That being said, my little fish is competitive, she loves to win and more importantly, she loves to be recognized! Swimming is wonderful for that, EVERYONE gets a ribbon in each race they swim (unless they are DQ'd but in the 6 & under division, the rules are pretty lax).
As soon as practice started, I knew I needed to make something for all of those ribbons. I had a few ideas and knew I had all of the supplies for a wood sign with hooks for the ribbons, so I got to work.
I started with a 2x6 board. Given the size, I determined my letter height to be about 2.5". Using my trusty PowerPoint program, I found a font I liked and created my design. (I don't have a fancy cutter and honestly, I like the painted letters better anyways.)
Since my daughter chose the phrase - peace, love, swim - using symbols for peace and love I first found the shapes using clip art and sized them appropriately. I then selected my font and layed them out. They actually worked perfectly on and 11" paper so i added a few inches to each side and cut my board to 17".
I painted the board a pretty pink that matches her room and the got started on the letters. To assist with the transfer when I traced the letters, I scribbled the back of my paper with a soft leaded pencil. I then laid it over the board and began to trace.
Once my design was on the board, I pulled out a pretty blue color and painted in the design. I felt like it seemed a bit flat so I created a shadow effect using a complimentary green. I love how it turned out.
My original plan was to put 7 hooks across the bottom but a couple of them broke off when twisting them in so I had to go with a plan B. Which, by the way, turned out amazing! I simply added my daughters name down in the corner and I love it (so does she).
So there it is! (Notice the soccer trophy on the dresser! Couldn't resist pointing that out. She has a medal too but I need to find that!)
I have a plan for a bit of a fun collage on this wall to add some more color and fun to her room but here it is for now. A place of honor for her 2 first place ribbons!
So far, she has learned freestyle and backstroke. I am so excited that swimming is her thing! I was a swim instructor and lifeguard from the age of 14 all the way through college so I love that the love of water has passed on! (Note, my husband has a huge love of water too and can't wait until she is old enough to scuba dive!)
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