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Friday, 16 March 2018

This week's smiles ......week 263

Another week....more smiles.  I can always find something to share each week that has made me smile.....I'm so lucky.  I have changed my header photo to share our gorgeous little tete-a-tete daffodils....Spring is on it's way and that always makes me smile. [Even though there is the promise of more snow this week yet!].

This week our 5 school aged grandchildren had a day at school celebrating world book day....It was delayed because of the snow.  They are all lovers of reading and a new book is always a treat ...

Amy's three went dressed up as The naughtiest school girl, Dennis the menace and Matilda.

Lexi went as one of her My Little Pony characters and Sam went as Cat in the Hat.

They all really enjoyed their day and were pleased to use the school vouchers for their free books.....brilliant idea.

Both my hubby and I have had this week off work and have enjoyed our time together and today we have this gorgeous little man coming for the day while his mummy works because his other Grandparents, who usually have him on a Friday, are both poorly.  I'm sorry they are poorly and really hope they are better very soon but we will enjoy our little visitor today.

I hope you will leave me a little comment to let me know you've called by and will then link up to your own smiles below.
Have a great week filled with smiles and thanks for joining in the fun.
Annie x

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Here we go again...it's another Wednesday show and tell of our creative spaces.....I love it. There are so many really clever folk out there willing to share their skills so why not join in the fun?  To find out more then just pop along to Julia's blog by clicking on this link...Stamping Ground.

So what's on my desk today?

I had so many lovely comments about the finished quilt I showed you last week....thanks folks.
I've been working on the next one this week [now finished and posted so will share a pic as soon as I can].
We decided it needed a border of the spotty lemon before binding it in a pretty pale pink and of course I didn't quite have enough to go all round so.....

......I had to order some more lemon spotty.  Of course it was worth making  a parcel up to justify the postage so here's my latest fabrics.
I am aware I have a problem when it comes to fabrics but my quilts have been shown so much interest that of course I have to have fabrics to hand [to stroke] in case I get more orders.  :-)

I have also had this gorgeous Wedding dress to shorten plus a bridesmaids dress and another gorgeous dress to alter this week [sorry I forgot to take pics of the other two to share with you].  I have several more posh dresses up and coming too so it's really lovely to work on such lovely things.

As you can see no two days are the same here and you can probably tell just how much I love my job and I know just how lucky I am.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit and will leave me a little message so I know you've called by so I can pay you a return visit when I get the chance.  I hope you all have a great week and the our friend Shaz is soon feeling much better.
Annie x

Friday, 9 March 2018

This week's smiles....week 262

Oh what a lovely week it's been here at Sewing by Annie's.  Last week we were up to our ears in snow and this was the view out of my sewing room door....

Some of the snow drifts were very deep as you can see and that little lot was covering my little tete-a-tete daffodils!

The snow seemed to be with us for days and our youngest daughter was snowed in for several days with 3-4 foot drifts on the road from her home!

The snow eventually disappeared over night and on Wednesday morning there wasn't a sign of it in our garden.

Just look what I've snapped for you....bless them they are no more than about 4" high but have survived being completely covered in snow and the sunshine we are having now has opened out the very first of the blooms.

I had a special little visitor arrive at 7 on Tuesday morning because his mummy had been called into school to cover for another teacher who was off sick.  Bless him, he's cutting big back teeth and had been up a lot in the night so we had lots of cuddle times and it was a long day for us all but he never fails to make me smile.  
I love the stage he's going through now....he's like blotting paper and listens to everything you say with such interest....and copies everything too.
I had lots of toys out to play with but his favourite toy of the day was a new shoe box....isn't it always the way?

Spring is definitely on it's way.  Theo enjoyed a sneaky preview of the baby chicks that had just hatched for a project at his mummy's school....don't you just love a fluffy new hatched chick?....Theo did as you can see.

That's all my shares for today.  Please leave me a little message and then, if you can, link up to your own smiles below.  Thanks to all who join in each week.
Annie x

Wednesday, 7 March 2018


Hello all.  I really hope you've been managing to keep warm while we've been under a blanket of snow across the country.  I had a couple of customers who managed to bring their sewing to me but otherwise I've been using that gorgeous fabric I shared with you on Friday to make a quilt.....

For those who didn't see it on Friday this is the fabric I had ordered for two quilts I've been commissioned to make...it was my customer's choice of fabrics and isn't it all lovely?

The quilts are to have a panel in the middle with the little girl's names appliqued in and here is the first of them under my machine being stitched in place.....I do love this machine blanket stitch my machine does....don't you?

Once I'd finished the middle panel I then had lots of fun deciding where the patchwork squares were going to go before stitching them all together.
I then sewed a pink spotty border around the quilt before wadding and backing it and then quilted it all together.

I've now completed the first quilt but I'm keeping the name covered until it's been given to my customer.  I have another quilt to make now but we have to await the arrival of the new baby before we know her name so I've just been plotting and planning with colours until then......exciting times.

