Summer is still 'puttering on' here but who knows for how long? As a September baby, my favourite Season is Autumn/Fall. They do say your favourite season is the one you were born in. I know it's sad to see Summer disappear - but my favourite childhood memories of England are of scuffling through Autumn leaves, collecting conkers, curling up with a book in front of a beautiful fire, hot chocolate or similar before bed, baked potatoes at Halloween, warming casseroles for dinner - and of course the impending arrival of the Christmas Season and maybe even some snow!
It's probably slightly crazy but I'm trying to take up knitting again. I think the point is looming where I'll need cataracts sorted out and that could well curtail crafting/screen time for a while. I used to knit a lot and found it to be something relaxing to do and easy on the eyes as a lot of the time you don't need to really look at your work. Watch this space as they say!
First of all, the picks:
It's been a while since we had a *Gold Star* pick, but this card, made by Charlotte just jumped out as being a real stunner and so worthy of a gold star. Do please take the time to hop over to Charlotte's blog and see how she made this wonderful snippets creation - with the aid of 'Press 'n' Seal'. I love how Charlotte always explains clearly each step of a design she makes. Please feel free to help yourself to the *Gold Star* badge on my right hand sidebar - if you so wish of course Charlotte.
I love this card, made by Suzanne H. Such a lovely layout/design and a wonderful way to use up lots of complementing patterned snippets! This is a great example of why it's worth while saving snippets from the same paper pad together. I stick a pouch inside the back cover of my paper pads - made from a suitably sized envelope, sealed and then sliced in half - like this, you get two 'pouches' from one envelope - result!:
Rainbows in every form are so popular in card making right now. Some manufacturers have brought out quite highly arched, slightly funky, sets of rainbow dies that I've resisted buying as this place is awash with rainbow papers and dies. However, clever Karen (Ladd) came up with this brilliant idea - use a set of oval dies! A great card and yet another super idea for you to try - also a snippets buster of course! ☺
As often seems to happen, this card was made by one of our prize winners - it's a great idea and a lovely design for using up patterned paper snippets. Made by Katrina and certainly one to inspire us!
One new Playmate this time:
What a gorgeous card - do come back and play again soon Elle-jeane!
That's my picks from Challenge 409 in the Playground and I've stuck to the three picks limit, plus our *Gold Star* and of course a new Playmate. We had 40 entries.
Now for the prize draw which is a Stamping Bella 'Oddball Easter Bunny' stamp - and there are three of these. Here are the winners:
Please send me your addresses, even if you know that I know them 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.
As soon as I have all addresses, I'll do one outing to post the prizes together. We're still being cautious here and avoiding any unnecessary mingling.
Remember folks, there's still almost one more week to run on the current Challenge 410 which you can find HERE. The prize is a really fun Clearly Besotted 'Egyptian Feline' set of stamps.
Yesterday was time for Dudley's quarterly dose of worming treatment, purely as a preventative measure. Ever since he came to
rule live with us it's always been a nightmare dosing him. We started off with a liquid formula when he was a puppy, as advised by the breeder, and he was an expert at spitting that right out. Visions of Wild West films and spittoons in bars used to come to mind! Then we moved onto pills as less messy and he never ceases to amaze us at how he convincingly 'swallows' - yet as soon as he's released - 'ping' - out comes said pill from the side of his mouth. Len brought one of his very favourite treats to show him yesterday, with the pill in his pocket - and the little tinker resolutely remained firmly under my desk, out of reach and feigning sleep! However, after his walk, he did his usual spinning trick for the treat he'd seen earlier, then without too much of a fuss Len managed to pop the pill into Dudley's mouth whilst cuddling him and holding his mouth closed - success! Phew, we now have three months respite until the next time.
Stay cool if you can - and also safe!Love from Parsnip, myself and the usual happy 'high-five' and woof from Dudley.