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My name is Ashley and I am the wife of a very supportive (and patient with my scraps of fabric on the floor) husband, and a mom to 3 wiggly and kissable little kiddos.

I created this blog in November of 2008 as a way to document the projects I was working on.  At first, it was a private blog…..but eventually I decided to share some secrets, in hopes that others would enjoy crafting during nap time (or after work) and late at night like I do.

I love seeing something in a magazine, online, or on someone walking down the street and figuring out how to make it for myself…..and sometimes with leftover scraps that I have laying around.  And I also love to see what I can come up with, to fancy up my home a bit, for a fraction of the price.  There is just something extremely gratifying with creating something on your own.  What a thrill!

So I hope you’ll read through some of the projects and will join me so we can all make it and then love it.

 (**Project ideas are for personal use only…NOT for resale or re-distribution. Do not use photos or written instructions in any way without written consent.)

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If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or just want to chat……send me an email or leave a comment. But if you’re looking for a response back, send me an email…’s easier for me to get back to you that way.


Ashley Johnston

Administrator 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 the 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!

Hi, I'm Ashley

Hi, I’m Ashley—the DIY-enthusiast behind this crazy blog!

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