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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Nursery Crafting

Well, I'm still alive, and still baking this little bun. We've got about 10 weeks until her debut, and I'm just putting the finishing touches on her room.

Today, I want to share her mobile with you.


I'd planned on making one from the beginning, I just couldn't figure out what I wanted. I shared one type of mobile with you all, months ago. I actually started making that one, but of course, as soon as I found out I was having a girl, my nursery plans changed. Out went the gender-neutral room, and in came the floor to ceiling girly room.


I ran across this mobile a sometime back in late summer, and decided I'd give it a shot, even though, it seemed to be pretty time-consuming.  

Following this link will take you to The Handmade Home, and to the tutorial for the mobile.  I'm just gonna run through a few tidbits on how I made mine.


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First off, this wasn't nearly as time consuming as I thought it'd be.  It's the perfect TV project.  Since I started knitting, nearly 10 years ago, I have the hardest time just sitting and watching TV.  I absolutely HAVE to have something to keep my hands busy.  This project was great for that!  

Second, for a mobile, you can't beat the price.  I spent around $5 on this.  The only things I had to purchase were extra felt sheets, and the baker's twine I used for hanging. 

I used a few pieces of fabric on some of the rounds, but I found I liked the way all felt looked better.  It just really made the embroidery stitches stand out (it seems like I may have read this very same thing over at HH).

I found my baker's twine here.

I cut all of my circles by hand.  I traced around various household objects with a fabric pen and then cut everything out.  I used objects (spool of thread, small tape measure, suction cup) that had similar measurements to what Ashley recommended.  * Just so you know, I've added the Sizzix Big Shot she recommended to my Christmas list this year.  Fingers crossed that i get it!  I have so many plans for that machine (think garlands galore).

Our ceilings are 8ft so I didn't make my mobile nearly as long as the ones over at HH.  This means I didn't need quite as many rounds as she did.  I ended up doing 5 strands.  The 4 outside strands had 4 completed rounds on them and the center strand had 6.  I ended up using a total of 44 rounds. 

I used a 15" hoop, which I painted to coordinate with the rounds. 


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One good thing about this mobile is that you can use it for years.  It's not really babyish, and would be fine in a child's room.  Shoot, Han is 13 and she wants one for her room.  


I'm hoping to be back to blogging more frequently, at least until Zoe arrives.  It's been a LONG time since I've tended to a newborn so I'm not exactly sure how much free time to expect.  My guess is, not much. 



9 crafty peeps said:

  1. i happened to spy it on fb earlier today- it is soooo awesome! love the color combo in there! zoe is going to have one awesome room!

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  2. Beautiful. I look forward to seeing the rest of the nursery. I can't believe your ten weeks away. This is going to be an exciting holiday season for you.

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  3. This looks adorable!!! I am all about teal and red right now so I can't wait to see all of the nursery together!!!

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  4. Love the mobile and your blog!

    Just linked to you on my most recent post: http://misssavvychic.blogspot.com/2011/12/keepin-it-together.html

    Thanks for inspiring!
    Jenny

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  5. That is just adorable. I love it. I want to make one for my 3yr old or even one for my room :p

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  6. The mobile is beautiful! You did a fantastic job. Lucky baby-to-be :)

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  7. Hey Kristi! Found you over on Pinterest. I am your newest follower. Can't wait to check out more of your projects!

    Jeannie
    maxwellhouseinteriors.blogspot.com

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  8. adorable as always! just stopping to say hello... hope you are going great... getting some magical family time in ( -: xoxo

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