Friday 8 December 2023

This week's smiles ....week 332

 It's been another week filled with smiles here at Sewing by Annie's...I'm so blessed.

Sunday evening we went to Theatre Severn to watch Lexi in the pantomine....she is one of the group of junior dancers and they were all wonderful.  It's so lovely seeing how she's grown in confidence and can now dance and sing and is no longer the smallest on the stage now :-)

Yesterdat was an L day here...Louie arrived in the morning for a fun day.  Late morning we had to collect Lexi from school so she could come here for lunch and to change before we then delivered her to the theatre for an afternoon performance of the pantomime. After an early tea we then went to church to watch Lulu in their school Carol Servive....she's in the school choir.  We really enjoyed our day....and slept well last night ;-)

It's not a very clear photo but we had decorated our Christmas tree at the weekend and when Louie walked into the sitting room on Tuesday morning he just said 'WOW'. :-)

Don't you just love the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a child?

He's not impressed with everything about Christmas though. hehehe

We took him to our local Charlies to see the singing Yetis and as you can see he wasn't impressed at all.  :-)

It wouldn't be a Friday without a few funnies....hope they make you smile.
Please leave me a message so I know you've called by and then link up to your own smiles at the bottom of the page.
Annie x

Wednesday 6 December 2023


 Hi all.  It's mostly a bear, bear and more bears sort of week for me but I  do have an update on the machine embroidery that I started when Jo, Jan and I enjoyed a craft day together.  So bears first [and there's been lots of them]....

This one used a Dad's jacket and his favourite shirt....and I also made 3 little hearts in the same fabrics to go with him.

Two more made for a returning customer
....just my favourite sort of customer.

Another returning I have known for many years :-)

A little bear made from a Mum's 4 nighties that she had worn in her final days in hospital.....and this one has gone to live up in Doncaster.

4 memory bears to remember a special Grandad for his 4 grandchildren.

Here's the next two I'm making is to go in a memory box for a baby brother who is going for adoption customers like to share so much with me.

I thought you'd like to see the 'little' bag of stuffing I bought at the weekend....I go through so many bags of stuffing making all the bears I've been making lately....Since the beginning of November I have made 42!!!!!

Last, but by no means least, here is my completed Christmas wreath....I spent a bit of time doing some creative sewing at the weekend and really enjoyed making may see Jo and Jan's on their blogs this week too and it's so lovely how different the 3 are.

That's all from me for this week.  I hope you've had a good week too and will leave me a little message so I know you've called by.  It's a Louie fun day today so I will be around to visit when he's gone home.


Annie x

Friday 1 December 2023

This week's smiles....week 331

 It's been a lovely week here at Sewing by Annie's.  If you saw my Wednesday post you will have seen that we had some very special visitors here from South Wales and we have had some very special times together.....

Here's the one photo ....we are holding beautiful Christmas sparkly snow flakes that Jan gave us....I love mine and it's so lovely to imagine us each year hanging them on our trees to remember our happy time together.

Of course we still enjoyed a Louie fun day on Wednesday and I've made a collage from a couple of pics of him here with us and the other two are at their home decorating their Christmas tree....such happy memories.

This photo was taken from our kitchen of a pigeon sitting on top of our lilac bush....or our version of a partridge in a pear tree :-)

Finally here's a few funnies to make you smile.  Please leave me a little message so I know you've called in and, if you can, then please link up to your own funnies below.


Annie x

Wednesday 29 November 2023


 Oh what a lovely week I've had.....Christmas cards are in the making and we've had very special visitors up from South Wales.

I've been doing a bit of strip quilting to cut up for my Christmas cards....and have really enjoyed making them.

My little assistant has been 'helping' sort out the felt ready for a crafting session at Jo's on Tuesday.....every time I pull out one of my boxes she jumps in to 'help' and actually curled up and fell asleep in this one. :-)

Sunday teatime we all met up for a Sunday roast dinner....the food was really good and the company was even better.

