Mac & Cheese Arrived!

Mac & Cheese Challenge

Last summer, Ravensburger, Inc. contacted me out of the blue asking if I’d be interested in working with them to create a new puzzle for their challenge series they’d be starting releasing 2018.  Would I?!  Absolutely!

The image they were interested in was a mac & cheese photo I randomly took one day in my kitchen nearly 10 years ago.  They thought it would make for a perfect jigsaw puzzle for their new challenge series since it offers difficulty for puzzle assembly, yet it’s such a familiar (and delicious!) subject.  I was pretty good at puzzles when I was growing up, so I could easily see why this picture appealed to them.

Because the original picture was so old, I offered to do a reshoot to get an image quality more in-line with today’s technology.  Good thing we always have a box of mac & cheese on-hand in our pantry in case we need a dinner in a pinch!  One afternoon, I whipped up that mac & cheese and started shooting, being careful to replicate the approximate angles & composition of the original image.

Mac & Cheese Reshoot

The reshoot was successful and Ravensburger went off to prep their catalog, produce the puzzle, etc.  Needless to say, as autumn and half of winter flew by, it slipped my mind that the puzzle would be coming out when the calendar turned to 2018.  That’s when a big box arrived in late January and – ta da!!  My puzzle was here!!

Mac & Cheese Arrived!

The feeling of opening that box and seeing my picture of something as simple as a pot of mac & cheese turned into a puzzle was so exciting – and a little surreal.  Certainly a moment I’ll never forget!

About a week or two later, I had some free time and decided to dig in and see how challenging it was.  It’s no joke… this sucker is tricky!  I don’t think it’s impossible, but it’s certainly something that will take some time – probably exactly the difficulty level Ravensburger was shooting for.  Since I’m chipping away at it here and there, I haven’t gotten too far in terms of progress:

Mac & Cheese... in Progress

I’ll keep plugging away at this puzzle because I’m definitely the kind of person who – once I start something – I finish it!  (I’m also finding the puzzle is challenging my will power because constantly looking at that picture makes me hungry for mac & cheese!!)

If you’re interested in taking this “mac & cheese challenge” you can purchase the puzzle from Ravensburger directly or other retailers around the web.  If you choose to accept the challenge, good luck!!

– JC

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