Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sew a Softie - the Hanukkah edition

 

Did you hear 
the story of the menorah?
you can't even find it
in the Torah.

In ancient times of 
kings and knights
pure oil was needed
to light the lights.

The temple was dark,
as dark as the night
and there was enough oil
for one day of light.

And then a miracle
fueled the blaze
and the oil lasted
eight full days!


With my niece Dana, we are once again joining Trixie's Sew a Softie.
This time we wanted to show what could be done with leftover
bits and pieces from your felt projects, with a Hanukkah theme.

Dana combined small pieces of felt to create a menorah
and turned that into a softie pillow for her new room.
We also sewed small pieces of felt together 
to create a canvas and used embroidery 
to turn that into a softie dreidel.

93 comments:

  1. what lovely tradition Amalia I know about Hanukkah but never know this is lovely .Xoxo

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  2. I love the pillow she has created! Happy Chanukah!
    (BTW, sent you an email. Did you happen to see it?)

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  3. What a great little project and nice to be able to use up the leftover pieces. They look like they had fun creating. Love your poem too

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  4. You are so talented!
    I`m following your blog with a great pleasure )
    Follow back? Sunny Eri: beauty experience

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  5. What a great time with two princesses!Love your poem!Xo

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  6. Interesting post, well done. Diane

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  7. This Trixie project is so cool!
    Congratulations.

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  8. Dana is going to be just like her Aunt Amalia... Always creating beauty and spreading joy. Love this creation of the Hanukkah edition! =) blessings ~ tanna

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  9. I loved Dana's softie pillow! You can see where the children get their creativeness from Amalia!!
    Happy Hanukkah :)

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  10. I love your words and the photos and the stitchery Amalia♥

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  11. I heard about the story of the menorah, but this poem tells it in a more beautiful way!
    I love all the little pieces of art with the leftovers!

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  12. Your retelling of the miracle of the oil in the Temple in poetic form adds loveliness to the tale. How sweet to spend time with little ones telling the story and making softies to go along with it. Happy Hanukkah!

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  13. Nice use of leftover felt pieces. I can see the kids enjoying every bit of making it.

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  14. Happy Hanukkah, Amalia. What a lovely post. I agree with Sigrid above... love the 'little pieces of art' that comes for leftovers.

    Happy day...
    Brenda

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  15. Thank you for en-lighten-ing us at All Seasons with the feast of Hannukkah in such a fun way with your family! Just yesterday went to Wikipedia to look up the origin of the feast of light and the miracle of the pure oil lasting for 8 days!
    Happpy Hannukkah, Amalia!

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  16. Love these posts where you share what you create with your family! And not just projects, but sweet memories to be treasured and cherished! Happy Hanukkah!

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  17. I love that handwork and crafts are being passed down to children. And just look at the happiness on Dana's face!

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  18. I love that handwork and crafts are being passed down to children. And just look at the happiness on Dana's face!

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  19. Love your poem and the children look like they are having fun being creative and making happy memories too. Hx

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  20. I love the way you tell the story, Amalia, and Dana’s softie pillow is very colourful! Great stitching and artwork from the pair of you!
    Are they doughnuts or rolls?
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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    1. doughnuts! called sufganiot around here :-)

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  21. Beautiful stitching! :)
    Happy Hanukkah Amalia!
    V x

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  22. I bet Dana was thrilled with her creation! What a fun auntie you are!!!

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  23. Fabulous use of scraps. The menorah and dreidel are clever and creative. Happy Hannukah to you and all your family.

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  24. Amazingly fun and interesting! And your poem is to the moon and back. Love it!

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  25. Dana looks so dedicated and calm as she does her work--what a darling. Your poems are always superb. Thank you!

    Jane

    P.S. I've read a little about your country since I've met you online. Amazingly beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Jane! I usually do a travel post or two at this time of year to show the beauty of nature. We've hardly had any rain or a proper winter at all so far. I hope it changes soon and I'll be out and about with my camera.

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  26. São belos momentos compartilhados.
    A alegria de ter a família perto.
    Abraços e dias felizes.

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  27. Beautiful! Dana is becoming quite the seamstress...and your nephew is getting so big. Where does the time go? I love using scrap pieces and her pillow is perfect for the season. Love that dreidel, too. The colors, the embroidery over the patchwork...Happy Hanukkah!

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  28. It's so nice that you are teaching Dana how to embroider and make crafts with you. Thanks again for sharing at C&C with J&J. We love having you. Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

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  29. I so love your ancient traditions, darling Amalia, thank you for sharing them and your cuties' smiles !

    Wishing you a most wonderful remainder of your week

    XOXO Dany

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  30. Looks like a very enjoyable time spent with your niece. And what a pretty and fun project.

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  31. Darling felt softies, Amalia. The dreidel and menorah are very good representations. Happy Hanukka to you and your family! xo ♥

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  32. I love your menorah softie and dreidel. Happy Hanukah to you!
    I have to know what those beautiful buns are! Are they filled?

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    1. The buns are doughnuts injected with jam. They are the traditional Hanukkah food. Because the oil saved the day all the traditional foods are fried. All in all, a very healthy holiday.

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  33. Thanks for joining in again!! I loved how you sewed the felt together make a patchwork dreidel!! Its so lovely to have some softies for Hannukah!!! Happy Hanukkah to you and Dana :)

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    1. Thanks for organizing, Trixi, we had a lot of fun working on it. Happy Holidays.

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  34. Such special times to create and share the stories of long ago and keep them alive with the generations to come. They both are such great projects! Happy Hanukkah!

