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.

Green Flashdrive, 2023-01-06

I didn’t quite know what to expect from this, I’ve never done a puzzle quite like this before. Fortunately, it didn’t turn out to be all that difficult, and the hardest part was the middle.

Green Flashdrive by Robert Swedroe, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on January 6, 2023.

Cobblestone Evening, 2022-12-01

There are lot of puzzles with paintings by Thomas Kinkade, but I think this is the first I’ve done. I got it cheap (3 EUR for a factory sealed copy), but I was expecting it to be really difficult. It wasn’t, really, and my dislike of green vegetation seems to be mostly about photographic images. The great quality helped too, of course. Like many Schmidt puzzles, it had a rather tight fit, which is pleasant while assembling, but a bit annoying when taking the puzzle apart. Anyway, I loved it!

Cobblestone Evening by Thomas Kinkade, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on December 1, 2022.

Garage Sale, 2022-10-05

I needed something colourful after that snow, and this was a great “palate cleanser”. Schmidt puzzles are excellent quality, and the fit is also tight enough to move around “islands” easily. Loved it!

Garage Sale by Aimee Stewart, Schmidt, 500 pieces. Completed on October 5, 2022.

Happy World, 2022-07-25

Schmidt currently has a series of puzzles with images of candy from German candy manufacturer Haribo. Most of them – in fact all except this – look way too difficult. There’s one with a heap of gummy bears – and they’re not sorted according to colour. With this, of course, it was easy to pick out the pieces for the various stripes, although assembling them turned out to be a bit more challenging than I had expected. Still, a really nice puzzle, I loved it.

Happy World, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on July 25, 2022.

No Tie, Please, 2022-04-03

This was so much fun! The image is by German cartoon artist Uli Stein, and the woman is saying “Why can’t you just say straight out that you don’t want a tie for your birthday this year?” The name of the puzzle in German is “Keinen Schlips Bitte!”, I’ve translated it in the title of the post.

Keinen Schlips Bitte! by Uli Stein, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on April 3, 2022.

The different colours and patterns of the ties made for a very entertaining puzzle, and the reasonably calm background also made it easy. This was the fourth puzzle I’ve done from my local charity shop in Dortmund, and the first to have all the pieces.

On the back of the box, there were more puzzles with images by Uli Stein, but I can’t remember having seen any of them previously. They all look like fun!

Our World, 2021-12-22

A world map that’s been sitting in my to-do pile since 2007. The quality was good (it’s a Schmidt, they are even better now). Putting together the continents was fairly easy, I’ve done so many maps that I’ve become pretty good at it. The water is always more difficult, and this was true even though they had done a good job of marking a lot of currents and small islands, so that there were virtually no pieces with just water and nothing else. The dark blue border was also harder than I expected.

Our World, Schmidt, 2000 pieces. Completed on December 22, 2021.