Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Owlentine's Day!

I stumbled upon this horrible pun last week in a flurry of exhaustion after one of several 8+ hour plushie-making shifts. "Matt... what if I called them OWL-entines?!" I excitedly asked my husband, who made a disgusted face before thinking about it, laughing, and saying that I had to use it.

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. :)

5 comments:

  1. So freaking cute! I hope I make it to another show to snag the lil yellow guy eventually. <3

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  2. Super cute! I love the little owls...I think they're the perfect size. I've been collecting (and selling) vintage luggage for years and recently started storing my handmade items in them. I plan on using some vintage pieces to show my handmade items off at my merch table at SoonerCon this summer :)

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    1. Thanks, Whitney! Aw, so cool! That'll look super cute!

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  3. My owl from the Yule Ball is sitting next to me. She's just so cute. My friend got the blue and dark grey ones, one for her and one for her boyfriend, but I don't think she ever parted with the one that was supposed to go to him.

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    1. That's so awesome! I'm glad you guys like them. :D

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