Crafty blogging vs. Family blogging (Plus the Zoo)

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I love sewing and making things. I especially love being surprised when something works out better than imagined.  I love turning cast-offs into something useful.  And I really do love blogging.  It’s the perfect outlet.
Even more than those things though, I love our crazy crew of a family.  Even the weird schedules, tantrums at breakfast, scary dreams at 3am, and streaking after bath-time.  All of it.
I know this blog is a crafting one.   But sometimes, I sprinkle in a little bit about my family.  I just can’t help it.
So here’s the question:  Do you come over here to Make It and Love It for tutorials only and quickly click out of here when you see another family vacation picture or a random picture of my child doing somersaults off my couch (I should show you that one)?  Or do you like seeing a little life behind the scenes?
(I’m afraid I’ll continue with the family pics either way, but I’m just curious if you guys like to keep your blog themes separate.  Ha.)
Maybe I figure you must want to see a picture or two because sometimes I forget it’s not just a few of my closest friends and family looking in on what I’m sewing up today.  But come on, I see some of your names so often, I forget that you’re not going to knock on the door at any minute to share a smoothie with me…..(because that’s what I’m drinking right now. Yum.)  All of the Emily’s, Sarah’s, Brittany’s, Stephanie’s, etc………I see you ‘ol faithfuls chiming in with the sweetest of comments.  Okay, and the catchy little sign-in names like Goings on at the Glenns and Bethandodd and MeSewCrazy or SewCrazy or something with Sew in it, haha!   But I could just squeeze you all.
So maybe since I see you around here often, I figure you can all tolerate another picture of the kids.  I somehow can’t resist adding it to a post from time to time.
In case you hate it though, now’s the time to hurry and click away.
Because, we went to the zoo last week……….and let me tell you how much I love watching little ones at the zoo.  It’s intriguing.  Their faces fascinate me.  And their questions…….oh, their questions.  “No buddy, I don’t know why the gorilla has a pig puffy white bum.  No, it’s not a diaper.  Nope, you can’t touch it.  Er……..let’s go read the sign.”
If by looking at this picture you think he’s deep in thought……you’re wrong.  I just told him to not pick any more flowers.  So he’s staring at those flowers, deciding whether or not to listen.  Hard choice, huh?
For a second, this little guy was out of my view behind the stroller.  He wasn’t making one bit of sound…….so I looked closer.  The little turkey was sneaking the zoo snacks.  He wouldn’t even look at me, afraid I might tell him to put them away. Ha.
Oh, the goats.  Reminds me of our family raising goats.  And feeding them with bottles.
Have you ever fed a giraffe?  I hadn’t either.  This was by far our most favorite part about the zoo.  Now hurry and find out if your zoo lets you feed the giraffes.  $2 was well worth it.
The giggling, the waving of the leaves by little hands to beckon the giraffe over, the astonishment of their little eyes while watching such a big animal use the potty right in the dirt.  They shrieked.
((Sigh))  It’s been too long since we’ve paid a visit to the zoo.
So glad we went.
And maybe looking at the pictures helped you get your zoo fix too.
Enjoy your day.  (And drink a smoothie with me!)
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Tomorrow will be back to the norm (which is still just as fun for me to blog about) so the others don’t have to click away! Ha.


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204 Responses to “Crafty blogging vs. Family blogging (Plus the Zoo)”
  1. 1
    Makenzie says:

    I LOVE seeing family blogging.. I am a 'newbie' to blogging and all this amazingly fun stuff! I love seeing little kiddos and they crazy fun things that happen with other peoples families! I love seeing your tutorials too! Your blog always makes me smile! Thanks for sharing your creativity and your family fun times! PS… its your blog :-) do whatever you want :-)

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    Carmelknits says:

    I love all your posts! And I love seeing your family! The sewing posts inspire me to want to learn to sew again!!!

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    Suzanna says:

    I like reading about all of it! the crafty stuff, the family stuff, life… :) If someone doesn't want to read the family stuff, they can just skip those posts.

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    Leigh Anne says:

    I personally love the family pics & stories. It makes your blog more personal. Makes me feel better knowing that my kids aren't the only ones who do flips off the couch and pick the flowers at the zoo…LOL! Love the zoo pics. We need to head there too :) Esp love those baby pics. I had my 3rd baby (little girl) on 3/26 so I'm not too far behind you. It has been fun seeing all of your baby sewing projects! Thanks for sharing!

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    Cherie says:

    I love reading about crafty stuff and family stuff.
    Ahhh the zoo. I haven't been in years! Think it is time for a trip with me and Monkey Man.
    I fed a giraffe for the first time in 1993 at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado. I thought it was the weirdest and greatest thing ever!

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    Kelli- AdventurezInChild'Rearing says:

    crafty may be what brings me here- i love gathering inspiration out in the blogosphere- but the family part makes us become "blog friends" – it bonds us (mothers in particular i think) i think a blog without the personal touch is more of a "website" – :) have a wonderful day with your family! (then share)

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    Linda says:

    This was interesting, too. I'm mostly interested in seeing pictures, I gues, that are different and fun to look at. I like the giraffe's tongue picture. ha hhaha

    Best wishes, Linda

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    Powers Fam says:

    I love it ALL!!! Sometimes I need a good laugh or pick me up. So thanks for those tidbits and sprinkles of real life. Have a great day today!

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    L says:

    I love being able to see behind the scenes and know that the blogs I read are run by real people. People whose kids are sweet and crazy just like mine. The zoo pictures are great. Maybe we should go to the zoo again soon. :)

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    Shauna@shwinandshwin says:

    I have family blogged for many years (like when blogging first started) It was great and I loved keeping up with all my friends since we all moved away from each other. Then I found your blog and I started coming to your blog for my crafting fix and then when crafting projects were taking over my family blog my sister and I started a crafting blog. Since then I struggle with how personal I should get on the craft blog, or if it should just be tutorials, and yet I find that my favorite craft blogs share family stuff too, which is why yours is my top favorite! I am a mom, and while I love to craft I get ideas from other life stuff too, like taking my kids to the zoo, it's been awhile and that sounds like a great idea! Oh and p.s thank you so much for sharing the cascade ruffles I have been wanting to learn how to do those forever but everywhere I saw how before you seemed too difficult. You are amazing!

