Rainbow Crystals

For my next puzzle, I chose Rainbow Crystals, which is a 500 piece puzzle by Galison. This was one of the puzzles I got for Christmas from my wish list. It has everything I like – an object present in a rainbow of colors with very little white space or solid color areas with no texture.

Here are the pieces, sorted by color with the edge pieces in their own pile. So pretty!

I did this puzzle in two days. I think the total time was about 3 hours. Here’s the finished puzzle:

When I posted a picture of the puzzle on Facebook, one of my friends thought it looked like candy!

This was a very fun puzzle to do. It was very easy but still satisfying. I think the next one I’m going to do is an image of a bunch of different teacups. A friend was helping another friend clear out his dad’s house and grabbed it from there for me.

Christmas Carolers

Well, I might have to call this one a puzzle fail, but I’ve gotten as far as I am going to on my newest puzzle. It’s called Christmas Carolers, and it’s a 1000 piece puzzle by Galison. My son Michael got it for me for my birthday (which is on Christmas Day).

It was a few weeks after Christmas when I decided to start it, but at least it was still winter so there was some snow here and there! I did the border first and started on the houses, but one day my dog Baxter got hold of the puzzle and I lost most of the lower part of the border.

I did the rest of the houses, then the windows with the Christmas trees, then the big Christmas tree, and finally the people down in the snow. Then I was left with only white pieces for the rest of the snowy ground, and it got pretty slow going. After a while, I decided that I had done enough and would call it done.

If I still had the whole border intact, I might have pushed through to finish the entire thing, but with so many pieces already gone, I lost my will to complete it.

I’m not sure which puzzle I am going to do next, as I have several options from the ones I got for Christmas and my birthday.

The Sewing Box

It’s been a few weeks since I did my last puzzle, but last weekend I did a new one called The Sewing Box. It was a 500 piece puzzle from Springbok. I started it by myself one night. The border came together pretty easily with just one piece missing, and I was able to put together parts of several of the sections from the sewing box as well.

The following evening my friend Renee came to visit, and we ended up finishing the puzzle that night. It was a lot of fun working on it with another person. The puzzle was harder than I thought it would be but was still very doable. The puzzle piece shapes were pretty wild, with lots of unique shapes. That actually helped on some of the sections that were difficult to do.

Here’s a picture of the finished puzzle:

Not only did Renee help me finish this puzzle, but she also gave me a new puzzle for a birthday gift. It’s one that was on my wish list, so I was very excited to get it. The new puzzle is The World of Jane Austen, a 1000-piece puzzle by Laurence King Publishing.

I love Jane Austen and am really excited to tackle this puzzle!

Love Stamps

It’s been a few weeks since I did a puzzle, but this weekend I finished Love Stamps, a 1000-piece puzzle from White Mountain Puzzles.

I started it when my friend Renee was over, and we did the border and got a couple of the stamps started. Because of the number of pieces and the size of the puzzle, I didn’t have a lot of room to lay out the pieces or even sort them. I had been looking at some puzzle sorting trays on Amazon for a while and decided to order them to help with this puzzle.

Here’s what the trays look like all stacked together. Using them to sort the pieces was very helpful and made doing the puzzle much more enjoyable.

This was a very fun puzzle to do. It was basically lots of mini puzzles connected with different styles of borders. It was interesting to see the different styles of art used for these stamps throughout the years. I even used it as an educational tool to explain to my son the difference between stamps that had the postage printed on them and the Forever stamps that we use now.

Sandra Boynton: Puzzle Complaints

Sandra Boynton’s Puzzle Complaints by Workman Puzzles is the fifth puzzle I have completed. It was by far the easiest as well as the most fun puzzle that I have done. The puzzle is only 500 pieces, and the pieces are quite large, making them very easy to work with.

The design is comprised of chickens who are expressing their various complaints about the puzzle. The text for each area was either a different size, different color, or different font, making it pretty simple to find the pieces for the area I was working on at that time.

I did the chickens last, but even they weren’t really hard. This would be a great puzzle to do with a child. My son thought it was very clever and enjoyed reading the border especially.

Here’s the finished puzzle:

Frederick the Literate

So I did buy a 1,000 piece puzzle called Fantastic Fashionista from Ravensburger Puzzles and even finished about half of it, but I never completed it. I had finished all of the colored parts and was left with the white walls and floor to do, so it was definitely getting pretty tricky. Then we went out one day and left Baxter in the kitchen/dining room, and he pulled the puzzle down off the dining room table and completely dismantled it!

I had no way of knowing how many pieces were ruined or missing after that, so I decided to just trash the puzzle. At least I got to do the fun parts of the puzzle before it was wrecked! Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of my progress, but here’s a picture of the front of the box.

Before starting my next puzzle, I went to Michael’s and bought some foam board to put the puzzle on. That way I could move it to the sunroom if I needed to leave Baxter alone in the house (since we close that door when we leave him alone).

The puzzle I just did was Frederick the Literate by Buffalo Games. It’s part of the Cats of Charles Wysocki line. It was super cute. If you look at the picture closely, you can see that the book titles are all fun, made-up titles related to cats. The cat fur was definitely the hardest part, but because the puzzle was only 500 pieces, even that wasn’t too bad.

I am still really enjoying spending time doing puzzles, although I don’t think I have the patience for large difficult sections, such as single color areas. I want to be making progress all the time, even if it’s a bit slower some of the time.

My next puzzle is Sandra Boynton’s Puzzle Complaints. It’s 500 pieces and just looks like a lot of fun.

It’s a Tie

My third puzzle was It’s a Tie by Springbok. It was 500 pieces like the first two, but the shape of it was round. I started it on a Friday night when my friend Renee was visiting. She enjoys puzzles, so we decided to open this one up and give it a try.

I did sort out the edge pieces first, but they were mostly black so we ended up starting by putting some of the ties together. Once we had several mostly together, we used the picture on the box to put them where they should be. We worked on it for a couple of hours and then decided to take a break from it.

I returned to the puzzle on Saturday morning and was able to finish it within another couple of hours. It wasn’t very difficult to do the border once the center part was together. Here’s a picture of the finished puzzle:

This puzzle was a lot of fun to do. I enjoyed the subject matter of neckties and it was fun seeing all of the different patterns and how they came together.

Puzzling is turning out to be a good hobby for me. I ordered another puzzle on Amazon but it was going to take a few days to arrive, so Joe & I went to the mall so I could get a new one right away. It’s 1000 pieces, so it should be a bit more of a challenge!