The Feb “Made It” voting is OPEN

It’s that time of the month again – one step closer to announcing this months winner!

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“Tunisian wire bracelet” by knitrun4sanity

Before we officially open the floor for voting, have a look at this beautiful bracelet by Knitrun4sanity. Every time I look at her work my jaw drops just a little lower – I mean, just look at it, crocheting with certain yarns can be tricky but this is WIRE! Also, this is not just crochet, its TUNISIAN crochet (and that’s all without the delicate bead work…..) Simply beautiful.

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“My Petit Chef” by Knitpurl83

I am so happy to welcome Laura from Knitpurl83 and fellow proud knitter to the challenge! Pop over, say Bonjour and have a good look around…her blog is so lovely that you will be popping back again and again. Now that her petit little nunu is all decked out in her fab new Chef pinks, I have no doubt there will be some yummy things coming out of her kitchen

Thank you to each of you for entering. Your talent is mind-blowing and inspiration far-reaching ♥

So, now you know what to do….VOTE VOTE VOTE for your favourites and come back tomorrow and VOTE VOTE VOTE again. Remember, voting doesn’t influence who wins as we the have a random draw system but the votes of confidence and interaction go a long way.

Now off you go….Good luck everyone!

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Hot Air Balloon” mobile by Skaapie

This STUNNING Hot Air Balloon mobile by SKAAPIE + a beautiful felted heart (oops, forgot pic) will be whisked off to the winner!

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My Feb “Made It” offering

This may just be the quickest post I have ever put together. I have literally run upstairs while the hubby is bathing the kids.  I promised myself that today would be the day that  I ticked everything on my “mental” to-do list and naturally, I haven’t done a thing!

Seeing as though my suggestion of going out for a quick bite to eat (it is just way too hot to cook) is being excitedly embraced by all I literally had 5 mins…because I AM going to tick my Made It entry if nothing else!!!

So…..here it is! I am probably taking a short cut here, especially since I actually made most of these in Dec but Jan turned out to be a right-off so I hope you’ll forgive me. Just before I went to visit my family in the UK, I decided I would make a few of the pressies. I wanted to make some house slippers and found this ADORABLE pattern by Eva Unger on Ravelry. I absolutely LOVE her designs ♥.

I think its safe to say I got a bit carried away!

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I think I’m still addicted…watch this space for more!

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*** PS. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE THE MADE IT BADGE (Love love love you!) YOU CAN ATTACH  (copy and paste) THE FOLLOWING LINK TO GET TO THIS MONTHS COLLECTION 🙂

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*** Name our woolhog Competition ***

What’s a Woolhog without a ??? NAME ???

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Help, our woolhog needs a name!

Yip, some bragging rights and yummy yarn up for grabs!!!

You guys are so super creative so naming our woolhog should be a breeze. Please enter by visiting our **** FACEBOOK PAGE ****  and tell us what you think she (or is she a he??) should be called. All comments must be on our FACEBOOK PAGE and please don’t forget to LIKE and SHARE ♥ ♥♥

The prize consists of

  • 8 x skeins of Elle Premier Cotton 4Ply in array of delicious colours: Pink, Yellow, Indigo, Green, Orange, Turquoise, Candy & Purple
  • 3 x skeins of African Expression LOVE in Cream, dusty Rose and dusty Blue
  • 1.5mm steel crochet hook
  • 3.5mm bamboo crochet hook
  • 3.25mm bamboo knitting needles

The winner will be announced on Friday the 8th of March – good luck!

ps…if you are not a Facebook user then please post woolhogs new name below and REBLOG this post

Looking forward to seeing what wild and wonderful names appear!

The next few Feb “Made It” Entries!

I hope you all have a fun and lovely Valentines Day and your cup of love is not just topped up, but is overflowing!. I spent the evening with my hubby, the kids and some of my beautiful friends eating pizza, and ice cream with the most home-made delicious choc sauce….What more could a girl want?! One of my friends arrived with the most beautiful bunch of tulips for me – my hands down favourite flowers

Ahhhh they make me so happy 🙂

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Tulips = LOVE

Right, back to the very important and very fun business of introducing you to the next batch of “Made It” entires!

“Crocheted Flower Coasters” by Angella

Have you every “not” met someone face to face, yet you can hear their voice and you just KNOW the good heart that they possess? Well, this has been my experience with the lovely Angella from Angella Dee Designs. We have only “met” in cyberspace and she is a regular customer to my humble shop yet her wonderfully warm and infectious nature flows out of every picture she posts and every word she writes. Please go and have a look at her blog say hello! While you are there, check out these sunny, happy flower coasters – I used to be a non-believer, but now I’ve absolutely no doubt that there is real and deep need for colourful coasters and cosies in this sometimes-drab world!

