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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 handmade. 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 CosyKitty on Ravelry. Why not stop a while.....?!!

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


  1. A beautiful granny blanket with stunning colours.

  2. Working up a giant granny square blanket sounds like the perfect, comforting sort of autumn activity to be doing right now. The random colours are working beautifully so far, they all compliment each other very nicely. And it will keep your knees warm too! x

  3. I love the giant granny square - one of these is on my list for a big floor/flopping cushion.

    I saw some metalware in France with vintage Kellogs images on them in the spring. Sadly I could not bring them home due to luggage size/weight restrictions!

    Have a great weekend:)

    JEnn @JennsCraftyWorld

  4. Love your granny, it is looking fantastic. The store looks amazing, lots of fun to explore. And Happy Birthday, considering the alternative I'd rather celebrate a birthday any day.

  5. Love your giant granny blanket, the colours are really lovely together.
    Marianne x

  6. Enjoy your special day. Mine soon too. EEEEK! X

  7. Your giant granny square is fab and I especially love the colours your chose. There is something so satisfying about stash busting, it feels a great deal better than buying new yarn. Great looking shop too, thanks for sharing! xo

  8. Beautiful blanket! I love giant granny square blankets; so soothing to make. Love the trays, too :-) I'm definitely a cereal for breakfast girl.
    What a nice shop :-) I could spend hours looking through the treasures.
    Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed birthday!

  9. Your giant granny is great Sharron - love the random colours; also am very attracted to your vintage trays - great find!
    After the mix-up a few months ago I've been hanging out to wish you a "Happy Birthday" for Monday - all the very best lovely girl, now and always, and I hope you get really spoiled and treated to lots of sweet surprises!
    Warm hugs,
    Joy xo

  10. What a coincidence! I'm here eating breakfast, reading your post, with my vintage Kellog's tin box on the table in which I keep my cereals. Mine is the "Swing to Crispness" design with the girl in the swing ;-) Lovely vintage shop, and beautiful giant granny! Will it grow a lot more?
    Have a brilliant birthday!! :-) xxxx

  11. Your giant granny square is gorgeous Sharron and I love the colours...it's perfect for autumn!
    The vintage Kellogg's tray is such a great find (and those fifites housewives do always look so perfect and happy in their work, don't they? :D)
    Debbie's shop is a little gem indeed...thank you for taking us for a little browse around!
    Happy Weekend,
    Susan x

  12. Haven't done much crocheting been so busy caring for Mom just don't have time.. miss it terribly.. I have a few things to catch up on.. Those trays are wonderful.. I'm a huge fan of Kellogg s.. Happy Autumn with love Janice

  13. Firstly, happy birthday Sharron, I hope you have a wonderful day! Secondly your granny squares are gorgeous. I really must pick up my hook again and get all snuggled up on the sofa creating. Have a wonderful week. xx

  14. Happy Birthday Sharron! Love the granny square, I'm just putting the finishing edge to my mixed stripe blanket and in between made a few fingerless gloves for my daughter's, then it's back to my large granny blanket......a few more rows are needed!

  15. You picked your colours really well & the brown is perfect. Send me some spontinaity please :)

    I'm sure Cornflakes are better for you than most cereals (unless you turn them into frosties with heaps of sugar!) and your little trays are very cool!

  16. Wonderful granny blanket, love it! Happy birthday to you :)

  17. Lucky you finding a place like that! Looks so pretty and cozy! I love vintage...


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