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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The Christmas Made It – Back! With lots more entries too

~ Happy New Year ~

Wishing each and every one of you a magical 2014 filled with love, peace & happiness…and of course lots of time for all things crafty!

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Filthy Feet

Well, I’m back from a great camping holiday with family & friends – filthy smiling faces, piles of washing, content kids – all great signs of a happy holiday. What the heck was I thinking when I said I would be updating the Made It from the inside of a forest in the middle of nowhere??? Actually, it was heavenly not having contact with the outside world for a while and seeing all kids enjoy the freedom of running around, playing & swimming without the usual nagging question “can I play on the i Pad/phone/laptop/TV…..?” Ahhhh, bliss! Here’s to a lots more of the “real stuff” this year

So, um, a few days late…here are the rest of this months fabulous entries…

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FO Agents of Shield Scarf by Stitched ‘n Scaps

For those of you who have want to try double knitting, you MUST read Pia from Stitches ‘n Scraps ‘s brilliant post where she gives a tons of useful tips while making this AMAZING  FO Agents of Shield Scarf– the first of two being made for twins boys. (in case you had no idea what that was, I googled it and Agents of Shield  it’s a popular kids TV show in the US). The scarf is reversible with an insanely difficultly looking hex pattern which works a treat! No doubt there’ll be two very happy recipients

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Yarnbomb Wishes by Nice Piece Of Work

Spreading her wonderful and unique type season cheer this year is the lovely Jill from Nice Piece of Work! This beautifully bright and happy Yarnbomb greeting was placed at the entrance of her apartment complex. Hmmmmm, I wonder if there was even one single resident who had no idea who this bomber was…..?!

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Mae’s Happy Feet by Vu Chickens

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Jonah’s Slippers Of Many Colours by Vu Chickens

From filthy feet to Melissa of Vu Chickens  two pairs of Happy Feet! I’m pretty sure you cannot get cosier slippers than these beautiful thrummed ones belonging to Mae and Jonah ….not only expertly knitted by Mom (with a little help from two very able children I might add), but loving made from home spun wool too. These are sensational and perfect for some extra sliding around the house!

 

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Crochet Key Rings by Rainbow Junkie Corner

Finally, we get to see what Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner  was working on in the run up towards Christmas. These fun and fabulous amigurumi figure  crochet key rings, each so well thought up, are beautifully made and incredibly cute.  Such a great gift idea, especially for those hard-to-buy for men!

 

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My First Sweater by Sandra Hernandez

WOW, not only has Sandra from Sandra Hernandez Make got a great eye for colour (yellow &  grey being a favourite combo of mine, but I’ve never had the guts to wear them together), she must have the patience of an angel. Here is her first sweater, knitted with such an intricate design which is ALL HER OWN! WOW, I’m very much looking forward to seeing more….

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Cushion Cover by Kake’s Crafts

Ripples! Who doesn’t love this pattern. The lovely Kayleigh of Kake’s Crafts‘s gorgeous ripply cushion cover came out beautifully! Again, the colour combo is stunning & very effective and the little heart buttons finish it off so well  – a perfect gift even if it took a while to make.

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Teddy Bear by Empress 27

Ahhhhh, I love old-fashioned teddies and this hand-made teddy bear by Kaiserin of Empress 27 looks exactly like it should – even with the eyes not on yet hee hee. This little chap (and his friend, click on the pic for more about him) looked so fun to make…I easily can see how people get addicted!

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Nicholas and Jessica

A match made in Christmas Heaven! The incredibly talented Sandy of Live Love Lake has entered her two AMAZING Christmas bunnies  Nicholas and Jessica  this month. Not only do they look like the happiest couple in town, I have a feeling they will be making their annual Christmas appearance for many many years to come!

Because of my tardiness, I am leaving the collection open until midnight tomorrow the 4th Jan for any late entries so please go ahead and add your link. Voting will start then and end on the 7th Jan and the winner announced shortly there after…

Thank you all for entering, for reading and happy browsing!

