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TORONTO – The Liberal cabinet has bypassed Ontario’s opposition parties and appointed Barbara Finlay as the province’s temporary ombudsman.

The New Democrats had blocked Liberal motions in the legislature to give the job to Finlay, who was deputy ombudsman, until the three parties could agree on a permanent candidate.

The NDP wanted to give Andre Marin another extension while he applied for a third, five-year term as the government watchdog, but the Liberals refused so Marin’s term expired at midnight.

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Government house leader Yasir Naqvi wrote his Progressive Conservative and New Democrat counterparts saying it is “absolutely unacceptable” for the ombudsman’s position to be vacant for even one day.

Naqvi says the government had to appoint the deputy as the temporary ombudsman until the parties can agree on a permanent candidate because the NDP was “playing politics.”

Marin held a news conference Monday to appeal for reappointment, and criticized the Liberals for politicizing the hiring practice and treating him unfairly as he reapplied for the job.

“Unfortunately there’s no ombudsman for ombudsman because I’d be knocking on that door,” Marin told reporters.

The three parties did agree on a new environmental commissioner for Ontario, appointing lawyer Dianne Saxe to a five-year term.

Former environmental commissioner Gord Miller retired after three terms and is a Green Party candidate in the Oct. 19 federal election.

CALGARY – Victoria’s (not her real name) underage daughter was sexually exploited by a predator.

The Calgary mother recalls the signs of trouble she saw early on.

“At 15, she had fake IDs in the bar,” said Victoria “So that to me wasn’t very normal. It wasn’t just staying out late and not coming home – she wouldn’t come home for a week. “

Victoria said her daughter began using hard drugs such as meth, which were given to her by a man in his 40s.

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“She was in a hotel for a week and a half with him… because she had picked her entire face, there was like no skin on her face at all, that was hard to see,” described Victoria.

“It just went from 0 to 100.”

What are police doing to stop sexual exploitation?

Under legislation unique to Alberta, police and social workers have the ability to apprehend and detain sexually exploited youth.

“The face of prostitution has changed,” said Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta from the Calgary Police Service Vice Unit. “It’s no longer overt, obvious on the street. That’s a very small portion of prostitution now. Ninety-five per cent is through internet advertisement.”

While any officer in our province has the authority to apprehend exploited youth, there are three detectives in Calgary’s vice unit who work full time trying to help victims of prostitution.

“We could have between 400 and 500 youth in Calgary alone that are being sexually exploited – or are at risk of being sexually exploited – on any given day,” said Detective Paul Rubner from the Calgary Police Service Vice Unit.

What is the grooming process?

Police say victims of sexual abuse are often put through what is referred to as a “grooming process” prior to their exploitation.

Police say the grooming process can happen within just one day, and begins the moment the offender singles out their victim.

It can happen somewhere completely ordinary, like a mall.

“Think of the teenage girl that they see walking down the hall towards them, that looks like she’s left her self-esteem at home that day,” said Detective Rubner.

“[The offender will] befriend them, offer to buy them a drink, a meal, compliment them, offer to get their nails done, their hair done… but over time that relationship changes.”

“Eventually it comes back to the ‘you owe me’ situation or the ‘pay back’ situation,” adds Staff Sgt. Schiavetta.

Victoria warns that the grooming process can happen to anyone, anywhere.

“We own a home. We have a car… we’re normal, we’re not rich, we’re not poor…. we’re average,” said Victoria.

READ MORE: Shattering the Silence Part 1. Giving exploited children a voice

UPDATE 9 P.M. MT: Remains of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette found, Amber Alert dropped

CALGARY – RCMP have arrested a 22-year-old man in the disappearance of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.

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RCMP issued an Amber Alert on Monday across Alberta, which later expanded to British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Montana. Hours later, RCMP confirmed they’d found the body of her 27-year-old father, Terry Blanchette, in the family home in Blairmore, Alta. His death is being treated as a homicide.

READ MORE: Amber Alert – Father of abducted Alberta girl dead

“That person’s been arrested in association with both the homicide and disappearance of Hailey,” said Supt. Tony Hamori at an afternoon press conference.

