NOVEMBER Made It Challenge – more great entries comin’ your way!

Ok ok, I know! I am super late in introducing all the stunning entries so far into the November Made It challenge  (almost mid month, yikes!) Forgiven? Thank you. Now sit back for a bit and enjoy!!!

23rd-october-2013-0111

Stash Basket by Love, Lucie

20131022-221500

Herringbone Cowl by Love, Lucie

20131026-070332

Hats for Smoothies by Love, Lucie

Not one, not two but THREE gorgeous entries (so far?) this month from the lovely, speedy and wickedly talented Love, Lucie. Have you too seen the basket on Pinterest? AWESOME that you’ve actually made it, Lucie. Oh, and a stash basket made from your stash..GENIUS! The herringbone cowl is simple amazing too, very stylish – cowls are definitely a hot favourite this season. These six adorable hats are not only for a great cause, but also aaaadorable *squeal*  

020

Little Crochet Baskets by Pixie Miks A Lot

WOOP WOOP, welcome Pixie from Pixie Miks A Lot, the first of FOUR newcomers to the challenge this month!! Not only are these beautiful crochet (stackable) baskets a fantastic gift idea, there’s a wonderful easy to follow pattern too *quickly writes down onto ever growing to-do-list* Pixie’s blog is full of such creative idea so pop over and have squizz!

katniss-cowl-1

Katniss Cowl by Lolly Knits

WOW. No really. WOW. You will have to click on the post to see more pics of this utterly SENSATIONAL and every so unique cowl make by Lollyknits. Go on click now…I’ll wait…. SEE! How amazing is the Katniss Cowl? It’s avant garde, yes but oh so wearable too!!! Well done, it’s truly amazing and will no doubt be making more and more appearances because Lolly is sharing her pattern yipeeeeeeeeeee! Ps, the pics are just as amazing, WOW

Francine_and_Ferdinand

Francine & Ferdinand by Love Love Lake

Another warm welcome to Sandy over at Live Love Lake! So happy that you’ve entered and shared your gorgeous foxy creatures with us. Meet Francine and Ferdinand, two very distinguished and happy looking knitted foxes. I am blown away by knitters in general, these type of intricate designs look terrifying difficult to pull off. Well done Sandy, they are marvelous!

1379311_232125703617816_1952356722_n

Hippy Chic Denim Bag by Hav2Havz

So happy to have our happy hippy chick back again! When I think of Rene from Hav2Haz I think….zany, colourful, fun, happy, chic, Bohemia…and her stunning denim bag is all that and more. Her work is always filled with love, BIG LOVE (have you seen her Adele Hearts??) Rene, if you are reading this, I NEED one of those hearts please heehee!!!

0197-bedangled

Spectrum Granny Ripple Blanket by Rainbow Junkie

After nearly a year in the making, here is Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner‘s Spectrum Granny Ripple blanket….and its’s spectacular! Click on the links for a closer look at it in all it’s glory. The waves of rainbow colours are so beautiful and fit for any “rainbow junkie”!!  Well done to you Jane, what a wonderful achievement – I’m sure the winter evenings are now more than welcome!

IMG_2545

Pillows Knitting Ribbon by Lavendel en Papaver

Schermafbeelding 2013-10-22 om 23.26.33

Crochet Flower Poncho by Lavendel en Papaver

YAY, another droolsome blog to follow! Welcome to Lavendel en Papaverv (Lavender and Poppy) and thank you for entering these fabulous creations. Absolutely LOVE these chocolate cushions – again I so admire knitters the cable stitch and overall effect is so chic. Oh, to be wrapped up in an array of such beautiful flowers! The colour combo of the poncho is perfect too..hmmm, I’m now thinking of other combo for “bigger” little girls!!

