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Wednesday, 20 October 2021


 I'm here....just.  I've not been in my sewing room for 2 weeks and I can honestly say I've never felt so poorly.  I'm so glad I am double jabbed because I imagine things would have been rather worse otherwise.

Please if you've still not had your vaccines then get them quickly and stay safe.  We are always very careful, wear face masks and use hand gel and have no idea at all where we caught it because no one else we have been in contact with has had it

So what's on my desk today....absolutly nothing but I will share these two brilliant books Amy and family have given me for my birthday [ a little early but who's counting...I'm so glad to have survived to get there lol].

Amy had asked me what I wanted and I thought they were both really lovely projects that I can share with the children on their sewing machine...I can see us having lots of fun together.

That's all from me for today....I hope my energy levels return so I can have more to share with you next week.


Annie x

Friday, 15 October 2021

This week's smiles....week 443

 Sadly there are no smiles from me this week.  I am self isolating with Covid and boy have I been a poorly girl.  I've run really high temperatures since last Thursday and am still feeling as weak as a kitten.  The annoying thing is we have no idea how we have caught it because we are very cautious and always wear face masks and use hand gel everywhere we go [although of course not everyone else is so careful].  I am so very grateful that I am double jabbed.  My hubby has also tested positive but thankfully his hasn't been so severe and he is mow much better [and is doing a great job of looking after me].

So please link up your smiles below because, trust me, I could do with them this week.


Annie x

Friday, 8 October 2021

This week's smiles....week 442

 Another week and lots more to smile about.  I feel so blessed that I really don't struggle to find something that has made me smile each week.  Work has eased off again this week but I really don't seem to struggle to find something to do each day.

We caught up with these three at the weekend...Stephen will be 10 this weekend and one of his uncles will be 40 so we celebrated both birthdays with a hog roast and live entertainment in their garden [in their marquee]...it was so lovely to all be together safely.

Theo has had his first school photos [these are the proofs hense the quality].  He looks so grown up now don't you think?

I call him 'No fear Theo'.  Here he is climbing up a climbing wall....notice no ropes and there's no stopping him.

He's such a confident little boy and I'm sure that will carry him through life.

Finally here's the latest collage taken in our garden....the colours really are looking so Autumnal now....I love it.

I hope you will share your smiles by linking them at the bottom of the page.

Have a great week.


Annie x

Wednesday, 6 October 2021


 What's this? I'm posting two Wednesdays in a row?  Hehe....don't worry cos there's another adventure just around the corner....we are determined to get the most out of life while we can.

On my desk today is...

These are the, now completed 8 Memory cushion covers I started last week.  I have really enjoyed making these.  There were a few special requests and it's always really lovely working with my customers wishes.
I have also shortened a posh frock and steamed it for a special wedding and shortened a blouse for another customer.

For the most observant amongst you, yes that is birthday wrapping paper at the back because yesterday was my much older sister's BIG birthday....Happy Birthday Jo....Life just wouldn't be the same without you.  Love you lots xxxx

Finally here's the latest update from my Granddaughters.  Most nights after school they are enjoying playing on their sewing machine now and I am really enjoying their updates as to what they make next....this week they have been designing and making their dollies dresses.....not sure who they take after :-)

Thanks for calling by.  please leave me a little message and I will call by at yours to see what you've been up to this week.
Annie x

Friday, 1 October 2021

This week's smiles .....week 441

 Here we are at another weekly catch up of the happy moments of the week.....and there's been many.

Business has been booming this week....I've made 8 Memory custions and I have more customers coming today....I love life when I'm busy.

I shared the photos of Amy's three with their new sewing machine on my Wednesday's post and...

...now they have it at home I get regular updates on how much they are really loving using it and what they are making.  As you can see, Stephen is really thrilled with the sleeping bag he made for his special teddy.....and I'm thrilled to see them all working/playing together to use the machine.  Who knows maybe one of them will want to take my business over one day :-)

It's been a much colder/wetter week here this week but the garden just keeps on giving.  The pic top left is the view from my sewing room door....the fuscias have been huge this year and I'm making the best of them because I just know the blooms will drop once the frosty weather arrives.  Middle bottom is one of our crab apple trees....they don't have so many fruit on them this year but I just love thelovely red colours of Autumn.

That's all the photos I have to share this week but I'm sure you will have lots more to share with us so please link up below.


Annie x

Wednesday, 29 September 2021


I was MIA again last Wednesday...we were off on another adventure in our motor home and had no internet so I was unable to join in the Wednesday fun....I did put a few pics on my Friday post if you'd like to know where I was. 

