Friday 31 May 2013

This week's smiles....week 20

It's been a week full of smiles for me with all the 4th Birthday celebrations for WOYWW and I've already had lots of wonderful ATCs coming through my door for the celebration swap but I will share those with you next Wednesday.

My featured blog this week is Laura's blog over at 'beads buttons and birds' .  It's her first time to join in so welcome to the fun Laura and although I can no longer enjoy eating chocolate pudding I do like it and love hers with a little heart drawn in it.....that is something I usually draw in the top of my capuchino  :-)

Today I am sharing another happy video of two special little munchkins.  Mum turned her back to start washing up at the end of a meal that had been much enjoyed by the twins and turned back to see Lexi playing 'mum' and sharing the last of her pudding with Sam......they do make us chuckle and I hope this brightens your day too.

I hope now you are smiling [cos I just know you will be] you will go and snap something that has made you smile this week and link it at the bottom of this post so others can share it too.....please feel free to link your happy posts any time during the week [and you are welcome to share more than one] and I will chose my favourite to feature next Friday when I do my happy post.

Annie x

Wednesday 29 May 2013

WOYWW 4th Birthday....

Happy 4th Birthday celebrations to all my wonderful blogging friends who call by here each Wednesday to catch up on the madness that goes on here at Sewing by Annie's.  What an amazing group it has now become all thanks to Julia's brain wave of 4 years ago.  So many friendships have been made on line and many have met in real life too....the world really is a smaller place.

I have already posted out most of my ATCs to those wanting to swap with me so most of you will be able to open them today but for those that haven't had them yet they are on their way  :-)

Just a quick post from me today with a couple of collages....

Two little peg dolls I made with Phoebe and Louise while babysitting on Saturday...they enjoyed making them and playing with them in their dolls house after  :-)

This collage I am labelling...

 'All in a days work!'

....and that was only half of what I did yesterday on my 'day off' so that I would be free to call in on as many desks as I can today.  :-)....not that I imagine for one minute that my customers will stay away long enough for me to sit with my feet up for long.

So, that's all I am sharing with you today.  I am now going to make a cuppa, pull up my chair and enjoy opening the ATC envelopes I have already then do my best to call by on as many WOYWW friends as I can today.  Hope you all have a great day and here's to many more linked Wednesdays ahead of us.


Friday 24 May 2013

This week's smiles....week 19

What a fab week we have had for happy smiley pics.  Thanks girls for joining in the fun.

My featured blog for this week just had to be Angie's over at Shozzy's Place.  Angie share photos of little Holly the hedgehog's first swimming lesson and I loved pop over to check them out if you haven't already....what a little star.  :-)

My happy share this week just has to be another video of a product tester and a pic of 3 gorgeous children......that is apart from the gorgeous new header pic of those stunning tulips. 

Shell and Brent have treated the twins to a gorgeous new Wendy house for their back garden but it came with a ladder to get up into it and of course they are a little too small to use it yet so this last weekend Daddy and Granddad set to to make a ramp to get up into it.  Here is their little project tester trying out the new ramp....oh how she makes us chuckle....

My other smiley pic is of Amy's three little munchkings all dressed up ready to go to church.  They were off to a little friends Christening and what a beautiful day it was for it.  Aren't they beautiful?....but of course I am rather biased.  :-)

Oh how quickly time flies.....Phoebe will be starting school in September  :-)  Where has that time gone?

Thanks for dropping by for a smile today.  Please hunt for something in your day that has made you smile and share a snap with your friends.  It really does make the world a happier place to be.

Wednesday 22 May 2013


Wahoooo we are nearly at our 4th year celebrations.  This week I have been filling envelopes and putting them ready for posting next week.  

As you can see there are two clear is for this country and the other one is for my overseas friends.  It has amazed me just how many of my Wednesday blogging friends are over the water somewhere around the world a moment [of madness!] when I had nothing to do [....when would that? be I hear you shout!!  :-)  ]...I have printed off 2 maps and put a little sticky flower on all the places I am sending my ATCs to so far.

What fun  I had doing that.  If you can't see a little flower hovering over where you live and would like to swap with me then please email me your details....I still have a few left for those wanting to join in and get yourself on my map.  :-)

The only other pic in my workroom for this week is this one...

It's a huge double bed sized quilt that has a little hole in the one end that needs patching....the jobs I get to do eh?  No two days are the same here.  :-)

So that's it from me for this week.  I have 3 twinny munchkin fun days this week so visiting my friends on line might have to fit in and around but I will do my best to call by to say hello and don't forget to let me have your details if you haven't already and you want to swap ATCs for next week's celebrations.
Annie x

Sunday 19 May 2013

My latest new header picture...

Our garden is full of beautiful flowers at the mo and these tulips are some Shell and Brent gave us.  The sun.....yes sun!!!...we have had today has really opened the blooms out and I just couldn't resist using the photo to brighten up my blog....aren't they stunning?

