When was the last time you sat down and put a puzzle together? It's been a good 30 years or so for me! When I was a kid, we used to do puzzles at my Grandmother's house. It was nothing to work on the same puzzle little bits at a time with each visit.
When my family came up to visit a couple of weeks ago, my mom and I went to an Amish General Store just to check it out. They had a whole wall of shelves full of puzzles (among many, many other things), so I thought it would be a great idea to pick one up to complete together while everyone was visiting. Because none of us have a ton of patience, I got one that had just 300 pieces. Still, I had visions of evenings spent putting together the pieces, not forcing one, because as Grandmother always taught us, if you have to force it, it doesn't fit! Little did I know, it would become a race for my brother and his girlfriend, and we'd have the thing done in less than two hours.
This is the brother thinking to himself "I won..." with his beautiful lady who owns GillyLynn (beautiful handmade accessories) and The Brass Giraffe (fun vintage style) and she just started a new blog with all of her own fashion, health, and vintage randomness and more - Wise Brunette - check them all out, and my Mom hiding behind a PicMonkey bunny, because I know how she is about pictures, even though she's always beautiful!
We used a flip chart I had from a meeting I held for work to put the whole thing together, because I knew someday, I wanted to frame this little work of art/competition piece, and I picked up a frame yesterday to do just that!
Before I started, I did take the cardboard backing from the frame and flipped the whole thing over since I knew I wanted to glue on the backside. I gathered up my supplies - a little Mod Podge, a sponge brush, and a paper plate and took everything back to the kitchen table for a nice, flat, even work space.
I brushed 2 coats of the Mod Podge onto the back of the puzzle, and then came the most difficult part (for me) - waiting for it to dry.
What's that saying about watching paint, or in this case, glue, dry?
Once it was dry, and I could pick the whole thing up by a corner, I set it in the frame, and the picture at the top of the post was the finished product!
I have no idea where this thing might end up, but I'm thinking once the brother and his lady find a house, it might be theirs since it was such a challenge between the two of them!
Have some good old-fashioned family fun and pick up a puzzle next time you see one!