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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.....?!!

Saturday 20 January 2018

Crochet Bag production and reflections....

Is there ever enough hours in the day? Seems not. I don't know whether it's because I'm juggling quite a few balls in the air, but time just evaporates at the moment. I've been here there and everywhere, and not necessarily in the physical sense. My mind has been full to bursting with STUFF, mostly creative ideas and I'm finding it quite draining. The adrenaline is definitely pumping and I'm finding it hard to switch off. I'm not complaining though as I've been super busy and distracted and that's only a good thing where I'm concerned. 'Miss Ants In Your Pants 1974' hehehehehe...

My little bag production line is moving along, and I took the opportunity to photograph a few of them earlier today. I was intrigued to find out how many essential items would fit into them. You know ladies?! purse, phone, keys, notebook, powder compact, lip-gloss etc!

I was pleasantly surprised I have to say. They are plenty big enough for all those items, at roughly 12 in x 12 in. The handles are solid wood but light and comfortable to hold. Ideal for those days when you want something cute to put all your bits and bobs in. 

The light was atrocious so apologies for the pants pictures. Still I think you get the idea. More to demonstrate the size of the space available in each bag more than anything else.


I appreciate we're well and truly into the New Year now, but as I never shared much with you over the festive period I thought I'd throw in a selection of snaps I took on two trips I had into 'The Big Smoke'. I spent Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve in London, and it was wonderful. Just me and my better half.

We wrapped up warm to wander around the festive markets. We munched on street food, under the shadow of Tower Bridge. We marvelled at the views over the capital from the Sky Garden. We just generally mooched about and it was fantastic.

It was hard of course, as I regressed into thoughts of Mum. How much I miss her, and would've loved her to be right there with me. But I smiled and knew she was there in spirit. It's impossible to enjoy anything without a little regret when someone you love has died.

It's natural to feel empty, and to wish things were different. But I think it's really important to honour their memory by taking every opportunity to live in the moment. It's ok to laugh, and feel joy. You're not disrespecting or diminishing the grief by being happy for the simple things. 

As we approach the latter part of January, I do hope you're all settling in to the rhythm of a New Year. That whatever's going on in your life, you find the strength to cope with it. This time last year I was in the depths of despair. It was hard. But I survived, and you can too. I know some of you reading this may be going through your own turmoil. If my little contribution here can distract you for a few moments, I'm grateful.

Love Always

Tuesday 9 January 2018


 Padraigin on Facebook

Up and running on Facebook
Would LOVE you to join me over there!
Just click on the image above,
see you there,


Friday 5 January 2018

Craft Cruise on the River Great Ouse - Bedford

Happy New Year to all,

I do hope the start of 2018 has been kind to you! I am settling in quite nicely I have to say, and feeling very optimistic for the year ahead. I've managed to swerve the germs that seem to be sweeping the nation at the minute. A nasty strain of cold and flu is currently doing the rounds, and I'm happy to report I've dodged it so far.  Not to tempt fate, I will be dosing myself up with plenty of fresh fruit & fluids, keeping warm and avoiding anyone remotely sniffling, sneezing or coughing.  How realistic that is is another thing......

Interspersed between the festive frivolity over recent weeks, I've been trying to wrap my head around setting up accounts on some of the other popular social media platforms. As I said last time I am in the midst of crocheting up some stock to eventually sell in my own little online shop. Things are moving in the right direction, but I appreciate there's much to do in preparation of that so I'm trying to be as methodical as I can be without procrastinating too much. I've only ever had this little ole blog to look after, so it's quite daunting to be honest.

I did set myself a little challenge though. One that has excited and frightened me in equal measure. I thought it was high time I tried my hand at planning a local event that would bring like-minded yarn addicted souls together in one place. Something that I thought would appeal to a lot of the local crafty folk in and around my home town of Bedford. It seemed to be perfect timing as our local Community Boat 'The John Bunyan' was just organising it's itinerary for the new season of excursions on the River Great Ouse when I made my initial enquiry.

Needless to say I thought it would be easy to secure a Saturday in June this early in the year, but it wasn't as straightforward as that. It's a very popular vessel, and you really do have to get in early to avoid disappointment. Nonetheless with a little tweaking I've managed to book a charter for a 4 hour cruise travelling downstream from the Priory Marina in Bedford towards Willington & return. I've organised a Cream Tea at no extra cost too! What better way to spend an afternoon?! Craft, Cream Tea, and a leisurely Cruise along the River Ouse. 

If this sounds like something you would like to do with me, then please do consider coming along. I would love to meet you all. It's my first foray into hosting this type of event so fingers crossed it proves popular. If you click on the flyer in my side bar it will take you straight to the booking site. Alternatively I am now on Facebook, and there is the option to book tickets securely and directly from the Events Page there. 

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