Thursday, April 23, 2009

Safari Animals for baby Nursery

Well, I just couldn't wait to show you all these REALLY cute Safari animals I have done for my baby's nursery. I found this really cute linen set by Natures Purest that comes in a couple of sets... I chose the 'Sleeping Safari' set as I just thought the animals were SO cute in it. The other is the 'hug me bear' range which is also nice but I had my heart set on the safari animals... The only downside was that it did not come with the matching wallpaper border that they had in the 'hug me bear' range... so I had to come up with something to put up on the wall on my own.

I often find that when you can't find something the challenge of thinking what to do and then making it yourself is SO much more rewarding. I decided to copy the animals out of the range but make them out of paper. There was SO much sewing involved, but I LOVE the end product. I also helped me see the worth in this linen range as I now appreciate even more the amount of work that has gone into it... I initially chose it because it was just SO soft to touch...

Well I hope you enjoy my animals... I will post a pic of them up on the wall hopefully by the end of the week as I have a bit more work to do on it all....

I had a great deal of trouble trying to find paper that was striped in the right colours, so for the Elephant and Lion below I used strips of paper stuck onto a neutral striped paper to get just the right colours...
The Giraffe's antennas and tail were also a little challenge as I wanted to keep the stitching effect but knew it would not hold up on its own, so I sewed directly onto some thicker acetate and it worked a treat!
I must say that the process of doing something a little different in the way of scrapbooking has challenged me further and opened me up to some new techniques that I am looking forward to incorporating into future layouts and cards.... especially some more sewing!!!

8 comments:

Jane Ettia Jones said...

oh wow how cool are your little animals and how clever you made them yourself.....okay you need to sell these they woudl be such a hit......too cute and my gosh 13 days to go....where did the time go

suzitee said...

Woohoo! Great sewing there girl. You will love incorporating it into your cards and pages...but warning! Once you start you can't seem to stop!

Sonia said...

wow Rebecca those safari animals are so so so gorgeous! I love all your cards and LO's too.

Just wanted to say thanks for the lovely comment on my blog, and for the Halls Gap suggestion, if we don't do it this year, it's some where else I can add to a list of possibilities for the future.

All the best for the safe arrival of your little bub!
Sonia x

Debbie said...

AWWWWWWW!!!! These are sooooo cute. Can't wait to see the wall with them on it. Not long now Beck....

Sherry - It's A Scrapper's Life! said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh how super cute Beck...not long to go now :-)

S xx

Ali said...

man oh man! back you've done a fabulous job on these - the detail is devine, the acetate, stitching and colour of the papers is gorgeous! can't wait to see them stuck on the wall! :)

xx

Sonya Thair said...

Beck they are just perfect. Counting down the days this end...can't wait for the news. Keep well and I hope to talk to you soon. Sonxx

Melissa Kennedy said...

Bec
these are just gorgeous
im sure these will look beautiful in your nursery.
oooohhhhhh eeeeee - not long to go now girl....