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Friday, 22 September 2017

This week's smiles....week 239

Well! These weeks sure do fly by don't they?  It only seems like 5 mins since I was sat here uploading pics for last week's smiles.  Many thanks to all who joined in the fun last week.  I hope you all enjoy a little time each week focusing on the smiles you've had.....I know it does me good.  So I will get straight to my smiles for this week....and there have been many.

Birthday celebrations continue in our family this week.  Little Theo's mummy, Gina and these two all have their birthdays on the same day so, as you can imagine, there has been lots to celebrate.
It really only seems like 5 mins since Sam and Lexi arrived in the world but yes, as you can see on their cards, they are now 6!!  Their birthday party is at the weekend and I'm on duty to make the teas and coffees there....it's my excuse for hiding in the kitchen because they have the Animal man coming bringing snakes and other exotic animals for the children to handle!! [I really don't like snakes but I'm sure the children will have fun!!].

Phoebe and Lulu started Brownies this week and here they are showing me their new Brownie outfits....they have changed a lot since I went....just a few years ago!!
They have already got their first badge to sew on their hoodies [so I guess Nanny Annie will be sewing those on soon]....it was their First aid badge and Lulu even got the special award for being the best at putting someone in the recovery position so I'm really proud of them both.

Gina sent me this pic of Theo playing on the activity mat I made him for his birthday....as you can see he loves it so that really made me smile.

My other smiles are of this bundle of mischief.  It was suggested by one of my blog followers that I would always find a way of repairing her favourite 'Little brown dog' toy and that's just what I have done this week.  I made a pattern from her original toy and made a lovely brown 'cover' to go over it.  Alas within 5 mins she had chewed a hole in it as the fabric wasn't very strong so I made another one in denim.  As you can see she is really pleased with the now 'Little blue dog' and I have kept the paper pattern I made because I have a feeling I may be making more as she chews her way through each one!!

She has also been modelling my latest range of Doggy bandanas for me and her photo is now on the wrapping of each one I've made.....fame at last eh?

That's my smiles for this week.  I hope I have found something to make you smile too and you will leave me a little message before linking up to your own smiles below.  Have a great week.
Annie x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


Hello all.  I'm afraid to say there is C*******s activity going on in my sewing room this week.  I have a craft fair at the beginning of December and as this week has been rather more quiet so far I have been using my time wisely.  As some of you wont be ready to see festive items yet I have stood back to take my photo so you don't have to see in detail if you'd rather not.....

You can of course click on the photo if you want a closer snoop but I'm going to list what's there for you.....
  • My two latest Memory bears awaiting collection later today.
  • My store boxes with my Tooth fairy pillows, P E bags etc etc at the back.
  • A stack of baby activity cubes
  • A pile of doggy bandanas I've made this week.
  • 6 Fabric covered pin boards I've made this week.
  • 41 Fabric letters I've nearly finished to hang on C*******s trees...they just need little bells attaching.  I made one of every letter of the alphabet them made a few more of the more popular letters.
  • Of course there's all my jars of ribbons, a few special cards and clutter on the shelf above.
That's about it for this week.  Feel free to have a good snoop and if you have any questions I will do my best to answer them.  Hope you all have a great week.
Annie x

Friday, 15 September 2017

This week's smiles....week 238

Hello all.  It was so lovely to see so many of you calling in and leaving me such lovely comments last week.  Not all of you linked to your own smiles but it makes it all worth while just to know you've called by.  Many thanks to those who also shared their own smiles...I really love seeing what is making you happy each week.

I've had another busy week filled with smiles so here's my catch up for you....

Saturday afternoon my darling hubby went to watch our local footy team....[Shrewsbury Town and they are top of the league still so he had lots to smile about too].  I had these three little visitors come with their mummy and that much older sister of mine came too as her hubby also goes to the footy.  We all had a good catch up and here you can see the children playing cards together....they are such lovely little people and play so well together.
The girls arrived with a home made thank you card they had made together and this gorgeous bunch of flowers for me for spending time with them and making the Barbie doll clothes for them.
The flowers have made me smile every time I look at them so I just had to share them with you all.

Tuesday afternoon I had little Theo come to play for the afternoon while his mummy was at a staff meeting at the school she teaches at.  While he was here we also had a visit from the twins on their way home from school...I missed to snap a pic of them all but it's always lovely to watch the little ones all playing together.

