July Made It – Let the VOTING begin!

Wow, what a collection!

Thank you so much to each of you for entering and sharing your fantastic projects with everyone. I really am blown away by the high level of creativity & skill – think about, your entry could be the one that inspires someone new to enter, or better yet, inspire someone to pick up a hook or a needle for the very first time!!!

I appreciate you all taking the time and effort not just taking part, but actully making this challenge what it is

So we had a 40th entry after all YAY!

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A warm welcome back to Vicky from Vicky

A warm welcome back to Vicky of Vicky Myers Creations! Vicky makes the most beautiful recycled bags of all sorts and sizes and if you haven’t been before, you will throughly enjoy feasting your eyes – go on! This gorgeous laptop case was commissioned as a gift and it turned out beautifully. I LOVE the fabric and the ruffle in the middle does it for me! There’s a great tutorial too, in fact, there are many great tutorials which will have you eyeing out your old clothes in a new light!!!

And with that, VOTING IS OPEN!!!!

Please don’t forget to pop back every day to share the love. Voting end on the 31st of July.

GOOD LUCK!

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…a few things to remember…

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My Made It entry Part 2 – My African Christmas Tree

A ginormous thank you to all of you who have already entered the “Made It”! I am delighted to see some of the “usual suspects” as well as some newbies this month. I for one, know how crazy this time of the year is, so I’m extra impressed at your fabulous entries!!

So here’s my mini-challenge to you (and by you I mean ANYONE who reads this – yes, even YOU)…..

*** Enter the “Made It” more than once this month!!! ***

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Here’s my second entry (there may even be more, you just never know) inspired partly by Vicky and her son with their beautiful home made & decorated tree (pic below); partly by the fact that we can’t have a “proper” pine tree this year as we leave for the UK just before Christmas (and coming home to a lounge full of pine needles is not fun) and partly by my friend Liz who asked me to make her some crocheted decorations.

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I went searching for inspiration for tree decorations and it wasn’t long before I ended up at Lucy’s door – here is the link to her Christmas Bauble pattern. Love this lady ♥ . I didn’t stop there either. I found this gorgoues pattern by AtergCrochet and suddenly I was on a roll, somehow meshing the two patterns together and churing out these sweet little baubles using a variety of cottons and bamboos by Vinnis Colours.

And this is how my own African Tree became to be….

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…add some more decorations…

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My “Made It” entry – Part 1

Just showing off just how easy it is to enter the Made It challenge……watch closely

  • Made this baby nappy/diaper cover (first saw this at seriously daisies – a seriously STUNNING blog ♥) and bought the pattern here – must say this pattern was a so easy to follow
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  • Ok, just one more pic before I do….
  • woolhogs(thanks Kimberly for the inspiration)
  • DONE!

See, easy as that!

Click HERE to add yours

October is still rocking it!

Yay, more entries into the Made It challenge!

We started late this month so I know that some of you ole regulars are still busy with your wild, wonderful creations – right??? Ok, that’s just my excuse but I’m working on it as we speak.

So here are the latest two entries.

  

What I love most about Jill from Nice Piece of Work is that everything she makes and every blog posts pulls you in with her beautiful written, funny as hell, say-it-like-it-is stories!! Her Baby Bunting was not made for a little infant but for her own “baby girl” who is just home from overseas….Love it!<3

Rene from Living In Sunny SA is back again with a sensational hitchhikers shawl! WOW, I am once again blown away by the colours…really clever. Personally I love shawls that can easily be worn as a scarf (I am a huge scarf person) and I think I might just be brave enough to attempt this one 🙂

There’s still lots of time left to enter – Looking forward to seeing what ya’ll got!!!

****Click on the photo or Froggy to submit your entry****

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More October Made It entires

Well hellooooooo!

I don’t know about you but the weeks are flying by and I find myself over-promising and under-delivering in loads of areas of my life. Not good. This has been one of those weeks where making a list just isn’t good enough – usually that can make me feel great for ages!

Am I the only one who wants to lock myself in a room and JUST CROCHET!?!

The only thing to do is actually get on with ticking those items off one by one and I am happy so say that I am getting “through stuff”! It won’t be long now before I can sit down quitely…ahhhh quite…and get busy with making something worthy to enter into the Made It! One day, I am going to shock you all – just like Patch did – by being early!!!

Anyway, enough about that – let me get on with showing you our latest entries

These stylish socks are another of Rene’s from Living in Sunny SA‘s  stunning creations! I am always amazed at how gorgeous her colours look. I’m never brave enough to use or to mix certain colours but she seems to have the knack!

 Check out this super funky……frisbeeee!!! Welcome to the challenge and thank you Lisa Victoria from YarnChick40, this is so cool. I love this pattern for a bowl too maybe? Beautiful stitching and colours.

 

Trish (from MadeByPatch), PLEAAAAAAASE get your online shop up and running (tell Mr P that it is vital)….I WANT THESE! Tooooo beautiful…

 I want to say a MASSIVE, HUGE, GIGANTIC *****  THANK YOU ***** to all of you who have entered/is entered will enter/reblogged/mentioned/though about/promoted this monthly challenge! I am gobsmacked at all the talent out there and how this wonderful online community is so willing to share and connect. I truly love it and I hope you do too.

