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Friday, 28 April 2017

This week's smiles....week 218

Wahooooo these week's seem to fly by.  It only seems 5 mins since I shared my smiles from last week and here we are again.  Firstly many thanks to those who joined in the fun last week.  I really love seeing what makes you all smile so keep up the good work folk.  I hope you like my new header picture....it's my crab apple blossom that's now in bloom.

Now down to the business of sharing my week's smiles.....

As promised on Wednesday here are a few of the pics taken at Theo's Christening last Sunday.  You should be able to click on the pic if you want a closer look.  It was such a lovely day.  The sun shone for us and the cathedral was filled with family and friends. The cake was made by my daughter in law, Gina and her friends and tasted really yummy.

Little Steve had a 'spend the day as a pirate' day at school this week.....doesn't he look the part?

For those who like to see what little Milly has been up to this week here she is sitting on my newly covered chair wanting a lesson on the overlocker.

There you go folk.  Those are my shares for this week.  Please leave me a little message to say you've called in and then link to your own smiles below.  I hope you all have a great week.
Annie x

Wednesday, 26 April 2017


What a difference a week makes....Mr Mojo is back off his holidays [thankfully].

We have had a really lovely week and on Sunday we all got together to celebrate Theo's Christening....the sun shone for us too.  I will be sharing a pic or two in my Friday smiles post so please come back then if you'd like to see them....any why not link up to your own smiles at the same time because we really can not have too many smiles.

So you're here today to see my desk are you?  It's in full fabric frenzy mode so here it is in all it's glory.....

.....and not just the one desk.  When I get going it all comes out as you can see.  I decided to make a few PE bags for a craft fair I'm hoping to get a table at.  It's at the local school that the twins go to so nice and close and hopefully I can hand out a few more fliers to let folk know where I am.

Here's a few of the lined PE bags I made.  I make each one different so they can be found easily at the end of a school day and if they want I can also applique names on the front too [for an extra charge of course].

While I was surrounded by inspiring fabrics I decided to make a few lined, zipped pencil cases too....I have a bag full of zips so thought it was a good way to use some of them.

The last photo I thought I'd share is a selection of the tools of my trade. 
  • Thimble.....I'm an old school girl and still use one.
  • Measuring gauge.....handy when doing hems etc.
  • Nappy pin....I'd been using it to put the cord in the PE bags.
  • A very old bodkin needle....for threading elastic
  • Artery forceps....best tool everyone should have a pair.  I use them for stuffing my memory bears.
  • Sellotape....had it out to put on end of cord to stop in unravelling.
  • Tailor's chalk.....use that most days when shortening trousers.
  • Snippers....couldn't manage without those.....better than seam rippers for undoing seams. 
  • Sewing machine brush....I keep my machines clean.
  • Scissors.....lots of them.  They each have different jobs too.

There you go.  A little insight into my world.  Hope you enjoyed your visit.  Leave me a little message so I know you've called in and I will aim to get over to yours ASAP.  Hope you will all pop back on Friday to share my smiles and will link up and share a few of your own.
Annie x

Friday, 21 April 2017

This week's smiles....week 217

Hello all. Once again many thanks to those who joined in again last week....I really do appreciate your support each week.

I have lots to smile about this week so will get straight to a few pics I've got...

Firstly my table is covered with fabric and that always makes me smile....this was some I saw on offer in a Facebook group I'm in.  I'm always looking for fabrics for boys and this was just too good to miss.  I'm sure I will find a use for every bit.

This was a quick snap of the twinnies and their mummy cycling to our house one very early morning this week because they wanted to have breakfast with me.....they were so excited.

It's the simple pleasures in life that make me smile and being close to all my family is one of my best.

Here's the twinnies dressed up as Batman and Batwoman....so you know who to call in an emergency.

Here's a quick snap of Amy's three playing with their Sylvanians and making good use of the clothes I made them for Christmas.....more simple pleasures eh?

And finally for those who enjoy nature in all it's glory here's a few snaps from around our garden now....who isn't smiling now?  I really love Spring with all the new life and gorgeous colours.

So, I've shown you mine.  Please leave me a little comment so I know you've called by and link to your own smiles below....oh and I really hope your week is filled with smiles.
Annie x

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


Hello all.  Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend.....it was a busy one for us as we had birthday celebrations.....Milly was one on the 16th and we took her to the seaside for the day to celebrate :-)
Plus it was our 35th Wedding Anniversary on 17th [that's the Coral one] so that was another reason the celebrate.

But I have been busy since last week even though none of the jobs are on my desk.....

