Monday, 14 September 2009

Christmas mobiles

Yes, I know - it's still 3 months to go before Christmas (O my gosh! Only three?) but I am still talking about last Christmas.
It was the first time in two and a half years that we saw the family, so planning gifts was a big deal. Not only was everybody 2 years older than the last time we saw them, we also didn't know how their taste and style had changed in the mean time. And to top it all, everything had to go on the plane.
In the end I decided to make gifts for as many of the family as possible. My mother, mother-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law each received a handmade mobile. I have seen these free downloads on Futuregirl's blog last year and I knew I had to make it, so this was the ideal project for them.

Now, if you think this isn't very Christmassy at all, let me remind you that December is the middle of summer down in South Africa and a normal Christmas holiday for us is a beach holiday.

Alice from Futuregirl made her sea creatures from felt which makes it very easy (and neat, I might add) to edge them. I decided to use polycottons from my stash, which meant I had to put interfacing on to keep them from fraying.

I strung them all together with embroidery floss and added some beads and shells in between to give a more beachy feel to it.

The jellyfish at the bottom has small bells at the ends of their tentacles to give it some weight and to add a jingle to the mobile...

Unfortunately I was in such a hurry to finish it in time that I completely forgot to photograph it before I gave it away. These (not so good) photos was taken last month on my last holiday to SA at my mother's and mother-in-law's houses. The other two are as yet unphotographed.

1 comment:

Jelibe said...

They are lovely. I hope they like them :)