Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The puzzle comes together...

I'm so excited about this project!
It may be a while before this project is complete, but I couldn't wait that long to show you!

My sweet and clever girl, Carrie, put a lot of thought and effort into her gift for me for my 50th birthday this year! She created a large puzzle then cut it into 96 pieces and sent those pieces out to my friends and family. Over the past couple of weeks I have had "happy mail" every day. :o)!!!


It's been SO much fun to see what comes in the mail. Some folks have written a simple birthday message, others have included a photo or two, some have written about lovely and silly memories they have of me, and some of my scrapbooking friends have created mini-layouts or written a lovely piece just for me. Every single card I've received is appreciated and treasured so much! {Photo above is of the piece that my youngest crafting friend, Molly, sent to me.}


This past weekend I set out on the task of putting the puzzle together. So far I have 45 of the 96 pieces back...


This wall in our entry way has been temporarily cleared for the purpose of putting a puzzle together...


It was a little tricky getting the grid set up, but once I did the pieces sort of fell into place...

I wonder what's in the mail today...

Carrie got this idea from a post seen here and has
had plans to do this for my 50th birthday ever since.
:o)

Edit: You can see the final puzzle post here.

30 comments:

helena said...

what a fantastic idea and such fun that people have added messages etc to the pieces they send

scrappyjacky said...

It's great to see it starting to take shape,Deb....can't wait to see it complete.....such a lovely idea from Carrie.

Ruth said...

Isn't it exciting! I've been so longing to see the finished artwork.

Daniela said...

What a great idea!!! Can't wait to see it all put together.

Rhona said...

You have such a thoughtful daughter ;), I love what Carrie's done with this and am also looking forward to seeing the finished poster. What fun to get daily happy mail too :) xx

Carrie Rosalind said...

It's looking so good! This makes me happy! :)

humel said...

How exciting! I love Carrie :) Can't wait to see the finished piece - I think I spy my little bit of it just there!!

Lizzie said...

How exciting! This is the most fun and amazing idea. I could try it (but maybe on a smaller scale!), for a special birthday too.
I want to see what the picture will be. It looks as if Carrie was quite clever with how she sent out the pieces - you haven't had a whole big block returned yet...

I had some "Happy Mail" today - a very pretty card, from a certain nice lady in AZ, USA... :-)

Sian said...

This is the best birthday present idea I have ever come across. Love it. I'm so looking forward to seeing it finished, it'll be amazing.

Miss Smith said...

This is totally amazing - what a lovely surprise (and a great idea!). Thanks for sharing :D

Bernice said...

It would be great to stick all the pieces to a piece of clear acrylic ~ then you could see the big picture on the front and all the comments on the back

Jo said...

What a fantastic idea, you must get so excited when the mail is delivered

Amanda said...

What a lovely idea you will be celebrating your birthday for days to come. What a thoughtful daughter you have.

Mom said...

You will be getting #28 & #46 real soon! I totally love this!!!!! Carrie is an amazing daughter/granddaughter and as if you really need proof of her love for you, this is it!!!!

How exciting to get mail every day with a stamp on it instead of metering!!!! xoxo

Heather said...

I'm so excited for you :)))) What a wonderful daughter you have xx

Alison said...

What a great idea for a present! Looking forward to seeing the end result
Alison xx

Lorraine said...

What a lovely caring daughter you have.

traci said...

what a great idea. you guys are so clever. plus it makes getting the mail so exciting.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

#4 is on it's way! What a sweet idea this was! Can't wait to see it!

Rachel B said...

That is such a fab idea, how lovely to receive pieces each day. Looking forward to seeing the final picture :)

Amy said...

Carrie is a special young lady and I can't wait to see the finished puzzle!

I think the header looks good and I am loving the larger pics - all looks good if you ask me!

Beverly said...

Such an awesome idea, can't wait to see the final piece of art love :) I am loving the larger photos!!!

Ilke said...

What a great and thoughtful idea...you will have so much fun putting it together!

Maria Ontiveros said...

So glad to see it coming together!
Rinda

Becky said...

What a brilliant idea and I love the photos you have posted showing the puzzle coming together :) Can't wait to see it finished! Oh, and thanks for your lovely thank you note - I was feeling very low yesterday with bad toothache and came home from work to such a pretty card - really made me happy :)

Cheri said...

This is SOOOO cool! You get 96 pieces of happy mail coming your way... makes the trip to the mailbox worthwhile!

Denise said...

It's so exciting seeing it all come together,Carrie is such a clever and thoughtful girl.How lovely to be getting all this mail!
I hope number 3 isn't too long in arriving x

dianapena8 said...

What an amazing gift, very thoughtful of your daughter :)

Lisa-Jane said...

What a great idea! I'm looking forward to seeing the end result. Your salad pics made me hungry too!

Margaret said...

Definitely post the whole thing when you're done. You definitely have a good one in Carrie.

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