Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Dancing Elephant


There was an elephant
who liked to dance,
at least he would have 
if given a chance.

He's been asking around
and scoring zero -
nobody wanted
to dance with our hero.

The ostrich said:
"his feet are too big -
while mine are narrow
and long like a twig."

The monkeys decided
he had no rhythm,
and wouldn't hear of
dancing with him.

The elephant went home
his spirit blown,
it's just no fun
when you're dancing alone.

Mama elephant said:
"don't worry my son,
you father and I
will see to the fun."

"a sweet elephant girl
just moved next door,
we'll invite her over
and dance up the floor."

The elephant Nina
was ready to dance,
she knew some steps - 
samba, disco and trance.

Papa cleared the room
(they all had big feet)
and mama brought fruit
for something to eat.

The parents showed
the young ones the tango,
then they all waltzed 
and ate some mango.


Featured: This exotic elephant
will decorate a lunch bag
(or end up in the unfinished pile).


138 comments:

  1. Amalia! Your rhyming stories of your creations are exquisite! I fall in love with each one but never more so than with the elephant son. Please let Nina and him grow up to dance forever together!

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  2. How beautiful! I hope he will decorate the lunch bag, it would be sad if he ended up in the unfinished pile! He's just too sweet!

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    1. You are right, Sigrid. I should have considered the indignity involved in being relegated to the pile.

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  3. Oh that is adorable. Well done! Mimi xxx

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  4. Hello Amalia!

    You really need to publish these rhymes in a book, you know!!!!

    This one has got to be my favourite one so far!!!

    And your embroidery is lovely!!!

    You are very talented!!!
    Love, Ingrid xx
    Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  5. I am so impressed by your rhymes, as well as the beautiful objects you create. The dancing elephant is gorgeous - well done!
    Cathy x

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  6. Ooh that's so sweet!!!!
    So when are your beautiful rhymes available in a book :-)?
    I would definately buy it!
    Lots of love from Mirjam.

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  7. wonderful! beautiful cushion!

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  8. I love your poem and also the dancing elephant on the lunch bag. I know you will finish it one day!

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  9. This was a lovely way to start my day. You always bring a smile to my face with your embroidery and wit. Happy day!

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  10. Oh my, this is just a delightful way for me to start my day! I adore your poetry and just look at your adorable embroidered elephant!
    Now I am wondering if Nina and elephant son will truly have a lasting friendship??!
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. I'm sure they will! Handmade is a 'happily ever after' kind of blog :-)

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  11. The elephant is a real delight, but the poem that goes with it is amazing. You really should have some of your work published it is always a joy to visit.

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  12. The house is rocking tonight!! What great parents to come to the rescue. Don't cast this to the UFO pile :( Wouldn't he be cute on a pocket of something? I made a stuffed elephant for my son and he called him Hypothermia?!
    Wendy

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    1. I am now curious to know what your son would name a hippo :-)

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  13. Why can't the elephant end up in a stitchery book w/ your stories and poems and photos?
    I love a happy ending..this has it:)

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  14. You're so cute Amalia. Loved your fun little poem :-) Put a smile on my face.

    Hugs,
    ❤️Ana

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  15. This poem would be the cutest children's book, Amalia! You are so talented!

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  16. You are so creative. That sweet elephant is so intricate and lovely. I am smitten!

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    1. it is relevant
      for my elephant
      that you're smitten
      like a kitten

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  17. Yup, get working on the book. Darling poetry+delightful illustrations=a hit!

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  18. Another terrific poem to go with a darling embroidered elephant. I like the beading. It's funny to me that you have a purpose for it -- a lunchbag -- or the unfinished pile. I have an unfinished pile too. ~smile~

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    1. That is me - full of good intentions :-)

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  19. Such a cute elephant and a wonderful, wonderful poem!
    Thank you very much for sharing!

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  20. It is too precious to end up in the unfinished pile! I hope its destiny is brighter!

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  21. What a fun poem, and I love the stitching!

