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Souvenir: A custom-illustrated map of your vacation

September 13, 2011 |  6:00 am

Il_570xN.261689627 Philadelphia illustrator Lindsey Bee offers a unique service through her Etsy shop, Lindsey Bee Hive: She’ll create a map illustration of your vacation or any other significant trip. Here's an example of a honeymoon map she created for a client.

But the map could just as easily celebrate food and wine discoveries. See that little wine bottle down by the toe of the boot? Bee will draw whatever you want.

It could be your visit to Burgundy with wine estates and restaurants along the way. A map of favorite dishes encountered in Italy, dim sum enjoyed in Hong Kong or breakfasts consumed at greasy spoons on a road trip through the heartland. Even a cheese map for a turophile (cheese lover).

You name it. Just provide her with a list of vacation memories or moments (five to 10) you wish to be illustrated, as well as any helpful material, such as photos or maps.

Here’s how she explains the process: "Once you've provided the appropriate information, I will draw a pencil sketch of your map & illustrations (your "memories") & email you a proof. The proof will not be colored in, as that takes the majority of the time. Once you've approved the pencil sketch & like everything you see, I will proceed to finish your Vacation Map."

So much better than Facebook.

Sounds reasonable and fair. Allow her at least two or three weeks to complete the 11-by-14-inch project once the sketch is approved. Cost: $225. (Mat and frame not included.)

Check out her site for more information.

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Illustration credit: Lindsey Bee

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