The July Made It Challenge has a WINNER!

I told my daughter that I was supposed to announce the winner of the Made It on the 7th. It’s now the 9th. I asked her how bad it was. “Pretty bad, Mom”. The truth is, when I had the gap to put this post together, I took the kids for a walk on the beach instead. The warm summer sun was out and it was simply irresistible!

 My most humble apologies and thank you all for your patience.

We have WINNERS, yay.

JULY Winner

Congratulations goes to …

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Well done Michelle, your baby chair cover is stunning pretty and will no doubt have you busy busy with orders for new little angles on the way!

Enjoy your wonderful prize – this gorgeous Crochet African Violet by Jane of Rainbow Junkie which will be winging its way to you soon

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Loads of votes were cast and it was a close call – in fact, so close we have joint winners of the Voter’s Choice Award again this month. Congratulations to Lucie from Love, Lucie & Madeleine from Pretty Blue Bird Studios – seems your amazing crochet stuffed toys were the order of the day !

 

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You both have won this badge to wear with pride on your blogs!

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Well, that’s it for now. What a super challenge! Thank you to everyone who entered and voted, to all our new challengers and visitors and to all our wonderful regulars. Thank you for sharing your talents, your projects and your hearts. Look forward to the next one

Love Maryanne ♥

The July Made It Challenge – Still time to vote!

Hello and thank you to everyone who has voted so far! It’s wonderful seeing so many people taking the time to cast some ‘s.

Just a quick reminder that voting is still open today so please pop over and vote for your favourites – you have 10 votes and believe me, you need all of them and more :).

I am going to leave the collection open until midnight tonight and will announce the winners tomorrow. Good luck everyone xxx

CLICK ON FROGGY TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITES :)

 

The lucky winner will win this beautiful African Violet made by Jane of Rainbow Junkie and will be announced on the 8th August. The link with the most votes will be award the Voter’s Choice Badge to wear on their blog/website/fridge!

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~ THIS MONTH’S PRIZE | AFRICAN VIOLET POT PLANT by Jane of Rainbow Junkie

 

Thank you all so much for entering your beautiful creations. Now go on, get voting!

Love Maryanne xxx

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The July Made It Challenge – It’s VOTING time

Eeek! It’s time to let your fingers do the talking – soooooo exciting.  But before you rush off to VOTE, here are our final 4 entries ♥

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Knitted Hooded Cowl by Pretty Blue Bird Studio

Yes, it actually DOES snow in South Africa but it’s kinda like the Blue Moon thing! Here with her comfy, cosy, woolly and of course, FABULOUS looking knitted hooded cowl, is Madeleine of Pretty Blue Bird Studio – made just in time for a touch of  snow to hit the Cape’s mountains.  I love the drawstring element to it, gives it a very trendy look in my opinion and that it’s so easy to tuck nicely into a coat with none of the extra dangly bits. Click on the link for more pics and a link to the pattern

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I get a bit teary on so many levels when I read about The Little Yellow Duck Project. Basically, people are making little ducks and leaving them in random place for other to pick up and take home – all to increase awareness of the need for blood, bone marrow and organs tissue donations. Also made by Madeleine of Pretty Blue Bird Studio is Kiki, a cheery yellow duck  beautifully knitted and waiting to be taken to her new home. For more info and how to take part, click on here

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Infinity Arm Knitted Snood by Bev Banet

Arm knitting – genius! So happy that there are so many of you out there having lots of fun and huge successes with this fun new trend to rock the yarn world. How wonderfully cosy and colourful is this infinity snood, made by Bev Banet one of our Facebook members! I personally had an awful experience, ending up only with two knotted and sore arms, a pathetic looking spaghetti thingy  ♥ ♥ ♥

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Moss Box by NanaCathyDotCom

Thank heavens for people like NanaCathy who bring us the world through different eyes. If that’s weird (according to her family) then that’s wonderful, bring it on!  Her moss-inspired box cover is beautiful and created with such an amazing amount of passion. I was thoroughly entertained by her post and was left feeling once again inspired to allow my imagination to flow. Thank you Nana Cathy and please bring us more!

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And with that, the link is now OPEN FOR VOTING!

CLICK ON FROGGY TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITES :)

 

The lucky winner will win this beautiful African Violet made by Jane of Rainbow Junkie and will be announced on the 7th August. The link with the most votes will be award the Voter’s Choice Badge to wear on their blog/website/fridge!

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~ THIS MONTH’S PRIZE | AFRICAN VIOLET POT PLANT by Jane of Rainbow Junkie

 

Thank you all so much for entering your beautiful creations. Now go on, get voting!

Love Maryanne xxx

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The July Made It Challenge – Granny Stripes & Babeh Hats!