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“Cafetière Cosy” by Rainbow Junkie

And in keeping with my firm belief of warm coffee and that EVERYTHING deserves a cosy, THANK YOU Jane from Rainbow Junkie for not only making and entering this fabulous cafetière cosy in beautiful beachy colours, but for bringing this incredible (and intimidating – you have to draw your hook through seven loops!!) stitch to our attention. I’m definitely going to give this one a go….but only when the heat finally cools down here in Cape Town #melting

“Boho African Hexagon crochet bag” by Ruby Red Eclectic

A massive warm welcome to a Lynne from Ruby Red Eclectic, a Cape Town based magician of yarn! This lovely lady makes the most insanely stunning goods that leaves one feeling a tad confused as to why one thought that one could actually crochet!!! Just kidding…but seriously though, her stuff is amazing. How beautiful are these colours??!!!

The pattern for this boho  African Hexagon crochet bag can be found through her blog.You ladies are in for a treat…..mmmmhhhh

“Tweet Tweet mobile” by Show Us Your Crafty Bits

And another massive welcome and virtual high-five to Lyndellmaree from Show Us Your Crafty Bits…I still giggle whenever I see this, if there was a prize to be awared for the Best Blog Name then I’d be presenting it to her now! Her sweeeeet Tweet Tweet mobile is going to the second best new addition to the nursery (obviously the top spot goes to the new little nunu). There is a great link to for the birdie templates too so go and check it out. How coincidental that this months prize is a mobile too 🙂

Crochet Hats

“Hats ‘n Snaps” by Millie On Her World

Millie is back, hooray! Firstly, I have to say…”Millie, your boyfriend is a KEEPER and can we please clone him?!” (read her post to find out why heehee). LOVE your ideas for creating different embellishments for your hats...Hat ‘n Snaps…Genuis! Me thinks that there are going to a lot more of these posted out here in Blogland. P.s Did he really give you colour advice?!

Well, there you have it…FOR NOW! There’s lots of time left for the rest of your stragglers (with me being the straggliest!)

You know what to do….

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The Cupboard

Imagine waking up tomorrow morning naked. I don’t mean naked as in your birthday suit, I mean naked as in devoid of all thought, emotion and memory. You look around and all that is there in the white light of this new morning is the Cupboard.

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Imagine that just for this morning, you get out of bed and walk over to the large, white-washed, weather-beaten old wooden cupboard. You move towards it without thinking – without a single thought.

 With two hands, you pull the doors open wide, exposing all your clothes and accessories. Just today, you take an unexpected step backwards and let your eyes take in what you see. This is the first sense that you have used and your eyes are finding it hard to adjust to the large array of clothing before you. You look as if seeing it for the first time, you cock your head slightly – something’s different. Strange and unfamiliar.

Ahh, there is it. The twinge of familiarity! You know this cupboard, you know these clothes, You have been flinging these great big heavy doors open every morning for as long as you can remember.  A rush of relief pours over you when you see your trusty old clothes. Ahhh hello friends – your well-worn black jersey, your dark blue jeans, your heavy dark coat – all there to greet you like always and instinctively, you reach out for them like. For a split second something catches your eye but you are too busy yanking your old clothes off hangers to really take notice. 

But something’s not right, that strange feeling returns.  You clutch your old coat for comfort but instantly make the scary discovery that it feels waaaay too prickly. It’s too heavy and for the first time ever you realise that it’s actually quite smelly.  What? What happened to the heavy warm fabric that’s been keeping me safe, dry and warm all this time?? Undeterred, you reach for the jersey – not thinking – just pulling it over your head. But it gets stuck, it doesn’t pop over like it usually does. You give it a little desperate tug but still it wont yield. NO – it simply will not be worn today. Your panicky eyes dart over towards your jeans, surely they are not going to let you down but already you know that they are going to fall to shreds the second you shove a leg into them. You spin around towards the Cupboard and just before you make a mad dash for the rest of your Clothes – you stop.

What is this I see? Between your grey jacket and your brown Polo-neck is the prettiest, most beautiful red fabric peeking out at you. As you gingerly reach in to touch it you see another brightly coloured garment – a glowing purple!  With a little uncertainty but a lot of intrigue, you separate the greys and the browns and …wow… this soft dress, the colour of a million cranberries. And this gorgeous shirt! Where did they come from?! They look so wonderful.  But do I even wear dresses and do I even like shirts?? Yes, you’re surprised to find that you actually do! You hold up the dress and suddenly you remember that you have worn this dress before.  You look at the tag for a clue to where it came from. And it says                 HAPPINESS.

