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.