Decorations with no faces

In my mobiles I make several different animals and even a mermaid but very few of them I make with facial features. I make sure to add all the details necessary for each piece to look right but eyes, mouths, and noses tend to get left out. Why? Why leave out something so simple and what some might argue to be the cutest feature on some of these little guys. I do it to add a little more to each of my mobiles.

 

As babies grow with these faceless creatures so will their imagination. Without a face my creations can become anyone to kids, they get to decide if their eyes are blue or green or if their nose is long or short. They get to imagine exactly what they think a mermaid looks like not just what I think it looks like.

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Every time I watch my 3 kids play together I’m amazed at the games and stories they come up to play. My older two will play shopping store where one is the customer and one works there, with the youngest being the baby in the stroller. They’ll play super hero or monsters and run around saving the world. Even my youngest will pretend to be a cat crawling around meowing. They blow me away with their creativity and I try to encourage that creative learning in every single piece I make.

So my little critters will for the most part stay faceless (and still adorable if I do say so myself) and all those sweet little ones will keep making up amazing, beautiful stories.

Dream big little ones, the world needs thinkers and believers.

Amanda

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Wisteria

I’m a BIG Gilmore Girls fan like stayed up all night after Thanksgiving to watch the revival, named my daughter Lorelai type of fan. And what Gilmore Girls fan doesn’t love Lorelai’s house? The vintage kitchen, charming decor, and that wrap around porch!!!! That amazing porch always had a beautiful vine of wisteria blooming above it, constantly adding even more to the Gilmore’s lives.

I love that vine. I love that most of the year it’s just an over taking beast in simple green but once the time is right it blooms into the most magnificent flower vine you can find. The entrance to my dad’s neighborhood gets covered in wisteria when the time is right and it always makes me smile to drive down the road and see that the forest is covered in purple again. I always want to go in a cut out some to grow on my back pergola but since I never seem to find the right time to do it, I did something better. I made a wisteria mobile. Felt is always better anyway, right?

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Just think wisteria you can add to not only a nursery but any room you need a bright bloom. Wisteria that you don’t have to enjoy for just a short time at peak season but that stays the perfect shades of purple all year round.

It fits in perfectly to any shabby chic nursery and can grow into a ceiling hanging or chandelier piece for a big kid’s room! I made the original in 2 shades of purple with light green leaves to represent the vine. I made this mobile in a 10in circle and the blooms hang all along the outside of the hoop.

 

After I made the original in purple I really wanted to add a pink option to my shop. Benzie Design has this amazing Mulberry color that I’m always trying to fit into new mobiles and I thought a pink wisteria mobile was a perfect place for it.

These mobiles have turned out to be one of my favorite products offered in my shop. I also have a couple of these mobiles hanging in a shop in Georgetown, Ky called The Georgetown Makery it’s an amazing little shop that features a bunch of different products by Etsy sellers!

Dream big little ones, the world needs thinkers and believers!

Amanda

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Space

Space, the final frontier, the place where dreamers go and adventurers want to go.

In my house we’re star gazers and because of it we’ve created 3 little girls who love the idea of space. My oldest goes between an astronaut, fashion designer, or Bob Ross as who she wants to be when she grows up. I encourage moon watching and star gazing in this house, it keeps the little’s curiosity growing and their brains thinking of all the possibilities out there past just our world. So when I got the chance to make a space mobile I couldn’t hold in my excitement!

The customer wanted a rocket ship and planets but left the color choices and design up to me. As a space lover (and a bit OCD) I wanted to make the planets close to actual satellite photos that NASA has taken. I chose the planets to include based on the colors of the planets and which ones would go together best but would also add a lot of color to the piece. I ended up picking the moon, Earth, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn. Then I just kept the rocket ship simple with bright colors and placed it in the middle with the moon.

