Ombre Butterfly Mobile

Monday, March 30, 2015

I have gradually been trying to sort the girls room out by rearranging the furniture and organising it. Now that I have the furniture where I want it (for the time being anyway), I wanted to do some projects. 
One project that I wanted to do was to make another butterfly mobile like the one I made a few years ago.

The first one I made was all white and used two embroidery hoops. I decided to use another embroidery hoop for this mobile but I only had one as I was trying to use what I already had and I think it looks better with one anyway.

The butterflies were punched out of three different coloured card, a light, medium and a dark, to create an ombre effect to the mobile and I used a large Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly punch. I love this punch as it creates a more detailed butterfly than the one I used before.

To attach the butterflies to the mobile, I used some thin white cotton thread. I just tied the thread to the embroidery hoop.

To create the ombre effect I started with the darker butterflies at the top and then the middle colour and then the lightest at the bottom. 

To attach the butterflies I used a glue dot in the middle of one butterfly, stuck it to the thread where I wanted to position it and then stuck another butterfly to it in the same position and then bent the butterfly to make it look like it was flying. 

I really like the ombre effect as it adds more character to it. 

I think this mobile as really easy to make and can be done in stages if you haven't got a lot of time in one go. 

It would make a nice feature in a bedroom or playroom and you could change the butterflies to another shape like stars which I have done when I made one for my nephew. 

It would make a lovely gift too. Would you consider making one? Maybe you would just prefer to receive one as a gift? Let me know.

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Comparing to Others and Changes

Monday, March 23, 2015

I've been blogging for 5 years now. I can't believe I started back in March 2010, it's crazy.

I have loved to blog about the projects I have done over the years but I have struggled to actually write posts and keep up with a schedule, which is something I really wanted to do.

There are several reasons why I think this has happened. First being that it is so easy to compare your own blog to others that are more successful. Secondly, having a 7 year old and now a 1 year old, it's so hard to get time to take photos, write a post etc for the blog. Thirdly, partly because of the other reasons, I find it hard to focus on the blog and post. I tinker away at the blog design now and again but writing blog posts seems to hit a brick wall!

I have quite a few different topics that I have blogged about but have found it hard when it comes to writing a blog post on a card that I have made and then writing a post on a project I have done, not sure why. Maybe it's because some people will be interested in the card and some the project and I feel they are too different a topic.

So to try and help me with blogging more I have decided to make another blog called Pretty Sweet Lovely where I can write about the cards that I have made and then keep this blog for the other topics that flow a bit more together, like organisation, projects, home decor, parenting and posts on life.

I really hope that this will help in releasing the fog that seems to have gathered over the blog for me!

So if you are interested in the cards that I made then please go and have a look at Pretty Sweet Lovely and I hope that you will keep visiting here at My May Sunshine too.

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Felt Name Garland

Monday, March 02, 2015

For our youngest nephew, for Christmas, I decided to make a felt garland of his name. I decided to do this as I didn't want to buy any toys or clothes as he already had enough and would get more for Christmas from others anyway. 

For the embellishments, I used the Sizzix stars dies and cut out lots of small stars and some slightly larger ones. On the larger ones, I sewed on smiley faces.

I also decided to create some little trains using the Clearly Besotted Full Steam Ahead die set. I cut out 2 for each train ans the hand sewed them together.

I then hand sewed all the embellishments onto the letters and hand sewed the front and back together. I could (and should have) machine sewed them but didn't want to keep changing the threads every time, which would have been easier really.

I filled the letters with some hollow fibre filling which I bought a big bag from Dunelm. 

I decided to use some ribbon to hang the garland up rather than using string as I thought it would be stronger and just attached the felt letters to the ribbon. 

I think it turned out quite well for a first attempt and love the smiley faces and the trains.

Having your child's name in their bedroom wall is quite popular at the moment but I think it's great to help them learn their name.

What do you think? Is it something that is lovely to have on their wall or to much decor? Let me know.

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