The MAY Made It Challenge – A whole lotta woolly wonders!

Welcome back to the MAY Made It! WOW, there are so many amazing new entries plus a few newcomers to introduce you so sit back and enjoy! Oh, and more happy browsing of course!

Meet Helen Rowe from Crochet Creativeness!

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Miss Snail by Crochet Creativeness

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Beanie for Jill by Crochet Creativeness

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Beautiful Shawl by Crochet Creativeness

Helen is another newcomer to the challenge and brings with her some mighty fine makes! First up is this cute crochet snail, one of Helen’s own patterns – how cool. Her gorgeous Zinnia Flower shawl turned out a treat, especially in those stunning colours! You may remember Kayleigh from Kake’s Crafts writing about her mom’s friend with cancer who decided to wear a new beanie everyday to raise money? Well, click on the pic for a photo of Jill in Helen’s beautiful crochet beanie ❤

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Baby Cabled Cardi by Kaiserin Maggs

This knitted baby cabled cardi by Kaiserin , a regular Made It challenger, is so sweet and very snuggly looking. Kaiserin has a great blog too, Empress27 so please pop over and have a look – there are lots of lovely things to see

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Lacy Shawl by Sheep Goes Baa

Another welcome to the Made It!  WOW, what an exquisite lacy shawl crocheted by Sheep Goes Baa – I’m absolutely in love with it, it’s so delicate looking and perfect for shoulders on a cool summer’s eve.  I’m looking forward to seeing more…

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Fawn and Orange Blanket by Alynnis Crochet

Next up is this wonderfully warm and cosy looking blanket with a sweet orange trim made by Alynnis Crochet. I’m always amazed at the commitment and love that goes into creating and completing such a wonderful projects like this. Well done!

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Crochet Leg Warmers by BAM Crafts

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Stripey Blanket by BAM Crafts

The next two entries come in from Beth of B*A*M Crafts . So happy to have you back in the challenge! I LOVE these leg warmers and am thrilled that they (leg warmers in general) are finally getting the fashion cred they so deserve! GASP, and speaking about love and commitment, Beth’s stripey blanket is simply astounding, amazing, incredible!!!. The colours, the textures, the patterns are all a visual feast too. ♥

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Owl Family by O’Noodles

Meet Flip, Flop and Fly – a wonderfully woolly, wise and every so smart-looking family of owls by Jill from O’Noodles. Love how the fan stitch so cleverly creates their gorgeous feathers. Oh, and those eyes….!!!

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Chunky Cushion by Pretty Blue Bird Studio

Ok, I WANT ONE..or two or three. Being (at this rate, an occasional) crochet’er, I keep asking myself why I don’t I knit – ??? The texture of this chunky cushion by Madeleine of Pretty Blue Bird Studio is stunning and so comfy looking. Hmmm, I think I have to try one 🙂

Thank you so much ladies, you are all truly inspirational! There’s still time to enter more links so whatyawaitingfor?!

Love Maryanne 

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~ THE PRIZE~

Thank you to this months prize giver,  Lucie from Love, Lucie 

This fabulous Owl Cushion is up for grabs this month!

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The MAY Made It Challenge – Prepare yourself for more WOW’s

Welcome back to the May’s Made It challenge! I thought I’d have this post out a few days ago, but alas, life sometimes yets in the way. At the rate the entries are coming in I am going to be blogging for the rest of the month –  I’d better get my A into G fast!!!

Ok, next up…

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Hexie Quilt by Measure And Slow

Okay. I know you are all 100% behind me here when I say…WOW WOW WOW. When I first laid my eyes on Alyssa from Measured & Slow’s incredibly beautiful quilt, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. Firstly, me and sewing have never seen eyelet to eyelet so I am no expert here, but still, I’m pretty sure this is a mega-major project.  About 1500 tiny hexagons went into making this quilt AND they were all initially HAND SEWN together – the mind boggles! Hats off to you Alyssa – this is an amazing feat of love, passion and hard work!!!!

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I personally had the double satisfaction of seeing Michelle Niedermann’s knitted stipey baby blanket –  knitted for a brand new baby –   not just because the yarn, a gorgeous shiny bamboo fibre (Vinnis Serina) came from my little shop, but because it is STUNNING! Even knowing how beautiful the yarn is and how delicious the colours are, I never imagined the blanket could turn out quite so beautifully! (you are mentally making a plan to knit one, aren’t you?!). Click on the pic for another photo of Michelle’s blanket, in all its lovely glory!