 

Mercury’s NASA photo has these beautiful gold flashes coursing all over it that I just fell in love with and I wanted that bright, shiny coloring to be brought into the mobile. I used The Felt Pod’s gold metallic tinsel felt, it’s one of my favorite products to use and I always choose this felt when adding gold to a mobile! (Click on the name to check it out for yourself). I also used this gold for two of the stars to give them a special shimmer.

For Earth and made the major continents out of hunter green and different shades of brown and my intention was to needle felt white wisps onto both sides but once I had the two sides made I didn’t want to jumble the piece up with more detailing.

Saturn and Jupiter I kept simple with layers of different colors. I did give them their classic markings of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and Saturn’s rings.

I hope this mobile keeps it’s little one dreaming of deep space adventures filled with new planets (and maybe new people!!).

Dream big little ones, the world needs thinkers and believers.

Amanda

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donuts, Donuts, DONUTS

When you think of mobiles it’s generally in a nursery hanging above a crib. It’s beautiful to look at and entertaining for your sweet baby but what do you do with that mobile once your baby gets older? My solution: incorporate into their big room or playroom! I think this donut mobile shows just how much fun a mobile can be in a playroom. You can add it to a reading nook or an artwork wall. Just add in their art pieces and it will look like a posh and fun playroom. And who doesn’t love donuts?

 

I just love all the different kinds of felt playfood available in the Etsy world. ( Check out https://www.etsy.com/shop/EllieAndPug for some great options!) and I wanted a way to incorporate those fun, imaginative items into one of my mobiles. These donuts brought that playful energy into my shop and the first of these mobiles is hanging out in Sacramento, California brightening up a little one’s room.

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I hope you all enjoy these donuts without all the calories as much as I do!!!

Amanda

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How to ROCK a custom mobile

This Scottish mobile is BY FAR my favorite custom mobile I have done and it will take a lot to top it.

Story Time: Once upon a time there a was a guy who was really proud of his Scottish heritage. This guy meets a girl, falls in love, gets married, and gains the best brother in law in the whole world. Then when this guy and his wife have a baby boy, the best brother in law comes up with the best mobile theme ever!

Enter the Scottish Heritage Mobile

This mobile has been customized for the MacLeod clan and customizing this mobile took some research into the clan and Scottish folk tales. I first wanted to make sure I got the tartan for the clan correct. Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors and the different clans have different tartans that they use for kilts and dresses. The MacLeod tartan is a bright yellow with thick black lines and thin red lines. To make the tartan I taped off the felt and painted it with fabric paint into the right pattern. ***I don’t usually use paint or glue in my mobiles BUT sometimes the occasion calls for it to make the mobile perfect.***

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The next thing I knew I had to get right was the clan crest which has the clan’s motto on it. Hold Fast. The motto relates to the occasion when a MacLeod chief wrestled a bull to the ground and the crowd shouted Hold Fast.

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I added in the Scottish Flag, Coat of Arms, and map.

The rest of the mobile I used a mixture of classic Scottish things like the bagpipes and the Scottish Terrier.

And then filled in the rest with Scottish folktales. I couldn’t have a Scottish Mobile without a Lochness Monster.

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Or a Luckenbooth which is a charm that a groom would give his bride and then the couple would pin it on their first born’s clothes.

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The last piece was a little crazy to make but it has a great story behind it so I really wanted to include it. It’s a thistle and it’s a symbol to the Scots (and their National flower) because of an old tale from the battlefield, where a group of Scots were sleeping and an army was planning a surprise attack when one of the pursuing soldiers stepped on a thistle, yelped, and woke the sleeping Scots allowing them to be victorious in battle. It was a fun way to use some needle felting in this mobile and I love the strange pop of color it added.

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I just love everything this mobile symbolized for this family, the heritage and respect it showed added to why it’s still my favorite.

 

 

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Mixing Mom and Dad’s Style

“Roll Tide”, the first phrase our friend has always tried to get our girls to say should give a clear indication that when it came to his own child the nursery theme was going to be elephants. In his mind the nursery would be full force Alabama, from the Crimson walls down to the Big Al bedding. Mom wanted that beautiful, soft nursery that was inviting for a little bitty one. So compromise had to happen but elephants remained. (Let’s be real compromise here means the pregnant woman got what she wanted because she’s growing a tiny person!)

