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!

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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

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

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

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

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An attempt at knitting with some chunky cotton….

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

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Who needs a remote control??
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No, not auditions for Halloween 13…just Dad asking what shin guards to buy for hockey playing teen!

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

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

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…..this too

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…and especially this

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what the…..

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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!

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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!)

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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!  

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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.

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Diamonds Shawl by Gray

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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!!! 

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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 

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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! 

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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!

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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

 

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JAM PACKED! with Made It’s and more

It’s not often that I feel so full of energy on a Monday morning – especially not after a weekend filled with all thing WEDDING! (not mine of course, but that of my sister-in-law/BFF and new brother-in-law) But, today the sun is shining despite that fact that it’s almost winter, and the rush of post wedding bliss is still running high!

I have so much to “show and tell” – what with the wedding, prizes received and prizes going out, and of course *rubs hands with glee*  the new Made It challenge entries but I run the risk of waxing on and on – especially given my chirpy mood this morning –  so instead, I will just post the pics and let them pretty much speak for themselves.

First up…some wedding pics! These are really some (not-so-good quality)  “behind the scenes” pics taken on cell phones, so I will share the real-McCoy ones with you when they are ready.  But I can tell you in the meantime, the setting was sensational, the ceremony was heartful & beautiful…the entire day was magical! I promise to give the full love story soon ♥

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The beautiful bride Krystal and her gorgeous little flower girls, about 10 minutes before showtime!

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Little petals stealing the limelight!

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Me & my girls

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The handsome groom Kiko with his Grecian Goddess Krystal – just arrived and ceremony about to start!!

Lots of excited nerves!

Lots of excited nerves!

Ahhhh, I can’t wait to show you more…to be continued

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On to other news….HOW I LOVE GETTING POST!

I WON, I WON! I entered a competition on Facebook, wrote a cheesy little poem and won this little treausure trove from www.notthemall.co.za YUMMY!

I WON, I WON! I entered a competition on Facebook, wrote a cheesy little poem and won this little treasure trove from http://www.notthemall.co.za YUMMY!

If you are in SA and need to send a gift, go and them out!

The wonderful Jane from Rainbow Junkie sent me this incredibly beautiful bookmark for being one of her top commenters (biggest fans!) and I have to say it looks even more stunning in real life!

The wonderful Jane from Rainbow Junkie sent me this incredibly beautiful Pineapple Bookmark for being one of her top commenters (biggest fans!) and I have to say it looks even more stunning in real life!

Thank you so much Jane!!

Thank you to all that have entered my litle giveaway and for liking me on Facebook – I’m drawing the winner later today woohoooo!

And before I introduce you to the next 4 FABULOUS entries into the Made It challenge, here is what’s UP FOR GRABS this month!

Celebrating Seasons! 2 x 100% Merino in Cream 2 x 100% Cotton in Autumn Mix 2 x 100% Bamboo in Girl Pink

Celebrating Seasons!
2 x 100% warm Merino in Cream
2 x 100% cool Cotton in Autumn Mix
2 x 100% balmy Bamboo in Girl Pink

Right….and on to the ENTRIES!

A closer look at the cowl

Heritage Trellis Lace Cowl by Knitxpressions

Welcome to Knitxpression and thank you for entering the Made It challenge! The title of her post made me smile –.A Gift For Me – as I know that there are many of you out there that feels the same way I do. For me??!  I think we feel less guilty about sitting back knitting/crocheting the day away, feet tucked in with a cuppa on hand, letting the dishes pile up and the kids get filthy if we make goodies for everyone anyone else other than ourselves! Pffffffft to that I say! Good for you!!! I have become a huge fan of cowls and this Heritage Trellis lace is stunning!

Enjoy your trip to New Zealand x

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Slipper Socks by Rainbow Junkie Corner

Jane is back (somehow finding the time between whipping up stunning gifts for her top blog supporters and her other gazillion projects) to share with us her newly finished, beautifully beaded, knitted sock-slippers!  Knitted socks have come a loooong way since when I was a kid and the ones my Gran used to make – these ones are super-stylish, playful,  PLUS they won’t break your neck!!! Pop over and read Jane’s post for a nifty way to make sure you stay grounded!

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I’ve just recently met (well, through Planet Blog anyway) the fun, craaaazy Gray from Crochet by Gray and I LOVE her posts!!! She is funny, colouful and very talented – my kinda combo! This is her first time entering the Made It with these two fabulous crochet creations and I’m so happy that you will get to know her too (if you don’t already of course) and enjoy her blog as much as I do!

Spring Headband by Crochet by Gray

Spring Hand Flower by Crochet by Gray

Loving the “season” themed Spring Headband (modeled by her lovely daughter) and her Renaissance-inspired chain mail Hand-Flower!!! Gorgeous projects, thank you!

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There’s still plenty of time to enter the Made It, simply click on FOGGY to add your post!

>>>>>  Click on FROGGY to add your LINK <<<<<

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Bye for now ♥