Monday, May 18, 2009

getting taller

I have had it in my mind for awhile to get some kind of height measuring marker in my toddler's room sooner or later. And then I somehow got it in my mind to make one myself.


I did a lot of searching on the internet to get advice and ideas about how to make one. The main issue would be material--wooden, fabric, canvas. And decoration--painting, sewing, photos, collage. And would I be directly attaching a measuring tape to it, or would I make my own inch marks? And would the measurements be in inches or centimeters (I am living outside my inches comfort zone after all)? And could I make something possibly transportable (we are the move-around-at-the-spur-of-the-moment kind of family) cause this would be something that I would want to take with me if we were ever to move.

After some thought, I was pretty sure it would be painted. And although canvas would be more transportable, I found it easier to go to the local do-it-yourself store for a piece of wood than the not-so-convenient fine art store for a stretched canvas. 

I found inspiration in the big numbers used on this lovely fabric growth chart, which ended up becoming my starting point.

And then I sketched, and the ideas came, and I had to decide between two design schemes--purely geometric or something a little bit figurative?

I love hands and the later won out. 

Here is what I came up with.  It just flowed from me and was so much fun. Buying the wood. Picking out the acrylic paints. Making my measurments on the support. Sketching onto the wood. No primer (ooops) and slopped the paint right on. A few coats of matte varnish and in just a few days I managed to make this thing and get it on the wall. 

Toddler LOVES standing up next to it and talking about how tall he is. He also loves trying to count using his fingers. 

And I love being able to say 'mommy made it for you'!


  1. Isn't that the greatest achievement to say: Mommy made it for you?! And you've done a very good job, especially how you've made the hands (1,2,3 etc.), so cute! It's abs. verrrrry nice dear!

  2. I've been wanting something like this for some time. I may steal your idea!

  3. wow, i dont think i can do this but you did fabulously! It came out gorgeous


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