Friday, January 16, 2009

Jessi's Puzzle [CO Christmas]

Jessi got a puzzle for Christmas this year. Being the puzzle addict she is, this was a great gift. What I didn't know was that her entire family is just as bad. So, the very first thing they did was clear off a space and start working on it. Now, as you can see from the design, this isn't the easiest puzzle to do (This one looks hard too). First of all, there's 1,500 pieces and second, there are a lot of repeating patterns.

With only a few days to complete this project, everyone jumped in, even myself on occasion. We started out by grouping each piece into piles of similar colors and began putting them together. This resulted in a bunch of small discontinuous parts. Most of the time we knew where those blocks of pieces went, but sometimes we didn't. Really, who puts words over the picture so you can't see the whole thing?

Honestly, I felt like I was watching Monster Garage. Going into the final day "of the build" we were only half way done. As far as I was concerned, we were not going to make it and Jessi would have to finish it back home. Me of little faith!

We turned to the Turner Classic Movies channel and set to work. Part way through the day, Jessi's brothers, Abe and Nick, showed up and helped contribute. Around midnight we were about three quarters of the way done. However, things were starting to move faster because there was less clutter.

Still, at FOUR in the morning we finally completed the puzzle, snapped a picture and went to bed.

All in all, it was a great vacation. I'm glad Jessi and I were able to visit and we're looking forward to the next time we get to go.


  1. Anonymous1:36 PM

    I'm a big puzzle fan too, I like to do one every News Year Eve. I'm such a party animal! Seriously, we should do a puzzle next time we get together :)


  2. I LOVE it! I myself am a self-proclaimed puzzler! I get one every Christmas as well. We should puzzle sometime. ;)