Barking up the Right Tree — Top Ten Dog Theme Puzzles

Dog themed puzzles week: This week we’re featuring puzzles that include man’s best friend! We reviewed Falcon’s “Puppies and Kittens” by Steve Read (review here) and “Dogs on a Bench” by Interlitho Licensing (review here). Now it’s time for our top picks of the dog puzzles available at Puzzle Warehouse.   See all dog themed puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse here. Okay. Let’s get started. 16. “The World of Dogs” by Ernest Brown, White Mountain (1000 pieces) This is a classic White Mountain “edutainment” puzzle thatRead more

Review: “Puppies and Kittens” by Steve Read, Falcon – 8.5/10

“Puppies and Kittens” is a super cute two puzzle set from Falcon/Jumbo. Both puzzles are 500 pieces, and you can do them singly or mix all the pieces together to get a 1000 piece puzzle. Both images feature the animals in a home with lots of bright fabric textures such as the pink and blue bed in the puppies image and the red chair in the kittens image. This gives more variety and interest during assembly than puzzles which have large areas of dog fur. These are both very easy puzzles to assemble and would be ideal to do with kids. The Falcon quality is excellent. It’s a grid-cut puzzle with thick, sturdy pieces, a soft matte finish, a solid ‘click into place’ fit, and a seamless finish. Recommended.Read more

Review: “Dogs on a Bench” by Interlitho Licensing, Vermont Christmas Company – 8/10

If you or someone you love liked dogs, you might want to consider this lovely puzzle from Vermont Christmas Company. It comes in a larger 1000 piece size, and its challenging to find pet puzzles in this adult size. The scene is soft and appealing with blues, pinks, and, of course, lots of gorgeous canines! The puzzle is of easy difficulty and took me three sessions to complete. The Vermont Christmas Company quality is good with hard, solid pieces. The cut is mostly a grid cut, but not all edges line up and some sides have wavy and diagonal edges. There is some glare under overhead lights due to a glossy surface. Assembly is fun but be prepared for a lot of dog fur in white, brown, and black.Read more

Looking Forward – Top Ten Inspirational Puzzles

Inspirational Puzzles Week For this last week of 2016, we’re featuring inspirational puzzles to put you in a contemplative and hopefully positive frame of mind for the new year. This week I reviewed “Peace” by Sam Timm and “St. Francis” by Randy Wollenmann.  Now here’s my top ten list of the best inspirational puzzles available at Puzzle Warehouse. Okay. Let’s get started. 16. “The Holy Bible” by Steve Crisp, Masterpieces (1000 pieces) This collage of scenes from the Bible by artist Steve Crisp has tons of colorRead more

Review: “Peace” by Sam Timm, Sunsout – 8.5/10

“Peace” by Sam Timm is a lovely and challenging puzzle. The peaceful winter scene is serene and will put you in a meditative frame of mind as you work on it. The snow, church, and trees in the puzzle are fairly straight-forward to assemble, even with the added challenge of the reflection. Working the blue sky and water, though, is more difficult. There’s strong color shading in the puzzle, so much of the image is assembled by discerning one shade of blue from quite similar shades of blue, and looking for matching hole/connector fits. I found this a nice change from my usual “busy” puzzles and enjoyed the extra challenge. The final puzzle is beautiful. The Sunsout quality is very good, with sturdy pieces and a nice random piece cut. I like that you can move around a set of joined pieces without them falling apart. Recommended for those looking for a little more difficulty.Read more

Review: “St. Francis” by Randy Wollenmann, Sunsout – 9.25/10

“St. Francis” is a gorgeous inspirational puzzle with a stained glass look. The puzzle is bright and beautiful with very crisp artwork, and the end result is worthy of framing. I loved assembling it too. The inner scene of St. Francis was easy to piece together, but the arched frame of leaves, berries, and doves was challenging because it’s a repeating pattern. I had a blast assembling that part because I was in the mood for something that took more thought and effort. The Sunsout quality is very good, with sturdy pieces and a nice random piece cut. I like that you can move around a set of joined pieces without them falling apart. This is a moderate-to-difficult puzzle but worth every piece placed! Highly recommended.Read more

New Sunsout, Jumbo, Wasgij 2017!

More new 2017 puzzles have been announced! You can add your favorites to your Christmas eve dreams of sugarplum fairies — and jigsaw puzzles.   SUNSOUT 2017 Sunsout has new releases throughout the year, but these are my favorite picks of the new puzzles from their just-released 2017 catalog. Most of these are already in stock at Puzzle Warehouse! You can see the entire 2017 catalog here. “Garden Peacock” by Aimee Stewart, 1000 pieces A brilliant new shaped puzzle! This one is already inRead more

Review: “Christmas Tree Farm” by Randy Wollenmann, Vermont Christmas Company – 8.5/10

This is a lovely Christmas themed puzzle from artist Randy Wollenmann. The bright colors are fun, especially the pink in the image. The wintry scene is appealing with kids and families out choosing their Christmas tree. The puzzle is a nice blend of easy elements, like the characters in their unique outfits, and slightly more challenging elements like all the fir trees, snow, and night sky. The difficulty is easy-to-moderate. I especially like the art style, which is hand painted and a little bit cartoony. The Vermont Christmas Company quality is good with hard, solid pieces. The cut is mostly a grid cut, but not all edges line up and some sides have wavy and diagonal edges. Recommended for all who enjoy cartoon or Christmas puzzles.Read more

Review: “Christmas Fayre” by Tony Ryan, Gibsons – 9.25/10

“Christmas Fayre” is a beautiful holiday puzzle from Gibsons set in a traditional English village Christmas market. The puzzle is easy-to-moderate in difficulty. The night-time colors are rich with purples, oranges, and reds. The artwork is a hand-painted scene with a good amount of detail. There’s some repeating greenery and red and white stripes throughout the image that make assembly slightly more challenging–in a good way. I enjoyed seeing all the characters as I put the puzzle together, young couples and families out enjoying the market. There’s lots of Christmassy details like wreaths, trees, advent candles, roasted chestnuts. The Gibsons quality is exceptional with thick pieces and a waxy finish that feels good to the touch. Recommended!Read more

Jigsaw Junkie’s Best Puzzles of 2016 + Giveaway

The end of the year is here–only two more weeks of 2016. It’s the perfect time to reminisce about the year that was. We reviewed a lot of puzzles here at Jigsaw Junkies. Which ones were the best? CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY: We’ll give one lucky winner any puzzle on this post that we have in stock at Puzzle Warehouse, winner’s choice. Must be able to be shipped to a North American mailing address. To enter, leave a comment on this post. You can tell us what yourRead more

Review: “Small Town Christmas” by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo Games – 9.5/10

“Small Town Christmas” is a gorgeous Americana Christmas puzzle from artist Charles Wysocki and Buffalo Games. It’s a good moderate challenge that took me three sessions to complete. No one area is difficult, but there’s a lot of detail throughout. The palette of bright colors against the snow and blue sky is very cheerful. I particularly liked the red ribbon around the tree, the fir tree lit with candles, and the birdhouses in the sky. There’s so much fun detail to examine in this image as you assemble the puzzle. The Buffalo Games quality is very good with grid cut pieces and a nice box that comes with a poster. Recommended to all fans of Christmas puzzles.Read more