Saturday, September 30, 2017

Puzzle Power - How jigsaws help make sense of our life.

Jigsaw puzzles are hardly anything new, having been around since the 1700s and evolving from hand-cut, wooden educational tools to a sprawling industry that targets children and adults alike, and contrary to popular belief, this simple toy can have lasting benefits on our health and well-being. Read the rest of this fascinating article from the Daily Sabah  here  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Test your brain with jigsaw puzzles

Solving jigsaw puzzles can give you a sense of accomplishment like no other. It is a fun and rewarding hobby to pursue and it helps you in so many ways - helps pass time, aids logical and creative thinking, for relaxation, a memory booster - to name a few. Give it a go today.

Kansas USA 1000 pieces
African Elephants 500 pieces

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A new puzzle company: Brown Owl puzzles

Jason Tanner and his wife Allison, from Ottawa Canada,  have just launched Bone Owl Puzzles aiming to make jigsaw puzzles from artists work.  They are starting initially with five unique designs.
Tanner said he and his wife have always enjoyed puzzles and noticed an upsurge in interest recently.
“There are very few jigsaw puzzle companies out there that actually take an art-first kind of approach,” he said.
He said the standard in the industry is to use stock images and pay artists only a small percentage for their work and they wanted to do something different.
“Most jigsaw puzzle companies use repurposed art from big multimedia companies,” he said. “We’re paying artists upfront for their time and effort.”
Tanner is getting the business off the ground with a $10,000 drive on Kickstarter. He said this will give them the funding they needed to do an additional run with five artists.

“Kickstarter is an excellent place to launch creative projects. It introduces it to a lot of people who may not have heard about it.”

He said they have to do a large run off the bat, which is also what makes the Kickstarter campaign important.
The artists for the puzzles were given only a modicum of direction, because they wanted unconventional designs on the puzzles.
“We provided the requirements for what makes a good jigsaw puzzle and they basically ran with it,” he said, adding you need lots of detail in a puzzle and no big open spaces.
He said all of the artists they approached jumped right on board the project, because this is something they wanted to do and in many cases didn’t know how.  
We wish Jason and his wife well in their new venture.
Jason and Allison Tanner
Bone Owl Puzzle

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Beautiful shaped puzzles

An amazing puzzler, Cathy, has sent us these photos of her completed puzzles. Aren't they amazing!
Well done Cathy!
Tutankhanum’s Mask   1000 pieces
Bath Time 1000 pieces

Monday, May 8, 2017

Wildlife 33,600 piece puzzle turned into a stop motion video

"Wildlife" is a very big jigsaw puzzle, clocking in at 33,600 pieces.  It is one of  the largest jigsaw puzzles in the world, and is manufactured by Educa. But if you think it's hard enough to do on its own, imagine turning it into a stop motion movie of classic video games while you assemble it.

This video turns each quarter of the puzzle into an active game of Tetris, Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Mario. Took over 400 hours to assemble and 400 hours to do the stop motion.
Wow!  This is certainly amazing.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mother's Day is coming

Its time to start thinking about Mother's Day, 14 May.  Not only would Mum love a puzzle, but she would also love your help with doing it. Puzzles are such family fun!
Colour your Heart 1000 pieces

Vintage Collage  1000 pieces

Monday, March 20, 2017

Crafts with puzzle pieces

There is nothing more infuriating than to finish a puzzle and find a piece or pieces missing.  We are often asked, what can we do with incomplete puzzles?  If you cant bear to throw them away, then re-purpose the pieces making all sorts of crafty things.  In this video you are shown how to make a number of  different items from snow flake Christmas ornaments to greeting cards.  So, come on crafters - get puzzle crafty!