Friday, 12 February 2016

This week's smiles.....week 157

Well, here we are at yet another Friday....where does the time go?  This is the time of the week that I like to look back to see what has made me smile over the last week and, as always, there has been many reasons to smile for me.

First I would like to say a big thank you to all who joined in last week...there seemed to be many chuckles around and my featured post was Elizabeth's share of the Simon's cat video....these always make me chuckle so thank you Elizabeth for sharing this one with us.

I thought you'd like a couple of snaps of what I've been helping the twins to do this week....I love to see them crafting and they seem to really enjoy making things now.....

Just look at the concentration while Lexi puts all her tiny pieces on her mosaic to make her little dog....she used a pair of plastic tweezers to put most of them in place and amazed us all at her dexterity....not bad for a 4 year old eh?

Sam is left handed and struggled to make his car using the tweezers but he put every tiny little piece in with his fingers.  :-)

For those that don't know what they are....once all the pieces are in place they are then covered with baking parchment and ironed with a hot iron to melt the plastic beads together to make a mat.

I thought this pic might also make you smile.  Shell asked me to adapt her elf ready for next Christmas. and as you can see he now has a girlfriend. I inserted pipe cleaners into their arms and legs to make them more poseable and inserted strong magnets into their hands so they can hold on to anything metal and hold hands.  I sent this pic to Shell with the caption.....'Don't worry I will save you....I wont let Annie operate'  :-)

I hope I've made you smile today and you will now link to your own smiles below.....Please cos it really does make the world a happier place for us all.
Annie x

Wednesday, 10 February 2016


Hello to all my Wednesday visitors.  It's been another busy week here....and have had more sales from the Facebook shop too so things are looking up.  On my desk today is what I spent yesterday making.....

When you have Grandchildren of a certain age there is a demand for tooth fairy pillows so I set to and made these to go in my shop but, as Steve pointed out, the boys wont want ones with fairies on and he came up with a few more ideas so I then made these ones :-)

He, of course, thought these were much better.....I'm happy to please :-)

I hope you like them.  I had lots of fun making them.  Please leave me a little comment so I know you've called in and I will pop over to yours to see what you've been doing this week.
Annie x

Friday, 5 February 2016

This week's smiles....week 156

Hello to all my Friday visitors.  Here we are at the end of another week that's been full of smiles as always.  Sometimes we all have weeks that we have to looks a little harder to find the smiles but trust me when I say they are there....lots of little moments that make us smile and make life worth living.  If we share our moments then the whole world benefits so keep up the good work please.

I am featuring Lynn's post from last week cos I just love the photos she shared of her gorgeous little fur baby.....isn't he just adorable?  Thanks for sharing Lynn.

I have a couple of pics to share with you this week....

This photo arrived with this message from Shell this week...

One very excited little boy when I got home! He had a big parcel in the post. Sam has won a drawing competition in his favourite magazine!!! Bless him! 

One very proud Nanny Annie here.....of course :-) 

This is a pic of our first daffodil that's come into bloom this week....and this certainly made me smile cos it means Spring is getting closer.
I'm sure is we get a cold spell it will slow the blooms down but for now I'm enjoying the hints that Spring is just around the corner.  :-)

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles for this week and will link to something that made you smile.....thanks in anticipation.
Annie x

Wednesday, 3 February 2016


It's been a busy week here at Sewing by Annie's.  The new Facebook site is going from strength to strength and customers are really starting to find their way to my door.  I've even sold some of my tiny felt bears and puppets so all in all it's been a good week.  

This is what my desk looks like today...

In between my other sewing work I'm working on Miss Picklelily's very special purple lindy hop dress.  If you've not heard of Miss Picklelily then I will say that she's an amazing children's entertainer and magician and if you live locally I would highly recommend her for any child's party entertainment.  She has been asked to enter in a competition in Blackpool in February and I really do wish her the very best of luck.

That's all from me for today....it's short and sweet cos we have a painter here this week so I'm avoiding wet paint and doing my best to sew too  :-)

Annie x

Friday, 29 January 2016

This week's smiles....week 155

Here we are at the end of yet another week and as always I have found lots to smile about....and really hope you have too.

I would like to say a big thank you to those who linked up their smiles again last week....it really does make a big difference.  The world is a better place to be when smiles are shared.....Smile and the world smiles with you.  :-)  I would like to feature Angela's post from last week.....she shared the most amazing desserts from where she was away on her skiing holiday.....they almost looked too good to eat [who am I kidding? :-) ]........and thanks to her share this is one of my shares for this week....