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    Katie says:

    I LOVE the family posts–bring on the pictures! :)

    Katie@ Little Things Bring Smiles

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    Alexis says:

    I love everything about your blog. I seriously never miss a post, even if it's a tutorial on something that I'm not interested in doing myself. Family posts let us see a little about where you come from. They make me marvel all the more that you have the time and energy to be so creative.

    And I think you're doing the blogging world a favor by letting us see more of those preciously beautiful children!!

  13. 13
    Devonay says:

    I LOVE the tutorials, however, I also like seeing the behind the scenes family stuff because it makes me feel like I know the blogger. I say keep doing things the way you're doing them… it's the reason we started following you in the first place. You're doing an awesome job!!

  14. 14
    Betsy says:

    I think a sprinkle of family is 100% ok! I DO love your tutorials… I just made a 'yoga style skirt' for myself yesterday in fact! It was my first article of *real* sewn clothing since HS… other than that it was Ren Fair garb in college ;) But the family bits make you a real person instead of a can-do-anything-with-a-sewing-machine-internet-entity :) I like it.

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    Teresa says:

    I love the behind the scenes posts! Makes all my favorite bloggers seem more normal to me!
    I love the dress or top your daughter has on one of the pics! So cute!

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    Rachel Z. says:

    I love seeing the family blogging too! I came upon your blog a few weeks before you had your baby and have been having fun reading and seeing pictures of her. I just had my second baby at the end of Oct. and she was 11 lbs. 11 oz.(you gotta love the big babies!) so I've been having fun reading all your posts about baby things, its also been inspiring me to sew some stuff for my 2 yr. old! Love it! I've been having fun reading all your tutorials and also trying some of them out. I made the pacifier clip yesterday and some of the satin flowers to make some hair pretties for my 2 yr. old daughter. She loves them!

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    HOMEmomMADE says:

    Both! Your tutes are amazing and you have a beautiful family and take such great pictures. Keep it ALL coming .)


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    ChyCohMommy says:

    I for one, LOVE when you post about your family. Afterall, who would YOU be without your family? :) I come here for the pics (of your gorgeous kiddos and all of the wonderful things you make!), the tutorials, the wonderful writing that adds a lot of humor to my day. Keep it up!

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    Jana and Brett says:

    You are amazing! And so famous up here in WA! I don't think it should matter if people click away. I for one LOVE your blog. Every. bit.

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    Stef Kelly says:

    Ashley my dear,
    I love all of it. I miss our little chats in your living room as we listen to our little ones giggle with excitement. So seeing your post of the kiddos and all your craftiness makes me not miss home quite so much. I love you friend. You are an amazing woman with so many special talents. Keep it up! <3

  21. 21
    joylyn says:

    I come here for the crafty posts but I really enjoy the family posts too. They are what make you a person and blog friend instead of just a site. I think you have a good balance sprinkling life in with the crafts.

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    Katie@a mom, a wife, and a me says:

    It makes me happy to see that im not the only one with kids on my legs while im attempting my craftyness! I have not been blogging very long but my favorite blogs seem to be the ones with REAL people, so thank you for opening your inspiration and life up to stranger, who are toasting a smoothie in your honor ;) Besides without the kids and family you wouldnt be making stuff we get on here to copy ;) keep the silly pictures coming!

  23. 23
    Jessica says:

    i love the family stuff! i feel a little more connected to blogs – not in a creepy way – when there is family stuff, so i'm more likely to check in :)

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    Megan says:

    I really should comment more considering I tend to look at all of your posts at least twice. I love seeing your family pictures, especially when it's your mom because I have floods of memories every single time. And your kiddos are just too cute to not like to read about, and I love the calmness and joy that your posts resound about motherhood. It gives me hope for being a mother of 2. Oh, and I love the crafty posts that have actually earned my sewing machine a place out where I may actually use it, and when I saw a bunch of white onesies on sale I snatched them up so that I could beautify them Ashley-style. I'll be sure to send pictures…which reminds me it is nap time and officially crafting time. Thanks for all of your posts! :) And I definitely need to take my son to the zoo. He LOVES any animal he sees, so the zoo would just amaze him. Maybe I should work on teaching him zoo animals.

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    Danielle says:

    Yes, I agree with everyone else. 2 blogs sounds like too much work to me! And hey, you made 'em/you love 'em :)
    …and that giraffe tongue is gross! ha!
    btw…LOVE your diaper bag! Where'd you get it? I want one! Gotta find it! **please tell me you didn't make it, I just don't have the patience for bags**

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    Kristen says:

    I love all of it! Your crafting/sewing ideas keep me happily busy and I miss seeing you and your little family in person! I like being able to see how grown up your little ones are getting and hearing your adventures.

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    Erin says:

    well, it looks like everyone has already said this, but i like the mix of everything! i'm not quite a sewer like you yet, so your tutorials are fascinating, but i really like to see other things, too. keep it up!

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    Lori Orr says:

    I love seeing your family too! You are all so darn cute, and your writing is so fun! I think you do a great job balancing the two. I'm the kind of person that feels like I'm best friends with a person instantly, and now thanks to the blog world, I can feel that way about complete strangers! You can never have too many friends or care about too many people!

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    Tyrell says:

    I love your family posts too! Your family is beautiful and the way you write about them makes everyone feel how much you love them.

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    Derek and Amanda says:

    I LOVE when you throw in some family too! It makes you seems like a real person with kids instead of just a crafting robot! Haha. I love it. Please keep doing it! I'm in love with your blog!

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    2littlehooligans says:

    i love to see it all!

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    Teresa Peschke says:

    Personally I like seeing little family shots thrown in. I may not always read the whole post, (just like I'm sure not everyone reads my whole posts) but it doesnt mean I want them to end. It usually just means I have a two year old pulling on me. ;). I love your blog. Keep up the good work!

