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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Me & My Shadow

What's It Wednesday #102
I've always loved silhouettes. I've made them of the kids when I taught kindergarten using an overhead projector. I wanted to make one of the grand baby, but as you know they're only still when sleeping (light bulb!).

I poured over photographs searching for profile shots. When I found some I felt confident I could work with, I made photocopies. Then with the tiniest scissors I could find, I folded the paper in half and began to snip. This gives you a mirror image of the photo (without the overhead, or the sitting still!)

Thrilled with my little creations I wanted a unique way to display them. Each one represents a milestone so (ding!) a growth chart. 

I remember the door jam of our family home with growth marks for all us kids at various stages. Moving away (or painting) destroys those memories. I wanted his to be permanent Sooo...

I bought a behind the door mirror, and spray painted it with chalkboard paint. Then I super glued this expandable hat rack to it. I used an empty picture frame and some wooden letters to spell the young master's name. Of course the appropriate gold to top it off, this architectural piece. A classic growth chart that can grow and go with him!

The knobs allow you to hang on as many silhouettes as you like. I record his height and weight on the image to mark each year. I'm so happy with it. Hope you and your little shadows have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Hugs,
Patti

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77 comments:

Angie Chavez said...

Thanks so much for hosting, Patti & Paula! I love the growth chart!!

Sarah said...

What a clever idea!
Thanks for hosting and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Thanks for the party, ladies :) Very creative and fun! Hugs and Spring greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

How creative,they look really smart

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Thank you for hosting, Patti, and I love the silhouette ideas. Such a great and pretty way to keep track of those important dates. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with all your family..Judy

Jeannie Marie said...

I have also always loved silhouettes since I was a child. I never felt I could do one myself. These are just wonderful!

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

That silhouette growth chart is so creative and wonderful. That will be a treasured keepsake for sure. Thank you for the party, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting!!
Hugs,
Deb

Curtains in My Tree said...

I like the silhouettes also My Grandson has a large one by his pre school teacher and its wonderful

I was so excited to see my Santos standing in the spot light She thanks you for picking her teacher LOL

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

What a great idea. Happy Thanksgiving, Patti. xo Laura

Jenn said...

I love those silhouettes! And OH MY...thank you for featuring my oven baked French toast!!

Happy Thanksgiving ladies!

sweetvintageofmine said...

P*R*E*C*I*O*U*S! What a beautiful idea.....Happy Thanksgiving! From one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Thank you for hosting! Have a happy Thanksgiving.

Tuula McPhee said...

Thanks so much for hosting! Love the silhouettes, and what a fabulous way to display them.

Jill Harrison said...

what a neat idea!
thanks for the invite to What's It Wednesday.

Donna Wilkes said...

Love your creative idea for a silhouette growth chart. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you for hosting.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Patti,
How precious is that?! I just love silhouettes, I have two of my children when they were toddlers.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Thanks for hosting!
GIna

must love junk said...

That's so creative and special!
Thanks for hosting and Happy Thanksgiving! :)
Susan

Ruth Weston said...

What a fabulous family heirloom! Love the infant silhouette! Great tutorial...and so doable! Thanks for hosting and for a fab post...as usual! Happy Thanksgiving!
Ruth

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Thank you so much for featuring my post this week! Have a blessed Thanksgiving...hugs, Penny

xinex said...

What a great idea! It turned out beautifully! Happy Thanksgiving to the whole family, Paula....Christine

Judy Haughton-James said...

So creative! A great idea. Thanks for hosting and Happy Thanksgiving.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thank you Patti! Happy Thanksgiving!

Deb said...

Your silouettes are so sweet. Thank you for inviting me to this party. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hugs, Deb

Constance Gammeter said...

Thanks for hosting Girls! Have a happy Thanksgiving.

Karen said...

That is brilliant and beautiful. I just love it!

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
Thanks so much for hosting your linky party for us. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family God Bless.
xxoo
Diane

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Patti,
These are darling and what a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing at my HOME and for hosting. Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings,
Sandi

Trisha said...

That is adorable! Thanks for hosting and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

~Trisha

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

What an awesome idea, Patti! You're a girl after my own heart, I love silhouettes, too! Thanks for hosting and Happy Thanksgiving!

Ann Huffman said...

Such sweet silhouettes Patti! Thank you for the party girls! ~Ann

Shannon said...

What a cute rendition of the growth chart. Very neat. Thanks for hosting and have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

What an awesome idea and white, black and gold together are so chic!

Muscetta said...

Thank yiu for the party and hope you have a great Thanksgiving. Tina

Candy S said...

Thank you so much for hosting, Have a Very Blessed Thanksgiving..... Candy

romance-of-roses said...

The growth chart is darling. Thank you for hosting. Happy Thanksgiving.
Hugs, Lu

Leovi said...

That handsome design! I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Darling Patti!

Happy Thanksgiving my dearest! Thank YOU for coming to visit as everyone is preparing their table or festivities. I bet your table is going to be lush with the most beautiful dinnerware and place settings; mine is simple but gorgeous. ENJOY YOUR FAMILY TIME! Anita

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Thanks for having me Patti. The silhouettes are beautiful!

Alessandra said...

Oh...the silhouettes are wonderful andd very creative!
Kisses
Alessandra

Victorian1885 said...

