Happy International Women’s Day!

Whether she gave you life, friendship, love, support, or encouragement – there’s a woman, or probably many women in your life to whom you owe a debt of gratitude. Celebrate International Women’s Day by letting the women in your life know how much you appreciate them for being who they are, and for helping you become the person you are today. 💗

Women’s Day made me think of a fun puzzle I assembled last year, Women March! I loved the puzzle and it’s message of supporting women; and it’s manufactured by eeBoo, a company run by women. What could be better? They’ve got some new releases this year, and this one seems perfect for today, it’s on my wish list (once I assemble and donate a few of the puzzles in my enormous “to-do pile”) 😁

Goddesses and Warriors…

Goddesses and Warriors

This puzzle illustrated by Ross MacDonald depicts goddesses, warriors, heroines, and deities from around the world and even comes with an informational poster. Those ladies look like they could take on anyone or anything – and it looks like great fun!

Happy Women’s Day!

Review: Desserts

This post is sponsored by eeBoo.
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Desserts by Monika Forsberg – eeBoo – 1008 pieces

Desserts is one of those collages puzzles that is so much fun to assemble that I find it difficult to walk away. Back when I could sit for long periods of time this is exactly the kind of 1000 piece puzzle I could have finished in one day – I absolutely LOVED IT❣

eeBoo puzzles have excellent quality, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one that I’ve assembled. Their catalog is full of bright, interesting images and I find them extremely entertaining to construct. The pieces are pleasantly thick and sturdy, with a good variety of shapes, and the fit is excellent. The image reproduction is stellar, with clean lines and bright colors; my only small criticism is that the finish is quite shiny. If you’re working under artificial lights glare can be a problem, even with the lighter colored pieces. Overall though, they are wonderful quality puzzles. Click on the link above to check out their current puzzle line. (I’m so looking forward to their spring 2019 releases, they have some AWESOME puzzles coming out – including a round 500 piece Votes for Women puzzle that looks amazing!)

The square 1008 piece puzzles they carry have all sides pointing towards the center, they’re great for assembling with family or friends – there’s no bottom or top, whichever side you’re working on is the right side. 😍

There are only 2 in process photos because I was too caught up in the assembly to stop and take pictures – these are at the end of days one and two, day three had me finishing it. Each small section led to another and I didn’t want to get up from the puzzle table!

The green teapot was my favorite part of the assembly, and the gorgeous cake in the center came in a close second. It didn’t make me hungry for desserts though, it made me hungry to get another puzzle!

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One of the many things I like about this brand is that not only do you get a small poster of the image to use during assembly, they also have an unobstructed image on the back of the box – whichever works best for you. I really dislike it when puzzle companies cover the image with logos and piece counts, and other trivial stuff – we want to see what the WHOLE puzzle looks like! eeBoo gives you the entire image two different ways, and this puzzler is extremely grateful!

I enjoyed this puzzle so much more than I thought I would, it was an absolute delight. It gets two cake slices WAY up! 🍰🍰

Details:

  • Title:                  Desserts
  • Artist:                Monika Forsberg
  • Brand:               eeBoo
  • Piece count:     1008 pieces
  • Size:                  25 x 25 (64 x 64 cm)
  • Purchased:      N/A, sent for review

Quality:

  • Board:               Excellent
  • Cutting:             Very good
  • Image:               Excellent
  • Box:                   Very good
  • Fit:                     Excellent
  • Puzzle Dust:     Small amount
  • Piece cut:          Grid cut
  • Piece shapes:   Very good variety
  • Finish:               Shiny finish, lays flat

Overall Rating:      Excellent, highly recommended

 

I received this product at no cost in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are truthful and 100% my own.

Desserts in Progress

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Desserts – eeBoo

I started making desserts yesterday – though not the kind I can eat unfortunately. 😉 I was sent this colorful, gorgeous puzzle to review and spent some time on Saturday getting it started. The colors are so bright and fun, it’s going to be an entertaining assembly – I love it already!

