Sunflowers in a Peacock Vase, 2021-09-05

Lovely painting of sunflowers, and actually not as difficult as I was expecting. I did the vase and table first, and then I pulled the pieces that formed the center of the flowers. I had most of the flowers done before it became hard, and by then there were so few pieces left that the rest wasn’t much of a problem.

Sunflowers in a Peacock Vase by Christopher Pierce, Castorland, 1000 pieces.

Afternoon Tea, 2020-09-29

Nice image of afternoon tea and books with winter in the background. The cups and pot turned out to be the most difficult part. You can make out some of the book titles, there are a couple of Alexander Dumas books, for example. The tiny red one is supposed to be the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, but I’ve read that one, and however thin the paper is there is no way the book can be that thin 🙂

Afternoon Tea, Castorland, 1000 pieces. Completed on September 29, 2020.

Santorini Lights, 2018-04-25

So, I’ve had many horrible photos on this blog, but this is quite possibly the worst. I snapped the photo and didn’t look at the result, and by the time I noticed, I’d already taken the puzzle apart. Oh, well.  I’m not doing it again to get a better photo, it was quite difficult.

Santorini Lights, Castorland, 1000 pieces. Completed on April 25th, 2018.

The Cascade, 2019-08-29

I bought this because I’ve found I like images with water. And I did enjoy the water, but then, unfortunately, I also had to do the forest 🙂 OK, it wasn’t too bad, but definitely took a lot longer than the average 1000 piece puzzle that I do.

The Cascade, Castorland,  1000 pieces. Completed on August 29th, 2019.

Pagoda and Palace

Pagoda at the Black Dragon Pond in China (Old Town of Lijiang, Yunnan province).

Pagoda at the Black Dragon Pond, Castorland, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 22nd, 2008.

Nice puzzle, not too difficult.

Pang Pa-In Palace in Thailand. My memory of this is at least as fuzzy as the image.

Pang Pa-In Palace, Castorland, 1000 pieces. Completed on August 8th, 2008.

Mashup, Vol 2

Turns out, Castorland also uses the same dies for 500 piece puzzles, but in this case, the puzzles fit on each other so that the other image needs to be upside down. That was something I hadn’t considered. The two jigsaws I used were Sunset Harbour and The Stony Bridge.

Sunshade and a bottle of wine landing in the garden.

Cottage landing in the harbour.

These work a bit better than the previous ones, but nothing spectacular yet. The puzzle mashup artist, Tim Klein, did say that he preferred older puzzles because new ones are so busy and full of detail. I think he’s right, this mashup thing would probably work better with less stuff in the images, to begin with. I kind of like the sunshade landing in the garden, though.