MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tangents

Some of you may know of my interest in genealogy and won't be surprised that, despite my being anxious to attempt working on the church I showed you last time, I have gone off in a whole 'nother direction and I've been playing about with my Vessey/Vesey line of the family (my maternal grandmother side of the family).  I had one of 'those' moments in family tree research where something totally unexpected fell into my lap and now I'm a bit obsessed.  A very distant cousin who lives in the area where that particular branch of the family originated is an avid researcher (made much easier because he actually lives where most of it happened) and has so kindly shared all his information with me.  Would you believe I now have a 2 1/2" stack of paper, printed double side, that's waiting for me to input into my family tree?  Like I said - a moment - one that doesn't happen often!  I have hours (& hours!!) of happy inputting into Ancestry ahead of me.  So....as I said.....a tangent.

Hard to show pictures of inputting though!

So....in the spirit of having some pictures to show you, I thought I'd share what's appearing to be becoming a collection (albeit not through any fault of my own!).  Altho' magpies don't look quite like ravens or crows, it seems that some people think they do!


Created by Lynda Noe
This one is a wonderful piece of fabric
art measuring about 9 x 11"



This guy is quite large - wrought iron -
measuring about 20 x 10"


And this one is about 9" tall
and is made from resin


- For those of you who are into polymer clay, perhaps you might like THIS tutorial.

- If you carry business cards to craft shows, maybe you'd find THIS little project fun and useful.

- And, never letting be said that this blog ever stays on topic, how about watching THIS short video about tying shoelaces??  

- One of THESE would make an amazing gift for grandparents!

This anonymous quote made me laugh..."Of course I talk to myself when crafting...I need expert advice"




22 comments:

  1. hahaha....LOVE the quote about talking your yourself {{smiles}} And aren't your crows simply delightful.

    Enjoy your day, my friend. Hugs!

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  2. I love my crows but certainly didn't set out to collect them!

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  3. Hi Maryanne oh wow how wonderful to have collected all that family information,you will have many exciting hours of reading lovely crows my friend,hope you have a wonderful day my friend xx

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    1. Yes, the family info was definitely a huge gift! I would have been years collecting all that data.

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  4. I have the same issue with flying pigs. I've had to put some away should anyone think I'm a fanatic. Another great quote! Good luck with the genealogy project.

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    1. Flying pigs - fun! At one point I bought myself a little teddy bear that I fell in love with and once my friends saw it, they decided I loved bears and therefore I should be inundated with them for every possible gift-giving occasion they could think of. I ended up with dozens and didn't have the heart not to display them because they were gifts. When we moved here I finally got rid of all but three. Now I'm afraid crows are setting them off again!!

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  5. Ancestry can be a huge hobby, yes. Great that you found lots of new info too.
    Fun quote, expert advice! I always talk to myself when working on projects, it helps.

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    1. Oh yes - the rabbit holes called 'Ancestry' and 'Pinterest' - I know them well!

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  6. I love Lynda Noe's fabulous crow. The Polymer clay button stamps are great. What a fabulous windfall with the ancestry papers. Have a load of fun sorting and adding to what you already have.

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    1. I like her crow too - lots of great details to study and learn from.

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  7. Love your bird collection..... I have a bit of a thing for birds too but chickens and sea birds. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are great fun to collect! Enjoy the rest of your week and all that data inputting!! Christine xx

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    1. It seems every Christmas I'm getting a crow to add to my 'collection' - I like them, but I hope the word doesn't get out to everybody so I end up with a huge flock (which, by the way, for crows is called a 'murder').

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  8. A (far) distant cousin got seriously into genealogy years ago and produced a book that spanned the family tree. I think in our immediate family only one of us decided to buy the book before no more were published. I'm not sure how regretful I feel over not buying one at the time, but it was certainly a labor of love for him and I admired his passion this work.

    I had to click on the shoelace video just because you were so funny. That was terrific! Who knew there are so many ways to tie shoes!?!

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    1. I've done three books - all were transcripts of old family diaries dating back as far as the mid 1800's. Fun to do altho' it took me seven years to get them all done! Shoelaces - who knew!!

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  9. Thankfully, a cousin has done the ancestry thing for my mother's side of the family. I watched the shoelace tying - interesting. Thanks for all the links.

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    1. Ancestry is definitely a rabbit hole - I can spend altogether too many hours poking about discovering all sorts of things. Doesn't help that I'm working on Jack's family too.

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  10. I talk to myself too, and the dog. He can be quite chatty about some quilts! What fun getting all that information. You will be a very happy magpie inputting all that and seeing how the family tree takes shape. Great stuff!

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    1. Oh yes, I talk to myself and so does DH - makes for some lively discussions in our house! Unfortunately no pets so can't blame it on them.

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  11. I've heard the ancestry sights are like a black hole lol! I've never done anything but I have a cousin who has researched our family tree and it's quite interesting. She says we descended from Hungarian royalty lol. We use that a lot in our family when we're feeling all 'high and mighty' hahahaha! Have a great weekend!

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    1. oooh - Hungarian royalty? Does this mean I have to start addressing you as 'Your Highness'???

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  12. I spend quite a bit of my time on Ancestry. I have 3 partners in crime and together we research our various families. Our families all come from the same part of Donegal. We have all done our DNA as have various other members of our families. That keeps us very very busy :)

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    1. I haven't done the DNA thing (yet) but certainly spend far too many hours on Ancestry. It's too easy to get sucked in and lose several hours before you know it.

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