It got started in bed, as is usual these days. I sorted and began assembling small sections on trays in bed. Everything you see that isn’t an edge was completed on trays, and when I was feeling a little more rested in the evening I was able to assemble the edge on the board in the puzzle room. Almost all of it connected to the edges.

It’s not much, but that’s what was completed yesterday. I’m still in bed recovering from another 8 hours in the car for a doctor’s visit this week, though this trip took almost 14 hours because we had car trouble. It was a horrible trip, with more upsetting news from the doctor, a significant chunk of time spent sitting and waiting for repairs, and way too much time in the car.

Thankfully we’re living in the age of cell phones, so neither of us little gray haired ladies had to walk anywhere or get into a stranger’s car to drive to a phone to call for help. There’s always something to be thankful for, right?

Women March!

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Women March! by Jennifer Orkin Lewis – Eeboo – 500 pieces

Super busy images aren’t usually my thing, but this puzzle was a lot of fun. A puzzle about the women’s march, with artwork by a woman, made by a woman-owned puzzle company – we ladies are pretty awesome!👸

This is only the second eeBoo puzzle that I’ve assembled, and I’ve been extremely impressed with the quality. The pieces are thick, with an excellent variety of shapes and the fit is wonderful. The image reproduction is bright and colorful with no fuzzy or blurry areas (unless it’s part of the artwork). My only problem is with the finish, it’s quite shiny and can cause lots of glare under artificial lights.

The edge pieces were very easy to pick out for assembly, but I ran into a problem. While putting it together I used the quote around the edge to help me find the correct pieces, and became convinced that I hadn’t pulled them all. After a quick search with no results I skipped the spot and continued around the edge. The problem wasn’t a missing piece, it was that one of the words is spelled incorrectly! I was looking for the next letters in the word, but they weren’t there. 😱

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The word is missing two letters, and those were the ones I was looking for and couldn’t find. It’s easy to overlook a misspelling, especially when you come to the word and know what it’s trying to say – sometimes we skip right on past it without registering the error. That said, someone should have caught it somewhere along the line, shouldn’t they? (It caused me a bit of frustration trying to figure out if I’d lost a piece) Still, these things happen, and I’m sure someone else who’s assembled the puzzle has found it too. I emailed the company to let them know, although I don’t know that there’s much that they can do at this point.

These are my favorite signs, and there were so many of them to put together. I loved it! My regular readers know how much I enjoy having plenty of words to assemble. The only other “larger” image in the puzzle was the capital building, and once that was put together the assembly got a bit more difficult. The rest of the image is a sea of people and faces, and basically I had to examine each piece/face and figure out where it fit in. Time consuming, but still entertaining.

Although the women’s march was extremely political, that’s not why it’s here; this blog is strictly about puzzles. I bought this puzzle because I believe in the women’s movement – I believe in women and think we should all be treated as equally and humanely as anyone else – but most of all it looked like it would be great fun to put together. It was!

As far as political puzzles go, I’m bipartisan – I like both random AND grid cut! 😎

Peacock Garden

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Peacock Garden by Monika Forsberg – eeBoo – 1008 pieces

Another new company 🙂 I don’t remember where I heard of them, but when I saw their 1000+ piece puzzles I really wanted to get one to try. I wasn’t disappointed!

I love the artwork for this puzzle and it was super fun to assemble. Mom and I worked on it together and had a great time! I loved being able to pull all the pieces for one small section and assemble them without having to look at the box or poster. Just a fun, entertaining puzzle all around if you ask me.

The pieces fit together wonderfully and were extremely sturdy.  The image reproduction is gorgeous and the colors are bright and beautiful. All the things I love! The only drawback for me was that the finish on the pieces was shiny and there was a lot of glare under lights. Other than that I had no problems/issues with this puzzle at all. I would definitely recommend eeBoo puzzles!

They have a really cool zodiac puzzle that I would love to do. (hint hint for those of you who know me and are looking for a gift idea 😉 )