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Title: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on October 24, 2013, 09:19:13 AM
Can't do Golf, Hunting or Fishing anymore, because of health, so fell back to other things I enjoyed occasionally.   ::oldman::

Most puzzles are 1000 pieces, a few 1500 and 2000.  Have framed some.  Working on a 2000 right now.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Pandora on October 24, 2013, 09:31:20 AM
Jigsaw puzzles are addictive.  And they have a vacuum around them once they're begun.  Can't walk by without being sucked in.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: LadyVirginia on October 24, 2013, 09:40:40 AM
Jigsaw puzzles are addictive.  And they have a vacuum around them once they're begun.  Can't walk by without being sucked in.

That's the truth.  We go through phases around here with puzzles.  Once we start we go for weeks doing them then everyone gets tired of it and we don't do one for ages.  I loved them as kid, too.  I often use puzzles as an analogy when teaching my kids especially when they're learning a new concept.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: IronDioPriest on October 24, 2013, 11:13:58 AM
I love jigsaw puzzles too. The huger and more difficult, the better. I don't do them often precisely because they are so addictive to me, and because they take up room. We'll usually have one going once every other year or so, during the winter. I end up doing most of it, with others pitching in.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: LadyVirginia on October 24, 2013, 11:23:02 AM
They force you to stop don't they?  You can't hurry. And there's no just looking for just one piece either!

Ok, what's everyone's strategy?
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Pandora on October 24, 2013, 11:34:45 AM
Nope.  It's always one more piece.

Strategery?  Pick out all the straight edges first and the four corners to make the frame; once that's done, separate the rest into colors.  We keep the cover picture handy to check against that.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: IronDioPriest on October 24, 2013, 11:51:39 AM
Strategery?  Pick out all the straight edges first and the four corners to make the frame; once that's done, separate the rest into colors.  We keep the cover picture handy to check against that.

^^^
Exactly that. Sometimes during the color separation process, there's not a clear choice, and those all go into a pile themselves to be dealt with later. Then when it gets down to the nitty-gritty, and you're working on a section for which you've exhausted the possibilities in the separated color piles, the nondescript color pile comes into play.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on October 24, 2013, 04:14:14 PM
Nope.  It's always one more piece.

Strategery?  Pick out all the straight edges first and the four corners to make the frame; once that's done, separate the rest into colors.  We keep the cover picture handy to check against that.

Good to hear I'm not the only nut -- Pandora, I do the same.  Unfortunately this 2000 I.m working on is from my sister and it's called Cookie Cutouts (Christmas) made by Springbok.  There no pattern to it.  If interested you can go to Springbok and scoll down to page 11 and see what I'm talking about.  Maybe I'll have it ready for her by Christmas but   ::whatgives::.  Most 1000 I can do in 3-4 days, but they have a pattern.  This one is a challenge. ::gaah::
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: LadyVirginia on October 24, 2013, 04:18:22 PM
here it is:

http://www.springbok-puzzles.com/product/Cookie-Cutouts-2000-piece-jigsaw-puzzle (http://www.springbok-puzzles.com/product/Cookie-Cutouts-2000-piece-jigsaw-puzzle)

I like this one:

http://www.springbok-puzzles.com/product/colors-of-christmas-2000-pieces-puzzle (http://www.springbok-puzzles.com/product/colors-of-christmas-2000-pieces-puzzle)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Tania513 on October 24, 2013, 07:16:32 PM
LOVE puzzles. I have tons of them....I heard this from a RN that works in a nursing home, that they are very good for the elderly. as it keeps their brain patterns active...Helps with preventing dementia and Alzheimer's.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: oldcoastie6468 on October 25, 2013, 08:07:38 AM
LOVE puzzles. I have tons of them....I heard this from a RN that works in a nursing home, that they are very good for the elderly. as it keeps their brain patterns active...Helps with preventing dementia and Alzheimer's.

Your brain patterns are still active?  ::hysterical::  :-*
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Tania513 on October 25, 2013, 08:42:42 AM
Hahaha funny man!! :o
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: oldcoastie6468 on October 25, 2013, 11:08:45 AM
Hahaha funny man!! :o

I wuz jus' askin'..........  ;)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on November 09, 2013, 07:24:42 PM
Finally finished the 2000 piece puzzle;

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2115_zps80dfbe97.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2115_zps80dfbe97.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: trapeze on November 09, 2013, 07:57:53 PM
I had a cousin who would secretly squirrel away two or three pieces so that after everything else was done he could be the one to finish the thing off.