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  22. What a fun poem, and I love the stitching!

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  23. You've made me SMILE today, Amalia! THANK YOU! What a SWEET LITTLE ELEPHANT you've embroidered too! ( I've ALWAYS LOOOOOVED ELEPHANTS!!! One of God's BEAUTIFUL & MAJESTIC CREATURES!) Thank you for coming over to visit! You're SO APPRECIATED! ;) XOXO

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  24. Oh this elephant it too cute on a lunch bag, unless you make a print of it! I can picture you in a small shop with all your handmade things you show here:) Many thanks for showing this on SEASONS, Amalia, and hope to see you back soon. Wishing you a happy and artsy week!

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    1. I like the idea of the little shop. I'll be sitting behind the counter crocheting, having tea and talking to the customers. There will be customers, I hope?

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  25. Your posts always make me smile they are so heart warming and full of delight and homely to. I adore the elephant it will look cute on anything, your poems and photo's would make for a lovely book do you write them down in a scrape book along with the photo ? I know that's what I would do :-) dee xx

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  26. What a pretty elephant and the poem is adorable. I'm glad the elephant found someone to dance with :)

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  27. Dear Amalia:
    That is so darling - loved the poetry! Your little elephant is perfect. Would be so cute on a little girls dress or pinafore. I loved that you shared and linked!

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  28. What a sweet little elephant, and lovely embroidery work. And a very cute poem too. Your blog is very enjoyable Amalia.

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  29. What a sweet little elephant, and lovely embroidery work. And a very cute poem too. Your blog is very enjoyable Amalia.

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  30. Precious sewing project.

    Equally precious poem...

    Tessa

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  31. Your cute poems always makes me smile! Your embroidered elephant is also lovely. It's funny because recently, I was searching online for elephant teapots.

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    1. You're brilliant, Margie! I never thought about it but an elephant does look a lot like a teapot. A world of possibilities...

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  32. Lovely Amalia, your posts are always so sweet and charming. How I love your poems and creations! Hugs to you!

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  33. Absolutely adorable embroidery and poem! I wish you a wonderful spring Amalia!

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  34. teehee....I look forward to each and every post you share for that ONE photo of your work and the music of letters and words that follow are priceless. LOVE the little bluebird on the elephant's back, Amalia! XOXOXO

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  35. I love the elephant and I love the little blue bird.
    Your poem is a delight to read to.

    Enjoy your day

    All the best Jan

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  36. I love clicking on your posts because I know it will be filled with sweetness! This one is a treasure!!

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  37. Your talents know no end, dear Amalia! I love the charming elephant and his background story! xo ♥

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  38. Such a sweet poem, and your stitched elephant is as cute as can be!

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  39. Mas que fofo!!! adorei a composição do post:)

    bjinhos

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  40. Oh, how this made me smile!! Life is a wonderful dance! I LOVE this one dear Amalia!

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    1. I like this image of life as a dance - two steps forward for every step back :-)

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  41. Amalia,
    Leave it to Mama elephant to make things right. :) This is a cute poem; I like the "ostrich" part. The elephants amaze me when I see them at the zoo.

    ~Sheri

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    1. I like elephants. They never seem to be in a hurry.

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  42. Cute little Elephant and the poem was just a delight.

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  43. Your elephant is just the cutest stitching, you have such fun stories, I bet your grandkids love to hear them!

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  44. That is a darling little elephant embroidery Amalia! I sure hope that it doesn't end up in the unfinished pile.
    Your sweet and funny poem would make a wonderful children's book!

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  45. Simply to sweety the poem of the small elephant.
    Also the cushion is sweet.
    Have a nice evening, dear greetings
    Nicole

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  46. Fantastic poem and a very cute and pretty elephant! Hope he gets to fulfil his bag destiny! xx

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  47. Amalia, your elephant is so sweet and I just love all the beautiful details!! I'm glad the little elephant got his chance to dance!! He has such lovely parents.

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  48. So cute! I love the little blue bird on his back!.....

