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Saturday, October 15, 2011

How Tall Are You?

Growing up , there was a special wall in our house that was and still is covered in pencil markings. Not those of a wayward artist that ran out of paper but pencil markings that measure how tall we were over the years. Next to the thick, dark, straight pencil lines were names and dates of the person measured. It was always so fun to see how tall we were! I was the oldest and was always taller than my brothers growing up. But at some point every single one of them passed me by a foot! Now my kids stand next to the measuring wall so that we can record their height as they wonder if and when they will ever be as tall as their uncles.

There is just one problem with these special measuring wall s. . . what if you move? You lose those sweet markings forever! So I have a solution for you . . .

Ta-dah! You can make your very own personalized take-with-you-anywhere- you move- measuring stick!

You will need:

a 6 foot piece of wood

vinyl people, hash marks and numbers 2-7 (optional)

Your favorite color of paint

sand paper

I made these as gifts for the two sets of grandparents a few Christmas's ago. They both say that it is the first thing that people comment on when they walk in the door. Now I drew my little people by hand with a sharpie and then sent them to my friend, Kim who scanned them into her computer and then turned them into cute little vinyl stickers, but there are lots of places that you can order them on line (if you don't feel like drawing them). My friend also added numbers and hash marks for me, which were a pain in the rear to put on. You don't really need them if you just want to record height from year to year.

These are just a few of the 14 I drew.

That is what it will look like in vinyl form. I have two nieces who passed away so I drew them with angel wings and halos.

Paint and sand your measuring stick according to your liking . . . add your vinyl . . .

And there you have it! Instant cuteness to measure with!

All the cousins love to see how tall they are and "who" they are up too. The little ones love to name off all of the cousins on the stick. It is great fun all the way around, I promise!

Happy Crafting!

xoxo, Amy