Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Come fly with me

Our extended family will grow by one very soon when my nephew arrives in this world. I remember back when my first niece was born and thinking how strange that this little person had arrived and started the next generation of my family. She triggered lots of thoughts about families and how things change. Without a choice, her birth had made me in to an aunty and I now had another person in my life to love, care for, worry about and enjoy. It was a strange realisation to have, especially when I thought I had finally worked things out... life's funny like that!

Anyway.... in the hope of inspiring great adventures, my nephew will be able to lie in his cot and dream of places far away as he looks up at the planes flying in his room.


Each plane is on its own ribbon so they can be hung close together or scattered apart, like the stars I made for my kids' bedroom.

This is the first time I have made a pattern from an idea in my head. so there was lots of trial and error and test planes before the final design met aviation standards!



While there were moments of frustration, a bit of unpicking and some corners that aren't quite perfect, it was very satisfying to make something from scratch.

24 comments:

Kylie said...

I love your stars and these little planes are just gorgeous. What a fun thing to be an auntie and have someone new to spoil! I was an auntie for a few years before I had my first bub and just loved it... still do.

What sort of fabric did you use for the stars? Quilters cotton?

CurlyPops said...

Oh wow, that's such a wonderful gift. Persistance definitely pays off!

Mookah said...

Designing patterns can be time consuming and bloody frustrating, but all the more rewarding at the end huh? What a fantastic gift.

Thea said...

Fantastic! You are such a good aunt :
)

Tania said...

Yay Auntie! And well done on the 'from scratch' thing. I have no doubt, with you as the engineer, those planes will soar wide and fly far...

Stephanie and Carlos said...

That's great... to have an idea and be able to execute it.. even if there was some hurdles along the way. I like the stars a lot too. They would look great in Chrissy colours for the festive season!!

xo Steph

One Flew Over said...

What a lucky newphew!! Great mobile!

Becky said...

A wonderful design, and well worth a bit of time unpicking. Your nephew is very lucky :)

Sandra @ Pepperberry & Co. said...

Ridiculously gorgeous, as always!! I'm so proud that it was yours from scratch. Well done! xxx

pepper said...

I love these planes! I have a new nephew and this looks perfect for him... Love your blog too!
x Pepper

Liam's Mummy said...

How cool are they?!! We have some plane buffs in this house, so something like that would go down a treat! I would never have thought of plane softies. Very clever.

Gina said...

Ooooh, I know *she'll* love it. Ha ha!!

trashalou said...

Oh those are fabulous. Well done.

clare's craftroom said...

They are so good , you are very clever !

Sandrine said...

What a great idea you had and made!What a great feeling t allow yourself to try "from scratch"...even if it can be a bit frustrating at time I agree;)Bravo!

Treacle Beak said...

You are such a clever auntie, Nik. I know the new little boy in our family will spend lots of times watching his planes "to and fo" on the ceiling of his nursery.

Maria Rose said...

Wow, that turned out so cool! I love that you came up with it by yourself, all the better.

daws said...

Very cool, I happen to know that Truj has some camo plane material that could have worked for this too.

Tiges and Weince said...

You are a clever cookie!! Great job I just love them.

Pippi creates said...

Cool mobile! I would be proud to have that in my baby's room. I love that you designed it too!

dillpickle said...

They're fantastic! I'm still very much a pattern and/or kit girl at the moment, though I like to dream of successfully making things from scratch myself. I'm really impressed :-)

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Is its a bird? Is it a plane? Its super Nikki!!!

Sorry, that was a bit lame :) They really are super little planes though. I think you are very clever devising your own pattern for something 3D ... not easy to do at all. Absolutely lovely!

Julianne said...

Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars...

Freakin' awesome Mrs Cardigan.

Linda said...

so gorgeous!! you are amazing the little planes are fabulous!!