Now before the violins come out – I will go. But before I do I want to share with you this Pink Ribbon. October is breast cancer awareness month and coincidentally I found myself hoofed off by my doc to have a strange lump checked out last Friday. Thank heavens all is fine but I can honestly say that the feeling of knowing that everything is OK rather than putting it off and fretting about it is just FAN-FRIGGING-TASTIC!

I highly recommend a check up ladies! Keep well xxx

Keep ’em entries comin’!

****Click on the photo or Froggy to submit your entry****

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Wanna win this?!!

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 “2 x 50g of Sirdar Crofter DK yarn (acrylic, cotton & wool) & some pretty buttons”

 

OF COURSE YOU DO!!!!

A massive thank you to the lovely Rainbow Junkie for donating the prize for October’s Made It challenge!

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win this gorgeous prize is to:

  • enter this months Made It challenge (you know this but I LOVE lists!)
  • reblog this post – not compulsory of course, but always great to get more people involved
  • um….oh, that’s all!

Good luck, can’t wait to see what you got!

****Click on the photo or Froggy to submit your entry****

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September, we have a winner! …and a teaser too

It pays to be the first entry into the Made It challenge!!!

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Yay, DaniellaJoeWell done you clever thing you.

Go and check out her blog, she has just embarked on a fun little cruise so if you hurry you can still catch up – you will definitely enjoy it!

Your stunning prize by Jill of Nice Piece of Work will be popped in the post and whizzed over to you soon – ENJOY!!!

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Thank you all once again for entering the challenge and most importantly for sharing your fine skills and wonderful blogs with the rest of us!

Oh, and just to get you in the mood – I have October’s first entry already but I am only giving you a little teaser. If  you can guess what it is, comment below!!!

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I will post the full pic tomorrow!

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Fiiiiiinally I have an entry into the Made It challenge!

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Not too long ago, my sister-in-law Krystal asked me to make her some crocheted flowers for wine glasses – you know the little thingies that identify whose glass is whose. At the time I filed it under WGTIS (Will Get To It, Sometime) in my brain with all good intentions of getting there.

Yesterday, Vicky and I had tiny table at one of the local schools Spring Fair so for the past week I have been frantically making odds and ends to display alongside our yarn. For us it was an opportunity to give our Woolhogs Online yarn shop some publicity (see, I just shamelessly did it again heehee). Just for the record…I take my hat off to all of you that sell your products at markets. The stress is enormous and the time spent making stuff seems endless!!! Thank heavens we mainly sell yarn as I think I would seriously give it up as a bad idea.

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Anyway, I wanted to make a few flowers so naturally I went to Lucy for some inspiration – her May Rose pattern is so sweet and her tutorials are good enough for even the newest of newbies to grasp. I must be honest, my attempt to roll and sew it to resemble a rose made me want to fling my hook at something – my shortcoming, nothing to do with the pattern. But after a deep breath and a second attempt I discovered that the unrolled work looked a lot like the flower wine glass thingies I had envisioned. Eureka!!!!

So, I fiddled and fumbled but finally tweaked it so that I got what I was hoping for. Here it is

  • I used Vinnis Colours Bambi which is a 70% cotton 30% bamboo blend and a 4mm hook
  • SC = US Single Crochet DC = US Double Crochet
  1. Thread a bead onto your yarn (not the easiest thing in the world! I used very thin wire and used it like one would use a needle threaders – bend wire, insert into bead, thread yarn through the “eye” and yank hard)
  2. Secure the bead with a slip stitch
  3. Chain 14

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Row 1. SC in the first 11 stitches (leaving 3 at the end – these will become the little beaded tail)

Row 2. Turn work (but don’t chain 1) * Work 6 DC in the first stitch, sl stitch in next *First petal made.

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Repeat between * another 5 times to the end and fasten off

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See how the work naturally want to coil?!

Lastly – at the bead end – weave the tail in between the original 3 chains to give it some firmness. Sew the other end along the base line too.

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They natural coil means they simply fit onto the base of a wine glass without needing to be secured.

Whip up another 5 of these little babies and you have yourself a full set of IdentiDaisies (the term, appropriately termed by Krystal)

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I call theses Summer Fruits (just to be childish – and because I am OCD like that). Orange, Plum, Blueberry, Strawberry, Banana and Apple. See!

 

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And there you have it….Roll on Summer!

For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, these may brighten up your chilly evenings – either way, give them a go.

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Warning. Can cause Inspiration. Side effects include the urge to replicate.

Where the heck did Summer go? Hello from a cold, blowy, rainy Cape Town…a place famous for having “4 seasons in a day”.

We have another two entries into the Made It challenge and boy oh boy, they are Goooooood!

Rene from Living in Sunny South Africa – who is a machine, by the way  – has entered this absolutely beautiful summer cardi.  I love it and am inspired to attempt to make one, as I’m sure you all are!

This months entry from our lovely Rainbow Junkie is this super stylish Peg Bag – doing the laundry just got a whole lot better…and a stack more glamourous!!!

 

Thank you so much ladies 🙂

That’s 9 entries so far – If you  haven’t entered yet and are wondering if this is the month for you to do it?

It is 🙂

Just a reminder of what’s up for grabs…

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Ta Da! Jill from Nice Piece of Work is giving away one of her gorgeous mirrors.

I am running off now assemble my post for the Made It – yes, yes…I have actually finished!

Catch you later

As alway, click below to enter!

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