Friday, March 11, 2016

A dynamic Duo



Alone in the playroom
sat a doll and a bear,
the doll was quite cross
and she wanted to share:

"The children ignore us
and don't want to play, 
I think that it's time 
we went on our way."

The bear thought the doll
was ever so right - 
little John never came now
to bid him goodnight!

They packed up a sandwich
and cake for the road,
and added some games
in case they got bored.

A bottle of water,
a hat and a sweater -
and off they went
to somewhere much better.

They got as far as
the house down the lane,
when all at once
it started to rain.

The bear thought perhaps
it was time to go home,
when all of a sudden
the rain turned to storm.

The doll felt chilly:
"well, there may be a fuss,
but John will be lonely
and sure to miss us."

They hurried back home
wet and bitterly cold,
all the while thinking
they were in for a scold.

Sound asleep in his bed
was that little boy John,
he'd never even noticed
that they had been gone.



Featured: two new soft friends.
This was a collaboration with my niece Dana,
who drew the paintings to complement the two friends.

116 comments:

  1. oh so sad an ending. your poems are always so moving. I wish I still had little ones to read them to.

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  2. The pieces are so adorable. I like the stitching and the colors and the poem is interesting with that twist at the end. xoxo Su

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  3. You are so clever, I love this blog post! You have lots of talents dear Amalia. Xxx

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  4. Gorgeous stitching, and such a sad poem, I hope they find a more positive outlook on life!

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    1. I feel bad! I'll write a follow up post where they toys go to younger children who still love to play and find purpose again.

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  5. Such a shame. Do love the bear and the doll though and the paintings were a real delight.

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  6. I just adore posts like this! Fab job on the dolls - precious treasury for a child to play with. As for the poems - you should definitely have them published!!!

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  7. Darling! Please tell Dana she is a wonderful artist.

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  8. Bless you and Dana, what a fabulous picture, story and dolls to. Your posts are always so heart warming they always make me smile, a joy to visit each time, dee x

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  9. That is such a cute story. The dolls are adorable and your niece is definitely a budding artist! Cheers to you!

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  10. What beautiful embroidery friends !!
    They are perfect for designs, loved, congratulations !!

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  11. Oh I love these two! And their story is sooo sweet. :-)

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  12. So cute post !!!!
    Have a lovely weekend !
    Anna

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  13. Sad that John is not as caring as he should be..but how cute the art and your dolls and words:)

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  14. Precious... The Soft Friends... And the poem.

    Gentle hugs,
    Tessa

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  15. My morning giggle...and limerick!! I love it! I'll hug them goodnight! ;)

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    1. How kind! I hope you'll read to them as well. They love bedtime stories.

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  16. Such a sweet story poem with sweet illustrations for the two lovely bears.
    Joy

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  17. Adorei!!! amo bordados! Esses como que feitos por crianças ficaram lindos demais!

    bjinhos

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  18. How adorable! Your poem could be the inspiration for Toy Story 5!

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  19. Naughty John! Amalia, your toys and poetry are wonderful, you have such a talent. I think Dana may have inherited your artistic streak. x

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  20. I always love your poetry, it is never forced, just really gentle and beautiful. Jo x

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  21. Loved this post...from cute little poem, drawings to dolly and bear. Happy Weekend my sweet friend.

    Hugs,
    ♥Ana

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  22. Sometimes children can be so fickle, can't they. Your bear and dolly are so sweet. Love the stitching, Amalia and your lyrical poem brought a smile to my heart. So happy your bear and dolly are safe at home once again.

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    1. The 'tragedy' of toys is that children will outgrow them :-)

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  23. My darling, you're truly so wonderful !
    Every time I come and visit you here you put a smile on my face, and put me in so high spirits, thank you !

    Sending blessings of joy on your weekend
    with much love
    Dany

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  24. You write the cutest poems! I just get so excited when I see your name come up on the blog list with a new post. I can't wait to see what cuteness you have been up to lately! You are talented my friend, and we love the fun posts you share!! Dana did a fabulous job with the pictures too! :)

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    1. This is such a lovely message, thank you! I am lucky indeed, but not in talents, in friends.

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  25. Very nice and tender! I love very much your stitching, and your story sweet.............Big Hug Mariuccia

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  26. Sweet little toys and a wonderful story.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

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  27. what a sweet poem and lovely handmade toys.. you're very talented and creative! thank you for visiting my blog and for taking the time to say hello. Best wishes to you <3

    Tamara

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  28. WOW. I am in love with your dolls AND that poem. This is perfect for a children's book! What a lovely and fun way to wake up and start my day! Blessings!

