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Surprise in the mail…

Several days ago, I received the sweetest little package in the mail.
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The packaging alone got me all excited…..and then I opened it up.

One of my sponsors Melissa from Madison Reece Designs sent this on out to me. And I have to say that I love it.

It it goes with me many places.

Fancy and casual.

So thank you so much Melissa……it sure warmed up my heart.

One more thing.

If you have your own Abigail Bootie pattern from my shop, here’s another idea for those itty bitty shoes.

Make a little fabric rosette like the tutorial shown here. Except I sewed the cotton (instead of knit) into a long tube and turned it right side out because I didn’t want any raw edges. (And I also hand-stitched everything in place rather than using hot glue.)
Just an idea for those little booties.

I matched the booties with a sweet little summery dress…………and am taking them to a baby shower today.
Hope the baby likes polka dots.

Maddy Dress pattern can be found in my shop as well.

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. Taylor Gardner says:

    Hi Ashley!

    My name is Taylor and I LOVE your site. I've been stopping in regularly for a year or so. Anyway, I really want to buy your bootie pattern–they are DAR.LING. However, I don't want to sign up for an Etsy account. Is there any other way I can purchase your pattern?

    Thanks! …and keep the creativity coming. You are inspirational :)

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  3. Ashley says:

    Sorry about that Anissa, I just added more. Thanks for letting me know!


  4. Anissa says:

    I clicked on the link you provided to buy the Mady Dress pattern and couldn't find it. Is it still for sale??? It's exactly what I've been looking for, so hopefully you've still got it. Thanks!

  5. Miss Anne says:

    kind of in love with the bracelet/rosettes and dress!


  6. anhesty says:

    i love surprises! its wonderful!!!!!! and the shoes! darling!

  7. The Noalls says:

    Wow, I would be so intimidated to go to a baby shower I knew you were also attending…that's a compliment, don't worry. ;)

  8. Suzi says:

    That bracelet is gorgeous! Cute dress and shoes too.

  9. Sunshine of Seven says:

    What a pretty bracelet, also adorable dress w/ matching shoes!!

  10. Aaron & Ashley Gilbert says:

    I love the maddy dress, but since we are in the hole right now I cannit buy it! Please keep it up for a while longer!

  11. kpmattingly says:

    Cute bracelet and I LOVE that dress. I need to learn to make dresses…my little girl will be able to stand before I know it and I'll want her walking around in cute dresses!

  12. Aisyah Helga says:

    Very cute! I love the color combinations. Lucky baby :)

  13. Kelly says:

    Wow!!!! So pretty. I love your site.

    I was directed to your site because of the Casual Bloggers Conference Newsletter said you were doing a giveaway for it. I can't find it on your site anywhere. Please direct me.

  14. Aubrey says:

    Lucky baby!

  15. Paula Ga says:

    so pretty!

  16. Rebekah says:

    That's lovely!

  17. Suzanne says:

    VERY pretty!!! And love the dress and shoes!!!

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