I never do puzzles during the summer. Only during winter. And I'm not the only one! Even the library, with their cozy fireside coffee table, has a puzzle going all the time, now. What a nice thing to do! Inviting folks to come in out of the cold. But never during summer. Jigsaw puzzles and summer just don't seem to complement one another the way jigsaw puzzles and winter do.
My friend, Vicki, over at Vicki Lane Mysteries widened my horizon considerably the other day with this: http://www.jspuzzles.com/ where you can work puzzles online. The main advantage I can see is you will never lose that last piece in the sofa onlyt MS;">History of Jigsaw Puzzles There are FAQ's, puzzle artists, brands of puzzles, and jigsaw trivia for those interested in finding out more.
Despite the popularity of electronic games and all manner of sophisticated toys these days, jigsaw puzzles remain extraordinarily popular. As for brands, I like Springbok, and this SunsOut is shortly going to join my list of favorite puzzlemakers. For those who consider themselves afficionados, what's important you in a jigsaw puzzle? Color? Size? And where in your house do you put your puzzle? I finally purchased a large piece of foamboard at the office supply store, which I can move easily. I lay the pieces out on a cutout piece of formica left over from sink installation in housebuilding! And both fit on an old door, propped up with plastic milk crates and plastic drawers from Walmart.
All in all...i believe building a puzzle is a delightful way to spend parts of a winter day (along with writing, spinning, knitting0...inside when it's just plain unpleasant outside! I find them soothing, lovely, relaxing, and --of course--challenging.
And what do I do with a finished puzzle? Keep it and frame it? Nope. Break it up and pass it on. Anyone want to trade puzzles???? This one is well-travelled. It came from a friend in Idaho!