One of my hobbies is genealogy. I love digging into family history, it is like an addicting treasure hunt where you find something new each time you dig. Digging to your roots, the people, places, and history that got you here today. At times it feels as if history comes alive when you make new connections and discoveries. I thought I knew my family history pretty well, until I asked for an Ancestry.com DNA test for Christmas. I was so excited to do this! Even though I knew the names and dates of my ancestors, being an American, it was hard to know where all my ancestors who came to this country over 200 years ago, exactly came from.
I sent in my saliva sample, and waited for what seemed like an eternity! It was 8 weeks, but it felt like a year, I was so excited to see scientific proof of my ancestry. I was curious if there would be any surprises, something unexpected.........
(My great, great grandparents William Marion and Mary Carr Whiteley)
Needless to say, I have some making up to do in the Irish celebration department! I decided to add some touches for St. Patrick's Day in honor of my discovery this year. It was challenging to find pieces that weren't plastic and green.
I then found something I loved from Dear Lillie Jennifer Holmes from Dear Lillie makes beautiful chalkboard prints. I ordered this Irish Eyes are Smiling print from her store. If you haven't ever seen her blog or store before, you must. Everything she does is simply stunning!
I have decided to give myself some time to find some meaningful Irish pieces to add for my decor in the future. Part of the fun is in the hunt, right?
I hope to travel to the Emerald Isle one day. What a beautiful place to visit!
Speaking of traveling, my sister and I had an amazing time in San Francisco with Benefit Cosmetics a few weeks ago!! A post coming on that soon also!
The Lobby of Benefit Cosmetics, can you say WOW? I was so awestruck with this room.
And we got a good start on the kid's bathroom, here is a sneak peek! We still have flooring, a mirror, and vanity to do.
I hope you have a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Do you have any plans or traditions for this day? I would love to hear about them if you do!
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