Sunday, August 3, 2014

DIY Map project and a little ancestry

I'm back!  If you were wondering - I haven't fallen off the face of the earth...I've just been so caught up in...well everything.  But I have a bunch of projects and updates to share with you so definitely stay tuned :)

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  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)
4% Italy/Greece
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!


  1. Love the colorful map! Did you know you had a lot of ancestry from the British Isles?

    1. Thanks!! You know I had always heard from my parents different things - they always said 'English' but I didn't realize how much! I was really surprised by some of the results, it was cool to finally have some answers, now I want to know more :)