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Welcome to my giveaway! For first-time visitors, I am a reporter for The Associated Press by day, crafter by night. This blog has been a bit neglected, but feel free to poke around!

I am giving away one adorable owl, similar to the one I made to go with the Harry Potter doll I made for my friend’s daughter last month. Since then, I made a whole batch (flock?) for my talented friend, Melissa Kim, who recently wrote a children’s book about owls.  This picture shows the owls I made her. I will make a new one for the winner of my giveaway, and you can specify whether you want an orange beak or the more true-to-life dark gray/black beak.


For a chance to win, just leave a comment.   If you are feeling chatty, recommend a good book or audiobook. I’ve recently taken up running, and am enjoying listening to Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” audiobook while I run, but I’m about to finish it!

I will close comments at 5 p.m. PST Sunday, and will announce the winner Monday. I will ship internationally.

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114 comments to Giveaway!

  • Michelle Olsen

    I love owls, and the black beaks are so cute! I haven’t read any regular books lately, but I just got Tula Pink’s City Sampler from the library, and it looks awesome. Thanks for the chance to win! mto2golsen (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Tina C.

    I love the owls! Adorable. I read a lot, so in the last week I’ve read: Overdressed: The shockingly high cost of cheap fashion by Elizabeth Cline; Divergent by Veronica Roth and Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. I guess I’m kind of all over the place, ha ha!

  • I think the black beak suits him the best.

  • I recently read Dr Mr Knightley and really liked it. Cute owls!

  • I watched Grantchester on PBS and found a new author to me: James Runcie.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Britta

    So cute! I’ve been reading Mary Roach books lately, she writes on a whole variety of subjects

  • Shelley C

    Will be sharing this little guy with the grandchildren…which one is still in the air 😛 So cute!

  • Monica

    I wish I had an audio book to recommend but they make me sleepy. I tend to stick to music to keep me motivated during exercising.

  • Rebekah S.

    I love these owls!!! The black beaks are cutest, I think.

  • Oh I love owls! My living room is full of them :)

    I’m reading the “outlander” seriers right now. Very good books!

  • Chris

    Owls are my favorite! I’ve been reading a lot of poetry lately.

  • Evelyn

    These owls are so cute! I really recommend Steve Martin’s autobiography audio book, he plays banjo between chapters and is a great storyteller.

  • I don’t really have any good book suggestions as I haven’t been reading as much as I should lately. But I love the owls!! My daughter adores owls, I even made her 2nd birthday party owl-themed!

  • Laura

    These are adorable!!! I recommend the Jackaby series — it’s a young adult novel, but quite creative.

  • Catherine in MI

    Our family loves the Harry Potter series and my oldest son has a soft spot for owls, so this little owl would quickly become a treasure in our home.

  • I just finished “20 Wishes” by Debbie McCrombie. It was quite good..low key, but still and nice story!

  • Those owls are so cute!

    I recently found your blog when looking for Lowly Worm softie ideas… and ended up reading the whole thing! :)

  • Mary Ann

    These owls are precious! I enjoy reading book series so I can fully escape into a set of characters and their world. Some of my old favorites are the In death series by J.D. Robb and the Spenser series by Robert Parker.

  • Jen B

    I’d recommend anything by Nalini Singh. I also love G A Aiken and Shelly Laurenston (same author, 2 pen names).

  • Lia

    These owls are the cutest! And it just so happens that I have a Harry Potter loving friend who would probably really appreciate this as a gift! She loves Hedwig!

    I’ve never really tried audio books before, but I loved reading some of the Nicholas Sparks books, although not everyone is into romance, lol!

    Thanks for your giveaway!

  • I love the owls. I have enjoyed listening to any of Sara Donati’s historical novels. I also liked Dee Henderson’s Omalley series. Lorna Landvik’s books are also great reads to listen to.

  • Cheryl

    They are adorable! I would love to read the book, too.

  • Laura

    The owls are adorable! I am also looking for some good book suggestions myself, so I’ll be checking out some of the other comments!

