Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday: Personalized geography

During a summer jaunt to Target, I found a basic US map in their infamous dollar spot. As someone who loves geography, I thought it would be fun to hang it in our basement playroom. While walking around the store, it occurred to me that I could use the map in a more personal way. Since our family is literally scattered around the country, I decided I would use photos to mark the spots where our relatives live.

I used thumb tacks to mark each location, and then cut yarn to connect the map to the corresponding photo. I plan to add a star sticker to show where we live, and possibly post tags with the names and location of each family, but for privacy reasons, took these photos first (the Internet-friendly version).

I love how the map project turned out, and hope it will give my son a better picture (ha, no pun intended!) of his family and where they live.

Setting this up took less than a half hour, and because I used photos and supplies I had on hand (other than prints ordered free through an intro offer), the total cost of this project was one dollar!

Cheap and easy personalized geography works for me--check out more ideas here!

27 comments:

thehomespunheart said...

I love this!!! It turned out great and I can picture exactly where it is! Maybe I can figure out a small scale of this for my ladies - we don't have much spare wall space - but oh, is that cute!
Great job!

mom said...

Great idea! It sure illustrates how spread out your families are! We feel pulled in many different directions when it comes time to travel, but you have even more destinations than we do! Love, Mom

Katie said...

Love it..love it!! We also have lots of family spread around the country...and we already have a map of the USA on the wall of our *new* school room ~ what a great homeschool project this could be! This post was definitely *B-squared* ~ Brilliant and a Blessing! Thanks Carrie!

autumnesf said...

This is brilliant! Wish I still had a basement room to do this in. I'll have to figure out if we can do it in the office or extra bedroom.

Hayley said...

That is sooo funny!! Carrie, we really are a lot alike!! I, too, this past summer bought a laminated map, pinned it up onto a bulliten board, and hung picures of my family at all the places we have traveled too with yarn to locate the destination. It looks much like what you have done, except instead of family (most of my family lives in my state of residence), I chose to put pictures up of our vacation destinations! I will try to post a picture on my blog! Too funny!

Leah in Iowa said...

Cute idea, Carrie - you're so creative!

Melody said...

That is a really cute idea. It probably wouldn't work for us becaue most of our family is still in the same area but I could probably think of another use for it.

Nicol said...

Love it! I thought about doing something like that in our new house in the office. I have been penpalling for 17 years and I thought it would be fun to have a world poster and have pins or something neat locating each of my penpals.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Brilliant idea, Carrie!

I just found a world map that I didn't know I had. I'm thinking I could adapt your idea to include missionaries we pray for all over the world.

Thanks for sharing. I love this idea.

Kirstin said...

That is an awesome idea!

Wendi said...

Fantastic idea, love it!

Christine said...

This is an amazing idea! I love it!

Becky said...

What a perfect and simple idea! My 4yo daughter is *constantly* asking where so-and-so lives, and where is that, mommy? We just moved to a new apartment last month and have a lot of blank walls - so this will be something really fun to do with them! And I'm definitely doing it, too. :)

Tracy said...

What a great idea, Carrie!

debra said...

What a great idea! I love maps.
You might be starting a new,wonderful trend!

Amanda said...

Your creativity never ends Carrie. What a great idea.:) I keep jotting your little ideas down in my head for when we owe our OWN house.... hmmmm
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Great idea, Carrie;

We used to do that for Missionaries. Yours could also serve as a prayer reminder to pray for each of those family members, when you look at the map...or perhaps focus on one each day.

Glad to be able to be reading your blog again.

Also, I love what your father-in-law did at your house. Especially the gutter idea. How clever!
I'm happy for you.

Love you, Grandma

Vanessa said...

This is such a great idea!

Frances said...

Wonderful - I especially like how N is pictured with most of the relatives! I imagine he enjoys seeing himself. :)

jody n. said...

i just saw that my sister has done this same thing in her home...for largely the same reason - family spread across the country! good idea!

Abbey said...

What a great idea. I'll maybe use it when my kids are older, but on a world map. As we move, they can see where their family and friends live, and watch as other families move around too! Thanks for the inspiration.

Abbey said...

What a great idea. I'll maybe use it when my kids are older, but on a world map. As we move, they can see where their family and friends live, and watch as other families move around too! Thanks for the inspiration.

Susan said...

That is a neat idea. WIll have to borrow it!

Shanna said...

LOVE THIS!! What a great idea!!

Amy said...

What a GREAT idea! That would have been wonderful when we were living in MA and all of our family lived so far away. I am going to have to bookmark this idea!

Ed's Three Cents said...

I found your blog through my wife's "classyandsophisticated". I think this is a neat idea to have a map with photos. Maybe you can even add the places where you have been!

God bless.

Katie said...

Carrie,

This post of yours has stuck in my mind since you published it, and I want to do something similar at our church with a world map and pictures of our missionaries. I have a question for you though. How did you post the pictures ~ with tape or putty? And did you have a tack underneath the picture to make the yarn taut or was that taped? I'm trying to figure out how to use as little holes as possible. Thanks so much for this cute idea!

Have a great weekend!
Katie