Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Puzzle Adventures - Final

Well! June certainly started at top speed! Good, but busy!

Let me recap the last of the puzzles I did during May
First up...what can I say? I've been an Edith Holden fan since her 'Country Diary' made it's first appearance back in the 70's. And yet, when I first saw this gorgeous puzzle by Cobble Hill, I wondered if I would actually enjoy doing it. The soft colours caused me to hesitate. When a friend offered to trade me this 'Spring' one for a ball of yarn...well that was a deal quickly sealed!
The dark overcast days made taking pictures of this really hard, but even so, the beauty shows through I think.
I made a start on the easiest to identify bits and assembled little vignettes which I then located on the poster and placed in it's approximate place within the border.

It came together quicker that expected and although there is always the pleasure of looking at the finished image, I was disappointed that this was 'over' for now...

I enjoyed every minute. Each little puzzle piece is a miniature piece is water colour art...and together they produce sweet images such as this rabbit sniffing away at the leaves

...and numerous delicate butterflies scattered allover the image, with identifying names for all the images included, just as Edith had it in her diary.

Such lovely detail...

A totally satisfying experience. I'm looking forward to doing the rest of the months. I have 'Summer' lined up for June and plan to do 'Autumn' in September. So far I've not been able to locate 'Winter' but am hoping to find it ready to do in December.

I think the artist/designer who used the original images to compile this puzzle image did an outstanding job! Thank you Cobble Hill for yet another masterpiece!

Next up was the 'free mystery puzzle' included with a Bits & Pieces order. It wasn't something that I would buy myself, but I did enjoy putting it together and was able to trade it locally for another puzzle. Win-win for me!

Last year I found this little puzzle at the local Salvation Army Thrift Store. The fact that it was a map and had a book of riddles with it, was enough for me to take a chance with the purchase. One never knows with thrift store puzzles, do you? However this one was complete. It is an older puzzle but in good condition and I had a good time solving riddles and locating the 'treasure'
I wonder who won the cash prizes back then...

I particularly liked this polar bear...just taking a casual stroll..

and this bit at the southern tip of Africa, recalling stories of the lost city in the Kalahari and the fabulous wealth it contained...not to mention all those gold coins President Kruger was supposed to take with him to Europe to try to by help during the Anglo-Boer War...

And with childhood memories and remembering walking long paths in the African bush, my puzzle adventures for May came to an end. Varied, full of colour and rich in enjoyment.

Bring on June!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Baby Knits...

Oh my, I do enjoy knitting for little ones! It has been a while since I've done so, until Grandbaby arrived last year. It is nice to have an excuse to knit little things again!

This hat is the same pattern I used for the blue hat I knitted last year. I made her dad hats using the same pattern a few decades ago...

And a pair of the most adorable booties. These were from a library book and I cannot find where I made a note of the title. Sure hope I'll be able to track it down again as these were super cute and very quick to knit! Will definitely have to go hunting for that book!

And finally a cardigan, which I think was from the same book as the booties. Also a quick knit (worsted weight yarn) and she looked adorable in her pink gear LOL

I need to go hunting....for the pattern book and the yarn I used! Ugh! I left this too long, I don't remember all the details...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Puzzle Adventures - Part 2

Continuing this years puzzle adventure images...

A puzzle I was given back in 2004 -a quick one to do, even if pieces fitting in more than one spot make it a bit more complicated than it surely needs to be!

And another Van Haasteren- The Prison Escape- by Jumbo. This time I tackled and enjoyed! a1000 piece one. 'Son' helped me find who goes where. He enjoys doing that and it is always fun to puzzle with a friend!

And of course a couple of details!

Canoe Lake - Cobble Hill- another quick fix build. Lovely scene and a local trade. I expect I'll do this one a few times before it goes back into the 'trading pot'!

Some time last year I decided to try the Dollar Store puzzles to see what the quality is like. My idea was to take it with me when travelling...well that did not happen this year...so I figured I'd see what it is like anyway.
The quality was better than I expected,but not what I would call 'good', however I think it is feasible for a travelling diversion. No problem if a piece gets lost, no hassle if there is no room in the suitcase to bring it back.  KWIM?

Now here is a novel one for me. I have never seen one like it, so that I had to give it a try when it came up for sale locally at a couple of bucks.It was ok, but not a particular favourite of mine. The quality of the pieces was also not the best...

Some of the pieces can be removed to reveal a 'lace edge' No point in trying to do the border on this one first. Best to just jump right in!

Teapots - Cobble Hill - another great build and excellent quality as always. This one was marked on the box as having a piece missing, but I was very happy indeed to find that it was complete after all! YAY!

And finally for this installment - a quick underwater excursion. A puzzle that looks old and possibly drab, but delivers a nice puzzling time and a lovely colourful image. I traded this one for one of mine that was also missing a piece!

This one has some really quirky pieces and many bits simply slide together, they do not interlock. A bit annoying, but doing it on the foam core board meant that I could easily slide bits into place. Good thing it -only just!- fitted the board.

And that is it for Part 2...looks like I will be doing a Part 3 before June is upon us. Until then...happy puzzling!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Puzzle Adventures

I referred in an earlier post for this year 'World Puzzle Days' to a jigsaw puzzle event I took part in at the beginning of the year. I learned about this event through a Facebook group called 'Puzzling Together'
'Puzzling Together' is a huge group of jigsaw puzzle makers and run several different 'events' every month. I thought it could be an interesting way to choose puzzles to do (otherwise I'm faced with wanting to do them all at the same time!) while at the same time getting the opportunity to see other puzzles, from around the world, that would have the same topic, theme, brand etc.
Starting in June 2020 we will be doing another alphabet challenge event. For 2 weeks at a time we will be doing puzzles that in some way meet the criteria set by moderators for that letter. We'll cover 2 letters per month.
So far I have puzzles lined up for this year's letters, and have not yet had to borrow one locally from a willing neighbour to help me out, but I expect that will happen at some point in time!

In the meantime though...between World Puzzle Days and June, I've participated in several 'events', plus I've simply puzzled because I have a puzzle and want to do it...like the Scherenschnitt one, Ruby Geranium (this one fitted the 'colour name in the title' event criteria btw) and The Four Seasons - (that happened to fit the 'large piece count' piece event)

Starting in June I will be catching up on monthly jigsaw puzzling here on the blog at the end of the month with the letters of the alphabet completed during the month, as well as other puzzles I may have completed as I also 'play' along with a group that has a monthly puzzle theme.

But for this post, I  just recap other puzzles completed -

A beautiful Ravensburger that I traded locally - destined for an older friend who I know will enjoy doing this one!

A rather tricky one by Gallison - Window Seat. Reminded me of stained glass windows. This one was a Christmas gift...it was really pretty completed.

And then my first -really!- Van Haasteren by Jumbo - a quickie, but enjoyable!

Some many details...it just cracks me up!

and a great way to sign and date his work!

A quick and very satisfying build - Sewing Notions by Cobble Hill

And a shaped 'Woodland Chickadees' by Bits & Pieces - reminds me of our neck of the woods...
this one was a tad too big for the regular foam core boards that I use, so I had to dig out the big made-for-me-by-hubby puzzle board.

Just a nice sweet illustration with lovely little details

And that would be enough pictures for this post...the next installment is coming soon!
Stay tuned...