The mobile swap is "over," but I am still working on mine and I know there are other procrastinators out there scrambling to finish. So I thought I'd post a few more lovely ones from the flickr mobile swap group this week. The four above stuck out because of their unique construction. The first is a promotional piece from Hatch Designs that was posted by Dave from grainedit.com. I don't think it's actually for the swap, but a bird mobile that pops out of egg carton material is too fantastic to not show you. The next is by Elizabeth from e p i t a. It's not finished, but what a great idea--like sticking baseball cards in your dirt bikes, but in mobile form. The bottom left picture is from Terry at easebetweennotches.blogspot.com. Her idea was to make a mobile that looked like a bouquet of flowers turned upside down. It turned out great and the cone hides all the messy construction bits but still looks super stylish. Well done! The last is a simple felt garland hung from one end. Elizabeth from ohfransson.com used a pattern from a japanese craft book to make this sweet little mobile (that doubles as a garland). These and all the other fantastic mobiles are on the flickr mobile swap group. Mine will be done soon, I hope. I think it's probably in bad taste for the swap organizer to be late for the swap, but it's my party. I've had the pattern done for a week now, but keep changing my mind when it comes to what material to use. It's time to just fish or cut bait.
I have been absent from this little blog for a bit. We've had guests and will have many more in the coming weeks, so you'll only hear from me on and off for a while. If you actually know me, well, just call instead of stalking me on the internet, silly.
There hasn't been much time for making, but I did manage to try my hand at wet felting. I bought a big bag of lovely colored roving at a garage sale this summer and have been meaning to try it ever since. I thought it would be nice to sell a little bag of felted rocks along side my diggers. Wet felting is ridiculously easy, but wet felting on details was not so easy. A good friend told me that white wool doesn't felt as easily (because of the bleach?) which is probably why I was swearing up a storm trying to put the tiny stripes on the rocks. But I haven't given up. I really like the rocks especially in bright colors and I think I'm going to try to embroider some rock like details on them. Maybe even some moss!
this was a lot harder than it looks. And even though it only needs a few buttons (wheels, headlights, tail lights) I can't bring myself to finish it. I thought I'd move on from diggers and try my hand at dump trucks. The body of the truck wasn't so bad--a lot of confusing parts, but it worked out okay. But the actually dumping part (I have to learn me some technical terms if I'm going to keep making these things) was pretty damn frustrating. I used timtex (well something like timtex but fusable--it was all they had--and I just fused both sides to cotton batting) and holy crap is that stuff hard to deal with. Granted I probably shouldn't be using it on something so small, but I couldn't figure out how to make all the sides of the dumper sturdy. It comes together just like a bag with a lining would, except if your bag has an extra thick layer of stiff as hell interfacing then it turns out that the inside is smaller than the outside and the lining you made has to be remade smaller (but whoops not that small, make it again). Turning that sucker out was such a pain that I had to take a break half way through. But now that I'm looking at it a day later (and complaining all over the place about it) I'm starting to like it again. So really I have to rethink the pattern--any suggestions? But I am happy about on thing: it dumps.
There is only a week left to make your mobile--if you are in the mobile swap, that is! I've been meaning to put up some of my favorites from the mobile swap group and now it's almost over. The group is filling up fast, so go check it out. They are all amazing, but these are just a few that caught my eye. The first one is by Julie from letter9.wordpress.com and I even though there are a lot of bird mobiles being made (and just a lot of bird motifs in the crafty underground in general) I think these are lovely. They float right above their branches, which is just perfect. The next one is by Sarah from 4 in the south + pets. She used metal, felt, and a coat hanger to make a beautiful mobile with a great shape. The third mobile (bottom left) is by Melinda from mypurplecrayon. The wood is oak veneer (bought at the lumber supply shop!) and the balls are made of felt. I think it looks a little like an underwater scene and it's stunning. The last mobile is unfortunately not for the swap, but beautiful nonetheless. Mithi from planetmithi.blogspot.com made it for the mailmeart exhibition (hence the airmail envelopes). All the birds have stories behind them and the amazing packaging she made is part of the piece as well. Click here for the whole story.
My mobile is, umm, still in the planning process. The plan was to work on it today, but my daughter woke up with a fever, so no school today. After some tylenol she is as good as new and now it's a plain old day here: trying not to go crazy stuck inside (it's 5 below zero here today and god only know what the wind chill is) with two babies. I'm off to go build bunny's house.
I've been thinking about this project for a while. All my hand sewing supplies are jammed into a crappy bag my husband got at some conference and it's gotten so bad that I can't even bear to look at it much less sort it out. I wanted something where everything I needed would be there when I had a minute to sew (and most of the time it is literally a minute). I just wanted to open it up and sew. Immediately a book came to mind and then I thought of these reader's digest books. We have a couple (back to basics is my favorite) and you can get them at any thrift store. And low and behold next time I went there was this DIY one waiting for me. I was a little nervous at first because it looked like there might be a ridiculous amount of measuring involved, but there really wasn't and it came together pretty quickly.
On the left there is one removable embroidery floss card, with spots for 4 more (it was getting late) and a big wonky pocket underneath. In the middle there is a little ribbon to tie a small scissors. On the right there are some pockets for pencils and a big scissors or glasses, a pincushion, and under the pincushion is a needle book. I think I may make a few more of these just so I can get it right and maybe even to sell (if you think there are people who would buy them). I think the big pocket should be two pockets that snap close and the needle book needs a snap or some kind of closure too. I have to totally redo the embroidery floss cards because they were a pain the the butt, but I like that they are removable. Is there something you would add? It is too matchy matchy? Should I use different fabrics for everything? I need some feedback over here.