The October MADE IT challenge has a brand new WINNER!


CONGRATULATIONS goes to the lovely & super talented  Pigtails! Your beautifully crocheted Mandala was a huge hit this month, and also ranked No. 2 with the voters. Thank you so much for entering the challenge & for sharing all your incredible talents …you’ve certainly inspired us ♥

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Your prize will be whizzing it merry way to you very soon – enjoy!

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Now for the Made It Challenge Voter’s Choice Badge…….

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WOOO HOOOO, the winner is  Linda from Alynnis Crochet!  Your super fabulous crochet blanket received a whole lotta love from the voters this month with 21 of the votes ♥ YAY!  (the badge is yours to copy&paste/frame or do with whatever you please heehee)

Thank you to EACH of you for entering. To all our wonderful regulars, you gals absolutely ROCK! And to all our new comers, THANK YOU for joining in letting us get to know you, I hope you’ll stay!!  Thank you ALL too for taking the time to VOTE – the appreciation & the love shown to all entries was incredibly encouraging! What a stunning collection of entries we’ve had – I hope you all enjoyed the challenge as much as I have!



Love Maryanne

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October MADE IT challenge – VOTE VOTE VOTE! Oh, and check out last month’s AWESOME prize from Buglets

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Hello and thank you to all who’ve voted so far….I know, I KNOW…I’m finding it tough too!

The lovely and super duper talented Barbs from Buglets, who so kindly sponsored the prize for September’s Made It challenge sent me a pic of the gorgeous assortment of goodies she made & sent to our winner Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs


Buglets prize!

How absolutely stunning! In the mix is a necklace, bookmark, coasters, Christmas tree decoration & a super soft facecloth, all crocheted by Barbs with Vinnis Colours 100% bamboo & cotton yarns – in my opinion, the very best in SA.  Hope you enjoy it Elena ♥

Again, a reminder that OCTOBER’S winner, who will be randomly drawn on the 31st October & will WIN this prize of some yummy soft yarn to add to The Stash

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The entry with the MOST VOTES will be awarded with the Made It Challenge Voter’s Choice Badge for October to wear on their own blog or tape to their wall – whichever!

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Love Maryanne


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And just like that the October Made It challenge draws to a close and the VOTING door is flung wide open!

What a sensational month it’s been! Lots of lovely newcomers, and FIFTY FOUR, *record breaking wooohooooo high five* awesome, crazily creative projects – thank you EVERYONE!!!

In the mix this month you’ll find a wonderfully colourful array of

Blankets, warm & cuddly

Throws, natural & rustic

Scarves, trendy & chic

Cushions, bright bold & beautiful

Headbands, fashionable & pretty

Shawls, elegant & soft

Christmas snowflakes/angels/ghosts, happy & dapper

Ceramic decor, shiny & different

Mandalas, hip ‘n happening

Beanies, adorable & addictive

A spring wreath, beautifully floral

Cell phone pouch, rainbow coloured

Toys, fun & AMAZEBALLS!

Mitts, fingerless & funky

Cardi/Sweaters, too cute for words

Crochet food, yummy & delicious

A needle case, perfect & wantable

Tee’s, stylishly upcyled

…and a Partrich in a Pear Tree!!!

Just to remind you…


The winner, who will be randomly drawn on the 31st October will WIN this prize

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The entry with the MOST VOTES will be awarded with the Made It Challenge Voter’s Choice Badge for October – so what are you waiting for?

Love Maryanne


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October MADE IT challenge – PARP! It’s Grace, the Amazing Foxy Medallion Penguin in Lacy Wrist Warmers lying on a Chevron Cushion with a Snowflake Pokemon Headband. Ha!

…and if you can make sense of that, you’re a genius (forgive me, I had a few minutes to spare)

Hello & welcome to our fist October Made It show and tell, whoop whoop! I’m absolutely loving the entries and have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the posts too – very entertaining!

It’s been a tough week on the home front with very nearly losing my stepdad. He has a pre-existing lung disease (COPD, it’s horrible) and was admitted to ICU about a week ago with flu. This is routine procedure so we weren’t too concerned. However, he suddenly took an almighty turn for the worse,  and barely breathing, he pretty much told us he was letting go. As you can imagine, it was devastating for the family and my brother and sister started making plans to come home. I was so mad that he could possible go in a hospital room! How he made it through that night, I don’t know but what really blew us away was that he almost miraculously started getting better the next day and just kept on getting stronger and stronger. Even his doc was amazed. You can imagine how overjoyed we were when he came home yon Sunday, looking better than he had in ages!

So it’s with a very happy, light and grateful heart that I show off our first batch of entries…enjoy

First up are oooodles of entries by O’Noodles!


