Sunday 1 December 2019

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #365 - results

Well, that's one week I don't fancy repeating. I did a little post last thing on Thursday to let folk know that Dudley came through his little op. fine. He was still very groggy and twittering like a little bird when we brought him home. We've have such a lot of good wishes for him - they're certainly helping us to get through quite a distressing time and I'll add a later update further down this post.
First of all, let's get going with this fortnight's picks:
Liz really came up trumps, creating no less than 17 cards! To see how she did it, do hop over to Liz's blog HERE - she's very kindly got the sketch of how she divided the sheet of paper up there for us to see, Amazing!

Eemeli used a ton of different snippets for this lovely card  - and she was brave enough to colour the image first and THEN go on the hunt for snippets to pick out the image colours - very impressive indeed.
Heather skipped in with these two lovely cards. Such a perfect design for using up little snippets - a great one to CASE I think. And the combination of blue and green patterned paper is perfect, topped with a snowflake and a matching green button - love them!

Boy, that was hard to whittle down this time round - everyone is so talented in the Playground, it gets harder all the time to choose.

And we had one new Playmate this time:

Do please hop over to welcome Nora and comment on her beautiful work.

So, that's my picks, and our new Playmate from Challenge 365, and I do hope they've given you some inspiration for ways in which you can use up some of those snippets.

We had 55 entries and including one new Playmate this time round - a nice steady number of entries!

Time now for the prize draw, which is for the SWALK 'Friendship' stamp and a Gemini 'Stitch Edge Circle' set of dies. And the winner is:

Well done Tina - it seems like ages since you last had a win! Please send me your address, with your full name at the top as well so I can copy and paste or just write straight from the email onto the envelope - for speed and ease. It's also confirmation that you still would like the prize of course and I'll post your prize once I hear from you. 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 almost another week to run on Challenge #366 - you can find it HERE. The prize is a Neat and Tangled 'Paint Night' set of stamps - plus the matching set of dies. And do remember that we still have our Guest Designer Karen's wonderful snippets make of a gorgeous wreath as well as a very generous give away - over on her blog HERE.

I'm so sorry I didn't remind you girls to go and check for the winner of Karen's first giveaway for the Snippets Playground (who was Gail Scott). I think Karen will probably post the next winner's name as soon as challenge #366 closes.  That's what threw me as I give myself a week's grace to do the results write-up these days. Once again, huge thanks to Karen for being our GD and also for her commenting on your entries, as well as her generosity and wonderful inspiration.

And more wild life, we've just spotted a fox picked up on our CCTV the other night - having a mooch around the front garden. We've occasionally seen one trotting up and down past the house but not one venturing so close. It's doubtful if it could squeeze under the gap we deliberately had left at the bottom of one of the side gates when the back garden fences were replaced - just enough for a hedgie to get under. Otherwise young Dudley might meet his match!

We've also spotted the little hedgie on CCTV, still coming to feed now and then - but the last time we spotted him 'live' and had an opportunity to capture him was the evening before Dudley's op. - and there was no way I could focus on trying to fit in taking him to the rescue centre when it was all I could do to get Dudley to and from the Vet.

Dudley went into the Vet's animal hospital at 8:30 on Thursday and we collected him at 4pm, so it was a long old day. In fact, they had anticipated we could collect him at 2pm but when I phoned to check, he was still too groggy and they wanted to keep an eye on him for another two hours. He just laid his head against me in the car on the way home and closed his eyes with a sigh of relief. He alternated between dozing in silence and twittering like a little bird all evening, covered with his little fleece blanket - and most of the night. Yesterday was a pretty quiet day as well but today, Saturday, he's bounced back into his usual lively self and the problem now is to stop him from doing 'zoomies' around the house! We've got the stair gates back in place, thankfully they're portable - and Len is carrying him up and down the stairs when needed as he usually bounds up them two at a time. And yup, he came home wearing a cute dark blue onesie. I took the dressing off his wound yesterday as instructed by the Vet - bit shocked at the length of the incision but my guess is they may have played it safe. Of course he has a pretty big shaved patch there, and also a small one on a front leg where the IV was inserted and one on a back leg where they placed the blood pressure monitor. So he certainly looks as if he's been in a bit of a battle.

