Many of you are now already aware that Kath, of My Plain and Simple blog, passed away last Sunday. Kath was one of our Playmates, a very good friend to so many of us, with a particularly dry sense of humour and a really kind heart She was extremely talented and made such beautiful cards. Thoughts are with her family, as well as with Brenda of Floral Fantasies who was such a true friend during those final few weeks. Dearest Kath, gone but not forgotten - we will miss you so very much. RIP our dear friend.
Let's move gently onto the picks:
I think this is so adorable! A perfectly designed and executed Christmas card, made by Val, using lots of beautifully co-ordinating paper snippets and such sweet images!
This wonderful card, made by Helen F, is worthy of a photo of the inside of the card as well:
That's my picks from Challenge 408 in the Playground and I've stuck to the three picks limit. We had 41 entries (hooray!) and one new Playmate.
Now for the prize draw, which is a 'Peaceful Roses Mini' stamp set by Gina K, kindly donated for Ruby's Memory Challenge by by Brenda (Lawrence). Thank you once again Brenda! And the winner is:
Karen! Not so long since you won a previous prize - so extra well done. I'm sure you will come back to share a lovely card using your prize.
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.
Brenda lives in the USA and will post your prize directly to you once I let her have your address. Do bear in mind that she recovering from a fractured knee (ouch!) and will probably need to rely on one of her sons to post the prize. Just looked at your blog and am pleased to see it's getting better Brenda - don't overdo things though!
Remember folks, there's still almost one more week to run on the current Challenge 409 which you can find HERE. The prize is a Stamping Bella 'Oddball Easter Bunny' stamp - and there are three on offer - so you have a better chance than usual to be a winner!
Challenge #408 was in aid of Ruby's Memory and I just sent off a further donation to USPCA, the rescue charity who saved Ruby and gave her the chance of the wonderful life she had with Lynne and Greg.
We've had to hide Dudley's absolutely gross Stinky Monkey for good - it's a health hazard - to him and also to us! It's still in the house in a secret place and so far Dudley hasn't worked out exactly where it is. However, I have a little suspicion he could be on track as he never ever goes into the shower room yet I've found the door nudged open twice lately. It's hidden in a cupboard behind some cleaning stuff! Now and then, when he's otherwise occupied, I rub the brand new Stinky Monkey with the old one, not too much - just enough to hopefully transfer a bit of
pong aroma. It does seem to be slowly working although not as much as the previous one which went absolutely everywhere with him. I feel like a mother who has taken her baby's dummy away!
Dudley continues to be such a little sweetheart. I did try to capture him on a little video clip doing his sighing, moaning and groaning when he gets enclosed with me during grocery deliveries. Trust Dudley, he wasn't going through his repertoire of sounds very well so I'll have another try when the next delivery comes.
Here's a photo of the little chap cupped in Len's hands the day we went to first meet him - aged just under six weeks old. He was teething (his baby teeth) hence the tear stains under his eyes. Speaking of eyes - aren't they gorgeous and almost wise, even at that young age. His black button nose was still patchy pink as well!
He's just this minute, as I'm typing this, hurtled in from the garden having done several circuits of 'zoomies' - bringing in a load of grass etc. needless to say! Little tinker!
from Parsnip, myself and the usual happy
'high-five' and woof from Dudley.