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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.

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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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