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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

WOYWW....10th Anniversary

Wahoo wahoo wahoo.  Today we are celebrating 10 years of fun and friendship with thanks to a wonderful idea our group leader Julia had all those years ago.  I'm sure when she first uploaded pics of her desk all those years ago she never imagined it would still be going strong all this time later.  So many of us have now met up in person and so many wonderful friendships have been formed because of our Wednesday fun.....So a huge thank you to Julia for linking us up every week [and thank you to Jan for holding the fort when Julia needed a few weeks off to recover from her surgery].

I have made some ATCs if anyone, who isn't coming to the crop on 1st June, would like one but so far only Angela has asked to swap.  It's not too late though so just email me at wipso2310@gmail.com and I will pop one in the post for you....of course I will be sending one to my pass it forward friend as well.

Ive a quick couple of pics to share with you today....

My week started off by making another School Memory bear for yet another local school that I'd not made one for before....so possibly there will be friends who will order one now too :-)

Then this little lot arrived on my desk.  It was all the washed pet blankets brought to me by one of my customers who had very suddenly, without warning lost her dog.  She'd was a good age but hadn't been poorly so it was quite a shock to them that they found her dead when they gpt up one morning so they asked me if I could make a Memory dog out of her blankets....oh and a little key ring using one of them too.

Some of the furry blankets were quite thick so not the easiest to use but, you know me, I love a challenge and my customer was thrilled to bits with the finished result.  Cute isn't it?

The blanket my customer wanted using for the little keyring was one of the thicker fleeces so to make it so tiny was a real challenge....but even that worked out well and my customer commented on just how thoughtful I was to use tiny heart buttons for the eyes....I guess you have to be a dog lover to understand the loss of a much loved fur baby.

Well folks that all from me for today.  That just leave me to say a big thank you to you all for calling in each week and for your love and friendship over the last 10 years.....hope to see a lot of you at the crop very soon.
Annie x

Friday, 17 May 2019

This week's smiles....week 321

My week's really seem to be flying by at the mo.  Our son, Mark and his wife, Gina and little Theo moved houses yesterday and our eldest daughter and her family are moving houses today so it's all change for some of the family this week.  We wish them many happy years in their new homes.

My smiles this week have been many......
  • I've had a really busy week with my sewing and that always makes me smile.
  • Hubby is now only working 3 days each week winding down to his retirement and we are enjoying our extra days together.
  • Our garden is simply full of gorgeous colour....
  •  Our little fur baby Milly has been for a hair cut and here she is soaking up some of the gorgeous sunshine we've had this week....
 She's so pretty when she's been clipped because it exposes her pretty stripes and she seems so know too....she does make me smile.
  • I've made a school Memory Bear for a lady in Sutton Coldfield this week so that's another area of the country I've reached....and that makes me smile. Plus there is another parcel of clothing heading my way today so that will be another area I will be spreading too soon. :-)

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles for this week and will leave me a little comment, so I know you've called by, and will then link up to your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 15 May 2019


Here we are at another Wednesday sharing day when we expose or desks and share a little of our creative spaces with the world....it's my favourite day of the week.

I've been at it again but this time I thought I'd show you the challenges I get in my day...

 To make my memory bears and other characters I am often given a real challenge to find sufficient fabric to make them out of and the two I made Monday pushed me to the limit.  The two front panels had to be cut out of this blue gingham and this was the only piece big enough to fit one pattern piece on, let alone two!...every other piece was either too short or too narrow and, as you can see, this was the only layout I could get the two on.

The back and logo was to use a school jumper but even that was too short to fit the pattern pieces on all except the sleeves and those were only just long enough.  I take the logos off the front of the jumpers and make a badge out of them to then be sewn on the fronts of the bears in the right place.

This little bear is heading up to Barrow Hall Primary school up in Warrington....that's another location I've not made for before :-)

My rather bigger challenge I was given by the same customer was to make a Memory rabbit from a really tiny dress and top.  As you can see the front is far too small to fit the pattern piece on, which ever way it's turned, and the back was even smaller....so with a lot of dismantling, turning, piecing, joining and patience.......

