Friday, April 15, 2016

Be It Ever So Humble


A little snail
was feeling strange,
restless and bored
he needed some change.

He didn't at all
like the feel of gravel,
but still decided it was
time to travel.

He thought he'd go big
and travel abroad,
in short - he decided
to cross the road.

The countryside was deserted
night began to fall,
and the snail started crossing
at a leisurely stroll.

He enjoyed the quiet,
and the cool evening air,
the scent of wild flowers
that hung everywhere.

All was going well
when suddenly, from afar,
he was sure that he heard
the sound of a car.

He'd dawdled too long
now it was morning,
and traffic appeared
without any warning.

Hurrying to cross
dodging an early commuter,
he was almost run over
by a guy on a scooter.

The snail finally crossed
and collapsed without breath,
thinking he'd avoided
a sad and painful death:

"I carry my home with me
and it sure is good luck,
cause one thing's for certain -
I'm not crossing back!"


Featured: Winter's last craft -
a crochet blanket modeled by a handsome assistant,
my nephew Tomer.


147 comments:

Gloria Baker said...

Amalia !! What really lovely poem and love your crochet blanket ;)
Hugs !

Gloria Baker said...

Amalia !! What really lovely poem and love your crochet blanket ;)
Hugs !

Diana Studer said...

all those beautiful colours singing out against the black.
And yesterday's elephant is a little whimsy.

said...

Maravilhosa!!!!! que cores lindas, super alegre. E a alegria do menino, um fofo!

bjinhos

mamasmercantile said...

Such a beautiful blanket and looks so wonderful modelled by your very handsome assistant. A great poem and such a relief to know the snail was safe. Have a great weekend.

magnoliasntea said...

Love the blanket, especially the picot edging. I was right there with the little snail, so glad he is safe. :)
Have a lovely weekend!

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

Had me scared for the little Snail there for a minute. Great write. Beautiful blanket. Thanks for stopping by.

a writing place said...

Awww how comfy looking.... :-)

Sweet poem as well....

Tessa

Kim said...

Haha! I love this little snail tale! Crossing the road is tricky business. I don't blame him! Great blanket, I love the colors!

NADINE said...

Such a cute poem.... and such a beautiful blanket :))

In stitches
NADINE

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, that snail sure was a lucky one. I see squirrels sometimes run right in the middle of the road. People have to slow down for them. I always wonder why they scurry into heavy traffic. I love this colorful blanket that's wrapped around your little one. :)

~Sheri

Vee said...

Handsome assistant indeed! And what a gorgeous afghan. Love your poetry...did Tomer like it, too?

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

What a funny and witty rhyme! And the blanket is very beautiful. I like its dark background. :-)

Ohmydearests said...

Hi Amalia, your rhyme is absolutely delightful! You have an amazing talent! And that blanket is lovely! Have a beautiful weekend!

white and vintage said...

Hello Amalia,
such a nice and colorful blanket!
Have a nice weekend!
Loveley Greetings,
Christine

Lenka said...

Yes, your blanket is so cute. I am not so perfect at crocheting...

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Love your beautiful afghan and such a cute nephew, too. I'm presently crocheting granny squares that are all outlined in black, very much like yours.

La Table De Nana said...

I have to say Tomer looks very handsome indeed and the handiwork..POPS ..

the two ofvthem=winners:)
Top w/ a poem? Happy.
I have been seeing peviews of shows called Tiny Homes:)

greenrabbitdesigns said...

That is a stunning blanket Amalia!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Fun poem and beautiful blanket! Oh, such gorgeous work and such a handsome boy!

Ann said...

That's a really pretty blanket and one very happy little boy :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such a cute poem (and nephew)...and the blanket is lovely! Beautiful colors!

Lowcarb team member said...

A beautiful blanket and the colours used are so lovely.
So nice to see your handsome nephew Tomer.
Wonderful poem too, fun to read.

My very good wishes for a good weekend

All the best Jan

September Violets said...

Slow snails and speeding scooters had me on the edge of my seat!! I'm so glad this ended well ... whew! The handsome assistant is the perfect accompaniment to that gorgeous blanket. He looks like a good sport to be covered in pretty flowers ;) Happy Weekend!

Wendy

Margie said...

