Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sew a Softie - The Crafternoon


It begins with needle and thread
that's how the magic is bred;
some fabric, a little stuffing,
and still it looks like nothing.

Now comes the fun part -
you begin working your art,
and as you sew your design
the magic begins to shine.

You stop for tea and cake,
and then go on with your make;
you work a little faster,
magic is a stern master.

With tea, conversation and fun
your softie is quickly done,
and you hope to return soon
for another crafternoon!


We are once again joining the Sew a Softie project
where my niece Dana (8) is a 'Kid Ambassador',
serious in her mission to spread the joy of sewing.

To that end we've hosted a crafternoon
where Dana showed how to make a heart softie.
We've made a garland out of the hearts
to show that you can make softie decorations
to cheer any party.


And there was even a student hiding underneath the table...

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  1. What a lovely crafternoon! Dana seems excellent in her mission and quite happy about the gathering and the make!

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  2. It look like great fun and a happy afternoon with cake!!

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  3. Looks like you are all having a wonderful lovely time

    Julie xxxxxx

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  4. Pretty, pretty softies, beautiful pictures, and wonderful words... :D

    In stitches,
    NADINE

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  5. What a brilliant fun day. It's lovely to see Dana's happy smiling face, it's infectious. Loving the softies and the cakes and your adorable labrador!
    Have a great Thursday Amalia :)

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  6. It looks amazing, such a fun afternoon spreading the joy of crafting.

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  7. Your niece is a wonderful ambassador! This sounds like ever so much fun.

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  8. This post made me smile and warmed my heart. I adore seeing children using their imaginations for crafting.

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  9. Wow the cake looks so yummy and the hearts are so cute!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love

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  10. Thats a sweet get-together. The hearts are so pretty and all done by hand!

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  11. Oh it looks like so much fun!xx

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  12. How nice everyone sewing in harmony!
    Tasting a sweet and great company!
    The little dog is very handsome !!!

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  13. The student under the table may not have paid that much attention I'm afraid ;-)
    Your pictures tell me that it was cosy and fun!! Lovely!

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  14. What a happy time sewing together. Looks like a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

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  15. Sounds like a fun afternoon, I would have enjoyed being there. Have a good weekend Diane

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  16. What a fun time! I love the project...and the student under the table is a heartstealer!

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  17. Crafternoon. I like the sound of this. Looks like a fun time

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  18. That particular student looks like he's waiting for cake!

    I've not heard of this project but what a wonderful idea. This took me back to summers growing up when all of my cousins each got a week or two at a favorite aunt's house. The time always started off with a visit to craft stores where we would choose a project to work on while we were visiting. Several summers as a teenager we went to a friend of my aunt who was a master hook rug artist. I learned to design one and work it and took it home with me to finish. I loved that better than any other craft I learned. I wonder what happened to that black hook rug with blue musical notes on it?

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    1. Crafting always carries fond memories with it, I've noticed. My grandmother once told me that when she was a girl they would sew with their mother for two hours after school, without fail. She had three sisters and I've always pictured it as a scene from Little Women though all my grandmother wanted at the time was to escape outside and play :-)

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  19. Such happiness!Wonderful crafternoon!You are great!

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  20. What a lovely afternoon! Everything looks wonderful, the banner (my favorite!), the tablecloth, the cakes and the smiles. Fabulous right down to that pup!

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  21. Well done, Dana! I love all the hearts - a wonderful way to share the love of sewing.

    Fantastic poem, too!

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    1. Thanks Maryanne. I see that you are also taking part, heading over to see what you are doing

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  22. Dear Amaila,

    Looks like the perfect afternoon, crafting and having fun with friends.
    I like that... Crafternoon.
    Happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  23. I love a crafternoon! (I thought my family was the only one who called them that! I love that someone else does!) It's a great project and anytime one can be with kids and creating is a day that is special in every way. I love, love this post!

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    1. This warmed my heart, Jeanie. And, indeed, we had fun.

