Happy Tuesday! Only a couple more weeks until Christmas! Hope everyone is ready or close to being ready. I’m getting closer to being ready since I managed to get two gifts wrapped yesterday. Anyways, back at the beginning of November my parents, sister, and I went Oklahoma to stay in a cabin for a week. Since it managed to rain a few days l decided to work on a puzzle I found in the cabin. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to finish it but decided to order it when we got home. So, let’s get started with “Puzzle 2 Puzzle…”
Have you been watching a lot of Christmas movies or just television in general lately? Do your hands get bored, so you decided to snack on something? Solution?! “Puzzle 2 Puzzle” time! When I’m not working on my teaching certification or walking on the treadmill; I’m usually watching something on TV. While I’m watching TV, I’m either snacking without realizing how much I’ve snacked or playing on my iPad — you know Candy Crush Saga and Farm Hero Saga — my distraction games for walking on the treadmill.
Well, since I seem to get rid of all my lives playing on my iPad before I get on the treadmill I decided I needed something else to do with my hands instead of snacking. While at the cabin up in Oklahoma I found working on the puzzle fairly relaxing; despite the clouds making me want to throw the whole thing out.
I figured out that I wanted to sort the pieces out by color first, so I checked on Amazon for puzzle accessories. Did you know you can purchase a puzzle table? YEP! For like $100 or more. No thanks! So I decided to create my own ‘puzzle table.’ Okay not really a table but I can turn it and fold it up just the same more or less.
- Tri-Fold Black Board
- Snack Containers with Locking Lids
- Buffalo Games – Majestic Castles – Eilean Donan – 750 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
- Heritage Puzzle Coastal Sunrise Jigsaw Puzzle (1000-Piece)
- 500 Piece Kaleidoscope Coloring Jigsaw Puzzle: Beneath the Waves
I purchased the Black Board from Michaels (coupon y’all coupon!) and purchased the snack containers from Target. They were like $2-4 and compared to what actual ‘puzzle sorting containers cost’ so much better. For the puzzles, click on the links above to purchase off Amazon.com. The Kaleidoscope Coloring Puzzle one I actually got for Christmas a few years ago, just never have taken the time to put it together until now.
The first thing I did was sort all my pieces based on color and then also separating the pieces with an edge for the outside border.
Once I had all my pieces sorted accordingly, I pulled out my black board and assembled my border pieces.
After I finished my border outline pieces, I worked on putting all the cloud pieces in place. Needless to say, this puzzle was not easy since they all look so much alike. The three empty spots you see in the clouds, I could not for the life of me get the three pieces I had left to fit. Finally, I figured it out as I had to switch out a few pieces with one another even though they did ‘fit’ together.
When I finally finished the clouds, I was able to work a little faster. Unfortunately, due to the bottom pieces looking so much alike, I literally had to rearrange most of them; of which by this time I was so determined to get the puzzle finished I forgot to take pictures of that part.
There you go, my finished product for the Castle puzzle.
Kaleidoscope Coloring Puzzle:
Here is the Kaleidoscope Coloring Puzzle I started about as soon as we got back from Oklahoma while I waited for the other ones I ordered off Amazon.com to arrive. As you can see, I had my favorite little helper helping me throughout the days putting it together. I’m still trying to decide which was harder to assemble, this one of the Castle one. Putting a black and white puzzle together is not the easiest, but it certainly kept my mind going. Since I got tired of coloring and really wanted to start on the Castle one, I have it put to the side to finish hopefully by Christmas.
I literally just started this one last night before typing this post but luckily the way it looks; it shouldn’t be too difficult to put together – at least I hope.
When I finish the coloring and sunrise ones I’ll post them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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