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What A Wonderful World- A Wet Zoo Trip!

Bejewelled Birds, Rocking Dog

Bejewelled Birds

What do you do when it’s blowing a gale, grey, wet, muddy and miserable? Simple, take a friend to the zoo! Bristol Zoo provided a day with driving rain, cold animals and umbrella’s blowing inside out. However……It was lovely to reacquaint myself with a myriad of amazing creatures and exotic plants.

Thankfully there is no pacing Polar Bear, Elephant, White Tiger cage or Brown Bears- all memories of my childhood visits. More sadly there are no longer monkeys residing in the 1920’s temple.

Walking around the various enclosures it was so evident just how inspirational nature is for fashion, paint colours, fabrics and wallpapers. I loved some of the corals, so fragile, such spectacular colours and shapes. What A Wonderful World. Just wish we could all look after it so much better.

The Flamingo’s seemed to pay no attention to the inclement weather- it was all water off a Flamingo’s back! Their exotic pink colour comes about from the pigments in the organisms they consume. Seeing them reminded me of a roll of wallpaper that i’d stashed away (£5 oddment). A wrap was done. OK, it’s not Christmassy … but lovely nevertheless!

The Butterfly house saw exotic butterflies coming into land. Wonderful fluttering corsages, brooches and decoration for our damp coats. Once home I reached out for my coveted roll of Christian Lacroix wallpaper and did a bit of creative wrapping. I took a page from an interior design brochure, wrapped my gift and added butterflies cut out from the wallpaper. I just Pritt- sticked the centres of the butterflies, so that my paper creatures looked as if they were about to fly.

I really must get around to Christmas and to finally writing a list!

Our Fragile Planet, Rocking Dog

Our Fragile Planet

A Real One....., Rocking Dog

A Real One…..

...And Paper Ones!, Rocking Dog

…And Paper Ones!

Tactile Nature, Rocking Dog

Tactile Nature

Water Off A Flamingo's Back!, Rocking Dog

Water Off A Flamingo’s Back!

Flamingo Wrap, Rocking Dog

Flamingo Wrap

Vintage Tray Cloth Gift Envelope

Signed & Sealed, Rocking Dog

Signed & Sealed

A wedding beckons this weekend. Having bought a very garish and somewhat unspectacular JL gift card I wanted to make it look a bit more matrimonial!

Taking a laundered and starched vintage tray cloth (approximately £1 in a charity shop) I folded the cloth in half and used my wooden envelope template to cut a fabric envelope. Using my beloved Bernina I sewed the two envelope layers together and then sewed the two side seams (the flaps that would normally be glued if the envelope was being made of paper). A fabric envelope had now very simply been created.

Now for a little embellishment! I hand stitched a few silvery sequin shapes onto the front of the envelope which took a few minutes. Happy with the effect, I turned my attention to the lime green gift card. I simply wrapped it in a brown paper envelope and bound it with a handwritten message and some twine. I added one or two sequins using a glue gun to provide continuity between the gift with the outer fabric envelope.

With the gift card placed in the tray cloth envelope, I tucked in the flap and threaded a luggage label through the lace. Again I glued a sequin or two (more is definitely more for me!) to my tag. This project took about 40 minutes to complete. Part of this time was taken up with complete brain block on how to spell Keith!

Voila! Gift signed, sealed and soon to be delivered! Let’s Get Married!

Incidentally the delicious backdrop for my photo’s is a paper by Cole & Son called Flamingos which I found in a wallpaper bargain bin for £5. I’m sure it’s going to pop up in some future papery Rocking Dog projects very soon!

However you spend your weekend I hope you have a lovely one.

Tremendous Template, Rocking Dog

Tremendous Template

Ready To Frou!, Rocking Dog

Ready To Frou!

Voila!, Rocking Dog