It doesn’t really surprise me that my child pays no heed to the due date. Timing has never been my strength, and honestly, I don’t see that as a huge weakness most of the time. It can be as you try to catch a movie from start to finish or when you’re working to meet concrete deadlines at work. But, I’m mostly late for everything. It’s even a small reason why I go to the Sunday School class that I do. Starting late doesn’t bother people in that group. In my world, start and finish times are generally considered suggestions. This is a bit contradictory for a Type A personality, but it seems to be built into whatever construction makes me who I am.
The upside of baby girl being a week past her due date is that I had time to get this mobile completely finished before she arrives. In less than a week, the project went from inspiration to fruition.
11 birds total. 3 pieces of driftwood collected along the banks of the Mississippi River. Copper jewelry wire, small hooks, a bit of glue, stick on velcro, swivel hook and large hook (for the ceiling mount and so that the mobile could be more mobile).
When my son was a baby, he would reach towards the fish circling above on his mobile. My grandmother, being a great grandmother, simply cut them off and gave them to him. Learning a lesson from that, we engineered this mobile with removable figures (thus the velcro). If we start removing birds, the worst that should happen is a little unbalancing until they’re replaced. The glue seems to be more of a stabilizing agent for the hooks and wires than anything. That part of assembly fell to my husband.
The birds were hand sewn using pieces of fat quarters that I bought at Sew Memphis, our local fabric store. I tried to pair coordinating fabrics so that I had a pair of each birds. The odd bird out is the brown and blue one at the top of the mobile. I made that one as my first trial bird using scrap material from the apron project. The blue was scrap material from my great-grandmother’s stash. There’s technically still time to pair them up, but I like the asymmetry. Plus, 11 is prime.
This was thoroughly satisfying despite not being able to hone my machine sewing skills with it. I love the result, and I love what it cost. Even if you discount the fact that we only used a portion of the materials that we purchased, the project totaled less than $50. If you guesstimate project cost from the materials that remain, we probably spent under $25 total. Compared to the lovely, handmade mobiles I saw on Etsy and at a local baby boutique, this is a steal. I think, even compared to the fish mobile that coordinated with my son’s nursery set 12 years ago, this is a steal.