The FEB Made It – *WARNING* Content may inspire sensitive viewers

Happy Monday everyone – I hope you all had a wonderfully fun and relaxing weekend!

It was a busy one for me with lots on the go which I will post about later. In the meantime, here are two pics as a sneaky preview…I promise, there’s a good explanation

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The Made It entries are coming in fast & furiously, so sit back and enjoy….

Next up are entries from long time Made It challenger, Jill from O’Noodles who magically produced not one but TWO stunning Afghans throws (and these were stash busters too!)

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“Hundertwasser” Afghan by O’Noodles

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“Happy Heart” Afghan by O’Noodles

The first one was inspired by the artist  Hundertwasser whose use of colour will leave you weak at the knees – all Jill’s hard work truly captures his bright and bold style . The second throw was inspired by a “Happy Heart” challenge and too has an “arty” look to it. Both amazingly beautiful and inspirational throws!!   Which is your favourite???

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Wooohoooo FREE PATTERN!!!! Thank you  to Jackie from Knitting With Heart for not only entering her ADORABLE Sweetie♥ Knit♥Heart (ring and bracelet) into the Made It challenge but for sharing her pattern with us. (Click on the link of pic to download). I love them as pictured above over a pair of gloves, very chic!

Hellloooooo Pigtails! So happy to have you back, with 3 more sensational entries…

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Patchwork Blanket by Pigtails

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Indigo Scarf by Pigtails

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Ripple Scarf by Pigtails

Wowwee, what a colour fest and complete visual treat! I must say, the Patchwork blanket speaks to my very soul – the colours are delicious and the circle & squares have me utterly mesmerized. I adore her Indigo scarf with the beautiful bobble stitch, crocheted using Vinnis Serina, a soft silky bamboo – click on the post of the pattern and a link to an Invisible Double Knot. And staying with beautiful stitches, this Vintage Fan Ripple stitch is pure heaven – looking forward to seeing that throw too, Magda!

Looks like we’ll be saying Bon Voyage to the lovely Pigtails as she and her intrepid family leave SA for Qatar! THANKFULLY, the world is a WiFi village and we’ll have loads of fun keeping updated with new adventures and new crochet! 

Thanks for stopping by everyone, will be back soon with more!

Love Maryanne

*click on the PINK LINK to add yours*

***  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

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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 – A happy Jumper and a flower Cozy, topped off with some ripply stripy Blankets!

Hello Lovelies ♥

We are on the brink of VOTING (yes, already), in fact if you are still thinking of entering this month, you have  another 8 hours so hurry hurry

Oh my GOODNESS, it’s………….

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Time To Get Cozy by Patch

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Welcome back Trish from Made By Patch (yes, there’s pink snow everywhere, even in Cape Town heehee),  it’s so lovely to have you back, especially that you’ve brought your delightful cup cozy with you….I LOVVVVVVE the little red buttons as flower, – so lovely and very effective. Hmmmm, this may mean that you’ve sealed your son’s fate – no girl wouldn’t want you as a mum-in-law after a gift like this!

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Winter Crochet Blankets by Beatrice Ryan Designs

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Baby Ziggy Zaggy Blanket by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Ooooooh, Pewter & Berries! I don’t think I’ve heard a more perfect description before, it’s exactly what the top ripply blanket looks like – so very striking too. Both of these gorgeous blankets were quickly made up by the ever-so-talented Elena from Beatrice Ryan Design. Once again, her colour combinations are impeccable and work so well together (and make me feel so utterly useless!!) Elena, you are amazing

And speaking of colour combos….

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Stripey Rainbow Blanket by Alynnis Crochet

Striking. Delicious. Soft. Happy. Beautiful…..I could go on and on. This sensational rainbow inspired stripey blanket, so beautifully and delicately edged, made by Alynnis of Alynnis Crochet is pure magic! What big little girl wouldn’t want one on her bed to brighten up her room and to cuddle at night. And those colours…….WOW

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Clown Jumper by Nanacathydotcom

I’m thrilled to welcome Nana Cathy from Nanacathydotcom to the Made It challenge, who has entered her very happy clown jumper, lovingly made for her little Happy Jumper – you’ll have to pop over and see who that is! The little ellie buttons at the shoulder are super cute too – a perfect match for the little recipient!

And with that, we draw (almost) to a close! Please click on the link at the foot of the post to view the full collection. If you haven’t already had a good ol’ browse around you are missing out on a feast of inspiration – the talent, dedication and passion are mind-blowing.

Once again, here is the FAB prize by Pigtails up for grabs!!!