Looking behind the shirt, you spot a cute pair of skinny jeans – the label is stitched so prettily, so daintily on the outside but you can easily see that it’s your long forgotten pair of CONFIDENCE™.  You just about jump into them, two feet at a time…and they fit!! They fit so perfectly that for the life of you, you cannot imagine how they got lost and why you haven’t even been searching for them. Oooooh the delight you feel is only matched by the tingly feeling that your freshly washed, sparkly POSITIVEthoughts shirt gives you. You feel alive.  And your shoes! Oooooh your baby blue shiny heels, masterfully crafted by FEARLESS, the best shoemakers in the world (you allow yourself a little smug smile because you actually own a pair!). As you pull more and more drab old crusty and outright STINKY clothes out of the Cupboard, more and more and MORE colourful clothes come spilling out! Have they been hiding?

 You become fully aware that you look outrageously bright – is this really me? – your clothes clash, you may look ridiculous but you don’t care – because you feel fantastic! In fact, you pull open one of the many draws of the Cupboard and scratch around until you – AHA!  – you find that perfect shade of OPTIMISM that makes your lips pop…or maybe the GoodTimes will look even better?! You look out the window and notice that the sun is shining, the trees are whispering to you to come out and play. What the heck was I thinking, wanting to wear my heavy old coat on a day like this?!

                                   Now, where are those GRATITUDE shades….

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* photos from http://www.flickr.com/photos/woodwoolstool/4410526609/ http://pinterest.com/pin/222857881530572576/

Did you think I’d forgotten?!

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Hot Air Balloon” mobile by Skaapie

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The STUNNING prize for the winner of this month’s challenge is this felted, hand-made Hot Air Balloon by Skaapie!!! We’re going to throw in a felted heart too…’cause we ♥ you!

Pic to follow!

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Feb “Made It” – First Batch of Beauties

*rubs hands together in glee*

Oh, if only you could have seen my face a few days ago when I opened my email and saw not one, not two but FIVE emails entitled:

“‘Submission added to collection “Made It – February”

Woooohooo! So won’t I hold on to these gorgeous goodies any longer, here they are:

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Heart Garland from Cute as A Button

Laura from Cute As A Button’s vertical heart garland is adorable – this is such a great idea for a little girls room – heck, even a big girls room – even a bog boy’s room hmmmm?? It seems that Luuuurve is definitely in the air…. Pop over and have a browse around her beautiful blog 🙂

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Keyboard Frames by Hannah Ackroyd

Hannah, you are the saviour of the day! My daughter was frantically looking for a birthday gift for her….”boyfriend”….cough… Anyway, she was freaking out because she had no idea what to get him but THANK YOU HANNAH for coming to her my rescue with your fabulous tutorial for keyboard frames!!! (I will post our when we are finished)

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Stripey Blue Socks by All Things Moz

Moz from All Things Moz is an incredible crafter, you have to go and check our her blog and then feel really guilty about all your own WIP’s that never get DONE. Moz is amazing at churning our stunning creations – two of which she has entered into this month’s challenge! Staying with the theme of love – because who doesn’t LOVE socks – are these beautiful blue stripey socks and a whole bunch of teeny weeny tiny hearts ♥♥♥

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Mini Hearts by Moz
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Crochet Flower Wreath by Nice Piece of Work

The lovely and fabulous Jill from Nice Piece of Work somehow has the knack of brightening up one’s day just at the perfect time. Always with something colourful, so simple and so flipping amazing!!! The number of times I’ve thrown my hands in the air and said “why didn’t I think of that!…..arrggg.” These flowers just melt by heart, sitting so sweetly on a ring of twigs. Sigh….
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Crochet Heart by Creative Granny

Creative Granny Helen has delighted me by entering into her first Made It challenge (Helen sell her wonderful wares on our website)!!! Hop over and have look at her blog for plenty and plenty of inspiration. I have never seen a crocheted heart like this – how stunning! I will have to beg her to give us the pattern 🙂

♥ Thank you all so much for entering – I know that you have all just made the others squirm in the seats. Come on ladies, there’s plenty of time so enter as many times as you wish ♥


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Another stunning giveaway!!!

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I was more prepared for my ‘Fifty Follower’ giveaway, as I had hoped to reach that number, but I never thought I would ever get to one hundred!

So thank you all for your interest and for those of you who comment for those comments; it’s great to meet fellow enthusists.

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The items for this giveaway are these three balls of yarn

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and these tiny buttons.

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As well as this for the winner I will make two bookmarks, one each of the two patterns I have.

One of these pineapple bookmarks

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And one of these fan bookmarks.

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to be made in  whichever of these four colours the winner prefers. (white, rainbow, red, white & cream).

You can choose a different colour for each of the bookmarks.

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This giveaway is primarily for those of you who follow me by email. You…

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