I was drawn to the beauty of the artwork on this puzzle ‘Prayers by the Lake’, part of the Indigenous Collection. The scene is so colourful and calming. I was not prepared for how challenging it was to complete the swirls and waves. All worth it in the end and I can’t wait to begin more in this series! The puzzle box is sturdy with a full glossy image clearly displayed. CONTINUE READING
Windows and doors, entrances and exteriors, inviting or not! I think it’s my love for collages that draws me to this type of puzzle. I am always photographing doors and windows while travelling, always looking for new, interesting and different offerings. Windows, by Re-marks, is a fun collection of windows and cats. It has 1000 sturdy pieces made from recycled materials. CONTINUE READING
Canadian Pacific - Railroad Adventures covers so many categories! It is a collage of historical posters representing many facets of the CPR company. The railway, completed in 1887, connects the east and west coast of Canada. It’s incredible to think of all the areas of travel and vacation land that are represented here! CONTINUE READING
I just completed this fun little 500-piece puzzle, The Potter’s Bench, put out by Lang. The artwork is by Susan Winget. There are a few pieces of her art available on puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse. From 300 -1000 pieces, something for everyone; all soft and colourful and fun. Susan’s dream when she first started her studio business was to earn enough to enable her to be an at home mom. CONTINUE READING
I enjoy working on puzzles of neighbourhoods, with details of different coloured houses with lovely yards and assorted people, animals and plants. I love searching out pieces and finding where they fit in the overall picture. I just finished this beautiful 1000-piece puzzle from the Hometown Gallery series, Bungalowville.
This month my plan was to write about the ‘Carl Larsson’ 1000-piece puzzle by Cobble Hill. It’s a wonderful collage of the art of the Swedish painter (1853 – 1919). I started this intricate work and then our house welcomed our family returning to Canada from Australia! This included our 2-year-old grandson, who loves to help me puzzle! I had to quickly finish while naps and bedtime happened and then brought out more appropriate alternatives.
I have always thought I had done shaped puzzles by doing the occasional round or square offerings, different from the ’normal’ rectangles. Then I unboxed the 1000 piece ‘Special Shape’ Forest Owls by SunsOut. Now I am hooked! I had to devise an entirely new strategy to conquer this one! My go-to method is to separate all the straight edge pieces out, get the frame together and then begin on inner sections. Well, what is a straight edge here?! A slight curve on the edge of one part of a piece might be a part of the frame or a complete curve on an entire side of a piece might be an edge or NOT!
I used to spend every other summer travelling through Europe with a busload of university students. Crazy, possibly; fun, often; relaxing, occasionally! Travelling days are at a minimum now, so relaxing on a luxurious patio in Italy, even if only while puzzling, is a dream I like to enter! Who wouldn’t want to be sitting on this terrace enjoying a nice glass of Chianti!
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
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