Introducing the Artist: Carol Newsom


Art has always been a way of life for me. Even though at times I wish I had been destined to invent a world famous iPhone app, I love being an artist and part of the art scene in Colorado. I started my art career in 1972 and since that time I have illustrated over 100 children’s books for every major publisher. When I’m not working on children’s books, I love painting the scenery, wildlife, and people that I find in Colorado.

In 2014, my paintings will be exhibited in The 39th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Show, The 23rd Annual State Watercolor Exhibit, The Watermedia Show at the Center for the Arts in Evergreen, and the 2014 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Show.

I have a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Awards include: Garden State Children’s Book Cover Award, Moms Choice Book Award, Honorable Mention at Evergreen Plein Air
Show, Cover award by Mountain Connection, second place in the Members show at the Evergreen Center for the Arts in 2013, and Best of Show at the Watermedia Show at the Evergreen Center for the Arts in 2014.

Working withVermont Christmas Company is such a joy! Illustrating Halloween and Christmas scenes is like focusing on the fun times of life, and it always brings smiles!

Carol Newsom


Why People Love Jigsaw Puzzles


Jigsaw puzzles certainly do have a wide appeal. Putting together a jigsaw puzzle is fun activity that somebody can do by themselves or with a group of family and friends. Some choose it as an outlet to tune out the world and relax, while others enjoy it as a chance to socialize with loved ones.

And, choosing the correct puzzle is important. How much time do you want to spend on the puzzle? Is it something you want to complete in an evening, a weekend or over an extended period of time?

The first consideration is the piece count. Generally, the fewer pieces a puzzles has, the easier it is to complete. However not all puzzles of same piece count are created equal! Puzzles that feature a lot of repeating colors and designs like our Candy Canes! puzzle tend to be more difficult than those with more differentiation like our Halloween Cupcakes puzzle.

It is also important to make sure you choose a jigsaw puzzle design that you find interesting or fun. It’s much easier to focus when you enjoy the picture that is evolving in front of you! Puzzle Collages currently represent the most popular designs that we offer at Vermont Christmas Company. However many people prefer landscapes, maps, fine art and so on. With more than 1,000 jigsaw puzzle designs to choose from, we really do offer something for every taste!

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