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First Girly Mobile!!

I had to share this one!  Made by drago[knit]fly.  I LOVE it! It is the first girly one I have seen. It makes me happy looking at it, who wouldn’t be? The pink beads are calling my name! Lovely. Keep up the good work people 🙂

Oh, and enter the giveaway under this post for the doll quilt!

G’nite!

I am loving all the mobiles you guys are making these days!



Mobile, originally uploaded by amolson82.

Look at this cute roll n’ roll themed one! Keep up the good work! Life has thrown me a crafting curve ball these days. Life with two kids in school with different schedules and a crazy schedule for my husband has left me trying to catch my breath at the end of the day. Instead of wanting to make something, I just want to sleep! I hope to get things under control soon and be able to get back to the things I love to do in my spare time. Have a great rest of the weekend!

Beading Tutorial For Mobile

I created this beading tutorial to be used with my crib mobile tutorial. This can be applied to making jewelry as well.  Please let me know if you have any questions! 🙂

Here is a pdf file of the tutorial if that is more convenient.

*I wanted to note that the easiest way I have found to paint the hoop and beads is to use spray paint.  To paint the beads I get the floral syrofoam (green stuff) and bamboo skewers. Cut skewers to around 4 inches long.  Make sure that beads stay suspended on the skewers and don’t fall all the way to the bottom.  If they do, wrap a layer on masking tape in the middle of the skewer to keep them suspended.

Paint top portion of beads and then when dry, flip the beads over on the skewers and paint the other side.  This can also be hand done with acrylic paints.

Beading Instructions

supplies:

-beading wire

-crimp beads or tubes

-beads

-wire snips

-crimping pliers or can use needlenose pliers

-large split ring

-4 small split rings (found in craft shops in the beading section)

1. Gather Supplies

Here are the supplies that you will need to complete this

project.

Large split ring, like the ones you use for your car keys.  These can be found at craft stores in the jewelry or craft aisles.

These are crimping tubes or crimping beads.  I prefer the tubes to the beads, I think that they are easier to work with and look much clean and precise when finished.

These are crimping pliers.  They are inexpensive and can be found at craft stores in the beading section.  These are made specifically to finish crimp beads.  Notice the two notches on the pliers.  You will want to make sure that your pliers have both.  You may also use needle nose pliers and will not be finishing off the crimp bead.  If  you use needlenose pliers you will simply smash the crimp bead in between the pliers until it is really flat.

This is beading wire.  The brand I prefer is Beadalon and can be found at most craft shops with beading sections.  you can also find it online at http://www.artbeads.com .  Cut your wire pieces at approx. 21″ long, this will give you enough length for a few inches additional length on each end.  You will need this amount to finish off the ends.

2. Begin beading

Start by putting a crimp bead onto the end of your wire.  Wrap in the end of the wire around the wooden hoop and then back through the crimp bead.  Pull on the tail of the wire to tighten.  You want it snug but not too tight or you won’t have any movement with your mobile.  You want about 1-2” length on the tail after tightening your wire.  You will need this length later, DO NOT snip the access wire off.

Using the notch furthest back on the crimping pliers, fit your crimp bead into the space.  If you are using needlenose pliers, just squeeze and flatten the crimp bead until it is nice and flat and the wires are tightly held by the crimp bead.

Squeezing the crimp bead.  This will make your crimp bead U-Shaped.  It is ideal to have one wire in each of the sides of the U.  If that doesn’t happen, don’t sweat, just make sure it is all nice and tight at the end.

Once you have made the first indents in the bead, it is time to finish crimping it.  Turn it sideways with the U facing out past the nose of the pliers.  Setting the bead into the first notch on the pliers (the oval shaped notch) carefully squeeze the crimp bead until the U-Shape is smashed together and becomes a tightly closed U-Shape.  This should have tightly secured your wires.  I like to use the very tip of my pliers or some needlenose pliers and give it one more good squeeze.

Tightened and finished crimp bead.

Now begin threading your beads onto the wires.  I like to use 18 beads per wire.  Make sure that you put the first beads over the tail as well.  You want to cover it and make the wire secure.

Thread all of your beads on to the wire and get ready to put the other crimp bead and small split ring on the end.  Get both in your hands at the same time  be sure to hold onto them or they will drop through the holes in the beads.  Thread the end back through the crimp bead.  Hold onto the crimp bead and slowly pull on the tail.  This will shorten the slack.  Once you get out of room, slide the crimp bead down to the top of the beads and repeat.  Make sure that your bottom beads have stayed over the tail.  Keep doing this until your crimp bead in snug and securly next to the beads.

Crimp the bead closed the same way that you did before making sure that you have the crimp bead tightly next to the beads.

Trim your tail to about 2”.  Tuck the end into the beads holes until it is hidden.

Continue until all four wires are complete!  You are finished!

Happy Beading! 🙂

Polka Dot Mobile For Sale

I decided to list a polka dot mobile in my Etsy shop.  I have also listed a DIY kit for one.  I am also working on a very special one that should be done in a few days……think Flea Market Fancy 🙂

For the love of polka dots – a crib mobile tutorial

*For those of you who want to make a mobile yourself but don’t have the time or resources to gather all of the supplies, I now offer a DIY kit through my etsy shop.  The kit includes almost everything to make your own mobile!  You just need to supply the paint and your ironing and sewing (optional) skills.

