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Bloggers WANTED…….want to join in on the fun??

Wait!  What?!?!


No, no, no…….I’m not going anywhere.  I’m still hanging around, doing what I love to do best on this blog.





However, I have been thinking about this for a long while……and finally decided that since I don’t fill this blog up every single day of the week like I used to, others may really like to fill in those gaps.  There’s so much talent out there and I know some of you would like to share what you’re doing……but don’t have the platform to do it.  But don’t worry for one minute…..I’ll be around just as often!  I get asked quite a bit about blogging and how I started and how people can get their name out there, etc.  I wish all of you could feel just as fulfilled by all of this blogging stuff as I do. The contributors aren’t going to take over…….I just want to kinda help give some of you a space to join in on the fun! I swear one of the biggest reasons I have grown was timing. If I were to start blogging now, I’m not sure where I would be. So I figured, hey, why not let others get a feel for blogging (if they don’t currently blog) or add to it (if they currently blog)……and join me here!


And yes, it’s no secret I have ads/sponsors, which help fund this blog.  So, the days that one of you are possibly blogging, I’ll pay you a set price…….and it will be like the ads are paying YOU for the day. :)  (And yes, if you have your own blog…….you go right ahead and share that and tell people where you’re at.  Then they’ll know where to find more of you!)


I don’t know…….just thought it would be fun!  I used to blog every single day (where I found the time, I have no clue, because I swear my babies were fed and happy!)………but now with kids in school and more and more “life” added to my day, I’m no longer blogging every day. 


Anyway, I’m kind of rambling……so hopefully this makes a little bit of sense. Ha!


But here’s what I’m thinking.  I would love to share this space with others.  With a whole huge variety of you.   So, even if you don’t sew……no worries!  (But if you do……..let me know.  I would love to have you!)  But maybe you’re a fantastic crafter.  Or a killer party planner.  Or would blow people away with your cooking/baking.  Or maybe your thing is photography.  Or interior design.  Or home renovating.  Or making printables, etc., etc., etc…….  If so, Join me!!


My thoughts go first to you stay-at-home moms who are kinda starting out like I did……and have a teeny tiny one at home, but need a little creative outlet.  However, that doesn’t have to be the case……because ALL are welcome!


And just to re-iterate…….none of this means I won’t be blogging.  I’ll be around just as often, doing my thing.  I’m just allowing others to fill in the gaps.  That’s all. :)

. . . . .



Okay, so here’s a few anticipated questions, I’m sure one or more of you will have.  (If you have more, please ask!):


Is this a permanent gig?  Yes.  Well, I’m thinking for at least 6 months to a year.  However, we can do a trial run of 2 posts and see if it works for you and me……and if you’re happy with how things are going, you can be a regular around here.


Can I just contribute once?  I think I’ll create a list of those who only want to contribute once and pull from them when I have spots that are available.  So yes, go ahead and let me know!  But I’m telling ya…..the party is so happenin’ around here……you may never wanna leave! ;)


How much will I be paid?  Well, that depends…..and will be decided on before you start creating.  (But anywhere from $20-$50.)  Plus, a whole lot of social media sharing.  I will always share a contributor’s content, the way I share my own.  So that everyone knows there’s something new on the blog! :)


When will this start?  January 2014.  Let’s get those holidays out of the way first.


How often are you thinking? 1-2 times a month.  Or maybe every other month.  We’ll just have to see what the interest is, what your schedule is like, etc.

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Okay, now I have a few questions for YOU!

Here’s a form to fill out, if you’re interested.  I’ll keep this open until December 15th……in case you need a little more time.


(The form below is bigger than what you see.  If you click inside the form and then scroll, you will see a few more questions.  Fill it out and then click SUBMIT at the bottom.)




I can’t wait to see if there are any of you who want to join me!  And keep in mind, if you’re not sure, just apply anyway.  You never know… may really enjoy having your own little space to share what you’re creating! :) 


You have until December 15th to decide……and then I’ll start notifying people.  And if the spots fill up really fast, I will keep a list of people who are interested for future spots to fill!