I've put a pic here too cos I'm sure when something else wins my heart in the garden my header pic will change again.  :-)

Friday 17 May 2013

This week's smiles...week 18

It's been another fab week full of happy posts so many thanks to all who joined in.

 I have chosen Nan Gs blog over at Froggy Designs this week to feature with the photo of her chilled out cat.....If only we could chill out the way only animals know how eh?  :-) Love it.

As most of you know a month ago I was diagnosed as being diabetic and last night I went for my first weigh in.  I have been very sensible with what I have eaten and to be honest although it took me a little while to get my head around it all I really haven't missed much.  I came home from the Dr's with a huge grin on my face cos I have lost.....

wait for it.....


 I am so thrilled and am  already feeling the benefits  :-) :-) :-)

 I have another little video to make you smile this week.  I know they are only 19 months old but our little twinny munchkins love to play make believe.  Here they are going shopping together....I think you can tell who is playing Mum  :-)

They really do give their Mum and Dad so much pleasure and make so many people smile.  I'm sure you are smiling now too  :-)

The other thing that has made me smile this week is the beautiful blossom that is coming out on our crab apple tree [my new header picture].  I just love the gorgeous deep pink colour and the dark colours on the leaves.

Hope you have enjoyed your visit today and will now snap away and share a pic of what has made you smile this week.  I have to go to the hospital for my first diabetic eye test today so might be a little late calling by to see what's made you smile this week but I will call by ....I promise.

Annie x

Wednesday 15 May 2013

What's On Your Workdesk Weddings Day....

What's on your work desk Weddings day.......

Jo and I spent the afternoon on Monday brainstorming ideas for Wedding keepsakes.  So today this is what is on my work desk......

I have an ironing board full of Wedding fabrics.....there is silk, satin, lace and frills of all sorts waiting to be transformed into bride dollies, posy bags, special book covers etc.

.....Well that's the theory. 

 Neither Jo or I have much Mojo at the mo but hope playing with all this beautiful fabric and trimmings will kick start something.  If anyone has an up and coming Wedding that they would like something special designing and making for please let us know.

The other thing I have to show you today is this...

Do you remember the last LillyBo quilt and bag I made a while back that needed a little someone to go in the pocket?  Well here it is....

Now come on little bunny they really are a friendly bunch that visit me here and there is no need to be shy.

That's much better.  I'm sure they will all love you as much as me and the little person you are given to will know you were made with lots of love so will treasure you.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and will leave me a little hello comment.  I will do my best to pop to yours to see what you've been up to this week in between my sewing jobs later.

Annie x

Monday 13 May 2013

Another gorgeous parcel has arrived...

I feel so very blessed to have such special blogging friends.  Our good friend Jo from Jozart has been really busy making silk scarves for all who have made LillyBo quilts as a thank you for our efforts and for supporting the very worth while cause......there really was no need Jo as I just know we have all loved our quilt making but thank you for your generosity.

Here's mine...

Thank you for the heart headed pins too  :-)

It's in my favourite colour Jo so you really have put special thought and love into making it.

My quilt making has had to slow up a little with all that has been going on here but it hasn't stopped....after all I still have several little bags with fabrics all sorted into to make several more yet  :-)'s just that life sometimes gets in the way.

Please follow this link.....LillyBo Quilts..... if you would like to have a go at quilt making for this very special cause or just to find out more about it.

Thanks again Jo xx

Annie x

Friday 10 May 2013

This weeks smiles.....week 17

I hope you all had a great week.  Lots joined in last week by linking up pics of what made them smile....thanks to each and every one of you.

My featured blog this week just had to be Linda's at Such is life with her picture of little Max who had made himself at home in her pyjamas while she was out!!!  Such a little cutie he is too.  :-)  Thanks for joining in Linda and sharing your photo.

This week has been spent mowing lawns and tidying up out in our garden [I hasten to add most of the work being done by my wonderful hubby  :-) ].  I'm pretty good at being a supervisor and supplying the refreshments [sugar free ones of course! ].  I have been out with the camera on my mobile phone snapping away at all the gorgeous plants coming into life out there at the moment and thought I'd make you smile to by sharing a collage of them with you.  You should be able to click on the pictures to get a closer look if you'd like to.

Isn't nature wonderful?

So,  I've shown you what has made me smile this week.  Why not look at the world around you and snap a few pics of the things that are making you smile to share with your blogging friends.  It really does make the world a happier place to be.

Annie x

Thursday 9 May 2013

My postman came knocking :-)

I have just had a lovely surprise and just have to share it.  My postman has just brought me a little parcel from overseas.  

Here it is...

The front  :-)

The back  :-)

Don't you just love happy mail?  :-)

And inside was a wonderful set of cards made using photos that Kay had taken.  I won them on a quiz over on her blog.  I had no idea what it was that I had won so what a lovely surprise it was when my parcel arrived.  I love them all but especially this one...

For obviously reasons  :-)  How fab is this old sewing machine.

