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Wednesday Goodies: Family treasures.

My Artsy Family //

I come from a family of artists. Painters, musicians, poets (dontcha knowit), and well… pretty much anything and everything artsy. I’ve always been creating things. Art. Crafts. Whatever. I really can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making something in my life. We’ve always had art supplies laying around. This artistic trait goes way back in the ‘ol family tree.

My Artsy Family //

My whole family has quite the collection of original artwork from my Great Great Uncle Earl. Some family treasures. I don’t personally have any original pieces, but I am lucky enough to get a couple of his prints (hand signed + all that goodness). These prints are so important to me. I wanted them protected and preserved for years. So, awesome Michaels sent me a gift card to try out their custom framing service. It was perfect timing. I wandered to Michaels and a very helpful guy, Larry, guided me in a framing adventure! We looked at a ton of different mats and frames and ended up with some pretty framed stuff for the wall. I’m so happy with how they all turned out. I really tried to pick out frames that I would like 5-10 years from now. SO tempting to get those chevron painted frames… but…

My Artsy Family //

This was my first time getting anything custom framed, and I gotta say it was pretty quick and painless. Just waited a couple weeks and everything was ready! Happy Wednesday!

- Chelsey

Note: Michaels provided me with a gift card to purchase custom framing. I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own. 


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GIVEAWAY + My internet family.

I have multiple families. I have the good ‘ol blood relations, the long time friends, and then I have my online family. Some people may think my internet friends aren’t real (it does sorta sound crazy… internet friends), but they are (I swear, they really are). I’ve connected with people that I would never have known if it wasn’t for blogging. Some amazing people that I love and consider part of my friend family.

I started The Paper Mama blog when the kiddo was a baby to hopefully connect with other mama’s, like myself. The community I discovered was amazing. I had my family and friends outside of the internet, but this online community was filling this need I had to communicate with people during the day that didn’t poop/barf on me. Being a new mama can be so lonely when you’re at home alone with no one to talk with. These bloggers came along and were going through all the same mom-things as I was. We connected. These friendships blossomed and now I have my online family.

I’ve now been friends with some of these online buddies for multiple years. A few of us have met in real life and got to chat over yummy food and a glass of wine, others I’ve only been able to chat through Skype (wine was still involved). I text/email/facebook/instagram/tweet these friends. Even though most of us are thousands of miles away from each other, the internet keeps us close.

So, all this talk of my internet family got me thinking. What would The Paper Mama family crest look like? Well, I used the Gallo Family Vineyards Crest Creator to create it. Yes. The fried chicken/bacon are necessary for this family. Here you are:

The Paper Mama Family Crest //

Gallo Family Vineyards also partnered with with Zazzle so you can get your family crest ON an actual product. They gave me a gift card to try it out and I will soon be the owner of The Paper Mama family crest coffee mug and grocery tote. Ha! I cannot wait. You can make your own family crest: for free. Yes. There’s quite the selection of adorable crests and illustrations to choose from to make your own. Enjoy! If you make a crest… tweet it at me! I’d love to see.

PLUS… a GIVEAWAY: Gallo Family Vineyards wants to share a treat with one of my readers. You can win a $100 Visa Gift Card. Let’s make it super easy to win… just answer this question in the comments below: “What’s YOUR definition of family?”

- Chelsey

This post is Sponsored by, Gallo Family Vineyards. I was paid for this post, but all opinions are my own. For more information about Gallo Family Vineyards and its family of fruit-forward and flavorful wines visit Follow Gallo Family Vineyards on Twitter and Facebook.



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Family Style.

Family Style //

Family Style //

//Family style//Chelsey: dress – Anthropologie, shoes – Miz Mooz//Kiddo: cat eye glasses – Hip Hop 50′s Shop, dress – thrifted, shoes – thrifted//Husband: shirt – no idea, tie – no idea, pants – the store where they sell man pants, shoes – Converse//

We went to a wedding a couple weeks ago and we got all fancy and dressed up. I tend to forget to take family photos. I have a bazillion photos of just the kiddo, but I forget to stop and take a photo of the 3 of us: together. It’s a keeper. <3

Happy Monday!

- Chelsey

Family history.

Thomas Terpen Thomas //

//The only known photo of Thomas Terpin Thomas//

A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to sign up for the 23andMe program. The site’s pretty interesting. What is it? Well, you spit into a tube (ewww, but that’s how it works), send in some info and you learn about your health and family history. It’s all based on what they find in your DNA, etc. It’s been quite a journey and so interesting. It takes a few weeks to get your info, but it’s worth it in the end. I’m so excited about all I’ve learned! I even found a 2nd cousin I never knew about. Kinda cool.

I’ve always been interested in my family’s history. All this research brought me back to a story I’ve heard my grandma tell me over and over. It’s about one of my earliest known relatives:

“I’d like to introduce you to Thomas Terpin Thomas. A veeeery distant relative. He was known as “The Great Hunter”. In March of 1851 he loaded up two wagons to move his wife and 9 children from Missouri to Oregon. It was an eventful trip filled with attacks, lack of food, and one of T.T.’s babies was dragged aways by a mountain lion. LUCKily the baby was saved and only had scratches from the incident. They eventually made it to the Oregon Territory by August 1851. T.T. Thomas received some land under the Donation Land Claim Act and worked the land for 5 years…. and eventually owned this land. In 1858 T.T. Thomas ran for office in the OR House of Representatives. He won and served office through Oregon’s statehood in 1859.”

T.T. brought my family to Oregon and we are still here. Some of us moved up to Washington, but a lot of us are still in good ‘ol Oregon. I really can’t wait to get other member’s of my family on 23andMe (I mean, this place is the largest DNA-based service worldwide). Next up: my brother. He’ll have more info from my dad’s side of the family. I’m thinking that would be a great Christmas present (sort of for both of us, ha).

Ok, have you tried out this service?

- Chelsey

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.