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Tuesday, 15 October 2013


I noticed the boss has posted early this week while enjoying her holiday in Spain so if it's ok for her I thought I'd join in the fun early too  :-)

As most of you will know I had 3 twinnie munchkins days last week so that just left me Thursday and Friday to play catch up with all my sewing jobs.  Life here is never boring :-)  I now have 1263 customers on my books and I still get one or two new ones each week so I'm kept pretty busy  :-)

It was a party day on Sunday to celebrate our youngest grandson Stephen's second birthday so on Saturday [yes, I know I leave everything to the last minute! ....something about a cobbler's wife going barefoot comes to mind :-) ] I looked in my wardrobe for something to wear.  Now girls when you've lost 2 1/2 stone in weight you can imagine just how much better I am feeling but when you check out last winter's clothing you can also imagine that my clothes just don't fit any more!!  Some I can take in of course but I thought I'd share a pic of one I tried on to give you a giggle today....

I bought this top for last Christmas and yes it was a loose fitting top but not quite that loose!!! In fact both my hubby and I can now get in it [he's lost over a stone too].

So? What does a girl do when her clothes no longer fit?

Answer.....Of course she spends all Saturday afternoon making herself a new top that does fit.  :-)

Do you recognise the material Jo [zart]?  It was the piece I bought in Abakhan on the day we came to see you.....and I love the results.  :-)

And the family we saw on Sunday at the party were family that we hadn't seen since I started to lose weight so I had lots of really lovely positive comments while I was wearing it.  :-)
Makes you feel great doesn't it?

I have also made my first two 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" patchwork squares to raise money for the Children in Need appeal.....if any of you can make patchwork squares and are willing to help us raise some money than please check out the details on this earlier post.
I am very happy to collect the squares here and will pass them on to my friend Jacquie to be made up into children's quilts to be auctioned to raise further funds so please contact me for details if you need them....wipso@toucansurf.com

The last pic I'm sharing today is one of my little munchkins examining some of Nanny Annie's buttons.  I think the love of buttons is in their genes cos they spent ages carefully looking at each one....I have such happy memories of doing just the same with my Mum's buttons as a child.

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Thank you for calling by today.  I hope you have enjoyed your visit....I think I visited everyone who visited me last week but I couldn't leave comments on them all for some reason so sorry for that.  I will do my best to do better this week but alas these computers and blogger sometimes have a mind of their own.

Annie x


Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Wow! Look at you. You are doing amazingly well with the weight loss :o) I'm glad of the head start this week too!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Good for you, Annie. Not sure what a stone weighs, but it sounds like a lot from the looks of that top.

It was fun to see the Munchkins, too. Had to laugh about the cobbler's wife scenerio. I can easily relate since I've just sent a May birthday gift to a friend.

Happy WOYWW from #7.

Krisha said...

WOW Annie! That is just fantastic, I don't know how much a stone is, but I can tell you are only a bit of your former self. CONGRATS and GOOD WORK! Love the kids looking at the buttons, I still do the same thing, even with my own that are all sorted. LOL
Happy WOYWW!
Krisha #10

Helen said...

Wow, that top really shows how well you've done, and the new one is beautiful. Love the pics of the little munchkins and your buttons - I think it's the shine and colours - I used to love my Mum's button box!! Have a great week, from another early bird, Helen 13

Jackie said...

Well done on your weight loss you have done so well
How fab just making a new blouse like that!
Jackie 10

Pearly Queen said...

That's amazing! Are you eating anything at all?


mamapez5 said...

Well done on the weight loss. It is a big help with the diabetes. I have lost a bit, (no where near as much as you though), but I always lose it from the wrong places!
I love the cheerful material you used for your top. And the picture of the twinnies with your buttons made me smile. I too loved by mum's button box, and the boys have each, in turn, loved sorting through mine. Kate x

fairy thoughts said...

Wow that is some weight loss. You could probably make 2 tops out of that one do you think your husband will want one to
Have a good Wednesday .... Tomorrow

trisha too said...

Congratulations to you, what a fabulous accomplishment--you look great!!

Oh gosh, you know pics of children, critters, and food will always distract me from any other woywwing--what a couple of cuties!

