home decorating

Elephant mobile... FINALLY!

I'm a little late getting this posted but it's here at last! I kid you not, I started working to make the perfect elephant mobile for Keelin’s nursery since early into my 2nd trimester. I had the perfect plan laid out, all of my materials chosen {thanks to a fantastmastic sale at JoAnn fabric}, and a vision that was too cute for words. BUT, no matter how many different ways I tried, I couldn't get it to turn out the way I wanted.  Today I’m going to walk you through ALL of my fails {there were plenty} and finish with a BANG and my FINAL success!

Here goes nothing…

My initial inspiration came from the same bedding photo I mentioned in my elephant painting post back in October.

I loved the geometric elephant shape so much I wanted to turn it into a mobile.  I opted not to get the mobile that came with the snickerdoodle bedding we chose because, while the giraffes were adorable, I wanted to stick with the elephant theme AND I knew I could create something super cute without spending $50.

I grabbed myself a handfull of colorful patterns, cut out my shapes and started sewing.

The beige burlap pattern was a perfect match for the nursery and the multicolored ears seemed like a great way to incorporate a tone of color and stimulation without clashing with the rest of the room.

Unfortunately for me, the type of fabric that I chose just wasn't doing what I wanted it to.

The edges were fraying, the stitching didn't look right, and my dream mobile started slipping away each time I would try something different. Finally I realized it wasn't how I was making the elephants, it was what they were being made out of.  I did some searching online and found almost exactly what I was looking for on the fabulous blog, My Sunrise, Sunshine & Sunset. I shot Mrs Julius an email to get some details and the answer was magically revealed... FELT!

Love the mirror detailing!

As you can see in the photo above I ended up with two mobiles! Keelin loves the one above the changing table and I'm still finding the perfect spot for the second... probably above the crib in some way.

I'm so happy with the way they turned out and so thankful that I found a way to make it happen for WELL UNDER the price of most bedding set mobiles! So much so that I've mocked up some other patterns perfect for any nursery! Chicks, paisleys, hearts, stars, clouds, you name it! I'm hoping to start an Etsy shop in the near future and make these for other mommies and soon-to-be mommies.

Until next time...

So what do you think? Would you buy one for your little one's nursery?

Whimsical nursery mobile

Time for another easy DIY project. Perfect for any nursery but has many possibilities in just about any room! I'm totally in love with mine and actually got the idea from a Land of Nod catalogue that a coworker gave me. It wasn't something that was for sale but it was in the background of a photo and I knew I wanted to recreate it. Something whimsical and classy for the nursery that wouldn't be in the way but could be a great visual stimulant for Keelin. Here's what you need:

  • decorative {and preferably shiny} beads/gems/stones
  • stretchy jewelry cord {or fishing line... both work but the stretchy cord has a better overall shape}
  • wooden embroidery hoops or any kind of circular frame
  • sheer ribbon/tule/fabric for hanging and frame wrapping
  • hot glue gun
This project totally made me feel like a kid again as I was stringing the beads... definite flashback and tons of fun! String the beads in whatever order you like, leaving space between them by tying a knot in the cord.  I incorporated pearls with rich colors like blue and red to tie in the beige and white theme of the nursery and to add a little extra shimmer.

String enough lines to fill up the mobile without crowding it and be sure {if you have multiples of certain beads} that you keep the patterns varied so no two alike beads are next to one another when they hang.  Here are some close ups of the beads I chose... love love love them!

What's a little girl's room without a bit of sparkle??? And here's the final batch of hanging lines! {see what I mean about the kinks in the fishing line straightening out as they hang?}

Be sure your lines are separated how you'd like them across the embroidery frame before tightening and moving on.

The next step is to glue down the loose ends of each line so they lay flat against the frame. This will also glue the two pieces of the frame together, making sure they don't accidentally come apart and cause you to lose your strands of beads.

Next, cut your ribbon/tule into small strips, long enough to tie in knots.

Pinch the center of each strand and tie around the wooden frame, making sure not to leave any exposed wood.

Tie four longer pieces equal distances apart to create a kind of teepee for hanging.

I decided to hang mine by the window in the nursery so the sun would catch the sparkle on the beads!

Here's another one I did with some really colorful beads that I had leftover some project I did years ago. I put it in front of the mirror and Keelin is already getting fixated with them. It's adorable.

And just so you know, I used an eye screw and some of the same fishing line to hang them from the ceiling. It's an easy and sturdy choice but if you use heavier beads make sure whatever you use is strong enough to hold the mobile.

Until next time... 

Could you see yourself adding this to a room in your house? Which one?