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Kaleidos made from ...... Buttons!! ~ Large

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I made these kaleidoscopes from freely available images of buttons. I use a variety of programs to make my kaleidoscopes, colour the backgrounds and assemble them into a collage. All of which takes around 2 hours.

It gives me immense pleasure making them, and I hope it gives you pleasure solving them. :-)


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I love button kaleidos too, Ardy! I may go back and make some more kaleidos of them in the future, but because I make SO many kaleidos in one sitting, I know I have over-fished that image pond. I'll need to wait for some more fishies (images) to be posted. And I loved that conversation with Don too. I haven't seem him in a little while now, so I'm not sure what's going on there. But I see he's still on Jigidi, so I guess something else has grabbed his attention for know.

I hope you had a good day, today. And I'll see you tomorrow. ((HUGS))


I love your buttons. From your first button box way back when I first started doing puzzles . Thank you again for these. A really good time for me 44:39. I do hope you will have a nice day. This was a very interesting conversation between you and Don. I enjoyed following it.

Thanks for your email. I'll respond tomorrow. Sending lots of love and ((HUGS)). See you in your tonight, my tomorrow morning.


Thanks Davon! And, I don't know if this sounds bad or not, but actually I can't hear often enough that people enjoy my puzzles. (Only if they genuinely feel that way of course. No false praise for me!) I quite often have some low spots, as a puzzle-creator, and it's what lifts my spirits.

And I think Don would say that the square you like is square 6. It starts from left to right, and then from row to row. And I enjoy my conversations with Don. He's an interesting person. I wish I had more time for them, but comments are squeezed in between work and puzzle making..........


As always, another beautiful creation. Guess you must get tired of folks gushing over your works, but I am grateful you are out there creating. I admire them all but appreciate the use of contrasting colors in the center right (square 8?). Thanks Kirsten. (Enjoyed reading the interchange between you and Don, something I normally don't do, but I had find out what would generate such long conversations!)


I'm so glad you love it, Anne! And I think the bottom left was made from a colour mix called "Peacock". That's a perfect mix for you, my dear!!

And our weather is typically, all over the place. Lots of rain and thunderstorms. And it has gotten cooler too. But this week they're predicting weather like yours, which will be nice. 25 tomorrow I believe! Yay. But not before it rains this morning. While I'm working outside at the market. Grrrr. I can cope with working in the cold. But I hate getting wet. Grrrr again. Ah, well. What can you do? I still have that retirement to save for. And my full time job is in the public sector, so doesn't pay the big bucks. So, hi ho, hi ho. It's off to work I go. LOL Hope you have a fun week. Take care. :)))

Oh, and PS. That would be DON that could be the motivational speaker. Not me. I have shy wallflower-itis.


Kirsten, these are wonderful kaleidos. Love the mix in the top right with purple and pink but fave today is bottom left followed by top middle. These two have their buttons showing but in a way that adds layers to the finished effect. Of course they're blue/greens too so are special anyway. Thanks.
Woopee! It was a little warmer today - nothing less than 20C supposedly this week - with rain again by Friday. Finally have some bulbs flowering after all the cold weather. Keep well and don't work TOO HARD!
Sounds like you two could be motivational speakers with the skills behind you!!


I'm sorry for such a brief reply, Don. But I'm at work, and have a meeting in 10 minutes!! Your professional expertise, and interests are fascinating. I would love to be able to have a coffee and a chat!!

And I'm pleased to hear that the family is collectively supporting your parents. You are very lucky. Most of the medical practioners that we engaged for my father all commented on my sisters and I being such a tight unit, and would say that it's not the norm. And your approach sounds perfect. :)))


Corporate creativity - it turns out that improv groups on the east and west coasts are trying creativity training using improv exercizes. Improv is not my strength, but with 15 years of stage experience, I'm sure I can teach them; my real strength would be my social psychology and business background, helping people understand the dimensions and nature of "the box" - social training, interpersonal interaction rules, gender preconceptions, business models, managerial styles, etc. - referred to in "thinking outside the box". Not many people understand that.

