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The Denver Meet-Up…..wanna peek inside?


Oh my, what a weekend! 


I couldn’t believe the turnout.  (There were about 120-130 of you there.  I think.  Wow.)  Putting faces to names/emails was my favorite part.  I have blogged for a long time and have talked with so many people through email……..but to actually say, “oh hey, I know you!” and meet you in person, was really so great!  For those of you who came, thanks for joining in on the fun.  Wanna do it again?!?! :)


(ONE REQUEST:  I should have walked around with a pen/paper to write everyone’s names and blogs down.  There were so many that I wanted to visit and check out.  If you have a blog of your own, leave a comment with the address.  I’d love to check it out…….and I’m sure others would too.)


My other favorite part was working with a few other bloggers to get this whole little meet-up planned.  I had no idea how many bloggers and blog readers lived around this area.  And I also had no idea how many would actually want to meet up.  (Because, in all reality, no one actually knew each other.  And maybe each of us thought for one second that, “Hmmmm, I hope these are real live people at the other end of these blog posts/emails and not some crazy ex-con”.  Ya never know, right?  Haha.)  But throwing this little partaaay was no one-man job.


Do you see these ladies?  They helped me pull this whole thing off.  (Minus Courtney from Sweet C’s Designs.  She helped out tons behind the scenes but was unable to attend.)  From the left, Alison from Oopsey Daisy, Me, Kirstin from Kojo Designs, and Angela from Wray Sist3rs.   These guys helped plan, email, organize donations, make decorations, set-up/take-down…..they seriously did so much.  I only wish I would have been more organized to have more of you who offered to help, join in on this too.  Next time? :)


During the meet-up, Alison, Angela, and Kirstin helped keep my head on straight.  And quietly took care of things during the meet up, when I wasn’t thinking straight. They are really all fantastic bloggers (and umm, gorgeous!) and incredibly fun in person.  What a fun pack of ladies.  Check out their blogs and see what they’re up to…….all 4 (including Courtney) are oozing with talent and fresh ideas.  Thanks again gals! :)

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Okay, are you curious how the meet-up ended up?  If you were there, you already know.  But many of you wanted to come but couldn’t…….and asked for a full write up. Well, you got it.  And, because of Katie from KB Digital Designs, we have pictures.  I originally thought I could just snap a few pictures here and there.  Ha.  Who was I kidding?  I didn’t even think about a camera or pictures for one minute during the meet-up.  Way too many great people to chat with.  So Katie took care of everything.  And did a great job at an indoor event.  (Did I mention she was absolutely darling and willing to flutter around the room for the entire event?  And donated her time?  She was incredible.)


Okay, get ready for a motherload of pictures.  There was so much going on.  I just had to include them all.



At the entrance, everyone grabbed a bag of goods and a name tag.  (Plaid donated bottles of Martha Stewart paint that was dropped into everyone’s bags.)  Everyone’s name tag had a number on it, that would be needed for the giveaway drawing later on. 



And yeah, I needed one too.  But my #12 name tag didn’t win one darn thing.  Ha.  (I guess the lottery isn’t for me.)




Inside the event room, there was food.  Gobs of beautiful, delicious food.  I didn’t make one bit of it.  Kirstin and Alison made all of the Colorado cupcakes, all named after different Colorado peaks and sites.  It was all gorgeous.  And clever.  (All I did was tell the hotel cook what kinds of savory snacks to prepare.  Easy.  Ha.)




I know, you kinda want a bite, huh?  Me too.





After everyone started filling the event room, there was chatting and mingling and “hello’s!!” and more chatting.  I loved it.  If there was anyone there that didn’t yank on my arm and say hello, darn it, I wish there would have been more time to chat.  (Maybe we need to do this again?) 




A childhood friend of mine, Tara, also came all the way from Utah to join us.  (Okay, she has family in Aurora too, but I’ll just pretend she came all for me!!)  I haven’t seen Tara in years……it was so fun to see her again.



Along one end of the room, there were a few tables set up with some simple crafts. 


Pick Your Plum (oh my word, they were so generous!), donated the main parts of the crafts.  They shipped me a huge box filled with wooden clovers, metal scroll-y earrings, and tons of mustache cutouts for necklaces/key chains.  Wow.  (Okay, and more stuff too.  More on that later.)  Everyone just jumped right in and started making things.  It was great.





