Wednesday 24 April 2024


 Sorry I didn't join in the fun last week.  We had been contacted by a paramedic on the morning of Thursday 11th to say my hubby's brother had suddenly died and could we attend his 83 year wife.  My hubby is the executor for him and as he was a Civil Engineer and had been working the day before he died [Aged 76!] we now have to sort out his funeral/business there's lots to do and it doesn't leave a lot of time for creativity.

I have done my best to keep all my customers happy and have managed to do all their sewing and had an hour or so in my sewing room making these...

I had painted all the toppers a while ago and they had just sat on the shelf waiting to be finished so I used it as a bit of distraction therapy and am rather pleased with the results.

That's all from me for today.  I will do my best to call in on you asap but please forgive me if I fail this week.


Annie x

Friday 19 April 2024

This week's smiles...week 370

 I'm sorry I wasnt able to write a post last week and hope you understand and managed without me.

Thursday 11th we had a phone call in the morning from a paramedic to say my hubby's brother had died suddenly.  It was unexpected and was a real shock to everyone especially his 83 year old wife who had found him.  My hubby is one of the executors and there is a business to sort out.  John was a Civil Engineer and was still working the day before at age will take months to sort out.

Saying all that it has also been a week of celebrations....

 This gorgeous boy was 2 last week and on Sunday we joined the family for the day in North Wales to was a much needed happy time together.

This beautiful girl was 8 on Tuesday....she's sitting soaking up some rays in the sunshine.  She brings us so much love :-)

We celebrated our 42nd Wedding Anniversary on's on weeks like this one that you really treasure what you have.  We make such a good team.   Here's to many more happy years together.....I love this photo.

Our garden has been beautiful this week and always makes us smile.

Of course we cant have a Friday without a few smiles and because I was missing last week there are a few more than normal....I hope something here makes you smile.
Annie x

Wednesday 10 April 2024


 I was missing last week.  We had gone of the first adventure in our caravan of 2024...there are details/pics in my Friday post if you'd like to see more.

On my desk this week are the, now finished, army of frogs for the H J Trust...

I hope they all do well in fighting the battle against cancer in children.

I've had my first order for a school leavers Memory bear for this school year....and have another one coming this week....I wonder how many I will get this year?

In between all the jobs I've done for my customers I have also made this lovely Alphabet wall hanging....I will be selling this to raise funds for the charity.

I'm sure it will look lovely hanging on the wall in a baby's nursery.

I hope you will leave me a little message so I know you've called in and I will pop over to your blog to see what you've been up to this week.


Annie x

Friday 5 April 2024

This week's smiles....week 368

 It's been a wonderful week for us....but it's not been spent here at Sewing by Annie's.  We have been away on another adventure in our caravan...the first for 2024.  

We stayed on a really lovely campsite called Lamb Cottage in Winsford.  It was an adult only site and the facilities were spotless.  We did have some rain but we also had sunshine and lots of bird song all around was perfect.

We visited Anderton canal was amazing to watch it working and while we were there we saw two canal boats being dropped to the lower canal and another one lifted up to the higher one.

We visited Quarry Mill [a National Trust property so it was free to us as members].  The grounds were really lovely with lots of places to walk and the old mill was amazing....I was able to see the old looms still working weaving cotton fabric.

We had to visit the Snugburys Ice cream shop whilst there....we had been there before so the visit was's the best ice cream we have ever tasted so be sure to pay it a visit if you are ever in the area.

The bee was 40 foot tall and was very impressive.

Of course it wouldnt be a Friday without a few funnies...and this week I've found lots :-)
I hope you've had a lovely week filled with lots of smiles and you will share them by linking up below.
Annie x

Friday 29 March 2024

This week's smiles....week 367

 Here we are at another catch up of the smiles from the last week...and there's been many thankfully.

I shared a collage of all the lovely outfits Lexi wore at her dance competitions last weekend on my Wednesday post....I steamed them all for her so it was really lovely watching her put to good use....she is a beautiful little dancer now.

I'm hoping you can see this video of her dancing one of her dances.  I'm loving watching her grow and develop ....she loves her dancing.

Here she is with her best buddy with the medal for the third place they were given :-)

I thought you'd like to see more of the Spring flowers in our garden now.

Of course there has to be a few funnies to share with you to raise a smile or two.

I hope you will leave me comment now before linking to your own smiles.


Annie x

Wednesday 27 March 2024


 Here we are at another catch up with our creative friends all around the world to see what they have on their desks and a little of what's been going on with them over the last week....I love my Wednesdays.

On my desk today is a box full of 10 little frogs waiting for their eyes [buttons].  A group of frogs is called an army and I feel this is most appropriate as these will be going to children newly diagnosed with cancer and I really hope they will help them in their fight.

Those 10 little frogs used up most of my green fabrics so I contacted Denise from Cabin Crafts and told her what I wanted the fabric for.  She then searched through all the fabrics she had and sent me pics of all she thought were suitable.  These gorgeous fabrics are not only lovely quality and are reasonably priced but they arrived at my door within a couple of days.....brilliant service Denise, thank you so much.