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    Chickypoo209 Boutique says:

    I think its a perfect mix…and makes me feel a little less crazy about my life :-)

  34. 34
    andi says:

    love to hear about all of your life! your kids are just too darling not to show off!

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    Joel and Chelsey says:

    Family events are fun to read about! It just makes me that much more amazed at how you do it. No chance I could ever do projects, blog and still be a good mom. I am just not that organized or crative. So keep it up! That way the rest of us and 'oooh' and 'ahhh' and your amazing things.

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    Janelle says:

    Keep the family love coming! I love those cute squeezable babies of yours.

    (And your crafts, too.)

  37. 37
    Danny & Crystal says:

    I love to see pictures of your family–especially since we don't live by eachother anymore :( I think your blog is the perfect balance between crafting & family, so keep up the good work!

    Loved the pictures of the zoo–one of our favorite things to do! Your kids are absolutely adorable & growing up so fast! Hope Steve is enjoying school–Danny has 4 months left–can you believe it?!?

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    The Browns says:

    I like the family blogging. It makes me feel like I can be a mom AND be real good at sewing. :-) Sometimes your projects make me feel like you never do anything but sew. But then when you post about family and your kids, it makes me realize that you do other things. So in turn, I feel like if you can find the time to do all these amazing things with 3 kids, I can find the time to do some projects with one baby. :-) Make sense? I hope so. Plus your kids are super cute.

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    Lex-a-roo says:

    It's your blog. I don't mind if you shar interesting things that your family has done. I like both the crafts and posts of fun family stuff. As I said it's YOUR blog post whatever you wish.

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    Jessica at Me Sew Crazy says:

    Lol – you caught me. I am on here all. the. time.

    I think blogging is a little bit of cyber space where you can create your own niche. And a huge part of that niche for us crafty bloggers is our family, many of us are SAHM's, and even for those who aren't – family should always comes to first. When we start to lose sight of that, when the crafting takes over, that's when I know it is time to take a step back.

    People who read your blog enjoy knowing who you are as a person – and your family plays such a huge part of that. Without them, where would your support be? And furthermore, who would you have to craft for? Lol

    I love both sides.

  41. 41
    Cara says:

    I like seeing your family life because it's nice to see it IS possible to juggle kids and crafting! But, I WILL admit that I usually notice your children's clothing etc. and wonder if you're planning a tutorial for various things. Such as the dress your adorable oldest daughter is wearing to the zoo :0)

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    Dawn says:

    I think you have just the right mix of both personal and crafts. I am truly amazed at your talents, especially your sewing skills! One of these days I am going to attempt one of your creations! Thanks for sharing! And I am so envious of your baby!! My oldest is 17, youngest is 11 and I am so needing a baby fix!! But not ready to be a grandma yet! lol… Enjoy the young ones… they grow too fast!

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    Rachelle says:

    I don't chime in often, but today I will say that I do like to know a little about the people I'm taking sewing lessons from! Ha. Ha. I like your pics!

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    Dana says:

    In general I prefer more sewing related posts. I blog to have some me time and not think about kids so I try not to post to much about my kids, but a little bit of family blogging makes you seem more human to others, and I like posts that emphathise with the stresses of parenthood and juggling crafts and kids as oppose to posts of just pics of kids. Its all about balance I guess but I think youve got that one just right.

  45. 45
    Li says:

    I love seeing your family pictures, too. I rarely comment, but I read your blog religiously and love it!! I have to say, I'm super jealous of the summery outfits you all are sporting in these pics… and all the sunshine!! :)

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    Stacie says:

    I initially came for the sewing, since I am new at that and needed help. But I think the family posts are what remind us that a real person, not some perfect famous sewing diva (not that you aren't great!), is behind the blog. I say don't change a thing!

  47. 47
    famr_4evr says:

    Keep sharing your family stuff! We love seeing ALL the fun things you are up to.

  48. 48
    Alisa says:

    I have to say that if it was just tutorials everyday, I might be the one overwhelmed! I love that it ISN'T tutorials all of the time, but that it is a well rounded blog. That is why I have so many well rounded blogs that I follow in my reader. They each have something different to offer. And if each of them overwhelmed me with tutorials all of the time… well, I wouldn't have time for MY family. Thank you for sharing and doing what you do!

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    Jennifer V. says:

    As a mom who works outside the home and crafts/sews when the family can spare her or manage a sandwich for dinner, I appreciate that there are women like you who seem to be able to do it all. Your family posts remind me that you are real and that there is hope for the rest of us who sometimes feel like we can't manage our families and our hobbies.
    And it is your blog….so post what you want. Bravo to you!

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    Shanna says:

    A love reading all of your posts, family or crafting!! The tutorials are great, but it's the real life of it all that is so appealing. It's real life that inspires so much of what we do, and it's nice to see the personal side :o)

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    Amanda says:

    I love every bit of your blog, family and crafts. Your brilliance is a part of my day I always look forward to :) I enjoy watching your children grow. The way you write feels like you are a friend. I love to sew and find myself thinkin, "of course" with a smack to my forehead. All awesome.

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    Andrea says:

    I think your blog is a good mixture of both, and that's why I keep coming back. Great job!

  53. 53
    Karis Brandes says:

    I'm a long time reader (never a commenter though for some reason) and absolutely love your blog. Both the family stuff and the crafting stuff. Because, as any crafty person with a family knows, it's the family that inspires the crafty! I'd love if you keep sharing both!

    p.s. your diaper bag was peeking through in the corner of one picture. Did you make it? I love it!

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    Brooke Elyse says:

    love seeing family stuff, it reminds me that you are just like others.. you have a life!! filled with beautiful, crazy, interesting things. (Sometimes i think you're superwoman from another planet because you are SOOOOOO amazing at crafting and sewing.. and everything!) The zoo if fascinating indeed, and i love the pics. P.S- i'm drinking a smoothie too! :) sooo delicious

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    Emily says:

    I love the mix of craftiness and family stuff. It makes your blog such fun to read.

