July Made It – A whole whack of new entries!

Somebody pulls the breaks PLEASSSSSSSE! It can’t be 2 DAYS BEFORE VOTING OPENS?????? Can it ? What’s the hurry July?

Well, the following ladies needed no such pleas – get ready for another dose of awesomeness…

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Fingerless Mitts by Nice Piece Of Work

By now we all know and LOVE the funny lady Jill from Nice Piece Of Work…and that she ALWAYS has something new for us to drool over (what I really mean is that we run off at a great speed to our stash – in a flat panic – and try whip up a decent replica of her latest pair of F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S mitts – or,come to think of it, any other  project that she’s busy with -’cause she has a way of making it look so IN, so trendy…so MUST HAVE. Am I right??

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Sweet Summer Cover Up by Little Poppits

“Sweet” doesn’t even begin to describe how adorably cute, cuddly and cozy this little waistcoat is – and the flower is the perfect topping. So very Bohemian looking! The very creative and super busy Teresa from Little Poppits (who managed to make each of her projects look so happy and easy!)  has just launched her own Misi shop, it’s looking FAB – go and have a look

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Cute Green Octopus by kake’s Crafts

Ahhhh, you may remember we have already met a certain young red handsome Octopus in the May Challenge which would be the perfect mate for this gorgeous green little lady Octopus (although I am no expert on who the she and who’s the he…). How adorable is SHE! Kayleigh from Kake’s crafts has entered with her cute curly legged creature and the pattern is slightly different this time so pop over and take a squizz.

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Square Cushion Covers

I’m thrilled that MrsMac over at Ravely is back with this bright and beautiful square cushion cover which has made this little corner of her garden look sooooo inviting – the bench is absolutely adorable anyway but now that’s it been splashed with crochet and colour is looks AMAZING! I’m sure we all have that part of our garden that’s just begging for this kind of treatment. Please visit her at Ravely for the write-up about this and her many more  brilliant projects!

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Crochet Candle Holders by Kookzie

A huge bear hug welcome to newcomer to the challenge, Anne-Marie from Kookzie with her funky crochet Mason jar candle holders. I absolutely love these – they are so effective, look so chic, easy to make and the best part – they’re upcycled! Have a look at her post for a peek at each jar up close. Each one is slightly different and Anne-Marie will be posting the pattern soon, so stay tuned!

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The next 3 projects are entered by the lovely Rene from Hav2Havz who makes a whole variety of the most beautiful things – not just crochet (click on the link to her Facebook page for some ogling) You can see that she pours a whole lotta love into them too! I love her bold and confident use of colours and her designs are so unique too! Have a close look at the pics below – the stitching is amazing

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Crochet Garments by Hav2Havz

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Funny Granny Square Bag by Hav2Havz

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Crochet Heart by Hav2Havz

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Granny Square Blanket by Trevlyn

I almost feel off my chair when I received this entry??? Hey?!! You know what I mean, right?!  Trevlyn, who is one of my lovely customers crocheted this FANTASTIC granny square blanket. WOW WOW WOW. I know that the bar is set VERY high this month when it comes to blankets (in fact, everything!) and I am gobsmacked at the creativity, vibrance and beauty of this one too- I want one.

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And on that high note, I will sign off and get back to my own entry (yes, I actually have a teeny tiny something to enter…phew)

Hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy browsing the new entries

TWO MORE DAYS TO ENTER

* CLICK ON FROGGY TO SUBMIT YOUR LINK *

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June Made It – Our First ‘New Look’ Winners!

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I know, I know….this is very late in the day to be announcing the winner but sometimes my day job get’s in the way, tut tut tut! So, I apologise for the wait and I thank you for your patience!

I feel like a super proud Mamma!! Thank you to all of you who made our New Look Made It challenge extra special; for taking part – you lovely first-timers and the wonderful usual-suspects, for all your encouraging comments and likes and for taking the time to vote.

