Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Puzzled

TOF loves putting puzzles together. I have quite a collection of preschool puzzles acquired from garage sales and the thrift shop, where they run 49 cents or 1/2 off on Monday. Most of the puzzles I've purchased are like new. I guess some kids don't like puzzles as much as we do.

Somewhere online, most likely someone's blog, I read about an idea for jigsaw puzzles (and please forgive me, but I DO NOT remember where, so if I got this idea from your blog, leave me a comment and I will certainly link you up.) So this idea was for a jigsaw puzzle made out of a place mat. INGENIOUS! This weekend, while waiting for the pictures to print at the studio from hell, we took a quick run to Joann Fabrics. Where I persuaded Augie Dawgs to spend a ton of money on fabric for a new duvet cover, but sorry, I digress. I spent very little on 4 lovely Christmas place mats, 79 cents each to be exact.

While the sweet boy napped I did this.


and this


Here's a good picture of the individual pieces.
I just drew puzzle shaped pieces on the back of the place mat
and then cut on the line with scissors.


A Gingerbread Boy


And Ho Ho Ho


I store all of our puzzles in these awesome lingerie laundry bags that I purchased for 3/$1 at the Dollar Store. This takes up much less room than storing them in the original boxes. Several bags then fit nicely in a Rubbermaid container.

The possibilities are only limited to the type of place mats you find.

P.S. Go vote for my bloggy friend Soxy Deb who is in a joke contest here.
Then go here and vote for tree #2. Vote or else! Thank you to all the wonderful people who already voted, don't forget to go back daily. What? My Uncle Al said, "Vote early and vote often"
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32 comments:

Mrs. Schmitty said...

What an awesome idea! My daughter LOVES puzzles too. They always get bent up and torn from so much use. I think this is a fantastic idea.

Thanks for sharing!

Kristen said...

That is soooo cool. I love this idea and the storage bag. So smart of you!

Kristen said...

I tried to vote again but it said it already counted my vote...I guess from yesturday

sandy said...

I love this idea! I am doing this one for sure. Thanks for sharing:)

{i}Post said...

How fun! I love the idea, although my own kids are too old. However, I certainly will store it in the brain for future grandchildren!

I also love the top commentators widget...I may have to add one of my own!

Hugs...

Jenni Jiggety said...

Oooh! What a cool idea!

Dawn said...

If you don't beat all!! You are so crafty!

I voted AGAIN today! I've had about 6 replies to the emails I've sent out that they went and voted. I'm hoping I'll get more replies today. I WANT you to win! :)

angie said...

What a wonderful idea.....and look at your great puzzle pieces.....

rachael said...

what a brilliant storage idea!

Julie said...

You are the bomb! What a fabulous idea!!!!!!!!

georgie said...

My Bestie would LOVE this idea...oh and I just voted your up to 67 votes now not to far behind the leader YAY I hope you win!!!

Tiffany said...

That is an AWESOME idea. Really cool!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Found your blog through the Blog Stalker this morning. What fun! I love using lingerie bags. They make my life easier. Never thought they might be a multi-purpose item, though. Thanks!

Also loved all of the great coupons.

-Francesca

Miz Q said...

Terrific ideas!! and look at your new widgets! how fun!

Now I wanna see the new duvet! ;o)

Carla said...

Great idea! (and, since you threatened (not sure what 'or else' is, so, I'm going to vote:)

Soxy Deb said...

I voted!!! For both of us!

That is a great little idea you have there. Just makes me wish (again) that I had little ones here.

Jen said...

well now that is a great idea and a very cute one too. My son loves puzzles. I am so going to have to try it.

Leah said...

WHAT A FANTASTIC IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!

Kaci said...

Great idea! I love it! El goes ga ga over puzzles!

Jennifer Suarez said...

OMG that is SUCH a cool idea! I swear you are like Martha Stewart, but way cooler and without all the jail time.

NJDecorator said...

What a great gift idea as well..

Annikke said...

THAT is such a cute idea! I love it!

Elaine A. said...

You are a genius!!! I am so honored to know you! Seriously, what a great idea! Love the storage idea too...

Betsy said...

That is a seriously good idea! And you can find ANY picture on placemats!! THANKS! I am so using this one!!

Jennifer said...

Fab idea!!! Love it!

Mandy said...

Holy cow!! That's awesome! I never thought of using lingerie bags to store puzzle pieces. I AM SO GOING OUT TO BUY SOME!

travel girl said...

Cute puzzles.

I tried to vote for your tree twice but it would'nt let me:(

Cheryl Lage said...

GENIUS! (and that gingerbread boy is TOOOO cute!)

What a clever, clever idea!

DeeX said...

You need to beg and plead for more votes, as of right now you are only 23 votes behind Karmella.

Hey I love the puzzle thing. Thats a great idea. ONLY you would do that AND come up with a great storage solution.

Rhonda said...

Oh, the gingerbread man is my favorite! He's so cute!

Julie said...

What a great idea! And your cutting skills are simply amazing.

Yaya said...

That is awesome! What a great idea! You're so creative!

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