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It’s official…..the Denver meet-up is on!


Whew. Okay, were you wondering when I would fill you in some official details? I know some of you are trying to plan around it, so here is some basic info.


If you have no idea what I’m talking about………go here.  And here.  And then clear your schedule because it’s time to get together with other crafty and non-crafty types in the Colorado area.  (Meaning, you don’t have to be crafty to come.  Everyone is welcome.)


This little Denver Area Meet-Up will be March 10th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

(I figured this would be the best time for those traveling far, in case you have to drive a few hours to get home.)


Location?  Double Tree Hotel (one of their conference rooms), in Aurora, CO. 

13696 East Iliff Place, Aurora, Colorado, 80014

(They offered me a great deal.  A really, really great deal.  Love them!)


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I went and visited the location yesterday.  (Kirstin from Kojo Designs came too.  She agrees, it will be perfect!)  So the hotel is real, the conference room we’ll be using is real, and the hotel isn’t in a shady or scary neighborhood.  Were you wondering any of those things?  Because yeah, I was.



What’s planned?

Chatting, snacking, simple low key projects, mingling, a few giveaways, eating, laughing, Q&A session, door prizes, and yes, more gabbing. 


If you’re not interested in some of the things mentioned above……just pick and choose.  Except for snacking.  Everyone has to snack! ;)

(Just to explain, there will be light salty snacks, candies, and desserts, but no actual meals.)



I will supply more details in the weeks coming. 

But eek, that’s about 3 weeks away.  Clear those calendars!

(By the way, there is no charge.  It’s free for all.  And hopefully fun for all!)



But until then, I have a few questions. 

  • Who has and is willing to bring a sewing machine (and let others use it too)??  It doesn’t have to be one bit fancy.  Just needs to sew a straight line. :)
  • Who loves photography and wouldn’t mind snapping pictures throughout the event?  (There are no windows in this conference room, so a clip-on flash may be needed if you like using them.)  It would be best if you are comfortable with photography and also wouldn’t mind stepping away from a conversation to catch a few action shots, and then returning right back to your mingling.  Not too much pressure.  If you are a photographer for a living and would like to talk bigger details (advertising, a giveaway of your own to spread your name, etc.) let me know.  We can chat.  ashley{at}makeit-loveit{dot}com
  • Anything else you are hoping will happen, but haven’t heard me mention?



**EDITED TO ADD: Only small babies in arms (or minimal crawling) are welcome! The space is not big enough space for bigger children to play.  But trust me, my kids are disappointed in this one because I know they would have a blast running around with new friends.  Maybe we’ll have to plan a day at the aquarium/museum next, where kids can come?!!


Okay, that’s it for today.  I just wanted to be sure the basic details were out there.  I will keep reminding and sharing any extra details as they come.


I seriously can’t wait to meet you all!




P.S. An actual tutorial will be shared later today.  So check back!!


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!
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  2. Maureen Ronolo says:

    Of course I’m reading this NOW! 4/21/12. I wish I would have known! This is a stone’s throw, well maybe not exactly that close, away from where I live! Don’t you always read about events in far away places? If another one is planned in the near future (within my lifetime) I’d love to attend. I might be deeper and more meaningfully into my recycling efforts by then too! Enjoy your blog! ~mo

  3. Susan M Jensen says:

    Hi sounds like a BLAST. WOW ! all thse that are coming its great. Hope you have helpers. If I drove I still dont have anyone to take with, Im pouting. Cant wait to see & hear what was made etc. Im so excited. See you later today;
    Im from Minneapolis, Minnesota. crying now xxxxx

  4. Julie says:

    Greetings from snowy Canada! I have been looking everywhere for a meet up like this!! Have any tips on how to start one? I love your site :)

    Julie ( from Canada eh?)

  5. Natalie Brimhall says:

    ROCK ON! I’ve been looking for an excuse to get to the big city. I’m down in Alamosa! (if you ever come down to the Great Sand Dunes National Park let me know! Helloooo playdate!) And seriously, how did I not know you moved to Colorado???

  6. Katie (Lemon Jitters) says:

    I’m excited about this! Can’t wait to hear more details.

  7. Rachel says:

    This won’t be too far from me, I’m excited! I’ve got some friends both up here and down in Pueblo that I’d like to tell about this. How many people can we have? Also, I can bring a sewing machine, but it hasn’t been used much lately and might need some tension adjustment… Let me know! What kind of projects should I consider bringing?

  8. Dena says:

    I am coming and bringing three friends! We are so excited to meet you in person!

  9. Natalie says:

    Oh what fun!!! I desperately wanted to come. I was so excited!!! And then I looked at the calendar and saw that I have a Ball to go to with hubby. don’t get me wrong, I love dressing up and dinner and dancing with the man. I was just a little bummed they fell on the same day (and such close locations, too). Maybe I can swing it to come for a little bit. Tee hee hee.
    I’d love to participate in the giveaway – can I mail you things to giveaway even if I can’t make it???