This was one of the chairs in my sewing room and it was looking rather worn and tired so I've recovered it and it now looks.........

.....like this.  I've used a spare curtain to cover it and it now matches my room rather better and is nice, fresh and clean.

The other job I've done is recover the seat pads on our kitchen chairs to match our new kitchen....it was a job I've been meaning to do for a while but never got round to it.

I'm really rather pleased with them now.....what do you think?

That's all I've got the share with you today.....sorry it wasn't on my desk but hope you've enjoyed your visit.  Let me know you've called in and I will do my best to pay you a return visit ASAP.
Annie x

Friday, 14 April 2017

This week's smiles....week 216

Hello all.  I hope you've all had a wonderful week full of smiles and happy moments.  Firstly I want to thank the loyal few who join in each week and to wish one and all a very happy Easter.

Thankfully the worries we had earlier in the week have now blown over and we can all sleep rather more easily.  I think life likes to throw us challenges and as the saying goes....what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.

I have put together a couple of collages for you this week that have had me smiling....

My daughter Amy had the cleaners in yesterday....and what wonderful little helpers they are too.

My question is....what are they after?  😁😁😁

The other is a comic strip about 'Little Brown Dog'.  You may need to click on it to enlarge it so you can read it......please note she does have a new 'Little Brown Dog' but of course it's no replacement!

I hope my pics have made you smile and you will link to your own happy posts below.  Wishing you all a really Happy Easter weekend.
Annie x

Wednesday, 12 April 2017


Here we are at another Wednesday catch up.  If you would like details about WOYWW then pop over to Julia's at the Stamping Ground and join in the fun.

Many of you last week asked how the craft fair had actually gone and did I sell out....We all had a lovely day but footfall was really poor and I brought home almost all I took with me.  I made enough to cover the cost of my table and a little extra and was able to hand out lots of my fliers so got the word out locally to a few more potential customers where to find me so all was not lost.  Because of this my Mojo has gone on holiday.....and until he returns I guess I will have little to show you.

I have made a lovely pair of Memory Bears this week....

They are in memory of a much loved mum and dad.  The clothing used to make the bears held special memories, plus Mummy bear has a bow made from one of her favourite scarves and Daddy bear has his own little tie out of his favourite tie.  The results caused a few emotional moments and I was given a big hug so I feel it was a job well done.....they are rather cute aren't they?

Apart from that I have a few more new fat quarters to show you....I couldn't resist.

And I have a rainbow of new threads that Jo saw being sold off as random bags of 5 reels for just 50p so of course these were just too good to miss....and they will all get used at some point I'm sure.

So, that's all I have to share with you today.  Life has thrown us a few challenges this week so I will be stroking my new fabrics while I'm waiting for Mr Mojo to return from his holidays and I hope I have more exciting projects to share with you soon.
Annie x

Friday, 7 April 2017

This week's smiles....week 215

Phew these weeks seem to be flying by and as always I'm here to share something from my week that has made me smile but firstly I want to say many thanks to those who can be relied on to link up each week to share their smiles.....I'm so grateful to each and every one of you.

I will now share the pics that have made me smile this week....

On Sunday whilst we were at the craft fayre Amy's three enjoyed several rides on the ponies....so much so we actually think they have shares in them now 😁😁😁

Little Theo is growing fast and furious as you can see and he can now roll from front to back and back to front......in fact he will be up and crawling now before we know it.....they don't stay babies for long do they?

Steve has gained the confidence now to let go and swim unaided and here he is showing off the 5m certificate he's been awarded....proud Nanny moments.  πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Here is Milly sitting on the table.....I'd just told her to get down but as you can see she's turned a deaf ear. 😁😁😁

She's such a funny little thing when it comes to food of any sort especially dental chews.  Here we have put three different ones down to see which she would chew.....and even with a bit of encouragement she really wasn't interested in any of them.....would you call her spoilt?

Here she is enjoying the sunshine....she actually hurt her one back foot and has had a day and a half walking on just three legs.  We took her to see the vet last night and he can't find much wrong with it but gave us some pain relief [and a rather large bill!!].  I'm sure it wont surprise you to hear when we returned home from the vets she decided to put her foot down again!
She never fails to make us giggle.

Well, there you go.  Those are a few of my smiles from this week.  What's had you smiling?  Please leave me a little message so I know you've called in and then link your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 5 April 2017


Another busy week has flown by since last Wednesday so I'm here to share my desk with you again.  As you know I had a table at a local craft fayre last Sunday so here's a peep at how it looked...

