Summer is over and fall is here, the time when we start curling up with books or hobbies and be homebodies. But if you have a look at this beautiful collection of travel puzzles that we have, featuring photographs of gorgeous places and landmarks all over the world, you’ll be rid of the homebody bug. You’ll be packing your bags, reading our travel tips and guidelines, and on a plane by tomorrow because all of these puzzles wonderfully capture some of the most popular travel destinations in the world! And of course, if you can’t afford that special trip right now – just enjoy putting together an exciting travel jigsaw puzzle from our huge collections.
It’s my birthday today and I thought, how can I incorporate puzzles with my birthday? Well, it became pretty easy once I found this giant puzzle:
I decided to do a new blog post each month highlighting puzzles that fit with the key attributes of each zodiac sign, starting with my favorite—and my own—sun sign, Virgo.
You Virgos are the most unusual people of the zodiac and the expression ‘never judge a book by its cover’ certainly sums up your sign. Attempting to describe you, Virgo, is like throwing all the jumbled pieces of a jigsaw puzzle on a table and then trying to describe what picture these pieces make once they are put together, before you have seen the completed picture of the puzzle on the box. Like the jigsaw, you are a person of many parts, complex thoughts, and intermingling structures. Not many can truly figure you out because you live so much through your inner, private being.”
—Athena Starwoman, Zodiac: Athena’s Sunsigns
VIRGO: AUGUST 24 – SEPTEMBER 23
Planetary ruler: Mercury
Symbol: The Virgin
Quality: Mutable (flexibility)
Colors: Earth colors, ochre, orange, yellow
Gem: Agate, hyacinth
Strongest virtues: Creativity, tolerance, determination
Characteristics: analytical, detail-oriented, disciplined, exact, industrious, intelligent, logical, modest, perfectionist, practical, quiet
The earthy tones and practicality of the precise organizational system matches Virgo’s personality perfectly.
Analytical minds will love to tackle this one. Each cup has its own distinct design for the detail-oriented Virgo mind to process and organize as (s)he builds this puzzle.
This flower garden is colorful but still darker in tone, matching Virgo’s attraction to ochre, orange, and yellow.
House Beautiful is an interior decorating magazine which focuses on decorating and domestic arts: Virgo’s fortes. This intricate cover features a peacock— while usually a symbol of ostentatiousness—here it is painted in Virgo’s colors, making it appear modest.
Virgos are punctual and timely–probably stemming from their being perfectionists. This puzzle can showcase their obsession with time.
For even more zodiac-related puzzles, check out these creative miniature puzzles made by Pintoo, made for each sign of zodiac.
Puzzle Warehouse sponsored a hole at the 2012 Katee Hessler Memorial Golf Classic. The event was put on by a memorial foundation inspired after 18-year-old Katee was senselessly murdered in an attempted robbery in North St. Louis County onAugust 30, 2001.
Katee grew up in St. Charles and ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. She became a victim of violence and greed. Katee’s death deeply affected everyone who knew her. Take a look at all of the photos from the event over at the Katee Hessler Foundation’s Facebook page.
The theme for the first World’s Alzheimer’s Awareness month is Dementia: Living Together. The goal? To reduce the stigma associated with dementia and form a community that is more friendly to those living with the disease. There are lots of things you can do to help raise awareness and help the cause to end Alzheimer’s.
1. Alzheimer’s Action Day is Sept. 21. Take a picture of yourself wearing purple and post in on Facebook and Twitter. Go Purple to spread the word! Tag #ENDALZ
2. Learn how to overcome the stigmas. Teach others. 35 million people and their families are affected by dementia.
3. Start Talking. Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia? Have you ever had a heart to heart with a memory caregiver? How do you think you would be treated if you had memory problems? Find more great questions to get you started at Alzheimer’s Speaks Blog.
4. Spend time with family members and friends affected by dementia.
Having a conversation with someone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia isn’t always easy – especially if you were close before and the relationship has changed as memories are affected. Believe it or not, jigsaw puzzles are a great way to start the conversation. Puzzles for Alzheimer’s are made specifically for people with dementia and their loved ones. They come with only a few pieces – usually 6 or 12, and feature hand-picked images that are meant to strike up a conversation or bring back a memory.
