Mima! Look what I can do.
And with seemingly no effort what so ever, Hazel lifts her right leg holding on to her ankle straight up and just stands there.
Of course it is made all the more awesome because she is wearing my Oz 3D glasses.
Want to know how long I can hold my leg like this?
How long, Hazel?
Oh about seven minutes. Watch…one…two…three…four…five…six…seven.
She lets go and lowers her leg down.
Seven minutes, Mima! Pretty cool, huh?
Definitely. Just as cool as your timekeeping skills, Hazel.
And she skips off into the other room.
Equally awesome is Hazelwood where you will find a different take on wooden wall art.
From sarcastic and crass to lovely and sentimental, you won’t find this stuff at Target. Oh and they take custom orders too. 100% of the profits support Hazel’s participation on the dance competition team and her ability to stretch her leg like that for “seven minutes” or more.
Today I delivered a very special Not Pottery Barn Growth Chart Ruler for another mighty human like my son whom I met here at Adventures in Juggling. It’s always fun to watch our children grow but it is freakin’ triumphant to watch a child who once fit perfectly nested in your hand when they were born. So when Liz asked me to make one for her little girl, I was very excited to. Of course it had to be perfect…even more perfect than all the other ones that I am making and selling because Jodie’s dancing competitively is much too much expensive…but worth it…yes, this ruler had to be perfect for a perfectly amazing little girl.
But as I began to work with the wood, I found myself frustrated with the imperfections that this piece seemed to have. Perhaps this wasn’t going to work I began to think. Still I pressed on sanding and burning and sanding and staining and so on. It seemed that the more and more I worked with the wood, the more beautiful it became…in spite of the imperfections…or perhaps BECAUSE of them. Sometimes it is those with the birthmarks, the scars, the imperfections that end up being the most beautiful, the most amazing.
Liz’s perfect imperfect Not Pottery Barn Ruler was delivered and is now ready to mark the growth of perfectly amazing little girl.
And now it is time to get started on the next one.
These Not Pottery Barn Growth Chart Rulers are available for sale here in Northern California for $50 (compared to the now discontinued Pottery Barn $149.99 version or comparable ones on Etsy selling for $50 to $80 not including shipping and handling). Each piece is hand sanded, burned, stained and polyurethane finished. All proceeds will help to offset the costs of Jodie’s last year dancing competitively. Yes, you will be funding the dancer and when you see her on stage someday dancing during some awards show or behind the latest and greatest pop star or as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, you can smile proudly knowing you, yes, you made that possible.
Oh and you’ll have some lovely decor to mark up with your kids or grandkids growth or to just show off.
…and folks are STILL talking about awkward twerky moments with foam fingers and dudes wearing tight, striped suits and how you can dress a girl up all glamorous-like in a Herve Leger floor-length gown and she still can’t conceal the fact that she has no class.
Come on…move on…please!
Me, I could care less.
When I step away from what is going on in the world around me and think about the VMAs (because sometimes I do) this is all I can think about.
That Justin Timberlake. Let him cleanse you of all that twerky, jerky, foam finger, F-bomb madness and take back the night because he does indeed still run this bitch.
Boy bands and any singer/songwriter out there writing about their personal breakups please take note…this is how you do it.
Thank you Justin! Y’all can consider yourself now cleansed.
Oh and those dancers…two of whom my own dancer has taken master classes with.
With Daniel hopefully soon growing like a weed I need to keep track of this growth because after years of agonizing over every single centimeter measured in doctors’ offices and plotted on growth charts over the years to show me what I already knew, I feel like I need to now measure every single half inch and inch…perhaps inches. I think the whole circus needs to be able to see this.
Thank goodness I pinned all those growth ruler on Pinterest like pretty much everyone else did because those things are totally cool and surely anyone could make them rather than pay $89-$150 to Pottery Barn Kids or $50-$85 to any Etsy shop.selling the same thing.
Sure we can!
I pinned my first growth chart ruler nearly two years ago and, well…I pinned a few more and each time told myself I could totally do this…and then I pinned more stuff because who actually really does everything that they pin on Pinterest?
I finally got started. That half inch of growth in six weeks time totally inspired me. It really isn’t that hard to do what with quite a few step by step tutorials out there to guide you along the way. You just need a little bit of time, patience and attention to detail.
Painting numbers and markings is probably the easiest way to go but I really like the rustic look of the burnt in numbers and markings…more like the $150 Pottery Barn Kids Ruler. At least I think so.
Hey, you go your way and I’ll go mine. A little stain and polyurethane and…
We can now measure this growing clown of mine.
Looks nice hanging up here under the Big Top.
Oh, and I am making and selling these rulers (local Northern Cali only right now), $50 each. Gotta pay for that final season of dancing competitively for Jodie you know.
Interested? Let me know. Yours will be lined up behind the first three orders I have already received.
Home at last and after Jodie’s lost, er, delayed bag, that giant, black with giant white polka dots all over bag that can easily hold Hazel and a week of clothes for her, was found more than 24 hours after we PAID for the baggage handlers of AirTran to properly, safely handle our bags, we can finally rest.
Amazing that long, drawn out sentence didn’t wear me (or anyone else) out.
But yes, we are home, a little bit sun-kissed, a lot tired and hearts full of happy, wonderful, priceless memories made in Ocean City.. If you are looking for a sweet vacation condo with gorgeous bay side and ocean views and close to everything on the island check out Bella Vista. I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
Also, here is some GREAT advice for planning a beach vacation and renting a beach house or condo.
Fair warning, more priceless memories to come…
after we catch up on some sleep.