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Pattern Winners…..and WE’RE OFFICIALLY in OK!

Wow, its already been a week since the Baby Doll Basket giveaway was supposed to close.  Sorry about that…..things have been a little crazy since packing up and moving last week.  (More about that below.)

But, better late than never, right?  Who’s ready to see who wins a free pattern?!!


Here we go, —


Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

335	758	31


Congrats Kathy, Christina, and Karen!!!!  I’ll send your email addresses over to Dana….and she’ll be sending you your patterns via email.  Yay!!!

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In other news, WE’RE HERE IN OKLAHOMA! (Remember how we sold our home in Colorado and took a job in OK?)


No more hotels.  And no more packing/unpacking/packing/unpacking.  However, the kiddos have loved the adventure!  Even if it includes sleeping on a sofa sleeper.  (Any guesses on which child is “fake” sleeping?)



But one of the funniest things about staying in the hotel, was when Elli picked up the telephone and exclaimed, “MOM, this phone is making a weird sound!!”  I had to explain to her what a dial tone was.  Ha!  Is it obvious we have never had a land line?? Hahaha.




But yes, despite the blizzard we drove through Wednesday evening in Colorado and the “blizzard” we were greeted with here in Oklahoma, we’re HERE!!!


Oh, and the reason the blizzard that we had here in OK is in quotes up above is because the light dusting we found on the ground once we arrived, put the people around us in a panic.  So we had to laugh.  Because it delayed a lot of services because of the “storm” they were having here.  “You need your water turned on??  Oh, sorry, no, because of the weather we won’t be able to come out.”  “Oh, you need a new fridge delivered?? Oh sorry, our drivers aren’t driving in the snow.”  Haha!  I know, I know, I get it.  This state isn’t as equipped with the same trucks to clear the snow as Colorado. And the drivers aren’t used to driving in it. So we only tease lovingly. :)  However, the flower delivery van drove to our house to deliver flowers (from our Colorado realtor…so sweet!).  And our Allied moving truck arrived on Saturday with all our stuff (hallelujah!).  And even though the first appliance store we went to refused to deliver a fridge, Lowe’s pulled through for us and the 2 sweetest young guys came and delivered a new fridge for us.  I’m telling ya…..the customer service here in the this state, overall, is incredible!  Even the girl at Subway was so sweet over the weekend.  But, I’m getting off topic. ;)


But in all fairness, the next day when things were actually being delivered….there was more snow. Because LOOK, that’s like a full inch!!  Or something…  (I kid, I kid.)



We were just fine with things being delayed just a bit…..but the unfortunate thing, was that our water wasn’t working once we moved in Friday evening.  It worked during the walk through before we purchased the home, but stopped working once we moved in.  After a full day and night of “camping” (which my kids LOVED) in the new house and washing our hands from jugs of water, the builder finally figured it out Saturday night.  So, we celebrated by filling up the big master bathtub with warm water and bubbles and let the kiddos take a bath saturday night.  But, once we let it out to drain, it started coming up through the other tub, the shower, and all the toilets.  Oy!  A plumber came out Sunday (bless his heart…seriously!), he realized someone had shoved shop towels in the pipes outside.  WHAAAA?!?!  They’re not sure how (maybe some sort of prank while the house was being built??) but at least they found them.  And then realized there’s some sort of kink that the city is going to have to fix down the line.  Wow.  But really…..the house has a warranty, so we’re not that worried.  Things happen.  Especially when a house hasn’t been lived in yet.  We’re just grateful we made it here safely, that all the paperwork and financing went through super quick to move here, that there’s heat in this house, etc.  Plus, everyone is trying their best to jump on the issues and get them resolved.  The builder has been incredible and has felt terrible for everything that has happened.  So everything will fall right into place, I’m sure. :)


In the meantime, we’re just glad they gave us a temporary water fix, because 3 of our 4 kids are sick……so not having a functioning washer (because of the water issue), would have been a serious bummer.  (We think nebulizers are cool….but Oliver thinks they’re lame!)



