Friday 27 August 2021

This week's smiles....week 436

 I was MIA again on Wednesday so didn't manage a WOYWW but I have a very good reason....I was busy making special memories before Theo starts school next Thursday and I have put together a couple of collages to share them with you all.  We wen't to a campsite called Fforrest Fields near Builthwells in mid Wales.  It's a campsite we have been going to for probably near 30 years and where we took our family to when they were growing's like home from home :-)

We did everything from cold water swimming [I just watched!!] and canoeing to walking and generally just enjoying special times's what life should be filled with.

Eating beetroot makes your tongue red :-)

Special walks for Theo with Milly dog and adventures with Daddy and Grandad.

My camping quilts came in handy as it was rather cooler in the evenings. :-)

We've decided Theo is going to be a bridge builder/engineer..... this is what happens when Nanny and Grandad have special time with Theo while Mummy ans Daddy have their showers lol.  The motor home cushions make wonderful bridges and if you pile them all on top of each other a, nearly 5 year old, can even see out of the skylight  :-) notice the support he fitted underneath the middle of the main bridge....each structure had it's own code munber [made up by Theo's imagination].

That's my smiles for this week.  I hope they made you smile too and you will leave me a little comment so I know you've called in and then link to your own smiles below.


Annie x

Friday 20 August 2021

This week's smiles ....week 435

 Another busy week and lots more smiles to share thankfully.

I just love it when my customers are so happy with what I do for them that they buy me flowers....they were just too pretty not to share them with you. 

I don't like having my photo taken but I do LOVE paddling in the sea and this was the first time this year that I had the chance so I'm sharing it with you.

As you can see the beach was almost empty apart from the loved ones that I was there with me.

I will add that while crabbing with Mark I was surprised by a rather large wave and was soaking up to the knees lol.

Here's the latest collage of our garden flowers and just keeps on giving and I love it when you find a new flower hiding.

Finally here's a couple of funnies I found on Facebook and they made me laugh...hope they do you too.

Think I'm an energy saving bulb :-)

Now please leave me a little comment so I know you've called by and then, if you can, please link up to your own smiles below.


Annie x

Wednesday 18 August 2021


 Hello folks.  Did you miss me?  I was MIA last week because, although the intention was there, I couldn't join in the fun.  We were away on an adventure in our motor home on a Tranquil [adult only] campsite mid Wales with no television and very poor internet which made writing a blog and visiting others totally impossible so sorry all.

This was what I was busy doing last week...

I enjoyed some me time and did a bit more painting........I'm really enjoying experimenting and will probably make them into cards at some point.

Here is a special little bear that came into Annie's hospital ward needing love and attention.  He was coming apart at the neck and needed a bit of new stuffing.

He was a very brave bunny and his 9 year old owner was really happy when he came to collect him.  :-)

This is my desk today...I'm back to making memory bears.  These ones are for 3 children who have just finished school in America and are now moving to Australia.  I previously made them 3 bears when they moved from their school in Jordan so my little bears are slowly spreading Annie's love around the world.  :-)

One of the Memory bears is to have a pinafore made out of this one the little girl wore as part of her uniform so I have to make a pattern so it looks the same only bear sized :-)

I love a challenge as you know.  If I remember I may take a photo to share with you next week.


Annie x

Friday 13 August 2021

This week's smiles....week 434

 Another week has passed and it's been filled with more memories and lots of smiles.  I was missing in action on Wednesday and didn't write my normal WOYWW post because.....

....we were off on another adventure in our motor home.  We are determined to use it as often as we can and to make the most of life.  This time we had 3 nights on a campsite between Llandilo and Llandovery in Wales.  It was a beautifully maintained, tranquil site and, apart from there being very poor internet and tv available, it was pretty perfect.

We drove to the Gower and enjoyed a cliff top walk with stunning views and shared many laughs travelling the narrow roads in our motor home.

Amy sent me these photos of her three helping with the jobs....they all enjoyed power washing their path and I'm very impressed with the job they did.  Stephen had a few days playing football so the girls went in to the office with their mummy and even hoovered through for them....they are such good little helpers now.

These two photos made me the top one Grandad is helping Theo make a maze for his little toy hamster, Hammy, to play in.

I the bottom photo father and son are doing one of Theo's jigsaws. It's a Where's Wally jig saw and I decided I found two  :-)

That's all from me for this week.  I hope you have all had a great week and have lots of smiles you can share with us by linking up below.


Annie x

Friday 6 August 2021

This week's smiles...week 433

These weeks sure are whizzing by aren't they?  They say time flies when you're having fun don't they?  I have been really very busy with sewing and the bride, who's dress I did major alterations on her dress nearly a month ago, finally came on Wednesday for her final fitting.  Her dress looked amazing, I was really pleased with how the alterations turned out and the best bit was I was finally paid for all the work I'd done.....:-) :-)

I have a few smiles to share with you...

Amy's field has now been cut and baled and I really love this photo of  the 3 children and of course the two dogs....they are so very lucky to be growing up where they are.

They have a quad bike between them and have been enjoying timed races around the bales in the field.

Lulu had a sleep over at one of her friends this week....I love the teepees they slept in....and, looking at her smile, so did Lulu :-)

Shell's dog, Jet, is meeting a little holidaying friend....I'm not sure what she thinks of her but the twins have loved having their little visitor.

We have had two little [or not so little!] visitors in our garden this week too.  Milly found them so they had to be moved to keep them safe.  They are the caterpillars of the Elephant Hawk- moth and are huge....isn't nature amazing?

That's all from me for this week.  Please leave me a little message so I know you've called by and then link to your own smiles below.

Annie x

Wednesday 4 August 2021


 It's been a really busy week here for me at Sewing by Annie's and I've had a steady flow of posh frocks to alter and trousers to shorten.....

My sewing rail today is mostly filled with the 5 pair of trousers I shortened on Monday morning but there's also the wedding dress I showed you a few weeks back still hanging there in it's cover.....the bride asked me to do all those tricky jobs but has made several excuses to not collect it til hopefully later today [if there isn't yet another excuse for not collecting it!!].  I do get rather frustrated when my customers mess me about as I always work hard for them to get things done efficiently and then it is nice that I get paid for what I do....and I have little room for storing extra dresses.

You can see just how busy I've been by the size of the trimmings that I have cut off when shortening items.....this pile is just from the last few days work.  I always keep them until items are collected in case my customers say they want them for something.  Thankfully most of the jobs are collected quickly.

I have put up a special offer, over on my Sewing by Annie Facebook page, of 10% off my Memory bears for the first 10 orders I get so if anyone is wanting one then pop over to benefit from the offer....but be quick.

That's all I have to share with you for this week.  It's been one of those weeks of all work and no pleasure so I've had no time for painting or being creative in any other way.


Annie x