I am in Reno now and it is very cold, but not snowy yet. Snow is forecast for tonight.
Yes, I think the little square looks like owls too, which is part of the reason I don't like it!
The canvas I used is just 18-count eggshell, but I painted it brown, using watered down paint and a sea sponge so the color has kind of an overdyed look. I will post the threads when I return to Vegas after the holidays. I didn't bring that project with me.