Love Maryanne

TO ADD YOURS, CLICK ON THE PINK LINK BELOW

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June Made It – get your VOTING fingers ready

Woop woop! It’s almost that time of the month, yipeee….there are literally hours to go until VOTING begins ♥

Before I get on with introducing the last (?) batch of entries, here is a reminder of what’s up for grabs!

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June Made It challenge prize – 1 x Vinnis Nikkim 100% cotton in Mixed Greens, 1 x 8mm Tunisian Crochet Hook, 1 x Beaded Tassle Kit

There seems to be a lots of chatter on some blogs about Tunisian hooks, so I’ll be interested to see what the winner produces with it – no pressure though 🙂

Righty O, let’s get on with it…please forgive me once again for the lack of a decent intro to each entry but I have 3 kiddies downstairs, on school holidays, yelling at me to take them out!

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Traditional Smock

OMW, how stunning!! And the smock is pretty delightful too 🙂 Thank you and a warm welcome to  Stiches N Dreams for your gorgeous entry ♥

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Flower Power Bag by Little Poppits

OOOOOH I WANT, I WANT! Check out this FANTASTIC flower power bag by the lovely Laura of Little Poppits 

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Cute Cardi by Cute As A Button

Just by the skin of her teeth eh, heehee! Another cutie pie crochet cardi by another lovely Laura from Cute As A Button…and it is ♥

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A Mystery… by Oh Sew Tempting

Intriguing! Welcome back to Avis from Oh Sew Tempting with her mysterious entry! I will leave this one to YOU to investigate ♥

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Tunisia Hook Holder by Kaiserin

See, there it is again…Tunisian Crochet! Check out this super duper crochet hook cover by Kaiserin of Empress27

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Rag Rug by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Owl Hat by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Feast your eyes on not only this stunning Rag Rug and this delightful Owl Hat… there’s a whole lot more to ogle over from Elena of Beatrice Ryan Design

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Rose Earring by Kake’s Crafts

How absolutely gorgeous! I ADORE these delicate little rosebud earring by the clever and talented Kayleigh of Kake’s Crafts

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And lastly, I may owe Jill something here and I have once again failed miserably to get something of my own entered! BUT, it was a close call….

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Future August Entry in the making!

All I can is that I WILL x 1,000,000 be entering the AUGUST challenge with my Lucy inspired Granny Square cushion ♥

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I’ll be checking in a little later with any last minute entries and ring in the VOTING! Bye for now xxx

Click on Froggy to enter

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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!

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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!

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 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?!

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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!!!

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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 ♥

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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 ♥

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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!!!

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!!

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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” ♥

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The Best Jewellery Box In The World by Sisi

and lastly….you know what happens next right?

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Click on the Pick!

…after midnight tonight!

 

May Made It – New entries and new faces!

Welcome to the May Made It challenge, everyone

 I am always so blown away at not just how talented some people are, but also by the dedication, passion and pure love they put into each project. What that being said, let’s dive right into the first three entries where all of this abundantly clear ♥

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Baby doll dress by Empress 27

I am thrilled to welcome aboard, the lovely, Kais from Empress27 – how cuuuuute is this little dolls dress? A super chic combo of crochet and knitting – the bar for baby clothes has just been raised! Thanks for entering Kais, I’ve loved getting to know your through your well written, chatty posts

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Baby Animal Blankie by Tara

Tara from C’est le vie, an early bird this month, is back with this adorable baby blanket which was made as a gift for a friend and mom-to-be who “squealed in delight”.  Tara’s whole project can be viewed on Ravely here where you can see more pics of all the sweet little animal appliques, gorgeous! 

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Another huge welcome to Nela from Crochet Home, the intriguing creator of this stunning pillow case! Nela is also new to the Made It challenge and I was jumping with excitement when I browsed through her blog…WOW! I also managed to find another of her blogs, Cut Nela Cut with even more amazing projects – don’t take my word for you, go and have a look for yourself!!!

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Loving the entries so far and am sooooo looking forward to the rest To enter, simply click on FROGGY below!


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