Russian Nesting Doll Mobile

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:

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

 

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.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

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.)

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Using yarn I lashed the 2 dowel pieces together, then drilled the middle hole.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

I had a scrap of gray felt laying around, so I decided to cut out a few hearts to add to the mobile.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

I laid out how everything would go, before I connected them all together.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

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.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

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.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

At first I wasn’t quite sure of it.  (Which seems to be my trend lately.)

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

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.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

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.

Maternity Photos

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  • Nicole Boenigk

    LOVE!!!! And you look great can’t wait to see the other pics! :)

    • Kenz

      Thanks so much Nicole! That means a lot :)

  • Cassie Bustamante

    i ADORE this! would it be weird to hang over my own bed? and you are ADORABLE.

    • Kenz

      hahaha Cassie! You get me :) Let’s bring adult mobiles into trend! bahaha.

  • Andrea Green

    That mobile is almost as adorable as that momma-to-be! hang in there girl! you’re on the home stretch!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Love! We are sooooo close!!

  • Josh Crowder

    Evelyn knew she had to wait for her Uncle to get back from the UK. I’m betting that she’ll be here at any moment now.

    • CrowderSoup

      Here’s to hoping…

    • Kenz

      I hope so! And thank you for the scarf :)

  • http://boxycolonial.com/ Gretchen@BoxyColonial

    I would like to come live in Evelyn’s nursery.. She won’t mind sharing, right? You’re going to have a baby ANY DAY NOW! And it will be doubly as exciting for you as for most people, because you’ll get a baby AND to stop being sick!

    • Kenz

      It’s funny because Evelyn’s room is really everyone’s new favorite room, including the puppies. I always find Aaron curled up in a blanket sitting in the rocker reading things on his phone. Or in the middle of the day, I wonder where the dogs have done, and they’ll both be napping on the rugs. It’s such a beautiful room in real life. I wish I could photograph it at it’s full potential! #amateurbloggerproblems. And I can’t wait to stop being so sick!! SOOO much excitement!

  • http://www.aswellplacetodwell.com/ Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

    Crazy beautiful – the mobile and you!

    • Kenz

      Thank you so much Kelly!!

  • http://www.desertdomicile.com/ Caitlin @ Desert Domicile

    Here’s to hoping Evelyn makes her debut soon so she can see the adorable mobile you made for her! :)

    • Kenz

      I’ll raise my (water) glass to that! I’m very VERY ready for her to come :) I hope she loves to just stare and stare and stare. Apparently that’s a baby’s favorite thing to do. haha, we’ll see!

  • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    OMG Kenz… I’m not sure I’ve EVER seen anything cuter! You’re super creative! And I just LOVE the nesting doll theme… it’s so unique and perfect. Ev is one lucky girl!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Beth! That means so much! I was hoping it wouldn’t be too “over the top” of a theme. I’m not really into overly themey rooms, like with scenes painted on the walls and such. But I am very much loving how everything is coming together. Ev is so lucky to have so many people who love her already!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    Could you be any cuter :) Nope… Love your mobile. It is so perfect in front of the gold scallops. Love it!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! It will be nice when our little bowling ball decides to be born :) And I was SOO worried it would look too busy in front of the gold scallops, but I’m also loving the way it looks there.

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    First of all you look gorgeous!
    And second, this is so pretty. Love it! Would have been perfect for my girl when she was little.

    • Kenz

      Oh thank you!
      I’m so glad we both share the Matryoshka Love gene :)

  • http://newlywoodwards.com/ Kim@NewlyWoodwards

    First of all – you. are. gorgeous. Seriously, woman. It’s not fair how awesome you look.

    And the mobile? amazing! So perfect for the room and I love how you put it together. I am loving that everything you create is just so unique. Pinning right now.

    • Kenz

      Oh please. I look like a whale in real life. Jadie was just really good at posing me. :)
      And thank you! That’s one of the best compliments I’ve received. I’m always on the fence about my projects lately, but then I just love them. It’s nice to know I’m not just living in my crazy head :)

  • http://www.nalleshouse.com/ Anu

    Love the mobile. It’s perfect for the room. That picture of you is so beautiful and cute. Hang in there, you’ll get to meet your beautiful baby soon. :)

    • Kenz

      Thanks Anu! I hope she loves staring at it when she gets bored of staring at the shiny wall. Soon soon soon!

  • http://westcoastmama.net/ Margarita

    That mobile is absolutely amazing!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! I love it!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    I LOVE the mobile! I almost ordered Evelyn a Matryoshka doll from Etsy, but I was sure someone would have already! Hope tiny Evelyn has given the seal of approval on her awesome nursery!

    • Kenz

      Oh thank you! I’m quite fond of the mobile too. I’m still totes jelly of the airplane mobile you guys found though :) Evelyn seems to enjoy her nursery from what I can tell. I mean, a lot can be interpreted from gassy baby smiles.

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    It all looks great and I still can’t get over that amazing gold wall. Hope you have a happy healthy bundle of joy.

    • Kenz

      I’m glad you love the gold wall as much as I do! It’s my very favorite part of the room. And thank you! Everything went well :)

  • http://www.bliss-athome.com/ Kristin Cadwallader

    How adorable! I love it Kenz :) You look so cute too :) xo Kristin

    • Kenz

      Thanks Kristin!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    This is just the perfect mobile for that room Love it. Pinned!!!