The MAY Made It – Pretty, Colourful & Lacy!

Welcome back! Hope the week is off to a great start

It’s almost time to switch to voting (yeah, I know!) but there are still two more days to enter your links. Here are the next three fabulous entries ūüôā

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Pretty Girl Bag by La Vie En Rose

I’m thrilled to welcome back the lovely¬†Laura from La Vie En Rose¬†with her pretty little yellow felt bag with the sweetest crochet handle. I’ve never made anything with felt before (been way to scared to) but this looks soooo easy! Okay OKAY, I know that’s it just the amazing tutorial that makes it look easy heehee, thanks Laura. I love the orange blanket stitching around the edges and of course, the cute heart & flower cut outs are perfect for little girlies


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Colourful Granny Square Blanket by Melanie Hoffman

GASP! Wowweee, this stunning¬†Granny Square Blanket¬†made by one of my Facebook page members , Melanie Hoffman and has caused quite a stir. Anyone who’s ever made a blanket of this size and detail knows the love, passion, the many hours, etc etc etc that goes into completing something so special. Well done Melanie…the colours are eye-poppingly delicious!


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Crochet Shawl by Alynnis Crochet

Another WOW! This sensational, delicate and exquisitely made¬†Crochet Shawl made by Alynnis of Alynnis Crochet¬†is simply beautiful! Please click on the link for another close up photo so you can see the how truly lovely it is. What’s more, this was…wait for it…A WEEKEND PROJECT! Is that even possible?!!!! Wonderful work Alynnis!


Hurry and add yours ūüôā



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

This fabulous Owl Cushion is up for grabs this month!

lucie owl copy


September Made It – More GORGGGG entries & TWO more days to add your link

Hello all you Creative Goddesses and Gods (yes, we’ve had one visit the Made It already)

Can you believe it?? September is almost over and we are now officially free falling towards Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that¬†Christmas that is approaching faster than the cold hard ground to a bungy jumper…it’s that CHRISTMAS, ¬†I.E THE END OF THE YEAR is almost here?????? What the…..

I still have a looooooong list of things to do, people to see and places to go which are just going to have to go on my 2014 list. Yikes, was this not the fastest year EVER? I have been ogling (once again) all the entries so far and am truly in awe of the number of amazing things that come into existence every day, week, month and year. I bow down to all you ladies who pour so much of yourselves into your incredible projects and am honoured & grateful that you share these (and yourselves) with all of us here on the Made It.

Oh dear, before the violins arrive, let me get on with the intro’s for the latest entries!!!


Fabric Blending by Projects by Mtetar

A ¬†warm welcome back to ¬†Mtetar from Projects by Mtetar¬†who makes the most amazing upcycled clothing by giving life and sizzling STYLE to old denims. I absolutely LOVE the belt …. oooh and the polka dots!!!



Amazing Grace Hats by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Thank you to Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs for all your amazing entries, you inspire us on so many levels. Here is the FAB pattern for this gorgeous crocheted hat, made in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness.!



freezer pop sleeve

Double Duty by YarnChick40

Are you now also craving a lolly!!!¬†Lisa Victoria from YarnChick40¬†is back with this great idea to keep little hands nice and cosy. Click on the pic to see the other great use…can you guess what it is??? GENIUS!


Hanging Hearts by Hav2Havz

LOVE LOVE and more LOVE…..the very talented¬†Rene from Hav2Havz‘s hanging hearts are simply beautiful and the colours are SUBLIME!!! Please pop over to her FB for more of her happy projects, you’ll love every second!

So HURRY, there’s still time to enter ūüôā Click on the pic to add your link

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Click to add your link!!!


Love Maryanne xxx

Awards, Gratitude and a Sweet Farewell

For a humble little blog like ours who has been rather s l o w at getting those posts out or even finishing the projects than need posting, we are so happy and even more humbled to be nominated…..THREE TIMES by some seriously lovely folk!

We have received the Versatile Blogger awards from Jill over at crafts by the sea¬†who’s blog is great and who is a super talented,¬†knowledgeable¬†and experienced needleworker!

The One Lovely Blog award came from the sweet Marissa at Colouring with Yarn¬†who has one of the most interesting blogs I’ve read and whose colours are incredible.

The other Versatile Blogger Award comes from the lovely and whimsical Millie from millie on her world¬†who’s paper mache tea cups are exquisite!

Go and have a look at these ladies NOW NOW NOW!!!

*****Thank you lovely ladies for nominations, we are in great company!*****

Now, the rules are as follows:

1. Add the award to your blog.
2. Thank the blogger(s) who gave it to you.
3. Mention 7 random things about yourself.
4. List the rules.
5. Award to 15 bloggers.
6. Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.

I think I have successfully completed numbers 1, 2 and 4 so I will proceed to number 3.

I think it may be cheating to list “7 things” again, especially as I have done so in a previous post but what the heck, I’ve seen others do it! Seeing as though it’s two of us, I thought I would do things a little differently:

Vicky                                                             Maryanne

Capricorn Рclever, conscientious                Sagittarius Рclumsy, foot-in-mouth issues

Tall and graceful                                           Not so tall, see above

Quiet and composed                                   Loud and mostly messy

(getting the picture?)

