Tuesday, July 26, 2011

the next installment of my personal owl fad

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. : )


stitching under oaks said...

very cute indeed. Owls are pretty 'in' right now aren't they? I saw a cute owl mug the other day and was very tempted to make it mine. I restrained...but these I could make and then gift....great job!

The Imperfect Sojourner said...

these are so cute. good job!! I love the owls too - they are great characters :)

Debi said...

Very cute!

Tammie said...

nicely done, christina. <3

keri beth said...

okay, two posts on owl cuteness and i'm hooked! they are adorable. i am in the process of redecorating a spare room and am basing it off the curtains already hanging. an owl addition would be the perfect match...we'll see what creative thing i can come up with :) thanks for sharing all your crafty ideas!

freedom_rings said...

So very cute.

Raise Them Up said...

When I taught first grade, our class was named the "Wise Owls" and it wasn't long before I had quite the collection of owl themed objects. Everything from owls made of seeds, to owl-shaped vases. I still find myself picking up owl things and smiling.

Yours are really sweet and, as always, beautifully done! Great idea!