Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Garden by Sandy Williams – Ceaco – 300 pieces

Butterfly Garden is my free puzzle from Ceaco that I received as a “we’re sorry for our terrible quality 1200 piece puzzle you bought”. I’d like to say I was completely impartial while I assembled this and judged it’s quality, but that would be a lie. I had an attitude when I was putting this puzzle together; about the brand, the image, the quality – everything. Sorry, I’m human.

I was going to review this puzzle, but as I previously stated I found that I wasn’t going into the assembly with anything resembling a fair-minded attitude. I may not be happy with Ceaco presently, but it wouldn’t be proper for me to review this knowing I wasn’t pleased with the puzzle before I had even started the assembly.

This was way easier than I thought it would be, and I didn’t have a particularly good time with it. I’m not a fan of the artwork, it’s very dark and not as pretty as one would hope a butterfly garden would be. It’s nothing against the artist really, it just isn’t my taste. I wasn’t given a choice as to which puzzle I would be getting, and I was unhappy with both the piece count and the image, obviously.

Butterfly Garden 1

This was the hardest part of the puzzle for me, and it was only around 10-12 pieces. Didn’t take me long.

This whole fiasco with the 12 days of Christmas puzzles was an eye-opener for me, and to be honest I’m still a bit perturbed about it. There is still a Ceaco ban in place for me, I will not be buying any of their puzzles. My daughter and I were puzzle shopping after the holidays to spend a gift card, and she found a really cute Charlie Brown family puzzle that I actually loved the look of. Unfortunately it was a Ceaco and I made her put it back on the shelf. They will not be getting any of my money any time soon.

I realize one person’s boycott is a drop in the bucket, and they obviously couldn’t care less about whether or not I’m buying their puzzles; but it makes me feel better to spend my puzzle budget on companies that care about the quality of their product and the satisfaction of their customers. Unfortunately in my experience Ceaco is definitely NOT one of those companies.

6 thoughts on “Butterfly Garden

  1. Deb

    I love butterflies and have done several butterfly puzzles. This is rather dark for the bright beautiful picture it could be.
    I’ve maybe done 5 Ceaco puzzles and I have no complaints – the colors were vivid, images clear and pieces were a good fit. I wonder if maybe it just that Christmas series that was a little off or else I’ve just been lucky!
    Now that we’re basically trapped in our homes puzzles make a great diversion. ♡

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    1. Puzzles are the best diversion! 🙂

      It was a terrible series, but my main problem was their response to it and the awful customer service I received. They can be rather good puzzles, but I’ve just had it with them for the time being. If you have no problems then I’m glad, especially now with many people at home with time on their hands.

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  2. robinheat

    I love that you’re aware and honest about your attitude toward the company. Good for you!
    I’m in the SF Bay Area and we just got this “shelter in place” order. Perfect time for puzzling, so I ordered three new ones – Eeboo UFO Victorian ladies, Heye Steven Spielberg movies, and Galison Your World. I’m very excited for them. I wouldn’t mind doing some of Ceaco’s rainbow photo puzzles, especially that ice cream one.
    Unfortunately I’m also in the middle of a housing transition, moving out of a situation where I was dealing with my roommates/friends (a married couple) fighting too often to be comfortable, and moving in with a good friend who just moved back to the area. So much chaos and anxiety! Time for more puzzles!

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    1. Thanks Robin! 🙂

      I love all your choices, especially the Victorian Ladies puzzle, I haven’t seen that one before. It’s too cute!

      Best wishes for a speedy and stress-free move, and I can’t wait to hear which puzzle will be the first in your new home!

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  3. Debby Zook

    I think Ceaco has many, many really cute and attractive puzzle designs. I just wish those designs were being produced by a quality puzzle company. Ceaco simply is not a quality puzzle company. I’ve even talked to someone at the company about the poor quality of their puzzles. The problem is primarily that the puzzle board they use is too thin. I have also noticed that some of their puzzles are of a higher quality. But I don’t know how to figure out which those might be. So I try to resist their adorable designs. And mostly I succeed. But not always.

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    1. You are 100% correct Debby. They’ve got a great catalog of images, the problem is that most of them aren’t great quality. I’ve come across some very good ones, but like you said, there’s no way to tell the difference.

      I was usually able to resist them as well, but sometimes the image drew me in, like with the 12 days of Christmas puzzles. No more though, they’ve burned their bridge with me.

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