Diary of an Edwardian Lady Winter Puzzle

Brand: Cobble Hill Puzzle Company

Title: Diary of an Edwardian Lady Winter Puzzle

Pieces: 1000

Size: 19.25x26.625 or 49x68cm

Diary Winter Puzzle Review

Overall Experience: Great

Cut Quality:    Great

Board Quality: Good

Shape Cut: Random 

Image Quality: Good

Hardest Area: Leaves

Puzzle Dust? minimal

Finish Quality: Smooth/matte finish

Box Quality: Excellent

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: Yes

Was this purchased new? NO

Price: Picked for Review

Recommend Level: Highly

Time: 13.5 hours

Diary Winter Puzzle Assembly

I did my usual sorting routine.

  1. Sorting to locate all  the outside border pieces, while....
  2. Placing the pieces into the 'general-color' piles. 
  3. Then I carried on with a second round of sorting (similar colors sorted by shades/patterns) while placing the pieces flat out on the poster boards. 

Each puzzle comes with a mini poster for use with more than one Puzzler or when assembling the area where the Cobble Hill Puzzle Company logo is situated on the bottom right side of the box.

It also shares a blurb on the Edwardian Lady and the three other puzzles available in this series.

I sorted out all the pieces that appeared to have an edge and then 'weeded' out the pieces that did not fit the border colors  and put them back into the non-edge pile.

The border required looking at the edges on the box image. The random shaped pieces were also helpful.

The image to the right gives a great visual for starting the puzzle.

I started with the largest text pile, in this case the word Winter so then the second text size was "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady".

From there I would source out the largest details in the image like the rabbit, birds  and outstanding colored flowers/leaves.

The rest of the assembly would be putting together many small sections then placing them into the area of the puzzle where they are situated on the image. Eventually areas began to connect. The smallest text was placed into position second last to assist with the connections leaving basically the leaves. So the brown/green/gold/red leaves would prove to be the trickiest to the end.

The following images shares the close up text for "The Diary of an Edwardian Lady" which is not so visible on the other images. Also the random cut and quality is clearly visible.

Diary Winter Puzzle Comments

I picked this series to review as I really do enjoy doing series for Groups of puzzles that are produced as a group and I also enjoy doing the four seasons. I certainly can appreciate the artwork involved with these puzzle images which are clear and crisp, especially the fine text. That said, the tan backgrounds and subtle colors require good lighting and some of the text requires a magnify glass. The poster will need to be on hand when assembling the portion behind the Cobble Hill logo unless you are the Puzzler who never uses the image to assemble puzzles.

None of the remarks above diminished the enjoyment of the assembly process or experience as sometimes we Puzzlers need to adjust to the image. So should you choose to do this series you will know in advance what to expect and the outcome of these beautiful puzzles certainly gives you a real sense of accomplishment to share. 

About this Cobble Hill Company Puzzler Series...

Diary of an Edwardian Lady Jigsaw Puzzles
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From Wikipedia: "Edith Blackwell Holden (26 September 1871 – 15 March 1920) was a British artist and art teacher. She was born in Kings Norton, Birmingham.[1] She became famous following the posthumous publication of her Nature Notes for 1906, in facsimile form, as the book The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady in 1977, which was an enormous publishing success. These, and her life story, were later the subject of a television dramatisation."

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