I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

{guest post} diy growth chart

{guest post} diy growth chart

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Hey Readers, it's Doranda from Watch Out for the Woestmans doing a guest post.  Sarah has asked me to blog about my Ruler Growth Chart and I am happy to do it.  Sarah always has great stuff I am excited to add to the collection.
I always wanted something to measure the kids height on as the grew up but was hesitant to write on a door frame because we aren't going to be living here forever.  That is why once I saw this ruler growth chart I knew I had to make one for my family.  I went out and bought the wood that very same day then I stained it and finished everything else while watching tv the next day.  The kids love it and have spent time measuring how tall their stuffed animals are.  This is one thing that I think I will keep for a really really long time!

Materials needed:
A 1" by 8" by 6' board ($7 lowes)
Stain (already had it)
Sharpie (already had it)
Sawtooth picture hanger hook ($.99 walmart)
Krylon Clear Glaze ($3 walmart)

1) Stain your wood.  I first used a light stain but didn't like it so I went over it with a darker stain purposely making streaks so it looked more aged how I wanted it.

2) The next step is to measure out each inch.  It was my husbands idea to tape the tape measure onto it and then go down with a pencil and mark each inch quickly and efficiently.  I also started at 6" because I wanted it to hang and be off the ground.

 3) Now go over each mark with a sharpie varying the lengths so it looks like a ruler.  I used a square tool to make sure my lines were straight.  I think I did every foot line 2" long then just under that for the half way and then an inch and a half midway between there and just one inch for the rest.

 4) I printed the numbers 1-6 using century font size 200 on a piece of paper.  I then colored with chalk on the back of that same paper and placed it where I wanted on the board (one number at a time).  Next I outlined over the paper with a pen causing the calk to rub off onto my board.  Then I drew over the chalk with the same black sharpie.

 4) Lastly I went over the whole thing with a clear top coat spray paint.  Although I don't know if that was necessary.  Then I put my sawtooth hook on the back and nailed it up on the wall making sure that the bottom would be exactly 6" off the floor.

 (I took it back down so I could get a pic)

I really love how this turned out!  I already marked the kids heights and mine and bob's as well.  I am also using a different color to mark the kids heights.  That way years down the road Tucker can look for all the orange ones and easily pick out his marks.

Have fun crafting!

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