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The Chief Tormentor

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Keep Me Out of Trouble

Just Around the Corner

Ok, maybe the holidays aren’t just around this corner but they’re around the next corner and I’m already excited. Why? Just look at all the great images Susan and the gang are offering in this mailing! There are so many great puzzle images…who wouldn’t get excited?! But what’s the best part of all this? I’ll get to cut some of them!

My Best Times

You’ve probably heard me say (ad nauseam) that cutting is my favorite thing to do at Stave. It’s hands down what I love the most. And this time of year is when I take the time to really make some sawdust.

Plain or Fancy?

Any puzzle cutting is good but when it’s an image I really like, it’s even better. I liken it to chocolate. A Hersheys kiss can be just the thing on a tough day but if you’re nibbling on a Godiva: Wowza! But maybe you like scotch. Cutting a 2-way Trick puzzle would be like a little nip of Dewars for me but if I found myself at the saw cutting Winter’s Gifts by Paul Landry, that would be a glass of Macallan. A really big glass! Want to know what I’d do with Winter’s Gifts? I’d craft some snowflakes swirling in the sky, a squirrel in the tree, someone putting the finishing touches on the snowman and maybe a lamp lighter at the lantern. The kids all bundled up in cold weather gear offer a great opportunity for some color-line cutting. Each youngster would be a little puzzle within your puzzle. And some skaters. A young lady in a layback spin and some young men playing hockey are in order for this puzzle. And what skating pond wouldn’t be complete without someone falling on their keester ? ! Bringing the puzzle to life is what I love. Oh, the things I could do!

Let me entertain you!

 

Who’s Behind These Pages?

Have I got you wondering where all those wonderful puzzle images come from? Let me introduce you to a few members of the Stave team. Susan, Bri and Geoff (yes, we have another gentleman in our midst!) are the creative force behind our puzzle mailings.

Susan is probably a familiar face to many of you. She’s been with us for a gazillion years and in that time she’s grown from Graphics Assistant to Queen of Licensing for Stave. She’s the one who finds all this incredible work from the talented artists. She has the perfect knack for finding just the right images for puzzling from the traditional Americana like Bringing the Cows Home by Linda Nelson Stocks to the wildly weird like Hell from Hieronymus Bosch. With so many images to choose from, Susan has a fun but tough decision deciding what images will be shown in each mailing. If we let her, she would show them all! Especially the ones with horses and dogs. Susan is a gentle soul. You can’t help but like her. And if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on your puzzle table, let Susan know. She’ll do her best to get it for you.

Briana, or Bri, as we call her, works her magic to get the puzzle image onto paper. In the old days we would purchase the actual prints. Nowadays, we use a digital file and print them ourselves. Bri is the clever one who decides where we’re going to hide that little Shadow clown that you search for and she also sizes the image to the correct number of pieces. What do we love about Bri? She’s bright and cheerful, and has a great attitude. She’s eager to learn and comfortable throwing out ideas and she’s not afraid to pick up the phone and help you with your order. If she happens to beat Tammy to the phone the next time you call, ask her about her buddy, Gus. He’s a cute little Yorkie/Silky mix.

Geoff is the newest addition to the Stave crew. He’s fresh out of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors in Game Art and Design. Steve’s excited to have his help in orchestrating some videos for our website. Being the young whipper-snappers, Geoff and Bri keep us up on all this new social media stuff and are helping us keep up with the times. Geoff is settling in nicely at Stave and doesn’t seem fazed to be working with a bunch of women. He goes with the flow and didn’t bat an eye when I arrived the other morning and called out a “Good morning ladies” when I breezed through on the way to my office.

I guess you could say he’s already become one of the girls! Susan, Bri and Geoff are just a few of the wonderful people I get to spend each weekday with. I consider myself very lucky to work with such a great crew. Watch for more of our terrific team in the coming months.

