Thursday, 26 May 2011

Picking winners

Today is the day for picking winners! I am thinking now that it would have been simpler to use one of those random number generators, but I like to encourage family participation, so I asked Teddy-Face if she would help me with the giveaway winner selection.

Teddy-Face was very keen, and excitedly followed me outside with my big bowl of bits of paper (don't ask me how long it took to fold all those bits of paper up, and there was no family to be seen at 7.30 this morning when I was beavering away). I also think it would have been better to choose a less windy day - it would have saved me chasing around the garden after bits of paper. (I also had to stand on the winners to prevent them from being carried off.)

Teddy-Face must have misheard me at first - I think she thought that I had said 'rabbits', as she burrowed in the flower bed for a moment, but then she set to, stirring all the bits of paper up nicely.

Do I smell biscuit?

I was not quite sure that it would work, as Teddy-Face has a round little face, perhaps not so good at daintily picking out pieces of paper as the Naughty Dog with the long, pointy, trouser-nipping snout, but when I suggested that the latter helped in the task, she hid under the kitchen table as if I had told her that I was about to get the mop out (she doesn't like mops or vacuum cleaners, which is why don't use them very much in my cottage, not wanting to traumatize the Naughty Biter, of course).

Are there any more in there?

But my secret weapon was a few dog biscuits (Senior Light, of course, we don't want Teddy-face putting on any more weight) tucked in underneath the paper pieces. You might just glimpse them at the bottom of the bowl.

Oh dear, all gone!

As you will see, Teddy-face became slightly distracted from the winner-picking task, as she rooted around for the biscuits, but when she had satisfied herself that there were no more Senior-Light to be had, I noticed that she had done what I asked and tossed out a couple of pieces of paper into the flowerbed.

Blowing in the wind

So we have two winners! I was so overwhelmed by the response (I really didn't imagine that I would have so many entries, or so many new followers) that I decided it would be fair to make up two prizes, in different colourways, just to even out the odds.

And in case you were worried about the waste of paper, you can see that I was reusing old bits of knitting calculations (Karen is not 276 years old, I was just struggling with Peggy Sue's stitch count).

So congratulations to Karen L R and Harmony & Rosie: please could you email me your addresses so that I can send out your parcels.

Traces of the struggle with Peggy Sue

And commiserations to those of you who did not find Teddy-Face's favour this time - but I will be doing another giveaway quite soon, so I hope that you will all come back again and join in with that.


Little Blue Mouse said...

Oh no, mine must have got blown away before Teddy-face had a chance to pick it! I demand a recount :)

Serenata said...

How wonderful- she looks like she quite enjoyed the exercise. Congratulations to the winners! :-)

harmony and rosie said...

Really? You must give Teddy-Face a big sloppy kiss from me and tell her I feel just as thrilled as she must have when she finally reached the senior lights! Thank you so much Pomona x

lily said...

I forgive you Teddy-Face, even though I have a sneaking suspicion that Lily Valentines was muched along with those delicious biscuity snacks, congratulations to the two winners.

lily x

Miss Holly said...

Well..I just realized that your little Teddy is a border terrier...what wonderful doggies they are.....and what a helper!!! Yea to the winners...

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Congrats to the winners and an extra biscuit to Teddy-face for doing such a fine job.
Susan x

Karen L R said...


Thank you so much, Pomona and Teddy-face. I am delighted to be a lucky winner.

I have send along my address, and will be waiting by the mailbox for my parcel.


The Weaver of Grass said...

Sounds to me as though Teddy Face could get a job in the circus.

Sasha said...

Now that's how you choose a winner, fantastic!

LethargicLass said...

Congrats to the winners, thanks to Teddy-face (smooch) and what a GORGEOUS bowl!

Barbara said...

This was so funny and different.
Congratulations to the winner.
Have just posted my own giveaway a few minutes ago.

Noelle said...

Teddy Face is an absolute darling! Hugs to her (by the by, my Corgi hates vacuums as well or brooms or...)and a big hello to you from the Pacific West Coast!
I so enjoyed reading your delightful post, I forgot I entered the giveaway and did not make the cut!
Ooooowwww....maybe another time!

Rowan said...

I enjoyed reading this - it's definitely an original way to pick the winners:)

Lola Nova said...

Congratulations to the winners! And a job well done by Teddy Face indeed.

Indigo Blue said...

That is certainly a very large bowl! If I let my cats help like this they would have probably curled up in the bowl and fallen asleep. A very original way of picking winners!

Michela said...

You're so funny!
Congrats to the winner, they will be thrilled to bits for winning your lovely giveaway!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Teddy face is adorable and how kind of her to help like that!


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