Lately, it feels like everyone in the puzzling world has started doing wooden puzzles, so of course I wanted to give them a try. With thoughts of Spring and the Easter bunny in my head, I decided that Garden Bunny by Wooden City would be perfect. Wooden City puzzles come packaged in environmentally friendly packaging. The 250 pieces are in a paper bag. No plastic here! There's also a small included reference picture if you need it, but I prefer to puzzle without the picture. CONTINUE READING
When most people think about puzzles, they probably think about a puzzle that's around 25" × 19", but did you know there is a whole world of mini puzzles? In all my years of puzzling, I've only assembled a couple of mini puzzles, so I'd say this is a new world for me. I was surprised to see the variety of mini puzzles available. It was difficult to do, but I narrowed it down to eight puzzles to tell you about. CONTINUE READING
I not only love jigsaw puzzles, I love all things puzzle and game related. This month I'd like to share some of the cool puzzle adjacent items a.k.a. brain teasers available at Puzzle Warehouse. These brain teasers are not only good for helping keep your brain active, they can also be almost meditative and they are excellent for fidgety fingers. CONTINUE READING
It's the gift-giving time of year, so I thought it would be fun to create a list of 10 great gift ideas for the puzzlers in your life...or for those times when you want to treat yourself. First up is something I use often while puzzling, The Puzzle Box Stand. The nice thing about this particular stand is that it also has a slot to hold the picture you're working from. CONTINUE READING
For the month of October, I want to share one of my favorite kinds of jigsaw puzzles with you: murder mystery puzzles. These are great any time, but especially fun during this spooky time of year. And who better a subject for a good murder mystery than the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock? CONTINUE READING
September is here and I am so ready for fall! "I Love Autumn" by Gibsons Puzzles is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season. "I Love..." is a series by illustrator Mike Jupp, they are cartoon scenes with lots of crazy stuff going on. You can see the beautiful autumn colors on the ribbon cut pieces. The pieces are a wonderful 2.2mm thick. CONTINUE READING
Are you ready to try something new with your puzzling time? I have the perfect thing: 3D Crystal Puzzles from Bepuzzled. These cool looking little puzzles come in a variety of designs and difficulty levels. Most of them can be completed in a short amount of time, so they're perfect for a quick challenge. CONTINUE READING
I think I've found a great puzzle to distract us from these hot summer days. It's called Stained Glass Butterfly by SunsOut. The artwork is by Dean Russo, a mixed media artist. You have probably seen some of his art before, he makes a lot of wonderfully beautiful pieces with pets as the subjects. This is a shaped 1000 piece puzzle. The brightly colored pieces are mostly ribbon cut (the shapes you find in most puzzles), but the edge pieces are unique shapes.
It's summertime and that means trying to find ways to keep kids (and sometimes ourselves) entertained. So for this month, I'd like to introduce you to a great way to spend some time with the whole family: Family Puzzles. Family puzzles are great because multiple ages or skill levels can work together to complete them. The puzzles are divided up into sections of three different piece sizes. Beginner puzzlers have large pieces, intermediate puzzlers have a medium size of pieces and experienced puzzlers can work the section with small (typical) piece sizes.