Every December I have the same problem. Christmas Cards. I really want to send them, and I really, really want to include a letter as well. After all, for some of my friends, this is the only time of year we’re in touch.
But, here’s the thing. The end of the school year is taken up with one thing, and one thing only. The School Production. It consumes every waking moment (and sometimes sleeping moments too) as we work to get the big show ready. So, no time for letter writing there.
And of course when it’s all done and dusted, so are my energy levels. Now I have the time, but my brain has shut down. Inevitably what happens is, the packet of cards sits on the shelf and stares accusingly at me, never to be sent.
So this year I did something a little different. Instead of cards I sent some postcard puzzles. Intrigued? I hope so. Here’s the article I wrote on my daughter Jenny, and her clever idea.
Piece together a slice of New Zealand
Young and carefree, Jenny McNamee loved to travel, working where she could and exploring the wonders of the world. And even when she touched base back home in New Zealand, as a tourism expert she helped travellers from all over the globe to experience the beauties of her own, lovely country.
But whether overseas or in New Zealand, the same problem always presented itself: Where to find that unique, small, lightweight, easy to pack or post, perfect souvenir?
Fast forward to 2017, and the arrival of baby Harvey presented Jenny with the perfect time to focus on solving the problem.
A search through her diverse collection of stunning photographs… the giant jigsaw on the dining room table… an exploratory click on the internet and “Postcard Puzzles” was born.
A jigsaw and a postcard in one, Postcard Puzzles solve the souvenir dilemma in a unique and playful manner.
You can break it up and do the puzzle yourself, or write on the back and mail it to family and friends.
All the photos are from Jenny’s own South Island collection. With four iconic images to choose from and more in the pipeline, postcard puzzles are available at selected outlets in Oamaru, Garston and Te Anau, or contact Jenny online through her Facebook page
4 Replies to “Piece Together a Picture of Paradise”
This is such a great idea! I would definitely enjoy receiving one of these.
Thanks, Lily. I just realized that I haven’t replied to your comment. These little puzzles certainly make a fun and novel gift.
Thank you for such a great write up. Postcard puzzles do make the perfect gift. I’m glad you found such a unique use for them by sending them as Christmas cards.
You’re very welcome. They made a great card and gift at the same time.