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The Chief Tormentor

The Deliciously Devilish Blog of Puzzling News From Staveland

Spring has Sprung

So where are the tulips and daffodils? As you may know, Spring in Vermont can be an iffy thing. We had a week of temps in the 50s last week but now we’re sitting in the high 30s and it’s windy. What’s up with that? I’m choosing to look at it as having my glass half full. I’d much rather be inside cutting puzzles than outside in the chilly air. But guess who doesn’t see it that way? Yep, Steve and Martha have headed off for warmer climates and time with their grandson. Thank goodness Steve does some of his best designing in the sun. And now I’ll let you in on a little secret. Before they left, Paula and I made Steve PROMISE he would come back with a NEW 2-way Trick Design!!! We’re so excited and we know he won’t let us down. WooooWeeeeee!! You heard it here first!

Help Us Help You!

want-of-nailMaking Choices
What do you want to see? We have so many Traditional puzzle images, itís a challenge figuring out what to put in each newsletter. Of course you can see all we have to offer on our website but sometimes itís nice to see them in a snazzy mailing piece.
susan
Susan is your window to the world of Traditional puzzle images. She works with the many artists and licensing agents to find the best images out there for puzzling. The tough part of her job is knowing what to show you. We all like something different and itís her challenge to find something for everyone. Susan does a great job keeping a variety of puzzling genres in our mai l ings but sometimes we wonder if weíre leaving something out. Are there certain artists you want to see featured? Specific time periods you would like represented? The pool of possibilities is almost bottomless. Let us know what you would like to see gracing the pages of your next mailing.

Be A Famous Artist
Are you a budding artist? Did your son or daughter paint a picture for you for Motherís or Fatherís day? You can send us your own artwork to be cut into a puzzle! Send it to us and weíll scan it and make a print to be cut into a puzzle. Wouldnít your child feel special to see his or her masterpiece transformed into a puzzle? We work Susan pretty hard so help us make her job a little easier by sending her an email with a list of artists and puzzle images you want to see represented in future mailings. She could use the break! Email her at Susan@Stave.com

Helping when I can,
Jennifer

P.S. Donít forget, weíll cut your photographs into puzzles too!

Down on the Farm

If you werenít at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN., last weekend then you missed out on a great time! Carol and I, along with our husbands, Hank and Rick, entertained folks with tons of puzzles and several rounds of crazy puzzling competitions. We enjoyed great food, great wine and most importantly, great camaraderie.

This was our 5th year puzzling folks at Blackberry Farm and we welcomed lots of familiar faces as well as several new ones, too. Itís so nice to see our puzzlers settle into old friendships and making new ones, as well. Puzzlers are a welcoming group and those traveling alone were quickly gathered into the fold.

If you want plenty of uninterrupted puzzling time, to work as many puzzles as you desire, with a terrific group of people all while being pampered in the beautiful surroundings of the Smoky Mountains, then join us next February at Blackberry Farm!

molliAce Puzzler, Molli, was the grand prize winner of the 250 piece Traditional puzzle of her choice. Do you think sheíll let her friend, Jane B, help her choose the puzzle?!

One of the most exciting games we played at the party was a Relay Race. Teams raced against each other to be the first to complete their 25 piece puzzle. Players line up and race, one at a time, across the room to the puzzle table. When they fit two pieces together they race back to the line, tag their teammate and off they go! Much fun and laughter was had by all!

BBF-race

Puzzlers Unite! Puzzled guests work as a team to try to get it all together.

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Spring has Sprung

So where are the tulips and daffodils? As you may know, Spring in Vermont can be an iffy thing. We had a week of temps in the 50s last week but now we’re sitting in the high 30s and it’s windy. What’s up with that? I’m choosing to look at it as having my glass half full. I’d much rather be inside cutting puzzles than outside in the chilly air. But guess who doesn’t see it that way? Yep, Steve and Martha have headed off for warmer climates and time with their grandson. Thank goodness Steve does some of his best designing in the sun. And now I’ll let you in on a little secret. Before they left, Paula and I made Steve PROMISE he would come back with a NEW 2-way Trick Design!!! We’re so excited and we know he won’t let us down. WooooWeeeeee!! You heard it here first!

Help Us Help You!

want-of-nailMaking Choices
What do you want to see? We have so many Traditional puzzle images, itís a challenge figuring out what to put in each newsletter. Of course you can see all we have to offer on our website but sometimes itís nice to see them in a snazzy mailing piece.
susan
Susan is your window to the world of Traditional puzzle images. She works with the many artists and licensing agents to find the best images out there for puzzling. The tough part of her job is knowing what to show you. We all like something different and itís her challenge to find something for everyone. Susan does a great job keeping a variety of puzzling genres in our mai l ings but sometimes we wonder if weíre leaving something out. Are there certain artists you want to see featured? Specific time periods you would like represented? The pool of possibilities is almost bottomless. Let us know what you would like to see gracing the pages of your next mailing.

Be A Famous Artist
Are you a budding artist? Did your son or daughter paint a picture for you for Motherís or Fatherís day? You can send us your own artwork to be cut into a puzzle! Send it to us and weíll scan it and make a print to be cut into a puzzle. Wouldnít your child feel special to see his or her masterpiece transformed into a puzzle? We work Susan pretty hard so help us make her job a little easier by sending her an email with a list of artists and puzzle images you want to see represented in future mailings. She could use the break! Email her at Susan@Stave.com

Helping when I can,
Jennifer

P.S. Donít forget, weíll cut your photographs into puzzles too!

Down on the Farm

If you werenít at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN., last weekend then you missed out on a great time! Carol and I, along with our husbands, Hank and Rick, entertained folks with tons of puzzles and several rounds of crazy puzzling competitions. We enjoyed great food, great wine and most importantly, great camaraderie.

This was our 5th year puzzling folks at Blackberry Farm and we welcomed lots of familiar faces as well as several new ones, too. Itís so nice to see our puzzlers settle into old friendships and making new ones, as well. Puzzlers are a welcoming group and those traveling alone were quickly gathered into the fold.

If you want plenty of uninterrupted puzzling time, to work as many puzzles as you desire, with a terrific group of people all while being pampered in the beautiful surroundings of the Smoky Mountains, then join us next February at Blackberry Farm!

molliAce Puzzler, Molli, was the grand prize winner of the 250 piece Traditional puzzle of her choice. Do you think sheíll let her friend, Jane B, help her choose the puzzle?!

One of the most exciting games we played at the party was a Relay Race. Teams raced against each other to be the first to complete their 25 piece puzzle. Players line up and race, one at a time, across the room to the puzzle table. When they fit two pieces together they race back to the line, tag their teammate and off they go! Much fun and laughter was had by all!

BBF-race

Puzzlers Unite! Puzzled guests work as a team to try to get it all together.

bbf puzzlers