August 8, 2014

Durham, North Carolina

It's no secret that I love maps.

This black, white, and gold map was just the latest addition.

We've also had a giant map of the London Tube on our wall for most of our marriage (purchased for the enormous sum of $4 from Amazon, although it's now gone up to $6 with free shipping, so most of you are probably priced out).

But probably my favorites are these state maps I put up last fall with the states each of us were born in.


Every time I walked up the stairs (which was approximately 10 million times between September and May), I just felt happy looking at them. They turned out even better than I'd expected, which is not always the case with my DIY projects.

And early next year, we'll add a new state to the lineup.


91 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! Congratulations!

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  2. These maps looks fabulous! It's simple but very stylish!
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  3. What?!! Congratulations Bradshaw family, very exciting news! Super excited for you!

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  4. Congrats! I'm so excited for you! Ps this might be one of the best announcements I've seen yet!

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  5. Oh my goodness, hooray!!! Such a cute announcement, and so much fun for your cute family. Hope you've been feeling well!

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  6. Such a cool announcement!!! Got me... So wasn't expecting it. So fun. Congratulations

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  7. Congrats!!!! I was going to say how cute your wall is, but the surprise announcement is even cuter!!

    -Julie

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  8. Congratulations! I hope the pregnancy goes well for you :)

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  9. Aughhhh! I knew it!!! So exciting!!! Congratulations!!!

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  10. Hooray! I'm so happy for you!!

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  11. Oh, this is such happy news! Congratulations!

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  12. Congratulations, that's such exciting news!

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  13. Yay!!! Congrats, Janssen! (And what a great way to announce it, you clever girl!)

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  14. Hurrah hurrah!!! Congratulations!!!

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  15. Congrats! And what a great way to make a baby announcement. I had no idea where this was going! Love it!

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  16. Squeeeee so exciting! Congratulations, y'all!!

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  17. Congratulations! You are so clever!

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  18. Congratulations! I got goose bumps-ha! And, I don't even know you in real life! So excited for you and your family. Best wishes for a smooth pregnancy!

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  19. This is totally awesome!! Congratulations!!

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  20. Wow - such great news - thank you for sharing with us! xx

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  22. Best birth announcement ever! Congratulations!

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  23. Yahoo! Trevor and I have a major map obsession as well, maybe one day I'll steal this idea! (But Trevor and I both would have California so maybe it would look a little goofy?) CONGRATULATIONS!

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  24. Congratulations! This is the most clever pregnancy announcement ever.

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  25. Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!!

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  26. Hooray Valentine's baby! (Like they ever come on their due dates, but you never know . . .) Congratulations to all of you.

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  27. Congratulations! That's such a cute idea. It would look pretty lame at my house, though, since my husband and all six of my kids were born in the same state... You guys are apparently much more diverse than us. :)

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  28. Congrats! Very exciting and a cute idea! Although, we would just have five pictures of the same state if I did that. Haha

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  29. Yay! What a fun date to look forward to! Congratulations to you and your sweet and growing family!

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  30. Awesome! Maybe this time around you'll get a brown haired baby and complete the set!

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  31. Oh my!! Congratulations! Awwww, Valentine's Day! :]

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  32. Oh, I forgot that you made these! We are so excited for you guys!

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  33. Congratulations!! I'm due on the same day as you with my first baby, so I'll be watching you like a hawk to figure out this maternity wear, baby-gear buying business. Gotta learn from a pro! :)

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  34. Congratulations! You make motherhood and pregnancy look easy! Wishing you an easy pregnancy, especially during your international travels!

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  35. How exciting - congratulations!

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  36. Congrats! I hope you are feeling well!

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  37. I got chills from this!! So happy for you!!

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  38. I love this idea!! You're always so clever! And yay! Congratulations!!

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  39. Congrats! So exciting, and such a fun announcement. :)

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  40. This was such a clever announcement! It took me a second to get it...Congrats!

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  41. I went to pool group and Allison and Allisa were talking about your big news, and I had missed it skimming Facebook this morning. You are sneaky! Congratulations!!!

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  42. Aw, congrats! This is such a fun announcement!

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  43. The moment I saw North Carolina on your Facebook feed, I remembered those as the format of your birth map series, and that you haven't yet birthed a child there... Didn't even have to come to the blog to realize what was going on! Congrats!!

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  44. Excellent announcement. And, what a fun due date.

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  45. Congratulations! I saw this briefly on your fb or somewhere and was confused by the NC, but didn't think much of it. I didn't realize you were going to be back in Durham. Hopefully this will make your stint in London just as enjoyable! I just thought of a side note: my niece has been working out in durham on her mission and loves it!

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  46. Aww what a fun way to announce! Congratulations!! I hope everything goes smoothly while you travel!
    (And thanks for that Amazon link, I must be an idiot for never realizing that you could buy art there).

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  47. So happy for you!!! Congrats!!! Can't wait to see all the baby bump pics. :)

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  48. Congratulations! Your kids are adorable. Can't wait to see the cuteness of the next one!

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  49. Congratulations! I hope it's a girl for more matching outfits or a boy to see what a son of you guys would look like. I can't decide ;) I guess we'll be lucky and it's one or the other. I'm sure he or she will be super cute!

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  50. Congratulations! Such exciting news!!

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  51. What a sweet way of telling! Congratulations.

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  52. Congratulations ♡ Such a cool announcement! I hope you handle all the travelling well, it was never easy for me when pregnant.

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  53. Congratulations! How snazzy that you all managed to be born in different states :)

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  54. such exciting news, and such a great way to announce it!! hope you are feeling good, all the best!

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  55. Congratulations!! So exciting!

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  56. Ooh, congratulations! Such happy news.

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  57. Um, I tried to comment and it didn't seem to go through. So sorry if this is a repeat. But congratulations! I hope you are feeling well, and yay for cute babies!

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  58. So happy for your family! Congratulations! Valentine's baby! :)

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  59. I see how you did that. Congratulations!!! And how fun to be due on valentines day.

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  60. Congratulations! What fun and happy news!

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  61. Soooooo awesome! I'm due 1-11-15!

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  62. Congratulations!! My youngest was born at 11:34 pm on 2/13/14. I love your site, especially your book reviews for me and my little ones and your receipes (we make your Saturday Night Pancakes A LOT)..maybe more than we should :) What wonderful news!

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  63. Congratulations!!!! I love reading your blog and look forward to seeing your newest addition. :)

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  64. I'm officially the last person to this party... but congrats!! :)

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  65. Yessssssss!!!!!!! Can't wait!

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  66. congratulations!! I saw in passing on twitter but I'm catching up on the land of the living now. So exciting!

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  67. I'm so behind on blog reading! Congratulations, this is such happy news! Hope you've been feeling great!

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  68. I feel like I'm super late to saying congratulations! Somehow I completely missed this post in my reader, and I was reading your latest post and had to do a double take when you mentioned your pregnancy! Congrats!

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