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Monday, May 2, 2011


A few weeks ago  we celebrated my Mother-in-law and Father-in-law’s 60th wedding anniversary. Each child’s (of theirs) family was asked to contribute some type of wall decoration, poster, pics, etc., to decorate the church cafeteria, which was where the affair was held.  This post is a long time coming, because I was waiting for nice clear pics from the photographer that was there that day. Unfortunately, either the pics of the tree did not turn out or she forgot to take them, so I’m stuck with my usual point and shoot camera pics.
This was our contribution:
What I did was to make hearts on my Silhouette. For the children, of which there are 8, I started each branch with the child’s and spouse’s name and the year of their marriage in another heart at the bottom. Next on the branch came the child’s children (grandchildren),  followed by their children (great-grandchildren). For these it was just the grandchild’s name and spouse (if applicable) and just the great-grandchildren’s name on hearts after each of their parents.
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I used an online poster maker, Block Posters, to make an image of a tree trunk, which I cut out from black poster board and placed the branches starting from it in a willow tree type shape. Here it is laid out on the living room floor to check for size and composition.
Across the top of the trunk I put the cut out phrase “All Because Two People Fell In Love” on a gold ribbon.
Under the ribbon; the tree trunk is attached, with thumbtacks, to a cork strip that runs across that short section of wall in the church cafeteria. That was a pretty sweet way to put it up. Luckily, nobody else needed that much space, so I could use it.
For the anniversary couple, I made a B&W copy of their wedding photo and placed it in a heart which I cut out of wood print contact paper. The two intertwined hearts at the bottom contain their names and date of their wedding.
I took these pics the day before the event when we set up for the party, so I don’t have a final pic of the Family Tree. What I added was a large Black Heart at the center top  with  60th Anniversary and the date of the party, just because I felt it needed something in that space up there. I think it turned out rather well and I got numerous compliments on it.
I left the backing on the hearts and just cut out the main part, so that we could just attach them with some double sided carpet tape and each sibling could take their family’s branch home with them to do as they pleased. I plan to make some sort of framed picture with our family’s hearts.
Have A Lovely Day!

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  1. that's a great idea, I've always wanted to make a family tree but there are just too many of us, but this looks doable with the hearts. I like the way it flows down like a wilow tree, I LOVE wilow trees, they are so beautiful.

  2. Wow! 60 years! Thats's amazing! And that's such a sweet gift :)

  3. that is the sweetest thing ever! what a fabulous idea, i am sure they loved it!

  4. Color me jealous of the Silhoutte! Your family tree turned out great!

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  5. This is great - what a lovely idea. I bet they were absolutely thrilled.

  6. What a fun and great idea! I bet everyone enjoyed it! Thank you for joining TTF I Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  7. What a cute family tree! I know they loved it.

  8. This is such a sweet idea...how creative and special!

  9. awww, how positively wonderful!

  10. So unique ideas for love. thanks for sharing


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