Friday, January 2, 2009

I Have Giraffe Envy - Meet Gerald

I really really want to be good at making cotton sewn softies - but it seems to be a skill that eludes me. I'm always a bit upset with the fabrics that I end up choosing - that amazing skill some people have of throwing different fabrics together to make things look utterly beautiful is totally absent in me. Is there a book I can read? A course I can take? I'm always way too practical and perhaps I need to be more daring?

Recently I've been having giraffe envy (check out delightful softie giraffes at Hop Skip Jump) . Don't ask me why it has been giraffe envy ... because I actually have craft envy with most things I see. (That list of 'want to make' only gets longer these days.)

So off I set to make a giraffe. I tried to pick good colors - but then I've never been known for my wild and crazy choices - so safely I opted for orange and brown - at least if it is orange and has a long neck someone might recognize it as a giraffe?
Meet Gerald. Gerald is a lonely giraffe so we decided to take him to the Central Park Zoo to see if we could find him any friends.
We searched the map of the Zoo - but unfortunately there are no giraffes ...
... but don't tell Gerald ... because we told him that the Llama's were a type of giraffe too ... and he seemed happy enough with that.

20 comments:

Rebekah said...

Gerald is so adorable! I love his ric rac neck :)

April said...

Fantastic!!!

April xx

adalex72 said...

He looks a mighty fine chap to me!

Bumpkin Bears said...

I think Gerald is such a sweetie and he looks like he had such fun at the zoo :) Thanks for popping by my blog, happy to see you like my new beary print. Hope you're feeling well, beary hugs, Catherine x

periwinkle said...

ah bless, Gerald is so cute. I think you've done a great job.. I've actually been to that zoo - loved it..
lisa x

Kitty said...

He's a gorgeous giraffe! x

LizzieJane said...

He is adorable Rachael, and I think the colors you chose are just perfect!
x

Karin said...

I think Gerald is adorable too - no need for more giraffe envy! :)

hetty said...

He's adorable. You did a great job! Forget about the giraffe envy. I love the photo of him peeking out from between the leaves!

two hippos said...

totally billiant, just adore Gerald!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Gerald is adorable. I just love his ears for some strange reason.

I have the same problem of choosing colors too :( . I try to get my daughter to help. She seems to have been with the color choosing gene that I lack.

twiggypeasticks said...

Gerald is lovely. If he fancies a long trip I'd be happy to take him to Chester Zoo to meet the giraffes.
Twiggy x

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

OK, this about the cutest thing I've accidentally come across in a long time.

I love the fabric and the photo of just his little head poking through the greenery is adorable.

What a great project and such fun photos too.

I'm glad to have found my way here.

Happy new year!

bunzi said...

he's a cutie! and i love your softies! esp the little bunny ones. ;)

Jenny said...

Hey Bunny Girl!

I think that your G-raff is G-orgeous! I too have had giraffe envy from Fiona's hopskipjump creations. She gave away a pattern for a giraffe in the last edition of Australian Homespun magazine. I made one each for the children for Christmas...(note to self...there's a post in that!) Mine might have been made using her pattern but they're missing that essential something that makes them Fiona's....Fiona I suppose!

I think your giraffe has it all because he's all yours.

Jen

CurlyfrySC's Collage said...

What a fun story with a cute little animal!

Amy said...

what a cute giraffe! I would have to say that you do have softie skills!

Alison Boon said...

Welcome Gerald. He is adorable.

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

Oh my goodness is he cute! I love how you always photograph your creations in playful settings. The pix of him looking at the zoo map are priceless!

Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

I would love to cuddle up with him and go to sleep. He's adorable!

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