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Friday, 16 April 2021

This week's smiles....week 417

 Here we are at another Friday's catch up of the smiles from the last week....and there's been plenty to smile about thankfully.

Here's a quick round up of my family's smiles...

It was Lulu's 11th birthday at the weekend.  She's looking so grown up now [and even more like her mummy if that was possible :-)].  She's such a fun loving young lady and is really looking forward to starting at secondary this September.

Here's a photo from this week of the twins and Theo enjoying the fresh air together whilst on their Easter holidays from school.

Theo is becoming quite a little gardener now...he loves helping in their garden.

He really enjoys all sorts of crafting now and here he is making a hand puppet by sewing ....I have so many little helpers to train up to take over the business when I retire :-)

And finally for those that enjoy seeing the latest blooms from our garden here's my latest collage....just look at that blue sky in the top photo.  Not a cloud in the sky and thankfully now more snow [yet] even though it was rather frosty when we woke yesterday morning when I took the photos.

I hope you've all had plenty to smile about this week and will share your pics by linking up below.


Annie x

Wednesday, 14 April 2021


 It's been a week of different desks for me for this show and tell....

These were the two bears lying on my desk last week....now finished

And these two were the ones that had just arrived in a parcel....aren't they gorgeous with their little pockets and love hearts on their fronts?

They were for two sisters and were to be the same but different if you know what I mean :-)

I've kept seeing Jan's gorgeous watercolour painting over on her desk and every time I've seen it I've longed  to get my paints out to have a go.....it's been very much a case of I've got all the gear but it's been such a long time since I did any painting I'm still very much at the have a go stage.....but loving it :-)

I bought a new pen to put detail on my paintings and was rather pleased with my first [in years!] attempt....it can hopefully only get better.

My next desk was at the sewing machine where I made two more rather lovely Memory bears in memory of a much loved Nan and Grandad....I love that they are linked by the colour purple....one of my fav colours.

I then had to deep clean out my sewing room and damp dust all my surfaces ready for the opening up for fittings on Monday....I wouldn't want them seeing the state it gets into when no one is looking ;-)

And this is what it was being cleaned for....Monday morning saw my first Wedding dress fitting needing alterations for over 12 months....and it was soooooo lovely to get back to a little closer to the norm.  

Plus today I have another bride with two bridesmaids coming so wahoooooo  I'm one happy bunny.

I hope you will leave me a little comment so I know you've called by and as soon as I get a minute I will do my best to pop over to yours to see what you've been up to this week.


Annie x

Friday, 9 April 2021

This week's smiles...week416

 Here we are at another Friday catch up of the smiles from the last week....and there's been lots of them but sadly I've not taken photos of most.  We had sunshine over the Easter weekend so were able to enjoy catch ups in gardens with the family...Saturday we saw Michelle and co, Sunday we saw Mark and co and Monday we saw Amy and co....it's so lovely being able to spend a little time with each.   Then the weather changed and by Wednesday morning we were white over with snow.

I've had a busy week making more Memory cushion covers and Memory bears and I have already got two wedding fittings booked in for next week as I am allowed to have brides in for fittings from Monday....exciting times ahead.

I've popped out into the now thawed garden and snapped a few pics...

A few longer shots today so you can see the blossom on our two trees at the mo...they really are gorgeous.

Finally here's a few funnies I've found this week...

I hope they made you smile too and you will leave me a little comment before linking to your own smiles at the bottom.  Have a great week.


Annie x

Wednesday, 7 April 2021


 Here we are at another Wednesday catch up with our creative friends all around the world by linking up over with Julia at The Stamping Ground.  I hope you have all enjoyed a slightly more relaxed Easter and have enjoyed at least a little sunshine.

I've managed a little me time and you will be pleased to see that my latest Luna Lapin friends have now been dressed....

Freya Fawn asked me to make her a sailor dress and I'm rather pleased with the results....So is Freya :-)

Foxy lady asked for a tie shoulder dress which was really easy to make and she was really thrilled with her dress.

I was then asked to make two memory cushion covers for one of my customers.  She explained how she wanted them to be with the sleeves to come across to tie at the front.   I did my best....they were both to be made from thick knitted cardigans so really not easy to sew and every cut edge had to be overlocked to stop the fraying.

The sleeves on this one were longer than the other one so easier to tie but both cardigans were very thick chunky knits so quite a challenge.

This is my desk this morning....I'm in the middle of making two gorgeous Memory bears to match the one I made a while back.  The first one was loved so much that my customer brought me the matching skirt to make two more for other family members. :-)

On my other desk is the parcel that arrived before Easter for me to make two more memory bears so as soon as I finish the other two this is what I will be doing today....I love keeping busy.....and always love my bear making.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and will leave me a little comment so that I know you've called by.  I will do my best to call round to see what you're all doing as soon as I can.  Keep smiling and stay creative.


