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Friday, 14 January 2022

This week's smiles....week 455

 It's been another week of slow progress in our recovery from this awful Winter bug but thankfully my workload has been steady and I have managed to get it all done allowing for R and R each afternoon.

I have a couple of pics to share with you because there is always something that makes me smile....

Although Theo is rather pale faced he's not been too bad in himself having tested positive for Covid this week....just look at the mischief in that face.

Gina has been isolating with Covid this week and I have been having a few on line lessons with her while she has been following U-tube instructions on how to crochet.  We have had lots of giggles while she worked on getting her tension right but I'm so proud to say she has persevered and has mastered the art of crochet....onward and upward from here I feel.  I really love the flowers she has made.  I think the idea is she will crochet some hats and baby booties next so watch this space.  :-)

I'm sharing my pic of the Amaryllis Jo bought me.  It really didn't start off looking very healthy as the leaves came through looking really scabby but just as we were thinking of returning it to the garden centre it decided to send a flower shoot up.  Jo's plant has 2 flower shoots and 9 blooms all looking stunning now but my flower shoot is still reaching for the stars....it's now 28" from the top of the bulb and I'm really hoping it decides to flower before the it reaches the attic.

That's all from me for this week.  I hope you're all managing to stay well and happy and have lots of smiles to share with us this week.


Annie x

Wednesday, 12 January 2022


 I'm sure some of you will be pleased to hear that we are slowly winning the fight with the Winter bugs....it's slow but hopefully it's going in the right direction at least.

I've been doing some of this this week. It's a crochet baby blanket for Theo's little brother when he arrives in April.  It's slow progress but I am enjoying all the rows of different stitches and the colours I've chosen to work it in.

Gina is off work with Covid and fancied learning how to crochet so I sent her my crochet hooks and some wool to learn with and we have enjoyed a good giggle over the internet together while she's learning.  I must say she is doing very well and managing to get the tensions right already.

Sadly Theo has now tested positive too and has been enjoying 'having a go' with some wool and a hook but says 'it's really tricky Nanny'.

He really loves having a go at anything creative but maybe we need a session together when he's out of isolation :-)

The only other thing on my 'desk' for today are these two men's coats.  The navy one on the left I've had to shorten by 7" but it was all top stitched so was a really tricky job [especially when you're not feeling 100%].
The brown one is here to have a new zip put in but I had to order the zip [I order from Cari Crafts on line...they are brilliant and always very quick and reliable]. The new zip arrived yesterday so that's the job I will be working on today.
I also have fabrics coming through the post to make 2 memory bears and another one coming on Friday morning so I'm guessing I will be busy this week [busy enough for now anyway :-) ].

That's all from me for this week.  If you leave me a little message I will do my best to pop over to yours to say hello.
Annie x

Friday, 7 January 2022

This week's smiles....week 454

 I'm back again to catch up on the smiles of the week.  Firstly I must apologise for not visiting last week....I was just not well.  I'm still not 100% but I'm hoping things are moving in the right direction....we've both tested regularly and are negative for Covid so I'm thankful for that.  It's been an awful Winter bug and I've coughed so much that the muscles in my tummy are painful and I've damaged my vocal chords so life is pretty quiet here still.

I'm sharing this pic today because it was our treat for New Years Day.  It may be a little dated now but we both really love a prawn coctail as a treat....I'm sure we're not alone.

We took the decorations down early because neither of us could cope with all the clutter but I thought I would share this photo with you....these were knitted by my Mum many years ago.  They were all knitted using the same pattern but as you can see all 4 are very different,,,,this makes me smile every year when they get put on the tree.....happy memories.

Just look at the concentration on Theo's face.  He was painting a volcano and occupying himself while he is at home.  His mummy has Covid and Theo has to stay home from school until he has a negative PCR test. So far both Mark and Theo are negative on all their LFT tests.  We are all hoping that, as Gina is fully vaccinated, she will recover quickly.  There seems to be so many folk everywhere with Covid now.

Phoebe and Lulu have been enjoying a lot of fun crafting and creating since Christmas.  We bought them some fat quarters, felt and a first sewing book as part of their Christmas present and they are really enjoying learning to follow the patterns and have made several things already.  They are both doing a x stitch piece too.....I wonder who they take after :-) :-)

This is my final pic to make you chuckle today.  We have both used so many tissues since Christmas that we panicked a little when we couldn't buy any tissues at the supermarket this week so my darling hubby ordered some on line for us.....I think 12 boxes should keep us going for a day or two  :-)

That's all from me for this week.  Even in the most difficult weeks it's surprising how much has made me smile.  I hope your week has been better and you have smiles you can share with us by linking up below.


Annie x

Tuesday, 4 January 2022


 Hello all.  I've been missing in action really since Boxing day.  We have both had a ***** Winter bug and are still struggling to fight it off but for the first time today I am daring to say that I maybe it is on it's way out....we have done many Lateral flow tests, all negative and as in the middle of it all I was bullied into going to see my Dr [you know who you are ;-) ]it was suggest that we both did PCRs....the results took 4 days to get back but thankfully those were negative too.  The Dr said she was sure it was just a virus and although I was coughing day and night my chest was clear.

Enough about all that!!  It's a New Year and I must wish you all a happy AND HEALTHY 2022.  Lets hope these viruses all move on and we can return to a little nearer normal life.