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    Annchan says:

    I come for the tutes. I admit that if it were nothing but a personal blog I would never visit it.

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    Little Feet says:

    I LOVE the mix! I like that you are a real person. :)

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    mags897 says:

    I love your family posts! I think it helps so there really is a person with a family there! And yours is just SO adorable! And your two olders are just about the same age as mine :)

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    Polka Dot Classic says:

    I like a little family life behind all the hard work. Keep up with your nice blog. I'll keep reading it :)

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    Melanie says:

    I think it's fun getting to know the person behind the crafts! You have cute kids! :)

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    Emily says:

    I found your blog when a few of my friends (from different places/different phases in my life) referred me to your blog for your tutorials. I love all of your posts- about crafts, about life, about your family. I love taking kids to the zoo!! :) You should blog about whatever makes you happy/things you want to remember (like funny things your kids say/do)/whatever makes you happy. Now make me a smoothie! (ha, I kid)

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    Kristi says:

    I like the personal side of things mixed in every once in a while. With 6 kids of my own, it is nice to know my favorite bloggers have a real life too. And that maybe my kids actually are closer to normal than I sometimes think. :o)

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    Beth says:

    The mix of everything is great! I especially love it on your blog because your little family is so similar to mine! (I have a 5 year old girl, 2 1/2 year old boy, and a 6 month old girl!)
    I LOVED the pictures of your little guy contemplating over the flowers and sneaking the snacks! I have taken the same pictures of my little guy on more than one occasion! Love to see tidbits of your sweet little family sprinkled in!

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    Beth Ann says:

    I don't post a ton but I swing by your blog daily. I live every single post. What is better than family and crafting?? Love it all mixed together! Keep up the great work. Seriously, you are an inspirational Wonder Woman!

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    Breakfast With the Bennetts says:

    Some of my favorite blogs are the ones with family and crafting mixed in. This is definately on the favorite blogs list for me. In fact when I lost my job last year and all of my saved favorites on my work computer (don't worry that is what I did during lunch not during work time) this is one of the only ones I remembered by name. The zoo pics are great!

  66. 66
    Hannah says:

    I love your blog. I love everything about it. I love your crafts, I love looking at your beautiful family, I just love it. Actually, I was getting all kinds of excited right before your baby was born. I kept checking in a couple times a day looking for an update. So, keep it up, mama!

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    Jessica :) says:

    I think everything you do is fantastic. I love seeing your new projects and all the things you come up with. I also love seeing photos of your sweet family and hearing a bit of how everyone is doing or how you manage mom and blog or how the kids just love all the sweet things you make for them. I love every part of this blog. In my opinion, you shouldn't change a thing. :)

  68. 68
    Brandy says:

    I love all of your crafts and your family pictures are so cute! I really want to know what kind of camera you have. All your photos look so great, at first I thought you staged your photos but even your zoo pictures are great. :)

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    Monica says:

    I'm new here, but I like the mix of both :). I'm too much of a hodge-podge person to only want one or the other. And that helps me to justify the mix of every thing in my own blog.

    I love the zoo. I need to plan a trip to our zoo again soon.

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    Goings on at the Glenn's says:

    So very fun! I love trips to the zoo. I laughed at the picture of your little boy deciding whether to listen to mommy or not. Sounds so much like my Ethan. I of course love the behind the scenes as well. Thanks for the shout out too! Made me smile.

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    moesey says:

    I love your behind the scenes stories, and your children look so sweet, your photos are beautiful, love your humor. I wish I could take you with me wherever I go. Don't change a THING.

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    Clodagh a.k.a. Isra says:

    Love it all.

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    Ashlee says:

    Ashley, I love your blog! I like when you sprinkle in a little about your family with your crafty/sewing tutorials! It is fun to get to know the author behind the blog. I always enjoy meeting new people and seeing what they are up to. It gives me an instant connection with them! Its like a pen pal that you have never met. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us as well as your family posts. Love it all. I am a huge fan of your site!

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    Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations says:

    I also have had the same issue! Do I share family pics or just keep my blog crafting only. I have decided that I like reading other blogs that combine both. I feel like it makes that person seem more real. So I would say keep both! I love reading your tutorials and about your family. :)

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    Job and Rachael says:

    I love to see family life with the crafts :) It is part of who you are and important to you which is something I look for when people blog :) I am loving both the crafts and the kids ;)

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    end the fiasco! says:

    You have a great mix of both!

    My crafty to-do list is forever mounting so a break just to look at cute things (which your kiddos certainly are!) & not cute things TO DO is kind of nice!

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    Sofies Haus says:

    Awsome pictures! I just found your blog and I love it! hughs Anja

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    Jessica from says:

    I had been wondering the same thing recently. I've been really careful to keep things separate on my craft etc vs my family blog, but sounds like it gives readers a better feel for who you are. I know I enjoy the family photos along with the great tutorials. I still wonder how you do it all. I need more nap times!!! HEHE Keep up the great work!

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    Curtis and Dani Welton says:

    I like seeing pics of your family and outgoings!

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    Angela says:

    It looks like the consensus is both. I agree. Here! Here!

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    Brenda Ginos says:

    I love the family blogging mixed with the tutorials – it makes everything more personal, more human, ya know? Each of the craft blogs I follow are a great mixture of both, because I just love getting to know the person and the family on the other side of the computer screen!

    Your zoo outing looks like so much fun – I'm jealous of the beautiful weather you are having, and jealous you got to feed those giraffes with their long tongues! How fun :)

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    Amanda says:

    Adorable! I love seeing your sweet family, too!

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    Megan King says:

    I love all the posts…seriously. Your's is the only blog that I will read through all of the posts even when I am super backed up on my google reader. Your crafty blog posts are so cute! and your family blog posts are…well so cute! You're great!

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    Very Verdant says:

    I love your tutorials but I also like that you mix family in with crafting. Leaving out family would be like only presenting half of who you are and that would make your blog only half as fun!