 

Chief Tormentor Gets Tormented

Below is a Stave puzzle I started 2 days ago, a bit big for the tray but I’m too lazy to go find a bigger tray. This puzzle was a surprise Christmas present from Martha in 1989. She had been working for Stave for 5 years then and somehow she secretly cut it without my knowledge. Talk about a surprise!! Now I’m hoping all the pieces are there because this is the puzzle I used to creat the youTube video where these pieces form a butterfly in slow-motion, then explode into the air and form a flying butterfly. Keep your fingers crossed.

25October10a

Are You Paying Attention Out There?

Wow! Have you seen all those great deals Steve and Paula have been cooking up for you? Between the 50/50 deals and the Wacky Weekend offers you could do all your holiday shopping in one fell swoop! Make that list, Naughty and Nice, and get all your shopping done now while the deals are hot!

The Gift that Always Fits

garden-splendors-puzzle

Perfect For Anyone

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Any Day!!

If youíre like most people†youíve got someone on your gift list†that can be tough to shop for. It†could be because theyíve already†got all the latest gadgets or maybe†itís because youíre just out of ideas.

The great thing about puzzles†is they always fit. Weíve got every†style of art imaginable, something†for every skill level.†Whether youíre†introducing a young†child to the world of†puzzling or choosing†something for your†great grandmother,†we have just what they need.

ship-of-dreams

You Did This For Me?

Never underestimate the†power of making someone feel†special. Who†wouldnít be thrilled†to see the special†pieces you chose to†have cut into their†puzzle? A boy with a†soccer ball or a girl†on a pony. A woman with a trowel†or a man with golf clubs. Weíll cut†a bride and groom for the lucky†couple or a person in a cap and†gown for the graduate. No matter†the recipient or occasion, we can†help you create the perfect gift that†will be enjoyed for years to come.

Be Unique

Everybody brings a bottle of†wine to the neighborís house when†invited for dinner. How†many business card holders†does your boss really need?†Do you honestly think the†friends who hosted you at†their lake house really want†another dust collector?! Donít†be like everyone else. Surprise your†friends and boss with their very†own Stave Puzzle. Youíll be the first†in the office to get promoted and†youíll be receiving more invitations†than you can handle. I promise.

Jennifer

Puzzling: It’s Good for Everyone!

Painting Party

Did you know we offer Kid Kut puzzles? If you have†a youngster whoís not quite ready for our regular†piece size of 2 pieces per square inch, weíll cut larger†pieces for them. Give us a call for piece size options†and pricing. Theyíre great for the older generation,†too.

Feel like a trip to the city but donít want to leave the†country? Give Central Park Sunday a try. Youíll enjoy†the hustle and bustle without ever leaving home!

Central Park Sunday

Take Notes!!!

We got quite a laugh the other day when H.S. of Waltham, MA., called with a request. ìCan you tell me†what the names are of the four puzzles I bought last November?î It seems that when he received the†Christmas gifts he tucked them away to put under the tree the following month. And then he promptly†forgot about them! The puzzles were discovered just the other day at the top of a closet, nicely wrapped and†awaiting their debut. Hereís where it gets funny. Mrs. S. wonít let him open the puzzles. She says heís got to†save them for this Christmas! Not being totally sure what he had ordered, he gave us a call so he didnít†accidently order the same things this year. I told Mr. S that I wouldnít want to live at his house. It would†drive me crazy knowing there were gifts tucked away, just waiting to be opened. He said he was going to†start working on that. After all, Fatherís day is coming right up! The moral of the story? Open your puzzles†up as soon as you get them!!!

Sweet from the Sweet

Hey Everyone, Happy New Year! We survived the holiday season in great shape (all fingers here and accounted for) and we’re ready for whatever 2010 has in store.

Just before we left the shop on the 23rd to head over to our holiday luncheon, a delicious treat was delivered to Stave. Cheryl Johnson, Stave artist from Maine, cut and baked a holiday cookie for us! Isn’t she the best? She always whips out something spectacular and we’re thoroughly spoiled. We love her! Watch for Cheryl’s new Alice in Wonderland puzzle series, coming soon!So Sweet!Who gets the first bite?

