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Wednesday, 23 October 2019


You will all know that I love a challenge and this week I've been asked to get designing. [Sorry if you've already seen them].

On Sunday night I was asked if I could make a Memory Elephant....of course I could was my reply and Monday morning I got my roll of brown paper out and made a pattern for an Elephant and then of course went on to test it out and hey presto.....

....meet my new Memory Elephant.  At lunchtime I uploaded his picture on my Sewing by Annie Facebook page to introduce him with the other characters I make and was then asked if I made a Memory Monkey so I then had challenge number two.....

.....more brown paper cutting and hey presto by the end of the day I had made.....

....Memory Monkey....and he has been shared on my Facebook page yesterday to much excitement.  I have a feeling he's going to be very popular.  So now along side my Memory Bears I now offer a Memory Dog, a Memory Cat, a Memory Rabbit, a Memory Elephant and a Memory Monkey....and I love them all :-)

The other little share I have today is this one...

Here's the girls sat crossed legged on the floor on Saturday enjoying their knitting.  They can almost knit unaided now and are slowly progressing with their first knitted square that we are going to make into a little bunny....it gives me so much pleasure passing on my skills to the next generation and they really love spending time with me so it's def a win win situation.
Annie x

Friday, 18 October 2019

This week's smiles.....week 342

The weeks are flying by aren't they?  There is definitely a nip in the air today and our garden is looking very Autumnal....

The fuchsias are really gorgeous at the mo but this morning there was a frost so I'm guessing their time is very limited now.  The leaves on the trees are changing colours and dropping and the two crab apple trees are heavy with beautiful rosy red fruit.....but sadly the birds don't eat them and as they drop off the tree Milly likes to nibble them and make herself poorly so I'm guessing that soon we will have to pick them off  [if anyone wants them then please shout].

I've had lots to smile about this week....
  • A weekend at Adam Henson's Farm campsite [he's the rather handsome farmer on Countryfile] in our motorhome gave us lots to smile about.  It's a really lovely site with a farm shop, restaurant and live entertainment on a Saturday night and you can go around the farm to see the rare breed animals [if you don't have a dog with you].  The only down side was the weather....it was wet wet wet....but of course there is nothing you can do about that and we go well prepared.  Sadly Adam didn't pop along to say hello.
  • My laptop had slowed so much it was really painful to use so our daughter Amy, using team viewer from her house, did a full service on it and wow it's now super speedy so I'm def smiling now as I type this [thanks Amy you're a gem...I'm so impressed and proud of you].
The last photo I'm sharing today is this one...

Yes the Lego is out and, as you can see, my darling hubby is busy making a boat using the instruction book so it really made me smile because...
  • He's really enjoying building the boat for little Theo but note Theo is nowhere to be seen in the photo [he's off to the left busy playing with one of the cars his Grandad made for him]
  • but mainly because I have evidence that a man can actually read instructions!!  It's not often you'd see this so I'm glad I captured in on film  :-) :-) 
That's all from me for this week.  I hope you're all staying warm and cosy and enjoying life.  Please share your smiles by linking up below and let's all do our bit to make the world a happier place to be.
Annie x

Wednesday, 16 October 2019


Another week and I've made more bears along side shortening many pairs of trousers and altering a dress so here's my latest bears...

They were made in memory of a much loved gent and are now bringing comfort to a family up in Nottingham.

Neet asked last week how many bears I'd made now so I've been having a count up and have printed off the latest page of them...

.....these bring my numbers up to 265 and they are now spread from Scotland down to Wiltshire and some have even travelled to overseas countries too....I really love the thought of Annie's love spreading over the world.  Each bear has a lot of love put into them when I make them and I know many of them have brought a lot of comfort to their new owners.  I take a photo of every bear I make and now have a file full  :-)
I hope you have enjoyed your visit this week and will leave me a little message so I know you've called in and as soon as I can I will aim to pay you a visit to see what you've been up to this week.
Annie x

Friday, 11 October 2019

This week's smiles....week 341

I've had a really busy week this week with sewing but have still had lots to smiles about so here's a few snaps that have made me smile....

These three went to the coast for the day on Saturday and sent me this photo to make me laugh....blue lollies!!

