Wednesday 31 December 2014


I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and Santa brought you all you deserved.  We have really enjoyed many family together times over Christmas and for me that has made it all simply perfect. 

I am still focusing on plans for next year with what I'm sharing today.  Our family does a Secret Santa for the eight adults.  We are limited to just a £20 limit on what we spend and as you can imagine much hilarity is enjoyed when we open our gifts.  There is always a good mixture of joke and sensible gifts but my Secret Santa really knew what I wanted this year.

A gorgeous storage box filled with glass storage jars, 2 packs of pretty fabric fat quarters, ribbons and much more :-)

It was just what I wanted for my new sewing room and this is what I have planned for it....

In one of my temporary cupboards in my make do sewing room are my 7 old plastic sweet jars filled to the brim with ribbons and trims but the jars have now gone brittle and have seen better days so I will be sorting the contents and filling my fab new jars at some point in the New Year.

The dolls clothes you've been seeing made leading up to the big day really put smiles on my little grandees faces as you can imagine and I've now been given an order for proper dolls sized blankets as the baby blankets that have been used are "just too big Nanny" :-)  Of course I'm more than happy to please and have needed something to do with my hands.  I've now finished 3 and the 4th will be finished soon.  :-)

So that's what I've been doing.  How about you?  If you'd like to leave me a little hello message to let me know you've been then I will do my best to pay you a return visit as soon as I can to see what you've been up to.

Wishing you all a very happy New Year and here's to many more fun times together in 2015.

Annie x

Friday 26 December 2014

My Christmas smiles.....week 99

I know, I know!  I said I wouldn't be posting on my blog today but I just couldn't do it.  I am totally overloaded with smiles and have just got to share just one pic as to why?

This pic is one we took over this festive time on one of the occasions when all our family have got together....

You can see our two daughters and son, 2 son-in-laws and daughter-in-law, 5 grandees and of course my wonderful hubby and I [ I'm the one hiding under the tinsel :-) ].  Sooooooo many reasons to smile........and there will be more together times to come yet  :-)   It's what Christmas is all about.

So if you feel the need to share your smiles today too please link them below.  

Love and hugs to you all,
Annie x

Wednesday 24 December 2014


Happy Wednesday to you all.  I have had another busy week crafting and creating but alas I can't share any of it with you as it's all finished and wrapped now ready for the big day....I didn't take pics of it all as those they were made for read my blog.  What I will say is that I haven't washed a minute and now my desk is cleared and empty.

So? What am I going to share with you this week?  I have spending some time looking for ideas on Pinterest as to how I will setting up my new sewing room in the new year and thought you might like to share my plans....

My sewing room will be the size of most garages with a south facing window and only one door so there should be plenty of room for my 5 work stations [yes I really do have 5 machines I use regularly] and plenty of storage [I have bin bags full of fabric I need to find homes for].  I love the clean white, turquoise and pink used in these pics and am planning a large cutting surface in the middle of the room that will also double up as an area that can be used as a social crafting area for when my friends come to play.

Can you tell I'm excited at all the plans?  I plan to share the developments with you as it changes so hope you will come along for the ride.

For now I would just like to say thank you to each and every one of you for visiting me each week during the last year and for your wonderful comments.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that 2015 brings you all you wish for yourselves.

Love and hugs to you all.
Annie x

Friday 19 December 2014

This week's smiles.....week 98

At such a busy time of year I really do appreciate those that took the time out to join in the fun last week.  Thanks you to each and every one of you. For those that didn't look last week I'd like to to feature two blogs this week....

Thanks girls....your smiles really do make the world a better place to live.

I'm sharing just one pic for this week.....

These three Christmas tree decorations were made for us by our youngest daughter Amy's three children. Phoebe [age 6] made the fairy, Steve [age 3] [with the help of his daddy] made the snowman and Lulu [age 4 1/2] [with her mummy's help] made the gingerbread man.  I just love them and they make me smile every time I look at our Christmas tree.......happy memories that will come out for years to come.

That just leaves me to say a very Happy Christmas to each and every one of you.  I won't be posting next Friday as I'm certain you will all be too busy to be checking out blogs.  I hope to see you all joining again in with your smiles after Christmas.

Love to all. Hugs,
Annie xxxx

Wednesday 17 December 2014


Hello all.  We are getting closer to the big day and I'm still busy busy busy making for the special little people in my life in what spare time I've got.  I spent my two sewing days this week making dolls clothes to go with the knitted cardigans and hats you've already seen in previous posts so that's what I'm sharing with you today.....

I've made 2 pair of trousers, 2 pair of shorts and 4 shirts.

Here are two little dresses with puffed sleeves and pants to go with them.

Here are 5 little strappy sun dresses.

And here's 2 little cheery red dresses with matching pants.

