Handmade necklace with pink and black glass beads, faux pearls, and pink owl pendant, by Mary Warner, March 2022.
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What Happened to the Owl?

About a month ago, I posted about a necklace I had made with a pink owl pendant. I was wondering whether I should keep the owl or lose it, so I asked around online. Since that time, I’ve been sidetracked by tearing apart our dining room. Perhaps you’re wondering whatever happened to that owl necklace. Did I keep the owl on the necklace or take it off and rework it?

The responses I got to my query were pretty evenly split, with some saying keep it and others saying I should remove the owl if I didn’t like it. The choice of what to do didn’t become clear until I received a comment from my niece’s daughter. She thought the necklace was beautiful and wondered if it was available on Facebook Marketplace. As soon as I read that comment, I knew exactly what to do. I decided to send it to her.

But, I couldn’t send a necklace just to her. She has a cous-sister around her age and I thought she might like a necklace, too. So I made another necklace with an owl pendant.

Handmade necklace with pink glass crystal beads, clear glass crystal beads, round black & white glass beads, yellow faux pearls, and a yellow owl pendant. Made by Mary Warner, April 2022.
Handmade necklace with pink glass crystal beads, clear glass crystal beads, round black & white glass beads, yellow faux pearls, and a yellow owl pendant. Made by Mary Warner, April 2022.

I chose the yellow owl pendant for the cous-sister because she had recently gotten a yellow princess dress.

Well, this cous-sister has a younger sister and I couldn’t very well send the older girl a necklace without sending along one for the younger girl, so I made a necklace with a dragonfly pendant for her.

Handmade necklace with green glass cylinder beads, purple & green round glass beads, purple & clear round glass beads, purple seed beads, green seed beads, flat metal beads, and a metal dragonfly pendant. Made by Mary Warner, April 2022.
Handmade necklace with green glass cylinder beads, purple & green round glass beads, purple & clear round glass beads, purple seed beads, green seed beads, flat metal beads, and a metal dragonfly pendant. Made by Mary Warner, April 2022.

And one of my nephews has a daughter around the same age, so I wanted to make her a necklace, too. This one, which I think looks happy with its variety of colors, features a dolphin pendant.

"Happy Dolphin Necklace" - Handmade necklace with blue, green, pink, and clear crystal glass beads, red seed beads, and a metal dolphin pendant. Made by Mary Warner, April 2022.
“Happy Dolphin Necklace” – Handmade necklace with blue, green, pink, and clear crystal glass beads, red seed beads, and a metal dolphin pendant. Made by Mary Warner, April 2022.

Four necklaces later …

Four colorful, handmade, bead necklaces, one with a pink owl pendant, one with a yellow owl pendant, one with a dragonfly pendant, and one with a dolphin pendant. Made by Mary Warner, March/April 2022.
Four colorful, handmade, bead necklaces, one with a pink owl pendant, one with a yellow owl pendant, one with a dragonfly pendant, and one with a dolphin pendant. Made by Mary Warner, March/April 2022.

… and I wasn’t done yet.

Among the gaggle of my nieces’ and nephew’s children, there are a couple of boys. If I was sending necklaces to the girls, I ought to send to the boys, too. (Any excuse to make another necklace and I will take it!)

Two handmade necklaces. Left necklace features round, black stones and metal stars. Right necklace features round, black glass beads, turquoise glass beads, and brown wooden beads. Made by Mary Warner, April 2022.
Two handmade necklaces. Left necklace features round, black stones and metal stars. Right necklace features round, black glass beads, turquoise glass beads, and brown wooden beads. Made by Mary Warner, April 2022.

I mailed all the necklaces off and was thrilled that the children liked them. One said the necklaces were fabulous and elegant, which is delightfully high praise.

After all this necklace making, I had one owl pendant left, a white one. This one I saved for myself. Here’s the necklace I made and I am well pleased with it. There’s no question that the owl belongs on this necklace.

Handmade necklace featuring white owl pendant, round, black glass beads, clear, crackled round glass beads, small, faux-pearls, and small, silver metal beads. Made by Mary Warner, May 2022.
Handmade necklace featuring white owl pendant, round, black glass beads, clear, crackled round glass beads, small, faux-pearls, and small, silver metal beads. Made by Mary Warner, May 2022.

One questionable owl birthed six additional necklaces. I’d say that was pretty good inspiration.

Thoughtful comments welcome.