Kitchen Cats

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Kitchen Cats by Adrian Chesterman – Wentworth Wooden Puzzles – 40 pieces

This was my least favorite of the micro puzzle images so far. Unlike many little old lady puzzlers, I don’t have cats and am not a huge fan of cat puzzles either. Still, when I want to puzzle I’ll try just about any image; it’s a real stress reducer for me, and it really works!

Every whimsy in this puzzle was a silhouette of a cat, again not really my cup of tea but absolutely perfect for this puzzle. Otherwise the assembly was the same as most of the other micro puzzles I’ve done, more challenging than you think it will be and ultimately very fun. When I first saw the cut of the Wentworth puzzles I thought they looked too easy, and not challenging at all but they are sometimes quite devious with their cuts and every puzzle has the right amount of difficulty in my opinion.

Cute image, fun to assemble, small enough to take and put together just about anywhere. What’s not to love?

Pavo Bengala

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Pavo Bengala by Catalina Estrada – Wentworth Wooden Puzzles – 250 pieces

Look at this gorgeous puzzle; it is absolutely, unbelievably magnificent! How can you look at this image and not want to assemble it? Mom and I fell in love with the image the moment we saw it and we had to purchase it – in fact we tried to also get it in a micro puzzle, but they were out of stock. 😦

This puzzle is only 250 pieces, but by no means was it easy in any way. It’s a mirrored image, so that increases the difficulty; and it’s full of detail and color which makes it beautiful, but challenging. I loved working this puzzle, and it was so wonderful to assemble. The whimsies are so special as well – peacocks, flowers, birdhouses, etc., so pretty!

I think a 250 piece Wentworth puzzle is just about the perfect size. It’s a challenge, but not too much so; and it is small enough that you don’t feel overwhelmed by that challenge. And even better, the 250 piece puzzles that we purchased were absolutely the best size for working on my small bedside table when I was stuck in bed for a week. Perfection! We have a 500 piece and 750 piece from Wentworth that we have yet to do, but I’m not quite feeling up to working on those yet. Hopefully soon!

I tried to look up what Pavo Bengala means, and I think it basically means peacock. Pavo means “turkey” in several languages, and bengala means “sparkler” or “flare” – so perhaps pavo bengala means peacock – a turkey with sparklers on it’s butt. I love it! 🎆 🦃🎆

I started to feel bad when writing this up that I’ve been doing so many posts about wooden puzzles lately. I know that most puzzlers only do cardboard puzzles, and it occurred to me that they might not want to keep reading posts about puzzles they’re not going to ever buy or assemble. But then I had to tell myself that this probably was only a problem in my own head.

I love reading about puzzles, pretty much any puzzles. I don’t have Facebook, but I read all the posts from the Facebook group my mother is a part of because I just love jigsaw puzzles and everything about them. Even if a puzzle isn’t one I particularly like the look of, I still enjoy reading about it; even if it doesn’t look like fun to assemble, I still want to hear about it. So although there have been a lot of wooden puzzles in a row and there are still more to come, I hope you enjoy reading about them almost as much as I enjoyed assembling them.