Friday, July 9, 2010

I went to my family reunion recently and my daughter wanted to create a banner or tapestry showing all the various branches of our family tree with little leaves or something to represent the various people in each family. I found a yellow sheet and some canvas fabric at a thrift store and made the tree and sealed the edges with fabric paint and then embellished it with gold, bronze, and silver paint pens. Holly provided the craft foam and we let each member of the family decorate their own doll to hang on the tree with a little brass brad. It was lots of fun and the individuality in each character really made the tree.

My brother has a little old air stream that he gutted and then built some beds inside. He painted it white with some brown floors and then walled off the irrepairable bathroom and we created a faux fireplace. I painted the rocks and then decorated the mantles with some pine and holly branches and the other chatzke's my brother had collected. He cut out some plywood foot and headboards and we glued some baby pictures and then painted the dwarf names on the headboards. My sister made some curtains and little costume details for the coat and hat rack.

It was  huge hit with everyone and really helped carry the theme of the Snow White and Seven Dwarves cottage. My brother will probably obsess over it some more but for now it's pretty cute.

I made this family picture for my mother and misspelled their but otherwise it turned out really cute. I'd drawn this elevation of a victorian home for a project in Wisconsin that my husband and I'd seen and so I used parts and pieces of that drawing to create the larger home where I cut out the doors and windows to create the house full of children. Bill made the frame.  I think Mom really loves it.

I made this one after one of the family reunions where we got photo images of everyone in the family. I think it needs a lot of updating since we've added so many since that reunion five years ago. Mom likes this one too but we haven't framed it yet. She's run out of room in her house for displaying stuff.

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