Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Of maps and hearts

I can't remember the first time I realized I like maps. But I know it was before Pinterest, before the crafting obsession and before moving halfway across the map. Maybe it was in the fifth grade, when we were studying the history of imperial expansions. Maybe that's when I looked at the maps of the Roman Empire doubling and then tripling, and I realized how many stories a map can carry.

Trevor and I collect maps from everywhere we go. It's ironic, really, because I can't read maps unless I turn the map to face my direction whereas Trevor only needs a 30 second glance to memorize the routes for an entire holiday. I don't even bother when I have him with me.

We saw this idea floating around on the internet to make a wall hanging with a map of the place you met and the place you got married. It proved tricky, unless someone maps out the internet (where we met), and I didn't want a constant reminder that we took our vows with none of my friends or family present. So we decided to make a collage of maps of places that we traveled to - six cities in three countries that we like for various (undisclosed) reasons.

We already had the frame. All we did was turn around the paper that came with the frame. Then we:

1. cut hearts out of the downtown of our maps; we chose downtowns because that's where our touristy selves romped and frolicked;
2. cut larger hearts out of construction paper to add a solid background;
3. glue the map heart onto the green hearts, thus creating double hearts;
4. tape the double hearts to the paper backdrop to keep them in place; mild measuring was done (we asked each other "How does it look to you?" "Good. How does it look to you?" "Good!" "Ok, we're good.")
5. reassemble the frame.

Heart map wall art - EuroAmericanHome Blog

While we're on the topic of maps, allow me to bring a West Wing favorite moment to your attention.


  1. because the [..] has fostered european imperialist attitudes for centuries and created an ethnic bias against the third world" "Really ?" haha

  2. You'd be amazed how many people never even imagine that maps can look different in different parts of the world.

    I was studying Japanese in high school and that was the first time I saw a map that had Japan in the middle. I was honestly quite embarrassed that I had always assumed all maps looked the same.

  3. I love maps and old atlases with old place names and stuff.

    Thank you for your comment on my Pittsburgh post - we go to the city a couple of times a year to visit family. I'd highly recommend a visit to the Pittsburgh Zoo, walking around the Strip District and eating at Primanti Bros., if you love themeparks then Kennywood is a must and there is also the Carnegie Science Museum but I found that so-so.

    1. Thanks for the recommendations. I'm not a big fan of the Zoo, but I love parks and museums.

  4. I love maps, especially old maps and would love to include them in some kind of home design. WIll give it some thought!

    1. There are a ton of map projects on Pinterest, although I don't think I could ever bring myself to cutting an old map.


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