Partridge in a Pear Tree

Partridge in a Pear Tree
Partridge in a Pear Tree by Rachel Arbuckle – Wentworth – 250 pieces

Such a beautiful puzzle, and so much more challenging than it looks! Gorgeous colors, fantastic whimsies – so enjoyable!

This puzzle had all the “12 Days” represented in the whimsy pieces. I tried to put them in order starting at the beginning, but funnily enough it was easier to start with day 12 at the bottom and sing my way back to a partridge in a pear tree. 🎶

Partridge whimsies

With six of the days represented by birds of some sort, I had to go over it in my head a few times to be certain each one is in the right spot. I’m pretty sure I got it right, though surely someone will let me know if it isn’t.

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As usual, a partridge in a partridge. 🙂 I absolutely adored these puzzles and had so much fun assembling them. They’re so lovely and entertaining to work with, they might become a yearly tradition.

I’m having the worst time being motivated to puzzle these past few days; perhaps it’s the big build up to Christmas and all the things that have to be done, perhaps not. All I know is the puzzle on my board at the moment has barely been touched in the last 3 or 4 days and it’s going to be put back into the box today. There’s been almost no progress at all since the first day I started working on it, so it’ll have to wait for another time.

Not one person has asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, so I’m taking that to mean either they’re tired of me saying “I don’t want or need anything” or they’re all certain of what to get for me. Hmmm, wonder what that could be? So, in order to be sure that there is ample space to work on any gifts with that may arrive with “some assembly required”, the current puzzle is taking a nap for a few weeks at least. If there aren’t any dissected pictures under the tree, no worries, there are plenty here now!

Two Turtle Doves

Two Turtle Doves
Two Turtle Doves by Rachel Arbuckle – Wentworth – 250 pieces

I thought this would be easier than Three French Hens, boy was I wrong. It’s so beautiful though thatI didn’t mind one little bit – absolutely gorgeous!

There’s a symmetry and interconnectedness with Rachel Arbuckle’s artwork – I’m not sure I have the vocabulary to define exactly why I love it, I just do.  The background, foreground, colors, accents – everything seems to work perfectly together. And pairing her artwork with the quality of Wentworth puzzles makes it even more fantastic in my mind. Loved this one!

Two Turtle Doves whimsies

I was surprised there wasn’t a partridge in this set of whimsies; Three French Hens had all the correct birds. I did enjoy the Dickensian characters though, so fun!

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Doves in doves! This was my favorite of the 3 puzzles in this series so far; even though it was difficult it was completely engrossing and entertaining – everything about it was exactly right for me. 😎

I try to always remind my readers to treat themselves to a wooden puzzle at least once. Or if you don’t feel as if that’s something you can do for yourself, you can always ask for a small one for your birthday. There are a LOT of companies that make reasonably priced small wooden puzzles with excellent quality and you are worth spending a little extra money on!

*It’s too late for this year, but maybe next year write to Santa at the end of November and the elves might make you a fantastic wooden puzzle to put under the tree. 🎄

Three French Hens

Three French Hens
Three French Hens by Rachel Arbuckle – Wentworth – 250 pieces

The artwork of Rachel Arbuckle makes for gorgeous puzzles, and even though I absolutely didn’t need them I couldn’t resist getting the first 3 puzzles in this series. I’m very much looking forward to all 12 of these beautiful puzzles. Although I’d imagine the last 5 or 6 puzzles will be quite crowded looking in comparison to these first few – this puzzle has the hens, turtledoves, and the partridge – if that continues the 12th day will be jam packed!

Three French Hens whimsies

I love that there are the correct amount of birds in the whimsies! Although if this series continues that would be quite a challenge in the later puzzles – unless you get a much higher piece count. Wentworth puzzles go all the way up to 1500 pieces, but they’re a bit out of my price range. 😏

The 250 piece Wentworth puzzles are just about right for me, in both size and price. They’re small enough that the number of pieces doesn’t overwhelm, I can work on them in bed on my white board when I’m not feeling well, and they’re very reasonably priced as far as wooden puzzles go. Also I normally only buy wooden puzzles when they’re on sale and I can get free shipping, so that the price goes down even more. I’m a proud cheapskate!

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These aren’t the last pieces that went into the puzzle, in fact they were the ones I started with (other than the edges). But I thought it was very cool that each of the hens had a hen whimsy in it – three French hens in three French hens!

From here until Christmas Day it’s going to be wooden Christmas puzzles on the blog – both micro puzzles and larger. No clue what’s happening after Christmas – I suppose that depends on if I get any puzzles from Santa or his helpers! 🎅

Father Frost

Father Frost
Father Frost by Rachel Arbuckle – Wentworth – 36 pieces

This gorgeous shaped micro puzzle is beautiful, and a little challenging too – the perfect combination! The interesting shapes made for a longer assembly time than I thought, but a wonderful one.

I had no idea when I assembled it that it was artwork by Rachel Arbuckle, I adore her artwork! I have the first 3 puzzles in her 12 days of Christmas series, and I’m looking forward to assembling them.

Father Frost pieces

The curlicue pieces and shaped edges made for quite the entertaining puzzle! This one comes in a Christmas cracker box too; they’re a little more expensive than the regular micro puzzles, but I love them anyway.

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Fuchsia Faerie

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Fuchsia Faerie by Rachel Arbuckle – Purrfect Puzzles – 1000 pieces

I was looking for something on Amazon, and saw this puzzle in the “you might like” section of the page.  Something about it drew me in and I ordered it that day! I’m glad I did. 🙂

I had never even heard of this puzzle company before, so that was interesting to me and I saw that the puzzles were manufactured in the Netherlands which usually means good quality. I was right! The pieces are wonderfully thick and have a linen wrap which feels good in your hands. The fit is excellent which is one of the most important factors for me and the image quality is exceptional. And this is the first puzzle I’ve ever seen where the standard 2 prong 2 hole shape is the shape with the LEAST number of pieces. There were many more pieces of the more interesting shapes and I loved that! It is a grid cut puzzle, not a random cut, but there were more of the other shapes than the standard 2/2 piece.

I enjoyed this assembly very much and finished it quickly for a 1000 piece. It sucked me in and I just had to keep going. The faerie was beautiful, and it was easy to get started by pulling the pieces for her hair, and all the dots along the border, then the sequined bodice, rest of the border, etc. The pieces fit together so well that it was easy to assemble a small section and pick it up to move it into place. This puzzle was awesome from start to finish!

I want more Purrfect puzzles! This could be bad. 😐