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"The Chief Tormentor"
The Deliciously Devilish Blog of Puzzling News From Staveland

Aug 14
2012

Check out Monica’s Coat of Arms!

 

As one might expect from a company that creates handcrafted wooden jigsaw puzzles, Stave is filled with people who are overflowing with creativity. They just have to be doing something with their hands at all times. So in addition to the wonderful work they do here at Stave, they draw and paint, make pottery and quilts, and make wood carvings and chainsaw creations, to name just a few!

Monica, an accomplished seamstress and puzzle cutter extraordinaire, is just one of our crafty people. She’s headed to a wedding this weekend in Philadelphia and she’s made the neatest gift to present to the bride and groom. Monnie has created the Gieg-Wright Family coat of arms!

After creating the shield from the same wood we use to craft our puzzles, Monnie had to decide how to adorn it. She chose a fox to represent the bride, Daylen, because she’s ‘one foxy lady’. Jason, a loving owner of fat cats throughout life, is represented by this prime example of a plump feline.

Jason, a 3D animator and general computer geek is also represented by the motherboards, fashioned into the smaller shield between the fox and cat. Daylen,  a Steampunk fashion enthusiast, is represented by the gears. For those of you unfamiliar with the term,  Steam punk is a genre that originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternative history and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used. (There’s you’re Learned Something New for today!)  Daylen loves Chrysanthemums, so Monnie designed a big Mum for the top of the shield and Jason is into Ninjas so he’s represented by a throwing star at the base of the shilled.

When Monnie asked the bride what their motto would be, she exclaimed, “Your Face!”  (you gotta say it with some sass and attitude). This (or thine features) is loosely translated in Latin to Taum Faciem.

Isn’t this just amazing?!! The pot of creativity is overflowing here at Stave and I’m determined to share more faces and talents with you in the near future.

Below are shown the before/after of true puzzle craziness. B&L thought it would be fun to dump all 46 of their mini Stave Puzzles (they have over 100 bigger ones) into one box, mix the pieces, and start puzzling.  They said  ” It was a *wonderful* exercise.  We got to enjoy all the puzzles again, and admire their beauty [and your cleverness/sneakiness].”

These 2 characters, Amy and Lucien, go way back with us…. 1992…. saw us in USAir inflight mag. They have over 70 Stave puzzles. In 2010 their house got hit by lightning and burned to ground. Everyone was safe but all their puzzles, stored in a table/chest, got waterlogged. So we’ve been helping them replace the damaged puzzles. Amy made a special little cake for us. Note her Stave Puzzles box. Footnote: during our 1995 puzzle party they “borrowed” one of my “Steve’s” staplers which traveled far and wide while sending back photo reports with us not knowing who swiped the stapler. During this visit Jenn and I kept a close eye on them. They do look like Troublemakers, don’t they.

May 14
2012

Pine Valley Away. YEA! ARGH!

YEA! A Stave customer just invited me to play golf at Pine Valley, a “to-kill-for” invitation. Pine Valley, in the pine barrens of southern New Jersey, is an ultra exclusive club often ranked right next to Augusta National as either #1 or #2 best course in USA. But  ARGH! I can’t make it because Martha and I are heading to Cape Cod that week to celebrate our anniversary…. the price of love!

Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve been a member of various clubs. I think the first club I became a member of was the Girls Only club that my sister and I started to keep our two brothers out of our room! We were the only two members but we were a force to be reckoned with!

My next experience was when I joined the Girls Scouts as a Brownie. That’s where I met my best friend, Claire, and we’ve been lifelong friends ever since. As we grew older, we flew up to the rank of Girl Scout. Claire never liked the uniforms but hey, redheads look great in green, right? We really did learn a lot in those years and the benefits of being members of the scouts is still with us. Claire was our top cookie seller for five years running and now she’s top in sales at her company.

In my college years I joined a sorority. I met amazing women and together we did some pretty neat things. We organized several fundraising benefits for local families as well as national organizations. There is something very powerful about a group of women. We were passionate about what we did and we worked well together as a team to get the job done.

So where is all this going? Have you ever noticed how puzzlers seem to have a private group of their own? Puzzling isn’t one of those hobbies, like golf, where it’s out for the world to see. Puzzling is usually done in the comfort of your own home so it tends to be private. And here’s some great news – Stave is starting a Travel Club! They’re not actually “taking” us anywhere, but more helping us to travel the world in puzzle form. I hear there are six legs of the journey, but I haven’t actually gotten all of the details yet. I’ve been told to keep an eye on my mailbox because all the nitty-gritty facts will be arriving soon. My buddy at Stave – Bri – said something about that the only passport I’ll need is the one that Stave will give me.

I think this is a great way to see the world without having to deal with delayed flights and lost luggage. As a matter of fact, Claire and I decided we’re going to travel together and share the journey. This is going to be so cool!!

Gotta run. It’s time to start packing!!!

 

 

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