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A great new sponsor and giveaway!!

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I have something exciting to share with you today.
Especially for those who love a brand new bag (among other things).  Mmmmm.

Stephanie, a consultant with Thirty-One, sells everything from bags to baskets and even items for the little ones.  The entire collection is full of color and sass……….and will certainly add that perfect flair to your life.
And I love that you can sit right at your computer and flip through their interactive catalog, and enjoy browsing through all of their products here…….just like flipping through a magazine on your couch.
Or you can looks through each item individually here.
Whatever suits your fancy.
But let me just show you the great Thirty-One style.
First of all, I have to show you their Skirt Purses.  They are purses, that come as the basic shape of a purse…..but have the capability to switch purse “skirts” as often as your taste changes.
So there is the basic purse down below on the left, and there it is on the right with skirt attached.  You can easily remove them and slip your purse right into a new cover……..easy as that.

Just look at all of the variety.

Check out this Ruffle Skirt purse, found here
Then if you tire of the ruffles, switch your purse skirt to one of these:
(More choices available too.) 

But, there’s more at Thirty-One.
They have these great Around Town Blankets  found here, that can be rolled up into a bundle with a velcro closure.  They are double sided and perfect for the car or picnics.
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Or how about these sleek magazine baskets found here.  Love the shape.

Or maybe you just need a great new pleated tote like the one found here.  
Comes with a laminated lining.

Or, are you in the need of a new lunch sack?  (Or insulator for baby food/bottles?)  
Don’t you just love this Thermal Zipper Tote found here?
Love all of these great styles at Thirty-One.  
 I can think of several reasons why I need many of their items.
And yes, great news!  
Stephanie with Thirty-One is offering a giveaway here on Make It and Love It.  
She is offering her large utility tote to one of you.  
For free.
It’s a nice large oversized bag with handles, with a covered rim that keeps the tote open.  
Then it easily collapses for storage.  
You can throw or store any ‘ol thing in there.  Perfect for the house, car trips, picnics, storage,etc.
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But the winner will actually be receiving the color below…..the Papparazi Dot.  
How cute are those big polka dots.
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 Here’s how to enter to win:
  • Visit Thirty-One here, check out the site and browse around for a bit, and then choose your very favorite item(s) over on the site.  Then come back and let me know what you like, in one comment.      
  •  Be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you’ve won.

That’s it.

 **Not sure how to leave a comment? 

Make sure you are at the Make It and Love It site (not reading from an email or google reader) and scroll down to the bottom of this post.  You will see in smaller print, “Posted By Ashley”, then a time, and then the word “Comments” with a number by it.  That number signifies how many people have left comments.  Click on the word “Comments” and a new screen will pop up.  On the right side, there is an empty white box where you can leave a comment, enter your info below it, and then publish your comment.  Your comment will appear at the bottom of the list of comments.  That’s it.
Any questions? Email me at


This giveaway ends Tuesday, Oct. 26th, at 12 midnight (EST)
Good luck!
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. Shannon says:

    Eeeeeek – it's almost midnight!!! I hope you are either in the Central time zone or further west!
    Quick quick, look through the catalog!!!!
    Talk about being last minute.

    And my internet is being soooooo slow!

    I definitely love the Peacock Paisley styled stuff.
    All of it. The mini zipper pouch is cute!

    I also like the organizing shoulder bag. :-)

  2. Bigelow Family says:

    I especially loved the roll up double sided blanket to take anywhere. Perfect for enjoying sunnydays with the kids!

  3. Grazing The Hurds says:

    So many amazing and cute products. I like the baskets and the utility totes. I love the patterns and colors and how big they are.

  4. stout family says:

    LOVE all the different patterns! the utility tote is totally my speed!
    ashley d stout at gmail dot com

  5. jamie lynette says:

    My goodness they have a lot to choose from. I think my favorite is the Navy Mod Dot Retro Metro Bag! :)
    jamielynettejohnson at gmail dot com

  6. pamela jimenez says:


  7. Melissa says:

    I really like the organizing shoulder bag and the zip flap messenger bag.

  8. Kate Alana says:

    sooo cute!!!
    classically kate at gmail dot com
    I'd love them all

  9. Mama Rockwell says:

    I love the accessibility tote!

  10. Jess says:

    I love the Magazine Baskets!

  11. Luke&Kim says:

    Wow…I love love love everything on this website. I really like the organizer basket…and the ruffle purses!

  12. Brantonians says:

    Ruffle skirt purse, for sure!!!
    crbranton dot gmail dot com

  13. Jan says:

    I love the large utility tote! I can think of so many possibilities to use it for.

  14. Carrie and Bri says:

    I love the ruffle skirt purse.

  15. J Lu Crosby says:

    I've been seeing thirty-one everwhere. I'd love to win some!

  16. Btrflywmn says:

    I like the Organizing Utility Tote and the fold and go organizer.

  17. Monique says:

    I LOVE the magazine basket… this would be great for my bathroom :) I need a toilet paper holder and cuteness! What a brilliant idea!!!!

