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Unloading My Crafting Stash on all of You……..Merry Christmas!!

If you were having problems finding/downloading the pattern pieces from the snuggly owl tutorial I shared with you yesterday (found here), try it again today.  Bernina let me know it should be easier to access today.  Click here for the full tutorial over on Bernina’s Sewing Republic.  
(The pattern pieces are found at the very end of the PDF file.)
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love to make new things.
But sometimes the pile of new things grows and grows…….and never gets put to good use.
So sad.
I usually have a purpose for whatever project I’m working on.  But sometimes I change my mind, sometimes my gift idea for a particular person suddenly morphs into something else, and sometimes I just wanted to see if I could make something, well, just because.   The end.
And what happens to those little projects?
Well, they just sit.  And wait.
So why not unload several of them on you……….right this minute?
And why not?  I love gift giving at this time of year.  Especially to the un-expectant.  (That’s you, right?)
The only bummer in all of this, is that I won’t be able to hand deliver them to you…….or give you that little I-think-you’re-great squeeze.  Or chat about life/traditions/Dr. appts/local sales/new recipes/funny moments…… I’d like to.  Bummer.
But, I can pretend.
So, here are a few things that have piled up………..
………..that I’d love to mail out to several of you.  
Hopefully in time for Christmas.  But no promises.  Whew, that’s too much pressure.

Most are pretty simple little things……..but all would be so much happier with several of you.
What’s in my pile?
A cozy flannel scarf……with several lovely ruffles at each end.
Well, actually 2 of them.  One in a gray blue and the other in a vivid red.  2 of you will be receiving one of these little lovelies.
2 gift card cozies……ready for sliding a gift card in, and then gifting to someone else.
Remember, I made a set of three cozies in this post?  
Well, I gave one away but have 2 remaining.  Need ’em?  One person will get both.
Maybe one of you would like this little sling purse, made from a sweater (tutorial here).  It will feel much more loved with one of you.  And hopefully that cheery little flower will put a little kick in your step.
It’s a snap closure and no pockets inside.  Super basic.
How about one of these little zippered pouches (tutorial here)?  
Do you have just the need for one of your very own?  
I will send these out separately…….and share the love with 3 of you.
They really could be used for anything……..craft supplies, make-up, jewelry, treats, pens/pencils, etc.
Hmmmm……..who’s in need of a new purse?  
Here’s the completed Darla Purse  (made from my Darla Purse pattern found in my shop here)……….that really just needs some love.  She hangs in my craft closet, waiting for the perfect new owner………and the time has come.  
(I talk like she’s real…….is that weird?)
There are two velcro pockets on the inside and a snap closure.  
And by the way, the main body of the purse measures about 15 tall x 18 inches wide at the base.

And for those of you who like to sew……..a few patterns.  Just thrown in for fun.  
5 of you will receive a pattern (of your choice) from my shop. 
So not the actual items…….just the PDF pattern, that will be sent to you through email.  
Most include over 25 pages of very detailed instructions and photos.
All patterns choices can be found here.
And that’s it. 

13 winners total.

That should clear out some space for me.

I really wish I had something for you all.  Because I really do have a ball with this site and appreciate you stopping by.  You readers are what makes this crazy blogging thing fun for me.  Seriously.  
So these little treasures are also a way to say thank you for hanging out with me here and there while I post about this crazy new idea or that one.  And thanks for never calling me crazy out loud.  I leave that up to my husband after I tell him I’m going to turn a toilet seat into a mantel piece…….or something similarly crazy. Ha!  (I better go write that down!!!!  Hurry……  Heh, heh!)
Anyway, onto the good stuff…