But the kiddos are loving exploring the new home.  And creating forts out of boxes.  And fighting over the biggest and “best” boxes!!!  And this little Oliver…..I keep seeing him getting into his crawling stance…..and frankly, I want to push him over.  Ha!  I’m not ready for him to start moving yet.  Please stay a baby for a little longer! ;)





And now…’s time to unpack this mess!  Anyone wanna come over? ;)



Anyway, thanks again for all the love while we were moving.  You have all been so sweet to us!  This little adventure we call life, certainly has had some turns we could have never predicted.  But we’re ready for a few new chapters to unfold.  And you’re welcome to keep on peeking in….because I’ll be sticking around! :)


Talk to you soon!



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!
Pattern winners…..and we’re officially in ok!
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  1. Kenzie B. says:

    It is really great that you are done with the move! It looks like it was quite an adventure! Thanks for sharing! Greets! <3

  2. Kathy E. says:

    Hi Ashley! So glad you’re moved in and settled into your beautiful home.
    I believe I am one of the above winners of the fabric doll carriers, but I have not received the pattern. Could you check on this for me?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Ashley says:

      Hi Kathy, it must have been another Kathy that won! It was a Kathy with a different email than the one you posted with this comment. And the pattern was already sent off! If you have another email address that you may have used and still think that you are the Kathy that was supposed to win, send me an email ( and we’ll compare emails. Because maybe it was sent to that other email and it went to spam. Just let me know! :)


  3. Janice says:

    Your blogs are so enjoyable to read. Thanks for sharing. Good luck in your new home.

  4. Ellie from Canada says:

    Glad to hear you had safe travels. Don’t envy you the unpacking process. They say if you move often enough you don’t collect any junk…is that true? That skiff of snow made me smile as well. They would freak if they had to drive in our snow! Just invest in some good studded tires and you can drive anywhere!! Hope your kids feel better soon :)

  5. Mira says:

    Been following you (since two kids ago) all the way from sunny Israel. Just made my 3.5 your Tink costume.
    Have fun and keep on writing.

  6. Shirley Elizabeth says:

    I can’t beLIEVE somebody stuffed rags in your pipes! Having worked in construction offices and my dad being a construction plumber, that just makes me so mad. I hope all gets figured out for you and the builder.

  7. Hannah B says:

    I’d been hoping you’d check in and say you all made it ok! Take it as easy as you can. Wish I could come help you unpack, I know how ginormous a job that is. Does it help that you have fresh flowers to see amongst your boxes? :)

  8. Renee says:

    Glad you finally made it to your new home and thanks for posting to keep us up to date! May you be blessed with many years and decades of happiness in Oklahoma. All the best!

  9. Eva says:

    Hahaha! An inch of snow in San Antonio texas would completely shut down the entire city. We think it’s the end of the world when its in the 20’s. Lol. But I am happy everyone is doing well. Good luck on you’lls new adventure.

  10. Mackenzie says:

    Welcome to Oklahoma! I’ve loved your blog for a while now, but now I have another reason to!! You really will love it here. The weather can be crazy but the people are the best. If you’re here, you’re family!! :)

  11. Karen says:

    Thank you so much! I’m very excited for the pattern. Thanks for having such a fun blog and inspiring so many of my craft and sewing projects.

  12. Michaela says:

    No fun with the plumbing! When we first moved to Texas we moved into our rental during “the worst snow storm in 50 years.” As a San Diego raised girl, I agreed it was terrible. When the movers showed up with or stuff we discovered the heater was dead. I sat in the 35 degree house (that had been empty without power for two months) five months pregnant in flip flops. No one told me it snowed in Texas! Thank goodness the movers found our comforter quickly for me! I mostly laugh at the whole ordeal 4 years later…mostly.

  13. RaD says:

    It’s time to build a new state sign! :)

  14. Nancy says:

    Love OK..My son and wife live in Edmond…….great state

  15. Joanna says:

    Welcome to your new home, I hope you will all be very happy there.
    I read a number of blogs/ sites managed and written by young women like yourself, with lots of young ones to take care of. I am in awe that you all manage your homes an families the way you do. I wish I had the tech skills to be able to run a site, especially when it all goes wrong. It would have taken me 2 days to post this article, let alone all the crafting you manage to get done too..

