Staff Picks

Working at the Puzzle Warehouse, we see literally thousands of puzzles every day, and are often asked for suggestions by customers here in the store. So, we have compiled a list of current staff favorites to inspire your next puzzling experience or gift…

Dave (our does-just-about-everything guy):

      

1. Escher: Relativity (1000pc): “Very challenging!  I was happy to get eight pieces a night for 3 months, but when it was together it was beautiful!  Very rewarding to finish.”
2. Yerka Land – Check-Mate (750pc): “This puzzle is by far one of my favorites.  The irony of seahorses playing chess along with the fish clock…I LOVE IT.  It is beautiful on our wall.”
3. Paris Romance (1000pc): “I love the color contrast with the black and white photo.  I always thought this is the perfect valentine puzzle.”

Elizabeth (our newsletter and web guru):

“First is the Farm Cube Puzzle from Melissa & Doug. It’s great! You can use it to make puzzles, stack the blocks, count the blocks and sort the different colors. Isaac (my son) got it when he was 2 and it was a bit over his head. It’s perfect for him now that he’s 3. Love it!

I also love the See-Inside-Alphabet Peg Puzzle from Melissa & Doug too. It’s easy for little fingers to grasp the pegs and manipulate.”

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Artist profile: Lori Schory

Swan Lake by Lori Schory

One of our biggest and most popular collections from a particular artist are puzzles with images from Lori Schory. Her love of nature and collage-style artwork makes for a great puzzling experience, and these puzzles just fly off the shelf! She also have five brand new images you should be sure to check out below!

Lori was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1956, to parents who were also artists and studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Between a father who was an industrial designer, and a mother who was more of a portraitist, Lori was exposed to a diverse spectrum in the art world. It was clear at an early early age that she would pursue an art-related carrier. In 1981, she received her Master’s degree in Drawing and Painting, with honors, from Northern Illinois University. Lori has mastered the ancient craft of hand-painted signs, lettering on glass, and mural painting. She traveled the southern states doing murals for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide. Sometimes these commercial influences can even be seen in her fine art. She has a keen sense of composition, color and design.

Her artwork has been licensed for puzzles from SunsOut, White Mountain, Ravensburger and Elms, as well as a variety of journal covers, photo albums, screen savers and more. Lori’s art is distinctive and eye-catching with its vivid colors and thematic elements. She posts this beautiful quote on her website, which she says she does every day through her artwork:

“There’ll come a time in life
When there is nothing left to do
But go your own way
A time to follow your dreams
A time to finally stand up for your own beliefs.

Some things will always be stronger
Than time and distance
Deeper than language and ways
Like following your dreams

And learning to be yourself
Sharing with others
The magic you have found.”

Check out the new puzzles from SunsOut, now available on our website, here.