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How to enter?
  • Just leave me a comment, telling me what item(s) you’d like most, along with your email address.  Otherwise, I can’t contact you.  (If you want to change the format a bit so it’s not traceable…..go ahead.  Example: makeitandloveit (at) gmail (dot) com.)
  • Then the fun part for me.  Tell me something, anything.  You know, like you’ve just plopped down on my couch, ready for a nice chat…  Share with me your fave YouTube video, your favorite flavor of toothpaste, what your child wants for Christmas, how far you hiked the other day, how you like to cook your turkey, what your favorite type of candy is (snickers…no, cinnamon bears…no, cadbury mini eggs……Yum!), what makes you most happy in this world, how you got that stain out of your carpet, etc.  Really, just tell me anything… stress.
  • That’s it.  Just one comment per person……..with your choice of item, your email address, and little something to share.
Not sure how to leave a comment?
   Make sure you are at the Make It and Love It site (not reading from an email or google reader) and scroll down to the bottom of the post.  You will see in smaller print, “Posted By Ashley”, then a time, and then the word “Comments” with a number by it.  That number signifies how many people have left comments.  Click on the word “Comments” and a new screen will pop up.  On the right side, there is an empty white box where you can leave a comment, enter your info below it, and then publish your comment.  Your comment will appear at the bottom of the list of comments.  That’s it.
Questions?  Email me at makeitandloveit(at)gmail(dot)com
This is a quick little giveaway…….so it will close by Sunday night (Dec. 19th) at midnight, EST.  Only 2 days from now.  That way I can hopefully drop them all off at the post office on Monday morning.
Thanks for sharing……and thanks for de-cluttering with me.


  1. Krister04 says:

    HI! I would have to say I would love one of your patterns…probably the ties or maybe the sweet shoes…I don't know this is a really hard decision.

    My little something… I jumped into a runaway car this week to stop it from crashing with my daughter inside…I kinds feel like a superhero. It was all so fast I don't even remember deciding to do it. It was one of those mommy-adrenaline things.

    Love the blog!


  2. amy says:

    How generous!!!! They are all great prizes but I would have to say that the scarves or the bags are my favorite, but I would love any of them!!! :)
    I am busy getting last minute christmas gifts made up and just finished 2 village frocks for my little girls to wear on christmas day. Busy, busy!
    Happy holidays to you and thanks!

    amyedunn (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Lori Orr says:

    I love the scarves, and the little boy tie pattern. I'm just learning how to sew, so I'm not sure how I'd do, but I'd love to learn!

    My not quite 6 months old has 2 teeth, has always been in the 95th percentile, had her first bit of rice cereal last night, and makes me the happiest person alive.


  4. Sandy says:

    Well, I am going to my work holiday party today. Hoping to have a blast. Oh, and I love the blue scarf, zippered puches and darla purse.! Is that too much to ask? Doesn't hurt, does it?

    BORN01.02 at (GMAIL) DOT COM

  5. Cat says:

    you are too kind to your readers!

    i love crafting, but don't have the time to do all the projects i've "collected" in my "wish" files. anyone else feel like that?

    i would be honored to have any one of your creations, but just ADORE your blue ruffled flannel scarf! ;)

  6. Amy says:

    I would love the sling purse. I have a tiny one that I use when I go out, but there's not much room for all of my goodies.

    For the fun part – I just sat down at my desk with a venti skinny hazelnut latte from starbucks, and all I plan on doing today is reading blogs and shopping! TGIF!

    ajeffres (at) hotmail (dot) com

  7. Rae says:


    i LOVE the SWEATER purse!

    i stayed up all night making gingerbread men cookies for my neighbors and husbands co-workers.

  8. Kelli Kegley says:

    I would live a pattern. I just finished sewing my first item, a longall for my 9 month old baby!!

    I just became a melaleuca customer and am so excited to get rid of all these toxins I have in my house and replace them with melaleuca products!

    My email is krkegley(at)gmail(dot)com

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  9. joliesjunebugboutique says:

    I really like all of it! The scarfs are so pretty!

    I am getting ready to head on down to my sewing room to finish up some gifts! I love all the pretty christmas goodness on everyones blogs!

  10. Karen says:

    I would love LOVE the red scarf to go with my grey coat.

    I adore buying shoes- it doesn't matter if I have anything to go with them- I can always make something. I don't even care if they are for me. I heart gifting shoes! I hate thrifting and finding an amazing pair of Coaches in a 6 when I wear a 7.5. It's like a horrible cosmic tease!

    Thanks for being here- I visit everyday!


  11. Megan says:

    I love the scarf and the Darla purse. That color has me aching for Spring!