....One completed little rabbit.  I love a challenge but this one really did push me to my limits....but I do have one very happy customer so it was all worth the effort.

The last share is a bit of a tease really.  I've been making a dozen ATCs for the up and coming swap.  I plan to swap with anyone who would like to swap but that isn't coming to the crop...because I've made something a little different to swap with them.
So, if you'd like to swap ATCs with me please email me at wipso2310@gmail.com and send me your address.

That's all from me for today....I've a rail of sewing to tackle today so will aim to pop round as many blogs as I can in between sewing jobs.
Annie x

Friday, 10 May 2019

This week's smiles.....week 320

Firstly I must apologise to those I missed to visit and leave comments on last week.....anyone who posted later in the day couldn't be reached because we were out of Internet reach on a campsite on the Welsh coast.

We were on a farm campsite with a horse, 2 donkeys, 3 goats, several alpacas, sheep, ducks, guinea fowl, chickens [and a cockerel!!!] several dogs and a flock of doves.  As you can imagine this caused a lot of 'interest' for our little Milly especially when many of them walked right up to the side of our motor home!  It was a fairly basic campsite but all the facilities were spotless and it was really quiet....apart from the 5.30 wake up call from the cockerel!!

Amy, Dave and children were out and about in their campervan too and they sent me this photo of the children sitting by the said of Lake Vrynwy.....bliss.

Phoebe looks so grown up in this photo and will be moving on to secondary school in September....where has that time gone?

On Tuesday I had my little visitor as I usually do but this time we had Grandad to play with too....it's his first 3 day week winding down to his retirement at the end of July and that's giving me lots to smile about.
Here they were sat at the table drawing together and in the bottom photo Theo was 'helping' Grandad clean out the motor home and they were 'trying out the bed for a nap' and were in deep conversation.

This is my latest page of Memory bears I've printed off for my file.  This brings the number up to 229 .....actually 230 as the latest bear I made Wednesday isn't in the photo....and there's still more to arrive soon.

That's my lot for this week.  I hope to be able to post next week but as we hopefully have our son, Mark moving house on the Thursday and Daughter, Michelle moving house on Friday life may get a little busy.
Annie x

Wednesday, 8 May 2019


"Here we are again happy as can be....."   I'm sure there's a song there somewhere :-)

I'm back working again today after a long weekend off so apart from being rather tired from a night on a campsite on a farm in Wales over the weekend and being woke by the cockerel at 5.30 in the morning....yes he didn't know how near he was to being Coq au vin....or dog food!

I had a really busy week last week with work for customers and here is the last two school memory bears I made...

This one is made from the same school uniform our three wore at secondary school so it brought back some happy memories for me and......

....this one was made for the same customer using her son's final year uniform.

On my desk today is another Oxon School uniform [that's the school the twins go to] and I am to make this little bear for a little one in the reception class there.

I still have several bears expected this week to arrive, a couple of which are being posted to me so it's really lovely to be spreading my wings with orders from around the country.

The other job I have to do today is to shorten the sleeves on this lady's coat....It's such a cuddly fleecy fabric that I'd really love to be making a bear out of it hehehe.

That's all from me for today folks.  I'm keeping busy with a few surprises for the up and coming crop but wont be sharing those yet of course.
Annie x

Friday, 3 May 2019

This week's smiles....week 319

I'm here for my usual weekly catch up of the happy moments of my week and to share them with my friends hoping that they make you smile too and your share yours with me.  Having had a couple of very quiet weeks with my sewing business it's really made me smile that this week I've been REALLY busy. 
 Since doing the Bridesmaid's dress and posh frock of last week I've had a steady flow of item's of clothing to make memory characters with.  I'd already made the stripey bear you saw on Wednesday and yesterday I made.....

