Totoro Puzzle Planter

A few weeks ago my fiance and I celebrated our anniversary! He got me this awesome Totoro puzzle planter. Since the first time I saw it at the store, I’ve wanted this puzzle planter. I’ve seen the completed display piece at the store but I’ve never seen a work in progress. I open the box and see 2 bags, 1 with all the puzzle pieces and 1 with the planter pieces, and a card of instructions that have no English what-so-ever.

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I begin by opening the puzzle bag and dumping it out on my table. First thing I notice is that every piece has a number on the back. Unlike a normal puzzle where you look at the picture while you are putting the pieces together, you have to assemble the pieces in numerical order without looking at the final picture. 80 pieces shouldn’t be this difficult right?

After assembling 1 thru 16 completed the top ring of the planter. Overall it wasn’t too difficult to figure out. Everything snaps tight when its in the correct position. After completing this ring I opened up the bag of planter pieces. There are 4 pieces in this bag, the bottom base, the middle support, the planter insert, and the top support. I need the top support piece to attach to the ring I just created. The grooves on the ring of puzzle pieces fit into the slots on the support ring. Just like the puzzle pieces everything snaps tightly together when it is in the correct position. By attaching the top support now it helps to stabilize the the puzzle ring i have already assembled.

I continue working on the puzzle until I have snapped together the last piece. I now have a completed puzzle bowl. At this point I wish I could read the instructions about how to attach the remaining pieces, but a little trial and error eventually worked out fine. The middle insert, which is the one without the holes, slides into the bowl and sits on top of the top support ring, carefully flip upside down and put the base piece on which locks everything in place. The planter insert fit inside the middle insert and the puzzle planter is completed!

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Picking out a plant was difficult since it is currently fall in my area. There wasn’t too much of a selection of plants would even fit this small of a planter. Mums are nice and all but most of the time they grow into really large and sprawling plants. Eventually I found some smaller Heather plants that were meant to be indoor decor plants and thought that was perfect! It has made a nice addition to our growing Anime garden.

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This was my first ever 3-D puzzle attempt and a challenge for myself that I’ve wanted to try out for many years. After assembling mine all I can say is that this was very different from any sort of puzzle I’ve done before and I would love to try something a little larger next time.

Craft Corner

Recentlly I had decided it was time to purchase my own sewing machine. After much debate I decided on a Brother CS6000i. It has many of the functions I am already familiar with from my mom’s older sewing machine. It also has made some of the more annoying tasks computerized. Such as giving error messages when you have the wrong stitch/foot combination.When the Machine arrived at the house my Fiance decided to purchase a nice card table so I could unbox everything right away.

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And thus, my craft corner has been born! Since I’m not fully able to work on any of the sewing projects I have lined up yet, I decided on doing something else that I had sitting around, 2 small/mini puzzles!

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This first one I worked on I recieved in my Easter Basket this year. Its a My Friend Totoro stained glass puzzle. The pieces literally snap together because when you are finished,  it not only looks like a panel of stained glass the puzzle can easily support its own weight.

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The Easter Bunny also left me a cool picture frame for this to go into when it was completed. I was skeptical about how well it would look in the picture frame but I actually really like it. The solid white background makes all the details more noticable.

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The next puzzle I worked on was one that my Fiance bought me. We were walking through the clearance toys section and came across this Spider Gwen puzzle and he just had to get it for me.

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its a very simple 48 piece puzzle but I really like the art and Spider Gwen is my favorite.

 

Paint by Stickers

Here is another puzzle book that I have been into for a while. Its called paint by stickers. It’s fairly simple, you start on the page you wish to fill in and locate its (usually 2) page of stickers.

After that it basically a color by number. Each sticker corresponds to a specific spot on the puzzle. The twist is that you also need to figure out the correct orientation of sticker. So as you start placing stickers

And filling in all the spaces

You eventually see your picture.

Despite the simple instructions, these puzzles are actually tedious at times. Once the piece is pressed into place it really cant be pulled up and removed so orientation and taking your time in placing each stick is very important.

And the final picture looks something like this. Most of these books have a minimum of 12 puzzles per book. If you are looking for a twist on a classic puzzle or just something new in general, Paint by Stickers is definitely something you should try!

Time Warp Puzzles

While looking through my facebook memories this past week it has come to my attention the in the past I have completed  some of my prized puzzles around this time of the year. In commemoration of their completion I give you my completed puzzle master pieces!

This first puzzle has a two part story.

PART 1: 2 years ago I was gifted this puzzle by some friends/roommates so that we could have something neat to have over our little Bar area. Unfortunately I have lost the picture of the this puzzle displayed over the bar so heres an image of the completed puzzle via internet searching.

Original

During the building process, my roommate’s dog thought that the puzzle pieces were treats. I quickly realized that I was missing some pieces because the dog ate them. I still framed and hung the mostly completed puzzle that way while I pondered which way would be the best to fill in those holes.

PART 2: About a year later I had a grand idea hit me, find derpy/goofy pictures of my roommate’s dog and fit them into the holes he ate. I looked through all the photos I had access to and printed off copies of these 4.

Ziggy Photos

I then strategically cut and placed these pictures into the holes of the puzzle.

after everything was secured into place and back in the frame I re-hung it.

Completed

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About 1 year ago, I also finished this awesome WWI and WWII vintage posters puzzle. It was a souvenir from going to National Museum of the United States Air Force during my vacation time that year.

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I hope you enjoyed my Blast from the past this week. Hopefully there will be more neat puzzles in my near future.

Querkles

This past week has been very difficult and stressful for me. So this time I’d like to share with you all my latest puzzle book, Querkles.

Querkles starts out as a puzzle of many intersecting circles like this

These can be completed in 1 of 2 ways.

  1. Use 1 color and cross hatching the different shades or
  2. Use 5 different colors organized from darkest to lightest.

For this particular puzzle I chose to use 5 different colors.

Basically what you do is start by filling in all the number 1 spaces with the darkest color.

Then color in all the number 2 spaces with the next, lighter, color.

And keep going lighter for the number 3 spaces

And number 4 spaces

And finally number 5 should be colored with the lightest color.

Ta da!!! Simple enough, right? These puzzles have been really helpful in trying to distract me from overthinking for a little while.

If you are interested in finding your own querkles book, I found mine at Michael’s mixed in their adult coloring book section. I have only seen the animals themed book in stores but there are more out there for sale on the internet.