During the first year of my daughter’s life, I have found that preserving memories is rather challenging. I have attempted to write down and capture many of her “firsts”, but I know I have missed some. Not only is the record keeping challenging, but how do you actually preserve the information? So, to be practical, we discussed what information was important to us to preserve and one thing we both wished we had was a record of our growth when we were children. It would be really neat to be able to compare our heights with our daughter’s at the 1 year mark, 2 year mark, etc. The next challenge was that we know we will be moving, so marking heights on the wall isn’t going to work for us and a solid wooden growth chart really isn’t practical when moving or later storing. Thus began my search on etsy for the perfect canvas growth chart. I soon discovered Sweet Dream Murals and knew I had found the place to create the perfect keepsake for my daughter.
Sweet Dream Murals is owned by the talented Christina, who is a mother to three boys, yet still finds time to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. From custom wall murals for her local customers to hand painted name banners, birthday banners, growth charts, and the amazing ultra-silhouettes, I would say Christina has used her gift well. You can see her online portfolio to get an idea of the diversity of her work.
Since, I already had a theme for my daughter’s room, I was happy that Christina would work with me to make a growth chart to match. All that I gave her was a few pictures from my daughter’s room and the rough idea that I wanted bluebirds incorporated into the design. She then provided me with a rough sketch of her idea and after a few color modifications, the design was ready. After that, we had to decide on how we wanted to personalize the chart. We decided to include name, date/time of birth, weight and height.
When we received the chart, it was carefully packaged and rolled up beautifully.
I was nervous that the colors would be off, since we only had corresponded online, but they are very close and go well with my daughter’s room. The final product is gorgeous and I was happy that even the dowel rods matched our décor.
I also love how my daughter’s height is incorporated into the design rather than just listed on the info. It is amazing to have an easy visual to see where she started 17 months ago! The growth charts are also sprayed with a protective varnish. Now, I just have to be brave enough to write on it with a sharpie or a paint pen.
I am really excited to work with Christina again once my newest little one arrives, so she can also have a growth chart as a keepsake. Our ultrasound pictures this time weren’t very good, but if we had a decent one, I would be very tempted to order one of the ultra-silhouettes like the one below.
If you are looking for a personalized gift or just a way to preserve memories/records of your children, definitely check out Sweet Dream Murals etsy shop!
You can connect with Sweet Dream Murals on Facebook or visit their website.
You can purchase a custom growth chart from Sweet Dream Murals for $65.
I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.