Usually putting together a jigsaw puzzle is more of a winter activity, but this weekend (and on through Tuesday), my husband and I put together the best puzzle ever. We’re both fans of the artist Charley Harper, so we always check out the selection of his licensed products whenever we’re at the Cincinnati Nature Center. (Harper was a long-time Cincinnatian who created work for the Nature Center, and they have an art show of his work there each December.) This past Saturday we saw that several new puzzles had been added—yay!
We had tried putting together another Charley Harper puzzle called Mystery of the Missing Migrant. Tried. We never finished it. The central part of the image was scores of birds—that part was pretty fun. But the sky was blue—solid blue. No pattern, no texture. Blue. After a while, we gave up. (The puzzle is now in the hands of my sister and her kids—one of whom is an 8-year-old with a so-far infinite patience for puzzles.)
We chose The Coral Reef puzzle for a few different reasons. It’s colorful. It’s a topic we’re familiar with (my husband scuba dives; we both snorkel). And, besides the yellow area, it didn’t look too hard.
As soon as we started turning over the pieces and separating the edges, I knew I was in love. How could you not get excited about pieces that look like this?
Heck, I could design a half dozen quilts around these puzzle pieces! And the puzzle was just fun to do. The fish are charming; it was fun to run into the pieces for one that I hadn’t noticed when looking at the picture on the box. And it us kept entertained right through the end. We found that even those pesky yellow pieces had enough on them to be challenging but do-able.
So if you are ever looking for a new puzzle, know this one has our seal of approval. We’ll be stopping by the gift shop the next time we’re at the Cincinnati Nature Center, and I’m sure we’ll pick up a new one. I’ll let you know how it goes.