Monthly Archives: April 2011

Van Gogh Jigsaw Puzzles

Unfortunately for the puzzle lovers, Van Gogh did not make jigsaw puzzles. But he did something much better: he painted. And he did a great job, as he is considered today one of the world’s greatest painters. The Dutch painter’s work has been categorized as post-impressionism by the critics, but the thing that matters the most, in Van Gogh’s case, is not the glory his work has known after his death, but the tragedy that lead to it.

If one tried to describe his life in only one phrase, that phrase would be: Glory is the sun of the dead. Nothing is less true in Van Gogh’s case. He had a miserable life and suffered from anxiety, with frequent episodes of mental illness. And if that hadn’t been enough, he died young, at 37.

Still, his paintings are true works of art. And, just like any other work of art, they are extremely rare and expensive. Fortunately, Puzzle Warehouse has a solution for all of the Vincent Van Gogh lovers who can’t afford an original painting: Van Gogh jigsaw puzzles. These reproductions look nearly as good as the original and require you to put some work into their assembling.

You won’t undergo the whole process of creation, just like Van Gogh, but you’ll get at least a part of the feeling painters get when they see a newly born world taking shape under their eyes with every brushstroke. Every piece you put in its right place will bring you closer to the painting and to Van Gogh’s world.

Puzzle of the Day – Woman with a Parasol, Spain

Today’s jigsaw puzzle of the day is a dreamy one. Though it is titled, “Woman with a Parasol, Spain,” it is much more than that. The name suggests a woman, a sunny day and an exotic, beautiful landscape. But the truth is that once you look at it, you’ll realize that the scene is actually taken from an idealistic, dreamy love story. One that you will have to narrate yourself, according to your own feelings and desires.

A beautiful silhouette, a white dress, a parasol and a hat make the intriguing main character, looking back through her dark sunglasses on a past she is ready to forget. You can see footsteps ahead of her in the sand and, right where they stop, an old luxury car and another silhouette waiting in a dark colored suit.

Could it be her lover? Or could it be something deeper and much more complicated? What does she think about as she approaches? What is she leaving behind? Why the pleasant sadness that you can identify in her eyes, half-hidden behind those protective sunglasses?

If you really want to find out, you’ll have to visit Puzzle Warehouse and get this amazing jigsaw puzzle of the day by Educa. With each one of its 1000 pieces, you’ll get closer to completing this beautiful story and solving the mystery behind the white dress, the dark suit and the gold sand. With a finished size of 26.75″ x 18.75″, this jigsaw puzzle looks so great you will have to frame it and put it on your wall, just like you would do with a painting.

Rosie the Riveter Puzzle

Hello propaganda! Rosie the Riveter is an American cultural icon, and stands for all the American women who worked in factories during World War II. She represents especially those women who helped produce munitions and war supplies, those who supported the war effort with their bare hands and their sweat.

The first famous picture of Rosie the Riveter is authored by J. Howard Miller, an artist from Pittsburgh who cleverly used the slogan, “We can do it,” in order to gather support for the war. As iconic as it became, the poster should not be praised too much if you like peace and hate useless violence.

World War II, despite the propaganda made in each and every one of the countries involved, was still a war, and a very devastating one. No matter what posters like these say, it wasn’t a just war, and we can hardly even associate those two terms. There was a Rosie the Riveter in most of the countries involved in the war, and she should be remembered, indeed. But not as an exemplary individual who loves her country. She should be kept in mind as a reminder of the greatest war there ever was and probably also as a useful learning tool for those studying propaganda and political communication.

Such an event shouldn’t happen again and it is a disaster that we, unlike Rosie, can prevent. You can find a Rosie the Riveter puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse, featuring 1000 pieces and a finished size of 26.5 x 19.25 inches. Let the slogan motivate you in your effort to assemble the jigsaw puzzle: If Rosie could, you can do it as well.

Cardboard or Wooden Puzzles? Pros and Cons

Jigsaw puzzles come in different sizes, shapes, colors and, of course, different materials. Materials are the greatest divide there is when it comes to jigsaw puzzles, an epic battle between wood and cardboard. If we take a closer look at the statistics, we will probably find out that the divide does not only have a technical nature, but also a sociological one, and that puzzle lovers can be divided among these same lines.

If we look at it from a historical perspective, wood is the older, more traditional material. If wooden puzzles are handmade, it becomes even more “traditional,” and the craftsmanship adds more value. Cardboard puzzles are modern, manufactured by thousands, designed and cut with the latest technologies. They are products of modernity.

From an ecological perspective, things change a little bit. Neither cardboard nor wood are truly eco-friendly, but there are jigsaw puzzles made out of recycled cardboard, and soy-based inks.