Talk to you soon!





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!
Bloggers wanted…….want to join in on the fun??
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  1. Courtney says:

    Did you pick people?!?!?! I’m obviously dying to know and have been checking my email often :)

  2. Lynn says:

    I have only just found you via Pinterest. I think from the sounds of the previous comments that I have missed a lot. You are obviously very popular. I am not a blogger although I am a cook, artist, printer and photographer. It is very generous of you to open up your blog and share your knowledge with others. I look forward to catching up on what I have missed and hearing your news in the future. Wishing you continued success. Lynn

  3. Kerrie says:

    I have a question….on the application it says that projects and recipes can never have been done before. I’m wondering if this just means that they have never been published. There are a few projects that I’ve done before, but have been perfecting the process for the perfect end result. Can you please clarify what you mean by this? Thanks!

    1. Ashley says:

      Hey Kerrie!

      What I mean by that is that I’m seeking new tutorials and haven’t been posted elsewhere by you. Sure, there will probably be similar ideas out there on various blogs, created by other people. No biggee. I’m just wanting to avoid someone just copying and pasting a post they’ve already posted at some other time and then posting it here on my site. Does that make more sense??


    2. Kerrie says:

      Yes, thank you! I kind of figured that’s what you meant so I submitted my application!

  4. Jessica says:

    Ashley – Good luck with the selection process! I’m assuming it will be a tough decision, but I am really looking forward to seeing all the new posts and ideas on your blog. I think guest blogging is a wonderful opportunity for newer bloggers and its great when someone with a successful blog is willing to give us all a chance :-).

  5. Wendi says:

    You are so awesome for offering this opportunity to other bloggers! Just wanted to say thank you for opening your door to us:) And I don’t envy the tough decision I’m sure you are faced with on who to pick! I look forward to hearing from you!

  6. cucicucicoo says:

    I saw this post the day it came out, but only now submitted. I’m glad to know, reading the above comments, that I’m not the only one who blabbed on and on in the submission form! Ha ha! I’m really excited to see who ends up collaborating with you and I’m sure they’ll be a wonderful addition to this website! :) Lisa

  7. ashley says:

    Ok I finally decided I should apply, I hope my late response doesn’t hinder me:-D!

  8. Aubri says:

    I sent an application too… I would *love* to be part of this!!!

  9. Taya says:

    Thank you so much for this opportunity!! It is so kind of you to offer to help out fellow bloggers! Hope you pick me!!

  10. Brianne Matlage says:

    I submitted the form several days ago and have been so excited. I MIGHT have already completed a free sewing pattern/tutorial in hopes of being selected. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that; I’m such a nerd. ha!

  11. Paige says:

    I can’t see the form

  12. Bek {Just For Daisy} says:

    :) Sent through a response too! How exciting! x

  13. Haley Grossman says:

    Such a great opportunity for us beginner bloggers! I love your blog, and your posts are always amazing. But I also love the fact that you are willing to give others the opportunity to be a part of your wesome blog and have access to your loyal readers!

  14. Sarah R says:

    I LOVE this idea! Even if I am not chosen as one of your contributors, I am so excited to see who and what you add to your blog. I am sure your posts will still be my favorite, but I love ‘meeting’ new writers and ideas.

  15. Jackie says:

    I think this is great! Your blog has always been so inspiring for me. I am at the early stages of crafting ~ I look forward to seeing all the new posts!

  16. La Pantigana says:

    La idea me parece muy buena… probaremos

  17. Kit of The Girls' Room says:

    Sounds really fun! We wanna join in! :) Thanks for the chance. We submitted our form. :D

  18. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to apply! How many contributors do you anticipate wanting?

  19. Melinda Burch says:

    This sounds so fun!

