Friday, 17 April 2015

This week's smiles....week 115

Happy Friday to you all.  It's been another fab week full of smiles.  It's so lovely to see so many of you joining in each week.....thanks for all your efforts to make the world a happier place to be.

This week I'm featuring someone that I asked to link up and share with us because her post really got me chuckling.  Di shared her tale of a pop up tent and my only complaint was that she hadn't taken a pic of it all......she linked up a little late and some of you might not have popped over to see it so if you missed it do pop over to read what had me chuckling.....thanks for sharing your tale Di  :-)

I have a few smiles of my own to share with you this week.....

Here's little Sam smiling and giving us the thumbs up even though he has tonsillitis......get well soon little man.

Here's Lexi posing for the camera and looking really cute.

Here's Phoebe, Lulu and Steve peeping round trees while we were enjoying a walk looking for pea sticks for the peas we had just planted......happy happy times.

I make no excuses for the blurred photo....they were coming down at great speed  :-)

It was Lulu's 5th birthday at the weekend and she had a party with all her friends and family at Jungle land.  Here you can see Phoebe looking after her cousins.  She took Lexi and Sam on the big slide and held their hands to come down.....she's such a good girl and really loves her cousins [and they love her too :-) ].

My other smile this week is one I'm sure many of you wouldn't share but trust me when I say this mess is something I've really been looking forward to.  :-)  My darling other half has been preparing my sewing room in readiness for the builders.  The building regs are being drawn up and we are hoping progress will be made asap.

Talking of my darling other half.....33 years today he made an honest woman of me. :-) Happy anniversary darling.....here's to many many more.

Hope you have enjoyed sharing my smiles this week and will link yours up below.

Annie x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


Happy Wednesday folks.  Here we are at yet another middle of the week sort of day when we all expose our creative spaces to the world and share our mess, muddle, clutter, work desk with our blogging friends.

Firstly I thought you might like to see what I did with the toilet foam seat pads I had on my desk last week....

I was given a new curtain by one of my customers a couple of years ago and it has been sitting in my fabric stash since then waiting for the right job for it.  As it was a lined curtain I used the lining to make a simple pad cover for each of the foam pads first....if anyone has ever tried to get a foam pad in a cushion cover you will know just how hard it is so I thought it was a good idea to make a basic pad cover so the pad would slip in easier......they work a treat too  :-)

 The curtain was made of a striped canvasy sort of material with a yellow stripe on the one side and blue and rusty red on the other side so I've managed to make the cushion covers reversable....depending on what colour mood I'm in on the day  :-)
There was just exactly the right amout of fabric to make the cushion covers.....It sort of said they were meant for the job :-)

This is just a quick snap of the mess I made while making the cushion pads....especially for those of you who think I never get messy :-)

I've had a really busy week with sewing so far.....thrilled to say business is really picking up at the mo.  I've shortened several pairs of trousers, altered two window blinds and on my desk today is this.......
[of course it will stay like this til tomorrow because today I will be playing with the twins :-) ]

I have been asked to make two huge boxed cushion covers and 5 large square cushion covers for a settee out of the gorgeous fabric on the roll at the back......Isn't it gorgeous?  It's a strong furnishing fabric and she wants all the cushion covers with zips so they will take me a while to make [and I will probably have to wait til that big sister of mine can spare me an hour to help me cut the fabric first....two pairs of hands makes the job so much easier :-) ].

So there you go....that's what I will be up to this week.  How about you?  Please leave me a little message so I know you've called by and I will pop over to yours as soon as I'm able to see what mess clutter crafty creations you're sharing this week.
Annie x

Friday, 10 April 2015

This week's smiles....week 114

Hello one and all.....I hope you've had lots to smile about this week.  The sun has been shining here in Shrewsbury most afternoons so that has lifted the mood and given us lots to smile about....oh and we had great news on Wednesday.....the plans have been passed on our little bungalow.  :-) :-) :-)
We need to get the building regs done now and then we can get going with our changes to our new home.  :-)........it's so exciting.