  • What sweet owls. I definitely love the black beak! Will look around at your blog! I just read Middlesex and loved it!Have you ever been to my country?AriadnefromGreece!

  • Sylvia

    So cute! I’d love to pass this on to my Harry Potter craft swap partner!

  • Kelsey

    So cute!! And I loved Bossypants!

  • Mia J

    the owls are so great. I really like them with the black beak. I just finished reading All the Light We Cannot See and loved it. For a fun book Every Day is a Holiday is good.

  • Jessica

    Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please is also a great one. And Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life is fantastic in audio or book format.

  • Lucy F

    These are super cute!

  • Judy M

    Love the owls! I have been wanting to make an owl pincushion for my collection. This one would be so adorable next ro my Cardinal.

  • camelama

    Love! I recommend the audio books of the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. First book is Master&Commander. It’s supposedly a book about nautical fiction in the Napoleonic wars, but it’s friendships, romance, culture, art, food, music, spy work, nature, exploring, sailing, politics – oh so much packed in to each book!

  • I love snowy owls. We have some around here (Alberta Canada). I would like it true to life with the grey beak. :)

  • Sandy

    Snowy owls are so beautiful. I am currently reading Dead Wake by Erik Larson.

  • Sarah

    I listened to the audio version of Cold Mountain years ago, and it was very good!

  • Hmmm… I favour trashy romance novels. Somehow I’m not sure that they would translate well to audio ;/

  • I love everything written by Jessica Day George – young adult fantasy. Fabulous.

    And adorable owls! I have a friend that would just love one!

  • I like the dark grey/black beak – it looks great on the owl! :)
    I haven’t considered listening to audio books when I run, I usually listen to pumping music to get “in the zone”, LOL.

  • Afton

    Those owls are adorable and go perfectly with the book.

  • Christina Menchaca

    I love owls! I think i love audio books even more! I feel like they keep my mind off how miserable I am running than just music!

  • auschick

    These are so beautiful! Great job! I’m in the middle of reading Dark Places. Not sure yet whether I would recommend it or not though!

  • Your owls are lovely! I would love one.
    I am a fan of the writer Banana Yoshimoto and I saw she has just come out with a new book. So I would definitely read that!

  • Katelyn

    These are too cute

  • susan

    Those owls are adorable. I’ve been listening to Jo Moyes books. Somehow I enjoy listening to her books over reading. I also love to listen to the Harry Potter books. They keep me focussed, but not annoying if I miss something due to distractions

  • I love your snowy owls! Just last night I stayed up all night to finish The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff. It look a while to get into it but once I did, I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win!

  • Tonia Jeffery

    They are so cute! I have a friend expecting who is doing a woodland theme for the nursery so these would be perfect.


    Oh my gosh, your owls are adorable.

  • Mara

    Adorable owls, I wish I could give you a book recommendation but I have been out of touch with reading since having kids, no time.

  • Kay

    Thank you for a fun giveaway. I love to read. If you like crime then try books by Elly Griffiths or Louise Penny, they have a great story without being gory. x

  • Irina

    I’m actually reading Harry Potter to my children, and they’d love to have one of these owls!
    I can recommend a lots of children books, but the one that comes to my mind is Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

  • Liz Scott

    Love those owls! True to life is great. I have just read Desert Places by Robyn Davidson. Having just visited India, I loved her account of travelling by camel with nomadic herders. She really gets to the nitty gritty of life in India, plus the book is beautifully written. Lots of paragraphs I read and reread for their beauty.

  • karen

    I am currently listening to The King’s Curse by Phillipa Gregory…if you like historical fiction and King Henry VIII, you will enjoy this book.

  • Barbra L.

    Adorable owl! “The Shoemaker’s Wife” , great book.

  • Mhairi

    I love owls. Your little owls are truly wonderful.
    I am not sure about any books as I generally read children and teenage novels.

  • Those owls are looking great ! I’m reading Harry Potter now, believe it or not ! I’m reading them to my children, and we are on book 5. I don’t listen to audiobooks, but one book I loved recently ws What Alice Forgot.

