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Friday, 15 February 2019

This week's smiles....week 308

Hello all.  Happy Friday to one and all. Firstly, I hope you like my new Spring header pic.....I thought it was about time I changed it and I'm looking forward to warmer Spring days.  It's been a quiet week with sewing for me so I've used my time catching up on all those jobs that have to wait for more important things to be done first....like cleaning and servicing my sewing machines!

I've a few snaps to share with you of my smiles this week and if that last one offends then don't look at it ;-)

Last weekend Mark and Gina treated me, my hubby and Mark's best friend to an escape room session at the Adventure Vault in Shrewsbury....if you've never done one then it's something for your bucket list because it was a lot of fun.  It was a little like The Crystal Maze on the telly....we were locked in a room and had to solve puzzles and tasks before we could unlock the door to get out.  We not only really enjoyed it but we escaped quick enough to get on the leader board of scores.....Thanks so much Mark and Gina for spoiling us.

As most of you will know I had a baking session with my little playmate on Tuesday.....here he is on the little set of steps getting ready.  I'd just said look at Nanny so I could take a picture...the head turned but his eyes were far more interested on the baking ingredients as you can see.  :-)

He helped put each ingredient into my food mixer and happily pressed the button to mix, mix, mix  :-)

I have a feeling the washing up was the best bit....bubbles everywhere  :-)

"What do you want to do Theo while our buns are cooking?"

"Can we make a den Nanny with blankets?"

....your wish is my command :-)

"Peep Nanny"

Buns cooked so guess we needed to decorate them next.

Result....6 little iced buns and 6 little jammy butterfly buns.

Yum yum....sorry but they have all gone now....of course :-)

Warning....look away now if you're easily offended.

We had our drive done a couple of weeks back but it was left with areas of loose tarmac in places so this week they came back to redo it for us.  I was watching the progress and taking pics to send hubby and this loomed up in front of me!  It was a cold day and I was so tempted to offer to pull his trousers up for him and tuck his vest in!! :-) :-)

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and will link up and share your smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 13 February 2019


Here we are on another Wednesday [these weeks are flying by!].  I have a reveal and a different desk for you today.

The reveal.....

These were the seven bears I was making last week and I can now share them with you because I handed them over on Sunday to be shared around the family members.....I must say these are definitely my favourite and that all the extra effort to make them was well worth it....of course they are filled with love too so that makes them extra special.  My cousin Jan loved her warm jumpers and they have certainly made some very special bears.

As yet this week I've had no sewing arrive so I've used my time wisely and on Monday I serviced all three of my sewing machines....something I rarely have time to do as they are usually being used....and they certainly were in need of a good defluff!!  I have also cleaned and tidied my sewing room so there's nothing exciting to show you there today.

The other desk...

 Yesterday saw me busy in the kitchen before my little playmate arrived and I made a  really yummy batch of soup...butternut squash, sweet potato, carrot and red onion. Plus you might notice the sugar, flour and things ready for a baking session with my little playmate in the afternoon.

So that's all I have to share with you today.  I do have more bears arriving either today or tomorrow so I'm happy to say I will be doing more of the things I love before the week is out.  If you'd like to leave me a little message so I know you've called by I will do my best to call round at yours to see what you've been up to this week.
Annie x

Friday, 8 February 2019

This week's smiles....week 307

It's been a busy week here at Sewing by Annie's and that always makes me smile.  My 7 special bears are now finished and I will share a pic of them on Wednesday [if I remember]....they are being delivered on Sunday so I'm really hoping they are loved as much as I enjoyed making them.....I actually think they are my favourite bears I've made to date.

I seem to be surrounded by smiles this week so here's a few I can share with you....

Give children a cardboard box and they will amuse themselves for hours.....Shell said this one was the hub of activity and had evolved by the minute.....it had security codes for the door, TV screen, World map, Ice cream machine and dog kennel at this point.

I love to see how they use their imagination.....that's got to make you smile.

I have flowers everywhere making me smile.....these were just a couple of bunches of alstroemeria I picked up at the supermarket but aren't they stunning now the blooms have opened up?

Two of my orchid plants have sent out new flower shoots and this week they both opened up.....I love my orchids.  They almost look too good to be real don't they?

