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    Hi, I’m Ashley……the DIY-enthusiast behind this crazy blog! I am a mom to 3 wiggly kiddos (with another one on the way!) and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. This is my little space to share my latest project; some sewing, a bit of crafting, a lot of trial/error, and bits and pieces about our life. And in case you’re wondering……yes, I can ignore a dirty bathroom while I finish my latest project. :) DSC_0053-002 My little family is my main inspiration for what I create…..whether they want to be or not! And all someone has to do is dare me, and I’m down and dirty trying to figure out how to make something that I’ve seen in the store, or, well, is on someone that is walking down the street. Watch out passersby! DSC_0179 . Sometimes these projects saves us a little money…..and other times, it is purely just for fun. Because, hands down, nothing beats the thrill of creating something with your own two hands, and then being shocked that it actually worked out. Ha! I can’t tell you how many times that has happened to me. So join in, make a little something, surprise yourself with the outcome………..and then love it! You’ll be so happy you did. DSC_0299 . . . . . Oh wait. There’s more. Have you noticed the NEW food side of this blog…..Make It and Love It — In The KITCHEN?? Well, behind the yummy and creative food posts around here, is my sweet sister Robin. ROBIN head shot 2-1 Let me tell you more about Robin. She is number 6 of 7 kids…..and I’m number 7. Yep, her annoying little sister! ;) All growing up, she had her hand in the kitchen and she would come up with the BEST recipes. We all wanted to see what Robin was making for lunch, before deciding what we were going to make. (Yes, including our older sisters who were 10 and 12 years older than her…..they’d watch and duplicate her ideas too.) She has always had a knack for mixing a little of that, adding a bit of that, and holy smokes……it was always delicious. In fact, while we were both in college (at different schools), I would call her up and say, “Okay Robin, I have X, Y, and Z in my fridge…..what could I make for dinner from that?“ She would tell me exactly what to do, what I needed to borrow from a roommate, how much to thicken, etc. And you better believe, I would have some gourmet meal, ready to make the roommates jealous. :) Robin earned a food science degree in college and no, that doesn’t make her a dietician. She just rocks the science behind how food works, what makes dough rise, what happens if ingredients are added together, and how long you can leave meat on the counter. Yeah, I have called her a time or two, asking her if the milk my kids left on the counter is truly bad. Ha. robin headshot-001 Robin also worked in a kitchen all through college, as the head cook in a local higher end restaurant. She loved having control over the kitchen and enjoyed having a completely packed dining room, waiting for her savory dishes to be served. Anyway, so excited she agreed to share her recipes, helpful kitchen tips, and completely do-able family meal ideas. Yum! You can email Robin directly at robin{at}makeit-loveit{dot}com . . . . . Oh yes, I didn’t forget. Here are a few more answers to questions that I receive. A lot. :) Yes, I’m tall (5’11”)……and yes, my feet are really large (size 12…boo). Okay, and my thumbs are stumpy. (Through blogging, I found out they are called clubbed thumbs. Ha!) Oh, what? You heard I had big babies? Yep, the third and largest (so far!) weighed in at 11 pounds even. However, for some reason she was the easiest delivery of the 3. My husband (who is 6’5”….yay, I can wear heels!) and I were married in 2005, in Idaho. Our children/monkeys/little lovelies are 7 years old (Elli), 6 years old (Connor), and 3 years old (Chloe). They are all spicy in their own little way….but we completely adore them all! :) I first started this blog while we lived (and my husband was finishing up his undergrad) in Rexburg, ID. Then we moved to Georgia for my husband to attend P.A. school. He finally finished in April of 2012 (hallelujah!) and we are now living in Colorado, as real-life grown ups, with an actual job with insurance. Yeah, I’m still in shock the school days are finally over! I learned to sew very basic things from my mom as a young girl. She used to make us Easter dresses every year (I have 4 sisters) and we would go the fabric store, pick out a pattern, then fabric and notions, and we would watch her as she stitched together some of my very favorite dresses. My interest grew and I would sew skirts and pajama pants as a teenager…..with a patient mom answering my questions. When I went to college, I took a basic sewing class and learned how to make the inside of my clothing just as beautiful as the outside. Do I follow those lessons now? Sometimes. I like a quick project…..so if I can get away with taking a few shortcuts, I will. I don’t use patterns much anymore. I like to slap down an article of clothing that already fits, on top of some fabric, and pretty much cut around it. Well, almost. ;) . Hmmmm…..what else do I get asked a lot? Oh yeah, no I don’t have a perfectly clean house, and yes, I feed my children. Haha……yeah, I often get asked how I have the time to keep this blog going. Like I mentioned above, I choose crafting over an immaculate house. Or organized linen closets. Or writing poetry. Or family journals. Or playing musical instruments. Nap time is sacred in our house…..because that’s my time to finish things up, upload pictures, etc. I also get up earlier than the kiddos most days….and most days I stay up late. But it depends on the project. If I’m super excited about it, it’s like a drug. And I can’t get it out of my brain until I find some time to finish it. So yeah, with any free time, you can usually find me creating in my little crafting corner. Yes, I do run out of ideas sometimes. And when that happens……I get out of the house. I walk through stores, I people watch, I take mental notes of things that I like while watching a movie, etc. Oh, and I always have my phone with me to take a picture of something I’d like to duplicate…..to be sure I don’t forget. If you have read this blog for very long……you’ll know that my passions are my sweet babies, my dear husband, a few supplies to create with…..and sugar. Sugar in all forms. (Candy related gifts are always welcome!) Some days, I can’t get enough chocolate, nuts, and caramel. While other days, I put myself into sugar shock consuming all of the chewy and fruity goodness that I can get my hands on. I know, I know………I’m working on this. Everyone has compulsive behavior. Eating sweets is mine. :) YES!!! I love to see what you create. I have to tell you that one of my favorite things, is to hear that you’ve dusted off your sewing machine, pulled out your sponge brushes, sharpened those scissors and/or heated up that glue gun……and are making this or that right along with me. Creating new things is just as addicting as the fattest bar of chocolate. And THAT is an equal comparison. (So upload your projects to the flickr group here.) If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or just want to chat……send me an email or leave a comment beneath any posts on the blog. But if you’re looking for a response back, send me an email…..it’s easier for me to get back to you that way. ~Ashley
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