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    Amy says:

    I gotta say, I love everything you put on here. Your photos are great too!

    What kind of camera do you use? Do you use any photo editing software?

    P.S. It's YOUR blog so that means you can put whatever you want on here!

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    Lil Mama Stuart says:

    I enjoy both. That tongue picture is awesome! and creepy haha. You know they're up to trouble when it gets quiet!

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    The Brownings says:

    L.O.V.E. all the family posts in between the crafty posts! My favorite blogs all include a little bit of both! It makes it seem like we know each other a little bit better than just seeing new crafts each day :)

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    Lisa says:

    I love seeing the family life it makes you more "real" if you know what I mean.

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    Cass says:

    I think the family pics are great too, I enjoy it all! Thanks for the fun!

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    April @ Sewing Novice says:

    I love your blog. I love that you show your character (at least I'm assuming you are fun and free spirited!) and just post about what you love. Yes, I like the tutorials but it would get boring if it were just tutorials. So I say keep the blog how it is!

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    Jessie says:

    I've been a reader of yours for years (wow, years? how has the time gone so quickly?), and I seriously love your blog. Great mix of personal and craft, and great projects that you present so well. Thank you for sharing your life with us. :)

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    Little Bitty Things says:

    I love "meeting" the lady behind all the amazing projects…and her family too! It just adds a personal touch to it all. It must work, whatever you're doing, because everyone loves you!

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    Heather H says:

    I love the family stuff! I always tell my husband "this friend of mine" when really I mean this person who I don't even know but follow their blog! Blogging makes you feel like family! Keep it up!

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    Allen and Alexis McCracken says:

    I love seeing your cute family on your blog! Especially that new baby! As a new mom with a new baby of my own, I love knowing that someone else is going through the same things as I am.

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    Natausha says:

    Love the family posts thrown in. It definitely makes it more personal and like someone else said, it's nice to see that a real person is behind all of those marvelous tutorials. Keep up the awesome work!

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    Denise S. says:

    I love that you share your family and adventures with us!! You're so much more than a sew & craft guru…those pictures at the zoo were amazing! And it looked really warm – makes me miss the heat of Texas now that I live in northern Minnesota! : )

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    GaMtnScrap says:

    I love all your posts! I learn things with the tutorials, but the family posts also makes it feel more personal. I like seeing the tidbits of personal, makes you more real!

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    Jo says:

    I am in the majority – love all the posts…

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    PearlsForMyGirls says:

    I enjoy all of your posts — I love seeing your family!
    We've fed the giraffes — it is the highlight of our small-ish zoo :)

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    Nicole says:

    I definitely tune in for the family blogging because I can't sew at all. I even have a machine and have no interest in figuring it out!

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    Annie says:

    I just finished a smoothie, and am now dying to get to the zoo. Don't stop blogging family things. It is fun to see that you are actually a real person and not a crafting Goddess. Seriously, though, I'm getting a serger at the end of May and my husband told me it's probably time for a trip down south so you can teach me how to use it. Wouldn't that be fun? And honestly I only think that sounds fun because I feel like I've known you personally for years. So yes, the family stuff is essential.

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    Nursemom says:

    I like all of it. I really love the craft things. I'm not really that good at sewing and I'm a VERY beginner, but your blog inspires me. It's so simple and put together it helps me think I could do that. And I have made some of your stuff myself. Once in awhile it's cute to see your adorable family too. It makes it more personal. I've never met you but I feel like we're friends just from reading your blog.

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    Angela says:

    I love everything about your blog.

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    just me says:

    keep it all coming!!

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    Mrs. Fitz says:

    Love the family posts!

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    Megan says:

    I don't comment very often, but I do follow your blog faithfully and I love seeing your family posts every bit as much as the tutorials. I also love when I see your kids in outfits that I know you made. Makes me happy!

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    Ashley says:

    i love the mix!! thats what i try to make mine:) its alwyas fun seeing family things

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    Chelsea says:

    I originally came to your blog because of your awesome detailed tutorials. You basically have taught me everything I know about sewing! So thank you for that! I also really enjoy seeing pics of your family and getting to know you through your family stories. Keep doing what your doing and I will keep coming back faithfully! :)

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    Ashley and James says:

    Keep up with the family posts! It makes you more relateable :)

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    daniii♥ says:

    I come for both! :)

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    Hillary says:

    I love your sewing tutorials, but I also enjoy the peek into your family life. Reminds us that us average moms can sew amazing projects too!! :) And it adds a personal touch of YOU!

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    Ashley says:

    You're all darling. And if only I had a super sized blender…'d all be invited over for smoothies. Not kidding.

    I have to agree, this family is what inspires me to craft. So without 'em, I wouldn't have this here blog! :)

    But I do appreciate the honesty…..without the crafts, you probably wouldn't be stopping by as often. Or at all. I get that. So I'm glad my random projects are fun for those without interest in the family pictures.

    And haha, nope, I didn't make the diaper bag. (What a relief, right Danielle??) But it's big and lovely and holds everything. It's a JJ Cole diaper bag and I found it on Amazon.

    Now get to that zoo!


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    Kristy says:

    I love family blogging! It's nice to see what other families do and get ideas of what to do with mine. I love giraffes and am super jealous that your kids got to feed some! :)

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    Heather says:

    I love your blog, all of it. I love seeing a new project to drool over, and I love getting to know you and your adorable kids (they really are amazingly cute). I don't think there is a single thing i don't like about your blog. I love it and hope that you continue with it for a long long time. Thanks for sharing. I really wish you were my next door neighbor and I could knock on your door. You'll never know the joy you have brought me through makeitandloveit. (hugs) -Heather

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    Tyler, Alexis, Karielle and Jillian says:

    I love seeing your kiddos and the fun stuff you do. I most lurk, I don't comment very often but I look at your blog everyday. I feel like I know you and your little family. I love your blog the way it is. Please don't change anything. :)

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    bjahlstrom says:

    I doubt anyone clicks away. I really enjoy the family pictures, and I think it makes blog authors more human to their readers to see a bit into their little lives.