Thanks so much Kay.  I'm not sure I will be able to use the cards....will certainly have to stroke them a while first and the one of the sewing machine just might find it's way on the wall of my new sewing room...that is of course if we ever manage to move. :-)

Wednesday 8 May 2013


Hello to all my wonderful visitors this week.  Another Wednesday means another day of showing and telling and sharing our spaces with blogging friends all over the world.....and yes I do mean all over the world.  I have so far had 19 requests to swap ATC with me for the 4th year celebrations of this wonderful group and at least 8 of those are from over sea friends [and yes I do consider you as friends....just ones I haven't met as yet].  If your name isn't on my list to swap and you'd like it to be please email me at with your details.

This week saw the situation changed for one of my WOYWW friends.  On Thursday my darling hubby took me to a local pub to stalk Neet who was in the area [ I had warned her first of course :-)  ] and wahooooooo I can now say I have met her....... trust me when I say she is just as lovely as I though she was.  We sat and chatted as though we had known each other for years [which of course we had!].  Life should be filled with days like that.

And here's the proof  :-)

I haven't had a lot of time for crafting this week but will show you what I have been up to...

My work rail has filled and emptied several times.  
Here there is...
  • 9 pair of shortened trousers
  • 2 altered dresses
  • a jacket that I've shortened the sleeves on
and that's not all.

I had to redesign a couple of chair pads to make a fitted seat pad for an elderly gentleman to use in his can to aid with comfort after hip surgery.  This all had to be hand sewn!

A trip to Ikea resulted in a new Expedit storage unit....alas not for crafting storage though!
This was needed to house toys for the grandchildren.  We had bags and boxes full of toys everywhere and needed to tidy things up for all the house viewing we are hoping to get now we have reduced the sale price  :-)
Keep your fingers crossed for us please.

On top of all that...
  • You might have seen on Jo's blog that we have also fitted in a theatre night out to see 'Made in Brum'....a brilliant night out.  
  • We have visited our good friend in her care home...she is always thrilled to see us on our fortnightly visits.
  • Caught up with the family
  • Oh and I've done a bit of dusting, cleaning, tidying, ironing etc know, all those little things that need keeping up to date when your house is on the market  :-)'s been just a normal sort of week over about you?
If you leave me a little hello comment I will do my best to pay you a return visit in between this weeks activities  :-)

Annie x

Friday 3 May 2013

This week's smiles....week 16

We had several more joining in the fun this week so I must thank you all for your efforts in helping to make the world a happier place.  Lin in the Pink Chaves was one of my new bloggers but I was unable to leave her a comment so I would just like to say thank you for joining in the fun.  The other new name to join in the fun is my featured blog for this week....

Kerry from Kezzys Crafty Journey joined in for the first time this week with a gorgeous pic of the blossom in her garden and the most humongous ice cream.  Even though I can no longer enjoy an ice cream like that I am allowed to share the enjoyment of others having one  :-)  Thanks for joining in Kerry.

This week I am sharing a video with you. Turn your sound up and I just know you will be chuckling when you've watched it.

I guess you are now grinning from ear to ear and if you are like me will have listened to it several times.  I wish I could bottle that giggle....I'm certain it would sell well.  :-)

Thanks for dropping by this week.  Please do your best to snap a pic of something that has made you smile this week and link it up below.  Not only will you feel good for focusing in on your happy times but you will feel the benefits of sharing it with others.

Annie x

Wednesday 1 May 2013


I have had a really industrious week.  I've made lots that I cant show you and I've used lots of snippets but can't link them on Di's blog cos they have to stay hidden....for a while at least  :-)

So what is on my desk this week?.....

Do you remember this from a couple of weeks back?
 Well, I have now used that yummy fabric and bits and made 24 completed ATCs for the 4th Birthday swap that's coming up next month and I've also made cards for them to go inside....wont show you them yet but here they all are proudly standing up in my little box waiting to be posted.
If you haven't sent me your details yet but would like to swap with me then please email me your details so I can add you to my list....I'm happy to make more if needed  :-)

Teddy hospital has been open this week

I had these two, very sad, special friends arrive needing loving attention because they had been attacked by a dog and  come off worse.  Wolfie had lost two eyes and his nose and little teddy had lost an eye and needed restuffing.

Here they are, all lovingly repaired and waiting patiently for their owner to come and collect them.
As you can see I get all sorts of jobs to do here and get trusted with very special friends to put right....I guess being a nurse in my former life helps when it comes to giving anaesthetics and performing life saving surgery.  :-)

For all those who left such caring comments last week I must add a huge thank you and let you know that Sam has now bounced back to full health....and I'm sure all your get well wishes played a huge part so big hugs to each and every one of you.

Thanks for dropping by to see what I've been up to this week.  If you leave me a comment I will do my best to pay you a return visit but I not only had the twinnie munchkins yesterday but they have an extra day with me today so it will have to be either tonight or tomorrow when I get round to popping in to say hello.

Annie x