Welcome back to the July Made It challenge – even though it’s actually officially August. Minor detail! The challenge will switch to voting on the 5th of August and the winners will be announced on the 7th, so plenty of time to still sneak in your last-minute entries.

Here are a couple more entries from two of our wonderful regulars challengers…

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Lottie Top by MrsMacCrochet

First up is this beautiful “Lottie Top” by Mrs Mac, crocheted in an array of gorgeous cotton colours – seems perfect for the UK summer and of course, who doesn’t love crocheting by the pool! I LOVE the granny stripes, such a stylish and clever design. I followed Mrs Macs links back to the original pattern and this top was designed by a man – impressive stuff I tell ya!  Click for more pics &  details on Mrs Mac’s Ravelry page.

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Babeh Hat by YarnChick40

 

Lisa-Victoria from Yarnchick40’s posts not only make me giggle – they often make me laugh out loud! I can’t get the image of a lady wearing a minion hat…in a bikini (read the post!).  The only bad thing about this STUNNING baby hat, crocheted in these two STUNNING colours, complete with this STUNNING crochet button..is that LV forgot to write down the pattern!  On the upside, it means we’ll get treated to another one soon, right?!  Those stitches look yummy

Hurry and add your links by clicking on FROGGY below to be with a chance to win this beautiful African Violet made by Jane of Rainbow Junkie

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~ THIS MONTH’S PRIZE | AFRICAN VIOLET POT PLANT by Jane of Rainbow Junkie

Love Maryanne

CLICK ON FROGGY TO ADD YOURS :)

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The July Made It Challenge – Bunnies & Owls, Cardies & Blankets, A Cozy & A Baby Bonnet

Hello, hope you are having a wonderfully relaxed Sunday wherever you are in the world. Here are the next batch of entries to show you, to entice you and to inspire you!

 The following four entries are lovingly made by one of the Made It’s long time members, Jill of O’Noodles, who always wins our hearts with her wonderful creations and whimsical characters. First up, let’s see what these sweet bunnies have to say for themselves…

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Bunnies by O’Noodles

Handsome Bunny In Grey With Blue Ears – “Oh my,  where DID you get your beautiful colourful coat from?”

Psychedelic Bunny With Carrot- “Why, from eating these day-glo carrots of course. Wanna bite?!!”

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Family Of Owls by O’Noodles

And making their second appearance into the Made It is this extremely sophisticated and well turned out family of wise owls. Meet Flip, Flop and Fly who look like they are about to take their little guy on his first adventure – his first flight maybe heehe?

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This gorgeous knitted baby matinee jacket in vintage courtelle it so special and the colours are amazing. The perfect summer accessory for the retro-trendy babe, complete with two sweet bunny buttons!

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 And from a gorgeous baby cardie to fabulous big girl cardie! The colours are amazing – Jill tells me the yarn is hand-dyed by a friend (blackberries & cream YUM) – and the style is so flattering. Another must-have summer garment :)

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 Welcome to Cathy from Bagg Ladys Buzz! Always lovely to have newbies to the challenge, and of course, more great blog to browse. Cathy’s entered these three fantastic baby blankets she’s crocheted for three lucky kiddies.  For those of you who have never crocheted a blanket before – it’s not easy, it takes forever, it can reduce you to tears, it can take over your life. Ok, well maybe that’s just me! Either way, it’s a huge feat so well done Cathy, they are brilliant and will no doubt be cuddled and dragged around for years to come.

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Kyle’s Blanket by Bagg Lady Buzz 

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Kaylee’s Blanket by Bagg Lady Buzz 

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New Baby Girl Blanket by Bagg Lady Buzz

Another great entry from Cathy is this cozy cotton Kindle cover. From the moment I saw it I wanted to start making one immediately  – and I don’t even have a kindle but who cares. This one is cleverly lined to prevent any static electricity that could harm the electronics – how cool!!!

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I know, right now your face has just squished up and you are saying “awwwwww cute” – I’m right aren’t I?!! This little gem is beyond adorable … am I’m honestly not sure if I’m talking about the delicious little baby or her gorgeous little ELLA bonnet.  The incredibly talented Jill from Nice Piece of Work is having amazing success with this pattern, even men are buying them…for themselves. JILL, I WANT ONE TOO – POM POMS AND ALL!!

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Baby Ella by Nice Piece Of Work

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And lastly but no means least is this soft, chunky and luxuriously cosy looking Turban/Head Wrap, a quick crochet was made and entered by Mtetar of Projects By Mtetar. I’m so happy to have her back in the challenge – although, even when Mtetar hasn’t entered a project , she is ever-present with her wonderful words of praise and encouragement for almost all the challenges we’ve had so far. Thank you Mtetar, we look forward to more of your projects entries…and of course, more of your wonderful comments <3

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Turban / Head Wrap by Projects By Mtetar

 Thank you ladies for your entries. For anyone else who’d still like to enter, please click on Froggy below and add your link. Up for grabs this month is the (everlasting!) African Violet crochet and donated by Jane of Rainbow Junkie. You have to be in it to win it!

