When I asked Z what her favorite colors are, I wasn’t surprised to hear: pink, yellow, and light blue. I didn’t include any blue in the mobile because I designed the color palette around a needle felted fairy I made many months ago. I was obsessed with making these fairies. I love their round shape and have used it in the design of my Baby Emmz. This particular fairy, I made with Z in mind.
When she was younger, Trev and I took her and her brother to Toys R Us. All Z wanted was a baby. Specifically, a baby who looked like her. We found lots of white dolls but no black dolls. She was fine with it. To her a new baby was a new baby. Me? I just found it interesting that the variety was so limited and that I’d never really noticed before. I also remembered how her mom cried a few years earlier when I gave her a doll gifted to me by my cousin. It was a beautiful doll handmade by a woman from Jamaica. I’m not sure why I decided to give Z’s mom the doll, especially as I was in love with it, but it touched her deeply. Apparently, the doll was almost identical to one that she had lost as a young girl. She expressed her sadness in losing the doll as it was the only one she had that looked like her. When making Z’s fairy, I knew it would be my last. I had no idea where she would eventually find a home. At the time, I had no idea I was making a fairy that would remind me of Z’s Grandma.
Grandma passed away November, 2012. She was a beautiful and giving woman. When I look at Z’s fairy, I think of Grandma and reminded to have faith and to love. That’s why I chose to include a couple of hearts on the mobile.
I chose to crochet them, so I can include a little texture on the mobile. I can’t take credit for the pattern, and am grateful to Tara Murray for the “Little Plushy Heart” on her blog Easy Makes Me Happy. After making the first, I quickly crocheted about a dozen more. I’ll be returning to this pattern often and including these hearts in future projects.
The lady bug is a piece I needle felted some time ago when I was new to the craft. I’ll post a pic of Z’s fairy and the completed mobile soon!