We had lots of shared smiles this last week everything from gorgeous fabrics on Tilly's blog and perfectly named duck tape on Fiona's blog to a wrongly rehomed cat on Elizabeth's blog.  I couldn't chose between you so have added links to all three.  Thanks girls for sharing your smiles....in fact Elizabeth's really made me chuckle :-)

I'm sharing a few of my smiles next...

Shell had to take the twins to have their eyes checked this week.  Lexi may need glasses like her mummy in another twelve months time but for now she was happy to use the time while Sam had his eyes checked to try on a few pairs of frames....she is such a clown and loves to make us giggle.

We think Steve has the wrong idea about the dog run  :-)  It's not a dog run that gets used by the dog as you can see but the children like to play house in there  :-)

The other pic I'm sharing today is one of the special relationship between the twins....they are enjoying some sunshine together during their Easter holidays.  They really do love each other lots and share a very special friendship.  :-)

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles this week and will link yours up below so we can all share your happy moments.
Annie x

Wednesday, 8 April 2015


Happy Wednesday to one and all.  What a gorgeous Easter weekend we had here.  We spent most of the weekend in our new back garden laying a new path and lawn and making a start on reshaping it all in readiness for our building work.....still no plans to work to but really hoping it won't be too much longer now.

So without more a do I will get on to what you've come to see today....

On my desk today is a job in waiting.  This is a job that won't bring in funds though as it's for the seats in our own back garden :-)  I will be making covers for these possibly today :-)

The other thing you can see on my desk today is my little pile of goodies put out in readiness to make a start on ATCs for the up and coming swap.....like the colours I'm using this year?

If you fancy swapping with me again this year I will be taking names soon.  :-)

Thanks for popping by to see what I've been up to this week.  If you leave me a little comment to let me know you've been I will do my best to pay you a return visit as soon as I'm able.
Annie x

Friday, 3 April 2015

This week's smiles....week 113

Thanks to those who shared their smiles last week.  Such a lovely lot of happiness shared and several of them caused giggles.  My featured post from last week just had to be Elizabeth's.  The joke at the end really made me chuckle because as you can imagine this Nanny Annie, like the one in the joke, doesn't always get things right.  Thanks for sharing that Elizabeth.....I must remember to think twice before I answer the grandees questions ;-)

This week has been one full of smiles for me so I'm sharing several pics today...

My first pic is of Phoebe who's just had her first swimming certificate...well done Phoebe.  We are so very proud of you.

:-) :-) :-) :-)

I promised pics from our Easter Family fun day on Wednesday this week but alas I had such a fun time that I came home having not even taken one pic so Amy sent me this pic of Phoebe and Lulu holding some of the fab things they made on the day....didn't we have a lovely time girls?

:-) :-) :-) :-)

Then I have made a few collages to share with you that have made me smile this week [feel free to click on them for a closer look if you'd like to] ...

 ......I keep checking these for developments but apart from growing and growing so far no hint as to what they are. :-)

Thanks for all your help in deciding what some of our new garden treasures are...as you can see there is so much colour coming out there now.  :-)

I took these pics especially for Kate who has happy memories of the daffodils that line many roads around Shrewsbury.  Aren't they stunning?

:-) :-) :-) :-)

I really hope you've all enjoyed the smiles I've shared this week and will link yours up below.  Hoping you all have a wonderful Easter weekend filled with many moments to make you happy.
Annie x

Wednesday, 1 April 2015


Happy Wednesday to you all and thanks for dropping by to see what I've been up to this week.  It's been a good week for sewing for me...

Business is thankfully picking up a little for me now and for the first time since we moved I can show you a full rail.  During the last week I have....
  • Shortened 3 lined skirts
  • Taken a lined dress up on the shoulders
  • Shortened a lined Winter's coat
  • Shortened 2 pair of trousers and
  • Shortened 2 summer tops
I really buzz when I get busy and have really missed it so I've loved the challenge it's given me this week.  Let's hope work starts to trickle in again for me now.