Love the bright colours of your beautiful crochet blanket. Glad that the snail made it safely across the road.

The French Hutch said...

Adorable boy, lovely throw and I love your poem. Whew, glad it had a happy finish that made me smile.
Happy weekend……..

Carla from The River said...

I like the black with the colors of your blanket. I have a new love for black. I am a lover of blues, but black has been calling me. ;-)
Your poem made me smile.
I will be on Spring Break next week, I will catch up with you soon.
xx oo
Carla

Nancy Chan said...

I am sure glad the Snail is safely on the other side of the road and is not crossing back! The blanket is beautiful!

Patricia said...

That is a spectacular afghan, and obviously loved by your young man. And a very cute poem, thank you.

Keri said...

Amalia, I was on the edge of my seat, as the snail was crossing the road. I'm so glad he made it over safely! Whew! Love the crocheted afghan!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

That is a VERY smart snail! NO GOING BACK! Whew!!!! I was on the edge of my seat, Amalia!

LOVE your work.

Mary K. said...

This is the sweetest poem! It's a good thing that poor little snail had his home on his back... I think I'd be too tired to travel back as well. The blanket is so pretty with a burst of color and I can see that your nephew is really enjoying cuddling under it!T hank you Amalia for joining us with your Sweet Inspiration!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Thank goodness Mr.Snail made it safely to the other side of the road! As always I am entertained by your clever little ditties, Amalia.

Now onto the afghan........gorgeous!!! I just finished all the circles for my afghan and now I've got to pick a background color. The black you chose really brings all the colors to life!! It also is the perfect color for your little nephew to wear. :o)

Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Such goodness, sweetness, and love here-of course the afghan is a masterpiece!
Have a wonderful weekend,
xo
Jemma

A Joyful Cottage said...

Close call with the scooter!! Mr. Snail is wise to stay put and lucky to have his home with him. Many times I've traveled and wished I could take my own home along. I think that's why they invented RV's. teehee. Tomer is a handsome model. How fortunate you are to have him as your assistant, Amalia. Hugs, Nancy

Pamela Gordon said...

Your poem is so sweet and cute. I could just picture that little snail trying to cross the road and avoiding being run over. :) Your crocheted blanket is beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend Amalia. xx Pam

Conniecrafter said...

Your blanket is just beautiful, love the colors and it looks like your nephew was enjoying it :) Cute poem, I was getting nervous there that he might not make it across :) I don't blame him I wouldn't try it again either... Have a wonderful weekend!

Lara B. said...

Tomer is so adorable - love that big smile! What a pretty afghan to snuggle under too.
Amalia, your poem made me laugh out loud a few times. So funny and sweet!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I dearly love this poem, Amalia! So creative and the little boy is a cutie all wrapped in his sweet blanket. xo ♥

Mereknits said...

The blanket is beautiful.
Hugs,
Meredith

Gumbo Lily said...

So many exquisite flowers on a black backdrop -- dramatic!
I was sure snail was going to be squished.

Tricia Buice said...

You do have a very handsome assistant! The blanket is gorgeous and looks similar to one my mother-in-law made many, many years ago. Love the poem - I was getting worried there in the end :)

decorayadora said...

Guauuu������la felicito por esa gran colcha a crochet ,, yo estoy tejiendo uno y sé que lleva mucho trabajo ,, lindo colorido

Gracie Saylor said...

So glad the snail survived, and that you let us see Tomer so handsomely model your beautiful blanket, Amalia! xx

handmade by amalia said...

No worries, roadkill is not my idea of fun :-)

Sara - Villa Emilia said...

What a lovely, ingenious poem! I too am happy the snail crossed the road intact. :)
The blanket is beautiful and your assistant very cute.

handmade by amalia said...

Sometimes I choose black as a background, thinking that it is the best because it is so dramatic and makes the other colors brighter. Sometimes I choose a creamy white, because the overall look is more delicate. I like them both.
I look forward to seeing yours. Your first afghan! I feel like an old hand at this :-)

handmade by amalia said...

You shouldn't dawdle when you're on a mission, dear snail. Lesson learned, I hope.

handmade by amalia said...

I have a feeling he may yet cross back. Luckily, we soon forget bad experiences :-)

marmarel said...

