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A few changes……

Are you up late like I am?  Well, if you’re living on the east coast it’s late…
Anyway, I am so excited to share with you a few changes.  So I had to stay up to finish them. 
First off, Make It and Love It has switched to a domain. 
So the new address here is
Make sure to re-bookmark and change your links.  That would help all of this craziness a ton.
Onto a new addition to the blog…
I have to say that one of my favorite things is receiving emails with pictures of projects that you have all done.  Or even links to your own blogs, showing me what you have made while using my tutorials.  Aww, so great to see.  And do you remember the virtual costume parade post from last halloween when I uploaded all of those pictures?  So fun to see.  Since then, I have been wanting to open up a photo group so that we could see that sort of thing all year long. 
So I have started one here, after many recommendations from many of you to use flickr.  So it should be ready to go.  It’s called YOU MADE IT…and LOVE IT. 
 A link to the group will also be available under my header at the top, the second yellow button from the right.  (Any flickr tips are appreciated…..I’m a first time flickr member.  I have viewed flickr accounts for years but haven’t participated until today.  Whew!)
The projects should be ones that were created from Make It and Love It tutorials or inspired from them somehow. Feel free to leave comments over there and be sure to mention what tutorial you were testing out…..that will help others to find the same project.
So go and add your photos of the projects you’ve been working on, so that we can all see.
I also have a big secret I have been dying to share.  
The kind that puts your stomach in knots because you can hardly keep your lips zipped.  
Are you ready?

I have a great friend who used to live across the sidewalk from me.  (….but now lives almost 3,000 miles away, on the other side of the country.  Darn.)  This girl is the kind of friend that you can knock on her door late at night and beg for 5mL of Motrin for your teething toddler because your bottle just ran dry…..and she would send you home with a plate of cookies too.  And also the type of person that makes a mean batch of chili and shares it with the whole complex……including the apartment manager.  (“Hey, why not, I have plenty!”) This friend of mine also happens to be a wonderful self-taught cake decorator with a whole treasure trove of secrets and tips tucked away. 
Let me introduce you to Brittany.
Brittany runs her own little business and sells cakes locally from her home and has quite a following of customers that not only love the look of Brittany’s cakes…..but everyone knows that Brittany’s cakes will taste delicious at the same time.  Once again, all part of her secrets.
The news is, that Brittany has agreed to team up with Make It and Love It and run a once-a-week cake decorating series called the make-a-cake series.
(There will always be a link over on my right sidebar….and once she starts posting, the image will link up with all of her posts.)
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She will explain the basics, share secrets, offer advice, and show some really great step-by-step skills….easy enough for anyone to tackle. You’ll soon be able to impress your family and friends.
(And she swears she’s not a professional and has a long way to go……but I say she’s just being modest!)  

Just look at some of the work Brittany has done.
So incredible.
 Don’t you just want to hop on over to Brittany’s house and watch her as she works?
Well, that’s exactly what she’s going to let us do.  Eeeeh, I’m so excited to watch.
Brittany will be posting once a week and will have full access to this site.  So if you leave a comment for her under one of her posts, she will be looking at them and trying to get back to people as soon as she can. You are also more then welcome to email Brittany with any questions/comments/suggestions at  She is happy to hear from you.
And her first post will be tomorrow (or today….it’s late here!) Tuesday April 27th.  She’ll be starting with some basics and creating a cake start to finish……..and then going more basic later on.  No worries, there’s something for everyone.
Anyway, there are some other minor changes that I’m working on to fine tune this site but for the most part, Make It and Love It will be the same.  Just a new domain to remember.  And some cake decorating to get started on!
Hope your eyes adjust to the new color on this site.
Enjoy your week!
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. Dustin and Nicole says:

    I have been following your blog for a while, and I found Brittany's cake blog a little while ago, she lives in the town just up the hill from me. The jungle junction cake was made for one of my really good friends. She is amazing, I am so excited to see how she does it!

  2. Bird says:

    HI ther!

    I am so excited about this new section on cakes, 'cause I am total rubbish at decorating them…

    btw, I am featuring Brittney's cakes over at Bird Crafts today!

    You go ladies!!!


  3. The Leonards says:

    Those cakes are AMAZING. I have recently been trying my hand with decorating cakes and will make my brother's wedding cake in a few months, so I am very excited to learn some new things and hopefully some questions I have will get answered!!!!

