Gosh, we seem to be plummeting into Autumn at a rate of knots. The nights are drawing in, it's much cooler and the central heating is kicking in now and then.
We're into the second wave of COVID here in the UK with tightened up restrictions once again. Some areas are worse hit than others and the daily infection rate is rising alarmingly, to the point that the daily figures are higher now than they were at the peak way back in April. Granted more places are open again and it was always going to be much more tricky to come out of lock down than it was to go into it, but this is almost frighteningly like a runaway train. However, we have to just get on with it and act wisely - if everyone did that, it could well be a different story, but there's no cure for stupid unfortunately. Rant over!
The hedgies will be hibernating before too long at this rate - and the big hedgie once again managed to take over one of the feeding stations as a potential place to hibernate. At least it wasn't such a shock to find it this time! So things have been rearranged yet again as he really should be making a nest of leaves or similar ready for Winter. Not hunkering down on what will be very cold paving slabs.
Let's dive straight in with my picks from the previous challenge:
Meghan always makes fabulous cards and I chose this entry for two reasons. Firstly I love the background strips using up plenty of snippets, and secondly the image is just perfect for the Playgound! And there's actually a third reason ............what crafter wouldn't be totally delighted to receive this lovely card - it's purrfect!
I adore this Christmas snow globe card, made by Trina. It's so realistic and Trina has detailed how she made it very clearly in her blog post. Such patience to add all the little snowflake dots and I love the fact that the streaked blue background inside the globe really adds to the look of it having just been shaken.
Karen Letchworth came to play with us and brought this wonderful card to share. I just love the soft vintage feel that Karen achieved, mostly using a range of products from Paper Sweeties (a USA based company). That pretty pink had me sighing, it's so lovely combined with the brown and cream.
We also had one new Playmate:
We had 44 entries, including one new Playmate. I'm becoming more aware that folk are finding this whole pandemic situation pretty demoralising - with the knock on effect being lack of interest in hobbies such as crafting. I can't change the situation - but I can encourage you to dig out your snippets then come and play!
Now for the prize draw, which is a Clarity Stamp 'Word sticker collection'.
And the winner is:
Congratulations Jane, you've had a couple of wins here recently - make sure you buy a lottery ticket! Please send me your address, even if you know that I know it already, with your full name at the top as well so I can copy and paste for speed and ease. It's also confirmation that you still would like the prize of course and I'll do my best to post your prize ASAP this coming week. Please put Playground Winner or similar in the subject line of your email in case it drops into my junk mail. Email address is on RH sidebar as always.
Remember folks, there's still another week to run on Challenge #387 HERE. The prize is a My Favourite Things (MFT) die called 'Stitched Ric Rac' and a Hunkydory Moonstone Combo sentiment die and stamps set called 'Essential Words - Celebrate'.
Also, it's September's Rudolph Days Challenge over at ScrappyMo's HERE. Running until Wednesday 30th December - I'm working on my entry right now and will join in ASAP!
Dudley is proving to be quite the ladies man, on Friday my Avon lady called and he would quite happily have trotted after her . Someone needs to tell him about social distancing!
Mind you, he's in for a surprise/shock on Wednesday as it's time for him to go and be fully groomed. Here we go again, dragging one stubborn pooch along the shiny flooring whilst he silently pleads with anyone watching to come and rescue him! His lead is always attached to a harness and never his collar BTW, in case anyone is thinking it's cruel! If he doesn't want to be picked up he seems to manage to almost glue himself to the spot 😃 so the only option is to slide him along the floor. Such a little tinker at times!
Love from Parsnip, a happy 'high-five' and woof from Dudley - and of course hugs as always from me. Stay safe, wear those masks - and keep on crafting.