* I just started a flickr group for any projects made using my tutorials.  Please feel free to stop by and post your finished or WIP! 🙂

Hi there!  It has been a while.  I have been feverishly working on this project and it is finally done!  I took pictures along the way and wrote up a tutorial to go along with it if anyone is interested.  I simply adore this mobile, so glad that I took the plunge, much cuter than anything I saw in the stores.

*Wanted to note that I used two sided woven ribbon.  That way it looks good from both sides.  I get all my ribbon from Ribbons And Bows Oh My.  They have great prices and fast shipping.

Find the beading tutorial to use beads on your mobile HERE.

**Sewing down the center of the circles is optional.  The glue should hold very well, I just do it for my peace of mind :)**

This is when you would the hoop and beads need to be completed and dry.  Here is a tip for painting:

*The easiest way I have found to paint the hoop and beads is to use spray paint.  To paint the beads I get the floral syrofoam (green stuff) and bamboo skewers. Cut skewers to around 4 inches long.  Make sure that beads stay suspended on the skewers and don’t fall all the way to the bottom.  If they do, wrap a layer on masking tape in the middle of the skewer to keep them suspended.

Paint top portion of beads and then when dry, flip the beads over on the skewers and paint the other side.  This can also be hand done with acrylic paints.

*I use 6 circles for 4 ribbons and 7 circles on the other 4.  This way they stagger a bit and look really nice.

That’s it!  Let me know if you have any questions 🙂  If you make one, link me up, I would love to see.  Oh, this tutorial is for personal use only.  Thanks!

Hey Stranger! It’s been a while!

I haven’t disappeared totally off the face the earth, this new baby business is keeping me very very busy and I just haven’t had any time to make anything except breakfast 🙂  I just wanted to pop in and say hello.  I have re-opened the Etsy shop for some destashing fabrics but for now I can’t take any orders for mobile kits.  Hopefully I can start that up again soon.  Maybe once my kids are back in school and I am not having to entertain 4 little people 24/7.

I will just leave you with this cuteness.   Little miss Ellie is now 4 weeks old!  I cannot believe how time flies!

The Vintage Sheet Blog Feature!

My crib mobile made from vintage sheets is being featured on The Vintage Sheet Blog today!

Hop on over and check it out! 🙂  There will be lots of baby decorating ideas there this week.

Little Bits and Pieces

I am so in love with this little girl!  She is just the sweetest thing in the world 🙂  I am dying to freeze time and keep her this small forever.  Knowing this is our last baby is making it so much more bittersweet.  She is already a week old and before I know it, she will be done with this newborn stage…..my favorite.

I took her and got her newborn photos taken by a friend of mine.  I made lots of goodies for the shoot and thought I would share them on my blog 🙂

I had so much fun making these little hair flowers.  I found a free tutorial online and whipped up a bunch in every color 🙂  I bought some swarovski gems for the centers.  I use Elmer’s school glue to attach them to her head.  It is water based and non toxic and works wonderfully.  I used wool felt for the flowers and leaves.  After working with wool felt, you will never want to go back, it is so worth it!

I normally swaddle my babies in jersey knit fabric, it doesn’t fray and holds the baby comfortably and snugly.  I wanted some swaddle photos but wanted some fun modern fabrics.  I found this black and cream striped jersey at Joann Fabrics.  The headband was made with a silk flower with a swarovski jewel center, repurposed beaded leaves from a headband of mine, glued onto some thin round elastic.  I used a circle of felt on the other side of the elastic to adhere to the flower.  Headbands are so easy to make for so little money.  This probably cost me $.50 total!  I made this before she was born and had to guess on the diameter of the circle (I did 13 inches) and it fits perfectly.  I would suggest waiting to see how big the baby’s head is first though.  Some great sources for elastic for the headbands can be found here and here.

I love this one 🙂  The crocheted hat and diaper cover pattern was purchased from here.  My friend made it for me, it was a bit above my crocheting abilities.

The quilt is one I have been working on for her and I just need to bind it.  It is made entirely from vintage sheets cut into 6.5″ squares.  I made her crib mobile out of the same prints.  It is so soft and feminine and I just love it.

I made this crocheted cocoon out of some yummy chunky wool blend yarn found at the crafty thrift shop.  Here is a free online tutorial to make your own.  It is really easy and makes such a fun photo prop!  The background is a vintage sheet I picked up a few weeks ago.

So there you have it!  I am already itching to make something again, it will have to wait though.  I just need to get through these sleepless nights first!  I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday.

Ok, I lied

Vintage Sheet Crib Mobile, originally uploaded by joomoolynn.

I am back despite my promise to stay away until after the baby arrives 🙂 I had a burst of nesting energy today and wanted to get the crib mobile checked off of my long list of to-do’s. I used vintage sheets this time and wrapped the hoop in fabric as well.

I made the circles much bigger than usual, I used a jam jar for the template. I really wanted to show off the prints and needed a bigger circle for that.

I also decided to forgo the ribbon and just sew down each circle connecting them into a long string. I thought it would make it look more dainty and feminine than the ribbon.

For the beading I used glass beads in yellow and clear for a more refined look.

I quite like how it turned out and my kids told me it looks like a fancy chandelier. Mission accomplished! 🙂

You too can make your own crib mobile! I have a free tutorial here on my blog with step by step instructions. You can find it here.

Ok, I really am off now……..I think 😉 Only 4 more days to go!

Adios!

Do you fancy?

This Flea Market Fancy mobile?  I finally finished it, been working on it for a few months.  I put it in my shop, my girl has another mobile 🙂

Happy Monday! 🙂

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