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My name is Bronwyn and I am so glad you have stopped by for a visit. I hope you find joy and inspiration in everything you see here. I live with my family in a new, builder-grade townhome in a small city, even though my dream home would be a century old farmhouse in the countryside. Daily I strive to add warmth, "age," and character to our little home. I love to knit, crochet, sew, decorate, bake and go thrift shopping. These are all a wonderful release after my three small children are off to bed each evening. Thankfully, I have a patient and understanding husband, Kevin, who allows me to bring all kinds of crazy things into our home in the the name of "creativity."

Sunday, April 15, 2012

We Met, We Married, We Lived, We Love

I am in the process of creating several framed pieces of art for a gallery wall I am hoping to hang in our family room in the near future.   I am going to use all black frames (spray-painted thrift store finds of course!) and fill them meaningful pictures, art and memorabilia.

So far I have framed this cornflower print in memory of my father who recently passed away from ALS  (The cornflower is the ALS  flower.)

And stitched these "words to live by."

Now, I've decided it's time for something that represents the establishment of our family, almost 10 years ago ( I can't believe hubby and I have been married for nearly 10 years!! Time flies when you are having fun!)
 
I printed out maps from Mapquest representing the places where the  significant events of our "couple-dom" occurred..    I then punched them into heart shapes using a scrapbooking paper punch, making sure that the city/town/etc. could be clearly seen.


I inked the edges of the hearts so they would show up better on my yellow cardstock background.  I also placed some sticky foam squares underneath to raise them a bit from the yellow.  
UWO stands for the University of Western Ontario when hubby and I met doing our Music Education undergrads.

Mt.Carmel - the little tiny village out in the middle of farm country where we were married in May of 2002.  I added the red brads to emphasize the locations as well.  

The third heart represents the first town we lived together.  We had 3 homes there and 2 of our children were born there.  

The fourth heart is the town in which we now live.  Our third child came home here and this is where to plan to grow our deepest roots and raise our family.  We LOVE it here.  

I can't wait to finish all of the items for our gallery wall.  I have about 5 other ideas I want to get framed.  My original goal was to have the wall done by Easter. Hmmmm....Maybe now I'll aim for our anniversary!








33 comments:

  1. Very cute! Congrats on the upcoming ten year anniversary.

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  2. Oh my goodness this is such a cute idea! I have never seen anything like this. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  3. Hi Liz, I wonder how you stumbled across my little blog?! Lovely to 'meet' you...and now I'm your newest follower.
    Thank you for your lovely comment (still fighting the holiday blues!).
    I love the hearts idea - I'm currently creating a gallery wall for our lounge but I've stalled. You've reinspired me!
    fee x

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  4. why the heck did I call you liz??? I think the top comment confused me!
    Love the fancy banner BTW
    fee x

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  5. What an adorable idea... I love the stitched words to live by... adorable!

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  6. This is a fantastic idea! Not only for yourselves, but I could see making one just for the wedding portion and giving it as a wedding gift. Really, what a great idea! I would love if you were able to stop at my first session of Sweet Sharing Mondays (new weekly party- with features!) and link up! http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday/

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  7. Wow! This is fantastic. Love it http://therewasacrookedhouse.wordpress.com/

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  8. I love this! What a beautiful tribute :)

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  9. Oh I love that, and I think we might live near each other, I am in Mississauga, I think one of your hearts says Milton:)

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  10. Love it! I'm totally borrowing it!

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  11. Hi,

    I followed you over from Mix it up Monday and this is so beautiful. I am going to have to copy this idea and make one myself. Thanks for sharing!

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com.

    Have a great day,
    Michelle

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  12. Hi! Visiting from Michelles Tasty Creations! This such a cute cute cute idea! I need to make one.. it would also make a fun wedding gift. :)

    Im going to poke around your site.. if you get a chance I would love for you to share this on my Friday link party tomorrow!

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  13. Hi Bronwyn,

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can't wait to give this a try and make one for my house.

    I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Michelle

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  14. I love this idea and have been dying to do it for a while! My husband is from the Bahamas, I am from California and we live in France, so it should be a fun one! I am stopping by from The Grant Life link up!

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  15. Oh my goodness, I couldn't believe when I looked at the image featured on Clean & Scentsible and saw a map of where I live! Such a small world. I am UWO Education Grad and lifelong resident.

    What a sweet way to celebrate your milestones :)

    Claire

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  16. Bronwyn-- This just melts my heart. It's so creative and beautiful. And has so much meaning. I am so delighted you linked up with us last week. I'm featuring you at tomorrow's Mop It Up Monday {coming out later tonight}! Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  17. Such a sweet idea! I may have to borrow this! Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. This is the coolest idea ever. I am totally doing this, especially since we've met, and married, and lived in different corners of the world.

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  19. What a lovely idea! I have a redundant frame waiting for some inspirationa and I think you have just helped me out! Thanks so much for sharing. Great site, so glad to have found you and now following.

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  20. I can't even tell you how I've enjoyed looking through your blog! You really have some amazing creativity! I LOVE these map hearts- so fun! I am anxious to stay in touch with you and so glad I got here :)

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  21. this is so cute! I'm featuring this on scrappy saturdays this week!

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  22. Thank you for linking up this fabulous project!!!
    This week’s Linky Party is up!!!! http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/you-inspire-linky-party_28.html
    I hope you will stop by an link up another lovely project..
    Claire x

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  23. I love this idea! I sure am thankful for people like you that have creative ideas. I love to work on projects but have not yet developed the creative side of my brain! Lol....

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  24. Wondering what size heart punch you used?

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  25. Too Cute!! I Love the idea of "mapping" out a relationship. This is a beautiful reflection of where you've been and where you'll go!

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  26. How random!
    I was just browsing Pinterest and the "we met" map popped up. I go to UWO and grew up in Crediton! Crazy small world.

    Very cute idea, also. Something I would definitely do!

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  27. Did you stamp or print the words?

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  28. Saw this on Pinterest and the "we met" caught my eye - my husband and I met at UWO too! Great project. :)

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  29. what a beautiful idea, gill www.gillcolthart.com

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