First, if you've followed this blog at all you've probably picked up on the fact that I love to travel. I'm actually planning another trip to Hawaii. Yes, I'm insane. No, I'm not swimming in cash. I just really needed something to look forward to, a light at the end of the tunnel if you will...
Anyway - so I love maps of all kinds and I spotted this watercolorish abstract print at Society6 and it comes in different sizes too. Now in hindsight I wish I would have bought one with a tad more detail because it's hard to pinpoint exactly where the states/countries are. But you get the jist.
So, my father cut a piece of plywood down to size (since I'd lose a finger if I tried) and I stained it with only one coat of walnut stain so it would seem lighter and more aged. I used a little E6000 glue in the corners then drove nails in carefully in the general vicinity of the places I've been.
I think it turned out pretty cool and something I can add to over time. I might find a cool vintage frame for it though it seems somewhat unfinished to me around the edges (because well it is).
Around the time I worked on this project - I also decided to buy a DNA kit from ancestry.com. I've always heard snippets from family members about our heritage but nothing really concrete. The test is fairly pricey to me ($99) and it does take a little while to receive and process. But I was really excited to find out the regions that make up my ancestry.
If you're interested, here are my results:
57% Great Britain (England,Scotland,Wales)
21% Ireland (Ireland, Wales, Scotland)
14% Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark)
1% Europe West (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein)
1% Asia South (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka)
<1% Finland / Northwest Russia
<1% Europe East (Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia)
<1% Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, also found in Italy/Greece)
Hope everyone had a great weekend!