Make it Medley – Review

Make It Medley is a new 1,000 piece puzzle from Ravensburger, number 11 in the perplexing puzzles series for ages 12+ RRP £12.99.

Make it medley is a Ravensburger puzzle filled with items from the craft cupboard. At first glance it may look impossible but I enjoyed the challenge that this puzzle gave. The perplexing puzzle series are a fun mix of clutter and colour in a photographic style puzzle. Created by photographer Greg Shepherd Make it Medley must have taken hours to set up and photograph.

I started with the edges and from here worked on the bold patterns of ribbons and the beads were also easy to pick out. I found from here is was best to pick out a colour or texture and then work in patches across the puzzle. I love crafting and this is a crafters dream. I love the mix of vintage items included in the image. Pinking sheers remind me of my Nan!

There are plenty of bold colour in the make it medley to keep the interest till the puzzle is completed. There are lots of bright colours and while I have found other Ravensburger perplexing puzzles challenging found this one relatively easy.

The last part I completed was the embroidery threads, even these were finished pretty quickly. I loved the detail of the photograph and would recommend this to all puzzle lovers. Make it medley is available now from stores or online with my affiliate link below.

Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in return for a review and have not been paid.

 

 

 

 

World Landmarks – Review

World Landmarks from Ravensburger is a 1,000 piece puzzle for ages 10+ RRP £11.99.

World landmarks as the name suggests is a puzzle with famous landmarks illustrated by Adrian Chesterman and squished into this engaging 1,000 piece puzzle. I love traveling so was interested to see how many of the 50 landmarks I would recognise.

I started the puzzle with the outside as normal. Quickly finding that it was easiest to pick out the landmarks that I recognised. I found the colouring of the sky easy to find. Then the landmarks of statue of liberty. Next Pisa and the Eifel tower and the gherkin were easy to pick out. I love the photographic style detail of the illustration and how the landmarks are all slotted into the picture.

The world landmarks has a great illustrative style and I did think it was a photograph at first glance. Adrian is known for his digital hyper real illustrations and this makes for a great puzzle experience.

The puzzle was interesting and not difficult to complete. I love to addition of the reverse of the picture sheet telling you the 50 world landmarks. It was nice to be able to check of the ones I recognised. I didn’t take long to complete this puzzle and didn’t get bored at any point.

This is a great puzzle for world travellers or people who just have a love of architecture. You may also like the illustrative puzzles of Colin Thompson this is one of my favourites. You can buy World Landmarks from stores or online with my affiliate link below.

Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in return for a review, and have not been paid.

Awesome Alphabet A – Review

Awesome Alphabet A by Colin Thompson is a 1,000 piece Ravensburger puzzle available now from retailers. Suitable for ages 10+ RRP £11.99.

I have enjoyed completing Colin Thompsons puzzles since I did my first one a couple of years ago. The Awesome Alphabet didn’t disappoint. It has a great mix of old and new illustrations and once you have completed one of Colin’s puzzles there will always be something familiar in his other puzzles.

The awesome alphabet as the name suggests has a theme and this puzzle is the letter A. There is a great picture sheet included with Colin’s explanation of the origins of the puzzle. This includes a list of some of the possible A related items you will see in the puzzle picture. There is plenty to debate with the picture in the puzzle as there are lots of items with tenuous links to the letter A.

I started with the border of the awesome alphabet. This was straight forward. The rest of the puzzle is one to piece together slowly as there is no dominant colour. As I progressed through the puzzle more of the brighter colours stood out including the outline wood of the letter A.

I have loved completing the Awesome alphabet puzzle and spent some time trying to find all the A letter illustrations. The boy joined in for a bit as the bright colours are very attractive. This puzzle is great for anyone wo like me is a fan of Colin Thompson puzzles or simply those that like a bit of a different puzzle experience.

Awesome Alphabet is available now in stores and online from Amazon with my affiliate link below.

Disclaimer, I was sent this puzzle in return for an honest review. I have not been paid for this post.

 

Which one’s Santa? – Review

Which One’s Santa? is the newest 1,0000 piece Christmas puzzle from Ravensburger. This is the 21st Limited edition Christmas puzzle and is suited for ages 10+ RRP £12.99 and available online and toys store for a limited time.

It has been some time since I completed a puzzle and I was feeling a little out of practice. Which One’s Santa? is a great puzzle for all the family and the boy joined in. He does tend to protest but I think secretly he rather enjoys them. This is a lovely puzzle and the illustrative picture was lovely to complete.

I like this style of puzzle and always start with the edges. I like that my Puzzle handy fold away board has the outline for a standard 1,000 piece puzzle. There are not many large blocks of colour in the Which One’s Santa puzzle. I started with the red and found that the faces of the characters were also easy to pick out. This lead to the completion of the bottom half of the puzzle.

