Name: Ashley Johnston
Website: Make It and Love It
We can't think of a better person to introduce you to during How To month than Ashley Johnston of Make It and Love It - whatever she makes we always love! Not only is Ashley a prolific creator of beautiful and useful things, she wants to help you make them (and love them of course) and shares dozens of tutorials on her blog.
Ashley's projects are all over the crafty map - sewing, painting, decoupaging, gluing and cooking. In a display of fearless crafting she's even mod podged a pair of shoes! Make It and Love It should be on the blog radar of anyone interested in sewing and crafting no matter your skill level. Ashley makes it fun and her tutorials make it easy. She also sells some patterns for bags and kids accessories on Etsy.
We caught up with Ashley just after a move and in between unpacking boxes and setting up her new home she shared some thoughts about her blog with us:
Where do you live?
Recently moved from Idaho to Georgia. The difference is huge but we have LOVED the adventure. And the beach!
How old are your children? We have an 18 month old boy and a 3 year old girl. Both are free models for my blog - I hope they don't try to receive back pay sometime in the future... :)
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in November of 2008. And really, I only started it to log my projects that I was working on. I would take pictures and record what I was doing and write down ideas to work on in the future....just so I wouldn't forget. But then I just decided to make it public and open for everyone to see. And why not? The internet is bubbling with information. I just wanted to add a bit to that.
Any regrets about making it public and putting yourself out there?
Nope, no regrets at all. Are you kidding? I have had an incredible time with Make It and Love It. The people I've met, the things I've learned, and the the html coding that's kicked my rear. Haha! But it's my perfect little outlet......love it!!
What's your favorite type of project to do with your kids?
You know, when both of them are awake, the closest thing to a project..........consists of unraveling ribbon spools, stacking thread, counting paint bottles, etc. But when it's just my little girl, I love to let her paint, use glue, cut paper, and get messy. My little guy would just slurp the paint into his mouth, so we have to wait until he's napping. But let me tell you. I CAN'T WAIT until my kiddos are old enough to make their first skirt or jammy pants. I learned from my mom and those are some of my most favorite memories with her!
A lot of your projects involve repurposing materials – is this part of your approach to crafting?
Well, yes. Sometimes I see something that needs to be given away or thrown in the trash...but then my brain starts turning. I love creating something out of nothing. Huge thrill! But lately I have been LOOKING for unused items to turn into something crafty. Give me an afternoon and I'll browse thrift stores or clearance aisle at the stores seeking the perfect transformation.
Are there any projects or types of crafting you've been wanting to try or learn but haven't yet dared tackle?
Quilting. I would love to REALLY learn how to do it but wow, the time and patience that it takes is incredible. I love a quick project and quilting takes time. But someday, I want to be the person that could really tackle a beautiful quilt.
Thanks Ashley! We've made many of your projects already and can't wait to try more!
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