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My Christmas Puzzles!

Just thought I’d do a little bragging, I got a bunch of puzzles this year for Christmas! My beautiful daughter went a little overboard, but I understand the reason and love her even more for it. 💝

She wanted to make sure I had enough smaller piece count puzzles to choose from; I have MANY, MANY 1000 piece puzzles or larger here at the house. When we go puzzle shopping together I’m usually looking for puzzles under 1000 pieces to fill in the gaps, so she stocked me up for a month or so. 😉

There are three puzzles at 550 pieces, three that are 500 pieces, and two 300 pieces – what a great selection! I’m certainly glad the Jan van Haasteren puzzle is only 550 pieces, it’s so busy and it’s been years since I assembled one of his images. The Aimee Stewart Skate Night puzzle is GORGEOUS and it just might be saved until last, and there are three adorable dog puzzles that are so sweet!

She did a beautiful job selecting puzzles, and I can’t wait to get going on them. I’m starting today with Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the image makes me very happy and I think it’s going to be a great assembly. All those colors in the background should be a lot of fun. 😎

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More Christmas Gifts!

I also got these beauties from my dear friend Penny at Puzzlemomma.com. The cottages are for when I can’t sit at my puzzle table and am resting in bed, the Elf puzzle is because we were just talking about funny movies (and it’s adorable), and the 2000 piece Pixar puzzle is because she’s always cheering me on to overcome my anxiety and do some larger puzzles again (and because it’s a collage and she knows how much I love them).

She did an excellent job of selecting puzzles as well, and I’ve got a great new pile of puzzles in my stash to choose from. I’m almost looking forward to having to be in bed so I can get to assembling those cottages! 😉

Both my puzzle benefactors this year picked out some wonderful puzzles for me and as I’m putting them together I will be reminded of the thoughtfulness and kindness of these two fantastic women. Every piece of every puzzle is thoroughly appreciated, and I’m looking forward to each assembly and to sharing these puzzles with my readers.

My PADS is flaring up today and I find that my mood this morning is a puzzle induced euphoria – so many sensational new puzzles to choose from! 😍

12 Days of Christmas Puzzles Day 12 Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas To All – Ceaco – 100 pieces

Yes, the comedy of errors continues, another missing piece. I find that I can’t even work up any anger about this one, it’s just been too much. Four puzzles with a piece missing, and one puzzle missing entirely and substituted with another. Sigh. And it doesn’t end there….

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We also have two extra pieces today in addition to the missing one. So potentially another consumer could have my missing piece, and I could have someone else’s edge pieces. It’s all just too ridiculous for words. A set of 12 puzzles that has so many problems, and that it would end up in the hands of a jigsaw puzzle blogger is just insanity.

The lack of quality control for this batch of puzzles is beyond horrid. I’ve always found that special editions made by Ceaco are much better quality than their “regular” puzzles, but this set is definitely NOT one of those. Missing pieces, missing puzzles, extra pieces – it’s all just been completely outrageous.

Back to the drawing board Ceaco, you blew it on this one. Do Better! We puzzlers deserve the best quality you can give us, and if this is your best then I am done with your brand and I will encourage others to be done with your brand as well.

I just don’t have the energy to rant and rave about this any more. Perhaps if I ever hear from Ceaco, or if there are problems returning it I might talk about this some more, but not today. It’s Christmas.

 

Merry Christmas to all my readers who celebrate the holiday, and to all those who don’t let me take the time today to express my thanks and appreciation to everyone who reads my silly little puzzle blog. I appreciate every view, every like, and every comment; and I want to express my gratitude to each and every reader for stopping by. I wish you all holiday blessings, and peaceful happy puzzling. 💖🧩

12 Days of Christmas Puzzles Day 11

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Holiday Dogs – Ceaco – 100 pieces

This image was a little more entertaining for me to assemble, compared to some of the other images in this set; it was nice to not be sighing while I put it together. 😉

In other news, this is my 200th puzzle this year! I’m glad it was an image that was enjoyable to assemble, and one that makes me smile.

I like the two dogs just sitting there with their hats and scarves; and the poor guy on the right is so dark that you can barely see his eyes. It definitely would be challenging in a larger piece count, so much fur and background night sky!

