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Hi there & welcome to Annie's Place. A place inspired by and named after my late Grandmother Annie. Somewhere I can be creative, and share my love for all things hand made. I like nothing better than sitting with hook & yarn, crafting something home spun & completely unique, or rustling up some yummy baked goodies. I live in a town with a beautiful embankment, situated on the River Great Ouse. You may know me as 'Colour-Heaven' on Flickr or 'CosyKitty' on Ravelry. Why not stop a while.....?!!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Sunny days

What a difference a week makes! This time last week I was strolling along the esplanade in beautiful Weymouth, ice-cream in hand. Sun shining, happy smiling faces all taking in the last remnants of Summer warmth.

In stark contrast today is dull, wet and decidedly dreary in my little corner of Bedfordshire. How fortunate we were to be blessed with blue skies and sunshine throughout our jaunt to the stunning Dorset coast.  From start to finish we couldn't have asked for more.

We walked for miles along the coastal paths, passing the most fabulous sea front properties. I couldn't resist taking a snap of the stunning double bay-fronted houses. A girl can dream......

All that sea air really worked up an appetite, we were proper 'hank marvin'. Copious amounts of fish and chips were consumed throughout our stay, from the Old Harbour, Fish 'n' Fritz, and Bennetts on the harbour-side. All scrummy.

With children at school, the seafront was fairly quiet. Lots of coach parties of retirees were making the most of the peace and quiet. It was lovely to see the beach front vendors so busy, especially so late into the season. I imagine they were grateful for the extra trade the unseasonably mild weather had brought in. 

The low light every evening was sublime, bathing the quay in a golden hue. Our holiday home was afforded the most spectacular sunsets every evening too. We were truly spoilt. 

Back home, rested and ready for the Autumn now. Lots of cosy nights with my crochet are ahead. The Bake-Off final is tomorrow. Come on Nadiya....!!! x x x 

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Heartfelt thanks

It has certainly been an emotional few weeks since saying goodbye to our precious Jamie-puss. Lots of tears have been shed, interspersed with smiles and memories of our beloved boy. He gave us 17 years of joy and happiness and we are sure we did the right thing in letting him go. Home is not the same without him there, but one day that void may be filled with another furry friend. We'll see......xx 

I just wanted to express my gratitude for all the sweet messages of support you left. It has meant so much. I know many of you have suffered the same loss and can really empathise with how we are feeling. 

I celebrated a birthday a few days ago and will be off on a little break tomorrow. My parents have very generously paid for a few days away in Dorset. As some of you may remember I visited lovely Lyme Regis back in June. This time Weymouth is our destination. I can't believe the forecast for the coming week is set to be warm, dry and sunny! How fortunate are we? The last hurrah of Summer, even though the calendar disagrees. I am so looking forward to it......  

I'll leave you with a little snap shot of the hooky I'm working on at the mo. Nothing new or exciting really, just I've decided to make a cushion yes another one out of the hexies I showed you a while back. The reverse side will be rows of simple (UK) treble crochet in complimentary colours. I hope to show you the finished piece next time. 

x x x x x

Monday, 10 August 2015

Honeycomb crochet and Historic Oxford

I must start today's entry with a huge collective THANK YOU to every person who has ever thought to say hello and leave a message here at Annie's Place. Your feedback and general loveliness always gives me a great lift. I can't tell you how reassuring and encouraging it is to know you enjoy my little contribution to the blogosphere. I'm very touched by every single word, and wanted you to know it makes a huge difference....xxxx

For those that asked I will endeavour to sort out a little tutorial of the Isobel Motif, as and when time allows. I'm so glad you liked it. This week there's been a hive of crochet activity going on. I've been hooking up some hexies, with a JAYG (join-as-you-go) method that makes each motif look 3 dimensional. 

I like the effect it creates. The depth of each little 3 round crochet cell, adds more texture and reminds me of a real honeycomb in it's appearance.  I've incorporated some of the Drops Karisma, Drops Nepal & Drops Lima that I picked up whilst at Fibre East.

Last weekend I took a leisurely drive south-west to visit the 'city of dreaming spires' Oxford. Home of the oldest University in the English-speaking world. One I'm sure most of you have heard of, as it's a very famous institute of learning, renowned world-wide. 

It was very hot, and the city centre was heaving with tourists from every corner of the globe. In my twenties I used to work for a travel company in Central London, and Oxford was always one of the most popular destinations for foreign visitors. So popular in fact that coaches ran every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, and still do to this day.

I had a wonderful afternoon, totally immersed in the hubbub. I was just as excited as everyone else to be surrounded by such amazing history & architecture. There is so much to explore, it was impossible to fit into one visit. Hence I am already planning my next trip. 

I hope you enjoyed this little snap-shot?
Until next time........xxxxxxx

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Happy inside

It sure has been a soggy start to the week. I've been desperately trying to dodge the showers. Never quite sure whether to risk putting my washing out to dry. One minute sun, next minute rain. 

Thankfully Saturday was the best day of the weekend, so I decided to pop along to Fibre East, a short drive from home in Ampthill. I wandered amongst all the lovely stalls passing a very pleasant few hours. I had a limited budget but still managed to stretch it, coming away with a smile on my face and a bag full of goodies. More about those next time. 

I've been busying myself in the kitchen with a bit of baking. I've been really lazy on the cake making front, so thought it was high time my Mason Cash mixing bowl saw the light of day. I'm sure most of you know Bake Off is back next week. Should be a good watch.....

The batch of 12 cupcakes I made with buttercream icing and sprinkles were gone in no time. My first attempt at using a piping bag was a complete disaster. In fact it was laughable. Let's just say I'm blaming the tools. It's not what they look like that's important though eh? I certainly enjoyed one or two or maybe three....