My desk today is just full of my machines enjoying the sunshine and they are having a morning off today.  I am joining my 2 gorgeous daughters and daughter in law and 5 much loved grandees for Easter fun and games this morning.  I love family times, as you know, and I'm sure I just might have a pic or two to share with you for my weekly smiles post on Friday so feel free to call back then if you'd like to see what we get up to...... and why not link up and share your smiles for the week?  The more the merrier.  We can never have too many smiles....can we?

Thanks for dropping in.  If you leave me a comment to let me know you've called by I will do my best to pay you a return visit as soon as I can.
Annie x

Friday, 27 March 2015

This week's smiles....week 112

Well, where does the time go?  It only seems like a day or so ago that I was posting my smiles for last week.  Many thanks to all who joined in yet again last week.  It's so good to see so many of you with such lovely smiles to share.  I know it does me good to spend a little time each week focusing on the happy moments in my life and I'm really hoping you all feel the same.

I would like to feature my 'much older' sister's blog this week.  We enjoy many smiles together as I'm sure many of you can imagine.  We both have fairly wicked senses of humour and her smile for last week certainly is one occasion when she made me chuckle.....of course I did suggest she should have ironed the creases out before snapping her pic but I'm sure none of you will have gone in for a closer look to have noticed them!  :-)  Thanks for making me chuckle Jo....love you lots and really can't wait til you get settled into your new home just 5 mins away :-)

My smiles for this week have been many....I am so blessed.  I'm sharing just a couple of them with you that I managed to get snaps of...

There was a visit by a Minion at the playschool Easter fair that my youngest daughter helped organise last Saturday.  As you can see he was a big hit with our two little granddaughters and their Grandad.  :-)  I was so very proud of all the efforts our daughter, Amy put in to organise the event and was thrilled with the huge amount of funds raised for their playschool.

Here are a few more little treasures we've found in our new back garden....a few little cowslip plants have been making me smile.

I have also snapped a few pics of some mystery plants that have popped up in the garden too.....come on all you expert gardeners out there can you help with the names of these so I can read up on what I need to do with them? [you should be able to click on the pics to get a closer look if you need to].  Are they some sort of lily maybe?  

That's all from me for today.  Please snap a few of your smiles for this week and link them below so we can all share yours too.
Annie x

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


Here we are at yet another Wednesday catching up with all our creative friends all round the world by linking up over at Julia's....please pop over there for details if you'd like to join in the fun.

This week we have benefited from some gorgeous Spring weather and have been enjoying making a start in our new garden to change what needs to be changed in readiness for the building work we have planned.  One of the gardens has to be moved to make a patio in front of our new kitchen doors so we have been making a raised bed to take at least some of the surplus soil...

The area to the right of the steps will become the patio....well, that's the plan :-)

This little bed has really filled with the bulbs in bloom now but as you can see the weeds have taken over too so yesterday morning while the sun was shining [it really is a sun trap in our new back garden] I made this my work desk and .......

.....pulled this lot out so it now looks like this.....

....and doesn't it look better now? :-)

I can't have hyacinths in the house because the heady perfume gives me a sort of asthma attack but I love the smell and am really enjoying all the gorgeous blooms in the garden.

My indoor desk this week had another challenge for me.  Some of you might recognise this waistcoat as I've shown it on here before.  It belongs to a special gent that I sew for and this was a real favourite of his.  I have repaired many areas several times over the years.  It has special pockets in it that he could keep his mobile phone easily accessible to his good hand....he's had a stroke and relies heavily on his good side.  The waistcoat has become very worn now and beyond repair so I've been asked to use the area unworn on the back to make a special cushion cover for his fav chair.


Ta da!!  Here is the finished cushion cover.....It's for a surprise birthday present and I'm sure he will really love it. :-)

Don't you just love it when you know what you've done will put a huge smile on the face of someone special? :-)

That's all from me for this week.  I hope you've enjoyed your visit and will leave me a little hello comment so I know you've called by.  I will do my best to pay you a return visit as soon as I am able.
Annie x