Look After Your

Look After Your by Lauren Altes – Mr. Bob Puzzles – 201 pieces

This puzzle was commissioned for the national breast cancer foundation of Australia, and Mr. Bob Puzzles were the ones to produce a puzzle of this excellent artwork to raise money for the cause. I love the image – and that there are men included as well. Men can get breast cancer too, as I’m sure most of you know. When I saw this puzzle on the Mr. Bob website last year I had to have it!

It’s hard to see at first, but you can make out the title of this puzzle in the background – Look After Your…melons, peaches, lemons, apples, etc. Whatever size and shape, look after your ta-tas ladies and gentlemen!

I’ve included a copy of the image from the poster that came with the puzzle so that you could see it properly without the prominent piece shapes. I think it’s an awesome piece of artwork.

Great whimsies of the fruits and veggies used in the artwork, plus a breast cancer ribbon, dove, etc.

She is my favorite of course, because she looks like me. Gray hair, pale, glasses, sagging…..melons.๐Ÿ˜

Focus

Focus by Karen Bloomfield – Mr. Bob Puzzles – 40 pieces

My first mini puzzle from Mr. Bob – I liked it very much! I chose this one specifically because it looked as though it would be a challenge. It was.

It was the usual well made wooden puzzle from Mr. Bob Puzzles, with beautiful reproduction. Normally an image like this isn’t my pile of pieces, but being stuck in bed and only able to do small puzzles made me desire something a bit more demanding than the regular mini wooden puzzle. This one fit the bill perfectly.

As always there is a whimsy of Australia, plus some other fun shapes as well. Seeing all the great whimsy pieces is the best part of opening a new wooden puzzle – at least it is for me.

Imagination

Imagination by Robert Williams – Mr. Bob Puzzles – 525 pieces

Oh my. This puzzle. What a FANTASTIC image for puzzling! I had the best time putting this one together, and I’m sorry that it isn’t still being produced because it was an amazing assembly and I loved every single piece. ๐Ÿ’–

Even though I picked it out myself, sort of, (told hubby which images of Mr. Bob’s puzzles I liked best), when it arrived I was a little scared of the image and thought it would be really difficult. It was put away for a while, then – well, you know. Finally, it was pulled out from it’s place in the to-do pile and….HOLY GUACAMOLE was it fun! I was completely wrong about how difficult it would be. It turns out this is, in my humble opinion, a perfect image for a jigsaw puzzle.

You may not think so looking at it, and to be honest neither did I at first. To me it is beautiful art, but I thought it would be an extremely demanding assembly, especially with the deceptively difficult cut of Mr. Bob’s puzzles. It wasn’t. It was the perfect amount of challenging. I know I am repeating myself, but this puzzle was the best, most entertaining puzzle I’ve done in quite some time. Click the link above to check out their website if you’re interested, they have many unique images that you won’t see anywhere else, and they are excellent quality wooden puzzles.

As usual, it began with pulling all the whimsies while laying out the pieces. There were some special ones in this puzzle – hubby asked them to put the name of my blog in the whimsies! (He must have remembered when they cut my name into a puzzle and I said “Wouldn’t it be cool to have the name of the blog cut out in puzzle pieces?” What a sweet, thoughtful husband I have!)

Having thick wooden pieces means that you can cut out wonderful shapes; and part of the fun is seeing them – and the interesting shapes of the pieces around them. Mr. Bob’s logo and his silhouette are cut into every puzzle, along with a whimsy of Australia. The rest of the whimsies are different depending on the image of the puzzle itself.

When using lasers to cut wooden puzzles the only real limits are the designer’s imagination. (Plus, they can cut out fun things like the name of a puzzle blog!)

How cool is that? So cool! But I have to tell you that even without these words in the puzzle I would still be in love with it. The colors and textures, the movement, the lines running through it, the fabulous quality, the perfect amount of challenge – everything worked together to make for the most pleasurable puzzling this professed puzzle geek has had in a quite a while.

Love, love, LOVED IT! ๐Ÿ˜


Mr. Bob’s Puzzles has grown significantly since I reviewed two of their puzzles two years ago – almost to the day! It seems like much more time has gone by; through our email correspondence I feel as if I know Mr. Bob himself personally and we’re old friends. After my reviews I gave suggestions to improve their products, and it was unbelievably well received; they truly wanted to make the best puzzles they could.

I encouraged him to put more of his own artwork on his puzzles: because I adore his digital art, it is most definitely my pile of pieces! This puzzle is one of his creations, and it made for such a fun assembly that I couldn’t stop gushing to him about it. I’ve done several of Mr. Bob’s puzzles, and the ones I’ve enjoyed the most have been the ones with his artwork; Save the Whales, Art City, and now Imagination joins the club.

