Friday, September 5, 2014

Giveaway: A Bundle of 10 Fabrics by Modes4U

Today, I am excited to announce that Modes4u has offered a wonderful giveaway of 10 cute owl print fabrics for one lucky winner from My Owl Barn readers. The bundle will have an assortment of fabrics from top brands such as Robert Kaufman, Timeless Treasures, Kokka and more. Just in time for holidays the fabrics in rich and vibrant colors are perfect to be used for a Christmas project, quilting, apparel and for creating anything your heart desires :) The giveaway is open worldwide. So enter now!

To enter:
1. You must be a follower of My Owl Barn (click here to follow My Owl Barn). Leave a comment letting me know that you are a follower.
2. Go to and post your favorite item(s) as a comment below.

For extra entries:
Like Modes4u on Facebook.  Leave a comment for an extra entry.

I'll announce the winner sometime on September 12th!

Update: Joy is our winner! Thank you all for participating.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Kari Herer

I am swooning over this lovely work by Maine based artist Kari Herer. She combines simple animal illustrations with actual flowers to create a fresh and beautiful artwork. You can visit her online store where she sells her prints at a very affordable price. 

Orla Kiely: New Mugs

Olly Owl Mug

Ellie Elephant Mug

Henny Hen Mug

Orla Kiely's website is a treasure trove of beautiful patterns and vibrant colors that adorn a huge range of homeware, kitchenware and more. The new striking collection of mugs by Orla Kiely is perfect for a retro inspired and modern style home. What catch my attention were these adorable mugs with owl, elephant and hen motifs. Designed and made in the UK. They are all so sweet that it's hard to pick a favorite. What's your favorite?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Owl Inspired First Birthday Party

This beautiful owl inspired birthday party proves that black is not only for halloween. Mom collaborated with Party With Chloe for her daughter's first birthday party choosing owl as the primary theme. The not-so-common color scheme for a girl's birthday party consisted of black and white which is balanced perfectly with a pop of bright colors here and there. And, the use of glamorous warm gold brings sparkle to the party. I like the diversion from the usual pink. You?

From Style Me Pretty: "My daughter Nayun’s 1st birthday was held at Ritz Carlton Hotel, Toronto. The staff was amazingly hospitable and food was great. As a mom and as a party stylist, I wanted to make her 1st birthday very special.

The main concept of the party was Scandinavian owl. Like a modern Scandinavian kid’s room, I wanted to style the party as Chic and Cute – using bold patterns, little lux touch of gold and vivid color accents, warm felts, natural plants and cute owls. My two girls were dressed with Scandinavian designer’s black dress and black hats to match with the party. Sharon from Bloom Cake Co. made a birthday cake, matching cupcakes and cake pops and those were absolutely beautiful and of course tasty!

As a Korean traditional ceremony, during “Doljabi” for 1st birthday party, the baby is propped up at a table of various foods and an assortment of objects and urged to pick up one of the items. It is believed the item the baby picks up symbolically foretells his or her own future or would influence his or her fate.

For examples money means wealthy, traditional book means scholar, five color threads means artistic skills, horse medallion means high ranked government officer and stethoscope means medical doctor. During Doljabi ceremony, Nayun wore Korean traditional dress and picked yellow thread. She may become a famous designer one day!

In the theme of my princesses’ black hats, we hired famous kid’s magician Tricky Ricky. Everyone had a fabulous time!"

You can find more pictures and the details on the vendors at Style Me

Origami Notepaper Set

I adore these origami notepaper sets by Lollipop Designs. They are designed to be written on the reverse side of the sheet then origami folded and popped into the envelope provided. They are a fun way to write a secret message to someone special in your life and an equally fun surprise for the receiver to get in the mail. Each set comes with 10 sheets and envelopes along with step by step instructions to make an owl, cat, fox, mouse or badger. Also available here.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Desktop Wallpaper

With new month comes a new wallpaper and this one is special because it is designed by one of my favorite artists Sanna Annukka for AlwaysMod. The folk style pattern features an eclectic group of animals - owls, bears and roosters in vibrant shades, a beautiful tribute to the Autumn season which is just around the corner.

The wallpaper comes in several sizes, you can download the one you need with or without the dates from here.

Two Lovely Owl Collections

{From the top clockwise: owls on branch rectangular, square and round box, purse, money pot, bookends, lampshade}

{From the top clockwise: spring forest owl calendar block, hook, backpack, water bottle, notebook, coin purse, bookends,}

Happy September everyone! I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend and are all energized now for a new week. It's always great to find products that are cute as well as functional so I was excited to discover these two lovely collections that are chock full of lovely things from calendars, to notebook, to lampshade (I want!), to snack boxes and more that you can use everyday!

If you like any thing that you would like to buy you can find them here and here. For shipping and delivery details to your country read more on that on their respective websites.