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  49. Glad there was a happy ending for the elephant and hopefully there will be for the embroidery too!

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  50. Glad there was a happy ending for the elephant and hopefully there will be for the embroidery too!

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  51. I'm so glad that your lovely elephant found a willing dance partner and he's much too pretty to be left as an unfinished piece. Here's hoping that he gets to dance across a lunch bag. xx

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  52. I'm so glad that your lovely elephant found a willing dance partner and he's much too pretty to be left as an unfinished piece. Here's hoping that he gets to dance across a lunch bag. xx

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  53. Thanks for sharing your lovely stitching and sensational story, Amalia. I enjoyed both so much! Please do not let your elephant stitching get lost in the unfinished pile. It is a treasure :) xx

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  54. A dancing, and lovely, elephant !!! And dancing and lovely words !!!!!
    Have a great day !!!
    Anna

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  55. I love your jolly elephant and even jollier poem ... brought a smile to my face today. M x

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  56. I always love your words and as I saw your post pop up on my feed I sat down and really concentrated so that I ccould let myself be an elephant. Love Jo x

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  57. One of the most creative folks out in this big world is YOU! :-)) LOVE the words and the work.
    xx oo
    Carla

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    1. One of the nicest commenters (yes, that is a word now) is YOU. Thank you :-)

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  58. So sweet! I love your elephant piece and the rhyme, Amalia. I hope he decorates a lunch bag ;)

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  59. Thank you for sharing your pretty piece at SYC!

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  60. Oh my goodness, what a darling poem... love how the parents saved the day for him! And I do hope your sweet dancing elephant does not end up in the unfinished pile... a lunchbox would be lovely, or a sweet pillow :)

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  61. I like your cute poem and embroidered elephant!
    TFS this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.

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  62. What a sweet poem, and the embroidered elephant is just as sweet. Thanks for stopping by!

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  63. Very sweet elephant and the poem is cute......Love your whimsy.

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  64. Love your poem! And the elephant is adorable! Thank you for the smile!

    karianne

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  65. I cannot help but wonder what inspired what. Did the verses came to your mind while you were stitching the pretty, but lonely, boy? Or did the design imposed itself to you while you were composing the beautiful poem?

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  66. Laughter in the little cottage this morning as I shared your latest poem with Dennis. Here is our reply:
    Your poems we adore
    dear Amalia our friend.
    You make us smile,
    may your words never end.
    Love, Nancy and Dennis.
    P.S. A most charming elephant, we must say.

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    1. A post without a comment
      is a sad and lonely thing,
      so your wonderful poem
      makes me want to sing :-)

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  67. There are so many wonderful levels to your creativity and they are ALL here.
    This is wonderful!

    Thank you for sharing this at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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  68. If this was Instagram I would type a dozen little red hearts!

    I love this1

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    1. I sent you a reply about hearts. I hope it helps.
      Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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    2. Thank you, Carol. In my mind there are now a dozen little hearts dancing about the elephant's head and tickling him.

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  69. I hope it makes it to the lunch bag Amalia!

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  70. Amalia, I just love your posts. You need to write a book...there are just a few friends I say that to and you are one.

    So glad you joined us for Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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  71. Oh what a sweet bit of embroidery! Your post is such a happy addition to Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Thank you SO much for sharing the joy.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  72. I love my visits here! Thank you for sharing your treats with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :) This is darling!

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  73. Such a beautiful story!
    Family is lovely, Amalia♡

    akiko

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  74. Oh so pretty!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

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  75. So cute! Thanks for sharing with Home Sweet Home!

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  76. This is too cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  77. Well, that just made me smile, Amalia! Adorable!

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  78. So sweet and such a lovely poem to go with it. xoxo Su

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  79. I love the elephant. So sweet and pretty. And a fun little ditty to go along with it. :)

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  80. Cute embroidery - I'd love that on a lunch bag!