It's Stephen's 8th birthday this weekend but we wont see him as we are off on adventures in our motorhome so he had an early birthday present from us....its a Shrewsbury Town top with a zipped front and, as you can see it was a really hit.....I actually think his mummy may have to sneak it in the wash when he's at school cos he's not taken it off since :-)

On Tuesday we had a baking morning with little Theo and he proudly handed them around when we had a special visitor later.  Before he went home he suddenly said 'Can I have a cuddle Grandad?'.....don't you just love moments like that?

This photo of Lexi really made me smile....she is taking the shells off a bag of conkers.  I have really happy memories of doing the same as a child because we used to have a huge conker tree in the bottom of our garden so we always had the very best of conkers to play with.

I hope something I've shared has made you smile too.  Please leave me a little comment and then link up to your own smiles below....the more the merrier.
Annie x

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


Bears bears and yet more bears....and I'm loving it.

I made a really special bear for Catriona this last week and I have to say it is my favourite or at the very least it's one of them.....

It's made from a silk ballgown and isn't it just a gorgeous colour?  It was really lovely to make and I really loved the finished result.....he's now made his way up to Scotland and Catriona says she loves him too.

Yesterday these shirts came in the post from Nottingham...I'm to make two bears from the bottom two t-shirts and a further bear using the lilac shirt and purple tie....watch this space.

I am expecting the arrival of another parcel today with 5 shirts in it to make a further 5 bears and another customer is bringing me babygros to make another bear with. I love making each and every bear because they all mean so much to my customers and each one has his own character.

You will guess what I will be busy doing today so please expect me when you see me this week....I will do my best to visit all I can.  Hope your week is as rewarding as mine and you're all well and happy.
Annie x

Friday, 4 October 2019

This week's smiles...week 340

Another week and more smiles to share....

On Saturday we all went to see Lexi on stage at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury at a performance of Madagascar.  Sadly we aren't allowed to take photos there but it was a wonderful performance and we all came out singing....'we like to move it move it'  :-)

Lexi played the part of a visitor at the zoo and a piece of steak....guess you need to have watched the film to know!

Amy, Dave and the children went to London for the weekend and organised a black taxi tour around all the sites...they say is was brilliant and would highly recommend it because it allowed them to see all they wanted to and the taxi driver was able to stop for them to take photos.

The girls love the Harry Potter books so whilst there they went to the Harry Potter experience....a great time was had by all as you can see.

The boys are Arsenal fans so while the girls did Harry Potter they went on a tour around the Emirates football ground....what a treat.

Of course Steve was then treated to a new Arsenal kit as an early birthday present....he looks rather pleased with it too.

On Monday Theo and his mummy went on a nature walk near their home to gather  Autumn leaves and other treasures...and also jumping in muddy puddles and climbing trees....just what children should do eh?

Our men went to watch Shrewsbury town play after the theatre on Saturday and when they came home Mark had treated Theo to one of the away football strips....it's actually a lovely purple in colour but looks rather blue in this pic.  They are off to watch a game together in the near future so I have a feeling Theo will be wearing his new kit then :-)

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles and will leave me a little message before sharing yours and linking them up below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 2 October 2019


Since last week I have launched an Autumn sale to offer 10% off the first 10 Memory bears before 31st October over on my Sewing by Annie Facebook page.  

Within the first 2 days I had an order for.....

.....a school bear to be made from a child's infant and junior school sweatshirt tops.......

......and an order for 4 Memory bears to me made from a much loved Dad's 2 pair of trousers and a shirt....the shirt was just to be used for the inner ears.

So, as you can see, I've been busy but I already have orders for two more bears one of which is coming today and have more sewing alterations also coming today so I will be a busy bee.

I will do my best to pop over to see what you've all been up to if I'm able to between jobs so please leave me a message so I know you've called by.
Annie x

Friday, 27 September 2019

This week's smiles...week 339

It's been another week with lots of celebrations and very many smiles so here's a few I can share with you....

Last Friday was Gina's 30th birthday and she had a meal out with family and friends [alas we were unable to join them] and this is one of the photos taken.  It's got to be one of my fav photos and makes me smile every time I look at it.

