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An elephant never forgets

Though it may seem I've forgotten this wee little blog lately, I promise I have not. I have several projects swirling that aren't quite ready for prime time, but in the meantime, I wanted a way to showcase some of the patterns I have made that I really dig but that probably won't be making it onto fabric anytime soon. It seems like everyone I know is about to have a baby these days, so I've been thinking about the sweet stuffed elephants my mom's friend made for me and my sister when we were babies. Of course, I have neither her sewing skill nor her patience, so stuffed elephants will not be making an appearance at any baby showers in my vicinity anytime soon. Instead, these elephants are ready to be printed, trimmed, and framed (each is 8"x10") for gifting.

But you know, I can never let well enough alone. I had so much fun with the elephants that I wanted to do another animal. I stuck with the exotic theme for these crocodiles. Well, exotic in a preppy kind of way, I guess.

And last, but not least, these are my favorites. I love giraffes--I think they are great for kids, but these are so sophisticated (if I do say so myself) that I'm thinking I might hang the triptych somewhere in our house.

Click the image above to see detail.

Of course, you can pick and choose the images you want to print--or print them all if you or someone you know is raising the next great animal adventurer and isn't afraid of a whole lotta color and pattern. I'd like to do more of these, but first I'd love to have your suggestions in the comments for animals/color combos.

Download here: (right-click the link and choose "save link as" OR click the link and choose file>save as from there)
Elephants: 1, 2, 3 • Crocodiles: 1, 2, 3 • Giraffes: 1, 2, 3

As always, you are free to print these illustrations as many times as you like for personal, non-commercial use.