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  81. I love your elephant, Amalia! Your poems bring a smile to my face (I hope I didn't just copy someone else's comment there - it was just what I felt at the moment of writing!) Such lovely comments to read too! It's nice to be in the company of such happy people.
    BTW nice quote on Helen's blog about the yellow butterflies, I wish I could remember which colour I had seen first! But I've definitely seen some yellow ones around, they look so cheery don't they!
    Have a lovely week.
    Barbara xx

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    1. My first butterfly this year was white. I always notice. I'm not sure what it means but there are so many butterflies around this year so I'm taking it as a good sigh and indeed it's been a wonderful spring so far.

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  82. Such a sweet poem to end my day with.
    Glad the elephant got to dance :)

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  83. So sweet Amalia. I hope they dance forever!

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  84. Love the poem and the elephant is adorable! :)

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  85. Love the poem and the elephant is adorable! :)

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  86. Amalia I love elephants and this is soooo cute and pretty !! hugs to you !!

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  87. This elephant is so stinkin' cute! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  88. What an adorable poem and even a more adorabler (teehee) elephant stitching! You are quite the talented one! Love the new look of your blog too :)

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  89. Ohhh Amalia that has to be the cutest lil elephant I every did see and the poem is just so sweet!! Hope you have a wonderful week! :-) xx

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  90. How cute! Every lunch will be special with this little elephant on the bag.

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  91. Hello, I love the cute poem and your stitchery is beautiful. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  92. Love the combination of your cute poem and little stitched elephant....you could write a book of poems and illustrate it with your stitchery, Amalia!
    Helen xox

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  93. Oh, this brought a smile to my face! Sweet embroidery and charming poetry! Hugs xo Karen

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  94. The embroidery is so cute and gosh, I love the poem! I can just see them all dancing the tango and eating the mangos. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  95. What an adorable elephant!!! So sweet. I'm so glad Mr. Elephant got to dance :)

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  96. What a wonderful poem and such a sweet elephant!

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  97. It is always a highlight in my day to visit your whimsical and delightful place, Amalia. Oh how sweet is your pretty elephant. Darling embroidery. So happy 'your' elephant found a lady friend with which to dance. Your rhythmic poem makes me want to dance to the beat. =)

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  98. Lovely! I really enjoyed you wonderful poem and I love the little embroidered elephant. Thank you for making me smile this morning:)

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  99. Love your poem, it tells such a sweet story. Sure hope this sweet elephant goes onto the lunch bag and not the unfinished pile. He's way to cute……….

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  100. What a lovely poem and little stitched elephant Amalia.

    Hugs Diane

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  101. What a lovely poem and little stitched elephant Amalia.

    Hugs Diane

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  102. I enjoy every poem and stand amazed at your talent.

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  103. Hi Amalia, your elephant is so adorable and perfect with the poem. The poem is tender and sweet. Love your posts!

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  104. What a beautiful poem and the embroidered elephant is just so sweet !!
    Greetings

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  105. What a beautiful poem and the embroidered elephant is just so sweet !!
    Greetings

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  106. What a lovely stitchery, also the poem ! Thank you for visiting my blog.
    Have a nice weekend, Carmen

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  107. This is adorable and a super sweet poem! I love the colorful accents! Thanks for linking up with the Homemaking Party!

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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  108. Awe so sweet....the poem and the needlework. You are so talented!!

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  109. Loved this poem!!
    What amazing embroidery. You are indeed a very talented lady :)

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  110. Absolutely adorable! I was going to ask you about what you make of all your finished embroideries. I am relieved you also have the unfinished pile. Mine is growing the more stitching I do.. Not that I mind! Wish you a lovely week and a nice stay in La France. x

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  111. I really love this poem, I think everyone has a dancer inside them, very happy to hear the elephant got his chance. And I hope he doesn't end up in the unfinished pile, but I know that feeling!

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  112. Lindo o elefantinho!
    Espero que ele já tenha sido aplicado em algum trabalho. Se não, que em breve esteja brilhando em algum lugar.
    Abraços e feliz tarde.

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