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!


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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!



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

Handmade Hooded Vest


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

cakes for grace

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What is there in life if there is not grace?  Simple elegance.  Charm.  The favor of God.  It is a thing of admiration and aspiration in life, love, and religion.  It’s beauty.  It’s inspiration.  It’s everything you hope to achieve in this world when the day comes to an end.

Yes.  Grace is beautiful, and she is my niece.

My sister and brother-in-law are expecting their first child.  A daughter.  Everyone is ecstatic… especially my son who can not wait to have another baby to love on!  We recently celebrated Grace’s baby shower a few weeks ago.  Instead of buying traditional gifts and wrapping them up, I decided to purchase a Continue reading

lemons into lemonade — successfully flipping a DIY oops!


I was on a mission… my first DIY project.  It was going to be amazing, useful, and completely homemade.  Who cares if I never bought wood or screws or nails before?  My concept was ready and list in hand.  I was going to walk into Home Depot like a boss.  And I did.  I measured out all the wood I thought I needed, grabbed a bunch of nails and, of course, snatched up a hand saw.

When I got home, my husband was thoroughly confused.  What on earth was I going to make with all those materials?  And then I told him…  A shoe rack!!!  I couldn’t contain my excitement.  It was going to be perfect.  A custom built, under-bench shoe box with two levels to keep all of our shoes neat, tidy, and HIDDEN.  It was going to go riiighht under there… Continue reading