Our little Lulu is starting guitar lessons at school.  As you can see she isn't much bigger than the guitar but what makes me smile most is that it's the guitar my mum and dad bought for me and they would both be so thrilled to see her playing with it.

I'm so easily pleased when it comes to materials as you know.

Tuesday morning Jo and I popped to our local material shop and I stocked up on the iron on interfacings I use to stabilise my Memory bears with....nothing pretty about it but it means I can enjoy making more special memories for my customers and I will enjoy that.

I was contacted by a friend this week to see if I could make some doggy bandannas so, even though my fabric boxes are full of course I didn't have anything suitable.  I sent a message to Cabin Crafts on Facebook and straight away Denise sent me pics of the fabrics she had, I paid for them via Paypal and she posted them to me the next morning.....what a brilliant service.  She comes highly recommended.....Aren't they just perfect too?

And if you're still not smiling then here's a selfie from Milly.  If I'm engrossed in my sewing and she needs my attention then she jumps up onto my knee between me and my desk as you can see here so I snapped her pic for you.  She's such a gorgeous little thing....that is when she hasn't been digging in the one bit of wet muddy garden we've got like she did yesterday!!!! ....She needed a bath......enough said 😁😁😁

That's my round up of smiles for this week.  Please leave me a little message so I know you've called in and if you can then link up to your own smiles below.  Have a happy and fun filled week.
Annie x

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Another Wednesday and another catch up with the creative desks around the world hosted by our group leader Julia over at The Stamping Ground.   Just click on the link and pop over if you want to find out more....go on be tempted to join in.  We are a very friendly bunch.

So on my desk today....

 Yes it's a police vest that needed repair but don't worry I've not been avested [excuse the pun]....it was just a play one belonging to my grandson.....I get asked to do all sorts of jobs....cos Nanny can do.

Another little job for the family....Lexi has an 18" doll coming for her 6th birthday soon and she will be wanting some extra clothes making for her but finding patterns for a doll you haven't seen isn't easy.....I think this one might be adaptable but want to see if it fits before I make more.....apparently they need to be more glitzy!

And for those that don't follow me on Facebook here's the 5 bears I made last week for customers benefiting from my 10% off special offer.  From left to right...
  1. Made from a much loved mum's cardigan.....I managed to add the beaded flower embellishment to the front and have to say this is one of my favourites....I love purple.
  2. Made from a special little boys christening outfit....I made the waistcoat and cap as extras.....cute isn't he?
  3. Made from a child's school uniform.
  4. Made from a much loved dad's scarf with matching green ribbon.
  5. Made from a student nurses uniform when she qualified ....rather special to me being an ex nurse.
There you go folks it was a really busy week for me last week.  On top of what you can see above I also....
  • Shortened a bridesmaids dress
  • took in a posh frock for a wedding
  • shortened 3 nurses uniforms
  • shortened 6 pairs of trousers.......Oh and I cooked, cleaned, washed, ironed etc etc as is the norm.
I must apologise for any blogs I didn't  manage to visit last week but I hope you will understand why lol.  No two week are the same for me but I do my best to live every day.  Hope you all have a great week.
Annie x

Friday, 8 September 2017

This week's smiles.....week 237

Hello all.  Here we are at my weekly catch up of smiles.  Many thanks to all who joined in last week....it was so lovely to see a few more of you joining in.....keep up the good work folks.

Yesterday was little Theo's first birthday and as promised I am sharing a few photos of his birthday party on Sunday....the hall was filled with gorgeous babies and children and his family and friends.  It was a Peter rabbit themed messy play party which was really enjoyed by all.

Just look at that amazing birthday cake made by Theo's mummy and her friend.
The balloon Peter rabbit was made by my eldest daughter...talented lot aren't we?

My other share today is this one of Phoebe.  I've decided she is not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside too.....not that I didn't know it before.
She asked her mummy if, when she had her hair cut to go back to school, she could have it cut really short so that she could send her hair away to have wigs made out of it for little girls who have lost their hair with cancer treatment.....and as you can see this is exactly what she has had done.  I'm so very proud of her.

