Whimsical Owl Art: Create & Share Challenge

I love a good challenge, and this month’s Create & Share presented that and more! We were partnered with Graphic Stock, a great online resource for stock images, and tasked with creating a home decor project using one of their images. I decided that since it was already pushing my creativity, I’d try my hand at something I don’t regularly DIY: wall art.

Also… You are going to be getting a little sneak peek into my theme and colour scheme for the nursery! Eeee! Please don’t read too much into the colour scheme. Whether baby is a boy or a girl, we love blue and will be using LOTS of it!

Whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

I received one year’s subscription to from Graphic Stock in exchange for writing this post.  All opinions are my own. 

I wanted to do a piece with an owl theme (which is not the full extent of the nursery theme, BTW), and found this cute and whimsical image from Graphic Stock. I thought I’d make something sweet using mixed media, and set about gathering my materials.

  • Image template
  • Felt (white, grey, and black)
  • Acrylic paint (white and turquoise)
  • Sharp scissors (a rotary cutter actually did NOT make this easier)
  • Cardstock (or a canvas)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Craft glue
  • Frame

How to make a piece of whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

I began by turning the Graphic Stock image into a template for the little owl. I outlined the owl and then traced the pieces onto a separate piece of paper.

How to make a piece of whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

How to make a piece of whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

Ta-da! One sweet little owl, ready to deliver mail and generally be an awesome friend.

How to make a piece of whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

The part that scared me was painting the base of the picture, the cartoon-esque tree. I am very, VERY scared of painting, which has never been my strong suit, and thought it would look terrible. I got lucky though, and it was fairly easy to re-reate the look of the tree from the image.

How to make a piece of whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

Once I assembled the picture using craft glue, I framed it in a simple white frame. I’m so pleased with how it turned out! I hope the baby appreciates that his/her (really not giving anything away, folks!) mommy made it with love (especially if he/she looks closely at the brushstrokes). :-)

Whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

Whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

In case you are interested in trying your hand at some DIY wall art, you’ll find plenty of inspiration at Graphic Stock. You can try out their service for FREE for seven days by clicking here!

Now is the really fun part, where you get to hop around to the other participating blogs and check out what they created for the challenge!


1. Old House To New Home ~ DIY Little Girls Room Tray

2. Shabby Grace Blog ~ Valentine’s Day Treat Bags

3. Creatively Homespun ~ DIY LOVE sign

4. Refashionably Late ~ Library Book Storage

5. Casa Watkins ~ DIY Moroccan Dessert Plates

6. Tastefully Frugal ~ Be Mine Banner

7. The Weathered Fox ~ True Love Pillow

8. Green With Decor ~ St. Patrick’s Day Mason Jar Craft

9. Domicile 37 ~ Butterfly Entomology Clock

10. Up To Date Interiors ~ DIY Notebooks with GraphicStock

11. One Mile Home Style ~ Hand Embroidered Dandelion Wall Art

12. Uncookie Cutter ~ Rustic Americana Wall Art

13. Flourish and Knot ~ Whimsical Owl Art

15. Pocketful of Posies ~ Valentine’s Day Paper

16. The House Down The Lane ~ DIY Heart Candle Holders and Printable

17. The Twin Cedars ~ Rustic Wood Wall Art

20. Farmhouse 40 ~ Bird Canvas Wall Art



A (very) happy new year!

I’m only 19 days late in wishing you all a happy new year! Sorry about that. Our Christmas vacation was an absolute whirlwind, and the start of January was a Bermuda triangle of obligations, professional challenges, and intense family events.

Intense family events like this one:

Winter Baby Announcement!

We’re having a baby in July!

I’m so glad to finally be able to share the good news with all of you! Our family and close friends have known for a while and they’ve done a great job of keeping the cat in the bag. Well, consider the bag fully open and the cat long gone!

I’ve been really well these past three months: no morning sickness, although pretty intense fatigue. I’ve been making an effort to sit down more when I’m teaching, but it’s a real challenge, especially for a music teacher. We’re up and down like yo-yos, fixing hand positions, posture, bow holds, embouchures… It’s tough to try to sit, but I’m making the effort.

Drinking more water has been a major game-changer for me. I always feel brighter and peppier when I’m hydrated. I take snacks with me and eat when I’m hungry, but I’m trying hard not to overeat. I don’t really show yet, but I’m not worried because it is my first baby, after all. I’ll let you know as soon as that bump pops!

Seeing those first ultrasound pics and hearing that quick, strong heartbeat was pure magic.

Winter Baby Announcement!

(Speaking of magic, I have to say that the baby looks a little like Voldemort. There’s an interesting idea: baby Voldemort. Did he cry? Did he already show signs of magic? Someone get J.K on the phone!)

Winter Baby Announcement!

We’re just completely elated by the prospect of this new adventure, and we cannot wait to be parents. I know there are about a million things to do before the little one arrives, but up to now we’ve really just been enjoying the moment.