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  24. What a wonderful project! Kudos to Dana and you for hosting this lovely Crafternoon, Amalia :)

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  25. Best of times:) Adorable post..adorable girl:)

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  26. I do love the heart banner there that is just so pretty, and with all those hands working so hard I bet you can finish one quite quickly!! How fun to pass on the fun of sewing to kids and make a great project together too!

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  27. Happy faces tell the story. What a fun way to spend time and learn to sew. Love your sweet poem and everything is better with cake and tea..........

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  28. Just perfect, Amalia. I love it! Sharing the art of sewing and having cake makes for special memories. xo ♥

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  29. Crafting and cakes - what a perfect combination! Your Scottish holiday looks wonderful. xx

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  30. Perfect craft time fun. I remember when I use to hold craft parties, even with my boys, I did. We made all kinds of fun things, Tie Dye T-shirts, bean/noodle art and one of their favorite, painting rocks.
    xx oo
    Carla

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    1. I should come to you for advice. My little nephew wants to craft as well (anything big sister can do he can do better...) and I find that I don't have as many ideas for him once you exclude anything soccer related :-)

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  31. How fun that looks! I love the heart garland and the student under the table. As always the poem is precious!

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  32. That is absolutely wonderful that Dana is spreading her joy of sewing at such a young age!
    I would love to attend a crafternoon!

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    1. I wish I could hold a crafternoon and beam you all you over. Technology is letting me down.

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  33. Sweet Hearts you made and Sweet Hearts you are! Thanks for sharing the joy of Dana's softie sewing project, and enjoy it as well :) xxxxxxx

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  34. Quality time and quality pictures ! Words too ;)
    Anna

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  35. What a cheerful post you're sharing today, darling Amalia, I so love your works and the smiles of your kids !

    Wishing you a most lovely end of your week,
    always thinking of you with so much love,
    precious friend of mine

    XOXO Dany

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  36. This seems so adorable and fun! Love the "kid ambassador" part. :)

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  37. I want to come play at your house ... it looks like you all had lots of fun! Crafts and cake and lots of giggles and playful concentration. What a lovely sewing ambassador, and that little one on the table with such cheeks to kiss!

    Thanks for letting us in on this fun afternoon.
    Brenda xox

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    1. Wouldn't that be something? And I'll make you all watch the FULL set of my Scotland photos :-)

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  38. Such a fun afternoon - love the name :) What a special gift to be able to share a talent like this. Bravo!

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  39. Such a lucky afternoon. Only smiling faces.
    And your garland of hearts looks so nice.
    Have a sunny sunday,
    greetings, Nicole

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  40. My girls love a crafternoon and we are due a few in a weeks time when the Summer holidays start. Jo x

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    1. Your summer holidays haven't started yet? We get two full months - the whole of July and August - and high school students get the last ten days of July as well because two months are not enough.

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  41. I had never heard the term 'crafternoon' and I love it!! What fun for all. And good for your niece for her good work at such a young age.

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  42. What a great crafternoon, Amalia! :-) I'm glad that I found your blog! Your beautiful photos and your lovely poems put a smile on my face! Have a delightful week!

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    1. This is such a kind and lovely comment, Edit, Thank you! I'm glad you found me too :-)

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  43. Really sweet and very impressive that an 8 year old is teaching the love of sewing. Wish I could join you for a crafternoon as I never, ever learned to sew properly. Not even buttons that continuously feel off uniforms while my boys were in school. I just made salt dough hearts with my 6 year old neighbor that are outside drying in the summer sun right now.

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    1. We'll trade - sewing lessons for salt dough fun, and we'll bring cake.

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  44. Very nice pics! Thank for sharing! 👌👌👌

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  45. What a fun crafternoon, Amalia. Such a beautiful poem and stunning photos.

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  46. Crafternoon! Brilliant! Love seeing your people enjoying an afternoon together. The cake looks scrumptch!!

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  47. You took some great pics....an afternoon crafting what more can a person want! Looks like you all had a great time. I want a piece of the cake..