Great, I love the poem and blanket!
Greetings from Marijke

Feral Turtle said...

What an adorable nephew you have!! He makes the perfect blanket model. Cheers to you for such a cute poem too!

Mitzi said...

What a stunning afghan! A lot of hard work and love went into that one! You have an adorable nephew!

Unknown said...

The blanket is great, lovely colours!

Jo said...

I am so glad the snail made it - it is good to take risks in life I think. Jo x

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Glad the snail is safe :) Your blanket is gorgeous! And, you have a very handsome young model!

Daniela said...

What a stunning blanket you gave life to and I love the poem so much, my sweetest Amalia, God bless you and your joyousness !

Hope you're having a lovely Sunday, I'm sending blessings on the begin of your new week ahead, dear friend,
with so much thankfulness

Dany

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

It's a beautiful blanket. I started a granny square blanket with black border sometime back but have yet to finish it. Little snail should find a lovely garden to wander in rather than venturing out into this big ol' scary world. :)

abrianna said...

Beautiful afghan. I had to laugh at your Passover madness comment-so true. Chag Sameach!

abrianna said...

Beautiful afghan. I had to laugh at your Passover madness comment-so true. Chag Sameach!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

What a handsome boy and the crocheted blanket it's adorable! Well, the poem is ever so lovely too.
A beautiful post.
Thank you for your sweet visit.
Hugs,
FABBY

Beth said...

I love to see your nephew - and the blanket is lovely.

Poppy said...

Hmm...would love to be able to carry my house with me wherever I go, too, just like your storybook snail!!

Pretty blanket, Amaila!

xo
Poppy

handmade by amalia said...

Definitely! And to watch where you're going :-)

handmade by amalia said...

Me as well. But with all the stuff that I absolutely must have around me, my house would weigh a lot.

handmade by amalia said...

That's a great idea for a sequel, Tammy. I'm sure a garden comes with its own perils :-)

Vintage Jane said...

I love your blanket, love your poem and love your gorgeous nephew! x

Anna said...

The perfect blanket to dream !!!
Have a nice week !
Anna

Enara Girl said...

Lovely blanket dear! xoxo

Luciana F. Damiano said...

Beautiful covered in crochet!
The black background gave prominence to the bright colors.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love the cute snail poem! Your nephew Tomer is adorable and the crochet blanket is pretty. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

Quilting Stories said...

Wonderful little boy under a fantastic blanket... and sweet poem of yours, bravo!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

So much love going around here! <3

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a sweet little snail poem and a lovely granny square blanket...my favorite!

Wendi@H2OBungalow said...

Darling blanket and your little assistant & model is a cutie! XO- Weni@H2OBungalow

betty-NZ said...

Lovely little poem! Your assistant is just adorable and the blanket is so pretty.

Stephanie said...

Oh Amalia, what a darling post! Your poem is just too cute :)

And the blanket....a work of art, my friend! Love and hugs to you!

Preeti said...

Lovely blanket, Amalia!! So colorful:)

Handmade in Israel said...

Just wonderful! That made me smile... :)

Anna said...

Wow! Nice! I like it!:)

racheld said...

How absolutely charming!! (Model, Blanket AND POEM!) This reminded me in a zany way of the wonderful old Bottle-Cap trivets my Mom and Mammaw used to crochet, usually in the shape of a bunch of grapes, with the loveliest variegated purples and lavenders. I've been meaning to post about those useful old treasures for a while.

Thank you so much for your comment on LAWN TEA. I hope you'll visit again.

rachel

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love your cute poem and beautiful blanket you crocheted! Hope you have a nice week!
Julie

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm so happy the snail was able to get across the road without getting run over. As long as he doesn't come to my garden and eat, I'll be even more happy :-) Loved the poem and seeing your adorable nephew enjoying the beautiful throw and little animal you made!

Bernideen said...

Dear Amalia:
I agree - quite the handsome young man! That is truly a work of art and what a lovely crochet blanket. So glad you shared and linked!

Sakuranko said...

Oh very cute darling
xx

www.sakuranko.com

Magia da Inês said...


Lindo trabalho, alegre e muito colorido.

Boa quinta-feira com tudo de bom!
Beijinhos.
♫♬♪ه° ·.