Keep Me Out of Trouble

Just Around the Corner

Ok, maybe the holidays aren’t just around this corner but they’re around the next corner and I’m already excited. Why? Just look at all the great images Susan and the gang are offering in this mailing! There are so many great puzzle images…who wouldn’t get excited?! But what’s the best part of all this? I’ll get to cut some of them!

My Best Times

You’ve probably heard me say (ad nauseam) that cutting is my favorite thing to do at Stave. It’s hands down what I love the most. And this time of year is when I take the time to really make some sawdust.

Plain or Fancy?

Any puzzle cutting is good but when it’s an image I really like, it’s even better. I liken it to chocolate. A Hersheys kiss can be just the thing on a tough day but if you’re nibbling on a Godiva: Wowza! But maybe you like scotch. Cutting a 2-way Trick puzzle would be like a little nip of Dewars for me but if I found myself at the saw cutting Winter’s Gifts by Paul Landry, that would be a glass of Macallan. A really big glass! Want to know what I’d do with Winter’s Gifts? I’d craft some snowflakes swirling in the sky, a squirrel in the tree, someone putting the finishing touches on the snowman and maybe a lamp lighter at the lantern. The kids all bundled up in cold weather gear offer a great opportunity for some color-line cutting. Each youngster would be a little puzzle within your puzzle. And some skaters. A young lady in a layback spin and some young men playing hockey are in order for this puzzle. And what skating pond wouldn’t be complete without someone falling on their keester ? ! Bringing the puzzle to life is what I love. Oh, the things I could do!

Let me entertain you!

 

Who’s Behind These Pages?

Have I got you wondering where all those wonderful puzzle images come from? Let me introduce you to a few members of the Stave team. Susan, Bri and Geoff (yes, we have another gentleman in our midst!) are the creative force behind our puzzle mailings.

Susan is probably a familiar face to many of you. She’s been with us for a gazillion years and in that time she’s grown from Graphics Assistant to Queen of Licensing for Stave. She’s the one who finds all this incredible work from the talented artists. She has the perfect knack for finding just the right images for puzzling from the traditional Americana like Bringing the Cows Home by Linda Nelson Stocks to the wildly weird like Hell from Hieronymus Bosch. With so many images to choose from, Susan has a fun but tough decision deciding what images will be shown in each mailing. If we let her, she would show them all! Especially the ones with horses and dogs. Susan is a gentle soul. You can’t help but like her. And if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on your puzzle table, let Susan know. She’ll do her best to get it for you.

Briana, or Bri, as we call her, works her magic to get the puzzle image onto paper. In the old days we would purchase the actual prints. Nowadays, we use a digital file and print them ourselves. Bri is the clever one who decides where we’re going to hide that little Shadow clown that you search for and she also sizes the image to the correct number of pieces. What do we love about Bri? She’s bright and cheerful, and has a great attitude. She’s eager to learn and comfortable throwing out ideas and she’s not afraid to pick up the phone and help you with your order. If she happens to beat Tammy to the phone the next time you call, ask her about her buddy, Gus. He’s a cute little Yorkie/Silky mix.

Geoff is the newest addition to the Stave crew. He’s fresh out of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors in Game Art and Design. Steve’s excited to have his help in orchestrating some videos for our website. Being the young whipper-snappers, Geoff and Bri keep us up on all this new social media stuff and are helping us keep up with the times. Geoff is settling in nicely at Stave and doesn’t seem fazed to be working with a bunch of women. He goes with the flow and didn’t bat an eye when I arrived the other morning and called out a “Good morning ladies” when I breezed through on the way to my office.

I guess you could say he’s already become one of the girls! Susan, Bri and Geoff are just a few of the wonderful people I get to spend each weekday with. I consider myself very lucky to work with such a great crew. Watch for more of our terrific team in the coming months.

