When you’ve been together with someone for over two years (or you know, for a considerable period of time), it’s not rare that you find yourselves having this conversation…
“What do you want to do tonight?”
“I don’t know. But I want to do something…”
Or you know, something along those lines. J and I often times find ourselves to be in that situation. It’s like you want to do something, but you feel like there’s really nothing to do because either the things that you or your partner suggest have already been done many times before and you’re struggling to find something new to do. And then I thought, there must be others who share the same feelings or have been in the same situation as we sometimes do. So I have decided to add a new segment to my blog called “What to do” where I’ll blog about things to do not only for couples, but also in general! What say you? Alright, let’s get to it!
So J bought me a set of Ariel puzzle for Christmas last year that we had planned to do together months ago but never we never did. Months later, both of us found ourselves to be so bored out of our minds and we decided that it’s probably about time for us to do the puzzle that has been waiting for us ever so patiently in my room, hahaha! It took us a total of about eight hours to complete it which was not bad at all! Definitely faster than I thought. I’ve never really done a puzzle over 100 pieces, and it was my first time doing one with 750 pieces. It was a lot more challenging compared to the ones that I used to do when I was a kid and I love it! J and I worked as a team, he did the land and sky part whereas I did the under the sea part of the puzzle. We also learned something new about each other! I personally rely more on the colors and pictures on each of the puzzle pieces while J on the other hand, he apparently does the puzzle solely by matching the shape of the pieces because of his color-blindness, which is crazy because I think that makes the puzzle a lot harder to finish! He did great though! I think he matched the same amount of puzzle pieces as me, if not more. Eh, okay, maybe more…
Next comes the gluing part. I have never done it before and I don’t think J has done it either. We purchased the puzzle glue as well as the frame (got an awesome deal for it, buy one get one free!) from Michael’s. There are various types of puzzle glue and the ones that are available in Michael’s at the time were only the stick-on and liquid types. We ended up going with the latter because we thought that it’d work better, funner and ‘harder’ to mess up, lol. The application was pretty easy (the glue comes with a reusable spreader) and quick (it took about an hour or so for the glue to completely dry) which was great because I was just so excited to get the puzzle framed, haha.
By right, the puzzle was meant to fit the 24″ x 18″ frame. Unfortunately, for some reason, it didn’t fit the frame that I had bought! That is until J came up with the idea of cutting a small portion of the puzzle so that it’d fit the frame… At first I thought his idea was absolutely crazy, not g’nna lie! But it worked! He used the cardboard back of the frame to fit the puzzle and then he cut the excess area. Best thing is, you can’t even tell that the puzzle has been altered to fit the frame! Simply brilliant.
Ta-da! I love, love, love how the puzzle looks with the frame! Super easy to do, and it’s a great team-building activity, I have to say! Now we just have to find a new puzzle to work on so we can place it into the empty frame that we have, hehe!
How about you? Do you have any tricks for matching pieces of puzzles?