Congratulations to the NY Giants for their big superbowl win this past Sunday! I'm not a huge sports fan, but you gotta love it when your hometown team wins the championship. One thing that intrigued me was the family aspect of the Giants team. I found this famliy tree from the NY Daily News and it breaks down how the team has been passed down the Mara family tree from the original owner, Tim Mara. So interesting that the original owner's grandson, Chris Mara, and Art Rooney's granddaughter, Kathleen Rooney, married! Art Rooney had great respect for Tim Mara, even naming his son Tim after him. Take a peek at their tree to see the connections.
"The ancestor of every action is a thought." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A great DIY project for bridesmaids! It's quick, easy, and WAY cheaper than ordering from online stores.
I found the custom monogram template from weddingchicks.com- an DIYers dream website with printable templates and beautiful wedding inspiration.
- Avery Light T Shirt Transfers- 1 sheet per shirt, pack of 6 sheets were $12.
- White T Shirt or Tank Top- I got my shirts at Old Navy for $6 each.
- Iron with NO water and steam set to OFF
- Pillow Case to protect ironing surface
Let's get started!
Flip the image horizontally before printing. The words should look backwards when you print them so when you place them face down on the shirt it will be correct. Print a test on regular paper to make sure the image prints correctly. -------->
Put the Avery transfer in your printer (make sure it's facing the right way) and print your image.
Cut out the image.
Heat up the iron and lay your pillow case on a hard surface (not an ironing board). When the iron is nice and hot iron all the wrinkles out of the pillow case.
Use a lint roller to remove any fuzz or threads from the front of your shirt. Iron the shirt and make it all nice and smooth, then lay your cut out image face down on your shirt.
You're ready to start the transfer magic! With even and consistent pressure, press the iron onto the back of the avery transfer and shirt for 3 minutes.
Allow the shirt to cool down for 5 minutes.
Peel off the back of the transfer and viola! You have a beautiful custom shirt!
I am in the process of scanning and organizing some of my grandfather's old pictures from his time in the army during WWII. There are pictures from army reunions he attended with my grandmother and quite a few from his time at Fort Dix in the 1960's. Unfortunately, both he and my grandmother are passed away so I can't go to them with my questions. Instead I do what I know best, scour the internet for clues.
This is how I came to find The Veterans History Project. The project "collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war." They have a section called Stories from the Veterans History Project where there are hundreds of first person veteran interviews you can actually listen to! The veteran's stories cover WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. I could listen to the voices of these heroes for hours. * I had to download real player to listen to the audio.
Do you know a veteran? Why don't you participate and help share their story!? Check out the participation guidelines for conducting interviews. It's rather simple and could be a very special way to preserve your family history for many generations to come.
For some people, cemeteries are creepy- but not to me! I find them fascinating! On a recent trip to Calvary Cemetery in Queens, NY I saw something I've never seen before at any other cemetery...actual pictures preserved right on the tombstones. When walking through a cemetery I often wonder about the lives of the people buried beneath me. A picture on a tombstone really brings the name and tombstone to life!
For some of these people, I wonder if these could potentially be the only known picture left of them. This has taught me a lesson, finding an ancestor's grave could yield amazing results. Especially for those in my tree who I have no picture of. I never would have thought a tombstone could preserve an image as well as these have. And many of these pictures are almost a hundred years old (according to the death dates).
The picture to the left is of Carmela Mancino, born-1884 died- 1925.
Click to enlarge the pictures.
One grave in particular really stuck with me, that of Rosaria Fidanza. She died when she was just 22 years old. Below is her grave and picture. There will be a follow up post on Rosaria with more information. I couldn't help myself and did a little digging on ancestry.com for more of her story.
The translated inscription says: "Erected by Nicola Fidanza, in memory of his adorned wife Rosaria Fidanza. Born Buttafuoco (maiden name) August 25, 1903 Died December 6, 1925"
This is Giuseppe Blanco who died in 1925 at the age of 31.
Have you seen this trend before? Calvary Cemetery is a catholic cemetery with a high population of Italian burials. In the section I was exploring (First Calvary Cemetery, Section 6B) the pictures were predominately found on Italian tombstones. I don't know if this is an Italian trend, a period trend (many died around 1925), a catholic trend, or a trend specific to this cemetery or tombstone designer- but I love it!! I would be so happy to find a picture of my ancestor on their tombstone. I'll be keeping an eye out for this trend in other cemeteries. I'd love to hear any stories you might have relating to pictures and tombstones!