Puzzle failure, but super thoughtful failure

8 May

Like Valentine’s Day this year, I had no budget for my husband’s birthday. So I had to think of something thoughtful to make him for free.

Guess what I made?

Yes, a puzzle. How did you know?

So here’s the deal. Up until now, I haven’t been serious about puzzle making. And by I haven’t been serious, I mean I’ve never Googled how to make them.

But then my husband’s birthday present happened.

Puzzle Making, Puzzle Failure, Complete Puzzle Failure, Birthday Presents Gone Wrong, Kinley Baker, Romance Author, Author Kinley Baker

Complete Puzzle Failure

This puzzle fails in so many ways.

I had this strange idea of cutting the pieces at different angles, but it didn’t work. Not only that, but I numbered the pieces and somehow inverted them, so this puzzle will never be put back together. My husband will never see the full, completed design.

When this happened, I just felt like the whole puzzle world was thinking, poser. And I had this irrational need to become legit.

So I Googled puzzle making, which made me feel like more of a poser. Real pro puzzle makers probably don’t search How To Puzzle Make on the internet.

If I’m going to do this right, I have to do it right, right? No Google clues.

Anyway, it was a disaster. Luckily, his family got him amazingly thoughtful gifts, and I think he ended up having a pretty good birthday.

This just goes to show you. Not all puzzles are made to be solved.

Especially when the creator has no idea what they’re doing.

I wanted to end this post with, at least I didn’t have the idea to handcraft puppets. But now I’m going to end it with, maybe, next, I’ll try to make puppets.

-Kinley Baker

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7 Responses to “Puzzle failure, but super thoughtful failure”

  1. darcyflynn May 8, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    How about making him a map, next year? It could lead to someplace special, like where you met, or where you had your first date, or cup of coffe?
    “Not all puzzles are made to be solved.” I love that!

    • Kinley Baker May 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

      Thanks, Darcy! The map is a GREAT idea. 🙂

  2. Diana Beebe May 8, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    It was a valiant attempt! 🙂 A long time ago, I got a small kids-size puzzle, put it together, and then painted it with a new puzzle. I haven’t thought about that in a million years (I was in high school)!

    Maybe you could try one of those. Hand puppets might be scary, unless you use a split tennis ball with googly eyes. 🙂

    • Kinley Baker May 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

      Thanks, Diana! Yeah, I think I would feel like the puppets were watching me. Lol.

  3. Joni Hahn aka Sophie Greyson May 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    You guys are silly. I like the map idea, too. I have to commend you for even trying to make him something. I would be like yeah, let’s not get each other anything this year. LOL

    • Kinley Baker May 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      LOL. That was the agreement. But I have something in my DNA that demands I make a ridiculously big deal out of birthdays. He doesn’t understand this compulsion.

  4. jamielynnboothe May 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    At least you tried to do it, and that’s what matters. I have no doubt that making a puzzle would be very difficult though

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