thrumbelina-slipper-thrums

Thrumbelina Slippers by VuChickens

mae-cowl-neck

Handspun Cowl by VuChickens

I’m thrilled to see that the ever so talented Melissa from VuChickens has finally made something for herself! And what better way to treat a busy Mom’s feet with, than SLIPPERS! These Thrumbelina slippers are so elegant and so beautifully made with bits of Merino wool roving (using a very awesome looking technique) Ahh, and little Mae’s chunky cowl is brilliantly made with Mom’s very own handspun yarn – how cool!. I personally love scarves but have failed miserably to get my kids to wear them….until now (..erm, but not the homespun part)

ballerina 001

Ballerina by Pink Princess in Thailand

A beautiful pink ballerina! So delicate and elegant, just like a real one. The lacy vintage skirt is exquisite, how did she make those tiny roses?! Another massive welcome to Pink Princess in Thailand who’s blog is filled with stories of life in Thailand and lots gorgeous crafts so enjoying browsing!

<

vstitchpuffscowl5
The cowls that are coming in this month are really spectacular! Look at this chunky one made by AvienaDawn – the v stitch puff and the buttons make this so easy for guys to wear (he looks rather dishy & uber trendy don’t ya think!) There’s a free pattern too! Oh, and pop over and see what’s keeping Aviena a little quick these days….I’ll give you a hint. BUN. OVEN!

<

fingerless-glove-collage
Here’s another free pattern thank you to the lovely  Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs. LOVE these fingerless mitts, the stitching give them such a chic and elegant overall look. I’m always amazed at how much one person can make in such a short time!!! Thanks  Elena for all the inspiration
Thank you all so much for entering, the talent here is red hot! Stay tuned for a peak at the prize 🙂
Be back soon
Love Maryanne
made it

Advertisements

June Made It – Our First ‘New Look’ Winners!

made it

I know, I know….this is very late in the day to be announcing the winner but sometimes my day job get’s in the way, tut tut tut! So, I apologise for the wait and I thank you for your patience!

I feel like a super proud Mamma!! Thank you to all of you who made our New Look Made It challenge extra special; for taking part – you lovely first-timers and the wonderful usual-suspects, for all your encouraging comments and likes and for taking the time to vote.

Before I get to the WINNER and THE VOTER’S CHOICE AWARD, here are some interesting stats about this months collection

  • 22 ENTRANTS
  • 40 LINKS ENTERED
  • 638 COLLECTION VIEWS
  • 220 CLICKS THROUGHS

Pretty cool hey – I’m sure you’ve all had a few new visit to your lovely blogs!!!  Ok, let’s get on with the good stuff.

 

~ AND THE WINNER OF THE JUNE MADE IT CHALLENGE IS *trumpets please* ~

serena copy♥ with her super-sassy-summer-sandals ♥

SONY DSC

A massive congrats to you Serena!!!!! Your prize will be whizzing it’s way over to your lovely green shores (ahh, my homeland) very soon. I hope you enjoy your BEADED TASSLE SET, kindly donated by Jill from Nice Piece Of Work, your handcrafted Tunisian Hook by Tony’s Tricots (can’t wait to see what ya do with it!) and the yummy yarn from Vinni’s!

Photo (11) copy

And now – for the very first time – it gives me great pleasure in announcing that the

VOTER’S CHOICE WINNER AWARD goes to…

Voter's Choice copy

 …the lovely AVIENA from AVIENADAWN with her exquisite baby blanket who received 25 votes!! This badge is yours to keep and to wear on your blog!

(I must just say at this point that Aviena worriedly sent me a message this morning to say that her Mom had posted her entry on FB asking people to vote for her…and she would happily give this honour to Laura from Little Poppits and Mille from Millie On Her World who were both close contenders by receiving 17 votes each. Aviena, I say give your Mom a massive bear hug and enjoy your award!!!!! The spirit of the Made It challenge is that we all love sharing, meeting new friends & being inspired. Your heart is exactly where it should be – who cares where the votes come from!)

On that  note, I say goodnight to all you beautiful people and thank you once again from the bottom of my

images (8)

Until the JULY challenge begins. WOOOOHOOOOO, watch this space xxx

June Made It – 2 more days!

Hello from a wet, cold, rainy Cape Town! It’s so fffffreezzzzing and gloomy here, I posted this pic on my Facebook page to cheer me up

new-best-flower-computer-background copy

Absolutely did the trick!