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha, I’d love to meet you if you snuck away!! :)

      And yes, I would love to add you to the giveaway list! Send me an email and we can chat! ashley{at}makeit-loveit{dot}com

      Thanks Natalie!!


  10. Lesly says:

    Any news regarding room rates? Looking forward to coming over. Thanks for all you do.

    1. Ashley says:

      Yes, I just heard back! The rate they can offer is $79 per night and that is for a king, 2 queens, or whatever they have available. Just mention “Neighborhood rate” and they will give you the discount. I will mention this more formally next week, when I do a more formal “shout out” about the meet-up.


  11. Toni Miller says:

    Oh this is SO unfair!! Wish I lived anywhere near colorado to come! Stuck in snowy NY. Boo. :(

  12. Beth J says:

    Oh, how I wish I could come! Why can’t you live in or near Florida?!?

  13. Kristina says:

    Planning on being there! Can’t wait! Will there be other craftiness besides sewing?

  14. Ellen says:

    I’ll be there! I can bring my machine, but it’s sorta “fancy” because it needs help. Not sure it’s great for others to use.

  15. Ivonne says:

    Anyone live in Texas? I want to come!

  16. Aunt Jeri says:

    You know I woud love to be your photographer for the day! Wonder if I could make it happen. I doubt it, but I will think on it.

  17. Kristina Noall says:

    I have checked back like 5 times since yesterday since you said you’d be sharing a tutorial! Are you teasing us?? :) Yes, I love your site and your projects that much (and/or I’m just that pitiful…or bored, since I’m sick).

  18. Jessica says:

    Oh I so wish I could be there!! My husband will be coming home from a deployment around that time though and i can’t really clear that off the calendar! Maybe next time!

  19. Catherine says:

    Ooh this sounda like so much fun I think I will be able to make it i have to check on one thing. But I have a few questions. I would like to invite some friends to come too. But is the a limited amount of room for people or can us ladies bring anything to help you out. It seems like a lot of work for you. Let me know

  20. Alea says:

    So excited about this and what’s even better……..I only live about 8 minutes from the hotel!!

  21. Loui♥ says:

    Hi Ashley..
    great idea!!
    I’ll be there..
    with my trusty Nikon..
    am an avid amateur..
    but i do love photography!!
    will gladly photos taken!
    warmest hugs..

  22. Jeni says:

    Yeah! I’ll be there. I probably can bring a sewing machine.

  23. Annie says:

    Do you know that the Double Tree gives away the most delicious cookies to their guests? Is this why you are having it there?

  24. Tara Layton says:

    I am SO there! My sis in law says she lives 5 mins from this hotel. Can’t wait to see you!!

  25. Lauren says:

    ugh so upset i cant come. dont think a flight is in the budget now but hopefully it will be a success and you will do one maybe once a year or later this year (hint hint) i love all your projects.

  26. Kaylee monje says:

    Oh man I’m so sad I will be missing it! We are gong to California the day before :( maybe you will have another one sometime. I’m sure it’s going to be amazing!

  27. Cathy says:

    I’ll definitely be there and I’m trying to talk some of my friends into coming too. I can bring my sewing machine (super basic model) along. So excited!

  28. Stephanie says:

    Woot! Adding it to my calendar!

  29. Allison says:

    I’m in Omaha, but I might try to come! How exciting!

  30. Jocelynn says:

    I want to come sooooooo bad!! A little to far from Houston:(

    1. Jennifer Rollins says:

      Well, you’re in luck sister! My crafty friend Randee and I are hostessing a weekend crafting retreat outside of Dallas and we’d love for you to join us! The more the merrier! Get all the details @ under the Pin-Up Girls Weekend!

    2. Ashley says:

      Oh my, that’s perfect! Glad you have a meet-up to attend as well Jocelynn! And thanks Jennifer……have fun!!!


    3. Jocelynn says:

      OK looked on her blog and could not find any info on the meet up but did notice if she picks strawberries at the same farm we pick at;) can you email me the info?

    4. Dixie says:

      Jocelyn — I clicked on her link and if you look at the top of the page there is a tab that says “pin-up girls weekend”
      It looks awesome, if I didn’t already have a weekend without kids planned for a couple of weeks before, I would completely go (cost more, BUT includes hotel, food, everything!)! But alas, I am using all my grandma babysitting credits up on something else already haha

      Ya’ll have fun in Denver and Dallas!

  31. Kelly says:

    I won’t be able to make it, more than likely. It’s my birthday that Saturday, but I hope you all have fun! :)

  32. brandy says:

    What a wonderful idea! A bit far for me (Ohio), but I think it is so awesome of you to do this!

  33. darlene says:

    I really wish ad had events like this in Baltimore

  34. kirstin @ kojodesigns says:

    Can’t wait! If you need sewing machines, I can bring mine too!

