I have had a mini personal owl fad going on starting in about November. I really have been enjoying the recent owl comeback (I think I've even squealed about an owl item or two, and I'm not usually a squealer). I've held myself in check about them, though, because (1) I don't want to conform so closely to a current fad that I end up completely dating myself and (2) moderation in all things (even cute lil' owls) is healthy.
After making and admiring owl baby shower invitations for my friend, though, and appreciating all of the positive feedback I received (even Benjamin proclaimed them to be "so cute!"), I started thinking about the adorable owl baby toys I've seen on several blogs and wanting to make some of my own. The idea fit in quite nicely with my need to keep busy so that I don't begin to fret about Sweet Pea's eminent arrival. I made two last Saturday--one for Sweet Pea and one as a gift.
After consulting several tutorials I found through a Google search, I made up my own pattern. I based it on a few favorite ideas in others' tutorials (I can't remember whose or I'd link up to them) and a few ideas all my own.
The wings flap and are crinkly, and two small jingle bells in each of the owls' bodies make a pleasant, soft noise. Plus I added little ribbon feet and tried to use various textures of fabric to add even more interest.
With links slipped into the top loop of ribbon, these two little owls are just waiting to entertain their new little playmates without slipping to the floor!
In the meantime, though, Brother finds them charmingly appealing and is more than willing to give them a test run...minus the drool and spit up, thankfully. : )