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Friday, 16 August 2019

This week's smiles....week 334

Another week and more smiles to share....I hope you have too.

Lexi has been helping her Daddy wallpaper Sam's bedroom....I used to love helping my Dad wallpaper so seeing her doing this made me smile.

Steve has been playing chef and making Salmon parcels for their tea.....I love seeing how they all like to cook.  Such independent children.

Yesterday, while weeding in our back garden Dod found this beast....it was huge so I googled it and this is what it should grow into.....

It's an Elephant Hawk's head moth and isn't it stunning?

Nature really is amazing.

I found this on Pinterest and it really made me chuckle.....getting fabric delivered while he's not here now is much harder now he's retired :-)

That's all my smiles for this week.  Please leave me a little message and then link up to your smiles below.  Lets all help to make the world a happier place.
Annie x

Wednesday, 14 August 2019


Another week and my desk has seen some action this week but not just by me...

I had the company of these two gorgeous girls on Saturday so I let them loose in my sewing room with my boxes of craft supplies and oh wow they really made my heart sing. They loved rooting through it all are both very creative and love making things together.....I just know now why I never throw anything out that could be used again.  :-)

At the weekend Theo had an early  birthday present and as you can see it has two windows so this is what's on my desk today.....

….two little pairs of blue check curtains.  Now all we need are the two stretchy elastics to hang them on for him.

That's all from me for this week so if yo leave me a message to let me know you've called in I will pop over to yours to see what you've been up to.
Annie x

Friday, 9 August 2019

This week's smiles....week 333

Now that's a nice round number 333.  What a lot of smiles we've shared over the years too....keep them coming folks cos it sure makes the world a better place to be.

This week has been full of smiles for me so I've lots to share with you...

Sunday we had a ride out in the motor home to Bala and Biscuit bear posed for me to snap a pic looking out at all the people enjoying fun on the lake....we even saw a couple of dogs body boarding but Milly declined.

Amy's three have been enjoying days out in their camper van ....I love seeing them all playing together and doing just what children should be doing.

Steve has enjoyed a day's football training each week and this week he was asked to join in a special goal keeper's training session because the trainers can see a lot of potential in him....one very proud Nanny Annie here.

The twins and Theo have been away camping on the Welsh coast with their mummies this week....it sounded like they have had lots of fun together....if maybe not quite as much sleep as their mummies were hoping.

For her Dad's retirement Amy and family gave him a voucher to use at a really nice country pub which we enjoyed a meal at on Tuesday lunchtime this week...and the best thing is that it only used half of the voucher so we will be going back there soon to enjoy using the other half.  Thanks Amy and co. xxxx

We both had salmon and monk fish with new potatoes and salad for main then just had to enjoy one of their yummy desserts afterwards [I have to say mine was really yummy but a little too sweet for me so Dod had to finish it off for me...no hardship there].

Finally, last but by no means least was this thank you card I received this week.  It was so lovely to have feedback on a quilt I donated to raise money at our local children's hospice.  It was really nice to think my quilt had, in a small way, helped to raise such a huge amount for such a good cause.

That's all from me for this week.  If you can please link to your own smiles below and I will pop over to see what's been making you smile this week.
Annie x

Wednesday, 7 August 2019


Happy Whizday to you all.  These weeks are flying by aren't they.  It's been a busier one for me at Sewing by Annie's.  I finished the quilt I'd been asked to make and can share it here as the recipient doesn't read my blog but it may be a while before I can add it to my Facebook page as it is being given as a gift....

I made quilts for the first two little girls in the family so it was really lovely to be asked to make another on for little Freddie.

Then it was back to bear making for me.  This one with an added tie and....

…..this one with a bright orange bow.

I was also asked to make a little cushion for the one bear using the logo off the gentleman's jacket.

I love all the little extra challenges I'm given and the pleasure it gives my customers when they see the finished items.

Thanks for calling by this week.  If you leave me a little message to let you know you've called by I will do my best to pay you a return visit.
Annie x

Friday, 2 August 2019

This week's smiles...week 332

Well, another week has flown by and here we are catching up with our smiles of the week.  As always I've had lots to smiles about so here's a few pics to share with you...

Our garden continues to keep producing blooms and making us smile.

With all the sunshine and rain we have been having our new raised vegetable bed is growing fast and, as you can see in the background, the tomatoes are ripening fast now.

This funny my son sent me this week
....do you think he's trying to tell me something?

That's all my shares this week.  Please leave me a little message so I know you've called by and, if you can, then link to your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 31 July 2019


A new post using a new laptop at the start of our new beginning....Hubby's retirement has started and he was presented with a new laptop for his retirement gift from the Company he used to work for so I have to learn how to use it....including a new photo programme too so here goes....

