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Pretty Kitties by Keith Kimberlin – Cra-Z-Art – Approx. 125/500 pieces

Our last day of the Pretty Kitties, and to be honest I’m so glad! I’m just not a cat person, and although these little ones are exceptionally cute they’re just not the subject matter I prefer. I’m sure you could tell by their backstories, it was difficult for me at times to come up with anything to say, they just aren’t that inspiring for this little old lady who prefers dogs. Oh well, I enjoyed the puzzle aspect of them and that’s what truly matters here at My Jigsaw Journal.

I hope some of you have been inspired to give one of these sets of small shaped puzzles a try, they really are enjoyable to play with. Taking a small pile of pieces and in a few minutes having a complete little puzzle is so satisfying and feels like an achievement; and they’re great when you don’t have a lot of time to sit and puzzle. I adore smaller puzzles, and these are terribly cute – even I have to admit that. 😸

This color is awful, honestly it’s like a bad 70s outfit. Mirielle here doesn’t mind though, she’s a budding designer who loves all things fashion. Her style is quite bold, as you can see, and she loves to shock with her mix of fabrics and textures. She’s hoping to attend the Massachu-catts College of Art and Design to study both design and merchandising. I’m not sure Mirielle will make it as a designer, but you never know – there’s no accounting for taste.

This is one of my favorites; love the color of this purse and the big, chunky beads. This is Pamela, and she is very regimented in her ways. For example, she has this bag because it matches her eyes – things have to match! It will come as no surprise that she’s going to college for a degree in mathematics; because rules are rules and there’s no changing them for math. I’m not sure how she’s going to use her degree, but hopefully if she becomes a teacher she can learn to relax a little bit. Sometimes bending the rules is necessary, and life doesn’t have to be so rigid. Perhaps Pamela might benefit from some yoga or meditation, or a fun partner who is a bit more adventurous. 😉

And lastly we have Herman. He’s that guy in high school who knew he was good looking, he’s kind of a …… lady’s feminine hygiene product one might use on a summer’s eve. All the girls think he’s awesome, and they call him Herm. He’s not awesome, he’s a lazy user who gets what he wants by stepping on and over other people. I hope Herm changes his ways very soon, if not, he’ll probably be a politician, the worst kind of politician. Ugh. Other people are important Herman, everyone is important to someone – grow up!

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Pretty Kitties by Keith Kimberlin – Cra-Z-Art – Approx. 125/500 pieces

Alright, even dog people have to admit that this set of kittens is pretty darn adorable. I’m a dog person, and still my initial response to seeing these three is to say “Awwww”. So very cute!

I’m not a huge fan of the regular Cra-Z-Art puzzles, but these shaped sets bring big smiles to my face. Some of the sets can be a little boring, but most of them are fun both to look at and to assemble. The quality is good, and they make for an uncommonly entertaining time putting them together.

This is Marvin. He’s tired, life as a growing boy is exhausting. You know how those teenage years can be for boys, they’re always tired, sleeping, or hanging out in their filthy rooms. Marvin is a midfielder for his soccer team, and has no idea what to be when he grows up. He’s playing things by ear for now, waiting for luck and opportunity to collide. He isn’t great with his studies at the moment, there are lots of pretty female kitties out there to look at and try to talk to. Priorities, Marvin. Get it together!

Love the color of this purse, it pops! Such a vibrant color for such a shy looking kitten. Meet Brigitte, she seems bashful and most other cats overlook her and pay her no attention. She uses this to observe without being too obvious. Then she uses those observations to create stories and characters for her future great American novel. Kitten-watching is her favorite pastime, along with writing short stories and studying for her college boards. She has big, big dreams and she will achieve them!

I love these boots, and so does our last kitten for the day, Freya. She’s a blue-eyed beauty who plans to become a super-model. She’s not looking for long-term fame, just to make her fortune so that she can spend the rest of her days relaxing in early retirement. Freya has educated herself about finances, and plans to be smart with her money now so that later in life it can work for her instead of the other way around. She’s got a good head on her shoulders for such a young kitty – and she’s planning to be retired by the ripe old age of 5. We’re rooting for you Freya!

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Pretty Kitties by Keith Kimberlin – Cra-Z-Art – Approx. 125/500 pieces

Keith Kimberlin really knows how to get animals to look as adorable as possible, doesn’t he? These sets are the perfect size to assemble, not too much fur of any one color – just about right for a cup of coffee in the morning. Or whatever warm, comforting beverage sounds good to you. ☕

I think my daughter would have loved these puzzles glued and hung on her wall when she was younger. Before the rebellious teenage years where they hate everyone, no one understands them or has ever gone through what they have to deal with, etc……. Sorry, got off on a tangent there. Parenting is hard.

If you’ve never assembled one of these sets, they come in a box all mixed together and there are two ways you chould choose to put them together. Each separate puzzle has a colored backing so that you could sort them by color and assemble each puzzle on it’s own. Or you could choose to work it as a 500 piece puzzle with no sorting. Puzzler’s choice! (In case you’re wondering, I’m lazy; I sort them by color and work each one separately.)

