Puzzle of the Day – Country Village

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and visit the country with this week’s jigsawPuzzle of the Day. The puzzle called Country Village takes us back to simpler time and place, where you can break away from the stress of the everyday and relax to some pleasant scenery. The serenity pictured here is something we all can envy.

Imagine a sunny day in the country. A little village is nestled in a valley and you can see the hills rising in the distance. A shepherd herds his flock down a dirt path, taking them to graze in a pasture. A villager climbs a ladder to repair his thatched roof.

The children play at the edge of a stream, one waiting with his fishing pole in hand. In the stream, the ducks float lazily, and a row boat is docked at the shore.

The town is idyllic, and the villagers all seem content with their lives. The peaceful feeling extends to the animals as well. A dog calmly lies next to a cat, birds circle overhead, and the horses take a leisurely walk down the path. Even the colors in the picture seem to get along. The brilliant blues in the sky and stream mix well with the vibrant green in the hills and trees. Flowers nearly burst out of the scene.

Country Village by Jumbo! will draw you into a world of peace and beauty. With 1500 pieces, it’s perfect for adult puzzle-lovers who are looking for a challenge. Try it today!

Try a Wolf Jigsaw Puzzle For a Howling Good Time

The air is crisp, the pumpkins are displayed on the porch, the witches are flying in the sky…just in time for Halloween…have a howling good time working a wolf jigsaw puzzle!

Wolves have been a subject of fascination for years. Known for their thick coats, long, sharp teeth, intelligent eyes, and mostly for their piercing howl, wolves continue to pique our interest. Maybe it’s their tendency to live as a family (wolf packs) that we identify with, or the way they nurture their young. Perhaps it’s their resemblance to our beloved domestic dog. Whatever it is that appeals to us the most, wolves continue to play a major role in movies, TV shows and in artwork. Often depicted in folklore and history, some have believed the wolf to have magical and spiritual characteristics as well.

We certainly can’t forget to mention the legendary wolf-human hybrid, the werewolf. Recent popular books and movies have brought the mysterious character back to the forefront in pop culture.

It’s no surprise then, that the wolf is depicted in many forms in jigsaw puzzles. Both in photograph and illustrated form, wolves are shown braving the elements and howling on a dark night or even as little wolf pups playing with their mother. There are also beautiful depictions of wolves in Native American settings. With wolf jigsaw puzzles ranging from 24-1500 pieces, you’re sure to find one to enjoy.

Celebrate Halloween by choosing a wolf jigsaw puzzle as your next puzzling project. It’s a great way to connect family and friends on a spooky night of fun.

Piece Together a Photomosaic Jigsaw Puzzle

What’s better than a jigsaw puzzle? How about a puzzle within a puzzle? That is to say, a jigsaw puzzle that forms an image made up of lots of little images. If this sounds like a fun challenge to you, read on to learn about the photomosaic jigsaw puzzle.

A photographic mosaic, or photomosaic as it’s usually referred to, is a form of art comprised of a large picture made up of hundreds or possibly thousands of small pictures. For example, from a distance the larger picture may appear to be a bird, but up close, that image is made up from lots of little pictures of birds or nature.

Photomosaics were first created in the 1990’s and the subject matters include classic artwork, photographs of various subjects, favorite cartoon characters, famous people, and sporting events like NASCAR. Another interesting feature of photomosaics is that the small pictures can be various shapes: square, rectangle or even hexagon or octagon.

Now that you understand photomosaics, imagine working a jigsaw puzzle that, when completed, forms a photomosaic image. That’s a challenge, especially when you consider that a lot of photomosaic jigsaw puzzles come with 1,000 pieces! When putting one of these together, you won’t always be able to recognize an appropriate piece by the image on it as you might in another puzzle because all of the tiny images, when isolated on puzzle pieces, can make the larger picture hard to see until it’s all put together. Therefore, you’ll have to rely on your puzzling superpowers and create a strategy to piece this puzzle together.

If you’re looking for your next puzzle challenge, and want to try something unique and maybe a little more difficult than usual, think about trying a photomosaic jigsaw puzzle.

Puzzle of the Day – Friends on Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, this week’s jigsaw puzzle of the day is the aptly titled Friends on Halloween. Autumn colors, spooky decorations, and trick-or-treaters are all themes invoked, sure to get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday. Take a break from the routine and put together a whimsical puzzle to celebrate the season.

This puzzle by Sunsout features the artwork of Doug Laird. In the distance there’s a beautiful home. Light pours from the window and smoke drifts out of the chimney. The yard is decorated to the nines with floating bats, a skeleton hung from a gnarled tree, and brightly lit jack-o-lanterns. Their ghoulish faces leer at passersby. In the foreground, a black cat on a fencepost arches his back- an iconic Halloween image. The trick-or-treaters are dressed in an array of costumes, eager to carry away their haul of candy in plastic pumpkin buckets. Even the dog gets in on the act.

This beautifully composed image will leave you feeling nostalgic for your childhood, prepare you for the little ghosts and ghouls to come knocking at your door, and have you pulling out decorations and carving pumpkins of your own. The combination of light and shadow creates interesting variations in the picture.

With 1000 pieces, Friends on Halloween will keep you entertained for hours. There’s enough pieces to present a challenge for even the most seasoned puzzler, and enough variety to keep you interested. For an even more enjoyable evening, invite your friends over on Halloween to join in the fun.

Solve a Crime By Working Mystery Jigsaw Puzzles

Do you like solving a mystery? Or even a crime? Was the board game Clue your favorite back in the day? Betrayal, murder, death, greed…all of this and more can be found when you put together a jigsaw puzzle mystery.

Most of us have probably heard of a mystery dinner party, but how does this translate into a puzzle? A jigsaw puzzle mystery gives you a thrilling investigation to solve while putting together your challenging jigsaw puzzle. After you read the story that accompanies your puzzle, your first challenge is actually putting the pieces of the puzzle together: usually there is no cover artwork on the box to guide you! Your second challenge is to figure out the clues and cross-reference them to the story provided to solve the crime.

Some mystery jigsaw puzzles even come with two puzzles, making the challenge a little harder. Put together one puzzle, follow the clues, and then put together the second puzzle. This might not be too difficult…normally. But leave it to those clever puzzle experts to come up with a way to take it to the next level…both puzzles are usually mixed up into one package. With no artwork to guide you, working these puzzles might take a little while.

Mystery jigsaw puzzles come in many subjects and stories and make great hostess gifts. Not to mention, what a great theme for your own party or a party for your older kids. Take the mystery out of your next puzzle project and get yours today!