Guest Post: Charletta Reviews Under the Sweetgum Tree

Today we have a guest review from Charletta! A big thanks to her for sending us her feedback on this puzzle.

Charletta completed one of the new 100 piece Pomegranate puzzles that comes in the tin box by artist Charley Harper entitled “Under the Sweetgum Tree.”

Under the Sweetgum Treeby Pomegranate. 100 pieces. Size: 8″ x 10″

The following items in the chart was rated on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

Picture Quality: 4
Level of detail: 2
Piece Size: 4
How the pieces are cut: 3
Overall quality: 4

I completed this puzzle alone in just a couple of hours. It was small yet intricate, although it did not take long.

The pieces, which were a good thickness and not easily bendable, were similarly in three or four shades of one color. The pieces were also close in design with lots of lines.

This picture was nice and different. I like nice and different! The image and quality is very good, the pieces were fully interlocking which made for a good quality picture in the end.

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The completed puzzle

I was not familiar with the brand or the artis, but would try to find more works by both. In addition to the abstract scene, the small tin the puzzle came in was a nice touch to the value of the puzzle. This puzzle made by Pomegranate Communications, Inc. was finely crafted with well cut pieces that truly locked the pieces into a fine picture. The artist Charley Harper had a fine skill in creating this abstract picture with detail to the the sweetgum surrounded by the leaves of the tree. That’s what I see when I look at the puzzle right-side up.

However, if you turn the puzzle upside-down it appears that there is someone sitting under the tree. I like how the image could be looked at in different ways and you see something different. This would be a great puzzle for any inquisitive mind.

Fun with Rompecabezas

I spent the better part of my day exchanging emails in Spanish with new Spanish penpals. I’m hoping to keep up my language skills over the summer so that when I come back in the fall, I can still keep up.

My new friends are from México, España (Spain), and Argentina. So, of course, after asking them a million questions about their towns and cities, I’ve become in love with the idea of traveling abroad and practicing my Spanish.

We have tons of travel puzzles that you can browse by  major city or country. But for today, check out some of these great puzzles from places in Spanish-speaking countries!

Fun fact: the puzzle brand Educa dates back to 1894 and is a leading brand in puzzles and games and they’re located in Barcelona, Spain.

(Psst: las rompecabezas translates to “the jigsaw puzzles.” What a lovely word!)

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Educa. 2000 pieces.

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Cancun by Dowdle Folk Art. 1000 pieces.

Puerto Vallarta by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces.

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Sagrada Familia by Educa. 1000 pieces.

We also have a 3D puzzle of this beautiful Roman Catholic church located in Spain.

3D Puzzle: Sagrada Familia by Daron Worldwide Trading. 194 pieces.

Old City of Granada by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces.

Holy Week in Seville by Pomegranate. 1000 pieces.

Prades, Barcelona by Heye. 1500 pieces.

 

 

Puzzles Under $10: Affordable and Fun!

Remember that you have until 11:59 pm PST tonight to take our survey about books in order to win a free puzzle from our selection of book puzzles featured in our post Love to Read? Love to Puzzle? Win a Free Book Puzzle!

So far we’ve gotten some great answers and we can’t wait to choose a winner and share with you someone’s love (or hatred!) for a classic book.

In the meantime, browse some of our puzzles under $10. If you don’t win, there are still some awesome, beautiful puzzles at great, affordable prices!

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta by Lafayette Puzzle Factory. 1000 pieces.

Dream Circles – Bandala by Lafayette Puzzle Factory. 500 pieces.

Shangri-La Summer (Holographic) by Lafayette Puzzle Factory. 1000 pieces.

Snuggle Time by Master Pieces. 500 pieces.

Crazy Cat, Crazy Quilt by Pomegranate. 100 pieces.

 

First Kiss by Ravensburger. 170 pieces.

Mermaid Paradise (Holographic) by Lafayette Puzzle Factory. 1000 pieces.

Six Strings by TDC Games. 1000 pieces.

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Desert Landscape Jigsaw Puzzles

Recently we did a post on the beach and the mountains to prepare you all for summer, but we know some of you have been enjoying the warm days and cool nights almost all year round! You’re the desert people, with misters spraying water at you to keep you cool for your outside errands and pools to dip into as soon as you arrive home. Plus, you can’t beat that beautiful desert scenery! So, we’re letting everyone join in on the beauty of the desert with these puzzles of the unique plants and that desert stunning sky.

Desert Dusk by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

The Sleeping Gypsy by Peaceful Wooden Puzzles. Piece count varies, starting at 430 pieces.

Grand Canyon by Pomegranate. 1000 pieces.

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone by Pomegranate. 1000 pieces.

August Evening by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Desert Storm Vista by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Delicate Arch by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces.

Cathedral Rock by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

Southwestern Pots by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

May 26th is John Wayne’s Birthday!

Fans of the famous cowboy can celebrate John Wayne’s birthday—May 26—with our puzzles that wonderfully capture him as a person that was stubbornly independent, morally dignified, and a believer of fair play.

John Wayne Slim Puzzle by Aquarius. 1000 pieces. 12″ x 36″.

Wayne is one of the most famous film icons and starred in nearly 250 movies! We should’ve known he was going to make a sizable impact on the world—considering he came into the world a sizable baby, weighing 13 pounds!

John Wayne – Movie by Aquarius. 1000 pieces. 20″ x 27″.

One trait Wayne is remembered for is his unique body language, specifically his easy, fluid gait. Wayne’s feet were relatively small in comparison with his large body, but he moved gracefully and his movements became a famous part of his screen persona. Actress Katherine Hepburn said she was impressed by his “light dancer’s steps.”

If you’re looking for a movie that celebrates Wayne, watch (or rewatch!) The Shootist, Wayne’s last film before he died of cancer. Semi-autobiographical, the character he plays is also an aging cowboy fighting cancer. The director, Don Siegel, lets Wayne’s well-known and recognizable walk play out with no cutting or editing in the climax scene, where he traverses the length of a saloon. Montages in the opening credit sequences, too, show a highlight reel of clips from earlier Westerns that Wayne acted in.

John Wayne by White Mountain. 1000 pieces. 20″ x 27″.