Friday, February 19, 2010

Hooters!

No, not that kind of hooters. This is a nice clean blog, ya know. I used to live in a rural area where we had barn owls. They are huge and absolutely magnificent. I used to watch them at dusk come out to hunt. They circle, glide, almost like they are floating in air. And then suddenly swoop in for the catch of the day. Quite awe inspiring.

These little owl beads are my small tribute to the barn owl. They've gone through a few renditions until I was happy with them. Yes, I know owls generally do not have green or blue tummies. But these are my owls and in my world owls can be whatever colour I choose. I like their round little colourful tummies.

These are made in a similar way to the bird beads. Except the the face gets molded and then the wings are added later. These have even got tail feathers.


As long as I've been on a bit of bird kick lately, I thought why not add some nests? Sometimes it just happens that way for me. One idea leads to another, and then an entire day is gone. Spring will be here soon. I see signs all around me. Those birds will need some nests, right?
Have a lovely weekend everyone!

26 comments:

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

These are really beautiful, what is the size?

SummersStudio said...

Kitten, the owls are about 3/4" (18 mm) from top to bottom and the nests are about 7/8" (22 mm). Thanks so much! I'm glad you like them.

Greer said...

Ahhhhhh Blue Breasted Owls (Tyto antero cerulea) Have become established world wide. Main prey are beads, in particular blue beads
He He Love them

mairedodd said...

these are wonderful one and all!!! off to the shop! :0)

TesoriTrovati said...

Wahoo! I love these little hooters! And I love that in your world they live with colorful bellies. And eggs. Swoon! I hope you will have these when my bead diet is up! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the day! Erin

Lorelei said...

i just bought a few, they are so cute. you knew I'd love em! ;)

sharon said...

You amaze me with every new post and thing you make! Fantastic!!

sundownbeaddesigns said...

I'm liking those hooters!...lol! love the contasting belly

Katie said...

LOVE them! I saw Lorelei's link on Facebook and had to snag a few for myself...and the nest beads, too...I might have to make the owls a pet for a little while, first :o) Super cute! (and I love the blue bellies!)

Pearl and Pebble said...

Oh I can't hardly stand how much I love these!!!

stregata said...

I love the little hooters! Especially, because to me, they look as if they are hugging beads! Molto sympatico!
I guess you are already seeing real definite signs of spring. Are the daffodils coming up in your garden?

Cindy said...

LeAnn, these are just adorable...and may be one of your most popular designs yet! I received my bird beads today -whew!, was getting worried - and they are just the sweetest beads ever. Have a great weekend!
Cindy
www.sweetbeadstudio.com

Angela said...

These are lovely! We get a barn owl hunting outside our house, I love watching it , it is so silent!

Julianna Cannon said...

What are the odds that you have another brown and green owl and basket? I missed out and I reaaaallly do reaaaallly want one of each. Reallyreally.

SummersStudio said...

Wow, I knew there were owl lovers out there. But who would have thought there were so many of you. Thanks, everyone!

Jenny J-V said...

Nice hooters! haaaaaaaaaaaaa :) Love the little owls...they remind me of when I was little and we had a sweet little owl flying around in our attic and we had to try to get it out the window somehow. It took a while, but we eventually got her (him?) set free. What a great memory! Thanks! Jen

Judy said...

I agree with Jen...Nice hooter's LeAnn! They are so detailed! I love the little nests too~

sasha and max said...

Eye catching title LeAnn ! What a hoot! Sweet little beads too:)

Patti said...

Really adorable!

Barbara Lewis said...

These are wonderful, LeAnn! I love the brown and aqua combination ... like those pots you made! I know owls are supposed to come out at night, but one day I was talking on the phone to a friend and happened to look out the window and there was one sitting on the stone wall staring at me. It took me a minute to realize what I was seeing. It was freaky ... those big eyes!

Marie Cramp said...

Sooo Cute!! I absolutely adore them :)

Marie

Pretty Things said...

I'm in LOVE!

The Joy of Nesting said...

OH My Gosh LeAnn,

I didn't think I had seen anything cuter then your little white birds but the hooter babies are tooooooo adorable. Their little tummies look like they are happy and sassy with the nice plump worms momma owl has been feeding them!!!! :)

Okay and the nest way to cute. Hmmm do you feel a ("Bradford Series") coming on???? Cuz I'm telling you I'm the first in line if you do create a series of birdies!!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

kelleysbeads said...

I just love your owl beads and all their different colored tummies. I don't know when I will be in Texas next, but when I am I swear I am going to crash your studio for a day so I can see you work :)

Andrew Thornton said...

These owls and nests are awesome! I love the owls and I love your story about the barn owls. They were what inspired my long-lasting love for all owls.

Esther said...

so cute LeAnn!!