Review: Cute Little Owls

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Cute Little Owls by Kerri Ambrosino – Clementoni – 500 pieces

Mom absolutely loved this puzzle, and I can definitely see why. The colors, the cuteness, the collage effect – excellent for puzzling!

This was the first Clementoni puzzle that I’ve done. I’m reserving judgment until I’m able to do at least one more, but I’m not thrilled with the fit; it was extremely loose. Now it was a thrift store purchase, so it may have been well loved before it was donated. That’s one reason why I try not to make snap judgments, I should at least do 2 or more before I decide on the brand in general. Other than the fit, I thought the quality was very good. Nicely cut pieces, a good thickness, excellent image reproduction – impressive!

I recently went to one of mom’s thrift stores with her when she was chauffeuring me around one day. 😮 Oh my goodness! I can’t believe she finds as many wonderful and complete puzzles as she does. Seeing the section where the puzzles are, the chaos everything is in – wow. She is definitely Queen of all things Thrift Store! I bow before you, your majesty!

Also, Happy National Jigsaw Day for any readers in the UK! I’m celebrating by doing puzzles today – what a change, huh? 😎

Details:

  • Title:                  Cute Little Owls
  • Artist:                Kerri Ambrosino
  • Brand:               Clementoni
  • Piece count:     500 pieces
  • Size:                  Approx. 19 x 14 in. (48 x 36 cm)
  • Purchased:      Used, thrift store

Quality:

  • Board:               Very good, sturdy
  • Cutting:             Excellent
  • Image:               Very good
  • Box:                   Very good, a bit large for a 500 piece puzzle
  • Fit:                     Quite loose
  • Puzzle Dust:     None
  • Piece cut:          Grid cut
  • Piece shapes:   Good variety
  • Finish:               Somewhat shiny finish, lays flat

Overall Rating:      Very Good,  recommended

7 thoughts on “Review: Cute Little Owls

  1. Mom

    Thanks for the compliment. I know the puzzle section is a mess, but it’s still a treasure hunt and I absolutely love it! Makes me cranky if a week goes by and I can’t get to the thrift store to scope out the puzzles!

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  2. Anonymous Person

    You are a way nicer person than me. I just did my first ever SunsOut puzzle and was horribly disappointed in the piece quality — super thin pieces and a very loose piece fit. While it’s entirely possibly I bought a (brand new) older puzzle and the quality of their puzzles has improved, I’m definitely not giving that company anymore of my money.

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    1. Sunsout isn’t a favorite brand for me, particularly because there seems to be a lot of fluctuation in quality. Shaped puzzles seem better to me, sometimes the fit is crazy tight and sometimes it’s too loose. But I keep trying, because I’m a puzzle addict! 🙂

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      1. Anonymous Person

        I’m a bit of a puzzle addict too but once I get majorly disappointed by a brand I don’t give them a second (or third) chance. (I just added Ceaco to my won’t ever buy again list.) It’s totally not cool for a puzzle manufacturer to say one thing on their website and then serve up a poor quality product.

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      2. Ceaco is one we won’t buy even from the thrift store unless it’s one of their unusual ones e.g. cork-backed, velvet backed, etc. Just not good quality in my opinion for their regular puzzles. Same for Karmin, Sure-Lox, and E&L as well.

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  3. Anonymous Person

    Oh that’s a bummer about Sure-Lox. I’ve had my eye on some of their puzzles — they have a licensed line from ‘Studio Pets’ with images that are just so stinkin’ cute. Always such a bummer when a great artist (or photographer) seems to give exclusive licensing rights to a puzzle company that manufacturers poor quality puzzles or one that manufacturers puzzles with inconsistent quality.

    The third and last (I hope!) brand on my never ever again list is White Mountain puzzles — their quality is way too inconsistent — I’ve had some excellent puzzles with perfect pieces and I’ve had some poor quality puzzles with badly bent pieces and pieces that have torn bits of paper attached. Adding White Mountain to my list is such a bummer as they have some truly great collage-style images.

    P.S. I need to stop being anonymous and just use my WordPress account so I can keep up with comments easier. I have no idea why I’m being such a weirdo about my identity…….

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    1. Well, everyone has different qualities that are important to them about a puzzle. So it may be that Sure-Lox is a company you wouldn’t mind. They’re not for me, but you may like them, if only for the Studio Pets puzzles.

      I love collages so much that I deal with the inconsistency of White Mountain, although the newer puzzles seem to have gotten better in my opinion.

      You can stay anonymous if you’d like, I completely understand, I don’t have a big online presence, just this blog. No facebook, instagram, nothing. There’s too much info out there if you ask me!

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