The July Made It Challenge has a WINNER!

I told my daughter that I was supposed to announce the winner of the Made It on the 7th. It’s now the 9th. I asked her how bad it was. “Pretty bad, Mom”. The truth is, when I had the gap to put this post together, I took the kids for a walk on the beach instead. The warm summer sun was out and it was simply irresistible!

 My most humble apologies and thank you all for your patience.

We have WINNERS, yay.

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Congratulations goes to …

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Well done Michelle, your baby chair cover is stunning pretty and will no doubt have you busy busy with orders for new little angles on the way!

Enjoy your wonderful prize – this gorgeous Crochet African Violet by Jane of Rainbow Junkie which will be winging its way to you soon

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Loads of votes were cast and it was a close call – in fact, so close we have joint winners of the Voter’s Choice Award again this month. Congratulations to Lucie from Love, Lucie & Madeleine from Pretty Blue Bird Studios – seems your amazing crochet stuffed toys were the order of the day !

 

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You both have won this badge to wear with pride on your blogs!

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Well, that’s it for now. What a super challenge! Thank you to everyone who entered and voted, to all our new challengers and visitors and to all our wonderful regulars. Thank you for sharing your talents, your projects and your hearts. Look forward to the next one

Love Maryanne ♥

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The MAY Made It – One more entry and VOTING is open!

Yes it’s that time already, when voting open and lip trembles because you know that it’s going to tough voting for your favourites!!!

But before I go and let you go crazy wild,  dishing out your here is TEN ‘s A DAY, here is our final entry…

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Essential Project Basket by Pretty Blue Bird Studio

LOVE THE COLOURS! And I’ve come to expect nothing less from the wonderful creative, pink-haired lady herself, Madeleine from Pretty Blue Bird Studio. Her gorgeous new project basket, crocheted with TARN is fabulous. Please pop over and have a read and an ogle at her photo’s and other projects too – warning, you may not get anything else done today!

Right everyone, on that note …..

VOT voting

Good luck everyone and THANK YOU to everyone who has entered. Remember that we the winner of the Voter’s Choice will be awarded with a badge for their website/fridge! Winners will be announced on the 31st May

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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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Almost time for the MAY Made It challenge!

Hello everyone!!! I’ve missed being on the blog but have had a super break and have loved spending  time with the kidlets (April has been an odd month of school holidays / public holidays / long weekends) and we’ve all had lots of fun. We’ve had lots of walks on the beach (loving the last rays of summer), friends over to play, sleep overs, dinners out, social gatherings…you name it. I’ve done lots of walking, shopping, driving, “looking” (hand stands, spiders, drawings “look Mom, here’s a squished pea” sigh). We also had  the most amazing 2 nights away camping with friends….Waterfalls, kids playing for hours in the river, braais (bbq’s), walks……pure BLISS!!!

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 I’m popping in to tell you that the MAY MADE IT challenge is almost upon us WHOOP WHOOP and the link will be open first thing tomorrow the 1st May!

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~ THE PRIZE~

A huge thank you to Lucie from Love, Lucie for making & donating this month’s prize – a stunningly gorgeous Owl Cushion which will be soon be sitting on a new couch somewhere in the world…could it be yours?!!!

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See you soon

Love Maryanne

The March Made It WINNERS!

To everyone who entered, to everyone who voted, all the LIKERS, the commenters, the encouragers…..

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Another successful Made It done and dusted!!!!

As I’m sure you will all agree, the level of talent in the challenge just keeps on getting better and better. I love that there is such a great pool of inspiration to draw from and we see new people joining in every month! I am also blown away by the everyone’s dedication to their passion – the time, the focus and the talent that’s put in is remarkable and the results truly amazing. Right, before I get all teary eyed let’s get on with the WINNERS!

The randomly chosen winner (drawn by Inlinz) is……

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YAY CONGRATULATIONS LUCIE –  your holiday purse is a worthy winner for sure! Here is your badge to display on your blog!

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 This funky, blinged-up Newsboy Hat made & donated by Jill from Nice Piece of Work is yours!!!! ENJOY

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Newsboy Hat by Jill from Nice Piece Of Work!

