Friday, October 31, 2014

Day 7: One Week Away

Took stock this morning. Found a few gaps in my inventory. Feeling good but not really chuff. Too early to start panicking. I have a week, including today (which is not over for me yet - still 
mid-afternoon here!)

Here's an exciting item I received today. I had my great friend Sue of The Needlework Factory digitize and interpret my art for a T-shirt I'll be wearing for the Made in Maui County Festival. The embroidery is on the back left, so it looks as if the gecko is crawling up my shoulder...

Isn't it BRILLIANT?!

Thanks, Sue!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trimming Time is Here!

First there is cutting: pinning the pattern pieces to the flat folded fabric and cutting the pieces. 4 layers of printed fabric and 4 layers of corduroy. Next the pinning of the cut pieces together into like pairs: crown and brim. Sew. Unpin and then pin the top of hat to crown. Sew. Unpin. Sew decorative top-stitching to the crown. Pin the finished crown to the brim. Sew. Unpin.

Ahhhh, done....

Not quite.

Match finished inside and outside hat parts and splice (baste) them together. Sew the inside and outside together.

Wash the hats, dry, and then finally trim.

Dozen upon dozen of hats that have been cut, pinned and sewn end up washed and awaiting trimming.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Holy Basil, Praying Mantis!

When I was watering my little holy basil seedlings, it was quite breezy out but it seemed that some of the leaves of the plants were not just swaying in the gusts, but were actually moving. That's when I saw the praying mantis poised on the side of the ceramic pot.

Holy basil is known as tulsi in India, or the Queen of Herbs. The health-promoting properties are said to help the body combat stress. The plants are very fragrant and make a delicious tisane by steeping the fresh leaves and flowers. The brew is flavoured with notes of spicy clove, fruit and anise. I can't wait for the plants to mature to try this wonderfully refreshing and beneficial tonic.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Hatter's Facebook Page has FINALLY Arrived!

Lots and lots... AND LOTS of peer pressure and a very enlightening conversation with Kim, one of the key people spearheading the Made in Maui County Festival, has prompted me to tackle the task of finishing my Mad Hatter of Maui Facebook page.

Now you're gonna ask me for the little blue-and-white "f" button as a link to the page...

And I'm gonna have to say to you, "Hey, relax - this ain't the mainland." Facebook isn't set up like Blogger and there some similarities and many, many differences but in due time, I'll have them all under my belt and it'll be like walking a chewing gum while patting my head and rubbing my tummy....

So please bear with me and check back often to see the progress for yourself!



Mark Hordyszynski or Mad Hatter... you decide...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Official Announcement and LIKE us on Facebook Contest

2014 Made in Maui County
Festival Vendors Announced

Drum roll, please! The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce proudly announce the over 130 vendors who will be participating in the first-ever Made in Maui County Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

These awesome local businesses offer a wide variety of made in Maui County products including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more! The Festival will also feature demonstrations, a fashion show and food trucks.

For a listing of this year’s product vendors, click here.
For event information, visit

The event will open to the public on Saturday, November 8th from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Admission is $3.00. Children 12 years and under free! Parking is also free.

The GREAT Made In Maui County Festival Giveaway!
LIKE us on Facebook and you could win an awesome prize from one of this year’s participating Made In Maui County Festival vendors.  One winner will be randomly drawn from those who have liked our Facebook page every Friday starting from October 10 through November 7, 2014.
No purchase necessary.
Event Website
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Made in Maui County Festival 2014

So it's official!
The Mad Hatter of Maui shall be one of the 130 Maui County vendors displaying their products at the premiere launch of the...

Held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center the first weekend in November, this 2 day event showcases some of the leading producers and manufactures of locally crafted items from the  3 islands in Maui county: Kaua'i, Lana'i and Maui.

Naturally, I've been spending every spare moment building up my stock, adding new prints to test market and will be available only at the festival.

For a link to the full list of vendors click here or on the banner above.

And an article appearing in the Maui