This made me chuckle too.  This is the photo of Phoebe with her new gorgeous hair cut next to one of her mummy when she was little sporting the same hair cut.....gorgeous or what?
That's my smiles for this week.  I'm up to my ears with sewing jobs this week plus this idiot decided to offer 10% off her Memory bears for this week and very many have taken up the offer so I'm under a mountain of bears too....and they have given me lots to smile about with all the special reasons people want them making for.
Please leave me a little message so I know you've called by and if you can then link up to your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


There's rather a lot been going on my desk here at Sewing by Annie's this week so I'm just going to run through it in pic for you now...

As many of you will know we celebrated little Theo's birthday on Sunday afternoon [he's actually 1 tomorrow but his mummy has now started back to work so we celebrated early].
Here's the bunting I made decking the hall....I had many lovely comments made about it too.  
It was a Pater rabbit themed messy play party....more pics to come on my Friday smile post at the end of the week.  A wonderful time was had by all and I just know many of you will be impressed with the cake his mummy made for him so it's well worth calling in to check it out.

Here's the play mat / bag I made for him...there is a draw string going around the edge to make a bag with it so it can hold some of his toys.

I appliqued two little vests for him to get messy in at the party....cute eh?

This week over on my Facebook page I've got a special offer on my Memory bears....you get 10% off if you order and get the items of clothing to me before this Friday at 5pm.  When my customers call in I need to be able to show them the sort of things I make so I have put pics of the 50!! bears I have made all together on 4 sheets to have them to hand.....impressive eh?

These are two of my latest bears I've made and.....

......here's the next one in the making....This one was posted to me so she didn't miss out on my special offer.......Plus I am expecting at least another 6 to arrive this week!!

As they say....it seemed like a good idea at the time  :-)

I really love making my bears and especially the fact that each one is different and hold special memories for each customer.

Just in case you think that's all I've been doing this week.....I've also shortened three layers on the beautiful pale peach bridesmaid's dress and the hems on the 3 nurses dress uniforms hanging on my rail.....I wouldn't want you to think I've been slacking hehehe.

Thanks for calling by.  I will do my best to call by at yours but some idiot has offered money off on my Memory bears for the week and I am going to be rather busy  :-) :-)
Annie x

Friday, 1 September 2017

This week's smiles....week 236

There were only two that joined in the fun last week so a huge thank you to Angela and Kate for sharing their smiles with us.  I really do appreciate your help to make the world a happier place by sharing a few smiles.

Here's my shared smiles for this week...

We babysat the twins on Sunday and we were joined by Amy and her three for an afternoon of fun at Chirk Castle.  We met a knight and maid at the castle gates, had fun in the stocks, had snack time together on one of the lawns, played tennis, rolled down the grassy banks and finished the day off playing with Grandad and the lego....all in all it was a wonderful day watching the little cousins enjoying each others company.

Little Theo enjoyed some quality time with his daddy while his mummy was on a Hen weekend.  I'm so proud of the wonderful daddy my 'little boy' has become and as you can see he had no problem keeping little Theo amused.

Milly's special little brown dog toy needed yet more repairs....it morphs every time I repair it and is really beginning to wear out buy it's such a firm favourite that I will always do my best to sew things back together for her.

This is my challenge for you this week.  We have such a stupid language that I'm sure English must be one of the hardest languages to learn.  I found this on Pinterest and had a good chuckle trying to read it.  I really hope you can click on it to have a go.  Let me know how you get on.

That's all from me for today.  Please leave me a little message and if possible link up to your own smiles.....and try to get your friends to join in too.
Annie x

Wednesday, 30 August 2017


Hello all.  Here we are at another Wednesday catch up with our creative friends all round the world.  What a busy time I'm having here at Sewing by Annie's too but not all I've been busy with can be shared with you all just yet.  I've been keeping up with lots of sewing for my customers but have also been creating for a certain little boy who will be a year old on 7th September...it really doesn't seem 5 mins since little Theo arrived does it?  He's having a messy play party with his little friends and family on Sunday and I was asked to make some Peter Rabbit bunting to deck the hall with so that's what I'm sharing with you today.  I've also been making a floor mat/bag for him as his birthday present but will keep that pic until next week when he will have seen it.

The first length has just 12 flags on it with his name appliqued in the middle.

Then I made two longer lengths to go down the sides of the hall.  Theo's mummy Gina bought the fabrics and I have used them randomly in both of the longer lengths.

