Marketing is amazing... and sometimes disgusting. I find that more and more when I am shopping I don't want anything. I see the marketing and not the stuff, I see the way they want to make you feel as though you NEED things like matching cradle bumpers and sheets that cost 4 times as much just because they share a pattern with the bumper you chose. And it always makes me feel as though I want to fight against it... to find a way NOT to support those that market to me and make the things I want (matching or not) my own way. And I see SOOOOOOOoooooo many things that it takes almost nothing to put together with basic materials that those in marketing like to charge an arm and a leg for. Blows me away!
Take baby mobiles for example... 90% of the ones I found don't even take balance and craftsmanship, they are square umbrellas with stuffed animals hanging off of them. In one case, it was fabric balls in assorted colors... hanging from a striped umbrella. Seriously? This costs $45?
I just can't pay for that. I decided that if my baby was going to have a mobile it was going to take craftsmanship, balance, and as little money as I could possibly get away with. :) I found some beautiful sticks we happen to collect while in the Redwood Forest last Spring and found a bunch of wool felt we had left over from our school projects from last year... and yesterday I started this:
This is my idea of a real mobile. Crafted by hand, made with materials that you wouldn't mind hanging above your child's head, taking balance and moving with the wind and not some bad musac. Those are the real deal.
I am not meaning to just toot my own horn (although I have been known to do that...) and I have no idea if it will get done... but I felt as though I had to prove that I could still doing something 'nesting-ish'.
I have also, for my own sanity in my mild emotional crisis about nesting, decided to count small projects along with my 'nesting' for the baby. That's what caused me to augment this lamp.
that I bought for Logan's 2nd birthday party over two years ago now and I got this:
Perfect for my girly's new room (this same girly is now obsessed with Magic Tree House books before bed. *love*).