A School Memory bear for a little girl and School Memory rabbit for her big brother plus for their mummy I made....

...a special Memory cat out of her Nan's favourite cardigan.  When I sent her the photos of her finished characters this was her response..

Annie I’m in happy tears!! My Nan’s Bear is fantastic!!! And the kids!!! Love them all thanks so much xx can’t believe you have done them already x talented lady x

......this is why I feel so blessed to be doing the job I do.

On Sunday while hubby was at footy I went to an Escape Room session with my Son, Mark, his wife Gina and a group of friends.  As you can see from the photos the younger generation won the challenge and managed to break into the bank to get the money before us oldies but as only 57% of those that go in actually escape in the time allowed the fact that us oldies got out with over 4 minutes to spare really made us smile.

This is my garden catch up for this week.  We bought two new Lilac bushes at the end of last year and they are now bursting into bloom....I can nearly smell them already....can't wait.

I think I will leave it there for this week.  Please leave me a little message if you've called in and it you can then link up to your smiles below.
Have a great week.
Annie x

Wednesday, 1 May 2019


I'm counting down the days now til Crop 10 [just 31 days!!!!] and getting rather excited.  Jo and I have been plotting and planning and I have a box or two of goodies ready for the big day.  We intend baking some cakes but if anyone wants to bring one with them they will be very welcome....can never have too much cake can we?  
We will be setting out tables for..
  • Eating cake on
  • Crafting on [who am I joking?]
  • Bring and take....it anyone would like to bring any crafty item they no longer use to pass on to others then they are welcome but if by the time they leave it hasn't been taken by anyone then we ask you to take them home with you.
  • Draw prizes....most people usually bring a little something to go in a draw [doesn't need to be anything crafty]
  • Did I mention eating cake on?
  • Food....there will be a cold finger food buffet [PARTY food....cos we have a lot to celebrate!]
  • Tea / Coffee and cold drinks will be available throughout the day
  • Oh and yes to eat cake on or have I said that before?
As you can see it's going to be a fun filled, cake eating, day.

Now to what you've come here to see....my desk.

I've sorted out some of my fat quarters and am working on a piece of crazy patchwork to make a book cover with.  I rather like how it's going together and plan to keep this as my go to project when I'm not so busy with customers.

This week business has really picked up since the Easter break and I've already 
  • Shortened 2 hems on a bridesmaids dress and taken in the bodice to make it fit.
  • Altered the bodice on a very posh frock.
  • Shortened the sleeves on a suit jacket and shortened the trousers too for a gent to wear to his daughter's wedding. 
  • Made this little stripey Memory bear in memory of a much loved mum.  It's had to be made before the funeral so I'm not sure if he wont be featuring there.

I already have orders for 9 more bears so I'm hoping they don't all arrive on the same day :-)

That's all from me for today.  Don't forget to add you name and numbers over at Julia's if you're coming to Crop 10....and if not then why not?  It's going to be a day not to miss.
Annie x

Friday, 26 April 2019

This week's smiles....week 318

Oh how these weeks whizz by but each one comes with plenty to make me smile and for that I'm very thankful.  I have had a couple of quiet weeks with few customers calling by on me for sewing so on Tuesday morning I set up the May special offer on my Facebook page a few days early so that mum's could check out the old school uniforms during the Easter holidays ....my special offer is for 10% off any School Memory bears ordered up til the end of May to help reduce the mad last minute rush at the end of the school year.  Since then I've been inundated with work...
  • A Bridesmaid's dress needing taking in and shortening
  • A posh dress needed for another Wedding needed taking in.
  • A lace tablecloth needed making
  • and 9 Memory bears! but only 6 of those are school bears!
It never fails to make me smile that I can go for weeks with nothing at all and then withing a couple of days I can be so busy....and I love it.

My photos that have made me smile....

The twins had a day at the seaside at the weekend and I just love this photo of them heading towards the sea together.

Steve enjoyed another football training day this week and didn't even mind that he got absolutely soaked during the day.....he was on his way home here for a warm bath!