I found that the next part to complete was the windows of the houses and the roofs and finally the sky. Which One’s Santa? is a lovely puzzle full of bright colours and the illustration by Devon based artist Roy Trower brings the scene to life. There is plenty to look at and keep you interested. I especially love all the little hidden animals in the puzzles illustration.

Which One’s Santa is a great gift for a puzzle fan or simply something to enjoy completing as a family. I think this is my favourite Christmas scene puzzle and will be sharing it with family and friends.

Disclaimer: I was sent Which One’s Santa? in return for an honest review.

365 Little Things Ravensburger Puzzle – Review

365 Little Things is a 500 piece puzzle from Ravensburger RRP £7.99 suitable for ages 10+.

This is my first puzzle for 2017 and it was nice to start with a fun smaller puzzle. The 365 Little things are an interesting and eclectic mix of the familiar and unusual objects you might find in the bottom of a draw. From the box the picture looks photographic. On closer inspection of the pieces you realise that in fact the 365 Little Things are illustrated. The artist Mike Spike, is famous for his photographic illustrative style.

365 Little things was both a challenge and enjoyable as you discover the little treasures illustrated on the puzzle. there are coins, and trinkets that somehow look all familiar and I particularly liked the little spotty pig which I’m sure was something my Nan owned.

This puzzle has been a complete treasure and I’m sure will be on that I will enjoy completing again. It took some time to complete as there are no particularly blocks of colour to follow. I found the best way was to identify pieces from the individual items like all the coins and shells. completing it this way didn’t make it any less enjoyable.

Completing the 365 Little things puzzle was an achievement as I found it pretty tricky for a 500 piece puzzle. I loved the challenge and the style of the illustration as it is different to doing a photograph or painted picture.

Have a look below for my Amazon link to the 365 Little Things puzzle, or look for more of Mike Spikes puzzles on the Ravensburger website.

 

Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in return for an honest review.

Darth Vader Silhouette Puzzle – Review

Darth Vader is part of the Silhouette Series from  Ravensburger, with 1,098 pieces and measures 70cm x 106cm, suited for ages 10+.

This is the first Star Wars puzzle that I have completed. I had hoped that the boy and Dad Dragon might help, but I think the sheer size put them off! Darth Vader is a great shaped puzzle and the addition of the shaped pieces add another part to the puzzle enjoyment.

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I have enjoyed doing other puzzles in the Silhouette series, although not easy to start they are something a little different from the normal rectangles. I started the Darth Vader puzzle by sorting what I though might be the edges. It was soon clear that you find the edges for the shaped pieces while sorting. The boy enjoyed sitting and building these mini puzzles for me before leaving me to the vast expanses of space in the puzzle.

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From the picture Darth Vader looks colourful with the movie characters inside the formidable shape. When you start to sort however there the colours are all very similar. a few points stood out like some of the space craft and a few of the facial features. I started to sort most of the edges and some of the bottom section of the puzzle.  It was slow progress with vast sections of blue and grey. Good light is needed for this puzzle. It was tricky in the electric light of an Autumn evening.

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I have a real love of shaped puzzles as I like the challenge of not having a straight edge. Darth Vader was a good mix of challenge and interest and the finished puzzle is very impressive. You will need some space to complete the Darth Vader puzzle as it doesn’t fit on a normal sized puzzle board. I love the two different shaped mini puzzles and these were the boys favourite as he could complete them on his own.

Darth Vader Silhouette puzzle is available below with my affiliate link, online and in store. You can find more Silhouette puzzles on the Ravensburger website.

 

 

Disclaimer were sent this puzzle in return for an honest review, the words remain my own and have not been altered.

The Inventor’s Cupboard – Review

The Inventor’s Cupboard is number 5 in the curious cupboard series of Colin Thompson illustrative puzzles. available now online or in store for RRP £11.99 suitable for ages 14+ this 1,000 piece puzzle wasn’t disappointing.

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I have completed several of the Ravensburger Colin Thompson puzzles including this amazing 5,000 piece puzzle. The Inventors Cupboard was not disappointing as it featured all the little details I have come to enjoy from Colin’s complex illustrations.

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The Inventors Cupboard was a challenging puzzle but not one that I was going to lose interest in as there is too much to see. I like to start with the edges. After this the puzzle took some working out. I decided to start with the yellow cable which winds its way around the illustration. This gave me a starting point,it made it easier to find the words.

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I then found that I could look and place many of the following pieces but this was at a slower pace than I usually do a puzzle. I loved the tiny details in the puzzle which has a great mix of colours, and I find a pleasure to complete. Bingo Granny came to visit and helped, she found the detail interesting. The boy was very good at locating the pieces and placed quite a few as well. I think if you love Colin’s illustrations then this is a great edition to add to your library.