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Ruthie’s Birthday Bag by O’Noodles

I know that there are loads of crafters out there that are super talented at many different media. Jill from O’Noodles is not only one of them, she also brings her own unique zaniness to everything she creates! I absolutely love this exquisitely made bag (you lucky thing, Ruthie!) with it’s gorgeous print and beautiful rosette with vintage button. Pssst, the bag is lined with the same fabric at the rosette – very indulgent! More from Jill soon ….

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In Love With Leg Warmers by Pretty Blue Bird Studio

Ooooooooooh PINK, COLOUR, PINK, SUNSETS, PINK!!! Okay, I’m calming down± But really, wow. Those colours are sublime. These, may I say, very sassy looking leg-warmers were hand knitted by Madeleine of Pretty Blue Bird Studio and look fantastic –  of course, I does help if you have the legs and the toes to match! I so enjoy everything she makes, writes and photographs – go have a look for yourself. Never before have the 80’s looked so cool.

See you VERY soon!

Love Maryanne

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~ THE PRIZE~

Thank you to this months prize giver,  Lucie from Love, Lucie This fabulous Owl Cushion is up for grabs this month!

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The FEB Made It WINNER IS….

JEEPERS, THAT WAS TOUGH AND THAT WAS CLOSE – so many amazing projects in the mix made it almost impossible to cast votes for all the favourites! Thank you all so much for voting, for visiting blogs, for your encouraging comments and for taking part. FEB was EPIC!

Now, for the best part. Drrrrrrrrrrum Rollllllll please – The *randomly drawn winner of The FEB Made It challenge AND winner of Trevlyn’s beautiful shawl is

♥ TAMARA FROM CROCHET WITH TAMARA ♥

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Wooooohooooo Congratulations Tamara, your ADORABLE Galilee Slippers are stunning are such worthy winners! Your new shawl by Trevlyn of Babushka Crafts will be whisking it’s way to you very soon!
Here is your FEB WINNER’S BADGE to wear on your blog!
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The voting not just soooooooooooo close, we actually had a THREE WAY TIE! Told you it was tough!!! So, naturally the VOTER’S CHOICE AWARD goes to all of them! Congrats Rene from Hav2Havz, Madeleine from Pretty Blue Bird Studio & Sandy from Live Love Lake who each received SEVENTEEN VOTES! Your projects are so incredibly inspirational –  thank you for sharing them with us!
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♥ you can check on the voting stats by clicking on the PINK LINK  ♥

  The FEBRUARY Made It Challenge

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Thanks to everyone once again for making the Made It extra special – see you all in a few day!
Love Maryanne
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* Although I encourage multiple entries in the Made It challenge, only one LINK for each person goes into the random draw which is generated by InLinkz!

VOTING IS OPEN FOR THE FEB MADE IT CHALLENGE!

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 ♥ click on the PINK LINK to VOTE  ♥

ps TIP: once you’ve cast your votes (all 10 of them) press F5 to refresh the page to see the totals so far

  The FEBRUARY Made It Challenge

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~ THE PRIZE ~

This months prize is a stunner,  made and donated by Trevlyn of Babushka Crafts! The winner will be randomly drawn by InLinkz on the 28th FEBRUARY.

Good luck everyone!

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The FEB Made It challenge is OPEN!

Welcome back everyone!

WOW, is the end of January already and if you have had a month like mine, you probably feel like the year is well under way already…Busy, With a Chance of Excitement – can you feel it??

While you all get busy adding you links by the dozen, I’m off for the weekend to attend a wedding – the kind of wedding you’ll be green about. Yip, beach and 35 plus degrees!!! (although, I seriously could do with a few degrees knocked off, it’s cooking here!)

Will check in again on Monday with the rest of the details of The Prize, and of course,  with a few wedding pics. Have a super weekend

Here is the  PINK LINK – can’t wait to see what get entered!

Good luck ♥

Love Maryanne

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September MADE IT – Woohoooo we’re back!

 ♥ HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE ♥

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….and it you are on the top part of the world, then HAPPY CHANGING OF THE SEASONS!

For me, August was a mushy mix of a month filled with new challenges, new routines, sunny days, stormy days, meetings, parties, (and that’s just the kids stuff!) friends, a spot of crochet here and there, walks, about a gazillion school drop offs & pick ups and tons of family fun…you know, all the usual stuff

I CANNOT tell you how much I’ve missed my Made It family and how much I’m looking forward to an exciting month of Made It entries – ahhhhh!

I’ve sent froggy on his merry way (simply because I’m….um, too technologically-challenged and cannot seem to get the right code that take one to the new-look collection, so he had to go) and am just going to use the Made It challenge ICON from now on, so where ever you see this piccie, you can click on it to enter your links…easy peasy!

