Wednesday 12 December 2018


As we creep ever closer to the big day my sewing seems to be piling in through my door and guess what?....I took a long weekend off to go to Centre Parcs with my darling hubby, Mark Gina and little Theo....just what the Dr ordered if it wasn't for the long walks needed to get everywhere.  I must say though that I took my walking stick with me and I managed most of them.  I have photos to share but I will keep those for my Friday Smiles Post so please call back on Friday and why not join in the fun by linking up your own smiles too....all are welcome.

So on my desk today is....

The latest 4 completed bears, made to hold special memories for 4 young children who lost their daddy far too soon....I really hope they will help them to get through their first painful Christmas without him.

Meet Mooshie Rabbit.  He has come to be fitted for a blue onsie with a shark fin on the back!.....Don't I get some challenges?

The outfit is actually for Rabbit who Mooshie was bought to replace if Rabbit was lost...but of course he never will because Rabbit is now well 'loved' and looks nothing like Mooshie :-)  

I hope to complete the challenge later today so, if I remember, I will try to show you a pic of him next week.

On my sewing machine are the next three Memory bears awaiting completion.  I am expecting another one later today and several more are coming tomorrow.....all wanted for Christmas!

Along side all this I do hope to finish my Christmas cards and get them in the post and to finish the peg people for the Grandchildren to hang on their trees this year......busy busy busy.  I do plan to get round as many of you as I can later.....but that may mean in the next day or so. :-)
Annie x

Friday 7 December 2018

This week's smiles....week 301

Here we are catching up with the weekly smiles.....I will be absent this Friday so have posted automatically so everyone can link up but I may not be able to leave you comments for a few days....but I will be reading your posts on my Ipad so please link them up below.

My smiles are all Christmas related this week.  My family have been enjoying early celebrations.....

Amy and gang enjoyed a weekend in Whitby with friends and these 5 are just the best of's so lovely to see them enjoying time together.....and I really love their matching onsies.

Here they are playing 'pass the snowball'.....don't ask.  I really don't know how to play it but I know they enjoyed it. 

Here they are colouring in the Christmas table cloth....what fun :-)

Michelle and gang moved houses last weekend and even in all the chaos Bob and Betty elves turned up on Dec 1st and this year they have brought their cousin Buster with them for fun and games each night.

When you're a teacher you just have to go that extra mile for the kids in your class and this is Shell playing Rudolph one of the days this week.  What fun eh?

That's my smiles for this week.  I will catch up with your all as soon as I can this week.
Annie x

Wednesday 5 December 2018


Hello. Happy Wednesday to you all.  The big day is fast approaching and, as yet,  I've still not had time to finish making my Christmas cards or painting the peg dolls to give the Grandchildren for their Christmas trees yet.  My sewing days have been filled to the brim and, as frustrating as that is, it has to come first but it's not been all work no play....

Phoebe [my eldest Granddaughter] has to briefly play the part of Mary in her school play but she has to be able to get her outfit on and off quickly so it couldn't be a full outfit so Nanny put her thinking cap on and Monday night Phoebe came for an hour while her brother was at his kick boxing club and she helped me design and make her outfit.  She was that thrilled to be able to help me and was really pleased with the results....she can get it on and off in a couple of minutes so it certainly does the job.

At one point, while we were creating together, she looked up at me and said 'your'e so clever with your sewing Nanny'....she just melted my heart.  She really is growing up into a lovely young lady.

Here's the latest two bears I've made and today I have 4 more coming this morning and another two this afternoon plus I have a toy rabbit coming to be fitted for a pair of trousers and a shirt that I've been asked to make.....I get all sorts of challenges  :-)

Last week Angela asked if I ever take photos of my bears to keep so I thought I'd show you that I have taken photos of every bear I've ever made, put them together in collages, printed them off and laminated them all....ALL 175 OF THEM!!

I really love making my bears and the responses I get when they are collected make my job all so worth while.

That's all from me for today.  Please leave me a little message and I will do my best to pay you a return visit when I can.
Annie x