1000 Pieces of Madness

There have been many different puzzles shown on this blog, but there’s still a few more to be shown. Like most of the other ones, these are 1000 pieces except for one, which is 750 pieces.

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1000 Pieces

Let’s start with the dolphin puzzle. If you remember, I had already put together a puzzle of a dolphin, but this one is different. As you can see, this one is different and filled with more colours than the other one. The trees were definitely the hardest part of the puzzle to put together because the pieces looked exactly the same. It might be a little hard to see in the picture, but the dolphins and a few other things in the puzzle have a shiny outline around them. I thought this added a nice effect to the puzzle to make it look prettier.

 

 

 

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1000 Pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next puzzle is of a train. I picked this one out because I liked the vintage look to it. It also reminded me of the Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter series. I also liked the colour scheme of the sky because blue and purple are my favourite colours and I think both colours together look very pretty.

 

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1000 Pieces

 

 

 

 

Next up is a puzzle of wolves. I wasn’t the one who picked this one out. My friend wanted it because she loves wolves, so I got it. Once we got back to my house after buying it from Walmart, we started putting it together. It took us, and another friend about two weeks to finish it.

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750 Pieces

 

 

 

 

 

This is now the second last puzzle that I’ve done and as you can see, it’s of two men. You might recognize them, and you might not. If you don’t know who they are, they’re from the show Vampire Diaries. Paul Wesley (left) plays Stefan Salvatore and Ian Somerhalder (right) plays Damon Salvatore. I bought this because it was three dollars from the dollar store and Vampire Diaries is one of my favourite shows. My friend also has this same puzzle. Another reason I bought this is because it’s great eye candy to look at every day.

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1000 Pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

This last puzzle is a special one. As you can see, it’s James Dean. Why is it special, you ask? Well, I don’t know much about James Dean, but he’s my dad’s idol. So, I saw this puzzle at the dollar store and I thought, this would be perfect for my dad. I knew my dad wouldn’t have time to put it together himself, so I did it for him, framed it and gave it to him for a Christmas present. It may have only cost three dollars, but my dad loved it and it’s the thought that counts. 

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Manuela Panuccio

She is a 20-year-old student who is currently enrolled in Professional Writing at Algonquin College. Besides making puzzles, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, writing stories, reading, baking, and sleeping.

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Movie Review: Prisoners

If you enjoy movies that are thrilling, have sexy actors, and are suspenseful enough to make you bite your nails down to the cuticle, then Prisoners is the perfect movie for you to watch. This movie stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and it’s about two 6-year-old girls who are kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day. Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) does everything and anything he can to figure out what happened to his daughter and her friend. When Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) gets in on the investigation, Keller doesn’t think that he’s doing enough to try and find the girls. Keller then decides to take matters into his own hands.

From beginning to end, this movie keeps you in suspense. Prisoners will keep you guessing who the kidnapper until the end. Some parts in the movie might be hard to watch for some people because there are torture scenes which will make you gasp and most likely say “holy shit.” The scenery also gave it an eerie look throughout the entire movie because everything was dark and gloomy, even in the daytime, which gave it the “thriller” effect.

Throughout this movie, I thought that Hugh Jackman did a fantastic job at playing his character. He was very convincing in the torture scenes, which made him slightly terrifying. Compared to his Wolverine character, which can get pretty intense at times, his character in this movie made you look at him in a different way. I also thought that Jake Gyllenhaal did a fine job at playing a detective. He’s very determined to get the mystery of the kidnapping solved and he does everything that he can, which makes for a great detective character.

One reason why this movie keeps you in suspense the whole time is because there are multiple suspects, which keep you guessing who the kidnapper is. As you watch, you’re thinking oh, it’s that person, but then five minutes later you’re like no, wait, it’s definitely that person! Some people might be able to guess who the kidnapper is right away, but most people probably wouldn’t figure it out until the end.

The ending of movie is not only suspenseful, but it’s probably one of the biggest cliffhangers ever. It makes you think about what’s going to happen to Keller Dover and his family, and also if there’s going to be a second movie. I didn’t really like how big the cliffhanger was because there were so many different directions it could go in, which makes it a little confusing. Personally, it would be great if there was a second movie, but the question is: what would it be about? It can’t be about the same thing as the first.

To wrap things up, if you like suspense, go see this movie. If you like thrillers, go see this movie. If you like being mind-blown, go see this movie. You will not regret it.

 

Check out the trailer for Prisoners.

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Manuela Panuccio

She is a 20-year-old student who is currently enrolled in Professional Writing at Algonquin College. Besides making puzzles, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, writing stories, reading, baking, and sleeping.

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Get Jigsaw (Jiggy) With It

You’ve seen a variety of puzzles that I’ve made now, but there’s still more to show. These puzzles are meant for children, but I bought them anyway. I bought them from Zellers and since they were closing everything was on sale, so I bought these puzzles for about three dollars. I thought to myself, three dollars, why not?

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As you can see, this first puzzle is a Disney puzzle. If you remember from my last post, I mentioned that I love Disney. I don’t remember how many pieces this one is, but I’m pretty sure its either 40 or 50. Clearly, it isn’t very big, so I did it by myself and it took me about five minutes to put it together. I said in my last post that I was going to frame my puzzles and put them on my basement walls, but I’m not going to do that with these puzzles since they’re so small.

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100 Pieces

 

 

 

This round puzzle is also Disney. Although it’s only 100 pieces it was a little harder to put together since it’s round. The end pieces were confusing to put together since they were oddly shaped. I put this puzzle together by myself too and it didn’t take very long either. My friend also bought a puzzle like this, but hers was a picture of all the Disney villains. I wanted the one she got, but it was the only one left in the store, so I got this one instead.

 

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100 Pieces (Each)

 

 

 

 

 

 

These next four puzzles are all Iron Man. You might ask why I bought puzzles of Iron Man and the reason is that he’s my favourite Marvel superhero. I have many things that are related to Iron Man, such as: a poster, two piggy banks, a Hot Wheels car, two plastic cups, a small figurine, all three Iron Man movies, The Avengers movie, and a MacBook sticker that I haven’t put on my computer yet. My friends think I’m crazy for basically having an Iron Man shrine in my room.

 

 

 

 

Guess what time it is. It’s time for another update on my 4000-piece puzzle! I cleaned up my brother’s mess and laid out all the pieces again, so hopefully he doesn’t decide to flip them over again. My friends and I have made some progress and started completing the right side of the puzzle. You might have noticed in the first two pictures that the border wasn’t completely connected and in this picture, it is. We thought that we were missing pieces, but it turned out that a couple of pieces were in the wrong spot, so it messed up the border. Tune in for more completion of this puzzle!

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Manuela Panuccio

She is a 20-year-old student who is currently enrolled in Professional Writing at Algonquin College. Besides making puzzles, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, writing stories, reading, baking, and sleeping.

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This Is Puzzling

Previously on this blog, you learned that I like to make puzzles, most of which are 1000 pieces, but I have others that are less than 1000 pieces, which will be seen here. I also have a few other 1000 piece puzzles to show later on.

 750 Pieces

750 Pieces

You may think that puzzles with fewer pieces are easier, and some are, but the ones that I’ve done were still difficult to do because of the colour scheme. A lot of the pieces looked the exact same, which made it hard to figure out where they went. The picture on the right is 750 pieces. It doesn’t look like it would take a long time to make, but it actually took me a while. I did this one by myself and it took me about 3 months. It’s definitely more fun to do with friends.

 100 Pieces (Each) 

100 Pieces (Each) 

 The three Disney puzzles are only 100 pieces each. One of my friends helped me with them and it only took us about a week to put them all together. They probably look childish, but I bought them because they’re colourful and because I love Disney (that probably sounds childish too, don’t judge me!).

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300 Pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 I really enjoyed making the puzzle of the dolphin with the sunset in the background. I specifically bought this one because I was looking for a puzzle with a dolphin in it. I’ve always liked dolphins and I love anything to do with the ocean and beaches. It was only 300 pieces and it took my friend and I about a week and a half to put it together.  

 

 

 

 

You’re probably wondering what I do with all of these puzzles when I’m finished with them. Do I take them apart? Nope. You might have also noticed that they are all on Bristol boards. When I’m finished putting them together, I glue them to the Bristol boards with puzzle glue. I then cut the excess of the board off and once I get the right sizes, I’m going to frame them and put them up on the walls in my basement. Why buy a painting for the wall when I can put my own together?

It’s time to update you on the 4000-piece puzzle. As of right now, I haven’t done anything with it. Why? That would be because my brother thought it would be funny to flip the pieces over on me. Don’t worry; he didn’t flip the ones I already put together. You’re probably thinking oh, little boys will be little boys. Wrong. He’s not little, he’s 23 years old, so you could imagine how pissed off I was. It took me about three hours to lay out all of the pieces. The result of his mess is in the picture below.

Hopefully, more of the puzzle will be completed by my next post.

 The mess my brother made. I'm slowly laying the pieces out again.

The mess my brother made. I'm slowly laying the pieces out again.

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Manuela Panuccio

She is a 20-year-old student who is currently enrolled in Professional Writing at Algonquin College. Besides making puzzles, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, writing stories, reading, baking, and sleeping.

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Puzzle Mania

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1000 Pieces

 1000 Pieces

1000 Pieces

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1000 Pieces

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1000 Pieces

While most people in their 20s enjoy going out to bars and partying with their friends, I don’t. Sure, I’ll go out once in a while to have a drink or just for a nice dinner, but I don’t do it every single weekend like some people I know.

What do I like to do? I like to make puzzles in my basement with my friends. You might think that that’s childish, but 1000 piece puzzles are not that easy to do and I doubt kids would take the time to actually sit and put it all together without getting frustrated.

There are people that I know who hate puzzles with a passion and they think that I’m crazy for “wasting my time” by sitting in my basement making puzzles. Yes, puzzles take a while to put together, but I like doing them. My friends help me construct them and as we do them, we play music or we talk about something, so it’s not boring.

 I also enjoy making puzzles because the pictures are pretty. I could probably find the same pictures on Google, but somehow that just wouldn’t be the same. I really do enjoy making puzzles, but I also buy so many of them because I like how the picture looks.

When people come over to my house, they come down to the basement and they see a puzzle lying on the ground. Some reactions are, “oh that looks hard,” and other reactions are, “oh my god, why the hell are you wasting your time on that.” I give them a simple response: “I like making puzzles, sue me.”

As you can see in these pictures, I have done a variety of different puzzles. They’re all 1000 piece puzzles and I have others that are less pieces. I'll be posting pictures of those puzzles later on.

My friends and I are currently working on a 4000 piece puzzle. We’ve been working on it since the end of July and it’s not even halfway done. I’m not going to tell you what the picture is. You might be able to tell what it is based on the picture below, but if you want to see the finished product, tune in to this blog to find out!

 

 4000 Pieces. Currently working on this with friends.

4000 Pieces. Currently working on this with friends.

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Manuela Panuccio

She is a 20-year-old student who is currently enrolled in Professional Writing at Algonquin College. Besides making puzzles, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, writing stories, reading, baking, and sleeping.

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