Library Adventures in Reading, 2019-08-19

Finished. This was my first Bluebird Puzzle, and overall my impressions are positive. The brand is based in France, and this puzzle was produced in Turkey. The pieces were much smaller than usual, this 3000 piece puzzle is the same size as a 2000-piece Ravensburger or Heye. There was a good mix of piece shapes, and I don’t think the two-tabs-opposite type was even a majority. The fit was also good (pieces only fit where they belong), but tighter than with Ravensburger or Heye. I enjoyed it, there was this satisfying little sound when I pressed a piece into place, but some probably prefer a looser fit. It did come apart pretty easily.

I wasn’t 100% happy with the image (more on that below), but especially with the low price (less than 20 EUR) it was well worth it. Oh, and the box is no bigger than it needs to be to hold the pieces – I always love that ๐Ÿ™‚

Library Adventures in Reading by Alixandra Mullins, Bluebird Puzzle, 3000 pieces. Completed on August 19th, 2019.

I like the book-birds (butterflies?)

Gardening with starlight and a knight.

Love the ice bear, but not happy with the mirror-image titles in the background.

This house was my favourite mini-image.

So, there were a couple of things with the image I wasn’t happy with. The same books appeared multiple times, and some of the time the books in the background were seen as through a mirror. I presume this is due to sloppy photoshopping.

There’s been some discussion in the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiasts FB group lately about increased use ofย  Photoshop (or equivalent software), and not everyone is happy about it. It’s been pointed out that there are suddenly a lot of Parisian street scenes from Ravensburger, with only small differences. Sometimes the exact same elements are repeated. Personally, I thought I didn’t have a problem with this until now, but I think I now have to revise my position a bit. There were some horrible examples in the group, including a flower that ends abruptly (not by Ravensburger).

I still think it’s fine as long as it is done well (it is in the Ravensburger puzzles), and it’s not too noticeable. Based on this experience, I think it becomes noticeable to me when text is repeated, which is why I didn’t like having the same books in the background. Obviously, it’s cheaper to do a small section of background and then just repeat that than making a larger, more varied background, but clearly, this can go too far. I would love to hear what you think!


Olga, 2018-07-19

Sorry about the horrible photo (again). There’s a Wagner opera in full swing, and for some reason there’s also a dragon in the chandelier. This version was released in 2005, but it was originally released in 1997 as a 4000-piece puzzle called Opera Germanica.

Olga by Ryba, Heye, 1000 pieces. Completed on July 19th, 2018.

Library Adventures in Reading, In Progress

I finished the first half of the puzzle, and I’m very happy with the way the pieces fit. It’s a bit tighter than most brands, but not too much. You have to push a bit, but there’s no danger of placing a piece wrong.

A closer look at the image is a bit disappointing, though. Below some titles appear as a mirror image, and some books appear multiple times. Feels a bit sloppy.

(Btw, we did win yesterday, 5-1, in case anyone was wondering ๐Ÿ˜€ )

BVB Saison 2017/2018, 2018-02-02

The Borussia Dortmund team photo for the 2017/2018 season (sorry about the bad photo). 2017/2018 turned out to be a very disappointing season for Borussia, and of the 29 players on this photo only 11 are still at the club. The trainer, Peter Bosz (on the far right) had to leave before Christmas, and he was gone before I completed this puzzle (he is now at Bayer Leverkusen). We barely made it to 4th place to secure a place in the Champions League.

Anyway, the 2018/2019 season was a lot better, and today is the first Bundesliga game of the new season. We play at home against Augsburg, and I’m expecting a win ๐Ÿ™‚

BVB Saison 2017/2018, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 2nd, 2018.

Colorful Venice, 2019-08-13

I bought this used online based on just the photo, and I was surprised to see that the image is of Venice, it made me think of India first. The artist, Chayan Khoi, is Iranian.

I really like the image, it’s dreamlike and unique, but I expected the pink part to be difficult. Actually, I did the entire puzzle in one sitting, took me about two hours, and it was easy from start to finish. I really enjoyed this.

Colorful Venice by Chayan Khoi, Ravensburger, 500 pieces. Completed on August 13th, 2019.

Library Adventures in Reading, Starting

I’m trying out a new brand, Bluebird Puzzle. The puzzle is made in Turkey, but Bluebird Puzzle is based in France. Ideally, I prefer to try a smaller puzzle first, but I really liked this image, so I ended up getting it. The puzzles are quite affordable. The pieces came in two bags of 1500 pieces, and I’m not mixing them.

The pieces are extremely small. Below on the left is a piece from a 500-piece Ravensburger, in the middle a 1000 piece Heye and on the left one from this puzzle. The finished puzzle is the size of a normal 2000 piece puzzle.

I spread out the pieces, and found many were connected. They were, however, all properly cut through, and separated very easily.