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Scarf & heart brooch (made by her sweet daughter) by Pigtails using Vinnis Colours Serina in Slate

Love Maryanne

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November Made It – More stunning goodies to ogle

Hello Everyone

Please forgive me for being really slack this month with getting my posts out – after seeing the next batch of entries, I think you’ll agree it was worth the wait!

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Crochet Baubles by Rainbow Junkie Corner

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we all could one day open our Christmas decoration box and find only beautiful handmade decorations instead of mass-produced, plastic, shop bought ones  – would be lovely to rather line the pockets of real talented artisans instead! These beautiful crochet baubles made by Jane of Rainbow Junkie Corner not only look amazing (both of them Jane!) they look like so much fun to make, esp seeing as Jane has already done all the “figuring things out” for us. I’m adding these to my Made It Christmas Box (the one that I have created in my head, full of decorations that I want to make. )Please click here for the pattern and great tutorial!

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Hats from the Hall by O’Noodles

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Felt Flower by O’Noodles

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Gift Wrapping by O’Noodles

What a fabulous idea! Hats From The Hall – a day of hat making, from start to finish. The above three entries are from Jill from O’Noodles (always so lovely getting to see your smiling face Jill!) who attended an amazing felt hat making course. What a fabulous day it looked like, especially if the *stunning* resulting hat and flower are anything to go by! If you live in the area, go and check it out. Annnnnd, here is something I’ve never seen before….homemade gift wrapping, completely with little ribbons and vintage button. Genuis!

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Owl Beanie by DaniellaJoe

Welcome back to the zany and colourful Patricia from DaniellaJoe. I’ve seem many adorable owl beanies but I have to say that this dear sweet little owl is the most unique one yet – and the standard is super high (‘eh Jill)… Isn’t she gorgeous! I love the colours, the wild eyes and bright blue buttons. There is a link to a great video tutorial for the little chap so whatya waiting for…

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Cowl by Susan’s Musing

From colourful owl to colourful COWL! This super cosy looking cowl was made by Susan from Susan’s Musings, another fabulous addition to the Made It Cowl Collection (sheweee, voting is going to be tough!). There is a link to the pattern which Susan says is really quite to make up…a fab stash buster me thinks!!!!

The next two entries are new comers to the Made It – Wooohoooo, please welcome two incredibly talented ladies who each made the most A.M.A.Z.I.N.G jewellery…..(oh, if you are battling to read foreign blogs, try using Google Chrome as your browser – it will give you an option to translate into English or whatever your preferred language is)

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Glass and Crochet Necklace by Zssazsazsu

First up is this jawdroppingly beautiful necklace made by Zsazsazsu – a modern infusion of handblown glass and fine silk crochet. The effect is absolutely mesmerizing, in fact all her pieces on her blog will leave you feeling totally blown away!Please head over and have a browse…WOW

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Crochet Necklace by Ineseda

Another sensational piece of jewellery comes from Inez of Ineseda. This beautiful crocheted necklace is made with the finest yarn and is completely seamless – wow, that a lot of work! Worth every second….. Inez has posted a pattern too, so please pop over and have a look. Her blog is also full with the most wonderfully unique creations

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Christmas Decorations by Oh Sew Tempting

Thank you Avis, I AM singing, I AM in the mood for Christmas and your HAVE brightened up my day!!! These beautiful Christmas tree decorations (all 12 of them!) were expertly made by Avis of Oh Sew Tempting – another stunning addition to our Made It Christmas Box.  Oh course, she makes it look so easy but thankfully she’s included super tutorial heehee.

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Butterfly Bow Beanie by La Vie En Rose

YAY, the lovely Laura from La Vie En Rose has entered this gorgeous Butterfly Bow Beanie, knitted for her daughter. I ADORE the little bow, it really adds to the overall charm.  I also love the tweed effect achieved by using double strands of each colour. Thanks Laura, so happy you are back!

That’s all folks, there are only TWO more days to add your link so HURRY!

Here is the prize one more to entice you…

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Scarf & heart brooch (made by her sweet daughter) by Pigtails using Vinnis Colours Serina in Slate

Love Maryanne

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November Made It – Friends old and new!

Hello! Hope you are all well in the land of BLOG ‘n CRAFT!

I think it’s safe to say that this month we have an influx of wonderful new bloggers and they seem to be coming from the Pigtails side of the Blogesphere!!!  Thanks Madga for sending us so many new friends to join in,  I hope you all enjoy visiting each other’s blogs posts ♥

Right, on with the show – have a lovely look at these next 3 entries!

