Sunday, December 30, 2012

Guiness World record!!

Jigsaw puzzle collector Georgina Gil Lacuna receives her world record certificate
In the mountain resort of Tagaytay City, Philippines, Georgina Gina Gil Lacuna keeps more than 1,000 jigsaw puzzles – all completed by her over a little more than a quarter-century.

Ms. Lacuna, whose puzzles are on display at the inn, now holds a rare honor: crowned the Guinness World Records holder for the world’s largest collection of jigsaw puzzles.
Ms. Lacuna’s daily routine  involves piecing together a puzzle – or five. She has completed 1, 030 jigsaws, and is working on Keith Haring's Double Retrospect. By the time she finishes this in February, Guinness will bestow upon her the record for building the biggest jigsaw puzzle in existence in the world. The puzzle has 32,000 puzzle pieces and is 17 feet long and 6 feet wide. About one-eighth of the puzzle has been completed.

You can read more about this amazing woman here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Attempt at new world record for largest jigsaw

A Dorset craftsman will attempt to set a new world record by creating the largest hand-cut, wooden jigsaw puzzle.

Dave Evans, of Guest Book Puzzles, Weymouth said the jigsaw would be made up of 40,000 pieces and reach 150 sq ft (13.9 sq m).

It will feature a union jack and a montage of photographs of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Dorset.

Mr Evans said he planned to present the puzzle, which he will cut in February next year, to the Queen.

You can read more about it here 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Floor puzzles for littlies

Jigsaw puzzles help preschoolers develop hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills. We have a fabulous range of floor puzzles with very large easy to grip pieces for little hands.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New art jigsaws

Michelangelo Creation of Adam 1000 pieces 
Raphael: Madonna del Cardellino 1500 pieces
Monet Water Lillies 1000 pieces
We have recently unpacked some amazing new art jigsaws, so if you would like to put together a Rembrandt , a Michelangelo or a Monet, take a look at our website.

Friday, October 5, 2012

People who do jigsaws earn more....

If you regularly complete jigsaw puzzles, the chances are you earn seven per cent more than your friend who doesn’t – that’s according to research recently conducted by games firm Jumbo.
"The average income of Brits who complete jigsaw puzzles is £32,073 while non-puzzlers take home seven per cent less with an average salary of £29,923.
Furthermore, 70 per cent of those with an annual income over £120,000 were found to puzzle at least three times a week."
You can read the article here

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Jigsaw calendar

A Portuguese designer has created a unique calendar-puzzle concept that jigsaw enthusiasts will love.
Instead of tearing away days from your usual desk calendar, how about adding a jigsaw piece to your calendar each day during the year? Portuguese designer Gonçalo campos has created ‘Dia Calendar’, a unique calendar concept that consists of jigsaw puzzles. Each piece signifies a day that you can gradually fill in over time, and all 366 pieces (to include the leap year), are laser etched with the date.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

3 year old completes 1000 piece puzzle

Take a look at this video from utube - Oliver, a little 3 year old, completes a 1000 piece puzzle. Shot over about 10 hours. What a great kid - how I'd love to be able to climb on the table to reach the other side like this!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

WASGIJ Mystery 8 Final Hurdle

Here is a puzzle to do while you watch the Olympics - The teams have raced round London and are on the last leg - running over the Tower Bridge. Will they manage this final hurdle? What happens next?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New Rosina Wachtmeister jigsaws

Here are three of the new Rosina Waschmeister jigsaws we have recently added  to our stock. They are so cheerful and colourful for Winter. Don't miss out as they will sell fast!

Monday, July 16, 2012

A prisoner files a lawsuit for not being allowed a jigsaw in prison!

A prison inmate in Brooklyn, alleges his First Amendment rights are being violated because he cannot have access to jigsaw puzzles in prison.
The inmate, who was convicted of fraud has petitioned the courts for the puzzles. He states he should be able to order a jigsaw from the same way he can order a book.
“A puzzle does not present any safety or security issues,” he wrote, “and it will be delivered to the mailroom from the publisher similar to a book or magazine.”
“A puzzle presents no additional staffing security for the mailroom,” he added, saying that he would be willing to donate the puzzle upon completion.
The request for the puzzle was denied by Metropolitan Detention Center, because jigsaws are not approved as inmate personal property and can be provided by the recreation department of the prison.
The Justice Department states that a jigsaw puzzle stored and assembled in a cell could cause unnecessary clutter, pose a fire hazard, and/or limit the living area.
Now, the dispute may head to trial, so this will be an interesting case to follow.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fantastic new Heye puzzles in stock

We have just unpacked a fantastic range of heye puzzles. All the much loved cartoon artists are there. Take a look!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Holdsons are celebrating the Queen's Royal Jubilee with this limited edition Wasgij Destiny puzzle - A Royal Knees Up! by Graham Thompson.
Street celebrations are in full swing for the Queen's Coronation, but how will things have changed in the same scene 60 years on!  It includes  2 x 1000pc puzzles. Due in shops end May. Order yours from us now so you don't miss out.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

New large piece jigsaws

Motley and the tortoiseshell
We have just taken delivery of a beautiful selection of large format jigsaws. These are jigsaws with pieces that are half as big again as the pieces of a standard jigsaw. They are great for those who can not see or handle the pieces of a standard jigsaw.