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  29. Precious little toys and poem too.
    Thank you for joining us At Thoughts Of Home On Thursday.
    Jemma

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  30. Dear Amalia, your soft toys and story are equally beautiful. Your doll and bear show lovely stitching. Who knew a bear can be so elegant with a flower on its belly? And your poem captured my attention right to the last word.
    Also, you are lucky to have talented friends around you. :-)

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  31. Oh no! To run away and not be missed! The final indignity. LOL
    This is the coolest thing how Dana has set the stage with her drawings for Doll and Bear. They each are wonderful Amalia! You two make a great team!

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  32. I love your handmade toys you made and the lovely poem!
    Thanks Amalia for always joining and sharing your talent with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Have a nice weekend and week.
    Julie

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  33. So sweet, Amalia. I love my visits here, because it makes me so happy. Thank you, my friend :)

    xoxo,
    rue

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  34. Very cute story to go with this cute doll and bear, love how they are decorated!

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  35. I don't which I like better, the adorable dolls or your poem. So sweet………...

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  36. Amalia, what a truly sad tale. On the bright, love the doll and bear, and Dana's drawing!!

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  37. What a lovely poem and beautifully crafted dolls to go with it.

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  38. Beautiful words, a nice post...
    Love from Titti

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  39. The dolls are darling, the poem a bit bittersweet wasn't it?

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    1. Yes, but children will outgrow their toys. I have a feeling that John will soon have a little sister who will love the bear and doll, and until then they have each other :-)

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  40. Beautiful doll and bear, I like them so much.
    And your poem ist very good.
    Have a nice evening, love from Nicole

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  41. Very, very sweet! The dolls and the poem are adorable as well as the great illustrations. I often wonder where all your sweet handmade dolls go when you finish them?

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    1. I keep my favorites, some go to charily, the rest I give as presents. But only to nice children :-)

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  42. What a great collaboration with your niece, Amalia! The poem and the sweet handmade dolls would make anyone smile! You should think about self publishing your work. xo ♥

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  43. I love the way your softies are part of Danas drawings!

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  44. Love your softies, they look so good in Dana's drawings! So sorry to hear they are sad ..... naughty John neglecting them!
    Such a sad story Amalia, but great!!
    Hugs, Barbara xx

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  45. I love this poem:)

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  46. I always love your poems.
    I love the sweet friends and drawings to go with.
    Carla

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  47. This is just too cute! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  48. Beautiful poem as always! Love the doll and the bear :) hugs, Joanna

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  49. What a perfect way to preserve a special moment in time. Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful post on Thoughts of Home on Thursday. It is my sincere hope that you will join in and share your sunshine again and again.

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  50. Wow love your doll and bear. Your poetry is amazing . I love you work. Have a lovely day

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  51. I like your two little friends and the poem.
    Question: Did you embroider first or after you sewed the dolls together? I like how the edges of your dolls have an outline. Perhaps you did the outline last of all?

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    1. Thanks you for another lovely comment, Jody. I begin with the outline, then do the embroidery of the flowers and the sew the back and front together.

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  52. Shame on John for not paying attention! Your two little friends are adorable, dear Amalia. You never cease to amaze me with your talent and creations.

    I just have to feature this sweet post at tomorrow's party :) Thanks for sharing! Love and hugs!

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    1. This is so kind, Stephanie, thank you! You'v made my day :-)

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  53. A fabulous collaboration with Dana, Amalia. I see that artistic talent runs in the family. The limerick is as delightful as the dolls. And, as always, I'm smiling as I leave your blog. (I wonder if you realize how much joy you send into the world with every one of your posts.) Hugs, Nancy

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    1. No, I only realize how much joy your lovely comment bring me, Nancy. Thank you!!!

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  54. I thought Dana's paintings adorable as are the dolls - but yes - please do another poem with a happier ending !!!

    Hope the week is going well for you.

    All the best Jan

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  55. All very nice..... drawings ... dolls ... the poem .....
    congrats becausw the two are greats artists!

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  56. All very nice..... drawings ... dolls ... the poem .....
    congrats becausw the two are greats artists!

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  57. Loved reading your poem and the drawings are so gorgeous!
    Have a lovely week :)

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  58. Oh I just LOVED this poem...over the top cute to match your handwork :)

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  59. I love the poem...once had a similar experience with slipping my allowance money back into my father's wallet...he never knew a thing about it and never said, "Why, Vee, this is your money justly earned." Oh I showed him all right! LOL

    Love, too, the collaborative efforts between your niece and yourself. They are charming beyond words.

