The Consecration of Emperor Napoleon, 2023-03-11

It says consecration on the box, but I think the ritual depicted is usually known as a coronation. In the image, Napoleon is just about to place a crown on the head of his wife, Josephine. Behind him is the pope Pius VII. The coronation took place in 1804, but the painting by Napoleon’s favourite artist, Jacques-Louis David, is from a few years later. More on the painting.

As a puzzle, this was nice, and easier than many other historical paintings that I’ve done. I did this for the monthly puzzle challenge in a FB group I’m in, which for March was “A Historical Event”.

The Consecration of Emperor Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David, Clementoni, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 11, 2023.

Taste of Gin, 2023-03-08

This was great fun, and gin happens to be one of my favourite drinks. I always have Beefeater, but I’m happy to try other brands as well. Of the brands in this image, there are only four brands that I’ve definitely tried (Tanqueray, Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire, and Gin Mare).

For my puzzle challenge, this was the final puzzle, #6, something to drink. I started the first puzzle on January 2, and finished the last on March 8. That was 30 puzzles in 66 days (actually, a bit more than 30, because I did a few that were not part of the challenge). I’ll still continue doing the monthly challenges.

Taste of Gin, Piatnik, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 8, 2023.

Bibliodame, 2023-03-06

I would like to see more puzzles by Polish artist Jacek Yerka. Unfortunately, I have missed a couple of Yerka puzzles that were available, but are now out of print.

This surrealist image made for a great puzzle, and the cozy reading corner below looks so inviting.

For my puzzle challenge, this is #2, a book (well, quite a few books, actually).

Bibliodame by Jacek Yerka, Clementoni, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 6, 2023.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes, 2023-03-05

Another Star Trek puzzle by Cobble Hill, this time with posters for episodes from The Next Generation-series. I preferred the designs for The Orignal Series, but this was great fun, as well. Again, I have definitely seen every episode of TNG more than once, but I still can’t recall most of the episodes here from the poster and title alone. The most familiar ones are I, Borg, where Captain Picard was turned into a Borg, and Deja Q, featuring a really childish and annoying creature with enormous powers.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes, Cobble Hill, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 5, 2023.

Here are some close-ups of designs that I liked:

For my puzzle challenge, this is #20, a person or character you would like to meet. The character is Captain Picard, but not when he was a Borg!

Puzzle, 2023-03-04

This was a great puzzle, obviously. A puzzle and cats! While Schmidt has always produced great quality puzzles, I often felt that their images were a bit boring, but things have definitely improved in the past few years. Schmidt puzzles are also often a bit cheaper than Ravensburger and Heye, so good news all around.

As for the image, a wine glass near a puzzle is bad enough, but when you add kittens, it’s bound to lead to disaster. I’m surprised the puzzler has gotten this far. Curiously, the bottle looks unopened, even though there’s wine in the glass.

For my puzzle challenge, this is #17, my hobby.

Puzzle by Steve Read, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 4, 2023.

Coney Island, 2023-03-03

This is probably the best puzzle image by Thomas Kinkade that I’ve ever seen – most of his stuff has far too much vegetation for my taste. This was really nice, though, and I liked that I was able to do it top to bottom.

For my puzzle challenge, this is #9, a puzzle that slipped into your cart (I was supposed to buy something else, no puzzles, but somehow, I ended up with this).

Coney Island by Thomas Kinkade, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 3, 2023.

Crayfishing, 2023-02-28

About a year ago, someone in a Facebook puzzle group had done this puzzle and hated it, she pretty much wanted to burn it after finishing. I have to say, I found it perfectly pleasant. The image is a painting by Swedish artist Carl Larsson (1853-1919). While Pomegranate puzzle quality has declined a bit recently, this was still the best kind of Pomegranate, absolutely no false fits and a silky finish that had be running my hands over finished sections thoughout. It wasn’t the easiest puzzle I’ve ever done, but it wasn’t that difficult either.

For my puzzle challenge, this is #14, crab / crayfish (it’s the same word in Finnish).

Crayfishing by Carl Larsson, Pomegranate, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 28, 2023.

Australia and Antarctica, 2023-02-26

This is the second time I’ve completed this puzzle, and I also posted about it before. The reason I wanted to do it again was that I want to sell it, but since I may have taken it into the library to be worked on there, I wanted to make sure that all the pieces are still there. They are 🙂

Also, for my puzzle challenge, this is #7, Australia.

Australia and Antarctica, Grafika, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 26, 2023.

Beach Bar Breezes, 2023-02-25

This was such a pleasure, especially after those King puzzles. As soon as I saw this puzzle, I knew I would love it, and I did! I like “vacationy” beach scenes in puzzles, although in real life I prefer to stay away from the sand – it goes everywhere and is very hard to get rid of.

For my puzzle challenge, this was #25, a puzzle with 1500 or more pieces.

Beach Bar Breezes, Ravensburger, 1500 pieces. Completed on February 25, 2023.

Titanic, 2023-02-23

The last puzzle from my King box, and also probably the last King puzzle I’ll do for a long time. I can’t see myself buying more of these, the images would have to be really impressive and unique for me to even consider it. I shall no longer be seduced by vintage vehicles!

This was the most entertaining and also the easiest of the set (of five puzzles), there is even some text in there. The artist is Steve Crisp, and for my puzzle challenge, this is the second of two puzzles by the same artist (#28 and #29).

Titanic by Steve Crisp, King, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 23, 2023.

Next, I’m doing a Ravensburger!