Tag: 2023 goals

Book Review: We’ll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark

Book Review: We’ll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark

The fourth book in my first Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Series was “We’ll Meet Again” by Mary Higgins Clark. As usual I am writing a brief review of the book with my decision to either keep the book or give it away. […]

January 2024 Oscoey Shop Update

January 2024 Oscoey Shop Update

I am pretty excited about our January 2024 shop update! We have some great pinks and red this month with new holographic stickers and a new cross stitch design. I am so in love with my Dahlia photos I had to make postcards out of […]

December 2023 Puzzles

December 2023 Puzzles

2023 was supposed to be the year of puzzles but I found all sorts of other cozy habits to do so puzzles were more sporadic but I have absolutely enjoyed doing the ones I have over the year. I thought that along with my book clean out posts I would start a monthly puzzle post for and make a goal of completing at least one puzzle a month. I really love the idea of a weekend puzzle that the family works on during down time. My kids love puzzles just as much as I do and having one out on our table to work on over the weekend sounds like so much fun!

 

This site participates in affiliate links and receives a small fee for affiliate recommendations at no cost to you. As always we only recommend products we have tried ourselves. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Eurographics
1000 pieces
Review: 
This puzzle was super challenging with all of the grass, trees and hedges being different shades of green. I did most of this one by myself until the last 50 pieces or so when my kids were suddenly interested. Silly kids waited until it was easy! The pieces for this puzzle were great quality and I did do the pick up test without filming it and everything stayed together which was great. I did have a couple of false fits but that was mostly due to this puzzle having a lot of glare and I had a hard time seeing if the pieces were in there all the way on some of the greener ones. I was able to figure it out pretty quickly though and overall I loved this puzzle. It was challenging in a good way and there were enough little surprises to keep me going. This was either a Buy Nothing or thrift store from my Dad puzzle find so when I was completed with it I passed it on to the seniors our Buy Nothing group supports.
I would give this puzzle 4 out of 5 stars due to the glare. Otherwise I highly recommend this puzzle to anyone that wants a challenge!
Cobble Hill
1000 pieces
Review:
Next up for December was a Christmas themed “Village Tree” by Cobble Hill which is also a challenging puzzle. I did not do the bulk of the work on this one since my husband worked on it one day when I was at work but I was tasked with the difficultness of finding random pieces and the tree and man was it challenging! I am saving this puzzle so we can redo it next year as well. This was my first Cobble Hill puzzle and overall I was very happy with it even though there were a couple of pieces that came out slightly mangled straight from the box. This would have passed the pick up challenge no problem and I originally intended to film picking it up but I had to make room for my New Year’s Day puzzle so I just put it away instead. Maybe next year!
This puzzle gets 5 out of 5 stars for being an excellent fit, beautiful picture, high quality and fun to put together!
Kids Corner: 
The kids did a couple of puzzles from our collection this month to check if we had all of the pieces before giving them away. Our favorite was the Vet Clinic by Ravensburger which it looks like is discontinued but I will link those I can find below.
The second puzzle my kids finished was this Hatchimals floor puzzle which I could not find with a quick search so I am sure it is not sold any more as well.
The third puzzle my kids finished was this Glow in the Dark Solar System 60piece puzzle. This one was pretty fun and great for the kids when they were younger. I highly recommend it! I did find this one on Amazon and the link is below if you are interested.

Looking ahead to January…

For January so far all I have planned is our new traditional 2000 piece puzzle start on New Year’s Day.

At the start of 2023 I completed “If Fish Could Walk” by Ravensburger as my 2000 piece New Year’s Day start. I really liked this puzzle. It was really fun to put together!!

If Fish Could Walk Puzzle

For 2024 I chose an easier puzzle with “Wild Kingdom Shelves” by Aimee Stewart at 2000 pieces. This one is also by Ravensburger and I am super excited about it since Aimee Stewart is one of my favorite artists.

 

Wild Kingdom Shelves Puzzle

 

I am excited to continue my focus on puzzles for 2024 with a goal of completing the ones I bought at the beginning of 2023. I made a list of a lot of them with my 2023 Puzzle Goals post last January. For 2024 I don’t want to purchase any more puzzles until I have finished a huge percentage of the ones I already have. I was going to track them on my Pinterest board but that is super clunky so this year I am going to try a puzzle tracker app and see if it works. I will report back once I have used it a bit and let you know how I like it!

 

Happy puzzling in 2024!

