Pomegranate Kids: Not Just for Kids!

I can’t be the only one that’s not-so-secretly in love with the Pomegranate Kids Series. At 300 pieces each, these puzzles are meant for ages 9 and up, but “up” definitely includes 21-years-old, right? (Or 30, or 45, or 68… and on and on and on)

The artwork on these puzzles is charming and interesting, and I think a lot of adults would enjoy them too! Plus, sometimes a lower piece count is a nice break from those higher piece count puzzles!

Wings of the World from artist Charley Harper. 18 x 24 inches.

May Basket from artist Frank Lloyd Wright. 18 x 24 inches.

Zoo Animals from artist Shafig Shawki. 18 by 24 inches.

The Wizard of Oz from artist W. W. Denslow. 18 x 24 inches.

Lions from artist Kathy DeZarn Beynette. 24 x 18 inches.

Fairies from artist Michael Hague. 24 x 18 inches.

The House that Jack Built from artist C.F.A. Voysey. 24 x 18 inches.

 

 

 

Seeing Puzzles Everywhere

Yesterday I was browsing through my friends’ Instagram posts when one caught my eye.

 

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I think I focused on all the wrong things in his post because all I could think was, “Hey! His phone’s background is an Eric Dowdle Folk Art painting!” I think he just chose it because it’s a cool image of our local college sports stadium, but still—all I could think was, “I wonder if he does puzzles?”

Have you guys ever been out and about in every day life and recognized a painting or an artist’s work because you’ve become so familiar with them as puzzle images?

Puzzles have so many benefits! Now we can be the art “experts” in our group of friends, too! :)

NFL Football Puzzles

Today we have a guest post from Elizabeth Eckhart. Eckhart is a freelance entertainment and pop culture blogger, an avid puzzler, and has a completed 3,000 piece work hanging in her home in her living room.

NFL Football Puzzles

Football preseason is upon us, and as a truly dedicated fan you’ve likely done everything to prepare. You’ve tested the delivery times of the six closest pizza companies and you’ve ensured the garage fridge has been successfully transitioned into The Snack Fridge. Now you’re killing time until training camp is finished. There’s only so many times you can possibly check for team news—plus, knowing you, the updates are instantly streamlined to your smartphone.

So what’s a fan to do? Luckily for you, Puzzle Warehouse has NFL team themed puzzles to keep your brain active while you wait (also, while browsing, you’ll notice some great collegiate football team puzzles if that’s more your style). With the 150 NFL team piece puzzles, the framed version will make an excellent addition to your screening room, man cave, or basement-turned-entertainment center. The puzzles, though not extravagant in the sheer number of pieces, are attractive and have pieces large enough to easily include any youngsters—also NFL fans, of course— to help. The official NFL New Orleans Saints puzzle also has the logo and a Saints helmet. When finished, grab the Smart Puzzle Glue and hang the image near the TV.  All puzzles have a dual purpose: first you build it, then you get to frame it to display your impressive work.

Check out some of these 150 piece team puzzles.

Official NFL Dallas Cowboys by Wincraft Sports. 150 pieces. 17″ x 11″

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Official NFL Green Bay Packers by Wincraft Sports. 150 pieces. 17″ x 11″

Official NFL San Francisco 49ers by Wincraft Sports. 150 pieces. 17″ x 11″

If you’re looking for a more challenging puzzle that might last throughout the season, give the NFL Team Map a try. Now you’re not only showing your support and passion for football, you’re also throwing in a healthy dose of patriotism. When you’re done, circle your home state and vandalize the state of your team’s biggest rival, or leave the puzzle intact—it’s up to you. No matter what you choose to do, the Team Map will provide a colorful and aesthetically pleasing addition to your wall (and I say the United States of Football image is much better than the animal or flower puzzle your neighbor’s doing, although that may just be me!)

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NFL Team Map by Promotional Partners Worldwide. 500 pieces.

