Family tree

Someone forwarded a picture of a tree painted on a wall, on the branches of which were hung framed family photographs…a ‘family tree’ as it were. This is what it looked like:



My mother was immediately obsessed with the idea of recreating it in her house, and I volunteered to help bring her desire to fruition, as it would be technically impossible for Mum to paint it herself, now that she has a frozen shoulder among other movement issues with her arms.

But it turned out to be a project far more complex and involved than just getting down to it with some paints and a brush. The wall in question, in fact the entire room was in dire need of a paint job, and I being the perfectionist that I am, refused to compromise.

(A little bit of history about my Mum: she loves painting on walls. She once painted a bird sitting on a branch on the landing of an apartment building we once lived in. We had to leave it behind when we moved from there, and I wonder if anyone had the heart to paint over it…)

Despite the protests, I bought paint, rollers and wall putty and set to work. Prepping the room took a few days and a lot of hard work (which I was willing to do despite the laboriousness) and I did get some help which made the job a bit lighter, nevertheless, I was quite exhausted by the time it was all done.

After that it was just a matter of transferring a quick sketch from paper to wall, freehand with chalk. The tree itself only took a tiny fraction of the time it took to prep the wall. But it was well worth the effort.

I had so much fun with the tree! Never painted directly on a wall before!! 😀

Here are a few terrible pictures taken with my phone camera, just cos I wanted to share. Plus I’m terribly proud of it and everyone who visits my parents praises it profusely which makes my mother proud of me. 🙂

The wall was originally off-white. I decided to paint it a shade of golden ochre, which ultimately turned out to be a good choice.
(I rearranged the furniture in the lounge despite my mother’s stubborn protestations, and she has grown to love the arrangement, and generally perhaps, to realize that her way isn’t always the best way, haha)
The new background colour melded well with the acrylic colours i used for the trunk



10259942_10152024034214109_9079724614659324396_nSuch a coincidence that The Happy Page posted this drawing the same week that I did just this.

So this was one of the projects I threw myself into to keep me busy. The pictures on the tree have multiplied too, each and every tiniest member of our growing family is on this wall, much to the happiness of my mother.

What have you been up to lately?


  1. berlioz1935 says:

    What a wonderful idea! It is really inspirational. No wonder your mother is so proud.

    1. Munira says:

      As Huz always says, it is good to get bored sometimes! Spurs one into doing something fun 🙂

  2. auntyuta says:

    Dear Munira, to your question ‘what have you been up to lately?’
    let me say I celebrated my 80th birthday three weeks ago and two weeks ago Little Alex was born, another adorable great-grandson!
    This means another addition to our family tree. 🙂

    1. Munira says:

      And let me just say you are the most youthful and enthusiastic 80 year old I have ever encountered! I hope I have the same zest for life 40 years from now! 🙂
      Many congrats to you and Peter on the arrival of little Alex…looking forward to pictures of him on your blog. 🙂

      1. auntyuta says:

        There are already some pictures in my blogs from 28th and 30th September! 🙂

  3. rumanahusain says:

    Not only did you please your mother, had fun in the process, but you have also accomplished something very valuable. I would live to send you a picture of the family tree I had created as a gift for my younger granddaughter when she turned one.

  4. rumanahusain says:

    I meant ‘love’ to send you…. 🙂

    1. Munira says:

      Thank you Rumana Apa! Post it on facebook and tag me in it! 🙂 Knowing you, it must be very creative indeed 🙂

    1. Munira says:

      Thank you! (*)>

  5. Stacy says:

    It’s beautiful, Munira! I have a family wall in my house (though no tree is painted behind the photos.) You’ve certainly been busy – and you’ve inspired me, too. xo

    1. Munira says:

      Thanks Stacy! Family walls are great fun. I’m a collector of pretty frames and these days I’m adding to the collage on my own wall. So many photos, so little time… 🙂

  6. indiajones says:

    Great, a wonderful read. The writing on the wall is that All you need is Love. How is that for a mixed metaphor ?

    1. Munira says:

      Haha, that’s just what it is. Thank you Indiajones 🙂

  7. Hi, Mun. It looks great. Well done. You lead me on to make two apropos comments………… we recently stayed in a hotel in Madrid which had extracts of poetry written on the walls, outside and inside, lobbys, stairwells and bedrooms. Cool. And we just redecorated the smallest room with a Mediterranean theme… lizards and geckos crawling up the wall… so that we have somewhere to go to remind us of our travels when the winter kicks in. (Even if it is the loo ! 🙂 )

    1. Munira says:

      Thanks Alan! I intend to write poetry on walls too, I think it’s a wonderful idea. And now I really want to see your loo 😛
      I bought a rubber lizard to scare people and it was a runaway success….continued to frighten the inmates long after I stopped intentionally scaring people with it (it lay in my dresser drawer and made Huz jump involuntarily every time he opened it cos it looked so real, haha)

  8. Heather says:

    So glad you blogged about this! How brave of you to paint right on a wall – and heck, even the ceiling! It looks lovely, though I doubt your mom has changed much on the inside 😉
    We’ve been very busy. We’ve had a few lookers at the house, I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with photography – which included being the main photographer at my cousin’s wedding over the weekend, and of course, adventuring around as the leaves change color here. Perhaps in our new house we’ll paint a tree 🙂

    1. Munira says:

      Can’t believe the way I’ve let blogging slip out of my system Heather. How lazy I am!
      Did you have fun being the main photographer? Sometimes I imagine I’d love to be a professional wedding photographer…but I feel laziness creep over me at the mere thought of all the work that goes into the job! 😛
      Good luck with the house, and I hope you do paint a tree 🙂

  9. Wow! It looks so wonderful, I’m sure you must be smiling inside-out for a week when you must be looking at the wall :D. Just love the idea of it so much!

    1. Munira says:

      Truly, I was quite chuffed by how it looked. 🙂 Thanks Ruqaiya!

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