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Friday, April 23, 2010

Island of Misfit Toys..

I have always been drawn to things that are forlorn and tattered. Nothing makes my heart sing like a dolly with her face all cracked and faded, or a stuffed animal that might be missing some parts or has patches of stuffing hanging out. I try to give these little misfits a home to live in and a place where they will be loved no matter how they look. To me they are perfect just the way they are!
I thought I would share some of my favorite "misfits"

This little one creeps my kids out the most but she is my favorite, she has a face only a mother could love.....
This little sweet has lost the paint on her eyes but she still has her arms and legs.........
This little guy has lost his arms but he is just as cute as can be..


This poor bear has no eyes and many ragged holes, but doesn't he look well-loved?...


This doggie has to be in the worst shape of all but somewhere some child loved him to pieces!







13 comments:

deerhodes said...

There is craftsmanship in them I think. Otherwise how could they have lived so long?I think these past toys have been so loved they still have stories to tell. And you tell stories with your work so you can appreciate their stories. I love them too.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Aw...so tenderhearted! I just bought an old Steiff dog with only one ear so I understand your attraction! Happy day to you!
:)

Debby said...

I love them, especially the first one.
Debby

north pal said...

thank you for sharing your sweet treasures with us. it is always fun and makes me lustful.:) Bestest,Denise

RosesRadishesandRubbish said...

Cheryl, these really,really pull at my heartstrings and as know I also a collector of the little forgotten toys of yesterday. What does this say about our personalities. Very inspiring.:) Did I ever tell you I did a little painting of really primitive amish dolls for you?? Ummmm... it has been sitting unfinished for a few years. i'll to post a pic on my blog. One of these days it will show up on your doorstep. Could be when we are both Senior Citizens. heehee..thanks for sharing these little beauties.xxxoooo

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Cheryl, I love each and every one of your precious misfits!!!! I think they are beautiful and deserve just as much love as any other toy ~ what a wonderful home they have now where they will be cherished, hugs and love, Dawn

Kathy said...

Be still my heart...the 1st one I am in love with. And the doggie, oh my goodness...loved within an inch of its life, lol.

Romeo said...

What's not to love?!?! "She" has toys that are tattered, missing eyes, paws torn, tails missing, all the better really - all that love!!!!

Have a great week!

Romeo and "her"

Leslie Brier said...

They're all beautiful to me, too! It reminds me of the part of the Velveteen Rabbit where the horse is explaining what "real" means.

Lori said...

so sweet...i love the first dolly...she looks like she is saying, "what are YOU looking at?"...lol...she cracks me up...

Beatnheart said...

I too love those toys...I totally get it.

Colleen said...

I love misfits too...but those dollies...I think I'm with your kids on that one!!!!

The Rustic Victorian said...

I'm with you Cheryl, I have alot of broken things, I have really noticed it lately.