Sunday, January 31, 2010

embroidered family book - in progress

Here are a few images from a gift I am making for a friend. I have made fabric family books before, but this is the first time I am doing it all with stitching. I just have to make the cover and their kitty cat and then I can assemble. I hope my friend doesn't see this blog, since it is a surprise!! - MaryJo

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

any contract sewers out there?

Hello Friends,
I've been so busy with the WrapADoodle, the swaddle baby blanket I invented. Word recently came from the US Patent and Trademark Office that my utility patent was approved!

I am bound and determined to keep them being made in the USA, preferably in Pennsylvania. Does anybody know people who do contract sewing? I am also looking for a professional pattern maker experienced in production sewing. Any guidance would be appreciated.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Plymoth Whitemarsh Craft show

Hey all, I'm new to this blog, and I'm very excited to be a part of it! Just wanted to tell everyone to mark their calenders, because Plymouth Whitemarsh high school is having a craft show Feb 6th! It's to benefit their after-prom lock in party (keep the kids off the streets!!) haha.. but anyway, I know fabulous ladies who have done this show before and say it's a pretty cool deal. I've also been told that you can sign up for the show until Jan 28th ...try emailing for more information. So if you can't be involved, come out and see the goodies :)



Thank you so very much for adding me so quickly and for the great opportunity, I am glad and very exited to start sharing with all of you some of the things I do. I am so amazed of how many talented people is part of this group. I was checking the blog at and didn’t see my name in the members section.

Will I be added to this directory as well? Or there is a different procedure to apply?

Thank you again,


Saturday, January 23, 2010

I'm in stitches!

I made this for a Self Portrait Project through Art House Co-Op -- which, if you don't know, is an awesome way to get some work out there!!

...anywho, it is embroidered with black thread on muslin. Simple.
I just needs an ironing before I send it away.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Holiday Food Gifts

My boyfriend and I made a variety of pickles, sauces, and chutneys to give as Christmas gifts this year. It was a ton of work but was fun, and I love giving handmade gifts. I also made the labels for the jars.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Mushroom Parasol

I've been seriously slacking when it comes to making things lately. But I helped decorate this mushroom parasol...and helped w/ some other odds and ends in the days leading up to the new years day parade. Marching in the parade w/ the Vaudevillains was SO FUN!! Happy new year y'all...

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Its cold outside!

I thought this would be the best photo for a day like today. This weather is great if you are a penguin. This penguin is one of the photographs I took for a handmade 2010 calendar.