Len managed to take a photo of him yesterday. I've tried to capture a photo of him standing up showing off his onesie properly - with his lovely plume of a tail poking out of the back end where the poppers are, but no luck yet.

Dudley goes back for a quick check on Monday and then we have a wait a further week for the pathology results and his second follow up appointment. So that will be 11 days after his operation (the weekends got in the way!) and with luck he'll have the stitches removed and we might be able to leave his onesie off. It's working really well and he's quite happy wearing it - although having to undo the poppers and roll it up out of the way every time he needs the toilet is a bit of a palaver, but much better than a cone or similar.

Anyhow - here's the photo:

His head looks huge - partly as it's close to the camera but also his body does look so small in comparison once his fluffy coat is flattened! Actually, you can see a 'dip' in the hair on his front right leg where it was shaved for the IV to go in - it looked very red and bruised when he first came home but already it's calmed down a lot.

Edit: Success late Saturday afternoon. Not brilliant but here's Dudley at the door to my craft room watching Len go down the stairs:
His tail is flopped over covering the cute little strap which goes up onto the back of the top of the onesie (one either side of his tail). The pad at the back is partly to stop the onesie from riding up and also to protect his (ahem) crown jewels area in case that was the operation site. The onesie was supplied new by our vet but they're sold by Amazon as well - made by Medical Pet Shirt and they come in 11 different sizes (His Nibs is an extra small size).

It's going to be a long week and a bit for us until we get the results, but we can't change those and have to be thankful that his op. went off without a hitch.

Both Len and I have been so touched by your concern and the many lovely comments of support. It's meant such a lot to know he's so well loved by people who've never met him. But then, he's that sort of dog - full of personality and a total joy each new day.

Love from Parsnip, a happy wave from Dudley - and of course hugs as always from me,


  1. What a great picture of Dudley. So handsome.

    Congratulations to the winner and the top picks. Some unbelievable creativity, y'all. [Bunny]

  2. Everything crossed for a good outcome from Dudley's ordeal! I have to say though he does look adorable and ever so cosy in that onesie.
    Well done to all the picks, some wonderful makes - as usual!

  3. Great to hear that the ordeal is over bar ....... the wait for the results which, I HOPE, will be fine - keep us posted, we're all rooting for Dudders!

    Lovely makes and Congrats to Liz and Tina on the batch make and win!

    Happy Sunday and welcome to December


  4. Some great pics this week with more ideas for Christmas cards - well chosen. Dudley does look smart in his onesie and as you such an improvement over the old way of the plastic bucket around the neck. Never needed one for our dog but wearing one used to drive the cats wild!! Fingers crossed for the results but it is always a twitchy time waiting - hugs to all.

  5. Congratulations to Tina and all the lovely picks, so inspiring, and well done you and Len and Dudley for coping with this tough time. I adore his onesie, I had no idea this was an alternative to the dreaded cone, so much better, and he looks so good in it! Thinking of you xxx

  6. Congrats to the winner and the top picks! And thanks to Karen for he inspirations. So glad to see that Dudley is again on his four legs and how cute he is with the blue onesie!!! It's really less scaring than the Elizabethan cone and he wears it so well, such elegant doggie!! :D
    Fingers crossed for the results, but I'm sure that they will be fine!!
    Big hugs to you, and A LOT OF cuddles to Dudley (and to Parsnip, of course)

  7. Sorry that I'm only just catching up with what's been happening with your wonderful Dudley - so sorry to hear this news. Praying that the results will be OK and Dudley can once again romp around. Lots of love xx

  8. Oh he looks so cute and glad to hear he is getting back tohis normal self. It’s Little L’th mayhem here this morning. Just wait till I catch up with the wretch. Hugsme­čŽő

  9. Dudley is such a sweetie - even cuter in his onesie! We've all grown to love him for sure! Hoping for positive results! Congrats to winner and picks! I love foxes (in photos, on cards, etc.) but I don't know if I would want to see one in my yard!

  10. Super picks including Liz's wonderful set of cards, and congratulations to Tina for winning that great prize this time. Glad Dudley is back to more like his usual bouncy the onesie, and keeping my fingers crossed for the results. When we lived in Surrey we used to see so many urban foxes, and once we had a whole family of them playing in our back garden. x

  11. Congrats to Tina on her win.

    Well done to all the showcased girls.