The man has not yet been charged and his name will not be released at this time. Hamori said he is from the Blairmore community and was taken into custody Tuesday.

“There’s going to be a lot of effort focused around the suspect who was arrested today, but we do have other resources still following up leads that need to be closed off for the investigation,” said Hamori. “It’s clear to me the investigative team wants to keep a wide focus and an open mind at this point in time.”

TIMELINE: Abduction of 2-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

WATCH: Amanada Blanchette sister of murdered father Terry Blanchette, and Rebecca Harrington who is missing 2-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette’s godmother and close friend of Terry Blanchette speak.

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A white van was also located, but RCMP continued its search Tuesday afternoon.

“We have located a white van that we believe is associated to the investigation in the area however it’s too soon to know if it’s exact van we’re looking for,” said Hamori. “The Amber Alert is still in effect with respect to locating this white van and we are looking forward to information from public with regards to the investigation, whether has to do with the homicide aspect, the van or the disappearance of Hailey.”

Watch below: Video coverage of the abduction of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and murder of her father

Amber Alert continues as crews search for Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

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Amber Alert continues as crews search for Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

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The Amber Alert was renewed Tuesday at 2:14 p.m. MT.

“We’re all hoping and praying we’ll find her safely,” he said. “Everybody’s primary goal is locate Hailey safe and sound and return her to her family. We have the parallel aspect of the father’s homicide to deal with too…This is the toughest kind of case for police officers to deal with when you’re dealing with a missing child in a circumstance like this.”

READ MORE: ‘Her dad was the highlight of her life’ – Godmother pleads for missing Alberta girl’s return

RCMP have been speaking with Hailey’s mother, Cheyenne Dunbar, but wouldn’t comment on whether she is involved in the disappearance.

“I can’t comment at this point in time. Police have been speaking with her, obviously a follow-up investigation is going to be done on all information that we receive.”

Hailey is described as Caucasian with a small build, light brown, straight hair with bangs, and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2866.

Terry Blanchette with daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

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Terry Blanchette with daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

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Terry Blanchette with daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

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Terry Blanchette with daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

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London will likely be calling for plenty of vacation seekers next summer, with WestJet officially announcing Tuesday plans to begin non-stop service to the U.K. capital from six Canadian airports in May.

And customers who sign up early will get one heck of a deal.

The Calgary-based airline said it is offering introductory base fares for as little as $199 from St. John’s to London’s Gatwick airport. One-way airfares from Toronto and Winnipeg will start as low as $249 and $279, respectively, WestJet said in a series of news releases.

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In total, the carrier will fly from six Canadian airports to London: St. John’s, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. One-way flights – including taxes — to Gatwick from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver are priced at $299, the airline said Tuesday.

“It’s a market that heretofore has had pretty high airfares,” Gregg Saretsky, chief executive of WestJet said in an interview after the announcements. “We’re always attracted to markets that have high airfares because we can come in with our brand of low fares.”

Introductory deals

Saretsky said the low airfares were temporary and would be available for a short time. After that, WestJet ticket prices to Gatwick will rise “modestly” the executive said.

“You’ll be able to buy them for at least the next couple of days,” Saretsky said. “But we will still be Canada’s low-fare airline to the U.K., no matter what fare you buy.”

In addition to the low introductory rates, the airline said it would temporarily offer connecting flights from other Canadian cities WestJet flies to for an additional $20 on the ticket price of the flight to London. For example, a person flying from Thunder Bay, Ont. to London via Toronto would pay $269 — the promotional ticket price of $249 from Pearson International to Gatwick plus $20.

READ MORE: Air Canada shaves airfares as battle with WestJet heats up

Air Canada, which counts its non-stop service to London as a major source of business, isn’t standing idly by as WestJet attempts to muscle in on its turf. The country’s biggest carrier has already announced it will begin offering routes to Gatwick using its lower-cost Rouge service.