2 long lengths and the one shorter length and 72 flags in total and ta da bunting is finished. Don't you just love it when it comes together and looks fab just like that?

So there you go.  That's my show and tell for this week.  If I remember I will show you a pic of the play mat/bag next week but there will be a lot of water going under my bridges between now and then as I have another bride, more bridesmaids and a special lady magician coming this week.  I hope you all have a fun week and will forgive me if I don't get round to you all [I will do my very best].  There just aren't enough hours in my days of late.
Annie x

Friday, 25 August 2017

Friday's smiles...week 235

Hello all.  It's been a busy week here for me at Sewing by Annie's but one that's also been filled with proud Nanny moments so I'm sharing this week's snaps of my 6 little family members...

Tuesday saw me having a fun day with this little man while his mummy spent the day getting her class room ready to go back to work after the school holidays.  He's such a delight to look after and my day was filled with smiles.

The twins have had lots of lovely days out and about in the countryside with their friends during the holidays and they have had fun collecting stones to paint.....such little artists in the making don't you think?

Amy's three have spent their school holidays doing lots of things children don't always get to do these days from picnics in the garden, camping overnight in their field with their friends, picking blackberries in their hedges to just generally enjoying each others company and making me smile.

That's all I've got to share this week so I must say a big thank you to all who joins in each week and hope you will all link up to your smiles again today.
Annie x

Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Wahooooo it's Wednesday again.  I love Wednesdays because I get to check out what all my blogging buddies have been up to creatively.  If you call in here just leave me a little message so I know you've called in and I will do my best to pay you a return visit....it may take me a little while but I do my best to visit you all even if I can't leave you a comment.  It's going to be a busy day for me today [another one!!] because I have a bride coming this morning and another one coming this afternoon.

So what have I been up to this week?

This was my strangest challenge this week...it's a back support for a cyclist that needed some repairs doing by hand with strong thread.....two broken needles later and a lot of effort needed with having to stitch it using my artery forceps to push the needle through but I managed it.

You will remember from last week that I'd been asked to make some dolls clothes for Barbie and Ken so I searched for patterns and made a few but none of the patterns had instructions or even whether you needed to allow seam allowances when cutting out.

Here's a few of the bits I made before the girls arrived with their mummy for their afternoon of fun with Nanny.  Some of the clothes needed a bit of adjusting but it's surprising what you can make out of a couple of socks and a few scraps of material.

Saturday afternoon was spent in my sewing room with these two gorgeous girls and their mummy.  Here we are carefully measuring Ken and Barbie for their new clothes and trying on the ones I had already made before they arrived.
We had a lovely afternoon and two little girls went home with lots of new dolls clothes [and big smiles].

Here's the models trying on a few of their new clothes.

And here's the smiles....doesn't it make all the effort well worth it?

Of course I had to make the 4 extra dresses from the materials the girls chose from my stash while they were here.

In fact to make 4 dresses I had to cut out 8 pieces, overlock 32 rows, make 24 narrow hems, make 8 bust darts, sew 4 rows of gathering stitches, sew the 4 tops to the 4 skirt pieces and then stitch 4 pieces of Velcro fastenings to the backs.....yep I'm nuts but it's sooooo worth it to see their smiles don't you think?
That's all from me for today.  I hope you all have a fun week in your creative spaces.
Annie x

Friday, 18 August 2017

This week's smiles....week 234

Hello all.  Don't you just love it when you have a week that's thrown you all sorts of challenges but you still come out smiling?  Well, it's been one of those weeks for me.  Firstly I must remember to say thank you to those that shared their smiles again last week and I hope you will be back to join in again today.

Now, onto my smiles for today and I've focused on my garden smiles for today.  It's all looking so lovely out there now with the new white chippings so I went out with my camera to share the flowers with you today........

Every time I went to take a photo my little four legged friend did her best to photo bomb it so I promised her I would let her have one of her own.  So?  I really hope you have found something there to brighten your day and make you smile.  Please snap your smiles and share them with us by linking below.  Thank for calling by.
Annie x

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Oh wow what a busy week I had last week.  Firstly I must apologies to those bloggers I didn't get round to visit.  There just wasn't enough hours in my days.  I had everything from Wedding dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and Evening dresses to trousers, shirts and many special requests from special customers, family and friends.

I have a few photos to share with you of my desk at different stages....

