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....."Um....it's....um....kind 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?