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Wednesday, 24 May 2017


My first thoughts today are with the affected people following the attack at Manchester arena....it all felt a little too close for comfort for us as our daughter had been there at a Take That concert Friday night.  I hope the families and friends of those affected gain the strength to get through the very difficult days ahead.

It has all been very sad to watch the developments but we must not let these people win so today we must celebrate our 8th year anniversary regardless.....8 years of friendship from all over the world really is something to celebrate....there are a lot of really lovely people out there.  Many many thanks to Julia who came up with this mad idea and who keeps us linked together every week.

Jo and I will be posting our celebration ATCs today together with our PIF ones so if you asked to swap with us then watch out for that postman.

On my desk today are a few projects I've been making this week....

This is the latest little Memory Bear I have made plus I've made two Memory Cushions but I am unable to share photos of those with you yet as they are for gifts and have special details on the fronts.

I had been looking through all my children's fabrics this week and decided to use some of the smaller pieces to make a little activity cube for Theo to play with and here's the result taken from several views.  I'm sure he will love playing with it and as this week he has started crawling it might keep him in one place for a little while as he plays with it.

I put pictures of Theo's activity cube in my Facebook shop and had a lot of interest in it so yesterday I set to and made a couple more but ommitted attaching buttons etc to these so they are safe to sell.  I'm rather pleased with how they have turned out.

I have a busy time ahead of me with lots more sewing work arriving today but promise I will do my best to get round as many as I can this week.  If I miss you out then it may be that I am unable to leave you a comment [google+ doesn't let me comment without joining].  Many thanks to everyone who calls in each week leaving such lovely comments.  Lets hope we are still linking up on a Wednesday for many years to come.
Annie x


Helen said...

the news is truly awful, but as you say, we can't let "them" win so carry on. your cubes are adorable! Happy WOYWW and here's to the next 8... Helen #2

Twiglet said...

Happy 8th anniversary! Love all your makes this week. x Jo

Neet said...

The Tragedy of Manchester has certainly hit me being so close to the city. I am sure those in our local hospital will be fine as we have a marvellous staff there. All we can do is pray for them all and the families affected.
Happy WOYWW 8th anniversary - and what a lovely array of sewing you are showing us today. Love those cubes, what a brilliant idea, just right to hold and gnaw on. Wonder if a plastic heavy buckle could be incorporated as a sort of teething ring? Or would that not be safe enough for selling.
Will get atc in the post asap.
Hugs, Neet xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Manchester is in my thoughts and prayers, too.

LOVE the bear. How adorable. and those cubes are simply perfect, with just the right amount of color and imagery. Happy 8th Anniversary from # 1.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh blimey, I didn't realise that your family had been there before..as you say, too close for comfort. Give em all big hugs xx
The memory bear and cubes are wonderful, you are clever and get some great ideas. I'm grateful that we met through WOYWW and can share fun and jokes but also be there for each other when the chips are down.
Happy 8th Anniversary!
Hugs, LLJ 10 xxx

glitterandglue said...

Morning Annie. Love the cube - great fun - and how lovely to have so much interest in it that already you have made two more!! Good work lass.
Happy 8th WOYWW anniversary. Take care. God bless.
Margaret #6

BJ said...

Adore the activity cubes, kiddies love ribbons. Thanks for the visit BJ#22

Anne said...

Hello Annie. i echo your thoughts re Manchester. All my nearest and dearset are at big events this coming weekend and weekend after and i am worried but we have to carry on. Thank you Annie for your friendship and lovely comments over the years , much appreciated. My ATC's will be on their way to you later today. The fabric I mentioned will be following shortly. I love the cubes. Happy 8th WOYWWAnne x #27 ( at the moment :-) )

lisa said...

It's so frightening isn't it Annie, especially being so close to home.
give them all a big hug, that's all we can do, hold our dear ones close.
Happy 8th Anniversary. It's been so special getting to know you over the cyber waves over the years and seeing all your beautiful creations. I love those cubes.
My ATCs are winging their way to you.
Hugs Lisax #26

Sarah Brennan said...

Your cubes are a great idea, as are the memory bears. Hope the cubes are a sell out! Happy WOYWW anniversary. Sarah #27

Elizabeth said...

what you made is lovely. I like it so much. Een hartelijke groet uit Nederland.

Diana Taylor said...

Your memory bear is so sweet - is he a West Ham supporter? I love the activity cube, it's a great idea and you have some gorgeous fabrics, especially that little Teddy Bear panel.
Hope you have a great week, and Happy WOYWW Anniversary,
Diana #24

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Annie, love those activity cubes, great idea. Who'd have thought we'd still be linking up after all this time- Bless Julia for it, it's made so many friendships. Have a lovely week, Love and hugs,Shaz #7 XxX

Cardarian said...

Hi Annie!
I haven't been around for a long time! Life has taken over but I think I am back now full time! :-)
I am so happy we have met through this lovely weekly gathering but I hope one day we will meet in person! Are you going to the Wales crop this year? I love to look at your beautiful creations! Every week there is some new sewing wonder!
Thank you for all the comments!
Love and lots of hugs to you - we live in a crazy world and love and caring is what we can do for each other!

donna garner said...

