We were booked to play wizard rock music at a Yule Ball at Ithaca College in NY this past weekend, so I put in a week's worth of designing and stitching some teeny new owl plushies to sell. I spent almost every day last week sitting up in my craft studio, stitching their tiny, fuzzy faces. They turned out so cute and were a big hit with the kids who visited my merch table at the Yule Ball!
This was also the first show where I used this cute, yellow vintage suitcase as a display on my merch table! I scored this find on Etsy vintage later last year and it worked really well for this. I eventually want to figure out a way to add a tiny clothesline to the top half of the suitcase where I can pin prices and other things; maybe some of my homemade buttons. For now, I just made this cute sign advertising the little owls and set it down on the hinge.
The first two little owls are just smaller, simpler versions of Henry and Henrietta, the owl plushies I've been making since the beginning of Fairweather Friends. I've been using more embroidery techniques on the new ones, including french knots for the little highlights in their eyes and satin stitch for their beaks rather than orange felt, which I had used before. I also designed a new little yellow owl that I love so so much.
Instead of offering these new little owls online, I'm hoping to keep making them whenever I get a chance to stock up on them for the shows I'm playing. Maybe I'll even end up with enough to sell on summer tour! I may eventually sell them online, but for now and the rest of this year, they're an in-person exclusive for the people who come to see me play live (while supplies last). I've also designed two more new little owls, so there may be more colors and faces to choose from soon!
I hope you all had a lovely Owlentine's Day and that these little heart-faced owlets warm your heart. :)