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National Jigsaw Day today

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Cambia Tue 03-Nov-15 12:11:25

Apparently it is National Jigsaw Day today. How do these days occur? Does someone just make them up? My son has built up an online jigsaw business and knew nothing about this until yesterday! I do find it encouraging though that lots of families are buying jigsaws to do together as a family and putting the iPads away for a while. I thought it was more a grans activity but perhaps I am biased as I always have one on the go! Have to limit myself as once I start I can't stop - anyone else have the same addiction?

Cambia Tue 03-Nov-15 12:18:31

Sorry seem to have posted twice! This is my first time do forgive me!

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 03-Nov-15 13:05:12

Not me! Can't stand 'em.

Buddie Tue 03-Nov-15 13:15:28

I quite enjoy doing a jigsaw but find having the space to keep one on the go a problem. I have been making up jigsaws that came from the family home to check they are complete and then donating them to charity shops with the pieces sealed in a bag and a note enclosed to say they are complete. I find once I have made up a puzzle once I don't really want to do that one again although I do take a photo of the completed puzzle so that I can still enjoy the picture if it is of personal interest such as a place I have visited or an event.

I have a large sheet of card on which I construct the puzzle and found it slips easily under the settee when the table is required for a meal. It works for puzzles up to 1000 pieces so far.

ninathenana Tue 03-Nov-15 15:08:04

My name is Nina and I'm a jigsaw addict grin

I have one of those fold out cases I use for mine, it can even be stored vertically with a half finished puzzle in. I tried one of the rolls but it was rubbish.
Cambia do you mean your son sells on line ? If so could you pm me the link, thanks.

Indinana Tue 03-Nov-15 19:37:09

I love jigsaws, but I can't afford to give up the dining room to do them, because it's completely given over to the the sewing machine, fabric, patterns, cottons, cutting mat etc. etc. We eat either at the kitchen table or on trays in the living room (unless we have guests when I have to do a quick clear up!).
So at the moment my jigsaw addiction is confined to doing online ones - there is a great site which has thousands of them and I tend to do a couple a day. Obviously fewer pieces, but still enjoyable.

rosesarered Tue 03-Nov-15 20:01:12

Who thinks up these days? Ummm, jigsaw makers?
There is an iPad app, you can do jigsaws online, I have one, there are hundreds of jigsaws on it, and no storage problems.

yogagran Tue 03-Nov-15 20:23:02

Seems that every day is a "national day", have a look at this:

Elrel Tue 03-Nov-15 20:47:19

Well, today is Sandwich and Housewives Day - go together rather well. Next we have National Candy Day followed by National Doughnut Day - does Homer Simpson have a greedy yellow hand in this?
I'll go for National Saxophone Day on 5th but really!! What load of old American cobblers!

vampirequeen Tue 03-Nov-15 20:55:09

I can't do jigsaws. I just don't seem able to 'see' how the pieces fit together. I start to struggle once I get to around 20 pieces [embarrassed]

I often wondered who decided on named days too. I suspect the card manufacturers have a hand in it. There is a episode of the Simpsons that rings true. They looked at the calendar and saw card times at New Year, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They realised that there was a gap between Father's Day and Hallowe'en so they invented Love Day. They promoted this new holiday and sure enough people bought cards, gifts and tat. Admittedly this was a cartoon show but it seems that people do that in the real world too.

LullyDully Wed 04-Nov-15 02:46:33

Give me a crossword, jigsaw drive me mad. DH buys one every Christmas so everyone can casually add to it and then becomes totally addicted himself.

NfkDumpling Wed 04-Nov-15 07:23:58

Thanks for the link yogagran, NT only is today National Candy Day but it's also Chicken Lady Day!

(OK it's only in the USA but that just means I can be picky - and chocolate is candy isn't it?)

MiniMouse Wed 04-Nov-15 07:37:00

vampirequeen Have you tried turning the jigsaw, so that it's upside down? I used to sit opposite my DM when we did one together and that's when I discovered that I find them easier to do! Not sure what that says about me blush

POGS Wed 04-Nov-15 11:48:14


ninathenana Wed 04-Nov-15 13:34:45

?? Pogs

Cambia Wed 04-Nov-15 14:44:49

Minimouse I thought at first you meant upside down! That would be a challenge, then realised what you meant!!

Cambia Wed 04-Nov-15 14:49:51

Have to ration jisaw time to a reward in the afternoon after all the jobs are done or I would never do anything! Quite nice when it is dark and foggy to light the fire and settle down. I love semi retirement! Still working on a 2000 piece Clementoni one which is taking me ages. Nice to know I am not alone.

Not sure I would like the online ones as I like to pick up the box and shake the pieces all around!!!

vampirequeen Wed 04-Nov-15 15:03:18

I can't even sort out the flat edges from the other bits lol.

grannyactivist Wed 04-Nov-15 16:05:09

In our family we have a tradition of doing a jigsaw in the days leading up to Christmas and also on family holidays. When we went away with our 25 year old son last week he had bought a 1000 piece puzzle for the occasion and happily plugged away at it for the next few days with a bit of help from his wife and his father.

My children and grandchildren especially love the wooden puzzles from Wentworth, featuring their beautiful whimsy pieces. My parents in law used to buy the 'stocking' filler puzzles for my children when they were younger. I've bought this one for my son for Christmas. That should keep him occupied for a while. grin

MiniMouse Wed 04-Nov-15 16:06:17

Cambia I couldn't work out what you meant at first! Yes, that would have added to the challenge grin I should have said "turn it 180° !!

Nelliemoser Wed 04-Nov-15 16:26:13

I only do jigsaw puzzles just after Christmas. Always 1000 piece ones I usually do two between Christmas and New Year.

I really enjoy them. I buy them from charity shops and take them back to a different one. I rarely get one that is not complete.

Nelliemoser Wed 04-Nov-15 16:34:08

Indinana My son bought me one of these years ago. You can zip the board up and if you are careful opening it the pieces stay put. It is really useful.
See the picture in the link.

ninathenana Wed 04-Nov-15 16:40:18

grannya Yikes ! I couldn't afford those the rate I get through them

Cambia Thu 05-Nov-15 14:43:56

The Wentworth ones are just gorgeous but they are really family heirlooms as they are too nice to pass on. They are a solid wooden piece and so nice to do. I have been coveting a 1000 piece one but I think they are around a £100 and I can't quite justify that. On my list for when I win the lottery along with the Montblanc fountain pen!

Cambia Thu 05-Nov-15 14:46:26

That's the best bit sorting out the straight edges. I think I just like putting things in order. Very sad. My DH bought me a t shirt that said I don't have OCD's I have CDO"s as I like them in order!