Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Back to Life.

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Back to reality.
So Holy Week and the Easter Octave are over.
I have fully taken advantage of my "Easter Break,"
which was, by the way, a break from blogging and not much else.

Yes, things have a bit crazy.
I can hear my mom in my head now, "You're burnin' your candle at both ends, Megan!"

Some things I've been doing:
1) Moving my best friend, Sarah, (halfway) cross-country to her motherland of Colorado.
This included driving through the midwest (among other things).
Hanging out in aforementioned motherland,
making seat cushions,
drinking coffee and wine,
and a mometary interlude with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law.
Good times had by all.

2)Trying my darndest to keep up with my Etsy shop,
This is not a complaint, rather a statement of gratitude. :)

3) Going to a great wedding of a friend.

4) Texting aforementioned best friend A LOT.

5) And finally... this:

My crazy attempt at a family tree.
I guess after my grandfather died a couple of weeks ago, I starting thinking of my family and how I would like to have record of my heritage and history, especially for my current and hypothetical children. Since, to put it nicely, my family has been "dwindling," I figured I needed to get started sooner rather than later.

Pots of coffee, ancestry.com, phone calls, and eyedrops to soothe my bleary eyes after scouring census after census later... and I've found out a lot.

I've had successes, learned a TON about where I come from, and also come upon multiple road blocks which I am still trying to get past.

One thing is for sure, though.
It is even more amazing to me, now, how all of these people in all of these years have had something to do with me and my husband, and now our son. CRAZY.

My plan is to compile all of my information into some kind of prettier, neater, framed version of the tree above. I'll share pics once it's complete although I couldn't even begin to tell you when that might be.

So...in the meantime, I thought I would share with you all some of the family tree options that I've found and think are cute and worth a looksee. Enjoy...

There are the simple:

Love this one from cozyblue on Etsy

And the more complex:
(I found this the to be the best way to keep parentage organized)
You can download a free template of this style of chart on marthastewart.com.
Thanks, Marth!

The economical:
(but really really cute)
Made from an old platter and a Silhouette machine.
Homemade by Jill... always great.

 The mod:

Love these colors, BTW.
by:My Tree and Me

And finally, the look for which I am opting...
Antique (and inexpensive!!!):

From the Fresh Retro Gallery on Etsy.
Only12.40 for the DIY print AND there's a BOGO sale right now,
so check it out.

And finally, I must leave you all with a picture my mother-in-law shared with me after discussing my frustrations on hitting multiple dead ends in the lineage of Chris' and my sides of the tree...

 Hope you're having a great week!


  1. I love this Meg, it is so cook that you are doing it! It was great to see you this past weekend, wish we lived closer so we could hang out more, maybe one day :)

  2. sorry, it is COOL that you're doing it, not cook

  3. wow. incredible and jealous!

    I might just copy, paste and change the last name.

  4. I love this. I've been harassing my mother for years for this info, but every time I do she just rattles off names. I'm a visual person, I need it drawn out. :)

  5. Meg, my dad (graphic designer that he is) did a family tree for Gracie. It's not quite as much info as yours- I just wanted to go back to her great, great grandparents. Anyway... he's got a template that is cutesy... if you want it I can email it to you!



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