So, remember when I did a fake out with my Etsy store a few days ago? Me too. That was awesome.
ANYWAY, during the few hours I had my store up I was asked to do a birthday party invite for her baby boy. The gal wanted to know if I happened to have an "owl" image instead of the elephant one she saw in the shop. I told her I didn't, but I'd try my hand with a few and see what she thought. If she wasn't a fan, she'd go with the elephant.
I know that OWLS seem to be all the rage lately, and it's not like I'm NOT a fan, but I haven't been super PRO-owl either. It's a pretty bird. Cool looking, but I'm not about to decorate my house with them---Oh wait...
I bought these a few months ago (before I knew that OWLS were the "it" animal). I saw them at Hobby Lobby in August with my little sister, Lizzy. It was love at first sight. Honestly, I have a thing for darling ceramic animals. Don't believe me? Ask Aaron. He's getting nervous about my new collection. I'll have to post the new chicken I got on Friday. Polka dotted and blue. Oh my. ANNNNNYWAY, back to the owls.
Here is a picture. It's a mama and baby owl. Thank you, Hobby Lobby. They are perched on top of my entertainment center. Every time I glance up there, it makes my heart glad. Don't call me lame. Sometimes you need happy things to look at, especially after days like yesterday.
So, I had these owls for my inspiration and I got to work. I thought you might want to see a little bit of my process. Here's the evolution of the owl. The first one (top left) is not so cool. I always end up simplifying majorly by the time we get to the finished product. Next, I did a more stylized to the right. Then we go to the bottom left. I quite liked this one, but the gal thought it looked a little too sad for her son's birthday invite. Good point. So, we brightened up the eyes and viola!
|oh you, winslow.|
We also made thank you cards to match. Here are some actual photographs I took before I sent the package out.
And, then the wheels in my head started turning. This could be cute stationery for ANYONE (boy, girl, man, woman, baby, etc.). So, I changed the "thank you" to "woot. woot." It could be a congrats card, thank you, "hey, how's it going?", etc. I think the biz world calls that an ALL OCCASION card. So smart of them...
|on pale blue textured paper|
Then I tried to do a little "STYLING" like Martha... Well, here's my sad attempt. Tillie had all her crayons and colored pencils out... we don't have a sharpener... and Bam! styled. kind of.
|on gray paper|
|on kraft paper|
|all three colors of paper. together. united.|
|little winslow stickers|
Win them for yourself or check someone off your giving list. One vote per person. And, this give-away is open to all you international friends (I act like there are so many of you, but there's really only like 10).
The give-away will end on Monday, December 6th at noon Central time. I'll pick the winner at random.