a sweet lady had me paint a table that has been in her family since she was born in 1944. the table was used by her, then her children, and now her grandchildren, so she had me paint a little family tree on it.
here is the "before"
here are the stages of painting the tree, leaves, birds, and then the names and years that each of the birds, ahem, children, were born:
nancy, the grandmother, is the mother bird that is at the bottom of the tree, then her two children and three grand-children. i thought it was a sweet idea