Disclosure: This product was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the product.
Age Range: Adult
Manufacturer’s Description: Most of us need somewhere quiet to retreat to; somewhere we can pursue our hobbies and interests, sit quietly and shrug off the stresses and strains of everyday life. For those lucky enough to enjoy such a space, these “havens” can often be found in the humble garden shed. This highly detailed and colourful puzzle shows just such a place … a cute little shed where the owner can pursue her love of card making, painting, scrapbooking and all things crafty. What a wonderful place to create gifts and greetings cards, or just sit and look at the beautiful garden and view beyond.
Review: The first in Ravensburger’s new Haven series, this Craft Shed jigsaw is just lovely. I want a craft shed just like the one pictured in the jigsaw – a calm, cosy corner just to myself with a gorgeous view out onto a garden!
Ravensburger have a lovely range of jigsaws for Mother’s Day – I know I would be happy to be given any of these. To me, being given a jigsaw is being given permission to take a bit of time out to myself. I find doing jigsaws really de-stresses me and it is something I enjoy doing before bed, after putting my laptop to sleep, to wind down at the end of a hectic day.
The Craft Shed is a 1000 piece jigsaw which is a great size to do – it takes several evenings for me to finish a jigsaw of this size; I’ve been at it two evenings so far and I haven’t quite completed it yet. I will update my review with a photo of the finished jigsaw when I manage it.
In addition to the bag of jigsaw pieces, inside the box you get a great information sheet. It has a picture of the puzzle, and some information about the artist and the scene depicted by the jigsaw. I really like this being included as it gives you an easy reference sheet when you are doing the puzzle; I can then put pieces in both the box & it’s lid when I’m doing the puzzle, yet still have a copy of the picture I’m putting together.
The completed puzzle measures 70 x 50 cm which is a great size to fit onto a standard sort of size puzzle board like mine. This is necessary so that I can put it away during the day and not have my puzzle destroyed by inquisitive little people!
As always with Ravensburger puzzles, the quality of the jigsaw is high. Their softclick technology means that all the pieces fit perfectly together and you never have that “is it right or isn’t it?” moment you get with a poorly cut puzzle. It makes their jigsaws very satisfying to put together. The backing of the pieces is a nice shade of blue which I actually prefer to grey, as they show up against my puzzle board when they’re upside down.
Overall I am very happy with this jigsaw and think it is definitely worth the price. This is one I will enjoy doing again, and a welcome addition to my puzzle cupboard. 5 stars for another lovely puzzle from Ravensburger.