When you don’t know the sex of your baby, planning a nursery can be hard. When you are renting too, and unable to paint the walls or do any major decorating, it makes it even harder. It does however, mean you have to be creative with your choices.
Those of you who have seen my nursery post will know that we decided to go with a woodland theme. I thought this was fairly gender neutral, and was an easy theme for us to buy accessories for. I made the curtains, bunting and cushions myself, and then added stuffed animals, bedding and nightlights to enhance the theme.
I then had a wonderful, unique painting done for the room from Zinky Dink Prints, by the lovely artist Zara Norman. This was done as a surprise for me by Zara for my baby shower present so I had no idea it was coming! She had been a little sneaky and spoken to Craig about our theme and then created a wonderful painting on canvas to match the theme.
The painting is called “Moonlit Meadow” and depicts a Mummy and Baby deer in the meadow at midnight. It was created using oil paint, with stickers, gems and glitter glue used to add further subtle sparkle and another dimension to the painting.
We originally hung it on the wall opposite the nursing chair, so every night feed I would sit looking at the painting. Even in the dark, you could make out the gems twinkling like stars. I absolutely love having such a unique piece of artwork in Alfie’s nursery.
Zara is an incredibly talented artist, and can create many different pieces. Zara has a range of work that can be reproduced and personalised, or she can create a unique piece of artwork for you. For example, her alphabet animals range is hand drawn, and then personalised using rubber ink stamping. More recently, Zara is trying her hand at using computer personalisation as well, just to add an extra option to your choice of personalisation, or she can also do freehand personalisation.
Here are some examples of my favourite pieces of her work:
“Down on the Farm”
“Mother and Child”
Such wonderful artwork, wouldn’t you agree?
Now, who would like the chance to WIN a beautiful hand drawn piece of art from Zinky Dink Prints? Zara is very kindly offering TWO prizes for two lucky winners!
The winner of prize 1 will have the chance to receive a framed A4 personalised print from her alphabet animals range. These prints are perfect to give as birthday or christening presents, or even baby shower gifts for the new parents to hang in the baby’s nursery. The winner will be able to choose between a dinosaur, owl or penguin and also include any name for personalisation.
The winner of prize 2 will receive a completely unique piece of art! It will be a framed A4 hand drawn realistic animal of your choice, with personalisation. This is an example of a custom drawn animal created for a newborn.
For your chance to win, all you have to do is head over to my Facebook page and leave a comment on the competition entry. For an extra chance to win, head over to Zinky Dink Prints’ Facebook page, my Instagram account and Zinky Dink Print’s Instagram account.
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