  20. Jenny Park says:

    Just sent in my form and when my camera gets charged I will take some posts of my cooking/furniture refinishing/craftiness…haha. Oh and some of my kids cheesy smiles because they are pretty much in every shot I ever take..they are picture ninjas and jump out from hiding all the time! I love your blog and would love to help out! Thanks so much for thinking of this! ;)

  21. Valerie Nelson says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to apply!!!!!!! SO excited about the prospect!!!

  22. Twiggynest says:

    Oh! I hope you would consider a little Aussie blogger! Great idea and Thankyou for openning your blog up to others!

  23. Laura J. says:

    I am not a blogger, but I just wanted to say that this is so fantastic of you to do offer to empower others like this. What a really awesome and generous opportunity for other women who want a bigger audience. Even if the quality of the guest posts isn’t the same, I look forward to seeing them. Guest posts are one of the primary ways I learn about new blogs.

  24. Tara Johnston says:

    Sent over my form too! Excited for the opportunity. Love your blog and you last name. ;D

  25. Mara says:

    Well, I sent it…from Argentina! Love you!

  26. Luz Patterns says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!, I just send you my form, looking forward to talk to you soon!


  27. Angela de Quiroz says:

    I’m so excited about this! It’s working and I just filled mine form out and sent it. I’ve been reading your blog pretty much since the beginning, Always wanted to give it a try but just didn’t exactly what to do. Can’t wait to see what happens!

  28. Emilie Ahern says:

    It’s working now!

  29. Sarah Gough says:

    I really love this idea – I trust you’ll choose amazing content to inspire us all. I had an idea and submitted – sorry for blabbing on for so long!

    1. Ashley says:

      Yay, glad to know the form is now working (oops)! Can’t wait to read the blab. It’s kind of what I do too! :)

  30. Laura says:

    I wanted to throw my two cents in as a reader and hopefully it comes across as intended. I love your blog. Really love your blog, it’s one of my favourites. I read other blogs that have added other contributors and almost without fail I skip the contributors posts. I come here because I want to hear from you, and I’m okay with a little less content if it’s all from you. I’ve found that the guest posts often don’t live up to the bloggers quality and style and I’m almost always disappointed in them.
    I’ll obviously still stick around when you add contributors but I thought you might appreciate my perspective.

    1. Ashley says:

      I actually really appreciate this… thanks! But don’t worry for one minute…..I’ll be around just as often! But I get asked quite a bit about blogging and how I started and how people can get their name out there, etc. There are so many super talented people who I wish could feel just as fulfilled by all of this blogging stuff as I do. The contributors aren’t going to take over…….I just want to kinda help give them a space to join in on the fun! I swear one of the biggest reasons I have grown was timing. If I were to start blogging now, I’m not sure where I would be. So I figured, hey, why not let others get a feel for blogging (if they don’t currently blog) or add to it (if they currently blog)……and join me here! And you know, if it just isn’t working out, I’ll get rid of it all together. I certainly don’t want others to hate the added posts. I’m just hoping it will add a little more goodness to the web! :)

      Anyway, I totally get where you’re coming from and didn’t take this negatively at all. I know there are others who will agree with you……so we’ll just have to see how it goes. But I promise, if it isn’t a good fit, I’m totally willing to call it off after some time.

      Anyway, thanks again for your feedback! And seriously, you kinda made me smile ridiculously huge when you said you came around here for my voice. I always hope that my real voice can be heard here. :) It really does make blogging that much more fun for me!

      Okay, enough novel talk!

    2. Laura says:

      We’ll I definitely can’t argue with your reasons for adding guests, I love the motives behind it. And if it were a year ago when I was still blogging regularly I’d fill out the form myself :)
      I’m interested to see how it works out.

    3. Ashley says:

      Thanks Laura! We’ll just kinda see how it goes! :)

  31. Amber Anderson says:

    Mine also says I need permission. I did send a “request” for permission.

    1. Ashley says:

      Ooops, sorry! It should be visible now…..can you see it?

  32. Emilie Ahern says:

    I can’t see the form. It says “YOU NEED PERMISSION”.

    1. Ashley says:

      Ack, sorry about that……is it working now??

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