The FEB Made It – Voting is almost open, but wait…

And just like that, is (almost) VOTING TIME! But before we get itchy fingers – and to make your decisions even harder – here are some more gorgeous entries to tantalise your eyeballs!

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Crochet Cactus by Rainbow Junkie Corner

YAY, I knew Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner wouldn’t be able to resist more crochet flowers (or cactus in this case)! I know cactuses (or cacti?) don’t need much water but this is superb!!! I especially love the beautiful pink flowers which Jane so rightly says never last long in real life.

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Scrappy Stars by Oh Sew Tempting

I know, I keeeeeep saying this but being a non-sewing person myself, I am completely in awe of Avis from Oh Sew Tempting and the incredible creations she makes. This starry wonder is simply amazing, so intricate and complex. Heehee, the closest I ever came to sea-shaped stitches like this was with my crayon in back to Grade 1.

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Ripple Blanket by Sewing Beside The Sea

And another fantastic creation by Avis from Sewing Beside The Sea, which I’m sure you all know is her other blog and which is no less inspiring & choc a bloc with stunning creations. Her beautiful striped ripple blanket is an incredible feat – you’ll have to click on the post for a pic of the actual size…don’t forget to close you mouth!

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Whirly Catherine Wheel Cushion by B*A*M Crafts

I so love newcomers to the challenge and am thrilled that  Beth from B*A*M Crafts has entered another of her fun and funky creations to the challenge – I also love her “throw caution to the wind” style of crochet too – my kinda gal. Especially when it produces cushions like this – the perfect partner for her colourful star ripple blanket! LOVE IT!

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Driftwood & Waves by Pigtails

WOW…….sighhhhh. Ahhhh, this is pure magic! Magda from Pigtails is a crochet artist full stop. What an incredible design, what dreamy photos and what a beautiful story. So exquisitely made from the softest bamboo, I can almost feel it! Thank you Magda  for sharing x

♥ Thank you ALL for entering the challenge, for sharing your talents, all your lovely comments and for inspiring like you have no idea ♥

If you want to add more links, please do so NOW as VOTING will officially open  at midnight – please please pop over and show your love &  support for all this talent – the link is at the end of this post. Remember, you can vote up to 10 TIMES a day, just to make things easier! The winner will be randomly drawn by InLinkz on the 28th FEBRUARY.

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This months prize is a stunner,  made and donated by Trevlyn of Babushka Crafts!

Good luck everyone!

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*click on the PINK LINK to VOTE*

  The FEBRUARY Made It Challenge

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October MADE IT challenge – PARP! It’s Grace, the Amazing Foxy Medallion Penguin in Lacy Wrist Warmers lying on a Chevron Cushion with a Snowflake Pokemon Headband. Ha!

…and if you can make sense of that, you’re a genius (forgive me, I had a few minutes to spare)

Hello & welcome to our fist October Made It show and tell, whoop whoop! I’m absolutely loving the entries and have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the posts too – very entertaining!

It’s been a tough week on the home front with very nearly losing my stepdad. He has a pre-existing lung disease (COPD, it’s horrible) and was admitted to ICU about a week ago with flu. This is routine procedure so we weren’t too concerned. However, he suddenly took an almighty turn for the worse,  and barely breathing, he pretty much told us he was letting go. As you can imagine, it was devastating for the family and my brother and sister started making plans to come home. I was so mad that he could possible go in a hospital room! How he made it through that night, I don’t know but what really blew us away was that he almost miraculously started getting better the next day and just kept on getting stronger and stronger. Even his doc was amazed. You can imagine how overjoyed we were when he came home yon Sunday, looking better than he had in ages!

So it’s with a very happy, light and grateful heart that I show off our first batch of entries…enjoy

First up are oooodles of entries by O’Noodles!

