Sunday, May 17, 2009

Parsley and Beet

This is Parsley and her brother Beet, two busy elephants who are not quite big and not quite small.

Parsley and Beet were playing in the garden. They built a great big pile of leaves


and Parsley tried to bury Beet.

But Beet jumped up and the leaves went everywhere!

"Did I scare you?" asked Beet


Parsley and Beet went for a walk and stopped at the little bridge.

Parsley went to the other side and Beet called out "Parsley........ Can you hear me? "


But Parsley had wandered off to jump in puddles.


Oops ! Parsley jumped a little bit too hard.

"Don't worry" said Beet.

Parsley and Beet decided it was time to go home.

That was enough adventure for two busy elephants who are not quite big and not quite small

146 comments:

  1. Gasp, love, admire.
    Will you be selling the pattern?

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  2. What a perfect little story board book!!! I want to borrow it from your library!!! They are simply beautiful Jodie.

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  3. Fabulous and who doesn't love a red pair of gumboots:)

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  4. Oww Jodie, they are absolutely the cutest little couple.

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  5. Oh
    My
    God

    Lady, you are so good at this gig.

    Did you get the gum boots first and then design the whole thing around them?!

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  6. Just too good for words! Jodie, are you going to print these little stories with your gorgeous softies as books? I reckon you might know some primary school libraries who would be interested (and I'd be interested too)!
    And ROLL ON Friday night!

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  7. Beautiful story and wonderful elephants!

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  8. wow Jodie, I am speechless!! so so so cute! I could just squeeeeeze them!! :)

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  9. GENIUS!!!!!!!

    That book should be published with softie toys as a package. The names are PERFECT. In fact, the whole thing is so so so good.

    I would even consider having another baby just so that I could read that book to him/her.

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  10. Jodie... this is too cute for words! Fantastic photography, gorgeous story, and the cutest pair of gumboots an elephant could ever hope to own!

    GORGEOUS! You always make me smile.

    Vikki :-)

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  11. They are so beautiful, I am in love!!!

    You are such a crafty lady!

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  12. Jodie - you keep raising the bar on cute! I can just see a whole series of books based on their adventures.

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  13. Maya and I think they are just beautiful Jodie, and we have serious red gumboot envy.

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  14. Just too cute!!! I think they are adorable.

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  15. Yes, I agree with all. You are one super-talented lady, Jodie.

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  16. If I had a publishing company I'd give you a contract. If you're not already planning to, it'd be worthwhile sending it out to a few!

    Love the photography. And the elephants, of course!

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  17. I love your ellies and I love their little adventure! You can so tell that you look after books for little people at work! Loving your blog.

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  18. I agree with all the others Jodie - this needs to be a book. Gorgeous softies and a heart warming story too. Just love it!!!
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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  19. what fabulous elephants - i loved the photos - it must have been great fun playing with them to get the pic

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  20. Love them - perfect and love the story!!

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  21. You are just too ridiculously talented for this world!! Where, oh where did you get Parsley's gumboots?? I must get some and squeeze my little dog's feet into them. I'm sure he'd love that!!

    Sigh. I wish I were as clever as you. You amazing inspiration, you!

    P.S. Can I buy them?? Pretty please with a dark-chocolate covered raspberry and whipped cream on top?? :-)

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  22. Once again, you have excelled! When I saw that pile of elephant pieces I could not have imagined them evolving into Parsley and Beet. And the gum boots! Where on earth did you get the gum boots? :)

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  23. Oh my goodness those are the cutest little elephants I have ever seen.

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  24. Very Very Clever Im in love with them.
    Hugs Mary.

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  25. I am delurking to say how absolutely perfect this post is! The elephants are gorgeous, the story is great and the photos are unbelievable!

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  26. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Jodie, you are a freakin' genius! You know you should be writing and creating childrens books, you will make a fortune!

    and those gumboots are too cute!

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  27. Too cute, when do you plan to publish "the book series of Parsley and Beet"? Fabtastic photos.

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  28. You just keep topping yourself Jodie. I agree with everyone this (and many of your other stories) need to be made into books. I just read this to Lucy and she has been back to hear it 3 more times. I'd buy Parsely and Beet too

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  29. So many elements here, I love the elephants, I love the photography and I love your story as well :)

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  30. WRITE A BOOK! Your wee stories are just so adorable, and your pictures are brilliant too. I just showed little Busy and she loves it!!