He was a real ass.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: LadyVirginia on November 09, 2013, 10:49:46 PM
nice, rusty

you've inspired me to dig out a puzzle that we haven't opened yet

my problem is finding a place to leave it out as we have limited table space around here
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: IronDioPriest on November 09, 2013, 11:02:22 PM
I had a cousin who would secretly squirrel away two or three pieces so that after everything else was done he could be the one to finish the thing off.

He was a real ass.

Cousin Ass.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Pandora on November 09, 2013, 11:21:26 PM
Every family has one.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: LadyVirginia on November 09, 2013, 11:27:55 PM
Every family has one.

we got extra 
 ::facepalm::
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Pandora on November 09, 2013, 11:29:11 PM
Okay, I should've said at least one.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: LadyVirginia on November 09, 2013, 11:35:01 PM
Okay, I should've said at least one.

and I should have said I'm willing to share   ;D
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Pandora on November 10, 2013, 12:10:02 AM
Aw, so sweet with the sharing an' all.   ::sniff::

Like I don't have a couple-few already.  ::saywhat::
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: LadyVirginia on November 10, 2013, 03:07:53 PM
Aw, so sweet with the sharing an' all.   ::sniff::

Like I don't have a couple-few already.  ::saywhat::

 ;D
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on January 26, 2014, 01:09:37 PM
Have done a few more since last post here;

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2065_zps2c038bc1.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2065_zps2c038bc1.jpg.html)

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2073_zpsd87b99f4.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2073_zpsd87b99f4.jpg.html)

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2171_zpsc2d10c39.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2171_zpsc2d10c39.jpg.html)

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2117_zpsd22509f6.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2117_zpsd22509f6.jpg.html)

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2119_zpse84e551e.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2119_zpse84e551e.jpg.html)

The last two are now ready for framing.  Did two others for gifts, one a panoramic of University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny stadium.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: LadyVirginia on January 27, 2014, 04:15:26 PM
nice

Makes me want to pull out one of the unopened puzzles we have but I don't have the time!
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on February 23, 2014, 01:08:00 PM
Springbok's - 'Natures Crossing' 1500 pieces, they term this one of their most difficult and they are right.  Seemed like it took me forever - work and weather didn't help, but 3 weeks, ugh ::bashing::.  Have not decided whether to frame or not yet.


(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2177_zps2ecf231c.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2177_zps2ecf231c.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Pandora on February 23, 2014, 01:27:18 PM
That's the prettiest one yet.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Libertas on February 24, 2014, 06:31:46 AM
Putting the water pieces together had to have been a challenge, eh?
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: LadyVirginia on February 27, 2014, 04:51:41 PM
that's lovely
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on February 27, 2014, 05:13:12 PM
Putting the water pieces together had to have been a challenge, eh?

Not really - the snow covered pine trees took the longest.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Libertas on February 28, 2014, 06:35:56 AM
Putting the water pieces together had to have been a challenge, eh?

Not really - the snow covered pine trees took the longest.

Still.  Must take a lot of patience to do these.  Probably explains why I don't.   ;D  But my brother & SIL do them, and they do look nice when done.  Can't recall a time I've been over there where an in-progress puzzle isn't sitting somewhere.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on March 01, 2014, 09:38:45 PM
My latest two;

Both 1000 pieces

Granddaughter gave me this one - after putting together framed it and gave it to her, she wanted it for her room.
(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2156_zps1d6d47b4.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2156_zps1d6d47b4.jpg.html)

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2180_zps0750ed47.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2180_zps0750ed47.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on March 20, 2014, 09:06:46 AM
Another one ready for framing;

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_1923_zps4c37aacf-1.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_1923_zps4c37aacf-1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: LadyVirginia on March 23, 2014, 03:57:20 PM
wow that's something
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on April 28, 2014, 05:40:15 AM
This one is the second hardest I've done, another 1500 piece puzzle - foreground went easy, but trees in fall colors took my patience to a new level;

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2194_zpsa27bac41.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2194_zpsa27bac41.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Libertas on April 28, 2014, 06:44:44 AM
Is that a place in Wisconsin?  I swear I've seen that place!
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on April 28, 2014, 10:01:53 AM
Photo on the box says it is 'West Barnet, Vermont' -- but it did look familiar to me also, either Michigan or places in Wisconsin near where my son lives.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Libertas on April 28, 2014, 10:53:15 AM
Yeah...it's either deja vu or CRS all over again!   ::rolllaughing::
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on June 19, 2014, 06:10:44 AM
A few more done recently;

Ready for framing--
(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/100_2198_zps1b262fe0.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/100_2198_zps1b262fe0.jpg.html)

Just finished
(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/100_2215_zps5ef25f30.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/100_2215_zps5ef25f30.jpg.html)

Framing for gift to friend

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/100_2210_zpsa9f2c7d3.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/100_2210_zpsa9f2c7d3.jpg.html)

Ready for framing
(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/100_2207_zps4c41adb3.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/100_2207_zps4c41adb3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Libertas on June 19, 2014, 07:05:26 AM
Well...one out of four made it through! 
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on June 19, 2014, 08:58:08 AM
? which one
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Libertas on June 19, 2014, 09:02:46 AM
Ahh, now they all appear!

