Hallmark Jigsaw Puzzles – Ripe for Picking – Review & Giveaway
About 5 years ago Jason and I would spend our evenings doing puzzles and listening to the local police scanner (haven’t done it, I highly recommend it to you – no better way to know what is happening in your neighborhood). Jason would play computer games, and I would sit at our kitchen table putting together 1000 piece plus puzzles. I would let the puzzle sit on our kitchen table until completion and gluing. What has resulted is a different and colorful art collection that I pieced together.
When I recently was given the opportunity to review a puzzle of my choice from Hallmark, it seemed obvious that with my love of bright colors and labels I would choose “Ripe for Picking Vintage Fruit Labels” which was a nice size at 1000 pieces.
I began “Ripe for Picking Vintage Fruit Labels” by examining the front so I could get an idea of the color blocks and I proceeded to un-tape the sides of the box. I was pleased to see that the puzzle pieces were safely housed inside a plastic bag, as I have had a couple of puzzle piece slips when boxes are opened.
Next I decided that the best course of action was to go through each piece and pick out the corners and the sides, after all those are the obvious pieces to pick out. As I began to piece the sides together I began to see my frame form. After I had the frame done, I honed in on the color blocks and began to separate the pieces into color groups. I chose the purple and gold block first, and think began to snap into place quickly after that.
I would say that the entire puzzle took me about 6 to 8 hours, but this was scattered through the course of a week. I also decided to make this puzzle a little more portable than I have with puzzles in the past and got a puzzle storing system called the Puzzle Stow and Go. The idea behind a system is that you can roll and store your puzzle if you are limited on space. I decided to give it a try with this puzzle and it made the process easier and it stored the puzzle perfectly during construction.
I absolutely loved putting this Hallmark Puzzle together and I am going to be ordering another one soon to complete. Hallmark has numerous puzzles available and range in price from $14.95 to $19.95 depending on the amount of pieces that you chose.
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Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of Hallmark Licensing, Inc., this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.
GIVEAWAY: Hallmark Licensing, Inc. is offering 1 Hallmark Puzzle to my readers! (1) lucky winner will be selected at random to win 1 puzzle of Hallmarks choosing from the following options: Marina Dreams Coastal Scene, New England Afternoon Folk Art Colonial Americana, A Vote for America Patriotic, Mary’s Bears Mary Hamilton,On Angels’ Wings, Tropical Wonders Jungle Rainforest, My Cup of Tea, Pedal to the Metal Kiddie Cars, Mountainside Park City Illustration and Ripe for Picking Vintage Fruit Labels. This is a $14.95 – 19.95 value depending which puzzle is sent to you. Open to residents in the US. I will be randomly choosing 1 person on February 24th (2/24/2016) to receive this puzzling surprise! To enter complete the entries below! Winner will be notified by DealsAmongUs by email and prize will be fulfilled by Hallmark Licensing, Inc! Remember you have 48 hours to claim prize, or I will choose another winner. GOOD LUCK!!!