I have been working on my family tree on and off for at least five years now. It’s nowhere near complete. It keeps growing as I meet more family members (which is always nice) who can provide more information about relatives. Sometime in the future I need to go to the small Italian villages where my parents were born to learn more about my family history. For now, I’m happy to fill in names and dates as I learn them. My family tree is in very rough form and I never have a paper that’s large enough to fit all the info so I keep taping on paper extensions…
my family tree: this is only my mother’s side…I have another paper roll for my father’s side.
Maybe one day I’ll work it out so that my family tree is as pretty as one of these…
family tree, Martha Stewart
How about you? Have you ever worked on your family tree? Any tips?
Oh man…these sneakers are the sweetest! Never mind my nephews…I kind of want them for myself!
via A Merry Mishap‘s Instagram
I don’t know about you but I love a beautifully set table. I think my appreciation of table settings may have started when I was a 16 year old exchange student in France. In the family that I lived with it was the responsibility of the youngest son to set the table each evening. I think he was 9 years old at the time and I remember being surprised at how he took such care in setting each place. The cutlery was where it was supposed to be and each family member had a designated cloth napkin which he would arrange thoughtfully at each place. (I’m pretty sure when I was 9, I didn’t care much about how the table was set – even though it was one of my chores too.)
While I can’t say that my own table is perfectly set for each meal, I can say that I love setting a pretty table to welcome guests. The four table settings featured today are beautiful because, while they do differ, they are all inviting, well-presented, and – best of all – they are simple enough to recreate in my own home! The last image of a table setting how-to (for anyone who still can’t figure out the salad fork from the meat fork) completes today’s Friday Five.
via From Me To You
via Black Eiffel
via Ritzy Bee
Have a wonderful weekend! I hope you enjoy a delicious meal or two!
As you may or may not already know, I write about fashion on Mondays over at Johanne’s blog, Fashion in Motion. But every once in a while I love to bring some fashion elements over to White Cabana – in white of course. Here are some looks that are currently inspiring me.
1. I love this delicate necklace by DIYer and blogger extraordinaire, Geneva (of a pair and a spare). I think the white background is perfect for it.
DIY necklace, a pair and a spare
Burberry sweater, via Pinterest
3. It’s still winter. This calls for some more winter white.
4. Gwyneth Paltrow. In my opinion she always looks good but she looked especially gorgeous dressed in white at the Oscars.
Happy Friday everyone! I wish you all a fabulous (and fashionable) weekend!
Does it make your eyes hurt?
This Sunday is Oscar night. Who will be watching?
invitation via Twig & Thistle
Oscar bingo via How About Orange
Oscar ballot via How About Orange
DIY ballot booklet via Twig & Thistle
DIY Oscar statuette via Twig & Thistle
Learn everything you need to know about Oscar night here.
These DIY felt ornaments are some of the prettiest I’ve seen. Time to get crafty!
via The Purl Bee
Many thanks to Adrienne & Kate for sending these photos my way.
Aren’t these DIY Christmas jars sweet? Gather a bunch together and you’ll have an indoor winter scene in no time.
Well, yes, I know we’re already a week into December and many of you have already begun your advent calendars but I just can’t resist posting these three amazing white ones. Aren’t they pretty? I must remember these for next year!
via Sally J Shim
Do you have an advent calendar? With gifts or chocolate?
Earlier this week Johanne featured this beautiful paper flower wreath by Alisa Burke. I wanted to make it on the weekend but I was too eager and made it the night after Johanne’s post. Here’s the finished product:
It wasn’t hard to make at all but it was time consuming. Wrapping the Styrofoam form was the most annoying part for me but crumpling the paper (to add texture) was kind of stress relieving. Next time I would make flowers of different sizes, just as Alisa suggested in her tutorial. I completely overlooked this detail. Oh, and I used white printer paper instead of butcher paper.
I’m putting it on my door this weekend to welcome spring and all my springtime guests!
Photos by Jordana.
I know that like me, you’ve been wondering what to do with all that butcher paper you’ve got lying around.
Well, don’t I have a project for you: a lovely spring paper flower wreath!
Project by Alisa Burke where you’ll find the easiest step-by-step how-to photos and instructions for making the wreath.
And maybe it’s just me but gosh, we could use these lovely paper rosettes in so many ways: corsages for guests at your next brunch, decorations on each plate for dinner or strewn across the table, sitting pretty on a paper napkin ring, or as an accent on a bottle of bubbly offered as a gift. And etc. and etc.!
Happy paper flower day!
What could be more fresh at this time of year then a bouquet of daisies?
Daisy flower kit, $16.95 at Paper Source
These lovelies are made of paper by you!
The daisy kit includes all the materials and instructions to make four large flowers and four smaller ones, daisies are pre-cut but yours to assemble using paper, floral tape and wire.
Give them out one at a time or enjoy them as a bouquet.
It’s not very often (or ever) that we see affordable and Hermès in one sentence. Have you always wanted (or wanted to give) a Hermès cuff but you’ve already blown your Christmas budget? No worries – Hermes has a DIY for you!
To download the template, visit Hermès and click Travel the World of Hermès. Once the page is loaded, click Surprises from the orange bar at the left. Et voilà! Bonne chance!
Image courtesy Hermès.