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The Official Denver Meet-Up Details (NEW INFO included)


Can you believe it?  It’s March.  And what’s in March?  My baby’s 1st birthday (oh my!), my 31st birthday (eek!), St. Patrick’s Day (meh, not as cool as the first two), and the Denver Meet Up for all of you who can make it.  (Please read updates and changes to the meet-up below.)


Have you looked at your calendar lately?  The Meet Up is on March 10th……………and March 10th is next Saturday.  Only 9 days away.  Holy smokes!


Kirstin from Kojo Designs (she’s fantastic!) made this great graphic for the meet up.  The colors get me all excited for spring.  Oh, and the Meet Up.





Okay a few changes. 


I wish I would have thought to do this earlier on, so that it was no surprise,

but the meet-up will now cost $1.00. 



I know, kind of spendy (haha) but let me explain why.  Having an official count of those attending has been a little tricky.  Usually when you attend a conference or a seminar or a class, there is a fee so that the teacher (or whoever) has a head count.  And can plan ahead.  (Oh, and pay for supplies and to pay the teacher, etc.  But I’m not worried about that.)  But since this isn’t a conference but more of just a gathering (and a partaaay!) I didn’t want to charge a thing.  I just wanted anyone and everyone to come and hang out, mingle, and make a few things.  And meet new friends!  However, I originally thought it would just be 20 or so people.  But more and more are coming and I get an email here and there that says, “yes, I’m coming, can I bring a few friends??”……..which is fantastic!  But I want to be sure there is enough food and snacks and supplies and freebies for everyone.  Soooooo, the $1.00 will purchase you a ticket that you can print off and bring with you to the meet-up and can be purchased in my shop here.  Then, I will have a running total of how many are coming.  (And if you are bringing 3 friends with you…….you will need to buy a quantity of 4 tickets.  And that will cost $4.  And then print off the ticket 4 times.)  And please, oh please, if you can’t afford the $1 or if you don’t want to purchase something online or if you’re just plain annoyed that you have to now pay $1.00……….just email me ( and I will email you the ticket.  Then I will add you to the official head-count list.  No biggie.  I’m not trying to earn a few extra bucks (I’ll just throw it into the cost of food for the meet-up or something).  I was just hearing from many that, yes, they were coming and may be bringing a few friends.  Or most likely coming but not quite sure.  Which is totally great!  I would love for you to bring a friend!  And I sure hope your schedule will clear out and you can come!  But this will just help me a ton to figure out how many supplies to bring, how many snacks to have on hand, etc.  Whew, and you’ll save my worried heart from wondering if I will have enough of everything for everyone. 



Okay, how does that sound?  Does the $1.00 and the ticket all make sense?  Okay, good.  I promise your $1.00 will get you a ton of great stuff.  We have lots of donations and freebies and treats, etc.  I can hardly wait to share it all with you guys.  Go and purchase your $1.00 ticket here.



Onto other details.




  • I have decided not to do any projects with sewing machines (not enough room), so please don’t bring yours along.  I don’t want you to have to lug that ‘ol thing around with you since we’re not going to be using them.
  • If you’re coming from out of town and need a hotel, the Double Tree (where we’re having the meet-up) is offering a discounted rate of $79.00 a night, for any sized room they have available.  Just mention the “neighborhood rate”.



A few extra party facts:

  • There will be snacks (salty).  And treats (sweet).
  • You won’t go home empty handed.  We have some swag to give out to everyone!
  • There will be extra special giveaways held at 3:00 pm.  Several shops and businesses have donated really cool loot to be given away.  There will most likely be a few given away from my stash as well!
  • Start thinking of a few blogging/sewing/crafting questions that you may have.  We’ll have a little Q&A right around 3:00 pm as well, and you can ask whatever your little heart wants.  (Except for my childhood nickname that my siblings called me.  I won’t tell you that.  Okay, yes I will.  It was Ashy-Pashy-Poo-Poo.  And I hated it.)
  • There will be a few tables with small projects to be made.  All free.  And all can be taken home. 
  • If you can’t find me at the Meet-Up, I’ll be by the candy dishes. ;)



I seriously can hardly wait.  If you’re coming, I hope you’re completely excited!  If you feel nervous about coming to something where you don’t actually “know” anyone, no worries, I’m safe.  And maybe you’ll make many new local friends.


If you have any questions at all, either leave a comment below (others may be wondering the same thing) or send me an email:



And don’t forget, please buy one ticket for you and one for each additional person you may be bringing with you. Purchase ticket here.


See 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!
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  1. CassTheCoolest says:

    Would definitely pay more than $1ea when you come to Australia one day. New South Wales!! PS my name rhymes with Lassie,the famous dog, so don’t get too worried about your childhood name – kids are cruel hehe.

  2. Daly @ Shade Seed says:

    This March is such an eventful time for you this year! Enjoy it! I hate to miss the Denver meetup but I’m overseas!

  3. Steph W. says:

    Can I bring my almost 2 yo? And if that’s ok should I buy her a ticket as well?
    What should I bring? Is this only for other bloggers? Lol or fans of your blog? Will other bloggers be there too?
    Lol sorry for all the questions….!!!!
    Thanks! :)

  4. Jen says:

    So wished I lived in your area!! This sounds like an absolute blast……and I am making your little candy circles for my Easter take homes, love the idea!! Have fun at the meet up, wish I could partay with y’all!

