We've had some much longed for rain these past few days - too much in some parts of the country needless to say. At least it's easier to sleep at night.
Anyhow, let's get straight on with the picks - which Katrina (our Guest Designer) and I chose jointly. It always delights me when other people choose the same picks as I would. And huge thanks to Katrina for all her work in commenting on all entries as well as choosing a selection of possible picks:
What a fun card this is, made by Lynne in NI. Such a cute bear and wonderful use of lots of snippets. Love the layout too!
Jane W brought this card to share with us - so elegant and the host of fluttering butterflies are really lovely. Clever idea to punch them out of patterned paper!
We had one new Playmate:
Welcome to the Playground Jill! And what a great card too - I do love the background, clever work. Girls - do please hop over to Jill's blog to say hello to her, she has been blogging for not much longer than a month and I bet every one of us can recall the thrill of finding comments on our posts! So far I haven't found a followers button - if you read this Jill, it's easy to set one up.
That's our picks from Challenge 407 in the Playground, we had 39 entries in total. Now for the prize draw which is a Leonie Pujol 'In a Spin' die plus a great set of alphabet stamps in both upper and lower case and a few additional sentiments - kindly donated by Katrina. And the winner is:
Congratulations Janice! i know you're a whizz at die cutting and am sure you'll have great fun using your prize - which will be sent directly to you from Katrina, who lives here in the UK.
Please send me your address, even if you know that I know it already, with your full name at the top as well so it can be can be copied and pasted for speed and ease. It's also confirmation that you still would like the prize of course. 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 one more week to run on the current Ruby's Memory Challenge #408 which you can find HERE.
The prize is a really beautiful 'Peaceful Roses Mini' stamp set by Gina K . Very kindly donated by our lovely blogging buddy Brenda Lawrence.
We had a bit of a close squeak the other day when I decided to do some more detailed checking up on our Dorset holiday, scheduled for the end of Summer. Long story cut short - the lovely sloping beach within walking distance of the cottage is closed to dogs during the Summer months. It's one of the few beaches in the area where you don't have to scramble down cliff paths and across rocks as well as having the added bonus of a very nice traditional pub overlooking the beach where you can sit and watch the sun go down. We have no issues at all with a dog free beach and fully understand the reasons - but wouldn't it have been nice for the cottage description to have mentioned that teeny, tiny detail?
As it was, we were beginning to have some doubts as we're not totally convinced we're out of the woods yet with COVID. So,with an underlying sense of relief, we've moved the holiday to next Autumn (yup, 2022) at no financial loss. Phew - that was a close call. Imagine tootling down to the beach and suddenly being faced with a totally unexpected 'No dogs' sign! Poor Dudley would probably not know any different, but just suppose he got a sparkle in his eye at the smell of the sea and we had to walk away. I for one would have been bitterly disappointed and know for sure that Len would be the same.
Speaking of Dudley - we've managed to trim his claws without too much of a fight! The secret is to ditch the old style clippers and use a design which has a (safely protected) little guillotine when you squeeze the handles. They act so fast with none of the pressure of the other ones which squeezed onto his claws. Hooray for an improved design, which I can manage on my own!
Stay cool/dry warm in this changeable weather - and also keep safe!Love from Parsnip, myself and the usual happy 'high-five' and woof from Dudley.