 I was really pleased with my table.  The new banner could have been made to measure cos it fitted exactly across the curtain pole and we managed to arrange at least some of everything I took with me.  I had the help of my darling hubby and my much older sister to set up and run the stand and the support of many of my family members too so all in all a wonderful time was had by all......Many thanks to you all.

The last things I made to take with me was this batch of monster bags which, as you can see hung across the front of my table and on the curtains at the back.

The other things I've made this week are two school Memory bears.....they are for the same school, as you can see, but don't they look different by using the uniform in different places?

This little Memory bear is made using the football kit of our local team.  They aren't playing very well at the mo but I rather like the bear I've made from the kit.  I've made this for a special little man who's a little young yet but I'm sure will be brainwashed into being a supporter as he gets older. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

That's a quick catch up from me for this week.  I have lots of orders for more bears now so will be kept busy this week but in between jobs I promise I will pop over to yours to see what's keeping you busy.
Hope you have a great week.
Annie x

Friday, 31 March 2017

This week's smiles....week 214

Another week has passed and as always I look back to share a few of my smiles with you.  Many thanks to those of you who take time out of your busy lives to share your own smiles.  I really do love seeing what's making you smile each week.

My smiles this week have been many so here are a few pics I can share...

Little Lulu wanted to share this pic of her this week cos, as you can see, she has lost yet another tooth.  She is sooooooo much like her mummy it's unreal.  She's a loving, happy, always on the go little chatterbox.....this picture says it all really. 😍

Steve is showing me his new bike.....he's always out in the fresh air.  He loves football, den building, cycling and is such a loving, cuddly young man. 😍

Lexi wanted to spend some time with me sewing while Sam went to the opticians a couple of weeks back [I couldn't share it til now because of what she made].  We chose material, threads, ribbons and trimmings from Nanny's stash and she sat by me and made her mummy a little heart for Mother's Day.  She was so proud of herself too for making it.  😍

Little Milly posed for you this week too....poking her tongue out.  I just love this little dog.....she's my little buddy all day every day and never fails to make me smile.  😍

The last pic I'm sharing with you today is this one.  Most of you will know I have a table at Baschurch Spring Fayre this Sunday.  The lady organising it sent me hall opening times etc this week and asked me if I wanted a 1 metre x 1 metre table or a 2 meter x 1 metre table but added she couldn't guarantee what it would be.
This was the picture that came into my head at the thought of me only having the smaller one.  The last craft fayre I did I filled two large tables so I was imagining having to hang it all round my neck like an old peddler woman  😁😁😁😁.....she has since said that I can have the larger one so I'm keeping everything crossed.
On that thought I will love you and leave you.  If any of you can join me on Sunday it would be really lovely to see you there....I will be the one with the craft items slung round my neck.     hehehehehe
Annie x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


Hello all.  Here we are at our weekly catch up with our creative friends from all round the world again.  Time sure does fly when you're having fun doesn't it?

Firstly as promised here's a quick snap of the little Flop eared bunnies I was making when you called in last week....

I cut a full bunny out in each of the 6 fabrics I was using and then mixed and matched them to make up the bunnies.....I rather like how they have all turned out don't you?

We have a little craft shop close by that has now been taken over by a really lovely lady so I popped in to say hello this week.  She is happy to send customers to me if they ask about alterations and is planning to stock lots of lovely fabrics so I have a feeling I may need to call in often.  These were 6 fat quarters that just jumped into my hand while I was there too....well you just have to don't you?

As you know there are never two days the same here at Sewing by Annie's and this week has been no exception.  I thought you might like to see what I've been busy doing.....

One of my customers brought me two 5 foot x 6 foot fabric panels to make wall hangings out of....they wouldn't fit in my home but she says she has high ceilings and fell in love with them.  I had to hem all 4 sides and make tubes of fabric at the top so they will hang on poles.

The other thing I thought you might like to see is my new banner I've made this week.  I will be using it at the craft fayre I have a table at this Sunday so if you're popping in you will know what to look for πŸ˜€
I had a lot of fun appliqueing the letters etc on and am really pleased how it turned out.

There you go.  That's all from me for this week.  Please leave me a little comment and I will get over to yours as soon as.....  Have a great week.
Annie x

Friday, 24 March 2017

This week's smiles....week 213

Happy Friday to one and all.  We have had some beautiful sunny days here in Shrewsbury lately and it's certainly made me smile.  I love the warmer weather and the sunshine definitely lifts your spirits so before I share my smiles I would like to thank the reliable few who share theirs each week by linking up here.  I really do love seeing what makes you all smile so please keep up the good work.

