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Why I don’t make VIDEO TUTORIALS…

I have been working with another company to produce a few projects.  Originally, I was asked to record the tutorial with video instead of pictures.  Like in my home.  With our own little cheap-y camera.
But they said they would edit it and fancy it up a bit.
Luckily, they changed plans and will make the videos themselves.
Do you think I was the cause for their change of plans?

You decide.

(Turn up your volume nice and high so that you can hear everything!)

(And if you to see it really big, click on those 4 arrows in the lower right corner of the video.  I’ll be all up in your face!)

Apparently I’m not made for TV.
Maybe I’ll give it another try when that big bump (even bigger now!) has disappeared from my midsection.
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. Anonymous says:

    Your video was a joy to watch. I would have been tongue tied also just knowing the camera was on me.
    I like your written tutorials!! They are very detailed (no need for video) and I can print them to have in my craft room. Especially if it’s a sewing project, it helps to have them next to my sewing machine.

  2. Rose says:

    You seem so fun and genuine. And your hubby must be a true sweetheart to be so patient and kind. That’s fabulous! I LOVE IT! I bet it was the pregnant brain though. So how is your brain working now? Have a marvelous day, beautiful friend!

  3. Anonymous says:

    im never good on video, just dont know what to say, and even when i rehearse it, what a hundred times, i end up forgeting! once i forgot what my name was!! okay so maybe your better than me!

  4. Edie says:

    awww too cute, love the baby bump! Your hubby sounds so calm when he tells you mechanical pencil… you seemed so lost hehe. Some folks are just not comfortable on camera (I can so relate)

  5. Betty says:

    Hi Ashley,

    Love your humour, love the way you spread your knowledge!
    Keep up the tutorials in whatever way.
    (keep practising!!)


  6. Tamara says:

    That was really cute. Made me smile. Enjoy your bump! It doesn't last long enough.

  7. Lo says:

    I've been following your site for a while. I love everything you post, but I have to say that this video absolutely made my night :)

  8. says:

    You are adorable!

  9. Taryn says:

    That was AWESOME! What I really want to know is where I can get your hair pin/clip or band. It is really cute. I am constantly sporting a pony tail and having something like that in my hair might make me feel a little more stylish:)

  10. Debbie says:

    I just found your blog. Thanks for the so much brightened my day. also love your blog, such great projects. I will check in more.

  11. Kanchan says:

    Liked the tutorial. You look cute.

  12. Rockstargirlz says:

    I loved it. You are a STAR!!! It's only because your pregnant. You look great.

  13. RootsAndWingsCo says:

    That really was too cute! Especially with the baby bump!


  14. Connie says:

    You are adorable! I can't talk to a camera either. Just keep up on the writing…it's inspiring!

  15. Malea says:

    YOU are all sorts of adorable!

  16. LADYLJP says:

    Don't know what you were trying to make, but it was a cute video. I wouldn't want to make one. so pat yourself on the back. Love the things you make. Take care

  17. Sarah B says:

    My favorite part is "Honey come closer!" for sure! I busted up laughing. I guess it's so funny because I totally saw myself in the clip. More movies, more movies, more movies!

  18. Disney says:

    Haha, Ashley you are so funny! It's so hard to be in front of a camera when someone is behind that camera, huh?

    P.S. A video camera does capture how disgustingly gorgeous you are better than a photo though! So yay!

  19. Donya says:

    I think you are darling! And I can appreciate the pregnant state of being, it really does affect your brain and especially verbal skills. You should definitely blame any imperfections on that. :)

  20. Tara Johnson says:

    Steve you should stick to plying helicopters. And thanks a lot. Colby still wants one!

    Ash you are always cute when you're pregnant.

  21. KMonti says:

    The things we make poor husbands do :) That was too cute!

  22. Sue says:

    Oh I needed a good laugh this morning, thanks. But I have no idea why I am laughing because I'd not do half as good.

  23. 9patchnurse says:

    That was great. Awesome editing and loved the comments in between. My theory is that women are so smart that we are always thinking WAY ahead. And that's why sometimes we forget what we're talking about. You're just TOO smart!