What a beautiful treasure these will be for your Family! Take care Patti and Happy Thanksgiving!

Art @ Home said...

I really love silhouettes, and I especially love how yours are displayed. Too, too *cute*

I hope y'all have had a blessed Thanksgiving!

(((hugs))),
Ricki Jill

Thanks for linking-up to My Happy List!

RaeAbigael said...

this is lovely! :)

xoxo,
rae
http://raellarina.blogspot.com/

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving, Patti. We have so much to be thankful foro!

I love your craft idea - how cute!

Have a wonderful holiday season.

I can't wait to start decorating tomorrow!

Rhissanna said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I love the silhouette idea and the painted cup hooks look ideal for displaying all kinds of pretty things. Thank you for running this linky part. I remember when it began and I'm so glad it's gone from strength to strength.

Laura said...

Oh, Patti, I hope your Thanksgiving was happy and blessed as well! We have been thrown quite a curve ball, but God is in it, and we look forward to how He works through it.
Blessings to you and yours!
Laura (Sunday View)

Createology said...

Happy Thanksgiving Blessings. This growth chart is unique and stunning. What a wonderful way to preserve those growing up memories. My parents marked us girls heights on the wall too...long ago and long gone. Creative Bliss...

Marlene Plasencia said...

Hi Patti, hope your had a great Thanksgiving full of blessing with your family. Loving this idea you had, it looks so sweet and they can look back on it. Thanks for hosting.
xxx
Marlene

Crystal Grandeur said...



Indeed inspiring and lovely.Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.Love...Sujatha..:):)

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Patti and Paula, your features are fabulous! I also love your silhouettes! What a fantastic idea! I love the unique way you chose to hang them too! I hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic!

Shelia said...

Hi Patti! Oh, this is just adorable! I've been thinking about trying to do these of my grandchildren. Thank you for sharing how you did them. I just love them. I pray you had a blessed Thanksgiving. I'm so humbled by your kinds words. You really are a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, I love this idea, something I've always wanted to try. Thank you for the inspiration.

Susie said...

What a clever idea...I love it. This would be a sweet baby shower gift. xoxo,Susie

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

Patti, your growth chart is stunning. Just beautiful. I love silhouettes and what a beautiful way to use them. Hugs, Beverly

June said...

These are awesome Patti. I LOVE the idea of the growth chart! I remember those door jams when I was a child :))))
sending hugs...

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you Patti. For your beautiful visits to my place.
In my return I see your creative beauty, and silhouettes in white go figure? They look amazing in white as to always being black. I love this coat rack used as part of the rack that holds your cherished beauty in the making of your growth chart.

Looking forward to spending some holiday time over here for more inspiration.

Xoxo
Dore

Linda said...

Thanks for hosting and hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. We just had leftovers tonight. Delicious! Linda@Wetcreek Museum

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Great features and your "Growth chart" Is adorable and genius, I love the little sleeping baby.

Carol

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Patti,what a wonderful idea! I think it is such a treasure. I still have the silouette of me in 2nd grade, it hangs in my spare bedroom.

Kelly said...

You are so creative! I bet those silouettes were a challenge to cut so meticulously. You did a great job.

Victoria said...

Oh what a darling idea that is! I love the little baby image one. Wish I'd done this with my boys but they're all grown, hairy, stubbly men now! How time flies!

JP said...

Falling behind w/my party visits...guess Thanksgiving and my decorating took over my schedule...glad you stopped by and jolted my mind into remembering!
Love you adorable silhouette creation....it's a really cute idea!
Hugs,
JP

Red Rose Alley said...

Patti,
I so relate to your posts, especially this one, as it holds a special place in my heart. I have also made the silhouettes with the children just as you have mentioned here. It was such a fun project, and this brings back nice memories for me. Your silhouettes are so pretty.

I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season.

Love,
~Sheri

Betty Luckhurst said...

I love the silhouette idea!

Jann Olson said...

Cute idea to make the silhouettes into a growth chart. I remember making a silhouette of myself in grade school. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your silhouettes and the way you display them are wonderful ideas, Patti!

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely idea for displaying your silhouettes. The baby is so cute! Enjoy your new week ahead!

Tania Rossouw said...

Wonderfully clever idea! I'm so happy I found your blog. You certainly have a new follower now. I'd love for you to drop by my blog sometime to see what we do!
Tania from FARRAGOZ

Marlys Folly said...

I have wanted to do silhouettes and this is a great way to do it. Coming from Winter Wonderland Link Party.

Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above said...

Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. Have a great week.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
http://www.adornedfromabove.com

Georgie Lee said...

The silhouettes are beautiful. I'm a new follower. Thanks for hosting the party.

Auro @ Add that Xtra in the Ordinary said...

What a cute and clever idea to capture the growing up years of your kiddo! Loved it.
Hugs

Michelle Day said...

Patti,
These turned out absolutely beautiful! What a creative way to show off those babies. Thanks so much for linking up to our Winter Wonderland party. Have a great week.
xoxo,
Michelle

Mary said...

I love this silhouette idea! I featured you this week on my top ten picks at Boogieboard Cottage. Have a blessed week, Mary

Laura Turner said...

What a fantastic growth chart! I just love it!

Laura

Danielle said...

Adorable! I love silhouettes. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above said...

Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. Have a great week.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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