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.

95 comments:

gloriadelpilar_1994@yahoo.com said...

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

Handmade in Israel said...

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

Ann said...

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

Sunnyeri said...

You are so talented!
I`m following your blog with a great pleasure )
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Louca por porcelana said...

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

Rhodesia said...

Interesting post, well done. Diane

Luciana F. Damiano said...

This Trixie project is so cool!
Congratulations.

Tanna said...

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

Prunella Pepperpot said...

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

La Table De Nana said...

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

Anonymous said...

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!

Lorrie said...

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!

Preeti said...

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

Brenda Leyland @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

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

Anonymous said...

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!

Maya Kuzman said...

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!

Dewena said...

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

Dewena said...

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

She loves to crochet said...

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

FlashinScissors said...

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

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Beautiful stitching! :)
Happy Hanukkah Amalia!
V x

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

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

Vee said...

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

Maggie Ann said...

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

Blondie's Journal said...

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!

Poções de Arte said...

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

Kim said...

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!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

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

Daniela said...

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

Olga Poltava said...

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

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very sweet! I love all your creations.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

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

Gumbo Lily said...

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

Unknown said...

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 :)

Conniecrafter said...

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!

Jeanie said...

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

Aritha V. said...

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

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Votos de Feliz Natal,
AG

Carla from The River said...

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

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

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

MaryAnne said...

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

Mereknits said...

These are just so fantastic. Well done!

Ela said...

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

baili said...

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

roughterrain crane said...

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

Sum of their Stories said...

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

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

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

Tricia Buice said...

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

VeggieMummy said...

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

eileeninmd said...

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!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

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

LINDA said...

Beautiful poem!

xx

Linda from Beauty And Tips

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

So lovely, as always!

xxx

Diane said...

Wonderful post and pictures Amalia. Best of the holidays.

Diane

white and vintage said...

Such lovely and cute projects!
Happy holidays Amalia,
Christine

likeschocolate said...

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.

Enara Girl said...

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

Annas Nadelbuch said...

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 !

Pam said...

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

Polly said...

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?

Kitchen Riffs said...

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

Anna said...

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

Margie said...

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

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Amalia,

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

Sara - Villa Emilia said...

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

Jo said...

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

blooming home and garden said...

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

Best wishes, Ida

likeschocolate said...

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.

Nancy Chan said...

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

handmade by amalia said...

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

handmade by amalia said...

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.

handmade by amalia said...

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

handmade by amalia said...

Thank you, Linda! Happy Holidays.

handmade by amalia said...

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

handmade by amalia said...

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

handmade by amalia said...

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

handmade by amalia said...

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.

handmade by amalia said...

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.

handmade by amalia said...

doughnuts! called sufganiot around here :-)

Kasztanowy Domek said...

Delicious!
Happy holidays!:)))

xxBasia

Lowcarb team member said...

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

All the best Jan

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roughterrain crane said...

Merry Christmas!

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

Creative and fun! 💛⭐️💛

Celestina Marie said...

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.

HWIT BLOGG said...

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

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

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

Maria said...

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.

Keri said...

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

akiko hiramatsu said...

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

akiko
www.akikohiramatsu.com

Our Hopeful Home said...

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!

Edit said...

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

A Joyful Cottage said...

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

marjory galard said...

Nice job , i like

jo
https://joetsoncarnet.fr

Recetas al instante said...

Very Pretty Blog.

Olga.