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    1. What a darling child you must have been, Vee. I love this story!

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  60. John had been playing outside all the day,
    Or else he'd have seen his friends slip away.
    The doll and the bear knew they weren't being fair,
    Sneaking off unannounced thinking John didn't care.
    Even they know that little boys need to get some fresh air!

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    1. Oh, Wendy! This is wonderful! Thank you so very much! You comment left me with a big big smile.

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  61. So cute! Your nieces paintings are the perfect compliment!

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  62. Hello, what a cute story. Your niece's drawings are great and I love the dolls. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  63. Such a sad tale! The bear and doll are gorgeous. xx

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  64. Such a sad tale! The bear and doll are gorgeous. xx

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    1. I was focused on the idea of creating this big drama in your head while other people were totally unaware of it. I was a bit surprised to hear that other people saw it as sad but now that I see why, I'm going to write a follow-up story and put things right :-)

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  65. I love the colors on the bear and the doll and with the drawing it is amazing!

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  66. How adorable!! They are so cute and made perfect by Dana"s background drawings, she is quite the artist! Such a great project to do together

    Carol

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  67. You not only are a talented crafter but you are a poet as well! Adorable little dolls AND poem :)

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  68. How adorable! And how fun to collaborate with your niece! The dolls are charming...and the poem is, too. I love your creativity!

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  69. These are adorable dolls Amalia! I think many many lovely stories can be acted out by them

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  70. Beautiful couple lol :)

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

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  71. I really like these! The drawings match them perfectly. It is as if they were taken straight out of the drawings.

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  72. Amalia, this poem is special in so many ways, and there's nothing quite like a drawing that's made with children's hands. Loved loved this post today.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Just put you on my side bar, my dear. Your posts are so simple, charming, lovely, delightful, all the things I appreciate. :)

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  73. You are a talented poet. Love this post. Darling little dolls and drawings. Have a nice weekend.
    Blessings. xo

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  74. Your poems and stitched creations never disappoint, Amalia; the drawings by your niece so sweetly tied everything together. Thank you so much for linking up at Best of the Weekend!

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  75. I love Dana's scenery - it's just perfect and the poem is wonderful. You are a very talented lady! Have a lovely weekend.

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  76. Absolutely adorable, Amalia. I think you should start publishing children's books....I'd buy them for myself. :o)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. How wonderful! Shall I autograph it for you? I'll have to think of something clever yet sweet to say.

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  77. Awwwww...such a cute poem. But you MUST write another one that shows John does indeed still care about them. I'm a sucker for happy endings.

    XXX

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    1. I'm afraid that it's a bit late for John, he's grown up and moved on. But there is a happy end coming!

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  78. Awwwww...such a cute poem. But you MUST write another one that shows John does indeed still care about them. I'm a sucker for happy endings.

    XXX

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  79. HI Amalia, what a beautiful poem, so nice to do a project together with your niece. Take care!

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  80. ♪♫ه° ·.
    Bordados super lindos!!!

    Bom fim de semana com tudo de bom!
    Beijinhos.
    ╰✿ه° ·.⏝

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  81. I'll bet John still loves them even though they don't think he does :) What cute dolls, Amalia! The poem and the drawings are perfect.

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  82. Oh, I'm so glad they went home. What an adventure!:)

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  83. Wonderful dolls Amalia, and what a lovely poem and drawings.

    Hugs Diane

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  84. Very sweet, the little dolls, the drawing and the poem. Your creativity is wonderful. Happy spring to you. xo

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  85. So sweet, a perfect pairing of pictures and words.

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  86. What an adorable duo, and I love your sweet poem to go along with them.

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  87. These are too cute! I'd put them on my desk shelf and admire them with smiles all day.

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  88. The little bear is so cute, Amalia! Of course, that means I like the doll too:) Mr. Candy man seems very satisfied with his crocheted blanket:) Just to remind you that you can show any exerience during the season - so these beautiful photos for these last two posts can also be linked up for Seasons! Hope to see you back between Monday and Wednesday (till 7pm, US time) - it's greatly appreciated!

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  89. What wonderful rhyme! And what gorgeous illustrations! Wishing you a beautiful day! <3

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  90. I read that story after the latest post.
    I knew well about their life!!!!
    Great illustration, too♡

    akiko

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  91. Adorable handmade toys!! Neat drawing too!!
    Great way of teaching the prepositions - in, on, next to, beside, in front of!!
    (Working on these with a 5 year old yesterday!!)

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