I'm back in full on sewing mode this week.  My desks are full to overflowing with a gentleman's shirts that I am cutting up and making into 8 Memory cushion covers.  I started Monday morning by patching and darning a pair of trousers for my son and then had a customer needing 2 pair of trousers shortening so I did those before I made a start with the cushion covers.

I have cut the backs off the shirts to use for the patchworked fronts of the cushion covers and sorted them into colour ways.

I've cut out the 8 backs of the cushion covers using the button fronts of the shirts as the fastenings.

I've now made the first 3 cushion covers using the items that my customer requested so will be working on the other 5 today.

As most of you will know I make a Christmas tree decoration for each of my Grandchildren [plus a few extras] every year and this year I've made pigs in blankets.  I've really loved making them while I was rather more quiet workwise and just know they will cause a chuckle or two.

If anyone wants to make a few I have a pattern printed out ready.

The last thing I'm sharing with you this week is this lovely collage of Amy's three.  Both Phoebe and Lulu have sewing lessons at school so Amy asked me to see if there were any good basic sewing machines suitable for the children.
I've been looking for quite a while and this week I found them a real bargain...the lady that owned this lovely little Singer machine had bought it on a whim and had only used it twice before packing it back in it's box so it was just like new.
All three of the children had a lesson on it here on Sunday afternoon and could manage it prefectly.
As you can see the girls then delved into my scrap fabric box and have already made their dolls some new bedding.....unaided :-)

As you can probably tell I'm buzzing here this week.  I love to be kept busy with my sewing and had such a thrill to see just how much the next generation took to their new sewing machine.  I hope you've all had a great week too.  I will do my best to pop round as many of you that I can although on Friday I did have trouble leaving comments on some of the blogs ...I did visit and read them all.
Annie x

Friday, 24 September 2021

This week's smiles....week 440

 It's been another week of fun and adventures for us this week.  I was MIA again on Wednesday because we were on a beautiful campsite called New Lodge Farm at Bulwick in Northamptonshire....

It was an adults only site so was really quiet and the facilities were spotless. We had gorgeous skies and they were often filled with Red Kites flying and I have never seen so many pied wagtails.

We went to Rutland Water, with beautiful views over the reservoir and many water birds and enjoyed lovely walks with Milly.

Before we left home we went to Shrewsbury Theatre on the Saturday to watch Lexi in Moana....as you can see Mark, Gina and Theo came with us and I had lots of snuggles while we were there.

Lexi is the smallest in the teenage group of actors [she's only just 10!] and was really brilliant at playing her parts.....lots of very proud Nanny Annie moments.

When Stephen isn't playing football he's often found reading....he really loves his books.

I love this photo of him :-)

On return home from out camping adventure these beautiful tomatoes greeted us in our little greenhouse....they have been late ripening this year but wow have they been worth the wait....they are so tasty.

Finally, for those that enjoy my flowers, I have snapped these pics.  If you look closely you will see that the bees also enjoy them.  The one sunflower plant that grew from a seed that dropped from the bird feeders now has 12 blooms on it....I call that value for our money :-)

That's all from me for this week.  Work is still pretty quiet but I have started my Christmas makes while I'm quiet so if you'd like to see what I'm making then please call back on Wednesday.


Annie x

Friday, 17 September 2021

This week's smiles....week 439

Well one things for sure is that I never get two weeks the same here at Sewing by Annie's.  Last week my feet didn't touch the ground with all the work that came in and this week I've had no sewing to do at all.....think my customers are all away on holiday.

We did make the best of the lull and we went on a days adventure to Aberdovey on Tuesday....but sadly I took no photos.  The sun was shining and it was a really lovely day.

I've enjoyed time in the garden and have sat renewing my love of crochet with my new crochet hooks...I put a photo of them on my post on Wednesday and what a difference they make.

I have a couple of photos to share with you and, as you can see, I have used one of them as my new header pic....aren't they gorgeous?

The garden keeps on giving.  The fuchsias are huge now and covered in beautiful little balerinas.  The sunflower plant is a self set seed that has grown from the bird feeders....I guess that's one way to grow more food for the birds and we can enjoy the flowers on the way.

This orchid was a tiny plant when I was first given it and when I last planted up some of my orchids it was put in a bigger pot and has gone from strength to strength since then...it has sprouted several new small plants that I have potted up and the one I gave Jo has already flowered.....It just keeps us smiling.

That's all I have to share with you for this week so please leave me a little comment to let me know you've called by and then link to your own smiles at the bottom.


Annie x