Wow, so yes…there are really ONLY 3 days left until the June Made It closes and the voting begins. I am proud to say that I spent some time working on my entry today and just have to cross my fingers that I get it finished time   and I WILL get it finished in time! A certain coffee date of mine commented on the fact that she noticed that I actaully hadn’t submitted anything into the challenge for a while now AND I had the audacity to enter something my daughter made last month…eeeeeeek!

IMG_5312

Yes, you recognise her don’t you! The lovely Jill from Nice Piece Of Work and I got together last Thursday for or a cuppa,  a great chat,  and shared an ENORMOUS slice of blueberry cheesecake! She came laden with all sorts of goodies:

  • the fab crochet hat that Jill made for FB giveway which was won by my sister-in-law
  • this ADORABLE froggy beanie that I won on her Jam Tarts giveaway
  • photo (1)

    How cute is my boy?!!!

  • AND the 2 Bead Tassle sets that are going to make up this month PRIZE (woohoooo)

So Jill, I am going to make sure that my little fingers work themselves to the bone and produce something decent to enter this month!

Here are the latest entries into this months challenge!

Sweet enough to eat <3

Cupcake Dress by Millie On Her World

Are you just as blown away as I am??….especially seen as though this Cupcake Dress  was an AFTER THOUGHT by the wonderfully imaginative Mille On Her World after the postman let her down! Flippin awesome.

~~~

image

Jean Skirt by Projects by Mtetar

This is where you go when faced with the dilema of chucking out an old pair of demins!!! This Jean skirt  made by the super-stitcher   Mtetar of Projects by Mtetaris  is just another fine example of how one can bring new life into an old pair of denims!

~~~

Baby Blanket by Aviena

Happy Times by Aviena

Thank heavens for new bundles of joy…and especially little nieces in this case!  This uber- trendy, fabulously cuddly Happy Times baby blanket ,  loving handmade by the talented Aviena of AvienaDawn makes me go all mushy…those little picot stitches……ahhhhhhh!

~~~

True Colours Afghan by Elena

If you haven’t already, please pop over and have a look at all the amazing crochet goodies that  Elena of Beatrice Ryan Designs has been producing for Alpine Originals Artwalk at which her work is being featured. This True Colours Afghan is her latest offering….WOW!

~~~

Circle of Roses Lamp by Aviena

Circle of Roses Lamp by Aviena

Another beautiful project by Aviena to woo us with! What a brilliant idea to decorate a lamp with these gorgeous crochet roses – I too will be looking at all my lamps in a new light (soooo unintended!)

~~~~~~

Thank you ladies

ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT SO ENTER YOUR LINK NOW!

 

made it

June “Made It” – some patriotic Whimsy, a little Fairy, clever Crafts, funky Feet,a comfy Cushion, a cute Cardi, some sweet Socks and the softest Shawl on the planet!

Hello!

The great thing about Father’s Day is that it’s yet another great excuse to get crafty so I hope the men in your life got lots of glittery cards, tons of crocheted/knitted warmies and stuffed themselves silly with homemade cupcakes/pies/chocolates etc. I’d love to say that my hubby got lots of homemade things (oh, ANY excuse for me to sit down and crochet PLEASE), but instead he got a  FULL ON party with 50 friends,  mounds of delicious curries, a massive chocolate cake, and DJ which kept everyone boogie-ing on the dance floor until midnight. OK, so it was his 40th birthday which basically turned into 3 day affair. I mean, really. What a cheek to turn 40 AND have Father’s Day the next day AND a public holiday after that. Hmmmph!

We did have an absolute ball though, AND just to top it off we went to see Eddie Izzard live at Cape Town’s Grand West Arena last nigh….I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that straight-high heel clad-cross dressing-makeup wearing-multi marathon runner-funny man!  So we’ve only just got back into “normal” mode and I’m feeling tired…but the relaxed, good kind!

So with my feet up, here are the next few entries into June’s fast-filling-up Made It challenge!

SONY DSC

 The sun is definitely shining somewhere in the world – my goodness, it’s IRELAND too! Look at these gorgeous summer sandals crocheted by Serena, one of our Facebook page members. I imagine that while taking this pic with one hand, there is a delicious cocktail in the other.. am I right?!