    Question, do you girls ever go to bed?

    Thanks for keeping us entertained and informed.

  16. Kristina Noall says:

    Ohhhh your kitchen is GORGEOUS, even with all the boxes sitting around! How amazing, to have a brand-spankin-new house! With some bugs, obviously, but still…good luck in your new place! I can’t wait to see all the pictures.

  17. Susan M Jensen says:

    Im so pleased YES a lit’l envy too. Im a senior (75) & never had to buy a house, my hubby owned his & thats it. No My re-Do’s but I like it 61 yr old house now & shows it &You take each day as it comes, enjoy the kids, worry is a Bad thing, Pray and all will be OK! Hugs to all Kids get to feeling better soon.

    Susan M J from Minnesota

  18. cynthia says:

    So glad you guys made it safe, I seriously was checking every day for a new post. I have never written a comment but I have been reading your blog for quite a while, I feel like you and your family are part of my family. Oklahoma is a wonderful place I have never experienced so much love and compassion than there and I live in a small town in Texas. Last year our uncle passed away in an accident, he was a propane truck driver and during his procession all the cars were stopping putting their headlights on and giving us the peace sign (our uncle’s way of saying hello) in many cases we saw people taking their hats off out of respect. It really touched my heart how respectful and kind hearted this people are. Not one person tried to cut off and it was a long procession which part of it went through the freeway and even then we got the same love. Beautiful people each time we have gone. Great place for your children to be in.

  19. katy says:

    Congrats on the move! You left Colorado and the weather had began to get warmer…it always works that way, huh? Your house looks beautiful! I’m excited to see pictures of it!

  20. Tamar says:

    So glad you and your loved ones made it safely… May Our God continue to smile on you. You are so blessed and such a blessing

  21. Anita says:

    Sad to see you leave CO but thankful you made it safely. Even with all of the little minor problems you still seen all the little blessings. I’d love to help you unpack but I’m afraid if get distracted by Oliver and end up playing more with him than helping you. You see, I’m a sucker for babies. Plus I hate unpacking. I still have a garage full to unpack still after 2 years!!! lol

  22. Jennifer W says:

    Your kitchen looks beautiful!! Can’t wait to see what you do with the place :)

  23. Anna says:

    That quick pic of the kitchen made my heart skip a beat. Love the cubbies and overlay on the cupboards.

  24. Reasha says:

    I thought by looking at picture–looks like Oklahoma with Cox Cable truck and after reading I see it is! Welcome to where the wind comes sweeping down the plains & yes just wait for the ice storms.

  25. Stacey says:

    Your new house looks BEAUTIFUL!! And it’s brand new! How fun!!

  26. Tamera says:

    Welcome to OK! I hope you have one of your crafting get togethers here in OK! I was sad the last one was too far away.

  27. DorrieBelle says:

    Welcome to Oklahoma ! We live near OU, so I know about this darn snow (and the lack of equipment to clear it !). Yes, the ice is the real concern, but heck. No one here can drive, rain, snow, or clear weather anyway ! As with game days, stay in, binge Netflix, and enjoy some good sewing.

    Good luck with the unpacking ! I don’t envy you having to move in the midst of the storm, but I’m glad you all arrived safely.

  28. Nicole says:

    Oh, and btw, right before an ice storm, don’t count on finding batteries, bread or milk at the store. People freak and CLEAN THEM OUT. Its like armageddon! lol, good luck :)

  29. Vanessa says:

    Welcome to Oklahoma!! We’re excited to have you!

  30. Nicole says:

    I totally want to come over!!! I’m super jealous, I miss OK :) Have fun and take lots of pics of the new house-We can’t wait to see!

  31. Sheila says:

    Having spent 39 years in Oklahoma (and several others in Colorado), I can tell you the thing to worry about is not the snow – it’s the ice. You’ll see. :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh great….I keep hearing that! I guess I better start stocking up on Ice Melt now! :)

    2. Nicole says:

      You really don’t go anywhere until it melts, it gets pretty thick on the roads. The snow thing cracks me up, but yes, the ice gets serious.

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