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Prize Part One: Two Owl Egg Cozies 

Finally getting around to posting this little birthday blog contest, and May has already come and gone. Clearly, still on the owl theme around here.

There will be one winner and the winner will receive all of the prizes listed in this post: Two owl egg cozies, two owl egg cups and a textile bundle. The contest is open to everyone, I'll post worldwide. The contest ends on Friday, June 18th. 

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post (be sure you have an email address, not just a Typepad profile so that I can contact you.)

These two owl egg cozies are made from felted wool and they're perched on a root I dug up while working in the garden. Several pieces fell off the root after drying out but the owls still like it. Clearing beds of roots, weeds and flint the size of footballs has kept me very busy during every spare hour - I've even made a fence to keep bunnies out of our tiny vegetable garden. 

Posts are backed up and visits to blog friends overdue, but the third birthday of NM reminds me once again of all the wonderful people I've "met" through this space. Thanks to all who visit and an even bigger thanks to those who have taken time to interact.

Prize Part Two: Owl Egg Cups, Cornish Pottery

I picked up these egg cups while in Cornwall at Easter. Very handsome little guys don't you think?

Prize Part Three: Textile Bundle 

Nice soft felted wool from a jumper, the large front and back piece. Also a piece of Liberty floral, two large, vintage buttons (3cm diam), a small square of brown felted wool and a piece of pale green vintage braid.

I put this bundle together with a large owl softie in mind - can't you see owl eyes in those buttons? They could of course be used in so many other ways too.

Owl Box Template: Free Download 

And here's a special birthday download for everyone. I thought the stout shape of an owl lent itself well to a box design. I've been mulling it over for a while, and now here it is. 

Owl-Box-thmbnl This template can be printed onto card stock at 100% for a small box or enlarge the template, cut it out and trace around it onto large card for a bigger version. There is a plain design or patterned, might be nice for party favours. And children might like dressing up the plain design.

Click this image of the template to download.

Have a warm and wonderful weekend, a new tutorial is on the way next.

J x



Oh my gosh! Happy belated birthday! Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

Alli (One Pearl Button)

What a great giveaway! Congrats on the blog birthday, and thanks for the chance to win!

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios

Joanie, you are amazing. And that little box is just killin' me! Love it!

margie oomen

that liberty print is one of my favorites
love all the wise owl stuff

Tina @ Squirrel Acorns

What a super, thoughtful giveaway! Those egg cups are the cutest things ever! I don't think they make such cute egg cups in the States. I was happy to find some that were actually a color and not just white. I love the little owl cozies too. They look like they would also make fun finger puppets!


May the rabbits stay out of your vegie patch my dear, i cant keep the possums out of mine:)Loving the own download i can see it keeping the kids busy over the winter school holidays.Congrats on your birthday, love what you do xoxo


Happy belated birthday Joanie! Thank you for the owl freebie too! Can't wait to print it out.

Have a fabulous day!


Amazing little cluster of treasures!


I was so very excited to see this generous giveaway of yours! Owls are my favorite animal, and the bundle you have put together is lovely. Happy blog birthday!


Happy bloggy birthday! That's such a generous giveaway, and I'd love to have a chance of winning it. I've been thinking a lot about owls myself recently; occasionally we seem them swooping over the fields at the edge of our village and it always makes me stop and watch.

Emjie (Melissa)

The owl box is cute as. Owls are so in right now.

Paula Clare

Love, love LOVE all the owl-y goodness here! The little egg cozies are SO CUTE...and the textile pack...CLEVER! VERY CLEVER! Thanks for the owl box template...I shall go print one out right this minute!

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Happy belated birthday Joanie! Lovely themed giveaway and everyone likes owl-y stuff of course! x


Happy belated birthday!
what a lovely give away, I can see the owl eyes in the buttons too!


What fabulous prizes!!!! Count me in, I am so there! I love owls so very much, you should see my collection of them! email is -
and my blog address is -
Would love to hear from you sometime! I can't wait to delve back through your archives, when I can find some spare time!!

Keli Dean

I love owls, too! my mom had them as decor in the 80's (like most other people) but they stuck with me...I have an Owl tattoo on my back :-) Super cute stuff!!!


Yay giveaway! Happy Birthday!


Just stumbled upon your site! Love, love your creations! Have always loved owls and am so excited to see that they are experiencing a "renaissance" of sorts in design! Happy Birthday!

Heather Lambert

Wow! Just found your site today as well and I'm hooked! Owls are my weakness and I LOVE what you have done on here. Thanks for sharing!


Found your site through a facebook post. Love the owls, thank you for the owl box.

lindsey yerbey

i just happened to stumble upon your site after seeing the owl paper project on craftzine and i love it and your little owl giveaway.

i heart owls :)

happy birthday!

Teresa Schmidt

Found you through Craftzine, and LOVE the owls. Thanks so much for the printable... I plan to use it at my library story hour this summer. :)


I know a couple who would love these ;)


Happy birthday! I love this giveaway! Thanks for the free download :)

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