    I have to tell you that right now I am snuggled up to my sweet dog…my husband gave him a bath last night and he actually smells good! It's amazing!

    Thanks for sharing your stash with us!

    megloftin (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. Toni D says:

    Wow you are fabulous, I love your blog and often watch eagerly for tutorials. Not sure if this is open to international visitors, but here goes. I desperately need a new purse and or the time to craft one up (though the latter seems unlikely) I love your idea for decluttering, and it is a generous one.

  13. Lindsay says:

    What an awesome giveaway! Seriously — I love your site, and have made a few things you've given tutorials for. You have such great ideas! In this giveaway I especially love your purses and zippered pouches — what can I say, I love places to keep things. :)

    Here is my random tidbit: Yesterday was my Christmas baking day, and now I am up to my eyeballs in gingerbread cookies. It's wonderful. :)

    lindsay23 (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Marie T. says:

    I would love to win the Bradly Bootie pattern. I am a grandmother to three darling little girls and one more on the way. It would be so fun to have this to make and share the booties with others.
    It is 6:10 am and I am ready to go teach my early morning seminary class at our church. I am indulging and spending a few minutes reading your fun blog while I wait for my teenage son to be ready to leave with me.
    Thanks for the opportunity to write. I love all your creative ideas.

  15. Meadowlark says:

    Needing a flannel scarf!

    I'm awake at 5am while the husband drives over the mountain to attend an autopsy for work. I know that's depressing news, but consider it a call to pay attention to friends and family. They may be trying to tell you something. DON'T IGNORE IT, PLEASE!!!!!

  16. Robyn says:

    The blue scarf caught my eye…as well as the Darla purse – blue is my color. But we do have a new baby nephew so some of those patterns would be fun too!

    I'm at home during the winter and usually stay in sweats…but the washer repair guy is coming sometime this morning and I can't decide if there's a dress code for this situation… : )

    Thank you!

  17. Stephanie C. says:

    I'd love a scarf, or really anything else for tha matter!

    My 2 year old is obsessed with the movie Cars. We are currently watching it for what must be the millionth time. Ka-chow.

  18. The Coxes says:

    I would love to win the Darla purse.. something girlie just for me in a house of boys. Speaking of boys, the necktie pattern would also be awesome to win. I am now the mom of 2 boys! We have a 2 year old and we had our 2nd boy on Dec. 2nd. How cute would they be in little neckties!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Laura says:

    How adorable! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Those scarves are fantastic! And well, I really have a problem collecting purses, and that sling purse would be a darling thing to add :)

    I am in medical school, so I take time on the weekends to de-stress by crafting and baking. I am currently making tons of slippers out of old felted sweaters. And I just made some rocky road bars that are heavenly!

    I can sweetened condensed milk
    1 bag chocolate chips
    2 T butter

    Melt on stove, and then stir in 1 bag marshmallows and 1 large jar peanuts. Spread in a 9×13 pan and then set in the fridge overnight!

    Enjoy! Thanks!

    laurasienas (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Anonymous says:

    I would love the scarves! But anything here is really cute.

    You can let me know I won by e-mailing me at jnfr1 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

    I'm a teacher – and wishing Christmas break started after today, but alas, we have two days of school next week. I'm just like the kids— let's be on Christmas break already!

  21. April says:

    LOVE those scarfs!! And the sweater purse if adorable. I would be happy with any of these little treats.

    I spent an entire day making "melted snowman cookies" for my daughters kindergarten party. Which got cancelled due to snow. ;( I was really disappointed, but in the end, we ate them at home and they are very tasty!

  22. Janna says:

    I love the red scarf &the zippered pouches.

    Here is something crazy….I have 4 children age 4 and under. Yes, a set of twins in the middle. This Christmas will prove to be a lot of fun with them all!

    etsyteachermom at gmail dot com

  23. Kristen says:

    I'd love the red scarf, the sling purse, the zippered pouch (love the one with the three dress forms on it), or the Darla purse. Everything's cute, but those would be things that would make their way to ME! Everything I sew is for someone else!