I plan to share the clothes out between the little ones and am certain they will have lots of fun dressing their dollies with them....almost as much fun as I had making them all. :-)

So folks that's it from me.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I've been up to this week.  Please leave me a quick message and I will do my best to pay you a return visit as soon as I can [that is if blogger is playing nicely this seems to want to stop me leaving some of you a message for some reason but it's not for the want of trying].
Annie x

Friday 12 December 2014

This week's smiles....week 97

It was another fab week of sharing smiles again last week.  It's so lovely to see what's making you all smile each week and I thank you so much for taking the time out to join in.  This week I'm featuring Sam's pic of 5 birds.  I love watching my birds so this really touched a spot with me and really made me chuckle.  Thanks Sam.

My smiles this week just keep on coming.  As always they have been focused on my gorgeous grandees.  I'm so very blessed.

Little Steve is being a cowboy as you can see....he just loves Woody out of Toy Story.  I don't think I've ever known a little boy to smile as much as he does and it's just contagious.  :-)

Steve's big sisters just melted our hearts last night when we went to their school to see their performance of 'Whoops a daisy angel'.  Phoebe was one of the little angels and she led the singing with her beautiful voice.  Little Lulu was one of the snowflakes....she's one of the smallest in the school but more than makes up for it with her confidence.  The whole performance was just magical and there was more than one moment when the tissues were needed. :-)'s what Christmas is all about.

Little Lexi was busy amusing herself drawing and presented her mummy with her drawing of Santa so I just had to share it with you.

Sam has hand, foot and mouth virus so is feeling a little under the weather.....Get better soon my little munchkin.  The twins share everything so I'm guessing he will be sharing this with Lexi soon.

That's my smiles for this week.  Hope you've enjoyed them and will share yours by linking them below.  I promise I will pop over to enjoy yours too :-)

Wednesday 10 December 2014


Hello fellow WOYWWers.  Thanks for dropping by to see what I've been up to this's been another busy one for me.  I've been...
  • Having fun with the twinnie munchkins...and doing lots of crafty activities
  • Sewing for customers....yes another few have found our new abode :-)
  • Sewing for the love of it
  • Knitting
  • Making Christmas stockings to order.
So without rambling on too much here's a few snaps to share with you...

The knitting pile has grown....there is now 5 cardigans and 4 matching hats completed and the last matching hat is already on the needles :-)

4 completed personalised stockings hanging up and ready for collection. :-)

If you've read the children's story the elves and the shoemaker I'm sure this photo will remind you of it.....5 little pairs of trousers and 5 little shirts to be worn by......

....... the 5 little puppets I've been making.  The chop stick handles have been bound with wadding and covered with fabric and there is just a little hand sewing left to do and the faces and hair to complete them.

And just to make you is the next generation enjoying some crafty to start them young I say :-)

Thanks for popping by.  Hope you enjoyed your visit.  If you leave me a little hello comment to let me know you've called I will do my best to pay you a visit.  Google+ doesn't always allow me to leave a comment and there were a few blogs last week that blogger refused to let me get on....I think it has a mind of it's own at times.  So if I missed to leave you a comment then I'm sorry.

Annie x

Friday 5 December 2014

This week's smiles....week 96

Happy Friday to all you wonderful callers that pop by each week.  A big thank you to all of you who also took the time out to share your happy moments.  I am featuring Kay's post from last week that explained a lot to me....I just knew there was someone causing the scales to read such big numbers when I stand on them. ;-)  Thanks for the giggle Kay.

My week has, as always, been filled with smiles.  I am so lucky to have such a lot in my life that gives me reasons to be happy.  I'm sharing a few festive photos that made me smile....

Not quite sure what Sam's face says.....I think it's a boy thing but Lexi certainly looks rather happier about having the picture taken.
See what I mean about it being a boy thing?  Steve needed his daddy there too to make him feel safe :-)
Phoebe and Louise were more than happy to have their photo taken with the big man in red and had also enjoyed the fun of having their faces painted....aren't they just gorgeous. :-)
So there you are folks...just a few of my smiles from this week and if none of those make you smile then I'm adding a link to a video Shell put on Facebook.  

I really hope  you can click on the link and enjoy a giggle.

Please share your smiles by linking them below and let's all do our best at making the world a happier place.
Annie x

Wednesday 3 December 2014


Happy Wednesday to one and all.  It's that day of the week again when we all link up with our friends all round the world to enjoy a good snoop at each other's creative spaces.  If you don't know what I'm talking about [then where have you been for the last few years?] please pop over to our Queen of snoop Julia's blog at the Stamping Ground to check out the details and join in the fun [if you dare :-)].  It's a really lovely group and you will be made very welcome.

So what's on my desk this week?

Yes, it looks a little different today.  That's cos I'm showing you where I 'craft' in the evenings and because there is nothing different to show you in my sewing room.  As you can see I've got some knitting on the go.  I'm knitting dolly cardigans to be packed up with other sewn dolly clothes [that have still to be made yet] for some special little people in my life.  It's a simple pattern that I found on Ravelry....because as yet I've not found the box that my dolly knitting patterns were put in for the move!!......Oh how I long to have my new sewing room where I can empty all the rest of my craft boxes and sort all the contents in their new homes.

So that's it from me for today....short and sweet.  If you leave me a little hello comment to let me know you've called then I will do my best to pop over to yours to see what you've been up to this week.
Annie x