109 years ago, the first airplane, invented by the Wright brothers, rose into the air and landed safely. Just eleven years later, the first airliner—or passenger airplane—took flight, changing the world in significant ways. The airplane and airport have featured prominently in many of our lives, and its status and operations have changed significantly. Airplanes used to be the height of luxury; people would don their Sunday best and look forward to flying. In fact, airplanes were so popular for a while that in 1948 Edward Brown, Jr. invented a fly-in theater, where those who owned small planes could travel to Asbury Park, New Jersey, taxi up their airplane, and watch a movie.
Nowadays this is not the case. The airport is a hectic place; trips are stressful. You always seem to get a crying baby on your flight, they change your gate four times, and the food is overpriced. So you need to be prepared, because when you are prepared, flying can be a nice experience again. Here are some tips to make that happen.
- Choosing your flight: Choosing your flight will all depends on your own preferences and needs as a traveler. Red-eyes are good for sleeping. Having layovers is cheaper but space your layovers well. Don’t leave less than an hour between a landing time and a new departure time and try to stay on the same airline. If you miss a flight because your first flight has arrived late, you may be shuffled between airlines as they try to get you to your final destination.
- Choosing your seat: If you are lucky enough to choose an airline which lets you choose your seat prior to your trip, plan accordingly. Seats at the front have you boarding last but exiting the plane first. Aisle seats have the disadvantage of knocked elbows and people climbing over you to use the restroom, but they have a bit more room. Avoid middle seats. Window seats are coveted for the view, but they’re also great if you want to rest your head against the wall, but you do have to climb over people to get to the restroom.
- Dress comfortably and prepared: There is nothing more irritating than the person in front of you at the security gate who wore a belt and a watch, shoes that need untying, a jacket that needs taking off, and pants with pockets filled with loose change, cell phones, and other odds and ends. Instead, you want speed and efficiency. Bring a light jacket for the plane but keep it in your carry-on until you pass through the gates, or tie it around your waist. Slip off shoes are recommended. Typically I wear something light but that fully covers my arms and legs: well-fitting jeans and a comfy t-shirt.
- Suitcases with wheels over duffle bags: If you not checking luggage, this is a must. If you are checking luggage, I’d still recommend the wheels. Wheels are just plain convenient.
Autumn is back and it’s the best time of the year for puzzles! The days are shorter, colder, and prettier, and it’s the perfect setting for curling up by the window and putting together your fall-themed puzzles with your families. Things feel timeless in the fall, and here are some puzzles that will help evoke the nostalgic feelings that come with this time of year, featuring those bright leaves you love, pumpkins and even Halloween scenes.
Autumn Market – Cobble Hill
Blue Jay and Friends – Cobble Hill
Pumpkin Patch – Buffalo Games by Artists Persis Clayton Weirs & Lesley Harrison
Little Farmers Market – Sunsout by artist David Rottinghaus
A Bridge to Unity – Sunsout by artist Dave Barnhouse
There is officially a new species of monkey that has been named, though the Lesula Monkey has been long familiar animal to the locals of its central African habitat in the lowland forests of the Congo.
A team of scientists has been investigating the species since June 2007 and have now given it the binomial Cercopithecus lomamiensis. It was discovered when researchers found a lesula monkey that was the pet of a school director’s daughter.
The lesula resembles an owl-faced monkey, but is easily distinguishable by its variations in color, its significantly larger incisors and second molars. They have since proven that the owl-monkey and the lesula are close relatives but genetically distinct, most likely separated geographically by a river that led to the differences between the two species.
This is only the second discovery of a new monkey species in 28 years, but it reminds us that there are still areas of earth to be explored and things to be found.
If this has triggered your fondness of monkeys, here are a few of our puzzles which feature monkeys and apes. We also have a huge selection of jungle animal puzzles for you to enjoy!