Harvest Farm

Harvest Farm
Harvest Farm by Alan Giana – Wentworth Wooden Puzzles – 250 pieces

I didn’t plan ahead very well this year, so I didn’t have a Halloween puzzle to assemble. Last year there were fun, spooky, ghosty puzzles to post about; not so this year. I promise to attempt to do a better job next year! The attempt is all I can promise, my brain isn’t what it used to be.

This beautiful wooden puzzle made me so happy after not touching a puzzle for 2 whole days – it was a lovely way to feed my puzzle addiction. Once I saw it all together I knew this would be my puzzle for Halloween; I love the pumpkins, gourds, corn, and especially the little hanging scarecrow!

As usual, we start with the whimsies, they are fall/Halloween themed. I was surprised to see the bat and ghost in there; I thought it would only be fall whimsies so the spooky ones were a fun surprise. 🦇

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I think the scarecrow is my favorite, but the tractor comes in a close second. The detail on these Wentworth whimsies is so fun, and I can’t wait to see the whimsies in my new puzzles on their way to my house! (Yup, I went crazy again and bought more Wentworths and also one from a new wooden puzzle company I haven’t tried before 😎)

It’s such a beautiful fall image from Alan Giana, and it made for a wonderful assembly. I started with the words as usual, and then for some reason decided to go with the grass next. There was no real plan, I went where the puzzle took me. It’s so nice to not think and just go with it. A beautiful puzzle that took me out of my head for a while, I couldn’t ask for more.

Happy Halloween! 🎃

Penny Candy

Penny Candy
Penny Candy by Lois B. Sutton – White Mountain – 550 pieces

It’s one day before the best candy holiday there is, so it’s the perfect time for this lovely puzzle of Penny Candy! The bright colors and fun candies made for an excellent image that was such an entertaining assembly, I absolutely loved it!

I decided to try laying out all the pieces on my board – a completely different method than the one I normally use – to see if perhaps it was easier or more efficient for me. And since I was doing something new, I also decided to document my progress for the blog, taking pictures along the way. It’s interesting sometimes to watch how a puzzle comes together, at least I hope it is. 😉

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Many people use this method when puzzling, so I decided to try it to see if it was better for me. There are some pros, some cons; it was easier at times to find the piece I was looking for, but it made my slight OCD go a bit crazy! I wanted to line up all the pieces into neat little rows. I’m not sure it’s a method I’ll use again, but it was fun (sort of) to give it a try.

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These sections were the ones I pulled out to start on first when laying all the pieces on the board; I did pretty well and got most of the pieces on the first try!

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Everything’s starting to come together, and I’m becoming more familiar with the colors and patterns so it’s a bit easier to find those stray pieces I didn’t pull the first time. I’m loving the look of the image!

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This is how the puzzle looked just before my Puzzle Posse arrived to help finish it off. It won’t be long now!

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Mom’s here and helping to fill in all the blank spaces. I’m a good daughter and let her have the comfy chair right in front of the puzzle. You can see there aren’t very many pieces left to go now; with her help we finished up in no time and enjoyed every piece. How cute is my posse? So cute!

There were some VERY old fashioned ads and candy that you would absolutely never see these days…

Candy is quick energy for active bodies, put some in their lunch every day. Yowza. That definitely wouldn’t fly into today’s kale infused atmosphere, would it? And candy is delicious food, eat some every day? Oh my! Not that I dislike candy, I definitely enjoy it very much. But food? Yikes. And you wouldn’t see that syrup six shooter in any candy store today! Not only is it a gun, but it’s made out of syrup? Ew! 🤢

I’m old enough to remember penny candy; there used to be a “General Store” in my hometown with a candy counter full of penny candy. The eternally patient clerks would grab a very small brown paper bag and fill it with the candies we chose – adding up the price as we went, making sure we knew how much we were spending.

I have wonderful memories of going into town and getting 50 cents or a dollar from my parents and picking out all the different candies. My favorites were the dots on paper strips, tootsie rolls, pixie sticks, and rock candy. And I’m a child of the 70’s and 80’s, so of course we enjoyed out share of pop rocks and cosmic candy! Good times. 🍫🍬🍭

Penny Candy had me reminiscing, and I enjoyed both the memories and the puzzle!