Friday 29 April 2022

This week's smiles....week 470

 Happy Friday to one and all.  Here we are at the catch up of smiles from the week and, as always, there's been a few.

Big brother duties are settling down is Theo reading a bedtime story to Louie.  I have a video of it all and Louie does seem to be listening closely to his big brother and Theo's reading is amazing now.

I really dont like having my photo taken but these two made me so aware of the difference in the last 5 years and now more than 3 stone down.....yes I'm smiling.....lots!!!

The first photo is when Theo was little and the one on the right was taken this week with Louie.

Finally I have 3 collages of funnies for you this week....hope you enjoy them.

Annie x

Wednesday 27 April 2022


 Hello all.  I've had another week filled with sewing jobs but I'm sharing pics of my, now finished, Luna Lapin [now called Louie Lapin] first...

I really enjoyed making my latest little rabbit for baby Louie.  I adapted the patterns for his clothes to make him look more like a baby rabbit and am thrilled with how he's turned out.

These are the latest two Memory bears I have made.  I had to use a fluffy dressing gown that belonged to a much loved Grandma and it has made gorgeous bears...I love the colours.

That brings my Memory bear count up to 562 now....and I have at least 5 more to make this week  :-)

The other pics I'm sharing very proudly today are these ones Phoebe sent me of the pencil roll she made...all by herself.  I'm thrilled to see my grandchildren using their sewing skills...especially when they are so successful.

That's all from me for this week.  I have lots of sewing to do now...and most is coming in today and is needed tomorrow  yesterday!!


Annie x

Friday 22 April 2022

This week's smiles...week 469

 Another week has passed and it's been one filled with celebrations and smiles.  I will quickly show you a few of my pics that I can share....

Theo shows his baby brother Louie off to his cousins.

I'm thrilled to say both mum and baby are doing well and the little family has been enjoying quality time together while Mark is on paternity leave and Theo is on his Easter holidays.

For our Wedding Anniversary we went for a ride out in our motor home to Alderford Lake.  It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed several walks with Milly but sadly they couldn't find wetsuits to fit us so we had to miss out on the water slides ;-)

Amy and Dave printed us out a new family tree for our Wedding Anniversary to go in our living room with little Louie added on it. :-)

We treated ourselves to new patio furniture [bottom right] and our little garden is just gorgeous now with so many beautiful flowers coming into bloom.

Finally here are a few funnies to make you smile.

I hope your week has been filled with smiles too and you will share them by linking up below.

Annie x

Wednesday 20 April 2022


 Happy Wednesday everyone.  It's been a week filled with celebrations here at Sewing by Annie's and, what with a new grandson, our 40th Wedding anniversary and Easter, there hasn't seen much action in my sewing room.

So today I am sharing a different desk...

I am busy making another Luna Lapin rabbit for our latest grandchild.  All the other 6 grandchildren have their own Luna Lapin rabbits so this one is for Louie.

I have lots of work that is supposed to be arriving this week so it has been really lovely to enjoy the break and lots of family times.  I hope you have all enjoyed the long weekend and have rather more to share than me this week.  If you leave me a little comment so I know you've called by I will do my best to pay you a return visit as soon as I am able.


Annie x

Friday 15 April 2022

This week's smiles....week 468

 Here we are at another round up of the smiles of the last week and believe me we have had lots to smile about...

Little Louie Oliver arrived at 7.37pm on 12th April weighing 7lb 15ozs
Theo is so thrilled to have his baby brother and we are so very proud of Gina and Mark for all the hard work they have gone through over the last very difficult weeks to get him here.

He's simply gorgeous.

Our garden is blooming everywhere we look and giving us so much to smile about.

I'm really loving all the Primroses that are in full bloom because.....

 .......they bring happy memories back from 40 years ago when this young couple got married.  It's our Ruby Wedding Anniversary this Sunday 17th April.

The man I married, as you can see, had ginger hair and glasses....alas he has neither most of the time now as he often wears contact lenses but I love him as much now as I did back then.....3 wonderful children and 7 gorgeous grandchildren are our legacy to the world.

I'm leaving you now with a few funnies to make you smile ....if you aren't already :-)

Hope you all have a great Easter weekend.


Annie x

Wednesday 13 April 2022


 I've had a busy week one way or another. I always write my WOYWW post on a Tuesday and at this moment in time Gina is progressing well in labour...eventually! She was admitted to hospital on Sunday with a high blood pressure which was thankfully lowered/controlled with meds for her to go into labour.  I promise to Update if there's any more news so watch this space....

I’m thrilled to say that Louie Oliver arrived safely  at 7.37 last night weighing 7lb 15oz......more to follow on Friday 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

I've had another busy week with bridesmaid's dresses, prom dresses etc etc but have also made this...

It's a snuggle cushion with a pocket on the one side that I have put reading and activity books in for idea is that he can snuggle up with Gina when she feeds the baby.