#21 this week with a
tiny peek at a tiny make

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Well done, you clever girl..awesome weight loss, you're looking great and seeing that old top really brings it home. Good for you!
I will be starting some squares tomorrow so shall post them next week I expect.
Hugs, LLJ 3 xx

Spyder said...

Aw, I used to love playing with my mums buttons, I get them all out and pair them up...but she never really understood why I liked playing with them! Anyway!!! Well done you on loosing so much weight!! That is amazing! and even more amazing is you made a new outfit so quickly! I would love to help with the squares but I have no machine..Thank you for my snoop!! Happy Early WOYWW!!
((Lyn)) #27

Shaz Brooks said...

Love the pic of your munchkins with the buttons. I too can remember spending hours sorting through my Mums button tin- she used to have a Quality Street tin full of them. Not a big tin, probably about half the size they are now. Used to keep me amused for hours. I think I blame my Mom for my hoarder tendencies, lol. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #29 xx
Oh, and well done on the weight loss!

Robyn Oliver said...

:D I remember my mums button tin too, she still has it. Way to go Annie you're look fantastic, nice new top. Cheers RobynO#34

Regina Hamilton said...

Congratulations on the weight loss, you're doing great. Happy crafting #49

famfa said...

Wow you have done so well and how lovely that you and hubby can fit in your Christmas top - too funny.
Lovely pics especially the kids looking at the buttons
Famfa 50

Danie May said...

Wow what a wonderful result with your weight loss journey and I love the cute pics of your little munchkins. Happy WOYWW! Danie #54

Sue Pinner said...

The disappearing woman..well done you and hubby too.
Huge hugs x

voodoo vixen said...

Would you look at you and your new blouse, a definite benefit being able to run up your own clothes at a moments notice! Brilliant to see the hard work is paying off. Love the pic of the twinnies and your buttons... used to do exactly the same thing when I was little!!

Andrea said...

goodness well done you and your new top looks fab you deserved the positive comments for all ypur hard work and determination as its not easy. I love the pic of the twinnies with the buttons they look so deep in concentration what cuties. have a fab week and thanks for sharing Andrea #65

Belinda Basson said...

There is something special about buttons. Especially a grannies collection. I have kept the box my Gran had and can still remember the joy I used to get as a kid going through it. #70

Donna Wheat said...

WOW on the weight loss, well done, and great to be able to make yourself new clothes, thanks for sharing Donna #71

by Gill said...

I used to love looking through my mums button box too, it had a distinctive smell to it as well as all the different designs. Funny how some things never change.
Well done on your weight loss

Gill xx

Twiglet said...

Fab pics today! The concentration on those little faces! Can't see you in my side bar and can't see Mr Linky on Julia's - I should have done what you told me to do!! x Jo

Karen Busby said...

Wow you've done so well losing all of that weight. You must feel great! Those twins are gorgeous btw :)
Karen no.82 x

Julie Ann Lee said...

Wow! Well done you! You must have looked so elegant in that pretty top! The little ones are so gorgeous! I too remember the joy of buttons. My gran made wedding dresses and I love playing with the scraps of material under her sewing machine, but best of all she had a friend who once let me play with a little hand-made chest of drawers, cardboard covered in pretty paper, and full of - you guessed it - buttons! I was in heaven! Happy Wednesday! Julie Ann xx #45

Neet said...

Cor Blimey Annie, that's some weight loss. Dave too! Congratulations to both of you.
Love the twins photo - such concentration.
Hugs and Thanks for earlier visit - Neet xx 35

KC'sCourt! said...

I Love all your pics but especially the last one - I did the same when I was small, I now have a great love of buttons!
Julie xxxxx

Ann said...

Hi Annie - well done with your weight loss, amazing job, I really need to lose a few stone :(
Love your patchwork squares - fab idea, especially as it's raising money for CIN too!! Have a great week. Ann (no 47)

Chrissie said...

Well done you!
I've lost half a stone in the last month too... too many cruises... that's my excuse.
Well done too on the new top, it looks fabbo! You'll probably have to make the next size down again before too long!

Kate said...

Great to see you in that shirt, really shows how much weight you've lost!


Laura said...

Good for you on the weight loss
and that's the way... start them young with the buttons then move them on to ribbons, then papers :D

Marit said...

wow, you DID loose a lot of weight! I love the colourness and glamour of your new top. Happy woyww and a hug from - rainy - Holland Marit #92

Karen said...