Just look at Lulu's face!  She was at a birthday party over the weekend and was brave enough to hold a tarantula.....I'm so proud of her because I have a real fear of any spiders so wouldn't have gone anywhere near.

Wednesday evening we had a visit from Amy and the children and this is how they rolled up on the drive!  They are sat in the back of their new camper van with a video on the telly and all wearing earphones....I think they rather like their new wheels don't you?

Just a few of the latest treasures in our garden for you including the pic of the strawberries now in bloom....such a lot of promise of things to come eh?

These two photos made me chuckle.  They should be labelled 'what a difference a day makes'.  We had a really heavy rainstorm on Wednesday and it not only knocked all the blooms down on the bottom picture but if you look closely you will see that in the top picture it knocked all the blooms off the tulips in the top picture leaving us just stalks!!''

This photo makes me smile because we have a pansy flower that has self seeded in a crack in the side of our garden path and as you can see it's fighting with a dandelion plant....I think that weeding out the dandelion will probably disturb the pansy so I've left them to fight it out....who do you think will win?

Isn't nature wonderful?

That's all from me for today.  Please leave me a little comment and, if you can, then link up to your own smiles with Mr Linky below.  I hope your week is filled with smiles like mine.
Annie x

Wednesday, 24 April 2019


Hello all and Happy Wednesday to you.  It's my favourite day of the week when we blog hop around our creative friends around the works.  We expose our desks and share what we've been doing on them each week.  If you'd like to join in the fun [you will really love it] then just pop over to Julia's at The Stamping ground and check out the details.  We will all be meeting up too on 1st June so why not check out where and join us for a fun day....here's the details.  My much older sister and I are hosting the crop this year and it should be a fun day of celebrating 10 years of friendship.

So you've here to check out my desk aren't you?  It's been school holidays here this week so it's been a quiet week with few customers so I've been using my time wisely....

A lot of you have exploding boxes of paper scraps, well, here for me it was an overflowing box of fabric scraps and the funny thing was a lot of them I'd been given by one of my customers [so they weren't even my scraps!] and lots of them weren't big enough to even be usable! So I've given my box the 'Jan treatment'.  I've thrown out all that's unusable and folded all that is.....

....my box now looks like this cos all this is here....

....a bin bag filled with scraps.  How did all that fit in that box?

Of course I had now got the sorting and tidying bug by this stage so.....

Out came all my fat quarters and I've sorted them into colours....much easier to use them like this and the colours are so inspiring.

Now doesn't that look better? And now I need a few projects to use some of it [If I can bring myself to cut into it all!].

I have managed to find a couple of hard backed books that I rather fancy making crazy patchwork covers for....what do you think?

That's all from me for this week.  If you leave me a little message I will do my best to pay you a return visit to see what you've been up to this week.
Annie x

Friday, 19 April 2019

This week's smiles....week317

What a lovely week it's been here at Sewing by Annie's.  It's been a week filled with smiles and proud moments so I'm here to share them with you.  I'm hoping that my smiles encourage you all to look at the life around you and that you will spend a little time focusing on the good things and you will share them with us too by linking them up at the bottom of the page....everyone is very welcome.

It was our 37th Wedding Anniversary on 17th.  We got married on my Dad's birthday and this year he would have celebrated his 99th birthday.  Sadly I lost him when I was only 31 but I am blessed to say that for those 31 years I had something many folk never have.  We had a very special relationship and for that I'm eternally thankful.  This July my darling hubby will be retiring so it plans to be the start of another exciting stage in our lives [if only I could retire too eh?].

