Travel Around the World

Travel Around the World – Grafika – 48000 pieces

Today’s puzzle was completed by a reader from the UK who has completed MANY large piece puzzles – congratulations on your achievement Derek, it looks beautiful!

This is the current World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle at 48,000 pieces and is made by Grafika, a French puzzle manufacturer. The puzzle comes in 24 bags of 2000 pieces each, much easier to deal with than some sections of the larger piece count puzzles; and storing the completed sections would be easier as well. The image forms a world tour that represents countries and places from every continent – stunning! The finished puzzle measures approximately 25.2 feet long and 6.7 feet high (768 x 204 cm). It’s absolutely breathtaking!

Derek says it’s the best quality jigsaw puzzle he’s ever worked on. Wow! That’s saying something, because he’s worked a LOT of different puzzle brands. I’m dying to try a Grafika puzzle, but they’re not very readily available here in the US.


The colors are soft and beautiful, I bet it’s gorgeous in person! Derek raises money for charities by auctioning off the final 10 pieces of the puzzle, giving a few people a chance to “complete” the World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle – isn’t that a great idea? I love it! So far with this puzzle he’s raised about £6000 for cancer research and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance – amazing!

To date Derek has completed two 32,000 piece puzzles, a 24,000 piece, two 18,000 pieces, a 13,200 piece, and two 9,000 pieces – and he raises money for charities with every one – what an awe-inspiring accomplishment! All of his puzzles are framed and on display at his place of work, Dove Mill. I’m definitely inspired by both his dedication to puzzling and his use of puzzles to help raise money for charities that are important to him.

Look at all those cute little guys in front of that giant puzzle!

Well done my friend!  👏👏👏  I can’t wait to see what you do next!

Final Assembly Day!

The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle is finally put together! It was amazing to see the entire puzzle assembled, all 10 sections completed and connected. WOW! You can know the measurements in your head, but then seeing it in person is another thing altogether. It’s a beautiful puzzle, and it fit together perfectly; it was stunning in it’s enormity – I can hardly believe I did all that!


This is myself, mom, and my 3 children.  Not the best picture, but at least it gives you scale, that’s one enormous puzzle! When you look back at the pictures I took along the way, the every day updates, each section looks like your average size puzzle, nothing too extraordinary. This picture gives you a much better appreciation for just how large each section actually is!


So everyone there who was taking pictures was supposed to send them to me too, so I could pick the best ones for the blog. Of course no one has so far, so unfortunately the pictures I have aren’t the best ones from the day. The one above is a good one taken by a friend of my parents (although I’m unclear why my oldest son is crouched like a frog – he’s just got to be himself I guess!)

My husband arranged for a professional photographer to come and take pics of the puzzle, so I’m hoping when I get those they’ll be awesome pictures to share. 😎 We left the puzzle at the church Saturday night, and are going back to get more pictures today and to package it back up into it’s 10 sections. Hopefully in a day or so everyone will have forwarded me all the pictures and I can pick the best ones to show.

I was so nervous and anxious all morning! I can’t explain exactly why, but I was worried that a section would fall apart or something would go wrong.  (I’m a worrier – an almost Olympic level, award winning worrier) But everything went smoothly thank goodness! It’s hard to believe that this puzzle took up 6 months of my life! 😮


I have to say I’m pretty darn proud of myself! This is quite the accomplishment, and not a lot of people can say they’ve actually assembled the world’s largest commercially available jigsaw puzzle! I can – I did it!!

Again, tons of thanks to my dad and husband for doing all the heavy lifting and carting things around for the big day. And to mom for helping me make cookies and refreshments for everyone who came out to see the puzzle; to my 3 wonderful kids for showing up for mom’s weird puzzle day and being good sports about it. Thanks also to everyone who showed up to share my accomplishment today, it meant so much to me!

I’m hoping to have more pictures of the completed puzzle in the next few days to share with everyone, but at the very least I wanted to get a few of them in today’s post – because I promised I would.

I’m wiped out! Exhaustion has set in, I overdid it getting all of this set up and accomplished and will definitely be paying for it for the next few days – but it was worth it! This is not something that happens every day, so I wanted to enjoy it, and I did. I completed the Guinness World Record Largest Jigsaw Puzzle! I’m proud of myself, grateful to all my family and friends for their help, support, and encouragement; and thankful that I have this blog where I can share my puzzles with you.

I may be posting lots more pictures of the puzzle in the next few days, bear with me. I’m a proud momma who wants to show off her adorable overly large baby to everyone! 😉

One week to go!

cropped-712jbqy3n3l__sl1200_.jpgOne week from today we’re assembling Disney’s Memorable Moments! Friends and family have been invited, hall has been reserved, and I’m super excited! 🙂

I’m really excited to see every section put together and although in my head I know the measurements of the finished puzzle, it will be a different thing altogether to see it firsthand. Each section as it was completed seemed like an enormous puzzle on it’s own, and connecting them will be quite an awesome sight. 😮

I’m hoping to have an excellent picture that I’ll be able to put on the home page of the blog to replace the advertising image. Honestly though, how in the world do you get a good picture of a puzzle that’s 23 feet long and lying on the floor? I’m thinking we’re probably going to have to take a ladder. A camera rigged drone? (That made me laugh just thinking about it) Hopefully there’s a picture that turns out good enough to use here. I want a picture of myself lying or sitting on top of the puzzle, luckily the puzzle is so big the camera will have to be far enough away that it won’t be too close to my face. 😉

