My trip to the hairdresser went well, albeit slightly stressful. They have lots of precautions in place and I feel loads better - literally as if a weight has been lifted from my shoulders :) What was a bit irritating was the arrival of the person who had an appointment following mine - quarter of an hour before she was due. What part of 'try to have limited contact' didn't she understand? I suppose at least she was wearing a mask! Sometimes I feel as if I'm turning into a Grumpy Old Woman, sigh.
Anyhow, let's dive straight in with my picks from the previous challenge - and we have a *Gold Star* winner this time:
This has to be one of the most amazing cards I've ever seen! Charlotte made it and if you look closely at the centre it's a 'reveal card' where, when you move the tab on the right, the centre opens up a bit like the aperture in front of a camera lens. It's used up a good few snippets and I think almost broke Charlotte's resolve when she was making it - but she kept on going and ended up with a masterpiece! That opening mechanism looks so incredibly complicated - if you hop over to Charlotte's blog post HERE you can see the aperture opened up - and there's also a great video of the whole process. I love watching Charlotte's videos - always really well explained and she has such a soothing voice. Feel free to collect your *Gold Star* winner badge from the RH side bar Charlotte - very well deserved.
Love this really cute card, brought to share with us by Karen L. It's another card using little snippets to make up a character - and I also think it's so fresh looking!
I chose this card, made by Chris, as it uses a good few snippets and also sums up Autumn so well. Wonderfully colouring too, along with some 'schparkle' of course ☺.
We also had one new Playmate:
I've had this fabulous stamp in my box of NBUS goodies for absolutely ages, and now I'm even more scared to use it - having seen what a wonderful job Helen did with her colouring!
Welcome to the Playground Helen - hope to see you playing along with us in future challenges.
We had 44 entries in total and of course one new Playmate, thank you everyone who came to play!
Now for the prize draw, which is a Cheery Lynn die called 'Santa's Laundry' plus a 6" x 6" paper pad by My Mind's Eye called 'Something Wicked'. And the winner is:
Congratulations Liz! 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.
I'm doing a 'post box' trip out in the car on Monday so if I hear from you in time I'll post your prize then Liz!
Remember folks, there's still another week to run on Challenge #389 HERE and the prize is a set of Lawn Fawn's 'Be Hap-pea' stamps with matching dies.
Dudley is still very much in love with our Post Lady! There's no doubt he would trot off after her given half a chance! How far he would go is another matter though - hopefully not far, but we're not going to even try that one! He's curled up under the desk with one paw gently resting on one of my feet at the moment. Method in the madness there though - if I so much as move my foot it's his' wake up call' ready to follow me. Bit unnerving if you're perched on the loo and the door gently opens and there's a pair of doggy eyes with a black button nose peeping at you!
Since his check up at the vet, Dudley's been on a bit of a 'longer walks and less treats' regime. He only has a little bit of weight to lose but we want to nip it in the bud and we're already seeing results as he's lost 250 grammes, with the same amount left to go. We still dangle him from the luggage scales by his harness, poor little sausage! We're not talking big numbers I know - but proportionately it means he's really responded well to the increased exercise as well as reduced treats. We also have high hopes of possibly getting him to eat his kibble much more positively - along with a dish of carrots and mange tout to nibble at ........... and very reduced treats. It was a shock to read the fat content of some of the most innocuous treats I must admit. 20% fat? I don't think that's very healthy so I've bought a book about making your own doggy treats as well as some biscuit cutters (the treats all freeze well apparently - which is good else, I'd be selling them in our local Saturday morning market in the pub car park!) and will be baking bone shaped biscuits just as soon as the final ingredients arrive in our next grocery order. Interestingly, I can easily do a taste test on anything I bake for his treats - which has to be a good thing surely. And to be honest, Dudley has adapted to the change and a stricter regime better then we have!
This photo was taken back in March and it still makes me smile ☺. The 'Stinky Monkey' toy has been sneakily replaced with a duplicate whilst he was out with Len a week or two ago and I could do a quick swap. So he's now onto 'Stinky Monkey the Fifth'!
Don't forget it's October's Rudolph Days Challenge over at ScrappyMo's - it runs from today until the end of the month.
If you haven't come across the new 'Let's Squash It' challenge which encourages you to use your embossing folders, do check out my post of Friday 23rd which explains more and also has a link to the challenge itself.
And I hope, those of you who needed to, remembered to change your clocks - 'Fall back' - by one hour.
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.