~~~

cushion 1

Granny Square Cushion by YarnChick40

If you are a regular reader of the Made It posts, then you will recognise the fab colours of this granny square cushion made by Lisa Victoria from YarnChick40! It perfectly matches the funky poof/ottoman she made ages ago. Well done LV for a beautiful set and another WIP done and dusted..HI5!!!

~~~

Z’s Mobile by AvienaDawn

Ahhhhhhh, this magical, delicate and utterly delightfully beautiful, felted and winged  fairy mobile was made by Aviena from AvienaDawn . How gorgeous is she!  She was made especially for Z who is, no doubt, a very happy girl –  pop over and read her post for more dreamy pics ♥

~~~

wpid-img_20130615_102743_172

Patriotic Crochet Rug by Beatrice Ryan Designs

I love this crochet rug!   Elena of Beatrice Ryan Designs, who is a completely machine when it come to churning out all sorts of wonderful designs/creations has entered this bright, whimsical patriotic rug  for a fair. I’m thinking how absolutely stunning a SA flag/rug would look…hmmmm

~~~

image

2 Projects by Mtetar

What a lot of creativity and new goodies a rainy day can bring. This is another thing I love about the Made It challenge –  it’s not about just knitting/crochet, it’s all about being creative and enjoying it! Check out the these two great projects by Mtetar of Projects by Mtetar!

~~~

Triangle Shawl by Verena

WOWWEEE, what a stunning shawl, knitted with the softest baby Alpaca yarn! This entry (her first!!) was submitted by Verena Hinsch of Mukuti Stud Alpaca who produce the most amazing Alpaca yarns right here in SA!  I feel all warm and fuzzy just looking at it…simply gorgeous

~~~

Cardi in Blues by Kaiserin

These next two entries are from Kaiserin of Empress27  who is a whizz with wool / fibre freak and has a passion that’s so infectious! This sweet baby cardi  and these delicious little baby socks are her latest creations. I can see how making those little socks could be addictive!

Baby Socks by Kaiserin

~~~

I hope you enjoyed ogling at these!

The collection is still open for another 8 days, so there’s lots of time to get busy and submit (I’m talking about myself here too…eeek)

♥ Click in FROGGY to submit your link ♥

made it

Bye for now x

 

May Made It – The Final Countdown

WOW everyone, I am overwhelmed by the response to, and all the magic entries to this months challenge! Thank you so much for sharing your hearts and sharing your talents…

I can honestly say that you guys are going to have a hard time voting for your favourites!

Here are 9 more entries…

Lots of lovely jewelry by Knitnrun4sanity

Aqua Earrings by Knitnrun4sanity

 There is a very busy lady at the moment who’s name is Alice from Knitnrun4sanity!  For all our new readers who don’t yet know Alice, she is a super talented Runner/Crocheter/Knitter/JewelleryMaker etc etc! Please please pop over and have a look at her beautiful jewellery & others sweet creations as well as these stunningly & unique Tunisian aqua earrings!!!

~~~~~~~~~~

img_1343

Callies Rainbow Quilt by Alyssa

When I clicked on this link of Alyssa from Measured & Slow my jaw literally dropped – in fact, she had me at the first photo…the rest are as stunning! Go and see for yourself and tell me if you agree! A warm welcome to Alyssa – she has made this incredible Rainbow Quilt for her sister-in-law with a beautiful step-by-step. WOW!

