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Crafty blogging vs. Family blogging (Plus the Zoo)

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I love sewing and making things. I especially love being surprised when something works out better than imagined.  I love turning cast-offs into something useful.  And I really do love blogging.  It’s the perfect outlet.
Even more than those things though, I love our crazy crew of a family.  Even the weird schedules, tantrums at breakfast, scary dreams at 3am, and streaking after bath-time.  All of it.
I know this blog is a crafting one.   But sometimes, I sprinkle in a little bit about my family.  I just can’t help it.
So here’s the question:  Do you come over here to Make It and Love It for tutorials only and quickly click out of here when you see another family vacation picture or a random picture of my child doing somersaults off my couch (I should show you that one)?  Or do you like seeing a little life behind the scenes?
(I’m afraid I’ll continue with the family pics either way, but I’m just curious if you guys like to keep your blog themes separate.  Ha.)
Maybe I figure you must want to see a picture or two because sometimes I forget it’s not just a few of my closest friends and family looking in on what I’m sewing up today.  But come on, I see some of your names so often, I forget that you’re not going to knock on the door at any minute to share a smoothie with me…..(because that’s what I’m drinking right now. Yum.)  All of the Emily’s, Sarah’s, Brittany’s, Stephanie’s, etc………I see you ‘ol faithfuls chiming in with the sweetest of comments.  Okay, and the catchy little sign-in names like Goings on at the Glenns and Bethandodd and MeSewCrazy or SewCrazy or something with Sew in it, haha!   But I could just squeeze you all.
So maybe since I see you around here often, I figure you can all tolerate another picture of the kids.  I somehow can’t resist adding it to a post from time to time.
In case you hate it though, now’s the time to hurry and click away.
Because, we went to the zoo last week……….and let me tell you how much I love watching little ones at the zoo.  It’s intriguing.  Their faces fascinate me.  And their questions…….oh, their questions.  “No buddy, I don’t know why the gorilla has a pig puffy white bum.  No, it’s not a diaper.  Nope, you can’t touch it.  Er……..let’s go read the sign.”
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If by looking at this picture you think he’s deep in thought……you’re wrong.  I just told him to not pick any more flowers.  So he’s staring at those flowers, deciding whether or not to listen.  Hard choice, huh?
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For a second, this little guy was out of my view behind the stroller.  He wasn’t making one bit of sound…….so I looked closer.  The little turkey was sneaking the zoo snacks.  He wouldn’t even look at me, afraid I might tell him to put them away. Ha.
Oh, the goats.  Reminds me of our family raising goats.  And feeding them with bottles.
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Have you ever fed a giraffe?  I hadn’t either.  This was by far our most favorite part about the zoo.  Now hurry and find out if your zoo lets you feed the giraffes.  $2 was well worth it.
The giggling, the waving of the leaves by little hands to beckon the giraffe over, the astonishment of their little eyes while watching such a big animal use the potty right in the dirt.  They shrieked.
((Sigh))  It’s been too long since we’ve paid a visit to the zoo.
So glad we went.
And maybe looking at the pictures helped you get your zoo fix too.
Enjoy your day.  (And drink a smoothie with me!)
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Tomorrow will be back to the norm (which is still just as fun for me to blog about) so the others don’t have to click away! Ha.


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 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!
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  1. Birgieta says:

    that turtle is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  2. Michelle De Rooy says:

    I come for the crafty side but if I have the time and inclination I like to read the personal side as that is the heart of you and why you create. It is all part of what makes you unique. It brings me in touch with you and if you don’t mind me saying ike this but it makes me get to know you a tad.

  3. Ashley says:

    That is a great zoo! I live here in Jacksonville and my family is good friends with the people who dedicated the giraffe exhibit. They’ll be so pleased to know how much you guys enjoyed it. And thanks for the turtle pattern – can’t wait to make them for my nieces!

  4. Kelsie says:

    I love both! I swing by every now and then to see what is new. The pics of your little ones and your creative genius makes me feel like I am catching up with an old friend. Please don’t change a thing!

  5. purplesunset24 says:

    I love both… craft and family blogging together.

    I love the giraffes and how you told the story behind them. Makes me want to go to the zoo. Haven't been is over 5 years…. My daughters have never been to the zoo. Oh… the joys of watching their faces when I do decide to take them… this year. :)

  6. Reagans momma says:

    I like the family stuff. Your little one is getting so big. Those cheeks. So cute. You have a beautiful family.

  7. Reagans momma says:

    I like hearing about the family and your littlest one is getting so big already. Those cheeks!! Beautiful family. Maybe I need to take a trip to the zoo. hmmm

  8. JeccaB says:

    I don't know that I have commented before but I've been following your blog for awhile and I so enjoy it. One of the things I enjoy the most is the family life (and your awesome pics) behind all the creative stuff. We have 7 little ones and I'm always telling my husband your family updates. lol. Like "so-and-so had her baby and she is so cute!!" etc. Anyway, I love all your creative ideas (and I have used alot of them) and I enjoy hearing about your family too. Family makes us who we are. =)

  9. Nandini says:

    I like your blog the way it is :)

  10. Leah says:

    Great pics!! Are you at the Houston Zoo??? If so that's awesome! We live in Katy and go there a lot!!

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