I've been tinkering around with fabric stiffener for the last month or so (seems I'm not the only one) and had come up with a solution that I thought would work for Lucie's mobile-- little fabric butterflies cut from a Liberty print. I was really happy with the butterflies and yesterday I sewed them on to stripey string to attach to the top of the mobile that I had made ages ago. They were all perky, and I was pretty happy with it overall, just a few steps left to go.
As I put Lucie to bed last night, I turned on the humidifier because she was congested. I thought at the time that it may take away the stiffness of the butterfles, but figured I should test it now so I didn't put even more work into it only to have it ruined later. So, this is what I awoke to-- floppy butterflies. I think I am going to cut my losses at this point...I am ready to move on, and I won't be a professional mobile maker any time soon. I do have some plans for the other half of the butterflies that I made in another part of the room, and I think they will work just fine. As for these, every girl needs a few strands of butterflies in her life, don't you think? Elliot has already requested that one strand of them be attached to a wand for him.