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Medallion Scarf by O’Noodles

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Snowflakes by O’Noodles

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The first 3 gorgeous entries are from JIll from O’Noodles who, might I add, is not only super crazy talented and fun, she is also waaaaaaay ahead of the crowd and serves as a warning to the rest of us tardy folk that Christmas (gulp) is just a few weeks away. Eeeeeeek!  Her beautiful & exquisitely crocheted snowflakes are definitely something I’d like to try…..in about a gazillion years when I’ve had enough practice! Please click on each pic for a visit  to Jill’s posts for links to the patterns for her stunning medallion scarf  – which is super stylish – and her equally chic & elegant lacy wrist warmers.  Looks like both these items can easily be worn all year round, my kinda accessories! Thank Jill ♥

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Pokemon by Vuchickens

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Penguin by Vuchickens

We are once again spoilt with these absolutely beautiful visuals! Oooooooh how gorgeous are these delicious creatures!? Melissa from Vuchickens gets parent of the century award in my book, and I say this not because of the number of times her amazing creations take my breath away, but also for the gentle and wonderful way she has with her children. I wiped a tear or two while reading about this pink little Pokemon (don’t say I didn’t warn you!) who was made to cheer the kiddies up after losing a pet.  And just when my heart was nicely warmed, in walks Penguin to send me over the edge! LOVE LOVE LOVE the hat and scarf ♥

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A warm welcome back to last month’s winner YAY!

Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs has entered these beautiful, trendy headbands. If you don’t already follow her blog, please do yourself a favour and stop by for a visit – your head will spin with excitement at all her amazing makes. Elena is busy with a very wonderful and highly relevant campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness in honour of her friend and these headbands are part of her Amazing Grace series of free patterns. If you’d like to make & donate to this cause, please get in touch. It’d be greatly appreciated ♥

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Pillow Talk By Sewing Beside The Sea

Oh dear, everyone who knows me know I have a MAJOR thing for stripes and polka dots (if you don’t believe me, here’s a quick pic of my handbag…)

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…And the answer is YES.  I did almost fall over with ♥ excitement ♥ when I saw these awesome cushions by the lovely Avis from Sewing Beside The Sea. I had to laugh when she said they don’t match with anything in her house but “who cares”!! I couldn’t agree more. AND not only can you ogle over these babies, you can also follow the fabulous step by step photo tutorial to make some for yourself. WAHOOOO!

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Foxy by Nice Piece Of Work

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Is it happening to you too? Are you also avidly following Jill from Nice Piece Of Work‘s blog, waiting for the telltale title and trying to guess which gorgeous cuddly little animal beanie is going to be next?!!!! Foxy and Ellie join a very cool cotton (‘xcuse the pun) family: piggy, tiger, koala, penguin, hedgehog, panda and Mamma Jill won’t be stopped until she has 100 in her brood! ♥

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I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing the collection so far! Now all you have to do is ADD YOURS!

Happy Making 

Love Maryanne

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September Made It – Coming to you live from a piece of paradise

(Just so you know, I wrote this yesterday bit so carried away having so much fun that I didn’t get to actually posting, oops!!! Also, I have no idea why some of the font is small, I tried to correct this but couldn’t very odd??) 

Ahhhhh this is the LIFE! After a very fortuitous twist my family and I find ourselves away for the weekend, at one of the most magical places in the Cape Town.

We’re in Scarborough where my in laws live, a gorgeous little seaside village at the foot of the Cape’s south peninsula. They were supposed to go away this weekend for an impromptu – and long overdue – break so we offered to housesit for them (tough job!) and look after their doggies.  We had plans to go away too with my parents but my hubby’s work got in the way! Anyway, my in-laws have two holiday cottages next door to their home which are almost always full, so because they had no booking this weekend they wanted to make the most of the time off.

Early yesterday morning I got a call my momma-in-law saying that they just couldn’t find anywhere nice to go on such short notice and they thought that they would just pop over to one of their own cottage to “get away”. But on thinking of how silly it would be to haul all their personal stuff just steps away…..she had a brainwave….we could come and stay in the cottage for the weekend and they would just stay at home where they have everything they need!!!! Brilliant!

After a good giggle together at the utter irony and a promise from the folks not to lift a finger, my little family and I found ourselves waking up this morning to the sounds of waves rolling in the beach and, well, not much else…it’s blissfully quite here! The best part is that we are only 10 minutes drive from home so we had none of the usual “are we there yet”s from the kids. Horraaaaay for al!

