Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
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Monday, January 12, 2015

The cutest Annies!

Well Christmas has come and gone - it happens faster every year for me!  If you read my previous posts, you know that I had to get a new Christmas tree this year, and my angel didn't look too great on the top!  One day it hit me....I needed an Annie angel!  Nicole, from Raggedy Old Annies makes the cutest Annie dolls ever and she also makes Annie tree toppers.  I remembered seeing a few of them that had adorable aprons made from handkerchiefs.   I just happen to have some vintage handkerchiefs that belonged to my Mother-in-law and my Grandma and I knew there were a couple of Christmas hankies that would be perfect for Annie's aprons.  What a great surprise these would be for my hubby, Mom and Aunt!  I was so excited that I could barely contain myself!  I also went through some sheet music that belonged to my grandparents that was still in the piano bench, and found a couple of my favorite Christmas songs, and sent those to Nicole with the hankies (she uses the sheet music for the angel wings).  Each hankie makes 2 Annie aprons, so I had Nicole make 4 tree toppers.  Aren't they just adorable?  The hankie with the poinsettias belonged to my MIL, and the one with the little Santas was Grandma's.  Oh...I just LOVE THEM!!!!  I had already decided that I wasn't going to give them to DH and Mom until Christmas day.  I wish I would have had a camera when DH opened his.  He looked at it, with a confused look on his face, then slowly said...A doll???  But when I explained the details to him, he was really happy with it, and said it was the best gift he received (awwwww!).  

 Here she is on top of the tree - she fits much better than the old one!
When the box came in the mail, I could not wait to open it, but it was the day that we had our family Christmas, and everyone was here - we were making cookies, etc.  I finally locked myself in my sewing room so I could open the box and take a peek! That's when I discovered that there was a surprise in the bottom! I had told my friend, Nancy (the one who got me started on these cute Annies), about the tree toppers and she called Nicole and had her add a Christmas Annie for me!  She has a little metal, cookie cutter in her hand.  How sweet and how thoughtful!  Isn't she just adorable?  I LOVE the fabric of her dress.  It came from JoAnn Fabrics, but evidently I was too late, because they didn't have any at our "local" store.  

I think Mom and Aunt Nancy were really surprised and happy with their Annies too.  If you want an Annie of your own, just contact Nicole, she makes lots of special orders.  There are a few on her website, but they sell out fast.  Now she is making Valentine Annies, so guess what I have coming?!  I decided to keep a tree up year around, in my sewing room.  And believe it or not, it's all decorated for Valentine's. So my new Annie will be a tree topper and she will be the perfect touch!  I don't decorate much at all, so having a tree year around means buying and making some ornaments.  I would like to keep some sewing-related things on it all of the time, then add other things for different holidays/seasons.  Here are a few little ornaments that I made...they finish at 2 1/4".
 Then I saw some really cute garland on Pinterest and decided to make some of that.  It's just pipe cleaners (I guess they are now called Chenille!).  They were too bright for my taste, so I decided to give them a little spray of Instant Antique to tone them down.  While they were drying, Ozzie decided to take a little nap on them!  And when I was trying to actually string them together...Callie was having a blast (me...not so much!).  She saw them as a table full of fun!
My new Annie should be here this week, so then I will take a picture of the whole tree to share with you.

Back to Christmas...It was really nice to have our family Christmas the weekend before the holiday.  Everyone was here, and we had a great time. Then on Christmas day, just Mom and Dad came over.  We made a turkey in the crock pot (it was really good!) and all of the trimmings.  It was just a nice, quiet day.  We did not have a white Christmas, but since then we have had several inches of snow.  This is the view out of my sewing room window - isn't it pretty?  The pond is all covered up and the sun is just peeking over the trees.  So peaceful...

 And what better to do when it's snowy and cold outside?  Stitch, of course!  Here is block 3 of the Merry Christmas quilt.
Here is what Callie likes to do on cold, snowy days (or any day)...
She tends to make wool prep work interesting!

And just so you know that I really do work - here is a batch of scissor fobs that we recently finished.  I will be adding some of these to my website...

And speaking of work...I need to get busy!  Hope you have a great week!


  1. Looks like you have a new addiction with these Annies, huh? They're awfully cute. I used to have a seasonal tree that I decorated for each holiday - it was a lot of fun so I know you're going to enjoy yours - and we'll enjoy seeing it dressed differently every month or two.

  2. Love the little Annies...I made one from her patterns a few years ago, then I received one as a gift. Love them!

  3. Oh, Annie with stripe legs is so darn sweet!! You are brave to keep a tree out, I would have to hang one from the ceiling! Love your charms, so much detail!!

  4. My cats favorite all time toy are pipe cleaners! They go nuts for them...I have a very fond memory of the kittens up on the sewing table trying to steal them...and watching me come at them...they were trying to grab and run at the same time!!! Glad you had a wonderful the annies and what special memories they are made of!

  5. Those Annies are so cute! And I love the significance of the hankies and music wings being from your family! Sweet that you were surprised with one. (I can just hear Greg's, "A doll?")
    Great ornaments! Wow, you are working with really big stuff there--for you, anyway!
    So is Ozzie an Instant Antique now, too, or were they dry enough by then that it didn't rub off? : )
    Love your view--almost as good as my mountains. *LOL*
    Beautiful wool piece--I did a bunch of that last weekend. I'll be posting it soon. You know you are largely to blame for my wool addiction!

  6. You personalized Annies are adorable! What great gifts too.
    Beautiful view from your window- the cats are hilarious. I miss having one.

  7. I can just hear the squeals of delight over the Annie's, Julie! How special they are! I have to know...did Ollie have stripes on him after laying on the wet pipe cleaners?

  8. What a sweet table topper, Julie! Your little Annies are adorable. I can see why you feel in love with them. I was drooling over your pink and brown ornaments! You know how much I love your creations and that color combo. And of course the kitty photos melted my heart. I enjoyed my visit as usual!

  9. Such cute Annie's but you just gotta love those kitties.