Perhaps buying a jigsaw puzzle from the dollar store was not the best idea. Though, I have done it before and not really suffered from it. I figure, I am only going to do the puzzle once and then give it away to someone, so why spend a lot of money on something that I am not going to keep. For my $1.25 (plus tax) I have usually gotten some decent 500 piece puzzles.
This time, however, was no picnic. Maybe I should have taken note of the 1000 piece puzzle size. While this is challenging, I don’t usually think of it as daunting.
- The puzzle pieces were vertical instead of horizontal.
- There were images on the picture that were not shown on the box art. These were around the edges.
- These two facts convince me that someone didn’t size the puzzle onto the board correctly before cutting–but I could be wrong. However, there must be a reason the thing showed up on the dollar store shelves.
- Many of the pieces fit together (despite obviously being incorrect). I had to disassemble and reassemble complete sections that seemed correct, but somehow weren’t–including one area just before I finished.
- I was unable to create a boarder to assemble the puzzle because there were just too many possibilities with the blue sky at the top.
I am glad I finished the puzzle, but now I am completely burnt out and don’t anticipate doing another one for quite a long while. I have one from the same company, and although it is only 500 pieces, I think I will give it away rather than tackle it.
Now my reward–motivation was key in getting this puzzle done.