New 500 Piece Jigsaw PuzzlesOn August 5, 2023 by jmweb
The last month’s been a crazy whirlwind of activity with my new 50 & 500 piece jigsaw puzzles arriving in town. Sadly not three days before the 8000kg shipment arrived, the elevator in The Guild was deemed not safe. At the time, I was told it will take 6 months to repair. I had been planning to receive the shipment for months and had plenty of space for storage.
I guess you can say, I am glad it happened before and not after. Lugging stuff up and down the stairs wouldn’t be fun.
So without further ado, I am proud to announce I have released eight new jigsaw puzzles. Seven 500 piece puzzles and one new 50 piece puzzle.
All the puzzles have been sent to stores over the past few weeks and most have them out on display. You can pick them up in many stores all across our region. If your favourite store doesn’t carry them, be sure to suggest they do! Additionally, in the coming days you’ll be able to buy them on Etsy or Amazon.
The first puzzle I’ll write about is my new Canadian Wildlife 50 piece puzzle. The idea came from Indigo corporate and Toys-R-Us who said their stores could use a small puzzle. Sure enough, I came up with this design and it was a last minute addition.
The next designs I will show you are based on my provincial targeted audiences, starting off with my home province of Prince Edward Island.
The image I choose from PEI is of Cousin’s Shore. I remember coming home from a trip to the mainland and ended up heading out to the North shore to discover the farmers working their field. I really wanted to do this as a puzzle in years prior but I thought it would be too difficult at 1000 pieces. So I did it as a 500 piece puzzle. The completed size, 50cm-70cm, is the same as my 1000 piece puzzles but the puzzle pieces are twice as big.
Next up, my Nova Scotia Collage 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. I wanted to try something different with this batch so I added a second Nova Scotia puzzle, this was before I decided to do the Canadian Wildlife puzzle. This one is was a collage of Nova Scotia imagery and allowed me to release two puzzles for Canada’s Ocean playground.
With me releasing a Nova Scotia collage puzzle, I also released one of Halifax, Nova Scotia. As Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia, there is always some resentment of capital cities. With two puzzles being released, this allowed me to try one for the Halifax region. My Halifax calendars have done well so why not!
Since I am talking about Nova Scotia here, I may as well add in my third Nova Scotia puzzle, Cape Breton. The Island of Cape Breton has always had a special place in my heart which shines true to their saying of, your hear will never leave.
I was told prior to doing anything in Newfoundland & Labrador that it would be a tough market to crack however the product of the newest Canadian province has been doing exceptionally well. It’s always a pleasure visiting the rock to capture imagery.
For New Brunswick, I really wanted to go with an image I took of Cape Wolfe in Fundy National Park. However I couldn’t due to a technical reason. Let’s go back a few years….Back in the summer of 2021, I ordered a Sony A9 II anticipating I would be photographing the soccer being held on PEI. I received the camera and wanted to use it. I took it with my to New Brunswick and photographed Cape Wolfe covered bridge. Sadly, it was the wrong move as the Sony A9 II only produces 24 megapixel files. It’s more of an action/sports camera than a landscape camera but you know, the excitement of a new camera so I used it.
It turned out great for my 12″ New Brunswick calendar but the image size wouldn’t suffice for a 30″ jigsaw puzzle. Therefore, I had to select another image and ended up on an image of St. George.
Lastly, but sure not least, I wanted to do a puzzle for Quebec. It is naturally the next province I should be expanding into and I love old Quebec. So I went with an image from Old Quebec.