One of my requests from one of my special customers was for a pocketed hanging storage....it had to be 30x60cm with two button holes at the top 20cm apart.  It had to have a zipped pocket at the top then three rows of pockets of different sizes going down the length and the pockets were pretty specific to include a pen pocket in the top row.....he didn't want much did he? So I set to working out all the measurements required and here I am mid flow.

Here it is finished....it was quite a challenge but I'm rather pleased with how it turned out for him.

Another of my requests was from some special little people in my life for clothes making for their Barbie and Ken dolls so I've been hunting out and printing off some simple patterns....I'm hoping they will be coming to help me make them too so I'm really looking forward to that.

The other pic I'm sharing today is this one to make you laugh.  You've heard the saying...'If it looks too good to be true then it probably is' haven't you?
I ordered some new tape measures off eBay for another little project I had in mind and these were.... 'a pack of 5 fabric superior tailoring tape measures' for just 80p!
Firstly they aren't fabric but are a very cheap plastic and I've laid one against the tape measure I use every day just to show you just how 'accurate' [or lack of it] they are.  Each inch is more than 1 1/4" in length!!  Needless to say I have now had my money back and wont be using them for the project I had in mind.....but it did make me giggle.

That's all from me for today.  I will be head down ploughing my way through my sewing mountain but will do my best to pop over to say hello in between jobs as and when I can.
Annie x

Friday, 11 August 2017

This week's smiles....week 233

Where do the days go to?  I seem to turn round once or twice and hey presto here we are back at my weekly catch up of smiles.  Many thanks, as always, to the loyal few who join in each week.  Between us I'm sure we make the world just a little happier folks so please keep up the good work.

I've had by darling hubby at home on holidays from work this week so we have enjoyed lots of smiles together so I've put a few photos together to share with you....

These are the before shots of our back garden....it's all starting to grow and develop how we want it but we have a few four legged friends who seem to want to 'help'.  There are lots of local cats who have decided it was lovely black soil to use as their toilet and we have our own little four legged friend who rather likes eating the results making her feel sick [and us at just the thought of it!!].  Plus she loves digging in between the plants and chasing the little birds so getting her paws rather dirty.  

So my darling hubby has ordered several dumpy bags of lovely white stone and this is what it looks like now.  It looks really lovely and the gravel will also keep the weeds down too....so win win.

Of course when you have little visitors they like to lend a helping hand and that makes me smile the most.

The other pics I'm sharing with you are of the lovely day out we had on Tuesday.  We went to Westonbury Mill Water gardens near Leominster and what a gorgeous place that is....well worth a visit folks.  There are lots of follies and features for you to explore and a lovely little coffee shop where you can get a yummy lunch too.  We loved it and Milly did too.
You should be able to click on the pics if you'd like a closer look.....you just might see my darling hubby peeping from behind a tree at you  :-)

That's all from me for today.  Please leave me a little comment so I know you've called by and if you can then link to a few pics of your smiles from the week.
Annie x

Wednesday, 9 August 2017


Happy Wednesday especially to our Queen of snoop, Julia over at the Stamping Ground who has been seen wearing her tiara this week and really looking the part.

My desk has seen lots of action this week and it's been very varied.  Everything from a gorgeous Wedding dress to a Dr Who's scarf .....

The wedding dress filled my cutting table and I am in the process of shortening three hems on it....I always hoover and clean all the surfaces before starting a wedding dress so as not to leave and marks on it so it's half a days work just the get ready before I start [I make a lot of dust here in my sewing room].

The scarf really was something else.  It was knitted by a young man who died aged just 31 and his sister brought it to me to be divided into three so that she and her two other brothers could have a scarf each made from it.
The original stretched at least twice the length of my sewing room  and between us we managed to fold it into three which when finished were each more than long enough to make a really long scarf.
I really do get asked to do all sorts and it was so lovely to be able to do just what she wanted successfully.

So there you go nice and short just how the boss likes it [ for once!].  I have my darling hubby here all this week transforming the back garden so I'd best get back to the sewing before he catches me slacking hehehe.  Have a great week.  I will do my best to visit all who call in here in between my many and varied sewing jobs of the week.

For anyone interested I have a Giveaway over on my Sewing by Annie Facebook so why not pop over and be in with a chance to win one of my Memory bears.  I will making the draw at 9pm Friday night......Good Luck x