Middle name Anne                                       Middle name Barbara

Latest project                                               Latest project


(finished in nano seconds!)¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†(beanie for hubby for Father’s Day…oops)

Best food @        Best experience @

Nick name VIX                                              Nickname Mac

And now, ¬†for the best part….here are some of the inspiring bloggers out there who we would like to nominate for the ONE LOVELY BLOG award, in no particular order: (apart from the ones who nominated us of course!!!!!)

1. The Giraffe’s Hat

2. Cute As A Button

3. Crayons and Milk

4. Show Us Your Crafty Bits

5. Map Of Time, A Trip Into The Past

6.  Agujas

7. Divine Debris Jewellery

8. Pics and Stuff

9. My House in Africa

10. Homemade Honeybird

11. Knitsmiths

12. Bear Loves Dove

13. DanielleJoe

14. bhb kidstyle

15. Geeky Crochet Mom

And finally, last week my daughter lost one of her best friends, Sarah, rather suddenly and very unexpectedly to a rare blood disease which she was supposed to grow out of.  I would like to pay tribute to a beautiful soul who will live on forever through those who have been touched by her

Here is a picture taken at her memorial on Friday, at which 100 pink balloons with messages of love were released into the sky….

Sarah Anne Ralph

13 April 1999 – 13 June 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award nomination!

What a great feeling it is when you open your email and there is a notification telling you that someone (a special someone) actually thinks your blog is worthy of a nomination!

A huge thank you to J.G Burdette of Map of Time A Trip Into The Past, whose blog is beautiful, for nominating us!

J.G, this is for you…

The Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their site (am still smiling, thank you J.G)
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers who have inspired you (again include a link to their site)
  • Share 7 things about yourself
This is a great part of the process and we are delighted to nominate the following lovely folk, in no particular order:
Drumroll please.
  1. Creative Pixie
  2. I Like String
  3. Made By Patch
  4. joyandrea
  5. Rainbowjunkie
  6. Sincerely, Sara
  7. Crochet with Tamara
  8. salty*mom
  9. crochetmadebykate
  10. What Jacq did next
  11. maluca yarnbombing
  12. show us your crafty bits
  13. my place on earth
  14. The Green Dragonfly
  15. boostitc
                   Thank you all for the hours of visual feasting, new ideas and even the odd tear!
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† P.s, don’t forget to let your nominees know that you nominated them
Right, now for the next part. Because there are two of us, we have each wracked our brains for some tidbits to share with you. So, apart from the obvious love of crochet and colourful yarn, here goes!

Wait, wait, wait…I have a logistical problem. Vicky is not here with me so I have sent her a message asking for some things she would like to share with you…this is no easy feat when under pressure but she did at least send this…and it sums her up so well:


1. I love Earl Grey tea

2. …..and tea pots!

that’s it! ¬†…so I think I will¬†fill in the rest!

3. She is the smartest person I know and never one to get into a game of Trivial Pursuit with – you will come off second best.

4.  One of her biggest dreams is to see Leonard Cohen in concert (and I sincerely hope her hubby is reading this)

5.  She loves the colour ORANGE

6. ¬†She has a great love and respect for nature and her kids are lucky to have a Mom that can make¬†the outdoors look like a world filled with treasures. She is a wonderful mother who has not gotten caught up in the fast pace of life and takes the time for life’s most simple and beautiful things. ¬†

7.  She is a vegetarian and a qualified computer programmer Рalthough these two things are not related!


1. I’m 37, ¬†married to my soul-mate and have 3 delicious kiddies aged 12, 6 and 7 months

2.  Victoria is my sister-in-law and co-Woolhog-er. We had our youngest babas 4 weeks apart and spent much of our preggie months crocheting, buying yarn and dreaming of opening a natural fibres shop (watch this space). For the record, Victoria calls herself Victoria РI call her Vicky Рso for the future, when I say Vicky, I mean Victoria!

3. ¬†I’ve¬†done all the online tests and come up positive for a condition called Synesthesia¬†– it’s when ones sees numbers/letters in different colours. On the left, is how someone with synesthesia might see things….

(very strange but I spent most of my life believing that everyone saw things like that. Helps my memory though)!

4. ¬†I am half Irish, half South Africa and have lived in both countries – ¬†I lived in Co. Clare on the west coast of Ireland from the ages 9 to 16. I am super proud of my Irish roots and can say the “Our Father” in Gaelic – much to the amusement of my kids who think I sound like a dork.

5. ¬†I am well-known in my circle for a party trick where I can get a cork out from the bottom of an empty wine bottle – with the bottle in tact, and the same cork. I have had to drink a lot of red wine to perfect this trick (that’s a lie, I just love red wine) and ¬†I ALWAYS give my trick away. If you ask, I will tell teehee

6.  My favourite author is Robin Hobb and I have devoured almost every word she has written.

7. ¬†I am a relatively good speller, yet am far too spontaneous – spell check was made for people like me (when I remember to use it) ¬†Oh, yes…I also tend to talk in clich√©s and use analogies. A lot. I am grateful for grammar check too.

Good luck everyone!