Friday, 3 July 2015

This week's smiles.....week 126

Hello all.  Thanks to all who joined in last week by linking up their smiles.

I am featuring Sam's post today.  I don't really like having my photo taken but I do have to admit to having a real chuckle at the one Sam took of Jo and I....I look rather tipsy but I promise you that no alcohol had been consumed at all...I don't need any to behave like that.   hehehe  It really does make me smile to think of all the friendships that have been made thanks to us all linking up on WOYWW on a Wednesday.

It's been another busy week over here at Sewing by Annie's.  My customer numbers really are increasing by the day and that never fails to make me smile....I love my job.  :-)

I've also got a few pics to share with you....

Look at what's now sitting on our drive....I've got a new car [well it's new to me] and I love it....after all it's blue :-) :-)

This is a special rose that we brought with us from our old house and doesn't it look happy in it's new home?

If those pics haven't made you smile them I'm sure this one will.  These are the first strawberries that have grown on our new strawberry plants....they were warm, juicy and tasted wonderful.  And there are many more ripening already.  :-) :-)

Those are just some of my smiles from this week.  Please snap something that has made you smile and link it up below and let's all do our bit to make the world a happier place.

Annie x

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Second on the 2nd........Escapologist or what?

Elizabeth has decided to host a new blog hop and I am determined to do my best to support her in her new venture.  The idea is to repost something that was written on your blog in the past so I have looked at what was happening in my life 3 years ago this week and this was what popped up......

 Escapologist or what? .......posted on 6th July 2012 

Every week comes with new challenges here for me.  Tuesday is my day with the munchkins and they are both crawling now so the house has been cleared out to make a safe haven for them.  I showed you that they love playing in the ball pool I keep here for them, well here is the new developments....

They can go from this to.....

....this and beyond in seconds now and as quick as they can get out they can also get back in!

They are able to pull themselves to their feet but not climb yet but.....

....as you can see here Lexi is weighing up new ventures so the stair gate will be on next week!!

Wednesday night came with a whole load more challenges.  We had all 5 of the Grandbabies here for the evening......and all 3 of the babies are able to crawl now!!  The pop up tent proved a real winner for all as you can see but I have a feeling it may be a while before we can get all 5 to sit still long enough to snap them for a pic now!

I hope you've enjoyed sharing my pics and they have raised a smile or two for you.  Have a great weekend.

It has really made me chuckle looking back. Why don't you do the same and link up your post over at Elizabeth's

Annie x

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


Mine's a bit of a two for one post today......and I blame Sam [Hettie].

You will have seen last week that Sam paid us a visit.....well, she had been given a dumfer for her birthday.  For those that still don't know what dumfing is please feel free to click on the link in my right side bar for an explanation.  Where was I?  Oh yes Sam and her dumfer!  I follow Sam on Pinterest and she had been pinning dumfing ideas so of course I had my creativity stirred and I woke Thursday morning with my head full of ideas and feeling desperate to dumf.

  • Where was my dumfer?....in it's cover having not been used since we moved!
  • Where would I find some linen type fabric to dumf onto?.....oh no!! all my boxes have been moved ready for the building work to start!!!
  • Where are my wool rovings, threads etc to dumf with?.........

Of course they were in box on the bottom of a very big stack of boxes that are now sitting behind the settee in the living room......why is it that what you want is always at the bottom of the pile?

An hour and a half later I managed to find the basics and set myself up on a table in amongst the plaster and brick dust in what will be my new sewing room for a bit of dumfing fun......results will follow some other time.

And on my usual sewing desk today is a little job for Lexi.  She tore the skirt on her fav dress so Nanny Annie was asked to mend it :-)  That's what Nanny Annie does :-)

So, there you go.....two desks from me today.  Please leave me a little comment so I know you've called by and I will pop over to yours to see what you've been up to.  Thanks for calling by.
Annie x

Friday, 26 June 2015

This week's smiles...week 125

Oh how the weeks are whizzing by....is it just an age thing?  I remember my mum saying how quickly time flew for her and guess that's the age I've got to now eh?

