September Made It – Pin, Oink, Kiki, Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Whaddya ya say?!

Heehee, these are the sounds a Piggy, a Tigger, a Koala…um, and a pincushion would make, of course!

Thank you for all your well wishes, I’m thrilled to report that all the FLU lurgies have gone and we are all restored to happy health. And to top it off, the sun is shining and the promise of summer is in the air…..ahhhhhhh BLISS!


Tough life ‘eh!


So, while I’m feeling so very chilled and relaxed, here’s a look at the next four entries into September’s Made It challenge!

More Than A Pincushion by All Thing Moz

Here is another beautiful entry from the fab Moz from All Things Moz. I SOOOOOO need one of these and never would have thought about a “pincushion” that was big enough for all the goodies that one needs on hand….I have cups and cups stuffed full of hooks, scissors etc and as soon as I even think of them all the contents fall out…..sigh. Now this is GREAT, especially with the added cute flowers!



OINK by Nice Piece of Work

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KIKI by Nice Piece of Word

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RRRRRRRRRRRR by Nice Piece of Work

Guess who’s been a busy zookeeper?  Jill from Nice Piece of Work is  fast and furiously increasing the animal kingdom AS WE SPEAK!  


We want more, we want more!  These GORGEOUS beanies (and their real life inspirations) look so  soft & cuddly and I for one CANNOT wait to see who’s next…..and what they sound like. 

Thank you ladies, there’s still plenty of time to join in so….


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September Made It – Doh meddy amaythin noo entries

Can du tel I dod da flu?

After a week of three ickie kiddies, I’ve finally succumbed to the dreaded flu!!! Arrrg, so very inconsiderate of them to all be on the mend on this beautiful Spring, sunny day  while I have my turn to feel like a miserable, snotty lump of mess. Hmmmm…..on second thoughts my lovely hubby is now taking them out of the house for some much needed fresh air so maybe, just mayyyyyybe, it means some quite time? Woohoo, not so bad after all!

So before I crawl back into my nice warm, quite bed, I wanted to share all the latest entries with you. You will be delighted, as i am, to see lots of familiar faces and a fab newbie too…and boy oh boy, creativity just keeps getting better and better!

Lemme give you some of this months collection stats so far.

128 views, 26 links, 123 clicks – and it’s only the halfway through WOOP WOOP!!

So, I hope you don’t mind that I’m just posting pics & links this week as my brains is simply being quite rude and insisting I go to sleep. I know you’ll have a blast scrolling down & visiting all these lovely blogs. OOOOH, and before I go, I’m sure you’ll want to  know what’s up for grabs as this month’s prize??

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Yip, the lucky winner will have themselves some stunning originals, so kindly donated by Barbara of Buglets by Barbs which will be made and sent shortly after the winner is announced (hence no pic of the actual prize). To view Barbara’s beautiful & totally wantable products and unique style, pop over and visit BUGLETS on Facebook. Gorgeous, don’t ya think!

Here are the next 15 entries…

Spotty Scarf by Pigtails

Skinny Scarf by Pigtails

Necklace by Pigtails 

Pigtails of Pigtails!


Rainbow Coasters by Rainbow Junkie

Jane from Rainbow Junkie


  5 of the Best iPad/Tablet Case Tutorials by VickyMyersCreations

Vicky from Vicky Myers Creations

tiny knitted C3PO and R2D2

Star Wars by Vu Chickens

Melissa from Vu Chicken

Crochet Childrens Booties by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs

Crochet Scarf by Hav2Havz

Crochet Bags by Hav2Havz

Rene fron Hav2Havz

Crochet Necklace by Creative Granny

Helen from Creative Granny

Crochet Basket From All Things Moz

Moz from All Things Moz

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Slipper Socks by DaniellaJoe

Patricia from DaniellaJoe

Transformed Army Jacket by ONoodles

What Can You Do With a Bag of Ducks?! by ONoodles

Jill from ONoodles


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Summer Shoulder Wrap

Jill from Nice Piece Of Work

July Made It – What’s the collective noun for many new entries? Ahh, its…a “Craft” of New Entires!

huh, get it…”CRAFT of new entries”?? (Raft = many and Craft=Genius Husband)! Soooo gonna ™ that one!

