexpected gift from my friends -- a pack of wool," Nastasya told Bored Panda. "I made a bear and a rabbit from it. Immediately, I fell in love with wool for its flexibility and the endless possibilities you can achieve with it."

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NanZ
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2 weeks ago

Just adorable!!

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"I also saw little sparks in my client's eyes after they bought the toys; a child's happiness in an adult man holding in his hands what I created. It still touches and surprises me. Working with wool has been a huge part of my life for the past ten years. I think it's not a coincidence."

Shuljak doesn't want to exhibit her creatures in a gallery. Or even to consider them as art. "They're just little lumps of joy," she said. "Carefree temporary smiles. I try to keep them as minimal as possible, strip away all the unnecessary details."

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Avery S Alberico
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2 weeks ago

happy little trees

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However, elements of the natural world find their way into Nastasya's pieces without her giving much thought to it. They're in her blood. "It's not a cheap attempt to be trendy. I've lived in nature for a very long time. I've spent my childhood in a small town near the sea, and my parents and I used to go to the forests a lot."

Currently, Nastasya lives in Moscow, Russia. And when she's not busy selling her toys on Instagram, the artist also teaches classes on how to create them.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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2 weeks ago

Good grief I absolutely need one of these adorable little furry puffs in my life!! Too freaking cute!

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Luna Lovegood
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2 weeks ago

aaaaaww

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Mäx Heiss
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2 weeks ago

😍

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alwaysMispelled
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2 weeks ago

Looks so friendly! Hello, Fren!

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Sarawyn
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2 weeks ago

Awwww! So adorable. I feel like the one on the right is saying, “Will u be my friend?”

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Avery S Alberico
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2 weeks ago

do not disturb him, he waits for master to return to him

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NanZ
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2 weeks ago

I love the little teeth!

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 weeks ago

LOVE!!!!

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 weeks ago

Love the bumps on his back--like a kind of dinosaur?

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Maria Gonzalez
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2 weeks ago

Big Wolf little wolf!

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NanZ
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2 weeks ago

OMG!!

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Avery S Alberico
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2 weeks ago

I think him and the polar bear are related

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NanZ
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2 weeks ago

I love these little things!

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Luna Lovegood
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2 weeks ago

Aww he makes me happy :)

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Luna Lovegood
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2 weeks ago

best friends :)

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Jessica Bertram
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2 weeks ago

what a sweet bodger. awww bodger.

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Avery S Alberico
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2 weeks ago

COCONUT!

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Luna Lovegood
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2 weeks ago

lil wulf bois

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Sarawyn
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2 weeks ago

What a sweet little guy!

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Sarawyn
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2 weeks ago

I can’t handle these sweet babies!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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2 weeks ago

I cat handle this cuteness overload!! I'm in love! Why are these so cute!

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Sarawyn
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2 weeks ago

He looks like he could just come to life and talk to you.

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Colin Leetham
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2 weeks ago

When a cat looks at me I ask... food or cuddles? What do you need?

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Vilis Lacis
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2 weeks ago

Little Good Wolf!

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Avery S Alberico
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2 weeks ago

soulmates

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Sarawyn
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2 weeks ago

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Thomas Ewing
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2 weeks ago

A new hood ornament!

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Colin Leetham
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2 weeks ago

Woolcat is contemplating mischief...

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Madison Feehan
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2 weeks ago

Story time over tea....

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Luna Lovegood
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2 weeks ago

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa so cuuuuuuuuuuttteeeeeeeeee

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Sarawyn
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2 weeks ago

This one is my favorite!

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Lina B.
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2 weeks ago

It’s a bear!!!!

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