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  31. Too clever for words Jodie! Love them! I do hope you do a Parsley and Beet pattern. xox

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  32. So very sweet. They look beautiful in red. I love elephants. I find I use them a lot in applique. Wonder what that symbolises??

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  33. Dude, you need to get into story book writing, and pronto! This is superb. I laughed. I cried. I almost ROFLPMP.

    Cute efalants too.

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  34. Jodie, you're awesome! I love Parsley and Beet. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! You do need to put them together into a lovely little picture book, and market it!

    One question: did you make those boots, or??

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  35. Have you ever considered a side-line in children's literature?
    It could be a good way to sell product too.
    Love the little red gumboots.
    Andi :-)

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  36. They are just to die for. I love their ears, and their outfits. What great fun they get up too.

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  37. Red Wellies!!

    I am now waiting for the adventures of those naughty boys meeting up with Beet while Parsley gets to play cooking and dollies with all the girls..

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  38. It is obvious that you have been spending too much time with small children, Jodie! (But your heffalumps are such sweeties...)

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  39. And yes, I want to buy them, too! Really, send me a bill Jodie, so they can come live at my house!

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  40. Jodie, you are 'teh awesome'! Love love love these two... please tell me you didn't *make* those gumboots as well? They are adorable!

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  41. What a Gorgeous Couple..I so Love Parsley's Boots they are so Cool.
    cheers

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  42. Ari and I love love love this story. The perfect setting, the sweet and oh-so-terribly perfectly dressed loving brother and sister. What a fun day and a great adventure those two had. Where will they venture to next? Maybe the seaside, or down a slippery slide at the park.
    I love the little splash droplets on Parsley's dress. And her boots... oh oh oh.
    Can't wait for the pattern, and the story book - that will be a best seller. Too cute and adorable.

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  43. They are so cute and a lovely story to go with it!

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  44. I have a pair of red wellies. They're the best kind.

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  45. You never cease to amaze me!! Parsley and Beet are just adorable. LOVE the story, you should do a bunch of children's books!!!
    Hugs,
    Joy :o)
    P.S ... the red wellies are to die for LOL!!!

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  46. Oh so wonderful. I love them and their wonderful story.

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  47. Awww they're so adorable!
    I want some of those little red gumboots so I can jump in puddles too.

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  48. Awwwwwwwwww - they are sooooooooooo cute!

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  49. OMG it never ceases to amaze me what you think to make and can make.........love these 2.......maybe you should write kids stories and make the characters etc.........

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  50. You should make this into a children's story book Jodie!

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  51. Well Jod you've done it again, made my heart melt, love these characters and those red gumboots are to die for!!!!

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  52. Your creativity and imagination never cease to amaze me. Darling. Where on earth did you find red rainboots to fit your elephants?

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  53. So beautiful and amazing and ... wow! I love this two busy elephants who are not quite big and not quite small!

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  54. I just love Parsley and Beet! But those galoshes are to die for!

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  55. They've done it again. The 57 people who got here while I was lazing in bed this Sunday morning said everything I feel. Love love love Parsley, Beet, and the red boots! Love the story, too. If enough of us ask, will you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE talk to a publisher and get your stories out for everyone everywhere to enjoy? (You might decide that collecting royalites while you are at home creating more stories is a really nice way to make a living!) They are absolutely priceless! Not just this one, but all of them!

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  56. P.S. Was it hard to have Parsley stand in the puddle without toppling over?

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  57. OMG!!!!! I love ellies and they have to be the ultimate in elephantism and what an adventure!! I even had to read it to hubby AND show him the piccies. You are one very talented lady :D They can come and visit me any time they like ;)

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  58. Just the same as everyone else, BLOWN AWAY I AM! Congratulations on such a spiffingly wonderful job - and please tell me these two gems are headed for high places?!

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  59. Oh my WORD those are cute. Very fanciful! I don't know where you found those perfect tiny red galoshes (or if you made them?) but anyway, they turn a great idea into a superb execution. Yay!

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  60. just darling, love the story, love the little guys, love the outfits, LOVE it all!!

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  61. love the names especially!!!

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  62. Absolute perfection Jodie! As always!!!! Lucy xxx

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  63. Eek! Such sweet not quite big and not quite small elephants. You know, a Parsley and Beet book would be wonderful. :)

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  64. please write a book, please, just so I can read it myself every night and have happy dreams.

