Saturday, September 21, 2013

My Owl Obsession Continues...

Every once in a while I get an itch to do a little fun diy project. One of my favorite mediums is paper... then give me the scissors and glue, and I'll play for hours, just like a six year old. I've said before, that when I was little I had tons of paper dolls, and could play all day. Well, I guess this is just a hold over for that long ago playtime.

Last year I had a little obsession with owls.
 They were on the mantel.
They were in the Holiday Cupboard.

This year I wanted to put a few paper owls in some frames.
NOW...if you don't want to hear about where my images came from,
then you better go now.

I found two of these old Bird Books in a Flea Market for $5,
 so I'm enjoying them in the way that I really love, 
seeing them used in a paper collage.
(yikes, I better tell you all that I have one that's still intact
the other is "not so much")

And this is a door from an old clock.
I found two of these a few years ago,
just the doors.
I wasn't sure what I would ever do with them,
but I think it's perfect for this project.

The one I chose for my project had a gold design on the edging
that sort of reminded me of spider webs
with some swampy cat tails below it.

I used some black "sample" book wallpaper for the backing.
And while I was gluing the owls to the paper
a certain little fur girl had to help.
Actually she didn't like their eyes
so they got the stuff slapped out of them.
sheesh, bad blogger when you can't get action pet shots.

and yes, that's a dead mouse hanging from it's beak....

Here are two other little frames that I've "be-owled".
(you've heard of be-jeweled, well this is be-owled)

I like that they're slightly creepy,
and a little like the old science illustrations.

The little ovals are in the Holiday Cupboard
and I think the bigger one is headed for a new Entry vignette,
just in time for October.

joining in on these great parties:

Yay, it's the weekend you all!!
Got some fun plans?


  1. Debra, I love those, especially the one with the clock door - how very clever!! I used to play with paper dolls too - Betsy McCall, for sure, among others!

  2. Hi Debra,
    I love your blog... You are awesome. The Owls are just in time for October and they are a work of art also. Thank you for sharing.
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

  3. YIKES!... you cut up a vintage bird book????..... okay... I am calm now... sigh... your owls DO look beautiful!... too cute that your kitty worked them over good!... how perfect for October!... I loved paper dolls too... simpler times back then... my favorite was Katie Keene... (yes, I am that old)... Happy weekend to you!... xoxo Julie Marie

  4. Oh Debra...I am crying right now. When I was a little girl, I had that book with the owls in it. My dad loved birds, and he wanted us to be able to identify them. I used to be able to identify many by their calls. Thank you for bringing back that memory. You have no idea how much it means to me.

  5. Owl just say it might have been worth the death of the bird book to create the owl pictures. I do love paper crafting and was thrilled when the new Sears catalog came out and I could have the old one to make paper dolls. Yes, Betsy McCall was a favorite, too!

  6. Beautiful job of paper-crafting! I love love love how you used the old clock door as the ingenious, it's so perfect for a Halloween theme and those vintage owl pictures are simply it! A work of art indeed! Happy weekend! Hugs, Poppy

  7. Hi Debra,
    Love your owl art. I've noticed that owls are popping up all over the place lately.


  8. My Baba had a guest cabin in her yard that we slept in when we were children. There was a real stuffed owl that stood watch over the bed. Eventually it went to my brother who threw it out because it was dusty!! Anyway, love your owl art, especially in the clock door!

  9. Clever idea, Debra. Great illustrations in this book, and your collages turned out really nice.

  10. Awesome project!! They really turned out great. I have had a thing for owls...I love them. I had an owl theme for my oldest daughters room, she loved owls, but she felt they were too creepy for her room. But, I still love them. My plans for the weekend is getting to visit with my sister from Cali that I haven't seen for far too long! Happy weekend!!

  11. What a cool idea, especially for this lovely fall season.
    They look gorgeous!

  12. I LOVE owls - unless they're in front of my windshield at night! They're so beautiful and their heads turn almost 360 degrees! Like what you've done to incorporate them into your decor. They deserve a place of honor. :-)

  13. So cute, I just did a post on snowy owls. There is a cute owl at Z Gallerie that I would like.

    Pearl 13.1

  14. I would have never thought of doing this, but I sure love it!

  15. Debra,
    I love your owl art too. They are all so great. They are such beautiful creatures.

  16. What a great idea for that door, Debra! I love that you've made your own owl art. My daughter loves owls, too. I just did an owl pillow for my booth that I think you'd like. I'm going to post about it next week.

  17. Nice job I have a vintage bird book I use for project but I make color copies of the pages so I have the book for future projects

  18. I LOVE your owls! Have never been into owls, because it seems the ones I see are "cutesy". But these do remind me of old science books, and I really like the way they look! Especially the one in the clock frame. Oh great, now I have something else to start collecting!

  19. What a great project. Debra you are over-the-top creative! Now I'll be looking at books to play "cut-out" with!

  20. Love that you are brave enough to cut up an old book...I love the result! perfect for Fall!-aimee

  21. Such an awesome idea, I love owls too, they seem to be in just about every room in our house! Stopping by from, Share Your Creativity Link Party!


  22. Debra your owl creations are lovely! What inspiration!

  23. Your owl collection is perfect for this time of year. Love what you did with all these prints:-)

    Enjoy your weekend!


  24. You were ahead of the trend last year. I'm seeing them everywhere this year...or maybe we're just behind the trend in my neck of the woods. :)
    Great projects and I'm glad you had a second book, intact. Have a great weeknd.

  25. That looks like fun, Debra! I can have a ball with paper and scissors too. Love your owls!

  26. Love this!! Your owls are a perfect accent to your fall displays!

  27. well I think its beautiful, I love olws, I have painted over fifty paintings of owls, but this sure is a lot easier, lol!!!!

  28. I love owls, I love your art, the perfect way to enjoy looking at those owls any time!

  29. I love owls as well! This is so inspiring! xo Jen

  30. Helloooo Debra...
    Just LoVe your **OWL** Post!*!*! The ViNtaGe Background is AMaZiNg!!!
    Hugs - Jeanine Burkhardt

  31. Oh I love your wonderful owl projects, I love owls too, at Christmas time my whole living room and tree is white owls with a few beige ones thrown in...are we crazy, no I think not, just everyone

  32. I saw your submission at From My Front Porch to Yours and had to come over...I love owls too! I'm just starting to collect them - I saw some tonight at Costco that looked like they were dressed in sweaters...enjoy your week

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  33. Wonderful collection of owls...I especially love the old clock glass with the owls. To my eyes, these are a creative new look for Fall decorating.


  34. What a great idea and so perfect for fall decor!

    and I swear my grandmother had that book or I've seen it before as I got a deja vu when I saw the one with the mouse! I think it would have been my grandmother's...she had several bird books

  35. Hi Debra, You are hilarious! As soon as you said "don't look" I knew we were going to see a book!! Actually I think you are using these images in such a creative way! Every time I look at the old botanicals all over my walls I think about those old books too--but they would just be sitting somewhere getting wet, musty and lost if they weren't so carefully framed, insured and hanging on my walls. OK, enough trying to make excuses for myself. I love your owls! Linda

  36. Great book Debra. I love the collage piece! I too have liked owls for the past few years. The one with the mouse in his mouth is Halloween perfect! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  37. Be-owled! Ha! Love it. And your collages turned out great! Thanks so much for linking up at the Halloween Link party! Pinning :)


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