October MADE IT challenge – Mid (ish) month show ‘n tell (Part 1)

Hello everyone!

I’m back after taking a few days off to spend time with my family, especially my brother and sister who came home when our stepfather fell ill. How wonderful that we got to spend time together as a family WITHOUT the heartbreak of losing our favourite man! I am happy to tell you that Gav is doing so well and we’ve truly had the best family reunion EVER!


Happy Days!

Right, are you ready to see some of the wonderful entries that have been coming in fast and fabulously.

Jill puff


Jill polar


Jill mouse


But none as fast and as fabulously as Jill from Nice Piece of Work! WOW her wonderful family of ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE baby animal beanies is growing verrrry nicely, thank you. Jill, I have just three, six, no NINE words … WE WANT MORE, WE WANT MORE, WE WANT MORE!




My First Crochet Cushion!

I absolutely LOVE Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner‘s fist ever cushion, in a stunning bright colour combo too, lovingly made for her son’s new home. AND it seems she has been her usual inspirational self again….read on below 🙂



All sewn up

I’m over the moon to welcome Wisher from Pretty Little Things in a Box into her very first Made It challenge!  Her gorgeous, beautifully sewn gingham cushion was inspired by both Rainbow Junkie’s and Sewing By The Seas’s cushion posts this week. For me, this is what it’s all about ♥ If you haven’t already met Wisher, please pop over and say hello


Helen angels


These elegant crocheted angels from Helen of Creative Granny are simply stunning and yet another reminder that Christmas is just around the corner. Stop by and visit Helen’s blog,  it’s chock a block full with amazing projects, flowers, veggies and a beautiful glimpse into her country life in South Africa


There are loads more new entries already submitted this month but I’m going to have to leave you in a little more suspense and post the rest tomorrow night. In the meantime, enjoy browsing through these great entries

Night Night

Love Maryanne


made it

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October MADE IT challenge is OPEN (and I actually have an entry!)

In true me style, a day or so late, the October Made It challenge is officially underway so get your entries in YAY!

In not-true-me style, I am actually going to be the very first entrant this month – HA! – just to prove that I can still actually make something ( was getting really worried there)

A while back I dropped & smashed my lovely new iPhone… well let’s just say that the phone still worked but if I used it my ear was in danger of been shredded off.

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Believe me, this was taken when it was still looking half decent!


Typically, the only place that could fix it was a 45 min drive away and I would have to sit and wait for an hour and a half for the job to be done. HAHAHAHAHAH, yeah right – I have 3 kids and a full time job HAHAHAHAH! So, much to the utter shame of my kids, and pretty much everyone I know, I simply taped it up with cellotape and slapped a cover on the back and off I went with my DIY fixed phone.

For FOUR months!!!

Last Friday, I eventually got it together to have the damn phone fixed and the lady behind the counter just about managed to stop herself from picking it up with a pen. Yes, it was that disgusting. Sand, dirt and other muck stuck to pieces of peeling cellotape – oh how I wish I have a photo to show you

I was over the moon with my shiny new phone and  immediately rushed out to buy the biggest, baddest rubbery cover I could find – which was impossible because it seems that the whole world makes covers for the very latest phones only…can you believe it. An iPhone 4S is now positively archaic!!!

Anyway, I remembered a stunning iPhone cover that Jane over at Rainbow Junkie Corner made a while back and there was my inspiration…

Ta Da!

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A bit fuzzy, but you get the picture!


I’ve decided to go back to good ole FROGGY to add links so please tickle our little blue friend and ADD YOURS! I’m off to add mine

Love Maryanne

made it

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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:


Rainbow Junkie Corner

Creative Granny


Nice Piece Of Work

Little Poppits




Rainbow Junkie Corner

Side view of Mini Pinny

The Stitch Sharer



Millie On Her World


Cute As A Button

millie's mittens

Millie On Her World

Here it is - my protoype.


Ripply Blanket 1

Cest La Vie

All Things Moz

Kake’s Crafts


Alyce’s Blog

cute isn't he?





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 ♥

woolhogs happy easter

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 – thank 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 🙂

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 – Take 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 – Now 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 –  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

I won! I won!


I am not sure I have won anything since a single record at a disco when I was 16 (and yes, I mean the round black disc with music on it)Image

but *drumroll please*



Thank you so much, I will look after your babies and give them a good home!

Rainbow Happiness

Hello and thank you to all our new followers and for the lovely comments – we are really encouraged!

As Autumn approaches we are still lucky enough to have some gorgeous, bright blue-skied days! So, we thought we’d show you one of Victoria’s recent projects.

Firstly, let us introduce you to Mr Murphy, the Kelp Collector…

Luckily for Mr Murphy, he lives very close to a beautiful beach where kelp is plentiful. He often comes home bearing gifts for Mom.

It was one of these pretty gifts that was the inspiration for the “Happiness Rainbow”. Apart from the rainbow shaped piece of kelp (not the one above, but you get the picture) the idea first came from this gorgeous post we found on Ravelry.

It was such an easy little project – so lovely and colourful – which will happily brighten up the baby room.

Just 5 simple flowers with crochet chains, attached to kelp/wood/hanger or anything really!

…..and while we were outside taking these pics, this beautiful Orange-breasted Sunbird decided to join us!


Go on, give it a go – it’s the perfect way to use up all those odd bits of colourful yarn!