The September Made It – Hold on to your hearts

Hello! Are you ready for another dose of fabulous Made It entries? Thought so…

The following 5 entries are from one of our regular Made It challengers who is UBER creative, SUPER talented and a WHIZZ with yarn…not to mention a very entertaining writer too 🙂

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Linen Crochet Sunhat by B*A*M Crafts

Looking ever so smug – and who can blame her! (you’ll have to click on the link to see what I mean 😉 ) in her STUNNING blue crochet linen sunhat is Beth of B*A*M Crafts. Her hat is beautiful, the stitches look exotic and the linen looks amazingly soft – I’ve never actually used linen before, hmmm.  Lucky for us there’s a link to a free, chart based pattern YEEEHA

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Brian The Amigurumi Bear by B*A*M Crafts

When I first saw Brian (an excellent name for a bear!) the amigurumi bear, I was immediately taken in by his bright colours and big beautiful eyes, and once I read Beth’s post I learned that he was styled and inspired by her niece. I love the addition of his blue waistcoat and pink daisy – a very funky bear indeed

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Warden Owls by B*A*M Crafts

And while we’re on amigurumi toys, here are two gorgeous air raid warden owls making their cameo appearance – also made by Beth

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Tunisian Crochet Phone Pouch by B*A*M Crafts

Ahhhh, I love this technique. Here is a stunning Tunisian crochet phone pouch that was quickly made by Beth as a “pick-me-up”  for herself while in a pit of despair with the sudden realisation that she had (at least) 15 WIP’S…..some of which are actually lost!

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Lace Shawl by B*A*M Crafts

Just in case you thought that crochet was all Beth could do (pfffffft) here is her beautiful KNITTED lace shawl in such lovely colours.  If you’ve never blocked anything before (putting my hand up) then click on the link for some seriously good advice – with pics!

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Bunting by B*A*M Crafts

And if you have a heart beat, then you automatically LOVE bunting!! Here is Beth’s very own pattern for knitted bunting – click on the link for a whole lot more to woo you. Oh, and if you make some please be sure to share your pics on her facebook page. Go wild!

Thanks Beth

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Pretty Bunny by Angella de Jager

Say hello to this sweet toy bunny, made by Angella de Jager, who is joining our gowing family of bunnies in this months challenge. Angella is an incredible artist who sews, crochets, paints, writes etc etc etc and whose work always inspires, invokes a smile and a lovely feeling of happiness.  You can view some more of her work here.  As for this very cute & quirky little bunny, she ticks all three boxes and more 🙂

The next three entries are from the wonderfully colourful and very talented Madeleine from Pretty Blue Bird Studio

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Rose Heart Bunting by Pretty Blue Bird Studio

You see! We all LOVE bunting and this rose heart bunting captures that feeling perfectly. This particular bunting was custom made and is the crochet version of her client’s logo – how cool is that!

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Floral Bunting by Pretty Blue Bird Studio

And another string of loveliness. Madeleine is a master with colour – mixing and matching so beautifully and her photos are magazine quality. This floral bunting is stunning and should be hanging in gardens everywhere. (Pssst, although The Inspiration is stunning, I prefer her version!!!)

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Hand Knitted Socks by Pretty Blue Bird Studio

And wasn’t I just saying how clever she was with colour?! WOW, these hand knitted socks are bold, bright and beautiful. I love how they are slightly different too with a splashes of red at the top. Even though summer is approaching us in here in Cape Town, I’m pretty sure she’ll get away with wearing them all the time.

Thank you all so much for your amazing entries. There’s still time to enter so click on the link below to add your. Until later…

 Love Maryanne

CLICK ON FROGGY TO ADD YOUR LINK

 

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The FEB Made It – Voting is almost open, but wait…

And just like that, is (almost) VOTING TIME! But before we get itchy fingers – and to make your decisions even harder – here are some more gorgeous entries to tantalise your eyeballs!

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Crochet Cactus by Rainbow Junkie Corner

YAY, I knew Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner wouldn’t be able to resist more crochet flowers (or cactus in this case)! I know cactuses (or cacti?) don’t need much water but this is superb!!! I especially love the beautiful pink flowers which Jane so rightly says never last long in real life.

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Scrappy Stars by Oh Sew Tempting

I know, I keeeeeep saying this but being a non-sewing person myself, I am completely in awe of Avis from Oh Sew Tempting and the incredible creations she makes. This starry wonder is simply amazing, so intricate and complex. Heehee, the closest I ever came to sea-shaped stitches like this was with my crayon in back to Grade 1.

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Ripple Blanket by Sewing Beside The Sea

And another fantastic creation by Avis from Sewing Beside The Sea, which I’m sure you all know is her other blog and which is no less inspiring & choc a bloc with stunning creations. Her beautiful striped ripple blanket is an incredible feat – you’ll have to click on the post for a pic of the actual size…don’t forget to close you mouth!