I thought some of you might like to see all the dresses that were hanging up in my sewing room, needing steaming, last week.  Lexi put them all to really good use last weekend....and I can proudly say I was thrilled to be able to watch her dance.

Lexi is now one of the youngest in the group she dances with, as she is now 12, and was thrilled to bits to come away with a third place....she loves her dancing.

I hope your week has been as lovely as mine.


Annie x

Friday 22 March 2024

This week's smiles...week 366

 Hello all.  We come here every Friday to catch up with the smiles we have had from the previous week and I hope you've had lots.

Lexi gives us lots to smile about at the mo...she entered dance competitions on line by recording her dances at home and sending the videos in.  I saw her videos and wow what a lovely little dancer she is now.  It's been so lovely watching her grow and develop.  Here she is holding all the awards she got....3 firsts, a second and a very proud of you Lexi.

I steamed all her dance dresses on Wednesday ready for a weekend of more dance competitions...and we are going to watch some of them too....more smiles :-)

We had Louie all day and Theo before and after school on Tuesday this week.  It's so special being able to spend quality time with them both.

They are here for tea on the days they come and both really love their food including lots of fruit and vegetables....they are a pleasure to cook for.  In fact little Louie [not yet 2] kept saying...Nanny this is delicious :-)

Our garden is filled with Spring flowers now and this week I can now includ the first of our tulips coming out....there's loads more to come out yet too :-)

Of course before I finish I have to include a few funnies...I hope they make you smile.

Please leave me a comment and then link up to your own smiles at the bottom.


Annie x

Wednesday 20 March 2024


 Hello all.  I hope you've all had a good week and have enjoyed at least some creative time.  I have a couple of things I can share with you and a sewing room full of gorgeous outfits requiring my attention.

I had a busy time making little Easter cards this week..they are to put Easter money in for our Grandchildren...they have too much chocolate :-)

I have had a busy week shortening a beautiful wedding dress and a few pair of trousers/jeans and in between jobs I have cut out more little frogs to make up for the H J Trust.

My room is now filled with 7 dance outfits for Lexi to wear for her dance competitions at the weekend....I will be steaming all these for her today.

Finally I would like a little help to identify this pretty plant that the twins bought me for Mother's Day....I love it but dont know what it is.

Can anyone help?

If you leave me a little comment so I know you've called in I will do my best to pop over to yours to see what you have been busy with this week.


Annie x

Friday 15 March 2024

This week's smiles....week 365

 Here we are at another catch up of the smiles from the week....and I'm blessed to say there's been lots to smile about...

Last Friday we travelled to South Wales to spend the weekend in a lovely dog friendly cottage....that is apart from the stairs :-)
We live in a bungalow because I don't manage stairs well because of my arthritis....and we now know Milly isn't a fan either lol
I don't think either of us noticed that the cottage had stairs when we booked it was an upside down cottage with living room/kitchen upstairs and the bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs so it wasn't just a case of going down the stairs at bedtime.
Milly refused to go down the stairs and had to be carried and going up was a challenge too.

This was our bed....very pretty but I almost needed a step to get up into it .  

The potty was in the sitting room was very tempting :-)

One of our trips out was to Cenarth was so lovely here.  The water was really noisy and at the right time of the year Salmon jump up the falls to spawn.

We visited Llangrannog beach....such a lovely little beach to walk Milly.

The top left photo is where water was bubbling up through the a spring.

These were also taken at the same beach.  There was a lovely little cafe and I really loved the mosiac in the top left pic.

Milly loves to people watch and I think she looks like King of the castle here.

All around our cottage were signs of beautiful.

It was also next to a small farm with 3 horses, 2 cows, 5 sheep, 3 pigs and several chickens....the owners were very welcoming and happily introduced us to all the animals.

Of course it wouldn't be Friday without a few funnies...I hope they raise a few smiles.

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


Annie x

Wednesday 13 March 2024


 Well? What is on my work desk today?  The answer is not a it's a quick of from me today.

 We had a really wonderful long weekend away to celebrate my darling's big birthday.  We went to a lovely dog friendly cottage in South was wonderful [apart from the stairs!!].  When you live in a bungalow because you struggle with stairs it was a bit of a shock to find our cottage had an upstairs sitting room and downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms....more about all that on Friday including a few photos :-)

On my desk today are a few Easter sheep filled with cream eggs....Jo knits so fast and has knitted loads of chicks, sheep and rabbits but I thought I'd knit a few....every one boosts the funds for the charity.

Here are 4 sitting on my little ironing board....I've made a purple one and am half way through a turquoise one now :-)

I've enjoyed knitting them but am slow and have to pace myself because of the arthritis in my hands.

That's my lot for today.  If you'd like to pop back on Friday you can read more about our weekend away.....and why not share a few of your own smiles....all are welcome.