My darling hubby treated us to a meal out on Wednesday night this week .....the food was amazing throughout the whole meal but I snapped this pic of my dessert just to make you smile.  It was an apple pie creme caramel and this was how it arrived.  We both had a chuckle at the presentation of it and I even shared a little of it with the love of my life [he did eat the sugar decorations on the top because I felt that did push my diabetic diet to the limits....and when you don't eat sweet things it did taste rather too sweet for me].  I will say that it really did taste as good as it looked.

This is my other share for today.  Our good friend Neet [of Hickydorums fame] shared the instructions with Jo and I to make microwave bowl holders and as we love porridge here it is something I've intended to make for a long time so being sent the instructions was the encouragement I needed.  Thanks Neet....I really hope you like the two I made yesterday.....hopefully no more burnt fingers now on our morning porridge.  :-)

That's my share for this week....what's yours?  Please link them up below and I will be over to check them out as soon as I can.  Thanks again for all your efforts.
Annie x

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


I know you will be here to see my desk today so here you go....

I fact having emptied all 10+ boxes of my material out to sort there is material in piles on every surface in my sewing room....to be honest this was first thing yesterday morning and after many happy hours oooing and awwwing it's now looking more like this.....


I spent quite a while trying to decide just how I was going to store it but it's now been sorted into...
  •  Cottons and poly cottons patterned
  •  Cottons and poly cottons plain
  • Warm checks and woolen fabrics
  • Linings
  • Shiny fabrics
  • Linens
  • Furnishing fabrics
  • Utility fabrics for patching/darning and pocket linings
  • Stockinette fabrics for dolly faces
  • Smaller scrap box
.......and of course there are random pieces tucked in where there is room for them.  Maybe, just maybe I will be able to find any piece I need now?  I guess there is rather more chance now at the least. :-)

Just in case you think I've been wasting any time I have also, at long last, managed to finish the top I started for myself months ago and I have been working on my new Facebook page uploading some of my rag dolls.  Thanks to all who have 'liked' and 'shared'.....there has been a lot of interest in them.....and little Micky has been sold already.

That's all from me for today.  If you'd like to leave me a little hello comment I will call by at yours as soon as I'm able.
Annie x

Friday, 22 January 2016

This week's smiles....week 154

Hello to all you happy visitors today.  It's so lovely to see so many of you joining in by sharing your smiles each week.  I really do appreciate your efforts because we all have such busy lives these days.

I am featuring our dear friend Sam's post from last week.  It was so lovely to see her joining in and letting us all know she was on the mend.....slow but sure Sam.  Big hugs to you from us all.

I've had another fab week full of smiles and my pic I'm sharing with your really had me giggling...

I've had another visit from Miss Picklelily the children's entertainer.  She's such a lovely lady and I have a feeling she will be dropping in often to give me challenges.  This time she brought me a parachute to repair.....now that's not something I get asked to do every day and def something I will be adding to my 'can do' job list  :-)  As you can see it filled my sewing room....and has certainly made me smile.  
Thanks to all who's shared my Sewing by Annie facebook page and has helped to get me up to 74 followers now.....please pop over to like my page and share it with your friends if you haven't already.

That's all from me for this week.  Please just link your smiles below and I will be over to check them out ASAP.
Annie x

Wednesday, 20 January 2016


I'm sure many of you are here to see my desk so I'd best show you what's been going on in my sewing room this week.....[sorry but it is a bit picture heavy today]

That much older sister of mine came over Saturday for some dumfing fun [embellishing for those that don't know what I mean....and if you want to know more please click on the link in the right side bar].

I wanted to use my new hall blind as my inspiration to dumf a picture to go on the hall wall....pretty isn't it?

I found some linen in just the right colour for the background in my fabric stash and made a start with dumfing some green wool rovings as a background.

Next I found some threads/yarns and some dumfable fabrics to add some details for leaves and flowers.

Since then I have had a couple of sessions on it to machine embroider some finer details for the stems/flowers.

Here's a closer look to show you a bit of the machine embroidered details.

It's been a long time since I've really enjoyed some dumfing fun and to be honest I'd forgotten just how much I really enjoyed it.  I have lots more detail to work onto the pic before it's finished and may even do some hand embroidery and add some beading.

The other thing I'm quickly sharing with your today is my now finished dust cover I made for one of my sewing machines.....after all I do have 6 machines and can't use them all at the same time and we do have rather a lot of dust here lol.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today and will leave me a little hello comment to let me know you've called in and I will do my best to pop over to yours so see what you've been up to this week as soon as I can.
Annie x