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  35. Oh, your dreidels are just so darned colorful and cute. And I really love your poem. It's perfect!

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  36. Nice dreidels. I came here to wish you a very sweet chanoeka! Cheerish your (history)stories. I love to read about it.

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  37. Lovely my friend. I love the craft time you have with your family.
    xx oo
    Carla

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  38. Beautiful creations!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  39. I did know the story, but I didn't realize it was not in the Torah! Fun poem and great softie!

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    1. Yes, the miracle is supposed to have taken place many years after the bible was locked.

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  40. These are just so fantastic. Well done!

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  41. As always, it's nice to visit your blog!!
    I admire your hand-made creations !!
    Happy weekend, dear friend !

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  42. Adorable poem!
    Loved the art by you and you precious niece !,so talented to use left over bits and pieces ,here girls and women also use such bit so brilliantly and make huge sheets ,bed and tablecover ,chair and cushions

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    1. I would love to see them, Baili. Hope you're feeling better.

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  43. These creations are full of fun, make me smile. Thanks.

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  44. Looks like a fun and very creative time was had. Happy Hanukkah.

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  45. What a nice project for the young ones, Amalia. Both of those kiddos look very happy to be creating with you :) Happy Hanukkah!

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  46. You are a wonderful auntie Amalia. These crafts are lovely and such a great idea. Beautiful poem too! Happy Hanukkah!

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  47. Happy Hanukkah! Your niece looks like she had a wonderful time with her aunt. xx

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  48. Hello Amalia! Happy Hanukkah! Dana is pretty! The felt menorah pillow is a cute project. Cute photos and kiddies.
    Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  49. Happy Hanukkah, Amalia. The children look like they had a wonderful time making the project. The poem is so cute. xoxo Su

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  50. Wonderful post and pictures Amalia. Best of the holidays.

    Diane

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  51. Such lovely and cute projects!
    Happy holidays Amalia,
    Christine

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  52. What awesome crafts and I am sure a fun time for your children. Next year I think we will try celebrating Chanunka. Sorry for the spelling? This word is so hard to remember how it is spelled. My son asked if we could celebrate it; however, it is hard to find all the supplies here in Germany as we are living in a small village. It will be easier once we go home to America.

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  53. Very cute things! It seems your family had a great time. Happy holidays Amalia! xoxo

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  54. Your niece Dina is very talented, such lovely felt softies she created.
    I think she had a wonderful, creativ time with her aunt. Thank for showing .
    Happy Holidays to you an your family, dear Amalia.
    Thank you for another beautiful poem !

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  55. I love seeing kids making crafts or doing art work! So cute.

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  56. Dear Amalia, I think your niece is fast becoming an expert seamstress, just like her auntie. I love her pillow. Looks like you had a lot of fun. Were they jam doughnuts I spied?

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    1. yes to the fun, yest to the jam doughnuts and yes - Dana is improving her skills and has a great eye for color.

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  57. Just another fun post. Love the pictures! Happy Holidays!

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  58. It looks like the best time! Happy Holidays! Anna x

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  59. What a neat way to use up leftover materials. You always have the cutest crafts and poems. Happy Holidays, Amalia!

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  60. Dear Amalia,

    Lovely to see little ones doing crafts and a sweet post.
    Happy holidays
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  61. So pretty and cute, and the sufganiyot look very tempting.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. When it comes to sufganiot (and many other things) -simple is best. You can get them in with every kind of filling or frosting imaginable but I like the original ones, with strawberry jam.

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  62. Isn't it lovely to see children involved in crafting? What a great way to use up leftovers and I love the poem.

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  63. So cute softie! Happy holidays to you and your family✨

    Best wishes, Ida

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  64. Maybe I will have to rewatch Dunkirk! Maybe I missed something. I just wished their had been more character development. Didn't even know any of the mens names I don't think. Will rewatch. As I said though I love movies from this time period.

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    1. This is one of the reasons I liked the film - it dared to be different :-)

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  65. Your niece sewed a very nice softie! Happy holidays to you!

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  66. Lovely to see the young and their craft creations ...
    Happy Holidays.

    All the best Jan

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  67. ♪•*¨*•.¸¸¸ ¸.•*¨*•♪ .¸.•*¨*•♪ ♪•*¨*•.¸¸¸ ¸.•*¨*•♪ .¸.•*¨*•♪

    ~ Wishing you a Lovely Merry Christmas ~

    ♪•*¨*•.¸¸¸ ¸ and a Wonderful New Year ♪•*¨*•.¸¸¸ ¸.•*¨*•♪

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  68. Hi Amalia, beautiful projects to teach and pass on in tradition. Lovely post! Thank you for stopping by my once a month post. So nice to see you. Wishing you many blessings in the new year.

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  69. Wishing you a happy, merry and lovely CHRISTMAS!
    Love from a grey Sweden and Titti

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  70. What a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  71. What a lovely post! Loved reading about the story behind the menorah too. That softie that you niece created is beautiful; she is very creative like her auntie. I am too late to wish you Happy Hanukkah but I hope it was a time full of blessing for you.

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  72. Amalia, your Hanukkah softies are lovely! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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  73. Lovely post always, Amalia <3
    Dana is very talented like you!!

    akiko
    www.akikohiramatsu.com

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  74. Such cute "softies"! Your nieces are so lucky to have a crafty aunt like you:) Hope you had a nice holiday, and thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home P.S. I LOVE those donuts!

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  75. Such a lovely little pillow! Your niece is very talented.
    I love your photos, and your brilliant poem! ♥

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  76. Beautiful children! Dana is as talented as her aunt. xo

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