Hi Annie, you too, are an anchor for WOYWW, consistently creative, always friendly and ever welcoming, you make this a great place to visit, thank you, doone @23

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Just wanted to say Thank You for 8 years of being a friend thru WOYWW, so much enjoy your posts here and on FB. I've been MIA..missed some of your posts, trying to do better on visits, but my DH has plans to leave when it rains and I just pick up and off we go. And the computer problems about did me in.
Your photos today are scrumptious. This beautiful bear with that tiny tie, who wouldn't want to hug him. So glad your family was safe, what a tragedy. Have a wonderful weekend. A Veterans Day Holiday here Monday so lots of fun things if it doesn't rain.

craftyani said...

Love your activity cubes I am sure Theo will appreciate them but as for keeping him in one place I doubt it. Your bears are a fabulous idea and just wish I had thought about it when my son died as a keepsake for my grandson. Happy 8th anniversary, Anickoana #15

craftyani said...

PS forgot to say your card started its travels this morning. Ann

Stacy Sheldon said...

those ribbon finger holds? on the block look simply brilliant for a baby to grab :) ~Stacy #42

Sue said...

Hi Annie, What a fab idea the activity blocks are. I also love the memory bear.

I had a job finding you as you said your number was 19, but you are 16. Notice I have gone from 21 down to 18:)

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Happy WOYWW, 8th Anniversary
Sue #21

Plush Possum Studio said...

Charming activity cubes - very clever ideas for keeping babies active and exploring with young fingers. Blessings on Manchester. We here in the USA are thinking and praying for everyone affected by that awful event. Good on you for keeping your chin up and celebrating regardless. Mustn't allow such things to stop normal life. Carrying on creatively is a good idea! So Happy 8th to you!
Rose of Rose's Art Garden #50

Bubbles said...

Pleased? You should be ECSTATIC! Those cubes are fantastic! :)
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Bubbles #36

Sharon Koole said...

Your bear is wonderful. LOVE the cube! What a beautiful, fun make. I'm sure Theo will love it.

Happy WOYWW anniversary
Sharon K #37

pearshapedcrafting said...

Good to have time to visit at last! Love seeing your Memory bear and your gorgeous cubes! Trying to get around as many desks as I can! Chrisx 48

Lindart said...

I do love your memory bears! And the cube does look like fun! Good luck with your sales! Happy WOYWW Anniversary! Lindart #51

Mrs.D said...

Hi Annie, like you I found the attack in Manchester appalling, my prayers are with all those affected, and it affects all of us, not just those who were there, but children who see it on the televison and are frightened to go out, the doctors and nurses, pathologist who need to do postmortens on these children, and so mnay more we do not know about.
I love you activitiy cubes, what a wonderful idea, and I have just seen that you are on Pinterest, Ithink I will be looking at your lovely ideas there.
Thanks for visiting my desk,
Bless you,
Chris #3

Elizabeth said...

Hi Annie, hope you are better today and not still feeling pain. The atrocity in Manchester is so awful. I lived, worked and went to university in Manchester so I'm devastated. I was there in 1996 when the IRA bomb went off too. The people are so warmhearted and friendly you can't imagine why anyone living in their midst would want to commit such a heinous act, especially to harm children. It's just as well we know, through WOYWW, that the world is full of lovely people. Enough!

The activity cube is wonderful. I like that you chose items that could be firmly sewn down - makes it so much safer for a little one to play with. The ones you've made for sale are brilliant too, even without the buttons, etc.

ATCs will be in the post soon.

Have a lovely week. Hugs, Ellie x #45/46

Julia Dunnit said...

Aw, what would WOYWW be without you Annie, and your ingenious projects.xxxx.

Angela Radford said...

Hi Annie, thanks for the comment over at mine. Of all the days for my friends to come round and insist I go out so I am at this late hour trying to get some visits done. The ATCs are ready and I will try and get your two sent tomorrow. Nice teddies and the cubes look like fun. Happy woyww anniversary and big hugs, Angela x17x

Kim said...

Happy 8th Anniversary! I love all your projects! Have a great week.
-K #39/40

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Hi Annie, so love your desky share, a great one for WOYWW8, happy anniversary!!
And so nice to have special friends all these years later. So glad your dear ones are ok, sad indeed ... praying for folks affected.
LoveTheos cube, clever work as is Memory bear. Am sure the cubes will sell.
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x 32

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Christine said...

Another good idea! You are so clever .....
Have a good week
Christine #22

Nikki C said...

That bear is so cute and some little one will have fun with those bright and cheerful blocks too
Happy 8th Anniversary and I have a new blog button for #8 up to hugs Nikki Last place

okienurse said...

great makes! Love those bears! My heart goes out to the families of the victims in the Manchester bombing. It is horrible when people think that is the only way to get their beliefs out to the world...tells me I don't want to believe that way! Happy WOYWW 8th Anniversary! I am working on the ATC's for you and Jo and will get it out asap! It has been a lot of fun blog hopping with this group! Hope you have a great week. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my desk and garden earlier! Vickie #55

Marit said...

I didn't have acces to a computer last couple of days so I'm very, VERY late visiting desks and celebrating the 8th anniversary... anyway, here I am! I love the memory bear and the cube is such a nice idea... great job on that! Thanks for visiting my blog last week, it's so nice to be part of this lovely group of crafters. Hooray, hooray and on to another year of crafting! Hug from Holland, Marit #29