Friday, 22 September 2017

Puzzling it out.

We haven't had a jigsaw puzzle on the blog before. That's a real oversight, surely? Frugal (they're two-a-penny in charity shops), low-tech, mindful - what's not to like? Hmmm, maybe boring, pointless and frustrating to some...

We don't do puzzles very often but we I enjoyed this one which was a Christmas present. An aerial view of our town with our house on it. The giver described it as 'fiendishly difficult' and that 'team work' would be required. 



Difficult indeed - although at approximately 255 pieces not impossible. As for the teamwork, most of my team deserted me, deciding they'd got better things to do; even the cats. Me? I'm pleased with the end result. In fact, I think it needs preserving. Has anyone got any tips on framing a puzzle - I'm still puzzling it out.



The puzzle was produced by a company called Butler and Hill, who have lots of happy mappy gift ideas on their website. But this blog post wasn't sponsored by them.

How about you - jigsaw puzzle lover or hater? 

11 comments:

  1. That's a great gift!

    I'm not a jigsaw person myself but we sell plenty at the charity shop, we're coming into core season for jigsaw buying but we sold out over the summer when holidaymakers were buying them for in their caravans and things.

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    1. Ooh I'd never thought of there being a jigsaw puzzle season! And great to discover your 'new-to-me' frugal blog!

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  2. We usually have a jigsaw puzzle out when the weather cools off as my husband loves them. I work with him a bit, but he's the main worker. He's very good with them and although he enjoys a challenge, he doesn't like fiendishly hard ones like the same picture on both sides but the pieces are cut at 90 degree angles from each other. The only problem we have with the puzzles is that sometimes he'd rather stay up late and finish one than go to bed. And yes, cats can be quite "helpful" with puzzles, can't they?

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    1. Same picture on both sides sounds too advanced for me...And yes, I had to fend off the cats several times!

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  3. I enjoy a good jigsaw, in fact I have one started upstairs. Unfortunately it's upstairs and it's too hot to work upstairs. I'm looking for a place to work downstairs.

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  4. I wondered where you were for it to be too hot but I've worked it out from your blog...good luck with clearing up the storm debris...

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  5. That is a really fun puzzle idea, the map of your town! I love puzzles, and so did one of my kids when younger. I definitely think there is a "jigsaw puzzle season." I will typically start getting them out in winter. They're addictive, though. I'm like live and learn's husband, I'll keep working on one even when I can no longer focus my eyesight.
    Have a lovely day, Sarah!

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    1. I found that my puzzle was a daylight hours only pastime - the combination of low energy light bulbs in our house and my aging eyesight made it just too difficult to do in the evening!

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  6. I enjoy doing a puzzle once in a while. I've just completed a couple of 1000 piece ones on my own...normally I just drop bits in whilst passing when Mr GBT is doing one. I was amazed at what seems so difficult at the beginning gradually starts to become manageable.
    Arilx

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    1. Totally agree - there comes a point where it literally all falls into place when you have less pieces to choose from!

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  7. You can buy special glue tor preserving which gets painted over it, worked in and left to dry. I usually slide it onto a piece of corrugated cardboard before gluing it onto the card. I then use a frame with glass to keep it clean. Love jigsaws especially the christmas ones. I too have to do them in natural daylight these days. Catriona

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