It's the Easter holidays for our Grandchildren and, as you can see the twins have been enjoying some creative time....I do love that all 6 of our grandchildren are creative :-)

On Tuesday night we went to Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury to watch Lexi perform in the Wizard of Oz.  She goes to a Get Your Wigle On drama group and this was her first stage performance.  She was one of the group of Munchkins and we were so proud to see her up there on stage singing and dancing.....sadly photos were not allowed.  :-)

Steve has been to another days football training and yet again he was awarded player of the day.....he really loves his football and they can obviously can see he has a talent..... we have so much to be proud of. :-)

Amy and Dave have just had a campervan fitted out just how they want to suit a family of 5 [and two dogs] and Wednesday night they brought it to show us.  It's just perfect and I'm sure they will have many happy days spent using it....I'm so thrilled for them. :-)

Finally, I saw this on Pinterest and thought I'd share it with you....I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who feels like this at times.

Have a great week folks and please share your smiles if you can.
Annie x

Wednesday, 17 April 2019


Another week has passed and we are creeping closer to our Crop10 celebrations. A lot have already put their names down to say they are coming [I think we are up to about 22 already :-)].  If you are planning on joining us and haven't already said how many of you are coming then can I ask that you please pop off to this post on Julia's blog at the Stamping Ground and check out the details....the more the merrier.  It should be a great party day of celebrations to celebrate 10 years of fun and friendship.

I've had a busy week so far here at Sewing by Annie's.  On my desk today is....

It's Easter holidays this week so Phoebe and Lulu have brought me their latest 11 badges earned between them for me to sew on so it's been more proud Nanny sewing for me....I love hearing what they had to do to earn each badge.

Monday morning saw this rather sad looking teddy bear arriving much in need of a restuff....at this point I had already restuffed his legs with the stuffing from his tummy but I had to delve into my stuffing supplies to find enough stuffing to refill him....where does all the original stuffing go to?

Here he is all restuffed and looking rather pleased with himself don't you think?  His 9 year old owner had already had one night crying herself to sleep without him so I had to work fast and get him ready to go back by Monday afternoon....I'm sure there will be one happy little girl now.

The only other thing sitting on my desk this morning is this pack of fat quarters....shopping in Aldi's this week and it just fell in my trolley.....there was actually several different packs so I was really restrained and only slipped one pack in my trolley!  These were the brightest and actually a little out of my comfort zone but I do like to challenge myself from time to time.

So there you go.  That's all from me for this week.  I have been busy making little gifts for all coming to the crop and have already made my draw prize but wont be sharing those with you.....can you tell I'm getting excited?  Really hope to see you all there.

Before I finish I would like to wish my darling hubby a very happy 37th Wedding Anniversary....and they said it wouldn't last ;-)  Thank you for the last 37 years and here's to our next adventure together as you retire in July....can't wait. xxxxx

Annie x

Friday, 12 April 2019

This week's smiles ....week 316

Here we are at the weekly round up of what's made us smile this week.  I'm certain it does me good to spend a little time each week concentrating on the happy times so I hope you will all join in the fun and help me make the world a happier place. I'm starting with a few pics I took around the garden yesterday...it was a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky [hence why I've changed my header pic].

There's colour of some sort in every corner of our little back garden and I love it so just have to share it with you.

Saturday morning saw us rising early to go to watch these three running the last part of their half marathon.  They ran individual miles after school each night then joined 1800 other children from schools around Shropshire to run the final 1.1 mile.  It was so lovely to see them all taking part in their races....they ran them in age groups and I have to say there was a very proud nanny and Grandad sat watching them.  The race was ran in aid of charity so I'm sure there will have been a lot of money raised by them all.

Not something to smile about was that Sam fell over on concrete his way to his swimming lesson and sadly broke his collar bone....but it has made me smile at the love and care his twin sister has given him....they really do have a special relationship.

Get well soon Sammy.

This was my Tuesday fun with little Theo....you can see just how much he loves the little knitted characters that Jo knitted for him.
They all really enjoyed playing in the play park.....

....and taking it in turns to go for rides on the bus. :-)
We have such fun together.

As you can see my week has been filled with smiles.  I hope you have enjoyed sharing mine and will link up to yours below so we can see what's been making you smile too.
Annie x