Flowering Cherry

Flowering Cherry

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


Hello to all on this gorgeous sunny Wednesday.  For those few that still don't know what WOYWW is all about then please go to the Stamping Ground where our wonderful Queen of Snoop, Julia will explain all about it.  We are such a friendly group and many wonderful friendships have been made because of it so please feel you can join in to have fun.

For those that have called in this week to see what's been going on here at Sewing by Annie's I have snapped a few pics to show you that there really is a sewing room here and that it is still in full working order ....even if it's rather temporarily set up ready for the move that as yet still hasn't happened.

  • Top left...my computerised machine and my overlocker
  • Bottom left....my industrial machine
  • Right....my blind hemmer
As I say my machines are still in full use but all my work surfaces have been removed from the walls and the machines are perched on make do surfaces now.....just didn't want any of you thinking I was sat here with my feet up  :-)

And this was my table on Monday....in full creative flow showing you what Jo and I get up to on a Funday Monday when the twins are on school holidays with their mummy.
....yessssss it was full of fabrics and fun.  :-)

Jo even caught me in full flow being creative making some mug rugs [like coasters made in fabric].
Please note the plaster on my finger....yes my kitchen knife was very sharp!!!

And here are the results....6 quilted mug rugs using patchwork and applique skills plus a wadded fabric holder to keep them all in.......dare I say these would look good in a new house!!!

Hope you have enjoyed your visit today.  It's been really good therapy to be rather more creative this week and share my creations with you all.  If you leave me a little hello comment I will do my best to pop over to yours to see what you've been up to this week.

Annie x

Friday, 11 April 2014

This week's smiles....week 64

Oh how the weeks fly by.  I have had so much support from all you wonderful blogging friends and I would really like to thank you all.  It's a difficult time but as you all say we will get there in the end.....just a little battered and bruised maybe :-)

Thanks to all who shared their happy posts again last week.  It is good therapy to spend a little time at least every week looking for the good things in life and once found if they are then shared others benefit too so it's a win win situation  :-)  I am featuring Jo's post with her Field of Hope full of those wondrous daffodils.....she is such a good friend and I would just like to say there should be more Jos in this world....Thanks buddy x

My happy pic I'm sharing today is one of our birthday girl of yesterday.....it doesn't seem 4 years since this little poppet arrived.  She is just like her mummy was as a little one [and yes I do remember you being a chatter box just like Lulu Amy  :-) ].  She brings us such a lot of smiles with her  'Nanny, do you know?.....s' and it's only right that she should steal the show here today.  :-)

Hope you had a wonderful day Lulu and your pirates baking party on Saturday is full of fun and games with all your special friends.

We had a family gathering with a birthday cake [ one of many lol ] at Shell's new house on Wednesday night....I do so love being surrounded by my wonderful family and can't thank them enough at the mo for all their love and support.....love you all to the moon and back :-)

Well folks, that's it from me for this week.  Please share your happy posts by linking them below and I promise I will call by to see what's making you smile this week.
 Annie x

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


Hello to all who pop by each week to catch up on a little of my world.....it pretty much fell through this week when we were told that the lady at the bungalow we have set our hopes on moving to had put it back on the market cos we are unable to complete the sale thanks to our buyers but getting their mortgage!!! Life sucks as they say....and none of it is of our doing :-(

The viewing we had on Sunday went very well though.....they really would love to buy our house so all is not lost...it's just back to 'the waiting game' [for someone to find the money to buy the house] and 'the hoping game' [that the bungalow hasn't been bought in the meantime!].

So for me it was back to the knitting needles after that much older sister of mine and little old me treated ourselves to a bit of retail therapy on Saturday afternoon....she bought material and I bought some fun wool.....

It's Robin Paintbox double knitting wool and don't you just love the colours?  It's really lovely wool to knit with too so I shall be having fun with it.

As you can see the piles at the back of the table are still growing well too.  :-)

I have also had a few customers this week....the first really since Christmas!  This  b****** house moving lark really has killed my business....it's been a case of the minds willing but the for sale sign seems to have put them off!!.....roll on better times all round eh?

At least I have a rail full of sewing to keep me busy this week :-) :-) :-)

There you go folks....another 'not very exciting week' from me but I do do my best for you. :-)
Thanks for calling by....I will do my best to pop over to see what you've been up to if you'd like to leave me a little hello message to let me know you've called by.

Annie x

Friday, 4 April 2014

This week's smiles...week 63

I would like to thank all of you who took the time out last week to share their smiles with us.  You are such a lovely bunch....I sure have appreciated your efforts more than ever this last week.

I would like to feature you all but this week the one that made me chuckle the most just had to be the stage by stage snaps Elizabeth took of her good friend Kathy trying to open her parcel....they really don't make things easy do they when it comes to parcel opening?  :-)  I've had many moments like this and it really made me laugh to imagine Elizabeth watching and recording the struggle for us  :-)  Thanks Elizabeth.

 It's def been a week where I have been needing to search for my smiles to get me through a difficult time.  I like to be in control of my life and what happens in it and selling our house is proving to be a time when others seem to have more control of things than us.  We set up everything with our solicitor a year ago now and if it was just down to us we would have moved before Christmas.  Other people have not been as prepared and organised as us and I hate the effects strangers have had on our lives.....just hope the long wait will be worth it in the end.

So I have been on Pinterest and these are just a few of the funny sayings I found and would like to share with you....they made me smile and I hope they do you too.  :-)

Please click on the pic to enlarge for a closer look  :-)  There are so many funny sayings on Pinterest.
Please share you smiles with us by linking yours below and I promise I will pop over to check them out asap.