Only one more day to go! Christmas is tomorrow, which I’m excited for, but I think the most exciting thing is that there’s only one puzzle left! I’ll be glad to be finished with the set, and it’ll be nice to get back to my regular puzzles. It will certainly be good for the readers to not hear me b****ing about missing pieces and missing puzzles!

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope to hear all about the puzzles everyone got for Christmas, and if not puzzles, I hope Santa brings you gifts that make you smile. 🎅

12 Days of Christmas Puzzles Day 10

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Town Square Tree – Ceaco – 100 pieces

Perfect tree in the town square, sigh. Who puts presents under a tree that’s outside? No one I’ve ever known, that’s for sure. If I spent hard earned money on gifts, and spent my time wrapping them I would not put them outside in the snow! Am I overthinking this? Probably.

Out of the ten puzzles from this set that I’ve assembled so far, this was the worst quality. All of them have had a few puzzles with the pieces still connected, but this one had many more than the others and a lot more puzzle dust. Otherwise the quality was good/fair. The pieces fit together well, and it was evident if you tried to place a piece wrongly; the image reproduction is very good, with clean lines and no blurriness, and a slightly shiny finish.

This has almost been like when your parents catch you smoking and make you smoke every cigarette in the pack one after another – it’s been all Christmas puzzles for the last ten days and I am sick of them. Of course I wasn’t a big fan to begin with, but all the problems with these puzzles has me weary of holiday images and is bringing out even more Grinchiness in me.

Only two more days to go. They’ll be fine, there can’t possibly be any MORE problems, that would be beyond ridiculous. You can do it, you got this!

 

Happy Hanukkah to all my readers who celebrate it! ✨ I haven’t seen any Hanukkah puzzles, but I would love to find one to assemble. I’ve seen a few out there, but haven’t come across any myself.

12 Days of Christmas Puzzles Day 9-I’m Boycotting Ceaco

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Wouldn’t This Have Been Nice To Assemble? – Ceaco – 100 pieces

As one of my readers commented yesterday, “This is getting ridiculous” – you’re damn right it is! I’m not sure how I got a set of 12 little puzzles with so many problems, but it is absolutely ridiculous and as of now I am boycotting this brand. Please do NOT buy this set of 12 Days of Christmas Puzzles by Ceaco, the quality control is atrocious, and in the five days since I contacted the company I have heard nothing except a robo-response to my email.*

To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. This is the puzzle I was most looking forward to assembling, and would you like to hear today’s problem? The puzzle isn’t even in the box! I dumped the pieces onto a tray, turned them all over while picking out the edges, and only when I was done did I really look at the colors and images on the pieces. Hmm, these look familiar, and why is there a window, and what in the bleep is going on here!?

Even though I assembled the puzzle, there was no need to take a picture, I’ve already taken one of this puzzle, back on day 7 when I put this image together for the first time.

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Last Minute Santa – Ceaco – 100 pieces

You’ll recall, as it was only two days ago, that this is not an image that is particularly my pile of pieces, as it were. Super sweet images of the perfectly decorated room with Santa distributing toys just doesn’t do it for me. Unfortunately, I got to assemble this one twice, because I had an extra copy in the slot for day 9 instead of the much more interesting close-up image of Christmas ornaments that I was so looking forward to.

In my head I know that these are only silly little puzzles, and problems with them are most definitely not the end of the world, but to be honest I wanted to cry when I realized that it was the wrong puzzle. Truly. I was so looking forward to the ornaments, it was my favorite image out of all of them; disappointed just doesn’t cover it.

Out of nine puzzles assembled so far three have had a piece missing, and one puzzle is missing ALL the pieces because it isn’t there. I’m honestly disgusted with this set of puzzles at the moment, and would like to throw them in the trash. But, being a rational person, most of the time, I won’t be doing that. I will assemble the remaining days (because being a puzzler I’m somewhat of a completionist); and when I’m finished it’s going back to the store where it was purchased for a refund.

Demanding a refund is not something I normally do, in fact I have never asked for a refund for a puzzle before, but this is an extreme circumstance. The store where I purchased this set didn’t manufacture the puzzles and it isn’t their fault, but in carrying the product they hold some responsibility to deal with any problems. As this set so far has problems with 4 out of 12 puzzles, I believe asking for a refund is reasonable. The quality control with this set of Ceaco puzzles is beyond ridiculous, and calls for some recompense. Please pardon my cussing, but I’m pissed!