I like a good lighthouse...
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Pandora on June 19, 2014, 09:50:24 AM
Only one shows up for me -- "Just finished".  Love the scene, though.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on January 21, 2015, 06:47:27 AM
Framed this one for a friend that just retired as service manager for a car dealership...

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2255_zps655870db.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2255_zps655870db.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Pandora on January 21, 2015, 06:51:07 AM
How interesting!  That must have been fun to do.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: IronDioPriest on January 21, 2015, 07:54:05 AM
Went to visit some friends over the weekend and they had a barely-begun huge puzzle laid out on the formal dining table. Gave me a hankerin. It's been a few years.

My problem with the dang things is that I'm obsessive. Once I begin one, I pretty much don't do anything else until it's done. That's probably why I'm streaky.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on January 21, 2015, 06:54:58 PM
Went to visit some friends over the weekend and they had a barely-begun huge puzzle laid out on the formal dining table. Gave me a hankerin. It's been a few years.

My problem with the dang things is that I'm obsessive. Once I begin one, I pretty much don't do anything else until it's done. That's probably why I'm streaky.

Understand - don't know how big your friends puzzle is, but I stay with the 1000,1500 and 2000 size, and as far as obsessive -- guilty-- but it's great being retired.  Even though I work about 20 hours a week for 'mad' money, the job isn't much so it lets me do my reading, most of the time, so evenings if nothing else is going on it's puzzles.  Guess thats one of the benefit of being an old fart... ::thumbsup:: ::oldman:: -- there is tomorrow if I don't get it done today!!!!
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Weisshaupt on January 21, 2015, 07:01:49 PM
Still waiting for the puzzle version of these  (http://alienartisan.deviantart.com/gallery/46432162/Wars-on-Kinkade?rnrd=88000)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: IronDioPriest on January 21, 2015, 07:11:06 PM
Still waiting for the puzzle version of these  (http://alienartisan.deviantart.com/gallery/46432162/Wars-on-Kinkade?rnrd=88000)

A geek, you are.  ::beertoast::
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Libertas on January 22, 2015, 06:29:57 AM
Oh my... 

Heh!
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on January 23, 2015, 07:28:48 PM
This one I got as a gift, and surprise; it's called "Hidden Secrets".  The difference is except for the large birds and most of the flowers, everything is hidden from the picture -- 48 objects, so there was no indicators except the shapes of the puzzle pieces and the colors.

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2264_zpsraevjtdl.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2264_zpsraevjtdl.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on January 31, 2015, 09:33:42 AM
latest puzzle;

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2272_zps6mcdzcnb.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2272_zps6mcdzcnb.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: IronDioPriest on January 31, 2015, 10:44:27 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Libertas on February 01, 2015, 04:13:25 PM
Huh.  I am surprised a fascist goon isn't in there serving papers for an illegal burning...

Must be an old puzzle.
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on February 12, 2015, 09:05:39 AM
One more;

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2273_zpsvtd6qrjo.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2273_zpsvtd6qrjo.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Libertas on February 12, 2015, 09:37:21 AM
Nice.

Looks like something is about to be attacked.  I can releate to that desire.   ::thumbsup::
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on February 16, 2015, 08:57:10 PM
Latest puzzle - was ask to put this together for frameing by someone at work?

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/rustybayonet_2009/puzzles/100_2274_zpsu2fby4lz.jpg) (http://s681.photobucket.com/user/rustybayonet_2009/media/puzzles/100_2274_zpsu2fby4lz.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: rustybayonet on September 25, 2017, 09:16:57 PM
Yep -- It's now official /// I've lost my friggin' mind !
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: AlanS on September 26, 2017, 07:08:02 AM
Yep -- It's now official /// I've lost my friggin' mind !

But you've got the time! ::hysterical::
Title: Re: Reading and JigSaw Puzzles
Post by: Libertas on September 26, 2017, 07:41:18 AM
4,000 pieces?   :o

I'd quit after 4!