Saturday, July 11, 2009

Owls are NOT assholes!!



...as The Onion would have you think! :) I LOVE owls. The problem is, from a decor standpoint, they tend to conjure up images of 1960's crocheted owls with beads for eyes - at least it often does with me.

I've chosen to go with a sort of owl motif for decorating my youngest son's room. I'm just beginning to decorate. I'm not big on going ballistic in decor for a baby, so I have plenty of time to have fun searching out and creating Owl decor for my son's room. I figure I should have it all in place by the time he's a year old; an age where he's more likely to appreciate or at the very least enjoy it.

The room we're talking about is painted purple, yes purple, by the previous owners and we have never bothered to repaint it, mostly because we're never in the room. Now that I'm in it daily (and nightly) I can not stand to look at it any longer. I plan (I think) to paint it all a light beige color and have one wall that is dark chocolate. On that dark chocolate wall I plan to paint a stylized mural of a tree with an owl perched up on a branch.

Google searches for owl fabric for the curtains in his room are not very encouraging. I wanted something that was subtle - all I'm finding is bright over the top materials. I may research how to stain/dye/or otherwise alter fabric myself...not sure how.

What else I found with my Google owl search was that it seems my unique choice of owl decor was not so unique after all (as this blog post will attest), such a disappointment. But owl popularity is not enough to make me change my mind.

What started all this owl nonsense? Well, my husband has these cute glass or pottery-type figures he's had with him since his commune days of University. I love them! There's a bear, a chicken, and an owl. He tells me there used to be a few other animals that were broken over time. My oldest son LOVES these figures and they currently all reside in his room. But Mr. Owl Asshole, as we lovingly call him ever since The Onion photo, will eventually perch somewhere in my youngest son's room.


I welcome any hints, projects, tips or awesome owl finds!!!

4 comments:

My Kind of Strange said...

Hmmm... fabric-wise...this might do. http://sewbettie.bigcartel.com/product/brown-owl-fabric

Anonymous said...

the Onion should probably be excommunicated from the news and literary worlds. The owl has always been a symbol of wisdom. the Barn Owl (your blog owl photo) in particular has been a symbol of wisdom in Greek Mythology.Although the owls in general is not a very intelligent bird, it has received the tag as wise due to its incessant "whoo"-ing, always asking who. I think owls are a worthy subject for room decor of a young man... Mom

My Kind of Strange said...

Mom, I love you. But let me introduce you to sarcasm...that's what The Onion is all about. Click on my link to The Onion and peruse some of the other articles they have there...it's ALL tongue in cheek and ALL made up! It pokes fun at the media and the world at large...you'll get a good laugh. I'm sure the writers over at The Onion love owls too - that's the joke. ;)

mel said...

We got a Graco owl swing and play pen for our little girl. I love owls. I'm thinking of more crafty ways to incorporate them into her room actually. I, like you, was not big on getting everything done and perfected by the time the Niblet arrived. All things in time...

Good luck with the fabric. I'll keep my eyes peeled...