My affiliate link is below or visit the Ravensburger website for more puzzles in the curious cupboard series.

disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in return for an honest review.

Wentworth Minister for Jigsaws

For the last year I have been the Wentworth Puzzles Minister for jigsaw’s, and now they are on the lookout for a new minister and it could be you.

After restarting my puzzling about 2 years ago, I have been reminded how much fun it can be to spend time completing puzzles. So after spotting the call from Wentworth to become a Minister of Jigsaw’s I decided to apply. I wrote my 100 words and thought nothing more, so was pleasantly surprised to have a call to say I was shortlisted. I waited and heard nothing so again pushed it to the back of my mind, so imagine my surprise to receive a puzzle with my name in it, and letter saying I had been chosen!

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So what have I been up too as the Minister for Jigsaws. Well unsurprisingly I have been completing puzzles. Some have been puzzles already available, others have been pre production puzzles. I feed back my feelings on how easy/hard a puzzle was if there were cutting issues. And even chatted design to the head of the puzzle cutting department. It has been great finding out more about Wentworth Puzzles and their unique whimsy pieces which my son loves.

My favourite puzzle has to be this one called Crazy Candy, the whole family has enjoyed this bright crazy puzzle which only has a few shapes and was satisfying to complete. While reminding us of our fun family holidays to Florida and the USA. Wentworth puzzles are all wooden and have a lovely feel and finish to them. The rope tided storage bag and beautiful boxes make them a treasure to keep or give as gifts.

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My year has been fun, and even being asked to talk live on BBC radio today was not as scary as it first seemed. Today sees the launch as Wentworth look for their new Minister of Jigsaws, and also a Junior Minister, and you should give it a try. Puzzling is a great way to relax and reconnect as a family, while keeping your brain active and for me bringing back memories of puzzles I loved as a child.

For more information on how to enter for the role of minister visit the Wentworth website, or join us on Twitter today 1-2pm for jigsaw chatter, discounts, and prizes as part of #NationalJigsawDay

 

Sedum Cottage and Puzzle Handy – Review

Sedum Cottage is number 10 in the Ravensburger series of 1,000 piece Country Cottage Collection.. Suitable for ages 10+ with RRP £11.99.  Puzzle Handy is a new foldable storage puzzle solution available for 1,000 piece or smaller puzzles RRP £9.99.

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I loved the previous puzzles in the Country Cottage Collection, and the Sedum cottage didn’t disappoint. I love the bright traditional style of this illustrative puzzle. Having a dedicated puzzle board is something that I had been considering. Even with a large dining table it can be a problem moving my puzzle to make space to eat. Puzzle Handy is great as it is sturdy enough to move out-of-the-way. It stores in its own box, when folded and is the perfect puzzle surface.

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The Puzzle Handy is made from the same good quality Ravensburger puzzle board. With 4 slide on edge clips which give it rigidity. I found the surface lovely to puzzle on, and the edge guides are very useful when starting. I started the Sedum Cottage puzzle with the edges and the reds and oranges which stand out from the picture. Using the dotted lines to guide me as to the finished size of the puzzle.

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The birds were also easy to complete and the last parts were the roof and sky. I loved the whole Sedum Cottage puzzle, especially the flowers. While I have many of them in my cottage garden. I just wish my garden was as weed free as the illustration. The added border with the plant names makes the Country Cottage collection puzzles stand out and a joy to complete.

If you would like to buy the Sedum Cottage, or Puzzle Handy have a look at my affiliate links below.

Disclaimer I was sent this item in return for a review, the words remain my own and have not been altered.

A Day with Grandma and Grandad – Puzzle Review

A Day with Grandma and Grandad is a beautiful double illustrative puzzle from Ravensburger. These two 500 piece puzzles are available for RRP £11.99, and are suited to ages 10+.

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Sometimes its nice to complete a 500 piece puzzle rather than a bigger 1,000 piece and the Day with Grandma and Grandad is a fun puzzle to complete. I enjoyed the illustrations of these two charming puzzles as they reminded me of fun times with my nan. Baking was one of my treasured memories of times with my Nan, and I’m sure most people will have similar memories.

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Each of the two 500 piece puzzles has an illustrative charm. They are lovely to complete, and have a pleasing finish. I like that the characters feature in each puzzle, and provoke simple summer days spent with Grandparents. These puzzles are a good size while still providing a challenge for a keen puzzler. The details on each of Trevor Mitchells illustrations are great, I love all the tools in Granddad’s garage which remind me of the boys Granddad.

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A day with Grandma and Grandad would make a lovely gift, and is available now online or shops. Here is my affiliate link for the latest Amazon price. Visit the Ravensburger website for more classic puzzles.