Which doesn’t mean I don’t have the entire nursery planned in minute detail. :-) But that is a post for another day.

Which brings me to another important bit of news. I’ve decided to scale back my blog work for the next little while. Not to say I won’t be posting, but I definitely won’t be taking on as many challenges and major projects. We have a lot of un-blog-worthy house work to get done between now and July, so I will have to shift my focus a bit. I also have a LOT of work to do professionally, as the two schools I work at will be merging in September. Obviously, I’ll be on maternity leave, but I do want to get as much done before then to make the transition as easy as possible for my students and replacement.

That said, I have a pretty great DIY Create & Share project coming up shortly, and I’m looking forward to doing something for Valentine’s Day in the coming weeks. So you’ll be hearing from me!

Winter Baby Announcement!

Until then, have a wonderful week!



Stencilled Birch Tree Runner | Create & Share with Cutting Edge Stencils

I’m thrilled to be sharing with you a project that I’ve been working on for the past two weeks: a rustic, elegant stencilled birch tree table runner! I was so pleased to be asked by Cutting Edge Stencils to feature their Winter Cardinals stencil in a holiday DIY project. When I heard that it would be another Create & Share Challenge, I was IN!  Special thanks to Casa Watkins for hosting this challenge: I just love how these challenges push me to try new techniques and learn new skills.

Rustic, elegant stencilled birch tree table runner | with Cutting Edge Stencils | flourishandknot.com

I received one stencil kit from Cutting Edge Stencils in exchange for writing this post.  All opinions are my own. 

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2015 Christmas Tree | My Home Style Blog Hop

As promised in last week’s Christmas home tour, today I am sharing my 2015 Christmas tree! All together now: “it’s the most wonderful time of the yeeaarrr!”

Along with 24 other wonderful home decor and DIY bloggers, I’m sharing my tree as part of the second My Home Style blog hop. The hop is organized by Stephanie of Casa Watkins, who has a gorgeous tree to show off on her blog. Thanks, Stephanie, for organizing this motley crew! If you’re joining me from Around the Watts House, thanks for stopping by.

Flourish & Knot's 2015 Christmas Tree: Classic, Vintage, Artistic | flourishandknot.com

You may notice [or probably not… as if you have nothing better to do that file away my blog posts in the prime real estate of your memory ;-)] from the last My Home Style event, that I’ve *gasp* changed one of my describing words! Yes, that’s right: I broke the rules. Because, though our tree definitely does evolve each year, “vintage” is a much better way to describe it!

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Stencilled Chocolate Orange Cake with Craftyzee

At this busy time of the year, we can all use a fuss-free dessert or two in our recipe arsenal. Today I’m sharing a simple and delicious Chocolate Orange Cake, decorated with – yes you read the title correctly – a stencil!

Stencilled Chocolate Orange Cake | Stencil by Craftyzee | flourishandknot.com

This post is a collaboration with Craftyzee. I received one cake stencil in exchange for creating and writing this post. A second cake stencil was offered to one Flourish & Knot reader by random draw. All opinions are my own. 
This post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and choose to purchase a product, I will receive a small commission. Any personal or banking information provided to Etsy will not be disclosed to me.

Back when I was curating the gift ideas for my three holiday gift guides, (find them herehere and here! And that last one still has a giveaway open!) I came across Craftyzee on Etsy. Craftyzee creates amazingly beautiful cake stencils, and I fell completely in love with Zeena’s products. I approached her about featuring one of her designs on Flourish & Knot and was thrilled when she said yes!

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Ombré Pinecones | Home for Christmas Hop

Happy weekend! I hope you’ve enjoyed some relaxing time off. Maybe you’ve been working on your holiday decor? (In case you missed it, my Christmas Home Tour has lots of inspiration!) Perhaps you’re still looking for some simple and inexpensive ways to inject colour into your holiday decor? Today I’m sharing a project that is easy on the skills AND the wallet.

Special thanks to HomeTalk.com and CountryLiving.com for hosting the Home for Christmas DIY hop! I’ll be linking up this post later this evening. Click here to see all of the other #HomeForChristmas projects!

Pinecones are everywhere! Pick up a few and create a trendy and cheerful holiday centrepiece. With just a little paint and patience, you can create decorations that will last through the holidays and into winter.

Blue ombré painted pinecones | flourishandknot.com

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Holiday Home Tour Blog Hop

The Christmas season is upon us! If you are joining me for the first time today: welcome! If you are a returning Flourish & Knot reader, thank you so much for stopping by today. A special welcome to those arriving from Creatively Homespun!

Holiday Home Tour Blog Hop | flourishandknot.com

I’ve teamed up with 22 (!) other home decor and DIY bloggers to bring you a wonderful, inspiring holiday home tour blog hop. I am so pleased to be amongst their numbers, and I want to particularly thank Sharon at Pretty Practical Home for organizing this event.

Flourish & Knot's 2015 Christmas Home Tour | flourishandknot.com

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