Paying good attention to the shapes of each piece… finding the edge pieces first…. biting my lip in concentration when a particular piece was so hard to find but then, the feeling of excitement when you finally find the missing piece!
These are my memories from when I was little working on a jigsaw puzzle on the floor of my bedroom, sitting criss cross applesauce. :) When I was little growing up in the Netherlands, I worked on and completed so many puzzles! It was the perfect thing to do in a place where it rains a lot! Even when your friends couldn’t come over to play, you could always work on your puzzle!
As a mom, I loved working on puzzles with my kids when they were little. Not only were they fun to complete, I felt jigsaw puzzles had a ton of educational value. It was as if I could see their brains working solving a puzzle!
Besides being so good for our brains, puzzles are just so fun! For me, they bring back a feeling we call “gezellig” in Dutch. There’s not really a direct translation but it kind of means something like “cozy” in English. You can gather with friends or family around the table and work on a puzzle together while sipping hot drinks and chatting. Not much more is needed, right? It’s a SIMPLE JOY!
Anyways, considering how much I love puzzles, you can imagine how thrilled I am to share some exciting news with you!
My BIG news is that my hummingbird art is now available on puzzles! I’m collaborating with an awesome local company called Portland Puzzle. They are a family run company that prides itself on making high quality, made-in-the-usa jigsaw puzzles.
I personally visited their work space and was so impressed with the care they take in making their puzzles. It honestly felt like an artisan process!
So excited to be working with this local company and seeing my art of two Anna's hummingbirds on their fun puzzles!
You can order the "Surprise Encounter" hummingbird puzzles directly through their website and if you live in Portland Oregon, they're now also available at my favorite birding store Backyard Bird Shop as well as at the Arrangement on NE Fremont!
Do you enjoy jigsaw puzzles? Have special memories around completing puzzles like I do?
Would love to hear in the comments!
Thanks for following my journey!