Saturday, April 8, 2017

Spring Cleaning


Spring is here
all is in bloom,
and little doll Millie
is holding a broom.

She is giving the playroom
a good old clean,
going over and under
and in-between.

The grumpy bear says:
"Well, if you must,
but what is wrong
with a little dust?

Millie doesn't listen,
she is on a mission,
she polishes the floor,
fluffs up the cushion.

The bear tries again:
"You go a bit far,
we do like things 
just as they are."

Millie says to the bear:
"You really are sweet,
now stop complaining 
and move your feet."

"Open the window,
let in the air,
and enjoy the season
you silly old bear!"


Featured: a new doll, Millicent,
who knows her own mind and speaks it too.

123 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

Love Millicent, can she come here and dust for me......... I could do with a Millicent! Love the poem

Julie xxxxxx

Haak en Pen said...

What a lovely spring poem!
Have a nice weekend, Manon

Daniela said...

Oh, I so love Millicent, she's so cute, I'd love to have her here helping me !!!

Wishing you a most lovely end of your week,
my wonderful Amalia, I'm sending much, so much love to you

XOXO Dany

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Good for Millicent, nothing like a bit of spring cleaning...don't listen to that grumpy old bear!!!

Ann said...

Millie is so cute. Can she come do some spring cleaning here? I promise I won't be grumpy....lol

Annas Nadelbuch said...

Sweet Millicent, whats in your satchel , i think lots of dust towels ! Come to my house , please , !
Dear Amalia, have a happy weekend . Thank you very much for your lovely poem. Carmen

Tanna said...

Love Millicent and her cute little purse and shawl, too! Have a wonderful weekend, Amalia! blessings ~ tanna

Gumbo Lily said...

A big smile comes across my face every time I visit you here. Thanks for the spring Sunshine!
I like Millicent's skirt and her cross-body bag.

La Table De Nana said...

I love her cross-body bag too:) So sweet!Happy Spring Amalia.

She reminds me of Lou in the movie Me before You..

Kathryn Griffin said...

Oh, my goodness, Amalia! She is so cute! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House! It means the world. Feel free to share any of your posts at my Make it Pretty party. Here is the link to this week's shindig if you want to check it out. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2017/04/make-pretty-monday-week-212.html Have a happy weekend! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

She's adorable ... I like Bear too;sometimes I agree with him.

Tania Pelletier said...

How sweet, I love her!

Tania

Maya Kuzman said...

I'd rather have Millie over here; she might lend a helping hand with my spring cleaning.

Tricia Buice said...

Spring cleaning - how wonderful! I just opened my windows this morning and look forward to the gorgeous spring day ahead. I wish I had a Millie on a mission in my house! Have a great weekend :)

Kim said...

She is absolutely adorable and her accessories are totally on point. A cross body bag? Fabulous!

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

Adorable! Both Millie and the poem. I love how she mixes and matches her pieces of clothing. Have a nice weekend! Maybe you're on a similar mission yourself... ;-)

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Millie is adorable! You have such a talent for creating art out of the ordinary and writing your little ditties to tell the story behind the art. Thanks for the smile, Amalia!

Teri said...

So, so sweet! Have a blessed weekend! Hugs ♥ Teri

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

So sweet!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Hugs,
Debbie

Lorrie said...

Millie is adorable, and sassy, too! She knows her own mind and says what she thinks! My kind of girl!

Rhodesia said...

Love this verse it is brilliant, Diane

Pam said...

Beautiful poem. I love the little Millie doll. To cute. Now when all is said and done, Millie needs to come do spring cleaning for me. haha

Margie said...

I'd also like to have Millie come over to clean my place. Hee!

MaryAnne said...

What a cute doll! I wish I were as good about cleaning as Millie!

Anonymous said...

Millie is so sweet! I love alle the different colours and prints you used. Very nice!
And your poem put a smile on my face :-)
Have a great day, Sigrid

Tammy said...

Dear Milli,

I can relate to grumpy bear when it comes to dust, and do not feel that spring cleaning is a must. However, should you feel the need to journey to new land, then I'll be here waiting to lend you a hand. Please bring your broom and your polish and fluff; if we work together, then it won't be so tough.

My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance. —Erma Bombeck

Have a peaceful Sunday!
Tammy

ELENA said...

Sweet and cute!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Millie is one great gal---please come to my home. We need you! Lovely post, Amalia! xo ♥

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Millicent is precious!! I love her scrappy look! Great poem!

FlashinScissors said...

Oh, I love Millicent, she is so cute! I love her outfit, and especially her little purse! Oh, and the shawl too!
Can she come and help here, too, please!?!?
Great verse, and I'm sure bear means well!
Barbara x

Zaza said...

Thanks Amalia for this lovely poem! Millie is so cute!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Love Millicent! she is adorable and so is this poem!! Happy Spring Amalia!

Conniecrafter said...

Millie is too cute in all her patchwork and sounds like a bit of spring cleaning is going on, I hurt my back doing that, has put things off for awhile :(
Have a wonderful week ahead!

