Spring Has Sprung–Celebrate with a New Jigsaw Puzzle!

It’s the first weekend of Spring, and while that means you should venture outside of the house for some sunshine-filled activities, it doesn’t mean you forget about your favorite jigsaw puzzle hobby! After a fun-filled day of gardening, hiking, or going out for a picnic, you can return and keep the spring-theme going with a brand new flower or garden themed puzzle!

Plus, we know that after you do some spring cleaning in your house and realize you’ve completed most of your jigsaw puzzle collection already, you’ll be itching for some new pictures!

cars, trucks, flowers

Flower Truck by Ravensburger. 500 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

gardens, flowers, stairs, photography

Garden Stairway by Springbok. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 23.5″.

farms, markets, dogs, joseph burgess art

Fresh Fruits and Flowers by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 30″.

swans, nicky boehme puzzle

Treasury of Splendor by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 23″ x 28″.

Surprise Package by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 30″.

flowers, people themed jigsaw puzzles

Joys of Childhood by MasterPieces. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 25″ x 25″.

Totally Tulips by MasterPieces. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 26.75″.

tom woods jigsaw puzzle, sunflowers puzzle

Country Paradise by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 26.625″.

Misty Meadow by SunsOut. 1500 pieces. Finished size: 26″ x 32″.

Provence by Ravensburger. 3000 pieces. Finished size: 48″ x 32″.

Happy Easter!: Facts and Trivia

Happy Easter from Puzzle Warehouse! We hope whether you got up early to go to church or are spending the afternoon scavenging for eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny (or both!) that you are having a lovely day with family or friends.

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after the Crucifixion and is celebrated  on the Sunday following the first full moon after the first day of spring. That’s why the date can be as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.

Now That’s Art! by SunsOut. 100 pieces. Finished size: 10″ x 16″.

Eggs have special significance during the Easter holidays because eggs celebrate new life. While they don’t seem alive, life lives within them, just waiting to hatch. Before egg dyeing and chocolate eggs and hardboiled eggs were popular, people gave each other eggs carved from other materials, like wood or precious stones.

Easter on the Lawn by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.5″ x 35″.

Rabbits and hares was associated with springtime even before the time of Jesus. The Anglo Saxon goddess of Spring named Eostre (which some believe was the inspiration for the name Easter) had a hare as her companion to symbolize fertility and rebirth.

The tradition of believing that a bunny hides eggs for little children to find came to America in the 1700′s from German immigrants. Like the Christmas stocking and coal, the parents told their children that if they were good and made a little “nest” out of their caps and bonnets, the Easter Bunny would leave them colored eggs.

Bunnie Wannabe by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

Easter is a pretty important holiday to Americans. It’s the second-biggest candy holiday after Halloween (even beating out Valentines’ Day!) and it’s the fourth-largest card-exchanging holiday. Nearly 120 million cards are sent every year. Wouldn’t this hound in bunny ears make a perfect card as well as puzzle?

True Love by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 15.5″ x 18″.

The first Cadbury Easter Eggs were made in 1875! At first chocolate wasn’t all that popular around Easter until molds were made. In the beginning, chocolate Easter eggs were made of dark chocolate with sugared almonds inside. By 1893, there was 19 different lines on the Cadbury Brothers Easter list in the UK. Now we know that it’s not just chocolate eggs that are so popular. People love molds of chocolate bunnies, and there’s certainly some good selection—Gourmet Food has even made a Top 10 List. Did you know that 76% of Americans say they bite off the ears first, with only 5% going for the feet first and 4% biting into the tail?

Cravings by White Mountain. 300 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 26.625″.

Jelly beans became an Easter tradition in 1930 and now 16 million jelly beans are made every year exclusively for the Easter holiday, as well as approximately 90 million Easter bunnies. But those that don’t like the traditional chocolate or the fruity jelly beans are a pretty dominating market as well: 700 million Peeps are made every year for Easter. Did you know that for a long time people hid Easter goodies in children’s shoes? Baskets became popular when people realized the shoes were too small to stuff in all that yumminess!

 

More Spring: How Spring Inspires

Spring may just be the most beautiful of the seasons. Personally, autumn is my favorite. I like the crispness and the sweaters and the hot cocoa, but spring is the prettiest. We all know the signs of spring, and we eagerly await them as the snow melts and the rain starts drizzling. The geese dot the sky as they return from their southern trek, the flowers burst and bloom, the cherry trees and daffodils spring forth as if from nowhere, and the chirps of the birds wake us up in the blue mornings.

