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Weary Free Wednesday: Happy Birds

As previously mentioned, I don't do well with undone and living with Kayleia's not-quite-finished nursery has required a lot of patience. For several reasons - Josiah, Micah, & an old needy house - finding time to work on our the third nursery in less than 4 years has proven difficult. When I found out we were having a girl I was ecstatic and had a lot of fun dreaming about how to decorate her room.  I knew I didn't want pink or pastel. I wanted rich colors and a theme that wouldn't scream "baby" in a year.  When I found this fabric I instantly fell in love...perfect.
Perch by Alice Kennedy
I thought it would be fun to carry the bird theme to a mobile and began scouring the internet for inspiration, it wasn't long before I stumbled upon this...
Spool Bird Mobile and Pattern
which then led to this...
Tip Junkie 
Love & perfection again!  It took awhile to find the perfect branch (my boys had a lot of fun bringing home many options) and to make the all birds (big thanks to Maca - best mother-in-law ever - for sewing them all).  Monday we finally hung up the finished product.

I am super pleased with how it turned out. It makes me smile and has given me new energy to finish some other projects for Kayleia's room. Such as covering a lamp shade in fabric, painting shelves, & refinishing a dresser. Hopefully pictures of those will follow soon...well my life's definition of might want give me a couple months.  


  1. Beautiful work, Rachel. Elegant, fantastic, hushed but stimulating. It's like her own Perelandra.

  2. I love this! They have fabric covered animals in Uganda but I have never seen birds. It looks so good!

  3. Love the branch on the wall...might steal too...

  4. It turned out amazing! I just pinned this to Pinterest. I love the colors and placement. I can't believe they are fabric sewn birds. Your baby will love looking at them. Thanks for stopping by my owl nursery.

  5. Lovely! Thanks for sharing this at For the Kids Fridays!!!

  6. Oh my goodness! This is beautiful!! I am sure your daughter is going to love it.

    I hope you will add this to my link party, Pinterest Tuesday. I am sure other mommas will want to Pin your adorable mobile.


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