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Friday, 7 August 2020

This week's smiles...week 383

Well, thats another week passed and thankfully another week filled with smiles.  We had a weekend away in our motor home so I must apologise to the ones I couldn't leave a comment on...the internet was hit and miss and my ipad wasn't allowing me to leave messages.

Here's my round up of smiles for this week....

Lexi is so flexable as you know.  She is constantly showing us her latest dance moves and dropping into the splits.  She is aiming to touch the back of her head with her feet in this photo because when I was a child I used to be able to touch the back of my head with the flat of my feet....it's been a while!  As you can see she's very nearly there.  😍😍😍

While Lexi was at her dance workshop Sam had a 1:1 with his mum and he had a go at sewing a sock toy on her sewing machine...he loves to be creative.  😍😍😍

Phoebe is getting all she needs ready to start at her secondary school and very proudly showed me her new PINK calculater....she's very much a PINK girl'   😍😍😍

When checking on her list of what was needed her sister asked her if she needed the compass to find her way around the school. 😂😂😂

Amy's oldest dog Poppy has been being treated for a problem with her leg for a while now and had xrays taken which showed she had a problem with the cartilage in her one knee joint so this week she has had knee surgery done by a specialist from London.

Recovery has to be very controlled and will take months to heal properly but we are keeping everything crossed that it's successful for her...she's such a lovely dog.

Our garden continues to keep giving and this week we were able to pick the first peas and french beans and pull carrots for our tea.

And finally here's the round up of our latest garden blooms....they just keep on giving and making us smile.

That's all from me for this week so please leave me a little comment so I know you've called by and then link up to your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 5 August 2020


Here we are at another Wednesday catch up with our creative friends from all around the world...it's my favourite day of the week.  If you still don't know what it's all about then pop over to The Stamping Ground where Julia will tell you all about it and you will be made very welcome to join in the fun.

I have a slightly different show and tell this week as we had a weekend of......

.....rest and relaxation in our Motor home.  Milly loves the life in there as you can see.  We found a lovely site in the middle of the country...adult only [ and no that doesn't mean anything dodgy].  It was spotless and it's lovely to feel safe in our little bubble.

We were surrounded by birds [buzzards, wookpeckers drumming on the trees and a family of robins etc etc] and there was a Golf Club walking distance away that we could sit outside and enjoy a meal and drink in the sunshine...bliss.

I have made one more School Memory bear but the 4 that were supposed to come this Monday now aren't coming until next week now.

I've made a lined PE bag for a little boy starting Nursery School.

I am still selling face masks but the demand is less now so I just keep my basket topped up as and when needed.

That's all from me for this week.  I hope you've all had a creative week.  I plan to visit all I can when I can between jobs.
Annie x

Friday, 31 July 2020

This week's smiles...week 382

I'm curious to see what my Friday post will look like now as they appear to have changed things again on blogger.  I struggled to find where to write a new post to start with...now I've found it but whether it's going to allow me to add photos and Mr Linky at the bottom may be a different matter but I'm going to try.

My smiles this week [up til now!] have been plentiful so I will try to share a few with you...

Lexi has started ballet lessons privately at home with her dance teacher...just look at these lovely poses from her. 😍😍😍

Last weekend Shell, Brent and twins had a few days down in Cornwall with family and they sent me these photos to share what a lovely time they were having down there.  😍😍😍

While Steve was at his football session Phoebe and Lulu wen't shopping with their mum and they wanted me to see they were wearing the masks I made them...I love that you can still see they are smiling by looking at their eyes. 😍😍😍

Amy sen't me these pics with the message...'Not a bad office eh?'  She does the office work /artwork for their banner printing business so had taken her laptop to their local park so the children could play in the sunshine while she worked....nothing stops her 😍😍😍

And for those that have been missing our garden pics here's a few of the latest....including our first tomato ripening, our peas [nearly ready to pick] and one of my orchids that is blooming it's little heart out at the mo.  I really do think nature is doing it's best to compensate for the difficult times we are going through at the mo.

I hope you have enjoyed my show and tell for this week.  I'm now going to try to add Mr Linky for you all to link up to but if I fail please just add your link in the comments....we wont let blogger beat us!!
Annie x

Wednesday, 29 July 2020


Hello all and happy Wednesday to you all.  I've had another week making a steady flow of face masks but it's really been one focussing on making School Memory Bears and reaching new targets with them so please excuse me for sharing a few numbers with you today.

  • Total numbers of Memory bears now made...365
  • Total numbers of Memory bears made since the beginning of lockdown....46
  • Total number of schools I've now made Memory Bears for.....28
 And the latest ones I've made since last Wednesday are....


 This one is for a school in Yorkshire.

This one was for a fairly local school but had to be posted as my customer was still shielding.

This was for a school the other side of Shrewsbury.

These three were for a family of girls leaving a school in Shrewsbury to move to other schools and because their friend saw them.....

....I had to make this one for their friend.

This is the latest bear I've finished and it's for a school in Telford.

All these 8 bears were made for schools I'd never made bears for before so I felt the need to write a list of all the schools I've ever made bears for.....

