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…

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

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

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.

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What a difference!

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Before I begin, let me start off by proclaiming my love for my husband.  I love him dearly.  And now that that’s out of the way…

I hate to admit this, but I need to be honest.  Sometimes I want to punch my husband in the face.  Not at all in the violent, full of rage type of punch.  Just the quick “why on earth are you slamming those cupboards?!” type of punch.  You know the kind I’m talking about, don’t you?

Well, last year I decided I was tired of being angry.  Tired of Continue reading

transforming a room: a closet into a nursery

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My husband and I were expecting our second child, and just like most parents we were putting together a list of names — boy names.  Sure, we tossed around a few names for a baby girl, but we knew we were having another boy.  We could feel it.  Plus, that’s what the Chinese gender chart told us. Just kidding!

So, there we were, waiting for the technician to start the ultrasound and *fingers crossed* find out what we were having.  Boy. . . Girl. . .  It didn’t matter.  We loved the child.  But growing up with four other sisters, I knew what kind of special torture daughters could put their parents through.  And I was terrified.  My husband, on the other hand, was looking forward to a little girl.  At the time, D was the epitome of a mama’s boy and Daddy Continue reading