I'm flitting between lots of crochet projects at the moment. I've even been working on a scarf! Yes you heard right, scarf making in July. Well it'll take me till Christmas to finish it so I may as well get a head start. 

I've been playing around with a gorgeous palette of Stylecraft Classique Cotton too. Do you remember some time back I showed you this motif I was tinkering with? I thought it might be nice to see it worked up in some brights. I can't help but think of starburst sweets when I look at the colours together. I'm salivating.....

Thank you all so much for always leaving me lovely comments, and welcome to all those new faces that have joined me here in recent weeks. I'm glad you still stop by despite my sporadic posting xxxxx

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Candy Pop Cushion Cover Reveal

Joy of joys I've finally completed my reversible Candy Pop cushion cover! It was a long time coming, but you know me; ever the slowcoach. I finished it late yesterday afternoon, and have placed it on the guest bed for now. I must admit my heart skips a little beat every time I pass by the bedroom and see it sitting there. All done and dusted.

I always feel a great sense of accomplishment whenever I finally get a project finished. For me (being the eternal starter and not finisher) it takes a great deal of effort to create something from scratch, completely hand made. As I'm sure all of you agree a mountain of work goes into making a simple cushion cover. There are hundreds of crochet stitches lovingly worked into each row/square, then there's the joining and finishing off. No mean feat....

It's been a pleasure to make every step of the way. A large granny on one side and 49 small ones on the other. A random selection of yarns in various colours, worked on a 4mm hook (large granny side) and a 3.5mm on the other. Thankfully I must have got the tension right as both sides measured up perfectly. Another blessing being that the large granny remained nice and even, no twisting or wonkiness.

One of the things I love about crochet is how it can look so different in varying light. The colours change depending on the time of day, and the weather of course. Natural light is always the best. I bought a sweet spray of flowers yesterday, and by happy coincidence they really compliment my finished project. The pink Gerbera are so pretty.

So there you have it, my little ta-dah moment. I do hope you feel inspired to put those crochet hooks to work.......enjoy the day xxx

Monday, 8 June 2015

Dorset Dreams & Crochet Seams

Sometimes the best plans are made on a whim. I knew I wanted to escape, to get away and spend a few lazy days (hopefully) in the sun. I kept a close eye on the weather, and trawled the internet for ideas and inspiration on where to stay. I had my heart set on the Dorset Coast, a place I had never visited before. 

So when the opportunity arose to book a midweek stay in a lovely self-contained apartment right on the bay in Lyme Regis, I couldn't resist. Tbh I couldn't believe my luck, as the cost per night was very reasonable. But then again it's still not quite peak holiday season here in the UK and with the school half term over, there was a bargain to be had! 

The particulars on the booking site were more than enough to seduce me anyway. Just the view alone would've sold it to me! So with only days to spare I made the reservation, and hurriedly got on with the business of packing and prepping for my impromptu seaside getaway.

The nearly four hour journey from home was a pleasant one, passing Stonehenge on the way. But as we neared our destination the weather closed in and the clouds began to gather. Luckily we managed to reach the apartment before the storm took hold, offload our luggage and safely park the car in the short stay car park at the end of Marine Parade. The only one downside of this accommodation is the lack of parking, but that's a small price to pay for being right on the beach front.

So our first night was spent hunkered down inside, watching the storm unfurl from the safety and sanctuary of the window seat. I didn't mind one jot that the sea was swollen and angry, it made everything so much more cosy. I literally spent the whole evening just watching the surf tumble onto the shingle until the light completely diminished. But even after dark you could still see the foam rising and rolling toward shore. Scary but exciting at the same time.

When morning broke I thought we would be in for another grey day, but by lunchtime the mist cleared to reveal the most beautiful blue sky and sunshine. The wind was still high so there was a bit of chill in the breeze, so coats were necessary. The views from the bay are really breathtaking, some of the best along the Jurassic Coast. I just kept reminding myself to drink it all in; to savour every moment.

We took long walks along the coastal paths, and marvelled at the dramatic cliff faces. We worked up quite an appetite, so opted for some food on the go in the form of a yummy Cornish Pasty. It was de-li-cious I can tell you. Maybe all that sea air was a contributing factor, but boy did it taste good.

Lyme Regis is such a pretty place. Not only is there the most spectacular coastline to enjoy, but the town itself is peppered with quaint cottages, hidden away on narrow lanes wide enough only to be explored on foot. I'm a sucker for these sorts of places. I could wander aimlessly for hours, nosing at row upon row of these lovely seaside homes.  

The main high street has many lovely shops to peruse. It's set on quite a steep hill, so a bit of a trek up and down, but the views back towards the bay are stunning.

The only place missing was a yarn shop. At least I couldn't find one. Oh what a dream to be able to open a yarn shop by the sea! Where's that lottery ticket???

As each day passed the weather just got better and better. Off with the coats and on with the sun hat and high factor sunscreen. Oh and the ice-cream, did I mention the ice-cream? Honeycomb Heaven and Caramel Clotted Cream were my scoops of choice, in a large waffle cone. Oh yum, I can taste it now......

I took so many photographs that I've found it difficult to choose which to share here. I enjoyed every single moment of being outdoors, soaking up the atmosphere of this quintessentially English seaside resort, affectionately known as the 'Pearl of Dorset'.

I'm so glad I packed some yarn and my latest WIP, as I couldn't have asked for a better spot to sit and crochet away to my heart's content. The best bit of the whole apartment for me was that window seat. I spent many blissful moments there joining up the squares for my Candy Pop Cushion Cover.  It's been slow in the making, but I'm finally on the home straight.

I hope you've enjoyed taking a trip to the seaside with me.....xxxx

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