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Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Happy Wednesday to all my WOYWW friends.  It's just a quick post from me this week cos I have two little special friends here for an extra day with Nanny Annie today.

On my desk today is...

The, nearly finished, latest poppy picture.  I have now machine embroidered it and added black beads to the poppies.  I have put it under the mount here but want to buy a red inner mount to fit it because I feel that would set it off better.....if anyone knows of a good on line site that sells picture mounts could you please let me know.

I've just enlarged part of it for you to see it in more detail.

Here is Lexi modelling a pair of slippers her Great Aunty Jo made for her....they are really warm and cosy but she refuses to keep anything on her feet....we are now looking for little slipper socks to see if those will work.....she is only a size 2 1/2 so it is really hard to find anything small enough.

A quick peep into my knitting basket....I'm knitting a scarf to match a pair of Lexi's mittens.

 I have started  working on an idea I've got for my Christmas cards.....I've ironed Vylene to the back of some gorgeous dyed green fabric I bought at the quilt exhibition on Sunday to stiffen it [my last post shows some pics I took there].  I then machine embroidered it, cut it up into Christmas tree shapes and have then hand embroidered some stars on it with some of the fab random dyed thread I bought at the exhibition too [......actually this is the thread Jo bought for me as part of an early birthday present....thanks Jo I love it].

Well folks that's it from me for today.  If you leave me a comment I will do my best to pay you a return visit in between nappy changing, playing, feeding etc etc

Annie x


Sue said...

you are so , so busy.
The poppies are gorgeous and that's a wonderful idea for trees...have fun!

Di said...

Wonderful trees there Annie - your Christmas cards are gonna be stunning. And I adore the poppy picture, beautiful.

Have a nice day honey!

Hugs, Di xx

Helen said...

The trees are fabulous - and I loved the photos from the quilting exhibition. sorry I make your knees scream...lol! Helen, 4

JoZart said...

Oh, cutie little feet and those slippers are so well made by Jo.
Your poppy pic is superb. I suggest trying cutting strips of red card and mitring them at the inner corners to create an inner mount. It only needs to be showing by a couple of mm and it looks perfect if you do it accurately and it saves another expensive mount. I have often done this successfully. Spend your money on the outer mount.
You and Jo should invest in your own mount cutter (which cuts the edge at an angle) as you do so many. I used to have a really good chrome one and a friend borrowed it, had it so long that she now insists it was her's in the first place and I can't get it back!!!
Love Jo x

lisa said...

Ohhhh Poppies, you know how much I love your poppies, Annie, thanks for sharing some.
What cute little slippers. I need some of those to keep my tootsies warm. DD had some slipper soaks when she was small, we had the same problem with so many lost shoes around the country. One made it's way all the way back from a Cornish holiday only to be lost the next week in our local M&S!!! I'm off to have a dig around to see if we still have the slipper soaks she had, they may not be small enough though. Will get back to you.
Hugs Lisax

Twiglet said...

Fab post - as you see - mine is a bit late!! x Jo

KatzElbows said...

Gorgeous poppies. I think I may get out my paint and see if I can create an homage to your amazing piece.

Thank you for the inspiration.
rachel, #64

Redanne said...

Oh Annie, your poppies are stunning! Love the fabric you are using for your Christmas cards too, I am sure they will be gorgeous too. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #41

Carmen said...

Beautiful poppies. I so love seeing these! If you hear of a cheap mount place please let me know?

Loving that multicoloured thread and the trees - what textural Christmas cards they are going to be! :)

Carmen x

sandra de said...

Gorgeous little shoes, good luck finding slipper socks to fit those tiny little feet. But, I am sure by next week you would of created something fabulous.
Sandra @93

Karen said...

Oh how cute are those little slippers! I'm with Lexi - no slippers usually - although I'm not supposed to do that, tut tut! Enjoy WOYWW! Karen T 100 x

Angie said...

I haven’t woywwed this week but thought I would drop by a few friends.Those slippers are magic ...our twins had tiny feet and Emma knitted tiny boot slippers ...not sure they stayed on much either.
The Xmas trese are brilliant ... and what is there left to say about your poppies ....you and your sister are rare tallents xx

Jackie said...

Your poppy picture is fab and the little slippers are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing :)

Kate said...

Adore those slippers, I want a pair!!!

** Kate **

MiniOwner said...

Oh Annie your poppy picture is stunning! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Happy Wednesday. :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner @76)

Ann B said...

Thanks for the close-up of the poppy picture, it really is stunning.
Like the Christmas trees and recognise the thread from Jo's blog - such pretty colours.

