Halloween is Done, but We’re not at Christmas Yet!

Thursday was Halloween. A lot of people woke up Friday morning with snow on their minds and jingling carols in their ears, ready to bundle up next to the fire and wait for Santa. Stores have pulled out their wreaths and advent calendars, but everyone is forgetting something!

THANKSGIVING!

We aren’t skipping over this holiday. What’s better than dinner at 2 pm followed by dessert and naps—plus quality time with your loved ones over a long weekend?

A puzzle is the perfect activity for all the people that have been shooed by the cooks from the kitchen for having grabby fingers with the food. They can turn those busy hands to something productive by putting together some of these turkey-day themed jigsaws!

holiday puzzles, thanksgiving jigsaw

Gobbler Farms by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Pre-Serves! by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

barn puzzles, pasture

Pie Apples by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

normal rockwell puzzles, saturday evening post puzzle

Freedom from Want by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Turkey Tracks by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Lady’s Choice by SunsOut. 550 pieces.

Grandma’s Kitchen by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

Going to Grandma’s House for Thanksgiving by Andrews + Blaine. 1000 pieces.

Jigsaw Puzzles of Fairies

My grandmother loved fairies. She had a fairy garden complete with an arched entrance with the word “believe” on it. Through the entryway there was a small pond decorated with fairy figurines and a rocking bench. It is a beautiful and serene spot, a place where one could believe in magic.

Fairies and sprites add a bit of whimsy to our lives. We could also use some fairy dust to sprinkle around! To celebrate my grandma’s memory, I’ve collected some of our cutest and most fun fairy puzzles to share with you all.

Other puzzlers have told me before in comments on the blog and Facebook that puzzles are a great way to celebrate and remember someone close to them, as there are so many images to choose from to remind us of people and their passions. I’ll have to pick up a fairy puzzle myself soon—I think the first one in this list is my favorite!

fairy puzzle, 300 piece puzzle

Bath Time by Ravensburger. 300 pieces.

Al Fine, Shu by Educa. 500 pieces.

Fairy Hollow by Educa. 1000 pieces.

Fairy Falls by SunsOut. 1500 pieces.

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Fairy Princess by Educa. 500 pieces.

ceaco shimmer puzzles, glitter jigsaw

Angel Haniel by Ceaco. 550 pieces.

The Kiss by Educa. 1000 pieces.

 

Nostalgic Puzzles: General Stores

The other day I was talking with my mother and grandparents about the home of my great-grandparents, a small house in the woods built with my great-grandfather’s own hands. My mom talked about going to visit them and how she loved to visit the general store nearby. She’d walk there, pick out candy, and the counterwoman would write down their tab on a small sheet of paper (10 cents per candy) and my great-grandmother would pay it all at the end of the month.

This inspired me to gather up our puzzles of the general store theme. Sometimes they’re sorted under Americana, sometimes under Fall puzzles, sometimes under specific holidays. The presence of old time-y general stores brings about that nostalgic sense of simpler times or small towns. Enjoy!

Pies, Pastries, and Pumpkins by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

jane wooster scott autumn puzzle

Fill ‘ER Up! by Ceaco. 550 pieces.

Tom Antonishak puzzle, general store jigsaw

Fannie Mae’s General Store by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Pleasant Lake General Store by Lafayette Puzzle Factory. 1000 pieces.

Dixie General Store by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

douglas laird artist

General Store by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces.

nicky boehme puzzles

Country Shopping by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

The Corner Store by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

Sugar Creek Cider Mill by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Autumn Tradition by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Along the Yukon by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

New Halloween Puzzles!

We know Halloween is still over a month away, but we also know that weeks slip by easily and that makes it feel as if it’s just around the corner. You still have to find your costumes, pick out candy for the trick-or-treaters, and decorate your home!

Here’s a highlight on all the brand new 2013 Halloween themed puzzles we have in stock!

 

halloween puzzles, kids halloween fun

Howl-o-Ween Dogs by SunsOut. 500 pieces. 19.5 inches round.

Did We Scare You? by SunsOut. 550 pieces. 15 x 24 inches.

pumpkin puzzle, halloween shaped puzzle, halloween decorations

Enter if You Dare by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 26.5 x 36.5 inches.

Halloween Kittens by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 20 x 27 inches.

Lady in Black by Schmidt Spiele. 1000 pieces. 27.28 x 19.41 inches.

Have Broom Will Travel by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 19 x 30 inches.

kids halloween decorations, wall puzzle, repositionable wall puzzle

Monster High Wall Puzzle by Cardinal Ind. 100 pieces. 24 x 36 inches.

 

 

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.