Scrabble Family Tree

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Over the last few years we have moved further and further from family.  We miss them a lot and I wanted a way for us to remember them.  One Christmas I decided to make family ornaments to hang on a smaller tree.  It became our “Family Tree”.  After Christmas, I still wanted to keep them up so I added them to a “Family and Friends” display I already had in our entry way.  I have the kids school pictures hung above and underneath, I have a metal card holder which we use to display the Christmas cards we receive.  After Christmas, I take the pictures of family and friends from these cards and keep them up.  The family ornaments now hang below this until the next Christmas when they go back on our little tree.  Have I got you completely confused yet?

Scrabble Family Tree

Scrabble Family Tree

I used simple ornament hangers to hang them up with.  I started with my family in the middle and then branched out.  My husbands family is off the the left and my family is off to the right.

Scrabble Family Tree Close-up

Scrabble Family Tree Close-up

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Family Command Center

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I am really excited to share this project with you!  In our house, we have two halls that go on either side of the staircase.  They both go from the front entry into the kitchen.  One hall does go past a bathroom and the laundry room, but it seems a bit silly to have two halls that go to the exact same place.  So I call the back hall, the Redundant Hall.  Now the kids love the Redundant Hall because it provides them with a great way to sneak up and scare each other.  They staged a protest when I suggested we close off part of it and extend the laundry room.  So I’ve been looking for a way to make better use of the space.

The Solution…The Family Command Center!

Family Command Center

Family Command Center

I was able to complete this project in a weekend.  The basic construction is a two person job if you are making one this large.  The finer details can be personalized to meet your specific needs and wants.  A friend of mine made a smaller version in her home with a one month calendar and then message area.  Different needs…same basic concept.  Versatility at it’s best! Continue reading »