I’m taking a break from working on my table setting for tomorrow to pop in and share some info and tips as a follow up to earlier posts this week.
First of all, I just wanted to say thanks so much to everyone who left a comment yesterday sharing the wonderful memories of working on puzzles with loved ones and friends. I had no idea how much power a puzzle has to bring families together. After hearing your stories, it really made me wish I had set up a card table in my living room and had a puzzle on it throughout the years my son was home and growing up. If I ever make the big move to live closer to my grandson, you can bet there will be a puzzle out and ready whenever he visits. Thanks again for all those wonderful stories…loved each and every one!
One of the questions that popped up several times in the comments yesterday was how to preserve a puzzle for framing once it has been put together. Several folks mentioned Jig Saw Puzzle Glue. If you Google that phrase, you’ll find several different brands of puzzle glue online. On You Tube, you’ll find a few tutorials showing how to apply it.
After watching some of the tutorials, I was a little worried about using puzzle glue because you have to pour the glue right onto the top surface of the puzzle. I was concerned it would alter the appearance of the puzzle. So, I Googled a bit more and found something called, Buffalo Games Puzzle Presto…touted as the glue alternative. It’s basically very strong adhesive-covered sheets that are applied to the back of a puzzle which holds it together without having to use glue. You’ll find tutorial pictures online showing how to apply it. It’s look pretty easy to use.
The trickiest part appears to be flipping the puzzle over to apply the sticky sheets. The easiest way to do that from what I’ve read would be to slide the puzzle onto a stiff piece of poster board, place another piece of poster board on top, then just turn them over making sure to keep them firmly pressed together with the puzzle sandwiched in-between. It would need to be really stiff poster board, not the flimsy kind we all used in school for making posters.
If you think you’ll want to preserve your puzzle for framing, it might be a good idea to put the puzzle together on top of a piece of heavy poster board so at least that part would already be done. Then you could just lay another poster board on top after it’s complete to flip it over.
I ordered some of the Puzzle Presto via eBay. That’s where I found the best price for it. You can also find it available on Amazon. Once it comes and I give it a try, I’ll let you know how it works.
The 2nd followup I wanted to mention is Amazon no longer has the Nancy Drew puzzle I ordered a few days ago. Apparently, they didn’t even have it in stock when I ordered it because it never shipped and they can’t say why other than to tell me it “missed its shipping date and isn’t available.” So, I canceled the order and ordered it directly from the manufacturer of the puzzle, Cobble Stone Puzzle Company.
If you were one of the folks who mentioned wanting that puzzle, that’s the place to find it. When I called them today, they said the puzzle has been very popular and they only have 17 left. I have a feeling they will continue producing it though since it has been so popular.
Finally, my third followup pertains to the wonderful paneling we saw in the Atlanta home I featured earlier this week for Met Monday.
A big thank you to Rick who left a comment on that post identifying the paneling as Pickwick Pine Paneling and sharing a link to an article that gives information about where the same type paneling can be found today.
I so wish I had known about those sources a few years ago when I was making over my son’s room to create a home office. The Pottery Barn photo below had been my inspiration picture but I couldn’t find the paneling anywhere and neither could my contractor.
You guys were right about the paneling in the home being knotty pine paneling. You can read all about the history of the paneling as well as where it can be purchased today in this article: Pickwick Pine Paneling. Thanks again, Rick for the link to the article!
Okay, back to work on tomorrow’s post. See you tomorrow for Tablescape Thursday!