Experts suggest the escalating competitive pressures will mean attractive ticket prices for customers at both airlines. “The new routes to London will undoubtedly be very competitive next summer,” National Bank analyst Cameron Doerksen said.

WestJet’s non-stop service to Gatwick will commence on May 7, the carrier said.

WestJet plans to use its new Boeing 767s for service at all departing destinations except St. John’s, which will use WestJet’s Boeing 737s.

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OTTAWA – The lawyer for Bruce Carson says the former top aide to the prime minister was working in 2010 and 2011 to help an Ottawa company sell water treatment systems for First Nations communities.

“There’s no question about that,” Patrick McCann told an Ottawa court Tuesday on the second day of Carson’s trial on a charge of influence peddling.

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But nothing in the Criminal Code prevented Carson from doing that, said McCann. He stressed that his client was lobbying First Nations communities, not the federal government, to purchase water purification equipment from a firm known as H2O Pros and H2O Global, where his girlfriend at the time, a former escort, was employed.

McCann also conceded that Carson clearly held sway with the Harper government. Carson had been a senior adviser to the prime minister from the time the Conservatives first took office in 2006, until he left the post in 2008.

“There’s no question that my client was motivated to help H2O and, by extension, his girlfriend,” McCann told Ontario Superior Court Justice Bonnie Warkentin.

READ MORE: Former Harper aide Bruce Carson pleads not guilty to influence peddling

But that, McCann said, was irrelevant.

He pointed to a protocol for procurement of goods by First Nations, developed in 2009, which he said made clear that aboriginal communities exercise control over what they buy and how they buy.

“It was entirely up to the aboriginal bands” to determine whether to buy water purification systems and from whom to buy, he said.

Testimony provided at Carson’s preliminary hearing, made public in this week’s trial, showed Carson first went to Shawn Atleo, then the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, to seek guidance about who to approach about helping H2O Pros sell their treatment systems.

Carson told investigators that Atleo advised him to speak with two officials in the Aboriginal Affairs department.

READ MORE: Former PMO aide faces more illegal lobbying charges

But Crown prosecutor Jason Nicol told the court any suggestions that the AFN was in control of procuring water treatment devices would be false.

And he countered that Carson returned repeatedly to officials in the Aboriginal Affairs Department, known at the time as Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, or INAC, even offering to pay for officials to travel to Saskatchewan for demonstrations of the water systems.

The AFN made clear it was a “peripheral player,” said Nicol.

“INAC isn’t just holding the purse strings, they were heavily involved,” he said.

Court also learned Tuesday that Carson sent emails in early 2011 to the owner of H2O Water Professionals Inc., saying the government was considering several pilot projects that could provide business to the firm.

But Nicol said communications from INAC showed no such pilot projects existed.

Carson has pleaded not guilty to a charge under Section 121 of the Criminal Code, which prohibits anyone from using their influence with the government to obtain benefits for themselves or someone else.

The trial has provided more fodder for Stephen Harper’s opponents who question the prime minister’s judgment when it comes to appointing the people around him.

Harper asked the RCMP to investigate Carson after media reports surfaced about his involvement with H2O.

The prime minister avoided commenting directly about the trial on Monday, saying the case involves accusations about a private citizen who had long ago left his employ.

But evidence produced at the trial shows Carson still had direct access to cabinet ministers and senior staff in the Harper government, who appeared willing to entertain his attempts to promote H2O Pro’s products as a way to help First Nation communities fix their water quality problems.

After Carson left the PMO, he moved to Calgary to head an energy think tank which was given $15 million in funding from Industry Canada.

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CALGARY – Penn West Petroleum Ltd. has agreed to sell its properties in the Greater Mitsue area of central Alberta for $192.5 million cash.

Money from the sale will be used to reduce the Calgary-based company’s debt.

It’s the first major sale of non-core assets for Penn West since it announced two weeks ago that it was cutting its workforce by 400 full-time employees and contractors, suspending its dividend and cutting compensation for its directors.

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It also announced on Sept. 1 that it would sell a number of non-core assets, including the Mitsue properties, to reduce overhead costs. It said at the time that the Mitsue properties produced the equivalent of 4,500 barrels per day.

