Monthly Archives: November 2013

eBoy Pixel Art Jigsaw Puzzles

The clean and sharp art of eBoy graces three of our 1500 piece cityscape jigsaw puzzles by Heye. eBoy, a group consisting of Steffen Sauerteig, Svend Smital and Kai Vermehr, started creating pixel art together in 1998 because of their shared affinity for making art “for the screen.” Pixel art is a special type of digital illustration, meaning that the members of eBoy are working with their art down to the pixel— painstaking effort for maximum detail work. Now their art is used in a different context—often printed, and now richer and more complex than it was 15 years ago.

Rio by Heye. 1500 pieces. 23″ x 32″

“Handling pixels is fun,” they say. “You are forced to simplify and abstract things.”

But even with the simplicity of pixels, eBoy is able to create grand views of popular cities, showing us something familiar in a new way. The choice for cityscapes comes from their love of the “liveliness, density, and variety of an urban environment.”

Los Angeles by Heye. 1500 pieces. 23″ x 32″

If eBoy devotes itself solely to one project, with all 3 members working on it full time, it can take between 6 to 8 weeks to complete with all the detail and work. But eBoy often works on things in their spare time, meaning some projects take months—or even years.

Their work has paid off. They have worked for big name companies such as Coca-Cola, Honda, Nike, and the New York Times.

Paris by Heye. 1500 pieces. 33″ x 23″

eBoy puzzles are fun because you’re never stuck working on one portion of the puzzle for too long. There’s always something new to look at and discover. In a review from pleased customer Jeremy, he said, “Easily the most fun puzzle I’ve encountered. Plenty of variety in the imagery, so the 1500 pieces stay fun the entire time. Felt like mini-puzzles within a giant puzzle. Leaves plenty of room to get the entire family around.”

Best Autumn Farm Puzzles

I’m still obsessing over our fall puzzles, and we’re halfway to winter. Farm puzzles aren’t usually one of my personal favorite themes, but with the bright orange and yellow trees and blazing sunrises and sunsets, I’m tempted to buy up some of these SunsOut and Master Pieces puzzles. “Vermont Maple” looks like it’d be quite a challenge to sort out all those pieces for the trees, but I think it tops my list as one of the most beautiful puzzles we carry.

Vermont Maple by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

The Cow and the Pumpkin Farm by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Sunset Barn by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

America’s Heartland by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Barn Dance Tonight by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Autumn in Deer Country by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Autumn Gold by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Last Chore of the Day by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Ready or Not by SunsOut. 550 pieces. 

Perfect Party Puzzles

All puzzles are good to do with a friend, some are just easier! The new puzzles offered by PSI are round-table puzzles, or four-fronts puzzles. That just means when everyone sits around the table, they’re going to have a part of the puzzle that is facing them—not upside down, or at another weird angle—making them perfect for throwing a puzzle party or for having it out on Thanksgiving or during the holiday season! If you’re looking for a good family-based, easygoing activity, this is the perfect idea.

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City Central by PSI. 700 pieces. 24″ round.

animal kingdom puzzle, elephants, jungle jigsaw

Animal Arena by PSI. 700 pieces. 24″ round.

american landmarks puzzle, statue of liberty puzzle, big ben, best travel jigsaw

Legendary Landmarks by PSI. 700 pieces. 24″ round.

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A Quick Walk Through Time by PSI. 550 pieces. 20″ x 20″.

 

 

 

James Lee Artist Bio

James Lee is a talented painter of three-dimension looking portraits of the Southwest. Born and raised in South Korea, he attended the University of South Korea at Seoul for six years before moving to California in 1981 where he opened up an art gallery. In 1994 he moved to Arizona, became a muralist, and opened another gallery named “Carol’s Art Gallery” after his wife, Carol Kim Lee.

Lee believes he is blessed with the talent he’s been given because he thinks that “one is “born with artfulness.”

Fall in love with some of James Lee’s beautiful puzzles of nature at its finest.

On the Canal by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Windows on the Southwest by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Dessert Dusk by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Spring Creek Express by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Hard Landing by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Wolf Moon by SunsOut. 1500 pieces.

 

Your Kids and Development

We recently stumbled across this great article about parents roles in their children’s development: how parents keying in to their progress in school during this crucial time is “a determining factor in [the child’s] success as an adult.” They stress the importance of  actively aiding a child’s progress:

“Parents … should also take the time to learn what’s being covered under the lesson plan and what’s up next on the curricular agenda. Make a point of working on those skills at home, too … Remember, education and learning don’t stop the minute your child walks out the door of her preschool or child development center.”