Reminds me of one of the funniest moments of my life. I was playing Trivial Pursuit with my boyfriend at the time – I was probably 19, he was a 26 year old psychology student and I was so into him because he was mature, smart and interesting. His home language was Afrikaans – a Dutch originated language. Difficult to describe how all our 11 official South African languages fit in but in a nutshell, here in Cape Town specifically (and only in my own general opinion based on my circle of influence) there are mainly 2 spoken languages – English and Afrikaans.  Unofficially, English is more widely spoken even if you are Afrikaans. In a nutshell in another nutshell – if two friends meet or a drink and one is English and one is Afrikaans, they will be probably speak English –  you get my drift??)

Anyway, here’s the scenario

Me and Boyfriend playing Trivia Pursuit on the floor in front of the fire and it’s my turn to ask the question. He rolls the dice and lands on yellow. History.

Question – What craft was used in WW1 to….(and I honestly cannot remember the rest of the question)?

Answer –  Submarine

His answer.


I rolled on that floor in a fit of laughter, clutching my tummy for hours before I could catch my breath to explain how we got lost in translation.  Luckily, he had the good grace to laugh along with me even though he had no clue why…ahh, good times!

So on that note, let me introduce you to the sensational Craft Of New Entires! BUT before I do, I have some house keeping to do.

I am not known for my impeccable accuracy and I  have been know to be too spontaneous, AND my brain can be quite sieve-like at times….so I humbly apologise to the following ladies, for the following boo boo’s:

For calling the lovely Teresa from Little Poppits, Laura last month. One month we had so many Laura’s and it looks like I got carried away.

For confusing Jane from Rainbow Junkie’s entry this month – she actually entered her coaster (pls see below) but I got all ga-ga over her bunting. I thankfully managed to persuade her to enter both!

For adding Jill from Nice Piece of Work’s Owl Mitts to my FB page and calling her Jane….arrrrgggg! Sorry!

Thank you all for your generous forgiving spirits!

Right, on with the show


Owl Mitts by Nice Piece Of Work

Seems that the world is owl crazy, and you can hardly blame us. These little Owl Mitts are so adorable and Jill from Nice Piece Of Work is as crazy as the rest of us. I have to keep hiding these posts from my kids otherwise they are gonna cost me a fortune!

 P.s totally LOVIN’ the cross-eyed look!



Miss Jaymi by Moz Roberts

I am blown away by the talent of Moz of All Things Moz. Firstly, I ‘d like to welcome Moz back to the challenge, I see she has been a busy busy lady. These amazing AMAZING bears and bunnies, like Miss Jaymi here, are made for babas whose parents are from different countries. See the little flags on the feet?!! What a fantastic idea! Go and have a look x



Colourful Coasters by Rainbow Junkie Corner

Here are the gorgeous coasters that Jane from Rainbow Junkie meant to enter, in the same lovely colours as her bunting. I must say, I do prefer coasters like these that are solid in colour but still a set of different ones – especially if they all complement each other. However, I’m a little seduced by the rainbow coloured one at the foot of her post, and you?:)



Fishy Felt Cushion by Love, Lucie

A massive welcome to Lucie from Love, Lucie. I bow down to anyone who has the talent / precision / passion / imagination  to sew  hand stitch such teeny, unique and individual little fishies altogether! WOW, what a stunning cushion! Thanks Lucie, I’m sure we’re all going to enjoy watching what you get up next.



Woolly Winter Beanie by Robyn Alexander

I apologise for the teeny size of this pic, but unfortunately this pic was sent to me via Instagram and I can’t seem to get it bigger. However, I can tell you from experience that this beanie was made with the most stunning pure Merino wool, hand spun and dyed right here in South Africa. Rustic, chunky and warm as anything!!! Thank you so much Robyn Alexander for sending me a pic of your latest make.



Summertime Crochet Shell by Beatrice Ryan Designs


Sherbet Shawl by Beatrice Ryan Designs


Flowers and Chains by Beatrice Ryan Designs

What would the Made It challenge be without the many wonderful projects by Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs. I never stop being amazed at how many projects that she gets completed and at the level of inspiration that come with them! I ADORE her Crochet Shell top – especially in that colour too! Please click on each pic to take you to her posts.


