Puzzles have always been popular at Bas Bleu, but they really took off last year! We were happy to carry them for our housebound bluestockings… and it’s always exciting when old-fashioned pastimes are resurrected. Here are some of the standouts from our recent fall catalog.

Enchanted Nutcracker Puzzle

Just try not to hum the twinkling melodies of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet score while piecing together this whimsical 500-piece puzzle featuring dancing ballerinas, little Clara with her nutcracker, the Mouse King, and more! Toes will be tapping and spirits will be soaring from the first piece to the last. Measures 20″-square when compete.

Christmas Market Puzzle

Artist Michael Storrings’s illustration of the Dresdner Striezelmarkt—founded in Dresden, Germany, in 1434 and considered the first genuine Christmas market in the world—is blissfully bustling! In case you can’t make it in person this year, we invite you to settle in at home with a frosty stein of ale and a juicy bratwurst to work this very merry 1,000-piece puzzle! Measures 20″x27″ when complete.

We did this puzzle while on vacation after Christmas, and really looked forward to sitting down with it in front of the fireplace with a movie running, [with] tea or wine nearby. -a Bas Bleu customer

Country Diary Puzzles: Winter

No matter the season, revel in the beauty of nature’s bounty when you tackle our magnificent Country Diary Puzzles. On the Winter version, rabbits, sparrows, and blue tits frolic among the colorful oak leaves and sprays of holly that grace the 1,000-piece puzzle. The elegant seasonal illustrations are derived from celebrated English artist and naturalist Edith Holden’s 1906 diary. Measures 26½”x19¼” when complete.

I absolutely love these puzzles.They are beautiful and full of flowers, birds,and butterflies, and the colors are watercolor colors . What makes them even more interesting is that the pieces fit in very interesting ways, which creates more interesting pieces.They have kept me amused and occupied in these more trying times. -a Bas Bleu customer

Country Diary Puzzles: Autumn

This fall, revel in the beauty of nature’s bounty—even when the weather starts to get a little too brisk—when you tackle our magnificent Country Diary: Autumn Puzzle. Starlings, sparrows, yellow hammers, even a squirrel frolic among the colorful leaves, berries, crab apples, and toadstools that grace this 1,000-piece puzzle, its elegant illustrations derived from celebrated English artist and naturalist Edith Holden’s 1906 diary. Measures 26½”x19¼” when complete.

Country Diary Puzzles: Spring

This spring, revel in the beauty of nature’s bounty— while avoiding pollen-induced sneezes!—when you tackle our magnificent Country Diary: Spring Puzzle. Butterflies, birds, even a bunny rabbit frolic among the spring blooms gracing this 1,000-piece puzzle, its elegant illustrations derived from celebrated English artist and naturalist Edith Holden’s 1906 diary. Measures 26½”x19¼” when complete.

Country Diary Puzzles: Summer

This summer, revel in the beauty of nature’s bounty—while avoiding sunburns and mosquito bites!— when you tackle our magnificent Country Diary: Summer Puzzle. Butterflies, birds, and bumblebees flutter among the water lilies, wild roses, honeysuckle, and other summer blossoms that grace this 1,000-piece puzzle, its elegant illustrations derived from celebrated English artist and naturalist Edith Holden’s 1906 diary. Measures 26½”x19¼” when complete.

Apres Ski Puzzle

A snow-covered mountainside teems with skiers swishing down the slopes, riding high on the ski lift, and sipping hot toddies by the fire. This 1,000-piece puzzle makes a great gift for the devoted snow bunny you know, but it’s also a handy activity for those of us whose idea of a perfect “ski weekend” is relaxing inside the warm lodge! Measures 20″x27″ when complete.

Academic Cat Puzzle

Someone’s hitting the books tonight—or else taking a lofty literary nap! This 1,000-piece panoramic puzzle features a brainy-looking black-and-white cat perched high atop a stack of “classic” novels: Les Meowserables, As I Lay Petting, The Adventures of Kittenberry Finn, Lord of the Strings, and more. Measures an impressive 39″x13″ when complete.

Twinkle Town Puzzle

Carolers are caroling, revelers are reveling, and snowflakes are doing their slow and peaceful drift down to earth. Merry Christmas, indeed! Our 500-piece Twinkle Town Puzzle, measuring 20″-square when complete, offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

I did this Christmas morning in a 5 hours. Was a fast but challenging puzzle that doesn’t take up a few days and table space. A great addition to a collection, and it’s so cute! Pieces all fit nicely, good quality. -a Bas Bleu customer

Central Park Row New Yorker Puzzle

Featuring the cover from the November 12, 2018, issue of The New Yorker magazine, this 500-piece puzzle is sure to evoke autumn-hued nostalgia. The landscape, painted by American artist Eric Drooker, reveals a colorful view of New York City from Central Park. Changing leaves drift onto the lake’s surface, where a blurry reflection is interrupted by a couple in a drifting canoe. Watch this evocative piece of art come together on your kitchen table as you assemble it over a steaming cup of tea. Measures 18″x24″ when complete.

Greeting Card Puzzle: Hi

Your lucky correspondent may go to pieces when they open the day’s mail to discover a puzzle, a bouquet of flowers, and a greeting card…all in one envelope! Here’s how a Greeting Card Puzzle works: The 60-piece, 5½”x7½” puzzle arrives to you assembled. Flip it over, write your personal message on the back, then break the pieces apart and tuck them into the included envelope. Finally, pop it in the mail to someone you know who will be delighted to “solve” the puzzle of your ingenious greeting! Extra postage required.

Love this puzzle card. What a fun idea to write your own message on the back. I am using it for a friends birthday. -a Bas Bleu customer

Puzzle Roll Away Mat

A table devoted exclusively to jigsaw puzzles? That’s the dream! Until that day comes, however, the Puzzle Roll Away Mat is the next best thing. Spread the 30″x48″ felt mat on a tabletop or other flat surface and begin assembling your puzzle. When it’s time to set the table for dinner, place the cardboard tube on the edge of the mat and roll up the felt—and your in-progress puzzle! Secure the whole kit and caboodle with the included straps to stow it away.

Puzzle Sorting Trays

Our set of six Puzzle Sorting Trays will help you sort pieces—by color or by shape—like a pro! Each 8″-diameter dish has a sieve bottom (to shake off puzzle dust), and all six can be stacked neatly together and set aside whenever you need to pause during assembly.

For puzzle fanatics, this product is a timesaver. We sort the pieces by colors (as much as possible), then pass the trays among ourselves as we work the puzzle. When we’re through for the day, we stack the trays and put them away. No unhappy accidents this way. My husband makes wooden frames for us to work the puzzle on, and I store it above our refrigerator in between sessions. -a Bas Bleu customer