Annie x

Friday, 2 April 2021

This week's smiles...week 415

 It's been an exciting week here at Sewing by Annie's because for years I have been writing my blog on an old laptop that has become so slow that I learnt how to be really patient but it took me hours to do what I wanted.  Wednesday evening I had this delivered...

It's sooooo fast and this is the first blog post I've written on it ....am I smiling?  You bet I am.  I love technology....of course it's taken a bit of setting up.  Michelle has helped and we have had lots of giggles.

During our fun day with Theo on Tuesday Theo was showing my how to do something on my iPad [because I was struggling!!] ... he might only be 4 and not at school until September but he's so clever on an iPad already.

Finally but by no means least.  Here is a collage of the latest smiles from our garden....there is so much coming into bloom out there and there really are smiles in every corner.

I just have to wish you all a very happy Easter...hoping the sun shines for you.

Now please leave me a little comment before you link to your smiles below.


Annie x

Wednesday, 31 March 2021


Happy Wednesday to one and all.  It's been another busy week here at Sewing by Annie's....or should I call it The Ark?  Everything has come here in pairs this week.  

I've had two riding jackets
  • ...one to replace it's 28" open-ended zip in [a tricky job because it wasn't put in to ever come back out and every single stitch had to be undone one at a time!....putting the new one back in was no easier!] 
  • .....the second riding jacket was bought as a seconds because the one inside pocket was missing so I had to make a pocket and sew it in by hand because there was no way to get it under the machine to do it...so this was another tricky job to get right.
Then I had a steady flow of Memory bear requests...

This pair were the ones I said I had waiting on my desk to be made last Wednesday.  They are made from a fleecy pair of pyjamas and the result was two really gorgeous bears.

These were the next pair.  It never fails to amaze me just how different each bear is depending on the items of clothing I have to make them out of.
This lady asked for just the one but when she saw the result she loved it so much that she asked me to make another one :-)

The next pair were made from a Grandma's pyjamas to hold special memories for her two Granddaughters.  Two very different bears but both are very cuddly because the fabrics are fluffy and the message on the personalised label was what their Grandma used to say to them.

This now brings my Memory Bear count up to 443.

So, as you can see, everything came in in pairs....all that was missing was the floods.  It was actually a really lovely sunny week.  I hope you've all had a happy and healthy week and have lots of creating things to share with me when I pop round to see you later.
Annie x

Friday, 26 March 2021

This week's smiles...week 414

 Oh what a lovely week it's been ...the sun has shone most days and I've had a really lovely week with lots of Memory bear requests coming through my door.....I'm buzzing and so are the bees :-)

Tuesday was a day of fun with Theo....Oh how we have missed this little ray of sunshine coming through our door.

He's such a bright little button.  We got the next batch of jigsaws out that he'd not seen before [age 5+] and he whizzed his way through most of them.  We have a maths game suitable for age 5-7 with sums on the one side and you have to match the right side with the answer on it [if it's the right answer the pieces match]....I couldn't find one he couldn't do!

We really enjoyed crafty creative play and made all sorts with building sticks, pipe cleaners etc....he's got a really creative mind and loves being crafty. [as you can see so does Grandad too].

I notice I'm in none of the photos....yes I was playing but I'm always the one behind the camera :-)

Finally I have been out in my garden to snap the latest blooms for you.

The white daffs are newly planted this year and are looking gorgeous and the first tulips are starting to open....there will be many more to come yet.

I really love this time of year with all the garden waking up from the Winter.  Every corner of our garden has something to smile at.

I hope you've had a week of smiles too and will share them with us by linking up below.


Annie x

Wednesday, 24 March 2021


 Hi all it's been a pants week here at Sewing by Annie's....quite literally.

My two latest characters have been waiting weeks for some clothes but, because work has been busy for me they have had to wait.  I had a little free time Monday morning so I made them both some pants and cut out one dress....but then work came flooding in so they will have to sit in their pants and wait for now...at least they can keep their modesty  :-)

It was then back to making Memory bears.

I really love this one...she's in my favourite colours and is to hold the memories of a much loved mum.  It was made from a dress that she had made herself to attend her son's wedding.

This one is the Easter Gift bear that is now on my Facebook page to be won by one of my followers so please follow the link and get your name in the draw....good luck folks.

I have now been brought the most gorgeous warm fleecy pyjamas that were a real favourite of an elderly lady and I've been asked to make 2 memory bears out of them...I will really enjoy making these because they will make two really cuddly bears so that's what I will be head down doing today....and I still have a further 6 bears pending :-)

I hope you are all keeping busy and have lots to share this week....I will be over to see what you've been up to as soon as I can.


Annie x