Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales by James Christensen
1500 Piece

The trouble with this puzzle brand is that if you make small thematic assemblages outside of the borders, you can't pick pieces up at all to carry them into the puzzle as a group.  Very frustrating.  But the picture is great and the theme was very fun.

Most of the fairy tales were ones we could recognize, but not all... Any ideas?

Here is the key to each one:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Huichol Yarn Painting

Huichol Yarn Painting
1000 pieces

We actually took this on a trip to SF and did it during the 5 days we were there for ePod's birthday.

bear was exhausted when he finished it.

Jigsaw puzzle reproduction of "The Huichol Deities Teach Humans to Honor the Sacred Seeds," yarn inlaid into beeswax on wooden board by Gonzalo Hernandez Carrillo (Mexican, b. 1960). When the universe was created and the supreme beings set out to organize the world, the deities could transform themselves into humans, plants, animals, and insects. For example, Dove Woman could shape-shift into a dove, a human, or the Corn Mother; she and her many daughters, such as Blue Corn Girl, Amaranth Girl, Squash Girl, Bean Girl, and Gourd Girl, provided abundance. When the creators decided it was time for the shape-shifters to choose their final forms, they invented a human, Watákame. He would teach his species to survive by learning how to care for, honor, and plant the precious seeds. The rituals he began in those ancient times to pay tribute to Father Sun, the Rain Mothers, Brother Deer, the Corn Mother, and the life-giving forces continue to bring sustenance to the Huichol people. Renowned for their highly evolved aesthetic sense, the Huichol people of Mexicoâ?TMs Sierra Madre Occidental preserve their religious traditions and symbolism in a variety of art forms, such as this yarn painting by Gonzalo Hernandez Carrillo. The Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts is dedicated to the transcription and safekeeping of Huichol myths, symbolism, and tribal wisdom. One thousand interlocking pieces. Box size: 10 x 13 x 17/8 in.; puzzle size: 20 x 25 in