So if you’ve kept up with my blog and watched my progress on the “World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle”, it’s finally going to be completely assembled on Saturday June 17, 2017! Most likely I’ll post an update and pictures on Sunday, so stay tuned. 😎


cropped-712jbqy3n3l__sl1200_.jpgAs of yesterday we have a date set, the hall is reserved and I will FINALLY be able to assemble the entire 40,320 piece puzzle! I’m very excited, and even though it’s another month I have to wait I know that the date is coming up and it’s definitely going to be completely assembled. 😎

I had to make sure all the people I wanted to invite were able to come, and that’s why the date is so far away. It seems far away at the moment, but I know in the grand scheme of things it really isn’t. It took a little over 6 months to complete, so waiting another 4 weeks isn’t that much of an inconvenience (it just seems like one!)

I’m so looking forward to seeing the entire puzzle, I have a feeling it will be extremely overwhelming when all the sections are assembled and I can visualize my accomplishment. 😮

So, if you’ve been waiting to see me with the completed puzzle it won’t be too much longer that you have to wait. I promise I will let someone take my picture and I will definitely be posting pictures of the final assembly and the completed puzzle!

World’s Largest Puzzle – Recap!

I can’t believe it! All 10 sections of the world’s largest puzzle are complete! What an accomplishment, I am so unbelievably proud of myself! I’ve already posted about Bambi, but I wanted to post pictures of all the sections as well. I don’t know when they’ll all be connected, but I will definitely get that done at some point and take a LOT of pictures! I hate having my picture taken, but I’ll definitely be letting people take pictures of me that day, that’s for sure. 😉

Here are all 10 sections in the order they were assembled….

4032 pieces assembled – 36,288 pieces to go!

Snow White was begun on September 28, 2016 and completed on October 17, 2016. Click here for the full post on that day. I almost wish I’d saved this one till nearer the end. I was overwhelmed when I first started and don’t know if I enjoyed it as much as I could have.

8064 pieces assembled- 32,256 pieces to go!

Cinderella was started on October 21, 2016 and completed on November 5, 2016. Click here for the full post on that day. Ole Cindy here was a difficult section, but I got her done! The picture is quite dark and doesn’t do her justice, you’ll see when the entire puzzle is assembled. 🙂

12,096 pieces assembled – 28,224 pieces to go!

Dumbo began assembly on November 8, 2016 and was finished on November 19, 2016. Click here for the full post on that day.  Dumbo was so enjoyable to assemble, and super cute as well!

16,128 pieces assembled, 24,192 to go!

Peter Pan (the hardest section in my humble opinion) was started on November 22, 2016 and completed on December 5, 2016. Click here for the full post on that day.  I think I’m proudest of this section as it was the most difficult for me.

20,160 pieces assembled – 20,160 to go!

The Jungle Book, my favorite Disney movie, got started on December 7, 2016 and was completed for the FIRST time on December 19, 2016. It was done for about 5 whole minutes before I tried to move the board to take a better picture and it all fell off.  Click here for the post from that horrible day.  I assembled it for the SECOND time from December 20, 2016 to December 27, 2016.  Click here for the post for that day.  Thank goodness for digital cameras/pictures!

24,192 pieces assembled – 16,128 to go!

The Little Mermaid was assembled from December 29, 2016 to January 11, 2017.  Click here for the full post. This one was one of my favorite sections to assemble. It looks like all that blue would be difficult but I loved this section!

28,224 pieces assembled – 12,096 to go!

Fantasia was started on January 14, 2017 and completed on January 28, 2017. Click here for that day’s full post. This section I was dreading the most and I was happy to be wrong about it – it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be! And if I want to I can assemble this one again because I have an extra section. 😉

32,256 pieces assembled – 8,064 to go!

Getting near the end now! The Lion King was assembled from February 2, 2017 to February 16, 2017. Click here for the full post from that day.  The sky in this section is absolutely GORGEOUS! The pictures don’t even come close, the colors are stunning!

36,288 pieces assembled – 4,032 to go!

Beauty and The Beast began assembly on February 22, 2017 and was finished on March 8, 2017. Click here for that day’s full post. This was one of two I saved for last because I knew it would be fun! I wasn’t wrong – loved it!

40,320 pieces complete!

Last but definitely not least – Bambi. I got started on Bambi on March 16, 2017 and finished up on April 2, 2017. Click here for the post on the very last section.  I’m so proud!

Special thanks to my wonderful angel of a husband for not having a fit when I spent a bunch of money buying the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle, for building me the board I used to assemble this puzzle and the adjustable table to assemble it on, for helping me figure out how to store all the completed sections, and for all the help, encouragement and patience the past six months. I love you sooooo much!

Also special thanks to my mom for being one of the few people who was always interested in how the puzzle was coming along – or at least pretending to be. Thanks for being part of this project not only with your support and encouragement, but also for being the only person to help assemble each and every section – at least one piece in each image was put in by mom, and sometimes many more than just one! I love you to pieces!

Thanks also to everyone who has followed along while I worked on this puzzle. Thanks for giving me the incentive to make sure I worked on the puzzle every day no matter what – cause I knew you were “watching”. You helped!