So, this went from one of those projects that starts off great-- "wow, these are so cute and easy, maybe I should start making them and selling them" and quickly moved into-- "man, it sure does take a lot of annoying tiny steps to make a mobile, doesn't it?" and finally into the-- "boy, that looks like crap" category. You know what I'm talking about. I like to call it the "Aren't I Clever" Syndrome. The quickest way to ruin a project is to get too smug.
While I loved my little Mary-Janes (which were more than a little inspired by Lorena Siminovich), their two-dimensionality did not work for me in the form of a mobile. Luckily Ikea came the rescue with these small shadowbox frames. I scanned vintage children's book text for the background. I mostly like them, but the purist in me wishes I would have chosen text that related to the Mary-Janes (yes, it is difficult being inside this head of mine:) This text is Nest Eggs from A Child's Garden of Verse by Robert Louis Stevenson.
I haven't given up on the mobile thing entirely, I just think I will try to make the dangly part 3D. I love these paper butterflies, but would like to make them out of fabric. Any suggestions on adding enough body to fabric to be able to make multi-layered butterflies like that? Liquid starch? Interfacing?