  18. Emily says:

    I love the city weeknder tote and the thermal tote–such cute fabrics!!
    eap216 (at) live (dot) com

  19. AMY EGBERT says:

    O my stars!!!!!!! each item makes me want to de-clutter and organize. These aren't just wants they're needs ;)
    I ADORE the names of each print… peacock paisley, paparazzi polkadot…
    My fave piece would be the BOHO PATCHWORK CITY TOTE with a COOL LIME DITZY SCARF.

  20. Debilou~Mississippi Mama says:

    My favorite is the organizing utility tote.. and I love that its so afforadable.

  21. mags897 says:

    oh i love the purses! I'm a purse girl big time!

  22. Koek en Knutsel says:

    Oh! I love the Peacock Paisley Demi Purse.

    koekenknutsel at

  23. Anonymous says:

    I love the Around Town Blanket.

  24. Jared & Tristan says:

    what great bags! and I love the paparazzi dots! very cute!

    goofytk37 at yahoo dot com

  25. caroline says:

    I love the ruffle purse! Darling!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Love the idea of the purse skirts! Change it for your mood, outfit or outing!

  27. Domestic Nerd says:

    I love the organizing shoulder bag! Its the exact type of purse I have been looking for!

  28. Tzivia says:

    It sure is hard to choose just one! But if truly pressed, I would go with the rolling weekender tote; what a great idea for travel. Love your blog, and congrats! (

  29. Celina says:

    I love the organization utility tote! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  30. Steph says:

    i would like to have a thermal tote. the prints are cute and when i go back to work i will have a cute lunch kit to carry my lunch in every day.

  31. Anonymous says:

    I like the city weekender tote.

    Love to win!

    barnqueen 5 at aol dot com

  32. runa says:

    Wow their catalog is so extensive and lovely! I really loved the organizing shoulder bag in floral fanfare and boho patchwork paisely cause living in Bombay you spend hours travelling within the city and at work so I need to carry alot of essentials…this bag seems so perfect for everything. No more struggling to find stuff its all neatly packed!

  33. Mommyto3 says:

    I love just about all the things Thirty-one offers, but I am really diggin that ruffled skirt purse and the whole idea of changing skirts!

  34. SherriC. says:

    how great are those!!!!!!
    How am I going to pick 1 favourite!!!! I LOVE them ALL
    put if I had to choose 1…. it would be the Large Paparazzi Dot Tote….
    thank you so much for the chance to win…
    brodiec88 at hotmail dot com

  35. Larry and Pam says:

    I have several thirty1 products. I'd love to have the ruffled purse skirt and the large utility Christmas tote!!

  36. Helen says:

    I love the organizing shoulder bags!

    helen_ono at hotmail dot com

  37. Ashley says:

    I love the large totes-perfect for pool or beach time in the summer or skiing or sledding in the winter time.

  38. Emily says:

    I love the ruffle skirt purses! They are so cute!
    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  39. Sarah Marie says:

    Forgot my email too!!

  40. Sarah Marie says:

    I had never even heard of these! But the Cindy Tote would be awesome. I have so many things with me that it would have a place for everything!

  41. AZ Hey-mon says:

    oops forgot to leave my email

  42. AZ Hey-mon says:

    I think I have a new favorite blog to drool over. I am excited to look for Christmas gifts at 31

  43. Pamela the knitter... says:

    Great products! I love the organizing shoulder bag. 'Tis lovely.

  44. mrsmusicnerd says:

    I am loving the thermal tote! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    mrsmusicnerd at yahoo dot com

  45. Ashley Schoenfeld says:

    love everything i couldn't choose!

  46. Leslie says:

    I love the magazine basket!

  47. Stephanie&Alfonso says:

    I love the ruffle skirt purse!!

  48. Fran says:

    I am a teacher and often find myself needing to carry more than I can carry in my hands into school. The utility tote would be perfect. I really like the Skirt Purse. What an easy way to change the look without moving your stuff!

  49. Anonymous says:

    Right now I think I would want a thermal tote, mommy styled of course.
    vossclinard {at} yahoo {dot} com

  50. Shannon Marie says:

    Right now I think I would want a thermal tote, mommy styled of course.
    vossclinard {at} yahoo {dot} com

  51. ameliamelchert says:

    What a great line of products! Thanks for introducing me! I especially love the double sided roll up blanket!

  52. Jared and Randi says:

    I know a couple of people who sell thirty-one. I hadn't seen the roll up blanket yet though! These would be perfect for my classroom during rest time! Thanks for sharing!!

  53. Rachel says:

    Love the pull-apart cosmetic bag, but everything is great!

  54. Anonymous says:

    I love them all! The skirt purses are too cute!

  55. Jen says:

    I love love love the City Fitted Purse. And I oh-my-heavens I LOVE the ruffle skirt!! I know now what I want for Christmas! :)

  56. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE the apron. Think it's darling! jnfr1 at hotmail dot com

  57. Mel says:

    I loved all of their purses but I really liked the blanket we are always at some sort of sporting event and it would be great!!