Thanks for dropping by earlier.

Ann B

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh I love the poppy picture - have a great day. Thanks for sharing - Sunshine Girl no. 57

Jan Hennings said...

Lookin good :) Love having a peek into the spaces of fellow crafter's! If you happen to peek in on my blog, be sure to wear a hard hat! LOL!

SueH said...

Good to see you’ve made a start on the Christmas cards Annie, those little fabric trees are going to look so sweet with the embroidered stars on them. You poppy picture is so beautiful and I see by your update that you’ve sorted the mount situation.

Thanks for stopping by this week.
Happy Crafting!
Sue @ #81

Samantha Elliott said...

Lovely goodies on show there Honey. Lexi looks cute in those slippers...do they come in a 4 by any chance?

famfa said...

Have fun with the little ones today. Poppies gorgeous, inspirational x thanks for your offer of help.
Famfa (12)

Anne said...

Lovely post. The poppies are truly stunning like the red inner mount really does bring it 'out'. Christmas tree's are going to make fab cards. Happy WOYWW Anne x #136

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love your poppy picture, that red border really works!
Love, love, love the picture of Lexi's little feet! Chris109

Paula Gale said...

Oh Annie

I do love your poppy pictures. I painted a small picture on a canvas a while ago inspired by your/my lovely picture. Something that I will always treasure.


Paula x x x x

Julia Dunnit said...

Beeeyoootiful pic, and a great tip from Jo...I have to say that she is a WEALTH of that sort of stuff in person, a walking craft encyclopaedia! Lexi's cute little legs and feet in those stockings and shoes!! My *ahem* baby would wear a hat and gloves all day, but preferred and still prefers, bare feet. I learned not to be bothered unless she touched me with them!!!!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Annie, love your poppy creation and also love Jo's suggestion of using red card - I've seen your follow-up post and it worked a treat.

Lexi's tootsies look great in the wee slippers. Have to admit my two 'babies' never like shoes and so, with the encouragement of their doctor, I left them to go barefoot indoors - however, that was fortyish years ago and opinion may well have changed a lot since then.

I'm still chuckling over your comment :) Rub n' Buff is a gilding wax that is great for adding metallic finishes to projects. I have several colours. As for reducing the signs of aging, sadly, no, in fact I have a verdigris shade that does just the opposite :))

Belated happy WOYWW and I hope you have a great weekend. Elizabeth x #40

butterfly said...

Those poppies are absolutely gorgeous - what skill you have with watercolours! Cute as pie stripy socks, and adorable slippers... belated happy WOYWW!
Alison x

Chloe G said...

Love your poppies - they're amazing! Cute slippers too x I'm new to the whole WOYWW thang, so I'm very slow to get around everyone! Hopefully I'll speed up by next time - I might have been to everyone's desk by then!! x Chloe ♯75

butterfly said...

Wow - well there you go, you see... shows I need to click for close-ups - I could have sworn it was watercolours with the stitching added (in the way lots of papercrafters stitch their papers...). I'm now doubly amazed!! Thanks for setting me straight.
Alison x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

the poppy picture with the red trim really turned out well! and the Christmas cards are going to be great, i can tell! i love how you do the machine and hand embroidery to embellish the trees.

Kezzy said...

Hi Annie, sorry I'm late this week, all preparations for Shans birthday party on Saturday took up alot of my time, she is having a sleepover on Saturday this week but it's only small so I can handle that. Then Sunday and Monday I spent on the sofa with shaking, cold, dizzy yuk today is the first day I'm up and about, this cold virus has been a bugger. Bradley was really good on Saturday and is really trying at the moment so that is good, mind you I have him on strict rules. I so loved last weeks Friday smiles, they are growing up so fast and it seems Lexi is going to be all over the place bless her. All those gorgeous quilts you saw on Sunday, they looked stunning, and your poppy picture is out of this world, is beautiful. I love how the red and white mount makes it pop. Loved your knitting basket, I'm trying to crochet, I have bought books and a dvd so I hope to be able to make little flowers soon lol. Love the fabric christmas trees, they are so cute and Jo's little slippers are mega sweet. Hope your well Annie, thanks a million for keeping an out for me. Lots of Hugs, Happy Woyww :-) Kerry xxx

Angela Coles said...

cute slippers.
beautiful picture and the Christmas project looks interesting

Neet said...

Lovely picture and lovely slippers Jo has made. Shame Lexi won't keep them on. Imagine in a few years she will be buying shoes like they are out of fashion.
Hugs, Neet xx