A Drive in the Country

A Drive in the Country
A Drive in the Country by Carol Lawson – The Jigsaw Puzzle Factory – 300 pieces

A new company for me to try out always makes me happy, and luckily this one had a beautiful image, gorgeous colors, and great quality. I’ve tried many, many different companies and from my experience finding great quality isn’t the norm. I was very pleasantly surprised. 🙂

Of course I can only speak for this particular puzzle, having only assembled one puzzle from this brand. Usually I prefer to try at least 3 different puzzles before making a final judgement, so I’d love to try another from this brand, hopefully a larger piece count. I’ve found that some companies that have excellent quality 300 piece puzzles don’t have the same quality for larger piece counts. I don’t know why this is, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me; but I have definitely found it to be true. I’m hoping to run into a larger puzzle from The Jigsaw Puzzle Factory to see what the quality is like and if it compares to the great experience I had with this one.

The pieces were nice and thick, fit together extremely well, and there were a very good variety of shapes. The quality of the image reproduction was excellent, though the finish was a little bit shiny. Overall the quality of the puzzle was impressive and I thoroughly enjoyed the assembly.

I love the tiny little details and the quality of the artwork by Carol Lawson; it was great fun to assemble. It reminded me of my youth for some reason I can’t explain, I just loved the softness and sweet quality of the teddy bears.

At only 300 pieces this went together quickly, but it made me happy and that’s the part that matters most. 💗


Something Fishy

Something Fishy
Something Fishy – White Mountain – 550 pieces

This has beautiful colors, but wasn’t as much fun as I’d hoped; I’m not a big fan of underwater images. Isn’t it interesting how I love bright colors in a puzzle, but if they’re fish or a scene under the ocean it isn’t as entertaining? My brain is so odd!

That isn’t to say that it wasn’t fun to assemble at all, because it was. It just wasn’t as much fun as I’d hoped. Who’s to say why some images make us happy and some don’t, we like what we like. The best pictures don’t always make the best puzzles, and sometimes images look like they’ll be fun, but for some reason we can’t explain they just aren’t.

Unfortunately this had a missing piece so it ended up in the recycle bin instead of being given back to goodwill, but those are the chances we take. It’s a tiny bit disappointing, but I still got to put the puzzle together; I can’t be unhappy with that. 🙂