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CONGRATULATIONS to Stacey on her accomplishment! Presenting Ravensburger's, Disney Memorable Moments in it completion. The following is: Memorable Disney Moments Part 3 - Dumbo
Dumbo was the third section of ten I completed, and going back over my daily updates on the blog I'm a little amazed at myself for working on the puzzle and posting about it every day. I sure was motivated!
I chose Dumbo to assemble after Cinderella because he's just so darn cute, and I wanted something a little easier than dear old Cindy had been. I was a bit mistaken about the ease of this section's assembly, with basically only one character in the frame, that character was HUGE! The number of pink and gray pieces for Dumbo was a bit overwhelming; but since sorting 4000 pieces is quite time consuming and this section had already been sorted I soldiered on and got to work.
I started with Timothy Q. Mouse, his pieces were the easiest to find. Although he is the smallest part of this image he isn't small, he is about the size of one of my hands. As a part of the whole, though, he's pretty tiny. The small burgundy sections behind Dumbo were the next bit assembled, and because they attached to the filmstrip I decided to get that done early as well. Next came the straw and then the real work began, that giant, adorable elephant! The image above is after about 3 days of work; it doesn't seem like much does it?
Those Disney animators sure knew how to draw "cuteness" didn't they? Every time I look at Dumbo it makes me smile, he's just so sweet! This is 3 more days of work, and everything is coming together very well. His ears are so big, I'm surprised at how much of the image they take up and how quickly I got them done. The bathtub and soap bubbles down the side were the next to be assembled, I remember being amazed at how many colors are in each bubble; there's blue, pink, white, purple, and sometimes even red. It's amazing how once they're all together it doesn't look like colors - it looks like a bubble!
This whole section went pretty quickly, but the water in the tub and down the sides was a bit of a challenge. There were many shades of blue and gray and at times it felt a little tedious; many times I thought I was looking for one color and it turned out the piece I needed was a completely different shade. It kept me on my toes, that's for sure.
And here he is - I completed this section in only 11 days! I learned a few things with this section that helped speed things up immensely, plus I think that I just liked this image so much that I was always wanting to work on it and watch it come together.
I learned with Snow White that every piece in a section has a twin; with Cinderella I realized that every twin is in the same row. The sections are 72 pieces wide, so the 1st piece in the row and the 37th piece are twins! It finally clicked when I was assembling Dumbo that if I have most of a row completed I can count backward (or forward) to see the shape of the piece I'm looking for. This was so helpful working with the large sections of gray and pink! Instead of looking through 10 trays of gray pieces I could narrow it down to the shape I was looking for and only have to look through a few trays - brilliant! It sped up the assembly and made the entire puzzle feel a bit less overwhelming for me.
If you'd like to watch the entire section come together click here to go to the post on the first day of assembly and scroll down to click "next" to watch the daily progress. (I started adding a second post every other day of additional puzzles I've completed, so there are some fun and interesting puzzles to look at every third post).
Peter Pan is next - stay tuned. In my opinion, Peter Pan and the Darling children were the most difficult section in the whole puzzle!
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Snow White - Snow White was begun on September 28, 2016 and completed on October 17, 2016. I almost wish I’d saved this one till nearer the end. I was overwhelmed when I first started and don’t know if I enjoyed it as much as I could have.
Fantasia - Fantasia was started on January 14, 2017 and completed on January 28, 2017. This section I was dreading the most and I was happy to be wrong about it – it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be! And if I want to I can assemble this one again because I have an extra section.
Dumbo- Dumbo began assembly on November 8, 2016 and was finished on November 19, 2016. Dumbo was so enjoyable to assemble, and super cute as well!
Bambi - Last but definitely not least – Bambi. I got started on Bambi on March 16, 2017 and finished up on April 2, 2017. I’m so proud!
Cinderella - Cinderella was started on October 21, 2016 and completed on November 5, 2016. Ole Cindy here was a difficult section, but I got her done! The picture is quite dark and doesn’t do her justice, you’ll see when the entire puzzle is assembled.
Peter Pan - Peter Pan (the hardest section in my humble opinion) was started on November 22, 2016 and completed on December 5, 2016. that day. I think I’m proudest of this section as it was the most difficult for me.
The Jungle Book - The Jungle Book, my favorite Disney movie, got started on December 7, 2016 and was completed for the FIRST time on December 19, 2016. It was done for about 5 whole minutes before I tried to move the board to take a better picture and it all fell off. A horrible day. I assembled it for the SECOND time from December 20, 2016 to December 27, 2016. Click here for the post for that day. Thank goodness for digital cameras/pictures!
The Little Mermaid - The Little Mermaid was assembled from December 29, 2016 to January 11, 2017. This one was one of my favorite sections to assemble. It looks like all that blue would be difficult but I loved this section!
Beauty and the Beast - Beauty and The Beast began assembly on February 22, 2017 and was finished on March 8, 2017. This was one of two I saved for last because I knew it would be fun! I wasn’t wrong – loved it!
The Lion King - Getting near the end now! The Lion King was assembled from February 2, 2017 to February 16, 2017. The sky in this section is absolutely GORGEOUS! The pictures don’t even come close, the colors are stunning!
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Disney-Inspired Jigsaw Puzzles for Children
Introduction: The enchanting world of Disney has captured the hearts of children and adults alike for decades. Jigsaw puzzle companies have recognized the timeless appeal of Disney characters and stories, forging licensing agreements to create captivating puzzles for children.
By featuring beloved Disney images, these puzzles not only entertain young minds but also foster creativity, problem-solving skills, and a sense of wonder. In this article, we will explore two delightful Disney-inspired jigsaw puzzles: the Disney Princess and the Frog Night Scene 150 Piece Puzzle and Heart Shaped Tin Box by Mega Puzzles and Cobble Hill's Graduated Family 300 Pieces.
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Cobble Hill's Graduated Family 300 Pieces: Cobble Hill, another renowned jigsaw puzzle company, offers a captivating Disney-inspired puzzle designed specifically for families with children.
Graduated family 300 pieces puzzle features a colorful and engaging image showcasing beloved Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. The puzzle pieces are graded by size, ranging from large to small, allowing children of different ages and skill levels to participate in the puzzling experience.
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As puzzle enthusiasts of all ages engage with these captivating puzzles, they embark on a magical journey into the beloved universe of Disney characters and stories.
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