  5. Cecilia says:

    I’m sooooooooooo jealous!!!!!! I live in Argentina, so it’s impossible for me to go, even though I would really love to meet you all. So please promess me that you would take tons of pics so we can all enjoy with you!

  6. Amber Arnold says:

    Makes me sad I don’t live closer! LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!!

  7. Ivonne says:

    I’m making this as a pre- spring break Celebation and road trip from Texas!

  8. Ivonne says:

    I got my ticket!

  9. Lauren says:

    Oh, how fun this sounds! You gals have a BLAST; I’ll be thinking of you in Florida!

  10. NancyO says:

    Yeah! I just registered. I did it through PayPal which may come up as Dennis .. I haven’t figured out how to change my name on PayPal. Oh well.

    Is there anything specific I can bring?

  11. Shannon says:

    I’m planning to be there… It will be my first trip to Denver since we moved to Vail from Minneapolis!

  12. Nancy says:

    i wish i lived in denver too!

  13. jenw says:

    totally wish i lived in denver!!! sounds like total fun!

  14. Elise says:

    How fun this would be! Missed it by a month though. I was in the Denver area early in February, visiting my mom. Can’t afford a return trip for this. Maybe I’ll be able to time the next one.

  15. Katelyn says:

    I wish I lived closer to Colorado – I would totally be there!

  16. Marissa Thompson says:

    Honestly, I don’t think $1 is asking too much. It sounds awesome and if i was anywhere near Denver I’d definately be there. Maybe if you did the next one in the south central area……

  17. Kirsten says:

    I’m sooo excited to be there:) I wrangled my dad into watching the kids and will be heading on over, super excited and ready to mingle!!! And now that I visited the fabric store today, I’m all ready to get to sewing again… maybe I’ll try that shirt from your last post (which was soooo cute! – I have a favorite tank top in that style, but never even though about trying to make it on my own, until I read about it here!)

  18. Angela says:

    I knew better than to read this post but I did so anyway….and I am again bummed I will not be able to meet up. But have fun and enjoy ladies!

  19. Monica says:

    I sooo hope you do this again next year :). Unfortunately I can’t make it this year because we’re stationed in Germany. But it looks like Fort Carson will be our next duty assignment so I would totally be able to next year.

  20. bekah says:

    I wish so, so, so badly that I lived in CO… maybe we could move in a week?! I’m thinking, “Is it really NECESSARY for Arkansas to be so far away?” Sounds like it will be so much fun. Sounds like you’ve done a lot of foot work to make this really special. Have a fabulous day. Can’t wait for a GREAT post or posts, so that I can feel like I was there. If there’s any left-over loot, I’m hoping for a give-away! :)

  21. BabyGoinPlaces says:

    This sounds fantastic! I wish I could be there. We are moving to Denver/Aurora in June, so I hope to make it eventually to a meet up.

  22. Ziva says:

    Hmm, don’t suppose you want have a meet up in Australia next time?

  23. Angela says:

    So sad I can’t make it! We live in boulder but we are skiing that weekend (grandma is coming to sit!)Have a great time and hope there is an awesome turnout! And if there is another one, I’m there!

  24. kristen duke photography says:

    so so so so fun!!!

  25. priscila says:

    oi meu nome é priscila e adoro seu blog me ajuda muito também costuro e me inspiro em suas coisa que vc coloca ai em seu blog todos os dias dou uma olhadinha. eu moro no Brasil em Curitiba abraços.

  26. Kristen/The Tickled Tutu, LLC says:

    I’m so happy to have just come across this! I’m totally coming!! xo

  27. Janet says:

    I so wish it was in Phoenix! I would so be there!

  28. Natalie says:

    Got my ticket!! Can’t wait to meet up!!

  29. Lynette says:

    What a great idea to do the ticket thing. Very smart, so you get an idea, and you have a little money to work with. I won’t be making it as I’m in Utah, and too pregnant to want to travel! I can’t wait to hear about it though, how fun!

  30. Anonymous says:

    this sounds so fun! But I live only about 5 states away. bummer. Have fun! Take lots of pictures to show those of us who can’t make it!

  31. Kristin says:

    Well buggers! I am throwing a family reunion that VERY DAY! But please tell me you plan on doing more in the future!?

  32. Jen says:

    :( sad face for me… the more I hear about it the more I would LOVE to be there…. nothing cool like this happens in Canada! Have fun for me… I would totally be in if I lived closer.

    1. Emily D says:

      Me too! Bring it to Ontario and I would be there in a flash… and pay $1 (or more) gladly. I love your site! I look forward to all your ideas, advice and such, everyday.

    2. Amy says:

      I’m with these girls! I totally wish I could make my way out there! my town sucks for crafting stuff, no good stores, or anything :( hope all you ladies have a super fantastic time!!!!

  33. Jen R says:

    Okay, you are officially adorable!!! What a great idea – I wish I could come, but am too far away. Have a great time, and I look forward to hearing about it!

  34. Leigh Ann says:

    I wish I could go but I’m afraid it’s a bit too far for me. Are there any Blogger meet-ups in Albuquerque?

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