Last Friday was also the twins birthday....can you believe they are 8 already?  The time just flies.  They had a birthday party and sleep over [not that much sleeping went on!] with some of their school friends.....I'm guessing there were blue sweets eaten at some point looking at Lexi's tongue :-)

We had little Theo Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons this week because Gina had parents meetings at her school and on Wednesday we got out some crafty materials and he enjoyed making these spiders to frighten his mummy with when she came home.

My final pics are a few I took around our garden yesterday...it's looking very like Autumn out there now....I really love how the flower colours change through the year.

I hope you have found something to make you smile this week and will now leave me a little message before linking your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 25 September 2019


My post comes with a warning today.....I'm in Christmas mode!  I know it's early but when you get asked to make something special you just can't say 'No I'm not ready yet' can you?


.....out came my plentiful supply of Christmas fabrics and I set to.

These were the first I made. They are the same sort of tags I make to hang around the necks of my Memory bears but these are to hang on the Christmas trees of 3 family members who have lost their Mum and Dad this year.

Then I made these personalised Christmas tree hangers and even made one for a special cat and attached his name on using my new poppers  snap fasteners.

Even though it's a bit early to want to get in Christmas mode I'm rather pleased I've got customers who don't leave everything to the last minute.

I found these in my fabric stash so may well make more cat tree hangers and also found some Christmas fabric with dogs on so will have to make a few doggy ones too.

I have many jars of ribbons and trims but, as always, there's never quite the right thing you need so had to pop to Watson and Thornton's and treat myself to a few firmer ribbons/tapes that I can use to machine embroider names/messages on to personalise the tree hangers.

I intend to attach some of them using my poppers snap fasteners but it's a work in progress as yet so watch this space.

There you go.  That's what's on my desk for today but I have also altered a dress, put a new zip in a denim dress, taken in a pair of trousers and shortened 3 pair of trousers already this week so I'm being kept busy....oh and of course yesterday we had little Theo here and he's here as an extra day today so there may be a delay in my comments this week but I will aim to get there as soon as I can.
Annie x

Friday, 20 September 2019

This week's smiles....week 338

I'm sorry to those that came here last week to see my smiles and missed me but as you will probably now know were were away for the week in our motor home making memories up around Scotland [if you'd like to see more please click here]. We had a really lovely week catching up with family and friends and enjoying the freedom of being on the road together.

Before we went we celebrated Theo's 3rd birthday with a party at his house and managed to get all 6 of our Grandchildren to sit still long enough to snap a pic or two.

They all lead busy lives so it's a rare occasion that we now all get together so this photo is very special for me.

Sam is starting guitar classes this week.  We are really hoping he enjoys it but as a left hander he may struggle so we will see what his music teacher says.

Ed Sheeran eat your heart out :-)

He's always loved drawing and this week has won the competition to draw a new road sign for the new estate they now live on.  His design will be put on the road signs around the estate and I think he won a book voucher too....Well done Sam. 

My last pic for today is this one of Theo with his Grandad.  Whilst looking after Theo on the Tuesdays he's always made my heart sing but watching him with his now retired grandad give me so much pleasure.

They were sat here discussing something very important I'm sure.  :-)

Please leave me a little message so I know you've called by before you link to your own smiles below.

Before I go I must say Happy birthday to Sam and Lexi who are 8 today and a special Happy birthday to Gina who is 30 today too....we have so much to celebrate and make us smile.
Annie x

Wednesday, 18 September 2019


Date for the diary alert....

The hall for the crop 2020 has been booked for Saturday June 6th....same venue as last year.....details to follow.

Now the important bits are done here's what you came here for....my desk [or what's not on my desk today]....as many of you will know I was away last week on holiday travelling around Scotland in the motor home and if you'd like to see more please scroll to the post below....you just may see a few faces there you will recognise :-)

Since we got home the only sewing I've done is to shorten these two dresses so nothing really exciting there for you to see.

....on my desk this morning is a lovely new purchase that I can't wait to have time to play with.  Jan had been using hers to make little purses then Catriona showed some little bags she'd used some of hers to finish off beautifully so of course the temptation was just too much to bear and I just had to have some.

