Wednesday 29 November 2023


 Oh what a lovely week I've had.....Christmas cards are in the making and we've had very special visitors up from South Wales.

I've been doing a bit of strip quilting to cut up for my Christmas cards....and have really enjoyed making them.

My little assistant has been 'helping' sort out the felt ready for a crafting session at Jo's on Tuesday.....every time I pull out one of my boxes she jumps in to 'help' and actually curled up and fell asleep in this one. :-)

Sunday teatime we all met up for a Sunday roast dinner....the food was really good and the company was even better.

Tuesday morning Jan joined Jo and I for a crafty day at Jo's.  Jan enjoyed an hour or maybe more ;-) sorting through the huge box of my donated fabrics and filled a box with stuff that she could use for her makes for the RNLI....this really made me smile.  

Jo provided a yummy lunch...[thanks Jo] and in the afternoon we all sat around Jo's dining table on sewing machines and enjoyed some free machining time to eventually make a Christmas wreath with what we made....they may take a while to make but I'm sure you will see the finished results at some point :-)

All in all we had a wonderful time chatting, creating and enjoying each others should be filled with days like that.

It is a Louie fun day today so please be patient with me but I will drop by to see what you've been up to as soon as I can.


Annie xxxc

Friday 24 November 2023

This week's smiles....week 330

 We are here to share the things that have made us happy from the previous week....and I'm glad to say I have had lots and can share a collage of some that we had on Sunday.

Sam is in The Polar Express [its a performance on a steam train and is based on the film] and on Sunday it was a full dress rehearsal. Shell was given 8 free tickets so we all went to watch him and enjoy a bit of the magic of was brilliant and we all had a wonderful time....and Sam played his part very well.....proud moments xxx

A lot of the plants in the garden are gone over now but our fuchsias are blooming their hearts out so I just had to share a pic.....and I hope you like my new autumn header pic.

Of course I have found some funnies to share with you....I hope something makes you smile and you will leave me a little comment before linking to your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday 22 November 2023


 Happy Wednesday to one and all.  The bear factory has still been working fast and furious this week...and I'm loving life.

These two were made in memory of a special Grandma using her favourite tops.

These three were made for a customer that I had made three for previously and used the left over fabrics ...I love my returning customers.
These bring my bear numbers up to 766!!!
I have two skirts to shorten now but they will have to wait until after my Nanny Annie days plus I have several more Memory bears on their way....they keep coming :-) :-)

I hope you're all well and happy and will leave me a little comment so I know you've calle by and I will pop over to yours as soon as I can.


Friday 17 November 2023

This week's smiles....week 329

 What a week it has been here at sewing by Annie's.  We didn't have to look after Louie on Wednesday so I used my time well and made another 2 Memory bears...they just keep on coming and I'm buzzing.

I had a visit from Sarah Brennan yesterday to collect her Memory cats and Memory cushion....I'm not allowed to share a pic of them until she has given them all out but I can say she was moved to see them....Job done well.  :-) :-)

Theo was invested as a Beaver this week and looks so pleased with himself...proud Nanny Annie too.

Louie really loves his books [and ours] :-)

He is now able to climb up onto the settee and reach a selection down off the bookshelf....this makes me smile a lot.

Shell came around for a coffee and catch up yesterday afternoon while Louie was with us....I dont know who giggled more.  She helped him to get into the doll's pushchair and then pushed him around the living much fun was had by all :-) :-)

Of course it wouldn't be Friday without a few funnies [sorry about the language].  I hope something here makes you smile and you will leave me a little comment before linking to your own smiles below.


Annie x

Wednesday 15 November 2023


 What a busy few weeks I've had.  In the time since we got back from our holidays....just 6 working days, with having the boys two days each week...I have made 24 memory characters, one memory cushion and shortened 3 layers on a bridesmaid's dress.....and I'm buzzing.

The ones I can share with your today are...

Made from a much loved Mum's favourite tops and when my customer saw them they...

.....ordered another one for another family member.
These are now heading to their new home up in Yorkshire.

This beautiful little bear was made for a special friend to send to her Aunt who has just lost her hubby.

These 5 were made in memory of a special Dad for a lovely customer I have known for many years...many of my customers become more like friends and she is one of those.  The one little bear is heading to his new home in Australia on Friday.

This one was made using a Mum's dressing gown to give her hubby some comfort....he's soft anf fluffy so is rather lovely.

As you can see each bear is very different but is made from clothing that means a lot to each customer....and I love making them.

We don't have Louie today so hopefully I will have time to do some blog visiting.


Annie x

Friday 10 November 2023

This week's smiles....week 328

I've had another busy week with sewing around the two days we have Grandparent duties.  I feel so blessed to be able to enjoy time with the Grandies around my sewing.

Tuesday was an early start as we had to be over at our son's to take Theo to school then at the other end of the day we collect him to come to ours for tea.  The two boys play so beautifully together and Theo is so patient with a little brother who likes to be in his space all the time :-)

Little Louie has had a cough/cold for a few weeks [and has kindly shared it with us] and on Thursday he fell asleep as is normal on the settee and had 20 mins when he roused, climbed down off the settee, crossed the room to me, climbed up on my knee and went back to sleep for another hour :-)
I think he's just needing more cuddles with not feeling 100%....and I was more than happy to obligue.

He's enjoyed time with his Grandad having a story.  It makes us chuckle because Grandad often puts his glasses on his head to be able to read and normally Louie objects and makes him put them back on his eyes.

Of course I also have a few funnies to share with you...I hope something makes you smile and you will then leave me a little comment before linking to your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday 8 November 2023


 I was missing in action last week...partly because I was so very busy with work with being away for our long weekend in Devon [pics on my Friday post] and partly because I just knew I wouldn't have time to get around all my favourite blogs to leave you all comments.

I have been head down sewing all week and have made 9 memory cats and a memory cushion for Sarah but she has asked that I don't show the photos until after Christmas so I will share the others I've made this week.....

This is the Memory bear I made for a little girl who left a school in Australia to go to a new school over here in England....he has his own school jumper as requested and that was quite a challenge.

These three were made for a lady from Australia and will be heading over there later in the year...Annie's love is spreading around the world.

I have a bridesmaid's dress with 3 layers to shorten but that won't get done until tomorrow because today is a Louie day....and of course sewing has to wait.  I also have lots more Memory bear orders on their way too :-) ....happy days.


Annie x

Friday 3 November 2023

This week's smiles....week 327

 What a wonderful week it's been for us here at Sewing by Annie's....We left here on Friday morning and got home on Tuesday afternoon.....and we had an amazing time.  We had no rain apart from at night time so were able to explore Devon.

We stayed in a beautiful little barn conversion in Loxhore. It had a cleverly designed kitchen in a cupboard and was in beautiful enclosed gardens which Milly really enjoyed.

We visited Saunton Sands, the hotel we had our honeymoon in 43 1/2 years ago, and a lovely lady took our photo :-)

Milly really enjoyed her run on the beach.

We enjoyed meals out every day [in dog friendly places...and Milly was a real star] and we even sat outside on the Monday under a Covid style hut with a wall heater...and we enjoyed walks on lots of beaches.

All in all we revisited many places with special memories and had an amazing few days.

I came home to 13 memory characters waiting for me to make so have been kept very busy since Tuesday.

Of course I had to find a few funnies to share with you...hope something here makes you smile.

Please leave me a little comment so I know you've called in and then link up to your own smiles below.


Annie x