Sunday, June 29, 2014

Please pardon the mess!

Hi everyone! I am currently working on changing the look / feel / layout of the blog. During the process some links and areas may not work exactly right, but don't worry, I'll get it fixed shortly. Please bear with me!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

New Puzzle Week

This last week I received a couple of puzzles that I found used on Craigslist for a very cheap price.  It turns out that Craigslist is an amazing place to find good deals on puzzles.  You have to do a nationwide search of course as it's unlikely that you'll find exactly what you're looking for if you only search your own local region, but I've found that most people are willing to ship their puzzle to you, even when you're on the complete opposite end of the country, if you're willing to pay for the cost of shipping in addition to the cost of the puzzle via Paypal.

I got this one for only $5 plus a little more for USPS shipping.  I really like Neuschwanstein Castle puzzles, but only the ones where the castle itself is in the foreground and the surrounding forest and mountains are minimal.  Most of the Castle puzzles I've seen have the forest and mountains as the main focus and the Castle seems like just a little blip by comparison.  The pictures are being taken at too far a distance in my opinion.  But, I really like this one, and one other one that I bought brand new a while back by Clementoni.

I also received Bizarre Bookshop I.  This one is going out of print, I believe, having been replaced by the follow up, Bizarre Bookshop II. Both of these were purchased new, but for a really low price.  I'm looking forward to doing both of these and hanging them both up on my second floor landing where I have all my books.

And, I also received my first 5,000 piece puzzle.  Another awesome Craigslist find for only $20!  It's called Views of Modern Rome.  This one is going to be difficult in that there are lots of gold colored frames and small buildings that are all essentially the same color.  Should be interesting!  :o)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Time Flies

Wow!  I can't believe it's been a month since I last updated the blog.  It has been super busy around the house, and I honestly haven't gotten in a good deal of time lately.  Lots of company in and out....Derek, Cole, and I all had strep throat at the same time (THAT was fun!!), and poor Derek also got Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease (really, just a virus not an actual disease).  We're also in the process of re-doing our landscaping which has taken up a bit of time in the evenings and just replaced our kitchen table after a couple of weeks worth of searching Craigslist day in and day out.  So, it's all added up to very little puzzling time for this mama, unfortunately.  I have been a little stuck on the big birds in the upper middle portion of this section.  There's a lot of them, and they all pretty much look alike.  Reminds me of the dreadful clownfish from Section 1.  So, it's been very slow going with those guys for sure.  Here are a couple of pictures, even though these are now a few weeks old, I haven't really made much progress since then anyway...

Overall progress.

Close up of lower half.

Close up of upper half.