Penn West didn’t disclose the buyer but a second company announced about the same time that it has acquired properties in the same area that produce 3,300 barrels per day of crude oil and liquids.

Cardinal Energy Ltd said it would pay $129 million for its acquisition of light oil producing properties in the Mitsue area. It said CIBC and RBC would lead a syndicate of underwriters to provide $100 million towards funding the purchase, with the remainder coming from its credit agreements.

Penn West has said it’s aiming to keep its capital spending within cash flow generated from operations, despite the dramatic decline in oil and gas prices since the end of 2014.

It says the sale of the Mitsue properties will raise total proceeds from asset sales since June to $605 million.

Rock-bottom interest rates combined with sustained exuberance among buyers and an assist from a steady flow of foreign cash, according to experts, propelled the Vancouver and Toronto housing markets to new heights in August.

The country’s real estate association said Tuesday benchmark prices in those centres jumped 12 per cent and 10 per cent respectively, posting “by far” the biggest price increases among housing markets across the country.

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Aided by low rates, a shortage of detached homes in those regions compared to the number of interested buyers is driving the rapid price inflation, the Canadian Real Estate Association said.

“Prices continue to rise in Ontario and British Columbia, where listings are either in short supply or heading in that direction,” Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist, said.

Subdued elsewhere

Price growth was more subdued in other markets, notably in areas hit by lower commodity prices. In Calgary, which continues to feel the effects of sharply lower oil, benchmark home prices were flat – the first time index prices have notched zero growth in four years.

Other markets outside the Vancouver and Toronto areas are also responding in kind to a mild slowdown in the economy, which has registered back-to-back quarters of contraction, or a technical recession.

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The health of the country’s housing market has become a talking point in the federal election, the leaders from the three major parties promising reforms if elected.

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But outside of the country’s two biggest and priciest regions, sales data shows a balanced market, experts say.

Excluding the Vancouver and Toronto markets, the jump in national average prices would be cut in half, CREA said. “The national average price continues to be pulled upward by sales activity in Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto.

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Bubble behaviour?

“Overall, while most markets are responding logically to softening domestic economic conditions, Vancouver and Toronto continue to exhibit bubble behaviour,” David Madani, economist at Capital Economics said in a research note this week.

Several media reports in recent months have suggested a steady and rising tide of foreign cash is propping up price growth in big markets. Madani said that is only part of the story, while much of the demand remains from local buyers.

“While foreign investors are no doubt playing some role, we think this explanation is overblown,” the economist said. “Low interest rates and self-fulfilling expectations of higher prices continue to inflate actual prices independently of fundamentals,” he said.

“Over the longer-term, we still believe that these housing markets will experience major price reversals.”

WATCH: Liberal leader Justin Trudeau suggests ‘potential tools’ the federal government has to step in and help regulate runaway housing prices.

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TORONTO – The information commissioner is taking the Prime Minister’s Office to court, accusing it of refusing to release documents about four senators embroiled in scandal.

filed an access-to-information request to the Privy Council Office, the central bureaucracy serving the prime minister and cabinet, in August of 2013 asking for any records created since March relating to senators Mike Duffy, Mac Harb, Patrick Brazeau or Pamela Wallin.

The PCO identified 28 pages of responsive records, but withheld 27 of those pages, releasing just two emails in which its staff discussed similar access-to-information requests.

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PCO claimed every single word on every single one of those 27 pages might jeopardize solicitor-client privilege, or reveal personal information, or third-party information, or details on secret deliberations.

went to the federal information commissioner, who found the complaint well-founded and recommended the prime minister release “a significant amount” of additional information.

But the Prime Minister’s Office withheld the “vast majority” of the records and the information commissioner is now asking Federal Court to order the prime minister to disclose any records that don’t warrant being withheld under certain sections of the Access to Information Act.

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The Prime Minister’s Office “erred in fact and in law” in relying on the aforementioned sections of the act to withhold the records, the information commissioner said in the court application.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper deferred comment to the PCO, but a spokesperson there was not immediately available to respond on Monday evening.

Brazeau, Wallin and Duffy were suspended over their expense claims while Harb resigned.

Duffy, Brazeau and Harb have been charged with fraud and breach of trust. Duffy pleaded not guilty to 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery at his trial, which is set to resume in November.

Brazeau’s trial is scheduled to begin March 29, 2016. He has already pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Brazeau is also facing a separate set of charges – assault and sexual assault – arising from an alleged incident two years ago in the western Quebec city of Gatineau and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

That trial resumes Tuesday when he is expected to testify in his own defence.

Wallin has been under lengthy RCMP investigation but has not been charged.

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TORONTO – Mayor John Tory officially announced Tuesday Toronto will not bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

“Toronto can be an Olympic city and Toronto is already a world class city,” Tory said during a press conference at Nathan Phillips Square outside City Hall. “I am not saying no to the Olympics. I am saying not this time.”

The deadline to submit a letter of interest to the International Olympic Committee was Sept. 15.

“It’s not my job to be rash. It’s my job to make the best decision for Toronto and I’ve decided not to submit a letter to the IOC,” said the mayor.

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Tory said without the support from private sponsors or higher levels of government, it would not be a wise decision to submit a letter of interest and proceed with an Olympic bid.

“No one was rushing forward to hand me big cheques,” Tory said.

Tory said the estimated $50 to $60 million needed to submit a formal bid would be better allocated for improving social housing, transit and infrastructure.

“The truth is, I can’t look people in the eye at this point in our city’s development and tell them that an Olympic bid is the best use of our time, our energy, or our investment,” he said.

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The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) released a statement Tuesday respecting the mayor’s decision despite the group having voted last week to support the city’s bid.

“We remain optimistic Toronto could and should host the Olympic Games in the future,” said COC President Marcel Aubut.

“The Canadian Olympic Committee is determined to have the Olympics back in the country at the earliest opportunity.”

Tory said he will be assembling an advisory committee to help make informed decisions on the possibility of hosting other international events.

“I am announcing today that I will form an advisory group to look at the merits of competing for future events,” Tory said.

“[Events] such as a Winter or Summer Olympics, the World Cup of soccer, a world expo or other world championships which can vastly improve sports infrastructure.”

The Olympics sparked differing opinions from politicians, locally, provincially and nationally.

Toronto city council has been divided on whether Tory should have proceeded with an Olympic bid, with many believing it was not a fiscally responsible decision.

Councillor Gord Perks firmly opposed the idea of an Olympic bid and says he pleased with the Mayor’s decision.

“If we had gone down the Olympic road, all of those decisions would have gotten a lot more complicated,” Perks said.

“All the air would have been sucked out of the room and we wouldn’t have been able to solve important problems.”

Councillor Gary Crawford was previously on the fence when it came to considering an Olympic bid but he now also believes Tory made the right decision.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions,” he said.

“[Questions] I had – as the budget chair – who’s going to be paying for this bid and where is the support coming from.” NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said Monday he didn’t want to see the possibility of Toronto hosting the Olympics off the table.

“I don’t think we should shut the door to that bid,” Mulcair said. “I think they would do well to get the first step done and to keep that door open.”

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Last week, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said council voted unanimously not to support Toronto if it were to pursue the Summer Olympics.

“Without a comprehensive business case which details the budget implications and financial requests Mississauga taxpayers would be asked to commit to as part of this collective effort, Council could not proceed with supporting a Toronto bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics in such a short timeframe,” Crombie said in a statement.

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Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Budapest, Hungary and Hamburg, Germany have said they will be in the running to host, with the winning city to be selected in 2017.

Frank Spottke, who is visiting Toronto from Cologne, Germany, said he’s happy Toronto is no longer pursuing a bid.

“As a German, I like it because  competitors are Hamburg and I would love it if the Olympic Games would come to Hamburg,” he said.

