Let's Make Beaded Moblies (and conquer our inner Smeegles) - The Magic Onions

Let’s Make Beaded Moblies (and conquer our inner Smeegles)

We have been doing a little Spring cleaning… I know, I know… I’m a little late for Spring! But, it does feel so very good to purge the cluttered spaces. I find that not only does it clean the space out, it cleanses the soul too. And, there’s nothing like knowing that ones Mom and Dad are coming to visit all the way from South Africa to give one the motivation to get to that ‘uncluttering’ task one has been meaning to get to since, um, Spring.So, in cleaning out our craft cupboard, we came across my boxes of beads. Are you like me? Do you also often get excited about a craft (obsessed could easily replace the word ‘excited’ in this sentence), buy all there is to buy relating to that craft and then never get around to actually making the craft? Well, my beautiful beads have been waiting for me for about three years. As soon as Kitty saw them she suggested enthusiastically, ‘Lets make beautiful bead mobiles!’ My reaction was somewhat akin to that Smeegle from Lord of the Rings… ‘They’re MINE, all MINE!!’ I thought. But, I am proud to say, after a deep breath and a subconscious pushing of my inner Smeegle back into his little corner of my soul, I said a happy ‘OK!’

We found some hemp string and got to work making pretty beaded mobiles.

My precious beads were a fair price for the beauty of concentration on the faces of my children.

Our beaded mobiles are proudly hanging in the living room.

Little hands reach up to touch them admiringly from time to time, and ring their little brass bells.

And, to be honest, I am so very happy I banished my Smeegle as I experience a rush of pure joy every time I see what my creative kids have created. My precious beads look SO much better hanging freely than they did lost under piles of other craft paraphernalia in the craft cupboard!

Blessings and magic,
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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Hehe, I do exactly the same thing. Sometimes I start, though! And.. then… “lose” them for years.

    I generally do end up using the supplies eventually. Not always for the same reason I bought them, but used none the less. It’s kind of fun to find those stored items or sometimes whole themes and become inspired and excited about them all over again. ;)

  2. Oh my goodness, I completely do that!!! I have a drawerful of beads which we occasionally have a riot with. Our latest obsession is soap-making…. I ran a lavender soap-making workshop today to a few home educatiing families….our house smells amazing. Which makes a nice change from the whiffy smells created by my four little boys!!! Hahaha.

    I am going to try making one of those mobiles, they look lovely :-)

  3. Hi Donni
    no matter what the world delivers, a visit to your blog just inspires my day xx I love the looks of totally being in the moment that your little man has! now I feel the need to do a little clean out…and it’s actually the first day of Spring here so it’s wonderful timing :) thanks for being you xxx

  4. I love this post!!!

    I am going to have to try that – the mobile looks really great! What a perfect use for those beads that have been hanging around. :)

  5. where did you buy those beads?

  6. What a fun project idea!! Can’t wait to do this and decorate the door way in the dining room..fun!! Thanks for the idea! Barefoot mama

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