Tuesday morning Jan joined Jo and I for a crafty day at Jo's.  Jan enjoyed an hour or maybe more ;-) sorting through the huge box of my donated fabrics and filled a box with stuff that she could use for her makes for the RNLI....this really made me smile.  

Jo provided a yummy lunch...[thanks Jo] and in the afternoon we all sat around Jo's dining table on sewing machines and enjoyed some free machining time to eventually make a Christmas wreath with what we made....they may take a while to make but I'm sure you will see the finished results at some point :-)

All in all we had a wonderful time chatting, creating and enjoying each others should be filled with days like that.

It is a Louie fun day today so please be patient with me but I will drop by to see what you've been up to as soon as I can.


Annie xxxc

Friday 24 November 2023

This week's smiles....week 330

 We are here to share the things that have made us happy from the previous week....and I'm glad to say I have had lots and can share a collage of some that we had on Sunday.

Sam is in The Polar Express [its a performance on a steam train and is based on the film] and on Sunday it was a full dress rehearsal. Shell was given 8 free tickets so we all went to watch him and enjoy a bit of the magic of was brilliant and we all had a wonderful time....and Sam played his part very well.....proud moments xxx

A lot of the plants in the garden are gone over now but our fuchsias are blooming their hearts out so I just had to share a pic.....and I hope you like my new autumn header pic.

Of course I have found some funnies to share with you....I hope something makes you smile and you will leave me a little comment before linking to your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday 22 November 2023


 Happy Wednesday to one and all.  The bear factory has still been working fast and furious this week...and I'm loving life.

These two were made in memory of a special Grandma using her favourite tops.

These three were made for a customer that I had made three for previously and used the left over fabrics ...I love my returning customers.
These bring my bear numbers up to 766!!!
I have two skirts to shorten now but they will have to wait until after my Nanny Annie days plus I have several more Memory bears on their way....they keep coming :-) :-)

I hope you're all well and happy and will leave me a little comment so I know you've calle by and I will pop over to yours as soon as I can.


Friday 17 November 2023

This week's smiles....week 329

 What a week it has been here at sewing by Annie's.  We didn't have to look after Louie on Wednesday so I used my time well and made another 2 Memory bears...they just keep on coming and I'm buzzing.

I had a visit from Sarah Brennan yesterday to collect her Memory cats and Memory cushion....I'm not allowed to share a pic of them until she has given them all out but I can say she was moved to see them....Job done well.  :-) :-)

Theo was invested as a Beaver this week and looks so pleased with himself...proud Nanny Annie too.

Louie really loves his books [and ours] :-)

He is now able to climb up onto the settee and reach a selection down off the bookshelf....this makes me smile a lot.

Shell came around for a coffee and catch up yesterday afternoon while Louie was with us....I dont know who giggled more.  She helped him to get into the doll's pushchair and then pushed him around the living much fun was had by all :-) :-)

Of course it wouldn't be Friday without a few funnies [sorry about the language].  I hope something here makes you smile and you will leave me a little comment before linking to your own smiles below.


Annie x

Wednesday 15 November 2023


 What a busy few weeks I've had.  In the time since we got back from our holidays....just 6 working days, with having the boys two days each week...I have made 24 memory characters, one memory cushion and shortened 3 layers on a bridesmaid's dress.....and I'm buzzing.

The ones I can share with your today are...

Made from a much loved Mum's favourite tops and when my customer saw them they...

.....ordered another one for another family member.
These are now heading to their new home up in Yorkshire.

This beautiful little bear was made for a special friend to send to her Aunt who has just lost her hubby.

These 5 were made in memory of a special Dad for a lovely customer I have known for many years...many of my customers become more like friends and she is one of those.  The one little bear is heading to his new home in Australia on Friday.

This one was made using a Mum's dressing gown to give her hubby some comfort....he's soft anf fluffy so is rather lovely.

As you can see each bear is very different but is made from clothing that means a lot to each customer....and I love making them.

We don't have Louie today so hopefully I will have time to do some blog visiting.


Annie x