 

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~ THIS MONTH’S PRIZE | AFRICAN VIOLET POT PLANT by Jane of Rainbow Junkie

Love Maryanne

CLICK ON FROGGY TO ADD YOURS :)

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The July Made It Challenge continues in style!

I’M BACK!

My family and I just spent the last seven blissful days chilling out, swimming, surfing (not me), playing, reading, (a spot of) crocheting, eating, walking, sleeping, laughing, drinking red wine (me), dinners out, dinners with friends and watching the worlds best pro surfers take on some incredible waves and even seeing some of those shared with dolphins… You know, all the usual holiday stuff!

There’s been lots going on in my absence as I have another great bunch of Made It challenge entries to show off, 4 of which I will show you today so sit back and enjoy!

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Crochet Blanket by Alynnis Crochet

Alynnis from Alynnis Crochet has entered her heart-meltingly beautiful crochet blanket. It’s so lovely that I can just imagine that although it looks so fine and delicate, it must feel so cosy and heavy in that comforting sort of way. I don’t have any more info about the pattern or yarn but please do leave a comment for Alynnis on her Facebook, I’m sure she’d love to hear from you.

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The next three entries have been submitted by Jane of Rainbow Junkie (who is also the kind sponsor of this month’s prize…stick around, there’s more about this below :) )

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Super Soft Shrug by Rainbow Junkie

First up is this super soft shrug, knitted with a beautiful mohair yarn in a lovely lilac shade. Gorgeous isn’t it, and such a wonderful accessory for balmy summer nights – even if it’s cooking in the UK at the moment. Apart from the ever good advice the reader gets from Jane’s post, I had a good giggle – as I’m sure you will too. Let’s just say that looks can be deceiving!

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African Violet Tutorial by Rainbow Junkie

Right, if you’re one of those people who are awful at taking care of plants (guilty as charged!) then read on. Not only is this a remarkable tutorial, if you follow it step-by-step you will have an all-year-round pot of colourful blooming African Violets.  And if you scroll down the post you will spy a little brown pot filled with one of these beauties…which just may be yours soon!

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A Birthday Doll by Rainbow Junkie

And while we are on the subject of  Jane’s great posts, here’s a wonderful pictorial story about the making (birth?) of this little chap here (click on the pic). Now THIS is my idea of a TOYBOY! From the making of his cute little knitted body to the clever thumbs, ankles, fingers and toes to the ADORABLE vest, undies, socks,  to the charming jumper, pants, coat and funky shoes…this is one well dressed little boy. My heart literally melted!!

Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did – see you soon for more :)

Love Maryanne

CLICK ON FROGGY TO ADD YOURS :)

 

Love Maryanne

The July Made It – A whole host of entries to dazzle you!

Welcome to the first PEEK at  this month’s Made It challenge. WOW, this is an excellent start with 11 brand new & exciting entries to kick us off. Thank you to everyone who’s entered so far, I’m thrilled to see a couple of new “faces” too – more inspiration comin’ ya way!

I’m in the middle of a huge pack as my family and I are venturing off for SEVEN WHOLE days of holiday YIPEEEEE! We are headed up the east coast to Jeffrey’s Bay (fondly referred to as J-BAY by every single surfer in the Universe) one of the world’s best waves to catch some of the ASP World Surfing Tour (yes, Kelly Slater WILL be there, and YES,  I WILL be stalking him). I apologise that this post is not my usual style but I’m sure you’ll love browsing all the new entries anyway. Please click on the pics or links for more on these SERIOUSLY AMAZING creations!

I’ll be back on the 22nd July so pleeeeeeeease add your links while I’m away (the link is at the foot of this post).  I’ll be posting about all the new entries once I’m back- so looking forward to seeing what’s next. In the meantime, grab a cuppa and get yourself comfy. You are in for a treat :)

First up is the ridiculously talented and ENORMOUSLY creative Alice!

