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Vintage Cruise Poster

September 23rd, 2015 Comments off
The Puzzle

The Puzzle

This is the puzzle that has been hanging out in the puzzle keeper since I was here in June. A vintage poster from the days when sailing across the ocean was either necessity or luxury and unlikely anything in the middle.

Like all of Liberty’s puzzles, they are wooden, laser cut and well seasoned with whimsy pieces.

interesting pieces

interesting pieces

and the finished puzzle.

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Puzzle Progress

June 21st, 2015 Comments off
starting the transportation modes

starting the transportation modes

which of course I started with the train since that was my most recent traveling method. also frankly the easiest to identify with the pieces… there are the two sea going vessels left in addition to the flags and a globe in the middle.

Now – see the cool whimsy pieces?

Critters!

Critters!

and fish and people and palm trees…..

 

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Speaking of Around the World

June 20th, 2015 Comments off

there is this puzzle….

Autour de Monde / Round the World

Wooden of course from Liberty Puzzles (Colorado) and contains 502 pieces. It appears to be an old fashion travel poster complete with sailing vessels, a steam ship, train and flags from many countries.

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My other puzzle has been completed for several days and I had to work my way up to taking it apart; placing the cat girl, the detective and the rest of Mike Resnick’s urban fantasy detective story set in an alternate New York back in the box.

 

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Puzzled about what to do…

May 3rd, 2015 Comments off

Le Havre is no more Paris than Dover is London. Never the less it certainly didn’t stop a huge proportion of my fellow passengers from bailing off the ship at first light for the trip. Since the all a board isn’t till 2230 that leaves a number of hours for the whirlwind tour while wasting more than five for the round trip. And no, the high spend train isn’t an option for an early Sunday arrival.

I’ve been to Paris. For that matter I gave been locally more than once.  About a year ago at last check.
Did I mention the overcast and rain upon docking?  At 1500 the sun has finally come out and I am deciding if I want a walk around town.
We finished the Wentworth Puzzle of the Corfe Castle ruins in Purbeck, some of the fudge has been consumed and knitting accomplished. It might be just the time for some scones.
The puzzle

The puzzle

whimsy pieces

whimsy pieces

partly completed

partly completed

completed

completed

upon on departure

upon on departure

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Puzzle update

July 10th, 2012 4 comments

I haven’t gotten far on Water Lilles. Here I am a week into this puzzle and I have to admit that it is quite hard. Of course it is not like I am spending a lot of time on it

honestly, there has been some progress

honestly, there has been some progress

however not as much as one might think. It is only ~500 pieces. Each and every one of which is unique. There aren’t even all that many standard edge pieces.

Knitting – Uhuru Shawl

finished on one of the cruises after I finally figured out the pattern –
then I blocked it the other day

the red one

the red one

and it looks like this now that it is finished. Took about 420 m/100g of Cherry Tree Hill (?Chocolate Cherry?) on ~ 3.25mm needles.

The Uhuru

The Uhuru

I believe the name derives from the Star Trek Character ….

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it’s a puzzle

July 3rd, 2012 Comments off

and all the variations there on. In reality, it is the last of this year’s puzzle club shipments. I think I have mentioned that I adore Liberty Puzzles. Laser cut real wood. Unlike some of the other, more realistic puzzles, impressionistic anything can be a real challenge.

Water Lillies

Water Lillies

I mentioned Whimsy pieces – I have “borrowed” a picture from the Liberty Puzzle’s website to show you what I mean –

Whimsy Pieces - water lillies

Whimsy Pieces – water lillies

all of which goes to me taking over the dining room table. It is nice outside on the terrace, we have a comfortable table in the kitchen. Besides, with every thing else dropped off on this rather large “shelf” a puzzle hardly makes a dent.

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Photo Friday

June 17th, 2011 Comments off

Has been a long time since I have done one of these. Photos on Friday that is. Traditionally I did doors and arches.

Norway - June 2010

Norway - June 2010

There is also Sewing

high yoked skirt

high yoked skirt


You do remember Ms Pink – right? Ok, she is currently being referred to as Maus; but she fell in love with this fabric (mild stretch denim) which only has the hem and yoke facing to hand sew.

and Knitting

Chess - Hanne Falkenberg

Chess - Hanne Falkenberg


Bought a couple of kits from someone who was destashing. This one is called Chess – and is in Colorway #1. It has been a long time since I knit anything for the DH. It should be safe as long as I sew a big dry clean only tag in the neck.

and finally puzzles

Foxy

Foxy


was finished and
Owls - Phil Lewis

Owls - Phil Lewis


was started.

I like being retired!

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April in Paris

June 14th, 2011 1 comment

Yes, I know it is June and that April in Paris did not happen this year. The closest Maus and I were able to get is this puzzle – a new one from Liberty – which we did this evening.

by Linnea Pergola

by Linnea Pergola

The alternative was cleaning up in the studio (a good hour), sorting through fabrics and patterns (including a trip to the attic = 2 hours), a trip to the recycle center and the library at PHV with a car load (2 hours) and baking bread (with the machine either 5 minutes or 3 hours). Actually – I meant going back and adding time to one of those fun adventures.

Maus, like a sensible teenager, called it quits and headed for bed. The Mole, stopping by was willing to work on one of the new Phil Lewis puzzles which arrived while I was down range.

Foxy = Phil Lewis

Foxy = Phil Lewis

This one turned out to be much harder and we managed to sort out only a small portion. Since it is a wooden puzzle, laser cut with completely irregular pieces, the border is not traditional. Working on it first is more difficult that putting together some of the odd pieces or finding an area and just working out from there.

It was around midnight when I decided that solitaire and the BBC audio broadcast seemed better uses of my time. Knitting or sleep would have been much more sensible, trust me, than sliding my finger around the iPad for an hour playing Yukon.

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100 dogs and a cat

November 16th, 2009 3 comments
one

one (or is that five?)

two

two

and more

and more

There are also those puzzles which are totally and completely insane. Humor is good.

Knitting those 20 rows over again, I am almost back to where I was before.

cul-de-sac reknit

cul-de-sac reknit

and, having had so much fun with the fulled clutch, I pulled out another lonely skein and started in

bag two started

bag two started

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