Review: Annual Family Reunion by Sheila Lee, Sunsout – 8.75/10

Publisher: Sunsout (US), published date 2017 Title:  “Annual Family Reunion” by Sheila Lee, 1000 pieces  Finished size: 20″ x 27″ OUR RATING: 8.75/10 Box Quality:  (8/10) The Sunsout boxes are very large and square in shape. They’re oversized compared to most boxes on the market. This takes up more shelf space but also provides a nice big image when you use the box lid for reference. The name of the puzzle, and artist’s name (Sheila Lee), is prominent on the front. I really like how the artist isRead more

New Puzzles – Feb 2017

I’m back from hiatus and there’s a lot to catch up on. I hope everyone had a happy and productive January!  I’m going to be starting something new with my “New Puzzles” post, picking my top 3 new puzzles of the month. For your Edification – A Tip on Saving Shipping Costs: I used to never order a single puzzle because the shipping cost for just one can be nearly as much as the puzzle itself! Yet I’m not always readyRead more

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