As far as the price is concerned, wood loses the race. It’s the more expensive material, but also the one where quality can take a much better shape.

Cardboard jigsaw puzzles, besides the attractive price, have some more appealing features. They require less storage space, can be framed and hanged on your wall, and there’s no real limit concerning the image displayed, the size or the number of pieces. For those who really like challenges and constructing puzzles frequently, these are the puzzles to get.

Wooden puzzles are more for traditional jigsaw puzzle lovers, and those who simply like puzzles for their beauty and the effort put into them by the designer, artist or puzzle maker.

Puzzle of the Day – Music

This week’s puzzle of the day will certainly be a challenge, even if you really like music. Not only is it incapable of singing to you, but it also requires a certain amount of musical knowledge in order to be deciphered. If you don’t know how to read the notes on a musical staff, you can forget about this jigsaw puzzle. Unless, of course, you’re willing to learn new things and you think this will motivate you to expand your knowledge.

Made by Piatnik, the Music jigsaw puzzle has a finished size of 22″x14″ and is everything but easy. Even if we forget for a second that we’re talking about no less than ten hundred pieces, the image itself is tricky. Black and white, with sequences that resemble one another, it can even fool a music teacher and jigsaw puzzle master.

The key to its difficulty lies in its simplicity and, with it, you’re bound to spend dozens of hours trying to assemble the final product. We’ll assume you don’t know much about music and the musical staff is not among your favorite pastimes. In that case, you’ll have to use your imagination to try and fill in the blanks and add a tune to the weird symbols on the image.

Will it be a famous Austrian composition, or a modern one? That all depends on your knowledge and availability to dream and let your imagination flow. The possibilities are endless, and the sky is the limit. You can think of the music puzzle as a blank disc that can play whatever you want, whenever you want. A magical disc, that you can find at Puzzle Warehouse, the largest jigsaw puzzle store in the world.

Mini Jigsaw Puzzles

At Puzzle Warehouse, we have thought of everyone when it comes to puzzle needs. For those with lots of space and lots of time to dedicate to puzzle assembling, there are big and huge jigsaw puzzles that will make them happy. For those who don’t have the necessary space or time, however, there are also products that can fit their needs, like the mini jigsaw puzzles.

When we say mini, we don’t only mean mini jigsaw puzzles, but also mini pieces. Let’s take, for example, “A Dog’s Life“, one of the cutest mini jigsaw puzzles available. It is made by Sunsout and its finished size is an amazingly small 7″X 9”. In the meantime, it also has 100 pieces, which might not be much for a jigsaw puzzle champion, but is more than enough for a regular user who wants to enjoy this wonderful activity.

It will not take you ages to assemble, and it won’t require an entire room for itself. But it will definitely give you more than just a taste of what a jigsaw puzzle is made of. 100 pieces are more than reasonable, and for someone who does not have a lot of patience, the number is just perfect. And let’s not forget something important. These are not 100 regular pieces, but 100 small pieces, so the level of difficulty is still pretty high, despite the name and size of these jigsaw puzzles.

Check out the Mini jigsaw puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse and enjoy the full experience of jigsaw puzzles with mini prices. Dozens of models are available.

How to choose a jigsaw puzzle: Finding the perfect theme

When you enter Puzzle Warehouse, you find yourself wondering where to start. Not that we’re not organized, on the contrary. But you should never forget that this is the biggest jigsaw puzzle store in the world. Thousands of puzzles are waiting to be discovered and assembled, and if you want to look at everything there is on the list, it can take a lifetime (we are constantly updating our stock and acquiring new items) until you finally reach the last item.

We spoke in our last post about one of the difficulties encountered when choosing a jigsaw puzzle. We only covered the number of pieces, but there are many other aspects left. What theme should you choose? If there were only ten puzzles in the world, the question wouldn’t have much sense. But this is not the case, and you can certainly find jigsaw puzzles depicting the most insane things.

How do you choose, in that case? Whether it’s a gift for yourself or for someone else, you should ask yourself something simple: does the person you’re buying it for have any passions or hobbies? If they do, the choice becomes a lot easier. You look for a jigsaw puzzle theme that has something to do with that interest. Maybe your niece loves horses, or your father is a die-hard Cardinals fan. This theme strategy can never fail.

If they don’t have any particular passions, or if you don’t know anything about what they like, there is still hope. Go for a theme everybody likes: either a reproduction of a work of art or a beautiful landscape. Or, choose something unique that they haven’t seen before, like the Impossibles. Since you have the choice, this is the best way to make even the toughest crowd like your gift.