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Friday, 21 October 2016

This week's smiles....week 192

Hello all.  Here we are at our catch up with the things that have made us smile in the last week.  Firstly I must thank those who took time out of their busy lives to share their smiles.....I do love seeing what makes you all happy.

I am featuring Kate's post from last week....I just love that tiny little gecko she rescued from her cat, Arwen. So tiny and yet so perfect....I just hope he survived the ordeal.  Thanks for sharing your smiles each week Kate.

I have many smiles each week.  Here's a few I thought you might like to share.....

For those who missed me on Wednesday it was cos we had taken the day off and took Milly for her first visit to the beach.  We went to Tywyn in Wales and had many smiles at Milly's reaction to the miles of sand and 'all that moving water'!

A lovely day was had by all.  :-)

We babysat this happy bunch on Saturday....as you can see when the camera comes out Poppy dog poses too  :-)

As you can see little Theo gives us all lots to smile about and here he is finding smiles for his daddy before he left for work on Sunday.  When you have to work away from home all week these special moments must help you survive.

My last pic is one that was taken last week but I hadn't managed to get on my blog til now.  It was so lovely to have a visit from Neet and that big sister of mine managed to join us too.  I really hope Neet's health improves soon.....sending you lots of love and hugs from us all Neet.

Those are a few of my happy moments from my week.  Please leave me a little comment to let me know you've called by and if you have smiles to share then link them up below.
Annie x

Friday, 14 October 2016

This week's smiles....week 191

Here we are at out Friday catch up with the happy posts that get linked at the bottom of my page.  I try every week to focus on my happy times because life throws more than enough sad / difficult times to deal with doesn't it?

Many thanks to everyone who linked up last week.  I'm featuring Tilly's post from last week....she linked up a little late so some of you might have missed it and it's so full of happiness that I felt it was work checking it out.  It popped up on Mr Linky at a time I really needed a smile so thank you for linking up Tilly....It's never too late.

I seem to have lots of pics that have made me smile this week so here goes....

This is little Steve wearing his new birthday clothes.....he was 5 on Wednesday and last Sat evening we all went to his birthday party....A nerf gun party!  I must say that a great time was had by all and it was so good to see my three returning to their childhood ducking and diving behind obstacles to shoot each other ....and their dad!

As you can see little Theo had a gun too but just couldn't stay awake long enough to take aim.

 :-) :-) :-)

Theo paid the twinnies a visit this week....they do love their little cousin.

Lexi loves to show us just how flexable she is.....I wish I could do that don't you?

I thought you'd like to see this last pic too.  It's Amy's two girls, Phoebe and Lulu snuggled up together on the settee watching a film....sisterly love is just so special isn't it?

That's just some of my happy pics for this week.  Hope they make you smile too.  Please share your happy post by linking below and I will pop along to check them out as soon as I can.
Annie x

Wednesday, 12 October 2016


Hi all.  Many thanks to all who called by here last week....I think I managed to call in on you all but if I didn't leave you a message then I'm sorry....I will try to do better this week.

On my desk today is a pile of babygro bits. 

The last customer to collect her Memory bear said she didn't want the left overs and you know me....I hate waste so I have sat and snipped out any pieces that might be usable.  She was thrilled with the little bear I made for her....they are proving very popular and I love making them.

I've also been working on the idea I shared with you last week.  I now have several bears in stock made in different colours and these three are now dressed in their finery ready for a wedding.....I thought they would make nice gifts for little bridesmaids or page boys especially if using fabrics to match the wedding.

The only other pic I'm sharing with you today is this one.  I've been asked if my new header is of a flower in our garden so I thought I'd share this pic to say yes it is but I'm sorry I don't know what it's called.  I love how it changes colour over the weeks and this morning the spiders had decorated it with cobwebs for me...isn't it pretty?

Of course Milly had to get in on the photo....just love her to bits. :-)

Please leave me a little message and I will do my best to get over to yours later....I've got a special friend calling in today to pick her sewing up so not sure what time I will get to call.
Annie x

Friday, 7 October 2016

This week's smiles...week 190

Happy Friday to you all.  What a fab turn out we had last week.  Many thanks to all of you who linked up their smiles....I really love seeing what's making you all happy.

I'm featuring the gorgeous double rainbow that my big sister shared with us last week....we both love rainbows and that one really was stunning so thanks for sharing your photo Jo.

My smiles for this week are a couple of Theo who is one month old today. He never fails to make us smile .....

I had an afternoon with Theo, his Mummy and his other Nanny on Saturday while all our men were at the Shrewsbury town football game.  Little Theo lay on my eye spy quilt but as you can see he just wasn't playing the game with us [I'm sure there will be years of fun to come with it though]....he's such a  contented and happy baby.

When he woke he made us chuckle with his Usain Bolt impersonation.....either that or Superman!

This photo has to be my fav.....is that really just wind?  I don't think so.  To me it's just one very happy little man enjoying snuggles with his Mummy.