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  48. Kudos to Dana!
    Love the post, the food, the hearts and that beautiful dog :)

    So much fun and learning for everyone :)

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  49. Oh, what a lovely post, Amalia!!
    I would love to join there<3

    akiko
    www.akikohiramatsu.com

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    1. Wouldn't it be lovely if you could, Akiko?

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  50. Boa tarde, é maravilhoso o convivo, os participantes revela a criatividade na criação de peças lindas, um doce no intervalo, cai bem, as fotos são excelente.
    Continuação de boa semana,
    AG

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  51. what lovely post and pictures Amalia!! all beauty!!

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  52. Very nices pictures and lovely post!! Beautiful summer, Mariuccia

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  53. Fun! Looks like everyone had a great time! Have a fun week!

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  54. wonderful! love the beautiful lab!

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  55. What a precious time all of you must have had! Your niece looks like such a sweetheart!

    Hugs to you, dear Amalia!

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  56. Oh what a fun sewing party that looks like! I remember well being a little girl and my mom teaching e to hand sew and also on the machine...precious times! The sweet little poem just says it all!! Hugs to you, sweet Amalia!

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    1. Crafting is wonderful for making memories.

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  57. Looks like everyone had such fun.
    Lovely photographs.

    Enjoy the rest of your week

    All the best Jan

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  58. Hello, looks like a fun sewing party. The soft hearts are so cute, I love the heart banner. The cake looks yummy. Your niece is pretty. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  59. Each little stitch carries imagination into a joyful land filled with beautiful colors and designs. Have a nice weekend with your niece.

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  60. That looks like so much fun and it's so nice to see children crafting.

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  61. Looks like great fun. Love the student under the table:)

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  62. Your ability to rhyme is phenomenal!! I am in awe! Pictures tell the story of a good day😄

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  63. Warmed my heart Amalia to see the girls enjoying your crafting lesson and pretty treats. Now, if you could teach them to rhyme that would be incredible.

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    1. It is funny that you mention it, Bonnie, we play rhyming games all the time :-)

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  64. It looks like everyone had a lot of fun !!
    Lovely post, dear friend !!
    Happy weekend !

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  65. What fun Amalia, love all the cute pictures.

    Hugs Diane

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  66. Bonito de ver, este convívio familiar, fazendo coisas tão giras!

    Kisses:)

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  67. Happy crafter ! What a wonderful idea to spend a creative evening together. I also think the student under the table enjoyed the evening. Hugs Carmen

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  68. A wonderful crafternoon for a meaningful project. A great team working together. The student below the table is patiently waiting for a piece of cake. Lol! Have a happy weekend!

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  69. Dear Amalia ... Such a sweet posting. Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

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  70. What a heartwarming crafting tea party!

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  71. Hello Amalia, a delightful post. Sweet photos!

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  72. The little party looks so fun and the hearts are precious!

    Jane x

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  73. Well done. Someone is waiting for their tea and cake, ready for a mere crumb to fall.

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  74. What a sweet party and project...love all the little hearts!

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  75. What a wonderful fun project, reading this post makes me want to break out my sewing box! thanks Amalia!

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  76. The hearts are so cute.. i always love you poems..

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  77. I love your bonus student! And your niece is a cutie,t oo!

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  78. What a delightful way to sped an afternoon. Love the doggie. Is he/she yours? Dana is of course gorgeous too ;-)

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  79. Lovely pictures, great afternoon and a lovely poem. Kisses, my friend.

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  80. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, a beautiful poem, beautiful people and beautiful crafting xx

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  81. Such an adorable craft and even more adorable kids! Your niece is quite talented. Thanks for sharing it all (including the joyful poem) at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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  82. Your post is precious my dear Amelia!

    These incredible photos reminded me the era when back in my village ladies and girls gather and work on their knitting, stiching and sewing projects and environment became like a celebration and so much fun went on.
    Your niece is so adorable and pretty!
    Her art is wonderful too

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