Wooden growth chart

Last year, I was on a house call for work. While taking care of a pair of adorable twins I saw an amazing piece of art on the wall. Call me behind the times if you must but I’ve never seen anything like it before. You can guess it was a wooden growth chart, yeah?

I couldn’t help but ask the homeowner where she bought it. It was personalized with the family name on the side. After letting me know a friend made it for her, I knew what I had to do.

DIY, here I come!

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That weekend I was off to Lowe’s and bought everything I would need… the wood, paint, tape, sandpaper, stain, and lacquer.

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I used my dremel to round off the edges. I think it gives it a more finished look, plus this is for kids! No need to risk any sharp edges.

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After that, I sanded the whole thing down, taped the measurement lines and painted away. It was a tedious process but it didn’t take too long.

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Once that was squared away, I personalized the ruler at the top and lacquered it with 3 coats.

This past year I made two giant growth chart rulers. The first was for my niece’s first birthday.

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The second was for my sissy, Sydney, for her Christmas present. Check her blog out @ Raising Southern Grace. She has the most gorgeous home and thought this would add to her current style nicely. Hope she agrees!

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I love how they both turned out. Now, I just need to get off my butt and make one for my own kiddos! I think for my home I’m going to use the darker stain. What’s great about this project is you really only have to buy the materials once… aside from the board, of course.

BTW, this is a large project. The wood I purchased was 10″ X 6′. There were skinnier and shorter options, but I liked the heftier look.

2017 is definitely begging to be a crafty year.  Are you ready to decorate your own home with this beautiful piece?

Happy DIYing!

 

 

Garden update: 

I’ve been enjoying a few cherry tomatoes and strawberries everyday. Other than that, everything is still growing nicely except for the squash and cucumbers. Lots of male blooms on the squash but just now are female blossoms showing up.  A few days ago, I harvested the Yukon gold potatoes. Here are a few pics. 

Until next time…

DIY: Hooded vest

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If you have read through my blog at all, then you know I have a beautiful niece named Grace. I made her a couple diaper cakes before she made her appearance last June.  You can see the traditional diaper cake and motorcycle cake here.

This time around, for her very special, very exciting 1st birthday, I decided to make her a hooded vest…upsized slightly so she can grow into it for the Fall. ?? This was the third vest I’ve made of this style. Hooded fleece vest with a fun lining.  The other two that I sewed up for my own kiddos were a double fleece layer along with the lining. My inspiration? Once Upon a Sewing Machine’s tutorial. There were a few things I wanted to change Continue reading

They can’t all be winners

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Look at these beauties! Perfectly grown China Rose radishes. Not only gorgeous, but also delicious! Mild in flavor with a bit of spicy goodness. Great for fresh eating – sliced or diced – or dipped in hummus!

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A tiny garden victory

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We’ve been harvesting our Eversweet everbearing strawberries this past week.  It has been such a treat to enjoy freshly picked berries from the garden. This was the first time I’ve grown strawberries and was quite surprised by how easy it was.  They are hardy little plants!

I was also surprised by how small they are. ?? The everbearing variety is apparently considerably smaller than the June bearers that are normally purchased at the Continue reading

Time to meet the Beast

I’ve told myself time and time again, “Just do it.” Get up and go. Run, jump rope, row. ANYTHING! I have the time, right? Other people have time… Other people with kids can do it. I must be doing something wrong. Finding too many excuses. Everyone I know continuously post progress updates on their health wins and here I am sucking at it. Here’s my problem:

I’m skinny.

At least that’s what everyone thinks. I’ve always said, “I’m one of the fat skinny ones.” You see, I’m not actually skinny at all. All my parts jiggle. A lot. People mistake my inherited short stature, ultra-petite FRAME for skinny-ness. It’s in the genes. But my  Continue reading

Let your light shine down

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This spring has been nothing short of nasty. The bitter cold. The unwelcome snow. Not only has it been all around miserable, but the growing season has also been delayed. But there is always light at the end of the tunnel. The days will warm, the sun will shine, and eventually, the plants will grow. Continue reading

Repost: Migraine: More than just a headache

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Anyone that suffers from migraines, or has even had just one, knows that they are nauseating, painful, and debilitating. They can render you absolutely helpless and hopeless. I can think back to the worst “headache” of my life, and it doesn’t come close to touching my migraines. Fortunately, I have great support to help me manage them. My sister is a neurologist specializing in headaches and this is her article. It was originally posted by Global Chatter Magazine. Here is a direct link to Migraine: More than “Just a headache”

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Watching a garden grow

wp-1464494385196.jpgThere’s something quite satisfying about tending your own garden. The dirt between your fingers, the first leaves that sprout, the satisfaction of nurturing (and eventually biting into!) your own homegrown fruits and veggies.

Now, I wouldn’t say that I’m an expert gardener. I wouldn’t even call myself a gardener at all, but I like to dabble. I have this terrible habit of letting anything that peaks my interest take a hold of me. Or maybe, I like to become the master of all things interesting? Nevertheless, gardening has clawed its way into my life and into a 30′ X 25′ plot in my yard.

Go big, or go home. That’s what they Continue reading

Handmade Hooded Vest

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And by that, I mean machine sewn by my hands. 😉

Hello, everyone!  I apologize in advance for this post.  My original intention was to post a DIY tutorial for a hooded vest that I recently sewed up for my kiddos, but I could
not wait to show you!  So instead, this post is just to show you what is to come.  Don’t mind the impromptu pics with food and phones! They were happy so I snapped the shots. Continue reading