Friday, June 6, 2014

Carter's for Kids and Toddlers

Carter's is a well known name in producing clothing for kids and toddlers. Here are some of the pieces that'll keep your little one looking cute and cozy - owl print pant sets, glitter owl tee, animal face booties, microfleece night gown, sleep n play, gloves and a hat, and an owl security blanket. Their website has some of these products but all of them are available and can be ordered from

DIY: Embroidered Owl Burlap Canvas Tutorial

I like cross-stitch because it looks great on anything and it's very simple to embroider, so I was naturally excited to find this tutorial. Allison who is a crafter shared this simple and a sweet tutorial on creating an embroidered owl artwork. The tutorial comes with a printable template which can also be used to make cushion covers or kitchen towels by embroidering or painting over the x's in the design. For creating a wall artwork you'll need a burlap canvas, a needle, yarn and the template. To download the template and for the complete tutorial go here.

Freebie: Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper

Today's freebie are these lovely wallpapers to decorate your desktop and iphone by Milli Jane who is a talented illustrator. Click here to go to her website where you'll find over a dozen designs of wallpaper to update your gadgets available for free download. Her style is cute that consists of geometric shapes and a fresh colors palette. I have hand-picked few of my favorite wallpapers to share here, you can find more on Milli's website, follow the link given above.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Dogo Store: Owl Shoes Galore!

Dogo Store is a design company based in Turkey. They have over 3,500 design products ranging from clothing, pillows, bags, shoes and adding new ones day by day.

You really can't miss the collection of shoes offered on their website which come in ten different styles suitable for all kinds of occasions and to match almost every outfit. I find flat shoes comfortable in the summers and was excited to find that they have lots of them in quirky and cool illustrations such as owls, cats, city landscapes and characters from "Alice in wonderland", "Hansel & Gretel" etc. And yes, they ship internationally to over 40 countries. To know if these shoes are available in your country and shipping details go to their website through the link above.

Midnight Owl

"Midnight owl" by Angela Pérez Castrillón.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Printable Owl Box

Rob Ives maintains a wonderful blog where he regularly shares dozens and dozens of paper craft ideas and model making tutorials. While browsing through his amazing projects I came across this tutorial for an owl box. You can get the template from for free to make your own owl box. Once you have downloaded the owl template, go ahead and follow the instructions on how to fold, cut and glue the several parts together. The ready owl will make an adorable box that you can fill with candy to give it to a friend or a small gift for a special one.

Philipp Grein

Philipp Grein is a painter and an illustrator from Graz, Austria. He has a unique style of creating the nature inspired paintings in watercolors.  He forms the beautiful owls and other animals from the wild with fines lines in ink for adding details after the creatures have been created, what seems like, from dripped paint on top of the sprayed painted areas. His color palette often consists of black, shades of gray, bright yellow, orange and blue.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Book: Lots of Spots

Lots of Spots is a fun book with wide variety of birds and animals illustrated in paper cut collage illustrations by Lois Ehlert an author and illustrator of children's picture books. The book is a collection of 62 spotted creatures of the wild in Lois's charming signature style along side with short rhyming poems describing each animal.

For example the rhyme about the spotted owl from the book:

Unless there’s a girl owl
and he’s in pursuit,
a boy owl generally
won’t give a hoot.

Poem about the tiger:

Tiger stalks
With shiny eyes,
Then takes its prey by swift surprise.

The mixed media collages of critters from owls to lizards on a solid white background in brightly colored handmade paper and rich textures create interest among young readers who would like to read the book again and again. Available here.

Owl and Cat Mugs by Michelle Designs

These new quirky and fun mugs are by Michelle Allen of Close2myart who I follow on facebook. The mugs come in two designs - owl and cat, illustrated in Michelle's trademark style which is filled with vibrant colors and whimsical design patterns. I first saw the owl mug and thought "oh, I want it!", and later when I set my eyes on the cat mug, my thought was "I want them both!". We all know the story of the the odd couple but you'll agree they look perfect together here. Right? 

You can visit Michelle's online store to grab the one (or both) to enjoy your morning beverage or to give them as a gift. Each mug comes in a box of its own which is decorated in the graphic of the animal that's in the box.

Monday, June 2, 2014


If you live in Barcelona then you must have seen these fliers in your area. Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) and Ruiz+Company designed these eye catchy event flyers featuring three different kinds of owls. The advertisement was designed for promoting Nits the MACBA when the museum doors were open till midnight for the summers months in 2010 enabling people to visit the exhibitions avoiding the damp weather through a special bus route. I love the clever advertisement that includes the nocturnal birds that are appropriate for the promotion of the night hours at the museum, plus it's a beautiful and bold artwork.


Hannah Agosta

Stunning "Pet Owl" art print by Hannah Agosta. I can't stop staring at those gorgeous eyes of the owl and that heart shaped moon is lovely!