I hope you have enjoyed  seeing what I've been making this week and will leave me a little message so I know you've called by.  I will do my best to pay you a return visit but life is a little hectic here at the mo.
Annie x

Friday, 2 March 2018

This week's smiles....week 261

Here we are at my Friday catch up of the week's smiles again....the week's are flying away aren't they?  It's March already and tomorrow is my darling hubby's birthday so, weather allowing, we will hopefully be making memories and having lots to smile about.

So here's the pics I am sharing today....

The materials I was waiting for have arrived.  They are for the two quilts I've been commissioned to make for two special little girls....and new fabrics always make me smile....especially ones as pretty as these.

I've already attacked them with my scissors too so haven't spent too long stroking them first.

Whilst looking for paperwork in my cupboards to finish off my accounts that I've been getting up to date this week I found two large wooden buttons that I bought ages ago and I've finally backed them with circles of felt and made two drink coasters with them.

I also noticed how I had scissors scattered in every cupboard I went in so thought I should have a sort out and made a sunshine out of them to share with you before putting them away where they should live [I thought it would brighten up this cold snowy day]....yes I do have rather a lot of scissors don't I?  Many of them get used on a daily basis as I have different scissors for each job I do...and God help you if you use my fabric scissors for cutting paper...the paper ones are the orange handled ones at 11 o'clock [no I'm really not a paper crafter am I?].

That's all from me for today.  Please leave me a little comment before you go and if you can then link to your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


I've not a lot to share with you today but am really pleased to say I've worked very hard with my business accounts and have now got them all up to date....thankfully.

It's been a busy week with coat alterations this week.....guess the 'Beast from the East' has had something to do with that......brrrrrr it's been cold.

The one photo I have to share with you for those that haven't seen it already over on my Facebook page is this little character....

It's a little Memory dog I was asked to make out of tiny babygros.  He also has a label to hang round his neck with the baby's name and all the details of his birth but I've been asked not to share it for obvious reasons.
He's rather cute isn't he?

I've also been commissioned to make two special quilts for two little girls.....one yet to arrive but due any time now. I am to applique the names on a panel in the middle of each quilt and they are to be in pinks, lemons, creams and be pretty and girly.  Of course I didn't have the materials my customer wanted me to use so I've had to order them and cant wait to get going on them.....I've done all the planning and printed off the lettering for the applique so I'm raring to go now.

That's all from me for this week.....hopefully more to share by next week.
Annie x

Friday, 23 February 2018

This week's smiles....week 260

It's been another week filled with smiles here at Sewing by Annie's.  

It's been half term holidays for the children so I've had several visits from the little people in my life and that always brings smiles.  I will share a few photos that have had me smiling....

With it being half term my two daughters had organised hair cuts for the children but without knowing they had all decided to be trimmed up on the same day and the children all like to let Nanny see how smart they all are so these pics all arrived within minutes of each other.  :-)

Sam's been wearing glasses for a while now but Lexi had been getting headaches after a busy day at school so now she's got glasses for close work so they are like a pair of bookends now.....both losing their baby teeth too as you can see.  It's costing the tooth fairy lots.  :-)

Yesterday morning the twins had been to our local garden centre making/decorating flower pots and Sam decided he wanted to give me the one he'd made....such a cutie.  :-)

Little Theo is on a skiing holiday in Italy with his mummy and daddy and their friends and here he is enjoying his croissant at the airport....yum yum. Couldn't you just eat him?

And here they are all togged up for the weather....don't you just love his shades?

Now if those pics haven't made you smile I'm sure this one will.  Milly likes to sit on the boss's knee in a morning while he eats his cereals and she was very happy to be used as a stand for his Ipad....maybe I should make a few dog Ipad stands?

She does make us smile.

That's all from me for today.  Please leave me a little message so I know you've called in and if you can then please link to your own smiles below....it's so lovely seeing what has made you all smile each week so many thanks to those who join in the fun.
Annie x

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


Another week, same desks, different things to share this week.....

You will be pleased to know I've already cut into the fabrics I showed you last week and have made 8 Easter fabric 'boxes' to fill with Easter goodies.

This is one of the Memory bears I've made this week out of fabric from a Wedding dress.  She has some of the lace sewn on the front and is wearing her own little tiara ....I think she has to me my favourite [but I say that about them all].

This was the Memory bear I made for the lady who won my 600th celebration draw.  It's made out of her baby girls tiny babygros....they were that small that it took 4 of them to get enough fabric to make a bear with.....turquoise is my fav colour so I love this one too.

The other thing that's been going on here this week is a lot of long overdue catching up with my accounts for my business.....groan!!!
Not my favourite job to do but April will be here soon enough and I need to get my accounts up to date ready for the tax man.

So that's it from me for today really.....the book work will be keeping me out of mischief in between sewing jobs this week I'm sure.  I hope you have more exciting activities on your desk this week....I will do my best to pop over to see what you've been up to ASAP.
Annie x