Friday, November 19, 2010

Owl Ornament Roundup

It's that time of the year again when we all start thinking about Christmas tree and it's decorations. I found so many wonderful owl ornaments that thought I share with you today. These all will make a perfect gift for  family or yourself :)

{from top left: embroidered ornament by fashirlgocco owl ornamentwoodland owl ornamentwooden folk-style ornamentbig eyed owl, owl print ornament by pipodolltweed owl ornament, hand painted ornament by Owl Creek Ceramics, Anthropologie's Night Loving Ornamentrustic red hoot owlhand cut ornament}

{from top left: mercury snow owl ornament by West Elm, Crate and Barrel owl ornament, woodland owl by Mudpuppycross stitched owl ornaments, forest paper owl ornament by West Elm, Jonathan Adler gold owl ornament, wood owl ornament by Marisol Spoon, Arctic owl ornament by Nordstrom}

Have a wonderful weekend!

DIY: Iron-On Transfers

I adore these Tutu Cute Snowy Owl and Robot iron-on transfers created by Ez of Creatures Comforts. She used the transfers on the tees and onesies as Christmas gifts but these can also be used on tote bags, aprons, tea towels and cushions covers (and more). For instructions and to download the templates click here.

Printable Owl Paper Toy

This is freaking so cute! You can create this literally in less than 10 minutes. Only cut and fold! You can download the template for Amie Miller's owl paper toy here.

I'll be back shortly with another fun freebie and a holiday special post for you today.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Anna Wili Highfield

Anna Wili Highfield makes breath-taking sculptures of animals from paper and copper wire. Little bit about the process in the artist's words :"The paper sculptures are created from archival cotton paper, that is painted, then sewn together, to create the figure of an animal. The copper pipe is bent and manipulated to create sculptural forms reminiscent of line drawings." Watch the video to know what inspired her to make these amazing sculptors.

We Are Owls

We Are Owls caught my eye with their gorgeous collection of cashmere scarves. Do you have a scarf on your wish-list this year? If you do then look no more. Some of their scarves designs are dark featuring owl carrying skull and skeleton but I bet they'll look stunning when wrapped elegantly. Like the nocturnal owl, the founders would stay awake all night long working hence gave the name We Are Owls to their collection.

Kate McLelland

Kate McLelland is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Edinburgh, UK. She graduated in 2006 with a BA Hons in Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art, London and presently doing her MA in illustration. She is inspired by holidays taken in Europe as a child and by myths, animals, legends and folk tales. The artists says: " I have always loved Owls and hope to continue to add to my little collection!" 

Barn Owl and Little Owl screen printed cards and badges are available here. To buy her The Seasons illustrations - Autumn print and other prints go to her store on Society6.

Sara Vukson: Zemphira

Today, I am excited to introduce you to My Owl Barn's sponsor, Sara of Zemphira. Sara has a passion for creating handmade dolls, quilted wall hangings, fabric memory books, specializing in owl tree toppers and owl ornaments. She has recently added a lot of new items in her store like acorn ornaments, owl plushies, aprons and purse. These beautiful handmade piece will make a great gift. If you are interested in a custom piece you can contact Sara through her Etsy profile page.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Tiger And Hare

Amanda and Maree is a team of two friends who share a passion for designing and creating unique handmade goods for their company Tiger and Hare. These brooches are laser cut and are made of bamboo. I simply adore these owls with brollies and berets ready for real cold weather of Melbourne.

DIY: Acorn Owls

Adorable owls made out of acorns by Helen Bird. They are ridiculously simple to make and will fit perfectly with your fall decor.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Claire Coles Design

My new obsession is Claire Coles unique wallpapers. The artists stitches vintage wallpapers together forming birds, flowers, tea cups furniture and owls in collage style designs using an embroidery machine. She has designed wallpapers for Ted Baker and textile designs for Anthropology.

Her fun owl, deer and bunny designs are perfect to decorate kid's room and delicate Midnight Garden, Paris themed wallpapers are sophisticated to appeal to adults.

Tate: Mark Hearld

Mark Hearld designs exclusively for Tate. The range of products include tote bags, cushions, notebooks, ceramics and limited edition prints. I love the bold folk-inspired designs in his work and his evident fascination with animals and birds of Britain.

DIY: Owl Brooch

Thanks Arrielle for sending me the link to the owl brooch tutorial by Tammy. The instructions are simple and easy, I guess anyone can do it (including me). With different colors of fabric you can create handmade holiday stocking stuffer, Christmas ornaments or a fun project to work on with kids. Go to Tammy's blog for template or bookmark this one for later!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Oliver Hunter

I love the fairytale feel and colorful lines in Oliver Hunter's illustrations. To see more of his work stop by his Flickr gallery.

Bead Embroidery: Janet Dann

I discovered these bead embroidered bags by Janet Dann on Robin's blog. Janet is a self-taught artist who crafts these gorgeous bags using suede fabric and weave the straps using Kumihimo a Japanese method of braiding thread/ribbon strands. She made the owl purse for her mom which shows the excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail.