These days it can be hard to find a brick-and-mortar shop that’s dedicated to helping people browse and buy puzzles.
Yeah, yeah, we know – it’s easy to order from the big online retailers (we sell there too!), but at Cloudberries we believe that shopping at independent stores is vital to keeping the puzzle community alive.
Many independent shops have closed down but there are still a few going strong! While you can’t yet find Cloudberries puzzles in stock at all of these places, we’re always happy to support them – and we hope you’ll do the same!
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Sometimes puzzle pieces appear in the strangest of places! And we don’t mean ‘down the back of the sofa’ – we’re talking about online photo libraries, where jigsaw puzzles are used to illustrate everything from relationship woes to serious team-building adventures.
Need a photo of businessmen playing with an enormous puzzle? Or how about a couple of puzzle pieces with big, wobbly eyes? Whatever you’re after, it seems the internet’s photo libraries have you covered. Here are some of the best (okay, worst) uses of puzzle pieces that the world of stock photos has to offer.
Puzzles are often thought of as ‘toys’ and of course they are a lot of fun. But they also provide a range of health benefits!
From helping you relax with near-meditation, to improving your brain processing speed, to even preventing serious illnesses later in life, puzzles have a lot to offer. Check out these six ways that your love of jigsaw puzzles can help improve your health!
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If you’ve ever searched ‘jigsaw puzzle’ on Youtube, you’ve seen her videos. Karen Kavett (Karen Puzzles) is one of the biggest names in the puzzle world. Her Youtube channel is full of beautiful time-lapse videos of her completing puzzles of all shapes and sizes, plus honest and helpful reviews on a range of brands (including Cloudberries, of course) and even some tips and tricks that are great for puzzle lovers of all levels. Put simply, Karen is puzzle royalty!
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What do you like to do when puzzling? Are you someone who thrives off silence or someone who likes some extra entertainment?
At Cloudberries we love podcasts; they make it easy to learn about anything, catch up on the news, and even play a game of trivia – anywhere, anytime! Here are 21 of our favourite podcasts for puzzling – try one the next time you sit down for a puzzle session!
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Jigsaw puzzles are great when you’re looking for something relaxing to do, but it can also be fun to challenge yourself to complete a puzzle in record time (and by record time, we mean your personal record – but if you wanna go for the Guinness World Record, we support you!)
If you want to spice up your puzzle routine by challenging yourself to complete it fast, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help keep your speed up and stay on track! Also be sure to check out the video below by Karen Kavett (@KarenPuzzles on YouTube) who shows you how to do a jigsaw quickly using our puzzle, ORIGAMI!
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As puzzle lovers, we all know that feeling of finally completing a puzzle, then sitting back and admiring your work. But there’s always that question: ‘What do I do with it now?’
It almost feels wrong to just break a puzzle up and put it back in the box right away, so you might leave it out for a few days or weeks to enjoy the finished jigsaw. But, of course, that can only last so long. Here are five fun ideas for what to do with your completed puzzle!
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Looking for a new way to have fun with jigsaw puzzles? We get it. Whether we’re doing an old favourite or something new and exciting (like the five new jigsaws we just announced!), sometimes doing a puzzle the old-fashioned way feels boring. So here are six of our favourite challenges. How many have you tried?
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