Unknown said...

not going back its never good to go back in life forward all the way embracing our lives. beautiful poem and gorgeous blanket. dee x

Laura said...

The afghan is such a happy, wonderful mix of colors!

Thank you for being at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
We are so glad you are here.
Laura
White Spray Paint

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

I know that I've already commented, but I couldn't resist coming back to have another look at your beautiful blanket. Your colorful flowers are so pretty against the black yarn. :-)
Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. Have a great day!

susan said...

As always, wonderful poem, Amalia. And I love your granny square throw. You did a beautiful job.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your nephew looks so cute under your beautiful afghan. Such a sweet poem!!

VeggieMummy said...

Gorgeous blanket - the black really makes the colours pop. Your nephew looks so sweet snuggled under it. Have a great weekend. xx

VeggieMummy said...

Gorgeous blanket - the black really makes the colours pop. Your nephew looks so sweet snuggled under it. Have a great weekend. xx

Annas Nadelbuch said...

What a pretty blanket, Amalia !!I love the colors. Your nephew Tomar did great work as assistant. I am happy , the snail arrived safely. Thank you for sharing.
Have a nice weekend, Carmen

Bernideen said...

This post is featured today on my blog - congratulations!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Beautiful blanket and your nephew is adorable. As always I love your cute poems. Have a fabulous weekend.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Oooo, I'm smitten with your gorgeous blanket. I used to love crocheting similar squares with the black frame around all the colours. But you have taken that pattern to a whole new delicious level.

Enjoyed your poem too ... glad that little snail made it to the other side. And what a cutie pie nestled under that blanket.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend, Amalia!
Brenda xox

Unknown said...

The blanket is gorgeous! My grandmother crocheted the most amazing things, but I'm not very good at it.

Carolina G. Ticala said...

I love the pictures !!! good Sunday !!!

Polly said...

Hello Amalia, sorry I haven’t been around for a while. I love your blog, your poetry is divine and your gorgeous images always make me smile. The blanket is beautiful. Oh I do know that feeling when finishing a book, sometimes I delay finishing because I don’t want to leave the characters!

Polly said...

PS. I'm just writing a review about a book I really didn't want to finish :-)

Decor To Adore said...

Darling nephew and beautiful throw! Thank you for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. This post truly delighted me.

niwibo said...

What a beautiful blanket, so snugly.
Is this your grandson?
Have a nice day and greetings, Nicole

Things and Thoughts said...

Gorgeous, utterly gorgeous crochet blanket! Perhaps next winter, I'll use your pattern and colors Amalia!
Happy new week,
Olympia

ewa777 said...

I like your poetry. Blanket I also really like:)

Ela said...

What a beautiful blanket !! Amalia, you are very talented !!
Greetings

Ela said...

What a beautiful blanket !! Amalia, you are very talented !!
Greetings

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Amalia, what a beautiful afghan and sweet poem to go with it. And what a cutie pie boy! Thanks so much for your recent visit and comment on my pheasant! Have a great day!
Gina

chateau chic said...

The blanket you crocheted is beautiful, Amalia! Just perfect to use on those cooler days and evenings.
Love the poem too.
Mary Alice

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Amalia

Timer is snug
As a bug
In your cuddly rug!

What a talent you are!

HUg
Shane

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Your poetry is always so whimsical and this afghan / blanket is just stunning....jewel-like with the rich colors! The model is pretty cute! :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Your poetry is always so whimsical and this afghan / blanket is just stunning....jewel-like with the rich colors! The model is pretty cute! :)

Down by the sea said...

Lovely tale and your nephew is brilliant at modelling that wonderful blanket! Sarah x

Anonymous said...

Hello Amalia, thank you for your nice visit today (Tue. April 26) - I thought I had left you a comment before here about your super cute nephew! You forgot to leave a photo link this week for Seasons - April poppies. You like to leave one of these photos in this post? Would be great! There's still time on Wednesday till 7pm Pacific time, to link up!
Hope you're not embarrassed about your blackened out photo of last week. See, I live in the mountains and forest, and as soon as there's a storm coming up, it interferes with the internet. Even in normal conditions some cell phones do not even work here! (Nothing here is as stable or secure as in Holland, lol). So, it was not your fault!!
Actually this week it happened too, with someone else. At that time I couldn't even receive google or my blog!

