(picture courtesy of the Barn Owl Trust)I slowed down and could make out the outline of a very large bird sat on a branch. I wasn’t sure if it was an owl or an evejar but it seemed to be watching me make my way home. That was the first encounter this year with an owl and it made an impression. So much so that I searched the boughs at the edge of Creech Wood for the rest of the week. I never saw the bird again.
The next encounter came whilst I was in the Lake District this summer. If you recall from my earlier blog about the Red Poppy cafe in Hawkshead you may remember that it also sold little trinkets. It was here that I picked up a packet of paper handkerchiefs which were adorned with owls.
These were for my daughter as she has asked me to buy some her some tissues. Before I gave her the pack I took one out and placed it in my Zakka sew-along book with my little elephant book mark. I didn’t think anything of it and don’t even know why I kept it – just because it looked pretty I guess.
The final encounter was in the supermarket three weeks ago doing my weekly shop. I strolled down the greetings card aisle looking for a Thanksgiving Card (not a hope in England!). A card caught my eye – two owls perched on a branch looking at one another. And then further along I spotted a little 2013 handbag diary decorated with owls.
It was at that very moment that I remembered the owl tissue and then the bird on the bough of the tree. I purchased the card and diary and knew instantly I would have to immortalise that dusk memory in a little mug rug. But where had I put the tissue with the owls on? I searched high and low but couldn’t find it. It wasn’t in the Zakka book with the elephant and it wasn’t in my idea’s folder. The following day at work, my eyes were sore and I reached into my Brad Pitt attraction pouch (remember that?) and what should I find in amongst the breath mints and eye drops – yes, you guessed it – the little owl tissue.
So my latest pattern began as a brief encounter and resulted in a whimsical mug rug that is suitable for grown-ups and children alike. I hope you like the end result as much as I do.