National Grandparents Day!

Every Sunday following Labor Day is National Grandparents Day, a day created by Marian McQuade in order to champion the lonely elderly in nursing homes and to encourage grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage that their grandparents could provide. Jimmy Carter proclaimed the holiday in 1978.

My grandparents have always had a fascinating wealth of knowledge, and I’ve always said that I would love to be friends with them even if we aren’t related. My maternal grandmother can recite our entire family history back so many generations, I can’t even count them! My maternal grandfather is a skilled woodworker; he helped me build two bookshelves which are among my favorite possessions. My paternal grandparents taught me to cook. I remember as a child playing card and board games with my grandparents, pretending to host tea time (to which my own grandfather played along very enthusiastically).

We have several puzzles which capture the love between a grandparent and grandchild—all to help you bring back memories of these special figures in our lives.

Do any of these puzzles remind you of your own grandparents? Let us know in the comments!

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The Blessing by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Afternoon with Grandma by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Grandpa’s Pumpkins by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

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Living Room by Pintoo. 1000 pieces.

Tea With Grandpa by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces.

Saturday Matinee by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces.

First Jar of the Year by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces.

Grampa “Watches” the Kids by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

The Gift by Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

These puzzles don’t feature people, but they do certainly evoke feelings of grandparents!

Grandma’s Attic by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces.

Grandma’s Kitchen by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Grandma’s Rocker by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Grandma’s Hearthstone by Pomegranate. 500 pieces.

National Read a Book Day is September 6th!

Tomorrow is National Read a Book Day, so it will be a great day to unplug and unwind in a cozy chair.

There are some overlapping benefits between reading and puzzling. Both improve concentration and memory and lower stress and keep your brain active. Additionally benefits of reading are a more expansive vocabulary and glimpses to other times, places, and cultures.

Need some book recommendations? Goodreads is fantastic for every type of recommendation you may ever need, including books you should read and others you should avoid, with lists such as:

Pick up something new, reread something old, or try out something that’s been sitting on your shelves for ages. Whatever you do, read!

We’ve previously highlighted puzzles with a post on 5 Reasons You Should be Reading Game of Thrones and Book-Related Puzzles. Today here’s all of the Classic Book Puzzles we have, which come in a collectible packaging that looks just like a book on your shelf! It even has a magnetic closing.

Jack and the Beanstalk by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

The Queen’s Croquet by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Romeo and Juliet by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Huck Finn by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Wizard of Oz by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Gone with the Wind by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces. 

National Pet Memorial Day

The second Sunday of September (the 8th this year) has been set aside as National Pet Memorial Day. There are many ways to honor and celebrate a pet that you have lost, such as dedicating time to an animal shelter or creating a memorial garden in your pet’s honor. We also think a great way to celebrate a pet is by creating a personalized puzzle—maybe your favorite picture of him or her, or the two of you together. It would be a lovely keepsake and you could either glue it and frame it in your home or redo it every year on Pet Memorial Day or your pet’s birthday.

13″ Round Custom Puzzle by Peaceful Wooden Puzzles, Various Piece Counts

I recently just saw an adorable post on the Internet of people posing with their animals as puppies and years later:

Of course there’s alway the option of finding a puzzle that already has an image that reminds you of your pet! We have cat puzzles, dog puzzles, and horse puzzles, among others.

Review: Venice by Clementoni

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Venice by Clementoni. 500 pieces. 19 x 13 inches.

The following items in the chart was rated on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

Picture Quality: 5
Level of detail: 5
Piece Size: 4
How the pieces are cut: 5
Overall quality: 4.5

This 500 piece Clementoni puzzle was a first for me in multiple ways. I had never completed a 500 piece puzzle by myself, and I had never worked with Clementoni puzzles before. I was surprised by the quality of this puzzle for the price. The picture and details were so clear on so many pieces that I knew right where they went immediately, even if I didn’t have their connections yet.

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Before tackling the rest of the picture, I had most of the bridge finished and the side of the canal.

What I found really challenging in this puzzle was the perspective of the photo. The buildings on the left side were so thin that in reality they were represented on one or one-and-a-half puzzle pieces. I had them sorted by color from the very beginning, but I didn’t begin to actually put these pieces together until way later because my guess and check method wasn’t working.

Where the doors/entryways were, it was hard to find the correct pieces because there was nothing really distinct about the image there. Nothing was so difficult as the water, though. Once I had put together everything that seemed really distinguishable, I organized my pieces by shape. The colors were all too similar for me to really further organize them because there was a lot of whites, greys, and reflections of the water with the exact same colors!

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Pieces organized by shape

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The puzzle came together quite quickly after the shape organization.

Finally I was left with just the water! Now, with all the other pieces out of the way, it was a little easier to see the difference in colors with the water pieces and really focus on what they were reflecting.

The pieces fit together so well. They snapped right into place and didn’t shift around a lot. It was easy to know immediately if I had made a mistake or not.

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Final stretch!

I was surprised at how quickly this puzzle came together. I managed to finish it in 2 days. The water alone took a 2 hour stretch, but really, for my first 500 piece puzzle, I was really pleased. I found it challenging but never overwhelming. There was so much to look at in this puzzle, I found myself noticing things that I hadn’t noticed before all throughout creating the puzzle.

Also, my version of the puzzle didn’t feature the yellow “hotel” sign that the version on our website has!

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Overall, I will definitely be buying from Clementoni again. The quality to price ratio really impressed me. I’ve worked with other 500-range piece puzzles from brands that are maybe $1-$2 cheaper where the pieces left flaky cardboard residue on my fingers or that didn’t snap together so well, but I was more than pleased with Clementoni.

And bonus, the puzzle box made a nice pillow for my dog, Marlowe. :)

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Puzzle Warehouse in Kirkwood Power Outage 8/26/2013

We are currently experiencing web and phone difficulties due to a down power line at Puzzle Warehouse in Kirkwood. Please bare with us, and we will updated here when we are back up an running. Orders may be slightly delayed. We are sorry for any inconvenience. 

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