Holy cow, mobiles are expensive! That was my first thought when I started sifting out what I wanted to buy vs. make for our nursery. So, I made one. Even better – I made one with fabric scraps from the beautiful quilt my Mom made for the baby! I spent a stupid amount of time drawing out silhouettes until I thought they were just right – I was trying to mirror the animal shapes from the Dwell zoo shape sorter that we bought him (see it here*) and initially had a bird instead of a rhino. I sent a picture of the animals to my Mom who said “What’s that orange thing?”. Shortly after, my husband said “What is this one?” and the bird was banished and a rhino replaced it.
Poufs are all over the place these days! I love leather poufs and knitted poufs, but worry about the durability and ease of cleaning for both of those materials. I was excited when I saw this pouf pattern sewn and on display in a local shop and ordered it off Amazon once I got around to planning our nursery. The glider we bought from Nebraska Furniture Mart didn’t have a matching ottoman, but I’m not sure I would’ve bou
ght it even if it existed. I like that this glider can be used in a different room and the pouf can be used in the playroom or basement later on!
I love creating things by hand, and I love that the Internet has allowed for virtual handmade communities, marketplaces, and sharing spaces to exist. I read about Swap Bot a while back – it’s basically an online community with different, specialized “swaps” that are set up by other users. I was excited, especially since I love sending and receiving mail, but didn’t have the greatest experience. Obviously it is luck of the draw on who you’re partnered with (although there is a ‘rating’ system that strives to keep people honest). I had two ‘okay’ swaps and then a third where I never received anything at all. Womp womp. I put Swap Bot on the back burner, but a month or so ago I saw on the C.R.A.F.T. blog that she runs a somewhat similar handmade swap every few months, Package Pals!
This is my lazy crafter costume from an iron-on. I can't wait until next year when we'll be in a house and have trick-or-treaters! Happy Halloween!