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles for this week and will link your smiles below so we can all share them.
Have a happy week and please come back again soon.
Annie x

Wednesday, 5 October 2016


Phew....I've blinked and turned round and here we are at another Wednesday drop in when we all travel the world through the blogs to see what our blogging friends have been busy creating in the week....whether it be paper crafting, painting or fabric crafting they are guaranteed never to be boring and you never know just what tips you might pick up on the way so why not pop over to Julia's for more details and link up to join in the fun.

It's a picture heavy post from me today cos there's been lots going on as always but I will be as brief as I can...

 I was in need of new supplies so here are a couple of the things that have arrived this week to make me smile....
Two boxes of new threads and...

Three packs of Christmas fat quarters.  Plus I had two huge bags of new stuffing to fill my memory bears with.

After seeing the lovely Christmas coasters on Jan's [LLJ] last week I was inspired to make a few with some of my new fabrics.

I've made a few Christmas minions to go on Christmas trees....they are just waiting for hanging loops now.

Here's my latest Memory bear made out of a little girls first babygros....I'm rather pleased with how she's turned out.

I have 4 more Memory bears to make  at the end of this week out of a very special Great grandad's shirts to give to his 4 great grandchildren to keep in his memory....the idea is proving very popular.

This is my latest idea that I'm plotting and planning with.....Naked bear!

Some events that folk want to remember don't have items of clothing sufficient to make a whole bear with so I'm thinking of offering a naked bear that I can dress for them in clothing using the treasured items......

.....possibly a Christmas party dress or.....

....a pair of dungarees?  I am still tweaking the pattern to get them right but what do you think of the idea?

I'm open to suggestions so please tell me what you think [as long as it's not too rude of course :-) ].

There you go I did tell you I'd been busy....and that's just what I've been doing between my customers sewing!
Please leave me a little message and I will do my best to pay you a return visit when I can.  Have a great week.
Annie x

Friday, 30 September 2016

This week's smiles.....week 189

Happy Friday to you all.  Many thanks to those who joined in last week by sharing their smiles.  I really love seeing what makes you all happy each week.

I am featuring Neet from last week cos even though she's been having a few health issues lately she still managed to find something to smile about and share with us.  I really hope things improve every day Neet and you soon return to full health.

The smiles I'm sharing this week are a few pics from a professional sitting that Mark and Gina had of little Theo.....I will say that he slept throughout and I just know the results will make you smile....

Just look how chilled out he is here with the record of his arrival on the clock and calendar.

What a cute little bundle he is eh?

Here he is lying very proudly on the blanket I knitted for him [just a shame it was the wrong side of the blanket eh?  :-) ].

And last but by no means least here he is showing that he is going to follow in the footsteps of his daddy, granddad and both great grandads by becoming a Shrewsbury Town football supporter....start them young I say.  :-)

I hope my pics have made you smile today.  Please leave me a message to let me know you've called by and do you best to share something that has made you smile this week by linking it below.
Annie x

Wednesday, 28 September 2016


Hi folks....It's a desk full of much the same again this week...

The little gingerbread houses have now been beaded up and a few buttons added so are now finished. 

The little 'Joy' hangings have been beaded so are also finished.

Then I was left with a pile of red fabric too small to use for another stocking or Christmas sack so I cut it up, appliqued a few with decorations......

......backed them with some lining fabric and attached them to some red bias binding and hey presto....

I made 3 lengths of Christmas bunting.  :-)
Nothing goes to waste here as you can see. :-)

I've also made another little Memory bear out of a little one's Primary school uniform to remember the happy times there before moving onto Secondary school.....he seems very popular too. :-)

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today.  If you'd like to leave me a little message then I will do my best to pay you a return visit.  I love seeing what you've all been busy with each week.
Annie x

Friday, 23 September 2016

This week's smiles.....week 188

Phew it's week 188.....how the weeks fly by and this week has been another week of smiles.

Firstly let me thank the six that joined in last week.  You are all very special people who are willing to do their best to share their smiles so I would like to thank you all this week.  It never seems fair to single one out when only a few of you join in as you all come with different things in your lives that has made you smile....how can I choose?

This week has seen three birthdays to celebrate this week....The twins have had their 5th birthday on the same day that our new yummy mummy, Gina had hers so I would like to say a big Happy birthday to them all.  Here are a few of the pics that has made us smile.....

Here's the birthday twinnies all dressed up in their party clothes....haven't they grown?

Their party was the first time I was in the same room as all 6 of our little grandees so it was a very special day for me too.

Here's the girly cousins all having cuddles with their new little cousin....love them all to bits.

Here's our new little family snuggling together....I love this pic.

And last but by no means least here's little Milly up to a few new tricks of this week....she never fails to make me smile.

I hope you have enjoyed sharing my smiles and will now leave me a little comment before linking up your own smiles below.
Have a happy week my friends.
Annie x

Whoops! I'm sorry I've just noticed no Mr Linky....just put it up!