Love Coffee

Love Coffee – Cra-Z-Art – 300 pieces

I was in the mood for a quick collage, and this beautiful 300 piece fit the bill just right! And as a coffee lover, of course the image spoke to me – gotta have my coffee in the mornings. ☕

The quality of this Cra-Z-Art puzzle had me pleasantly surprised. Excellent fit, beautiful image reproduction, good variety of shapes, and sturdy chipboard – all of these were better than I’d assumed they’d be. Don’t you love it when things are better than you thought? I do!

This was my favorite section, the hands cupping the mug make almost a heart. LOVE me some coffee! Black with two sugars please. 🖤

I love being able to do this with a puzzle. And I was so sure of this fit that I took this picture BEFORE I took any other pictures. I knew it wouldn’t fall apart, so there was no fear at all – I just picked it up and stood it on it’s bottom edge. That is not how things usually go, I always take my regular pictures before standing up a puzzle, just in case things go pear-shaped. The fit on this puzzle was exceptional!


1950s – Re-marks – 1000 pieces

Remarks is using a new chipboard, I don’t really like it much, even though it’s sturdier than the old kind. I was worried that when I lifted my board up to lean against the wall to take a picture that the new backing would make it slide off the board – luckily it didn’t. They are using a new finish too, and it’s quite shiny. I’m not sure how I feel about the new stuff; first impression is that I’m not a fan.

The fit was loose-ish, the board is sturdy but with the backing feels almost sharp (if that makes sense), there were a good variety of shapes, and image reproduction was good. Some areas seemed fuzzy, but I believe that was the reference material and not the reproduction’s fault. Overall it’s good quality, but honestly I prefer the old Re-marks puzzles.

I’ve got a few more of their puzzles here, and I may have to decide if this is a “White Mountain” situation where I deal with lesser or annoying quality problems to be able to assemble their great collages. If you asked me right at this moment I honestly couldn’t answer whether or not it’s worth it. We’ll have to wait and see how I feel after the others are assembled.

I had these as a child, vinyl stick-on geometric shapes that you could rearrange to make tons of different images. As I was putting this puzzle together I didn’t look much at the box or poster, and I couldn’t figure out what the black background with the bright colors were – finally had to take a peek to see what it was. It was really fun to put together this section.

See how different the Trix rabbit looked in the 1950s!

This section made me laugh, I can’t think of any program where the family gathers in front of the tv anymore. And look at the television itself! I remember these, big console tvs with record player and radio in them. We had one that you lifted the lid and the record player was in the top – we thought it was very cool. Ah, the old days. If you didn’t know I was old before – well, you certainly know now.