Friday 29 October 2021

Thiss week's smiles....week 445

 Another week has passed and I'm very thankful that I'm very nearly back up to normal energy levels. We enjoyed a lovely weekend away recharging my batteries....a lot of sleeping was done but on my birthday we went to Minehead and enjoyed a little walk on the front plus fish and chips lunch in one of the beach shelters and a Mr Whippy ice cream on our walk back to the motor home....bliss.

It's lucky that I'm feeling rather better now because I've needed my  energy this week....  

  • A lady came to me wanting 5 Memory bears making....she then decided to have 6 made.
  • A lady came to me to have a dress altered and it turned out to be her Wedding dress.
  • Another lady came wanting a dress fitting....she brought two dresses with her
  • Another lady came wanting 5 Memory bears making and decided to have 6 instead then messaged me later to say she'd decided  to have 7 made
The amount of work being done is still being decided by my body but each day I am feeling better thankfully and I'm working my way through all that's needed.

We enjoyed a meal out at Cote Brasserie in Shrewsbury Wednesday night and then we watched the screening of Cliff Richard live at the Albert Hall at the Old Market Hall was really good and I just wish I was as fit as Cliff at aged 81!

We went to watch Stephen play a football tournamant on Monday night.

He won 2 games and lost 1 but he only let one goal in which he was very pleased about.

Here he is in his new team football strip.

It's been a week of baking by the Grandchildren  while they have been on half term holidays. 

These are the twins buns....yum yum

And these were the biscuits and buns Phoebe and Lulu made.
Last night we 'babysat' for Amy and the girls cooked us our tea then we all enjoyed some fun time on the sewing machines before bed....there may be photos to share with you next week.

That's all from me for this week.  Please share your smiles by linking up at the bottom and I will do my best to call by at yours to see what you've been doing this week.
Annie x

Wednesday 27 October 2021


 Hello all.  Firstly I want to thank Julia for my get well/thinking of you card.  It's so lovely being part of this wonderful gang and feeling so loved.  It was my birthday at the weekend and my darling hubby took me away for a few nights in out motor home to Wiveliscombe in worked like a tonic too.  My batteries are recharging well now and it's really just as well because...

I returned to an order for 5 memory bears so yesterday [my day off]  I set to and worked out how I was going to make them all takes a lot of brain power and thankfully I managed it ok which is just as well because....

....Today I have dress fittings at 9.30, 10.00 and 10.30 and at 11.00 I have another 5 Memory bears arriving.  Plus at some point I have 2 [or possibly 5] more Memory bears coming another dress fitting and 3 pair of trousers to shorten....if it all arrives!!  I am letting my energy levels decide how much I do each day but it's so lovely to be feeling more myself now.

That's all from me for today.  I promise to call by to see what you've been up to this week when I get the chance.


Annie x

Friday 22 October 2021

This week's smiles...week 444

 I'm here with some smiles today.  I'm running at about 60% energy levels but I'm getting there thankfully.  I can still nod off at the drop of a hat but I guess that is more to do with my age and recovery than anything else....we don't bounce back the same as we get older do we?

So here's my smiles for this week...

Theo had his first session at the forrest school this week and just loved it.  He's been a little gem Facetiming me too to see if I was better...It works like a tonic to see his smiling little face.

Whilst we've been poorly it was Stephen's 10th birthday.  Sadly we had to miss joining in the fun this year and his birthday presents were rather late but he said he was just glad to have us better....such a kind caring thoughtful boy.

Lulu had done tie dying at school and couldn't wait to send me a photo of the results.

Both Lulu and Phoebe have had commendation awards at school this week for their sewing....that sewing machine really has helped their confidence.  Their teachers were very impressed with their proud of them both.

Finally I thought this one would make you laugh.  This is me at the mo.  I saw the pic on Facebook and it seemed so appropriate I couldn't resist sharing it with you.

I must say a big thank you for all the lovely get well wishes from last week and for the gorgeous card that Angela sent me....I really do feel loved.


Annie x

Wednesday 20 October 2021


 I'm here....just.  I've not been in my sewing room for 2 weeks and I can honestly say I've never felt so poorly.  I'm so glad I am double jabbed because I imagine things would have been rather worse otherwise.

