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A super belated MERRY CHRISTMAS….and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

How can it already be 2018??  I’m still waiting for it to kick in that Christmas 2017 is legitimately over.

Wow, what an eventful year 2017 was, with plenty of ups and downs and twisty turns to work through…..but we made it!!

These little (and somewhat big) ones of ours made the whole year especially sweet!

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Last year held a lot of sickness for our family (mostly me) and hospital visits and NICU stays…..but I couldn’t be any more grateful that this new year has started off so well.  And that we have a very full house, with plenty of laughter (and chaos) caused by these little noise makers!  And that our little caboose baby, Max, has joined us and rounded out our crew!  (Man, that little guy has every single one of us wrapped around his chubby little finger! He even bosses 3 year old Oliver around.  Ha!)

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I’m not one for huge New Year’s Resolutions….but one thing I am committed to, is enjoying these sweet little faces!  They grow SO QUICKLY…..and I’m only given a short 18 years to soak it all in!  (Not even one ounce fair!)

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You’ll probably be seeing me around here a little more this year (last year was a little brutal on my body)……and I’m pretty excited about that!  Ooooh, and Ellie got her very own sewing machine for her birthday this year and has become a little sewing addict!  So, I can’t wait to show you some fun beginner sewing projects as well as some fun baby boy projects (for Max) that I’ve been working on!  Okay, and a whole lot of other items (for the girls, the bigger boys, the house, my craft room, etc) that I can’t wait to tackle and share!

One last thing…..thank you all for so much love over the years!  This blog has grown and changed and transitioned in so many different ways….and whether you’ve loved or hated some of those changes, you’ve stuck around!  And I couldn’t shout a bigger thank you for being so sweet to me, for sharing your success stories, for asking questions, for being so encouraging……and for allowing me to share little slices of my personal life too.  This blog has helped me grow as a person and to develop so many of my interests…..and has also blessed our family financially, time and time again when we didn’t even foresee needing it.  I really do have to tell you how grateful I am for this little space on the internet.  And really, for each of you!

So even though this is extremely late….I still wanted to wish each of you a very Merry (belated) Christmas and a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!!!!

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Talk to you all 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 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. Loretta says:

    Do u have a tutorial for these lovely dresses?? I’m dying to make this! I love all your tutorials, they’re great to follow. I’m a relative beginner :)

  2. Jennifer says:

    You have such a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful ideas and projects with all of us. So sorry to hear you have been struggling with feeling good. Wishing you a wonderful year of health and happiness!

  3. Lisa // Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing and Crafting says:

    Oh, Ashley, I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been having health problems. I have too, and I totally agree that it’s made me reconsider what is most important in life, and it’s definitely being with our loved ones and appreciating every bit of joy that there is! I wish you and your gorgeous family all sorts of peace, love and joy in 2018! :) Lisa

  4. angie g says:

    Much love for your blog and family. So glad you came through 2017 with a zeal for an excellent 2018

  5. Sue says:

    You have a lovely family. I pray you have a much healthier year in 2018.

  6. Dolores McCune says:

    Happy New Year to you!!! Your kids look lovely!! Great Pic! Where are your girls dresses from? LOVE THEM!

  7. Shirley says:

    A Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family :)

  8. mary says:

    Wishing you all a very blessed 2018… watching your littles grow….=]

  9. Kat says:

    Have a great and Blessed New Year! Enjoy those beautiful children!

  10. Michelle says:

    How do you do it all!!..Beautiful family.. love their your blog.. Happy New Year to you and yours

  11. jennifer says:

    love your blog! Your kids are so adorable.

  12. Rosa says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents and beautiful family with us! We hope your 2018 is nothing short of wonderful!

    Mama to 5 too!
    The Hellebust Family

  13. Stephannie says:

    I always love seeing photos of your family. Yes, do enjoy every moment. I regret in the hustle and bustle of life not taking enough downtime to enjoy my four children more. They now range in age from 35 to 43 and 3 live in states other than mine with the 7 grandchildren. Hold your children close. They slip away too fast.

  14. Cindy says:

    Did you make your girls dresses?

  15. Lori Jones says:

    What a great look8ng family!!! Ay your 2018 better than ever!

  16. Marsha Stevens says:

    I feel like I have followed your blog for over 10 years. I have really enjoyed your blog and all your information Your blog is awesome. You have a beautiful family and your husband and children are so lucky to have you.
    Thanks, Marsha

  17. Nancy North says:

    You have a beautiful family. I enjoy your blog is for nothing else but to see the pics of what your kids are doing. Enjoy watching them grow.

  18. Laura Conklin says:

    Thank you for the late wishes and they are much appreciated by me. I try to keep Christmas in my heart and the freshness of a New Year in my perspective through the whole year. My chosen word for this year is “joy.” Wishing you and your loved ones much joy in 2018.

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