Some, though few, may be able to stomach purchasing another team’s puzzle. If you can, purchase your own respective team’s puzzle and a friend’s. Sit down with your pal, start the clock, and see who finishes the puzzle first. That way, no matter whose team comes out on top, you might still have the bragging rights to another type of game. Put that competitive spirit to good use. When your puzzles are complete, grab a cold beverage and a NFL Sunday Ticket (available at www.direct.tv) and enjoy the best season of the year!

Check out some more NFL puzzles in this “highlight reel”:

Official NFL New York Jets by Wincraft Spots. 500 pieces. Finished size: 20.5″ round

Baltimore Ravens – 2012 Super Bowl Champions by White Mountain. 550 pieces. 18″ x 24″

Cowboys Stadium by White Mountain. 550 pieces. 18″ x 24″

 

 

Get Your Daily Dosage of Fruits and Veggies!

Are you getting enough fruits and veggies in your diet? Today I read an article on how to get your daily dosage of these health foods and how easy it actually is!

Garden Delights by Springbok. 1000 pieces. Size: 24″ x 30″

Before, it was recommended that 5 to 8 servings a day of fruits and veggies. But a “serving” is kind of vague, and so it’s since been updated to 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables every day.

Remember that these foods count in every form, including

  • 100% juice
  • Raw
  • Cooked
  • Fresh
  • Frozen
  • Canned
  • Dried
  • Whole
  • Chopped
  • Puréed

Then there’s a whole list of examples for how fruits translate into a cup so you can get 2 cups daily :

  • 1 small apple
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 medium grapefruit
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 medium pear
  • 1 small wedge watermelon
  • 2 large or 3 medium plums
  • 8 large strawberries
  • 32 grapes

Fruit Market by Springbok. 500 pieces. Size: 18″ x 23.5″

For 2 cups of veggies try:

  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 medium potato
  • 2 large stalks of celery
  • 1 cup of cooked greens or 2 cups of raw greens (spinach, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens)
  • 12 baby carrots (or 2 medium carrots)
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 large ear of corn
  • 10 broccoli florets

Canned Veggies by Springbok. 500 pieces. Size: 18″ x 23.5″

Science tells us that healthy foods like fruits and veggies reduce our risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. They are also full of vitamins and minerals that help our bodies stay in tip top shape!

Expert Puzzle Sorters and Builders

There are several ways to organize your pieces as you puzzle. The bigger the puzzle, the more organizing is required.

Here are two videos from Youtube of people putting together some of the largest puzzles around. First there’s the Creation of Adam, a Clementoni Puzzle topping out at 13,224 pieces! The puzzle comes divided up in sections to make your challenge a little more doable (although each of those sections is over 2,000 pieces!)

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Click here to watch the first of 6 videos of the completion of this massive puzzle!

In the first video, you can see how meticulous the sorting is. First, they build the details of the picture, meaning anything with color is organized and sorted and put together. After, they’re left with hundreds of pieces of the same color. Whew! Imagine.

From there, they sort those pieces by shape, a recommendation we give in our strategy guide. This helps because the ribbon cut of the puzzle makes it easy for them to figure out exactly what shape they’re looking for when they need another piece, so they know exactly which pieces to try.

The Creation of Adam puzzle-building spans over 6 videos. Check them all out: 123456Final Compilation Video

We currently do not carry this puzzle in stock, but there is a 750 piece Creation of Adam puzzle offered by Eurographics.

Creation of Adam by Eurographics. 750 pieces. Finished size: 36″ x 12″

In another video, two people put together the 5,000 piece Ravensburger puzzle “Beneath the Sea.” Here you can see them organize all of their pieces into bowls (much better than the plastic baggies I currently use to sort mine!)

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Click here to watch them put together this giant puzzle!

In just 14 days, these women seem to put this puzzle together mostly by color and trial-and-error. Impressive, huh? Does seeing it completed before your eyes inspire you to believe you can do the same? We hope so!

Beneath the Sea by Ravensburger. 5000 pieces. Finished size: 48″ x 32″