Olga Poltava said...

So lovely! Happy Spring!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Miss Millie is darling, she really is all dolled up for the spring cleaning! We had a spring cleaning mission here a couple of weeks ago and Miss Millie would have been very welcomed :)

Pam Richardson said...

Millie is too cute and someone is spring cleaning! Thanks for the smiles Amalia!

Draffin Bears said...

Miss Millie is very cute.
Isn't it great to get some spring cleaning done - I have been giving daughters room a clean as she is coming home for Easter
happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Mimi said...

Nawwwww...Millie is adorable Amalia. Love very much. Mimi xxx

Amy at love made my home said...

She is adorable!!!

Kim said...

Your Millie is so very sweet and her Spring-like outfit very chic. Every home should have a Millie, I should think. Her persistence in the face of such opposition is commendable. Your sweet poem, Amalia has put a little Spring into my day.

Enara Girl said...

Super cute! It is true all is in bloom and the birds sing :)
xoxo

Shannon @ Of The Hearth said...

I love the little shawl and purse!
Now I'm reminded of all of the cleaning I need to do. ;-)

Luciana F. Damiano said...

Beautiful doll and a beautiful poem.
good week!

Keri said...

Millie is just perfect!! Love the poem Amalia!

Vanessa said...

What a lovely poem and I love the doll. So sweet and so grateful you shared at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

Carla from The River said...

Happy Easter to you and Millie! I do love her so.
Have a great week my friend!
Carla

Anonymous said...

Love the little patches on Millie! And as usual a darling poem! Have learned much of the Jewish feasts in the USA, so I don't know how much they celebrate Passover in Holland? Thank you much for sharing Millie with All Seasons and if you do celebrate, a happy Passover!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've been Spring cleaning today but I didn't have Millie to help! I need to get in the sewing room and make something creative and fun! You always inspire me! Hugs, Diane

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely doll Millie is.
Great rhyme too - it is the season for Spring cleaning!

My good wishes

All the best Jan

Jennifer said...

Such a cheerful poem! I love the season where freshening up the house is pleasant!

Tamara said...

Your Millicent is the cutest little homespun doll. Your poetic stories and lovely handmade friends always make me smile and brings back the child-like wonder to my heart. Thank you for that! Best wishes to you for a beautiful week.

Hugs...
Tamara

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Loved your poem and the images it creates. I can see myself as her and my hubby as the bear.

Benita said...

Millie is adorable! Even though we just moved I tried to do our spring cleaning during the moving process. That way grumpy bear can be less grumpy for another year! :-) Love and hugs!

akiko hiramatsu said...

What a lovely Millie!!!
I'm not good to keep clean my room, but I would love to do spring cleaning like her!!

akiko
www.akikohiramatsu.com

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, Millie is so sweet! I love her little purse, too :) Now that she has cleaned up her room, can I borrow her for a while? Sending hugs xo Karen

Handmade in Israel said...

Chag sameach! I've done my spring cleaning. Now is the time to have fun! My son also said he likes things just as they are and that didn't need to clean his room. He did ;-)

niwibo said...

Such a sweet new doll, Milli, I love you.
And the grumpy bear, too...
Now I open the windows and enjoy the sun and spring.
Lovely greetings,
Nicole

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Awww Amalia, Millie is absolutely adorable and so is your poem!

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen said...

Millie is such a sweet doll, and her tiny purse is also adorable. And wow she did Spring cleaning too. How sweet! :)

Dewena said...

Millie inspires me, Amalia. She doesn't get upset and yell but she is persistent and knows that everyone is happier when the room is clean.

I love the little shawl over her shoulders, but it's not really a shawl. What is the old-fashioned word for a garment like that? It's kind of like what Marmee March wore, isn't it?

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Millie is wise! Time to let spring in and enjoy!

Sharon said...

Millicent is simply adorable! SO cute.

Quilting Stories said...

I really love your little doll Millie and her cute cloth! Wonderful spring poem!

Retro blue said...

Happy Easter to you Dear Amalia and your cute Millie:)

roughterrain crane said...

I hope you enjoy happy spring days.

Jo said...

I love your words. No more from me. I just love yours. Jo x

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love Millicent's attitude :) What a dear little doll and poem, Amalia!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Millie is sure an energetic little gal!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Ha, ha, too precious! I loved every word!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Polly said...

I need a Millie :-) I love her outfit. Thank you for putting a smile on my face on an overcast day here in Essex. Have a happy weekend Amalia x

said...

Que lindeza!!! amei essa sua invenção:))

bjinhos

Poppy said...

Oh, Amalia, Millicent makes spring cleaning sound like a walk in the park! But she's right: a clean home is a beautiful home. I'm almost done mine, except for all the windows and shutters, and there's a lot of them!

Loved your poem and Millicent's pretty purse!

Happy weekend,
xo
Poppy

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Millie is busy with her spring cleaning. Cute doll and poem! Happy Friday! Enjoy your day! Happy Easter to you and your family.

