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I love family trees. When I was a little girl I loved staring at my grandparents’ tree in their home, which displayed pictures of their five children (including spouses) and twenty-two grandchildren in oh-so flattering 1980’s clothing and hairstyles. My grandparents’ picture is in the “trunk” and there are five limbs for each of their children.

I made my own family tree last year, copying a fan motif that I recreated and then typed in (I don’t trust my handwriting). I made something quick and easy, but I’m fantasizing about doing something more elaborate. Last year, Martha Stewart Living had an issue devoted to family trees and I’m still in awe of the possibilities.

Can’t you just hear Martha’s voice? “Family trees – it’s a good thing.”

  1. jordan

    September 26, 2006

    I love this idea. So beautiful. I totally want to make one

  2. Sharon

    September 26, 2006

    I like these! My favorite is that simple brown and white one.
    Hi Michelle–great job as the guest blogger!

  3. michelle

    September 26, 2006

    The one I made is the bottom photo. Sharon, I also love the white and brown one – so simple and classy, but probably best for only two generations max. If I ever feel really ambitious, I’ll take on the one with the individual leaves – I’m in love with it.

  4. Anonymous

    September 26, 2006

    do you have directions on how to do the one with individual leaves?

  5. michelle

    September 26, 2006

    Anoynmous: check out this link (sorry, please cut and paste):

  6. ashlynn

    September 27, 2006


    How did you do the fan one? I saw one similar in an old Martha mag the other day & thought it would make a great gift.

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