Emerald Isle Cottage

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thomas Kinkade dies

American artist, Thomas Kinkade “Painter of Light” died unexpectedly on 6 April. Many of his paintings, depicting romantic visions of cottages, churches and gardens infused with light, were reproduced into jigsaws. He will be missed by puzzlers who enjoy this genre. Please add a comment if you have enjoyed a Thomas Kinkade jigsaw.

Monday, April 9, 2012

100 years since the RMS Titanic sank!

To commemorate the RMS Titanic's 100th Anniversary, artist Kevin Walsh and Holdson have released a ONE OFF 1000pc puzzle, titled "Maiden Voyage".
The RMS Titanic was a passenger liner that struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank on the 15th April 1912. The liner was believed to be unsinkable. Also included is a copy of the historic front page of the London Herald, which tells the tragic story of the sinking of the Titanic, in depth.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Become Holdson's next jigsaw puzzle designer!

All you illustrators, photographers, and painters out there, here is your chance to have your pieces of art turned into 1000 piece puzzles by Holdson, NZ's no 1 jigsaw manufacturer. Entries are now open for Holdson's first ever jigsaw puzzle design competition. If you want to become Holdson's Next Jigsaw Puzzle Designer you have until Friday 5 May 2012. Entrants who submit a design have the chance to win their original artwork produced into a new set of 1000pc puzzles and sold nationwide. See the Terms and Conmditions here
What makes a great jigsaw puzzle design I hear you say - Lots of shapes and features Not too cluttered, but interesting to look at A large focal point image - eg: main object or character If possible, good foreground, middleground and background detail Bright and a spectrum of colours over the whole design - it should not be dominated by a single colour Fun to do - if possible include humour or tell a story in your drawing Vital parts of the picture should remain within 2cm of the edge... just in case of minor cropping. and Pathway Puzzles knows from experience we can't get enough jigsaws of Kiwiana - famous landmarks, pohutikawa, kowhai, even Marmite!! What an amazing opportunity! Remember, entries close Friday 5 May.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Ravensburger's 3 D jigsaws

When was the last time someone rewarded you for completing a puzzle? At the 2012 Toy Fair Ravensburger displayed their new interactive jigsaws. The most interactive was the aquarium scene. Entitled "Colorful Underwater World," This puzzle contains a fun look-and-find game. You just have to assemble the 1,000 piece puzzle in order to play it. Once you've finished the puzzle, you can view the aquarium scene through your smart phone, or Ipad,
and the game will begin. The AR app places animated fish in front of the camera's image, challenging you to find the matching fish in the puzzle's artwork and tap the screen where it is shown. As long as you can keep matching and tapping fish, you continue to rack up points. Read more about this new dimension in jigsaws here

Monday, February 27, 2012

A 'must' read for puzzle lovers

During the Christmas break I enjoyed reading Margaret Drabble's book The Pattern in the Carpet. It seems I’m not the only jigsaw junkie - in her book, Dame Margaret Drabble reveals that when her husband, the biographer Michael Holroyd, was diagnosed with bowel cancer, jigsaws helped save her from sinking into paranoia and depression. Piecing together framed pictures gave her an illusion of control when everything else was uncertain.
A highly recommended read.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Jigsaws as a fashon statement? !

Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, let the crowd attending New York Fashion Week in on a little secret: Fashion is a puzzle.
She used jigsaw puzzle pieces as a prominent theme of her fall collection. There was a puzzle print on a pink sleeveless dress, and laser-cut pieces on a black embellished one. A model carried a puzzle-box bag. So who said jigsaws were dull!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Great new puzzles are arriving...

Yes, the new 2012 stock is starting to arrive. here are just a couple of EDUCA puzzles to wet your appetite. Beer Tunnel 1000 pieces Yes, they are all there, including the New Zealand ones!
L'Arc de Triomphe 1000 pieces The colour in this puzzle is just amazing!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Happy New year Puzzlers

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL PUZZLERS and many thanks for all your Christmas and New Year greetings. We have an exciting time ahead with lots more selections and great puzzle ideas for 2012. Watch this space! In the meantime, check out our clearance lines - we are making room for some fabulous new puzzles in the next couple of months.
Where's Wally Was $32 Now $25
Country Horses Was $45 now $35