6 July 2012

Flat Stanley

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I purchased Flat Stanley from an elderly lady's stall in a flea market. He strangely lacked any stuffing, and was looking a bit deflated so the lady had called him Flat Stanley. He had a solemn look but a twinkle in his eye...so I took him home.

After closer observation, Flat Stanley was diagnosed with a severe case of stuffingitis {where the foam inside had dissolved into a gritty sand like substance}. A few small incisions were made, and the offending substance removed.

After a long soak a in very hot bath, and a vigorous internal jet wash up the y'know what, he was ready for a bit of grooming.


after a blow dry and brush, his hair was looking almost lustrous.
He was soon ready for his final stage...a good stuffing.

and a cerise tie...

He is now called 'Stanley'


The End

63 comments:

  1. I bet Stanley is much happier with he new look...and his new tie! xxx

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  2. Love the name Flat Stanley, but he does look like a gentleman-bear after your tender loving care.
    xoxox

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  3. Stanley brushed up beautifully! What a handsome bear.

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  4. Stanley scrubs up well doesn't he!

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  5. I'm certain that Stanley is very grateful for your loving care - he's a VERY handsome bear now :o))

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  6. I love your blog, and your story made me smile...Thank you.

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  7. Aw, a happy ending for Stan, and what a mighty dandy bear he is too :-)

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  8. What a lovely story with a very happy ending. I'm so happy that Stanley found you and got a good home, not to mention proper stuffing. :)

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  9. Stanley is looking mighty fine now. What a nice wee story, like a grown up story book. Jx

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  10. Love him and his story!!

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  11. He's lovely! You did a good job on him. Will you keep him for your baby?

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  12. I rescued a bear once - he'd been run over. I walked past him but I had to go back - I just kept thinking "somebody loved you once"... He's my son's favourite teddy now. I'm sure that Stanley will be loved very much by your little one when he/she arrives. xxshellxx

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  13. Ok, now that is just sooo inspiring!!!

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  14. Wow, amazing transformation! Thanks for showing what a little vision and elbow grease can accomplish. Is he being kept in trust for the soon-to-arrive little one?

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  15. oh. my. goodness. this is so adorably clever and perfect!

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  16. wonderful charming one! :)

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  17. hurray! you saved him. happiest thing I've read all day.

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  18. ooh, maybe flat is his middle name now? stanley flat bear, SFB. has a ring to it methinks!

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  19. Anonymous6.7.12

    What a very dapper chap he is now. I love a happy ending.

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  20. What an amazing extreme makeover.Stanley looks very dapper now and will love you forever for restoring his good looks. This tale would make a really great storybook for your little one in the making.
    Anne x

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  21. Love Stanley's story, you are a very talented lady.

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  22. What a handsome chap you have made Stanley look. He looks ready to receive a lot of loving x

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  23. Super sweet! He does look very handsome now :) ready for some loving from the wee wriggler?

    Sera

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  24. Love that Stanley! Amazing what a dose of tlc can do. Oh, and congrats for being named as one of Homes and Antiques 50 Best Blogs.

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  25. What a handsome bear he is now! I love his little tie.

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  26. Oh lucky old stanley to have you for a mummy,hes looking very handsome in his tie,xxx

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  27. what a transformation! stanley looks really good now. :D

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  28. Sweet. And he doesn't look anything like the "real" Flat Stanley whose bed fell on him and flattened him & had to live as a flat boy. ;)

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  29. Lucky Stanley and I bet now what he's waiting for is a little pal to play with!

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  30. This is so sweet!

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  31. There is indeed hope for us all, sometimes all you need is to get a second chance, be noticed and cared for.
    Thank you!
    Lilli

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  32. Dear Fat Fluffy Stanley.

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  33. My Son Charlie reads Flat Stanley books.. that old lady must have read them too. He certainly looks a lot healthier after his wash and blow dry... very soft and cuddly x

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  34. you certainly have a real talent for story telling, charming!

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  35. Aaaw! What a sweet story and a happy ending. Much love to Stanley.

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  36. What a nice relaxing bath he had.

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  37. Ha ha, I loved your telling of this story :) and he looks a lot more chipper now! xx

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  38. I love the photo of flat stanley relaxing in the bath, he looks very happy in his new home.

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  39. Haha this post is brilliant. Made my morning. Stanley is quite a lucky fellow.

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  40. OK now I officially love you.

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  41. That is brilliant.

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  42. He is adorable! I almost wished he had stayed just a little bit flat! :D

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  43. what a cute post. How lovely to give him new life!! he looks great!! you've made me want to go out a rescue all the teddies!!! xxx

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  44. Anonymous9.7.12

    It's amazing what a soapy enema will do for ya

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  45. This is the most darling post.

    The photo of Stanley having a soak, and your text - precious!

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  46. That's such a nice life saving story! Give Stanley a kiss and I hope that he will be loved very much by your little one.

    Kristina

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  47. honestly, he is one cute stanley, he had it in his eyes, well done.

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  48. How sweet. I collect bears; especially bears that "read" or have books with them. Have you ever read the children's story "Flat Stanley". He's a character that gets mailed. It's a great project to do. Mail him around the round. He recently came to our library in Macclenny, Florida (USA) from Tallahassee, Florida - our capitol. He came in a paper vintage corvette and he obtained a library card. We took pictures and sent him around our town and county and then mailed him on his merry way. I love your blog.

    Diane
    The Library Lady
    Macclenny, Florida (USA)

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  49. Looking at the merci shop images on line. There is a picture of man near the hunging cups, is this Nao or a look alike. Looks a great shop.

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  50. I hope there are more tales from Stanley yet to come!

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  51. Awww, how cute is that bath picture!

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  52. that is so adorable. stanley sure has scored himself a wonderful new home x thanks for the smiles that came while reading this sweet story.

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  53. such a cute post!

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  54. This is so cute- literally made my day!

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  55. I just LOVE the photo of him in the hot bath. So cute. I am curious what his fur is made of that he responded so well to the washing and brushing and general pampering? What a beautiful thing it is to see something, someone, anything(!) given a new lease on life. Something old, unloved or tatty, renewed, transformed and given a new chance.

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  56. this is awesome, stanley is a right dudeio

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  57. This is the sweetest thing I've ever seen, awwwwww my heart has melted!

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  58. we love how you have rescued flat stanely X

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  59. This is the most darling true life story! Here is a *kiss for Stanley ~!~

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