The other thing I have to share with you is my gorgeous box of sewing threads that came with my new industrial machine....I'm guessing it's like a new box of pens to most of you....I'm excited and will probably admire them for a while before I use any lol
I actually needed a pale turquoise green thread for a job on a skirt and there wasn't the right colour thread in this box.....or my drawer full of threads!!!

That's all from me for today my friends.  To be honest I've spent the last few days running on adrenaline with very little sleep and yesterday was spent looking after 4 of our 6's what a day off is meant for isn't it?  :-) :-)
I hope to catch up with as many of you that I can....but it may take me a while to get there.
Annie x

Friday 8 April 2022

This week's smiles....week 467

 Here we are at the end of yet another busy week catching up on what's made us smile....and there's been plenty to smile about here and I hope with you too.

Theo is proudly showing me the award he was given at's for Maths and he was awarded it for 'challenging himself to think of different ways to make numbers using addition and subtraction and for describing his favourite shape, a nonagon.''s so easy to forget he's only 5!!

He had to make an Easter bonnet for school too and thought he'd pull a face in the photo he sent me....he's so funny.

This has to be one of my favourite photos....and of course as Gina is to be induced on Monday there wont be many more photo opportunities like this.

Gina has rested lots all week and is now uncomfortable all the time so I'm sure she will be glad to get it all over now....but hopefully not until Mark has a negative Covid test!!...I really don't want him to miss out on the birth of his second son. It's so exciting.

This really made me smile [and no I wasn't just sitting watching him!].  On Wednesday morning we gave my sewing room a deep clean...I do make an awful lot of fluffy dust! We got it finished just in time to find a home for my new industrial machine I have been given.  The old one we bought just wasn't up to the job we got it for sadly.

Finally here's a couple more collages of Friday funnies to share with you all.  I hope you've had a good week and will share the smiles you've got by linking them below....we can never have too many smiles and everyone is welcome.
Annie x

Wednesday 6 April 2022


 Oh what a week I've had since I was here last Wednesday.  We had to run Gina to hospital to be monitored again last Friday but thankfully all was well and she was allowed home again.  Sadly our son Mark has now tested positive for Covid and now has to test negative before he can go with Gina to hospital for the birth of their baby....please keep everything crossed for them as I really don't want him to miss all the excitement. [I may be called upon to be Gina's birthing partener if Mark is still testing positive.]

Last Wednesday I was expecting a bag full of factory trousers needing new zips and by Friday afternoon they looked like this...

All finished...
  • New zips fitted to 24 pair of trousers
  • 2 pair of trousers repaired and 
  • a white coat seam repaired
I do have a wonderful hubby who helps by removing some of the old zips and Gina sat and removed one for me on Friday morning too....we make a great team.

I also had orders from two customers for my Memory characters come in so, as I had so much work to do I spent the weekend cuttings out...
  • 1 Monkey
  • 1 Cat
  • 1 Dog and 
  • 4 Bears [quite a menagerie!!]
Most of them needed reinforcing with interfacing too so that meant cutting them each out twice of course!

I spent all day Monday making up the 7 Memory characters to the point that they just needed faces, ribbons and 4 of them were to have personalised labels made.

I know it's my day off on a Tuesday but as today I have 3 bridesmaid fittings booked in I spent yesterday finishing off the monkey, cat, dog and 2 bears for my one customer and....

...two Memory bears for another customer.

Both customers were repeat orders and that always makes my heart sing. 

On top of all that sewing I have also replaced a zip in a pair of jeans and tapered the legs on another pair of I always say it all comes at once. :-)

I will be busy today with the 3 bridesmaid fittings and all 3 dresses will need 3 layers shortening so my busy week continues. If you leave me a little message I will do my best to pop over to yours to see what you've been up to this week.


Annie x

Friday 1 April 2022

This week's smiles...week 466

 Another week has passed and it's been a busy one here at Sewing by Annie' of course I'm smiling.  I'm pleased so say Gina is still hanging in there....not totally uneventful but even spiking a temperature and having to have a trip to hospital for monitoring and having tightenings most days the baby has now reached 37 weeks. ...she is being induced on 11th April if she gets that far.

I have a few photos to share with you of course...

Gina makes a lovely banana cake....because you can make it all in one I asked for the recipe and here's the results.  You are welcome to help yourselves to a slice while you read on [be quick cos there's now only one cake left now as we had a slice each yesterday while Gina was here resting and what was left was sent home with her for Mark and Theo].

My collage of smiles here is of two pics are from going to football with his daddy and his grandad.  Bottom left he is baking a banana cake with his mummy and bottom right is of his daisy chain that he is proudly holding up.

Here's the latest collage of flowers from our garden from this week....the trees are coming into bloom and even down to the tiny violets and cowslips they are all filling my days with smiles each day.

Finally here's my latest funnies that I've found to share with you this week.  I hope you have enjoyed my smiles for this week and will leave me a message before you share your own smiles by linking below.
Annie x