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  65. I am in love.... I do hope you'll be whipping up a pattern TODAY! They are so cute!!! My husband that isn't even really interested in that sort of stuff got dragged into the house to "have a look at this!".... he thinks it's really cute too!! I'm not showing the kids yet though.... cause you know what will happen... mummy... we want one of those.... !! You've done a beautiful job! It's awesome seeing your projects 'come alive'!!

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  66. Everyone has said exactly what I thought as I was reading - this HAS to be a book.

    Do it! Go on!!

    x

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  67. These are spectacular! I love them!!

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  68. Is there no end to your amazing talent and inspiration. Love them but have to ask - how did you get them to stand up???? Also have to wonder just what the neighbours think when you are out there taking photos...vbg. Guess they are used to it by now.

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  69. It' all been said up there ^^^ but they are adorabel and the story is lovely. I think photographer can be added to your list of talents!

    I love the one under the bridge and the focus on the last one is perfect.

    I NEED that pattern!!!

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  70. Too Cute!!! Love the names too...

    Take Care
    jodie :)

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  71. Dear God. Those two elephants are just the cutest thing I have seen in a while. Thanks for such a fab post!

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  72. Now what can I add that the 77 other bloggers haven't already said!!!

    I agree with them all xxxx

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  73. Geez lady, you could turn that into a little childrens book ,it is that good!!! I love her red wellies and the way they are holding hands on the way home.

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  74. WOW, They are adorable, love the story, but i especially love Parsley's red gumboots!

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  75. Just when I thought it couldn't get any cuter... red gumboots! And I'm such a big fan of your stories for your softies. Don't ever ever stop!

    ~Holly

    http://twocheeseplease.livejournal.com

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  76. Oh my goodness, these are the cutest borther and sister pair ever. Can I send you my 2 children and swap them for this brother sister combo?

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  77. too much.
    the boots.
    no words.

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  78. Not quite big and not quite small... but totally and completely adorable!!!

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  79. All of the above and more!!!!!
    I can only hope my little boy has many teachers at school half as beautiful and inspiring as you!Pattern please!!

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  80. We're just here again, reading your lovely afternoon adventure story.
    -Ari, Mishi + Ellie

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  81. I can't get over the little red boots!! they are both brilliant! love them!!!

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  82. It has been said before but they are so cute (perfect, awesome....), i am about to show my three year old......I to hope they are made into a pattern!!

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  83. Beautiful Jodie. Your stories are what attracted me to your blog in the first place and while I think your crafts are fantastic, your stories give that extra wonderful dimension!

    Thank you.

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  84. oh my...they are so amazing...
    and so cute...
    and just so...
    love the photo's...they will be very cute on cards...
    love their little adventure...
    beautiful!!!

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  85. Awwwwwww how darn cute and they !!!!
    Now I've been told to pressure you in to getting the pattern completed....
    that was from Maree (Farmyard Crafts)
    Yes i'm a dibby dobber....

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  86. they are lovely! reminds me fondly of the days reading Babar!

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  87. Just one thing to say: Awwwwwww.

    They are fabulous. You are a very clever Miss Jodie.

    x

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  88. Fabulous! But in Britain, Parsley was a lion in The Herb Garden (see Youtube), so you could confuse a whole generation!! Mine mainly!

    But definitely softy stories are the way to go.

    Weird seeing autumn leaves when outside here in the UK it's still Spring!!

    Keep warm ellyfunks, you don't wanna code in de dose!

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  89. It's all been said, and they are! Lovely!

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  90. Fabulous in every way! Please, please tell us that you will be selling a pattern.....Story and photos are begging to be published. I'd like an autographed copy...Pretty please!

    Susan

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  91. they are truly divine, just love the wee galoshes !

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  92. Can i buy the book when it comes out???Love those gumbys..They are just too cute..You are truly amazing. and popular to boot. Fabulous!!!!

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  93. These are so cute. Snaps to you.

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  94. OK ... now who did we say the genius was???? They are really lovely Jodie congratulations on another spectacular project!

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  95. awwww!!! make it into a "proper" book! :D

    it's sooooo cute!

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  96. Srsly: you should be publising your little illustrated stories.