Ooooh and once again it was close close close but the winner of the VOTER’S CHOICE AWARD, with a total of 13 votes, for the second month in a row is…

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WOOOHOOOO well done Madeleine! Please ask the new owner of your stunning top for a pic from Afrika Burn! Here is your badge to add to your collection 🙂

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Thank you all once again for another fun-filled Made It challenge. I’m going to take a small break for the rest of the month of April but will be back in May to do this all over again….will you be ready?!

Love Maryanne

The FEB Made It challenge – New entries!

Thank you all for the lovely response to Trevlyn’s prize that will soon be in the hand of this month’s winner. I assure you, her crocheted shawl is even better in real life. Now that we’ve all recovered, let’s get on with the next MARVELOUS bunch of Made It entries!

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First Socks! by Kakes Crafts

I love “firsts” – this time it’s the sweet Kayleigh of Kake’s Crafts  who’s taking the title with these gorgeous socks! (Am I the only person left who’s never made a pair of socks!!?). The colour is lovely and they look as warm as snuggly as knitted socks should – these surely are the things that make winter worth it!.

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Crochet Roses by Rainbow Junkie Corner

Now, these are my kind of flowers! Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner has entered her knitted roses and rose bud which are guaranteed to bring lots of cheer all year round. I have a feeling we are going to be treated with some more flowers in the near future (nudge nudge, wink wink Jane!)

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Yipee, we have a newbie to the Made It! A huge welcome to Madeleine from Pretty Blue Bird Studio, a fellow Cape Townian with a way with a hook! This fab bag is an upcycled project, crocheted from old plastic bags – and the colours are stunning. Please pop over and say hi!

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Miss Lily Rose by Pixie Miks A Lot

Meet the lovely Miss Lily Rose! A warm welcome back to the lovely Pixie Miks A Lot and her beautiful doily clad mannequin. This lovely lady (Lily Rose) has had a recent colour make over with these bright and happy circles. Looking very chic and trendy! LOVE the earrings too 🙂

Ohhh so much inspiration, so little hours left alone to crochet…sigh. The uber talented Lucie from Love, Lucie is on top form with the next three amazing entries. Have a look…

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Pom Pom Cushion by Love, Lucie

How absolutely clever to combine Pom Poms with a cushion – genius! The overall effect is fun and of course, it’s a great way to get the kiddies involved too!

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Grey Swirly Cushion by Love, Lucie

Ooooh my, another cushion that completely pulls at my heart-strings! The combination of colours, circles and materials is perfect. WANT!

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Needle Case by Love, Lucie

Sweet! Lucie made this needle case for her Mom’s birthday using this gorgeous fabric! There a wonderful step by step tutorial so making one looks slightly less daunting

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Crochet Stool Cover by Yarn Chick 40

This is a very cool stool!!! This is the latest fine make by our funky yarn chick, Lisa from YarnChick40 and the first cover I’ve seen for a square stool that has made provision for the little gap in the middle. Brilliant!

Hope you’ve enjoyed these as much as I have! Now off you go and add your linkies…

Love Maryanne

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 ***  The FEBRUARY Made It Challenge  ***

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The Christmas Made It – I love lucie! (and the prize, of course)

Hello lovelies, hope your pre-festive season is relaxed, breezy and all under control. HAHAHAHAHAHAH pfffffft…I know. As if!

Some one who does seem to have everything well under wraps (‘xcuse the pun) is Lucie, from  Love, Lucie

It must be Christmas!

Christmas Stockings by Love, Lucie

*falling in love* Simply stunning! These adorable Christmas stockings bring back memories that I don’t think are even mine. Maybe I’ve watched too many idyllic Christmas movies, who knows, but these beauts make me feel super nostalgic. The elf toes, the tiny bells, the red & white pin stripe, the NAMES….absolutely fantastic!

 

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Linen & Button Hanging Heart by Love, Lucie

Another gorgeous make by Lucie is this linen hanging heart, completely with a shower of beautiful buttons and trimmed with pretty hessian – a gift for a friend! You HAVE to read the full post,  if you haven’t already, for a very entertaining tale of a night out – sounded like a lot of fun! I do have a question though…what on earth is an “orangery”?!!!

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De-Icer Sock by Love, Lucie

A very far-from-daft idea indeed!!! So what is it you ask? This pretty stripy sock is *an ingenious* solution to that annoying clunking sound that something metal make while rolling around at the back of the car! It’s a DE-ICER holder of course!!!! Click in the link for more pics.

Well done Lucie

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~ THE PRIZE ~

And because December is the 12th month, so how about 12 luscious balls of lovely Vinnis Colours Serina in 100% Bamboo in an array of awesome colours….. hmmmm?

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I’ll be back with more in a bit – in the meantime, to enter the challenge click on the PINK LINK to add yours!

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NOVEMBER Made It Challenge – more great entries comin’ your way!

Ok ok, I know! I am super late in introducing all the stunning entries so far into the November Made It challenge  (almost mid month, yikes!) Forgiven? Thank you. Now sit back for a bit and enjoy!!!

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Stash Basket by Love, Lucie

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Herringbone Cowl by Love, Lucie

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Hats for Smoothies by Love, Lucie

Not one, not two but THREE gorgeous entries (so far?) this month from the lovely, speedy and wickedly talented Love, Lucie. Have you too seen the basket on Pinterest? AWESOME that you’ve actually made it, Lucie. Oh, and a stash basket made from your stash..GENIUS! The herringbone cowl is simple amazing too, very stylish – cowls are definitely a hot favourite this season. These six adorable hats are not only for a great cause, but also aaaadorable *squeal*  

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Little Crochet Baskets by Pixie Miks A Lot

WOOP WOOP, welcome Pixie from Pixie Miks A Lot, the first of FOUR newcomers to the challenge this month!! Not only are these beautiful crochet (stackable) baskets a fantastic gift idea, there’s a wonderful easy to follow pattern too *quickly writes down onto ever growing to-do-list* Pixie’s blog is full of such creative idea so pop over and have squizz!

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Katniss Cowl by Lolly Knits

WOW. No really. WOW. You will have to click on the post to see more pics of this utterly SENSATIONAL and every so unique cowl make by Lollyknits. Go on click now…I’ll wait…. SEE! How amazing is the Katniss Cowl? It’s avant garde, yes but oh so wearable too!!! Well done, it’s truly amazing and will no doubt be making more and more appearances because Lolly is sharing her pattern yipeeeeeeeeeee! Ps, the pics are just as amazing, WOW

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Francine & Ferdinand by Love Love Lake

Another warm welcome to Sandy over at Live Love Lake! So happy that you’ve entered and shared your gorgeous foxy creatures with us. Meet Francine and Ferdinand, two very distinguished and happy looking knitted foxes. I am blown away by knitters in general, these type of intricate designs look terrifying difficult to pull off. Well done Sandy, they are marvelous!

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Hippy Chic Denim Bag by Hav2Havz

So happy to have our happy hippy chick back again! When I think of Rene from Hav2Haz I think….zany, colourful, fun, happy, chic, Bohemia…and her stunning denim bag is all that and more. Her work is always filled with love, BIG LOVE (have you seen her Adele Hearts??) Rene, if you are reading this, I NEED one of those hearts please heehee!!!

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Spectrum Granny Ripple Blanket by Rainbow Junkie

After nearly a year in the making, here is Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner‘s Spectrum Granny Ripple blanket….and its’s spectacular! Click on the links for a closer look at it in all it’s glory. The waves of rainbow colours are so beautiful and fit for any “rainbow junkie”!!  Well done to you Jane, what a wonderful achievement – I’m sure the winter evenings are now more than welcome!

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Pillows Knitting Ribbon by Lavendel en Papaver

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Crochet Flower Poncho by Lavendel en Papaver

YAY, another droolsome blog to follow! Welcome to Lavendel en Papaverv (Lavender and Poppy) and thank you for entering these fabulous creations. Absolutely LOVE these chocolate cushions – again I so admire knitters the cable stitch and overall effect is so chic. Oh, to be wrapped up in an array of such beautiful flowers! The colour combo of the poncho is perfect too..hmmm, I’m now thinking of other combo for “bigger” little girls!!

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Thrumbelina Slippers by VuChickens

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Handspun Cowl by VuChickens

I’m thrilled to see that the ever so talented Melissa from VuChickens has finally made something for herself! And what better way to treat a busy Mom’s feet with, than SLIPPERS! These Thrumbelina slippers are so elegant and so beautifully made with bits of Merino wool roving (using a very awesome looking technique) Ahh, and little Mae’s chunky cowl is brilliantly made with Mom’s very own handspun yarn – how cool!. I personally love scarves but have failed miserably to get my kids to wear them….until now (..erm, but not the homespun part)

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Ballerina by Pink Princess in Thailand

A beautiful pink ballerina! So delicate and elegant, just like a real one. The lacy vintage skirt is exquisite, how did she make those tiny roses?! Another massive welcome to Pink Princess in Thailand who’s blog is filled with stories of life in Thailand and lots gorgeous crafts so enjoying browsing!

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The cowls that are coming in this month are really spectacular! Look at this chunky one made by AvienaDawn – the v stitch puff and the buttons make this so easy for guys to wear (he looks rather dishy & uber trendy don’t ya think!) There’s a free pattern too! Oh, and pop over and see what’s keeping Aviena a little quick these days….I’ll give you a hint. BUN. OVEN!

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Here’s another free pattern thank you to the lovely  Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs. LOVE these fingerless mitts, the stitching give them such a chic and elegant overall look. I’m always amazed at how much one person can make in such a short time!!! Thanks  Elena for all the inspiration
Thank you all so much for entering, the talent here is red hot! Stay tuned for a peak at the prize 🙂
Be back soon
Love Maryanne
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October MADE IT challenge – Another dose of magical entries

Hellooooooo!

Hope you are all having as wonderful week as I am….did I say that out loud. Yes, it’s been awesome. Stress free,  productive, busy….and it’s only Wednesday phew! I am really loving all the brilliant entries that are pouring in this month (hence why I am so behind in posting about them). So far we have 43, yip FORTY THREE entries and counting. Wahoooooo, this is going to be a record-breaking month, I’m sure of it!

Next in we have the lovely Millie from Millie On Her World who is back (yipee) again with two very delicious entries.

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For those who’ve been following the Made It, you will know then that Millie and Cupcakes are pretty much synonymous! The swirl on the “cupcap” is particularly scrumptious – and there’s a tutorial too! And all that teeny tiny fruit and veg and BISCUITS…eeek, I have a real thing for miniatures too. WOW,  I’ve never really known anyone who has actually made any so I  super impressed!

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The Blooming Flower by Cafe Crochet

Stashes. We all have them but what do we reallllly do with them? Thank you so much J.G from Cafe Crochet for painting a beautiful picture of what a stash (or tiny part of) can blossom into. The colours are gorgeous, very Spring-like and of course the petals are perfect for using up all  those small leftovers. My sad-looking couch could use a few of these happy Blooming Flower cushions to liven things up! Sigh, my “must -do ” list is growing yet again

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The Birthday Girl’s Sweater by Beatrice Ryan Designs

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Amazing Grace Headband by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Ahhhhh how cute! I adore this little sweater, complete with colourful “pleats” made by Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs for her little granddaughter – Happy Birthday sweetie pie!. Goodness gracious though, I am have no idea how she (and so many of you crochet-machines) manage to make so many amazing things in such a short time. And speaking of AMAZING, please visit Elena’s Amazing Grace posts where you will find these beautiful headbands and more in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and get involved if you can.

* I have to add something important here…On the topic of breast cancer awareness, I have personally not used regular deodorant for over three weeks now (most are known to contain parabens and other dangerous chemicals which have been detected in cancerous breast tissue). The only thing I’ve use is BICARBONATE OF SODA, yip REGULAR ‘OLE BAKING SODA – literally slapped on dry!!!  I’d been on the look out for ways to avoid my teenage daughter from having to use dangerous cosmetics and body product and came across this while searching the web. It’s been working 100% perfectly. It doesn’t stop one from sweating (that’s unnatural) but there’s been no odours at all. Anyway, I had to share so do yourself a huge favour and give it a try *

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Lonely Tree Shawl by Kake’s Crafts

I’ve heard plenty things about blocking but I can honestly say that except for one super interesting post by Alice of Knitnrun4sanity, I’ve hardly paid any attention whatsoever. Until now that is. This stunningly beautiful shawl made by Kayleigh of Kake’s Crafts looked fab in her first image but just came to life after it was blocked! The detail is so so beautiful, don’t you think!

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Knitting Needle Case by Love, Lucie

When I grow up (hahahahahahhahahaha) I want to be just like Lucie from Love, Lucie. I go a little weak at the knees when I see such lovely orderliness & beautifully stitched up packages of crisp, totally wantable fabric in which things (that I would normally cram drawers/boxes/annoying people) fit perfectly into. I then want to cry because I know I could never EVER sew like this, nor be even 1% as organised for that matter. Love love love it Lucie!!!

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I’m over the moon to introduce a new member to the Made It challenge! Welcome Susan from Susan’s Musing and thank you for joining in. Ok, sit down….Susan finished this amazing (the colours are sensational, aren’t they) Lucy– inspired Blue Waves Blanket in less than FOUR WEEKS, while working of other projects. AND it’s a gift!!!  I don’t think I’d be able part with such a master piece myself heehee. Amazing.

Thank you all who have entered so far! I’ll be back in a day or two with more

Love Maryanne

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September Made It – Have you VOTED yet?!

(pls reblogg this post if you wish, mwah!)

VOTING IS STILL OPEN SO PLEASE POP OVER AND SHOW YOUR ♥ FOR ALL THINGS HANDMADE!

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VOTE HERE!

The lucky WINNER – who will be randomly drawn this evening – will win the following gorgeous items, handmade by Buglets by Barbs

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WOOOHOOO – who will it be?

AND DON’T FORGET, the entrant who receives the most votes will be awarded this badge, to be proudly worn and unashamedly bragged about on their blog/website/fridge!

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September Made It – The countdown to VOTING begins…

Happy Friday Everyone!

Yipee, we are just a couple of hours away from VOTING so if you are in two minds, umming and awwing about entering….DO IT NOW! You officially have 2hrs and 14mins!…

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Before we start, here a few more exciting entries to tantalize your eyeballs!

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Baby Hedgehog by Nice Piece Of Work

Joining Jill from Nice Piece Of Work‘s family of furry animal beanies (only 95 to go?) is this A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E little baby hedgie – of course, you may of may not know that I have a penchant for these little creatures so forgive me for saying….THIS ONE’S MY FAVOURITE!!!!!!! Oh, if you know the REAL sound a hedgehog makes, then please pop over to Jill’s post and put us all out of our misery 🙂

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First Jumper! by Love, Lucie

 WOW  *wolf whistle* very stylish and the perfect model, don’t you agree! Well done to Lucie from Love, Lucie for finishing her first knitted jumper – it looks gorgeous, so soft and warm…there’s no you stopping now!

OOOhhhh and these pencil cases! These are such a brilliant idea for pressies (Lucie, you are putting us all to shame at how super organised you are for Christmas, yikes) and I don’t know of any little girls – or boys for that matter – who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive one of these fun cases filled with colourful felt tips. I might just nab this idea…hmmmmmm

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Funky Pram Handle by C’est La Vie

A very warm (and cuddly) welcome back to Tara from C’est La Vie – who is soon to be a brand new MOMMA!!! How exciting to be on the brink of the most exquisite journey AND have a love of yarn too!!! One very lucky baba comin’ up. I love this colourful crocheted pram handle, a very clever way of getting past that sticky rubbery bit…yip, we know all about this! That’s it, I think I’m going to make one for my steering wheel – why not!

With that (unless there is a last minute dash in the next couple of hours) is the last of the September Made It entries. Just to recap, the lucky WINNER – who will be randomly drawn on the 30th Sept – will win the following gorgeous items, handmade by Buglets by Barbs

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…a SENSATIONAL prize!

The entrant who receives the most votes will be awarded this badge, to be proudly worn and unashamedly bragged about on their blog/website/fridge!

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Thank you all once again for taking part and entering, this has been yet another bumper month chock-a-block filled with such amazing creativity. VOTING officially begins just before midnight tonight so please do check in and vote as often as you can!

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Love Maryanne

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