Sunday, 10 February 2013

You are probably wondering

What has happened to me for nearly a year. Well in general it was a pretty horrid year.
The prostate cancer that my darling husband had been battling with for over ten years finally took a strong hold of him and after a short illness he passed away last August. We'd been married for twenty one years and he simply was my best friend and the love of my life, I am totally lost without him.
On top of all that happening we had our house up for sale which would you believe sold the day before he died. I didn't know what to do as we had been trying to sell it for four months. So I accepted the offer and then had to turn around pack the house up and find somewhere else to live.
So I have been trying to come to terms with a total upheaval of everything I've ever known.
When I started this blog I didn't intend it to ever be personal I just wanted to showcase any new projects that I had been working on, but felt that I needed to explain my absence to those nice ladies who have been enquiring as to what has happened to me.
I would like to say a special thanks to my e- friend Desley Boland who has been encouraging me all the way through this bad time. Also the ladies in my sewing group, I couldn't have managed without them,everyone has been absolutely marvellous, there is nothing like the friendship that a mutual interest in sewing brings
Anyway I seem to be getting a bit of my mojo back and have been fiddling with some new dollies which I thought you might like to see.

I know the matryoshka dolls have been done to death but I hadn't done one so thought I would have a go. Anyway this is my version I hope that mine are a little bit different, I really only felt like working on some small projects. These are very addictive to make and it seemed impossible to stop at one I couldn't wait to make them up again to see what they look like in different fabrics.
I couldn't make my mind up if I liked the shape of them or not so I did a different shape and I still can't make my mind up
This little fella is part of a pattern for Easter, there will be a little basket with a bunny stitchery to go with him. I've been branching out into some stitcheries lately and really enjoy doing them, the only trouble is they take a bit longer to get finished

Lastly another Raggedy Anne, I don't really like this photo as it doesn't really show her off she is much cuter than this picture
The patterns for these dolls are not at the moment ready for sale but hopefully won't be too long.
Hope that not too many of you have given up on me and that you continue to follow what I am doing.
Hopefully there will be something to write about I lead a pretty boring life really. See you next time.


  1. What a terrible time for you ... my thoughts are with you. Its also nice to see your new creations and see you back in blogland....


    1. Thank you for your thoughts Helen, hopefully I can come up with some new and interesting designs for you.

  2. Hello I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad to see that you are creating again. Could you tell me where I can go to buy your patterns? Thank so much!


  3. Oh dear! I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your Hubby Annie! It is nice to hear you are taking some comfort in your creations xx

  4. Hi Annie,
    I am so sorry for your loss and upheaval this past year or so.
    Hopefully your dolls and crafting will keep you motivated to continue your marvelous creations.
    Love your dolls to bits.

  5. I have just found your blog and firstly
    I'd like to beam you lots of strength to
    help you through your loss. It certainly
    has been a tough year for you indeed. I do
    hope you managed to blog again, it looks
    like a sweet place to visit.
    Hugs, Anita.

  6. Hi Annie, Please email me ASAP. I have some very very important info about your dolls that needs to be told privately.

  7. Annie
    We can not change the course of life.
    In severe cases where we can not do anything to change, we have to accept and get on with our lives as best as we can.
    Let's forget the sad part and only remember the good times.
    This leads us forward without letting us sick..
    I also suffer from this terrible evil in the ear.
    It is distressing and many days I had to stay seated or lying comfortably all day.
    We miss you and hope you come here more often,
    to exchange ideas and talk about things mild and good.
    A big hug full of affection for you.
    I fervently hope you get a happy way to move on.
    Kisses and hugs

  8. Love your dolls. I am just about to make the Faerie Noelle one but just realised page 2 is missing. This was given as a present so I can't go back to the store. Would you be able to email me the missing page?

  9. Hello Annie.i'm a new Follower, and new to your dolls.I have just finished Lottie, and am making "I believe" at the moment.I couldn't make just one, so I have 3 on the go!!
    I am so sorry to read that you have have a pretty horrible year with your husband passing, and then having to move from your home.
    I love the little dolls you have been playing with. And NO you are never too old to play with dolls. When I was a teacher, I used dolls and puppets with the children, and magic things happened!! I can tell you that when a puppet whispered in my ear that he/she thought they (the children in my classes), were lovely, or were good listeners/ good packer-uppers etc it REALLY meant something special. I'll be on the look-out for more of your patterns.I'm in South Australia (Adelaide), and found your patterns at Hettie's Patch.
    Looking forward to reading more blog posts when you're up to it.
    Judy McCarthy

  10. Hello Annie,
    I love your dolls. I have a question for you. I pinned your Santa's from a year or two ago. You made them from a pattern from Simone Gooding. You mentioned on your blog that you modified them a little. I bought the pattern, but am interested in your changes. I would be willing to pay for your modifications to the Santa. I love the changes you made on them and want to make them for friends. I would like to make my look similar to yours. Could you email me? My email is Thank you! Lisa Mehr

  11. I like to buy this patterns, how I do? My email