    I am heading to Chicago tomorrow to visit family for Christmas. Haven't been home for a year, so it's overdue and looking forward to time with family and friends. Both of our families live there.

  24. Beth Ann says:

    This is so nice of you! I am in love with the Abigail Booties pattern. So cute!

    Lets see, what's happening…oh! It has been in the high 70s in Phoenix. We got rain which kicked the temperature down into winter conditions yesterday, but I think it still might be shorts weather on Christmas. So much for winter wear here! Ha ha!

    bahunter22 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thank you for the giveaway and congrats on your new little bundle :-)

  25. Lindsey says:

    I love the grey/blue scarf but the zippered pouches are also pretty fun!
    My husband is currently a student teacher and school was cancelled three days last week and three days this week. It's been fun having him around. Kinda like a teaser for Christmas Vacation!

    Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  26. Sarah says:

    this is so generous! I would love anything – the purse, gift card holders, pouch, anything! I think everything you make is awesome. As for something random, it snowed here yesterday for the first time this year. My email is sarah.currence at gmail .. thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Cynthia says:

    I love your blog all the time, and I love that cozy red flannel scarf.
    I am looking forward to Christmas….my 20 year old daughter will be flying in to spend time with us. Then at the end of January, another daughter and her husband and 3 children are coming to visit as well as my mother for her 80th birthday. Then another daughter might come in the spring with her baby. I am so looking forward to all of these visits. I am planning lots of sewing projects for them….Owls for my daughter, nighties for the little girls, stuffed animals and a blessing gown. I am rich… blessings!!!!
    I hope you enjoy all the comments!

  28. Tiffany says:

    wow, what a sweetheart! i too give things away out of my stash of projects… who doesn't love a 'just because'? right now my big news is that movers will be here in 3 days, so all of my christmas shopping is done, done, done! somehow that alone makes the chaos of moving over the holidays a little less, well, chaotic. oh, and my favorite item is the sweater purse. brown & orange?!? oh yes.

  29. Jennifer @ Muse Lodge says:

    I love the Darla Purse. So cute!!

    I am so ready for a vacation next week….I really need it!! I love this giveaway!


  30. crafterhours says:

    I LOVE that dark grey zipper pouch with the yellow flower! Patterns are always great too though!

    hmm…I just checked and I don't think you have any barf stories yet…so: I've barfed on my birthday (which was 2 days ago!) enough times that at one point a former boyfriend started calling it my "barf-day". He's long gone, but my friends and family still like to tease me about that. (just so nobody thinks I'm a wino, none of it was alcohol-related barfing, just a mixture of stomach bug, too much candy, food poisoning, etc.)

    -Adrianna @

  31. The Furman's says:

    I think that I would like the scarf or gift card cozy… or maybe the purse… obviously anyone will do!

    I secretly want to write books for children!

    bill.sarah.furman @ gmail . com

  32. Angela says:

    I would love either the Darla purse, sling purse or any of the patterns.

    Fun thing to do, we like to go see the lights on the lake. One of the lakes in the city puts on a beautiful holiday light trail. It's miles long, you take your time driving down the parkway.

    aolsonjax13 (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. Ashley says:

    Wow. How sweet of you!! I've so enjoyed reading and following your blog. In fact, I've been so inspired that I've added a sewing machine to my Christmas wish list :) I know nothing about sewing right now, but hope to learn and make some of the things- I just LOVE the owl you just posted a couple of days ago. We are in the waiting part of an Ethiopian adoption, and I'm just dying to make some cute girlie things to put aside for our little girl… My favorites are the scarf and the purses… But all of the things are super cute!! Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

  34. kthompson says:

    I would love the sling purse. The splash of color on the inside warms me up on this cold morning.

    I am actually sitting on the couch reading but I am also anxiously awaiting the end of today-last day of school- so I can concentrate more on my crafting and cooking. I'm tired of grading papers.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


  35. Wendy Inman says:

    All of your things are lovely! I'd most like the red scarf or any of the bags! I heart bags!

