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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Reviews of California Jigsaw Puzzles

Working a California Jigsaw Puzzle Together is a Great Family Activity


Reviews of California Jigsaw Puzzles
California jigsaw puzzles are beautiful. Working them together as a family can help children and adults develop or refine many important skills. These include management skills as the family plans who will work on which part of the puzzle; organizational skills as one sorts pieces; and spatial relations and analytical skills as one begins to learn and predict which pieces will fit together and why. Learn more about the benefits of working jigsaw puzzles.

Adults will find that working puzzles may help ward off senility, since both sides of the brain need to work together while completing a jigsaw puzzle. Working puzzles exercises the short-term memory as you try to remember just where that piece you saw that will fit in the hole is, or where the hole is that a piece you have in your hand will fit. It's a more complex version of the card game Concentration.

As families sit around a table and put puzzles together, they not only develop brain skills, but they also have plenty of opportunities to talk to each other. We often don't spend much time getting to know our other family members because we hardly ever make time to sit down with each other in a relaxed setting. Working puzzles together is an informal way for children to spend quality time with parents and siblings or wives with husbands. If the conversational well needs priming, one can always talk about the puzzle working process.

 Why California Puzzles?

So why work jigsaw puzzles with scenes of California on them? Why not? California is the third largest state in America. It has some of the most famous amusement parks. It is a large producer of wine. It has scenery that encompasses mountains, deserts, volcanoes, beaches, rugged coasts, large cities, growing fields, orchards, and a variety of fauna and flora. As a family works California puzzles, children can learn a bit of geography, no matter what state or country they live in. Adults can see places they've never been, or families can remember and reminisce about places they have visited as they work puzzles with the photos of those places on them.

California is home to some of the most beautiful places in America. Of course, I may be a bit biased, since I'm a native Californian. I currently live on the California Central Coast, but I used to live in Southern California and was one of the first visitors to Disneyland when it was built. My dad helped build it.

Now I live among the vineyards in Templeton.  I often walk the downtown area of Paso Robles, as well as its vineyards. I love walking the boardwalk of Cambria and the beaches of the San Luis Obispo County South Coast. I never go anywhere without my camera.

 I enjoy sharing the beauty of my state with others. I share photos of my local area of Templeton and Paso Robles in my blog, Capturing the Paso Robles Area with My Camera, and I love making Zazzle puzzles of some of my favorite local scenes, especially of the coast, the trees, and the missions. You can see all these puzzles together from this Zazzle link. 

Zazzle puzzles come in two sizes. Both come in lovely gift boxes with the image on the top so you can see what the finished product should look like. The 8" x 10" size has 110 pieces. The 11" x 14" size has 252 pieces. Both are suitable only for those over three years of age. Below are some photos I have used on the puzzles you can access from the link above. I took these photos at the Santa Barbara Mission. They are just two views of this mission I put on puzzles.

Reviews of Jigsaw Puzzles with California Scenes
My Favorite Puzzle of the Santa Barbara Mission, © B. Radisavljevic



Reviews of Jigsaw Puzzles with California Scenes
This image appears on my most popular Santa Barbara Mission Puzzle from Zazzle
Below is one of the many beach scenes I put on puzzles of the California coast.

Reviews of Jigsaw Puzzles with California Scenes
This photo of the rocky coast of Cambria also appears on a Zazzle puzzle. © B. Radisavljevic
I have even more puzzles with scenes from the Paso Robles wine country. These are mostly of vineyards, tasting rooms, and even grape processing. In my puzzles grapes are shown on the vine both green and ripe and even withering when left on the vines after harvest. Vineyard jigsaw puzzles show vineyards in summer when  they are green and in autumn when their leaves turn lovely shades of red and gold.  Some of these would be just right to work while you are waiting for a midnight toast on New Year's Eve at home. Here are a couple of favorite photos I used on these puzzles.

Reviews of Jigsaw Puzzles with California Scenes
Vineyard at Harvest Time, © B. Radisavljevic

Reviews of Jigsaw Puzzles with California Scenes
Patio of Croad Tasting Room in Paso Robles, © B. Radisavljevic

Although I love making puzzles at Zazzle, they may not be big enough to satisfy some people. Amazon's jigsaw puzzles feature California places I have not visited with a camera.  Some puzzle pictures feature art work rather than photographs. The topics for which you can find 1000-piece puzzles give you many choices. Here are some of my California puzzle favorites.



Next time you want to spend quality time with your family without leaving home, plan a family puzzle party. Pop corn, make hot chocolate, and work a California  jigsaw puzzle. Pick up one now while you are thinking about it. You won't be sorry, because you never know when  the next rainy day or next power outage will occur. Be prepared.



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seascape Photography

Sometimes we all need a break from the everyday world and escape to a calmer and quieter place.  For me the ocean is that calming break, but since I live in the middle of the country it isn't always possible to actually go to the ocean.  I have found that having photos and objects with these serene scenes in my home helps me to relax.

Seascape Photography

I love photographing beach scenes.  There is something quite calming and relaxing about looking out at the ocean and I want to capture that serene feeling in my photos.  When I visit the ocean I take lots of photos so that I can relive them in times of stress.

  My Photos on Zazzle Products

When I return home from a trip to the ocean, I work on my photographs and turn many of them into products on Zazzle. Here is one of my most popular scenes.  I have sold this one scene 709 times on 9 different Zazzle products.  It was taken at the beach at Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  This beautiful scene can now be seen on prints, postcards, mugs, mousepads, magnets, tote bags and many more interesting items  Here you see it on a print.
bymbgphoto Browse for more framed art posters at zazzle


One of my favorite beaches to photograph is the beach area around Jupiter Florida.  We spend a month there each winter so I have plenty of time to take photos.  Here are a few of my favorite shots made into Zazzle products.
Coral Cove Beach Print





Coral Cove Beach Print by mbgphoto
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View other Palm by ocean Canvas Prints at Zazzle.com
Look at more Poster templates and designs online at Zazzle

Zazzle Products by Review This Authors

Several of the other authors of Review This also showcase their water photography on Zazzle.  This first one by Heather is a beautiful array of colors.

Peaceful Evening Card
Peaceful Evening Card by Heather426
I love this turtle that Coletta photographed in Hawaii.

Hawaiian Honu Sea Turtle Hand Towel
Hawaiian Honu Sea Turtle Hand Towel by CryptiTicArt
This serene scene at the sea by Ruth is sure to make you feel relaxed.


Sunset Sea of Serenity Dry Erase Whiteboard
Sunset Sea of Serenity Dry Erase Whiteboard by abitosunshine
Shop for Sunset Dry Erase Boards online at Zazzle.com



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