September Made It – More GORGGGG entries & TWO more days to add your link

Hello all you Creative Goddesses and Gods (yes, we’ve had one visit the Made It already)

Can you believe it?? September is almost over and we are now officially free falling towards Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that Christmas that is approaching faster than the cold hard ground to a bungy jumper…it’s that CHRISTMAS,  I.E THE END OF THE YEAR is almost here?????? What the…..

I still have a looooooong list of things to do, people to see and places to go which are just going to have to go on my 2014 list. Yikes, was this not the fastest year EVER? I have been ogling (once again) all the entries so far and am truly in awe of the number of amazing things that come into existence every day, week, month and year. I bow down to all you ladies who pour so much of yourselves into your incredible projects and am honoured & grateful that you share these (and yourselves) with all of us here on the Made It.

Oh dear, before the violins arrive, let me get on with the intro’s for the latest entries!!!


Fabric Blending by Projects by Mtetar

A  warm welcome back to  Mtetar from Projects by Mtetar who makes the most amazing upcycled clothing by giving life and sizzling STYLE to old denims. I absolutely LOVE the belt …. oooh and the polka dots!!!


Amazing Grace Hats by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Thank you to Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs for all your amazing entries, you inspire us on so many levels. Here is the FAB pattern for this gorgeous crocheted hat, made in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness.!


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Double Duty by YarnChick40

Are you now also craving a lolly!!! Lisa Victoria from YarnChick40 is back with this great idea to keep little hands nice and cosy. Click on the pic to see the other great use…can you guess what it is??? GENIUS!

Hanging Hearts by Hav2Havz

LOVE LOVE and more LOVE…..the very talented Rene from Hav2Havz‘s hanging hearts are simply beautiful and the colours are SUBLIME!!! Please pop over to her FB for more of her happy projects, you’ll love every second!

So HURRY, there’s still time to enter 🙂 Click on the pic to add your link

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Click to add your link!!!


Love Maryanne xxx

July Made It – Kicking Off with a super PRIZE!

It’s the Weekend! Hope you are all having a relaxing one and doing whatever makes your heart & soul happy. I’ve been busy with all sorts of things that fill me with glee; designing, thinking, writing, packing, problem-solving, crocheting etc so I will spill beans as they all come together.

Well, the July Made it is off to a great start with the first 3 gorgeous entries in but before I show them to you, I’m sure you’ll be keen to see this months prize.

Tamara from Crochet with Tamara, who won the May Made It challenge has so very kindly (and incredibly generously) donated this month’s prize:

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The winner will receive

* a beautiful Mandala handmade by Tamara,
* a fabulous selection of vintage buttons
* 2 skeins of Sensations yarn – Breeze and Wave in the most tropical looking colours!

Worth playing for? ABSOLUTELY! Thank you so much Tamara ♥

And with that, here are our first 3 entries:

Crochet Daisy Cushion by AngellaDeeDesigns

Crochet Pouch by Angella DeeDesigns

First in this month are TWO wonderful projects made by Angella of AngellaDeeDesigns. I say this all the time but DO VISIT HER BLOG! She always seems to be busy with something new, exciting and inspiring.  Her  daisy cushion is so very cheerful and she has included a link to the pattern (very similar to what I’m busy with too!).

I love this pouch –  the little personal touches at the end, the feather, the little bottle with the word HOPE inside…this is exactly what Angella is all about!



“A Dress for my Daughter” by Mtetar

A while back, I received a text message from my Mom….wait, let me see if I can find it. Ah, here it is – I posted it on my FB page at the time

All I can say is….Mtetar, you daughter is a very lucky young lady who will absolutely adore this gorgeous dress and matching tote bag you made her. I assure you, you will never have to send her a message like this!!!




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June Made It – 2 more days!

Hello from a wet, cold, rainy Cape Town! It’s so fffffreezzzzing and gloomy here, I posted this pic on my Facebook page to cheer me up

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Absolutely did the trick!

Wow, so yes…there are really ONLY 3 days left until the June Made It closes and the voting begins. I am proud to say that I spent some time working on my entry today and just have to cross my fingers that I get it finished time   and I WILL get it finished in time! A certain coffee date of mine commented on the fact that she noticed that I actaully hadn’t submitted anything into the challenge for a while now AND I had the audacity to enter something my daughter made last month…eeeeeeek!


Yes, you recognise her don’t you! The lovely Jill from Nice Piece Of Work and I got together last Thursday for or a cuppa,  a great chat,  and shared an ENORMOUS slice of blueberry cheesecake! She came laden with all sorts of goodies:

  • the fab crochet hat that Jill made for FB giveway which was won by my sister-in-law
  • this ADORABLE froggy beanie that I won on her Jam Tarts giveaway
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    How cute is my boy?!!!

  • AND the 2 Bead Tassle sets that are going to make up this month PRIZE (woohoooo)

So Jill, I am going to make sure that my little fingers work themselves to the bone and produce something decent to enter this month!

Here are the latest entries into this months challenge!