There were only five of you who joined in and linked last week so thanks to each and every one of you for taking the time out of your busy lives to share your smiles with us.  I'm featuring Robyn's weird and wonderful flowers from last week....some of them are like nothing I've seen before and it really makes me smile when I'm able to share them from around the world so thanks Robyn for snapping them and sharing them with me.

I've had a fab week as always.  It highlighted on Monday when Jo and I had a visit from our blogging friend Sam [scroll down to the prev post if you didn't see the pics].  It's so very special when friendships are made through linking up to the WOYWW Wednesday fun and even more so when they happen in real life.

I have a couple of pics to share with your today...

You will know that I'm blessed to have my family living close to me and that we get together as often as we can but this pic really made us all chuckle.  The five grandchildren all love their Uncle Mark, as he does them, and they all wanted to be in on having a pic taken with him......aren't they gorgeous....such happy times together making memories. :-)

Phoebe, Lulu and Steve sent me this pic to let me know they had arrived on their holidays safely.....just look at that blue sky.  I really hope they are all having a wonderful week.  :-)

That's all from me for this week.  Please link up your smiles below and let's put a few smiles on the faces of all that visit.

Annie x

Wednesday, 24 June 2015


Hi folks.  There's not a lot going on on my desk today see...

There is my next top all ready for sewing waiting but it's been cut out and ready for weeks and as yet I've not even done the pin tucks.

But I do have something else to share with you.  

Look who drove up to meet Jo and I on Monday....it's our very own Sam [Hetticraft].  I feel like I've known her for years but until Monday we had never met in real life......It's yet another friendship made because of our wonderful WOYWW and she's just as lovely as I imagined.  We chatted, ate cake, visited our local fabric shop, chatted, lunched, ate more cake, chatted, drank coffee/tea ....oh and did I mention ate cake? [thanks for making such yummy cakes Jo].  Our time flew by so quickly but we parted with the promise we will do it again....as soon as...

Thanks for coming Sam xxxx

Of course with Sam comes Fergus and as you can see he made himself at home reading the latest book Jo had made for little Ben while us ladies chatted....and ate cake!

The only other thing I've got to share with you is the latest before pic of the end of my new sewing room [in the making].  The doors on the right and left of this pic will eventually be blocked up but, this week, we hope to have a builder coming to put in a new door and two new windows in the end wall.....keep everything crossed for us please and I will try to keep you up to date with developments.  :-)

Thanks for calling by.  Please leave me a little hello message to let me know you've called by and I will pay you a return visit as soon as I can.

Annie x

Friday, 19 June 2015

This week's smiles....week 124

There were rather more of you joining in last week....it's so lovely to think you all had smiles you wanted to share....keep it up folks :-)  Thanks to you all for linking up.

I am featuring Elizabeth's post....The Altered Book Lover.  Her description of the cats racing around the house really made me chuckle and her knowledge of her herbs and what to do with them really made me smile....and for those that don't read the comments of others here's what she left for me...

The rosemary is to season sweet potatoes, corn, and zucchini. The dill is for dill butter, baking (white) potatoes, potato salad, cottage cheese, eggs, and just about everything. The sweet basil is for pesto, eggs, and tomatoes. I also hope to make a lemon sorbet this summer. I also like sweet basil on top of mozzarella. Thai basil is for Thai food. Cilantro is for anything Mexican, and also for eggs, soups, and salads. Both mints are for tea, garnishes for summer fruits, watermelon, etc. I add spearmint to carrots and chocolate mint to my spaghetti sauce. Thyme is for veggies, both fresh and frozen. Of course, I like to pair it with other herbs because it goes well with oregano, parsley, and sage. Parsley is best for cleaning my palette. I like to chew on it between dishes and after a meal. It's also good for cooking with veggies.

Oh how I wish I knew how to use more herbs....I've got the book, just not got the time to read it :-)  Thanks for sharing it all Elizabeth.

I have a few pics of what is making me smile this week to share with you....

Amy's three have been enjoying the lovely weather in their field with their dog [hasn't Poppy the puppy grown!] and sent me a thumbs up pic to make me smile.  :-)

The two girls have just received their latest swimming certificate and are proudly showing them off.....they have taken to the water like little fish and have gained lots of confidence now. :-)

This pic came with the caption....

