Go with the Flow

Go with the Flow
Go with the Flow by Thaneeya McArdle – Ceaco – 550 pieces

Cue the fireworks, there was finally a puzzle in this series with all of it’s pieces. Congratulations Ceaco, it seems you finally did your job. Correctly. For once. Well done.

This one was much harder than I anticipated, and it seemed more difficult than the previous two puzzles from this series – but that is only perception and not something easy to quantify. It has been more than four months since I completed the second puzzle in the series, so it seems quite a challenge to remember all the way back to the beginning of January. And remembering the first puzzle that I put together in August of last year seems almost impossible! It’s harder for me anyway, I’m old and on lots of pain meds, my memory ain’t what it used to be.

Even though it was difficult I didn’t mind at all, it kept me completely focused on the puzzle and not on everything else going on in the world and in my house. That’s one of the reasons working on jigsaw puzzles is such a popular form of entertainment – even more especially right now – it’s almost a form of meditation. Your brain is only concerned about what shape, color, or pattern is next and there’s no room to think about your worries or stresses; it’s only the puzzle and what piece fits in next.

Blissful meditation.

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.