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So while I sit here, sitting at the kitchen counter and while the kids are busying themselves and hubby is off to do some work, I’m over the moon to introduce the first 11 entries!!! (Psst, click on each pic to take you to the original post)

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“The Big One” by Measured & Slow

Each finished project is a wonderful thing but when you finally finish something that’s taken a year, then somersaults are the order of the day!!! WOW, this full sized quilt from Alyssa from Measured & Slow  is absolutely STUNNING and an amazing feat….I’m bowing down as I type this!

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“Soft & Stylish Cowl” by Beatrice Ryan Designs

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“A Mash Of Monsters” by Beatrice Ryan Designs

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“One-eyed Monster” by Beatrice Ryan Design

Welcome back to the uber-creative and colourful Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs who’s repertoire seems infinite. How fantastic are these beanies?!!! My kids (sigh, as usual) are always banging on at me to crochet fun things like this for them, even my friends!! There’s a great tutorial too for Elena’a beautiful cowl – it looks likes it’s nice and quick to work up too,  the rose is stunning and finishes off the look perfectly.

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“Pinwheel Quilt” by Oh Sew Tempting

LIke Alyssa above, finishing a project like a quilt must be so very satisfying (em, I’m assuming it is, I wouldn’t know heehe).  Avis from Oh Sew Tempting‘s Pinwheel quilt is absolutely gorgeous and exquisitely crafted! A lot of our readers and Made It challenge entrants know Avis very well – her work is so inspirational!!!

And speaking of inspirational…..

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“Elizabethan House” by Sewing Beside The Sea

WOW WOW WOW! For those of you how don’t know, Avis is now also Avis from Sewing Beside The Sea!!! Her new blog is everything not patchwork/quilting and promises to be be fascinating with lots of exciting projects coming up – please go and follow. This blackwork Elizabethan house is so beautiful, so intricate and the overall effect is striking – so looking forward to seeing more!

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“Lovely Lavender Bags” by Cute As A Button

Well someone is well prepared for Christmas heehee!!!! These crochet lavender bags made by Laura from Cute As A Button are PERFECT for gifts or decorations and can be whipped up in no time. When you visit Laura’s post, scroll down for lots more to ogle over. But the one that  took my breath away is –  yip, it’s the one with the teeny tiny ADORABLE flower ( for some reason, I just could not upload that one!)

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“Superheroes!” by Knitting Rays Of Hope

Upon reading Pali & Vanessa from Knitting Rays of Hope‘s post, I first blinked back some tears…and then didn’t. In my opinion, creativity is a fundamental and all healing process through which so much love is can be expressed. These SUPER hats are made for and on behalf of some seriously amazing HEROES by these wonderful WONDERFUL ladies. Please pop over and say hello ♥

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“Amigurumi Giraffe” by Kake’s Crafts

Hello cute little Giraffe! Welcome back to the fun Kayleigh from Kake’s Crafts and thank you for another super sweet amigurumi creature. This stipey non-gender giraffe is one it’s way to Kayleigh’s little 2 year old cuzzy, ahhhhhhh!  Pop over for all the details and the link to the pattern!

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“Life Of It’s Own Bag” by Nice Piece Of Work

HAHAH I just LOVE  from Nice Piece of Work‘s beautiful sense of humour and easy style! Only she could name her bag “Life of it’s own” and call it weird! Well, I know you’ll agree that this wonderfully eclectic bag, multi faceted bag, complete with doily centre and magnetic clasp is all AWESOME!

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“Balmoral Baby Hat” by Jennifer Stewart

Ok, all together now…Ahhhhhhhhh! Oh my word, this is just so cute! Thank you to Jennifer Stewart, one of Woolhogs Facebook page members for sending me her Made It entry. This delightful Baby Balmoral Hat is Jennifer’s very first pattern and can be found here on Ravely!

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Thank  you all for a FAB start – sooooo looking forward to bringing you the next batch!

Love Maryanne

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