hand-painted wooden puzzle with cats

favorite puzzles of 2023

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hand-painted wooden puzzle with cats

AQ’s xmas puzzle

Check out the beautiful hand-painted art! Art by Ash Quilter. With cats, totally up my alley. (-:
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Peanuts Xmas

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Vancouver Island (Pacific Puzzle Co)

Beautiful map puzzle from Pacific Puzzle Co., Vancouver Island Map, 465 pieces, 12×16″. I really loved the image — playful marine mammals! an octopus! trees! — and the cut was fun. This map had lots of distinguishable text and image chunks. The ocean came together fairly quickly, and I finished the island itself last. Description: […]
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Edge of Chaos by Niraja Lorenz (Hope Puzzles)

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Ammonite by Nervous System

I had so much fun with this one! Ash and I (and even Michele) worked on it on Sunday and I carefully transported it back home, reassembled the parts that didn’t make it, panicked because I forgot there were a lot of pieces still in the box, and finished it off today. Fun! 117 pieces, […]
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“Sanctuary” (PuzzleMonk)

Another lovely little hand-cut jigsaw via Hoefnagel, this one from PuzzleMonk, out of Wisconsin. 162 pieces, paired with the midcentury xmas poodle I finished yesterday. Trying to track down more info about the art, I found that it has been used in other puzzles — here, for instance, a 750 piece puzzle from “Crystals & […]
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small midcentury poodle christmas handcut

This was an adorable small (79 pieces, approximate postcard dimensions) handcut puzzle from Hoefnagel, labeled “mystery hand-cut puzzle”. No image came with it, but it assembled easily, with good chunks of color. The image was of course right up my alley — midcentury modern with a poodle! Plus, seasonally appropriate. I wish I knew who […]
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Darcie Reflected by Daria Hlazatova (Liberty)

“Darcie Reflected”, image by Daria Hlazatova, puzzle by Liberty — big puzzle! 607 pieces, 19×12.75″. This was from Hoefnagel …. Boy, this puzzle really kicked my ass. Red, and black, and lots of eyes … and mirrored (not exactly) left to right. Lots of fun whimsies — various human figurals, bats, snakes, and of course […]
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Firefly Party eeboo mini

eeboo mini “Firefly Party“, Ash and Michele.
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Wentworth Japanese Maple mini

Such a pretty image, this “Japanese Maple” (art by Moises Levy) from Wentworth. Ash and I knocked off the 40-piece version in just a few minutes, and appreciated the tree-themed whimsies as well as the art. I wanted to find out more about the artist and these works — photograph, digitally manipulated, I guess? His […]
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Papercut Partridge

From Puzzle Lab, “Papercut Patridge”, a winter scene puzzle based on art (“Journey to the Light”) by Morgana Wallace. Lots of line-cutting made this one pretty challenging. Description: Take off into a dreamy holiday winterscape as you piece together this intricate line-cut puzzle featuring a festive papercut piece by Victoria-based artist Morgana Wallace. Morgana’s medium […]
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Puzzle Lab, Mandala 1

Another puzzle Ash and I did today — the pieces were so loose until the very end, that it was a kind of torture. Still, the image and colors were lovely, and it definitely required some concentration and was both fun and satisfying. There was no way we were going to be able to flip […]
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Fool’s Gold “Purrformance”

A fun little hand-carved cat puzzle from Fool’s Gold, with art by Kitty Bigelow. Ash and I did it together – it moved quickly with color and shape matching, and made a lovely shape. Cut by David Beffa-Negrini — I think they all are?
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Basis Wood “Evolution”

A second puzzle from “Basis Wood” in Ukraine, via the Hoefnagel Puzzle Club. This puzzle reminded me of the two I’ve done by Victory Puzzles — thinnish pieces that felt more like board game pieces, and a very retro image. I wonder if this actually *is* a retro, possibly public domain image, from the era […]
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