Oh well, we're into Lockdown 2 here in England - as predicted. A huge thank you to all the idiots who helped us into it by ignoring the COVID rules - and as we know, they're probably unlikely to be badly affected by it themselves, such selfish people. None of us want to be in this situation but it is what it is and we just have to get on with it.
Our NHS is carrying out an ongoing study into a cross section of the population to ascertain the presence of COVID antibodies. My name popped up in their random selection process and the other day I did the home test - which came out as negative, which was no surprise. The toughest part was completing the online questionnaire - which only just stopped short of asking why I was born!
Let's dive straight in with my picks from the previous challenge - which was so, so hard to whittle down this time:
I really love this card - it's such traditional choice of colours for a Christmas card, looks really stylish and also, Karen (of karenscardkorner) used up a good few snippets in her really lovely design.
Great use of loads of little snippets on this super card, made by Katrina to celebrate one of her nephews passing his driving test. I love all the little signs and bet it took a fair bit of planning and making - great stuff!
Such a lovely Autumn wreath card, made and shared with us by Heather. I love absolutely everything about this card - and the dog tooth check paper just pulls the whole design together perfectly!
So that's three picks, as is almost always the case. It's a bit busy here and I'm typing like crazy even though, given more time, I certainly could have added a few more picks from my initial list of possibles!
We also had three new Playmates:
Welcome to the Playground girls - lovely entries and do please come back and play again soon.
We had 62 entries in total - perhaps the rather nice prize had something to do with it, It's certainly very heartening to see!
Now for the prize draw, which is a set of Lawn Fawn 'Be Hap-pea' stamps and matching dies. And the winner is:
Congratulations Kate. Just shows how worthwhile it was coming back to play with us - all the way from Spain! I'm so pleased for you, and from your comment when you entered your snippets card (which was on my initial short list as a possible pick!) I think I know where the first card you make using these goodies will be heading! 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 #390 HERE. The prize is a set of Lavinia 'Whimsical Hares' stamps, an Inkylicious 'Mountain & Valley Sun/Moon' Stencil & Masks template plus a set of 10 lovely soft make-up brushes for blending inks.
is off for a grooming session on Thursday afternoon. We'll have the usual performance of me having to drag him through the store on his bottom no doubt. They're only allowed to groom dogs for 'reasons of welfare' as per Government Guidelines at the moment. So, when they phoned to let me know, it seems as if he'll be bathed, brushed and dried - but no overall trim. Apart from between the pads on his little feet, around his eyes/face - and the 'other end'. As well as having his nails clipped. They can only do a full body trim on dogs that are heavily matted and need to be shaved down. It's a bit weird really as I still have to go and drop him off and collect him so I can't really understand why the limitation has been set. If it continues then we may have to finally bite the bullet and set to with the clippers.
He's still loving his home baked treats and has one at breakfast time each morning. Len calls them 'Doggy Flapjacks'!
The little monkey (Dudley) had us laughing earlier in the week. His morning walk is always his main toilet time of the day. We always carry 'poo bags' when he's out and about but it's easier if he 'performs' at home. First of all he's let out into the back garden, sometimes it's just a wee and nothing more. So then he likes to poke around on the artificial lawn in the front garden as he sets off for his walk. A neighbour's cat (Penny) is often curled up in the border and Dudley likes to mosey on over to gaze at her and pay his polite respects. We think he was too close the other day and Penny hissed at him in warning. Whereupon Dudley turned his back to her, then crouched and produced a nice poop for her inspection! Almost as if to say, 'Take that if you're gonna be rude to me'! He is so like a naughty little boy 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.