Monday, August 13, 2012

personalized Growth Chart for your kids

wooden growth chart

I saw a wooden ruler-style Growth Chart at a high-end kids' store and thought it was so super cute but no way was I going to pay $150 buck-a-roos for it, plus tax!  Sooo... my crafty self thought "let's do this!"

I went to Home Depot and bought a 7'x1" piece of pine. I perused for a nice one too. One that had nice grain and without any weird or ugly knots. I did want a board with knots though, to make it look more rustic and natural, just not ugly knots or poorly placed ones.  I also bought some wood stain (light walnut) and already had polyurethane at home. Then I went to work.

When I got home, I made sure to wipe down the wood because it was all saw-dusty. Then stained it and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes. 
After that, I wiped it with a clean dry cloth. Actually, it was my husband's old white tee-shirt.
I used a measuring tape and ruler and marked off every inch. Every foot mark is 3" long, half-foot mark is 2" long, quarter-foot is 1.5" and the rest of the lines are just an inch long.
I printed out some numbers to use as templates and traced over them with a ball-point pen to make a slight indent in the wood, then filled it in with black permanent marker. 
I added my family name and finished it off with 3 coats of polyurethane. I wish my pictures were better because it is really, really cute.  And the best part, I can take it with me if we move!

Because I've gotten so many request to make them for friends, I've started selling them for a much better price! A win-win for everybody!

I also added this poem to the back
(It was inspired by a poem called Taller to Smaller; author of original poem unknown)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Vintage UpCycled Turquoise End Table

Well, the economy has hit me too and I am now looking for ways to bring in some extra cash. AND, I happen to be very crafty (so I tell myself). I have been on Pinterest's "DIY and crafts" section pretty much every night before hitting the sheets and keep thinking "I could totally do that!" Sooo... I tried it. Here's my first project, oh crafty one.
First, I found this old, worn-out vintage table with good "bones" and went to town. I sanded, primed, and painted it a soft turquoise blue called "surfer".  I also painted the original hardware a glossy black. I don't know if most old tables have faux drawer handles or if I got a lucky one, but ya, this hardware is just that, hardware. No drawer. But because it was original to the table, and I thought it was a cute detail, I kept it. Take a look...

Cute, right? I realize the blue in the  top (and this last) picture is probably making your eyes blind, but it's actually a softer turquoise. I promise. One may call it more of a soft "Tiffany" blue.  The picture of me painting it blue seems to be a truer color. 

Anyway, now for the hard part. Selling it. How the heck do I do that and how much is the darn thing worth?! I mean, to me, it's worth a ton 'cause I spent so much freakin' time on it but I know I have to be somewhat realistic, right? ('Cause I need the money.)  Also, I have no idea how to ship Sophisticated Junk like this or how much it costs, so I think I'm gonna keep it simple for this first attempt and sell it locally.
Ok, so who wants to buy it? Or at least give me some tips for selling or improving my Junk.

Thanks a bunch! -JG
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