Almond Blossom

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Almond Blossom by Vincent Van Gogh – Wentworth Wooden Puzzles – 40 pieces

I purchased all of these micro puzzles more than 7 months ago, I thought it was about time I got to assembling them all. It doesn’t hurt that they’re so small and easy to work with while in bed. They also give me a chance to work on images that I wouldn’t normally do in a larger piece count. Although Almond Blossom is a beautiful piece of artwork there is NO WAY I’d assemble this image in 500 or 1000 pieces – it would be way too frustrating for me.

I have 7 more everyday image micro puzzles left to assemble, and 8 more Christmas or winter themed ones – not including the 3 I’ve already assembled that are in the queue ready to post. I’m saving the winter ones for Christmas in July on the blog, and have started peppering in the others here and there.

It’s been almost a month since I’ve been able to sit at my puzzle board to work, so almost everything I’ve assembled has been done in my room or in bed. These micro puzzles are perfect for that, I can “get my puzzle on” without causing too much pain or frustration.

I ordered myself a Mother’s Day/Wedding Anniversary present that will be arriving today – a beautiful, colorful, intricate wooden puzzle from Liberty Puzzles. It has enough pieces to offer a challenge (so it won’t be over with too quickly), but it will fit perfectly on the white board so that I can work on it in bed. I can’t wait to open the box and look at all the pieces! It also gives me plenty of motivation to finish the lovely puzzle I’m currently working on so I can start on the gorgeous present I bought myself. 😍

Irises

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Irises by Vincent Van Gogh – Andrews + Blaine – 126 pieces

This is another very small piece puzzle that mom found somewhere. The image is only the top of Van Gogh’s Irises, but it was lovely and challenging and I had the best time putting it together!

The two puzzles we have from this series were truly the best quality smaller piece puzzles that I’ve worked with. The pieces are thick and fit together extremely well, there is no wondering if you have placed the piece correctly or not. The image reproduction is very good, but seems a bit darker than the original artwork (from my non-artist point of view anyway). If mom finds any Andrews + Blaine small piece puzzles at the thrift store we’re definitely getting them!

The whole puzzle fit on a cookie sheet, and I assembled the entire thing while in bed. I haven’t been able to sit at my puzzle table for well over a week now, so all the puzzles I’m doing have to fit on my white board or something smaller so that I can do them while lying down or propped up. There’s another advantage of the tiny puzzle! 😉

I was actually a little afraid of this puzzle for a while, the image is a bit difficult. I found it to be quite calming to assemble though; and even if I had to sit and stare at them for a bit, I could find and place the pieces correctly. In the end though, I’ve discovered that I’m much braver about difficult images if there aren’t many pieces. I don’t think I’ll ever attempt Starry Night in 1000 or even 500 pieces; but I didn’t have a problem putting it together as a 40 piece wooden puzzle. If it’s super challenging my courage is directly related to piece count. 300 pieces or less? Sure! More than that? Probably not. Maybe 500 tops – maybe.

I really enjoyed this puzzle much more than I anticipated, just as much as the first one I assembled – Fairgrounds. You can’t really tell how small they are until you see the tiny little box they come in. I took a great picture of the puzzle box next to my coffee cup in that post!

It doesn’t look like these small puzzles are being produced by A + B anymore, but if you happen across one in a thrift store, go for it! It’s a nice change from larger piece counts, and just may be more fun than you think. 👍