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A refelction of 2013…..and My Favorite Blog Projects!

First of all, those of you who submitted forms in response to the Bloggers Wanted post that I put up last month, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you.  There were so many of you who submitted forms.  As in hundreds.  I know…!!  I’m so excited for some of you to join in on the fun……I can hardly stand it. Truly!  So here’s the deal…….I will contact a few of you for now but will keep everyone’s name in a spreadsheet and will save it for upcoming months and special projects.  Thanks again…


Oh, and if you’re looking for the Quiet Book Patterns, 3 Book Giveaway…….GO HERECloses January 6th, 11:59 p.m. (MST) 

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I’ve been thinking about this blog a lot lately and have been so amazed at the changes and the crazy opportunities that have come because of it.  Also, the friendships……oh, the friendships!! :)  This blog has been my little refuge.  My place to create freely.  And then share.  The theme of this blog changes often and while looking back over the past year, I could see that my projects were catered around what was going on in our personal life.  And that’s why I love this blog.  It usually tracks exactly what we’re going through (life changes, holidays, illnesses, vacations, big moves, etc.)……..and just ebbs and flows with our life.  And I love that about this little ol’ blog.  Thank you again for adding to that joy. 


Truly, 2013 was a great year for me.  And my family.  Yes, a lot of craziness…….big moves, a book, a crazy house full of projects, illnesses, a few obstacles…….and dare I say, some tears? Yes, plenty of those.  Ha!  But it really was a great year.  I have a list of things that I’d like to work on and improve….but 2013 was fun to look back on and think, “whew, so many really great things happened this year!


These little knuckle heads make me so happy.  Especially that grown one! ;)




While doing so, I had to flip through different projects here on the blog that were my favorites.  Maybe they were some of yours?


Good golly, I get a kick out making things.  I was looking at some of these pictures with Elli and she said, “hey, I remember that shirt.  Can you make me another one?  It doesn’t fit…..but I miss it!”  Ummmmmm.  See why I keep sewing clothes for that girl?!! Ha.  She’s pretty easy to please.  (And doesn’t have curves yet……so she’s pretty simple and quick to sew for!  In fact, all three kiddos are fun to sew for.)  But I think that’s why I still make things, even though, yeah……sometimes it would save me some time to just buy these things.  I love that simple joy of surprising myself with my favorite, “hey, I made that!” feeling.



So yes, it was good to look back on 2013.  Here are some of my very favorites from the year…



Butterfly Sleeve Tunic (the shirt that Elli has outgrown….and asked me to make another. Done!)




Adding Pockets





Envelope Closure Pillowcase




DIY Fabric Dolls




T-shirt Circle Dresses




Painting Old Chandeliers




Turn Tights into Leggings





Elastic Shoelaces with Attached Bow




Two-Tone Fabric Totes




DIY Fireplace Mantel and Hearth




Attached Peter Pan Collar




No-Sew Lamp Shade with Cover Buttons




Re-Upholstering 101




Tangled Costumes




Trimming a Window



30 Minute Stretchy Tube Skirt



So much fun looking back! (Project Archives found here.)  Thanks for joining me all along the way. :)


I hope you are able to find the highlights of your 2013.  It certainly makes a heart full and happy! :)



See you  next week for some brand new things!



Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
A refelction of 2013…..and my favorite blog projects!
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  1. becca says:

    Oh what fun it is to look at the amazing year you created here on your blog! Such talent! Such creativity! What an inspiration! Thank you for all the ideas and insight; I CANNOT wait to see what is to come for this year.

  2. Rachel says:

    Looking through these projects was amazing. You are certainly incredible! You are so talented and not in just one area! Excited to see what 2014 brings to your blog!

  3. Emma says:

    I am in love with the dolls that you made! they are so cute and i am going to attempt making one sometime soon!

  4. Cristina says:

    Oh my goodness! There are soooo many projects on this list that I’d like to do myself! Thank you for the inspiration and for the great tutorials! I’m in baby mode right now and am busy creating things for my baby girl who is due any day now. I love perusing your blog to keep my creative juices flowing. : )

  5. Sarah Martina says:

    You absolutely rocked it this year! This is the year I discovered your wonderful slice of the internet, and I’m so glad I did. Happy New Year!

  6. Karine says:

    Happy New Year Ashley!! All the best!

    I love love love your blog! You are so creative and you give us so much nice and cute ideas… It is my first reference when I have a new project to do!!!

    Thank you for your blog!!! :)


  7. cucicucicoo says:

    What a year full of great projects… including a couple I somehow missed! Happy new year! :) Lisa

  8. Cátia Peralta says:

    Adoro os teus projectos! São lindos e acho bom passar a ideia que 1º devemos reutilizar as coisas, há demasiadas coisas descartáveis no mundo em que vivemos! Feliz 2014!! *

    Love your projects! They are beautiful and I think that is good to send the message that we should reuse things first, there are too many disposable things in the world we live in! Happy 2014!! *

  9. Eva says:

    Que linda família! Desejo que o Senhor abençoe muito vocês, e que neste ano sejam muito felizes.
    Seus filhos são lindos, porém a pequena Chloe é muito fofa! Dá vontade de apertar!
    bjsss, Eva

  10. Beth says:

    Thank you for bloging, i love Flowing you. I have learned to sew and how to let me creative juices flow from reading your blog. thanks

  11. sarah says:

    So Great! I love to read your blog, you create amazing things and you still seem “real” at the same time. Looking forward to your post this year!!!

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