Sweet enough to eat <3

Cupcake Dress by Millie On Her World

Are you just as blown away as I am??….especially seen as though this Cupcake Dress  was an AFTER THOUGHT by the wonderfully imaginative Mille On Her World after the postman let her down! Flippin awesome.



Jean Skirt by Projects by Mtetar

This is where you go when faced with the dilema of chucking out an old pair of demins!!! This Jean skirt  made by the super-stitcher   Mtetar of Projects by Mtetaris  is just another fine example of how one can bring new life into an old pair of denims!


Baby Blanket by Aviena

Happy Times by Aviena

Thank heavens for new bundles of joy…and especially little nieces in this case!  This uber- trendy, fabulously cuddly Happy Times baby blanket ,  loving handmade by the talented Aviena of AvienaDawn makes me go all mushy…those little picot stitches……ahhhhhhh!


True Colours Afghan by Elena

If you haven’t already, please pop over and have a look at all the amazing crochet goodies that  Elena of Beatrice Ryan Designs has been producing for Alpine Originals Artwalk at which her work is being featured. This True Colours Afghan is her latest offering….WOW!


Circle of Roses Lamp by Aviena

Circle of Roses Lamp by Aviena

Another beautiful project by Aviena to woo us with! What a brilliant idea to decorate a lamp with these gorgeous crochet roses – I too will be looking at all my lamps in a new light (soooo unintended!)


Thank you ladies



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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!


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!


 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!!!


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 ♥



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



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!


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


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


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


May Made It – Ten more tantalising entries!

Thank you all for your much appreciated, thought provoking feedback and comments in response to the question I asked about the Made It Challenge’s winner procedure – I love that you all took a little time to give it some thought.

I am still mulling over one of two things BUT am pretty sure I know what I’m going to do….but you will have to wait until the start of next month’s challenge to hear all about it. (Yeah I know, I know, I mean like that). June’s Made It is going to be lots of FUN and I will launch our “same same, but different” challenge just after the winner of May is announced. This month’s winner will be randomly drawn on the 31st so there’s still a good few days to get your LINK in!

The reason I have been holding off with telling you what the prize is….is because I am waiting for a delivery. In the meantime, here is a clue!


Right, as always, let’s get busy ooooohing, ahhhhhing and wowing! Look how awesome the collection is looking for far…


(I’m still waiting for InLinkz to make it possible to insert the live collection into the  blog – if anyone knows if it can be done, I want to hear from you!!)



Faery Hedgepig by Just Joan

Heehee I absolutely LOVE this deliciously cute Faery HedgePig by Joan of Just Joan – this is my kind of toy…that hair!!! This is Joan’s first entry into the Made It, woohooo! Make sure you go and visit her blog & say hello – its filled with all things crochet & colour…



Pom Pom Hat by Crochet with Tamara

Another newcomer to the Made It but no stranger to us crochet bloggers is the wonderful Tamara of Crochet with Tamara!!!! Tamara’s blog has got to be one of the most heartwarming one’s I’ve come across – so down-to-earth and generous. It’s truly an honour to be given such a glimpse into one’s everyday life. And can she crochet!!!!! Just check out these Pom Poms...



Pixie by VuChickens

*** WARNING ***

Do.Not.Click.On.This.LINK…unless of course you are seated, have lots of time, have good craft-self-esteem and someone to pick your jaw up off the table. All I’m going to say is…..that hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *SQUEAL*

(ps. Oh and Melissa,…Jonah is not playing with the doll, he’s going to clone her into his future wife!!)



Pretty Flowers by Jill

If you love your regular dose of Laughs, Crochet and Off-The-Cuff Life all in one, then you are already a follower of Jill from Nice Piece of Work! If not, you are clearly in the need of cheering up! Check out these beautiful colourful cotton crochet flowers – they are part of an ongoing project that Jill began here and we are all waiting to see the final Ta-Dah!



Greenwood Bag by ONoodles

Our other Jill from ONoodles has made this exquisite retro Greenwood Bag made from leftovers…yip STASH BUSTING, YAY!!!I love colours, they go so well together and really give the bad it’s vintage feel.


These next FABULOUS FOUR entries are from Elena of Beatrice Ryan Designs!


Spring Time Face Cloths by Beatrice Ryan Designs


Flower Cleansing Pads by Beatrice Ryan Designs


Twisted Stitched Coffee Cozy by Beatrice Ryan Designs


Spiral Door Handle Baskets by Beatrice Ryan Designs

WOW, my head spin with her speed and creativity!

Click on each photo to see each of her posts where you will find some interesting links to patterns – while you are there, have a good look around for tons of inspiration!



Upcycling by Mtetar

…and while we are on the subject of head-spinners! I am a bit gobsmacked at what Mtetar can do with jeans!!!! Once again, I find myself daydreaming about being able to sew – I have tons and tons of old jeans around just waiting to be transformed! Please make sure you visit Projects by Mtetar for not only more info on this fine skirt, but also a load more magically made items!


