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Friday, 17 August 2018

This week's smiles....week 285

Another week filled with smiles is at an end so I'm sharing a few photos of what's made me smile....

This mad pair are away on holiday and it looks like they are having a good giggle here.

Give a girl some boxes and she will give you a robot.....i love seeing children use their imaginations.

They were missing school so their mummy treated them to some new books to keep their brains working.

I really love this photo.  Theo really adores Milly and we all went for a walk around Attingham Park at the weekend.  Grandad had perched on a cut off tree trunk so of course Theo wanted to sit by him.

Last but by no means least these are the latest blooms in the wild flower area in our back garden....aren't they gorgeous?

Now I've shown you mine so why now share your smiles for the week by linking up below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 15 August 2018


I was missing in action last week....I was here but I was busy catching up on my holiday washing and my sewing room had a good clean and dust so I had nothing to share with you of interest.  Since our hols it's been pretty quiet on the work front [I guess all my customers are enjoying their hols too] so I have been finishing the batch of charity bags for Margaret that I had already cut out .....

....all 46 bags are now finished and boxed up ready to take with me to the crop.... and I will await Margaret's instructions now for when they need more.

So what's on my desk today?...

The drawers filled with my acrylic paints are out and so are my Promarkers and permanent felt pens.

What am I busy making?....

Little Theo has a 2nd birthday up and coming [where has that time gone?!!] and his mummy has asked me to make him some little peg people for part of his birthday present.....and you just know how much I love making those so here's 20 in different stages of being made.

If I remember I will take a photo when I've finished them but as I like to make them in stages giving paint time to dry before painting the next colour it may be a while.

So that's all from me for today....a little more interesting than just a rail full of sewing eh?  Please leave me a little message so I know you've called in and I will do my best to call by at yours to see what you're up to this week.
Annie x

Friday, 10 August 2018

This week's smiles.....week 284

I was missing in action last week but had posted automatically so folks could link up and share their smiles......I will do my best to check out last week's and this weeks smiles today so I don't miss out on all the fun.  I must admit that I was having a well earned few days away visiting some very special friends in Holland.  We have known them since 2000 and hadn't seen them for over 2 years but, as always, it was as if we had never been apart.  We only had a long weekend together but it was really lovely to see the gorgeous new house they had moved to.  They sing and play guitars etc in a group and on the Saturday night they invited everyone around for a BBQ and then we had our own private entertainment.....it was really lovely to meet the rest of the group, make new friends and they even sang Annie's song just for me.

So here's my photos for this week....

Lunch with our friends.....good food, sunshine, special friends....what more could you want?

They made me do it!!  Honest.  I guess the strawberries are healthy?

The sunset while we were enjoying sitting on a boat chatting and eating ice cream.....the end of a really wonderful day.

Reach for the stars my little man.  :-) :-) :-)

This photo really makes me smile.

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles today and will now link up to yours below.  Thanks for joining in the fun each week.
Annie x

Friday, 3 August 2018

This week's smiles....week 283

Another week has passed and I have more smiles to share....

Little Theo has been away on holidays with his mummy and daddy  and has enjoyed bike rides on the back of his daddy's bike and rides on his daddy's shoulders during their visit to the Eden Project.....they grow us far too quickly.  It only seems 5 mins since his daddy was that age!

The twins are growing so fast too....but not as fast as their sunflowers :-)

We took photos of our three doing exactly the same when they were little too.
Look at these 5!  Phoebe, Lulu and Steve went, with their friends, to Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury to watch the sing along version of The Greatest Showman as a holiday treat....here they are posing for me before they went in. Whilst in there, as part of the show, they asked for volunteers to go on the stage to sing and little Lulu was that keen that they fetched her from her seat at the back of the theatre up on stage and she sang part of one of the songs on her own up on the stage.....what a proud few moments eh?  I have watched the video of her singing many times now....she's such a little dot but she more than makes up for her lack of height in character.

That's all from me for this week.  I hope you enjoy my smiles and will link up below so we can share yours.
Annie x

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


I'm not sure where it all comes from but I have so much sewing on my rail today.....

  • 2 bridesmaids dresses....shortened and altered to fit
  • 6 pair of trousers....reduced from 40" waist to 38" waist, pockets repaired, one pair re-hemmed and another pair shortened
  • skirt....shortened
  • dress...taken up on the shoulders
  • top.....off the shoulder frills reduced in size
  • 2 nurses dresses....shortened
  • lady's trousers....shortened
Hmmmmm yes I think it's been a busy week here and that means I've got nothing very exciting to show you today but this is what is on my desk...

Phoebe and Lulu's latest 19 badges to sew on their hoodies for Brownies.....have a feeling that will keep me busy for today don't you?