" Can I wear these shoes to town Mummy....they match my dress!!".

What a young lady she looks now don't you think?  :-)

My life is so full of smiles...I am blessed and I really hope my pics make you smile too.  Please link up your smiles below and lets all try to make the world a happier place to be.

Annie x

Wednesday, 17 June 2015


These weeks seem to be flying by don't they?....Or is it just me?

There is never a dull moment over here at Sewing by Annie's.

What with......
  • minding the Grandees
  • sewing for my ever growing numbers of customers
  • planting out a few bedding plants and weeding in the garden
  • planning and preparing for the building work to start
  • time to do some creative sewing
  • a shopping trip to Ikea
  • dressmaking for myself
  • oh and of course cooking, cleaning and general housework too :-)
Here's just a few quick pics to share with you...

My latest piece of crazy patchwork using some of my fav fabrics....well you do don't you when you're sewing for special friends :-)

My latest top I 've made for myself this week....I cut two tops out ages ago but had never found the time to run them up so more on the way some time soon :-)

My 'man that does' putting together my latest purchase from Ikea....it's a 6 drawer cupboard on casters [it's called an Alex] for my new sewing room.  I plan to put all my threads in here so it can be moved to which ever of my 6 machines I'm working at :-).....this girl has been making room plans for the sewing room.....getting soooooooo excited now :-)

That's all from me for this week folks.  Busy busy busy....but nothing new there :-)  Please leave me a little comment to say you've called in and I will pop over to yours as soon as I can.  I'm sorry to say that there are still some of the google+ blogs that I am unable to leave comments on but believe me I do read your blogs.
Annie x

Friday, 12 June 2015

This week's smiles....week 123

Hi all.   Thanks so much to all of you who find something to link up that has made you smile in the week.....it really does make the world a happier place.

This week I'm sharing Judy's blog because she shared very special celebration pics of her Mum's up and coming 90th birthday.....let's all wish her a very Happy Birthday.

 I'm sure we all have weeks when finding a smile isn't so easy and other weeks that are full of smiles.....well this week has been one full to the rafters with smiles for me....I could fill a book :-)  

My smiles include....
  • Special family times.....I know I have these every week and I really do know just how lucky I am to have my family close.....I'm blessed  :-)
  • A special day out with my darling hubby on Sunday to watch T20 cricket at Worcester....I bet you didn't know how much I love cricket.  :-)
  • On the way to Worcester we must have seen literally 100s of motor bikes [sorry no pic]
  • On the bridge we walked across to get to the cricket ground we could see probably 30 beautiful swans  [sorry no pic]
  • I've been enjoying more creative sewing this week using my most favourite fabrics....when sewing for special friends it's each to cut into the best fabrics :-)
  • We are progressing well now with the plans to make a start with our building alterations...We have found a builder that we really like [he went to the same school as my hubby and his wife is an ex nurse like me and she trained at the same hospital....small world eh? :-) ].  He hopes to make a start by putting the new door and windows in the end of my new sewing room in about 3 weeks and then hopes to start our extension by the end of July......things are getting exciting now.  :-)
Of course those are just a few of my smiles and I do have just a couple of pics to share with you...

My little friend, Rocky, is never far from me these days.  He's just had a hair cut [me too :-) ] and this week I think he was doing his best to stop me sewing.  First he lay right in front of my industrial machine and kept lifting his head to look at me as if to say "What you going to do now Mum?"

But quickly realised I wasn't using that machine so he......

.....disappeared under my chair and came up between my knees :-)

When he's had his hair cut you can really see his big brown eyes and I have to admit I did give in to the pleading looks I was getting and quickly finished the job I was doing to spend some special time with my little friend.  :-)

My last show and tell this week are of two more of the latest flowers in our new back garden....Aren't they pretty?
There you go....just a few of my smiles to share with you but I really do hope they have made you smile too.  Please link your smiles up below and I will pop over to yours to see what has made you smile this week.  Hope it's a good one for you.
Annie x