Wednesday, 5 October 2011

.A sad ending.

Please remind me never to make a soft toy for my children again.

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when presented with these victims.  Time of death...usually an hour or so after the kids go to bed.  They have no toys in their bedroom so when they aren't ready for sleep and still have a bit of energy to kill they start playing with their softies.  What starts off as a game ends in somebody getting hurt.  
 
My children aren't usually destructive, I promise.   They tell me they are too strong and weren't even playing tug-of-war very hard.
 

All I could think about was the hours of time I put into sewing each one of those little critters up, with visions of them being passed down as family heirlooms to children's children.  I'm not sure if I can be bothered patching them up - is it really going to be worth the effort?!
 
This is Giddy Up - all stuffing removed.  He was in REALLY bad shape...
 Sorry Magoo, Mrs Perkins x 2 and Giddy Up.  My children will never be trusted with a softie again.

14 comments:

Jessie said...

"Weren't even playing tug-of-war too hard" is the best/saddest thing I've read all day.

So sorry for your loss. Kids these days, sheesh.

Vicky said...

Sorry but I had to laugh, the pink giraffe looks so sad at being used in a game of tug o war LOL

Sarah Craig said...

Oh, the carnage! My mom used to repair our soft toys using buttonhole twist (heavy duty thread) and it seemed to help..... Maybe if you started out using that to sew them together they would last longer....

Jane from Lil Pip said...

Oh Toni - the horror. I would cry I think. Thankfully my two haven't attempted tug-of-war with the softies that I've made them. mmmmm I think I would put a stop to that very quickly. Right now we are just in the snuggling stage!

Oh dear ;)

Jane said...

Oh no!! :-( May I suggest sock monkeys, which have a bit of 'give'?

Liam's Mummy said...

I have a legless "Parsley" sitting on the shelf behind my computer monitor. It seems they spun her legs around too many times... I will get her back together one of these days. Luckily none of her seams have burst.

Marnie said...

Oh that is so upsetting. Especially the horse...

Melissa said...

Oh no Toni! I think I would have cried!! I get kinda sentimental about things like that! Wow, some of those have some serious damage! Especially that one with the legs just ripped in half!! Your kids play some mean tug-o-war!!!

Anonymous said...

I saw the first mrs perkins and thought.. Ok easily stitched up, then the second mrs perkins and that was fixable too...but goodness me, poor magoo and that giddy up horse... Wow... They must have done some serious tugging. Sad when you spend so much time making something... But I'm sure it will get a giggle when you share this story in years to come!
Keep stitching.
Sharon

Auntie Pami said...

Poor babies! Poor you! I know they are a lot of work. So sad. But, they are worth fixing.

Kelly O. said...

oh my! I'm so sorry :(

Spot of Colour said...

It instantly made me think of Toy Story! I just want to give those softies a big hug x

Nettie's Blog said...

i am trying not to laugh out loud..sorry...but you can repair them and they will make an even more interseting family heirloom...i suggest you take a small piece of calico and write the story of why they have been lovingly stitched and repaired back together on the small peice of calico in permanent pen then sew it inside the softies ..or on a buttoned pocket patch somewhere on the softie...it will happen again in the next generation and then that generation will know they are normal too....

Penny said...

so sorry for the giraffe and armless monkey... I'm patching a little taz devil myself.

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