Medallion Scarf by O’Noodles


Snowflakes by O’Noodles


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The first 3 gorgeous entries are from JIll from O’Noodles who, might I add, is not only super crazy talented and fun, she is also waaaaaaay ahead of the crowd and serves as a warning to the rest of us tardy folk that Christmas (gulp) is just a few weeks away. Eeeeeeek!  Her beautiful & exquisitely crocheted snowflakes are definitely something I’d like to try… about a gazillion years when I’ve had enough practice! Please click on each pic for a visit  to Jill’s posts for links to the patterns for her stunning medallion scarf  – which is super stylish – and her equally chic & elegant lacy wrist warmers.  Looks like both these items can easily be worn all year round, my kinda accessories! Thank Jill ♥


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Pokemon by Vuchickens


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We are once again spoilt with these absolutely beautiful visuals! Oooooooh how gorgeous are these delicious creatures!? Melissa from Vuchickens gets parent of the century award in my book, and I say this not because of the number of times her amazing creations take my breath away, but also for the gentle and wonderful way she has with her children. I wiped a tear or two while reading about this pink little Pokemon (don’t say I didn’t warn you!) who was made to cheer the kiddies up after losing a pet.  And just when my heart was nicely warmed, in walks Penguin to send me over the edge! LOVE LOVE LOVE the hat and scarf ♥



A warm welcome back to last month’s winner YAY!

Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs has entered these beautiful, trendy headbands. If you don’t already follow her blog, please do yourself a favour and stop by for a visit – your head will spin with excitement at all her amazing makes. Elena is busy with a very wonderful and highly relevant campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness in honour of her friend and these headbands are part of her Amazing Grace series of free patterns. If you’d like to make & donate to this cause, please get in touch. It’d be greatly appreciated ♥




Pillow Talk By Sewing Beside The Sea

Oh dear, everyone who knows me know I have a MAJOR thing for stripes and polka dots (if you don’t believe me, here’s a quick pic of my handbag…)

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…And the answer is YES.  I did almost fall over with ♥ excitement ♥ when I saw these awesome cushions by the lovely Avis from Sewing Beside The Sea. I had to laugh when she said they don’t match with anything in her house but “who cares”!! I couldn’t agree more. AND not only can you ogle over these babies, you can also follow the fabulous step by step photo tutorial to make some for yourself. WAHOOOO!



Foxy by Nice Piece Of Work


Baby Elephant

Is it happening to you too? Are you also avidly following Jill from Nice Piece Of Work‘s blog, waiting for the telltale title and trying to guess which gorgeous cuddly little animal beanie is going to be next?!!!! Foxy and Ellie join a very cool cotton (‘xcuse the pun) family: piggy, tiger, koala, penguin, hedgehog, panda and Mamma Jill won’t be stopped until she has 100 in her brood! ♥


I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing the collection so far! Now all you have to do is ADD YOURS!

Happy Making 

Love Maryanne

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May Made It – Oooh I see lots of ….. ???

It is really halfway through May already?!

Thank you to everyone who has entered the Made It so far, the entries are looking fantastic – in fact, if you click on the collection you may notice that it has organically taken on a theme all by itself. Can you see what it is??

So as far as themes for this month go, I’m loving the one that is already on the go and I also love the few suggestions that came in for STASH BUSTING… Sheez, if only i could bust my stash!! So there you go, take your inspiration from either of those or just do what you love heehee ♥ 

Baby Blanket with Crochet Edging by Creative Granny

Helen from Creative Granny has been busy busy busy with the most beautiful projects! Blankets, beanies and hats, all of which are so lovely. Go and have a look and then browse around a little more here to see her whole selection of beanies – you won’t be disappointed!



Picnic Pinwheel Quilt by Avis

The incredibly talented Avis from Oh Sew Tempting is back with another sensational quilt she has called Picnic Pinwheels. Can i squeal in delight??? This must be STASH BUSTING to a quilt maker – taking the project that on top of the pile and finishing it! Don’t you just absolutely love it?! Oh, and Avis is about to start a SAL (sew along) so hurry over and sign up if you’re keen


Necklace Scarf by Angella

Brilliant! I love this necklace scarf by Angella from Angella Dee Designs. Now this is the perfect way to bust that stash I’d say. I’ve seen actual necklaces like this make from leather and other materials but never out of yarn! Angella is making up loads of these lovely scarves and donating half of the proceeds to a local charity. Bless your beautiful heart Angella ♥


Summer Coasters by ONoodles

If you are a member of my facebook page then you may remember me sharing this pic belonging to Jill of ONoodles which we all got all mushy about – well, these beautiful summer coasters are (some of) the product of that lovely day….under the parasol, eating Smarties, sipping Pimms!!!


Oh…the PRIZE. I’m ashamed to say that I still haven’t sourced the right one yet, but I have an idea brewing….watch this space 🙂

Well, I hope that these entries have inspired (kicked you in the butt) to get your LINKS IN!


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