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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
its a very simple 48 piece puzzle but I really like the art and Spider Gwen is my favorite.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use 1 color and cross hatching the different shades or
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.