From where I sit in my sewing room I am able to watch the snowdrops shooting up and blooming...they are so pretty.

Plus all the daffodils on our front garden are now shooting up and the blooms on these ones will be soon be opening up.....Spring won't be long now folks.

That little lot has kept me smiling this week even though I have a cough and my asthma is playing up....I guess I'm just keeping in fashion with so many at the mo.  I think we all need the warm sunshine and lighter days now.  Please share your smiles by linking them up below.....anyone can join in....the more the merrier cos I'm sure we can never have too many smiles.
Annie x

Wednesday, 6 February 2019


Here we are at the round up of all the creative desks of those who link up with Julia each week.  Please click on the link if you'd like to join in the fun....it's a very friendly group with very few rules but I will warn you...it's addictive.

This week I'm sharing the bear factory with you :-)

Here's the 6 bears I made last week in memory of a much loved mum.  They are each made with the same 4 items of clothing but each are a little different....and I've already had several comments from the family thanking me for doing such a lovely job and bring such a lot of comfort to them all....I'm so blessed to be doing this job.


This is my next challenge.  My cousin,, who died on Christmas Eve, was remembered by all for her warm personality, beautiful smile and her love of her warm jumpers so when her son asked me to make Memory bears for the family I just knew I'd have a job on my hands making bears out of them.
He posted me a large parcel full of her favourite jumpers and we plotted and planned how he wanted the 7 bears on messenger.

Monday morning I set to cutting the 28 panels out in interfacing first because every panel would need stabilising before they could be used.
I then made sure all the special requests were correct and cut out the 7 front rights, 7 front lefts, 7 back rights and 7 back lefts making sure each one was cut out using the right jumper.
Here they are all pinned together into their piles of 4 panels making sure each one was right before stitching them together....measure twice [or 3 or 4 times!] and cut once.

This was the first one sewn and all the seams clipped into so they lie flat when right side out.  I then wrestled with each one to turn it right way out.....its always difficult when the fabrics are so thick.

By the time I'd done this to all 7 I had blisters on two of my fingers from all the snipping into the thick seams!...the labour of love eh?

The first stage of stuffing is underway here and all 28 of the limbs are stitched into place once stuffed to make the right shape.

This is my desk this morning....all 7 bears are lined up waiting patiently in line for the next stage.

Hopefully today I will get their heads/bodies stuffed, the gaps in the backs sewn up, the necks stitched, the facial features sewn on and their bows put on to finish them.....oh and I've also to make 7 special labels so they each have one hanging from their necks.  :-)

I'm a very happy little bunny in my sewing room making special memories for special people.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and will leave me a little comment so I know you've called by.  I will do my best, between bears, to pop along to yours to see what you've been up to this week.
Annie x

Friday, 1 February 2019

This week's smiles....week 306

Another week has passed and, as always, I'm chasing my tail with work.  I'm in the middle of making 6 Memory bears with a further 6 due through my door at any point so it's a quick round up of smiles this week....

At the weekend Amy, Dave. their 3 children plus their friends with their 2 boys had a couple of nights at the Welsh coast and yes it was cold and windy but it didn't stop these 5 donning their coats, hats, wellies and gloves to enjoy fun on the beach and making a sand castle....the weather never gets in the way of their fun and that always makes me smile.

On Wednesday night Lulu went to a birthday party which included pony rides....of course she had a wonderful time and would really like one of her own now. :-)

It's been really cold here lately and we have treated Milly to a waterproof coat....here she is trying it on and she seems very happy with it.

Yesterday morning was the coldest day of the year here and the ground outside was frozen hard but just look at the tulips shooting up through the gravel....isn't nature wonderful?

And finally I saw this on Facebook this week and for a moment thought it was Jo's dishwasher....she has so much wool I thought she had been hiding it again :-)

I hope you have found something here that has made you smile too and will now link up to your own smiles below.

Have a good week and stay warm and safe wherever you are.
Annie x

Wednesday, 30 January 2019


Hello all.  I hope you're all managing to steer clear of all the bugs that seem to be about at the mo.  My family seem to be dropping like flies so we've kept away from all as much as we can...so far apart from the cough/cold that we've both had for what seems like weeks we are both well enough to work thankfully....and for those that have asked me yes I still have the my sciatica but apart from the aches/tingles down my leg and stiffness first thing most mornings it's manageable thankfully.

