Weekend Reading 8.22.20

By Kate Riley August 22, 2020

This has been a super slow week for me, by choice. Our teens are back to school online and they are feeling comfortable in their individual study zones and on their Zoom calls. So far they’ve adjusted to the circumstances and are doing well so I’m feeling really good about that.

The wildfires are back, so everyone who is close to them here in California is on edge, again. And this is only the beginning of the season. The air quality is terrible, but we’re fortunate to be 30 minutes from the coast where we can escape for fresher air. Between the pandemic and the fires all around us, I’m feeling very boxed in, so I’m being extra kind to myself and taking whatever down time is necessary to get through this. 2020 is proving to be the strangest year.

Favorite links from the week:

Tour a modern home in Lake Tahoe with warm tones and natural textures.

Plant lovers will appreciate this botanical filled home and greenhouse.

Not one but two shades of blue on these kitchen cabinets.

I always look forward to these issues: Spoonflower’s Autumn mag.

Clever and chic: This plaid trim accent wall.

Fun DIY: this layered scroll saw mountain art project.

So great: This teen room color block sunburst paint treatment.

Where to place your houseplants according to a feng shui expert.

Reasons why some people hate your dog.

Deserts around the world to bookmark for your travel bucket list.

Bill Murray’s face photoshopped into classic works of art.

Make Your Own Jigsaw Puzzle

By Kate Riley August 19, 2020

My son and I like doing puzzles together. We do crossword puzzles in the car, and jigsaw puzzles a few times a year. There’s something very calming about putting a puzzle together and we’re always talking each other through it.  With his school schedule online, I like when he hangs out with me at lunchtime, we eat together and work on puzzles for half an hour.


It’s very easy to make your own jigsaw puzzle. There are a few companies that will do it for you. I use Zazzle a lot because their templates are really easy. They offer a few template sizes to make your own puzzle, from simple to difficult.


I had a jigsaw puzzle made with my Joshua Tree art print, also one in beach waves and another with surfboards. All you need to do to make your own is upload any of your images to the site, place an order, and your custom puzzle arrives in a week.


These make great gifts if you’ve traveled somewhere special with a spouse, partner, or friend! And since we’re all spending more time at home… they’re also a thoughtful gift for those who may feel isolated and looking for projects to do at home.


Tap into your wanderlust while staying home with these fun travel themed jigsaw puzzles.

They may inspire you to make a puzzle of your own with an image from your travels!

Beach Day


Hallstatt,  Austria


Cinque Terre

Key West

Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Glacier Bay, Alaska

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona



Once you’re done, you can turn them into frameable art. Martha has some easy instructions here.

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