Please if you've still not had your vaccines then get them quickly and stay safe.  We are always very careful, wear face masks and use hand gel and have no idea at all where we caught it because no one else we have been in contact with has had it

So what's on my desk today....absolutly nothing but I will share these two brilliant books Amy and family have given me for my birthday [ a little early but who's counting...I'm so glad to have survived to get there lol].

Amy had asked me what I wanted and I thought they were both really lovely projects that I can share with the children on their sewing machine...I can see us having lots of fun together.

That's all from me for today....I hope my energy levels return so I can have more to share with you next week.


Annie x

Friday 15 October 2021

This week's smiles....week 443

 Sadly there are no smiles from me this week.  I am self isolating with Covid and boy have I been a poorly girl.  I've run really high temperatures since last Thursday and am still feeling as weak as a kitten.  The annoying thing is we have no idea how we have caught it because we are very cautious and always wear face masks and use hand gel everywhere we go [although of course not everyone else is so careful].  I am so very grateful that I am double jabbed.  My hubby has also tested positive but thankfully his hasn't been so severe and he is mow much better [and is doing a great job of looking after me].

So please link up your smiles below because, trust me, I could do with them this week.


Annie x

Friday 8 October 2021

This week's smiles....week 442

 Another week and lots more to smile about.  I feel so blessed that I really don't struggle to find something that has made me smile each week.  Work has eased off again this week but I really don't seem to struggle to find something to do each day.

We caught up with these three at the weekend...Stephen will be 10 this weekend and one of his uncles will be 40 so we celebrated both birthdays with a hog roast and live entertainment in their garden [in their marquee] was so lovely to all be together safely.

Theo has had his first school photos [these are the proofs hense the quality].  He looks so grown up now don't you think?

I call him 'No fear Theo'.  Here he is climbing up a climbing wall....notice no ropes and there's no stopping him.

He's such a confident little boy and I'm sure that will carry him through life.

Finally here's the latest collage taken in our garden....the colours really are looking so Autumnal now....I love it.

I hope you will share your smiles by linking them at the bottom of the page.

Have a great week.


Annie x

Wednesday 6 October 2021


 What's this? I'm posting two Wednesdays in a row?  Hehe....don't worry cos there's another adventure just around the corner....we are determined to get the most out of life while we can.

On my desk today is...

These are the, now completed 8 Memory cushion covers I started last week.  I have really enjoyed making these.  There were a few special requests and it's always really lovely working with my customers wishes.
I have also shortened a posh frock and steamed it for a special wedding and shortened a blouse for another customer.

For the most observant amongst you, yes that is birthday wrapping paper at the back because yesterday was my much older sister's BIG birthday....Happy Birthday Jo....Life just wouldn't be the same without you.  Love you lots xxxx

Finally here's the latest update from my Granddaughters.  Most nights after school they are enjoying playing on their sewing machine now and I am really enjoying their updates as to what they make next....this week they have been designing and making their dollies dresses.....not sure who they take after :-)

Thanks for calling by.  please leave me a little message and I will call by at yours to see what you've been up to this week.
Annie x

Friday 1 October 2021

This week's smiles .....week 441

 Here we are at another weekly catch up of the happy moments of the week.....and there's been many.

Business has been booming this week....I've made 8 Memory custions and I have more customers coming today....I love life when I'm busy.

I shared the photos of Amy's three with their new sewing machine on my Wednesday's post and... they have it at home I get regular updates on how much they are really loving using it and what they are making.  As you can see, Stephen is really thrilled with the sleeping bag he made for his special teddy.....and I'm thrilled to see them all working/playing together to use the machine.  Who knows maybe one of them will want to take my business over one day :-)

It's been a much colder/wetter week here this week but the garden just keeps on giving.  The pic top left is the view from my sewing room door....the fuscias have been huge this year and I'm making the best of them because I just know the blooms will drop once the frosty weather arrives.  Middle bottom is one of our crab apple trees....they don't have so many fruit on them this year but I just love thelovely red colours of Autumn.

That's all the photos I have to share this week but I'm sure you will have lots more to share with us so please link up below.


Annie x