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Colour Bomb Blanket by Colour ‘n Cream

Meet another new comer, the lovely Jenn from Colour ‘n Cream. Not only does her blog name sounds edible, just look at this all this yumminess. This beautiful blanket was crocheted using cottons in the most delicious colours…soft, creamy pastels…ah. The border is sooooo sweet too!!! And if this is not enough to satisfy your appetite for colour,  just carry on browsing Jenn’s blog!

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Safari Baby Quilt by Measure & Slow

It was hard to choose which picture to display here (I went for the same one that Alyssa chose) because once you get up close to these teeny tiny little safari animals sitting alongside these luscious stripes of orange, lilac and mint will you truly get to see how much thought, work and detail went into the making of this sensational baby quilt! Please pop over and visit Alyssa from Measure & Slow and see for yourself….the quilt is also has the cutest backing ever!!

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Izumi Scarf by Nelleke Maakt Van Alles (Makes Everything)

Oh my! I adore this beautiful, intricate and ever so lovingly made scarf by Nelleke from Nelleke Maakt Van Alles, another new comer to the challenge. The stitches are so gorgeous giving the scarf a soft, unique overall look. The rose is the perfect “cherry on the top”. Nelleke made this for her sister who’s overcome a long illness….what a wonderful celebration! Please visit her fabulous blog and say hello, you’ll be completely inspired…

 WOWEEE, the standard just keeps on getting better, don’t ya think! I’ll be back tomorrow with more amazing entries.

Just to remind you, here is the exquisite scarf which is this month’s prize, kindly sponsored and made by Magda of Pigtails – the little heart brooch was made by Magda’s daughter (does it get much sweeter that this??) who, might I add, is super talented like her Mom and even has her own blog!!!! Check it out xxx

 

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Scarf & heart brooch (made by her sweet daughter) by Pigtails using Vinnis Colours Serina in Slate

Love Maryanne

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November Made It Challenge PRIZE….and it’s a goodie!

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The lucky winner of the Nov Made It will win this SENSATIONAL scarf, lovingly crocheted by Magda of Pigtails

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Scarf made by Pigtails using Vinnis Colours Serina in Slate

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You have to be IN it to WIN it some come on, add your LINK xxx

Love Maryanne

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The October MADE IT challenge has a brand new WINNER!

      

CONGRATULATIONS goes to the lovely & super talented  Pigtails! Your beautifully crocheted Mandala was a huge hit this month, and also ranked No. 2 with the voters. Thank you so much for entering the challenge & for sharing all your incredible talents …you’ve certainly inspired us ♥

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Your prize will be whizzing it merry way to you very soon – enjoy!

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Now for the Made It Challenge Voter’s Choice Badge…….

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WOOO HOOOO, the winner is  Linda from Alynnis Crochet!  Your super fabulous crochet blanket received a whole lotta love from the voters this month with 21 of the votes ♥ YAY!  (the badge is yours to copy&paste/frame or do with whatever you please heehee)

Thank you to EACH of you for entering. To all our wonderful regulars, you gals absolutely ROCK! And to all our new comers, THANK YOU for joining in letting us get to know you, I hope you’ll stay!!  Thank you ALL too for taking the time to VOTE – the appreciation & the love shown to all entries was incredibly encouraging! What a stunning collection of entries we’ve had – I hope you all enjoyed the challenge as much as I have!

I’LL BE BACK IN A DAY OR TWO WITH THE NOVEMBER LINK SO GET READY…

 

Love Maryanne

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October MADE IT challenge – VOTE VOTE VOTE! Oh, and check out last month’s AWESOME prize from Buglets

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Hello and thank you to all who’ve voted so far….I know, I KNOW…I’m finding it tough too!

The lovely and super duper talented Barbs from Buglets, who so kindly sponsored the prize for September’s Made It challenge sent me a pic of the gorgeous assortment of goodies she made & sent to our winner Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs

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Buglets prize!

How absolutely stunning! In the mix is a necklace, bookmark, coasters, Christmas tree decoration & a super soft facecloth, all crocheted by Barbs with Vinnis Colours 100% bamboo & cotton yarns – in my opinion, the very best in SA.  Hope you enjoy it Elena ♥

Again, a reminder that OCTOBER’S winner, who will be randomly drawn on the 31st October & will WIN this prize of some yummy soft yarn to add to The Stash

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The entry with the MOST VOTES will be awarded with the Made It Challenge Voter’s Choice Badge for October to wear on their own blog or tape to their wall – whichever!

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SO KEEP VOTING!!!!!

Love Maryanne

CLICK ON FROGGY TO VOTE!

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September Made It – Doh meddy amaythin noo entries

Can du tel I dod da flu?