~~~~~~~~~~

dscn5870

The Riverbed Blanket by CuteAsAButton

I am thrilled that Laura from Cute As A Button is back again and just in the nick of time too! How awesome is this Riverbed Blanket made in the most gorgeous shades of blue! Look out for the cute little tag ♥

Looking forward to June’s entry too!

~~~~~~~~~~

clamshell-pillow3

Clamshell Pillow by Aviena Dawn

YAY, Aviena from Aviena Dawn with this fabulous Clamshell Pillow which is her second, and equally-as-lovely-as-the-first, pillow she’s entered!! Lucky for us, she has loads more pillows to cover…we’ll be watching this space! And please go click on her post, she has lots of lovely things to say… x

~~~~~~~~~~

379606_10201276461699904_909724013_n

Dr Who Dress by Franz Maggs

WOOOOOOHOOOOO – I am over the moon to say that we have our very first enrty from a GUY! Franz Maggs who is the incredibely talented younger brother of Kaiserin from Empress27 who is cleary on his way to becoming a very successful designer with this fab Dr Who Dress!!! Ps, Franz Maggs is such a cool name for a famous designer, don’t ya think!

~~~~~~~~~~

IMG-20120621-00129

Cute Crochet Hat by Terri

This sweet crochet hat by was sent to me this morning by Terri Glanvillle who is a member of my facebook page and I’m so happy that she been inspired to enter! This is exactly what the challenge is about. Terri crocheted this fun & delicious looking hat for her daughter who likes new hats to wear to musical festivals – this idea came from Pinterest. Wooohooo ROCK ON!

~~~~~~~~~~

0150-allseven (1)

Crochet Squares by Rainbow Junkie Corner

Oooooh which one is your favourite?!! Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner has been a part of a CAL (crochet along) started by Little Room of Rachell and they’ve been steadily working through an amazing book of crochet squares. Go and have a look back at all of the, I can’t wait to see what she does with all these colourful little squares of delight!

~~~~~~~~~~

wpid-img_20130528_084019_600

Spring Green Hat by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs has quite literally whipped up another of her beautiful crochet hats, this time in a scrumptious spring green! She is busy making a whole lot of goodies for a fair (is that right Elena) at the end of June, so I’m thinking that we are going to be in for a treat next month too!!!

~~~~~~~~~~

Well, I think that it for this month – a FANTASTIC 42 entries!!!

Hang on….did you notice that I did not enter a thing?? AGAIN???  However, instead of hanging my head in shame and beg your forgiveness, I am going to step aside and let me little 7 year old daughter (nicknamed Sisi) enter her handmade creation this month…

I got this pressies all wrapped up beautifully – with about a half a roll of sellotape – last night, “just because” ♥

IMG_5005

The Best Jewellery Box In The World by Sisi

and lastly….you know what happens next right?

vote

Click on the Pick!

…after midnight tonight!

 

May Made It Challenge – aMAYzing New Entries, Some Musings & A Question To Pose!

Hello hello to you all, where ever in the world you are today!  It’s Sunday and a damn fine day here in Cape Town – here is a pic taken out of my window right now!

IMG_4943

Seriously, it’s winter here!!!

Today’s post marks my 150th! What?! Never in a bazzillion years did I ever think that I would write anything (let alone anything remotely intelligent or interesting) that people would give up some of their own precious time to even read! So, from the bottom of my heart,  I thank each one of you who follows  / reads / likes / comments on my little blog and enters the Made It challenge!!! I absolutely LOVE being a part of this amazing community of creative people who inspire / entertain / provoke (in a good way) me on so many levels ♥

Right, so before I show off the next batch on Made It entries – if you can wait a little longer – I was sitting down last night before bed, scrolling though the photo’s on my phone and had a little giggle to myself. The photos that ended up in my Photo Stream were either taken by my myself (who’s thinks that having some cool apps on ones iPhone makes one a pro!); naughty meddling kiddies; or photos sent either to my hubby or from my hubby as our usual form of communication. Who needs a diary anymore? Scrolling through some of these pics make me wonder what kind of crazy family I have!!! My Life This Past Few Days In Pictures

IMG_4653

Taken on my way to “work” as the newly appointed Social Media nerd for my old real estate company – yeah I know….tough job!

IMG_4671

Excited daughter and clearly-over-the-moon Dad about to see Justin Beiber!

