I thought my fellow bibliophiles might appreciate this book mobile (get it, get it???) that I made for my (very) pregnant sister-in-law.
I've known her since we were about 11, and whenever she'd come over, I'd pull out the trundle bed in my room and we'd lay around reading illicit romance novels that I'd smuggled from my grandma's boxes in the attic. She couldn't take them home (because, really, very naive 11yos probably shouldn't have been reading Diana Gabaldon & Jude Devereaux) and she would read a whole book in an afternoon. To this day, she is still the fastest reader I've ever encountered and on any given day in her house you can find 5 books face down partially read spread throughout her house. We went to college together, were room mates, and somehow my brother managed to convince her to marry him, and now they're expecting. Books are what started it all, so I couldn't think of a better mobile for their baby.
All the books are out of craft paper, and the illustrations, text, and marbled paper are copied from old, public domain books. The gold spinner is a chair leg I cut down and drilled holes in, then glued the dowel rods and dowel-rod buttons to. The decorations on the outside of the book are images I drew in Adobe Illustrator, mostly simplified versions of real book covers (except the one with the rooster--those are actually traced & tweaked shelf brackets, lol).