One thing I love doing is finding interesting earrings.
I search high and low for them--just like I am known to sniff out beads when in coffee houses or home improvement stores. I am pretty picky about my earrings, too--they can't be too heavy, for instance, and I prefer them not to be tacky. (Although some may debate that there are appropriate times for giant sequined turtles with sunglasses.)
Most of the time, I just like finding them for myself (you know, to wear), but every once and awhile I will find some that just beg to be dangled from a hairstick. Rest assured, most of the time I make my own dangles... but some earrings just need to be put on a hairstick. That's what I did with these sticks, after all:
(Those are my Fish Scale hairsticks, which have actually sold... the full listing can be seen here: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/26522406 Pardon the blatant self-referencing--I was just so happy with how they turned out! *grin*)
Anyway, the whole reason I brought any of this up is because I have recently come across another pair of earrings that I'm itching to make into hairsticks. Imagine my delight when, in the store, I came upon these little numbers:
Here, have a closer look...
Aren't they darling? Honestly, little dangling owls! *coos* I will love them and hold them and name them George!
I have always been found of owls, and even more so since reading Kathryn Lasky's Guardians of Ga'hoole series a few years ago. I even heard an owl outside this evening, bustling awake after a long day of rest.
So, my plan is this: as soon as I unpack all of my beads (which are still in boxes from the recent move), I'm going to make owl sticks! Yep, sticks with cute little dangling owls! I already have ideas of what different beads I'm going to use... oh, the possibilities! *happy sigh*
It's been a good day.