A friend of ours had a baby a while back and we wanted to make somethings special for her baby shower. My wife had the idea to make a wooden mobile and this is what came of it. All pieces are cut from baltic birch and hung by twine with gold foil. The edges of the clouds are painted white while the raindrop is turquoise. I’m very pleased with how it turned out and the gift was very well received.
Due to the praise it received I have made and posted another mobile for sale on Etsy.
Well, after a long day of home renos, I opened up my email to find that I had made my first Etsy sale. The wooden Leica toy camera that I made for 52 Create is heading to a buyer in New York! I even accomodated their request to add “M9” on the camera. I was a bit torn as it’s supposed to be modelled after a film Leica, and the M9 actually has a slightly different shape, but the customer is always right!
52 Create, my year long project to create something new and home/hand made on a weekly basis throughout 2011. I’ve done several toys already, because really, making toys is fun to do, but not quite as fun as the reactions from my 17 month old daughter… I can assure you all the projects will not be toys (nor will they be all made of wood), but a good portion likely will be.
So as I was saying, many of these projects are inspired by my daughter. For some reason, she is fascinated by cell phones (mobiles). My wife hardly ever uses hers, and I don’t even have one, so where she got this fascination is beyond me. I had some scrap maple left over so I designed 4 different phones. One is the classic “original” cell phone like you saw in all those 80’s movies, the other three are variations on the “candy bar” phone. I used a wood burning pen to do the key pads, and the antennas are made from maple dowel that was burnt using a torch. I likely won’t finish them with anything as maple is a very safe wood to chew on (we do pour the sap all over pancakes…). I think I’ll put the original phone up on Etsy, not sure if I’m pleased with the wood burning on some of the others, but we’ll see.