My smiles this week are focusing on the progression of the seasons......Spring is here 🌼🌼🌼🌼
I have been out snapping pics in our garden and have put them all together in a collage for you all to share this week.

You should be able to click on the pic to enlarge it if you'd like a closer look.  I love Spring and love to see the first signs of each sort of flower blooming.  Nature really is wonderful isn't it?

So I hope my flowers have made you smile.  Please leave me a little comment so I know you've called in and if you can please share something that has made you smile this week by linking up below.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Here we are again at the weekly show and tell of many Creative folk from all around the world....check out details over at The Stamping Ground if you want to know more.  It's a very friendly group and all are welcome to join in the fun.

So? What's on my desk today?....

Firstly I'm going to share a link to a song that's been going round in my head all week...

And here's why?......

I ordered 15 matchboxes flat packed off eBay and they arrived on Saturday morning so I sat making the little boxes with that song going round in my head.  I cut 15 1.5"x2.5" pieces of felt to stick in the bottoms of each box.  I then cut 30 1.5"x2" pieces of matching felt to make 15 little pillows and 15 little machine edged blankets.....yes I know I'm quite mad!!

 I have used half of the above little beds for tiny dolls I was very kindly sent from some special blogging friends [you know who you are....thanks girls xxxx] and in the other half I have put tiny felt teddies I make.  These are my Matchbox buddies that I will be taking to the Spring Fayre I have a table at on April 2nd in Baschurch....do call in to say hello if you're in the area.

 This is what my desk looks like this morning.  Yesterday I cut out 6 bodies, 12 ears, 12 arms, 12 little legs and 6 little heart pockets using the fat quarter fabrics I picked up from Aldis a few weeks back.  I've already stitched the arms, ears, legs and pockets together, snipped around all the curves, turned them right sides out and pressed them all.  I am now deciding which fabrics look best with which before sewing them all together to make some Easter Bunnies.

So there you go....you can see what I will be doing today.  I will do my best to remember to snap a pic of the finished bunnies to share with you next week.
Please leave me a little comment to let me know you've called in and I will pop over to yours to see what you're up to this week.
Annie x

Friday, 17 March 2017

This week's smiles.....week 212

Phew these week's fly by....or is it just me?  It only seems 5 mins since I wrote my Friday post last week.  Firstly I must thank the few who join in each week.....it would be so nice to build up our numbers.....we really can't have too many smiles so join in the fun by linking up your smiles below and lets make the world a happier place to be.

I have a few smiles to share with you this week.  Milly is now 11 months old and was needing her first hair cut so I snapped a couple of pics before and after for you.....she never fails to make me smile.


Here she is looking more like a little lion with her long coat. 

.....and After.

The lady that clipped her said she is such a lovely nature and was as good as gold considering it was a new experience for her with lots of new noises.  Her coat is now really soft and velvety and her gorgeous stripey markings are now visible again.  She's so proud of herself.....as I am too 😍😍😍😍

The other thing I'm sharing is this clever young lady.  Lexi has been doing gymnastics a little while now and has worked really hard at it so has been treated to a team leotard.  She loves showing me what she's learnt and it's been really good for building her confidence.

And finally I'm leaving you with a chuckle.  Lexi had been showing her mummy that she could do handstands up against the door so her mummy showed her that she can still do it too.....I remembering doing just that many years ago but thankfully mine was never caught on camera.

So there you go.  You've seen mine now show me your smiles by linking them up below.  Have a happy week full of smiles.
Annie x

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Hello all.  Here we are at another Wednesday catch up with our creative friends around the world and what they are exposing this week.....on their desks of course!

Mine has been a hive of industry again this week....I've been dumfing [check out the link in the side bar if you want to know more]. 

I coloured a strip of white felt with dye sticks and wool rovings then dumfed yarns and fabrics in to make a batch of embellished card toppers.

I then machine embroidered details on each and mounted them onto cards.....each one is different and I love all the bright cheerful colours amongst them.

I have made 4 little Tic tac toe travel games using up some of my big buttons.....thought they might sell on the craft table but if not I know some little people who would enjoy playing with them.

The other thing I'm sharing today is something that made me smile.  It might not be so exciting to everyone but when you have to change an open ended zip in a quilted man's coat it's always exciting to me when it goes in without a hitch and all the seams line up to perfection.....I'm easily pleased πŸ˜€

So there you go, that's what's on my desk today.  How about yours?  If you leave me a little comment to let me know you've dropped in I will do my best to pay you a return visit.  I always read the blogs but there are a few I am unable to comment on [usually google+ blogs] so I'm sorry about that.  Hope you have a great week.
Annie x