Life is a banquet…bring your feast gear

One little virus created a big pandemic, but along with devastating challenges came opportunities to learn how to make positive changes as we reenter each other’s company. Life is a banquet…bring your feast gear, as in don’t bring single use products to your next social reentry party. Like many, I woke up each day during …

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What’s in that box of family photos and papers?

You won’t know if you don’t look! One of the services I offer through Chandler Designs is archiving family collections of photos and documents. Digital versions of your heirlooms and written materials such as letters, are easy to share. The more people that can read the letters left by a parent or great aunt the …

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Story Tree

Chandler Designs is introducing a custom design service for Family Tree charts—the Story Tree—as well as expanding our archival printing services. With added text and images a family tree chart can become a Story Tree. We can now print them up to seventeen inches by ten feet long. As I write this it is 4th …

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Crewel stitching project Part 1. Creating an heirloom of a family vacation.

Framing needlework and textiles happens fairly frequently in my shop but in the last few years I have begun to work in stitching myself. So it follows that creating an original from concept to pattern to completion is my latest challenge. In keeping with the idea of art combined with family story I have chosen …

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Restoring historical documents – 1840 Land Grant signed by President Martin Van Buren

Why do we humans love story so much? Reaching into our past for a story is part of all our lives. The collective story of a country or culture gives insight on current events and helps us navigate our own times. Your family history—oral or documented—adds dimension to cultural traditions which otherwise might languish as …

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