 

2023 Goals: Puzzles

December 2023 Oscoey Shop Update

December 2023 Oscoey Shop Update

December is upon us and it is time for another shop update. This month we expanded our Midnight Rainbow Flowers collection with the addition of a super cozy mug, pen, new cross stitch pattern and a listing for the entire collection.   This site participates […]

Book Review: The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge

Book Review: The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge

I reread The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge as part of my Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Part 1 early in my stack of 10 books. As with my other books, I wanted to do a brief review of […]

Oscoey Shop Update November 2023

Oscoey Shop Update November 2023

Our November shop update is small but mighty in Oscoey Shop. We are introducing two different cotton canvas tote bags! I am super excited about them and hoping you like them too. Both bags feature our Midnight Rainbow Flowers design and can be used for shopping, trips storing fabric, you name it! They are sturdily constructed out of cotton canvas and can be spot cleaned. Let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite!

My first design can be found here and  is larger at 15 x 18.5 x 5with long handles to easily go over your shoulder. It is nice and roomy for a day at the beach or to pack snacks in for any outing. It folds down nicely to easily pack into a suitcase or for storage in between uses.

My second design is all black with a handy zipper to keep uncooperative items inside the tote. This Midnight Rainbow Flower Zippered tote can be found here and measures 14 x 12 x 4.3 with a 17 inch handle. This tote could fit over your shoulder or also be used in hand. I really like this one for my work items. It can fit my notebook, sandwich, extra gloves, hat and a couple of snacks excellently.

 

Thank you for reading about our new totes! We have a few items in the works for our December Shop Update so stay tuned for that soon!

 

Links:

 

Oscoey Shop

 

Oscoey Shop Update October 2023

Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Part 1

Book Review: An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne

Book Review: An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne

At the end of September, faced with a mountain of books I had not read in almost a decade, I decided to start sorting through my books and reread any of those that I was unsure of keeping. I originally created this list of ten […]

Book Review: Pearl Cove by Elizabeth Lowell

Book Review: Pearl Cove by Elizabeth Lowell

When I created my post about rereading books kept in storage for too many years I wasn’t sure whether I would actually have time to read the books on my list. My post “Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Part 1” was an attempt […]

Oscoey Shop Update September 2023

Oscoey Shop Update September 2023

We are excited to announce a small shop update for September of 2023 with three new stickers and a mini cross stitch pattern in the works. All of these items can be found in Oscoey Shop found here.

My favorite item for the new shop update is this Midnight Holographic Pumpkin Sticker which shines and sparkles in the sun. This was my first attempt at freehand drawing digitally with just the mouse. I am pretty happy with the result but definitely want to invest in an iPad when I am able to so I can use the pen that goes with it.

I put one in my planner this week to get me motivated to start using it again. I fell off the planner bandwagon towards the end of the summer after my classes finished and I am now determined to get back in the habit before fall quarter starts again in a couple of weeks. I am taking 10 credits and working part-time so I will be super busy and need to stay organized.

This is one of my favorite pictures of our newest pumpkin sticker. It really shows how beautiful the holographic effect is in the light!

Our next sticker is our Midnight Holographic Bats sticker which can be found here. I spent a lot of time on this one figuring out where the bats would go and although I really like this sticker I may revamp it for next year. I was trying to get the effect of the bats flying out of a tree in a sort of abstract way. Let me know what you think of this one down in the comments. I will be making a cross stitch pattern out of this one and getting it posted up in the shop by the end of September.

Our last new sticker is our Fall Rainbow Heart which can be found here. I love the fall colors on this one and this shade of purple is one of my favorites.

This Fall Rainbow Heart is smaller than my other stickers and looks great in a fall planner. I am going to use one of these next week in one of the corners as an added decoration.

I also thought these would be great as an envelope sealer. They match perfectly with our bronze envelopes that we use to ship out orders and would be great for fall cards. I may try and do a sticker sheet of these for the holidays as well.

 

Thank you for reading about our September 2023 shop update! I am starting to get ready for our first winter shop update coming up in the next few weeks!

 

Please note: Prices in the Esty shop may be higher to cover increased fees. If you are in the U.S. and Canada I recommend shopping our regular site.

Shop Site Links:

Oscoey Shop for U.S. and Canada

Oscoey Shop on Etsy for Outside of U. S. and Canada

Oscoey Shop Update #3

 

 

Gardening Update 07/05/23

Gardening Update 07/05/23

It’s been a while since my last garden update so I thought I would write up a quick one today even though my garden is in pretty bad shape. It looks like my last garden update was in April of 2022. Every year I think […]


Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Never miss a post on our blog! When you subscribe, we'll send our latest posts plus helpful tips related to our blog's topics.

You have Successfully Subscribed!