Flowering Cherry

Flowering Cherry

Friday, 19 September 2014

This week's smiles...week 85

Happy Friday to all who call by here each week.  This week I must say a special thank you to the three who linked up their smiles last week....yes only three so I am hoping you wont mind me featuring you all....I mean I really can't choose one amongst just three can I?

So a big thank you to 

Many more of you called in and left lovely comments so thank you to all of you too.

My smiles for this week are yet again pics of some of my munchkins...

A settee full of togetherness :-)
They all love being together and all wanted to sit on one settee....don't they just make you smile?

Lexi ran into the house Wednesday and came running out saying "Look Nanny I'm a rabbit"  :-) 

And what a cute little bunny she is eh? :-)

They have been learning the skill of cutting with scissors...not an easy one for a left hander but Sam is getting there.  :-)

Don't you just love the faces they pull when learning to cut with scissors?  :-)

Thanks for calling by.  It would be really lovely if a few more of you will link up your smiley posts some time this week.....it really doesn't have to be done today and I do promise to call by at yours to see whats making you smile.

Annie x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


Here we are at another fun day of the week when we all go snooping at other creative spaces to check out the talents around the world.  If you don't know what I'm talking about [then where have you been for the last 5 years?] please pop over to Julia's at the Stamping Ground and check out the details.  It's free, fun and totally voluntary but does come with a health warning....If you join in you will be back because it's totally addictive :-)

So here's my desk for today...

My  window storage boxes have been slid across so I can watch the bird feeders through the gap that the birds have now found and the box on the left is now full to over flowing with the things I have made using the gifted fabric.  They will be on sale at a craft sale in Pontesbury on 4th October and the money will be given to charity so please call in if you're passing.  

Since last week I have made.....

More little fabric boxes.

14 little fabric Christmas tree decorations.

A taggy dinosaur.  :-)

A taggy lion.  :-)

I made a piece of random patchwork with some gorgeous soft brushed fabric then made 4 lined, zipped purses / bags out of the fabric.

So there you go folks.  As you can see I've had a busy week creatively.  Most of my makes were taken from ideas found on Pinterest....where would we be without it for inspiration?  I have 400 new fliers going out this week to let folk know I'm back in business with sewing but have already had my first new customer since we moved so word is already getting out there.  

We spent the weekend clearing a space in the back garden to make room for a new shed  to give us a bit more storage and we had a visit from an architect on Tuesday night to start the ball rolling on the alterations to our new bungalow.....it's so exciting.  By the time we have the plans drawn up and passed it will probably be after Christmas before we start to knock down / make a mess / build  but there is no rush....we are going nowhere!

Thanks for calling by today.  Please leave me a little hello message to let me know you've been and I will do my best to call by as soon as I get a minute to see what you've been up to this week.

Annie x

Friday, 12 September 2014

This week's smiles....week 84

Hello folks.  Here we are at another Friday post full of smiles....mine and those who take the time to link up below.  Thanks to those who joined in last week.....the world really does smile with you when you share your smiles.

I'd like to feature you all cos you really made me feel I'd been missed while we had been without the Internet.  You are such a lovely bunch.  I am giving a special mention to Judy's blog for the amazing pictures made out of buttons and for those that struggled to find the link to her page click here....It's well worth a visitThanks for sharing them Judy.

My smiles for this week are a few pics of my gorgeous Grandchildren for those that have missed them....

This is all 5 of my little munchkins enjoying playing together on their bikes :-)

I do so love seeing them playing together.

Last week saw Lulu starting school.  She looks such a little dot up against her big sister [ but Phoebe only stated school a year ago!].  They are such good friends and I think Phoebe likes the thought of looking after her little sister at school.  :-)

Lulu is in size 3-4 age clothes and I even had to shorten her trousers by a couple of inches but as you can see from this pic what she lacks in height she more than makes up for with attitude.  :-)

She has settled into school really well and is just like her mum in that she will be aiming to catch her big sister up very quickly.  :-)

Phoebe, Lulu and Steve enjoyed a couple of days at the beach with their other cousins at the weekend.  :-)

Looking at the jumpers on the girls I've decided that Steve is made of braver stuff...brrrrr

This week has also seen the twinnies going for a taster visit to Pre School....think it was more to allow their Mummy and me to adapt to the idea than them as they are well ready for the next step and had a lovely time.