Congrats on the weight loss - well done! Looks like a new wardrobe is in order I think! Happy WOYWW! ♥ Karen ♥ 98 x

artatag said...

I am impressed! Such an enormous weight loss! Congrats!
Gabriele #77

Sue - said...

Really well done on your weight loss. You must be really pleased! I used to spend hours playing with my mum's button box. Now I have one of my own and hers as well but can't bring myself to throw any away!

Julia Dunnit said...

You are doing so well Annie, you should keep the red blouse as a constant reminder. I have a pair of jeans..it's so nice to have a positive reaction too, helps keep you going huh. Will check out the children in need post when we get home! promise. Meanwhile, have really enjoyed seeing the munchkins do button study, a pot of buttons is the best treasure!

Eliza said...

Good for you for loosing all that weight, wow that is impressive. Love the new top you should model it next time so we can see the fit and look. It probably makes you feel like a new woman,which you are.

Eliza & Yoda 58

Hettie said...

Well done you!! It is a nice feeling when you get stuff out that you haven't worn only to find they no longer fit. You should keep something though to compare - I have a pair of jeans!
I used to love playing with my Nan's buttons. She used to get me to thread them into sets and I swear she cut them as soon as I left as they always needed doing again!!
Haa Haa!

April Story said...

You go girl! I don't know what a stone is in relation to pounds, but you're lookin good. And your new top is lovely. Your grandchildren are adorable. April #61

Jennifer said...

I'm a new reader and follower so I haven't followed your weight loss journey but I'm very happy for you! Weight loss can be so difficult but it looks like you're doing a great job with it. Your new top is beautiful!

The Taming of the Glue said...

Well done on the weight loss (and hubby too!). More especially on being able to knock up a new top on the day! Hugs. Pam#68

lisa said...

Goodness, Annie, well done you that's a terrific achievement. Had to laugh at you and your hubby sharing the same top!! Bet you looked a picture in your new outfit.
Hugs Lisax #110

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Oh! A button box! Nothing was so much fun when visiting my grandmother as looking through her button jars. What is the fascination, I do not know but I know it is there. I love your new top with its pretty bright colors on the dark background. Your weight loss is very impressive and I love the photo of you in the too big shirt.

Caro said...

Wow Annie, congratulations on the weight loss. I love the picture of the twins looking at your buttons...I spent hours doing that as a child as well... it brings back happy memories. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#12)

pearshapedcrafting said...

Well done for your weight loss - I'm afraid some of mine went back on last week - lack of sleep and sitting on coaches probably(or maybe the pasta and bread!!!) I'll have to work on it again. Your top looks pretty and no wonder you got compliments. Loved the picture of your munchkins with the buttons, mine come out on a regular basis for sorting, counting or just choosing the "best" - there's nothing like a button box!!!! Thanks for visiting, Chris 111

Jan said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! I'm trying to get myself under control again and start eating better. You're a great inspiration! Love the picture of your sweet munchkins looking at buttons. I remember loving to look through my mom and grandmom's button boxes.

Lynn Holland said...

The Doodly birds say WOW you look wonderful and do you want to borrow Deirdre's red clompie shoes
Lynn xx

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Annie,

You are swallowed up in that shirt! The blouse you made is very pretty!!

I can see why the little munchkins are so dazzled by the buttons - look at all the nice shiny ones!

I'm able to visit a few people today so am taking advantage.
Peace, Kay (43)

Anne said...

WOW you are doing well. Wish I could. I really need to do something as I know I am putting myself at risk :-( Love the new top!!!! Gorgeous munchkins. Happy WOYWW Anne x #81

Gita said...

Congrats on your weight loss. Your little munchkins look so cute going through the buttons. Brigita #105

RosC said...

Hi Annie,

I'm impressed with how you've shed that weight. Must the year for it as I've let a few kilos go myself. Feel heaps better and my joints really appreciate it.
The new top is lovely - my favourite colours and all. Thanks for your message, too.

All the best,
Ros. #87

peggy apl said...

Wow, I'm so impressed with your weight loss! Congratulations! What a wonderful thing, to be able to whip up a lovely blouse to wear in such a short time! Happy WOYWW!