craftastrophe: homemade baby mobile

August 16, 2010

Alternate title: How I got Ben to Give me $40 to Buy a Mobile

So, I usually show you my crafting successes, and for the most part, I've had good luck with the projects I've undertaken for the nursery, but this one...yeah. It didn't turn out how I had hoped. 

Several of my friends have made beautiful mobiles for their babies--for example, you can see Megan's amazing balsa wood mobile here. 

So, I was inspired and wanted to try my hand at it. I thought I could do it really frugally and have it turn out perfect.

Juliet and I went to the park one afternoon, and picked out the PERFECT stick. I spray painted it white and one evening, set to work stringing up some felted woolen balls. I hung it up from our kitchen light fixture and went to bed. 

The next morning as we sat down to breakfast, Ben did not say a single word about it. The thing was right in his face. He never made eye contact with it. Finally, I broke. 

"What do you think?" I asked. "Do you like the mobile?" (At this point, I didn't think it was THAT ugly.) 

Forced to look it in the eyes, he slowly averted his gaze and paused several seconds before answering....."' of crazy looking." 

"It's not that bad." I replied as I eyed it a bit suspiciously for the first time. 

"Maybe you should buy one instead." he suggested. 

"They cost like $40! This one only cost me $5. Are you going to give me $40 to buy a new one?" I countered. 

"Done." he answered. 

And that's when I went on the mobile hunt. 

I found lots of cute options, 

but this is the one I settled on: 

It's called the Flenstead Swallow Mobile and it far surpasses my crazy stick and ball creation. 

Baby's eye view!

It reminds me so much of these gorgeous illustrations from Birds in the Sky by Lucy and John Hawkinson

I think she'll enjoy watching the birds fly around over her head while she's in her crib. 

So, there's my craftastrophe. Have you ever made something that didn't turn out quite as wonderful as you expected? 


butterfly wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

aww I LOVE it!!! :) and your stick ball mobile is cute :)

Ticia said...

I totally have had things not work. Drives me nuts.

Love and Lollipops said...

Oh this post made me giggle :) I think my husband's reaction would have been so similar...except, I'm not sure I would have scored the 40$!!

(V.Kerr) School Time Adventures said...

This wasn't too bad! At least your husband told you straight up and even said hear take $40!

Annette W. said...

That cracked me up. I wish my husband would see my failures too and just let me purchase stuff!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

That's a gorgeous mobile (the one you bought, not the one you made)! I made my eldest's mobile, but for my second child, I bought the hideously-ugly but oh-so-entertaining Tiny Love mobile. :)

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

I swear I didn't make it ugly on purpose, but I sure like how the attempt got me some extra cash! :)

Jenny said...

That is too funny. Everything I make is a craftastrophie!

Meghan said...

Thanks for the shout out, Vanessa - I like both your mobiles :)

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