I’m looking for inspiration and I think I might find it if I can get lost in a jigsaw puzzle.
When the Muse has deserted you, you go and look for her. Although with all the changes in my life lately, she may be hiding for a while.
One friend suggested a funny movie and a good Merlot. This works, although the effects are transitory. I return to the keyboard and nothing comes out of my fingers. So I am trying jigsaw puzzles. Maybe immersing my mind in a jigsaw puzzle will loosen up my brain.
There is something about snicking those little pieces into place. Something that is good for the soul. It may not free up my writing muscles, but it is relaxing.
I started working on the coffee table in the living room. This is just a 300-piece puzzle and it fit the space nicely.
I was with a friend when I bought it. She commented that she wanted to get an “adult” puzzle—meaning one with more pieces.
“Adult?” I said. “What’s wrong with this? It’s a pretty picture and the pieces are large and sturdy.”
Besides, I’m not looking for Hard. I’m looking for Doable and Distracting.
After the 300-piece was finished, I got a 500-piece. And the pieces started dropping off the edge of the coffee table. So, Rolf made this “puzzle board” to fit on top of the coffee table.
The Puzzle Board has edges so the pieces cannot go astray. That’s kind of comforting, knowing all your pieces are there and not in danger of disappearing.
The back of the board is covered in vinyl so it does not scratch the coffee table underneath.
Do you like jigsaw puzzles? Do you equate a large number of pieces with being adult-like? What if you are a tired adult and only need 300 pieces?
orange puzzle piece from bigstockphoto.com #15892556
Too funny – I too have had issues with the creative muse. Left me high and dry she did. And just days ago I walked past a jigsaw puzzle left in the rec room after this summer’s family get together. I haven’t done it. Thought I might. And then got busy. However after your enlightening comments on the vagaries of puzzle making, I am going to go and get that puzzle. (And I think it has only 250 pieces – a good place to start.) Cheers
A 250-piece sounds perfect for teasing out the Muse.
I think doing a jigsaw puzzle gives your Left/Logical Brain something to focus on,
so it does not annoy your Right/Creative Brain.
I hope we both get our Muses back soon!
When the Muse is away…
it’s time to play…
let the fun begin…
and the Muse wants back in!
Thanks! That’s perfect. 🙂
I LOVE jigsaw puzzles. Looking forward to doing one over the holidays.
Me too! I have a holiday one ready to go. We’ll get the tree up first, then on to the next puzzle.
Great idea ,I love the holidays puzzles help me relax when I’m working them.keep them coming and thank you for the beautiful image puzzles. I dont have a website i hope I can still build your puzzles’