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!
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.
Fairy Princess by Educa. 500 pieces.
Angel Haniel by Ceaco. 550 pieces.
The Kiss by Educa. 1000 pieces.
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.
Fill ‘ER Up! by Ceaco. 550 pieces.
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.
General Store by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces.
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.
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!
Howl-o-Ween Dogs by SunsOut. 500 pieces. 19.5 inches round.
Did We Scare You? by SunsOut. 550 pieces. 15 x 24 inches.
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.
Monster High Wall Puzzle by Cardinal Ind. 100 pieces. 24 x 36 inches.
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.
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.