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My Puzzles of 2020: A Year in Review

Ok, let’s see if a personal type of post will interest you at all. 🙂 I’ve mostly written information posts so I’m testing new waters now!

In 2020, I completed 9 puzzles.

It was a year my love of puzzles was rekindled after being dormant for a few decades (read more on my About page). I have the global pandemic to thank for that.

I bought my first puzzle of 2020 in March and started puzzling right away.. 9 puzzles in 9 months. That’s a good speed, I think.

I’m quite busy with work and other projects, so my puzzling is strictly limited to the free time that’s left.

There are totally times, especially when nearly finishing a puzzle when I get in the flow so much that I can’t stop. Do you know the feeling?

When you grab a puzzle piece and immediately know where it’s going to fit. These are the times when I allow it. But at other times, I try to keep my addiction in check 🙂

In 2020, I went out of my comfort zone. I tried different puzzle brands than just my favorite Ravensburger and other types of images than just travel scenes.

If you’ll feel inspired and will want to get your own puzzle of the same design, I’ve included Amazon links when possible.

March – April: Waterfalls by Ravensburger

2,000 pieces

Being the first puzzle I finished after a long break, I enjoyed this one tremendously. Sure, it was quite difficult with the higher piece count, but Ravensburger quality didn’t disappoint.

Check this Ravensburger Puzzle on Amazon.

View of a Ravensburger puzzle of waterfalls
The puzzle that started the whole Jigsaw Puzzle Queen project 😍

April – May: Mountain Scene by Trefl

3,000 pieces

I got confident and aimed for even a higher puzzle piece count. Well, 3,000 pieces of a mellow mountain scene were quite the challenge. The individual puzzle pieces also didn’t fit as perfectly as I was used to, so that led to a little frustration.

Process of completing a puzzle of a mountain scene
This was a challenge 😅

June: Neuschwanstein Castle by Dino

1,000 pieces

I had to go back down to a 1,000-piece puzzle. This one actually fitted my table perfectly again and I didn’t have to use the rolling matt anymore. I deeply enjoyed this puzzle and loved the quality, even though the pieces didn’t fit as snug.

Gradual finishing of a puzzle of Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
Summer starts and I’m putting puzzling a winter scene 😁

July: Christmas Scene Puzzle by EuroGraphics

1,000 pieces

I went wild in July and bought a Christmas puzzle by one of the traditional American brands. It was the first time I solved a puzzle with completely irregular and random shapes. While it became slightly frustrating to put the frame together, since more pieces had what seemed to be an edge, I grew to become fond of the funky pieces.

Check this EuroGraphics Puzzle on Amazon.

Working on a Christmas-themed puzzle
July was early Christmas 😁

August: 3D Globe Puzzle by Ravensburger

540 pieces

I wanted to try a 3D puzzle and picked one that I’d keep assembled as an interior design piece. Since I love traveling, it had to be a globe!

To be honest, I’m not sold on 3D puzzles after this experience. I don’t enjoy plastic pieces and the puzzle was not too interesting. There were numbers on the reverse side, which I followed… and found a bit boring. The result looks pretty, though!

See this 3D Puzzle on Amazon.

Completing a 3D puzzle of a globe
3D Globe – the result is beautiful but the process was “meh”

September: Horses by Castorland

1,500 pieces

This puzzle was of great quality and I liked solving it. In the process, I began seeing little “secrets” – hidden images within the image!

There was no mention of that on the box, but I did count several horse heads hidden in palm trees, inside the visible horses, etc. What a fun extra level of puzzling. 🙂

Do you love horse jigsaw puzzles too?

Solving a jigsaw puzzle of horses on a beach
Horsies and whimsies

October: Tropical Beach by Ravensburger

1,500 pieces

By October, I craved the beach. I picked this beautiful tropical beach by Ravensburger and it was a lovely experience. Even though I generally don’t glue my puzzles and prefer to keep the walls of my apartment pure white, I might make an exception with this gorgeous beach scene.

I plan to solve this puzzle again in 2021 and put it up on the wall! Wish me luck.

Check this Ravensburger Puzzle on Amazon.

Working on a puzzle of a beach scene
Should this go on my wall?

November: Puppies by Anatolian

1,000 pieces

I’ve wanted to try this brand for a while. It’s actually great! Minor setbacks include a slightly loser fit (not easy to move sections) and a bit of a glare. The puzzle is of good quality, though, and each piece fits only one spot.

See this Anatolian Puzzle on Amazon.

Steps in completing a puzzle of puppies
Cheeky puppies!

December: Stockholm by Educa

1,000 pieces

I finished the year off with a moody Stockholm image by Educa. I had to have it solved quickly so that I could make space for a nativity scene for Christmas on my table. 🙂 The puzzle cooperated nicely and I enjoyed even the grey sky.

Finishing a puzzle with a scene from Stockholm
Finishing the year off with moody Stockholm

How about you? Was your 2020 also filled with puzzles? I’d love to hear about it.

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Stack of jigsaw puzzle boxes with text overlay: My Puzzles of 2020

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