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« on: January 31, 2008 07:21:33 AM »

I made this for an owl swap, it was originally supposed to be a pin cushion but it's a bit big for that i think.



i fussy cut the batik so the back part looks like a tail, there are swirls in each ear, and the front bit looks like belly and beak.



i've seen similarish eyes on other dolls, a bunny i think and maybe an owl too.



the wings are fussy cut for a feather pattern.





i wish i could have gotten a closer picture of the wee mousey. he has beaded eyes and nose, the ears are fussy cut so there's a heart on the back of each one and a swirl inside, and his tail is braided embroidery floss. his body is one of those strawberries from the classic tomato & strawberry pincushion combo. it's filled with this stuff that sharpens pins so you gotta stab it with them now and then. i told you it was kinda creepy! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2008 07:51:52 AM »

You did a wonderful job! The work around the eyes are amazing, and the extra time to cut the batik like you did really paid off! It looks really professional!
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2008 08:36:13 AM »

I love the squinty eyes!  I definitely prefer this owl over some of the ridiculously cute ones out there.  They're birds of prey, they deserve a little menace Wink

Also, what is this "stuff that sharpens pins" that you filled him with?  I'm curious!
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2008 08:42:21 AM »

thanks guys!

the mouse is made of one of those strawberries that come attached to a tomato pin cushion. they are filled with stuff (emery) hat sharpens pins. you Can buy it somewhere but it costs a ton and i don't know where to find it. you don't need much though so the mouse is big enough!
here's a pic of the tomato guy.
http://www.hancockfabrics.com/product--iMainCat--4194--iSubCat--4199--iProductID--22089--22089.shtml
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2008 09:07:09 AM »

not creepy. your owl looks wise. wise owl.
i adore it, and the mouse too.
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2008 09:33:05 AM »

creepy?  whatchu talkin bout willis?  No way.  the owl is mega cool.  Fussy cutting the fabric the way you did was perfect for this little guy.  this rocks!

ps i dig your lamp in the background too! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2008 10:20:35 AM »

I absolutely love this owl. You are my hero!

The way you fussy cut the fabric for the body is incredible! (And so is the fabric you chose)... I love the owl, he looks like a wise, slighly annoyed old owl... which I love Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2008 10:25:28 AM »

 Cheesy You did a great job on the eyes!

What is an owl swap? I love owls!
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2008 10:48:14 AM »

That's AMAZING! Really, that's super awesome!!
Those eyes! ahh! So cool!!!!!
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2008 11:22:51 AM »

I love this guy!  His eyes are great Smiley  you did a great job Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2008 11:32:39 AM »

He is so cute!!!  I love that teeny mouse in his claws (poor thing  Cry )
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2008 12:24:35 PM »

I hit "this rocks" on those eyes alone! and then the fabric choice... but the mouse, that's great! Not creepy, owls are carnivores!
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2008 12:38:18 PM »

This is gorgeous and the emery mouse was a stroke of genius. I can't imagine using it as an actual pin cushion, it's too damned pretty!
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« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2008 12:39:17 PM »

how cute!
his sleepy eyes and the decorative fabric reminds me of http://lookwhaticando.etsy.com
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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2008 02:10:01 PM »

i'm pretty sure that's where i saw those eyelids, thanks for the link! man, i love the internet.
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2008 02:36:03 PM »

This is really amazing! All the fussy cuts totally paid off. Grin
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« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2008 04:21:24 PM »

I loved your owl and mouse. Do you use the mouse to sharpen your pins? That would be kind of creepy, but the owl is already using it to sharpen its claws.
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« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2008 05:07:59 PM »

That's my owl! He's in my house. I am the lucky recipient of this wonderful guy! I want to use him as a pin cushion, but he is so darn creepy cute I just don't know. I have him on a shelf with other owls right now. Later maybe I will muster up the nerve to poke a needle in him. Love him so much and the little mouse just makes the whole thing!
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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2008 05:17:24 PM »

hey SAH, your owl and your crochet hook roll are hot new topics! whee-ooh!
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« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2008 05:58:12 PM »

You did a great job cutting the fabric to work with your design.

Great work.
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« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2008 09:22:54 PM »


This guy is great. I love all the detail.
I don't know if I'd stick pins in him, he's way too cool for that. Sticking the mouse once in awhile might be fun tho.

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« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2008 09:59:26 PM »

I would never have thought to use Batik in a way to actually make shapes...it's usually so abstract and I'm like, how do I use this except to hang on a wall or to make some beach wrap? but that is amaaazinnggg
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« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2008 07:03:01 AM »

oh wow.....

*LOVE*

his eyes are amazing
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« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2008 08:26:02 AM »

That is one amazing owl. He's got a cool vintagey homespun feel to him. And I LOVE the eyes; they are awesome!
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« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2008 08:27:00 AM »

Oooooh. He is so cool! I get the willies when I look into his eyes!
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« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2008 08:40:57 AM »

Whoa! That's amazing! I love the eyes.
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« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2008 09:49:38 AM »

Wow, I love the eyes, I think he's more cute than creepy. I always wondered why there was that silly little strawberry thing attached to my pin cushion--I had no idea it serves an actual purpose, so thanks!
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« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2008 01:29:06 PM »

wow, it's so cool that you all like him so much. for such a questionable character he sure is getting a lot of love! and givin' back "the willies", excellent!
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« Reply #28 on: February 03, 2008 09:23:31 AM »

MonkeyThumb, this guy is awesome.  The way you cut the fabric, and the eyes, and the needle-sharpener mouse..  just amazing.
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« Reply #29 on: April 18, 2009 07:57:49 AM »

he scares me just a bit, and that's why i love it! :3
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« Reply #30 on: April 18, 2009 11:45:32 AM »

hee hee hee, that's exactly what i used to say about my boyfriend. ha ha ha Cheesy
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