Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 8: A Change in Strategy - Not an Error in Math

No, there's nothing wrong with my math skills - I have decided to change my strategy as far as counting the days it takes me to do the puzzle. Prior to this post, I was counting each day as a new day in the overall total length of time I've had the puzzle, but then I realized that's kind of stupid since there are times when a week goes by without my even touching it. So today I figured out what day I would be on if I only counted the days where I actually worked on the puzzle. This will make my numbers much better looking and somehow not quite as sad as having to put that I'm on Day 33 already when I've just barely started doing the balloons. I'm still going to try and keep track of my hours though. I believe I am still at 13 puzzling hours since I haven't worked on the puzzle in over a week now due to various circumstances. I probably won't be getting to it again until Sunday, but hopefully that will be a day where I can make some decent progress since my husband will be home and can help take care of our son.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bigger Doesn't Always Mean Better

Here's a case where bigger does not always mean better. Ravensburger Puzzles (one of the big kahuna's in the puzzling industry) is about to release their response to Educa's current record holder (Life) for the World's Largest Puzzle. This new puzzle will be 30,000 pieces! But the major difference? This new puzzle is UGLY! Of course there will be those die hard puzzlers who will complete it not because they love the picture, but simply because it's going to be the new world record holder. I gaurantee I will never buy or want to make this puzzle. I do not like the picture at all, and if I don't like the picture there's NO WAY I would ever finish. It's going to be difficult enough to finish "Life" and I LOVE that picture.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Going to Try an Experiment

I'm going to try an experiment when I get my table back. As you can see in the pictures from previous posts, the puzzle barely fits the table width wise. The puzzle is about 42" x 60", and even though my table is 44" wide the last inch on either side slopes down slightly into a carved edge. So therefore the edge pieces on the puzzle are also slanting down. I am afraid I'm going to end up losing pieces this way so I'm going to try turning the puzzle 90 degrees so that the width of the puzzle is using the entire length of the table. It will easily fit that way and then I'll just have to keep the part of the puzzle I'm not working on at the time rolled up at one side of the table. I saw pictures of the people at Jigsaw Jungle (whom I bought the puzzle roll from) did this when they were making the puzzle and it seemed like it worked okay for them. I will just need to make sure my chairs are all the way up against the table so that the puzzle doesn't roll off the side and "crash."

Day 24: I Need My Table Back!

So I have not made any progress on the puzzle since Sunday because my dining room table is currently being used to hold all the china and glasses from my china cabinet. My husband and a friend of ours are supposed to move the china cabinet to another wall in our dining room so that I can do a large wall art project on the wall where it currently sits.

Hopefully it will get moved tonight so I can get back to puzzling! In the meantime, I did start doing a second round of sorting on the animals bucket to try and pull out the easily identifiable ones like the zebras and the giraffes. So at least I'm not completely at a standstill.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Day 22: Starting to Use the Puzzle Roll

This morning I placed the balloons that were mostly done onto the puzzle board. It was a good feeling to finally see some parts come together for the overall picture and actually attach some of it to the border. Yippee!!!

I still find it amazing how big some of the balloons are when you put them together, and how little space they take up in the overall picture.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 18: Seriously? That long already!

Like I said in my last post, I haven't been working on the puzzle too much lately.  I'm only averaging about 20 to 30 minutes a day since I finished sorting so I guess it's no surprise that I haven't gotten too far. However, I'm thoroughly enjoying the time I do get to spend. I'm still working on the hot air balloons, but I wanted to post some pics of my progress.

I have a few more hot air balloons started, but nothing too significant yet. Will post more pictures tomorrow hopefully. I have found a great spot to take pictures from. The landing on my staircase overlooks the dining room table and gives a good angle for taking shots of the entire table.

Total puzzling time to date (Day 18) is 10 hours.

I am still working on it!

Wow! I certainly haven't been keeping up the posts like I said I was going to on a daily basis. Oh well, I guess that's life with a five and a half month old. I haven't gotten to work on it much even when he's asleep because I want to try and spend at least a couple of hours with my husband in the evening before we go to bed.  I'm not trying to win any fastest finish contests anyway.  Maybe I should be going for the "Longest Time to Complete" record! :o)

Here's a couple of pictures of what 6,000 sorted pieces looks like...Yikes!

And here are a couple of pictures of the border as I was assembling it. It is now done with the exception of two or three pieces that I didn't catch in my initial sort. I'll find them later, I'm sure. I have been working on the hot air balloons and those have been fun. Next I will probably work on the clown fish. I think I have a few pics of the hot air balloons still on my camera that I haven't downloaded. I'll add those in a separate post in a bit.