Thursday, August 4, 2011


This mobile has been in the planning stages for several months, at least in my head, and I am so excited with the finished product. I was originally inspired by a mobile in the book How to Raise and Amazing Child the Montessori Way with very basic ribbons and bows.  As I mulled over what I wanted, and scoured the internet for ideas, I kept coming back to several simple ideas - the idea of changing the mobile as the baby grew, involving the rest of the family in the mobile, and using natural items.  We received the Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile by Manhattan Toys as a gift, which I love hanging over the changing table, but still I wanted this mobile to go over the rocker and the crib/hammock, where the baby could see it as they sleep.

I started by asking each of the children what they would like to add to the mobile.  Hadley decided to make a star, and Finley decided to make a moon.  This was their first official sewing project and involved some painstaking hand-stitching, pinning, stuffing, and much admiring.  Next we picked out some 'perfect' sticks from the woods.  My original idea was to use driftwood, but I didn't have the chance to collect any during our short time in Maine, so maybe this part of the mobile will change as well.  I drilled a few holes in the wood and hung the pieces together.  We hung the star and moon and headed to our nature tray to claim a pinecone and some feathers.  Still I was looking for something else.  And then the aha moment!  I came across a post at Homemade by Jill about her bird mobile.  The design for the birds actually comes from the Spoon Sewing Project.

I started with one bird, and pretty soon I had six little birds ready for the mobile.  Luckily I had 2 little helpers who picked fabric scraps, stuffed little birds, and used the sewing machine for the first time.  I love the little misshapen parts of the birds since I know exactly how much love and finger pricks went into each bird.

And then the final product hanging right where the baby (and Mama) will see it everyday.  Needless to say, I am so excited about the mobile!!

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