Today I was supposed to work on the rocking chair. (It has been stripped another time, sanded, and dragged up into the house.) I was going to tear off more upholstery, sand a little again, stain, and clear coat it, but I guess that isn’t what I really felt like doing with the day after all. Instead I spent the entire afternoon making a mobile! I really didn’t expect it to take so long.
The other day I spent far too much time in the craft store selecting items that might make a nice and somewhat eye catching dangly thing for the baby to gaze at from her crib. For months I’d had a vague idea to make a mobile after seeing a few cute ones at Pottery Barn Kids or someplace, but the idea was very hazy. Googling gave too much inspiration. I suppose I meant to sew little things our of linen scraps, but in the store I saw sea urchin shells with a hint of purple, and I knew I had to use them. Then I went to the bead section and chose a bunch of interesting white ceramic and glass beads. As for the hanger part there were so many directions to go with. I grabbed a foam wreath form to wrap with strips of pale grey linen, a wire ring for a second tier, and then spotted a galvanised plate that I really liked. Hmmm. There were other forms that I decided against or I could have used sticks or driftwood, but I had a feeling that I’d go with the platter. I just hoped it wouldn’t look odd to have used a plate. 😀
…and a close-up of the beads:
I used a ruler, grid, and marker to evenly space marks for punching holes.
Then I spent a long time stringing things onto jute cord.
It doesn’t really show, but the strings of beads at the top are a pretty iridescent purple: