Friday 27 October 2023

This week's smiles....week 536

 Here we are at another weekly catch up of what's made us smile during the week.

Mine was filled with making memories to celebrate my birthday/retirement.  It's included two trips to the theatre to see Vincent Simone's Argentine Tango show on Monday night [of Strictly Come Dancing fame] and on Wednesday night we saw Sarah Millican...and we laughed so much that I felt she should be on prescription.  I've been taken out for lunch on Monday and have been spoilt rotten by all my family and friends....I'm truly blessed.

We've had two wonderful fun days with little Louie making lots of memories.

Milly has been 'helping' me in my sewing room....she's such a sweety and she knows it.

Finally here's a few funnies to make you smile.

It's a quick one from me for this week because we are heading off on another adventure [more celebrations :-) ] but I will do my best to pop over to yours if I can.


Annie x

Wednesday 25 October 2023


 Hello all.  My name is Annie and I'm an OAP

It was my birthday Monday and at last I have reached 66 which means I can recieve my state pension.....but for those thinking I will be stopping sewing I wont.  I love my job so will be continuing to sew.  I may a little more selective on the jobs I take on and will def be enjoying my time with the grandchildren and the time we spend on adventures in our caravan but I do plan to carry on working, at least for a while yet.

I've had some beautiful flowers and even had a Happy Retirement balloon plus I have been spoilt rotton with a lovely meal out and a trip to the theatre to see Vincent Simone [of Strictly come dancing fame] in his Argentine Tango dance was amazing.

We are back to the theatre tonight to see Sarah Milligan and I am really looking forward to that.

I completed the first 'gifted' Advent calendar and when I went to cut the second one out I discovered it was actually two folded up together so I have now made 3 and will be selling them for the Harry Johnson trust.

Now this is def a coincidence.  On my desk today is two piles of clothing to make bears from.  

The turquoise set on the right hand side is to have a school bear made for a little girl who has just left school in Australia.

The white/grey set is to make 3 memory bears for a lady who lives in Australia and they will be flying out to their new home when finished.

I'm conquering the world folks :-)

That's all from this OAP for today.  I will do my best to pop over to yours as soon as I can but it's a fun day with Louie today so please be patient with me.


Annie x

Friday 20 October 2023

This week's smiles......week 535

 Here we are at our weekly catch up of the smiles from the week just gone....and there's been lots to smile about.

I've managed to catch up with all the outstanding jobs I had lined up and printed off new fliers etc that had run out.  I love it when I manage to catch up before the next customer heads to my door.  I changed the header pic to the last of the roses that were blooming before the colder weather started...isn't it pretty?

We've had two lovely fun days with little Louie and have now mastered the art of getting him to nap on the sofa now.  He's such a happy, contented little boy and is a pleasure to look after.

The only other thing I have to share with you today are a few funnies....I hope something makes you smile.

I have a busy week ahead of me with birthday/retirement celebrations ....I'm hoping it will last a week or two :-) I'm being taken out for lunch on Monday and have a couple of trips to the theatre up and coming....I hope to share more next week.

For now please leave me a little comment and then link to your own smiles below....and keep smiling my friends.


Annie x

Wednesday 18 October 2023


 These weekly catch ups seem to come around so quickly now and, yet again,  I've had another busy week so will quickly show and tell what I've been doing in pics...

At the end of last week I made these 4 lovely Memory bears to remember 2 special Grandmothers.

My next challenge was to make a Memory Elephant from a fleece was quite a challenge because all the fabric had to be stabilised with iron on interfacing but I rather like how he's turned out. 

Saturday morning I made two new advent calendars like this one and put the 8 I had finished on my Sewing by Annie's Facebook page and have already sold 5 of them :-)

Whilst watching the telly on Sunday I made these 6 Scandinavian stars from 24 3.25"x12" pieces of Christmas fabrics....they will sell for Harry Johnson Trust at their next sale.

I've finished the Christmas elf I was making...this will be a guess the name of the Elf to raise funds for the charity.