1. Amazing crochet project by Alice of Knitnrun4sanity

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Crochet Art Project by Alice of Knitnrun4sanity

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2.  Two delightful & totes stylish tote bags by newcomer, ShabbyShe

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Teacher Tote Bags by ShabbyShe

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3. Cool cotton shawl by the busy and every so talented Beth of B*A*M! Crafts

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Cool Cotton Shawl by Beth of B*A*M! Crafts

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4. Funky granny panel tissue box cover by Beth of B*A*M! Crafts

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Granny Panel Tissue Box Cover by Beth of B*A*M! Crafts

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5. What, aren’t they the real deal?! High tops by Beth of B*A*M! Crafts

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Crochet High Tops by Beth

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6.  The brilliant B*A*M skirt by Beth of B*A*M! Crafts

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The B*A*M! Skirt by Beth of B*A*M! Crafts

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7. A (definitely not-so) granny square bag by Beth of B*A*M! Crafts

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Granny Square Bag by Beth of B*A*M! Crafts

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8. Wonderful winter woolly neck & wrist warmers by Tracy of The Knitting Station

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Neck & Wrist Warmers by Tracy of The Knitting Station

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9. A deliciously cuddly-wuddly striped baby blanket by Lianne Godfrey

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Striped Baby Blanket by Lianne Godfrey

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10. A absolute MUST HAVE  for EVERY Mum! Car seat cover by Michelle Niederheitmann

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Baby Seat Cover by Michelle Niederheitmann

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11.  Warm & cosy white cotton scarf by Lianne Godfrey

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White Cotton Scarf by Lianne Godfrey

Hope you all enjoyed that!!! Be back soon ♥

CLICK ON FROGGY TO ADD YOURS :)

 

 

Love Maryanne

…and we’re BACK! The JULY Made It Challenge is OPEN!!

WOOOOHOOO, it’s so good to be back

Miss me? Boy, I missed you!

My apologies for going completely AWOL but that’s what kinda what happens when your lovely hubby goes on a surfing holiday in the tropics for…wait for it… THREE AND A HALF WEEKS,  leaving you to look after 3 kids, 4 pets, and TWO JOBS!!! June disappeared into a the haze of school lifts, cooked dinners, work, driving, shopping, large glasses of wine etc etc etc. I must love him lots right? Don’t worry though, my payback list is SOOOOOOOO long *evil laugh*!

I stupidly thought I’d handle the Made It challenge during this time but that silly notion soon became laughable. So thank you for your patience and understanding – I know there must have been a ton of incredible creations that I missed out on. Seeing as though it’s already the 8th of the month, I ummmed and ahhhed about whether to start a new challenge mid-ish month. Eventually I thought, SOD IT. It’s been far too long as it is. And with that, the JULY MADE IT CHALLENGE IS OFFICIALLY OPEN *snips ribbon, glugs champagne*

I am also delighted to announce that Jane from Rainbow Junkie - who incidentally, has taken part in every single Made It challenge so far – has donated this months prize, her beautiful African Violet! Isn’t it beautiful ♥ All year round happiness! Click on the photo for Jane’s incredible step-by-step tutorial

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So, the start of the Made It is today and voting will be from the 5th to the 7th of August. The randomly chosen winner will be announced on the 8th August 2014. Remember, there are no limits to how many projects you can add –  SO PLEEEASE, SHOW OFF TO YOU’RE HEARTS CONTENT – but at the end, only one project each will be in with a chance to win, keeping things fun and fair :)

So who up first??

CLICK ON FROGGY TO ADD YOURS :)

Love Maryanne

The May Made It winner is….

WOW, another fantastic Made It challenge has come to a close…but not before I announce the winners! Firstly, I’d like to thank each of your for entering this month. It’s an honour to share your passion and to be inspired by your work, your creativity and dedication.  It’s always so easy to see that every single item was created with so much love. Thank you Thank you too, for everyone one who voted! Each vote is an acknowledgement, a cheer and encouragement – believe me, that goes a long way ♥

Right, with that said, let’s get on with the winners

drum roll please…

CONGRATULATIONS HELEN ROWE from CROCHET CREATIVENESS!!!

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Thank you Helen for taking part! Not only is your beanie beautiful, it’s going to an incredible woman for an incredible cause. Please send Jill all our love and best wishes

Here is your badge display where ever you please!

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Your prize – this gorgeous Owl Cushion made and donated by Lucie, from Love, Lucie is all yours and will be making her way to her new home very soon..you lucky thing you!

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And now for the Voter’s Choice Award

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WOOHOOO, well done to CAROLE from A SLIGHT OBSESSION WITH BOOKS!

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Here is your badge to display on your blog!!!

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Thanks again everyone -we’ll be back soon

Love Maryanne

*winner chosen randomly by InLinkz

The May Made It Challenge – VOTING OPEN ‘TIL MIDNIGHT!

Hello, here’s just a quick reminder that VOTING is still open until midnight tonight and thank you so much to everyone who has voted so far.

I will announce the randomly chosen winner plus the Voter’s Choice winner tomorrow – so let’s get more votes is and show our entrants how AWSOME they are!

CLICK ON FROGGY TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITES   

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Thank you to this months prize giver,  Lucie from Love, Lucie 

This fabulous Owl Cushion is up for grabs this month!

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