Review: “Father’s Christmas Train” by Susan Brabeau, Sunsout – 8.25/10

“Father’s Christmas Train” is a cute Americana painting by Susan Brabeau that’s been made into a 500 piece puzzle by Sunsout. At the heart of the painting is a dad having a grand time playing with trains while his disinterested son reads a book. The cozy living room is decorated for Christmas and there’s a definite nostalgia vibe to the image. The Sunsout quality is very good, with sturdy pieces and a fun random piece cut. I like that you can move around a set of joined pieces without them falling apart. This is an easy puzzle that you can do in a single setting and would be good for kids and seniors. Recommended.Read more

Artist Interview: Susan Brabeau

Susan Brabeau is an American artist who creates quirky Americana nostalgia paintings loaded with humor. Many of her images have been made into jigsaw puzzles from manufacturers like Sunsout, Gibsons, Ravensburger, and Holdson. First, thank you so much, Susan, for doing a virtual visit with Jigsaw Junkies. It’s a treat to be able to learn more about you. Now on to the interview. JJ: I saw on your bio on your website that you have a background in singing and performing. CanRead more

Review: “The Yarn Shop” by Susan Brabeau, Sunsout – 8.25/10

This 1000 piece Susan Brabeau puzzle from Sunsout is a medium difficulty puzzle good for those who like a little more challenge. I enjoyed the random-cut piece, the art style, and the humor in this image, particularly the characters in the scene. There’s a lot of white-to-light-purple, and similar colors appear distributed throughout the scene, so it’s a bit trickier to assemble than some jigsaws. Recommended for fans of Americana, Susan Brabeau, or the knitter in your life! Score: 8.25/10Read more

Review: “And The Winner Is…” by Susan Brabeau, Sunsout – 9/10

I adored this 1000 piece Susan Brabeau puzzle from Sunsout. It’s a fun image that has large characters, a variety of easily-recognized colors and patterns, and a sweet little visual story. The Sunsout quality is very good with random-cut pieces and faithful reproduction of the details and colors of the original painting. Assembly is quick and relaxing thanks to the various dresses on the ladies, the ornate hats, and the unique colors and textures on the four cakes. Once you start it, you’ll be tempted to keep going until the last piece is placed. Highly recommended! Score: 9/10Read more

How to Assemble a Jigsaw Puzzle

I have gotten some emails asking me to share tips for assembling puzzles and/or my method. If you’re new to puzzling, returning to it after a long time, or just want to see how someone else does it, check out this walk-through.  In the end, no method is right or wrong as long as you get from Point A (bag of puzzle pieces) to Point B (completed puzzle). However, this is my standard operating procedure. If you have other tips/methods, pleaseRead more

Sunsout: New Puzzles 2016!

The Sunsout website has their new 2016 puzzles up.  You can see them all here. I’ve put my favorites below.  Overall, I’m disappointed not to see more shaped puzzles. Hopefully they will release some over the year. “Birds of a Feather” and “Chat Noire” from Finchley Arts, both 1000 pieces. “The Village in Autumn” by Steve Crisp, 1000 pieces “Butterfly Menagerie” by Aimee Stewart, 1000 pieces One of the only nice new shaped puzzles they have. “Abundant Garden” by AimeeRead more