  • KT

    Those owls are so cute!! I’ve never listened to an audiobook–I just listen to my own thoughts while I run, though listening to a book sounds like a better idea!

  • Kathryn Laposata

    Have you listened to anything by alice munro? Wonderful short story writer.

  • Alexis

    I recently enjoyed listening to Margaret Atwood’s MaddAdam trilogy.

    Cute owls!!!!

  • Lisa Marie

    Super cute! A book I enjoyed is Bill Bryson’s “In a Sunburned Country”. Non-fiction, educational (to me at least) and hilarious.

  • Kathy h

    Those owls are so cute. I love seeing a grouping of those softies together.

  • Katie

    I run a lot and normally listen to music, but if I’m on the treadmill podcasts keep me going. If you haven’t listened to Serial yet you should give it a try.

  • Oh, I missed this giveaway day! Have you read “Quiet”? I listened to that while running recently, and didn’t love the narrator but it was an interesting book!

  • Lesley Bambridge

    I love these cute owls – and would very much like to have one fly over to live at my house : ) Not sure about a book as I like to read really old things like Pollyanna.

  • Nicole H.

    We have a house of owl and harry potter fans! I just found your blog and had already pinned the owl pattern – adorable!

  • Sue

    I love the black beaks!
    The promise of stardust was a good book.

  • Oh I love these! They remind me of my favorite book series.

    Thank you so much for this chance to win!

  • Gill

    Have you read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl??

  • Stephanie

    whoot whoot! We love your owls.

  • Max

    We love the brambly hedge series. don’t get time to read adult stories so I stick with the kids.

  • Robin

    Fabulous owls!! and the book looks gorgeous. thanks

  • Elizabeth S

    Your flock is adorable! I’m a nerdy geek, so the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan kept me company through about 2 years of workouts and crafting/sewing 😉 They are a bit pricey all together, so I spread them out over time.

  • Morgan

    I recommend “The Tilted World” by Tom Franklin and Beth Fenelley. A great novel!

  • These are adorable!! My daughter loves owls, her lovey is an owl…she’d steal this from me in a heartbeat.

  • Sharon Jones

    I love owls, my Mum loves owls, should I be lucky enough to win, I would share the Owl with Mum.

    Good book, it was a re-read of Marion Keyes, This Charming Man.

  • Unfortunately I’ve only managed to read one book in the six years since my first daughter was born! So I’m the wrong person to come to for a book recommendation.

  • Victoria

    I have been listening to Lisa Lutz’s Spellman Files books at the gym and in the car. Not deep, not literary, but I love an audiobook that makes me laugh out loud on the elliptical.

  • Karen McMahon

    I love your cute owls. I have enjoyed reading The Husband’s Secret.

  • Courtney a

    These are darling. My daughter loves snowy owls and she would get a kick out of these little guys. Thanks

  • Oh my – these are adorable. I love the true to colour beaks. I don’t have any particular book to recommend – I am reading ‘The Penderwicks’ to my kids though!

  • Leslie Schmidt

    Your owls are adorable! I would love to win one for my adult daughter who likes owls.
    Thanks for the chance. Oh, and the Harry Potter doll is just fantastic!

  • Such a cute owl! I listen to audiobooks daily on my way to and from work. I love anything suspense. Just finished “Girl on a Train”. Kind of a mystery/suspense. thank you,

  • Kylie C

    These little guys are adorable! Thank you for a chance to win. If you enjoy fantasy I would suggest Brian Jacques’ Redwall, audible has a full cast unabridged audio that makes a great listen.

  • Brittany Z

    OMG these owls are TOO CUTE!

    I don’t know if you like fantasy, but anything by Brandon Sanderson I find to be pretty awesome.

  • Beth

    I like the black beak best! I just finished “Was” and I thought it was pretty good. A lot of characters to keep up with, but that kept it interesting!

  • Sarah

    These guys are super adorable, thank you for the chance!

