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Well, this post is a little late but…

 another 2010 goal  (5000 puzzle pieces) was achieved!

I started the vintage puzzle but couldn’t finish it due to my allergies kicking up.  I’m allergic to some cats and apparently the previous owner of that puzzle had such a cat.

The final 1000 pieces were completed using a couple of $1,  500-piece puzzles from Dollar General.

For cheap (price) puzzles, the die cuts were clean and accurate.  The images were clear and easy to follow.  They were well worth $1.

The 2010 puzzle count ended up being 5,100 pieces, thanks to a cute 100-piece puzzle Lisa got me for Christmas.

The 2011 goal has been set at 6,000, and thanks to Mike and Peg’s Christmas gift, it can be started any day now…


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NOTE- this post was originally published on my other blog, EnjoyTimeOutdoors.com, on 14November2010.


The third jigsaw puzzle for 2010 is complete! This brings the progress towards the 2010 goal to 3000 pieces.

2010 Puzzle 03

2010 Puzzle 03

This puzzle was started back in March and sat idle for most of the summer and early fall.

Thanks to Lisa’s continued efforts the puzzle slowly worked it’s way to completion. The final 100 pieces were finished today.

This was an inexpensive puzzle that had a consistent “two-out, two-in” pattern (click on photo for larger view). The lack of randomly shaped pieces made it very time consuming to assemble the ivy background areas.

To reach the 5000 piece goal by the end of the year I’ll need to complete roughly 44 pieces per day. Time to get busy on Puzzle 04, Caeco Puzzles’ Thomas Kinkade Nature’s Paradise Puzzle!

Puzzle4- Thomas Kinkade Nature's Paradise

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Thomas Kinkade- Nature's Paradise

Thomas Kinkade- Nature's Paradise

With Christmas and the new year quickly approaching we finally finished the fourth puzzle of 2010.

Though I’ll count this puzzle as 1000 of the 2010- 5000 piece goal, the completed puzzle consisted of only 999 pieces.  This was likely the result of kitty’s help.

The puzzle was Thomas Kinkade’s Nature’s Paradise.  A wonderful depiction of a rustic log cabin on a lake, with a backdrop of mountains and sunrise.   Another of Ceaco’s fine American made puzzles!

I’ve been very happy with Ceaco’s quality puzzles.  Their die cuts are very random and tight-fitting, unlike the inexpensive” kitty on pumpkin” puzzle that was 2010 Puzzle 03.

I’m only 1000 pieces and 12 days away from reaching my 2010 goal!  Puzzle 05 is a 500 piece “classic” puzzle I picked up a garage sale earlier this summer.  It looks like this puzzle is over 50-years old.  It is a great example of what looks to be a hand drawn die pattern.   I’m hoping to write the blog post about this puzzle REALLY soon!

Time to get busy!


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Return of the puzzle…

kitty puzzle

Kitty contemplates the next piece

With summer drifting into autumn the days are shorter, the nights cooler, and the pace of life seems a little more relaxed. This IS my favorite season!

After taking a break from puzzling for the summer, autumn reinvigorated my interest to complete the 5000 piece goal I set for this year.

Puzzle three, which was started in early March, sat idle while we went about our busy summer. It, like this blog, is idle no more!

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Kim Norlien's "Beside Still Waters"

Kim Norlien's "Beside Still Waters"

Working towards the 2010 goal of 5000 puzzle pieces, puzzle two has been completed. 

As you can see in the photo, our kitty, Gunner, is exhausted after an afternoon of puzzling.  Actually, Lisa did the majority of this puzzle.

This puzzle is MasterPieces Puzzle Company’s “Besides Still Waters”, #70911.  A painting by Kim Norlien.  I purchased this puzzle at WalMart last year.  I think it was around $9.00US.

It is a 1000 piece panoramic that measures 39″x13″.  The image portrayed, a log cabin on a tranquil lake , backed by woods, is a personal dream of mine.  Someday that dream will become reality, but until then, 1000 piece puzzles will have to do.

The puzzle was more challenging to assemble because many of the brush strokes are very similar in color tones and mixed horizontal and vertical alignment.

While doing some research on masterpiecesinc.com, I noticed they have a 1000 pc. panoramic Grist Mill puzzle.  Grist Mills (in particular),  and non-electric technologies in general , are of great interest to me.  This will most likely be the next puzzle in the rotation.

Whichever puzzle ends up being puzzle 03, it probably won’t get started until late summer.

By the way, this is another fine product proudly Made in USA. 

I have no affiliation with MasterPieces Puzzle Co. or Kim Norlien.

More info on:

MasterPieces Puzzle Co.

Kim Norlien

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As I mentioned in my last post, one of my 2010 goals is to complete 5000 jigsaw puzzle pieces in 2010.

Last week my step daughter Lisa and I began working on a Ceaco Jigsaw Puzzle she gave me for Christmas.  Today we finished it.  It was the “Trump’s General Store ” puzzle from the “Joan Steiner’s Can You Find” series.

We estimate that it took about 20 man hours to complete.

Joan did a great job using over 150 real items to create the miniature scene.  Very clever!  Check out the link here for a better image of the puzzle.

This was a very fun puzzle to complete.  The pieces were small, there was a very good variety of shapes, and the fit and finish was very nice.   I am extremely pleased with the quality and value of this puzzle.

I was also happy to discover that Caeco  makes their puzzles in the USA.

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Puzzle complete

On the surface it may appear that working on puzzles is just an old fashioned waste of time.   Much to my surprise I’ve found it to be an extremely relaxing  and thought provoking experience.

Living a life surrounded by technology and computers, I find myself longing for the low tech.  This has helped fuel my interest in primitive technologies (traditional woodworking, archery, bushcraft, puzzles, gardening, hand crafts, etc.)

Unlike watching television or surfing the web,  which for me usually ends up being a low value time-wasting activity, working on a puzzle  while listening to music, the latest episode of The Survival Podcast, or in complete silence, helps calm and relax my mind in a way that few indoor activities can.

As an added bonus, puzzles are very inexpensive, considering the hours of entertainment the bring.  Plus, when they are finished, they can be disassembled and given away or traded.

I do not make ‘new year’s resolutions’, per say, but I do maintain daily short and long term to-do/goal lists.   For the long term list, I’ve added the goal of assembling 5000 puzzle pieces before year’s end.

The new puzzle begins today.

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