Sunday, 23 March 2014

I have been having fun with a pattern from Cathie Shuttleworth recently.  This owl pattern was intended to make bunting and as there do seem to be a lot of owls around at the moment it is rather on trend.  Anyway, I haven't made that many yet and the owls have been making some jolly birthday cards.

I think putting the owls on at an angle makes them look as though they are flying off the card.  The first one has a button beak and for the next one I cut a section from a paper flower.  Usefully the wings fold in for posting so they fit in a standard envelope.

Standing this card on the mantlepiece for photographing made me think of the 'Owl and the Pussycat' by Edward Lear.  When I inked the background of the card, intending to make it look like the sky, I actually thought it was rather like waves.  Thinking of the rhyme now and the 'beautiful pea green boat' the wallpaper is rather appropriate! These two little cats are from Japan though, a gift from a special friend who is working out there. 

Do take a look at Cathie's work, she has some fun ideas and her illustrations are wonderful.  Anyone who has been to the Hobbycrafts show at the N.E.C. this week may well have seen some more of her clever ideas, and I know several people who will like the owl cupcake holder! 

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