The Friday Five: Family Trees

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…

Diamonds Family Tree by Martha Stewart

Family tree by Melinda Beck via Martha Stewart

Inspired Goodness

family tree, Martha Stewart

How about you? Have you ever worked on your family tree? Any tips?


Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

I just couldn’t resist adding some royal beauty to White Cabana today.

Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope it’s full of happy smiles!

p.s. Click here for a great report of the dress and diamonds.


Photographer Spotlight: Vivian Maier

My uncle recently introduced me to the work of Vivian Maier, an American amateur street photographer whose photos date between the 1950s and 1990s. Countless rolls of undeveloped film along with thousands of negatives and prints were discovered at auction just a few years ago. It’s been too hard for me to choose just a few favourite photos so here’s a full selection that caught my attention.

Aren’t these photos stunning?

Read more about Vivian Maier and her work here, here and here.

Update: The new Vivian Maier website was revealed on April 22: http://www.vivianmaier.com/