I have 5 siblings, and my sister has been living in the rental house on our old farm, getting low rent for helping out. Two brothers, who live closer than I, come up periodically and help with heavier (primarily outdoor) tasks. My parents are still mobile, use a wood stove, keep the garden, etc.; that's kept them functional. But my mother had a mild stroke a year and a half ago, has had a hard time adjusting to speech and memory debilitation, and is now suffering from being tired all the time. My father has macular degeneration, tremens, and is having difficulty with his legs. My sister thinks they're about to need more extensive attention, and is investigating going part-time to deal with it. I think it would make more sense for me to move in with them, so she could continue working, and I could, being in residence, take over driving and help with the heavier work like garden prep, snow removal and hauling wood.


I think my sister is harnessing social media like linkedin, and the power of networking. So thus far, I think people have been coming to her. And your other routes sound fascinating! My previous role in my organisation was a professional development coordinator in an organisational development department. So corporate creativity sounds interesting. I now work as a policy coordinator, in an organisational innovation department - whose main focus is implementing lean culture and tools. And I work for a vocational college (in your language), that is very much focused on on-line learning. Although I have to confess to having some criticisms of our strategy, and resulting implementation.

I can also relate to your situation with your parents. I lost my father last October last year. He was a few days off his 83rd birthday. His health needs had been on the increase for the last five years or so, and my two sisters and I were supporting him with daily visits and some services to his house. A few years ago, he developed dementia symptoms. We too, had to deal with a forced removal of his licence. And we put him into residential care 6 weeks before he died. He was extremely unhappy, and unable to remember why he was there. He just wanted to go home. Sadly though, when he was at home, he also wanted to go home. Which is why we had to put him into care, as he kept packing his things and leaving his home, in search of his home. Dementia is an awful disease. He ended up having a massive stroke. And died a few days later. It's been a difficult year. And the approaching anniversary won't be easy either.

Happily, my mother is in pretty good health, so that's good.

So I have some experience of what you're going through there. I hope it goes well for you, and also hope you have the support of siblings and other family members, and good medical practitioners. :)))


Consulting is time-consuming - finding customers and convincing them that they need what you offer. I'd prefer to do something new rather than more of the same. I have a couple of other possible routes to pursue - corporate creativity training, on-line education - but right now, the only way I can make this work is to spend most of my time on it until I decide it's not practical. Meanwhile, it's something I can do if I have to move in with my parents (Dad turns 90 this month; Mom is having health problems, and neither should be driving). But I'll come up with something. Learning is my trade! :-)


Oh, Don! I'm so sorry to hear that. It must have been very hard to go from "master of your own destiny", and other's destiny for that matter, to losing your job. And harder still, when it's not just your destiny, but a vision that you have for your organisation. The image I have of you is one of precision, thoroughness, attention to detail, determination and deliberateness. I'm sure that these are all qualities that will enable you to learn something new. And wish you all success with it.

Have you considered "consulting" in your old field? My sister recently lost her role as a CEO of a not-for-profit small organisation. She was (and is) very keen to find a commensurate position with another values-based organisation. That hasn't happened yet, but she is finding that she is securing quite a lot of work consulting. Some of it is project type work. And some of it is one day type facilitation/advice. There are downsides - like it being "casual" work, so no sick pay, annual leave etc. But in the meantime she is doing OK for now, and networking like crazy. I'm not sure if there is something for you there.

And in the meantime, your experience is a salient reminder to me to ensure that I provide for my own retirement. I'm about 15 years away from minimum age. It's not that long really......

Thank you for sharing your story. :)


What kind of work did I do? I've been an engineer in three different disciplines (materials, mechanical, software) in three different industries (medical electronics, electronic music, and Software as a Service - i.e. a dotcom). I've managed engineering, quality assurance, and operations; I've been president or managing director of 6 organizations (3 non-profits), one of which was in England, and one of which was a startup in which I was a principle and principle investor (I lost it all). Because my background is general rather than specific, it's been hard to find a job, so when I was laid off after 11 years at the dotcom (an act of desperation - they laid off the head of IT, the CTO, and the head of Operations before they got to me), I decided that it was pointless to look for another job at my age, particularly since I'd been putting up with a broken system for over 40 years. Since I don't have enough money to retire, and my Social Security isn't adequate (my prime earning years had no income because of my startup years when I didn't take a salary), I decided I needed something I could do myself, on my own schedule, which could earn more than a salary - so I'm studying to become a day trader on the stock market. Not successful yet, but it's looking possible.


