Its no secret that I love owls. There's just something about them that I love. Maybe its those wise eyes. Or maybe its because they remind me of my Grandpa Winchester. When I was little, I remember going with him on campus (he worked at a university) to help install these gigantic owls to help scare away the pigeons. Either way, I'm crazy about owls, and I'm glad to see other people catching my passion for them.
About five years ago, I started making beaded owl ornaments. Each ornament starts with a styrofoam base about 3" wide. Then I add somewhere between 1,000 and 1,500 seed beads (number depends on size of beads used). Using small silver straight pins, each bead is lovingly attached to the owl. They have a matching ribbon attached under the beads so they can hang from hooks or branches. This is probably one of my favorite projects because they turn out so darn cute. Who can resist those eyes :)
You can vote for your favorite owl design in both the Jewelry and Component categories starting October 28th.