New House of Puzzles, July 2016

The House of Puzzles brand from Scotland has announced their new puzzles for July 2016. They’re hard to get in North America, so if you’re in the UK you’re in luck. If not, your best bet at the moment is ebay. But hopefully they will have US distribution in the future. Here are my top picks of their new puzzles. My favorites are this year’s limited edition Christmas Puzzle and the new Find the Differences – #11: General Store.    They haven’tRead more

House of Puzzles – New Winter 2016 Puzzles

House of Puzzles releases new images twice a year–in February and July. Their February puzzles just went up on jigsawpuzzlesdirect.co.uk. Here they are. Find the Differences #10: Camping by Ray Cresswell, 1000 pieces This is my top pick of the new releases. Most of the February puzzles are 500 pieces, and I like the larger size. Plus it’s a Ray Cresswell and a Find the Differences. Very nice. The Lynvale Collection (all 500 pieces) “Winter Walk”, 500 pieces  “Farm Fresh”,Read more

Review: “Roll Out The Barrel” by Ray Cresswell, House of Puzzles – 9.25/10

Publisher: House of Puzzles (Scotland) Title:  “Roll Out The Barrel” by Ray Cresswell, 1000 pieces Review by Jane OUR RATING: 9.25/10 Box Quality:  (9/10) The box is shown above. It’s a fairly large rectangular box about the size of the typical Ravensburger or Jumbo box. Each House of Puzzles box has a different base color and this one, as you can see, is pine green. The name of the artist isn’t on the front, but you can see it signed in the lower rightRead more

New! House of Puzzles Fall Collection 2015

Sorry, I’m a bit late in posting this due to being out of town. But on July 19th, House of Puzzles (see my article on them here) announced their new fall line.  These puzzles are now available in the UK but I don’t yet see them on the amazon US site. Here’s a link to them on amazon uk. I’m going to show them in order of my most to least favorites, but your tastes will vary and they’re all lovelyRead more

2015 Puzzles: House of Puzzles Feb 2015 line-up!

One of my favorite brands, House of Puzzles, releases new puzzles in February and July.  This February’s new puzzles consist of 8 new “big 250 piece” puzzles, and one new 1000 piece puzzle in their “Find the Differences” series. We should see a lot of new 1000 piece puzzles in July. “Find the Differences #No 8: Parks & Rides”, 1000 pieces I have all the others in this series and I’ll be grabbing this one too. The puzzle inside theRead more

Puzzle News Update

There are some bits and pieces of news to share. First, the Nuremberg Toy Fair is this weekend. Unfortunately, yours truly is not there. But there has been a bit of news from it. Heye posted some photos of their booth — Ravensburger announced they’re going to be doing a new 18,000 piece Colin Thompson puzzle. Crazy, huh? I don’t know the release date on this yet. There’s also a 5000 piece Colin Thompson available right now. House of PuzzlesRead more

Review: “Autumn Green” by House of Puzzles — 9/10

Publisher: House of Puzzles (Scotland), 2014, 1000 pieces Title:  “Autumn Green”  Artists: artist Ray Cresswell and puzzle designer Audray McNaught   OUR RATING: 9/10 Box Quality: The box has an attractive front cover design and a blank bottom.  As with all House of Puzzles puzzles, inside the box is the bag of puzzle pieces and a large large full-color brochure of this season’s releases (The Dellavaird Collection). The Image: Of the twelve puzzles HOP released this past July, this is my favorite.  I’m a realRead more

Puzzle Maker Interview: Audray McNaught, House of Puzzles

Interview with Audray McNaught, puzzle designer for House of Puzzles Please welcome our guest, Audray from the Scottish puzzle maker House of Puzzles Ltd! I thought it would be interesting to learn more about how puzzles are made, and Audray has graciously agreed to be interviewed by Jigsaw Junkie. JJ:  Hello, Audray! First of all, can you introduce yourself? AM:  My name is Audray McNaught and I do all of the design work for The House of Puzzles Ltd. JJ:  IRead more

Feature: Halloween Jigsaw Puzzles

I love holiday puzzles, and next to Christmas, my favorite season is Halloween.  While there is a veritable cornucopia of Christmas puzzles, the Halloween offerings are much more bare bones–pun intended. Here are some of the best Halloween puzzles on the market. NEW RELEASES FOR 2014: Falcon: “Halloween” by Tony Ryan (1000 pieces) A lovely English village scene with trick-or-treaters. The colors are nice and not overly dark. Now out in the UK and US should follow soon.    Read more

Review: “Christmas Treats” by House of Puzzles (1000 pieces)

Front of the box.  The back of the box is blank. This is 2014’s limited edition Christmas puzzle from House of Puzzles, No 9 in their limited edition Christmas series. It’s called “Christmas Treats” and the artwork is by Ray Cresswell. This puzzle really IS a treat. I collect the Christmas puzzles from various brands and I enjoyed the fact that this puzzle design is different than the usual Santa-and-reindeer. It’s a cozy vintage shop scene with plenty of uniqueRead more

2014 Christmas Puzzles are here!

All of my favorite brands of limited edition Christmas puzzles have now been released for 2014. And without further ado, here they are:   Waddington’s 2014 Christmas Puzzle — “Santa’s Workhop”, 1000 pieces  (purchase link here–ships worldwide)   Ravensburger’s 2014 Limited Edition Christmas Puzzle “The Christmas Farm”  (Purchase Link Here for US and Here for UK)   House of Puzzles 2014 Limited Edition Christmas Puzzle “Christmas Treats”, 500 or 1000 pieces (purchase link here for worldwide) Falcon’s 2014 Limited EditionRead more

Review: “In the Garden” by House of Puzzles

“In the Garden” Brand: House of Puzzles, Artist:  Ray Cresswell #1 in the series “Find the Differences” The “Find the Differences” series of puzzles by HOP has a unique twist. The image you assemble is similar to the image on the box, but there are 15 ‘differences’.  That gives a bit more challenge to putting the puzzle together, as you have to be aware that things can change, like a man’s coat or the direction a bird is flying.  It’s notRead more