One of the things I’ve been DYING to share with you guys is the Matryoshka Mobile for Evelyn’s nursery. It’s been a quick minute since we’ve talked about the nursery, so to bring you up to speed here’s the reader’s digest version of what I’ve done:
made a wingback rocking chair
mood board and design concept
stenciled a gold scallop wall
messed up the light fixture and got a pretty new one
hung & altered curtains and laid flooring (all by my pregnant self!)
painted some IKEA Billy bookshelves
that’s where we left off, and here’s where we pick up today:
This was actually a really simple project. I’m not much of a sewer. I wish I could be like Kim or Michelle and whip out quilts like it’s nobody’s bidniz. I’m much like the miller’s daughter from Rumpelstiltskin who wishes she could spin straw to gold, but really, I just have to trade my soul to get it done.
Lucky for me, trading my soul is a little less dramatic… I just resort to Etsy. I found some Matryoshka Christmas ornaments, and I knew they would be perfect for the mobile.
One of my favorite things about ordering on Etsy, is that you can chat with store owners. If you have something custom in mind, it never hurts to ask. I asked the shop owner if she could do the dolls in purple, and nix the hangers and bells. She was more than happy to. I told her I was planning on turning it into a mobile, and she was excited. The shop I used is called Indigostitch in Liverpool.
Once I received my package of nesting dolls, I went to the hardware store and picked up a 1/2 inch dowel. I cut it in half with the miter saw and sanded the rough edge. It took about 2 seconds.
I spray painted the dowels gold so they wouldn’t contrast too much against the scallop wall. I didn’t want it to be too busy.
Using a really skinny drill bit, I drilled holes in each end of the dowels. (I’m a wretched blogger who didn’t pay attention to what bit size I used. I just know it was skinny minny.)
Using yarn I lashed the 2 dowel pieces together, then drilled the middle hole.
I had a scrap of gray felt laying around, so I decided to cut out a few hearts to add to the mobile.
I laid out how everything would go, before I connected them all together.
Connecting them was a piece of cake. I went through the top/back of the dolls, then stitched up the heart, and through the hole on the dowel. Tie a knot, and that’s it.
I installed a hook in the ceiling according to the directions on the package, centered over the crib. Which again, is so easy. You don’t even need to trade your soul to Rumpelstiltskin to do it.
At first I wasn’t quite sure of it. (Which seems to be my trend lately.)
But of course, it grew on me so much. It has so much natural movement. I love the hand-made quality it has. It’s a nice change from the “factory” look of the IKEA furniture surrounding it.
An update on the pregnancy front:
I’m miserable. Throwing up. Inconsistently contracting. A 3 and 80%. Doctor is shocked I haven’t gone into labor.
Tried every wives tale in the book: prenatal massage with pressure points hit, spicy food, pineapple, walking, bouncing on a yoga ball, fun adult times, drinking castor oil, drives up & down the mountain to change elevation, jumping jacks, and more… then repeat.
The amazing and talented Jadie Jo Photography was able to come over and take some maternity pictures at the house. You should check out some of her work and like her on Facebook! I’ll have a post with more pictures later, but for now, here’s a peek.