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Wednesday, 24 May 2017


My first thoughts today are with the affected people following the attack at Manchester arena....it all felt a little too close for comfort for us as our daughter had been there at a Take That concert Friday night.  I hope the families and friends of those affected gain the strength to get through the very difficult days ahead.

It has all been very sad to watch the developments but we must not let these people win so today we must celebrate our 8th year anniversary regardless.....8 years of friendship from all over the world really is something to celebrate....there are a lot of really lovely people out there.  Many many thanks to Julia who came up with this mad idea and who keeps us linked together every week.

Jo and I will be posting our celebration ATCs today together with our PIF ones so if you asked to swap with us then watch out for that postman.

On my desk today are a few projects I've been making this week....

This is the latest little Memory Bear I have made plus I've made two Memory Cushions but I am unable to share photos of those with you yet as they are for gifts and have special details on the fronts.

I had been looking through all my children's fabrics this week and decided to use some of the smaller pieces to make a little activity cube for Theo to play with and here's the result taken from several views.  I'm sure he will love playing with it and as this week he has started crawling it might keep him in one place for a little while as he plays with it.

I put pictures of Theo's activity cube in my Facebook shop and had a lot of interest in it so yesterday I set to and made a couple more but ommitted attaching buttons etc to these so they are safe to sell.  I'm rather pleased with how they have turned out.

I have a busy time ahead of me with lots more sewing work arriving today but promise I will do my best to get round as many as I can this week.  If I miss you out then it may be that I am unable to leave you a comment [google+ doesn't let me comment without joining].  Many thanks to everyone who calls in each week leaving such lovely comments.  Lets hope we are still linking up on a Wednesday for many years to come.
Annie x

Friday, 19 May 2017

This week's smiles...week 221

Hello all.  Here we are at our usual catch up of the week's smiles.  many thank to all who joined in the fun last week.

My week has been full of aches and pains with my hip but there is always lots to smile about here as you know so here's my share for this week....

I've been snapping more flowers that have bloomed this week for you....I am really enjoying the colours that are opening out in every corner of the garden and it would be selfish of me not to share them.

These are two little memory bears I've made this week from a much loved Grandad's pair of pyjamas.  Each time I take on these sort of jobs I am able to learn a little of very special people and these two are to help a couple of children grieve over someone who was very special in their lives.....I feel so honoured to be able to help at times like these.

That was all I was going to share but this morning I noticed our Rhododendron coming into bloom and......

....the creme de la creme is this beauty.  This Peony has only got one bloom this year but it has a tale to go with it....

The original plant was one from the garden my hubby grew up in and before his father died I took a cutting [that everyone said wouldn't grow].  It, of course grew, into a beautiful plant in the garden of our old house [I have green fingers].  When it came time to move we took cuttings off so we could give one each to my 3 sister- in - laws but we moved at the wrong time to plant ours in our garden so it was planted in our son Mark's garden.  Last year we divided his so now we have one and he does too.....The love is spreading 💓

I hope you have enjoyed my shares this week and you will leave me a little comment before linking up below to share your smiles.
Annie x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Hello all.  The 8th year celebrations are nearly upon us and I've been using some forced resting time to make my ATCs.  Forced rest?...I have either got a flare up of my arthritis in my left hip or it's sciatica :-(  I've had it before and know what needs to be done but I'm not someone who finds admitting defeat easy so I'm having to listen to my body and be sensible at the mo.....All I can say is is a really pain in the bum [literally!!].  It means I haven't been able to have little Theo this week so I'm missing out on lots of special fun time.