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3D Blanket by Jane Manca

Ok, you can pick your jaw up off the floor now. Huh? I KNOW!!!! Jeepers, this is one incredible blanket and is EVERY six year old boy’s idea of a cool crochet blankie. This took Jane Manca six weeks to complete. Well done Jane, and thanks Jane for making the rest of us Mommas look very dull!!!



Granny Coasters by Crochet Home

I absolutely love everything that Nela from Crochet Home makes. Her colours are always so beautiful and stylish (not to mention her photography!) These granny coasters are gorgeous – they look the perfect decor for a fancy dinner party look don’t they! Sigh, my “to make list” has just got longer…



Cat In A Sweater by Vu Chickens

You’ve seen Shrek right? Then you will remember the scene when Puss goes into uber super cute mode by making those eyes!!! Yip, I ahhhhhhhhh’ed and cuuuuuuuuuuuute’ed just as much when I saw this little kitty. Melissa from Vu Chickens is so enormously talented  –  I wish I was on her gift list too!!!



Crochet Bunnies by Andrea JOY


The Owl, The Pussy Cat and A Chicken by Andrea JOY

I’m thrilled to welcome Andrea from JOYAndrea to the challenge.  Out here in the Wonderful Wide World of Blogland, I don’t often come across fellow Cape Townians. Owls? Crochet? Maybe it’s just a Cape  Town thing then, hee hee. Nah, didn’t think so! A happy collection of beautifully handmade bunnies, owls, a kitty and a chicken!


Thank you all for entering, the link is open for another few days so GET YOUR’S IN! Here’s a reminder of this months wonderful prizes sponsored by Tamara of Crochet with Tamara





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Wakey Wakey VOTING is open!

How much fun was that?!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed eeach & every entry to the Made It this month – the huge pot of creativity is bubbling over YAY! Thank you so much for taking part, sharing with us and for all the fab comments and LIKES.

So now for the BONUS FUN part….VOTING!!

If you are reading this, please click on FROGGY,

  or any of the below photos and show your support by VOTING for your favourites. Here are a couple of things to remember:
  • you can vote up to 10 TIMES (’cause I know how hard it is to pick just one)
  • you can vote EVERYDAY until voting ends – 1st April (yip, everyday)
  • even though votes don’t decide the winner (we do random around here), the support and encouragement is PRICELESS!!!
  • REBLOGG this post and/or SHARE on your Facebook page – invite your friends to vote too 🙂
  • if you love what you see or are inspired by an entry, then take 5 mins to pop over to their blog and tell them! We all love COMMENTS 

So here are all the entries one last time:


Rainbow Junkie Corner

Creative Granny


Nice Piece Of Work

Little Poppits




Rainbow Junkie Corner

Side view of Mini Pinny

The Stitch Sharer



Millie On Her World


Cute As A Button

millie's mittens

Millie On Her World

Here it is - my protoype.


Ripply Blanket 1

Cest La Vie

All Things Moz

Kake’s Crafts


Alyce’s Blog

cute isn't he?





You have the whole long weekend to VOTE so don’t forget to check in (between mouthfuls of choccie, of course)!

Wishing you all a super happy Easter

Love Maryanne ♥

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MoRe March Made It EnTrIeS!

I know, I know….I never follow my own rules! The Made It challenge link was supposed to close today but.. um, erm, ahem…I still haven’t finished showing you the rest of the FABULOUS entries nor have I, um er, um, submitted by own entry,…yet. Oops

So, the good news is that anyone who hasn’t yet entered the Made It and would still like to…YOU CAN!!! You have another 2 days to get cracking (no easter pun intended!)

Drumroll please for the next entries……

Hitchhikers Scarf by Moz  from All things Moz has

I deeply appreciate the commitment that a lot of you make to enter the Made It challenge every month, I know that’s it’s not always easy to “get it together” in time (yes yes, I mean me too) so thank you Moz for staying so motivated! Her knittedHitchhikers Scarf is absolutely gorgeous. Not sure exactly which pattern Moz used, by here is a link to some great ones on Ravelry.

If you haven’t already visited Moz’s blog, do yourself a great favour..oh, and when you are there, go and look for Chloe. I’ll  bet you have never seen a more stunning set of eyelashes in your life! A little hint…you will BEARly keep the ahhhhhhhhs under control ♥!


