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Wednesday, 16 January 2019


Here we are at our Wednesday catch up with our blogging friends around the world.... it's my favourite day of the week.

I'm pleased to report that my Mojo has returned from his holiday ...he's well rested but isn't feeling much like work as yet.  I certainly didn't waste my time while he was on holiday.  I used it wisely and...
  • Got the records up to date of my sales on my Memory bears....I've now made 190 in total so far.....and more in the making :-)
  • I got my business records up to date....I'd not done them since last April so they had been badly neglected....I have now had 303 customers to my door since we moved house and many of those have been many times so business is good  :-)
  • I wrote several posts for my Sewing by Annie Facebook page and now have 873 Followers on there....if anyone is wanting memory bears making don't forget to check out the January special offer that's pinned at the top of the page   :-)
  • Theo has outgrown the travel cot he sleeps in here during the day so we have set him up with a little day bed but couldn't get fitted sheets for it so we bought a single flat sheet and I made a fitted one out of it....as you do :-)
So, what pics have I got to share with you this week?

I've been at it again...Phoebe and Lulu save up their Brownie badges for me and I've just stitched another 21 on between them....I'm such a proud Nanny at their achievements.

On my desk today is my next order for 3 Memory bears cut out ready to sew....so that's what I will be busy with today.

That's all from me for today.  Please leave me a little hello message to let me know you've called in and I will do my best to pay you a return visit ASAP.
Annie x

Friday, 11 January 2019

This week's smiles....week 303

We've reached the end of another week and I'm here to find a few smiles to share with you.  I've had very few customers through my door since Christmas and my Mojo is still enjoying his holiday but I've managed to find a few things to do and many of them have made me smile....

You all know I have little Theo to play on a Tuesday, well this week was the first early shift back after Christmas for me so I was up in the dark at silly o'clock and a really excited little man arrived soon after 7 am.  We had a wonderful morning filled with lots of smiles and his mummy collected him about 1.15 pm.....It was a long morning for me and this was Theo just 2 mins down the road.....don't your just love a sleeping child?....I'd call that a very successful morning wouldn't you?

Theo's little friend Grace has just had her second birthday and Gina asked me to make her a few peg dolls like the ones I made Theo.....I love painting them so I didn't need asking twice.

I painted 4 little extra ones...2 little boys and 2 little girls so that Theo and Grace can have a set each.

I'm sure they will have a lot of fun with those and it was a lovely thing to do while my Mojo was on holiday.  

I've also spent time getting my business records up to date....they were very neglected so, even though they aren't all finished yet, it's a lovely feeling to get on top of some of them......especially when I've added up numbers for my Memory bears and now know I've made 190!!!  That's certainly something that has made me smile especially when I know they have given so much pleasure to all they have been made for.....I've had a lot of really lovely feedback from the ones I made before Christmas and that's always lovely isn't it?

Well that's all from me for this week.  Please leave me a little message so I know you've called in and if at all possible then please link up to your own smiles below....it's always lovely to see what's been making your smile too.
Annie x

Wednesday, 9 January 2019


Here we are at another catch up with our creative friends and their desks around the globe. I'm open for business but sadly my customers are still away on holiday I think cos, in contrast to the month leading up to Christmas, I've been really quiet with sewing.

You'd thing I would be making the best of the quiet time wouldn't you?.....I wish!  I have a feeling my Mojo has gone on holidays with my customers because, however I try, I just can't get creative.  It will return I'm sure but it's taking it's time. 

So I'm showing you my clean and tidy workspace this week [yes I've cleaned, tidied and put everything away where it belongs]....

Feel free to step inside and have a rummage round.  You would think that with all the gorgeous supplies you will find in there that I'd be tearing at the leash to be creative...but it's just not happening.

I did make these two on Monday morning......

Two little sock glove puppets....it's as good as it gets for me but of course I did have a special little friend coming for a play date on Tuesday morning and I just knew they would put a smile on his face.

Here's the proof that my efforts were appreciated.  We had a really lovely morning with them too.....of course Nanny Annie had to wear the red one and be mummy dog while Theo wore the blue one [most of the morning!] while we made jigsaws, played with the train track and played shops.  He's growing up so quickly and is such a delight to look after.

That's all from me for this week.  I hope by next week my Mojo has returned with my customers and I've something to show you all.
Annie x

Friday, 4 January 2019

This week's smiles....week 302

I'm back!  I've had a few weeks off....needed to focus on other things and get my head round what life was throwing at us.  I'm so glad that we are a strong family and when life throws us challenges we are able to support each other and get through it....it doesn't happen over night but we are all recovering and hoping 2019 is a kinder one to us all.

When life throws me challenges I like to be kept busy which I certainly was leading up to Christmas with my Memory bears and what a lot of smiles they have caused so many people....I've had lots of lovely feedback and I feel truly blessed.

Having 6 gorgeous grandchildren has certainly helped...you can't sit dwelling on things with little ones around you plus there has been so many happy times shared with them over the festive season.  I have found just a few of my pics to share with your today.....

When Father Christmas asked little Theo what he wanted for Christmas he said...'A guitar like Daddy's please'.

I know it's a ukulele but he's one very happy little boy as you can see....here he is jamming with his daddy and grandad. 

'One careful driver'

Have a feeling this little girl loves her Nanny....she's so like her mummy and I really love this photo.

On 27th we were asked to a house party over the road at our neighbours...the theme was 'Old before your time'.  A difficult one for us of course cos we already have the grey hair, glasses and walking sticks but of course you just have to make an effort....the scary thing is when I look at my pic I see my mum looking back at me  :-)

The weather was lovely last weekend so, as we were badly needing a breath of fresh air and a stretch of the legs, we headed off on an adventure in the motor home.  As you can see Biscuit bear is posing in front of the window....can you see where we are?....answer at the bottom of the page.