Before I get to the WINNER and THE VOTER’S CHOICE AWARD, here are some interesting stats about this months collection

  • 22 ENTRANTS
  • 40 LINKS ENTERED
  • 638 COLLECTION VIEWS
  • 220 CLICKS THROUGHS

Pretty cool hey – I’m sure you’ve all had a few new visit to your lovely blogs!!!  Ok, let’s get on with the good stuff.

 

~ AND THE WINNER OF THE JUNE MADE IT CHALLENGE IS *trumpets please* ~

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A massive congrats to you Serena!!!!! Your prize will be whizzing it’s way over to your lovely green shores (ahh, my homeland) very soon. I hope you enjoy your BEADED TASSLE SET, kindly donated by Jill from Nice Piece Of Work, your handcrafted Tunisian Hook by Tony’s Tricots (can’t wait to see what ya do with it!) and the yummy yarn from Vinni’s!

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And now – for the very first time – it gives me great pleasure in announcing that the

VOTER’S CHOICE WINNER AWARD goes to…

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 …the lovely AVIENA from AVIENADAWN with her exquisite baby blanket who received 25 votes!! This badge is yours to keep and to wear on your blog!

(I must just say at this point that Aviena worriedly sent me a message this morning to say that her Mom had posted her entry on FB asking people to vote for her…and she would happily give this honour to Laura from Little Poppits and Mille from Millie On Her World who were both close contenders by receiving 17 votes each. Aviena, I say give your Mom a massive bear hug and enjoy your award!!!!! The spirit of the Made It challenge is that we all love sharing, meeting new friends & being inspired. Your heart is exactly where it should be – who cares where the votes come from!)

On that  note, I say goodnight to all you beautiful people and thank you once again from the bottom of my

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Until the JULY challenge begins. WOOOOHOOOOO, watch this space xxx

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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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

 

Let’s get April’s “Made It” going!

It’s been a very exciting and busy week this my side of the planet – my sister-in-law slash BFF is getting married in 10 more sleeps! You can imagine the number of shops we have visited to hunt down those all important, last-minute things. Yesterday, the bride-to-be and my fellow bridesmaids (my other two sister-in-laws…or is it sisters-in-law? Whatever!) spent close to 7 hours in town and our “to-do-list” was something like this:

  • pick up “The Dress” – CHECK its breathrakingly beautiful!
  • convince the very camp/very bossy shop owner to let the bride try on “The Dress” one more time (and try to heartily laugh at his umpteenth reference to the bride as Bridezilla..HA.HA.HA)  – CHECK
  • pick up bridesmaid dress (for me!) – UNbloodyCHECK, stuff up and has to be remade arrghhh!
  • cardigans for the 3 flower girls – CHECK
  • pale pink/nude heels for Debz – CHECK
  • gold earrings and necklace (again, for me!) HALF A CHECK
  • lunch – while picking out the “first dance” song which the groom will also like DOUBLE CHECK, yum sushi and the “Across the Universe” version of one of the Beatles songs the thumbs up!
  • smart pants for my baby boy Finn (to go with his All Stars and pin-striped shirt) CHECK cute black skinnys!!

Let me tell you….seven hours didn’t even touch sides!!!

Here is a little sneaky peak of the bride  – gotta be careful that the groom doesn’t get a look in. I will keep you posted 🙂

Beautiful Bride-To-Be Krystal

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Stunning don’t you think!

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So now that I’m rested and my feet are up, what better time to SHOW OFF THE  FIRST 5 MADE IT ENTRIES!!

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Bright & Beautiful crochet blanket by AngellaDeeDesigns

Angella, from AngellaDeeDesigns has once again bowled me over with her natural talent and gorgeous creative flair, especially because she told me once that she cannot read patterns – well, who needs a pattern when you can crochet like this!!! This warm cosy crochet baby blanket is going to be a very welcome gift to the soon-to-be-parents.

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One Hundred Easter Bunnies by Creative Granny

WOW, now here is a real labour of love! One hundred Easter bunnies crocheted by Helen of Creative Granny, made for an Easter Bonnet party which is coming up in a couple of days. These are the cutest little guys and as one commenter said it’s a pity that they are going to separated! They look fantastic together!!

