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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.....?!!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Christmas count down, comfort food & crochet

So the month of November is swiftly drawing to a close, and a new exciting one begins. I have butterflies in my tummy, and feel all dizzy with excitement for the count down to Christmas.  I'm looking forward to homes everywhere becoming festooned with lights and decorations. 

There are some gorgeous old Victorian houses in the town where I live and it's a bit of a tradition that we either take a slow drive, or walk around to have a good old nose at their beautiful festive displays. Trees that are dressed to perfection, and proudly displayed in the huge bay windows so often a feature of this period, create the most amazing ambience. I confess to being a wee bit jealous of the folks that live in some of these homes. I'm a sucker for old buildings that have a lot of history attached to them, especially at this time of year when they really come into their own. 

Not that I'd want to live in Dickensian times, when poverty and disease were rife, but stories like A Christmas Carol effortlessly transport you to that era, and I for one thinks it's simply magical.

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Speaking of magical, who's as excited as I am that Channel 4 have commissioned a three part fly-on-the-wall documentary going behind the scenes at Liberty of London, as it gears up for the festive season????? I know where I'll be at 9pm on Monday 2nd December. 



As you can see from the pictures above the diet is well and truly out the window. We have a new Morrisons supermarket opened up locally and the cream cakes are simply to die for. I can highly recommend the fresh cream muffins and the raspberry and fresh cream turnovers. I dread to think what the calorie count is on these scrumdiddlyumptious treats! So naughty, but ever so nice!


I'm on the home straight to completing another cushion cover project. Just those awful yarn tails to deal with then I can crochet both sides together. 


I've decided to go for a reversible cover this time around, using some of the country cottage patchwork squares I made earlier in the year, along with the teeny weeny brightly coloured squares crocheted up a few weeks ago. 


I think it'll be a nice contrast having a muted palette on one side, and a bright zingy one on the other. I'm getting impatient for the moment I can share my 'ta dah' with you.


Well that's it from me for now. Thanks to all that visit Annie's Place regularly, and to those that leave lovely comments I appreciate every word. Those of you that are a bit shy, do say hello. I'd love to hear from you.

Till next time
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26 comments:

  1. Hi Sharron, you are so naughty, just look at those cream cakes! I who has not brought any treats into the house today, I will just have to drool over yours instead! I'll try and tune into the Liberty programme, and your cushion will be lovely, very lovely. Good luck with the ends! Heather x

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  2. Yes the count down has begun, the christmas tree is now up and twinkling beautifully in the corner which means that yes, cream cakes, chocolate, and anything else naughty is good for me for the next month!! I have seen the trailer for Liberty and I can't wait to watch. Have you seen the Harrods window display? I saw this last night on the tv and it is spectacular. Enjoy the crochet and cream cake! xx

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  3. Love all the colours you have chosen, just beautiful.

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  4. Mmmmmm cream cakes! Thanks for the info about the Liberty program, I'll be setting down with my hook (trying to finish Christmas gifts!) at 9pm on Monday too x

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  5. Ah yes, it's now the first of December as I type and it sounds like you may be super hyper by the time Christmas Day comes around Sharron - and why not, it only happens once a year! But, if you continue with cream cakes you may not be allowed all the sweet goodies when the big day arrives, naughty girl! That programme promises to be most interesting - do enjoy it! I'm loving your up-and-coming-cushion, it's looking wonderful and is sure to be stunning when you complete it - all the best with all that sewing in!!! Happy days to you and yours lovely! Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  6. My very favourite shop, Liberty - I love it but unfortunately don't get there very often.

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  7. Yummy looking cakes, colorful crochet, and beautiful architecture for us to feast our eyes upon; thanks for your generous offering to us, Annie :) I think it is very clever to mate your muted and bright pillow sides together to create one versatile pillow. Tonight I am determined to finish knitting a simple dishcloth that I started months ago, and I hope that this primes my creative pump to go on to finish in the near future the other wip I have been collecting at an alarming rate :) You do inspire me!
    Gracie xx

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  8. Beautiful and colorful but then thats usual for you. Waiting for the ta-dah post

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  9. Hmmmmmmm! Cream cakes! I cant blame you!...I love the idea of the reversible cushion cover! It would certainly suit my personality to have two different vibes from one cushion! Clever girl!! x

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  10. Gorgeous as always, your blog updates are a delight to receive and brighten the day, thank you x

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  11. I'm definitely feeling the Christmas countdown too! Brussels' centre has transformed into one big Christmas market and the smell of glühwein, cinnamon and waffles is everywhere! (well, the waffle smell we have pretty much all year round ;-)) Looking forward to the cushion Ta-Dah! :-) xxxx

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  12. Yes i'm really looking forward to the Liberty programme. It's my kind of telly! The cushion is looking good, I like the colours on both sides x

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  13. I have ear marked the programme for Monday evening as I'm sure it will be really interesting so thanks for the tip. Your zingy crochet is so pretty, thank you for inspiring me to get going on a project of my own. However, I'm sure my work won't be as perfect and as square as yours - but I'll try.

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  14. So lovely colors!
    I wish you a happy Advent's time!

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  15. sweet post all around! yummy cakes and crochet ;-)

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  16. I love the way your cushion will have two sides in different shades. Such a good idea. You can move it depending on where it is or your mood. It's going to be gorgeous. I'm also very much looking forward to that Liberty series. Have a great week Sharron. x

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  17. Looking forward to seeing the cushion ta-dah - love the muted/bright idea. I will be watching the Liberty programme too - I used to love going there when I worked in London and I bought my wedding dress there, some 22 years ago, so it will bring back some lovely memories for me. Have a good week xx

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  18. Gorgeous cushion covers and those houses must be so amazing to see in person.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  19. That looks delicious (as do the cream cakes...)

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  20. Like you I love old architecture and I can't wait for tonight's programme, it should be great! I love the end result of your crochet and think it will make a fab cushion cover and I love the fact that it is different on both sides, especially if you are like me that likes to change things around every now and then. Can completely see the dilemma with the cakes, I would be in exactly the same boat. Enjoy xoxo

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  21. Hi Sharron, Looks like you're in heaven!!! Cream puffs and crochet!!! What more do you want? Oh and Christmas is on it's way too!!! Perfection!!! Have a great day!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  22. Hi, I like very much to read your blog, but my english is awfull, so I never write a comment, but wanted to say hello :-)

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  23. Oh yes, naughty but very nice...that cream cake looks delicious Sharron! Your pretty cushion is coming along beautifully and how clever that you can turn it around depending on if you are in a muted or zingy mood...brilliant! Looking forward to seeing your 'ta dah'..I know it will be beautiful!
    Happy Thursday!
    Susan x

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  24. Hello there, I've been popping in from time to time but have never left a message. Your blog is lovely, I do enjoy spending time here. The cushion is beautiful, I love the muted tones. Can't wait to see the finished ta'da.
    Emily xxx

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  25. This is so lovely, really makes me miss Christmas time!

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