When they found out they were having a boy colors became blue and navy. Bedding was picked and I could finally make their elephants.

I had made an elephant mobile before but to match the bedding for this nursery I had to tweak the ears a bit and lose the pattern I had put on my original elephants. Being able to customize ANY of my mobiles is one of the perks of buying a handmade item, it can be changed to better suite your own needs. And I love matching any bedding. Store bought bedding usually has the option for a matching mobile but the perk to mine is if you want to pull in another element or change up the decor just a little, I can make whatever you want!

The end result for the change in elephants is a mobile that matches the individual bedding in the colors needed. Basically exactly what mom wanted.

 

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Customizing your own mobile

I love having my regular mobiles in my shop. The designs are beautiful and every time I make one I feel it’s better than the last but I always get so excited to make a custom mobile. I feel like the mobiles I offer in my shop cover an assortment of different nursery themes or can fit in to multiple gender neutral rooms. Customs though, fit into your life, your nursery, your idea of what your baby’s room should look like. We all spend way too much time on Pinterest now a days and I know that has raised our expectations of what the baby’s room should be like. We want soft yet beautiful, baby yet trendy and we want it to be perfect by the time that little bundle of joy arrives.

I’ve decorated 3 nurseries, 2 toddler rooms. All girls. And all were thought out and planned for months to make them perfect for my sweet girls. I’ve made a room with lime green walls and pink giraffes for my oldest. Then into an aqua blue mermaid room as she grew older. When my second girl came around I wanted purples to fill the space, with white birch trees and forest animals especially owls. Now she has a pink room but it has white picket fences on the walls and FILLED with owls because she fell in love with them. Their rooms were simple to me, they just felt right but with my third it took a lot more time to figure out what I wanted. Which really helped my figure out how custom rooms worked. I used something that I loved to make her room and I had myself and family members work on all the custom details that would go into it.

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That’s how I start customers when they come to me and want a custom mobile. Some know exactly what they want and give me creative leeway to make their idea into a reality. I’ve made a lovely fairytale mobile with reference to Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Frog Prince, and Snow White. I’ve made a sports mobile for a UK fan complete with a Wildcat. Some customers just know they want a special addition to the room in the form of a custom mobile but don’t know exactly what they want on there. I start them thinking about the colors they want in the nursery. Then we’ll start talking about if they have a theme for the nursery or not, when people have a theme for the nursery it’s simple to narrow down a mobile. I add objects associated with the theme and make them in the color scheme of the nursery. If there is no theme, I start asking if there is an animal that means something special to the parents, or a place that has been important in their story so far. Once I get people thinking about what they have considered special or to have significant meaning in their life we start narrowing down what we can put on a mobile. I’ve made a travel mobile and most recently a beach themed mobile this way.

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Sometimes once the ideas start coming to mind for the parents, they want too many things on one mobile. Here’s my tip for that, make a list of all the things you love and may want to showcase in your baby’s room and then narrow it down to things that go naturally together, I help people do this during the custom mobile process. That way the mobile keeps a theme to it and it won’t seem jumbled. This is exactly how the beach theme emerged for my customer, they had a list of an assortment of things they both loved and when they sent it to me I noticed there were several that were water themed. That allowed us to narrow it down to the water/beach type of items and then they could add different things they wanted on the mobile within the realm of beach.

Anytime you’re designing something have fun with it! This is especially true with your baby’s room, you need to fall in love with every detail of the room, make it a fun and beautiful place that you love being in. You’ll spend many nights rocking theme to sleep in that room and it needs to be a positive place for both you and your baby!

If you’re ready to start designing your custom mobile email me at amandabhutto@yahoo.com and I’ll work hard to make something perfect for you.

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