Annie x

Friday 8 March 2024

This week's smiles....week 364

 Hello all. I've certainly had a week filled with smiles this week.....we've been celebrating my darling hubby's 70th birthday and he's been well and truly spoiled.  

We enjoyed family time on Saturday evening....and there was cake eaten [as you can see] :-)

I love this photo.

On Monday Louie went with a couple of his friends to a place called Tiny Town, Newport and as you can see he had a wonderful time.....I wonder what he will be when he grows up?

Yesterday he dressed up as a Gruffalo for World book day...he's so different from his big brother who never liked to dress up at the age :-)

He wasn't the only one to dress up for World Book day :-)  Michelle dressed up as a red crayon.....and yes she is a teacher :-)

This was my exciting news of last week.  I can now share with you that she had been for an interview for a new job and she got it.  She will be starting a new full time teaching job at a lovely little school just 10 mins from her home after the Easter holidays.  I'm so very proud of her.

Wednesday 6 March 2024


It's been a week of celebrations for us because my darling hubby had his 70th birthday Sunday 3rd.  We had wonderful family times on Saturday and Sunday evening we went out for our tea.  He was well and truly spoilt.

Here he is holding the birthday bear I made for just had to be done :-)

The only other thing I have to share with you is the little bear I made to give away for Easter on my Sewing by Annie Facebook page....please pop over and get your name in the draw....good luck xx

That's all from me for today.  I hope you will leave me a little message to let me know you've called in and I will do my best to pop over to yours to see what you've been up to.


Annie x

Friday 1 March 2024

This week's smiles.....week 363

 Hi all. It's been another week filled with smiles..... and some I can't share yet [sorry to tease]  :-)

We had a really fun day yesterday with this gorgeous little man yesterday and his big brother before and after school.  They have so much love for each other [sometimes too much :-) ] and it's so special to be part of their lives and know how much they love us too.

We have Spring bulbs bursting into bloom in every corner of our garden and that makes me smile....I hope they make you smile too.

Of course it wouldn't be a Friday without a few funnies.  I hope they make you smile too and you will leave me a little message before linking up to your own smiles at the bottom.
Annie x

Wednesday 28 February 2024


Hi all. It's been one of those weeks for me. 
I've been testing out our NHS system this week....and it's failed hopelessly.  I had conjunctivitis and had to go to two Chemists to get treatment for it....the Pharmacist in the first one didn't even look at my eye but told the lady serving on the counter to tell me I should just bathe it with cooled boiled water for 48 hours.  We then went to our local Boots chemist where the Pharmacist looked at my eye and gave me eye drops to clear it up straight away.
Saturday morning I then developed Oral thrush [it's a side effect of one of my inhalers I use for my asthma].  I went straight to the Chemist who told me there was only one thing they could give me  which was a gel that they hadn't had in stock for weeks!!  The only way I could get treatment was to get a prescription so several phone calls later, an appointment at the emergency Dr at A and E for 2.30 that afternoon that took over 3 hours I finally got some Nystatin to treat it with.....our NHS has gone crazy......needless to say my mouth is still rather sore but I'm hoping it will clear up soon.

Luckily it's been rather quiet here with customers this week so I have been doing a bit more sewing for the charity.....

I've made these 7 lined shopping bags....I hope they sell well and raise the funds.

That's all from me for this week....I will do my best to pop by to see what you've been up to as soon as I can.
Annie x

Friday 23 February 2024

This week's smiles.....week 362

 Hello all.  I'm so sorry I was away last week....but it wasn't of my choosing.  My internet  was down and boy did I miss it.....thankfully it's all fixed now and we have been offered a month free as compensation for the poor quality we had had since the installation.....So now I'm smiling again :-)

I'm sharing a couple of pics I had ready for last week and this week's smiles...

This has to make you certainly has had me smiling.

I love the bright red colour of my amaryllis...Thanks Shell xx

Mark, Gina and the boys went to West Midland Safari park in the half term holidays and shared a few photos with me....Louie wasn't impressed with Bluey :-) :-)

Sam had to make his outfit to go back to school with....he was to be a Fyrd which was the name given to the army of Harold was made up of freeman or paidmen who would fight for the King of short durations and you usually had to supply your own weapons.  This was to be used in the Battle of Hastings....and yes I did have to look it up :-)

I just love how creative he is and how hard he works.

Lexi loves Sushi and she even likes to make her own....I prefer my fish cooked lol.

We had little visitors at the weekend and Louie was really facinated in how his Grandad was fitting the ironing board to the top of my new trolley with hinges.....I'm sure he will be just like his Grandad and Daddy who turn their hand to anything.

Theo was keen to learn what stitches he could sew on my sewing machine and even learnt how to type in and write his name on it :-)

He next wants to learn how to make a tricky marble this space  :-)

Of course it wouldn't be a Friday without a few funnies...I hope something here makes you chuckle and you will leave me a little message before linking up to your own smiles below.
Annie x