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.

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