There you go folks.  Hope you enjoyed my week's smiles and will now leave me a little hello comment and link yours below.

Annie x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


Hi folks it's been another busy week here. 

There has been more change here at our new home...a couple of posts and fence panels in the back garden have been moved [by my wonderful hubby] to allow space for a new back gate to be put in to give us much better access to the back garden and to allow access for builders when we get plans passed for the small extension we hope to have built.....yes it's all go but it's so exciting  :-)

My little Ikea cupboards are now all painted and I'm rather thrilled with the finished result...what do you think?

I've been busy using more of my stash of gifted fabric to make some little fabric boxes.  I found a little triangular design on Pinterest that I rather liked so I've had a play and here's my first completed box. Like it?  I hope you do cos I've now cut out the fabric for several more and hopefully today I will get them made.....in between paying a visit to all who call by here and leave me a comment of course :-)

And the last pic I have to share today is of a little treasure I found hidden in the new garden yesterday.  A lot of you will know my love of poppies so will know just how much this made me smile.  The petals are just so delicate....just like tissue paper :-)

I hope you like my show and tell for today.  Thanks to all who called by last week and left me such lovely comments.....you really are a very special bunch.

Annie x

Friday, 5 September 2014

This week's smiles...week 83

I'm back folks....and I'm full of smiles.  :-)

The move eventually happened and it went well thanks to the amazing job our removal firm did.  I've never seen men work like them.  Thanks guys. x

It took 10 full working days for us to be reconnected to the Internet and trust me when I say I REALLY missed you guys.  I hope you had lots to smile about in my absence and you will all link up your smiles below so we can all share your happy times.

I've had so much to smile about since we last got together and still feel as though I'm walking on cloud nine on a daily basis.  We have lots to do in our new home to make it ours but will enjoy the challenges ahead of us and I'm sure I will take you along for the ride with me.

So here's just a few snaps to show you a little of what's making me smile...

I've been painting my little Ikea drawers to match the curtains in my new sewing room....it's such fun setting up my new creative space.
:-) :-) :-)

The back garden is full of new floral treasures and these Japanese Anemones make me smile every time I look at them. :-)

If you click to enlarge this pic you will see that Rocky, our one cairn terrier, has really made himself at home and is sitting on one of our garden chairs in the sunshine. :-)

At the side of our bungalow was an 8 foot high, 8 foot wide dying conifer hedge that had been a constant irritation to our neighbours and took up so much of the space on the front of our garden that yesterday we had it taken out.  We have so much more light at the front of our little bungalow now and when the weeds die back we are clearing the area off, putting up a little wicket fence and making more parking space for cars to park.....I love the new outlook.  :-)

Well folks there are just a few of the things making me smile....how about you?  Please link yours below and leave me a little hello comment and I will pop over to yours to say hello.
Annie x

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


I'm back  :-)  Wahooooo

As you may well know we were kept waiting til 11 o'clock on Thursday 14th to even know for sure that we were moving on Friday 15th August but we wasted no time in getting our two little dogs booked into the kennels and confirming the move with our removal company [who come highly recommended...they were brilliant].
Removal day went like clockwork and here is the last snap of the sewing room that was....

Just the last couple of Ikea boxes waiting to be packed :-)

There were no emotions on leaving the home that had belonged to our family for over 66 years...I think we had been so traumatised by it all that I was just glad to lock the door.

But as we collected these keys the tears flowed.....don't think I could really believe it was really happening.

Fitting a 4 bed roomed house into a little 2 bed roomed bungalow meant that boxes were stacked high but in the last two week we have emptied most of the essentials and the rest will be emptied when we have done the building work that we have planned.


