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!

Aloha,

MH

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 www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com.

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.
 
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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 Now.com

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chroma

My new collection

is a tribute to color
presented in simple silhouettes


Color Hue Rainbow Original Masterful Abstract


evoking a modern, urban renaissance


free form rectangles and circles akimbo and askew


primitive, rough-handed vertical ragged stains


 droplets etching meandering, shape-shifting paths



Used together or separately
they’re graphically focused to embolden your artistic sensibilities




can be viewed by clicking above, 
and the free download of


For the men's shirt I used the selvage with my name for the label and color windows as a trim on the bottom front placket. 
No two buttons are identical.

Cotton Couture in Brite White worked wonderfully for the pillow cases both in having a soft hand and it sews so effortlessly.

Hope you are as excited with the new collection as I am!

Happy Stitching!
Mark

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hawaiian Influence

Some fun and wonderfully simple foods for the summer 
- prepared indoors and finished on the BBQ

Kalua Pork Nachos
Slow roasted Kalua pork with Australian cheddar and Asiago cheeses before being baked on the BBQ. Below, garnished with scallion curls and chive flowers. This was served with freshly made Roasted Pineapple and Mango salsa with cilantro, mint and lime juice.



Mango-Balsamic Wings 
marinated for days and then baked to a gooey perfection!
Mango-Balsamic Marinade
For every 2 pounds of chicken: 
1 C mango nectar (I used frozen chunks from Trader Joe's, thawed, to measure 1 C)
1/3 C balsamic vinegar
2T olive oil
1-1/2 T fresh thyme, minced
S&P to taste 
If using chunks, puree in blender with remaining ingredients. If using nectar, combine all ingredients.
In my version of the recipe pictured, the wings were marinated for approximately 3 days and then cooked in a 400 degree oven (or BBQ) for 45 minutes, until the wing meat pulls easily from bone, falls apart or, they can be grilled until cooked through.