Last year Mr. Bob’s Puzzles received an order for 53,000 custom puzzles from a major Australian corporation as gifts for their staff – it called for renting a new, larger space, establishing a bank of laser cutters, and a production facility to cope with the higher output. They got them all produced and shipped in about three months – on time and on budget. Bob tells me that it amounted to cutting around 8,000,000 pieces (approximately 375 miles of laser cutting)! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Well done everyone at Mr. Bob’s Puzzles, you’re going places! And we knew you when…

Retirement

Retirement
Retirement by Jim Tsinganos – Mr. Bob Puzzles – 501 pieces

Love, love, love this image! Not only is it beautiful and funny, it made for a fantastic assembly. Hubby decided to get me some more puzzles from Mr. Bob (I think because he wanted to spend a little extra money on himself, and buying me something too lowers his guilt about it). So he asked me to pick out two images and this was the first one I chose.

Mr. Bob Puzzles has a great catalog of beautiful, interesting, and unique images to choose from, it’s difficult to find just one or two that I want to order because I want almost all of them! ๐Ÿ˜

Jim Tsinganos is one of the featured artists at Mr. Bob Puzzles, and I adore his artwork. You know how much I love humor – so this funny, silly, beautiful image jumped right out at me when I first saw it, and I’ve had this one on my mental wish list for quite a while. Thank goodness I finally was able to assemble it. There are several other images of his still on my list, and I hope to get them someday, what a fabulous artist he is!

The cut is more “traditional” with regular looking pieces, but it’s quite deceptive. With so many straight or nearly straight edges throughout the entire puzzle it becomes a much more challenging assembly than you would think. It isn’t possible to begin with the edges, at least it isn’t for me; most of the pieces look as though they might be edges! Even on the inside of the puzzle you have to focus much more on the colors, textures, and shading – it’s a bit of a mental workout and I love it.

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Great whimsies with this puzzle: Dorothy, Toto, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow, a flying monkey, The Wicked Witch of the West, etc. There are also the usual whimsies of Australia, clasped hands, and the Mr. Bob logo along with the profile of Mr. Bob too. I love the look of all of them!

My only criticism is – where is the cowardly lion? Was he too scared to show up for his profile sitting? Did he take too long to get there because his scooter slowed him down? I’m being silly, I know – but give an old lady some leeway to be ridiculous now and then. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Emerald Towers Retirement Suites – I really do love the art and humor of Jim Tsinganos!

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This closeup speaks for itself, it makes the entire image. I love how Dorothy’s shoes no longer have heels; she’s turned those in for flats which are so much safer and easier to walk in. The Cowardly Lion might have broken a hip or something and needs a scooter to get himself around, and The Tin Man needs a cane. You can’t really see a big change in The Scarecrow, other than he seems a little “heavier” than I remember him and a bit more stooped at the shoulders. He also seems to be leaning a bit on Dorothy.

Great image, great quality puzzle, wonderfully entertaining assembly – what more could you ask for? ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿงฉ

Stacey & David

Stacey & David
Stacey & David – Mr. Bob Puzzles – 651 pieces

So here it is, my wedding picture puzzle that was my anniversary gift this year. It was fantastic, and Mr. Bob Puzzles did such a wonderful job – I absolutely adored it! It will be beautiful in my living room once hubby gets the frames built for both this one and Stacey & Ruth. I’ve added links to all the previous posts about these puzzles so you can go back if you’d like and check out how we got here.

My husband had both this and the puzzle of my mother and me commissioned because he’s one of the sweetest, kindest, most thoughtful men I know. He knew that Mother’s Day would be difficult for me this year due to the loss of my mother, and he wanted to soften the blow. If you’re new to the blog you can read about how he got it all done here. It was such a lovely and unexpected gift. ๐Ÿ’

Remember my post from when I was assembling this? Can you see Batman where my hem and the train are coming down the step? I can’t see this picture now without seeing it. It makes me smile, and it will always make me smile.

I was wondering when I was sorting the pieces and saw all the whimsies why there were so many birds…

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I love the two couples and the intertwined rings – and of course our beloved Buddy. But I wasn’t sure why there were so many birds. Did hubby tell him to add those? Well, once I was nearly finished I saw it….

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How amazing is that? Mr. Bob and his team did such a beautiful job with the design of this puzzle and the whimsies. I’m actually considering displaying this one with the birds and our names removed, isn’t that an amazing image? It looks so striking and charming. Thank you to everyone at Mr. Bob puzzles, and most especially Mr. Bob himself – you all did an astounding job on this puzzle – I love it! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿงฉ๐Ÿ’–

I adored my gorgeous one of a kind puzzle from start to finish; and many thanks again to Mr. Bob himself for suggesting that these images NOT be 1000 piece puzzles. All that carpeting, paneling, and white would have been so difficult with a higher piece count!

Hubby did a great job working with the team at Mr. Bob Puzzles, getting high resolution images of our wedding pictures, and having these beautiful puzzles made. I think I’ll keep him.

I’ve put in over 30 years work getting him whipped into shape; it would be a waste to lose all that effort. ๐Ÿ˜‰