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    Pearsons says:

    I love it all Family and Crafting/Sewing!!

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    Susan says:

    As for the family/crafting setup, I love how you have it set up now. Though I'm amazed at your crafty-ness, it helps me to see you're a real Mama who is busy tickling little tummies and cleaning up mess after mess…much like myself! And I gotta know…Is that Jacksonville Zoo?? (it looks VERY familiar!) We live just outside of Jacksonville and frequent the zoo quite often!

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    Naz (Make It, Bake It, Create It) says:

    I also LOVE hearing about your family!! I feel like we're more "friends" then just you being a blog I stalk. :-) Haha! Thank you for taking the time out of your I'm-sure-busy-day to post your tutorials, take & edit pics, and share w/us a little about your family! You are an inspiration to so many people! :-)

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    Jolynn says:

    Keep up the family stuff! It's always fun to read!

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    Erin says:

    I love both! It's nice to get the crafty and family feel! Keep up the awesome work!

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    Anna says:

    i love seeing everything, i am a mom and love reading about other families. it makes me feel good to know i am not the only one out there that is about to melt down or didn't get the laundry done, etc.
    it makes you real and easier to relate to…. INSPIRATIONAL!

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    MaMa Casey says:

    I love feeding Giraffes!!! They are amazing animals and to see them up close is just spectacular! I love seeing other families similar to mine, kids exploring, messes happening, crazy things being said. I love your crafting posts too but I don't get much crafting done despite my growing list of "future projects" so just a simple "I'm a proud Mom!" post is something I can totally relate to and enjoy reading!!!

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    *reyanna klein* says:

    This post reminded me that I need to comment more! LOL. I use Google Reader to read all my favorite blogs, and they are *ninety* blogs in my Google Reader. Therefore, I don't get to comment on every, single one. I wish I could though!

    I read all the comments so far, and I think you had one (!!!) person who said they like tutorials only. LOL. Too funny.

    The projects are why I started coming to your blog in the first place, but I LOVE that you throw your family in there too. I mean, that *is* why you're making most of this stuff, right?! :-D Just makes sense to me. (And I think your advertisers/sponsors would agree… to touch on that one person's comment.)

    And like this one commenter said (Alisa, I think), I would get overwhelmed if it were JUST projects and tutorials. I love the mix. :-)

    p.s. Did the sign at the zoo end up telling you about the Silverback Gorilla? I was a primatology major in college (along with Nutrition… I was so random… LOL), and I just LOOOOOVE seeing the apes in the zoo! Gorillas, chimps, bonobos (rare in zoos though…), orangutans… I think they're the cutest! So I totally was stoked to see that cute guy on your post! :-D

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    Jodi says:

    I enjoy reading about families on blogs. I have to admit that it makes me feel a little bit like a voyeur, but oh well. I do keep a separate, private family blog (that I never update), from my public blog that nobody reads.

    Last fall we fed giraffes at our local zoo. This spring when I was taking my boys back to the zoo, one of them told me, "Giraffes have long tongues so they can lick the boogers out of their noses, because they don't have fingers."

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    sandovalita says:

    love family blogging! and EEEEP! that giraffe tounge! I would shreak as well! lovely photos!

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    tomiannie says:

    I love it! I might not always click through from my reader because naptime is always so short, but I enjoy all your posts!

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    ellen says:

    I love both! I love your tutorials because you're clever at creating useful somethings, sometimes out of nothing!

    I love your sharing of family and photos. I like knowing what inspires you to be creative; obviously it's your beautiful family.

    Keep on blogging!

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    MamaD says:

    I love it – the beauty about blogging is being able to see a glimpse into the personal lives of the writers. Something a company or manufacturer just can't do.

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    Joanna says:

    No! It is really nice to know you are a REAL person with a REAL family and you also have time (make time) for crafting and making things beautiful around you. They are not separate in your life, and they shouldn't be separate in your blog. It is such an encouragement for me trying to balance all my loves.

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    Amy says:

    I like seeing photos every once in a while. It lets us know that you are human and not some amazingly creative machine. Plus my kids are about the same age as your older ones so I like to see your creations on them. Especially your daughter since mine loves to twirl too!

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    Kory says:

    I think it's great to have a balance, I feel more loyalty to the bloggers I 'know' because they share about their families too

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    benjaminsmama says:

    I started following your blog right before your last baby was born, so I'm pretty new. I LOVE the family stuff! Although you're a little too perfect :) Ha ha ha. Let's keep it real sister, show us something we can relate to like overflowing hampers or crayons marking on walls. You are an inspiration!!!!

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    Veronica says:

    I think that you have a good balance between the crafty and the family so that it comes off well-rounded.

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    mygirls says:

    I love that you add your family stuff. Your generous & genious tutorials brought me here but getting to know the person behind it a little is a great bonus. Don't stop, please! Love the zoo story & pics!

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    Annie says:

    I love all of your posts! I love seeing your cute family and all of the fun things you do. And of course I love the tutorials as well. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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    sarah says:

    I love seeing family posts along with crafty inspirations and tutorials. It definitely adds a personal touch. I like to keep my blog that way too, a little bit of this, a little bit of that :)

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    Kierst says:

    I don't think I've ever commented on your blog, but I love it. And I love that sometimes you incorporate your family into it. It makes you seem more real. That sounds weird, but sometimes I read these crafty blogs and wonder if these women have a life besides crafting. I like that you do. And, by the way, I went to the zoo today (and go often). My kids love it.

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    Katie Fish says:

    I vote keep the family stuff because you don't update your family blog anymore. :)

    And to the comment that said Ashley is a little too perfect…Ashley actually IS that perfect. :)

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    Toaster4JC says:

    I love seeing your family blogs. I just about died when you started posting pictures of your newest edition. She nearly killed me with cuteness. I had to call my hubby over to look at the pictures! I just love your blog in general though! Sometimes I find myself thinking, Man, I wish Ashley had a tutorial for that, hers are the best, easiest to follow, etc. Thanks for blogging!