The Charm of Home said...

This is beautiful Amalia! My Grandmother had one of these and I loved it! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Enara Girl said...

Have a great week dear! xoxo

Debby Ray said...

Well, Tomer makes a wonderful model showing off that stunning afghan! I have always loved granny squares...and the colors are just perfect! You do good work, girl :)

Diane said...

The crocheted blanket is beautiful Amalia and your poem is very inspiring.

Hugs Diane

TLady said...

WHAT AN ADORABLE LITTLE POEM! I can see it in my head the whole while I was reading it! LOL TOO CUTE!!! ;) You REALLY NEED to publish your poems in a book! AND I AGREE with everyone else, your crocheted blanket is BEAUTIFUL! ;) THANK YOU for coming over to visit! BLESSINGS TO YOU & YOURS!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you dear Amalia for adding this darling image of your nephew sleeping underneath this beautiful blanket to SEASONS this week:):) Enjoy the rest of your week - am looking forward to to see your photo of the next!

Ida said...

Such a bright & cheery blanket and a cute little model. - Darling little poem. I enjoy it very much.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It is good to be able to carry our home with us, even if that means in our heart. The blanket is gorgeous! xoxo Su

krishna said...

The blanket is just, just awesome...

http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Amalia -- your blanket is gorgeous!!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Amalia, LOVE the gorgeous granny square throw. This is stunning and so reminds me of the throws my grandmother and mother would make. Love the poem. What a sweet story. Your talents are incredible my friend. Blessings. xo

handmade by amalia said...

Thank you, Bernideen! This quite made my day :-)

handmade by amalia said...

Well spotted! Picot is my go-to edging. I love it.

handmade by amalia said...

does a snail
have a tail?
this one at least
has its own tale.

handmade by amalia said...

I have a sneaky feeling that he will soon cross back. Snails are notoriously forgetful.

handmade by amalia said...

Thanks for visiting me, Rachel. Looking forward to seeing the trivets.

handmade by amalia said...

How kind, Susan. Thank you!

handmade by amalia said...

Now I'm curious. Heading over to discover which book it is :-)

handmade by amalia said...

That is a compliment indeed, Olympia! I'll look forward to seeing it.

handmade by amalia said...

My darling little nephew :-)

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

I was getting anxious for him!

Lovely blankie :)

Cheryl said...

I love the crocheted blanket you've made! I love how the black makes all the colors pop! Well done!

Bonnie said...

I love your poem. Enjoyed it.
I have a similar afghan from my MIL. Not sure if her mother made it or not. Hope you are sewing labels into your work. I guess your blog documents it. It is amazing how many questions you have when your relatives have died and there is no one to ask and you wish you knew.

Blogoratti said...

Wonderful and creative, colorful too. Great and delightful read indeed. Greetings!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

What a sweet snail poem Amalia, I was getting worried that he might not make it. Also love the afghan, the colors are beautiful.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

What a sweet snail poem Amalia, I was getting worried that he might not make it. Also love the afghan, the colors are beautiful.

handmade by amalia said...

I used to make my own embroidered labels. I can't remember why I stopped.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Phew! I'm glad the snail made it! Love this afghan, and the model is adorable! Just letting you know I will be featuring your afghan on Best of the Weekend, tonight! Hope to see you back with us again this week!

handmade by amalia said...

How kind, Amy! Thank you! Quite made my day.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

I was totally convinced the snail would be smashed! Glad he lived to see another day. Fantanastic tale!
Tomer is very handsome indeed, and your blanket is stunning.
Have a wnderful week :)

cristina said...

Love the poem and looooooooove the crochet blanket!!!!
And your newphew is so sweet!
have a nice day, dear Amalia!

Sandra said...

Hi Amalua, gorgeous blanket! The poem is beautiful too. I habe been thinking in using one of your poems in class.

Wonky Patchwork said...

What a beautiful blanket, those colours really pop against the black. And you had me on the edge of my seat with the snail!

Poções de Arte said...

Apaixonei pelo trabalho, principalmente pelo uso do preto, que é tão difícil de se ver.
P "recheio", assim como as palavras, deixaram o post encantador.

Abraços e feliz dia.