Insect Lore came out with this fun, interactive way to learn all about metamorphosis — and you don't even have to go for a hike in...

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Butterfly Pavilion

Insect Lore came out with this fun, interactive way to learn all about metamorphosis — and you don’t even have to go for a hike in the rain to experience it. This smart home butterfly kit springs into a 2-foot-high cylinder with a vinyl floor. You can watch each of the caterpillar’s transition from a chrysalis into a Painted Lady butterfly then, later, release them into your backyard. $32. Available at these Seattle locations: Curious Kidstuff, 4740 California Ave S.W., 206-937-8788; Science Art and More, 6417 Roosevelt Way N.E., #104, 206-524-3795; and Top Ten Toys, 104 N. 85th St., 206-782-0098

Japanese Beckoning Cat

Welcome good luck into your home with a Maneki Neko or beckoning cat. The traditional Japanese figurine is usually made of ceramic or porcelain, and is believed to bring good luck or good fortune. Prices vary, depending on size. Available at Uwajimaya in Seattle, 600 Fifth Ave. S., 206-624-6248

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Wonder Vase

OK, awful name, but cool little vase. It comes as a flat sheet (you can even mail it!). Put it under hot water, and it becomes malleable enough to form into whatever shape you’d like. Run it under cold water to “freeze” it, and it’s ready for flowers. To flatten, simply run under hot water again. $5.95. Order at

Paper Source

Check out the grand opening of this fun, colorful stationery and gift store in Bellevue. This company designs its own papers and travels the world in search of unique stationery, handmade journals and photo albums, do-it-yourself kits and keen gifts. 700 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, 425-646-0100;

Compiled by digs editor Colleen McBrinn. Cat photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times. Other photos courtesy of Insect Lore and Wonder Vase.