So that's all from me for today.  If you leave me a little comment to say you've called by then I will pop over to yours to see if you've got something more exciting to share with me.
Annie x

Friday, 27 July 2018

This week's smiles....week 282

It's been an amazing week here at Sewing by Annie's.  I've made 13 bears in the last 8 days plus I've had bridesmaids dresses, jumpsuits, evening dresses..........the list goes on.  I really love it when I'm busy and thankfully it's been a little cooler the last few days so it's been easier to sew.

I've had so many smiles too so here's a few snaps of what's been making me smile this week...

Shell and the twins have had a few days in the Lake District with some friends and I just love this photo. 

Lexi is obviously practising her gym in this pic.....don't you wish you could?

Amy's three have been having fun in their new jacuzzi.....they are such happy children.

I think we all need a Phoebe [well I know I do!].  Here she is painting her mummy's toenails.

I'm finishing off with a shot of our wild flowers now they are out in full bloom....aren't they gorgeous.  The bees, butterflies and insects are really loving them.

That's all from me for today.  I hope you all have lots to smile about too and will share them by linking up below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 25 July 2018


Last week it was all bags, bags and more bags and this week it's bears, bears and yet more bears.  I had many pending orders for school Memory bears and decided to give a 10% discount to the first 10 through my door to encourage some to bring their items of clothing before they got caught up in school holidays.

The first one taking up the offer came through my door the very next morning wanting a School Memory cat quickly followed by the next customer who wanted 9 Memory bears making in memory of her mum....they were for 3 Grandsons, 4 Granddaughters and the 2 daughters!!

That of course meant all 10 offers had gone barely before the ink was dry so I then extended the offer to 15 to catch up the school bears....there's only 3 spaces left now!

It was commented that making the same things over and over again would get boring so I have written a step by step blog post [below if you'd like to read it].....really to record the steps I had to take for myself as a reminder of how you make 9 bears from just 5 items of clothing and also get all 9 of them different as requested!!.....Please believe me it was quite a challenge and there is no fear of me ever getting bored.  :-)

So my pics today are...

The nine different bears for one customer.

This one was to remember a much loved Grandad.

Amy's three children go to a lovely little country school and little Lulu is my very best advertiser by far.  The last day of term the children are allowed to take a favourite toy into school with them and she likes to take the school Memory bear I made for them with her.  Of course she loves to proudly tell everyone that her Nanny Annie makes these little bears and this latest bear was the result of her efforts.

The headmistress from the school asked if I could make it for her to keep in school....I have a feeling there may well be more orders on their way now.  :-)

That's all from me for today.  Please leave me a little comment so I know you've called in and I will do my best to pop over to yours ASAP......Oh and don't forget to check out the post below if you fancy a challenge.
Annie x

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Bear challenge....and some say making the same thing all the time must get boring :-)

You all know I love a challenge don’t you? Well, this week I really did have a challenge through my door and all I can say is it’s just as well I was good at maths at school and have wonderful spacial awareness. 
I had announced on my Facebook page that I was offering 10% off for the first 10 Memory bears, rabbits, cats or dogs that came through my door. Well, one of my followers was determined to make the best of my offer. She arrived with 5 items of favourite clothing that had belonged to her much loved mum and asked me to make 9 Memory bears for her. All 9 of them were to have one panel from her favourite purple dressing gown and another panel from her blue jacket. The rest of the panels were to be made from the other three tops she brought. The bears were for 3 grandsons, 4 granddaughters and 2 daughters.

This was my challenge....
  • All 9 bears were to look different.
  • Each bear has 4 panels, 2 front and 2 back, and all 4 for each bear was to be different.
  • The purple dressing down and blue jacket were similar weight fabrics so each bear had to have a purple panel on the right and a blue panel on the left side, front or back.
  • The three tops were of stretchy fabrics so each panel made from them had to be stabilised by backing them with iron on interfacing.
  • When backing the thinner panels you have to be sure you put the interfacing on the backs of each panel but first checking whether it’s a front panel or back panel ( because front and back panels are a different shape) and also whether it’s a right or left panel!
So here we go.....

First I cut out the 9 purple panels, some front panels, some back and some right hand panels and some left.

I cut out the 9 blue panels checking that they would go on the other side of the bears to the purple ones. Then made a start at making sure the other panels were front/back or right/left according to what was needed.

Here I have laid out each bear to make sure they had all four panels and all 9 of them would look different when made.

I then cut out the panels of interfacing hoping that I have cut the right ones to fit the panels they are needed for and then moved over to the ironing board [ this is the telling point!] ....hoping I have got them all correct.

Ironing done and I can proudly say I cut front panels where front panels were needed and back panels where back panels were needed and they were also correctly a right or left panel too.

A bear production line on my sewing machine.

All 9 bears sewn together and waiting patiently in the stuffing line.

All limbs stuffed and they are now waiting sewing in place before the heads and bodies can be stuffed.

Stuffing all done and they are just waiting for faces, ribbons and little extras to finish them all off.

Ta da.... 9 little completed bears....every one different to the others and I have one very happy customer.