The best part of our adventure was baking fresh bread rolls in the oven and frying bacon to make these yummy bacon rolls....I bet you can smell them from there....and they were every bit as yummy as you imagine.

We enjoyed a lovely walk with Milly on the beach and along the promenade...it was really good to get out in the fresh air.

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles for this week.  Thanks for all the love and support I've been given over the last few weeks...you're all such lovely people.

Here's hoping we can all share lots of happy smiles over the next year.
Annie x

The answer to where we went is....Colwn Bay :-)

Wednesday, 2 January 2019


Happy New Year to all my wonderful blogging friends.  The end of 2018 threw our family a few challenges and I felt the need to take a break and concentrate on what was important.  It was a difficult time but we are a strong family and we are now looking towards 2019 for happier times and good health for us all.  I would like to thank those who supported us from a distance...you know who you are....I'm so lucky to have such good friends.

I had a really busy last few weeks leading up to Christmas with orders for my Memory bears [I like to be kept busy at difficult times] so here's a collage of some of them....

Also I promised to show you pics of the finished shark onesie I made for Mooshie rabbit...

As you can see he's very proud of the onesie but as he was just modelling it for the original Rabbit I also made Mooshie his own pair of dungarees to wear.

I imagine there was one very happy little boy on Christmas morning.  :-)

My chuckle for you today is the jigsaw Shell bought us for Christmas.  We normally do a jigsaw over Christmas but this one was a real challenge!

I never did like sprouts and I like them a lot less now :-) :-) :-)

That's all from me for today.  Here's hoping 2019 brings you all everything you wish for yourselves.

Annie x

Wednesday, 12 December 2018


As we creep ever closer to the big day my sewing seems to be piling in through my door and guess what?....I took a long weekend off to go to Centre Parcs with my darling hubby, Mark Gina and little Theo....just what the Dr ordered if it wasn't for the long walks needed to get everywhere.  I must say though that I took my walking stick with me and I managed most of them.  I have photos to share but I will keep those for my Friday Smiles Post so please call back on Friday and why not join in the fun by linking up your own smiles too....all are welcome.

So on my desk today is....

The latest 4 completed bears, made to hold special memories for 4 young children who lost their daddy far too soon....I really hope they will help them to get through their first painful Christmas without him.

Meet Mooshie Rabbit.  He has come to be fitted for a blue onsie with a shark fin on the back!.....Don't I get some challenges?

The outfit is actually for Rabbit who Mooshie was bought to replace if Rabbit was lost...but of course he never will because Rabbit is now well 'loved' and looks nothing like Mooshie :-)  

I hope to complete the challenge later today so, if I remember, I will try to show you a pic of him next week.

On my sewing machine are the next three Memory bears awaiting completion.  I am expecting another one later today and several more are coming tomorrow.....all wanted for Christmas!

Along side all this I do hope to finish my Christmas cards and get them in the post and to finish the peg people for the Grandchildren to hang on their trees this year......busy busy busy.  I do plan to get round as many of you as I can later.....but that may mean in the next day or so. :-)
Annie x

Friday, 7 December 2018

This week's smiles....week 301

Here we are catching up with the weekly smiles.....I will be absent this Friday so have posted automatically so everyone can link up but I may not be able to leave you comments for a few days....but I will be reading your posts on my Ipad so please link them up below.

My smiles are all Christmas related this week.  My family have been enjoying early celebrations.....

Amy and gang enjoyed a weekend in Whitby with friends and these 5 are just the best of friends....it's so lovely to see them enjoying time together.....and I really love their matching onsies.

Here they are playing 'pass the snowball'.....don't ask.  I really don't know how to play it but I know they enjoyed it. 

Here they are colouring in the Christmas table cloth....what fun :-)

Michelle and gang moved houses last weekend and even in all the chaos Bob and Betty elves turned up on Dec 1st and this year they have brought their cousin Buster with them for fun and games each night.

When you're a teacher you just have to go that extra mile for the kids in your class and this is Shell playing Rudolph one of the days this week.  What fun eh?

That's my smiles for this week.  I will catch up with your all as soon as I can this week.
Annie x

Wednesday, 5 December 2018


Hello. Happy Wednesday to you all.  The big day is fast approaching and, as yet,  I've still not had time to finish making my Christmas cards or painting the peg dolls to give the Grandchildren for their Christmas trees yet.  My sewing days have been filled to the brim and, as frustrating as that is, it has to come first but it's not been all work no play....

Phoebe [my eldest Granddaughter] has to briefly play the part of Mary in her school play but she has to be able to get her outfit on and off quickly so it couldn't be a full outfit so Nanny put her thinking cap on and Monday night Phoebe came for an hour while her brother was at his kick boxing club and she helped me design and make her outfit.  She was that thrilled to be able to help me and was really pleased with the results....she can get it on and off in a couple of minutes so it certainly does the job.

At one point, while we were creating together, she looked up at me and said 'your'e so clever with your sewing Nanny'....she just melted my heart.  She really is growing up into a lovely young lady.

Here's the latest two bears I've made and today I have 4 more coming this morning and another two this afternoon plus I have a toy rabbit coming to be fitted for a pair of trousers and a shirt that I've been asked to make.....I get all sorts of challenges  :-)

Last week Angela asked if I ever take photos of my bears to keep so I thought I'd show you that I have taken photos of every bear I've ever made, put them together in collages, printed them off and laminated them all....ALL 175 OF THEM!!

I really love making my bears and the responses I get when they are collected make my job all so worth while.

That's all from me for today.  Please leave me a little message and I will do my best to pay you a return visit when I can.
Annie x