April 16, 2012

Growth Charts

I’m telling you…design inspiration can come from anywhere.

Just take this for example:  I was visiting a friend’s blog, Duet Letterpress, and happened to see that she had recently purchased a gorgeous height chart to use to track her daughter’s growth.

The Brimfield Growth Cart, offered by Etsy seller, KimsSister, has a fantastic backstory.  Here’s a bit from the online store:

A digital reproduction of an old black and white wooden ruler (found at the Brimfield Fair in Massachusetts), made into a full-size feet-and-inches growth chart, printed on artist’s canvas. All the original charm of the old ruler has been left intact…

It got me thinking about how we’re up to child #2 in this house and have yet to tick anyone’s height off on a chart because I never took the time to look at the options out there.

Well.  It turns out there are so many beautiful options out there, it can be a bit overwhelming.  So if you’re in the market for a growth chart, I thought I would share some of these other cute ones I found along my way.

MJ at 517Creations created this amazing knock-off of a now-discontinued Pottery Barn Kids growth chart ruler AND included an awesome tutorial to boot here:

Heather of Whipperberry made this beautiful chart from jute webbing.  A full tutorial can be found over at Sew Dang Cute crafts:

Etsy seller AEWilder has this whimsical, embroidered growth chart available at her shop:

And while there are a plethora of decal options available, I especially liked this one of the Ferhsehturm tower in Berlin offered by the French company, Domestic.  I’m not too sure how easy it is to order from the site, since it is mainly in French, but I can imagine this would be fairly easy to DIY if you had access to a graphics program and could make a custom decal through any of the many decal places available online.

Lastly, I had to include this inspired option featured at Real Simple.  I love the non-traditional aspect of the ‘chart’ and think it is such a great way to display our children’s growth.  If only my son hadn’t worn the heck out of every shoe he ever wore!!

Do you have a growth chart you’re using in your home?

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