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Bitter Sweet News

Did you notice who won the first round of the scrapbox giveaway? Scroll down to see……..

this post where my husband was heading out to an interview for grad school? Well, good news is that he got in. (We’ll be moving in December.) Yay….we’re so excited to move on! And sad news is that production in my etsy shop will be slowing down. What does that mean? I have decided to stop selling my baby booties and the little boy ties. (Awwww…’s even hard to type that.) Those little booties and ties have been my little loves. Weird, I know. But I’ve grown attached…….and each times I would make the booties or ties for one of you, my little heart would melt. I have loved imagining which sweet little baby would soon be wearing one of my creations. Loved it. (and maybe I need therapy……….my strange attachment probably isn’t healthy. Ha!)

But I actually have some even better news. I have had countless requests for the patterns for each of these items and I have decided to perfect my pattern and offer to all of you who are interested. With moving/packing/transitioning, I will not have time to make and send out as many orders, so I thought this would be the perfect time to offer the pattern in my etsy shop. So, for those of you who sew…the pattern will be available for purchase sometime in the future. But I also realize that some of you don’t sew, so I will still be offering my ties and booties for 2 more weeks. And then all orders for them will end.

Last day to order ties and booties from my shop: October 24th.

(purse, skirt, and dress patterns will still be available.)

So if you have have a special occasion coming up and you’d like to order…..go ahead and do so before October 24th. Or……..just wait until the pattern comes out and you can make your own. Or have a friend or mom make them for you. Perfect.

And just so you know……this blog will be continuing on just like always. You won’t see much of a slow down until December…..but I’ll keep you posted on that. No biggee!!

And really, I just have to say thanks to all of you. Thanks for reading. Thanks for supporting me and my sometimes quirky projects. And thank you for your support. Okay, and those sweet comments. I always love them……every single one.

So thank you.

**Patterns for the ties and booties will not be available right away. They may not be ready for another month…..but I will be sure and let you know when they are in my shop.**

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!


  1. Emily says:

    oh i am so excited about the patterns! congratulations on grad school. and thank you for this blog and doing what you do. i love it!

  2. Cade and Kim says:

    Congrats on Grad school! I love your blog and get excited to see what new thing you are making next. I fell in love with those booties months ago and can't wait for the pattern. You are so nice to share your talent with us!

  3. jloveland says:

    Good luck with grad school Ashley! We just moved back from grad school and let me tell you it will be one of the greatest experiences of your life. It is hard to be away from family but you form a second family with your husbands fellow students and their wives. I am so glad you will still be doing your blog. I have made quite a few of your creations and it has been a lot of fun. Thanks for the motivation.

  4. Ashley says:

    I'd say the skill level of the booties is more beginner/intermediate. They're not terribly difficult but there are a few things that may frustrate a brand new sewer if he/she hasn't had much practice. But I am working on making the pattern VERY easy to follow and full of pictures and text… that with a little patience, even very beginner sewers can be successful with the pattern.

    Great question!

  5. Bonita Boutique says:

    So.. where are you moving to? I just purchased some bootie patterns from someone else before I read this!! Arg…

  6. Bry and Rach says:

    congrats! That is so exciting!!! I am aNxiOuS for the patterns!!! I have a nephew that would be cuter than cute in that tie!!!

  7. Kim says:

    How exciting that your husband made it into grad school! Congrats! I love your blog and I look forward to many more posts from you. Now I need to go to your Etsy shop and check out those baby booties – again!

  8. Pam says:

    Congratulations! A new journey is always so exciting. I look forward to getting your booties pattern. I will be checking to see when it is available. :)

  9. Jon and Kari-Lynn Tarleton says:

    congrats. that is so exciting. i'm so glad you will be keeping up on all your cute ideas. i would DIE without this blog:)

  10. Wendi says:

    Maybe since we're related (by marriage) you will consider making me some booties or a tie when we know the gender of this little one? I would pay you of course. No pressure. I'm really just dying to have some of the booties but I really think we're having a boy. A few more weeks and we'll see…

  11. Dani says:

    hey! what would you say is the skill level on the booties? i'm just a beginner at sewing…would i be able to pull it off??? or are they tricky enough that i should just start perusing your shop and buy them??? thanks!

    thanks also for such a great blog! i think you're amazing and i love to pop in and see all your fun projects! I've even gotten brave and started re-purposing some old clothes and love it!!! so thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Heather says:

    Congrats! I hope everything goes smoothly! :)

  13. pepperblossom decor says:

    Congrats! Count on me to be buying a copy of that pattern! Love them! Happy moving!

  14. Crazy About PartyLite says:

    Have you ever seen a face out of context and know you know them. That is how I feel every time I visit your blog. You so remind me of someone from Missouri. You are a much younger version, but still the likeness is uncanny. I'm happy for you and your family and wish you all the best on your future endeavors. I desperately need your pattern for the booties. I'll be visiting your etsy shop soon.

  15. Rachelle says:

    Congrats! That is a huge deal. Good luck with everything.

  16. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    That's wonderful news about grad school! So excited for you guys!

  17. simplymodernmom says:

    How exciting! Which school will he be attending? Good luck with the move.

  18. Codi says:

    Yay, for you guys! I hope everything goes well with the move, school, etc. I am so excited to have a chance to try sewing these myself also. I have LOVED ALL of your projects! They've been so fun and EASY, some tutorials, I just don't get, but I understand you!

    Thanks for all you do, you have an amazing talent!

  19. Melanie says:

    Hooray! My husband goes out for an open interview next week. Yay for the wives who support those smarty-pants husbands! Although, I should have a minor in Political Science for all the homework I've helped with…

    My word verification is: JOYFL. How appropriate!

  20. Scott & Traci says:

    Good Luck with School! We are happy for you :)

  21. The Lookhart Family says:

    yeah for you guys! it will be wonderful for you! I love the booties! I am not the best sewer in the world but would love to give your booties a shot! The ones I ordered from you are awesome but a girl can never have to many shoes! And this is a great thing for you to do….. no stress! remember!

  22. Dalling Family says:

    I can just see that little look of yours (that 'Awww' look) while you typed this. I don't envy you for the decisions that you guy have/had to make in the next few months. I DO however envy your creative brain. Where did you get it and how much does it cost? ;o)

  23. Becky DeVries says:

    I am looking forward to the pattern. Would be awesome to be able to make them for the babies at church (along with a towel of course!) Thanks in advance.!!! (you are not too weird, I love making baby things too, its an emotional thing!) Becky

  24. Morgan and Emily says:

    Yeah for Georgia! My husband is in Grad School at UGA – we love it here! What school will he be at??

  25. dixiemango says:

    Congrats! How fun. I love moving. I am SOO excited you will be putting out the pattern for the booties. Those might be one of the cutest things I have EVER seen… you know… I mean besides my kids and stuff…

  26. Suzie-Q says:

    Congrats son Grad School! We love it! It is hard to be away from family and friends but it is so worth it and you can always make new friends. We even have a family that has sorta adopted us and our kids. it is so much fun.
    Were are you headed too?? What is your Husband studying??
    Do tell all that you can.

  27. Carol B says:

    hope all goes well

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