Friday, March 3, 2017

We're All Ears :: March Inspiration :: Owls

I just found out that this weekend, March 3-5, 2017 is the International Festival of Owls in Houston, MN. And I just Googled the map and it is only 2 1/2 hours from my house! I wish that I had seen this sooner, as that is something I would love to attend.

They have a gift shop, a photography contest and an owl pellet dissection (I am not sure I want to know what that entails!). There is even a collaborative artwork that will be created by everyone that attends, adding their own unique touch to a colorful owl painting. There is owl nest box building, owl storytime and a kids hooting contest. Doesn't that sound like a hoot? ;-)

The best part is the live owl programs featuring barn, short-eared, snowy, Great Horned, Barred owls, and Eastern screech owls.

They represent wisdom and truth with piercing eyes that are all-seeing, even in the darkest of nights. Silent, secret and majestic. As a personal totem they symbolize the capacity to see beyond deceit, a heightened intuition and are harbingers of life transitions and change.

Photo credits :: Unsplash :: clockwise from top R
Quentin Dr :: Andy Chilton :: Massimo Mancini :: Paul Morley :: Ray Hennessey :: Andy Chilton :: Cliff Johnson

They are even showing the USA premiere of a movie called The Secret Life of Owls! (Click to watch the trailer!)

I love the beauty of these fearsome creatures and have made them a part of my jewelry work for many years, but I have never really made them part of earrings, typically only pendants, so this will be a challenge for me! What about the owls inspires you? I can't wait to see what you do with this month's challenge. Make your earrings inspired by OWLS and share them here on Friday, March 17th!


  1. I'm very looking forward to this earring challenge! I just love owls! They are magnificent creatures.
    Greetings, Sofie

  2. I love owls. To my great surprise there's a family of great horned owls that live in my neighborhood. I hear them hooting sometimes in the middle of the night. And I live in the great suburban wasteland of Orange County!

  3. Ohhhh I LOVE owls! They are my favorite bird of prey. What inspires me about them? They have a very zen energy, in my opinion. It's the only way I can describe it I guess. I will attempt to make owl earrings (like you, I'm more prone to design owl pendants vs earrings). Great challenge! :)