...I have photos in albums,
Of family and friends,
Beloved cats and dogs,
Their faithful memories.
I have books on shelves,
Collection of words,
Collections of stories,
Our history, where we came from,
Who lived before, our heritage...
(Bev Hedgman, Collecting Things)
Do you collect things? I've read that about one third of people in the UK collect something. Don't know about you, but I'm definitely in that camp. I collect books, vintage china and postcards among other things.
Our collections become a part of our identity. It's such a popular hobby, the main problem is though finding storage space for all your treasures.
With books, it runs in both our families - my in-laws have shelves of books from floor to ceiling everywhere. Once, when a plumber had to be called to deal with some issues, he looked around the entrance hall crammed with books and decided that my father in law was a book seller (he's not), as he couldn't believe why someone would have so many books.
Working on The Curious Cupboard No.6, The Collector's Cupboard 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger made me think of all the things we collect.
The owner of the curious cupboard and I have similar tastes - we love books, old china, hats, buttons and old photos. This puzzle is a real pleasure to work on. It has such a great attention to detail, not surprising when Colin Thompson is an artist.
His unique style is easily recognisable.
It's not just a variety of small details. it's those peculiar little creatures which invade the shelves and build a world of their own among the old books, Cornishware and cameras.
This wonderfully quirky puzzle is a rich tapestry of colours. There are buttons of many shapes and sizes...
... vintage bottles and cameras, stamps, timepieces, jazzy ties and bright hats... and cats. This collector is clearly obsessed with cats.
There are playful kittens, and sleepy moggies, and even toy cats.
The puzzle measures 70x50cm when completed. It's suitable for ages 12+.
Like all Ravensburger puzzles, it's made from strong premium grade cardboard, with linen finish print to minimise the glare on puzzle image.
The puzzle pieces are cut, using soft click technology, i.e. unique punching templates and tools.
This wonderfully intricate jigsaw puzzle will make a great gift for any puzzle fan. If you're looking for ideas for Christmas gifts, this puzzle might just fit the bill.
Disclosure: I received the puzzle for the purposes of reviewing. All opinions are my own.