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    shantel says:

    I love you and whatever you decide to show us!

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    Myrnie says:

    I have been wondering the same thing! I love seeing what other families are doing, especially if the photography is nice.

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    Mardi says:

    i love seeing your adorable family. and it makes me feel like i'm staying in touch with old friends. like i told you before – you are my crafting claim to fame! Did you ever think you'd be so famous? :)

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    Jen Isackson says:

    Love the family posts :)

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    Holly says:

    I think if all any of us wanted were tutorials and instructions we would be reading sewing books…which many of us do…but we still keep coming back to blogs!

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    Brian, Jami, Paige, Austin and Bryn says:

    I agree with all of the other posts on this one. You do an amazing job of mixing the crafts and family. We can relate to you and you inspire us to do both, also. Plus, we have to see the cute kiddos showing off your amazing creations, don't we?!? :0)

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    Diana says:

    I love ALL your posts, crafts and otherwise!!

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    Caren says:

    Yup, I'm ready for that smoothie! I also like seeing what your family is up to. Do you wonder what your bloggy friends are up to? Thats the down side to blogging – you tell about yourself, but your relationships in blogland are almost one-sided. But never fear, us readers out here in blogland are real people. And we love reading your blog (or, hello, we wouldn't be reading!) :)

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    Shirley says:

    I love seeing the family blogs just as much as the craft blogs!!! Your family is precious :)

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    Heather and Tyler says:

    I love seeing the glimses of family life!

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    The Mustard Seed says:

    Ok.. I'm new.. You've won my following with your nursing cover tutorial and now I'm completely addicted. Although it was the tutorial that grabbed my attention, your family blogging makes me love this blog so much more. It shows your readers that behind this" oh so genius crafter we can't possibly keep up with" is just a mom balancing it all. I hate it when the blogs I love go to just crafting and no personal posts… makes me feel like I'm following a business and not a friend! And I consider y'all my bloggy friends.

    Thats just my 2 cents, but like other commenters have said- this is your blog and your outlet (every mom needs one) so you post whatever you want!


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    tracyp says:

    I like it all….

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    Andrea says:

    the first picture made me laugh and i thought "yup, I live in a zoo too!" :)

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    Donna says:

    I love the tutorials but I like the family stuff too because it helps me to remember that you are human too, not just a crafting entity. If you only ever post crafting stuff, we might not realize that you manage to juggle all the stuff going on in your life, just like a real person, lol!

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    Linda Hansen says:

    Whether or not you make it, I love it!

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    Sue says:

    I love the family stuff! I also love reading your comments about the pictures too; it really adds to the experience and your personality shines through. I laugh, smile, and sigh along with you. It also doesn't hurt that you really know your way around a camera!

    By the way, I can't believe how much your little one has grown already! All of your kids are adorable.

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    Wendy says:

    I love your blog, family and crafts and all. Don't change a thing!

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    Steph and Tony says:

    I love it when you family blog! Your kids are so cute :) Seeing your repurposed stuff on your kids has inspired me to repurpose a few of my own outfits :)
    We were at the zoo the other day, and a little girl asked her dad what the (dead) rabbits were doing in the Condor cage. "Uh…they're sleeping sweetie" I just about died laughing :)

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    Caroline @ Rugrats + Royalty says:

    I love *everything* that you post about…don't change a thing!

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    Stephanie says:

    I love it all. Keep it up – the family, the crafts, the tutorials. It all makes your blog so great!

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    Yelena's Nest says:

    I definitely enjoy reading family blogs just as much as I enjoy reading craft blogs.. And when they are combined… Even better! I love your posts! You (and a few other bloggers) inspired me to start my own blog! Keep on craft blogging and keep on throwing some family in it!

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    Brie says:

    I came for the tutorials, but stayed cause you are just too cute!

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    Polly @ Helping Little Hands says:

    A mix of posts is nice. None of us can do an amazing tutorial everyday…and I'd much rather my favorite blogs fill the in between with family kind of stuff than contant marketing. It lets us know who you are.

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    brittany, steve, gabe and ezra says:

    i love watching my kids at the zoo, too. they just love it all so much and absorb it like little sponges. also, this might be weird, but is that the jax zoo? looks so much like it (we go a lot) or maybe all zoos look the same?

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    Tamera says:

    I think it's great to see that your a real person with real kids who do crazy things just like mine. Pictures of your little cuties are just fine. I love your baby's cheeks. I have to giggle each time I see her because she's bigger than my almost 4 month old :) Isn't it great that we're all different!

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    Ashley J. says:

    I too came for the tutorials, and stuck around for the family photos!

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    LoveBabyPink says:

    Love your blog and i follow it religiously!! :) U have such adroable kids and such beaitful pictures!!

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    paulaerin says:

    I love it!

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    ZanBryDesigns says:

    I love seeing your family and reading your posts. I get inspiration from all of the blogs I read. Everyday I get up get my son on the bus come in and read my blogs that I follow before my daughter gets up after she gets up it is time for breakfast and then school for me. Thank you for taking time out of your busy life to write to us and post pictures of your beautiful family.

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    LittleHappys says:

    I think that the family pics and stories are great! I love your tutorials, but getting a glimpse of your life is equally as fun. Love your blog. recently became a follower. Keep up the great work!

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    Yellow says:

    i love both :-)
    you blog is inspiring.

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    Karen G. says:

    I Love all of your posts–family included! You seem so sweet and you have such a beautiful family–I love glimpses into other peoples' lives! Your sewing creations are amazing and you have some adorable models!
    Keep the cute pics coming!

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    Cynthia Geddis says:

    Im more of a stalker than a poster, but I had to comment. I love all your posts. Tutorials & family posts alike. Your cute adorable family makes you seem more real and relatable to me. I love looking at other people's families. Especially since my kids are so much older now. Keep up the great work. I really love your blog!