I have had the promise of several orders of bears to arrived this week plus I have been asked to make a special quilt for a new baby so I've been sorting out my fabrics in the colour range asked for and my desks today looks like this....

The request is for pale blues / greens and colours to go with them so I've sent pages of fabrics to my customer so she can choose …..she's not local so we will be organising it all over messenger but this will be the third quilt I've made for her so it's really lovely to get repeat orders as her new grandchildren arrive.  The first two were for little girls but this is for her first Grandson.

That's all that is on my desk for today but I will be busy getting to know this new laptop....we seem to be getting on well so far :-)  I also have an appointment at the dentist later so wish me luck as I hate dentists!

Annie x

Friday, 26 July 2019

This week's smiles....week 331

Oh what a week...there's been so much to smile about this week so here goes with the pics...

We spent the weekend trying out our new Motor home on a campsite in the Forrest of Dean and really loved it.....so did Milly :-)

I think she thought the new fixed bed was hers!

On the way home on Sunday my darling hubby surprised me by taking a detour past the little church in Upton Bishop where over 40 years ago my Mum and Dad were married.  Mum and Dad sadly lost their first little girl when she was only 13 months old and she is buried in the churchyard here too so it was a rather emotional visit but so lovely.....I'd only been there once before as a child but I remembered it so well.

Sunday evening we went to watch Lexi taking part at a dance performance of all ages.  She performed 2 tap and one ballet dance with her group and was a real little star.

Saturday there was a local music festival organised in aid of a cancer charity and Mark, Gina, Theo and some of their friends went.....I really love this photo.

This photo really made me laugh...Lexi is playing in a tray full of slime....rather her than me!!

While the twins were playing in their back garden they had some visitors.....

....In through their back gate waddled over 16 ducks from the pond over the road from their new house.  The twins feed them and they have become really tame and when they got up yesterday morning the bottom pic shows you who was waiting at their front door when the twins got up....think they were after their breakfast.

My last smile today is this one of Milly who had made herself comfy on Theo's booster cushion that I made him....she likes to make herself comfy anywhere :-)

That's my smiles for you this week.

I'm sure we will have lots to smile about over the weekend because it my darling hubby's last day at work today.....

Happy Retirement Doddy.  Love you lots and here's hoping we can enjoy many happy years together in the next phase of our lives.

Annie x

Wednesday, 24 July 2019


Well, please don't blink or you will miss it today.  On my desk is pretty much nothing.  I'm guessing everyone is on holiday cos its been really quiet here at Sewing by Annie's since last Wednesday.....that is until yesterday and all I can say is it certainly wasn't quiet.  There were several cups of coffee/tea drank and there just might have been a few cakes eaten.  There were ladies that lunched and pretty well non-stop chatter.  Why? I hear you asking......we had a visit from our friend and yours, the one and only Margaret from Glitter and Glue fame.  She called by, picked me up and we joined that much older sister of mine for some really quality time together....it was so lovely to see her and we had such a good catch up that none of us even thought to take a photo....sorry.

So here's my desk....

The only thing waiting for me to do today is this pair of torn jeans needing patching and darning.

I will have the company of my darling hubby today too.....he now only has to work tomorrow and Friday and then he retires and I will have him as my full time assistant stuffing bears.
Hugs all,
Annie x

Friday, 19 July 2019

This weeks smiles....week 330

This week my post is one full of so much promise....I can't stop smiling.

The lovely raised veg garden I shared with you last week has changed a little....

We had a delivery of two dumpy bags full of topsoil dropped at the front of the bungalow so my darling hubby had to barrow it all round to the back and this is how he filled the raised garden.  

We spent the weekend preparing the soil and planting it up and can already see new growth....we've planted dwarf french beans, beetroot, mixed coloured carrots, mixed salad leaves and mixed coloured radishes.

Our little greenhouse also holds a lot of promise...the tomatoes and fruiting well and with all the sunshine we are having I'm sure will soon start ripening for us.

Having bought a Motor home last September and spent many weekends in it we realised there was one or two things we wanted so this week we have upgraded it and now we have this ....and I love it.

This is the main reason...this one has a fixed bed that can be made up and left up to save my poor hubby having to make the bed up each night....my knees don't allow me to kneel so I am unable to do it.

My other smiles have been from the wonderful photos Amy has sent me from their holidays in France....just look at that sunshine and sunflowers.

