Monday, June 24, 2019

Postcards 2019: Mumbai

2019, this year I am going to highlight postcards from places that I have never visited!! I know many of you think that I have traveled all over the world and I have been to many places, but there are places here in the USA and all over the world that are still on my bucket list. So this year, I will be sharing postcards from places that I have not visited yet!

Mumbai, India








Monday, June 17, 2019

Postcards 2019: The Falklands

I really know very little about the Falkland Islands. There was a war in 1982....and Argentina invaded the Falklands which was a British Colony. And it is British today. I would love to visit one day





Monday, June 10, 2019

Postcards 2019: Dubrovnik

The theme this year for my postcard blog is places that I have never visited. 
Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It's known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century.





Thursday, June 06, 2019

Merging Puzzles together!



So Ryan and I were inspired by a puzzle montage artist, Tim Klein of Vancouver, WA and some of his art pieces can be seen by following that link. But here is one:




I thought this would be a fun project to do together and it was a lot of fun to work the puzzles and then merge them.
I went to my local Goodwill store to pick up some puzzles cheaply....the key here is to get puzzles by the same manufacturer and in the same size. 






We thought the Apple Pie and the Fireworks puzzles might go together nicely.  They are both 500 piece puzzles by the Puzzlebug company. First we completed each puzzle




Once we had the puzzles finished, now we had to figure out how to merge them together. My original idea was to have the fireworks coming out of the Apple Pie and that worked pretty good.




But what I think was the more popular choice was to have the Apple Pie floating over the city with fireworks in the background.




Also while I was at Goodwill, I picked up another puzzle by this manufacturer and we decided to try and merge it with the fireworks too! This is St. Louis Union Station.



So we have the puzzle finished and this one is missing a piece towards the bottom, but it will not cause us any problems creating our merged "artwork"


First we take apart the puzzle so we can then merge the two images


Oh, this one is going to look really nice!!



Our finished piece with the Fireworks puzzle merged with the St. Louis Union Station.


Now we are getting silly and thought we would see how the apples would look in Union Station.


But we are not done yet!! I bought two more puzzles that we are going to see if we can merge. This is the Buffalo Puzzle company.  We will have to put them together and then see if we can merge them.



Sad news, but once we put the Buffalo puzzles together, we found out that they are not the same die cut. So we cannot merge them. But it was fun to just do the puzzles and we were only halfway done with the second puzzle when we checked to see if we could merge them and the completest in both of us, said that we had to finish putting the puzzle together, even though we were not going to merge them!! LOL

Monday, June 03, 2019

Postcards 2019: Eagle's Nest

2019, this year I am going to highlight postcards from places that I have never visited!! I know many of you think that I have traveled all over the world and I have been to many places, but there are places here in the USA and all over the world that are still on my bucket list. So this year, I will be sharing postcards from places that I have not visited yet!  There are still many areas of Germany and Austria that I have not visited. I need to go back and tour more thoroughly 








Friday, May 31, 2019

Books I read in May 2019



The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy by B. M. Carroll  This book was recommended by Liane Moriarity and I have enjoyed so many of her books. This one was not as good as the Liane Moriarity books, but I did enjoy it a bit.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (library) Great fictional book based on the true story of women spies during WWI and spanning into WWII. The author has a bibliography at the end of the book of more non-fiction and fiction about this period of history and these women. Highly recommend.
The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear (library) A Maisie Dobbs book, this one takes place during the London Blitz and Maisie must solve the mysterious death of an American War Correspondent.  Very good book and I really care about these characters. Can't wait for the next one.
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (library) a fascinating part of the history of Korea that I had never thought of before reading this book. These women divers were amazing and their history and stories are fascinating. Lisa See of course creates a fictional story, but it is based on real life and real history. In her acknowledgements at the end of the book are more references for stories about these women.
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8 Lee Very entertaining book about Chinese Food and the Americanization of Chinese food Highly recommend.
Hangman by Jack Heath (library) dysfunctional detective I quite enjoyed.
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (library) I read a lot of dysfunctional southern family fiction and this one is set in present day, which is refreshing (many seem to be 1950's-1970's) And I enjoyed the modern elements
The Huntress by Kate Quinn (library) Really good WWII fiction. I especially liked the parts about the "night witches"
White Nights by Ann Cleeves (library) I am reading all of Ann Cleeves Shetland books and I liked this one (the whole idea of white nights fascinates me)
In The Unlikely Event by Judy Bloom (audiobook) how multiple plane crashes affect the citizens of Elizabeth, NJ in the 1950's. Very "father knows best", "leave it to beaver" type stories in that the period details are spot on.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Postcards 2019: Big Bend, TX

So many fabulous National Parks in the USA and I still need to visit more of them! Big Bend is at the top of the list. Could this be the year that I visit Big Bend??