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    Debra Joy @ jubilee life says:

    I always look forward to the pictures of your beautiful kiddos. When my best friend first told me about your blog, one of the first things she said was, "She has a little boy who is SO adorable." :D When you were about to give birth to your daughter, I kept checking back multiple times a day to check for the big announcement! And not going to lie, I was a little sad when you didn't post her name, because I felt invested in your family. :D Keep up the family blogging! It's part of what gives you your unique stamp among all the other crafty blogs – no one else has your particular adorable children!

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    Steph says:

    I hardly ever comment, but I do stalk your blog :) I think you provide the perfect amount of family stuff, and it is nice to see that even though you are a superwoman crafty lady you still have all the same issues as a mother:)

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    Tawnya says:

    I just started regularly following your blog and I love it! I, of course, was drawn in by your amazing creativity and generous tutorials, but I think that adding in pictures and content about your family and personal life is really great too. It's way more fun to feel like we "know" you (in a not-creepy-kind-of-way:), than to just come to some stale website where patterns are thrown up on the screen (of which there are plenty out there). So I say, keep the mixture coming!

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    Terri says:

    I don't know you but I do love to see and hear things about your family. It shows where your heart is. Thank you for the zoo pics! Your kids are so sweet and I love the zoo! :)

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    Elizabeth says:

    I love seeing that you have a crazy family too! I have three kids, and it's nice to see you still have time to create things! AND – your kids are so stinkin cute!! So, keep the family pics coming!

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    Val says:

    I started coming to your blog for hte craftyness, but I've really come to love reading about your family. And I deal with A LOT of the streaking at home….

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    steph says:

    You may make a separate tab for family and craft stuff all on the same blog site. Then you can please both areas but keep them apart.

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    Em says:

    I love to see that you are a real "normal" person. It makes me think hey maybe I could really make that. Not oh that is all she does I could never make that. So yes keep it up. We all love to see cute kids, and know what if they don't… they don't have to look. :)

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    sordanuts says:

    You were at the Jacksonville Zoo, weren't you? I recognized the giraffe enclosure as well as the grounds there. They continue to update the gardens and grounds as well. It's a great place for a day trip!

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    Kara says:

    I love reading your blog. Craft and family portions alike. I think it's fun to see the real life side of bloggers. :)

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    Ashley says:

    I love seeing your cute kids. Actually I find myself telling others about them especially your sweet baby! And I have two kids of my own to talk about….but I talk about yours because they are just too cute.
    That looks like a great zoo. We have the free stl zoo around these parts and love it. I can't wait for it to quit raining on a day I have free so I can take my two little ones….well let's be real I'm really waiting for finals week to come and go so I can get on with the summer already!!!

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    Shannon says:

    Well since I am your sister and you live on the other side of the country….. the only pics I see are on your blog…I only look at the crafty stuff because I get to see my nieces and nephew modeling them. You really should move to colorado!

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    Melissa says:

    Of course I love seeing our family!!! Since you don't blog on your fam blog anymore that is the only time I get to see them! So keep on posting about your little cuties! Love and miss you!!!

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    Robyn says:

    We love the family blogging too. :) It makes us feel like we're part of your neighborhood. :) Your littlest princess is so cute! She was born the same week as my son, but looks so much bigger!

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    rebekah says:

    Of course we love seeing family blogging! That's what crafty mumma's are all about! Balancing their family with their talents… and you seem to balance yours perfectly! Looks like a lovely day at the zoo Ashley! We're hoping to take Miss 9mo Daisy soon!

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    Crunchy Sews says:

    I like all the posts. I would have LOVED to have been that close to a giraffe!

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    Ananda says:

    This looks just like OUR zoo! I do have a great time feeding the giraffes. My son couldn't say the name of the zoo right the first time we went… he can now, but we still call it the Shiny Mountain zoo.

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    Holly says:

    Family blogging doesn't bother me a bit. Reminds your readers that you're an actual person! Plus, adventures with little kiddies are always fun to hear about (and see)! Of course, the main reason I started coming to this blog was for the crafts…buuuut, I don't mind the family stuff either and I don't usually click out because of it either.

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    Rosie says:

    I love seeing the tidbits of your life. Makes you more… real I suppose. :)

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    Leah says:

    Great pics!! Are you at the Houston Zoo??? If so that's awesome! We live in Katy and go there a lot!!

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    Nandini says:

    I like your blog the way it is :)

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    JeccaB says:

    I don't know that I have commented before but I've been following your blog for awhile and I so enjoy it. One of the things I enjoy the most is the family life (and your awesome pics) behind all the creative stuff. We have 7 little ones and I'm always telling my husband your family updates. lol. Like "so-and-so had her baby and she is so cute!!" etc. Anyway, I love all your creative ideas (and I have used alot of them) and I enjoy hearing about your family too. Family makes us who we are. =)

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    Reagans momma says:

    I like hearing about the family and your littlest one is getting so big already. Those cheeks!! Beautiful family. Maybe I need to take a trip to the zoo. hmmm

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    Reagans momma says:

    I like the family stuff. Your little one is getting so big. Those cheeks. So cute. You have a beautiful family.

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    purplesunset24 says:

    I love both… craft and family blogging together.

    I love the giraffes and how you told the story behind them. Makes me want to go to the zoo. Haven't been is over 5 years…. My daughters have never been to the zoo. Oh… the joys of watching their faces when I do decide to take them… this year. :)

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    Kelsie says:

    I love both! I swing by every now and then to see what is new. The pics of your little ones and your creative genius makes me feel like I am catching up with an old friend. Please don’t change a thing!

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    Ashley says:

    That is a great zoo! I live here in Jacksonville and my family is good friends with the people who dedicated the giraffe exhibit. They’ll be so pleased to know how much you guys enjoyed it. And thanks for the turtle pattern – can’t wait to make them for my nieces!

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    I come for the crafty side but if I have the time and inclination I like to read the personal side as that is the heart of you and why you create. It is all part of what makes you unique. It brings me in touch with you and if you don’t mind me saying ike this but it makes me get to know you a tad.

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    Birgieta says:

    that turtle is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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