The September Made It – Crochet Happiness

Hello! I was hoping to have this post out yesterday, and a follow up today, but alas, I found myself strangely unable to leave my couch…

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….more about this later project wink wink

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Let’s get on with the next bunch of fabulous entries!

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Crochet Hooker Storage by Yarn Chick 40

 Right, everyone pay attention: Stop what you are doing, grab some yarn and a hook AND MAKE ONE OF THESE RIGHT NOW.  One of our favourite hookers Lisa-Victoria from Yarn Chick 40 clearly did just that after seeing Jane of Rainbow Junkie’s awesome tutorial for a crochet hook pouch and it turned out beautifully in blue & white stripes. That’s right ladies, no more fumbling for hooks in the dark depths of your lounge suit, YEAH!

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Brenda The Ballerina by Love, Lucie

Just look at her….Sitting pretty and poised with a slight far-away look in her eyes and every bit the agile, elegant, graceful ballerina she is! Meet Brenda, the most delectable ballerina I ever did meet. So perfectly made in a selection of soft pastel cottons and so beautifully dressed in her ruffled tutu and ballet pumps. Of course, you have to agree, we have come to expect to be delighted by Lucie of Love, Lucie‘s magical creations :)

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Owl Beanie by JG Burdette

Forget about cupcakes, it’s actually the BEANIE that has taken over the imagination and become the new obsession of men, women and children all over the world. But, it is the incredibly captivating OWL (yes, not even the minion) that has taken the number one spot on the list of Most Wanted. If you don’t have/want/dream of one, you are a stone cold-hearted person! Thank you JG Burdette for your bright and beautiful owl, she is so worth all that weaving in of ends!

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Giant Granny Square Blanket by Nicki Ashton

My my MY, what  a beauty! Another sensational blanket into the mix this month. This mind-boggling Giant Granny Square Blanket was made (over two years!) by a beautiful friend of mine, Nicki Ashton who “claims” to be a novice…..pfft.  Not only does her blanket smack of hip ‘n trendy (and let’s face it, the humble Granny is anything but), this is colour on steroids, an heirloom and a gigantic feat! Well done Nicki…

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Little Miss Giraffe by Fabulous Beanies

And to continue the legacy of beanies….do yourself a favour and feast your eyes on all of Diane of Fabulous Beanies’s creations (click on the link to her Facebook page and view the  albums). And if you haven’t quite been woo’ed enough, let me introduce you to Little Miss Giraffe-an ADORABLE crocheted outfit for a newborn. It’s really doesn’t get cuter than this!

Thank you ladies for your amazing entries, I’ll be back with more entries soon

 Love Maryanne

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The September Made It – The first batch of entries is here!

Helloooooo! The first bunch of entries into the Made It challenge are in (and the following are only the half of ‘em!).  I have a feeling that this collection, like all before it, is going to be crammed full of fun and exciting projects that will threaten our to-do lists to throw their hands up and run for the hills!

First up and first into the mix is this rather graceful and elegant Rabbit :)

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Patchwork Rabbit by Jill

What do you do if your friend asks you to make a rabbit for her new granddaughter? Why you rush into your (twenty-something) child’s room, grab her much-loved rabbit and pull her apart for her blueprint. That’s what. Luckily, Rabbit by Jill of Nice Piece Of Work turned out to be an excellent and very sophisticated clone  – well worth the trauma! Hopefully Alex’s rabbit is perfectly back to normal Mom, hmmmm???

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Colours of Summer by Alynnis

 Colours of Summer Blanket by Alynnis of Alynnis Crochet – Colours of summer describes this blanket perfectly! I love how each row is different. If you’ve been following the Made It challenge, you’ll know that there have been some seriously amazing blankets entered so far and a few have been GEMS from Alyniss herself. This one is a standout and as Alynnis said “an absolute joy to make…”.

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Sea and Sand Blanket by Rainbow Junkie

And speaking of amazing blankets, feast your eyes on this Sand and Sea Ripple Blanket by Jane of Rainbow Junkie. Once again, Jane has contributed a couple of sensational blankets into the challenge so far,  and that’s no small deal considering how much time, effort and passion goes into each one!!! The colours are magical together and apart from the obvious wavy nature of the stitches, they capture the essence of the seaside beautifully.

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Baby Set by Kaiserin

How utterly ADORABLE is this Baby Set by Kaiserin of Empress Fibres! I hope Kaiserin won’t mind me saying this but it’s so wonderful to see a “young” (cause we are ALL so young too, right?) crafter who is so obviously passionate about her work and who turns out such beautiful items. I love this delicate baby dress with matching pants and sandals. Eeeeek there is just too much cuteness in one pic!!!

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Striped Baby Blanket by Lianne

Wowee,  we are very super spoiled this month with all these stunning blankets. I’m loving the colours of this soft and bouncy cotton Stripey Baby Blanket by Lianne,  one of our Facebook page members. I’ll say it again – I hope you all realise the time, effort, passion, late nights, uncooked dinners and abandoned husbands that actually go into the making of a blanket like this. Can’t wait to see more Lianne!

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Upcycled Juice Pouch Bag by ShabbyShe

When I grow up, I wanna be ShabbyShe. How cool is this Upcycled Juice Pouch Lunch Bag by ShabbyShe?? My kids would think I was Supermom if I produce something like this on the first day of school – genius! Click on the link of photo, ShabbyShe has an amazing step-by-step picture tutorial to Supermom Greatness. And for this, we thank you *bows down *

See you soon for more, Love Maryanne

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The September Made It Challenge

Welcome  to the September Made It challenge!

Wherever you are in the world, it’s either the beginning of Spring or Autumn (Spring here, yay!) and a great time to settle into the summer or winter that’s approaching – I  am so looking forward to seeing what’s hot, hip and happening this season. The prize this month comes from my own stash of yumminess – a Cotton Spring Rainbow in Autumn(ish) Colours!

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Wanna play?!

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Good luck everyone, who’s up first?

Love Maryanne

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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 ♥

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Love Maryanne