My creative juices have been flowing as to the 101 uses for my new poppers snap fasteners [no don't search for poppers on Google as you may get more than you bargain for!!].  I'm thinking of ideas as to what I can use them for to make the little Christmas tree decorations that I make each year for the Grandchildren so watch this space.

That's all I have to share with you for this week....hopefully, now my batteries have been recharged, I will find some free time to be creative......but who knows?
Annie x

Monday, 16 September 2019

Our holiday in Scotland

As most of you will have noticed I was missing in action last week because we had headed north in our motorhome.  We intended catching up with family and friends on our journey so you may recognise a few familiar faces along our travels.

We left Shropshire on Sunday 8th and headed to our first stop on Haltwhistle Campsite in Northumberland.

The campsite was by the side of the river and this is what we looked out over....beautiful.

The purpose of this stop over was to meet up with my second cousin Sally and her husband Graeme who we met up last at Michelle's christening 35 years ago.  We've kept in touch since then at Christmas and on Facebook of late but not seen them since then so they had changed a little....in fact I guess we all had :-)
It was really lovely to see them again and we felt as if we had lots in common....not only our walking sticks eh Sally?

On the Monday we travelled on further north to Calzean Castle campsite looking out over the sea....as you can see Biscuit bear loved the view as much as us and was excited to see who was already on the site waiting for us.....

Catriona and her hubby had stayed over there on the Sunday night and had the kettle on ready and waiting for our arrival.  It was so lovely to catch up and as you can see Biscuit bear was just as excited to catch up with his friend Harris bear.

We spent Monday evening in our motorhome chatting and catching up with them both and on the Tuesday morning they left fairly early to continue their travels further south....we relaxed and waited for the next excitement.....

Elizabeth and her hubby drove over to us and picked us up to take us out for the rest of the day on the Tuesday.  We went down to Ballantrae where we met their friend Alfie the donkey and treated him to some carrots then we called in at Girvan on the drive back where we posed for a few photos and I snapped the local RNLI boat especially for Jan :-)

The Tuesday night was very windy so we were rocked to sleep but thankfully we survived and there was no damage the next morning.
On the Wednesday we travelled further north through the hills and passed some really stunning scenery...as you can see there were some black clouds above us but we headed towards the blue sky :-)

We stopped for a toilet and coffee stop by the side of one of the Lochs and also saw a hydroelectric powerstation en route to our next stop near Oban.....this was a small campsite inside what was an old walled garden.

Our next stop was on the Rosemarkie campsite looking out over the sea....a lovely site and we enjoyed a walk on this beautiful sandy beach.  There had been sightings from here of seals and dolphins in the bay but alas we didn't see any while we were there.

The following morning we travelled south to our final site to spend our last two nights at Beadnell Bay site in Northumberland.
En route we stopped on a layby on the A9 for a coffee and my darling hubby picked me a bunch of heather....it's now tied with ribbon and is hanging in my sewing room :-)

We called by to see the Kelpies but refused to pay the 5 pounds they were asking just to park the motor home so I snapped a quick photo as we passed.....stunning and much bigger than you think.

Before we reached our next site we passed Bamburgh castle....really stunning building so just had to snap a pic.

The campsite at Beadnell Bay was much bigger than all the rest and for the 150 pitches it only had one toilet block at the opposite end to the pitch we were given so it was too far to walk to use...thankfully we have our own facilities in the van but I did feel for the ones in smaller vans and tents around us.

Over the road from the campsite there was a rocky beach [just the sort I use to love as a child for hunting in the rock pools] so of course we had to have a little walk over there on the Friday evening.

On our last day we drove to Alnwick and enjoyed a walk around the grounds [much further than normal for me so have been rather stiff since!]..It was really lovely there and we even saw a Japanese couple getting married there in one of the rooms.

The swing seats were really lovely there.....there were lots of them up through the bank of flowering cherry trees....I bet they were even better when in full bloom.

There were many water features through one area of the garden so I snapped several of them as we were passing through....even one where Dod could go down some steps and stand in the middle of....feel free to zoom in to spot him :-)

Every time we stopped [even for coffee stops on laybys] we spotted a little robin.  I know there are lots of them around at the mo but it did feel like they were watching over us and keeping us safe during our travels so thank you to the little robins....we had a wonderful week and are now safe back at home.