Popularity Contest!

Yesterday Stave puzzle cutter, Evie, came into my office and said, “Jennifer, I have a great puzzle idea!” Well, if you celebrate the Day of the Dead you’ll know just what Evie was talking about. It’s a Sugar Skull! She showed me the sketch you see here and excitedly began talking about what she would do as a potential puzzle design.

Have you seen these things around? I’ve noticed them here and there when out shopping, but never really thought of them as a potential puzzle. They’re gorgeous, don’t you think? What a cool puzzle it could be!

Imagine dumping those pieces out of the box – a table-top full of color! Now take a look at the cool piece shapes that are possible.

An early draft — design in progress.

The fun shapes used in the decorations are perfect for puzzling. Gorgeous and fun!

Here’s my dilemma. It’s a long process to design a puzzle. We go back and forth on many drafts working with the artist and we cut several prototypes in the process.

We have to make sure we’ve chosen the best shape and theme, check the technical aspects of the design and we have to make sure we’re hitting the desired difficulty level (we use our ace puzzle testers for this).

Due to the lengthy process and amount of time invested, I better be darn sure the puzzle has good appeal before I let an artist spend too much time working on it. I know there are people out there who wear the sugar skull designs on their clothes, have bumper stickers on their cars and collect them, but are they our puzzlers?

Here’s where I need your help.

Is this something you or someone you know would want to have on your puzzle table? Do you think a sugar skull puzzle would be a good addition to the Stave collection?

If enough of you like this type of design, then we’re going full steam ahead.

Call me with your thoughts at 802-295-5200, or email me at jennifer@stave.com.

P.S. Evie is also working on a different design that will be introduced soon. Keep an eye out for it!

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Meet Stave crafter and NEW puzzle designer, Evie White

Museum Art

As evident in this mailing, tastes in art vary from Contemporary to Classic Impressionism and everything in between. Some of our more popular Traditional puzzle images include Landscapes, Florals and Americana. Stave artist, Susan Greenleaf pays tribute to some popular museum artists in her collection of puzzles designed after great artists like Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. These puzzles have been very popular amongst our Teaser puzzlers. She just recently completed the designs for two more in the collection honoring Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo and we’re excited to introduce these this month.

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A Lasting Impression

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Georgia’s On My Mind

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Color Me Kahlo

What’s Your Flavor?

Now, it’s your turn to be the judge. What style of art suits your taste? My inquiring mind wants to know.

I’d love to hear your opinion. What’s your favorite style of art?

Call or email to give me a piece of your mind.

Curiously yours,


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