  58. Dana says:

    I am in love with the ruffle skirt purse! So cute! at

  59. Ryan and Ashley says:

    I love the car cady basket that stays open. Love it!

  60. Kirsten says:

    I love tons of the bags! The over the shoulder organizer is one of my faves! We travel a lot since my husband does for his job, and it looks like it would be great for airport travel to pack the essentials for the little one and my wallet! Awesome company!

    bransten (at) gmail (dot) com

  61. Ashlie says:

    I like the All-In-One Organizer with the Littles Carry-All Caddy like it is shown on pg. 21. That would be great for each kid to have their own snack bag. I also like the mini organizer, that would be very helpful on trips.


  62. Lisa G. says:

    There are so many neat things! I would love to go to a party….but a give away will do! :) I really like the blankets, the large tote, everything actually!!!

  63. Chambrae says:

    diaperbags, aprons and RUFFLES!!!! I love ruffles. everything is FANTASTIC!!

  64. Heather McCurley says:

    I like the Cindy Tote.


  65. Anna says:

    I think the luggage tote would be awesome! Easy to pick out at baggage claim and it rolls! Thanks for the chance to win! (

  66. Mrs. Curtis says:

    i love the zipper pouches- great for anything!


  67. sway976@ says:

    I love everything- their stuff is great! My fav though is def the magazine holders

  68. Anonymous says:

    I like the Demi Purse, Cindy Totes, and thermal lunch bags!

  69. Anonymous says:

    I had never heard of thirty-one….it's all so cute! Great Chirstmas ideas. The Purse Skirt is my favorite!!


  70. Wife and Mother. says:

    I love the organizing tote (only $5?? No way!)! Also, the blue-ish owl fabric is adorable, and the laminated lining is genius! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    mrs_apple_juice (at) hotmail (dot) com

  71. Paula Jennings says:

    I love thirty-one bags, I have two! I love the large utility tote! I always have a hard time deciding what I want from them :)

  72. Lacretia says:

    That utility tote would be perfect to store my towels in and free up some closet space!

  73. Anonymous says:

    thirty-one is great! i'd love the organizer bag in brown pocket full of posies!

  74. FoxFamily says:

    Thirty One is a very popular company right now!!
    I am in love with the City Weekender Tote!

  75. Kristin says:

    My favorite is the purse skirts! So many fun options! nkmeldrim at hotmail dot com

  76. Jen says:

    Wow there are a lot of products at 31. I like the totes and the large baskets. I would definitely use the large rectangle basket or a tote. What a fabulous give away.


  77. Julie Neal says:

    I love the city skirt purse. What a fun purse!

  78. Alanna Wisteria says:

    I love Thirty-one! Some of my friends and family have a few items. Too cute!

  79. Alaina says:

    I LOVE Thirty-One! They have such cute items!! :) I REALLY want the Cindy Tote (in brown pocket full of posies). :)
    clickshoes @

  80. sminto says:

    I love the city weekender bag on page 11! It would be perfect for a little getaway for a day or so. Too cute.

  81. Susannah says:

    I love the mini organizer. Too cute. I've never heard of thirty-one, so I'm glad to see these products

    suzyb15 at yahoo dot com

  82. Anonymous says:

    I just discovered thirty one products through my daughter's teacher. Absolutely love the products. The demi purse is my favorite. Would love to win!



  83. Amy says:

    So many cool things. I have to say I love the aprons though. Thanks for helping me find this site.

  84. crystal says:

    I love the city skirt purses!!! Everything is way cute!!! Awesome giveaway!!!

  85. Hilary says:

    The purse skirt idea is so creative! I love them!

  86. Brittany says:

    The family feast one, we live for picnic!

  87. bethgraced says:

    Wow… There's a lot on the website! I love all their products, but I'd have to say that the City Skirt Purse is my favorite. It's just genius!

  88. Cindi says:

    I love love love the pleated tote! So cute and could be used for so many things!

  89. Victoria says:

    I have to say the Demi Purse looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

    vmegginson at gmail dot com

  90. Kinz says:

    There are so many things I want!!! I can't pick just one but i love the ofld and go organizer!

  91. Erin says:

    I really like the idea of the skirt purses. So many cute purses all in one! :) Also the apron is super cute and chic. I could see myself baking up a storm in one of those!

  92. Crazy in Paradise says:

    I really like the teddy bear and blanket set. Cute!

  93. Lisa and Jamie says:

    I love Thirty-One stuff!!! I already own 2 of the thermal totes and just ordered 2 of the organizer bags in 2 different sizes!! It's way too hard to pick one favorite but I'm loving their new bags with the kids on them!!Perfect for a family! (my email is

  94. Janelle says:

    I love the toddler backpacks. The floral one is so cute.

  95. Erin says:

    What I really need and don't have is the Virtuous woman. Boring I know, but it's what I would buy right now!

  96. T @ The Happy Clipper says:

    I like the organizing shoulder bag.

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