However, I’m still so bugged with myself.  The table to make Mod Podge wooden clovers was missing something.  The Mod Podge.  Ugggh.  I set everything out except the dang Mod Podge……..and didn’t even notice until half way through the meet-up.  And then I couldn’t find it.  It was hiding inside some bag, underneath one of the tables where we shoved everything when people started showing up.  Double ugggh.  Ha…..oh well.  And sorry if some of you were totally confused by that.  I noticed others were using the super glue stuff that I set out to glue the magnets on the back.  Hooray for “making it work”.  :)  But hopefully some of you just took the parts home and were able to get it finished on your own.



Halfway through, we started giving away all the goodies. 


Oh. My.  There was so much goodness……no one went home empty handed.  And I think at least half of the 100+ in attendance received extra items during the giveaway portion of the meet-up.




Alison kept generating random numbers on her ipad and Angela distributed all of the donated prizes.




All of these generous shops/businesses donated to our little meet-up, making it extra fun.  I can’t tell them all thank you enough.  Each one donated fantastic items.  (So, if you have a second, check them all out.  You won’t be disappointed for one minute.)


Tootsie Wootsie donated a gorgeous rosette necklace.  Beautiful, I know.  You may find a reason to buy one for all of your friends. :)



Thoughts in Vinyl donated a large wooden/vinyl sign.  So clever and so true.  (This shop doesn’t skimp on quality.  SO much gorgeous vinyl and kits to choose from.)



Jennifer from Thirty One donated 2 different totes.  The smaller one is insulated (perfect for picnics/lunches, right?) and the other one is larger and has so much space inside and like 6 spots for water bottles.  (I have one…..and love it!)



TaraDara donated several little business card holders.  Wow…..totally in love with the spunk of these little holders.  So darling.  (And I actually got to meet Tara at the meet-up.  She jumped right in and started helping out with everything.  Thanks Tara!!)




Ribbon Retreat +Fabric donated 3 bundles of gorgeous fabric and 3 different clusters of adorable ribbon.  Oh my word, so much delicious color.  I kind of had a hard time not stealing this stuff before the meet-up. ;)


**Ribbon Retreat +Fabric sent me coupons to print off and include in everybody’s goody bags.  But I completely forgot…..ack!  So they said that I could post the coupon code here for everyone to use.  Yay!** Visit Ribbon Retreat +Fabric and get 10% off your order, using code MAKEIT10.



Plaid donated SO MUCH stuff for everyone.  They donated all of the paint in everyone’s “thank you” bags and then a huge Martha Stewart grand prize bag, full of all of her newest products (paints, stencils, etc.).  So cool.  And so generous.



January Jones Photo donated several prints from their shop.  Each print was so clever and so crisp and clean.  My favorites were the gorgeous Denver prints, detailing all of the neighborhoods in Denver.  (There are other spotlighted cities available in the shop.)



Lilybean donated a 4 piece Owl Baby Set (wipes case, burp cloth, bib, and changing pad).  The cuteness kind of knocks your socks off, right?  The owner, Stephanie, was there at the meet-up too.  Holy smokes, she was a laugh a minute.  What great company!



Heartmade Creations donated leg warmers, earrings, and bracelets.  All were equally sweet and colorful.  And oh my, their shop is stuffed with all sorts of kiddie items……..skirts, outfits, accessories, etc.  All are gorgeous.



Pick Your Plum donated the craft stuff for the actual event (shown above).  But for the giveaway portion, they donated lacey scarves, 3/4 sleeve layering Tees, tons of spunky straws, and gorgeous bakers twine.  Wow, there was so much to give away.  (If you aren’t signed up for their deal-a-day site, you should be.  I probably order from them at least once a week, because I’m constantly finding things that I really need……..for a fraction of the price.  Totally cool.)



The giveaways were a success.  Loved it.



After that, we had a little mini Q&A.  There was a list of common questions that I get asked a lot and then several people in attendance asked their own questions.  I answered what I knew and then asked a few of the other bloggers in attendance what they thought/knew about certain topics.  It was a lot of fun.  But I gotta tell you, I always blush when asked certain things…..because I’m not the expert.  But it’s very flattering to be asked my opinion or experiences about certain things.  So thanks.



All in all, it was a great day.  I have been excited for weeks about getting everyone together.  It was a serious pleasure to meet so many kind, silly, generous, hilarious, and friendly people.  All in one spot.  I would alter/tweak a few things for next time (including having someone sit at those craft tables and keep the supplies stocked and the mod podge ON the table. ha.) but overall, I had a great time. 


