Apparently many supermarkets look as if they've been ransacked. What really cut me up earlier today was reading that that some selfish p*g with a trolley filled with packets of dried pasta in a supermarket actually refused to allow an elderly lady to have just ONE of his precious packets. I hope he chokes on it. And a couple were apparently observed in a local supermarket to us with one trolley apiece, grabbing what they could and yelling at customers to 'grab what you can, the Government won't help at all'. I despair.
Our local care homes are also descending on our supermarkets and stripping the place of what they can find, mostly toilet rolls - without much sharing either. Their commercial providers aren't delivering apparently. I care about the elderly, we're probably classed as almost there, not that anyone has actually bothered to check if we're OK, nor will they even if we keel over - but I do hate folk possibly cheating the elderly out of what we all owe our older generation. We never wanted our kids to feel beholden to us - but a bit of decency and kindness would be very acceptable. Our latest, via text, news this afternoon is that our local surgeries group will only be doing telephone consultations from now until this blows over, apart from real emergencies. Lord help us if we truly are an emergency is all I say, sigh.
Oh, and also posted off the prizes from the past two challenges (370 and 371) at last. Plus, we have better weather forecast for this coming week - with luck Spring is on the way!
Let's move straight into this fortnight's picks:
Let's move straight into this fortnight's picks:
Interactive cards are really popular right now - and Marianne shared this really clever card with us - to see the 'interaction' do hop over to her blog. A great way to use up some lovely bright snippets as well!
Heather wowed us with this really great snippets card, using snippets all from the same paper pack. I love how they co-ordinate so well - and paper piecing the mugs to tie the whole design together is a great idea!
Every little scrap has a part to play eventually if you save them in your paper pad. I save mine like this:
And here's the link to my post, way back in 2014 which explains why, and how I ended up with this solution. Six years later and it still works absolutely fine for me.
I just couldn't reduce my short list any further so we have an extra pick this week. Em made this absolutely beautiful card (the embroidered butterfly is snipped from a snippet) - and I adore the gold and white on black. The 'spirograph' twine pattern reminded me so much of some big 'pin art' pictures I made back in the 70's. A really lovely card Em!
One new Playmate this time:
|Kelly of 'Sandcastle Stamper'|
Now for the prize draw, which is for a set of Clearly Besotted 'Chirpy Chicks' stamps with matching dies. Plus, a little Happy Easter stamp by 'Stamping All Day':
Well done Charlotte - someone else who doesn't seem to have had a win for ages (January 2019 I think) - wahoo! Please send me your address, with your full name at the top as well for speed, ease and, 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 #373 - you can find it HERE. The prize is a Paper Artsy ' Squiggly Mini 25' kitty stamp - and I have five of these to give away.
Dudley is doing great, if anything he's actually better than he ever was with his daily brush and combing sessions. He looks a bit resigned at first but is standing so much more patiently and is much less skittish about having his feet, tail and ears groomed. It's taken me weeks but it's so good to see him not only back to how he used to be but even better and much more accepting. A bit like 'Whatever you do Mama, it can't be as bad as the experience that nasty lady put me through'.
Sometimes he's still a bit 'off' about having his lovely plumed tail played with, but it still needs a daily brush and comb so there's no escaping. He tries to chase his tail to put me off and I've had to resort to sometimes tucking him under my left arm like a set of bagpipes - with his head to the back of me and his tail and rear end at the front. His rendition of 'Scotland the Brave' is coming along really well 😁
I hope you're all keeping well in the current situation - we're living in strange times for sure.
At least the hedgehogs are properly stirring - we had two of them at the feeding station earlier this week. One waiting patiently behind the other one for his turn to 'dig into dinner'. And they're both like little footballs as well - very healthy to say they're just woken from hibernating over the Winter months.
Love from Parsnip and Dudley - plus a couple of 'fist bumps' from me,