Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Our friends' baby Hannah should be entering the world any day now. And I felt like I wanted to make something for her and her parents (partly because I had no idea what to get if I were to buy something). I don't normally give handmade items as gifts because handmade items tend to be quirky and not of professional quality and thus not everybody's cup of tea. Somehow it seems a little different with babies.
It's as if the general emotional turmoil of having a baby mixed with the complete adorableness of the baby itself makes it easier to get away with giving something quirky. The baby can't protest the gift at the time it's given and by the time the kid is old enough to have an opinion the gift has been long buried under the masses of other gifts, toys and clothes. It's kind of a time limited gift of sorts and at least the parents may appreciate the time and effort that went into the gift to their precious little baby.
Since the color theme for Hannah's room is brown/white/pink I decided to go neutral with brown and white. It's classic and classy and will work with anything.
This is my first version with the little daisy flower shapes alternated with swab "beads" (the cotton part of the swabs cut off). I started this weeks and weeks before I had planned to have it ready. It was slow going and I just couldn't bring myself to liking the look of it. Too busy and regimented somehow.
So the day before the gift was supposed to be delivered I scrapped this first version altogether and started over. In the above pic you can see the lone strand of lily flowers I hung to see if I liked it better than the daisies. And it was exactly what I wanted. Graceful, soothing and organic. Needless to say I spent that whole day and most of the next frantically working to make little lilies and threading them on fishing line. I never quite had the time necessary to think it all the way through to perfection but I ended up with something I felt OK with gifting.
I do apologize in advance for some of the following pics that are blurry and I didn't get as many good after pics because of time constraints. And I can't retake them since I don't have the mobile here anymore :) It turned out cool enough that I still wanted to share with you, though.
How to make the flowers
And then I just tied a length of fishing line to my metal structure, strung one flower on, tied a simple knot on the line for the flower to rest on, strung another flower and so on. I did two tiers even though it's hard to see in the finished pics because of the wispy nature of the fishing line. I think I used 8 flowers per strand on the outer tier and 10 or 12 for the inner tier. In the very middle I strung a plastic jewel as the finishing touch. Baby Hannah needed some bling :)
Before I started the flower stringing I used the brown ribbon to make a hanging device. And when all the flowers were in place I used the same ribbon to cover the outer metal circle of the structure (using hot glue for this). This is the part where I felt like I could have come up with a better way of doing it so it would have looked more professional. And if I had had the time the little swirl of the structure would have been covered as well. But, oh well. I didn't and my time was up.
Here's the finished result. It was hard to get good pics of this too but you'll hopefully get the idea.
I had it hanging from a clothes hanger while I was putting it all together. Not the most glamorous, but it worked :)
It ended up being too long to hang safely over a crib for very long. But it should be perfect in a corner hung from the ceiling for quite a while. The strands of flowers are lightweight enough to sway gently in the breeze from a window or the AC and should be quite soothing to look at.
So, I'm dying to know. Would you guys have felt OK getting a gift like this for your firstborn daughter?
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