Many Projects

I’m always busy—who isn’t. I have several projects in the works. I discovered a cool program to make a book and I’m working on one for Africa. Then I want to make books for our other travels. Very cool. And fun. But, as with everything else, there is a huge learning curve and lots of trial and error. It’s like you get to use both sides of your brain at the same time.

This is the cover. Minus the red outline, which comes from my screenshot app. I’ve been having a lot of fun making this. Don’t you just love the pattern on this zebra’s hindquarters? It looks like his tail has been braided.


Here is a screenshot of a page. Two pages, I mean. I’m very impressed with myself.


I made our Christmas cards, too. We got them yesterday—it’s a happy moment when they turn out as good as they looked on the screen. The lion’s paws don’t show up in the photo, but they do on the card—this is a screenshot from and I obviously didn’t snip all of it.


This is the first time I didn’t make quilty cards. But then, I traveled most of the year.

Here is my other “project.” Learning this thing. But it’s a whole lot of fun and the apps are a kick in the pants. Figuring out the touch is the hardest part. You get your finger close to a hotspot and it goes. And not always when you wanted it to. Lots of “woops!”


Q School is being held this year at the course where we live. It has been interesting to watch the [large] groups of players, caddies, scorekeepers and spectators as they walk the course. If you are an amateur golfer, you can play in this six-day tournament to earn the right to enter PGA tournaments with amateur status. If you are a professional, you can’t play in the amateur events, and you might not be good enough to make any money on the PGA, so a lot of top-notch players don’t turn pro. The Q stands for Qualifying. I don’t know why they call it School.


I was going to go over to the practice tees today—got a golf game Sunday—but the weather has turned nasty. Cold and windy—b-r-r-r. Even the intrepid Q School golfers are wearing all their layers. (The above picture was snapped yesterday.)  Pity the poor people who didn’t pack warm clothes. They look very unhappy out there.

Quilting is progressing on the sailboat quilt. But I can’t show ya yet—cuz it’s a gift. You never know who might visit the blog.

That’s all the news for now. Stay happy and healthy.


  1. I did a photo book on Blurb last year with pics of our Barcelona to London trip. It was a lot of fun. Now I know what I will and won't repeat for the next one...some of my pics were a little small...I'd rather spend the extra $$ and get a bigger book than have the pics too small. Hey! I just got a new phone AND a new brain is seriously going to explode, I think...the texting errors on the phone are amazing sometimes...

  2. Love that XMas photo. Are you doing the book through Shutterfly or something like that?

    Isn't technology great? Keeps you crackin'

    Lots of big winds here today and yesterday. Kind of swooshy:)

  3. I've done a couple of small ones with pictures of the grandkids. Amelia does a really nice big one each year as Christmas presents for us and for Chris' parents.

    They are a great idea for memorializing your trips!

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  5. Let me know what site you are using for the book ...I think that is a wonderful idea for our trip and future ones. Love the Christmas card !! Tell me you Photoshopped that lion in and that you weren't actually that close !! Buenos dias ! Barcelona is beautiful.

  6. Great to check in on you Ri! Neat to see your foray into graphics and book design. You go, GF!

  7. We did a photo book last year of the GK, but your version looks like you can include more writing. How'd you tame that lion? What a fun card!

  8. That is fabulous Rian. I too love the Christmas photo although the zebra is spectacular. Any giraffes? My favorite.


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