Sunday, April 23, 2006

WE LOOK GOOD!

At first the soft rustling sound started slowly as Baptist and Jael sat there grinning from ear to ear. Then it grew louder and louder. Pretty soon Baptist and Jael couldn't even hear each other. Even that didn't stop them from beaming from ear to ear!

"What do you think they're whispering about?" Jael asked her older brother. Baptist responded, "I don't really care, Jael. Did you see our picture in the Spring issue of Mercantile Gatherings? I LOOKED GOOD! Didn't I?"

"Well, Baptist, I'd have to say we both LOOKED GOOD!" Jael said trying not to smile any more than she already was. "Annie at Folkart Square did a really good job with the Folkart Square Ad and their Pattern-Central picture. Don't you think, Baptist?" responded Jael.

"Yep! She did at that!" Baptist responded. "I LOOK REALLY GOOD!" Baptist said once again beaming from ear to ear." Just as he did that the whispers got louder and louder in Linda's dollie storage room.

"Oh, Baptist! I think the other dollies are talking about us" said Jael. "I don't like that. Not one bit!"

"Who cares, Jael!" Baptist responded. "I LOOKED GOOD! " And, once again, his famous grin could be seen from ear to ear. "I sure am one HANDSOME PRIMITIVE" he stated. "Why, yes, yes I am."

Jael knew there was no talking to her older brother, Baptist. He was just too darn pleased with himself and his picture. But, Jael was concerned. She was a little on the shy side and really didn't like the other dollies talking about her. It was hard enough trying to co-exist with hundreds of other dollies in Linda's dollie storage room. This really didn't help she thought. Even though Annie really did do a wonderful job on the ad. Jael decided that was the last ad she was going to be in. Little did she know what Annie and Linda had in store for her.

So, she sighed and took one last look at her picture before she started to put the magazine away. "Oh, my!" she had to admit. "I DO LOOK GOOD!" With that, Jael started grinning from ear to ear. And then the whispering began again...Psssst... Pssst....

Saturday, April 1, 2006

“I Just Can’t Take It Anymore!” - The Dollie Storage Room” E-Book E-Series - Book One

"Patience, Patience, what is it?" "What's the matter?" "We never see you cry." asked Doris Marie.

"I just can't take it anymore" replied Patience.

"Take what, Patience?" responded Doris Marie. "You have all the patience in the world. What could be wrong?"

"Linda, I can't take Linda anymore." "Oh, Doris Marie what can we do? She's our creator. But, I can't take it anymore." cried Patience.

Doris Marie was unsure what to do next. She had NEVER seen Patience cry. Why she had all the "patience" in the world. "What could possibly have her rattled so?" Doris Marie wondered.

So, Doris Marie decided to ask the other "dollies" if they knew what was wrong with "Patience." When she found out her blood started to boil. How could Linda do such a thing? It was down right mean.

It seems Linda had promoted two new scarecrow dolls, one witch, and one ghost during the SPRING. The SPRING. That was "Bunny" time. That was "Patience's" time. "But, what could they do about this?" Doris Marie asked as she paced around “The Dollie Storage Room.”

Everyone who could walk started pacing with Doris Marie. Pretty soon there were 200 hundred "dollies" pacing around “The Dollie Storage Room” with Doris Marie. Once, when Doris Marie stopped short all the "dollies" fell on each other. It took several minutes before they could all regain their composure.

"Andy - With A Blue Plaid Shirt" didn't like seeing "Patience" cry. She was such a "sweet" bunny after all. And, so, so.... well "patient."

"Hey, Doris Marie. What's wrong with Patience?" Andy cried. "Yeah, what's wrong with "Patience" all the "dollies" cried?"

Doris Marie wanted to be careful what she said for she didn't want to create a "dollie" riot. That could get out of control and would not be good. Linda might get mad and then they all might end up in the trash or going to a "dollie correctional facility." She, knew she didn't want that. Linda would never do that Doris Marie thought. She loves us all too much. "Hmm....." "Or would she?"

So, Doris Marie decided to be level headed and cautious in what she was going to tell Andy and the rest of the "dollies." "Well," Doris Marie exclaimed. "Patience is upset over something Linda did."

"Oh, good, good! Tell, tell!" Andy cried. He just loved gossip. Especially "dollie gossip."

"Well," Doris Marie exclaimed. "Linda did something just dreadful and hurtful to Patience. Simply dreadful."

Andy was getting a little exasperated with Doris Marie. "Just spit it out, Doris Marie," Andy exclaimed.

"Okay, okay, don't rush me!" Doris Marie cried. "Can't you see I'm trying to stop a "dollie" riot here and trying to console "Patience" at the same time?" "It seems that Linda decided to promote two new scarecrow dolls, one new witch, and one new ghost on her DOLLS BLOG and Linda's Blog this week. In the SPRING. That's bunny time. That's Patience's time. That's why she's so upset."

