happy new year! 2013 already, eh. how about that...
and, to celebrate a great day with no work, jon didn't get out of his pajamas until seven pm (and makes a nice cameo in the first picture, polar bear pajama pants and all), and i painted me some owl coasters. a perfectly normal way to welcome a new year.
i got this set of owl coasters as a christmas gift from my mom, who has a good eye for something that only needs a little tweaking to be really awesome (if you wondered where it got it from).
they remind me a lot of our kitchen owls (which was my very first blog post), except for their creepy white, staring eyes. those had to go.
ah, much better. each owl got a light sanding and a couple of coats of grey paint. they also got a little bit of wood working around their eyes. without those creepy whites, it became apparent that owl's pupils weren't very well defined (painted owl on the left). a little work with a linoleum block carving tool took care of that (painted owl on the right).
and since we don't have much use for coasters, they got a new life as living room decor. they now live above the doorway between our living room and our dining room, in a neat little row.
and another view from afar.
i think they're quite swell. and much better than coasters.