 

Chief Tormentor Gets Tormented

Below is a Stave puzzle I started 2 days ago, a bit big for the tray but I’m too lazy to go find a bigger tray. This puzzle was a surprise Christmas present from Martha in 1989. She had been working for Stave for 5 years then and somehow she secretly cut it without my knowledge. Talk about a surprise!! Now I’m hoping all the pieces are there because this is the puzzle I used to creat the youTube video where these pieces form a butterfly in slow-motion, then explode into the air and form a flying butterfly. Keep your fingers crossed.

25October10a

Are You Paying Attention Out There?

Wow! Have you seen all those great deals Steve and Paula have been cooking up for you? Between the 50/50 deals and the Wacky Weekend offers you could do all your holiday shopping in one fell swoop! Make that list, Naughty and Nice, and get all your shopping done now while the deals are hot!

The Gift that Always Fits

garden-splendors-puzzle

Perfect For Anyone

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Any Day!!

If youíre like most people†youíve got someone on your gift list†that can be tough to shop for. It†could be because theyíve already†got all the latest gadgets or maybe†itís because youíre just out of ideas.

The great thing about puzzles†is they always fit. Weíve got every†style of art imaginable, something†for every skill level.†Whether youíre†introducing a young†child to the world of†puzzling or choosing†something for your†great grandmother,†we have just what they need.

ship-of-dreams

You Did This For Me?

Never underestimate the†power of making someone feel†special. Who†wouldnít be thrilled†to see the special†pieces you chose to†have cut into their†puzzle? A boy with a†soccer ball or a girl†on a pony. A woman with a trowel†or a man with golf clubs. Weíll cut†a bride and groom for the lucky†couple or a person in a cap and†gown for the graduate. No matter†the recipient or occasion, we can†help you create the perfect gift that†will be enjoyed for years to come.

Be Unique

Everybody brings a bottle of†wine to the neighborís house when†invited for dinner. How†many business card holders†does your boss really need?†Do you honestly think the†friends who hosted you at†their lake house really want†another dust collector?! Donít†be like everyone else. Surprise your†friends and boss with their very†own Stave Puzzle. Youíll be the first†in the office to get promoted and†youíll be receiving more invitations†than you can handle. I promise.

Jennifer

Puzzling: It’s Good for Everyone!

Painting Party

Did you know we offer Kid Kut puzzles? If you have†a youngster whoís not quite ready for our regular†piece size of 2 pieces per square inch, weíll cut larger†pieces for them. Give us a call for piece size options†and pricing. Theyíre great for the older generation,†too.

Feel like a trip to the city but donít want to leave the†country? Give Central Park Sunday a try. Youíll enjoy†the hustle and bustle without ever leaving home!

Central Park Sunday

Take Notes!!!

We got quite a laugh the other day when H.S. of Waltham, MA., called with a request. ìCan you tell me†what the names are of the four puzzles I bought last November?î It seems that when he received the†Christmas gifts he tucked them away to put under the tree the following month. And then he promptly†forgot about them! The puzzles were discovered just the other day at the top of a closet, nicely wrapped and†awaiting their debut. Hereís where it gets funny. Mrs. S. wonít let him open the puzzles. She says heís got to†save them for this Christmas! Not being totally sure what he had ordered, he gave us a call so he didnít†accidently order the same things this year. I told Mr. S that I wouldnít want to live at his house. It would†drive me crazy knowing there were gifts tucked away, just waiting to be opened. He said he was going to†start working on that. After all, Fatherís day is coming right up! The moral of the story? Open your puzzles†up as soon as you get them!!!

Sweet from the Sweet

Hey Everyone, Happy New Year! We survived the holiday season in great shape (all fingers here and accounted for) and we’re ready for whatever 2010 has in store.

Just before we left the shop on the 23rd to head over to our holiday luncheon, a delicious treat was delivered to Stave. Cheryl Johnson, Stave artist from Maine, cut and baked a holiday cookie for us! Isn’t she the best? She always whips out something spectacular and we’re thoroughly spoiled. We love her! Watch for Cheryl’s new Alice in Wonderland puzzle series, coming soon!So Sweet!Who gets the first bite?