Finally yesterday I put together the first of two advent calendars that came with the donated fabrics to be used for the charity....It just needs wadding and backing now....and then the other one needs making :-)

That's all from me for today.  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 13 October 2023

This week's smiles....week 534

 I've had another really busy week here at Sewing by Annie's but have had lots to smile about.  Last Friday night my darling hubby treated me to an early birthday present and took me to Birmingham to see Dawn French in her latest show....and we laughed until our faces ached.  She's so entertaining....and she's just 12 days older than me :-)

We have had some sunny days this week and I love this photo of Milly soaking up some rays.

Yesterday we watched a sparowhawk disembowelling a pigeon just across our drive....not something everyone would want to watch but we love our birds and she [yes we were quite sure it was a female as we watched very closely] was a really stunning bird.

There is still colour in every corner of our garden so I snapped some pics to share with you.

Finally I have a few funnies to share with you...I hope something makes you smile.  Please leave me a little comment so I know you've called in and then link to your own smiles at the bottom of the page.


Annie x

Wednesday 11 October 2023


 I must start today by saying a big sorry to you all for not managing to visit you and leave you comments last week.  My intentions were good when I wrote my blog but work simply got in the way.  

  • I had 2 bridesmaids in for fittings and had their dresses to alter and they both had left things late to get their dresses done...the one was actually let down by her alterations lady so had to be done asap.
  • I had 2 pair of trousers to shorten
  • I had a blouse that needed the sleeves shortening and 
  • I had 11 memory bears to make!!

These were the 6 I had to make for a really lovely lady who's hubby died just a few weeks ago.
I love that I meet so many really lovely people in my job.

These 3 are for 3 girls from a school from The Wirall....I love that my bears end up all over the country and even all over the world.

These two bears are now winging their way to our very own BJ down in Surrey....another new area of the country.  I love making special Memory bears for blogging friends.

With having grandparent duties on  two days each week and not being able to sew on those days it does limit the time I have for work ....but family always comes first :-)

I already have sewing waiting on my to do rail plus 4 memory bears and a memory elephant and I have more coming today but of course I will be having another Louie fun day the sewing will wait.  I promise to try harder to pay a visit to all I can this week.
Annie x

Friday 6 October 2023

This weeks smiles....week 533

 What a week it's been.  Having had a week off from sewing with shingles my doors opened again on Monday morning and wow what a lot of customers I've had....including 11 memory bears and two bridesmaids!!  This means that I managed to write a blog post for Wednesday but I haven't managed to visit a single blog since.

We had a Louie fun day on Wednesday and, as his mummy was working late because she had to do parents evenings at her school, we had to take him home to his daddy and big brother and then didn't get back home until 7.30.  I then worked until 9.30 to try to get on top of some of my work load.

We are working on getting Louie to take his nap on the settee and he successfully slept on Wednesday with his friend who we have named's a muslin cloth that was bought at Asda's.  He likes to scrunch up something in his hand when he's going to sleep [usually my blouse!!].

The only other things I have to share this week are my funnies...and there's quite a few so I hope you find something to make you smile.


Annie x

Wednesday 4 October 2023


What a difference a week makes.  I took all of last week off from sewing to fully recover from the shingles and thankfully the antiviral meds did the trick.
This week all I can say is customers have come out of the woodwork....I have lots to share so will quickly go through it all in pics....

The only thing I made while unwell was some Christmas each will probably go to the grandchildren and the rest will sell for charity....I've sold one aready :-)

I had a customer wanting an advent calendar so Monday morning I got out the ones I had already made and made this extra one...

....which she bought straight away and bought one of the Christmas gonks to go with it   :-)

These are Christmas panels that came with the donated fabrics so I pressed them all ready to use but they are now lying in my projects to do basket because the customers started flooding through my door. :-)

I've made a start with the body of a Christmas elf that will be use to raise funds for the Harry Johnson Trust

I've had two Autumn bridesmaid's dresses to do fittings on...the navy one arrived yesterday and is needed by the weekend!!

On Monday I had a lovely new customer who had recently lost her husband and wants 6 memory bears making from his favourite clothes and yesterday I made a good start at making them....they wont get finished today though as it's a Nanny Annie fun day :-)

Before the end of the day yesterday I had a parcel from the Wirral with school uniforms in wanting 3 memory bears making.... and there is another parcel winging it's way from a special customer that wants 2 bears making... it's all go :-)

....and all this has been done since Monday!!!

As you can see, I'm in demand so visiting desks may be a little delayed but I will do my best to nip round as many as I can.
Annie x