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The knitty gritties of September’s challenge are:

  • The link is officially OPEN until midnight on the 27th September
  • VOTING will be from the 28th to the 30th September at 12:00
  • The randomly chosen WINNER will be announced after 12:00 on the 30th Sept
  • The winner will receive a PRIZE (ooooh and it’s goodie, watch this space)
  • The VOTER’S CHOICE AWARD will go to the link with the most votes ♥
  • The THEME, should you choose to follow one is SPRING of course!

So, are ya ready? Good luck. Let’s go!

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July Made It – Let the VOTING begin!

Wow, what a collection!

Thank you so much to each of you for entering and sharing your fantastic projects with everyone. I really am blown away by the high level of creativity & skill – think about, your entry could be the one that inspires someone new to enter, or better yet, inspire someone to pick up a hook or a needle for the very first time!!!

I appreciate you all taking the time and effort not just taking part, but actully making this challenge what it is

So we had a 40th entry after all YAY!

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A warm welcome back to Vicky from Vicky

A warm welcome back to Vicky of Vicky Myers Creations! Vicky makes the most beautiful recycled bags of all sorts and sizes and if you haven’t been before, you will throughly enjoy feasting your eyes – go on! This gorgeous laptop case was commissioned as a gift and it turned out beautifully. I LOVE the fabric and the ruffle in the middle does it for me! There’s a great tutorial too, in fact, there are many great tutorials which will have you eyeing out your old clothes in a new light!!!

And with that, VOTING IS OPEN!!!!

Please don’t forget to pop back every day to share the love. Voting end on the 31st of July.

GOOD LUCK!

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…a few things to remember…

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July Made It – What’s the collective noun for many new entries? Ahh, its…a “Craft” of New Entires!

huh, get it…”CRAFT of new entries”?? (Raft = many and Craft=Genius Husband)! Soooo gonna ™ that one!

Reminds me of one of the funniest moments of my life. I was playing Trivial Pursuit with my boyfriend at the time – I was probably 19, he was a 26 year old psychology student and I was so into him because he was mature, smart and interesting. His home language was Afrikaans – a Dutch originated language. Difficult to describe how all our 11 official South African languages fit in but in a nutshell, here in Cape Town specifically (and only in my own general opinion based on my circle of influence) there are mainly 2 spoken languages – English and Afrikaans.  Unofficially, English is more widely spoken even if you are Afrikaans. In a nutshell in another nutshell – if two friends meet or a drink and one is English and one is Afrikaans, they will be probably speak English –  you get my drift??)

Anyway, here’s the scenario

Me and Boyfriend playing Trivia Pursuit on the floor in front of the fire and it’s my turn to ask the question. He rolls the dice and lands on yellow. History.

Question – What craft was used in WW1 to….(and I honestly cannot remember the rest of the question)?

Answer –  Submarine

His answer.

Weaving!!!!!!

I rolled on that floor in a fit of laughter, clutching my tummy for hours before I could catch my breath to explain how we got lost in translation.  Luckily, he had the good grace to laugh along with me even though he had no clue why…ahh, good times!

So on that note, let me introduce you to the sensational Craft Of New Entires! BUT before I do, I have some house keeping to do.

I am not known for my impeccable accuracy and I  have been know to be too spontaneous, AND my brain can be quite sieve-like at times….so I humbly apologise to the following ladies, for the following boo boo’s:

For calling the lovely Teresa from Little Poppits, Laura last month. One month we had so many Laura’s and it looks like I got carried away.

For confusing Jane from Rainbow Junkie’s entry this month – she actually entered her coaster (pls see below) but I got all ga-ga over her bunting. I thankfully managed to persuade her to enter both!

For adding Jill from Nice Piece of Work’s Owl Mitts to my FB page and calling her Jane….arrrrgggg! Sorry!

Thank you all for your generous forgiving spirits!

Right, on with the show

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Owl Mitts by Nice Piece Of Work

Seems that the world is owl crazy, and you can hardly blame us. These little Owl Mitts are so adorable and Jill from Nice Piece Of Work is as crazy as the rest of us. I have to keep hiding these posts from my kids otherwise they are gonna cost me a fortune!

 P.s totally LOVIN’ the cross-eyed look!