After a week of three ickie kiddies, I’ve finally succumbed to the dreaded flu!!! Arrrg, so very inconsiderate of them to all be on the mend on this beautiful Spring, sunny day  while I have my turn to feel like a miserable, snotty lump of mess. Hmmmm…..on second thoughts my lovely hubby is now taking them out of the house for some much needed fresh air so maybe, just mayyyyyybe, it means some quite time? Woohoo, not so bad after all!

So before I crawl back into my nice warm, quite bed, I wanted to share all the latest entries with you. You will be delighted, as i am, to see lots of familiar faces and a fab newbie too…and boy oh boy, creativity just keeps getting better and better!

Lemme give you some of this months collection stats so far.

128 views, 26 links, 123 clicks – and it’s only the halfway through WOOP WOOP!!

So, I hope you don’t mind that I’m just posting pics & links this week as my brains is simply being quite rude and insisting I go to sleep. I know you’ll have a blast scrolling down & visiting all these lovely blogs. OOOOH, and before I go, I’m sure you’ll want to  know what’s up for grabs as this month’s prize??

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Yip, the lucky winner will have themselves some stunning originals, so kindly donated by Barbara of Buglets by Barbs which will be made and sent shortly after the winner is announced (hence no pic of the actual prize). To view Barbara’s beautiful & totally wantable products and unique style, pop over and visit BUGLETS on Facebook. Gorgeous, don’t ya think!

Here are the next 15 entries…

Spotty Scarf by Pigtails

Skinny Scarf by Pigtails

Necklace by Pigtails 

Pigtails of Pigtails!

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Rainbow Coasters by Rainbow Junkie

Jane from Rainbow Junkie

 

  5 of the Best iPad/Tablet Case Tutorials by VickyMyersCreations

Vicky from Vicky Myers Creations

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Star Wars by Vu Chickens

Melissa from Vu Chicken

Crochet Childrens Booties by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs

Crochet Scarf by Hav2Havz

Crochet Bags by Hav2Havz

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Crochet Necklace by Creative Granny

Helen from Creative Granny

Crochet Basket From All Things Moz

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Slipper Socks by DaniellaJoe

Patricia from DaniellaJoe

Transformed Army Jacket by ONoodles

What Can You Do With a Bag of Ducks?! by ONoodles

Jill from ONoodles

 

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Summer Shoulder Wrap

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June Made It – Our First ‘New Look’ Winners!

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I know, I know….this is very late in the day to be announcing the winner but sometimes my day job get’s in the way, tut tut tut! So, I apologise for the wait and I thank you for your patience!

I feel like a super proud Mamma!! Thank you to all of you who made our New Look Made It challenge extra special; for taking part – you lovely first-timers and the wonderful usual-suspects, for all your encouraging comments and likes and for taking the time to vote.

Before I get to the WINNER and THE VOTER’S CHOICE AWARD, here are some interesting stats about this months collection

  • 22 ENTRANTS
  • 40 LINKS ENTERED
  • 638 COLLECTION VIEWS
  • 220 CLICKS THROUGHS

Pretty cool hey – I’m sure you’ve all had a few new visit to your lovely blogs!!!  Ok, let’s get on with the good stuff.

 

~ AND THE WINNER OF THE JUNE MADE IT CHALLENGE IS *trumpets please* ~

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A massive congrats to you Serena!!!!! Your prize will be whizzing it’s way over to your lovely green shores (ahh, my homeland) very soon. I hope you enjoy your BEADED TASSLE SET, kindly donated by Jill from Nice Piece Of Work, your handcrafted Tunisian Hook by Tony’s Tricots (can’t wait to see what ya do with it!) and the yummy yarn from Vinni’s!

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And now – for the very first time – it gives me great pleasure in announcing that the

VOTER’S CHOICE WINNER AWARD goes to…

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 …the lovely AVIENA from AVIENADAWN with her exquisite baby blanket who received 25 votes!! This badge is yours to keep and to wear on your blog!

(I must just say at this point that Aviena worriedly sent me a message this morning to say that her Mom had posted her entry on FB asking people to vote for her…and she would happily give this honour to Laura from Little Poppits and Mille from Millie On Her World who were both close contenders by receiving 17 votes each. Aviena, I say give your Mom a massive bear hug and enjoy your award!!!!! The spirit of the Made It challenge is that we all love sharing, meeting new friends & being inspired. Your heart is exactly where it should be – who cares where the votes come from!)

On that  note, I say goodnight to all you beautiful people and thank you once again from the bottom of my

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Until the JULY challenge begins. WOOOOHOOOOO, watch this space xxx