I like this one, the pink color is a not really my style but the heel seems a little less like stilts. They’re still pretty high though, I’d tip over if I tried to wear them.

This is Bea, she’s an old soul with a flair for the dramatic. She has no problem mixing a button down and a cardigan with both a string of pretty beads and a sassy heel. She enjoys Gregory Peck and Cary Grant movies and even crochets some of her own clothes. She hopes to go film school and make movies like they used to in the old days; with a great plot and flawed but decent characters. She loves herself exactly how she is and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. Bea is awesome.

Sparkles! This disco queen here goes by her stage name – Ally Cat. She’s a performer in all ways, despite that sad looking face. When she steps on the stage her face lights up and she brightens the day of everyone in the audience. When she’s not performing she spends some days working at the local community center helping at risk teens, and the rest of her time is spent on self care and alone time. She enjoys jigsaw puzzles with lots of people in them, and would love to have one as a pet!

This wild one is much more my style – or it used to be – love an animal print! Although there is no way that a heel that high was ever achievable for me to walk in. Ever.

This is Bill. He is cranky. He doesn’t know why, that’s just his normal state of being. He’s been sent to pick up a pair of very tall heels for his wife to use in her current sculpture called “The Pain of Beauty”. Bill would rather be at home watching wrestling on the tv and drinking beer. Bill is a typical dude and having to run this errand embarrasses him. I think he needs a break. Chill out Bill.

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Pretty Kitties by Keith Kimberlin – Cra-Z-Art – Approx. 125/500 pieces

Ok, I know we just finished the freak shakes puzzles a few days ago, and I apologize for another set of these puzzles/posts so quickly – but this blog is about the puzzles I assemble, and this is the order in which they were completed. But, if you enjoyed my posts of Selfies and Unicorns last year, you may enjoy these too. These fabulous shoes and purses with kittens inside them are just begging for backstories, aren’t they?

Trying to ease myself back into puzzling I decided that even though I’d just finished freak shakes a few puzzles ago that a set of these smaller, shaped puzzles would easier for me than a 500 piece puzzle that was all one image.

These sets make me unbelievably happy and for that I do not apologize. There are still three sets here that have yet to be assembled – and four more on the way – but I’m going to try to space them out a little better. (I have a Christmas Town set with 12 buildings covered in snow and holiday decorations that you’ll be seeing in the next month or so ⛪❄)

I love this boot! The color isn’t one I’d choose, but it was pretty darn fun to assemble. These small kitten puzzles are nice because there isn’t too much fur in each one to make it so challenging.

This is Beatrice, and she’s quite shy and introverted but fiercely independent and headstrong. She’d rather be creating her own artwork or curling up with a good manga graphic novel than hanging out with friends. She hopes to attend the Cat-ifornia Institute of the Arts once she graduates, and looks forward to owning and running her own gallery one day.

Not as big a fan of this purse, but love that the kitty seems to be wearing a boa – that tells me plenty about her personality!

This is Francesca, she is a big fan of mirrors and all pictures ever taken of herself. She loves spending daddy’s money, and hearing all about how pretty others think she is. She has no actual life skills, almost no common sense, and no plans for the future – other than becoming homecoming queen her senior year. She is a vapid twit.

Love a platform shoe (to look at, not to walk in), but this one isn’t really my jam. Neither are the kitties to be honest, but I must admit that they’re cute. 😸

This is Steve, he’s a drag queen and loves a super tall heel. He looks young, but it’s just good genes. When he’s not working at his nightclub he’s at home with the family playing in the sandbox and refurbishing their fixer-upper home. He’s funny, faithful, and fabulous. I love Steve.

#Fuzzy Friends

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#Fuzzy Friends by Keith Kimberlin – MasterPieces – 500 pieces

How adorable are these guys and gals? So sweet! This was a great quality puzzle by MasterPieces. The random cut was lovely, but it took me a minute or two to wrap my aging brain around the way things would go together. There’s always a period of adjustment when I start a randomly cut puzzle, I have to stare at things for a while until the gray cells warm up and comprehend how the pieces fit together. Once that’s done it’s off to the races!

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This is how it looked after putting together everything I pulled from the initial sorting – not bad! Fuzzy Friends 2

This was my favorite section, I love those faces! Puppies and kittens are almost always cute and make for adorable puzzles. They’re not always easy (a lot of fur tends to be a bit of a challenge) but they’re usually entertaining.

The fit was very good and I truly enjoyed the random cut. It’s been a little while since I’ve assembled a MasterPieces puzzle, I forgot how much fun they can be. After a steady diet of grid cut puzzles, it’s lovely to change things up and do something different.

Whether you prefer random or grid cut, there’s no denying they are very cute fuzzy friends. 🐶🐱