“But it’s a pity for Toronto that they don’t apply for the Olympic Games because it’s a huge event where international audience is coming and it gives a town a special spirit”

Toronto unsuccessfully bid for the 1996 and 2008 Olympics and Tory has said he doesn’t want to lead a third failed bid.

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Every home tells a story. Some only whisper it through a handful of clues: a wedding photo on a fireplace mantle, perhaps, and maybe a few other framed photos scattered around a living room. Others say much more, with dozens of items illuminating the lives of those who live there.

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Crafter Lisa Hathaway has come up with one way to seed a living space with the story of where you’ve come from and who you are. Her “What a Difference a Day Makes” prints begin with a simple sheet of burlap – a fabric as textured as the lives her clients seek to commemorate. By printing their names and meaningful dates (births, marriages, etc.) in stark black on the pale brown burlap, she creates a frame-able wall hanging that invites conversation.

“With home gallery walls being filled with lots of family photos, the simple display of numbers adds a unique touch,” says Hathaway, who sells her work through her Etsy杭州桑拿 business, Emma & the Bean.

Beyond celebrating names and dates, there are many ways to combine decorating and personal storytelling.

Here are four creative approaches to celebrating your personal story through your home:

REPURPOSE CLOTHING

Somewhere in the back of a closet there may be an old sweatshirt from college or a T-shirt that you loved for years but never wear anymore. Why not bring that memory-infused old clothing into your living space? A tutorial on diynetwork杭州桑拿 offers simple steps for creating a pillow cover out of a treasured old T-shirt. Don’t have one that speaks to your history? Hunt at a vintage shop or online for clothing that captures a moment from your childhood or a decade of your history.

Several Etsy vendors will make quilts from old T-shirts, sports jerseys or baby clothes you’ve saved. You can also ask around in your community to find a quilter who will create the perfect throw blanket for your family room sofa.

PHOTOS WITHOUT FRAMES

Framed photos are great. But to share your history in a really compelling way, consider going really big. Choose a black-and-white image from your childhood or a vintage photo of your ancestors and have it printed on a huge scale.

You can have it mounted on a canvas with no frame for a modern look, or visit one of many custom wallpaper websites to have it printed as a mural that partially or entirely fills a wall. Eazywallz杭州桑拿 will print a large wall mural from your uploaded photo (they suggest using a photo that’s 8 megapixels or larger), which arrives as a peel-and-stick decal. A 5-foot-square mural costs about $150 with shipping costs included.

At designyourwall杭州桑拿, you can order custom wallpaper printed from personal photos. They have an in-house designer who can help you plan the project, and they offer samples of your custom order ($9.99 each) so you can be sure you like it.

Another option: Search for photo collage ideas on Pinterest, then create a collage that combines vacation pictures and luggage stickers from your last trip. You can make a new collage or add to an existing one each time someone in your family travels to a new location.

MARK YOUR WORDS

It’s popular to decorate with inspiring phrases or well-known quotes. But what about the most meaningful words from your own history? Choose a saying that your parent or grandparent often repeated, or a quote from a relative that is meaningful to you. Then use stencils to paint it onto a wall in your home, or use decals. At the Etsy杭州桑拿 shop Dana Decal, you can have a personal quote printed as a wall decal for prices ranging from $24 to $71, depending on the size.

Or create a memory wall: Paint one kitchen wall with chalkboard paint, and then let family members fill it with short notes about their favourite old and new memories. Don’t forget to photograph the wall before erasing a section to make room for new writing.

CELEBRATE PLACES

If you’ve lived in several cities or states, or your ancestors migrated, find artistic ways to bring those places into your home. UncommonGoods杭州桑拿 offers a cork globe ($129) that comes with pushpins and string, so you can literally connect the dots between the places you’ve come from and where you are now. Or mark the locations of loved ones around the world, or the next five destinations on your list of dream vacations.

Many crafters make variations on local or global maps, marking special places with hearts or stars. To do it yourself, sketch an outline of your state, for instance, on a piece of heavy paper, then use a hole-punch (craft stores sell ones with holes shaped like stars or hearts) to mark the spot in the state where you live now or have lived previously.

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