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tree of life (or something)

My mom celebrated a big birthday number this weekend, so this is a little gift I whipped up for her. Really, its not a family tree–maybe more like a "tree of life" or something–all the people who love her and are part of her life as she turns the big 6-5. 
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My siblings and their spouses are on each of the branches. And each branch gets a leaf for the children in that family. If I’d thought of this idea earlier than the day before we celebrated, I would have liked to have done the names in embroidery–but the flu and lack of time, caused me to have to go with paper and my sewing machine for the initials.

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And my oldest sister, who still lives at home with my mom, gets a little canary on her branch–just like the one she has at home….
And the tree still needs a suitable frame, but that is coming…
I also knit a turtleneck/neck gaiter kind of thing for my mom, too. Using a yummy, soft brown yarn. Of course, I used no pattern, eyed the size without measuring, and ended up with an overgrown piece that could have fit around my waist. So now the question is felt it? rip it out and start again? or cut and stitch it up? (would that even work?)

Even with all my homemade gift glitches it was still a fun day with family. My sister made a yummy mushroom and artichoke heart soup and killer chocolate cake, and I kicked in some bread bowls and homemade rolls.
And once again, its monday and I’m playing reclaim my house. Do I write about this every Monday? Probably. I’m always recovering from the weekend it seems. My homemaking skills usually shut down on the weekend–then (sometimes) Sunday night hits and I get this cleaning surge….today it didn’t hit until this morning:
I’m on my fifth load of laundry. (yes, I’m THAT behind….)

My mom celebrated a big birthday number this weekend, so this is a little gift I whipped up for her. Really, its not a family tree–maybe more like a "tree of life" or something–all the people who love her and are part of her life as she turns the big 6-5. 
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My siblings and their spouses are on each of the branches. And each branch gets a leaf for the children in that family. If I’d thought of this idea earlier than the day before we celebrated, I would have liked to have done the names in embroidery–but the flu and lack of time, caused me to have to go with paper and my sewing machine for the initials.

P1010003_16

P1010004_14

And my oldest sister, who still lives at home with my mom, gets a little canary on her branch–just like the one she has at home….
And the tree still needs a suitable frame, but that is coming…
I also knit a turtleneck/neck gaiter kind of thing for my mom, too. Using a yummy, soft brown yarn. Of course, I used no pattern, eyed the size without measuring, and ended up with an overgrown piece that could have fit around my waist. So now the question is felt it? rip it out and start again? or cut and stitch it up? (would that even work?)

Even with all my homemade gift glitches it was still a fun day with family. My sister made a yummy mushroom and artichoke heart soup and killer chocolate cake, and I kicked in some bread bowls and homemade rolls.
And once again, its monday and I’m playing reclaim my house. Do I write about this every Monday? Probably. I’m always recovering from the weekend it seems. My homemaking skills usually shut down on the weekend–then (sometimes) Sunday night hits and I get this cleaning surge….today it didn’t hit until this morning:
I’m on my fifth load of laundry. (yes, I’m THAT behind….)

20 comments on “tree of life (or something)”

  1. oy.i am so happy to hearthat i am not the only onethat reclaims the house on mondays…heehee

    and i love the tree!it is too cute…the fabric is adorable.

  2. I too am reclaiming my house, it is an absolute disaster from our weekend. By Sunday night the mess was driving me nuts, but I decided to leave it until today. Backfired a bit as now I have one daughter at home sick.

    I love the Tree, how very creative. I bet your Mom will love it.

    Happy Reclaiming :0)

  3. Molly…I have a half-completed family tree sitting in my WIP pile. I love your version though. I was embroidering the names…which made me chuck it into the “pile”. =) What a sweet gift.

  4. That’s why no one likes mondays:)The problem I have is with working full time, there’s no one to do the reclaiming. I think I need to invent a self-reclaiming house…..

  5. That’s why no one likes mondays:)The problem I have is with working full time, there’s no one to do the reclaiming. I think I need to invent a self-reclaiming house…..beautiful tree:)

  6. Mondays are my sacred day of recompense to the housecleaning deities. I get quite grumpy if I can’t stay home for a long stretch and recover from the weekend. This week as an added bonus, grandparents coming back from vacation and taking the kids, means Tuesday is an additional Monday. Silly things to get excited about. I love the idea of the family tree/tree of life. What a lovely present.

  7. this is wonderful.!i’ve had a similar idea brewing in my head for awhile now…..gift for my mom – perhaps i’ll sketch it out and actually make it for a next year’s holiday gift.thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Oh well, weekends are supposed to be fun. So enjoy them.

    I love your tree! I should make something like that for my sister, who loves family trees.

    I’m certain your mum adored it.

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