Jo [Twiglet] and I will be making our ATCs and posting them together to save a little on the postage so if anyone wants to post us both one in the same envelope please feel free.  So far I have made 12 but if I need more then I'm happy to make more.  This is the list that I will be sending to so far....but if your name is on my list please don't feel the need to send one back.....there is no obligation at all.
  1. Julia....The boss
  2. Jan..LLJ
  3. Jo...The 'much older' sister
  4. Elizabeth.....Silver scrapper
  5. Shaz.....Silverwolf
  6. Helen....Stamping by H
  7. Lynn....One I made earlier
  8. Kate....Kate's adventures
  9. Anne...Copper Beech
  10. Neet....Hickydorums
  11. Lisa...Lisa's craft garden
  12. Sandra de....Serendipity 
  13. Ann.....Craftyani 
  14. Angela...Felix the Crafty Cat 
  15. Lynne....Lynnecrafts
  16. My Pay it Forward recipient
.....so that leaves 3 up for grabs  I'm making more now if  anyone else wants to swap....and am happy to make more if needed.  Just email me with your details please to wipso2310@gmail.com  .....PLEASE NOTE I HAVE A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS.

So this is my desk for this week....

Boring or what?  I'm not giving too much away am I.? That's the back of 12 ATCs and the backs of this years cards with my poem inside....it wouldn't be the same with no poem from me would it?

So if you want me to add your name to my list just let me know and email me your details plus of course email me if your details have changed since last year.

The only other activity on my desk today is pom pom making....It's something I can do from my comfy chair while I'm resting.....I'm not certain what I am going to make with them as yet but it's been quite a therapeutic activity and has taken my mind off the dull ache in my hip.

So that's it from me for today....it's very short and sweet cos sitting at this computer is just too uncomfortable for too long.

Hope you all have a great week.
Annie x

Friday, 12 May 2017

This week's smiles....week 220

Another week has flown by and I'm here again sharing some of my smiles from my past week.  Many thanks to all who joined in last week.  It's so lovely to see what makes you smile each week so please keep sharing.

My smiles for today are...

I had a wonderful morning on Wednesday with little Theo.  He was as good as gold. We read books, played with the toys, sang together and he never fails to make me smile.  :-)
His mummy and daddy are doing a brilliant job bringing him up ....I'm so proud of them.

How things have changed since I had our three.  Back in the good old days we used to tuck the little ones down for a nap and listen out for when they woke but little Theo came with his monitor so I was able to watch him sleep while I say sewing. There's nothing quite as beautiful as a sleeping baby is there?   :-)

The weather has warmed up sufficiently for the twins to go to school in the summer uniform....what a pair of cuties.

I always say I like a challenge and my latest little memory bear certainly challenged me.  It's made from a knitted fluffy jumper so came with lots of possible problems...
  • Cutting through rows of knitting it could ladder or unravel
  • It was very stretchy so it needed stabilising before making
I decided to take on the challenge as it was for something special so I used a fabric interfacing to stabilise the fabric and used a special stitch to sew and overlock all the seams and hey presto!
I really love the finished bear....she's so cuddly. :-)

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles for this week and will leave me a little message before linking up your own smiles below....if you don't have smiles of your own to share just let me know you've called by.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Here we are at another Wednesday catch up with desks from around the world....if you want to know more then pop over to Julia's blog at The Stamping Ground for details and why not join in the fun?

So? What is on my desk today?

What do you think of all this?  It's come out of a bag full of fabrics I was given by the very talented lady magician, Careen Fenton, that I've been sewing for this week.  I have sewn for her before when she was Miss Picklelily entertaining children but she will be focusing more on her adult magic show now and is moving houses to live in London.  She thought I might make use of it all....all suggestions gratefully received.....it's all bright sequined material so watch this space as they say.

This is the back of the stunning dress and bustle I've been working on for Careena....it's part of the outfit she will be wearing for her stage shows and she looks amazing in it.....and her magic is second to none. 

My life here is never boring is it?

The other thing I wanted to share with you is this collage of pics I took on Saturday at Amy's.  The menfolk were busy with gardening activities [Steve included] so I took over my pom pom makers, wool etc and us girls had a fun crafty session, as you can see.  When I left the windowsill was filled with wonderful creations [If you want a closer look you should be able to click on the pic to enlarge it].  I have no doubt this is something we will be doing again cos we all enjoyed playing.