If youre interested this is the list of schools I've made bears for....including 3 I made for a school in Jordon.
You should be able to click on the list if you want a closer look :-)

I should have another bear to make today and I have 4 more coming next Monday...so they are keeping me busy....and I'm loving it.
 Annie x

Friday, 24 July 2020

This week's smiles....week 381

Oh wow that week has flown by.  We managed to get away in out motor home for a few days last weekend so there was much to smile about.  We went to a lovely campsite at Slimbridge just south of Gloucester....apart from the first night when it poured with rain all night the rest of the time the sun shone and we enjoyed many walks with little Milly.  Heres a few snaps to share with you...

We were close to the canal and were able to enjoy a glass or two while watching the life on the canal.

Amy, Dave and family had a couple of days down in Cornwall and I really love the photos they sent to us.

Lexi and Sam had a day out with their mum and dad at the West Midland Safari Park and the twins made a new friend. :-)

Steve has been missing his football training sessions during lockdown but they have now started up again....I think the smile on his face says it all don't you?

I always love to see the girls enjoying a baking session together...they are making cheese cakes for their daddy's birthday today.

That's all my shares for today.  If you can please leave me a little message so I know you've called by and then link up to your own smiles for the week below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 22 July 2020


This is the one where I say sorry for being missing last week.....and yes I'm really sorry because I hate to miss out of my favourite day of the week but last week work really got in the way of having fun.  With the anouncement that from this Friday face masks would be mandatory in shops and enclosed places my world went crazy with orders.  Between 7 am on the Tuesday and 9.30 on the Wednesday I'd made and sold 110 masks!! ...hence why I couldn't join in last weeks fun.

I've also made these.....

These are just 5 of the Memory bears I have had orders for...many more are still on their way....and I'm loving the buzz.

There has been rather a lot of gorgeous fabrics bought from my friend Denise at Cabin crafts....this is just the one lot cos the second lot got cut up before I could take a photo sorry.

When you are making lots of face masks you just have to have lots of fabrics to make them with of course and I'm really loving using all these yummy fabrics to make them with.

And this is my desk this morning in full mask making mode.  

We actually had the weekend away in our motor home...we both needed the break badly and it was so lovely to get back on the road again.  We went to Slimbridge, just south of Gloucester and had a really relaxing few days.

So, as you can see I've been very busy and I have lots more to come yet as I'm expecting about another 10 Memory bears [when they all turn up....probably all on the same day knowing my luck!!].

If you leave me a little message to let me know you've called in then I will do my best to pay you a return visit.
Annie x

Friday, 17 July 2020

This week's smiles...week 380

Oh what a week it's been.  All was calm on Monday night when I went to bed but at 7am when I turned my Ipad on I had 12 customers in a queue wanting to order face masks following the news that they were being made compulsory in shops soon.  I worked nonstop all day Tuesday selling the masks I had available to the ones in the queue and making more and by bedtime on Tuesday there was a queue of 15 on my Sewing by Annie Facebook page!!  I was up early on Wednesday morning to make more masks and was selling all day until 9.30pm!!  From 7am Tuesday to 9.30 on Wednesday I had made and sold 102 masks....hence why I couldn't join in the WOYWW fun. 

So I'm doing a quick round up of my smiles for you today...

My biggest smile was that I managed to get my hair cut....and yes I was feeling / looking pretty miserable with it long.

Amy had a friend round to tidy up the garden and, as Phoebe was in school, Lulu and Steve gave him a helping hand.   If you look closely in the right hand pic you will see that Molly dog is giving a hand too...she pulled a branch along side the children each time they went. :-)

Mark and Theo got their photos and a write up in our local paper this week...aren't they lovely photos?

The twins had a last day in school with their mummy this week having fun being pirates....I love their hats and eye patches. :-)

Lulu and Steve enjoyed a trip to pick strawberries this week. :-)
Yum yum

Finally here's a funny for this week.  Saw it and just had to share it :-)

Please leave me a little comment and then link to your own smiles below.
Annie  x

Friday, 10 July 2020

This week's smiles...week 379

Another week has passed and although it's been a rather cold and wet week I've still found lots to keep me smiling...but no garden flower pic as sadly many of them had suffered with the wet weather.....and it's been too wet to feel like going out to take pics. So this week my smiles are focussed on my family [and mostly of one certain young lady getting ready for her new life].

Amy's three have enjoyed their time together during lockdown and I really love this photo of them.

At the end of last week Phoebe had to go into school for her leavers picnic lunch and to collect her leavers hoody with her name on [pink of course].  Her school teacher spoke about each child in turn and what he said about Phoebe was really special so there have been many proud moments this week.

All three of them have had really glowing school reports this week too so this Nanny couldn't be more proud of them and the wonderful job their mummy and daddy have done to get them there.

Phoebe's new school uniform arrived this week and of course she had to try it all to show me....it only seems 5 mins since I took very similar photos of her mummy.

Oh how quickly time passes.  This was her first day at school and her last few days at the same school....she has grown up into one really lovely young lady...in side and out.

Theo has gone with his mummy and daddy for a few days in a caravan locally [not by the coast] and as you can see the campsite has made a 'beach' for the children to play....thankfully it stopped raining long enough for them to play on it.

My last photo is of one very soggy doggy.  She loves to sit by the patio doors looking out on the garden and then to run out to chase anything that moves....usually leaves or petals off the flowers this week!
She gets in all the wet shrubs and comes out soaked!....that's dogs for you :-)

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles this week and will share yours by linking up below.
Annie x