IMG_4698

Yip, this is about as much as we got to see too!!!

IMG_4808

An attempt at knitting with some chunky cotton….

IMG_4717

*groan* Mom’s been watching too much Master Chef again…

IMG_4643

Who needs a remote control??
IMG_4600

No, not auditions for Halloween 13…just Dad asking what shin guards to buy for hockey playing teen!

IMG_4710

Fab school outing at the beach (remember, its Winter!!!)

IMG_4731 - Copy

Apparently – according to other parents-of-teens – finding tons of pics like this on your phone is perfectly normal.

IMG_4610

…..this too

IMG_4599

…and especially this

IMG_4669

what the…..

winner deb

ended the week with the winner of Jam Tarts newsboy crochet hat!!!

Right, enough of that…..

MOVING ON TO THE NEW MAY MADE IT CHALLENGE  ENTRIES!

kake

Jelly Legs by Kakes Crafts

Hello little Octopus! This sweeeeet little chap was made by Kayleigh of Kakes Crafts, a regular Made It challenger. I’m sure there are going to be many many demands for one of these so Mums, be warned! (click on the link to see another pic of the little jelly legs….adorable!)

~~~~~~~~~~

mrsmac

Shawl by MrsMac

Hello and welcome to MrsMac who has submitted this stunning, sparkly shawl in cotton viscose that she made for her mom! (I know my mom-in-law is going to squeal in delight at this one). Click here to go to her Ravely page where you will find the pattern, another pic of the front (it’s fabulous) and another beautiful shawl too!  

~~~~~~~~~~

beatrice

Ocean Waves Afghan by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Welcome back to Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs. How beautiful is this Ocean Waves Afghan in the most sensational creams and greens?? A present for her daughter’s 17th birthday!!!  This is a heirloom to be forever loved and cherished.

~~~~~~~~~~

gray 2

Diamonds Shawl by Gray

gray

Doily by Gray

We have two exquisite and ever-so-delicate entries from the lovely Crochet by Gray! Firstly, I do not know where she gets her super powers from but frankly, I’m more than a little envious!! Read more about this gorgeous doily and diamond shawls she loving managed to whip up in the midst of her wonderfully busy life!!! 

~~~~~~~~~~

daniella

Retro Collar by DaniellaJoe

Everywhere I go I’m seeing crochet collars! DaniellaJoe is spot on money with what’s in fashion with this stunning Retro Collar. I absolutely adore the blaze of colours. I want one I want one I want one 

~~~~~~~~~~

dsc_06541

Pretty Daisy Chain by Little Poppits

Again, Moms beware because your little girls are going to be begging you for one of these beautiful Daisy Chains! The lovely Teresa from Little Poppits has not only delighted us with this necklace and daydreams of warm meadows but also posted a lovely pic of herself too! 

~~~~~~~~~~

SAMSUNGI’m soooo thrilled to welcome another newbie to the challenge! Hello to Aviena of AvienaDawn who was inspired by this month’s official (unofficial?) theme of STASH BUSTING! And thank goodness for that because what a fabulous Granny Square Pillow!! I LOVE the colours and can’t believe how beautifully go together!

~~~~~~~~~~

Ok, so I have a question to pose and I would love to hear your thoughts on this: 

Last night, I was chatting to one of my friends who suggested that maybe the winner of the challenge should be picked based on votes as so much time and energy goes into each creation and it might be great to be the month’s favourite. 

Hmmmm, well this got me thinking. Firstly, when I first started the challenge, I decided to do a random pick each month to keep things lighthearted and fun BUT now I’m wondering if maybe you’d prefer to win on merit rather than by chance??? 

SO, my question is:

WOULD YOU PREFER THE WINNER TO BE DETERMINED BY THE MOST VOTES OR RANDOMLY?

I’d love to hear what you think so please comment below! There’s no wrong or right answer but if there is strong feelings for votes v random then I will rethink things

Thank you!

As always, I am totally in awe of the fantastic entries! There’s still 9 days before we close the link for voting so, get your groove on! Click on FROGGY to add your LINK