  35. Megan Hendrickson says:

    I’m so excited!! Hey Ashley, do you feel like a celebrity with all the excitement surrounding this event?

  36. Marie says:

    Perfect Location! I’ll bring my sewing machine. Is there a cost or limit on people? I want to invite some friends.

  37. Sarah J. says:

    Woohoo! I pretty sure I can come & Im bringing my friends!!! We live South of the Springs!

  38. Kristin says:

    That hotel is literally blocks from where I went to high school. And anytime my dad came into town to visit my sister and I, we stayed at that very hotel with him.

    My husband and I are having an overnight in Central City the night before for his birthday, but I’d really really love to come to this meet up! I’ve been so inspired by you and your blog.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh my word, how funny. So this hotel is like home! If you can come, that would be great! But have fun with the husby!

  39. corrine says:

    man I use to live RIGHT THERE. I miss Denver so much. Hope you all have fun. Oh and great job on your 4 miler.

  40. Janae Anderson says:

    So…I think I have my hubby on board to let me come! I am so excited…nervous, but excited! I will be headed all the way from Idaho Falls…so do you have hotel recommendations?
    If you need something for the giveaway I would love to donate one of these finished signs from my shop

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh my word, how exciting! My husband is from I.F. I’m so glad you’re going to be making the trip! And yes, all giveaway donations are totally welcome. Awesome! (Email me to let me know what you’re thinking and I’ll pass it onto the girl that’s going to man the door prizes/giveaways. ashley{at}makeit-loveit{dot} com)

    2. Ashley says:

      Oh, and I’ll find out if the double tree will offer some good rates. I’ll let you know.

    3. Natalie Brimhall says:

      Oh my gosh, I’m from I.F.! I went to Hillcrest, class of 2000. *woot woot!* Miss that place…

  41. Kirsten says:

    Yay! So excited:) i’m putting it on my calendar and will ask the grandparents to watch the kiddos so that i can come since my husband is working. Thank you so much for putting this altogether for us and for keeping it free!!! You’re awesome:). Oh and if needed i can bring my sewing machine along, but it is a very old one, handed down to me from my aunt, but it certainly sews a straight line!

  42. Shawnee says:

    My sister does photography. She lives a couple hours away. But if you are still looking for someone I’d love to give her an excuse to come stay with me for a weekend anyway!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oooh, good to know, I may be contacting you about that. :)

  43. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait!

  44. Tammy @ Godly Homemakers says:

    Yes a day at the aquarium/museum with the kids would be great! Maybe the dads could come too?

  45. Samantha H. says:

    We’ll move to Colorado so I was so excited about this but we will be doing the actual moving on the 10th (oh the irony). Well, at least we’ll only be in Pueblo if you do another one soon.

  46. Becca says:

    I’m trying to wrangle up some of my crafty friends. Please tell me this is a kid-free event. They can stay home with Daddy.

    1. Ashley says:

      Yep, kid free. Except for those with small babies. :)

  47. Lesly says:

    Are there special room rates at the hotel in case we want to stay over?

    1. Ashley says:

      Good question, I will find out and let you know ASAP!

    2. Ashley says:

      Lesly, I just heard back! The rate they can offer is $79 per night and that is for a king, 2 queens, or whatever they have available. Just mention “Neighborhood rate” and they will give you the discount. I will mention this more formally next week, when I do a more formal “shout out” about the meet-up.


  48. Nicki says:

    So jealous. Hope you guys have so much fun!!

  49. Brittany says:

    Man I wish I could make it!

  50. Amy says:

    Holy Moly, I’m excited!

    Id be happy to help. I don’t have a good camera however and my sewing machine is my first machine ever. It’s just a Singer :)

  51. Nichole says:

    Can’t wait!! I can bring my old and very basic sewing maching too (hasn’t been touched in years so hopefully it still functions!) Thanks Ashley!

  52. Sarah says:

    I’m planning on coming and I’ll bring my basic sewing machine. So excited!

  53. heather martindale says:

    I am so jealous! I would be there in a heartbeat if I was even anywhere near there… if you ever come to the phoenix Az area, you should totally do this!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  54. sunnie says:

    What about kids, is this ladies only?

    1. Ashley says:

      Ooooh, great question. I just added the following to the post:

      **EDITED TO ADD: Only small babies in arms (or minimal crawling) are welcome! The space is not big enough space for bigger children to play. But trust me, my kids are disappointed in this one because I know they would have a blast running around with new friends. Maybe we’ll have to plan a day at the aquarium/museum next, where kids can come?!!

  55. Shannon Staker says:

    Ashley- are you needing sponsers for the giveaways? Because I would LOVE to be one:) shannon_staker at hotmail dot com

    1. Ashley says:

      Totally. All giveaways donations are totally welcome. And thank you! Email me what you had in mind and I will forward over to the girl who’s going to help me with the door prizes/giveaways. Thank you!! ashley{at}makeit-loveit{dot} com

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