ONE REQUEST:  I should have walked around with a pen/paper to write everyone’s names and blogs down.  There were so many that I wanted to visit and check out.  If you have a blog of your own, leave a comment with the address.  I’d love to check it out…….and I’m sure others would too.



A final thanks to those who sponsored the event……….and even more, thank YOU for coming!



**Ribbon Retreat +Fabric sent me coupons to print off and include in everybody’s goody bags at the meet-up.  But I completely forgot…..ack!  So they said that I could post the coupon code here for everyone to use.  Yay!**  Visit Ribbon Retreat +Fabric and get 10% off your order, using code MAKEIT10.



Thanks again Katie.  You did a fantastic job. :)

 (Katie is a Colorado wedding/lifestyle blogger…….contact her for your next event.)



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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  1. Rachel says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but I’m a fellow blogger too!

  2. Maureen Ronolo says:

    What a great first event….<<hint, hoping there will be more soon! (I missed this one)

  3. Rachel says:

    Awww, im so sad i missed this! I really wanted to come.. i love love your website! Hopefully you will be doing this again!

  4. Sarah G. says:

    WOW…it all looks amazing…!!! All that work sure paid off!! Would love to join all the way from New York…maybe next time! ;)

  5. Donna, Life Coach says:

    It seems like a very successful meet-up! I’d love to participate some time.

  6. Mariel says:

    Thank you for the shout out! I wish i could have been there! love how everything turned out!

  7. Amy@Serving Pink Lemonade says:

    What a great event! It looks like it was so much fun for everyone who attended. I love you blog Ashley and so many of your tutorials have inspired me in my own crafty projects. I was one of your very first followers and have been enjoying each and every post over the last several years. Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas. I have my own little blog too I’d love it if you have a minute and stop by.

  8. Sunny says:

    My daughter and I had a great time–thanks for being so congenial! And I appreciated the advice and sharing also. You can find some of your fans at

  9. Stephanie @ One Sleepy Mom says:

    Wow, great pictures! Wish I could have been there! Oh well, maybe next time:) Feel free to check out my blog anyway at Hope to “see” you soon!

  10. Shannon says:

    I am so glad I was able to come- You all did an amazing job, everything was beautiful! I’d love for people to check out our brand new blog- we just started this month so we are trying to gain followers and would love any advice or feedback all you excellent bloggers can offer for how we can improve our site. And…you will find the Yellow dress tutorial on there :)

    The Yellow Dress Girl a.k.a. Shannon :)

  11. Tasha says:

    Yay!! What a fun and wonderful event it looked like. It just made me happy reading through it all. You had some of my favorite bloggers by your side. They are some good friends. I am so glad it went so well. And yes, you are an amazing expert…and AMAZING!!

  12. Miss Kitty says:

    This looks like so much fun! I am going to the Haven Conference in Atlanta in June and looking forward to meeting other bloggers too.

  13. Melissa says:

    Thanks, again, Ashley!
    We had a blast and would love to do it again!

    (another one of the Colorado Springs girls)

  14. Wendy says:

    Okay, Ashley. So when can you pull off a trip to the Northeast?! We’d love to see you here, too. :)

  15. JenT says:

    where can i get the earring pieces? they are really cute!

  16. Anonymous says:

    What a party! Looks like it was a blast. I think it is awesome you did this. I have a simple little blog (it makes me happy). I would love it if you looked at this post. If you have time, you should totally do it with your kidlets, they would LOVE, love, LOVE this project!

  17. Shannon says:

    Would love to go to the next one! I had no idea so many bloggers live here!

  18. Anonymous says:

    It was a great event, thanks to all for the time and effort that went into it. I won the grand prize Martha Stewart craft tote filled with paints/brushes/stencils, and I just love it! It suits me perfectly. Can’t wait to put it to good use. Fun to meet you, thanks again-


  19. Teri says:

    It looks like it was so much fun! I wish I could’ve come, but traveling 1600 or so miles with an almost 3 month old was just not in my bucket of “things I can do right now”. I would love to come to another event if you decide to do this again sometime! :)

  20. Chelsea says:

    it truly looks amazing. I should have just gone, but my friend was having a baby and we had a family birthday party to go too, and being 8 months pregnant I was exhausted. Hopefully we can do another one, when I am not ready to pop. Sounds like it was so much fun, and literally 10 min from my house, oh well…

  21. Audrey says:

    I had such a great time! Thank you so much for organizing it, and the cupcakes were so yummy.
    My blog is audreypawdrey at

  22. Janae Anderson says:

    Looks like it turned out perfectly! I wish I could have made the trip down. Maybe next time! Thanks for the link to my shop…Your a doll!

