Last Christmas, Ian got me a super fun book: Little Birds: 26 Handmade Projects to Sew, Stitch, Quilt & Love. Right away I knew that I wanted to make the Stork with a Heart Mobile for our baby – we were in the homestudy phase of our adoption process, and it was fun to think about something to make to celebrate baby’s arrival. I actually got around to doing it in the spring.
I had gotten a grab bag of felted wool at a garage sale the previous summer, and I knew there was some natural color wool that would be perfect. Ian helped me pick out a small bit of fabric that he deemed fun and gender-neutral, and I found some fun yellow buttons for the stork’s feet at a yarn store in Leavenworth when I was on a weekend girls’ getaway with my mom. I already had embroidery floss and stuffing, so I only paid a few dollars for the stuff I had to buy.
This was a super fun project that came together pretty quickly. Easy pattern, easy sewing and embroidery, quick gratification at the results. I did everything but the name/birthday side of the dangling heart – that had to wait until we had a baby to celebrate!
And how overjoyed we were when Luke joined our family! I embroidered his name and birthday onto the heart when he was just a few days old, so we could take it to our photo shoot with Meg & Aaron.
Then we hung it over his changing table; it’s fun to walk in his room and see it hanging in front of his window.
But what is even more fun is that in the last week Luke has finally been able to really see it, and he LOVES it! He watches it intently – sometimes the heart, but mostly the stork – and smiles when I spin it around during his diaper changes.
It makes my heart happy to see that something I enjoyed making for Luke is also fun for him at this age. I also love it because if/when we have more kids, I can add another heart. But for now I’ll just enjoy Luke’s sweet smiles when he spots it flying above him.