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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.....?!!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Birthday treats

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who sent me birthday messages this last few days. It means a great deal, and is made all the more special because despite not knowing me personally, you have thought to share such sweet sentiments.......x x x x 


I had a lovely day, nothing extravagant, just precious time spent with my family. A lunch date with my parents, where we shared much laughter whilst indulging in some yummy food. I don't know about you but as I get older time with those closest to me is more important than anything else. More than cards and presents, just time to all be together. 


I was spoilt though, not least with the 
lovely blooms you see pictured above.... 


.....and some scrummy new yarn.


Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton in 
the most delightful shades.....


....10 balls of SMC Extra Soft Merino Cotton, as well as a 
couple of balls of Rowan Pure Wool DK 
thrown in for good measure.


As you can imagine, I am now
in Yarn Heaven *sigh*


This hand stitched journal from Paperchase is very cute.
I'm so looking forward to using it!


My sister very kindly gifted me some more
crafty bits and bobs, as well as a gorgeous
scarf to add to my ever growing collection.

All in all I am one very lucky
and very grateful lady

x x x x x x x

Friday, 20 September 2013

Cosy crochet and vintage finds....

I've spent much of this week doing some stash busting of my Acrylic yarn. The drop in temperature and wet weather inspired me to raid my stock of Stylecraft and King Cole to hook up a giant granny square. 



I had quite a few autumnal shades sitting idle in my basket, so I thought it would be appropriate to incorporate them into this off the cuff project. I wasn't so sure about the use of random colour placement at first, but as it has grown in size, it has grown on me too.


Something else that's making me very happy this week 
is the addition of these rather lovely vintage 
Kellogg's trays to my kitchen. 


I absolutely love the old fashioned advertising, the archetypal pretty housewives and mothers used for promotion, and the cute polka dot backgrounds just finish them off perfectly. I love the heritage of this brand. I'm sure people will still be eating Kellogg's cereals long after I've gone. 


I have to confess I can't start my day without a bowl of Cornflakes. Maybe not considered the healthiest of breakfasts by some, but I love 'em. Ice cold milk, poured straight from the fridge; lovely. 


And if Vintage & Retro is your thing, then you might be interested in a lovely shop I visited called Oobedobe Vintage (pronounced oo-be-do-be). Seldom have I met a nicer person than Debbie, proprietor of this treasure trove of vintage finds. It really was by chance that I found this place (a recurring theme on this blog), as I travelled down the A5 from a visit to Rushmere Park with my sister. Set off the road somewhat hidden from view, the shop is located on the Hockliffe Business Park. If not for an advertising board on the side of the road, we'd never have know this little gem of a place existed. Which is a shame really, and can't be good for business. 


With that in mind I thought about asking whether I could take a few snaps inside to feature here on the blog. A bit of free advertising couldn't do any harm, and Debbie was more than happy to oblige. I happened to have my trusty camera with me after taking some shots whilst out at Rushmere. Sadly Debbie was a little camera shy so I didn't get any pics of her. Disappointing as she looked fab that day, her clothes and hair style befitting of the era she so obviously loves. I immediately thought of Sarah from Sarah's Doo Wop Dos, another fabulous local business woman. But Debbie had done her own hair, which was very impressive.


We chatted for ages about all sorts. It felt like we'd been invited into her home such is the atmosphere of the place Debbie's lovingly created. So if you get a chance, do pop by and see Debbie. She'll be delighted to see you I'm sure.

Well that's me up to date, just the small matter 
of a birthday to celebrate in a few days.

I'm refusing to acknowledge my age from hence forth ;)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend
x x x x x x x x

Monday, 9 September 2013

All kinds of everything....

Good day smiley happy people, and a warm welcome to those that are new here at Annie's Place. I'm desperately hanging onto the remnants of warm summer days, but confess to being more than a little excited for the Autumn that's promised. Although with the bonkers British weather being what it is, I wouldn't be surprised if we had another mini heat wave before then. As long as the temperature stays in the late teens for as long as possible, I'm good with that.


August passed by in the blink of an eye. I was a busy bee for most of it, and managed to sneak in an impromptu visit to historic Cambridge. What a wonderful place it is, full of charm and the most spectacular architecture. I'm sure all of my overseas readers have heard of this place, and some of you may have even visited. I felt like a tourist myself, exploring the winding streets, taking in the sights and sounds of all the magnificent colleges of the world famous University.


A stop off at the Cath Kidston shop was a must. I enjoyed browsing through the merchandise, but sadly my pennies wouldn't stretch far enough to purchase the bag I had my beady eye on. There are some items that sit within an affordable budget, but a lot of it is quite expensive. Perhaps if I'm a good girl Santa will bestow something from there upon me this year. 

I also spied the rather lovely wares of The Cambridge Satchel Company. From humble beginnings in the kitchen of inspirational entrepreneur and mum of two Julie Deane, this company has become a global sensation. A lot of you may already be familiar with Julie's story, and have seen her family feature on Google Chrome's 'The web is what you make it' series of adverts. You can hear the story in her own words here. It really is incredible.



The haberdashery department of John Lewis was my final destination before heading home. I couldn't resist having a mooch around, and a good squeeze of the yummy yarn on display. Taking mental notes of all the brands that caught my eye. They mostly stock Rowan, but I did like the look of the Patons Diploma DK and Wendy Supreme DK. Although I'm pretty sure that my next purchase will include some Rowan Handknit Cotton or Pure Wool DK. It's always nice to get a proper look and feel for the yarn, something which is lost on internet shopping.


I've had oodles of crochet colour inspiration this last week from a simple bag of wooden beads, bought for the princely sum of £1 from Tiger. As you may remember I've been messing around with the Edwardian Fancy block, creating a motif that can be joined as you go. I've had sooooooo much fun with it, I think it could be my latest obsession. 



I'd be really interested to know 
where you find your colour inspiration???

Before I go, I must mention something that I saw yesterday on BBC Radio 2's Festival in a Day event in London's Hyde Park. A band of super talented musicians called The Treacherous Orchestra took to the stage and quite literally wowed the audience. I defy anyone to not be tapping their feet and clapping their hands along to this music. They are totally new to me and from what I heard I'll definitely be following them with interest. 

Whilst visiting Sound Cloud to listen to this track, I happened upon another Folk Quartet called Kan who's track One,Two,Three, literally just blew me away. I felt compelled to mention them here today because they certainly made an impact on me. Have a listen if you're so inclined. I'm sure a few of you creative souls will love them! Even if folk isn't your thing, you have to at least appreciate the magnificent musicianship of these fellas. I think this music is in my bones you know?! Must be the Celtic blood.....  

Source

Phew, that's a long post! 
Brownie points to you if you've 
managed to get to the end. 
I hope you've enjoyed my ramblings?!?

Till next time
x x x x x x 
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