  23. Natalie says:

    Oh that looks like so much fun! I still think you need to come to Utah. I’d be all over that! I didn’t go, but if you want to check out our site, it’s

  24. Mod Podge Amy says:

    HOW FUN!! Totally wish I could have come. And that sparkle shirt that Alison is wearing is fabulous. I hope to meet all of you in person one day!!

  25. Kathe says:

    Oh wow! How much fun to meet other area bloggers. I didn’t realize there were so many! I’d love it if you put me on the list (I’m in Aurora) for next time as I had not heard about this event but would be sure to attend if another one comes up!

  26. angela r j says:

    If you do it again, you should hold one in Pocatello…. or thereabouts. How fun!

  27. Laurie says:

    Hi Ashley! I Wasn’t at the Denver meer-up (I live in Quebec) but it looks as if you all had a great time!! I’d love to come to one some day, if it were a little closer to home. Here is my own blog: It’s more of a costuming blog, but I make a lot of knits and baby clothing as well. have a great day!

  28. Jennifer says:

    Ashley, I am in LOVE with the theme of this party. I am having my daughters 1st birthday soon, Whree did you get the cute cupcake paper covers and the cute prints that you used for this party. LIke the banner and cupcake toothpicks?

  29. Dorothea Dahmlos says:

    Hi from Germany,
    I would have loved to come, but it is too far away. It must have been a fun day. To meet other persons with the same interests. All these creativ people. That´s great.
    I check your website every day to see if there is something new.
    I hope some day I can meet you.

  30. Lena says:

    I am a new blogger and I’ve always loved your blog since I first spot it last year.. and you are AWESOME, love your crafts, organization and the way you think.. such great talent.. I would definitely love to come to one.. maybe you should host one in New York, where I’m from lol.. But your such a great inspiration to me.. Thank You!!

    Visit my blogsite: (still needs some work)

  31. Amy says:

    This looks like an awesome event! You are such an inspiration to me as a young and new blogger! I would love to attend an event like this! So cool!

  32. Dana says:

    This is so awesome! Really wish I lived closer than 2,000 miles and could have come! Darn, you should have done it while in GA! (I’m in SC right now) but at any rate, great organization on this event and I hope to attend one in the future- maybe Utah or California, or maybe wherever your fam is headed next?!

  33. Alison says:

    This was SO SO much fun Ashley!! :) Can’t wait to do this again!

  34. Kendra says:

    Oh, it looks like it was an amazing time!!! You will most definitely have to do it again! I am moving out there in 3 months and was so upset to miss this one. I know a lot went into the planning and making this meetup a reality, but I hope there is another one in the future :)

  35. Becca @ Sweet Swan Songs says:

    Oh, I wish I could’ve come, but it was just too far. Maybe next time?
    I love reading your blog!
    If you wanna check out my blog, it’s
    I’d love for you to stop by!

  36. Becca says:

    I won the cute little owl baby set, but traded with another fan who told me her baby’s room was owls. She was thrilled to get it. Thanks for a great event and come visit me at:

  37. Kim@ KimsKandyKreations says:

    Such an amazing meet up! i wanted to go so bad, but couldn’t make it. I hope you’ll do it again soon. Thanks for sharing all the details. So fun!

  38. dannyscotland says:

    It looks like it was so much fun! Too bad I live nowhere remotely near there. But thank you for sharing all the photos so we can all imagine what it was like!

  39. Katie says:

    So much fun!!! Thanks for the opportunity Ashley!! It turned out great and looked awesome. Loved the cupcakes, girls! My Mom was able to attend as well and she’s a newbie blogger, everyone should take a look and leave her some love!! She’s actually making almost everything for my wedding (cake base, invitations, ornaments…etc)

  40. Chris V says:

    That would have been so fun to attend! Vancouver BC, Canada is a liiiiiiiittle ways away, though. :o)
    I have my own blog, Cinnamon & Sugar at:
    I love to paint/refurbish furniture, sew, paint, craft, read, and take care of my family! I drive my hubby crazy because nothing stays the same in our house for very long…. lol

  41. jesser says:

    I am SO bummed I couldn’t come. We had family in town the same day. I hope it won’t be the last!!