So what have I been up to this week and what's on my desk today?

I've planned and plotted with the squares I had cut out ready for making a cover for my Memory bear file and then sewed them all together to make the length needed.

I found a teddy design I liked for the front and cut out all the pieces to applique on the front.

I machine embroidered all the pieces in place using a lovely random stitch to make him look like a 'Tatty teddy' and then machine stitched all the rest of the details it needed.

I've then wadded, lined and made the cover to fit my A4 file and

.....Ta da!  I'm rather chuffed with the finished cover and it certainly looks better than the plain black file that it was.

The other thing sitting on my desk today is the 200th Memory bear that I made yesterday because Theo's mummy was too poorly to go to work so she stayed at home with him and I therefore didn't have my little playmate for the day.

This bear was made out of a special Grandad's jumper so needed stabilising with interfacing before making but was a really lovely bear to make.

I am expecting the items of clothing to make another 6 bears today and already have another order for a further 6 to come soon so I'm really enjoying making special memories for a lot of really lovely people.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and will leave me a little message to let me know you've called in....I will do my best to pay you a return visit between bears :-)
Annie x

Friday, 25 January 2019

This week's smiles....week 305

Another week has flown by and I guess that means it's been a busy one for me....how about you?  My workload has increased and my energy levels and enthusiasm for doing it has also increased so that's good too.

Here's what's been making me smile this week....

We've had our first covering of the white stuff and I'm smiling cos I didn't have to go out in it and could look at it from my cosy sewing room.....very pretty but brrrrr.  Thankfully it went as quickly as it came.

We're having our drive tarmacked this week....they have cleared out the edges and taken all the old loose tarmac off the rest and hopefully [weather permitting] they will be tarmacking it today......it's looked pretty shabby since we moved in but we needed to get all the building work done with the skips and lorries before laying a new drive.

I've been very busy bear making this week....the top 4 are the ones I was making on Wednesday and I made the other two yesterday.  The good thing is that I have many more ordered too....that's made me smile.

I love being kept busy with sewing for my customers but I now also have a couple of jobs lined up ready for me to do if I get free time and that's made me smile too.

So, I've shown you mine now show me what's been making you smile this week....it does us all good to focus on the happy times each week.
Annie x

Wednesday, 23 January 2019


Wahoooooo it's Wednesday and, for me, it's the best day of the week when I catch up with all my creative blogging friends around the world.  My Mojo has returned from his holiday and I've actually been feeling creative as well as being busier with customers too.

So, on my desks.....yes it's a toofer this week.

This is the table [it's behind where I normally sew] where I use the lap top [I'm typing this now on here], set up my embellisher or one of my other sewing machines when I have a project on the go so I can still use my main machine on my desk.  

Today you can see [from left to right]...
  • The pieces now all cut out [apart from the wadding] to make my new bag with
  • In the middle are 40 squares all cut out to make a quilted cover for the folder I keep my Memory bear pics in.
  • The pile of clothes that I've been cutting up to make my latest order for 4 Memory bears out of.
It was a busy day on Monday as you can see but on my other desk is....

The pile of Memory bears in the making and of course these will have to be made before any bag or quilting gets done.

That's all from my desks for today but I would really like to share something with anyone wanting to read it.  Back in September I made a lap quilt for my cousin who was by then in a care home.  At the time I thought it might be nice for her to have a little hug from me each day.  Little did I know just how special it was to become.  She loved her quilt and proudly showed it off to everyone who saw it and when she was taken seriously ill just before Christmas she had taken it into hospital with her.  Sadly she her condition deteriorated, she lost her fight and passed away on Christmas eve....wrapped in her quilt.  It not only gave her a lot of comfort but to her family around her to know that when they had to go home at the end of visiting time she was still wrapped in my love....it was a blessing.  We attended her funeral last Friday and not only did the quilt get a mention in the eulogy but many folk thanked me for making it for her.  I always feel that the love I put into my sewing benefits many but I really feel very honoured to be able to give comfort to so many at such a sad time.  She was a very special lady who deserved the best.....I'm just glad I could help.

Thanks for popping by to see what I've been up to this week.  If you leave me a little message then I will do my best to pop over to yours to see what you're sharing this week.
Annie x