Jientje, our mistress of fun, has cooked up a new photo challenge, and this is what she has to say about it:

When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by the colourful language my grandmother used.  She had such a way with words, she had her own funny ways to describe things and that memory still makes me smile. As long as people have been around, they have tried to communicate with each other. As a means of getting the message across as clearly as possible, idioms and sayings have found their way into our language.

Now, because a picture paints a thousand words, I thought it would be nice to make this a new photo challenge. The idea is to pick an idiom, or a saying, ( even slang is allowed) and illustrate it with a picture. Each week we’ll cover two letters of the alphabet, okay?

And so we start ….

Week One:  A & B

An Ace Up His Sleeve

Idiom

If you have an ace up your sleeve, the implication is that you have a hidden asset which may,
or may not,
be legal and above board.
In the wild west gambling halls, if someone was caught with an ace up his sleeve,
he was shot first and questioned later.

Buttons & Bows

metaphor
metaphor

If you’re all dressed up in buttons and bows, you are wearing your fanciest duds.
Gram used to tell me to get into my “buttons and bows”
when she wanted me to dress for church or some fancy occasion.
The metaphor is also the title of a song first published in 1947
and can be listened to on Youtube as sung by Gene Autry.

Buttons & Bows, Gene Autry

If you liked this, you can see what the other players have come up with by stopping by Jientje’s, Heaven is in Belgium, and clicking on the links. If you really liked this, grab your camera and play along! Jientje is one heck of a hostess and a good time will be had by all!


Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she is not doing book reviews or creating curriculum literature units, she is working on writing the next great American novel. You may visit her writing blog at http://charlene-amsden.com. Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she is not doing book reviews or creating curriculum literature units, she is working on writing the next great American novel. You may visit her writing blog at http://charlene-amsden.com.


About the author

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she is not doing book reviews or creating curriculum literature units, she is working on writing the next great American novel. You may visit her writing blog at http://charlene-amsden.com.

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