And the winner is …..

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First of all, thank you so much to everybody who entered my Spring Bunny Hoop draw.  I can hardly believe the number of comments – and I have really enjoyed reading all your favourite signs of spring.  It has made me realise that although we come from different countries and cultures, in some cases many thousands of miles apart, yet in so many ways we are just the same!  I was feeling a bit worried about counting up the entries … until I worked the random number generator and in this case it’s true to say that the early bird does indeed catch the worm ….random number

The winner is … number 5 … which is Stella Davis!  Well done Stella – I have emailed you – please send me your posting details and let me know which hoop you’d like and it will be on its way to you soonest.  I’m sorry I don’t have a prize for everyone, but I thought this trip down Memory Lane might make you smile…

If you’ve been reading my blog for while, you may remember Amy, my first Newfie (above) who passed away in 2010.  She was a very greedy dog, who didn’t believe in making too much effort when it wasn’t necessary – which made her the perfect canine random number generator.  I thought you might like to see how, when Bustle & Sew was very young,  giveaway winners were chosen. Below is an extract from a blog post of 7 years ago when Amy was still with us …

 The comments were numbered in the order they appeared on the blog. Thank you to everybody who entered. The judges were ready ….

A yummy selection of dog-biscuits were numbered. (with non-toxic pen.  Also testing was undertaken to ensure no preference for a particular shape of biscuit!)

The paw (Amy’s) came out …. watch carefully or you’ll miss it – she’s very quick! (In fact I missed the winning biscuit – it had vanished by the time I pressed the button on the camera! This was a special re-run so you could see exactly how she did it).

 And when the biscuits were lined up again, amid great objections from the judges, number 14 was found to be missing, so (back in 2009), number 14 won the prize!
This isn’t the result of the Spring Bunny Hoop draw, just a reminder of how we used to do it! 
The Spring Bunny was amazingly popular with  many more than 29 entries, and I think I might lose the will to live if I had to write numbers onto 349 dog biscuits – though I think the black furry ones would enjoy munching their way through them!  But I do hope you enjoyed sharing this memory with me.


Hi Helen,

Thanks for giving us a “smile on Sunday” showing us how you chose the winners of your competitions. Your Newfies are just beautiful.



Thanks so much Diana. I think Amy would have loved 349 dog biscuits to munch her way through! Sadly Ben has never mastered the picking with a paw technique, so these days we rely on the random number generator instead. xx


(Smile)Yes, I remember Amy’s excellent way of choosing a winning number…She was amazingly good at her job!
X Linda


Thanks Linda – yes she was indeed. But when I dug out the old post I couldn’t believe how long ago it was – and now rather than being a sleek young thing, Ben is the senior dog with a very fetching white moustache! xx.


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