  4. Brittany@twocrazycupcakes says:

    Just found your blog. I'm a new follower! Love it!!! Where have I been all this time LOL! Beautiful cakes…looking forward to Brittany's posts as well!!

  5. Melanie says:

    Congrats on going dot-com!

  6. :) Miranda says:

    The blog looks great, and I think that both of the ideas that you are have are great ones, can't wait to learn!!!
    Thankyouu for all you doo for all of us!!

  7. Scrappy Gifts says:

    Congrats on the domain! I'm working on changing mine too.
    I love Brittany too. She made a cake for me before she moved. I'm excited to see her posts.

  8. Brenda says:

    How about moving on up to Oshawa Ontario….I'd love to have one of those beautiful cakes for my 49th Birthday….TODAY! I could use a castle; mine needs work.

  9. Andrea :) says:

    Congrats on your domain status! I love all you do! I'm so looking forward to learning about cake decorating. Thanks! :)

  10. Katie says:

    I love the look of your blog! You are such an inspiration of someone who just loved to do something, was good at it, shared it and now you have hundreds of people learning from you! I love to share your blog. Can't wait to see more of your work and make cakes too!

  11. Morgan says:

    Wow, those are definitely some amazing cakes!

  12. Maggie says:

    The new look is really charming… I love it! I can't wait to see Brittney's posts- I'm love seeing the incredible cakes like those she's done. That castle cake is just… WOW!

  13. PECK says:

    Awesome! I'm so excited! I kinda knew Brittany when we were both single…we lived in the same apartment building! Looking forward to see what she does with all this!

  14. Sarah says:

    I am so excited about the cake classes! I've wanted to learn more about decorating for so long! :)

  15. xxxxxxxx says:

    Cake decorating…just up my alley! I was looking at Brittney's cakes, and WOW! I must say, better than anything I've seen at the local grocery store bakery! I'm looking forward to seeing all the tips. Maybe some fondant work???

  16. Rob, Michelle and Luke Greer says:

    You are just great! I am so excited to learn some decorating tips!

  17. Melissa Coates says:

    YES!!!! Now I can see BOTH of my bestest old neighbors' stuff on the SAME site!!! woohooo! It's amazing how things like this help us stay in touch.

  18. Josie says:

    Love the new look!

  19. Big Mama says:

    I love cake! In high school I worked in a supermarket bakery and got to decorate cakes, but they looked nothing like these!! I'm excited to see all of her beautiful creations.

  20. --T.M.St.P says:

    Blog looks good :)

    I'm excited about the cakes!! I've always wanted to learn how to decorate cakes, but honestly, I can't bake worth a darn

  21. taralbird says:

    YAY, please please show us how to make the princess castle cake!! My daughter just requested a princess castle party for her bday in June :)

  22. Larissa says:

    EVERYTHING looks awesome. I look forward to the cake segments too. LOVE everything.

  23. Joy says:

    loving the new look of your blog. Cannot wait to meet Brittany and learn some great tips from her. Her cakes amazing!

  24. Nobodys Nothings says:

    oooooh, congrats on getting the domain!!! i'm excited about the cake too, that castle is probably the MOST ADORABLE sugary confection i've ever seen. *squeeee!*

  25. Helen says:

    Wow! I am so excited!! I'm going to try to post the pictures of the scarf I made, inspired by your tutorial. And I can't wait for Brittany's seies.

  26. Michelle says:

    Congrats Ashley on your changes. I can tell you really work hard for your blog and I am so glad that I am able to benfit from all your hard work.

  27. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    Those cakes are amazing! Congrats on the new domain name :)

  28. xilpayatl says:

    Your friend is an artist!
    And great new image :-)

  29. Lizzy @ Lizzy Designs says:

    That is so great! I have just started getting into cake making and decorating, looking forward to this LOADS! :)

  30. Josten and Sarah says:

    Awww, now Brittney's MY neighbor..well, we at least in the same small town! She really is amazing!

  31. Eileen Short says:

    Congrats on the new domain. So excited to learn more about cake decorating…not that I'd be able to pull off those amazing cakes. :)
    She's got big shoes to fill breaking down projects as wonderfully as you do.

  32. handmadehappiness says:

    wow this is great looking forward to more making and loving now!!!! xx

  33. Caitlin says:

    Just when I thought your blog couldn't get better… you added CAKE!!

  34. Shir Benovich says:

    WOW! The cakes are amazing!!!

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