I hope you have enjoyed my quick catch up today and you will leave me a little comment to say you've called in.  I will be a little late in paying you a return visit this week because I have a little visitor arriving early morning til after lunch while his mummy has to work.....here he is and as you can imagine we will be having a fun morning.....

Saturday, 6 May 2017

When I find something good I like to share.

This is for all you fabric crafters out there.

You will have seen the PE bags and pencil cases I have been making and may have noticed that I do my best to make each one slightly different. 
  • It's just nice to have a change so you don't get bored making lots of identical products
  • It's really fun matching the different colour combinations of my fabrics
  • It's a good selling point that when it comes to the end of a school day the PE bag can be picked out easily amongst all the others. 
  •  Every child likes to feel special.
Because of this I don't like to buy large amounts of the same fabric....even 1/2 metres are too much. I hear you saying "why not buy fat quarters?" 
Answer....My PE bags need 70cm width pieces and fat quarters are too narrow.

So I put a call out in a Facebook group I am part of and almost every one said they do fat quarters or a minimum of 1/2 metre length....OR they would cut 1/4 metre lengths for an extra charge!

I was contacted by one really helpful fabric provider.....Cabin Crafts ......who was more than happy to cut me 1/4 metres of a really extensive selection of bright children prints in 100% cotton for a really good price so I selected 10 different prints.

Here they are.  It's all really good quality cotton fabric and it arrived really quickly so I have to say I'm thrilled with the service and will be ordering from them again.

You will all know just how much I like to stroke new fabrics for a while before I take my scissors to it but as I know when I've used this I can get more I've already used some of it...

Here's the first two girly PE bags I've made using some of it.  I like to use the feature fabrics across the bottoms of the bags so that, if requested, I can applique names across the top section.....just in case you were wondering. 😀

So, my friends, if you are looking for good quality fabrics at a sensible price I can highly recommend Cabin Crafts.  Here are the links to where you can find them.....

Their web page is Cabin Crafts

Friday, 5 May 2017

This week's smiles....week 219

Hello all.  Many thanks to to loyal few who join in the fun each week to help make the world a happier place by sharing their smiles.....I love sharing them all so please keep up the good work.

It's been a couple of days filled with challenges for me....we changed our Internet provider on Wednesday which meant we had no Internet for several hours in between users.  I use my Internet for my business so it caused several hours of frustration while waiting for all systems go with the new provider.  Then, when I came to upload my pics for today's post, there was a glitch in the system stopping me from doing it how I normally do but I wasn't going to be beat by technology and found another way round things.  After hours of 'beating the system' I have managed to make you a collage of our garden flowers to make you smile today.  As one lot of flowers dies over the next seems to be bursting into bloom....I just love this time of year don't you?

I hope you like the next riot of colour from our garden.  Please leave me a little message so I know you've called by and if at all possible then link to your own smiles below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 3 May 2017


Hello all.  Another busy week here for me.

I've made a few more PE bags and pencil cases to replace the ones I've already sold plus I've managed to get tables on two up and coming school summer fayres so will be building up my stock ready.

I've appliqued names on a PE bag and a pencil case for two lucky little girls.

I've sewn 11 swimming badges onto Phoebe, Lulu and Steve's swimming bags....proud Nanny Annie moments.

Plus I've been playing with my new pom pom makers....I've wanted some of these for a while and have eventually treated myself to two sets so I can now make 4 different sized pom poms.  I have to say I'm really impressed with my new toys and if you've ever made pom poms with two pieces of card you need to try these.

There you go....nice and quick just the way Julia likes it.  I must apologise for not getting round everyone who visited me last week.  I had several customers needing sewing doing quickly so my week just disappeared.  I will aim to do better this week....but of course I never know what will come through my door needing my attention.
Hope you all have a great week.
Annie x

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.  😀😀😀

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