This is the second puzzle I have attempted since returning to jigsaw puzzles as a past time and this one was a doozy. Hard, hard, hard.
It is called Macabre Mansion and each cut away room of the mansion represents one of the stories of Edger Alan Poe. He wrote pretty dark stuff and that is why the house looks haunted.
November 29, 2020
I couldn’t help the feeling that I might have bit off more than I could chew with this puzzle.
After all, the first puzzle was only 500 pieces and it moved along consistently. This puzzle I took many breaks from. I would get 4 or 5 puzzle pieces in and then it would just dry up. Nothing. I would take a break and come back 5 or 6 hours later - and put another 2 or 3 pieces in - and again, it would dry up.
And so it went for days.
December 8, 2020
It was between December 8 and the 25th that I inspired myself to keep moving forward by playing a little mind game. With each piece that I put in I reminded myself I didn’t need to sort through THAT piece again if it made it onto the puzzle board.
December 25, 2020
At Christmas I could really tell a difference. Christmas, being what it was this year (quiet with no demands) I pushed forward wanting to finished before 2021.
December 30, 2020
I could see progress if I looked at the board, but finding the correct pieces didn’t get all that much easier. I decided that the pictures were small and the pieces were small and the visual clues of the surrounding pictures didn’t seem to help all that much finding the missing piece.
January 1, 2021
Ok, so I didn’t complete it by the end of 2020! But it is complete.
I can’t tell you how many times I decided that a piece was missing. That I looked through all the remaining pieces and could not find the one I was looking for. I would have bet money
pieces were missing. Nothing was missing. Glad I didn’t express that thought out loud.
In the last week of completion I found myself running my hands over the finished areas
enjoying the feeling of being so close to done.
A few close ups to show the complexity of the images.
It stayed like that overnight and I enjoyed looking at it again over coffee this morning.
Now it is broken apart and into its box. I did hold out the edge pieces and put them in a separate baggie just in case I repeat this puzzle again.
It is hard to know if I will repeat making any of the puzzles I have. I don’t re-read books, or duplicated knitted items. I am not much of a repeater. But you never know.