Guest Post: Angie Reviews Lots O’ Buttons from Colorluxe line

Today we have a guest post from Angie, who works at our Mid Rivers Puzzle Warehouse location and has the luxury of working around puzzles all day! A big thanks to Angie for giving us a review on her thoughts of the new Colorluxe line.

Lots O’ Buttons by Lafayette Puzzle Factory. 500 pieces. 18 x 24 inches.

Hi everyone! Angie here, from our Mid Rivers Puzzle Warehouse location. I was SO excited to get the new line in from ColorLuxe. They won the 2012 Puzzle of the Year Award from the Creative Toy Awards by Creative Child Magazine and I can already see why! They have beautiful pictures, as well as some very challenging ones that have bold crisp colors.

I decided to put one on the walls here and picked their 500 piece “Lots o’Buttons.”  While we do not have this specific puzzle in stock on our website, the Colorluxe series will all have “unique shaped pieces” that make them surprisingly simple to assemble (I took a piece out for a better example than the one on the box, and it was no where near the craziest one!)

Uniquely shaped pieces!

Uniquely shaped pieces!

And, although I haven’t opened up a Large Piece from them, I can only imagine how big they are! The normal sized pieces are very large, similar in size to White Mountain, while also VERY thick and sturdy.

There was no texture to the piece, and while it has a somewhat glossy finish there were no glare issues for me here under the bright store lights. I had a lot of fun finishing it! I glued it together with SunsOut glue – so the finished picture here has some brush strokes (sorry!).

buttonsbuttons2

If I were doing it again I would probably use Master Pieces glue to eliminate the up-close brush strokes, but from a distance you don’t see them. This new line has everything from 300 Large piece to 1500 EXTRA Large Pieces. Make sure to search for ColorLuxe the next time you are on our site and in the store! And, as always, we would love your feedback too.

 

Jacek Yerka: An Artist of Perspective

Jacek Yerka is a Polish artist that was born in 1952. He attended the local Fine Arts Academy in Torun, the town he grew up in. Stubbornly resisting his professors insistence to conform to the simpler, less-detailed contemporary art styles, Yerka preferred and painted in the classic, meticulous Flemish style. For him, his teachers attempt to move him away from his fascination with realism was “an attempt to stifle [his] own creative style.” He refused to fall in line; his teachers relented, recognizing his talent.

Yerka’s art often features images from his childhood, especially the surroundings of his 1950’s Polish home and his grandmother’s kitchen. He also enjoys images of odd little beasts and whimsical and fantastic landscapes.

Our Yerka puzzles feature the bright colors of his art, as well as his interesting take on perspective, balance, and contrast.

Three Seasons by Ceaco. 750 pieces. 24 x 18 inches.

Checkmate by Ceaco. 750 pieces. 24 by 18 inches.

Holiday Room by Ceaco. 750 pieces. 24 by 18 inches.

Four Seasons by Ceaco. 550 pieces. 20 by 20 inches.

Gardener’s Garden by Ceaco. 550 pieces. 20 by 20 inches.

Polish Cuisine by Ceaco. 550 pieces. 20 by 20 inches.

Friday the 13th: Gothic Puzzles Highlight

It’s Friday the 13th—the day to avoid black cats, walking under ladders, and picking up pennies tails-side-up. The day has an otherworldly sense of gloom and mystery, so today we’re highlighting the bleak and beautiful art of gothic artists such as  Victoria Frances, Cris Ortega, and Nene Thomas.

Waterlilies by Victoria Frances from Heye. 1000 pieces. 13 by 37 inches.

Dress by Victoria Frances from Heye. 1000 pieces. 19 by 27 inches.

Curly by Victoria Frances from Heye. 2000 pieces. 19 by 53.3 inches.

Candelabra by Victoria Frances from Heye. 500 pieces. 19 x 14 inches.

Red by Cris Ortega from Heye. 3000 pieces. 46 by 33 inches.

Swans by Cris Ortega from Heye. 1000 pieces. 27 by 19 inches.

A Chance Encounter by Nene Thomas from Ceaco. 750 pieces.

Remembering 9/11

I love New York City. As a city that I have visited twice and lived in for my freshman year of college, it has a particularly special place in my heart.

I have visited Ground Zero when the rubble was still being cleared away five years later, as well as a WTC museum that still affects me to this day, with the quotes from the answering machines left on loved ones’ phones from the victims on the plane to the hundreds of missing posters on display that are both still prominently in my memory.

I lived in Brooklyn during the construction of One World Trade Center; I visited my friends a year later and had the privilege to visit the new Memorial Plaza, both beautiful and devastating with the pools whose walls are inscribed with the names of the 2,983 people that died.

Today we are all somber and reflective, remembering those we have lost in Flight 93, the Trade Centers, and in the Pentagon, as well as the strength of a city and nation that banded together.

New York #11 by Buffalo Games

9/11 Commemorative – God Bless America by Master Pieces

3D Puzzle – One World Trade Center by Daron Worldwide Trading

NYC – Brooklyn Bridge by Ravensburger

 

 

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!

religious puzzles, christian jigsaw

The Blessing by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Afternoon with Grandma by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Grandpa’s Pumpkins by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

christmas grandparents

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.