Sunday, January 22, 2012


I know there are a lot of owl lovers out there. 

 I fondly remember a walk through the woods and discovering a great horned owlet with a broken wing. Although the owl was only in my possession for about four hours, I will always remember "Hootie" and my desire to protect him and not leave him on the forest floor to die. 

Hootie was taken from my arms by a wildlife rehabilitator in our area, and was later was transported to Cornell  in Ithaca, New York where his wing was repaired. After rehabilitation, Hootie made his permanent home at a zoo. As an injured owlet, he never learned survival skills to make it in the wild. Male and female owlets look alike, so for no particular reason, I decided to refer to Hootie as a "he". In the picture below, these fluffy owls look just like Hootie did when I found him.

from the internet

After the "rescue" of Hootie, co-workers gifted me with a book that I have enjoyed reading again and again. In the book, "Bubo" was a baby great horned owl that was found buried in the snow in the Vermont woods by a scientist, and he was able to get permission to keep the owl and study its development. If you can find the book, I know you will enjoy it. An Owl in the House - A Naturalist's Diary 

I used owl print fabric to make napkins and a small table runner for the table.  

 The owl plates were also used in a Halloween tablescape. 

Since owls live in the woods, the glass owl vase was filled with greens and branches, and then I added some red roses for our romantic dinner. Whoooot loves ya Mr. Mountain Breaths! Happy Birthday to You!!

The owl napkin rings/place card holders and the owl vase were found at Hobby Lobby last year. 

As I was setting the table for Joe's birthday dinner, I snapped one last photo and it was during Blue Hour.

Look at these sweet owl cards that I bought on Etsy. The donation goes for the research of Cockayne Syndrome. Click here.
 What is CS?

I am joining Shannon's Cozy Home Party. Shannon is a wonderful host, and would love you to join her party on Mondays. And of course, Tablescape Thursday. Thank you for stopping by! 


Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Beautiful table, Debbie, just beautiful! Now I get why you love the owls so much. Who could resist? I didn't realize you saved one!

  2. Debbie, what a sweet post. I think it is great that you helped a creature in the wild like that. Your owl dishes are adorable. I am always inspired by people like "wildlife rehabilitators" - takes a special person. xo

  3. We saw a huge owl in our yard a couple of times last week. I would have loved a better look at it but, of course, it was getting dark.

    Great table and I love that big owl plate.

  4. I saw something on Pinterest saying Whoot do you love, and I thought of you!
    The table is adorable, just love those plates!

    An owl got into out friends house when it was closed up for the winter. It left behind the remains of its dinner...a few squirrel skeleton's! Yikes, it creeped me out.
    They are fascinating creatures!

  5. Gorgeous table sweet Debbie and those owl dishes are terrific! I saw a white owl by our window a couple of years ago and then it just flew away! Owls around here are good luck, specially the white ones. I also love that black and white it ceramics? Lovely. Thank you for your kind and wonderful comment for my latest post, you're very generous my friend. Have a terrific week.

  6. Beautiful table1 Thanks for sharing Joann

  7. I LOVE your owl table, how fun is that!? I' ve never seen owl dishes, they are too cute!
    Thanks so much for supporting CS research and helping to raise awareness, have a great week!


  8. Those owl plates are adorable. You always find the cutest things! I love your chairs too. WOuld love to have them in my home, but those wouldn't stay clean with Holly jumping on the chair begging for treats at the dinner table!

    Thank you so much for the kind words for me and for joining my party again this week!

  9. What a fun post! Love all of your sweet owls and pretty decor! ♥

  10. Love your Owl whimsical and pretty.

  11. I love the colors and whimsy in your shots!

    Btw, we had just moved into our new house in the country, when I first spied an owl perched on a tree in our backyard, staring back at me. I have been in love with these majestic, nocturnal creatures, ever since.

  12. We live in rural KY and I hear owls often but rarely see them. My daughter has become crazy about them because she loves all things 70s and they are such a motif. She would go nuts for your decor. Thanks for visiting my blog, am your newest follower.

  13. Debbie, this is just darling! I especially love the owl print you found to use in making the runner and napkins. Talk about carrying out the theme! Congrats on capturing the blue hour!

  14. What a sweet, sweet story. You did a good thing picking that baby up and saving his little life. I have never seen a baby owl before. They're much smaller than what I would have imagined. Except for the color, they remind me of those Peeps we buy around Easter time. CUTE table...and you KNOW I am jealous that you made your own napkins & runner!!! Very sweet! Happy Birthday to you hubby, and have a great weekend!

  15. thats a hoot of a story, extra cute on your table too~

  16. Super fun table in a cozy and whimsical corner. I can just imagine myself sitting there looking out those windows. Lovely. Thanks for posting. ~CJ

  17. You always have the most unique tables...the owl plates are great with all your MC black and white! Glad you were there to save the little owlet, Debbie.

  18. I love owls...I did my entire mantle for Christmas with an owl theme...The owls decor is so great and I love your black and white check table!!..

  19. Debbie, I LOVE this post! Those furry owls are adorable, and yes, I am also a fan of owls. We hear them in our woods at night, and I love their calls. I think that's such a neat experience you had with finding the injured owl because you know you were instrumental in saving "Hootie's" life.

    Your birthday table for your hubby is so cute. I love the owl vase particularly. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!


  20. definitely are an "Adironack" girl. I love that you saved that baby owl. So glad there was a happy ending!

    Your table is adorable as well...happy birthday to Mr. Mountain Breaths!!

  21. What a great message about your owl rescue. I love the sweet owl plates and your roses in the owl vase. The cards for Valentine's are a thoughtful gift thanks for sharing the idea. I normally don't do this but, I just finished an owl Valentine's Day table and thought you might enjoy it. Happy Tablescaping! Pam


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