    I know it's not that simple, having tried to publish myself, but if you haven't contacted an agent, please consider doing so.

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  97. My wee girl just insisted that I read your story to her THREE TIMES!!!

    Hope to see you for the weekend's fun... man-cold permitting, of course.

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  98. Isn't it worth having a few "EITTTS" days when you rebound with such a charming success a short time later? How's that blue fabric coming? Do we get to see it soon? Please observe that I'm not even mentioning a certain object that I'm not nagging to see. It's green. And white. And large. But I'm not mentioning it. Really.

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  99. Ok, now those are SERIOUSLY CUTE!!! WAY more cute that the sneak peeks led us to believe. Those little boots are just adorable. I'm thinking there needs to be a book coming out soon!

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  100. Oh Wait! When Parsley and Beet change their clothes, do they put on a ric rac jumper and shorts???

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  101. Hey -- it's LATE here -- I meant to say a SELVEDGE jumper and shorts. Sorry!

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  102. That so makes me smile, well done Jodie they are just adorable.
    lizzie 8-)

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  103. joysthoughtsandthingsWednesday, May 20, 2009

    Hello Jodie,
    Love your blog. I live in Utah USA
    I want to order your boy and girl patterns and send money direct to you, Please. Stop by my blog, I think we like the same things...
    joysthoughtsandthings.blogspot.com

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  104. Too gorgeous. Thank you for the little story. Turning it into a book? You should!

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  105. What a beautiful story, a lovely day out! Love the red gumboots and black braces.

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  106. Love them!!! Great! Saludos desde Barcelona!!!!

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  107. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!!! Wow.... that was awesome! what a fantastic way to start my day! I just can't resist those little red gumboots!!

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  108. How cute :) I hope Parsley and Beet continue to go on many more adventures.

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  109. OMG Jodie - they are total pachyderm perfection! My little boy would flip over one of those - please, please tell me there's going to be a pattern. I've had a crappy old week and a pattern for those would cheer me up no end - please put one in the shop....did I mention please? ;P

    PS. I think those wellies might just be the cutest thing I've ever seen! Love 'em!

    xMx

    PPS - my word verification is "frammeat"....is this some hitherto undiscovered food group I wonder?

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  110. How cute is this! I can't wait to show my boys Parsley and Beet - they will adore their adventure.

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  111. what a charming pair they make - and I especially love those wellie (gum) boots. The big question is, what came first, the elephant or the boots???

    Monda
    x

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  112. oh my goodness! this is so precious! I love that she has on little rubber boots.

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  113. Oh bless, they are the sweetest little things ever!

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  114. I just read this post to my kiddos as a bed time story before bundling them off to naps and they loved it.
    Cuddling up around the computer isn't quite the same as a book, but we'll take it.

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  115. The adventures of Parsley and Beet! Too cool for skool . I love them to bits.

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  116. Oh my! I'm very much in love with Parsley and Beet!

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  117. I LOVE THESE

    so cute

    http://sunnypeaches.blogspot.com/

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  118. You have made my day, this is simply adorable.Thank you for sharing these wonderful characters with us. I can see them in a TV show!

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  119. I'm truly inspired by those photos. Awesome job :) These are too cute right down to the name.

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  120. awwwww, q fofo!!! Postei sobre os seus buttons rings no meu blog, viu, Jodie! Beijos

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  121. Well if that's not the cutest thing I have ever seen!!!

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  122. ils sont vraiment trop mignons ces elephants! j aime beaucoup ta mise en scene.

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  123. Bloody hell I've missed you! And look what you've made! They are so dang cute!

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  124. I just stumbled across your blog & thought I'd say hi and that I absolutely LOVE these photos!!! too cute

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  125. Loving this photo shoot..... did you have an assistant?

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  126. Now how did I manage to miss that post about Parsley and Beet. Farmyardcrafts had mentioned it and I just had to see what she was talking about. Now if you ever release a pattern for them it would be truly wonderful. The photos and stories are fantastic with your toys and I love their outfits too.

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  127. Wow!! this is an awesome. i like your little elephant. and your story is amazing. thank you for shearing your post.

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  128. Just wanted to tell you that even now, a year later, my little ones still ask me to please read them the elephant story on the computer.
    And I do.
    It's always worth the search through the archives to fins Parsley and Beet.
    I was smart enough to book mark it this time though.

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Hellloooooo !!!!