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Miss Jaymi by Moz Roberts

I am blown away by the talent of Moz of All Things Moz. Firstly, I ‘d like to welcome Moz back to the challenge, I see she has been a busy busy lady. These amazing AMAZING bears and bunnies, like Miss Jaymi here, are made for babas whose parents are from different countries. See the little flags on the feet?!! What a fantastic idea! Go and have a look x

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Colourful Coasters by Rainbow Junkie Corner

Here are the gorgeous coasters that Jane from Rainbow Junkie meant to enter, in the same lovely colours as her bunting. I must say, I do prefer coasters like these that are solid in colour but still a set of different ones – especially if they all complement each other. However, I’m a little seduced by the rainbow coloured one at the foot of her post, and you?:)

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Fishy Felt Cushion by Love, Lucie

A massive welcome to Lucie from Love, Lucie. I bow down to anyone who has the talent / precision / passion / imagination  to sew  hand stitch such teeny, unique and individual little fishies altogether! WOW, what a stunning cushion! Thanks Lucie, I’m sure we’re all going to enjoy watching what you get up next.

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Woolly Winter Beanie by Robyn Alexander

I apologise for the teeny size of this pic, but unfortunately this pic was sent to me via Instagram and I can’t seem to get it bigger. However, I can tell you from experience that this beanie was made with the most stunning pure Merino wool, hand spun and dyed right here in South Africa. Rustic, chunky and warm as anything!!! Thank you so much Robyn Alexander for sending me a pic of your latest make.

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Summertime Crochet Shell by Beatrice Ryan Designs

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Sherbet Shawl by Beatrice Ryan Designs

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Flowers and Chains by Beatrice Ryan Designs

What would the Made It challenge be without the many wonderful projects by Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs. I never stop being amazed at how many projects that she gets completed and at the level of inspiration that come with them! I ADORE her Crochet Shell top – especially in that colour too! Please click on each pic to take you to her posts.

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3D Blanket by Jane Manca

Ok, you can pick your jaw up off the floor now. Huh? I KNOW!!!! Jeepers, this is one incredible blanket and is EVERY six year old boy’s idea of a cool crochet blankie. This took Jane Manca six weeks to complete. Well done Jane, and thanks Jane for making the rest of us Mommas look very dull!!!

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Granny Coasters by Crochet Home

I absolutely love everything that Nela from Crochet Home makes. Her colours are always so beautiful and stylish (not to mention her photography!) These granny coasters are gorgeous – they look the perfect decor for a fancy dinner party look don’t they! Sigh, my “to make list” has just got longer…

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Cat In A Sweater by Vu Chickens

You’ve seen Shrek right? Then you will remember the scene when Puss goes into uber super cute mode by making those eyes!!! Yip, I ahhhhhhhhh’ed and cuuuuuuuuuuuute’ed just as much when I saw this little kitty. Melissa from Vu Chickens is so enormously talented  –  I wish I was on her gift list too!!!

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Crochet Bunnies by Andrea JOY

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The Owl, The Pussy Cat and A Chicken by Andrea JOY

I’m thrilled to welcome Andrea from JOYAndrea to the challenge.  Out here in the Wonderful Wide World of Blogland, I don’t often come across fellow Cape Townians. Owls? Crochet? Maybe it’s just a Cape  Town thing then, hee hee. Nah, didn’t think so! A happy collection of beautifully handmade bunnies, owls, a kitty and a chicken!

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Thank you all for entering, the link is open for another few days so GET YOUR’S IN! Here’s a reminder of this months wonderful prizes sponsored by Tamara of Crochet with Tamara

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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

 

Made It challenge RELAUNCH!

So, what do you think? *twirls around*

Since my chat with my BFF Krystal about the Made It challenge that begged the question – “Shall keeps things the same and choose a random winner or shall we give the prize to the link with the most votes ?” – I’ve been taking onboard all your lovely comments and suggestions, have been umming and ahhhhing about it, and I’ve come up with what feels right.

Firstly I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you, not just because the new ideas resulted in me sporting a brand new blog-look but also because it gave me an opportunity to give our Made It challenge the coming-of-age little party that was due to her! So, without any further ado…

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Ladies, knitters & crocheters, yarn lovers, sewers & quilt makers, cupcake makers &  princesses, jewelers, (Gods &) Goddesses of creation…I am overjoyed & proud to introduce to you our very own & newly grown….

“The Made It Challenge”

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This is how it works.

♥ MAKE & LINK UP just as before ♥

♥ The PRIZE WINNER will still be randomly chosen ♥ 

♥ A  “Voter’s Choice” BADGE will be awarded in recognition to the link with the most votes,  to be worn on his/hers own blog  ♥

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All the details and dates will be listed on the INLINKZ collection page and I will do regular posts introducing new links

Lastly, at the beginning of each challenge, I will invite anyone to donate the PRIZE  for that month. This is just a great way to either give something you’ve made or something that you really like, to the winner. In keeping with the fun, easy spirit of the challenge, there is no obligation at all and I myself will still continue to donate the prize from time to time.

So, with all of that….I hereby declare this JUNE MADE IT PARTY STARTED!!!!! Click on FROGGY to link up