I have been doing jigsaw puzzles for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved how each piece has only one place it can go, and how all those pieces come together to make one larger, beautiful image. There’s just something therapeutic about working a jigsaw. I love to settle in front of a new puzzle at the kitchen table, with a frozen coke, Java Chip, or mimosa by my side. I set up my laptop with a video, shut out the world, and get to work.
I’ve probably done at least a hundred puzzles in my life. I’ve completed basic 2-D puzzles made of basic chipboard, foam, wood, and even velvet. I’ve done puzzles with features like lenticular, glow-in-the-dark, and shaped pieces. I’ve done 3-D models, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Neuschwanstein Castle. I even did a puzzle once that was dubbed “The World’s Most Difficult Jigsaw Puzzle,” where the same image was printed on both sides of each piece, but one side was rotated 90 degrees.
My grandmother has been my biggest puzzle-habit supporter, and every year for my birthday I can guarantee that a box will be delivered with one or two new puzzles. And each year the puzzles get larger and larger. Ravensburger brand jigsaws are my favorites, because their images are crisp and interesting, and their pieces fit together beautifully, and I’ve become something of Ravensburger snob over the years.
I’ve done a few 2,500-piece to 3,000-piece puzzles over the past few years, and two years ago she sent me my first 5,000-piece puzzle. That thing was a monster. A stunning and satisfying monster. But I did it, and I even made a time-lapse film of the process. I’m quite proud of myself on both levels.
Last year my grandma sent me my first 6,000-piece puzzle, but because of the holidays and hosting our weekly Bible Study group I haven’t been able to crack that bad boy open yet. It’s a few inches larger than our dining room table, so I’m trying to figure out a way to make it happen, but now that summer is here and Bible Study is on hiatus, I’m eager to get started! Between this and my cross-stitching and house projects and newfound love of reading it’s going to take me all summer, but I say bring it on.
I seriously have too many hobbies.