I hope you have found something to make you smile today and will leave me a little message before you then link up below to share your smiles.
Annie x

Wednesday, 17 July 2019


Well hello to all my Wednesday visitors.  It's such a special day of the week catching up with lots of creative friends all around the world ....and I love it.  It's been a week filled with promise of up and coming orders of my Memory bears....
  • One lady is posting her items of clothing for 1 bear
  • Another lady is bringing items of clothing for 2 bears
  • and another lady is posting me 3 shirts to make 3 bears from
  • But on top of that I have had a man from Motherwell in Scotland asking if I can make him 20 bears!!!!!....I never hold my breath while waiting for any of my orders to materialise [did you see what I did there?] but orders like that sure do get my heart pounding for a few minutes.
On top of that you will remember that my two little Brownies had faith in me that I could turn their Brownie hoodies into special cushions with all their badges on ....well, what a labour of love that was.
I had to remove the biggest part of all the badges I had previously sewn on to reposition them so that all the badges they had would fit on their cushions and of course sew them all back on in their new places.....

Then I had to sew the two sides together to make the cushion covers.  I am really chuffed with the results and can just imagine two little faces when they see them....it makes all the hard work so worth it doesn't it?

...the front of the one and the back of the other.....what lovely keepsakes for them eh?

That's all from me for this week..short and sweet [for me].....hope I get a gold star this week Julia :-)
Hope you all have a great week....and my orders for bears flood in soon.
Annie x

Friday, 12 July 2019

This week's smiles.....week 329

It's been another lovely sunny week filled with smiles for me so here's a few pics from our little back garden this week.  When we moved here 5 years ago the whole of the garden was overgrown and the plants were badly neglected....most were waste height on 2/3 of the garden!....so we had a lot of sorting out of what we wanted to keep and what had to go.....

These are a couple of snaps from back then.  As pretty as the Japanese anemones were they had taken over most of the garden and it's taken us til now to remove all but a few that are where we want them to grow....if you leave even the tiniest piece of root it shoots up and spreads!

We kept the old garden shed because it still had a lot of life left in it and as you can see there are now some really pretty plants growing up it.

We cleared areas of the garden to have as lawn for the children and Milly to play on.

This is the latest addition to the garden.  Since we got here we have wanted a small veg patch so now my darling hubby is winding down to retirement he has had more time to get his head around building us a new raised bed to grow a few plants in....we've had all sorts of comments about it looking like a spa or a coffin so all I will add is if I go missing then you will all know where to start digging to find me :-)
Hopefully the top soil will be delivered today so we can get at least a few salad veg growing for this years enjoyment.

As you can see its tucked around the side of the kitchen extension by the water butt and little greenhouse where there are already lots of tomatoes growing so it should be perfect.

Here's a few of the latest flowers coming into bloom...there's always something coming out into bloom to make me smile.  I really love our little garden.

I have found a few gardening funnies on Pinterest that I thought I'd share with you....hope none offend.

I will add that the cucumber plant we planted was eaten by the slugs so we won't have any this year.

 I've not been able to kneel down since I had my knee replacement so maybe this is the answer?

 Think this is the mug to get Dod for his retirement....I'm hoping he will enjoy playing in the dirt and growing us some yummy veg.

We have so many bees and insects enjoying our garden that this one made me chuckle....I'm easily amused.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit and will share your smiles with us by linking them below.  have a great week.
Annie x

Wednesday, 10 July 2019


Oh what a week it's been here at Sewing by Annie's.....bears, bears, more bears plus a rail filled with sewing....so I'd say it's been a busy one for me.

As promised here are the 4 bears I was making last Wednesday that I said I would share with you today [many of you have already seen these on my Facebook page....in fact they have been seen by over 8000 people!!!].  :-)

Since then I've made this one from a much loved hubby's trousers and shirts.  I added a little pocket on the front and embroidered his initial on it.  :-)

That one was seen by my next customer who wanted a bear making from her hubby's shirt so she also wanted his initial putting on a little pocket on the front. :-)

Then came a little school bear for a young man leaving to go to 'big' school....this was the school I went to one or two years ago.  :-)

Next was a bear wanted in memory of a man who as you can see was a sports man who took part in many sporting challenges.

And finally was this little Theresa bear wanted in memory of a lady who played in a local rounders team....this one was wanted for her funeral.

What a lot of bears I've made this week and each one has a story to tell....I really love making each and every one.

On top of that little lot I've also filled my sewing rail with...
  • 2 pair of trousers I've taken in at the waist and seat
  • 1 pair of trousers I've shortened
  • a winter's coat I've shortened the sleeves on and 
  • a dress I've taken in.
Hanging on the rail is also 2 pair of my leggings that as yet I've not had time to shorten.....what is it they say about a cobler's wife walking bare footed?  :-)

The last photo I'm sharing is this....its the mystery plant Elizabeth identified for me correctly as Purple Loosestrife a few weeks back.  It's now in full bloom and the bees and insects are loving it.

Sorry it's such a long post from me for today [I'm sure Julia will having me writing lines now....I must write shorted posts....I must write shorted posts.....I must write shorted posts.....].  Thanks for sticking with me to the end and for your, as always, lovely comments.  I will do my best to pay you a visit ASAP.
Annie x