Keep your kids’ brains active with playful learning games and toys with foundational skills. Melissa and Doug offers great supplements for providing educational fun in the home.

Alphabet Truck, Ages 3+

Block play is a great foundational skill for stacking, counting, and sorting.

Fruit Basket Jumbo Knob. Age 2+

Plugging in shapes is great for hand-eye-coordination skills.

Magnetic Pattern Block Kit. Ages 3+

Whether they are building predetermined patterns or exploring with shapes, they will learn about space

Halloween is Done, but We’re not at Christmas Yet!

Thursday was Halloween. A lot of people woke up Friday morning with snow on their minds and jingling carols in their ears, ready to bundle up next to the fire and wait for Santa. Stores have pulled out their wreaths and advent calendars, but everyone is forgetting something!

THANKSGIVING!

We aren’t skipping over this holiday. What’s better than dinner at 2 pm followed by dessert and naps—plus quality time with your loved ones over a long weekend?

A puzzle is the perfect activity for all the people that have been shooed by the cooks from the kitchen for having grabby fingers with the food. They can turn those busy hands to something productive by putting together some of these turkey-day themed jigsaws!

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Gobbler Farms by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Pre-Serves! by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

barn puzzles, pasture

Pie Apples by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

normal rockwell puzzles, saturday evening post puzzle

Freedom from Want by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Turkey Tracks by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Lady’s Choice by SunsOut. 550 pieces.

Grandma’s Kitchen by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

Going to Grandma’s House for Thanksgiving by Andrews + Blaine. 1000 pieces.

Jigsaw Puzzles for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

At Puzzle Warehouse, we’ve long advocated the use of jigsaw puzzles as a way to spend time with family members and friends affected by dementia. Not only do puzzles stimulate cognitive thinking and memory thought processes, but they are a relaxing way to start a conversation or simply enjoy time together with a loved one.

On October 31st, the White House released a statement discussing Alzheimer’s and how it affects millions of Americans every day.

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disease that slowly erodes precious memories, thinking skills, and the ability to perform simple tasks. It affects millions of Americans, including senior citizens as well as younger Americans with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. This month, we stand with everyone confronting the painful reality of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis; lend our support to the families who care for them; and renew our commitment to delaying, preventing, and ultimately curing this disease.”

Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation declaring November the official Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

In honor of the theme, we’ve compiled some of the best large piece jigsaw puzzles that are great for aging hands and eyes. Several of the puzzles featured here are actually part of the Puzzles to Remember and Puzzle With Me catalogs, both specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s.

At the top of the earth Santa holds a cub, surrounded by a circle of seals, pups, and Polar Bears. This 36 piece puzzle features the rich colors and precise detail of work by artist by Lynn Bywaters.

At the top of the earth Santa holds a cub, surrounded by a circle of seals, pups, and Polar Bears. This 36 piece puzzle features the rich colors and precise detail of work by artist by Lynn Bywaters.

This 36 piece puzzle with beautifully selected artwork can be a source of comfort, joy and a way to connect with a loved one. Finished size: 18" x 23.5".

This 36 piece puzzle with beautifully selected artwork can be a source of comfort, joy and a way to connect with a loved one. Finished size: 18″ x 23.5″.

This finely detailed painting captures pink thistles and the summer gold of a pair of finches perched in a field of flowers and tall grasses.  This puzzle is awash in golds of every shade with bright pink and green highlights, making this puzzle a very cheerful challenge. 36 pieces. Finished size 18" x 23.5"

This finely detailed painting captures pink thistles and the summer gold of a pair of finches perched in a field of flowers and tall grasses. This puzzle is awash in golds of every shade with bright pink and green highlights, making this puzzle a very cheerful challenge. 36 pieces. Finished size 18″ x 23.5″

Potential conversations can be focused on animals, past and present pets or expanded to suggest taking a walk and enjoying the park. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.

Potential conversations can be focused on animals, past and present pets or expanded to suggest taking a walk and enjoying the park. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.

Whether it sparks memories of milking cows, maintaining crops or running barefoot through the fields, it will surely be enjoyed by all. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.

Whether it sparks memories of milking cows, maintaining crops or running barefoot through the fields, it will surely be enjoyed by all. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.