I've been wanting to make a growth chart for many months -- in fact, I had one nearly completed -- and then I found Pinterest. (Follow me here, if you like.)
Mine was white and gray and sorta cute, but when I saw the ones that actually looked like a ruler - I knew the white one was a goner. (Well, it actually still exists - it's on the back side of this one - but, it'll never again see the light of day.)
Anyway, thankfully, I had only put a light coat of primer on the back side of my 1" x 10", so I sanded it a bit to bring out the wood grain, and then rubbed on a mixture of yellow, red and brown paint and semi-gloss glazing medium to make it look like natural wood again.
Century Schoolbook font had the exact number style I wanted, and after successfully installing it onto my computer (with minor self-congratulations), I printed, traced and painted. The 'Bergman Ruler' part was inspired by the design on an oldish ruler I found in my stash.
(I'll add a photo once I get it installed and all the old measurements transferred.)
I saw a cutesy, vintage-y version of a hometown sign in the background of someone, somewhere's Facebook photo...and off I went. I thought about making one for myself, but there are two things I know -- 1) my sister Greta loves Sebeka so very much, and -- 2) it's always better to give than to receive.
She lives 1537 miles from our hometown, and from this post on her blog, Gretabag, I gather that she likes the sign as well. :)
I wanted the letters to be authentic, so I was thrilled when I found the Roadgeek fonts. (I used Roadgeek 2005 series 4B, if anyone cares.)
I also discovered a new term: 'roadgeek'. One who is interested in roads and road trips. I am a roadgeek. (A stay-at-home roadgeek. See below.)
Let's go home already.
I first saw this phrase on HGTV's Secrets from a Stylist and for some reason it resonated with me. Well, several reasons, actually.
a - It sounds like something my mom would say, therefore, it reminds me of her and brings back fond childhood memories.
b - It's the thought most often running through my brain when I'm not at home - even though I like to think of myself as super adventurous, spontaneous, ready to get up and go at the drop of a hat - well, I'm just not. Someday I'll become that super-fun free spirit, ;) but for now, I'm pretty content being a homebody.
And c - it has deep spiritual significance. A little reminder that this world with its ups and downs, highs and lows -- this world is not my home.
And I like letters. And fonts. And signs.
By the way, font is My Own Topher. And yes, my font collection has grown significantly in the last few weeks. :)
It's the one finished thing on my 'to finish' wall. :)
By the way, I welcome comments and followers, fellow housework avoiders and lurkers. :)
What have you been creating lately?