Friday, February 10, 2012

Tutorial: Amigurumi Eggs

Airali's blog is full of cute little crochet creatures, patterns and amigurumi dolls. She has prepared a picture tutorial with step by step instruction on making these amigurumi eggs on her blog in both English and Italian. The instructions can also be downloaded as a PDF, if you want. You can make an owl, a pig, bee or anything else that comes to your minds. The finished animal egg can be used with a key ring to carry mints, pills, a secret message etc.

DIY: Owl Treat Bags

This is a simple and an easy project I found on Melissa's blog that you must try this weekend. This homemade Valentine treat bag will be perfect to give sweets in to your friends or to send some to your kid's school. These heart shaped owl bags are in fact sweet enough to be included in most of the occassions from birthday parties to showers.Just play with some colors and personalize them with a message.

Tip: You can also glue the corners of the bag or hand sew them. It'll only take a little longer than sewing them with the help of a machine. But totally worth a try!

Hello Lucky: Printables

I am loving these cute Valentine's day cards from Hello Lucky. They have generously made these available for free download on their blog. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

At West End

At West End is an online store that offers a wide variety of rustic and recycled home decor. Their website has all kinds of owls imaginable from wooden owl to paper owl, from cast iron to glass to ceramic.

Recycled glass owl pitcher, vase, water carafe, love owl and owl ceramic pitcher are some of my favorite products. Do you have a favorite?

Polly Verity: Paper Sculptures

Polly Verity aka Polyscene is a paper artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She creates life-size, intricate sculptures of mythological creatures such as a harpy (harpie), a gryphon (griffen), an hippocampus and a basilisk from silver wire and tissue paper.

The top image is of Harpy a mythological creature who is part human and part owl (read more). Visit her picture gallery to see her paper dresses, shoes and miniature sculptures.

Color Your Owl Valentine's Day Card

Company Kids have made these awesome color-your-own Valentine's Day cards which you can download for free, print and color! There are two designs - owl and heart. You can choose which one do you want to print. Hop on over to their website to download the one you like.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Owl Who Hated The Dark

I'm pretty much a sucker for anything vintage, owls and lovely illustrations. So I was excited when I discovered this blog post on these delightful illustrations from the book called - The Owl Who Hated the Dark - written & illustrated by Earle Goodenow (1969). Available here.

Nothing is cuter than an owl in sunglasses.

You can view more wonderful picture books, I blogged in the past here.

Mini Valentines Cards

Some more sweet Valentine's Day free printables. These mini cards by Pumpkins and Posies can be downloaded for free from their website

Do you have any Valentine's day goodies to share? Leave the link with your comment. I'd love to take a look!

Jes MaHarry Jewelry

Jes MaHarry is the designer and the founder of Jes MaHarry Jewelry. Her stones are hand selected to ensure high quality and sourced from companies that use reclaimed and recycled metal. Her unique jewelry was featured in Robert Redford's esteemed Sundance Catalog since 2000. Jes, an animal lover, recently worked in collaboration with NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) to create the new exclusive collection. For every purchase made from the collection a part of the proceeds will go to NRDC's campaign effort to "preserve the health and well being of the planet, our four legged, finned and winged friends...". I picked out few of the pieces from her website to share here. 

who who owl earrings, now necklace, wise owl, big blue ring, defend nature key ring

To learn more about Jes and her company, you can read her latest interview here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Giveaway: Organic Owl Love T-Shirt

An Li Liu is a traveller, yoga instructor, designer and the owner of An Li Studio. Her online store offers high-quality selection of giclee prints of original collages and paintings, digital illustrations, and eco-friendly hand-printed t-shirts. 

I am very excited to share that she has generously offered the owl t-shirt for a Valentine's Day giveaway.This heart-felt, flower-eyed, silvery fellow is printed on a mellow-blue 100% organic cotton scoop neck t-shirt. One lucky winner will win this adorable t-shirt in the size of their choice (available sizes - small, medium, large, or XL).The owl t-shirt is made with hand-cut stencils and then printed with silkscreens using high-quality, non-toxic, solvent-free, water-based inks. 

To enter the giveaway:
1. You must be a follower of My Owl Barn (click here to follow My Owl Barn)
2. Sign up for newsletter to get "Owlsome Deal" delivered in your inbox.

Make sure you leave a comment here letting me know that you are a follower and have signed up for the newsletter.

I'll announce the winner sometime on February 14th!

Update: pupton is our winner!

Owlsome Deal - Snowy Owl and Lighthouse Print

Regular price: $20.00
Owlsome deal price: $15.00

Our today's Owlsome Deal is by David Scheirer of Studio Tuesday. He is an artist and a painter living in Washington DC. The primary subjects of his watercolor paintings are nature, animals and birds inspired by his time spent in the outdoors, bird-watching and exploring. Lately he started a project called 100 Owls. As the name implies, it's a series of stunning and breath-taking owl illustrations in watercolors. 

"The goal of the series is to create 100 unique images of owls, with the hope of creating a book that will capture the viewers interest through the entire series."

David has offered an Owlsome Deal on "Snowy Owl and Lighthouse" print from the 100 Owls series. It sells for $20 but for My Owl Barn readers it's for only $15! The offer is valid for a limited time only exclusively through My Owl Barn blog. To purchase the print at the discounted price click the "Add to Cart" below. 

Buy now and save$5!

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This deal is only available till 02/12/2012 6:00AM MST 
The deal can end earlier, if the product gets sold out.

Additional details:
• Snowy Owl and Lighthouse by David Scheirer
• Matted Archival Print based on original watercolor illustration
• 5x7” print comes with a 8x10” white mat board
• Initialed and dated by the artist

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Vintage Auto Parts Sculptures


If the last post got your creative juices flowing then this post will knock your snocks off! James Corbett was the owner of auto recycling business before turning into a full time artits. He makes amazing life like sculptures with old gears, spark plugs, exhausts, radiators and so on. Some of these parts are more that 80 years old that are not changed or bent to modify the into shape. Artist shares: "Often the longest part of the process is finding old parts suitable for sculpture."


Peach Pit Carving

Peach pit carving. Did you guys know about this? I didn't. I first learnt about the fruit pit carving on the blog called Spike is Best of Paul Stilwell. I searched on Google and found out that the pit carving has been around for  centuries originally introduced in China. It is the traditional handicraft and popular art form of China which needs some fruit pits and lots of carving skills. The pits from of the juicy fruits like peach, apricot, olive or walnuts are used to carve with intricate and detail art. 

Paul carved these two owls and tree on peach pits using xacto knife and sand paper! You can read more on the process on his blog.

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