Thursday, May 30, 2013

Awesome Puzzle Wall

About a year or so ago when we were still trying to decide on a housing development and floor plan in the metro Atlanta area, we came across a house and floor plan that we fell in love with.  Unfortunately, the development the house was located in wasn't exactly what we were looking for so we ended up moving on.  I had forgotten all about an awesome room just off the master that the model had turned into a kid's play room, complete with a custom jigsaw puzzle wall.  I loved the wall immediately and thought...I want to do that someday in my house.

I thought of my puzzling friend Tom in the USVI who is the most avid puzzler I have met to date.  He and his wife seem to eat and breathe puzzles, and I thought they would really like this wall too.  So, this morning Derek and I went back over to this development, took pictures of the room, and went through the model again...I still LOVE the floor plan of this house!!!!   Here is the puzzle wall.

You can virtually frame this wall in any way you'd like based on the size of the puzzles you're planning to display.  I could see doing some bigger frames to accomodate 1,000 to 2,000 piece puzzles if the wall were big enough.  It looks like the home designers simply adhered each puzzle directly to the wall with some sort of glue or contact cement type of adhesive.  They look rock solid.  And of course, you could change the painted frames to suit whatever colors you want to enhance from the puzzles that are displayed as well.

I am definitely going to do this idea at some point, but it will have to be with smaller pictures than the Life or World Maps puzzles for sure.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Life After "Life"

I know it will be years before I complete the Life puzzle, but I am already lining up future puzzling projects that I'd like to give a shot after this one is finished.  Not nearly as big as Life, but still beautiful pictures nonetheless.  Here's some of the ones I'm most interested in getting:

GOOD OLD DAYS - 6,000 pieces by Nicky Boehme

ASTROLOGY - 9,000 pieces by Ravensburger

MAGNA CARTA - 6,000 pieces

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS - 6,000 pieces by Clementoni

CONTENTMENT - 3,000 pieces by Nick Boehme

SKYLINES OF THE WORLD - 18,000 pieces by Ravensburger

VIEWS OF MODERN ROME - 5,000 pieces by Ravensburger

4 HISTORIC WORLD MAPS - 18,000 pieces by Ravensburger

Craigslist - $30 plus shipping

NOTHING IS AS PRETTY AS A RIZZI CITY - 5,000 pieces by Ravensburger
Craigslist - $20 plus shipping

Friday, May 24, 2013

Almost 2 Weeks of Entertaining + Being 6.5 Months Pregnant = Very Little Puzzle Progress

Well after entertaining my in-laws from the Thursday before Mother's Day until my nephew's 2nd birthday party on May 19th, I am pleased to report that I'm DONE entertaining for a little while.  LOL  Well, until Memorial Day that is...when we are hosting a BBQ...LOL   It was a lot of fun having Mom and Dad here to visit, but it was two busy back-to-back weekends with the whole week in between and lots of parties and entertaining for the whole family.  I'm tired!

Of course all of this activity meant that I got zero time to work on the puzzle, and now I'm so far behind my puzzling friend Charly in Chile that I will never catch up to him on this section.  He's already almost 50% done, and I'm maybe 1,000 pieces into it?  Not even sure it's that much yet, but you'll see in the pictures below.

This morning was the first time I've worked on it since the in laws arrived and it felt really good.  I got a few of my smaller subsections re-sorted, but I have more to do.  I have various pieces from the horse, flamingos, and deer type animal pulled out on a piece of foam board, but it needs more organizing to sort by shape and color.  Today I started pulling out the pieces for the blue planet with the rings behind the lighthouse (Saturn?).  I will start putting those together this afternoon when Derek takes his nap.

I have a good start on the butterflies as you'll see in the first picture below, and a good chunk of a couple of the larger fish.

I'm hoping that Randy will take our son to Catch Air sometime this weekend so I can get in a couple more hours of puzzling.  :)

Alright, here are some new pictures, although you're not going to see much forward progress since the last set, but at least we're caught up now picture wise to where I'm at currently.


Overview of whole section:

Tiger fish and some other yellow fish:

Eagle, lighthouse, tiger:

Some of the larger fish almost done:

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Eagle Has Landed

Thankfully the NY Knicks getting through their first series in the NBA playoffs has allowed me a great opportunity to work on my puzzle a little more in the evening without having to neglect Randy in the process.  So, here's to hoping that the Knicks continue on their winning streak in their next series against the Pacers so that I get even more puzzling time!  LOL 

I got most of the wings done for the eagle (even more than the picture below shows), the moon is in place, and I have 95% of the "big, ugly dude" together.  I started on the clownfish and have most of the clownfish on the left border side finished.  The others have been started, but aren't complete yet.

I have also sorted more individual fish into piles to work on next, including most of the rest of the tiger fish I had started earlier.

Here are some new pics....enjoy!

Wings of the eagle (and wings of another big bird to the eagle's left side.)

Moon in the sky placed.

Big, ugly dude!

Sorted fish piles.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thankful for NBA Playoffs

Since Randy wanted to watch the NBA playoffs last night I had an opportunity to spend more time working on the puzzle.  I love when I get to spend additional time with the puzzle that I wasn't expecting.  I worked on the moon and got all but one or two of the pieces near the moon's edge.  I put him into place in the sky.  The skyline is starting to come together pretty well between the balloons and now the moon being finished.

I was also able to put in a good chunk of the sandy beach under the tiger's tail.  Still have a few more pieces to find of that, but it's a good start at least.

Then this morning before Derek got up I was able to get a little more done.  I started working on the large, bald eagle.  He will be my focus this afternoon while Derek hopefully takes a nap.  Then once that's finished I think I will work on the "big, ugly dude" fish I was talking about in the previous post.  I don't know why I decided to tackle the eagle first, but for some reason that's just where the puzzle lead me.  LOL

I will post new pictures of the moon, sandy beach, and hopefully most of the completed eagle later today.

I've got to try and catch up with my friend Charly in Chile....he's already probably at least 400 - 500 pieces ahead of me.  Gotta keep going....I think I can, I think I can.

Happy puzzling, and thanks for reading.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Balloons and Tigers and Rocks - OH MY!

Sorry I haven't updated the blog in a little while, but for several days every time I went down to my puzzle room in the basement, I forgot to bring my camera with me so I couldn't take the pictures while I was there working on it, and then of course Derek would be ready to wake up or something so I just never got around to taking any pictures until this morning.  I have made some good progress and look forward to making a lot more this week hopefully. 

The balloons are pretty much done except for a few of the baskets at the bottom of each balloon.  The tiger is almost completely done and is now attached to the rocks and grass section where the sheep, house, and lighthouse connect. 

You will also see the start of what I have dubbed the "tiger fish" at the very bottom of the section. I inadvertently started pulling pieces for him in my initial sort for the tiger pieces as the coloring was similar.  Once I started putting together the tiger, I realized that some of the pieces were this pretty fish at the bottom.  So, I just have part of his body finished for now.

Today when Derek goes down for his nap, I am going to start tackling the moon and the large lion fish in the underwater section.....he's what I am referring to as the "big, ugly dude".  He's orange and white and has tons of tennacles? or arms? sticking out from him at all angles.  He is kind of funky looking.

Here are a few pictures of the latest progress as of this morning.

Balloons before placing them on the main board:

Up close of the lighthouse, house, rocks, and tiger:

Balloons all in place:

Picture of overall progress: