Made It challenge – WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!

*walks nervously up to the podium in my Dior gown and matching shoes, envelope in hand…..*

(just for the record, the only thing Charlize and I have in common is that we are both South African ūüôā )

*clears throat, ahem*

“Firstly, I would like say a huge thank you to all the AMAZING and TALENTED ladies that entered this¬†inaugural¬†monthly ‘Made It’ challenge. This just wouldn’t have been possible without you *massive applause* …….You guys ROCK – big time – and have kept us all entertained and inspired with your dazzling creations….*more applause*…”

*waits patiently for the applause to settle down*

And the winner is………

 *hush comes over the audience, you can hear a pin drop*

“IT’S CARLY FROM HAPPYLITTLEKIWI for her DIY Lantern Strings!!!!!!!”

*crowd erupts!!!!!!!!*

CONGRATULATIONS CARLY!!! We all loved your lanterns – gorgeous!

Your prize will be sent to you shortly (will post pics tomorrow)

Thank you too, for everyone who voted! You can check it out by clicking the link below

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Carly, you are the proud new bearer of the HOSTess crown!

Watch out for news for the August Made It challenge!




Made It challenge – it’s VOTING TIME!!!!

A MASSIVE, HUGE, GIGANTIC THANK YOU to all who entered (and almost entered, hee hee) the Made It challenge !!!

The creativity and¬†inspiration has been fantastic – you guys are amazingly talented and it’s been so fun much sharing your creations.

Now for the best part – GO AND VOTE VOTE VOTE – remember, voting is for fun, encouragement and acknowledgement only and the winner will be¬†picked randomly on the 31st July (so you have a few day to vote – share this with your friends too ūüôā

I will announce the winner and next host on Tuesday, YAY!

Click on Froggy to vote

I am already working on my next entry, wooohoooo!!!


Made It challenge – Gorgeous String Lanterns

Thank you to the lovely Carly from Happy Little Kiwi for your entry into the Made It challenge!

These home-made string lanterns are so beautiful and so simple to make – (well, she makes it look so easy)!

You can view Carly’s post on how she made them¬†here¬†


There is still time for you to enter so click on FROGGY below to add your LINK!

Click on Froggy to see all our entries SO FAR!!!!


Made It challenge – J.G Burdette’s Lady’s Winter Cloche

A huge thank you to J.G Burdette from byhookorbypen for your entry into the Made It challenge….

For those of you who have never “met” this wonderful lady, J.G has another beautiful blog, ¬†A Map Of Time, A Trip Into The Past¬†which is an absolute treat to read and one of my personal favourites (I’m sure many of you will agree).

You are all going to fall in love with this stylish lady’s cloche hat – I for one am keen to attempt to make one!

You can view her post with the pattern here

Click on Froggy to see all our entries SO FAR!!!!

Come on, it’s not too late!!!

Made It challenge – Nice piece of work!

Not just a nice piece of work – it’s made by Jill from Nice Piece of Work!

Look what our fellow Capetonian (eek, so excited) whipped up for us all to be inspired by:

 A beautiful knitted bag which has inspired (once again) to give knitting another go!

You can view her post here

What makes it even better is that is Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday today!!!

What an incredible man – Happy Birthday Madiba xxx

Click on Froggy to see all our entries SO FAR!!!!

Come on, it’s not too late!!!

Made It challenge – D‚Äôartagnan never looked so HANDSOME!

And you will agree with me as soon as you see Trish from¬†Made By Patch‘s entry into the Made It Challenge!

Here is her little Big J… ahem, sorry,… I meant Musketeer looking very smart indeed!

Made It Challenge Made By Patch

You can also go HERE to view this one, and all the entries submitted so far!!!

Well done Mom! Very well researched and pulled off perfectly!

Good Luck!!

Made It challenge – Rainbow Junkie “rose” to as promised!!!

Thank you for entering!

How on earth did you whip these up in 10 mins!?! (well, it seemed like 10 mins especially as you only just got the wool – I’m impressed)

Here is Rainbow Junkie’s entry¬†of a beautiful knitted¬†hat and scarf (the stitch looks amazing)¬†into the¬†Made It¬†challenge –¬†with a great tutorial that even I could¬†possibly¬†have a go at!!!

OR go to HERE to view all the entries so far!!!

Our challenge board is looking a bit fuller don’t ya think!!!!

Made It challenge – Kayleigh’s got a brand new hat!

Thank you Kayleigh from kakescraft for entring the Made It challenge!

Oh how I wish I could sew…hold on – there’s a tutorial!!!!

Go and check our her fabulous floppy hat here

OR go to HERE to view all the entries so far!!!

So excitng!!!

Made It challenge – Honeybird’s Cute Gloves!

Ooooh, go and have a look at Tara from handmadehoneybird‘s¬†entry into the Made It challenge!

Don’t know about all of you but here in Cape Town its freezing and I want a pair NOW!

You can view her gorgeous reading gloves here:

OR go to HERE to view all the entries so far!!!

Happy Monday!!!

Rainbow Kids! My Made It challenge entry…

Woolhogs Rainbow Kids

WOW,  I am so delighted at the response we have had about the Made It challenge Рthank you so much for your enthusiasm. I cannot WAIT to see what you all have up your sleeves and am sooooo looking forward to having a go at making a few of them too!

Well, I am pleased to say that I have finished my project that I am entering! Not that it took too long – in fact, it was one of the quickest projects I have ever completed but I was so worried that I would be late – I am not good with deadlines (even self-imposed ones) and with the kids being on school holidays, it’s been a bit hectic around here!

So here they are…7 little Rainbow Kids!

Woolhogs Rainbow Kids

One day last year, my then 5 year old daughter came home from school with a little doll which was roughly made from paper and material.That day, her teacher had told the class about Guatemalan worry dolls, which I have always been intrigued about. She loved that little doll even though it fell apart they next day! At the same time, she had going through a phase where she was clingy, wanted to be with me all the time. She was afraid to go to bed on her own and getting her to school was a tough job. After seeing how much she loved her little “worry doll” I decided to make her a HAPPY DOLL instead – one that she could whisper her fears to, tuck put under her pillow at night and fill her dreams with happy thoughts! They worked so well and helped my little monkey gain more confidence.

At first, I had no idea how I was going to make them until I noticed that one of my daughters toys, a little DIY fairy castle, had instructions on how to make your own fairy princess using yarn and pipe cleaners – easy peasy. PERFECTO!

So this is what you need:

some pipe cleaners, wooden beads, yarn and scissors –that’s it!

I had a ball of rainbow coloured, variegated cotton which I was eagerly wanting to use so I added some plain bright coloured cotton to go with it.

Step 1 – Take a pipe cleaner and cut into two pieces making sure that the second piece is HALF the size of the first. The longer piece will be the body and the smaller with be the arms.

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Step 2 – Bend each piece of pipe cleaner in 2 (lost the pic with both pieces bent but you get it!)

Woolhogs Rainbow Kids

Step 3 – Next for the hair, using some yarn, gather some strands together making a zig zag motion until you have a bunch like this and snip when you have enough hair:

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You now should have something like this ūüôā

Step 4¬†– Take the longer piece of pipe cleaner and put the “hair” in the centre of it like this:

Woolhogs Rainbow Kids

Step 5 РTake the bead and feed it along both ends of the bent pipe cleaner and push right up to the hair. You now have the a little kiddie taking shape!

Woolhogs Rainbow Kids

Step 6¬†– Take the shorter piece of pipe cleaner and twist them around the “neck” so that they are attached as arms

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Step 7 РNow all you have to do is dress the little munchkins. Take some yarn and leaving a decent tail for tying in later, start wrapping the yarn tightly beginning with the torso, then to each leg and back up to each arm. You may wrap up and down each limb a couple of times to build up the body but this will depend on how chunky you want the doll to be or how thick your yarn is

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Step 7 Р Once you have finished cut the yarn and tie to the tail at the back. Then taking your scissors, cut through the loops at the end of the hair to let loose those wild locks!

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There you go, she’s finished¬†– Voila!!!

Only thing left to do is add 6 siblings let them play…

Woolhogs Rainbow Kids

Woolhogs Rainbow Kids

Woolhogs Rainbow Kids