"I see," Andy exclaimed. Coolness, and level-headedness was what was needed. Both qualities Andy did not possess. He didn't want to get more of the "dollies" upset, especially his sister "Annie-With A Red Bow" She had more than she could handle worrying about her kidnapped legs. So Andy said,"Doris I think we should just ask Linda why she did that. Don't you?"

Doris Marie thought about it and decided that was a good idea. Linda was reasonable. She'd explain herself. But, then "they" walked into “The Dollie Storage Room!” The four culprits. Punky-Elmer's Little Scarecrow, Hazard-A Guess What I Am?, William Come or Won't they?, and Mabel-I Won't Cast A Spell? When the rest of the "dollies" saw them "dollie" mayhem started.

"Wait, wait, wait!" Doris Marie exclaimed. We can't blame the new "dollies" for this. It's not fair. It's not their fault. Linda's the boss. She decided this all on her own."

"You're right," Andy said. Besides he liked Punky-Elmer's Little Scarecrow. He just looked like such a chipper fella. Someone Andy could talk to. And, William - Come or Won't They?" looked like he couldn't hurt a fly, let alone a crow. Plus, Hazard-A Guess What I Am? looked like a ghost who was afraid of himself. Andy was unsure of "Mabel-I Won't Cast A Spell?" She was a witch after all. Witches can cast spells.

"It's not their fault," Andy said and started to welcome the 4 culprits into the inner sanctuary of the "dollie" storage room. When the rest of the "dollies" saw what Andy-Withe A Blue Plaid Shirt was doing they joined in to welcome the new dolls. After all, they were all "dollies" of one sort or another and "dollies" are known to be friendly and open-minded. Even "Patience" welcomed the culprits.

Doris Marie was relieved. The riot had been squashed and the crisis had been avoided. But, she also knew that there was an underlying tension in “The Dollie Storage Room” and anything, just anything could set it off again. The "dollies" did have some grievances with Linda. From time to time Linda had done some things that upset the "dollies." She should know she did this. They should tell her.

So, Doris Marie decided that she'd talk to all the rest of the "dollies" and put together a list of all the things that were bothering them. A list of "grievances" or "demands." She'd call it the "Dollie Demands." She'd do that later on. Now she had to find room for all the new dolls in “The Dollie Storage Room.” She knew that would be difficult as their home was getting quite crowded. So, She made a mental note to add that to the list.

So, Doris gathered all the "dollies" around her and proceeded to introduce them one by one to the group. All was right, for now, in “The Dollie Storage Room.”


Stay tuned to Book Two “The Dollie Storage Room” Children’s E-Book E-Series ….”They Looked Good!”

Copyright © 2006—All Rights Reserved—Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.

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This story was written Linda Walsh, owner of Linda Walsh Originals. You may link to this page but do not copy, reprint or duplicate in any manner without the specific written permission of Linda Walsh. If permission is granted, stories must be copied EXACTLY with all copyrights and bylines intact.

The Dollie Storage Room E-Book E-Series

“The Dollie Storage Room” E-Series
A Doll Story E-Book E-Series
Written By Linda Walsh
Copyright © 2006—All Rights Reserved


All rights reserved, including photocopying, downloading, reprinting, mass duplication, and all other forms of reproduction or commercial application, website sharing, Email, or any other means of redistribution. Use this story is prohibited without the written permission of Linda Walsh.

The following stories were written Linda Walsh, owner of Linda Walsh Originals. You may link to this page but do not copy, reprint or duplicate in any manner without the specific written permission of Linda Walsh. If permission is granted, stories must be copied EXACTLY with all copyrights and bylines intact.


“Life In The Walsh Household”
Introduction


If you think living with a bunch of women is difficult try living with over 1,000 dolls. Suffice it to say, it can be downright hazardous at times. Especially given that they all live in “The Dollie Storage Room” which is above our garage.

Plus, add to the mix that we have all kinds of dolls: little boys, little girls, men, women, snow-ladies, snowmen, Victorians, primitives, colonial dolls, country dolls, scarecrows, witches, bunnies, babies, angels, Santa’s, Mrs. Claus, bears, dogs, cats, bee’s, ewe’s, woodland dolls, moose, reindeer, pumpkins, ornies, ornaments, horses, clowns, raggedy Anne’s, raggedy Andy’s, Dracula’s, leprechaun’s gingerbread men, gingerbread women, turkey’s, carolers, Jack Frost, brides, graduation dolls, Uncle Sam’s, flower dolls, Frankenstein’s, ghosts, and pilgrims. We even have a a chef and a bunch of “Olde Gray-Haired Biddies.” Life in the Walsh Household and “The Dollie Storage Room” can get very interesting, indeed!

Why, you might ask? Because every one of the dolls has an ego bigger than a house and every one of the dolls thinks they are “human” and that they should be afforded the same rights as any other member of the Walsh household. At least that’s what they told me in their “The Dollie Demand’s” letter. I have yet to respond. Stay tuned……………

Copyright © 2006—All Rights Reserved—Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.