Grumpasaurus! by Kayleigh of Kake’s Crafts

Heehee it seems we have another theme happening here on the March Made It….sweetie pie cutsie little, sometimes-grumpy toys! A few more of these little chaps    around here and we can made our own animated Made It movies!! How about “When Grumps met Timmy & Tamara“!!!   Kayleigh, who used some of her winning yarn from the December Made It to knit this far-too-cute-to-be-that-grumpy Grumpasaurus for her Dad! Now, if that’s not love then I don’t know what is!!! ♥


Alyce is back!!!

Little Yoga Pants by Alyce

Yes, you ARE seeing teeny tiny baby YOGA PANTS!!! A certain little lady had taken over Alyce’s world…and THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT ’cause if this means that momma’s going to be whipping out her sewing machine more often then YEEHA!  How delicious are these!!! Alyce has given a comprehensive step-by-step tutorial with piccies (yes, there is one of the little lady in question too!) which looks brilliant. Please pop over and say hi to Alyce – she is a newbie blogger so welcome her with lots of love!!! ♥



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.


“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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IMG_1578100_6676Tunisian Wire Bracelet



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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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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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The Made It entries are rollin’ in!

Happy 12/12/12!!!! Did you know that today is the last repetitive date we’ll see?

Here are some more “Made It” entries to inspire you on this auspicious date

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Welcome ANNA from Beepbeep Designs who knitted a hat! Ahhhhhh how gorgeous, sweet & cuddly it looks on you!!!  Your hat looks amazing too 🙂


Another beautiful entry… This elegant photo frame from Moz from All Things Moz is a gift for her “baby sister” . Do yourself a huge favour and visit her blog. I assure you,  your head will spin with all her amazing delights. Her creative spirit is contagious.


Mrs M! I have been eagerly waiting to see your entry and true to you,  you did not disappoint. WOW, your stained glass is GORGEOUS . (Click here to see how this beauty was created)

YAY thank you to all that have entered so far…can’t wait to see what else arrives at FROGGY’s front door!

CLICK below to ENTER you super marvelous creation!!

Feast you eyes on some more Made It’s

There seems to be a real buzz about the Made It challenge this month – I think it has a LOT to do with the prize hmmmmm?!!!

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Thank you all for sharing, reblogging, posting and commenting and most of all, for getting more people to enter. So far we have 17 entries, and counting – and we’ve left the old record in it dust!

So here are the newest entries…

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Speaking of NEWBIES, Moz from All Things Moz has the most fabulous blog, jam packed with so many different, wonderful crafts, your head will spin. Is it right for one person to be so talented?!! These sweet crochet hearts are adorable, thanks Moz! ❤

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Last month’s WINNER and cyber-voyager, Patricia from DaniellaJoe has submitted ROW 35 of her stunningly intricate and elegant tablecloth (at least I think that this is her entry, the photo on the actual link page looks different!) “Patricia, if you can hear my up there on deck, please let me know if I have gotten this right. Over.”

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Hello again to the whimsical Millie from Millie On Her World and her beautifully blue, super cute and uber stylish fingerless gloves, complete with a picture tutorial – If you haven’t visited Millie yet, go now! She makes the most adorable Amigurumi characters.

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Kayleigh from Kake’s Crafts is also back…HeLLo!!!…with a gorgeous, cozy looking slouchie complete with 3 tiny little cupcake buttons. For those of you in the chilly Northern parts of the world, you’re gonna want one of these!

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Another warm welcome to Yuli from Yuli Handmade! You have GOT to go and spend a little time browsing her site. Yuli, who lives in SA is a creative Goddess and makes the most unique and beautiful goodies.  She has shared her tutorial on how to make your own crochet hook handles. YES PLEASE!


Oooooh this is so deliciously lovely! Thanks Mrs M from Mrs M Makes for this delicate, elegant looking pincushion which looks surprisingly easy to make. Methinks we are going to be seeing more of these beauties, hmmmm?

The challenge is going to spill over a bit into November as we started late this month so there is still time for MORE ENTRIES!

Ok, let me dash off and put the finishing touches to my own entry that I’ve to finish for weeks. Why oh why can I not get things done…arrgggg

Ciao for now 🙂

****Click on the photo or Froggy to submit your entry****

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