A Joyful Cottage said...

Millicent is adorable. Love the poem. Nothing worse than a "grumpy" bear, but it seems Millie knows how to handle his grumbling. Have a great day, my friend! xo

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

What an adorable Millicent....and also love the poem.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

That was such a cute poem and I love your Millicent you made!
Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J.
Have a Happy Easter.
Julie

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

just ADORABLE as always !!!

Our Hopeful Home said...

Millicent is a sweetie! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

handmade by amalia said...

Millie is in great demand. I think I'll write a follow up post where she does windows. Her popularity is sure to double.

handmade by amalia said...

Millie has a romantic side as well. There is a Jane Austen novel in there for reading in the park.

handmade by amalia said...

She is saving for glass slippers :-)

handmade by amalia said...

I am! And I'm behind schedule. Too many temptations...

handmade by amalia said...

I LOVE this, Tammy! And Millie is already packing her bags. Thanks for the smile.

handmade by amalia said...

The bear is taking out the trash as we speak. Result.

handmade by amalia said...

Oh, no. Connie. Shall I send Millie over? Feel better.

handmade by amalia said...

I love the way the house feels when the cleaning is done. But if there is one think I know about dirt - it always comes back. Big sigh.

handmade by amalia said...

Oops, sorry :-)

handmade by amalia said...

Another lovely message, Tamara! Thank you ♥

handmade by amalia said...

Millie has always dreamed of visiting Tokyo. I think she could be persuaded to come lend a hand :-)

handmade by amalia said...

I looked it up, it could be either a stole or a pashmina. I like the idea of Millie fooling around with Jo or reading quietly with Beth.

handmade by amalia said...

I still have the windows to look forward to as well :-( I keep telling myself to do the least favorable jobs first and be done with them but somehow I never do.

handmade by amalia said...

She has the patience of a saint.

Nancy Chan said...

Oh I dread spring cleaning. If only I have Millie here to help with the cleaning! Ha ha!

Rosie said...

I hope grumpy bear will eventually appreciate the cleaner,fresher dust free air. Love the poem and Millie too:)

white and vintage said...

What a sweet poem and little Millie is so lovely.
Have a Happy Easter,
Christine

Sara - Villa Emilia said...

She's so pretty! :)

Gloria Baker said...

what cute is Millie, I love her!!!

Anna said...

Oh and with a lovely little handbag as well! Brilliant! Anna x

Diane said...

Very sweet poem Amalia, have a wonderful holiday.

Hugs Diane

Ela said...

She is so sweet :))
Thank you very much for yor wishes !!
Happy Easter to you, too !!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a great weekend!!
Hugs,
Debbie

Kasztanowy Domek said...

Happy Easter you too!!!

xxBasia

Draffin Bears said...

Happy Easter Amalia, to you and your family
hugs
Carolyn

likeschocolate said...

Thanks for the recommendation I am going to check it out! Totally cute little millie!

EricaSta said...

Thank you for your visit on my blogsite...

...now, here I'm for the return visit. You should see my smile about Millie and her work with the broom.
Millie is such a pretty doll. And I like the poem so much.

Happy Easter, dear Amalia 😘

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hi Amalia. . Please send Milly to my house immediately. The two grumpy old bears who live here really need her services.
(Adore her and your poem!)

Kreanimo said...

This is so cute! Love the little bag she's carrying.

She sends out a spring feeling! :)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning Amalia,
Well Millie, I must say you are a delight and such a fashionable miss too!
Happy Easter Monday!
XO
Jemma

Beth said...

Millicent is lovely - you are so talented!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I can tell Millie is a dancer! Look at her feet!

betty-NZ said...

Millie is adorable! What a cute little poem, too!

Stacey said...

Absolutely adorable! I need to do a little spring cleaning too but I'd rather read this. :)

Debby Ray said...

Can this post get any more adorable?? I don't really think so! I hope you had a blessed Easter, Amalia! ♥

The Charm of Home said...

How cute! Your poetry is as adorable as your creations! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

VeggieMummy said...

Millicent looks such a darling. I love her mismatched ears. xx

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Could you please send the adorable Millie around here. I could do with a little Spring clean!!
Have a wonderful Wednesday :)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Amalia, I wish I had your gift for poetry. This one especially speaks to me just now as I am doing a bit of spring cleaning. Please send Millicent - I could use a hand!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Amalia, I wish I had your gift for poetry. This one especially speaks to me just now as I am doing a bit of spring cleaning. Please send Millicent - I could use a hand!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Millie is adorable! If she ever gets bored, our dog Izzy is shedding like a fiend and our floors could use a bit of sweeping ;)

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Love Millie! So glad I found your blog again, I have not blogged for awhile but glad to still see that you are!

Jodiebodie said...

I love your little scenarios in rhyme. I can just picture the action in my imagination. What do you do with all of your hand made goodies?

Jodiebodie said...

I love your little scenarios in rhyme. I can just picture the action in my imagination. What do you do with all of your hand made goodies?

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