Monday, June 28, 2010

Owlrighty then!

No envelope of doom project this time, just somrthing I've kind of had in my head for quite some time now.

Owls... don't you just love them? I am lucky enough to sometimes at night hear Twit and Twoo somewhere near my garden, and it always puts a huge smile on my face. Whats more, Leeds has owls in its coat of arms and even its own owl trail.

So, of course I had to jump on the huge bandwagon of owls going on in the blogosphere. What I wanted was a shadow box with owls on a twig, and it all started with this:

I can't help it, my owls always look either startled or displeased.

After sketching them, I went on to cut the shapes (bodies, wings, eyes and beaks) and cover them with fabric from two shirts I'd kept in a drawer for far too long.

While that stuff dried, I disassembled the ugliest shadowbox frame thing I've ever seen in my life, so ugly I don't even want to post a picture. Lets just say it combined a green frame with pink paper flowers, 'nuff said.
The frame got a nice, black coat of spray paint, the rest went over the rainbow bridge never to be seen again.

What I needed now was a twig. Trip to the garden, a ninja- like assault on a tree, job done.

The kitchen table work space during assembly:

Boys and girls, I would now like to take the opportunity and remind you that hot glue is called hot glue because it is HOT. Ouch. Don't ask.

After a bit of feeling immensely sorry for myself, trying in vain to get sympathy from The Man without looking too stupid (again: it is called HOT glue for a reason!) and holding on to an ice cube for a while, this is what I had- meet Twit and Twoo!

Clever girl that I am, I dug out some potpourri we bought at ALDI roundabout Christmas time to make the whole thing look a bit less empty. Smells nice, too :)

Here's the final result against the backdrop of my craft box.

A closer look:

For now, it's kept safe from the cats on the living room wall, but I'll find a better place for it. I might even put it away 'til September or so, since the thing looks more like autumn than summer to me. But for now, I have the owl- shadow- box- thing out of my system. Unfortunately, I had another shadow box idea involfing twigs and jewellery storage, but that will be left until my finger has healed from where it was cowardly attacked by hot glue.

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  1. Aww Twit and Twoo are adorable. I have been really into the owl crazw too, but I am to nervous to try anything..Looks like you inspired me to try something. I love how you used the twig and the potpourri and made it more realistic and re-used nature too. I really like this alot! I would have in on the wall all year long, but thats just me.

  2. I have to admit I am impressed with your creative adventures with the envelope of doom - but I completely fell in love with these little owls! The whole project, in fact, turned out so cute and I can't imagine that every time you walk by it you don't find a smile on you lips!

  3. These are fabulous! So cute! thanks for sharing and visiting my blog!

  4. Steff! This is so great! As much as I loved your others, this is my favorite on your blog so far. It's just the prettiest,'s so original! Stands out from all the owl crafts. I'm glad you're linking this up to parties, people need to see!

  5. This is soooooooooooooooooooo stinking adorable!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day :)

  6. sweet and fun...and love that it was an upcycling project.

  7. Thanks so much for joining us for our 13th Anything Related party!