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‘The Craft Cupboard’
by Colin Thompson
& Ravensburger Puzzles

Image of completed jigsaw vase of purple flowers featured image

As happens from time to time, I am making a short diversion away from the ‘bookish’ posts you will usually find here, to share one of my other pastimes with you.

Yes! I am a not so secret dissectologist! or someone who enjoys jigsaw puzzle assembly.

The Craft Cupboard went together like a dream, which is no less than I would have expected from a quality Ravensburger jigsaw, although there were one or two quite tricky, almost sneaky images, which had me scratching my head!

Once completed The Craft Cupboard made me wish I was much more of a ‘crafty’ person, although the reality of my actual talents, tells its own story, so for now I’ll stick to the hobbies I am familiar with … But who knows, one day! …


Image of the Ravensburger jigsaw 'The Craft Cupboard'

Clicking here will take you to an image which can be magnified

This colourful, captivating and complex puzzle depicts a very curious cupboard.

The owner of this lavish locker obviously loves handicrafts … so we see pencils and paints, yarns and threads, buttons, patterns, rulers and even a spinning wheel. But there are also bizarre objects, strange creatures and even glimpses into other worlds.

So dip into the craft cupboard and prepare to be enthralled, enamoured and hopefully enchanted.


Photograph Of Illustrtator Colin ThompsonColin Thompson’s unique work is packed with fun and intrigue, objects and events, as can be seen in his hugely popular puzzle designs.

He is also a well known children’s author and illustrator, with many published picture books, collections of poetry and novels to his name.

Colin’s lifestory is unique, interesting and very personally told, so to attempt a ‘potted’ version here, I would never be able to do justice to the person and his amazing talent.

You really should visit Colin’s website and be prepared to be dazzled and amazed at some of the vivid imagery and fantastic imagination, which leaps off the page at you. I’ll leave a link to the front page , so that you can explore at your leisure, and another to the jigsaw page, where if you scroll down (be sure not to miss anything on the way!), you’ll get to the mammoth 18,000 piece Shelf Life jigsaw. Of course you should also check out that all important biography page!


Made in Germany, Ravensburger premium quality jigsaw puzzles provide a unique experience, resulting from decades of development and an exclusive manufacturing process that uses our own specially engineered cardboard and finest linen-structured paper to ensure sturdy, glare-free puzzle pieces. Their cutting tools are designed and crafted by hand to provide the ultimate, modern, interlocking mechanism so that no two pieces are alike. You can feel their Softclick Technology in every piece.

Catch up with all the latest puzzling news at the Ravensburger website

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Image of the Ravensburger jigsaw 'The Craft Cupboard'

The Craft Cupboard, like so many of my jigsaws, was a charity shop purchase, from Dorothy House Hospice shop in Waminster, Wiltshire, where I volunteer.

Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

I personally do not agree with ‘rating’ a purchase, as the overall experience is all a matter of personal taste, which varies from person to person. However some review sites do demand a rating value, so when this review is posted to such a site, it will attract a 5 out of 5.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Hi Yvonne, I know you are a happy dissectologist. I love the look of this one, I see yarn in there! This looks like a beautiful, colorful puzzle. I checked out the authors website, the puzzle illustrations are great, I like the bookish ones especially. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Naida,

      Colin has one of those websites which is so choc full of amazing stuff, that I just didn’t know where to start first. I just wanted to read everything!

      I do have one or two bits and pieces tucked away, in the anticipation that one of these days I will teach myself one or two new craft hobbies.

      However, I guess that right now, my craft cupboard would be about the size of a real house, built of books, with all the windows and doors being bags stuffed with balls and balls of knitting yarn, and all the furniture made of jigsaw puzzles in boxes! – Actually think two or three house and you are probably a little closer to seeing the bottom of my stash!

      I am now trying to decide which jigsaw to begin making next!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always look forward to your comments 🙂

  • What a wonderful puzzle, Yvonne!! I think you already know that it’s just the kind I love to work. 🙂 I was able to click on the image to zoom in and found so many wonderful details. If I didn’t already have beaucoup stacks of puzzles yet to be worked, I might have to track it down!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I too, have a huge pile of jigsaws stacked up waiting to be worked. I have just completed another puzzle, which I shall be featuring soon, but I have four more put aside in the charity shop, waiting for an opportunity to get them into the house undetected and find a suitable spot in which to stash them unseen!!

      Colin Thompson has an amazing eye for detail and I have another couple of his artwork in my pile. Ravensburger should be thanking the day they discovered this talented artist!

      Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend 🙂

  • A lovely puzzle! I don’t often get time myself for puzzles, but I do enjoy helping my young nephew put his together. In fact, I bought him one last weekend during my weekend away in Criccieth and we sat on the floor yesterday and put it together (it was a 3D one from the lifeboat station).

    • Hi Nikki,

      I don’t get nearly as much jigsaw puzzling time as I would like and hubbie always calls them time-wasters. But for me they are very therapeutic and a way of relaxing.

      As well as being responsible for the books and media departments at the charity shop where I volunteer, I am also left to keep control of the jigsaw puzzles and children’s toys & games.

      Whilst by default, I never have enough time to physically check all the adult jigsaws, all the children’s puzzles and games are checked and sealed before sale – it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!! 🙂 🙂

      My great-nephew is now well into his games and puzzles too, which makes playtime visits much more fun – so long as cars and diggers figure somewhere in the equation.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • I’ve done this one… several years ago I think. And a couple of his others. I have my eye on one of his larger ones, 3000 pieces I think it is. His puzzles are wonderfully enjoyable to do and I’m glad you enjoyed this one.

    • Hi Cath,

      I have worked a couple of other Colin Thompson puzzles and have more in my pile to be done. I like the detail and colour of the images, whilst they are not too impossible to work.

      3,000 pieces would be a mammoth undertaking for me and in fact I donated a puzzle that size to the charity shop, still wrapped in its polythene sleeve although it was more of a traditional image and nothing so exciting as one of Colin’s lovely designs.

      I have one more jigsaw review to bring me up to date, however I am still trying to decide which puzzle to do next!

      Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

Written by Yvonne