Friday, February 11, 2011

Martha Stewart: Owl Cookies

Last week, Martha Stewart's Valentine's Day Ideas show had a little segment on how to bake and decorate owl valentine cookies with Dani Fiore. To make these "Lovebird" cookies look delicious and beautiful, Martha says "it's the icing that takes the cake" so, the following video image link to will show you how to get it right. Once you have the icing ready, the video shows Dani explaining how to decorate the cookie with it.

There is a printable step-by-step guide on how to decorate the owl cookies available for download here.

How sweet are these cookies, especially the one with big fat red lips! Try them this weekend for your Valentine :)

Chasing The Crayon

Tracey Long is an artist and freelance illustrator based in London. She is the heart and soul behind Chasing The Crayon on Etsy. I have been a great fan of her whimsical illustrations, fantastic color choice and subject matter. These are some of her owls and other quirky characters from her collection. She is also one of the 30 artists who contributed to Owl Lover 2011 calendar, for that I am grateful. Thank you Tracey :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Owl Paper Mask

This gorgeous paper owl mask by Carleen Cantu is made using over 250 small paper shapes that are hand-punched from various card stock. Each mask takes several hours to plan and complete which requires patience, hard work and talent.

Studio Fludd's Mural

Studio Fludd is a team of very talented young italian designers and illustrators. They did an awesome job of hand-painting Little Mateo's nursery walls with a whimsical scenery in refreshing colors. The scene features an owl perched on the tree along with the other animals and birds. Check out the creative way of incorporating the wall outlets and other wall metal panels into the artwork. More images can be found on Studio Fludd's Flickr gallery.

FeduLab: Pipe Smoking Owl

I am not saying smoking is cool, but images of pipe smoking owls definitely are! This cotton bag is fully lined with pretty red fabric and is hand embellished with a classy indie owl with his pipe. Available here.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine Owl Cupcakes

Surprise someone special with a box of owl valentine cupcakes by Julie from Blue Cupcake. The box of 12 assorted cupcakes includes cupcakes decorated with  flowers and pink hearts, a Mr. Owl cupcake and a flirtatious Ms. Winking Owl. For rates and more information click here to go to their website. If you live near Los Angeles, you can also pre-order now for pick up on Thursday, February 10 at the Century City farmer's market, or Friday, February 11 at the Van Nuys bakery.

DIY: Owl Mug Cozy

We use tea-cozy to keep tea pot warm but what do we do to keep our cup of cocoa warm? Well, we use cup cozy. It's a great idea for those who like to enjoy slowly sipping their cup of coffee on a lovely winter morning. When I looked at this cozy, the first thing that came to my mind was this is perfect to dress up your spouse's morning tea and bringing it to bed. What do you think? Will you bring this owl to your bedroom? Click here for complete instructions by Jessica Wilson to make this cozy.

Wallpaper: 11 Owls

Adorable owl desktop wallpaper featuring 11 different owls. I adore the skinny owl with funny hair, a sleepy one and a surprised one wrapped in the scarf. Available in 16 different sizes, download the one you want from here.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jinjerup: Animal Gift Boxes

Lynn of Jinjerup has recently released a collection of 11 animal gift boxes, handy for packing last minute gift or candy. Each of the printable animal gift box kit comes with four gift box templates, paper ribbon, extra note sheet for writing a short message, instructions and a guide. The owl gift box is available in two sweet colors - pink and brown, ideal for packing a Valentine present. Buy one or more because they are on buy three, get one free sale!

Theodora Demetriades

Theodora Demetriades is an artist based in New Jersey. She started painting with her mother when she was only four years old and later attented Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Her main medium of choice is watercolor however, once in a while she is tempted to work in other mediums. For last two years she has been doing miniatures ACEO'S which are 2 1/2" x 3 1/2 ". The above shown are some from her valentine paintings featuring birds, flowers, mermaids, hearts and owls. To see more of her work click here.

Free Valentine Gift Tags

These printable Valentine owl gift tags are by Stockberry Studio, available free for download on their website here. I am also loving their recent valentine cupcake toppers freebie here.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Free Printable Polaroid Valentine Card And Envelope

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Thank you so much for your lovely comments on the last giveaway. Your support and lovely emails encourages me to try something new that you all will like and enjoy. This time I created this polaroid valentine card in vintage-inspired color for you all to say "Thank You" for your love. I don't consider myself an artist in traditional sense of the word, but I do hope you like this gift from me to you. Click on the link below to download the card and the co-ordinating envelope, and spread the love!

Download polaroid valentine

DIY: Feathery Owl Balls

Katja made these fluffy and feathery owl balls and shared the step by step instructions with  images on her blog. These are so fun and easy to make and you don't need whole lot of material. Just
1. Styrofoam ball(s)
2. felt
3. plastic eyes
4. scissors
5. glue
and you are done! I am tempted to try myself, I have a feeling that it will be hard to just make one. I mean look at that nerdy owl with glasses. So cute!