It’s a season of renewal and freshness. It’s a season that inspires. Today I have some new puzzles that I think are emblematic of spring, and some nice words written by people about the way these gorgeous signs of spring have affected them.

Hummingbirds by Cobble Hill. 500 pieces.

“One day a hummingbird flew in—
It fluttered against the window til I got it down where I could reach it with an open umbrella—
When I had it in my hand it was so small I couldn’t believe I had it—but I could feel the intense life—so intense and so tiny—
…You were like the humming bird to me…
And I am rather inclined to feel that you and I know the best part of one another without spending much time together—
—It is not that I fear the knowing—
It is that I am at this moment willing to let you be what you are to me—it is beautiful and pure and very intensely alive.”

—Georgia O’Keeffe

Better Together by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

—Bob Marley

Canada Geese by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces.

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
call to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”

Mary Oliver

Bouquet for Bluebirds by SunsOut. 550 pieces.

“There’s a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going to let anybody see you.”

—Charles Bukowski

Red Poppies by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

“There is sweet music here that softer falls
Than petals from blown roses on the grass,
Or night-dews on still waters between walls
Of shadowy granite, in a gleaming pass;
Music that gentlier on the spirit lies,
Than tir’d eyelids upon tir’d eyes;
Music that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies.
Here are cool mosses deep,
And thro’ the moss the ivies creep,
And in the stream the long-leaved flowers weep,
And from the craggy ledge the poppy hangs in sleep.”

—Alfred Tennyson

Spring Fever by White Mountain. 750 pieces.

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”

—Winston Churchill

Tulip Garden by Springbok. 1500 pieces.

“I hated roses. I hated them for being so trite, so clichéd, a default, all-purpose flower that said I love you, I’m sorry, and get well soon. Give me peonies and tulips, orchids or gardenia. Those were flowers with character.”

—Justina Chen

Covered Bridge in Spring by SunsOut. 2000 pieces.

 

“I want
To do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”

—Pablo Neruda

 

New Puzzles for Spring!

The last week gave us Oregonians the first taste of spring and made me eager for the blossoming flowers and warm days ahead. Browsing our puzzles this morning made me itch for the sunshine and fresh air, especially with all of our new puzzles of flowers, butterflies, and birds. I picked some of my favorite brand new 2013 puzzles to share with you so you can celebrate spring fever, too!

butterfly puzzle, monarch butterfly, daisies jigsaw

Magnificent Monarch by Springbok. Finished size: 18″ x 23.5″.

 

owl puzzles, bird jigsaw, spring

Family of Owls by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26″ round.

sunflower puzzles, garden jigsaws

Garden Beginnings by Springbok. 1500 pieces. Finished size: 28.75″ x 36″.

 

hisbiscus puzzle

Hibiscus by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 20″.

shaped puzzles, unique puzzles

Robins in the Park by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 30″ x 34″ shape.

 

paris puzzles

Paris in Spring by Ravensburger. 500 pieces. Finished size: 19.75″ x 19.75″.

Puzzle of the Day – Covered Bridge in Spring

The sun is shining over St. Louis, and the ice and snow has finally melted away. Because after winter there always comes spring, this week’s jigsaw puzzle of the day honors that wonderful season with the colorful 300 pieces jigsaw puzzle by SunsOut – Covered Bridge in Spring.

We believe that winter has its glow around holidays when you can go skiing or snowboarding and around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. After that, though, it starts to get old and may even start making you feel a bit melancholy: everything seems frozen.

We bet you can’t wait to see those trees blossom again and the green grass to cover the ground. And let us not forget about those sweet songs that birds will sing early in the morning or about those shy sunny rays. Oh! And the wonderful trips in the mountains or perhaps to the beach.

We all love spring because it is such a balanced season – not too hot, but also not too cold, not too dry but also not too rainy. One of its best parts is that you can leave your iPod home. Why? Well, it would be a shame not to enjoy the birds trill or the bees tingle.

If winter persists outside your house and our words have cruelly made you pine for sunshine, perhaps this spring themed jigsaw puzzle of the day can act as a surrogate until those warm spring days knock at your door, too.