The idea for mobiles has been brewing in my mind since Christmas, when I picked up a copy of this book second hand (a really good one for summertime). The kids and I have been collecting driftwood from our walks on the local beaches for this very project, and goodness knows we already had enough beads, shells, pinecones, and beach glass.
Then the Martha Stewart Living August issue came in the mail and reminded me of these again in the "Sea Glass" piece. It felt like time to start making them. Martha makes beach glass look like diamonds, seriously.
Out to the patio (Neicy, recognize the tablecloth?) Neicy gave me the motherload of beautiful thrifted fabric and in it was this fantastic tablecloth. When its 97 degrees with no air conditioning, you suddenly lack enough imagination and sewing mojo to finally see that a beautiful, secondhand tablecloth could be used as...well...a tablecloth... But, more on that later...
Grab a audio book to listen to (we recommend Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), mono-filament fishing line, driftwood to hang from, spread out your bead bounty, and press play and start stringing.
The results are now hanging above the kid's beds. They remind me a lot of this string from Papa Stour, which I have hanging around my bathroom window.
I miss my camera! Sorry for the photo quality.