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About utesmile

Love life, music and dance. Live today as for tomorrow it will be all history!

Jigsaw Puzzle Review – Snowdrop Cottage

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I have been given a 1000 piece Jigsaw puzzle to do and to review,

as you know I love doing puzzles.

It arrived on Friday.

I was already excited.

It is called Snowdrop Cottage and it is an original premium Ravensburger Puzzle,

Great German Quality.

Picture

It is wonderful to unpack a great quality puzzle

knowing how much I will enjoy doing it.

The joy begins on opening the box… the anticipation….

and I find the pieces, a leaflet, the 2018 catalog and a picture of the puzzle.

The picture – Snowdrop Cottage, perfect for the Winter season is  done by artist Howard Robinson.

It is the 11th in a series of English Cottages.

I love the picture.

When I study it more I find the warm cottage, lots of beautiful plants, many birds, different flowers, the well –

all in all a beautiful picture.

I already make my plan in my head how to tackle the puzzle.

Step 1 find all edge pieces

Step 2 sort colours  for house and roof

Step 3 go for it and enjoy.

Check out my progress:

 

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The Puzzle was a delight to do. The most satisfying moment is when you put the last piece in. You feel you have achieved something and had fun doing it.

I started on Friday evening, continued on Saturday and finished it off on Sunday afternoon.  This 1000 piece puzzle would be a great starter puzzle for someone who has only done 500 pieces, but wants to go bigger.  The motive which is the very ‘busy’ and colorful picture of Snowdrop Cottage makes it easy to sort and follow where the pieces go. The soft click technology of the well known Ravensburger Company makes it so satisfying to put piece after piece in and you feel straight away if it fits or not. The different shapes also help solving the puzzle.

The making of the puzzle was fun and relaxing for me.

Puzzles are relaxing and almost like a meditation,

when you can study the picture and enjoy every bit in detail,

no rushing involved,

but take your time and do it calmly.

You can do it together with someone else and have a good and peaceful time.

If you enjoy doing puzzles I certainly recommend this puzzle from Ravensburger

and

it makes a great present too.

There are plenty more puzzles to choose from if you want a bigger challenge or just more fun.

 

done – hurray

 

Looking through the catalog I found my next one already – ‘The afternoon visitor’

Find the wonders of nature

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Find the wonders of nature

In this dark and grey January

it is still possible to find

wonders of nature.

Encourage yourself to notice them.

Greet the sunshine and  birdsong in the morning,

look at the cloud formation,

see some blooms, cheering up the world.

Nature is a healer in many ways.

Always look with fresh eyes,

bringing wonders to your surroundings.

The wonders of Nature are endless.

Walt Disney

 

Garden picture Jan 18

 

 

My strawberry plants, lovely and green.

 

What wonders did you find today ?

Live – Laugh – Love

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Sure you heard

“Life is not a Dress rehearsal”

As a new year comes we examine the quality of our lives.

We are not always having an audience.

Does it matter…

Don’t save the pretty China for extra visitors.

Put the nice dress on,

make an extra effort to set the table,

take extra 5 minutes to fix the hair,

we are the leading role in our lives.

We are not expected to perform every minute of our lives but

it gives us the power, excitement and glory of Real Life.

Enjoy life!

jan 18

Question to bloggers

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I have a question to all bloggers out there please.

My blog is over 5 years old and is slowly running out of space. ( free theme)

What can I do to add space? ( not buying additional space though)

Do I need to delete posts, which I don’t really like.

Do I need to start a new one and start all over again?

I have exported the whole lot and got it on my downloads. – for info

Any ideas are appreciated bearing in mind that I am not that computer savvy.

 

Thank you

Weekly Inspiration No 52 – The year ends

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As I write no 52,

it means 52 weeks are gone.

52 Weekly Inspirations

 I have enjoyed to inspire myself and you,

my wonderful blogging friends for 2017.

 

As the year draws to a close I like to

Thank you all from the bottom.. and the top of my heart

for continuing to read and comment on my blog.

I am happy to reach people all over the globe, it makes me happy.

I wished I could give you all a group hug,

you truly deserve it,

and just think how wonderful it feels.

 

Well , I shall send a cyber hug!

 

I hope next year I can meet another blogger or two in person.

I love you all!

 Here my no 52  inspiration poster for this year:

 

Continue to be AMAZING!

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With so much love

from me

❤ ❤ ❤

Merry Christmas

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May your home be filled with warmth 

and good cheer this holiday.

May the glow of Christmas

fill the hearts of you and your loved ones

and bring love and peace!

 

 

Christmas Decorations

 

 

 

 

on this tree

 

Heartfelt Christmas greetings

from my heart to your heart.

Sending you the warmest hugs!

 

Much Love from 

xxx Ute xxx