What better month than April, with its kick-off day being April Fool’s Day – to host National Humor Month? According to the National Humor Month website the idea “was conceived to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy - the benchmarks of humor - lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life.” CONTINUE READING
As we approach the mid-year stretch and we’re short on puzzle options to coordinate with holidays for a bit, I’m here to tell you don’t worry – every day is a holiday! That is, if you’re willing to get a little creative about what you celebrate. Using my favorite holiday app, Holiday Today, I created the following round up of puzzles to pair with some upcoming quirky holidays.
We need to talk about your situation. You have a rabid jigsaw puzzler in your life. And you want to buy them a puzzle for the next gift giving situation (5 stars, highly recommend), but you’re not sure where to start. Before we go any further, I’ll just put your mind at ease right now and answer the question that is on every gift giver’s mind. No, you can never get ‘too many’ puzzles for your jigsaw puzzle lover and no, they will never ‘get tired’ of receiving a puzzle as a gift. In fact, they will be absolutely delighted if you start celebrating International Jigsaw Puzzle Day every year by sending them a puzzle.
In the last few months I’ve felt myself shift away from being a new puzzler to a more experienced puzzler. I don’t think there’s a timeline as such for when this happens, but I feel like I can confidently choose my puzzles with regards to the experience I want to have. If you happen to follow me on Instagram though, you’ll know for a fact I still slip up on a semi regular basis and the “relaxing and easy” puzzle often turns into a big joke, because the easiest part is opening the box.
I always love to get holiday themed puzzles that are specific to each holiday. So with Easter on the way, I was on the hunt for the perfect puzzle. When I came across the 1000 piece Easter Globe by SunsOut, I knew it was the one. I thoroughly enjoy shaped puzzles and the extra challenge they can sometimes present.
Spring is in the air here in Eastern Canada! Finally! It has been a long cold winter and dreaming of the warm days ahead, I decided to redo a summer sunset scene, the 500-piece Springbok’s Barnyard Animals. This same picture, by artist Dona Gelsinger, is also available in 36 and 100 piece counts. Perfect for all ages. CONTINUE READING
Sorting is a hotly debated topic when it comes to puzzles. Some people sort and love it. Some people sort and hate it. Some people don’t sort at all. There are no rules. I love sorting. I love taking that time to plan my strategy and look at the details. One of the most popular questions I get is “how do you sort your pieces?”. So using Ultima Thule by Puzzlelife featuring the work of award-winning artist Jacek Yerka, I am going to walk through my strategy.
What is it about a puzzle that causes someone to say, “That was a GOOD puzzle,” rather than I’m so glad I finished that. Put it in the box and donate it to the thrift store!” I think it varies from one person to the next. That’s why there are so many different types of puzzles – something for everyone. Not much of an answer, I know. But it’s why it’s so difficult to buy a puzzle for someone else. Hint to family and friends: Gift cards please!
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