Laundry Day

Laundry Day by Adrian Chesterman – Vermont Christmas Co. – 100 pieces

Forgot about this one; my “grandson” and I put it together when I visited him in July once everyone was vaccinated and safe. I had to do a little research to find the title and artist, cause I left the puzzle with him. Oops!

It’s on the October page, it seems silly to make a “July” page just for this one puzzle.

Also, please excuse the bad photo, I had to take the picture on the kitchen table at someone else’s house. I did my best.

*edit* While re-reading through my blog this past weekend I came across another puzzle with the same title by the same artist but a different puzzle company. It looks as if some of the characters are exactly the same, with some changes. Check it out here. I wonder if the artist gives them license to muck around with the image, or if they change things themselves and sell the image again to a different company. It’s probably the latter.

In all my years of puzzling I’m not sure I’ve run across this before; or perhaps I have, but just didn’t notice. I probably wouldn’t have noticed this time if both puzzles didn’t have the exact same name.

Laundry Day

Laundry Day
Laundry Day by Adrian Chesterman – Ravensburger – 300 pieces

It seems like forever since I’ve assembled a Ravensburger, and my daughter found this adorable puzzle on clearance while we were at the bookstore. How could I pass it up? The answer is – I couldn’t! I suffer from PADS, and my happiness was directly tied to finding fun puzzles to assemble, thankfully there were a LOT of beautiful puzzles on clearance and I was a very happy little old puzzle lady that day. 😁

At only 300 pieces, I was able to put this one together in bed on the white board. I needed to be working on a puzzle, but wasn’t feeling well enough to sit at my puzzle table. The smaller piece counts are not only just as fun to assemble as larger piece counts (they are for me anyway), but they’re great when I want to puzzle but have to be in bed. I also find them to be an excellent palate cleanser for when I’m stuck or frustrated with a larger piece count that I’m working on, or after I’ve finished a particularly difficult image.

This unbelievably cute image by Adrian Chesterman was a little more difficult than I thought it would be, but that was a nice surprise. The challenge was welcome, and the puppies were too cute!

The quality, of course, was exceptional; Ravensburger puzzles usually are. The feel of the pieces in my hand was lovely – I think I’ve assembled so many of their puzzles that I would be able to tell which pieces were theirs if I was blindfolded! When I get a Ravensburger, one of the first things I do is open the box and grab some pieces and just run my fingers across them. They are a great thickness, and the finish feels wonderful in my hands.

Also, when I’m holding a piece and thinking about where it should go, I find that I absentmindedly rub it with my thumb. It’s always nice to have a premium quality puzzle that has a good hand feel, and Ravensburger is definitely in that category for me.

This puzzle made me very happy, it was great on all counts – quality, image, and assembly. It gets two wet noses way, way up! 🐶🐶

Kitchen Cats

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?

World Landmarks 42,000 pieces


Latest update on this new puzzle from the Spanish Association for Puzzles!

*Will measure 24.5 x 5.15 feet ( 7.49 x 1.57 meters)

*The puzzle is named “World Landmarks” and was illustrated by Adrian Chesterman, the same artist who did the previous largest single image “Wildlife” (also by Educa)

*The release date in Europe is November 20, 2017; I have no information on when it would be available from stores in the US

*The initial suggested sales price is 350 euros (approximately $418 USD) That’s not too bad, that’s approximately what I paid for the Disney puzzle and that included shipping from Germany to the US.

I’m really tempted by this one. I love the detail in Adrian Chesterman’s puzzles, and the colors are always gorgeous. It looks like it would be fun and interesting to assemble, doesn’t it? It does to me! But what in the world would I do with this puzzle? The Disney is still in sections and napping underneath my bed!

**UPDATE** Click to see new updated information.


Buy A Ticket See 90 Movies

Buy a Ticket See 90 Movies by Adrian Chesterman – Sunsout – 1000 pieces

I love all the visual puns in this image, and it was fun to see how many movies we could name.  We didn’t get them all, but we got a lot! To Kill A Mockingbird in the lower right corner was so literal it made me laugh!

The quality of this puzzle was adequate I would say. I’m not a fan of the super tight fit and having to really push the pieces together to assemble them.  To me, it feels as if the pieces shouldn’t be together if I have to force them and I’m constantly double checking to see if I’ve chosen the proper one. I prefer a fit where they click together and you’ll know that it fits without having to work at it too much (Ravensburger, Jumbo, Schmidt, Pomegranate)

FYI if you plan on getting this puzzle and you’re looking for the guide to see the names of all the movies, the website listed on the box no longer has the key.  If you email Sunsout they will send you the list.