These were the treasures found in our new back garden....lots of sorting out needed but it's a south facing back garden and it's a good size so has real potential.


This will eventually be my sewing room!!!  Who does this to a modern little bungalow?  It's a fab sized room but we plan to remove all the Tudor style cladding and plaster it out before I use it.


So.....here's what you really came here to see [and I'm not sorry it's taken me sooooooo long to get round to showing you my work desk this week cos I've lots to show you and am soooooooo excited with our new home]. 
 It's only temporary but this is my work desk til we get the alterations done.....and it's already been put to good use as I've had two customers needing sewing already!! ....and for the eagle eyed amongst you yes that is my new sewing machine all set up in the middle of the picture and it sews like a dream.  :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

There you go girls.  I really hope you like my new work desk.  I'm sure it will change from week to week as we get to work on the decorating and building projects but trust me when I say I won't be moving again any time soon!!!

I just need to add a huge thank you for the lovely comments left for me on Jo's blog over the last couple of weeks and for the lovely cards some of you sent us.

Annie x

Friday, 15 August 2014

This week's smiles...week 82

This is an automatic posting as all being well we are hoping today will be a busy one for us....we are moving houses today!! Yesssssss it's finally happening :-) :-)  As you can imagine we have lots to smile about today.

Thanks to those who joined in last week....I hope you are happy to make use of Mr Linky below to share you smiles with others in my absence.  I'm sorry to say that I may be without the internet for a week or two so won't be able to do a weekly smiles post til we are back up and running again but I promise you I will be back  :-)

I have a few smiles to share with you today...

Here is a pic of Amy's three all dressed up ready to go to their two little cousin's christenings.....don't you just love the expression on Steven's face?  :-)

This pic I'm sure in years to come he will bless me for sharing but it made me chuckle.  Sam is now out of nappies...it's take him rather longer than his twin sister.....I'm sure that's just a boy thing!
If you haven't noticed those are his pants on his head!!  I think he has a few things to learn yet :-)

Of course he does have a good teacher as to what he needs to do and here she is showing him how to dispose of the contents of his potty down the loo  :-)

They are such a funny pair and give us all so many giggles during a day.

I hope my pics made you smile today and you will link your smiles up below.

For now thanks for joining in the fun...I will be back to host our weekly smiles as soon as I'm able.
Annie x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Hello all.  I'm loading this up as an automatic post as I hate to miss out on the Wednesday fun.  Life here is pretty manic as you can imagine.  We have spent all day Monday and Tuesday chasing up the others in the chain of our house moving fiasco...we were told last Friday that we were all ready to move but of course there are three others involved in the chain.  We contacted our removal company to be told they were fully booked on the day we were hoping to move but thankfully they managed to rejig other jobs on that day and said they were able to move us.  But then others in the chain were unable to work as quickly as us and as I type this we are still awaiting conformation that our move can go ahead this Friday....I have no nails left and have spent many hours pacing up and down the floor like a caged polar bear!!!  If I hear more and can still access a computer I will update you later....if not I will ask Jo to do the honours for me as I know many of you are waiting to know.

So folks....you want to see my desk?....

I had drawers full of threads so here I'm in the middle of bagging then all up.

Bags filled they have been put into boxes and now they are all sealed up ready to go....what a lot of reels of thread I have lol

Here's a shot looking one way....boxes , boxes and more boxes!!!

Turn round and there are yet more boxes!!
My industrial machine has been drained of it's oil and all my other machines are now boxed and ready to go.

And, just in case I didn't have enough fabric to move, I had another visit from the gentleman who gave me bags of fabric before who came with another 4 bags full of fabric for me to use.  I feel so blessed to have it all and will have a fun time in my new home sorting it all and finding items I can make to make money for charity with it.

There you go....see?  No desk in use.  Just a lot of boxes but hopefully before too very much longer we will be in our new home and I can set up a new craft room to share with you all.

I have been informed by my darling other half that we may be without internet for a week or more so please forgive my absence....I will be back  :-)

Annie x