Recently we did a post on the beach and the mountains to prepare you all for summer, but we know some of you have been enjoying the warm days and cool nights almost all year round! You’re the desert people, with misters spraying water at you to keep you cool for your outside errands and pools to dip into as soon as you arrive home. Plus, you can’t beat that beautiful desert scenery! So, we’re letting everyone join in on the beauty of the desert with these puzzles of the unique plants and that desert stunning sky.
Fans of the famous cowboy can celebrate John Wayne’s birthday—May 26—with our puzzles that wonderfully capture him as a person that was stubbornly independent, morally dignified, and a believer of fair play.
Wayne is one of the most famous film icons and starred in nearly 250 movies! We should’ve known he was going to make a sizable impact on the world—considering he came into the world a sizable baby, weighing 13 pounds!
One trait Wayne is remembered for is his unique body language, specifically his easy, fluid gait. Wayne’s feet were relatively small in comparison with his large body, but he moved gracefully and his movements became a famous part of his screen persona. Actress Katherine Hepburn said she was impressed by his “light dancer’s steps.”
If you’re looking for a movie that celebrates Wayne, watch (or rewatch!) The Shootist, Wayne’s last film before he died of cancer. Semi-autobiographical, the character he plays is also an aging cowboy fighting cancer. The director, Don Siegel, lets Wayne’s well-known and recognizable walk play out with no cutting or editing in the climax scene, where he traverses the length of a saloon. Montages in the opening credit sequences, too, show a highlight reel of clips from earlier Westerns that Wayne acted in.
The survey we put out last week to get a response on how you, our readers, are enjoying this blog ended Tuesday night. The winner has been chosen, the stats have been analyzed, and I’m ready to deliver you some of the posts you guys have been looking for! Thank you for your input and creativity—there’s a lot you want to know about puzzles, and I’m happy to oblige! To start, we’ll feature a post on 2,000-4,000 piece puzzles suggested by Linda.
The master stage of jigsaw puzzling starts at 2,000 pieces. It means you’re done with the intermediate stage and ready to tackle twice the job! Use the same helpful tips: sort by shape piece and color, and definitely stay patient. These are big jobs, but the reward is twice as satisfying!
Talk about a challenge! The sheer size of this puzzle is daunting enough, but throw in the amount of white snow there is and the similarity of images of people on horses and wagons, and you’ve got yourself a puzzle that’ll challenge you for weeks! Make sure to carve out a space in your home for this puzzle to be up for a while, or check out our puzzle storage.
This bright, eccentric puzzle is the work of cartoonist Guillermo Mordillo, who has many other puzzles of this brightness and quality offered in 1000 piece counts for those that aren’t quite ready for this challenge.
This puzzle is fantastic because if you get bored of one scene, just switch to another! Featuring a background space and 5 rings of interior spaces to help you solve the “horrible mystery of Vampshire Castle,” this puzzle by artist Michael Ryba will surely keep you entertained the whole way through!
If cartoon art isn’t for you, this puzzle by Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha will be sure to please you! It offers some repeating images (such as the design underneath each woman’s portrait) but also different color schemes for variation.
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Step it up a notch with 3,000 piece puzzles. There are fewer of these offered because they are more challenging, and the subject tends to be more in favor of high art instead of cartoons. These would look gorgeous mounted and framed through the process of gluing a puzzle.
You’ll never get bored with this one. So many sceneries and places to see all over the world in this one! See the night life come alive of Paris, Monte Carlo, Quebec, and Tokyo… and even spot Puzzle Warehouse’s hometown of St. Louis!
What’s the fun of just buying a print of Picasso’s lovely painting when you can reconstruct it yourself—with the added challenge of only hues of black and white to guide you instead of colors?
After spending so much time with this sepia-hued challenge, I doubt you’ll ever forget your geography lessons again!
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4,000 piece puzzles seem to feature even more realistic art, especially with the travel theme in mind. I guess the bigger it is, the more likely you’ll feel inspired to go and see it in the flesh! These beautiful puzzles will definitely enflame your travel itch.
This scene is so beautiful and colorful, for a moment I didn’t realize it was a painting!
This a new puzzle from Buffalo Games, and the largest puzzle we offer of the iconic Times Square scene.
The many different colors of this puzzle will be helpful in the construction, but the sheer size of it will still make things more challenging! Try starting out with the ocean pieces in order to get the bulk of the challenge done first!
A classic getting-to-know you question is “Do you prefer the ocean or the mountains?” If you answered “the mountains,” then I have some puzzles for you!
Yesterday I did a post on ocean puzzles because I’m so excited about summer beach trips, but today I’ve got something for those of you that like the shade that tall trees provide while you go hunting, fishing, or camping in the forest, along a lake or near a river.
Yesterday I visited the beach for the first time this year. For Oregon, the weather was quite good—sunny and savagely windy. I came home with sand in my socks, sea salt sprayed all over my pants, and a belly full of clam chowder and raw oysters. We collected sea shells to make sea shell mason jars and I found my first-ever in-tact sand dollar! All in all, it was a lovely day and it inspired me to share some of our equally lovely seaside puzzles since summer’s just around the corner and beach days are going to be much more common for those of us flanking the coasts!