  24. Brianna says:

    You crack me up!!!! I so enjoy your blog! Thanks for always making me smile!

  25. Verenice says:

    I couldn't help but smile and laugh during the whole video. You are so cute. I think it is definitely the pregnant brain. Babies do that to us.

  26. Jennifer says:

    you are so cute and so real! Thanks for sharing this!

  27. asli says:

    so cute ,Made me smile :)

  28. gruvyteacher says:

    That was fun to watch. I love your blog and have big ambitions to make some of the things you show! Looking forward to video tutorials!!!

  29. Maria says:

    You're so fun and cute! It made me smile!

  30. SummersDesigns says:

    So cute! I loved it.

  31. Lilybird says:

    love the video…at least you tried…lol

  32. elaleh says:

    Very funny. Made me laugh…and I love that song. Can't get it out of my head

  33. Rachel says:

    I'd totally go with the pregnancy brain excuse! That's what I've been using the last 5 months!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Cute!! I needed a little laugh. That's exactly what happens to me! :)

  35. tamela says:

    that was awesome haha :) love it!

  36. Jill says:

    LOL! YOu're too cute! I think I prefer this version better :P I do actually prefer written tutorials because then I can just scroll as I go and I don't have to fiddle with skipping through parts of the video!

  37. Karen G. says:

    I forgot to add–I LOVE your picture tutorials!! You have helped me learn to sew, as well! (What did we do before the internet?!) I check out your blog every day and am truly inspired–I love the gorgeous things you make!

  38. Karen G. says:

    I would totally be the same if I attempted something like that!! I echo what Lori Orr said–you do seem like a blast to be around! How fun!

  39. Ashley says:

    I like you even more now. :)

  40. Annessa B. says:

    You are stinkin' cute! So glad you psoted. It's funny how we get tongue tied when the camera turns on.

  41. rockstars says:

    i liked it a lot. you're just so cute.

  42. Flash says:

    You made it & we love it!

  43. willemijn says:

    So funny!!!!!!!

  44. SewCalGal says:

    Very cute. And I do love your little baby bump – be proud of it. Not everyone gets this opportunity.


  45. Emily - faliLV says:

    Awe! No – Bring on the video tutorials – you are cute. And beautiful. Love it!

  46. Shantel says:

    That was such a cute video!! Love it!

  47. Christi says:

    CUTE!! That was too funny!!!! You put a smile on my face today.

  48. Anonymous says:

    lol super cute!!! Maybe you should just make video tutorial blooper reels until you don't feel self-conscious about it hehe ;)

  49. Mellisa says:

    OMG. that was freakin adorable. I am sure it'll get easier with time. Either way, you rock what you do and, with my sewing machine parts on the way, I have a full list of projects to tackle for an idea I have .. for NEXT christmas. lol

  50. Rugrats + Royalty says:

    You are so adorable! My recent video tutorial has no sound…unless you listen for the fighting kids in the background! LOL! AND I posted it anyway! You're not alone. I suck at video tutorials too! Hahaha!

  51. Megan "the" Bug Creator says:

    lol! "what is it called?" <– classic. You made me grin from ear to ear because I tried to do a tut on vid before and it was a major fail.

  52. Danette Mahana says:

    Ash you are so cute! I loved it! You should do more video tutorials!

  53. Raina says:

    I TOTALLY get why you don't…now. What WERE you trying to do a tutorial on, anyhow?

  54. elle says:

    You are so cute!

  55. adia says:

    haha this made me smile!

  56. Cindy says:

    I think you're super cute!!! Your laugh and smile make the video!

  57. Grace says:

    This made me laugh! That is not bad at ALL compared to my attempt… it didn't even end up on my blog. AND I love that song. Ok, i'm done now. :)

  58. Makenzie & Jordan says:

    I loved it!! I'm just glad to see that you're not perfect at everything!

  59. Nina says:

    I enjoyed it :)

  60. Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom says:

    You are super cute. Hilarious and adorable.

  61. mamatamera says:

    I think your tuts speak for themselves.
    Thanks for sharing the video – I laughed right along with you. I just delivered a baby on Sunday and can totally sympathize with the pregnant brain.

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