I have a friend who has a special talent for matching people with the animal to which they look the most similar. After meeting somebody, she will announce afterwards- "She's a peacock." "He's a penguin." "She's a cross between an alligator and a meerkat." And no matter what she says, you think about it for a moment, and realize she is exactly right. He IS the product of a three-way between a badger, a mongoose and a baby seal. Of course, I couldn't resist asking her the all important question, "What animal am I?" She wouldn't tell me. "Come on," I insisted. "I won't care." "Ok," she said reluctantly, "You're an owl." Huh. "It's because I have dark circles under my eyes, right?" "Don't worry," she said, "I'm a rat." And she's right- she TOTALLY is.
Ever since, I have made it my business to embrace the owl. I have a little owl statue, an owl pillow and an owl lamp project in progress that I'll post when it's completed. But lately, I've noticed I'm not the only one embracing their inner owl- owls are everywhere particularly in nursery decor. They are a welcome break from some of the traditional animals you tend to find in nurseries like bunnies, sheep and monkeys. Below are just a few owl pieces that would appeal to just about anybody, even if they are more of a platypus or a rooster.