Now I shouldn’t really do this but I just have to share another one of Helen’s projects – a beautiful crochet bag, ALSO MADE WITH NO PATTERN!

Amazing!

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Recycled Bag by Vickymyerscreations

I am delighted to welcome a newcomer to the Made It challenge!!!! Thank you Vicky from VickyMyersCreations for entering this month, we are thrilled to have you one board and I’m sure you are going to make lots of new friends. This beautiful recycled bag was commissioned to Vicky by a mum called Becky and was lovingly handmade using one of Becky’s old skirts! It’s a beautiful post, featuring the most delicious little birdie and  topped off with some wonderful feedback from Beck herself. Go and read about it here!

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Pretty Spring Coasters by Little Poppits

If these “Season” themed bright, pretty flower coasters don’t cheer you up, you must be in the deepest throes of Winter (which can’t really be the case unless you live in the darkest depths Siberia, so you actually have no excuse!). The lovely Teresa from Little Poppits has not only crocheted these gorgeous babies, she’s shared her pattern with us…YAY and THANK YOU!!

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Big Bag by DaniellaJoe

Welcome back! OOOOH I absolutely ADORE this bag…and not to mention the fantastic photography! The very colourful and talented Patricia from DaniellaJoe has entered this stunning bag – one which she took months of crochet/no crochet/crochet to complete. Sister, we sooooo get that and congratulate you on finishing it, it was worth the wait! 

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That’s all for now folks, to add your link CLICK ON FROGGY!


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Wakey Wakey VOTING is open!

How much fun was that?!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed eeach & every entry to the Made It this month – the huge pot of creativity is bubbling over YAY! Thank you so much for taking part, sharing with us and for all the fab comments and LIKES.

So now for the BONUS FUN part….VOTING!!

If you are reading this, please click on FROGGY,

  or any of the below photos and show your support by VOTING for your favourites. Here are a couple of things to remember:
  • you can vote up to 10 TIMES (’cause I know how hard it is to pick just one)
  • you can vote EVERYDAY until voting ends – 1st April (yip, everyday)
  • even though votes don’t decide the winner (we do random around here), the support and encouragement is PRICELESS!!!
  • REBLOGG this post and/or SHARE on your Facebook page – invite your friends to vote too 🙂
  • if you love what you see or are inspired by an entry, then take 5 mins to pop over to their blog and tell them! We all love COMMENTS 

So here are all the entries one last time:

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Rainbow Junkie Corner

Creative Granny

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Nice Piece Of Work

Little Poppits

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Rainbow Junkie Corner

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The Stitch Sharer

ONoodles

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Millie On Her World

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Cute As A Button

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Millie On Her World

Here it is - my protoype.

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Ripply Blanket 1

Cest La Vie

All Things Moz

Kake’s Crafts

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Alyce’s Blog

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Woolhogs

 

You have the whole long weekend to VOTE so don’t forget to check in (between mouthfuls of choccie, of course)!

Wishing you all a super happy Easter

Love Maryanne ♥

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March is Making It happen!

 

What??? Really? Already!

I’ve just had a notification from WordPress to say that it’s my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

WOWeee how times flies! Well, there is no better time than right now to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you who follow and read my humble posts – I appreciate every LIKE, love & cherish all your beautiful comments and am humbled by the awards that have been so generously given (I am still working on an awards thank you post, heehee). It’s been an amazing year and I have thoroughly enjoyed being in such great, inspiring and awesome company! YAY

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As promised here are the next lovely lot of entries!