  • Sandy

    A black beak, for sure. I love a snowy owl.

  • Tiffany

    This is so cute! Have you read a tree grows in Brooklyn? It was very interesting and eye-opening. And I think I prefer the black beak.

  • Dresden File books are good, and the audio books have a good narrator (James Marsters) if you like that sort of book. But, if you do like that sort of book, you have probably already read it or at least heard of it :)

    Love the little owls! My 20-month old would be thrilled to receive a “hoo hoo” as she calls them.

  • Julia

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  • jackie

    My Antonia by Willa Cather

  • Pauline

    My goodness my granddaughter would go crazy for these beautiful owls and the book – she loves all living things and is very “into” Snowy owls right now. Thank you for such a lovely giveaway chance.

  • Sheila

    Hi! The Chi Omega sorority’s mascot is the owl. My daughter has so many owls, BUT, yours is so unique and adorable. I will have to find this little book, as I like to put things away for a special day and hope the owl flies our way.

  • Love the owl. Good read- Bridge of Sighs and Being Mortal.

  • Jennifer

    Adorable owls! I’m really liking Katherine Center’s novels right now.

  • carrie hare

    I just read Mindy Kaling’s book ‘Is everyone hanging out without me?’ Try that!

  • I love your owls!
    My 10 year old is reading the Ranger’s Apprentice books and out of curiosity I started reading them myself too. They are actually quite a nice read.

  • Meredith kaur

    Oh my goodness, those are super cute! I’ll have to get a copy of that book, it looks great. I love listening to Dianne Wynne Jones books on tape, because the narrator is awesome. My favorite is Howl’s Moving Castle, then the loose sequels, Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways. I also adore the narration and story for the Abhorsen series and bonus a new book just came out! I also recently recommended Sorcery and Cecelia, don’t know if there’s an audio book for that. I love “The Cat Who Could Read Backwards” and heard the audio book of that is really good.

  • Gia

    These owls are ADORABLE!
    My little one would prefer the black beak, thank you very much!
    I’m re-reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand these days and while written in the 30s it’s not the least outdated. It’s a great book and I wholly recommend it if you haven’t read it yet.

  • Despina Veneti

    I adore owls, I’d cherish this one!
    It looks adorable exactly as it is in the photo, thank you!

  • Jane Ritz

    My kitchen is done in owls. I would love to have this. It’s awesome.

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  • katie

    Love him with the black beak!

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  • Nancy D

    Those are so cute! I haven’t read it yet, but the new book written by Melissa Rivers sounds good. I think it’s called “The Book of Joan”.

  • Annette

    So cute! My sister in law loves owls. I would give it to her. :)

  • Nancysue

    Summer reading selection might be Pat Conroy’s South of Broad…. he describes Charleston so well in his writing! Cutie owls indeed! We are starting Harry P. this summer with our son :)

  • Becki

    Adorable owls! Haven’t read any stellar books, lately, so I think I will stalk the comments looking for the same. :-)

  • Tamie

    Love your owls! I’m a non-fiction reader for the most part and just finished a book on The Happiest Child about Amish parenting. It was great.

  • Jess

    If you like Tina Fey you might like How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran (I read it and liked it; I haven’t read Tina Fey but I’ve heard that Caitlin Moran’s book is basically the UK equivalent of Tina Fey’s).

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (d0t) c0m

  • Michelle Smith

    Adorable! I always go back to one of my childhood favorites–the Anne of Green Gables series. Love it!

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

  • Ramona

    Love the little grey/black beaks! The owl is so cute. I always recommend The Red Tent. It is a great book.

  • Masayu Norashikin

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  • BJ Marley

    Your owls are super cute.

  • Liz Stevens

    I love your owls. I am not a fan of Audio books yet. When I walk I like to listen to radio but my favourite book,other then the Bible ,are books by David Baldacci.

  • christy

    I love the owls & your Harry Potter doll! I made a HP doll a few years ago, and it was a lot of fun.

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