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D.I.Y. Plush Owl

I’ve still been steadily making little sewing projects here and there trying to gain a little bit of skill and have some fun creating cute projects, accessories, and clothes along the way. This week my grandfather has been in the hospital after having a heart-attack earlier in the week. We’ve been visiting a lot but I thought he might need something to brighten up his room a bit when we weren’t there so I decided to make him a plush owl.

I know, it seems a little odd to give an 85 year old man a stuffed animal but let me give you a little background and tell you that my grandfather’s nickname ever since he was in grade school has been “Hoot”, his friends started calling him this because there was a cowboy named “Hoot Gibson” who was a famous rodeo champion as well as an actor, director, and producer when my Grandpa was growing up. So naturally since our last name is Gibson they threw Hoot in front and that was that, I’ve never heard anyone call him anything else. I decided, based on his nickname to make him a “hoot owl” plush with a patched up heart.

This project can be made with any skill level and takes about 30-60 minutes to make.

Owl Plush, makes one owl.

Supplies Needed:

A solid and printed fabric, felt in various colors for the eyes, feet, and any other embellishments you might like to add, fabric scissors, fabric glue or tacky glue, paper (for your pattern), a sewing machine or needle and thread, pins, stuffing, and an embroidery needle and embroidery thread (if you want the top stitch embellishment) 

Draw and cut out your pattern for your owl you’ll need a template for the body, wings, feet, eyes, tummy patch, forehead, and beak.

Pin each part of your pattern to the appropriate fabric and cut out each of your pieces. (I made sure to fold my fabric in half so I only had to cut once since you’ll need two of everything except the tummy, forehead, and beak!)

Once you have all of your pieces laid out go ahead and stitch on the tummy and forehead to the front of the owls body with the embroidery needle and thread. From here you can either stitch or glue on the eyes and beak. Also stitch on the feet just slightly above where your seam will be at the bottom of the owl.

Now that the front of your owl is ready to go, place the back of the owl and the front of the owl together with the details facing in so that you can no longer see them.

Get your sewing machine or needle and thread out and sew around the edge of your owl leaving an inch or two open so you can stuff your bird. 

Now fill flip your owl inside out so that you can see his precious face again and fill him with stuffing! Last of all hand stitch the opening so that his stuffing doesn’t all fall out and You’re done! 

Try making owls with different details and fabrics and even different sizes and soon you’ll have a whole family of these adorable guys!




Recipe: Key Lime Pie

There is something so summery and special about key lime pie and this recipe is extremely simple, you won’t be sorry if you try it!

This pie is sweet, tart, creamy, and a perfect end to a Summer evening or picnic.

Key Lime Pie, makes one (6-8 servings)


 – One pie crust (one cup of graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of melted butter mixed together and pressed in to  a pie plate) or…you can cheat and buy a pre-made crust.

– 3 cups of sweetened condensed milk – 1 cup of sour cream – the zest of 5 key limes – the juice of an entire bag of key limes (a little less than one cup)

Preheat your oven to 350

Whisk together your condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime zest until it’s nice and smooth. Pour the prepared mix in to your pie crust and bake for 6-10 minutes until you see very tiny bubbles at the top of your pie. Do not let your pie over bake, it should only stay in the oven long enough to set and shouldn’t brown at all. Let your pie cool and place it in the fridge to chill for 4-24 hours before serving.


– Trish

p.s. I covered my pie with homemade hint of orange whipped cream.

Summer Life – according to instagram

Here are a few instagrams from the past little bit.  I can’t believe that it is already August and school is about to start! I still feel like I have so much to do before I’ll be ready for this Summer to end, I guess I’ll be trying extra hard to  make the most of this last month and stay super busy. I still have a few great events to come before the Summer really ends – including Mumford & Son’s gentlemen of the road stopover in Bristol (ahhhh!) I’m probably most excited about that one if I’m being honest.

Regardless of anything else that happens though, I truly feel that I’ve accomplished a lot and had a fantastic Summer with adventure, music, and tons of fun and I am ready to start making plans for an adventurous Fall as well!

Do you have any plans for the last month of Summer?


(my instagram user name is: trishgibson)