Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hand painted wooden puzzles

Wanganui based Marilyn Vreede's wooden jigsaw puzzles have helped children to recognise and name native birds, plants and marine life for more than two decades now.
Each individually hand-painted puzzle is "guaranteed non-toxic and safe to eat, although not recommended as part of a nutritional diet."
Marilyn started making them in the early '90s.  "They do last a long time and stand up to a lot of punishment and the pieces are large."
Marilyn's husband Marty Vreede screen-prints the outlines onto board and Marilyn hand-paints them individually.

What a fantastically talented lady! Read more about her here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Its Summer in New Zealand

Its summer in New Zealand and if you enjoy the outdoors you will love these puzzles.
Butchant Gardens, Canada, 1000 pieces
Countryside Cottage,  300 extra large pieces

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A mosaic elephant made from jigsaw pieces!

Wow! This certainly takes some beating. A mosaic artist, Natalie Guy, from Bristol, has made a  4ft elephant sculpture,  pieced together from 308 used jigsaws which were donated by the public.
How fantastic - and the elephant is to be auctioned to raise money for children's charities.
You can read more about it  here.

'Jumbo' the mosaic elephant

Monday, January 5, 2015

A New Year, a new puzzle!!

Happy New Year to all puzzle lovers. We have been so busy lately we have just not had time to blog, but now, with Christmas over and a New Year beginning, we are refreshed and looking forward to sharing more puzzles and puzzling fun on our blog.

It is summer time in New Zealand, so here are some great summer puzzles to do while relaxing on holiday.

Daisies 1000 pieces
This one is oh-so cute!!

Summer Kiss 300 extra large pieces
Butterfly Visions 600 pieces oval shaped