This piece is the oldest in my collection. My mom has a photo of me at 2 or 3 carrying it around. I've always thought it was kind of ugly as an adult, but since it's one of a kind and more than 30 years old, I can't give it up.
My late paternal grandmother gave me owls for birthday and Christmas gifts, long after I'd stopped collecting them. This was the last gift she gave me before she died. She was 86 when she stitched it, and my Grandpa made the frame.
Oddly enough, owls have come back into fashion. I see them everywhere--home decor, rubber stamps, t-shirts, tote bags. I can say that I have "vintage" owl items!