These soft and delicate feather garlands were easily created using a needle and thread to string quail and pheasant feathers in varying patterns (not to worry... no birds were harmed in the making of these garlands).
The owls were purchased at a discount store in an unattractive silver color. A few coats of flat white spray paint immediately modernized them and gave them the appearence of porcelain. It was such a simple fix that I've been resisting a strong urge to spray paint all of my household objects.
A mantle is always a natural home to display seasonal objects like these, but add a few bottles of wine and some cocktails to the mix and you have yourself a cozy party by the fire!
photos + styling © cake. 2011