  42. Angela Thee says:

    Wish I lived in Colorado!! Looks like an amazing event. I too would like to know the logistics for pulling something like this off. Congrats!!!

  43. Jen R says:

    It looks like it was a blast! I am over in MA, so there is no way I could have gone :(

    My blog is Our Change of Art:

  44. Eva Scott says:

    Wow, how lovely! Wishing I could have been there all the way from Jacksonville, FL. :-)

  45. Ally Lott says:

    So sad I couldn’t make it. I bought a ticket, but Denver traffic was HORRIBLE, and by the time I got to the exit, I was an hour and a half late. Do it again sometime?!

  46. Laurie says:

    Thanks for planning all this it was great! The mint-chocolate cupcakes were the best I’ve ever had!
    Also there was a girl there wearing a very cute handmade yellow dress that she said she’d make a tutorial for. I can’t remember her name or her blog so I hope she posts it here!
    I don’t blog, other than a family blog, but you’re welcome to check it out!

    1. kirstin @ kojodesigns says:

      Laurie- I didn’t have a chance to talk to Shannon (the girl in the yellow dress) either! But her blog is-
      There’s a tutorial for the dress on there. :)

    2. Laurie says:

      Thank you Kirstin!

    3. stephanie says:

      Yay! Loved that dress :)

    4. Shannon says:

      Wow- thank you all for the compliments on the dress and for posting the link Kirstin. I am so flattered that people liked the dress…guess I better make more or start wearing it every day :)

  47. Julie Snow says:

    Wow! It was such a great time! I loved being able to meet YOU Ashley and see that you were just as fun and sincere in person as you are on your blog! I wish I could have chatted more SEWING with you but it was so busy and you were like a total ROCK STAR! :) Seriously, it was lovely and wonderful and awesome! Your helpers were so great too! I have met so many people that I am so proud to be connected to now!

    Just like you, I did think it would have been very cool to have everyone write down their blog addresses and information for those who wanted to stay in touch and blog-connect. I did pass out my card though and I know some others did too because I came home with a nice little collection for myself.

    I pass your name and blog on to everyone I know, even my own sewing students! Thanks again!
    Facebook page: Love It Sew Much ~ Studio Julie Snow

  48. Hannah says:

    I wish I could have came ;( Looks so fun!! My blog is Love if you would check it out!

  49. Heather says:

    I had such a great time! Thanks Ashely (and all of the other ladies) for organizing such a great event. I would LOVE for you to check out my blog!

    I also really enjoy party planning and getting people to mingle with others and would LUV LUV LUV to help on the next one! Thanks!

    FYI – My tutorial on the lego rip-apart thank yous (like the round ones you made) will be on my blog in the next week-ISH with a link to you and giving you thanks for sharing the great idea!

    Thanks again!

  50. Amy A. says:

    I was so bummed that I was unable to attend! Everything looked like so much fun.

    I hope you will have another meet-up soon. :)

  51. Claire says:

    You know what I want? All the outfits you ladies were wearing in the first picture!!!! Sooooo cute!!

  52. Emily says:

    I’m so glad the meet-up was a success! I am in Houston, and really wanted to go, but i think those darn spring break snow people drove the price of flights up. Keep us posted on the next one!

  53. Anshu says:

    Dang! I’m so bummed that I live nowhere near Colorado.
    You gotta do this again in San Francisco area sometime.
    My blog is “Blooms And Bugs” :

    I would love it if you stop by.

  54. Cathy says:

    Thanks Ashley! I had such a fun time and can’t wait to play with all the paint I won. Looking forward to the next one.
    -Cathy (one of the col. springs girls)

  55. Anonymous says:

    YES!! I was waiting for this post to come!! This is the fourth time I checked today!! Sounds sooo fun!!!!

  56. stephanie says:

    ohmagoodness, it was so much FUN to be there!! These pictures are awesome and take me right back– mostly to the cupcake table (drooool….) Thanks again for such an amazing time :)

  57. danielle says:

    this is so amazing!! i love it. awesome job, ladies!

  58. Busy Bee Boxes says:

    It was GREAT Ashley! Thank you SO much for putting on such a fun event!

  59. Fatimah Ashworth says:

    Brilliant! Wish I got to go *sigh*. My problem is that I live almost on the other side of the earth.

  60. Courtney says:

    This is amazing! I can’t imagine how you organized all of this. What a great event! I’d love to see a post about how you pulled it all together and got the donated goodies. Wish I lived in Colorado.

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