    Sending speedy recovery wishes to Dudders.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  12. So awesome to see Dudley healing quickly. So adorable in his onesie. Fingers crossed­čĄ×for good news results.
    Wonderful picks.

  13. Glad you're all through the operation successfully! Gotta remember about onesies if Fritz has to have another procedure--hopefully NOT! I bought a soft cone to use last time he had an IV, but wouldn't you know he left it alone last time. Don't know if the soft collar would have worked or not. Continuing the positive thoughts for the results! Wonderful picks, Di!

  14. Great post Di, some lovely cards and especially like the new playmates card.
    Well looks like Dudley has gone from Cuddly Dudley to Skinny Mini. Your last phot did make me laugh.

    Kath x

  15. Oh Di, I sure hope Dudley's biopsy comes back clean! I know what you are experiencing as I experienced something similar with Savannah's eye, but her biopsy came back good. I am praying Dudley's does too! It is so sad to see them have to go through things like this. They just don't have a clue as why this is happening to them or why they are hurting. Breaks the heart for sure. Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers, especially Dudley! Dudley is a cutie in his onesie. Well, he is just a cutie period! Hugs, Brenda

  16. Dudley is adorable in his blue onesie! I'm glad he bounced back quickly after his op - dogs amaze me with how stoic they are. Sending all my best wishes for the results to be good - I know how stressful it is waiting for these things. Hugs, Susan

  17. Wonderful showcased cards! Dudley looks so cute in his onesie. Hope he recovers very quickly.

  18. Congrats to the notables as well as Tina from the last playground! NJ everyone! SO glad Dudley seems to be on the mend and becoming active. Waiting for the results is not going to be easy, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed it was nothing harmless that will need further attention! He looks so cute and tiny in his onesie :) Now all he needs is antlers for Christmas :)

  19. What amazing picks as always - lots of inspiration here! Congratulations to Tina for her win too :)
    Thanks for the update on Dudley Di. Poor little man but I must say it's good to see him up and doing and taking an interest in who's going up and down the stairs! So pleased the op went well. Those onesies are such a great help for dogs recovering from surgery I think. Most are perfectly happy to wear them while the cone or donut are not as well tolerated. Will be thinking of you this next week and a bit.
    Vicky xx

  20. Congratulations to Tina!! I LOVE the fun cards that everyone made with their scraps. I cannot believe that Liz created ALL THOSE CARDS!!! She rocks!!

  21. Congratulations to the winners and top picks. I especially like the CAS look of those cards by Heather and the adorable snowman by Nora.
    My heart, however so happy to see Dudley in his adorable little onsie, looking happy to be home. What a great invention to protect the stitches, instead of a cone. When our Toby had some serious surgery after being attacked by our neighbor's dog 5 years ago (terrible thing to remember even now) I couldn't subject him to the cone. So I bought a small child's tee-shirt and altered it to cover his bandages and drains. Then I made a flannel pj for extra warmth. I wish I'd known about the onsie because it's a great alternative for someone who doesn't sew.
    The waiting time for results will seem an eternity but we are all hoping for good news.
    Thanks for sharing these photos of handsome Dudley in his recovery!

  22. Many congratulations to Tina enjoy your win and wow wow wow Di another array of gorgeous cards well done to you all... so pleased to see Dudley and to know he is home after his ordeal and you and len will be pleased to have your bundle of joy home too enjoy your day xx

  23. Hi Di, congratulations to Tina and a lovely selection of cards. Just wanted to send you and Dudley a big hug. Our precious fur babies are such a source of stomach-churning worry at times. Waiting for results is very hard.
    Dudley does look a complete cutie in his onesie! Keeping you in my thoughts, April xx

  24. Fabulous snippet picks. So glad Dudley is doing well and he looks pretty happy and warm with his little ones is xx

  25. Wow...two weeks in a row -- thanks for picking my card again from last week's entries. I am humble and honored. Congrats to the lucky winner.

    A big hug for Dudley xx

  26. Thank you for choosing my cards as one of your Top Picks this fortnight. It was such a fun challenge to try to make so many cards using one sheet of 8 x 8 patterned paper. Congratulations to the other Top Picks and Tina on her win. PS I love Dudley in his onesie! xx


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