    I just want to thank you for your site, I have really enjoyed it. One weekend I went to visit a best friend and we did a sewing project.. it was fun to come look on your site and find some cute coasters to make with our left over scraps… we gave them away to our moms who were thrilled :)

    wendy.inman at gmail dot com

  36. Elizabeth Adcock says:

    Oh wow, I would LOVE one of the scarfs, the Darla purse, or a pattern…..too many great options!

    One of my favorite things about the holidays? How my family INSISTS I make fudge for them every year, even though I now live several states away and have to drive 11 hours to bring it to them. They love the old classic Kraft Fantasy Fudge recipe so much they won't even let me try a new one, it has to be the kind with the marshmallow fluff that my (late) mother used to make. It's become a game now, I hide the fudge when I arrive and they act like they won't let me in the door until I produce it ;)


  37. Erica says:

    What a great idea! I love the scarves and the sling purse. I'm amazed you have finished projects lying around!

    I'm very afraid that Santa will be disappointing my 3 year old this Christmas. All she is asking for is a REAL unicorn!


  38. Ashley Dawson says:

    Those Abigail booties are so sweet! I would love to try to make some for my daughter.
    The only time I allow myself to read blogs anymore is during our middle of the night feedings, so I'm most likely to read between midnight and 5am.

    Ashley (dot) Michelle (at) yahoo (dot) com

  39. Heather says:

    I love the sweater purse! Something fun–I got to go shopping alone yesterday evening, no kids!!

  40. Mama Bear says:

    Very generous giveaway! I love the pouch with the dress forms on it!

    A little about me…hmmm…this holiday season I have spent every evening after the kids go to bed re-decorating my tree with all the ornaments the little buggers take off during the day.

  41. Eates-A-Lot says:

    I'm in love with the scarfs… I like the blue one.. but the red one is just as amazing.

    I love to Jazzercise. Even though I'm in my 20's.

  42. Kourtney says:

    Ohh, it's so hard to pick just one. But I have really loved that sling purse ever since you posted about making it the first time. LOVE it.

    What makes my world go round: cuddle time with my little baby boy. Even if it has to come at 4 in the A.M. :-)

    chad.and.kourtney (at) gmail (dot) come

  43. Laura says:

    I love the Darla purse (plus then I have someone to chat with, right?). I am a Kindergarten teacher and we have a two hour delay today so I am hoping I will get a little bit closer to done this morning (not that the computer is any help at all!!!)

  44. Southern Belle says:

    Sweet! I love the sling purse, darla purse, scarfs, and any of the patters (in order of what I like or should I say need.)

    Hm…couch talk. Let's see. I've been attempting to run this holiday season and I have been going 2 miles everyday so far. That's all I have to do is 2 miles. If I feel like going farther, that is fine, but I must do 2 miles. Then I don't feel as guilty about the fun holiday treats.

    My e-mail:

  45. erin, maker of chimes says:

    I'd like to wn the brandley booties or tie pattern. I'm finally finding that I have a little extra time every now and then and could start sewing some special stuff for our little dude!

    Now for the fun part… I dreamed last night that he started walking and pulled down the Christmas tree…. eeeek!

  46. Beth says:

    Those scarves sure look cuddly. I'm all about keeping warm! Of course, I have a million uses for zipper pouches too.

    My 11 month old wakes up with me every morning – no matter the time. But not this morning, I have a few minutes of hands free quiet to get a few things done!

    surfobx (at)gmail(dot)com

  47. Amanda says:

    My initial favorite was the blue gray scarf, but I also really love the zippered pouches. I'm a little scared of sewing with zippers so I haven't made one yet! hahaha

    Something fun – here in VA we got snow yesterday (VERY unusual for this area!) which got me out of work and I got to spend the whole day cuddling, playing, and crafting for my little one on her 6 month birthday! And we're out again today! I'm off to cuddle some more until nap time, then maybe I'll tackle something with zippers… or not!

    alechols (at) vt (dot) edu

  48. Heather says:

    Amazing, I may be the first to comment. My first choice would be the cute red scarf, but I really do need a purse. Easy to please.

    Now the fun part – My favorite part of Christmas is snuggling up with all four kids and the hubby reading Christmas stories around the lit tree every night.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    disneychamp(at) gmail (dot) com

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