Annie x

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Hello all on this beautiful Spring day. Yesssssss I'm actually feeling better thanks to all the lovely comments, kind thoughts and prayers you've all sent me (think the antibiotics helped too). You are such a lovely bunch. Hope you like the new Spring header for my blog....it's a photo of the gorgeous flowering cherry that's in our garden right now and I just had to share it with you all.

A quick update on the house move....we have put it back on the market this week. Our buyers are a long way off from getting their mortgage at the mo and even when they submit their end of year accounts at the end of April there is no guarantee of them getting what they need so we really had no choice. We really don't want to lose yet another bungalow that we have set our hearts on.....please keep everything crossed for us.

...latest news is that we have already got a viewing on Sunday with a couple who really want to buy the house.....fingers crossed.

So? What is on my work desk today?

Of course I have a huge pile of knitted squares now.....up to 129 at last count!! 120 of them have been joined together in 2 x 2 squares now and I've crocheted around them in white....I love the effect.  :-)

I was running out of nice cheery colours in yarn so these three new balls just jumped in my basket at Charlies at the weekend  :-)....I may have a while to knit yet after all!

 The only other thing I have to share with you today are the gorgeous flowers that are coming out all round the garden here....stunning or what?  Really wish you could smell that magnolia.  Enjoy.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and will leave me a little hello comment to say you've been.  I must say a huge sorry to a few of you last week who I just couldn't get round to....I really was feeling pretty rough all week so hope you forgive me.  I hope to call in on as many as possible later today to make up for it.

Annie x

Friday, 28 March 2014

This week's smiles....week 62

Well folks it's def been another of those weeks here for me but as always I aim to focus on the things that have made me smile.  Thank you to all who joined in the fun last week.  It really does help to share the happy posts of others when you're not having the best of weeks.  I am featuring the two blogs that got me chuckling....

There is nothing we can do about the things that have gone wrong for us with our house move...we have worked very hard to get the house sale through but at every turn someone else seems to throw problems in our way.  Our buyers have failed to get their mortgage and the lady at the bungalow we are buying is, as you can expect, not a happy lady.  If she puts the bungalow back on the market then it will cost us all the solicitor fees because we were already at the completion stage and all the work has been done.  We just have to pray something goes right for once!  Keeping everything crossed here.

So what have I found to make you smile this week?  Our daughter Shell and her hubby are packing their house into boxes because they are moving next thursday [yes I'm really thrilled to say someone can move house without too much heart ache lol].  As you can imagine the twins are really excited about it all and have had lots of fun with the boxes...

As most of you will know I've been laid up with a miserable chest infection....I think the antibiotics are doing their job...wahooooo.  I have been unable to look after my little twinnie munchkins so they have had play days with other family members.  Aunty Amy had them on Wednesday and as you can see it's fun having 3 little 2year olds playing together....

The 3 little cousins get on so well together.  Steve's big sisters were at school and pre school for the day so it was just treble trouble for Amy.  :-)

And the last pic that really made me smile this week is this one of Lexi....apparantly this is how mummy holds her phone!!  :-)

I really hope you have enjoyed my smiles for this week and will snap your own pics to share with us by linking them below.  Thanks for calling by and for all your lovely comments.
Annie x

Wednesday, 26 March 2014


Hi friends.  It's a quick post from me today from off my sick bed.....yes I'm not a lot better and Monday saw me paying the Dr a visit for some antibiotics for my chest infection.  :-)  I am feeling pretty shaky still and as I've not slept properly for a week and a half because of my cough I'm feeling pretty washed out.  I've not been able to have my little twinnie munchkins to look after so am really missing normal life....if there ever is such a thing here at Sewing by Annie's!!!

So what do I have to show you today?

I've now sewn together into 2x2 blocks most of the stress busting, house moving knitted squares I've made so far and Jo and I decided they would look best with a crocheted border in the same colour to tie them all together so I've made a start.

On the left you can see the stack of blocks I still have to crochet round and on the right are 3 more piles of squares now ready to be sewn into blocks.

These are 3 odd knitted squares that I have to knit extra squares to make blocks out of but search as I might I can't find odd balls of wool to go with them as yet....I just might have to buy some more wool!!   ;-)

Well folks, I'm sorry there is not much to show you today but I have had to find crafting I have been able to do on my knee whilst resting and hopefully getting better....it's taking it's time!!!

House moving update for all my blogging friends.....
Yesterday saw 17 weeks from the day we accepted the offer on our house....It's been a looooooong wait.  We were told yesterday that all the contracts have now been signed and we are all ready to name a moving date....that is apart from our buyers who at this late date have now told us they are unable to get their mortgage! As they say if it can go wrong it has gone wrong.....watch this space.

Thanks for popping in.  If you leave me a little hello comment to say you've called in I will do my best to pay you a return visit later.

Annie x

Friday, 21 March 2014

This week's smiles.......week 61

Wow....what a fabulous amount of you joined in the fun last week.  Thank you so much girls....and boy did I need smiles.  My little family have been poorly as you know and yours truly caught the bug....I'm still suffering hence my rather late posting [sorry girls].  It's going to have to be a quick post between coughing sessions.

I am featuring Elizabeth's post from last week...don't you just love that tutu.  I can just imagine the yardage of fabric to make one for me but wouldn't it be fun  :-)

My smiles this week just have to be this gorgeous colourful pic of my 5 little grandchildren on Shell and Brent's new settee.....

These little munchkins give me so much to smile about and don't you just love that settee?  They have a new jade 2 seater one to match it too and matching patchwork cushions.  It will all look just perfect in their new home....they move on 3rd April all being well  :-)

The other thing I will share with all those that are patiently waiting for news on our house move is that we have now signed all the relevant documents and will be hoping for a moving date very soon.......smiles all round :-) :-) :-)

Thank you for calling by this week....please share your smiles by linking below.