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Whirly Catherine Wheel Cushion by B*A*M Crafts

I so love newcomers to the challenge and am thrilled that  Beth from B*A*M Crafts has entered another of her fun and funky creations to the challenge – I also love her “throw caution to the wind” style of crochet too – my kinda gal. Especially when it produces cushions like this – the perfect partner for her colourful star ripple blanket! LOVE IT!

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Driftwood & Waves by Pigtails

WOW…….sighhhhh. Ahhhh, this is pure magic! Magda from Pigtails is a crochet artist full stop. What an incredible design, what dreamy photos and what a beautiful story. So exquisitely made from the softest bamboo, I can almost feel it! Thank you Magda  for sharing x

♥ Thank you ALL for entering the challenge, for sharing your talents, all your lovely comments and for inspiring like you have no idea ♥

If you want to add more links, please do so NOW as VOTING will officially open  at midnight – please please pop over and show your love &  support for all this talent – the link is at the end of this post. Remember, you can vote up to 10 TIMES a day, just to make things easier! The winner will be randomly drawn by InLinkz on the 28th FEBRUARY.

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This months prize is a stunner,  made and donated by Trevlyn of Babushka Crafts!

Good luck everyone!

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*click on the PINK LINK to VOTE*

  The FEBRUARY Made It Challenge

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The FEB Made It – More Entries!

It might just be me, but it seems that the interwebz has gone on strike!! I’ve been pulling my hair out since yesterday trying to sort out these taunting technical  issues.  Ok, to be fair, I’ve been doing none of the actual sorting – my hubby has – but still, waiting to get a post out against when the router keeps flashing an evil red eye at you can be rather insanely annoying! So quickly before I loose my marbles, connection again,  here are the next lot of entries.

Enjoy!

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Aquatic by Measured & Slow

Isn’t this simply wonderful?! This “Aquatic” quilt was made by Alyssa from Measured & Slow and was part of a challenge she took part it. I’ve said it many times before, but I am totally in awe of the sewers (sewers? hmm, that doesn’t sound right!) quilters out there. I love the ripples and the meandering pattern, not to mention the striking colours. Can’t wait for more!

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This teeny-tiny-cutie-pie cardigan, entered by movie-holic (you HAVE to read this post heehee) Kaiserin from Empress27 is adorable and very pretty in blue. I’m sure most of us crochet/knitters out there happily agree to watch movies/sports games just so we can carry on with projects! Am I right?! Ps can’t wait to see what the Dorset Down fleece becomes too…

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Rainbow Fish by VuChickens

Ahhhh wow, these colours are sensational, an amazing rainbow fish lookalike.  I adore everything that comes from  Melissa from VuChickens and these knitted Crofton Cuffs are no exception.  Her homespun Merino looks just as divinely soft as described! I am definitely going to attempt to make a pair of these this winter

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Croc Owl by Craft Maniac Mommy

Heehee, I love the wonderful energy of  Craft Maniac Mommy just as much as I love the title of her blog post..A whole lot of Croc! Of course, she’s not referring to anything other that the fabulous Crocodile stitch that she used to create this adorable cuddly owl. This is such a winner gift for kiddies (yep, big or small!)

The following two entries are from Sandy of Live Love Lake and if you’ve been following the Made It, you’ll know that Sandy makes the most amazing knitted animals. Meet the lovable Valerie, her Valentine Bunny – and look at her dress!!! Please pop over and browse her blog, it’s truly inspirational and filled with loads of tips and link.

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Valentine Valerie by Live Love Lake

Next is this stunningly beautiful shawl, the result of a Downton Abbey Knit Along Mystery . The colours are so lovely and YES Sandy, you so look incredibly warm and cosy (see pic on post) and YES, we are super impressed and a little envious of the snow too!!

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Downton Abbey Shawl by Live Love Lake

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Star Ripple Blanket by BAM Crafts

A lovely warm welcome to Beth from B*A*M! Crafts who’s joining us for the fist time and has entered her gorgeous Star Ripple Blanket! The shape of the blanket alone is so striking and the colours just add that extra WOW factor. I had lots of fun browsing around her blog which is filled with lots of colourful and happy crafts, I’m sure you will too!

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Here is another FABULOUS entry by Madeleine from Pretty Blue Bird Studio. This Sideways Triangle Scarf, knitted in colouful cottons is a designed I’ve never seen before but am now completely in love with. A perfect scarf for all seasons (ahem, which is exactly what we can get in just one day here in the Cape, right Madeleine!) and the colours & stripe make my souls sing!!!

Happy browsing everyone – be back soon!

Love Maryanne

*click on the PINK LINK to add yours*

  The FEBRUARY Made It Challenge

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ps, here’s another looky at this month’s stunning PRIZE for the randomly chose winner, made and donated by Trevlyn of Babushka Crafts!
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