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more mobiles

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 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 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 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.


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 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 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.


The mobile swap is officially closed.  Over 100 people signed up to participate, which was completely unexpected and a little overwhelming.  I had a system in place to match everyone up with partners (those who wanted baby mobiles and those who wanted to make them and vice versa) but it was not without flaws, so if there is anyone out there who didn’t get a partner or has some other concern please email me and I will try to sort it out.  I set up a flickr group for the mobile and there are only 25 members, so get over there and sign up.  Everyone wants to see the cool mobiles you are making.
I have an idea for a mobile that I am pretty excited about, but I can not get moving.  I have a great new studio, but it’s in the basement and it is so. damn. cold. down there.  Shit it’s cold up here–I think it’s maybe 5 degrees outside.  The picture is of one of the shelves (here’s another) above my sink–I am actually washing dishes to keep my hands warm these days.  I need some sort of kick in the pants to get sewing again.  What do you do when all you can do is think of great ideas, but not get around to actually doing any of them?

last day to sign up for the mobile swap!

Today is the last day to sign up for the mobile swap! Almost 100 amazingly talented people have signed up from around the world already.  So if you still would like to make and receive a mobile please email me at elsiemarleyblog AT gmail DOT com with the following information:

1. name

2. email address

3. website (if you have one)
4. mailing address

5. favorite colors

6. whether or not the mobile is for a baby’s room

Monday I will send out your information to your partner and you can get to making.  You will receive a mobile from a different person than you are making one for just because surprises are nice.

The picture above is my new studio.  I’m still in the basement, but I have a much bigger space and a window that even lets in some light once and a while.  Once everything is together I’ll take some pictures so you can see where the magic happens–though most of my magic has been sitting on the couch watching god awful tv since christmas.


if you’d like to join the swap my email is

elsiemarleyblog AT gmail DOT com

there was a typo in the swap post and I want to make sure I get everyone’s email!