Crochet Lace Shawl by ONoodles

If you spend even 5 mins browsing Jill from ONoodles blog you will very soon get a tiny glimpse into a world of a very talented, fun and warmhearted lady. Jill makes a multitude of the most beautiful things, mainly from recycled goodies – the results are always breathtaking….just like this oh-so elegant silk shawl. Click on the pic which will take you to the gallery so you can look at this gorgeous garment up close ♥

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DIY Felted Heart Elbow Patches by Millie On Her World

Ahhhhh, her heart on her sleeve…how very apt! Hello again to the whimsical Millie who’s creative spirit is impossible to ignore! These felted heart elbow patches are the sweetest things. There’s a step-by-step tutorial too, (showing yet another perfect use of a cookie cutter) which was very kindly photographed by her fab BF – we adore any man who takes this sensational skill seriously! Looking forward to seeing more patches Millie♥ 

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Pretty Spring Bunting by Little Poppits

I ADORE bunting, who doesn’t, so I completely “get” Mommy Poppits’s addiction to make more and more, especially that I have only only just discovered the mystical joys of Granny square (more of that later). Check out her post here. If you haven’t already visited the happy home of  Little Poppits, you MUST, especially if you have children..or chickens! There are so many wonderful things to see, and do, and make and and and ♥

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Rednose Day Crochet Coasters by Knitpurl83

I know from reading loads of other blog posts that Rednose Day is big in the UK so Laura from Knitpurl83 got on board with some friends and “created for charity”!! These gorgeous crochet coasters were made in the charity colours and check out her divine little cupcake too! All this, coming from someone who hasn’t been crocheting very long either – read her funny post Just call me captain hook – I think you will find that we all agree on this one!!! Well done Laura, such a wonderful thing to do ♥

Easter Tree by Rainbow Junkie Corner

*gasp of air* You did too, didn’t you!

Jane from Rainbow Junkie, you just keep on coming out with the most delicious goodies. It’s not just the Easter Eggs that look fantastic, it’s the whole Easter-Eggs-on-an Easter Tree thing that makes me a little weak at the knees! Thank you for your second entry and for rising to the Easter challenge too ♥

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Crazy Coloured Cozies by Millie On Her World

Another second entry (love you!) from the magical Millie On Her World with these delightful, colourful, wantable, rainbow, crazy coloured cozy wrist warmers. Millie, these are screaming my name too! I have seen these before and just drooled over them – you actually MADE THEM, yahoooo to you!  I know of someone else around here that is looking to make a pair…hmmmmm Jill??? ♥

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When Timmy Met Tamara by Cute As A Button

“It must be love,love love…..” Being the visual person I am,  I’m a bit of a sucker for cute-crochet-aminal-photo-love-stories! You just HAVE TO pop over and see the tale of  When Timmy met Tamara unfold, brilliantly produced by the clever, talented Laura from Cute As A Button. The teeny tiny flowers on Tamara completed the whole experience for me!!! ♥

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Vicia Mitts by Knitrun4sanity

Ladies, we have the newest and COOLEST CROCHET CELEB in.the.house!!!

! Alice from Knitrun4sanity has just been…wait for it….PUBLISHED!!!!!!!!

Her Vicia Mitts were chosen for The Crochet Projects brand new Spring Summer collection. How awesome is that?!! They look fantastic, ever so delicate which is so true to her style. Well done Alice, you are so talented and inspiring ♥

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WIP – Giant Ripply Blanket by Cest La Vie

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We have a “first” in the Made It challenge! Tara from Cest La Vie shared her incredible (half way through) giant ripply blanket with us but asked to make it ineligible for voting….

PFFFT is what I say!!! This is SOOO eligble for voting, for drooling over, for winning! We just can’t wait to see the final product.

Tara’s fabulous blog is filled with shared stories, adventures, books recipes, BEADS, pics and loads more lovely and interesting things!! Go and pay her a visit and give her props! ♥

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*** I’ve never liked rules much so, just for the record, you are so welcome to enter any WIP’s you may be working on. These labour-of-loves can often take more months than you care to tick off so enter them – you may need the encouragement to get it done! ***

Well, that’s all for now. I will be back soon with more lovlies to share with you. In the meantime, I’ve been bitten by the Granny “Yummy Mummy” Sqaure bug and now need figure out how I can turn these babies into something…um… Eastery!!!!!

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