Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town by Richard Macneil – Wentworth – 40 pieces

Tinsel Town was the last of the micro puzzles from Wentworth that I assembled this season. (Don’t worry, there are still plenty left to show you, this isn’t the end of the holiday puzzles) It was a little more time consuming than it looks like it would be, but it was a fun assembly. I had a good time in spite of myself. 😉

This was purchased a couple of years ago, but for some reason I never got around to putting it together. Most likely it just got lost in the shuffle, it’s probably not because of the image. A couple of years ago I bought EVERY single micro puzzle Wentworth had without regard to image. It’s one of those holiday puzzles I don’t normally care for; however, with such a small piece count it wasn’t nearly as tedious as my brain thought it would be.

Don’t get me wrong, the artwork by Richard Macneil is absolutely beautiful. I appreciate the colors and the use of light – it’s truly lovely. I just have an (admittedly) irrational dislike of puzzles with traditional Christmas images. They just all seem the same, and for me that’s boring. I recognize and appreciate the artwork, they’re beautiful. Honestly, some of them – like this one – are stunningly beautiful. They’re just not what I like to assemble, that’s all.

The usual nicely accented whimsy pieces; my favorite is the snowman with his pointy carrot nose. ⛄🥕

London In Snow

London In Snow
London In Snow by Richard Macneil – Wentworth – 40 pieces

It’s my first Christmas puzzle of the season, completed the day after Thanksgiving. Not because I was in any rush to do Christmas puzzles, which regular readers know are definitely NOT my thing; but because I’ve been in a slump lately and need to get some puzzles done and ready to post. Luckily I had 4 Wentworth micro puzzles here, and they’re not only going to be part of the holiday season here on My Jigsaw Journal, but they’re going to save me with some quick and easy completions. 🙂

Wentworth Wooden Puzzles are beautifully made with excellent quality, and I absolutely adore their micro puzzles. They are tiny little puzzles (30-40 pieces) that are easy to carry and quick to put together when you’re in need of a puzzle fix. All PADS sufferers know that feeling when all you want to do is be left alone for 10 minutes so you can get your hands on some puzzle pieces and be swept up in which piece fits here and where does that color go – it’s puzzle bliss. We are all in search of a few minutes of meditation with a puzzle, and these micro puzzles are the perfect thing for it!

This image is perfect for a micro puzzle, because it looks like it would be quite difficult in a larger piece count. The top half is all shades of white and grey, and the bottom is a sea of reds and yellows. I don’t know that it would be one I’d choose to assemble if it were anything larger than a 300 piece cardboard puzzle. That said, it’s truly beautiful artwork by Richard Macneil, and it made for a excellent micro assembly.

London whimsies

My favorite here is the whimsy of the Queen, the extra detail that Wentworth adds to their whimsies makes all the difference; you know exactly who that is with all the added lines, it’s lovely!

All Grinchy-ness aside, I enjoyed this assembly, as I do for all Wentworth puzzles. It has beautiful artwork, is well crafted, and gave me a few minutes of uninterrupted puzzle time that ended with a completed puzzle. Heavenly!

*There is one coming up that I’m dreading a little bit though, it’s a micro puzzle – one of their extra difficult ones with tessellating pieces – that I’ve attempted to assemble before and had to give up on. It brings back memories of Winter Aspen – YIKES! I’m determined to master it though; but I’m not sure if I want to save it until last or just do it and get it over with. Whichever one I choose, wish me luck!

The Stocking Filler

The Stocking Filler
The Stocking Filler by Richard Macneil – Wentworth – 40 pieces

Another lovely, quick micro puzzle from Wentworth, so much fun to assemble and supremely entertaining.

There’s a LOT of red in this image – you’d think I’d love Christmas puzzle images partly because red is my favorite color – but, not really, nope. As with many other things related to my oddly functioning brain, I have absolutely no explanation for it. All I can do is to embrace the weirdness that is me.😎

It’s only 40 pieces but each piece is wonderful to hold in your hand, satisfying to run your fingers over, and has a beautiful sound when it settles into place. Wooden puzzles are a joy!

The Stocking Filler whimsies



Christmas Cats

Christmas Cats
Christmas Cats by Richard Macneil – Wentworth – 40 pieces

This is my least favorite of the Christmas micro puzzles we bought this year, it seems very bland and colorless other than the blue of the sky and the one orange cat. Still it’s a pretty scene, and it was fun to assemble; and even my least favorite wooden puzzle is still a favorite. 😉

Growing up in the northern United States, this sort of scene is what I think Christmas is supposed to look like – wintry and snow covered. Having lived in Florida for the past 15 years, I’m still finding it difficult to get into the holiday spirit when it’s 85 degrees outside and the air conditioning keeps turning on. Perhaps that’s part of the reason for my lack of Christmas cheer – or it could be I’m just turning into a cranky old lady – or both!

Christmas Cats whimsies

Only four more days until Christmas – and then no more Christmas puzzles until July. (Unless of course I get one for a present, then I may feel obligated to assemble it right away 🎁)