Who hoo's there?

Well, its a hoot to have you visit! My quill scribblings are merely a sprinkling of crafty dreams, a dash of vintage finds, and a heap of owl's tales... , Owly Byrd


Twister Tuesday

Jolly juggling jesters jauntily juggled jingling jacks.

Say each tricky twister 3 times in a row, as fast as you can.

Amazing felt jester by artist Yaxchi


Search & Rescue

Maxi-muumuu - Vintage Barkcloth Dress
Owly has been spotted in Kelowna, British Columbia at the etsy shop of Search & Rescue. The fashionable Bobbi-Jean Newell, is responsible for the creative photography behind the vintage fashion. 

Excerpt from Soopsee profile:  "First and foremost, a minister.  Upcycler, designer and purveyor of vintage and handmade goodies. Etsianblogger, amateur photographer and member of the twitterati. Last, but not least, wifey."

How did the fashion affliction hijack you?

Mad for Plaid - Vintage Pendleton Suit
"It all started while flipping through pattern books as a baby on my mother's knee. Then came the therapeutic trips to the fabric shop and fashion magazines. I had an insatiable appetite for fashion and money was always an issue, that's where the thrift stores came in. 

A trained eye coupled with obsessive compulsive behavior was my recipe for success. The thrill of the hunt and the thrill of the deal just kept pushing me on. I'm now a skilled designer with a love of vintage." 

What inspires your fashion sense?

"Just about anything can get me all worked up, inspirationally speaking. If I had to narrow it down, I would say colour and texture. I also appreciate it when things are aligned spatially."

Tell us about Search & Rescue

"I love everything in the shop, really. Things don't get rescued from the pits of oblivion unless I would be willing to make them my very own."

Go For Bronze -Vintage Batwing Sweater
Words to act on

"Use the marketing tools available to you. The internet allows you to reach people on the other side of the globe, so let your fingers do the walking."


Tree Mural

Using wallpaper, you can create a tree mural or add a free trees for an enchanted forest. Don't forget to add some forest friends, perhaps an owl? 


Harper Birds

Charlie Harper

Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center has a bio on Mr. Harper, along with a few high resolution images of his work you can download. Not to be used commercially, of course, but you might put a bird on your desktop or make yourself a print.


Robot Owl

Imported from Japan, the USB Robot Owl blinks his eyes and turns his head from side to side in a quizzical manner... almost to say "I'm damn cute and I know it". Plug him into any handy USB port and he can perch on top of your laptop with the included clip, or set him on top of his comfortable stump. Push the button on the back to choose from three owlish moods; Active, Mellow, or Sleeping.

ThinkGeek $20 US


Feather Earrings

Feather Earrings: Interpretations 
on Etsy Treasury Main

Click on mosaic to enlarge



Twister Tuesday

Say each tricky twister 3  times in a row, as fast as you can.

Swan swam over the sea,
Swim, swan, swim!
Swan swam back again
Well swum, swan!

Giclee Photo Print - Swan



Mosaic Monday

click on mosaic to enlarge image


Peanut M&M

Give a friendly hoot! to Rachel of etsy shop Peanut m&m

Tell us about your shop Peanut M&M

This business of having an on-line shop is very new to me, but I am having fun with it and learning new things on a regular basis. I enjoy the Etsy blogs and newsletters. The Etsy community continually inspire me to improve my shop and try new things.

My focus right now is to share our family collection of owls. My mother-in-law had about 4000 (yes, thousand!) pieces in her collection, and she loved every one of them! There are a lot of wonderful pieces in this collection, and I am hopeful that others will see the value and give these pieces a good home.

Tell us about yourself 

This fall, I would be married to my high school sweetheart for forty years. The years have flown by way too fast! We have two grown sons, both single. I'd love to be a grandma, but am trying to be patient.

I enjoy are reading, gardening, working jigsaw and Sudoku puzzles, having lunch with friends, cooking, and sewing. I am active in my church as the organist, librarian, and part of the women's ministry.

I mentioned that I love to sew, and I am hoping that later this year I can open a second shop on Etsy to feature my American Girl doll clothes, as well as other handmade items. Right now so much of my time has been taken up with the owls that I haven't been able to devote any time to sewing things.

Peanut M&M?

I call my shop Peanut m&m because that is my favorite candy. Plain m&m's are fine, but I am addicted to the peanut ones!

In the meantime, I am enjoying my vintage owl shop. It's great to "meet" buyers from all over the United States and Canada (so far). I have had some wonderful feedback comments from a number of buyers, so my Etsy shop experience has been a good one.

Still to be listed owls... 


March is...


Here are some sweet crochet pattern finds:

Amzi Alphabet
Ana Paula Jellyfish
Brigitte Read Owlets
Premier Yarns Funky Pigs
Coats & Clark Baby Bee
Roxy Craft Snail



The Rain-drops

To the great brown house where the flowerets lives,
            Came the rain with its tap, tap, tap! -
And whispered: "Violet, Snowdrop, Rose,
Your pretty eyes you must now unclose
            From your long, long wintry nap!" -
            Said the rain with its tap, tap, tap!

From the doors they peeped with a timid grace,
            Just to answer this tap, tap, tap!
Miss Snowdrop curtsied a sweet "Good day!"
Then all came nodding their heads so gay,
            And they said: "We've had our nap.
            Thank you, rain, for your tap, tap, tap!"
  - George Cooper

From First Lessons in Language
Southworth and Goddard 1891


Structures of Success

“To succeed in life, you need three things: 

a wishbone, 
a backbone
a funny bone.”

Reba McEntire


Owls Coloring Sheets

Forest Finds

Here are some coloring sheets for you to color.


Eli the Owl

backpack pattern from marthastewart.com

Eli the Owl ($150 US) can also be made for you
by its designer Jamie Irene


St. Patty's Giveaway

Green Butterfly Suncatcher
wingspan 4 inches

Congratulations Jessica !

How do I win? This contest will run until March 20, 2010, noon U.S. Central Time. A random entry will be chosen using Random.org. The winner will be announced on this blog post and will be contacted via email. The winner has 72 hours to claim their prize and send mailing information or a new winner will be chosen from the remaining entries. Hope you have fun. Come back often to see what else can be won.