I have very little to share with you today as I havent even been up to being creative [not the holiday I had planned!!].  

I spent yesterday printing off new fliers with the first price rises for 10 years....I thought it was about time :-)

I also shortened these tweed trousers by 3" with turn-ups.

I have many jobs promised this week but will be taking it all in and pacing myself slowly to get it done as and when I feel up to it......lack of sleep is just so exhausting!!


Annie x

Friday, 31 December 2021

This week's smiles....week 453

 I'm here to share a few smiles with you even though to be honest I'm not feeling much like smiling.  I've got a Winter bug and have been coughing and running high temps since Boxing day. I wasn't here last week because we were making memories with our lovely family so I felt that, even if I did nothing else I must come to add the link for everyone else today.

I do have a few quick pics to share with you...

This is my baby boy all dressed up ready for his work's Christmas party.....Father Christmas offered to carry him round for the night :-)

One of my favourite Christmas presents was this amazing jigsaw made from the photo of all my Grandchildren at Theo's birthday party....I love it.

This really made me smile.....Jo gave me this amaryllis before Christmas.  It was one of two she bought and the one she kept has 2 huge flower stalks. Mine had only produced several scabby leaves so Jo offered to take it back and swap it. Whilst we were enjoying family times on Christmas eve and Christmas day this little shoot had sprung up....I think it had heard it was destined for the scrap pile....its now much bigger and is obviously making up for lost time.

Finally, but by no means least, is my pic of the little cardy I've knitted for Theo's new little brother when he arrives.  I imagine many of you will know that my arthritic hands are often too painful to knit so this has been very slow progress but what an achievenent eh?  I'm so chuffed I managed to finish it.

That's me for this week....I'm really hoping this bug moves on soon so I feel rather more like blogging next week.  I actually sat in my chair to sleep last night as lying down I couldn't stop coughing.

A very Happy and healthy new year to you all.


Annie x

Wednesday, 22 December 2021


 Well that's all come round very fast and here we are catching up with the WOYWW gang for the last time before the big day.  I've got a few pics to share with you quickly...

These are the last 2 sets of Memory bears/rabbits I've made in time for Christmas.
The pink ones were made from a Grandma's favourite cardigan.....

....and these two were made from a Grandad's coat and wooly hat....it's surprising what you can do when you try.

They were all made from clothes that belonged to loved ones who were lost in the last year and each family member can now have a little reminder of them on Christmas day.

Catriona sent me the pattern to make a different style of face mask and they are the most comfy ones I've made so, as we will be needing masks for a long time yet, I've made us a few .....one to wash, one to wear and one spare each.

Finally, I've found time to marzipan and ice the Christmas cake and enjoyed a special few hours in front of the telly to make this pretty new Christmas fairy for the top of our tree.

There been lots of time spent with the special little people in our family and there's plans to make more memories too [Covid allowing] so I will just say that I wont be blogging now until next Wednesday [No Friday post this week] and I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2022.

Annie x

Friday, 17 December 2021

This week's smiles ....week 452

Happy Friday all.  It's been another really busy week for me with sewing as many seem to have left their orders to last minute but I've manage to keep up to date and hopefully I won't be getting many more requests before Christmas now.....hopefully I will get a little time to marzipan and ice my drunken Christmas cake [it's been having regular tipples] that Jo baked for me and might even find time to make a few pince pies too.

On Saturday I was treated to lunch out and a fun Kinkiglass workshop with Amy and the two girls.....we had a great time and hopefully will be able to hang the results on the tree once they are fired....I made a robin :-)

Amy and the girls were wearing their Christmas jumpers so I put my Christmas face mask on for the photo :-)

Doddy dug up the last of our beetroot this week and whilst I was busy sewing he then made it into beetroot chutney...we make a great team and he made 6 jars of really yummy chutney....yes there's only 4 here because we have sampled the one jar and another one has gone to Shell and family.

Catriona sent me the pattern to make a different style of face masks this week and, as it looks as though we are going to be wearing masks for a long time yet, I thought I'd give it a go and make us one each....they really do seem to be the most comfy of masks so I may make us a couple more to wash and wear. 
 Thanks Catriona xxx

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles for this week and will share yours by linking them below....we can never have too many smiles.


Annie x

Wednesday, 15 December 2021


 There's not many more Wednesday now before Christmas and I've only today and 4 more days to work before I can have a well earned rest.....everyone seems to want sewing done at the last minute so I will be head down sewing all day today.

I have now done the fronts of 6 more Advent calendars for next year....they just need their wadding, backing and hangers now so I will probably finish then off after Christmas.

Some have flat pockets and some have pleated pockets and the one in the bottom right has pleated pockets with flaps over the top....so a different amount of work for each one but I really enjoyed making them all.

I'm enjoying a week of making more Memory bears.

These are the first set made from a Mum's fleece dressing gown so they are soft and cuddly.

I'm making two more from a Grandma's favourite pink cardigan and I have another Memory bear and a rabbit arriving this morning.

The other thing I plan to make is a couple of new masks using a pattern Catriona emailed to me.....if only I can get my customers sewing finished first of course.

That's all from me for today.  I will do my best to visit all I can in between my seing jobs.


Annie x