Before all of my long windedness, (if that's even the right word) what I wanted to put forth is a bit of a contest for an owl logo for me. I'd like it to be cute and cuddly looking, perhaps something like illustrations of owls from the 30's and 40's, definitely steer clear of the stern looking owls- I want a happy one!
The winner of the contest will receive 10 free patterns-your choice! (Edited to add) OR one of the kids in costume dolls, if you're not interested in the crochet patterns. :)
I'm a fan of the light blue and brown that I used over at Owlishly, and would like to keep the font used for my banner, but I need tons of help with all this graphic design stuff that I know absolutely nothing about, I'm more along the lines of "I'll know it when I see it" type of thinking, which doesn't seem like it's much help. If you have serious interest I'm going to need it by November 25th for judging, and debuting on my new blog. Feel free to email me with questions or suggestions at email@example.com.
A bit more to help you out- If you take a look at my favorites over at Owlishly, probably my absolute 3 favorite owls are the Little Owl, by badbird, Ceramic Owl Garden by fruitflypie, and the Owl Miss You cards by fedorafox. Hopefully that can give you more of a feel for what I like. I pretty much just want a logo, but I need it to go with the banner, you know?
Okay, now back to the regular stuff-
November already. I turn 30 this month, I don't mind getting older, especially since I've grown up hearing that I come off as at least 10-20 years older than I really am. I think I'm just going to miss 29; in terms of life events this hasn't been better or worse than any other given year, but I really like the number! I know- what a dingbat! I think it has to do with my birthday actually being on the 29th that contributes to how much I like the number, and growing up I always thought it would be the best year of my life, and what a disappointment doing that to a poor year was. I really wish I wouldn't create such high expectations for things (people/events/etc.), because then I'm bitterly disappointed when things fall short, and it's a ridiculous character flaw that I'm in no way proud of, it's that darned perfectionism rearing it's ugly head!
Anyway, I'd planned this post to be something positive and full of happiness and sharing but that's not always realistic for me. I'll try to get back on course though.
What I came to post was that in honor of my 30th birthday, but really just my birthDAY, I'm switching things up on you! Just when everyone was getting used to me being Owly- bam! I'm changing my blog and etsy store to Owlishly. I've been contemplating a switch to typepad for a while, (I'm a big fan of the typelists) and they give options that I'd like to pursue that aren't available on wordpress, so anyway, when I was signing up for a new blog my blog name here was already taken over there. I was a bit surprised, but also somewhat relieved, I think owly behavior is something that can be used to describe me, but it doesn't seem very positive (and I'm all about positive thinking!- at least that what I'd like to think.)
The thing is, since getting married and having 2 babies, (and it's what I had wanted to do when I grew up, but) I still don't feel like I've grown up, and dealing with large life changes has made me a lot more tired and grumpier than I ever was before, and when I see the word owly it reminds me more of my grumpiness than the positive attributes you can imagine when you think of an owl. So it's part of my positive thinking endeavor to change my name to something that makes me happier when I see it, and it's something I'd never even thought of before I chose Owly. I did want to maintain some similarity to make it easier to find me again, and I sort of like the way Owlishly sounds, it doesn't quite roll off the tongue so easily, but I like it, and I think it describes me in a more positive light too.
So look for changes in the month of November!