Review: “Summertime Memories” by Sam Timm, Sunsout – 8.75/10

Publisher: Sunsout (US), published date 2018 Title:  “Summertime Memories” by Sam Timm, 550 pieces  Finished size: 15″ x 24″ OUR RATING: 8.75/10 I was in need of a bit of sunshine this week, so I worked this brand new Sam Timm puzzle. Sam Timm is known for his lovely bird paintings, and I have enjoyed quite a few of his puzzles. See the end of this review for some more of my Sam Timm favorites. Box Quality:  (7/10) The Sunsout boxes are very largeRead more

Review: “Gobbler Farms” by Dona Gelsinger, Sunsout — 8.25/10

If you’re looking for a fall or Thanksgiving-themed puzzle, you won’t find one than embodies the mood more than “Gobbler Farms”. I love the large turkeys and pumpkins in this image and the bright fall colors. This puzzle is oversized with very large pieces. It’s the size of many 2000 piece puzzles when done. The Sunsout quality is good, but the gloss on the pieces made some of the turkey feather highlights hard to see when I did this puzzle at night under overhead lights. The final puzzle is impressive and would look good framed. Recommended.Read more

“Ring-Necked Pheasants” by Linda Picken, Cobble Hill – 8.5/10

“Ring-Necked Pheasants” is a pretty wildlife puzzle with terrific fall colors. This Cobble Hill puzzle features large pieces that are sturdy, have a snug fit, and a glare-free linen finish. I really enjoyed working with the bigger pieces and they have a nice feeling in your hand. The image by Linda Picken is very peaceful and serene. The gold tones are bright and cheerful to work with. The puzzle is fairly easy due to its 500 piece size, but all the gold adds a touch of challenge. Recommended.Read more

Review: “Red River Crossing” by Sam Timm, Sunsout – 8/10

Red River Crossing is a lovely fall-themed puzzle featuring gold-orange leaves, brightly-colored birds, and a peaceful covered bridge scene. It has easy sections and moderately difficult sections like the blue sky and dark green pine needles. The Sunsout quality is very good with thick, sturdy pieces, excellent color reproduction, and a fun random piece cut. The pieces are on the normal-to-large side and easy to hold. The art by Sam Timm is sure to get you in the mood for fall. Recommended.Read more

For the Birds – A Top Ten Jigsaw Puzzle List

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We’re starting to have serious summer weather here, which always puts me in the mood for nature puzzles. Tigers, elephants, cows, lizards, and birds–all are frequent subjects of jigsaw puzzles. These puzzles bring a little bit of nature into the house. You don’t have to be a birdwatcher or be able to name a hundred species to appreciate a nice bird puzzle. The bird kingdom is full of different colors, shapes, sizes, and patterns, making birds quite good subjectsRead more

Review: “Garden Birds” by Greg and Company, Cobble Hill — 8.25/10

Publisher: Cobble Hill (Canada), 2016 Title:  “Garden Birds” by Greg & Company  500 pieces, 18″ x 24″ Review by Jane OUR RATING: 8.25/10 Box Quality:  (8/10) The box is shown above and below. It’s an attractive rectangular box similar in size to Ravensburger and Jumbo, but it has a nice linen finish. The front does not show the artist or image name. Back: The back is a generic Cobble Hill back. There’s nothing specific about the artist or puzzle image here. The sides: The sides have a nice close-up detail fromRead more

Review: “Rosemary’s Birds” by Rosemary Millette, Cobble Hill — 9/10

This is a very fun and easy 2000 piece puzzle to assemble. The six lovely vignettes around a central image break the puzzle into many smaller scenes, giving it a collage effect. The colors of the birds and flowers are bright and there’s abundance of patterns like the wood table, wicker basket, pine needles, and pine cones, to make even the green and brown areas a delight to put together. It’s like getting seven puzzles in one. Cobble Hill is a quality brand with a random puzzle cut and attractive boxes. I would have liked to have seen more information about the artist and image on the box or included inside. Recommended.Read more

Review: “State Birds” by Larry Balsamo, MasterPieces – 8/10

Publisher: MasterPieces (US) Title:  “State Birds” by Larry Balsamo,  1000 pieces Final dimension: over 31″ wide THIS REVIEW SUBMITTED BY PHILIP  PHILIP’S RATING: 8/10 This was an interesting puzzle to do because of its shape and my wife and I enjoyed working it and figuring out the birds. There are also some ‘special’ qualities about this puzzle that we discovered once it was completed. I will divulge those latter in the review. Box Quality:  (7/10) The box is nothing special but not thin either.Read more

Cobble Hill: New Puzzles for 2016!

The new Cobble Hill puzzles popped up today. They’re not yet on the Cobble Hill website, but they are for sale on Simple Pastimes. You can see them all here.  I’ve pulled out my favorites below. I’m most excited about the new 2000 piece puzzles. It harder to find really great 2000 piecers and these both look stellar. “Vintage Art Supplies”, 2000 pieces “Rosemary’s Birds” by Rosemary Millette, 2000 pieces I love this collection of various bird paintings. Looks like aRead more

Review: “Feathered Retreat” by Springbok – 9/10

“Feathered Retreat”, artist Greg & Company, released 7/2012 by Springbok.  Our rating: 9/10 It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Springbok puzzle, and I must say, I was impressed with the quality of this 2012 puzzle.  The puzzle pieces are very thick–so thick, you can pick the entire puzzle up at the end and it stays together (a first for me).  The piece piece shapes were unusual and varied, yet I didn’t have any trouble figuring out if aRead more