And there you have it!


April’s Made It – 33 is the new # to beat!

Yipeeee! We have had (and are still having – for the next 36 or so hours anyway) a BUMPER challenge this month with 33 awesome entries…and a few more to come if you get a move on!

Let me dive straight into the lovely new entries…

Sail Boats by Kakes Crafts

Like a lot of members, no Made It challenge would be the same without Kayleigh from Kakes Crafts! LOVE these crocheted sail boats which hang on the wall, made especially for her Mom and Dad’s new home – sweet! They are definitely going on my own list of projects-to-do (if I can possibly ever get over the fear of blocking)!!! Check out her post which has a great link to the original pattern 🙂


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Flower Foot Stool by YarnChick40

It just goes to show…when you persevere through your list of unfinished projects, the results are almost always MASSIVELY SATISFYING!  Well done to Lisa Victoria of Yarnchick40 for not scrapping this one. Your flower pouffe/footstool is gorgeous – the colours go beautifully together. This one’s a family heirloom for sure! 


Blocked Shawl by Knitnrun4sanity

I wanted to make this photo bigger so that you can truly appreciate the incredible stitching of this beautiful shawl!! Alice from Knitrun4sanity’s post about blocking – something, as I mentioned earlier, has always terrified me – is brilliant. The step by step explanation and the photos make the whole process look very exciting. Her shawl is absolutely s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g, don’t you agree!!!


Peppa Pig by ONoodles

I just love Jill from O’Noodles energy & colourful spirit – she always brings a smile to my heart and this little noodle didn’t disappoint! I am sticking my neck out here (being in South Africa and all) and I assume this is actually Peppa Pig? She is delightfully cute and happy! Please go and LIKE Jill’s Facebook page, I promise you will ADORE what you see and will have loads of fun browsing though all her photos 🙂



Mixed Prints by Mtetar


“UnPerfect Match” by Mtetar

I am delighted to show you another 2 wonderful entries by Mtetar. Wowwee, I am truly in awe of people who can not only sew but can creatively upcycle unused items into a whole host of other things! Click on this post, Mixed Prints and watch some material and an old jersey being transformed into  one, two THREE new items. So cool!

And this post, Unperfect Match for a super quick, zooped up denim jacket!

Truly inspiring ♥


So there we have it!!! We are getting very close to VOTING TIME so if you are hesitating about submitting an entry, DO IT NOW!!!

This lovely little yarn stash may be heading your way…

Celebrating Seasons! 2 x 100% Merino in Cream 2 x 100% Cotton in Autumn Mix 2 x 100% Bamboo in Girl Pink

Celebrating Seasons!
2 x 100% Merino in Cream
2 x 100% Cotton in Autumn Mix
2 x 100% Bamboo in Girl Pink

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made it challenge, woolhogs

Bye for now ♥

April’s “Made It” – Sew Exciting!

Hello Everyone! Hope you’ve had a great weekend where ever in the world you are.

It’s one of my favourite times of the week – Sunday eve, just after a lovely long day with my family and juuuuuuust before the mad rush, of getting things ready for school begins….which is about a full 5 minutes! But hey, they are my 5 minutes, (ours actually), so I use them wisely and show off the latest entries and ignore the yells for ” Mooooooooooom” that are coming from downstairs. My door is locked anyway HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

I am sew (ok, enough of that) happy that we have our second and third “sewing projects” in this months challenge. How cool! I am super envious of people who can sew and I am Oh Sew Tempted to ask my Mom to teach me how to use my Grans sewing machine that is gathering dust…hmmmmm, I’ll have to get back to you about that.


Starry Starry Night by Oh Sew Tempting

A hearty warm welcome to the incredibly talented Avis from Oh Sew Tempting! – I’m sure most of your already know her! This is Avis’s first entry into the Made It and I sincerely hope it’s the first of many. WOW, her magnificent sea-inspired, super-sized quilt is breathtaking – the colours go so perfectly together and the wavey stitching is just brilliant.

Click here to see the rest of the photos 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful gift with us.



I am thrilled to welcome another first-timer and sewing sensation to the Made It. Welcome Mtetar of Projects By Mtetar! Thank you for also sharing this fantastic and super cute project with us – this adorable little girls skirt and matching tote bag, beautifully made from one pair of jeans and some material! Your granddaughter is going to be over the moon with her new goodies!

There is a lovely little step-by-step too so make sure you pop over and have a look at her post here


Because we started late, I am leaving the link open until the 1st May so there is still time for any last minute entries.

I have to apologies at this stage and tell you that I don’t have anything to enter this month!!! I was going to enter the 60 IdentiDasies that I made for Krystal’s wedding (I have an updated pattern) but I forgot to take any pics arrgggg!! So, please forgive me. I will update the origonal post with the new pattern, just in case you feel the urge to make some pretty little flowers to sit prettily around the base of your wine glass!

Here’s another pic of the wedding, just becuase 🙂

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made it challenge, woolhogs

Bye for now ♥