Same re cable (or pay TV as we call it here). I'm sure there would be some really good programs, HBO to name one, but our national broadcasters program such high-quality that we rarely need to look for anything else. And if we hear about a good program on the commercial stations, we buy it on DVD and watch it ad-free. And at a time of our choosing.

I hope you don't mind me asking, but what kind of work did you previously do? And what kind of work are you in-training for?

Oh, and PS. I think we could have a Sudoku Off! LOL


I understand perfectly. I discovered Sudoku, and started doing the puzzles daily. Eventually, I discovered and downloaded a computer version which provided an endless series of puzzles, scored your results and posted the top 50 or 100 world-wide in the last 24 hours - i.e. you could make the list, but your position was not only hostage to others beating it, it disappeared after a day.

Playing at the next-to-top level, I once had something like 14 of the top 25 spots. However, I realized that I was spending hours a day playing it, and it wasn't really a productive use of my time, so I didn't reinstall it when I upgraded my computer. Jigidi and Boggle still take too much of my time, so I'm trying to limit those. It's an ongoing battle; 17 years ago I dropped my cable subscription because although there was always something interesting to watch on television, sitting in front of the TV for several hours a night, and more on weekends, was not as developmental as many other activities I could have been doing. At least these are mentally stimulating, but hours on the computer still displace activities such as playing music or traveling about - particularly when I spend hours reading each day (news, economics, tech, etc.) on my iPad, and 9:30-4 glued to the screen while the market's open (my attempt to train myself for a new job).


Oh, I think "sheeniness" was PERFECT!! I was just having a little fun with you, Don. Your command of the English language is very obvious. But I love that you are mischievous enough to try out words that might not be in the dictionary. :)))

My own literacy is on the wane, I think. As a child, our parents encourage us to read, and we devoured books. Which I think put me ahead of the game at school. And maybe into my early twenties. But sadly I read less now (I work, and I make puzzles - that is my life!!). But I have a love of number games like Sudoku. My daily newspaper started publishing them about 15 years ago, and it was like a personal challenge to do them every day, no matter how hard. And to make sure I got them ALL out. I refused to be beaten by them, even their "diabolical" level. Sadly, making puzzles has replaced that interest. But when I'm on holidays, I will often buy books of them. Only I start at the moderate or hard level. I never do the easy ones. Ooooh. Reading that back, I do sound like a show off. But I'll leave it there anyway. I'm not a show off though. Quite the opposite. Bit of a wallflower in real life. I was just sharing that I have a love of other types of puzzles and games too. :)))


I've been playing on-line boggle, 5x5 array, against 50-100 players from around the world, for a couple of years now ( There's no penalty for wrong words, and the dictionary is very large, so I get in the habit of trying words which seem like they might make it. "Sheen" turns out to have the acceptable forms "sheenie" and "sheeny" (unless it's a different word entirely, which is sometimes the case), so "sheeniness" might actually pass. If not, it's at least reasonable, and - most importantly - its meaning is obvious. The purpose of language is communication, after all! :-)

And while "sheen" might seem to be the correct usage, "sheeniness" seems more to the point, particularly since I'm not sure that a picture or display can have "sheen" - I think it's an optical phenomenon created by surfaces with certain characteristics.


Again, I have to say that I love your critiques Don! And you have me laughing with "sheeniness". I don't recall you ever using a made-up word before. You seem to have an amazing command of the language, and are very precise with the terms you use. "Sheeniness" is the kind of word I would use. So now you're making me say that I too, love the top left, for its translucence! LOL. Oooh. I feel like we kinda swapped roles there. Only I spoiled it with "kinda". Oh, well. You can't teach an old dog new tricks. LOL


Another nice collection. I'm drawn to the purple and dark blue (#s 3 and 7), but every one has at least one feature that appeals to me - the sheeniness of #1, the interrupted border of #2, etc.


Thanks Gail! I think that's pretty good going after 21 months! I hope that I can continue to amaze you, and make puzzles that you enjoy solving. And I have a soft spot for that top left too. I love the emerald green, and translucence of it!! I'm really pleased to hear that you enjoyed it. :)))


You continue to amaze me, Kirsten. I love the blue in the lower left. The center is mesmerizing. I also really like the pink, aqua and green motif in the upper left. I love the pearlescent center of the green square. Thank you for a fun puzzle.